24 Jul, 2024
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The Unexpected Reason Your Body Hair Looks Like A Corkscrew – Health Digest

Along with gum bleeding and the presence of small, red-purple spots at the base of the hair follicle (known as perifollicular hemorrhages), corkscrew hairs are one of the main signs of vitamin C deficiency (via StatPearls). In a 2015 case report published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal, a white man in his late 30s with […]

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One Reason You Shouldn’t Drink Coffee Before Sex (And One Reason Why You Should) – Health Digest

Caffeine and coffee acids, such as chlorogenic acid and N-alkanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide, can cause digestive discomfort in some people. Caffeine works by increasing the frequency of contractions in your gastrointestinal tract. This is why a lot of people turn to the beverage as a natural stimulant that helps them stay regular.  However, for people with sensitive guts, this […]

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The Strange Reason We Have Hair On Our Butts – Health Digest

With nearly 8 million subscribers, the hosts of the SciShow YouTube channel explore viewers’ most burning scientific questions. Butt hair was the subject of one particular episode back in 2016, in which YouTuber Hank Green offered the theory that the hair between our buttocks may have helped our early ancestors find a mate. It sounds […]

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The Weird Reason Sugar-Free Foods Make You Poop – Health Digest

People with digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Chron’s disease, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), or candida overgrowth should be especially careful when consuming foods labeled “sugar-free.” A 2017 study published in the journal Advances in Nutrition found that polyols, which are also naturally found in plants, can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, flatulence, and laxative effects in people with IBS.  According […]

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There May Be A Good Reason To Store Your Poop For Future Use – Health Digest

According to a 2022 opinion piece published in Trends in Molecular Medicine, another good reason to store your poop for future use includes autologous fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). The concept of fecal transplants — collecting poop from a healthy donor and introducing it into a patient’s GI tract via colonoscopy — is not a new one. It’s also called […]

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Visiting The ER For This Reason Increases Your Risk Of Early Death – Health Digest

You may not think much of a minor slip that hurt your ankle at the Christmas party while you’d had one too many drinks, but alcohol-related injuries can be life-threatening, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Road accidents, falls, drownings, relational violence, suicide, and sexual assault are some of the concerns for […]

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The Scientific Reason Movie Theater Food Cravings Are Hard To Control – Health Digest

According to a 2013 four-part study conducted by the Association for Consumer Research, we are more likely to reach for unhealthy food when seated in a dimly lit environment. When given the choice between a fruit cup or a cheesecake slice, participants seated around a table reached more often for the cheesecake when surrounded by […]

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The Big Reason Marijuana Makes People So Hungry – Health Digest

“It’s like pressing a car’s brakes and accelerating instead,” said Tamas Horvath, lead author of a 2015 rodent study published in Nature, during a press release (via PBS). The research paper explains that natural cannabinoid receptors in our brain help keep our food intake in check. A specific group of neurons, known as POMC neurons, […]

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There’s A Reason Vegetarians Can’t Stand Meat, According To Science – Health Digest

Researchers of the study found three strongly identified “vegetarian genes” and 31 other potential “vegetarian genes” in their subjects. The vegetarians in the study were more likely than meat eaters to have different variations of these genes, and the meat eaters did not possess four variations of the so-called “vegetarian genes” – TMEM241, RIOK3, NPC1, and […]

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The Unexpected Reason You’re Having Difficulty Breathing – Health Digest

Two brain areas are responsible for respiration and they reside in the lower brain stem. A study published in 2017 in The Journal of Physiological Sciences explains that one respiratory center, which is involved in minute-to-minute control of breathing, is located in the medulla oblongata. The other respiratory center is the pons, which is located just […]