Is Refined Sugar Really Toxic?

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So far in this series, I’ve covered a variety of ‘alternative’ sweeteners: natural sweeteners like honey and stevia; artificial sweeteners like aspartame; and sugar alcohols like xylitol. But what about plain old white sugar? And what about the increasingly common industrial sweetener, high fructose corn syrup? These two get a pretty bad rap, even from mainstream media, and although much of their reputation is deserved, there are some misconceptions that I’d like to straighten out.… Read More

Get Your Period Back: 5 Tips For Recovering From Post Birth Control Syndrome

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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 and content manager for ChrisKresser.com. You can learn more about Laura by checking out her popular blog or visiting her on Facebook. One of the downsides of using “the Pill” is that many times it’s hard to get back to a normal menstrual cycle once you stop taking it. Some of my young female clients in their 20s and 30s who were… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 32, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past Last week, The Economist reviewed the much buzzed about book,  by Nina Teicholz. In this book, Teicholz covers decades of nutrition research and government policy, and pokes holes in the major studies that have often been used to justify the American Heart Association’s policy on dietary fat intake. She points out that… Read More

Does It Matter If A Sweetener Is “Natural”?

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The ancestral health community and other heath-conscious bloggers have increasingly embraced natural sweeteners such as honey, stevia, and maple syrup as healthier alternatives to refined sugar. But just how much healthier, really, are these natural sweeteners? In this article, I’ll review the three major “natural” sweeteners typically used by Paleo dieters, and determine whether or not these foods belong in a healthy eating plan. Find out if “natural” sweeteners like honey, stevia, and maple syrup… Read More

Can Quercetin Help Heal a Leaky Gut?

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Digestive health is a hot topic these days. Problems in the gut not only play a large part in digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome or reflux, but the gut has an effect on practically every part of our body. Imbalances in the gut can create rashes, exacerbate joint pain and even cause depression – it’s no wonder we all want to learn how to keep the gut healthy! One of the most pressing concerns… Read More

Important Update on Selenium Supplementation

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A while back I wrote an article on the role of selenium in autoimmune thyroid disease. I summarized several studies which found that selenium supplementation reduced inflammation and damage to thyroid tissue, lowered thyroid antibody levels in the blood, and improved the conversion of T4 to T3. However, I also sounded a note of caution when it comes to selenium supplementation: “These preliminary studies show the positive effects of selenium supplementation on inflammatory activity in… Read More