RHR: High Cortisol and Brain Fog

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Cortisol is a steroid hormone released by the adrenals, which sit on top of the kidneys. I’m sure most people listening have heard of cortisol, so I’m not going to go into too much detail. Basically, it’s a stress hormone that gets released in order to manifest our fight-or-flight response in stressful conditions. Another thing that cortisol can do is raise blood sugar if it’s dropped below a safe level, through gluconeogenesis. Then finally, cortisol has… Read More

BPA and Hand Sanitizer: a Toxic Mix With Serious Health Risks?

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Imagine the following scenarios: You go to the gas station and fill up your tank. You use the hand sanitizer next to the pump to clean your hands, then grab the receipt from the payment terminal before getting back into your car. You go for lunch at a fast-food or take-out restaurant. Just before ordering, you use the hand sanitizer positioned near the counter. The cashier hands your order to you with the receipt stapled… Read More

Recipe: Pico de Gallo

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This post is sponsored by the Paleo Recipe Generator, which features over 700 Paleo recipes personalized to meet your unique needs. Type of dish: Condiment, Sauces, Salads Servings: 3 cups Equipment: Large nonreactive mixing bowl Ingredients: 6 roma or plum tomatoes, diced 1 small red onion, finely chopped 4 TB cilantro 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced 1 lime, juiced 1 garlic clove, finely minced pinch of ground cumin pinch of dried oregano to taste sea… Read More

5 Steps to Personalizing Your Autoimmune Paleo Protocol

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This is a guest post by Laura Schoenfeld, a Registered Dietitian with a Masters Degree in Public Health, and staff nutritionist for ChrisKresser.com. Click here to learn more about her nutrition consulting services. The Autoimmune Paleo Diet has been getting a lot of attention lately, even in the mainstream media. Some question if the diet is a legitimate way to manage autoimmune disease, asserting that “a lot of it doesn’t make much biological sense.” Advocates of the diet, particularly Dr. Sarah… Read More

RHR: How to Feed Your Brain

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We could spend many episodes on this, but today we’ll consider basic and therapeutic nutrients to optimize brain health. I’ll also talk a little bit about some other things you can think about with regard to your diet and lifestyle if you’re trying to optimize your brain health and I’ll direct you to some resources where you can learn more about those things. In this episode: 5:36 What Chris ate for lunch 12:50 Micronutrients that… Read More

Pills or Paleo? Preventing and Reversing Acne and Other Skin Problems

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This article is part of an ongoing series comparing prescription medication with a Paleo diet as a means of treating common diseases and health problem. Click here to read the other articles in the series. Over 3,000 distinct types of skin disease have been identified, and skin diseases are extremely common in the industrialized world. Between 79–95 percent of adolescents and 40–54 percent of adults in western societies experience acne. Twenty-five percent have dermatitis, 11 percent have… Read More