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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!


~ If you and your freckles had a relationship on Facebook, it’d be deemed “complicated.” Those beauty marks might be Cindy Crawford-esque (read: sexy), but it’s important you pay attention to evolving moles and freckles (and know what to look out for).

~ Mae West once said, “an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away,” and the babe took the words right out of our hearts, even though scientists are still working to unravel the evolutionary reason behind this otherworldly, natural feeling of ecstasy.

~ Side note: Someone notify millennials about the whole “orgasms are awesome” thing, because it looks like they’re not getting down and dirty as much as previously thought.

~ During Botanical Bodies Month, we learned all about the value of the special bacteria our mothers pass down to us from breast milk and the birth canal  and now that it’s World Breastfeeding Week, let’s revisit all the ways the bosom offers up one magical elixir. Can we just say something? We women are freaking amazing!

Knowing which water is best for your health is murky territory, and in the Antarctic Sea, toxic levels of Mercury were just discovered, making clean H2O an even hotter commodity.

~ We’ve got a thing for oral healthcare — all the better for kissing! — but what IS the deal with floss, how did it get its start and is it really the ultimate cure-all like your dentist claims?

~ The Sakara Life program is plant-based for a feast of reasons, but let’s add one more to the list: Too much red meat, researchers say, could lead to some long-term health risks.

~ Ever had a sent text get caught in no-service purgatory? Soooo annoying. Bacteria —both beneficial and pathogenic — are like, “same.” They need a clear line of communication too, and scientists are toying with how certain proteins can inhibit signals from bacteria to bacteria. This might eventually be helpful in stopping the spread of disease!

~ Blood is also known as the “river of life” and can be tested and analyzed to understand so many facets of our health, both present and future. Now, the innovation aficionados of IBM are working on creating a chip that puts your blood through a different kind of test  an obstacle course to see if it shows signs of disease.

~ If you’re feeling a little tight and stressed, may we suggest a massage? And if you’re feeling extra out-of-alignment and in need of some crystal therapy, may we do you one better, and offer up a gemstone massage? The Coveteur investigates. BRB while we add this to our “must-do” shortlist.

~ Save a little green the next time you go to the pharmacy — a study on the effectiveness of generic drugs should put your worries to rest. (Spoiler alert: they’re just as good as the branded versions.)

~ Does a stinky, fermented soybean condiment belong on your plate? Ann Yonetani, a microbiologist turned food entrepreneur, thinks so.

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