NuSI – Episode 155
- [3:34] The New Sweetener Nectresse
- [6:24] NuSI
- [15:24] CNS Recovery After Training and Cerebral Palsy
- [24:39] Heavy Metals
- [27:36] When The Autoimmune Protocol Doesn’t Work
- [33:09] Spicy Food and Gut Health
- [37:38] American vs. Russian Kettlebell Swings
- [44:16] Muscle Stem Cell Supply Depletion
- [49:23] Health At Every Size
Weightlifting Programming: A Winning Coach’s Guide by Bob Takano
1. New Sweetener
Can you share your thoughts on Nectresse – the new Sweetener? Specifically – is it a better choice than Splenda or Truvia? Thanks!
Robb and Gregg,
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about NuSI, or Nutrition Science Initiative. It seems like a good idea to me but I’d like to hear your thoughts. On their website they state the problem (our health sucks) and their strategy (science) but don’t seem to have any solutions… Is this project legit/worth donating to? It seems to me that Paleo is a pretty darn good solution… Thanks, you guys rock.
3. CNS Recovery
Hi Greg and Robb,
I’m interested in finding out your take on CNS recovery. I’m a 34 year old man, have CrossFitted for a few years until I was beat up; now I do a CF Football(ish) program 3x/week. I’m also a full-time student, homeschooling dad, and bike/bus commuter. I’ve been eating paleo (+ cream) at home for about 4 years, but forget about it when I’m anywhere outside of my house.
My question is based around the fact that I have cerebral palsy that affects the right side of my body. What can I do to help speed up my central nervous system recovery after training? I feel like my central nervous system is always being taxed due to my CP, which makes me excessively worn-out. I sleep 8 hours a night, many times don’t feel rested when I wake up. I take good fish oil and ZMA each day.
I’m interested in hearing your guy’s thoughts and ideas on this subject.
4. Heavy metals
Hi Robb. I’m one of your six original listeners and I’m still dutifully worshiping at the alter of paleo each and every week. My question regards heavy metals. How significant are they to our health? What do you think of the field of orthomolecular medicine (abram hoffner et al)? Finally, what about the various protocols (nutritional balancing, coffee enemas etc.) to eliminate heavy metals? I would appreciate some clarity on this subject. Helen. (the canadians are slowly coming around)
5. When the autoimmune protocol does not work
Hi Robb and Greg-
I am curious about what to do when Paleo/Paleo autoimmune does not work to clear up a condition. I have ulcerative colitis. I switched to a Paleo diet 11/2 years ago. I have been 100% grain and legume free since that time. I did a very strict period about 3 months of being dairy free, nut free, egg free, nightshade free, caffeine free, alcohol free, chocolate free, and since my body does not tolerate starch (taro, sweet potato, ect) very well, starch free. I ate bone broths, cooked, peeled, seeded vegetables, and very little fruit, though bananas are something that my body does pretty well with when I am very sick and cannot tolerate much else. I took fish oil and digestive enzymes religiously during this period.
At the the end of this period, my colitis was worse then it ever was, prompting me to have another colonoscopy and forcing me to go on more medication. At the end of the 3 months, I kind of felt defeated, went on the meds, stayed 100% grain and legume free, but let up on the other things, eating eggs, nightshades, and occasionally grass-fed better and aged cheese. I have not been able to get off the meds, but my condition is certainly not any better or worse then when I was very strict in my diet. Being that strict, quite honestly felt a little obsessive and often depressing- regular Paleo is no problem for me, but all of those other limitations began to make me feel very alienated in social situations and was also very time consuming, not to mention a little boring. I live in a very rural area in Hawaii so I have no access to the Dr.’s in the Paleo network nor are there any functional medical Dr.’s in my area.
Since beginning Paleo eating I feel like a crusader in my own personal health revolution and am thankful for all the folks with the GAPS, SCD, and Paleo lifestyle information. I am just not quite sure where to look next. I could go back on the autoimmune craziness and see if I have a different result this time, but I am wondering if there any other avenues to look down? As a side note, I began doing some fertility monitoring a few months ago and noticed that my morning Basal Body Temperature is sometimes quite low – 95.5-96.5 range. It seems that when this is the case I also notice that I have more problems sleeping and my colitis seems to be slightly worse.
The only thing that I have noticed to be related to a low body temperature on Dr. Google is Thyroid issues. I think my Dr. would think I was crazy for suggesting this, I am a normal weight- 5’3 and 115 with decent muscle mass. I do have slightly more fat on my abdomen than on other areas of my body- my legs and bum are fairly lean. This has caused me to question metabolic issues and systemic inflammation issues. Clearly I have inflammation issues, but that being the case why didn’t the autoimmune deal help at all??? I would be willing to invest in some blood work if it could shed some light on the situation. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks for all that you folks do- you make my long walks even more enjoyable.
6. Is spicy food a “crappy” choice for a healthy gut?
This question is about the health benefits of spicy food. “They” (ambiguous health experts and scientists) say that spicy food can assist in lowering blood pressure and risk of hard disease, and reduce inflammation, among other claims. I have become an increasingly enthusiastic fan of spicy food over the past few years, and I find that a lot of spicy meals I enjoy are also very healthy-gluten and sugar free, comprised mostly of meat and vegetables. However, the morning after a spicy meal often results in a less than fun trip to the bathroom. So, my question is: if I’m having these unpleasant bowel movements after spicy food, they must be bad for my gut health/digestion, right? Do really spicy foods affect gut health in a way that I should be worried about? Can I keep building up my tolerance or should I lower the spice level until I stop having this type of side effect? I’d love to hear your thoughts because spice certainly does add a level of fun to some otherwise bland paleo meals. Thanks!
7. American vs Russian Kettlebell Swings
Robb & Greg, what is the best kettlebell swing, Russian or American? Specifically, which is better orthopedically for fit but 40+ trainees? Crossfit says American, but RKC teaches Russian (as far as I know) and many look to them as the experts of all things KB. And while you are at it, what do you think of this?: http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/ten_thousand_swings_to_fat_loss;jsessionid=05B326B01E2F6FF18983183D138C6188-mcd01.hydra
8. Muscle stem cells depletion, aging, and over-exercising
Robb and Greg, my knowledge of biology pretty much tops out with what I have learned from Gary Taubes, Ufe Ravnskov, Chris Kresser, and Robb. Have pity on me.
But I came across this science discovery about a protein that seems to have a role in the aging of muscles. The researchers claim to have found excess accumulation of FGF2, which they say plays a role in recruiting muscle stem cells to become real muscle cells. What intrigued me was reading that we have a finite amount of muscle stem cells (this is new to me, I didn’t know the body’s ability to make muscles could run out). This is where my question comes, if we have finite muscle stem cells that are used to create new muscle cells, is there some level of over-exercising that depletes the finite stem cells faster than normal use? Does high intensity exercising offer good health while young at the expense of weakness when older?
Am I just missing something else about the fact muscle stem cells are finite? Is this molecular biology basics and I, the geographer, am just embarrassing myself asking?
See this link for what inspired my curiosity. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120926133107.htm
9. Health At Every Size?
Just came across Linda Bacon’s “Health at Every Size” website. At first glance I resonate with her trying to shift people from a one-dimensional focus on trying to get rid of fat to trying to attain health, however as I read her manifesto there were some things that run counter to beliefs that seem core to the ancestral health crowd.
Some of her claims from her manifesto:
1.)Overweight people live longer than normal weight folks.
2.) There are some people that simply cannot lose weight and we need to redefine our notion of beauty.
And most surprisingly…
3.)”…we’re healthier than ever and chronic disease is appearing much later in life…We are simply not seeing the catastrophic consequences predicted to result from
the “obesity epidemic.”
So as a fitness coach who works with over-fat people, this brings up a lot of important questions for me such as:
Is being over-fat correlative to health issues not causative? If so how does this change our approach?
What level of over-fatness changes the game so to speak? This perspective seems much easier to accept for a person who is 30 pounds overweight and not feeling so great about themselves as opposed to 130 pounds overweight and having a hard time being functional?
If all people can lose fat, do we need to create more reasonable expectations? I find that the prospect of a six-pack or skinny underarms really haunts people who have already seen huge changes in body composition (fitness coaches who have themselves been over fat may be the most afflicted speaking from personal experience.)
Love to hear what you folks think about this.