The data, he notes, clearly shows that those with varying degrees of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease are at high risk of serious Covid. The underlying factor in all these involves stress on blood vessel function, e.g., chronic low grade inflammation, hardening of arteries, high blood pressure, etc. Nutrition and physical activity, he states, are the key to healthy blood vessels. Age is only a factor in that, as people get older, these conditions grow more critical when based on years of unhealthy lifestyle. He underscores that older adults who are lean, eat well, exercise, are at very low risk. Over 50% of Americans suffer from some form of these metabolic maladies —rooted in years of eating junk food, inactivity, food insecurity, etc. In a nutshell, he concludes, this is why the pandemic has been so devastating:
“One of the things that drives me crazy and keeps me up at night is the lack of attention to diet and exercise from the government and society more generally. These small lifestyle changes lower inflammation and increase healthy blood vessels — and could decrease Covid risk.”
Dr. Mozaffarian’s policy proposals include the appointment of a national food nutrition czar, food as medicine integrated into the health insurance system, the teaching of nutrition for disease prevention as the next “moon shot,” the intersection of solutions to structural racism and healthier food systems, etc. We might like to hear more public policy on how food is produced (re: grass-fed, organic/regenerative agriculture), but his promotion of food as integral to our individual and national well-being should be the lodestar. It is well worth listening to this WNYC podcast: The Devastating Overlap of Obesity and Covid-19
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2 1/2 cups milk, preferably certified raw (or almond, coconut or other nut milk, but
raw dairy is most nutrient dense and healing)
3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
4 green cardamom pods, slightly crushed
1/2 inch fresh ginger cut into thin slices
5-6 whole black peppercorns
1 inch cinnamon stick (or 1/4 tsp. ground)
About 1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup, raw honey or other natural sweetener, adjust to taste
Optional: dash cinnamon or cardamom powder on top to serve
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