Wellness Wednesday – 2/26/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
What Makes Dogs So Special? Science Says Love
For dog-lovers, the best part about having the dog is the unconditional love that they provide.
According to Phys.org, a new book written by Clive Wynne, founder of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University, argues that, when it comes to dogs, acknowledging the factor of love is necessary to understanding what has made the relationship between humans and dogs one of the most significant interspecies partnerships in history.
In “Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You,” Wynne proposes a paradigm shift, synthesizing cross-disciplinary research to posit that it is dogs’ “hypersocial” nature that sets them apart.
The book discusses remarkable studies regarding oxytocin, a brain chemical that cements emotional bonds between people, but which is, according to new evidence, also responsible for interspecies relationships between dogs and humans.
Why Have Humans Always Loved … Beans?
Did you know beans are the only food that can be categorized, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as both a protein and a vegetable? What’s more, according to an article published by LitHub.com, meals based on these vegetable proteins can be more satisfying than those based on animal proteins.
Beans are, by far, the cheapest source of protein around. And now, with a growing interest in plant-based eating even among people who can afford to eat whatever they want, beans have become more appealing than ever.
The list of beans’ health benefits is long: they’re nutrient-dense, rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants and heart-healthy fiber, and they have been shown to help improve our gut health, help stabilize blood sugar, and possibly even lower cholesterol.
You can read all about the history and nutritional benefits of beans on LitHub.com.
Mediterranean Diet Scores Another Win For Longevity By Improving Microbiome
If you read Wellness Wednesday regularly, or even just every now and then, you’ve probably learned plenty about the Mediterranean diet.
Yet more bragging rights are in for the Mediterranean diet, long considered to be one of the healthiest in the world.
According to CNN.com, a new study found that eating the Mediterranean diet for just one year altered the microbiome of elderly people in ways that improved brain function and would aid in longevity.
The study found the diet can inhibit production of inflammatory chemicals that can lead to loss of cognitive function, and prevent the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and atherosclerosis.
You can read all about it in CNN’s article here.
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