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3 Pearls to Improve Your Mood

From eNewsletter 1/17/2022

DID YOU KNOW that new research has shed light on three lifestyle choices that will help lower depression? Physical activity does the brain good. For example, a study in Frontiers in Psychiatry found that physical activity not only reduces depressive symptoms, but also increases the brain's ability to change, which is necessary for adaptation and learning processes. A study from JAMA Psychiatry concluded that gut microbiota perturbations were associated with depletion of certain anti-inflammatory probiotic bacteria and an enrichment of pro-inflammatory bacteria in patients with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety. Thus, a targeted probiotic based upon individual needs can be very helpful for depression. A new study in Human Molecular Genetics indicates that higher body mass index (BMI) causes depression. Thus, implementing positive lifestyle changes, starting with adhering to your optimal dietary choices and portions, will not only help lower body mass, but help improve your mood.


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UPDATE - Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion The document at this link was updated January 17th.

Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines will minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but SARS-CoV-2 is not going away. Moreover, SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus we fight. There are influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. We highly recommend continuing your immune support. See our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol.

COVID-19 Condition Monograph For those interested in conventional and integrative treatments for COVID-19 with over 250 references, this is our COVID-19 Condition Monograph.

Post-COVID Syndrome 2.0 (updated November 2021) The official diagnosis for post-COVID syndrome (PCS) are symptoms that last for 12 weeks or more. If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor is suffering from PCS, diligently following our Post-COVID Syndrome 2.0 Action Plan for purchase, or free to paid members here (must use the password), can bring measurable improvement.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue

  • Paid Member Content

  • Well Connect Feature: Labs to Assess Mental Health

  • Menu Savvy: Foods That Lower BP

  • Genetic Update: Prevent Passing Along Bad Genes?

  • Brand Buzz: Almond Crackers | Ancient Root Chips

  • Intelligently Active: How Exercise Repels Inflammation

  • Mental Minute: How to Better Master a Skill

  • Wild Card: Docs Changing Their Tune About Gluten?

  • eInspire: Jane Didion

  • Free Member Content

  • Did You Know?

  • Our Habits Affect Our Genetic Disposition

  • January 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Pure Genomics

  • Loyalty Program

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

Our Habits Affect Our Genetic Expression

In a recent paper from British Journal of Nutrition, the authors review four recent advances in the field of personalized nutrition that can lead to an improved understanding of individual health: (1) the influence of epigenetic changes and gene expression on cognitive function in early life, (2) the association genotype (our DNA sequence) with nutrient status and corresponding metabolic responses in the context of obesity, (3) the relationship of gut microbial composition with the efficacy of dietary interventions for body weight management and (4) advanced technologies such as deep learning to improve the accuracy of dietary intake measurements. Specifically related to number (1), epigenetics and gene expression, it is critical to know your nutrigenomic needs prior to conception so potential malabsorption of vitamins B12, B6, B2, and folate can be addressed. Then, the baby's nutrigenomic needs must be assessed in early life to assure B-vitamins are being absorbed properly. By examining these sources of inter-individual variability, and considering their possible interactions, we can better understand the nuances of individualized guidance and better define future research approaches to advance both personal and public health. Moreover, a new study from Nutrients fervently asks public health leaders and food manufacturers to understand the inextricable interaction between diet components and human genome structure and gene activity. Taking this modern approach will allow better individualized dietary guidances, which can help maintain good health. As indicated in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, not only will improving diet have the most benefits in lowering biological age among women, higher diet quality is associated with slower epigenetic age acceleration for all, which partially explains the beneficial effect of diet quality on lifespan. The findings emphasize that adopting a healthy diet is crucial for maintaining healthy aging. Of course, we provide, and have provided for years, personalized nutrigenomic and lifestyle-genomic analysis.

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