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🧊 The Plunge - November 29, 2023

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Clarity on staying healthy and happy arrives every day, from all corners of the globe. The Plunge brings you the information you always wanted: current, clear-cut answers from the world's leading scientists and creators.



The Digest

Be Someone People Will Mourn

We're always workshopping here at The Plunge. Today is new little feature, The Digest, a video series talking through recent thoughts and their impact on healthspan.

There's far more to being healthy and happy than eating right and exercising. I, for one, constantly struggle to maintain a positive mood up while staying physically fit. This is a bit of a journal for myself, though I think many of the thoughts that run circles in my head are finding some time in yours.

I hope you enjoy. If so, subscribe on YouTube as these videos are likely to come more than once a week. And of course, let me know what you think by replying directly to this email!

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TECH

Sundose: Personalized Supplements

Sundose is a personalized nutrient company giving us a glimpse at the future of supplementation, and perhaps nutrition. Based on an in-depth survey and (optionally) blood tests, the company sends a monthly pack of 30 daily supplement sachets. The composition is based on health condition, medications, and health exclusions while focusing on your goals, from immunity to pregnancy support to daily energy.

At ~$9.00/day, it's not cheap, but perhaps that's the price to supplement properly. The company began with support for professional athletes and has since moved outward to the general public. For me, it's a look at what kind of personalization we can begin to expect from products, especially those going into our bodies. Supply chains are becoming cheaper and research is becoming clearer. We're all different, why should we expect everything we consume to be the same?

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RESEARCH

Semaglutides for Addiction

A study this week reported a significant decrease in Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in patients that were using semaglutides to manage weight loss. These therapies, such as Ozempic, have taken off in popularity over the last 24 months and shown promise for the western world's most pressing health issue, obesity. The six participants in the study showed marked improvement in their alcohol issues after receiving the semaglutides, suggesting they could potentially be used as a treatment for addiction.

The findings suggest a similar location in the brain that desires food, alcohol, and perhaps more. Addiction impacts millions, if not billions, of people globally and this finding maybe a step toward freeing the bondage of a host of problematic externalities. Further randomized clinical trials should bring into focus just how effective these drugs may be.

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Work Addiction and Negative Moods

A study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology revealed that workaholics generally have a worse mood than others, even during work, which is their primary passion. The study, conducted across several universities in Italy, finds similarities between workaholism and other addictions like gambling or alcoholism.

The study looked at the work dependency and mood of 139 full-time workers. Unaffected by time or workload, the individuals maintained a consistently negative mood throughout the day, an emotional flattening common in other addictions. Women tended to be more affected, perhaps due to conflicts in their perceived role in life. It's a reminder of the importance of disconnection and thoughtful recovery from the workplace.

​EurekaAlert​

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Surfing for the Mind (and the Economy)

Surfers know what's up, and we ought to pay attention. A study of surfing on the Gold Coast, Australia puts surfing's mental health benefits at over $1 billion annually, a massive portion (57-74%) of surfing's total economic value in the area. The study compared surfing's mental health value to that of national park visits. While not absolutely complementary, it's nice to think that instead of pushing your child to the park, you might get them a new board and head for the shores. These results don't include the physical health benefits of hanging ten, and yet still estimate the global value of surfing's health benefits between $380 billion and $1.3 trillion. The researchers believe this should push political action to conserve our shores, for our minds and our wallets.

​Nature​


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