Media Mash: Healthier bacon snacks, brain-boosting books & butt-shaping moves


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HellaWella’s Media Mash is a weekly feature listing the latest and most interesting health-and-wellness stories we’ve read in the past week, pulled from the Web and linked for your convenience.



  • Virgin Atlantic now offers upper-class passengers detox drinks, and "a health-and-wellness-inspired menu." As for coach, passengers are still stuck with peanuts. [Well + Good]

  • Deprive your body of sleep and your brain will suffer. New study shows that lack of sleep can be as harmful to your brain as a mild concussion. The saying should be: If you don't snooze, you lose. [Men's Health]


  • Books really do give your brain a boost! A new study researched the long-term neurological effects of reading novels. [Atlantic]

  • Could this be the end of Florida orange juice? An incurable bacterial infection from China has stricken about half the trees in every citrus orchard in the state. [Washington Post]

  • Meat-lovers: Next time you're craving a giant pile of bacon, try these satisfying, healthier bacon snacks instead. [Greatist]

  • Think a bulb can’t be beautiful? Here’s one that’s as beautiful as it is green. [Slate]

  • Swedish doctors just successfully transplanted wombs into nine women. What did you do today? [Time Healthland]

  • Booty booty booty booty rockin' everywhere! Get your tush toned with these 33 ways to shape your butt. [FitSugar]

  • This latest study claims that your cup of Joe may boost your brain's ability to store long-term memories. So that's how Sherlock is able to maintain that memory palace... [Guardian]

  • Talk about morbid! This wristwatch lets you know when you will die. Hmm, perhaps we will stick to checking the time on our cellphones. [Atlantic]

  • A study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry found that people who suffer from depression have lower concentrations of zinc in their circulating blood compared to those without depression. [Psych Central]