Mindful Eating During Stressful Times

Eating behavior is just one aspect of our lives that has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The psychological stress, alterations in our daily routines, fluctuations in food availability, and even boredom that many people are experiencing right now are all linked in the scientific literature to detrimental changes in eating behaviors, including poor food choices and increased emotional eating. In this short blog post, I will discuss the impact these factors have on our food choices and how mindful eating strategies can help mitigate some of their adverse effects.

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Nutrition, the NLRP3 Inflammasome, and COVID-19

In recent weeks, I’ve been researching SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 for my work as a technical writer within the nutraceutical industry and as a clinical nutritionist. In this time, I’ve delved into the research on how SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) harms the body and found some exciting interrelationships between the virus, it’s effects on inflammatory pathways, and nutrition. In this nerdy blog post, I’ll discuss how SARS-CoV-2 activates the NLRP3 inflammasome, a potent pro-inflammatory network, and how therapeutic foods may attenuate NLRP3 inflammasome activity and its harmful effects on the body.

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Nutrition for Supporting Antiviral Immunity

It is normal to feel overwhelmed during a pandemic as alarming as COVID-19. However, there is no need to feel helpless. There are many steps you can take to support your immune system, and that of your loved ones, during this challenging time.Since many medical professionals have already adequately summed up these steps, I will not reiterate them here. However, what I will do is add on to the existing risk-reduction discussion by talking about how you can optimize your nutrition to support your immune system during this time.

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