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pimg class=”alignright” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA%202012/child.jpg” alt=”child” width=”320″ height=”213″ title=”How to Establish a Healthy Gut in Your Primal Baby” /Yes, folks: it#8217;s another post about the gut. But today#8217;s advice is geared toward all the Primal babies out there in preconception, in utero, and in diapers. Because for the first few years, they#8217;re pretty helpless and ignorant in matters of the gut. They need your help to establish and maintain a healthy intestinal environment. They need your expertise and guidance and occasional intervention. And sometimes, as you#8217;ll see, they need you to give them the freedom to do some often unpleasant-looking activities that pay dividends to longterm gut health./p
pSince most of the immune system resides in the gut, and the development of a kid#8217;s gut microbiome is in many ways the development of his immune system, this turns out to be a helpful guide for parents interested in optimizing their child#8217;s immune system./p
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pstrongAvoid obesity/strong. Maternal [...]

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A Primal Primer: Leaky Gut

pimg class=”alignright” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA%202012/smallintestine.jpg” alt=”smallintestine” width=”320″ height=”213″ title=”A Primal Primer: Leaky Gut” /After I mentioned it in last week#8217;s a title=”10 Principles of Primal Living That Are (Finally) Getting Mainstream Media Coverage” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/10-principles-of-primal-living-that-are-finally-getting-mainstream-media-coverage/”10 Principles of Primal Living (Finally) Getting Mainstream Media Coverage/a post, several readers emailed asking about leaky gut. strongWhat is it? How do I know if I have it? Why should I care if I have it? What do I do if I have it?/strong And so on. Turns out many and maybe most people have but a vague idea of what leaky gut actually means./p
pToday, I#8217;m going to fix that./p
pIn most popular conceptions of human physiology, the gut exists primarily as a passive conduit along which food travels and breaks down for digestion and absorption. It#8217;s where bacteria hang out and digestive enzymes go to work. It#8217;s a #8220;place,#8221; an inert tunnel made of flesh and mucus. Lots of [...]

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pa title=”PrimalCon New York 2014″ href=”http://www.primalblueprint.com/product/PrimalCon_New_York_2014/Events” target=”_blank”img class=”alignright” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA%202012/primalconNY_320x320.jpg” alt=”primalconNY 320×320″ width=”300″ height=”300″ title=”Dont Miss the First Ever East Coast PrimalCon, June 5 8!” //aGreetings friends, it’s been a busy Spring for me with a title=”PrimalCon Vacation Tulum” href=”http://www.primalblueprint.com/PrimalCon_Vacation_Tulum” target=”_blank”PrimalCon Vacation Tulum, Mexico/a in March and emPaleo f(x)/em in April in Austin, TX. Next on the horizon is a trip back east for the a title=”Book Expo America” href=”http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/” target=”_blank”BEA book publishing convention/a in New York City on Memorial Day weekend, followed by a title=”PrimalCon New York 2014″ href=”http://www.primalblueprint.com/product/PrimalCon_New_York_2014/Events” target=”_blank”PrimalCon New York/a on June 5supth/sup-8supth/sup. I’m going to take a little time with the family between events to cruise out to my old stomping grounds on the coast of Maine. I really hope you can join me at the a title=”Mohonk Mountain House” href=”http://www.mohonk.com/” target=”_blank”Mohonk Mountain House/a in New Paltz, NY, for this is going to be an amazing [...]

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pimg class=”alignright” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA%202012/gluten.jpg” alt=”gluten” width=”320″ height=”199″ title=”Dear Mark: IBS and Gluten, Tweaking Calories for Fat Loss” /For today#8217;s edition of a title=”Dear Mark” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/category/dear-mark/”Dear Mark/a, we#8217;ve got a short but sweet two-parter. First up is the connection between Irritable Bowel Syndrome, gluten, coffee, and alcohol. A reader with a history of IBS triggered by gluten, coffee, and alcohol wonders if giving up gluten really could have solved his intolerances of the other foods. Then, I give my take on the best dietary strategy for losing the last few pounds of body fat for an otherwise lean individual. Believe it or not, I even mention and recommend emcounting calories/em./p
pYep. Let#8217;s go:/p
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pHi. I have been a long time sufferer of IBS. I always thought dairy, liquor, and coffee were the main instigators of my problems. I just stayed away from all 3, and was only ever semi-fixed./p
pRecently (few months), and for unrelated reasons [...]

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Pressure Cooker Braised Short Ribs

pimg class=”alignright” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA%202012/ShortRibs1.jpg” alt=”ShortRibs1″ width=”320″ height=”212″ title=”Pressure Cooker Braised Short Ribs” /A pressure cooker just might be one of the most overlooked kitchen appliances for meat lovers. Want to cook a whole chicken and flavorful broth in less than an hour? Use a pressure cooker. Homemade a title=”Beef stew and chicken soup recipe” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/beef-stew-and-chicken-soup-in-35-minutes-or-less/#axzz30O5qLasA”beef stew in 30 minutes/a? No problem. Tender braised short ribs in an hour? Yes, please./p
pThe short cooking time in a pressure cooker doesn’t sacrifice flavor or tenderness. Serve these pressure cooker short ribs next to short ribs that have been oven braised for three hours and no one will know the difference. The meat is so tender it’ll fall off the bone before your fork even gets near it. The flavor is rich and meaty, with subtle but enticing seasoning from ginger, garlic, allspice and cumin./p
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Original post by Worker Bee

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pIt’s Friday, everyone! And that means another a title=”Success Stories” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/category/success-story-summaries/”Primal Blueprint Real Life Story/a from a Mark#8217;s Daily Apple reader. Today’s post is from my good friend Bob Montgomery. He is the Chef amp; Owner of the Not So Fast! Food Truck in San Diego, California and new Primal Blogger #8211; a title=”Not So Fast Food” href=”www.notsofastfood.com” target=”_blank”NotSoFastFood.com/a. Bob has catered numerous a title=”PrimalCon” href=”http://www.primalblueprint.com/PrimalCon” target=”_blank”PrimalCon/a events in Oxnard and Lake Tahoe and plans to return this year! Bob presented at the Real Food Con hosted by Underground Wellness in Fall of 2013 and attracted 70,000 visitors online over the course of three days. Bob also just got back from Austin, TX, where his cooking demonstration at Paleo FX extolled the ”Benefits of Cooking with Animal Organs,” particularly Beef Heart./p
pIf you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily [...]

Original post by Guest

pimg class=”alignright” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA%202012/boxjump.jpg” alt=”boxjump” width=”320″ height=”213″ title=”Does the Placebo Effect Apply to Exercise?” /A couple weeks ago I a title=”You Are What You (Think You) Eat” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/placebo-effect-food-diet/”highlighted a nutrition study/a that suggested even the body’s hormonal responses (not just self-reported “feelings”) could be impacted by how we perceive a particular food we eat. It’s the kind of thing that I feel like opens up life and health in an amazing way. Let me be clear that I’m not claiming people can abuse their bodies and then erase it all with the magic of a title=”The Power of Positive Thinking” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-power-of-positive-thinking”positive thinking/a. I think most people understand it’s positive thought in tandem with positive action that makes for significant, long term benefit. To a point, I’ve always felt there was something to the a title=”Physical Benefits of Positive Emotions” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-physical-benefits-of-positive-emotions”psychological overlay/a in health. We’ve all seen it. People give up on [...]

Original post by Mark Sisson

pimg class=”alignright” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA2010/dailynews-1.jpg” alt=”dailynews 1″ width=”320″ height=”212″ title=”10 Principles of Primal Living That Are (Finally) Getting Mainstream Media Coverage” /We don#8217;t take credit for everything, of course, but the fact remains that the Primal/ancestral health community has been championing principles that directly oppose the a title=”The Definitive Guide to Conventional Wisdom” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-definitive-guide-to-conventional-wisdom/”conventional wisdom/a for nearly a decade. And while serious researchers have been paying attention to and studying these issues individually for years, no one had really synthesized them under the evolutionary umbrella. Now that our movement is becoming more popular and the scientific case for its principles more solid than ever, denying that a bit of sun might be good for you or that sitting is killing you slowly or that eggs aren#8217;t deadly after all is no longer tenable./p
pYes, Primal health principles and positions are getting mainstream recognition. Let#8217;s take a look at some of the major ones./p
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pimg class=”alignright” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA%202012/sunskincancer.jpg” alt=”sunskincancer” width=”320″ height=”240″ title=”Why Some Sun Exposure Will Protect You from Deadly Skin Cancer” /How does sun exposure relate to skin cancer risk?/p
pThe simplistic, popular story is that sunlight exposure has a linear relationship with cancer, similar to how we view smoking. None is safest and each additional minute in the sun will increase our chance of getting cancer. Many people (maybe most) therefore live in a world with danger lurking beyond every shadow, umbrella, overhang, and roof. You let your kid go outside without a layer of sunblock so thick he looks like he#8217;s been smashed in the face with a whip cream pie, and a title=”Moms Who Don’t Put Sunscreen on Their Kids 365 Days a Year Are Irresponsible” href=”http://thestir.cafemom.com/big_kid/156631/moms_who_dont_put_sunscreen” target=”_blank”you#8217;re a terrible mother/a. And don#8217;t even think about the beach unless you#8217;re wearing a burqa. It#8217;s even got a scary name: strongultraviolet radiation/strong. Radiation! Isn#8217;t that [...]

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pimg class=”alignright” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA%202012/roadcycling.jpg” alt=”roadcycling” width=”320″ height=”213″ title=”Dear Mark: Leg Fatigue, Too Much Muscle Meat, Starch Persorption, and Hadza Study Author Responds” /For today#8217;s edition of a title=”Dear Mark” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/category/dear-mark/”Dear Mark/a, we#8217;ve got four questions. First is a question from a reader who exemplifies the #8220;between a rock and a hard place#8221; situation inherent to chronic cardio. Second, I address a reader who worries that I#8217;m not worried enough about exclusive muscle meat consumption. Third, I give my thoughts on whether starch persorption into the blood stream is a real problem for most people and a black mark against resistant starch. And finally, one of the lead authors of the fascinating Hadza gut biome study mentioned in a recent a title=”Weekend Link Love” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/weekend-link-love-292/”Weekend Link Love/a clarifies the precision of their sample preservation methods./p
pLet#8217;s go:/p
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pAfter years of aggressive road cycling, the lone aspect I am struggling with since starting the Primal Blueprint last [...]

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