RHR: Heart Attacks and Red Meat—Correlation or Causation?

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People who eat red meat are engaging in unhealthy behaviors that have led to their gut flora being screwed up in the first place. Those could include eating fewer fruits and vegetables, eating less soluble fiber, fermentable fibers in general, eating more processed and refined flour, and eating more sugar and industrial seed oils. And wouldn’t you know it; we do have studies that show that the average person who eats more red meat—we’re not… Read More

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

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 40, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past The Atlantic recently wrote a story called “When Yogurt Affects The Brain” describing the way that our gut bacteria can influence our emotional and mental health. One theory is that beneficial bacteria stimulate the vagus nerve, which stimulates the production of various brain chemicals and neurotransmitters that play a role in what… Read More

The 3-Step Process to Determining Your Ideal Carbohydrate Intake

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This is a guest post written by staff nutritionist Kelsey Marksteiner, RD. Click here to read her blog or join her newsletter! There’s been a lot of talk about the right amount of carbohydrates to eat lately. Laura Schoenfeld started us off with her article about the possible detriments of eating a low-carbohydrate diet for too long, and Chris Kresser followed this up with his discussion of the common misconceptions people tend to have about… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 38, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past The stress-skin connection is becoming better understood by science. New research shows that the nervous system and stress affect inflammatory skin conditions in humans – something we all understand anecdotally but often forget when trying to treat skin problems like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and more. After all, has a dermatologist ever told… Read More

Is Depression a Disease—or a Symptom of Inflammation?

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The idea that depression and other mental health conditions are caused by an imbalance of chemicals (particularly serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain is so deeply ingrained in our collective psyche that it seems almost sacrilegious to question it.  Of course Big Pharma has played a role in perpetuating this idea. Antidepressant drugs, which are based on the chemical imbalance theory, represent a $10 billion dollar market in the U.S. alone. According to the CDC,… Read More