What's Happening Now: This Week In Health News
Every Wednesday, 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!
Struggle with migraines? You may know which foods or medications trigger those debilitating headaches, but would you believe your microbiome plays a role? (Actually, if you spend any time around these parts, you probably aren’t surprised.) Here’s the latest: Researchers have found a link between migraines and the diverse community of bacteria throughout your body. Specifically, they say people who suffer from migraines may have a greater number of bacteria that are able to produce and modify nitrates in their guts and mouths…and nitrites, in case you didn’t know, are compounds known to cause severe headaches. While this development may eventually lead to new treatments for migraines, there IS some bad news—red wine is a top migraine trigger thanks to its nitrate content. May we suggest tequila on the rocks with fresh lime?
MORE GOOD STUFF…
- With Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential run, it’s safe to say women (nasty and otherwise) are making incredible strides. And according to new data, we’re gaining ground in yet another battle of the sexes...alcohol consumption.
- The New York Times has the story of one man who took “let food be thy medicine” to heart. The story of Khalil Rafati and his journey from drug addiction to a well life (and a southern California juice empire) is inspiring us this week.
- Lying is a slippery slope…and we’re speaking scientifically, not anecdotally. A study found that while dishonesty feels emotionally uncomfortable at first, our brains adapt to it over time and become desensitized to the unpleasantness. Eventually, telling lies doesn’t bother us so much, priming us to tell bigger and bigger fibs.
- Just in time for Halloween, the CDC has released a scary new report on the rise of STDs.
- Any parent who’s ever resorted to using their smartphone or tablet to soothe a fussy child knows that these devices can be a godsend…though using them in this way is a little controversial. Rest assured, doctors say: digital device usage is ok for kids under the age of 5, provided they don’t get more than an hour of screen time per day.
- While your teenage rebellious streak and questionable fashion choices may be a thing of the past, the blemishes of those hormonal years may have (annoyingly) stuck around. As our girl Whitney Tingle knows very well, a diet of fresh, colorful plant-based foods is one of your most powerful weapons in the quest for clear skin.
- While going gluten-free may make you feel better (we’re certainly proponents of it!), traditionally, doctors have said that unless you have celiac disease, you’re not actually intolerant of the stuff. However, a new study challenges that theory; it revealed that a different type of protein in wheat may trigger inflammatory conditions like arthritis and asthma.
- Pediatricians are recommending that infants share a bedroom—although not a bed—with their parents for at least the first six months of life in order to prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).