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Better Health in 2021 – 6 Health “Trends” | News

  • December 31, 2020

NOVI, Mich., Dec. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Better Health Market & Café in Michigan, 14 locations statewide, has the answers: 2021 health trends are sensible lifestyles focusing on immunity and wellness.

With New Year’s resolutions about shedding extra pounds gained while stress eating during the lockdown, here’s how to make 2021 better:

IN for 2021

  1. Immunity Lifestyles – Boosting immunity is good for metabolism and health. Organic foods of citrus fruits, greens, garlic, ginger, nuts and vitamins of D, C , Zinc, Elderberry and Melatonin aimed at reducing the toxic load in the body from food pesticides – it means our systems can instead focus on other foreign invaders, like building immunity.
  2. Plant Based Diets – From plant butter to plant-based meats. The taste keeps getting better for the environment and health.
  3. Anti-Inflammation Diets – Greens like spinach and kale; almonds, walnuts, salmon, tuna, berries, turmeric. Helps the body’s immune system.
  4. Mental Self Care– It’s okay to admit you have anxiety or depression that impacts sleep. Melatonin and Ashwaganda herbs are trending and said to help as is Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Flax and Fish supplements.
  5. Keto with Hormone Free Meats – Provides the Bs and Proteins for wellness and weight loss.
  6. Low Sugar Diets – New low sugar yogurts, chocolates, functional beverages (for energy, digestion, inflammation, weight loss). Even low sugar ketchups!

2021 focuses on wellness staples:

  • Vitamin C – Immune function.
  • Vitamin D – Immune system fight bacteria and viruses.
  • Zinc – Immunity, resistance to infection, proper development for nervous system.
  • Elderberry – The National Institute of Health says “preliminary research suggests elderberry may relieve (or abbreviate) symptoms of flu or other upper respiratory infections.”

What’s Out?

  • Misleading labels –Here is a list of ingredients that Better Health Stores do not allow on its shelves: https://www.thebetterhealthstore.com/nono-list/ 
  • Radically Going Against Your appetite – Trends which avoid eating should be avoided. We all need nutrition.

At Better Health Markets, nutrition experts guide customers into their areas of comfort to improve wellness. How to eat to get the daily nutrition needed for wellness? Juicing and smoothies are wildly popular – they pack a lot of nutrients into one cup.

In 2021, it’s trendy to be sensible and feed your mind and body.

www.thebetterhealthstore.com

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Marx Layne

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Boosting immunity - Vitamin A campaign reaches over 20 million Bangladeshi children during COVID-19

Boosting immunity – Vitamin A campaign reaches over 20 million Bangladeshi children during COVID-19

  • December 31, 2020

Rikta Roy, Health Clinic Manager is overseeing the rollout of the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign in 15 health centres in the south of Dhaka city. The national campaign is targeting over 21 million children in Bangladesh with an immune boosting supplement.

“This year everything is different due to COVID-19. Hundreds of people in this area have lost their jobs due to the economic shutdown in March. They have less money to buy milk, eggs or even vegetables for their children,” explains Rikta, Health Clinic Manager at Smiling Sun Franchise Clinic, Dhaka. 

The pandemic created multiple shocks for children and families, devastating livelihoods, disrupting daily life and undermining food security.

Bangladesh has made significant progress on malnutrition in recent years, reducing child stunting from 41 per cent to 31 per cent between 2011 and 2018. COVID-19 threatens to roll back hard won gains, turning a health crisis into a nutrition crisis, with children most at risk.

“I recently saw a young woman with a toddler visibly suffering from undernutrition. I knew that she lost her job as a housemaid in March. It hurt me to tell her to ensure a proper, balanced diet for her baby. How can I ask her to feed fish, meat and eggs to her baby when everything is so expensive?” shares Rikta.

Overcoming challenges to deliver results for children

Each year, the Government of Bangladesh holds two National Vitamin A Campaigns to strengthen children’s immune system and reduce susceptibility to infections. This year, due to COVID-19, the second campaign was postponed in July.

However, with careful planning and additional safety measures ensured, the campaign was successfully held over a two-week period in October 2020, reaching 20.8 million children – 97 per cent of the target.

“The campaign was adapted to ensure safety for health workers, children and parents while achieving remarkable coverage. This is an important win for children in Bangladesh,” said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh.

One major adaptation was to hold the vitamin A campaign over a period of 12 days instead of the usual one-day campaign to avoid large crowds gathering at distribution centres at the same time.

Over 120,000 distribution centres supported the campaign, with health workers and volunteers ensuring infection prevention control practices, including appropriate mask use, physical distancing and handwashing facilities.

UNICEF supported the Government of Bangladesh to conduct the campaign by developing guidelines and communications materials to ensure a safe roll-out in the context of COVID-19 and technical support for real-time monitoring and reporting. In addition, UNICEF provided 360,000 masks for health workers and volunteers.

“The introduction of real-time monitoring and reporting for the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign has been a real game changer. Mobile phones are used to report daily campaign operations enabling us to act quickly if we are off track. If one health centre faces supply shortages, the required supplies are dispatched immediately from the nearest facility,” says   Dr. S M Mustafizur Rahman, Line Director, National Nutrition Services, Institute of Public Health Nutrition, Directorate General of Health Services.  

Saunas: Types, health benefits, risks, precautions

Saunas: Types, health benefits, risks, precautions

  • December 31, 2020
  • The traditional Finnish sauna, which takes place in a heated and enclosed wooden room, is the most popular sauna experience worldwide and therefore is what many studies are based on regarding sauna’s health benefits.
  • Sauna use may have a variety of health benefits, including helping the body release toxins, improving the cardiovascular system, and building up the immune system.
  • Frequent sauna use is linked to a decreased risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.

The first saunas were built 10,000 years ago in Finland. In fact, the word sauna means bath or bathhouse in Finnish. 

Today, saunas are a part of everyday life in Finland and throughout Scandinavia, as well as Russia, South Korea, and other European countries. The practice has been embraced by Americans, too.

Read on to learn more about sauna and its many health and social benefits.

What is a sauna?

There are four types of saunas, according to the North American Sauna Society:

  1. Traditional Finnish sauna: This is what most people think of as a typical sauna experience. It takes place in an enclosed wooden room heated to about 176 to 195 °F (80–110 °C). Water is ladled on rocks to create humidity, at levels between 20-40% for 5 to 10 minutes for beginners and up to 20 minutes for those who are more experienced. 
  2. Dry sauna: A dry sauna is a traditional Finnish sauna without water sprinkled on stones. This keeps the humidity at a low level, usually less than 10%.
  3. Steam bath: Also known as a Turkish bath or hammam, it’s built of glass, tile, or acrylic to seal in humidity. As the humidity is approximately 100%, the space feels warmer, but the thermostat-controlled temperature is usually less than 120 ºF.
  4. Infrared sauna: While infrared sauna also takes place in a wooden room, it uses infrared heat lamps that radiate at lower temperatures, generally between 100 °F – 150 °F, says Shayna Peter, NMD, CNS, LDN, a functional medicine doctor and author of the book It’s Not Just Acne. Infrared saunas are useful for people who have trouble handling higher temperatures.   

All saunas are warm environments, so most people enjoy sitting in them in the nude. You can also wear a bathing suit or towel. 

Sauna benefits

Most science-backed health benefits from saunas are largely based on the Finnish sauna experience, which is the most popular type worldwide. Researchers have found that a Finnish sauna may offer the following benefits:

Flushing toxins: “Sauna sessions induce sweating and increase the excretion of numerous toxins including heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, BPA, flame retardants, phthalates, and more,” says James DiNicolantonio, PharmD, a cardiovascular research scientist and author of several best-selling books, including The Immunity Fix

Improving cardiovascular system: Many studies address this benefit, including a 2015 study showing that frequent sauna use led to fewer cardiovascular-related deaths (CVD). Specifically, CVD death was 27 percent lower for men who used saunas two to three times per week and 50 percent lower for men who took sauna four to seven times a week compared with men who used a sauna once a week. 

Sports endurance: A small 2020 study concluded that 3 weeks of intermittent post-exercise sauna sessions improved sports endurance. Participants increased oxygen utilization by 8%, running speed by 4%, and time to exhaustion by 12%. The study also supported heat tolerance as an avenue of bolstering exercise performance in temperate conditions.

Boosting the immune system: Our body increases the production of heat shock proteins (HSPs) when we go into a sauna. HSPs prevent our bodies from becoming overheated and also stimulate our immune system. The HSPs that are increased during sauna has led to many health benefits. “Studies have shown that sauna bathing has been associated with lower risks of pneumonia, influenza, and the common cold,” says DiNicolantonio.  

Decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia: Sauna use can even help brain function. A 2017 study of Finnish men aged 42-60 concluded that using a sauna four to seven times per week reduced the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by 65% – 66%.

Improving relaxation: Saunas are well-known for providing relaxation, and the research appears to confirm this effect. One example: In a 2019 global survey, 83.5% of respondents reported sleep benefits after sauna use one to two times per week, as well as increased levels of mental wellbeing.

Sauna risks and precautions

While saunas offer many health benefits, Peter suggests paying attention to the following risks:

  • Dehydration: Hydrate before and after each sauna session. “That’s always a concern due to the increase in sweat production,” says Peter.
  • Time limits: Five to 10 minutes is best for beginners, while experienced sauna users may be able to go up to 15 or 20 minutes. “Start small, spending no more than a few minutes in the sauna, and working up to no more than 20 minutes,” says Peter. 
  • Alcohol use: “Saunas and alcohol do not mix,” Peter tells Insider. Drinking alcohol while using a sauna can lower blood pressure and cause fainting and accidents.
  • Pregnancy: While a 2019 review of studies shows that sauna use in moderation is safe during pregnancy, Peter cautions that those who are pregnant should check with their doctors before using a sauna.
  • Children: Most advice says to limit a child’s exposure to sauna by age. It is generally advised that children aged 6 and above are safe to use a sauna, but should spend no more than 15 minutes at a time and always be accompanied by an adult. “Children have less of an ability to regulate body temperature than adults, so they may need to spend less time in the sauna,” says Peter. 

Insider’s takeaway 

Saunas are known around the world as a great way to relax and spend quality time with friends and family. 

Sauna use may have a variety of health benefits, including helping the body release toxins, improving the cardiovascular system, increasing sports endurance, building up the immune system, and decreasing the risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

With the proper precautions, adding sauna sessions to your weekly routine can provide an overall health boost.

Children's immune response more effective against COVID-19 -- ScienceDaily

Study points the way to boost immunotherapy against breast cancer, other solid tumors — ScienceDaily

  • December 31, 2020

Boosting immune system T cells to effectively attack solid tumors, such as breast cancers, can be done by adding a small molecule to a treatment procedure called chimeric antigen receptor-T (CAR-T) cell therapy, according to a study by researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The boost helps recruit more immune cells into battle at the tumor site. The findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

CAR-T immunotherapy, in which T cells are modified in the laboratory to express chimeric antigen receptors, CARs, that in turn target surface proteins on cancer cells, has been most effective in the treatment of patients with B-cell leukemia or lymphoma. But this new research, conducted in mouse models, points to the potential for using CAR-T therapy effectively against solid tumors as well.

“We know that CAR T cells are safe for patients with solid tumors but so far they have not been able to cause significant tumor regression in the overwhelming majority of people treated,” said Jonathan S. Serody, MD, the Elizabeth Thomas Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and director of the Immunotherapy Program at UNC Lineberger. “Now we may have a new approach to make CAR T cells work in solid tumors, which we think could be a game-changer for therapies aimed at an appreciable number of cancers.”

Serody is the paper’s corresponding author and Nuo Xu, PhD, formerly a graduate student at UNC Lineberger and UNC School of Medicine, is the first author.

For CAR-T cell therapy to be effective, T cells infused back into patients have to be able to migrate to the site of a tumor. In treating patients with non-solid tumors, such as lymphomas, CAR T cells home in on bone marrow and other organs that make up the lymphatic system. But for solid tumors, such as breast cancer, that is usually not the case. Even if they do migrate to the tumor, they don’t persist and expand well there due to the nature of the microenvironment surrounding such tumors, noted Serody.

So Serody and colleagues looked for ways to direct the lab-expanded cells toward the site of solid tumors. They focused on Th17 and Tc17 cells, which are known to have longer persistence in the micro-environment that surrounds a tumor, in part due to their better survival capabilities. To boost accumulation of Th17 and Tc17 cells near solid tumors, they turned to two small molecules that can activate an immune response: the stimulator of interferon genes (STING) agonists DMXAA and cGAMP.

DMXAA, which worked well in the investigator’s mouse studies, has not provided benefit in human clinical trials as it does not activate human STING. The other STING agonist however, cGAMP, does activate human STING and is known to boost the human immune system. It also works well in mice.

In Serody’s experiments, mice injected with cGAMP exhibited enhanced proliferation of T cells and those cells migrated to the tumor site. The end result was a significant decrease in tumor growth and enhanced survival.

“We hope to be able to study cGAMP in humans fairly soon,” concluded Serody. “We will look to see if we can produce improvements in the treatment of head and neck cancers first, and if that proves promising, move into other forms of cancer by using CAR T cells generated by one of our colleagues here at UNC.”

UNC Lineberger is one of a select few academic centers in the United States with the scientific, technical and clinical capabilities to develop and deliver CAR-T immunotherapy to patients. The cancer center currently has nine CAR-T clinical trials open and is developing new trials to treat a number of solid tumors, including ovarian and head and neck cancer. It also offers patients commercially available CAR-T therapies.

Authors and Disclosures

In addition to Serody and Xu, the paper’s other authors are Alexander C. Robeson, PhD, Peishun Shou, PhD, Hemamalini Bommiasamy, PhD, Sonia J. Laurie, PhD, Caryn Willis, MS, Gianpietro Dotti, MD, and Benjamin Vincent, MD, UNC Lineberger and UNC School of Medicine; Douglas C. Palmer, PhD, National Cancer Institute; and Nicholas P. Restifo, MD, Lyell Immunophara, Inc., formerly of the National Cancer Institute.

This work was supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute (P50-CA058223) and the University Cancer Research Fund.

Study points the way to boost immunotherapy against breast cancer, other solid tumors

Study points the way to boost immunotherapy against breast cancer, other solid tumors

  • December 31, 2020

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CHAPEL HILL, NC–Boosting immune system T cells to effectively attack solid tumors, such as breast cancers, can be done by adding a small molecule to a treatment procedure called chimeric antigen receptor-T (CAR-T) cell therapy, according to a study by researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The boost helps recruit more immune cells into battle at the tumor site. The findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

CAR-T immunotherapy, in which T cells are modified in the laboratory to express chimeric antigen receptors, CARs, that in turn target surface proteins on cancer cells, has been most effective in the treatment of patients with B-cell leukemia or lymphoma. But this new research, conducted in mouse models, points to the potential for using CAR-T therapy effectively against solid tumors as well.

“We know that CAR T cells are safe for patients with solid tumors but so far they have not been able to cause significant tumor regression in the overwhelming majority of people treated,” said Jonathan S. Serody, MD, the Elizabeth Thomas Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and director of the Immunotherapy Program at UNC Lineberger. “Now we may have a new approach to make CAR T cells work in solid tumors, which we think could be a game-changer for therapies aimed at an appreciable number of cancers.”

Serody is the paper’s corresponding author and Nuo Xu, PhD, formerly a graduate student at UNC Lineberger and UNC School of Medicine, is the first author.

For CAR-T cell therapy to be effective, T cells infused back into patients have to be able to migrate to the site of a tumor. In treating patients with non-solid tumors, such as lymphomas, CAR T cells home in on bone marrow and other organs that make up the lymphatic system. But for solid tumors, such as breast cancer, that is usually not the case. Even if they do migrate to the tumor, they don’t persist and expand well there due to the nature of the microenvironment surrounding such tumors, noted Serody.

So Serody and colleagues looked for ways to direct the lab-expanded cells toward the site of solid tumors. They focused on Th17 and Tc17 cells, which are known to have longer persistence in the micro-environment that surrounds a tumor, in part due to their better survival capabilities. To boost accumulation of Th17 and Tc17 cells near solid tumors, they turned to two small molecules that can activate an immune response: the stimulator of interferon genes (STING) agonists DMXAA and cGAMP.

DMXAA, which worked well in the investigator’s mouse studies, has not provided benefit in human clinical trials as it does not activate human STING. The other STING agonist however, cGAMP, does activate human STING and is known to boost the human immune system. It also works well in mice.

In Serody’s experiments, mice injected with cGAMP exhibited enhanced proliferation of T cells and those cells migrated to the tumor site. The end result was a significant decrease in tumor growth and enhanced survival.

“We hope to be able to study cGAMP in humans fairly soon,” concluded Serody. “We will look to see if we can produce improvements in the treatment of head and neck cancers first, and if that proves promising, move into other forms of cancer by using CAR T cells generated by one of our colleagues here at UNC.”

UNC Lineberger is one of a select few academic centers in the United States with the scientific, technical and clinical capabilities to develop and deliver CAR-T immunotherapy to patients. The cancer center currently has nine CAR-T clinical trials open and is developing new trials to treat a number of solid tumors, including ovarian and head and neck cancer. It also offers patients commercially available CAR-T therapies.

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Authors and Disclosures

In addition to Serody and Xu, the paper’s other authors are Alexander C. Robeson, PhD, Peishun Shou, PhD, Hemamalini Bommiasamy, PhD, Sonia J. Laurie, PhD, Caryn Willis, MS, Gianpietro Dotti, MD, and Benjamin Vincent, MD, UNC Lineberger and UNC School of Medicine; Douglas C. Palmer, PhD, National Cancer Institute; and Nicholas P. Restifo, MD, Lyell Immunophara, Inc., formerly of the National Cancer Institute.

This work was supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute (P50-CA058223) and the University Cancer Research Fund.

Serody has grant support from NCI, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Merck Inc., Glaxo Smith Kline, and Carisma Therapeutics. He receives consulting fees from PIQUE Therapeutics. Vincent discloses consulting fees and equity in GeneCentric Therapeutics. Dotti holds patents in the field of T cell engineering and has sponsored research agreements with Bluebird Bio, Cell Medica and Bellicum Pharmaceutical. Dotti also serves on the scientific advisory board of MolMed S.p.A and Bellicum Pharmaceutical. Serody, Restifo and Xu have filed for intellectual property protection for the use of STING agonists to enhance CAR-T cell therapy in solid tumors. No other disclosures were reported.

Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.

Global Immuno-Oncology Drugs Market Report 2020-2030: COVID-19 Growth, Impact and Changes - ResearchAndMarkets.com | Business

Global Enzymes Market Analysis 2020-2030: COVID-19 Growth and Change – ResearchAndMarkets.com | Business

  • December 31, 2020

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec 31, 2020–

The “Enzymes Global Market Report 2020-30: COVID-19 Growth and Change” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com‘s offering.

The global enzymes market is expected to decline from $7.98 billion in 2019 to $7.81 billion in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -2.20%. The decline is mainly due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, and the closure of industries and other commercial activities resulting in operational challenges. The entire supply chain has been disrupted, impacting the market negatively. The market is then expected to recover and reach $11.92 billion in 2023 at a CAGR of 15.15%.

The enzymes market consists of sales of enzymes to treat diseases. An enzyme is a protein or RNA formed by living cells that are extremely specific to its substrates and highly catalytic. Enzymes constitute a very significant class of biological macromolecular catalysts. Enzymes that are used in medical applications in their isolated or conjugated form with other drugs or therapies are known as therapeutic enzymes. Therapeutic enzymes are used in the treatment of various diseases including cancer, inflammatory disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and pain management.

North America was the largest region in the enzymes market in 2019.

In May 2020, AbbVie Inc., a US-based biopharmaceutical company, acquired Allergan plc for $63 billion. This acquisition significantly expands and diversifies AbbVie’s revenue base and complements existing leadership positions in Immunology, with Humira and recently launched Skyrizi and Rinvoq, and Hematologic Oncology, with Imbruvica and Venclexta. Allergan plc is an Ireland-based pharmaceutical company engaged in the research, development, and manufacture of pharmaceutical and enzymes-based therapeutic products.

The enzymes market covered in this report is segmented by product type into asparaginase; lipase; protease; nattokinase; chitinase; serratiopeptidase; collagenase; ligase; others and by application into leukemia; stomach disorders; antitumor; skin ulcers; gaucher disease; fabry disease; others.

The development of new approaches to treat cancer using enzymes is a key trend gaining popularity in the enzymes market. Major universities and companies are investing in researches focusing on evolving new solutions in enzyme therapies for cancer treatment. For example, in August 2018, Kyn Therapeutics, a US-based company that focuses on improving outcomes for cancer patients, along with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and the American Cancer Society funded the research introducing a new approach to cancer care using enzyme therapy to boost the immune system and fight back. The enzyme, PEG-KYNase, does not destroy cancer cells specifically but rather enables the immune system itself to remove unwanted cells. PEG-KYNase is designed to degrade the metabolite produced by numerous tumors known as kynurenine, which suppresses the immune system.

The growing prevalence of cancer and the need for drug-metabolizing enzymes (DMEs) for chemotherapy are expected to drive the growth of the enzymes market in the coming years. The activation of enzymes in a human body help destroy the cancer cells and breaks down the tumor. The expression and function of DMEs in cancer patients’ tumor tissues and metabolic organs is therefore essential and help patients for whom reaction to anticancer drugs and response to chemotherapy is low. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 9.6 million deaths occurred in 2018 due to cancer and about 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries. Therefore, the increasing prevalence of cancer, which can be cured using therapeutic enzymes, is predicted to drive the growth of the enzymes market.

Scope of the report:

Markets Covered:

1) By Product Type: Asparaginase; Lipase; Protease; Nattokinase; Chitinase; Serratiopeptidase; Collagenase; Ligase; Others

2) By Application: Leukemia; Stomach Disorders; Antitumor; Skin Ulcers; Gaucher Disease; Fabry Disease; Others

Countries: Australia; Brazil; China; France; Germany; India; Indonesia; Japan; Russia; South Korea; UK; USA

Regions: Asia-Pacific; Western Europe; Eastern Europe; North America; South America; Middle East; Africa

Time series: Five years historic and ten years forecast.

Data: Ratios of market size and growth to related markets, GDP proportions, expenditure per capita,

Data segmentations: Country and regional historic and forecast data, market share of competitors, market segments.

Companies Mentioned

  • Sanofi
  • AbbVie Inc.
  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc
  • Horizon Pharma
  • Allergan plc
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Vivus
  • Digestive Care
  • Leadiant Biosciences
  • Roche Holdings AG
  • Codexis Inc

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The body fights back on The Truth About Boosting Your Immune System

The body fights back on The Truth About Boosting Your Immune System

  • December 31, 2020

Dr Ronx Ikharia is on a mission to get drunk, but don’t worry, it’s all the name of science. Ikharia is normally a one glass of wine a month type of person, so half a bottle of Prosecco is an exhilarating leap outside the norm. The cautious professor who comes along for the ride acknowledges that a small amount of alcohol is “unlikely” to do much harm. But when it comes to the immune system, alas, it’s not good news for habitual tipplers. Ikharia’s white blood cell count is way down the next day, and during a pandemic those fighting cells are needed more than ever before. 

Ikharia gives a brief outline of the different types of cells forming the body’s defence system. There are the first responders, “natural killer cells” that are characterised by speed and aggression, while others are more targeted, swallowing alien cells whole or casting “nets” to trap them, like tiny gladiators in a liquid Coliseum. At last there is an explanation for the “two days off alcohol” rule: the cell count will mount if given a bit of time off. 

Next Ikharia turns to the supplements business, worth £1bn per annum in the UK. Will garlic, vitamin C or echinacea fight off illness? “They can help your immune system in a very minor way,” says an unenthusiastic expert. The evidence around echinacea is “reasonable”, though some supplements contain little, even none, of the active ingredient. Look for the THR mark is the useful advice. 

So far the news is fairly predictable. It’s back to our old friends, the gut biome, moderate exercise, good sleep habits and a diet rich in fibre, fruit and vegetables. Also predictable is the arrival of six volunteers who’ve signed up for an “immune makeover”. A more surprising revelation concerns the beneficial effect of stress. Ikharia’s revulsion at the thought of handling Charlotte the tarantula has an upside in that more white cells appear soon afterwards. Thankfully, there are suggestions on how to achieve the stress effect which don’t involve spiders. 

Ikharia is a lively presenter, describing the lab battle between blood microphages and salmonella with a cheerful: “It’s all kicking off in there,” while an unexpected T-cell boosting treatment is pronounced “really quite Zen”. The programme seems to be pitched at those who scraped through their biology GCSE. Despite the fanfare when the five of the six volunteers return to get their results (one got Covid-19), it’s hard to get too excited when the grand announcement concerns lowering their NLR — whatever that is. Never mind — just thinking about all those busy little gladiators is probably beneficial. 

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Better Health in 2021 – 6 Health “Trends”

  • December 31, 2020

NOVI, Mich., Dec. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Better Health Market & Café in Michigan, 14 locations statewide, has the answers: 2021 health trends are sensible lifestyles focusing on immunity and wellness.

With New Year’s resolutions about shedding extra pounds gained while stress eating during the lockdown, here’s how to make 2021 better:

IN for 2021

  1. Immunity Lifestyles – Boosting immunity is good for metabolism and health. Organic foods of citrus fruits, greens, garlic, ginger, nuts and vitamins of D, C , Zinc, Elderberry and Melatonin aimed at reducing the toxic load in the body from food pesticides – it means our systems can instead focus on other foreign invaders, like building immunity.
  2. Plant Based Diets – From plant butter to plant-based meats. The taste keeps getting better for the environment and health.
  3. Anti-Inflammation Diets – Greens like spinach and kale; almonds, walnuts, salmon, tuna, berries, turmeric. Helps the body’s immune system.
  4. Mental Self Care– It’s okay to admit you have anxiety or depression that impacts sleep. Melatonin and Ashwaganda herbs are trending and said to help as is Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Flax and Fish supplements.
  5. Keto with Hormone Free Meats – Provides the Bs and Proteins for wellness and weight loss.
  6. Low Sugar Diets – New low sugar yogurts, chocolates, functional beverages (for energy, digestion, inflammation, weight loss). Even low sugar ketchups!

2021 focuses on wellness staples:

  • Vitamin C – Immune function.
  • Vitamin D – Immune system fight bacteria and viruses.
  • Zinc – Immunity, resistance to infection, proper development for nervous system.
  • Elderberry – The National Institute of Health says “preliminary research suggests elderberry may relieve (or abbreviate) symptoms of flu or other upper respiratory infections.”

What’s Out?

  • Misleading labels –Here is a list of ingredients that Better Health Stores do not allow on its shelves: https://www.thebetterhealthstore.com/nono-list/ 
  • Radically Going Against Your appetite – Trends which avoid eating should be avoided. We all need nutrition.

At Better Health Markets, nutrition experts guide customers into their areas of comfort to improve wellness. How to eat to get the daily nutrition needed for wellness? Juicing and smoothies are wildly popular – they pack a lot of nutrients into one cup.

In 2021, it’s trendy to be sensible and feed your mind and body.

www.thebetterhealthstore.com

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Lana Mini


Marx Layne


248.855.6777

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Tips for the road to recovery at home with COVID

  • December 31, 2020

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Besides binge-watching your favorite shows, what else can be done to make your time with COVID-19 a bit more tolerable?

COVID-19

Well first, get plenty of rest and lots of fluids – but limit caffeinated beverages and abstain from alcohol. Aim for 64 ounces of fluids daily and even more if you have a fever.

Signs of dehydration include, not urinating as much, the color of urination, and dizziness.

Pouring gatorade

Pouring gatorade

Sheila Long, a Triage Nurse at Monument Health, says, “You need fluid hydration and also electrolyte replacement, so you can do Pedialyte, Gatorade, those kind of things…especially if it’s really hard to get food in when you lose your sense of taste, or you get the stomach upset that can go with the COVID virus. Then people have a really hard time eating so eat small meals, multiple times throughout the day.”

Make sure to try and eat six small meals a day and use the BRAT dietary guidelines for an upset stomach. Protein shakes also help get in nutrients for those with no taste or appetite. Limit spicy and greasy food.

You can use over-the-counter medicines to help alleviate symptoms. Long says to watch cold medications as they usually contains Tylenol – read labels so you don’t go over the recommend amount, which is over 3,200 milligrams in 24 hours. She says you can take Ibuprofen and Tylenol at the same time.

“So they can use Tylenol or ibuprofen for headaches and body aches. They can use cold medications for chest and cough congestion, runny nose, and stuffy nose,” Long says.

Ibuprofen

Supplements and vitamins can help boost immune system, which may in turn help fight the virus, but there are no definite guidelines on that.

For chest congestion, try doing some deep breathing exercises throughout the day; even get outside for a quick walk if you can.

“So, listening to their body, trying to balance some activity with rest – but if your body is tired (you know you body is fighting a virus), you need to allow it to rest and fight that virus. It is good to be up, moving around some, whether that is walking in your house – if you can get outside if its a nice day outside and the sun can help you just to feel more normal – back to a normal life, so that can help,” says Long.

Walking

Also a humidifier or taking a hot shower can help break up congestion. Try and stay virtually connected with friends an family to help ward off mental health issues.

Humidifier

Monument Health has approximately 100 patients enrolled in the COVID care companion program. Nurses typically talk to 30 patients per day, but each patient is individually monitored by a nurse each day.

Click here for CDC guidelines on at home COVID-19 care.

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A simple secret to maintaining a healthy immune system

  • December 31, 2020
healthy immune systemFood plays a vital role in ensuring we get all essential nutrients to stay healthy and dairy foods, especially milk not only contains the essential nutrients but includes vitamins and most importantly protein. (Photo source: IE)

By Dr.Dharini Krishnan, 

Good health, today, is perhaps one of the topmost focused areas for most of us. While washing hands, daily exercise and a good hygiene routine will minimise the chance of falling ill, the best way to stay healthy is to maintain a good immune system.

Food and healthy immune system

Food plays a vital role in ensuring we get all essential nutrients to stay healthy and dairy foods, especially milk not only contains the essential nutrients but includes vitamins and most importantly protein. Our body requires protein because it aids in generating white blood cells (WBC) which further help in forming the antibodies that fight infections from within. Furthermore, proteins are of two kinds – high biological value and low biological value. Dairy products such as milk, curd and paneer are an easy and affordable way to add high biological value proteins to our diet.

Milk is also an incredible source of vitamin D, B12, magnesium, zinc and thiamine that contribute heavily to immunity building. It is potassium rich and helps in keeping blood pressure in check, diminishing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It is also rich in other nutrients like Vitamin A that is significant in promoting healthy skin. All nine essential amino acids – histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine – necessary for principal functioning of the body are present in milk. In India, milk is readily available at our doorstep, and consuming only 400-500 ml regularly is enough to add a substantial helping of protein to our everyday meals and building immunity.

However, the main challenge when it comes to milk is that the awareness of daily protein requirements in people differs from city to city. According to the Godrej Jersey South India Protein Gap Study, 80% of consumers surveyed are aware of the importance of protein, but a glaring 68% are unaware of the daily requirement. Quantity of protein differs from individual to individual based on their weight and their activity. For a person weighing between 55 to 70kgs, an average of 55-70 grams of protein would be adequate.

Toned milk or full cream milk?

Many people are of the opinion that milk leads to weight gain due to its high fat content consumption. Godrej Jersey’s South India Protein Gap Report states 48% consumers believe that milk causes weight gain. It is therefore important to know that there are many variants available in the market today such as toned milk (With less fat), full cream milk (high fat), skimmed milk (with 0% fat) etc. and one can also choose the type of milk to extract its benefits according to their choice.

Given that the high biological value proteins come from dairy products such as milk, curd or paneer and proteins helps in fighting the infection by creating antibodies against the infection, adults who are conscious of weight gain can also include dairy products other than milk.

Dairy has always been a fundamental part of most people’s diets due to its robust benefits. And currently, it is even more crucial to shield and boost our immune systems to stay safe and healthy.

The author is a Registered Dietician (RD) with a Doctorate in Science (PhD) and practising as a consultant dietician. Views expressed are the author’s own.

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