Wellness Wednesday – 2/12/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Why Do Beans Cause Gas?
As nutritious and versatile as they are, legumes are a no-no for many people. They can be difficult to break down in the gut and may cause digestive problems such as bloating and flatulence.
According to Scmp.com, most legumes contain sugars called alpha-galactosides. These are short-chain carbohydrates that escape digestion in the small intestine and are later fermented by bacteria in the large intestine. This is what can ultimately lead to bloating and flatulence, especially in someone whose digestive system is compromised. While passing gas is a natural way for the body to eliminate air that has become trapped in the gut, excess gassiness may cause intestinal pain, cramps and discomfort. However, passing gas doesn’t have to be an inevitable byproduct of enjoying your favorite beans.
To read more about digestion and how to make beans and legumes easier on the gut, visit Scmp.com’s article here.
What If Competition Isn’t As “Natural” As We Think?
When Darwin’s trip to the Galapagos islands revealed small variations in the beaks of finches, he deduced that the “struggle of life” would naturally select those beings whose hereditary mutations made them most fit to a specific environment. But, according to Slate.com, scientist now are questioning the concept of evolution’s “survival of the fittest” nature.
Many instances of interspecies codependence can been observed in nature. Take cows, for example. Cows do not have the genetic information required to encode proteins fit to digest grass. Instead, it’s the symbiotic community of bacteria in their guts that digests for them.
This is just one small example from Slate’s article that explores these symbiotic relationships. To read more about examples and the implications of these collaborative relationships, click here.
In An Angry America, A New Remedy Emerges: Compassion
Defined as the ability to notice suffering (in one’s self and others) and then the desire to take action to alleviate it, compassion has become the buzzword for an angry nation. It is increasingly being held up by neuroscientists, corporations, business schools and psychologists as a concrete, powerful health strategy – and a successful business model.
Universities have opened centers devoted to compassion, and many large-scale businesses have developed a director of compassion position in light of new research.
To read more about recent research on practicing compassion and compassion’s influences on personal health, industry and society, visit GreenwichTime.com’s article here.
February 21 and 22
You can count on lots of food, music and of course, fun winter activities! Lowell’s annual Winterfest weekend in downtown Lowell is a fun event featuring everything from a carousel and ice-skating to an all-you-can-eat chocolate festival.
Lowell, Mass. | LowellWinterfest.com
Crave Loves Lucy: Fundraiser for Lucy’s Love Bus
Join us at Crave in Amesbury for complimentary appetizers, free door prizes, drinks, fun music, a raffle and auction with big-ticket items!
Amesbury, Mass. | Facebook.com
Exchange Club of Lawrence Public Safety Awards
For the sixtieth year the Exchange Club of Lawrence and the Andovers will recognize the outstanding service of some of our community’s finest.
Andover, Mass. | ExchangeClubOfLawrence.com
3rd Annual ‘Dream Builders’ Gala & Auction
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell will host the 13th Annual “Dream Builders” gala and auction
at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 6 to 10 p.m.
Lowell, Mass. | Build2020.GiveSmart.com
Billerica Garden Club’s 90th Anniversary
Billerica Garden Club’s 90th Anniversary presents Spring Fling with floral designer Christina of Platinum Posies.
Billerica, Mass. | GCFM.org
Annual Thomas G. Kelakos Community Spirit Award
Kiwanis Club of Greater Lowell honors Kathy and Scott Plath for their many contributions to the Lowell community.
Lowell, Mass. | LowellKiwanis.org