NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
February 10, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that the brain's memory capacity is in the petabyte range, as much as entire Web, new research by the Salk Institute indicates? The new work answers a longstanding question as to how the brain is so energy efficient and could help engineers build computers that are incredibly powerful but also conserve energy.

In our first eNewsletter of the year, we were delighted to share with you a study lauding the benefits of achieving healthspan (length of healthy life) instead of lifespan (how long you live).

Yesterday was the official day when most public health experts claim the New Year's resolutions of many Americans lose momentum. Don't worry about holding onto your resolutions. Hold onto your habits. Remember healthspan. Look at wellbeing as a long-term proposition.

Keep implementing sound wellness habits, even if you have to do so one at a time. If you make it into the gym a little less this week, make sure you are moving around at work or at home by simply getting up every 20 minutes.

Did you go nuts at a Super Bowl party? If you have your eyes on the big picture, this should not be a big deal. Besides, the way you felt afterwards should be enough cause and effect, right? Settle back into your well habits and remember...healthspan! 

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve
I'm Always Hungry Syndrome
Steve and Bonnie: There's a reason why we have always recommend that our clients eat balanced meals and snacks. The better we can suppress certain neurological signals that scream hunger, the better we can maintain balanced weight. 

There has been very little research on those who have the "I'm always hungry" phenomenon. Researchers in a recent study in Nature found that specific hypothalamic neurons stimulate food-seeking behaviors to eliminate the negative feelings associated with energy deficit.

Here's the problem. Most of us are not functioning at an energy deficit. We have been hard-wired to consume larger portions than we need or eat macronutrients like sugar that trigger us to eat more. Thus, we cannot blame our neurons. Our neurons are still functioning as they were thousands of years ago when we were constantly in search for food. Unfortunately, the hunger signals are negative and create negative emotions.

The following strategies can be used to extend the amount of time it takes for these signals to activate. They are a crucial cog to achieving optimal healthspan.
  • Eat balanced, which means never eating a carbohydrate alone. Always accompany a carbohydrate with a protein and healthy fat. This will satiate you for a much longer period of time. Try to make the carbohydrates fibrous fruit and veggies whenever possible.
  • Consume mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon balanced snacks. If you choose to do this, eat a little less at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Keep the snacks balanced as well. Is an apple a healthy snack? Sure, as long as it is accompanied with a slice of turkey and/or dollop of sunflower butter. You get the idea.
  • Drink water in between meals. Any opportunity to expand your stomach keeps the hunger demons at bay. Hydration and flushing out junk cannot hurt either.
  • Consume fiber. Americans consume paltry amounts of fiber. Fiber satiates and creates bulk in the digestive system. The more bulk, the less area for your neurons to pick up hunger signals.
  • Use your mind to suppress the negative signals. Learn to recognize the hunger signals and channel them into positive signals. Use internal dialogue and tell yourself "be patient because it is not time to eat yet" and take a few deep breaths. It may seem corny, but it can be very helpful. You are simply being self-aware in addressing one of your body's strongest primal signals.
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Why Is This Graphic So Important?
Bonnie and Steve: If one or more of these boxes are yellow or red, then you have genetic deficiencies that may impair your ability to break down and move toxins from your body. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

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