Here is The Roundup, Edition 24, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
Recently, a blog called SuppVersity explained that overtraining is a real phenomenon, and that it leads to significant changes in muscle hormones and proteins. The author explains how during the early phases, sympathetic overtraining may feel like being overstimulated, which leads to serious fatigue, episodes of hypoglycemia during (and after) exercise, and other serious consequences including depression, impaired immunity, and muscle breakdown. While exercise is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle, this article makes it clear that overtraining is just as unhealthy as undertraining.
Exercise is a major component of a healthy lifestyle, and the benefits of regular physical activity are well established. However, there are many people who take their physique and physical fitness to an extreme level. Certain styles of exercise take the participant to a state of physical exhaustion on a regular basis, which may do more harm than good. This is unfortunately common among many in the Paleo community, who often participate in high volume, intense training programs.
To learn more about overtraining, including signs, symptoms, and how to prevent this common problem from happening, check out my article from 2012 about why you may need to exercise less.
- Green tea contains the amino acid L-Theanine, which is associated with a reduction in anxiety and also weakens the rise in blood pressure in high-stress-response adults.
- Those who regularly consumed fish or other omega-3 rich food exhibited a decreased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
- Coffee, when consumed in moderation, provides similar hydrating qualities to water.
- Eating at least two servings of seafood per week during pregnancy has beneficial effects on child development, including higher IQ in children.
- Eating a tailored diet based on your blood type (i.e. O+) provides no health benefits, despite a popular naturopathic belief.
- Uncorking the muse: Alcohol intoxication facilitates creative problem solving.
Worth a Look
- Free the Animal explains the evidence that suggests humans have been eating starch for a very long time–even in the Ice Age.
- I don’t agree with Katz on everything, but this is an excellent editorial in response to Gary Taubes’ recent piece in the NY Times.
- Mark Sisson takes a primal look at art therapy.
- Amy Kubal bravely shares her ongoing struggle with an eating disorder.
- HuffPo describes the nine essential habits of the mentally strong.
For the Foodies
- Health Starts in the Kitchen: Creamy Kale Baked Eggs
- 4Pure: Broccoli Soup with Goat Cheese
- Essential Omnivore: Five Spice Butternut Squash
- Ancestralize Me: Ethiopian Beef and Mushroom Stew
- A Calculated Whisk: Saag Paneer
- Cinnamon Eats: Parsnip Fries Two Ways
- Gourmande In The Kitchen: Amaretti Thins
- The Healthy Foodie: Dark Chocolate Mousse