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Researchers Have Found That Drinking Wine in Moderation Could Improve Longevity

A study of senior citizens found a correlation between drinking alcohol in moderation and increased longevity

According to one study published in 2007 on aging and dementia, drinking alcohol and coffee in moderation may help you live longer than those who do not.

The 90+ Study, conducted by Dr. Claudia Kawas at the University of California-Irvine, studied nearly 14,000 men and women over the age of 70 beginning in the 1980s.

These participants were followed for 23 years total, taking follow-up questionnaires about alcohol consumption in 1992 and 1998.

By the time the study had ended in 2004, 11,386 of the participants had passed away. Both male and female study participants who consumed alcohol experienced decreased mortality compared to those who identified as non-drinkers.

Individuals who drank moderate amounts of alcohol every day saw a 15% decrease in mortality over those who did not drink.

Additionally, those who began drinking partway through the study experienced a reduced mortality rate, while those who quit drinking were found to be more likely to die than those who did not.

The study concluded that, among elderly men and women, consuming moderate amounts of alcohol can increase your overall lifespan. However, it was recommended that those who needed to quit drinking for health reasons not delay doing so because of the potential for increased longevity.

So how much wine should we be drinking to live longer? According to a massive study led by researchers from Harvard, not all that much. Their research suggests that one or two drinks a day can be beneficial, but exceeding that may not be.

Excessive alcohol consumption rates resulted in more hospitalizations and a higher risk of diseases like cancer. People who drank heavily and also smoked experienced the worst health results.

Editor's note:

Previously, we published a story named "New Research Says Drinking Wine Is More Important Than Exercise For Living Past 90" that suggested that, per this study's results, you could forgo exercise in favor of drinking wine and expect to live beyond 90 years old. This was not an accurate description of the study in question.

Leadstories and Politifact correctly flagged this as incorrect. We are thankful to Aaron Sharockman, Maarten Schenk and Miriam Valverde (as well to her editor, Angie Drobnic Holan) for pointing out our mistake, so we can fix it properly.

The 90+ Study, as it's called, studied participants who were already over the age of 70 and simply found that those who drank moderate amounts of wine had a tendency to live longer than those who did not.

Medical experts and researchers alike generally agree that exercise is a key component to living a long, happy, and healthy life. The 90+ Study just gives you permission to have a glass or two of wine once in a while.

We apologize for misinforming our amazing readers and thank you for understanding this mistake!

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According To Research, Shorter Height Can Lead To Paranoid Thoughts

Revised version of our previous article titled "New research says short people are angrier and more violent than tall people."

Let's start this article with a question.

Have you ever lied about your height?

It's certainly not an uncommon thing to do. Your overall size compared to other people and your surroundings is an important factor in how you see yourself and the world around you. And let's face it, being tall has its social advantages. But what does the science have to say about height and its more subtle impacts?

According to research conducted in 2014, an individual's height may directly impact feelings of security and paranoia. Researches Daniel Freeman, Nicole Evans, Rachel Lister, Angus Antley, Mel Slater, and Graham Dunn asked volunteers to participate in a virtual reality study in which they took a virtual journey through public transit at their normal height. The participants relayed their overall feelings.

The second time, they took the same public transit route, but the virtual reality simulator made them approximately one head shorter than their normal height. Although riding on a subway is hardly a complicated task, the participants related significantly different feelings when their height was altered to make them shorter.

The participants reported feeling more anxious, weak, inferior, and incompetent once their stature was lowered. But the participants weren't told that their height had been lowered and they actually didn't immediately notice feeling smaller than before. One participant felt that other virtual passengers were being hostile toward them when they were shorter, but not taller, even though the virtual passenger did not behave any differently.

The purpose of this study isn't to point to short people and accuse them of being paranoid and jumpy, but to rather study how we combat paranoia. The researchers believe that paranoia may be stemmed in self image and feelings of being inferior and small.

"From this it follows that by helping someone to feel more positively about themselves we may be able to reduce their susceptibility to paranoid thoughts," Daniel and Jason Freeman wrote in an article published in The Guardian.

"Virtual reality could be an asset here: if simulating a decrease in height lowers self-esteem, then the opposite may be true too. By allowing people with problematic paranoia to feel taller in VR social situations, we may be able to boost their confidence in the real world."


Editor's note:

Previously, we ran this article with some stretched and false information. It was titled "New research says short people are angrier and more violent than tall people." To begin with, the study wasn't new. It's a 5 year old piece of research. Calling it new research was not exactly truthful.

In addition to that, we confused the results of this study with another one and suggested that shorter people were more violent and angry by nature. Neither study concluded this fact, and we were wrong to report it this way. We misunderstood the text of the studies and reported the information in an incorrect way and apologize for doing so.

So in summary, the previous text was made up of: two old pieces of research, one not about height, and one not about violence.

We want to thank Maarten Schenk from Leadstories for pointing out our mistake. We would not have been able to make this well-needed change without his thorough review.

We also want to apologize to everyone who felt insulted by our previous article and we want to assure you we did not intend to do that. Even more, our editor is a relatively short person and he is the loveliest guy you could work or hang out with.

Thank you to all our incredible supporters who continue to read and enjoy the trusted content we create here on Higher Perspectives.

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Hugging is the most beautiful form of communication

Hugging is one of the most amazing things that we could ever give another person. Hugging is essentially a form of therapy in itself.

When we receive hugs, it gives us a sense of comfort, care, love, understanding, and many other indescribable feelings. Having that said, wouldn't you agree that giving each other a hug every single day would be a good idea?

There is more to hugging than the surface appearance of it all. There is an actual science that happens within us when we are receiving a hug or giving one to someone else.

The physiological changes we experience deep within as we are being hugged could be described as one of the ultimate forms of being human and alive.

1. Balances the Nervous System

Just by giving someone a hug, you have already begun to balance their nervous system.

Tiny egg-shaped pressure sensors referred to as Pacnician corpuscles found within the skin are linked to the brain through our Vagus nerve.

Essentially what this means is that they sense the feeling of being touched.

What happens when moisture and electricity hover over the skin during a hug can show a balanced state of your nervous system parasympathetic, something that is achieved by psycho-physiological coherence that is created when you are passionately hugging someone!

2. Reduces Stress Levels

Hugging someone can ease a majority of their stress immediately and effectively. Too often we underestimate the power of hugging.

What happens is that when being hugged, the level of cortisol that is circulating throughout our body is reduced tremendously.

This means that our minds are able to calm down and think without stress. The next time you are with your significant other, give them the biggest hug you can summon!

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3. Better Overall Mood

When you hug someone, you begin to increase the production of serotonin in your brain which is the essential chemical you need for a positive attitude/mood. This also boosts your self-esteem.

Something to keep in mind when thinking about depression or those who are lonely, is that they are experiencing really low levels of serotonin.

When you hug someone, the brain begins to release more serotonin and endorphin into your blood vessels, creating pleasure and expelling sorrow.

4. Relaxes Your Body

Hugging can actually cause your muscles to relax in the best ways possible. When receiving a hug, our muscles begin to release tension all over the body. Seriously, why aren't we hugging each other more often?

5. Heart Health Improves/Decreased Heart Rate

Hugging has the amazing ability to decrease our heart rate.

A study brought to light by the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, suggested that the volunteers who had little to no contact at all with their partners had developed a much faster heart rate of 10 beats per minute, compared to the standard 5 beats per minute of those who were hugged by their partner all the time.

Essentially, the lower your heart rate is the less trouble you will have for cardiac illnesses.

In short, we need to be hugging each other every single day for our mental and physical health. More importantly, our happiness.

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Watch out for these 4 symptoms of clogged arteries

The arteries within our bodies are essential for our health. If our system of arterial vessels isn't working properly, our organs won't receive the amount of blood they need to work properly either.

When someone has a heart attack, it's usually because their arteries are clogged as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle.

Sometimes this means they need to exercise more, eat healthier food, or in extreme cases, a combination of both.

Clogged arteries can also cause stroke and a variety of cardiovascular diseases.

Although it can be difficult to identify whether or not your arteries are clogged, there are some signs you'll be able to notice on your own.

If you're able to notice any of these four signs, you should consider seeking medical attention before the problem gets worse.

1. Leg or Lower Extremity Pain

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a buildup of cholesterol or plaque that sits in the extremities.

You'll be able to notice some pain or discomfort in your legs or feet if you're suffering from PAD, and it may limit your ability to walk.

In very extreme cases, it could result in the loss of a leg or foot. If you have discomfort or pain in your legs, seek medical attention as soon as you can.

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2. Erectile Dysfunction

Clogged arteries results in the restriction of blood flow, which means males with erectile dysfunction could have more serious problems to worry about.

In order to achieve and maintain an erection, the body needs to be able to have a free-flowing supply of blood to the area in question.

If you're suffering from erectile dysfunction and aren't sure why, it may be time to see a doctor.

3. Pain in the Lower Back

The arteries located in the lower back are some of the first to accumulate plaque. Lower back pain could be one of the first signs of clogged arteries that your body will experience.

The reason you have pain in your lower back as a result clogged arteries is due to a lack of blood in the disks that cushion your vertebrae.

A lack of blood to this area will cause herniated disks and pinched nerves.

4. Calf Pain

This is different than PAD, which was listed earlier, and it's a result of arteriosclerosis. This is the thickening or hardening of the arterial walls, which blocks blood flow to the legs.

If this is happening to you, it's extremely common to have pain in one or both calves, which is a condition known as claudication.

People who smoke are at a higher risk of experiencing arteriosclerosis, and claudication as a result.

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Dehydration is making you fat and sick!

Many people across the nation suffer from persistent dehydration. Most of the liquids we do consume are counterproductive to hydrating our bodies.

Salt, sugar, caffeine, preservatives and awful syrups make many commercial beverages second rate options.

While dehydrated, our organs don't operate as efficiently, cells don't divide or operate as well, digestive processes are inefficient, our neurons don't fire or coordinate as well.

It's no wonder that while in this state sleep becomes a tall order. You can't always avoid dehydrating foods or drinks, and you should try to exercise, try to compensate as well as you can with more water.

There is an unreasonable fear of drinking too much water, but in order to become ill from this you have to consume gallons.

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