Do You Have Holicovid Syndrome?
January 24, 2022
Many of us have suffered from this syndrome in increasing degrees of severity over the last two years.
We ate more and exercised less in 2020 and 2021, and then this past holiday season we re-engaged with our families and friends to a greater degree because it was “time”.
We took our two years of excess weight and topped it with varying degrees of seasonal splurge, and, wallah….holicovid.
Because of holicovid, many of us weigh more now than we have in a long while.
Holicovid Be Gone!
We’re starting our annual 10-day post-holiday Complete shake shred, as we have done for many years before holicovid. But we, as many, need more help this year. So we’re going to do it twice…maybe three times?
Dehydration, Avoid It
It may seem counterintuitive to think about dehydration when we’re not in the heat of summer, but dehydration is very real all year-round.
Six Signs of Dehydration:
1. Bad Breath
Saliva has antibacterial properties, but dehydration can prevent your body from making enough saliva. “If you’re not producing enough saliva, you can get bacterial overgrowth in the mouth, and one of the side effects of that is bad breath,” says John Higgins, MD, a professor of medicine at the University of Texas in Houston and the chief of cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in Houston.
It’s the same reason you may wake up with “morning breath”: Saliva production slows down during sleep, notes the Mayo Clinic, leading to an unpleasant taste in the mouth as bacteria grow. So the next time your mouth seems dry and your breath smells less-than-fresh, it may be time to rehydrate …
Your Brain on Food
“Molecules that are responsible for inflammation influence things like your mood and energy levels,” says Drew Ramsey, an associate professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. “For example, inflammation gets in the way of the brain’s self-repair process. Many antidepressant medications are also powerful anti-inflammatories that spur brain growth.” Your diet may also improve your gut microbiome, which research suggests influences depression.
Maybe not Michael Strahan
Our U.S. astronauts have been using Bemer pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) in their space flights since 2016.
What will your new beginnings look like in 2022? New career, new hairstyle, new car, new pet, new exercise plan … oh, the places you’ll go!