Being Disgusted Could Improve Your Health

The feeling of disgust could lower your risk for disease.

Your body may be onto something when it triggers you to feel disgusted. New research published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society by the Environmental Health Group of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine showed that the emotion disgust may help protect you from disease and infection. 

The study looked at a group of over 2,500 people and surveyed them on things that could be found disgusting -- on the list were things such as spoiled milk, open wounds, and bugs. The study found that those items on the list that could produce harmful effects in the body such as disease-carrying insects, rotten food, wounds, and coughing were the things that people were most likely to avoid. So the next time you find something disgusting it's probably for a reason that will help keep your body healthy -- keep being disgusted and take proper precautions to avoid any gross things that may befall you. 


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For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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