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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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Dear Mark: Supplement Q and A

July 23 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering several questions from the comment section of a previous post about my training supplementation. There were some fantastic ones. I explain my favorit...

Crohn’s Conquered!

June 12 2015 -

A Decade Long Journey: How Primal Living Healed My Crohn’s Disease

November 07 2014 - 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’...

How to Exercise with An Autoimmune Condition

March 23 2017 - Autoimmune diseases really throw the body for a loop. You're attacking your own tissues. Your inflammation is sky high. What's usually good for you—like boosting the immune system—can make it wors...

Weekend Link Love – Edition 228

February 03 2013 - Research of the Week Though most of us think of steaming as a gentler cooking method, a recent study found that steamed salmon had more oxidized cholesterol than pan-fried salmon. However, cooking ti...

Are Parasites Primal?

January 21 2014 - The environment of ages past has shaped who we are today, even (or especially) the difficult, unpleasant stuff - this is the foundation of ancestral health. Take exercise. Early man's daily life was o...

Dear Mark: More On Women and Fasting

May 21 2018 - Last week, I updated an older post on women and intermittent fasting. For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be answering some of the comments and questions from that post. First, should a lean woman ...

After Six Months I Was In Remission

March 25 2019 - It's Monday, 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 Da...

Contact

June 01 2016 - I currently receive emails faster than I can answer them. While I do my absolute best to respond to as many as possible, please do not be upset if I don't respond to yours. If you want to increase you...

Dear Mark: Supplement Q and A

July 23 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering several questions from the comment section of a previous post about my training supplementation. There were some fantastic ones. I explain my favorit...

Are Parasites Primal?

January 21 2014 - The environment of ages past has shaped who we are today, even (or especially) the difficult, unpleasant stuff - this is the foundation of ancestral health. Take exercise. Early man's daily life was o...

Dear Mark: More On Women and Fasting

May 21 2018 - Last week, I updated an older post on women and intermittent fasting. For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be answering some of the comments and questions from that post. First, should a lean woman ...

A Primal Primer: Leaky Gut

May 06 2014 - After I mentioned it in last week's 10 Principles of Primal Living (Finally) Getting Mainstream Media Coverage post, several readers emailed asking about leaky gut. What is it? How do I know if I ha...

You Don’t Know Squat

September 23 2009 - A while back, I gave a bit of Link Love to Nature’s Platform (thanks, NeoPaleo), a contraption that fits over regular toilets and allows users to squat instead of sit. I included it mainly for the l...

8 Alternative Therapies Worth Considering

February 15 2017 - Here at Mark's Daily Apple, I avoid writing off anything without first investigating it. I keep one foot in the "alternative" health world and one in the "conventional" realm, making sure to maintain ...

5 Common Nutrient Deficiencies (and What to Do About Them)

April 19 2012 - If the Primal way of eating is so healthy, why am I writing a post on common nutrient deficiencies? Well, mostly because you asked. For months now, I've received emails from Mark's Daily Apple readers...

How to Establish a Healthy Gut in Your Primal Baby

May 07 2014 - Yes, folks: it's another post about the gut. But today's advice is geared toward all the Primal babies out there in preconception, in utero, and in diapers. Because for the first few years, they're p...

Should I Take a GLA Supplement?

September 21 2017 - Recently, a reader inquired about gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and inflammation. Is GLA everything it's made out to be? Is it something all of us should add to our diets? Can we obtain it through real f...

Not Just for Bodybuilders: The Many Wheys Whey Protein Can Improve Your Health

November 26 2014 - (Apologies for the terrible title. I just couldn't help myself.) When you think of whey protein, what kind of consumer comes to mind? The six-meal-and-three-snack-a-day bro who keeps a whey shak...

How to Exercise with An Autoimmune Condition

March 23 2017 - Autoimmune diseases really throw the body for a loop. You're attacking your own tissues. Your inflammation is sky high. What's usually good for you—like boosting the immune system—can make it wors...

8 Alternative Therapies Worth Considering

February 15 2017 - Here at Mark's Daily Apple, I avoid writing off anything without first investigating it. I keep one foot in the "alternative" health world and one in the "conventional" realm, making sure to maintain ...

Dear Mark: Strong but Stiff, Denatured Proteins, Weeklong Fasting, and Oxalates

December 17 2012 - Today's edition of Dear Mark is a bit of a grab-bag. First, I give advice on how to loosen up after strength training. Being able to deadlift however many pounds is nice and all, but what if you're to...

What’s All This Talk About Inflammation?

February 13 2008 - We talk a lot around here about inflammation, and some of you have raised good questions (and answers) regarding what we're really getting at. A continuing thanks for your comments and thoughtful resp...

Top 10 Paleo Apps

November 09 2017 - "Apps aren't paleo, Sisson. Grok waited for days for aurochs to wander within spear-chucking range, not overnight for the release of the iPhone X." True. But this is the world we live in. These are th...

20 Easy Bodyweight Exercises To Build Functional Arm Strength

February 07 2017 - Today's post is from Jennifer Dene at Paleohacks.  Ready to develop your upper body? Skip the isolation exercises and build functional arm strength with these 20 easy bodyweight exercises — no g...

8 Alternative Therapies Worth Considering

February 15 2017 - Here at Mark's Daily Apple, I avoid writing off anything without first investigating it. I keep one foot in the "alternative" health world and one in the "conventional" realm, making sure to maintain ...

What Is the Vagus Nerve? (and How Does It Impact Health, Mood and Performance?)

February 16 2017 - In recent years, I’ve regularly vouched for the gut as our long-abused secondary brain. Given what most of us grew up learning in school, it can feel like a mammoth shift. Science and philosophy hav...

How to Stop Using Food Like a Drug

May 05 2016 - You might be hard-pressed to find many people who never take advantage of the “elixir” effects food can have on us. For instance, I’d venture that the majority of us start our day with a cup of ...

A Primal Primer: Leaky Gut

May 06 2014 - After I mentioned it in last week's 10 Principles of Primal Living (Finally) Getting Mainstream Media Coverage post, several readers emailed asking about leaky gut. What is it? How do I know if I ha...

8 Alternative Therapies Worth Considering

February 15 2017 - Here at Mark's Daily Apple, I avoid writing off anything without first investigating it. I keep one foot in the "alternative" health world and one in the "conventional" realm, making sure to maintain ...

How to Establish a Healthy Gut in Your Primal Baby

May 07 2014 - Yes, folks: it's another post about the gut. But today's advice is geared toward all the Primal babies out there in preconception, in utero, and in diapers. Because for the first few years, they're p...

Restless Legs Syndrome: Causes, Factors and Treatments

February 22 2018 - For anyone who's experienced it, the frustration can be miserable. The countless tossing and turning, the minutes that tick by (turning into hours), and you STILL haven’t gotten a modicum of decent...

The Pill: What You Need to Know About Oral Contraception

January 19 2012 - Over the years I’ve received questions about the Pill on a pretty steady basis. As one female reader put it, if you go Primal and do all the work of normalizing your hormones, does taking the Pill u...

The Plastic of Our Lives

May 04 2007 - Grocery stores are strange places full of even stranger food packaging concepts. Here's some food for thought edible substance for cerebration (pitifully-unsuccessful-avoidance-of-pun alert): Have ...

7 High-Tech Tools for Better Primal Living

March 03 2011 - Superficial observers of the ever-growing Primal movement often assume us to be a bunch loin-clothed Luddites, but, generally speaking, we aren't paleo-romaticists eschewing all things new. In fact, m...

Top 10 Paleo Apps

November 09 2017 - "Apps aren't paleo, Sisson. Grok waited for days for aurochs to wander within spear-chucking range, not overnight for the release of the iPhone X." True. But this is the world we live in. These are th...

Are Your Children Sleep-Deprived?

August 28 2018 - It’s about that time: the start of the school year. Bleary-eyed kids everywhere are dragged from bed, thrown into clothing, handed an energy bar and glass of juice, and shuttled off to spend hours s...

Primal Korean Bibimbap

June 04 2016 - Bibimbap, a dish made up of white rice mixed with vegetables, meat, egg and a fermented condiment or two, is Korean comfort food. A quick Primal change (switching out white rice for cauliflower rice a...

Paleo Spinach & Artichoke Crab Dip

March 21 2015 - This a guest post from Kim and Amanda of PaleoSchmaleo. Kim and I were gifted with a glorious bottle of pre-made paleo approved (REAL FOOD) mayo from Primal Kitchen. I say glorious, and I don’t u...

Crohn’s Conquered!

June 12 2015 -

A Decade Long Journey: How Primal Living Healed My Crohn’s Disease

November 07 2014 - 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’...

After Six Months I Was In Remission

March 25 2019 - It's Monday, 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 Da...

The Only Side Effects I Have Are Feeling Better and Better!

December 03 2018 - It's Monday, 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 Da...

Now a New and Greater Journey in My Life Can Begin

April 11 2014 - 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’...

My Entire Attitude and Outlook on Life Has Been Altered by This Lifestyle

January 24 2014 - 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’...

Small, Successive, Healthy Decision-Making Leads To Consistency and Progress

April 13 2018 - 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 Da...

From Primal Passion to Primal Business: Turning What You Love Into What You Do

May 02 2014 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. Today’s post is from my good friend Bob Montgomery. He is the Chef & Owner of t...

What Is the Vagus Nerve? (and How Does It Impact Health, Mood and Performance?)

February 16 2017 - In recent years, I’ve regularly vouched for the gut as our long-abused secondary brain. Given what most of us grew up learning in school, it can feel like a mammoth shift. Science and philosophy hav...

Is It Time to Retire the Low-Carb Diet “Fad”?

June 18 2012 - This is another special guest post from our favorite study-dismantler, Denise Minger. Read all of her previous Mark?s Daily Apple articles here, here, here, here and here, and pay her website a visit....

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