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15 Aug

Are You Suffering from Thyroid Dysfunction? Here’s How a Primal Lifestyle Can Help

Thyroid 2.0Today’s guest post is written by Elle Russ, host of The Primal Blueprint Podcast and author of Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest upcoming title, The Paleo Thyroid Solution, which is available on Amazon.com. To learn more about Elle, you can visit her websiteElleRuss.comElle is not a medical doctor. Her story and advice below are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure thyroid issues, but instead to serve as a point of discussion between you and your doctor.

Chances are, you or someone you know has suffered from some kind of thyroid dysfunction.

There is a big discrepancy among experts’ estimates of how many thyroid patients exist in the United States. But the common assessment seems to be about 20 million Americans, while some groups estimate 27 million—with 13 million of them undiagnosed. Roughly 200 million people worldwide have some form of thyroid disease, and 60% of those with thyroid disease are undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.

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14 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 413

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

Take a deep breath and relax (but only if someone tells you to).

Exposure to nature can reduce aggressive behavior and negative emotions in prison inmates.

How much water you drink affects the color of your pee, says science.

Americans are still fatter than they were 20 years ago.

A mutation that made us immune to toxins in smoke might have given us the edge over neanderthals.

Sneezing and itchy eyes might mean new brain cells.

Speaking of brains, being overweight might make yours age prematurely.

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13 Aug

Cajun Salmon Burgers

Cajun Salmon 2 A blend of Cajun spices coat these salmon burgers, adding gentle heat to the flavorful, crispy blackened crust. These are pure salmon—no eggs, breadcrumbs or other fillers are needed to hold the juicy burgers together.

When looking for a new way to prepare salmon, don’t forget about burgers. Salmon burgers don’t take much longer to make than a salmon fillet, especially since the cooking time for burgers is only about 5 minutes. Served over salad greens with your favorite dressing, or a dollop of mayonnaise on the side, salmon burgers are a tasty way to get your omega-3s.

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12 Aug

Blood Sugar Normalized and Plenty of Energy: If I Can Do This, Anyone Can

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

real_life_stories_stories-1-2I have been an avid reader for about three years now.

I have struggled with my weight since I was about 13 years old. I suppose drinking six to twelve cokes a day didn’t help. My heaviest known weight was 240 pounds. Most big people don’t go looking for a scale. I know I was that big because that was when I was diagnosed as a Type II Diabetic. Of course, even that didn’t stop the coke habit because I was in denial. It took several more years of losing 30 pounds, and then finding it again, to get really serious. Even then, the path is never a straight line.

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11 Aug

Primal Performance: How to Stay Cool Under Pressure

How to Stay Calm Under Pressure FinalThink for a minute about how many times you felt pressure today—pressure to do something you were nervous to do, pressure to perform in the moment, pressure to make the right choice, pressure to take a big step toward a change or experience you want in your life? What was it like? I find pressure to be an intriguing concept. It certainly feels stressful, but it’s ultimately more than stress. Whereas stress at its core is really just a state of physical and/or emotional strain (generally in response to what we somehow perceive as challenging circumstances), it’s initially a response versus a force (but can become a force when chronic). As a result, stress is most essentially a reaction we can at times avoid or use any range of strategies to minimize or manage. Pressure, on the other hand, is more of an input, a force not just acting in us but on us, influencing and compelling us toward action, much like the concept in physics. The pressure we experience may come from outside expectations or from internal sources (e.g. perfectionism), but the net effect is the same: in one way or another, we’re called to act.

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