The Roundup - Edition 46

The Roundup


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Here is The Roundup, Edition 46, bringing you the best health research and paleo recipes from around the web over the past two weeks.

Blast from the Past

Probiotics have been a hot research topic over the past few years, and it seems like every week a new study is published that demonstrates the powerful effects of probiotics that extend far beyond simple improvements in digestion.

For example, a study of certain probiotic strains has shown promise for treating the symptoms of celiac disease, and a second study explores the evidence that gut microbes may play a role in the development of celiac disease. And another new study suggests a treatment for autism may one day come in the form of live, friendly probiotic bacteria. These are just a few of the most recent papers to be published on the topic of probiotics and their potential therapeutic benefits.

Last year I wrote an article explaining five other uses for probiotics that go beyond gut health. Specific strains of probiotics have been shown to have a beneficial impact on issues such as depression, nasal congestion, oral health, and acne, just to name a few. As time goes on I believe we’ll discover even more therapeutic uses for beneficial bacteria that can be used in the clinical treatment of a wide variety of diseases.

Research Report

  • Saturated fat intake is not associated with an increased risk for heart attack even in those with established heart disease.
  • This article reviews the state of the literature on vegetarian diets and athletic performance and more.
  • One 30-minute session of vigorous exercise leads to changes in the brain making it more “plastic.”
  • A new study reveals saturated fats aren’t the cause of increased fatty acid in the blood.
  • A new study’s findings indicate that host genetics influence the composition of the human gut microbiome.
  • NIH researchers uncovered links between poor sleep and health issues from obesity to cardiovascular disease.
  • Preteens who spent five days camping with no screen time became better at recognizing emotions in other faces.
  • Scientists have identified an important factor for how stress processes work in the brain.
  • Fruit juice may be a gateway drink for infants who later become obese.

Worth a Look

  • How do you spend your energy? If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.
  • Sometimes we experience moments of intense stress. Learn three do’s and don’ts for handling stress in those tough situations.
  • The search is on for alternatives to antibiotics. Learn why.
  • Mark Sisson was a guest on Dr. Oz, where he discussed how diet can affect chronic pain.
  • Turns out a nightcap may not really aid sleep at all—it could be reducing sleep quality.
  • When health-related headlines are sensationalized or alarmist, who’s to blame? The answer may surprise you.
  • Having positive experiences and a fulfilling life may help prevent mental illness. This article shares tips to help build mental wellbeing.
  • Are you walking enough during the day? Find seven tips to add more movement to your work day.

For the Foodies

  1. I actually found that Cranberry Chocolate Gingerbread cake on Danielle Walker’s website over Thanksgiving and almost made it then, but deferred it to Christmas. So I made it yesterday for family Christmas dinner and it was a huge hit. The flavors are very layered and complex — an unusual chocolate cake. It was delicious with whipped cream (cream, creme fraiche, vanilla and honey). Highly recommended!

  2. I couldn’t access this article either; How Your Lipoprotein(a) Level Affects Your Risk of Heart Disease. I’m really interested in this subject, so I hope to be able to read the full article soon. Thank you!

  3. I would like to know the “fix” probiotic for all that Chris is speaking about. Surely there is one basic probiotic he can suggest for beginners who are trying to normalize their gut?

    Thank you for any suggestions you can provide.


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