August 2017 Newsletter
Redesigning suburbs for a healthier lifestyle
Simply walking, as one former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put it, is "the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.” There is now decades of evidence showing that moving our bodies regularly is a healthy thing to do. Unfortunately, the average American sits for more than nine hours a day, and much of this can be blamed on the way our communities have evolved away from town centers with public meeting places (e.g., parks, playgrounds, corner stores, coffee shops, diners), to private driveway communities, where simply getting to school, buying groceries, or getting to a place where one can safely ride a bike, requires a car ride. The loss of the walking habit in America has had a horrific impact. Sitting for 8 hours a day or more nearly doubles the risk of Type 2 diabetes, and greatly increases the risk of heart disease, cancer and early death. But community planners are starting to take this into consideration when designing new living areas, creating town centers and spaces that encourage walking and biking within the neighborhood.
A growing problem for meal kit companies
The novelty is wearing off and meal kit companies and their investors are starting to realize an inconvenient truth about meal kits. If any of you have tried these services, you probably already know the problem. It takes a lot of time to cook and clean, and many Americans don’t want to have to cook the food they order or clean up a bunch of pots and pans afterward. They prefer tasty meals that have been professionally prepared for them, either at restaurants, take-out, or meal delivery services like Healthy Chef Creations. If they do want to cook their own meals, many people would prefer picking out the specific ingredients and using a wider variety of recipes.
What happens to Coke in your stomach?
Ever wonder what happens in your stomach when Coke comes in contact with your stomach acid? This disgusting video demonstrates the results, as the experiment creates a hot, tar-like substance that fills up your stomach. It will make you think twice next time you reach for a sugary soda.
Study finds neonic pesticides in US tap water for first time
Small traces of the world’s most widely used pesticides are starting to show up in the US supply of drinking water, found the University of Iowa. While not yet viewed as a health threat, the finding is important as it is the first time that the pesticides have been found in fully treated tap water. It has been seen in untreated ground water in the US consistently since at least 2015.
Is everything we know about salt wrong?
Everyone knows that when you eat more salt, you get thirstier and drink more liquids, which then helps you lower your salt levels. Well…wrong! Recent studies involving Russian cosmonauts have examined the effects of salt on fluid levels and hunger in the body. It turns out eating more salt made the cosmonauts less thirsty, but hungrier. With more salt in their diet, the cosmonauts actually craved less liquid and more food than they needed. However, their bodies still produced more liquid, but it was from the breakdown of stored fats, like a camel burning fat in its hump in the desert. Before you jump to the conclusion that this may help with weight loss, remember, they were hungrier and craved more food as well. So while we may have been right about the symptoms of too much salt in the body, our assumptions about the causes may be all wrong.