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Eat With AVA - Issue #8

Welcome to Issue #8 of AVA's curated digest! This week we are exploring the science behind alternati
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Eat With AVA

Welcome to Issue #8 of AVA’s curated digest! This week we are exploring the science behind alternative medicine and how it may help battle inflammation, what the Amazon-Whole Foods purchase means for the grocery market, and how to keep your family on track with your own goals!

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What labels do you look for on foods? Organic? Non-GMO? Low-fat? Gluten-free? High in Vitamin C? Do you trust them to be correct? 
There are three types of claims in the food industry. Learn how to decode them, what terms are factual and regulated by the FDA, and how you should take caution before believing everything you read. 
Decoding Food Label Claims: The Lowdown on Package Promises - Food & Nutrition Magazine
You have goals…but you have kids too! 
Trying to keep a family on track while maintaining your own health, wellness, and fitness is tough work. The National Restaurant Association keeps track of what is trending in the food atmosphere. So stay in the know about the ways you may see kids’ menus changing and what they may be seeing in other lunch bags at school. Based on the way restaurants are moving, kids will begin to see much of the same things that are on the adult menu. Say goodbye to the hot dog and fries on the kids menu, and make way for grilled chicken and whole grains!
7 kid-friendly food trends to track | National Restaurant Association
By now, you have probably heard about the June headline of Amazon purchasing Whole Foods. What about the little guys? 
Grocer stocks dropped 17% on the day of the sale. Fear not, smaller local grocers are actually predicted to benefit from this deal. Due to the technological advances that Amazon may make with Whole Foods, studies show that consumers still crave human connection and personalization when they grocery shop. Customers will look for these community-based stores in order to preserve that connection.
Why The Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Could Be Good For Independent Stores
Ever heard the phrase: “Abs are made in the kitchen?” We’ll tell you why this holds true. 
Experts in the British Journal of Medicine say that even with physical activity, you will not see results if your diet is poor (based on disease severity alone). Poor diet (excess added sugars, empty carbohydrates and sodium) causes greater disease burden overall, compared to sedentary activity levels. All the more reason to focus on what you are putting into your body!
Exercise Can't Save Us: Our Sugar Intake Is The Real Culprit, Say Experts
The #OptOutside Movement
Getting outside in the summer to exercise is one major perk that can elevate not only your workout, but also your mood! Make sure to maintain hydration and safety throughout the weather and temperature highs with these helpful tips. 
Summer Exercise Tips - Stay Cool While Working Out in the Heat
In the Know About Ayurveda
Last week we discussed cryotherapy. This week ayurvedic practices are the focus. The National Institute of Health provides this helpful fact sheet on what to look for in alternative providers, when to consult and why this ancient art and medicine may be beneficial to you! Ayurvedic therapies are known for reducing inflammation and promoting a whole-body connection. It is important to note that while many of these therapies are beneficial, they may have interactions with conventional medicine, so you should always consult a medical provider when considering the practice. 
Ayurvedic Medicine: In Depth | NCCIH
Pressed for time? Know the health effects of your laundering.
America’s rapidly changing dry cleaning industry is dealing with health and safety concerns tied to the chemicals used in the process. Dry cleaning uses organic solvents to clean clothes or other fabrics because they evaporate quickly and are more effective at removing stains compared to soap and water. How is the industry changing, and how does it impact your health??
Health and safety in the dry cleaning industry | News | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Get back on track after vacation, keep your workweek feeling short.
Feel distracted coming back to a routine after a vacation or break? Here are some helpful tips on how to improve your focus, keep prepping, stay organized, and get back to business.
Ways to Improve Focus After A Vacation - How to Feel More Focused | Fitness Magazine
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