The Roundup - Edition 37
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The Roundup

by Chris Kresser

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 37, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the longstanding, international debate over salt and sodium guidelines and whether or not our current targets are set too low for optimal health. A new study came out recently in the New England Journal of Medicine supporting the belief that cutting back on sodium too much actually poses health hazards, including premature death. This study found that those who consumed fewer than 3,000 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day had a 27% higher risk of death or a serious event such as a heart attack or stroke in that period than those whose intake was estimated at 3,000 to 6,000 mg. 

While many researchers supported the findings as further evidence corroborating with other studies done in the past few years, there are many still who adamantly support the recommendations to consume less than 2,300 mg of sodium daily; the most notable of these advocates being the American Heart Association. It amazes me that this is still a debate, with the amount of evidence that has accumulated to this point discrediting the current guidelines and demonstrating that they may do more harm than good if adhered to.

In fact, I’ve written an entire series on salt, explaining the physiological requirements for salt and theories on the “optimal” dietary salt range. In this series, I present evidence for the dangers of too little and too much salt, and give recommendations for the type and amount of salt to include in the diet. Let’s just say my conclusions don’t support those of the AHA recommending 2,300 mg per day! You’ll have to read the series to learn more and to discover the best way to include salt in your diet in a healthy way.

Research Report

  • Another study proves that modifying cholesterol is not necessarily a good thing.
  • Eating at full-service restaurants leads to overeating that is equivalent to fast food.
  • Social stress in middle-aged men and women is associated with 2 to 3 times greater risk of death.
  • Treadmill workstations improve productivity. Another great reason to walk while you work:
  • Research shows that kids who consume full-fat dairy products gain less fat over time than those who consume reduced fat dairy. 

Worth A Look

  • My presentation “Why Paleo is Taking the World by Storm,” from the Revitalize conference is featured on Mind Body Green.
  • How far will you go to avoid introspection? We need periods of solitude and reflection to stay healthy!
  • New evidence suggests antioxidant supplements are futile compared to eating plants that struggled to survive.
  • For women who exercise frequently, add carbs back into your diet to improve painful and frustrating menstrual symptoms.
  • Jack Osbourne credits Paleo diet for helping manage his #MS and driving his recent 70lb weightloss.
  • New research suggests there may be cognitive drawbacks to reading on a screen as opposed to on paper. 
  • Listen to Dr. Lipman interview me about my bestselling book Your Personal Paleo Code (published in paperback as The Paleo Cure in December 2014).

For the Foodies

  1. When I first went paleo, I cut out added salt as well as sugar entirely from my diet. After a few weeks I started feeling awful with bradycardia (<35 bpm), hypotension and dizziness. I added back some salt and almost instantly started feeling better again.

  2. Does anyone know how to close the ad box that shows up at this site when I open a page?

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  3. The problem is how does anyone really know how much salt is in their diet?

    If under normal circumstance we are supposed to sleep 6-8 hours uninterrupted. Our salt to water ratio should prevent us from needing to shed water during that period, shouldn’t it? Since it’s a ratio shouldn’t the ‘right’ amount of salt be relative? If we are not drinking water excessively(driving up the amount of salt needed to retain it) couldn’t we use this sleep period as a gauge of our salt levels by how often we urinate during it?

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