Weekly Wellness News

1.Our smartphones are making us more stressed

Smartphones undeniably have made our lives easier when it comes to staying connected to people and being on top of our to-dos. But staying connected all the time comes with a heavy price. You guessed it: Stress! Americans in general agree that their smartphones are a source of stress for them. Not only because of work related emails and tasks, but also because of social media. Families are concerned about the amount of time that their kids spend on their smartphones and ways in which these devices make people feel less and less connected to each other. Maybe it’s time to take a step back and set more boundaries in our relationships with our smartphones. (TIME)

2.Waking up earlier may be a great tool for a healthier day

Some people are morning people while others enjoy staying up later at night. Although we are different, and some may actually need less sleep and are more productive at night, it seems that this can have somewhat of an impact on our food choices. Researchers found that the famous ‘night owls’ are actually more likely to make unhealthier food choices. The evening group favored sugar and saturated fat while consuming less protein. It may be difficult to wake up early in the morning, but when keeping your fitness and health goals, it may just be worth starting going to bed a little earlier and seizing the following day! (Science Daily)

3.Eat 10 servings of fruits and veggies a day for good healthy boost

We are told at a very young age that we have to eat our fruits and veggies to be healthier. These foods are packed with wonderful nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, so it’s easy to understand why they are so important for us. Which is why, for greater health benefits, we should consider increasing our fruit and veggies daily intake from 5 servings to 10 servings. Although you can–and should–enjoy the variety that nature has to offer, it seems that apples, pears, citrus, green leafy vegetables, and cruciferous provide the body with an extra support. (MNT)

4.It’s not that kids don’t pay attention; they are just better at paying attention to the world around them

Parents may feel frustrated at times with their kids when they are trying to get them to focus on homework or getting ready. It’s not that kids are not good at paying attention; it’s simply that they are paying attention to the world around them in ways that is unfamiliar to us. Kids are still learning what should be the focus of their attention, and although it may stress parents a bit when they have to get somewhere, it’s actually a beautiful feeling to take in all that surrounds you. It’s almost like you’re seeing or experiencing things for the first time. (Science of Us)

5.There’s a new sustainable sugarcane pizza box in Silicon Valley

When you’re not in the mood to go out for dinner and takeout pizza just seems like the thing to do, one of the things that you may not have thought of is the inconvenience of those big cardboard boxes. Not only are they close to impossible to fit on the fridge, they also make the pizza soggy and can leak some of the flavor into your pizza. A startup, Zume Pizza, found a solution for that. Sugarcane pizza boxes, of course: A more ecofriendly alternative to your good ol’ cardboard box. And the best part is that you can tear the box off to fit into the refrigerator, and if you finished your pizza, it can also fit into a tiny countertop compost bin. Here’s to looking forward until this option becomes available at our local pizza shops! (FastCoExist)