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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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Weekend Link Love — Edition 490

Research of the Week

A spoonful of sugar makes a battle for immune supremacy go down in the gut.

Scientists can’t confirm that vegetarianism and veganism are safe for kids, even if they supplement.

UV-C light kills the flu virus.

Depressed, anxious, or suicidal people are more likely to use absolutist words like “never” or “always.”

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Red Wine and Ginger Glazed Salmon

A richly flavored sauce can transform a familiar meal, like salmon, into something completely new. A drizzle of this red wine and ginger sauce is all that’s needed to give plain salmon a jolt of salty, sweet, tangy and gingery flavor. You’ll be licking your plate clean.

This sauce is versatile too; any that’s left over is amazing drizzled on cooked vegetables, especially broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms. Or use the sauce as salad dressing over a raw spinach and salmon salad for lunch the next day.

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A Heartfelt Thank You For Giving Me a Decade of Life

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 Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Three months of Primal has already given me an extra decade of life.

Yes, that is an attention grabbing headline but after living Primal for three months, my blood cholesterol has changed so much for the better that I sincerely believe my odds of longevity have greatly increased.

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Don’t Miss the Success Story Submission Giveaway!

Last week I announced that the bees and are looking to share your stories of success in changing your habits, losing weight, reclaiming your health, and enjoying more vitality with the help of Primal and/or keto living—and that I’m offering a giveaway to sweeten the pot: a year’s supply of PRIMAL KITCHEN® Starter Keto Kits.

There’s one more week until the submission deadline. (While you can always submit a success story, we’re closing the giveaway a week from today, February 16, 2018 at midnight PST. Remember, anyone in the world can enter. Additionally, everyone who has submitted a Success Story to Mark’s Daily Apple in the past is free to submit an updated story and new photos.

Just email me your story along with pictures. Please use the subject heading “My Primal Story.” Otherwise, there’s a good chance we might miss it.

For more info on success story guidelines and giveaway rules, check out last week’s post, and for inspiration to write your own story, you can read past Success Stories here.

I’ve got another amazing success story coming up this morning, so stay tuned.

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8 Herbs and Spices You (Likely) Aren’t Using—and Should

Readers, especially those new to Primal eating, frequently request quick and easy ideas for ancestral cooking. While new recipes may be inspiring, sometimes expanding your kitchen repertoire doesn’t require whole new meals—but new flavors you can infuse into multiple recipes you’ve already mastered. More than just another ingredient to extend the cooking process, herbs and spices are quick, inexpensive additions that can literally transform just about any Primal meal. Parsley and cinnamon need no introduction, but how well acquainted are you with sumac and fenugreek? When was the last time you added lemon balm or Mexican oregano to a recipe?

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Primal Challenge Point: Test Vitamin D Levels

“In the winter months, when the sun’s rays are not intense enough to generate sufficient vitamin D production (this is the case for three to five months per year for locations in North American—you know it’s downtime for D when you can’t get a tan even with prolonged sun exposure), supplements and safe-designated artificial tanning implements can be useful or even essential if you are at high risk for deficiency.

If you have an indoor-dominant lifestyle or even a hint of aforementioned risk factors, you should regularly test your blood for vitamin D. (Make sure it’s for ’25-vitamin D’ or ‘serum 25(OH)D.’ You can order this test directly from an online provider like direct labs.com. or, if you are getting a routine checkup, insist they include vitamin D in your blood panels. (Unfortunately, it’s often not included.)”

—From The New Primal Blueprint

For more on vitamin D sources, deficiency, testing and recommended levels, see The New Primal Blueprint or check out past articles on MDA.

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