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 you to do yoga to help cure your acne?
As explained in this article:
Many types of cells in the skin, including immune cells and endothelial cells (cells that line blood vessels), can be regulated by neuropeptides and neurotransmitters, which are chemicals released by the skin’s nerve endings. Stress can result in the skin’s nerve endings releasing an increased level of these chemicals. When this occurs, it can affect how and at what level our body responds to many important functions, such as sensation and control of blood flow, and can contribute to the symptoms of stress that we feel. In addition, the release of these chemicals can lead to inflammation of the skin.
This is a great overview of how both acute and chronic stress can exacerbate skin conditions and lead to flare ups, even if other lifestyle factors like diet and skincare are well managed. I’ve talked about the Gut-Brain-Skin Axis before, and have explained how stress can affect both our gut health and our skin health in different ways. And while a nutrient-dense diet is extremely beneficial for addressing chronic skin issues, like many other chronic conditions, even the best diet can’t account for the damage and inflammation caused by poorly managed stress.
So if you’re trying to get frustrating skin conditions under control and have overhauled your diet and skincare routine without getting the results you were hoping for, you may need to consider the role that stress plays in these conditions. It’s crucial to practice evidence-based stress management techniques to take a more holistic approach to skin health. Your skin – and the rest of your body – will thank you!
- Research shows that people taking weight loss supplements allow themselves to eat more.
- After just 7 days of sleep restriction, testosterone levels decreased by 10—15% in young men in this study.
- Interesting new study: Early exposure to antibiotics disrupts lifelong metabolic health in mice.
- Maternal nutrition during early pregnancy affects a baby’s lifelong health, according to research.
- The Western diet starves our friendly gut bacteria—with serious consequences.
- This is the first study to show that the “right” gut microbes influence exercise performance.
- Time to start targeting inflammation in the treatment of type 2 diabetes using a paleo diet.
- A randomized trial shows that mindfulness meditation is effective for insomnia.
- You are what your grandmother ate—a new study shows inherited effects of undernourishment during pregnancy.
Worth a Look
- Take a vacation, stay-cation or mental holiday and your brain will thank you.
- 7 may be the new 8—but active people need way more sleep to improve their performance and stay healthy.
- The Ancestral RDs talk about treating SIBO using diet and supplements, and how to choose alcohol that fits your health needs.
- Why is LeBron James suddenly skinny? He cut carbohydrates from his diet.
- Farmed or wild fish? Domestic or imported? Learn how to choose fish with this New York Times article.
- Why, specifically, are Americans so stressed out? Work, family, and health are some of the top reasons on this list.
- Consistency is key to maximum health benefits from a running regimen, even if running just 5 minutes a day.
For the Foodies
- Against All Grain: Cilantro Lime Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Peppers
- Taste of Divine: Simple Osso Bucco
- Jan’s Sushi Bar: Moroccan Lamb Meatballs
- Reclaiming Yesterday: Scallops with Cashew Pesto, Peas and Sundried Tomatoes
- The Domestic Man: Dolma (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
- The Healthy Foodie: Avocado, Cucumber and Pistachio Salad
- Magnolia Days: Steak and Heirloom Tomato Salad
- Foraged Dish: Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
- Whole New Mom: Creamy Avocado Lime Pudding