On 7 April 2023  ̶  World Health Day  ̶  the World Health Organization will observe its 75th anniversary.

In 1948, countries of the world came together and founded WHO to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health and well-being.   

WHO’s 75th anniversary year is an opportunity to look back at public health successes that have improved quality of life during the last seven decades. It is also an opportunity to motivate action to tackle the health challenges of today  ̶  and tomorrow.  

Let us commemorate this day with some (known and interesting) facts related to OUR Health;

  • Walking barefoot on grass helps to create acupressure on the vital pulse point and nerve ends that are spread all across our sole. It is not one of the most unknown health facts, though. If we go by our traditional wisdom, walking barefooted on the grass early in the morning improves our eyesight.
  • You know that the rays of the sun are the best source of Vitamin D. It is one essential vitamin that can’t be found in the food we eat. Rather, it comes through our skin when we soak the rays of the sun – much like the process of photosynthesis of plants.
  • ‘People who laugh more live longer.’ Maybe you heard this phrase million times and it really works. Laughter increases blood flow by 20%, and ‘laughter is the best stress buster’. The best part is that it is one thing that you can’t help sharing. You never laugh alone. You always need other people to laugh along.
  • We often hear that human physiology was not designed to sit in one place. It’s meant to be wild, to run, to climb, and to hunt. However, our contemporary work culture and urban lifestyle hardly leave any scope for that. And this, lack of exercise, leads to several chronic and auto-immune diseases.
  • Ocean water heals wounds, aches, and pains. Due to being rich in sodium, chloride, sulphate, and many such minerals, ocean water has property to heal skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema. It is also helpful for hay fever and sinus conditions.
  • The hydration level of our body affects the functioning of our brain. It might be one of the most unknown health facts, but true. According to a research study, about 1-3% fluid loss (0.5-2kg of body weight) triggered by dehydration can impact brain functioning, negatively.
  • A study on 50 overweight women has proved that additional 500 ml of water/ fluid consumption thrice daily has aided weight loss to be faster as compared to their earlier weight loss records.
  • Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful while passing urine. It occurs due to minerals getting crystallized to form solid clumps. Proper water intake helps in preventing kidney stones by increasing the volume of urine that prevents minerals from getting, crystalized.
  • Do you find it difficult to spring out of the bed right after waking up from sleep? Or feel confused? Sleep-inertia or Dysania is a reality with reportedly 42% of adolescence being affected by it. No doubt that living a sedentary life causes such issues. A healthy life is always designed by a healthy body.
  • Sleeping is as significant as having nutritious food and adequate physical activity. That’s why doctors recommend a specific sleep quota for every age group because sleep deprivation can kill faster than food deprivation.
  • Sun is the main source of vital energy on Earth. It is best to soak sunlight as much as possible. Being out in the natural light helps to regulate our sleep-wake cycle. We often tend to forget that the nature around us is a major contributor to our overall health and wellbeing.
  • Did you know there is a clock inside our brain? And that is influenced by light and darkness. It might come across as a shocking health fact. Our body indeed develops a sequence, rhythm, and way to perform every task. Scientists call this clock circadian rhythm. This circadian rhythm is natural biological clock.
  • Having a good social circle has been identified as one of the common factors that affect health and longevity. When you need immediate help due to some medical emergency, your immediate social circle comes in handy. Also being in the company of like-minded people keeps us healthy and hearty.

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