Weekend Link Love — Edition 498

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Two years of 15% calorie restriction slowed metabolism and reduced oxidative stress in older adults.

Food allergy linked to nature and nurture.

Creating art—even if you aren’t great at it—lowers stress.

Chronic nicotinamide riboside supplementation increases NAD+ (an important anti-aging marker) while being well-tolerated.

Mindfulness meditation lowers blood pressure via gene expression (if you do it).

A five-day break from Facebook reduces stress but also life satisfaction. I think they’re just doing the whole “life satisfaction” thing wrong.

How some early life factors associate with resting heart rate later in life.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 233: Arriane Alexander: Host Elle Russ chats with Arriane Alexander about the potential benefits of putting yourself out there in video form on social media.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

One guy’s experience with extreme endurance training on ultra-low-carb.

When a 100 year-old running champion offers training advice, you listen.

Media, Schmedia

How some companies are making their office environments more paleo friendly.

Medication-resistant gonorrhea has arrived.

How brain scarring (from concussive blasts) may be causing PTSD in vets.

Everything Else

Let’s just hope these orangutans don’t discover opium poppies.

Human dietary evolution in central Germany.

Don’t develop subclinical magnesium deficiency, folks.

Beautiful sneeze.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast I found interesting: “This is Your Brain on Sex” via the On Being Podcast.

I knew I loved blueberries for a reason: Polyphenols target sirtuin 6, an important anti-aging pathway, with the anthocyanidins found in blueberries and purple potatoes being the most potent.

An older article I enjoyed: “From Diabetes to Athlete’s Foot, Our Bodies are Maladapted to Modern Life

Story I found interesting: How the Indians came to be.

I’m not surprised: There may be a link between antibiotic and acid-suppressive usage during infancy and later allergies.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 1– Apr 7)

Comment of the Week

“If I tell people that I toss my kids holiday candy, it’s seen as some kind of affront to the American tradition. I get the “All things in moderation” lecture. Then I feel guilty for not participating and then run out to find more natural substitutes for all the junk that gets thrown at them, which leads to paleo pancakes, muffins, dark chocolate Easter bunnies and other slippery slope foods that are filled with starches and a month worth of nuts.”

Jennifer L., I remember those days well. Both the kids, I’m happy to say, turned out just fine, despite going without all those chocolate folkloric icons.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Loved Elle’s interview with Arriane Alexander… great down to earth advice about getting over yourself and putting yourself out there. Mel Joulwan’s hamburger salad sounds great, but I would take the lazy girl’s way out and skip the homemade mayo in favor of some Primal Kitchen avocado oil mayo. And loved the quote of the week. Jennifer, if you’re reading this, kids are very resilient. They will survive with or without the holiday treats. You’re the parent…do what works for you and don’t worry about what everyone thinks.

    1. Totally agree. My kids are grown and now have kids of their own. They laugh when they tell the stories about how I threw away their Halloween candy and refused to let them have fast food or soda. But today they actually, verbally, thank me for standing strong on the subject..They are healthy, happy adults with really good eating habits. And they carry on the family tradition of throwing out the Halloween candy.

  2. Interesting study on magnesium. I don’t like taking a lot of supplements, but I do take 200mg of mag glycinate most days. The rest I try to get from a healthy diet that includes plenty of veggies, which I don’t believe are as empty of nutrients as they’ve been chalked up to be. This is particularly true if you can grow your own.

    Facebook is addictive? Wow, who knew (said tongue in cheek). Limiting social media time and working on living a real life that involves real activities with real people will increase life satisfaction rather than diminish it.

  3. Nicotinamide riboside supplements are very expensive. 250 mg. dosage is about $40 for 30 capsules. So to get the same dosage per the study would cost you $160 per month. My wife and I take one 250 mg. capsules three times a week and one 20 mg. capsule of PQQ the other four days in an effort to help protect our mitochondria. Not sure if it is doing anything, guess it’s an n=2 experiment, I suppose you need to trust the science and hope the smaller dosages are helpful. Of course, using the principles of hormesis with the right amount and timing of healthy stressors such as exercise, cold and heat exposure is a powerful technique to naturally increase the size of quantity of your mitochondria.

  4. I don’t know where the comment of the week originated, so I”m replying to it here. We pull out any all chocolate candy, as “healthy” candy, pick one unhealthy one to keep and try, then the rest goes into a bag in the fridge, which fills up enough over the year from Halloween, parties, and school things to become our Halloween candy next year. In return, she gets to pick out a small “present” at the store. Some years, the dentist has paid her $1 a pound for the candy. At least we’re not supporting the junk industry or buying little plastic toys.

    1. IMO, taking kids going door to door for Halloween candy is one of those traditions that should be allowed to die. Lying to little children about the existence of Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy, etc. is another tradition I dislike. Parents should never ever lie to their kids, even if it is just in fun.

      1. The Halloween tradition is more than just about candy, but the fun of dressing up and getting everyone out at one time. (Normally, it’s sadly rare to have kids running around our neighborhood.) Maybe it could be slowly changed to focus less on the candy and more on showing off your costumes and playing outside with friends. There are families that do front yard parties on Halloween, which is a shift in the right direction. I don’t thin kthere is a problem with Santa, etc. It’s not exactly a lie. Santa is the embodiment of the spirit of Christmas. And this story helps bring extra joy to the kids at Christmas and helps with their imagination. I don’t lie about other things or talk about fake science like the sun going to bed (and I even wrote to Sandra Boynton about perpetuating the myth that the moon only comes up at night), but I think talking about Santa, etc. is just fine. However, everyone is free to have their own beliefs and use them with their children. Just don’t let your kids tell mine Santa doesn’t exist.

        1. Well said, Becky. You don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Paleo embodies an 80/20 mindset and modifying some of these traditions fits right in with that.

          Even atheists can celebrate Christmas.

        2. “Just don’t let your kids tell mine Santa doesn’t exist.”

          Actually, that’s how most kids find out. There are quite a few people who don’t think it’s okay to dupe their children.

          As you say, to each his own, although I think your justifications are half-baked. I did the Santa routine with my kids when they were small, but if I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t. My daughter took it well when she learned the truth, but my son, who was more immature, was terribly disappointed. And that’s the other half of the problem: You never know how kids will react.

          1. If we avoided everything that we don’t know the result of or how someone will react, we’d never do anything new. (Which might mean we’d all still be primal cavemen.) I suppose tit’s true kids hear it from kids, but a 3 or 4 year old isn’t normally going around saying, “my parents say Santa doesn’t exist.” I also think how your kids take it depends on how you explain it to them (even if you weren’t the one to tell them.) Avoiding something that brings joy because of the possibility of a disappointment sounds like a reason to remove blocks from a kids’ life (they fall and their tower is gone) and taking seesaws off playgrounds (kids might get hurt) not offering chocolate (they might not like the bitter taste.), and so on. We’re stickin’ with Santa–the concrete (remember, kids don’t do abstract for a while) embodiment of the spirit of Christmas–and a historical figure.

      2. Trick or Treating is roughly the last community festival we have left,

    1. Dan – The ScienceDaily article linked to the study, which says this:

      “We selected 81?337 men and women from the Adventist Health Study-2. Diet was assessed between 2002 and 2007, by using a validated food frequency questionnaire.”

      So, an associational study that used FFQs. No power to determine causation and FFQs are well known to be junk data that generate GIGO results. I wouldn’t put much stock in the results of this study or any study that uses these methods.

      Regarding the calorie restriction study, the full text is available (http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/fulltext/S1550-4131(18)30130-X?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS155041311830130X%3Fshowall%3Dtrue) and shows that mean BMI and BF% in the two groups were about 26 and 33%, respectively. So, these people weren’t significantly overweight but were “overfat.” In that context, metabolic benefits from CR are pretty unsurprising. They were also probably eating some version of the SAD, so again, not surprising that eating less crappy food is superior to eating more crappy food. This point has been made before regarding rodent and non-human primate CR studies; the diets of these lab animals are usually junk so it’s logical that eating less of it is better for them.

      I’m still not sold that CR is beneficial for people with healthy body comp who eat healthy whole food-based diets and excercise, particularly compared to IF. But, yeah, if you eat a SAD, you’re definitely better off eating less of it.

    2. Red meat is bad. That’s why you see all those lions and tigers having heart attacks.

  5. Re the magnesium study: I grow most of my own vegetables and always add magnesium to the soil, when planting and throughout the season. I have found my tomatoes to be much more robust! I buy a huge bag of magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts) which I also use in my bath!