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How to Be Smarter in Just 30 Minutes Per Week

Jeremy Hendon | January 20

Do you ever feel like you’ve gotten a little bit dumber as you aged?

I often do. I look back at some of the things I wrote or did 15 years ago, and I’m actually impressed. They were really smart.

And then I look at what I’ve done recently, and I don’t quite feel the same way…

It’s not an inevitable fact of aging, however. Most modern research points to the fact that we can not only retain our full mental faculties as we age, but we can actually improve them.

Here’s a new study on one way to do that:

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The Scientifically Proven Way to Slow Aging

Jeremy Hendon | January 15

The fountain of youth has been written about and sought out for over 2,500 years. It’s unlikely that we’re going to stumble upon the mythological fountain any day soon now.

However, modern technology is rapidly approaching the ability to slow down or even reverse aging. And until we get there, modern science is already pretty clear on exactly what causes aging and what we can do immediately to slow it down.

For instance, here’s a recent study (conducted on blackbirds) that deals directly with this question and comes to the same answer that pretty much all other studies are getting:

Repeated stressors in adulthood increase the rate of biological aging.

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Why am I Tired, and Why are My Feet Sore When Eating Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | January 13

I recently got the following question from a reader…

A couple months ago my husband & I decided to join the Paleo lifestyle, and my body loved it! We both felt better, healthier, etc. But all of a sudden my husband started not feeling so well – every evening his stomach would hurt him, the bottoms of his feet also were hurting very bad & he was exhausted.

Every day, he was eating one non-Paleo meal, except for those 3 days when he started feeling bad. Some people told me that Paleo may not be right for him. He works in a physically demanding job. I got some dairy just for him & some gluten that is readily available when he needs. Why do you think his body is not taking well to Paleo?
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Do Saunas Actually Make You Healthier? (A Science-Backed Look)

Jeremy Hendon | January 8

In the US, saunas really aren’t all that popular. During the early part of the 20th century, there was an increase in popularity, but recently, interest has waned.

On the other hand, saunas have been a mainstay among those living in Scandinavia for thousands of years, and they’re particularly common and popular in Finland.

So it’s no surprise that a group of Finnish researchers conducted the following (very interesting and telling) study:

Association Between Sauna Bathing and Fatal Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality Events
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Pastured Eggs from Free-Range Chickens: Are They Healthier?

Jeremy Hendon | January 6

Eggs are a huge part of modern diets, but the ways we raise chickens has changed a lot over the past 100 years.

To be fair, egg consumption has probably been a big part of our diets as long as humans have been…well…human. Imagine carrying home a whopping 19-inch egg from the prehistoric dinosaur segnosaurus, who laid the biggest eggs we’ve ever seen! (Just kidding, of course – humans never existed anywhere near the same time as any yummy dinosaur eggs.)

Nowadays, egg consumption around the world is unfortunately dinosaur-free, so we’re left with what makes up the bulk of the world’s modern egg diet—quail eggs in Asia, ostrich eggs in Africa, and of course, chicken eggs pretty much everywhere else.
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Late to Bed…Doubles Inflammation and Insulin Resistance

Jeremy Hendon | January 1

I’ve always been a night owl. I don’t think it’s inevitable for me, by any means, but I always tend to stay up later and later.

Lately, however, I’ve really begun to realize just how much I love waking up with the sunrise and going to bed on time. I feel better all day, and most importantly for me, I have a better attitude and perspective during the day.

Plus, there’s new evidence that it’s not just about how much we sleep but about maintaining a consistent sleep cycle.
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Are Sweet Potatoes Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | December 30

I don’t remember ever eating a sweet potato as a kid. And that makes me a little bit sad.

Since I’ve gone Paleo – and particularly if I’m doing any sort of intense exercise or training (Muay Thai, CrossFit, etc.), I’ve fallen in love with sweet potatoes.

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I used to get adventurous and make all sorts of different sweet potato dishes, but recently, boiling or baking and then eating seems much simpler and just as yummy.
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Blogger Spotlight – Stefani Ruper

Jeremy Hendon | December 25

1. What got you interested in the Paleo lifestyle?

Back in 2009, I was a vegetarian on the verge of veganism, with a fair amount of health problems – particularly mental health. My mother read Nora Gedgaudus’s Primal Body Primal Mind, and she said: “Stef you gotta try this out!” (Paleo had just saved her from knee replacement surgery.) I thought the idea was stupid at first, but I am whole heartedly committed to open-mindedness. By page 60 I was sold. I ran to the store and bought a rack of ribs right away.

2. What excites you most about writing/blogging and helping people get healthier?

Because it helps people get healthier!
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Having a Purpose Will Help You Live Longer

Jeremy Hendon | December 23

We don’t really need many reasons to live a purposeful life. After all, living with purpose makes life more enjoyable and meaningful.

But there is another good reason…

Purpose in Life as a Predictor of Mortality Across Adulthood

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Purpose Matters A Lot

There have been a lot of studies analyzing the effect purpose has on health and mortality. This study attempted to account for a lot more variables.

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Is Luo Han Guo Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | December 18

Luo Han Guo (aka Monk Fruit) has been all the rage lately as a low calorie “natural” sweetener.

Fantastic!

But…is Luo Han Guo Paleo?

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What is Luo Han Guo?

Luo Han Guo, also sometimes known as monk fruit, is the fruit of Siraitiagrosvenorii, a plant native to China and some other parts of Asia. Its odd name comes from the phonetic Chinese name for the fruit, which in turncomes from the Buddhist Luo Han monks, who were some of the first to cultivate the fruit hundreds of years ago.

What’s so special about this fruit is the fact that its extract is highly sweet and yet low in calories.
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Blogger Spotlight – Mark Sisson

Jeremy Hendon | December 14

1. What got you interested in the Paleo lifestyle?

I was going through a major reevaluation of my lifestyle. Up to that point, I was an endurance athlete, through and through. That was my identity. Father, husband? Yes, but my entire schedule – the things I did – revolved around my training and competing. So when my body started to break down from all the chronic cardio and all the refined grains I ate to fuel it, I realized I couldn’t do this any longer if I wanted to be there for my kids and actually enjoy the rest of my life. Developing the Primal Blueprint was the only way forward out of the morass of endless training, nagging injuries, carbing up, and missing out on life itself.

2. What excites you most about writing/blogging and helping people get healthier?
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Should You Take Calcium Supplements?

Jeremy Hendon | December 11

I don’t like using studies or research to scare anyone into doing anything, although the study below should probably worry you just a little bit.

Elevated brain lesion volumes in older adults who use calcium supplements: a cross-sectional clinical observational study

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I’m already of the opinion that we should get as many of our nutrients (vitamins and minerals) from our foods as possible. However, I’m not opposed to supplementing where necessary or beneficial.

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Is Coffee Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | December 4

For many people, the morning isn’t fueled by the excitement of a great day—it’s fueled by coffee.

And when the 3pm blues comes around, guess who’s up for coffee round 2 (or round 5 or 6)? With coffee houses popping up everywhere and coffee pots just getting easier (and cheaper) to use, it’s no wonder that this energizing drink has quickly risen to claim a spot as one of the most-consumed beverages in the world.

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But should you run off and pour yourself another mug, or is it time to shut the kitchen coffeemaker down for good?

Is Coffee Healthy?

Perhaps not surprisingly, a good bit of research has been done into how coffee affects the human body.
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Blogger Spotlight – Sarah Pope

Jeremy Hendon | December 2

1. What got you interested in the whole foods lifestyle?

The first big motivator was my husband’s health issues that were preventing us from starting a family. Once this got resolved, which took a number of years (he is thankfully fully recovered today), the second and very huge motivator was to learn to source and prepare foods traditionally so that I could eat healthfully while pregnant and gift my children with a lifetime of health through raising them on a Real Food lifestyle.

2. What excites you most about writing/blogging and helping people get healthier?

I love the emails from parents who tell me that what they have learned via my book or my blog has changed their family life for the better. Children not getting sick as often and not needing meds to get well anymore, allergies disappearing, and other chronic ailments and problems resolving without drugs or medications.

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