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Bone Health

How To Keep Your Bones Healthy On A Paleo Diet

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This is a guest post by Laura Schoenfeld, a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Public Health, and staff nutritionist for ChrisKresser.com. Click here to learn more about her nutrition consulting services. One of the most common concerns of those starting a Paleo diet is that the diet is low in calcium. In fact, this is one of the biggest complaints from conventional medical professionals and dietitians: that by excluding dairy and grains, that we won’t be able to get… Read More

Does Dairy Cause Osteoporosis?

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I do a lot of myth-busting around here, and it’s usually conventional wisdom that crumbles in the face of scientific evidence. But this time I’m actually siding with conventional wisdom, and busting a myth that’s common in the alternative health community. I addressed this topic in-depth on a recent podcast, but it’s such a common question that I decided to write an article on it for easy reference. The myth in question is the idea… Read More

RHR: All About Kidney Stones, Liver Detoxification, and Calcium

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We’re back with another Q&A episode. In this episode, we cover: 1:00 The cause of kidney stones – and what to do about them 16:37 Bioaccumulation of toxins in the body 21:48 Do we need to supplement with calcium? 28:22 Is there a link between dairy consumption and osteoporosis? 36:30 What Chris ate for breakfast (almost forgot!) Links We Discuss Study: Dietary protein intake and renal function Paleo Physicians Network Primal Docs Study: Milk and… Read More

The Acid-Alkaline Myth: Part 1

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Many of you have probably heard of the ‘alkaline diet’. There are a few different versions of the acid-alkaline theory circulating the internet, but the basic claim is that the foods we eat leave behind an ‘ash’ after they are metabolized, and this ash can be acid or alkaline (alkaline meaning more basic on the pH scale). According to the theory, it is in our best interest to make sure we eat more alkaline foods… Read More

Calcium Supplements: Why You Should Think Twice

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I’ve made the argument before that some supplements may be necessary even within the context of a nutrient-dense, whole-foods diet. Some nutrients are challenging to get through food alone, especially if you’re not digesting food optimally or you’re struggling with a disease that increases your need for particular nutrients. I routinely recommend supplements to many of my patients, and have seen the benefits of proper supplementation in my own life as well. That said, there… Read More

Dairy: food of the Gods or neolithic agent of disease?

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One of the most contentious issues in the Paleo nutrition community is whether dairy products are health-promoting or disease-causing. On one end of the spectrum you have Loren Cordain and his group, who claim that dairy is not fit for human consumption for two reasons: 1) because it’s a neolithic food and not part of our evolutionary heritage, and 2) because of proposed physiological mechanisms by which dairy causes harm when consumed. On the other… Read More