This post is co-authored by Khary Rigg, Ph.D., and Melody Chavez, RDN/LDN, MPH. The large number of Americans who misuse opioids remains a major public health concern. Recent data show that over 13 million Americans report past-year misuse, and well over 2 million meet the clinical criteria for opioid use disorder (OUD). Not surprisingly, the amount of people seeking treatment for OUD has also increased . A concern, however, is that drug treatment providers give little thought to the ways that OUD can influence their clients' nutrition , weight, and eating habits. Unknown to many addiction providers is that OUDs can cause metabolic changes, constipation , and weight loss . OUD can also lead to a lifestyle that results in inadequate food intake and unhealthy eating patterns. The nutritional dimensions of OUD treatment are particularly relevant for certain subgroups of clients that might require specialized diets, such as pregnant women and persons with … [Read more...] about 4 Connections Between Opioid Addiction and Nutrition
Aging brings some rewards. Our acne clears up and we have a small chance of becoming wise. But most of the effects of aging are not so great. Wrinkles, stiff joints and forgetfulness are just a few of the things youngsters have to look forward to. But the worst insult may be the aging of our immune system. You can fix an aging immune system. Source: AaronAmat/iStock It starts to behave badly as the years go by, with the built-in innate immune system ramping up inappropriately and your adaptive immune system declining in vigor. The thymus gland, located in the chest and the source of T-cells, shrinks to a fraction of its younger glory. The flow of fresh T-cells that have been pumped out for a lifetime is suddenly stifled around age 65. It’s almost as if the body has decided that it has learned enough about life’s novel pathogens. That’s wrong for two reasons: one is that there are always plenty of new pathogens, including the latest killer coronavirus variants. … [Read more...] about Your Immune System Is Aging. Here’s How to Rejuvenate It.
With the current state of the world being thrown for a loop, uncertainty, stress , and anxiety have become prevalent. While we are likely familiar with the daily food groups to optimize our physical health, our mental health is just as important. Colleagues David Rock and Daniel Siegel developed The Healthy Mind Platter as a way to identify what is the recommended daily diet for a healthy mind. This platter may be a helpful reminder during these unprecedented times. According to this Healthy Mind Platter , there are seven essential daily activities that help optimize our mental health. 1. Sleep time As a society, we are sleep-deprived, yet sleep is integral for both physical energy and mood. Researchers have found that reduced sleep increases the risk of depression , as well as diabetes and other health problems. One important thing to be aware of that may impact our natural secretion of melatonin (a hormone that is integral in a circadian rhythm ) is exposure … [Read more...] about Healthy Mind Platter and COVID-19
Home Recipes Recipes oi-Prerna Aditi Posted By: Prerna Aditi | on April 24, 2021 Ramadan is one of the most important and sacred months for people belonging to the Muslim community. Muslims around the world observe fasts throughout the month. This year the month has begun on 13 April 2021. People are observing fast right after the sunrise till the sunset. They break their fast during Iftar, i.e., the sunset. Post this, they refrain from eating anything after the sunrise, i.e., the sunrise. In order to break their fast during the Iftar and eat nutritious yet delicious food, Muslims prepare various kind of dishes. Today we are here to share the recipe of French Fries. Ramadan 2021: Prepare French Fries At Home For Iftar Ramadan 2021: Prepare French Fries At Home For Iftar Prep Time 25 Mins Cook Time 25M Total Time 50 Mins Recipe By: Boldsky Recipe Type: Snacks Serves: 3 Ingredients 3 medium size … [Read more...] about Ramadan 2021: Prepare French Fries At Home For Iftar
Wheat is a common component of the Western diet and is present in obvious foods such as bread, many breakfast cereals, cakes, and pastries. It is also a common additive to processed foods that do not need wheat because it provides bulk or changes the texture or flavor: e. g ., curries, soups, frozen chips, sausages, and even chocolate bars. Some people report feeling unwell after eating products that contain wheat, such as feeling “brain fog,” a mental sensation of being fatigued, drowsy, hazy-minded, or not fully alert. Other commonly reported consequences of eating wheat or other products containing gluten are diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Gaslighting of sufferers Despite suffering the ill health consequences of eating wheat, many people feel gaslighted by society and some clinicians who doubt whether their symptoms are real, frequent, or harmful, and many people often feel like they are simply not believed when they say that eating wheat or other types of … [Read more...] about Does Wheat Make You Ill? Gaslighting of Gluten Intolerance