Antibiotics May Save Your Life but Cost You Your Health

Antibiotics May Save Your Life but Cost You Your Health

Warning: I’m not advising anybody to not take antibiotics!

Now…with that out of the way…

Antibiotics Are Both Great and Terrible

Obviously, there are certain situations in which you would always choose to take antibiotics.

If you’re literally dying of a bacterial infection, and you have antibiotics available that could save your life, you’d be crazy not to take them.

But there’s a lot of new research coming out on the side-effects of antibiotics, including this recent study:

Microbiota-liberated host sugars facilitate post-antibiotic expansion of enteric pathogens

That’s a title filled with a lot of jargon, but here’s the quick summary…
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Paleo Nutrition for Breastfeeding Moms – Guest Post from Tarah Chieffi

Paleo Nutrition for Breastfeeding Moms

Tarah Chieffi is an author, freelance writer, blogger at What I Gather and holistic nutrition educator in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area. Tarah’s passion is working with pregnant women, new moms and families to achieve health and happiness through physical fitness and a “real food” lifestyle. Check out Tarah’s latest book, The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book.

You haven’t slept longer than a three hour stretch in days, you aren’t sure when your last shower was and still all you want to do is snuggle up with the tiny being who is causing all this chaos. Sound familiar?

Now is a tough time to focus on nutrition, but it is actually a very important time. What you eat now can impact your milk supply, your recovery, your energy levels and even your baby’s health. More than that, even from a young age your baby is observing everything you do and learning from you. Now is the time to start setting a good example and teaching healthy habits to set your baby up for a lifetime of health and wellness.

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High Protein or Low Carb? Which is Better for Sustaining Fat Loss?

High Protein or Low Carb? Which is Better for Sustaining Fat Loss?

Losing fat is hard enough.

The worst part is that most of us can’t keep it off. And that’s just mean.

If you work hard enough to lose the fat in the first place, shouldn’t there be a rule that it’s impossible to gain back???

Of course, that’s not how it works, and most folks gain back all (or often more than all) of the fat they lost. But some lucky few do manage to keep off the fat forever.

What’s the Difference?

There isn’t ONE single difference, but a recent study conducted in Europe (and involving a lot of people) points to one significant difference. Here’s the study:
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Why Quitting Smoking Makes You Fat

Why Quitting Smoking Makes You Fat. (I've Never Smoked But Still Found This Surprising)

You might (hopefully) not be a smoker, but this recent study is still quite interesting and informative:. Note this is NOT an article suggesting you should or shouldn’t smoke! This article simply reports what a recent study found.

Smoking Cessation Induces Profound Changes in the Composition of the Intestinal Microbiota in Humans

Smoking Changes Your Gut Bacteria

Over the past several years, there have been a variety of interesting studies that have linked gut bacteria to obesity. In my opinion, the most interesting of these studies have shown that simply taking the gut bacteria of an obese mouse and transferring it to the gut of a non-obese mouse will make the non-obese mouse immediately start gaining a lot of weight.
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How to Eat Potatoes and Improve Your Insulin Senstivity

How to Eat Potatoes and Improve Your Insulin Senstivity

The study below has been out for a little under a decade, but I recently found it courtesy of Richard Nikoley’s blog:

Insulin-sensitizing effects of dietary resistant starch and effects on skeletal muscle and adipose tissue metabolism

The study is not ground-breaking, but it’s yet another sign that…

Certain Starchy Foods Have a Lot of Positive Health Benefits

This may seem obvious to you, but for a long time now, many folks (Paleo or otherwise) have placed starchy foods (like rice, potatoes, plantains, etc.) in the same category as sugary candy, sodas, and other problematic carbs like wheat. If studies like this one are right, then starchy foods like potatoes may be the proverbial baby that got thrown out with the bathwater.
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Ketogenic Diet Food List

ketogenic diet food list

The ketogenic diet is becoming more and more popular – reports suggest that many people have lost weight, regained their energy, improved their endurance, and improved various health markers with a ketogenic diet.

So, if you’re wondering what the ketogenic diet and whether you should give it a try, then check out this comprehensive guide to the ketogenic diet here.

And if you just want to know what you eat on the ketogenic diet, then feel free to just click here to get the ketogenic diet food list emailed to you directly. Or scroll down to check out the entire list.

ketogenic diet food list

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The Ultimate Guide To The Ketogenic Diet

The Ultimate Guide To The ketogenic diet

The ketogenic diet is getting more and more popular, and it’s helped a lot of people lose weight, get healthier, and get more energy.

But, that doesn’t mean it’s necessary right for you to try out, and even if you do decide to start a ketogenic diet, you will want to make sure you do it the right way to get the best results (you’ll want to do a Paleo ketogenic diet to ensure you get lots of nutrients and less toxins).

So, keep reading, because this article will discuss what is the ketogenic diet, whether a ketogenic diet will help you lose weight, how to do a ketogenic diet properly, whether it’s safe, and why it might not work for you.

What is a Keto or Ketogenic Diet?

A keto or ketogenic diet is a diet that causes your body to burn fat (in the form of ketones) rather than sugar (in the form of glucose/glycogen).  I’ll explain a little more in detail below, but you basically do this by eating a lot of fat and very little carbohydrates.

If you want to just get on with the ketogenic diet, then feel free to just click here to get the ketogenic diet food list emailed to you directly.

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Cancer, Red Meat, and What You Don’t Know

Does Red Meat Cause Cancer

Cancer is one of the most-studied diseases of all time. The amount of money and energy that goes into studying cancer is staggering.

And that’s a very good thing, since cancer is not only prevalent but also deadly and terrible in general.

Unfortunately, in many ways, we actually don’t know all that much about cancer and its causes, particularly as it relates to our diets. But we’re learning more every year.

Does Red Meat Increase Your Risk of Cancer?

I recently found and read the below paper, published in the journal Meat Science (yes, there is such a journal, and no, I haven’t read it before):

The role of red and processed meat in colorectal cancer development: A review, based on findings from a workshop

The researchers, most of whom are from Norway (along with a few from the US), held a workshop in Oslo, Norway to assess the current state of knowledge relating to cancer and diet (particularly meat).
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Is Eating Late at Night Bad for Me?

is eating late at night bad for me?

Recently, someone asked me how to stop eating late at night.

It stumped me, not because I couldn’t think of an answer, but because I didn’t understand why anyone would even ask.

I’m not being mean – I don’t mean it’s a dumb question – rather, I didn’t even realize that people thought it was a bad thing.

Eating late at night is a problem, Per Se

In general, it’s better to eat fewer meals (you eat less, plus it gives your body time to be doing something other than trying to control blood sugar levels).  But it’s not a huge deal.
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Sleeping Enough is Not Enough. Here’s What You Might Be Missing.

Sleeping Enough Is Not Enough

For a lot of my adult life, I was guilty of neglecting my sleep.  Even when I was eating healthy and exercising, I’d still stay up too late and then get up early.

Recently, I’ve put a lot of focus on getting more sleep, and it’s working wonders for me.  However, getting enough sleep isn’t enough.

It also matters when you sleep.

Circadian misalignment augments markers of insulin resistance and inflammation, independently of sleep loss
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10 Reasons Why You’re Failing to Feel Better or Lose Weight on a Paleo Diet

why am i not losing weight on a paleo diet

Almost everybody who successfully loses weight or heals an illness has one thing in common.

Download Our 15 Common Paleo Pitfalls Book

Here it is…

Almost all of those people brush their teeth.

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List of Nightshades Foods and Why You Might Want To Avoid Them

list of nightshades and why you might want to avoid them

What Are Nightshades?

When I hear the word nightshade, my first thought is generally that it’s poisonous (since deadly nightshade, also known as atropa belladonna, is often mentioned as a poison in the mystery books I used to read as a child).

But, nightshades (also known as Solanaceae) encompasses a whole family of flowering plants that includes many very popular fruits and vegetables that you probably eat daily.

(There’s a whole section below on why you might want to avoid nightshades for health reasons as well so keep on reading!)  

And if you want the whole list of nightshades foods emailed to you, just click here.

Do you want me to email this list to you? If so, just click here.

The Most Common Nightshades

Some of the most popular nightshades are potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and chili peppers. But because various spices and spice mixes are made from chili peppers, nightshades can be found in a whole host of processed foods!

Here’s a more complete list of nightshades that you might be eating (some of them may be rare in the US):
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Clean 15 Foods

clean 15 foods

If you’re looking to buy conventional produce rather than organic produce (to save money or because you don’t have much organic produce available where you live), then these 15 foods are the best ones to go for in terms of low pesticide residue.

Do you want me to email this list to you?
If so, just click here.

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How to Convince Your Family to Eat Healthier (and that you’re not crazy)


Getting healthy, losing weight, and sticking to a diet of real food – these tasks are difficult for most of us in the best of circumstances.  However, if you’re also struggling to either convert or just gain the support of your spouse and/or kids, then everything suddenly seems a lot harder.

Have you ever wondered how much easier it would be if your entire family was actually excited about making better and healthier food and lifestyle choices?  What if it were your entire family and all of your friends?  How easy would it be in that case for you to make better choices and decisions about your health?

I’m here to tell you that not only is that situation possible, but I’ve seen thousands of people do it.  And most of those people started out thinking that their families were too stubborn, too unsupportive, or just too lazy to ever care about their health.

And even though everybody’s situation is different, you can use the same approach to get your family on board with eating and living healthier.  There’s a formula for how to do it.

My Story

My wife, Louise, is a very successful health author, blogger, and speaker, and she runs one of the 2 magazines that we own (Healthy Recipes Magazine).

When you read that, you might be thinking, “Wow, Jeremy was really lucky to find someone who is so excited about and interested in health.”
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You Can Die from Working Too Hard


I often try to focus on recent studies, since science progresses so quickly.

And when it comes to stress, there have been a lot of interesting studies over the past few years.

However, we went back almost 15 years for this one:
Are Vacations Good for Your Health? The 9-Year Mortality Experience After the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial

As you can guess from the title, the study examined the association between vacations and health. Vacations are obviously not an exact measure of stress or the lack thereof.

The study followed over 12,000 men for about 9 years, but it was, nonetheless, only an observational study, meaning that we can only draw hypotheses from it.

However, the results were astounding enough to warrant some discussion.
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