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Welcome to Primal Sapien.  My name is Brian Stanton, and I’m a health writer and certified Primal Health Coach.

I started back in 2013 to share my passion for nutrition, fitness, sleep, meditation, and longevity with curious people. If it has to do with optimal health, I’ve probably written about it.

The name Primal Sapien encapsulates my philosophy on health.

Primal because our bodies are primal machines that evolved over millions of years. Calibrated in hunter gatherer times, these machines require special care to function properly. This special care includes, among other things: sleeping enough, mitigating stress, exercising, and consuming a spectrum of specific nutrients

Sapien because we have to be smart about our health. Sapien, in fact, means “wise” in Latin – and our health choices should be evidence-based. This means reviewing clinical trials, reputable articles, and the latest science. It also means listening to our bodies. Just because it worked for a caveman doesn’t mean it will work for us.

So what’s my story?

My passion for optimal health began in my early 20s. I was living in Arizona, working in the world of finance, dealing with debilitating gut issues. I wasn’t happy. Something needed to change.

Browsing the internet one day, I found the ancestral health movement. The basic idea was that our bodies have evolved to eat certain foods, sleep a set amount, and move constantly throughout the day. I embraced this philosophy, and gradually over a period of months, I got better. My gut healed itself.

That year (2013) was a turning point. I moved back home to Pennsylvania, exited my career in finance, and started In the years that followed, I wrote article after article on sleep, the gut, nutrition, and other health-related topics.

There’s so much bad information out there. Bringing people good information became a kind of calling.


 Primal Health Coaching

In addition to my writing career, I became a certified Primal Health Coach. In the PHC certification program, I spent 4 months formalizing my knowledge of ancestral health and learning how to bring it to clients. Becoming a certified health coach was a big investment of time and money, but it was totally worth it.

The truth is, health coaching is the future of preventive medicine. It’s disease prevention rather than disease management, and I’m psyched to be part of that wave. If you want to learn more about health coaching with me, click here.


What’s up with me now? 

What does my routine look like these days, health-wise? Well… I eat a wide range of nutrient-dense foods, practice yoga, sleep 9 hours a night, and take targeted supplements to fill any holes in my diet. I fast, sprint, lift heavy weights, meditate, sweat in the sauna, shiver in the cold shower, hike in the woods, and get, weather-permitting, plenty of sunlight. 

I still have the (very) rare gut issue, but most of the time, I feel pretty darn good.

For me, health isn’t an endpoint. It’s a journey. And it’s a journey I’ll be on for the rest of my life.

For more of my thoughts on living a healthy life, I encourage you to check out my blog.

And feel free to email me at

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