The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #157 – Paleo Mayo Recipe, Homemade Sunscreen, and Why Assisted Pullups With Elastic Bands Is a Bad Idea


Paleo Mayonnaise

I’ve tried making mayo before with no luck, but I made this one and it came out great. I think the key might be the size of the container. This time I made it in a tall round container that was just a little bigger than the immersion blender. I used avocado oil and it’s freakin’ delicious.

Non-Toxic Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

I’m interested in making my own natural sunscreen because I hate how costly good sunscreens are and I also don’t feel like the best sunscreens on the market are really that good. You might already have a lot of these ingredients in your cupboard, but if not, the entire list of ingredients would cost about $84.57. You’d be able to make several batches with this though and after that, you’d probably only need to stock up on a couple of things with plenty of other ingredients still left over.


These sure do look good don’t they?

The One Probiotic Supplement You Need to be Taking

Did you know that the intestinal wall that keeps the contents of the intestines – the food you eat – from passing through is only one cell thick? This is why gut permeability (“leaky gut”) happens. When we take antibiotics, steroids, and medications, we weaken that wall. Stress, harmful bacteria and gluten also work against that barrier. But one of the key things all of us can do, especially those suffering from leaky gut, is to take a probiotic containing Lactobacillus plantarum. Research has shown that Lactobacillus plantarum can significantly reduce gut lining permeability, which in turn can reduce inflammation of the body, making it stronger and more resistant to undesirable substances.

Barefoot running survey: Evidence from the field

Remember that lawsuit against Vibram back in May? So Vibram might have made false claims about what their shoes can do, but only because there is no scientific research behind it. It doesn’t mean that their claims aren’t true and this survey is a pretty good example of how beneficial barefoot shoes are, if used correctly. I’ve actually used barefoot shoes to help with knee problems in the past, so I know that they can be beneficial, at least for me.

Is Glass Bakeware Safe Anymore? The Dangers Of Exploding Glass Dishes

I never thought about my glass bakeware exploding. It’s never happened to me. I have had a glass plate explode in the microwave once though. That was kinda scary. After reading this article and watching the Consumer Reports video, I don’t want to use my glass bakeware anymore. Looks like the issue is really just that if you’re cooking at really high temperatures, you shouldn’t set the glass dish on a cold surface right out of the oven.

Elastic bands are doing more harm to your pull-up progress than good

Using elastic bands to assist in doing pullups is a common recommendation by fitness experts. Maybe it’s not such a good idea after all. It prevents a full range of motion and doesn’t engage all of the necessary muscles needed to be able to eventually do pullups unassisted. So what are your options if you can’t do a pullup yet? Well, you can still do assisted pullups, just not with resistance bands. Check out the article for links to instructional videos.

Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis

The long title explains it all. Buy organic when you can!

7 Exercises Fitness Experts Wish You Would Stop Doing

All great points, although the “curls in the squat rack” tip is a big of a cop-out. It’s a common joke, but not really helpful. A common theme in a couple of these tips, although not specifically mentioned, is that people shouldn’t be doing isolation exercises because there are much more beneficial exercises to do. Isolation exercises just aren’t useful for the common gym-goer.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #156 – Probiotics For Treating Fatty Liver Disease, Health Risks of E-Cigarettes, and 10 Benefits of Deadlifts


Consuming probiotics for a month helps diminish fat accumulation in the liver, according to a new study

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is when more than 5-10% of the liver is fat. NAFLD is more likely to develop in people who are obese or who have diabetes. This study found that by giving rats probiotics for a month, the accumulation of fat that’s stored in their liver was less than what was stored in rats who did not receive the probiotics. The probiotics used in the study were Lactobacillus paracasei, Bifidobacterium breve, and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.

Vanilla Pudding Pops with Homemade Magic Shell

I’m definitely making these!

Studies Reveal Health Risks Of E-Cigarettes

It’s really too bad that e-cigs aren’t very healthy, because I think they could be a great alternative to real cigarettes. It’s not really a huge surprise to me though. I was a smoker for about 15 years and I quit by using an e-cig and eventually weaning myself down to lower nicotine levels. E-cigs aren’t approved as smoking cessation devices, but they worked for me, and despite the potential negative effects, I’m thankful that they helped me kick my terrible smoking habit.

10 Benefits of Deadlifts You Probably Never Knew

If you want to burn fat, increase hormones, fix your posture, build more muscles, improve grip strength, prevent injury and improve cardio, deadlifts are cheap, easy and one of the safest exercise you can do.

How To Make Creamy Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient!

Bananas! I love bananas so much! Frozen banana ice cream is way healthier than store-bought ice cream. We sometimes make small frozen banana/peanut butter disks for dog treats too.

How To Make Caramelized Onions in a Slow Cooker

I’ve never actually made caramelized onions before because I just don’t want to stand around for hours making them. Making them in the crockpot though, is doable. And freezing them into ice cubes to save for later is such a great idea!

Top 6 Challenge Workouts

Challenge training is sort of like turning your workout into a game. It could be something like trying to do as many reps as you can within 20 minutes or increasing reps/weights each set until you can’t take it anymore. Some of these workouts are the kind that will leave you gasping for air and running to a trash can to vomit in. These workouts are contributed by Dan John, a well known strength and conditioning coach. If you’re looking to switch things up, give one of these a try.

Mobility Drills and Foam Rollers Suck

The author of this article, Jesse Irizarry is a strength and conditioning coach who claims that people are wasting time with mobility drills and foam rollers when they should be warming up with exercises that work the muscles that they will be working on during their workout. It’s sort of like killing two birds with one stone, because not only do you get your warmup in, but you also work out your muscles with beneficial lifts for increased strength. Right after reading this I went into the basement to try the Sotts presses and I could barely do just the 45 lb. bar without falling over.