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What's Happening Now: The Top Must Reads This Week In Health + Wellness

Every week, The S-Life Mag will make sure you’re in the know about the latest scientific studies and current events pertaining to health, wellness, nutrition and more. This is the stuff you need to know for your body, mind and soul!

 

TOP STORY!

~ The U.S. sugar industry is being accused of manipulating the results of medical research in their favor. Back in the ‘60s, the sugar lobby paid a group of Harvard researchers $50k to publish a study linking heart disease with fat and cholesterol rather than sugar. We all know how that ended — with fat becoming health enemy number one. Fast forward several decades and we know better; refined white sugar is an inflammatory, addictive ingredient found in almost all processed foods and linked to scores of chronic health woes, while the right kinds of fat are actually essential to a sharp mind, glowing skin and a lean body. Need help kicking your sugar habit? Salvation is here.

 

MORE GOOD STUFF…

~ No intentions of cutting back on the cocktails? OK, fine — then ramp up your workouts, because research suggests exercise may negate some of the health consequences of booze. Friday night happy hour, Saturday morning SoulCycle…got it.

~ Women’s body clocks run at a faster pace than men’s — about two hours faster, according to a small study. This may explain why women are more likely than men to report insomnia and daytime sleepiness.

~ This cold and flu season, be careful when measuring out the cough medicine for your little ones — research shows many parents make dosage mistakes.

~ Nutrition is important at every age, but as you get older, research finds Vitamin B12 is particularly essential for brain health. It can be harder to come by in plant-based foods than animal-based ones, but it’s possible—nutritional yeast is a good option (and it’s divine on popcorn, BTW).

~ Want to see something even creepier than Stranger Things? Watch as bacteria morph into drug-resistant superbugs right before your very eyes.

~ Women at Brown University will now be able to find free tampons and pads in all on-campus bathrooms. Let’s hope this initiative catches on.

~ It’s back-to-school time and that means back to the cafeteria, too. Read up on some great tips for packing better school lunches for your tots.

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