Your Healthy Tip for the Day
SLEEP TIGHTER: Get to bed early tonight: A recent study found sub-par sleep could undermine weight loss by as much as 55 percent!
WSJ: We’re Working More Hours—And Watching More TV
"Even with more work, Americans still found plenty of time to kick back and relax. Leisure and sports took up five hours, 18 minutes of the average day last year, up two minutes from the prior year. That total included two hours, 49 minutes of TV time, three minutes more than in 2013. That stands in contrast to the idea that people are living busier and more frantic lives, said University of Maryland sociologist John P. Robinson. 'If you’ve got time to watch television, I think you’ve got time,' he said." Read the full story.
NY TIMES: Ugly Fruits (and Vegetables) Get A Makeover
"The 'Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables' campaign was created for Intermarché, a supermarket chain in France, to see if customers would be willing to buy imperfect produce at a reduced price. The advertising campaign includes posters and television ads, including the one below in which an 'Ugly Carrot' gets a pep talk. The goal was to reduce the more than 660,000 pounds of food wasted in the European Union each year." Read the full story.
THE ATLANTIC: When Gut Bacteria Changes Brain Function
"By now, the idea that gut bacteria affects a person’s health is not revolutionary. Many people know that these microbes influence digestion, allergies, and metabolism. The trend has become almost commonplace: New books appear regularly detailing precisely which diet will lead to optimum bacterial health. But these microbes’ reach may extend much further, into the human brains. A growing group of researchers around the world are investigating how the microbiome, as this bacterial ecosystem is known, regulates how people think and feel." Read the full story.