Here is The Roundup, Edition 35, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
The New York Times recently wrote a story about “vamping” teenagers, a new trend where teens stay up all night using social media, surfing the web, and messaging friends. It’s unsurprising that this is such common behavior amongst young people, considering how so many teenagers have smartphones, laptops, and televisions in their rooms with no way for parents to control their use. In fact, more than half of teenagers are seriously sleep deprived, thanks to technology, social media and overfull schedules—and the consequences are profound.
While staying up late may not be a new trend for teens, the use of brightly lit screens late at night may be even more detrimental than simply staying up and reading a book or talking on the telephone. As I’ve written before, the effect of blue light exposure at night not only disrupts the sleep cycle and our circadian rhythm entrainment, but can also increase the risk of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer, as well as the risk of mental illness. Starting this behavior even earlier in life can only cause these health even sooner.
Clearly this trend is unhealthy for a myriad of reasons, and responsible parents should feel vindicated in nipping the behavior in the bud. What are you doing to help your children get enough sleep?
- Men who carry mobile phones in their pocket have reduced sperm quality. Time to get a “man purse”!
- A study shows that getting more sleep, and higher quality sleep, boosts fat loss in people who are already dieting.
- A randomized control trial shows that free-range chickens taste better than conventional. But I didn’t need a study to know that!
- Statins may impact sperm quality. This is vital to know if you’re trying to conceive.
- This meta-analysis suggests that low-calorie sweeteners probably don’t promote obesity.
Worth A Look
- What do autism, epilepsy and autoimmune disease have in common? More than you might think.
- Sign up for this free 6 week course on your gut health – Gut Check: Exploring Your Healthy Microbiome.
- Fruits and vegetables may be healthy not because they prevent stress, but because they cause it.
- A doctor explains the insanity of statins.
- We may think of ourselves as just human, but we’re really a mass of microorganisms housed in a human shell.
- Time Magazine busts the myth that eating before bed is uniquely fat-promoting compared to eating at other times during the day.
- How we hold our arms affects how we run, but probably not in ways that most of us would expect
For the Foodies
- Jessi’s Kitchen: Avocado, Lime and Coconut Smoothie
- Simple 123 Allergy Free: Jicama Pineapple Slaw
- VA Is For Hunter Gatherers: Spiralized Cucumber Dill Salad
- Tia’s Kitchen: Kale Salad with Strawberries, Pecans and Goat Cheese
- Hold The Grain: Spicy Creole Pulled Pork
- Foraged Dish: Harissa Goat Shanks with Carrots, Tomatoes, and Butternut Puree
- My Clean Kitchen: Tequila Lime Chicken
- Rubies and Radishes: Paleo Ahi Poke
- Paleo Fondue: Fiery Brussels Sprouts
- Home Sweet Jones: Shrimp Curry Shirataki Noodles
- Nourish & Adore: Raw Coconut Lime Cream Pie
- Cook Like A Cavewoman: Dark Chocolate Pina Colada Bites
- Almost Bananas: 3 Ingredient AmazeBalls