Not paying attention can have dire consequences. For example, the New york Times just reported on a new study of thousands of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the New york City area which found that nearly all of them had at least one major chronic health condition, and most — 88 percent — had at least two. Whatever the diagnosis, an unhealthy metabolism is usually lurking behind it. Even if you don’t have a severe metabolic disorder like diabetes, consider that about a third of americans have a vulnerable metabolism, or ‘metabolic syndrome,’ defined by the Mayo Clinic as a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. I urge you to focus on getting these problems under control right away. There’s no time to waste, particularly if there are more COVID-19 spikes in the months ahead (which seems fairly likely). Simply put, what you eat matters. Granted, eating crap has never been a good idea, but now, a diet loaded with sugar, processed foods, starchy foods, factory-farmed animals and pesticide-laden produce is riskier than ever.
Here are few thoughts on how to ‘let food be thy medicine,’ and where to start:
SUGAR IS YOUR ENEMY, AND A FRIEND TO VIRUSES.
While some people may tolerate carbs a bit better than others, nobody does well with a high-sugar diet which is what you’re buying into if you’re eating lots of processed and junk foods. The more sugar and starch you eat, the more insulin your body has to produce to get the sugar out of the blood and into your cells. Over time, the cells grow resistant to all that insulin, or “insulin resistant,” which sends your body down the inflammation highway. The last stop? Diabetes. But even garden-variety higher-than-normal blood sugar compromises your immune system and likely makes your body more vulnerable to microbial invaders, including COVID. What’s the answer? First step would be to trade sugar, processed foods, and grains for moderate amounts of fiber-rich whole food carbs like sweet potatoes, beans or root veggies. But if you are carbohydrate intolerant or have metabolic syndrome or maybe just getting older, you may well have to slash these what we consider healthy foods to a minimum as well.
KEEP YOUR GUT STRONG, AND YOUR BODY WELL-DEFENDED.
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Every day, as we learn more and more about what makes the COVID-19 virus tick, we also learn more about what we can do to minimize our exposure and stay safe. Though we haven’t fully cracked the code and the end of the pandemic still feels a long way off, we do understand the three most important things we can do right now to protect ourselves: tame the inflammation the virus takes advantage of; get underlying health problems under control; eat to feed the good bacteria in your gut so they can keep your immune system operating at its absolute peak.
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A wise man once wrote, there’s no place like home for the holidays, but this year, unfortunately that’s not the case. With the CDC recommending that we don’t head home this holiday season, the typically joyous time of year that we could all really use has to be put on pause.
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Stress and overwhelm are synonymous with the holidays now, so it’s extra important to have tried and tested ways to get centered and back into the joy of the season. There are lots of things you may already be doing, or can tweak slightly to help you relax and feel more present
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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is hard at the best of times, and a global pandemic is anything but the best of times — with gyms closed, kids home, and the world turned upside down, figuring out how to be active, eat well, and maintain a productive mindset might feel close to impossible — but you can do it. Embrace that something is better than nothing. Your workouts don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to happen. Think consistency — think daily, non-negotiable motion! Your future self will thank you! Exercise is good for our immune system, our body, and our mind — you will be a more emotionally resilient, focused, compassionate version of you if you move! Plus, in a world filled with things we can’t control, it feels reassuring and positive to control what we can control: our workouts. So, how do you make motion a non-negotiable?
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When children experience respiratory, digestive, behaviour, or other health challenges, many parents naturally seek out dietary solutions. Unfortunately, the prevailing confusion in this area provides fertile ground for misconceptions and counterproductive dietary fads. Among contemporary trends, avoiding gluten and/ or dairy products are two of the most popular. Does taking your children off gluten or dairy really help? Do such recommendations rest upon fallacy or fact? As it turns out, though born of legitimate concerns, the impulse to discontinue gluten or dairy products is generally misguided, and may distract parents from truly important steps that can help kids to eat right, grow, and thrive.
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