The difference between you and Tom Brady

No, not money. InsightCity readers are unbelievably wealthy. And not the attractiveness of your spouse. Surveys show you’re partnered with the most beautiful [man, woman, non-binary] person on the planet. It’s diet. According to Tom Brady, his diet makes him what he is today. Here are the basics: Largely plant-based. Avoids dairy (even though he and Gisele B. both had milk mustaches 15 years ago.) Avoids acidic foods such as tomatoes and peppers because—he believes—they promote inflammation. And drinks an UNBELIEVABLE amount of water. In his book, Brady reportedly recommends that you “drink at least one-half of your body weight in ounces of water every day.” You weigh 200 pounds, you drink 100 ounces of water per day. That seems excessive. Just sayin’.

Cure for Type II diabetes

A study by researchers in The U.K. and published in The Lancet have cracked the code for Type II diabetes. Spoiler alert: it’s weight loss. *cue collective groan* Participants in the intervention arm of the study were taken off anti-diabetic and anti-hypertensive drugs and placed on a total diet replacement regimen that amounted to about 825 calories per day. Sounds more like breakfast, amirite? Among the participants who lost at least 15 kg (about 33 lbs.), 86% achieved remission from the disease. In addition, quality of life measures showed improvements in the intervention group and declines among the controls. Let me get this straight… QoL improved in people whose diets were severely messed with? Well, I’m confused.

Big Sugar’s not-so-sweet research practices

Cristin Kearns, assistant professor at the UCSF School of Dentistry, stumbled across a decades-old research paper that shows a link between high-sugar diets and both high triglyceride levels and cancer in rats. But she had to stumble across the study because it was never published in a scientific journal. Oh, I almost forgot…the study was sponsored by the sugar industry. The implication, of course, is that the organization, now called The Sugar Association, buried the findings to avoid likely negative commercial implications. In response, The Sugar Association has stated that the study was never published, in part, because it was significantly delayed and over budget. In other words, they probably wouldn’t have published the study even if a high-sugar diet showed health benefits. As King George once said, “If you buy that I’ll throw the Golden Gate in free.”

Post-turkey feast coma debunked as fake news

Millions of Americans flocked home this week to pretend they like their families just long enough to get some of Mama’s cookin’ and get in a good nap before sprinting off to engage in the true worldwide holiday of Black Friday. Well it turns out we should throw turkeys another pardon for believing they’re the cause of the excessive sleepiness experienced after the feast. Sure, tryptophan is present in turkey meat, and that does convert into melatonin, but it can’t happen without a little help. The true culprit? All those carbs from the mashed potatoes, cornbread, rolls, and mac & cheese you know you splurged on. These basically put tryptophan in the fast lane for conversion into melatonin. Europeans, sorry if you understood none of the last paragraph.

Surprise! You now have high blood pressure

That’s the news 4.2 million Americans woke up to on Monday when the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released new guidelines on what is considered hypertension. Now, if your sphygmomanometer reads 130/80, then your blood pressure is considered high. But the new guidelines aren’t changing much in terms of treatment—the physicians are advising that only about 80,000 more patients will benefit from hypertensive drugs. Those newly within the high blood pressure range are pretty much just being put on notice to change their lifestyle habits. However, nearly everyone can benefit from lowering their blood pressure—here’s 10 ways to do that without medication.

2 keys to productivity

Ahhh, the joys of life in an office. Here are 2 things you can do to boost productivity. First is food-related. According to an article by NBC News, about 40% of us usually eat lunch at our desks. It’s not a great idea BUT if you’re going to do it, they do offer 10 recipes that will maximize your energy. Second is breaks. According to a study published in the journal Cognition (warning, pay wall)—and similar to findings we’ve all heard but need to be reminded of—optimal productivity occurs when working for 52 minutes, followed by a 17 minute break. Yes, that’ll mean more time away from your job but higher quality, more engaged time on your job. That’ll also mean killing the 2-hour meetings. Here’s how you do that. Get to it!