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3 Best Sleep Practices

From eNewsletter 5/11/2022

DID YOU KNOW that there are recent sleep recommendations that while are not to be taken as gospel, give us best practices? Best time to go to bed? Around 9:30PM, according to a report from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Optimal amount of sleep for middle age and older adults? Seven hours, according to research in Nature Aging. Of course, children and young adults need more. Achieving quality sleep is important to strive for. Lack of sufficient sleep led to a 9% increase in total abdominal fat area and an 11% increase in abdominal visceral fat, compared to control sleep in a Mayo Clinic study published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Visceral fat is deposited deep inside the abdomen around internal organs and is strongly linked to cardiac and metabolic diseases.

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Plant Based Eating Style Update

Bonnie and Steve: Plant based foods...vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grain-like foods (especially quinoa, cassava, and buckwheat) are fabulous for our health. The one important macro-nutrient we can’t get enough of from these foods is viable protein. How can this be true when the media and food companies are routinely touting plant-based diets? Humans are designed to be omnivores. This means we need both animal and plant foods. Our digestive systems have been designed by God or nature to absorb foods this way. This is why humans for millennia have usually survived for short periods of time on plant foods when no animal protein was available, but their goal was to get as much animal food as they could gather. This factual information dates back over 40,000 years. The information is either hidden or sketchy as to whether new plant proteins are viable, safe, healthy, humane, organic, and good for the planet. Many substitute plant proteins contain concentrated soy from non-organic/pesticide/insecticide laden farms, small animals are killed when those farms are planted (disrupting animal and other plant ecosystems), hidden MSG is added for flavor, and heavy toxic metals are found in many of the products. Is this really the answer for humans becoming healthier? There are myriad nutrient deficiencies that may occur in those adhering exclusively to plant based diets. Results from a study in Food and Chemical Toxicology found legumes and grains, contain higher levels of glyphosate (Roundup) than other foods. Of course, these are consumed in higher amounts by vegans and vegetarians. A new study from Nutrition Reviews found a significantly higher risk of depression in those adhering to vegetarian and vegan diets. A new study in Pediatrics found that children adhering to vegetarian or vegan diets were twice as likely to be clinically underweight compared with those who ate an omnivorous diet. Lastly, there is new research in Science Advances showing that not only do insects feel pain from an injury, but they suffer from chronic pain after recovering from one. Moreover, plants have been found to have highly sophisticated social networks and can also feel pain. If we eschew consuming all organisms that feel pain, there will be nothing left to eat. Until we can discern if lab grown protein is safe and viable, the key is to know how the food you are consuming is grown, harvested, and prepared. Eat a wide variety of plant and animal based foods. And relax :)