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13 Nov

Just Walk It Off: How Walking Can Improve Your Emotional Well-Being

walk3A few years ago, a friend of mine went through a particularly rough patch – one of those stretches in which life unraveled in continuous layers. She’d taken multiple trips through the emotional wringer. I was happy to catch up with her recently at a dinner party, where she was looking and feeling recovered, even content and happy again. Lingering at the table with a few of us, she ended up sharing some of the strategies that got her through that time – practices she explained she still uses when serious stress takes hold. “There were days,” she described, “when I would be so upset, so wound around a particular event and unable to let go that it was either continue wandering around the house slamming doors and making large, demonstrative arm movements as I played out the infuriating script running through my head – or just get outside and go for a long ‘$%#& you’ walk to let the bad energy burn itself out.” By the time she got back, she explained, she was dealing with embers instead of an all-out inferno. In other words, things felt manageable again. Over and over, as simple as it was, those walks were one of the main things that got her through – recognizing when she needed the release and letting the steps work their magic.

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12 Nov

What’s Living on Your Skin?

iStock 000016173448SmallThe average human body has about 1.2 square meters of skin. Scattered across and nestled in its myriad crevasses and canyons would lie trillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and mites. Before you shudder and reach for the bleach and a stiff scouring brush, remember the importance of cultivating and supporting the billions of bacteria living in your gut. Recall the vital roles they play (that we know about) in our health and realize that the skin microbiome isn’t any different. Although research is young, we are learning that the critters living on our skin, who number in the billions per centimeter of skin, are supposed to be there. And even though we don’t know exactly all they’re doing, we know this:

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11 Nov

Expert Certification Adds Accreditation and Advisory Board

ExpertCertlogowhitebackgroundAs you probably know, the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification that launched in late August has been extremely well received, and hundreds of students are currently studying to become Primal Blueprint Certified Experts. In fact, we have 74 graduates already, spanning 24 states and 7 countries, and you can read all about them at the Certified Expert Online Directory. While we are pleased to deliver a successful product to an eager audience, I’m also enthusiastic about the bigger picture of having the primal/paleo/ancestral health movement represented in a general sense when it comes to advanced professional education in the areas of diet, exercise, and health science.

It’s a sure bet that progress in mainstream health, fitness, and medical education will happen at a slow pace. As my friend Dr. Doug McGuff says, “Science and mainstream medicine will come around, but it will take 20 years. I’d rather live on the forefront of health progress than wait.” Don’t hold your breath for our hallowed medical schools to start drilling the docs of tomorrow on the pro-inflammatory effects of gluten ingestion, or why the trigs-to-HDL ratio blood values trump total LDL values when trying to assess heart disease risk factors. Registered Dietitians will likely be still studying off the US Government’s beloved ChooseMyPlate for a while longer before they throw the Primal Blueprint Food Pyramid into their course syllabi.

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10 Nov

Dear Mark: Kerrygold and GMOs, Primal Jainism, and Saffron as a Supplement

butter3For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions. First, the matter of Kerrygold butter. It’s the go-to option for Primal butter eaters, but it’s also neither organic nor GMO feed-free. Is this a problem and should I withdraw my recommendation? Next, can a person who eats no meat, no eggs, no seafood, no tubers, and a limited selection of fruits and vegetables go Primal? Probably not, but that’s not the end of the world. And finally, what’s the deal with using saffron as a supplement? It appears to be effective at reducing appetite, but what else does it do?

Let’s go:

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9 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 321

weekend link love2I hung out with Joel Zaslofsky on his Smart and Simple Matters podcast the other day. We had a great chat that I think you’ll love to hear, so go listen.

Steve Marsh is an organic farmer from Australia who lost his organic certification after his fields were contaminated and infiltrated by GMO crops from an adjacent farm. Having lost his case against the neighboring farm, he’s $800k in the hole and needs your help.

Research of the Week

Scientists have found a safer alternative to antibiotics that sidesteps the problem of antibiotic resistance. Hopefully, it works.

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