SCIENCE DAILY: Dietary Prebiotics Improve Sleep, Buffer Impacts of Stress, Says Study
"'We found that dietary prebiotics can improve non-REM sleep, as well as REM sleep after a stressful event,' said Robert Thompson, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Integrative Physiology and first author of the new study published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Prebiotics are dietary fibers found naturally in foods like chicory, artichokes, raw garlic, leeks and onions. When beneficial bacteria digest prebiotic fiber, they not only multiply, improving overall gut health, but they also release metabolic byproducts. Some research suggests these byproducts can influence brain function, explains lead author Monika Fleshner, a professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology." Read full story.
MSN: Being a Normal Weight With Extra Belly Fat Is Deadlier Than Being Obese
"Carrying excess belly fat increases your chances of early death more than being overweight or slightly obese, according to a February 2017 study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The large multiethnic study looked at women 50 to 79 years old and found, regardless of ethnicity and age, those with a larger waistline were at a higher risk of death (as were those who were underweight)." Read full story.
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BUSINESS INSIDER: Wendy's Plans Self-ordering Kiosks at 1,000 Locations
"Wendy's says it plans to install self-ordering kiosks at about 1,000 locations by the end of the year. Wendy's chief information officer, David Trimm, said the kiosks are intended to appeal to younger customers and reduce labor costs. Kiosks also allow customers of the fast food giant to circumvent long lines during peak dining hours while increasing kitchen production." Read full story.