Weekly Wellness News

1.Can yoga be added to the list of aerobic workouts?

You can’t go into any form of social media and not come across beautiful yoga pictures. Although these can look quite effortless, it’s undeniable that a lot of work goes into reaching this level. But can yoga count as an actual aerobic exercise? Exercise is classified as aerobic if it elevates one’s heart rate and increases the body’s use of oxygen. Yoga, when done fast (and properly), could actually work as intense interval training. Transitioning from pose to pose can even have similar effects on the body to sprinting. When it comes to yoga, though, one must remember that it needs to be done properly, and if you are new to the practice, under proper supervision. (The New York Times)

2.When it comes to health, we have to also think about the air we breathe every day.

Air pollution is a topic that has been making headlines quite frequently lately. For the most part, not many of us think about it, but this doesn’t mean that it’s not affecting us on some level. In fact, it seems that being exposed to high levels of air pollution may put one at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is important news to help us realize that we not only have to be mindful about what we eat, but also of our surroundings when it comes to overall health. (Science Daily)

3.For more nutritious benefits, choose whole grains instead of refined.

We know that fiber provides the body with wonderful benefits: It supports heart health, our healthy gut bacteria love it, and it can be a wonderful tool for weight loss. You can enjoy some of the fiber benefits by simply switching refined grains for whole grains. Whole grains, such as brown rice and oats, are known to provide the body with great nutrients, and because of their fiber content, you’ll actually absorb fewer calories while helping stimulate your metabolism. So don’t forget to enjoy more nutrients, and make the most of your foods, and go with whole grains instead of refined. (MNT)

4.Kids who spend more time indoors may need glasses sooner.

As the years go by, the time kids spend outdoors keeps reducing. Some of the factors playing a role here is the advancement of technology, parents being concerned for their kids’ safety and preferring to keep them indoors, and the fact that everyone is increasingly busier. But this has been taking a toll on kids’ health, and not only when it comes to weight management issues. It seems that kids who spend more time indoors (exposed to artificial light) develop vision problems sooner. (FastCoExist)

5.We are asked to be mindful about the health halo around gluten-free foods.

Gluten-free foods, the new trend, the new ‘low-fat.” You can find a gluten-free food section in just about every supermarket and on restaurant menus. But does this mean that these foods are healthier than the regular foods? Not so much. Dr. Mark Hyman explains the false health halo around gluten-free foods and why we shouldn’t be so confident that a gluten-free cookie is better than one with gluten. His message? Fresh foods are always better than processed and packaged ones, which gives us something to think about. How many steps did it take to get the food you eat from the field to your plate? If it stopped by a factory, perhaps you want to reconsider. (The Huffington Post)