The Roundup

Roundup

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

Roundup

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

The Roundup

Roundup

Here is The Roundup, Edition 31, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past While most of us focus on diet and exercise when attempting to get healthier, lose weight and prevent chronic disease, we may be missing an extremely important piece of the wellness puzzle that might completely derail our efforts: adequate, good quality sleep. In an article by BBC News, one professor at Oxford… Read More

Does Eating Red Meat Increase the Risk of Diabetes?

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No matter how often I write articles defending the place of red meat in a healthy diet, there are always people who get bent out of shape whenever a new study is published with a different twist on the same old “red meat is killing us” story. Although I can’t say addressing these (often ridiculous) studies is the most exciting undertaking, I wanted to write about this one because it’s a prime example of the… Read More