Steven Psihogios and Wesley Cheng count you down to the final week of the fantasy season, and make the case for Jalen Hurts, Cole Beasley, Leonard Fournette and Logan Thomas as league winners.
Steven Psihogios and Wesley Cheng count you down to the final week of the fantasy season, and make the case for Jalen Hurts, Cole Beasley, Leonard Fournette and Logan Thomas as league winners.
Every day, more people are lining up for the COVID-19 vaccine. Health experts—including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases—warn that getting the population vaccinated for the first time is essential in order to achieve herd immunity. However, in order to sustain it, people will need to be vaccinated regularly. So, after your initial shot and booster, when will be a good time to go in for your second round of immunizations? Don't plan on it being at your next flu shot appointment, instruct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read on to find out what they said about pairing the flu shot or any other vaccines with the COVID vaccine—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. The CDC Advises You Should Not Get a COVID-19 Vaccine and Flu Vaccine at the Same Time"No. You should not get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time," the CDC firmly states as part of new guidance."COVID-19 vaccines should be given alone with at least 14 days either before or after you get any other vaccines, including a flu vaccine," they continue. "This is because there is currently limited information on the safety and effectiveness of getting other vaccines at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine. As more information becomes available, this recommendation may change. Your healthcare provider can help you decide the best vaccination schedule for you and your family."RELATED: If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. FauciOnce You Are Vaccinated, When Will You Need to Get It Again?Unfortunately, the CDC still isn't sure exactly how long immunity from an infection or the vaccine will last. "COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness," they explain. "Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.""Current evidence suggests that getting the virus again (reinfection) is uncommon in the 90 days after the first infection with the virus that causes COVID-19," they point out. "We won't know how long immunity lasts after vaccination until we have more data on how well COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Experts are working to learn more about both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available."In the meantime, it is still crucial to follow Dr. Anthony Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
There's no disputing that bananas are a nutritious food—not only are they an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, and B vitamins, but they're also packed with filling fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants. According to Harvard Health, the American Medical Association may have even named this fruit as the first "superfood" in the early 20th century. All that said, there is such a thing as eating too many bananas, and experts say it's impossible to miss the top warning sign that you're going overboard."The warning signs of eating too many bananas would be the same as eating too much of any food—uncomfortable fullness and digestive discomfort," says Andres Ayesta, MS, RD, CEO of Planos Nutrition.There are several reasons why you might experience some unpleasant GI side effects if you're overdosing on bananas every day. According to researchers at Makerere University, this fruit contains a significant amount of tannic acid, which is harmless in small doses but can cause a number of side effects in large amounts. In the short term, ingesting a lot of tannic acid can cause constipation—and in the long term, it can negatively impact your microbiome (or gut health)."Bananas can be constipating so if you are prone to that, track your symptoms," says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club. "Anyone watching blood sugar or with digestive issues needs to monitor their diets more carefully.Related: Check out these 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.Another factor to consider is that bananas contain a natural sugar alcohol called sorbitol, which can trigger laxative-like effects in your body when you consume a lot of it. Bananas are also packed with soluble fiber, a specific type of carbohydrate that is known to cause gas. When your body starts breaking down both the sorbitol and the soluble fiber together, it produces carbon dioxide, methane gas, and hydrogen—which may result in flatulence, among other uncomfortable GI effects. Particularly among people who are already dealing with digestive issues, eating large amounts of the soluble fiber found in bananas can lead to bloating and constipation."Fruits contain the sugar fructose, which may trigger symptoms in people with IBS," says Ayesta. "However, different people have different IBS triggers, so this is specific to the individual."Additionally, if you haven't been eating a fiber-rich diet, and suddenly started eating a lot of bananas—it takes a lot of work for your large intestine to break down the soluble fiber, and when it gets overloaded, you may experience gas and/or bloating.To be clear, eating bananas on a regular basis shouldn't cause these side effects unless you already have a digestive disorder. Interestingly, bananas—especially less ripe ones—are high in resistant starch, which promotes gut health while also warding off constipation and gas. Still, experts say it's best to eat them in moderation for several reasons."Eating too much of any single food is not a good idea because that means you are missing out on the variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals provided by eating an array of plant foods including fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, seeds, and whole grains," says Harris-Pincus. "I wouldn't recommend more than one banana a day for that reason. If you are eating so many bananas per day you are concerned, perhaps you should cut back."According to Ayesta, the main thing to ask yourself is whether the amount of bananas you're consuming is causing you to exceed your calorie or carbohydrate needs—or miss out on nutrients from other food sources."90% of the calories in bananas come from carbs, and it's important to have sources of protein and fat in your diet as well," he explains. "Also, bananas consumed without including a source of protein and fat as well can cause blood sugar spikes that may make you feel lethargic."For the sake of balance, Harris-Pincus recommends pairing bananas with Greek yogurt and nuts or cottage cheese and chia seeds—that way, you're getting a dose of healthy fat and protein as well.The bottom line? As long as the amount of bananas you're consuming allows you to meet your body's needs, and doesn't cause any noticeable digestive discomfort, then you should feel free to enjoy this superfood on the regular. So keep your portion sizes normal by whipping up one of these 10 Healthiest Banana Recipes.
One of the most common symptoms associated with mild cases of COVID-19 is loss of sense of taste and smell. For some, these senses come back shortly after recovering from the virus, however, for others, it's much longer.In fact, several people reported they have yet to fully regain their sense of taste and smell many months after exposure. If foods are still tasting bland, it can be difficult to find the motivation to eat—which is why people often report that they lose weight while battling with COVID-19. (Related: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now).However, if you're struggling to get your appetite back, know that you're not alone. New York Times California restaurant critic and columnist for The New York Times Magazine, Tejal Rao, recently wrote an article revealing the one flavor she attributes to reviving her desire to eat. Her secret? The classic Sichuan flavor, mala.Mala, which translates to numbing and spicy, is the flavor that results from a mixture of Sichuan peppercorns and chiles. If you've never had the pleasure of trying Sichuan peppercorns, it's an experience, to say the least. I actually tried one myself at the now-closed Brooklyn Cider House in Bushwick, and I can still vividly remember the sensation two years later.Upon biting into the peppercorn, I remember it tasted quite bitter, almost piney, then my tongue started tingling until it went completely numb. My mouth soon became overwhelmed with a comfortable, sustained heat. After a few minutes, the sensation finished with notes of citrus. It was by far one of the most bizarre yet pleasant, and exciting flavor profiles I have ever tasted.While I have not had COVID-19, I can understand how a dish with this ingredient in the mix could reignite one's senses. That odd feeling of electricity buzzing on the top of your tongue comes from a molecule found in Sichuan peppercorns called, hydroxy-alpha sanshool."My brain was incapable of interpreting the delicious information floating around me, unable to detect, let alone identify, any of the aromas I took in through my nose. Without smells to guide me, my sense of taste faded and food flattened out, going gray and muted, dull and lifeless," Rao wrote in her article for The New York Times Magazine.She described the mouthfeel of cheese as that of rubber and paste and popcorn as "thorny foam." Then, when she had mapo tofu and boiled fish flavored with mala, it awoke her senses, saying it, "made me aware of the blood rushing through my face.""It reminded me that I was still alive. And that was enough. I could taste with some dimension, in color, with exhilaration. Or at least, despite the anosmia, I could feel as if I were tasting," Rao wrote.If you're still struggling to regain your sense of taste and smell, perhaps it's time to get your hands on some mala and give your taste buds something new to work with.For more, be sure to read How Coffee Can Help You Find Out If You Have COVID and 5 Grocery Store Items That Help You Combat COVID.
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The COVID-19 infection rate is finally starting to drop after a particularly brutal holiday season and people are lining up across the country to receive the highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine. However, it isn't quite safe to let your guard down yet. While hope is on the horizon, herd immunity in the United States is still not yet a reality and will not be for some time. During an interview with CNN's New Day, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed exactly when a sense of normalcy will return. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 The Bad News: This New Highly Infectious Variant Is Spreading Dr. Fauci says that the new, highly infectious variants that were first identified in the UK are in the United States are not yet dominant. "We do have variants in this country right now. The UK variant is in several states. It has not become dominant," he says. However, it could be "a possibility," he admits. "It might. That is why you have to watch it carefully in January and February and really take a good look." 2 The Good News: Cases Are Plateauing Dr. Fauci does point out that things have taken a turn for the better after the holiday season. "The good news about all of this is that we are seeing a plateau in the number of cases," he says. "As we do that doesn't mean that all of a sudden everything is going to even off, because we're still going to have a lot of hospitalizations even though they tend to be plateauing and coming down and we will still have a lot of deaths. What we're hoping is that as we come to the end of January, we'll start to see that plateau and things will go down."However, the new variant could negatively impact this positive trend. "We all realize, there's a possibility that with the variance here, we may have a dominance of those strains that tend to transmit more efficiently," he points out. 3 When Will Herd Immunity Be Achieved? Dr. Fauci explains that we are still nowhere near herd immunity, urging the importance of continuing to "uniformly adhere to the public health recommendations that we have spoken about time and again, from the wearing of masks to the washing of hands, to avoiding congregate settings. That's the kind of thing that prevents surges, regardless of what the type of virus, the mutant virus, or what have you, is there that together with an increase in the rollout of vaccines is the thing that we should be concentrating on," he says. As for the timeline of when we will reach a point where COVID-19 will be relatively suppressed, he explains that it depends on the level of vaccination. He also points out that once it is achieved, it needs to be maintained. "When you talk about what the real level is going to be of herd immunity, you don't know that until you are in a situation that when people get below that level you start to see the uptick," he says. "That is the reason why we can pretty accurately say what it is for measles. We have been in situations where you have completely suppressed measles and then all of a sudden there are certain groups in the country that diminish their vaccination rate and you get outbreaks of measles." 4 Dr. Fauci Hopes We Can Return to Normal By Fall "We're not there yet with regard to accurate calculations regarding SARS-CoV-2, but you can make an estimate," he continues. "And that's the reason I have said all being modest that we don't know the exact number that is probably somewhere between 70 and 85% of people and I think when you get to that level, which I hope we will with our vaccination program, that in fact we will achieve herd immunity in a reasonable amount of time. Hopefully, that will be as we enter into the fall and end of the summer."RELATED: If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. Fauci 5 How to Stay Healthy During the Pandemic So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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In 2013, Chris Jordan, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, ACSM EP-C/APT, an elite exercise physiologist with experience training armed forces who is currently the director of exercise physiology at the Johnson&Johnson Human Performance Institute, created a simple bodyweight exercise routine that instantly took the fitness world by storm. It was called the "7-Minute Workout," and the instructional app containing variations of the routine—complete with videos of Jordan himself offering stern instruction and demonstration—swiftly became one of the most-downloaded fitness apps on the market.The 7-Minute workout preached the benefits of a type of training that was quickly gaining in popularity at the time: high-intensity interval training, or doing short bursts of really intense exercise split up by short periods of rest. Though the mechanics of HIIT were actually nothing new—elite athletes have been doing several versions of it since the 1930s—the routine promised something truly incredible to busy, working Americans everywhere: Yes, you can get fitter faster—in less than 10 minutes!—and you can do so in any basement or hotel room, using only the weight of your body, a wall, and perhaps a chair. Jordan published the compelling findings of his research on the benefits of the 7-Minute Workout in the American College of Sports Medicine's Health&Fitness Journal, and a phenomenon was born.For anyone who has tried the 7-Minute Workout and may have found it too difficult to complete, Jordan just released a newer and "gentler" variation of it: The Standing 7-Minute Workout. The idea behind this new version, as Jordan explained to The New York Times, is to make the 7-Minute Workout more accessible to as many people as possible, including "my triathlete elder brother and my 82-year-old mother."RELATED: 15 Underrated Weight Loss Tips That Actually WorkIn this version, as the name suggests, he eliminates all of the exercises that may cause strain on the person's body by having them drop to the floor, including more difficult moves such as planks, pushups, and crunches. "Like the original workout, the standing workout includes exercises for cardio fitness, the lower body, the upper body, and core muscles—in that order," explains the Times. "Each exercise lasts just 30 seconds with just five seconds of rest in between. To get the most out of the workout, do each exercise at relatively high intensity—about a 7 or 8 on a scale of 1 to 10."You can view a video of Jordan explaining and demonstrating the workout here.If you have doubts that you can burn fat by exercising in such a short amount of time, Jordan has plenty of science to back him up. "When it comes to the immediate health benefits of this sort of high-intensity exercise, it's all about blood sugar," Timothy Church, Ph.D., a professor of preventive medicine at Louisiana State University, explained to Men's Journal. If you're jumping rope or running sprints, for example, your body instantly gets to processing your blood sugar, which aids in weight loss, and the stress on your muscles leads to greater conditioning. The benefits simply compound from there."As with other forms of exercise, when your muscles grow, they pull on your skeletal system, increasing your bone density," explains Men's Journal. "A lot of new research also shows that interval training triggers the release of macrophages and killer T cells, boosting the body's immune function for hours after your last pushup or pullup."As your fitness grows, know that you can perform these exercises for longer periods of time than 7 minutes—but we're not talking about hours. Ten, 15, or 20 minutes is plenty of exercise, as LSU's Church told Men's Journal. After all, think of all of the weight lifters who do their sets, and then simply walk around the gym staring at the clock, their heads bobbing to music. "Most people are really doing hard work for only 15 to 20 minutes anyway," he said.For more great weight loss advice, make sure you're aware of The One Workout That Drives 29 Percent More Fat Loss, According to Science.
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A beloved beverage that Coca-Cola dropped from its portfolio last year is making a comeback under new ownership and a new name.Zico coconut water was discontinued amid Coca-Cola's significant product cuts last year, but has now been bought back by its original creator, Mark Rampolla, and his company PowerPlant Ventures, for an undisclosed sum, reports Food Business News. Rampolla founded Zico Beverages LLC in 2004 and ended up selling the brand to Coca-Cola in 2013, at the height of the coconut water craze. (Related: Grocery Shortages To Expect in 2021, According to Experts.)But, the demand for coconut water has been on a steady decline over the last decade, and Zico was never able to close the gap between it and the leading competitor in the field, Vita Coco. Still, Rampolla believes his product, and the category at large, still enjoy substantial popularity with health-conscious consumers."I respect the decision of Coca-Cola to focus on other elements of their beverage business," he said, according to Food Dive. "I still have a lot of love for Zico, and I know consumers do, too. We are thrilled to acquire the company and thankful for the support from Coca-Cola."This will mark a new beginning for the Zico brand, which will be returning to grocery stores under the name Zico Rising. Rampolla told The Wall Street Journal he plans to re-establish Zico's partnerships with retailers and ramp up production to ensure there are no hiccups in the supply chain."2021 is going to be about making sure we've got the right foundation," he said, hinting that it may be a little while before the new, rebranded product hits grocery store shelves.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest grocery news delivered straight to your inbox.
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