April 15: Weekly Health Roundup

Trader Joe's Dethroned as America's Favorite Grocery Store

For the first time in four years, Trader Joe’s is not America’s favorite grocery store. That crown now rests snugly on Wegmens, thanks to a national survey that “measures criteria including satisfaction with the food quality, checkout speed, value and customer service”. Join us in offering a hearty congratulations to the new king of groceries, via CNBC

This is How to Ensure Stable Weight Loss

A Denmark study claims to have found a way to maintain weight loss for at least a year. The two hormones in our body that regulate appetite, hormones that take a while to adjust to a lower body weight. If you can make it past roughly a year “you have passed the critical point” after which it will be easier for you to maintain your weight loss, via UPI

A Good Night’s Sleep May Keep Colds Away

Sleep has been a hot topic as of late, and for good reason. Among other health issues, too little sleep can increase your chances of catching a cold or other common illnesses. People who clocked less than six hours of sleep each night “were about four times more likely to actually come down with a cold compared to those who got more than 7 hours of sleep”, via Fox News

Sound of Laughter Reveals More about Relationship Status

Did you know that the sound of your laughter comes across differently depending on your relationship status? Turns out that laughter can signify so much more than if a joke is funny or not. A laugh between friends sounds different than one between acquaintances and different than one between significant others. The key here is, though, to always laugh – no matter how it sounds, it’s great for your health, via Tech Times

You Can Stop Feeling Bad about Eating Chocolate

A 12-year study recently uncovered that regular chocolate consumption “linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke”. Participants were eating one half to two chocolate bars and are thought to have received health benefits from the flavonoids in the cacao, via Yahoo News

Time to Weigh In

Are you on board for the dethroning of Trader Joe's or are you still a die hard fan? Have you found that better sleep equals better health? Does the news about chocolate actually improving your health make you more likely to eat it? Shoot us your thoughts in the comment section below.