Nutritional advice – Elixir Zdravi Sat, 24 Sep 2022 16:01:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nutritional advice – Elixir Zdravi 32 32 Entrepreneur Risks Everything to Become the First Black Franchisor in a $21 Billion Pet Industry Sat, 24 Sep 2022 10:30:12 +0000

Adrian Archie is the founder and CEO of petNmind Natural Nutrition, Supplies, & Hygiene, a one-stop-shop for holistic pet nutrition and care.

Archie is the first African American to launch and sell franchises in the $21 billion pet industry. The store’s small box concept model helps deliver the best quality products, services and experiences to the growing number of discerning pet owners who appreciate a more insightful, less intimidating approach to pet care.

For franchise owners, petNmind has created a simple and affordable concept of pet supplies and services. Its small footprint and simplicity are ideal for first-time entrepreneurs, but it’s also robust enough for experienced entrepreneurs and/or investors to capture the attention of the majority of pet owners in their communities and scale quickly.

Adrian Archie, CEO of petNmind Franchise (Image courtesy of petNmind Naturals & Self-Wash Franchise)

Archie launched the flagship Coconut Creek, Florida location in 2016. The natural and holistic pet food store focused on quality and nutrition as a healthier alternative to items found on the shelves of big-box retailers, with a focus on nutritional research. solutions to a range of problems often created by dietary deficiencies.

The first franchise location in Ft. Lauderdale, FL is expected to open in November. Additional locations are expected to open next year in Los Angeles and Orlando. Currently, petNmind is backed by a venture capital investment from Leap Partners, a pet industry venture capital firm.

In addition to dog and cat food and supplies, for a nominal fee, guests can take advantage of grooming services such as washing, shedding removal, ear cleaning and nail trimming. A monthly dental clinic without anesthesia completes the hygienic offer. And for customers interested in regular dog washing services, petNmind offers a recurring subscription program allowing unlimited use of the facility for a monthly fee.

(Image: PetNmind Franchise Retail Products/Courtesy petNmind Naturals & Self-Wash Franchise)

Turning passion into profit

Archie has always had a passion for animals. After college, he spent two years in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Montreal Allouettes, and briefly spent time in the National Football League (NFL) with the Atlanta Falcons in 2005 before moving on. embark on a more traditional career in corporate America.

After a career in health sales and marketing that spanned a decade, Archie finally decided to pursue his passion to open his own store offering holistic nutrition, all-natural treats and pet supplies.

When asked why he decided to franchise, Archie explains, “I wanted to support people who want to do more and take greater calculated risks.[s] in business but don’t know how or where to start or just need a strong team around them.

“The support we provide is based on what I’ve learned from doing it myself successfully for almost eight years. Everything from successfully transitioning from Corporate America – no easy task – to successfully launching, engaging customers, operating and scaling a profitable supply and hygiene business for pets.

He also shared valuable advice for business owners considering franchising.

“Get your systems in place first,” he says. “That’s what people really invest in. A turnkey system that reduces the risk of failure. Initially, I just thought it was all about numbers, especially profit, and yes, that matters. No one starts a business to not make money. However, I believe fit and industry are more important. What good is a profitable business if you hate doing it, if your kids don’t want to continue, or if the resale market is challenged by buyers who don’t want to belong to a particular industry? »

“So even as an emerging franchisor, it’s important to know the value of your industry, your concept, and the possibilities for success by being part of both simultaneously. Finally, have a solid plan or source for accessing capital, through debt financing, investors, or professional and personal networks. Ultimately, it’s expensive when you consider lead marketing, sales commissions, public relations, training, travel, key team salaries, and more.

While Archie planned to franchise the concept, there were always challenges along the way, both expected and unexpected.

“The biggest burdens of the transition were money and access,” says Archie. “It’s an expensive proposition to franchise your business and market it to attract leads and build brand awareness. As an emerging franchisor that has relatively mature competition in the franchise business, it’s not hard to break through the noise to get noticed. The biggest challenge is the cost involved in franchise marketing to break through the noise just to find interested people and then engage them through the process, which can be quite a long cycle from start to finish.

(Image courtesy of petNmind Naturals & Self-Wash Franchise)

petNmind is currently developing a digital platform called Pet Quotient or PQ, which will enable their customers, franchisees, as well as several in-house product lines focused on the specific health of pets.

BIPOC representation missing

The pet care industry is quite mature and reached a milestone in 2020, with total sales of $103.6 billion, an all-time high, according to the state of the industry report. American Pet Products Association (APPA). This represents a 6.7% increase from retail sales of $97.1 billion in 2019 (Supermarket News, March 2021).

But with all this success, there are very few BIPOC involved in ownership in the industry. Archie was delighted to have his say on this matter.

“This subject is near and dear to my heart and my personal purpose on this earth. Companion animals change lives and more and more communities need their healing presence.

“BIPOC customers and entrepreneurs are the biggest growth opportunity for the pet industry,” says Archie. “Ultimately, it comes down to a lack of exposure. BIPOC communities simply don’t have the same exposure to pets and animals. Socioeconomics plays a role because pets can be expensive. There are historical reasons why companion animals, dogs in particular, are feared by BIPOC communities. Cultural reasons also play a role.

“I grew up with pets from day one and know firsthand the positive benefits pets have on children and adults alike,” he adds. “Yet many of my friends and family haven’t, and as a result, the humanizing trend is just beginning to reach BIPOC communities. Owning a pet comes first, and from there, owning a business will follow. People need to be exposed and see living examples of the possibilities, then they see the way.

]]> 1 in 5 teens have symptoms of depression, what we know Thu, 22 Sep 2022 22:26:20 +0000

  • Researchers found that in 2020 the rate of depression was around 9% for Americans 12 and older.
  • However, it rose to 17% when they looked at teenagers and young adults.
  • Depressive symptoms were most common among people aged 18 to 25, with the number of people seeking help still low.

New research reveals that nearly 10% of Americans live with depression, with rates about twice as high as in teens and young adults.

“Our study updates depression prevalence estimates for the U.S. population through 2020 and confirms the growing increase in depression from 2015 to 2019,” said study lead author Renee D. Goodwin, PhD, adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School. public health in a press release.

The study was published this week in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

She noted that this reflected an escalating public health crisis in the United States even before the pandemic began.

The researchers used data from the 2015-2020 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, a nationally representative study of American individuals aged 12 and older.

They found that in 2020, the past-12-month rate of depression was about 9% for Americans in this age group; however, it rose to 17% when they looked at teenagers and young adults.

“Major depression is a clinical disorder, so it is characterized by persistent sad or depressed mood, loss of interest in activities,” Dr. Shawna Newman, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told Healthline.

While the prevalence of depression was unchanged among adults aged 35 and older, the condition was more common among people aged 18 to 25, with the number of people seeking help remaining consistently low.

“Our results showed that most adolescents with depression neither spoke to a healthcare professional about symptoms of depression nor received pharmacological treatment from 2015 to 2020,” Goodwin said in a statement.

The researchers also found that:

  • Rates of depression among non-Hispanic white individuals exceeded all other racial/ethnic groups.
  • Depression was higher in women than in men, and in adults who were not currently or previously married.
  • Although depression increased for all income groups, the greatest increase was seen among those with the lowest household income.

“The key here to meet the criteria, they must have a consistently low depressed mood,” Newman explained.

Newman said while the official criteria is two weeks, it’s more typically a month or two.

“Two weeks, a month or maybe even two months and that makes things clearer,” she explained. “So it’s persistent. It’s different from distress or being upset – often people use that kind of language, everyone does, ‘I feel down today.’

Dr. Noshene Ranjbar, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson, said potential causes for the increased rates of depression include genetic factors, substance use (such as alcohol) and environmental or social factors.

“These include loneliness, loss of loved ones, job, finances or anything else particularly stressful, having an illness, being affected by racism or prejudice against their gender, sexuality, beliefs, culture or way of life,” she said. said.

According to Ranjbar, it can also include any other change in life that disrupts our ability to cope.

“Negative childhood experiences and trauma can also increase a person’s risk of developing depression later in life,” she added.

Stephanie G. Thompson, LCSW, director of San Diego adolescent clinical operations for Lightfully Behavioral Health, said the pandemic has played a significant role in stressing mental health.

“Rates [of depressive symptoms] triple when the COVID pandemic first hit, growing from 8.5% of the population to 27.8% in 2020, 32.8% in 2021, and continues to rise today,” Thompson said

She pointed out that the pandemic has caused a global crisis in all aspects of life for many reasons, including isolation and anxiety fueled by the unknown of the pandemic’s trajectory and ultimate outcome.

“While aging adults have historically suffered from depression at higher rates than most, adolescents are more susceptible to major depressive disorder, ‘severe’ type, these days,” Thompson said.

Newman said one of the reasons is that their social and developmental demands are greater.

“The developmental imperative in this age group is so focused on socialization and emotional growth that isolation, limitation, estrangement, hiding – it’s profoundly difficult for adolescents,” he said. she declared. “Because they biologically need facial expression, body language; they are very social because humans are very social animals – but teenagers want them, they need them.

She pointed out that the loss of peer interaction, reduced contact with supports like teachers, group activities, even just walking down the hallway of a normal high school suddenly disappeared.

“It is a disaster!” says Newman. “You think the school is almost the main place where we get assessment and treatment for psychological services, and often psychiatric services as well.

Newman thinks that perhaps 80% of children who rely on school services to meet their needs don’t get them.

“They are at home with their thoughts and a computer,” she says.

“But the experiences that are supposed to be three dimensional in nature, or four dimensional if you’re counting time, where you’re in a space that has a purpose and a purpose, and you have groupthink and the teacher and a whole interaction , it’s vital and it was gone in a second,” Newman continued.

According to Thompson, teenagers face serious challenges as they grow into adulthood, including inflation and student debt.

“However, teens face a very different dilemma due to rising student debt and the cost of living,” she said. “These alone are creating their own national crisis and teenagers are extremely nervous about making decisions and taking on responsibilities that they are no longer sure they can handle.”

She added that they are also deciding to avoid getting involved due to rising divorce rates, longer lifespans and frequent changes in interests in relationship types.

“The unknown of the future has created an overwhelming sense of anxiety surrounding decision-making in all aspects of their lives,” she continued.

Thompson thinks it’s critical to focus on ongoing efforts to normalize the receipt of mental health services, talk about them, and create more easily accessible mental health resources.

She said school was one of the best places to find easily accessible resources.

“While some public school districts have guidance counselors or a social worker on staff, this is not enough to address the prevalence and severity of adolescent mental health needs today,” a- she continued.

Offering courses in “brain health,” personal wellness, and offering therapeutic services in public schools where teens can easily see a licensed therapist could have a “huge” impact on the number of teens, Thompson says. able to access care.

“Teen-accessible therapy will reduce the need to take time off work to bring teens to as many care appointments,” she said. “And having more professionally trained mental health professionals in schools and better-prepared caregivers will give adults more opportunities to catch the signs and symptoms of adolescent depression earlier.”

A recent study finds that rates of depressive symptoms have risen dramatically, with teens and young adults particularly affected.

Experts say that while many factors could be responsible, the COVID-19 pandemic likely played a big role in the rise.

They also say more mental health resources are needed, especially in school settings, to make treatment accessible to those who need it.

What Multivitamins Really Mean For Your Health – According To Experts Wed, 21 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000

In the fight against dementia, there may be one simple weapon we’ve always had in our arsenal: take a daily multivitamin. New scientific research has suggested that a dietary supplement may prevent cognitive decline in people over 65, keeping their brains sharp for two more years.

The study of 2,200 men and women found that those who took a multivitamin every day slowed their aging by 60%, or 1.8 years. They had improved overall cognition, episodic memory and executive function, compared to those taking a placebo. Multivitamins contain vitamins A, C, D, E, K and B, minerals such as zinc, selenium and magnesium, and some antioxidants.

“We knew these supplements could benefit brain health, but no one had ever tested them in the way we proposed,” says study author Laura D Baker, professor of internal medicine, neurology and Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University, North Carolina. “This amazing finding needs to be replicated in further studies, but if true, the treatment could be available to everyone around the world. Multivitamins are inexpensive and accessible.

According to YouGov, about half of us already take a supplement once a week or more and the supplement market is on the rise; it is expected to reach £559m in 2025.

Yet, for many years, the debate has raged over the use and effectiveness of supplements.

The only previous study of long-term multivitamin use, the Physicians Health Study II, which ran from 1997 to 2011, showed no particular protection against cognitive decline. Earlier this year, an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association said: “People are wasting money thinking there must be a magic set of pills that will keep them healthy when we should all be taking evidence-based healthy eating practices. and exercise.

At present, the only recommendation the NHS makes for adults in general is to take 10 micrograms of vitamin D in autumn and winter. So why might these findings – published in Alzheimer’s and Dementia, the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association – change the approach of the medical community?

“The educated guess is that those over 65 have suboptimal micronutrient status for a variety of reasons,” says Baker. “We don’t absorb nutrients the same way we age. In general, in the United States, we eat a terrible diet of processed foods, carbohydrates, and saturated fats, but not a lot of nutrient-dense foods. The UK will face similar problems – not only are our diets increasingly transformed, but we face the same problems as we age: reduced ability to chew, loss of appetite, slowed metabolism and decreased production of stomach acid which helps break down food.

Research has shown that multivitamins particularly lead to improvements in people with cardiovascular disease. “Cardiovascular disease is consistently associated with more rapid cognitive decline,” says Baker. “The disease itself can deprive the body of micronutrients at a faster rate, so you need to consume more of them. Secondly, drugs alter the absorption of micronutrients.

“Our hypothesis is that regular multivitamin intake helped heart patients overcome some of their medical conditions.”

However, Baker cautions against further research, with a larger and more diverse group of participants needed before recommending that all midwives start taking supplements. “This study was carried out through a nationwide recruitment campaign by mail or media advertising that tends to recruit a certain type of person. We want to ensure that our sample is diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, but also rural background.

The multivitamin involved in the research was Centrum Silver, containing the aforementioned broad-spectrum blend of vitamins and minerals, plus carotenoids, lutein and lycopene – antioxidants believed to protect the skin and eyes. This specific combination was not present in the doctors’ less optimistic study, and there are studies that support the effectiveness of the ingredients found in the formulation.

“There’s enough evidence to say, with the high doses of B vitamins and the addition of lutein and lycopene, that it’s a pretty decent mix,” says Baker. “You also have to consider the possibility that it’s not just one ingredient, it’s the combination.”

Nishtha Patel is a clinical nutritionist, who thinks adding B vitamins can be helpful. “A lack of B12 – vital for keeping red blood cells and nerves healthy – can give symptoms of dementia-like cognitive decline,” she says. “And if you’re on medication, that makes a difference in how the nutrients are assimilated.” For example, drugs such as metformin, which are used to treat type 2 diabetes, deplete vitamin B12.

“B vitamins have been extensively researched to maintain levels of the compound, homocysteine,” says Dr. Emma Derbyshire, public health nutritionist, Health & Food Supplements Information Service. Homocysteine ​​is an amino acid and high levels are a risk factor for heart disease. “If homocysteine ​​levels rise too much, for example, it can impact the health of blood vessels in the brain, with potential impact on blood flow,” says Derbyshire. “Vitamins may also act as antioxidants in the brain and reduce the risk of inflammation, which may increase the risk of poor brain health.”

However, warns Derbyshire: “Multivitamins are not intended to treat disease, they are intended to help fill nutritional gaps in the diet. In this current study, participants did not have dementia. It may be that micronutrient levels were low in these participants and that the intake of vitamins and minerals helped improve brain health.

5 Healthy Habits Viola Davis Swears By To Look Amazing At 57 Fri, 16 Sep 2022 12:48:38 +0000

Viola Davis is the embodiment of strength, power and beauty. And at 57, she’s never looked better. Davis has always been in amazing shape, but when she signed on for her new movie, The female kingwhich hit theaters on September 16, 2022, she took her health to a new level.

In a recent interview with People Magazine, Davis explains how the movie changed her forever. “I was always muscular and thicker, and I felt like my femininity couldn’t be created with this canvas. And then all of a sudden, with this role, my muscles, my arms, my thick legs , my heavy voice were perfect. I felt shameless about it. I physically celebrated it in every way…sometimes you make a movie and then it’s over. And sometimes you make a film and it changes you a bit. You’re a bit better for it. And that’s how it went for me with training.”

But what did Davis take to train for a role like this at the age of 57? Read on to find out some of the healthy habits Davis has taken up, and for more celebrity insights, check out 7 Eating Habits These Celebrities Swear to Lose Weight and Keep It Off.


When Davis was training for The Woman King, her trainer wanted her and the other women on set to gain more muscle. To achieve this, Davis’ trainer, celebrity trainer Gabriela Mclain, made him eat more throughout the day.

“I didn’t want them to lose too much weight, I wanted them to gain muscle,” Mclain told People Magazine. “So they were eating five meals a day, every three hours. They had to drink a gallon of water a day, and each of them had a different nutrition plan, which I designed.”

It’s hard to say whether or not Davis stuck to eating five meals a day after filming wrapped, but based on what she said about how training for the film “took her a little changed”, she could very well follow this nutritional advice with her.

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Davis earned an Oscar nomination in 2021 for her role as Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. To prepare for the role of the iconic blues singer, Davis ended up putting on some weight. When she started training for The female king, his focus shifted to gaining more muscle and pushing himself to new levels of strength and health. To do this, Mclain asked Davis to follow a cleaner diet.

Mclain told Hollywood Life at the start of 2021 that when The female king training had begun, “Right now she’s in regular viola shape because she works out three times a week…and she’s eating clean and being disciplined.”

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As soon as Davis was done with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottomshe immediately began her goal of losing weight and building muscle to The female king. Mclain told the New York Post that “she led Davis through high-intensity interval training and put her on a high-protein, plant-centered diet.”

Researchers continue to find more and more evidence on the impact of a high-protein diet on weight loss efforts. According to a clinical study by Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Syndromeincreasing your protein levels daily can help you lose weight and also prevent obesity-related diseases.

RELATED: The Most Extreme Things Celebrities Have Done To Lose Weight For A Role

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Functional movements (or functional fitness) are exercises that mimic real-life strength scenarios that your body may need. These exercises also involve multiple muscle groups at once, rather than sticking to just one muscle at a time.

Mclain tells People Magazine that she had Davis and the other cast members of Woman King doing functional moves like these regularly “because the actresses had ‘movement-packed’ days on set.” Because of this, they did things like weight lifting, high intensity workouts, and strength training.

kick boxing

And finally, Mclain had Davis train several times a week, emphasizing a variety of different types of exercises.

Mclain told POP Sugar, “On Mondays we usually do a kickboxing-style cardio workout. Focusing on his punches and kicks… Wednesdays we work on strength, heavy weights, meds. -balls, lots of legs, upper body and still core.” She also adds that on Fridays, the focus is on trying to “build strong, fast legs” with things like resistance bands and ankle weights while kicking.

Velvo’s environmental health program aims to raise awareness of how to take care of the planet Mon, 12 Sep 2022 07:22:51 +0000

During the last years, welfare Business matters in the work environment. Investing in concepts related to employee well-being is considered essential to help increase productivity, improve business results and even take care of the environment.

Velvo has become one of the most important platforms in this space. This company specializing in occupational health and global well-being offers 6 complete programs welfare incorporated. This includes prioritizing not only the mental, nutritional and physical health of employees, but also environmental health, with this pillar focused on designing strategies to preserve the planet.

What is Velvo’s Environmental Health Program?

Currently, various studies support a link between the environment and mental health. One of the most recent was published by the European Environmental Policy Institute and ISGlobal in 2020. This document states Pollution and environmental degradation as two main threats to the mental health of societyExpose nature as an element that contributes to mental well-being.

In this sense, the business environment appears as one of the main promoters of environmental protection. actions like Reduce carbon footprint, properly manage toxic waste and engage employees It is the key for any organization in carrying out sustainable activities and actions to help reduce the impact on the environment.

Velvo’s environmental health program is seen as a strategic ally in these processes. This category of platform offers advice and actions to companies that help take care of the planet. Likewise, it provides the members of an organization with the necessary information to raise their awareness of this aspect. Recommendations and theoretical tools to make business operations a more sustainable process,

Benefits of investing in comprehensive workplace wellness

According to experts, four fundamental factors interfere with human well-being: physical, mental, social and emotional. The balance of these four elements is important Achieve adequate workplace health and help employees feel happy and motivated to accomplish your tasks.

Integrating these four factors is what the Velvo Occupational Health & Wellness Company has focused on. Through its six basic programs, the platform integrates all the elements necessary for its services to increase the involvement of the organization’s associates in each of its projects.

To date, the company has more than 100,000 active users, which has allowed it to consolidate itself as one of the main platforms. welfare Company in the Spanish region.

Artificial sweeteners linked to higher CV event risk Thu, 08 Sep 2022 20:33:31 +0000

Health concerns about the consumption of artificial sweeteners could be heightened by the publication of a new study linking their consumption to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

In this latest large-scale prospective study of French adults, total consumption of artificial sweeteners from all sources was associated with an overall increased risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease.

The study was published online in the BMJ September 7.

The current study differs from those done previously in that it includes intake of artificial sweeteners from both food and beverages, whereas previous studies have primarily focused on the artificial sweetener content of beverages alone. .

“Here, we have quantified for the first time the global exposure to artificial sweeteners. It is not just about beverages, but also the use of table-top sweeteners and other foods containing artificial sweeteners such as yogurts and desserts. This is the first time this information has been correlated with heart disease risk,” said lead author Mathilde Touvier, MD, Sorbonne University Paris Nord, France. | Medscape Cardiology.

Just over half of artificial sweetener consumption in the study came from beverages, with the rest from table-top sweeteners and food.

“We included severe cardiovascular and cerebrovascular clinical endpoints such as heart attack or stroke, and our results suggest that the amount of artificial sweetener in less than a can of soda may increase the risk of such events” , noted Touvier.

“This is a large and statistically significant association that shows the robustness of all models after adjusting for many other possible confounders,” she said.

“There is now a growing body of evidence linking artificial sweeteners to weight gain and heart disease,” she concluded. “My advice would be that we should all try to limit sugar intake, but we shouldn’t consider artificial sweeteners as safe alternatives. Instead, we should try to reduce our need for sweetness in our diets.”

But another leading researcher in the field urges caution in interpreting these results.

John Sievenpiper, MD, Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada, commented | Medscape Cardiology: “This paper shows the same relationship observed by many other large prospective cohorts that model artificial sweetener consumption as baseline or prevalent exposures.

“These observations are well recognized as having a high risk of residual confounding due to behavioral clustering and reverse causation in which cardiovascular disease risk drives people to consume artificial sweeteners as a strategy to mitigate that risk, as opposed to ‘reverse.”

Risk increased by 9%

The present study included 103,388 French adults from the NutriNet-Santé cohort, 37.1% of whom reported having consumed artificial sweeteners. The sweeteners assessed were primarily aspartame (58% of sweetener intake), acesulfame potassium (29%) and sucralose (10%), with the remaining 3% consisting of various other sweeteners including cyclamates and saccharin.

The results showed that over an average follow-up of 9 years, the consumption of artificial sweeteners was associated with a 9% increased risk of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events, including myocardial infarction, acute coronary syndrome, angioplasty, angina pectoris, stroke or transient ischemic attack, with a risk ratio of 1.09 (95% CI, 1.01 to 1.18; P = .03).

The average consumption of artificial sweeteners among those who reported consuming them was 42.46 mg/day, which corresponds to approximately one individual sachet of table-top sweetener or 100 ml of diet soda.

“We don’t have enough evidence to determine a harmful amount of artificial sweetener, but we showed a dose-response association, with a higher risk of cardiovascular events with higher consumption,” Touvier said.

“The higher consumption in this study was an average of 77mg/day of artificial sweetener, or about 200ml of soda – just slightly less than a standard can of soda,” she added.

The absolute incidence rate of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events among heavy users was 346 per 100,000 person-years versus 314 per 100,000 person-years among non-users.

Further analysis suggested that aspartame consumption was particularly associated with an increased risk of cerebrovascular events, while acesulfame potassium and sucralose were associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

Study Highlights

Touvier acknowledged that dietary studies, which typically rely on individuals self-reporting their food and beverage intake, are always difficult to interpret. But she said this study used a more reliable dietary assessment method, with repeated 24-hour dietary records, which were validated by interviews with a trained dietitian and against blood and urine biomarkers.

And while residual confounding cannot be ruled out entirely, she pointed out that the models were adjusted for a wide range of potential sociodemographic, anthropometric, dietary and lifestyle confounders.

Touvier also noted that cases of cardiovascular disease in the first 2 years of follow-up were excluded to minimize bias caused by people who may have switched to artificial sweeteners due to a cardiovascular issue.

“While this study has many strengths, it alone cannot prove a causal relationship between artificial sweetener and increased cardiovascular risk,” she added. “We need health agencies to review all the literature in the area. This is another important piece of evidence, however.”

Touvier says that while observational studies have their problems, they will form the evidence base on the health effects of artificial sweeteners.

“Randomized studies in this area can only really look at short-term outcomes such as weight gain or biomarker changes. So we’ll have to use observational studies along with experimental research to establish the evidence. That’s what happened with smoking and lung cancer.This link has not been established by randomized trials, but by the accumulation of observational and experimental data.

Different artificial sweeteners may be better?

Commenting on the study of | Medscape CardiologyKim Williams Sr, MD, University of Louisville, Kentucky, pointed out that this study included artificial sweeteners that increase insulin or decrease insulin sensitivity, and insulin spikes increase obesity, resistance to insulin, hypertension and atherosclerosis.

“There are safer artificial sweeteners, which do not raise insulin much or at all, such as erythritol, yacon/yacon root syrup, stevia root, but they have not been included in the analysis,” added Williams.

Also commenting for | Medscape CardiologySievenpiper explained that most studies of artificial sweeteners look at their consumption in isolation without considering how they compare to intake of the sugars they are meant to replace.

“The comparator is important because no food is eaten in a vacuum,” he said.

To address this issue, Sievenpiper and colleagues recently published a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort study evidence that shows that if exposure to artificially sweetened beverages is modeled as a replacement for sugary beverages, they are therefore associated with less coronary heart disease. , cardiovascular mortality and all-cause mortality.

On the other hand, if the exposure to artificially sweetened beverages is compared to water, no difference in these results was observed.

“These observations are more biologically plausible, robust and reproducible and consistent with evidence for the effect of artificial sweeteners on intermediate risk factors in randomized trials,” notes Sievenpiper.

His group also recently published a review of randomized studies showing that, compared to sugary drinks, drinking artificially sweetened drinks was associated with small improvements in body weight and cardiometabolic risk factors without evidence of harm.

“I think the context provided by these studies is important, and taken together, the totality of the evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners are likely to be a useful tool in sugar reduction strategies,” Sievenpiper concludes.

This study was funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the French National Cancer Institute, the French Ministry of Health, the IdEx Université de Paris Cité, the 2021 Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation Research Prize. The authors have not disclosed any relevant financial relationships.

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Treating fatty liver disease requires lifestyle changes Tue, 06 Sep 2022 22:02:13 +0000

By Mary Beth Lemley

Grillo Information Center

Q: I know a few people who have been diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. What is it and how is it treated?

A: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the buildup of extra fat in liver cells that is not caused by drinking alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption is a common cause of fatty liver disease, so the term NAFLD is reserved for cases not associated with alcohol.

There are two phases of NAFLD: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. NAFL is characterized by excess fat in the liver but little or no inflammation or damage to the liver. Most people with this disease have no symptoms. But in a small subset of people with NAFL, the disease progresses to NASH, which is defined by inflammation and damage to the liver. At this stage, some people experience symptoms such as pain and swelling in the upper right abdomen.

The risk of developing NAFLD is higher in people who are obese, diabetic or prediabetic, or have high blood pressure. This condition is most commonly found in Hispanics, followed by non-Hispanic whites and Asian Americans. NAFLD occurs in children, but is most commonly seen in middle age. In the United States, 10-20% of the population has NAFL and 2-5% has NASH.

The cause of NAFLD is unknown. Metabolic syndrome (a group of metabolic disorders), high fructose diets, and genetic factors are all being studied to find out how they might be involved in causing this condition.

When liver function tests show high levels of liver enzymes in the blood, NAFLD may be suspected. Imaging tests such as ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan may be used to better see the liver. The diagnosis is ultimately based on a liver biopsy.

Complications of NAFLD appear when NASH progresses to even more severe liver damage called cirrhosis. This is a permanent scarring of the liver which can eventually lead to liver failure.

There are currently no drugs approved to treat NAFLD, but many are being studied. The current treatment strategy is to follow a healthy diet to maintain a reasonable weight, control blood pressure, control blood sugar, and manage cholesterol and blood lipid levels. These lifestyle measures can slow, stop, or even reverse NAFLD.

Working with a healthcare provider to achieve these goals improves the outlook and prognosis for NAFLD. All medications (prescription drugs and over-the-counter products) and nutritional or herbal supplements should be reviewed because they can affect liver function and complicate NAFLD.

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There is no life in the body, there is always fatigue? There is a lack of this vitamin, definitely eat this thing Mon, 05 Sep 2022 02:58:44 +0000 We may not be getting the right amount of nutrients in our daily diet, leading to symptoms such as fatigue. Studies conducted by the National Institute of Nutrition showed that seemingly healthy closer 50% of Indian adults lack vitamin B meet. Supplementing with the appropriate multivitamin as prescribed by your doctor can help make up for nutritional deficiencies in your diet.

According to Dr. Pradeep Kumar at Narayana Hrudayalaya, BangaloreIt’s no secret that as we age, our bodies go through many changes. Some changes are very clearly visible while some changes are minor. What are the disadvantages of a vitamin deficiency? Due to its deficiency, bones begin to shrink, muscles weaken, skin becomes dry and loose, and our hair begins to thin.

Who needs more vitamins? According to the doctor, the people most prone to nutritional deficiencies are the elderly, pregnant women and people with malabsorption. Taking certain medications can also increase the risk of nutritional deficiencies. Additionally, people in their 20s and 30s faced nutritional deficiencies due to changes in their lifestyle and eating habits.

Multivitamins Can Cure Diseases

Vitamins and minerals are nutrients that play an important role in our body and ensure that you stay healthy. Taking multivitamin supplements can have health benefits. The main function of multivitamins is to fill nutritional deficiencies in our diet and provide us with nutrients like vitamins A, C, D, E and K and minerals like calcium, magnesium, chromium, zinc, selenium , iron and potassium. .

Benefits of Multivitamins

When it comes to the benefits of multivitamins, taking the right multivitamin provides certain benefits such as boosting energy levels, strengthening your nervous system, and boosting immunity. Even during the pandemic, the importance of certain vitamins and minerals like zinc, which are needed to fight infections and boost immunity, has become known. A deficiency can cause bothersome symptoms such as lack of concentration, fatigue, pain and numbness in the arms and legs.

Vitamin B is very important

The effects of vitamin B deficiency can be enormous as it is needed to help the body absorb energy from food. Apart from this, it is also necessary to keep the nervous system and the skin healthy. Vitamin B9 (folic acid) and vitamin B12 (cobalamin) are needed to make healthy red blood cells, and a deficiency causes anemia.

Zinc is essential for the immune system

Vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B12 (cobalamin) are essential for maintaining a healthy nervous system. Apart from that, minerals like zinc, chromium and selenium are essential for the health of our immune system.

Keep that in mind

However, multivitamins should always only be taken on the advice of your doctor. Not all vitamin supplements are for everyone, sometimes the wrong supplementation can do more harm than good. It is suggested that you have your nutritional supplements checked and take the correct dosage of multivitamins as prescribed by your doctor.

Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It can in no way replace any medication or treatment. Always contact your doctor for more details.

Maximizing nutrition in your emergency food supply Thu, 01 Sep 2022 14:00:28 +0000

Traditional emergency food storage tips typically focus on collecting buckets of wheat, white rice, and canned goods. In a pinch, you could survive with basics like these, but the lack of essential nutrients can have devastating results over time.

In everyday life, we usually get all the nutrients our body needs. Therefore, it is rare to hear about a case of disease caused by nutritional deficiency.

However, in times of crisis, food shortages, and inflation, your emergency pantry may not be enough to maintain optimal health. So it’s time to look at ways to add another layer to your food storage with intensely nutritious foods to fill bellies and improve overall well-being during times of stress.

Make sure you have a fat source; better options for you include coconut oil and ghee. (Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock)

Macronutrients are essential

When building your emergency food storage pantry, consider how you might incorporate macronutrients as a base. Macronutrients are carbohydrates, fats and proteins. While most food storage checklists emphasize carbs (rice, wheat, etc.), neglect the other two at your peril! Carbohydrates are easy to store and inexpensive, but be sure to eat foods high in fat and protein for a more balanced approach.

Protein is an essential macronutrient for maintaining virtually all bodily functions. Canned meat and poultry, a variety of beans, freeze-dried meat, and even protein powder can help ensure you and your family have enough protein if you have to rely solely on food storage.

Including different forms of fat in your food supply is essential for energy, satiety, and overall health. Vegetable oils don’t have a long shelf life – on average, just about a year if unopened and stored in a cool, dark place. They and corn, canola, and safflower oils go rancid faster than healthier oils, making them a contributing factor in the development of cancer. Healthier and equally easy-to-store options include coconut oil, avocado oil, butter, ghee, and tallow. These can have a shelf life of up to five years when unopened and stored in a cool place like a fridge or freezer. In fact, the shelf life of all fats can be extended when stored in one place or another.

The last macronutrient, carbohydrates, plays an essential role in food preservation. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy, so they cannot be neglected. However, it is essential to find carbohydrate sources that provide high levels of nutrients. For example, rather than regular pasta and white flour, stock up on whole-wheat pasta and whole-wheat flour or buy wheat berries and plan to grind your own. This flour contains more fiber, iron, protein, calcium and vitamins B1, B3 and B5.

Consider other whole grains that provide carbohydrates and higher levels of other nutrients. Spelled, amaranth, baby spelled, quinoa, barley and buckwheat are all healthy and nutritious with a long shelf life, perfect for the pantry.

Consider whole grains which provide both carbohydrates and higher levels of other nutrients, such as spelled, amaranth, spelt, quinoa, barley and buckwheat. (JFunk/Shutterstock)

Fermented micronutrients

Micronutrients are an overlooked part of food storage, essential for adding more nutrition and keeping your body functioning optimally. Fermented foods are excellent sources of micronutrients. Home-canned and commercially canned fermented foods are inexpensive and easy to store. Additionally, fermented foods contain healthy bacteria and yeast, which leads to a healthier gut and an improved gut biome.

Kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles are easy to find at grocery stores, but they’re also simple DIY projects. Making them yourself allows you to adjust the seasonings to your liking. Not everyone appreciates a kimchi loaded with red pepper and enough garlic to ward off an army of vampires!

One of the easiest ways to add highly nutritious fermented foods to your pantry is to make your own fermented garlic honey with raw, unfiltered honey and peeled garlic cloves. Honey, bee pollen, propolis and other bee products are fantastic additions to your food storage, with medicinal and culinary uses.

To make fermented garlic honey, combine one cup of honey and one cup of garlic cloves in a large canning jar. Keep the jar lightly capped and stir the mixture daily. You will soon see bubbles in the honey, letting you know that fermentation has begun. In a few weeks it will be fermented and perfect for adding to salad dressings and stir-fries. You can also use it as a home remedy for coughs and to boost immunity.

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Honey, bee pollen, propolis and other bee products are fantastic additions to your food storage, with medicinal and culinary uses. (Dionisvera/Shutterstock)

Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are another good form of micronutrients. Cashews are loaded with iron, macadamia nuts have high levels of vitamin B1, and walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. They are easy to store and versatile.

But like oils, nuts and seeds go rancid quickly. Extend their shelf life by storing them in an airtight container in a freezer or refrigerator, or packing them in a canned jar with an oxygen absorber. Stored in a cool, dark place, the shelf life of nuts and seeds can be extended for several years.

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Sourdough bread uses an easy-to-prepare starter that can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. (Galiyah Assan/Shutterstock)

Powders and Supplements

Nuts and seeds are often ingredients in protein powder, but green vegetable powder is another type of powder you can add to your food stash. Greenery powder is made from seaweed, vegetables, herbs, and fruits, all great sources of antioxidants, minerals, and nutrients. Some brands of greens powder also contain probiotics, another essential for a healthy gut. Look for powders with real ingredients, preferably certified organic, and third-party tested for heavy metals and pesticides. Athletic Greens, Beyond Greens and Greens Blend by Amazing Grass are three reliable brands.

A relative newcomer to this category is Ruvi, a powdered health drink. Ruvi drinks come in four different formulas, all made with freeze-dried fruits and vegetables. This brand contains no sugars, sweeteners, fillers, preservatives or colors. The freeze-drying process preserves the products at their maximum nutritional level. Ruvi is only available for purchase online.

Collagen powder, multivitamins, and supplements that you know are effective and recommended by your healthcare professional add another dimension to boosting and maintaining optimal health.

Bone broth is inexpensive and easy to prepare, and can be canned at home in a pressure canner. (Madeleine Steinbach/Shutterstock)

Home Options

Supplement your well-balanced and highly nutritious pantry by learning how to make a few simple, traditional foods such as sourdough bread and bone broth. Sally Fallon Morell’s Nourishing Traditions book is a great resource.

Sourdough bread uses an easy-to-prepare starter that can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. This type of bread contains forms of gluten and protein that are easier to digest and make it easier for the body to absorb its nutrients. A sourdough starter can be started as quickly as combining equal amounts of any type of flour with water and a teaspoon of sugar or honey. This combination starts the fermentation process, resulting in a bubbly starter that you can use for bread, pancakes, cookies, or any recipe that calls for a starter.

Bone broth is just as easy to make and has many health benefits. It is an excellent source of protein, bioavailable minerals, amino acids, collagen and vitamins. Add organ meat to bone broth while it simmers for even more nutrients and flavor. As a bonus, meat bones are inexpensive and the butcher may even have bones to donate. You can make bone broth at home using a pressure canner.

For sourdough bread and bone broth, find two or three simple recipes and try them. When you find recipes you love, start stocking up on their ingredients. In the case of bone broth, start making multiple batches now, store them at home, and store them at room temperature.

In times of crisis, a healthy body will be your first line of defense.

The personal fitness trainer market share will exceed US$63.8 million, at a CAGR of 4.8% between 2022 and 2032 Tue, 30 Aug 2022 14:30:00 +0000

The United States is expected to dominate the global personal trainer market by 2032. The personal trainer market is expected to grow steadily in the coming years, the number of startups entering the industry is also expected to increase over the period forecast

NEWARK, Del., August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The World personal trainer market size should be worth US$39,740.0 million in 2022, increasing to US$63,800 million by 2032. The demand for personal fitness trainer services is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% between 2022 and 2032.

Due to the growing popularity of personal fitness trainers who provide one-on-one one-on-one workouts that include in-depth physical education and motivation to achieve fitness, the market share of personal fitness trainers is expected to grow rapidly during of the period 2022-2032.

Most personal trainer certifying bodies require a professional trainer to have sufficient skills such as lifestyle and health, chronic disease, exercise programming, and nutritional counseling.

The adoption of personal fitness trainer services is driven by increased health awareness, more money available in developing countries, and the allure of fitness activities. Additionally, rising per capita disposable income and declining unemployment rate are increasing the demand for personal fitness trainers.

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Despite stiff competition from other fitness trainers, the personal trainer market share is expected to grow throughout the forecast period. Additionally, rising obesity rates have spurred fitness programs to encourage people to be more physically active, thereby increasing the adoption of personal fitness trainer services.

The growth of the personal trainer market, on the other hand, is expected to be limited, as personal development is closely tied to discretionary spending. Additionally, due to the high turnover in this field, long-term opportunities for personal trainers may be difficult, which impacts the demand for personal trainers during the projection period.

Key Takeaways from Personal Fitness Trainer Market

  • With a share of 29% in 2022, United States dominates the personal fitness trainer market. The growing number of million-dollar homes, which has led to an increase in the construction of home gyms, is expected to increase the demand for personal trainers.
  • The Asia Pacific The region is expected to have a significant presence in the global personal fitness trainer market.
  • In 2022, Europe It is estimated to make up over 25% of the personal trainer industry. Europe The personal fitness trainer market is expected to grow rapidly due to its high per capita income.
  • The global personal fitness trainer market will likely be led by the exercise instruction segment.
  • The personal fitness trainer market is dominated by health and fitness establishments in terms of end-use industry. Due to increased health concerns, consumers have become more interested in physical activities.

“A rise in consumer interest and spending power is creating great opportunities for key players in the personal fitness trainer market, especially as personal wellness spending increases.” – IMF analyst

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Personal Fitness Trainer Market Competition Landscape

An increase in consumer interest and purchasing power presents enormous opportunity for key players in the personal trainer industry, especially as personal welfare expenditure increases. Simultaneously, the personal fitness trainer industry becomes increasingly crowded, requiring a strategic approach to where and how organizations compete.

GYMGUYZ, Golds Gym and Virtuagym are among the key players in the personal fitness trainer market.

A potential business plan explores opportunities to increase its position in the personal trainer ecosystem. Any acquisition must have a clear strategic rationale and make sense in light of the acquirer’s existing equity, skills and competencies in this technique.

Personal Fitness Trainer Market by Category

By Activity:

  • Connected watches
  • Head-mounted displays
  • Smart clothes
  • Worn in the ear
  • Fitness Trackers
  • Body worn camera
  • Exoskeleton
  • Other

By end-user industry:

  • Fitness and well-being
  • Medical and healthcare
  • Infotainment
  • Industrial and Defense
  • Other

Recent Developments in the Personal Fitness Trainer Market:

  • Icecat, a amsterdamA New York-based technology company that invests in innovative technology companies, has made a new €3 million investment in Virtuagym, a global training technology provider.
  • Core Health & Fitness, a market leader in commercial fitness products, announced a collaboration with newly renamed Nautilus strength center BodyWorld Plymouth.
  • With the acquisition of Mirror, Lululemon acquired a digital offering to complement its core fitness apparel business. He has also experimented with nutrition, mindfulness and exercise programs in stores through studios and community classes.
  • Eugenio Palliscopersonal trainer in Texas and online, is delighted to announce the launch of its new website.

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Things to consider

Personal fitness training requires a different set of abilities, while leading others and running a business requires an entirely different set of abilities. Personal trainers who want a long career in the fitness industry that doesn’t always involve getting up before dawn to work with clients should start developing management and leadership skills to be ready for such opportunities. when they show up.

Finally, as the fitness business expands to meet the needs of an aging population, there will be diverse job prospects for personal fitness trainers who wish to advance to leadership positions such as department manager, general manager, regional manager or even at the executive level.


1. Summary

1.1. Global Market Outlook

1.2. Demand Side Trends

1.3. Supply-side trends

1.4. Analysis of the technology roadmap

1.5. Analysis and recommendations

2. Market Overview

2.1. Market Coverage / Taxonomy

2.2. Market Definition / Scope / Limits

3. Market context

3.1. Market dynamics

3.1.1. Drivers

3.1.2. Constraints

3.1.3. Opportunity

3.1.4. Tendencies

3.2. Scenario forecast

3.2.1. Demand in the optimistic scenario

3.2.2. Demand in Likely Scenario

3.2.3. Demand in the conservative scenario

3.3. Opportunity Map Analysis

3.4. Investment Feasibility Matrix

3.5. PESTLE and Porter’s analysis

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