By the Be Well Team
Every day, we scour the Web looking for compelling wellness stories that provide the information — and inspiration — you need to make good choices. Here are this week’s must-read wellness articles.
Worked to Death?
Need another reason to find meaningful work? A new study from researchers at Indiana University finds that having a high-stress job with little decision-making power is more likely to lead to health issues — and even an early death — compared to a high-stress job that involves flexibility and judgement. “You can avoid the negative health consequences if you allow [employees] to set their own goals, set their own schedules, prioritize their decision-making and the like,” says lead author Erik Gonzalez-Mulé. (Medical Daily)
For Weight Loss, Step Away from the Diet Soda
Water beats diet soda when it comes to weight loss. That’s the word according to a new study which put about 80 overweight women with Type 2 diabetes on the same meal plan except half of the women drank diet soda while the other half drank water. The results? Not only did the water drinkers lose more weight, but they had better fasting insulin and postprandial glucose levels. (The New York Times)
The High Cost of Toxic Chemicals
Health problems linked to everyday chemicals lead to about $340 billion in treatment costs and decreased productivity, according to a new study published in The Lancet. Many experts have called for better regulation of the endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which are used in plastic bottles, cosmetics, detergents, and even furniture. “Adults and children in the U.S. carry more industrial chemicals in their bodies than their European counterparts simply due to differences in chemical policies,” says Joseph Allen, a public health researcher at Harvard University who wasn’t involved in the study. “In the U.S. our chemical policy largely follows the approach of our legal system – ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ This is appropriate for criminal justice policy but has disastrous consequences for health when used for chemical policy.” (Reuters)
6 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism
Metabolism a little sluggish? You might be making one of these six lifestyle mistakes: skimping on calories, not eating enough high-quality protein, being too sedentary, not getting enough sleep, drinking too many sugary beverages, and not doing enough resistance training. (EcoWatch)
Treat Acne — From the Inside Out
When it comes to treating acne, what you eat may be more powerful than any cream or ointment. “I’ve had a lot of patients who get their acne under control just by changing their diet,” Dr. Daniel J. Aires, a researcher and dermatologist at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, tells the Times. Specifically, Aires says, people with acne should eats lots and lots of colorful veggies, stay away from sugar and starchy foods, and, if they eat dairy, eat only full-fat versions. “Milk has a lot of growth factors in it which, in general, may be promoting acne,” Aires says. “My guess is that those get more concentrated when you take out the fat.” (The New York Times)