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10 Amazing, Bizarre, & Useful Health Facts

February 27 2007 - The Tuesday 10: This Tuesday's 10 serves up a tempting buffet of unusual and useful health nibbles. Guaranteed to be at least as entertaining as a heat lamp and definitely more interesting than a pan...

Got News?

January 11 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: You'll want to click out today's most interesting news, Apples: 1) We Promise, This Is the Last Dairy Discussion ...for a while, anyway. This is merely to highlight ...

8 Essential Aging Hacks

July 25 2007 - We face eight key health challenges as we age. The steps you take to prevent and mitigate these challenges can make the difference between just hobbling through your golden years and actually thrivi...

Success Story Follow-Up: Finding My Passion Through Healing

April 08 2019 - 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...

Dear Mark: Why Hyperglycemia Is Bad and Those Stubborn Final Pounds

April 21 2014 - Today we've got a fairly short one with just two questions and answers. First, I tackle a big topic: the specific effects of hyperglycemia on the body. That hyperglycemia is bad for us is implicit, bu...

From Bedridden to Radiance: How I Used a Holistic Lifestyle to Heal From a Near-Death Accident

October 19 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...

Dear Mark: Mulling Multivitamins

March 17 2008 - Dear Mark, I’m new to your blog and am interested in taking better care of my health. I’m changing my diet and want to start a multivitamin. I go to the store though and end up bewildered enou...

Irradiation: Savvy Safety Mechanism or Band-Aid for a Bigger Problem?

September 04 2008 - Following the recent tainted spinach controversy, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month ruled that food manufacturers can now irradiate fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to kill ba...

Primal Advice for Acne Sufferers

June 16 2010 - Included among last week’s “Ask Me Anything” responses were several requests for a Primal commentary on acne. A lot of people have asked for this kind of post over the years. The fact is, it’s...

Dear Mark: Infrared Sauna Roundup

March 20 2017 - After last week's post on infrared saunas, people asked some good questions. For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a few of them. First up, can infrared saunas harm male fertility? After all...

10 Amazing, Bizarre, & Useful Health Facts

February 27 2007 - The Tuesday 10: This Tuesday's 10 serves up a tempting buffet of unusual and useful health nibbles. Guaranteed to be at least as entertaining as a heat lamp and definitely more interesting than a pan...

Got News?

January 11 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: You'll want to click out today's most interesting news, Apples: 1) We Promise, This Is the Last Dairy Discussion ...for a while, anyway. This is merely to highlight ...

8 Essential Aging Hacks

July 25 2007 - We face eight key health challenges as we age. The steps you take to prevent and mitigate these challenges can make the difference between just hobbling through your golden years and actually thrivi...

Dear Mark: Why Hyperglycemia Is Bad and Those Stubborn Final Pounds

April 21 2014 - Today we've got a fairly short one with just two questions and answers. First, I tackle a big topic: the specific effects of hyperglycemia on the body. That hyperglycemia is bad for us is implicit, bu...

Dear Mark: Mulling Multivitamins

March 17 2008 - Dear Mark, I’m new to your blog and am interested in taking better care of my health. I’m changing my diet and want to start a multivitamin. I go to the store though and end up bewildered enou...

Primal Advice for Acne Sufferers

June 16 2010 - Included among last week’s “Ask Me Anything” responses were several requests for a Primal commentary on acne. A lot of people have asked for this kind of post over the years. The fact is, it’s...

Dear Mark: Protein for Pregnancy and Nursing, Reversing Sun Damage, Inflammatory Eggs

April 29 2013 - It's Monday, which means it's time for another edition of Dear Mark. This time, I'm covering three topics. First up is optimal protein intake for breastfeeding and pregnant women. I'm not sure how I f...

Hangover Hacks You Can Hang Your Hat On

August 02 2010 - The hangover is an interesting beast. Like Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and any other huge, hirsute crypto-hominid, nearly every culture and every nation has an extensive literature (whether it’s entombed in...

Dear Mark: Choline Supplementing, Too Many Almonds, Keto and Insulin Resistance, and How to Drink

August 13 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm responding to four reader comments. First up, if a person can't eat eggs, doesn't like liver, but really wants choline, can they just supplement? Second, are a co...

Dear Mark: Fat Roundup

June 19 2017 - Last week, I wrote about my 16 favorite fats. You had questions. For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'll answer some of them. First, I explain why my keto salad recipe didn't include any dense protein....

Mark’s Favorite Exercise: Trap-Bar Deadlift

October 08 2019 - As you might have noticed, I've been doing more mini-videos about my daily routines, training regimens, and other thoughts on health. After some initial trepidation and a lot of demand from readers, I...

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...

Dear Mark: What is Turkesterone, and Can It Help Me Build Muscle?

April 13 2022 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering questions about a rather mysterious supplement called turkesterone. I've been getting questions about it lately, specifically regarding its promise for...

Are You Doing Microworkouts? Here’s Why You Should.

August 07 2019 - The fitness industry is in the midst of a renaissance. Flawed and dated strategies like sedentary recovery practices or overly stressful HIIT workouts are being replaced with cutting-edge practices th...

Dear Mark: Cold Weather Sprint Alternatives, Palm Olein, Podcast Questions, and Dark Circles

January 27 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a four-parter. First, I discuss some alternatives to traditional outdoor sprinting for people in cold weather. Just because you can't go run 100 meter dashe...

Reader Response: Being Fit is Good for Sex

February 28 2008 - Last week we heard from reader, primalman08, in response to the Top 10 Reasons to Stay Healthy post: I would like to encourage you to do more on the sexual benefits of living well. In my practice, ...

Introducing PrimalBeat HRV

August 13 2015 - Regular Mark's Daily Apple readers know of my enthusiasm for the cutting edge biofeedback technology known as heart rate variability (HRV). There is a detailed introductory post here, and a follow up...

Dear Mark: Exercise Rapid Fire, Hunting, Pull-ups, Type 1 Diabetes

January 22 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions from readers. The first question is actually 5 questions, so it's closer to 8 questions overall. Good deal. First, I answer 5 questions a...

Do You Sit All Day? Here Are 5 Mobility Exercises You Should Be Doing!

May 26 2022 - Hi, folks! Enjoy this guest post from my pal Ryan of GMB fitness in which he covers a topic near and dear to my heart: mobility exercises and undoing some of the negative effects of a too-sedentary li...

Statins and Sprints: News Alert

February 03 2009 - You’ve probably noticed that we like to revisit subjects, no matter how exhaustive our prior analysis may have appeared. We do this for two reasons – to foster a running dialogue on a constantly e...

8 Essential Aging Hacks

July 25 2007 - We face eight key health challenges as we age. The steps you take to prevent and mitigate these challenges can make the difference between just hobbling through your golden years and actually thrivi...

Dear Mark: Infrared Sauna Roundup

March 20 2017 - After last week's post on infrared saunas, people asked some good questions. For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a few of them. First up, can infrared saunas harm male fertility? After all...

Psychedelics: A New Medical Frontier?

December 17 2015 - Long before humans interacted with the numinous through intermediaries and holy books, we experienced it in other ways. All night drumming and dancing sessions, extended fasts, exposure to extreme te...

3 Common Skin Conditions and What to Do about Them

July 14 2020 - “Love the skin you’re in,” so the saying goes. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. Skin conditions, ranging from mildly irritating to painfully debilitating, are ubiquitous nowadays. Even ...

Oil Cleansing: The Best Natural Skincare Technique You Haven’t Tried Yet

August 31 2021 - You care about what goes in your body, right? Read food labels? Avoid questionable ingredients? Invest in the best quality animal products and produce you can? Well then, it only makes sense to care a...

Setting Healthy Boundaries around the Holidays

December 08 2020 - When you were a kid, adults probably drilled into you that you should “be nice,” share your toys, and put yourself in other people’s shoes. Those are necessary lessons, of course. Humans are pro...

Reader Response: Being Fit is Good for Sex

February 28 2008 - Last week we heard from reader, primalman08, in response to the Top 10 Reasons to Stay Healthy post: I would like to encourage you to do more on the sexual benefits of living well. In my practice, ...

5 Ways to Achieve Your Health Goals in 2016

January 12 2016 - Making positive changes is simple. You know exactly what to do—and what you should do. You've got a list of changes you'd like to make. It's all there on paper in plain language. You know how to eat...

Don’t Be So Sure: Why Doubt Is an Essential Tool for Reaching Health Goals

July 14 2016 - I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves around people who are absolutely hamstrung by their beliefs—whether about business or healthy eating, politics or fitness. Some people are overly sensitive or...

Nootropics: Brain Enhancers, Smart Drugs, or Empty Hype?

February 09 2016 - Hang around on nootropic forums where fans and users congregate and you’ll come away with the notion that you’re missing out on a leg up if you’re not taking the latest and greatest nootropic su...

Irradiation: Savvy Safety Mechanism or Band-Aid for a Bigger Problem?

September 04 2008 - Following the recent tainted spinach controversy, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month ruled that food manufacturers can now irradiate fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to kill ba...

Primal Advice for Acne Sufferers

June 16 2010 - Included among last week’s “Ask Me Anything” responses were several requests for a Primal commentary on acne. A lot of people have asked for this kind of post over the years. The fact is, it’s...

Dear Mark: Infrared Sauna Roundup

March 20 2017 - After last week's post on infrared saunas, people asked some good questions. For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a few of them. First up, can infrared saunas harm male fertility? After all...

Dear Mark: Protein for Pregnancy and Nursing, Reversing Sun Damage, Inflammatory Eggs

April 29 2013 - It's Monday, which means it's time for another edition of Dear Mark. This time, I'm covering three topics. First up is optimal protein intake for breastfeeding and pregnant women. I'm not sure how I f...

25 Safer Alternatives to Common Cosmetics

July 31 2013 - Two weeks ago, I introduced you to five cosmetics ingredients you should avoid. These are chemicals you'll often find in things like shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, sunblocks, and makeups - you k...

Hangover Hacks You Can Hang Your Hat On

August 02 2010 - The hangover is an interesting beast. Like Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and any other huge, hirsute crypto-hominid, nearly every culture and every nation has an extensive literature (whether it’s entombed in...

Vitamin D: Sun Exposure, Supplementation and Doses

June 02 2010 - From the presence of vitamin D receptors in our cells and vitamin D factories in our epidermis, along with the central role vitamin D plays in calcium metabolism, immunity, and gene expression, it’s...

32 “Slow Living” Inspired Ways to Savor Summer

August 08 2012 - As we round out the last few weeks of summer, I’ve been thinking about all the potential left in the season. Although there’s admittedly less pressure to grab hold of every last warm day in my cur...

Dear Mark: Sun Beds, Skipping Breakfast, Cooking with Essential Oils, and Glycerol

December 19 2011 - It's Monday, which means it's time for another round of Dear Mark questions and answers. This week I'm answering four reader inquiries. First, I discuss the suitability of tanning beds, and try to giv...

Dear Mark: Oily Fish Limit, Diet and Posture, Acid Reflux, Whey Replacement, Milk and Fasting, and Remembering to Live

September 24 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering six questions from some of my Twitter followers. Yesterday, I asked the community for questions and got some great ones in return. For instance, how muc...

Smart Fuel: Coconut

October 31 2008 - In the Phillipines, it’s called the “Tree of Life.” Malays refer to it as pokok seribu guna, “the tree of a thousand uses." Yes, today’s edition of Smart Fuel is all about the coconut. I’m...

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 ...

Dehydrating Food at Home: How to Get Started

April 26 2022 - It’s easy to see why food preservation would have been critical to our ancestors’ survival. Being able to store food to eat later meant they were protected against unsuccessful hunts and less-than...

How to Cook Eggs Perfectly, Every Time: Poached, Sunnyside Up, Jammy, and More

March 20 2021 - When you ask people what foods they learned to cook first as a child, most often they'll tell you scrambled eggs. Even though a kid can do it, there's a lot of variation to your scrambled eggs. They c...

Do Coffee Brewing Methods Matter For Health?

May 13 2018 - Coffee is a perpetual topic of interest, and for good reason: Almost everyone drinks it, almost everyone is passionate about it, and it's packed with compounds that are pretty darn good for you. One a...

How to Buy and Cook the Perfect Steak

May 08 2021 - Crisp and caramelized on the outside, but never burnt. A first bite that melts in your mouth as the savory, perfectly seasoned flavor of beef hits your palate. The rich, smoky aroma of animal fat drip...

Success Story Follow-Up: Finding My Passion Through Healing

April 08 2019 - 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 Bedridden to Radiance: How I Used a Holistic Lifestyle to Heal From a Near-Death Accident

October 19 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...

Success Story Follow-Up: Each Modification Has Built on What I Had Established

July 28 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’...

Dear Mark: What is Turkesterone, and Can It Help Me Build Muscle?

April 13 2022 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering questions about a rather mysterious supplement called turkesterone. I've been getting questions about it lately, specifically regarding its promise for...

The Primal Lifestyle Has Been a Game Changer

June 28 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’...

Food Is My Medicine

May 09 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’...

When You Reprogram Your Genes to Become a Fat-burning Beast, Life Can Be Good!

February 17 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’...

Success Story: Life After Cravings

March 30 2020 - 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...

From MS Diagnosis To TEDx Speaker Miracle

September 15 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’...

Dear Mark: Why Hyperglycemia Is Bad and Those Stubborn Final Pounds

April 21 2014 - Today we've got a fairly short one with just two questions and answers. First, I tackle a big topic: the specific effects of hyperglycemia on the body. That hyperglycemia is bad for us is implicit, bu...

Ask a Health Coach: Can You Be Overweight and Healthy?

July 28 2022 - Hey folks. Board-Certified Health Coach — and Primal Health Coach Institute's Coaching Director — Erin Power is here to answer your questions about weight loss, diet culture, and health at differe...

Dear Mark: Sun Beds, Skipping Breakfast, Cooking with Essential Oils, and Glycerol

December 19 2011 - It's Monday, which means it's time for another round of Dear Mark questions and answers. This week I'm answering four reader inquiries. First, I discuss the suitability of tanning beds, and try to giv...

Dear Mark: Oily Fish Limit, Diet and Posture, Acid Reflux, Whey Replacement, Milk and Fasting, and Remembering to Live

September 24 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering six questions from some of my Twitter followers. Yesterday, I asked the community for questions and got some great ones in return. For instance, how muc...

Could Gut Bacteria Be to Blame for Your Stubborn Belly Fat?

December 16 2015 - We know how important gut health is for overall health. We understand that it improves digestion, that our pursuit of extreme sterility has compromised our immune systems, and that the gut biome is e...

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...

Top 10 Fasting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

April 23 2019 - Folks, you know I'm a long-time believer in intermittent fasting for longevity, autophagy, mental clarity, fitness performance, metabolic health, and more. I'm excited that Dr. Jason Fung has stopped...

A Metabolic Paradigm Shift, or Why Fat Is the Preferred Fuel for Human Metabolism

May 19 2011 - There’s a good reason so many people (mostly the sugar-burners, whose disparate group includes fruitarians, veg*ans, HEDers, body-builders, most MDs, the USDA and virtually every RD program in the c...

Dear Mark: Ravenous Freshman, Lipopolysaccharides, Himalayan Salt, and Squid

February 18 2013 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering four topics. First, I discuss a worrisome, troubling species: the ravenous college freshman. Is it a problem? Should this beast be culled or somehow ...

Dear Mark: Sun Aging Skin, Veggies as Carbs, and What Breaks a Fast

August 31 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First up comes from Carlos, who is worried about the effect of sun exposure on skin aging. Is the type of sun exposure I recommend go...

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