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.
- A low carb diet improved diabetic patients’ quality of life after one year.
- The gut-brain axis may hold the key to discovering one of the root causes of neurodegenerative disease and psychiatric disorders.
- A high intensity workout 1.5 hours before bed was shown to improve sleep quality in regular exercisers.
- Struggling with infertility? Pay attention to your circadian rhythms.
- Natural environments, ancestral diets, and microbial ecology: is there a modern “paleo-deficit disorder“?
- New research has found altered fecal microbiota composition in patients with major depressive disorder.
Worth a Look
- Have you visited Thrive Market yet? Think Costco meets Whole Foods, online.
- Sleep deprivation can negatively impact your quality of life. Learn more with this infographic.
- Why not focus on healthy diet and lifestyle for our kids, instead of a cholesterol vaccine?
- Scientific American published a thoughtful rebuttal to Dean Ornish’s anti-meat op-ed piece from last month’s New York Times.
- We recently purchased a unique kids’ bike for Sylvie. You can read a review of Woombikes here.
- The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand is holding its first international symposium in Queenstown, New Zealand from October 23rd – 25th, 2015. Have you booked your seat?
For the Foodies
- PaleOMG: Potato Meatloaf Cups
- Paleo Parents: Spaghetti Squash and Bacon Fritters
- Primal Palate: Sweet and Sticky Chicken Wings
- Sarah Fragoso: Unstuffed Bell Peppers
- The Domestic Man: Chicken Korma
- Nom Nom Paleo: Grilled Green Chicken
- The Paleo Mom: Rustic Root Vegetable Soup with Meatballs
- Fed and Fit: Grilled BBQ Chicken Nuggets
- My Heart Beets: Ground Beef Bulgogi
- Plaid and Paleo: Tropical Mango Pork
- The Clothes Make The Girl: Paleo Ambrosia Salad
- The Ancestral Chef: Blueberry Coconut Ice Pops
- Real Food With Dana: Paleo Almond Joy Cookies (No Bake)