The Roundup - Edition 54

The Roundup

by Chris Kresser

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 54, bringing you the best health research and paleo recipes from around the web over the past two weeks.

Blast from the Past

New research found that high blood pressure is associated with gut dysbiosis, suggesting that one way to treat hypertension might be to consume a diet that promoted good gut health. The study found that in both rats and humans with hypertension, there was a significant decrease in microbial richness, diversity, an increased Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes ratio, and decreases in acetate- and butyrate-producing bacteria.

The best way to combat these problematic changes in gut bacteria is to eat a Paleo diet rich in plant foods, including both nonstarchy and starchy vegetables and fruits, as well as a diversity of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir, and other traditional fermented foods. By consuming both prebiotic-rich plant foods and probiotic-rich fermented foods, you should expect to see a shift towards a more diverse and well populated microbiome, which could potentially help reduce high blood pressure into a healthy range.

This is just one more reason why a whole foods Paleo diet is the best diet to follow to address hypertension. For more tips on natural ways to lower your blood pressure, check out my post: How (and Why) To Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally. For additional diet tips, check out this article by one of my staff nutritionists: 6 Ways To Lower Blood Pressure By Changing Your Diet.

If you or someone you love has hypertension, instead of going straight to the blood pressure medication, try a diet and lifestyle change first. Improving your gut health is just one of many beneficial effects a whole foods Paleo diet and lifestyle can provide.

Research Report

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For the Foodies

  1. I’ve got my ticket for the Ancestral Health Symposium in Queenstown, New Zealand. For those who haven’t been before – Queenstown is BEAUTIFUL. Will I see any of you there??