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When to Stop Eating | Masks, Toilets, Antibodies

From eNewsletter 6/24/2020

DID YOU KNOW that eating a late dinner alters metabolic markers during sleep in a way that leads to obesity or diabetes?

According to the results of a study in healthy subjects from Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, having a late dinner induces nocturnal glucose intolerance (reduced insulin sensitivity, which is not good), and reduces fatty acid oxidation and mobilization (allowing for greater levels of inflammation).

Our general rule is to stop eating 2-3 hours before bed, preferably 3 hours.

COVID-19 IS RESHAPING HEALTH We're always searching for positives from the pandemic, and there is certainly a "healthy living mega-trend" occurring, comprised of three frequent terms: health as lifestyle, nutritional balance and preventive health. We are finally adopting a stronger approach to wellbeing, one of which supports spiritual and mental wellbeing, as well as physical health. This pursuit of optimal wellness is key for the future.  Health is the new status symbol. The focus on healthy homes, increasing physical activity, and improving emotional wellbeing is infectious. We are taking much more ownership of our own health and being more pro-active choosing preventative options like nutrition and supplements. The pandemic has made mental health a priority and this will not be going away either. Globally, people of all ages are paying more attention to ingredients. Finally, we are embracing lifestyles that allocate more of our dollars towards wellness and less on wasteful purchases. Basically, what you've been doing for years!

Antibody Testing In a soon to be published antibody testing study, as well as a new Nature Medicine study, initial results have revealed that COVID-19 antibodies remain stable in the blood of the majority of infected individuals only for about two months after diagnosis. In 8.5% of those infected, antibodies were not even detectable, opening discussions on how best to interpret antibody and viral tests.

Asymptomatics In the first data on asymptomatic COVID-19 infected patients, there were some surprising results from a Nature Medicine study: In 30% of patients, shedding of the virus was occurring as long as 4 weeks after infection was confirmed. The average duration of viral shedding was 20 days. The CDC quarantine window for preventing overt viral shedding is currently 14 days. Cleveland Clinic Risk Calculator A new COVID-19 risk calculator launched by the Cleveland Clinic considers a risk factor for contracting COVID-19 as those either low in melatonin or not taking melatonin supplementally. Regrettably, they do not mention poor diet or excess sugar consumption as risk factors. Blood Type A new study from New England Journal of Medicine confirms the findings from an earlier study that blood type 'O's are at less risk for getting COVID-19 than blood type 'A's, who are at higher risk. Gut Microbiota A study from Virus Research suggests that gastrointestinal symptoms in some patients hint at a role of gut-lung axis. Respiratory virus infection causes perturbations in gut microbiota. Diet, environmental factors, and genetics play an important role in shaping gut microbiota which can greatly influence immunity. Authors suggest that improving the gut microbiota profile by personalized nutrition and supplementation can be one of the prophylactic ways by which the impact of this disease can be minimized. Masks There is still controversy about what degree masks can protect us. Here is a visual which may convince you to the degree in which masks can assist. Toilets After reading the results of this study, you may want to think twice about using a communal toilet unless you have no choice. Scientists in Physics and Fluids have found that flushing a toilet can generate a cloud of aerosol droplets that rises nearly three feet. These droplets may linger in the air long enough to be inhaled by a shared toilet's next user, or land on surfaces in the bathroom. Coronavirus particles have been found to shed in a person's stool. While it remains unknown whether public or shared toilets are a common point of transmission of the virus, the research highlights the need to rethink the common spaces people share. NOTE: All of the above should reaffirm why you should be sticking with your specific immune protocol for the long haul. Don't let up!


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