Wake Up to Wellness: Issue #2
What’s new in the world of health and wellness this week?
We’ve got you covered:
- Protein bars that don’t taste like cardboard!
- Why Vitaminwater is deceiving.
- Bulletproof launches two new flavors!
- A new program for women created by a startup for men.
- Do you know what type of flu shot to get?
These Protein Bars Might Actually Taste Better Than a Candy Bar
Pre-workout, post-workout, in between meetings, in the car…protein bars have long been a go-to for hunger pains. But, it can be difficult to find one that packs a nutritional punch and has a flavor you actually enjoy.
Some are dry, some are difficult to chew, and some protein bars are so dense you can barely bite into them. Don’t fall back into the arms of a candy bar when hunger pangs hit. Stay on track and read more about seven protein bars that deliver flavor and nutrition.
Curious about flavors? Think maple sea salt, sweet BBQ bacon, salted brownie, sunflower cinnamon, and more. We’re already salivating. Read more here.
Which Type of Flu Shot Do You Need This Season?
We all know the importance of getting an annual flu shot. Protect yourself and avoid spreading it to those around you. They are available everywhere! Your doctor’s office, the pharmacy — even some employers and schools offer it in-house.
But did you know there is more than one type of flu shot? There’s two. One is called a trivalent vaccine and the other is called a quadrivalent vaccine.
What’s the difference? The trivalent vaccine offers protection against three flu strains, including influenza A (H1N1 or H3N2) and influenza B. The quadrivalent vaccine protects against an additional influenza B virus strain.
If you go to the doctor, they are likely to give you the quadrivalent vaccine to offer maximum coverage against all flu strains. However, the CDC recommends those 65 and older get a high dose trivalent vaccine, which offers more protection from the most dangerous strains while still protecting the vulnerable immune systems of the elderly.
Questions? Ask your doctor what the best choice is for you. Read the full story here.
Why You Might Want to Rethink Vitaminwater
Vitaminwater has become popular because people mistakenly assume it’s a healthy substitute for soda and other sugary beverages.
However, most versions of Vitaminwater are loaded with sugars, even as much as a can of soda. Vitaminwater is owned by Coca-Cola and they have been sued for marketing it as a healthy beverage. The lawsuit came from nonprofit The Center for Science in the Public Interest. The lawyers claimed that Vitaminwater labels and advertising had deceptive claims and used marketing with sports stars to advertise that Vitaminwater is a healthy way to hydrate.
Federal Judge John Gleeson wrote, “At oral arguments, defendants (Coca-Cola) suggested that no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage. Accordingly, I must accept the factual allegations in the complaint as true.”
Liquid sugars can be just as fattening as those found in other foods and have costly health risks. Those who consume too much sugar are at risk for weight gain, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, tooth decay, and heart disease — just to name a few.
Vitaminwater has 32 grams of sugar per bottle, over half of the recommended daily intake. Stick with water and other low sugar drinks. There is a line of Vitaminwater Zero drinks that are made with erythritol and stevia that may be a better option. Learn more here.
New Flavors From Bulletproof
In 2015, the ready-to-drink coffee and tea industry had $71 billion in sales. By 2024, it is projected to reach a whopping $116 billion, according to Grand View Research. To meet the demand, Bulletproof is expanding their current line of RTD cold brew coffee, which currently includes Original, Vanilla, Mocha, and Original + Collagen Protein.
Bulletproof’s cold brew is chock-full of health benefits.
The Brain Octane oil in it, extracted from the most nutritious part of a coconut, fuels your brain and stops hunger pangs in their tracks. It’s perfect for those on a ketogenic diet because Brain Octane converts into fat burning energy that doesn’t get stored in your body, helping you reach your health and fitness goals.
Even better, there’s no sugar in Bulletproof coffee, so you won’t have any “crashing” throughout your day. You’ll also get 15 grams of collagen protein in each bottle, which is great for your hair, skin, and nails.
Male-Focused Wellness Startup Launches New Program for Women
One year ago, Hims launched their line of wellness products for men, including hair, sexual wellness, and skin products. They’ve been so successful that the company raised another $50 million of funding in September.
Hers will offer three product categories at launch including sexual wellness items, skincare, and hair loss remedies. Sexual health products will include a prescription form of birth control called Addyi, which is the only treatment for women with hypoactive sexual disorder approved by the FDA.
The product line will also feature a hair, skin, and nails vitamins, conditioner for damaged hair, acne treatment, anti-aging cream, and a melasma corrector.
Ready to learn more? Read the full story here.