7 Things You Need To Know Today (September 5, 2018)

Contributing Wellness & Beauty Editor By Lindsay Kellner
Contributing Wellness & Beauty Editor
Lindsay is a freelance writer and certified yoga instructor based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a journalism and psychology degree from New York University. Kellner is the co-author of “The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self Care,” with mbg Sustainability Editor Emma Loewe.
7 Things You Need To Know Today (September 5, 2018)

1. Eating for only 10 hours each day has some great health benefits.

New research from the Salk Institute showed that mice who restricted their eating to a 10-hour window every day were protected from obesity and metabolic syndrome. This means breakfast at 9 a.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., and no late-night snacking! (Science Daily)

2. Claire Wineland, spirited speaker and social sharer, passed away last weekend.

Despite battling cystic fibrosis, a terminal illness, for most of her life, Claire Wineland had been sharing her empowering story, forcing the general public to face mortality and illness since she was just 13—and she was a source of love and light to many. After getting a double lung transplant last week, she passed away on Sunday due to a massive stroke at age 21. Her mother recalled a beautiful quote that captured her essence: "After you die, you're closer to everyone you love because you're part of everything," she said. Thank you for being generous with your spirit and energy. Rest in peace, Claire. (CNN)


3. Skin "whiteners" are increasingly popular in Asia despite diversity campaigns, product recalls, and warnings of their dangers.

Skin "whitening" is different from skin "brightening"—these products are made to actually lighten the skin's tone one or more shades, similar to tooth whiteners. The whitener market is expected to be $31.2 billion by 2024, with the majority of demand coming from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Aside from the obvious emotional and psychological struggles of someone seeking whiteners, which warrants an entire discussion of its own, products are often recalled due to allergic reactions they cause or "depigmentation," the opposite of hyperpigmentation. Diversity campaigns help but have made little headway in the realm of widespread skin acceptance. (CNN)

4. Ancient Egyptian cheese lovers are helping us understand our dietary evolution.

A piece of cheese found by archaeologists in an ancient Egyptian tomb is helping shape our understanding of how our human diets developed. Thanks to ancient DNA analysis, we know that humans only started producing lactase—which helps us digest milk after infancy—around 2,500 B.C. But findings like this funerary cheese sample and other evidence of early cheesemaking techniques show us that early humans have been manipulating food to make it edible—which can also lead to new adaptations in our biology (in other words, why you love cheese if you're a cheese lover yourself). (Popular Science)

5. STEM programs are nice, but we don't know if they actually work.

You've probably heard of STEM camps, or programs designed for young women to get them interested in traditionally male-dominated areas of study like science, technology, engineering, and math (hence the acronym STEM). But are they effective at actually increasing interest? It's impossible to know at this point since there are no quantitative data to support their effectiveness. (Science Mag)


6. Beware this type of person on Tinder.

About 22 percent of Tinder users are currently in a monogamous relationship, a new study found. But that's not even the worst part—the researchers also found that those partnered swipers tended to be more neurotic, more psychologically psychopathic, less conscientious, and less agreeable as people. Yikes. Swipe left! (PsyPost)

7. Mindful people are better at handling rejection.

Here's one more reason to get your om on: People who ranked high in mindfulness also tended to report less mental distress when they got left out of social situations. Their MRI scans even showed they were using less of the part of the brain that regulates emotion during these tough moments of rejection, suggesting mindful people tend to be better at conserving their emotional energy. (Oxford University Press)

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