Weekly Burn: News You Can Use Now

The Weekly Burn

Weekly Burn: News You Can Use Now

If you follow a gluten-free diet, your trips to the grocery store may become much easier thanks to a new law. On the other hand, a new study on salt’s effects may just confuse you further (we’ll help you sort it out). Plus, learn about some cool technology advances that could keep you running longer on sweaty days — and an inspirational tale about a blogger overcoming Crohn’s disease. Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week.


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Read the (Gluten-Free) Label

If you’re gluten-free, you know it’s not always easy to find g-free foods at the grocery store. A new rule that went into effect this month mandates that any food labeled as gluten-free must contain less than 20 parts per million of the wheat protein. The key part of this law is that even particles picked up through cross-contamination must now be counted. (Simply Gluten Free)

Hot Run in the City

It’s the dog days of August, and that’s not exactly the best time for running. We love these tips from trainers and run coaches to keep you cool out on the road — ice cubes in a bandana? We’re intrigued.  (Well + Good)

Fish Tacos

Photo by Perry Santanachote

Add This to Your Grocery List 

Good news for our fellow seafood addicts: If you eat fish just once a week, you may have a hippocampus (the brain’s memory and learning center) that’s 14 percent larger than in someone who shies away from seafood. That boost in brain size could be responsible for protecting people from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. (The Atlantic)

A Salty Controversy

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A Salty Study

Could less salt be…dangerous? A controversial new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that those who consume less than 3,000 milligrams of sodium per day (in line with current recommendations) might actually be at a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack or death than those whose intake was between 3,000 to 6,000 milligrams. (Wall Street Journal)

Surviving Hot Weather Running

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 A Workout to Keep Your Phone Charged?

If you’re anything like us, your phone is probably always teetering dangerously close to dead. You’re burning tons of energy through your workouts — if only you could harness that to charge your phone, right? Well, it turns out those days might not be too far off. Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a sensor that can turn your sweat into usable energy. (Shape)

Match Your Strides to Your Running

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Will Run for Music

You know that feeling when your legs seem to move perfectly in sync with your tunes when you’re running? You’re not imagining it. The pace of your music can actually affect the speed of your run, so here’s how to match your steps and stride to the beat. (Competitor)

Hooked on a Feeling

Blogger Alison Feller, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, has been battling some serious health issues for the past few years. Several months ago, as her health began to bounce back, she discovered the free grassroots workout movement November Project, and her positivity practically oozes through the screen in this post. (Ali on the Run)