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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!

 

~ Kendrick Farris is the only American competing in men’s weightlifting in the 2016 Rio Olympics. He lifted a combined 787 lbs (!!) in the games…and he did it eating a vegan diet. What does this strongman have to say about his plant-based lifestyle? “Now, my body recovers a lot faster. I feel lighter. My mind is a lot more clear. I feel I can focus a lot better.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

~ Baby steps, Sakaralite. When it comes to swapping detrimental habits for healthier, more body-loving ones, it doesn’t take much. A new study finds that swapping just one sugary beverage per day for water can make a major impact on your overall health (we’re talking lower risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes). Put down the soda and pick up a Beauty Water, why don’t ya?

~ Speaking of choosing your beverages wisely, new research shines a light on the toxic chemicals that might be polluting your drinking water. An estimated 16 million Americans are getting a dose of PFASs — industrial compounds found in water and heat-proof items — in their tap water. The effects of PFASs on human health are unconfirmed, but research suggests potential links to cancer and weakened immunity.

~ Walk, run, dance…whatever you do, just get up and move. The American Heart Association reminds us once again that too much sitting may lead to heart disease and diabetes.

~ Constantly popping pills to cure a headache or bad back? If you’re pregnant, your seemingly harmless Tylenol habit might be upping your future child’s risk of ADHD and other behavioral issues. We’ve got the scoop on inflammation and how to treat it naturally.

~ If you’ve been tuning into the games in Rio, perhaps you’ve noticed that some Olympians have circular bruises on their skin. Curious? The marks are from cupping, an alternative pain-healing treatment with ancient roots that’s enjoying a moment in the spotlight.

~ Not a morning person? Go ahead and stay in bed a little longer — research shows viruses are more dangerous when they infect people in the AM hours.

~ Get a grip, guys. Literally. A study finds men these days aren’t as strong as their predecessors, and are specifically lacking the strength their fathers had in their hands and arms.

New mamas, take heed: According to a new report, it’s like you’re tucking in your little one unsafely. 

~ A large-scale study has shown that your parents’ longevity is a pretty accurate prediction of your own. Want to boost your chances of a long, healthy, happy life? The secret is plant foods.

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