Health & Fitness Articles of the Week – 6/22/14

Exercise and the ‘Good’ Bugs in Our Gut-  “A multitude of studies have shown that people with large and diverse germ populations in their digestive tracts tend to be less prone to obesity, immune problems and other health disorders than people with low microbial diversity, and that certain germs, in particular, may contribute to improved metabolic and immune health.”

Sunbathing ‘may be addictive’ warning-When we think about addiction we automatically think about alcohol, drugs, food, sex, but who thinks about sun? This article dives into whether or not UV and sunlight can be addictive. The article features to very different perspectives. Either way it looks like more research will need to be done on the subject.

Insurance Coverage Expands, but Gaps Remain– This study compares 2013 to 2009 to see if the gaps in healthcare for families since the Affordable Care Act went into place. It looks like “sharp coverage gaps remained depending on factors like age, race or ethnicity and where people live.”

 Why Extreme Diets are Fundamentally Flawed– This article is a review based off of a new book called Diet Cults where the author Matt Fitzgerald “Exposes the irrationality, half-truths, and downright impossibility of a “single right way” to eat, and reveals how to develop rational, healthy eating habits.”  Overall I think there is some good merit to what is said and I am interested to pick up the book and give it a read.

Single-tasking is the new Multitasking– This video is very funny and true. I don’t know if anyone else out there is like me, but I can’t seem to focus on just one thing. I am constantly doing multiple things at the same time and always question if my multitasking actually helps me get more done?


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