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Metabolites, Health and Brain Function

Thursday, 14 October 2021 by
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??????An Oct 2021 paper in BMJ Nutrition Prevention and Health explored the relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and mental wellbeing in school children[i]. This timely research, bearing in mind the progressive increase in childhood mental health problems, highlighted the direct association between fruit and vegetables consumed over breakfast and lunch and their related impact on mental wellbeing.

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A Zen Moment for Immunity

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 by
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A koan (a Zen Buddhist derived a paradoxical anecdote or riddle without a solution) for pandemic times:

‘If a microbe silently and inconsequentially copies itself in a tissue, and the body doesn’t notice, did it actually infect?’

Note, the role of the koan is not to lead us to enlightenment, but on the contrary to make us lose our way and drive us to despair. Perhaps you have experienced some of these emotions since March 2020?

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Is Natural Immunity Inviolable?

Friday, 10 September 2021 by
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_Is-Natural-Immunity-Inviolable (002)The obvious answer is NO, otherwise no one would suffer immune related illness and death.

The ability of your immune system to respond, repel and return to homeostasis after insult has many influencing factors. Yet our long history of survival as a species indicates that our immune response is adaptive and sustaining, subject to its challenges being manageable. This incredible plasticity involves ‘immunological trade-offs’ and shapes disease outcomes at individual and population scales. These ‘trade-offs’ mainly exist at a cellular level and impact the survivability of every organism. They may also be intentional behaviours that impact daily decisions or carefully mediated, innate behaviours.

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NCDs-And-Their-Relationship-to-Our-Environment (002) As circumstances have demanded, the attention of our health-related recommendations over the last few months has been on the role of lifestyle and environmental impacts on immunity and the ability to resist or respond to viral infections, especially Sars-Cov-2.

Immunosenescence and how to manage it

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 by
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Immunosenescence-and-how-to-manage-itFeeling old? Consider the redwoods in the USA. Reaching heights of more than 350 feet, the world’s tallest trees have been on this planet since the days of the dinosaurs. A single specimen can live more than 2,000 years. That’s old enough to make it through from the Roman Empire to the British Empire and an assortment of presidents and prime ministers! Yet the mycelial population that connects all trees and arguably is the formative source of all life, is even older.

COVID-19 Linked to Autoimmunity

Thursday, 29 July 2021 by
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COVID-19-linked-to-autoimmunity (002) The understanding of what goes wrong in #autoimmune #disease, and why, is advancing on numerous fronts[1]One key question that remains, is what makes some people more likely to experience #autoimmunity than others?

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Mastihas-Benefits-for-IBD-and-NAFLD#Mastiha, or #Mastica, is a natural nutritional supplement known to possess #antioxidant and #anti-inflammatory properties.

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Fibre-Rich-Snacks-Aiding-the-Gut-Microbiome (003) The high-fat, low-fibre diets consumed in the western world are failing to support a diverse and healthy #gut #microbiome. Dietary #fibre is known to help prevent #cardiovascular disease, type 2 #diabetes and #obesity through its effects on the #microbiota. However, the gut microbiome is incredibly complex with dietary responses modulated by multiple hereditary and non-hereditary factors, and so harnessing a diet with the desired effect is not an easy task.  Scientists from the Centre for Gut Microbiome and Nutrition Research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, have had work recently published in Nature that sought to investigate the dynamic relationship between the modern diet and the guts microorganisms.

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Faced as we are with an infectious and mutating agent of illness, the allied focus on nutritional needs has been to identify foods and nutritional concentrates that confer an immunological advantage[1]. Covid-19 does not treat us equally. Undernourished people have weaker immune systems and may be at greater risk of severe illness due to the virus.

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_Artificial-Sweeteners-Damaging-the-Gut (002)Researchers from Cambridge have recently published a study indicating that #artificial #sweeteners, synthetic sugar substitutes that are often consumed in the diet, could be causing healthy #gut #bacteria to damage the #intestine. The study, published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, found that three of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners, #saccharin, #sucralose and #aspartame, can cause beneficial bacteria in the intestines such as #E.coli and #E.faecalis, to become disease causing, or pathogenic.

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