• A new study pitted sourdough bread, often touted as a lower-glycemic and therefore healthier option, against white bread and found — dun, dun, dun — that the whole “sourdough is a low-glycemic option” might not be as clear-cut as we previously thought. In fact, for some in the study, consuming sourdough bread actually made their blood sugar shoot up more than plain ol’ white bread did. Gasp! [The Atlantic]
It’s time to get serious, my friends. Serious about taking care of the largest organ of our body — our skin.
We chatted with Naomi Fenlin, owner of About Face Skin Care, and asked her to lay it all out — what are we all doing wrong in the warmer months (and hopefully it will get warmer soon) when it comes to taking care of our skin. And boy, oh boy, did she come through. Below, seven common summertime skincare mistakes she has observed — both in her life and in her work — aside from people skipping sunscreen, Because, well, we all already know should be doing that, right? Read on to avoid becoming a raisin (or whatever your preferred dried fruit comparison is).
Good news for the skin-sensitive (or the forgetful): Philly wants to help keep you protected from the sun.
The city’s getting 20 sunscreen dispensers (think sanitizer dispensers — but with sunscreen!) installed near parks and other popular hangout/workout spots, like Kelly Drive, City Hall, the Citizens Bank Park — and pools, of course. They should be in place before the summer is in full swing.
• I pretty much always walk into Trader Joe’s with noble intentions and walk out with a reusable tote bag full of Srirarcha-flavored potato chips and peanut brittle. If you are in the same boat, here are 16 dietitian-approved items to throw in your cart this weekend if you’re keeping an eye on your waistline. Consider it your readymade weekend shopping list. [Women’s Health]
• Maybe you slept through your alarm for an early flight and didn’t have time to pack a breakfast before hitting the airport; maybe you’re stuck on a long car ride in the middle of nowhere, where rest stops are the only spots to find sustenance; whatever the case: Fast-food breakfast happens every now and then. Here, a nutritionist’s top picks for when you find yourself in line at a fast-food spot first thing in the morning. [POPSUGAR Fitness]
• Let’s put this childhood argument to rest, once and for all: No, chewing gum does not stay trapped in your body for seven years after you swallow it, as myth suggests. But you don’t completely digest it, either. Here, a gastroenterologist explains what really happens to gum when you dare to swallow it. [BuzzFeed] Read more »
• Every year, the Environmental Working Group puts out its much-anticipated ranking of the best sunscreens. Making the list of best sunscreens this year are picks like Beautycounter Protect All Over Suncreen, Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick, All Good Sport Sunscreen, and more. When it comes to red flags, know that sunscreens with common ingredients like vitamin A and oxybenzone are both no-nos in the EWG’s book. [Well + Good]
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• Looks like D.C. is kicking our butt when it comes to the fitness game. The District was just ranked the fittest city in the country for the third year in a row by the American Fitness Index, followed by Minneapolis in second place and Denver in third. Philly came down much further on the list at number 24. Let’s work on that, shall we? [Huffington Post]
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Not to sound like your mother or anything but, please, please put on some freakin’ sunscreen, people! As Science Daily reports, new research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found that most Americans still — despite images like this! — don’t use sunscreen, like, ever.
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