Very good reads:
Smoothies, skin, Stanford, nonstick
*Men’s Health has entered the chat*
: Not only did they talk to Stanford researcher Michael Snyder, Ph.D., about how the chemicals we’re exposed to in our immediate environment (aka @ home) tangibly impact our health, they shared an empowering message that is the heart and soul of this little project called Sway: that we can make better purchasing choices that make a real difference to our well-being.
Key point, one that we referenced a lot when I was working at the International WELL Building Institute:
- Your environment has a bigger impact on your health than your genes. “Cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease—none of these are primarily driven by your genes. In fact, your genes account for only about 10 percent of disease development and progression. Most of our maladies appear, instead, to be brought on by things humankind has inflicted upon itself, like lifestyle factors (diet and exercise) and what scientists call environmental factors: exposure to air and water pollution, toxic waste, and chemicals such as pesticides.”
The world of non-stick cookware is confusing: “It is objectively ridiculous that the safety of one of the most common household items in America remains a mystery,” science writer Yasmin Tayag said in The Atlantic this week. Hear, hear:
- 83% of you ranked pots, pans and food storage among your top priorities for non-toxic products in our 2022 survey.
- We covered PFAS in cookware in our Sept. 22 issue of the newsletter which can point you to some better choices backed by the Green Science Policy Institute, especially if you’re not into cooking with the safest bets (cast iron and stainless steel…listen, I get it!)
- For more on PFAS, see our bite-sized carousel on Instagram. But we don't blame ya if you're a little burnt out on this topic.
You probably have most of these ingredients on hand:
- Nut butter
- Frozen bloobs aka blueberries
- Chocolate protein powder
- Almond milk
- ICE (critical!)
I skip the recommended chia seeds. Listen, I am not a fan of berry and nut butter smoothies (they remind me of a PB&J which just doesn't do it for me) but truly, this one is giving “cookies & cream” more than anything else and I’ve had it every single day for a week.
Skin flooding: If you haven’t already been bombarded by the phrase on TikTok, let a few derms in Women’s Health get you up to speed on this dry skin remedy.
Until next time,
Jennifer @ Sway
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