The Roundup - Edition 57

The Roundup


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Here is The Roundup, Edition 57, bringing you the best health research and paleo recipes from around the web over the past two weeks.

Blast from the Past

Though many of us don’t need a scientific study to confirm this fact, recent research has provided further evidence that exposure to nature significantly affects our mental health. The study, which sent subjects on a 90 minute walk either through a grasslands area or along a highway, found that those who walked in the natural environment had decreased activity in the area of the brain associated with rumination and negative self thoughts.

These results confirm the idea that nature experiences can have a discernible, positive impact on our brains’ emotional regulation. In 2012, I wrote an article about the importance of fostering a relationship with nature, providing evidence for the theory that our relationship with nature is a fundamental component of maintaining good health. I also shared three simple tips for increasing your exposure to nature, particularly if you live in an urban environment.

Our relationship with nature is a vital component of our wellbeing, and one often neglected due to the concerns of modern life. In order to more fully address our health and wellness as humans, we must consider the biological appropriateness of our environment to be just as important as that of our diet and exercise choices.

If you are seeking well-rounded health and mental wellbeing, be sure to go outside and enjoy nature as often as possible!

Research Report

  • Parkinson’s may start in the gut and be transmitted to the brain via the Vagus nerve.
  • Breastfeeding accords intermediate and long-term benefits to infant and mother.
  • Increases in food energy supply are sufficient to explain increases in average population body weight, especially in high-income countries.
  • A new study shows that consuming higher amounts of high-fructose corn syrup created a ‘dose-response’ increase in blood lipid markers associated with cardiovascular disease.
  • Symbiotic microbes have been shown to regulate nutrition and metabolism and are critical for the development and function of the immune system. More recently, studies have suggested that gut bacteria can impact neurological outcomes-altering behavior.
  • Sleep restriction increases food intake and total energy expenditure with inconsistent effects on weight change.

Worth a Look

For the Foodies

  1. It is incredible to know that this type of Research is even done for connection between gut and Parkinson. It will be even more amazing if we can see more breakthrough in this direction in respect how to prevent this terrible disease.

  2. The connection between the vagus nerve and Parkinson’s is really interesting. I hope that connection continues to be researched. I heard Dr. Datis Kharrazian talk about it in an interview several months ago. He mentioned that gargling throughout the day can stimulate the vagus nerve and help to get things working properly again.

      • Sylvia,

        I believe it was just plain water. The physical action of gargling is the the important thing. Loud singing was supposed to have the same sort of effect.