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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.

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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Biden to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Health Impact on Youth and Black People

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The Biden administration is reportedly planning to propose an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been targeted by anti-smoking advocates and critics who claim that the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed to Black people in the U.S.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the administration could announce a ban on menthol and other flavored cigarettes as soon as this week.

Roughly 85 percent of Black smokers use such menthol brands as Newport and Kool, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Research has also found that menthol cigarettes are easier to become addicted to and harder to quit than unflavored tobacco products, along with other small cigars popular with young people and African Americans.

Civil rights advocates claim that the decision should be greeted by Black communities and people of color who have been marketed to by what they describe as the predatory tobacco industry.

Black smokers generally smoke far less than white smokers, but suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths due to tobacco-linked diseases like heart attack, stroke, and other causes.

Anti-smoking advocates like Matthew L. Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also greeted the move to cut out products that appeal to children and young adults.

“Menthol cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of youth smoking in the United States,” he said. “Eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars used by so many kids will do more in the long run to reduce tobacco-related disease than any action the federal government has ever taken.”

However, groups including the American Civil Liberties Group (ACLU) has opposed the move, citing the likelihood that such an action could lead to criminal penalties arising from the enforcement of a ban hitting communities of color hardest.

In a letter to administration officials, the ACLU and other groups including the Drug Policy Alliance said that while the ban is “no doubt well-intentioned” it would also have “serious racial justice implications.”

“Such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction,” the letter explained. “A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with local law enforcement.”

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Pollution Is Making Human Penises Shrink and Causing a Collapse of Fertility, Scientists Say

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With many still scoffing at the idea of rampant pollution posing a threat to humanity, a new study could drastically change the conversation: the chemicals across our environment could be the cause of shrinking human penises.

According to a new book by Dr. Shanna H. Swan, conditions in the modern world are quickly altering the reproductive development of humans and posing a threat to our future as a species.

The argument is laid out in her new book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.

The book discusses how pollution is not only leading to skyrocketing erectile dysfunction rates and fertility decline, but also an expansion in the number of babies born with small penises.

While it may seem like good fodder for jokes, the research could portend a grim future for humanity’s ability to survive.

Swan co-authored a study in 2017 that found sperm counts had precipitously fallen in Western countries by 59 percent between 1973 and 2011. In her latest book, Swan blames chemicals for this crisis in the making.

“Chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing various degrees of reproductive havoc,” she wrote in the new book.

“In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” she also wrote, noting that men could have only half the sperm count of their grandfathers.

Swan blames the disruption on phthalates, the chemicals used in plastic manufacturing that also have an impact on how the crucial hormone endocrine is produced

However, experts note that the proper implementation of pollution reduction measures could help humanity prevent the collapse of human fertility.

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Visualizing The World’s Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact

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Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.

And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes that there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.

Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.

Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.

Death Toll, by Percent of Population

In the mid-1300s, a plague known as the Black Death claimed the lives of roughly 200 million people – more than 50% of the global population at that time.

Here’s how the death toll by population stacks up for other significant pandemics, including COVID-19 so far.

The specific cause of the Black Death is still up for debate. Many experts claim the 14th-century pandemic was caused by a bubonic plague, meaning there was no human-to-human transmission, while others argue it was possibly pneumonic.

Interestingly, the plague still exists today – however, it’s significantly less deadly, thanks to modern antibiotics.

History Repeats, But at Least We Keep Learning

While we clearly haven’t eradicated infection diseases from our lives entirely, we’ve at least come a long way in our understanding of what causes illness in the first place.

In ancient times, people believed gods and spirits caused diseases and widespread destruction. But by the 19th century, a scientist named Louis Pasteur (based on findings by Robert Koch) discovered germ theory – the idea that small organisms caused disease.

What will we discover next, and how will it impact our response to disease in the future?

Like this? Check out the full-length article The History of Pandemics

Republished from ZH with permission.

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