Wake Up to Wellness: Issue #12

Health Newsletter

What’s new in the world of health and wellness this week?

We’ve got you covered:

  • How gout and ketosis could be related
  • Preventing food-borne illness from contaminated avocados
  • Get in shape by training for a wine run
  • How eating more fiber can help prevent heart attack and stroke
  • The potential connection between belly fat and brain shrinkage

Is There a Connection Between Gout and a Ketogenic Diet?

Gout is a painful condition found in the toes that is traditionally associated with drinking large amounts of alcohol, eating a lot of foods with high fructose, eating too much meat, and having metabolic syndrome.

Recently, an article suggested there gout is making a comeback in young, healthy people who begin eating a ketogenic diet. Dr. Leigh Vinocur, an ER doctor, said, “Quick-fix diets like keto and paleo, where your intake is very high in fat and proteins, those can lead to gout. It’s ironic: modern living — from the food industrial complex to those brand-new diets like keto — have led to an uptick in one of the world’s earliest diseases.”

However, there’s a lack of reputable studies that link gout to adopting a ketogenic diet. Most of the existing studies connect gout to the amount of uric acid in the blood. Those who start a keto diet may experience short-term rise in uric acid, which could increase one’s risk for gout. But, over the long-term, a low-carb diet can reduce the level of uric acid, so it could actually reduce the risk of gout.

Read the full story here.

Get Motivated to Get in Shape With a Wine Run

If you’re a wine lover and you’re looking for motivation for getting in shape, training for a wine run may be right for you! Worldwide, wineries have developed races that take you through beautiful vineyards with a celebratory wine tasting and party afterwards.

Sounds amazing, right? Check out the Wicked Wine Run in Fredericksburg, Texas or hit up wine country in the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon. Indulge in beautiful scenery and wine cocktails in Canada’s Half Corked Wine Run.

If you want to go big, travel to France and enjoy one of the most impressive wine runs in the world in Bordeaux, Maraton Du Medoc or visit the world’s second largest wine cellar at the Cricova Wine Run in Moldova.

Learn more about these wine runs and several others by reading the full story here!

How to Prevent Food Illness From Contaminated Avocados

Recently, the FDA discovered that one-fifth of avocados they tested had dangerous contamination on the skin of the avocado. Listeria monocytogenes was on 17 percent of the avocados, and less than one percent of the avocados tested positive for listeria or salmonella. However, with the right precautions, guacamole lovers can still enjoy this nutritious food.

Before you cut into an avocado, the FDA says you should scrub the outside of the skin with a produce brush and dry it thoroughly with a paper towel. If you want to be extra careful, you can also wash avocados in a mixture of a half tablespoon of bleach and one glass of water, since they are “hard-skinned.” Be sure to throw away the skin right away and clean your countertops thoroughly.

Read the full story here.

Eat More Fiber to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

We all know that eating right and exercising regularly can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, but a recent study shows that eating the right amount of fiber can also help reduce your risk.

Researchers analyzed 185 observational studies and 58 clinical trials that included 4,635 adults over the span of 40 years. The analysis showed that those who ate the most fiber-rich diets were 10–15 percent less likely to experience premature death from a cardiovascular event. They also found that a fiber-rich diet was associated with a 14–15 percent lowered risk of developing coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and colon cancer.

Study co-author Jim Mann said, “Fiber-rich whole foods that require chewing and retain much of their structure in the gut increase satiety and help weight control and can favourably influence lipid and glucose levels.”

The scientists recommend that adults should eat 25–29 grams of dietary fiber every day to get the maximum benefits. Incorporate whole grains, vegetables, fruit, peas, and beans into your meal plan for a fiber-rich, healthy diet.

Read the full story here.

One More Reason to Reduce Belly Fat

Extra belly fat carries a host of health dangers, and new research says it even cause brain shrinkage.

Researchers at Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England measured participants’ BMIs and discovered those with high waist-to-hip ratios showed the lowest brain volume in their MRI results.

The author of the study, Mark Hamer, Ph.D., said, “Existing research has linked brain shrinkage to memory decline and a higher risk of dementia, but research on whether extra body fat is protective or detrimental to brain size has been inconclusive. Our research looked at a large group of people and found obesity, specifically around the middle, may be linked with brain shrinkage.”

The study included 9,652 people with a cumulative average age of 55 years. Nineteen percent of them were obese, with a BMI of over 30. The researchers did add that a mere 5 percent of those invited to the study participated, so the study was somewhat limited.

Read the full story here.

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