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23 Apr

7 Things You Had No Idea Gut Bacteria Could Do

gutbacteriaIf you’re a regular Mark’s Daily Apple reader, you probably have at least a generally accurate if somewhat vague notion of the important functions performed by our gut bacteria. They’re a “big part” of our immune systems. They “improve digestion” and “eat the fibers and resistant starches” that our host enzymes cannot digest. Yeah, gut bacteria are hot right now. Everyone’s talking about them. And, since our host cells are famously outnumbered by our gut bacteria, 10 to 1, we need to be apprised of all that they do.

We don’t know everything yet – and we probably never will – but here are some of the most interesting and unexpected functions of our gut bacteria:

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22 Apr

Announcement: The Primal Life Kit Is on Sale Now!

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If you’ve been hanging with me for a while, you’ve probably noticed I’m always encouraging my readers to explore new research, new recipes, and new regimens to lift their Primal journey past plateaus and to the next level. I’ve found a great resource for both the Primal newbie looking to activate his hunter-gatherer roots and the Primal connoisseur looking to expand her Primal knowledge. Put together by our friends at PaleoPlan.com, the Primal Life Kit is a compilation of all the ancestral tools you need to cook, eat, workout, and live Primally.

There’s a total of 49 products and 14 discounts in the Primal Life bundle. They’ve got 21 paleo cookbooks full of mouthwatering, gluten-free recipes, 2 meal plans, and even an online cooking club. Did I mention the 3 fitness programs…informational eBooks on topics like autoimmunity, inflammation, and going paleo on a budget…and 14 discounts on products like Primal Life organics and the best paleo-designed supplements?

Here’s a quick snapshot of the entire package:

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22 Apr

The Dark Side of Dark Chocolate

chocolate 1I love dark chocolate. You love dark chocolate. Everyone but the most soulless, coldhearted, and puppy-hating among us love dark chocolate. And I hesitated even writing this post because the scientific evidence that dark chocolate offers numerous health benefits when consumed in moderation is substantial and, in my opinion, undeniable. However, there is a “dark side” to dark chocolate. That doesn’t mean dark chocolate is “bad,” just that nothing in this life is binary. Like any other healthy food we eat, there are caveats and limitations. Things to keep in mind.

So let’s take a look at some of the murkier aspects of dark chocolate to see if there’s anything we would be better of being aware of.

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21 Apr

Dear Mark: Why Hyperglycemia Is Bad and Those Stubborn Final Pounds

sugar4Today we’ve got a fairly short one with just two questions and answers. First, I tackle a big topic: the specific effects of hyperglycemia on the body. That hyperglycemia is bad for us is implicit, but it’s important to understand why it’s so dangerous. Today, I give a brief but detailed overview of the negative effects of chronic high blood sugar. Next, Carrie gives a female reader a few thoughts on how to (and whether to) lose the last few stubborn pounds. Her unique advice involves sprinting, reframing, rethinking, and restating.

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20 Apr

Weekend Link Love

weekend link love2I am about halfway through the writing of Primal Endurance, a breakthrough book that will change the way we look at endurance training and competition. The main emphasis is on low-carb and/or ketogenic diets and training strategies. I am looking for Success Stories that exemplify this approach. If you compete in any event and have had success training and racing on a low-carb or ketogenic diet, I would love to hear details and maybe even feature your story in the book. Please submit your story here. Thanks!

Episode #15 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. It’s another great reader question roundup.

A new Paleo documentary – “We Love Paleo” – is in production. Donate to the cause and see the important message disseminated.

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