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Why did Chhavi Mittal attempt intermittent fasting after beating breast cancer? What was her diet plan to help her through chemo? – The Indian Express

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When breast cancer survivor and actor-producer Chhavi Mittal shared her recovery journey with the world, she stood out by documenting her pains and scars along with practical suggestions that worked for her in her fight to get back to where she was, her life at the studio, her gym and at home for her kids. And now that she is cancer-free, she hopes to keep it that way with her diet, something that completely changes for a survivor and is crucial to his/her well-being.

I now try to stay away from non-vegetarian food, have more vegetables, keep off acidic foods, eat fresh, do not eat out and pace my meals. I have given up processed food and sugar for good. I also practise some sort of intermittent fasting, that some research has shown works for breast cancer survivors. But let me tell you that each survivor will have different ways of coping with their condition and need a diet plan customized to their requirements in consultation with their oncologist and clinical dietitian. And a balanced diet programme isnt about denial of indulgence. In fact, with a little thought, these can all be flavourful and refreshing, she tells us.

The diet during chemotherapy

Getting the proper nutrients is vital during chemotherapy. Your food acts as medicine during this period, healing you from the side effects of the procedure and also building your strength to fight off any unwanted infection, which could complicate matters. During this phase, I was advised to have healthy fats, protein-rich and high fibre foods in my diet. Definitely stay away from raw foods and salads that could contain microbes and cause an infection in your immunity-compromised system, says Mittal. She doesnt eat raw even now and lightly sautes her greens, vegetables and fruits. Other than that, she is particular about fulfilling her sugar requirements from natural sources (her lightly sauted banana toast, the fruit sliced, stir-fried and placed on pan-fried bread, makes for a great snack). And she has learnt to cook as much as she can finish in a single sitting, storing food at the right temperature.

Sometimes you get nausea, vomitting and a sore mouth during the chemo cycles. I had and still have a lot of kokum because it is non-acidic. I take a lot of nuts, dates, flaxseeds, sesame seeds and hemp seeds, the last usually roasted, ground and mixed in water, says Mittal. She also recommends that protein be taken from natural sources. My go to protein-rich foods are Greek yogurt, nuts and seeds, hard-boiled eggs, fish, chicken, paneer, broccoli, which help maintain my strength and energy. I have sattu (roasted gram flour) pancakes, which are very rich in protein. In fact, stir some sattu in water and it makes for a great protein shake, adds Mittal. Eating small portions slowly and every few hours seems to work best on the day of the therapy.

The diet after chemotherapy

These days Mittal is busy finding quick fixes, relying on legumes, wholegrains, white and black chana. Just boil, steam or sprout them and you can give a great start to your body without much of an effort. These foods help you up your immunity, she says. There are other mindful practices she follows, like eating out at a hygienic restaurant, avoiding street food altogether, carrying home food and boiled water instead of buying filtered water and most importantly choosing dishes without raw lettuce or greens. I never have a burger for this reason. The lettuce may be cut in the morning and the bacteria multiply there throughout the day. But I may very rarely have a thin-crust whole wheat pizza knowing that it comes fresh off the oven. She uses a lot of vegan proteins, adding them to her post-workout smoothies.

But the biggest change has been in her consumption of sugar and limiting her dairy intake, particularly milk. Sugar is best avoided after fighting off cancer. I do have khand and jaggery as also complex carbohydrates that take longer to be broken down and, therefore, lend satiety. I avoid animal milk because the cows are given hormone injections to lactate and these are transferred to the milk, making it carcinogenic. Besides, it takes eight hours to digest a glass of milk. And we eat so much food with it that we do not realise that we have overloaded the digestive system, says Mittal.

Why she has adapted intermittent fasting to her regimen

Mittal has modified an intermittent fasting model to her requirement after medical consultation. Indeed, there are studies suggesting that a specific type of intermittent fasting is safe and possible for people diagnosed with cancer and may boost the effectiveness of certain cancer treatments. In a study, which was published online on November 17, 2021, by the journal Cancer Discovery, the researchers looked at an intermittent fasting schedule called a fasting-mimicking diet. The diet involved five days of eating very few calories, followed by about three weeks of regular eating. The researchers also analysed how the diet affected certain blood markers.

Researchers at several universities in San Diego suggest that fasting for 13 hours a day may reduce the chances of breast cancer recurrence and death. Scientists at two other California universities concluded separately that calorie reduction and fasting may help reduce cancer risk and improve the effectiveness of the treatment in attacking cancer cells. A 2016 University of Southern California study suggests fasting may make cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapy, protect normal cells and promote stem cell production. Another study theorised that fasting may help the immune system regenerate. The researchers also suggested that a two-day fast combined with chemotherapy was better at slowing cancer progression than chemotherapy alone.

The logic is fairly simple. Fasting may reduce glucose levels in the blood, making it harder for cancers to grow. Cancer cells feed on glucose, consuming it at a much higher level than normal cells do, says Mittal.

With the science clear in her mind, she spaces her food intake only for eight hours. I respect my limits because I cannot send my body into shock mode. I follow a very simple mantra. I do not eat if I do not feel hungry. I always take small portions, do not overload my plate and risk indigestion. I always carry some nuts and a banana in my bag to sustain me for a short period of time should I get my hunger pangs in the middle of a traffic jam, says Mittal. These simple hacks, in the end, work for everybody with a disease burden.

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Nutrition: A powerful tool to manage personal health and workplace stressors – Times of India

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Workplace stressors are an outcome of physical and emotional tensions, prompting ill health, absenteeism, and even employee turnover in some cases, leading to a detrimental impact on personal and workplace performance. While work loss is defined by absenteeism, presenteeism which refers to being physically present but not being able to work and performing below normal capacity, is a major factor that contributes to reduced productivity, which is what most organisations are dealing with, especially in the current uncertain and hybrid work environments. Research conducted by a health management journal in the US studied presenteeism in smokers, people not eating healthy and people not exercising. They found that smokers were 28% more likely to have high presenteeism than non-smokers. Employees with an unhealthy diet were 66% more likely to have high presenteeism than those who regularly ate whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Employees who didnt exercise very much were 50% more likely to have high presenteeism than employees who exercise regularly. These findings clearly demonstrate the impact that healthy eating has on presenteeism.

Impact of Workplace Stressors

Studies have substantiated that the overall cost of the impact of workplace stressors on outcomes such as presenteeism far exceeds the employee healthcare costs. There is abundant evidence that suggests that optimal nutrition can help overcome stress and benefit both physical and mental health. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart ailments and other lifestyle diseases are the highest, even in young adults these days. Unfortunately, the role nutrition plays in managing personal well-being and dealing with workplace stressors often gets sidelined during conversations regarding workplace wellness, despite it being a key driver in dealing with vulnerabilities like chronic health conditions. Nutrition, with its transformative capabilities, can improve productivity and build resilience. A well-nourished body results in a happy demeanor, fostering individual well-being and performance, thus also impacting workplace wellness.

Managing Stress and Energy with Nutrition and the role organisations can play

To effectively manage ones level of stress and energy, it is extremely important to manage what we consume. One must avoid eating dietary stressors like excessive sugar, caffeinated drinks, oily food etc., which are often the prime stimulants of headaches and fatigue in the long run. While it may be difficult to completely cut down on long-standing habits and rituals, they can certainly be replaced by healthier alternatives, such as enjoying natural fruits, instead of desserts rife with crystallized sugar. Having a proper eating routine helps to manage energy levels, effectiveness and personal productivity. Eating whole foods that provide sustained energy throughout the day like whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds, maximizes energy, and alertness, and builds resilience.

While managing individual nutrition is not something in complete control of an organisation, there are multiple steps an organisation can take to encourage healthy eating habits among employees. In addition to organising awareness sessions or providing access to nutritionists to guide the employees, organisations can also model this behaviour in the programs they organise. In fact, good trainers insist that companies serve healthy lunches during day-long workshops and work programs to ensure effectiveness and a measurable impact on training outcomes at workplaces. Nudging healthy eating habits through messages, the snacks companies keep in their canteens, and also creating work environments that provide physical and psychological safety have an incredible overall impact on employee health.

Eating nutritious food and making sensible lifestyle decisions can go a long way in avoiding and even reversing the onset of lifestyle diseases at early stages. Foods like sweet potato are known to calm neurotransmitters, leading to the release of serotonin and melatonin, which are known to calm the mind and induce sleep. A healthy sleeping cycle, when combined with a nutrient-rich diet, can work wonders on the overall health of an individual and also how energetic one feels. Last but not the least, we should also be mindful of what we consume digitally, the environment we are in at home and workplace and the people we spend time with. In addition, the food we eat, what we read, the time we spend with nature, and the company we keep, contribute immeasurably to our health and wellbeing.

Among multiple factors that are not in our control, nutrition is something that is completely in our hands and is one of the most powerful tools that we have, to ensure holistic wellbeing and manage workplace stressors.

Views expressed above are the author's own.

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Nearly Every Food in This Diet Can Kill Cancer Cells – The Epoch Times

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Culture and history plunge directly into things, into stones, into wrinkles on human faces, in the taste of wine and oil, into the color of waves, wrote Italian scholar Claudio Magris.

A centuries-old traditional diet has benefited tens of thousands of people in the place where the scholar lives. Following this diet, people increase their longevity, improve their life quality, and even reduce their risk of cancer. The diet is called the Mediterranean diet.

TheMediterranean diet was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2013. It is a three-dimensional system that includes a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, and traditions concerning crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and the diet itself.

Another unique feature of this time-honored dietary pattern is that most of the ingredients used have cancer-fighting properties.

A key factor is that cancer cells require blood vessels to supply nutrients, and the Mediterranean diet blocks the nutrient supply pathways.

Cancer cells secrete or make their surrounding tissues to produce angiogenic factors that form a vascular system which supports these cancer cells. In addition, cancer cells have to enter the circulatory system through these new blood vessels to metastasize and spread.

Scientists have come to a consensus: The key factor to fighting cancer is the inhibition of angiogenesis. They have also developed different types of anti-angiogenic agents to treat cancer.

The components of many food items in the Mediterranean diet are natural anti-angiogenic agents. They can play the role of inhibiting angiogenesis in the human body and preventing the imbalance of blood vessel growth to effectively prevent and even control cancer. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet is indeed associated with lower cancer incidence.

The Mediterranean diet is characterized by the use of virgin olive oil as the main lipid. It contains a certain amount of vegetables, fruits, legumes, cereals, nuts, and a relatively large portion of fish. The diet has a low intake of red meat, a moderate or low intake of dairy products, and a low quantity of red wine.

Virgin olive oil is obtained by mechanical means that do not lead to any alterations in the oil composition. Olive oil contains both saponifiable and unsaponifiable components. The saponifiable component consists mainly of triglycerides, accounting for 98 to 99 percent of the olive oil. The unsaponifiable component mainly includes vitamin E, phytosterols, polyphenols, and triterpenoids, accounting for 1 to 2 percent of the olive oil.

Among them, the quantity of phenolic compounds is the largest in extra virgin olive oil, and they have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. Notably, these substances are almost absent in refined olive oil because they are lost during the refining process.

Oleuropein, a natural compound found in olive oil, has the ability to modulate several oncogenic signaling pathways and is used in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Highly compelling animal studies have shown that oral administration of oleuropein instigates complete tumor regression within 9 to 12 days.

Oleuropein can be further converted into hydroxytyrosol with anti-angiogenic properties. Hydroxytyrosol is one of the most abundant phenols contained in olive oil.

Olives, olive tree leaves, and virgin olive oil all contain a nutrient that exhibits significant anti-cancer and anti-angiogenic propertiestriterpene acid. There are many more anti-cancer substances with anti-angiogenic properties present in olive oil, such as flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamin E, diterpenoids, and plant sterols.

Rich polyphenols with anti-cancer activity are found in vegetables, fruits, and red wine. Some of the anti-cancer effects are mediated by their anti-angiogenic mechanisms.

Resveratrol, a non-flavonoid polyphenol, is found in the skin of red grapes, peanuts, and berries. Interestingly, the anti-angiogenic effects of resveratrol have been proven to be two-sided: high-dose resveratrol induces angiogenesis, while low-dose resveratrol is anti-angiogenesis.

Another compound, a derivative of resveratrol, found in grapes and red wine is piceatannol. Piceatannol has been demonstrated to exert cardiovascular protection, atherosclerosis prevention, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic effects. It also modulates factors that promote vascular and lymphatic growth in the mammary glands, thus reducing cancer risk.

Fisetin exists in red wine, various fruits (e.g., strawberries, apples, mangoes, persimmons, kiwis, tomatoes, and grapes), vegetables (e.g., onions and cucumbers), and nuts.

The antiangiogenic efficacy of fisetin can inhibit the metastasis of glioma cancer cells and angiogenesis in melanoma, and can decrease microvessel density in lung carcinomas.

The Mediterranean diet also features the consumption of cold-water fish that are rich in lipids, including sardines, tuna, mackerel, and anchovies.

Cold-water fish are fish that survive in low temperatures, and they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) cannot be synthesized in the human body and must be consumed through diet.

Omega-3 PUFAs have multiple health benefits, including anti-angiogenesis and cancer suppression. They inhibit the induction of angiopoietin-2 (Ang2) and major proangiogenic processes while omega-6 PUFAs do the opposite.

Studies have found that mutiple omega-3 PUFAs, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) commonly found in fish, can inhibit the induction of Ang2 by approximately 50 percent.

One of the essential gastronomic elements of the Mediterranean diet is tomatoes, which are rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, carotenoids, and lycopenes. These constituents have been demonstrated to have cardiovascular protective and anti-cancer properties.

Tomato lycopene, in particular, may prevent and inhibit multiple cancers, such as lung, liver, and prostate cancers, through anti-angiogenesis. British researchers surveyed the diet of nearly 50,000 people and found that among male participants, the group with the highest lycopene intake was 28 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than the group with the lowest intake.

Coffee included in the traditional Mediterranean diet is the boiled, unfiltered Greek coffee, which is rich in kahweol, polyphenols, and other antioxidants. Animal experiments have shown that kahweol exhibits anti-angiogenic, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Some culinary herbs and spices are used in preparing the Mediterranean diet.

Among them, dry oregano contains a high proportion of polyphenols. The ethanol extract of oregano can reduce the expression of the epidermal growth factors in breast cancer tumor cells, inhibiting these cells angiogenesis.

Another commonly used herb in the Mediterranean diet is rosemary. It contains carnosol and carnosic acid, which can inhibit the growth of vascular endothelial cells and induce their apoptosis, further assisting with cancer prevention.

Moreover, the Mediterranean diet emphasizes hospitality, neighborliness, intercultural dialogue, and creativity, as well as a way of life guided by respect for diversity. Such a positive attitude towards life promotes peoples mental health, which is vital to physical health maintenance.

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Best time of day to eat large meal to help belly fat loss, according to new study – The Mirror

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Weight loss is a complicated matter involving metabolism, hunger hormones and blood sugars. New research has pinpointed the best time of day to eat a large meal and to therefore boost belly fat loss

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Weight loss will always come down to calories in versus burned, also known as a calorie deficit, but this too can be complicated.

Someone who is always feeling hungry is likely to overeat, and the more you eat, the hungrier you will later become and so the vicious cycle continues.

Although there is plenty out there when it comes to diet and exercise, what many don't realise is that the timing of your meals can be crucial for weight loss.

Previous studies have found a strong link between energy regulation and the circadian clock but how to burn calories without it affecting your appetite remains unclear.

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The circadian system is a natural, internal process that regulates the sleepwake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours.

What also remains unknown is how daily energy distribution can influence the appetite hormones throughout the day.

The hunger hormone (ghrelin), for example, is suppressed more in response to a breakfast meal than the same meal provided in the evening.

Researchers are continuing to explore how eating at certain times could lead to better calorie disruption and therefore aid in belly fat loss.

Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy, explains the Mayo Clinic.

It adds: During this complex process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function.

This function is vital for weight loss and has three components which include:

Basal metabolic rate (BMR) which is the minimum calories the body utilises in a resting state for standard body functions.

Thermic effect of food (TEF) which is the energy needed to absorb, process, and store nutrients after you eat food.

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According to the study, having a substantial breakfast is crucial for belly fat loss.

In the present study, researchers performed a four-week randomised controlled feeding trials comparing morning-loaded (ML) versus evening-loaded (EL) calorie intake.

The researchers distinguished the distinct area of metabolic function that contributed to differences in energy balance reported in prior studies.

The study involved 30 healthy but obese individuals with body mass index (BMI) between 27 and 42 kg/m2.

The team randomised 14 participants to the ML diet first and 16 to the EL diet first with similar total calorie and macronutrient intake.

The eating window was slightly longer across the day in the ML than in the EL diet (11:05 h vs. 10:39 h), with meals consumed relatively early in the day.

The research had several significant findings about the time of daily calorie intake.

Although ML and EL diets did not affect energy metabolism and resulted in similar weight loss in healthy obese individuals, ML calorie loading resulted in lower appetite and hunger, which explains the weight loss benefits of ML diets.

Researchers also found that the ML diet resulted in markedly lower average daily hunger, desire for food, prospective consumption, thirst, and composite appetite score.

They observed more significant appetite suppression with the ML diet was partially due to the extended duration of gastric emptying of the larger meal size and calorie load.

It concluded that hearty breakfasts or ML diet was more effectively for belly and weight loss by suppressing appetite.

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Do Protetox Ingredients Work? Get the Truth About These Diet Pills! – Surrey Now Leader

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People find it tough to lose weight. Even when they consume an optimum diet and habitually work out, they fail to enjoy the weight-shedding outcomes they look out for. If you try to shed weight via food and exercise, you can think of using a supplement. People take effective weight-shedding supplements that have natural and safe substances, and they target different aspects related to weight loss. These pills can lessen appetite, aid in weight loss, augment thermogenesis, and propose energy. All these things result in better and quicker weight loss. One such weight loss pill is Protetox which helps people in shedding pounds as it supplies potent antioxidants.

Protetox is an effective all-natural weight loss component that is designed for individuals who find it tough to shed weight. This dietary supplement charges peoples metabolism and aids in shedding weight. It permits a person to burn fat without taking a ketogenic diet. Its official website states that this supplement is safe and powerful, and devoid of side effects. Protetox has more natural detoxifying components compared to its competing products. You will find this supplement in capsules, and they detoxify the body by fastening its metabolic function. Hence, people can burn excess fat easily.

The capsules of this supplement are created from different antioxidants, botanicals, herbal, and plant extracts besides other nutrients that detox the body, support weight loss, and energize the system for feeling excellent. According to the creator of Protetox, people need to take it for nearly one hour before retiring to bed. And when they take it consistently, as the manufacturer has suggested, it would flush out oxidants and toxic components from the body. Additionally, Protetox also accelerates metabolism, besides maintaining hormonal balance. Hence, users can shed extra body fat easily.

Protetox is a strong and natural antioxidant that assists with peoples weight shedding process. The formula mix of this supplement comprises several potent superfoods. Its components boost peoples metabolism and change energy into calories. People take Protetox as it provides them with an energy boost and keeps them concentrated for achieving their goals of shedding weight. If you take this component, you will be able to avert all-day tiredness. The thermogenic fat burners, as well as energy boosters present in this supplement, boost peoples fat-burning process. So, they can witness the results faster than they see through diet and exercise alone.

The manufacturers of Protetox have turned this supplement into a cGMP-sanctioned facility. So people can remain assured of its effectiveness and safety. Research studies demonstrate the reliability and effectiveness of this supplement, and these studies also assist people in understanding the exact outcomes that Protetox gives to shed weight.

Protetox supports weight loss as it flushes out toxins. This supplement accomplishes its goal via powerful components, and they are obtained from proven natural antioxidants only. The ingredients present in this supplement neutralize toxins and keep a user focused on his weight loss advancement process. Commonly, Protetox works in three chief steps:

Fast fat burn As Protetox has potent natural components, it can result in quicker weight loss. When you take it, you need not follow crash dieting and continue to enjoy your preferred foods. Protetox claims to deliver remarkable outcomes only in some weeks only.

Accelerated burning of fat After a user consumes Protetox, this supplement changes the body into a specific fat-burning furnace that enables weight loss in just a couple of weeks.

Transformation of the body When users take Protetox in the first week, they lose more weight compared to when they take it in the 2nd and 3rd weeks. It happens because the body starts realigning itself with its effects. A user can maintain a stable weight loss until the finishing of the 1st month only.

A user can witness the results of the Protetox supplement after he takes it for some days, and he must not be armed with a prescription to procure this supplement. Protetox is a natural and benign solution that does not show any adverse side effects. Hence, it is different from other stimulants, steroids, and chemical medicines. However, users must consider some caution.

Users are recommended to use this product only in the suggested dosages only, and it is the best practice to get in touch with your physician before you begin to take this component. This is particularly important if you have been taking other medicines for some specific health condition. Children who havent attained the age of 18 years must not take it. While taking this supplement, if you experience any kind of allergic reaction, you must stop taking it. Lactating, pregnant, and nursing mothers must stay away from Protetox.

Protetox has a potent combination of nutrients, and when people consume it, their stomach absorbs them. Thus, they feel satisfied and full. The creators of Protetox claim that this supplement can augment energy levels as well as metabolism. One of the ingredients present in this supplement is Bitter melon which helps people maintain their usual fat metabolism and balanced levels of blood sugar. It also has a small amount of caffeine that helps in keeping people awake and alert without causing jitteriness.

When you take Protetox, you need to understand that these diet pills arent magic pills that can assist you in shedding weight quickly. This supplement takes time to reflect its effects. When you take it for a couple of years, you will experience its full benefits. You must embrace healthy and regular eating habits besides workout sessions so that you can derive the best from Protetox.

When users take Protetox, they can derive many benefits like:

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DNAfit Review: What It Can and Can’t Tell You – Healthline

Sep 20th, 2022
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DNA testing has become increasingly popular over the years, with one of the most prominent companies being DNAfit. DNA testing claims to assess your genetic makeup, ultimately helping users gain insights into their health and fitness that they wouldnt otherwise have. The company can then use this information to tailor a unique workout and diet plan specifically designed for your body.

DNAfit claims to provide some of the most comprehensive DNA testing available. The company also states that it can provide unrivaled insight into users diet, nutrition, fitness, and well-being. However, some of the health claims they make are unsupported by evidence, and theres little scientific evidence for DNA-based personalization. For these reasons, we dont recommend purchasing or using DNAfit kits.

Read on to discover what you need to know about this company and alternatives to consider.

DNAfit is a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company that provides DNA-based insights into diet, fitness, and wellness. The London-based company was founded in 2013 by Avi Lasarow to provide people with a simple way to understand how their genes affect their health and fitness.

The company offers three main products: Diet Fit, Heath Fit, and Circle Premium, with the latter being its most comprehensive option. Each kit provides everything you need to collect a DNA sample from home and send it to their state-of-the-art laboratory for analysis.

Once the results are ready, youll receive a personalized report with actionable insights and recommendations based on your unique genetic makeup.

The primary aim of DNAfit is to provide you with information you can use to improve your health and fitness.

The company offers three different tests, each with a different focus:

We evaluated DNAfit by looking at the companys medical claims and business standards.

Although the company doesnt make any disease claims, some of its health claims are unsupported by solid scientific evidence. For example, personalizing diet and fitness plans according to your genes doesnt correlate with the available evidence.

Likewise, claims that DNA testing results can help you effectively manage stress and sleep are largely unfounded.

In regards to business standards, DNAfit fared well. They have no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings or third-party certifications. Additionally, the company has good privacy standards with SSL encryption and a valid security certificate.

DNAfit is owned by a parent company called Prenetics, which currently doesnt have a Better Business Bureau page. They do, however, have a 3.9-star rating from more than 4,500 reviewers on Trustpilot. Meanwhile, DNAfit has a 3.8-star rating on Trustpilot.

Diet Fit is the most basic of DNAfits offerings. It provides insights into your unique nutrigenetic profile, which is designed to help you understand how your body responds to various types of food and any sensitivities and intolerances you may have. According to the company, youll find out which foods you should eat more or less of to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain muscle with personalized dietary recommendations.

Youll also receive information on building your perfect meal according to how you respond to carbohydrates and fats. You can program the MealPlanner (a personalized meal planning service) with your aim, likes, and dislikes, and it generates a genetically guided recipe plan complete with a shopping list builder.

Health Fit further builds on the diet and nutrient insights from Diet Fit. Youll receive the same insights and have access to the personalized MealPlanner.

Where Health Fit differs is with its fitness response genetic markers. These markers include:

These insights allow you to discover how to optimize your workouts and guide your training choices.

Youll receive information on your stress and sleep profile to help you improve your mental and physical well-being.

Circle Premium is DNAfits most comprehensive offering. In addition to the information provided in Diet Fit and Health Fit, the Circle Premium report is said to assess your genetic risk of certain diseases like dementia, type II diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and others.

The aim is to help you better understand your health and take preventive measures like lifestyle changes, check-ups, or more frequent cancer screenings.

It includes over 350 reports covering:

For those thinking of starting a family, the reports provide information on any inherited conditions that could be passed down to future generations.

When you receive your DNAfit report, its important to keep in mind that its only one part of the picture. The results should be used as a guide and not as a certainty.

For example, if your report says you have a higher risk of developing type II diabetes, it doesnt mean youll definitely have the condition in the future. Likewise, a lower risk doesnt necessarily mean symptoms of the condition wont occur.

Remember that your DNA is just one factor in the development of disease. Other important considerations are your lifestyle choices, environment, and more.

The Diet Fit report is easy to understand and isnt too dense in information. It details how your genetics may affect the way you metabolize carbs and fats. It also outlines if you have the required needs for certain vitamins or nutrients.

There are sections for:

The meal planner feature allows you to input your food preferences and generates a genetically tailored meal plan.

The Health Fit report is similar to the Diet Fit report in terms of content and layout. However, it builds on the information with details on how your genes affect fitness levels and provides insights on optimizing your workouts.

It includes:

Theres also information on your stress and sleep profile. The results outline how you cope with stress and your tolerance levels. Youll also find out if youre a warrior or a strategist, which identifies how you process information and perform tasks while under stress.

The Circle Premium report is DNAfits most comprehensive offering. In addition to the information provided in Diet Fit and Health Fit, the Circle Premium report provides the following information:

Youll also discover your ancestry and information on various traits. These include success, behavioral, physical, personality, and gender so you can better understand yourself and your background.

DNAfit claims that they take users privacy very seriously. It was the first company of its kind to become certified by ISO 27001, a globally recognized framework for best practices on information storage and security.

Rather than by name, DNAfit stores your data by ID number and claims that they destroy your samples after use. Your data wont be shared with people outside the company, and DNAfit does not sell your information to third parties.

Here are some other brands that provide DNA testing services. These recommended alternatives have passed Healthlines medical and business standards.

Everlywell provides a convenient way of checking different health issues from allergies to STIs and food sensitivities. However, theres a lack of evidence to support the methods they use for testing food sensitivities. Experts feel that these tests can provide inaccurate and misleading information, so its important to take these results with discretion.

Overall, Everlywell has a solid reputation besides the criticism about their controversial food sensitivity testing. They also use Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified laboratories, so youre sure of quality service and results.

Everlywell sells a wide range of at-home testing kits that cover:

Like Everlywell, myLAB Box offers a convenient way to test for STIs and other health conditions from the comfort of your home. In addition, they offer free shipping and results in as little as 2 to 5 days.

They offer sensitivity testing for 96 different foods, and they test for IgA, IgG, and IgG4. This might provide a better picture than relying on IgG alone. But, bear in mind that the test doesnt test for food allergies, as this requires IgE antibody testing.

Other home tests sold by myLAB Box include:

FoodMarble uses a type of breathalyzer that claims to help you figure out which foods cause digestive issues. The device is small and portable, so you that can take it with you on the go.

To use it, you simply breathe into the device after eating, and it tells you if the food is digesting properly. The device measures hydrogen levels in your breath, and together with the app, it provides accurate information.

FoodMarble sells two breathalyzers:

If you still decide that youd like to try out DNAfits at-home DNA test kits, there are a few things to keep in mind before purchasing.

You should first talk to your doctor, who can more accurately assess your medical, health, and family history. They might be able to provide personalized suggestions based on your diet and fitness patterns, especially if youre looking to lose weight. They may also be able to provide some insights by talking through factors like stress, sleep, and your general well-being.

Your doctor may also be able to suggest lab or food sensitivity tests that can provide information regarding food intolerances and your risk of certain diseases like diabetes.

The brand passed our business vetting standards, meaning its a reputable company without any FDA or Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warnings against them. There also havent been any lawsuits filed.

DNAfit does not yet have a Better Business Bureau page, and its products do not appear on Amazon.

However, it has a Trustpilot page that scores DNAfit 3.9 out of 5 stars with more than 2,500 reviews. Although the reviews are good overall, some customers were unimpressed. They claim that the information provided is very basic and vague.

Users also reported problems with accessing the app and poor customer service.

In short, probably not. No scientific evidence supports claims that these tests can help you lose weight or improve your fitness.

A 2018 study found that DNA testing couldnt help guide people to a specific weight loss regimen that was more likely to be successful. Although many companies claim these effects, it seems there is no difference in weight loss between people following diets that allegedly match their genotype compared to those on standard diets.

The services offered by DNAfit are not inexpensive, starting at around $150 for Diet Fit. However, there is little scientific evidence underpinning their value, so its unlikely that DNAfit is worth the money.

That said, many of the reviews on Trustpilot are positive, with some people stating they would happily recommend DNAfit. So, it comes down to personal choice and budget as to whether DNAfit is worth it to you.

DNAfit states that their at-home DNA tests are accurate, but its tricky to find specific figures. However, they claim to regularly spot-check their labs to ensure they test samples correctly and provide results that are 100% accurate.

Currently, the FDA has only approved 23andMe for some of their at-home DNA tests. Overall, the industry is not regulated and has no independent analysis to verify the sellers claims, so you should still use caution when purchasing a test.

However, generally, DNA testing is a safe procedure. Most kits require a cheek swab or saliva sample, so there are essentially no associated risks. But, when samples are self-collected at home, theres an increased risk of contamination and inaccuracies.

DNAfit is a direct-to-consumer DNA testing company that offers several different tests, including Diet Fit, Health Fit, and Circle Premium.

The company has a good reputation, with few complaints from customers. However, the scientific evidence underpinning the value of their tests is lacking, and there are health claims unsupported by evidence.

Overall, its unclear whether DNAfit is worth the money, and we dont recommend purchasing or using the service for these reasons.

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6 Blood Sugar-Lowering Tricks Proven to Work Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

Sep 20th, 2022
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Managing blood sugar is vital for your overall health, especially when you're diabetic, in order to help prevent serious issues like vision loss, kidney damage and heart disease. High blood sugar happens when there's too much sugar in the blood and not enough insulin, and as a result causes worrisome symptoms like blurred vision, headaches, increased urination and in some cases vomiting, rapid heartbeat, confusion and coma. High blood sugar is anything over 125 mg/dL while not eating for at least eight hours and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with experts who share tips on how to lower blood sugar. As always, please talk with your physician for medical advice. Read onand to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

Carewell's nursing consultant, Kiera Powell, RN tells us, "Incorporate at least 20 minutes of dancing, taking a face-paced walk, swimming, or riding a bike into your daily routine. This can help lower blood sugar."

Powell reminds us, "Exercise is an important part of blood sugar management. Getting exercise regularly strengthens your heart, allowing it to pump more blood with less effort, which decreases the pressure on the arteries and lowers blood pressure. According to the CDC, at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense exercise per week is key to blood sugar regulation."

Powell explains, "If you've been diagnosed with chronically high blood sugar, pre-diabetes, or diabetes (whether type one or two), it's important that you regularly check your blood sugar levels and adhere to the treatment prescribed by your doctor. In some cases, blood sugar levels cannot be regulated without the help of specific medications, so taking them as prescribed is essential to preventing complications."

Lisa Richards, a nutritionist and author of the Candida Diet says, "The kidneys are the primary way the body flushes out excess sugar. By staying hydrated the kidneys work more efficiently and effectively at this process. When we are dehydrated our glucose levels can begin to rise leading to high blood sugar. Drinking plenty of water also helps to rehydrate the blood, which aids in helping maintain balance in blood sugar levels rather than rapid highs and lows. Water is the preferred source of hydration, especially for those with diabetes, rather than turning to sugar filled sports drinks. There are hydration options available on the market, but always check to ensure they do not contain added sugars or excess carbohydrates."6254a4d1642c605c54bf1cab17d50f1e

Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD shares, "Foods high in soluble fiber are an excellent way to manage blood sugar by preventing or reducing glucose spikes. Soluble fiber is able to improve insulin sensitivity by being a food source for beneficial bacteria in the gut. When the gut's microbiome is balanced these bacteria are better able to digest food and mitigate the insulin response. This form of fiber will also slow the body's absorption of sugar and thereby prevents spikes in blood sugar. By slowing the rate of absorption the cells can adjust to insulin and thereby mitigating the rapid rise and fall of blood glucose. Food sources of soluble fiber include legumes, oats, avocados, sweet potatoes, broccoli, flax seed, carrots, and apples to name just a few."

According to Powell, "A nutritious and well-balanced diet is an effective way to control diabetes. Avoid foods high in saturated and trans fats, like fried foods, and anything with high salt and sugar levels. Also, keep an eye out for sugary beverages as we often don't think about how much sugar is in drinks like juice, soda, alcoholic beverages, and sports drinks. Healthy fats, like salmon, nuts, and seeds, are also great ways to help regulate blood sugar levels."

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Wait a minute: Aren’t we the plant-based diet? – Produce Business UK

Sep 20th, 2022
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By Anne-Marie Roerink

Life has been a rollercoaster ride for more than two years. At the onset of the pandemic, consumers focused on comfort food, but immunity and healthful eating quickly took a front seat. When you type in healthy in any one of the search engines, then click images, every picture that pops up is that of fresh produce. Theres a natural association between fresh produce and healthy, and thats a good thing, but it can also hurt us for no other reason than everybody wants a piece of our healthful image.

When walking down the snack, beverage, freezer or dairy aisles, the word plant-based pops out on just about every other package. I just spent a few days at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Sweets & Snacks Expo. At NRA, the sea of plant-based meat, seafood and dairy alternatives was overwhelming and you had to look hard to find real meat. At Sweets & Snacks Expo, items from gummies to chocolate to tomato jerky were calling out their plant-based nature. Even items like potato chips, which have long been plant-based, are now pointing out that they belong in the popular kid club, too.

Beverages, in particular, were early movers in this space. Long before the start of the pandemic, functional beverages started growing in number and in sales. Many prominently show brightly colored fruit and veggies on the label and call out that you can take care of your five-a-day with the ease and convenient consumption of said beverage.

In many cases, such as potato chips, I doubt these callouts are generating many new dollars. In other cases, they are a fraction of total sales. For instance, plant-based meat alternatives are less than 1% of total meat sales. Yet, I would argue we need to step up our game and take back our space as the original, and most effective, plant-based diet. Why? Because of the danger of the shortcut.

All these plant-based callouts around the store can create the impression that consumers can have their five a day without ever setting foot in the produce department. No waste, minimal effort. And that, in my mind, is a dangerous development.

Additionally, many of these items, beverages and shots in particular, do a tremendous job in linking the feature to the benefit, with specific solutions for things like energy or immunity. When the nations eye turned to immunity at the onset of the pandemic, we saw big and sustained increases in the sales of oranges and other citrus fruits. But why did we not see the same types of an increase in the sales of bell peppers? The answer is that many consumers dont know the superior delivery of Vitamin C in bell peppers.

In a survey just a few weeks ago, I asked a question about the types of food that people associated with immunity. Citrus, unsurprisingly, was by far the most common association, at 72%. Bell peppers garnered a miserable 27% of consumers associating them with immunity.

These results tell me there is a lot to gain by continuing to provide tips and going back to the old wisdoms about the goodness that comes from consuming specific types of fresh produce. In other words, rise above our natural health image and point out specific health benefits. Have more of the bananas for potassium and spinach for iron knowledge in the marketplace.

As more fresh produce is becoming packaged, we have mini billboards to leverage for more and effective messaging. People want to hear about the nutrition, but also about the specific benefits those nutritional components bring. Thats what all those beverages, frozen food and plant-based alternatives do so effectively. So, lets connect the dots: mushrooms for Vitamin B and DVitamin B and D for immunity. The more we are known as delicious and healthy, but also how we are healthy, the more reasons consumers have to explore the produce aisle instead of just center store.

At the same time, it is important to point out that health isnt just about physical health. About 90% of consumers believe that emotional wellbeing, the way you feel, is interconnected to physical health. And thats where some of the more indulgent items come in. This is also why you see consumers focus on extreme value in part of their basket and splurge a little on others. These may be fun, new items that caught their eye or items that are part of family traditions or good memories. And who better to deliver the combination of physical health and emotional wellbeing than the beautiful and delicious fresh produce department as the original plant-based diet.

Anne-Marie Roerink is the president of 210 Analytics, a research firm specializing in food retailing. Working closely with retailers, wholesalers, grower/shippers and trade associations, she has developed an excellent perspective on the ever-changing wants and needs of the consumer in a one-size-fits-no-one world. She understands the challenges and opportunities in the food and produce businesses today as well as the drivers of success tomorrow.

By Jim Prevor

Who can possibly be opposed to educating consumers regarding the nutritional qualities of fresh produce? Not me. And, it infuriates me to see lots of packaged and processed products playing on a connection with produce in their marketing when, of course, their use of produce is minimal. Also, any produce they do use is often a processed powder from China and has little to do with helping U.S. farmers prosper.

Here is a secret about produce most people dont know: All claims of dramatic increases in consumption of produce items in the short term are not, and cannot, be true.

Very little quality produce gets thrown away in the production cycle. In general, the vast majority of costs in producing produce items are sunk costs land, planting, fertilizing, irrigating and maintaining the field, etc.

Let us take citrus, which was in great demand during the pandemic because of the immunity-boosting properties, including Vitamin C, one associates with citrus.

But it takes years following the planting of a citrus tree before it can begin producing commercial quantities of citrus. So, if there was virtually no citrus left in the field because there was no demand, and there was no possibility of quickly planting trees or using other techniques to boost production what can it possibly mean that sales of citrus increased during the pandemic? There are really only two possibilities:

One: That there was increased demand and steady volume so supply and demand caused the price of citrus to increase. Thus, sales of citrus might be up in dollars, but flat in pounds.

Two: Volume available for sale in the United States did increase because America is a rich country, and if we really want this product, we will bid up the price and redirect citrus coming from other countries say South Africa to the U.S., when, had we been unwilling to bid up the prices, the citrus would have gone elsewhere. Of course, note that in the short term, this is a zero sum game. Every additional pound that America woos with higher prices is a pound not being sold in another country again, because we cannot plant instantly producing citrus trees.

This also applies to U.S. exports of citrus. If Americans want to bid higher, to get more citrus, U.S. exports could fall as the U.S. grown crop would be used to serve domestic demand. Of course, if this happens, pound for pound, every pound not exported would increase domestic consumption, but decrease international consumption.

Eating habits are hard to change, but increased fruit and vegetable consumption has to come through dietary change.

The bottom line is that on fresh product, per capita consumption virtually always matches total production divided by the population. In fact, most of the statistics you see published on per capita consumption are actually figured in just this way, as authorities have no real way of knowing what people buy, much less actually eat.

Even products that may grow in a few weeks and become hot with retailers, restaurants and consumers rarely lead to increases in total produce consumption. Growing produce is difficult and requires many inputs: appropriate land, water, workers, etc. So, when we have seen a boom in demand for a particular product, say kale a few years back, we have two issues.

First, on the buy side, the increase in demand is usually offset. So if kale is getting hot press, trendy restaurants may add kale as a side dish to a protein or introduce a kale salad. But, almost always, the new kale side dish replaces an old side dish, say spinach. And the new kale salad supplants some other salad on the menu. So product demand fluctuates, but total produce demand rarely increases at all beyond population increase.

Second, on the sell side, increasing production is not easy. Where are growers supposed to find all this extra quality land located in the right location, and if they did, would it have water and even if they had land and water, where are the workers who are going to suddenly appear to plant and harvest?

Eating habits are hard to change. Sure, during a pandemic getting people to increase consumption of a snack fruit, such as clementines or navel oranges, thought boost immunity, is relatively easy if the fruit is available. But how would people eat more bell peppers even if they wanted to? In fact, the big increase in pepper consumption has been a consequence of the introduction of super sweet, small snacking packs which people can easily use by seeing peppers as a substitute for chips or less healthy snacking alternatives.

The truth is consumption increase has to come through dietary change. We need to persuade people they can enjoy a stir fry where vegetables are the star and protein just a little flavoring. As long as the model is a giant piece of protein, a mountain of mashed potatoes to fill the plate and the stomach cheaply and two spears of asparagus and a cherry tomato to add color it is not going to be easy to increase produce consumption.

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Nestle and Perfect Day Team Up to Make More Dairy-Free Products – The Beet

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The world'slargest food and beverage company Nestl is striving to achieve net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050. Despite this, the Swiss-based company is a major dairy supplier, usingcow-based milk for creamers, chocolate bars, and more, all of which contributenegatively to the brand's environmental goals. This week, the food giant announced that it is teaming up with food tech company Perfect Day to introduce animal-free whey into its product development. Together, the two company plan to release a mystery product featuring the sustainable whey protein made by precision fermentation.

With Perfect Day's help, Nestle intends to transform its product portfolio and alleviate its dependency on traditional dairy farming. Perfect Day uses a precision fermentation technique with microflora to create a functionally identical protein to conventional whey. This way, the food tech company can effectively replicate several animal-based products including ice cream and milk.

As the worlds largest food and beverage company, delivering foods and beverages that are good for people and the planet is a priority, Heike Steiling, Head of Nestls Development Center for dairy products, said. We are exploring emerging technologies that can lead to animal-friendly alternatives that are nutritious and sustainable, without compromising on taste, flavor, and texture.

Founded in 2014 by Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi, Perfect Day set out to reinvent the potential of vegan food. To maximize the taste and texture of dairy alternatives, the food tech brand worked to replicate the dairy products on a molecular level. Now, the company has secured over $700 million worth of investments and expanded into several different food categories. Last April, Perfect Day revised an investment from environmentalist and award-winning actorLeonardo DiCaprio.

Perfect Day's proprietary approach requires zero animal inputs. The fully animal-free whey protein will provide Nestle with a highly sustainable option when developing new food products, while also helping the company significantly reduce its carbon footprint. The food giant launched the U.S. R+D Accelerator to help usher in Perfect Day's partnership, bringing the currently unknown product to market in six months.

We are excited to pilot Nestls first animal-free dairy protein-based products through our U.S. R+D Accelerator, Joanna Yarbrough, head of R+D Accelerator, said. While this category is still very young, we know consumers are looking for products that have a reduced environmental footprint, and we are evaluating this avenue as a future growth opportunity for our business.

Innovating alongside leaders like Nestlis a key part of how were scaling Perfect Days impact, Pandya told Food Dive.We cant wait for consumers to taste how a brand with centuries of world-class experience can partner with Perfect Day to deliver for consumers and our planet.

This June, Perfect Day also partnered with one of Nestle's competitors in the chocolate world, Mars. The two companies revealed theanimal-free, lactose-free chocolate bar brand, CO2COA. Perfect Day has also released several animal-free ice creams withN!CK's ice cream company and Smitten Ice Cream Shop.

In recent years, Nestle has pivoted to develop sustainable options across several food categories. Working with plant-based dairy, Nestle launched its Wunda brand last May. Initially, the pea-based milk rolled out in France, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

Nestle's plant-based innovation extends beyond just dairy products into sustainable meat alternatives. Last November, Nestle invested in Sundial Foods to help the brand create vegan chicken wings so real they replicate the skin-like texture of traditional wings. Under its Garden Gourmet line, Nestle also introduced vegan egg and plant-based shrimp options.

Nestle is also helping expand the greater plant-based food industry.This August, the food giant announced thatit is teaming up with the vegan burger concept Nomooto develop aline of vegan hamburger patties,plant-based chicken, and non-dairy cheese. This will help Noomo enter the highly competitive fast food market as it expands nationwide.

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