If your social media feeds look anything like mine, you’ve seen one or two (or dozens) of ads for various brands of green powders and “mud” drink powders, which aren’t made from mud, but mushrooms.
These products promise a lot of nutrients in a convenient drink, but I was curious about what experts thought. So I asked registered dieticians if these powders were worth buying.
“While potent wellness drinks are very popular, appear convenient, and are portrayed as ‘healthier’ than alternatives, these drinks are often purely marketing ploys,” says Jenna Litt of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
While these drinks may provide additional micronutrients, they don’t provide anyone with all of their daily micronutrient needs, adds Litt.
Instead, she recommends choosing whole foods first to get your daily recommended vitamins and minerals.
Experts also warned that it’s always important to check these products’ labels for ingredients and third-party testing certifications, for your safety.
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How mental health took center stage at the White House this week
This week my colleague Jenna Ryu visited the White House to attend a mental health event. Here she is in the photo below with Ambassador Susan Rice.
How cool, right? What’s even cooler are the posts shared during the event. Here’s an excerpt from Jenna’s coverage:
As a proud mental health advocate, Selena Gomez tries shifting the cultural narrative from awareness to action by taking the issue to the White House.
Days after her “Saturday Night Live” performance, Gomez stopped in the nation’s capital this week to host the first-ever Mental Health Youth Action Forum led by MTV Entertainment. This event encourages businesses and colleagues to address the growing mental health crisis among young people. TThe forum kicked off a day before Mental Health Action Day, founded last year by MTVE, to inspire people to take meaningful action for well-being. Thatt affects more than a third of high school students.
The ‘Only Murders in the Building’ star, dressed in a navy blue sleeveless dress with a floral accent, was joined by First Lady Jill Biden, Ambassador Susan Rice, and 30 activists and creators – all of whom had different personal stories, yet the same struggle to survive. Find out what it’s like not to be okay.
“The darkness within us can feel heavy at times, but we can share its weight,” Biden said on Wednesday. “It takes courage to be honest about the struggles you have faced and to tell your stories. And it takes courage to understand that your voice can make a difference and to use your creativity and talents. Around the world. I’m so proud of everyone here today.”
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Do love languages matter? Yes.
You’ve probably heard people talk about love languages, which is how a person receives love.
In this week’s column, Sara Kuburic, the millennial therapist, explains that it’s important to know what makes us feel loved, and it’s equally important to understand how our partner experiences love.
Love languages are categorized as follows:
Affirmative words (e.g., “I love you”, “I am proud of you”) Quality time (e.g., taking the evening off to spend time together) Physical touch (e.g., hugs, kisses, holding hands) Service actions (e.g., doing the laundry, picking up your parents from the airport) Receiving gifts (e.g., a bouquet, the sweater you have been looking at)
But what happens if you and your partner have different love languages? She gives some tips:
Check-in: Think about how you appeared in the relationship once a week.
Communicate: If you’re starting to feel like your love language isn’t reciprocated, it can be helpful to talk to your partner about it.
Be open to feedback. If someone tells you they don’t feel loved — even if you’re offering love — it might be worth investigating their feedback.
For a deeper explanation of these love language tips, click here.
“He shows off his new raincoat,” wrote Paula Labadie of her grandfather. We think Maddox looks great in it!