Welcome to the 94th volume of WizeWorld: a collection of stories and sounds to round out your week, pique your curiosity, and widen your wizdom.
This week’s theme is balance
Whether it’s the balance of nature and the city in a stunning work from a French street artist, or the balance of just enough caffeine to give you health benefits without taking them away… life is all about finding the happy medium.
We’ll be looking at:
- How caffeine affects your gut health
- An interview with 15 year old skateboarder Zoe Zollinger
- Larger-than-life trompe l'oeil murals
- Steven Gamboa’s Shmooze
- A new seed that helps end hunger and ill health in Guatemala
Well + Good reports that—in moderate amounts—caffeine can have a positive impact on your gut in two ways. The first is that it can help speed up your rate of digestion (known as peristalsis), and the second is that it can potentially improve your microbiome by reducing the growth of harmful bacteria. But, experts warn, too much caffeine can have negative impacts, too. In general, they recommend tea over coffee, and avoiding sugar-loaded drinks of either variety. Which is precisely why we made Wize to be a happy medium of caffeine and sugar to give you all the benefits of iced tea with none of the drawbacks.
Enjoy this interview with the newest member of Wize Collective: Zoe Zollinger. 15 year old Zoe is a skateboarder from Nanaimo, BC. When Covid hit, her parents bought her a board to cruise around a pump track because there wasn’t much else to do. Since then, she hasn’t looked back and her goal is to become a pro skateboarder like some of her biggest inspirations—including Sky Brown and Ruby Lilley. Unlike many of her peers, Zoe isn’t a big fan of sugary drinks and loves a combination of water, fizzy water, and Wize to get her through the day. She’s entering some local skate competitions this summer, so we wish her good luck on her journey!
From Colossal comes these larger-than-life murals from French street artist Mantra. It took him just six days to complete his first mural called “Là où fleurit l’émerveillement,” (or, “Where wonder flourishes”) on the side of a building in Versaille, France in October of 2020. The artist used a combination of rollers and brushes to apply acrylic paint to a multi-story apartment building in order to pay tribute to nature and local wildlife. Since then, he’s gone on to complete another work—pictured above—called “Three Butterflies for Lana” in Lana, Italy. He says that many of the images are from photographs he took in his mother’s garden and it’s just one way of bringing nature into the city and reminding us all to take care of the earth.
From Steven Gamboa comes Redux: an essential party playlist packed with tracks from artists like Kaytranada, Jorja Smith, Majid Jordan and more. Crack our brand new Sparkling Mango Wize iced tea, hit play, and get your weekend off to the perfect start. A little about Steven Gamboa: in addition to being the Sales Manager of Wize Tea, he’s the Promotions Manager for Fortune Sound Club and Blueprint Events, as well as the co-found of Get Litt Events and Midnight Mondays… so he knows a thing or two about throwing a great party.
To wrap things up, Positive News brings us the story of a new kind of maize seed which could make a massive difference in the health of Guatemalans. Many people in Guatemala consume maize as their primary food—some even subsisting on nothing but maize flour tortillas to make it through the day without hunger. This can lead to widespread malnutrition if that maize lacks many of the vitamins and minerals required for your body’s essential functions. That’s where non-profit Semilla Nueva comes in. They’ve developed a hybrid seed, bred through conventional selective breeding (not GMOs), to have even more essential nutrients. Brothers and farmers Luis and Antonio Mejía who grow the new hybrid crop say that this really could make all the difference in their lives, and in the lives of their family and community.
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