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I constantly get ads for these wellness drinks, so I looked into them

  • May 23, 2022

If your social media feeds look anything like mine, you’ve seen an advertisement or two (or dozens) for different brands of greens powders and “mud” drink powders, which aren’t actually made of mud but mushrooms.

These products promise loads of nutrients in a convenient drink, but I was curious what experts thought. So I asked registered dietitians whether these powders are worth buying.

“While powered wellness drinks are very popular, seem convenient and may be portrayed as being ‘healthier’ than alternatives, a lot of the time these drinks are purely marketing ploys,” says Jenna Litt, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. 

While these drinks may provide additional micronutrients, they are not providing anyone with all of their daily micronutrient needs, Litt adds.

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How mental health took center stage at the White House this week

This week my colleague Jenna Ryu visited the White House to attend a mental health event. Here she is in the photo below with Ambassador Susan Rice.

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Do love languages really matter? Yes.

You’ve likely heard people talking about love languages, which is essentially how someone receives love.

In this week’s column, Sara Kuburic, the Millennial Therapist, explains it’s important to know what makes us feel loved and it’s equally important we understand how our partner experiences love. 

Love languages break down as follows:

  • Words of affirmation (e.g. “I love you,” “I am proud of you”)
  • Quality time (e.g. taking the evening off to spend time together)
  • Physical touch (e.g. hugs, kisses, holding hands)
  • Acts of service (e.g. doing laundry, picking up your parents from the airport)
  • Receiving gifts (e.g. a bouquet of flowers, the sweater you’ve been looking at)

But what happens if you and your partner have differing love languages? She provides some tips:

Check-in: Once a week, reflect on how you showed up in the relationship. 

Communicate: If you are starting to feel like your love language isn’t being met, it can be helpful to talk to your partner about it. 

Be open to feedback. If someone tells you that they don’t feel loved – even if you are offering love – it might be worth exploring their feedback. 

For a deeper explanation of these love language tips, click here. 

Today’s reads

  • What is ‘gray rocking’? How to set boundaries with the narcissist in your life.
  • Got an injury? Should you reach for an ice pack or heating pad? An ER doctor has the answer.
  • Mormon mom of six writes viral Twitter thread focusing on male responsibility in pregnancy
  • This week’s advice column: I found out my husband is sexually attracted to my sister. I don’t know what to do.
  • Best potatoes, mac and cheese and green sides to take your barbecue to the next level
  • A gallery of celebrities who have opened up about childbirth and postpartum

Today’s pet

Meet Maddox.

“Showing off his new rain jacket,” Paula Labadie wrote of her grandpuppy. We think Maddox looks marvelous in it!

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