Chronic Illness and Paleo: Eating Your Way Out of It

chronic illness and paleo

C.A. Newberry is fascinated by varied topics and believes in the power of continued learning. Her varied background includes event coordination followed closely by years of “whatever additional duties the job requires.” After retirement she had the desire to share her collected wisdom. When not at her computer, you can find her at the ballpark with her family. Connect with her on Twitter.

Chronic conditions are very high and are rising. Over nineteen million American adults are currently living with diabetes and over 580,000 deaths were attributed to cancer in 2013.

Altogether, over 130 million Americans are living with some type of a chronic condition.

Food Matters

For countless individuals, one simple answer lies with food.

Thousands of people are making the switch to Paleo every day, and chronic health conditions like autoimmune disorders, IBS, and diabetes are some of the biggest reasons.

And a significant number of people have reported experiencing an overall positive effect on their well-being and how they function every day.

The food you choose to eat affects both your health and your risk for disease, and if you’re currently dealing with some type of chronic disease, then your food choices can potentially help manage symptoms.
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Why You Need A Foam Roller (Including 4 Foam Roller Exercises)

Why You Need A Foam Roller

I picked up a foam roller several years ago after my chiropractor recommended it.

I used it initially to help get rid of my chronic knee pain (it definitely helped), but over time I’ve also found that it’s amazing for rolling out a lot of kinks in my muscles – from my back (from slouching too much) to my lats (from rock climbing).

It’s like a whole body massager!

Foam rollers have gotten popular in many gyms as a way to roll out your muscles after exercising to prevent muscle soreness the next day (my CrossFit recommended it for that reason), but it can be a super cheap and great way to stretch and massage your muscles even if you don’t exercise!

Even though there are foam rollers at my gym, I find them so helpful that I keep one in my study and roll on it when I’m taking a break.

This is the foam roller I bought from Amazon for $13.99 (the 6×18 round). And read the rest of this article for 4 exercises to start getting rid of the kinks in your body.

foam roller

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How To Cure Heartburn For Good! (In 4 Steps)

HOW TO CURE heartburn for good

This post is mostly based on how I managed to cure heartburn, but I’ve also added in steps that other people have found to work as well. I’ve listed below 4 steps to curing heartburn – I hope it helps you like it helped me!

I Used To Have Chronic Heartburn

Heartburn is one of the worst conditions to have – for me, it happened daily. I would eat dinner, and then this burning sensation would arise in my stomach. If I burped, then acid would come up into my throat. Sometimes, it would be just a dull pain between my ribcage just below my heart. Maybe there are medical differences in my symptoms, but to me, it was just discomfort and pain.

And the worst part of it was that I thought I would have it for the rest of my life. Thankfully that wasn’t the case, so read on for the 4 steps on how to cure heartburn for good!

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How To Start A Paleo Diet (5 Options – I like #5 the best)

How to start a paleo diet

A common question I get from readers is something along these lines:

I really want to start a Paleo diet, but I don’t know how best to start it.

If you’re asking this question, then read on as this article goes into detail about the different ways to start a Paleo diet so you can pick the best method for you.

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How to Live Forever (or Just 42% Longer)…

how to live forever

It’s hard to believe that much fo anything could possibly lower our risk of dying by 42%.

That’s a lot. A whole lot.

However, researchers in London recently conducted a study that apparently showed that eating at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day reduced the overall death rate of participants by 42%.

Here is a link to that study.

I’m writing about this study because it’s a good study, but also because it displays how even scientists are still thinking about nutrition in an odd way.


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How Playing In The Dirt Might Prevent Alzheimer’s

I have a particular interest in certain types of research, and this study that was published recently really piqued my interest:

Hygiene and the world distribution of Alzheimer’s Disease

As I’ll discuss below, this is not an amazing study – it has several major limitations. But it’s interesting nonetheless.

Dirt is Important

The researchers in this study (all scientists from Cambridge University in the UK), have been trying to determine whether there is any link between modern hygiene standards and diseases like Alzheimers.
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Is Running Bad for You?

is running bad for you?

I’m assuming that anybody asking this question doesn’t have a broken leg or breathing difficulty.

Because running would be pretty bad in those situations.

But otherwise…

Humans Have Been Running For Millions of Years

Doubt it if you want, but there are lots of reasons to run. Hunting. Playing. And, of course, big lions and bears.

That alone isn’t a reason to believe that running isn’t bad. Humans have done a lot of other bad things for a very long time.

But it’s a good starting point. If humans have been doing it that long, it’s probably not terrible, and we’re probably evolved to be able to do it without killing ourselves.

But We Weren’t Made For This

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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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