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6 Ways Travel Is Good for Your Health

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Everyone loves vacationing, but did you know that travel is actually amazing for your health, too? In case you needed another excuse to book that trip for the summer, this is it.

It turns out that research is now pointing toward traveling as a means for achieving better health and a happier life. The numbers speak volumes for how much a good vacation can benefit the body. Ranging from reducing the risk of having a heart attack to relishing in a better sex life, the advantages are undeniable.

Still skeptical? Read on to be fully convinced on why your next vacay needs to be this summer.

  1. Prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

After turning 65, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years, which is why it is awesome to have something so enjoyable that can combat the risk. One study found that traveling can actually prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This was particularly true for retired members of the study. It’s one of the scariest risks that comes with age, but being able to fight it with travel is a total win.

  1. Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack or Coronary Death

The same study also found that women who vacationed at least twice a year had a lesser chance of having a heart attack or coronary death compared to women who vacationed only every six years or less. The benefits are pretty similar for men: Those in the study who did not vacation every year had a 20 percent higher risk of death and were 30 percent more likely to experience death from heart disease. The more you vacation, the better. So don’t skimp on your vacation time, and get away whenever you can.

  1. Enhance Your Mood

So not only are you reducing your risk of dying, but you’ll also feel better while doing it. The same study also focused on mood, and it found that travel, not surprisingly, can definitely be an enhancer. According to the study, 86 percent of people who travel claim to have a more positive view on their outlook on life. Only 75 percent of people who don’t travel can say the same.

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Some time away from daily stresses can definitely help boost your mood, but being able to immerse yourself in new cultures and spark your curiosity is great for the soul.

  1. Pump Up Your Sex Life

If you’re feeling a lull in your sex life and are looking to spice things up, you might want to consider taking a trip with your significant other. According to the research done by The Travel Effect, one-third of leisure travelers have more sex while they are vacationing. Not that sex on vacation comes as a giant shock, but that 33 percent should be pretty convincing.

Don’t forget the many health benefits of having sex. These benefits include: strengthening your immune system, boosting your libido, improving bladder control, lowering blood pressure and more – but do you really need another reason?

  1. Relieve Some of That Work Stress

Being in a better mood and having lots of sex on top of sipping that daiquiri on the beach – well, of course you’re going to reduce some stress. There’s more to it than that, however. According to the Travel Effect, employees who take time off from work are actually less stressed, more productive, have better confidence in their work and are not as prone to checking out at the office. Nothing good comes from never giving yourself a break from your job. You’ll be doing yourself and your company a favor by taking some time off and doing some exploring.

  1. Take Advantage of Cooler Exercise Opportunities

As opposed to sitting home avoiding the same old run around the neighborhood, traveling gives you exercise opportunities that will totally peak your interest. Planning a trip that will keep you outdoors is great for you, so you might want to consider one of the awesome camping destinations across the United States. There are no excuses for not working out when you’re on a trip. Check out these 10 ways to fit one in while on vacation.

Camping is great for your health. Being outside will boost the body’s amount of vitamin D, which means healthy blood and stronger bones. Vitamin D can also prevent depression, high blood pressure, cancer and heart attacks. It will also help you get a better night’s sleep. Camping keeps you active through hiking and biking, but it also has many other benefits that are mental, social and emotional.

Have you booked your trip yet? It might be the easiest way to rejuvenate your body. Whether you need some much needed relaxation, some help in the romance department, a mood boost or just want to prevent some horrible health risks, traveling could be the answer. It’s a great feeling that you’re not only treating yourself by taking a trip, but that you’re also treating yourself right.

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In World First, Man Receives Heart Transplanted From Gene-Hacked Pig

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In a groundbreaking world first, a 57-year-old man in the U.S. has become the first person in the world to receive a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig.

The revolutionary procedure’s apparent success offers hope to hundreds of thousands of people who are struggling with failing vital organs amid scarce supplies of human organs.

The patient, David Bennett of Maryland, is in good shape days after the experimental seven-hour operation took place in Baltimore on Friday, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The surgical procedure is the result of years of fervent efforts by researchers to develop pigs whose organs would be compatible with the human body, and was made possible by recent advances in gene editing and cloning technology. The heart transplant was preceded months ago by a successful kidney transplant in New York which also used an organ harvested from a genetically engineered pig.

“This is a watershed event,” said David Klassen, chief medical officer at the United Network for Organ Sharing, reports New York Times. “Doors are starting to open that will lead, I believe, to major changes in how we treat organ failure.”

The University of Maryland doctors received a special dispensation from regulators to carry out the procedure due to the fact that Bennett’s death was certain in the absence of a transplant.

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Surgeon Bartley Griffith, who took part in the transplant, expressed pride in taking part in bringing the world “one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis,” reports BBC. Roughly 17 people die every day in the U.S. while awaiting transplants, which are in extremely short supply.

“People die all the time on the waiting list, waiting for organs. If we could use genetically engineered pig organs they’d never have to wait, they could basically get an organ as they needed it,” said Christine Lau, Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

“Plus, we wouldn’t have to fly all over the country at night-time to recover organs to put them into recipients.”

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North Korea Claims It Invented Burritos in 2011 as Mexican Food “Booms”: Report

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English-language tabloid newspapers are abuzz about the latest alleged bombshell from North Korea – that the country’s late ruler and father of the current ruler is being touted as the inventor of the beloved North American dish, the burrito.

According to The Sun, North Korean official news outlet Rodong Sinmun has made the implausible claim that the U.S.-Mexican staple food was invented by Kim Jong Il, who came up with the idea of what he called a “wheat wrap” in 2011, shortly before he suffered heart failure.

The newspaper added that current ruler Kim Jong Un has taken a “meticulous interest” in the food, which is generating “booming” interest among the population.

The dish can also be seen in official footage circulating online, with Pen News airing clips showing a vendor selling the food outside of Kumsong Food Factory in the country’s capital, Pyongyang. Children and soldiers can be seen eagerly devouring the wraps, which apparently contained vegetables including cabbage and carrots.

Meat on a rotating spit, similar to the kind used for tacos al pastor or shawarma wraps, can also be seen in some of the footage, reports Yahoo! News.

The footage also shows a billboard of former ruler Kim Jong Il smiling while standing in a kitchen alongside workers preparing the tubular delicacy.

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North Korea has been submerged in food insecurity and famine-like conditions as a result of decades of sanctions imposed on the country by world powers keen on preventing the country from developing its nuclear energy and weapons programs. The precarious conditions faced by civilians was exacerbated by the pandemic and accompanying health measures.

In October, a U.S. rights investigator blasted the sanctions as inhumane and primarily impacting ordinary citizens in the country.

“People’s access to food is a serious concern and the most vulnerable children and elderly are at risk of starvation,” said Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as North Korea is officially called. He added that citizens are placed in the unjust position of having “to choose between fear of hunger” and fear of the pandemic thanks to global apathy over ongoing sanctions.

One can only hope that the burrito news is a sign that conditions may be slightly improving for average citizens in the DPRK.

According to popular lore, the burrito grew popular along the U.S.-Mexican border when street vendors used donkeys, or burros, to carry and sell large flour tortillas filled with meat, beans, and vegetables to workers in the area.

Since then, the food item has exploded in popularity in the United States and across the world as a convenient and delicious food, and is often seen as a symbol of Mexican gastronomy despite the dish’s relative obscurity in much of Mexico.

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Keanu Reeves Donated 70% Of His Matrix Earnings To Fighting Cancer

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Keanu Reeves has had no trouble endearing himself to filmgoers and non-filmgoers alike, even if this is more for his off-screen endeavors than his film roles.

The “Bill and Ted” actor reportedly donated a massive chunk of his earnings from the original “The Matrix” to cancer research, according to LADBible.

In 1991, his younger sister Kim was diagnosed with leukemia, a type of blood cancer that she battled for a decade prior to entering remission.

During that period, Keanu served as her caretaker and put his career on the backburner, even going so far as selling his home so that he could become closer to her and devote his life to assisting her.

Reeves, now 57, was given an up-front payment of $10 million for the 1999 sci-fi classic “The Matrix” before the film smashed box office expectations and earned him an additional $35 million.

Keanu apparently didn’t hesitate to donate 70 percent of his earnings – or the huge sum of $31.5 million – to researching leukemia in hopes of sparing future patients and their families the pain that the Reeves family underwent.

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Since then, Reeves has quietly poured his Hollywood earnings into cancer research, even establishing his own private foundation for the purpose.

“I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research,” Reeves told Ladies Home Journal in 2009. “I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”

In 2020, Reeves also auctioned off a 15-minute Zoom date with himself to raise funds for Camp Rainbow Gold, a summer program for children with cancer.

Since his breakout role as an aloof teen headbanger in the 1986 drama “River’s Edge” followed by his iconic performance as the airheaded stoner Theodore “Ted” Logan in the “Bill & Ted’s” films, Keanu has become beloved by audiences.

However, he has since far outgrown his public persona as a simple airhead who says “Whoa” in the SoCal dude-bro accent and is now seen as the quintessential nice guy of Hollywood, who not only doesn’t take himself too seriously but is also distinguished by his big heart and generosity.

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