Quick Hits!

The Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago this week featured the debut of Sweet Heat Skittles and Sweet Heat Starburst.  There will be five different spicy Skittles flavors, and four Starburst flavors.  They’ll be in stores this winter.

Source: Grub Street


A new report by the USA Swimming Foundation finds a five to 10% improvement in overall swimming ability since the last study on the subject in 2010.  64% of African-American children, 45% of Hispanic children and 40% of Caucasian children have no / low swimming ability.  87% of those with no or low ability will go to some sort of swimming facility at least once this summer, with 34% swimming 10 or more times (yikes!).

Source: The Business Journal


There are a lot of annoying things about flying, but most of them go away as soon as you get of the plane. But there’s one thing that can stick with you, sometimes for days, and that’s clogged ears.

We have no doubt many people have their own remedies for getting their ears to pop but chances are many of them aren’t safe. So, how do you clear up that plane clog? Well, according to experts there are a few safe and effective methods. They include:

  • Pinch you nose and blow, but gently – We bet most people have tried this at one time or another but it’s important to be careful how hard you blow. If you blow too hard you could rupture the membranes of the cochlea, which can cause fluid to leak out, which could lead to hearing loss, nerve damage, dizziness, or tinnitus.
  • Move your mouth muscles – Here’s the reason why gum is so handy when taking off and landing. Chewing, yawning, or swallowing a beverage moves your jaw muscles and helps unclog your ears. For babies, the same effect can be had by using a pacifier or by sipping juice or water.
  • Take a decongestant – Taking a decongestant like Afrin 10 minutes before take off can prevent clogging to begin with since it shrinks blood vessels and reduces inflammation in your nasal cavity. They are not good for people with heart problems or who are pregnant.

Clogged ears shouldn’t last more than a few hours so if it hasn’t gone away after a day or two you may want to go to a doctor to check if you have a buildup of fluid in your ears. If that’s the case, you’ll likely experience some temporary hearing loss, but you are also at risk for a serious infection.

Source: Fox News


In the wellness community, “inflammation” is a big buzzword. According to certified nutrition coach Candice Seti, a little of it is good, but when we have excessive gut inflammation because of poor diets, it can lead to health problems like weight gain, bloating, sleep problems, headaches, joint pain, heart disease and even some cancers.

But according to Seti and certified nutrition coach Dana James, here’s what anti-inflammatory foods we can eat to combat the effects:

  • Cucumbers - All the potassium and magnesium in cukes help flush away toxins and inflammatory water and James says the vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese help Curb inflammation as well.
  • Turmeric - This bright orange spice is one of the most well known anti-inflammatory herbs. “It contains curcumin, a polyphenol, which has been linked to reductions in blood sugar levels, oxidation, and pathways that trigger excess cellular inflammation,” James explains. And it can boost the liver’s natural detox process.
  • Swiss chard - James calls this dark leafy green “the more colorful version of spinach,” and it’s got lots of polyphenols that help reduce inflammation and free radical damage and flavonoids that can reduce allergic reactions, James says.
  • Green tea - An easy way to get more anti-inflammatories in your diet is to drink a cup of green tea every day. Seti says the antioxidants in it help fight gut inflammation and cancer, too.
  • Blueberries - Nutritionists love this superfood because of all the antioxidants and fiber. Seti says the phytochemicals in blueberries are “especially effective in reducing inflammation.” Not to mention, they’re delicious!!

Source: Byrdie

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