From eNewsletter 7/4/2022
DID YOU KNOW that if you have trouble swallowing pills, there may be a technique you haven't tried that may assist? Simply changing your head position by turning to the left or the right could be helpful. It was found to be highly successful with children. Other methods to try:
Try swallowing pills standing up rather than sitting down.
Lean-forward technique: Capsules are lighter than tablets and have the tendency to float forward in the mouth during swallowing. Leaning the head slightly forward while swallowing causes the capsule to move towards the back of the mouth where it more easily swallowed.
Try using a thicker drink to take the pills with. Thicker drinks slow down swallowing and make the pill less likely to separate from the liquid.
Last Day for Fourth of July Sale! Today is the last day to take advantage of our 20% off sale items for both June and July. Our office is closed today for the holiday, but you can still place orders at our website, text, email, or phone.
Alert: Paid NCI Well Connect Members Because of the holiday, today's issue is abridged. Recent updates to our Action Plan Library Titles.
Blood Sugar Balance
Fast Mimicking Diet
Improve Your Mood
Nutrition & Lifestyle for Cancer Prevention
For NCI Well Connect paid members, it is free for download at Members Only Archives. For nonpaid members, they can be ordered a la carte at our shopsite (use the password: discount2018 to get past the Guest Area paywall).
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Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion NEW INFO ON NOVAVAX VACCINE! The document can be found at this link.
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.
Post-COVID Syndrome 2.0 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
Diet, Lifestyle for Blood Sugar Balance
Steve: If you needed a refresher on just how important diet and lifestyle are for blood sugar balance, here are a few results that may motivate you after a holiday weekend where let's just say, many of us deviate from our optimal lifestyle choices ;) Nutrients According to a recent study in Nutrients, probiotics were superior to placebo for lowering HbA1c (a much more sensitive marker than blood glucose). Moreover, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, probiotics, and polyphenol supplements were superior to placebo for improving fasting blood glucose levels. Finally, a vitamin D supplement was superior to placebo for insulin resistance. The aforementioned was studied within the context of lowering the severity of type 2 diabetes. Sugar and Sleep Is it sugar that leads to poor sleep or poor sleep that leads to increased sugar intake? In a study from journal Sleep, teenagers ate more foods high in carbohydrates or sugar and sweetened beverages when sleeping less versus when they got a full night of sleep. Teenagers who did not sleep enough also ate fewer fruits and vegetables than when they got the recommended hours of sleep. What’s interesting is that getting less sleep didn’t cause teens to eat more than their peers getting healthy sleep; but just ate more junk food. Finally, by eating 12 grams more sugar each day, which the teens in the study with poor sleep consumed, the average teen would gain 4.5 pounds every year. Genetics Zinc is a mineral that plays important roles in glucose metabolism. One of its functions is to promote the normal release of insulin from pancreatic beta cells. A common variation in SLC30A8 gene, which codes for a zinc transporter, has been shown to contribute to individual zinc requirements. Our PureGenomics wellness screening analyzes this genetic marker to identify those who may benefit from higher zinc intakes. Fruit, Not Fruit Juice Most of you reading this know we do not often recommend drinking fruit juice. We do however, recommend eating fruit consistently, as long as it is accompanied by protein or healthy fat. A study from Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism finds people who consume two servings of whole fruit per day have 36% lower odds of developing type 2 diabetes than those who consume less than half a serving. However, the benefits did not include fruit juice, which had a detrimental risk for type 2 diabetes.