Author: Ashley May

REPORT: Should you run outside in winter?

This is what I found on FOXNEWS.COM: When the temperature dips below freezing and the ground becomes a sheet of ice, the bitter cold wind drives many athletes and weekend warriors indoors. But there are plenty of others who see the falling snow as a cue to put on their running shoes and head outside for some exercise. In fact, winter running has become a popular activity recently for people who compete in year round races, or for those looking to work off the added holiday pounds. In fact, many companies that specialize in outdoor activities now sell shoes specifically...

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REPORT: Gut feelings: How food affects your mood

This is what I found on HARVARD.EDU: The human microbiome, or gut environment, is a community of different bacteria that has co-evolved with humans to be beneficial to both a person and the bacteria. Researchers agree that a person’s unique microbiome is created within the first 1,000 days of life, but there are things you can do to alter your gut environment throughout your life. Ultra-processed foods and gut health What we eat, especially foods that contain chemical additives and ultra-processed foods, affects our gut environment and increases our risk of diseases. Ultra-processed foods contain substances extracted from food...

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REPORT: This New Trend Has Gone Viral on Instagram—but It’s Actually Dangerous to Your Mental Health

This is what I found on HEALTH.COM: You’ve probably seen it: Your favorite blogger posts side-by-side images where the first is an average-looking shot of them on a cloudy day or in a dimly lit cafe and the second is the same image, but whoa, it somehow looks 1,000 times better. The colors are more vibrant, the light is shining in just the right way, and the person in the photo looks like a supermodel. The caption? “Check out my Lightroom Presets!” @lyss/Instagram If you’re scratching your head wondering what the heck a Lightroom Preset is, here’s the scoop: It’s a predetermined...

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REPORT: Man’s toothbrush holder turns out to be 4,000-year-old pottery

This is what I found on A British man unknowingly used a 4,000-year-old piece of pottery to house his toothbrush for several years before it was appraised. Karl Martin, a 49-year-old collector from England, purchased the clay jar and another pot at a flea market for $5 about five years ago. The jar featured a painting of an antelope and caught Martin’s eye immediately. “I liked it straight away,” Martin said, in a statement released by London auction house Hansons. According to the statement, Martin used the pot as a toothbrush holder for the last several years, completely...

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REPORT: Homeless man turns in $17,000 he found outside food bank

This is what I found on GOODNEWSNETWORK.ORG: When a homeless man stopped by his local food bank for a meal early one August morning, he found a lot more than just food outside their door. Kevin Booth had originally planned to grab some of the free baked goods that are left outside of the Sumner Food Bank for people to take when the facility is closed at night. Instead, he saw a peculiar brown paper bag sitting outside the locked front door. Thinking that it held food, Booth opened the bag only to see that it contained stacks of...

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