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Primal Grandparenting: Tips and Thoughts

I’m a grandpa now. Twice over. My daughter Devyn has a girl and boy. I have a granddaughter and grandson. Over the last couple decades, it’s represented the single most impactful change in how I view myself in the grand scheme of things—far more even than the sale of Primal Kitchen. I still remember the day I met my granddaughter. Looking down at that little girl, barely aware of anything going on, I realized that something enormous had happened. Things would never be the same again.

We talk a ton about gene expression around here. The entire Primal Blueprint is designed around leveraging the environment to create the best possible stimulus for your genes. Genes turn on and off based on the environmental stimuli they encounter—the food you eat, the sleep you get, the sun you expose yourself to, the exercise you do, the chemicals you interact with. What might look like a “bad gene” on paper can be mitigated, nullified, or even turned into a positive with the right environmental stimuli. And more often than not, emulating an ancestral environment will trigger those positive changes to gene expression and set you up for good health, fitness, and happiness.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 243

Research of the Week
How the founder’s personality predicts the start-up’s success.

The history of dingoes.

Northern Chinese have a genetic adaptation to fattier, meat-heavier diets.

Higher intakes of animal and fish protein linked to lower risk of hip fracture.

You can be over 85 and still make gains in strength and muscle mass.

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Hydrogen Water Benefits

Hydrogen water is water that’s been infused with extra hydrogen gas to increase the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential, drawing on years of research by medical professionals who have been exploring the benefits of inhaled hydrogen for cardiac patients, people going into and coming out of surgery, and other medical applications. Hydrogen gas can nullify many of the reactive oxygen species responsible for oxidative stress, and pre- and peri-operative hydrogen inhalation does appear to help patients recover more quickly and avoid many of the side effects inherent to surgery. But that’s inhaled hydrogen gas in a medical setting. Does commercial hydrogen water have similar benefits?

I was actually surprised to find that the research is fairly compelling. Let’s dig in.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 242

Research of the Week
Do genotype-based diets work?

How ketones might help diabetes.

Neanderthals had fire.

Higher fructose intake, shorter telomeres.

Babies in neonatal intensive care units who wear eye masks at night develop better and are released earlier than babies who don’t wear eye masks.

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L-Carnitine Benefits

L-carnitine is a compound the human body produces in small amounts out of the amino acids lysine and methionine to facilitate the transfer of long chain fatty acids into mitochondria for energy production. But most of the carnitine we use comes from the animal products we eat, particularly red meat, and if you really want a large dose you’ll need to supplement. And that’s what most people are referring to when they talk about L-carnitine: the supplement.

As a supplement, L-carnitine offers a host of benefits across a wide variety of physiological systems:

Weight loss
Body recomposition
Energy production
Hormone optimization
Endothelial function
Heart health
Liver health
Antioxidant status and oxidative stress
Cognitive function

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 241

Research of the Week
A diabetes diagnosis lowers life expectancy.

Pea protein fares pretty well against whey protein, but the dose must be extremely high.

Astaxanthin improves gut health.

Better alignment between light exposure and activity levels will reduce cognitive decline.

Diabetics get the best results with resistance training using 3 sets per exercise and 8-10 reps per set.

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