Like many people, I struggle with falling asleep and getting enough rest each night. With all the background noise in modern times, it’s no surprise that roughly one in three American adults don’t get enough shut-eye. There's my inbox, nagging me to finally attend to my 38,113 and counting unread emails. Then, those did I pack lunch/call the dentist/renew my library books? moments join in on the fun. And shoot, did I double-book coffee dates Thursday?
Luckily, we're in 2017, when there are smart pillows designed to deliver the sleep of your dreams, a literal app for counting sheep, but also a huge focus on wellness and all things "natural." I decided to test out technological and "alternative" tactics for getting better sleep. Hippie teas? Herbal concoctions? Tart cherry juice? Where’s a gal to start?
Ultimately, I settled on three straightforward and readily accessible methods: Apple’s Bedtime Alarm, yoga, and meditation. After trying each strategy for a week straight, followed by spending the past two weeks “going rogue” with whichever combination of methods I desired, I may not have my summer camp bunkmate's magical ability to sleep through a volcanic eruption, but I'm much closer to bedtime Zen. Here's what I learned during my experiment.
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Some people preach that daily exercise and healthy eating are the keys to living longer lives, but recently, a 107-year-old woman dropped some serious knowledge about how she reached her impressive age. The woman in question, Louise Signore, celebrated her 107th birthday two weeks ago at the JASA Bartow Senior Center in the Bronx and divulged her secrets: living alone and not getting married.
Louise repeated her advice to various news outlets, and it seems like she's been doing pretty well for herself. "What's the best part of being 107?" an ABC7 news anchor asked. "Not getting married," Louise replied. It's a sentiment she echoed in an interview with WCBS-TV, adding: "My sister says ‘I wish I never got married'."
Louise is the eldest of four children, who are all still alive—and her youngest sibling is currently the ripe age of 102—so we're guessing good genes have also played a role in her health. Besides living alone and not getting married, Louise also credits her love of dancing (and the occasional glass of red wine) to her long life. Her other advice for those that want to reach 107?
"Food and exercise," she says. "And go to sleep at 11 o'clock."
Women's Health Magazine
Beef vs Beans
With more people than ever buzzing about the benefits of plant-based diets and opting for animal-free alternatives to the traditional burger, plant protein is earning its place at the kitchen table right alongside its animal-derived counterpart. Which might have you wondering: When it comes to plant and animal protein, is one healthier than the other? Like so many questions in nutrition science, the answer here is more complicated (and more interesting!) than you might expect. Here’s what you should know about plant vs. animal protein.
Let’s start by looking at protein on the most basic level. This macronutrient is an integral part of every cell in the human body. (Btw, a macronutrient is one of three nutrients that the body needs in large quantities; carbs and fat are the other two.) Protein plays a crucial role in growth and development by building and repairing the body’s various cells and tissues (including your muscles, bones, organs, and skin), as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains. It’s also necessary for various body functions from blood clotting and hormone production to immune system response. So yeah, this stuff is super important.