Wellness Wednesday – 8/12/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Quarantine, Food and You
In last week’s Wellness Wednesday, we examined how quarantine can affect one’s mood and overall personality. Today, we continue the topic of lifestyle changes while quarantined in relation to food. Some of these food-related behavior changes have the potential to become new habits with long-term benefits.
Without anywhere to hurry off to, families have much more time for preparing and eating meals together. According to some research, eating as a family helps kids have better self-esteem, more success in school and lower risk of depression and substance use disorders. And make sure the kids help out with the cooking: A long-term study found that adolescents who learned to cook by age 18 were eating more vegetables, less fast food and more family meals a decade later.
Dedicating a day of the week to plant-based meals has been shown to bring plenty of benefits as well. Nutritionists have spent decades encouraging people to eat plant-based meals. Alternatives to animal protein benefit the health of individuals and our planet. This doesn’t mean you need to become vegetarian or vegan, but you can start thinking about meat differently.
These are just a few tips for eating while quarantined, but these small changes can have tremendous, life-long effects.
A.I. May Be the Future of Nutritional Research
Just as COVID-19 altered our schedules and work habits, the pandemic has also accelerated the need for more proactive health measures for chronic health problems tied to diet. Such problems are shown to be risk factors for COVID-19, and people with poor metabolic health accounted for half of COVID-19 hospitalizations in some regions around the world.
Thankfully, new tools have been developed to offer comprehensive understanding of nutrition. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence, are helping researchers learn more about the biological connections between plants and humans.
Recently, in collaboration with leading biomedical researchers, Brightseed discovered a powerful phytonutrient with the potential to improve metabolic health. This phytonutrient helps restore proper function of a central metabolic regulator, including maintaining healthy lipid and sugar levels in the bloodstream and key organs such as the liver, whose function is impaired by a poor diet.
The impact of this discovery could be wide reaching and have profound implications for more than two billion people worldwide at elevated risk of chronic metabolic diseases. The discovery of this phytonutrient is a glimpse into the positive changes that deeper nutritional understanding can bring.
Experts Recommend Drinking Green Tea Constantly
A 2015 study by the National Cancer Center Japan (NCCJ) suggested that the more green tea people consumed, the more their mortality rate dropped. The study shed new light on green tea, which accounts for the majority of Japanese tea.
What is the reason green tea is so good for your health? In a word – catechin. Because of its adsorptive nature, catechin adheres to fat and makes it difficult to mix with water. As a result, it’s hard for fat to be absorbed into body. If it is not absorbed into system, fat will be released with stool.
On top of adhering to fat, catechin can also act as a filter for germs in the body. As we take oxygen in, active oxygen is created in our body, which can make our body ‘rusty.’ The antioxidant effect of catechin restrains such active oxygen, leading to an anti-aging effect.
As a result of its healthy properties, many experts recommend drinking green tea constantly. However, there is a limit to how much catechin a body can take in at one time, so you don’t need to drink large amounts, but by drinking it constantly you will continually have catechin in your system.
FARMERS MARKETS IN THE VALLEY
Local farmers and vendors are doing everything they can to continue providing fresh produce and products to the people. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, here’s a list of local farmers markets that are going above and beyond to serve the community.
The Haverhill Farmers Market returns for its 42nd season. Open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market runs through October 31, selling an expanded selection of farm-fresh fruits, herbs, eggs, vegetables, delicious baked goods, hummus, local wine, honey, fresh breads, handmade soaps, doggie treats, ice cream and more.
(978) 872-7535 | TeamHaverhill.org/projects/community/haverhill-farmers-market
This year, the Groundwork Farmers Market will be happening virtually. Order online or by phone, choose from four prepackaged choices, and pick up your delicious goods at their station.
(978) 701-5573 | GroundWorkLawrence.org
The North Andover Farmers Market happens every year, and this year is no different. Also, you can browse through a plentiful selection of fruits, veggies, breads and more at their virtual market.
The Salem Farmers Market boasts a family-friendly atmosphere featuring live music, children’s entertainment and seasonal special events. In the midst of COVID-19, the market is taking precautions to create a safe and enjoyable space for all patrons. For the time being, the market will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Although the outdoor summer market is postponed, you can visit here to find vendor products.
Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Pick up fresh produce and more with this mobile market. Visit Lowell’s Mill No. 5 parking lot every Tuesday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Lowell Senior Center any Thursday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m; and Lucy Larcom Park on Fridays between 12 to 3 p.m.
Mill No. 5 The Farm Market
Mill No. 5 is not collecting any table fees and is not profiting from this market. The market facilitates healthy food options from local farmers and food producers. Stop by Mill No. 5 at 225 Middlesex Street for fresh fruit, veggies, meat and more.