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Archive for June, 2008

30 Jun

Dear Mark: Ketosis

Dear Mark, What are ketones? How does ketosis play into the Primal Blueprint? Did our bodies evolve to run on ketones? If not, why do they exist? Ketones, to put it briefly, are compounds created by the body when it burns fat stores for energy. When you consume a diet very low in carbohydrates, the […]

29 Jun

Portion Distortion

Which came first, the larger waistline or the bigger portion size? This is like one of those philosophical questions about art imitating life or the chicken/egg paradox.

28 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 4

A Hearty Life briefs us on a new study suggesting that our socioeconomic standing in life determines our likelihood to recover from a heart attack! Cognitive Daily is undergoing a site redesign an invites you to weigh in on the topics you’d most like to have them blog about. Conditioning Research evaluated a study by […]

27 Jun

The “As If” Challenge: Starter Recipes

So, you’ve decided to accept the Primal challenge. No time like the present, we say! To get you started we thought we’d share a few recipes in keeping with the “as if” challenge. No compromises or indulgences. It’s the PB diet straight up!

27 Jun

Act “As If” – A 30-Day Primal Health Challenge

Last week we looked at what goes into our decisions to be healthy: the hows, the wheres, the whos and whys of consideration, of envisioning and finally of commitment. It’s a decision that puts ourselves at the core, we said. Sometimes our path to that decision is smooth. Sometimes it’s a collection of fits and […]

26 Jun

Reader Response: Insulin Index

Reader Pete asked for some thoughts on the “Insulin Index,” a measurement chart similar to the glycemic index. While the glycemic index calculates the relative blood sugar rise induced by given foods, the insulin index evaluates the insulin response generated by 38 different foods. The insulin index, which first made its appearance in a 1997 […]

25 Jun

What Happens to Your Body When… You Haven’t Properly Trained for Your Marathon?

The marathon. An epic struggle of the individual against his/her own body. A kind of “Mt. Everest” for athletic practice, it exacts a sizable toll on anyone who dares attempt it. (The first marathon man died after all.) The seasoned athlete knows and respects the physical claim of a marathon, and it is substantial even […]

24 Jun

Health Suicide in 10 Easy Steps

We know most of our readers here at Mark’s Daily Apple are well attuned to what it means to live healthily, but sometimes even the pros can make mistakes. Read on to learn 10 ways to commit health suicide…

23 Jun

Turmeric: A Spice for Life

The popular Asian cooking spice, turmeric, may help prevent diabetes and help beneficially influence body composition, according to a study slated to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Endocrinology. Previous research has suggested that turmeric and its anti-oxidative ingredient, curcumin, can help reduce inflammation, help heal wounds and relieve pain. For the most […]

23 Jun

Dear Mark: Better Nutrient Forms

Dear Mark, What’s the story about certain kinds of vitamin C, calcium, etc.? Does it make any difference? Because we live in a more complicated, modern world with chronic stress, pollution, etc., I always suggest wise supplementation for optimum health. The best supplementation is effectively comprehensive, properly balanced, and efficiently bioavailable. Some forms of some […]

22 Jun

Control Your Lifestyle, Control Your Genes

Results of a dramatic study highlighting (guess what) gene expression were published last week by the National Academy of Sciences, and suddenly the popular media is suddenly paying very close attention. The study, which followed 30 men with low risk, early prostate cancer, demonstrates the dramatic role of lifestyle intervention in gene expression and corresponding […]

21 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 3

60 in 3 gave us some great tips on how to get your day off to a good start. Arthur De Vany calls out the average American diet for the fad that it is! Blog of Herbs gives us a cure for the dreaded Buffet Syndrome (and other culinary over-indulgences!) Blogger Burning the Scale reviews […]

20 Jun

Have You Decided to Be Healthy?

For some people, it’s a New Year’s resolution. For others, the scare of a close friend’s or relative’s illness. Maybe it’s a scary diagnosis of their own. Oftentimes, it’s a long pondered goal. Yet even when it’s more of a “spur of the moment” pledge, the decision to be healthy usually comes after good thought […]

19 Jun

Cold Water Therapy

You’re in the middle of a nice, hot shower, feeling your muscles relax, the day’s tension (or night’s sleepiness) melt away. As you bask in the quiet moment of repose, suddenly your body gets a startling jolt. After a second of disoriented shock, you realize something has happened to the hot water. Did someone start […]

18 Jun

The Definitive Guide to Grains

Amber Waves of Pain Order up! Yes, folks, it’s definitive guide time again. I’ve read your requests and am happy (as always) to oblige. Grab your coffee (or tea), and pull up a seat. Glad you’re with us. Insulin, cholesterol, fats… They’re only the tip of the iceberg. I’ve had a few “definitive” topics up […]

17 Jun

10 Ways to De-stress

It’s been several decades since Bobby McFerrin (Yes, Bobby McFerrin, not Bob Marley) wrote the hit song “Don’t Worry be Happy” and yet we still can’t, well, quit worrying and get happy. Whether it’s the kids, work, or a to-do list that simply won’t quit, the reality is there are hundreds of sources of stress […]

16 Jun

Dear Mark: Food with HFCS?

Dear Mark, I’m interested in a list of all the manufactured foods that contain high fructose corn syrup. Also, is HFCS also used in wine making? Thanks to reader Cheryl for this question. First off, let’s talk a bit about high fructose corn syrup. HFCS, as it’s known, is an omnipresent sweetener and preservative found […]

15 Jun

Save a Few Bucks, Gain a Few Pounds

The stories are everywhere on news broadcasts, mornings shows, and magazines. Bulk shopping, particularly as it’s defined by stock images of Sam’s Club and Costco, is the key to the current economic crunch, the newscasters tell us. Footage clip after clip show the enormous carts filled to the brim with essentials like toilet paper, diapers, […]

14 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 2

Whole Health Source examines atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) among Masai men. Thinking of doing some yard work this weekend? Follow In Denial Health‘s advice for preventing back injuries. Highlight Health gives us some great tips to help fend off a snack attack. Conditioning Research tells us to catch some Zzzz’s if we want to […]

13 Jun

The Importance of Blood Sugar Level

Think this is a post about diabetes? Nope. (Although you wouldn’t be alone in that assumption…) In this country, if you don’t have diabetes, you’re supposedly in the clear. Not so fast, we say! Research from New Zealand offers “the largest study to date of [hemoglobin] A1C levels and subsequent mortality risk” in men and […]

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