1. Does meditation help people with their poop problems?
Evidently, yes. In a first-person essay that illustrates the power of the gut-brain connection, one writer shares how meditation was the most effective (and unexpected) thing she did to treat IBS and chronic anxiety (VICE)
2. There's big news is the tennis world.
Serena Williams—legendary tennis star and winner of 23 Grand Slams—just announced that she's expecting. The big news came via a Snapchat story, which revealed that she's 20 weeks pregnant. (The Cut)
3. Local governments want to clean up our beauty industry.
In an era of massive EPA overhauls, NY state representatives Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are taking matters into their own hands and asking the FDA to ban 1,4-dioxane, a potential carcinogen, from beauty products. It's currently in at least 8,000 products in the United States, though it technically doesn't have to be labeled and is often lumped under the "fragrance" umbrella. (Vogue)
4. How these strawberries got their cult following.
Harry's Berries, a staple at the Santa Monica farmers market for 30 years, has made a successful business by going against the rules of traditional commercial farming. The organic berry farm focuses on what's best for the peak fruit freshness—like picking berries every five days instead of the traditional three. It doesn't hurt that their base of devotees includes some major names in food (like Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton). (NYT)
5. Former elite athletes in Australia are opening up about their struggles with mental illness.
In the first installment of a two-part edition of SBS's Insight, five former elite Australian athletes opened up about their mental health struggles, addiction problems, and understanding their true identities. Their honesty is inspiring and sheds light on what it's really like to be a star athlete. (The Huffington Post)
6. This is what happens when women become the primary breadwinner (it's not great).
New research shows that when women make more money than men, men become more partisan. This points to how much of people's identities are tied up in their "place" in society. We've got a long way to go, now. (The Cut)