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10 Feb

10 Reasons to Eat More Collagen

Collagen finalFor years, the bodybuilding, protein-gorging community has maligned collagen for its inessentiality and lack of input into the muscle-protein synthesis process. From their perspective, it sort of makes sense. Why bother with “low quality” protein like gelatin/collagen when you can pound the whey, eat the meat, and focus on other sources of the essential amino acids directly involved in building muscle?

Except the research is showing that these “nonessential” proteins are actually pretty darn useful.

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9 Feb

Nootropics: Brain Enhancers, Smart Drugs, or Empty Hype?

nootropics finalHang around on nootropic forums where fans and users congregate and you’ll come away with the notion that you’re missing out on a leg up if you’re not taking the latest and greatest nootropic supplement. Nootropics promise vague benefits to “cognition” and “performance,” but what’s really happening? Do nootropics actually work as advertised? Some of them do, absolutely. But others, maybe not so much. 

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8 Feb

Dear Mark: How Many Sprints Per Week, How to Play and Train with Babies, and the Best Nighttime Snack

Baby finalFor today’s Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions. First, how often can a person sprint safely and effectively? There are many factors to consider when determining the amount of sprinting a person can handle each week, like stress levels, sleep, and other training, so it’s tough to give a specific number. Next, what are new parents supposed to do for physical play and exercise? Aren’t babies fragile, helpless things? No. As you’ll see, it’s possible and even desirable to expose your young children to intense (but fun) play and exercise and introduce elements of cautious risk-taking into your time with them. Finally, what’s the best nighttime snack alternative to nuts and dried fruit?

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7 Feb

Weekend Link Love – Edition 386

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

Cooking (and even frying) with extra virgin olive oil increases the antioxidant capacity of and creates new polyphenols in vegetables.

Urban gardeners are safe from lead poisoning, even with high lead content in the soil (just don’t eat the dirt).

Vaginal bacteria swabs may replace missing microbes in c-section babies.

Turtles must taste really good.

Spending more nets better food (and bodyweight).

Sitting too much and sleeping too little linked to type 2 diabetes.

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6 Feb

Primal Furikake

PrimalFurikake is a Japanese seasoning made from dried fish (bonito), sesame seeds, dried seaweed, salt, sugar, and often msg. A Primal version is easy to make–simply drop the sugar and msg–and you have a versatile seasoning for just about everything.

The ratio of ingredients can be tailored to your own taste, so simply use this furikake recipe as a guide. This particular recipe adds plenty of nori, since you can’t go wrong with a lot of nori.

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