Drinking kefir, fermented milk drink, has been proved to have many health benefits. In a new study, the scientists from Auburn University in Alabama, USA, and the University of Vila Velha in Espirito Santo, Brazil, explained how it can protect cardiovascular health.
For the study, they worked with a rat model trying to see if kefir’s probiotic properties could influence gut health and help to lower blood pressure.
After analysis of the received data, the scientists concluded that the rats who regularly consumed kefir for 9 weeks, showed lower levels of endotoxins, harmful substances that contribute to inflammation. These rats also demonstrated lower blood pressure and improved intestinal structure.
A new Danish research finds that one of the most popular blood pressure drug used around the globe to treat hypertension can increase the risk of developing skin cancer by seven times.
A team of scientists, led by Anton Pottegard, associate professor of clinical pharmacology at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, examined the association between the common drug hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) and the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer.
Having analyzed the data of over 80,000 patients, the researchers found that those who took HTCS had 7 times higher chances to develop skin cancer.
Anton Pottergard comments: “We knew that hydrochlorothiazide made the skin more vulnerable to damage from the sun’s UV rays, but what is new and also surprising is that long-term use of this blood pressure medicine leads to such significant increase in the risk of skin cancer.”
A new study, published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, checks the link between aircraft noise and cardiovascular health.
The research examined 420 people living next to the Athens International Airport in Greece, participated in the HYENA study, an international cross-sectional study aimed to assess the health effects of noise of airplanes between 2004 and 2006.
Having analyzed the received data, the scientists concluded that every additional 10 decibels of the noise of airplanes, the risk of diagnosis of hypertension increased by more than 50%. If all the high blood pressure cases included, the risk is even higher, up to 69%.
The authors of the research made such a conclusion: “The findings suggest that long-term exposure to aircraft noise, particularly during the night, is associated with incident hypertension and possibly, also, cardiovascular effects.”
High blood pressure is a regular companion of people who live under constant stress, and in addition have bad habits, irregular and harmful food. Nobody are surprised that hypertension occurs in young people also. Here are 5 effective ways to reduce your blood pressure quickly.
- To reduce the blood pressure at home you can use cold water. To do this, you need to rinse the feet for about one to two minutes in a basin with a cold water. This can be done while sitting on a chair with feet in a water or standing in it. An alternative would be to hold the hands in cold water a few minutes (water must act uniformly on the hands from hands and forearms ending). At the end of this procedure, you can sprinkle on your face with cold water and apply a soaked rag on the solar plexus.
- Equally effective folk remedy is the apple cider vinegar, it perfectly reduces the pressure of not less than twenty-five – thirty-five units. Rags soaked in vinegar should be applied to the bare feet and left for 15 minutes.10 Methods to Soothe a Sore Throat
- Also quite common mean is a normal tea with mint or a mixture from cup of mineral water, tablespoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon. Drink this mixture in one go. The pressure will be reduced by 15-20 points for 20-30 minutes.
- The other way to reduce high blood pressure is a hot bath for hands. The water temperature should be about 45 degrees, the time of treatment – 10 minutes.
- With a sharp jump of pressure, first of all relax and try to hold your breath when you exhale for 8-10 seconds during 3 minutes. This technique is able to very quickly reduce the pressure by 30 points.
According to a new study, published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, regular walking in the parks can reduce the risk of high blood pressure which is the major cause of heart disease and stroke. Regular strolls may also boost mental health.
For the research, the scientists looked at 1,538 residents of Brisbane and compared cases of depression and high blood pressure with the self-reported number of days in which physical exercise happened for more than 30 minutes during a week.
“If everyone visited their local parks for half an hour each week there would be 7% fewer cases of depression and 9% fewer cases of high blood pressure,” said Dr. Danielle Shanahan from the University of Queensland in Australia.
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