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Why Do I Feel Tired All the Time?

April 28 2020 - “I’m tired all the time.” “I have no energy.” “I’m too tired to go to the gym.” “I need a nap.” Walking around in a fog seems like standard operating procedure nowadays. No m...

Should You Track Sleep?

March 11 2020 - Tracking certain things makes sense, if you go for that sort of thing. Tracking step count is hard without a device. No one's going to count every step they take in their head. You'd quickly go mad do...

Does “Sleep Hacking” Work?

July 04 2018 - You can "hack" a lot of your health, diet, and lifestyle. You can cook the entire week's meals ahead of time, buy high-quality prepackaged foods and ready-to-cook meals, cover your nutritional bases w...

The Definitive Guide to Sleep

March 24 2010 - Sleep Awareness Week (as sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation) technically ended March 13th, but somehow I’m guessing there are just as many sleep deprived folks milling about this week as the...

Sleep More to Forget Less

July 20 2008 - A study presented this week at the Forum of European Neuroscience conference in Geneva, Switzerland suggests that a good night's sleep can improve memory. For the study, researchers from the Univer...

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...

Ancestral Sleep Breathing

December 07 2017 - Today's article is a guest post by Dr. Mark Burhenne, the #1 bestselling author of The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox. As an authority on dental health, he is also on a mission to help shift the conversation a...

Co-Sleeping: The Risks and the Benefits

January 17 2013 - Co-sleeping, bed sharing, or whatever else you want to call it - is an abomination of a behavior that no self-respecting mammal engages in. If you don't believe me, consider how other mammals handle t...

How Light Affects Our Sleep

March 04 2010 - Most people are at least cursorily familiar with the concept of the circadian rhythm. For those who aren’t, the circadian rhythm refers to our internal, approximately 24-hour cycle of biochemical, p...

17 Ways to Improve Your Sleep

January 04 2011 - Like last week's stress post, I'm not going to delve deeply into why sleep is so important. I've done it before, and doing so again would simply take up valuable space that's better used for action it...

Should You Sleep-Low to Boost Performance?

March 23 2016 - Thought experiment time. Say you train hard, hard enough to deplete a signifiant amount of glycogen. Your muscles are empty, sensitive to the effects of insulin, and screaming for a couple potatoes to...

Dear Mark: Sleep Deprivation as Hormesis, Sweet Cravings, CrossFit, and More

October 13 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a three-parter that's really closer to a five-parter. First are a couple of questions from Joe, who first wonders about the hormetic benefits of acute sleep...

Dear Mark: The Linoleic Acid Content of Phosphatidylserine, and Optimal Sleeping Position/Location

June 01 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a two-parter. First up, what's the deal with phosphatidylserine, one of the (most crucial) ingredients in Primal Calm? It's a derivative of linoleic acid-ri...

Dear Mark: Seaweed Supplements, BMI and Mortality, and Sleep Versus Exercise

January 14 2013 - In today's Dear Mark I discuss my favorite seaweed supplement, kelp granules, which aren't really a supplement in the classic sense, but more of a food that you can treat as a supplement. Next, I give...

Poor Sleep May Make You (and Your Liver) Fat

March 14 2011 - Ah, sleep. Nothing like a good dose of the stuff, right? Losing even a single wink of your usual forty (or an hour, as the case may be) is enough to throw off an entire day. But do you know who mig...

Dear Mark: Antibiotic Recovery, Sprinting on Keto, Preparing for Bad Sleep

April 02 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First up, what can a person do to help their gut recover its barrier function after too many antibiotics? Are there any foods, suppleme...

Dear Mark: Bad Sleep Tips, Cold Extremities, and Sweet Feed

February 11 2013 - In today's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering a trio of topics. First is a parent with a problem common to members of her species: enforced sleeplessness. She wants, nay, needs, help with ameliora...

Monday Musings: Poop Transplants, Sleep Deprivation and Going Nuts

November 08 2010 - And now for another round of Monday Musings... Let’s Talk Sh** Poop is the new probiotic. Doctors have been using fecal transplants as a “last resort,” mostly to treat the rising scourge of...

Dear Mark: Staying Aerobic, Glycogen Depletion, and Sleep-Low for Strength Training?

March 28 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three reader questions. First, do anaerobic workouts—sprints, lifting, etc.—interfere with your ability to become a fat-burning, aerobic beast, or c...

10 Healthy Morning Pick-Me-Ups That Aren’t Traditional Coffee or Tea

June 03 2014 - Now, I don't need coffee in the mornings. You won't hear me complaining or freaking out or freebasing Folger's Instant off a soup spoon if I don't "get my morning coffee" (well, maybe a small grumbl...

How to Get Fitter, Faster and Stronger with Quality Sleep

May 01 2013 - Ah, sleep. We all know how much we need it, mostly because when we don't get enough, the world takes on a different, more negative hue. Lights seem brighter and sounds more vivid, and not in a good wa...

Should You Sleep-Low to Boost Performance?

March 23 2016 - Thought experiment time. Say you train hard, hard enough to deplete a signifiant amount of glycogen. Your muscles are empty, sensitive to the effects of insulin, and screaming for a couple potatoes to...

11 Signs You’re Not As Healthy As You Think You Are

September 03 2014 - You could be the picture of health to everyone who beholds you, feel generally "okay" on a daily basis without any real complaints, and never really feel compelled to visit the doctor for any specific...

Dear Mark: Salt Room Therapy; Can’t Sleep After Training

September 05 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering two questions. First, what's the deal with salt room therapy? Are there actual benefits, particularly for dermatological and respiratory conditions, to ...

Dear Mark: Baby Sleep/Feed Schedule and Walking Through a Sedentary Society

November 16 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering two reader questions. The first comes from reader Larisa. She is about to give birth, has been hearing the "wake your newborn every 2 hours to feed" rec...

Dear Mark: Antibiotic Recovery, Sprinting on Keto, Preparing for Bad Sleep

April 02 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First up, what can a person do to help their gut recover its barrier function after too many antibiotics? Are there any foods, suppleme...

Dear Mark: Staying Aerobic, Glycogen Depletion, and Sleep-Low for Strength Training?

March 28 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three reader questions. First, do anaerobic workouts—sprints, lifting, etc.—interfere with your ability to become a fat-burning, aerobic beast, or c...

Circadian Rhythms: Zeitgebers, Entrainment, and Non-Photic Stimuli

July 21 2010 - For all the unchecked randomness in this world, there are at least some things you can count on. The sun always rises and it always gets dark, and that’s something life – all life – has learned ...

7-Minute Pre-Bed Yoga Flow

July 19 2018 - Today's awesome post is offered up by Jessica Gouthro of PaleoHacks.com. Enjoy, everyone! If you feel restless at night, try this seven-minute pre-bed yoga flow to help you drift right to sleep. ...

Dear Mark: Acrylamide, Sprint Alternatives, Gynoid Fat, and Adult Bed Sharing

January 21 2013 - In this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three wide-ranging topics. First is acrylamide, the french fry toxin, the coffee carcinogen, the rat destroyer. It appears in almost every starchy...

Why Do I Feel Tired All the Time?

April 28 2020 - “I’m tired all the time.” “I have no energy.” “I’m too tired to go to the gym.” “I need a nap.” Walking around in a fog seems like standard operating procedure nowadays. No m...

Should You Track Sleep?

March 11 2020 - Tracking certain things makes sense, if you go for that sort of thing. Tracking step count is hard without a device. No one's going to count every step they take in their head. You'd quickly go mad do...

Sleep More to Forget Less

July 20 2008 - A study presented this week at the Forum of European Neuroscience conference in Geneva, Switzerland suggests that a good night's sleep can improve memory. For the study, researchers from the Univer...

How to Conduct a Personal Experiment: Biphasic Sleeping

June 12 2012 - It's time for another edition of "How to Conduct a Personal Experiment." Last week, it was the cold water plunge. Today, we're going to talk about running a biphasic sleep experiment. First, though, I...

How to Get that Natural Glow

September 03 2008 - We’re showing a little skin today at MDA. No, it’s not another photo of Mark’s abs, although the last picture did elicit a rousing response. We’re talking glow, color, clarity, tone. Sound lik...

The 10 Rules of Aging Well

September 27 2007 - 1. Eliminate Self Destructive Behaviors This is the first step in preventing disease and meeting your later years with vitality and good health and it almost goes without saying - almost. The health ...

Why You Should Have a Morning Routine

February 12 2015 - Let’s consider a tale of two mornings. The alarm blares. You have exactly seventy-five minutes to be out the door. After relinquishing fifteen of those to one “snooze” period and a few minute...

Dear Mark: Personalizing the Primal Blueprint

June 25 2012 - Primal life is good. You've lost some weight, improved some health markers, enjoy steady even energy throughout the day, and you finally look forward to exercise (and movement in general) for the firs...

Why These 10 Famous Thinkers Napped

September 17 2015 - A few months ago, I wrote a guide to napping that included how, why, and when to flop down for a spell. That wasn't a random throwaway post. It was the first salvo in a new war. I'm on a mission to l...

Why Do I Feel Tired All the Time?

April 28 2020 - “I’m tired all the time.” “I have no energy.” “I’m too tired to go to the gym.” “I need a nap.” Walking around in a fog seems like standard operating procedure nowadays. No m...

Should You Track Sleep?

March 11 2020 - Tracking certain things makes sense, if you go for that sort of thing. Tracking step count is hard without a device. No one's going to count every step they take in their head. You'd quickly go mad do...

The Definitive Guide to Sleep

March 24 2010 - Sleep Awareness Week (as sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation) technically ended March 13th, but somehow I’m guessing there are just as many sleep deprived folks milling about this week as the...

Sleep More to Forget Less

July 20 2008 - A study presented this week at the Forum of European Neuroscience conference in Geneva, Switzerland suggests that a good night's sleep can improve memory. For the study, researchers from the Univer...

Does “Sleep Hacking” Work?

July 04 2018 - You can "hack" a lot of your health, diet, and lifestyle. You can cook the entire week's meals ahead of time, buy high-quality prepackaged foods and ready-to-cook meals, cover your nutritional bases w...

How Light Affects Our Sleep

March 04 2010 - Most people are at least cursorily familiar with the concept of the circadian rhythm. For those who aren’t, the circadian rhythm refers to our internal, approximately 24-hour cycle of biochemical, p...

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...

Ancestral Sleep Breathing

December 07 2017 - Today's article is a guest post by Dr. Mark Burhenne, the #1 bestselling author of The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox. As an authority on dental health, he is also on a mission to help shift the conversation a...

Co-Sleeping: The Risks and the Benefits

January 17 2013 - Co-sleeping, bed sharing, or whatever else you want to call it - is an abomination of a behavior that no self-respecting mammal engages in. If you don't believe me, consider how other mammals handle t...

17 Ways to Improve Your Sleep

January 04 2011 - Like last week's stress post, I'm not going to delve deeply into why sleep is so important. I've done it before, and doing so again would simply take up valuable space that's better used for action it...

Keto Cheesecake Parfait

July 21 2018 - This gorgeous summertime parfait is infused with healthy fat and flavor from ingredients like macadamia nuts, coconut and full-fat dairy.  A few teaspoons of gelatin make this dessert rich and creamy...

Primal Breakfast Casserole

November 26 2010 - You know the scenario. It’s the morning after Thanksgiving and you’re recovering from a day of marathon cooking and pulling off a holiday feast with all the fixins, Your kitchen still looks like i...

Bacon Pancakes

August 25 2018 - Bacon pancakes sound like a sinful breakfast treat, but these slightly sweet, mostly savory cakes require no repentance. Fluffy, moist and salty with just hint of sweetness, bacon pancakes can be serv...

7 Healthy Coffee Ideas for Every Primal Taste

August 09 2017 - Normally, I'm deep in the thick of nutritional research or other heady topics midweek. Today, not so much. I have coffee on the brain after trying a few new concoctions recently. As I've noted in the ...

Green Tea Chicken Soup

April 01 2017 - A warm bowl of soup always tastes nourishing. Add green tea to the broth, and the soup is even more nourishing, offering anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that can have a positive effect...

No-Dairy Dirty Chai Latte

February 20 2020 - A little sweet, a lot spiced, and topped with cloud-like frothed (or warmed) milk, a chai latte is black tea steeped with milk as well as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and often black pepper, fennel, an...

Homemade Beef Hot Dogs

August 06 2016 - Hot dogs have always had a reputation for being mystery meat. But this unsavory fact, plus a lot of other undesirable ingredients, still aren’t enough to keep hot dogs from being loved by kids, and ...

Keto Biscotti with Keto Chai Latte

February 15 2020 - Biscotti (Italian for “twice baked”) served alongside a caffeinated frothed milk beverage is a pairing meant to be savored. Envision a sun-dappled restaurant patio that overlooks the cerulean Medi...

Tamari and Kombu Soft-Boiled Eggs

July 29 2017 - Hardboiled eggs are a perfect snack, but even a perfect snack can get boring sometimes. This recipe offers a slight variation—and, oh, what a difference! A mild-flavored hard-boiled egg turns into a...

Slow-Cooked Coconut Ginger Pork

July 21 2012 - Using a slow cooker is one of the easiest ways to get a hearty, healthy meal on the table with very little effort. If it’s a hot summer day and you want to cook a big meal without turning on the ove...

Make Your Overall Wellness a Joyful Passion

April 20 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...

Just One Small Change Leads to Amazing Results

January 20 2012 - 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’...

I’m Going Into My 40th Year Feeling Healthier Than Ever!

August 30 2013 - 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...

How My World Changed!

March 03 2017 - 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’...

The Benchmark For Me Is “What Works?”

March 02 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...

My Life Was Changed by MDA, and Now I Want to Help Others Create Better Health!

November 18 2016 - 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’...

Healthier at Age 44 Than 24: How I Lost 115 Pounds and Turned My Life Around

December 06 2013 - 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’...

Should You Sleep-Low to Boost Performance?

March 23 2016 - Thought experiment time. Say you train hard, hard enough to deplete a signifiant amount of glycogen. Your muscles are empty, sensitive to the effects of insulin, and screaming for a couple potatoes to...

Dear Mark: Sleep Deprivation as Hormesis, Sweet Cravings, CrossFit, and More

October 13 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a three-parter that's really closer to a five-parter. First are a couple of questions from Joe, who first wonders about the hormetic benefits of acute sleep...

Dear Mark: Antibiotic Recovery, Sprinting on Keto, Preparing for Bad Sleep

April 02 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First up, what can a person do to help their gut recover its barrier function after too many antibiotics? Are there any foods, suppleme...

Poor Sleep May Make You (and Your Liver) Fat

March 14 2011 - Ah, sleep. Nothing like a good dose of the stuff, right? Losing even a single wink of your usual forty (or an hour, as the case may be) is enough to throw off an entire day. But do you know who mig...

Dear Mark: Staying Aerobic, Glycogen Depletion, and Sleep-Low for Strength Training?

March 28 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three reader questions. First, do anaerobic workouts—sprints, lifting, etc.—interfere with your ability to become a fat-burning, aerobic beast, or c...

Does Bone Broth Break a Fast?

December 05 2018 - This is a surprisingly common question. To get it out of the way: Yes, it does. Bone broth contains calories, and true fasts do not allow calorie consumption. You eat calories, you break the fast. ...

Dear Mark: Acrylamide, Sprint Alternatives, Gynoid Fat, and Adult Bed Sharing

January 21 2013 - In this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three wide-ranging topics. First is acrylamide, the french fry toxin, the coffee carcinogen, the rat destroyer. It appears in almost every starchy...

Fasting May Stave Off Jet Lag

May 24 2008 - If you’ve ever taken an intercontinental flight – or heck, jetted from coast to coast – chances are you’re probably no stranger to jet lag. Now, new research from Harvard University suggests t...

How We’re Setting Our Kids Up to Be Fat, Sick, and Unhappy

May 06 2015 - I've been on a bit of a "children's health and wellness" kick lately, with a couple posts discussing the importance — and, unfortunately, dearth — of free play and exploration in our children's li...

Dear Mark: Moonlight and Melatonin, Exercise Non-Responders, and Is Weight Loss Impossible and Unhealthy?

April 06 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got three questions and three answers. First, the full moon sure is pretty and big and bright at night, but can it produce (or reflect, rather) enough light to ...

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