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A Primal Primer: Iodine

July 09 2010 - Yesterday I mentioned that sea vegetables are a great source of iodine. "But what is iodine?" many emailers asked. Well, dear friends, iodine is elemental. Let's take a trip through the land of iodine...

Introducing The Paleo Thyroid Solution! Order Today and Receive Five Free Bonuses!

September 08 2016 - I couldn’t be more pleased to announce Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest release, The Paleo Thyroid Solution, by our own Primal Blueprint Podcast host, Elle Russ. This groundbreaking book targe...

Hormones and Heart Disease

May 03 2008 - We aren’t talking estrogen here, but this latest news does concern the ladies of the community. In the recent “Hunt Study” conducted by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science, wom...

Paleo Thyroid Solution Success Story: Morgan Buehler

September 09 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. This week's featured testimonial is one of many success stories spurred by Primal Blu...

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

August 15 2016 - Today’s guest post is written by Elle Russ, author of Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest upcoming title, The Paleo Thyroid Solution, which is available on Amazon.com. To learn more about Elle, y...

Is Keto Bad for the Thyroid?

August 23 2017 - Keto is fantastic, everyone says. It's a great way to lose weight, improve cognition, and stave off degenerative disease. It may help your performance in the gym and on the track. It could even give G...

Is Keto Bad For Your Thyroid?

September 06 2018 - Keto is fantastic, everyone says. It's a great way to lose weight, improve cognition, and stave off degenerative disease. It may help your performance in the gym and on the track. It could even give G...

Don’t Miss This Keto f(x) Talk!

February 02 2018 - Mark your calendars! Host of the Primal Blueprint Podcast host and author of The Paleo Thyroid Solution, our very own Elle Russ, is speaking at Keto f(x)™ on Monday, February 5th. Elle's session is ...

A Different Perspective on Hypothyroidism

July 15 2010 - Hypothyroid has been covered to death before. I’m particularly fond of The Healthy Skeptic’s coverage – check out Chris Kresser’s ongoing series (possibly before you read on) for some great in...

I Went From Having an Invisible Illness, Being Overweight, Depressed and Tired To Enjoying Robust Health!

March 30 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...

A Primal Primer: Iodine

July 09 2010 - Yesterday I mentioned that sea vegetables are a great source of iodine. "But what is iodine?" many emailers asked. Well, dear friends, iodine is elemental. Let's take a trip through the land of iodine...

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

August 15 2016 - Today’s guest post is written by Elle Russ, author of Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest upcoming title, The Paleo Thyroid Solution, which is available on Amazon.com. To learn more about Elle, y...

Is Keto Bad for the Thyroid?

August 23 2017 - Keto is fantastic, everyone says. It's a great way to lose weight, improve cognition, and stave off degenerative disease. It may help your performance in the gym and on the track. It could even give G...

A Different Perspective on Hypothyroidism

July 15 2010 - Hypothyroid has been covered to death before. I’m particularly fond of The Healthy Skeptic’s coverage – check out Chris Kresser’s ongoing series (possibly before you read on) for some great in...

Monday Musings: Vitamin D, Toxic Strawberries, New PUFAs Coming Soon

December 06 2010 - A quick look at Google Trends shows a clear, undeniable trend: that of regular folks armed with curiosity, questions, and Internet connections taking their health into their own hands and searching fo...

Dear Mark: Coffee Questions

April 30 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering questions from last week's post on coffee and fasting. First, is cortisol a bad guy all the time? Next, what about non-dairy powdered creamers? Good, ba...

Dear Mark: Calcium Supplements, Goitrogenic Foods, High-MUFA Seed Oils, and Jogging

September 05 2011 - Today's edition of "Dear Mark" covers a variety of topics. We've got calcium supplementation - does it make sense and is it safe? Then, I briefly discuss cruciferous vegetables, which are said to have...

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...

Dear Mark: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM; Iodine for Thyroid

February 27 2012 - Today's edition of Dear Mark is a relatively focused one, with just two topics. I spend the bulk of my time discussing the merits of glucosamine, chondroitin, and methylsulfonylmethane supplementation...

Dear Mark: Is Fluoride Safe?

May 23 2011 - Today's question addresses a contentious topic in the health arena: fluoride. It's in (most of) the tap water we use, (most of) the toothpastes with which we brush, and even (all of) the teas we drink...

Top 14 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism

March 02 2016 - On a literal level, your metabolic rate describes how much energy you expend to conduct daily physiological functions. This has many practical ramifications, however, because your metabolic rate also...

Dear Mark: Calcium Supplements, Goitrogenic Foods, High-MUFA Seed Oils, and Jogging

September 05 2011 - Today's edition of "Dear Mark" covers a variety of topics. We've got calcium supplementation - does it make sense and is it safe? Then, I briefly discuss cruciferous vegetables, which are said to have...

Dear Mark: Cruciferous Vegetables and Hypothyroidism, Sprint Frequency, Protein Sources for Orthodox Lent, and Saunas

February 24 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I discuss the connection - if one even exists - between cruciferous vegetables (and their goitrogens) and thyroid function. A theoretical interaction exists, but shou...

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...

9 Ways to Normalize Your Hormones

September 27 2017 - There are straightforward, pharmaceutical methods for altering specific hormones, and, as I showed in last week's testosterone replacement therapy post, they can really help. But a safer intervention ...

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 ...

A Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Sex Drive

May 24 2011 - Everyone ready for the holiday weekend yet? It’s a good time, I think, to cover a relaxing, if not inspiring, topic I’ve been meaning to get to. In all seriousness, I get a couple emails every wee...

CrossFit’s Criticisms: How Do I Keep Energy Levels High on Primal?

July 20 2017 - Over the past two posts in this series, I've explained how a Primal way of eating can not only support a heavy CrossFit schedule, but elevate it. Today, I'm going to explain how going Primal can help ...

Dear Mark: Sprints and Blood Sugar, Resistant Starch as Carbs, PUFA in Coconut Oil, Cycling as Chronic Cardio, and Morning Sickness

February 10 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I cover four questions and my wife Carrie covers one. First, I discuss the effects of sprinting on blood sugar in the short term and long term. Next is whether or not...

Dear Mark: Primal Blueprint for Both Men and Women?

May 26 2008 - In last week’s guest post on muscle building, reader Charlotte raised the issue of gender differences in exercise benefits. Are men and women the same when it comes to the effects of cardiovascular ...

9 Ways to Normalize Your Hormones

September 27 2017 - There are straightforward, pharmaceutical methods for altering specific hormones, and, as I showed in last week's testosterone replacement therapy post, they can really help. But a safer intervention ...

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 ...

Primal Action Point: The Mind-Body Connection & Thyroid Health

January 29 2018 - "I became aware of the power of positive thinking after solving my first bout of hypothyroidism. So when a Reverse T3 problem showed up, I actively filled my life with audiobooks, podcast interviews, ...

Why Personalizing Your Diet and Lifestyle Is the Key to Success

December 31 2013 - This is a guest post from Chris Kresser of ChrisKresser.com and author of the new book Your Personal Paleo Code. Join me, Chris and numerous other presenters and Primal enthusiasts from around the wor...

The Stigma of Obesity

June 06 2013 - One of the things I love about positive-focused healthy lifestyle communities (like but not limited to MDA) is the genuine support that exists for people to take charge of their well-being. It’s the...

The 7 Habits of Thin (Healthy) People

July 11 2007 - Bibliona Flickr Photo (CC) There are more diets than donuts, and the truth is that most of them will work in the short-term. But the reason few diets work long-term is because they are rarely sustain...

Dear Mark: Diet for Alzheimer’s, and the Role of Competitiveness in Modern Life

April 13 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got just two questions, but they're meaty ones. The first concerns a new study seeming to claim that all the foods we hold dear on the Primal eating plan — ...

Gender Bias in Medical Research: How It Operates and Why It Matters

October 17 2017 - Some months ago the issue of gender bias in medical research came up on the comment board. It was certainly an issue I'd occasionally read about. But I'm also a proponent of lifestyle design and inter...

Managing Cravings: Strategies to Stay the Primal Course

October 31 2013 - Last week’s "Why Diets Fail" post elicited some great discussion. There was a bit of everything - from wrangling to rallying, appeals to encouragement. It was the kind of conversation that, I feel, ...

Hormones and Heart Disease

May 03 2008 - We aren’t talking estrogen here, but this latest news does concern the ladies of the community. In the recent “Hunt Study” conducted by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science, wom...

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

August 15 2016 - Today’s guest post is written by Elle Russ, author of Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest upcoming title, The Paleo Thyroid Solution, which is available on Amazon.com. To learn more about Elle, y...

A Different Perspective on Hypothyroidism

July 15 2010 - Hypothyroid has been covered to death before. I’m particularly fond of The Healthy Skeptic’s coverage – check out Chris Kresser’s ongoing series (possibly before you read on) for some great in...

Monday Musings: Vitamin D, Toxic Strawberries, New PUFAs Coming Soon

December 06 2010 - A quick look at Google Trends shows a clear, undeniable trend: that of regular folks armed with curiosity, questions, and Internet connections taking their health into their own hands and searching fo...

Top 14 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism

March 02 2016 - On a literal level, your metabolic rate describes how much energy you expend to conduct daily physiological functions. This has many practical ramifications, however, because your metabolic rate also...

Dear Mark: Hyperthyroidism; Wim Hof and Placebo

November 28 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering two questions. The first is a really good one I'm kicking myself for never having considered before: what to do about hyperthyroidism. As the reader no...

Dear Mark: Cruciferous Vegetables and Hypothyroidism, Sprint Frequency, Protein Sources for Orthodox Lent, and Saunas

February 24 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I discuss the connection - if one even exists - between cruciferous vegetables (and their goitrogens) and thyroid function. A theoretical interaction exists, but shou...

9 Ways to Normalize Your Hormones

September 27 2017 - There are straightforward, pharmaceutical methods for altering specific hormones, and, as I showed in last week's testosterone replacement therapy post, they can really help. But a safer intervention ...

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 Chemicals in Cosmetics You Should Avoid

July 16 2013 - Have you ever wondered just what's in all those products you slather, spray, spritz, apply, and rub onto your body? I mean, who hasn't tried to kill time in the shower by hunkering down with a good sh...

BLT Ranch Chicken Burgers with Sweet Potato Bun

March 18 2017 - Today's guest post is offered up by Dana Monsees, founder of Real Food with Dana. Thanks to Dana for sharing this incredible recipe. There are a ton of burgers out there in the paleo/gluten-free wo...

Paleo Thyroid Solution Success Story: Morgan Buehler

September 09 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. This week's featured testimonial is one of many success stories spurred by Primal Blu...

I Went From Having an Invisible Illness, Being Overweight, Depressed and Tired To Enjoying Robust Health!

March 30 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...

Paleo Thyroid Solution Success Story: Cara Haun

September 16 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. This week's featured testimonial is one of many success stories spurred by Primal Blu...

How I Recovered from Hypothyroidism and Became My Own Best Advocate

August 26 2016 - It?s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. This week's featured success story was penned by Elle Russ, host of the Primal Bluepr...

Paleo Thyroid Solution Success Story: Sher Smith

September 02 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. This week's featured testimonial is one of many success stories spurred by Primal Blu...

Finding Balance After A Lifelong Eating Disorder

August 25 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’...

I Feel Better Than I Ever Did In My Life

August 03 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...

Sometimes 1000 Words Are Better Than Pictures

March 13 2015 - 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’...

This Is Not a Story of Weight Loss, but of Health

June 16 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’...

Top 14 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism

March 02 2016 - On a literal level, your metabolic rate describes how much energy you expend to conduct daily physiological functions. This has many practical ramifications, however, because your metabolic rate also...

Dear Mark: Wife’s Weight Gain; Upper Arm Fat

September 15 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a two-parter. First up is a question from a reader whose wife has gained weight following the Primal Blueprint way of eating and after completing a Whole30....

Keto and the Menstrual Cycle: Is There Reason To Worry?

April 18 2019 - It seems every “keto for women” forum abounds with stories about menstrual cycles gone wild in the first few months of keto. Irregular cycles, breakthrough bleeding, and periods lasting much longe...

Higher Cancer Risk if You’re Fat

February 20 2008 - A collaborative meta-analysis of more than a quarter million cases of cancer around the globe finds clearer association between obesity and several types of cancer. The findings are reported in the la...

Should You Eat Periodic “Cheat” Meals?

December 03 2014 - I get a lot of questions about cheat meals. Are they allowed on the Primal Blueprint? Is there a reason someone should actively seek to eat unhealthy food from time to time? The allure of the cheat me...

Dear Mark: Night Eating Syndrome

May 07 2012 - There's nothing quite so powerful as the urge to eat. Being living organisms that require sustenance and nutrition, we find it difficult to resist. It's not like smoking, or sex, or drugs, which you c...

Dear Mark: Salmon Pouches, Ray Peat, and Our Inherent Desire for Crispy Food

October 08 2013 - Ah, it's good to be back with a regular old Dear Mark. Today we're discussing the nutritional value of canned salmon, and whether the canning process negates some or much of the impressive nutrient pr...

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

June 27 2007 - BITE ME, ADA We all know by now that type 2 diabetes is an epidemic. We’re seeing words like crisis and runaway all over the news and in the journals. Heart disease rates have been cut in half si...

How Language Affects Your Fitness and Weight Loss Practice

July 28 2016 - Every day we’re barraged by “good ideas”—all the things we should be doing with our lives and could start doing today if we really cared enough. Too much advice can overwhelm us, and, more imp...

The Stigma of Obesity

June 06 2013 - One of the things I love about positive-focused healthy lifestyle communities (like but not limited to MDA) is the genuine support that exists for people to take charge of their well-being. It’s the...

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