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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Month: January 2007

Healthy Eating 101

Regardless of whether you are taking a comprehensive multi-vitamin that provides you with full spectrum nutrient support; it is always important to eat a well-rounded diet as you can’t expect vitamins to completely make up for poor eating habits. So which foods should you incorporate into your eating plan? A good place to start is the World’s Healthiest Foods website. This site has compiled a list of select vegetables, fruits, beans, meats and grains they consider to be at the top of the nutrition ladder. Each item on the list has a detailed profile describing its health benefits, nutrient information, and how it is best stored and enjoyed. The site also offers over a hundred recipes using these foods and provides a recipe assistant to help find the dish that is right for you. If you would like in-depth information about anything from bell peppers to flaxseed, as well as suggestions on how to integrate them into your diet, check out this comprehensive resource.

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Scientists Perplexed: Issue ‘Impossible Calorie Award’

We had to bring in an auxiliary team of researchers just to help us out with this one. (They were not from Denmark.) Chili’s restaurant offers so many impossibly caloric meals, two scientists resigned in protest and a third left only a note with the words “I fold” written shakily in the lower left corner.

Exhibit A: The entire selection of burgers – without fries. Enough calories to terrify petri dishes everywhere.

Exhibit B: Chili’s “Favorites”. Enough calories to ensure every man, woman and child has a heart attack.

Exhibit C: By far the most ridiculous high-calorie item we have discovered…anywhere. on. planet. earth. Supplying 2.5 days’ worth of calories, the “Awesome Blossom” truly offers some serious awe. 2,700 calories? 203 grams of fat? Six thousand mg’s of sodium?

“Awesome” is often used in the modern patois to denote “cool” or “wow” or “kinda better than average I guess.” We’d like to congratulate Chili’s Restaurant for producing a food product with an astoundingly accurate name – because words mean things. Thanks, Chili’s.

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What’s Your Favorite?

Hey, Apples! Our mission here at the MDA is to create a hand-built health resource that is tailored to your health interests and goals. The Worker Bees and I peruse hundreds of health stories and studies daily to bring you the latest, most interesting, and most helpful. Here’s how you can help us help you: tell us your favorite health and fitness websites! If it’s not already on our list, we’ll add it. You might even see your favorite site added to my Daily Reads. (You can even include your own site or blog if it’s relevant.)

Send your favorite health, fitness, nutrition or self-improvement websites and blogs to sara@primalnutrition.com.

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The Buckler Brief

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT: Arabinogalactans

NUTRIENT: Arabinogalactans

WHAT IT IS: Arabinogalactans are found in many foods and plant fibers, including garlic, leeks, carrots, radishes, pears, tomatoes, wheat, red wine, coconut, curcumin (found in curry seasoning), echinacea, and some tree barks. The best source for arabinogalactans is the larch tree. Of course, the Master Formula contains plenty of this beneficial extract, so you won’t have to visit your local forest for a larch bark snack.

WHAT IT DOES: We’ve all heard how echinacea, certain vegetables, garlic and onions can help fight infections and improve the strength of the immune system. Here’s why: arabinogalactans. All of these foods and herbs contain this potent little group of polysaccharides, and researchers think this is why such foods and herbs as garlic and echinacea are famous for boosting the immune system.

STUDIES SHOW: Arabinogalactans, scientifically speaking, are polysaccharides. They are gum sugars found in plant cell walls. But there’s nothing sweet about them: these powerful compounds can stimulate killer cells, interleukins, and tumer necrosis factor. These factors are involved in maintaining the health of the immune system. Scientists have found that arabinogalactans can help reduce length and severity of colds and infections. Arabinogalactans may also be helpful in fighting parasites.

WHY WE LIKE IT: In addition to offering immune system support, arabinogalactins appear to promote healthy gut bacteria. This is critical for maintaining a strong immune system and reducing those fattening gut bugs we like to talk about here on the MDA.

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Vitamins Good for Kids, Too

Here’s a great study on the important role supplementing plays in prenatal development.

 

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Is There One for Better Hair, Too?

It’s been quite a day for the beverage industry here at the MDA. Is an Annoying Drink Award in the works? Who can say?

The latest scam trend is Borba, the alleged wrinkle-preventing, skin-clarifying, change-your-life drink. Aside from the fact that I’m not about to drink something that’s actually pastel in color, the science is really questionable.

The better bet for good skin is a daily moisturizer, a good supplement routine, nutritious foods high in good fats, and judicious sun exposure. Of course, cigarettes, excessive drinking, high levels of stress and junk food are obvious things to avoid.

Borba may be really pretty, but there must be a reason I keep calling it Bogus by mistake. You can read up on the questionable science here.

Borba comes in pastel blue and pink, too. What, no mauve?

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