1. Olivia Wilde's "drinking buddy" is her baby daughter Daisy Josephine.
Olivia Wilde welcomed her daughter two weeks ago, and she appeared to be soaking in all the joys of motherhood as she shared a selfie of herself breastfeeding newborn daughter Daisy Josephine on Instagram. In the snap she fittingly wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan "Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman." Breastfeeding advocacy is something we can most definitely get behind! (Daily Mail)
2. Experts are making the case against water births.
New recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say that women should not carry through with the second stage of birth (where the pushing begins) in a water bath since doing so risks infection and drowning. While labor in the water is thought to be quicker, doctors note that it has no other real benefits for delivering moms. (Scientific American)
3. Working out with music will make your workout so much better.
It may seem obvious, but a new study on high-intensity interval training (HIIT) found that people felt more positive and better about their workouts when music was involved. Silent HIIT workouts still brought on positive vibes, they just didn't make people as happy. Yep, everything really is better with music. (TIME)
4. There's only one way to tell whether your cosmetics are officially organic.
The market for natural and organic cosmetics has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, helped by the swelling ranks of "green" consumers who are ready to pay a premium for environmentally friendly goods. Or, at least, goods that they perceive to be environmentally friendly: Lots of companies add the word "organic" to cosmetics and other personal care products. If you want to be sure, look for the U.S. Department of Agriculture organic seal. Only the USDA organic seal guarantees that cosmetics and other personal care products have been produced without harmful chemicals. Now you know! (EWG)
5. The placebo effect is proven to show improvement in athletes.
A recent study had runners inject themselves with a saline solution they believed was a performance-enhancing drug. After a week of daily injections, the group injecting the solution had improved their performance by 1.2 percent over the control group, which saw zero improvement. Another study showed an improvement of between 1.3 and 3.1 percent in cyclists who took a sugar pill they believed to be caffeine. In world championship races, these gains make the difference between gold and silver. Translation: The placebo effect is the realest drug you need. (The Science Of Us)
6. Our parents were right: Lying is a slippery slope.
A new study from University College London explored the impact of telling small lies on the brain. By scanning volunteers' brains during tasks in which the volunteers could lie for personal gain, researchers measured the activity of the amygdala (the part of the brain most associated with emotion). The more lies a volunteer told, the less reactive the amygdala became. So, that icky feeling you get when you fib to get out of trouble has a purpose. And ignoring it could dull your conscience little by little. Yikes. (ScienceDaily)
7. Most U.S. food retailers aren't using bee-friendly pesticides.
With bee populations in danger, it's pretty concerning that 17 out of the 20 top food companies failed in the "Pollinator Protection Policy" category. The pesticides that most retailers are using on their food are actually toxic to bees. Regardless of your personal feelings toward the stinging insects, they affect so much more than you might realize and without which, "grocery stores would run short of strawberries, almonds, apples, broccoli and more." (EcoWatch)