Weekly Wellness News

1. Enjoying prebiotics can mean more than just a healthy gut. It can also improve sleep quality

Sleep is a crucial part of overall health. When we sleep, our bodies recover from the stressors of the day. In general, we should aim to sleep about 7-9 hours per night. But it seems that many of us are falling short. And one of the main reasons why many can’t get a decent night sleep is due to stress. Stress can play a major role in negatively affecting our gut bacteria and therefore interfering with our sleep-wake cycle. Prebiotics like onions and artichokes may actually counteract some of the negative effects that stress can have on our sleep patterns. (MNT)

2. Breastfeeding moms should be extra mindful about the amount of sugar they have in a day

Breast milk is mostly the only source of nutrition for a newborn baby, and it is fundamental for a baby’s development. We know that what the mother eats is both important during pregnancy and while the baby is breastfeeding. But recent research shows that breastfeeding moms have to be extra mindful about the amount of sugar they consume on a daily basis. The reason: “secondhand sugars.” It seems that fructose, a sugar that is not naturally found in breast milk, can be transferred from mother to infant through breast milk. Now, before bringing down your daily fruit intake, think more about cutting back on processed foods and soda. (Science Daily)

3. If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, you may want to try acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the great Traditional Chinese Medicine practices that uses needles to stimulate specific points on the body. This stimulation balances the flow of energy and can help provide relief from symptoms and discomfort that one may experience. In fact, if you are someone who suffers from wrist pain due to carpal tunnel syndrome, you may want to look into this form of alternative healing. (NYTimes)

4. Sugary drink tax is working in Mexico

Sugary drinks, like soda, are quite the problem when it comes to how they affect our health. They have contributed to our obesity epidemic, can harm the health of our gums and teeth, and mainly increase our overall body inflammation. Because of these factors, countries like Mexico have started taxing sugary drinks as a way to demotivate people to consume them. And it has worked. In Mexico, their sugar drink tax has cut their consumption by almost 10% last year. Not bad! (FastCoExist)

5. Our daily loaf of bread bears an impact on the environment

When trying to be eco-friendly, there are some obvious things that can be incorporated into your daily routine, such as driving less and recycling. But there are some areas that we haven’t truly considered before. One of them is the environmental impact of our food. A group of researchers found that when it comes to our daily loaf of bread, 40% of the environmental impact comes from wheat cultivation and the fertilizer used in the manufacturing process. Hopefully, in the near future, ‘climate-smart bread’ will dominate our bakeries. (NPR)