NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
September 7, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that it has been ten years since food industry prognosticators predicted that gluten-free would be a short-term fad?

Well, as of 2015, Americans spent $4.2 billion on gluten-free ingredients, up 34 percent since 2010.

We can safely say that gluten-free is not going away anytime soon. The problem is that gluten-free has been too successful, because now there is as much gluten-free junk as there is glutenous junk!

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Infection Season Starts Early
Bonnie and Steve: For anyone that has a school-age child, teen, or young adult, you know that it does not take long for infection to start going around. 

While you may not always be able to avoid catching something, you can certainly lessen the suffering. Our Cold & Flu Action Plan is a great place to start.

One substance that is very helpful for infection prevention and treatment is the mineral zinc. In an oral solution such as zinc sulfate, or in lozenge form, studies have shown that it severely curtails the duration of the common cold.

According to a study in last month's British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, zinc acetate lozenges reduce the duration of the common cold by nearly three days compared with placebo. However, we do not recommend exceeding 50 mg. total supplemental zinc daily.

There are myriad remedies that can assist infection prevention, but zinc is well tolerated by most. Other remedies need to be more individualized.

Obviously, limiting sugar consumption is paramount for fighting infection. However, sugar is not the only culprit. Eating foods you may be allergic or intolerant to weaken your immune defenses. Consuming excess refined carbohydrates adds to your glycemic load, which also affects your immunity.

Not surprisingly, under a larger amount of stress, the immune system weakens. At the beginning of the school year, not only are students exposed to thousands of other students, but they are starting classes, athletics, and other activities that exponentially increase their workload in a matter of days.

Immune defense lags when we are sleep-deprived. No group are more sleep-deprived than school-age kids.

When Infection Strikes
While we can tell to do all of these to the best of your ability, if you're reading this newsletter, you're already trying to your best, right? If you come down with something, the idea is to keep it a "days" thing and not a "weeks" thing.

This is the time to be perfect in all facets of the above. Mainline all the good stuff, and remove all the bad stuff. Here are the 4R's:

Relax (at home ideally)
Replace (the bad stuff)
Replenish (with the good stuff)
Repair (give your body time to heal)
Which Therapy for Chronic Sinus Symptoms?
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Future of Genetics & Wellness Is Now
Bonnie and Steve: It only takes a few simple steps to get individualized genetic nutritional support. Test your genome. We translate the results in a way you can understand. We target your individualized needs with nutritional support that can be easily implemented.

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Have a happy, healthy day,
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