Here is The Roundup, Edition 14, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
A great study was just published illustrating the gut-skin-immune connection and the ability of probiotics to influence that axis. The authors discuss the vicious cycle of inflammatory gut disease, where inflammation leads to leaky gut, which leads to more inflammation, and so on. The inflammatory cytokines produced by this inflammation in the gut can trigger a whole host of different skin conditions, including eczema and other allergic skin diseases.
As many of you know, the gut-skin-axis is a special interest of mine. I recorded a podcast back in December of 2011 describing how the gut-skin axis contributes to skin conditions like acne (vulgaris and rosacea), psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and others. In November of 2012, I gave a presentation at the Weston A. Price Foundation annual conference on the gut-skin connection, and even wrote an accompanying article describing the most recent research on the topic. In my series on Nutrition for Healthy Skin, I explained how probiotics can be an important tool in treating skin conditions, provided the appropriate precautions are taken when choosing a probiotic product.
I’ve had many patients who struggle with skin problems such as acne, rosacea, and eczema, and I’ve been pleased to see how many of them have been able to significantly improve the health of their skin by changing their diet to a more gut-supportive approach. While most conventional health professionals treat problem skin with antibiotics and medication, I believe the future of skin care will pay far more attention to the patient’s gut health and to encouraging a diet that supports a healthy gut barrier and microbiome.
- This study explains why I’ve been encouraging people to think of probiotics as immune regulators as much as gut support.
- New research suggests that Gymnema (an herb used for blood sugar control) kills Candida & disrupts biofilms.
- An interesting comment on recent low-dose naltrexone study speculates that autism and M.S. may share a common cause: high levels of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in the brain.
- Research demonstrates that H. pylori suppresses natural immunity and increases the risk of other infections and cancer.
- A new study elaborates on how antibiotics increase the risk the risk of gut infections.
Worth a Look
- Free the Animal explores how resistant starch improves insulin sensitivity.
- The Wall Street Journal examines how stress and anxiety propel us to eat more.
- The New York Times discusses research that suggests that intense exercise leads to a short-term suppression of food intake and reduction in appetite.
- Jill Carnahan, MD explains how gut permeability impacts a wide range of health conditions, including cancer, autoimmune disease, inflammation, and food sensitivities.
For the Foodies
- PaleOMG: Spaghetti Squash Crusted Quiche
- Paleo Parents: Chicken Liver Mousse
- NomNomPaleo: Fig & Watermelon Salad with Honey Vanilla Cashews
- Everyday Paleo: Spinach and Salmon Salad with Arugula Pesto
- Paleo Spirit: Roasted Tomatillo Peach Salsa with Pan-Fried Halibut
- The Healthy Foodie: Avocado Stuffed Meatballs
- Against All Grain: Caramel Apple Spice Waffles