Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning Ginkgo Biloba, giving blood and go kart racing.
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You can go to the supermarket and purchase the leaves from the trees straight out of the Jurassic Age. Ginkgo biloba trees have graced the planet with their healing presence for a very long time but nowadays, you don’t have to trek through the mountains to a Japanese temple to procure the benefits. The ancients used ginkgo to improve circulation, eradicate tentatives and stave off absentmindedness in the elderly. Modern studies have shown that many conditions, such as macular degeneration, early dementia and depression can benefit from the increased blood flow that ginkgo provides. But this tree has experts confounded. Some studies come back with glowing reports about neural protection and improved neurotransmission. Other ginkgo studies failed to come up with anything. The ancients knew that ginkgo leaves heeled different maladies at different times of the year. It’s this season-specific application that may be missing in some studies. Other studies are showing that it’s the long term use of ginkgo that yields effects. Many studies have only been weeks long. But can you learn millions of years of healing secrets in mere weeks? If you were to give blood on Monday, by Wednesday afternoon, you could have helped save the lives of three people. It’s the greatest act of charity among men. Do you fit the blood donor bill? You need to be over 16 and under 70, have no recent tattoos or piercings, not be pregnant or recently have given birth and not be suffering from any major health conditions. You’ll be asked all this and more before your blood pressure and hemoglobin are checked and your blood donation begins. Your blood will be divided up into plasma, red cells and platelets at the lab, ready for infusion into trauma victims or terminally I'll patients within 48 hours. Most people are a little anxious before donating but will tell you afterwards that it really doesn’t hurt all that much. And it only takes 10 minutes from questionnaire to juice on the biscuit. Can you spare 10 minutes to help save someone’s life? If you prefer to keep your hear in condition by upping the excitement factor for more beats per minute, then go-kart racing could be for you. Pretending you're Michael Schumacher or Sarah Fisher may have you burning off calories faster than you can say Formula 1. The go-kart is after all the smaller cousin of the Formula 1 racing car. This is where most pros get their start. Imagine the excitement as you whip around the track at over 130 kilometers an hour in one of these. Hand-eye coordination is taken to all new levels as you expertly navigate the corners, keeping it on course and avoiding disaster. Actually, for an ultra-fast sport, go-kart racing has a fairly safe track record. After you're fully kitted out with your protective gear, you will be put into a group of go-karters who match you in skill and speed, so your heart won't be in your mouth for all the wrong reasons. You will be able to cope with the track. Although rollovers can occur, make sure you're in a caged chassis for protection and, know your limit. Are you after a—family fun centered style track or are you a serious contender. Would a high-end speed grand prix go-kart track give you a better run for your money? I bet those airmen who invented the sport for fun back in the 1950s had no idea this would become a worldwide phenomenon. You can even go-kart indoors, making it a year-round pursuit, great way to get your heart racing. Try downing your ginkgo supplement with a warm cup of ginger tea for an added boost to your ephemeral circulation.
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