NCI Well Connect: August 1, 2016
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Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that according to a study in July's American Journal Clinical Nutrition, exclusive breastfeeding at 4-6 weeks of age may have long-term effects on child health? Researchers found longer telomere length at 4 and 5 years of age in the infants that were exclusively breastfed. Telomere length is a marker of cellular aging, with the majority of lifetime attrition occurring during the first 4 years of life.

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Well Connect Feature
Optimal Sports Performance Update
Steve: Currently, a major focus on elite athletic performance is how athletes can become better fat burners, a state that makes the athlete, or any individual who exercises, much less reliant on carbohydrates, while training or racing.

If we are over-reliant on carbohydrates, we become less able to burn fats as fuel and the body will always switch to carb burning rather than fat burning if carbs are supplied.

A healthy, energy efficient body can switch fuel type effortlessly from carbohydrate burning to fat burning.
This ability is an evolutionary survival mechanism. It enabled us to survive periods of famine while searching and hunting for food, which were typically interspersed among cycles of rest feasting.

Fat burning facilitates a more sustained performance over longer periods, and, gram for gram, yields over twice as much energy.

Our bodies can be trained to burn fat through such practices as carb restriction, moderate to high healthy fat intake, caloric restriction, as well as exercising in a fasted state.

If you are not able to adequately burn fats, you will typically run out of fuel after your glycogen (stored glucose in liver and muscle) is exhausted typically after around 60-90 minutes of moderate/high intensity endurance exercise.

Walking and cycling are examples of good endurance activities that are reasonably easy to engage in for over 90 minutes, while avoiding undue over-exertion.

Adequate and individualized recovery is important, being aided by the provision of protein preferably within 30 minutes or so of completion of the activity. It is important for complex carbohydrates to be consumed as well.

Detailed tips to help make this transition safely will be in next week's eNewsletter.
Mid-Life Memory Lapse?
Bonnie and Steve: Midlife memory lapses may reflect a shift in the type of information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in cognitive function, a new study in the June issue of NeuroImage suggests.

Investigators found that during a memory task, activation of the visual cortex was increased in young adults in comparison with middle-aged and older adults.

For example, when you meet someone for the first time, it is likely that young adults are paying attention to where and when they met this person, and they can remember this information. But middle-aged and older adults focus more on the social-emotional relevance of the person they met - were they pleasant, whether they reminded them of other people they know, and so on - and this change in focus negatively impacts their ability to remember more objective features.

Older adults might be able to improve their recall abilities with, for example, mindfulness. It improves cognitive function because it teaches individuals to be "present in the moment" and to attend to the objective nature of the experience instead of ruminating and being caught up in their own inner world.
Intelligently Active
Sprinkle a Puff and a Sweat Into Your Physical Activity
Bonnie: Physical activity that makes you puff and sweat is one key to avoiding an early death.

In a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers followed 204,542 people for more than six years, and compared those who engaged in only moderate activity (such as gentle swimming, social tennis, or household chores) with those who included at least some vigorous activity (such as jogging, aerobics or competitive tennis).

The risk of mortality for those who included some vigorous activity was 9 to 13 per cent lower, compared with those who only undertook moderate activity.

Whether or not you are overweight, and whether or not you have heart disease or diabetes, if you can manage some vigorous activity it could offer significant benefits for longevity.
Mental Minute
Chronic Stress Erodes Memory
Steve: Sustained stress erodes memory, and the immune system plays a key role in the cognitive impairment, according to a first-of-its-kind study from The Journal of Neuroscience

Subjects had measurable changes in their brains, including evidence of inflammation brought on by the immune system's response to the outside pressure. This was associated with the presence of immune cells, called macrophages, in the brain. Stress releases immune cells from the bone marrow and those cells can traffic to brain areas associated with neuronal activation in response to stress.

This is why it is crucial to interrupt and ultimately resolve the inflammation. Your bloodwork, Pure Genomics genetic breakdown, and resolvins can all help address chronic inflammation. 
Health-Wise, Season of Birth Makes No Difference?
Bonniee: A new study of more than 21,000 patients with multiple sclerosis provides further evidence that season of birth can influence the risk for MS and that this association cannot be explained away by "background patterns."

In the study, MS risk was 24% higher for those born in April versus those born in November, even after adjustment for multiple variables, including geographic and timing variations. In addition, there were 15.7% fewer MS births than expected in November compared with general population data.

The findings were published June 27th in JAMA Neurology after evaluating a huge sample size of births from 1938 to 1980.

While the researchers state that the cause(s) for this association are unknown, possibilities include lower vitamin D levels in the winter, seasonal conditions in the mother, mother's diet or activity levels, perinatal complications, and variants in ultraviolet light.
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Alcohol Weakens the Immune Systems of Older Persons
Bonnie: The immune system in older persons is more prone to dysfunction and infections are more prevalent, more severe, and harder to defeat. 

Drinking alcohol has a variety of damaging effects on the immune system and organs, which can be worsened by pre-existing conditions, as well as consumption of prescription and over-the-counter medications that older persons often take.

Even healthy older persons have an elevated inflammatory state, known as "inflamm-aging." Chronic alcohol consumption reduces their ability to fight infections. This firs-of-its-kind research was presented at the 39th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism.

Immune cells work together to find and eradicate infectious organisms. However, drinking alcohol can impair innate immune function, thereby rendering the individual more susceptible to infections. Even short-term exposure to alcohol reduces their ability to migrate to a site of infection as well as their ability to destroy the pathogens.
Did You Know? Supps
The Emergence of Astaxanthin
Steve: While Asaxanthin has been around for a while, as usual, we wanted to wait until the research matched the hype. It sure has.

Astaxanthin is an extremely powerful carotenoid derived from an algal source.

The research has shown benefits for eye health, cardiovascular health, blood sugar balance, UV protection, and most notably, better athletic/exercise performance.

In addition to the research showing that Astaxanthin can improve your athletic/exercise performance by 20%, we have numerous clients, as well as myself and my family, who can back up thesew findings. Like the study participants, we recommend taking somewhere between 4-8 mg. daily.

The one thing about Astaxanthin is that it is difficult to process, so it is not cheap. When something is not cheap, myriad cheap artificial sources sprout up claiming to be natural. Be selective please.
Recipe du Jour
Raw Breakfast Salad
1 cup raw kale, shaved
1/2 cup raw broccoli florets
Half avocado, diced
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
2 hard boiled eggs or 4 egg whites
1/4 cup, crumbled feta (cow/goat/sheep)

Place all ingredients on the shaved kale. Dressing is optional. SERVES ONE
Genetic Wellness Testing & Analysis
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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, as well as absorb vitamins A & D. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

For example, if you cannot adequately convert Beta Carotene from food into absorbable vitamin A (retinol), this greatly increases your risk for the eye disease Macular Degeneration. Food and supplement modification addresses this issue.

The graphic on top is the methylation cycle. The bottom graphic is genes associated with vitamins A & D. If you have not done your 23andMe genetic test, yet, what are you waiting for?

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Wild Card
Texting Changes the Rhythm of Our Brain Waves
Steve: Sending text messages on a smartphone can change the rhythm of brain waves, according to a new study published in Epilepsy & Behavior. This change is not necessarily a bad thing.

Until now, little was known on the neurological effects of smartphone use. Mayo Clinic researchers analyzed the brain waves of 129 patients over a period of 16 months. Only text messaging produced the newly observed brain rhythm.

The researchers believe this new rhythm is the brain's ability to process non-verbal information during use of electronic devices and that it is heavily connected to a widely distributed network augmented by attention or emotion.

One thing is for sure: there is now a biological reason why people shouldn't text and drive. You don't want to change your brain waves while driving!
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."
-Robert Collier
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