Nutrition Health Review

WINTER 2017

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Winter 2017 • Volume 114 23 Waterlogged—A user-friendly water drinking app that lets you track your water intake by day, week, or year. Take pictures of the glasses you drink and quickly log your water into the app's graph. Reminders help you meet your goals and allow you to develop a positive water drinking mentality. Daily Water Free—Tracks your water intake with more of a medical focus. Keeps you in tune with your water intake by aligning it with its purpose of transporting nutrients into cells, regulating body temperature, aiding metabolism, and more. Set your water goal at the beginning of the day, touch to log each drink, and plan a drinking schedule. WeTap—A water drinking fountain locator. Use it to find tap water near you or to put a drinking fountain you've found onto a map. Nudge Health Tracking—Tracks your water intake and aligns your goals to your own lifestyle. This app picks out any health habits that could be improved, such as water intake, and can connect you with a health coach through the app. WaterMinder—Tracks your water intake and motivates you to keep it up. Reminders and nice messages help keep you on track. Customizable and can be used across all your Apple devices. Source: DailyHive. http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/wa2- water-drinking-apps 5 Drinking Water Apps that Can Help You Stay Hydrated Smoking Cessation May Improve Depression I ndividuals with depression who participated in a smoking cessation clinic and stopped smoking reported improvement in depression 1 year later, suggesting that smoking abstinence may improve depression. To assess associations between depression and smoking abstinence, researchers conducted an observational study using data from a smoking cessation clinic in Czech Republic from 2008 to 2014. Analysis included two cohorts of 3,775 individuals, of which 14.3% reported mild and 15.4% reported moderate-to-severe depression at baseline, and 835 individuals who abstained from smoking for 1 year. Abstinence was lower among participants with mild (32.5%) and moderate/severe (25.8%) depression compared with participants without depression (40.5%). Most participants with baseline depression who abstained from smoking reported lower depression levels at follow-up. Source: Stepankova L, et al. Smoking cessation may improve depression. Ann Behav Med. 2017;doi: 10.1007/s12160-016-9869-6. valuing Your Time More Than Money is Linked to Happiness A ccording to research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, valuing your time more than the pursuit of money is linked to greater happiness. "It appears that people have a stable preference for valuing their time over making more money, and prioritizing time is associated with greater happiness," said the lead researcher. In six studies with more than 4,600 participants, the investigators found an almost even split with slightly more than half of the participants stating they prioritized their time more than money. If people want to focus more on their time and less on money in their lives, they could take some actions to help shift their perspective, such as working slightly fewer hours. "Even giving up a few hours of a paycheck to volunteer at a food bank may have more bang for your buck in making you feel happier," said the authors. Source: Society for Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2016. >

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