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Probiotics for COVID-19

From eNewsletter 5/27/2020

DID YOU KNOW that a study published last week in Frontiers in Public Health stated: "Orally administered probiotic strains can reduce the incidence and severity of viral respiratory tract infections. At a time when doctors are using drugs with little anti- COVID-19 data, probiotic strains documented for anti-viral and respiratory activities should become part of the armamentarium to reduce the burden and severity of this pandemic."

In a second study published last week from Virus Research, the authors purported: "Gut microbiota diversity is decreased in old age and COVID-19 has been mainly fatal in elderly patients which again points to the role the gut microbiota may play in this disease. Improving gut microbiota profile by personalized nutrition and supplementation known to improve immunity can be one of the prophylactic ways by which the impact of this disease can be minimized in old people and immune-compromised patients."

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Steve & Bonnie:Scientists writing in EClinicalMedicine have found a new method of reducing human body weight and fat mass using weighted vests. The new study indicates that there is something comparable to built-in bathroom scales that contributes to keeping our body weight and, by the same token, fat mass constant.

The researchers examined people with a body mass index of 30-35, the lowest obesity category. They were instructed to wear a weighted vest eight hours a day for three weeks, and otherwise live as usual. The control group wore only light vests weighing 2 pounds, while the treatment group wore heavy vests weighing some 24 pounds. After three weeks had passed, the subjects who wore the heavier vests had lost 3.5 pounds in weight, while those wearing the light vests had lost 0.66 pounds. Muscle mass simultaneously remained intact.

The study was based upon a recent finding that there is an energy balance system that endeavors to keep body weight constant: the "gravitostat," as it has been called. To work, the system must contain a kind of personal weighing machine. The researchers' new clinical study shows that similar built-in scales exists in humans. If people do a lot of sitting, what seems to happen is that the reading on our personal scales falls too low. This may explain why sitting is so clearly associated with obesity and ill-health. Weighted vests can raise the reading on the scales, resulting in weight loss. Many questions about how the gravitostat works remain for the researchers to answer, but this is encouraging because it was the first study to look at weighted vests and weight. We already know that weighted vests are very good for osteoporosis prevention.


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