From eNewsletter 6/20/2022
DID YOU KNOW there are concrete reasons why we always recommend never eating a carbohydrate alone? The easiest reason who you should never eat a carbohydrate alone is that you'll be able to better balance your blood sugar. In addition, eating carbohydrates alone increases cravings and appetite. To combat this, according to a new study from Current Biology, having protein with carbohydrates blunts cravings and induces satiety (feeling of fulness). Healthy fats, while albeit a bit less effective than protein, can also lessen cravings and induce satiety. So try to remember that whenever you have a meal or a snack, accompany your carbohydrates with protein and/or healthy fats.
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Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay. Moreover, it 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. Continue your immune support year-round. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol.
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COVID-19, POST COVID-19 UPDATE
Steve: While these updates have been much less frequent, there are still many out there contracting COVID-19 and dealing with lingering, post-COVID issues. Here is the latest information you should be aware of. Complete Protection Unrealistic Achieving complete protection against infection through multiple boosters is not realistic, said Christoph Neumann-Haefelin, MD, head of the Working Group for Translational Virus Immunology at the Clinic for Internal Medicine II, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany. Therefore, this should not be pursued when discussing boosters. "The aim of the booster vaccination should be to protect high-risk groups of people against severe courses of the disease," said Neumann-Haefelin. Moreover, if someone receives a booster too early, a saturation effect can occur, warned Andreas Radbruch, PhD, scientific director of the German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin. "We know this from lots of experimental studies, but also from lots of other vaccinations. For example, you cannot be vaccinated against tetanus twice at 3- or 4-week intervals. Nothing at all will happen the second time," explained Radbruch. If the same antigen is applied again and again at the same dose, the immune system is made so active that the antigen is directly intercepted and cannot have any new effect on the immune system. This mechanism has been known for a long time, said Radbruch. Radbruch said that the vaccine protection probably lasts for decades, as far as protecting from severe illness and death. Following an infection or vaccination, the antibody concentration in the bone marrow is similar to that achieved after a measles or tetanus vaccination. "The vaccination is already extremely efficient. You have protection at the same magnitude as for other infectious diseases or vaccinations, which is expected to last decades," said Radbruch. If You're Considering Paxlovid, Reconsider Some doctors are reconsidering the pills for lower-risk patients after a U.S. public health agencies warned that COVID-19 symptoms can recur after people complete a course of the drug. Gut Bacteria People with a high diversity of gut bacteria are less likely to suffer from severe COVID illness. Researchers in BMJ Open Gastroenterology compared the gut microbiomes of patients with severe COVID and positive patients with mild illness. Those with severe illness were found to have low bacterial diversity and reduced levels of Bifidobacterium bacterial species suggesting improving the health and diversity of people's gut microbiota may be beneficial in reducing severity of illness. Exercise Deficiency Post-COVID Even if you get a mild case of COVID-19, don't expect to exercise as efficiently as you did prior to contracting the infection. A new study from Medrxiv suggests that exercise performance can be affected for up to one year post-infection. Recuperation time can be accelerated by taking the right steps, however. CDC Goes Public About Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome (Long-COVID) In last week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC officials state that 1 in 5 adults 18 or older, and 1 in 4 older than 65 will get long-COVID. We should probably double those figures as the CDC is very conservative. Diet and Supplements to the Rescue? Two studies in Nutrients show yet again how important adhering to optimal diet and supplements are to protect from the deleterious effects of COVID-19. But you'll only read about it here, unfortunately. In one Spanish study, low consumption of vitamins A, D, folate, and zinc was associated with higher incidence and mortality from COVID-19 in some regions. Whereas other regions where the impact of the pandemic was lower, there was a significantly higher intake of these four micronutrients. In the other study, numerous food ingredients determine gut microbial composition and can consequently contribute to better regulate the immune response. A diet combined with medicinal plants with immunomodulatory, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties can highly activate this safeguard. Diet must be abundant in vitamins and antioxidants, such as vitamins C, D, E, zinc, selenium and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which have immunomodulatory activities and are substantial in protecting against the COVID-19 infection.