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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 202

Research of the Week

Iodine deficiency is still a big problem in the developing world. Hard to develop with inadequate iodine levels.

Long COVID-type symptoms more common among COVID-negative patients than COVID-positive patients.

Fasting might be a better alternative to chronic calorie restriction.

Blood donation improves skin aging.

NSAIDs may worsen arthritis over time.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 201

Research of the Week

Time-restricted eating combined with low-carb dieting is more potent than either alone for reducing visceral fat and metabolic syndrome.

Creatine monohydrate is still the best form of creatine.

Worse air pollution, worse COVID.

How stress increases junk food consumption in the brain.

Athletes may sleep (and perform) better with nighttime protein and carbs.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 200

Research of the Week

Non-nutritive components of ultra processed foods are likely causes of widespread gut issues.

Omega-6/Omega-3 balance of red blood cells improves atherogenic risk factors.

“Impairing” carbohydrate absorption extends lifespan in mice.

Carnitine intake protects brain development in preterm infants.

Machine learning tries to map individual amino acid intakes to health.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 199

Research of the Week

Role models matter.

Zinc is helpful against COVID.

Light to moderate alcohol intake is associated with slower aging according to a few different epigenetic models.

The problem of reporting relative rather than absolute effects in studies.

Sleep loss and exercise performance: it’s a bad combo.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 198

Research of the Week

A personalized strength training program using genetic data is very effective.

Compared to real meat, fake meat doesn’t trigger the same rise in essential amino acids when eaten.

Belly fat and death in Europe.

Low light during the day and bright light at night increases the risk of psychiatric disorders.

Exercise remains the best remedy for Alzheimer’s.

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{CLOSED} Cold Plunge Sweepstakes Celebrating 16 Years of MDA

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A Primal lifestyle is all about giving your body the inputs it needs to thrive. I intend to stay vibrant, strong, and active well into old age, and I want the same for all of my readers as well. 

Appropriate hormetic stress is one of those crucial inputs. Hormetic stressors are things like exercise, sun exposure, intermittent fasting, and mild caloric exposure. They tell the body, “Hey, life is full of challenges. Better get as strong and nimble as possible so we can face whatever the outside world throws at us!” 

Hot and cold therapy are also hormetic stressors that have become an indispensable part of my routine. They both offer an impressive array of benefits, including improved cardiovascular function and insulin sensitivity, but I appreciate them mostly for the mental boost I get. With cold exposure in particular, I feel a noticeable increase in focus and acuity after a plunge. Nothing beats cold water immersion for the rush you get from making yourself do something that’s difficult in the moment but that feels so good afterward.

I’ve recently stepped up my cold water immersion game with the addition of a Plunge (cold tub) from the company of the same name. This technology allows me to regulate the water temperature to my exact specifications. I like a little cooler in the morning and warmer (but still plenty cold) in the evening. Because it’s at my house, there’s no excuse for not getting it done. 

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