The Roundup - Edition 53

The Roundup

by Chris Kresser

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 53, bringing you the best health research, news and paleo recipes from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

Stress can come from a variety of unexpected sources. We’re all familiar with the types of stress that comes from work, money, family, and illness, but there are many less obvious sources of stress that can wear on us on a daily basis. Modern stressors like social media, digital devices, constant multitasking, and eve excess caffeine can all cause chronic low grade stress that over time can cause significant health problems.

I’ve written about stress many times before, explaining how chronic stress can cause metabolic syndrome, thyroid dysfunction, gut issues, and more. Chronic stress can lead to HPA axis dysregulation and cortisol resistance, which may be the primary factor in the stress-disease connection. The worst part is that these daily low grade stressors actually have a more severe impact on your HPA axis and can lead to worse long term health outcomes than something like job loss or a death in the family. And many of us who focus on healthy diet and exercise are in stress denial.

Managing your stress on a daily basis is incredibly important, and that’s why I’ve made it a key component of my 14Four online program, a 14-day reset for your diet, sleep, exercise, and stress management practices. For those of you who have more severe health issues related to excess stress, such as HPA axis dysregulation or “adrenal fatigue” as it’s commonly called, my staff dietitians have created a program called Paleo Rehab: Adrenal Fatigue that can help you overcome your stress-related health issues using diet, supplement, and lifestyle changes.

These two programs have been expertly designed to help you overcome your stress and recover the energy you used to have before modern life got the best of you.

Research Report

  • New research suggests a link between gluten and symptoms of ALS.
  • People who consume low to moderate caffeine may have withdrawal syndrome after ceasing.
  • A study links chronic antibiotic use to increased anxiety and cognitive problems in adulthood.
  • Insulin resistance, when accurately measured, is a powerful predictor of cardiovascular risk.
  • Fasting for weight loss: an effective strategy or latest dieting trend?
  • Another study suggests that full fat (not low fat) dairy intake is associated with a lower diabetes risk.
  • Research shows that men and women are more likely to make a positive health behavior change if their partner changes at the same time too. Get your loved ones on board with making healthy changes!

Worth a Look

For the Foodies

  1. Thank you for that long list of links! there were some there I hadn’t seen before!

    I’m a real foodie, and would not survive on any other diet, but Paleo has been very good for me.

  2. I always love the roundup. This time especially:
    “Check out this great Paleo infographic from Robb Wolf.” and “Learn how to connect with local food systems in this film via the Kickstarter project.”

    Thank you 🙂

    • I like the infographic from Robb Wolf, but based on the foods that are suggested it seems that whoever put it together (it says it was put together by Nordictrack) is still afraid of fat and carbs. The suggested meals are super low fat and super low carb. I’d feel awful eating like that diet day in and day out. Some days I end up eating very low carb, some days are pretty low fat, but to have every meal based around meat/fish and non starchy vegetables? Even the 2 salads have only a lemon juice dressing! And no mention of fermented foods or odd (but nutritious) cuts of meat like liver, heart, (or stock) that are good to include?

  3. Chris,

    Would to hear your reaction re: ALS symptoms and a gluten-free diet. That one just seems suspect, and this coming from someone who hasn’t given up gluten entirely.

    -Chris

  4. The first report in the Research Report list is about a possible link between a gluten diet and ALS. You have it listed as a link between a gluten-free diet and ALS.