Nutrition Trivia with Dr. Merrill

Nutrition Trivia with Dr. Merrill

Here at Nightlight Chiropractic, we’re here not to help not only your spine but your overall wellness. Every once in a while, I will go combing through it because the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has all kinds of topics that are relevant to you. Why is it relevant to you? Because you eat food, right?

If you’re eating food, you can wait for the research to come out, the different organizations or governments to spin that research or give you their version of that research, or you can read the study yourself so that you have some say in what’s going into your body and it, whether it’s good or bad or how it should all play out. I dove into the research and came up with some exciting nutrition trivia to help you make better choices.

Beer, Liquor, and Hangovers

We’ve all heard the phrase: “Beer before liquor never been sicker” or some such phrase. So in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, this came out, and it was, what causes a hangover? Is it true if it is beer before liquor or liquor before beer or wine, there was research in there?
Do you think which liquor or type of alcohol you drink first causes the hangover? The answer is in a research article in the most recent edition of this journal. And they studied this. They took 90 participants about 23 years old, anywhere from 20 to 40. And they had them drink. They had them drink these different alcohols first and last and see who got these other hangovers. And they gauged that based on thirst, headaches, and vomiting. They found that no matter what you start with, once your blood alcohol gets up there, what’s going to happen is the same, regardless. It doesn’t matter what you started with. If your blood alcohol goes up and you don’t drink enough water, you’ll be dehydrated and get that hangover.

Does Eating at Night Make You Fat?

It turns out that the timing of when you eat, relative to when you go to sleep, is essential, but relative to the hour on the clock, not necessary. People who are overweight end up eating more calories within about an hour of their melatonin forcing them to go to sleep. If you’re eating closer to bedtime, you’re more likely to gain weight. So you want to make sure that you’re not eating closer to sleep, whatever that may be. Maybe you’re a night owl, and you stay up until 4:00 AM, but as long as you’re not eating all of those calories at 2:00 and 3:00 AM, it’s not going to turn out to make you fat. And that’s what they found in the research. If you’re eating close to when you fall asleep, wrong; if you’re eating late at night, it doesn’t change anything, does not make you gain weight.

Does Vitamin D Affect Obesity-Related Inflammation?

The Journal published an article on Vitamin D does not affect obesity-related inflammation. And why is this important? Because this was one of the few journal articles I read today that talks in the negative. So they went in there thinking that vitamin D would protect against the inflammation with obesity, and it turns out that it doesn’t, right? So I love seeing negative research sometimes because basically, the researcher went in there with one idea, they came out saying, Nope, not that. And you don’t see as much of that research because it gets buried. Like the researcher is too proud to let that research come out.

The researchers went in there thinking that you could still have this adipose tissue, this fat tissue, that’s inflammatory, but you could take vitamin D and make some of the inflammation and pain and harmful side effects of that go away. The problem is the adipose tissue. When we have this terrible tissue on us, it is very inflammatory, which works against you in many different ways. And what you should be thinking is not to find the magic pill to fix some of those as ways, the magic pill is to reduce that fatty tissue, it’s to lose the weight, that way you don’t have to worry about all the other things that come along with that adipose tissue.  Vitamin D does a variety of other things. You must have your vitamin D levels checked. You must make sure that your vitamin D levels are in that normal range, or that good range because it will protect you from a lot of other things.

Is Eating Eggs Every Day Good For You?

This study looked at 177,000 people in 50 different countries on six continents to ask: “Is eating eggs every day good for you or bad for you?” They used various markers, but they used a ton of different people in a ton of different settings to look at this research. About 20 years ago, they said eggs are bad for you, right? They have cholesterol. Cholesterol is bad for you. Eating cholesterol might raise your cholesterol, but it turns out it doesn’t. Eggs are really good for you every morning, so go ahead and have them every day. You can cook an egg a hundred different ways. I mean, do it. It’s better for you than cereal.

ADoes Too little potassium cause leg cramps at Night

You may have heard that if you get leg cramps at night, it’s caused by too little potassium, so you should eat a banana. If you look at the research, if you look at the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, what they said is that it could be from too little potassium, or it could be from too much potassium. Or it could be from completely unrelated sources, like magnesium, dehydration, or a combination of the two. It can be related to a cardiovascular problem.
One of the things that I recommend for all these people who get leg cramps at night is drinking water before bedtime. If you’re dehydrated a little bit at night, you will get those leg cramps. Also, before bed, make sure to do some stretching. You increase blood supply and minerals to the area when you stretch, resulting in fewer leg cramps.

These answers came straight from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and some of their research there. If you are ever interested in some of that research, I highly recommend you check it out. A lot of it is open source and easy to read, and you might find some helpful information there for you or somebody you might know. As usual, we are here at Nightlife Chiropractic in downtown Orlando, so if you ever need us, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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About Dr. Merrill

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Dr. Andrew Merrill is a passionate active clinician and owner of Nightlight Chiropractic Orlando where him and his team treat hundreds of patients each month. With a strong background in exercise science from Stetson University, clinical skills from Palmer College of Chiropractic, and continued postdoctoral training in spinal disc injuries and clinical nutrition, Dr. Merrill is very well versed in the healthcare landscape. With topics ranging from "what to do for common ailments" to "why the medical system is failing you" Dr. Merrill and this blog in particular aim to keep readers up to date on what the research shows and how you can put it into practice NOW to keep yourself healthy for a lifetime.