A new study (on mice) by UC Riverside found that eating too much sugar and fat in childhood can alter microbiomes for life, even if you eat healthier later in life. An early-life Western diet led to a significant decrease in the total number and diversity of gut bacteria, and while regular exercise positively impacted gut bacteria, a bad early-life diet had more long-lasting effects on the microbiome than early-life exercise. The researchers summarized: “You’re not only what you eat, but what you ate as a child.”
Insufficient sleep (quantity and quality) is a global health epidemic that has serious public health and economic costs. To help tackle this crisis, the GWI has launched a Sleep Initiative, which will uncover the evidence-based strategies that contribute to restorative sleep and how to incorporate these into lifestyles, homes and hotels.
The Initiative is co-chaired by Allison Howard, founder and CEO of Nollapelli, and Francisco Levine, chief business officer of Bryte Labs—and members include Michael J. Breus, PhD; Param Dedhia MD, Canyon Ranch; Thom Downing, athletic trainer; Tammy Pahel VP, Spa & Wellness, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort; Dr. Rebecca Robbins, Harvard Medical School; and JD Velilla, Sr. Director, Sleep Experience & Technology, Tuft & Needle.