Scientists have found that food with a high fat content trigger chemicals in your body that can give you the munchies. These chemicals, called “endocannabinoids”, set off reactions in the nervous system similar to the reactions caused by marijuana use. They trigger a relaxed feeling that reduces pain and anxiety, and encourages people to eat more. It turns out that food like potato chips and french fries can actually make you want to keep eating. Scientists are working on a drug to repress this reaction to keep people from overeating.
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You know the old wives’ tale: “If you shave it grows back thicker”. While it’s true that after a shave the hair grows back stubblier (and sometimes more irritating), the doctors at the Mayo Clinic can assure you that it won’t grow back thicker! It also can appear more noticeable at this stage of growth, which can give it the illusion of being thicker or darker.
If your hair is getting thicker, you might be suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome, Cushing’s disease, or side effects from your hormonal medication, or medications like Cyclosporine and Minoxidil.
It all depends on the amount of lactose remaining in the food (lactose is the sugar found in milk and other dairy products). Yogurt that contains live bacteria cultures typically can be consumed because the bacteria produce enzymes like lactase that break down much of the naturally-occurring dairy sugar. Converting lactose into lactic acid makes the yogurt much more tolerable for the sensitive stomachs of those with lactose intolerance.
This same phenomenon also makes some cheese varieties acceptable for intolerant tummies. The Lactobacillus bacteria used to produce most types of cheese remain well after it has been sold and continue to process its lactose. According to food science professor Scott Rankin of the University of Wisconsin, “in theory, most of the lactose [in cheese] is gone after three months of aging.”
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In an experiment, 10 brunettes and 10 redheads were given an anesthetic and were subjected to electrical shocks. The readheads required an average of 20% more anesthetic to become too numb to feel the shocks. This test was part of a 2002 study in the University of Louisville. According to the test’s findings, anesthesiologists should consider using more anesthetic when before performing surgery on a redhead.
At any given time, about ninety percent of your hair is constantly growing at a rate of about half an inch per month. But what about the remaining ten percent? Those hairs are a two to three month resting phase that will conclude with these hair shafts being shed. Anywhere 50 to 100 hairs can actually be lost during an average day! Once a hair is shed, it gets replaced by a new one from the same follicle.