Wellness Wednesdays – 2/20/19

WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

Got Gastrointestinal Issues? Consider Cutting Down on These Foods

A study from Anglia Ruskin University in Britain has revealed that cutting back on certain kinds of foods can reduce gastrointestinal discomfort, particularly for people who engage in regular physical activity, according to Times Now News.

These foods, those with fermentable oligosaccharide, disaccharide, monosaccharide and polyol — also known as FODMAP foods — may cause increased water in the intestines and production of gas.

Times Now gives a few examples of FODMAP foods: milk, yogurt, cheese, cereals, bread and pasta, among others. Of course, it’s important to make sure you’re still getting enough nutrition — so if you’re trying to reduce your gastro issues, make sure you don’t reduce your overall health level along with them!

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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

Does Eating Breakfast Provide a Boost to Your Metabolism?

Conventional wisdom suggests that one of the reasons why it’s important to eat breakfast is because it provides a boost to your metabolism — and thus helps you burn calories faster throughout the day. Dr. Avigdor Arad, speaking to PopSugar, says that while eating in the morning does jumpstart your metabolic rate, it provides such a small boost that it’s ultimately insignificant in the long run.

Scientists Counter the Carbohydrate Backlash

A number of fad diets focused on carbohydrate reduction — or even near-elimination — have emerged in recent years, but experts continue to be skeptical about the idea of cutting out the carb. HuffPost has compiled an interesting list of reasons why the compounds should stay in your diet, according to nutrition researchers. Here are a few of the highlights:

1. Fiber is a carb, and it’s a critical one, tooEven though fiber doesn’t provide any energy, it’s associated with improved intestinal health, helping the digestive system move things along.

2. Don’t conflate processed carbs with nutritious carbs. Added sugars and the like have given all carbs a terrible reputation, but unprocessed carbs contain vital nutrients that simply aren’t in their processed counterparts.

3. Some carb-heavy foods carry important antioxidants. Fruits and veggies often have high carb counts, but they’ve also got antioxidants that can prevent cell damage.

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LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

February 21

At Lowell General Hospital‘s Dance for Your Heart class from 6:30 to 8 p.m., you’ll learn new dance moves while enjoying three things that are good for your heart: exercise, red wine and dark chocolate! As the mention of wine may indicate, this class is for people 21 and older. Lowell, Mass. | LowellGeneral.org

Merrimack Repertory Theatre will present a special panel discussion with D’Youville Life and Wellness titled “Coming to Terms with a Relative’s Dementia” after the 7:30 p.m. performance of “The Heath.” Lowell, Mass. | MRT.org

March 6

Cedardale Health + Fitness is excited to host Dr. Khalid Shah at its Cedardale Andover facility. Shah will discuss “The Wellness Connection to Cell Based Immune Therapies for Cancer.” Andover, Mass. | Cedardale-Health.net

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