I have noticed several commonalities among patients with vitamin B12 levels <400 pg/mL. In addition to fatigue, paresthesias, and decreased concentration, these patients also have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The IBS symptoms typically improve after supplementation. I am not able to find any documentation in the literature that supports or explains this improvement in the bowel function. — Melissa Garrison, ARNP, Sun City Center, Fla.
A literature search found nothing on IBS and vitamin B12. Interestingly, my research showed that the relationship between B12 deficiency and bowel function was the reverse of what was suggested. Vitamin B12 deficiency is common in patients with celiac or Crohn’s disease, two bowel disorders that decrease absorption of vitamin B12.
IBS is a functional bowel disorder, meaning that symptoms occur despite all test results being normal. Since the demand for B12 increases whenever cells are rapidly turning over (common during periods of damage or healing), I would want to know that patients were fully evaluated for their bowel symptoms prior to receiving the diagnosis of IBS. — Rebecca H. Bryan, APRN, CNP (153-07)
What should we be eating to help us resist the coronavirus?
The COVID-19 pandemic, and our efforts to flatten the curve, present major challenges to people living in Nevada, and the world. Food and nutrition are key issues, as many people are looking for ways to boost their immune systems to fend off and fight the virus. David St-Jules is an assistant professor at the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources who researches how nutrition affects various diseases and medical conditions. He offers the following advice to the public on how diet can, and cannot, help combat COVID-19.
Our current attitudes and beliefs toward healthy eating are largely shaped by nutrition research and marketing designed to address the long-standing epidemics of obesity, and obesity-related chronic diseases in the U.S., not deal with infectious diseases such as COVID-19. When faced with the threat of a currently untreatable, potentially fatal disease, it is common for us to look to diet for a potential cure. However, we must realize that foods and supplements are not drugs, and diet is necessarily limited in what it can achieve. Arguably the best thing that people can do to help combat coronavirus is to follow the evidence-based guidelines for healthy eating designed to provide adequate nutrition, including adequate nutrition to help ensure our immune systems are properly functioning. Here are some clarifications surrounding our efforts to fend off COVID-19 with our food and nutrition choices.
Can I get infected from food?
- Current evidence indicates that the coronavirus is primarily transmitted person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced through coughing and sneezing.
- No evidence supports the transmission of coronavirus from food or food packaging. Although the virus may be transmitted from surfaces and objects through contact with the mouth, nose, and eyes, this is not thought to be the main route of transmission.
Are there specific foods and nutrients that will reduce my risk of infection?
- Yes and No.
- Yes – Nutrients are required in adequate amounts to support our body functions, including those that help our immune system to work properly and help protect us against viruses such as the coronavirus. Nutrient deficiencies can therefore impair our immune system., but there is no evidence that nutrient excess will enhance our immune system.
- No – There is no evidence that specific foods or nutrients prevent viral infections such as COVID-19 in healthy adults who are meeting their daily nutrient needs.
What can people do from a diet perspective to reduce the risk of harm from COVID-19?
- Follow the USDA MyPlate food recommendations. The USDA’s MyPlate is the current nutrition guide designed to provide the required amounts of essential nutrients for healthy adults and children. To prevent nutrient imbalances (deficiency or toxicity), people are advised to consume the recommended balance of food groups and choose a variety of foods within each food group.
- Beware of misleading claims. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission have already issued warning letters to numerous companies for claims related to COVID-19 – claims regarding foods, test kits, vaccinations, pills, potions, lotions, and more. People should be wary of unsubstantiated claims related to improving immune function. More information on coronavirus scams, what the Federal Trade Commission is doing about them, and what you can do to avoid falling prey to them be found on the Federal Trade Commission’s website.
What about supplements?
- By design, dietary and herbal supplements are not required to show that they are safe or effective (that would be drugs), nor are they able to claim the ability to prevent, treat or cure a disease (that would also be drugs). But, supplement manufacturers can craft messages that imply health benefits such as, “boosts immunity,” and consumers often interpret these messages to be hard facts. Such claims are not subject to the standard of significant scientific agreement among experts and are not vetted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- For most adults, a multivitamin/multimineral supplement is unnecessary and unlikely to provide any additional protection in those consuming the balanced, varied diet recommended in MyPlate.
- Beware of costs. Supplements can be very expensive. Unless you are certain of the benefits, this money may be better spent on foods to support a healthy diet.
- Beware of claims. The potential benefits of supplements are often based on basic research, such as cell culture research and animal studies. Often these effects are not substantiated by more in-depth scientific research on humans, and therefore these effects are not known to translate to humans.
- Beware of unintended consequences. Taking a given supplement can have multiple effects on our bodies, including effects with negative consequences. For example, we know that zinc is an important nutrient for immune function, and this could be the basis for an “immune-boosting” claim, encouraging zinc supplements. However, taking too many zinc supplements can reduce the absorption of other nutrients, such as iron, which is also important for immune function. Thus, taking mega-doses of any certain nutrient is not recommended for the general public.
Where are we today?
What we know is that diet is one of the most important factors we can control to improve our health, including our immune systems. Nutrients in food are like fuel for our immune engines, necessary to make them run properly. Putting in excess fuel doesn’t make the engine run better.
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But, it is equally important to recognize: while nutritional science may one day identify specific dietary patterns that will reduce the risk of infection in otherwise healthy, well-nourished adults, the field is relatively young, and we simply aren’t there yet. Just because there is a gap in our understanding does not mean that we should fill it with foods or supplements that have undemonstrated benefits, and uncertain consequences.
For now, we need to focus on what we do know, which is that a balanced, varied diet is the best way to supply the nutritional fuel that our immune engines need. No diet will guarantee protection. Plenty of apparently well-nourished people have already been infected. But, nutrient deficiencies can certainly impair our immunity and increase our risk of infection.
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Why Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is used as a natural ointment for wounds of all kinds. It has been hailed as a go-to germ fighter in an age of resistance to conventional antibiotics. Proponents also claim that Manuka honey can treat other conditions from acne to sinus issues.
Manuka honey hasn’t been used very long as a traditional remedy. It’s the product of the New Zealand scrub plant that gives it its name. European honey bees introduced it to the area in the early 19th century. When bees pollinate from this plant, their honey is more potent than standard honey bee honey. This is because it has a higher concentration of methylglyoxal (MGO).
What are the benefits of Manuka honey?
When it comes to superfoods, raw honey is associated with health benefits. Manuka isn’t raw honey, but it is specialized. It’s antibacterial and bacterial resistant. This means that bacteria shouldn’t be able to build up a tolerance to its antibacterial effects.
Manuka honey is said to be effective for treating everything from a sore throat to clearing up blemishes on your skin.
Other purported benefits of honey include:
- helping heal cuts and scrapes
- clearing infections
- easing stomach aches
- improving digestion
- boosting the immune system
- providing energy
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This delicious, smooth and creamy honey contains a minimum of 100mg of MGO™ per kg and is available in 250g, 500g or 1kg jars.
The unique benefits of Manuka Honey are well documented and are scientifically tested. However, it is important to know that the level of methylglyoxal can vary greatly in Manuka Honey, so you want to be sure you know what you’re getting. That is why at Manuka Health we test and certify our MGO™ Manuka Honey to guarantee the level of methylglyoxal present, as indicated on the label.
Enjoy MGO™ Manuka Honey off the spoon, with food such as toast or drizzled over porridge, or add to a hot drink when you are feeling a little under the weather
Please note Manuka Honey is not suitable for children under 12 months.
SUPPORTING EXAM STRESS and Kids going back to School.
Tests and exams can be a challenging part of school life for children and young people and their parents or carers. But there are ways to ease the stress.
Watch for signs of stress
Children and young people who are stressed may:
- worry a lot
- feel tense
- have headaches and stomach pains
- not sleep well
- be irritable
- lose interest in food or eat more than normal
- not enjoy activities they previously enjoyed
- be negative and have a low mood
- feel hopeless about the future
Having someone to talk to about their work can help. Support from a parent, tutor or study buddy can help young people share their worries and keep things in perspective.
Encourage your child to talk to a member of school staff who they feel is supportive. If you think your child is not coping, it may also be helpful for you to talk to their teachers.
Try to involve your child as much as possible.
Make sure your child eats well
A balanced diet is vital for your child’s health, and can help them feel well during exam periods.
Some parents find high-fat, high-sugar and high-caffeine foods and drinks, such as energy drinks, cola, sweets, chocolate, burgers and chips, make their children hyperactive, irritable and moody.
Where possible, involve your child in shopping for food and encourage them to choose some healthy snacks.
Read more about healthy eating for teens.
Help your child get enough sleep
Good sleep improves thinking and concentration. Most teenagers need 8 to 10 hours’ sleep a night. Learn more about how much sleep children need.
Allow half an hour or so for your child to wind down between studying, watching TV or using a computer and going to bed, to help them get a good night’s sleep.
Cramming all night before an exam is usually a bad idea. Sleep will benefit your child far more than a few hours of panicky last-minute study.
Be flexible during exams
Be flexible around exam time. When your child is revising all day, do not worry about household jobs left undone or untidy bedrooms.
Staying calm yourself can help. Remember, exams do not last forever.
The Family Lives website has more about coping with exam stress.
Help them study
Make sure your child has somewhere comfortable to study. Ask them how you can support them with their revision.
Help them come up with practical ideas that will help them revise, such as drawing up a revision schedule or getting hold of past papers for practice.
To motivate your child, encourage them to think about their goals in life and see how their revision and exams are related to them.
Talk about exam nerves
Remind your child that it’s normal to feel anxious. Nervousness is a natural reaction to exams. The key is to put these nerves to positive use.
If anxiety is getting in the way rather than helping, encourage your child to practise the activities they’ll be doing on the day of the exam. This will help it feel less scary.
For example, this may involve doing practice papers under exam conditions or seeing the exam hall beforehand. School staff should be able to help with this.
Help your child face their fears and see these activities through, rather than avoiding them.
Encourage them to think about what they know and the time they’ve already put into studying to help them feel more confident.
Encourage exercise during exams
Exercise can help boost energy levels, clear the mind and relieve stress. It does not matter what it is – walking, cycling, swimming, football and dancing are all effective.
Activities that involve other people can be particularly helpful.
Support group Childline says many children who contact them feel that most pressure at exam time comes from their family.
Listen to your child, give them support and avoid criticism.
Before they go in for a test or exam, be reassuring and positive. Let them know that failing is not the end of the world. If things do not go well they may be able to take the exam again.
After each exam, encourage your child to talk it through with you. Discuss the parts that went well rather than focusing on the questions they found difficult. Then move on and focus on the next test, rather than dwelling on things that cannot be changed.
Make time for treats
With your child, think about rewards for doing revision and getting through each exam.
Rewards do not need to be big or expensive. They can include simple things like making their favourite meal or watching TV.
When the exams are over, help your child celebrate by organising an end-of-exams treat.
When to get help
Some young people feel much better when exams are over, but that’s not the case for all young people.
Get help if your child’s anxiety or low mood is severe, persists and interferes with their everyday life. Seeing a GP is a good place to start.
Some basic rules coming up to exam time
A quiet place to study – A suitable environment to study is important to help concentration levels.
A balanced diet – Good nutrition is essential at any time of year, but especially during exam time. Batch cook some healthy meals and stock up on nutritious snacks. Having some of the student’s favourite dinner to hand is important too.
Omega 3 is essential to fuel the hard-working brain at this time. Keep brain and vision in tip top shape by making sure to top up your good fats daily. Consider taking Cleanmarine® Krill Oil High Strength. It contains 590mg of concentrated, high strength Omega 3 Krill Oil. This concentrated formula of EPA, DHA, Astaxanthin and Choline provides the essential fatty acids required for the normal function of the heart, brain and vision. DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision, the beneﬁcial eﬀect is obtained with a daily intake of 250mg. Also eating 2 – 3 portions of oily fish a week will provides more essential fats for your body. Examples include salmon, mackerel and herring. Easy to cook in steam parcels in the oven with garlic, lemon and oil.
A good night’s sleep – Studying all night may seem like a good idea but if your child doesn’t get enough sleep, they are more likely to forget the information or under perform. When your mind is buzzing with exam questions, quotes and scientiﬁc theories, having something to help you switch oﬀ, relax and support deep sleep is a must. Try melissa-dreams which contains all-natural ingredients including the herbs lemon balm (Melissa oﬃcinalis) and Chamomile in combination with selected B-vitamins, Magnesium and the amino acid L-theanine. Magnesium contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue while vitamins B6 and B12 contribute to the normal function of the nervous system. With no drowsiness or side eﬀects the next day, Melissa Dream helps you to wake up rested and full of energy.
Exercise – Even a 20-minute walk will help your child to relax and destress their mind, this will also help oxygenate the entire body.
Stress is the biggest obstacle to overcome. It’s so important to get enough B vitamins in foods like broccoli. Kale, spinach. Getting your 5-a-day is bound to be the least of your worries as exam time approaches; ironically this is when your nutritional and energy needs are at their highest. Make sure you keep your nutrient and energy levels up with One Nutrition® Organic Power Greens. This is a unique combination of nature’s ﬁnest green foods including kale, broccoli, spirulina, wheat grass and barley grass juice powders in a handy capsule or powder to add to your morning smoothie.
Take time out to do something you love such as walking your dog, reading a magazine, chat online to your best friend. Journaling is also therapeutic, to put your thoughts and feelings onto paper. Try family time such as playing a board game to distract your mind from the books for a while.
Don’t forget to celebrate – when the exams are over, go out and celebrate together, hopefully everything will be back to normal by then.
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