Ben Greenfield Fitness

By Ben Greenfield

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Mike Lee
 Jun 13, 2020
Love the podcast. The way Ben explains complex topics and engages guests on the podcast makes it easy to understand and apply to my life. Highly recommend for people who are interested in physical, mental, spiritual and lifestyle health.

Bradley
 Dec 31, 2019
Best Biohacking podcast around.


 Jan 10, 2019

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Free fitness, nutrition, biohacking, fat loss, anti-aging and cutting-edge health advice from BenGreenfieldFitness.com! Tune in to the latest research, interviews with exercise, diet and medical professionals, and an entertaining mash-up of ancestral wisdom and modern science, along with Q&A's and mind-body-spirit optimizing content from America's top personal trainer.

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The Future Of Medical Biohacking: Skull Resets, Suppositories, Nasal Sprays, Nebulizers, Sound Therapy & More With Dr. John Lieurance.
01:21:29
bengreenfieldfitness.com/drjohn Dr. John Lieurance is a Naturopathic Physician & Chiropractic Neurologist who has been in private practice in Florida for 25 years. He is the chief scientific advisor of both Glutagenic.com™ as well as Advanced Biome Corp™. He heads up Advanced Rejuvenation, a multi-disciplinary clinic, with a focus on Treating Chronic Diseases, Regenerative Medicine, Functional Neurology, Functional Medicine & Stem Cell Research.         He has spent most of his career focused on finding solutions for Hearing Loss, Balance Disorders, Tinnitus, DegenerAtive Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s & Alzheimer, Autoimmune Disease, Chronic Lyme, CIRS & Mold Illness. After suffering from Chronic Lyme & Mold Illness many years himself, he also works with many cases seeing the same success he has had to recover to regain a normal life, free from the chronic inflammation and pain associated with those disorders.         During our discussion, you'll discover: -The biohacks in Ben's home John loves...7:54   -How John became involved in the world of biohacking and natural medicine...10:30   -Why suppositories?...22:11   -Things you don't know about melatonin...35:25   -Uses and benefits of NAD...45:45   -Nasal and breathing sprays Ben and John recommend...48:50   -New laser technology to administer compounds...1:05:15   -The mysterious "holy water" John formulated...1:09:25   -What Ben and John are excited about right now...1:12:50   -And much more!     Episode sponsors: Kion, Beekeepers Naturals, Butcher Box, Vuori Clothing           bengreenfieldfitness.com/drjohn
Jul 09, 2020
How To Know If You Are Subconsciously In Fight, Flight Or Freeze Mode (And What To Do About It) - An Interview With Dr. Olga Stevko.
01:21:59
bengreenfieldfitness.com/olga         Dr. Olga Stevko is an expert at helping people achieve rapid transformation for professional and personal growth, and a Medical Doctor from Russia. Dr. Stevko’s clients include over 1,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs, executives, celebrities, doctors, and other professionals and their family members. She helps her clients to identify and transform unconscious programs that create issues in various areas of their life, including health, relationships and business.       Dr. Olga Stevko's unique methodology allows her to see patterns how nervous system reacts to everything around with flight, fight and freeze responses. These patterns affect both the mind and body, and how people look, think, feel, react, communicate and behave. These patterns also affect client's aging and longevity.       Through observation (of clients face, posture, quality of voice, verbal  non-verbal communication), Dr. Stevko can rapidly assess people's patterns in life and what unconscious programs cause them. After transforming key limiting unconscious programs, Dr. Olga Stevko's clients experience fast and permanent results. Clients have also reported dramatic positive changes in their face, posture, voice, mental processing, communication, behavior and energy.       During our discussion, you'll discover:       -How unconscious shapes life experience and is tied to the nervous system...7:06       -Epigenetic trauma...8:41       -Training to slink deductive and observational analysis with neuro-linguistic programming and physiology...9:57       Identifying trauma using neuro-muscular indicators...12:13       -How unconscious programs affect behavior...18:50       -Link between physiological presentation and interpretation of trauma...24:30       -Combination of treatment modalities to treat unconscious mind...29:30       -Piecing together evidence to affect physical change...41:48       -Analysis of Ben’s physiological indicators of psychological profile...46:36       -Analysis of Ben’s drawing as psychological indicator...51:37       -Indications of multi-tasking proficiency and efficiency...55:20       -FOMO and scarcity versus abundance...1:00:19       -Affecting behavior change...1:01:02       -Being guarded and reserving trust...1:03:50        -Chasing challenges and the sense of achievement...1:08:36       -Dr. Olga Stevko individual and group services, including audio and video resources...1:14:12       -Psycho-immunology...1:15:19       -High blood-pressure and hypertension...1:16:42       Episode sponsors: Kion, Organifi, Water and Wellness, Pique Tea   bengreenfieldfitness.com/olga
Jul 04, 2020
Q&A 414: The Benefits Of Nicotine, Easy Hack To Increase HRV, Do Face Masks Cause Oxygen Deprivation, Why To Workout Before Dinner & Much More!
01:24:25
bengreenfieldfitness.com/414             Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast?       Just use the 'contact' button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app.           News Flashes –  for more…7:20         Listener Q&A: What To Do About Very Tight Muscles...51:30             Do Face Masks Cause Oxygen Deprivation?...1:07:25           Why You Feel The Weather In Your Body...1:15:30         Should You Put A JOOVV Light In An Infrared Sauna?...1:18:50   bengreenfieldfitness.com/414  
Jul 02, 2020
An Interview With A Child Prodigy: Should You Skip Breakfast, Analyzing Your Poop, Cold Thermogenesis & Breathwork Strategies & More With Daniel Bissonnette.
01:18:42
bengreenfieldfitness.com/daniel Meet 15 year-old prodigy . This kid first turned my head when he tagged me on Instagram sitting cross-legged and meditating in his shorts on what appeared to be a giant frozen glacier.              I looked into Daniel, and it turns out he's a pretty impressive young man. Daniel currently listed as one of the World’s top 100 most influential Vegans, the most in demand Health/Nutrition Youth Keynote in the world, an Award-Winning Activist, Best-Selling Author, developer of the “” program and host of the weekly YouTube “.”                Daniel has delivered 100’s of presentations since the age of 9 at conferences, expos, consumer shows, community groups, food companies, schools, institutes, non-profit organizations and continues to make headlines. But, it all started out as a bullied elementary school kid who wanted to help a few friends eat healthier.               In third grade, Daniel was approached by his teacher and decided to publicly speak about his food choices. Pleasantly surprised to see how many kids began trashing their junk food and switching to healthier alternatives, Daniel was encouraged to continue spreading the message and volunteered to speak at a global rally. Little did he know that his first public talk would go viral. It became the most viewed YouTube video for the event that took place in 500 cities around the world with over 2M attendees!               From that moment on Daniel began to speak on stages of leading Health events across Canada, the US and Europe. By the age of 11 he became a Signature Speaker with the largest health show franchise in Canada and published his Best Selling book “”. With “Daniel's BREAKFAST Burst” he was able to inspire more children around the world to eat a healthier breakfast than any other authority!               “” was such a hit it was featured in popular magazines, radio, TV and even purchased by Hollywood celebrities. It sure got kids and parents excited about eating their way to smarts too with over a month of carefully designed breakfast meals that deliver peak nutrition for mental performance. By 12 years old Daniel was ranked in the World’s top 100 most Influential Vegans and joined the non-profit organization “Borneo Wildlife Preservation” to help raise funds and awareness to support reforestation and Pygmy Elephant conservation projects in Borneo. At 13 he was honored the Shining World Leadership Award for Compassion by Supreme Master Ching Hai and completed his long anticipated “Genius Mode” program.               In his “Genius Mode - The Biology of Greatness” program and "Biology Of Greatness", Daniel shares breakthrough science on a never before discussed topic - altering our DNA to Genius. “There are ways we can go into our Genetic Code and rewrite it. Genius is something you CAN Become because it’s a built-in mechanism and there’s an exact science to doing so!” says Daniel. He reveals his daily “Hacks” we can apply to increase Brain Power, Intelligence, develop Physical and Mental Resilience and turn on our GENIUS expression. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Daniel became an authority in nutrition at a young age...6:30               -How a bee sting led to an "aha" moment for Daniel...16:00               -Biohacks and routines in Daniel's life...24:20               -Breath protocols and foods to remain in the parasympathetic state...37:30             -The value of keeping tabs on your poop...47:05           -Little known facts about iodine...54:00           -The remainder of Daniel's routine...1:00:35             -How to alter your genius via epigenetics...1:06:00             -And much more!           Episode sponsors: Kion Colostrum, Organifi Glow, Magnesium Breakthrough, Comrad Socks bengreenfieldfitness.com/daniel
Jun 27, 2020
Microdosing, Biohacking Plant Medicines, Psychedelic-Enhanced Psychotherapy & More - How "Field Trip Health" Works For Ketamine, MDMA, DMT, Psilocybin & Beyond!
01:07:24
bengreenfieldfitness.com/fieldtrip is the world's first mental wellness company focused on psychedelics and psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy, is beginning to open the first medical centers - first in Toronto, New York and LA - dedicated exclusively to the administration of psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy, in a "spa-like" setting.               So what exactly happens at one of these type of psychedelic therapy clinics? You're going to find out in today's podcast, and also discover what kind of biohacks, self quantification tools, supplements and more could potentially be combined with planet medicine for enhanced efficacy.             My first guest on today's show is Ronan Levy. An entrepreneur and a visionary, Ronan is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Field Trip Psychedelics Inc. Concurrent with his work at Field Trip, he is a partner at , a venture capital and advisory firm focused on the cannabis and biotech industries and a Member of the Board of Directors for , a leading biotech company in the hemp and cannabis industries. Prior to his current roles, Ronan co-founded and , the latter of which was acquired by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) in 2016, after which he served as Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Affairs for Aurora. A lawyer by training, Ronan started his career as a corporate lawyer at Blake, Cassels Graydon LLP and Legal Counsel at CTVglobemedia Inc. (now Bell Media Inc.) He holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Toronto.             My second guest on today's show, Marshall Tyler, is a scientist with a deep interest in psychoactive molecules. He spent his academic career at Cornell and Harvard, exploring the intersection of chemistry and biology in an attempt to unravel the molecular basis of neuropsychiatric disorders. He subsequently worked as a leading scientist at , one of the largest cannabis edibles manufacturers in California. His passion lies in guiding research to arrive at a deeper understanding of consciousness with the ultimate goal of enhancing wellbeing. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Psychedelic therapy defined...10:00             -The work of Field Trip explained...13:00               -The importance of music in treatment and a variant of ketamine Field Trip is using...19:20             -How Field Trip incorporates psilocybin into their practice...29:06           -Other molecules that will be more common in future treatments...35:30           -How a psychedelic therapy session is conducted...39:45             -Prepping a patient on breath work before a session...45:30             -The patient experience from booking the appointment, to the treatment, and beyond...50:00           -Dream scenarios in the emerging landscape of psychedelic therapy...54:15           -Microdosing between the therapeutic protocols to enhance the therapy...1:03:30             Episode sponsors:  , bengreenfieldfitness.com/fieldtrip
Jun 25, 2020
Is Radiation Actually Good For You? The Hormesis Effect, The Healing Power of Radioactive Stones, Ozone Therapy & Much More With Jane Goldberg.
01:07:11
bengreenfieldfitness.com/hormesiseffect       If you heard my podcast "", recorded at , then you may have heard - towards the tail end of that podcast - how I was about to wander across to a place called to undergo a cutting-edge ozone sauna recovery treatment with something called a .           HOCATT stands for “Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Technology” and the machine acts as an ozone steam sauna, in which you sit with just their head exposed to the air, while your body receives the benefits of an infusion of ozone, carbon dioxide, steam, photon light and oxygen, all while undergoing Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF).         While I was there, the proprietor of La Casa, Jane Goldberg, commented that she wasn't too concerned about the mild amount of ozone one might breathe in while using this device. I asked her why, and she handed me a book. The book is called .         Yep, I know. Woo-woo alert.         But on the plane ride home from New York, I read the book, and it was actually quite compelling. Turns out that for thousands of years people have been treating pain, injuries, and disease with low-radioactive stones.  Jane -  a New York based psychoanalyst, and holistic health consultant - and her co-author, the late Jay Gutierrez, who was a noted Native American healer and CEO of in Pritchett, Colorado, talk in the book about rediscovering a forgotten ancient science that was supposedly once well-known to our ancestors: the healing power of low-level radioactivity.           It also turns out that the concept of using low-dose radiation for therapeutic purposes, called in medical literature "radiation hormesis," has 100 years of solid scientific research behind it, and thousands of medical studies to support it. It is easy, affordable, and highly effective. If you're like most people, you're afraid of radiation, and all it implies. Yet, in other countries all over the world, millions of people have benefited from using low-level radiation on everything from tennis elbow, joint pain and arthritis, to far more serious illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, spinal meningitis, autism, stroke, macular degeneration, heart disease and cancer. The book discusses an inexpensive delivery system that brings this powerful, proven healing modality to all of us, within the comfort of our own homes: the concept of radiation hormesis and low-level radioactive natural stones.           So could radiation actually cause you to live longer and be healthier? That's exactly what we discuss in this podcast.         , Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, a certified psychoanalyst, and an oncological psychoanalyst (having worked extensively with cancer patients). She is a Stone Carrier-Medicine Woman of the Nemenhah Native American Tribe. She is one of the founding conceptualizers of the application of psychoanalysis to group therapy. She is the author of 8 books, as well as writer and creator of a holistic newsletter called . She owns and operates two holistic centers: (the oldest wellness center in NYC) and in the El Yunque rain forest (established in 1986). For several years, she had her own television show called .         She is, as well, a documentary film maker, having produced and directed Because People Are Dying, about radiation hormesis. Her latest project, about to be launched (but delayed by COVID-19) is a unique brain enhancement program called Brainercize. Accompanying the launch will be the publication of her most recent book, The Revolutionary Mind Project. Also, soon to be published is her book co-authored with Karliin Brooks on biohacking, called Biohacking WW (Women's World).           During our discussion, you'll discover: -Whether breathing in ozone is a good thing, and how much...10:20         -Jane's story, and opening La Casa...15:00           -The surprising health benefits of atomic bombs...23:52           -Radiation Hormesis defined...26:20           -The effect of radiation on DNA...39:02           -The effect of low dose radiation on the immune system...42:42           -Radiation frequency and dosages...45:20       -How radioactive stones work...49:20       -The slink between radiation and fungus...56:15       And Much More....       Episode sponsors: Kion Aminos, Organifi Gold Chocolate, Butcher Box, Beekeeper's Naturals         bengreenfieldfitness.com/hormesiseffect
Jun 20, 2020
What Happens During A Psychedelic Journey: Dr. Matthew Johnson On Psychedelic Treatment Room, The State Of Psychedelic Research & Future of Psychedelic Therapy.
01:27:57
bengreenfieldfitness.com/psychedelics My guest on today's show, Dr. Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University.     He also happens to be one of the world’s most published scientists on the topic of the effects of psychedelics on humans and has conducted seminal research on the behavioral economics of drug use, addiction, and risk behavior.       The  will help provide the funds—$30 million total—needed to complete the studies required for FDA approval of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. MAPS has already raised $10 million. If another $10 million are raised by September 10th, this will unlock a $10 million challenge pledge that Tim Ferriss has helped put together, alongside PSFC. Half of the pledge comes from the  (), and the rest is split equally between Tim; James Bailey from Bail Capital; Peter Rahal, the founder of RXBAR (); Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS (); and an anonymous donor. This challenge pledge is all or nothing. If MAPS fails to raise $10 million by September 10th, they do not receive the $10 million challenge pledge. There is no partial credit, and there is a real urgency. This $10M challenge pledge was announced in , the founder of . Every dollar matters, so if the spirit moves you, please consider giving what you can . If you can contribute $100,000 or more over two years, please get in touch with Rick and his team by emailing .         In this conversation with Dr. Matt Johnson, you'll discover:         -The major announcement made at Johns Hopkins regarding psychedelic research...14:15           -How to explain the efficacy of psychedelics to "healthy normal" people...19:00               -The gold standard on microdosing for enhanced productivity...23:05               -Matt's response to the suggestion that he's just in it for the drugs...32:40                 -How psychedelics are used to treat addiction to tobacco...38:35               -How to handle participants who experience anxiety during the session...53:07               -The dark side of MDMA and other psychedelics...1:04:30               Episode sponsors: Kion Aminos, Organifi Gold, Joovv, Water and Wellness         bengreenfieldfitness.com/psychedelics
Jun 18, 2020
How To Do Wim Hof Breathing "The Right Way", Making Your Own DMT, Inhaling Pure Carbon Dioxide, Cold Showers, MDMA & Much More - The Keys to Human Resilience.
01:15:02
bengreenfieldfitness.com/thewedge My guest on today's show, an immersive journalist and self-experimenter named , first joined me for the fantastic episode entitled           Today, Scott - a New York Times Bestselling author - is back to discuss his brand new book, which I found to be a thrilling and inspirational read: "."           Thrive or die: That's the rule of evolution. Despite this brutal logic, some species have learned to survive in even the most hostile conditions. Others couldn't—and perished. While incremental genetic adaptations hone the physiology of nearly every creature on this planet, there's another evolutionary force that is just as important: the power of choice. In an explosive investigation into the limits of endurance, in "The Wedge", Scott discovers how humans can wedge control over automatic physiological responses into the breaking point between stress and biology. We can reclaim our evolutionary destiny.         While writing the book, Carney submerged himself in ice water and learned breathing techniques from daredevil fitness guru Wim Hof. It gave him superhuman levels of endurance and quieted a persistent autoimmune illness. At the core of those methods is a technique called The Wedge that can give a person an edge in just about any situation.       In my conversation w/ Scott, you'll discover:         -What is "The Wedge" described in Scott's book?...18:00         -The concept of "neural symbology"...18:23         -How kettlebells build trust and allow the body to relax in the face of stress...24:10         -Scott's findings on carbon dioxide (CO2)...37:09         -How Scott and his wife condensed 6 months of couples therapy in 3 hours...58:00         Episode sponsors: Kion Lean, Butcher Box, Magnesium Breakthrough by BiOptimizers, Vuori Clothing           bengreenfieldfitness.com/thewedge
Jun 13, 2020
The Ultimate Human Recharging Station - How To Reboot The Human Battery, Get To Sleep Faster, Increase Energy & Restore Your Cell's Proper Electrical Voltage With A Biocharger.
01:16:56
bengreenfieldfitness.com/biocharge My guests on today's show are Jim Girard and Jim Law. These two Jims are the masterminds behind something called the "", a crazy new biohacking device I've been using for "recipes" such as sleep onset, relaxation, athletic recovery, nitric oxide production, headache clearing, "5 hour energy", immune system boosting and much more. The BioCharger utilizes four different energy types – Light, Voltage, Frequencies & Harmonics, and Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Fields (PEMFs).               Turns out Tony Robbins is a huge fan of this thing and uses it at all his events, and a host of biohackers I know seem to be incredibly excited about it and use it nearly every day, so I finally decided to try a Biocharger out for myself and interview the inventors on today's show.                 During our discussion, you'll discover: -What is the BioCharger, and what it does for those who use it...11:00           -The technologies used in the BioCharger...17:55             -The best way to absorb the light from the device...39:05           -The effect of the BioCharger on various parts of the body...44:15           -Whether other biohacks can be "stacked" with the BioCharger...53:54           -How the device affects pets, children and cell phones...57:20           -The most popular recipes of BioCharger customers...1:03:30         -Whether it's possible to overuse the BioCharger...1:08:10     Episode sponsors: Kion Lean, Organifi Red Juice, Beekeepers Naturals, Four Sigmatic bengreenfieldfitness.com/biocharge
Jun 11, 2020
Biohack Your Breath With Nose "Boners", Carbon Dioxide Inhalation, Tibetan Longevity Stretches & Much More: How To Unlock The New Science Of A Lost Art.
01:21:41
bengreenfieldfitness.com/lostart           I first interviewed today's guest, immersive journalist James Nestor, about "freediving" in the episode: It was such an exciting and intriguing show that afterwards, I wound up traveling all the way to Ft. Lauderdale to take a freediving course, which absolutely changed my life (you can learn more about that in my episode with Ted Harty: ).           Today James is back to talk about something we all do 25,000 times a day, yet most of us do it incorrectly or haven't even begun to tap into its lost art. That's right. I'm talking about your breath.           In his new book "", James travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe.           Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is.           Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, James turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again after hearing this podcast.         During our discussion, you'll discover:           -The breath work protocol James uses to begin his day...7:41         -Why James views breath as the "missing pillar" of health...9:55         -What James views as the "dis-evolution" of breathing...14:15         -The truly awful effects of mouth breathing...18:38         -The unusual connection between the clitoris and the nose...24:11         -How the left and right nostril activate the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems...27:44         -Healthy breathing practices of Native American and indigenous S. American populations...30:50         -Changes James made in his lifestyle after writing his book...37:06           -What other cultures and religions can teach us regarding the ideal pace of breathing...47:08           -Tibetan "rites" that help expand the lungs and diaphragm...56:47         -The Tummo method of breathing...1:06:30           -How to biohack your breath work...1:09:55           Episode sponsors: Kion Flex, Butcher Box, Thrive Market, Comrade Socks bengreenfieldfitness.com/lostart
Jun 06, 2020
Everything You Need To Know About How To Use Hydrogen Water: Timing, Dosing, Delivery Mechanisms, Hydrogen Tablets, Hydrogen Water Machines, Hydrogen Inhalers & Much More!
01:29:06
My guest on today's show, Robert Slovak, devoted himself to the science of water after life-altering experiences. He took his astronautical and mechanical engineering degrees and decided to pursue the research of reverse osmosis with his brother Jack. The dynamic duo were considered the early developers of Reverse Osmosis technology.           After retiring from the corporate world, Robert left for Brazil to bring advanced water technology. While working in the rainforest he became sick with gastrointestinal illness due to unsanitary eating conditions in the small village. It was then he was taken to a biologist who had given him something called "" to quickly eliminate the affliction. Robert left the Brazilian biologist the following morning convinced he had uncovered one of the greatest medicines of history, an imported marine solution from Spain.           But Robert went on to do plenty more, as we discuss in our previous episode "". In that episode, we discussed: -Which water filter is best?-Should you add minerals to my water?-What Robert thinks about alkaline water.-What is structured water?-Hydrogen-rich water? -Deuterium-depleted water (DDW)?-And much more... In today's show, Robert and I decided to take a much deeper dive into hydrogen water, which I also discussed in very good detail with Tyler Lebaron of the in the episode "."         During our discussion you'll discover:         -Robert's history with hydrogen (H2) and water...11:15         -How H2 is unique among other compounds...25:18         -How H2 affects inflammatory pathways in the body...34:42         -Hydrogen administration methods...45:18         -How Robert used H2 to heal serious injury in miraculous time...55:37         -How H2 tablets work, and what to look for in them...1:02:45         -Proper timing and dosage of H2...1:12:04         And much more!         Episode sponsors: Kion, Joovv, Organifi, Powerdot       waterandwellness.com  bengreenfieldfitness.com/allthingshydrogen
Jun 04, 2020
Beyond Fasting: How To Biohack Your Fast To Accelerate Fat Loss, Stave Off Carbohydrate Cravings & Enhance Cellular Autophagy.
01:30:23
Fatigue, low energy, brain fog, weight loss resistance, low libido, anxiety, sleep problems, depression, and others have become so common today that most people speak of them as just normal with age. Even thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, and other hormone-related conditions are so common they are being considered a normal part of aging. They may be common, but I can assure you they are not normal and there is, in fact, one quite potent answer... ...fasting.           Dr. Pompa is a respected leader in the health and wellness space, educating  practitioners and the public on the origins of inflammation-driven disease, the therapeutic application of the ketogenic diet, fasting, ancestral-based health approaches, cellular healing, and detoxification. Although trained as a chiropractor, his authority is rooted in his own battle, having overcome neurotoxic illness and heavy metal poisoning using his own unique cellular detoxification strategies.           His journey back to health continued to lead him to a voracious passion to research and learning beyond what is often readily understood. A relentless self-experimenter, Dr. Pompa has a passion for healing others. He’s a true warrior of a ‘from pain to purpose’ mindset, and he speaks about removing the cause of toxicity and inflammation, going upstream, and following a multi-therapeutic approach to health and healing.             Dan's new book "" (use code BEN15 for 15% off the book) will take you "beyond fasting" with its expected results for healing the body naturally by leading you into the proper preparation for a successful fast. This will ultimately result in maximum healing, as well as making the fast as easy as possible.             His seven-week protocol prepares you for the fast by getting your cells to use their own stored fat as energy (fat-adaptation). By going into the fast fat-adapted you will go "Beyond Fasting" because results start day one of the fast, and will lead you into a lifestyle that will ultimately change your life forever, as it has for thousands around the world. This book, and the podcast you're about to hear, will help to equip the body with the tools to heal and create new stem cells from day one of the fast, which generally doesn't happen until day four or five.           During our discussion, you'll discover: -The latest technology that's caught Dr. Pompa's eye...10:33         -How Dan's fasting protocol differs from the trendy protocols currently in the marketplace...14:47           -How to properly prepare for a fast...26:20           -What to do after a fast...38:08         -Dan's personal approach to fasting...44:15           -Biohacks Ben and Dan use to enhance their fasting protocol...53:21           -The impact of fasting on immunity...59:12           -How to approach fasting with children...1:08:31           Episode sponsors: Kion, Organifi, Butcher Box, Water and Wellness
May 30, 2020
Q&A 412: Is Cholesterol In Coffee Bad (& How To Make Your Coffee As Healthy As Possible), What To Do About Low Progesterone, Carbs Impact On Your Immune System & Much More!
01:22:38
News Flashes - follow Ben on Twitter for more...7:37         The whole problem with this “coffee could be bad for you depending on how you brew it” article is that it assumes the cholesterols in coffee are problematic, which they are not, and are in fact one of the reasons coffee is good for your brain and Coffee consumption and mortality from cardiovascular diseases and total mortality: Does the brewing method matter? Lipid levels are paramount to performance. In a study of over 100 lipid profiles of elite athletes in Olympic sports, VO2 max was positively correlated to HDL and Total Cholesterol/HDL  ratio. Cate Shanahan's thoughts on "Can HDL Over 60 Protect You From Coronavirus?".       Episode sponsors: Kion, Butcher Box, JOOVV, Seed Daily Synbiotic Listener Q&A:       Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) vs. Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)...45:11       Tips on increasing progesterone levels...57:55       Do Jaw Exercisers Work?...1:12:14
May 28, 2020
The Future Of Corporate Wellness: What A Cutting-Edge, Gold-Standard Executive & Employee Health Program Should Look Like.
01:10:10
bengreenfieldfitness.com/livetimeless Let's face it.     Corporate wellness programs are old-school and outdated, including...     ...cafeteria and nutrition programs that simply advise you to "eat more lean protein" or "consume more fruits and vegetables"...     ...yearly basic doctor checkups with almost zero motivation, accountability, feedback or utilization of advanced lab and biometric testing...     ...lack of advanced biohacks in the workplace, or attention paid to hidden environmental assailants that affect energy and the company's bottom line, such as air, light, water and electricity...     ...it's time that changed, and my guests on today's podcast are doing just that, through their new, advanced corporate wellness program called "Live Timeless".     Alexander von Gramatzki grew up playing soccer in Europe where he had a chance to play alongside legends like Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Tony Kroos. During his youth soccer career he was connected to advanced wellness technologies to get him intimately attuned with his optimal state of performance. Even though Alex ended his youth soccer career to pursue education and business, his ability to find a high performing state resulted in him being able to work in a state of flow. As a result of being able to function at high levels, Alex was fortunate to find opportunities that allowed him to earn millions of dollars starting at the age of 23. Due to his achievements he was then the youngest person to be accepted into and graduate from the Wharton Schools 2-year long Executive General Management Program. His focus is now on bringing wellness technologies and health tests into the workplace so that companies can get their employees more attuned with their body and mind.         During our discussion, you'll discover: -Alex's history with health and biohacking...8:00       -How to package individual protocols and biohacks into a comprehensive corporate wellness program...13:54       -How to share collective results while maintaining individual's privacy...30:16       -Boots on the ground; how this system is implemented...45:12       -The future of corporate wellness...53:11       Episode sponsors: Kion, JOOVV, Butcher Box, Seed Daily Synbiotic
May 23, 2020
Which Genes Impact Your Longevity The Most? How To Decode Your Genes & Unlock Key Insights To Living Longer & Aging Well (+Bonus Coronavirus Genetic Analysis Information!)
01:29:10
My guest on today's show, Joe Cohen of , first appeared on the episode "", then later on "."  Joe Cohen won the genetic lottery of bad genes. As a kid, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, and other issues that were poorly understood in both conventional and alternative medicine. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation and self-learning to improve his health--something that has since become known as “biohacking”. With thousands of experiments and Pubmed articles under his belt, Joe founded SelfHacked, the resource that was missing when he needed it. SelfHacked now gets millions of monthly readers. Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is the CEO of , and . His mission is to help people gain access to the most up-to-date, unbiased, and science-based ways to optimize their health. Joe has been studying health sciences for 17 years and has read over 30,000 PubMed articles. He's given consultations to over 1000 people who have sought his health advice. After completing the pre-med requirements at university, he founded SelfHacked because he wanted to make a big impact in improving global health. He's written hundreds of science posts, multiple books on improving health, and speaks at various health conferences. He's keen on building a brain-trust of top scientists who will improve the level of accuracy of health content on the web. He's also founded SelfDecode and LabTestAnalyzer, popular genetic and lab software tools to improve health. At , Joe has recently launched a longevity tool that allows you to live longer by knowing how to take actionable steps based on your genes. You can order tests . Use code BEN to get a 10% discount. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Joe is handling the coronavirus while living in Tel Aviv, Israel...9:24 Affected populations are very different from that of the Spanish Flu of 1918 Relatively young and healthy, not worried about it at all Personal life insurance policy: (use code BEN100 for a $100 discount) Ben uses a (use code BEN100 for a $100 discount) Pay close attention to oxygenation and anti viral strategies -How  differs from and other genetic tools currently available...13:12 SelfDecode focuses on different topics: longevity, mood, sleep, etc. 23andMe doesn't give specific recommendations on how to improve your genes SelfDecode makes recommendations based on priorities based on an individual's genes 23andMe sells the data of their customers for drug R&D SelfDecode business model is to give updates, to remain engaged w/ genetic data -Tips for maximizing the value of a gene analysis...18:30 Good science is vital Curation Do they give recommendations Polygenic Risk Score: Using multiple genes and SNPs to determine if the genes are increasing your risk in any way Receive updates on the science regularly Comprehensiveness on the number of genes and SNPs tested Diet reports -Common concerns about the reliability of genetic testing...27:50 Tommy Wood interview "" JAMA article: "" Look at multiple variants in a gene The more specific the results, the better you can determine the best course of action Pay attention to your genes; pay closer attention to how the body responds to certain lifestyle factors Pay attention lab results and symptoms Book: by Dale Bredesen Book: by Max Lugavere -Why Ben would rather play with his kids than live forever...40:00 Ben is on the low side of SRT1, one of the primary sirtuin genes associated w/ longevity may be a recommended supplement, particularly w/ NAD Two genes that showed shorter telomere length (OBFC1) , , are good for sirtuins Look at atherogenic index over the LDL cholesterol counts TP53 - mostly associated w/ cancer, as well as longevity -Joe's response to the claim that some cells may be cytotoxic...52:49 Book: by Paul Saladino The totality of research suggests this is not the case Book: by Fred Provenza -Effective ways to mitigate telomere shortening...56:20 Psychological stress is a big factor (15% off of $60 minimum purchase) Ben has 4 variants that cause the OBFC1 gene (associated w/ telomere shortening) TAM818 and TA65 and Spectracell for telomere measurements was particularly efficacious for Ben in maintaining telomere length -Inflammatory markers in Ben's test results...1:05:00 Interleukin 10, an anti-inflammatory cytokine Bioavailable curcuminoid is more able to enter the bloodstream and cross the blood brain barrier bone broth (purathrive) -An intelligent approach to IGF-1...1:09:30 Don't obsess over it to where you're sacrificing quality of life Intermittent fasting 12-16 hrs daily Dinner to dinner once a month -Genetic analysis for risk of acquiring the coronavirus...1:16:20 ARDS (Acute respiratory distress syndrome) is how people are dying from COVID-19 Ways to block the effects of the ACE2 gene:   is high in zinc (may help w/ respiratory endurance) Resources from this episode: - - Quantum 5 Ozone Generator (use code BEN100 for a $100 discount) -The that Ben uses (use code BEN for... $250 off Respiro chamber (full price is $14,200) $500 off Vitaeris (full price $21,900) $750 off Quamvis (full price $25,900) $2500 off Fortius hard chamber (full price $89,900) Concentrators are $1900-  $250 off purchased with a chamber - - -Tommy Wood interview "" -JAMA article: "" - -Book: by Fred Provenza -Book: by Paul Saladino - - - - - - (use code GREENFIELD for a 10% discount) - Episode sponsors: -: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants and health. BGF listeners receive a 20% discount when you use discount code: BGF20 -: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive a gift card up to $20 when you begin a new membership using . -: Relieve your pain, Recover faster from workouts, build muscle and endurance to help you accelerate past those training plateaus and feel great doing it. Get 20% off your order when you use discount code: BEN Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Joe or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
May 21, 2020
It's All In Your Mouth: How Your Teeth Are Impacting Your Immune System, Sleep, Performance, Inflammation & Much More (& What You Can Do About It With Holistic Dentistry).
01:24:43
bengreenfieldfitness.com/allinyourmouth           I don't go to a regular dentist.         Matter of fact, for reasons you'll discover in this podcast episode, I wouldn't personally step foot near a "regular" dentist's office.         Instead, because I understand how profound an impact my teeth, gums, tongue and oral cavity have on my entire biological system, I only work with a holistic, biological dentist.         Due to my strong interest in this matter of dental health and holistic dentistry, I recently read a fantastic new book entitled "It's All in Your Mouth: Biological Dentistry and the Surprising Impact of Oral Health on Whole Body Wellness" written by my guest on today's show, Dr. Dominik Nischwitz.       Challenging conventional dental wisdom that views the teeth as separate from the rest of the body, and conventional dental practices that often cause more harm than good, my podcast guest today, Dr. Nischwitz himself, lays out:           -The latest research on the microbiome and the mouth -Critical information on the dangers of root canals and amalgam fillings -The important role of nutrition in oral health and hygiene -A clarion call for a new approach to dentistry -And much more.           During our discussion, you'll discover:           -Dominik and Ben share their personal oral care regimen...6:53           -An overview of holistic or biological dentistry...23:46           -The link between the nervous system and the teeth...38:50           -Whether or not wisdom teeth really need to be removed...50:56           -How chewing assists with the production of TH-17 immune factor cells...58:42           -What are pellicles, and how saliva helps take care of them...1:07:48           -How to find a holistic dentist near you...1:20:46           bengreenfieldfitness.com/allinyourmouth
May 16, 2020
Your Pelvic Floor "Power Source": The Hidden Key to Ignite Your Core, Empower Your Body, Release Stress, and Realign Your Life.
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bengreenfieldfitness.com/powersource           I recently read a fascinating title by today's podcast guest—celebrity trainer and goop expert (whatever that means) Lauren Roxburgh—       The Power Source offers a deep understanding of how to cultivate this strength by following a holistic, multisensory program. Starting with the pelvic floor, Roxburgh focuses on the five power centers that can be harnessed throughout the body: Pelvic floor Deep core Upper core Heart and shoulders Head, neck, and jaw         During this discussion, you'll discover:           -What the pelvic floor is, and what impact it has on our bodies...9:00           -How the pelvic floor is related to epigenetic trauma...13:50         -What happens when we excessively clutch or tighten the pelvic floor...18:40         -Easy, at-home pelvic floor therapy...26:38         -Why a small squishy ball is vital to the health of the pelvic floor...35:24         -Why the gut is increasingly problematic in modern society...40:24         -The importance of the upper core...50:46         -How to carry that weight on your shoulders and stay connected to your pelvic floor...58:45         -The cranial sacral connection and the nervous system...1:04:36         Episode sponsors: Kion Coffee; Organifi Green Juice; Bioptimizers kApex; Vuori Clothing   bengreenfieldfitness.com/powersource
May 14, 2020
The Only Skill That Matters: The Proven Methodology to Read Faster, Remember More, and Become a SuperLearner.
01:12:32
In the new book The Only Skill that Matters: The Proven Methodology to Read Faster, Remember More, and Become a SuperLearner, my guest on today's podcast, Jonathan Levi, unveils a powerful, neuroscience-based approach to reading faster, remembering more, and learning more effectively.         Here's what you'll hear:         The ideal learning model...14:18       What is "the only skill that matters"?...45:00         How to become a "super learner"...51:55       How to use visualization in your learning...56:57         And much more!       bengreenfieldfitness.com/theonlyskill
May 09, 2020
Q&A 411: The Effects Of Cold & Heat On Blood Glucose, A New Way To Increase Heat Shock Proteins, Ben's Weekly Routine, The Effects Of 5G On Respiration & Much More!
01:19:11
Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast? Just use the 'contact' button in the free         News flashes...8:40         How to use your phone in airplane mode while tethered to an ethernet cable...       A new strategy to increase heat shock proteins       A mountable toilet system for personalized health monitoring via the analysis of excreta         Listener questions:       The Effects Of 5G On Respiration...31:38       How To Use Hydrogen Tablets...50:58         How Much Work Is Too Much?...58:14       bengreenfieldfitness.com/411 
May 07, 2020
The Health Habits, Rituals, Routines, Biohacks, Foods, Supplements, Workouts, and Success Secrets of Brendon Burchard.
01:23:09
According to Forbes and SUCCESS magazines, my guest on today's show - Brendon Burchard - is “the world’s leading high performance coach” and "one of the most watched, followed and quoted personal development trainers in history.” O, the Oprah Magazine, named him "one of the most influential leaders in the field of personal growth.” Brendon is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books include High Performance Habits, The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, and Life’s Golden Ticket.           An online education pioneer, Brendon has also released over 20 personal development courses on topics like motivation, confidence, habits, and productivity, which have been taken by over 2,000,000 students in 190 countries. His online videos have been viewed over 300 million times. His podcast, The Brendon Show, debuted at #1 on iTunes across all categories and for five years has regularly been in the top 20 of health/self- help.             But what many people don't know about Brendon is he is incredibly passionate about and knowledgeable in the realm of health and biohacking. And that's exactly what we dive into in today's show.         In our discussion, you'll hear:       How a near death experience instantly changed Brendon's outlook from hopeless despair to a life of intention...6:30       Brendon's morning routine...26:10         How the coronavirus pandemic has revealed or exposed people's health and wellness readiness...42:53           Brendon's top biohacks...50:00         Brendon's sleep routine, and how it changes during an event...55:14         What books Brendon has read to keep his perspective in the right place during the Coronavirus pandemic...1:08:00
May 02, 2020
Kiss Gas & Bloating Goodbye With Dr. Matt Cook: The Complete Done-For-You Guide To Eliminating SIBO Once & For All (Along With Sex, Trauma, PTSD, Ozone Dialysis & More!).
01:43:51
Dr. Matthew Cook is a deep, deep well of knowledge on all things regenerative medicine. Whether you need to fix Lyme, mold, or mycotoxin issues, completely repair a knee or back issue without surgery, or get the most advanced anti-aging and longevity treatments that currently exist, he's your man.       Dr. Cook founded and, as acting President, operates a regenerative and pain medicine practice that offers leading-edge non-surgical solutions in orthopedic medicine, sports medicine, regenerative pain medicine, and stem cell medicine.         He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in medical practice. Currently, Dr. Cook is president of California Anesthesia and medical director of the National Surgery Center, Los Gatos, CA.         Dr. Cook’s early career as an anesthesiologist and medical director of an outpatient surgery center that specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic procedures provided invaluable training in the skills that are needed to become a leader in the emerging fields of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, nerve hydrodissection, and stem cell medicine.     In this FIFTH appearance on the podcast, you'll hear:     --Dr. Cook's approach to treating a health icon who's having health issues...15:08       --Dr. Cook's parasite, gastrointestinal, energy, mineral and sleep reset protocols...35:03       --How Dr. Cook is helping men w/ ED and sexual dysfunction...1:10:56       --The incredible ozone dialysis...1:20:20       --Incredible stories about healing PTSD and trauma...1:30:54         And much more!       Episode sponsors: Kion Mixed Berry Aminos; Organifi Gold Chocolate; Gluten Guardian; Powerdot         For complete show notes, including links, PDF's and all the resources Dr. Cook and I discuss in today's episode, head over to bengreenfieldfitness.com/gireset 
Apr 30, 2020
The Official KAATSU Episode: Everything You Need To Know About How To Use Blood Flow Restriction For Muscle Gain, Injury Recovery, Testosterone, Growth Hormone & Much More!
01:17:35
What is KAATSU? KAATSU is a safe and effective form of exercise, rehabilitation and recovery invented in Japan in 1966. Patented pneumatic equipment enables your arms and legs to modify venous flow which leads to a cascade of positive physiological effects. KAATSU is supported by decades of extensive research at top academic institutions, specific protocols proven with millions of users in 32 countries, and patented procedures in sports, exercise, rehabilitation and wellness activities both in the water and on land. KAATSU is a Japanese word and trademarked term where KA (加) means “additional” and ATSU (圧) means “pressure”.               In today's episode w/ Kaatsu experts John Doolittle and Steven Munatones, you'll hear:               How Kaatsu affects the body...15:50             How Kaatsu aids in muscle growth...26:50             The difference between Kaatsu and BFR training...50:45             Why Kaatsu is perfect for training during the coronavirus quarantine...58:15               And much more.               All show notes, including links to previous BGF podcasts, articles related to Kaatsu, and many more resources can be found at bengreenfieldfitness.com/kaatsupodcast 
Apr 25, 2020
The Best Biohack For Stress & Sleep (Simulates A Full Sleep Cycle In 20 Minutes While Blasting Away Stress & Giving You A Deep Meditative Experience).
01:13:49
One of my favorite biohacks for sleep and cognition is the NuCalm device, and we talk to the CEO of the company that produces the NuCalm today.               In this discussion, you'll hear:               -New tech since Jim last appeared on the show...12:20             -How the NuCalm is different from a sleep simulation device...34:30             -How to stack the NuCalm with your favorite biohacks...49:28           Show notes: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/nucalmpodcast2 
Apr 23, 2020
How To Biohack Your Morning Routine, The Surprising Compounds That Destroy Stem Cells, The Tastiest Nut Butter On The Face Of The Planet & Much More!
01:11:10
When I first met today's podcast guest, we were sitting in a sauna at . He was sitting across from me and filled me in on some of the most advanced stem cell boosting tactics that I'd ever heard – including talking about little-known superfoods I'd never heard anyone expound upon with such knowledge.         Turns out this guy, whose name is , is actually called “the Indiana Jones of superfoods.” Since 2005 he has successfully sourced more than 300 foods and ingredients from around the world as an exotic superfoods hunter, supplement formulator, and environmental activist. Today, he is a renowned authority on nutrition, hydration, and the health potential of foods and herbs and he’s on a mission to help everyone learn about them and use them to feel their best.         In our discussion, we discuss:         --Darin's personal self-care morning routine...8:40         --Darin's company Totimed...22:45         --The amazing baruka nuts from Brazil...40:35           --The one non-negotiable thing Darin does for a good night of sleep...1:08:00         --And much more         Show notes, including links to everything Darin and I talk about in this episode, can be accessed at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/superfoodhunter 
Apr 18, 2020
Exosomes, RNA, Chicken Soup, Sunlight & More: Sayer Ji & Ben Greenfield Discuss How To Regenerate Your Body & Unlock Your Radical Resilience "New Biology".
01:20:58
Show notes can be found at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/sayer Combining analysis of cutting-edge scientific findings with our deepest ancestral wisdom and health-promoting practices, Sayer Ji—author of , founder of , and my guest on today's podcast—offers a time-tested program to help prevent and manage the most common health afflictions of our day: cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and metabolic syndrome.           His "New Biology" concept explains why biological time is not a downward spiral and how chronic illness is not inevitable when you implement nature's resiliency tools, including information such as:               --The fascinating new science of food as information...     --The truth about cancer and heart disease screening and what real prevention looks like...     --How to reverse the most common forms of degeneration using food-based approaches...     --How the body extracts energy from sources other than food, including water and melanin...     --How to make sense of conflicting dietary recommendations and out-of-date food philosophies...
Apr 16, 2020
Is 5G Really That Dangerous, Plant-Based Diet Difficulties, Reversing Biological Age & Much More!
02:47:19
Links to every product, hack, article and gadget mentioned in this episode can be found at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/mumbai     On my recent whirlwind media and Boundless book tour of India, I hosted, along with my friends Jag Chima and Kris Gethin, a massive biohacking Q&A and panel in Mumbai. We covered an enormously wide range of topics, including:     --The harmony between ancestral living and modern science     --How to optimize gut health     --Does moving around help digestion     --5G, EMF hazards from mobile phones and "smart" technology     --Why it's so difficult to thrive on a plant-based diet     --How to slow down, or stop altogether, the aging process     --How Ben can have a biological age of 9 years old     --The right approach to aesthetics when it comes to biohacking       --And much more!
Apr 11, 2020
Q&A 410: When To Eat Carbs For A Morning Workout, Get Rid Of Allergies Fast, How To Support Recovery For Broken Bones & Much More!
01:13:29
**Show notes, including links to everything Ben and Jay talk about in today's episode can be found at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/410       Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast? Visit the show notes, or use the 'contact' button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app.     News Flashes...7:08     -Tip: for massive surge of energy without food-based calories, consume chaga, chlorella and methylene blue then go for sunshine walk or use red light panels.     -A simple ingredient to take action on     -New study aims to use health data (body temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate) from a smart ring to identify coronavirus symptoms.     Listener Q&A      -Tricks To Get Rid Of Allergies Fast...33:20     -When To Eat Carbs For A Morning Workout...50:10     -How To Support Recovery For Broken Bones...58:28     Got a question for Ben and Jay about today's podcast? Leave your comments, ask your questions, and check out all the resources at the show notes page:   https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/410
Apr 09, 2020
The Ultimate Biohacked Workout & The Future Of Fitness: Minimal Effective Doses, Cold, Blood Flow Restriction, Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Ozone & More!
02:14:18
In this special episode, recorded on-site at , you'll get to hear (or if you watch the video in these shownotes) watch me go through a series of advanced workout biohacks that reflect what the future of fitness and gyms may one day look like - including how to deliver massive fitness results with a minimum effective dose of exercise, combining cold thermogenesis with exercise, blood flow restriction training, electrical muscle stimulation using full body suits, ozone sauna therapy for recovery and much more! Part 1 is Systimfit co-founder Josh Holland and his associate Allie Holcombe talking about the process of bringing me to their facility, along with the workout itself -- which has now been dubbed "The Ben Experience" if you want to try it out for yourself! The Part 2 is the audio from the actual workout at Systimfit. The video is also available to watch at the show notes . Enjoy the episode! -How Allie snagged Ben for a session at Systim Fit...7:00 -Allie and Josh recap The Ben Greenfield experience at Systim Fit...21:30 -Part 2: Ben's workout at Systim Fit...49:50 -The session...58:40 -Whole body electrical muscle stimulation...1:20:45 - (adaptive resistance exercise)...1:55:16 Episode sponsors: - - - - Got a question for me regarding this episode? Visit the show notes at bengreenfieldfitness.com/nycbiohack, leave a comment at the bottom of the page, and I'll reply!
Apr 04, 2020
Q&A 409: Biohacking Immunity, The Latest Muscle Building & Fat Loss Research, Should You Ditch Your Smart Meter & Much More!
01:28:10
Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast? or use the 'contact' button in the free Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! News Flashes... for more... -Training plans, home biohacks for the coronavirus...2:55 Book: by Anders Olsson Book: by Patrick McKeown  about the Wim Hof breathing technique Book: by Frank Shallenberger (use code BEN100 for $100 discount) for HBOT (use code BEN10 for 10% discount) (use code BEN for a 5% discount) Book: by T. C. Randall and - 2:1 ratio in to increase body alkalinity (code GREENFIELD for a 10% discount) Peptides Thymosin α (Tα-1) LL-37 (use code BEN for 15% off purchase and 10% off subscriptions) for (use code BEN for a 10% discount) PEMF mat More news flashes...34:30 . Diets, supplements, exercise, meal timing, blah, blah, blah…best one for WEIGHT LOSS MAINTENANCE? Physical activity. Want to build muscle? Sleep more. Sleep deprived? . Listening to Fast-Tempo Music Delays the Onset of Neuromuscular Fatigue: . I personally save music for the hardest workouts and recommend ! I wonder how many people are going to read this, quit exercising, and just take a nice hot bath instead. . Resources mentioned: Book: by Anders Olsson Book: by Patrick McKeown  about the Wim Hof breathing technique Book: by Frank Shallenberger (use code BEN100 for $100 discount) for HBOT (use code BEN10 for 10% discount) (use code BEN for a 5% discount) Book: by T. C. Randall (code GREENFIELD for a 10% discount) (use code BEN for 15% off purchase and 10% off subscriptions) (use code BEN for a 10% discount) mat PEMF Podcast: Study: (use code BEN for a 10% discount) (use code BEN for a 10% discount) (use code BEN20 for a 20% discount) Dirty Electricity Filters (you can also buy Faraday paint from this website) - use code BEN Ketone Ester (use code BENfor a 15% discount) (use code GREENFIELD10) organ complex capsules organ complex capsules (use code BENGREENFIELD10) (use codes BEN25 for Chili/ BEN15 for Ooler) Special Announcements... . Ben Greenfield's new book “Boundless” is now available! Check out Ben on  for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes, and much more! Follow Ben on  for daily news flashes and the latest health, fitness, and anti-aging research. Join Ben's  page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts, and support! Here's where Ben is speaking and traveling around the world coming soon: April 4 - 6, 2020: Wild Health Virtual Summit. An event at the Kentucky Castle designed for physicians to teach and promote genomics-based precision medicine. Open to the general public. July 14 - 16, 2020: Paleo f(x) – Austin, TX. Join me and dozens of health and fitness experts to discover the latest breakthroughs in epigenetics, biohacking, Keto, AIP, nootropics, blood testing, strength conditioning, sleep, stress and much more. Try out delicious new foods, discover new workouts, and even try new gadgets in the biohacking lab. . This podcast is brought to you by: -: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 20% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF20. -: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. 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In my response, I recommend: Article:  (Idahoans for Safe Technology) (use code BEN for a 10% discount) (use code BEN for a 10% discount) (use code BEN20 for a 20% discount) Dirty Electricity Filters (use code BEN) WiFi router (you can also buy Faraday paint from this website) Book: EMF'd by Dr. Mercola Ketone Esters - recommend or (use code BENfor a 15% discount) Sirtuin precursors - NAD (use code GREENFIELD10) ) Beef Organ Capsules vs. Multivitamins...1:10:10 Logan asks: I want to know your thoughts on supplementing with beef organs vs. a traditional multi-vitamin, and what gaps I might need to be aware of in my nutrition. I've been doing this for about 6 weeks and am feeling great. I want to get your take on things I might need to be aware of. In my response, I recommend: organ complex capsules organ complex capsules (use code BENGREENFIELD10) How To Cool Your Body During Sleep...1:18:08 Tim asks: I've been struggling with sleep issues for many years and have tried many things. At the moment, I'm looking at two devices: The Chilipad, which cools the body, and Ebb Sleep which cools the brain, particularly the pre-frontal cortex. I'm curious if you have an opinion on the efficacy of one over the other. In my response, I recommend: The (use codes BEN25 for the Chili/ BEN15 for the Ooler)
Apr 02, 2020
Ben Greenfield's 10 Favorite Biohacks, How To Drink Without Damaging The Body, Dangers Of Ayurvedic Herbs & Supplements & Much More!
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On my recent whirlwind media and tour of India, I hosted, along with my friends and , a massive biohacking Q&A and panel in New Delhi, which you can . We covered an enormously wide range of topics, including: How to have energy at your beck and call, all day long... Hidden environmental killers and how to hack your environment to remove them... Ben and Kris' latest updated sleep and jet lag tips... Eating for anti-aging and longevity... How to lose fat faster... And much more! Later, we flew to Mumbai, crashed at a hotel, and slipped into a hotel room to record, for your listening pleasure, a few guys shooting the sh*t about everything from my 10 favorite biohacks, to how to drink socially without damaging the body, to Ayurvedic herbs and supplements, meditation, responsible use of cell phones and much more - all released on today's show! Jag Chima, born in England, is an entrepreneur, investor, visionary, health and fitness enthusiast, and philanthropist with business interests that include real estate, construction, finance, lifestyle, and health and fitness. Jag is the founder of The London Group, a diversified conglomerate with extensive operations in the UK, India, and other parts of the world. The London Group is comprised of companies in property consultancy, property development, estate agents, lifestyle brands, fitness education, talent management, and health clubs. Jag has carved a niche for himself as a passionate and astute professional, with experience that started in 1998. He has also been featured on many media platforms including BBC News Asia, BBC Asian Network, and MATV. He is a sought after speaker and strategic advisor on business affairs and believes in facing fears and taking on challenges for growth and personal development. Jag recently completed a triathlon and also a 1450 km bicycle ride from Delhi to Mumbai. He is a proud supporter of The Unique Home for Girls in Jalandhar India, a home for unwanted, abandoned girls in Punjab, India. Originally from Wales, Kris Gethin has established himself as one of the most versatile fitness entrepreneurs in the industry. Before founding , Kris competed as a lifetime natural pro bodybuilder, placing as high as second place in the Natural World Championships. As a personal trainer, his clients have included Bollywood celebrities, billionaire businessmen, and champion athletes. In between training clients, he has certified more than 800 personal trainers. Somehow, this tireless innovator found time to co-found a health club franchise called Kris Gethin Gyms. He has shared his extensive knowledge through books, newsletters, videos, and podcasts. In this episode, you'll discover: -Ben shares about his trip to India...6:30 Is India ready to embrace biohacking? Barriers to biohacking technology are falling -A wise approach to Ayurvedic herbs and supplements...10:00 It is ancestral wisdom, not biohacking; use w/ caution Tainted w/ metals, may be laced w/ herbicides and pesticides Can hurt yourself if you're not aware of the sourcing Biohacks to increase their efficacy (code GREENFIELD for a 10% discount) device by Fisher Wallace (code GREENFIELD for free FedEx shipping) (code GREENFIELD) table Herbs Ben recommends: -The role of meditation in improving the health of one's mind...16:00 Spiritual connection Don't be dependent on biohacks for meditation app meditation app Meditate in the same spot Candle and hourglass meditation in the The presence of a phone on the table can decrease the quality of conversation at dinner Very easy to get disconnected from mindfulness in modern society Incorporate time when tech isn't present into your daily routine Be aware of biological impact of smart phones Keep phone in airplane mode as much as possible -Mindful eating practices...24:30 , , , etc. are good alternatives to processed sugar Over-consuming jaggery, , etc. resulting in weight gain Eat in a parasympathetic state Be present/aware of the taste, how you feel, etc. Eat w/ people while celebrating food Love your body, love people around you, and love your food (where and how was it sourced?) People move much less than their ancestors Any food can become inflammatory, even healthy foods -Big problems with the modern Indian diet...40:15 India is currently the diabetic capital of the world "Sugar free" is oftentimes a misnomer Many foods in their natural state are intended to have healthy fats Processed carbs and sugars are particularly problematic Vegetable oils are the biggest culprits Prioritize your body over convenience -Responsible use of cell phones...46:17 3 major issues with non-native EMF: Influx of calcium in cells DNA and protein damage Downregulate NF-kB pathways How to offset some of the damage: can offset excess calcium NAD and sirtuins repair the DNA Pterostilbene Green tea Fasting, ketone esters and ketone salts offset down regulation of NF-kB pathways -How to live healthy in an unhealthy environment...54:17 AO Air (HEPA face mask) N95 mask Molekule air filters Air Doctor HEPA filter Now Foods taurine powder Annatto (Vitamin E) Astaxanthin Book: Eat to Beat Disease by William Li BGF podcast w/ Dr. Li Book: The Body Electric Book: Healing is Voltage -How to drink socially without damaging the body...58:03 Consume drinks that contain little to no alcohol Kin Euphorics New drinks on the horizon which contain no alcohol and improve social functions 1-3 Butanediol Alcohol significantly impacts sleep cycles -What India needs to do to up its game regarding health and biohacking...1:03:22 Farming practices: India relies upon mono cropping (as does the U.S.) Thrive Market Stores that allow people to access high quality foods Podcasters, bloggers redefine what health and fitness means Any change begins with our children -Ben Greenfield's 10 favorite biohacks...1:13:30 Red light therapy Cold Heat Grounding/earthing NAD and sirtuins Peptides Blood flow restriction training Single set to failure training Breathwork (Power Lung) Gluta Stat (nebulizing glutathione) Episode sponsors: -: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. Get 20% off your order of Kion Aminos, and everything at the Kion site when you use discount code: “BGF20” -: A formulation of 24 unique strains, each of which included at their clinically verified dose, to deliver systemic benefits in the body. Save 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN15 -: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive a gift card up to $20 when you begin a new membership using . -: A brand new company that has reimagined all your favorite childhood breakfast cereals. Low carb, keto-friendly, ZERO sugar, and tastes just like you remember. For free shipping on your order at Magic Spoon, use discount code: BENGREENFIELD Got a question for me, Jag or Kris? Drop a comment below, and we'll reply!
Mar 28, 2020
Q&A 408: The Awesome History Of Fad Diets, How To Upgrade Your Protein Shake, Blood Flow Restriction & Super Slow Training & Much More!
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Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast? or use the 'contact' button in the free Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! News Flashes...17:16 From The Sleeping Beauty diet to The Tapeworm Diet…this is an awesome history of fad diets (that will likely never stop coming!): Someone should write a book called “The Sunshine Diet”: .  Here’s how to upgrade your whey protein -  add essential amino acids and creatine for enhanced absorption (in past I’ve said always take EAA’s on empty stomach, but now changing my mind if goal is maximal protein synthesis of protein you eat it with):   Mmm…the new “toddler milk”...powdered milk, corn syrup, and vegetable oil - would YOU feed this to YOUR toddler?   Yeah, I thought this was a joke at first too, but I’ll bet feeding your children their vegetables via an ice cream delivery mechanism will actually be a pretty successful business: .  Resources mentioned: for up to date coronavirus info (code GREENFIELD for 20% off their first month of subscription or full purchase of the device) (code BEN10) Book: training device (use code BEN for a 5% discount) structured water filter (use code BEN15 for a 15% discount) Special Announcements... . Ben Greenfield's new book “Boundless” is now available! Check out Ben on  for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes, and much more! Follow Ben on  for daily news flashes and the latest health, fitness, and anti-aging research. Join Ben's  page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts, and support! Here's where Ben is speaking and traveling around the world coming soon: April 4 - 6, 2020: Wild Health Virtual Summit. An event at the Kentucky Castle designed for physicians to teach and promote genomics-based precision medicine. Open to the general public. July 14-16, 2020: Paleo f(x) – Austin, TX. Join me and dozens of health and fitness experts to discover the latest breakthroughs in epigenetics, biohacking, Keto, AIP, nootropics, blood testing, strength conditioning, sleep, stress and much more. Try out delicious new foods, discover new workouts, and even try new gadgets in the biohacking lab. . 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Mar 26, 2020
The Great Bread Debate, Detoxing With Food, Dangers Of MDMA (& What To Do About It), High Protein Myths & Much More With Max Lugavere.
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The author of the New York Times bestselling , previous podcast guest on the episodes:  and also is back! His name is Max Lugavere and his new book features a lifestyle program for resetting your brain and body to its “factory settings,” to help fight fatigue, anxiety, and depression and to optimize cognitive health for a longer and healthier life. In , Max expands the plan, which focused on nutrition and how it affects brain health, and expands it to encompass a full lifestyle protocol. We know now that the health of our brains—including our cognitive function and emotional wellness—depend on the health of our gut, endocrine, cardiac and nervous systems as there is a constant feedback loop between all systems. Drawing on globe-spanning research into circadian biology, psychology, dementia prevention, cognitive optimization, and exercise physiology, The Genius Life shows how to integrate healthy choices in all aspects of our daily routines: eating, exercising, sleeping, detoxing, and more to create a healthy foundation for optimal cognitive health and performance. Among Max’s groundbreaking findings, you will discover: · A trick that gives you the equivalent of a “marathon” workout, in 10 minutes · How to get the benefits of an extra 1-2 servings of veggies daily without eating them · The hidden chemicals in your home that could be making you fat and sick · How to boost melatonin levels by up to 58% for deeper sleep without supplements Max is a filmmaker, health and science journalist and author. He is also the host of the #1 iTunes health podcast . Lugavere appears regularly on the Dr. Oz Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors. He has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, CNN, and the Daily Beast, has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and in The New York Times and People Magazine. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and has given talks at South by Southwest, TEDx, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, and many others... During our discussion, you'll discover: -Just how bad is bread?...8:08 It's one of humanity's oldest and most revered processed foods Max's views have softened slightly over the years Grains can serve a functional purpose Glycogen storage Help to power through resistance training Not as toxic as made out to be, but not the most ideal option available Changed views on brown rice Preparation methods are important Avoid GMO forms of GMO foods No such thing as a one size fits all diet, nor an exercise regimen Increased carbs in the diet may lead to increased strength (performance enhancing tool) -How Max's views on MDMA have evolved over the years...19:45 Being used to treat PTSD; given "breakthrough drug" status by the FDA Being used to treat alcoholism, autism Chronically dangerous to the brain; imbalance in neurotransmitters Serotonin is modulated w/ MDMA Acute doses are limited in potential harm; benefits outweigh the risks Psilocybin can reduce activity in default mode network in the brain Can damage mitochondria when consumed in large amounts Increase levels Supplement w/ (code: BENGREENFIELD10) Dr. John Lieurance's / (code: BEN) -Max's overall goal in writing ...29:00 The goal was to help people identify diseases such as dementia or cancer years or decades before they manifest physically was to identify which foods affect the brain We're essentially in "The Hunger Games" books Sedentary, addicted to devices, rampant stress, circadian rhythms are out of sync The default state of any organism is health; our society is anything but healthy Max's mom developed dementia at a young age; was eventually diagnosed w/ pancreatic cancer Conditions don't develop overnight Prevention is not discussed by and large in mainstream medicine Cachexia: extreme muscle wasting Certain cancers are hormonally related Book: by William Li -Fish consumption and optimizing brain health...46:00 Fear of consuming mercury w/ fish is overblown; the benefits outweigh the risks Selenium: mercury ratio in fish is key People who eat more fish have better health; protection against Alzheimers Women who eat more fish have smarter kids Oily fish (wild salmon, mackerel, sardines) are preferable Lifestyle considerations: (code: BEN) w/ dry brush or enema Frequent movement -Healthy detoxification...51:26 The 3 P's of health detoxification: peeing, pooping, perspiring can upregulate autophagy Article: -Why Max advocates increasing protein intake...55:45 Confusing mechanism w/ outcomes The benefits outweigh the risks Reasons to increase protein: In old age, double the allowance helps maintain muscle mass Inverse relationship between increased protein and amyloid plaque More protein = less carbs and fat Protein leverage hypothesis: hunger mechanisms are leveraged by need for essential amino acids Protein is the most satiating of the macronutrients; metabolic advantage Very nutrient-dense foods Ensure protein you consume is buffered w/ collagen or the amino acids contained therein Book: by James Clement Supplement w/ -Max's big wins regarding biohacking, food prep, etc...1:05:08 Drink clean water (code: GREENFIELD) Add minerals into the reverse-osmosis water (code: GREENFIELD10) Time spent in nature 30 minutes of sunlight in the morning Suprachiasmatic nucleus controls circadian rhythms 20 minutes in nature can reduce cortisol levels Staying active 2 minutes of activity for every 30 minutes sedentary can reset the blood flow to the brain Fascia is a piezoelectric tissue , deep tissue work can be mildly addicting -Max's favorite workout regimens...1:13:45 Resistance and strength training Cut back on carbs, lost efficacy in strength training Not a fan of steady-state cardio; lots of throughout the day Staying active boosts lymph fluids Keep protein intake up: 1.6 g/kg of lean mass High intensity repeat training You can have a great body w/out obsessing over fitness Be more present with your food; distractions while eating can increase calorie consumption -And much more! Resources from this episode: - BGF podcasts w/ Max Lugavere: - - - - Dr. John Lieurance's / (use code BEN at checkout for a 5% discount) - - Book: by William Li - - - Book: by James Clement - - (use code GREENFIELD10) Episode sponsors: - You can grab your own Kion Creatine now at and save 20% off your first order with discount code: BGF20 -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive my brand new book, Boundless absolutely free! -: A wellness company specializing in innovative nutraceuticals made from healing hive compounds and plant-based ingredients. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -: A plant-based beverage that helps support the body’s natural ability to produce collagen, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and protect the skin from sun exposure and toxins. Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Max or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Mar 21, 2020
Biohacking India: Sleep, Jet Lag, Hidden Environmental Killers, Air Pollution, Antiviral Tips, Eating For Longevity & Much More!
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On my recent whirlwind media and tour of India, I hosted, along with my friends and , a massive biohacking Q&A and panel in New Delhi. We covered an enormously wide range of topics, including: How to have energy at your beck and call, all day long... Hidden environmental killers and how to hack your environment to remove them... Ben and Kris' latest updated sleep and jet lag tips... Eating for anti-aging and longevity... How to lose fat faster... And much more! Jag Chima, born in England UK, is an entrepreneur, investor, visionary, health and fitness enthusiast and philanthropist with business interests that include Real Estate, Construction, Finance, Lifestyle, Health & Fitness. Jag is the founder of The London Group, a diversified conglomerate with extensive operations in UK, India and other parts of the world. The London Group is comprised of companies in Property Consultancy, Property development, Estate Agents, Lifestyle brands, Fitness Education, Talent Management and Health Clubs. Jag has carved a niche for himself as a passionate and astute professional, with experience which started in 1998. He has also been featured on many media platforms which include BBC News Asia, BBC Asian Network, MATV. Jag is a sought after speaker and strategic advisor on business affairs. Jag believes in facing fears and taking on challenges for growth and personal development. Jag recently completed a triathlon and also a 1450 km Cycle ride from Delhi to Mumbai. He is a proud supporter of The Unique Home for Girls in Jalandhar India. The Unique Home for Girls is a home for unwanted, abandoned girls in Punjab, India. Originally from Wales, Kris Gethin has established himself as one of the most versatile fitness entrepreneurs in the industry. Before founding Kaged Muscle, Kris competed as a lifetime natural pro bodybuilder, placing as high as second place in the Natural World Championships. As a personal trainer, his clients have included Bollywood celebrities, billionaire businessmen, and champion athletes. In between training clients, he has certified more than 800 personal trainers. Somehow, this tireless innovator found time to co-found a health club franchise called Kris Gethin Gyms. He has shared his extensive knowledge through books, newsletters, videos, and podcasts. Now, he’s moved into the nutrition sector with , a company dedicated to creating cutting-edge, ultra-premium sports nutrition supplements for athletes of all types. All of Kris’s pursuits are consistent with his mission of helping others reach their health and fitness goals. In this episode, you'll discover: -Ben discusses the motivation behind writing ...8:30 It's about energy; it's what's lacking in most people Combine ancestral medicine w/ modern science We can tap into more energy than we're capable of currently 3 angles: Optimize the mind, body, spirit Book: by Dan Buettner Have a personal mission statement -Kris Gethin's thoughts on being "boundless"...15:38 We all struggle to work our "soul" muscles A long-term investment to gain a long-term return Blue Zone in South India until 1950's; westernized culture has changed it DNA hasn't changed; surroundings have changed Eat the cake before the icing; optimize your environment before pursuing biohacks -The missing link in optimizing sleep...19:02 Basic concepts: Light, Temperature, Silence Light: Minimal amounts of natural light will affect your sleep simulates sunlight in the ears (code: GREENFIELD) Replace LED bulbs w/ Expose to as little blue light in the evening as possible (code: BEN10) Temperature: Cold shower before going to bed Wearing help regulate body temperature in bed Silence: Put phone in airplane mode app Pink noise while falling asleep - headphones for sleeping on your side (code: GREENFIELD) Safety: Don't associate the bed w/ work Be aware of evolutionary mismatches Dopamine fix while scrolling through social media Cortisol levels increase, affects sleep Morning and evening routines: No devices before bed, nor first thing in the morning Meditation - helps w/ falling asleep indirectly Make the phone as boring as possible in the evening () Diet considerations: Fast for one hour before bed, and in the morning Kris advocates for increasing fats and reducing complex carbs throughout the day Ben recommends restricts carbs throughout the day and a carb refeed in the evening mixed w/ and helps sleep quality while fasting Ben's homemade jello (rich in ) Hot water or as a base Other hacks and tips: WiFi kill switch (code: BEN) wearable (code: BEN500) phone covers to control the WiFi router power and , , , WiFi scramblers Breath to control physiology (4 count in, 8 count out) Breathe out for a longer period of time than breathing in -Why sitting for long periods of time is the death-knell to a healthy life...59:15 Sitting is associated w/ shortened hip flexors Poor glute activation contributes to lower back pain (NEAT) Number of calories burned doing small movements Far outweighs calories burned w/ exercise Ben does 15k steps in addition to working out Drop in bone density related to sitting vs. squatting while eating, defecating, etc. -Chronological vs. biological ages and extending your longevity...1:02:30 Kris' chronological age is 45; biological age is 38 Optimized sleep has reduced biological age Low level activity: at the desk (code: BEN10) Air squats on the plane swings (deadlift weight is correlated to longevity) Brachiation (hanging) Ben's 3 longevity tips: Fasting Intermittent fasting (12-16 hours each night and morning) 24 hour dinner to dinner fast 1-2x per month Eat 40% of normal calorie consumption for 5 days () Peptides DNA and cellular repair mechanisms supplement Sirtuins must be present Major causes of aging faster than the actual age Loss of purpose or meaning for one's life Working out too much Not present with the activities in your daily life -Food choices and anti-aging...1:20:30 Glycemic variability and inflammation are the two biggest factors Cocktail w/ bitters, spices affects glucose response Rancid, processed vegetable oils are the biggest culprits You can burn off sugar, not so w/ vegetable oils can protect cells from vegetable oils (code: BEN) Lactose intolerance can be confused w/ a damaged gut supplement probiotic (code: BEN15) Slow vs. fast food preparation (fermentation) Be wary of things like kombucha which may raise blood sugar levels 5 minutes of cold therapy in the morning is Ben's best tactic for regulating glycemic variability -The benefits of fasting...1:39:54 Enhances cellular autophagy Glycemic variability lower Fasting is not the same as calorie restriction (intermittent fasting) Fasting is a spiritual and personal discipline Autophagy: The cleanup of metabolic waste products in the cell Grazing throughout the day isn't efficacious app -...1:54:00 You breathe through the diaphragm Increased Co2 Release of cortisol Mouth taping -Where to start with health optimization...1:56:22 Book: by Robert Becker Calcium can affect the electro chemical balance supplement Think of the body as a battery: , (code: BENG10) Sunlight, photons of light charges the body Water and is a great hydrating fluid -Core bracing while lifting...2:03:15 Essentially a breathing exercise (Dr. Eric Goodman) -Reversing damage from blue light...2:05:00 (code: BEN) Macu Gold Plus -Stopping autoimmune disease...2:06:45 Gut and inflammation are the most common factors Breathwork, limit vegetable oils, etc. Heal the gut (code: GREENFIELD) -Ben's thoughts on veganism and vegetarianism...2:10:15 Source of the animal is often problematic; proper preparation Excess consumption of meat products The human body needs , , , , that are difficult to obtain on plant-based diet Eat in a parasympathetic state, with gratitude, spiritual discipline Resources mentioned: - - Episode sponsors: - You can grab your own Kion Creatine now at and save 20% off your first order with discount code: BGF20 -: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive a gift card up to $20 when you begin a new membership using . -: Grow muscle 3x faster than you can with free weights! The X3 Bar will change the way you train forever. Get a $50 discount off your X3 bar when you use discount code: BEN Have a question or comment related to today's podcast? Drop a comment below, and I'll reply!
Mar 19, 2020
Everything You Need To Know For Antivirus & Immune System Enhancement: A Special One-Two Podcast Episode With Dr. Matt Cook & Dr. Matt Dawson.
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In last week's post entitled "", I laid out a fully comprehensive, novel, and alternative health strategy to tackle health issues related to viruses and immune system enhancement—strategies that often go beyond simple pharmaceutical pill-popping or conventional medicine (similar to my previous posts on issues I've personally dealt with in the past, such as and ). In that article, I dove into natural ways I've been strengthening my immune system for my hefty amount of airline travel, even in the face of recent viral outbreaks that have made me have to be even more careful and thorough in my approach. Two friends of mine, Dr. Matthew Cook and Dr. Matthew Dawson, are true experts in the realms of functional and precision medicine, and both were kind enough to offer me their advice when it comes to boosting immunity and fighting viruses. I've included their audio in this podcast for your listening and learning pleasure. My first guest, Dr. Matthew Cook, has been on the following podcasts: Dr. Cook founded BioReset Medical Corporation and, as acting President, operates a regenerative and pain medicine practice that offers leading-edge non-surgical solutions in orthopedic medicine, sports medicine, regenerative pain medicine, and stem cell medicine. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in medical practice. Currently, Dr. Cook is president of California Anesthesia and medical director of the National Surgery Center, Los Gatos, CA. In addition, he sits on the scientific advisory board of several high profile medical companies including BM Doc, FREmedica & Vasper Systems. Dr. Cook’s early career as an anesthesiologist and medical director of an outpatient surgery center that specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic procedures provided invaluable training in the skills that are needed to become a leader in the emerging fields of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, nerve hydrodissection, and stem cell medicine. My second pair of guests, Dr's Matt Dawson and Michael Mallin of WildHealthMD, have been on the following podcasts: Dr. Matt Dawson is a precision medicine physician in Lexington, KY, co-host of the and has been obsessed with performance optimization as long as he can remember. He received scholarships to play two sports in college even with “minimal talent” because of his voracious reading and implementation of any fitness or nutritional techniques that would give him an edge. Dr. Dawson continued that obsession in medical school, and as a physician, he has won national awards for education, innovation, and leadership. He has lectured in over 20 countries and trained thousands of other physicians through live lectures, online education, two textbooks, and an educational app. Dr. Dawson combines his training in genomics and functional medicine to give personalized, precise medical guidance. His obsession with performance optimization has morphed from, initially athletic, to now mental performance and longevity. Whether it's a professional athlete or a grandparent optimizing their mental clarity and mobility to keep up with their grandkids, Dr. Dawson is passionate about helping everyone perform at their absolute peak. Dr. Mike Mallin is a physician in Bend, OR who is obsessed with health performance and precision medicine and is co-founder of the . He completed medical school in South Carolina and trained in Emergency Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT where he competed in several ultramarathons and found his love for the mountains and performance. Mike currently practices in Bend, OR and Lexington, KY in his precision medicine clinics. He is also co-founder of the , an educational podcast that has taught thousands of physicians all over the world how to use ultrasound. During this podcast, you'll discover: Part 1 w/ Dr. Matt Cook of BioReset Medical (Begins at 5:25) -Dr. Cook's history w/ virology...7:10 Studied feline immunodeficiency virus, a model for HIV Anesthesiologist w/ an interesting approach to pain management Began to successfully treat patients w/ complex illnesses Many patients have viral infections, chronic illnesses w/ a viral overlight -A brief history of viral epidemics..9:08 Influenza pandemic from 1918-1920 (Spanish flu) infected over 500 million people worldwide; 17-50 million people died Fear of affecting morale of WWI soldiers; publicity was censored in Germany, U.S., U.K. The virus created an extreme inflammatory response Young people were especially susceptible SARS and MERS occurred more recently Both respiratory viruses Mortality rate from SARS was 9.6%; MERS was 34.4% Current mortality rate of COVID-19 is unclear right now Pattern of viral infections that create an exaggerated response, particularly in the lungs 3 categories of patients: 80% will get the virus and recover w/ no complications Patients w/ preexisting conditions are at greater risk Healthy patients get a viral infection, have an overreactive immune response -What is a "coronavirus?"...15:00 Viruses are extremely small Cold climates are ideal for viruses; they are very rare in tropical climates How are viruses transmitted? Respiratory droplets and other bodily fluids Stringent approach to maintaining cleanliness for prevention and treatment Pneumonia, fever, cough, shortness of breath; affects both lungs Symptoms can be in GI tract, low white blood cell counts Most common symptoms: fever, dry cough, tiredness; often there are no symptoms Most common complication is pneumonia Best practices for avoiding the virus: Avoid traveling to infected places Careful hand washing Avoid touching T zones Avoid crowded areas Keep your living area clean Majority of cases are relatively mild Small number can have complex problems Common symptoms: Fever Coughing Muscle pain Confusion Shortness of breath -What is the cytokine storm?...22:30 Primary target is the respiratory system Virus can't replicate itself w/out getting into a cell Body responds by making chemical messengers to create inflammatory response to fight the virus Inflammatory process is out of control; doesn't take effect -Immunology 101...25:30 Best known inflammatory cytokine is tumor necrosis factor A (TNF-A) Turns on other cytokines, promote an exaggerated inflammatory response Factors that drive the cytokine storm: Nuclear factor kappa beta (nuclear factor kappa bad) Block nuclear factor kappa beta, turn on NrF2 (helps modulate inflammatory response to a stress) Status of testing: Quest diagnostics will offer a test for the current viral outbreak Gates Foundation working on an at-home test How to treat influenza: Hand-washing is one of the greatest medical concepts of our time Patients w/ mild illnesses can self-quarantine -Treatment options for viruses...33:45 Most important factor is containment Improve your hygiene A great job done w/ the 80% of mild cases gives hope that it will be beat Steroids have done more harm than good in the past Be aware of anti-viral medications Remdisivir Kelapra Antioxidants: NAC (antiviral effects) Vitamin C Glycyrrhizin Plant-derived antioxidants w/ antiviral effects Upregulate NrF2 Ozone therapy may be an activator -A functional medicine approach to wellness...40:18 Plato: "The part can never be well unless the whole is well" Systems approach is the best way to optimize immune system Immune system is centered in the gut Problems come with age because diversity in microbiome goes down SIBO leads to leaky gut Difficulties in fighting chronic illness is due to multiple systems in the body dysfunctioning Increasing overall wellness provides the best defense against viruses Effective supplements for immune system wellness: Vitamin C administered intravenously Vitamin D (pro-survival molecule) helps dampen chronic reactions Curcumin and quercetin has been found to inhibit kappa b Probiotics may balance the GI tract X-Viromin Apex Energetics Life Extensions Zinc Lozenges Quercetin Vitamin C combo Vitamin A helpful to immune system, Vitamin D offsets some of the toxicity (cod liver oil) Quicksilver "The One" Lauricidin Apex Energetics Turmero NAD Gold from Quicksilver Royal jelly Raw honey Oleuropein (derivative of olive leaf) -About ozone therapy...1:06:35 Used by naturopaths and more and more doctors Nikola Tesla patented first ozone generator in 1896 Ozone has antiviral, anti fungal, antiparasitic effects Stimulates NrF2 Decreases cytokines Ozone is an oxidative therapy (helpful used w/ anti-oxidative treatments) Ozone can oxidize sulfhydryl groups on the virus (may block ability of the virus to get into the cell) "Oxidative preconditioning" Pretreatment w/ ozone could be beneficial before exposure to a chronic infection How is it administered: Ozone generator Ozone enema Sauna treatment Mix w/ blood, reinsert into body Ozone dialysis Proponents of ozone therapy: Dr. Frank Schallenberger, world's foremost authority on ozone therapy Dr. Johann Lahodny (high dose ozone therapy) Dr. Robert Rowen Longevity ozone generators -How exosomes affect the immune system...1:28:30 Exosomes are the secretion of stem cells The person who invented the term "stem cell" changed it to "medicinal signaling cell" Exosomes have TGF beta Patients w/ COPD have had exosome treatments Can be administered via IV or nebulizer Trial: Stem cells grown in a lab given to patients with the current virus Part 2 w/ Drs. Dawson and Mallin of  (Begins at 1:48:12) -What we know about COVID-19 at the time of recording (12 March 2020)...1:50:00 COVID-19 is the illness not the virus (SARS 2) COVID-2 is the virus "Coronavirus" is a family of viruses Lower respiratory health is affected Virus is spread w/out feeling symptoms Case fatality rate reported as 3.4%; varies by country Transmissibility rate is the number of people you'll infect on average (2.2 currently) Worse on the elderly, mild on children The data is changing by the hour -How COVID-19 compares with pandemics from the past...1:53:47 2009 H1N1 infected 25% of global population 1918 Spanish flu infected 1/3 of the pop. Mortality rate of COVID-19 is 3.4% currently; predicted to be lower H1N1 was very low Spanish flu was the highest mortality rate on record COVID-19 has a higher mortality rate than common flu and H1N1 Higher mortality rate than Spanish flu currently It's difficult to test for COVID-19, knowledge of how to quarantine It's not if it will be a big deal; it will be a big deal Exponential growth: Without containment measures, the virus would double every 6 days How to test for COVID-19 Quest Diagnostics Lab Corp Genome Send in tests to avoid exposure to infected people Watch website for updates -Ways to improve your immune system...1:59:03 Standard hygiene Wash hands Don't touch face Avoid public contact (self-quarantine) Flatten out the curve Government interventions (St. Louis vs. Philadelphia w/ the Spanish flu) No approved FDA treatments currently Focus on your immune system No better time to clean up your diet Smoking and obesity is a factor for mortality Get more and better sleep Exercise without overdoing it Green smoothies Supplements: Vitamin D Zinc Olive leaf extract Four Sigmatic mushroom extract Vitamin C Quercetin Peptides: Thymosin A LL-37 Pentosan polysulfate Ceylon cinnamon -What to do if you start to feel ill...2:14:19 Follow and guidelines You're best served at home Telemedicine (phone consults) Don't go to the clinic unless there is a tangible benefit for doing so Children are not affected as severely but there is a high risk of communicating it to others (grandparents for example) Closing schools may be important for public health -Specific advice to health care workers...2:21:12 Have appropriate personal protective gear N95 masks Understand how to properly don and doff the gear Protect yourself first Isolate infected patients Nebulizers may spread the infection Understand intubation procedures Shave facial hair for the mask to fit Elderly are the most vulnerable We don't know how well current tests are performing Resources from this episode: - BGF Article: - -  website - - - - Episode sponsors: -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. 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Mar 14, 2020
My Latest Sleep Biohacks, Habits, Routines, Rituals, Longevity Tips, Parenting Strategies, Spiritual Disciplines & More!
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I recently went on a whirlwind tour of LA for my new book Boundless. Rather than a formal presentation or lecture, I instead did plenty of panels and Q&A's instead, and recorded them all for your listening and educational pleasure!   In the first part of this episode, you'll hear me on a panel with Dr. Darshan Shah of , with whom I have collaborated on multiple podcasts, including: - BGF: - BGF: - Forefront by NextHealth: After the panel with Dr. Shah, in which we discussed sleep, habits, routines, rituals, longevity, biohacking, parenting, spirituality and much more, you'll hear the Q&A we recorded at that same event.   In the second part of this episode, you'll hear a separate Q&A recorded at the second book launch party at , in which we cover deep sleep, REM sleep, sex hacking, plant medicine and psychedelics, NAD best practices, sirtuins and a host of other interesting topics.   If you haven't yet purchased your copy of Boundless, you can grab it . In this two part episode, you'll discover: Part 1: Panel and Q&A w/ Darshan Shah -Darshan and Ben discuss the process of writing Boundless...6:13 "I wanted a book I wanted to read" app Originally 10 chapters on brain, body, spirit -Tips on biohacking your sleep...10:00 wearable Be aware of the circadian rhythm Natural "bio hacks" like walking on the beach barefoot lights No blue lights at night Ben mentions Temperature and noise Hot/cold contrast shower Wear to bed pillow to feel safe Sleep routine begins the moment you wake up -Hints on personalizing your diet...17:15 Book: by Roger Williams Self-quantification is a reality for most people today on the Carnivore Diet and analysis device can give many key indicators Cold therapy in the morning was efficacious in managing blood glucose levels (spikes w/ coffee) -The importance of spiritual connectedness...28:06 Spiritual disciplines is one of the most underemphasized elements of fitness Fasting, fellowship w/ others, spirit of love toward others -How Ben helps mold the well-being of his two boys...31:34 Have them join you in your routine Happy family dinners Love and logic philosophy (no forbidden fruits) Educate on the consequences of their decisions Book: by Judy Arnall -How to fight EMF's and hidden toxins in an urban environment...37:00 Calcium influx in the cell membrane DNA and protein damage Down regulation of NF-kB pathway (Fasting and ketosis upregulate NF-kB pathway) and sirtuins help repair DNA -Audience Q&A...40:37 Biohacks to help heal a navicular stress fracture and continue to train minimalist shoe peptide How to help the circadian rhythm working bartenders hours Become a napping superstar device by Fisher Wallace Reishi mushroom from sleep mask app on YouTube How to stay mentally strong as challenges come in your professional life Pray and meditate every day Quarterly, 3-4 days of isolation, plant-medicine ceremony Know how to manage stress 40 minute timer, then 10 minute break One day per week, one week per quarter off app Intermittent fasting for post-menopausal women Part 2: Talk at   -The 3 things that Ben uses at home every single day...1:02:33 Walk in the sunshine Book: by Arturo Herrera Book: by Sayer Ji is a great source of melanin Grounding and earthing from Ultimate Longevity Book: by Clint Ober Hyperbaric Oxygen -How to maximize deep sleep when everything else has failed...1:11:06 Pay attention to core temperature Cold shower before bed in bed actually cools the body Higher doses of (300-600 mg) High dose of (Dr. John Lieurance of Advanced Biome Corp.) -Long-term effects of psychedelics...1:15:50 Serotonin imbalances, dopamine issues, etc. Quarterly journey on psychedelics Be aware of replenishment, and cautious with frequency of use Limited alcohol and meat consumption prior to use Socially acceptable, but overuse is a problem due to accessibility and lack of knowledge Be aware of the effects it will have on your body -Effectiveness of NAD...1:22:30 Caveat: it increases methylation; use with a methyl donor based is the most efficacious (expensive though) Fasting, consuming fermented foods nicotinamide ribosome NAD spray for DNA repair to be effective -Tips on improving fitful sleep...1:26:00 Many people are hypoglycemic; early morning wakeups are indicative of this Low amounts of -How to help with bladder issues at night...1:29:10 decreases w/ age -How to calculate proper protein absorption...1:32:10 Most people can absorb a max of 40 grams of protein in one sitting On lower activity days, less protein and vice versa for higher activity -How to lower A1C levels... Morning cold regimen -Up and coming peptides to watch...1:39:03 and BGF podcasts on peptides LGD () for giardia -How to keep things hot in bed as you age...1:43:37 Book:  by Mantak Chia Book: by David Deida Quarterly journey w/ plant medicines Resources from this episode: - - - - - website Episode sponsors: -: Satisfying, nutrient-dense, real-food energy bars with a delicious chocolate coconut flavor! BGF listeners receive a 10% discount when you use discount code: BGF10 -: Delivers healthy 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork directly to your door on a monthly basis. All their products are humanely raised and NEVER given antibiotics or hormones. For 2 lbs of 100% grass-fed beef and 2 lbs of pure bacon for FREE, PLUS $20 off your first box go to ButcherBox.com/BEN OR enter promo code BEN20 at checkout. -: Are you ready for upgraded digestion? 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Mar 12, 2020
Biohacking Fitness In Asia & Beyond: How One Small Company Is Changing The Face Of Biomarker Testing, Agriculture, Pollution, Health & More!
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During my recent media tour of India, I had the pleasure of meeting many brilliant individuals who are doing very cool things in the health, fitness and biohacking arena in India, and one of the most impressive tours and meetings I had was with the good folks at , in Bangalore. Connect Ventures is blending everything from advanced lab and biometric testing of blood, biomarkers, genetics and the gut, to personalized nutrition and fitness programming, to the development of high-end nano-material segment for environmental cleanup to Nanotechnology, Agro-Technology, Water and Waste Treatment, Food Grade Enzymes for Sugar, Distillery, Brewery and Tea Industries, Nutraceuticals and Next Generation Agricultural Technologies. We explore all these factors on today's extremely interesting and educational episode, which I recorded while touring Connect Ventures. My primary guest on today's show is Shiva Subramanian. Shiva is a graduate from United World College of SEA and Nottingham University (U.K.) in International Management & Finance, Shiva Subramanian is at the forefront of India's entrepreneurship market. His primary business interests were in textiles, the production & export of Coffee and F&B ventures in various locations across Bangalore. Today as head strategist of Connect Ventures, he handles multiple roles as communicator, decision maker and leader to drive our vision of transcending. A constant source of inspiration to his team, he is also a prolific sportsperson and a thespian with over 27 years of training in different forms of Martial Arts. In this episode, you'll discover: -The "ecosystem" within Connect Ventures...8:40 Fill in the gaps in the environment; human sustainability is contingent on environmental sustainability 17 ventures that are self-funded The goal is for people to live "supernaturally" Preserve natural state of land, soil, etc.; no fertilizer or pesticides The Blockchain can be used to track ingredients, farming methods, etc. Proper education = demand for better quality products -Why healthy soil is so vital for sustainability in agriculture...14:36 Soil has become alkaline due to years of fertilization and pesticides Going organic is a 5 year process (decreased productivity) Water for farming is also contaminated Connect Ventures creates products that allows farmers to grow healthy product while transitioning to an organic model "Allowing nature to do its job" -How biodegradable plastic came about...21:13 Starch in a plastic machine; similar to beeswax in texture Adjusting for a certain economic level of a people Landfill system that contributes to a sustainability model of farming Single use plastics being banned results in widespread unemployment Biodegradable plastic makes single-use plastic sustainable; cost is comparable to regular plastic "Love" includes loving the planet we live on -How Connect Ventures is reducing the level of organic waste...28:08 A ton of waste becomes a ton of gas which = a kilowatt of power Cost of carbon nanotubes is drastically reduced -The philosophy behind working out at Connect Ventures...31:52 The gym on the property is inspired by Japanese martial art ninjutsu Grandmaster Hasaki Matsumi developed concepts and principles used in their business practices Flow... We respond to sound, air, energy waves. Trying to create order out of the chaos Gym is similar to a cross fit facility Oxygen therapy Lots of deep tissue work prior to working out , low level therapy is highly efficacious BGF podcast w/ Ryan Lowery EMG, to increase velocity Neuromuscular advantage: muscular awareness that allows you to move fast and precisely -Inside the "health office" at Connect Ventures...52:31 "Health by Design" Lots of radiation issues due to cell phone towers; 20k watts in the area Listen to AI Biome (check the spelling) Anti-fungal paints and floor cleaners Connect Ventures is a partner w/ all the other companies discussed; not a holding company There's a lack of a model on how to optimize a living environment Mold, mycotoxins, EMF shielding Plants in the office contribute to a clean environment as well -The story behind all the personal care products at the facility...1:03:18 Small businesses in the area are the beneficiaries Reetha - soap berries Repurpose water used to wash food (laundry detergent, floor cleaner) -Metabolic testing and cardio coaching...1:06:48 Lack of funding for data on Data determines standards for the local population Google your city + "metabolic testing" -Whether or not there is an ideal diet for the typical Indian man or woman...1:16:26 Microbiome is very diverse compared to other populations Industrialization has contributed to constipation and low bone-density Quantify to get an approximation and go from there Can't just buy a book and decide on the right diet; requires a lot of digging -The snack room and biofeedback devices...1:21:30 I Feel Well device for meditation Prayer and meditation throughout the day; constant connection with the spirit and higher power Gimmicks can lend themselves to real motivation -And much more... 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Mar 07, 2020
A Deep Dive Into HRV: How To Use Heart Rate Variability To Optimize Your Sleep, Stress, Recovery, Performance, Nervous System Balance & Much More!
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If you've been a long-time podcast listener, then you're no doubt familiar with Dr. Jay T. Wiles, my jolly sidekick on the regular Ben Greenfield Fitness Q&A podcast episodes. What you may not know about Dr. Wiles is that he is a true expert in all things heart rate variability (HRV) testing, tracking, and interpretation; and in this podcast episode, he takes a deep dive into how to use HRV to optimize your recovery, performance, sleep, stress, and nervous system. Dr. Wiles is a clinical health psychologist with a passion for helping others reach their full potential from an integrative and holistic perspective. With this strong passion for integrative and holistic care, especially in nutrition and psychophysiology, Dr. Wiles completed his doctor of clinical psychology degree at Regent University with a specialized focus and concentration in health psychology. Dr. Wiles then furthered this specialty in health psychology as a pre-doctoral intern at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA and post-doctoral fellowship at WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC. He currently works as a health psychologist for the Department of Veteran Affairs. With specialized training in health behavior coaching, health assessment, nutritional interventions for mental and physical health, motivational interviewing, applied psychophysiology (biofeedback and neurofeedback) and consultation, Dr. Wiles works as a consultant for companies, organizations, practitioners, and individual patients on nutritional psychology, health behavior change, applied psychophysiology, and health promotion/disease prevention via complementary and integrative practices. He is also board certified in biofeedback and heart rate variability biofeedback as well as board-certified in Tai Chi for rehabilitation. Dr. Wiles has worked closely with elite athletes and executives on enhancing peak performance through his online consulting agency, . This consulting agency focuses solely on training and regulating psychophysiology for performance. ​He is passionate about education and consultation with patients and organizations in an effort to increase health outcomes through focusing on prevention and well-being, as opposed to disease and symptom mitigation. During this solosode with Dr. Jay, you'll discover: -Jay's background and a brief overview of "biofeedback"...7:16 Biofeedback: the use of your physiology to enhance self-awareness in order to promote self-regulation Like learning an instrument: perform an action, observe the results, repeat until the desired result has been met HRV is the most fundamental building block of biofeedback -Research on the use of HRV as a metric and HRV Biofeedback...11:43 Wellness, Performance, Recovery, and Mental Well-being Robust research on HRV began only 20-30 years ago HRV is linked to heart attacks, strokes, physical performance Optimized recovery, sleep, homeostasis of nervous system, and much more... Higher stress (real or perceived) resulted in lower HRV scores -Overview of Psychophysiology...18:46 Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System Autonomic Nervous System Parasympathetic Versus the Sympathetic Response Autonomic Balance Baroreflex Response Acetylcholine Response Book: by Robert Sapolsky -What Is Heart Rate Variability...39:55 PPG vs. ECG Metric of resiliency to change Sources of HRV Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia (RSA) Autonomic Balance -Metrics of Heart Rate Variability...49:19 Defining different domains Time domain SDNN RMSSD HR Max-HR Min or heart rate amplitude Frequency Domain ULF VLF LF/HF Ratio -HRV Norms...1:12:00 Defining Norm-based HRV comparisons High vs. Low HRV Values for all norms found in 21,000 participants Norm vs. Individual baseline comparisons -HRV Training/Regulation...1:23:45 Resonance Frequency Training Effortless, low and slow, diaphragmatic breathing style breathing (Book: ) Use of Wearable technology for biofeedback Pros and Cons Different Devices: Band w/ or App Dr. Wiles’ favorite device: Pitfalls of Wearables Artifact: Ectopic or false beats Many devices do not remove these in their data inclusion Book: -HRV Hacks...1:42:00 : Hot/Cold Contrast showers Cold Plunges/Immersion Cold when sleep (core body temp) Exercise Dietary Considerations Fasting -...1:51:09 -And much more... 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Mar 05, 2020
The Book That's Pissed Me Off The Most This Year (& How To Fix America's Food System) - The Mark Hyman Podcast With Ben Greenfield.
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I recently read a book that frankly, pardon the language, pissed me off. The book, entitled " is the brand new release from Dr. Mark Hyman. Dr. Hyman strongly believes that the most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies is food. His new book explains that we eat has tremendous implications not just for our waistlines, but also for the planet, society, and the global economy. In Food Fix, #1 bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman explains how our food and agriculture policies are corrupted by money and lobbies that drive our biggest global crises: the spread of obesity and food-related chronic disease, climate change, poverty, violence, educational achievement gaps, and more. Pairing the latest developments in nutritional and environmental science with an unflinching look at the dark realities of the global food system and the policies that make it possible, Food Fix is a hard-hitting manifesto that changed the way I think about food forever, and it provides practical solutions for citizens, businesses, and policy makers to create a healthier world, society, and planet. Dr. Hyman is a physician and New York Times best-selling author. He is the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, a proponent of functional medicine and, the board president of clinical affairs of the Institute for Functional Medicine. He's the bestselling author of multiple books, including the brand new title we discuss on this show: " During our discussion, you'll discover: -What prompted Dr. Hyman to write his ...7:04 Saw many patients w/ the same condition as a result of the food they're eating Food system is the main driver behind the problem Food policies make up the system Food industry is behind the policies; biggest lobby group in Washington is food and agriculture industries A handful of companies are the leading culprits $15 trillion industry; makes up ~17% of the global economy Employs over 20 million workers just in the U.S. The way food is produced is a major contributor to climate change Children w/ healthy diets vs. children w/ unhealthy show dramatic differences in brain size and IQ Processed food is a contributing factor to mental health issues -Why the true cost of food is not what you see at the store...13:58 Take into account the cost of the entire life cycle of the food: production, storage, eating, waste, etc. Massive environmental destruction Who pays for deforestation, chemicals that destroy soil, climate change that results? Methods used for modern farming are killing the soil Obesity, chronic disease Food stamp recipients buy processed food and soda predominantly We pay for it via medicaid and medicare The companies who cause the damage don't pay for their actions Regenerative farming is a sustainable farming method Farmland LP invests in conventional farms and converts to sustainable farms -How food stamp programs contribute to the problem...20:33 Food and farm workers are not paid a livable wage; they can't afford health care and are on food stamps SNAP = Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program No nutrition standards for SNAP assistance 70% of food purchased w/ SNAP is processed food, soda, etc. It's helped w/ security, but not w/ health Incentives such as lower premiums for healthy choices are more effective than penalizing unhealthy behavior Even hunger advocacy organizations are opposed to changes in the program; they are funded by the food industry Around 20% of Coca Cola revenue is from food stamps Wal-Mart nets $137 billion per year from food stamps -Inconvenient and invisible truths related to the food industry...28:54 The food system is driving most of the crises we see in the world today -The monopoly of seeds in the food industry...34:15 4-6 seed companies control 60% of the seeds GMO seeds Farmers are stuck in the mix (indebted to seed companies, loss of autonomy in their operations) High suicide rate among Indian farmers -What is the difference between dirt and soil, and the dangers of monocropping...36:40 A living organism: There is more microbial life in a handful of soil than anywhere on the planet Growing plants adds carbon to the soil Soil holds water (protection against drought) Depleted soil results in less nutrients in the produce Agro Forestry: trees as a part of the solution -The problem of food waste...42:40 We waste 40% of our food in the U.S. It would require an area the size of China to grow the food that is wasted Environmental problems from disposed food emitting gases in landfills What can you do? Start a compost pile Give away to farmer's market Many cities have mandatory composting or giveaway to the poor Unused food is being used for energy production Dan Barber -How the food industry influences food policy at the national level...48:17 Lobbyists are the only real influence on policy 187 lobbyists per member of congress (from all industries) Legislation is passed to protect big food companies from lawsuits PAC's are created to protect major corporations (dark money) -How people can proactively contribute to a solution to this problem...55:00 Be a "regenetarian" Choose food grown organically and regeneratively Have a compost pile Educate your children Start a community garden Get into the political arena at the local level -Mark's personal diet and recommendations...59:18 Eat a plant-rich diet Eat only regeneratively raised meats and fish -And much more... 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Feb 29, 2020
The Toxicity Of Plants, Carnivore For Athletes, Does Meat Cause Acidity, The “Game Changers” Debate & Much More With Dr. Paul Saladino.
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Paul Saladino is back. The CarnivoreMD, after originally appearing on my show in the episodes... - - ...has just put the finishing touches on his new book , and graciously agreed to record an epic solosode for my listeners in which he delves into all the questions you asked him in the comments section after our first couple episodes together. Prepare for a complete carnivore education, including: -How Paul defines the carnivore diet...5:42 It's a diet that emphasizes and focuses on animal foods The majority of our nutrients comes from animal foods Aware of plant toxicity; minimal (or no) plant matter The best place for vitamins and minerals is animals, with the exception of Vitamin C "Nose to tail" idea Most toxic plant foods: Grains, legumes, nuts, seeds Seeds are highly defended by the plants; high levels of toxicity Most leafy greens are toxic for humans High oxalate foods - almonds, root veggies Moderately toxic: High fructose foods: honey, berries Sweet potatoes, other sweet tubers and roots Least toxic: Avocados, olives, squash A carnivore diet is not simply muscle meat Nose to tail Includes bones, marrow, cartilage Carnivore diet is a "soft" keto diet 1:1 ratio (1 gram of protein per pound of body weight) -How the carnivore diet affects athletic performance...17:25 1. 2. 3. Ensure you check your salt levels if on a low-carb diet (10+ grams per day) -How to get adequate iodine while on the carnivore diet...29:30 (from the ground in Utah) No microplastics 10 g of Redmond has 150 mcg of iodine (equivalent to the RDA) Red meat Egg yolks (100 mcg w/ 4 egg yolks) Don't take too much iodine -Whether the entire global population could be on a carnivore diet...32:45 Is the current agricultural system working? Currently U.S. system is mono crop agriculture (nutrient depletion, no animals to replenish nutrients) Just plants on land is "feed lot feeding" of plants Regenerative agriculture (ecosystem feeding) Grass feeding and finishing is the optimal situation Regenerative agriculture is carbon negative is a good example of regenerative agriculture Multiple species on the same lot reduces parasite presence The current agriculture system is unsustainable -Why the stressor of eating plants is different from a "good" stressor like exercise...42:09 Plant molecules are plant pharmaceuticals Plant and human biochemistry and mutually dependent There is no "package insert" of side effects that comes when eating plants Paul's talked about "collateral damage" in plants Plants ameliorate symptoms, not treating the root cause Glutathione levels in cold water study We don't need sulforaphane to get adequate glutathione If we live a "radical lifestyle" of environmental hormetics, we don't need the plant molecules Studies referenced: 4. -How the carnivore diet activates pathways in our bodies...54:50 Environmental hormetics: heat, cold, exercise, etc. Nrf2 pathway is affected positively by plant intake Sirtuin pathways activated by resveratrol Doses in a nose to tail diet are adequate Studies referenced: 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. -Do PH levels reach acidic levels on the carnivore diet?...1:13:36 Yes, if it is not constructed properly Acid load is balanced on: protein and minerals If we get enough minerals, it will balance the protein acidity Many on the carnivore diet don't get enough calcium Many minerals that are only present in bones Bone broth is the easiest way to do this (just add vinegar) Studies referenced: 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. -IGF and mTOR when it comes to the carnivore diet...1:26:32 The Switch by James Clement No ketones in the blood is not a good thing Depleted liver glycogen produces ketones High carb diet will activate mTOR Balance w/ intermittent or complete fasting Gain muscle on a carnivore diet by eating more frequently: 4 oz. of meat 3-4 times a day Paul's podcast w/ -Is the carnivore diet a concern for Alzheimers?...1:30:57 APO e4 is a variant of apolipoprotein E It is the most ancestral isoform "It was eating meat that made us human" Paul's podcast w/  APO e4 is only an issue if we're insulin resistant The vast majority of Americans are insulin resistant It can be beneficial in populations that are not insulin resistant Remain in the elite of the population (insulin sensitive) Studies referenced: 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. -What about doing a carnivore diet w/ FTO mutations and are an over methylator?...1:42:28 Saturated fats come from mislabeled trans fats or junk food People who eat animal products eat more healthy saturated fats Epidemiology can only produce hypotheses Paul's typical daily diet: 16 oz. grass fed organic steak 85 g of suet mixed w/ homemade bone broth 4-5 egg yolks w/ a generous serving of salt For dinner: all of the above, plus liver, brain, heart, suet w/ bone broth and salt There are no over or under methylators Get riboflavin from organ meats and heart (need 2-3 mg per day) -What do Paul's lab results look like?...1:50:00 No correlation between HDL when LDL rises and cardiovascular disease The higher the LDL, the longer we live (provided we're insulin sensitive) -Rapid fire questions...1:53:54 How long should you do the carnivore diet before you know of its efficacy? No "cheat days" - don't reward yourself w/ bad food Carnivore diet benefits is from an immunological perspective Minimum 60 day reset is advocated in the book Are chicken and eggs okay on the carnivore diet? Info that says animal products are low in Vitamin K count only Vitamin K1; they are high in Vitamin K2 Eggs are fine; Paul prefers the yolks only What parts of the animal should you not eat? The adrenals Does Paul take supplements? None at the moment Would a woman need time to adapt to the carnivore diet? Is the carnivore diet advisable for pregnancy, breast feeding or children? -Phospholipid forms of DHA w/ the carnivore diet...2:01:48 We get phospholipids from our food Paul is not a fan of omega 3 supplementation (they're highly oxidized) -Do cruciferous vegetables cause hypothyroidism?...2:05:23 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. -And much more! 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Feb 27, 2020
How To Raise Adventurous, Healthy, Vibrant Children Who Have A Love For The Outdoors.
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My guest on today's show, Katie Arnold, is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir published in 2019 by Random House, a longtime journalist, and an elite ultrarunner. A contributing editor at , she created and launched the “” column on Outside Online about bringing up adventurous children. She has written for , , , , , and many others. Her narrative nonfiction has been honored in Best American Sports Writing. . She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband and two daughters. During this discussion, you'll discover: -How Katie was able to win the  on her first try...6:30 Very low rate of finishing in the allotted time (for safety) Keys to her success: Eat every 30 minutes during the race 300 calories per hour at high altitude Eat what they're offering Coca Cola is surprisingly efficacious Minimalist for hydration Be in the moment, not hung up on a certain pace Use a watch as a tool, not a necessity Train with the metrics, let go for the race "There were no low points" throughout the race Music can be dangerous -How to make training a part of your life...36:33 Life is Katie's "training plan" It's hard to overtrain when you're a parent Training concepts carry over to other aspects of your life Walk the kids to school, take the long way home (4-mile walk) Every moment on foot counts as exercise Activities with kids Don't make training separate from life Avoid the car whenever possible Ben walks to any place under 3 miles away -Indoor and outdoor activities for kids that strengthen the family bond...48:12 Indoor gyms with kids activities Tag-team training is hard on a family bond Always find time to be present Family dinners including games, singing Don't be an invisible exerciser; let the kids embrace the struggle -What to do when your children aren't as excited about exercise as you are...54:06 They're trying to differentiate; but can be inspired by your dedication Don't push an agenda on them Katie was taught to love the outdoors as a kid Running is a way to engage imagination; give kids same opportunity with whatever they like to do Don't get so caught up in the "doing" that you forget about the "being" -Why Katie chose the name "rippers" for her column...1:01:24 Kids who "rip" or "shred"; do something really well Encourage children to take on a symbiotic relationship with the world around them Exercise is viewed as a cathartic activity, not necessarily for enjoyment Teach a stewardship mentality of nature, the outdoors, etc. (you can't beat the mountain) Raise lifelong humans who are comfortable in their own bodies Reinforce that winning the tournament isn't the ultimate success Playing just one sport year-round has its hazards -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - - Katie's book - Episode sponsors: -: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. Get 20% off your order of Kion Aminos, and everything at the Kion site when you use discount code: BGF20 -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive my brand new book, Boundless absolutely free! -: The best solution for clean and safe drinking water. Water and Wellness also offers an amazing line of essential water additives such as Quinton Marine plasma which contain over 78 trace minerals and elements from the ocean to help restore your biological-terrain. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: GREENFIELD -: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive a gift card up to $20 when you begin a new membership using . Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Katie or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Feb 22, 2020
The Shocking Truth About You Getting "EMF'D": 5G, Wi-Fi & Cell Phones - Hidden Harms & How To Protect Yourself
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This week, I sat slack-jawed and shocked in my bed as I read my friend Dr. Joseph Mercola's new book .  The hazards of electronic pollution may once have been the stuff of science fiction, but now we know they're all too real. And with the advent of 5G ultra-wideband technology, the danger is greater than ever. The dangers of electromagnetic fields are real - and I just had to get on this podcast to talk about exactly what they are and how you can protect yourself. He's one of the world's foremost authorities on alternative health, and in this latest title, he has mined the scientific literature to offer a radical new understanding of how electromagnetic fields impact your body and mind. In this first-of-its-kind guide, he reveals: • What EMFs (electromagnetic fields) actually are, where you find them in your daily life, and how they affect you • The toll that EMFs have been proven to take in conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and neuropsychiatric illnesses • Why you've been largely kept in the dark about this threat to your health • How you can actually repair the damage done by EMFs at a cellular level • Practical strategies to protect yourself and your loved ones from EMFs at home, at work, and out in the world The coming 5G technology will be pervasive and powerful. It will also be one of the largest public-health experiments in history-with no way of opting out. That's why you need to listen to. Now. During our discussion, you'll discover:  -Why Dr. Mercola wrote this new book...7:26  Mitochondrial dysfunction is really one of the primary ways we age and develop chronic illness Three years ago realized EMFs were one of the primary ways our mitochondria are damaged and very few people were warning the public about that but this is my last one for 5-10 years as I have a new strategy for creating content -Dr. Mercola's new strategy for creating content...9:22 Well you were a major part in that when you told me it took you three years to write you new book and it had 3000 references. Another factor was conversation I had with Dave Asprey in a private party we were both at JJ Virgin at Mindshare and he recommended a book by Ryan Holiday which I read and helped me understand how to write a classic book that will be read for decades requires many years to create and many many drafts of the book as the first few drafts are typically terrible. So rather than write more books I am going to be writing scientific reviews for journals. It has been about twenty years since I published in the science journals and I thought I was about time to start up again Especially because I have some GREAT secret sauce resources to do that and I can share with your audience -Oh yeah? What are those resources?...12:30 One is my science editor, who I introduced you to and . He is one of the sharpest scientists I know, humble, brilliant chemist, biochemist and knows molecular biology well and he is reviewing all the science I compile for accuracy. The big one is (really simple syndication), which is essentially an easy way to stay up to date with your favorite websites, such as blogs or online magazines or which is really important RSS feeds were how I was able to find and write about so much great content in the early days of my site. In 2005 I used an RSS reader called Google Reader but they shut it down six years ago. Would not use it now though even if it was up because Google is evil on steroids. Alternatives to Google  lets you follow as many search terms so you don’t have to go to Pub Med every day and do individual searches for them There has been a trend towards open access and now nearly 1/3 articles on PubMed are now free to read If you or someone you know has academic credentials at a university you can typically get free access 25 page paper with 200 references on blood flow restriction (BFR).  It isn’t published yet but I can give your listeners a 25 page consumer summary with videos and if they want can send the review paper after it is published in -Why does the public not accept that EMF is a serious danger to their health?...22:00 In 2011, the WHO labels cell phones as a class 2B carcinogen 2018, NTP study shows that cell phones are clearly class I carcinogen Cellphones are the cigarettes of the 21st century Kills you slowly Companies knew it killed customers (as do cell phone companies) Same PR agencies discredit researchers (creating doubt and controversy among the public) Convenient and useful Invisible Captured media Captured federal regulatory agencies FCC started 6 BILLION dollar program to spread 5G to rural areas EMF is unavoidable (unlike cigarette smoke, which you can mitigate somewhat) -What's 5G, exactly, and why would folks want it in the first place?...32:15 100X faster than 4G.  Most don’t need it now Possible commercials use that need high bandwidth like self-driving cars SpaceX rollout There have been zero safety studies on the effects of 5G AT&T As we start 2020 implementation is not widespread.  Companies like AT&T lie and say it is 5G and it isn’t Go to browser on phone and go to  and hit enter unless > 500 megs per second it is NOT 5G Fiber optic cable is the best alternative to 5G It's essentially a giant public health experiment -How to mitigate NAD damage from EMF, and how can we increase it in our bodies...47:25 Limit exposure to EMF Exercise and intermittent fasting increase NAMPT by 30% Precursors and Chris Shade’s new James Clement out of Gainesville will help us figure this out with his new mass spect to measure NAD+ book by James Clement; discusses cycling between mTOR inhibition and activation -How to activate the NRF2 pathway...1:03:21 Polyphenols like glucoraphanin and but don’t recommend these xenohormetics Steamed has many of the same biochemical qualities as Favorite is -Why magnesium is a good supplement, and the best forms to take...1:06:30 Best form is ionic magnesium not attached to anything and that would be molecular hydrogen Other favorites , , and ... Hydroxy free radicals -Technologies that can repair the damage caused by EMF...1:11:36 Don’t rely on harmonizers; false sense of security First order of priority is to measure and lower exposure is my new passion and the topic of the second review Even experts in carnivore like haven’t deeply studied this Ground every day but not the way you do RF detector and EMF meter Brian Hoyer's about $400 -How to read a chapter of Dr. Mercola's book for free...1:21:15 Resources from this episode: - - Dr. Mercola's new book - BGF podcasts with Dr. Joseph Mercola - Books by - - - Book: by Ryan Holiday - Book: by Paul Saladino - Book: by Sam Milhan - about molecular hydrogen - - - - , Brian Hoyer's company - BGF podcast with Nick Pineault: - - - - - - - - - - Episode sponsors: -: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. Get 20% off your order of Kion Aminos, and everything at the Kion site when you use discount code: BGF20 -: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Get a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20 -: Grow muscle 3x faster than you can with free weights! The X3 Bar will change the way you train forever. Get a $50 discount on your X3 bar when you use discount code: BEN -: Relieve your pain, Recover faster from workouts, build muscle and endurance to help you accelerate past those training plateaus and feel great doing it. Get 20% off your order when you use discount code: BEN Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Mercola or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Feb 20, 2020
Water Fasting, Trauma Release For Fat Loss, Homeschooling, Hidden Nasty Ingredients In Your Personal Care Products & Much More With Katie Wells TheWellnessMama!
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Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder and CEO of and is my guest on today's show. A mom of six with a background in journalism, she took health into her own hands and started researching to find answers to her health struggles. Her research turned into a blog and podcast, and she’s now written over 1,500 blog posts, three books, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and wellness. When she’s not reading medical journals, creating new recipes, or recording podcasts, you can find her somewhere outside in the sun with her husband (who she met walking across the country) and kids or undertaking some DIY remodeling project. Obligatory additional unrelated randomness: doula, speed-reader, hates bananas, loves baseball, scuba-diver, INTJ, highly experienced in answering the question, “why.” Her new company is her debut line of high-quality, all-natural, and clean personal care products. It is based on the DIY creations she has been making in her kitchen for years and is set to launch January 2020. Cruelty-free, GMO-free, and paraben-free are important personal care product qualities for Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, award-winning blogger, author, podcaster, and real-food crusader. The first products in the product line include: -Whitening Toothpaste -Cleansing Shampoo for All Hair Types -Smoothing Shampoo for All Hair Types -Nourishing Conditioner for Wavy, Curly Hair -Enriching Conditioner for Wavy, Curly Hair Katie spent more than ten years researching the personal care market and perfecting her own recipes using safe and natural ingredients. Unable to find commercially-available products that lived up to their clean and green labels, she developed a mission to bring simpler, safer personal care to the homes of families across the country with Wellnesse. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Katie was doing a water fast at the time of recording the podcast...5:41 Begin w/ time-restricted eating; progress to 24-hour water fast, eventually a 10-day water fast Every major religion includes fasting as part of their lifestyle Katie does it for the mental benefits, more so than the physical Benefits of water fasting: Give the gut time to replenish Increase autophagy in the body Lowering age-related inflammation Immune benefits -How Katie has lost over 50 pounds in the last 12 months...10:10 Tried doing it "by the book" to no avail; saw real change when she dealt w/ the emotional elements of weight gain Suffered a sexual trauma as a teenager, and did not properly address it emotionally at the time Hormonal distress; sympathetic nervous system always on alert Therapy that involved being picked up, learning to trust others, adrenaline shake, etc. Similar to Trauma Release Exercise (TRE) therapy Book: by Alexander Loyd -Biohacks or technology that are efficacious for weight loss...19:10 Sauna Saunas -How Katie balances multiple businesses while raising 6 children...24:09 began with the simple desire to provide a better life for her newborn children Background in journalism sparked a desire for research in topics that weren't well-known at the time Became excessively stressed after the 3rd child Business was easy; implement and execute systems Family did not have as much continuity Began running the family like a business (systems, schedules, etc.) No nannies, personal assistant for business, a tutor for homeschool Children are involved in the business (working to their strengths) Children need to have a profitable business before they can own a car or a cellphone -The process of testing and researching info that's published on Wellness Mama...32:03 Structured work 3-4 hours per day Kitchen is a test lab for new products Concern over lack of oversight and accountability in personal care products FDA has little authority to pull products from shelves Major brand facing 15k lawsuits for using talcum powder in their baby powder -Problems with your so-called "healthy" toothpaste...39:00 Most natural toothpastes contain glycerine, alternative sweeteners that may harm the oral microbiome Ingredients to be found in a toothpaste made by Katie: Experimented w/ a paste that mimicked oil pulling Calcium Baking soda Meme and green tea Xylitol (beneficial for oral microbiome) Oral microbiome affects the gut microbiome more than we thought before -The household products that are notoriously unhealthy and need to be swapped out right now...45:03 Laundry detergent Toothpaste Conventional shampoo and sunscreen Many "Green" cleaning products contain harmful ingredients Fabric softener and dryer sheets can be linked to asthma, autoimmune disease cleaning products Children may experience early onset of puberty as a result of these products in the home -Some of the products that Katie's company is focusing on in the next 12 months...51:54 The majority of what you put on your skin will be absorbed by the body Make the products w/ beneficial ingredients that will be absorbed Focus on the most difficult and time-consuming home-made products on the Wellness Mama blog is a certified B-Corp.; don't need to focus primarily on profits to be successful Be careful when using lavender essential oil on boys (smaller amounts can be supportive) Two types of shampoo and conditioner Remineralizing toothpaste Sunscreen and bug spray -Up and coming health trends Katie is excited about for 2020 and beyond...1:02:48 Heart rate variability (HRV) app Sauna therapy Sauna Increase heat as much as possible Wood-based Ben's biggies for HRV: Sleep, , at night -And much more... 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Feb 15, 2020
A New Treatment For Blasting Tissues With Oxygen, Growing New Blood Vessels, Recovering Faster, Killing Bacteria, Building Stem Cells & Much More!
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I've recently become a huge fan of something called "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy" treatment. After getting an softshell unit for my home (the ), I've been in it every day for 40-60 minutes for reading or napping, and it's become a complete game changer in my personal recovery and health protocol. You can read more in my guest's new book "", but the benefits include: Hyperoxygenation:  The delivery of 100% oxygen under pressure (1.5 to 3 ATA) within the hyperbaric chamber provides up to 20 times normal oxygen to all tissues within the body. This oxygen supersaturation is in marked contrast to breathing room air (21% oxygen at 1 ATA). Direct Pressure to Oxygen Molecules:  Inside the hyperbaric chamber, oxygen molecules are compressed and become more soluble, obeying the scientific principles of Boyle’s Universal Gas Law. This phenomenon allows oxygen to effortlessly cross cell membranes and enter all of the body’s fluid systems, including plasma, synovial, lymphatic, interstitial (between cells) and cerebrospinal fluids. Normally, only the red blood cells are capable of transporting oxygen throughout the body. Now, all body fluids combine to provide alternate transport routes for extra oxygen and cumulatively can provide up to 20 times normal O2. Bactericidal Ammunition – Aids in Killing Bacteria: Conditions created within the hyperbaric oxygen chamber are not favorable for the viability of bacteria, fungi and viruses – organisms that cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment. Extra oxygen is provided to the white blood cells (leukocytes) which become supercharged in the battle against bacteria responsible for causing infection and illness. Angiogenesis – The Formation of New Blood Vessels:  Hyperbaric Oxygen stimulates the body to grow new capillaries (angiogenesis), essentially building a new collateral circulatory system to serve injured and healthy tissues alike. The resulting neovascularization is extremely helpful for reaching tissues and organs that have restricted blood flow (ischemic areas) as well as areas of the body that are lacking or compromised in available oxygen (hypoxic areas). Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) Stimulation – A Surge of Antioxidant Capabilities:  Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is an important enzyme found in human cells that inactivates superoxides, the most common free radicals in the body, responsible for destruction of cells. Hyperbaric Oxygen stimulates SOD production thereby helping the body to rid itself of the byproducts of inflammation and damaging free radicals. Synergy With Antibiotics: Hyperbaric Oxygen has been proven to create a synergistic effect when administered in conjunction with certain antibiotics. Synergy can be understood as two or more agents working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the agents independently. Administration of HBOT biomechanically potentiates the effectiveness of antibiotic therapy. The capabilities of sulfanomides are increased up to ten fold when HBOT is added. Increased oxygen levels from HBOT alone also act as antibiotics by impairing bacterial metabolism. Improves Osteoblast and Osteoclast Production:  Faster regeneration of bone is derived by hyperbaric oxygen’s ability to stimulate and increase production of specialized cells (osteoblasts and osteoclasts) responsible for bone repair and formation. Increases Fibroblast and Collagen Production: These essential building blocks of connective-tissue, tendon and skin matrix (fibroblasts and collagen) provide the structural framework throughout the body and play a critical role in wound healing. Fibroblast and collagen reproduction and growth are aided by the added availability of increased oxygen provided during hyperbaric conditions. Decreases Inflammation Inflammation, one of the most common mechanisms of disease and injury, is caused by biochemical byproducts that are manufactured by the body’s natural immune response. Hyperbaric oxygen markedly decreases inflammation by stimulating the body’s own anti-inflammatory defenses. This may be the single most important function of HBOT. This podcast is all about . Jason Sonners DC, DIBAK, DCBCN is owner and Clinic Director of , , and Corp. As the owner and one of the doctors at , Dr. Sonners primarily practices functional medicine taking on complex cases including autoimmune conditions, chronic inflammation and neurologic dysfunction and using treatment methods to help improve function and tap into the body’s innate ability to heal. He uses nutrition, detoxification, hyperbaric oxygen and herbal therapies to improve the health and quality of life for his patients. Dr. Sonners works with families all over the country helping them find answers to their toughest health questions. As the clinical director of and , Dr. Jason Sonners utilizes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for many of his chronic patients and helps get Hyperbaric Oxygen both into the homes of patients in need as well into the offices of doctors who want to build hyperbaric therapy clinics. Dr. Sonners is on the faculty for the Medical Academy of Pediatric and Special Needs (MedMAPS) as well as the International Hyperbaric Association (IHA) educating other doctors on alternative and complementary treatment methods. He also guest lectures for various functional medicine conferences around the country talking about the use of nutrition, fasting, red light therapy and hyperbaric oxygen in helping the chronic illnesses plaguing our country. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What HBOT is, and how Jason began using it...10:22 Herniated disk and injured foot; suffered drop foot for 18 months as a result Several months of led to full recovery Jason's father had amazing improvements in his MS after HBOT Eventually implemented it in his clinic What is HBOT? Hyperbaric = increased pressure Air is 21% oxygen Add varying amounts of pressure and oxygen to create different "doses" Used traditionally in hospitals for more severe conditions: gangrene, radiation burns, diabetic neuropathy, etc. How assists w/ wound care: Trauma, infection damages micro-circulation (in the capillaries) Hyperbaric oxygen can get into areas of the body that are oxygen starved HBOT is able to bypass the red blood cells and inject oxygen into the plasma; much more expedient delivery mechanism -Various delivery mechanisms and how much oxygen one needs using HBOT...18:20 All gases move in gradient (high to low pressure) A pressurized environment causes the pressure in your body to increase The more pressure you're exposed to, and higher percentages of oxygen, the larger the gradient of pressure Oxygen concentrator increases the amount of oxygen you're breathing in (and that's pressurized in a HBOT chamber) HBOT chambers in hospitals can have 100% oxygen inside 3 types of chambers: Hospital grade (~$200k + cost of oxygen) Hard chamber ($90-100k) Home model ($15-22k) -Actual use frequency and volume of a HBOT chamber...22:42 Match the right tool to your goals Short-term benefits: Increase in oxygenation More ATP production Some immune activation Long-term benefits: Super oxide dismutase increase Body begins replicating mitochondrial content Increase in stem cells Rebuilding blood vessels Antimicrobial benefits Front load the therapy for the most efficacy in therapy (first 3-5 months), then space it out Sessions range from 60-120 minutes There is a point of diminishing returns Extra oxygen stimulates parasympathetic nervous system (increased relaxation) -The effects of HBOT on aerobic or endurance activity...35:23 Performance enhancing effects do not come from red blood cell changes Red blood cell adaptation has to do w/ hypoxia, not hyperoxia -How HBOT promotes angiogenesis when cancer cells are present...38:04 The understanding of the metabolism of cancer has changed in recent years Cancer cells don't use oxygen to make ATP Drive blood glucose levels down, oxygen levels high Starve cancer cells, while nourishing healthy cells Bottom line: Angiogenesis isn't the concern -Antioxidant mechanisms affected by HBOT...42:35 Superoxide dismutase (SODS) upregulation is stimulated by HBOT Hormesis: induce stress to the body, produce an adaptation -The effect of HBOT on bacteria growth in the microbiome...47:11 Upregulation in your own immune system: will affect neutrophils and macrophages Used on anaerobic pathogens (serious infections) Environment of high oxygen is conducive for healthy bacteria to thrive Watch out for a new BGF podcast w/ Dr. Matt Cook! -How HBOT works with bone repair and formation...51:25 It's all about cell signaling Growth factors are the signals for healing and recovery Regenerator cells Platelet derived growth factors Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) promotes angiogenesis is one of many modalities used for healing -Treatments that work well in conjunction w/ HBOT...57:07 High-dose red light right before lights Synergy between red light and oxygen Ben uses holotropic breath work The course of Dr. Nick's "Inspire" Oil Do not hold your breath while transitioning between pressure -Safety concerns w/ HBOT chambers...1:01:05 The risk is when there's 100% oxygen, not a home chamber Oxygen is not flammable, it's an accelerant Pneumothorax (collapsed lung) will be problematic in a chamber Don't do w/ ear pain The pressure you're in is equivalent to being 10 feet under water -How HBOT affects mental performance...1:06:10 Article: -HBOT vs. exercise w/ oxygen therapy (EWOT)...1:07:31 for EWOT of -And much more... 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Feb 13, 2020
What Olive Oil Should Taste Like, The Scary Truth About Olive Oil, Can You Cook With Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Much More!
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I drink oodles of extra virgin olive oil.   Every day.   My kids and wife do too. It's a crucial staple in our diet...yet there's plenty of confusion around olive oil...   Can you cook with olive oil? How should you store olive oil? What should you look for in a good olive oil? How do you differentiate between all the different certificates and grades of olive oil?   And much more!   So in today's podcast, I interview T. J. Robinson, aka "The Olive Oil Hunter ®" who is one of the world's most respected authorities on all matters olive oil.   Known for his “platinum palate,” he is one of the few Americans invited to serve as a judge in prestigious Italian olive oil tasting competitions.   These days he is dedicated to importing rare fresh-pressed olive oil via , the most flavorful and healthiest extra virgin olive oil on the planet, until now virtually impossible to obtain year-round in the U.S. All his oils are independently lab tested and certified for 100% purity. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What makes olive oil so efficacious to our health...5:13 Olive oil leads to a distinct drop in blood pressure w/ no change in cholesterol; increased triglyceride, decreased HDL count (atherogenic index) Bigger predictor of C/V disease is the HDL to triglyceride ratio (more so than total LDL cholesterol) Research on mental health and depression Stabilization of blood glucose w/ small amounts of olive oil throughout the day Rheumatoid arthritis Mediterranean diet associated w/ improvements in longevity (not the modern bastardized version) Fasting Sprouting, fermenting, etc. The primary fatty acid in olive oil is oleic acid (C18:1) It's a double bond (less oxidation); safe for cooking at high temperatures Two fatty acids for the brain: Oleic acid, and fish oil (sardines, mackerel, salmon, herring) Other bioactive compounds: Bi0phenyls (found in the olive fruit that scavenges free radical species) (author of Eat to Beat Disease) Oleocanthol has the same anti-inflammatory pathways as ibuprofen (sans the gastric side effects) Phytosterols Squalines (extra virgin olive oil has high amounts) to protect the skin Alphatocopherols (Vitamin E) Hydroxy turpenic acids (lowers inflammation, risk of cancer, decreases blood pressure) -How T.J. Robinson became acquainted w/ the olive oil mafia...20:18 Grew up in Asheville, NC Scored a gig w/ the Food Network; was sent on assignment to Sicily, Italy, where he became acquainted w/ olive oil Harvest of the olive fruit is celebrated widely in Italy and Greece New Yorker article:  by Tom Mueller, author of the aforementioned New Yorker article Rampant fraud: It is easy to package cheaper, lesser quality oils as olive oil and sell at olive oil prices Olive oil sold in bulk is far more susceptible to adulteration than an artisan oil Polyphenols and antioxidants deplete by up to 50% during the first 6 months after distribution -What you need to know about the dates on the package, and how to store your olive oil...33:52 Three killers of olive oil: light, time, temperature Look for the "harvest date" rather than the expiration date Look for dark plastic or glass bottles Don't store olive oil above the stove or in the fridge Store in a pantry at room temperature, away from light Polyphenols and antioxidants prevent the olive oil from oxidizing Restaurant olive oils are often adulterated w/ GMO's, soy, etc. Spirulina and glycine protect the gut from oxidized oils Ben discusses this in his book,  Olive oil has similar fat makeup as human breast milk Olive oil is used as a delivery mechanism for food to babies -How olive oil is actually produced...44:07 Olives are picked from the tree, contain 10% oil when they're green Deleafed and washed at the mill Crusher (like a food processor) turns it into a paste Goes into the millaxer (paste begins to break into parts: solid, water, oil) Oil is spun via centrifuge, then goes into the tasting cup The solids are dried out and reused as organic fertilizer for the crops -The process by which T.J. inspects and selects the olives he uses for his customers...51:08 (website is written in Italian) (2019 edition) Samples are collected, big tasting party Identify the farms to visit (5-6) Trees that are stressed (less water) produce a higher quality oil, higher polyphenols Developing relationships: A farm that's not the right fit at a particular season may be in the future Two criteria for extra virgin olive oil: Meet a chemistry panel for quality parameters Panel of tasters looking for taste defects Most oil in the U.S. doesn't go through this tasting panel Oils labeled as extra virgin may not pass the criteria by the time it's purchased -How you can assess (and enjoy) olive oil on your own...1:00:51 "Single variety" refers to one olive fruit used Watch out for oils that are labeled as "blends" Color of the oil isn't necessarily an indicator of its quality Smell the oil Swirl the cup (to release the aromas) The taste test: Fruitiness (flavorfulness) Bitterness (high in polyphenols) Spiciness People are using olive oil as a tool for weight loss It's great as a skin, hair and face moisturizer Can be used as protectant from the sun and skin healer Used to clean tile Drizzle fresh pressed olive oil over vanilla ice cream for dessert -How to cook w/ extra virgin olive oil...1:23:27 If you cook w/ a subpar product, you get a subpar result Article: Purchase small amounts Don't use olive oil that is older than one year from the harvest date -And much more... Resources from this episode:  -   - , Ben's newest book   - Article:   - Article:   - Article:   - - New Yorker article: -  by Tom Mueller, author of the aforementioned New Yorker article - (website is written in Italian) - (2019 edition) - (author of Eat to Beat Disease) Episode sponsors: -: Bounce back faster than ever with Kion’s recovery supplement trifecta by supporting muscle protein synthesis, recovery and the body’s healthy response to exercise-related inflammation. BGF listeners, receive a 20% discount from anything at Kion when you use discount code: BGF20. -: A new take on an ancient secret: Pain-soothing herbs, incredible antioxidants, and phytonutrients all in one delicious, soothing “Golden Milk” nighttime tea! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20.   -: Are you ready for upgraded digestion? Take your body to the ultimate edge of human potential and become biologically optimized with Gluten Guardian. 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Feb 08, 2020
Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Hormone Testing 101, Spot-Reducing Fat Loss Cream, The Benjamin Button Longevity Cocktail & Much More With Adam Lamb of RenewLifeRX.
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Adam Lamb is the founder and manager of RenewLifeRX a hormone optimization clinic. Adam has spent the last 10-years helping to explore and facilitate the process of hormone optimization through strategies such as stem cells, peptides, hormone replacement therapy and much more.   He is also the author of the best selling book, , where he helps ordinary people remove alcohol from their life so they can accomplish extraordinary things.   Adam is a devoted husband of over 12 years and a father to an 11-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. Adam often speaks on managing the daily challenges of an entrepreneur, family man and also keeping himself in peak physical condition. If you asked him to “sum up” his lifestyle in one word, it would be discipline. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The effects of a night of poor sleep or more alcohol consumption than normal...7:04 Lower testosterone as one might expect Other activities (watching a fight, viewing porn, etc.) will elevate testosterone levels -How to gain a birds eye view of a person's overall hormone quality...10:34 Understand the story of your life: environment, history, genetics, etc. Phase 1: CBC, metabolic, lipid, DHEA, total testosterone, TSH, IGF-1, FSH, LH, PSA, SHBG, estradiol CBC is for overall health DHEA can be used to regulate circadian rhythm, overall health, rather than testosterone Free testosterone IGF-1 levels reveal sleep, stress, recovery; potential red flag for pituitary dysfunction High PSA levels may be indicative of prostate problems SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) levels rise on high fat, low carb diet Thyroid medication is one of the most overused medications Testosterone therapy is not intended to be a permanent solution Lack of sleep, stress, etc. affect the brain's communication w/ the body regarding testosterone production Many variables can affect estrogen levels, which makes it an unreliable indicator of hormone health There are no absolutes; everyone's body absorbs, responds differently -Why Adam only uses blood tests to quantify his patient's hormone quality...34:10 Trust factor: tried and true Other tests such as the DUTCH test are sourced out when necessary Every 6 months is the gold standard for the max time between tests Longtime patients are self-experts Potential to identify other health concerns when blood is tested regularly -What variables are tested differently for women vs. men...41:20 Pregnalone, progesterone; everything else is fairly similar Women typically don't take enough testosterone 30 day cleanse w/ low-dose testosterone cream yields favorable results Women have a wreck of hormones after having a baby Testosterone elevated to optimal levels helps everything else fall into place Low dose = 2.5-4 mg -Adam's preferred form of delivery for testosterone replacement...45:56 For men: 80% use testosterone cream (healthiest and safest means, no needles or gels) Doses can be adjusted based on where they feel the best Injections: split dose throughout the week It's one or the other (injection vs. cream) most of the time Consistent application of small doses is far preferable to infrequent larger doses -Why the vagina or scrotum isn't the best place to apply the cream...51:23 The best place to apply the cream is the back of the knee, forearms, or shoulders It's where the highest concentration of testosterone is already located Patients have reported imbalanced numbers after applying scrotally or vaginally -Whether increased testosterone levels can deleteriously affect one's overall health...54:08 Understand the tool before using it (similar to driving a car or owning a gun) Be healthy first before testosterone therapy Testosterone should not be used as a band-aid when you're not addressing foundational principles of health 90% of testosterone therapy is done improperly The ideal client is someone who's aware of their health, living a conscientious life, and just need a push in the right direction Hormone therapy will not compensate for an unhealthy lifestyle -About the peptide stacks recommended by RenewLifeRX...1:00:19 The These are written by RenewLife to educate their customers, both present and future -Why Adam wrote his book on controlling alcohol consumption Chronic biohacker (keto diet, intermittent fasting, etc.) Alcohol was always part of Adam's life; had an alcoholic father Went on an alcohol fast for 30 days, then 60, then 90, decided to never drink again There are benefits to microdosing on alcohol, provided it's not a "fall back" -And much more... Resources from this episode: -   -   (use code BEN50 to receive 50% off of your labs and initial consultation)   -   -     -   - (formerly known as Book In A Box)   -   - Episode sponsors: - - - -
Feb 06, 2020
Q&A 407: Top Air Pollution Tips, How To Get Started With Biohacking, Can Infrared & Red Light Be Bad For You & Much More!
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News Flashes ?   Special Announcements... Ben Greenfield's new book “Boundless” is now available! Check out Ben on  for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes, and much more! Follow Ben on  for daily news flashes and the latest health, fitness, and anti-aging research. J oin Ben's  page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts, and support! Here's where Ben is speaking and traveling around the world coming soon: February: Media tour of India April 24 – 26: Paleo f(x) – Austin, TX.  April 4 - 6, 2020: Wild Health Summit.  April 24 - 26, 2020: Paleo f(x) - Austin, TX.  This podcast is brought to you by: -: Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 20% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF20. -: Grow muscle 3x faster than you can with free weights! The X3 Bar will change the way you train forever. Get a $50 discount off your X3 bar when you use discount code: BEN -: A brand new company that has re-imagined all your favorite childhood breakfast cereals. Low carb, keto-friendly, ZERO sugar, and tastes just like you remember. For free shipping on your order at Magic Spoon, use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD Listener Q&A: Top Air Pollution Tips...29:50 Anonymous asks: I'm wondering if you can give some recommendations for air purifiers and dehumidifiers in the home to create a healthier living environment in the home. Particularly for people who live in big cities. You can come home and literally wipe the city off your face here in London where I live. Any comments or recommendations for products you would use would be much appreciated. How To Get Started With Biohacking...43:00 Avis asks: I've been listening to all the information you've been sharing. And while it's awesome, I find it a bit overwhelming at times. What advice would you give a novice like myself to get started on the journey to self-optimization? Can Infrared & Red Light Be Bad For You?...1:01:05 Ryan (a female voice) asks: Hi Ben. We recently purchased a Joovv device. And while my husband loves it, it's been giving me migraines since starting it. I'll use it for 2-3 minutes at a time. I started doing it every day, but I've quit since getting the migraines. I typically get a migraine once per month with my cycle, but it's much more frequent with the Joovv in our home. Any advice on what we can do would be appreciated.
Feb 01, 2020
A Whole New Way To Deal With Stress, Trauma & PTSD In Just Seconds: The First Clinically Validated Wearable That Helps You De-Stress, Focus, Sleep, Stay Energized & Remain Calm.
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Dr. David Rabin, MD, PhD is a guy who designed a fascinating wearable that he showed me a few weeks ago when he came to my house in Spokane, WA. A board-certified psychiatrist, translational neuroscientist, and inventor specializing in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders, Dr. Rabin has spent the last 14 years researching treatments to combat the negative effects of chronic stress on physical and mental health. He received his MD in medicine and his PhD in neuroscience from Albany Medical College and trained in psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Rabin helped to organize the in collaboration with colleagues at Yale, the University of Southern California, Mt. Sinai, Modern Spirit, and MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies) to determine the mechanisms of the dramatic therapeutic benefits observed following psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in treatment-resistant mental illness. The study has begun and is collecting DNA samples from patients with treatment-resistant PTSD who are participating in the MAPS-sponsored Phase 3 FDA trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to evaluate the gene expression changes that result from the therapy. He is also the founder and executive director of the Board of Medicine, a nonprofit organization of physicians and scientists spearheading the development of the world’s first evidence-based peer-reviewed clinical guidelines for the safe use of complementary and alternative medicines including medical cannabis. Dr. Rabin works with patients with treatment-resistant conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and substance use disorders. In his work, he found that when patients were in a calm, safe environment their physiological markers of stress improved, their mood got better, and they were better able to focus and manage their symptoms. He also found that mindfulness techniques and deep breathing worked quite well to reduce stress in patients, but that his patients had a difficult time practicing these techniques on their own in their day-to-day lives. In 2014, Dr. Rabin began his research on what would become the device I'm referring to, "Apollo" in a neuroscience lab at the University of Pittsburgh. After exploring academic research on mindfulness, biofeedback, deep breathing, and a host of sensory techniques including music therapy, Dr. Rabin found that touch is an often overlooked, but an incredibly vital pathway for quickly establishing relaxation in the mind and in the body. He quickly got to work developing , a breakthrough wearable technology that uses the neuroscience of touch and vibration to combat the negative effects of stress during his research at the University of Pittsburgh. sends gentle waves of vibration to your body that are clinically shown to bring your heart, lungs, and mind into balance, resulting in improved heart rate variability (HRV). By signaling safety to the body through your sense of touch, Apollo offers you control over your stress, so you can tackle whatever comes next. After clinical trials of the Apollo technology demonstrating its reliable effects on mood, sleep, and focus, Dr. Rabin co-founded  to make the discovery available to the public. Chronic stress tells your body that you’re under threat. These consistent disturbances put your body into fight-or-flight, making it difficult to stay calm, focus your attention, and get good sleep. ’s vibrations work by signaling safety to the brain, thereby soothing the stress response and rapidly restoring balance to the body. has created the first wearable system that upgrades your body instead of just tracking it. Clinical studies show that Apollo increases physical endurance, , , and helps users reach relaxation before bed rapidly by . Apollo’s effects occur within 5 minutes of use and have no known side effects. Apollo’s AI mobile app delivers gentle layered vibration frequencies to the body via a small modular wearable worn on the ankle or wrist. Users will be able to connect to Apple Health Kit to see how their biometrics improve with Apollo use over time. The Apollo system has been tested and independently validated by individual members of a number of different institutions in the military and many Veterans, several academics at Universities, >10 elite athletics clubs, as well as in with 6 more trials currently underway. The Company has over 1500 beta testers and has conducted over 500 long-term case studies with consistent results. Positive symptom improvements and voluntary reductions in habit-forming substances such as opioid narcotics, benzodiazepines, amphetamines, and caffeine have been reported in those with chronic conditions worsened by stress including insomnia, chronic pain, and PTSD. The at the University of Pittsburgh comparing EEG patterns of 25 naive meditators to 25 experienced meditators demonstrated that Apollo frequencies made naive meditators’ brainwaves look nearly identical to those of experienced meditators within 12 minutes. Apollo is currently being studied in a between the University of Pittsburgh and the New School (NYC) with an FDA trial for PTSD at the Pittsburgh VA Hospital in planning for Winter 2020. All studies and trials of the Apollo technology have been supported entirely with non-dilutive funding and grants. The system has been developed to FDA ISO 13485 regulatory requirements and HIPAA Compliance. During this discussion, you'll discover: -The link between the natural need to feel safe and stress...11:45 Autonomic balance: Understanding the link between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems is key Safety and threat are two major stimulants to the nervous system Safety to the parasympathetic Threat to the sympathetic Both natural instincts for self-preservation (diverting energy for the situation) Downsides of constantly being in sympathetic state Affects fertility and libido Athletes experience loss of libido during training Corporate burnout is considered a physical condition due to constantly being in a state of stress (sympathetic system) Preschoolers are often prescribed antidepressants due to stressors in their environment The human body is not meant to tolerate the stressors of modernity The body may be under a lot of stress even if we feel safe (roof over our head, food in the fridge, etc.) -How trauma affects one's ability to feel safe...23:30 "Trauma" by definition may be more far-reaching than one may think Safety includes, but is not limited to the physical element Trauma is one or many meaningful or intense unsafe experiences over time Parents ignore multiple times Perceptions of being unlovable or cannot love others Constantly worried about finances Affects the parasympathetic nervous system Book: by Bronnie Ware More connected w/ friends Worked less Choose to be happier Courage to express true self Courage to be who I am rather than who people expected me to be Trauma is a disconnection from self Sanskrit word for "self" is synonymous with "health" and (Telling your body you have time to breathe and relax) You must let go of attachment to things in the past in order to present to the world your true self -Whether or not epigenetic trauma is a legit concept...34:55 At one time a theory, now well-established in the scientific field Rachel Yehuda: Dutch potato famine: descendants experienced similar symptoms (depression, obesity, schizophrenia, etc.) -How psychedelics are used to reverse trauma...45:00 Psilocybin and : Used traditionally to release trauma Are being used to reverse trauma Highly efficacious while used w/  on PTSD patients Psychedelics are for "mind-manifesting"; not a party drug Ketamine is the only legal psychedelic in the U.S. (MDMA, psilocybin expected to clear hurdles soon) Everyone has trauma; they're all manifesting in different ways Depression Schizophrenia Anxiety Apollo to be used (eventually) after MDMA is administered We don't heal because of the medicine; the medicine empowers the body's innate ability to heal itself Breath is the gateway to the spirit Apollo was created to replicate the effects of expensive MDMA treatments with much more accessibility -The technology behind the Neuroscience wearable...1:01:25 Gentle vibrations to the body (like an ocean wave, or cat purring on you) Touch is the most effective means of creating the feeling of safety Made up of sound frequencies Skin perceives it much more than the ear Music changes resonance patterns in our bodies in different settings (working out, meditating, etc.) The 7 states in the device: Wakefulness (first thing in the morning) Clear and focused (for long deep work, public speaking, etc.) Rebuild and recover Social and open (social safety and flow, need to be "on") Meditation Relax and recharge Sleep Amount of time you'll use the device are case-dependent It becomes more effective over time; the body becomes sensitized to it -What the is made of...1:11:40 Built to FDA specs Hypo-allergenic Only active w/ Bluetooth when using the app (very low EMF exposure) HIPAA compliant -Rapid-fire questions about the Apollo...1:15:55 Is it safe for children and the elderly? Yes, it's been tested successfully on ages 3-93 Can it work on any part of the body? Yes, provided you adjust the settings appropriately Is it currently available to the general public? Yes. Click to get the Apollo (use code BENGREENFIELD15 to get a 15% discount) -And much more... Resources from this episode: - The wearable (use code BENGREENFIELD15 to get a 15% discount) - - - - - website - - - - Episode sponsors: -: Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! 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Jan 30, 2020
Ben's Top Biohacks, Saving Your Carbs For Night, Problems With Keto, The Amazing Healing Power Of Light & Much More!
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I recently had the pleasure to give a Q&A talk on all things health, wellness, nutrition, biohacking and more at in New York City. Every week, as part of his , world famous chef David Bouley brings in a physician or other guest expert to present on a topic or to answer questions, and each series is accompanied by a fabulous 5 star, multi-course meal that is both amazingly healthy and delicious. I always enjoy giving these talks, and decided to record this one for your listening pleasure. Every member of the audience received a signed copy of my new book , so you'll hear me talk about the book a bit in this episode as well. Enjoy! In this episode, you'll discover: -The 3 non-negotiable things Ben does for his mitochondrial health...5:35 Book: Light Sunlight Photobiomodulation () Hot/cold contrast showers (2o sec. cold, 10 sec hot 10x thru) therapy (exposure negative ions in the earth) -The #1 biohacking device Ben recommends for calm and sleep...13:25 Look for Shift yourself into parasympathetic state Vagal nerve stimulators by Fisher Wallace -How to use a device with a pre-existing tumor...16:40 Shift body into state of ketosis Low protein, low carb, high fat diet Avoid amino acid supplements Light can potentially exacerbate the tumor Book: -Ben's carb refeed strategy...19:12 Save carb intake until the evening Helps w/ serotonin production Won't impact triglycerides Producing ketones throughout the day Dinner is often the most social meal of the day Exercise mimics the insulin sensitivity we have in the morning Quality carbs: , pumpkin, homemade bread, etc. (no Twinkies) Shoot for 100 g of carbs -How to rid the body of glyphosate...24:40 Rule #1: Don't eat from crop that's been treated w/ glyphosate Compounds which make the gut less permeable: (Ion Biome) 2 ways to plummet blood glucose after a long meal Post-prandial stroll Cold exposure -The importance of eating local, seasonal food...28:20 Contain bacteria that's good for the biome and immune systems -The proper use of psychedelics...33:00 Used irresponsibly in many cases Lots of preparation that goes into (and going out of) proper retreat or use of psychedelics and listen digital recorder for what you've said -Ben's recommended self-quantification methods...36:00 Track HRV via... Elite HRV () Quarterly blood panel Thorne blood test (, , , , and ) Stool test once per year DNA test once per lifetime to test hormones and neurotransmitters -A new gadget Ben is trying right now...41:05 (BGF podcast w/ the founder of Apollo is coming soon!) -A healthy approach to coffee consumption...42:30 Very healthy and tasty when used in moderation Overuse can lead to a dependency Switch to decaf coffee for 7-10 days on a regular basis (reset adenosine receptors) -Ben's thoughts on the assertions and claims made on the ...44:50 The risk of anti-nutrients found in plants may outweigh the benefits of a plant-based diet Risk excessive gas, or gut damage A piece of , eggs, is simply easier to get the protein you need Can be difficult on the environment to grow the amount of plants needed -Tips for improving posture...49:30 Ch 18 of  is on symmetry and beauty Breathe through the nose as much as possible (including while exercising) Heel rise of your shoes (as low as possible) Movement throughout the day: Eldoa stretching () -One belief Ben has changed course on in the last 1-2 years...53:02 -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - - - - - - - - - - - - - Book: - Book: - Episode sponsors: -The BGF Text VIP Club: Get early access to deals, discount codes, and insider tips. Just text the word "FITNESS" to 411-247 -: Nature’s “first food” that supports immunity, GI function, athletic recovery, and more. BGF listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at Kion when you use discount code: BGF10 -: A wellness company specializing in innovative nutraceuticals made from healing hive compounds and plant-based ingredients. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -: A formulation of 24 unique strains, each of which included at their clinically verified dose, to deliver systemic benefits in the body. Save 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN15 -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. Got a question for me about what I talk about in this podcast? Leave a comment below and I'll reply!
Jan 25, 2020
21 Ways To Become Boundless, Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging
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I recently spoke at in New York City as part of my Boundless book launch tour.   (See  for more upcoming Boundless events in Los Angeles, and , which just launched this week and is already a Number 1 Amazon Bestseller in several categories!)   Anyways...during my talk, I revealed my top tips, tricks, and biohacks for optimizing mind, body, and spirit—including everything from neurotransmitters to the blood-brain barrier to fat loss/muscle gain tips, a 20 minute Q&A, and much more—recorded it, and packaged it all together for today's podcast. In this episode, you'll discover: -The moment Ben Greenfield realized he was living a truly boundless life...6:45 Began as a bodybuilder, eventually sought a more holistic approach to health and fitness Wrote for athletes who may be asking the same questions he grappled with is a comprehensive guide to live the ultimate life - boundless energy, vitality, quality of life Seek out natural "biohacks" before man-made tech Boundless body, mind, spirit, and environment The represents the Body, Mind, Spirit elements Being "boundless" means a joyful, adventurous, fulfilling life, a managed stress load, quality time w/ family -How to have healthy neurotransmitters...18:15 Proper stimulation (watch caffeine intake) to repair damaged neurons in the brain Four building blocks (2 for neurotransmitters, 2 for myelin sheaths): -Tips for a dynamic blood-brain barrier...21:27 Balanced exercise Saturated fat can be problematic and is good in small doses blood pressure device -How breathwork will improve your life...24:32 4-8 breathing (4 in, 8 out) 3 minutes sleep latency Alternating nostril breathing (cover left nostril and breathe in through your right nostril, then cover right nostril and exhale through your left nostril, in through left, out through right, repeat) Box breathing (4 in, 4 hold, 4 out, 4 hold) followed by -Smart drugs and nootropics...30:53 Ben's not big on deprenyl, Adderall, modafinil (mix w/ ) Microdose Dihexa Semax Apps -How to choose the diet that's right for you...35:16 Book: Book: Religious practices encourage fasting and caloric restriction Intermittent fasting Social element is important -Proper food preparation...38:19 Pay attention to histamines , , are staples in the Greenfield home Glycemic variability and inflammation are two important metrics to track for longevity is great for blood sugar regulation -Cleaning your gut...41:50 (Cyrex) , , (Dr. Zach Bush) Have a constant mindset of detoxing Activate parasympathetic nervous system before consuming food Pay attention to ancestral food prep methods -What telomere lengths have to do with the size of your muscles... Article: Powerful, explosive movements are particularly efficacious Bigger's not better Ben's preferred workout: Super slow training 1x/week training -The routine Ben does to stay lean throughout the year...49:15 Wake up in an intermittent fasted state ~16 hours for men, ~12 hours for women Consume a small amount of caffeine (1-2 cups of ) 20 minutes fasted aerobic cardio -Biohacking tools Ben uses...51:10 machine -Recovery tools and tactics...52:41 "I'm a bigger fan of biohacking for recovery than for performance" A recovery stack Ben likes: Ice pack on top of it Mid-day nap device recovery boots -How to optimize your symmetry and beauty...57:37 Nasal breathing during hard exercise for facial symmetry and structure -Boosting your immune system...1:00:23 (via Kion Flex) -3 tips to eliminate non-native EMF from your environment... Take a Eat foods containing NAD and sirtuins Yeast Whole grains and to active NrF2 Filtering light on monitors (use for an hour in the morning too) -The best nutrients for hormones and fertility...1:04:47 -The importance of having a life's purpose and expressing gratitude...1:06:28 -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - - BGF podcasts: - - blood pressure device - (cranial electrical stimulation device) - device - from Niraj Naik (the Renegade Pharmacist) - - Book: - - - - - - machine - - - blue light blocking glasses - and Episode sponsors: -: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants and health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. 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Jan 23, 2020
The Latest Research On Longevity, Ketones, Caffeine, Creatine, Sleep, Plant Vs. Animal Protein Intake, My New Book Boundless & Much More!
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In my new book  I reveal a never-before-seen, systematized approach to increasing healthspan and lifespan using a potent combination of ancestral wisdom and modern science. Three years in the making and complete with over 600 pages of inspiring stories, workout plans, nutrition protocols, and much more, Boundless is the first step-by-step guide for optimizing every element of your life force and obtain true, lasting, boundless energy. You’ll discover how to get smarter, sleep better, build muscle, burn fat, fix your gut, have mind-blowing sex, defy aging and much more. Fact is, you are far more than average. The power to operate at your full human capacity already exists inside you, just waiting to be unleashed. This book will teach you exactly how. And I've received plenty of questions about Boundless, including who it's for, what kind of routines and plans are included in it, more specifics on chapter content, and much more. So in this special solosode, I'm not only digging into some of the latest longevity, ketone, caffeine, creatine, sleep and protein research I've discovered lately, but also answering all your burning questions about Boundless, which you can now ! During this discussion, you'll discover: -News Flashes mentioned in this podcast…4:30 The launch of Boundless is upon us. Check out the for information on events related to the launch! There is SO MUCH wrong in and I’ll address it in my next podcast This just in… Even though it can be beneficial, Interesting… Sleep latency (how long it takes you to fall asleep) Yet another use for creatine… Cool summary of Yep, you can still be in ketosis without severe carbohydrate restriction (actually you can do it at 25% carb intake)…check out Wow! . (Just goes to show that the “30-50g carbs a day” for nutritional ketosis is not applicable to most athletes!) -Q&A related to … -Are there training routines or training plans specifically for losing fat and/or putting on muscle?…35:25 Physiological parameters I follow: Mitochondrial density Lactic acid tolerance Fat burning and metabolic efficiency Strength (w/ an eye on longevity) Mobility Refer to Chs. 8, 9, 11 -What type of nutrition plans are discussed in the book?…40:56 No one-size-fits-all approach (teaching you to fish rather than handing you a fish) , , , , , , , Carnivore Diet, , Recommended starting points, markers to progress to eventually Eating choices w/ specific gene variations, blood and stool markers, etc. Refer to Ch 21 -Does the book have info related to gut/intestinal health?…45:15 Refer to Chapter 13 Yeast and parasites are addressed How to deal w/ insufficient stomach acid Food intolerances (malabsorption) Best tests to use Huge section on mold and mycotoxins -Is there info on how women can rebalance their hormones?…49:45 Ch. 19 is on longevity and anti-aging Recommended doctors and specialists are mentioned Maintaining DHEA levels, use of peptides, etc. -Does Boundless include recipes?…52:16 and Psychedelics and nootropics (proper use) cooking podcast -Which chapter is a must for a reader to implement in their lifestyle immediately?…54:06 Chapter 20: Invisible: Hidden Variables that Make or Break Your Mind, Body and Spirit How to hire a building biologist () , etc. Biohacks for home and office Using light for circadian rhythm; what light to use and when How to photosynthesize the body Book: My own routines: productivity, software, office hacks, etc. Using effectively Natural household cleaners (, , , , etc.) Also recommend Ch 21 on routines and lifestyle -Rapid fire questions…58:08 Will it be available on Kindle? Yes, but I highly encourage you to get the hard copy. Why is it so expensive? Because it's freaking big, comprehensive, and a work of art. When will the pre-order copy ship? Book launches and orders will ship on 21 Jan. Will it be available in Australia? Yes. Go to find out how. -A few insider tips from Boundless…1:02:00 Gene repair by Dr. Ben Lynch Little-discussed oils How do fish gain the nutrients which make fish oil efficacious? Plant-based oil Sleep optimization Connection between exercise and sleep 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise prior to breakfast (especially in the sunshine) can enhance deep sleep levels Training hard in the morning can damage sleep patterns Mid-day 20-40 minutes naps timed 5-7 hours after you wake can negate effects of hard workout in the morning, using devices like , , Finish your workout at least 3 hours before bedtime A few intense 10 minute bouts of exercise can alleviate sleepiness during periods of sleep deprivation can relax the joints quickly hydrogen tablets -And much more… Resources mentioned in this episode: – – – – – – – – – made by Dr. John Lieurance of – cooking podcast – Book: by Dr. Ben Lynch – hydrogen tablets – device – BGF podcasts you might like: Episode sponsors: –: Nature’s “first food” that supports immunity, GI function, athletic recovery, and more. 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Jan 18, 2020
32 Natural Ways To Increase Testosterone (+ Testosterone Cream Vs. Injections) - Fully Updated Re-Release
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Last year I spoke at an event called "A4M" in Las Vegas. My entire presentation was focused on 32 different ways to increase testosterone naturally, with no injections or hormone replacement protocols required. I'm not against bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), but I do think one should explore as many natural alternatives as possible first. Or, for even more bang for the buck, pair BHRT with the tactics you'll discover in this episode. " is dedicated to the advancement of tools, technology, and transformations in healthcare that can detect, treat, and prevent diseases associated with aging. They promote the research of practices and protocols that have the potential to optimize the human aging process. The organization is also dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and practitioners, scientists, and members of the public on biomedical sciences, breakthrough technologies, and medical protocols through our advanced education entity: Metabolic Medical Institute (MMI). Their event in Vegas each year is, in my opinion, well worth checking out. Recently, in two separate papers, testosterone therapy has gotten a bad rap and ), and been blamed as a culprit for coronary artery disease and stroke risk, but , this is simply not true. As a matter of fact, in Jay's , he clearly lays out the research behind optimized testosterone levels improving heart health, optimizing cognitive function, combatting Alzheimer's disease, staving off bone loss, and much much more. My friend Carl Lenore also recently addressed some of this unfair testosterone vilification in . Furthermore, as I explain in the introduction to this podcast, I recently began to use microdoses of testosterone cream (compounded by ) in the morning and evening to simulate the natural diurnal release of testosterone, and have noted a profound impact in my own energy levels and recovery (although this is not a strategy I endorse as a "bandaid" but instead the icing-on-the-cake for males in their late 30's and beyond once all other foundational practices I outline in this podcast are established). Incidentally, my wife is now using progesterone from Dr. Koniver for similar purposes. In this episode, I will review the key biomarkers for achieving peak male health, along with the most potent and effective practices for optimizing biological variables for men's fertility and longevity. I will also unveil a host of little-known biohacks proven to enhance or restore peak testosterone and libido, along with how to practically implement a blend of ancestral wisdom and modern science to amplify sexual performance. You'll discover a multimodal approach to optimizing male sexual performance, learn how to identify key biomarkers to assess male health and get the best ancient practices and modern scientific strategies that enhance or restore men's fertility and longevity. Oh, and by the way, women need testosterone too, and all these tactics will work for the ladies as well.  In this episode, you'll learn... -Research I've encountered since I last spoke on this topic on the podcast...2:00 Microdosing testosterone cream (transdermal application) Simulates diurnal increase of testosterone (vs. a sudden increase via an injection) Overseen by a knowledgeable doc Morning and evening small amount of cream (not gel) -Workout Strategies to Optimize Testosterone...12:43 Sprint Study:   Lift heavy stuff Article:  Study:  Workouts:  , , , Article:  Book:  Use long rest periods Study:  Do forced reps Study:  Article: Use your legs Study:  Article:  Article:  Avoid chronic cardio Study:  Podcast:  -Notoriously Missing Nutrients That Drastically Affect Testosterone Levels...21:46 Magnesium Podcast:  Vitamin D Book:  Zinc DHEA Article:  Creatine Boron Article:   -Herbal Add-Ons...32:39 -Biohacking Testosterone: Tools and Tricks That Actually Work...40:51 Electrical Muscle Stimulation Study:  Study:  Red Light or Low-Lever Laser Therapy Article:  Article: Study:  Cold Thermogenesis Study:  Study:  Study:  Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Book:  Study: Study:  Study:  Study:  Study:  Gainswave Article:   Article:  Podcast:   Podcast:  Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) Study:  Study:  Stem Cells Article:  Article:  -Mistakes You're Probably Making That Impact Testosterone and Fertility...51:03 Underestimating the nasties of plastic Podcast:   Article:   Article:  Study:   Study:  Thinking “Avoid Chronic Cardio” Means “Don’t Move Too Much” Study:  Study:   Study:  Study:  Eating too often Study:   Study:  Thinking You’re Immune To EMF Book:   Ejaculating Too Much Article:  Article:  Ignoring The Power Of Sex Article:   Book:  Eating Gluten -Best Ways to Track and Test Male Hormones...1:00:01 -And much more! 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Jan 16, 2020
The Fungus Among Us: Why Fungal Overgrowth & SIFO Are A Hidden Health Epidemic (& What You Can Do About It).
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Most people understand the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for digestive health and overall wellbeing. But what about the mycobiome―the fungi that live inside our bodies? This podcast introduces this important component of the microbiome and explains how diet affects this population and how its balance or imbalance can cause you to feel―a poor balance of fungi can lead to weight gain, pain and bloating, and low energy, and can worsen symptoms for those with IBS or Crohn’s. Good news: Gut fungi respond quickly and dramatically to dietary and lifestyle changes. Within 24 hours, you can remake your mycobiome, supporting a path to weight loss, better digestion, and more energy. Alongside this accessible gut science, my guest, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, author of the new book "" outlines fast changes for fostering healthy fungi as well as 7- and 20-day diet plans, with more than 50 dietician-tested recipes, to cultivate a thriving mycobiome and methods for tweaking your lifestyle for long-term gut health. Dr. Ghannoum is a tenured professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Educated in Lebanon, England, and the United States, he received his PhD in Microbial Physiology from University of Technology in England and an Executive MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He has spent his entire career studying medically important fungi and publish-ing extensively about their virulence factors, especially in microbial biofilms. Over the past decade, Dr. Ghannoum recognized the role of the microbial community (both bacterial and fungal) in human health and published the first study describing the oral fungal community, coining the term“mycobiome.”He described the bacterial microbiome (bacteriome) and the mycobiome in HIV-infected patients, and led the characterization of the interaction between bacteria and fungi as they relate to health and disease. In 2016, he published an opinion piece in The Scientist on the contribution of the myco-biome to human health and was consequently invited to speak at a number of meetings organized by the National Institutes of Health. He conducted a study characterizing the bacterial and fungal communities in Crohn’s disease patients that resulted in the first model of microbiome dysbiosis that implicated cooperation between bacteria and fungi in biofilms. This work resulted in a publication that received national and international coverage. Dr. Ghannoum is also a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and a past President of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas (MMSA). He has received many distinguished awards for his research, and in 2013, he was selected as“MostInteresting Person” by Cleveland Magazine. In 2016, he received the Rohda Benham Award presented for his continuous out- standing and meritorious contributions to medical mycology from the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas and the Freedom to Discover Award from Bristol-Myers Squibb for his work on microbial biofilms. In 2017, he was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He continues to be a pioneer in the characterization of the human microbiome. With over 400 peer-reviewed publications to his credit and six published books on antifungal therapy, microbial biofilms, Candida adherence, and related topics, Dr. Ghannoum continues to be a prominent leader in his field. The National Institutes of Health has continually funded his research since 1994, and he recently received a large NIH grant to study the mechanism(s) of bacterial/fungal interaction in intestinal inflammation, such as in colitis and Crohn’s disease. He has also consulted for many international pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and co-founded multiple successful and profitable companies, including BIOHM Health, launched in 2016, that engineer products and services to address the critical role of the bacterial and fungal com-munities in digestive and overall health and wellness. BIOHM Health was just awarded the Science and Innovation Award by Nutrition Business Journal. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, children, and grandchildren. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The story behind Dr. Ghannoum coining the term "mycobiome"...7:40 Mycology is the study of fungi; mycobiome refers to the fungi in our gut and parts of our body Focusing just on bacteria leads to overgrowth of candida Showed through research that over 100 fungal species exist in a typical human mouth -Why the human body benefits from having fungus inside it...10:15 We need fungi in our gut; good fungi, even candida in low doses, helps the body Helps in breaking down, fermenting food Candida or fungi at colonizer level cleans the immune system Gut Report to test fungus levels in the body Other microbiome tests examine the bacteria only -What are good and bad fungi, or are fungi levels the only factor?...14:18 It varies by the species Saccharomyces boulardii and Pichia are good all the way around The level of candida is the determining factor, good or bad There are different strains of candida -Signs and symptoms of a fungal overgrowth...18:32 Diarrhea Allergies Pain in the GI tract Damage to gut lining results -How biofilms protect the gut...21:38 Candida cooperates w/ E. coli and Serratia Marcescens (both pathogens) make a biofilm Plack on teeth is an example of a biofilm Organisms in the gut are not free floating; they stick to the gut Complex polysaccharides form around organisms; shields from drugs or immune cells Biofilms are resistant to being broken down Echinocandins inhibit the synthesis of the fungal cell wall: Caspofungin Micafungin Anidulafungin -How people get fungal infections...29:00 Immunocompromised patients typically have lots of antibiotics (killing useful bacteria and allowing candida overgrowth) Goes through GI tract and attacks blood Nurses and doctors  are carriers Surgery Steroids exacerbate susceptibility to candida infections -Differences and similarities between SIFO and SIBO...35:40 Similar symptoms Nausea is more prevalent and severe in SIFO patients Abdominal pain and gas is more prevalent in SIBO SIFO patients grow candida 19% of patients can have both SIBO and SIFO -How popular diets may contribute to fungal overgrowth...39:05 Mediterranean diet: Lots of grains, carbs, pasta (can encourage growth of candida) Follow the diet, provided you consume alcohol in moderation (sugars are problematic) Paleo diet may contain too little prebiotic content Mycobiome diet is customizable to the individual -What life looks like on the mycobiome diet...46:10 Goal is to limit growth of candida, and pro-inflammatory bacteria  People low in Vitamins A,B,C are vulnerable Encourage beneficial bacteria (fibers, resistance starches) Stop biofilms (harming gut lining and causing inflammation) Cruciferous veggies are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant The best food can still result in imbalance in the gut Lifestyle factors: Exercise, walk, hike, etc. Blood can divert from the heart, lungs during extreme exercise No full-fat dairy Herbs and spices that are particularly efficacious: Coconut oil Turmeric  Garlic Apple cider vinegar Supplements Probiotic w/ Saccharomyces boulardii (Biohm) Multivitamin w/ Vitamin A,B,C   Sample breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal w/ bananas, berries, honey Egg w/ tomatoes, turmeric, olives Sample lunch: Lentil soup, spring onions, lemon, chicken Salad w/ cucumber, spring onion, garlic, lettuce, salmon Pistachios are great for the biome Sample dinner: Asparagus, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts Chicken roasted, fish -How to find a physician who is knowledgeable in treating SIFO...1:05:11 -And much more... 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Jan 11, 2020
The Pill - Everything You Need To Know About The Dangers Of The Pill, How To Get Off It Safely & Safer, More Natural Birth Control Alternatives.
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My guest on today's show, Dr. Jolene Brighten, is a functional medicine naturopathic doctor and the founder of , a women's medicine clinic that specializes in women's hormones. She is recognized as a leading expert in post-birth control syndrome and the long-term side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives. Dr. Brighten is the best-selling author, speaker, and regular contributor to several online publications including . She is a medical advisor for one of the first data-driven apps to offer women personalized birth control recommendations. You might be familiar with her also as the author of Out of the 100 million women (almost 11 million in the United States alone) who are on the pill, roughly 60 percent take it for non-contraceptive reasons like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, and acne. While the birth control pill is widely prescribed as a quick-fix solution to a variety of women’s health conditions, taking it can also result in other more serious and dangerous health consequences. Did you know that women on the pill are more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant? That they are at significantly increased risk for autoimmune disease, heart attack, thyroid and adrenal disorders, and even breast and cervical cancer? That the pill can even cause vaginal dryness, unexplained hair loss, flagging libido, extreme fatigue, and chronic infection. As if women didn’t have enough to worry about, that little pill we’re taking to manage our symptoms is only making things worse. Dr. Brighten specializes in treating women’s hormone imbalances caused by the pill and shares her proven 30-day program designed to reverse the myriad of symptoms women experience every day—whether you choose to stay on the pill or not. Featuring simple diet and lifestyle interventions, this podcast will be a crucial step to reversing the risky side effects of the pill, finally finding hormonal health, and getting your badass self back. During our discussion, you'll discover: -An overview of how the pill works...9:38 Dr. Brighten is a former user of the pill; didn't understand the ramifications until studying in natural medicine It works at your brain level How do the ovaries know when to ovulate? The pill distorts FSH/LH levels, thus affecting ovulation, menstrual cycles, etc.  Causes mood alterations and even difficulty getting pregnant once off the pill What normal FSH/LH levels should be sans the pill Day 1 of the period begins the "flow" of maturing eggs FSH and estrogen rise Once ovulation occurs, the corpus luteum secretes progesterone Every form of birth control produces progestin, not progesterone Weight gain is common  Water retention due to lack of progesterone Moodiness is common Key point: A woman stops ovulating because the pill is affecting her body at the brain level -Dr. Brighten's thoughts on supplementing w/ progesterone...16:03 There's a time and place for it, but first ask "why" you need it Can help w/ anxiety, sleep quality,  Women need progesterone to strengthen the myelin sheath in the brain; also w/ neuroplasticity Important for bone health and the immune system Book: Some men can benefit from progesterone supplements A safe environment is vital for progesterone levels Stressful environments affect natural progesterone levels The body will produce cortisol rather than reproductive hormones -Why women are not equitably represented in the scientific community...23:43 Lean females should use caution while participating in intermittent fasting  Laws forbidding women from participating in studies have inhibited accurate data The scientific field as a whole is underrepresented by women  Article: Article: Basic economics: it's more cheaper and easier to study males, be it humans or animals -Real-time consequences of being on the pill...33:30 It affects which partner a woman is attracted to Makes a woman less attractive to ideal partners A woman may not be attracted to their partner when they come off the pill -Effects of the pill on athletic performance...45:20 Shuts down testosterone production by as much as 50% Affects energy, bone health, etc. Fatigue faster Leverage menstrual cycles (Ex. U.S. women's soccer team) Affects both endurance and power/strength negatively Book: Book: I "Listen to your body"; design your lifestyle around your cycle as much as possible Woman athlete accused Nike of destroying her body w/ their training regimen -How to go about getting off the pill...57:15 "All or nothing situation"; don't wean yourself off The brain is confused w/ reduced amounts of the pill if taking smaller quantities Women use the pill for symptom management, vs. birth control The symptoms will return if you don't adjust your lifestyle Prep the body for 90 days before going off the pill Organ meats are good (nature's multivitamin) Focus on every system in the body  Women have been able to save their own lives, advocating for themselves w/ doctors, in the ER, etc. (medical gender bias) -Thoughts on other means of birth control...1:08:38 Copper IUD is among the most popular  Beware of copper toxicity Indirectly affects the thyroid deleteriously Carefully track and notate your own personal data  Female condoms suck Females should know how to apply male condoms -And much more... 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Jan 09, 2020
7 Crazy New Biohacks You've Probably Never Heard Of!
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Strap yourselves in for a wild biohacking ride full of new biohacks—some of which I hadn't even heard of. My guest on today's podcast is named Marc. That's it. That's the only information I'll release about his identity. He started his career in investment banking and financing renewable energies and now arranges financing for various government projects—from hydro dams, to farms, to airports—and is now heavily immersed in the fields of biohacking and researching emerging health-enhancing technologies, primarily inspired by managing an incurable genetic defect in his kidneys. In this podcast, we delve into a host of new biohacking technologies you've probably never heard of, from NAD boosters, to stem cell enhancing protocols, to longevity and anti-aging molecules, and much more! During this discussion, you'll discover: -How Marc got interested in these biohacks...8:03 Doing due diligence for banking investments revealed a lot of flaws in technologies such as solar and wind power Became a trusted voice among his partners and investors due to his findings -Biohack #1: How to change the gravitational pull inside your cells to speed up the healing process...11:38 Marc was diagnosed w/ polycystic kidney disease (PKD) Defective on PK-1 protein; cysts develop on the kidney Standard medicine considers it incurable Began ketogenic diet (low glucose slows the growth of the cysts) Increase in klotho protein halts the disease Changes the gravitational pull inside the cells, thus changing the time perspective in which they can heal (40 hrs of healing w/in a 24 hr timeframe) Very expensive: ~$2500/month Extremely detail-oriented protocol Use olive oil or yogurt as a precursor approx. 3-4 days before ingesting How the klotho protein is activated and suppressed Psychological stress, inflammation, oxidative stress and depression mitigate its production Angiotensin decreases klotho , insulin, exercise (resistance training), cordyceps, ginseng extract, activated charcoal increase klotho Vitamin D transport system activates immune system Nagalase enzyme suppresses the immune system by suppressing immune cells GcMAF mitigates damage done by nagalase -Ways to protect from harmful 5G technology...32:15 EMF doesn't actually attack human DNA; it attacks and changes the DNA of the gut microbiome, with an effect on the brain can withstand 5G -The skinny on V-cells...44:30 V-cells are totipotent cells Different types of cells: Totipotent cells can become any type of cell (the crème de la crème of stem cells) Pluripotent can be a variety of different cells Multipotent cells, less variety Singular potent - only one type of cell Embryonic-like stem cells "Non-activated"—dormant, body doesn't know what to do with them Device in the works to increase bioavailability of V-cells High-frequency pulse laser Very small margin of error for it to be efficacious BGF podcasts mentioned: Increased exercise and caloric restriction will mobilize small v-cells -A mostly unknown way to boost NAD levels...58:02 Change the environment so that cells produce NAD sans precursors (such as nicotinamide riboside, NR) increase of 242% NAD+ is used by the body, then converted into NR This becomes downregulated w/ age for boosting NAD -A natural way to upregulate endothelial stem cells...1:03:55 Beta-glucans in mushrooms -Interesting biohacks related to water...1:07:42 (code: GREENFIELD) (code: GREENFIELD) (code: GREENFIELD) Hydrogen is very dangerous; use it with caution when drinking hydrogen-enriched water -A device that increases the mineral density of plants...1:18:03 Lab-grown Placed close to organism w/ water, allows water to come back to its original structure Pesticides are not necessary Water becomes 100% coherent Water and Wellness deuterium-depleted water -And much more... 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Jan 04, 2020
Why Your DNA Is Worthless (& What You Need To Focus On Instead).
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Your DNA alone is worthless. So claim my guests on today's show, Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin of , with locations in Versailles, KY, and Bend, OR. I first interviewed these guys in the episode "" and now they're back to talk all things DNA and genetics. Dr. Matt Dawson is a precision medicine physician in Lexington, KY, co-host of the and has been obsessed with performance optimization as long as he can remember. He received scholarships to play two sports in college even with “minimal talent” because of his voracious reading and implementation of any fitness or nutritional techniques that would give him an edge. Dr. Dawson continued that obsession in medical school and, as a physician, he has won national awards for education, innovation, and leadership. He has lectured in over 20 countries and trained thousands of other physicians through live lecture, online education, two textbooks, and an educational app. Dr. Dawson combines his training in genomics and functional medicine to give personalized, precise medical guidance. His obsession with performance optimization has morphed from initially athletic to now mental performance and longevity. Whether it's a professional athlete or a grandparent optimizing their mental clarity and mobility to keep up with their grandkids, Dr. Dawson is passionate about helping everyone perform at their absolute peak. Dr. Mike Mallin is a physician in Bend, OR who is obsessed with health performance and precision medicine and is co-founder of the . He completed medical school in South Carolina and trained in Emergency Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT where he competed in several ultramarathons and found his love for the mountains and performance. Mike currently practices in Bend, OR and Lexington, KY in his precision medicine clinics. He is also co-founder of the , an educational podcast that has taught thousands of physicians all over the world how to use ultrasound, as well as , his podcast focusing on health performance and longevity. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why DNA data in and of itself is insufficient... Epigenomics: Genomics taken in context of the whole person Get a sense of what a person's genes are transcribing via lab values Understand how lifestyle and habits can affect specific genes (ex. PGC1A) Needed a simplified means of interpreting genetic results Falsehoods have been noted in DNA reports A comprehensive analysis includes lifestyle, preferences, microbiome, etc. DNA reports will occasionally translate RSID's wrong Misreading data can lead to unhealthy lifestyle decisions -What sets Drs. Dawson and Mallin's new software apart from other DNA software... Lifestyle and patient preferences factor heavily Microbiome data is important Looking for a more comprehensive picture of a patient than simple data Cholesterol levels, cardiovascular conditions, etc. are taken into account -The results from the software thus far... "Whole picture" approach allows for more accurate diagnoses and appropriate recommendations Cardiovascular risk down  by over 50% in less than 6 months on average LP(a) decreases more than 2 years of statin treatment LDL-P down an average of 357 points per patient CRP down over 50% in patients who start off with it elevated Average HRV increase of 15 from genomic based training programs All mostly without pharmaceuticals -How Matt and Mike test for aging, and their "gold standard" longevity protocol... Get the basics right first: sleep, environment, exercise, sunlight, etc. Personalized: genomics, preference based Get biological age first: True Age Test DNA Age Test Horvath Clock tests methylation in the body; telomere test results have been erratic Pulse press cycle is important MOTS-C Article: Use peptides w/ caution; opt for natural treatments first Exercise protocols used during anabolic phase of treatment and endurance Short interval Longevity exercise programs Fasting, , Dr. John Douillard's Dr. Valter Longo's -NAD protocols used by Mike and Matt and Ben... A lot depends on patient preference RG3 nasal spray -Peptides used in the Wild Health practice... Semax for neuro-cognitive  strength Selank for anxiety Dihexa for neural optimization CJC-1295 Ipamorelin Epithalon GHK Zinc Thymulin Tailor Made triple (zinc, copper and minoxidil) and for injury recovery -Goings on at the Kentucky Castle... , float tank, cryotherapy, sauna on site Food and farming on site Organic garden Sheep and goats Chickens April 7-9 conference Ben will be speaking Teach how to apply what's been discussed in this episode Open to the public, but focused on physicians and practitioners -How Mike and Matt practice what they preach on an individual level... Matt: Intermittent fasting (work out later for bigger fasting window) therapy (turned all the way up, , ) are an ideal food; greens, Put an egg w/ and in Mike: Sprint Interval Training (SIT) CGM () Roast at home   -And much more... 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Jan 02, 2020
Cortisol Decoded: The Myths & Truths About A Hormone Crucial To Your Health & Survival.
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Let's face it: cortisol gets a bad rap these days. "I have high cortisol", "I have low cortisol", "My cortisol it out-of-whack". You've no doubt heard this all before or said it yourself. So in an effort to decode cortisol once and for all, I decided to feature a wildly popular previous guest of mine - the guy who personally helps me and my wife manage our own hormones and has helped countless listeners of mine with their own anti-aging and natural hormone management protocols. His name is Dr. Craig Koniver. Craig was a guest on the episode "" He has been practicing Performance Medicine for over 18 years and is the founder of Koniver Wellness in Charleston, South Carolina. Not satisfied with the disease-based model of modern medicine, Dr. Koniver seeks to help his clients optimize their health and performance through time-tested, nutrient and science-driven protocols that are the cutting-edge of medicine. He is the founder and creator of the patent-pending FastVitaminIV® as well as re-engineering the NAD+ IV protocols, now called Brain Refuel™. Dr. Koniver’s client list includes Navy SEALs, NFL players, PGA golfers, Hall of Fame NHL players, world-class professional athletes, Fortune 100 Executives, well-known celebrities and TV personalities. In addition, Dr. Koniver offers a comprehensive training program of the Koniver Wellness Model to physician practices across the country. In this episode, you'll discover: -Cortisol 101...5:32 Hormone secreted by adrenal glands Not enough attention is given to cortisol in the medical field "Stress hormone" -- fight or flight response It is secreted in response to any real or perceived threat or stressor We're hard-wired to have high cortisol in the am, and low in the evening Rhythm vs. volume is key Acute hormone; ex. being chased by a lion Turns off pain recognition Anti-inflammatory Catabolic hormone -- wear and tear We've changed cortisol from an acute to a chronic hormone Key takeaway: try to find meaningful ways to live w/ the sun's rhythm Lowest levels are at around 10 pm; allows anabolic hormones testosterone, growth hormone, and melatonin to elevate Most critical hours of sleep are 10 pm - 2 am It takes melatonin 12 hours to reset Later (or no) sun exposure means melatonin levels peak later, leading to loss of sleep quality -How cortisol is secreted...13:37 Perceived stressors (most often subtle in modern times) Primitive part of the mid-brain, above the spinal cord Reticular Activating System (RAS) triggers release of cortisol Signal sent to locus ceruleus (one of the most connected parts of the brain) Signal sent to hypothalamus...to pituitary, then to adrenal glands Norepinephrine and cortisol are "partners in crime"; released along w/ cortisol Pituitary responsible for all signaling molecules We stop releasing cortisol, and have surplus of norepinephrine We release an average of 35 g of cortisol per day Irregular sleep patterns (night shift workers) lead to chronic health problems later in life -How cortisol imbalances affect our lives...20:12 Our brains cannot differentiate between perceived and real stressors Visualizing a success (or a failure) will trigger cortisol secretion "I can't wait to wear that out fit" is much more effective than "I'm way too big..." RAS helps distinguish background and foreground in our world Buy a red truck, all of a sudden you see a bunch of red trucks on the roads What you put your attention is what you're going to get in your life -How cortisol gets disrupted...25:40 Humans are "super-adaptors"; we can tolerate stressors over a long period of time Modern tech can disconnect us from the sun, circadian rhythm and cortisol flow We release cortisol at night when we look at TV, phones, etc. at night We tolerate stressors for years and decades, but it eventually catches up with us It will eventually blunt the anabolic hormones (testosterone, growth hormone, melatonin) We lose sleep quality, take longer to heal injuries, workouts are more challenging, etc. Gold standard to test adrenal function: salivary cortisol test Salivary is far less stressful than a blood draw (hence more accurate results) We rely on stimulants such as coffee and prescription drugs, rather than address the issue of disrupted cortisol flow -Why cortisol is such a hot topic in modern society...37:40 Acute stressor triggers cortisol Over time, cortisol has become a chronic hormone, rather than an acute hormone We'll never be chased by a lion in the jungle We trigger cortisol response w/ everyday stressors Chipping away at cortisol release over time We can't keep up w/ cortisol demands; lose cortisol reserve Major stressor (loss of job, death in the family, etc.) causes a breakdown when cortisol levels have been chronically disrupted Cancer, autoimmune disease, etc. occur with this breakdown Many fear cancer, other serious illnesses Best way to prevent disease: take care of cortisol levels Be aware of indicators of low cortisol levels: poor sleep, longer than usual recovery times, etc. -The key element regarding cortisol missed by conventional medicine practice...43:13 Adrenal fatigue and insufficiency doesn't exist in conventional medicine Two extremes in conventional medicine: Cushings disease, and Addisons disease Cushings: too much cortisol secretion Addisons: not enough cortisol is produced There's a gray area; it's not simply black and white As cortisol levels are disrupted, norepinephrine levels increase Increased heart rate Increased blood pressure This feels like anxiety Consider visiting a doctor knowledgeable in this as you may have lost control of the cortisol buffer Study in the Netherlands on men over 50 who ran marathons vs. men who didn't run marathons Men who ran marathons suffered more heart attacks (due to overtraining) Positive exercise can still be a stressor, releasing cortisol Recovery is key to being an elite athlete -How cortisol interacts with other hormones in the body...49:30 Hormones are like kids w/ differing personalities Cortisol is the neighborhood bully High insulin levels and cortisol lead to weight gain (cut carbs in the morning) Abnormal cortisol modulation affects thyroid levels deleteriously Be aware of your adrenal status if you're on thyroid hormone replacement An imbalance of cortisol and testosterone inhibits muscle production Growth hormone depletion leads to brain fog, weight gain, etc. -How to effectively modulate cortisol...56:52 Tests: Blood in the morning Salivary cortisol test anytime Adrenal glands is like a factory producing hormones: cortisol is the goal, but we need to make the other hormones Cortisol imbalances lead to depletion of other hormones Pregnenolone is made from cholesterol; low cholesterol levels affects cortisol production Number 1 risk factor for cancer for men is low testosterone; cortisol will help optimize health Having a cortisol reserve enables us to handle and tolerate stress, thus preventing cancer, autoimmune disease Behaviors to normalize cortisol levels (deliberate contemplative exercise) Meditation, prayer, reading Activate parasympathetic system, turn off sympathetic system Meditation is not the only means of managing stress Adaptogenic herbs: Licorice root (delays conversion of cortisol to cortisone) Holy basil (sense of the divine in one's world) Cordyceps powder (in coffee, shakes) Rhodiola Schisandra berry Critical nutrients: Vitamin A Vitamin C Vitamin B5 Intravenous NAD+ Peptides: Hexarelin Epithalon Ipamorelin GHRP 6 and GHRP 2 Intranasal and intravenous stem cells Hydrocortisone replacement (don't surpass 35 mg per day) Phosphatidylserine Ashwagandha CBD -Closing thoughts...1:14:42 Good correlation between HRV and cortisol; collect morning and evening times Cortisol helps be your best cognitively If you're feeling tired, stressed and anxious, check your cortisol levels -And much more... Resources from this episode: – -30-minute patient phone call with Dr. Koniver to review health goals. At end of the call, Dr. Koniver will outline a strategic game plan for optimizing patient health and performance.  -1-hour physician practitioner phone call with Dr. Koniver to discuss how to implement Performance Medicine into your practice. At end of the call, Dr. Koniver will outline specific steps to start.  -4 Day NAD IV Therapy (Brain Refuel Program). Patient flies to Dr. Koniver’s office in Charleston, South Carolina to receive the loading dose.  -Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Program. 3 days of NAD IV Therapy followed by an umbilical cord stem cell infusion. Includes injectable peptides as well as select nutrients to aid in the absorption of stem cells.  Episode sponsors: -Boundless: -: The Challenge starts January 6th, it's completely FREE to join, and when you do you'll get a bunch of exclusive content including access to a Q&A by yours truly answering all your burning fasting questions. To join just go to getkion.com/fasting -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. -: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD Got a question for me or Craig related to cortisol, or anything else we talked about in today's show? 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Dec 28, 2019
The One Component Of Fitness Most People Neglect (Meditation, Plant Medicine, Yoga, Sex & More: How Ben Greenfield Trains For The Spiritual Disciplines).
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As I age, observe great thinkers and philosophers, and continually seek wisdom, I've become increasingly convinced that caring for one's spirit is as important - no - more important than caring for one's body and brain. After all, long after our muscles have atrophied and skin has sagged, long after our brains have degraded and accumulated with plaque, long after our blood vessels and nerves have become clogged and weak and long after our relentless pursuit of fitness and longevity has become a vain effort, our spirits can be just as strong and bright as ever. Yet, sadly - especially among those immersed in physical culture, fitness and biohacking, it seems that the spirit is the most oft-ignored component of our human vessels, quite frequently shrunken and shriveled from a near complete neglect of the spiritual disciplines... ...disciplines such as meditation, gratitude, prayer, fasting, study, fellowship, celebration, charity and all those elements that most of us know are important but somehow shove to the side because, let's face it, life gets busy and it just seems far more practical and immediately useful to go hit the gym rather than sit cross-legged on the floor meditating breathing, spending an extra ten minutes in bed journaling, or prioritizing a family dinner.  As I mention with increasing frequency the importance of the spiritual disciplines, I'm often ask how I personally incorporate these practices in my own life. So, similar to how last week I shared with you the nitty-gritty details of my own nutrition supplementation program, in this podcast I'm going to delve into how I weave everything from yoga to breathwork to plant medicine into my own life. I in no way profess to be an expert in these matters, and although it is my goal over the next ten years to become as spiritually fit as I am physically fit, and to focus perhaps even more on the spiritual disciplines than I currently do on the physical disciplines, I hope that a few of the insights I've incorporated into my own life these past several years may serve you well in your own pursuit of spiritual greatness. During this podcast, you'll discover: -Why value spiritual disciplines in the first place?...6:40 Focusing only on physical health and wellness can be quite shallow Spiritual exercise/discipline is just as real and vital as physical Caring for our spirit is just as important, if not more so, than our body and brain Attachment exercise from Think of something or someone to which you're attached Say, "I really do not need you to be happy; I can be happy without you" Happiness is a state of non-illusion -- the absence of an illusion -How Ben has educated himself on spiritual disciplines...13:00 Once a year practice of stoicism 2-5 days of silence and solitude No family, completely alone Reading, , fasting Kion Fasting book -Ben's morning spiritual disciplines...19:27 Before getting out of bed, time w/ family, etc. read in bed (scriptures, aforementioned books) for 5-10 minutes Study Meditation Prayer Enhancing meditation tips: from Joe Dispenza's meditations from his book Dab a bit of Third Eye essential oil by between the eyes Gamma Psilocybin micro dose (book) Spiritual disciplines can be "hacked" just like physical disciplines tea w/ Spend 10-15 minutes doing stretching and deep tissue work (and ) Family gratitude practice Sing a song together -Ben's sauna practice...37:45 Flow yoga w/ deep breathwork Drink a hot beverage beforehand ( or or ) (sprinkled in the sauna before going in) Listening to something educational Book: by Shinzen Young (enhances your ability to sweat) Finish w/ a cold plunge in a  ice bath followed by this prayer: Our Father in heaven, I surrender all to you Turn me into the father and husband you would have for me to be Into a man who will fulfill your great commission And remove from me all judgment of others Grant me your heavenly wisdom Remove from me my worldly temptations Teach me to listen to your still, small voice in the silence And fill me with your peace, your love, and your joy. Amen -How Ben manages stress during busy and intensive work days...44:45 Brief pauses throughout the day for breath work Box breathing (4 in, 4 hold, 4 out, 4 hold) Alternate nostril breathing 4-8 breathing (4 in, 8 out over and over) -End of day spiritual practices...47:28 Gather for family dinner (big factor for longevity in ) Meditation, activation of para-sympathetic nervous system ..."I'm aware of my body I'm smiling at my body I'm aware of my food I'm smiling at my food I'm aware of my company I'm smiling at my company" Centering breaths Games for family dinners Table Topics : Unstable Unicorns, Bears vs. Babies, Exploding Kittens Finish up remaining business while family cleans up and gets ready for bed You dwell on and dream about what you've dwelt on during the day Family bedtime Sing together App: Prayer together Eye gazing Self-reflection journal (a la Ben Franklin amazon links...) -Spiritual lovemaking...57:50 True, tantric, spiritual sex is oft ignored in modern society Backjack chairs - chat for 5-15 minutes prior to lovemaking, sleep, etc. Couple's plant medicine therapy Holotropic breath work (Renegade Pharmacist offers this) Ben's massage setup Blast body w/ Whole Tones by Michael Tyrrell Ketamine and oxytocin intranasally, occasionally w/ THC PEMF table by Pulse Centers -Areas for improvement...1:09:00 Participating in local charitable causes Share your gifts -- make your service enjoyable Strengthen connection w/ local church community -And much more... 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Dec 26, 2019
Squatting In A California Backyard & Talking Family, Movement Mechanics, Ice Baths & More With Aaron Alexander.
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You may recall the amazing, eccentric, crazy cool Aaron Alexander if you listened to my episode ""... ...well today Aaron's back. I recorded live with him at his pad in Southern California and after chilling in an ice bath, doing nitty-gritty breathwork and getting up to all the other crazy tom-foolery biohacks at Aaron's place, we recorded for you a nice little podcast, and even discussed Aaron's new book "", which shows readers how posture and body alignment are powerful tools for building strength, achieving peak performance, reducing pain, and approaching the world with a new sense of confidence, and teaches you how to optimize activities such as: -Floor Sitting -Hanging -Hip-Hinging -Walking -Nose Breathing -And much more... Blending Eastern philosophy with Western mechanics, The Align Method outlines the necessary tools to leverage the power of your own senses and body language to feel more flexible and confident, and details exactly how to reshape your environment for enhanced creativity and longevity. So check out the book and... In this discussion with Aaron, you'll discover... -What makes special...4:58 EGCG is the primary antioxidant Regularly consume for fertility potency -Natural biohacks that can be implemented for low or no cost...6:36 Activates the parasympathetic nervous system Nitric oxide release Humming/chanting increases nitric oxide production Activates the vagus nerve Inducing stress resilience prior to the stress of the cold treatment Sunlight exposure Metabolic flexibility is increased w/ sunlight exposure Increased and good vagal nerve tone Vitamin D activation Cellular resistance When to choose tech over nature lights can provide adequate infrared light in 10 minutes vs. 2 hours of sunlight can shortcut what can be derived from nature Bottom line: Nature is preferable, but there’s nothing wrong with choosing better living through science -Ben Greenfield’s morning meditation routine…15:37 designed by Dawson Church - into the universe, and into the body Transcendental meditation () Deep breathing in the morning Read or scripture Exercise is moving meditation Lead w/ prana No music/podcasts in the ears   Breathe through the nose as much as possible BGF podcasts w/ Paul Chek 3x3 routine: 3 minutes cardio, 3 minutes cold therapy and repeat -Hunting zen and interdependence with our fellow man…21:43 Innate instinct to provide, even with modern conveniences around us Book: Interdependence is oft neglected C.S. Lewis: We’re all spirits in human bodies w/ capability to go one way or the other Skin to skin contact releases oxytocin; results in greater success in war, athletics, etc. Don't sacrifice interdependence for self-dependence (self-made man) Connections is the undying currency -The two "mountains" in our lives...40:07 Book: Mountain 1: career, business, shelter, etc. Circumstances bring us into the valley, and realize Mountain 2 Mountain 2: we discover interdependence, community, connection, etc. Mountain 1 is oftentimes a prerequisite to Mountain 2 No regrets about the past; using experience to scale Mountain 2 when we arrive there -Practices that build indomitable connectedness in your family...46:00 Eye-gazing: Zero judgment zone See different parts of the other each time Deep connection reduces shame, increases vulnerability Eye-gazing during sex increases intimacy w/ your partner "You're not raising your children, you're raising your grandchildren" Traditions, practices at the dinner table, etc. are observed, learned and passed on to the next generation Encourage children to participate in your exercise routine, even if on a limited basis 55/38/7 principle of communication: 55% is based on body language 38% is vocal tonality 7% is the words we use Power of demonstration cannot be undervalued as a parent -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - Book: Episode sponsors: -: The Challenge starts January 6th, it's completely FREE to join, and when you do you'll get a bunch of exclusive content including access to a Q&A by yours truly answering all your burning fasting questions. To join just go to -: A wellness company specializing in innovative nutraceuticals made from healing hive compounds and plant-based ingredients. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -: Whether you’re an insurance expert or a newbie, Policygenius created a website that makes it easy for you to compare quotes, get advice, and get covered. -: It’s cloud accounting software that basically does your invoicing for you and on top of that gets you paid 2x faster. Try it out for a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now. Go to Freshbooks.com/Ben and enter “The Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast” in the how did you hear about us section. Got a question or comment for Aaron or me? Leave a comment below, and one of us will reply!
Dec 21, 2019
Quench: The Big "8 Glasses Of Day" Water Myth, Why Water Isn't The Best Way To Fully Hydrate & Much More!
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Based on breakthrough new science in the field of hydration, the new book debunks many popular myths about "getting enough water" and offers a revolutionary five-day jump start plan that shows how better hydration can reduce or eliminate ailments like chronic headaches, weight gain, gut pain, and even autoimmune conditions. Chronic headaches...brain fog...fatigue...weight gain...insomnia...gut pain...autoimmune conditions. We may think these and other all-too-common modern maladies are due to gluten intake or too much sugar or too little exercise. But there is another missing piece to the health puzzle: Proper hydration. Yes, even in this era of Poland Spring many of us are dehydrated due to moisture lacking diets, artificial environments, medications, and over-dependence on water as our only source of hydration. For this reason, that new diet or exercise plan may fail because our body doesn't have enough moisture to support it. Quench presents a wellness routine that can reverse all of that, based on breakthrough new science in the field of hydration. You will be surprised to learn that drinking too much water can flush out vital nutrients and electrolytes. Here is where "gel water" comes in: the water from plants (like cucumber, berries, aloe), which our bodies are designed to truly absorb right down to the cellular level. In fact, Ms. Bria's work as an anthropologist led her to the realization that desert people stay hydrated almost exclusively from what they eat, including gel plants like cactus. Based on groundbreaking science from the University of Washington's Pollack Water Lab and other research, Quench offers a five-day jump start plan: hydrating meal plans and the heart of the program, smoothies and elixirs using the most hydrating and nutrient-packed plants. Another unique feature of their approach is micro-movements-small, simple movements you can make a few times a day that will move water through your fascia, the connective tissue responsible for hydrating our bodies. You will experience more energy, focus, and better digestion within five days...then move onto the lifetime plan for continued improvements, even elimination of symptoms. My guest on today's podcast, and the author of Quench - Dr. Dana Cohen - has been successfully practicing medicine here in New York City for 20 years utilizing a distinctive medical approach. Dr. Cohen has helped thousands of patients find relief after repeated unsuccessful attempts with other practitioners. Dr. Cohen was board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1998. She is an advisor to the Board of Directors of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), the leading voice of Integrative Medicine for more than 1,500 MD, DO, ND, and master-level health-care providers. She has been the program director for their conferences and gathered the leaders of functional and integrative medicine to give world-class symposiums. She received her MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine, and completed a three year internal medicine residency at Albany Medical Center. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The background of Dana's book and why water isn't always the ideal way to hydrate...7:32 Searched for innovative topic on which to devote substantial research Co-author approached regarding hydration techniques "New phase" of water Is it possible to hydrate via food? The 8 glasses a day myth Comes from nowhere, similar to the food pyramid Some say they drink little water and remain hydrated -What is "gel" water, and how does it differ from "regular" water?...11:26 Also known as " Slightly thicker, different chemical equation (H3O2) Desert plants have gel inside (thickened water) Gel water is found in waterfalls, and in nature in general It's the type of water found in our cells -The best foods to eat which contain the gel water...14:41 Chia seeds gel when exposed to water Cucumber seeds are gelatinous Lettuce Cauliflower Fruits Fiber mixed w/ water becomes undrinkable when left; becomes gel water -How hydration (and dehydration) is measured via food intake...16:35 There's no research on determining clinical dehydration (although we know when someone is truly dehydrated) The means of determining hydration levels via water consumption have not been applied to food as of yet -How people who dwell in deserts hydrate...22:08 Bedouins "front load" water consumption (first thing in the morning w/ electrolytes) Robes they wear are quasi humidifying tents Drink camel's milk, goat's bread Low-fat diet is counterproductive Ghee is very high in gel water -Why chia is such a potent source of hydration...26:08 Rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly linoleic acid Grinding chia seeds; creates more gel water when add water to it Perfect thing to add to smoothies Lectins in chia seeds: proceed w/ caution Tara Fix recipe: 12 oz. water 1 tsp ground chia seeds 4 oz. kombucha Pinch of rock salt Books by Christopher McDougall: Natural Born Heroes Born to Run -Ancestral hydration tactics from history...32:54 Nomadic cowboys in Uruguay consumed Yerba Mate Has all vitamins and electrolytes necessary to sustain life Dissolving plants in water delivers nutrients and hydration from the plants better than water alone Ancient pottery shows signs of gelatin from grains; evidence of eating lots of stews containing grains and vegetables Hasda people consumed Baoba fruit: Blended flesh w/ water; full of fat, fiber and vitamins (an ancient smoothie) -The link between fascia and hydration and why it's so important...39:30 Fascia is the network of collagen that surrounds every cell and organ in our body (like the outer walls of the grapefruit holding in the fruit) : Motion that stretches tissue and generates electricity Study found that women who fidgeted less than other women had a 43% increase in all-cause mortality Small movements are better than nothing Dry skin brushing -A recipe for "beauty water"...48:56 Water mixed w/ simple ingredients: blueberries, pomegranates, lemon, etc. Adds electrolytes, structure to the water It's very possible to over hydrate; dispose of electrolytes before their efficacy can be applied to the body -And much more... 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Dec 19, 2019
Supplements Update: What Supplements Does Ben Greenfield Take (& How To Time / Choose Your Personal Supplementation Protocol).
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I am often asked what supplements I take, why I take them and if we really need supplements anyway. After all, if you, like me, follow a healthy lifestyle, I'll wager you probably eat plenty of plants, prioritize sleep, hydrate with filtered water (or, dare I say at the risk of revealing my tinfoil hat, structured water) and expose yourself to the sun as much as possible. So why even consider supplementation? Let's begin with this: our modern, post-industrial, polluted, toxin-laden lifestyle demands more nutrients than food can provide. That’s right. The chronic stressors of modern life—ranging from heavy metal and synthetic chemical exposure to sensory overload—have been proven to increase your body’s need for vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to shuttle toxins through detox pathways and prevent the formation of DNA-damaging free radical. This means that even if you are eating clean, relatively nutrient-dense food, you are likely not getting the full array of nutrients from food that prior generations enjoyed. There are five factors that contribute to poor nutrient availability in most modern food. Nutritionally Depleted Soil Due to modern farming techniques and fertilizers, most soil is depleted of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in conventionally grown crops (4). You may think that eating organic is the ultimate solution. While some research suggests that organically grown food contains more nutrients than non-organic food, other research has concluded that there is no significant difference in nutritional content between the two (5, 6). In addition, for most of human history (and prehistory), our ancestors ate now-nearly-extinct, dense-cell-rich carbohydrates in the form of foods like wild tubers, which provided essential prebiotics so that probiotic bacteria could flourish (in contrast to the refined acellular grains and white rice that comprise modern carbohydrates) (7).In addition, the modern high intake of refined carbohydrates and processed foods creates significant blood sugar swings and glycemic variability that our ancestors did not encounter to as great an extent. A glance at a coffee shop display case or hotel breakfast bar that features bagels, muffins and sugary cereals explains why many people need a snack a couple hours after breakfast to make it through the inevitable mid-morning blood sugar crash. Blood sugar imbalances lead to chronic inflammation and may be responsible for up to 80% of modern diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (8). This is a rollercoaster you definitely want to hop off. Similarly, the meat, eggs and dairy products commonly found in grocery stores deliver fewer anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, than those from wild or pastured animals (9). Most Western diet munchers also consume an imbalanced ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids, further exacerbating chronic inflammation (10, 11). Age-Related Declines In Nutrient Absorption Your ability to absorb nutrients from food decreases as you age (19). While growing children should absolutely be taking a multivitamin to support healthy tissue and bone formation, supplementation becomes equally important for older generations. Many medications used to treat age-related diseases, such as acid reflux and hypertension, also interfere with proper nutrient absorption, further increasing the need to take supplements (16, 17). Then there are precious fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D. While the recommendations for sufficient vitamin D levels are controversial, it is safe to say that many Americans, especially aging Americans who spend more and more time indoors, do not get enough vitamin D (18). Even if we do our best to get sun exposure - whether it’s a morning walk or going outside for lunch - it is rare to get as much sunlight and vitamin D as our outdoor-dwelling ancestors did. Poor Food Handling Practices Modern harvesting, shipping, processing and storage techniques degrade the nutrient content of food (12). Plants grown with modern fertilizer can contain only 25% of the micronutrients of plants grown using more traditional farming methods, and nutrient content declines as they are shipped and sit on store shelves. It makes sense that a fresh-picked apple is more nutritious than the apples you buy at the supermarket in winter, which were likely treated with 1-methylcyclopropene and could be up to 10 months old (according to an FDA spokesperson) (13, 14). And the preservatives used to maintain freshness could impede the bioavailability of the food’s nutrients and even increase your body’s need for more nutrients to process these synthetic additives (15). Pesticides, Herbicides & Pollutants Pesticides, herbicides and chemicals found in the modern food supply are combined with low-quality water, environmental contaminants from elements like degraded plastic and airborne pollutants like carbon monoxide, lead and mercury. These synergistic factors vastly increase your need for extra vitamins, minerals and nutrients to combat the formation of free radicals and the attack on your metabolism and immune system. Exercise Are you an athlete or frequent exerciser? The amount of extra oxygen and energy used by active individuals requires far more than the nutritional RDA of the average population. Indeed, consuming only the stated RDA can actually limit your athletic performance. So if you engage in Crossfit WODs, Ironman triathlons, obstacle races or heavy weight-lifting, your nutritional requirements mean you need to take supplements. In addition to these five factors, there are scientifically demonstrated longevity benefits of caloric restriction (a concept you will discover more about in Chapter 25). Given these benefits, it seems silly to argue that you could ignore calories and simply eat more food to obtain nutrients. This is another crucial area where supplements come in - they are a helpful boost for those of us wanting to consume enough nutrients to function well but also wanting to live longer using strategies such as intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting and caloric restriction. The assumption that previous generations didn’t take supplements is also not true. Ancient supplements include root, stem and leaf teas, medicinal powders ground by mortar and pestle and highly concentrated oil extracts (20, 21, 22). Just because these dietary supplements didn’t look like capsules and ridiculously-oversized tubs of powders doesn’t mean they weren’t supplements. In addition, our ancestors certainly consumed dirt, which we now know contains a wide range of beneficial probiotics (23, 24). Perhaps even more compelling is the fact that animals, ranging from insects to chimps, self-medicate and supplement by consuming specific compounds (25). For example, when some caterpillars get infected by parasitic flies, they’ll eat poisonous plants to kill the invasive larvae. Ants fight off microbes and bacteria by adding spruce resin to their nests. Several animal species consume mud to counteract stomach upset, and animals of all kinds use plant medicine as their own rough approximation of “supplements”. Ultimately, supplementation with vitamins, minerals and even nootropics and psychedelics is a natural, time-honored way to enhance the body and brain. In our modern era, while many would argue that your brain should work fine on its own, operating with flawless precision in the presence of clean food, pure water, sunshine and fresh air, I beg to differ and have benefited highly from a bit of ancestral wisdom combined with better living through science. -Why would you want to take supplements in the first place?...9:48 The post-industrial age creates a greater need for nutrition than previous generations Cell phones, air, water create toxicity for our systems Food that is farmed and produced does not contain the same level of nutrients as before Soil is depleted of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants No significant differences in organic produce in nutrient levels Ancestors ate nearly extinct foods: quinoa, tubers, cellular grains Modern food is acellular grains and white rice Abundance of refined carb and processed foods creates high blood sugar swings Meat, eggs and dairy products contain fewer Omega-3's and other anti-inflammatory nutrients Imbalanced Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio (as high as 40:1) Modern fertilizers deplete food of nutrients Preservatives have deleterious effects (the age of "fresh" produce is a bit shocking) Decreases bioavailability of nutrients and increases the body's need for nutrients Fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamin D) are deficient in most people Multiple examples of supplementation occurring in ancient generations Root, stem, leaf teas Powders extracted and compounded to aid the body's nutrient absorption Ate dirt, which contains  high amounts of probiotics Chimps and monkeys self-medicate by consuming specific plants (sometimes psychedelic compounds) Ben's personal supplementation regimen -Basic daily nutrient and micronutrient repletion...20:16 Key characteristics in a multivitamin: Vitamin D, Vitamin K1 and K2, Natural form of folate, Vitamin B12 Recommend taking it with food Ancestral Supplements PaleoValley organ meats complex Thorne AM/PM Multi Almsbio Glutathione Calton Nutrition -Energy...27:18 Thorne Creatine (or any other creatine that has CreaPure in it) TianChi Qualia Mind Book: Roger Drummer on tian chi (title unknown) Dr. Daniel Amen book (title not mentioned) Psychedelics: LSC, psilocybin (microdose every few days, not used with TianChi or Qualia Mind) -Fat Loss and blood sugar management...36:21 Kion Lean Use before most carb-rich meal of the day Use with cold thermogenesis -Recovery...38:27 Not to be taken immediately after exercising (wait at least 2 hours) Kion Flex BGF podcast 406 (on recovery) Kion Aminos Essential amino acids, not simply branched chain aminos 10-20 g pre- or post-workout Muscle maintenance and recovery Appetite suppression Superessentials Fish oil (other good brands are Nordic Naturals, Carlsons and Thorne) 8 g per day (with breakfast) 1:1 EPA to DHA ratio Vitamin E Contains Astaxanthin Keep refrigerated -Gut...44:48 Kion Colostrum Masszymes for protein digestion Kapex for fat digestion Gluten Guardian for gluten digestion Ion*Biome SEED Probiotic Kion Oregano -Sleep...54:51 CBD Thorne Hemp Oil Elemental Health CBD BioCBD Quicksilver Scientific Lipocalm Doc Parsley's Sleep Remedy MagSRT -"Experimental Supplements"...59:47 C60 BGF podcast w/ Ian Mitchell Peptides BPC 157 Tesamorelin International Peptide Society Summary So that's it! I trust this guide gave you ideas on how to enhance your health, performance, and recovery without needing to pop a dizzying array of pills. I get lots of inquiries about other supplements like greens powders, l-carnitine, high-dose Vitamin B, beta-alanine, sleep supplements and so on. I highly recommend specifically tailoring your supplement protocol to meet your specific goals, and also to use the comments section below to ask me your other specific questions. Ideally, you should choose supplements that address your own genetic results or blood biomarkers, and to learn more about personalizing nutrition and supplements to your genetics, listen to my recent podcast with Dr. Ben Lynch, author of "Dirty Genes", or read my article about customizing your diet to you. So what do you think? Which supplements have you found to be personally useful? Do you still think supplements are a waste of time and money? Do you have questions about other supplements folks have recommended to you? 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Dec 14, 2019
We All Have Cancer (& How To Starve Cancer With The Foods You Eat).
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Recently, my friend J.J. Virgin turned me onto Dr. William Li and his book “Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself” – a really great book that delves into the research-based healing powers of a variety of foods. Over two decades, Dr. Li’s leadership in the field of angiogenesis and its clinical translation has brought to the world 30 paradigm-shifting treatments for cancer, vision loss, and wound healing. His vision, expertise, and global multidisciplinary networks are focused on conquering disease, and improving quality of life and the human condition through diet, lifestyle, and judicious use of medicines that optimize health throughout aging. Dr. Li’s work engages the White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, National Institutes of Health, Fortune 500 companies, and leading universities and medical institutions across North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Dr. Li’s work has impacted more than 50 million people worldwide, and he is a TED Conference speaker. In 2010, U2 lead singer Bono identified Dr. Li in The New York Times as “one of the top 10 with the potential for changing the world in the next 10 years.” Dr. Li received his undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard College, his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and his clinical training in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific and clinical articles, book chapters, and abstracts, including publications in leading journals such as Science, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature Reviews. Dr. Li has held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University, and Dartmouth Medical School. He serves on the board of directors of the Angiogenesis Foundation, the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, and Wound Reach Foundation, as well as public and private companies focused on health and life sciences innovation. A few of my big takeaways from his book included: – Regarding stem cells: Some foods like dark chocolate, black tea, and beer can mobilize them and help us regenerate. Other foods, like purple potatoes, can kill deadly stem cells that spark cancer growth. – We all have cancer growing in our body. Every single one of us, even you. Over time, however, some tiny nests of cancer can overwhelm the defense system and overcome antiangiogenic countermeasures by releasing huge amounts of the same growth factor signals involved in wound healing. In lab experiments, once new blood vessels sprout into the small cluster of cancer cells, a tumor can grow exponentially, expanding up to sixteen thousand times in size in only two weeks after angiogenesis starts. – Even as little as thirty minutes of exposure to tobacco smoke exhaled by someone else is enough to stun your stem cells. – Not surprisingly, air pollution is similarly damaging. Researchers have found that in people living in communities with major air pollution problems, exposure to fine particulate matter during pollution flares lowers the number of endothelial progenitor cells in their blood. – Among the Malmo participants, researchers found that those with the highest levels of stem cell factor had a lower risk of heart failure by 50 percent, a lower risk of stroke by 34 percent, and a lower risk of death from any cause by 32 percent compared to those participants with the lowest levels of stem cell factor. – During the cholera epidemic of 1892 in France, Metchnikoff mixed bacteria together in a petri dish and found that some bacteria could stimulate cholera growth, but to his surprise found that other bacteria hindered it. This led him to speculate whether swallowing some types of helpful bacteria might be useful for preventing deadly diseases. He was also struck by the fact that some people lived to a ripe old age despite harsh rural conditions and poor hygiene associated with poverty. In Bulgaria, he noted, there were peasants in the Caucasus Mountains who lived beyond one hundred years. He observed that the oldest villagers were drinking fermented yogurt containing the bacteria Lactobacillus bulgaricus. Metchnikoff suggested that one secret to longevity is consuming healthy bacteria. – A study of 1,095 “ridiculously healthy people” who have no health issues or family history of serious disease across all age groups (from age three to more than one hundred years old) showed that a common denominator in both young and old is an almost identical microbiome. – The scientists concluded that some healthy bacteria are resilient and can bounce back from a dietary insult, while others cannot. They called the persistent defect a “scar” left on the microbiome due to diet. Here’s where it gets interesting in this study. The microbiome scar became larger over generations when the researchers began breeding the mice and exposing each generation of mice to the high-fat, low-fiber Western-style diet. With each generation, more and more of the original bacteria from the healthy human disappeared from their microbiome. By the fourth generation (great-grandchildren of the original), a sobering 72 percent of the microbes from the initial healthy mice were no longer detectable. Generations of eating the same unhealthy high-fat, low-fiber diet killed off healthy gut microbes permanently. – But wound healing was only the beginning. In the lab, L. reuteri also reduced abdominal fat and obesity in mice, even if they ate a junk food diet of potato chips. L. reuteri can stimulate the growth of thick, shiny, healthy hair; improve skin tone; boost the immune system; and prevent the growth of tumors in the colon and in the breast. And that’s not all. Experiments have shown that in male mice, L. reuteri in drinking water increases testicular size, testosterone production, and mating frequency. A truly fascinating finding was that L. reuteri stimulates the brain to release the hormone oxytocin, which is the social bonding neurochemical that is released from the brain during a hug or handshake, by close friendship, during kissing, breast feeding, and orgasm. The depth of research conducted with this one bacteria is so impressive it led to an article in The New York Times called “Microbes, a Love Story.” Needless to say, this is a probiotic worthy of taking because of the scientific evidence for its actions and potential benefits. – Do you wear sunscreen every time you get on a flight? You should. A 2015 study by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco published in the journal JAMA Dermatology showed that pilots flying for just one hour at thirty thousand feet altitude receive the same amount of UV radiation through the cockpit window as they would from a twenty-minute session in a tanning salon. – Solvents off-gassing from carpets, new cars, and chemicals in ordinary household products like nail polish remover, shampoo, and paint damage DNA, too. If you drive a car that uses gasoline, when you fill up the tank, you are breathing in fumes containing benzene, which damages DNA. It is wise to stand upwind of the vapor while you are at the gas station. – Other epigenetic changes from exercise can block harmful genes. These are seen after swimming, sprinting, interval training, and high-intensity walking. – A study by researchers at University of California, San Francisco showed that breastfeeding improved the length of telomeres in the child. In a group of 121 children, those who were exclusively breastfed when they were infants had longer telomeres by the time they were of preschool age (four to five years old) compared to children who were formula fed. This shows the durability of the telomere effect—that the benefits of breastfeeding remain years after a child is weaned and eating solid food.  – Scientists from the University of Southern California showed that fasting cycles can be used to build a fresh immune system. Remarkably, they showed that fasting two to four days in a row forces the human body to go into a recycling mode, which gets rid of the older, worn-out immune cells. Then, when food is started again, it jump-starts the hematopoietic stem cells in your bone marrow to start regenerating fresh immune cells thus rebuilding the immune system. – Soyfoods represent dozens of different kinds of foods made from soybeans, an ancient legume that originated in eastern China three thousand years ago. From fresh soy products, such as edamame, soymilk, and soy nuts, to soyfoods that are fermented, such as soy sauce, tofu, miso, natto, tempeh, and more, soy is encountered in many forms. Asian markets will often have fresh soybeans, but you can also often find them in the frozen section of the grocery store. Fresh tofu is versatile and is a common food in Asia. In Western countries, the best sources to find tofu varieties are Asian markets. Look at the menu of a Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, or Vietnamese restaurant, and you’ll find many soy offerings. Soy contains antiangiogenic bioactives known as isoflavones, specifically genistein, daidzein, equol, and glyceollins. Fermented soy products have higher concentrations of them. – Research has revealed that chicken thighs and drumsticks are especially healthy choices. Dark chicken meat contains vitamin K2, or menaquinone, a naturally occurring fat-soluble vitamin. – At the Angiogenesis Foundation, we began studying teas for their biological properties using lab testing systems originally designed to evaluate antiangiogenic cancer drugs. We found that tea extracts had really exceptionally potent angiogenesis inhibitory effects, ied comparable to that of drugs. What was interesting was that different varieties of tea exhibited different potencies. We found Chinese jasmine tea to be more potent than Japanese sencha tea, and Earl Grey tea was even more potent than jasmine tea. The most remarkable finding was that when we crossed cultures and mixed sencha (Japanendese) with jasmine (Chinese) tea, the resulting tea blend had a synergistic effect on blood vessel growth that was more than twice as potent against angiogenesis than either one alone. – At the Angiogenesis Foundation, we conducted research on the antiangiogenic activity of six different wines made by different grape varietals from the same winery (Vintage Wine Estates) and the same vintage, grown on the same terroir. Among the six, we identified the most potent antiangiogenic wines as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. – At the end of the study, the researchers compared bloodwork from before and after the experiment. Amazingly, participants who drank the high-flavanol hot cocoa had twice as many stem cells in their circulation compared to the people who drank the low-flavanol cocoa. – Scientists at the University of Montreal discovered that a diet rich in fish oil increases production of endothelial progenitor stem cells that can regenerate oxygen-deprived muscles. – Squid ink, which actually usually comes from cuttlefish, contains bioactives that not only inhibit angiogenesis, but also can protect stem cells. – Scientists at the University of Warsaw in Poland examined endothelial progenitor cells in the blood of healthy young individuals and found that exposing them to chokeberry extracts could protect the stem cells against stress. The exposure to chokeberry also improved the ability of the stem cells to migrate and participate in regenerating blood vessels. – Zeaxanthin is a bioactive known as a carotenoid. It is a pigment that gives corn and saffron their yellow-orange color, but it’s also common in leafy green vegetables, like kale, mustard greens, spinach, watercress, collard greens, Swiss chard, and fiddleheads. The results of this study suggest that eating zeaxanthin-containing foods may help the performance of our stem cells for organ regeneration. – The ellagic acid of the black raspberries activates stem cells. – The leaves, stalks, and seeds of Chinese celery are all edible and contain a number of health-promoting bioactives, including a tongue twister: 3-n-butylphthalide (NBP). NBP is important because it was approved as a pharmaceutical drug in 2002 by regulatory agencies in China for doctors to use as a neuroprotective treatment in patients who have suffered a stroke. NBP, also found in supplements containing celery seed extract, improves brain circulation, lowers brain inflammation, grows nerves, and limits brain damage from stroke. Researchers from Soochow University in China studied how NBP helps patients recover from a stroke. They recruited 170 individuals who had suffered an acute ischemic stroke, meaning a blood clot caused an interruption of blood flow and killed part of the brain. – While these results are from a drug form of NBP, it shows that a bioactive present in Chinese celery has stem cell–activating properties that may help heal and regenerate organs after a medical catastrophe like a stroke. – Green tea has many well researched health benefits, and now among them is activating the regenerative system. This has been studied in people who smoke. Cigarette smoking chemically scorches the blood vessel lining, which leads to increased risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Cigarette smoking is also damaging to stem cells, and reduces the number of circulating stem cells. People who smoke have 60 percent fewer stem cells in their bloodstream compared to nonsmokers—another reason not to smoke. Researchers from Chonnam National University Hospital in Korea and the Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan examined the effects of drinking green tea on the stem cells of smokers. They enrolled twenty young men in their late twenties who had smoked for six years and gave them four cups of green tea to drink each day for two weeks (a total of 56 cups). Their blood was drawn at the beginning and at the end of the study to count the number of circulating endothelial progenitor cells present. The results showed that drinking green tea increased the number of circulating stem cells by 43 percent over two weeks. The health of the smokers’ blood vessels was also improved by green tea over the study period. Their vascular dilation response was improved by 29 percent. In the lab, scientists have discovered that green tea and its catechins can stimulate regeneration of brain, muscle, bone, and nerves and can promote wound healing. – They found that one strain of L. reuteri in a sourdough starter that had been handed down from one baker to another since 1970 had actually evolved to live and thrive in bread dough. To dominate in their new turf, some L. reuteri strains in the starter actually developed the ability to produce a natural antibiotic called reutericyclin that kills other harmful bacteria growing around it. While the bacteria itself does not survive the high oven temperatures used for baking, scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that the benefits may not require live bacteria at all when it comes to L. reuteri. In the lab, scientists completely pulverized the bacteria so no live L. reuteri survived, but they found that substances coming from the particles of dead bacteria could create the same benefits as the live bacteria. This is a complete surprise, because it’s always been assumed that the benefits of gut bacteria require them to be alive. – The Lion’s mane mushroom, renowned for its culinary and medicinal properties, was the subject of a study by scientists at Jiangnan University in China to test its effects on the microbiome. In the lab, they fed mice with severe gut inflammation the human equivalent of one tablespoon of Lion’s mane mushroom. The results showed that Lion’s mane could decrease the symptoms and the proteins associated with gut inflammation by as much as 40 percent. The mushroom increased the healthy bacteria Akkermansia while decreasing the harmful sulfur toxin-producing Desulfovibrio. – In a study called the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), researchers documented coffee and caffeine consumption in 5,826 adults and showed that drinking more coffee was associated with longer telomeres. – Tea drinking was associated with increased telomere length, but only in elderly men, not women. When the amount of tea consumed by men was analyzed, those who drank three or more cups of tea per day had longer telomeres compared to those who drank less than a third of a cup of tea. The difference in telomere length was equivalent to a calculated difference of five years of additional life between high-and low-level tea drinkers. No other food group was associated with any telomere lengthening in this elderly population. The study did not specifically ask which type of tea, but green tea and oolong tea are the most commonly consumed teas in China. – At the end of six weeks of eating blueberries, the participants did a 2.5-hour treadmill run. First, researchers drew their blood before the run. Then, an hour before exercise, the blueberry eaters ate a larger than usual amount of blueberries (375 grams, or 2.7 cups worth of fresh blueberries). Immediately after the participants’ run, researchers took another blood sample. One hour later, blood was drawn one final time to see what happened to their immune cells and what the effect of eating blueberries was. The blood samples were analyzed for different immune cells, including T cells, B cells, and natural killer (NK) cells. The results were eye opening. Blueberry eaters had almost double the number of NK cells before exercise compared to those who did not eat blueberries. Normally, NK cells would be expected to rapidly decline after intense exercise. But in the group that consumed blueberries, the NK cells remained elevated for at least one hour after exercise ceased. – Most cephalopods (squid, cuttlefish, octopus) squirt a black ink to escape predators. This ink is collected by fishermen from a sac in the creature’s body and is a flavorsome delicacy used to make rice and pasta dishes in the seaside cuisine of the Mediterranean. Some famous dishes featuring the ink include Spain’s black rice (arroz negra), Venice’s risotto di nero di seppia, and black spaghetti known as pasta al nero. Lab research on the ink has shown it can have antioxidant, antiangiogenic, stem cell–protecting, and immune-enhancing effects. Squid ink can even protect the gut microbiome against In my TED Talk, some of the biggest audience reactions came when I showed the results of a study where we did a head-to-head comparison of the potency of different foods versus drugs on angiogenesis. We examined four cancer drugs, seven other common medications (anti-inflammatory drugs, statins, a blood pressure medication, and an antibiotic), and sixteen dietary factors from foods associated with lowering the risk of various cancers. Remarkably, fifteen of the dietary factors were more potent than one of the cancer drugs in the experiment we did. As you can see, there's plenty to be gleaned from this book. So in today's podcast, I take a deep dive with author Dr. William Li on the nitty gritty details of how we truly can eat to beat disease. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What Dr. Li means when he says that "we all have cancer"...8:53 We need to be more aware of how an individual body responds to cancer, rather than the "weapon" used to fight it Microscopic cancers (genetic mutations) are bound to occur in our bodies, which contain over 39 trillion cells (like a factory makes a few mistakes when operating at full power) The body spots these errors and corrects them A study revealed that men, women of various ages had trace amounts of cancer in their bodies upon autopsy It takes just one mutation to not be killed off by the immune system to become problematic Angiogenesis: the physiological process through which new blood vessels form from pre-existing vessels, formed in the earlier stage of vasculogenesis. Difference between a harmless microscopic cancer and a harmful one is whether they can hijack blood vessels in order to feed themselves -How drugs stack up versus a diet targeted at cancer prevention...16:33 Cancer research isn't up to speed on how food affects microscopic cancers in us Many foods are equal to cancer to drugs in cutting off the blood supply; some are more powerful Soy extracts were particularly efficacious Soy is oft misunderstood Has a phytoestrogen Soy estrogen side by side with chemical structure of human estrogen is completely different It blocks estrogen against breast cancer Study on 5000 women w/ breast cancer who ate more soy had lower risk of mortality and higher rates of remission Fermentation destroys most of the anti-nutrients in soy The dose is the difference between the poison and the cure -Microbiome and ingesting healthy bacteria for longevity...31:25 It's not the food, it's how our body responds to the food Microbiome is more important than previously thought Elie Metchnikoff found that growing bacteria that contained cholera, some bacteria killed the cholera Human body contains over 39 trillion bacteria; more than there are cells Pomegranate juice contains ellagitannins, which prompt the colon to secrete mucus -Biochemical individuality: why one food may be good for one and bad for another...42:47 There's no "magic bullet" Ellagitannins are metabolized very differently from one person to another Lactobacillus reuteri  Communicated from mother to child in utero Boosts immune system Speeds healing Makes hair shinier Shown to prevent tumors from growing Can be taken as a supplement BGF Weekly Roundup features Dr. William Davis' reuteri yogurt recipe BGF podcast on Seed probiotic with Rajah Dhir -Foods that can control the growth of cancer within us...50:24 Berries - tartness is important Blackberries Blueberries Chokeberries (aronia) Indigenous, farmers markets are good resources Parsley has anti-angiogenic activity Add to a smoothie Beverages: Green tea (Chinese jasmine tea more powerful than Japanese) Black tea has more power than green tea All red wines are not created equal BGF article on wine production: organic, biodynamic BGF podcast with Todd White, founder of Dry Farm Wines Chocolate: 80%+ dark Anti-angiogenic Kills lymphoma cells Dutch chocolate had twice the anti-angiogenic as Swiss MiCacao tea Dr. Cowan's Vegetable Powders Nose to tail diet Collagen is found in the cartilage, not the meat Collagen powder and peptides Kettle and Fire bone broth -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself -Dr. Li's TED Talk -Good Bug, Bad Bug: Breaking through Microbial Stereotypes -L Reuteri Ben uses: BioGaia Gastrus Chewable Tablets, Adult Probiotic Supplement for Stomach Discomfort, Constipation, Gas, Bloating, Regularity, Non-GMO, 30 Tablets -How to make L. Reuteri yogurt -SEED Probiotic -Organic chokeberries/aronia berries -Sencha (Japanese) tea -Jasmine (Chinese) tea -Organic, biodynamic wine (Dry Farm Wines) -How To Microdose With Alcohol For A Better Brain & A Longer Life (& 3 Quick Hacks To Make Alcohol Healthier). -The MiCacao tea Ben drinks -Dr. Thomas Cowan's vegetable powders -Collagen peptides (code: BEN will save you 15%) -Kettle & Fire Bone Broth - Tealyra glass teapot - Omica Organics Liquid Stevia - Vanilla Episode sponsors: -The Forest: Ben Greenfield's new book is now released in both print and audio! This book makes an excellent Christmas gift for kids, and a great bedtime story for parents to read to their children. Order your copy at bengreenfieldbooks.com/theforest. -Kion Aminos: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. Get 10% off your order of Kion Aminos, and everything at the Kion site when you use discount code "bgf10" at checkout. -Pique Tea: Achieve your health goals easier and faster with Pique Tea. My mental clarity is through the roof and energy levels have never been better since I've been drinking Pique Tea. Get 15% off your entire order when you use code: GREENFIELD -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive a gift card up to $20 when you begin a new membership using my link. -Fresh Books: It’s cloud accounting software that basically does your invoicing for you and on top of that gets you paid 2x faster. Try it out for a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now. 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Dec 12, 2019
A Crazy Biohacking Adventure With Luke Storey & Ben Greenfield: Smart Drugs, Sleep Hacking, Infrared Light, Cold Pools & Beyond!
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If you're into biohacking, or want to learn more about it, you'll be drooling over this episode, and everything you'll find in the shownotes below. Luke Storey is a former Hollywood Celebrity Fashion Stylist, motivational speaker, kundalini yoga and meditation teacher, world-class biohacker, and host of The Life Stylist Podcast. He’s spent the past twenty-two years developing and refining the ultimate lifestyle, based on the most powerful principles of health and spirituality, while at the same time embracing the technology and modern conveniences of urban living. Using himself as a human research lab, Luke has explored a broad and sometimes extreme variety of measures to obtain optimal health, performance, and well-being. From surviving being injected with poisonous Amazonian frog venom, to enduring weeks of neurofeedback meditation in an isolation chamber, Luke has scoured the earth for the most cutting edge as well as ancient technologies of healing and transformation. Luke has tenaciously applied the results of his field research and used them to not only completely transform his own life but also the lives of thousands of fans and followers through his various media channels and speaking engagements. As a transformational speaker and entrepreneur, Luke continues to share his strategies for healing and happiness through his innovative and highly effective Lifestyle Design teachings, his Youtube channel, and wildly popular podcast, The Life Stylist. Since 2008, Luke has also served as Founder at School of Style, the nation's most prominent fashion school for stylists. This episode is a tour of Luke's home, and includes: The Kitchen -Foods and supplements...6:10 Beef jerky Almonds Deuterium-depleted water (DDW) BGF podcasts on DDW - Que Collins and Robert Slovak Salmon and sardines Grass fed beef Premade paleo meals (Model Meals) Ben's diet: organ meats, wild-caught fish, underground veggies (Northern European) Four Sigmatic Lion's Mane Psilocybin (source unnamed for legal purposes) BGF podcast w/ Dr. Ted Achacoso  Troche w/ CBD, nicotine, caffeine, methylene blue (pharmaceutical grade) Limit ice baths to 10 minutes (affects blood glucose deleteriously) Blood glucose monitor Visoluten peptides for the eyes SKQ1 active ingredient Visomitin eye drops Reversed retinal damage and blindness in rodent models Vishen Lakhiani has publicly experimented with it Oxytocin (feel-good trust hormone released with breast-feeding, physical contact, sex, etc.) Pink Cloud LSD (1 drop is 1/20 of a hit of acid, 5 mcg) Kion Lean Assists w/ healthy blood sugar management Good supplement w/ cold thermogenesis -Peptides...31:45 BPC 157 Tailor Made Compounding BGF podcasts w/ Dr. Matt Cook What You Didn’t Know About CBD & THC, Fixing Lyme Disease, The Full Body Blood Change Reboot, Peptides 101, Hyperthermia & Much More! Killing Mold & Mycotoxins For Good, The Craziest IVs You Can Get For Energy, Fixing Knees & Back Without Surgery & Much More With Dr. Matt Cook. DSIP (Deep sleep inducing peptide) PT 141 (aphrodisiac) Nitroglycerine cream -Super foods...39:45 Pine pollen (reproductive benefits) Paracetam (cognitive benefits) Dyhexia Cerebrolysin Modafanil Exogenous ketones: Beta hydroxy butyrate -Kion Coffee...47:30 Ranks very high in "cupping" score Beans are hand-selected for symmetry (roasting quality) Organic beans (3% of beans in the world are organic) Nitrogen flushing packaging w/ roast date on the bag Coffee Gator Grind fresh right before you make it (oxidation) How to hack your own structured water Live Spring Water (lower deuterium content) Infrared light Spiralizer -Final thoughts...57:30 Find what works for you Try just one or two things at a time; don't be overwhelmed with the volume of info shared in this show Get really good, clean water Focus on the best sleep possible Light Earthing and grounding Kratom for pain relief Bedroom and Bathroom -Air quality...1:11:45 Ozone to the brain via the ears Ozone bagging for limbs Book: The Ozone Miracle by Frank Shallenberger HEPA Air purifier (Austin Air) Molekule air filter EMF kill switch -Spinal decompression...1:20:15 Pristine Hydro water filter Saunders Lumbar Home Track Dr. Ho's decompression belt BioMat Pro Vielight Power Medic giga laser Joovv Go -Sleep optimization...1:37:00 Ooler sleep system Take a cold shower before bed when in a warm place w/ no AC Geo Vital shielding mat (clears geopathic stress zones) BGF podcast w/ building biologist Brian Hoyer GetLambs clothing (shields EMF) BGF podcast w/ Clint Ober and his website PEMF grounding mat -The bathroom...1:45:30 Pristine Hydro double filter Somavedic shower filter BluShield cube Somavedic The Zen Den -Devices and gadgets... Joovv panel Biocharger NuCalm Dispenza Meditations Vital Reaction hydrogen inhaler Clearlight Sauna -Homemade ice bath... Link to plans in BGF and Luke Storey's site Breath work in tandem w/ the ice bath Muscle tone and strength is not synonymous w/ vagal nerve tone Resources from this episode: -Book: Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton Episode sponsors: -Kion Coffee Lover's Bundle: What's better than Kion Coffee? Keeping it piping hot at home, in the office, or on-the-go in a stylish Kion Tumbler! BGF listeners receive a 10% discount when you use discount code: BGF10 -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. -ButcherBox: Delivers healthy 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork directly to your door on a monthly basis. All their products are humanely raised and NEVER given antibiotics or hormones. For 2 lbs of 100% grass-fed beef and 2 lbs of pure bacon for FREE, PLUS $20 off your first box go to ButcherBox.com/BEN OR enter promo code BEN20 at checkout. -Harry's Razors: Try the shaving company that’s fixing shaving. Get a $13 value trial set that comes with everything you need for a close, comfortable shave when you go to harrys.com/greenfield Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Luke or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Dec 07, 2019
The Hormone-Boosting Minimalist Exercise Machine That Burns A Staggering Amount Of Calories In Just 21 Minutes.
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My guest on today's show is Sebastian Wasowski, who is the Co-Founder of Vasper Systems. I first interviewed Sebastian's father, and inventor of the Vasper, in the show "How To Get 2 Hours Of Exercise In Just 20 Minutes.", but plenty has happened since then... ...particularly the fact that I've been using the Vasper every morning for the past 3 months to experiment with just how good it actually is at building and maintaining fitness with a minimalist dose of exercise. So what exactly is this thing? Vasper is a complete exercise system based on three scientifically proven principles: compression technology, cooling and interval training. By combining all of these principles, the results are extraordinary. In 21-minutes, the Vasper enables you to get a complete workout. Utilizing compression, cooling, and interval training, the you are able to concentrate lactic acid and enhance growth hormone production. The “cooldown” session, which involves laying on a cooling mat, enables you to workout again later in the day (should you like) or head straight into the office. Vasper has a wide-range of use cases and users. The machine is used by medical professionals, people recovering from cardiac incidents, athletic teams, and the Special Forces. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The story of the Vasper machine...8:45 Sebastian's father invented it to address his own health needs; post-traumatic stress in the ankles Discovered research on blood flow restriction, intermittent cold exposure, interval training Prototype was popular among locals on Big Island of Hawaii Company formed in 2009; successful trial with San Jose Sharks hockey team -The efficacy of the Vasper for performance implications...12:20 Designed to stimulate body's production of anabolic hormones in lesser threshold of a normal workout Mimics physiology of much more intense workout In a controlled study, participants using the Vasper far outperformed counterparts not using it Far better for overall health than exogenously induced compounds such as steroids Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) -About the components of the machine...18:30 Compression cuffs around the wrist How blood flow restriction occurs Pressure filled up via cold water rather than air in a blood pressure monitor Similar to Kaatsu devices The seat and foot pads are also cooled; enables user to be more powerful throughout the workout Positive metabolic response to the cold exposure Cooling mat is used post-workout to reset heart and respiratory rate to baseline Bare feet touch metal pads which are cooled by same cold water; lowers overall body temp You're able to ground with the earth via the machine; it's plugged in with a 3-prong plug -About the exercise regimens programmed into the Vasper...35:15 30 are programmed into the machine They are customizable for each individual user New protocols added are accessed via software update -Why each session on the Vasper is 21 minutes in length...36:40 21 minutes is optimal time to initiate max response from the endocrine system, without stimulating cortisol (stress response) Not recommended to go longer than 21 minutes, nor to do multiple sessions per day -Whether the Vasper can be used in conjunction with strength training...40:10 Can be used as a recovery tool on an off day Ben reports amazing results for active recovery after traveling, or working out the day prior -The optimal time of day to use the Vasper...41:45 The earlier the better for sleep quality Some report an increase in energy following the workout, harder time falling asleep -People you may have heard of who use Vasper machines...43:15 Tony Robbins Prince of Dubai San Jose Sharks San Francisco 49ers Miami Dolphins Major League baseball team reported huge increases in testosterone levels after use -Where to use a Vasper if you can't afford one for your own home...44:20 Vasper locations -Use of other technology in conjunction with the Vasper...47:30 LIVO2 mask Most users report a greater synergy with strength training when using the machine -Research involving stem cells, TBI, and more with the Vasper...48:40 Research page on Vasper's website Andrews Institute study found that a single session, HSC stem cells increased in the blood Dr. Robert Cantu reported TBI patients are able to exercise without aggravating symptoms -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Click here to get a Vasper for yourself or find a local Vasper training facility near you -Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) -Research page on Vasper's website  Episode sponsors: -The Kion Daily Life Bundle: The ultimate Kion Bundle! Ben Greenfield and Team Kion’s go-to, everyday essentials. Includes Kion Coffee, Aminos, Lean, and the Clean Energy Bar. BGF listeners, receive a 10% discount off your order when you use discount code: BGF10 -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. -Magic Spoon: A brand new company that has reimagined all your favorite childhood breakfast cereals. Low carb, keto-friendly, ZERO sugar, and tastes just like you remember. For free shipping on your order at Magic Spoon, use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. Try it for free when you use my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Sebastian or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Dec 05, 2019
Q&A 406: Recovery & Injury Hacks, The Best Way To Combine Sauna & Cold, How To Know If Your Nervous System Is Recovered & Much More!
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Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast? Click here, or use the 'contact' button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! News Flashes...8:00 Excellent overview of recovery method for achilles tendon issues: Achilles Tendinopathy: An Evidence-Based Overview for the Sports Medicine Professional If you go low carb, you better eat that extra steak (or, as I do, supplement with extra amino acids): Low-Carbohydrate Training Increases Protein Requirements of Endurance Athletes If you take any type of Ayurvedic herb supplements, you should make sure you know where these are manufactured and if they have been tested...scary stuff: Ayurvedic and herbal medicine-induced liver injury: It is time to wake up and take notice  Special Announcements... Click here to pre-order Ben Greenfield's new book “Boundless” now and to get in on the Boundless Sweepstakes! Check out Ben on Instagram for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes, and much more! Follow Ben on Twitter for daily news flashes and the latest health, fitness, and anti-aging research. Join Ben's Facebook page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts, and support! Here's where Ben is speaking and traveling around the world coming soon: January 14, 2020: Bouley Test Kitchen - New York, NY. Join me and Chef David Bouley for a crucial discussion “21 Ways to Become Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize your Body, and Defy Aging.” My presentation will be followed by a wellness-inspired five-course dinner created by Chef David Bouley, accompanied with wine. Each guest will receive a promotional copy of my new book, Boundless. Space is limited, so get your tickets here now. April 24 - 26, 2020: Paleo f(x) - Austin, TX. Join me and dozens of health and fitness experts to discover the latest breakthroughs in epigenetics, biohacking, Keto, AIP, nootropics, blood testing, strength conditioning, sleep, stress and much more. Try out delicious new foods, discover new workouts, and even try new gadgets in the biohacking lab. Register here. View Ben's Calendar Here This podcast is brought to you by: -Kion Flex: The ultimate recovery formula, Kion Flex is a bioavailable blend to support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility, and bone health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at Kion when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Glow: A plant-based beverage that helps support the body’s natural ability to produce collagen, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and protect the skin from sun exposure and toxins. Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20 -Vuori: Activewear and athletic clothing for ultimate performance. Vuori is built to move and sweat in, yet designed with a West Coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly into everyday life. Receive 25% off your first order when you use discount code: BEN25 -MVMT Watches: Clean design, minimal and high-quality products. MVMT watches start at just $95 and have sold nearly 2 million watches in over 160 countries. Get 15% off your order PLUS free shipping and free returns when you order through my link. Listener Q&A: How To Know If Your Nervous System Is Recovered...33:00 Carmen from Germany asks: You've talked a lot recently about recovery, and it seems it's all about physical recovery. I want to know about nervous system recovery. My body recovers pretty well from training volume and intensity, but I want to know how would you measure nervous system recovery aside from overall well being and HRV? In my response, I recommend: NatureBeat Oura ring CNS Tap Test app Digital Hand Grip Dynamometer Fast Ways To Support Achilles Tendonitis...49:15 Dasha from Australia asks: Are there any supplements or peptides I can take that will improve my condition of Achilles Tendonitis I've developed because of running? In my response, I recommend: Kion Flex My podcasts about peptides Peptides Unveiled: The Best Peptide Stacks For Anti-Aging, Growth Hormone, Deep Sleep, Hair Loss, Enhanced Cognition The Dark Side Of Peptides: Why You Need To Proceed With Caution When Using These Powerful But Potentially Carcinogenic Molecule The Peptides Podcast: Everything You Need To Know About Anti-Aging, Muscle Gain, Fat Loss & Recovery Peptides Vital Proteins Collagen peptides Study: Gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157 accelerates healing of transected rat Achilles tendon and in vitro stimulates tenocytes growth. Dr. Seed's Oral BPC-157 (code: BEN) The Best Way To Combine Sauna & Cold...1:03:00 Matt asks: I hear you talk a lot about cold exposure and sauna use, and how both can be good in the mornings. I was wondering if there is a particular order that works best, or if you should even do them in the same day, and how long you should wait in-between each session. I'm a very active person, I train in Muay Thai jiu-jitsu 5-6 days per week, and am looking for the best possible recovery protocol. In my response, I recommend: Contrast Water Therapy and Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Clearlight Sauna Morozko Forge cold bath Giveaways & Goodies - This week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some!
Nov 30, 2019
Ben Greenfield Interviews Dr. David Sinclair About Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don't Have To.
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My guest on today's podcast - Dr. David Sinclair, an acclaimed Harvard Medical School scientist and named as one of Time’s most influential people - just wrote a paradigm-shifting book. It’s a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything we’ve been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan? In this groundbreaking new book Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don't Have To, Dr. Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: “Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.” This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the frontlines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs—many from Dr. David Sinclair’s own lab at Harvard—that demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, aging. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes, the descendants of an ancient genetic survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Recent experiments in genetic reprogramming suggest that in the near future we may not just be able to feel younger, but actually become younger. Through a page-turning narrative, Dr. Sinclair invites you into the process of scientific discovery and reveals the emerging technologies and simple lifestyle changes—such as intermittent fasting, cold exposure, exercising with the right intensity, and eating less meat—that have been shown to help us live younger and healthier for longer. At once a roadmap for taking charge of our own health destiny and a bold new vision for the future of humankind, Lifespan will forever change the way we think about why we age and what we can do about it. During our discussion in which we take a deep dive into "Lifespan", you'll discover: -What does a typical day look like for a scientist at Harvard?...5:45 -Dr. Sinclair's method of speeding up the aging process in mice...8:30 -Cellular Reprogramming 101...14:30-A device that determines a human genome via a USB connection...23:15 -Whether you can predict your lifespan with your current DNA data from 23andMe...25:15 -The correlation between protein consumption and longevity...29:30 -The importance of a proper methionine and glycine balance...38:00 -The effects of NMN on fertility...49:15 -Uncoupling proteins, and whether DMP supplements are a good idea...53:10 -Resveratrol, stressed wine and fruit, and longevity...58:00 -Cancer breakthroughs in which Dr. Sinclair is currently interested...1:03:15 -David's personal protocol...1:10:30 -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Dr. Sinclair's website and newsletter - Book:  Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don't Have To - Chris Masterjohn Methionine Glycine balance database - Exogenous nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide regulates energy metabolism via hypothalamic Connexin 43 (Roh, 2018) - Dr. William Davis yogurt recipe - Aging journal - Article on Nature about Steven Horvath's study on the "epigenetic clock" - Jump Start Fertility - Continuum Biosciences - Dry Farm Wines - BGF podcast w/ Todd White of Dry Farm Wines Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. **Take advantage of the HUGE Black Friday deals thru December 2! -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive a gift card up to $20 when you begin a new membership using my link. -UNTUCKit: Whether you’re shopping for the perfect holiday gift or just trying to craft a smart, relaxed style of your own, UNTUCKit is the way to go. Receive 20% off your order when you use discount code: GREENFIELD. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for David or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Nov 28, 2019
Deuterium Demystified: Everything You Need To Know About Deuterium Depleted Water (DDW), How To Lower Deuterium & Much More!
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The good folks from The Center For Deuterium Depletion in Los Angeles, where I traveled to record this podcast episode. The Center for Deuterium Depletion's mission is to promote deuterium depletion research and therapies to prevent or ameliorate disease, maximize quality of life and/or improve personal performance. Deuterium is a naturally occurring element. You acquire deuterium through the food you eat, the liquids you drink and the air you breathe.  Your body's ability to deplete deuterium decreases with weight gain, age, illness and lack of quality sleep. Deuterium is a rare type of hydrogen – only 155 out of every million hydrogens are deuterium. Its nucleus contains a proton and a neutron, which makes it twice the mass (weight/size) of regular hydrogen. My guests on this show believe deuterium in tissue should not exceed 130 ppm (parts per million) and they base this value on the deuterium levels found in a broad number of plants, animals that are grass fed and the food products of grass fed animals - butter, milk, tallow, etc. Unfortunately, many people are now saturated with deuterium and this affecting their mental and physical performance. On today's show, you'll learn exactly why that is, and what you can do about it. My guests on this show are Dr. Anne Cooper and Dr. Que Collins. A native of Australia, Dr. Anne Cooper, D.C., LAc. earned her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College (Los Angeles), graduating with Honors in 1997, while on the Dean’s list and winning the Charles Gibson award for clinical excellence.   Her growing commitment to total health and innovative healing therapies led her to continue on with over 20 years post-doctoral experience in Functional Medicine and a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, graduating with highest honors in 2011. Early in her career, as a celebrity aesthetician, working with great beauties such as Ava Gabor, she realized that where there is beauty, there MUST be health and that health must be established on a very deep cellular level. Anne's credentials: Master’s in Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (Highest Honors) Doctorate of Chiropractic (Honors) Charles Gibson Clinic Entrance Award Licensed Aesthetician Certifications: Clinical Nutrition, Applied Kinesiology, Functional Medicine,  Energetic Medicine, Herbal Medicine Dr. Cooper manages Cignature Health's patients and guides their day-to-day therapy. She also is our healthcare professional liaison and helps them implement our protocols and services into their practices. Her expertise as both an experienced natural and functional medicine practitioner helps bridge any communication gap between our principal and chief scientists training in allopathic medicine and the training received by chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, herbalists, nutritionists, etc.   Dr. Que Collins is a leading scientist when it comes to developing and applying nutrition and metabolic therapies to treat cancer in people and pets. Ph.D., Clinical Immunology M.S., Oncotherapeutics M.A., Experimental Pathology B.S., Poverty Health Care and Cancer Epidemiology   He is Co-Founder and Principal Investigator at Cignature Health Metabolic Clinic – the first clinic in the world to use deuterium and tracer technologies to describe and follow the health status of patients with metabolic disorders such as cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders. Principal Investigator, Epigenix Foundation – this not-for-profit organization created by the founders of Quest Nutrition promotes research to prevent and ameliorate disease, maximize quality of life and/or improve personal performance. He is also Co-Founder and Principal Investigator of Ketopet Sanctuary – a 53-acre ranch outside Austin, Texas that uses the ketogenic diet and other metabolic therapies with and without standard of care to treat dogs with naturally occurring cancers. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What exactly is deuterium anyway?...7:30 A form of hydrogen Deuterium has an extra which makes it twice as big and twice as heavy Deleterious effects on our mitochondria when present in water Produces ATP; depending on hydrogen ions Deuterium "gums up the machine" due to its size Hydrogen atoms are replaced by deuterium when deuterium is present We actually make deuterium depleted metabolic water inside our mitochondria -Deleterious effects of deuterium on the mitochondria and cells...10:30 Clinical tests showing its effects on the mitochondria/metabolism are fairly recent Deuterium stops up the electrode transport chain; results in excessive energy within the cells Affects cell integrity Changes electromotive constant of cells Bottom line: Hydrogen holds us together; the size and density of deuterium changes the whole structure inside our cells -Why present levels of deuterium in the modernized environment are problematic...14:15 While deuterium is a natural and essential element, its presence has increased in the modernized environment: foods, atmosphere, water Climate change has released deuterium previously stored in ice caps Ice is dated by measuring the deuterium level (deuterium dating) Processed, synthetically made foods increase glyphosate GMO foods possess high amounts of deuterium Deuterium levels in food will vary based on where it's grown (highest in the equator and in low elevations) -Lifestyle practices that have led to increased deuterium levels...19:45 Lack of sleep, particularly deep REM sleep REM sleep we burn up carbs, go into ketosis Someone on a ketogenic diet doesn't need as much REM sleep as someone who isn't Breathing: fast, through the chest vs. diaphragm -The best way to test one's deuterium levels...28:00 D-Terminator test (condensation from lungs) Saliva and urine Water sources: well or municipal Major water brands typically have high deuterium levels Animals that are fed corn and soy will have high deuterium in their meat Grains in general are high in deuterium -Why companies sell deuterium-depleted water when we possess the ability to make it ourselves...33:30 It's a short-term biohacking tool DDW was originally formulated for cancer patients A cancerous cell is simply a normal cell with a different metabolism Deuterium gets into the DNA and is not allowed to fold Cancer cells can't use the TCA cycle Bottom line: DDW makes cancerous cells dysfunctional and supports healthy cells Primary therapies: Air, food, water, sunshine, natural therapies, appropriate exercise, thought processes, support from family and friends -The mask that Hollywood stars use to increase their tolerance to Co2 while exercising...39:45 We breathe in .5 to 1 liter of water while we sleep (especially in humid or tropical climates) Mask allows you to drink DDW while you sleep -Other blood biomarkers that correlate to deuterium levels...42:10 Mitochondrial health markers: CRP, HRV, iron, and more Modern medicine views it as a sign of disease; it's actually a sign of high deuterium levels -Why the Center for Deuterium Depletion doesn't advocate drinking DDW as a permanent solution...44:15 DDW shouldn't be used as a "crutch" It's a holistic approach, of which water is merely a component The amount of DDW a person should consume is protocol-specific (cancer patient vs. a wellness warrior) DDU: deuterium depletion unit Deuterium levels can be dropped in 2 weeks with water alone; takes longer for more comprehensive results -How DDW is made and manufactured...48:45 Distillation tower (capturing steam, freezing, extracting deuterium) Became necessary in communist countries where deuterium rich water was used to make bombs -Dietary adjustments to decrease deuterium levels...50:30 Green plants are lower in deuterium than fruits Algae and spirulina contain high chlorafil amounts Roots and underground veggies are very starchy Your metabolic response will help determine your needs No diet is better than the other, so long as you understand the deuterium load in it and adjust appropriately Think "lifestyle" vs. diet, water consumption, etc. -And much more... Resources from this episode: - Center for Deuterium Depletion website - Click here to purchase a D-Terminator DDW test to test your own deuterium levels - Click here to buy D-Water Test Episode sponsors: -The Kion Recovery Bundle: The Recovery Bundle at Kion includes all the things I take when I'm training super hard, or really sore, or battling a nagging injury. It includes Kion Flex, Kion Aminos, and LivingFuel SuperEssentials Fish Oil. BGF listeners, get a 10% discount off your order when you use discount code: "BGF10" -Organifi Glow: A plant-based beverage that helps support the body’s natural ability to produce collagen, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and protect the skin from sun exposure and toxins. Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -Vuori: Activewear and athletic clothing for ultimate performance. Vuori is built to move and sweat in, yet designed with a West Coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly into everyday life. Receive 25% off your first order when you use discount code: "BEN25" -MVMT Watches: Clean design, minimal and high quality products. MVMT watches start at just $95 and have sold nearly 2 million watches in over 160 countries. Get 15% off your order PLUS free shipping and free returns when you order through my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Cooper,  Dr. Que or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Nov 23, 2019
The Problem With Multivitamins, Can Wheat Weaken Your Bones, How Vegans Can Get More Omega 3's & Much More With Mira & Jayson Calton Of The "Rebuild Your Bones" Protocol.
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But since then, plenty has happened, especially based on Mira's advanced osteoporosis diagnosis that she went through when she was 30. Mira and Jayson decided to write a book on this (more details here: 7 Ways To Stop Bone Loss In Its Tracks & Build Unbreakable Bone Density). An osteoporosis diagnosis can feel like a debilitating life sentence—one that leaves you feeling stuck with a future of prescription drugs that only might keep the condition from worsening. Mira Calton, CN and Jayson Calton, PhD have discovered a better way to prevent and even reverse the disease through the power of micronutrient therapy. The secret to building strong bones lies in the right combination of micronutrients— the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids in the foods we eat and supplements we take. In their new book Rebuild Your Bones, the Caltons reveal how our dietary, lifestyle, and even supplementation routines may be depleting these essential micronutrients, and share the 40 healing habits scientifically proven to build stronger bones. They also provide an easy-to-follow plan to reverse these effects, including recipes and meal plans, exercise advice, and supplement recommendations. If you’re looking for a pharmaceutical-free way to restore your bone health, look no further—this is the definitive guide to safely and naturally stave off osteoporosis and reclaim your health. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Mira's bout with osteoporosis led her to Jayson and their current body of work...6:30 Diagnosed w/ advanced osteoporosis at age 30; had bone density of an 80 year old person Working from couch, delegating tasks to staff Met Jayson; had reversed osteoporosis within 2 years 40 "healing habits", all clinically proven in their own right, involving diet, lifestyle and supplementation -The ineffectiveness and sometimes counterproductive nature of current osteoporosis treatments...9:30 Osteoporosis and osteopenia are viewed as "irreversible" diseases They are lifestyle diseases Bisphosphonates: drugs used to treat bone density issues 10 year window max for being on these drugs Many are 18-24 months (black box restriction) Many have not even been tested on animals, yet are prescribed to humans Implications include: cancer, punishing effects on the body Quantity over quality: denser bones, but of poor quality; ineffective in preventing fractures They deplete calcium, CoQ10, Vitamin C levels Unintended negative consequences of RANK-Ligand inhibitors (RANK-L): Work similarly to how Omega 3 work in the body (reverse-engineered) They bind to receptors in the immune system Cause low levels of magnesium -The interplay between wheat and bone density...21:40 Wheat contains oxalic acid, phytic acid, Contains lectins and trypsin inhibitors Gluten contributes to leaky gut Amylopectin A: Causes the body to over-secrete lectin (lets us know when we're full) Inhibits bone density as a result -Ancestral approaches to preparing food to increase bone density...25:00 Soak, sprout, ferment are good approaches Lectins are difficult to eradicate Steer clear of wheat and lectins while rebuilding your bones; occasional consumption Slowly reintroduce them, using aforementioned methods (soak, sprout, ferment) -Effects of coffee on bone density...27:45 Caffeine has been shown to deplete micronutrients such as calcium and iron (but can be offset w/ dairy) Copious amounts must be consumed in order to have any negative effects The benefits outweigh the negatives Antioxidants are a plus Turns off body's ability to produce osteoblasts, which creates osteocalcin Organic coffee is recommended -How an acidic or alkaline diet affects bone density...32:15 The notion that acid will "leak" calcium from your bones is a myth Antacids create more stomach acid Beware of info you find on the Internet Acid based foods help the body absorb more calcium Bone is 50% protein-body volume; you need protein to rebuild bones -The importance of Omega 3&6 and Omega fatty acids pertaining to bone health...40:15 Omega 6 is essential fat; causes inflammation in the body (which isn't a bad thing) Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory "It's what our ancestors would have eaten in their diet. However..." Omega 6 and 3 do not offset each other; they're competing to absorb in the body First step to reducing inflammation: drive down Omega 6 to 4:1 ratio to Omega 3 Many foods we regard as "healthy" are disproportionate in Omega 6 content First step: cut down on Omega 6 consumption EPA and DHA compete for absorption similar to Omega 3/6 Ideal time to take calcium: right before exercise -Things to consider when taking a multi-vitamin (MV) pertaining to bone health...51:30 93% of Americans are deficient in at least one micronutrient Most conditions are "long-latency condition" diseases Focus on diet and lifestyle before supplementation; but you can't fulfill micronutrient needs through diet alone MV is a "shotgun" approach to supplementation MV's are not effective because they compete w/ minerals for receptor sites in the GI tract ABC'S of optimal supplementation: Absorption Beneficial quantities and forms Competition between micronutrients Synergy between micronutrients Research study on commercial MV's: More than half did not disintegrate within set time limit "Bed pan pills" Known to stop up septic systems Powdered MV's are best consumed when washed down w/ water AM and PM version of MV -Precautions to take when choosing a multivitamin...1:01:15 Most MV's do not contain Vitamin K2 Many MV's have lost their potency by the time they reach the store shelf DL tocopherol is used in many MV's Each form of a vitamin is equally important Best form of calcium: Calcium potassium phosphate form (closest to bone structure) Most forms of Vitamin K2 is incompatible w/ calcium -How a cell phone in your pocket affects hip bone density...1:08:30 -And much more... Resources from this episode: - Book: Rebuild Your Bones: The 12-Week Osteoporosis Protocol  - Calton Nutrition website - Spectracell Micronutrient Analysis -Book: Rich Food, Poor Food Episode sponsors: -Kion Flex: The ultimate recovery formula, Kion Flex is a bioavailable blend to support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility, and bone health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at Kion when you use discount code: BGF10. -Powerdot: Relieve your pain, Recover faster from workouts, build muscle and endurance to help you accelerate past those training plateaus and feel great doing it. Get 20% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. Try it for free when you use my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Mira, Jayson or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Nov 21, 2019
It All Starts With Your Gut: How Your Bacteria & Intestinal Inflammation Affects Your Mood, Health, Longevity & More!
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My guest on today's show, Dr. Patrick Hanaway is one of the world's top authorities in the realm of functional medicine. He is a board-certified family physician with a medical degree from Washington University and residency training at the University of New Mexico. He is a past President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and co-founded Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Family Health with his wife in Asheville, NC. As an initiated Marakame (Shaman) by the Huichol people in the Sierra Madres of central Mexico, he incorporates these healing approaches in his clinical practice. From 2002-2012, he was the Chief Medical Officer at Genova Diagnostics, followed by the Director of Medical Education for the Institute for Functional Medicine as well as the Medical Director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He just last week published a keystone JAMA article on the improved outcomes of patient care with an integrative functional medicine approach, and in 2017, he won the Linus Pauling Award. Teaching around the world on ‘Good Medicine,’ he brings his full presence to teaching clinicians about healing, with an emphasis on therapeutic relationships, connection, community, and wholeness. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Dr. Hanaway's background in functional medicine...6:40 Disillusioned with medical practice in early 1980's Books by Jeffrey Bland Focus on root cause of disease and why disease occurs Other ancestral means of treating disease (Ayurveda, Chinese, Tibetan, etc.) Understand the synthesis between various methods of healing/treating disease; incorporate outside means as necessary Understand the story, gather information on the patient; emotional shifts are key -Why Dr. Hanaway is a shaman and how it synchronizes with his practice...11:30 Huichol people in the Sierra Madre region never indoctrinated with the practices of the church Living tradition thousands of years old Had series of dreams after connecting with Huichol; went to sacred spot to make offerings Began working with Huichol people intermittently; initiated as a healer 8 years into the practice "The way of listening" and perceiving emotional/spiritual issues is used for understanding the big picture of a patient's condition -What makes functional medicine unique...14:45 Functional medicine is an "operating system" Listen to the person's story: precursors, genetics, heritage, emotional triggers, etc. Focus on diet and lifestyle Initial visit is 2 hrs. to gather info Insurance pays for quantity, not quality; not always conducive to functional medicine -JAMA Network Article on Functional Health -Tools and resources Dr. Hanaway often uses in his practice...22:40 Understand a patient's nutrition: B vitamins, antioxidants GiEffects 3 Day Stool Panel by Genova Diagnostics Onegevity (Use discount code: BEN20 to receive $20 off your own test.) Metagenomics -Which test is best to get the most accurate results...34:15 The jury is still out as to which is the best test It's not possible to get comprehensive results with just one test. Onegevity is the best on the market, according to Dr. Hanaway -What a test result will reveal, and what steps to take from a functional medicine standpoint to address it...39:00 Microbiome and inflammation score is high: fish oils, turmeric Comprehensive analysis; how does the problematic area fit in with the rest of the body Psychobiotics Psychobiotics and the Manipulation of Bacteria–Gut–Brain Signals -Why Dr. Hanaway doesn't begin a diagnosis with the brain...44:15 Relationship between permeability in the gut and brain permeability TBI changes intestinal permeability - increased risk of infection Address gut permeability first and foremost Gut blood barrier and blood brain barrier can be addressed simultaneously Look at prebiotics and foods rather than probiotics (which are tourists) Diet changes the gut microbiome within only 1-2 days Fecal microbial transplant is a powerful tool, when used with caution -Foods that Dr. Hanaway finds to be the most efficacious in his practice...51:30 Focus on fermented foods (work within people's tastes) Acacia root Bioflavinoids Allow beneficial bacteria to grow in the gut Pomegranate peel extract (produces urolithin A in the gut) Urolithin A Is a Dietary Microbiota-Derived Human Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Antagonist (PubMed) -Tests other than Onegevity Dr. Hanaway finds particularly informative...57:15 Nutreval Test 23andMe Intellix DNA Look for tools that are validated, not those that are created just to sell a product Heavy metal tests MyHeritage DNA Panel FoundMyFitness genetic tools Health Nucleus genome sequencing DUTCH Test -Hot topics currently being discussed in the functional medicine community...1:02:30 Autoimmune disease and cognitive impairment are hot button issues (Dale Bredesen) Focus on the community of the microbiome, not the individual microbes in the gut -And much more... Resources from this episode: -The Jordan Harbinger Show - Click here to visit OnegevityHealth.com for the testing we discuss in this episode. Use discount code: BEN20 to receive $20 off your own test. - JAMA Network Article on Functional Health - How To Get 6 Gigabytes Of Data From Your Gut: The Fascinating Future Of Stool, Blood, Saliva & Urine Testing (From The Comfort Of Your Own Home). - Psychobiotics and the Manipulation of Bacteria–Gut–Brain Signals - A Review of Traumatic Brain Injury and the Gut Microbiome: Insights into Novel Mechanisms of Secondary Brain Injury and Promising Targets for Neuroprotection - My article about Dr. William Davis's coconut yogurt recipe - Beneficial Effects of Pomegranate Peel Extract and Probiotics on Pre-adipocyte Differentiation - Urolithin A Is a Dietary Microbiota-Derived Human Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Antagonist - Nutreval Test - GiEffects 3 Day Stool Panel - DUTCH Test - MyHeritage DNA Panel - FoundMyFitness genetic tools - BiscuitHead Biscuits & Gravy In Asheville - Kettle & Fire Bone Broth - Thomas Cowan's Vegetable Powders - Gutbio by Onegevity Health - Pomegranate peel extract Episode sponsors: -Kion Flex: The ultimate recovery formula, Kion Flex is a bioavailable blend to support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility, and bone health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at Kion when you use discount code: BGF10. -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -MVMT Watches: Clean design, minimal and high quality products. MVMT watches start at just $95 and have sold nearly 2 million watches in over 160 countries. Get 15% off your order PLUS free shipping and free returns when you order through my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Hanaway or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Nov 16, 2019
To Hell & Back With Autoimmune Disease: How To Heal Autoimmunity With Diet, Relationships, Lifestyle & More.
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Ryan Lee (my guest on this podcast) and I go way back. The man is probably responsible for initiating and teaching me just about everything I know in the realm of online marketing and success in the fitness industry. Over a decade ago, I began to delve into his teachings and websites, and it was through him that I learned how to create information products, e-books, virtual coaching and a host of other profit-generating and information-scaling tools I still utilize to this day. Ryan himself is an exercise physiologist and the founder of Rewind bars. He’s also the author of The Millionaire Workout, Passion to Profits, was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, and called “the world’s #1 lifestyle entrepreneur” by Entrepreneur. Several years ago, Ryan was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder (psoriatic arthritis), and ignored the advice of his MD to go on chemo, while instead focused on coming up with a psoriatic arthritis diet plan, and simplifying his life, relationships, business, and more. We delve into that story on today's show. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Ryan's journey from fledgling personal trainer to the "godfather" of the online fitness industry [09:15] First job (1994): recreational therapist in a children's rehab hospital; was a personal trainer during non-work hours Internet marketing career began in 1998; writing articles and GIF's on a website Sold training programs to readers -- Craig Valentine assisted Began selling his knowledge to other health enthusiasts to grow their businesses (including Ben Greenfield) -How the online fitness industry has changed since Ryan's early days [13:40] It's much easier to establish an online presence today... and to claim to be a "fitness coach" with little to no real experience Measure an individual by how many people they've helped in real life, not on vanity metrics on social media Double-edged sword: "Real Dealers" can help many more people than the old days -The personal struggle that caused Ryan to take a step back from his business [16:25] Had started a supplement company - Pro Grade Nutrition (affiliate based company) Top affiliate formed his company, and took his friends with him Mother passed; print magazine failed Began eating more; exercising less Began having severe joint pain; no idea about the cause Book: Toxic by Neil Nathan Rheumatologist diagnosed an autoimmune disease (psoriatic arthritis); prescribed chemo as treatment Excess stress directly contributes to leaky gut, autoimmune issues -The steps from debilitating illness to a nearly complete recovery [24:35] Sought out informed docs who could help; Brian Kurtz Psoriatic Arthritis Diet: Naturopathic doctor recommended removing gluten, dairy and cane sugar Elimination diet (see above); within 2 days, noticeable results Began eating gluten, dairy, sugar slowly; stress levels were erratic; eventually was diagnosed with high blood pressure Simplification deep dive: Focus on morning routine Began eating bars (every bar on the planet) Ryan's special salad recipe: Greens (spinach, arugula) Can of sardines w/ olive oil Use bok choy if concerned about oxalate issues in the spinach Fell off the wagon because the psoriatic arthritis diet plan was too strict; eat clean and healthy at least 80% of the time Short-term pescatarian diet was very efficacious Book: Ultrasimple Diet by Mark Hyman Tests for Lyme, mold, mycotoxins came back negative -Lifestyle practices Ryan used to control stress [37:11] Quit traveling to speak at conferences and events Reduced business activities; focused on one company Recommitting to family Simplify fitness Sit in silence w/ deep breathing Book: Principles by Ray Dalio -Reflexology 101 [41:23] Chakras w/ nerve endings on the feet Place tennis ball underneath occipital point in the neck while laying down Rumble Roller Beastie Ball Book: Marma Therapy by Ernst Schrott -Other big wins Ryan has discovered in his recovery [48:49] Entrepreneurs pride themselves on the hustle and grind, much to their detriment Recovery is essential; listen to your body Teach kids hard work, but also rest and recovery iPhone red light trick Safe in the bedroom closet for electronics -The extent to which Ryan is currently involved in the fitness industry [56:01] Focused primarily on the energy bar company "Sneaky greens" -And much more... Resources from this episode: - Ryan's REWIND bars (use 20% code GREENFIELD)  - Ryan's book The Millionaire Workout - Ryan's book Passion to Profits - Book: Toxic by Neil Nathan - Book: Ultrasimple Diet by Mark Hyman - Stress as a trigger of autoimmune disease. - The UltraSimple Diet: Kick-Start Your Metabolism and Safely Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 7 Day - The Darker Side Of Hypermobility - Reflexology - Rumble Roller Beastie Ball - Book: Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio - Book: Marma Therapy by Ernst Schrott Episode sponsors: -Kion Flex: The ultimate recovery formula, Kion Flex is a bioavailable blend to support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility, and bone health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at Kion when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Red Juice: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! 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Nov 14, 2019
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Nov 09, 2019
How To Figure Out What To Eat Based On What Your Ancestors Ate & How To Heal Your Immune System Using An Ancestral Diet Approach.
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Today's podcast is a two-part special on ancestral eating, an ancestral diet and healing autoimmune conditions using an ancestral approach. In the first part of the show, I teach you how to determine how you should be eating based on how your ancestors ate.   Next, I turn it over to my guest Dr. Michael Smith for a special lecture from him on his specific protocol for healing autoimmune conditions using an ancestral eating approach.   Dr. Smith, who first appeared on my show in the episode "Cupping, Urine Drinking, Dream Interpretation, Open Heart Surgery Using Acupuncture As Anesthesia & Much More." hails from the First Nations in Canada, grew up on the diet of his indigenous ancestors eating wild organ meats from the animals he hunted and feasting from the wild salmon that he caught.   He learned many of the medicine traditions and the “Medicine Wheel” of the First Nations people. He studied Martial Arts and taught Canadian Military self defense techniques, and along the way, his Martial Arts teacher took him aside to say to tell him that he was “more of a healer than a fighter”.   His teacher then began to teach him the Oral Tradition of Classical Oriental Science, or better known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Michael is now a huge pillar in the healing community of Nelson, BC. For example, restaurants in the Nelson area will produce a special menu at certain times of year when he holds the event of cleansing season. He's helped with bringing Medical Cannabis dispensaries to the city and produces supplements paired with Cannabis Medicine sold there. You often see him ushering in folks at open public sweat lodge ceremonies with burning of sage. Michael is an author, speaker, professional martial artist, teacher and clinician, and a respected integrative medicine pioneer with over 20 years experience. In his Nelson, British Columbia practice he combines functional medicine and evolutionary nutrition with the ancient wisdom and vast experience of Traditional Chinese medicine. His primary focus in medicine is complex chronic auto-immune diseases (as a patient, Michael had lived with both Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis for well over 20 years). He is a co-founder of the prestigious Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, the first five year full time doctorate level training program in TCM in Canada. He is also the primary developer of Neuro-Somatic Therapy, a hands on approach to reducing the way people embody distress, illness and trauma. As a Martial Artist, Michael has been training for almost 40 years. He has had the good fortune to train with some of the highest level teachers in the Western world, including a teacher of the late Bruce Lee. After training prison guards, police officers and members of both military and paramilitary organizations, Michael decided to leave traditional martial arts and develop his own approach to resolving physical violence. He has taught this approach, called Applied Combatives, for over 20 years. During this discussion, you'll discover: -Ben's thoughts on ancestral dieting [7:25] Click here to pre-order Ben Greenfield's new book "Boundless" now and to get in on the Boundless Sweepstakes MTHFR mutations cluster in regions and populations where ancestor's diet was rich in folate AMY1 gene (salivary amylase) digests starch and carbs Lactase persistence gene helps determine lactose tolerance Your Ancestor's Diet by Dr. Michael Smith The Jungle Effect by Dr. Daphne Miller 100 Million Years of Food by Stephen Lee "The Ancestral Autoimmunity Protocol" w/ Dr. Michael Smith -Why we should care about autoimmune diseases [14:00] 1 in 5 people throughout the developed world are living with an autoimmune disease Autoimmune issues can be underlying causes of other diseases 80% of Dr. Smith's patients get relief or healing engaging in this protocol -Dr. Smith's clinical approach to treating autoimmune disease [17:55] 25 years treating patients with Autoimmune disease, and/or PTSD, and/or addiction; crossover of these is significant Focused on all 3 of those elements Treating the whole person, not just the diagnosis Clinical, functional medicine; sometimes breath work Somatic mindfulness: acupuncture, breath work, etc. Qi Gong, ayahuasca trips Dr. Smith has Crohn's disease, complex PTSD, and previous addiction - perfect case study for his own work -What is autoimmunity? [23:15] Immune system (police force) views your tissues, cells, etc. are invaders and need to be destroyed (or cause inflammation) Described as a "self-allergy" The "house" illustration to describe autoimmunity The police investigate an incident near your home (they're the T cells) Newscaster (V cells) identify markers for your body Ambulance (phagocytes) clean up dead cells, debris, etc. Fire hydrants (anandamide system) and firemen (adaptive immunity) Snipers (killer cells) MCH1 regulates specific protein pathways in the cells Martial law is the best metaphor to describe autoimmunity -The Standard Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) [35:30] List of "No's": Grains, beans, nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants) Focus on ancestral eating (thousands of years) rather than just the last 100 years Seasonal component of the diet Mono diets throughout the year are a relatively new idea Grains, beans, nuts, seeds are all plant embryos; eventually reproduce an entire plant More difficult for humans to digest "baby" plants than the mature plants The chemicals inside them are created to defeat the digestive enzymes Eggs and dairy contain enzymes that compromise intestinal permeability -The four Pillars of Ancestral AIP [42:35] Nutrition It's more about good food (solving a problem) Like dating; it's all about what you bring to the table Metabolic resilience and physical fitness Fasting and keto diets are helpful Get mitochondria moving, nerves functioning properly Mindset and mindfulness Mindset sans mindfulness is a misnomer Mindfulness is what sets up the mindset Support (supplements and shamans) People in "blue zones" have good social connection and support Shamans, ayahuasca circles, microdosing w/ LSD, etc. is more and more popular -The four Protocols of Ancestral AIP [54:20] Rest and reset 1-2 weeks is ideal Anti-inflammatory diet (ice age diet) Raw fish, ceviche, raw veggies (in moderation), stews and broths, sea vegetables Lots of water Hibernation (lots of sleep) Low level intensity exercise Meditation, qi gong, sensory deprivation tanks, breath work Epigenetic resets Rebuilding body, brain, mitochondria 1-2 months Nutrient-dense keto diet Nose to tail, connective tissue, intermittent fasting Resistance starch Circuit training to rebuild mitochondria and metabolism Restore Begin adding nuts, seeds, pseudo grains, legumes, see how things go Hormonal and neurotransmitter reserve Cold showers HIIT training Rebalance Homesteader diet Get in the best shape of your life Four fundamental needs as beings: Coherence Adaptability Autonomy Belonging  -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: -Podcast: The Autoimmune, Trauma, And Addiction Connection   -Michael's Somatic Mindfulness website   -Michael's Integrative Health Detective website   -The Epigenetic Retests Video -Michael's Upcoming Qi Gong, Breathwork, Trauma Release Course -Wild Health MD  Episode sponsors: -Kion Serum: Use Kion Serum anywhere you’d like more vibrant, youthful skin and hair. Save 10% off your order when you use discount code: BGF10 -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Alitura: When Choosing Skincare Products, it’s the Ingredients that Matter, Not the Biggest Brand Name, Not the Cheapest Price. 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Nov 07, 2019
405: How Hard Do You Need To Train For Muscle Gain?, Keto Muscle Building, Protecting Yourself From Pesticides & Much More!
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Q&A Episode  Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the button at the bottom of the page (or go to SpeakPipe), or use the Contact button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. (Here are a few hints on how to get your question featured on the show.) News Flashes... You do NOT need to train to failure to maximize muscle hypertrophy. How a ketogenic diet can potentially enhance muscle hypertrophy, or at least, stave off muscle loss. Coffee induces autophagy in vivo. Dr. Mercola’s “autophagy tea” to take before nightly fast to also limit mTor activation and increase autophagy: 1 tsp Pau d’ Arco powdered tea ½ tsp hydroxycitrate and garcinia (HCA/Garcinia powder) ½ tsp quercetin powder ½ tsp glycine powder ½ teaspoon chamomile powder Lakanto monk fruit sweetener to taste Sure, plants can be poisonous, but our ancestors knew what to do about that (more than silly cowboys). Special Announcements... --Check out Ben on Instagram for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes and much more! --Follow Ben on Twitter for daily news flashes and research. --Join Ben's free Facebook page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts and support! --Click here to get updates on Ben's new book: Boundless or pre-order it on Amazon! Here's where I'm speaking and traveling around the world coming soon. --View My Calendar Here This podcast is brought to you by: -Kion Aminos: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. Get 10% off your order of Kion Aminos, and everything at the Kion site when you use discount code "BGF10" at checkout. -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. 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I love to walk barefoot on the grass, but a lot of my neighbors use pesticides for their lawns. I was wondering if I should be concerned about these pesticides getting into my skin or other negative effects on my health. (audio quality is very poor on this q if you're looking to cut one) In my response, I recommend: Earthrunners Erthe grounding strap My podcast with Clint Ober on grounding/earthing Dermal Exposure Associated with Occupational End Use of Pesticides and the Role of Protective Measures Why HRV Results Are Different Between Devices Marcy asks: I take my HRV every morning, and I use two different apps to do so: Elite HRV, and SweetBeat HRV. Oftentimes, one of the apps will say that I should take a recovery day, while the other app will say that everything is fine and I can workout as normal. Either way, they're not at all synced with their results. Is there something I should be doing, like new baselines with both of the apps? Any insight would be appreciated. In my response, I recommend: NatureBeat HRV My latest article on HRV Oura Ring The Best Sirtuin Activators Jay asks: I have a bit of a misunderstanding I was hoping you could clear up for me. In your recent podcast with Angelo Keely, you discussed sirtuin-activating compounds. In the same podcast, you also mentioned the Plant Paradox diet and mentioned that sometimes you will put clients on this depending on what they have going on. It was my understanding that sirtuin-activating compounds actually come from natural plant mechanisms that you might be avoiding in the Plant Paradox diet. I was wondering what you might think about this conflict of ideas or perhaps I'm just misunderstanding something? 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Nov 02, 2019
Why the War on Cancer Has Failed & What You Can Do About It: Mistletoe, NAD, Deuterium Depleted Water, Melatonin, Gerson Therapy & Beyond!
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Dr. Thomas Cowan's new book Cancer & The New Biology Of Water is a groundbreaking look at the role of water in living organisms that ultimately brings us closer to answering the riddle of the etiology of, and therapy and treatment for, cancer. When President Nixon launched the War on Cancer with the signing of the National Cancer Act of 1971 and the allocation of billions of research dollars, it was amidst a flurry of promises that a cure was within reach. The research establishment was trumpeting the discovery of oncogenes, the genes that supposedly cause cancer. As soon as we identified them and treated cancer patients accordingly, cancer would become a thing of the past. Fifty years later it’s clear that the War on Cancer has failed―despite what the cancer industry wants us to believe. New diagnoses have continued to climb; one in three people in the United States can now expect to battle cancer during their lifetime. For the majority of common cancers, the search for oncogenes has not changed the treatment: We’re still treating with the same old triad of removing (surgery), burning out (radiation), or poisoning (chemotherapy). In Cancer & The New Biology Of Water, Dr. Cowan argues that this failure was inevitable because the oncogene theory is incorrect―or at least incomplete―and based on a flawed concept of biology in which DNA controls our cellular function and therefore our health. Instead, Dr. Cowan tells us, the somatic mutations seen in cancer cells are the result of a cellular deterioration that has little to do with oncogenes, DNA, or even the nucleus. The root cause is metabolic dysfunction that deteriorates the structured water that forms the basis of cytoplasmic―and therefore, cellular―health. Despite mainstream medicine’s failure to bring an end to suffering or deliver on its promises, it remains illegal for physicians to prescribe anything other than the “standard of care” for their cancer patients―no matter how dangerous and ineffective that standard may be―and despite the fact that gentler, more effective, and more promising treatments exist. While Dr. Cowan acknowledges that all of these treatments need more research, Cancer and the New Biology of Water is an impassioned plea from a long-time physician that these promising treatments merit our attention and research dollars and that patients have the right to information, options, and medical freedom in matters of their own life and death. Dr. Cowan, MD, is a veteran family physician who has studied and written about many subjects in medicine, including nutrition, homeopathy, anthroposophical medicine, and herbal medicine. He is the author of Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor’s Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and the new book Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness from Chelsea Green Publishing. He is also a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and a frequent lecturer throughout the US and Canada. He's also the same doctor I mentioned in this Joe Rogan episode when I talked about how your “heart is not a pump”. He also produces some of the most fantastic vegetable powders in existence, which I use every day: Dr. Thomas Cowan's vegetable powders. My previous episodes with Dr. Cowan include: - Why Your Heart Is Not A Pump (& What Most Doctors Don’t Know About The True Cause Of Heart Disease). - How (& Why) To Eat More Vegetables, Why A Plant Is Like An Upside-Down Human, Little-Known Superfood Plants & More! - The Shocking Story Of Vaccines, The Toxicity Of Ultrasounds, Why You Shouldn’t Play With Your Child & Much More With Dr. Thomas Cowan He also published the fascinating article on my website entitled: - The Insulin Of The Heart: A Little-Known Seed Extract That May Be The Future Panacea For Heart Disease. Dr. Cowan's other excellent books include:  Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor’s Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Whether or not the efficacy of chemotherapy has ever been studied [7:45] President Nixon announced "War on Cancer" in 1971; promised it would be gone within 10 years Early 1990's, German statistician Ulrich Abel announces 2.9% of stage 3&4 cancer patients see improvement with chemo Early 2000's, Australian government commissions a study for all stages; Concluded that 2.3-2.4% show improvement Decreased quality of life; marginally longer life expectancy in chemo patients -Why a reduction in tumor size isn't always a good thing [12:00] Any study not involving life expectancy is called a "surrogate study" Reduction in size can result in a compromised immune system which perpetuates the need for chemo -Dr. Cowan's thoughts on the current theories upon which modern cancer treatments are based [15:30] "Oncogene" or "somatic mutation" theory came to light in 1971 Mutation in a somatic chromosome, which drives the cancer Actual results: everyone has different somatic mutations Biotech industry is based on finding problematic mutations, which are impossible to decipher After 40 years of war on cancer, over 95% of treatment has nothing to do with the oncogene theory Oncogenes are not the root cause of cancer when you get right down to it Mutations are a consequence of an improperly functioning cell, not the cause of it When you transfer the nuclei from a cancerous cell to a healthy cell, the healthy cell will not become cancerous; however, if you transfer the cytoplasm from a cancerous cell, the healthy cell will develop cancer -Dr. Gilbert Ling and his contributions to current cancer treatments [25:00] All cancers feel different (rock like) compared to other tissue Cells have a charge around them, and when two similarly charged cells come together, they keep their distance Strength of the charge determines the density of the tissue (why different organs have different textures) Halo of charges come from sodium/potassium gradient Always start with the charge: walk barefoot, swim in the ocean, sunlight, expose to heat and cold, mineral water Sodium/potassium pump is a myth "The contents of the cytoplasm are structured water" -The form of water while it's inside the cytoplasm [35:10] It's gel-like, not the forms we usually think It's a mesh that binds to the potassium in the cell, excludes the sodium, and maintains the sodium/potassium gradient Structured water forms similar to Jello ATP molecule acts as the heat that activates the gel (energy currency) Watery matrix the DNA resides in is what determines which part of the DNA will be expressed The DNA is an expression of an "idea" or a creator, and the "idea" is the water -How the integrity of the DNA and cytoplasm is damaged, thus enabling cancer to form [43:15] Cells lose charge, clump together, form a tumor Aneuploidy: the presence of an abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell Reversing the loss of charge, restoring the cell would be a more efficacious treatment for cancer than radiation, surgery, chemo, etc. Cytoplasm is akin to the birth of Jesus Christ Lourdes healing water (in France) -Gerson Therapy, Quinton and cancer treatment [50:15] "The problem with cancer is the problem of sodium/potassium" Created a juicer that extracts cytoplasm from fruits and veggies Gerson's protocol was based on increasing potassium, reducing sodium Rene Quinton's sea water (natural way of structuring water) BGF Podcast w/ Robert Slovak Quinton is a mineral-rich water put through a vortex -The reason why Dr. Cowan does not treat cancer patients in his practice [57:45] -How plants and mushrooms are used to treat cancer [59:15] Mistletoe is the most used, most successful natural treatment To be injected subcutaneously Mistletoe is not currently available in the U.S. -Whether deuterium-depleted water could be an effective treatment for cancer [1:03:10] Deuterium (D2O) interferes with ability of mitochondria to generate ATP, and has different physical chemical properties from water Dr. Cowan is disappointed w/ the current state of deuterium-depleted water manufacturers "If you have cancer, or might get cancer, you should drink deuterium-depleted water." -Whether oral or IV administration is optimal for Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) [1:10:15] Oral Birkmayer NADH NADH is better than NAD -The value of electronic devices such as the Rife for treating cancer [1:13:30] -How melatonin is used for cancer therapy [1:15:45] -And much more... Resources from this episode:  - Book: Cancer & The New Biology Of Water - Dr. Thomas Cowan's vegetable powders - Study: A historically significant study that at once disproves the membrane (pump) theory and confirms that nano-protoplasm is the ultimate physical basis of life--yet so simple and low-cost that it could easily be repeated in many high school biology classrooms worldwide. - Quinton water from Quicksilver Scientific (use code GREENFIELD10) - Quinton water from Dr. Slovak's Water And Wellness website (use code GREENFIELD for a 10% discount) - Source Energetix DDW salivary test - Cellion Birkmayer NADH - Quicksilver Melatonin (use code GREENFIELD10) - Japanese Donabe Clay Pot - BGF Podcast w/ Robert Slovak - Bone broth recipe: Ghee Turmeric powder Onions, carrots, greens sautéed in ghee/turmeric mixture Add bone broth Add tsp of sea vegetable powder, burdock powder, ashitaba powder - Ben's previous podcasts and episodes about cancer: Why You’ve Been Lied To About Cancer And What You Can Do About It - podcast with Dr. David Minkoff How To Cure Yourself Of Cancer: An Epic Interview With A Man Who Defied Conventional Medicine & Cured Himself Of Prostate Cancer - podcast with Eric Remensperger Can Plant-Rich Keto Cure Cancer, Clearing Up Collagen Confusion, Peanut Butter Flavored Bone Broth - podcast with Dr. Joshua Axe Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Gold: A new take on an ancient secret: Pain-soothing herbs, incredible antioxidants, and phytonutrients all in one delicious, soothing “Golden Milk” nighttime tea! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20. -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -Harry's Razors: Try the shaving company that’s fixing shaving. Get a $13 value trial set that comes with everything you need for a close, comfortable shave when you go to harrys.com/greenfield -Policy Genius: Whether you’re an insurance expert or a newbie, Policygenius created a website that makes it easy for you to compare quotes, get advice, and get covered. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Thomas Cowan or me? 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Oct 31, 2019
A New Style Of Meditation That Helps You To Stress Less & Accomplish More - The Emily Fletcher Podcast.
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Meditation For Mind-Blowing Sex, Meditation For Insomnia, Meditation For Energy & Much More. My guest on today's podcast has cracked the code on what kind of meditation works for all these goals, and for many more. Her name is Emily Fletcher, and Emily is the founder of Ziva Meditation (use code BEN to save $50) and the creator of zivaMIND, the world’s first online meditation training. Her mission is to make meditation attractive and accessible to people who are ready to up-level their performance and their lives. Recently featured in The New York Times, named top 100 women in wellness to watch and regarded as one of the leading experts in Vedic meditation, Emily has been invited by companies like Google, Barclays Bank, sweetgreen, & Viacom to help improve company performance through meditation. She began her ten years of training in Rishikesh, India and was inspired to teach after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits meditation provided her during her 10-year career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers & A Chorus Line. Emily has been invited to speak at Harvard Business School, Bulletproof Biohacking Conference, Summit Series, A-Fest and The Omega Center. So far, she has taught over 5,100 people to become self-sufficient meditators with this game changing practice to take with them for life. Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance is a new book by Emily. For the book, she specifically developed a novel meditation technique for working people with busy lives. Now, you can learn to recharge anywhere, anytime – at home or at your desk. All you need is a few minutes and a chair (no apps, incense, or finger cymbals required). But this is not just another meditation book. In it, Emily teaches a cool trifecta of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Manifesting to improve your personal and professional performance, clarity, health, and sleep. You learn how to cultivate Mindfulness through brief but powerful exercises that will help you stop wasting time stressing. Plus, you’ll get Manifesting tools to help you get crystal clear on your personal and professional goals for the future. I'm digging it (and I'm usually NOT a fan of woo-woo meditation books). Get it here. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How the Meditation Shame Spiral undermines efforts at meditation [7:25] Activity: "My brain is too crazy; my stress is special" Time: "I want to meditate, but I just don't have time" Broken promises to self; personal integrity No one has time to waste (return on investment) Stress is responsible for 90% of all doctor's visits Autonomic nervous system dysfunction is related to most disease You're not spending time; you're investing time meditating -Why meditation doesn't replace the importance of quality sleep [13:50] Chemical reactions in the brain to sleep and meditation are very different Nature doesn't allow the human body to be in deep relaxation physically and mentally at the same time Meditation is more relaxing, but is a different type of rest than sleep Curing insomnia is the #1 benefit that people report after starting meditation -Adaptation energy [16:30] Stressors vs. Demands affect your ability to adapt to circumstances When depleted of adaptation energy, you break (straw that breaks the camel's back) We act and react according to the baseline stress levels in our nervous system Meditation doesn't change or remove the stressors; it replenishes our adaptation energy Indicative of higher interplay between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems People are attracted to people who know how to to adapt (higher HRV) Chronic, staying stress is the killer -Whether or not committing to a meditation regimen creates more stress [22:45] If you become self-sufficient with meditation, you'll have more time in your day, and you'll lose dependency on toys, gadgets, etc. Your body will be functioning as it was designed to function -How the anatomical structure of the brain can change with meditation [26:00] Corpus callosum connects the left and right hemispheres of the brain It's proven that meditation thickens the corpus callosum (strengthens the connection) Great way to come up with the witty comeback when it really matters Nootropics has a similar effect -The effect of meditation on our neurons [31:30] -The effects on telomere length [34:35] Book: The Telomere Effect Telomere is like the plastic casing on the end of a shoelace; chronic stress weakens the telomere and impacts the body age BGF podcast w/ Dr. Bill Andrews -The nitty gritty of how Ziva meditation works [37:30] Three "M's": Mindfulness, meditating, manifesting Mindfulness: The art of bringing your awareness into the present moment (not synonymous with meditation) Meditation: alleviates stress from today as well as from the past Manifesting: Your thoughts become things It is inspired by Nishkam karma yoga Nishkam: "hardly taken" Karma: "action" Yoga: "union" "A union attained by action hardly taken" Many modern meditation techniques, apps, etc. are derived from meditation intended for monks; this is why it's perceived as difficult to the busy person Use of mantras: Mantra means "mind vehicle" Transition from left brain thinking to right brain being "The ultimate meditation hack" Don't mistake simplicity for weakness -What is the "super power pose" [54:15] When you're scared or stressed, we start to concave Our emotions respond to our body, and vice versa -What is black pepper tea, and what does it have to do with meditation? [59:06] Put 6-8 grinds of organic black pepper into a mug and pour boiling water over Self-induced fever Would it enhance a sauna experience? First person to try it and report their results via a comment below will receive a gift registration to Ziva online -And much more Resources from this episode: -Ziva Meditation (use code BEN to save $50) -BGF podcasts mentioned: Dr. Bill Andrews (telomere testing) Philip Land (transcendental meditation) -Meditation Demystified Ebook -Book: Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance -Book: The Healing Code -Book: Mind To Matter -Ecomeditation -Book: Powerful Poise by Amy Cuddy -Book: The Alter Ego Effect -Book: The Telomere Effect -Radio Lab podcast on Einstein's brain Episode sponsors: -Meditation Demystified Ebook: One of the most comprehensive resources on how to personalize your meditation practice based on your own goals. -WHOOP: The performance tool that is changing the way people track their fitness and optimize their training. Save $30 off your order when you use discount code: GREENFIELD -Beekeeper's Naturals: A wellness company specializing in innovative nutraceuticals made from healing hive compounds and plant-based ingredients. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -Policy Genius: Whether you’re an insurance expert or a newbie, Policygenius created a website that makes it easy for you to compare quotes, get advice, and get covered. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Emily or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Oct 26, 2019
Nerdy Ways To Lose Fat, Build Muscle & Maintain A Nice Body As You Age.
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In this special episode that is a two-part lecture first by me and second by my guest Thomas DeLauer, you'll discover how to burn fat and build muscle with a minimum effective dose of training, and particularly, you'll learn tips on how to maintain muscle mass and functional athleticism, even as you age. Thomas is one of the leading experts in the world of chronic inflammation as well as the response of the human body to a low-carb diet. He is noted for his personal transformation from a 280-pound overweight corporate executive, to not only being on the cover of health and fitness magazines worldwide but pioneering some of the mainstream awareness of autoimmune diseases and inflammation in general! Thomas has been highlighted in over 20 magazines showcasing his transformation and has been featured worldwide on the cover of Ironman Magazine, Muscle and Performance Magazine, Natural Muscle Magazine, ICON Magazine, Platform Magazine, and Ironman Japan. His background is in Sports Psychology, although it is this passion for psychology coupled with a career in healthcare as a physician recruiter and owner of an ancillary lab services company that sparked his love for nutritional science and what makes the body tick. I first interviewed Thomas DeLauer in the episode The Ultimate Guide To Quelling Inflammation: Why Your Curcumin May Not Work, Surprising Effects Of Ginger Oil, Vegan Fish Oil Options & Much More! I then interviewed him again in the episode Does Alcohol Really Make You Fat, Which Alcohol Is Healthiest, Hidden Ingredients In Alcohol & Much More: The Ultimate Alcohol Damage Mitigation Guide. Thomas's third appearance was in the podcast episode Magnesium Supplementation: Everything You Need To Know About Dosing Magnesium, Timing Magnesium, Forms Of Magnesium & More! During our discussion, you'll discover: -Sarcopenia: what it is and how to mitigate its effects as you age [6:00] Sarcopenia is when the muscles become smaller and weaker with age Research suggests this is due to the muscle's mitochondria becoming less dense, losing efficiency, etc. Strength training can reverse the mitochondrial decline by nearly 40 years Length of telomeres can reflect that of people 10 years their junior when engaging in strength training Strength training is more efficacious than chronic cardio or endurance training The stronger you are, the more length your telomeres can have -Case studies on the effects of strength training on longevity [10:40] Study on seniors who engaged in strength training showing lower odds of dying Regular exercise reduces risk of early death, CV disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. Strength training, racquet sports, swimming, cycling is the killer combo for longevity Charles Uegster on the diet: "Variety is key..." BGF podcast w/ Dr. Michael Smith Laird Hamilton Dr. Daniel Amen Book: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Dr. Amen Dr. Mark Sisson does short fast workouts once per week (lift, move, sprint) Article on Don Wildman's "Circuit" workout Tim Ferriss' podcast w/ Art De Vany Olga Kotelko stayed recovered and supple in her old age Key points: Eat natural fats and real food Constantly learn new stuff Lift, move, sprint rather than chronic cardio Put epic things on your calendar occasionally Ensure your training is e-centric Stay supple -Two strategies to maintain and even build muscle with age [20:50] Electrical muscle stimulation on the legs Heat stress "Nerdy Ways to Lose Fat and Stay Healthy" feat. Thomas DeLauer -Keep blood sugar as stable as possible in the morning [29:50] Fasting, keep protein and carb consumption to a minimum Insulin response and taste affects when and how much you want to eat Subconscious desire to eat interrupts our thinking Ingest fats you know will work with your body well Drink MCT coffee with caution -Foam rolling in the morning [33:05] Lymph does not have its own circulatory system (like the heart) Requires muscle contraction to have anything move Fascia is where lymph nodes sit; foam rolling boosts lymphatic drainage Keto Flu intensifies as you liberate more fats Pain receptors trigger BDNF -Strategic use of a sauna [37:40] Heat shock proteins (stress proteins) play critical in folding and unfolding of proteins Protect the cell by stabilizing the unfolded proteins Stressing the body in a sauna for a short time makes other stresses throughout the day seem mild by comparison -Measure HRV based on your workouts [41:10] HRV is a way to analyze the parasympathetic nervous branch of the nervous system Balance between knowing when you're sympathetic and parasympathetic Wear a Whoop or Oura Ring Difficult to differentiate physiological and mental stress -Dry fasting [43:30] Forces the body to obtain water from its own cells Fat cells contain a lot of hydrogen Limited research on its efficacy It may shock the body out of its lethargy -Training in a fasted state [46:10] Fat stores in white adipose tissue, then migrates into intramyocellular triglyceride fat You'll be more mentally acute -Upper body High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) [48:40] Harder for the heart to push blood through the upper body than the lower More of a "perceived" workout -Mess around with different forms of the ketogenic diet [50:10] -And much more... Resources from this episode: - Click here to pre-order Ben Greenfield's new book "Boundless" now and to get in on the Boundless Sweepstakes! - Study on seniors who strength train vs. those who do not - Study on telomere lengths between twins - Study on abnormally short telomeres in athletes with exercise-associated fatigue - Study on seniors who engaged in strength training showing lower odds of dying - Oxford Univ. study on the effects of playing racquet sports, swimming and cycling - Charles Uegster - BGF podcast w/ Dr. Michael Smith - Laird Hamilton - Dr. Daniel Amen - Book: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Dr. Amen - Book: Body by Science by Doug McGuff - Book: What Makes Olga Run? by Bruce Grierson - Book: Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett - 7-Minute Workout - NeuFit  Episode sponsors: -Ben's newest book: Pre-order Ben's new book Boundless or receive updates on its release via email -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. Try it for free when you use my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Thomas or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Oct 24, 2019
A Day In The Life Of Ben Greenfield: Ben's Exact Morning, Afternoon & Evening Routines.
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In this podcast, recorded at Spartan World Championships in Lake Tahoe, I got put in the hotseat for an hour by a former podcast guest of mine: Will Ahmed of WHOOP. Will grilled me about every step of my day, and my exact morning, afternoon and evening routines - from sleeping to pooping to sex and more. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Ben first got involved with performance and fitness [5:00] Always had a desire to teach; consummate learner Write for kids magazines, teach what he learned to other kids Love for nature immersion and movement Constitutional assessment labeled him as a mover BGF podcast w/ Ahvie Herskowitz on constitutional assessments Began playing tennis at age 14 This began the search for optimizing his game, which led to a focus on exercise, nutrition, etc. Endurance sports are more appealing due to the importance of physiology, nutrition, etc. -Ben's morning routine [9:20] Christian Gratitude Journal One thing grateful for One truth One person to pray for, help, serve Read for 15 minutes Book: Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday Wash face with an oil cleanser Oil pulling for the mouth The Dirt (it's an oil pulling brand) Make coffee Kion Coffee Wilfa Precision coffee maker Spend 15 minutes taking care of body - self love Foam rollers Nasal Breathing 20-30 minutes Morning reading: Twitter, research digests, emails Learning vs. reacting/responding No creating at this point Giant glass of water w/ hydrogen tablets Water and Wellness tablets Off to the toilet, take care of business Coffee enema once a week Two types of activity per day: Full workout (high intensity interval training) Light workout: walk in the sun, a swim -What Ben thinks is underrated when it comes to fitness [20:45] Minimal effective dose of training Time under tension vs. sets and reps Vasper machine ARX Fit machine Focus on mindfulness and breath at the gym No phones Exercise your spirit as well as the body -Thoughts on breath work through the nose [24:00] Breathing through the nose increases Co2 levels Focus on the exhale, should last slightly longer than the inhale Book: The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown Exhaling through the nose humidifies the air Exercises the diaphragm Regulates the sympathetic system Opti O2 device Meditation: Be driven by your prana (life force) -Ben's mid-morning routine [27:30] Family meeting, planning future activities BGF podcast on unschooling 9:30 eat a morning superfood smoothie Bone broth Collagen Coconut milk Sea salt Cacao nibs -A typical day at the office [32:45] Beginning at 10 am, hyper-focused on tasks for the day (podcasts, articles, consults, etc.) Book: Deep Work by Cal Newport Non-reactive work Reactive work can wait (emails, small tasks) Brain enhancement supplements: Four Sigmatic Qualia Mind or Focus Nicotine Gum Zevia sparkling water Grounding mat JOOVV panels Walking treadmill (BEN10 to save 10%) -What Ben Greenfield eats [36:00] Organic wild meat Hunt white tail deer, elk, turkey, with a bow and arrow Train to Hunt Petersen's Bow Hunting magazine Knock on Archery podcast Nose to tail Coffee in the morning, wine in the evening Raw honey -Mid-afternoon routine [38:20] Have lunch around 3 pm Take a nap 20-40 minutes NuCalm Biomat Normatec boots 2-3 more hours of work (small tasks: emails) No coffee after noon Nicotine gum for a cognitive pick-me-up Hard workout (if not in the morning) -Evening routine [42:30] Belongs entirely to family Family dinner, games Play music: piano, guitar Read, review gratitude journals -Getting ready for bed [43:45] Red incandescent bulbs (close to fire light) no blue light RA Optics red and clear blue light blocking glasses ChiliPad Essential oil diffuser Reading, chatting w/ wife No TV in the bedroom Supplements used: 60 mg of CBD Sleep Remedy Quicksilver melatonin 4-7-8 breathing MindFold sleep mask -Under the radar hacks to improve your life [49:45] Sunlight exposure first thing in the day ReTimer glasses (use BGF30 for $30 off of your purchase) Human Charger (use BEN20 for 20% off) Red light at night Self-quantification Whoop (use BEN for a $30 discount) Test for inflammation and blood glucose Dexcom G6 blood continuous glucose monitor -And much more... Resources from this episode: - Book: Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday - AnneMarie Skin Care products - RumbleRoller Foam Roller - Water and Wellness tablets (use GREENFIELD for a 10% discount) - Vasper - ARX Fit (use BEN for $500 off shipping and installation) - Book: The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown - Book: Deep Work by Cal Newport - Walking treadmill (use BEN10 to save 10%) - Opti O2 device - Ultimate Longevity Grounding mat - JOOVV Red light therapy device - TrueForm treadmill (BEN10 to save 10%) - NuCalm Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation Device - Biomat Infrared Sleep Mat - NormaTec Pulsing Compression Recovery Boots - RA Optics blue light blocking glasses - ChiliPad Sleep System - Quicksilver melatonin - MindFold sleep mask - ReTimer glasses (use BGF30 for $30 off of your purchase) - Human Charger (use BEN20 for 20% off) - Whoop strap (use BEN for a $30 discount) - Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Glow: A plant-based beverage that helps support the body’s natural ability to produce collagen, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and protect the skin from sun exposure and toxins. Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -Vuori: Activewear and athletic clothing for ultimate performance. Vuori is built to move and sweat in, yet designed with a West Coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly into everyday life. Receive 25% off your first order when you use discount code: "ben25" -Harry's Razors: Try the shaving company that’s fixing shaving. Get a $13 value trial set that comes with everything you need for a close, comfortable shave when you go to harrys.com/greenfield Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Oct 19, 2019
Little Known Hacks For Sleep, Jet Lag, Anti-Aging, Immunity, Smart Drugs & More: A Behind-The-Scenes Sneak Peek Of Ben Greenfield's New Book Boundless.
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For the past three years, I've been tirelessly toiling behind the scenes to create the book I've personally always wished existed: a complete guide to optimizing the human body, mind, and spirit—written with no stone unturned, no fluff, no “watered down” drivel—just pure, hardcore, practical, from-the-trenches content. I won't lie: nearly every big New York publishing house turned me down for this book. It was too big. (The completed manuscript was over 1100 pages, and we trimmed it down to 608 pages for the final release.) It was too comprehensive. (It wasn't a flash-in-the-pan, pop-culture, buy-it-at-your-airport-bookstore read that someone could get through in a few days then toss and move on.) It was too edgy. (After all, I cover everything from the energy medicine to enemas to crazy sex tips to psychedelics and far beyond.) But nonetheless, I decided to plow forward and write a book that I personally wanted to read and that I've always wanted to write: a big, beautiful, hardcover blueprint that anyone could rely on for years as a cookbook for all things performance, fat loss, digestion, brain, sleep, sex, spirit, happiness, anti-aging, longevity, and much more. (Heck, just the section on longevity covers every molecule in existence that can maximize your lifespan, and is over 173 pages alone!) I call the final result “Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging,” and you can consider it to be the last book you'll ever need to unlock unparalleled breakthroughs in performance, recovery, sleep, gut health, hormone balance, and much more. In this podcast, Angelo Keely, a former podcast guest you can listen to here and the founder and CEO of Kion, puts me in the hotseat and we reveal a ton of the tips from the book, including hacks, tricks and strategies for longevity, sleep, jet lag, the immune system, fat loss, fasting and beyond. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Ben wrote Boundless [6:30] "A book I've always wanted to write, and to read" Brain, Body, Spirit optimization Beyond Training was largely body focused, but didn't get into brain, spirit, anti-aging components -Who the book is for [10:15] Anyone who wants optimal energy all day long Give ideal combination of lifespan and health span Written based off personal experiences, podcast guest experiences, etc. It's not meant for quick consumption -Why Ben wrote the book the way he did and how a reader should go about consuming it [16:15] It's a blend of time in the trenches and well-researched science Web page for each chapter; references, podcasts, etc. "This book is more of a treasure," something you can explore for months and months -Ben explains the training and diet plans in the book [20:45] Training plans: Beginner: max fitness w/ minimum effective dose of exercise Intermediate: Add a sauna session w/ breath work, cold soak or swim Advanced: Add biohacks (cold thermogenesis gear, holotropic breath work, etc.) There's no one diet that's perfect for everyone, but there are some commonalities among diets: Regular periods of intermittent fasting Low amount of inflammation Periods of fasting and feasting Detox throughout the year Multi-colored plants and spices Diet plans in Boundless: Beginner: Clean up protocol; choose what diet will jump start the body Intermediate: Wahls Protocol, Plant Paradox diet, low carb Mediterranean Advanced: Weston A. Price protocol, paleo diet, ancestral diet Travel: Eating healthy on the go The book is written to allow the reader to determine what is best for their own body, rather than prescribing a solution -A brief overview of the 200+ page chapter on anti-aging and longevity [35:00] Stacs (Sertuin Activating Compounds) Fisetin - plant polyphenol Add Wild strawberry powder to morning smoothie Dark cacao powder Curcumin powder Matcha green tea Combo to increase cellular autophagy: Quercetin Pau d'Arco Glycine Garcinia Chamomile Very multi-modal approach for a proper approach to the topic -Ben's approach to weight loss [46:00] Three steps: Overnight fast Morning cardio in the fat-burning zone Cold shower or cold therapy Supplements to increase conversion of white fat to brown fat Mint essential oil Curcumin Green tea Capsaicin -The best way to read and consume the book [53:25] It's written in order to start from the beginning (begin with fixing the brain) Address each element of your body/life and move to more advanced protocols Fasting protocols are listed in order of importance (getting started to major spring cleanups) John Douillard's LifeSpa  Book: The Longevity Diet by Dr. Walter Luongo  -Hacks for the brain found in Boundless [58:10] Peptide sequences peptidesociety.org Some peptides for the mind are not injectable (CMAX, Dihexa) How to "eat yourself smart" Book: Super Fuel Glycine and Spirulina can protect your brain from effects of canola oil -New hacks for travel [1:06:30] Grounding and earthing Ultimate Longevity BGF podcast w/ Clint Ober Grounding mat Xeno hormesis Astragalus Rhodeola Kion Tian Chi Decreasing inflammation Glutathione before and after travel (Alms Bio) Hydrogen water tablets (Quicksilver, Water and Wellness) Ketones Nose unblocking exercise: Pinch nose w/ fingers Inhale and hold breath (Do while walking for best results) As soon as you need to take a breath, inhale through the nose -Tips for immune system health [1:17:30] -And much more... Resources from this episode: - Click here to pre-order Ben Greenfield's new book "Boundless" now and to get in on the Boundless Sweepstakes! - BGF podcasts mentioned: Clint Ober Robert Slovak - Quicksilver - Water and Wellness - John Douillard's LifeSpa  - Book: The Longevity Diet by Dr. Walter Longo - Book: Undoctored by William Davis - Bio Gaia L Reuteri - Oregano Oil (KION) - Beekeeper's Naturals Bee Propolis  - Colostrum Episode sponsors: -Boundless: Click here to pre-order Ben Greenfield's new book "Boundless" now and to get in on the Boundless Sweepstakes! -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -Clearlight Saunas: You can be sure that I researched all the saunas before I bought mine and Clearlight was the one that stood out from all the rest because of their EMF and ELF Shielding and their Lifetime Warranty. Use discount code: BENGREENFIELD to get $500 off your sauna and a free bonus gift! -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. Try it for free when you use my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Angelo or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Oct 17, 2019
Longevity vs. Muscle Gain, How Much Cardio Is Too Much, Blood Flow Restriction Training, Sex Supplement Tips & Much More With The Guys From ATPScience.
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Founded in 2009 ATP Science is the brainchild of Matthew Legge, Jeff and Toni Doidge, and in this episode I have a chat about supplements, longevity, muscle gain, fat loss, training and much, much more with Matt and Jeff. ATP Science Head Scientist Matt Legge has more than a decade of creating formulas for well-known companies in the health supplement industry. Matt became frustrated when his formulations were constantly altered to fit in with marketing ideas or reduce manufacturing costs. Seeing a gap in the market, Matt knew if he could work in a company where people and products where placed ahead of profit he could make a real difference. Matt had a simple yet profound idea; base his formulations on science first. Jeff and Toni Doidge were the founders of a supplement retail store that opened its doors in 2002. They believe the foundation for success is based on customer service and exceeding the customer’s expectations. With that simple strategy; focusing on the “customer first” ideology, their store at the time became one of Australia’s most successful sports supplement retailers. Matt, Jeff and Toni met by chance in 2009 and soon after ATP Science was born. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Ben's personal history [6:15] Studied exercise physiology and biochemistry at U. of Idaho Graduated w/ master's in exercise physiology Sold hip and joint exercise equipment for a short time Began consulting clients at gyms, fitness studios for 5 years Lots of outside the box initiatives: running biochemical analysis, vo2 max testing, platelet rich plasma injections, etc. 2008, was named "America's top personal trainer" Eventually moved to writing, founding Kion, podcasting, etc. Weave health/fitness into fantasy novels he writes -How to write in a way that will satisfy the primal urge to live the "hero's journey" [9:30] Book: The Writer's Journey -The importance of "trench testing" ideas and concepts in health and fitness [12:15] Some ideas look good on paper, but fall apart in the real world The Kion bar went through extensive testing to maintain its practicality for those who consume it Ben tests everything personally before marketing it to other consumers -Why peptides are the future of supplementation and medicine [16:15] Very precise sequences of amino acids Some can improve short and long term memory BPC 157 TD 500 Russian research is groundbreaking Epitalon Humanan Once they become orally available, it will change the game Body Balance Potential for injecting peptides via the food we consume Book: Super Fuel -How to increase autophagy [24:50] Nighttime autophagy powder: Chamomile Glycine Quercetin Garcinia Pau d'Arco Danger of imbalanced glycine/methionine ratio Increasing insulin sensitivity helps with mTOR pathways Blue zones have similarities in their diets Benefits of Berberine -Why endurance sports are better for one's longevity and quality of life than power sports [29:30] Effects on insulin sensitivity, telomere lengths Book: Body by Science Self hate vs. self love Importance of estrogen and oxytocin to regulate collagen and fascia Skin receptor sensitivity after release of oxytocin Use oxytocin nasal spray for great sex Recent research on cluster training Blood flow restriction training BFR restriction bands -Sex supplement tips [46:15] Transdermal nitroglycerine cream Don't mix with other drugs/supplements (viagra) -Differing opinions on proper cardio training [48:30] James O'Keefe: law of diminishing returns Steady state cardio is ideal Time hacking Polarized training model used by aerobic athletes (x-country skiing) 80% aerobic; 20% anaerobic The average person doesn't have enough hours in the day for that type of training High intensity interval training (HIIT) will target the same mitochondrial response Hack your home and work environment: Standing work stations Pomodoro breaks Treadmill work station Low level aerobic activity throughout the day Fasted cardio in the morning: Mobilize fatty acids Trends toward caloric hyper compensation Save carb consumption for end of the day Cool Fat Burner Zevia soda Nicotine gum -What Ben eats throughout the day Morning smoothie coconut milk bone broth collagen protein powder sea salt Thorne mediclear 2 pm lunch Small portion of fish, beef, etc. Pumpkin, squash puree Veggies on the side Seeds, nuts Big cup of bone broth Dinner Organ meats Sweet potato Raw honey Glass of red wine Dark chocolate Nose to tail diet -And much more... Resources from this episode: -ATP Science -Ken Weir Episode sponsors: -Kion Lean: Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -Clearlight Saunas: You can be sure that I researched all the saunas before I bought mine and Clearlight was the one that stood out from all the rest because of their EMF and ELF Shielding and their Lifetime Warranty. Use discount code: BENGREENFIELD to get $500 off your sauna and a free bonus gift! -Policy Genius: Whether you’re an insurance expert or a newbie, Policygenius created a website that makes it easy for you to compare quotes, get advice, and get covered. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for the guys from ATPScience or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Oct 12, 2019
404: Why You Should Eat Your Carbs At Night, Ben's Top Recovery Tactics, Can You Do Cold Therapy If You're Sick & Much More!
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Q&A Episode 404 Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the button at the bottom of the page (or go to SpeakPipe), or use the Contact button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. News Flashes.. -Why I save all my carbohydrate intake for the evening, usually in a post-workout scenario, followed by a 12-16 hour intermittent fast: Article: Greater weight loss and hormonal changes after 6 months diet with carbohydrates eaten mostly at dinner -Blue light from modern, fluorescent lighting is damaging to the mitochondria in your retina: Article: Mitochondria as Potential Targets and Initiators of the Blue Light Hazard to the Retina ...and interestingly, not everyone responds the same way: Article: High Sensitivity and Interindividual Variability in the Response of the Human Circadian System to Evening Light  Iris Tech BGF podcast w/ Matt Maruca BGF podcast w/ Iris Tech founder Daniel Georgiev -Here’s one good reason why sauna use makes you live longer, and why some people can get away with LESS heat therapy: Article: Anti-inflammatory heat shock protein 70 genes are positively associated with human survival. Special Announcements: – Click here to follow Ben on Instagram for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes and much more. – Click here to follow Ben on Twitter for daily news flashes and research. – Click here to join Ben's free Facebook page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts and support! – Click here to get updates on Ben's new book: Boundless or pre-order it on Amazon! Here's where I'm speaking and traveling around the world coming soon. - View Ben’s Calendar Here This podcast is brought to you by: -Kion Lean: Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. 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Get 20% off your first purchase when you use discount code: BEN Listener Q&A: Is Earthing Dangerous? Ray asks: After your podcast with Clint Ober, I was fascinated with the science and immediately began digging deeper into the topic. I ordered Clint's sleeping mats for me, my wife and two boys, and as you know the mats plug into the ground via a wall outlet. We immediately noticed a huge positive difference when we began sleeping on the mats. Then I started reading and watching videos about dirty electricity dangers when using earthing mats that plug into the ground with the home outlets. They say the long ground wires create loops in our homes, and act as antennas which pick up EMF's from everything including our appliances and wifi, and it focuses that EMF on our bodies while we sleep. Is this something you've researched, and if so, is it better to connect the mats using grounding rods? In my response, I recommend: -My podcast with Clint Ober on grounding/earthing -Article: Beware of Earthing Misinformation from The Earthing Institute -Article: Studies Confirm Indoor Grounding Safety and Reduced Exposure to AC Voltage EMF's from The Earthing Institute Ben's Top Recovery Tactics Aaron asks: I'm about a year into jiu jitsu, and I've noticed a common theme from most of the upper belts. Everyone is always injured. I know that soreness and pulled muscles are inevitable, but I'm talking about more extreme injuries that require some sort of surgery. Can you recommend any recovery and injury prevention tactics that will help me avoid similar injuries? In my response, I recommend:  Can You Do Cold Therapy If You're Sick? Carmen from Germany asks: I want to start cold therapy for health reasons, but also to not always feel as cold as I do right now. I've tried cryotherapy and cold showers, but I've always gotten sick afterwards. I have Hashimoto's disease, and I'm also recovering from adrenal fatigue. A doctor once told me I get sick after trying cold therapy because my adrenals can't handle the cold. Is this true? How can I start any type of cold therapy, and what else from cold showers can I do? In my response, I recommend: -Article: Changes in plasma cortisol during acute cold exposure in euthermic European hedgehogs: thermoregulatory role of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis -Article: Autonomic Nervous System and Adrenal Response to Cold in Man at Antarctica -Historical Survey: Catecholamines and Exposure to Cold-Effects of Acute Cold Exposure on Plasma Concentrations of Noradrenaline and Adrenaline in Sheep -Effect of epinephrine deficiency on cold tolerance and on brown adipose tissue -Scientists unearth vital link between fat, immunity and heat regulation -Cold acclimation affects immune composition in skeletal muscle of healthy lean subjects -The Effects of Cold Exposure on Leukocytes, Hormones and Cytokines during Acute Exercise in Humans -Immune Responses to Exercising in a Cold Environment ------------------------------------------ Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. 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Oct 10, 2019
The Hunter McIntyre Podcast: Crossfit vs. Spartan, Top Recovery & Sleep Tips, Crazy Bobby & Much More!
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Meet my buddy Hunter McIntyre, pro endurance athlete, Broken Skull winner, BoundlessTV co-host, obstacle course racing champion and self-described macho man. Men’s Journal describes him as “the man behind the Spartan race empire”. Competitor Magazine calls him the “rising star of obstacle racing”. Men’s Fitness acknowledges him as “the future of the sport”. Yes, his list of accolades is indeed mighty impressive. Bad boy turned elite Spartan athlete, in 2011 he moved from New York to Malibu to give a shot at being a celebrity personal trainer and model. After running his first Spartan race on a dare, he placed near the top of the field and was quickly propelled into Elite Spartan status, rarely missing a podium. He eventually partnered with me on the ObstacleDominator podcast and also appeared on my show in the episode Inside The Masochistic Mind Of The Top Obstacle Racer On The Face Of The Planet. But Hunter's been up to much more lately... Hunter McIntyre, AKA "Hunt The Sheriff", six-time Obstacle Course Racing World Champion, four-time Obstacle Course Racing National Champion, three-year Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch Champion, and two-time Tough Mudder X Champion, was granted a wildcard invitation to the CrossFit Games for chance to measure his accomplishments against a deep field of proven athletes. In this episode, we get into that journey from Spartan to Crossfit and much, much more. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Crossfitter vs. Spartan event results [5:50] 3 cross fit athletes did an endurance/stamina based Spartan race Carrying 190+ lb of gear up mountains with a 30 minute head start "I wouldn't do a cross fit race with a month's notice, but these guys made it happen." Cross fit is designed for a specific body type: bulky, short, small limbs, etc. Ram Roller -Hunter's transition from troubled teen to champion Spartan racer [11:30] On all types of medication: ADD, ADHD, Adderall, etc. Got into lots of trouble as a teen Loved the intensity of competition, not the training (wrestling and running) In rehab and probation for 3 years (in Montana) Sought an activity from his probation officer that would exhaust his physical energy: led to a job as a logger in Montana Became a model: art with the body as the canvas Moved to California, got into marathons, eventually Spartan races -What it was like moving from endurance to crossfit training [21:45] The body grows stagnant, the mind becomes bored, after doing anything for too long TMX - the world's toughest mile Hunter was able to compete and win in crossfit because of his endurance background; still didn't get street cred in the crossfit community It's an incredible test of strength, but not technical strength; if you don't have technique you can't play the game Wouldn't feel satisfied unless he could go toe to toe with crossfit pros Was invited to the Crossfit Games as a wild card (first ever invitee) Trained on his own, no coach In hindsight, Hunter believes he tried to close the gap between a moderate crossfit athlete to a seasoned pro too quickly Age causes one to lose the luster of training for crossfit and endurance -How both Ben and Hunter's interests have changed regarding training as they age [40:40] Japanese and Sardinian centenarians don't do cross fit or endurance training Difference between getting fit and getting and staying healthy Interests change as you rearrange priorities (i.e. what attracts the babes) -How Hunter recovers from intense training sessions as quickly as possible [44:10] Hanging (gravity) boots Tension, followed by extreme relaxing Ready State, Kelly Starrett ROMWOD app Consume more calories, drink more water My Fitness Pal app Suunto watch Add minerals to your water Quicksilver Quinton The Right Stuff electrolyte drink Water and Wellness (Robert Slovak's company; listen to the BGF podcast with Robert here) -Hunter's tips for optimizing sleep [52:40] "I've never been a person that sleeps very much" Need more sleep during crossfit training than endurance Keep cold while sleeping Have enough calories in the body Fan that provides some noise Pulse oximeter CBD (Pure Spectrum) Eco Challenge -Books and podcasts Hunter and Ben recommend [1:02:50] Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday Hitler's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly Peak by Marc Bubbs Focused more on personal connections than digital media -How Crazy Bobby changed Hunter's life for the good [1:08:15] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Ram Roller -TMX - the world's toughest mile -Ready State, Kelly Starrett -ROMWOD app -My Fitness Pal app -Suunto watch -Water and Wellness -BGF podcast w/ Robert Slovak -Pure Spectrum CBD -Eco Challenge -Books recommended by Hunter and Ben: Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday Hitler's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly Peak by Marc Bubbs Episode sponsors: -Kion Clean Energy Bars: Satisfying, nutrient-dense, real-food energy bars with a delicious chocolate coconut flavor! Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire Kion order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Gold Chocolate: A new take on an ancient secret: Pain-soothing herbs, incredible antioxidants, and phytonutrients all in one delicious, soothing “Golden Milk” nighttime tea! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20. -Magic Spoon:A brand new company that has reimagined all your favorite childhood breakfast cereals. Low carb, keto-friendly, ZERO sugar, and tastes just like you remember. For free shipping on your order at Magic Spoon, use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Made In Cookware: Take your cooking to the next level today! Made In offers a single line of essential pieces simplifying the process of outfitting your kitchen. Receive 15% off your first Made In purchase when you use discount code: GREENFIELD Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Hunter or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Oct 05, 2019
Killing Mold & Mycotoxins For Good, The Craziest IVs You Can Get For Energy, Fixing Knees & Back Without Surgery & Much More With Dr. Matt Cook
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Dr. Matthew Cook is one of the most brilliant physicians I know, bar none. Whether you need to fix Lyme, mold, or mycotoxin issues, completely repair a knee or back issue without surgery, or get the most advanced anti-aging and longevity treatments that currently exist, he's your man. Dr. Cook founded BioReset Medical Corporation and, as acting President, operates a regenerative and pain medicine practice that offers leading-edge non-surgical solutions in orthopedic medicine, sports medicine, regenerative pain medicine, and stem cell medicine. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in medical practice. Currently, Dr. Cook is president of California Anesthesia and medical director of the National Surgery Center, Los Gatos, CA. In addition, he sits on the scientific advisory board of several high profile medical companies including BM DOC, FREMEDICA & VASPER SYSTEMS. Dr. Cook’s early career as an anesthesiologist and medical director of an outpatient surgery center that specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic procedures provided invaluable training in the skills that are needed to become a leader in the emerging fields of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, nerve hydrodissection, and stem cell medicine. I previously interviewed Dr. Cook in the following episodes: Immortal Cells, Biohacking Pain, Killing Lyme, Stem Cell Confusion, How Ketamine Works & Much More With Dr. Matt Cook. What You Didn’t Know About CBD & THC, Fixing Lyme Disease, The Full Body Blood Change Reboot, Peptides 101, Hyperthermia & Much More! In today's episode, we take a deep dive into plasmapheresis, 10 pass Ozone with filtration, nebulizing for mold and mycotoxins, crazy IV treatments including alpha-lipoic acid, quinton and quercetin, how to boost methylation during NAD IV treatments, nerve hydrodissection and joint treatments, and much more. During our discussion, you'll discover: -A primer on ozone dialysis [8:15] It's different from ten-pass ozone treatment for the blood Put an IV in the arm, pump blood out, extend through dialysis filter Filters out toxins, proteins, antibodies Apply ozone to dialysis filter, apply suction Proteins come out, separates from plasma No flare with the filtration, even with a disease such as Lyme You get the benefits of ozone, filtration, and detox Effect on cholesterol Lipids come through (more effective than lipopheresis) Good cholesterols stay; bad cholesterols leave -How to mitigate the adverse reactions of NAD injections [14:15] Methylation occurs when a protein meets carbon (ex. activating a vitamin) A lot of methylation occurs in niacin Co-administer NAD with trimethylglycine It made NAD much easier to take Does not interfere with cellular uptake of NAD with methylated glycine Implement other mitochondrial enhancers such as CoQ10 and Quercetin simultaneously Subcutaneous NAD injections have more of a cognitive effect than other IVs -How to treat mold and mycotoxins with a nebulizer [24:00] MARCoNS bacteria (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) Biofilm: similar to mucus on the edge of a pond Ask your doctor for the appropriate test Mold enters the body and thrives in the biofilm The mold secretes mycotoxins, which tries to kill everything else in the biofilm Mycotoxins are neurotoxins causes fatigue Chronic illness is an indicator of mycotoxin presence Check environment for mold presence (survivingmold.com) Nebulize sea minerals, quinton, and glutathione begins to dry up the biofilm, thus killing the mold Halo therapy (administered via a sauna) Nebulizing amniotic fluid improves the overall health of an area of the body Biofilm in the gut is the "holy grail": if you can fix that, it solves numerous issues -How to sleep like a baby and bind everyday toxins [45:35] Quicksilver Scientific Lipo Calm Melatonin Colorado Hemp Intestinal Metal Detox Bitters squeeze the gallbladder of toxins People have a "look" of mold in their system Neurodegenerative disease patients often have mold Biofilm in the nose is right next to the brain -A procedure that would drastically reduce orthopedic surgeries if more people knew about it [50:15] Nerve hydrodissection 5 compartments of joints: Nerves, arteries, veins, etc. Fascia Ligaments and tendons Joint and joint capsule Subchondral space Look at nerve via ultrasound; look for dilated fascicles Nerve pain may be because of inflammation, impingement Putting exosomes around a nerve will heal peripheral neuropathy, impingement, etc. Placental matrix: Growth factors of placenta blended into a flowable state -Why Matt places such a high importance on imaging in his practice [56:30] Matt's clinic is a "dilemma clinic" i.e. people have seen several docs already with unsatisfactory results Able to see where the needle is; never touch the nerve Create halo of regenerative fluid around the nerve Ideal standard is no injection done without imaging -Matt's success with treating spine issues [59:30] It's the biggest thing he does; 80% of respondents to a recent survey had back problems The body creates spasm to create structural integrity and stability when joints don't do their job More back surgeries are prevented than knee surgeries -The "next big thing" in regenerative medicine [1:06:00] Treating PTSD with MDMA (ecstasy) Stellate ganglion blocking ketamine BGF podcast w/ Matt Cook on ketamine, resetting the vagus nerve, etc. Hydrodissection with BPC 157 peptide Move beyond the opioid epidemic -How to go about obtaining Matt's services [1:12:30] -And much more... Resources from this episode: - SAMe and Trimethylglycine - BioReset Medical Corporation - Quicksilver Scientific products we discussed - Dr. Mercola's podcast - survivingmold.com - Clear Light Saunas (use code: BENGREENFIELD for $500 off) - Bio Reset Network: a network of like-minded doctors Episode sponsors: -Boundless: Be the first to know when Boundless is ready, and get in on the early bird bonuses by clicking here! -Kion Aminos: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. Get 10% off your order of Kion Aminos, and everything at the Kion site when you use discount code: BGF10 at checkout. -Liquid Death: Sourced and bottled in the Alps, Liquid Death’s infinitely recyclable cans of stone-cold mountain water will instantly murder your thirst. BGF listeners receive an exclusive 6.66% discount on 12-packs of Liquid Death when you use this link. -WHOOP: The performance tool that is changing the way people track their fitness and optimize their training. Save $30 off your order when you use discount code: GREENFIELD -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. Try it for free when you use my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Cook or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Oct 03, 2019
Eastern Wisdom Meets Western Medicine: 10-Pass Ozone, Peptides, Blood Irradiation, Constitutional Assessments & Much More!
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I recently had the opportunity to dive into the cutting-edge world of medical biohacking at the office of Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz: Anatara Medicine in San Francisco. Dr. Herskowitz is an international leader and educator in the field of personalized, precision and holistic medicine. He founded Anatara Medicine and the San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center with the intention of developing one of the best integrative and regenerative health care centers in the world. He has a fascinating timeline of his medical education and experience: The term "Convergence Medicine" was coined by Dr. Herskowitz in 2011 to represent a novel strategy, which combines many forms of medical and energy practices into one cohesive strategy to optimize repair and rejuvenation in each individual. Taking the best from Molecular and Functional Medicine, Nutrition and Metabolism, Physical Medicine and Energy Medicine, he layers in the best of ancient forms of medicine that speak to a person’s innate constitution (he calls it Archetypal Medicine), which helps predict how a patient will respond to different types of treatments, including: -Stem cells -Peptides -Anti-aging -Ozone -IV therapy -Advanced cancer care -And much more! During our discussion, you'll discover: -Dietary considerations for a "constitutional assessment" [11:15] Ahvie has a molecular, cardiology background - as well as acupuncturist Ancient wisdom has a role to play; fusion between Eastern and Western medicine A constitutional assessment is a form of archetyping Most accurate form, leads to accurate nutritional recommendations for the individual Chinese astrology and medicine come from the same philosophy Ben is missing two elements, and a third is weak because of where and when he was born (Lewiston, ID in 1981) You learn how to tweak things specifically for the individual Energy of the food when it's ingested: warming and cooling Eating the right foods decreases the need to "biohack" one's deficiencies Floating (deficient) fire: "hot" foods don't achieve their full efficacy Do the diet, and the craving for suboptimal foods will go down -Exercise considerations for a constitutional assessment [28:15] Cold energy moves downward, warm energy moves upward - split in the energy Cyclist Ahvie treated: Did a diet and training regiment based on his constitutional assessment Less actual cycling, more upper body work Eventually became national champion Ben struggles with cold thermogenesis, yet has trained himself to do it through breathing, meditation, etc. However, heat therapy such as a sauna is no problem. We're barraged with foods that do not fit our CA Ahvie has treated tens of thousands of patients with their technology and knowledge -What are "breaks" in the Chinese astrological cycle, and why they are opportunities rather than problems [36:35] Stubbornness is a desire for freedom Knee-jerk response is the opposite of freedom Embrace "maybe" -About the multi-pass ozone machine Ben was hooked up to during the interview [44:10] Also called hyperbaric oxygen Typical treatment is 10 passes of ozone Global impact on micro-circulation, oxygen transport, Nrf2 pathways The main use is for optimization and longevity 10 passes builds up the reserve for a full year How one feels during and after the treatment will depend on their overall health -How Ahvie injected laser lights into Ben intravenously [49:30] Weberneedle Endo Laser Each color has a different characteristic with a different use for a patient's unique condition How is it different from UV radiation therapy: UV activates white and red cells de novo -Peptides Ahvie wishes more people knew about [54:00] BPC 157 Thymosin Alpha 1 "As a society, we're in a state of immune chronic activation" Lost circadian rhythm, toxic load from the food supply Humira is the #1 drug today; people can be treated in a more natural way Rapamycin is a suppressant, not appropriate in high dosages Peptides modulate rather than suppress Immune system is the means of communication within the body BGF podcast: "Peptides Unveiled" w/ Dr. William Seeds -Ahvie's approach to nootropic stacks [1:04:00] Look for repairing and detoxifying, in addition to fortifying Very little for Alzheimers nor for TBI/concussions Institute for Rare and Neglected Diseases (which Ahvie chairs) DHA for blood brain barrier and hypothalamus -About intravenous procaine [1:07:10] Procaine is a neural anesthetic Disturbs neural pathways enough to reduce pain -Why Ahvie doesn't co-administer exosomes for recovery 1:11:05] -And much more! Resources from this episode: - The Anatara Medicine website -Institute for Rare and Neglected Diseases -DHA Episode sponsors: -Kion Aminos: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. Get 10% off your order of Kion Aminos, and everything at the Kion site when you use discount code "bgf10" at checkout. -Organifi Green Juice: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Get a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20 -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -Policy Genius: Whether you’re an insurance expert or a newbie, Policygenius created a website that makes it easy for you to compare quotes, get advice, and get covered. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Ahvie or me? 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Sep 28, 2019
Unschooling, Plant Medicine, Anti-Aging, Veganism vs. Carnivore & More With The Mindpump Guys!
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Every so often, I get together with my fellow fitness-freak podcasting friends – the good fellas from the MindPump studios – and we take a rather rough around the edges, occasionally drug or alcohol infused, definitely entertaining and edgy foray into longevity to life to religion to parenting to biohacking and beyond. These always turn out to be incredibly popular podcast episodes, and this latest one - the fifth in our series - is just as crazy as all my other Mindpump podcasts including: The Mysterious Kuwait Muscle-Building Phenomenon, The Too-Much-Protein Myth, Anabolic Triggering Sessions & More With The MindPump Podcast Crew. The Mysterious Micro-Workouts, Turning On Your Butt, Overdosing With Melatonin & More With The MindPump Guys Six-Egg Breakfasts, Ketosis For Bodybuilders, Resetting Weed Tolerance, Kratom Experimentation & Much More With The Mindpump Guys! The Official Edgy, Explicit & Epic Podcast With Me & The MindPump Crew: Longevity, Religion, Parenting, Biohacking, The Joe Rogan Debates, Snake Oil, Pseudoscience & Beyond. The hosts of Mindpump claim to “pull back the curtain on the mythology, snake oil and pseudo-science that pervades the fitness industry and present science-backed solutions that result in increased muscular development and performance while simultaneously emphasizing health.” These guys are, in no particular order of importance:  Sal DiStefano (follow on Instagram) was 14 years old when he touched his first weight and from that moment he was hooked. Growing up asthmatic, frequently sick and painfully skinny, Sal saw weightlifting as a way to change his body and his self-image. In the beginning, Sal’s body responded quickly to his training but then his gains slowed and then stopped altogether. Not one to give up easily, he began reading every muscle building publication he could get his hands on to find ways to bust through his plateau. He read Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding, Mentzer’s Heavy Duty, Kubrick’s Dinosaur Training, and every muscle magazine he could find; Weider’s Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Iron Man and even Muscle Media 2000. Each time he read about a new technique or methodology he would test it out in the gym. At age 18 his passion for the art and science of resistance training was so consuming that he decided to make it his profession and become a personal trainer. By 19 he was managing health clubs and by 22 he owned his own gym. After 17 years as a personal trainer he has dedicated himself to bringing science and truth to the fitness industry.    Adam Schafer (follow on Instagram) is a IFBB men’s physique Pro and fitness expert. Adam made his entrance into the fitness world 14 years ago and has continued to send shock waves throughout the community ever since. He is a man of many talents who wears many hats. He is first and foremost a certified fitness expert who has an insatiable desire to help people in need of major lifestyle changes and daily accountable motivation. He is also incredibly driven entrepreneur and business minded individual with a vision that continually challenges his colleagues and peers to think bigger and achieve more.        Justin Andrews (follow on Instagram) has an incredible passion to disrupt the personal training industry and create ground breaking programs and tools that fitness professionals and clients alike can benefit from. The fitness industry in general needs a massive face lift to speak more to the generation growing up with a more advanced technology tool kit. Justin’s approach is to create programs that utilize technology as it advances and cut through the millions of options people face everyday when seeking specific information relating to their fitness needs. The great thing about where we are today is how easy it is to access information, the bad part about accessing all this information is how much misinformation is out there to weed through. As a health and fitness professional with a proven track record here in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Justin Andrews will keep working tirelessly to keep people educated and connected to quality personal trainers long into the future.     Doug Egge (follow on Instagram) received his first gym membership as a gift from his dad when he was 16 years old. Rocky III had just come out and he was determined to build a body like Stallone. It never happened. Despite following the advice of muscle magazines and busting his butt in the gym, Doug saw minimal gains over the next 30 years. Then he was introduced to Sal Di Stefano by his chiropractor who recommended he work with Sal to eliminate muscle imbalances that were causing lower back issues. Sal’s unique approach, often 180 degrees different from what Doug had read in books and magazines, produced more results in a matter of months than he had experienced in the 30 years prior. Doug with an extensive marketing and media production background, recognized Sal’s unique gift and perspective was missing from the fitness world and suggested that they should join forces. Doug and Sal have since produced life-altering programs such as the No BS 6-Pack Formula and MAPS Anabolic. Doug is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Adam and Justin as Producer of MindPump.   During our discussion, you'll discover: -The woman's proper place in the home [5:15] -How to make a killer pesto from plants in your backyard [7:45] Ben's wild pesto recipe (jo jo can you find?) -Discussion on unschooling [10:15] Ben's kids are immersed in nature Have a 2x/month podcast (video) with sponsors and everything Document everything in case the state audits their education Book: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century We need free-thinking, resilient, adaptive workers A free-thinker can invest in productive activities if and when AI replaces their jobs Story boarding - prep for what the kids were going to learn There are no rules in the Greenfield home - educate about the consequences of their decisions The adults must provide the example Biggest challenge: Doing standardized tests Jiu jitsu, camps, clinics, etc. provide socialization They'll go on a rite of passage when they're 13 -Discussion on ego dissolution [25:11] Plant medicine See yourself in a different light Embrace greatness, or something different if you're ego is active Eye gazing with ones mate See each other as spirits, not bodies -Increasing awareness and legality of nootropics [29:00] Double-edged sword: incredibly powerful and dangerous Of no use without personal discipline and a personal mission Big $$$ to be made in the future Connection between these and open relationships? Do you want short-term pleasure or long-term legacy? Nootropics can build a spiritual connection between two people -Reconciling the use of nootropics with spiritual discipline [40:45] Everything was put on the planet by our Creator for a specific purpose Anything can be used for good or evil Puritanical version of Christianity may be at odds with plant medicine -How Ben has put on several pounds of muscle in the last few months [45:15] Nose to tail diet (Carnivore diet) BGF podcast w/ Paul Saladino on the Carnivore Diet Lost a lot at the Swiss Clinic retreat Over 5,000 calories per day Ben prefers to be bigger (feels good, better libido, etc.) The more meat on your bones, the better BGF podcast "The Dark Side of Fasting" w/ Dr. Mercola Autophagy mimicking stack Ben takes at night: Quercetin Chamomile Pau d'arco Garcinia Glycine Less inflammation while on the carnivore diet -Discussing Schwarzenegger's new film [51:50] Game Changers documentary Pushing a plant-based agenda; demonized the consumption of animal products Lots of sleight of hand, misinformation It's disingenuous to say one diet is superior for everyone What did your ancestors eat, what are you genetically predisposed to eat? Use blood, urine, stool testing to determine which supplementation is appropriate -The forgotten psychological elements of food [1:02:30] Foods that are not good for you physiologically may be good for you psychologically Ex. Bad relationships are worse than smoking Comfort foods can balance the psyche Slippery slope on psychological effects Opportunity for entrepreneurs to create a healthy version of the comfort foods Choose your battles: strict adherence to a diet vs. family bonding -Finding the proper balance between aging and acknowledging one's mortality [1:09:50] Live a long life, but a high quality life We're put on the Earth for a purpose; the more we can take care of our bodies, the greater impact we can make Historical evidence of men living hundreds of years Exponential wisdom that can build up over time What Ben has learned from his many guests who specialize in anti-aging: Blue Zone concepts The use of NAD (increase mitochondrial health) Peptides (epitalon, MOTS-C) Taylor Made Compounding BGF podcast w/ Dr. William Seeds on peptides Book: Life Span by Dr. David Sinclair 6 variables for mitochondrial health Earthing and grounding Book: Earthing by Clint Ober (listen to the BGF podcast with Clint here) Light: UVA, red light, sunlight Heat Cold Water Minerals -Are Ben Greenfield's days as an endurance athlete numbered? [1:23:10] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -The MAPS training plans designed by the MindPump crew for fat loss, muscle gain, mobility, sports performance and more. -Book: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century -Autophagy mimicking stack Ben takes at night: Quercetin Chamomile Pau d'arco Garcinia Glycine -BGF podcast w/ Paul Saladino on the Carnivore Diet -BGF podcast "The Dark Side of Fasting" w/ Dr. Mercola -Game Changers documentary -BGF podcast w/ Dr. William Seeds on peptides -Book: Life Span by Dr. David Sinclair -Book: Earthing by Clint Ober -BGF podcast w/ Clint Ober Episode sponsors: -Kion Coffee: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants and health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -kApex: kApex breaks down the fats you eat into fatty acids, which allows you to increase the fatty acid oxidation inside your mitochondria both in your muscle and liver. Get 20% off your order when you use coupon code: GREENFIELDKX -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Felix Gray Glasses: Don’t go another day looking at screens without the help of some Felix Grays. Visit Felix Gray's site and get free shipping and 30 days of risk-free returns or exchanges. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Adam, Sal, Justin or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Sep 26, 2019
What Time Of Day Can You Eat A "Cheat Meal", How Cold Can Make You Unstoppable, Lies We've Been Led To Believe About Sunlight & Much More!
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This episode is all about light, but it's certainly not light on content! See, the last time I was in Malibu, myself, music producer Rick Rubin and today's guest - Matt Maruca of RA Optics - spent plenty of time geeking out on all things light. I've known Matt for two years now, and consider him to be one of the world's leading authorities on what is called "photobiomodulation" - or the use of specific wavelengths of light therapy to cause some very beneficial health effects, and also a guy who knows more about blue-light blocking glasses and limiting the harmful effects of artificial light than just about anyone I know. Today's episode is a special two-parter. The first section is yours truly filling you in on how sunlight makes you skinny and blue light makes you fat. The second part is a special solosode from Matt, in which he fills you in on the some little-known aspects of how to use light and how to block light in a way that will affect your energy, sleep, mitochondrial health, and much more, including history of the use of sunlight for health, why the sun and skin cancer isn’t black and white, lots of research on how light affects human biology and the benefits of sunlight, how artificial light affects the body and much more. Just to give you a "taste" of what you're about to hear: after preparing this episode, I asked Matt: "can you point me to a post or research on "best time of day to cheat if you are going to cheat" based on circadian rhythm/sun exposure? You alluded to it in the audio." He replied: "I think it would be morning/mid-day. One of the factors leading me to say this is Ayurveda which I imagine you're familiar with. An Ayurvedic doctor I started working with explained this to me in their terms. Basically, in the middle of the day as the sun is stronger, the metabolism is more active. They call this energy "pitta", or fire. So, we can burn through stuff pretty well. This is why they generally suggest eating "heavier" food in the middle of the day for lunch. And, it's a no brainer to me to fast through dinner because then the body can completely burn through everything you've consumed. As for the Western Research, Satchin Panda from the Salk Institute leads the way. I recommend watching his TED talk where he explains their experiments on mice. They basically found that mice eating healthy food when their metabolism is turning off had way more problems than mice eating unhealthy food when their engines are running full force. Because they are nocturnal the times are reversed for them relative to us. So for us the best time would be late morning to mid-day. To me, when eating this way I wouldn't even consider it a cheat because the body can move through stuff so well. If you are comparing to someone who is usually eating a "healthy" dinner at 7 or 8 PM, I am 100% convinced that it would be healthier to "cheat" every day in the middle of the day and fast through dinner then to do what that person is doing. Based on the research, there really is no such thing as "healthy food" after 5 PM or within 4 hours of sleep. During our discussion, you'll also discover: -The impact of light on human biology, for better or worse [8:10] Deleterious effects of artificial light have been well researched Recent studies show artificial light linked to breast cancer and sleep disorders Exposure to artificial bright light at night suppresses melatonin secretion and increases sleep latency (how long it takes to fall asleep) LED's are replacing fluorescent bulbs (for better efficiency) LED's cause retinal damage, cell death in eye tissue Dimming, color changing features make things worse (flicker) Flicker can cause irreversible damage to the retina Oxidative stress damage Photobiology: The study of the effects of ultraviolet, visible and infrared radiation on living organisms. Book: The Influence of the Blue Ray of Sunlight Red light used to treat smallpox in 1903 Phototherapy becomes therapeutic intervention Book: Light Therapeutics by John Harvey Kellogg Light affects metabolism mTOR in the summer; AMPK in the winter Being careful with light exposure allows you to strike a proper balance  between anabolism and catabolism -10 light biohacking tactics to optimize your body and brain [17:30] Use healthy light bulbs Color rendering index (CRI) Look for a CRI of 97 or higher in LED bulbs Lower than 3000 color temperature (kelvin) Avoid incandescents coated in white Get as much morning sunlight as possible Morning fasted walk in the sunshine Eat a diet rich in fatty acids (Vitamin A and D) Block blue light as much as possible at night 400-485 nanometer wavelength RA Optics Avoid artificial light (night and morning) Simulate sunlight as much as possible (infrared) Only use red light in the evening Candles (fragrance free, bees wax) Hidden smartphone red screen trick Use Iris Tech on all your monitors Use anti-glare computer monitor Eizo monitor (Ben uses the Flex Scan) Use Light Dims while traveling Bright light on the skin can affect the circadian rhythm Install a Drift Box on your TV Don't overuse sunglasses Use photobiomodulation as much as possible Vie Light JOOVV -How Matt Maruca became interested in light and blue-light blockers [41:55] At age 14, didn't feel good in general; had acne issues Changed diet to Paleo Previous common health issues fixed themselves (thought they were genetic) Influences: Ben Greenfield, Mark Sisson, Chris Kresser Discovered epigenetics Wandered from diet to diet with no real positive results to show for it Discovered cold thermogenesis Dr. Douglas Wallace linked dysfunctional mitochondria to chronic disease Focused on the fuel rather than the engine as the cause of his illnesses Explains why some people thrive on certain diets and others don't Mitochondrial dysfunction is the problem; light is the solution -The study of light exposure throughout history [58:00] Several civilizations have studied the efficacy of light on human health Egyptian Pharaoh was excluded from the annals of history because he believed in the power of light to enlighten his people Hippocrates prescribed sunbathing often Ancient Greek athletes used heliotherapy in their training Christophe Hufeland, pioneer in macrobiotics, wrote of the deleterious effects of a lack of light on the body and spirit 90% of kids had some sign of Rickets Disease during Industrial Revolution (lack of Vitamin D) In 1903, Niels Finsen discovers UV light from sun kills TB of the skin (wins Nobel Prize for Medicine) Auguste Rollier opens heliotherapy clinic in Swiss Alps in 1903 These discoveries create a "sun craze" - high in enthusiasm, low in knowledge The modern indoor lifestyle causes our body to crave sunlight; however, the skin has not adapted for the level of sunlight we crave, hence the problems we see today -The horrors of working and living under fluorescent lights [1:12:30] 1980 study found the incidence of malignant melanoma is much higher among office workers; lowest risk was sunbathers Can cause mutations in culture of animal cells From 1957-80, no change in ozone levels in Norway; yet rate of malignant melanoma raised among men Skin cancer rates have skyrocketed since 1900; yet most people work indoors 2016 study showed that avoiding the sun is worse than smoking You can develop a tolerance for sunlight with "solar callouses" Know when your body is warning you -How sunlight affects the body [1:19:00] Benefits of ultraviolet light Activates synthesis of Vitamin D Lowers blood pressure (release of nitric oxide) Increases efficiency of the heart Improves EKG readings and reduces cholesterol Avoidance of the sun is a form of malnutrition You can never mimic ultraviolet light Light is our life source; cells are designed to attract and capture light Organisms emit UV light for up to 18 hours after dying (soul leaving the body after death) -The importance of the circadian rhythm to our health [1:26:45] Circadian rhythm "Circadian" comes from two Latin words: circa (approximately) dias (one day) Jesus spoke of the eyes as an indicator of our overall health, physical and spiritual Eyes use a disproportionate amount of energy relative to its weight and size Light coming into the eyes regulates the hypothalamus, which regulates the autonomic nervous system 1953 study showed a circadian rhythm in every living creature Blue light blocking glasses need to block only light that reaches the inner retina, not all light The Circadian Code by Dr. Satchin Panda BGF podcast w/ Dr. Panda If we're ingesting even healthy substances when our engine needs to be shutting down, we're shooting ourselves in the foot Melatonin optimizes our body, repairs mitochondrial DNA We need darkness after sunset to secrete melatonin properly Blue Light Has a Dark Side (Harvard Health) Artificial light: Created to extend work hours Contain tremendous amounts of blue light Harms our circadian rhythm -Matt Maruca's Light Diet Protocol [1:49:50] Sleep (and wake) with the sun Doing otherwise disrupts the circadian rhythm Avoid artificial light, sleep as close to dusk as possible Replace bulbs w/ red bulbs Blue free bulbs Vintage Edison incandescent light bulbs Sleeping after 10 pm can be harmful to the nervous system Avoid screens after dark Iris Tech RA Optics blue light blocking glasses (Use code BEN10 for 10% off) Rise with the sun and bathe in the morning light Go to sleep early enough to rise with the sun Set an alarm for 30 minutes before sunrise for 7 days Avoid exposure to artificial light Practice sun gazing One hour walk outside can affect seasonal affective disorder (SAD) Sunglasses are disruptive Pink skin isn't a bad thing Live outdoors during the day Consume fatty seafood Good for the eyes and the brain Consume clean spring water Allows us to hold light better; much better than municipal or city water The Fourth Phase of Water by Gerald Pollack Bathe in cold water Cools our surfaces, allows us to assimilate with the light BGF podcast on cold thermogenesis w/ Dr. Jack Kruse Avoid manmade electromagnetic radiation Airplane mode Use ethernet cable rather than wifi Avoid bluetooth devices Defender Pad Cornet ED88T EMF/RF detector Cultivate your inner light The light is who you are (your soul) -And much more! Resources from this episode: -RA Optics (Matt Maruca's blue light blocking glasses company. Use code BEN10 for 10% off) -Ben's new book at BoundlessBook.com - which has a whole chapter on light and other hidden environmental variables that affect your health -Article: Sunlight Makes You Skinny & Blue Light Makes You Fat: 11 Ways To Biohack Light To Optimize Your Body & Brain. -Uvex blue light blocking glasses -True Dark glasses -Felix Gray glasses -Iris Tech -Light Dims -Eizo Flex Scan monitor -Drift Box -Vie Light -JOOVV -The Circadian Code by Dr. Satchin Panda -BGF podcast w/ Dr. Panda -Blue Light Has a Dark Side (Harvard Health) -BGF podcast w/ Jack Kruse -Blue free bulbs -Vintage Edison incandescent light bulbs -The Fourth Phase of Water by Gerald Pollack -BGF podcast on cold thermogenesis w/ Dr. Jack Kruse -Defender Pad -Cornet ED88T EMF/RF detector Episode sponsors: -Ben's newest book: Pre-order Ben's new book Boundless or receive updates on its release via email -Kion Coffee: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants and health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -Vuori: Activewear and athletic clothing for ultimate performance. Vuori is built to move and sweat in, yet designed with a West Coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly into everyday life. Receive 25% off your first order when you use discount code: "ben25" -Harry's Razors: Try the shaving company that’s fixing shaving. Get a $13 value trial set that comes with everything you need for a close, comfortable shave when you go to harrys.com/greenfield Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Matt or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wrP78K1objc
Sep 21, 2019
Why Water, Sunlight, Grounding & Relationships Are The Key To Your Health & How To Feed, Clean & Protect Your Body Forever: An Interview With Ben Greenfield's Father Gary Greenfield
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Gary Greenfield is... ...my father... ...a leading expert in the field of water filtration... ...and a deep well of knowledge I've relied upon for the past 37 years of my life. He's also, obviously, responsible for my very existence. During this episode, you're going to discover more about the man who made me who I am, along with how structured water works, the best way to filter your water, why you should quit caring so much about what other people think about your health habits, and much, much more. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Gary's early life and childhood [7:45] Started in Miami Father and uncle were successful entrepreneurs in the motivational speaking industry His father invested time in his children Athletic, but no interest in competitive sports Brother was killed in gang fight at age 17 (turning point for him) Began oceanography studies and excelled at it 3 years after brother's death, moved to Idaho for a fresh start (age 20) -How Gary "found God" shortly before moving to Idaho [18:00] Was intrigued by the phrase "God's country" on a brochure for Idaho Went to spirituality conventions; left feeling empty at each booth "We yearn for God because God created us" Met a community of Christians his age once moving to Idaho Became volunteer fireman in Moscow, ID Became full-time fireman in Lewiston, ID (where Ben was born) Ben shows similarities in physical genetics between him and his father -The transition from full-time fireman to entrepreneur [26:35] Three words: Efficiency, effectiveness, economy (didn't see this working for the local government) Began ambulance service (non-emergency transport) and it grew fairly rapidly Ran into resistance and opposition when he tried to expand into emergency services Vast majority of funding came from medicaid and medicare (more bureaucracy) After growing tired of dealing with government bureaucracy, Gary founded a coffee shop -The business Gary founded after leaving his successful medical transport business [38:40] He and his wife had discussed having a coffee shop as a hobby Enlisted his children to help out with running the business Ran the coffee shop 1997-2007 Was the first exposure to the nutrition/water filtration world (but still on standard American diet) -How Gary became interested in nutrition [50:15] In 2005, met a girl who's mom was cured of cancer on raw food diet (watershed moment) Book: The Dietary Cure For Acne by Loren Cordain Raw food, general nutrition, essential oils, oregano Kion Oregano Oil -How God's love is manifested through water [55:40] Viktor Schauberger Water & Water Filtration: Everything You Need To Know About Water Filters, Alkaline Water, Structured Water, Hydrogen-Rich Water, Deuterium-Depleted Water & Much More Discovered the story of a man who used EMF to cure his daughter of an incurable disease Native vs. non-native EMF My interview with Dr. Gerald Pollack My interview with Dr. Thomas Cowan on water and how the heart is not a pump Energetic vs. physical actions Book: The Body Electric by Robert Becker Water "stores" energy and releases it onto plants, animals, people, etc. The body is a battery: If you want to be healthy, sunlight, minerals, water, grounding, exposure to proper frequencies of energy are the keys to health Want to develop water that can store as much energy as possible Three things energy in the water does: clean, feed, protect Structured water affects chlorinated water positively Water that goes through a filter is already dead Harmonizer cartridge: Native EMF stick Biblical account of creation: Begins with hydrogen Then God creates light It all comes back to love, creation Structured water is the most natural state in which we can find water -The parable of the people of the wood [1:27:45] -And much more! Resources from this episode: - Greenfield Naturals Water Filters & Harmonizers we discuss on show (use code BEN15 for 15% off) - Zig Ziglar - Book: Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols - Kion Oregano - Book: The Dietary Cure For Acne by Loren Cordain - Viktor Schauberger - Podcast on Water & Water Filtration: Everything You Need To Know About Water Filters, Alkaline Water, Structured Water, Hydrogen-Rich Water, Deuterium-Depleted Water & Much More! - Essential Oil Wizardry - My interview with Dr. Gerald Pollack - My interview with Dr. Thomas Cowan on water and how the heart is not a pump - Book: The Body Electric by Robert Becker - Video: Virgil Klunder on Gratitude Episode sponsors: -Kion Clean Energy Bars: Satisfying, nutrient-dense, real-food energy bars with a delicious chocolate coconut flavor! Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire Kion order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Gold: A new take on an ancient secret: Pain-soothing herbs, incredible antioxidants, and phytonutrients all in one delicious, soothing “Golden Milk” nighttime tea! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20. -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -Felix Gray Glasses: Don’t go another day looking at screens without the help of some Felix Grays. Visit Felix Gray's site and get free shipping and 30 days of risk-free returns or exchanges. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Gary Greenfield or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Sep 19, 2019
The Biggest Common Keto Mistakes (& How to Fix Every Metabolic Problem With A Low-Carb Diet In Just 7 Seconds)
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My guests on today's show are coming back for a three-peat. They first appeared in the episode... "Probiotic Enemas, Digestive Enzyme Myths, Breathing 10 Kilograms of Oxygen, Low-Protein Diets & More!..." Then appeared again in... ..."How I’ve Been Able To Gorge On Delicious Gluten-Filled Foods Without Feeling Like I Swallowed A Pair Of Motor-Powered Scissors Tearing Up My Intestines."... They are Matt Gallant and Wade Lightheart. Matt Gallant is an entrepreneur, a poker champion, an ex-rock guitarist, a serial entrepreneur (who's built 13 companies in the last 20 years) strength and conditioning coach with a degree in kinesiology, the CEO and co-founder of a company called BiOptimizers. Wade T. Lightheart, host of the AWESOME Health Podcast, 3-time All Natural National Bodybuilding Champion, advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute and Cofounder of BiOptimizers. He is also the author of several books including the best-selling books, “Staying Alive in a Toxic World” and “The Wealthy Backpacker.” This episode is for you if you you ever experience digestive issues when you eat high fat meals...such as constipation, diarrhea or a meal just sitting in your stomach... ...or if your intense exercise or peak athletic performance has taken a dip since you switched over to lower carbs... ...or if you want to experience a new level of energy, mental clarity and focus without relying on stimulants... Matt and Wade have cracked the code on solving the major metabolic deficiencies that block you from thriving on keto.  They've actually turned hundreds of people onto keto over the last couple of decades. Unfortunately, most struggled with three core metabolic issues — which Matt and Wade never knew how to fix until recently. They began doing hundreds of hours of research and testing on the different nutrients that could help solve these challenges. It wasn’t easy... it took them pouring through a TON of studies (which we talk about in today's episode)... massive amounts of real-world testing... until they ultimately discovered the perfect combination of nutrients for optimizing fat digestion, energy metabolism, and fat loss enhancement. They're thrilled to finally reveal solution that solves all of these problems—in just 7 seconds... and gives you a new level of energy that rivals coffee. Smooth consistent bowel movements and fat loss on a low-carb or keto diet are now possible. These results are made possible by a solution we talk about in today's show - a solution that takes just 7 seconds to open the lid of a bottle, pour the capsules in your hand and throw them in your mouth. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Interesting biohacks Ben, Matt and Wade did prior to recording the podcast [7:23] Wade's 3 day water fast Maintained regular workouts Rebounder in the morning, weights in the afternoon Last day, go for a long walk, then into steam room to force the body to convert fat into water How Mark prepared for the call: Microdosed vyvanse Lucy gum (nicotine) Ben: Blood draw Peptide stack Grounding and earthing mats (BGF podcast with Clint Ober) The International Peptide Society -About nutrigenomics [24:20] 7 keys to biologically optimize your diet: Sustainability Lifestyle Genetics Allergies Gut biome Biofeedback Goals 3 categories: Aesthetic goals Performance Health (anti-aging) Geography of ones ancestors influences the proper diet for us -Vegetarian genes [30:45] AMY1A (amylase) LCT, MCM6 (lactase) FUT, SHBG (fiber, dietary, B12) FLAD1 (biosynthesize omega 3 and 6 from polyunsaturated fatty acids) BCML1 (polymorphisms) -Ketogenic genes [38:10] CPT1A - arctic mutation for fatty oxidation FAD 1, FAD2 ADRB2 (saturated fats) APOE2 (satiation) FTO3 (body fat) LPL APOC3 PPAR Alpha (coastal adaptation) -Whether Wade follows his current diet because of his genetics [47:30] Didn't do well on a plant-based ketogenic diet, but does well overall on a plant-based diet Does great on a high carb diet "Don't discount lifestyle and environment and place all the weight  on genetics" ATP Science podcast on how gut flora affects carb sensitivities Book: Wired To Eat by Robb Wolf -The biochemistry of Kapex and how it addresses some of the fundamental mistakes of keto [53:23] -Specific uses and applications of Kapex [1:09:10] 7 keto DHEA raises metabolism by ~5% Increases 3 different enzymes in the liver Activates PPAR Alpha Even if you don't need it for its nutrigenomics benefits, people love the simple energy boost -Interesting biohacks Ben, Matt and Wade have planned for after recording the podcast [1:17:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode: Click here to get Kapex (or go to Kenergize.com/greenfield) to automatically get 20% off any package of kApex with coupon code GREENFIELDKX Ultimate Longevity grounding/earthing mats and patches Longevity blood testing panel (for men or for women) Ben did the morning of the podcast Ben's podcast on peptide stacks with Dr. William Seeds LUCY Nicotine gum Matt was chewing during show (use BEN10 for a $10 off the $60 subscription) ATP Science podcast on how gut flora affects carb sensitivities Book: Wired To Eat by Robb Wolf LGD-4033 Ligandrol The International Peptide Society BGF podcast with Clint Ober Episode sponsors: -Kion Lean: Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Red Juice: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Native Deodorant: Safe, simple, effective products that people use in the bathroom everyday. Native creates products with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. Get 20% off your first purchase when you use discount code: BEN Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Matt, Wade or me? 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Sep 14, 2019
403: Teeth Care Tactics, How To Time Your Protein For Muscle Gain, Biohacking Night Shift Work & Much More!
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Sep 12, 2019
My New #1 Hack For Zapping Inflammation, Increasing Deep Sleep & Recovering Faster - Earthing (The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?)
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I recently read the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! (and my twin boys also watched the accompanying documentary "Earthing"). Although I already knew about the importance of having an intimate connection with the planet we live upon, this book blew my mind when it comes to identifying one of the best solutions for chronic inflammation, better sleep, enhanced deep sleep and much more. Since reading it, I've been traveling everywhere with my grounding mat, wearing my Earth runners every day, and my boys have barely even touched their shoes. In the book, author Clint Ober introduces the planet's powerful, amazing, and overlooked natural healing energy and how people anywhere can readily connect to it. This never-before-told story, filled with fascinating research and real-life testimonials chronicles a discovery with the potential to create of global health revolution. So obviously, I had to the get Clint on the show! Clint Ober is the innovator behind the Grounding Movement & CEO of Earth FX Inc., a research and development company located in Palm Springs, California. A series of seemingly unrelated synchronistic events dating back to his early childhood led to a groundbreaking discovery that’s being recognized as the Greatest Health Discovery of all time. Grounding has now become a massive international movement - causing people to shed their shoes and reconnect electrically to the surface of the Earth. Clint first learned about grounding when installing Cable TV systems in Billings, Montana in the early 1960s. A decade later, he formed Telecrafter Corporation and built it into the largest provider of cable installation services in the United States. This company specialized in proper grounding of cable installations for safety and TV signal stability. In the 1980s, he turned his attention to the developing computer industry and partnered with McGraw-Hill to distribute live digital news services, via cable, to PCs. This led to the development of the first cable modem and an increased awareness of the need for proper system grounding. Following a health challenge in 1995, he retired and embarked on a personal journey looking for a higher purpose in life. During his travels, he noticed people wearing plastic and rubber soled shoes that insulate the body from earth. He wondered if no longer being naturally grounded could affect us. The question led to an experiment that suggested grounding alone reduced chronic pain and improved sleep. Thereafter, he developed a working hypothesis: Grounding the human body to the Earth normalizes the functioning of all of the body’s systems ​—​ the body utilizes the earth’s electrical potential and free electrons to maintain its internal electrical stability, normalizing all of its self-regulating and self-healing systems. Over the past twenty years, he has supported over 20 research studies* that collectively demonstrate that grounding reduces inflammation and promotes normal functioning of all body systems. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How a near-death experience led to Clint's interest in earthing -- 6:10 Clint grew up in rural Montana; childhood friends were Native Americans "If the pasture is pristine, the cows will be healthy" Grew up with a prevention mentality: look at the cause, not the syumptoms Spent 30 years in the communications industry Near-death experience involving a infected liver after a root canal "The next time I die, I wanted my life to be worth more" "Be the opposite charge" "Status quo is the enemy" -Why a roll of duct tape proved to be the catalyst to Clint's most important discovery -- 19:40 While living in Sedona, AZ experienced problems with computer crashing; identified static electricity as the problem Intuitive question: Are modern shoes preventing us from grounding with the earth? Began testing the charge in the earth with a volt meter Grounded himself to the earth via metal tape; Static reading on his body went to zero Slept the night without moving (was typically in a lot of pain) Friends reported reduced pain, lowered arthritis -The early days of Clint's clinical research on grounding the body with the Earth -- 25:45 There was very little research on how grounding with the earth reduces pain and improves sleep Two doctoral students at UCLA helped him design the study 60 participants: 30 grounded, 30 ungrounded Positive results on the participants who were grounded Similar results among those exposed to EMF and not exposed to EMF An anesthesiologist in San Diego was willing to help with the research; he was interested in saliva cortisol levels in patients Cortisol levels went from erratic to synchronized after grounding At 4 am, cortisol spikes until 6 am Everyone's cortisol went up beginning at 4 am (with no other environmental cues) -What is going on in the body when a person is grounded with the Earth -- 34:00 Dr. Stephen Sinatra "When you're reducing pain, you're reducing inflammation" Led to a different understanding of inflammation Inflammation is caused from neutrophils: encapsulates damaged cell and releases reactive oxygen Reactive: short on electrons We're no longer naturally grounded with the Earth since the advent of plastic-soled shoes in the 1960's When you stand barefoot on the ground, the Earth is negative 20-50 millivolts The Earth has negative ions from lightning, the sun Noon is the high point for the sun exciting the electrons on the earth Imbalance in charge beginning 2 pm (constant lightning) You'll feel the effects of lightning from far away locales The air feels amazing after a thunderstorm because of negative charge in the atmosphere If the body has a negative surface charge, you can't have charge in a grounded object Clint and Dr. Sinatra's study had the following results (via grounding): Reduced rouleaux formation in blood cells Increased negative surface charge of red blood cells by factor of 2.7 Face and skin color turns pink after being grounded for 20-30 minutes -What our ancestors understood about earthing and grounding -- 54:00 One of the healing methods for the kidney in ancient Chinese medicine is grounding with the earth Our ancestors didn't need to know about grounding; they were barefoot or wore conductive footwear -The best surface when it comes to conductivity between the Earth and the body -- 56:15 Concrete, grass and dirt are ideal; asphalt is not Rocks are good conductors Salt water is the optimal way to ground; fresh water speeds up the process but is not itself conductive (unless it contains minerals) Spring water has a natural amount of minerals If you can feel the tree and it feels cool, it's grounding; bark inhibits the grounding process Earthrunners grounding sandals Pluggz grounding shoes Earthling grounding strap Diabetes is inflammation-related; you can be grounded and have diabetes -The length of time required for a person to become properly grounded with the Earth -- 1:04:04 -How to know whether or not your home is grounded with the Earth -- 1:10:45 Homes built before the 1960's were not grounded; there was no need for it at the time Remodels of older homes don't necessarily have grounding, even though new outlets are installed -Are all grounding mats created equal? -- 1:12:15 "Ours is an accidental business" Mass production has compromised the quality and efficacy of the mats Clint maintains his products are the best on the market; although he wishes more would get in the business The patches are an athletes best friend -And much more.... Resources from this episode: -Click here to visit Clint's website (Ultimate Longevity) to get FREE* 2-day shipping (as long as the order is over $99) and a FREE* copy of the Earthing paperback book by Clint Ober (included with every Ground Therapy Sleep Mat purchase) and 3 bonus videos available online for immediate streaming or download (access link provided on order confirmation page)! - Clint's book "Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!" - Root Cause movie - Earthrunners grounding sandals - Pluggz grounding shoes - Earthling grounding strap -Note from Ben: "I didn't even have time, today, to delve deeply into ALL of the over 20 peer-reviewed research studies that have been conducted on grounding, but I do want to at least give you a comprehensive list of the vast results that have been seen in the research, so far - impressive results have been seen when it comes to inflammation, pain, stiffness, circulation, blood pressure, blood viscosity, HRV, vagal tone, cortisol, stress, anxiety, depression, tiredness, fatigue, energy, mood, blood glucose, immunity, sleep, thyroid function, metabolism, serum electrolytes, wound healing, athletic performance and recovery, and more. There have also been anecdotal reports of improvements in autism, Parkinson’s, MS, PTSD, autoimmune conditions, and pet health, just to name a few. But I'm going to put all that below! Enjoy!" Quick View: Grounding Research Results Initial Grounding Experiment Conducted by Clint Ober: Improved Sleep And Reduced Pain Medical Thermography Case Studies: Clinical Earthing Application in 20 Case studies Electrical Grounding Improves Vagal Tone In Preterm Infants Emotional Stress, Heart Rate Variability, Grounding, And Improved Autonomic Tone: Clinical Applications Effectiveness of Grounded Sleeping on Recovery After Intensive Eccentric Muscle Loading Pilot Study on the Effect of Grounding on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness The Biologic Effects of Grounding the Human Body During Sleep as Measured by Cortisol Levels and Subjective Reporting of Sleep, Pain, and Stress Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity—a Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease Earthing the Human Body Influences Physiologic Processes The Effect of Grounding the Human Body on Mood Effects Of Grounding (Earthing) On Bodyworkers' Pain And Overall Quality O Life: A Randomized Controlled Trial Changes in Pulse Rate, Respiratory Rate, Blood Oxygenation, Perfusion Index, Skin Conductance, and Their Variability Induced During and After Grounding Human Subjects for 40 Minutes Differences in Blood Urea and Creatinine Concentrations in Earthed and Unearthed Subjects during Cycling Exercise and Recovery Grounding After Moderate Eccentric Contractions Reduces Muscle Damage Effects of Grounding (Earthing) on Massage Therapists: An Exploratory Study The Neuromodulative Role of Earthing One-Hour Contact with the Earth’s Surface (Grounding) Improves Inflammation and Blood Flow — A Randomized, Double-Blind, Pilot Study Grounding the Human Body during Yoga Exercise with a Grounded Yoga Mat Reduces Blood Viscosity Grounding the Human Body Improves Facial Blood Flow Regulation: Results of a Randomized, Placebo Controlled Pilot Study The Effect Of Earthing On Human Physiology - Part 1 The Effect Of Earthing On Human Physiology - Part 2 Episode sponsors: -Click here to get updates on Ben's new book: Boundless or pre-order it on Amazon! -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -Liquid Death: Sourced and bottled in the Alps, Liquid Death’s infinitely recyclable cans of stone-cold mountain water will instantly murder your thirst. BGF listeners receive an exclusive 6.66% discount on 12-packs of Liquid Death when you use this link. -CAR.O.L: Clinically proven to give you the same cardio benefits of a 45-minute jog in under 9 minutes, with only 40 seconds of hard work. Receive a $300 discount off your CAR.O.L bike when you use discount code: GREENFIELD Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Clint or I? Leave them below and one of us will reply!
Sep 07, 2019
402: What's Worse For The Planet - Vegetarianism or Carnivore?, How To Recover From A TBI/ or Concussion Fast, The Minimal Effective Dose Of Exercise For Muscle & Much More!
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Q&A Episode 402 Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the button at the bottom of the page (or go to SpeakPipe), or use the Contact button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. News Flashes.. It is true that poor record keeping has probably inflated the actual number of centenarians in these so-called “Blue Zones”,but I still think there’s plenty of ancestral wisdom and practices to be derived from many of these places. Blue Zones by Dan Buettner Natural alternatives to metformin - a new study Superfuel: Ketogenic Keys to Unlock the Secrets of Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Great Health by James Dinicolantonio and Joe Mercola Training 1x/week just as good as 2x/week for muscle strength and size BUT note that in study they were using push/pull routine with EIGHT freaking sets…so these were tough workouts. Eating meat is NOT destroying the planet…and here’s two good reasons why: Eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate (The Conversation) and Is grass-fed beef really better for the environment? (NPR) BGF Podcast w/ Paul Saladino The Savory Institute Robb Wolf Books by Joel Salatin Plant milks are worse for the planet than animal milk... Special Announcements.. - Click here to follow Ben on Instagram for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes and much more. - Click here to follow Ben on Twitter for daily news flashes and research. - Click here to join Ben's free Facebook page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts and support! - Click here to get updates on Ben's new book: Boundless or pre-order it on Amazon! Here's where I'm speaking and traveling around the world in the near future.. - View Ben’s Calendar Here - Spartan World Championships - 26~29 September 2019 This podcast is brought to you by: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Glow: A plant-based beverage that helps support the body’s natural ability to produce collagen, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and protect the skin from sun exposure and toxins. Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -Clearlight Saunas: You can be sure that I researched all the saunas before I bought mine and Clearlight was the one that stood out from all the rest because of their EMF and ELF Shielding and their Lifetime Warranty. Use discount code: BENGREENFIELD to get $500 off your sauna and a free bonus gift! -NetSuite: With NetSuite, you save TIME, MONEY, and UNNEEDED HEADACHES by managing sales, finance and accounting, orders, and HR instantly- right from your desktop or phone. Click my link and download the free guide: “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits”. Listener Q&A: Bone Broth vs. Eating Bones Kevin asks: Hi Ben, I like to eat a lot of tendons, cartilage, bone marrow and what not, as I know you like to. But I wonder if that's as effective a way of getting the nutrients as making a bone broth in the pressure cooker for 2-3 hours. In my response, I recommend: - Kettle & Fire Bone Broth (code GREENFIELD for 10% off) Spot-reducing belly fat? John asks: After being introduced to a high fat, low carb and intermittent fasting diet several years ago, I found it was easy to maintain an ideal body weight. Most of my body is pretty lean (160-170 pounds) but when I measure my stomach using a caliper, it seems to come in around 15%. I've always heard that belly fat is one of the last places men lose fat, but I'd rather not drop to 145 pounds just to see abs. There seems to be a community of people online who think you can spot-reduce fat. Do you think that's possible, and if so, what techniques would you recommend? In my response, I recommend: - Glycogen depletion/exercise combo protocols (e.g. Tour De France riders) - Localized Cryo - Localized Photobiomodulation - Localized EMS How To Recover From A TBI/Concussion Fast Mark asks: A good friend of mine just got into a really serious car accident. She's been told she has some minor brain damage that's going to be permanent as well as some spinal injuries. I was thinking about some of the interviews you've had with Rhonda Patrick and other experts, and I knew there was some nutritional advice you gave regarding brain injuries. Can you give a brief summary of what you would advise for a recovery program for my friend? Visit https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/402 for a comprehensive treatment of this question.  Giveaways & Goodies - This week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! -----------------------------------------------------
Sep 05, 2019
Why You Shouldn't Let Modern Baby Food Anywhere Near Your Baby (& What To Use Instead To Make Your Baby Stronger & Smarter).
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Did you know.. ..a baby needs 30g of fat per day to support brain development, hormone regulation and build the immune system? Yet, sadly, nearly all modern baby food doesn't even come close to touching this daily requirement and furthermore, is chock full of preservatives, added sugars, non-organic, GMO ingredients and other toxins and additives that harm a baby's muscular and skeletal growth, cognitive development, immune system and much more. So I was incredibly pleased when I discovered a baby food I could finally get behind. As a father, nutritionist and health consultant, I can tell you with confidence that Serenity Kids baby food, designed and formulated by my guests on today's show - Joe and Serenity Carr - is, bar none, the only packaged baby food I would ever recommend any parent feed to their precious child. As a matter of fact, this stuff is so dangerously tasty that I suspect you as a parent may become addicted to it too. It is wonderfully refreshing to finally see a company doing things right when it comes to perfectly portioned ingredients tailored to the exact needs of a growing human being. I can't recommend this stuff highly enough. Serenity Carr, co-founder and CEO of Serenity Kids Baby Food, is on a mission to promote wellness starting with the first bite. Formerly employed in tech and logistics, Serenity left her job to pursue her passion of health coaching where she helped clients achieve their personal health goals. Having healed her digestive issues through a lifestyle diet change, Serenity is transforming the baby food industry by developing innovative nutrient dense products because every bite counts. Joe Carr, founder and President of Serenity Kids Baby Food, is a certified life coach and educator devoted to social justice activism. An autism activist and proponent of the Paleo diet, Joe works with other autistic adults and youth to help them harness their gifts and genuinely believes that food is medicine. He is also active with the ManKind Project helping men develop power with compassion. As President of Serenity Kids, Joe oversees day to day operations and leads sales that will transform the baby food industry. During my discussion with Joe and Serenity, you'll discover: -Joe and Serenity share their own back stories..8:55 Serenity: "The paleo diet turned my life around." Suffered major stomach and digestion problems as a child due to intolerances to conventional foods Over the counter meds stopped working in her 20's; sought stronger meds via prescription The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf Books by Mark Sisson The Dietary Cure for Acne by Loren Cordain Joe: Undiagnosed autism as a child (mislabeled "obnoxious") Discovered a gift as a performing artist (acting, singing, etc.) Became involved in social justice causes; became vegan/vegetarian Focused his altruistic efforts toward children after college Met Serenity; introduced to the Paleo diet which helped with many of the social anxieties that had become normal -How their paths led to an interest in baby food..18:30 They attended Paleo FX in 2016 and realized there were no products specifically for babies Serenity began an intensive immersion into the Paleo diet Joe was involved in a startup that was leading to serious burnout The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss opened eyes to creating a product vs. a service Tested and researched their offerings based on the preferences of their friends' children -Deficiencies and problems with modern conventional baby foods..23:30 The USDA recommends 30g of fat per day, no sugars, etc. What they found in grocery stores was the opposite of what even the government was recommending Organic baby foods had on average 9g of sugar per pouch The food is not satiating; it is addictive because of all the sugar Less than 4% of foods had meat; there were no source disclosures Mixed with grains (chicken and rice); zero fat "Flavor window": what kids eat as babies affects their preferences later in life The Weston A. Price Foundation The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care -How the ingredients Joe and Serenity use for their product are sourced..38:35 Desire to support family farms because of their sustainability as well as a personal connection on Joe's end Taylor and Katie of Epic Bars were helpful and supportive Discovered farm co-op's sharing the division of labor involved with the business of farming Grass-fed and pasture-raised beef is far superior to conventionally raised beef -Why Joe and Serenity offer 4 different flavors that contain no meat at all..44:20 Babies have an innate sense of what their body needs; at times it doesn't need as much protein while still needing the fat -How they maintain maximum vitamin content and ..47:10 No preservatives added Puree made shelf-stable by canning process; Pressure and heat does not harm fat, protein, minerals, amino acids Veggies begin to lose their vitamin content when they're picked Frozen veggies have more vitamin content than fresh More vitamins are preserved by pressure cooking than boiling -The biggest challenge Joe and Serenity have faced since launching their company..50:45 Environmental concerns with pouches vs. being competitive with other baby food makers who use them They realized that plastics are better for the environment than jars and cans Pouches are BPA free; no detectable toxins Shelf-life is 18 months, although it's technically infinite -Whether or not there's a market for their product beyond babies..54:30 Many adults use it for its convenience, or due to medical issues The age at which parents wean their babies off the product varies widely Baby-led weaning: allowing the baby to tell the parents when they're ready to move to whole foods -And much more.. Resources from this episode: -Click here for 15% off any of the variety packs from the My Serenity Kids website -Nourishing Traditions book of  baby and child care, and my podcast about it -The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf -Books by Mark Sisson -The Dietary Cure for Acne by Loren Cordain -The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss -The Weston A. Price Foundation -Epic Bars Episode sponsors: -Kion Clean Energy Bars: Satisfying, nutrient-dense, real-food energy bars with a delicious chocolate coconut flavor! Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire Kion order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Away Travel: Away creates thoughtful products designed to change how you see the world, so all you have to think about is where you’re headed next. Getting Away means getting more out of every trip to come. BGF listeners receive $20 off a suitcase when you use my link and use discount code: BEN at checkout. -Birdwell Beach Britches: Quality is our Gimmick isn’t just our slogan, it’s a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. 100% money back guarantee. Get 10% off your order, PLUS free shipping on any order over $99 when you use discount code: BENG. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Joe, Serenity or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Aug 31, 2019
Transcendental Meditation: Cult, Quackery, or Science?
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In 2016, I published an interview with the person who taught me Transcendental Meditation (TM) And since meditation has been on my mind as of late, I wanted to share the interview with you again. Meditation is a powerful tool for improving your mental, emotional, and even physical health. Its widely studied benefits include stress reduction, better sleep, enhanced focus, elevated mood, improved regulation of emotions, and so much more. When practiced consistently and with intention, meditation has the unique ability to positively transform the way you think, behave, and interact with the world around you. It can literally rewire your brain! But unfortunately, in the words of Tim Ferris, “meditation has a branding problem.” Many of us view meditation as some woo-woo practice that’s exclusively used by ultra-spiritual gurus and self-important business executives. We tend to imagine it as sitting cross-legged on a pristine mountain top, eyes closed, thinking about nothing, totally blissed out: A mental image that’s equal parts alienating and unrealistic. What’s worse, the standard advice for beginners to “sit still and stop thinking” simply does not work. It’s vague, it’s confusing, and it leaves people feeling frustrated and ready to quit before their practice starts paying off. So what exactly is transcendental meditation? More than 380 peer-reviewed research studies on the TM technique have been published in over 160 scientific journals. These studies were conducted at many US and international universities and research centers, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, and UCLA Medical School...and they have shown irrefutable evidence that TM reduces insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, blood pressure, cholesterol, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis/stroke, free radicals, blood sugar, diabetes, pain, along with higher levels of brain functioning, longevity, sleep quality and much more. The guy who taught me everything I know about TM is named Philip Land. Philip has been practicing TM for the past 40 years. But he's no woo-woo, robe-clad, Eastern mysticist.  He's an unassuming, straight-talking, God-fearing, gun-totin' redneck living in northern Idaho. (When he's not teaching TM, you can find him walking his dog or taking selfies with Colonel Sanders.) Philip has taught TM all over the globe, working with celebrities and high profile politicians. He's also worked in medicine, computed tomography, radiation technology, craniosacral therapy, hunting instruction, shooting, wilderness survival, and much more. In this fascinating interview, you'll learn... -How "bad ass, redneck, hunting, hippy, family man" Philip initially got involved with TM...8:50 Was born and raised in Memphis, TN Heard of TM while attending Memphis State Univ. In retrospect, Philip believes he was "searching for something" Internal happiness was missing -Celebrity TM practitioners...11:25 Clint Eastwood (42+ years) Jerry Seinfeld Ellen DeGeneres Katy Perry Oprah Winfrey Ray Dalio (Author of Principles) Department of Defense gave $2 million grant to study TM to reduce PTSD -How Philip describes TM...15:30 "A simple, effortless mental technique that can be done anywhere" Creating white noise inside your head TM does not have a monopoly on the ability to "transcend" where the mind settles to a quieter and quieter level of awareness You transcend where you are physically, and take yourself to another place mentally -Religious elements of TM and why a guarded secrecy exists among its teachers...19:45 No religious belief is required; it's a mental technique You don't need to believe it will even work TM was argued before German Supreme Court; they ruled it is not a religion Teachers are sworn to secrecy to protect the integrity of TM; you can't learn certain parts of it in a weekend then teach it to others These techniques are 5000-6000 years old Traditional way of teaching: Teacher performs a brief ceremony which reminds him or her to maintain the integrity of the knowledge Performed in Sanskrit -The "place" where a person transcends that produces a biological effect...28:45 The field of pure consciousness is our core, our essence Many mantras that are used for each individual 3 things that make TM work: Mantra Sound (life supporting, no meaning assigned) The nature of the mind and life is to go to greater fields of happiness, joy and intelligence Within each of us is a field of perfect order, joy, intelligence, etc. Color fasting cloth analogy Conscious mind becomes saturated in the perfect field of order Mind settles, body settles and vice versa The vagus nerve plays an integral role in the mind/body relationship -Formal studies on the effects of TM on the brain...38:30 Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition (Dr. Fred Travis) Practitioners of TM with minimal sleep (4-5 hrs) performed similarly to non-practicers with 8-9 hrs. (TM is not a suitable replacement for sleep) TM has been shown to stimulate dreams -Why TM is still necessary, even with all the biohacks available today...45:30 TM is natural, whereas some biohacks are "forced" on us TM is portable; you don't need to carry any devices anywhere A large number of prisoners practice TM -The importance of a proper mantra when performing TM...50:20 A proper mantra puts up no boundaries on the mind, thus enabling it to transcend its normal environment They are time-tested for thousands of years There is no "one size fits all" The importance of one's individual mantra cannot be overstated The mantra is just a small part of the totality of TM -The connection between TM and longevity...59:10 Biological age can be younger than the chronological age Decreases the rate by which telomeres shorten "Breath suspension" is a state of deep rest for the body -The financial cost of learning TM and why it costs money in the first place...1:03:45 $960, one time, lifetime fee for the course (discounts for college and high school students) Financial assistance is available if necessary No one will be turned away, although you'll need to pay something What is "free" anyways? -And much more... Resources from this episode: -TM.org  -Book: Principles by Ray Dalio -Book: Money by Tony Robbins -Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition (Dr. Fred Travis) Episode sponsors: -Kion Clean Energy Bars: Satisfying, nutrient-dense, real-food energy bars with a delicious chocolate coconut flavor! Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire Kion order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Green Juice: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Get a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20 -Policy Genius: Whether you’re an insurance expert or a newbie, Policygenius created a website that makes it easy for you to compare quotes, get advice, and get covered. -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. Try it for free when you use my link. Got a question about anything that Philip and I talked about in this episode? Leave a comment below and we'll reply!
Aug 29, 2019
The 3 Key Steps To Intuitive Eating, Ego Dissolution, Raising & Educating Children In A Modern Era & More With Paul Chek.
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For the third time, I've joined Paul Chek at his home hidden away in the hilly backcountry of San Diego, California to interview him. And this time we take a deep deep dive into topics such as intuitive eating, consciousness, ego dissolution, education models such as Waldorf and unschooling and much more! Paul is an internationally-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology. For over twenty-five years, his unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless people worldwide – many of his clients, his students and their clients. By treating the body as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has been successful where traditional approaches have consistently failed. Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute, based in California, USA and the P~P~S Success Mastery Coaching Program. He is a sought-after presenter and has consulted for organizations such as the Chicago Bulls, Australia’s Canberra Raiders, New Zealand’s Auckland Blues, the US Air Force Academy and other elite organizations. He has produced over 60 DVDs and 17 advanced-level home study courses designed for the fitness and clinical professional. He is a strong believer in the essential role provided by practical training and has developed four Advanced Level Training programs to provide hands-on instruction for the exercise and health industries. Paul's CHEK Exercise Coach program introduces fitness and exercise professionals to an integrated approach to conditioning; the C.H.E.K Practitioner Program is a two to four year advanced level program teaching corrective exercise and high-performance conditioning; the Golf Performance Series focuses on functional conditioning for golfers; the Optimal Health and Fitness Through Practical Nutrition and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching Program contains three levels and shows how to reach optimal health from the inside out. Thousands of people worldwide have been trained in one or more of these challenging and elite level certification programs. Paul has also accrued three US patents for posture calibrating, hydrotherapy and equipment inventions, and has also designed several pieces of functional exercise equipment. In this episode with Paul Chek, you'll hear: -Why Paul became an espresso aficionado....4:30 Paul and his wife at one time worked 18+ hrs a day; espresso was an effective way to stay engaged and productive Caregiver archetype Studying functional medicine, Paul found people who had blood sugar issues had coffee on an empty stomach Inflammation, hormone regulation issues Logic doesn't work to get people to kick a bad habit People have a deep emotional connection to coffee Came across some time release vitamins; saw word "chelated" on the bottle Saw a connection between chelation and coffee to help with above mentioned issues Began using organic butter, nut butters, yak butter tea Laird Hamilton was a fan out of the gate Encouraged people to put something in their coffee and eat a bit of food first thing in the morning -Intuitive eating and a discussion on what is "God"...10:40 Difference between intuition and instinct: Intuition is asking the totality of yourself a question and waiting for the answer Only "God" can give you the soul; the soul is "God" in you Ken Wilburn is known to be able to "stop" his brain (see video) Book: Destructive Emotions by Dalai Lama Scientifically speaking, "God" can only be defined as "zero" Book: Stalking the Wild Pendulum by Itzak Bentov Book: The Physics of Angels "What we call spirits and angels is the flow of information and energy that is anthropomorphized" (human interpretation) Eternity, not infinity, is the zero point that we call "God" Intuitive eating: One empties their soul, then asks if a particular food is what they should eat that day. They'll receive the answer according to the energy they feel, positive or negative "Human beings will continue to invent technologies outside themselves until they've either destroyed the planet or they've come to the realization that everything they've created outside of themselves is a copy of a technology that exists within themselves." --Rudolf Steiner -An alternative view of human DNA...28:55 DNA is not a bunch of information like a computer; it's an antenna system that's tapping into morphogenic fields The Michelson-Morley Experiment (proved that the aether does exist) YouTube video explaining Gregg Braden's "phantom DNA" experiment Book: The Mystic Spiral by Jill Purce YouTube: String Theory Explained - What is the True Nature of Reality? Article on Whirling Dervishes (re: Paul's experience seeing photons in the sun) Book: Ancient Mysteries, Modern Visions by Phil Callahan YouTube series: The Dirt Facts by Paul Chek -Soul connection and ego dissolution...42:40 Ego dissolution often occurs when people are in a deep crisis It cannot occur when we are constrained by religious or cultural standards Book: The Second Mountain by David Brooks Book: Falling Upward by Richard Rohr Books by Viktor Schauberger Book: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl Set aside preconceived notions, and allow your soul to speak to your body YouTube video: The Hunza Diet A British medical officer found that the Hunza people were regular smokers and drinkers with no apparent ill effect on their longevity The psyche is more powerful than physiology 3-step process on learning to be guided at 3 levels: Diet logging Muscle testing (duck bill muscle testing) The body will not support a lie Addictions and unbelief inhibit honest biological feedback Listening to the soul The biggest challenge to soul connection is a connection of the ego You have to have legitimate spiritual courage Supplements muffle the signals of the soul -Paul's thoughts on educating children...1:11:15 Ground children into the realities of the real world (meet halfway on buying toys) Book: Parenting With Love and Logic Education system designed to support the agricultural and industrial revolutions BGF Podcast on Unschooling Book: The Kingdom of Childhood: Introductory Talks on Waldorf Education Steiner invented biodynamic farming, which has proven to be superior to other methods of farming Minimum screen time, maximum engagement with the world and creative stimulants at a young age We have a choice on how to raise our children: either allow screens and teachers or we can be proactive and use those as tools while retaining our role as primary educators -The one question Paul Chek wishes he could answer but hasn't been asked...1:31:20 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Podcast: Why Humans Need Winter, How Too Much Christmas Is Dangerous, Rites Of Passage & More With Paul Chek. -Podcast: Heavy Rock Lifting, Building Your Own “Water Charging” Station, Biomechanical Fixes, Plant Medicine Journeys & More With Paul Chek. -All of Paul Chek's books -Chek Institute -Book: Destructive Emotions by Dalai Lama -Book: Stalking the Wild Pendulum by Itzak Bentov -Book: The Physics of Angels -The Michelson-Morley Experiment -YouTube video explaining Gregg Braden's "phantom DNA" experiment -Book: The Mystic Spiral by Jill Purce -YouTube: String Theory Explained - What is the True Nature of Reality? -Article on Whirling Dervishes -Book: Ancient Mysteries, Modern Visions by Phil Callahan -YouTube series: The Dirt Facts by Paul Chek -Book: The Second Mountain by David Brooks -Book: Falling Upward by Richard Rohr -Books by Viktor Schauberger -Book: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl -YouTube video: The Hunza Diet -Book: Parenting With Love and Logic -BGF Podcast on Unschooling -Book: The Kingdom of Childhood: Introductory Talks on Waldorf Education Episode sponsors: -Kion Meditation Guide: Jumpstart your personalized meditation practice with 40+ pages of knowledge and guided meditations from experts! -WHOOP: The performance tool that is changing the way people track their fitness and optimize their training. Save $30 off your order when you use discount code: GREENFIELD -Native Deodorant: Safe, simple, effective products that people use in the bathroom everyday. Native creates products with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. Get 20% off your first purchase when you use discount code: BEN -Harry's Razors: Try the shaving company that’s fixing shaving. Get a $13 value trial set that comes with everything you need for a close, comfortable shave when you go to harrys.com/greenfield Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Paul or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Aug 24, 2019
Secrets To Building Muscle & Burning Fat At The Same Time, Spiritual Enhancement Through Gardening & Music, Sleep, Superfoods & More With Drew Canole
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Drew Canole is a Nutrition Specialist, Transformation Specialist and national spokesperson for the benefits of juicing vegetables for health and vitality. He is the founder of Fitlife.TV where he shares "Educational, Inspirational and Entertaining" videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. Drew Canole's transformation clients include celebrities, entrepreneurs, CEO's, authors and personal development gurus. The success of his first book on Juicing Recipes vaulted him to national attention as a first time author and has garnered media and television attention in the form of book deals, TV talk show hosting and national endorsements from some of the leading national companies focused on health, wellness and athletics. You can see a full list of Drew's books here. Drew is also the founder of Organifi. After experiencing his own radical transformation, Drew Canole has dedicated his life to helping millions of others lose weight and reach optimal health, through the power of juicing vegetables and Superfoods. His Organifi juices make this process faster, easier and absolutely delicious! During our discussion, in which I delve into Drew's daily routine with some deep, deep rabbit-holing, you'll discover: -Why a man needs his own castle, and a family needs roots...5:45 Gadgets aren't enough The best offense is a great defense (re: dangerous times we live in) -A day in the life of Drew Canole...9:25 Write/journal first thing in the morning Meditation for 5-10 minutes Conjure up as much life force as possible when wake up Chilipad CBD added 2 hours per night of deep sleep Essential Oil Wizardry and Young Living Essential Oils -The best type of massage according to Ben Greenfield...16:00 Pulse Centers PEMF table Michael Tyrrell's Whole Tones Kion Aminos Onnit New Mood -The importance of fellowship with like minded people...18:30 Wolf pack vs. alone time (there's a need for both) Book: The Second Mountain Book: Falling Upwards BGF podcast: Brief Words Of Wisdom, Introspection & Insight From Ben Greenfield Need for man talk with other men, not your woman BGF podcast: Vision Quests and Rites of Passage -Drew's workout practices and regimens...27:10 BGF article: Why Juicing is Bad by Drew Canole "A lot of it is mindset..." Track: HRV, sleep, Oura Ring, Apple Watch Lifting heavy stuff (1x/ week is sufficient) BGF podcast: The Only Self-Quantification Wristband You'll Ever Need Fast 4x/week (16 hr. intermittent fast) -Why the 2 CEO's doing this interview don't have an office at their respective companies...37:25 Drew goes into the Organifi office 3x/week, but has delegated most decision making roles to others Ben is at the Kion office sporadically; is out speaking, researching ingredients for future products BGF podcast w/ Kion COO Angelo Keely Importance of positive company culture -How to cope with traumatic experiences...41:17 TRE (Trauma Release Exercises) Book: Trauma Through A Child's Eyes by Peter Levine Trauma gets stored in the vagus nerve Tremors move trauma out of the body -The power of water...45:30 Water affects human physiology positively BGF podcast w/ spearfisher Kimi Werner Anastasia book series  Learn to be comfortable underwater, along with water wildlife -Drew's love of music and creative activities...51:00 Pantheon steel hand drum (left and right hemispheric integration) Owns a baby grand piano Simply Piano app Halo headset Here's a photo of a handpan drum like the one Drew played on the show -About Drew's garden...55:30 Switched seasonally: tomatoes, leafy greens, squash Orgonite buried in the soil Compost with worm castings Citrus trees Meditate and ground with the earth in the garden Solfeggio and classical music can be helpful -Technologies and biohacks Drew is experimenting with...59:30 NeuFit HyperVibe Bemer mat Pulse Centers PEMF mat NuCalm -How Drew gets the best possible sleep...1:04:15 "Observe your day like an eagle watching from above. If you judge at all, do the next day. Until you can go an entire day without judging." BGF podcast w/ Peter Martone There's a whole different level of being "awake" Book: Biology of Belief Book: Mind to Matter -The one thing Drew wants the BGF audience to take away from the interview...1:10:00 -And much more! Resources mentioned in this episode: - Organifi - ChiliPad - Essential Oil Wizardry - Young Living Essential Oils - Michael Tyrrell's Whole Tones - Kion Aminos - Onnit New Mood - Book: The Second Mountain  by David Brooks - Book: Falling Upwards  by Richard Rohr - BGF podcast: Brief Words Of Wisdom, Introspection & Insight From Ben Greenfield - BGF podcast: Vision Quests and Rites of Passage  with Tim Corcoran - BGF article: Why Juicing is Bad by Drew Canole - Oura Ring - BGF podcast: The Only Self-Quantification Wristband You'll Ever Need with Will Ahmed - BGF podcast: with Kion COO Angelo Keely - Book: Trauma Through A Child's Eyes by Peter Levine - BGF podcast: How To Get Started With Spearfishing and Why It’s So Good For Fitness & Food: The Kimi Werner Podcast  - Books: Anastasia books Series by Vladimir Megre - Halo headset - NeuFit - Bemer mat - NuCalm - BGF podcast: The Problem With Sleeping On Your Side, How To Sleep On Your Back, Little-Known Sleep Enhancement Tricks & Much More! with Peter Martone - Book: Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton - Book: Mind to Matter by Dawson Church - Books by Drew Canole Episode sponsors: -Kion Clean Energy Bars: Satisfying, nutrient-dense, real-food energy bars with a delicious chocolate coconut flavor! Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire Kion order when you use discount code: BGF10. -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -Vuori: Activewear and athletic clothing for ultimate performance. Vuori is built to move and sweat in, yet designed with a West Coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly into everyday life. Receive 25% off your first order when you use discount code: "ben25" -Birdwell Beach Britches: Quality is our Gimmick isn’t just our slogan, it’s a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. 100% money back guarantee. Get 10% off your order, PLUS free shipping on any order over $99 when you use discount code: BENG. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Drew or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Aug 22, 2019
Peptides Unveiled: The Best Peptide Stacks For Anti-Aging, Growth Hormone, Deep Sleep, Hair Loss, Enhanced Cognition & Much More!
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Since releasing a previous podcast episode about peptides, I've received a ton of questions about them, including: -What's the best way to store peptides and for how long are they stable? -What's the most updated anti-aging peptide stack? -What's the best nootropic or cognition enhancing peptide formula? -Can peptides be used to slow or stop hair loss? -What's the unique peptide that stops gas and bloating in its tracks? So on today's podcast I have two guests. The first guest, Dr. William Seeds is a leading researcher and educator in the field of peptides. He is a Medical Doctor board certified in Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine. Anti Aging and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Seeds provides this leading edge care at the world renowned Spire Institute, Olympic Training Center in Geneva, Ohio. He has treated athletes from all over the world, helping them compete on the playing field and fulfill their dreams of winning gold metals. As a consultant for ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, he enables their dancers to stay competitive and recapture their careers after injury. Dr. Seeds is the Medical Director for the New Initiative of Regenerative Medicine at the NFL's Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio Dr. Seed's passion is bringing Peptide Medicine to the forefront as treatment of all major disease processes, traumatic injuries as well as Mental, Addiction and pain disorders. As a researcher of peptide therapy protocols for over 25 years Dr. Seeds Founded and Chairs the International Peptide Society. The only Organization with Certification and Fellowship Training in Peptide Therapies. This academic medical society leads the forefront as the Authority in Peptide practices and is the leader in Education for Physician, and health care providers. Mr. Jeremy Delk, my other guest, has been a successful entrepreneur for over a decade, with a keen eye for innovative new products, technologies and unexploited market niches. Mr. Delk utilized the financial acumen he learned in the financial sector with Fidelity Investments, while working in both Boston and NYC, to incorporate Delk Enterprises in 2002. With the growth of Delk Enterprises, Mr. Delk made the decision to move back to his native Kentucky focusing on the growth of his company, which includes the peptides arm Tailor Made Compounding. Over time, Mr. Delk expanded Delk Enterprises from primarily a real estate holdings firm to a diversified private equity portfolio including equity holdings in animal health, sports medicine, human health care, pharmacy & creating access to future IP through strategic investments in technology and human health R&D initiatives. Today positively disrupting healthcare through portfolio companies and other strategic investments is where his primary focus lies. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Just what is a peptide, exactly...7:45 Natural signaling agent made up of amino acids, sequences, chains, etc. Reproduces what the body already knows to do in signaling, neurotransmitters, hormones, enzymes, etc. Maintain a state of neutrality in a cell "We can find the pathways involved in cellular progression into generation, and change it by isolating the signaling agents that aren't working and induce it via a peptide" "Cells are intelligent; we're just giving it the ability to show its intelligence" Impacting neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, autoimmune dysfunction and more Peptides are not new; what's new is the ability to hold the peptide in the system and pinpoint the synthesis in the cells The lack of intellectual property protection causes some hesitancy among pharmaceutical companies to proceed full speed ahead on peptide R&D -How peptides can be used for an anti-aging protocol...14:20 "Aging is a disease, the #1 risk factor for everything..." Cells have different receptors to detect problems (infection, environmental stressor, etc.) Cell can organize itself and take on the adaptive stress Allostatic load: Wear and tear on the body as it is exposed to repeated or chronic stress Phenotype: The composite of the organism's observable characteristics or traits True senescent state: The condition in which cells change their phenotype Autophagy: The natural, regulated mechanism of the cell that removes unnecessary or dysfunctional components. Certain peptides can naturally upregulate cellular autophagy, thus slowing down the aging process -Which peptides should the consumer consider for an anti-aging protocol...21:05 It will vary depending on the individual A cell is like a see-saw: AMPK and mTOR AMPK gives the cell energy (calorie restriction and intermittent fasting) mTOR builds the cell back up If mTOR is always going, you can't have autophagy MOTS-c is a "magic bullet" for autophagy Corrects metabolic imbalances Improves metabolic flexibility of muscle FOX04 induces a cell into apoptosis; specific to senescent cells (cell directive) The protocol and schedule for each peptide will vary on the state and health of the user MOTS-c works by downregulating Glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK-3) If you can control GSK-3, you can control a great deal of disease processes in a cell Humanin is a mitochondrial derived peptide in the same category as MOTS-c; it has specific functions in the body when used Human in slightly more complicated in determining the dosage and mode of injection than MOTS-c Is there a protocol that would alternate MOTS-c, FOX04 and Humanin? Yes, but be aware of what mechanisms you're improving and what you're slowing down -The peptide Ben recently discovered to help with SIBO and gut stability...45:15 LL37 was discussed on Super Human Radio w/ Carl Lanore LL37 can be very powerful, but also the wrong thing to use The gut can go very well or very wrong It only works if we have all the bacteria we should all have working for us If you're feeding the gut the right nutrients, the microbes make short-chain fatty acids The gut produces its own LL37 when its functioning properly LL37 can induce discomfort and nausea if used to fight SIBO -How to best inform one's self on the proper use of peptides...52:00 They should be used under the care of a properly educated physician The International Peptide Society is a self-governing body created for oversight and accountability Other industries (such as stem cells) have suffered due to the lack of a similar organization NYT Article: At the Heart of a Vast Doping Network, an Alias -Peptide protocols to use for hair loss...58:45 PTD-DBM Used to affect suppression of Wnt/β-catenin pathway Upregulate the pathway that rescues the stem cell from being suppressed Thymosin-Beta 4 (TB4) goes after senescent cells that affect interleukin 1 beta TB500 is a generic form of TB4 GHK-Cu Valproic acid Microderm abrasion -Peptide stacks that are good for memory and cognition...1:05:25 FGL puts microglial cells into a quiescent state FGL improves already normally functioning memory; a sign it's on the right track Neuro inflammation is a big problem in the current day and age of busyness, lack of sleep, etc. Dihexa upregulates brain-derived neurotropic factors Can change a pro-inflammatory microglial cell into an anti-inflammatory one It's applied topically -Facts around ghrelin and the GHS-R1a and GHS-R1b and how it effects dosing of the GH secretagogues...1:12:05 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -My previous peptides podcast with Jean Francois Tremblay -Dr. Seed's Oral BPC-157 (use code BEN for 15% off ) -The International Peptide Society -Super Human Radio w/ Carl Lanore -NYT Article: At the Heart of a Vast Doping Network, an Alias Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Red Juice: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! 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Aug 17, 2019
Carnivore Diet, Cleaning Out Your Colon, Eating Brains, Hunting Zebras & Much More With Paul Saladino.
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Carnivore diet expert Dr. Paul Saladino was my guest on the show "The Truth About The Carnivore Diet: Everything You Need To Know About Dangers, Benefits, Mistakes & Hacks For Eating Only Meat." And now he's back! In this episode, we discuss my time at the Swiss Mountain Clinic, liver detoxes, European Biological Medicine, peptides, spirituality, hunting, survival, homemade pesto, BFR training, the carnivore diet (of course!) and much more. Throughout the course of his life, Paul Saladino has embarked on many adventures that have shaped his personal interests – including his unique, individualized approach to medicine. After studying chemistry at College of William he spent 6 years traveling and exploring. Highlights included a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, a summer in the New Zealand backcountry, and 2 years skiing and climbing in Wyoming's Teton Mountains. He returned to academic studies after these adventures, first becoming a physician assistant and practicing in cardiology before training at the University of Arizona, obtaining his M.D. in 2015. He is a certified Functional Medicine practitioner (IFMCP) through the Institute for Functional Medicine and will complete his residency in psychiatry at the University of Washington this June. When he is not researching connections between nutritional biochemistry and chronic disease he can be found in the frigid waters of the pacific northwest in search of the perfect wave. In my conversation with Paul Saladino, you'll hear... -About my recent trip to the Swiss Clinic...7:38 BGF podcast of Q&A sessions delivered at the Swiss Clinic Colon cleanses Hyperthermic therapy for cancer Liver treatments (INDIBA) UV treatments for blood Vitamin IV's Biophotonic therapy Intensive fasting first 5 days; diet customized according to individual's needs or condition Digital detox: no wifi, no bluetooth, etc. Nature therapy; hikes and walks in the mountains Ben's two boys attended BGF podcast on Unschooling -About my 12-week "bastardized" version of the carnivore diet...24:18 Very positive results Good bowel movements Good energy Significant increase in muscle mass Missed the social aspect of food (veggies from the garden, home-made recipes, etc.) "Quality of life" equation BGF podcast with Todd White of Dry Farm Wines People have varying tolerances for plant foods My two biggest takeaways from the experience Raw vegetables are interfering with my digestion Organ meats are energizing for libido, performance, muscle gain Ancestral Supplements -Nutrient profiles of organ meats...38:50 Kidney, heart and liver are high in riboflavin and Vitamin B2 White Oak Pastures Suet - fat around the loins and kidneys U.S. Wellness Meats Pack the organs when hunting "Animals will go for the viscera before the meat" Book: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky Animals in captivity become infertile when fed only muscle meat -Differing returns on investment hunting small vs. big animals...51:21 Paul Saladino's podcast with Miki Ben Dor Bigger animals have more fat Increased risk of disease, no protein in small animals Fatty fish show potential -What are the best edible plants?...54:06 Some plants contain more amino acids (ex. nettle) Plants that have a damaging effect have another one close by that will soothe it Morel mushrooms, Oregon grapes, black raspberries BGF article on curing Giardia naturally -How to understand the effect vegetables have on your body, for better or worse...1:01:00 Raw garlic helped Ben with his giardia, but otherwise can cause bloating Paul was vegan for 7 months Was bloated constantly Remained committed to the ideology in spite of the unpleasant consequences -Ben's thoughts on peptides...1:04:52 You can create amino acid sequences that target specific cellular function Some peptides cross the blood brain barrier and act as neuro inflammatory Decreased risk of all-cause mortality (Epitalon) Humanin and motsC are the two most studied peptides currently Unscheduled Not approved by FDA for human consumption The International Peptide Society Many peptides are inexpensively produced in China; have undesirable compounds in them and incorrect amino acid sequences Tailor Made Compounding The industry has expanded beyond body building to more useful functions such as mitochondrial function, gut healing, nootropics, etc. Frequency of injection varies by type of peptide and by individual need Dr. Vladimir Khavinson did clinical research on epitalon 10 day protocol, 2x yearly Inject epitalon every day Ben's personal experience with peptides Saw no noticeable effects after doing the epitalon protocol Big difference after BPC 157 and TB500 "Clean burning energy with enhanced focus" -The most radical thing Ben Greenfield has done in the last month...1:15:35 Read two books while suffering from giardia Falling Upward by Richard Rohr The Second Mountain by David Brooks "I've realized that my family isn't just my wife and kids. It's the people around me and in my community. I need to be more committed to that family as well." -And much more! Resources mentioned in this episode: -BGF podcast with Paul Saladino -BGF podcast of my Q&A sessions delivered at the Swiss Clinic -BGF podcast on Unschooling -BGF podcast with Todd White of Dry Farm Wines -Ancestral Supplements -White Oak Pastures -U.S. Wellness Meats  (code GREENFIELD gets 15% off storewide. Offer good for up to 2 orders per customer. Excludes orders over 40 lbs, sale items, volume discounts, and gift certificates.) -Book: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky -Paul Saladino's podcast with Miki Ben Dor -BGF article on curing Giardia naturally -Book: Falling Upward by Richard Rohr -Book: The Second Mountain by David Brooks Episode sponsors: -Kion Flex: A bioavailable blend to support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility, and bone health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at Kion when you use discount code: BGF10. -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -Clearlight Saunas: You can be sure that I researched all the saunas before I bought mine and Clearlight was the one that stood out from all the rest because of their EMF and ELF Shielding and their Lifetime Warranty. 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Aug 15, 2019
401: Should You Eat Carbs In the Morning Or The Evening, Tips To Increase Power & Speed, Should You Take Rapamycin, The Latest On Genetic Testing & Much More!
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Q&A Episode 401 Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the button at the bottom of the page (or go to SpeakPipe), or use the Contact button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. News Flashes...5:30   -Ben mentions this new San Pellegrino Essenza in the intro -Innovative New Process Converts Vegetables Into Meat By Feeding Them To Cows -This Obscure, Potentially Dangerous Drug Could Stop Aging (but in my opinion, there are safer ways to mimic calorie restriction with fewer side effects) -Great N=1 experiment on the beneficial effects of adding some amount (about 100g) of carbs into a ketogenic diet for athletes or active individuals Special Announcements...20:15 – Click here to follow Ben on Instagram for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes and much more. – Click here to follow Ben on Twitter for daily news flashes and research. – Click here to join Ben's free Facebook page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts and support! Here's where I'm speaking and traveling around the world coming soon. -Spartan World Championships: September 26-29. Register here -View Ben’s Calendar Here   This podcast is brought to you by: -Ben Greenfield's upcoming book, Boundless. Sign up for updates on when it will be released! -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Gold: A new take on an ancient secret: Pain-soothing herbs, incredible antioxidants, and phytonutrients all in one delicious, soothing “Golden Milk” nighttime tea! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20. -ButcherBox: Delivers healthy 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork directly to your door on a monthly basis. All their products are humanely raised and NEVER given antibiotics or hormones. New subscribers will receive 2 LBS of FREE wild caught Alaskan salmon + $20 OFF their first box by going to butcherbox.com/ben -Birdwell Beach Britches: Quality is our Gimmick isn’t just our slogan, it’s a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. 100% money back guarantee. Get 10% off your order, PLUS free shipping on any order over $99 when you use discount code: BENG. Listener Q&A Can Genetic Testing Tell You How To Exercise & Eat?...27:40 Kathleen asks: Have you heard of a company called ID Life? It does genetic testing to determine how you should exercise and what you should eat. It's relatively new technology so I want to know whether or not it's legit. In my response, I recommend: -23AndMe -DNAFit -My podcast with Dr. Mansoor Mohammed of the The DNA Company -My podcast with Karim Dhanani -Strategene -The DNAFit study I mention Tips To Increase Your Power & Speed...39:30 James asks: I'm a 35 year old basketball player. I play once or twice a week and I'm trying to increase my vertical jump and lateral quickness. I'm interested in what type of exercises or rep ranges you'd recommend in order to do that. In my response, I recommend: -Plyometrics by Function & Intensity -My article on Power and Speed enhancement Should You Eat Carbs In The Morning Or The Evening?...51:45 Charlie asks: I'm a competitive distance runner and I typically train in a fasted state first thing in the morning. I consume a post-workout meal usually within 30 minutes of finishing my run, which is in line with what you've recommended in the past. But I think I may depart from your advice just a bit by including carbs in my morning meal. I've experimented with putting off carb consumption until the evening, and my energy levels throughout the day haven't been to my satisfaction. While my main focus is performance, I was hoping to hear your thoughts on what tradeoffs from a health and longevity standpoint I might be facing by introducing carbs early in the day. Do you have any thoughts on how I might modify my routine? In my response, I recommend: -Kion Lean ------------------------------------------ Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! -----------------------------------------------------
Aug 10, 2019
Held Hostage: How The FDA Is Keeping You From Using Your Own Stem Cells (& What You Can Do About It)
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"Held Hostage. The FDA ruled last week that your own stem cells from your own fat are a drug and only they have jurisdiction over them. All stem cell treatments using your own cells in the USA now must be from bone marrow. Japan, Panama and many other progressive countries have moved in the opposite direction and have approved stem cells from your fat for their citizens due to the high safety and efficacy rate. This affects all of us. Big Pharma is now regulating your body. Legally." My podcast guest on today's show, Dr. Tami Meraglia is a double board certified MD, who recently posted to a private Facebook group we are both part of the message above. I found this post so disturbing that I invited her on my podcast to discuss the current state of stem cells and legality in the US and we take a deep dive on this show. Dr. Meraglia is the author of The Nationally Best Selling book The Hormone Secret and the CEO of Global Stemology and Seattle Stem Cell Center, the only Stem Cell Clinic in the Nation that provides complimentary hormone, nutrition and inflammation program to every stem cell patient. She is keynote speaker for the American Academy of Anti-Aging and conferences in the US, Canada, Asia and Dubai. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Fox National News and has hosted multiple radio shows. After an illustrious career in the ballet, she discovered that she had a great talent for chemistry; combining that with her intense desire to make a difference and a career in medicine was launched. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Tami's history in the realm of stem cells, and how she began using them in her practice...8:55 Her dad had COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Research to save his life led to stem cells over and over Initial treatments, while positive results, took 3-6 months or longer to see any results Further research led to knowledge of supplements, sleep, even quantum physics Book: Bruce Lipton's "Biology of Belief" "Look to the environment, not the cells" Negative thoughts can lead to the immune system shutting down Dr. Dawson Church's book "Mind to Matter" Carotenoids and the risk of developing lung cancer: a systematic review Carotenoids should be ingested as food in order to see any efficacy -How the FDA is currently regulating stem cells...15:26 Many stem cell clinics store their cells at U.S. Stem in Florida U.S. Stem uses a collaganese enzyme to break down fat and access the stem cells U.S. Stem was issued a cease and desist by the FDA Anything that is more than "minimally manipulated" (by the FDA's parameters) has become a drug, and therefore must be regulated by the FDA It must go through a pharmaceutical manufacturing process Extremely expensive process; pharmaceutical companies will profit handsomely while delivering an inferior product "Why should the FDA say we have the right to one source of stem cells and not the other?" The next wave of stem cell scrutiny will be with bone marrow Big Pharma perhaps sees stem cell industry as a threat to the status quo, hence this legal action Pain is a perceptive thing; the procedure isn't really painful Bone marrow transplant is as good or better than fat -How concerned consumers can get involved with this issue should they wish to do so...26:40 An attorney has been retained by several previous stem cell patients It's a waiting game The judge ordered all stem cells stored at U.S. Stem to be destroyed Thousands of people wrote letters asked for a stay on the motion, and it worked Visit USStemology.com if you'd like to be involved -The current legality of non-autologous stem cell sources...32:45 very small embryonic-like stem cells (vsels) are not stem cells antigen-specific immunoglobulin expressing cells synonymous with adult pluripotent stem cell (apsc) Dr. Holland Chen CoQ10 NAD antioxidants VSEL's require a light and temperature stress They pass the blood brain barrier -The type of protocols co-administered with stem cells to increase their efficacy...36:20 Can't be done with the typical Western medicine mentality If your stem cells are seeds that are growing, the soil in which it grows matters a great deal There's "clean" lifestyle and there are things that help the stem cells and the mitochondria that supports them Stem cells are attracted to areas of inflammation Don't waste them on the gut when the gut can be healed in other ways Modern farming practices make our soil deficient in magnesium -About the upcoming documentary and masterclass Tami is producing...41:15 Fasting to up regulate stem cells Intermittent fasting is ideal for most 24 hour fast is necessary for some Every spiritual discipline in the world includes fasting -Under the radar procedures related to stem cells Tami does in her practice...44:05 IV administered Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) Hyperbaric oxygen Hormones (pellet insertions) Popular with physicians who are procedure oriented BGF Podcast w/ Jay Campbell (ref. testosterone cream vs. injection) Tami's book The Hormone Secret -Why Tami is a strong advocate for the use of progesterone...56:11 "If there was a fire in my house, I'd grab my children and my progesterone..." Sleep problems are often because of a progesterone deficiency A lot of men are on progesterone (if estrogens are high) Stimulates "osteo blasts" Use caution in administering it (recommend by doctor's prescription) -Whether or not PEMF is used for the upregulation of stem cells in bone marrow...1:01:30 Rife therapy BGF article on overcoming giardia (re: rife therapy as mentioned) Tami will use PEMF outside of the U.S. Tami prays for each of her patients The Christian Gratitude Journal at ChristianGratitude.com The Healing Power Of Prayer? BGF podcast with Dr. Barry Morguelan -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Books by Tami Meraglia, including "The Hormone Secret" -Bruce Lipton's book "Biology of Belief" -Dr. Dawson Church's book "Mind to Matter" -BGF Podcast:The Single, Most Comprehensive Stem Cell Procedure Known To Humankind: How A “Full Body Stem Cell & Exosome Makeover” Works. -BGF Podcast w/ Jay Campbell -Carotenoids and the risk of developing lung cancer: a systematic review -USStemology.com -Dr. Holland Chen -Comparison of the Effects of Testosterone Gels, Injections, and Pellets on Serum Hormones, Erythrocytosis, Lipids, and Prostate-Specific Antigen -Progesterone cream on Amazon -The Effects of a Pulsed Electromagnetic Field on the Proliferation and Osteogenic Differentiation of Human Adipose-Derived Stem Cells -My podcast interview with Dr. Barry Morguelan -The Christian Gratitude Journal at ChristianGratitude.com -The Healing Power Of Prayer? Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -FBOMB: Say goodbye to sugar cravings, extra body fat, unhealthy foods and discover the amazing health and weight loss benefits of the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet! Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -Perspire Sauna Studios: Perspire is bringing infrared sauna and chromotherapy to communities across the country. They use Clearlight Full-Spectrum Infrared Saunas with Medical Grade Chromotherapy. This is the same sauna I own and I use every day. Try a week of unlimited sessions for only $49 when you check out my link! -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. Try it for free when you use my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Tami or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
Aug 08, 2019
A Little-Known Secret To Fix Your Vagus Nerve, Banish Constipation, Use Nicotine As A Biohack & Much More!
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A few months ago, I briefly mentioned on a podcast that I discovered that by taking a specific blend of nutrients to support my vagus nerve, I was able to completely get rid of morning constipation. Today, my podcast guest, Dr. Diana Driscoll, is the individual who actually designed that blend, and who knows a heckuva lot about the vagus nerve and its interplay with our bodies. Dr. Diana Driscoll is an optometrist who had always been healthy - she was also a bit of an exercise fanatic who also geeked out with nutrition. But despite this history, she was struck down by an illness that few understood and was disabled for over a decade. Ultimately, she was diagnosed with something called POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) - a disorder of the autonomic nervous system and was told there was no cure for this mysterious condition. When her children also became ill and doctors had no answers, she formed Genetic Disease Investigators to formally study these conditions. Dr. Driscoll is considered to be “the patients researcher”, bypassing notoriously slow academic research institutions to get answers quickly. Twelve years later, she is now the director of POTS Care – the only POTS Clinic focused on searching for the underlying cause of POTS, and treating it at its source. She has received two patents to date, and is now not only helping patients who are ill -- she is reaching out to healthy folks who want to improve their quality of life and maximize their health, even into old age. Dr. Driscoll graduated summa cum laude from both The University of Houston College of Optometry and The University of Texas at Austin. She is a geek, through and through. She is a member of the International Society of Neurovascular Disease, the American Headache Society, the Medical Advisory Board for EDS Network C.A.R.E.S, the American Optometric Association, the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, and served as a medical advisor for the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation.   Her peer-reviewed medical abstracts include those involving vascular abnormalities in the fundus of POTS patients, the etiology of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, and the use of acetazolamide in multiple sclerosis. She is the author of “The Driscoll Theory” and “Your Eyes and EDS”, and was the chief author of the “Ophthalmology Medical Resource Guide” for Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation.  Dr. Driscoll is the recipient of numerous awards for patient advocacy and continues to donate her time to help others across the globe through her online forum and videos on YouTube. Her work in chronic inflammation, the autonomic nervous system, collagen disorders, and organ dysfunction can help others live their best life, as well as have their best body and mind. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Diana's story and how she first became interested in her field of work...8:15 Contracted a virus during a missions trip to Costa Rica, but she was unable to kick it Difficulty breathing Poor sleep Racing heart Poor digestion Developed a tremor Memory loss Difficulty handling any type of stress Her kids began to develop similar symptoms Treatment included more exercise; but nothing worked Was disabled due to fatigue for over a decade -The results of Diana's studies and research...14:15 "Layers of discovery" over the course of several years Diana's blog The Driscoll Theory Abnormal inter cranial pressure Inflammation was a factor The exaggerated symptoms actually made it easier to discover the causes Genetics play a large role (her children experienced the same symptoms) Started by looking at the eyes (great window into systemic illness) -A working definition of POTS...21:20 POTS is not a disease, it's a symptom There was no specific diagnosis for her condition Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system ALS/Parkinson's begin with POTS symptoms Astronauts get POTS while in space, due to the lack of gravity -How dysfunction of the vagus nerve is correlated with POTS...24:30 The abnormal inter cranial pressure is indicative of a poorly functioning vagus nerve When symptoms occur simultaneously (difficulty breathing, racing heart, gut dysfunction, etc.) it could be the vagus nerve Ileocecal valve is linked to POTS and nerve function Vagus nerve controls the function of the valve Gastro motility linked to migrating motor complex (cleaning up digestive system) Triggered by signals from the vagus nerve -The nicotine-induced method Diana devised to repair the ileocecal valve...30:10 A kidney stone turned up 3 days after being cleared for kidney stones The doctor confirmed the ileocecal valve was problematic A surgeon refused to open the valve Two parts of vagus nerve: preganglionic (extremely long) and postganglionic (extremely short) Diana tried to stimulate the postganglionic nerve The vagus nerve is a nicotinic acido cholinergic nerve (nicotine is the imitator of the vagal neurotransmitter) She put a nicotine patch over the side of the ileocecal valve Within hours, the symptoms began to subside This changed the way Diana viewed the cause of the problem: It wasn't an autoimmune condition affecting the receptors It was either a preganglionic vagus nerve or a neurotransmitter problem Ultimately nicotine was not a viable long-term solution -The long-term solution Diana used to address her problem...40:10 Parasym Plus (use code GREENFIELD for 10% off on all products) Established goals: Use supplements already deemed safe by the FDA Wanted it to work in spite of genetic issues Stimulate postganglionic nerve just as nicotine did Cross the blood-brain barrier to help cognition Vagus nerve problems can be mistaken for acetylcholine production issues and vice versa CHAT gene provides instructions for making a protein called choline acetyltransferase It needed to account for nutrient malabsorption Finding the right balance between stimulation and overstimulation of the vagus nerve was a challenge Parasym is not a stool softener or a laxative; it allows a normal bowel movement by making the vagus nerve work properly Primary ingredients: Huperzine, Acetyl-L-carnitine, Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine Onnit Alpha Brain (use BEN for a 10% discount) Diana was able to acquire a patent because of the unique blend (and balance) of ingredients; it's not just another nootropic -The importance of the eyes in discovering vagal nerve issues...51:50 Pupil size is an indicator of the condition of the autonomic nervous system The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are out of balance, resulting in large pupil sizes High sensitivity to light Pupils responded more consistently than HRV -How to test for acetylcholine problems...55:00 Need to look for symptoms; there's no codified way of testing for problems Genetic tests can identify issues to a limited degree BravermanTest.com  BoundlessBook.com -The amount of time one can expect to use Parasym...58:00 Some will always need help Feeling "good enough" can be deceptive Vagus nerve is the anti-inflammatory pathway of the body Reasons typical stimulants of the vagus nerve won't work: Damage to the nerve Genetic issues Some inflammatory psydochines block the release of acetylcholine -The current direction of Diana's work and research in light of her discoveries thus far...1:03:00 -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Parasym Plus (use code GREENFIELD for 10% off on all products!) -Huperzine -Tianchi -Diana's blog at PrettyIll.com -The POTSCare.com website -Book: The Driscoll Theory  by Dr. Diana Driscoll -My podcast with Dr. Sarah Myhill "The Ultimate Guide To Beating Chronic Fatigue With Specific Vitamins, Minerals, Biohacks & More – A Conversation With Dr. Sarah Myhill." -The LUCY nicotine gum Ben chews -Onnit Alpha Brain (use BEN for a 10% discount) -Qualia Focus and Qualia Mind -BravermanTest.com  -BoundlessBook.com -My podcast on "32 Ways To Support The Vagus Nerve" Episode sponsors: -Kion Coffee: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants and health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -NetSuite: With NetSuite, you save TIME, MONEY, and UNNEEDED HEADACHES by managing sales, finance and accounting, orders, and HR instantly- right from your desktop or phone. Click my link and download the free guide: “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits”. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Diana or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
Aug 03, 2019
The Ultimate Guide To Unschooling: Top Tips To Create Free-Thinking, Resilient, Creative Young Humans Who Can Thrive In A Modern World.
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These days, traditional school, such as a public or private school, is only one of many options to get an education. You've probably heard of homeschooling (I was personally homeschooled K-12). But another method that isn't as well known is known as "unschooling" It's a method of education I've recently adopted for my boys using resources such as the book "Unschooling to University". Many parents are frustrated by the school system, perhaps because of bullying, crowded classrooms, and outdated, dull, online courses. Disengaged learners that have no say in their coerced curriculum tend to act out, tune out, or drop out. Education must change and unschooling is the fastest growing alternative method of learning. T wo decades ago, students registered with their local school based on their house address. Now, with the internet, students are borderless. Learning can occur anywhere, anytime, anyway and from anyone - including self-taught. Self-directing their education, unschoolers learn through: -Play -Projects -Reading -Volunteering -Games -Sports -Mentorship -Travel -Life In this scenario, it's then the parents' job to provide an environment rich in resources: books, videos, cameras, computer and video games, workbooks, textbooks, projects, jobs, museums, field trips, volunteer programs, atlases and maps, science centers, zoos, museums, theaters, TV, toys, concerts, musical instruments, board games, mentor and apprenticeship programs, music, internet, libraries, instructors, living history parks, art galleries and supplies, sporting venues and equipment, science equipment, corporate venues, parks, travel, and many more. In her book Unschooling to University, my guest on this podcast, Judy Arnall, explores the path of 30 unschooled children who self-directed all or part of their education and were accepted by universities, colleges and other postsecondary schools. Most have already graduated. She outlines that what children need most are close relationships - parents, teachers, siblings, relatives, coaches, and mentors within a wider community, not just within an institutional school. Educational content is everywhere. Caring relationships are not. Families that embrace unschooling do not have to choose between a quality education and a relaxed, connected family lifestyle. They can have both. Judy is a keynote speaker and distinguished toastmaster who gives interactive presentations around the world. She specializes in non-punitive parenting and education practices, and regularly appears on television interviews on CBC, CTV, and Global as well as publications including Chatelaine, Today's Parent, Canadian Living, Parents magazine, The Globe and Mail, Metro and Postmedia News. As a Certified Canadian Family Life Educator (CCFE), she teaches brain and child development, and family communication, at the University of Calgary, Continuing Education, and has taught for Alberta Health Services for 13 years. She founded the non-profit organizations, Attachment Parenting Canada Association, and Unschooling Canada Association. She is also the bestselling author of the following print and e-books:  -"Discipline Without Distress: 135 Tools for raising caring, responsible children without time-out, spanking, punishment or bribery." (Translated into 5 languages) -"Plugged-In Parenting: Connecting with the digital generation for health, safety and love." (DVD) -"The Last Word on Parenting Advice." (A lovely little journal) -"Parenting With Patience: Turn frustration into connection with 3 easy steps." (Translated into 2 languages) -"Attachment Parenting Tips Raising Toddlers to Teens." -"Unschooling To University (and colleges): Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content." As a parent of five children, who were raised without any kind of punishment, Judy has a broad understanding of the issues facing parents and the digital generation. She is the proud parent of several university graduates who self-directed their education. During our discussion, you'll discover: -When formal schools were first established, and why...9:00 Schools began around the time of the Industrial Revolution; was a means of keeping kids occupied while parents worked in factories Critics claim it's simply to create factory worker mentality; obedient citizens, quashing critical thinking It has transformed into a billion dollar industry; it's difficult to imagine life without institutionalized school The brain interacts with its environment; it's not a bucket to fill up with facts and figures -Where the modern school system has failed us as a whole...13:00 Schools have stress for kids as well as teachers Teaching is a highly stressful profession Kids experience stress via bullying, expectations, etc. The big failure: a one size fits all approach It does not encourage individualism; it can't because it's a bureaucracy Technology has revolutionized many facets of life; formal education lags behind -How unschooling is different from homeschooling...20:05 "Empowering the learner to choose what they learn, when (or if) they learn, and how they learn." It's a matter of control and ownership With homeschooling, the parents control and own the process In unschooling, the skills and knowledge are learned and embedded with the experience, applied through their curiosity Self-directed, free learning -The value of play and unstructured time when it comes to learning...24:40 Kids need a period of time to "deschool" Approximately 1 month for each year they're in school Their natural curiosity takes over and they embrace We underestimate the value of play and downtime: it gives your brain rest and time to think about creative ideas Research shows that play and daydreaming is a sign of a better equipped brain (similar to meditation) Overscheduling doesn't allow for this quality time Unstructured play means it's not dictated by adults (soccer doesn't count) Play mimics what they would learn in school, but on their own terms -The conspicuous difference in testing and its results in unschooling vs. traditional schooling...34:30 Tests and essays begin to increase around the 6th grade Teachers need to stick to the schedule; teach to the test The emphasis is on accreditation/evaluation; but the journey to the destination is important It's not as difficult to prepare for the standardized tests as one might think -Yes, unschoolers can go to college too!...41:20 No benefits in year to year testing; ties students and parents to the local curriculum Appropriate to do a standardized test at age 18 for college entrance 13 year olds can do 8 grades of math in one year because their brain is ready to understand abstract concepts A strong homeschool lobby can influence legislation and enforcement of local education laws -Creative ways to satisfy governmental education requirements...44:30 Unschooling is a methodology; many schools do unschooling within their schools Look for skills that can be learned in video games, journals, etc. -The concept of "Block learning" and why learning something every day can do more harm than good...47:35 If a child doesn't want to do a particular task, don't make them do it Turn what they do naturally and turn it into a "subject" they need to learn: math, science, etc. -What a typical day of unschooling might look like...50:00 It's relaxed Lots of family activities, such as nightly family dinner -Success stories and research on the benefits of unschooling...55:00 Team of 30 Survey of parents of unschooled children All 30 of them got accepted into university 1/3 in arts fields; 1/3 in humanities; 1/3 in STEM courses 22 of the 30 have graduated from their programs John Holt's website John coined the term "unschooling" Judy doesn't like the term because it sounds "anti-school" -How unschooling compares with a Waldorf or Montessori method of learning...1:01:00 They incorporate unschooling in their methodology without calling it that "What do you do if the child doesn't want to do that?" Is it coercive or not? Most government schools are coercive Much easier to unschool outside the school system Templates or set curriculums lead children to a preconceived outcome Kids are natural communicators and collaborators -Why "time-honored" traditions like handwriting don't need to be emphasized in schooling today...1:06:05 It takes 15 years to change a curriculum in a government school Instead learn coding, social media, blogging, youtube, etc. Life experiences, world travel can replicate what is taught in university -Resources Judy recommends to learn more on unschooling and free play...1:16:30 Books by Thomas Armstrong on Amazon Book: Free To Learn (and Peter Gray's other books on Amazon) Hslda.org -And much more! Click here for a PDF version of this episodes's show notes Resources from this episode: -Book: Unschooling to University -John Holt's website -Book: Free To Learn (and Peter Gray's other books on Amazon) -Books by Thomas Armstrong on Amazon -Hslda.org Episode sponsors: -Kion Coffee: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants and health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Glow: A plant-based beverage that helps support the body’s natural ability to produce collagen, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and protect the skin from sun exposure and toxins. Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -Policy Genius: Whether you’re an insurance expert or a newbie, Policygenius created a website that makes it easy for you to compare quotes, get advice, and get covered. -Birdwell Beach Britches: Quality is our Gimmick isn’t just our slogan, it’s a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. 100% money back guarantee. 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Aug 01, 2019
400: How To Wake Up Less At Night, Should You Eat Carbs & Fat Together In The Same Meal?, The Latest On CBD, THC, Exercise & Much More!
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Q&A Episode 400 Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the button at the bottom of the page (or go to SpeakPipe), or use the Contact button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. Click here for some tips on how to have the best chance of having your question featured on the show! News Flashes...10:15 -Natural Giardia Remedies -This is pretty cool… It’s why CBD can “wake you up” in the morning, but then a similar dosage at night can enhance sleep and increase Deep Sleep percentages: Read more here. -BGF podcast w/ Ted Achacoso -The new “CBD is Toxic To The Liver” study claims are bullshit, and here's why. -The latest on weed and exercise performance - basically, it may slightly reduce anaerobic performance (e.g. power output while cycling all-out) and may also cause slightly higher inflammation (but these were only VERY slight differences). Read about it here. -I’m personally pretty happy that alcohol is slowly getting replaced by sexy new alternatives (although I still endorse one healthy glass of wine or healthy cocktail each day, many simply can’t stop at that): Read more Special Announcements... - Click here to follow Ben on Instagram, and get ready for some epic stories about his morning, day and evening routine!  Here's where I'm speaking and traveling around the world coming soon. - View Ben’s Calendar Here -August 3-4 - Aspen Snowmass  This podcast is brought to you by: -Kion Lean: Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Red Juice: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Birdwell Beach Britches: Quality is our Gimmick isn’t just our slogan, it’s a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. 100% money back guarantee. Get 10% off your order, PLUS free shipping on any order over $99 when you use discount code: BENG. Listener Q&A: How To Wake Up Less At Night...34:45 Mike asks: Do you have any advice on improving the restfulness metric in the Oura app? I'm doing well with deep and REM sleep, but it says "pay attention" on restfulness. Do you have any thoughts on why that might be? In my response, I recommend: -Podcast: The Effects Of Exercise, Carbohydrates, Saturated Fat, Protein, Fiber & Micronutrients On Sleep! -Ooler bed cooler  (use code BEN25) -Red light trick for iPhone -Iris app  -L-Theanine or a packet of Reishi with any cups of coffee after noon -CBD (here are the three options I like): BioCBD Element Health CBD  (use code BEN15) Wild Health CBD  (BEN10 for 10% off) -Sleepstream -Pzizz -Bose wired noise-blocking headphones -Mindfold sleep mask -My podcasts with Dr. Joe Zelk on sleep apnea -24 hour Pulse Oximeter -Genova Diagnostics GI Effects 3 day Stool Panel The Best Way To Lower Stress During Detoxification...58:05 Kaitlin asks: I've noticed what appear to be signs of impaired or blocked elimination while under psychological and physical stress, specifically acne and PMS. If such a relationship does exist, how could one tamper the effects cortisol has on detoxification and/or support detoxification better under periods of stress? In my response, I recommend: -My article on breathwork -My podcast on 32 different ways to hack the vagus nerve -Thorne Iso-Phos -Inner Peace -Pulsecenters -Stephen Porges work on polyvagal theory -Autonomic Nervous System and the Liver Should You Eat Carbs & Fat Together In The Same Meal?...1:09:30 Ben asks: So many people say that if you eat carbs alongside fat, you're going to store the fat because of the insulin response from the carbs. However, it seems pretty hard to never mix the two and a meal especially if you're doing strength training with some high intensity and you want to get those calories up. Like for example, when you posted that long article about your muscle mass gains protocol from a few months ago. There were things like extra virgin olive oil alongside tubers and things of that nature. That makes sense to me intuitively, but I was curious if I could get your take on if there's an upper limit on the amount of carbs that is safe to consume alongside fat if you are an active person. In my response, I recommend: -Dietary patterns reflecting healthy food choices are associated with lower serum LPS activity -Endotoxemia is modulated by quantity and quality of dietary fat in older adults. Giveaways & Goodies - This week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! ------------------------------------------ Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! -----------------------------------------------------
Jul 27, 2019
The 7 Different Reasons You Age (& Potent, Proven Molecules To Enhance Longevity & Slow Aging)
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I recently read the book "The Kaufmann Protocol: Why We Age and How to Stop It". It is the first comprehensive approach to aging that tackles why we age, and then recommends a strategic, scientific formulation to decelerate the process. The book brings practical information to everyday people, and takes the science of aging out of the laboratory and into the real world. The first half of The Kaufmann Protocol discusses aging on a cellular level, which separates it from all other anti-aging fads. We age because our cells age and it is this understanding that allows the protocol to combat aging for people from all walks of life. This is presented in terms of the seven tenets, or categories, of aging which comprise topics such as DNA alterations, mitochondrial energy, and aging pathways. These are explained in both scientific and laymen terms, such that anyone can understand the process. A series of analogies paralleling the cell to a factory assist the reader in following the logic. The second half of the book reviews the top fifteen molecular agents that curb the aging process. Each agent is examined, discussed and then rated in terms of the seven categories, thus granting it a Kaufmann Rating number. This number is essentially a snapshot of its anti-aging properties, and allows the reader to create a regimen to fit their personal needs. Alternatively, the book suggests the most common protocol, the PANACEA, which is a combination of five molecular agents. This regimen is fantastic for most people over the age of 40, but it certainly is not comprehensive. With the tools and knowledge presented in this book, the reader can determine what is best for them as individuals. This book is also meant to be a complimentary addition to the Kaufmann Protocol App which will allow the user to track their progress and stay up to date with all of the new scientific findings that will continue to make aging truly optional. Dr. Sandra Kaufmann began her academic career in the field of cellular biology, earning a Master’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in Tropical Ecology and Plant Physiology. Turning to medicine, she received her medical Degree at the University of Maryland, and completed a residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins in the field of pediatric anesthesiology. For the last seven years she has been the Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, a nationally recognized center of excellence. Her avid interest in the science of anti-aging begun many years ago as an intense hobby. Utilizing her knowledge in cell biology, human pharmacology and physiology, this hobby has now become a main focus. The Kaufmann Protocol represents years of non-clinical research leading the first ever, comprehensive theory of aging, complete with an explanation of why we age and the tools to decelerate the process. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Dr. Kaufmann, a pediatrician, became interested in longevity and anti-aging... She became interested in it simply because she wanted to enjoy her life as long as possible After reading and researching, she realized there was no overarching theory, nor a comprehensive system on anti-aging and longevity Aubrey de Grey's SENS Research Foundation -Dr. Kaufmann's 7 Tenets of aging... The 7 Tenets of Aging Information Systems (DNA) Cellular Energy (Mitochondria, NAD) Cellular Pathways (AMP Kinase and mTOR system) Quality Control (autophagy) Security System (Immune system) fails for 3 reasons: Unable to fight infection over time Cells become cancerous over time Upregulates systemic inflammation Work Force (Individual Cells) Short acting cells (few hours to a few days) Goldilocks cells (1-12 years) Cells that live forever Senescent vs. quiescent cells Quiescent is reversible, a state of repair Senescent is partially repaired; damaged but still of some use Waste Management (AGE's, lipofusion) -The numerical ratings system Dr. Kaufmann created based on the 7 Tenets of aging... The Kaufmann Rating System Ratings are from 0-3 (0 being of no value, 3 being highly efficacious) Criteria to determine efficacy: Does it work in theory Does it work in a test tube Does it work in a small rodent lab Does it work in humans It gives people an educated guide to make decisions for themselves -How the app Dr. Kaufmann created helps people understand their genetics and longevity... The "My Protocol" app Her work began as a hobby, yet more and more people came to her seeking a protocol; the app was created to help as many people as possible The app experience Starts out with a quiz Asks if you want a standard protocol or if you want to build your own It follows you every day Rates exercise and foods -The most overhyped yet least effective ingredients, as well as the most effective... The up to date list of recommended ingredients and compounds from Dr. Kaufmann's website The least effective Vitamin E; astaxanthin and delphinidin are more potent alternatives BGF podcast w/ Dr. Barrie Tan on Vitamin E supplements Co enzyme Q Fish oils Use Visomitin eye drops and Carnosine eye drops for superb vision The most effective: Pterostilbene Astaxanthin Nicotinamide Riboside Curcumin Carnosine -Pterostilbene: Why is it so great?... Epigenetic modifier Very strong free radical scavenger Increases activity of endogenous antioxidants Activates your sirtuins Activates AMP kinase Caloric restriction mimetic (tells your body you're starving when you're not) Increases DNA repair mechanisms Increases autophagy Similar chemically but more potent than Resveratrol -Why Astaxanthin is the bomb... Bioastin is Dr. Kaufmann's favorite brand (edible sunscreen) Increases exercise capacity It's not a supplement because there is no endogenous astaxanthin in our system -The magical attributes of Carnosine... Gets into your muscle and is a buffer (don't get the burn) Transglycosylating agent; blocks formation of AGE products Men have more than women, and young people have more than old people Can only get it from muscle -Dr. Kaufmann's thoughts on the latest research regarding Metformin and its hampering of mitochondrial response to exercise... It uncouples mitochondria and electron transport chain; becomes less efficient May not be the best for an athlete (unless you take it at night) Everything is "best guess" when it comes to dosing for anti-aging Take branch chain aminos Decreases absorption of B Vitamins -Dr. Kaufmann's anti-aging lifestyle beyond the supplements and compounds discussed thus far... Rock climber Haritaki holiday Chebulic acid is the strongest antiglycation agent there is A huge flood intermittently is the best way to go Doesn't use stem cells -The maximum potential human lifespan based on protocols like the Kaufmann Protocol... -And much more Click here to get a PDF version of the show notes for this episode Resources from this episode: -The Kaufmann Protocol: Why we Age and How to Stop It -My podcast with Dr. Barrie Tan -Visomitin eye drops -Carnosine eye drops -BCM95 Curcumin -Metacurcumin -Superessentials Fish Oil with Astaxanthin -Organic haritaki powder (for chebulic acid) -My podcast with Bill Andrews about TA65 and TAM818 Compounds recommended by Dr. Kaufmann -Aloe Vera - 5,000~10,000 mg/day -Alpha Lipoic Acid - 300~600 mg/day (diabetic treatment- 600~1,800 mg/day) -Andrographolide (Andrographis Paniculata) - 400 mg/day -Apigenin - 50 mg/day -Astaxanthin - 2~12 mg/day (Athletes 12 mg/day) - take with food -Astaxanthin - 2~12 mg/day (Athletes 12 mg/day) - take with food -Astragalus TA-65 - 100~250 mg/day (Cycloastragenol 5~25 mg/day, Astragaloside IV 50 mg/day) -Carnosine - 500 mg - 2 times daily -Chebulic Acid - 200~500 mg/day (Can take up to 1,000 mg/day) -Cistanche Deserticola - 675 mg/day -Curcumin -Delphinidin  (usually available as Maqui Berry) - 500~2,000 mg/day -EGCG - 400~500 mg/day (1 cup Green Tea = 50 mg) - Take without food -Ecklonia Cava - 50 mg/day -Ellagic Acid - 250~500 mg/day -Melatonin - 3~10 mg/day - Take before bedtime -Metformin - 500~2,000 mg/day -Naringenin - 250~500 mg/day -Nicotinamide Riboside - 250~500 mg/day -Polypodium - 500 mg/day -Pterostilbene - 50~150 mg/day - Take with food -Pyridoxamine - 50~250 mg/day -Quercitin - 500 mg/day (up to 1,200 mg/day) -Resveratrol - 100~250 mg/day (up to 500~1,000 mg/day) -Rosmarinic Acid  (available as Lemon Balm or Rosemary) - 100~400 mg/day -Sulphoraphane - 400 mg/day -Yerba Mate - 600~900 mg/day Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Harry's Razors: Try the shaving company that’s fixing shaving. Get a $13 value trial set that comes with everything you need for a close, comfortable shave when you go to harrys.com/greenfield -State and Liberty: Whether you're sitting in an office, traveling for work, or looking to dress it down, these are the best possible dress shirts from style, to fit to comfort. Type in discount code “BEN” to get 10% off your first order, or head to one of our store locations in New York City, Boston, or Chicago and mention this podcast to get 10% off your order. -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. Try it for free when you use my link! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Kaufmann or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
Jul 25, 2019
Bonus Episode: Brief Words Of Wisdom, Introspection & Insight From Ben Greenfield.
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Lately, I've been thinking quite a bit about life. I've been engaged in some deep introspection and self-inspection, which I think is healthy for everyone to do on a regular basis. In this case, I was forced into this exercise of self-examination, and into a state of extreme humbleness and ego dissolution when I failed to complete a recent event. See, during the Train to Hunt National Championships in Colorado, I came down with an extremely high heart rate, dizziness, extreme fatigue, and an inability to simply put one foot in front of the other. This was likely a combination of pushing myself too hard lately (in both work and travel), along with mild jet lag from having just returned from Europe, the 9700 foot altitude of the race that I hadn't had a chance to prepare for, and a cluster of other emotional factors (feeling guilty about being away from my kids again, missing my wife, feeling too distant from my company Kion) that basically left me dropping out of the race, and lying in my hotel room bed for about twelve hours, barely able to sleep, staring at the ceiling, and thinking generally about life. This is what I posted on Instagram about it. It wretched my heart to have to drop out of the Train To Hunt National Championships competition this weekend. Although I didn't wake up feeling 100% I never imagined I wouldn't make it through the day. I am a firm believer in the sage wisdom that "Pain Is Temporary, But Quitting Lasts Forever". And I’ve only ever had one DNF in my life. However, in this case in very high altitude and extreme heat, my body and brain were sending me every signal that I needed to hit the brakes hard - shortness of breath, very high heart rate, numb hands and feet, extreme dizziness - the works. Feeling like this, I made it through the first several hours of the competition, but realized at that point I needed to live to fight another day. I never like it when I can't "represent" on the field of battle the way I should be able to, but I know when I need to stop before I do lasting damage. Don’t worry, I’ll be back in action soon! A post shared by Ben Greenfield (@bengreenfieldfitness) on Jul 15, 2019 at 9:16pm PDT As I lay there with a journal, a bottle of water, and a plate of kiwi fruit (about all I could find that was healthy to eat in the local area), I had some interesting thoughts that I think you may find valuable for your own life, and give you deeper insight into where I'm coming from, and where I plan to go in the future. Now one thing that you need to understand is that I'm a fan of personality tests. It's something that we are actually very big on at Kion: everyone takes an Enneagram,and my personal Enneagram score puts me in a very, very high category of a what's called a Perfectionist (type 1)and an Achiever (type 3). That is a pretty dang dangerous one-two combo (or I suppose in this case, a one-three combo) because, as you can imagine, this causes me to expect a lot of myself in every task that I attempt to perform while simultaneously taking on a lot of tasks all at once. That's an exhausting combination that in many people can lead to burnout, into spinning too many plates at once, and into trying to do everything that you're doing (which is often too many things) perfectly. This means that you do everything with near-perfect precision but have zero time left over for relaxation, for hobbies, for family, or for self-care, or... ...perfection becomes impossible to sustain, projects begin to decline in quality, and all those plates you're spinning crash to the ground, then eventually you crash to the ground too. In addition, the Achiever personality type on the Enneagram dictates that one who fits that profile tends to try to be who others expect them to be, or at least who they think that others expect them to be. As a matter of fact, the direct quote from the Enneagram is that... ..."in the headlong rush to achieve whatever they believe will make them that more valuable, Achievers can become so alienated from themselves that they no longer know what they truly want or what their real feelings are. Thus, the deeper problem is that their search for a way to be of value increasingly takes them further away from their own essential self with its core of real value. Step-by-step, their own inner core - their heart's desire - is left behind until they no longer recognize it." Now that problem, combined with the perfectionist mentality, can create a person who tries very, very hard to seek the approval of others, to be perfect, to try to be someone they're not and to neglect what makes them truly happy. And frankly, I feel like I've begun to slip into that scenario myself. That's not to say it's wrongto want to achieve excellence in things. Nor is it to say it's wrongto want to achieve great things in life and create a lasting impact. Indeed, when steered in the right direction in a state of true authenticity and also a state that enables one to accept the fact that they cannot be perfect, one can go on to achieve great things as an Achiever and a Perfectionist. But in my case what I've done to myself is this: I've built constant 24/7 pressure to do many things all at once - to be fit as a fiddle for my next event, to be a CEO of a massively expanding supplements company, to complete a huge book, to be on an airplane nearly every week to give a speech, to juggle podcast appearances, podcast production, article writing, article editing, to maintain attempts to write fiction and make music simultaneously, to coach ten different executives and CEOs and athletes who rely on me for advice, and to try to fit in time with family and spiritual growth in the process. For example, take the constant pressure I place on myself to be on the "pointy-edge" of fitness. In the past, I have told others (I think in partial error) that in order to drive you to be motivated to be fit, you must always be signed up for something that slightly scares you, pushes you to the cliff edge of fear, or challenges you while pushing you far outside your comfort zone—and while this can be healthy, in some cases it can backfire. In my case this means, that I'm finding myself no longer able to travel and spend time with my family without waking up an hour early to crush the gym, to sit in a movie without feeling like I should be out training, to enjoy life without simply thinking about whether or not I'll be ready to represent on the starting line of a race, and to do just about anything without the thought at the back of my mind that I need to be that perfect person who inspires others to greatness and must be able to perform at the drop of a hat. It's been that way for a long time. Whether I'm competing in tennis tournaments, bodybuilding, water polo, volleyball, cycling, triathlons, obstacle course races or anything else, there's never really been a time since I was thirteen years old that I haven't had some type of event I was preparing for, or that I haven't worn the mask of an athlete, a competitor, a gladiator, or a warrior. In addition to feeling the pressure to be fit for the next event, I often also feel that I need to project the perfect person to the world: the perfect skin with no crow's eyes and no suspicion from anyone that anything I'm doing in the anti-aging department isn't working, the perfect six-pack abs, rippling muscles, extreme fitness and everything that I've grown to define myself as... ...because I'm under the impression that that's who the world expects me to be. To dig myself even deeper into that while all my bios, and all the information about me you can find on the internet, or when I'm getting up on stage to speak, are not focused on whether I'm smart or intelligent or witty or studious or any of those things that I try to try to maintain and pride myself on, but instead: what sets this guy apart is that he's the Ironman triathlete, the masochistic globetrotting adventurer, and the man who's able to handle any physical obstacle. I truly feel like that has dug me into this hole of needing to be that person—that hard-charging, high-achieving CEO with the chiseled chin who can handle anything life throws at them and simultaneously kick your ass in a 10K, triathlon, the gym, or anywhere else. Well, let me tell you something: that's exhausting to constantly be that person, and I often feel like I'm a failure if I'm notachieving. I feel like I'm a failure if I'm just lying around reading a work of fiction or watching a movie with my children. In that scenario, I feel as though I'm somehow shorting myself and not being that person who I'm called to be. And sure there's somewisdom to that: there's somewisdom to the idea that you don't want to laze around and spend your time unwisely; but at the same time that mentality can be taken to the extreme, and it can very much affect those around you because they sense that what you'd rather be doing is figuring out a way to make yourself even more perfect and go out and achieve even more. But what's interesting is when I wrote my entire Lifebooklast year—a book that dictated everything I hold dear in life, the mark I want to make upon the world, what will be written on my tombstone, and much more—frankly, being an extreme athlete wasn't really a big part of that book. Sure, I did include the fact that I think it's important that I occasionally go out and engage in challenging adventures like climbing a mountain or swimming in an icy cold river or doing something that makes me a little bit physically uncomfortable—and I think that's fine. However, I think that my life has become skewed much too far in that direction, and the other elements of my Lifebook that I dictated that I hold dear—such as being in a community and forming close friends and building quality relationships and spending more time with my children and immersing myself in nature and building my spiritual self—have been allowed to fall by the wayside because there simply isn't enough time to do all that and also push my body to the absolute limits with exercise, travel, and work. It's a vicious cycle, isn't it? Race, achieve, project the perfect person, post that person to Instagram, rinse, wash, repeat.  But when I stop and ask myself: what do I really want? What do I really want?And even more importantly, what would God want of me? Well, in this stage of my life, after a deep amount of introspection the past couple days, I can especially tell you that, in addition to simply spending more time with my children, with my wife, and forming deep, meaningful relationships with other people, I want the following... ...I want to be more present in my local community: I want to know my neighbor's names, I want to attend events in my local community, and I don't want to feel like I have to hop on a plane or go to a conference or go to a mastermind or go to a meet-up in order to be with my friends. Instead, I want to build ties and roots in my local community... ...furthermore, I want to be able to help people without feeling rushed. I want to be able to find out about, for example, an opportunity to go play my guitar at a nursing home or go volunteer at a park cleanup, or go help out at my church, or go do other things that involve helping others—and not look at my calendar and think "Well crap, I can't do that because I've stretched myself too thin, I'm busy and I'm in some other state, some other country, or some other nation far from my home." I'm not saying that I don't want to still travel the world and help people and use the platform that God has given me in that way to affect global change in people's lives when it comes to their health and fitness and longevity and spirituality and happiness—but again, there's an imbalance. I have almost no ties in my local community... ...I want to spend more time in nature, but not time in nature as a workout or time in nature being crushed in a race. I just want to be able to go out and learn more of plants, of plant medicine, of hunting, of tracking, of trekking, of building with my hands, of spending time in sunshine and fresh air and water because I want to and not because I'm there to run intervals or to post an Instagram story about how good I am at wild edible identification. Instead, I want to be able to enjoy nature for the simple sake of nature... ...I want to participate in sports without the feeling that everything has to be a workout. I want to play tennis like I did when I was a kid for hours, where I was just hitting balls and having fun with my friends. I want to be able to swim and hike and even lift weights and go to the gym, which I love to do, but without the pressure of it needing to be an absolute sufferfest because I have some event I'm supposed to be in peak physical fitness for... ...I want to care for my spirit and build my spiritual muscles in the same way I've built my physical body. I want to wake up in the morning and know that I have the time to pray and to meditate, to grow more deeply in my relationship to God, to memorize Scriptures, and even to fast. I've said this before, but there are many times when I want to fast and I want to to take care of my body in that way (almost as a religious practice), but can't because, yet again, I must dump calories down the hatch to be ready for the next workout and to get me fueled for the next hardcore masochistic event... ...I want to have the freedom, flexibility, and time to be able to devote focused, deep work and excellence into building my company Kion, and not feel as though it's a rushed afterthought because there are so many other items on my plate or because I feel like my company expects me to be out working out or buffeting my body so I can go be the big, perfect frontman face of the company. I want to build a company that will change the world, and me running around in the forest with my shirt off throwing spears at shit isn't really a sustainable, scalable way to make that happen, no matter how many likes it gets on social media to drive traffic to a product... ...and finally, I want to do what I know truly makes me happy and has made me happy since I was a child. I want to write and play more music and I want to write and read more fiction. Both of those things are elements that I draw a great deal of happiness out of, and that might sound selfish, but I want to create music that makes people happy. I want to write books that tell the hero's journey and inspire people. And I don't want every piece of content I create to be about the next injectable anti-aging molecule or pill you can pop or biohacked workout, but instead perhaps just a nice story about a princess, an elf, and a dragon that makes children smile. So when I close my eyes and I see myself five years from now, I've achieved that balance. I have friends and relationships and local community and volunteering and time with my family. I have a deep relationship with every plant in my backyard and the acreage around my house and I actually know the names of all our Nigerian dwarf goats and I help my wife with planting the garden and tending to the fruit trees. I'm still enjoying physically challenging events, and I'm still a healthy human specimen, but not in the way I've been doing it—not as a hardcore athlete, but instead as someone who enjoys physical culture because it makes them feel good, not because they have the pressure to perform. I want to transition from being an athlete to being a mentor, a teacher, and a well-rounded person who enjoys and has time for other aspects of life. I'm telling you all this so that you can simply know my position, so that you can know where I'm coming from, and so that as you see me evolve over the next several months and years, you can realize that I still have a deep desire to explore the depths of performance and fitness and health and longevity and biohacking and beyond, but in a balanced manner that doesn't turn me into a person who is simply sitting on a plane, lonely and banging out yet another article on biceps and abs while I travel to a conference to speak to a group of people and foster the relationships I've built afar because I don't have any back home. I simply can't take the pressure of being that perfect person any longer, and I realized that the pressure that I've placed upon myself to climb Mount Everest every day is not truly making me happy. I don't want to be that alpha male with the yin dominance and huge bank account, but with tired eyes and a wife and children who resent him. I don't want to be full of sadness or regret on my deathbed because in the end I really just made a lot of money and did some hard things but never actually built a lasting, meaningful legacy, changed people's souls, made my family happy, or took time myself to smell the roses and savor life.   So I'm in a transitional phase. Yes there are certain obligations that I have committed to this year such as competing in some obstacle course races and doing some physically challenging events; but after that, I really truly want to focus more on simply enjoying life with far less of the extreme pressure and on building a platform of balanced health, longevity, adventure, joy, and fulfillment in life for myself and for others. And that's why I've created this article for you: so that you can understand where I'm coming from and perhaps so that you can learn a few things about yourself in the process. So I thank you for reading all this. I hope it's given you a little bit of perspective on who I am and where I'm coming from and where I plan to go. Feel free to leave any of your own questions, comments, feedback, wisdom and insight below. 
Jul 22, 2019
399: The Latest Science On Low Carb Diets, Is Fasting An Eating Disorder, Should Lean Females Fast, How To Combat Sleep Deprivation & Much More.
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Q&A Episode 399 Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the button at the bottom of the page (or go to SpeakPipe), or use the Contact button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. Click here for some tips on how to have the best chance of having your question featured on the show. - The morning brew recipe Ben mentions in intro: Alright, this recipe is fully loaded fuel that tastes like ambrosia of the gods. I tried it out this morning and my brain has been humming along quite nicely since about 5am. Here's the full recipe (yeah, you need plenty of ingredients, but it's worth it). Into a Nutribullet or any other heat-friendly blender, add the following: - 2 heaping tablespoons of MiCacao mix (this is a mix of cacao nibs and cacao shells that gives you the experience of drinking pure chocolate with no calories) - 2 packets Four Sigmatic Chaga mushroom extract - 2 packets Four Sigmatic Lion's Mane extract - 1 dropperful Omica Organics butterscotch toffee stevia - 1 teaspoon of a good salt (I used Colima salt) - 12-16 piping hot ounces of Kion Coffee Blend on high for about 90 seconds, then open your blender carefully as contents can expand and get foamy (and the foam is oh-so-delicious). I may or may not have also put 0.5 grams of psilocybin extract into this mix, but that's your call. ;) Bon appetit! News Flashes...5:30 Turns out a very low carb diet doesn’t seem to impair high-end exercise performance but there are SO many variables to this that I’ll unpack in next podcast. If you are eating a very low carbohydrate diet and also limiting calories for the goals of weight loss, this study shows that you sure as heck better also be lifting weights. It's so ridiculous how the media thinks "fasting" is a newfangled eating disorder. They should read this. Interesting! A new review looks into the optimum exercise intensity, type, and duration for boosting mood. Special Announcements...28:45 - Click here to follow Ben on Instagram, and get ready for some epic stories about his morning, day and evening routine!  Here's Where Ben Is Speaking And Traveling Around The World Coming Soon - August 3-4, 2019: Colorado Rockies Ultra, Beast, and Sprint Weekend -  Aspen, CO. The mountains are calling! High in the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, team members from my company, Kion and I will be experiencing the immense beauty of Colorado while conquering climbs, crawls, carries, and traverses. We hope to see you there! Sign up here! - September 12 - 15, 2019: RUNGA Immersion, Napa Valley, California. I attend this total mind-body reboot retreat each year with my wife, Jessa, to connect with a handful of friends and YOU can be one of them! I would love if you could join me at this retreat. Click here for details on this incredible event! - September 27 - 29, 2019: Spartan World Championships, Squaw Valley, California. Right beside Lake Tahoe, this epic venue was once host to the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Join me there for the greatest obstacle course race in North Tahoe Lake, Olympic Village, CA. Sign up here! - View Ben's Calendar Here This Podcast Is Brought To You By - Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. - Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! - Native: Native creates safe, simple, effective products that people use in the bathroom everyday. Count on trusted ingredients and trusted performance. Shop at my link and save 20% off your first purchase when you use discount code: BEN Listener Q&A Is Fasting Dangerous For Lean Females? Jenny asks: You've mentioned on the podcast that fasting doesn't always work well for lean females. So should lean females like myself avoid fasting altogether? Or is there a fasting protocol you would recommend that will have a positive impact on my health? In my response, I recommend: A recent tweet: Intermittent fasting + resistance training IS effective fat loss strategy for females but they did not analyze long term effects on endocrine system, thyroid function, etc.: Get Fit Guy's Guide To Achieving Your Ideal Body Type KetoFast book by Joe Mercola (and my podcast with him) Jason Fung's "Complete Guide To Fasting" How Newborn Parents Can Sleep Better Jack asks: You mentioned in Q&A 398 about the physiological changes that occur in men when they become fathers. About a month ago, my wife gave birth to identical twin boys, and as you know, all sleep schedules go out the window. Do you have some tips to improve sleep quality when I'm bound to be waking up every 2-3 hours during the night? In my response, I recommend: Sleepstream App NuCalm  (use code: BEN500 for $500 off  for the Performance and the Pro) Yoga Nidra Modafinil Qualia Mind or Qualia Focus Short frequent bursts of exercise or endurance, aerobic exercise Rotate nights, not rotate feedings Blue light blockers (Ben recommends RA Optics) when you get up at night to feed Red incandescent bulbs CBD Vape Pen (BioCBD is good brand) C-Reactive Protein Levels and Tendinitis Jackie in Japan asks: Is it possible to have plantar fasciitis and full-blown achilles tendinitis in both feet and have a C-reactive protein level of .01-.03? In my response, I recommend: Mention chronic vs. acute Kion Flex How Far From Your Body Should Infrared Light Be? Darryl asks: How close to my body should I put the JOOVV Go? The manual says it should be 2-6", but I oftentimes will put it directly on my skin to help heal an injury and it seems to be just fine. I also heard you say in a previous podcast that your wife puts the device on her face. Can you give some guidance on how close is too close? In my response, I recommend: JOOVV Lights Giveaways & Goodies - This week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! ------------------------------------------ Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! -----------------------------------------------------
Jul 20, 2019
Ben Greenfield Q&A: Detox Myths, Amino Acids While Fasting, Muscle Gain Protocols, Cell Phone Dangers & Much More!
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In this podcast, recorded during the Swiss Clinic retreat that I led in the Swiss Alps two weeks ago, we cover a host of questions from attendees. Strap yourself in and prepare for this massive Q&A that includes the following: -Are you increasing mTOR by taking Kion Aminos throughout the day vs. around a workout? [6:25] 1 gram of amino acids = 1 gram of protein Any protein can be anabolic Exercising with 10 g of aminos is more effective than in a pure fasted state -What are the best protocols for eliminating heavy metals and toxins, and how do you measure success? [10:20] Process vs. Event. Daily detox is far more effective than a yearly or quarterly The Longevity Diet by Dr. Valter Longo Ben's Kitchari recipe BGF podcast with Dr. Dan Pompa BGF podcast with Dr. Satchin Panda Ben's personal protocol Sauna treatment everyday Coffee enema weekly Rebounder and vibration platform Biggest detox organ is the skin Mass spectrometry Onegevity NutrEval by Genova Diagnostics GI Effects 3 day gut test Wellness FX Once in a Lifetime Genetic Test Tree of Life BGF podcast w/ Dr. Kharim Dhanani Microbiome analysis: Viome or Onegevity -How to find relief from exercise-induced rhinitis [18:40] HistaBlock Avoid dairy -Is there a threshold between the sympathetic and parasympathetic state? [21:30] There is no threshold Autonomic nervous system sends signal to the heart via vagus nerve Good balance between the two dictates the vagus nerve communication with the heart will be clear High HRV is indicative of healthy balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems Breath work is highly efficacious -What is the latest science on carnivore, ketogenic, vegan diets? [28:15] There is no one "perfect" diet to follow; it's highly individualized Be aware of your ancestry and adjust your diet accordingly Periods of caloric restriction are very beneficial Ben does a Kitchari cleanse 4x per year -How dangerous are WiFi, cellular, 5G signals? [35:15] BGF podcast w/ Nick Pineault The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMF's by Nick Pineault BGF podcast w/ building biologist Brian Hoyer Shielded Healing dirty electricity filters Will humans evolve to tolerate these hazards? BluShield signal scrambling device Acoustimeter Holding your phone makes you a conductor of EMF Phase Angle (recommended by Dr. Mercola) Defender Shield bluetooth device Yur Buds (amazon) -Ben's thoughts on vaping, particularly CBD [47:25] -Ben's thoughts on the Viome results recently discussed on the podcast [49:35] BGF podcast on Ben's Viome test results Kion Flex is being reformulated When eating at a steak house: HistaBlock Kion Lean Gluten Guardian (4) Charcoal capsules before bed -What is the cause of low ferritin? [57:06] High ferritin is usually the concern Look at diet adjustments High red blood cell turnover Ferritin pyrophosphate - Floradix (link) Increasing intake of iron could be risky for men -How does one know they're ready to begin the process of detoxification from heavy metals and toxins? [1:00:20] -What is a MTHFR gene mutation and should anyone care? [1:04:00] Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch Stratagene, Dr. Lynch's company Impaired metabolism It would affect a supplementation protocol -What has piqued Ben's interest in the realm of anti-aging [1:06:40] Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) Deuterium depleted water BGF podcast w/ Robert Slovak of Water and Wellness Auto immune control Mistletoe extract (link) Keto, CBD, infrared light Hyperthermia Awareness of mitochondrial health Mitigation of EMF Stem cell treatments -Ben's thoughts on Carbon 60 [1:13:30] An upcoming podcast will be on the topic -Should fats be combined with starches? [1:16:00] Potential oxidation of cholesterol Formation of lipopolysaccharides -How can skinny guys gain muscle mass? [1:20:15] Similar to a body builder's approach (stronger by science) Dan John's 18 Week protocol Creatine (link) Peptides -What kind of massages Ben recommends [1:24:55] Deep tissue massage is very beneficial; injury-free Every Wednesday, 2.5 hr. massage Essential oils Music w/ healing frequencies Essential Oil Wizardry BGF podcast w/ Dr. Nick Berry -What do you recommend to enhance recovery from exercise and recovery from injury?...1:28:30 BPC 157 and TB500 peptides Amino acids PEMF therapy Infrared sauna JOOVV light Water and non-weight bearing exercise Magnesium bath salts Fasting (with caution) -Is airplane mode on our cell phones safe, or should we turn them off completely while we're sleeping? [1:32:25] -What can parents do for their pre-teen children to become strong and healthy young adults? [1:33:45] Unschooling to University by Judy Arnall John Holt Free to Learn by Peter Gray -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - The Longevity Diet by Dr. Valter Longo - Ben's Kitchari recipe - BGF podcast with Dr. Dan Pompa - BGF podcast with Dr. Satchin Panda - HistaBlock - The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMF's by Nick Pineault - BGF podcast w/ Nick Pineault - BGF podcast w/ building biologist Brian Hoyer - Shielded Healing dirty electricity filters - Acoustimeter - BGF podcast on Ben's Viome test results - Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch - Stratagene, Dr. Lynch's company - BGF podcast w/ Robert Slovak of Water and Wellness - Dan John's 18 Week protocol - Essential Oil Wizardry - BGF podcast w/ Dr. Nick Berry - Unschooling to University by Judy Arnall - Free to Learn by Peter Gray Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. 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Jul 18, 2019
132 Pound Bow Draws & 3000+ Calories Burnt Per Day: How Fit Were Our Ancestors (& Where Do Plants & Grains vs. A Carnivore or Ketogenic Diet Fit In)?
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When it comes to diet, water, medicine, awareness, nature immersion, movement, hormesis, community, and ancestral technologies, not many folks know quite as much as my guest on today's show: Arthur Haines. Arthur is a Maine hunting and recreation guide, forager, ancestral skills mentor, author, public speaker, and botanical researcher. He grew up in the western mountains of Maine, a rural area that was home to swift streams known for their trout fishing. He spent most of his childhood in the Sandy River Valley hiking, tracking, and foraging. Arthur now runs the Delta Institute of Natural History in Canton, Maine, where he teaches human ecology, focusing on the values of foraging, wildcrafting medicine, and primitive living skills. His series of YouTube videos has inspired thousands of people interested in foraging wild edible and medicinal plants. Arthur recently authored a very big book that I thoroughly enjoyed, entitled “A New Path: To Transcend the Great Forgetting Through Incorporating Ancestral Practices into Contemporary Living”. This guide is a comprehensive work on nature connection and rewilding, detailing how to incorporate ancestral practices into modern living. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The criteria by which humans have become "domesticated"...7:38 Altered temperament -- milder than in the natural state Cows originated from aurochs (now extinct), which were very fierce Altered social hierarchy (establish that humans are in authority) Our ancestors lived a more egalitarian lifestyle than we do today Altered diet  Diet today is far different, oftentimes poorer in quality The ability to breed in captivity Humans consider pregnancy/giving birth to be an ailment 99% are institutionalized; take moms out of their most comfortable habitat Arthur maintains that humans display all of the above traits of domesticated animals -How fit were our hunter/gatherer ancestors...14:00 Very active lifestyle out of necessity, depending on resource density Micmac people (still exist in N. America) estimated to travel over a million acre home range over the course of a year What we travel on foot today is a fraction of that 10k steps a day would be close to the average of hunter/gatherers (5-10 miles per day) Arthur does not engage in any type of self-quantification Draw weight of bows among our ancestors: The more energy required to bend the bow, the more energy can be imparted to the arrow Most bows today are ~50 lb. draw Bows of hunter/gatherers were much higher; ~70 lb. The highest recorded were over 130 lbs. -The calorie consumption and burn of our ancestors, contrasted with the modern office worker...23:40 Recent studies have conflicting results; some say it's the same, others say it's far less today Humans tend to be bigger today than in ancestral times; results in more calorie expenditure Hunter/gatherers spent far more calories moving Calorie expenditure today due to complexity of the food Diversity of movement in ancestral times is lost in the modern gym or fitness center -Arthur's personal fitness or movement routine...29:40 Lots of walking; humans are meant to walk with episodes of running Paddling or carrying canoes Grains are milled by hand "Active lifestyle with bouts of athleticism" Brazilian jiu jitsu 1-2 times per week High Intensity Repetitive Training, HIRT (was mentioned in Q&A 398) Moving a killed animal over terrain "True cross fit" training can be found in everyday life, particularly in hunting -How indigenous diets fit within the context of the modern ketogenic or carnivore diets...42:00 Be aware of biological norms 97% of our time on the earth has been as hunter/gatherers Homo sapiens have been shown to be as old as 315,000 years Domesticated human diet for just a short time Wild plants were a huge component of their diets (~60%) Ancestors were not in ketosis on a regular basis Low carb diet is a "new" diet It is efficacious in treating things like epilepsy, not so much as a weight-loss strategy -Arthur's thoughts on the carnivore diet as a sustainable lifestyle choice...51:48 No group of people in history have ever been pure vegetarians Some have eaten mostly meat due to necessity Plants can't be grown due to climate/terrain, etc. However, they would gather plants in large quantities when available Large proportion of Vitamin C would come from plants Diet can be an actual therapy; drugs just cover the symptoms Plants can help us fight off the deleterious aspects of nature (sun exposure, toxins in the air, etc. BGF podcast about the book "Nourishment" by Fred Provenza BGF podcast with Dr. Paul Saladino -How the variety of species of plants that we currently consume compares to what our ancestors would have eaten...1:00:40 Plants are edible for a finite amount of time in the wild; a natural protective mechanism as a result Hypotensive and hypertensive compounds in the same plant; certain suites of plants win out depending on the person Average # of plants consumed by American diet is 30, Many of them are only one species; ex. collards, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, are the brassica oleracea species No real diversity in the diet Inupiat people have been documented to ingest 40+ different plant foods; more than the average American diet Over 100 foods in warmer climates -How the micronutrient or vitamin content in modern produce compares to wild plants...1:05:00 Stark contrast between wild and cultivated Minerals Vitamins Sometimes up to 100x more than what we find in the store Small berries have more skin; large berries are counterproductive Dillution effect: Individual fruits end up with lower mineral content than what's found in the wild Are backyard gardens wild or cultivated plants? Difference in genetics of most cultivated species Lettuce has been tampered with; it's more bitter in the wild Difference between organic and conventional (sprayed) produce When we tend plants, they don't need to work as hard to protect themselves Seedless grapes don't have nearly the same nutritional value More fiber in wild foods than in cultivated "Minimally modified plant foods" means eating closer to the wild What about grains? What is making the grains we consume today bad for us? Evidence of grain consumption up to 105,000 years ago Stone ovens that are 30,000 years old Diversify, properly prepare, choose the right type of grains Jared Diamond's book "Collapse" -Ancestral skills Arthur believes fully re-wilded modern humans should have...1:22:15 Hunter/gatherer is not a viable goal The entire goal is sovereignty: to lose  our dependence on industrial society Begin with recovering your health: diet, movement, exposure to toxins, etc. Don't worry about how much or how little you know Primitive living schools are becoming more common (avoid the prepper schools) -And much more Resources from this episode: -Book: A New Path: To Transcend the Great Forgetting Through Incorporating Ancestral Practices into Contemporary Living -Arthur's YouTube channel -ArthurHaines.com -My podcast with Katy Bowman -My podcast about the book "Nourishment" by Fred Provenza -My podcast with Dr. Paul Saladino -My latest podcast with Dr. Steven Gundry -Jared Diamond's book "Collapse" Episode Sponsors: -Kion: Join us on our 5-Day Meditation Challenge from 15-19 July! 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Jul 13, 2019
398: Top 12 Keto Myths, The Dark Side Of Tabatas, Dad Bod, Healthy Sunscreen Alternatives & More!
01:32:08
Q&A Episode 398 Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the button at the bottom of the page (or go to SpeakPipe), or use the Contact button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. Click here for some tips on how to have the best chance of having your question featured on the show! Ben's travels and extensive travel gear...1:42 lessemf.com Lambs radiation proof underwear RA Optics Pac Safe Theft and RFID preventing bags Hydrogen-rich water Activated charcoal Ample Keto Meal Replacement Shake EMF Portal mentioned News Flashes...15:00   -Top 12 keto myths debunked (WARNING - these studies were performed in diabetic patients NOT in active athletes)   -It’s pretty shocking how many nutrition studies rely on self reported data when we KNOW people vastly underestimate the # of calories consumed: Click here to read up on it.   -This incredibly helpful portal summarizes all systematically scientific research data on the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) - with an inventory of 28,495 publications and 6,364 summaries of individual scientific studies on EMF, updated daily -Interesting - how men’s bodies change when they become fathers   -The dark side of Tabata sets (and a potentially better alternative) Special Announcements...41:40 - Click here to follow Ben on Instagram, and get ready for some epic stories about his morning, day and evening routine! Here's where I'm speaking and traveling around the world coming soon. 13-14 July -- Train to Hunt nationals in Mesa, CO 27-28 July -- Race the River Sprint Triathlon in Couer d'Alene, ID 3-4 August - Aspen Snowmass Late September -- Spartan World Championships in Lake Tahoe, CA - View Ben’s Calendar Here This podcast is brought to you by: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. Try it for free when you use my link! Listener Q&A: The Problem With Sunscreen (& What To Do About It)...55:15 Alex asks: There are a lot of claims from the sunscreen industry about its ability to reduce or remove the risk of skin cancer. From what I've seen, the rates of skin cancer have increased, as has the use of sunscreen. What are your thoughts on that, and what are some of your strategies in regards to using sunscreen? In my response, I recommend: -Article: Is Sunscreen The New Margarine? -EWG.org guide to sunscreens -Healthy sunscreen recipes -Superessentials fish oil with astaxanthin -Dr. Thomas Cowan's vegetable powders -A New Path book by Arthur Haines -Sunlight Makes You Skinny & Blue Light Makes You Fat: 11 Ways To Biohack Light To Optimize Your Body & Brain Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide Benefits...1:10:56 Steve asks: I've used the food-grade hydrogen peroxide in the One Minute Miracle every day for several years. I didn't hear you mention it on your recent water podcast, so I want to get your take on it. In my response, I recommend: -35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide Does Hydrogen Rich Water Feed SIBO Bacteria?... Kathy asks: I've heard you talk a lot about hydrogen-rich water lately on the podcast. If someone has hydrogen-dominant SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), is hydrogen-rich water or the tablets going to be a good thing for them to ingest? In my response, I recommend: -Active H2 Molecular Hydrogen from Water & Wellness (Dr. Robert Slovak's website) -My podcast on hydrogen water with Tyler Lebaron -Drinking hydrogen water and intermittent hydrogen gas exposure... -Intestinal Microbiota Ecological Response to Oral Adminstrations of Hydrogen-Rich Water -Effects of the long-term consumption of hydrogen-rich water on the antioxidant activity in female Chinese soccer players Giveaways & Goodies - This week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! ------------------------------------------ Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! -----------------------------------------------------  
Jul 11, 2019
Part 2: How To Identify The Lies That Popular Media Spews About Wellness (& My Reply To “The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked”)
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Click here for a downloadable PDF version of show notes for this episode.    The popular website Vice published a controversial article last week entitled "The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked." Chock full of skepticism about keto, colonics, charcoal, and more, the article created plenty of buzz—both good and bad—across the internet... ...and in today's podcast, I'm going to address the Vice article in full, including debunking plenty of the BS that was in the article, presenting research-based facts about so-called wellness myths (including a few that will surprise, such as the truth about charcoal toothpaste and sea salt), and set the good folks at Vice right. Enjoy, and be sure to leave your own comments and feedback in the comments section below. You can find Part 1 of this series, where I debunked the first 22 "myths" found in the article here. Now, here are my responses to Myths 23-44: -Myth #23: Red yeast rice supplements aren’t that effective at lowering cholesterol...7:08 Red Yeast Rice: Benefits, Side Effects and Dosage Contains monacolin K (same thing found in statins) Some forms don't contain doses as high as found in literature Can affect cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure Greater insulin insensitivity Prevented increases in cholesterol levels in rats Decreased tumor levels and cancer cell growth Red yeast rice supplements contain only trace amounts of monacolin K (check label carefully) -Myth #24: You should not eat your placenta...11:30 Placenta – Worth Trying? Human Maternal Placentophagy: Possible Benefit and Potential Risks Nutritional composition: whole host of vitamins, interesting hormonal profile Effective in treating depressive moods, post-partum depression Not much human clinical research verifying the efficacy of eating the placenta -Myth #25: Microwaves are not bad for you...15:38 The Two Sides of the Story: Is Microwave Radiation Harmful? Dehydrates, hurts the taste of food It may not be bad for your food, but it may be bad for you Non-native EMFs -Myth #26: Crystals do not store healing, stress-relieving energy...18:55 How Crystals Work: The Science of Crystal Healing LCD: Liquid Crystal Display Crystals contain quartz (cilica dioxide) Much of modern computing depends on crystals Marcel Vogel: Pioneer of crystal research Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton Mind to Matter by Dr. Dawson Church No human clinical research on crystal's efficacy on healing and stress relief Himalayan Salt Lamp -Myth #27: You do not need a colonic to power-wash your intestines...24:20 Is a Colon Cleanse Actually Beneficial? What You Must Know... Can be helpful for some people Limited research to show its efficacy Need to repopulate the colon with a probiotic after a colonic hydrotherapy People feel amazing after the therapy; release of bile by the liver May be worth investigating if you have chronic constipation (after other resources have been exhausted) -Myth #28: Don’t drink red wine because you think it’s healthy...28:33 "I could probably do a whole podcast on the health benefits of red wine." --Ben Greenfield Contribution of Red Wine Consumption to Human Health Protection Resveratrol claims have been greatly exaggerated Blue zone inhabitants habitually drink red wine Blue Zones, by Dan Buettner Women are at lower risk for many health issues Good effects on cardiovascular system Beneficial for heart cells When wine paired with physical exercise, improve LDL to HDL ratios dramatically Beneficial effect on blood pressure The French Paradox: Lessons for Other Countries Fit Vine Wine (Use code: GREENFIELD for 10% off) BGF podcast w/ Todd White of Dry Farm Wines -Myth #29: Epsom salts don't relieve muscle pain...36:54 Pharmaceutical Influences of Epsom Salts | Insight Medical Publishing Sulfate ions may help in removing toxins and heavy metals from cells Ben uses magnesium sulfate salts, not Epsom salts Weekly bath in Epsom salts can support recovery, relaxation, sleep Vice is correct on the claim on muscle pain -Myth #30: You can’t cure depression by working out...40:30 Can Exercise Prevent Depression? Here's What the Science Says | Time Magazine Exercise can protect against depression, but depression doesn't prevent someone from exercising Weightlifting and running increase blood to the brain Small amounts improve mental health (walking after a meal) Numerous studies contradict the claim from the vice  article -Myth #31: Meditation isn’t always soothing...43:40 Meditation is a Powerful Mental Tool - And for Some People It Goes Terribly Wrong Some get hyper-aroused when they meditate; could be because of increase in mindfulness Can be avoided with proper instruction and preparation -Myth #32: Cryotherapy doesn’t help your muscles recover...45:52 Whole-Body Cryotherapy Decreases the Levels of Inflammatory, Oxidative Stress Cold-water immersion is superior to whole-body cryotherapy; but cryotherapy is effective in muscle recovery May not see a marked improvement immediately after, but it does help in recovery -Myth #33: Food intolerance tests are based on shoddy science...48:28 Four Pillars of Excellence Ben agrees with this one! Cyrex Labs -Myth #34: Eating soy isn't going to give men boobs...50:48 Should Men Cut Back On their Soy Intake? Gynecomastia This myth is the result of one individual who claims his man boobs are the result of increased soy intake Eat fermented forms of soy Estrogeneration by Dr. Anthony Jay -Myth #35: The birth control pill does not cause breast cancer...53:33 GPR30 Gene Polymorphisms Are Associated With Gynecomastia Risk in Adolescents Oral Contraceptives and Breast Cancer: A Review of the Epidemiological Evidence With an Emphasis on Younger Women Study Finds Weak Link Between Birth Control and Breast Cancer New Study Finds Relationship Between Birth Control and Cancer -Myth #36: Hydrogen water isn’t better water...58:20 What is Hydrogen Water? Benefits & Effects - SelfHacked Hydrogen affects 63 different diseases because of impact on free radicals, cells, etc. H2 safe for stroke patients Parkinson's patients show improvement Protective effect in the brain, specifically hippocampus Anti-inflammatory effects, and anti-oxidative effect Bottom line: Ben doesn't agree... -Myth #37: You don't need to work out on an empty stomach to lose fat...1:03:23 Fasting and Exercise: What Are the Benefits? Intermittent Fasting for Athletes: Benefits and Concerns This one is partly true, but you can definitely lose fat while working out on an empty stomach Possible decrease in testosterone Can affect muscle buildup -Myth #38: Vitamin IV drips don’t do anything for healthy people...1:06:24 Ben agrees with this one IV Vitamin Therapy: Your Questions Answered BGF Podcast with Dr. Craig Koniver -Myth #39: The fat-burning effects of high-intensity interval workouts have been exaggerated...1:08:57 Fat Loss Showdown: Does HIIT or Steady State Cardio Burn More Fat? Study showed 3x greater fat loss in a HIIT regimen vs. steady state Post-exercise oxygen deficit Increase in metabolic rate that stays longer than steady state exercise HIIT may have appetite suppressing effect Ben agrees that some of the claims have been exaggerated, however HIIT is superior to steady state training -Myth #40: The concept of a “superfood” is misleading...1:12:04 Superfoods: Health Benefits, Uses and Risks Some "superfoods" have been blown out of proportion; however some foods are clearly more nutritious than others (blueberries vs. Oreos) -Myth #41: There’s no reason for healthy people to avoid nightshades...1:14:40 Are Nightshade Vegetables Bad for You? An Evidence-Based Look Paleo auto-immune protocol -Myth #42: Celery juice won’t cure your health problems...1:17:55 Ben agrees Celery Juice: Benefits and Myths Celery isn't bad for you, but its benefits are limited Any benefit is usually from the celery leaf, not the juice -Myth #43: You can lose weight without cutting carbs...1:21:07 Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb? Major Study Concludes: It Doesn't Matter for Weight Loss -Myth #44: There are no known health risks associated with eating genetically modified foods (GMOs)...1:24:00 Ben disagrees Research Exposes New Health Risks of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes and Salmon Ten Scientific Studies Prove that Genetically Modified Food Can Be Harmful to Human Health DNA from genetically modified crops have been shown to transfer to humans GMO cord has caused tumors in rats Glyphosate linked to birth defects and many more issues GMO risk assessment based on very little science recommendations Resources mention in this episode: - The article on vice.com mentioned throughout this series   - Red Yeast Rice: Benefits, Side Effects and Dosage   - Placenta – Worth Trying? Human Maternal Placentophagy: Possible Benefit and Potential Risks   - The Two Sides of the Story: Is Microwave Radiation Harmful?   - How Crystals Work: The Science of Crystal Healing   - Is a Colon Cleanse Actually Beneficial? What You Must Know...   - Contribution of Red Wine Consumption to Human Health Protection   - The French Paradox: Lessons for Other Countries   - Pharmaceutical Influences of Epsom Salts | Insight Medical Publishing   - Can Exercise Prevent Depression? Here's What the Science Says | Time   - Meditation is a Powerful Mental Tool - And for Some People It Goes Terribly Wrong   - Whole-Body Cryotherapy Decreases the Levels of Inflammatory, Oxidative Stress   - Four Pillars of Excellence   - Should Men Cut Back On their Soy Intake?   - GPR30 Gene Polymorphisms Are Associated With Gynecomastia Risk in Adolescents   - Oral Contraceptives and Breast Cancer: A Review of the Epidemiological Evidence With an Emphasis on Younger Women   - Study Finds Weak Link Between Birth Control and Breast Cancer   - New Study Finds Relationship Between Birth Control and Cancer   - What is Hydrogen Water? Benefits & Effects - SelfHacked   - Fasting and Exercise: What Are the Benefits?   - Intermittent Fasting for Athletes: Benefits and Concerns   - IV Vitamin Therapy: Your Questions Answered   - Fat Loss Showdown: Does HIIT or Steady State Cardio Burn More Fat?   - Superfoods: Health Benefits, Uses and Risks   - Are Nightshade Vegetables Bad for You? An Evidence-Based Look   - Celery Juice: Benefits and Myths   - Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb? Major Study Concludes: It Doesn't Matter for Weight Loss   - Research Exposes New Health Risks of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes and Salmon   - Ten Scientific Studies Prove that Genetically Modified Food Can Be Harmful to Human Health - Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton - Mind to Matter by Dr. Dawson Church - Himalayan Salt Lamp - Blue Zones, by Dan Buettner - Fit Vine Wine (Use code: GREENFIELD for 10% off) - BGF podcast w/ Todd White of Dry Farm Wines - Cyrex Labs - Gynecomastia - Estrogeneration by Dr. Anthony Jay - BGF Podcast with Dr. Craig Koniver Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -ButcherBox: Delivers healthy 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork directly to your door on a monthly basis. All their products are humanely raised and NEVER given antibiotics or hormones. New subscribers will receive 6 burgers for FREE + $20 OFF their first box by going to butcherbox.com/ben -NetSuite: With NetSuite, you save TIME, MONEY, and UNNEEDED HEADACHES by managing sales, finance and accounting, orders, and HR instantly - right from your desktop or phone. Click my link and download the free guide: “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits”. Got questions, comments or feedback for me about anything I discussed in this episode? Leave a comment at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/vicepodcast2, and I'll reply!  
Jul 06, 2019
Part 1: How To Identify The Lies That Popular Media Spews About Wellness (& My Reply To "The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked")
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"The popular website Vice published a controversial article last week entitled "The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked". Chock full of skepticism about Keto, colonics, charcoal, and more, the article created plenty of buzz - both good and bad - across the internet...   ...and in today's podcast, I'm going to address the article in full, including debunking plenty of the BS that was in the article, presenting research-based facts about so-called wellness myths (including a few that will surprise, such as the truth about charcoal toothpaste and sea salt), and set the good folks at Vice right.   Enjoy, and be sure to leave your own comments and feedback in the comments section below."   In this solosode, I'll break down the "myths" discussed in the article one by one... -Myth #1: Is pink Himalayan salt more nutritious than regular table salt?...9:47 90% of table salt is full of microplastics (have often been found in some sea salts) Downsides of Himalayan salt: Comes from Pakistan, sold cheaply, contain impurities Only 4% more trace minerals than table salt Contains iron Ben prefers Celtic sea salt: It's more pure and less contaminants BGF Podcast with Robert Slovak Colima Sea Salt Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt: potential health impacts? 12 Reasons You Should Take Sea Salt -Myth #2: Lectins are not bad for you...15:00 Abstract P238: Remission/Cure of Autoimmune Diseases by a Lectin Limite Diet Supplemented With Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Polyphenols | Circulation Lectins, agglutinins, and their roles in autoimmune reactivities 1 in 5 people suffer from some form of an autoimmune condition; these are aggravated by lectins in our diets Remission in lectin-free diet -Myth #3: Probiotics can't boost your mood, immune system or overall wellness...17:48 Effects of Probiotics on Mood - Full Text View - ClinicalTrials.gov The Effects of Priobiotics on Mood and Emotion The effects of probiotics on depressive symptoms in humans: a systematic review -Myth #4: Kombucha isn't making you any healthier...19:40 8 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Kombucha Tea Has all the health benefits of tea: polyphenols, cholesterol reduction, etc. 4 studies show kombucha reduces liver toxicity in rodent models by up to 70% Acidic acid can kill off harmful bacteria in the gut Watch out for residual sugars Blood sugar controlling properties -Myth #5: “Natural sugars” like agave syrup and coconut sugar aren’t any better for you than the refined white stuff...22:57 Coconut Sugar: Is It Good For You? Coconut sugar has far more minerals than regular sugar: zinc, polyphenols, etc. Glycemic index score: 35-40; table sugar much higher (60 and above) -Myth #6: Antiperspirant does not cause breast cancer...25:40 A Case-control Study Adds a New Piece to the Aluminum/Breast Cancer Puzzle Use of Underarm Cosmetic Products in Relation to Risk of Breast Cancer: A Case-Control Study There's no "smoking gun" but enough anecdotal evidence to be concerned -Myth #7: "Alkalizing" your body with alkaline water (or anything else) is not a thing...28:30 BGF Podcast with Robert Slovak Systematic review of the association between dietary acid load, alkaline water and cancer | BMJ Open Alkaline Water and Longevity: A Murine Study More alkalinity is not better Hydrogen rich water (Use code BEN for 30% off) -Myth #8: Apple cider vinegar is good for salads...31:51 6 Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Acidic acid in vinegar kills pathogens, natural antibacterial Shot of apple cider vinegar improves insulin sensitivity during a high carb meal Can educe fasting blood sugar by 4% Reduce blood pressure Regulate kidney function -Myth #9: You don’t need to detox with a juice cleanse... BGF Article: The Best 2018 Detox Program Dandelion extract Ginseng Milk thistle extract Zinc lozenges Don't abuse the liver and kidneys and expect them to function properly -Myth #10: Activated charcoal is only helpful if you’re in the ER and need your stomach pumped...42:28 What are the Benefits of Activated Charcoal? -Myth #11: Charcoal toothpaste doesn’t strengthen your teeth...45:50 Ben agrees with this one Charcoal toothpaste may cause tooth decay and will not whiten teeth Health charity explores the facts and myths of charcoal toothpaste | Oral Health Foundation -Myth #12: The ketogenic diet isn’t a magical weight-loss trick...47:40 Ketogenic Diets: Long-Term Nutritional and Metabolic Deficiencies Causes a deficiency in potassium Renal acid load, will further strip minerals from the body Folate deficiencies: consume liver or folate supplements Vitamin C deficiency: fix with supplementation or plants and berries -Myth #13: Lemon water will not boost your metabolism...51:59 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water How to drink water with lemon and preserve your tooth enamel | The Well: bodymindheartspirit Contains folate, potassium, Vitamin C Blood circulation, insulin sensitivity benefits High amounts of citrate, helps treat kidney stones Can hurt tooth enamel -Myth #14: Dark chocolate is probably not better for you than other sweets...55:17 What are the Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate? Cacao contains antioxidants High levels of minerals Rich in magnesium and zinc Stimulates nitric oxide Hefty research to support chocolate's efficacy -Myth #15: Gluten is perfectly fine for the vast majority of people...58:30 Non-celiac gluten sensitivity - Wikipedia Gluten is an aggravator of autoimmune issues Intestinal damage Alter DNA and oxidative balance Irritable bowel issues, neural inflammation Book: Grain Brain Gluten Guardian -Myth #16: You can’t sweat out toxins...1:01:46 Blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study: monitoring and elimination of bioaccumulated toxic elements Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury in Sweat: A Systematic Review Sweat is a significant way to rid of over 120 toxicants -Myth #17: Infrared saunas do not detox you or burn fat...1:03:33 Infrared Sauna Treatment: Are the Claims Backed Up? - Dr. Axe Ben uses sauna treatment every day (Clearlight Saunas use code GREENFIELD for $500 off) Improves heart function, increase in HRV Decreases pain and stiffness Improves cognitive behavior, lifting mood -Myth #18: Coconut oil will not help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol, or kill germs or viruses...1:06:08 Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Book: The End of Alzheimers by Dale Bredesen Books by Mary Newport Many populations eat large amounts of coconut and have low rates of heart disease Significant appetite stabilizing effects Used in epileptic patients to enter ketosis Many studies showing reduction in eczema Used as a sunscreen Reduce visceral fat -Myth #19: Oil pulling is not dental care...1:10:57 Oil pulling for maintaining oral hygiene – A review -Myth #20: The claims about collagen supplements are way overhyped...1:13:35 Oral Collagen Supplementation: A Systematic Review of Dermatological Applications - PubMed - NCBI -Myth #21: Weighted blankets aren’t a treatment for mental health issues...1:15:40 Do Weighted Blankets Really Ease Sleeplessness? | Psychology Today -Myth #22: Organic cotton tampons and menstrual cups aren’t safer...1:18:00 Do We Need Organic Tampons? A Review Of The Science - HelloGiggles Resources mentioned in this episode: - Vice article discussed - Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt: potential health impacts? - 12 Reasons You Should Take Sea Salt - Abstract P238: Remission/Cure of Autoimmune Diseases by a Lectin Limite Diet Supplemented With Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Polyphenols | Circulation - Lectins, agglutinins, and their roles in autoimmune reactivities   - Effects of Probiotics on Mood - Full Text View - ClinicalTrials.gov   - The Effects of Priobiotics on Mood and Emotion   - The effects of probiotics on depressive symptoms in humans: a systematic review   - 8 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Kombucha Tea   - Coconut Sugar: Is It Good For You?   - A Case-control Study Adds a New Piece to the Aluminum/Breast Cancer Puzzle   - Use of Underarm Cosmetic Products in Relation to Risk of Breast Cancer: A Case-Control Study   - Systematic review of the association between dietary acid load, alkaline water and cancer | BMJ Open   - Alkaline Water and Longevity: A Murine Study   - 6 Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar   - BGF Article: The Best 2018 Detox Program   - What are the Benefits of Activated Charcoal?   - Charcoal toothpaste may cause tooth decay and will not whiten teeth   - Health charity explores the facts and myths of charcoal toothpaste | Oral Health Foundation   - Ketogenic Diets: Long-Term Nutritional and Metabolic Deficiencies   - Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water   - How to drink water with lemon and preserve your tooth enamel | The Well: bodymindheartspirit   - What are the Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate?   - Non-celiac gluten sensitivity - Wikipedia   - Blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study: monitoring and elimination of bioaccumulated toxic elements. - PubMed - NCBI   - Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury in Sweat: A Systematic Review   - Infrared Sauna Treatment: Are the Claims Backed Up? - Dr. Axe   - Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil   - Oil pulling for maintaining oral hygiene – A review   - Oral Collagen Supplementation: A Systematic Review of Dermatological Applications - PubMed - NCBI   - Do Weighted Blankets Really Ease Sleeplessness? | Psychology Today   - Do We Need Organic Tampons? A Review Of The Science - HelloGiggles - Colima Sea Salt - BGF Podcast with Robert Slovak - Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar - Book: Grain Brain - Book: The End of Alzheimers by Dale Bredesen - Books by Mary Newport Episode Sponsors: - Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. - Organifi Gold: A new take on an ancient secret: Pain-soothing herbs, incredible antioxidants, and phytonutrients all in one delicious, soothing “Golden Milk” nighttime tea! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20. - Vuori: Activewear and athletic clothing for ultimate performance. Vuori is built to move and sweat in, yet designed with a West Coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly into everyday life. 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Jul 04, 2019
From Green Tea To Psilocybin: The Routines, Diet, Lifestyle, Supplements & Sage Advice From One Of The Top Natural Medicine Docs On The Face Of The Planet - The Dr. Andrew Weil Podcast.
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Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he also serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health as well as the Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology. He is a best-selling author of 15 books on healthy living, including: -Mind Over Meds -Fast Food, Good Food -True Food -Spontaneous Happiness -Healthy Aging -8 Weeks to Optimum Health Oxford University Press is currently producing the Weil Integrative Medicine Library, a series of volumes for clinicians in various medical specialties. -Integrative Oncology (co-edited with Dr. Donald Abrams, 2d. ed. 2014). -Integrative Psychiatry -Integrative Pediatrics -Integrative Women’s Health (2d. ed. 2015)  -Integrative Rheumatology -Integrative Cardiology -Integrative Gastroenterology -Integrative Nursing -Integrative Men’s Health-Integrative Dermatology -Integrative Pain Management -Integrative Environmental Medicine-Integrative Preventive Medicine -Integrative Psychiatry and Brain Health More volumes are in progress. Dr. Weil also serves as the editorial director of drweil.com, the leading online resource for healthy living based on the philosophy of integrative medicine, and pens the popular Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing monthly newsletter and a regular column in Prevention magazine. Dr. Weil is the founder and Chairman of the Weil Foundation, and the founder and co-Chairman of Healthy Lifestyle Brands. He is also a founder and partner of the growing group of True Food Kitchen restaurants. In 2017, he joined Seabourn and The Onboard Spa by Steiner in their “Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil” mindful-living program, offered on all of its cruise ships. During our discussion, you'll hear:  -Dr. Weil's morning routine...6:30 Wake up between 4-4:30 Sitting meditation Breathing exercises (4-7-8 breathing) Sit for 15 minutes Breakfast: Sauteed tempeh (Dr. Weil is a pescatarian) Matcha green tea Tend to the garden -Ben and Dr. Weil discussing the health of our dogs...9:40 Dr. Weil owns two Rhodesian ridgebacks Ben's Rhodesian ridgeback recently passed away What's causing cancer in dogs? Environment, food, etc. Rapamycin has been correlated with longevity for dogs Dr. Weil gives it to his dogs every day for 10 weeks -The breath work Dr. Weil prefers and why...13:12 Comes from ancient India; passed on as oral tradition By using voluntary system to breathe, it influences the involuntary system of breathing 4-7-8 breathing Inhale 4 counts, hold 7 counts, exhale 8 counts Do minimum twice daily You're changing your brain's chemistry; exercise with caution Dr. Weil's resting heart rate is 38-42 Heart rate slows, HRV increases in response to the exhale -Why Dr. Weil thinks matcha green tea is the bee's knees...17:30 He owns Matcha Kari First found it in 1959 when he was 17 in Japan Two things stood out: Bamboo whisk Vibrant color green The matcha found in N. America is of inferior quality Differences between matcha and green tea: Matcha is finely powdered, made from tea plants shaded for 3 weeks Produce higher quantities of chlorophylls and antioxidants L-theanine modifies the effect of caffeine (alert relaxation) You consume the entire leaf which is powdered up Why some people's stomachs don't agree with matcha: Perhaps inferior quality More sensitive to tannens? The best way to prepare matcha: Put the powder through the water, or it will form lumps Keep it in the freezer once opened Don't need a traditional whisk Can be used for cooking, sprinkling, etc. Use discount code: GREEN15 and get a 15% discount on any order of matcha green tea! -Supplements and medications Dr. Weil likes to use...24:00 Basic antioxidant formula: caratenoids, Vitamin C, Vitamin E Multi-nutrient w/ trace minerals COQ10 PQQ MitoQ Medicinal mushroom supplements (immune support, resistance to infections) My podcast with Barrie Tan about Vitamin E and tocopherols vs. tocotrienols Preferable to get antioxidants from your diet Nature provides its own "complexes" What to look for on the label to ensure you're getting what you think you're getting: Don't take a pre-formed Vitamin A Look for as many caratenoids as possible Mega Food for men and for women -Dr. Weil's interest in the use of psychedelics...32:00 Books on the topic by Dr. Weil: The Natural Mind From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs The Harvard Psychedelic Club First took mescaline at age 18 Experimented throughout the 60's Dr. Weil believes these experiences have been instrumental in his work Emphasis on mind/body interactions and therapies Led to interest in medicinal plants 1P-LSD -Dr. Weil's history with and thoughts on the cannabis industry...41:30 At first felt nothing The highs were full of hilarity, eating, conviviality Began to be an introspective high, useful for creativity as a writer and meditation Then it began to make him groggy and sluggish Doesn't use it at all these days (due to body change, not the make up cannabis) Cannabis is a very complex source of compounds They are the "dog" of the plant world in that they have co-evolved with human interaction "We've been very stupid in our interactions with cannabis" Concerns about neurotransmitter imbalances associated with cannabis? You can't take them frequently enough to be concerned about it -Dr. Weil's thoughts on self-quantification and biohacking...48:30 Prefers natural methods as much as possible; doesn't use them personally Hyperbaric oxygen The NuCalm Ben uses for vagal nerve stimulation Live02 system Ben uses with his bike Ground with the earth preferable to PEMF mat -How Dr. Weil "coexists" in the natural medicine and mainstream medicine worlds...52:10 The greater potential of a treatment to cause harm, the more stringent the standards of evidence Study in allopathic medicine developed into "integrative" medicine (along with his corresponding library) Center of Excellence in College of Medicine at University of Arizona -"Best practices" Dr. Weil recommends to his patients...56:00 Learn the basics of nutrition: avoid processed and manufactured foods Be physically active throughout your life Get good rest and adequate sleep Learn and practice means of neutralizing forces on your mind and body Spend time outdoors Enjoy your life and have strong social connections -Evening routines and habits Dr. Weil engages in...58:35 Disconnect from devices in the afternoon Swim, work in the garden Cook with friends Read, walk in the forest, watch a movie In bed by 9 pm; do a 4-7-8 breath Take melatonin before sleeping (2.5 mg sublingual tablet) -And much more. Resources from this episode: -Towards natural mimetics of metformin and rapamycin -Matcha.com (GREEN15) -Almsbio Glutathione with CoQ10 Ben mentioned -FourSigmatic 10 Mushroom Blend (use code: GREENFIELD for 15% off) -My podcast with Barrie Tan about Vitamin E and tocopherols vs. tocotrienols -Megafood multivitamin -How To Get Your Own Vitamin and NAD IVs, The Truth About Umbilical Stem Cells, Peptide Injections & Much More With Dr. Craig Koniver. -Book: From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs -Book: The Harvard Psychedelic Club -Book: The Natural Mind -1P-LSD -Live02 system Ben uses with his bike -The NuCalm Ben uses for vagal nerve stimulation Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -Pura Thrive: Combines pure ingredients in targeted dosages through a superior delivery mechanism that is unrivaled by any other supplement on the market today. Get 15% off a bottle of the Keto Balance when you go to this link. -Harry's Razors: Try the shaving company that’s fixing shaving. Get a $13 value trial set that comes with everything you need for a close, comfortable shave when you go to harrys.com/greenfield Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Andrew Weil or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
Jun 29, 2019
Mind-Blowing Biohacks You've Never Heard Of, Deep Sleep Enhancement Tricks, Upgrading Your Immune System For Travel, Minimalist Time-Hacked Workouts & Much More!
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Two years ago, in the post, “11 Indispensable Lessons I Learned From The Biohacker’s Handbook Of Exercise,” I introduced you to my biohacking friends from Finland – a pioneer of holistic medicine in Finland, human technology and self-quantification specialist, Teemu Arina, superfood hunter and nutritionist, Jaakko Halmetoja, as well as Dr. Olli Sovijärvi, MD. Then, just a few months ago, in the article "14 Biohacking Secrets I Discovered In The Brand New Biohacker’s Handbook", I announced that their entire, 544-page “Biohacker’s Handbook” had been released in the English language - and was an absolutely stellar read jam-packed with tips, tricks, and hacks I’d never before seen, and the ultimate addition to any health, fitness, and nutrition enthusiast’s coffee table or bookshelf. In that article, I shared with you 14 biohacking secrets I gleaned from the brand new beautiful hardcover book, which my guests on today's show - the authors of the book - describe as the “definitive guide to upgrading yourself and unleashing your inner potential.” Five years in making, Biohacker’s Handbook: Upgrade Yourself and Unleash Your Inner Potential has more than 540+ pages, 1560+ references and hundreds of illustrations. It is “the missing manual of the human body” and an essential addition to the library, work desk, kitchen, gym, suitcase and bedroom of anyone with a genuine interest in optimal human performance, health and well-being. You can click here to get the new book, and use code: BEN for a 10% discount. The same guys who wrote the book, also put on the extremely popular Biohacker Summit in global hotspots such as Helsinki, Stockholm, Estonia, London and Toronto - summits where I've personally spoken and where many brands have hit it big for the first time, including Four Sigmatic, Oura, Goodio and Ambronite. Biohacker Summit is one of the top optimal human performance & health conferences on the planet that focuses on combining ancestral living with modern biohacking practices. The upcoming Biohacker Summit 2019 is the 5th year anniversary edition that will be organized on 1-2 November 2019 in Helsinki, Finland with the theme “Optimize Your Day 24/7”, and includes a wild-plant foraged VIP dinner, upgraded parties, a fantastic expo floor to play with new biohacking devices and much more. You can get a bundle of videos from all previous summits by clicking here (use 10% discount code BEN). You can also click here and use code BEN for 10% off tickets to the upcoming summit in Helsinki, taking place Nov 1-2, 2019 in Finland. My first guest on this show, in which we take a deep dive into Biohacker’s Handbook, is Dr. Olli Sovijärvi. He is one of the pioneers of holistic medicine in Finland. In 2006 he graduated from the University of Helsinki with a Licentiate degree in Medicine. In 2010–2011 Dr. Sovijärvi completed an Integral Theory degree at the John F. Kennedy University, focusing on psychology and philosophy. For the first five years of his career as a physician, Dr Sovijärvi was employed by Finland’s first medical recruitment agency. He has worked at nearly 50 different clinics and ER’s around Finland. Dr. Sovijärvi has also acted as consultant to various companies and service providers operating in the fields of wellness and health technology. Between 2013–18 Dr. Sovijärvi practiced medicine at a private clinic that specializes in nutrition and holistic health care. At present, Sovijärvi focuses primarily on the production of scientific content for preventive health care and wellbeing. He is a co-author of the Biohacker’s handbook and co-founder of Biohacking Center. He also runs training sessions and presentations on the topics of biohacking, performance optimization, nutritional issues and maintaining the intestinal balance. At the free time he is an exercise enthusiast and an electronic music DJ. Teemu Arina, my other guest, has a professional career of two decades as a technology entrepreneur, author, professional speaker, and biohacker. Mr. Arina is one of the forefront thinkers on the digital transformation of learning, work, leadership, health and - eventually - the future of humanity. His work focuses on studying the intersection of man and the machine and ways to improve productivity, health, and wellbeing with biological and technological tools. He is a co-author of the Biohacker's Handbook, co-founder of Biohacking Center and curator of Biohacker Summit. In 2015 he received the Leonardo Award under the title "Humanity in digitization", in 2016 he was selected as Top 100 Most Influential People In IT, in 2017 Speaker of the Year by Speakersforum, and in 2018 Leadership Trainer of the Year by Turku School of Economics. In his free time, Teemu enjoys foraging, photography, and hiking. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Olli doesn't use an alarm clock to wake up...12:30 Olli went years sleep-deprived working on his practice No technology after waking up Barefoot outside; ground with the earth (summer and winter) Vibration plates and squats BioMed Green Plus cubes Don't eat until early afternoon (1 meal a day + supplements throughout the day) Morning drink: Structured water or well water 1/2 tsp sea salt Dash of ginger juice Lemon juice Apple cider vinegar -Why Teemu is fascinated by birch and maple sap...20:30 Birch Sap Sprout Powder Ambronite meal replacement FourSigmatic Chaga (15% off with code "BENGREENFIELD") FourSigmatic 10 Mushroom Blend Mushroom Extract (for Agaricus mushroom) (15% off with code "BENGREENFIELD") Ceylon Cinnamon Pu Erh "titanium tea" Wild herb fed butter is better than grass-fed "The best stuff isn't branded" re: natural salt cave -Dynamic coffee blends, chocamine powder, the best way to make ghee and more...32:00 Olli's coffee blend: Organic Cayenne Powder Omica Organic Stevia Ceylon Cinnamon Madagascar Vanilla Drunk over the course of 8 hours Ghee hack: make it at high elevation due to different boiling point of the water, results in less oxidized compounds Chocamine powder (concentrated chocolate) allows you to get more anandamides, or internally produced cannabinoids in the system Bemer PEMF mat
Jun 27, 2019
The Most Proven Supplements For Performance & Recovery, Cold Water Immersion vs. Cryotherapy, The New Science of Athletic Performance & Much More!
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Peak: The New Science of Athletic Performance That is Revolutionizing Sports is a new book, by my fellow C-ISSN and CSCS Dr. Marc Bubbs. It was one of my best reads of the year for all things sports science. A few of my big takeaways include: – Endurance athletes seem to need more sleep than strength athletes, and both seriously suffer when sleep is anything less than 6 hours. – A temperature change in your fingertips is likely the first circadian cue you get at the beginning of the day (I could totally see a potential jet lag device that warms the fingers – I’ll take the royalty for that, please. ;) ). – Aerobic training for strength athletes could assist with their immune system strength. – Loading with probiotics for 2 weeks leading up to competition could give you an ergogenic edge. – Elite athletes on a subpar diet show the same blood biomarkers as those with pre-diabetes and a fructosamine blood test can be one of the best ways to measure this. – Top supplements proven to work in exercise science, with the strongest track history, are creatine, caffeine, nitrate precursors (e.g. beet), whey protein, beta-alanine, and sodium bicarbonate. – Athletes with the CC genotype of the CYP1A2 gene are actually hampered in performance in response to caffeine intake. – Eating carbs too far from a performance event (e.g. 60-75 minutes) results in hypoglycemia before the event vs. consuming them closer to the event (e.g. 20-45 minutes) – Fish oil can stimulate muscle building by stimulating mTOR pathways. Vitamin D and creatine are also very good for recovery, not just performance. Creatine can even be helpful for TBI/concussions. – High sugar intake is associated with lower heart rate variability (HRV). – Cold water immersion (CWI) beats cryotherapy for recovery, hands down. You can get this brand new book here. But I also decided to get author Dr. Marc Bubbs on this podcast to take a deeper dive into he concepts above, and many others. He is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Performance Nutrition Lead for Canada Basketball Team, Speaker, and former Strength Coach. Marc also hosts the Dr. Bubbs Performance Podcast, connecting listeners with world-leading experts in human performance and health. Dr. Bubbs regularly presents at health, fitness and medical conferences across North America, UK and Europe and consults with professional teams in the NBA, NHL, and MLB teams. He practices in both Toronto, Canada and London, England. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Marc gathers, curates and assimilates new information for his practice...8:45 Struggled as a young athlete with disease, etc. and discovered naturopathic medicine He realized that there wasn't much of a market for it (circa 2000) but he embraced it and became the best at it The more personal contact with the source of info, the better (there's nuance in conversation that doesn't make it into an academic paper) Vast resources available on the Internet (and they're all true, of course) -Current research on caffeine as an ergogenic aid...15:00 Study conducted by Nanci Guest, University of Toronto: Cycling time trial under 3 different conditions: 0 caffeine 2 mg caffeine 4 mg per kg of caffeine AC gene variants had no benefit AA gene variants had benefit at both 2 mg and 4 mg levels Athletes with the CC genotype of the CYP1A2 gene are actually hampered in performance in response to caffeine intake The sweet spot: 3-6 mg of caffeine per kg per day 23 and Me test will identify CYP 1A2 gene -How endurance and strength athletes differ regarding sleep needs...21:18 Endurance athletes fare better on the upper end of the sleep suggested amounts (8-10 hrs) They also suffer more on lack of sleep Greater volume of training More early morning sessions Sleep is #1 recovery tool some docs recommend It's one thing to acknowledge the need, quite another to actually get more sleep -The relationship between finger temperature and circadian rhythm...31:25 Fingertips are the first to sense changes in environment Possibility of warming hands to help body adjust its circadian rhythm while traveling ChiliPad Ben sleeps on -How aerobic training can help the immune system of endurance athletes... "Elite performance is incompatible with frequent illness." --Dr. Michael Gleason Maintaining an aerobic base supports innate immunity Aerobic training in the protocol of a strength athlete will improve immune system Consider incorporating aerobics if red flags of sickness or fatigue occur Could be a means of recovery Simply being well enough to train is a big part of the picture Don't forget fundamentals like washing hands Fingertips, webs and backs of hands are often missed -Probiotics as an ergogenic and performance enhancing tool...42:10 Study on Olympic athletes in 2008: 2/3 of those studied showed benefit in 2 key areas: Preventing upper respiratory tract infection Reversing upper respiratory tract infection Start 2 weeks before event Colostrum can be efficacious while performing in the heat Gut is a "black box" of the body; a key indicator in assessing overall health -Up and coming supplement research and diet strategies Marc is following...50:45 "Food first" approach Creatine, whey protein, caffeine are major players Nitrate precursors: beet root, arugula Endurance sports, struggle to lose weight: have the wrong approach Nicotinamide riboside Ketones for concussion recovery High rate of head trauma among teens Women's ice hockey is the highest risk Peptides -Why athletes on a subpar diet show the same blood biomarkers as those with pre-diabetes...56:10 Endurance athletes are more concerned with hypoglycemia, not hyperglycemia Study: 4 of 10 participants spend 70% of the time with blood glucose in pre-diabetic range Exercise is a stressor; contributes to raising blood glucose Over fueling more of a problem than we think Case study in Japan on two ultra-marathoners: one elite, the other sub-elite on a 100 mile race At wake-up: elite has glucose level of 90; sub-elite is 110 Sub-elite glucose level rises, then crashes around mile 70 Elite runner came through just fine Fructosamine measurements for blood glucose levels HA1c skews to more recent fueling in its readings 2-3 week window vs. 3 month on HA1c Measuring glycated albumin rather than glycated hemoglobin More expensive; used for a more acute picture -The best time to consume carbs before training...1:07:45 Dr. Mark Russell: Half-Time Strategies to Enhance Second-Half Performance in Team-Sports Players Biggest drops in glucose came from those who had drinks 75 minutes before the game Emma Stevenson of Newcastle University did a study on maltodextrin vs. honey Maltodextrin had blood sugar drop of 19% Honey had blood sugar drop of 4% Time carb intake so that blood glucose spike takes place during the event Optimal overall carb intake for strength vs. endurance athletes: Strength: 4-7 g per kg per day Endurance: 6-10 g per kg "Training low" in team sports: low carb availability -Comparing the effectiveness of cold water immersion (CWI) to cryotherapy...1:22:40 -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Peak: The New Science of Athletic Performance That is Revolutionizing Sports -Examine Research Digest -Alan Aragon's Research Review -Chilipad Ben sleeps on -The combo of ATP and HMB Ben mentions -Dr. Mark Russell: Half-Time Strategies to Enhance Second-Half Performance in Team-Sports Players Episode sponsors: -Kion Aminos: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. Get 10% off your order of Kion Aminos, and everything at the Kion site when you use discount code: "BGF10". -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -Birdwell Beach Britches: Quality is our Gimmick isn’t just our slogan, it’s a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. 100% money back guarantee. Get 10% off your order, PLUS free shipping on any order over $99 when you use discount code: BENG. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Bubbs or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
Jun 22, 2019
How To Beat Bloating & Customize Your Diet: An Overview Of Ben Greenfield's Gut Results From Viome (& How To Know Which Foods Are Right For You)
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This audio/video overview by Dr. Ally Perlina of Viome goes in depth on Ben's latest gut microbiome results from Viome. In this episode, you'll learn how to customize your diet and lifestyle based on the genetics of your gut. Dr. Perlina is the Chief Translational Science Officer at Viome. She leads the Viome team on the development of actionable pathway analytics, functional microbiome profiling, and integration of Viome test results into food and supplement recommendation logic. Ally came to Viome from working with Dr. Craig Venter at Human Longevity, Inc. She brings over 17 years of industry experience, which include Thomson Reuters, Quest Diagnostics, and several startup organizations where she led R&D groups, scientific product development efforts, and translated knowledge and insights from clinical data analyses into actionable results. S he’s a world-class expert in pathway analysis and translational systems biology, which are critical in addressing the complexities of health and disease from different data types in a meaningful holistic way. This cross-functional perspective and passion for making scientifically powered precision medicine insights actionable and scalable has been Ally’s driving force ever since she was investigating gene expression correlates of brain tumors and patient drug response at UCLA while getting her doctorate training in Human Genetics. Ally’s ability to “translate” the signals from genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, etc., into something valuable for human health today allows her to lead a diverse team of scientific, clinical, and nutritional experts that together with data science make truly personalized Viome recommendations with molecular-level precision To learn more about Viome and what it is, you can click here or check out these previous resources I've created on this cutting-edge way to test all the bacteria in your gut, along with the postbiotics they produce: - Article: What Is Viome? How Gut Metatranscriptome & Microbiome Analysis Can Change Your Health  - Podcast: Age Reversing Via The Gut, The Ultimate Anti-Anxiety Pill, Customized Probiotics & More With Billionaire Entrepreneur & Viome Founder Naveen Jain - Podcast: Poop, Bacteria & You: The Latest Cutting-Edge Science Of The Human Microbiome (& How To Affordably Test Your Own Gut) - Podcast: The Ultimate Guide To Self-Quantification – How To Test, Track & Interpret Blood, Saliva, Urine, Hair & Poop During this audio/video, you'll discover: -Ben's GI summary...7:23 Most important themes to address are several specific functions dealing with digestive efficiency Active microbes: There are 134 active microbial species detected in the sample, which means that Richness is within the average range but may need improvement. No active Eukaryotes were detected There are 2 active plant viruses: Prunus necrotic ringspot Pepper mild mottle -Overall microbial richness...9:50 Ben's score is 134 out of 400; average score (5-95 percentile) The microbial could use a boost, but nothing too alarming Recommended foods: Sauerkraut enriches and diversifies the microbiome Walnuts increase microbial diversity Olive oil contains MUFAs, which are a group of fatty acids; weight management, increases bacterial diversity, decreases inflammation Recommended supplements: Probiotics Polyresveratrol and cranberry containing supplements -Metabolic fitness score...18:35 Ben's score is GOOD, in the 18th percentile of the Viome population (improved from Sep. 2018) -Inflammatory activity...21:10 Ben's overall score is AVERAGE LPS biosynthesis pathways: average Methane gas production pathways: needs improvement Sulfide gas production pathways: needs improvement Flagella assembly pathways: average Biofilm, chemotaxis, virulence pathways: average Balance is the goal, not optimal scores in every area Although the score is "average" it's on the higher end of the spectrum -Proinflammatory microbial activity, and active pro inflammatory pathways that indicate potential GI inflammation...32:40 -Butyrate production pathways and active butyrate producers...45:45 Ben's overall score is GOOD Butyrate is good for metabolic fitness Regulates satiety, good for insulin sensitivity Goes hand in hand with inflammation scores Butyrate is a short chain fatty acid (SCFA); associated with beneficial functions for the host Resistant starches and fibers: resist the digestive system of the host -SCFA production pathways and active SCFA producing microbes...51:40 In addition to butyrate: acetate, acetyl phosphate Active probiotic in Ben's sample Many different pathways that lead to butyrate production -Recommendations for Ben's diet...55:23 Bone broth (mammal) Oregano Jicama Turmeric Phytometabolizing microbes and active pathways: Red, blue and blackberries Riboflavins -Digestive efficiency...59:20 Ben's overall score is AVERAGE Protein fermentation: needs improvement Gas production: needs improvement Methane gas production pathways: needs improvement Sulfide gas production pathways: needs improvement Putrescine production pathways: needs improvement Butyrate production pathways: good Salt stress pathways: good Protein fermenters and active protein fermentation pathways Omithine Putrescine Cadaverine Ammonia Urea Recommendations related to protein fermentation: Mung bean sprouts Fennel bulb Alfalfa sprouts Grapefruit -Hydrogen sulfide production pathways and hydrogen sulfide producing microbes...1:15:50 Exacerbated by certain foods Disruptive to the gut lining Proinflammatory if produced in excess Sulfate (or sulfite) is deleterious Recommendations specific to microbial gas production, particularly hydrogen sulfide: Broccoli Brussels sprouts -Vitamins produced by the gut microbes and detox of the microbiome... -And much more... Resources mentioned: -Viome Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Clearlight Saunas: You can be sure that I researched all the saunas before I bought mine and Clearlight was the one that stood out from all the rest because of their EMF and ELF Shielding and their Lifetime Warranty. Use discount code: BENGREENFIELD to get $500 off your sauna and a free bonus gift! -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. 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Jun 20, 2019
How To Simulate A Full Sleep Cycle In 20 Minutes, The Best Stress Biohack That Exists, Vagus Nerve Stimulation & Much More!
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I'm constantly playing and experimenting with new devices and so-called biohacks to enhance sleep and cognition. One of my favorites of late is a very handy device called the NuCalm, which I've been using to simulate an entire 120 minute sleep cycle with just a 20 minute daily powernap. The NuCalm is a next-level cranial electrotherapy stimulation device that uses both a relaxation cream and mild stimulation to help your brain interrupt the adrenaline and cortisol release by mimicking what naturally occurs in your brain right before you sleep. It includes an app with “music” – which is actually neuroacoustic software that delivers frequencies to your brain which take you down to theta brain wavelength. This thing lets me get a 20-minute intense period of relaxation even when I can’t nap, and I’m now ducking away and using it nearly every day, particularly during travel and on airplanes. It’s spendy, but in my opinion, well worth it. You can get a NuCalm here and save $500 with code: BEN500. My guest on this show is Jim Poole Chairman, President and CEO of Solace Lifesciences, Inc., the maker of NuCalm. J im is an accomplished business executive with extensive experience in the healthcare,. biotechnology, dental, market research, and IT industries. Mr. Poole manages the strategic direction and ongoing operations of Solace Lifesciences, Inc., a neuroscience company focused on personalized wellness and performance. In 2015, Solace Lifesciences, the maker of NuCalm, was granted the world’s sole patent for “Systems and Methods for Balancing and Maintaining the Health of the Human Autonomic Nervous System.” Mr. Poole has successfully launched global products, managed growth strategies, and effectively optimized business operations for large and small organizations alike. Prior to joining Solace Lifesciences, Jim co-founded Focused Evolution, a premier global management strategy-consulting firm. As a Managing Partner, he managed mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, and growth strategies for venture capital and private equity firms. Under Jim’s leadership, Focused Evolution grew into a multi-million dollar consulting firm, serving a global client portfolio of 49 companies, across a broad in a range of industries. Jim serves on the board of directors of several medical device firms around the world. He is a recognized business leader, public speaker, an accomplished author, and has published numerous articles in industry trade journals and lectures all over the world globally on topics including stress, recovery, performance, and business strategy. Jim has published over 30 articles in industry trade journals. A New York state native, Poole earned a BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA in International Business & Marketing from Babson College. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What exactly is a NuCalm?...8:30 Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) Designed to halt the stress response and raise the parasympathetic response Was developed over the course of 20 years by a neuroscientist/quantum physicist/naturopath, Dr. Holloway He's not myopic: you'll find biochemistry, electrical signaling Physiological benefit of living like a monk The hand-held device is the core of the product Brain and body communicate in 2 ways: chemical and electrical messaging Cycles brain wave function into data Key is in controlling the adrenal glands It's FDA cleared to treat insomnia, anxiety, depression Amino acid GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid0); the antithesis of adrenal stimulation GABA is transmitted to the brain via the cream Shuts down the HPA axis (adrenals) The cream contains, in addition to GABA, taurine, glycine, casein tryptic hydrolysate (the protein found in mother's milk) If you didn't get all that, get this: The device relaxes the nervous system, which allows the GABA in the cream to reach the brain and work its magic -How the audio features in the NuCalm app enhance the user experience...22:20 Binaural beats: Discovered in 1839 The ear can't hear them; they bring the signal into the brain Binaural signal processing (512 hz into the left ear; 500 hz into the right ear) Reticular activating system: Stimulation filter to the brain Two functions: pattern recognition and find a shortcut One track on the NuCalm app is over 700 mb of data (compared to 5-6 mb on an iTunes track) Non-linear oscillating algorithm: Takes the brain from beta (awake) to alpha and theta Theta is when the cells cleanup and create energy source for themselves (healing zone) -The science behind going through an entire sleep cycle in a 20 minute power nap...28:00 NuCalm's claims attracted top scientists to validate them World's preeminent expert in HRV verified that the NuCalm truncates a 2 hours of sleep into 20 minutes Won "best of CES" at Consumer Electronics Show Dr. Hollowell was resistant to creating a 20 minute track mimicking an entire sleep cycle (was 40-50 minutes) Supply followed demand; after months of research the 20 minute track was a reality -How the NuCalm device measures heart-rate variability...37:40 Low frequency (LF) pertains sympathetic nervous system High frequency (HF) the parasympathetic Monk-like meditation level within one minute Took 5 years to secure a patent on the technology Worked with the most renowned experts on HRV C.K. Peng Captured date from 2 groups: metastatic stage 4 cancer, professional athletes LF is lowered while raising the HF 100 patients with depression and anxiety were studied with astounding results after using the device We understand intuitively that stress causes disease, but don't understand why We can't understand the intangible Long-term time horizons make us apathetic in our youth High-stress/poor sleep lifestyle = not enough time in theta or the 2nd stage of sleep Cancer is the best way to articulate the breakdown We all have cancer in our bodies, however our immune system kills them when it's functioning properly Stress breaks down this function over time Physiological benefit: It activates the vagus nerve Slows breath down to one breath per 10 seconds Syncs heart with the lungs Fully oxygenated -How the NuCalm affects recovery...47:55 Elite military units use the device for expedited recovery without the use of drugs It takes the foot off the accelerator, in a manner of speaking Return on investment: 30 minutes yields 12-15 hours of highly focused work Autonomic system is key to managing stress, anxiety, fear, etc. The itty bitty shitty subcommittee in the back of your brain goes away Without proper sleep, we literally stress ourselves to death The offer is not to cure or heal anything; it's to alleviate stress and allow the body to heal itself, the immune system to fight disease Even monks love the device -The NuCalm's effect on the nervous system beyond HRV and the vagus nerve...56:30 24 page study  -How the NuCalm affects (or interrupts) your normal sleep schedule...1:01:05 Don't take the power nap close to normal bedtime 15 minute rule: use it as an aid to fall back asleep in the middle of the night Sweet spot: between 1-4 pm (normal time body wants to take a nap) Your body cannot compensate for sleep debt NuCalm is not a "hack" for getting less sleep If you live 100 years, you should sleep for 33 years You stay in theta during the NuCalm power nap (which is where the body heals itself); ordinarily you'll be in delta The body relies on GABA during sleep The body keeps the nutrients it needs; secretes what it doesn't The GABA in the cream during a mid-day power nap will still be there when you go to bed at night -Final rapid-fire questions...1:10:45  Whether there is any efficacy in increasing the cranial electrical stimulation using the device About the other settings on the device (relaxation and recovery) About the Ignite app [link] (sympathetic stimulation) Opposite effect of the NuCalm Can be used in tandem, but not independently of NuCalm -And much more... Resources from this episode: -NuCalm: The NuCalm is a next-level cranial electrotherapy stimulation device that uses both a cream and mild stimulation to help your brain interrupt the adrenaline and cortisol release by mimicking what naturally occurs in your brain right before you sleep. It includes an app with “music” – which is actually neuroacoustic software that delivers frequencies to your brain which take you down to theta brain wavelength. This thing lets me get a 20-minute intense period of relaxation even when I can’t nap, and I’m now ducking away and using it nearly every day, particularly during travel and on airplanes. It’s spendy, but in my opinion, well worth it. You can get it here and save $500 with code: BEN500. - The Fisher Wallace Circadia Ben mentions early in the interview -The other apps Ben mentions: Sleepstream Pzizz Brain.FM -Ecomeditation .mp3 for simulating sleep -Yoga Nidra for sleep Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Green Juice: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Get a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20 -Pique Tea: Achieve your health goals easier and faster with Pique Tea. My mental clarity is through the roof and energy levels have never been better since I've been drinking Pique Tea. Get 15% off your entire order when you use code: GREENFIELD -Gluten Guardian: Are you ready for upgraded digestion? Take your body to the ultimate edge of human potential and become biologically optimized with Gluten Guardian. Save an additional 10% off your entire order when you use discount code: GREENFIELD Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jim or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Jun 15, 2019
Beyond 23&Me: A Deep Dive Into Ben Greenfield's Personal DNA Results (& How To Get Your Own Genes Interpreted)
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I'm constantly blown away by the amount of genetic data and actionable information one can garner from a simple bit of saliva. In today's episode, you're going to get an insider glimpse into how to go way beyond something as simple as 23AndMe or Ancestry and instead learn how to get truly useful health information that you can use to enhance health, performance, sleep, gut function, neurotransmitters and cognition and much more. My guest on this podcast, Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, has an extremely impressive background in the field of genetics. His credentials include: -BSc. Specialized Honours in Molecular Genetics | University of Guelph | Guelph -Doctor of Philosophy with Distinction in Molecular Genetics & Immunology | University of Guelph | Guelph -Postdoctoral Clinical Cytogenetics Fellowship | University of California | Los Angeles -Postdoctoral Clinical Cytogenetics Fellowship | Baylor College of Medicine | Houston Dr. Mansoor is now the President and CSO of The DNA Company, a leading and innovative provider of comprehensive Functional Genomics testing and consulting and an industry first: individually customized supplements based on your genetics. He is widely regarded as a pioneer in medical genomics and has been the recipient of multiple academic and industry awards. He is the holder of several patents in the general fields of molecular diagnostics and genomics research and is one of the most sought-after national and international conference speakers in the genre of personalized medicine. Prior to his role at The DNA Company, Dr. Mansoor was: - Founder and President of ManaGene (2010-2018) - CEO of Combimatrix (Nasdaq traded leader in diagnostic genomic microarrays) (2006-2010) - Director of Genomics at Quest Diagnostics (The world’s largest reference laboratory with a market capitalization of over $10 billion US) (2003-2006) - Director of Research and Development at Spectral Genomics (one of the industry’s first commercial genomic microarray developers spun out of Baylor College of Medicine under Dr. Mansoor’s scientific leadership) Dr. Mansoor maintains an active clinical practice as a genomics consultant to some of the leading executive health clinics in Canada and abroad. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What makes each DNA test different and how to choose what's right for you...9:30 Consider the various elements of genetic testing: SNPs (pronounce "snips"; single nucleotide polymorphisms) Copy number variation (CNV) INDEL (insertion/deletion polymorphism) Understand how the various labs go about testing the elements Humans have two identical copies of the DNA code (from each parent) When testing for SNPs, the genetic paragraph is "read" and looks for variations between the two The more paragraphs you try to query simultaneously, the greater risk of error (false negatives/positives) Characteristics of a proper DNA test: Concern is for the physical manifestation of the genes, not the genes themselves Cellular function is key indicator Identify the genes that influence the desired outcome Pinpoint the specific DNA to test vs. "shotgun" approach Avoid drawing data for data's sake -A review of Ben's DNA test and how they compare to his two sons...25:00 Two different reports: Genome Pulse Report and Hormone Pulse Report (looking at the GPR) Vascular function Cells that line the vascular system receive the most wear and tear 9P21 markers (not genes) are correlated with the lining of the blood vessels; "the heart of the human genome" A alleles and G alleles The more G alleles you have, the less resilient is the endothelial lining Increase good quality vegetable matter People with multiple G alleles benefit less from vegetable matter (like red wine) than those with none Smokers are more likely to die of vascular disease than lung disease Glutathione S-Transferase (GST) pathway is one of the key pathways in the body Glutathionization: the cellular process that neutralizes toxins in the body What happens when someone doesn't have 2 copies of a gene... You sometimes have genes you didn't inherit from either parent Talking about SNPs in the gene is irrelevant; As is epigenetics (alter the expression of the genes, not the genes itself) 3 vitally important GST genes: Theta 1, Pai 1, Nu1 Should a person only have 1 copy of a gene, they will produce 50% less than someone with 2 copies Ben Greenfield has 1 copy of the GSTT1 gene (as does 60% of the population) Important to not exceed a healthy toxicity threshold Ben Greenfield does not have the GSTM1 gene at all Useless to discuss SNPs for that gene The M1 gene is a backup: it can be lost with less consequence than other genes (such as the T1) What this means is that Ben Greenfield has low to average glutathione detox capacity Must be more cognizant of diet, environment, etc. Ben's two boys are missing the GSTT1 gene completely -Personalizing diet and/or supplements based on DNA test results...57:25 Youtrients [link] Nothing compares to an optimal diet (eating whole foods) Customized based on dietary limitations (lactose intolerance) Ethnic and geographic factors, as well as the environment during weaning, affect how to interpret test results Elites of Victorian era England adjusted their lifestyle (living in Scottish highlands in the autumn months) Reduce, not promote, supplementation, to where only necessary Our bodies are not designed to accommodate many of the supplements on the market "Is there a cellular function that is dysfunctional?" Then address that through supplementation More is not always better when it comes to genetics 3 disparate aspects of cellular function: Endothelial quality Detox capacity Insulin productivity and function in response to diet -Differences between the hormone pulse report and the genome pulse report...1:18:25 BDNF (brain-derived neurotropic factor) is one of the most important genes in our body First thing looking at: How does the body (male or female) convert progesterones into androgens, into estrogens t-intersection (4 points): How efficiently converting progesterone into androgens 3 things happen when you make testosterone: Use it Convert some of it into DHT Metabolize (glucuronidation) Ben has the perfect balance of the t-intersection Ben's boys are identical, except have a higher predisposed conversion of testosterone into estrogen -About the ACTN3 gene and its relation to exercise types...1:28:50 -And much more... Resources from this episode: - Click here for testing with Youtrients through the TheDNACompany. They offer their complete functional genomics test package for $399 USD (that’s a savings of $50 from retail price), and your test package includes both Hormone and Genome Pulse panel tests as well as a clinical report for each panel, along with full access to their webinar series, which introduces the science and interpretation of your genomic results with regards to key biological systems and processes. Click here for that special offer from YouTrients for Ben Greenfield listeners. - Ben's Hormone Pulse results from TheDNA Company [pdf-embedder url="/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Ben-Greenfield-HORMONE-PULSE-REPORT.pdf" title="Ben Greenfield HORMONE PULSE REPORT"] - Ben's Genome Pulse results from TheDNA Company [pdf-embedder url="/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Ben-Greenfield-GENOME-PULSE-REPORT.pdf" title="Ben Greenfield GENOME PULSE REPORT"] Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Trusii: Contains a host of anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, and anti-allergy benefits. For this reason, I have decided to now make consumption of hydrogen-rich water an important part of my daily nutritional routine...and I highly recommend it! Enter code: BEN at checkout and get 30% off your order! -Halo Sport: Halo Sport revolutionized physical training by being the first-ever product that can increase your neuroplasticity by putting your brain into a state that neuroscientists called hyperlearning. The fully upgraded Halo Sport 2 was just announced and it’s pre-selling for just $279 (less than half the price of the first model) when you use code: GREENFIELD. -Birdwell Beach Britches: Quality is our Gimmick isn’t just our slogan, it’s a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. 100% money back guarantee. Get 10% off your order, PLUS free shipping on any order over $99 when you use discount code: BENG. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Mansoor or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
Jun 13, 2019
16 Reasons You're Not Burning Fat (& How To Lose Weight The Right Way)
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Several months ago, I filled you in on "The 2 Best Ways To Burn Fat Fast (Without Destroying Your Hormones Or Metabolism)". But what you learned in that article only scratched the surface of the multiple mechanisms underlying why the human body can be resistant to fat loss, and how to achieve truly sustainable, long-lasting weight loss in a safe and efficient manner. So during today's solosode, you'll discover... -How fat actually gets burnt...6:20 Law of conservation of mass: Mass, in an isolated system, is neither created nor destroyed by chemical reactions or physical transformations Fat is primarily disposed of via the breath Calories, as well as excess carbs and proteins, are converted into triglycerides and stored in lipid droplets of adipocytes Excess dietary fat undergoes lipolysis, and then reesterification Triglycerides are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen Oxidation: requires inhalation of oxygen Study: When someone loses weight, where does the fat go? For 22 pounds of fat to be oxidized, 64 pounds of oxygen must be inhaled Results in 61 pounds of carbon dioxide excreted via the lungs and 24 pounds of water excreted via urine, sweat, feces, and breath Average of 17,000 breaths per day will excrete .32 lbs of carbon Sources of carbon (other than eating coal) are: dietary carbs, proteins, and fats If you didn't get all that, get this: Losing fat means consuming less carbon than you've exhaled. Even small quantities of food can foil your efforts at weight loss. The simple solution is to move more and eat less. The 16 reasons you're not burning fat the way you'd like – Chronic Inflammation...12:35 High levels of transforming growth actor beta cause irregular appetite and glucose regulation Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP): calcium-dependent zinc-containing endopeptidases Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF): Aids in the growth of new blood vessels; correlated with obesity Nitric oxide synthase Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) = meta inflammation Nos uncoupling (genetic factors) StrateGene Tree of Life, Bob Miller's site Sugar can be inflammatory but is more quickly metabolized than things like vegetable oil Chronic stress is a factor: overstimulation of the limbic system Cell Danger Response (CDR) Toxic by Neil Nathan Dr. Robert Naviaux – Glycemic variability (GV)...21:05 Refers to the blood glucose variations during the day If GV gets out of control, the body does one of two things: transfers sugar into muscles, or stores as body fat It will become fat tissue if you're not active enough throughout the day Be "ruthlessly" cognizant of blood sugar fluctuations 6 Strategies to control GV Strength training Pre-breakfast fasted cardio Book: Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life  Post-prandial walk Standing Plants, herbs, spices Ceylon cinnamon Gymnema sylvestre Berberine Apple cider vinegar Kion Lean Fiber – Cortisol and stress...30:45 Cortisol suppresses insulin secretion Measure heart rate variability (HRV) Oura Ring (Save $50 with code: GREENFIELDOURA) Podcast with building biologist Brian Hoyer Podcast Ep. 397 – Sleep deprivation...34:20 A single night of partial sleep can be deleterious Neuro endocrine effect: reduces levels of leptin; increases levels of ghrelin – Snacking and post-workout calories...35:25 "Grazing" or 6-8 small meals per day is a myth Snacking increases your GV and eliminates benefits of fasting Your body releases more growth hormone during intermittent fasting Grazing throws metabolism into sugar burning mode It takes 3 days, or 4 weeks of extreme calorie restriction for the body to down regulate metabolism The need for protein and carbs right after a workout is a myth The exception: two a day workouts – You're not moving enough...39:47 Fool your body into thinking it's in the "hunter gatherer" mode – Too much exercise...41:30 Excessive exercise, along with other stressors can lead to increased levels of cortisol and inflammation Beyond Training by Ben Greenfield Too much of the same exercise Not enough recovery days Sweet spot: 2-3 days per week, lift heavy stuff 2-3 days high-intensity interval training – Chronic cardio...43:35 Your body will catabolize muscle and store fat High-intensity cardio 2-3 days per week Reduced subcutaneous adiposity of body fat among people who follow these guidelines – The SAID Principle...46:00 Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands Sometimes the best workout plan is the one you're not currently doing Keep the body guessing 5 modifications: Combine exercises Article "complex exercises" Active rest periods Train outside Change the center of gravity Workout at a different time of day – Lack of cold therapy...50:00 Cold is a strong metabolic stimulus Cold thermogenesis occurs when protons are forced across the inner membrane and turned into heat Beige adipose tissue Every day, 2-5 minutes cold exposure (cold shower, cold river or lake) 3x3 cold coolfatburner.com (Use code: BEN10CFB to save 10%) – Hormonal imbalance...52:25 Dutch Test Podcast w/ Jay Campbell Estrogeneration by Anthony Jay – Toxin and chemical exposure...54:40 – Food allergies and intolerances...56:30 – Micro-nutrient deficiencies... Vitamin D Chromium Biotin Thiamine Antioxidants Magnesium Boron Vitamin A Vitamin K2 Choline Genova Labs – Thyroid...59:00 – Disordered eating...1:01:01 Your body expects food at a certain time of day Results in irregular metabolism Easier to track calorie consumption when you eat the same thing, at the same time of day – Final comments...1:03:25 Everybody and every body is different It could be possible your body has reached its desired weight – And much more! Resources mentioned: – Article: When someone loses weight, where does the fat go? – StrateGene – Tree of Life, Bob Miller's site – Book: Toxic by Neil Nathan – Dr. Robert Naviaux, UCSD – Book: Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life  – Ceylon cinnamon – Gymnema Sylvestre – Berberine – Apple cider vinegar – Kion Lean – Oura Ring (Save $50 with code: GREENFIELDOURA) – Podcast with building biologist Brian Hoyer – Podcast Ep. 397 – Beyond Training by Ben Greenfield – coolfatburner.com (Use code: BEN10CFB to save 10%) – Dutch Test – Podcast w/ Jay Campbell – Estrogeneration by Anthony Jay Episode sponsors: – Kion Coaches If you are looking for a professional that can personally help you optimize your mind, body, and spirit to become the best version of yourself, and who knows exactly how I work with my own clients, just head on over to view our brand-spankin-new Coach Directory! – Organifi Green Juice: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. 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Jun 08, 2019
Ben Greenfield's Top Anti-Aging Tactics: Basic & Ancestral Strategies To Enhance Longevity
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I recently had a chance to speak to a wonderful crowd of personal wealth management experts at the Raymond James conference in Las Vegas. During my talk, I covered both basic and advanced tactics to enhance longevity, and the talk was also recorded for your listening pleasure here. In this episode, you'll learn... -Clues from the animal kingdom about our own longevity...9:45 Lobster has high activity of the telomerase enzyme (prevents telomeres from shortening rapidly) Naked mole rat have robust protein folding mechanisms Hummingbird has extremely high metabolism; produces high amount of endogenous antioxidants which extends its life Tortoise's internal organs do not degrade as rapidly as the rest of its body The Immortal Jellyfish: Sinks to the bottom of the ocean when it dies and renews its life Humans do not tap into their longevity potential due to their deleterious lifestyle -The 12 characteristics of "Blue Zones" and how they relate to longevity... Blue Zones by Dan Buettner Air quality in your environment [17:15] We're bombarded with air pollution 150,000 cases of diabetes directly related to air pollution Allerair air filters Molekule (use code BEN) It's possible to begin reversing lung damage from smoking within 12 months Full spectrum antioxidants Taurine Wild plants, herbs and spices [20:32] Hormesis: Things that are bad for you in large amounts can strengthen your body's stress resilience in small amounts Plants have built-in defense mechanisms Xenohormesis Book: The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry Plants cause gut damage to those with existing gut damage (leaky gut, dysbiosis, etc.) Book: Eating on the Wild Side by Joe Robinson Avoid processed food [24:45] Two ingredients commonly found on processed "healthy" food: vegetable oil and sugar Two things to track: Glycemic variability w/ Dexcom G6 Inflammation High amount of legumes [28:50] Rinsing and sprouting Legumes are a low glycemic index food Slow carbs A slice of bread can spike your sugar higher than a candy bar Low level physical activity throughout the day [34:50] You don't see cross fit regimens in blue zones Gyms are a product of the post-industrial era Natural way to exercise is walking, chopping wood, outdoor activities Standing work station [link] Treadmill work station [link] Design your lifestyle so that the gym is an option, not a necessity Strenuous gym activity will not improve your longevity Social engagement [38:25] Podcast: The Hidden Health Epidemic Nobody is Talking About It's impossible to simulate face to face interaction in a digital format Use the Internet as a means of facilitating F2F contact, not trying to simulate it (meetup.com) Drink healthy forms of alcohol [40:55] Ben's cocktail: Gin or vodka, on the rocks, wedge of lemon and house bitters FitVine Wine (discount code greenfield10 for 10% off) Podcast: Todd White of Dry Farm Wines Alcohol is toxic, but while too much can be harmful, a little bit can be efficacious Calorie restriction and fasting [44:15] Long time between meals, your body up regulates cellular autophagy (cleanup of cellular debris in your body) Intermittent fasting allows you to derive benefits of fasting without calorie restriction The Longevity Diet by Dr. Valter Longo Ben's fasting protocol: Quarterly 5 day period of calorie restriction Daily intermittent fast Monthly: Dinner to dinner fast Strong life purpose [48:05] Have a reason you exist, a mission statement, you can clearly articulate to yourself and others regardless of your circumstances My podcast with Mastin Kipp Claim Your Power: A 40-Day Journey to Dissolve the Hidden Blocks that Keep You Stuck and Finally Thrive in Your Unique Life's Purpose The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson Low amounts of stress [50:40] Go for the low hanging fruit (natural stress relief) before using technology Our breath (prana) is a natural stress relief Box breathing Alternate nostril breathing 4-7-8 breathing Spiritual discipline and belief in a higher power [53:12] Believe we're more than blobs floating through the air, seeing who can accumulate the most trophies Physical intimacy [55:30] Nature doesn't want to keep organisms that aren't useful to its propagation Having sex regularly sends a message to Nature that you want to propagate the Earth -Advanced biohacking practices people are using on top of those already mentioned...57:35 Hormesis via hyper oxygenation (hyperbaric chamber) Hormesis via EWOT (exercise with oxygen therapy) Thermogenesis Cryotherapy chamber Full spectrum infrared sauna (Clearlight) UVA/UVB radiation Rhodiola Calorie restriction pneumatics Rapamycin Metformin Ketone esters Insulin stabilizing herbs and spices Ceylon cinnamon Apple cider vinegar Berberine [thorne link] Bitter melon extract Sirtuin activating compounds (stacs) Fisetin Quercetin Stem cells V cells Exosomes Foods that can enhance your own stem cell productioin Colostrum Chlorella Aloe vera Coffee berry fruit extract Ben Greenfield's ultimate anti-aging smoothie Peptides Joint degradation: BPC 157, TB 500 Mitochondria: Humanin, mots-c Thymus Epithalon C Max Mitochondrial support TRU Niagen Pau d'arco bark tea Glutathione Fish oil Telomeres Astragalus Trusii Hydrogen-rich water (enter code BEN at checkout and get 30% off) TA 65 TAM 818 (link?) -And much more... Resources mentioned: - Book: The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen - Book: Blue Zones by Dan Buettner - Book: The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry - Book: Eating on the Wild Side by Joe Robinson - Book: The Longevity Diet by Dr. Valter Longo - My podcast with Mastin Kipp - Book: Claim Your Power: A 40-Day Journey to Dissolve the Hidden Blocks that Keep You Stuck and Finally Thrive in Your Unique Life's Purpose - Book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson - Rhodiola - Ketone esters - Ben Greenfield's ultimate anti-aging smoothie - BPC 157 and TB 500 - Thymus - Epithalon - TRU Niagen - Pau d'arco bark tea - Glutathione - Fish oil - Astragalus - Trusii Hydrogen-rich water (enter code BEN at checkout and get 30% off) - TA 65 - TAM 818 Episode Sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Trusii: Contains a host of anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, and anti-allergy benefits. For this reason, I have decided to now make consumption of hydrogen-rich water an important part of my daily nutritional routine...and I highly recommend it! Enter code: BEN at checkout and get 30% off your order! -Vuori: Activewear and athletic clothing for ultimate performance. Vuori is built to move and sweat in, yet designed with a West Coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly into everyday life. Receive 25% off your first order when you use discount code: "ben25" -Policy Genius: Whether you’re an insurance expert or a newbie, Policygenius created a website that makes it easy for you to compare quotes, get advice, and get covered. Got a question for me about today's podcast? Just leave a comment below and I'll reply!  
Jun 06, 2019
CBD & Cannabis Special Episode: How CBD Affects Hormones, Fat Loss, Athletic Performance, Sleep, Recovery & Much More
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It's cannabis time! The “Kentucky Castle” is a unique destination hotspot with a full biohacking facility, sauna, farm-to-table restaurant, precision medicine arm, hemp farm, horse facilities, and much more. It is owned by one of the physicians who hosts the “Wild Health” podcast, on which I was recently a guest.  Recently, at the castle, I had the pleasure of giving a talk on how to hack your biology and get the most out of the genetics you were born with. Afterward, I took part in a Q&A with several of the physicians in attendance at the conference, which you can also listen to here. But during my time at the castle, I also had a chance to duck away with Dr. Matt Dawson, Dr. Michael Mallin and CBD formulator and researcher Taylor Bright to talk all things cannabis and CBD. We hit record on the mics and recorded the hemp goodness for you on today's episode. In this episode, you'll discover... -The chemical effects of using marijuana... Most often referring to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the part of the cannabis plant that induces the euphoric state THC levels have steadily risen from 3-5% in the 1960's to as high as 28% today THC fits inside the CB1 receptor in the cerebral cortex of your brain (which causes the "high") Less often known is cannabidiol (CBD) It's one of over 80 cannabinoids in the hemp plant It accounts for up to 40% of the plant's total cannabinoid extract CBD is more often researched for medical purposes than THC How CBD and THC is separated Hemp plants are grown with male plants fertilizing female plants Remove the male plants, and the female plants produce THC (they produce very little THC when pollinated by the male plants) Male and female plants together meet the international standard of <1% THC Female plants contain other cannabinols with efficacious health benefits (CBG, CBGA, CBC, CBCA, CBDA) -The effects of ingesting CBD with and without the THC cannabinol... CBD serves as an antagonist to CB receptor agonists (a substance which initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor) In other words, CBD "mutes" the effects of the CB1 or CB2 receptors CBD can elongate the "high" of THC by inhibiting the cytochrome p450 enzymes Also an antagonist to the GPR55 cannabinol; found in the caudate nucleus section of the brain Because CBD does not attach to the CB1 or CB2 receptors, it's not addictive or habit forming CBD acts as an agonist for the 5-HT 1A receptor (for anti-depressant, anti-anxiety effects) It's an allosteric modulator of your opioid receptors (for pain and chronic inflammation reduction) 2010 Article: Key Ingredient Staves Off Marijuana Memory Loss CBD has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects U.S. Government took out a patent on the antioxidant properties of cannabis (while officially denying it had any medical benefit) It's almost impossible to overdose on CBD (due to low level of toxicity) -The interesting history of cannabis... 2700 years ago, a Persian teacher named Zoroaster penned a compendium of over 10,000 plants; hemp was at the top Hippocrates also recommended cannabis extracts for their medicinal qualities Ethiopian coptic church used cannabis in a sacrament in AD 45 Sir Russell Reynolds prescribed cannabis for Queen Victoria who was suffering from menstrual cramps The father of French psycho pharmacology, Jean-Jacques Moreau (de Tours), advocated for the use of cannabis Hemp was in high demand during the American revolutionary period Anything that can be made from plastic can be made from hemp -The source of the stigma surrounding the use of CBD... The Boggs Act of 1951 set mandatory sentences for drug users; claimed that cannabis was addictive Voluminous expert testimony to the contrary has been overridden in the court of public opinion by claims that marijuana is a "gateway drug" to more addictive drugs Book: Marihuana Reconsidered by Lester Grinspoon (read for free here) CBD gives nearly the same effect of opioid drugs (such as morphine) without the addictive quality -The effects of CBD on our pathways... Hormonal: Reduces susceptibility to stress in HPA axis The pancreas secretes glucagon and insulin THC increases glucagon levels; CBD lowers insulin levels Lower rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes among CBD users Has been shown to modulate acute and chronic inflammation CBD is an excellent recovery compound (but not immediately after working out) How it affects insomnia: Cannabidiol activates the same adenosine receptors as caffeine It can enhance or help sleep if caffeine is not present -How to know what CBD product to buy in the current unregulated marketplace... Third party test reports are made available; a company doing things the right way isn't afraid of transparency 3 main ways to extract CBD at the moment: Hydrocarbon (through the use of butane) CO2 (in the super critical form) Ethanol (done cryogenically) Ethanol is Taylor's preferred method for CBD extraction Blended with coconut oil; some oil emulsions for topical use -Ben shares the most common questions asked of him regarding CBD and what is getting the best results... CBD can take some of the edge off of THC, reduce its psychoactivity Decreases cytochrome p450 pathways Most profound use for it is its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential Lowers cortisol based on its activity on the HPA axis Sleep, anxiety, stress regulation -Why Taylor prefers the ethanol mode of CBD extraction over the others... It creates a more natural product CO2 is more efficient but pulls out plant waxes and lipids you want to remain in it All ethanol is pulled off the final product via a rotary evaporator Full cannabinoid profile on all products; shows its efficacy in the various strains of CBD -Why precision in dosing and THC:CBD ratios is so important... Dosages are highly individualized It affects different people in different ways (sleep, anxiety, etc.) Studies of the effects of CBD need to take these variants into account Endurance athletes are finding that micro doses of THC with CBD is very helpful Legality issues depending on the event Opioid like effects (dulling the pain) Stress reduction -The specific ways Ben, Mike, Matt and Taylor use CBD... Sleep (when necessary, not all the time) Topical: Muscle spasms and pain, CBD sex lubes, enemas -How a novice or new user should shop for CBD... Resources mentioned in this episode: -The Wild Health CBD discussed in this show (use code Ben10 to get 10% off). They use only pure C8 as the carrier oil and control the process from seed to bottle 100% with our in house team of chemists, farmers, and doctors. -Articles and podcasts on bengreenfieldfitness.com related to CBD -Book: Marihuana Reconsidered by Lester Grinspoon (read for free here) -2010 Article: Key Ingredient Staves Off Marijuana Memory Loss -My podcast with Drs. Dawson and Mallin Episode Sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Green Juice: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Get a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20 -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -MVMT Watches: Clean design, minimal and high quality products. MVMT watches start at just $95 and have sold nearly 2 million watches in over 160 countries. Get 15% off your order PLUS free shipping and free returns when you order through my link. Got a question for me or the guys at the Kentucky Castle about cannabis, CBD, or anything else we talk about in this episode? Leave a comment below and we'll reply!  
Jun 01, 2019
The Search For The Perfect Protein (The Surprising Truth About A Little-Known Supernutrient For Weight Loss, Mood, Fatigue, Insomnia, and More)
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In today's podcast episode, we unpack all things amino acids... "...Five months after beginning the amino acids, I achieved a personal best at Ironman Canada, in Penticton B.C. In my new and improved physical state, I began to wonder if my vegetarian, protein- deficient diet was the reason why the anti-cancer enzymes scorched my stomach. Could it be that the mucous lining in my stomach was inadequate, and that had also held back the healing of my hamstring? I very badly wanted to find out, so I decided to try the enzymes again. I followed the full protocol, twelve tablets, six times per day for three consecutive days. I had no adverse reactions, and my stomach was fine. I learned that because my overall body protein levels had normalized, the mucous layer in my stomach was better able to handle the enzymes. What a revelation! I thought, could this also be a key problem with my patients and their various conditions? " Thus begins the new book "The Search For The Perfect Protein", by 42 time Ironman triathlete Dr. David Minkoff. Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children's Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1995, his wife became ill, and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her that led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established Lifeworks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes these cutting-edge solutions for the many health problems today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness. In my conversation with Dr. Minkoff, you'll learn... -Dr. Minkoff's history with amino acids and why he wrote his new book... The science behind amino acids and protein wasn't keeping up with the commercial PR and marketing Strained a hamstring while running an Ironman triathlon in 1982 Tried everything possible to no avail Tried amino acids and felt no pain, no discomfort Max heart rate rose by 12 bpm Muscle and bone tissue filled in A patient who was familiar with natural cancer treatment recommended a pancreatic enzyme treatment; had very negative results He then supplemented it with essential amino acids and was perfectly fine Saw potential cure for other problems patients may be having (that are not cancer) ION profile with 40 amino acids - Genova Kit He realized that if it was effective for him, it would be beneficial for others He now sees amino acids as an essential element of a workout and proper recovery Vegans and vegetarians are notoriously deficient in aminos, B12, Iron and other nutrients Highly recommend an Amino supplement -About CHYMO, the thyroid and its interaction with amino acids... Chymotrypsin: an enzyme made in the pancreas that is necessary to digest food Actin: the main protein in muscle; Contains 5800 different amino acids in one chain of the muscle fiber Must be broken down into individual amino acids in order for the intestine to absorb it Vicious cycle: amino acids not enough to make chymotrypsin; can't digest protein properly; amino acids can't get into the bloodstream Many people are iodine deficient Also low in tyrosine (made from the essential amino acid phenylalanine) These are common issues -The link between amino acids/proteins and the gut and digestion... The inner lining of the intestine is one cell thick Leaky barrier membranes: your body gets exposed to foreign proteins 70-80% of your immune system is behind the membrane barrier  (Peyer's patches, gut associated lymphoid tissue) Inner lining of the gut has a high turnover (every 3-5 days) due to the exposure, wear and tear, etc. Leakage occurs when these membranes are not replaced Lack of amino acids slows the turnover rate (10-12 days) Endurance training compromises the immune system due to the pounding on the body -How amino acids are used by riders in the Tour de France bike race... Podcast: How Tour de France racers make it through the grueling stages w/ Dr. Jeff Spencer Dr. Spencer is a former Olympic biker who worked for the U.S. team during the Lance Armstrong era Minkoff gave Spencer amino acids to give to the riders during one of the races: After 21 days, athletes are broken down, even with optimal nutrition, medical care, etc. Athletes who used amino acids didn't break down; performance improved Athletes and coaches overwork and don't allow adequate recovery time; results in a broken immune system -Why not derive amino acids from whey protein, spirulina and other sources?... The amount of protein listed on the package doesn't translate to amounts in other sources (fish, steak, spirulina, etc.) Medication to stop stomach acid stops protein digestion Pepsin enzyme which digests protein requires a very acid stomach Cells have two pathways with which to deal with the amino acids: Anabolic: Turns amino acids into the proteins the cell is responsible for (hair, liver, muscle etc.) Catabolic: Nitrogen becomes a waste product; chain leftover looks like a carbohydrate Ratio of essential amino acids in Kion Aminos is very specific; the body will use amino acids into making protein Nitrogen utilization study Spirulina is good for some things; amino acids is not one of them Adding non-essential amino acids decreases the efficacy of the product Collagen has 50% non-essential amino acids -The chemical configurations of amino acids... The body can only use the "left-handed" configuration (L form) Most amino acid forms have very low amino acid utilization because they include the R form -How amino acids work with fasting and/or ketosis... You can take amino acids and not spike blood glucose levels Excessive proteins will kick you out of fasting is a myth Amino acids work very well for fasting in an anabolic state 10 g of amino acids is 4 calories (less than a stick of gum) -How safe amino acids are for children... -And much more... 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May 30, 2019
Water & Water Filtration: Everything You Need To Know About Water Filters, Alkaline Water, Structured Water, Hydrogen Rich Water, Deuterium Depleted Water & Much More!
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I get tons of questions about water. What water filter is best? Should I add minerals to my water? What do you think about alkaline water? Structured water? Hydrogen rich water? Deuterium depleted (DDW) water?  And much more... So on this podcast, I interview one of the world's leading experts on water and a guy who, along with my father Gary Greenfield, has taught me more about water than just about anyone I know. His name is Robert Slovak. Robert is a degreed Mechanical and Aeronautical & Astronautical engineer best known for co-founding Water Factory Systems in the early 1970’s. He and his brother were among the early developers of Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology and its many applications. Their successful innovations encompassed home and office RO drinking water systems, bottled water production, laboratory purification, hemodialysis, seawater desalination, microchip production, bottled water production, water vending, spot-free vehicle washing and scores more. As a result of the rapid growth of RO applications, Robert’s ongoing seminars and a best-selling industry book on the subject of POU (Point of Use) RO, he became a well-known figure in the water industry. In 1989 Water Factory Systems was purchased by CUNO Inc, a global leader in fluid treatment. Since then, it was acquired by the 3M Corporation, which continues to market many of their original products. Robert officially retired from the US water industry in 1996 and went on to bring his knowledge and experience to Brazil, Asia and other international markets. He put together a team and published Agualatinomerica magazine to establish a legitimate water equipment and education infrastructure in Brazil and South America. His “students” continue to play a major role in Brazil’s water industry. In 2004, while in a remote location of Brazil, Robert became seriously ill and was introduced to an obscure 1897 medical discovery known as Original Quinton Marine Plasma (after the famous revolutionary biologist René Quinton). Robert attributes his "jungle" survival to its remarkable healing properties. This ocean-harvested nutraceutical contains the entire Periodic Table of organo-complexed minerals & trace elements as well as essential and rare micronutrients and has been continuously produced for more than a century. Having been an avid student of health and nutrition science for decades, Robert recognized the remarkable history and efficacy of Quinton Marine Plasma in supporting a wide range of the most difficult health conditions and has distributed Quinton Marine Plasma to leading-edge clinics and health practitioners worldwide since 2008. For the past nine years Robert’s focus has been on bringing a new nutraceutical breakthrough called “Molecular Hydrogen” (H2) to the medical profession and health-minded consumers. This “smallest molecule in the Universe” has been overlooked for its remarkable health benefits until now. With more than 800 worldwide health studies on the subject, physicians, researchers and clinicians have been proclaiming Molecular Hydrogen (H2) as the most unique and versatile antioxidant and signaling molecule. In 2010 Robert co-developed a practical way for everyone to benefit from this discovery by creating the first reactive hydrogen tablet that infuses water with a supersaturated concentration of molecular hydrogen (H2) gas. This proven nutraceutical is now in its 9th year of distribution in both professional medical and consumer markets. In 2011 Robert became a founding investor in the Quicksilver Scientific Corp. that was developing a groundbreaking new technology to deliver nutrients and nutraceuticals to the cells. It is referred to as nano-encapsulated liposomes. In just a few years, Quicksilver Scientific established its scientific dominance in this growing field and is currently expanding its product scope and global distribution. While attending medical and wellness conferences throughout North America, Robert recognized the persistent minefield of water-related misinformation encountered by doctors, patients and consumers alike – that’s after spending nearly 50 years in the water technology industry. This unsettling experience soon turned into the motivation to do something about it and Water & Wellness was established in 2017. A team with more than 150 years of combined experience was assembled to create a product line of advanced Point of Use (POU) and Point of Entry (POE) water treatment systems for health and wellness minded consumers. In addition, a line of synergistic water additives was formulated for the consumer market including Quinton and QuintEssential minerals & trace elements, Active pH Restore alkalizing mineral powder, Active H2 ULTRA molecular H2 tablets and Active Ribose C high-bioavailability vitamin C. Recently, Robert’s 25-year interest in Deuterium Depleted Water (DDW) took a new direction forward. With a combination of Soviet-era research from the 1960's and recent announcements explaining the profound physiological benefits of water with reduced Deuterium content, Robert decided to act quickly in making a reliable and affordable supply available in North America. Soon, health practitioners and health-minded consumers will be able to obtain the most deuterium depleted Litewater brand DDW through soon-to-be-announced channels nationwide. Robert continues to be a very active international figure in the rapidly expanding water technology, wellness and anti-aging community, making appearances and presentations worldwide. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why and how Robert went from the aerospace industry into the water industry... Robert and his brother Jack were both working in the military industrial complex and were just plain bored to tears They became aware of a new technology called membrane separation, aka reverse osmosis They were pioneers in water systems in homes and restaurants, to micro electronics manufacturing Built the first hemodialysis system (portable dialysis) Didn't invent reverse osmosis, but refined and developed products that used it (the spot-free rinse being the most famous) -How a near-death experience made Robert aware of a forgotten scientific discovery that led to his current work... In 2004, Robert came down with gastroenteritis after moving to Brazil in retirement Was given by a local man 6 vials of quinton marine plasma, a harvested extract of plankton from the ocean This is what they used in the absence of proper health care in that area Was first discovered in 1897 Percutaneous Hydrotomy: a protocol used to treat serious conditions such as a damaged spine Not to be used as a supplement of injectable for general wellness Super hydrating a specific location with sea water Plankton bloom: one of the most complex bioreactors Make about 65% of the oxygen on earth Heavily protected by national and international governing bodies Robert's brother and business partner passed away in 2016; passed on the license to Quinton to Quicksilver Scientific Water and Wellness -The secrets to Robert's youthful physical appearance... Quinton Moderate exercise Grounded with the earth Strict paleo dietary regimen (see below for details) Trace elements (from the Quinton) 40+ supplements taken daily (see below for details) -How to set up the ideal water filtration system in your home... Always find out what exactly is in your water (EPA water quality report for local water company) Filtration system, temperature, etc. all matter in the quality Two methods for removing the greatest number of contaminants: Distillation + activated carbon Reverse osmosis + activated carbon Then remineralize the water (quinton, trace liquid minerals, Celtic sea salt) Why Celtic sea salt, and not another type of sea salt? Jacques DeLangre (founder of Celtic) was a student of Rene