If you’re planning on drinking anything aside from water today, you’re going to take note of three studies that came to our attention this morning. One, dishing on an unexpected side effect of loving white wine, will certainly impact your happy hour decisions, while the others will probably make you think twice about reaching for a Coke (or Diet Coke) this weekend. Read up!
Next time you need a little extra incentive to squeeze a workout in, remember this: A new study performed by researchers at the Mayo Clinic, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that high-intensity interval training — HIIT for short, which alternates short bursts of intense effort with periods of lower-intensity movement or recovery — can combat and even reverse signs of aging at the cellular level. How’s that for some icing on your workout cake?
• Looking to rev up your metabolism without too much effort (aren’t we all?). Well, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that whole grains help with the absorption of fiber, revving up your metabolism and regulating weight in the process. You don’t have to tell us twice! [Well + Good]
Internet trolls: We all know them. Some of us are them. Working on the internet, I have encountered more than my fair share, and I do often wonder to myself, Why, dear troll, are you screaming “I know of a place you can shove your hoagie!” to a complete stranger? (Yes, that is a real comment on a real Philly Mag post.) Wouldn’t your energy be better spent … somewhere else? Well, researchers at Stanford and Cornell looked into just that question of why people exhibit troll-like behavior, and it turns out, under the right circumstances, lots of people — yes, maybe including you — are capable of turning into all-caps-typing monsters. Much of it simply depends on mood.
The only thing worse than waiting in an hours-long line for brunch, only to be served a plate of eggs topped with a meal-ruining orange slice (tell me: WHO wants citrus on their eggs?!) is going to the grocery store and leaving with a cardiac episode-causing balance in your bank account because you just had to buy the fancy quinoa and the fancy organic honey and the fancy sourdough bread. And by fancy, I mean expensive.
Hey, it happens to the best of us. And as the Washington Post reports, you may be able to blame your preference for budget-breaking items at Whole Foods on a brain glitch. It seems, according to a new study to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, we pretty much always — often wrongly — assume that the more expensive an item is, the healthier it is. And of course, if you’re going to eat quinoa salad for lunch EVERY damn day, you want it to be the healthiest quinoa, right? Right. So you reach for the most expensive bag.
It is windy out there today. Like, the kind of windy that makes me wonder if I’d like living in Florida, despite all the signs that it’s … not for me (see: Marco Rubio and gator hunting as a hobby). So I will not judge you for telling me that you’ve already decided to skip your evening run — but I do have some news that might make you change your mind: As the New York Times reports, a new study found that runners brains are better equipped for decision-making, multitasking, concentrating, and more, than the brains of those who are sedentary but otherwise healthy. And who doesn’t want a better brain?
It happens to the best of us: You tell yourself you’ll just watch one more episode of The Fall (so good, amirite?) before bed, only to look at the clock five episodes later and find that it’s 3:46 a.m. and you need to be in the shower getting ready for work in less than four hours. But a new study shows that skimping on sleep isn’t just bad news when it comes to keeping your job (I don’t know about you, but my boss doesn’t really love it when I sleep at my desk), it can also be bad news for your waistline.
I rant about needing to save more money a lot. Like, so often that the minute my friends hear the sound “muh“ start to come out of my mouth, I can see their eyes roll into the backs of their skulls as they devise an escape plan. I don’t blame them: Anything is better than talking about someone else’s budget. Especially when said person is talking about their diminishing bank account while clutching a $7 bottle of kombucha in one hand and picking at pieces of outrageously expensive granola with the other.
And this is pretty much what I am doing at all times. Shameless, I know.
See, my (and my bank account’s) problem is that I can’t not buy the $7 kombucha if I pass it in Whole Foods. “Treat yo’self,” I tell myself … every single week. Do you know what $7 times four is? I mean, of course you do, but I’ll tell you anyway: That’s nearly $30 a month spent on KOMBUCHA. And that’s if I only buy one per week which never actually happens.
So, how do I reach my goal of actually putting more money into savings? Well, as Science of Us reports, a new study to be published in Social Psychological and Personality Study suggests that I should just avoid Whole Foods — and anywhere else that slings overpriced kombucha and the other artisanal health food products that eat away at my funds — altogether. (Insert all the bawling emojis here.)
Proof that social media rules everything around us: Scientists are now using Twitter to get insights into our healthy (or lack thereof) habits. Who is rethinking all of their pizza-and-wine-emoji-filled tweets and inserting their face into their palm? It’s okay — the pizza emoji is always in my most-used box, too.
We’ve got some good or bad news for you. (It depends on how you look at it.) Here goes: According to recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, right about now, at the beginning of October, is when you’ll probably weigh the least all year long.