Today’s Headlines: Ginger’s Affects on Allergies, Smaller Plates to Reduce Calorie Intake, and How Fidgeting Can Improve Your Health

Sprinkling ginger on your meals may help you stop sneezing during allergy season. With the fall allergy season upon us, a new study came out with a possible solution to your allergy woes: ginger. “A major component in ginger, 6-gingerol, suppresses the activation of T lymphocytes, or T cells, a type of white blood cell that plays an important role in sensitizing people to specific allergens, the researchers said.” The study has only been run on mice so far and needs more work before it can be tested on humans. (WSJ)

Trade in your jumbo size chip bag and 12-inch plate for smaller options; it could improve your health. Having bigger food items around the house, like big bags of snacks, big plates, and even bigger silverware can make you unintentionally consume more calories than your body needs in one day. A recent study found that downsizing may be able to help: “…smaller containers, dishes and cutlery might help adults consume up to 16 percent fewer calories in the U.K. and 29 percent less in the U.S…when it comes to plate size, reducing the diameter by even an inch or two can make a difference in calorie consumption…Ideally, adults should use 9-inch or 10-inch plates, and children should have 7.5-inch plates…” The study was not performed on a lot of people or long enough to prove that smaller plates can assist with weight loss, but researchers are optimistic that this could be the case. (Reuters)

Fidgeting may be the remedy for those that sit all day. Sitting all day has been proven to have many adverse health effects, but recent research has shown that people who fidget may be able to counteract some of the negative effects of sitting. “The new study, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that women who sat for long periods of time have a lower mortality rate if they considered themselves moderately to very fidgety, compared to women who said they only fidgeted occasionally. Women who sat for long periods of time without fidgeting had an increased risk of death that wasn’t seen among other groups. Perhaps most surprisingly of all, the researchers didn’t find a difference in mortality risk between women who sat more versus those who were more active—as long as the sitters were fidgety.” So fidget away, it could be improving your health. (Time)