Ask Eirik: How Much Protein Do I Need to Build Muscle?

Over the years I've gotten a lot of questions about protein requirements for strength trainees and bodybuilders. The rate at which these questions have been popping up increased following the publication of my lengthy article about protein … [Read More...]


The Pitfall of Evidence-Based Nutrition & Medicine

These days, you don't have to look far and wide to find information about nutrition, fitness, and medicine. There are millions of blog posts, news stories, books, and magazine articles covering these topics out there. Many of these are … [Read More...]

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You Probably Need More Protein Than You Think

How much protein do I need? If you ask a dietitian this question, you'll likely be told that you need to consume about 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight per … [Read More...]

We Need to Start Teaching Kids About Evolution

Many children in the world today learn little or nothing about evolution in school. They learn plenty about Christianity, Buddhism, and other religions, which all have … [Read More...]

Follow on Facebook

Do you follow on Facebook? You should! The blog has always been my main focus – and continues to be so. However, I also try to update the Facebook … [Read More...]

Biome Reconstitution: What Mark Zuckerberg Should be Investing In

In my previous article here at I took a critical look at Mark Zuckerberg's plan to cure all diseases. I made the case that pumping billions of … [Read More...]

Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Mission to “Cure All Diseases” is Somewhat Misguided

The other day I was lying in bed scanning through Facebook on my phone. I was bored and didn’t feel like doing anything productive, so I ended up spending a lot more time … [Read More...]

The Diet Wars: Is the Paleo Diet on a Path to Victory?

For the longest time, people have been arguing about what constitutes the optimal human diet. Some state that a plant-based diet, containing little or no animal source … [Read More...]

10 Things You Should Know About the Link Between Gut Bacteria and Obesity

I’ve been thinking a lot about the microbiome’s involvement in the pathogenesis of obesity lately. A couple of years ago, I wrote a lengthy paper in which I took an … [Read More...]

The Science of Darwinian Medicine: A Talk by Robb Wolf

What is Darwinian medicine? What separates it from conventional medicine? And how can Darwinian medicine be applied in a clinical setting? If you are a long-time reader … [Read More...]

Is Static Stretching a Waste of Time?

The idea that static stretching is good for us is highly ingrained into our society. Soccer players are from a young age instructed by their coaches to stretch their … [Read More...]

The Best Probiotic Supplement on the Market

Most probiotic supplements are useless. Many may actually do more harm than good. That said, there are some probiotics out there that are worth buying. For the longest … [Read More...]

Diversify Your Microbiome With Fermented Vegetables

Fermented vegetables could change your life. Sauerkraut, kimchi, and other similar food products contain many different types of bacteria, including the probiotics … [Read More...]

Should You Skip Breakfast?

Should I eat breakfast? If you ask a dietitian this question, the answer you’ll get will probably be a resounding yes. If you then go on to ask why she recommends that … [Read More...]

Is Your Low-Carb Diet Wreaking Havoc on Your Gut Microbiome?

There’s nothing inherently wrong with low-carbohydrate diets. A well-designed, low-carbohydrate diet can provide your body with all the raw materials it needs to function … [Read More...]

Obesity: A Cause or Consequence of Physical Inactivity?

Physical inactivity makes you fat, right? If you ask a dozen people on the street whether they agree with this supposition, the vast majority, if not everyone, will … [Read More...]

Diet and Microbiota: The Two Most Important Determinants of Your Health

What does it take to be healthy? If you ask a dozen people on the street this question, the majority of the ones you ask will probably say that adequate physical … [Read More...]

The Latest Research on the Human Microbiome

Have you kept up-to-date with the latest research on the human microbiome? If not, here's your chance to catch up. As always, I've picked out a selection of scientific … [Read More...]

Are “Bad Genes” to Blame for Your Health Problems?

The Human Genome Project (HGP), an international research project aimed at mapping all of the genes that make up the human genetic make-up, held much promise. Many … [Read More...]

The Dangers of Excessive Strength Training

Strength training is great. No other activity has such a profound impact on bone health and body composition. You can run for hours on the treadmill every week and go to … [Read More...]

Is Your Diet Too High in Carbohydrates?

Starch, glucose, lactose, and many other carbohydrates have gotten a bad rep lately. Over the past decade, the popularity of low-carb diets has increased, and a lot of … [Read More...]

What Happens When Contemporary Humans Adopt a Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle?

Up until about 12.000 years ago, all humans lived as hunter-gatherers. This was how things had been for millions of years. Today, however, very few true hunter-gatherers … [Read More...]

The Many Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

Are you a gym junkie, spending hour upon hour at a fitness center every week? I was, six to eight years ago. Back then, I was obsessed with strength training, and I went … [Read More...]

Does Milk Really Strengthen Your Bones?

Milk is the perfect health food, right? It strengthens your bones, boosts your immune function, and helps you build a healthy, disease-free body. At least that's what the … [Read More...]

Genome-Microbiome Mismatch: A Root Cause of the Diseases of Civilization

The evolutionary discordance model states that many of the chronic diseases and health disorders that plague us today are caused by a mismatch between our current … [Read More...]

Yogurt Won’t Fix Your Gut Microbiome

Yogurt is the stereotypical probiotic food. It’s mentioned in virtually all newspaper articles and blog posts that talk about probiotics and gut health, and is available … [Read More...]

The Genius of Charles Darwin

The ideas Charles Darwin presented in his book On the Origins of Species, published in 1859, are an essential part of the foundation upon which the field of biology is … [Read More...]

Muscle Memory: It’s a Real Thing

Strength training is an essential component of a well-balanced fitness program. By performing squats, push-ups, dips, chins, deadlifts, and other multi joint exercises on … [Read More...]

Do Men Need More Protein Than Women?

It's often assumed that the nutritional requirements of men and women are almost identical. Women lose iron through menstrual bleeding and therefore may require somewhat … [Read More...]

5 Reasons Why Junk Food is Fattening

We all know that a diet high in processed foods such as pizza, chocolate, and doughnuts is more fattening than a diet that primarily consists of nutritious whole foods … [Read More...]

How Probiotics Could Damage Your Microbiome

Not so long ago I published a post entitled "Probiotic Supplements: Are They Doing You More Harm Than Good?" here on the blog. In that article I made the case that many, … [Read More...]

Should You Eat a Strict Paleo Diet?

Our preagricultural ancestors ate healthy, nutrient-packed diets. Paleolithic diets were high in fiber, protein, and omega-3 and contained no highly processed foods, … [Read More...]


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