Health news: coconut oil, productivity and watermelon

The VITL Nutrition Team / Jul 10, 2017

Discover the one thing scientists now say is key for a good night's sleep, why you should get some distance from your smart phone and why watermelon is going to be your favourite ingredient this summer.

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1. Watermelon is the ultimate summer fruit

Watermelon is a whopping 92% water, making it the perfect choice on a hot summer day. Watermelon also contains 40% more lycopene than tomatoes, a powerful antioxidant protecting against cancer and heart disease. At only 46 calories per cup, it's no surprise then that this watermelon, feta and mint salad is one of the most popular recipes on the VITL Life blog! 

2. The secret of a good night's sleep has finally been found by scientists

In the first research of its kind, US scientists found that having a purpose in life results in fewer nighttime disturbances and improved sleep quality. Those who felt their lives had meaning were 63% less likely to have sleep apnea and 52% less likely to have restless leg syndrome. They also had moderately better sleep quality, a global measure of sleep disturbance. If you're wondering how to cultivate a sense of purpose, we suggest starting with a mindfulness practice...

3. Where do you keep your not-so-smart phone?

A new study has found that even if your smartphone is turned off, your cognitive capacity is significantly decreased just by having it nearby.

4. Coconut oil - what's all the fuss about?

Coconut oil, a staple among wellness warriors, has come under fire recently after the American Heart Association pointed out that it is very high in saturated fat. Before you throw out your entire supply, there is still no consensus on whether that is actually as terrible as it sounds. 

5. In the name of productivity, is it better to lunge or lunch?

In a recent interview, Reebok's President Matt O’Toole revealed that all employees get a lunch break as well as a daily workout break. Following advice from a Harvard professor, O'Toole says the move has had a transformational effect on culture and productivity; "We’re calmer, we’re clearer, we’re more focused." 


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