Can Religion Make You Healthier?

Religion might add years to your life.

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Let’s make it clear. Religion is responsible for dozens of millions of death, from the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades and the calls for jihad. And that’s just the tip of iceberg. A wrong gesture or sentence can get you killed or your hand chopped off in a few countries.

Religion can definitively bring the worst of humans out.

Many of us are also put off by the official dogma. It’s hard to reconcile evolution theory (or physics) with religion. Or the ideals of democracy with the autocracy that many religions promote.

Yet, religion seems also to have a curative effect. A 2003 study shows church attendance lowers by 25% risk of mortality. Researchers have found that weekly attendance at religious services is associated with 2 to 3 additional years of life expectancy. In another study, women aged 50 and up were 20% less likely to die in any given year if they attended religious services weekly.

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Drink black tea to lower stress

Drinking black tea can lower by 52% cortisol or stress.

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Health-conscious people tend to prefer green tea over other drinks. Green tea is a potent antioxidant, improves insulin sensitivity, protects against myocardial injury, and also has antiviral properties. It is  indeed a good idea to drink on a regular basis green tea to lower risk of cancer, diabetes or liver disease.

Black tea is less popular. However, research shows that black tea lowers significantly stress. In subjects performing highly demanding and stressful tasks, consumption of black tea can decrease by half cortisol and bring back the body to equilibrium.
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