The Roundup - Edition 44

The Roundup


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Here is The Roundup, Edition 44, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

Eran Elinav of the Weisman Institute of Science, has found that gut bacteria changes when sleep patterns are disrupted, with bacteria that causes obesity tending to predominate. This could explain further why jet lag and lack of sleep due to shift work are linked to health problems, including gastrointestinal symptoms, metabolic issues, and fatigue.

Many of us understand that our diet affects our gut flora, but our sleep? Not something we often think about. This makes it even more important to make a concerted effort to get at least 7-8 hours of high quality sleep on a regular basis, and to pay attention to our circadian rhythms.

Sleep is one of the four components we’ve focused on in our new 14Four program. And Dan Pardi wrote a great article on my blog, “How Much Sleep Do I Need?”, which explains in detail how to personalize your own sleeping habits. And since blue light exposure is one of the biggest factors negatively impacting our circadian rhythms, I’ve written a post about how to minimize the effect of blue light on your sleep cycle.

Don’t forget to prioritize sleep as a component of optimal health that is just as important as diet and exercise.

Research Report

  • A population-based study shows more evidence pointing to a gut-metabolism connection.
  • The gut microbiota has been found to influence blood-brain barrier permeability in mice.
  • Cooking at home is associated with higher diet quality and reduced caloric intake.
  • A new report shows that gluten sensitivity is more common in patients with schizophrenia.
  • Recent studies show that the microbiota—gut—brain axis may be implicated in neurodegenerative diseases like MS and Alzheimers.
  • This review describes how breastfeeding sustains an infant’s development and guides the proliferation of a protective intestinal microbiota.
  • These two studies researched probiotics in the treatment of heavy metal toxicity (mercury and arsenic) in pregnant women and children.
  • Advances in brain imaging technology show that not only do our dogs seem to love us back, they actually see us as their family.

Worth a Look

  • Check out my podcast interview with fellow myth-buster Dr. Bruce Hensel.
  • A startup in Chicago serves a fresh option in the form of salad vending machines.
  • A gluten-free cake is still a cake. Learn more about the business of gluten-free.
  • The key to managing stress is recognizing when it happens. Here are 100 ideas to help you manage.
  • New Yorkers have their first take-out window devoted to sippable bone broth.
  • John Blackstone, from CBS News, reports on a well-known family who lives a Paleo lifestyle. Watch the video here.
  • Daily yoga practice may be a good option for older people looking for a gentle exercise routine.
  • The New York Times explores the link between health and illness and the state of our minds and hearts.
  • Kombucha’s popularity is growing, but is it healthy and is it safe?

For the Foodies: Thanksgiving Edition!

  1. I am confused as I feel that I sleep every night as usual and dream every night,but I am a very light sleeper and tend to hear anything going on in my home, so it is very easy for me to wake up. Is this the reason I can’t loose weight even if I diet properly?

  2. I thought I would find something on histamine, but didn’t really. I know AngioEdema is related to histamine and would like tolearn more about recent researth or thoughts on the problem. Does it cause overweight?
    How does histamine relate to sleep patterns?

  3. Your article on sleep disturbances falls on the heels of this article regarding “Trauma-Associated Sleep Disorders.” This was a presentation from the Department of Army.

    The veteran population has significantly higher sleep problems than the general population. DoD and Veterans Affairs has been aware of the problem for some time, and has chosen to ignore it as a minor health issue.

    Chris, you pointed out that sleep is a major underpinning to individual well-being and its role in wellness.

    One problem with current medicine in the U.S. is treating one symptom and failing to evaluate in consideration that unwellness is a system manifestation.

    Best wishes to you, and continue to inform us.

  4. Thank you for including our Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan Fudge in your “For the Foodies” Thanksgiving edition. I really enjoyed cruising some of the other recipes as well. I love mashed parsnips!

  5. Thanks for including my savory oven-roasted root vegetables in your Thanksgiving Food roundup!
    Also, good info on the link between sleep and gut bacteria. I get my 8 hours every night – and raw kale takes care of the gut!