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20 Jul

Most Popular Posts

Here are all the 2007 goodies distilled from over 500 posts here at Mark’s Daily Apple. These posts have gotten the most traffic, links, comments and feedback. And they’re our readers’ favorites. Enjoy.

Is There Any Safe Meat?

Are There Any Good Carbs?

Why the Atkins Diet Works

Top 10 Health Scams

The Busy Person’s Guide to Losing Weight

The Secret to Health & Longevity: Are You Following the 10/90 Rule?

10 Quick Tips to Boost Your Serotonin

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

I Can’t Eat Anything!

Vitamin Eeeek!

Are Men the Weakest Link?

How to Eat More Chocolate and Drink More Wine Every Day

The 7 Habits of Thin (Healthy) People

13 Simple, Timeless Kitchen Hacks (Banish Tears, Cuts, Burns, Smells & Stains!)

How Long Do I Have to Exercise Before I See Changes?

Top 10 Best & Worst Protein Sources (vegetarians take note)

A Case Against Cardio (from a former mileage king)

Why Our Modern Way of Life Does Not Support Human Health

Which Fork Is for the Grubs?

Grubs, Part 2

Stress, Cortisol, and the Adrenals: When ‘Fight or Flight’ Meets the Modern World

What Does 4,000 Calories a Day Look Like?

More Cowbell!

The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar & Type 2 Diabetes (and you’ll understand it)

My Carb Pyramid

20 Jul

America: We’re #1 All Right

Nothing has changed. Yet. What do you think is the single most important change that must occur?

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20 Jul

More Buzz, Less Sting

And you love it. The most interesting news and tips this week from the world of health:

5 Best Diet Tips for Fighting Diabetes

We like that this article mentions magnesium’s important role in addressing diabetes. Wait, that makes the list sound dryer than a Triscuit. It’s a handy article from the Diet Blog, so check it out!

Does the Body Absorb 5 Pounds of Makeup a Year?

On the one hand: Women who use makeup (the average is 20 personal care products!) absorb several pounds of chemicals annually. We will all die! Cancer is coming! Go au natural! On the other: these are all approved chemicals shown to have little effect, and though we haven’t tested their combined effect on humans, scientists are well aware of the combined effects in general. Besides, men don’t wear makeup and their disease rates are similar to women’s. What say you, Apples?

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Healthy Living Makes You Live Longer!

We know. You’re so shocked. Try to contain yourself.

Obesity Pill Fuels Suicides

The FDA has banned an obesity drug used in Britain because of some very tragic side effects. Of 120 people participating in a clinical trial, 2 committed suicide and a third considered it.

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Crohn’s Disease: Finding the Culprit

Crohn’s Disease (chronic inflammation of the digestive tract) is a serious disease that affects 1 in 1000 Westerners. Scientists have now discovered that inflamed regions carry more of the bacteria e.coli. The bacteria, in turn, carry the genes related to many diseases including the bubonic plague. It may well be that Crohn’s “borrows” genes of other diseases. We’ll keep you posted.

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Favorite Posts

The 7 Habits of Thin (Healthy) People

13 Timeless Kitchen Tips

My Carb Pyramid

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19 Jul

Now That’s Just Inflammatory!

Inflammation is a very normal and healthy bodily response to stress, infection, or injury. Unfortunately, prolonged inflammation brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle is a destructive force that affects your musculoskeletal health, gastrointestinal health, cardiovascular health, vision, and hormone regulation. It’s important to control inflammation (there are medications, of course) but it’s even wiser to prevent inflammation. You can do this through daily exercise, effective stress management, and avoidance of smoking and drinking. But there are many foods that help control inflammation, too. (Chicken nuggets – or rings – do not.) These foods are known as vegetables. Yes – vegetables can help your inflammation just like drugs can. But don’t tell anyone.

Here are the smartest vegetables for your pursuit of reducing your inflammation without popping pills nice things:


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Bok choy

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Aim to eat one of these vegetables daily!

Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Le Source

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More Smart Fuel Posts

Healthy Tastes Great: Popular Recipes from Yours Truly

Health Benefits of Peppers (10 Peppers You Need to Try!)

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