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A Crazy Biohacking Adventure With Luke Storey & Ben Greenfield: Smart Drugs, Sleep Hacking, Infrared Light, Cold Pools & Beyond!
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!
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The Hormone-Boosting Minimalist Exercise Machine That Burns A Staggering Amount Of Calories In Just 21 Minutes.
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!
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Q&A 406: Recovery & Injury Hacks, The Best Way To Combine Sauna & Cold, How To Know If Your Nervous System Is Recovered & Much More!
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!
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Ben Greenfield Interviews Dr. David Sinclair About Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don't Have To.
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!
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Deuterium Demystified: Everything You Need To Know About Deuterium Depleted Water (DDW), How To Lower Deuterium & Much More!
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!
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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.
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! 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It All Starts With Your Gut: How Your Bacteria & Intestinal Inflammation Affects Your Mood, Health, Longevity & More!
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. 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To Hell & Back With Autoimmune Disease: How To Heal Autoimmunity With Diet, Relationships, Lifestyle & More.
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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How To Figure Out What To Eat Based On What Your Ancestors Ate & How To Heal Your Immune System Using An Ancestral Diet Approach.
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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405: How Hard Do You Need To Train For Muscle Gain?, Keto Muscle Building, Protecting Yourself From Pesticides & Much More!
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). 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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? In my response, I recommend: My new book Boundless 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! -----------------------------------------------------
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Why the War on Cancer Has Failed & What You Can Do About It: Mistletoe, NAD, Deuterium Depleted Water, Melatonin, Gerson Therapy & Beyond!
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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A New Style Of Meditation That Helps You To Stress Less & Accomplish More - The Emily Fletcher Podcast.
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 zivaONLINE, 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. 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Nerdy Ways To Lose Fat, Build Muscle & Maintain A Nice Body As You Age.
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!
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A Day In The Life Of Ben Greenfield: Ben's Exact Morning, Afternoon & Evening Routines.
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!
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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.
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!
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Longevity vs. Muscle Gain, How Much Cardio Is Too Much, Blood Flow Restriction Training, Sex Supplement Tips & Much More With The Guys From ATPScience.
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. 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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!
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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The Hunter McIntyre Podcast: Crossfit vs. Spartan, Top Recovery & Sleep Tips, Crazy Bobby & Much More!
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!
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Killing Mold & Mycotoxins For Good, The Craziest IVs You Can Get For Energy, Fixing Knees & Back Without Surgery & Much More With Dr. Matt Cook
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!
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Eastern Wisdom Meets Western Medicine: 10-Pass Ozone, Peptides, Blood Irradiation, Constitutional Assessments & Much More!
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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Unschooling, Plant Medicine, Anti-Aging, Veganism vs. Carnivore & More With The Mindpump Guys!
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!
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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!
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
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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
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!
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The Biggest Common Keto Mistakes (& How to Fix Every Metabolic Problem With A Low-Carb Diet In Just 7 Seconds)
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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403: Teeth Care Tactics, How To Time Your Protein For Muscle Gain, Biohacking Night Shift Work & Much More!

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My New #1 Hack For Zapping Inflammation, Increasing Deep Sleep & Recovering Faster - Earthing (The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?)
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!
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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!
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! 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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! -----------------------------------------------------
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Why You Shouldn't Let Modern Baby Food Anywhere Near Your Baby (& What To Use Instead To Make Your Baby Stronger & Smarter).
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!
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Transcendental Meditation: Cult, Quackery, or Science?
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. 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The 3 Key Steps To Intuitive Eating, Ego Dissolution, Raising & Educating Children In A Modern Era & More With Paul Chek.
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!
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Secrets To Building Muscle & Burning Fat At The Same Time, Spiritual Enhancement Through Gardening & Music, Sleep, Superfoods & More With Drew Canole
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. 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Peptides Unveiled: The Best Peptide Stacks For Anti-Aging, Growth Hormone, Deep Sleep, Hair Loss, Enhanced Cognition & Much More!
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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Carnivore Diet, Cleaning Out Your Colon, Eating Brains, Hunting Zebras & Much More With Paul Saladino.
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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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!
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! -----------------------------------------------------
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Held Hostage: How The FDA Is Keeping You From Using Your Own Stem Cells (& What You Can Do About It)
"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? 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A Little-Known Secret To Fix Your Vagus Nerve, Banish Constipation, Use Nicotine As A Biohack & Much More!
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. 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The Ultimate Guide To Unschooling: Top Tips To Create Free-Thinking, Resilient, Creative Young Humans Who Can Thrive In A Modern World.
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! 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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!
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! 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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! -----------------------------------------------------
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The 7 Different Reasons You Age (& Potent, Proven Molecules To Enhance Longevity & Slow Aging)
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!  
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Bonus Episode: Brief Words Of Wisdom, Introspection & Insight From Ben Greenfield.
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. 
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399: The Latest Science On Low Carb Diets, Is Fasting An Eating Disorder, Should Lean Females Fast, How To Combat Sleep Deprivation & Much More.
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! -----------------------------------------------------  
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Ben Greenfield Q&A: Detox Myths, Amino Acids While Fasting, Muscle Gain Protocols, Cell Phone Dangers & Much More!
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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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)?
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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398: Top 12 Keto Myths, The Dark Side Of Tabatas, Dad Bod, Healthy Sunscreen Alternatives & More!
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! -----------------------------------------------------  
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Part 2: How To Identify The Lies That Popular Media Spews About Wellness (& My Reply To “The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked”)
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!  
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Part 1: How To Identify The Lies That Popular Media Spews About Wellness (& My Reply To "The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked")
"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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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.
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!  
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Mind-Blowing Biohacks You've Never Heard Of, Deep Sleep Enhancement Tricks, Upgrading Your Immune System For Travel, Minimalist Time-Hacked Workouts & Much More!
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 <JILLIAN SHOULD HAVE AFFILIATE LINK Clearlight Sauna followed by 2 minute cold shower -The efficacy of slapping one's self with birch leaves in the sauna...45:30 Heat sauna to 100º Celsius Tie birch, oak, stinging nettle leaves together Hit into kidneys Increases circulation while under the heat Can eat; high in iron Ben's wild plant pesto: Stinging nettle leaves Olive oil Parmesan Pine nuts Rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper Ferment the nettle leaves if cheese doesn't agree with you -Some unique hacks for the workplace...51:40 Stand, move around as much as possible Hydrate often Eating disrupts the flow (no casual social contact) -Evening and sleep routines...53:00 Deep sleep enhancement article Olli wrote for the Ben Greenfield Fitness website Whole body, lower level vibration therapy Neurosonic vibration tool More subtle than the Powerplate vibration plate Balances stimulation between sympathetic and parasympathetic tones Infrared sauna PEMF treatment with Bemer device 5 minute session with JOOVV mini (get a bonus gift when you order with my link) Eat 2 green kiwis every night Kiwis contain nutrients for melatonin pathway: folate, zinc, etc. Natural levels of serotonin Olli's evening supplement stack: magnesium, zinc, taurine, phosphatidylserine, theanine, fish oil, curcumin, selenium, resveratrol and EAA’s Sleepstream app Pzizz app Brain.FM NUCalm "Moment" feature on The Oura Ring Deep breathing exercises (found in the Biohackers Handbook) Sadhguru Youtube Meditation Inner Engineering book Black LED light blocking tape Acupressure spike mat for sleep Roll a towel and place it inside the pillow (while traveling) Ben's podcast on the NeckNest Boneco air humidifier Airinum air mask O2O2.com Facemask -"Stacks" that Olli and Teemu use...1:14:05 Optimal mental recovery "stack": Red light/infrared therapy + spike mat/spike pillow + PEMF or Bemer mat + binaural beats with noise-cancelling headphones + meditation + certain supplements (reishi & lion’s mane) + essential oil of lavender, power naps to maximize mental recovery Optimal business man’s workout "stack": Vibration plate + electrical muscle stimulation + X3Bar + elevation training mask + "biohackers chocolate" cacao/coffee/cordyceps/beetroot juice for business man’s workouts during breaks Self-quantification "stack": Tracking recovery with morning resting heart-rate, morning saliva cortisol, urine test strips, Ketonix for evaluating state of ketosis & fasting, night-time HRV (Oura), day-time HRV and periods of recovery (Garmin Vivomove HR), blood sugar fluctuation with Freestyle libre (combined with application of agaricus blazei, berberine, cinnamon, Jarrow Formulas Glucose Optimizer, etc.), pulse oximeter (ihealth Air), blood pressure (ihealth Clear), quick sampling of hsCRP / homocysteine in the future (portable Eurolyzer Smart 700/340) Sauna "stack": Niacin, FourSigmatic 10 Mushroom Blend, cinnamon, vanilla, curcumin, ginger, holy basil, oregano -And much more... Resources from this episode: - Click here to get the new Biohackers Handbook, and use code: BEN for a 10% discount. - You can get a bundle of videos from all previous Biohacker 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. - Olli’s testosterone hacking guide (use 10% discount code BEN) - Olli’s deep sleep optimization guide (use 10% discount code BEN)  - BioMed Green Plus cubes - Birch Sap - Sprout Powder - Ambronite meal replacement - FourSigmatic 10 Mushroom Blend Mushroom Extract (for Agaricus mushroom) (15% off with code "BENGREENFIELD") - C8 Caprylic Acid - Ceylon Cinnamon - Madagascar Vanilla - Organic Cayenne Powder - FourSigmatic Chaga (15% off with code "BENGREENFIELD") - Omica Organic Stevia - Chocamine powder - Neurosonic vibration tool (Use code BIOHACKER for a 5% discount on the device) - Powerplate vibration plate - Jumpsport Mini-Trampoline - Ben's wild plant pesto recipe from Instagram - Deep sleep enhancement article Olli wrote for the Ben Greenfield Fitness website - Bemer PEMF mat  - Olli's evening supplement stack: magnesium, zinc, taurine, phosphatidylserine, theanine, fish oil, curcumin, selenium, resveratrol and EAA’s - Acupressure spike mat for sleep - Pzizz app - Sleepstream app - Brain.FM - NUCalm - The Oura Ring - Health Meditation (Guided By Sadhguru) - YouTube - Black LED light blocking tape - JOOVV Go - MobilityWOD balls - Ben's podcast on the NeckNest - O2O2.com Facemask - Biohacker’s chocolate (use code BEN for 10% discount) - Longevity tea - Book: Inner Engineering by Sadhguru - Boneco air humidifier - Airinum air mask - Optimal mental recovery "stack": Red light/infrared therapy + spike mat/spike pillow + PEMF or Bemer mat + binaural beats with noise-cancelling headphones + meditation + certain supplements (reishi & lion’s mane) + essential oil of lavender, power naps to maximize mental recovery - Optimal business man’s workout "stack": Vibration plate + electrical muscle stimulation + X3Bar + elevation training mask + cacao/coffee/cordyceps/beetroot juice for business man’s workouts during breaks - Self-quantification "stack": Tracking recovery with morning resting heart-rate, morning saliva cortisol, urine test strips, Ketonix for evaluating state of ketosis & fasting, night-time HRV (Oura), day-time HRV and periods of recovery (Garmin Vivomove HR), blood sugar fluctuation with Freestyle libre (combined with application of agaricus blazei, berberine, cinnamon, Jarrow Formulas Glucose Optimizer, etc.), pulse oximeter (ihealth Air), blood pressure (ihealth Clear), quick sampling of hsCRP / homocysteine in the future (portable Eurolyzer Smart 700/340) - Sauna "stack": Niacin, FourSigmatic 10 Mushroom Blend, cinnamon, vanilla, curcumin, ginger, holy basil, oregano. 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 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 - Hyperice: Hyperice is offering free shipping on all orders over $99 AND a chance to win the full recovery kit from Hyperice! You’ll be entered to win the full Hyperice recovery kit when you enter code: 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. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Teemu, Olli or me? 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The Most Proven Supplements For Performance & Recovery, Cold Water Immersion vs. Cryotherapy, The New Science of Athletic Performance & Much More!
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. 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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)
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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How To Simulate A Full Sleep Cycle In 20 Minutes, The Best Stress Biohack That Exists, Vagus Nerve Stimulation & Much More!
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? 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Beyond 23&Me: A Deep Dive Into Ben Greenfield's Personal DNA Results (& How To Get Your Own Genes Interpreted)
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!  
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16 Reasons You're Not Burning Fat (& How To Lose Weight The Right Way)
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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Ben Greenfield's Top Anti-Aging Tactics: Basic & Ancestral Strategies To Enhance Longevity
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!  
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CBD & Cannabis Special Episode: How CBD Affects Hormones, Fat Loss, Athletic Performance, Sleep, Recovery & Much More
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!  
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The Search For The Perfect Protein (The Surprising Truth About A Little-Known Supernutrient For Weight Loss, Mood, Fatigue, Insomnia, and More)
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... Resources from this episode: - Kion Essential Aminos Acids - Dr. Minkoff's new book "The Search for the Perfect Protein" - Pancreatic enzyme therapy for cancer - ION Profile with 40 Amino Acids - Genova Kit - Diagnostechs Stool Panel - Sanesco Labs HPA Profile - BioSteel - Podcast: Episode #168: How To Banish Chronic Pain Forever. - Podcast: Why You’ve Been Lied To About Cancer And What You Can Do About It. - Podcast: Amino Acids, BCAA’s, EAA’s, Ketosis, Bonking & More With 41 Time Ironman Triathlete Dr. David Minkoff. - Podcast: How Tour de France racers make it through the grueling stages w/ Dr. Jeff Spencer 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. -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! -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 -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. Minkoff or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
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Water & Water Filtration: Everything You Need To Know About Water Filters, Alkaline Water, Structured Water, Hydrogen Rich Water, Deuterium Depleted Water & Much More!
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 Quinton himself Celtic is not rinsed. When you rinse salt, you rinse away 30-40 trace elements Himalayan sea salt is an underground salt mine; has iron oxide contamination The best water filtration systems on the market: AquaTru water filter AquaTru minerals Sanitize the storage tank minimum once a year, and every time you change filters Incubators for huge levels of bacteria SteriPen portable water purifier WoW (Water on Water) under the counter filtration system LED and UV sterilization is coming soon -Robert's take on alkaline water... He's against it; has been for 7+ years It's "the scientific misconception that became a multi-billion dollar business" The engineer who conceived of it didn't know the distinction between "alkaline" and "alkalinity" Another misconception in how "ph" levels affect acid in the water Match vs. fireplace: which will heat your home? Once you drink alkaline water, the body will change the ph level dramatically Alkalinity comes from adding trace minerals which have a buffering capacity: carbonates and bicarbonates Fresh green juices are a great way to alkalize the body (no ph levels) PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load) Chart -Robert's take on structured water... Refers to the molecular configurations the water molecules take on that are purported to have some physiological significance These arrangements are very fickle; they change every second It fails when you drink it; no structuring can survive the stomach (remember, it can dissolve a steak) There have been no studies that show consistent physiological benefits The only structuring Robert would consider is vortexing -And what about hydrogen-enriched water?... Robert created the very first hydrogen reacting tablet in 2010 Not to be confused with hydride ions (which Robert erroneously did from the outset) Tyler LeBaron (listen to my podcast with him) set the record straight You can combine Quinton minerals with h2 tablets -What is deuterium, and what is deuterium-depleted water... The hydrogen in water consists of 3 isotopes: protium, deuterium, tritium (which is of little consequence) Deuterium is twice as heavy as protium (the only isotope that has that large a disparity with its sister isotope) Water is actually 3 different molecules: H2O, HdO, and D2O There are 150 deuteriums for every 1 million protiums in water When water is made with deuterium, it's called "heavy water" (it's used to power nuclear power facilities and make nuclear bombs) America won the race to extract the deuterium from regular water during World War 2 Unusual biological effects of deuterium-depleted water on plants and animals: Increases in life span, Growth rates, Survival and diseases Russian scientists reported this, they were not taken seriously by the global scientific community Many variations or levels in which deuterium can be removed from water and still be considered "depleted" Incredibly complicated process of removing deuterium from water A camel produces deuterium-depleted water naturally; it's why they can survive without water for weeks in the desert -And much more! Resources from this episode: - Robert Slovak's "Water & Wellness" website (use code GREENFIELD to save 10%) - AquaTru water filter - Podcast: The Genius Mad Scientist Who Invented The Very First Fitness Product Ben Ever Bought – Along With “The Best Water Filtration System That Exists” & Much More. - Trusii Hydrogen Rich Water (use code BEN for 15% off + free shipping) - Quinton minerals by Quicksilver Scientific (use GREENFIELD10 to get a discount) - Percutaneous hydrotomy - Zach Bush's Nitric Oxide Dump - AquaTru minerals - Celtic Salt - Steripen UV Water Purifier - PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load) Chart - Greenfield Naturals Structured Water filter - My interview on hydrogen-rich water with Tyler Lebaron - SteriPen portable water purifier - Robert’s 14 ingredient "Bulletproof Coffee Recipe" (for 3-4 cups): - 450 ml boiling-hot water - 3 small cups of organic espresso coffee - 1 tbsp grass-fed butter  (use code GREENFIELD for 15% discount storewide. Offer good for up to 2 orders per customer. Excludes orders over 40 lbs, sale items, volume discounts, and gift certificates) - 1 fl. oz. coconut creamer - 2 tablespoons organic MCT oil  (use code BEN for 10% discount) - 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil - 1 scoop collagen peptide powder - 1 scoop whey protein powder - 1 heaping tsp cacao powder - 1 heaping tsp turmeric powder - 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon - 1 tsp MSM powder - 1/2 tsp Magnesium L-threonate - 1 scoop Active pH Restore (alkalinity powder) - 1 scoop Active C with Ribose (Vitamin C powder) - 1 vial QuintEssential 3.3 (minerals & trace elements) - The supplements Robert takes: Robert's Life Extension List: - LEF Mix capsules - Vitamin D3 5000IU - Health Booster - Super Omega-3  - Mega Lycopene  - Advanced Bio-Curcumin  - Cognitex w/ Pregnenolone & Brainshield  - Skin Restoring Phytoceramides 30 caps  - Optimized Folate  - Ultra Natural Prostate  - Cardio Peak  - Brite Eyes III  - Macugard Ocular Support w/Astaxanthin  - Super Miraforte  - Endothelial Defense  - PQQ Caps  - Super Ubiqunol CoQ10  - Triple Action Cruciferous  - AMPK Activator  - Milk Thistle  - NAD+ Cell Regenerator  - Super Selenium Complex  - Neuro-Mag Threonate  - Super Carnosine  - Acetyl L-Carnitine Arginate - DMAE Bitartrate - Mega Green Tea Extract  - DHEA Complete  - Vinpocetine  - Arterial Protect  - D-Ribose powder  - SAMe  Robert's Water & Wellness List: - Quinton Hypertonic (or QuintEssential) (use code GREENFIELD to save 10%) - Active Ribose C  (use code GREENFIELD to save 10%) - Active pH Restore  (use code GREENFIELD to save 10%) - Active H2 ULTRA  (use code GREENFIELD to save 10%) - Ageless Defense  (use code GREENFIELD to save 10%) Other Supplements Robert takes: - Tri-Iodine - MSM Powder - Mega Strength Beta Sitosterol - Wobenzym - C3 Complex Turmeric Curcumin - Multi-Fiber Colon Cleanse - Mushroom Extracts  (use code BENGREENFIELD for a 15% discount) - MCT Oil (use code BEN for 10% discount) & Coconut Oil 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 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" -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! -FitVine Wine: Don’t let the word “less” fool you. FitVine wines offer rich flavor profiles and the alcohol content (13.4 - 13.9% alcohol) you’d expect from a fine wine. Use discount code: GREENFIELD10 for 10% off your order. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Robert or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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Young Blood Transfers For Anti-Aging, Alzheimers, Parkinson's & More: The Future Of One Of The Most Cutting-Edge Medical Protocols That Exists
You've no doubt heard of controversial "young blood transfers", made popular of late in the anti-aging and longevity industry by articles such as: -Questionable “Young Blood” Transfusions Offered in U.S. as Anti-Aging Remedy -New Yorkers will soon be able to have the blood of 16- to 25-year-olds transfused into their body. But does it actually do anything?  -Startups Flock to Turn Young Blood Into an Elixir of Youth But what has completely flown under the radar is the fact that plasma transfusions of young blood have been found in clinical research studies to have never-before-seen effects on chronic health conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, autoimmunity and many others.  In today's podcast, with Mark Urdahl and his lead nurse Gloria, you'll get never-before-heard breakthrough information on how young blood transfusions really work for these conditions, along with their true effects on anti-aging and longevity. Mark Urdahl, one of my guests on this podcast, serves as Chairman and CEO of the Young Blood Institute, a non-profit corporation conducting clinical trials in the use of therapeutic plasma exchange as a modality to systemically prevent cellular senescence and the onset of associated immunological, neurological, and cardiovascular disorders. Mr. Urdahl and his team at the Young Blood Institute have also pioneered the concurrent use of the world’s most advanced, state-of-the-art, ultrasensitive, high-precision blood serum measurement technologies to capture comprehensive “big data” of the human body, an unprecedented combination of testing technologies in human medicine or human clinical research, in order to understand never-before-seen correlations which might lead to discovery of root causes of age-associated disorders. He began his career with IBM Biomedical Systems, which, in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, invented the world’s first automated blood cell separator, first commercially produced by IBM in the 70’s as the IBM 2997. After IBM sold its Biomedical Systems business unit to COBE Laboratories in 1984, Mr. Urdahl became a systems engineer supporting IBM large systems accounts, including notable innovators in health care management. Mr. Urdahl went on to lead a distinguished career at IBM, where he held management positions in marketing and sales, technology development, corporate development. After IBM, he founded Applied Science Fiction (ASF), a digital imaging company where he served as Chairman and CEO, overseeing the development of over 150 patent applications and licensing its technology to nearly every major imaging OEM worldwide, including Nikon, Agfa, Minolta, and many others. Mr. Urdahl subsequently formed the Young Blood Institute as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation to research anti-aging therapies under clinical trials, recruiting world-class principal investigators, establishing a nation-wide network of nurses and private care physicians, creating the most advanced biomarker testing platform in the world, and developing a “big data” database capable of storing data in the cloud in perpetuity. In 2008 Mr. Urdahl led an investment group to acquire the storage network monitoring business unit of Finisar Corp, including a portfolio of 20+ patents/applications, to form a privately held company, Virtual Instruments. He subsequently formed the Young Blood Institute to research anti-aging therapies under clinical trials, recruiting world-class principal investigators, establishing a nation-wide network of nurses and private care physicians, creating the most advanced biomarker testing platform in the world, and developing a “big data” database capable of storing data in the cloud in perpetuity. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The history of the world's first blood cell separator... Invented by George Judson in 1965 after his son was diagnosed with leukemia Blood cells were separated manually; very laborious IBM funded this research and many other inventions that have benefited humanity Taber's Medical Encyclopedia -What is blood cell separation and exchange?... Similar to a PRP draw Blood drawn from one arm; spun around in centrifuge; separates red, white, plasma (by gravity); Machine can draw whichever component you want (platelets, plasma, red cells, etc.) Blood is reinserted into the arm sans whichever component you want (ex. plasma) and new plasma is inserted via IV New plasma comes from various sources: actual plasma and purified plasma components Broke college kids donate plasma for gas money (creating a very large plasma pool) Water is taken out of the plasma; what's left is albumin, immunoglobulins, fibrinogen Similar to frozen lemonade (just add water) -How Mark became interested in the transfer of young blood... Was involved in several high-tech yet unfulfilling tasks; desired to do more for humanity Heterochronic parabiosis: the joining of two mice together, one old, one young Systemic milieu Findings of mouse research: There was one solution (young blood) to multiple problems; however, each problem had its own funding, infrastructure, bureaucracy, etc. Both parties are affected: younger deteriorate; older improve Initial goal: reboot the immune system for people over the age of 50 -Why the Young Blood Institute operates as a non-profit organization... Humanitarian research No proprietary issues such as IP, Much learning that yet needs to occur For profit companies naturally focus on profit; Can be contradictory to the idea of research and discovery Takes years for truths to emerge (because of investors, stock, etc.) -The philosophy behind the research and work at the Young Blood Institute... Janko Nikolich-Žugich - The immunobiologist at the YBI Valid clinical evidence requires data How do you prove you've prevented something? By proving it existed in the first place Anecdotal data suggests the effects of plasmapheresis extends beyond the indication that is being treated Cast a wide net, gather as much data as possible (treat the whole elephant) What biomarkers are being tracked: Standardized patient care physical exams Muscle biopsies Muscle function Neurological/cognitive function Many more All tests done before the young blood transfer Not trying to cure; trying to prevent Don't test for telomeres because it's testing whole blood Each cell subset has different telomere lengths Wide disparity in test results Cells are aware of changes in environment, not calendar times -A dramatic real-life example of 2 70-year old Youngblood Institute patients... The plasma that was withdrawn was rather putrid looking After 2-3 treatments (removing old plasma, injecting young plasma) the plasma condition normalized Getting rid of the old plasma really matters Decrease in whole blood viscosity Low shear viscosity: "stickiness" of the blood -What is "big data of the body"?... Digital biomarkers: Apple Watch, HRV, sleep cycles, etc. Unprecedented ensemble of data assembled in one place Correlations (meta data) Data is mined over time -The government's intervention in this type of technology... FDA shut down a for-profit company in the field Mark supports the FDA's action and caution Infusions are additive; can cause circulatory overload YBI does a transfusion; blood volume stays constant Mark doesn't fear an FDA shutdown of the Youngblood Institute because they are in agreement with and support their actions -How something called a "neuro protocol" may lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of Alzheimers... Article: Plasma exchange for Alzheimer's disease Management by Albumin Replacement (AMBAR) trial: Study design and progress An extension of current protocol: 6 treatments over a 6 week period Add a partial monthly treatment for 12 months Mark's lead nurse, Gloria, was the lead on the AMBAR study, and had shocking stories to tell Could potentially lead to treatment of Parkinson's and ALS 60% success in arresting the development of Alzheimers The End of Alzheimer's by Dr. Dale Bredesen Proper clinical trial: unbiased investigators who look at data, not the subjects -The role of a head nurse in a plasma transfusion... It's largely a nurse's procedure Top 6 nurses at the YBI have 230+ years of experience Get lead physicians observations; head nurse will sometimes provide that for them Interact with patients and get their observations Alzheimers affects the family of the patient more than the patient (due to their loss of memory) -Gloria's observations treating patients, both with the AMBAR study and at the YBI... "Early results on Parkinson's and ALS patients are very encouraging" Grifols did a placebo test on patients: Patients already had minimum mild level of Alzheimers "Sham" is used in the best possible sense Patients perceived they were receiving the treatment when they were not Treated over 180 subjects over a four year period One patient in particular deteriorated rapidly while on the sham study "Predictive biomarkers" are used to admit patients into the YBI treatments Some of the good stories: Orchard farmer in his 80's showed remarkable improvement after approx. 8 months (18 treatments) Woman who just turned 60, lost her joy for life; after 2 months, daughter reported amazing progress; flirting with everyone after 5 months Patients regain previously lost memories -Can apheresis be used as an anti-aging treatment even if one doesn't have Alzheimers?... "Apparent health" can be a misnomer; all of a sudden someone can have 3 major diseases YBI doesn't treat patients as young as 30 years old Alzheimers, Parkinson's, ALS symptoms begin very young -Why these studies and treatments are still occurring more or less behind the scenes... -And much more... Resources from this episode: -The Young Blood Institute -The End of Alzheimer's book by Dr. Dale Bredesen -My first interview with Dr. Matt Cook -My second interview with Dr. Matt Cook -Biohacking Alzheimers, Age Reversal, Young Blood, Stem Cells, Exosomes  podcast -My podcast with Tom Ingoglia of the NAD injection clinic in San Diego -Grifols demonstrates a significant reduction (61%) in the progression of moderate Alzheimer's disease using its AMBAR treatment protocol -Taber's Medical Encyclopedia -Article: Plasma exchange for Alzheimer's disease Management by Albumin Replacement (AMBAR) trial: Study design and progress 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. Check out the Memorial Day specials and save today! -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. -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. -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 Mark, Gloria or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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397: How To Get Carbs On A Carnivore Diet, The 4 Laws Of Muscle, How To Recover Faster, Which Artificial Sweeteners Are OK To Consume & Much More.
Q&A Episode 397 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...9:00   -The four laws of muscle: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/4-laws-of-muscle   -New research and another negative for ibuprofen and Advil   - NSAID’s increase your heart attack risk: https://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j1909   -The effects of earthing/grounding on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3116537/   -Cool jet lag/exercise trick: http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/02/exercise-shift-body-clock/ Probably the best article on chewing I’ve ever read: https://thinktalkideas.com/blog/chewing Special Announcements...25:10 -Click here to follow Ben on Snapchat, 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. – May 29, 2019: Community Talk on Stem Cell Procedure, Charleston, South Carolina. Sign up for an exclusive, semi-private event featuring myself and Dr. Craig Koniver of Koniver Wellness. The lively discussion will take place at Tradd’s downtown over dinner in a private room for 80 guests. Sign up here! – June 6, 2019: An Afternoon of Transformation with Ben Greenfield, Denver, Colorado. A special event hosted by MaxLiving, which exists to transform lives through chiropractic. – June 15, 2019: Ultimate Fitness Run, Mt. Spokane, Washington. Join me and my family for a fun, as-competitive-as-you-make-it day outside for an OCR-style challenge. Register here while you still can. This event sells out quickly each year. Save with code: BEN10UFR and register here. – June 23 – July 7, 2019: European Detox Retreat, Paracelsus al Ronc, Switzerland. At this 2019 liver detox and R&R retreat at the beautiful Swiss Mountain Clinic in the Italian quarter of Switzerland, you’ll stay on-site and receive diagnostics and treatments from the best doctors of biological medicine to detox your liver and your soul. Here’s the link to more info. – August 3, 2019: Spartan Sprint at the LA Stadium, Los Angeles, California. It’s Rally Time, Los Angeles. The Big A. Angel Stadium. Whatever you call it, this place is legendary. Now, Spartan is headed to this historic ballpark for an epic Stadion course. Get ready to take on 3 miles and 20 obstacles through nearly every part of the stadium. Sign up here! – 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. Sign up here! -View Ben’s Calendar Here Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. This podcast is brought to you by: -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 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" -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. Listener Q&A: The Effects Of CBD On Cortisol...33:10 Q: I've been working on anxiety and nausea and am trying to do it naturally. I was working on supplements and CBD oil for high cortisol. I went to an endocrinologist and it turns out I have low morning cortisol. I thought CBD oil was helping me a lot, but now I'm having second thoughts. What do you think? In my response, I recommend: -DUTCH Test -24 hour pulse oximeter  (use BEN for $30 off on WHOOP) -My podcast and my article on sleep apnea How To Recover Faster...50:45 Q: I'm a 32 year old female facing ACL reconstruction with my hamstring and a meniscus repair. What supplements or vitamins would you recommend that will help promote healing in addition to healthy eating and physical therapy I'll be doing? In my response, I recommend: -Kion recovery bundle -Local cryo -Stem cells/exosomes -TB500/BPC-157 (including Dr. Seed's Oral BPC-157) -Pulsecenters PEMF -Flexpulse -NeuroField -MarcPro  (use code BEN for 10% off) -JOOVV Light (use code BEN for a free gift at checkout) -Vitamin C -Proteolytic Enzymes -Fish Oil -Amino Acids Which Artificial Sweeteners Are OK To Consume?... Q: I'll be starting the Gaps diet shortly, specifically for the first 2-week intensive "intro diet." Just wondering if things like NutriSweet can have a negative effect. I eat sugar-free gum a lot, and drink Diet Coke from time to time. Just curious if these things will undermine the process. In my response, I recommend: -Omica Organics Stevia -Zevia -Swerve -Monk Fruit -Allulose   How To Get Carbs On A Carnivore Diet... Q: I just listened to the podcast on the Carnivore Diet, and it made my jaw drop. I was wondering how someone training for an Ironman triathlon who's just learned about this new information, and who consumes a lot of vegetables, can implement a Carnivore diet and still take in carbs while training for the event. In my response, I recommend: -My podcast with Paul Saladino -Ketosis vs. Carnivore Diet, Why Ketosis Isn’t For Everyone, & How To Do Ketosis & Carnivore “The Right Way”     Giveaways & Goodies [1:20:15] -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. 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Dangerous Probiotic Myths, The Probiotic Ben Greenfield Uses, Anti-Aging Effects Of Probiotics, Should Males Vs. Females Take Different Probiotics & Much More
Do probiotics really seed or populate your gut? How do you decide which strain or species of probiotic to take? Do certain compounds enhance the efficacy of probiotics? Should probiotics be personalized? I tackle all these probiotic questions and many more in today's episode with Raja Dhir. Raja the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Seed, an ecosystem of kindred scientists, doctors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and translational storytellers from around the world. Seed's members collectively believe in the potential of the microbiome to improve human and planetary health. Raja leads Seed’s research strategy and academic collaborations, clinical trial design, product development, and intellectual property strategy. He is the architect of the Seed Platform and has unique expertise in translating scientific research for product development – including patented inventions to stabilize sensitive compounds to improve human microbiome diversity and inflammatory biomarkers. He’s also the Co- Chair of Seed’s Scientific Advisory Board where Seed focuses on solving complex ecological problems including honeybee colony collapse, plastic degradation, and soil fertility through bacteria. Raja is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Church Lab in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and is a Director and Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for Micropia, a $20MM microbial ecology / education platform and the world’s first museum dedicated exclusively to microbes. He also serves on the Editorial Board for the scientific journal, Microbiome, on the Industry Advisory Committee for the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), and is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), among others. During our discussion, you'll learn: -Why we misunderstand probiotics, and especially probiotic research...8:30 Raja's research paper: Probiotics: What they are and what they are not We're understanding more and more about the gut and microbiome every day An organism must show that it has a specific effect on the body before the term "probiotic" can be used The term "probiotic" is unregulated in the United States Consumers are way ahead of the science Proper definition of a probiotic: live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host Unscientific research on probiotics has led to damage in credibility in the field Taking one single data set that's not causative and applying the results to the entire field is an unscientific practice -The recent studies on probiotics that Raja mentions, and sometimes criticizes, in his work...13:45 Conducted by the Weizmann Institute Got subjects to consent to invasive small intestinal biopsies, versus just the colon Ordinarily you test the large intestine only An over emphasis on testing stool samples Fallacy: Collecting large amounts of data will give you an accurate answer How classical biologists are different: Have a hypothesis, Narrow down an intervention, Test (in a large enough sample size) and look for biomarkers that change in the host How the test worked: Gave 3 groups of people large amounts of antibiotics Gave one group probiotics, one group allowed to recover spontaneously (watchful waiting), third group FMT; their own stool injected back in rectally Hypothesis: What's the fastest way of recovering to your normal base line? After 90 days, everything lost statistical significance; all 3 groups indistinguishable from one another 3 things you can do to improve an infant's health Vaginal birth Not having antibiotics during birth (if you have a c-section) Breast feeding Do at least 2 of the 3 correctly, you dramatically increase the chances that the infant's microbiome will develop normally Science should not be a sensationalistic field Temptation to exploit research for short-term PR gains -What regulations or standardizations exist when it comes to the microbiome and probiotics...23:25 Contract manufacturers: used by big dairy companies, big business, probiotics found in local grocery stores European facilities are better equipped due to dietary differences Species vs Strains: Ex: Chihuahuas and dobermans are different strains of the same species Some strains are up to 70% different from strains of the same species Must be tested on humans, otherwise should be called a microbial product vs. a probiotic product Some less disciplined companies benefit from the existing ambiguities in the probiotic field -Raja's answer to the flaws in probiotic research he discusses in his paper and in his work...27:15 The paper concludes with an optimistic view; possible changes in the next 5 years Click here for a table of Physiological and metabolic processes influenced by the human microbiome according to Raja's research paper. Activating a switch in the body that prevents and reverses food allergies Minimum requirements before anything should call itself a probiotic Declare the genus, the species and the strain Undergo minimum one human clinical trial If you didn't get all that, get this: While there is tremendous potential and reason for optimism in the field of probiotics, overuse of the term in the media and commercial use "cheapens" it and could discourage serious scientists from pursuing it to its full potential. -How (or if) probiotics interact with the microbiome...34:30 Article: Human gut study questions probiotic health benefits Probiotics are "transient microbes"; they don't take up permanent residence in any part of the body "Seeding" is the process by which an infants microbiome is first colonized by microbes Typical time a probiotic stays in the microbiome is ~8 weeks Daily consumption is necessary (kind of like coffee) Why not just eat fermented foods all the time? Only 4-5 out of several hundred bacterial strains in kimchi had probiotic potential (by the standards laid out in Raja's paper) Kombucha companies should do randomized controlled trials Terms like "immunity" and "anti-inflammatory" are misleading Certain bacteria can become "extinct" in as little as 4 generations when fiber is removed or reduced Certain populations do not need to take a probiotic because of their lifestyle and diet (ex. the Hadza people) "Detoxification" is oftentimes a misnomer; The body has its own detoxification pathways that are regulated by the nrf2 transcription factor Triggers for activation of the pathways: extended exercise, access to wide variety of phytonutrients, Things that are bad for you are good for you -The varying effects from different species and strains of probiotics...46:35 Biotransformational nutrients: take existing food particles and convert into secondary metabolites and unlock new nutrients Probiotics supplement the existing micronutrients and gut bacteria "Consuming little soldiers that make their own multi-vitamins" Pomegranate is standardized for punicalagin: turned by already existing bacteria in the gut into Urolithin A Article: Urolithin A induces mitophagy and prolongs lifespan in C. elegans and increases muscle function in rodents Potential anti-aging benefits Thesis: How can we unlock the power of microbes or bacteria to confer benefits to their human hosts -How probiotics affect males and females differently...52:35 Women have a longer digestive tract than men, which leads to more issues with the digestive system Females could benefit from a folate producer in their gut during pregnancy; would be out of place in a male Environment, diet are of far more significance than gender -Raja's take on companies who recommend particular probiotic strains to consume based on tests of the gut and microbiome...56:10 Still no consensus on what determines a healthy microbiome Recommending a particular product based on test results is problematic Genus vs. species vs. strain recommendations; the more specific the better results "Relative abundance" vs. "absolute abundance" Better approach: take specific strains identified to treat specific issues Stratification, personalized approach, is not the optimal goal The gold standard is a microbe that is applicable to the entire human (or mammal) population and has reproducible effects To conclude: There are some good things about microbiome tests; however, use caution when they recommend certain products based on the test results -Whether personalized microbiome testing will allow people to target a probiotic species for their specific gut profile...1:03:00 Yes, but it will not look anything like the probiotics that are on the market today Some organisms won't grow if other like organisms are not in the mixed community The gut is an ecosystem; ecosystem theory comes into play Diversity and seasonality of plants rich in phytonutrients and high fiber foods -The importance of the CFU (colony forming unit) of a probiotic...1:10:24 Depends on the study and the trial Shotgun approach: inject high density of organisms into the gut and hope for the best Before you take any probiotic... Ask the company to show the studies on their strains Have they been studied in a human population And for what end points -What Raja is most excited about with his work...1:18:10 Get 15% off your first order from SEED when you use discount code: GREEN15 -And much more... Resources from this episode: -SEED Male Probiotic formula. Click here and use discount code: GREEN15 -SEED Female Probiotic formula. Click here and use discount code: GREEN15 -Probiotics: Reiterating What They Are & What They Are Not -Documentary: "Missing Microbes" -Urolithin-A -Article: Human gut study questions probiotic health benefits -Article: Urolithin A induces mitophagy and prolongs lifespan in C. elegans and increases muscle function in rodents 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. -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! -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 Raja or me? 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Smart Drugs, Nootropics, Microdosing With Psychedelics, Enhancing Deep Sleep, Rites Of Passage & Much More With Kyle Kingsbury Of Onnit.
Recently, I had the chance to sit down at Onnit, with my friend and the host of the Human Optimization Hour podcast: Kyle Kingsbury. During our discussion, we delve into a host of topics that including the latest and greatest on smart drugs, nootropics, and psychedelic micro-dosing, deep sleep enhancement, rites of passage and much more! In my conversation with Kyle, you'll discover: -What Ben does to optimize his sleep...6:42 Sleep on Chili Pad (55 degrees) at home (use code: BEN25 for a discount) Take cold shower while on the road Heal body while sleeping JOOVV light (20 minutes tops) (use code: BEN for a free gift at checkout) Methylene blue VieLight (use code: GREENFIELD for 10% off) PEMF chair NanoVi  Weighted blankets Body balance mat (PEMF) IntelliBed Mind Fold Mask Sleep Stream Pzizz Sleep app Side sleeping earbuds  To sum up: temperature, light, sound (and keep the laptop away from the bed) Red Light iPhone (removes blue light from the phone) "A good night of sleep begins when you wake up" Wait to cue your body until the time you want to wake up (when traveling) Light, movement, food Reset circadian rhythm Supplementation: Careful with coffee after 4 pm Nicotine gum CBD Oil, microdose of melatonin -Optimizing psychedelics for performance...24:37 Ketamine (recalling previous traumatic experiences) Intranasal ketamine Ben's wife had difficulty with learning Ben can recall his childhood in vivid detail; connects with his boys Microdose psilocybin Ben doesn't like to lose control of his cognitive function Use during nature experiences: hiking, hunting, etc. Lysergi (LSD) Amplifies dopamine levels (beware of overdosing) If legality is an issue: Racetam Anaracetam Oxyracetam Caffeine/nicotine stack Huperzine/acetylcholine (good for vagal nerve function) -Ben's thoughts on the efficacy of Restore for healing leaky gut...37:00 Seals leaky gut based on its interaction with the zonulin protein Mitigates issues brought on by glyphosate exposure Ben and his family use it regularly -Ben's preferred sources for colostrum...40:20 Nigerian dwarf goats on the Greenfield property Mt. Capra Colostrum Goat milk is better than cow milk when it comes to colostrum Podcast: BGF interview with Niraj Naik, The Renegade Pharmacist -Rites of passage and thoughts on how we're raising our boys in modern American culture...44:00 Women have a clear line of demarcation into womanhood (getting their period) Podcast: BGF interview with Tim Corcoran of Vision Quest Northwest Survival School located in Spokane, WA -And much more... Resources mentioned in the episode: -Spartan World Championships VIP Sep. 26-29 in North Lake Tahoe, CA -Chili Pad -JOOVV light -VieLight -PEMF chair -Weighted blankets -Body balance mat -Mind Fold Mask -Sleep Stream -Pzizz Sleep app -Side sleeping earbuds -Lysergi.com -Restore -Mt. Capra Colostrum -Podcast: BGF interview with Niraj Naik, The Renegade Pharmacist -Podcast: BGF interview with Tim Corcoran of Vision Quest -Northwest Survival School located in Spokane, WA 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 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. -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! -FitVine Wine: Don’t let the word “less” fool you. FitVine wines offer rich flavor profiles and the alcohol content (13.4 - 13.9% alcohol) you’d expect from a fine wine. Use discount code: GREENFIELD10 for 10% off your order. Got a question for Kyle Kingsbury or me about anything we talked about in today's episode? Leave a comment below, and one of us will reply!  
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396: The Myth About Antioxidants Blunting Exercise Response, Does Red Meat Really Give You Cancer, How To Make Coffee Healthier, Are Pre-Workout Supplements Addictive? (& The Brand New Ben Greenfield Podcast Co-Host Revealed!)
Q&A Episode 396 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 [9:00] The new podcast host Jay Wiles's website The latest “red meat gives you cancer study” show only a RELATIVE risk increase from 0.5% to 0.6%…AND only with processed meat. Read headlines and studies carefully folks: https://academic.oup.com/ije/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ije/dyz064/5470096?searchresult=1 This paper is freakin’ awesome. How humans adapt to stressors such as cold, altitude and diving: http://www.nielsenlab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1-s2.0-S0959437X18300777-main.pdf Biohackers are implanting everything from magnets to sex toys: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-19/biohackers-are-implanting-everything-from-magnets-to-sex-toys You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on Twitter.com/BenGreenfield, Instagram.com/BenGreenfieldFitness, Facebook.com/BGFitness, BenGreenfieldFitness.com/Snapchat, and Google+. Special Announcements [28:30] -Click here to follow Ben on Snapchat , and get ready for some epic stories about his morning, day and evening routine!  Ben's Adventures: [28:30] – May 29, 2019: Community Talk on Stem Cell Procedure, Charleston, South Carolina. Sign up for an exclusive, semi-private event featuring myself and Dr. Craig Koniver of Koniver Wellness. The lively discussion will take place at Tradd’s downtown over dinner in a private room for 80 guests. Sign up here! – June 6, 2019: An Afternoon of Transformation with Ben Greenfield, Denver, Colorado. A special event hosted by MaxLiving, which exists to transform lives through chiropractic. – June 15, 2019: Ultimate Fitness Run, Mt. Spokane, Washington. Join me and my family for a fun, as-competitive-as-you-make-it day outside for an OCR-style challenge. Register here while you still can. This event sells out quickly each year. Save with code: BEN10UFR and register here. – June 23 – July 7, 2019: European Detox Retreat, Paracelsus al Ronc, Switzerland. At this 2019 liver detox and R&R retreat at the beautiful Swiss Mountain Clinic in the Italian quarter of Switzerland, you’ll stay on-site and receive diagnostics and treatments from the best doctors of biological medicine to detox your liver and your soul. Here’s the link to more info. – August 3, 2019: Spartan Sprint at the LA Stadium, Los Angeles, California. It’s Rally Time, Los Angeles. The Big A. Angel Stadium. Whatever you call it, this place is legendary. Now, Spartan is headed to this historic ballpark for an epic Stadion course. Get ready to take on 3 miles and 20 obstacles through nearly every part of the stadium. Sign up here! – 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. Sign up here! -View Ben’s Calendar Here Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. This podcast is brought to you by: -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. -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! -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 -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: Should You Eat Black Ant Extract? [37:20] Sartell says: I recently purchased the polyrhachis ant supplement. I took it prior to a workout and I felt an analgesic effect. I've had many shoulder surgeries, and I felt a lot better when I took this. I did some more research and saw it is touted as having anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. I know that antioxidants can blunt the hormetic effect of exercise. So should I be worried about that with this supplement? In my response, I recommend: -Black Ant Extract from Lost Empire Herbs -My podcast on hydrogen rich water -Thorne Quercetin phytosome -Organic green tea polyphenol -Blood flow restriction straps (BFR Bands) -Study: Exercise, oxidants, and antioxidants change the shape of the bell-shaped hormesis curve How To Keep Coffee From Giving You Adrenal Fatigue [59:40] Unknown says: I'm a big fan of coffee, and excellent coffee at that. I have a concern that I am stressing my adrenals constantly. What do you suggest on how to enjoy my coffee and keep my adrenals in good shape, or am I worried for no reason? In my response, I recommend: -Organic decaf coffee -Thorne Theanine -Four Sigmatic Reishi -MiCacao -DandyTea -Tulsi (holy basil) extract -American Nutraceuticals Whole Foods Vitamin C -Jigsaw Vitamin C + Lysine -Colima Sea Salt -Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Are Pre-Workout Supplements Addictive? [1:13:15] Unknown says: What's your take on pre-workout supplements? I assume the answer has to do with what kind of exercise the person is doing and what he/she is trying to achieve. Do you recommend pre-workout supplements? Will my body become addicted to the extra "boost" meaning if I don't take the supplement, I'll feel weaker and slower? In my response, I recommend: -NuCalm -Halo -Biotropic Lab supplements  -Essential amino acids (Kion Aminos) -Wim Hof Breathwork -Brad Kearn's article on BGF about cold thermogenesis pre-workout Giveaways & Goodies [1:20:15] -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! -----------------------------------------------------
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How To Increase Free Testosterone, Elevating Deep Sleep Levels, Ideal Estrogen Levels For Women & Much More (Special Q&A Episode!).
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. On today's podcast, part two of this two-part series (click here to listen to part one), you'll get to sit in on this very interesting discussion. Enjoy! Questions and topics covered in the session... -Follow-up questions for Ben from his presentation...6:48 Q: What do you think of using the ChiliPad long term, particularly as it pertains to EMF and dirty electricity? My podcast on Building Biology Dirty electricity filters Q: Do you think Great Plains Lab's test for mycotoxins is not valid? A: They're legit. Q: You said a score of 3.8 for the TSH is good but not optimal. How do you figure out what your optimal levels should be? Q: Is it true that if you take colostrum on an empty stomach, it won't raise your insulin-like growth factor (IGF)? A: I've never heard that. Colostrum is an anabolic. -What is the ideal estradiol post-menopause?...12:45 Get it back to pre-menopausal levels Book: Estrogen Matters -How does a sense of spirituality and spiritual practice play into one's health and wellness?...16:12 Changes epigenetic expression, improves sleep cycles Gratitude changes level of empathy toward others Blue zones have strong beliefs in a higher power, meditation, etc. Medical students are not trained in the efficacy of spirituality Physicians "curse" patients; "so much time left to live" -How would you increase free testosterone naturally?...19:19 Avoid heavy amounts of intense exercise (HIIT) Prioritize sexual experience; send body the signal you're maintaining fertility Decrease insulin resistance; increase healthy fatty acids JOOVV light Get adequate rest Stress management Primal Jet Pack -How does ashwagandha play a role in cortisol and other adaptogens?...26:30 Ashwagandha supplement Ginseng Four Sigmatic (Receive a 15% discount using code: BENGREENFIELD) Books by Dr. Shawn Talbott -How long would a dietary change take to see a change in the Omega 3 Index?...28:25 At least 3 months Can vary from person to person SMASH fish: salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring Cod liver oil -What CGM (continuous glucose monitor) devices do you recommend?...32:05 Dexcom G6 -When is it optimal to test IGF-1?...35:40 Fasted blood test -Should a microbiome be tested a certain time of day, fasted or unfasted, etc.?...36:30 -Is it true that it is difficult to test for parasites because the parasite releases an enzyme when the stool hits the air?...39:30 -What are the key factors to getting quality deep sleep?...41:40 Article: Deep Sleep Decoded: Everything You Need To Know To Increase Your Deep Sleep Percentages. Cold environment CBD oil or supplement - 60-100 mg (use code: GREENFIELD15 to save 15%) Binaural beats for deep sleep (no Bluetooth) Regular exercise regimen Avoid alcohol Period of fasting (3-4 hours) -Are people who follow a low-carb or ketogenic diet low in magnesium?...45:30 -For Ben: How are you dealing with your high cortisol metabolism?...48:56 "I haven't followed a strict ketogenic diet for years." Carb refeed at the end of the day -Is a colonoscopy an effective means of "resetting" the microbiome?...50:45 -How do you treat someone with a common cold? If it develops into an infection, how do you naturally heal it sans antibiotics?...52:36 Vitamin C, rest, electrolytes Chaga and sauna (save $500 with code: BEN) Zinc lozenges Oil of oregano Taking antibiotics correlates with anxiety and depression in the future Take a cold shower every morning: prevents getting a cold -Under what circumstances should one seek an antibiotic, even if they are determined not to use antibiotics?...1:00:00 -How to deal with fainting episodes related to stress?...1:02:25 Improving vagal nerve tone Vagal Nerve Stimulators  (use code GREENFIELD for $100 discount) Podcast: 32 Ways to Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve, Fine-Tune Your Nervous System & Self-Hack Your Hormones Cold exposure: cold showers, dunk face in cold water -What about things like sauerkraut and kombucha in promoting microbiome health?...1:03:45 Sauerkraut is good; approach kombucha with caution -Thoughts on a 5-day fasting mimicking diet vs. a 3-day water fast?...1:07:10 Solid science behind the fasting mimicking diet Fasting mimicking diet is more realistic in its feasibility (water fast is very difficult) -For Ben: Are you still doing the NAD injection that burns for 15 minutes?...1:09:32 -How can you deal with exercise-induced hypoglycemia when you're not diabetic?...1:12:15 -How do you mitigate the effects of a bad night of sleep?...1:14:30 Brief spurts of High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Large amounts of blue light in the morning to reset circadian rhythm Regular meal times Ketone esters or nicotine gum (save $10 with code: BEN10) -And much more... Resources from this episode: -JOOVV light (use code: BEN for a free gift at checkout) -ChiliPad -My podcast on Building Biology -Dirty electricity filters -Book: Estrogen Matters -Primal Jet Pack -Ashwagandha supplement -Ginseng -Four Sigmatic (Receive a 15% discount using code: BENGREENFIELD) -Article: Deep Sleep Decoded: Everything You Need To Know To Increase Your Deep Sleep Percentages -Books by Dr. Shawn Talbott -Cod liver oil -Podcast: 32 Ways to Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve, Fine-Tune Your Nervous System & Self-Hack Your Hormones -Dexcom G6 glucose monitor Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations. Attention 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 a while 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 -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 Got a question for me about the material covered on today's podcast? Just leave a comment below and I'll reply!  
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The Wildatarian Diet: Living As Nature Intended: A Customized Nutritional Approach for Optimal Health, Energy and Vitality.
Most diet trends have one thing in common: they offer a one-size-fits-all approach and are not designed for your unique body and health history. Yet society insists time and time again on ordering the “diet du jour,” from low-carb/low-fat to the latest low-carb/high-fat diet. For many, it is not working – and, in some cases, it is harmful. But I recently read a book about a new approach to diet and living that is always on trend and in style, because it is customized to you and only you: The Wildatarian Diet: Living As Nature Intended: A Customized Nutritional Approach for Optimal Health, Energy and Vitality. This book introduces several evolved and sustainable concepts that are backed by science and supported by thousands of clinical outcomes from author Teri Cochrane, my guest on this podcast. Teri is an integrative practitioner and thought leader in nutritional counseling. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, and she is a graduate of the Huntington College of Health Sciences and the National Leadership Institute. She also has extensive practices, such as healing touch, craniosacral therapy and herbology. She has developed her own methodology, "The Cochrane Method," which integrates a multi- level nutritional approach, including observation and listening, to develop a bio-individualized plan for her clients.  Teri is currently in private practice in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, where she specializes in complex health conditions and elite athletic performance. She serves as a nutritional counselor to ballerinas and Olympic hopefuls, including one of the most promising young swimmers in the country. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Terri came about the name "Wildatarian"...6:15 "Patient Zero" (real name is Glenn) had a rare form of cancer called amyloidosis Glenn was told to eat lots of protein after chemo; after two rounds, had congestive heart and kidney failure Realized the amyloids were coming from the food supply Took away pork, chicken, turkey; gave him wild game (bison, Cornish game hens, etc.) Wildatarians can be plant-based, meat-based; based on your genetic makeup Amyloids develop in farm-raised meats but not in wild game; they are indigestible Similar to an auto-immune issue This approach has helped treat Hashimoto's disease How to test for amyloids: Protein in urine Light chain (more accurate) -How Terri determines the appropriate diet for a patient...15:00 We're all bioindividual Genetic testing used: 23 and Me Many variants done in house Who should avoid sulfur in their diet Roundup (the pesticide) prevents sulfur in our food from becoming sulfate Kale is problematic Beware of sulfur-based supplements touted as antioxidants (glutathione) Center lane vs. "fringe" foods Focus on genetic blueprint first The body is a constant communicator; we're not learned in its tells -How Terri's clients access wild game, especially when living in urban areas...27:55 Dartagnan Foods (link) Major grocers are carrying bison, New Zealand lamb, etc. Opt for a sustainably raised approach to our animals Why is methane an issue today, after millennia of cows on the planet? They are being fed food they cannot digest Look for small and medium local farmers Organic standards have been diluted Wildatarian veggies are those which are suited to your genetic makeup Cilantro and cucumber juice is Terri's favorite drink -Why Terri frowns upon the intake of peanuts...34:35 An aflatoxin: "it's the devil on steroids" It's highly fungal (feeds cancer, candida) Peanut butter is the one food she'll never have on her plate She recommends sunflower butter -Why Terri loves beans and the best way to prepare them...39:22 Pressure cooker breaks down the "exoskeletons" of the beans Apple cider vinegar Green pepper helps break down the beans -What is "ballerina syndrome"...41:53 Terri works with the Washington Ballet Elite athletes push their bodies through epinephrine to manage the sugar regulation Epinephrine is a stress hormone, secreted by the adrenals It opens the gut, causes leaky gut syndrome It disregulates insulin -How an athlete, who consumes supplements, bars, etc. would do the wildatarian diet...46:00 -Where supplements and pills fit into the wildatarian diet...53:35 We don't have nutrient rich food Supplement strategically Wildatarian Quiz -And much more... Resources from this episode: -The Wildatarian Diet: Living As Nature Intended: A Customized Nutritional Approach for Optimal Health, Energy and Vitality -Teri Cochrane -Wildatarian Quiz  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! -Pso-Rite: Built for getting to the really important Psoas muscle but awesome everywhere else in your body and really easy to use and control the pressure yourself. Receive a 10% discount when you use discount code: BEN10 -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 Teri Cochrane or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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How To Use The Wonderful World Of Self-Quantification To Take Your Health Into Your Own Hands (& The 11 Best Blood Tests To Get).
I recently had the pleasure to speak at the fabulous and intriguing "Kentucky Castle", a unique destination hotspot with a full biohacking facility, sauna, farm-to-table restaurant, precision medicine arm, hemp farm, horse facilities and much more. The castle is owned by one of the physicians who hosts the "Wild Health" podcast, on which I was recently a guest.  This is part one of a two part series that addresses the oft-confusing world of "taking your health into your own hands" via genetic testing, blood and biomarker tracking, sleep measurements and other forms of self-quantification. In part two, you'll get to sit in on a very interesting post-talk Q&A with myself and several of the physicians in attendance at the conference. Enjoy! **Editor's Note: Forgive the extraneous background noises. All effort was made to ensure the clearest possible sound in spite of it :) In this episode, you'll discover... -Ben's history as a bodybuilder, triathlete and his transition to his current message...9:00 Bodybuilding is a bit of a biohacking sport Ben began to take lab tests and was shocked at the results Pre-type 2 diabetes; inflammation Healthy on the outside but dying on the inside Inspired his first book Beyond Training Doesn't work primarily with athletes anymore; mainly people who want to feel good and live a long time -Some guidelines when examining your lab results...16:15 Lab results indicate an absence of disease, not necessarily one's potential for health and longevity The 11 Blood Biomarkers  -RBC (red blood cell) Magnesium...26:10 Insulin sensitivity, physical performance Different from extracellular magnesium Intracellular Diagnostics Jigsaw Health -Estradiol...29:23 Men need to be concerned with estrogen, not just women Dutch Test -Testosterone...32:08 Women should be concerned, not just men Hormones can be bound up by proteins You want 2% of your testosterone to be free -High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP)...40:22 Link between inflammation and heart attack risk Numbers will vary depending on your workout regimen -Triglyceride HGL Ratio...43:25 Is more important in determining your risk for C/V disease than total cholesterol or LDL cholesterol HGL to total cholesterol level: lower is better -Full lipid panel, and an Omega 3 index...48:15 Tells you the size of your cholesterol particles You want the particles to be "large and fluffy"; count should be low You want the Omega 3 index to be higher Highest risk zone (4% and below) = 90% chance of C/V disease -Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1)...52:10 Good for getting bulked up; not so much for longevity View life as a set of press/pull cycles You want to live long, and live an enjoyable life too Work hard, eat red meat one day; fast and yoga the next Sweet spot: 80-150 -Insulin...54:37 Dexcom G6 CBC with differential -Iron...1:00:11 Lipid peroxides result when interact with iron in the production of hydrogen peroxide (rust effect in the body) High iron levels contribute to a number of diseases and conditions -Food allergies and sensitivities...1:02:41 Ben's big beef with food allergy tests; you get a bunch of false positives Inaccuracies No double tests for each protein Cyrex Array 10 C: Ben's gold standard food allergy test Must be ordered by a doctor Viome My podcast with Naveen Jain, founder of Viome Onegevity My podcast with the founders of Onegevity Mold toxins See Cyrex Array 10 C above Micronutrients Micronutrient analysis Gut Microbiome test won't track parasites GI Effects comprehensive stool panel Genes Book: 100 Million Years of Food by Dr. Steven Le Book: Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch geneticgenie.org Kion Coffee -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Book: Biochemical Individuality by Roger Williams -Oura Ring 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 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. -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 Got a question for me about the 12 blood biomarkers I talked about in today's podcast? Just leave a comment below and I'll reply!  
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What Yoga Trapezes, Laser Lights, Kettlebells, Mini-Meditation & Ketogenic Doughnuts Have To Do With Building A Nutrition Supplements Empire.
Angelo Keely is COO and Co-Founder of Kion, and a true renaissance man of many talents - including beatboxing, music, art and more. He's also a wizard at creating a healthy and robust company culture, and is building one of the most impressive and high-quality nutrition and supplement formulation companies on the face of the planet. From his near-death experience on an LSD trip to his impressive daily routine, we delve into his life and valuable experience on this podcast. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The story of Angelo's life...11:20 Hippy parents, owned a natural foods store in Wimberley, TX His dad collaborated with Whole Foods in its early days in Austin No doctors, vaccinations; all natural treatments Angelo and Ben were polar opposites in their diets as kids Minimalist approach to food and supplements Got into lots of trouble in high school Awful LSD experience at age 16 Got some gigs as a musician/beat boxer Attended St. Edwards University Centering prayer Religious studies major (although raised non-religious) Service projects to India, Central America Developed intense interest in humans, human interaction with one another -How Angelo's meeting his wife is a case study in the power of visualization...28:45 Doing an internship in France; had met her a few months prior Wrote a song that clearly described "the perfect wife" while living in France Performed the song for the first time after returning to the U.S.; she was there listening Began dating shortly after and eventually married Book: Creative Visualization -How Angelo got involved with Ben and eventually co-founded Kion...36:20 Moved to Boulder, CO to start family in 2012 Heard of Ben in 2016; Ben has a large following in Boulder Angelo was impressed with Ben's authenticity and passion more than any business acumen -A day in the life of Angelo Keely...47:30 Go to sleep at the same time kids go to sleep; need alone time (in the morning) Go to bed early; you need less sleep, then wake up really early and be productive Drink two glasses of water, then an Americano Spiritual text (recontextualizes all of life) Journaling: just show up and do it Working out: do simple things with much intensity Cold/hot shower in the winter; all cold in the summer Show up at the office around 9 am -The company culture within the dank, forbidding recesses of Kion World Headquarters...59:45 "It's a mindset about what we're doing" Everyone is passionate about health, supplements (enemas not so much) The culture must reflect the stated mission statement of Kion: Live a joyful, fulfilling and adventurous life Blend of empathy and radical honesty Every day begins with a 15 minute daily huddle; begins with 3 minutes of silence My interview with Todd White of Dry Farm Wines Monthly team adventures; yearly retreat "We're trying to live what we're saying" Building a high quality company requires hiring the right people and build it intelligently Team approach: Everyone has a unique distinct role It takes time to develop chemistry Kion is not a fly-by-night, pie-eyed idealist company; it's profitable and being built the right way -The biggest trends Angelo sees in the health and fitness industry...1:15:00 Personalization of diet Lots of "Mickey Mouse" practices Education rather than instruction or "lecturing" (Kion fasting challenge w/ accompanying guide) Big fight on the supply chain to get an awesome product If everything is in stock at a supplement company, there's a red flag -What will Angelo's life look like 5-10 years from now?...1:25:45 Making a lot more music as of late One man show: music, visuals, comedic monologue -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Kion (use code "BGF10" to save 10% sitewide) -Ben Greenfield In The Hotseat: Angelo interviews Ben -AngeloKeely.com -DandyTea coffee substitute -Book: Creative Visualization -The Christian Gratitude Journal -JOOVV light -Yoga trapeze -Fluidstance -Varidesk -Mogo Upright Stool -Salli Saddle Chair -Topo Mat -Book: Emotional Communication -My interview with Todd White of Dry Farm Wines -KionU Coach Certification Program -BenGreenfieldTri.BlogSpot.com (Ben's original blog) -Kion Fasting Guide -Ben's upcoming new book at SuperhumanRxBook.com 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. -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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An Interview With "The Smartest Physician On The Planet": Crazy Biohacking Stacks For Cognitive Function, Microdosing CBD, The Rolls Royce Of Jet Lag Hacking & Much More.
Dr. Ted Achacoso attained a college degree in biology at the age of 18 and a doctor of medicine at the age of 22. He is the founding pioneer of the clinical practice of Health Optimization Medicine and Practice (HOMe/HOPe), which is the detection and correction of imbalances at the level of the metabolome. He was mentored by Thierry Hertoghe, the founding pioneer of Anti-Aging Medicine and Nutritional Medicine (Dr. Ted is double board-certified, Paris). He was mentored by William S. Yamamoto, the founding pioneer of Medical Informatics and an Artificial Intelligence researcher (Washington, DC). He was also mentored by D. Wayne Silby, the founding pioneer of Socially Responsible Investing and Finance (Washington, DC) and by three Philippine pioneers in Interventional Neuroradiology, in Neurology, and in Pharmacology/Toxicology. His representative body of work includes a book containing the first ever neural circuitry database (“connectome”) for an organism, journal articles, US patents, software, grants, and recorded interviews, webcasts, podcasts, and speaking engagements in the areas of: (1) artificial ethology, computational neuroethology, biomathematical modeling of nervous systems, and computability of consciousness, (2) medical informatics, medical decision-making, connectionist systems, and expert systems, (3) computer-assisted imaging, edge detection algorithms, and telehealth, (4) virtual group dynamics, communication, and collaboration methods (He created the first wireless groupware), (5) parallel, cluster, cloud, and distributed emergent computing, (6) predictive complex adaptive system modeling of financial time series, and (7) health optimization medicine including metabolomics, epigenetics, bioenergetics, gut microbiota, exposomics, chronobiology, and evolutionary medicine. He is based in Washington, DC, maintains a tricontinental HOMe practice (North America, Europe, Asia), and performs HOMe/HOPe lecturing and mentoring to doctors and practitioners. Dr. Ted provides international corporate consulting activities involving nutritional supplement formulation and the establishment of metabolomics, mitochondria, and microbiota laboratories. He strongly suspects that this world is an illusion projected as a hologram by the human biocrystal, and pushes to create deliberately sustainable, happy dreams instead of nightmares. Dr. Achacoso has trained, researched, and worked in many different fields: 1) Interventional neuroradiology and pharmacology in Manila; 2) Medical informatics and artificial intelligence in Washington, DC; 3) Scientific advisor to local venture and global institutional investment funds in Bethesda, MD; 4) As Founder and Chief Technology Officer of a group communication and collaboration software company in Rosslyn, VA (He created the first wireless mobile groupware); 5) As a quant trader for an incubator hedge fund in Rehoboth Beach, DE; 6) In Anti-Aging Medicine and Nutritional Medicine in Paris, Brussels, Monte Carlo. His representative body of work includes a book containing the first-ever neural circuitry database (or the first-ever “connectome”) for an organism (C. elegans), journal articles, US patents, software, grants, and recorded interviews, webcasts, and speaking engagements in the areas of: 1) Artificial ethology, computational neuroethology, biomathematical modeling of nervous systems, and computability of consciousness; 2) Medical informatics, medical decision-making, connectionist systems, and expert systems; 3) Computer assisted imaging, edge detection algorithms, and tele-health; 4) Virtual group dynamics, communication and collaboration methods including the first wireless groupware systems; 5) Parallel, cluster, cloud, and distributed emergent computing; 6) Predictive complex adaptive system modeling of financial time series. **Here are a few of my upcoming public appearances: Paleo FX: Austin, TX - 24-28 April Community Talk on Stem Cell Procedure: Charleston, SC - 29 May  Swiss Retreat and Liver Detox: 23 June - 7 July Click here to see more details about these and other upcoming events! During our discussion, you'll discover: -The homemade nootropic Dr. Ted took before the interview with Ben...8:30 Blue Cannatine Smart Troche Study on the effects of methylene blue on short term memory Trokie: a lozenge inserted between the gums and teeth (limit exposure to saliva) Venture capitalist hated it, but then wanted to invest in it because of its efficacy 1 mg nicotine, 5 mg CBD -Whether or not Dr. Ted is really the smartest physician alive...11:35 He's pretty darn close (1 in a billion) -What is Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) and Health Optimization Practice (HOPe)...12:45 HOMe is intended for physicians; HOPe is intended for practitioners The goal is for there to be more practitioners than physicians Dr. Ted was an interventional neuroradiologist (spoke brains for a living) Retrained in Europe in nutritional medicine in 2009; fields such as epigenetics, microbiota, etc. were becoming popular in the U.S. Metabalomics: Studying the metabolites produced during different chemical processes in the body Technology allows treating actual fundamental cells, versus symptoms at the organ level HOMe represents a more sophisticated "dashboard" to examine the body Our metabolites' "golden years" are between the ages of 21-30 Separate test for hormones (ideally blood) Why you can't treat/adjust just hormones They're all in a network Causes imbalance, brain receives and gives improper signals Network perspective vs. artificial intelligence -Dr. Ted's book about artificial intelligence and "connectomes"...27:55 He was made to choose between studying the computability of consciousness and beauty Was banned by the powers that be at M.I.T. (later apologized) Now referred to as "Deep learning" (marketing is king) We're too DNA centric -The 7 "pillars" of Dr. Ted's practice...35:45 Clinical and therapeutic metabalomics: detection and correction Epigenetics: "Genes are not your destiny" Bioenergetics (mitochondria): Symbiotic relationship with our environment Ion Profile with 40 Amino Acids by Genova Diagnostics JOOVV light Trusii hydrogen-rich water Microbiota (gut immune system) 78% of your bacteria are in your gut They teach your immune system what's foreign, what's not People born via c-section are more prone to allergies, immune diseases Some c-sections, gauze is dipped in vagina, then rubbed on the head after birth Exposomics: The sum total of your exposure to your own lifestyle and environment (including in utero) Shows how your environment interacts with your genome to produce phenome (not phenotype) Detox protocols: Targeted supplementation Gut cleanup Phototoxicity (blue light isn't all bad) V-Moda Fader Earplugs Chronobiology Evolutionary medicine -The "Rolls Royce" for hacking jet lag and tips for optimizing circadian biology...59:50 Hormone balancing Melatonin Growth hormone (injected) Thyroid (level rises in the morning) Cortisol tablets Gut enzymes Thorne Biogest + SEED Probiotics One "anchor" meal that is constant between time zones Erythropoietin Portable oxygen concentrator Sleep hygiene: "Your day begins at the time you fall asleep" Treat your sleep as the first item on your list, not the last thing you do in the day Oura ring for sleep tracking (deep sleep inducing peptide) -Dr. Ted's guidance on diet...1:12:20 "Eating window" vs. "fasting window" Complete everything in one day Snowball effect (eat first and feel good, then get to work) Remove sensitive foods right away Dr. Ted's personal diet: Micro-nutrient optimized, macro-nutrient targeted Make your fattiest meal your first meal; second meal high fiber and carbs; third meal have protein Dr. Ted's morning coffee: MCT oil or powder Powdered cellulose (for fiber) Collagen fiber -And much more! 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! -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. 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How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age: The Longevity Paradox & The 7 Deadly Myths Of Aging
My guest on today's podcast and former guest on my show "The Truth About Lectins And The Plant Paradox", Dr. Steven Gundry proposes in his new book "The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age", that the “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; but rather, they are a byproduct of the way we have lived over the decades. In The Longevity Paradox, he maps out a new approach to aging well—one that is based on supporting the health of the “oldest” parts of us: the microorganisms that live within our bodies. He believes that - from diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s to common ailments like arthritis to our weight and the appearance of our skin, these bugs are in the driver’s seat, controlling our quality of life as we age. Dr. Gundry is a cum laude graduate of Yale University with special honors in Human Biological and Social Evolution. After graduating Alpha Omega Alpha from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, Dr. Gundry completed residencies in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Michigan and served as a Clinical Associate at the National Institutes of Health. There, he invented devices that reverse the cell death seen in acute heart attacks; variations of these devices subsequently became the Gundry™ Retrograde Cardioplegia Cannula. It has become the world’s most widely used device of its kind to protect the heart from damage during open-heart surgery. After completing a fellowship in congenital heart surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, in London, Dr. Gundry was recruited as Professor and Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center. There, he and his partner, Leonard Bailey, pioneered infant and pediatric heart transplantation. Together, they have performed more such transplants than any other surgeons in the world. During his tenure at Loma Linda, Dr. Gundry pioneered the field of xenotransplantation, the study of how the genes of one species react to the transplanted heart of a foreign species. He was one of the original twenty investigators of the first FDA-approved implantable left ventricular assist device (a kind of artificial heart). Dr. Gundry is also the inventor of the Gundry Ministernomy, the widely used minimally invasive approach to aortic- or mitral-valve repair, the Gundry Lateral Tunnel, a “living” tissue that can rebuild parts of the heart in children with severe congenital heart malformations; and the Skoosh™ venous cannula, the most widely used cannula in minimally invasive heart operations. One of the fathers of robotic surgery, as a consultant to Computer Motion (now Intuitive Surgical), Dr. Gundry received early FDA approval to use robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery for coronary artery-bypass and mitral-valve operations. He holds patents on devices for connecting blood vessels and coronary artery bypasses without sutures, as well as for repairing the mitral valve without the need for sutures or a heart-lung machine. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs (ASIAO), and was a founding board member and treasurer of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS). He recently completed two successive elected terms as President of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, Desert Division. Dr. Gundry has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, the American Surgical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the College of Chest Physicians. He is a member of numerous other surgical and medical societies. He is also the author of more than three hundred articles, chapters, and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals on surgical, immunology, genetic, nutrition, and lipid investigations. He has operated in more than thirty countries, including charitable missions to China, India, and Zimbabwe. Inspired by the stunning reversal of coronary artery disease in an “inoperable” patient, using a combination of dietary changes and nutriceutical supplements, in 2001, Dr. Gundry changed the path of his career. An obese, chronic “diet” failure himself, he adapted his undergraduate Yale University thesis to design a diet based on evolutionary genetic coding, which enabled him to reverse his own medical problems. In the process, he effortlessly lost 70 pounds. The equally astonishing results from following what he came to call Diet Evolution in several of his staff led Dr. Gundry to accept a position in Palm Springs where he could devote his efforts to disease reversal. No longer satisfied with repairing the damage of chronic diseases, since 2002, Dr. Gundry founded and has served as Medical Director of The International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California, which serves patients referred from across the nation. He is also Founder and Director of The Center for Restorative Medicine, part of the Institute. Its mission is to prevent and reverse the chronic diseases of “ageing” with diet and nutriceutical interventions, using surgical intervention for heart and vascular disease as a last resort. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The myth of the Mediterranean Diet promoting longevity...11:20 "Blue Zones" is a term coined by a journalist named Dan Bruckner Dr. Gundry has spent most of his life living in a Blue Zone (Loma Linda, CA) Doesn't disagree with the premise you should follow the Mediterranean Diet, but there's more to it... "The only purpose of food is to get olive oil in your mouth" The key to the Mediterranean Diet is not whole grains and beans Book: Food & Western Disease by Staffan Lindeberg Residents of Acciaroli, Italy do not eat pasta or bread, but love lentil beans Millet, sorgum, teft do not have a hull (where most of the defense mechanisms of the plant are located) Unprocessed barley: People live a long time in spite of it, not because of it Influence of the Greek Orthodox church on the Mediterranean Diet Fasting and abstaining from animal products are observed during Lent -The missing link in the Mediterranean Diet regarding longevity...20:45 TMAO, a compound that is deleterious to the surface of blood vessels Cleveland Clinic invented a test to detect TMAO Recognized low incidence of coronary artery disease in spite of animal product consumption 3,3-Dimethyl-1-butanol Present in most olive oils, balsamic vinegars and red wines A structural analog of choline Not all TMAO is created equal The ideal Mediterranean Diet (Hint: Olive Garden got it wrong) Rich in polyphenols, olive oil and red wine More fish and eggs than meat Some type of fasting component You can mitigate a bad diet with a fast or fasting mimicking diet for 5 consecutive days Done on a quarterly basis The Carnivore Diet is a fad, fancy name for the Atkins Diet -The carbohydrate Okinawans consume that staves off inflammation and high blood sugar...27:40 ~85% of the traditional Okinawan diet is a blue or purple sweet potato 5-6% of the diet white rice (no brown rice) Remaining soy-based products and pig fat Taro and sweet potatoes are resistance starches "The more we eat for our gut microbiome, the more our gut microbiome will take care of us." Nigerians carry the highest percentage of APO E-4 gene of any people on earth Their starch is melon Very low rate of Alzheimers -Dr. Gundry's thoughts on roughage and fiber intake...35:14 Dr. Denis Burkitt went on a mission to Africa to operate on colon cancer Realized no one had colon cancer Studied their stools Eating huge amount of tubers (yams) and millet Didn't realize there was a difference between soluble and insoluble fiber Advocated for eating whole grains Ended up dying of colon cancer Naked Mole Rat Lives in tunnels in sub-saharan Africa Lives 30x longer than other rats Gut microbiome is identical of healthy 105 year old humans Eats tubers, roots and fungi Organic pumpkin puree from Amazon -The myth of the efficacy of animal protein for longevity...42:45 US Dept of Agriculture sells agricultural products (owns the food pyramid) Dr. Gary Fraser's study on animal protein Vegans live the longest The more animal protein consumed, the less the longevity You can mitigate meat intake with a vegan fast or fasting mimicking diet for 5 days consecutively Methionine/glycine ratio People who are primarily carnivorous do not historically have the highest longevity -The myth of growth hormones...49:20 Loranz people of Ecuador do not have cancer or diabetes When block IGF-1 receptor in mice, live 40% longer When give growth hormones, abolishes effect of calorie restriction Supplement with quercetin -The myth of iron intake for longevity...55:05 Iron is one of the deadliest substances Iron is dangerous for mitochondrial function Regular blood donors have longer life spans than non-donors Endurance training helps reduce iron levels Ferritin and GGT are musts for a blood test to track "internal rust" Ferritin is a great marker for inflammation Elevated level indicates potential auto-immune disease -The myth of metabolic rate...59:50 Age is akin to rate of energy consumption Carnivores run higher temperatures than herbivores; breakdown of protein generates a lot of heat Sweet spot between fitness and low metabolism: Hibernating animals can live 2-3x longer than non-hibernating animals due to reduced metabolic rate There are periods we should have less energy expenditure than others We live in constant summer, regardless of where we live in the world -The myth of saturated fat...1:05:15 Dr. Ancel Keys published the 7 Countries Study Said saturated fat was related to coronary heart disease He did not say plant fats were bad for you (although it was implied) Retired near Acciorili and ate large amounts of olive oil Did not make the connection between animal fat and animal protein The olive oil club Ben is a member of 30% of people carry APO E 4 gene Saturated fats in coconut oil, cheese increase LDL's in these people Organic fermented pu-erh tea Mucus absorbs lectins; is essential for gut health in older age -Why milk does not in fact do the body good... Most milk in the US is casein a1 milk, from holstein cows Cow milk is designed to make baby cows grow quickly (lots of IGF1) Humans are designed to grow slowly (low amounts of IGF1) Adolescents who grow quickly have higher chance of cancer in 10-20 years We're the only animal that drinks another animal's milk Ben's kids drink goat and camel milk A2Milk.com -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Book: The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age -Book: The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain -Book: The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner -Book: Food & Western Disease by Staffan Lindeberg -Fresh taro root from Amazon -Organic pumpkin puree from Amazon -My podcast episode on the growing epidemic of loneliness and relationships/longevity. -Thorne Quercetin phytosome -Should You Get Growth Hormone Injections (And Will GH or IGF-1 Increase Your Cancer Risk)? -Why I Eat Tapeworms & Whipworms Every Two Weeks: The Fascinating World Of Helminthic Therapy. -The olive oil club Ben is a member of -Organic fermented pu-erh tea -A2Milk.com 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 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. -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 Dr. Gundry or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
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The Peptides Podcast: Everything You Need To Know About Anti-Aging, Muscle Gain, Fat Loss & Recovery Peptides.
I receive plenty of questions about peptides and SARMs, including: -How do peptides work? -What is the safety/side effects of peptides? -What are the best anti-aging peptides? -What are the best fat loss and muscle gain peptides? -What are the best recovery peptides? -What peptides work for cognition and neural enhancement? -How do you properly mix and administer peptides? -Do peptides need to be "cycled"? My guest on today's show, Jean-François Tremblay, comes highly recommended by former podcast guest and regenerative medicine physician Dr. Matt Cook as one of the world's leading experts on the wonderful world of peptides and SARMs. Dr. Tremblay studied Exercise Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology. He has been investigating (in theory and in practice) peptides and SARMs since the 1990's and now makes peptides his main research subject. He has developed a wealth of expertise on peptides and SARMs and their practical applications in sports performance, anti-aging and health in general. During my discussion with Jean-François Tremblay, you'll discover: -The science of peptides and how they work...5:55 Amino acids linked together Growth hormone contains 191 amino acids When enough peptides link together, it becomes a protein Demistifying some of the myths surrounding peptides: They must be refrigerated at all times (only for certain peptides) Methionine bonds Most peptides are long chain, stable at room temp, More sensitive to light than heat (degradation more likely result of overexposure to light than heat) The "local effect" (BPC 157 and TB 500) -The pros and cons of various means of injecting peptides...15:15 Intra-nasal absorption is not 100%; however, what is injected has a better chance of reaching the brain Semax: Originally researched in USSR during the Cold War Russians are meticulous in their research; however, lacking in ethics Icarus documentary Researched on humans before other animals; published only after testing on animals -Peptide safety and side effects of use...21:30 Worst-case scenario of "overdosing" on peptides is that it simply doesn't work; no notable negative side effects Not the case with nootropics; you're messing with the brain's chemistry Bottom line: Don't throw caution to the wind. Be aware of proper dosages and administer correctly to the best of your knowledge -Legality and sourcing issues with peptides...32:15 99% of them come from China (even if the label says "Made in the USA") Chinese government dictates who produces what, such as peptides Chinese company released a growth hormone which was very effective, then replaced it with another (under the same name) that had negative side effects Scandinavian company was dishonest about dosage of melanotan (5 mg when advertised as 10 mg) There are only a couple of sources, albeit distributed by many different brands The bacteriostatic water included with the peptide should be crystal clear when it's added There's a reason for the high cost: equipment, repairs, etc. -Whether peptides need to be "cycled" in their use...44:00 Some, yes. It depends on the peptide Effect of BPC-157 lasts around 6 hours Effect of TB-500 lasts 10-15 days; but it's out of your system in 12 hours -Recommended anti-aging peptides...49:30 Epitalon The effects are not as immediate as peptides such as BPC-157 MOTS-c Humanan -The best peptides for fat loss...58:38 There is no "magic pill" Take care of the low hanging fruit: exercise, diet, etc. Tesamorelin (Egrifta) CJC-1295 (no dac version) -Recommended peptides for muscle gain...1:02:45 Nothing for non-competitive use Requires strict discipline and patience; marginal results at best -Jean-François' peptide regimen...1:04:51 Epitalon DSIP (affects the delta phase of sleep only) TB-500 (once a month) BPC-157 (once every couple of months) Thymus (timalin or vilon) twice a year Semax very occasionally -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Dr. Seed's Oral BPC-157 (use code BEN for 15% off ) -My first podcast with Dr. Matt Cook -My second podcast with Dr. Matt Cook -My podcast with Jay Campbell -GlobalDro -CanLab -Icarus documentary 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.   -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 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. 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The Problem With Sleeping On Your Side, How To Sleep On Your Back, Little-Known Sleep Enhancement Tricks & Much More!
Over the past 20 years, my guest on today's show, Dr. Peter Martone, has been trying to recommend pillows for his patients that would put their head in the correct position so that they could get a great night's sleep and wake up rested. He could not find one, and he would have patients purchase soft down pillows and stuff them under their necks. He found that a conventional pillow would loose its shape and end up on the floor. The problem is that a pillow is for your head and you can not support your head to get a great night sleep. But one day he was watching the movie “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” in 2000 and the two actors came out of the room after “cuddling” all night. The camera gave a quick glimpse of the room they came out of. It showed what the two actors slept on, and to his amazement it was just a thin pad for their body and a block of wood in lieu of a pillow for their head.  In that lightbulb moment, Dr. Martone invented the exact sleeping tool we discuss on today's podcast. He's one of the smartest guys I've ever talked to when it comes to sleep, so prepare to optimize your rest and recovery biomechanics like never before! During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon inspired Dr. Martone's invention... One of the props was a piece of wood, not as a pillow, but for their neck Peter had shoulder issues, couldn't identify the cause While camping, he used a shoe under his neck for sleeping; woke up well rested Used a shoe, and other odd objects for sleeping; shoulder and other health issues were resolved -Surprising problems caused by sleeping on one's side... 90% of Peter's patients have some type of damage to their cervical curve in the neck We lose the curve doing day to day activities, and there's nothing to repair it at night 98% of patients who lose the curve in their neck develop an unnatural curve in their lower back This eventually leads to scoliosis in the lower back The vermis portion of the brain: main function is to control the body's proprioception 80% of proprioception into the brain comes from the spinal cord The vermis atrophies due to loss of proprioception It affects the pre-frontal cortex (executive functioning) Decreasing the curve in the spine severely limits glymphatic drainage Why we toss and turn at night: Pain centers and nerve centers are very close together When you fall asleep on your side, you can only stay in that position for a short period of time Body should be in a "neutral sleeping position" Alcohol inhibits pain sensors. You stay in the same position longer, and wake up in pain OURA ring If you didn't get all that, get this: Loss of the cervical curve = degeneration of the spine. It also causes the vermis to atrophy, which negatively affects the pre-frontal cortex. Side sleeping causes pain and discomfort, which in turn affects the quality of our sleep. The advantages of sleeping on the back versus the side or stomach... Use a pillow for the neck rather than the head Restore the cervical curve and decrease lumbar tension -How to train yourself to sleep on your back... Just start on your back 1-2 hours per night will be enough to help restore the cervical curve in your neck Sleep wedge pillow: 5-10 degree angle, should go to the base of your spine Gravity beds on Amazon The podcast that discusses Gravity beds The body will eventually be able to go through the night on your back Total 2-3 month transition 650 down pillow Sleeping on your back, you distribute your body weight over the greatest amount of space -The little-known hack called "Remembering" that may help with sleep problems... Peter struggled to sleep due to numerous things he was thinking about Needed to be "in control" of something Visualized people sitting in a specific seat after giving a talk; he went right to sleep Focus on something, but don't think about it You can't think yourself to sleep; you have to remember yourself to sleep Dreams are how the mind categorizes the day's events The further back in time you can remember, the more efficacious this technique will be -Ways to control your core temperature while sleeping... Allostatic load: Hierarchy of needs in bodily functions (heart pumping vs. growing fingernails) Your body cares more about your core temperature than even the immune system We get sick because there's a finite amount of energy our body can distribute Maintaining the body's core temperature maintains the allostatic load in our entire body Keep your core as warm as possible; keep hands, feet and head exposed People like to sleep on their side so they can curl up, feel protected Use a weighted blanket for a similar effect "Head garage" Place a pillow over your head, just above the nose -More little-known sleep hacks... First 2 hours of the day are the most productive and alert The story of Edison's balls... Write things down, then go to sleep. You won't remember when you wake up The Pilot's Pen Think about "thinking about nothing" CBD Oil -And Much More... Resources from this episode: -Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon movie -The Neck Nest: use code GREENFIELD to get $20 off plus a FREE custom pillow case and Dr. Sleep Right's "30 Day Sleep Quest" program  -My Facebook Live with Peter Martone: How & Why To Sleep On Your Back  -Gravity beds on Amazon -Sleep wedge pillow -650 down pillow -DREEM headband for monitoring sleep  -Weighted blanket -Pilot's Pen (lit pen for nighttime writing) -Deep Sleep Decoded: Everything You Need To Know To Increase Your Deep Sleep Percentages. -GetPocket app 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 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 -Pso Rite:Built for getting to the really important Psoas muscle but awesome everywhere else in your body and really easy to use and control the pressure yourself. Receive a 10% discount when you use discount code: BEN10 Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Peter or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
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Why Your Vitamin E Supplement Could Be Harming You (& The "One Plant Wonder" Alternative That Could Be The Single Most Powerful Molecule If You're Stranded On A Desert Island).
At the recent A4M conference in Vegas, I ran into intriguing research from Dr. Barrie Tan, a scientist with a Ph.D in Chemistry and Biochemistry. For the last 35 years, Barrie has immersed himself in the world of Vitamin E (particularly from annatto) and is considered one of the world’s foremost experts credited with discovering a molecule called "tocotrienol" from three major natural sources: -Palm: from his native Malaysia... -Rice: at the invitation of the Prince of Thailand... -Annatto: chance finding while in Ecuador searching for lutein... It turned out that palm and rice lacked the potency as they contain too much tocopherol, so Barrie moved his research interest away briefly from tocotrienol, when by serendipity he found the best-in-class tocotrienol in the annatto plant from the Amazon. Since then, Barrie’s relationship with annatto has spanned 20 years. Barrie has worked with the US Armed Forces on using tocotrienol on “radiation countermeasures” and pioneered the science behind the annatto working with the leading scientists in the world to prove the multiple benefits of tocotrienol. Meanwhile, everyone (lay folk and nutritionist) is languishing with the lack-luster non-performing tocopherol, which Barrie calls the“wrong way to E.” Most tocopherol trials failed and did not deliver. But in multiple clinical trials spanning chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteopenia, and inflammation, tocotrienol from annatto has proven clinical benefits. Barrie is currently working on multiple cancer trials after preliminary success with end-stage patients. This is because not all forms of Vitamin E are created equal... ...Vitamin E is not a single nutrient, but rather a complex made up of 8 distinct compounds: 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols. These components have slightly different chemical structures, and these differences impart unique properties that influence their biochemical functions and their effects in the body. Most conventional supplements are typically rich in tocopherols—alpha-tocopherol, in particular—but the tocotrienol fractions have unique effects across a variety of tissues that make them desirable to supplement on their own, without tocopherols. Tocotrienols, especially delta-tocotrienol as sourced from the annatto plant (bixa orellana), have shown impressive effects in supporting overall health. Tocotrienols are associated with significantly positive effects on cardiovascular health, particularly with regard to influencing healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They may also be beneficial for a healthy inflammatory response, an important asset since chronic inflammation is a factor in damage to the cardiovascular system. Having a positive influence on lipids (fats in the blood), tocotrienols may be beneficial for those with a buildup of fat in the liver, as well as those who need help managing blood sugar and insulin levels. Clinical research also suggests tocotrienols may be a valuable addition to the supplement regimens of those who need nutritional support for strong, healthy bones. Here is a recent remark of Jonathan Lizotte, Designs for Health Founder and Board Chairman: “The health benefits realized by annatto tocotrienol go beyond that of any other nutrient I know. It’s the one supplement I would want with me if I were stranded on a desert island! This is a change for me as after 35 years in this industry, my top desert island supplements have switched between magnesium and fish oil and now it stands firmly as annatto tocotrienol alone. A minimum of 150 mg per day is a must for every adult alive.” Apart from tocotrienol, Barrie discovered and has extracted the first-in-class geranylgeraniol (GG), also from the annatto plant. GG has benefits as 1) testosterone and progesterone booster; 2) pain alleviation and; 3) sarcopenia, myopathy and muscle building from this endogenous nutrient. GG is the last common step between plant and mammal (has huge implications), and may possibly be the last frontier in anti-aging nutrients. Here are Dr. Tan’s two anti-aging bottom-line nutrients: tocotrienol (exogenous) will work from outside-in, and geranylgeraniol (endogenous) will work from inside-out. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Dr. Tan discovered Annatto and became interested in Vitamin E...9:05 Began while an assistant prof at U of Mass in Amherst Palm oil in his native Malaysia is orange; is bleached out when it's processed Received grant from Malaysian government to research Research process on palm oil: Remove all fats and oil Remove all kerosene colors (orange) 25% of what was left was alpha-tocopherol, the most common variant of Vitamin E Remainder was tocotrienol Led to research on different forms of lung cancer (stopped soon after) Prince of Thailand hired him to research Buddhists don't like anything mitochondrial related Wanted plant-derived, not animal-derived research Most beneficial results came from rice bran oil (contained tocotrienol) Research funding slowed due to a slow economy in 1987 Needed a break in 1998 from studying tocotrienol; this led to studying treating macular degeneration Vitamin E is made up 8 different compounds 4 of them are tocopherols; 4 are tocotrienols The most common are tocopherols, particularly alpha-tocopherols Tocotrienols are less common, and is the locus of Dr. Tan's research Research on the efficacy of Vitamin E as it pertains to exercise was primarily done on tocopherols Vitamin E was discovered in 1922 at Berkeley Was extracted from spinach Assisted in bringing fetus to full-term Alpha-tocopherol is the "currency" of Vitamin E; all other strains (delta, gamma tocopherol) is converted into alpha during processing Even "all-natural" alpha-tocopherol is partly synthetic How to undo the damage from an alpha-tocopherol heavy supplement: Best thing is to stop taking alpha-tocopherol supplement Ideal intake of alpha-tocopherol is 15 mg per day, derived from natural foods If you didn't get all that, get this... A Vitamin E supplement is not derived from what we would find in nature. It is only a few strands of tocopherol, mostly alpha-tocopherol. The original use of alpha-tocopherol has long outlived its purpose. Dr. Tan advocates for the other strands, particularly tocotrienols for humans to derive the full benefits of Vitamin E. -The major differences between alpha-tocopherols and tocotrienols...30:55 Tri = 3; E = double bond Tocopherol has a head with an OH group; tail is saturated Tocotrienol tail has 3 double bonds, so it is unsaturated; head is smaller than tocopherol Lipid antioxidants is the low-hanging fruit for our body to be oxidized Astaxanthin is a powerful singlet antioxidant (efficacious in an environment that is oxygen-deficient) >90% of antioxidants in the phospholipid cells are Vitamin E molecules Remaining ~10% are hydro carbon caratonoids Beta carotene and and lycopene contain nothing else than hydrogen and carbon 1995 study by Dr. Lester Packer of UC Berkeley: Used electron-resonance spectroscopy to compare alpha-tocopherol and tocotrienol Concluded that both capture free radicals, to protect the lipid from oxidation However, tocotrienol is 50 times more effective in protecting the cell Comparison: Tocopherol is like municipal police within a small jurisdiction; tocotrienol is like a state trooper with far larger jurisdiction Tocotrienol recruits to cancer cells 10X more than tocopherol Critics say that only alpha-tocopherol is found in the blood; therefore all advocacy for tocotrienol is moot Only alpha-tocopherol has a "transport protein", which chaperones a particular molecule to a site of action The transport protein ensures the conservation of alpha-tocopherol (which is why supplementation is bad news) -Dr. Tan's discovery of the amazing Annatto plant while living in South America...43:20 Went to find lutein and zeaxanthin Discovered the Annatto while searching for marigold flowers in Brazil It was nicknamed the "lipstick plant" due to its intense red color on the inside South Americans called it "achuite"; is used as a food coloring Dr. Tan recognized the Annatto to be a caratenoid: Carotene in nature has to be protected by something due to its instability (plants changing color in the spring) Because the Annatto did not change color, he realized it was a potentially powerful antioxidant Biggest surprise of his research: Did not contain polyphenols, nor any type of tocopherol. It contained primarily delta-tocotrienol, which had been shown to be the most potent form of Vitamin E. The plant is naturally free of any type of tocopherol -How the Annatto plant is used to treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)...52:30 NAFLD is the new name for "metabolic syndrome" 20% of youth, and 40% of adults in America are obese 3 of 5 risk markers: Elevated triglycerides Reduced HDL Increased weight circumference 80-100 million Americans have NAFLD in some form The liver is very intolerant of fat Symptoms resemble those of alcoholics, hence the name "non-alcoholic" Notable data from Dr. Tan's study: Gave people 600 mg of tocotrienol Vitamin E; 300 mg twice daily 70 patients; double blind; placebo controlled Did at the beginning, 3 months after, 6 months after 3 months: lost average 10 pounds 6 months: lost average 17 pounds Waist circumference dropped 3 cm Use caution when purchasing products using the words "liver support" in its packaging -The other compound Dr. Tan found in the Annatto plant in addition to tocotrienols...1:03:10 GG: geraniol geranial It's an endogenous nutrient, naturally produced by the human body Helps with the synthesis of testosterone Older folks take it, not for the sex drive, but to have zest for life Required for the synthesis of caratenoid GG is a prerequisite for the synthesis of CoQ10 GG is currently in development; not currently on the market Its use as a pain management tool is complimentary, but not similar to, CBD -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Designs For Health Annatto-E -Book: Tocotrienols: Vitamin E Beyond Tocopherols -Book (edition 2): Tocotrienols: Vitamin E Beyond Tocopherols, Second Edition -Article: Annatto: Delivering tocotrienols from Amazonia -Article: Vitamin E: A closer look at tocotrienols 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! Save 30% 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 -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 Barrie or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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Shark Attacks On Goats, The Ethics Of Hunting, Human Stress Resilience & Much More! (Special Hawaii Hunting Episode)
In today's podcast, I am joined by my friends Kyle Thiermann, Chris Ryan and Mark Healey for witty banter, philosophizing, and intellectually stimulating conversation straight from the island of Hawaii, where we - along with several others mentioned in this podcast episode, such as Dr. Peter Attia, Kyle Kingsbury and Hawaii hunting guide Justin Lee - took a break from hunting, hiking, spearfishing and dressing meat to gather round the podcasting mics. In this conversation, you'll hear... -Recap of the trip...6:47 Chris was a last minute substitute Primal surroundings: goat head in the back of the pickup They were all dropped off by helicopter on various spots on the Big Island Ben engaged in spearfishing; caught Hawaiian lobster, opi'i fish Impossible to replicate their meals in a restaurant -Ben is asked about consuming energy bars while facing dehydration...12:17 If you're in an extreme dehydration situation, you're probably starving to death, so don't throw them out They could potentially be used as a water filter because they're so thick Coffee and beer don't actually dehydrate you Energy bars have moisture in them Depends on salt content, moisture level, etc. -How ranchers on the island of Kaho'olawe used goats to prevent sharks from attacking their herd...14:05 Sharks would attack as they were loaded onto ships for transport Ranchers pushed a herd of goats tied to each other off a cliff The cattle was transported while the sharks feasted on the goats -Discussion about the sustainability of humans hunting their own meat in the modern world...15:30 Hunting is necessary in Hawai'i for sustainability of the land It's not cheaper when you factor in ammo, time spent hunting, obtaining permits, etc. Large amounts of money from hunting is invested into environmental sustainability Eradication vs. management Killing an animal is a deeply personal experience Everyone who eats meat should hunt at least once We are what we eat: cruelty, apathy, torture, etc. -How do our thoughts shape our health?... Book: The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton Book: Mind to Matter by Dr. Dawson Church Epigenetics: Behavior of parents/ancestors affects their children's behavior and instincts Do humans have instincts? Going for the nipple Fear of snakes "Comparing notes" after a hunt separated humans from other animals Coordinated hunting -Our understanding of human history as it pertains to resilience toward stress... Research suggests we become more sensitive to stress rather than more resilient Chronic stressors (business responsibilities) our ancestors didn't deal with Experiencing stress without realizing it, or thinking you're relaxed Practice makes automatic Difference between stress and excitement Alpha vs. beta brain waves Alpha: what you experience in "the flow"; familiar, happy, focused Beta: Higher level of excitement; less predictability Parasympathetic vs. sympathetic nervous system Sympathetic: fight and flight nervous system Parasympathetic: rest and digestive nervous system Vagus nerve feeds into the sinoatrial node of the heart You want high heart rate variability (HRV) Vagus nerve is operating the parasympathetic system properly Meditating, chanting, cold water assist with maintaining high HRV -How stress affects rigor mortis (in hunted game) and cramping Deer reach rigor mortis in 20 minutes when corralled (stressed) and over an hour when killed in the wild You cramp in stressful situations while exercising due to calcium release Sour, spicy taste overrides neuronal reflex Golgi tendon organ limits the contraction, but is overridden by neuronal reflex Other animals don't have this, and put far more stress on their muscles When mom lifts a car to save the baby, the brain, because of extreme stress, overrides the golgi tendon organ Brain over brawn: why humans have the golgi tendon organ and other animals don't -The evolving understanding of convenience vs. an appreciation of our history... Infant formula: no colostrum, fatty acid, Breast milk is a fatty, highly addictive food; you'd be obese if you drank it all your life The microbiome is a gift to the environmental movement Your surroundings impact your gut health -Is bottled water really cleaner and safer than tap water?... FDA treats bottled water as a food product; tap water is treated as water, so it's tested far more often Chlorine, fluoride is in the tap water Bottled water comes from a filtered source -Why Hawai'i is so freaking amazing... Hawai'i had cattle ranchers before California Beach as well as mountain culture Cultural holocaust: Christian missionaries Hawaiian language stayed alive in the cattle ranchers: It was more functional Perhaps reflective of the number of colors, sights and scents in Hawai'i Akin to why podcasts are popular: you can break down concepts you can't on CNN -How Mark Healy narrowly escaped death while surfing in Fiji... Grew up on North Shore of Oahu; got noticed by important surfer dudes Ended up going to Fiji for his first professional trip at age 14; had visualized Fiji for years Was in one of the most iconic surfing photos in history -Is Nature really the violent, nasty, brutish force we're led to believe it is?... Hobbes: Everything eats life Things that appear to be important are not in evolutionary terms Human chin - where two bones come together An arrow is a much better way to die than dying in nature We speak of death as though it's not going to happen Non-Western cultures celebrate death Perhaps explains animosity surrounding hunting -Differing perspectives on how we relate our life experiences to others... Narrative: knowing which dots to connect, and what to leave out Being present and in the moment vs. on auto-pilot Writing the story before it happens Specificity is key. Too much information is overwhelming, prevents people from taking action (for example, charity donations) -The role of fire and water in the history of human evolution... Source of food, amusement, protection, comfort Movement of fire is reflected in the nature of human consciousness They can alter landscapes, be very destructive Large swaths of the Amazon have been cleared by fire Podcasts around a fire never work well Water is the greatest source of "awe" that we know of -Perceived scarcity vs. real scarcity... People with nothing live as though they have everything. People with everything live as though there's not enough Perspective, born of experience, helps to understand the disparity between real and perceived scarcity We spend money to isolate ourselves from others as soon as we get it Inconvenience puts you in touch with other people (hitch-hiking, taking the bus) -Mark describes his business, Healy Water Ops... Many of the clients are very wealthy and successful in business and life They know a red herring when they see or hear it They enjoy having Mark run the show, tell them what to do; it allows them to relax for a bit -Running a business, unschooling, and why we need to restore boredom in our culture... Treat your business like a big dog; assert dominance We don't have boredom anymore with social media, smartphones, etc. Silence often precedes a maturation in a relationship Learn how to hunt without a guide; self-taught Allow kids to work out conflict on their own Preventive medicine -And much more. Resources From this Episode: -Book: The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton -Book: Mind to Matter by Dr. Dawson Church -Kion Energy Bars -Kion Coffee -Podcast: 32 Ways to Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve, Fine-Tune Your Nervous System & Self-Hack Your Hormones -Article: The History of Hawaiian Cowboys -About the Hawaiian Language -Book: Ni'ihau: The Last Hawaiian Island 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 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. -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 order using 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 this podcast episode? Leave your comments below and I'll reply!  
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Gretchen Rubin Interview On How To Declutter Your Home & Your Life For Outer Order, Inner Calm & Happiness.
Outer order contributes to inner calm. And for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn't work. The fact is, when we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we're then able to create the order that will make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. My guest on today's show - Gretchen Rubin - has found that getting control of our stuff makes us feel more in control of our lives. By getting rid of things we don't use, don't need, or don't love, we free our minds (and our shelves) for what we truly value. With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what's realistic for most people, Gretchen suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment—one that helps us to create the lives we want. Gretchen is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers: Better Than Before: A Day by Day Journal The Happiness Project Happier at Home And most recently: Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than three million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. She makes frequent TV appearances and is in much demand as a speaker. On her weekly podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft. Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What inspired Gretchen to write her book...7:40 Began with The Happiness Project (link) Disproportinate connection between outer order and inner calm (clutter blind) Getting control of our "stuff" makes us feel in control of our lives Empowers you to tackle the big projects we might otherwise avoid -If there has been scientific research to substantiate Gretchen's findings...9:00 Yes, but there's a problem: People want to know what's "best" way to clear clutter, when to do certain tasks People are different; they have strengths where others have weaknesses Some people thrive in a little bit of clutter No one size fits all approach -The criteria one can use to decide what goes and what stays...11:15 "Don't get organized"; Start by getting rid of things Marie Kondo's guidance (does this spark joy?) is slightly lofty in its aspirations Three questions to ask: Do I need this? Do I love this? Do I (or will I) use this? Be realistic about what "someday" means in the context of if and when you'll use something Ask yourself, "Have I thought about getting rid of this more than 3 times?" We often overestimate what we can do in a short time, and underestimate what we can do in a longer period of time -Whether decluttering is the same as minimalism...18:20 Minimalism as we know it is a bit extreme in Gretchen's view There are simplicity lovers and abundance lovers It all goes back to there's no one size fits all approach -How to mentally "let go" of things...20:25 The "fantasy self" Be honest with yourself: will you really use that thing? It frees up mental guilt, as well as space for other goals and desires Nostalgia, past self The best way to clear clutter is to not buy stuff in the first place Have a box of clutter, put a date on it, then throw it away after one year without looking inside it Imagine someone else enjoying the stuff Give away or recycle when possible "You created the donation to the landfill when you bought it" "Store it at the store" -Best practices in shopping online and offline to avoid unnecessary clutter...30:07 There are under buyers and over buyers Always shop as a guest; helps cut down on impulse buying Unsubscribe to all promotional newsletters Don't subscribe in the first place Force yourself to hold things in your arms whenever possible Break the impulse by intentionally making things inconvenient Don't touch, don't taste Book: Why We Buy Set limits and check with a partner (spouses) before purchasing Make lists -What a "clutter magnet" is, and why it's important...39:25 Identify the spot where clutter tends to accumulate; make a point to keep it clean every day It's easier to maintain once you take it back to "clear" It will spark joy -How to train children to declutter their personal spaces...43:15 Don't think of yourself as the potter who's molding the clay Help them to be honest about what they need, or use Everything sparks joy for children -Whether or not it's important to make your bed every morning...48:00 Establishing a bit of order in the environment is a morale boost Your bed is much closer to you than a chair; you may feel in better order Christian Gratitude Journal -Whether or not it's wise to find others to do your decluttering for you...53:25 Difficult due to the personal nature of your own stuff Maybe to help stay on task, help with the heavy lifting If you have to ask if it looks good, it probably doesn't -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Book: "Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness" by Gretchen Rubin -Book: Why We Buy -Book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo  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 “bgf10”. https://getkion.com  -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 nice bonus gift with your order! joovv.com/ben Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Gretchen or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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The Most Powerful Electrical Muscle Stimulation Device Known To Humankind (& Exactly How To Use It).
I recently posted the following to my newsletter weekly roundup: "I only did two workouts this week and was sore as hell. You can view both my workouts in .pdf format by clicking here for Workout 1 and clicking here for Workout 2. The workouts were supplied to me by the wicked smart guys over at Neu.fit and I performed them while wearing the NEUBIE, which is NeuFit’s patent-pending electro-stimulation device. NEUBIE is an acronym for “NEURO-BIO-ELECTRIC STIMULATOR.” The NEUBIE can find neurological deficits in the human body with incredible precision, and has two main benefits – 1) it provides direct current (DC), and 2) it matches the signals the nervous system already sends naturally on its own. Using DC is important because it has numerous, positive biological effects. DC fields accelerate the body’s own physiological processes of healing, repair, and regeneration. Although this has been known for a long time, most devices out there are alternating current (AC). These devices are cheaper and easier to engineer, and most people don’t know the difference. Unfortunately, they don’t have anywhere near the effect at the cellular level. The NEUBIE is admittedly expensive but incredible for rehab or for training. It now holds a hallowed place in my gym. You can contact NEUFit here and mention my name for $1000 off your purchase, or you can travel to Austin, Texas to have these guys work on injuries or re-train your muscles in their gym. Ask for Chaz or Garrett if you call these folks." Here are a few video demos of me using this very unique electrical muscle stimulation device: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ3rlCw5o50 https://www.facebook.com/BGFitness/videos/im-here-with-the-folks-at-neufit-neufitben-trying-out-this-high-intensity-leg-wo/10157149029659179/ Known as "The Health Engineer," my guest on today's show Garrett Salpeter has taken his training in Engineering and Neuroscience and used it to create NeuFit. By combining next-generation technology with protocols from physical therapy and functional neurology, NeuFit helps people tap into the power of their neurology. For most people, that leads to improved function and a quicker recovery from an injury/surgery or reaching fitness goals faster than they ever thought possible. For a few, this work has even meant being able to get out of a wheelchair and walk again. Now practitioners all over the country are adding the technology into their medical, physical therapy, and fitness practices, and Garrett is passionate about teaching NeuFit to them so that this work can impact as many lives as possible. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What exactly is a "NEUBIE" and some history behind Garrett's business...7:50 A NEUBIE is a Neuro Bioelectric stimulator NEU Fit speaks to Garrett's conviction that if we upgrade our nervous systems, it has many positive consequences in our lives Why NHL. Player Duncan Keith Calls Himself a Biohacker -How the NEUBIE is different from other EMS devices...11:15 Direct current rather than alternating current Better for regeneration and healing in the body The Body Electric by Dr. Robert Becker  Focused on sensory (afferent) rather than muscle contraction (efferent) "Russian Current" is a particular wave form based on tests conducted in the 1980's, in Russia Less motor output, more sensory input Neuro muscular reeducation Being able to move through the contraction expedites the healing process -Ben and Garrett's thoughts on suppressing Heart Rate Variability (HRV) during the stimulation, and the resultant high HRV after...24:00 You want to stress the body, then let it recover and super compensate SAID Principle: Specific Adaptation to an Imposed Demand You need real time feedback Suppressed HRV during most intense workout is ideal Auto regulating training based on the nervous system -A scanning procedure that allows you to figure out which muscles need the most work...28:40 -What a typical rehab program looks like, and what to expect in terms of sessions and results...32:08 Address the dysfunction, not the symptom Active treatments; not lying down Reincorporating the movement patterns Creating other feedback to the brain; reduces threat response Go higher on the current, sometimes in the same session -How to use the NEUBIE for a full body workout...35:00 You gain more recruitment with less external load and less strain on the joints Allows to train without pain, makes exercise safer Simple bodyweight movements: bands, joint movements Progress to heavier weights, kettle bells -Why you're so sore after using the NEUBIE; if and when you should use it while you're sore...38:08 Most often used by professionals, under professional supervision Body builders are pleased with the results after just a few sets vs. a long workout in the gym Not required to be sore to build strength Stimulate yourself into a depressed state; when recovered, do it again Typical schedule: 2x/week, sometimes multiple daily in extreme cases -How the device can be used for neurological issues...43:30 Book: The Wahl's Protocol MS patient experienced very positive results after 2 days working with Garrett Had enough muscle control to lift legs, tie shoes Took several steps holding her husband's hand TBI and concussions: Woman with TBI, making slow progress for 7 years; made remarkable progress with the neubie -How easy is it for a lay person to obtain and use the neubie...50:15 Recommended to work with a trained professional, preferably in a clinic Find a directory of therapists who use the NEUBIE at neu.fit Not often covered by insurance You can own one with doctor's approval (FDA covered device) Packages designed for clinics as well as for individuals -And much more Resources from this episode: -The NEUBIE (you can contact NEUFit here and mention my name for $1000 off your purchase) -Why NHL Player Duncan Keith Calls Himself a Biohacker -The Body Electric by Dr. Robert Becker -Oura ring -NatureBeat HRV app -Viiiva HR Monitor -The Wahl's Protocol book -My podcast with Terry Wahls 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 “bgf10”. https://getkion.com  -Organifi Green Juice: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Use discount code “beng20” at checkout and get a 20% discount on your entire order! organifi.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 when you use discount code “BenG” PLUS free shipping on any order over $99.   Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Garrett or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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KetoFasting: The Dark Side of Fasting & Ketosis (+How To Use Cyclic Ketosis To Fix The Issues)
From Dr. Joseph Mercola, my friend, multiple-time podcast guest, a guy who thinks way outside-the-box and seems to always be discovering some new cutting-edge way to enhance human health and longevity, and one of the world's foremost authorities on alternative health has just written a guide to using the principles of ketogenic eating, meal planning, and timing to treat disease, promote weight loss, and optimize health. The new book is called "KetoFast: Rejuvenate Your Health with a Step-by-Step Guide to Timing Your Ketogenic Meals". In the book, he explores the profound health benefits that result when ketogenic living and well-planned fasting are combined. Topics include: -How our food is making us sick and what we can do about it... -The physiology and mechanisms of fasting, including stem cell activation... -How the cyclical ketogenic diet--with fasting included--differs from the conventional keto diet... -How fasting works and how safe it is for you... -How regular one-day fasts support fat burning and detoxification while minimizing hunger and side effects... -How to monitor your progress with lab tests... -And much more... During our discussion, you'll discover: -The fascinating history of fasting among different religions and cultures...8:25 Dr. Mercola's book was originally written to learn to optimize multiple day water fasting Most religions integrate fasting into their practice (speaks to its efficacy throughout history) It's one of the best ways to express care for your spirit, especially when combined with meditation, gratitude, solitude, etc. Therapeutic fasting: Calorie restriction to activate metabolic processes to catalyze the healing process Fasting didn't become popular in the U.S. until the 1800's with the natural hygiene movement Became more popular when Herbert Shelton popularized it in 1911 TrueNorth Health Center -Autophagy, and why Dr. Mercola thinks of a fast as a "free stem cell transplant"...16:45 Different varieties of fasting: Intermittent (the foundation) Dr. Satchin Panda found that 90% of people don't do this (listen to my podcast with Dr. Panda) You need more than intermittent to get the max effect of autophagy Fasting mimicking diet, water diet Hybrid of the two, minimize the harmful effects Autophagy: 3 types Micro Macro Chaperone mediated You activate autophagy with the keto fast Dr. Mercola does not recommend a long-term water fast Free stem cell transplant is what happens during the regeneration phase, after the autophagy phase The magic happens during the refeed and strength rebuilding; similar to a growth hormone injection Do a 42 hour fast, in which you eat 300-500 calories 2x per week -How fasting affects intestinal stem cell function...24:20 Extended fasting helps reduce gut permeability by stimulating brain/gut pathways Consider fasting before other treatments or supplements for repairing the gut Certain supplements will inhibit autophagy: colostrum, B12 AMP-k and mTOR It's your friend; The higher the better A nutrient sensor Puts your body in "repair mode" See Saw: AMP-k up, mTOR down, vice versa -What nutrients you need to optimize autophagy...34:08 Berberine ECGC from green tea and European wild apples Pomegranate peel powder Urolithin A Pomegranate Pulled Apart podcast from ATP Science Dr. Mercola’s “autophagy tea” before my 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 monkfruit sweetener to taste You don't want to take exogenous ketones when you want to activate autophagy while fasting -How ketones protect the brain excess hydrogen peroxide...46:00 Fats and carbs are fuel sources; broken down by enzymes Oxygen receives electrons from the food you're digesting in the form of hydrogen (which is converted to water) Most people are metabolically inflexible; can't burn much fat for fuel Ketones increase Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (nADPH) -Why Dr. Mercola changed his mind about the power of water fasting as a metabolic intervention...50:55 We in the 21st century are exposed to chemical and industrial toxins not historically known to humans Toxins are stored in our fat When you fast, you release these toxins Cause unpleasant side effects and symptoms 2 phases: Convert fat soluble to water soluble (not a problem) Attach molecules to the toxin You need frequent refeeds to fuel the process of eliminating the toxins and enhancing detox pathways A keto fast (42 hours, 300-500 calories) 2x/week is far more powerful than an occasional multi-day water fast or even fast mimicking diet -What Dr. Mercola views as the "dark side of fasting"...55:00 Detoxification impairment Compliance: people just won't do it How Dr. Mercola recommends Ben improve his own fasting strategy: Ben takes essential amino acids for protein during extended fasts Don't eat meat protein (branch chain amino acids) Take collagen protein Drawbacks to long-term ketosis Requires significant calorie restriction Women can develop thyroid impairment You simply weren't designed to do it Fasting primes your body for improvement; the real magic happens in the refeeds -What is "keto fasting," and how cyclical ketosis addresses the above issues...1:00:13 You must be metabolically flexible Eat in a 4-6 hour window per day for 4 weeks Branch chain aminos: lucine, isoleucine, valine Eat these on the refeed, not during the keto fast Don't activate mTor along with autophagy Cyclical approach: Keto fast 2x/week Every day intermittent fast Strategies to deal with hunger or appetite cravings: Vast majority of metabolically flexible people won't feel hungry Coconut oil, MCT oil, aloe gel Nicotine gum and sparkling water -How sauna use supports a fasting protocol, an ideal sauna setup, and sauna do's and don't's...1:07:45 Brian Richards' Sauna Space Near infrared is the best 40% of energy from the sun is infrared Near infrared heats you up very quickly Penetrates much more of the body than far infrared Book: Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and Healing Compounds prior to sauna use: Niacin (small doses) Use low EMF -And much more! Resources from this episode:  -My previous episodes with Dr. Mercola: Killing Fat Cells, Fixing Mitochondria, Growing Superfoods & More: The Official, Much-Anticipated, Mind-Blowing, Geeked-Out Podcast With Dr. Mercola High-Fat Fudge Balls, The Best Fruits For Blood Sugar, Egg Allergies & More With “Fat For Fuel” How To Reverse The Damage From Cell Phone Radiation, Hidden Sources Of EMF, The Best Way To Measure Your EMF Exposure & Much More -KetoFast: Rejuvenate Your Health with a Step-by-Step Guide to Timing Your Ketogenic Meals -Meta.org for research studies -Ben's Switzerland healing retreat at Paracelsus -The Complete Guide To Fasting by Jason Fung -TrueNorth Health Center -My interview with Dr. Satchin Panda -SEED Probiotic blend -ATP science -Dr. Mercola’s “autophagy tea” before my 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 monkfruit sweetener to taste -Pomegranate Pulled Apart podcast from ATPScience -HVMN Ketones -"The Longevity Diet" by Dr. Valter Longo -Kion Aminos -Kettle & Fire Bone Broth -Aloe Gel -Lucy Nicotine gum -Saunaspace sauna -Near infrared bulbs -Dr. Lawrence Wilson's book "Sauna Therapy For Detoxification & Healing" 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 “bgf10”. https://getkion.com  -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! trusiih2.com/ben  -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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Why Most Physicians Don't Practice Natural Medicine, How To Eat Seasonally, The Benefits Of Mistletoe, Tissue Salts, Neural Therapy & More
Over half of the world’s population is afflicted with some form of chronic or degenerative illness. Heart disease, autoimmune disease, diabetes, neurological conditions, cancer, Lyme disease―the list goes on. The conventional, allopathic, treat-the-symptom-with-pharmaceutical-drugs model is rapidly falling out of favor as patients are searching for nontoxic, advanced prevention and healing modalities that actually work. Bioregulatory medicine involves fixing this issue with a model that has proven effective for decades in forward-thinking developed countries, including Switzerland and Germany. Our bodies have many bioregulating systems, including the cardiovascular, digestive, neurological, respiratory, endocrine, and so on. Bioregulatory medicine is a comprehensive and holistic approach to health that advocates the use of natural healing methods to support and restore the body’s intrinsic self-regulating and self-healing mechanisms, as opposed to simply treating symptoms with integrative therapies. Bioregulatory medicine is about discovering the root cause of disease and takes into account the entire person from a genetic, epigenetic, metabolic, energetic, and emotional point of view. So while patients may have the same disease or prognosis, the manifestation of illness is entirely bioindividual and must be treated and prevented on an individual level. Bioregulatory medicine addresses the four pillars of health―drainage and detox, diet, mind-body medicine, and oral health―using a sophisticated synthesis of the very best natural medicine with modern advances in technology. In addition to identifying the cause of disease, bioregulatory medicine promotes disease prevention and early intervention of illness through noninvasive diagnostics and treatments, and incorporates the use of over 100 different non-toxic diagnostics and treatments from around the world. Forward-thinking patients and integrative practitioners will find bioregulatory medicine invaluable as they seek to deepen their understanding of the body’s many regulating systems and innate ability to heal itself. My guest on today's podcast, Dr. Dickson Thom, is the author of the new book Bioregulatory Medicine: An Innovative Holistic Approach to Self-Healing. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry in 1974. He obtained his first Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1986, and in 1989 he completed a second Naturopathic degree from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Thom was a full-time professor and the past Dean of Naturopathic Medicine at NCNM where he taught clinical and physical diagnosis, gastroenterology, neurology, practical endocrinology, x-ray practicum and business entrepreneurship for almost 25 years. In addition, he was a clinic supervisor to hundreds of students and managed care for thousands of patients. Dr. Thom is now the medical director at the American Center for Biological Medicine and the American Center for Alternative Medicine in Scottsdale, AZ. These clinics are state of the art and uniquely manage care for patients from around the world. For a complete description of these unique offerings, visit the web site TheBiomedCenter.com. Dr. Thom lectures extensively on health and business topics and has written and collaborated in the writing of many articles and books dealing with drainage, nutrition and business. Dr. Thom studied extensively with Gérard Guéniot, MD and incorporates Dr. Guéniot’s work into his seminar lectures and his private practice in Scottsdale, AZ. In August 2009 he received The VIS Award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians in recognition of one who represents the Vis, the Healing Power of Nature, as demonstrated through their work, life, and community service. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Dr. Thom's daily diet...9:30 Intermittent fasting Keto, paleo Better for biochemistry and balancing metabolism Homeostasis: what biological medicine is at its core A typical breakfast: Eggs, turkey bacon, avocado -What exactly is "bioregulatory medicine"?...11:50 "In reality, it's the only type of healing that's existed since man has been on the earth." Ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, Chinese, Indians: All about balancing energy flows Biofields: Energies the body is associated with Body is one huge electromagnet Gives off energy Movement creates electrons Some people can read other people's energies Electron transport chain in mitochondria Electricity interacts with human body and vice versa Deleterious effects of wifi, cell towers, etc. Physiology, biochemistry, physics Newton's Law: Conventional medicine still believes that's how the body heals itself 1927: Einstein and Planck came out with quantum mechanics; led to utilization of atomic bomb Multiple organ systems within our body We think of them individually: heart, cardiovascular, nervous, digestive, etc. All the "specialties" don't communicate with the other specialties You must have all the pieces to rebuild a house; same with the body Dr. Thom describes himself as a specialist in health, not necessarily in disease -More on bio fields and the practice of Kirlian photography...20:45 Our energy is not confined by our skin the way our body is People transfer energy with each other without physically touching them (long term relationships) Kirlian photography: Microscopes allow us to see what before was not visible Measures the body's bio fields Use electromagnetic spectrum on all levels; subtle energies that can't be seen or felt Capturing ability of cells to communicate -The self-healing qualities of the body that can be enhanced by bioregulatory medicine...25:30 The cast didn't heal a broken bone; it simply immobilized and made it possible to heal itself "Chi", or bio field energy is necessary for the bone to heal Every part of our body - bones, organs, skin, etc. - self-heal and regenerate You can replace a child's liver with a portion of a full-grown liver; both will grow and regenerate to full size -How the Flexner Report, published in 1910, laid the foundation for mainstream medicine...29:35 The Flexner Report, published in 1910 American Medical Association formed in 1857 Bloodletting and homeopathy were common practice at that time Bloodletting wasn't effective (it killed George Washington) but homeopathy was proven to be effective AMA excluded practitioners of homeopathy and other "unapproved" methods from their organization Abraham Flexner, who was not a doctor, a scientist, nor a medical practitioner, was commissioned by the Carnegie Foundation to examine 155 medical schools The good in the report: Not enough education Need prerequisites Need standardization Suggested reducing 155 schools to 31 schools The bad in the report: Blacks were inferior, diseased; schools teaching black students should be closed Schools can no longer teach homeopathy, electrotherapy, etc. simply because Flexner didn't believe in them In 1900, there were more homeopathic doctors than conventional; by 1953, they were all closed Western medical students are still taught based on the Flexner Report; although they've likely never heard of it Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations' influenced pharmaceutical industry, as well as who got accepted into the 31 schools -The science behind a seasonal diet and how it works with bioregulatory medicine...42:15 Weston A. Price Foods consumed are indigenous to the location the people lived Ancestral approach to diet Eating cold food in summer, hot food in winter Normal body temp is 98.6 Enzymes necessary to digest food function at ~98.3 degrees Put 40 degree food in your body; requires tremendous energy to digest Master fuel sensors: mTOR more active under sunlight in summer AMPKα in the winter Look for foods indigenous to your ancestors, as well as your current locale Book: 100 Million Years of Food by Stephen Lee Book: The Jungle Effect by Dr. Daphne Miller Book: Return To An Ancestral Diet by Dr. Michael Smith -How mistletoe is a component of bioregulatory medicine...50:34 Mistletoe has historically symbolized life in religion and mythology You'll often find mistletoe in European cancer treatment centers Used in all deliveries: IV, injectable, inhaled, etc. Its use in autoimmune issues: In nature, the antidote is right next to the poisonous plant Autoimmune issue means out of balance Not trying to suppress; try to support, make it more in balance Allopathic = opposite medicine You get a fever when you're sick; support the fever, don't suppress it Go beyond the symptoms; support the physiology A headache is not due to a Tylenol deficiency -How to find a practitioner in bioregulatory medicine...58:30 No central directory at the moment Dr. Thom is creating a curriculum to teach clinic staff to make them available Marion Institute, Marion, MA Bioregulatory Institute, Louisville, KY -Protocols unique to bioregulatory medicine...1:00:00 Contact Regulation Thermography (CRT) Diagnostic tool to measure 119 points in the body Link to 15 different organ systems Stress the body (cold) Remeasure same points Graph before stress and after Can quickly and effectively track how your body reacts to stress Measuring specific points on the skin that are related to the various internal organs in the body Zyto Scan Put hand on a plate, running an electrical program; reads the energy coming from your hand onto the plate Can see how you're being affected by foods, microbes, etc. Tracks specific areas of the body that are out of balance It's a "soft diagnosis" for Lyme disease Vega Analysis German company formed in 1950's Electrodermal testing Measure on acupuncture points different electrical energies -Clinical research behind the efficacy of bioregulatory medicine...1:11:06 -Tissue cell salts: what are they, and what are they used for...1:13:30 Developed by Dr. Schuessler Analyzed ash of human bodies Same 12 minerals in the ash, regardless of where they were from 12 different mineral diluted compounds (3x) Tissue cells themselves don't have the minerals in them Orally ingested via small pills -The practice of neural therapy...1:19:00 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -TheBiomedCenter.com -Book: Bioregulatory Medicine: An Innovative Holistic Approach to Self-Healing -My Switzerland Biological Medicine retreat -Kirlian photography -Book: 100 Million Years Of Food by Stephen Le -Book: The Jungle Effect by Daphne Miller, MD -Book: Return To An Ancestral Diet by Dr. Michael Smith -Dr. Jason West's clinic in Pocatello, Idaho 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 “bgf10”. https://getkion.com  -Organifi Green Juice: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Use discount code “beng20” at checkout and get a 20% discount on your entire order! organifi.com/ben -Vuori Clothing: Activewear and athletic clothing for ultimate performance. 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The Jack Dorsey Podcast: Advanced Stress Mitigation Tactics, Extreme Time-Saving Workouts, DIY Cold Tubs, Hormesis, One-Meal-A-Day & More.
Jack Dorsey dropped out of college to start Twitter, and is now a billionaire businessman. He is the CEO of Twitter, CEO & Chairman of Square, and a co-founder of both. But what most people don't know about Jack is his keen interest in all things fitness, nutrition and health. So in today's episode we dive into Jack's daily routine, diet, stress management strategies, workout and fitness habits, and much more. In this interview, you'll discover... -The 3 core ways Jack handles the tremendous amount of stress he deals with in his life and work...6:45 Vipassana meditation (10:10) 10 day "retreat" No reading, writing, devices No talking, no eye contact 2 meals a day; wake at 4; meditate 4:30 am thru 9 pm Vegetarian diet; can't eat after noon Primary objective: Being in control of your reactions Exercise and sleep (16:53) Walk 5 miles to work (in 1 hour 15 minutes) Listen to podcasts, audio books Walk in the sun Work from home Tuesday and Thursday 1-3 iterations of the 7-Minute Workout every day Seven workout app VT Body Weight app Tabata sets on a stationary bike Hyperwear Vest Book: Body by Science by Doug McGuff and John R. Little Sauna and cold Clearlight Sauna Barrel sauna and ice bath Near infrared sauna (Sauna Space) "Nothing has given me mental confidence like going from room temperature into the cold." No more hot showers Jack prefers walking over running: more predictable, less stress on the body Diet (35:56) The only supplement Jack takes is a multivitamin and lots of Vitamin C Learn to make your own medicine (meditation, sleep, etc.) before delving into supplements Technology is a "crutch" Jack was vegan for 2 years Didn't understand the diet Mom told him he was "orange" - way too much beta kerotene Switched to paleo diet for one year Listened to lots of Wim Hof podcasts (2 years ago) One meal per day: 6:30-8:30 Drink red wine 28 oz. of water in the morning Drink water all day long Take vitamin with dinner Protein, greens, mixed berries and dark chocolate for dessert Eat at home as much as possible -Other facets of Jack's health and fitness regimen...49:45 Self-quantification: Oura Ring Fast Friday evening thru Sunday evening Hormesis; autophagy based Desires to do a Spartan race someday Pros and cons of working out with other people My podcast on free diving Jack was extremely shy as a kid Took a speech class; improv and speak on a topic you know nothing about Pushed him out of his comfort zone Journaling since age 14 - end of day And much more... Resources from this episode: -Jack's twitter account -New York Times Seven Minute Workout -"Seven" Workout App -"VT" Bodyweight App -Hyperwear Vest -Book: Body By Science by Doug McGuff and John R. Little -Infrared sauna - Use code BEN for $500 off -Ben's article on how to build your own cold tub -Athletic Greens -Ben's podcast on "Ancestral Wisdom vs. Modern Science" -Ben's podcast with Ray Cronise -My podcast with Todd White of Dry Farm Wines in which we discuss "one-meal-a-day" -The Oura ring - Use Greenfieldoura for $50 off -My podcast with Ted Harty on freediving 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 “bgf10”. https://getkion.com  -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 3 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 nice bonus gift with your order! joovv.com/ben -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! stateandliberty.com  Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jack or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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The Truth About The Carnivore Diet: Everything You Need To Know About Dangers, Benefits, Mistakes & Hacks For Eating Only Meat.
Prepare yourself for the most epic, deep dive into the carnivore diet that you've ever heard. I recently listened to a physician named Paul Saladino debate research scientist Layne Norton about the carnivore diet on my friend Mark Bell's podcast. I was so intrigued by the episode that I decided to get Paul on my show to explore the science behind the carnivore diet, carnivore diet do's and don'ts, and whether the carnivore diet is a true, sustainable, natural, ancestral nutrition approach or just a dietary fad. During this show, we cover: -Why Paul is a raving fan of salmon roe...17:15 Humans cannot make Omega 3 fatty acids Omega 3's in salmon roe are in the phospholipid form Salmon roe crosses the blood brain barrier more efficiently than in the triglyceride or ethyl ester form (which you'll find in most fish oil capsules) Two tbsps of salmon roe gives you the DHA without being exposed to the metals Benefit of getting a nutrient from a food vs. from a supplement Concern with oxidation in fish oil: Look for certificate of analysis Look at levels of lipid peroxides Not nearly as much oxidation in eggs than the fish -Why Paul doesn't consume black pepper...21:15 A central principle of the carnivorous diet: plants are not put on the earth to serve humans Develop potentially toxic compounds to defend themselves from other animals A peppercorn is the seed of a plant The seeds are where a higher concentration of pesticides and toxins reside Pepper contains a compound called piperine, which inhibits UDP glucuronosyltransferase In essence: black pepper inhibits our body's natural detoxification process. Piperine is added to curcumin supplements to increase the level of curcumin you can absorb We don't actually use these molecules in human biochemistry Used to activate certain pathways to produce our own antioxidants (which is glutathione) Plants induce Nrf2, while simultaneously doing toxic things to our bodies Sulforaphane is considered to be a highly beneficial molecule as a precursor to glutathione pathways But is known to be a goitrogen (meaning it can induce hypothyroidism) Key take away: You can simulate the benefits of eating plants by eating meat and living a healthy lifestyle -Why Paul refused a cup of Kion Coffee when offered by Ben...30:45 Coffee is felt to be beneficial because of a couple of polyphenolic compounds: chloragenic acid and caffeic acid These have been found to be clastogenic (DNA damage) A coffee bean is the seed of a plant, which contains toxins as a natural defense mechanism Very few animals eat those seeds -Aren't plants like exercise, where you need them, but too much can be harmful?...26:05 Hormesis is potential benefit of plants Sulforaphane: Is linked to hypothyroidism Depends on one's baseline level of iodine consumption Does not exist in a plant Glucoraphanin is converted into sulforaphane by Myrosinase Highest levels are found in broccoli seeds and sprouts Humans are "facultative carnivores" meaning we can get everything we need from meat without ingesting the toxins found in plants. -Storage organs in plants that result in larger brains and smaller guts...46:35 Richard Wrangham Tubers Fairly toxic generally speaking Ancestral (non-hybridized) tubers aren't as valuable to humans due to size, appearance, etc. Developed big brains by eating bone marrow and brains of animals (as scavengers) No DHA, or fatty acids in a tuber Macronutrients for short term survival; micronutrients for long term survival Tubers have macronutrients, but not micronutrients Fossils of homo erectus found near water: algae, DHA, other micronutrients Just because tubers were efficacious for our ancestors doesn't mean we should choose them today Animals provide all the micronutrients we need in the most bioavailable forms The ultimate multivitamin for a human would be an animal -Why plants may not be necessary, could be harmful to the gut, and are "survival food"...50:50 Vilhjalmur Stefansson: Lived with Inuit people for a year Observed they ate plants only when "real foods" i.e. animals weren't available Book: 100 Million Years of Food by Stephen Lee Even though humans have made plants more digestible via sprouting, fermenting, etc. we should still opt for the ribeye steak. -Whether a carnivorous diet is sustainable or ethical...53:53 Eat the animal "nose to tail" Book: The Whole Beast by Fergus Henderson Muscle meat is high in methionine but low in glycine Best results come when we eat organs and tendons along with the muscle meat Different nutrients in different parts of the animal Why Ben called the carnivore diet "lazy" on the Joe Rogan podcast Carbohydrate availability for the thyroid Ancestors would eat the thyroid immediately after killing an animal Do you need plants to consume adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals? Good amounts of Vitamin C in liver and in brain; whale blubber Liver also has large amounts of carotenal, a precursor to Vitamin A Quercetin doesn't directly contribute to human biochemistry You may not be able to get flavonoids from meat, but you may not need them at all -How we would consume fiber on a carnivore diet, or if we even need it at all...1:06:40 The debate between Paul Saladino and Layne Norton on the Mark Bell show Fiber is a "fairy tale" Physician named Burkett in Tanzania Tanzanians did not have as many cases of diverticulosis as Westerners Erroneously equated high amounts of fiber intake with low cases of diverticulosis The reverse is true Applies to insoluble and soluble fiber "Healthy user bias" affects studies on fiber People who eat less meat and more fiber, and engage in healthy activities Stereotypical "meat eater": Steak, fries, cake, etc. -Why Ben Greenfield is hesitant to embrace a full-on carnivore diet...1:13:50 Variety is the spice of life (colors of food, tastes, etc.) Humans are "facultative carnivores" Meant to eat animals, but can eat plants when animals are not available Plants can contribute to life enjoyment if you choose to use them in your diet -The carnivore diet and longevity...1:23:30 Fallacy: centenarians live longer because of genetics. They live long in spite of what they eat. Theory of "blue zones" has been incorrectly interpreted Not caused by diet (plants, legumes, etc.) Clusters of longevity mutation in certain genes; improves insulin sensitivity, antioxidants, etc. High insulin sensitivity when carbs are cut out -Carnivore vs. ketosis...1:28:45 Three micronutrients: carbs, protein, fat We can run on two fuels: fat or carbs fat that is stored or that you're eating No such thing as an "essential carbohydrate" You can have a ketogenic diet that includes some plant foods that are potentially immunotoxic Carnivorous diet is by default a ketogenic because you're not eating plant-based carbs (trace amounts in meat) What about coconut oil and coconut cream? Coconut has salicylates Oil doesn't have actual coconut particles, but can have some salicylates Dairy: addictive to humans because it's the combination of fat and sugar; great for infants It's why we crave ice cream Rewarding but not satiating Some cut out dairy, and find they're more satiated when eating meat -The carnivore diet and amino intake...1:37:53 Paul typically eats 3 pounds of meat per day No risk of developing cancer Eating methionine without glycine becomes problematic Bone broth and collagen are good sources of glycine -Concern about constant activation of mTor on the carnivorous diet...1:41:00 Concern about IGF-1 (insulin growth factor) levels raising on the diet Paul has found the opposite to be true Caloric restriction benefits come from sirtuin family of genes, which is activated by beta hydroxy butyrate Balances out because of the ketogenic state of the diet -Whether a carnivorous diet is sustainable or ethical...1:45:30 It's not practical for everyone to hunt their own meat Look at it from a population vs. individual basis Answer questions pertaining to the individual before the population Advances in technology contribute to increases in greenhouse gases (fossil fuel emissions) Agriculture contributes ~8% of greenhouse gases; 3-4% is animal agriculture -And much more... -Who is Paul Saladino? 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. Resources from this episode: -My Facebook post on my "bastardized version" of the carnivore diet -Paul Saladino's website -Paul Saladino's YouTube channel -The debate between Paul Saladino and Layne Norton on the Mark Bell show -USWellnessMeats ribeye steaks - Use GREENFIELD for a 15% storewide - Offer good for up to 2 orders per customer. Excludes orders over 40 lbs, sale items, volume discounts, and gift certificates. -Salmon roe -Fred Provenza's book Nourishment -Fiber and Colon Health On A Well-Formulated Ketogenic Diet: New Insights Question Its Role As An Unconditional Requirement -The Kettle & Fire bone broth Ben drinks - Use code GREENFIELD for 10% off Additional resources/research from Dr. Paul Saladino:  -Curcumin Curcumin (No RCTs which show benefit, potential toxicity)   "The Dark Side of Curcumin" -Piperine   Curcuminoids inhibit multiple human cytochromes P450 (CYP), UDP- glucuronosyltransferase (UGT), and sulfotransferase (SULT) enzymes, while piperine is a relatively selective CYP3A4 inhibitor Impairment of UDP-glucose dehydrogenase and glucuronidation activities in liver and small intestine of rat and guinea pig in vitro by piperine Plant pesticides (claustogenicity of safrole[also in black pepper], caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, glucosinolates [sulforaphane precursors])   -Cyanogenic glycosides in food   Cyanogenic glycosides in plant-based foods available in New Zealand A Review of Cyanogenic Glycosides in Edible Plants No association with meat consumption and colorectal cancer in Asia   No association of saturated fat and animal protein with colorectal cancer -Fiber -Diverticulosis study (worsened with increased fiber) Low fiber no association with constipation, diverticulosis Removal leads to improvement in constipation Lack of benefit in adenoma recurrence  Lack of benefit colorectal adenoma/cancer in women (NEJM) Dietary fiber lack of benefit in japanese populations with low fat intake Lack of effect of cereal supplement Lack of effect of high fiber/low fat diet Associated increase adenoma recurrence when combined with isphagula/calcium Soluble fiber increases colon cancer in rodents Fiber does not increase alpha diversity -BHB and signalling/anti-aging mechanisms: Anti-Oxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Ketogenic Diet: New Perspectives for Neuroprotection in Alzheimer's Disease Ketone bodies as signaling metabolites β-hydroxybutyrate: Much more than a metabolite D-ß-hydroxybutyrate: an anti-aging ketone body Estrogenic properties of quercetin Effects of phyto-oestrogen quercetin on productive performance, hormones, reproductive organs and apoptotic genes in laying hens Dangers of excess omega-6 (especially from seed oils)   Centenarians and genetic advantage   Salicylates (coconut)   Removal of flavonoid containing foods results in improved markers of oxidative stress   Green Tea catechins at obtainable dosing connected with liver injury (rise in transaminases) Oxalate toxicity -Casomorphin: A naturally occurring opioid peptide from cow's milk, beta-casomorphine-7, is a direct histamine releaser in man -Methionine/glycine ratio: Effect of dietary glycine on methionine metabolism in rats fed a high-methionine diet Methionine restriction decreases mitochondrial oxygen radical generation and leak as well as oxidative damage to mitochondrial DNA and proteins Methionine and choline regulate the metabolic phenotype of a ketogenic diet -Ketogenic Diet Improves Lifespan: Epigenetic mechanisms underlying lifespan and age-related effects of dietary restriction and the ketogenic diet A Ketogenic Diet Extends Longevity and Healthspan in Adult Mice 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. https://getkion.com -Organifi Green Juice: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Use discount code “greenfield” at checkout and get a 20% discount on your entire order! organifi.com/ben -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 when you use discount code “beng” PLUS free shipping on any order over $99.   Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Paul or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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"The Food Babe" Says They're Feeding You Lies (How to Unravel the Food Industry's Playbook and Reclaim Your Health).
In her new book "Feeding You Lies: How to Unravel the Food Industry's Playbook and Reclaim Your Health", my guest on today's podcast, Vani Hari (AKA "The Food Babe") exposes the lies we've been told about our food--and takes readers on a journey to find healthy options. There's so much confusion about what to eat. Are you jumping from diet to diet and nothing seems to work? Are you sick of seeing contradictory health advice from experts? Just like the tobacco industry lied to us about the dangers of cigarettes, the same untruths, cover-ups, and deceptive practices are occurring in the food industry. Vani blows the lid off the lies we've been fed about the food we eat--lies about its nutrient value, effects on our health, label information, and even the very science we base our food choices on. In the book, she discusses: -How nutrition research is manipulated by food company funded experts... - How to spot fake news generated by Big Food... -The tricks food companies use to make their food addictive... -Why labels like "all natural" and "non-GMO" aren't what they seem and how to identify the healthiest food... -Food marketing hoaxes that persuade us into buying junk food disguised as health food... Vani Hari started FoodBabe.com in April 2011 to spread information about what is really in the American food supply. She teaches people how to make the right purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle, and how to travel healthfully around the world. The success in her writing and investigative work can be seen in the way food companies react to her uncanny ability to find and expose the truth. Impassioned by knowing how food affects health, Vani loves sharing her message on the blogosphere to 3 million unique readers across the globe. Vani convinced the biggest fast food chain in the world, Subway, to remove a controversial ingredient after receiving 50,000 signatures in 24 hours on her petition to the chain. After receiving tremendous attention on her posts about Chick-Fil-A, she was invited by the company's leadership to meet at its headquarters to consult on specific improvements to ingredients used by the national chain, which they later implemented. 7 months after Vani petitioned Kraft to remove harmful petroleum-based artificial food dyes from Mac & Cheese, Kraft responded by removing the dye from all products aimed at children. Other major food companies that have responded to her writings include Panera Bread, Whole Foods, Lean Cuisine, McDonalds, General Mills, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Chipotle, Yoforia, and Moe's South West Grill. Vani's activism brought national attention at the Democratic National Convention when she used her status as an elected delegate to protest in front of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on the issue of GMO labeling. Vani has been profiled in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, The Doctors Show, NBC News, Fox News and is a regular cooking contributor on NBC's Charlotte Today and food expert on CNN. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Inorganic phosphates (Pi), and their effects on physical performance...8:20 Here are the two studies Ben mentions: Phosphate Additives in Food—a Health Risk High-Phosphate Diet Induces Exercise Intolerance and Impairs Fatty Acid Metabolism in Mice Pi is used by the food industry to give processed foods a certain texture, add shelf life, etc. Adults with high Pi levels have a higher mortality rate: affects kidneys and other organs Study at Univ. of Texas: Pi lowered performance, Changed gene expression Higher level of Pi, the lower the physical activity Sodium phosphate is the most common ingredient used as a preservative -Insights into Vani's investigations into why foods are manufactured so differently in Europe vs. the U.S....12:15 Vani became aware of this when she noticed the ingredients in Kraft mac and cheese was very different in Europe than in the U.S. Started a petition to get Kraft to remove artificial food dyes in the U.S. U.K. requires warning label: "may cause adverse effects on activity and attention in children" Kraft decided to use natural ingredients rather than put on the warning label Chose to not do the same in the U.S. because the FDA doesn't require a warning label; it's simply cheaper. Natural ingredients look and taste the same as yellow #5 and #6 Every major American company does this Pepsi serves American version of its products with artificial preservatives; and one with plain sugar, beta kerotene, etc. in Europe It comes down to money: synthetic ingredients are cheaper French fries are vastly different in U.K. from the U.S. These chemicals go into many things, not just food The dangers of artificial flavors: FDA was recently sued by several non-profits because 7 ingredients were allowed to be used, that are linked to cancer in animal studies FDA banned the chemicals due to the lawsuit Found everywhere in candy They have 2 years to remove the chemicals FDA didn't require companies to tell the public which ingredients are the cancer causing ones Quaker Oats is allowed to write "strawberry" on the label and not actually add strawberries to the product Ketchup: [34:20] Heinz Ketchup Mark Sisson's Primal Ketchup U.K. gets just sugar and tomatoes, vinegar and spices U.S. gets GMO's and artificial preservatives We get exposed to genetically engineered corn that's been developed to withstand carcinogens -To what extent is the FDA involved in regulating the foods we buy at the grocery store, airport delis, etc...40:45 Common phrase: "Generally regarded as safe" Not mandatory to report to the FDA Americans are very trusting of their government to oversee, ensure what we eat is safe Food companies invent ingredients; Safety tested by the companies, FDA doesn't have the resources to check everything How is the FDA regulated? NRDC, watchdog organization WTF: Red dye #3 was banned in cosmetics, but not in maraschino cherries? GAO: Org that exists to submit claims with concerns about unsafe ingredients -Some of the common lies about ingredients we find on packaged food...47:30 Parmesan cheese had up to 13% cellulose added to it Sargento capitalized on new awareness, but in a deceitful way "Off the block" Read the ingredients, still using cellulose Former CEO of Whole Foods asked Vani for "next level" of package labeling trends Will see ingredients on front, vs. the back of packaging RX Bar: "No BS"... had "natural flavoring" on the back of the package Natural flavors can have multiple chemicals used "Incidental additives" -What concerns we should have if we buy all organic...55:36 Different levels of "organic" 100% - every ingredient is organic 95% - up to 5% non-organic allowed "Made with organic ingredients" - only 70% need to be organic Pesticides used on organic products Certified organic farm must use natural methods of controlling weeds before using pesticides Types of chemicals are tested Eating organic doesn't avoid pesticides; it does reduce the load on your body Beware of glyphosate -What does the diet look like for The Food Babe?...1:03:50 Avoid as many packaged and processed foods as possible Eat most meals at home Steel cut oatmeal w/ flax seeds, chia seeds, fruit Make a salad for lunch Dinner: 4 course meals -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Feeding You Lies: How to Unravel the Food Industry's Playbook and Reclaim Your Health -The latest two studies on inorganic phosphate: Number 1; and Number 2. -Primal Kitchen ketchup -Kion natural energy bars -Zach Bush's product "Restore" as an anti-glyphosate strategy -Marion Nestle's Amazon book page 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 “bgf10”. https://getkion.com -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! trusiih2.com/ben -Policy Genius: The easy way to shop and compare all your insurance needs. policygenius.com -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 purathrive.com/greenfieldketo Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Vani or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom.
Animal scientists have long considered domestic livestock to be too dumb to know how to eat right, but the lifetime research of animal behaviorist Fred Provenza and his colleagues has debunked this myth. Their work shows that when given a choice of natural foods, livestock have an astoundingly refined palate, nibbling through the day on as many as fifty kinds of grasses, forbs, and shrubs to meet their nutritional needs with remarkable precision. In his brand new book "Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom", Fred presents his thesis of the wisdom that links flavor-feedback relationships at a cellular level with biochemically rich foods to meet the body’s nutritional and medicinal needs. Provenza explores the fascinating complexity of these relationships as he raises and answers thought-provoking questions about what we can learn from animals about nutritional wisdom. What kinds of memories form the basis for how herbivores, and humans, recognize foods? Can a body develop nutritional and medicinal memories in utero and early in life? Do humans still possess the wisdom to select nourishing diets? Or, has that ability been hijacked by nutritional “authorities”? Consumers eager for a “quick fix” have empowered the multibillion-dollar-a-year supplement industry, but is taking supplements and enriching and fortifying foods helping us, or is it hurting us? On a broader scale Fred explores the relationships among facets of complex, poorly understood, ever-changing ecological, social, and economic systems in light of an unpredictable future. To what degree do we lose contact with life-sustaining energies when the foods we eat come from anywhere but where we live? To what degree do we lose the mythological relationship that links us physically and spiritually with Mother Earth who nurtures our lives? Provenza’s paradigm-changing exploration of these questions has implications that could vastly improve our health through a simple change in the way we view our relationships with the plants and animals we eat. Our health could be improved by eating biochemically rich foods and by creating cultures that know how to combine foods into meals that nourish and satiate. Provenza contends the voices of “authority” disconnect most people from a personal search to discover the inner wisdom that can nourish body and spirit. That journey means embracing wonder and uncertainty and avoiding illusions of stability and control as we dine on a planet in a universe bent on consuming itself. Fred Provenza is professor emeritus of Behavioral Ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. At Utah State, Provenza directed an award-winning research group that pioneered understanding of how learning influences foraging behavior and how behavior links soils and plants with herbivores and humans. Provenza is one of the founders of BEHAVE, an international network of scientists and land managers committed to integrating behavioral principles with local knowledge to enhance environmental, economic, and cultural values of rural and urban communities. The many awards he received for research, teaching, and mentoring are the creativity that flowed from warm professional and personal relationships with over 75 graduate students, post-doctoral students, visiting scientists, and colleagues. Along with colleagues, he authored over 250 publications in scientific journals and books. His first book was Foraging Behavior. He co-authored a second book with Michel Meuret, The Art & Science of Shepherding: Tapping the Wisdom of French Herders. In our podcast, we take a deep dive into all these questions and topics and many more, including: -How Fred got interested in studying animals and their nutritional habits...7:45 He was fascinated by all things having to do with nature from a very young age Led to studying wildlife biology at Colorado State U; worked on a ranch concurrently Ran the ranch after graduation for 2 years Led to Utah State studying for a grad degree Eating habits of goats contradicted conventional wisdom Book: Biochemical Individuality by Roger Williams -Biochemical individuality: what it is, and why it's important...10:48 There's no such thing as an "average animal" in regards to food selection Study on how animals "finished" eating... Total Mixed Ration: mixing ingredients together (5 total), versus offering them individually Animals with a choice on what to eat ate less than animals with no choice Gained weight, body composition was just as good Animals with no choice suffered over-ingestion 5 ingredients is not nearly as much as animals foraging in the wild No 2 animals selected the same combo of ingredients; nor the same food from day to day -How Clara Davis' studies on children over 100 years ago is similar to Fred's work today...17:38 Longest study ever done on human beings 6 years; performed on adopted children Choice of 34 different foods Allowed children to self-select their own diet "A body knows, will select what it needs." Eerily similar findings; as though they were plagiarizing her words Children with Rickets Disease chose cod liver oil, then stopped eating it when they were cured Article: Clara M. Davis and the wisdom of letting children choose their own diets -How nutritional wisdom is akin to three legs on a stool, where if one is broken, it won't work...23:38 Leg #1: Flavor feedback relationships Feedback changes "liking" as a function of need "Vitamin fortification" affects our innate desire for nutrient rich foods If someone is on a highly-processed diet, small amounts of nutrients is akin to the total mixed ration practice Energy gets packed away in the form of fat in our bodies Example of cows eating a 2 lb mixed mineral simply because they craved zinc in their system, which was in a small amount in the block of feed Leg #2: Wholesome alternatives Leg #3: Social and cultural considerations Role of mother to children is essential Babies' fetal taste system is fully functional during last trimester Learning about food world via amniotic fluid Mother's diet can influence flavor preferences of children Genes are being expressed as a function of the environment we experience -How to find the right diet if you come from an ethnic and genetic melting pot...37:40 Epigenetics: the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself. Very relevant to Fred's work Play the "long game" Establish and maintain a strong connection with your community, local environment and diet Our genes become linked to the local environment over time and generations Bison, elephants, etc. with extended families become linked to their environment When you break the linkages, it's very difficult to reestablish -Ancestral wisdom when it comes to pairing our foods...46:23 Book: "Life in the Rocky Mountains"by Warren Angus Ferriss When eating bison that were in good health, on a healthy diet, the taste was phenomenal; never got tired of eating it Grass fed isn't grass fed, isn't grass fed Plant diversity in animals will influence flavor and biochemical composition of meat and fat, with implications for the health of human beings Feed-lot diet: diverse mix of compounds vs. simple diet Quality of meat, fat, milk, etc. from an animal free range very different from one on a feed-lot -Synergy in diet, and when it's appropriate to supplement our diet with synthetic ingredients...50:40 Research paper: Food, not nutrients, is the fundamental unit in nutrition The more you focus on individual compounds, the more deleterious health effects go away Need to eat wholesome foods, grown in good conditions -What we can learn from animals when it comes to avoiding toxicity in our diets...1:00:40 Pay attention to cues in your body Animals have innate ability to limit intake to levels that don't cause toxicity Animals love to eat a variety of foods 50-75 species within one meal All plants they eat are potentially toxic Variety contains secondary compounds; reduces toxicity Sheep will eat new buds, but will taper off once they reach a phytochemical threshold induced by nausea -About John Hoxsey and the formula he developed to heal cancer Had a prized stallion that developed cancer Couldn't bring himself to shoot it Put it to pasture to live out his days Began eating plants it hadn't eaten before Eventually cancer goes away Started a series of research that led to his formula -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom -Biochemical Individuality by Roger Williams -Book: "Life in the Rocky Mountains"by Warren Angus Ferriss -Alder Springs Ranch -PHY906 as a Chinese treatment -Essiac tea -Book: The Art & Science of Shepherding: Tapping the Wisdom of French Herder by Fred Provenza and Michel Meuret -Book: Foraging Behavior by Fred Provenza Episode Sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount when you use discount “bgf10”. https://getkion.com  -Organifi Green Juice: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Use discount code “greenfield” at checkout and get a 20% discount on your entire order! organifi.com/ben -Pso Rite: The Pso-Rite is your 24/7 massage therapist when your body needs it the most. Get a 10% discount when you order your Pro-Rite using my link. https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/feelssoright  -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 when you use discount code “beng” PLUS free shipping on any order over $99.  birdwell.com Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Fred Provenza or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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The Ultimate Guide To Freediving, Legal Blood Doping, Wim Hof Breathing, Increasing Your Breathhold Time, Underwater Ear Equalizing, Spearfishing & Much More!
As I wrote about in my article entitled “How Breath-Holding, Blood-Doping, Shark-Chasing, Free-Diving & Ketosis Can Activate Your Body’s Most Primal Reflex.”, after reading the fascinating book "Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves" I hired (two years ago) a guy named Ted Harty, from Immersion Freediving in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to certify me in freediving so that I could learn how to spearfish. At over six feet tall and 230 solid pounds, Ted is a big, bold, loud, extroverted character. He looks like a boxer, and not like a guy who you’d expect to be diving at incredibly efficient oxygen capacity to depths deeper than most human beings have ever ventured. But it was Ted who was about to open my eyes to a whole new world of freediving, and who I spent nearly every waking hour of ninety-six hours of my life learning every possible closely-guarded breath-holding and deep-diving tactic. Ted began his underwater career in 2005, as a scuba instructor in the Florida Keys.  Over the years, Ted became a Scuba Schools International Instructor and a Professional Association of Diving Instructors Staff Instructor. But whenever Ted was on the boat and did not have students to take care of, he’d jump in with mask, fins and snorkel and play around on the reef, sans scuba equipment. As Ted highlights in this fascinating, quick video about his life: “Sometimes I’d have just five minutes to swim around without all of my scuba gear. I loved it. I could swim down to the sand at Sombrero Reef and hang out for a bit at 20 feet. I wanted more. I wanted to learn how to stay down longer and how to dive deeper.” So, in January of 2008, Ted took his first Performance Freediving International (PFI) course. “I couldn’t believe how little I knew about freediving at the time. As a scuba instructor I knew more about diving physiology than the average Joe, but quickly realized I knew nothing about freediving. At the start of the course I had a 2:15 breath-hold, but after just four days of training I did a five-minute hold! I couldn’t believe it was possible.” Next, Ted signed up for instructor-level courses at Performance Freediving. He was soon offered a job teaching with Performance Freediving, when he moved to Fort Lauderdale. Then, in 2009 Ted went to PFI’s annual competition. At the time, he was about a 80- to 90-foot freediver and weighed 230 pounds. He wasn’t in good shape at all, but after three weeks of training under the tutelage of world-reknowned freedivers Kirk Krack and Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, he did a 54 meter (177 -feet) freedive. “I was blown away by what I was capable of.” Ted spent a year working with Kirk and Mandy, while traveling around the country teaching the Intermediate Freediver program. Then, in 2010, a much more fit Ted went back to PFI’s annual competition. That year his new personal best was 213 feet, and currently he’s managed to up that to an impressive 279 feet. In June 2012, Ted was selected as the Team Captain for the US Freediving Team at the Freediving World Championships, and in 2013 he attained PFI Advanced Instructor and PFI Instructor Trainer, becoming the first and only PFI independent instructor to receive this rating. Oh yeah, and Ted also holds the record for hypoxic underwater swimming in the pool, having done 7 full lengths (175 meters) without a single breath.  But most impressive? Ted has anemia. This means his blood can’t deliver oxgyen as efficiently to his muscles and brain as most of the world’s population. This means he has a blood hematocrit level of 34, easily 1/3 less than most athletes. This is a condition that would leave most folks huffing and puffing for air after climbing a flight of stairs. Obviously, anemia hasn’t stopped Ted. In our last podcast, which you can listen to here, Ted and I covered: -Why being cold and cold water can actually inhibit your ability to hold your breath… -How to use static apnea tables to enhance your ability to tolerate high levels of CO2 and low levels of O2… -Why training your mammalian dive reflex is so useful, even if you have zero desire to do long breathholds or freediving competition… -Why you should avoid hyperventilation and “blowing off CO2” prior to a breath hold… -The difference between Ted's breathing techniques and Wim Hof's breathing techniques… -And much more... Today Ted is back, and we take a deep dive (pun intended) into: -What happens to the body during free diving...8:30 Similar effects as yoga Alter how you breathe Interact with marine life Stress release -What is the "mammalian dive reflex" and why we would want to activate it...11:56 Genetically coded in every human on the planet Dolphins, seals, whales possess the mammalian dive reflex We all have it, but at different levels depending on experience Several components: Bradycardia; Body lowers demand for oxygen Fingers, toes constrict Pee reflex - peripheral extremities constrict We don't have conclusive data on how free diving affects HRV and the vagus nerve The connection between the spleen and breath holding/free diving Another component of the mammalian dive reflex Simply holding one's breath on dry land compresses the spleen Legal blood doping In elite athletes, holding breath compresses spleen; an ordinary person, not so much In free diving, your body become more accustomed to these changes Large amounts of blood circulate through the spleen; compressing it leads to large release of red blood cells Breath holds in the sauna activate the spleen; not the same effects as diving -Other benefits of free diving...24:07 Overall well-being How can drowning and suffocating be relaxing? A: You don't feel that way People swear by its efficacy Comparable to training to lose weight Any studies on how much calories are lost during free diving It's absolutely exhausting Generating body heat Study: 1,100 calories burned per hour Breath work wouldn't translate to burning calories Glycogen sparing effect Ketones increase ability to hold breath -Other ways we're able to increase breath hold time...29:40 Take a bigger breath Diaphragm, chest, shoulders, neck Flexibility of rib cage determines the size of your breath "Sipping" -What an apnea table is, and the difference between Co2 and O2 apnea...36:30 Table: series of breath holds How you can breathe up for How long you can breathe for Learn to tolerate low levels of oxygen; CO2 levels rising Carbon dioxide table: breathe up for 2 minutes; hold breath for 2 minutes... Wonka table You want higher Co2 levels Hyper ventilating discards Co2 faster than anything Sit on couch, hold breath You'll feel contraction, start stopwatch; deal with discomfort for 15 seconds Take one breath Go to the bathroom before doing this! Would you do a table while exercising? No, but you can incorporate breath exercises into your training Risk of blacking out; do on seated equipment Book: The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown Book: The Power of Your Breath by Anders Olsson -What kind of breath work one would do in between dives to maintain maximum breath hold time...49:00 Remember diaphragmatic breathing Only thing you should feel moving is your stomach moving out and in We're all chest breathers Control, be conscious of your breathing vs. not thinking about it -Why the valsalva breathing technique is not optimal for free diving...52:52 Pinch and blow: equalize your ears Can use valsalva scuba diving Frenzel technique Pinch your nose. Fill your mouth up with a little bit of air. Close the epiglottis. Move the soft palate to the neutral position. Use the tongue as a piston and push air towards the back of your throat. Valsalva is optimal for scuba diving as you dive head first; air rises Frenzel is optimal for free diving because you dive head first; opposite of scuba diving -A demonstration of the Frenzel breathing technique...58:00 -Similarities and differences between Ted's breathing technique and Wim Hof's...1:02:15 Hof's methods are good for cold therapy, not necessarily breath holding Hyperventilation increases risk for blackout Drastically lowers Co2 levels Carbon dioxide levels trigger urge to breathe Physically reduces amount of oxygen available to your body Bore effect: When we hold our breath, our blood becomes more acidic; changes ph levels Hyperventilating increases strength of the bond between hemoglobin and oxygen If strength of bond too high, oxygen molecule can't be used as fuel Hyperventilating initially increases ability to hold breath, but there's the risk of blackout -Exercise and stretching regimens specific to free divers...1:13:00 Paradox: Free divers train a lot, which leads to high metabolism, which you don't want as a free diver There is no set regimen on how to craft the "perfect free diver" Problem seeking to solve is very complicated Similar to training cyclists would undergo Diaphragmatic stretching is critical - Ted gives demonstration -Some of the courses Ted teaches online...1:26:00 FreeDivingSafety.com -And Much More... Resources from this episode: -Click here to see all of Ted's courses, including how to equalize, how to take a 20-30% bigger breath, how to freedive safely, and much more! -Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves -The OURA ring - Save $50 with code: GREENFIELDOURA -The WHOOP wristband -Spleen volume and blood flow response to repeated breath-hold apneas. -CO2 and O2 apnea tables -The Wonka table -The Oxygen Advantage book by Patrick McKeown -The Power Of Breath -My podcast with Laird Hamilton about underwater workouts -FreeDivingSafety.com Episode Sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for all things having to do with health and wellness. You can get 10% off your entire order when you use discount code "bgf10" at checkout. -JOOVV: Everything from enhanced muscle recovery to increased sexual performance to improved skin health, and much more. After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. 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How To Use Precision Medicine To Enhance Athletic Performance, Defy Aging, Balance Hormones, Fix The Heart & Much More.
"The good physician treats the disease. The great physician treats the patient." - Sir William Osler You deserve better than the broken, assembly-line medical system. The world deserves the optimized version of you. We can get you there. So claim my guests on today's show, Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin of Wild Health, with physical locations in Versailles, Kentucky and Bend, Oregon. Dr. Matt Dawson is a precision medicine physician in Lexington, KY and co-host of the Wild Health podcast. Dr. Dawson 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. He 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. He 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, Oregon who is obsessed with health performance and precision medicine and is co-founder of the Wild Health podcast. He completed medical school in South Carolina, and trained in Emergency Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah where he competed in several ultramarathons and found his love for the mountains and performance. Mike currently practices in Bend, Oregon and Lexington, Kentucky in his precision medicine clinic. He is also co-founder of the Ultrasound Podcast, an educational podcast that has taught thousands of physicians all over the world how to use ultrasound, as well as Wild Health, his newest podcast focusing on health performance and longevity. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Dr. Dawson played two sports in college despite possessing "minimal talent"...8:55 Received two scholarships: tennis and soccer Became obsessed with performance; auto-didact Focused on helping others optimize their fitness and performance goals Ben had to figure out ways to train to overcome physical limitations in college - first foray into biohacking -The story behind the founding of Wild Health...13:05 Met 12 years ago, residency in Salt Lake City Interested in personal health for performance; competed with each other Became interested in genomics trying to fix Dr. Mallin's cholesterol numbers, which were very high Extremely high LDL; over 300 Used epidemiology; lots of guess work. Frustrated with conventional methods Saw need for adding genomic and microbiome data into the treatment Began studying "precision medicine" Treat patients primarily in person, in their respective clinics Data is important, but focus on a relationship, know patient's lifestyle, etc. -What the heck is "precision medicine"...17:45 First and foremost: not treating a patient as a statistic What may be true for a "population" may not necessarily be true for an individual Two individuals with the same problem (ex. insufficient Vitamin D) may require completely different treatments -Machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence used in precision medicine...20:10 Closest we can come to that at the moment is the human brain Difficulty in obtaining accurate data is in lifestyle factors Great potential; Onegevity (listen to my podcast) has great potential but too many variables Is there a "gold standard" test that Drs. Mallin and Dawson use on their patients Varies with each individual according to their needs and specific situation/lifestyle -Strategies Drs. Mallin and Dawson recommend in terms of athletic performance optimization...24:15 Depends on the individual Some need more recovery time than others Genetic tests to determine power vs. endurance Focus on doing what people like to do Optimize sleep: oura ring, Elite athletes, exercise enthusiasts Won't change based on genetic data Focus on overtraining by using data to educate them appropriately Can better identify a power vs. endurance approach with someone who is more passive in their regimen What Matt's daily exercise regimen looks like: Sauna: near infrared light, meditation (20 minutes) 90 lb. kettlebell; short sets (20 minutes) Reading (20 minutes Short, compressed exercise much more efficacious than a long run, long sets of strenuous activity HRV, breath work, -How Drs. Mallin and Dawson approach cognitive performance, as well as dementia and Alzheimers...36:50 Start with genetic testing Alzheimers easier to treat before symptoms start If you have apoe4 gene, you're 3-15x more likely to have Alzheimers; earlier onset There are ways to treat Alzheimers with the right data at hand Healthy diet, sleep, detoxification Book: The End of Alzheimer's by Dr. Dale Bredesen P Gingivalis The Fortune magazine article on BMAA -How Drs. Mallin and Dawson approach longevity and anti-aging...43:30 Ultimate hack: find an ancient practice (like fasting) that simulates a modern day compound like rapamycin or metformin Spermidine Results from studies on athletes who take compounds like metformin? What about stem cells... Proceed with caution. Possible if a patient has major health issues. Educate them and let them make the decision they believe is best PulseCenter PEMF -Drs. Mallin and Dawson's personal nutrition regimen...50:15 TianChi for Ashwagandha Reduces blood sugar level Increasing testosterone and fertility KSM 66 How do you measure for testosterone? 5 days of taking a supplement to getting to a "steady state" Test once per month Joovv Light Multi-modal approach First step: test for imbalance; then adjust lifestyle before supplementation DUTCH test: Key for women, not as much for men So much fluctuation of estrogen during the cycle More efficacious than single-serum test Listen to my podcast on the DUTCH test -What about cardiovascular health...59:11 Primary interventions - diet, lifestyle - help with 80% of cure 3 areas to focus on: Inflammation Endothelial dysfunction High LDL particle count Treat based on the reason for the problem; not because there's a problem The Insulin Of The Heart: A Little-Known Seed Extract That May Be The Future Panacea For Heart Disease. -How Drs. Mallin and Dawson go about identifying the perfect diet for people... They're both on very different diets Use genomics to figure out predispositions Weston A. Price Start with what the person likes; the "perfect diet" is useless if people don't adhere to it. -About the Kentucky Castle, and upcoming event where Ben will be speaking...1:09:13 -And much more! Special Announcements: - Kentucky Castle Event: On April 6, 2019, Drs. Dawson and Mallin will show you the science of how to look at your genetics and personalize every life decision to what your body will respond best to. Ben Greenfield will share his vast knowledge of nutrition and exercise science to help you figure out how to hack your biology and get the most out of the genetics you were born with. This will happen at the amazing Kentucky Castle. Interactive discussions and presentations will take place from 9am - 1pm on April 6th. Then everyone will take a field trip to Keeneland to watch the sport of kings, thoroughbred horse racing, at the most beautiful race track in the world. After the festivities we'll return to the castle for a feast in the evening and dinner with Ben Greenfield and Drs. Dawson and Mallin. There they'll answer your specific questions about genomics, personalized medicine, the microbiome, or any other questions you have. Registration is very limited, so click here to register now. -Retreat in the Swiss Alps: Join Ben Greenfield and Robyn Openshaw, aka The Green Smoothie Girl, for an immersive health retreat in the Swiss Alps! At this 2019 liver detox and R&R at the beautiful Swiss Mountain Clinic (formerly Paracelsus al Ronc) in the Italian quarter of Switzerland, you will stay on-site and receive diagnostics and treatments from the best doctors of biological medicine, to detox your liver and your soul. Plus you're going to have a wonderful time hiking, sightseeing and enjoying one of the most beautiful places in the world. Click here for more information. Spots are extremely limited! -Runga in Napa Valley: In September and October this year, people from all over the world will come together at a pristine property nestled on the ridge between Napa and Sonoma Valley, for one of the most immersive wellness experiences in the world. Guests spend four days connecting with each other and themselves, while learning and applying practices that are at the forefront of wellness and longevity. This is the RUNGA Immersion. Click here for more information. To keep up with all of Ben's upcoming public events, just visit the official Ben Greenfield Fitness Calendar. Resources from this episode: -Precision Medicine -My podcast on Onegevity Health -Book: End Of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen -The Fortune magazine article on BMAA -Reversal of Cognitive Decline: 100 Patients -A1 vs. A2 protein -PulseCenter PEMF -TianChi for Ashwagandha -JOOVV light -Oura ring -My podcast on the DUTCH test -The Insulin Of The Heart: A Little-Known Seed Extract That May Be The Future Panacea For Heart Disease. Episode Sponsors: -Kion: The Daily Life Bundle contains Ben and Team Kion's go to, everyday essentials: Kion Bars, Coffee, Aminos and Kion Lean. Use discount code "bgf10" and receive 10% off your order. -Trusii: Boost energy; increase focus; upgrade immunity; enhance fitness. All with hydrogen-rich water from Trusii. Use discount code "ben" and receive 30% off your order. -Zip Recruiter: The smartest way to hire. Use my link and try Zip Recruiter for FREE! -Marc Pro: Helps you recover right and keep your body healthy, so you can do the things you love now without paying for it later. Use discount code "ben" to receive 10% off your order. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Dawson, Dr. Mallin or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
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Altitude Training, Red Blood Cells & Shellfish: Are Clams The Next Big Performance Enhancing Supplement?
When it comes to nutrition benefits, clams are interesting creatures. For example, they are a well known as a source of iron.  There are two types of iron - heme and non-heme iron. Heme-iron is more bioavailable, which means it is better absorbed and can be utilized by the body. Clams have both versions of iron, and a 3-ounce serving of clams can provide up to 24 mg of iron. But they are an excellent source of: - Omega-3 fatty acids - Protein - Vitamin A - Niacin - Potassium - Thiamin - Calcium - Thiamine - Folate - Choline - Magnesium - Sodium - Iron - Vitamin B12 - Selenium -Manganese -Vitamin C -Copper - Phosphorus -Riboflavin - Zinc - Vitamin E - Vitamin B6 - Vitamin K The list goes on and on...and my guest on today's show, Craig Dinkel - a supplement formulator, ultra-endurance athlete, altitude specialist and much more - has managed to study and harness the power of clams. On today's show we take a deep dive into clams, his new Altifuel supplement, and much, much more. During our discussion, you'll learn: -About Craig's adventure on the Hardest Hike in America (which we talked about his last time on the podcast)...4:30 Along the Sierra High route; At altitude (9-12k feet); 33 mountain passes Takes over 3 weeks to finish Pack ultra-light everything Big mistake: Bought ultra-light backpack Not designed to carry as much weight. Excess weight caused strain on lower back and glutes Get the weight higher up (mid-back or higher) Decided to pull out the 3rd day - potentially dangerous situation -Why Craig initially sought the health benefits of clams...19:20 Desiccated liver extract powder great for high-altitude events Clams have highest amount of iron and Vitamin B12 available Clams are a more potent version of the desiccated liver -Concerns about the level of contaminants found in clams...23:45 Use wild, farm-raised clams Small serving (3 oz.) of clams contain 1500% of daily iron intake Heme vs. non-heme iron Great source of minerals High amount of Omega 3 and Vitamin K2 -What Craig combines clams with to get the highest level of efficacy...30:30 Cordyceps, rhodiola, ginkgo biloba Rhodiola crenulata vs. Rosea Maintains sodium pulmonary transport in the body Helps reverse altitude sickness AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness Cordyceps - Oxygen producing capabilities with poly saccharides Why not add blue-green AFA to his ingredients... Strong nootropic effect Helps with muscle recovery Wanted most powerful source to work with blood development; clams superior. Have to pick and choose what you think is the best -Best practices for taking the capsules...43:00 Find lowest dose for highest impact -And much more... Resources from this episode:  -Kifaru backpacks -Altifuel supplement with clam option and liver option -Biotropic Labs  -My previous episodes with Craig Dinkel: Shattering World Swim Records On 25-Piece Fried Chicken Buckets, Climbing Mountains While Eating Defatted, Vegan, Grass-Fed, Argentinian Liver Anhydrate & Much More. Recovery For Aging Athletes, Cross-Patterning, A New Kind Of High Intensity Interval Training, An Oxygen Boosting Supplement Called “Oxcia” & More! A Potent Pre-Sauna Stack, How To Cleanse Your Blood Before Bed, 700%+ Endurance Increases, The Best Supplements For Altitude Performance & Much More With Craig Dinkel of Biotropic Labs. The Hardest Hike In America, How To Train & Eat For Altitude, Dangerous Ingredients In Supplements & More With Craig Dinkel of Biotropic Labs. Episode Sponsors: -Kion: The Recovery Bundle Contains Kion Flex, Kion Aminos Tablet, LivingFuel SuperEssentials® Omega 3EDA+. Use discount code "bgf10" and receive 10% off your order. -Organifi Red: A “Tart-Sweet” Custom Brew With The HOTTEST Fat Melting And “Skin-Firming” Superfoods In The World. Use code "greenfield" at checkout and receive 20% off your order. -Purathrive: Stay in ketosis, shred fat off your body, experience sustained energy throughout the day… and… break through plateaus to reach the next level that once felt out of reach. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Craig or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
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Is Metformin Really Dangerous, Little-Known Peptides For Muscle Gain & Fat Loss, Testosterone Replacement Therapy & Much More!
Is metformin really as dangerous as it's been made out to be? What are the best peptides to use for muscle gain, fat loss and cognition? How can you get started with testosterone optimization therapy? I answer all these questions and many more in this podcast with Jay Campbell, a Champion Men’s Physique Competitor and the best selling author of the Testosterone Optimization Bible and of The Definitive Testosterone Replacement Therapy Manual: How to Optimize Your Testosterone for Lifelong Health and Happiness... (along with a host of other books linked to in the resources section below). As a 17 year TRT patient, Jay is a master at manipulating and tweaking the human endocrine system to optimize performance and health. He has experience working with thousands of men and women in optimizing their nutrition, exercise, fitness and fat loss. Jay makes it his personal mission to affect positive and rapid change in each and every client who enters the mastermind program. During our absolutely epic discussion, you'll discover: -Jay's daily routine and why he eats only 3 days per week... Metformin Armour Desiccated Thyroid Lion's Mane Curcumin, turmeric, Protein powder, MCT oil Practice intermittent fasting if you're not fast-adapted or want to lose weight The cold-filtration whey isolate Jay recommends... 70% of people have some sort of response (allergic or otherwise) to whey protein True Nutrition  Ben has used Mt. Capra  Cold filtration similar to micro-filtration for wine Thorne Mediclear  -Jay's response to Ben's concerns about the use of Metformin... Mitochondrial dysfunction 2 studies by Dr. Chandler Mars Morbidly obese diabetics using a disproportionate amount of Metformin "Life extension dose" varies due to body size, ancestry, etc. Jay has used Metformin for 17 years Lactic Acidosis: studies done on samples not representative of the population Gastric issues are a result of Metformin cleaning up microbiota Subsides as the biome becomes used to Metformin Metformin protects the brain and cleans vascular pathways -How to go about getting Metformin... Tell your doctor you want it because it's cardio-protective, prevents cancer and is believed to stop the progress of neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers It's also very affordable inhousepharmacy.vu -Whether Berberine should be used, and if so, as an alternative or a supplement to Metformin... Berberine is similar to Metformin, but isn't as regulated and is much more expensive Berberine doesn't have a good reputation among people in the know Metformin is the most studied drug in the world (because of diabetes) -Jay's favorite peptides and what to look for when choosing a peptide for yourself... Peptides are a great option for an aging man or woman to slow down aging process, increase sleep, etc. Ipamorelin (GHRP) Highest efficacy if combined with a growth hormone Best peptide for women by far Neanderthal genes Quercetin Tesamorelin FDA approved; created by Merck Created for HIV positive men for lipo dystrophy Extremely expensive Highly effective in eliminating body fat Peptide fact sheet from Tailor Made Compounding Sermorelin is useless PeptideSciences Semax as a nootropic BP 157 Jay doesn't like: Ibutamoren GHRP 2 or 6 -Why Jay is taking Armour Thyroid... Thyroid synergistic with hormones and testosterone Desiccated Thyroid: Combo of T3 and T4 -Rapid fire questions on testosterone... Is there a risk of cardio vascular health if one supplements their testosterone? If a man is a "metabolic emergency," potential for an incident; because of that person's compromised health Testosterone is cardio protective; beneficial for the heart for someone in good health TRT as a nootropic Testosterone increases dopamine signaling Feeling of "well-being" Improves working memory Once you start using it, do you have to be on it for life? Yes, but the individual's environment is vital What's the best delivery mechanism? Transscrotal application (absorbed 8x better in the scrotum skin) What are you taking with testosterone to mitigate the downstream side effects? World Link Medical You need testosterone to aromatize into estrogen to confer the protective effects to your biological system You'd never want to take an aromatase inhibitor What should you be looking for in reference ranges, and what should you be monitoring when you're on testosterone? -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Jay's recent roundtable on peptides -Jay's TRT Revolution podcast -Jay's book: "Guaranteed Shredded" -Men's Health Optimization Bundle -Ultimate Fat Loss Bundle -Jay's Facebook video about metformin -Cold filtered whey protein -Thorne Mediclear -Kion energy bar -True Nutrition whey protein -My article on the dangers of metformin -Jay's article on the benefits of metformin -Jay's Facebook video on metformin -Metformin Alters Microbiota, Improving Insulin Sensitivity -Metformin Alters Gut Microbiota of Healthy Mice: Implication for Its Potential Role in Gut Microbiota Homeostasis -Goat's Rue herb tea -Extended release metformin from Inhouse pharmacy -Berberine -Kion Lean -T.S. Wiley's book: Lights Out - Sleep, Sex & Survival -My podcast on testosterone optimization from A4M in Vegas -2020 A4M in Vegas -Ben's peptide article: How To Use Growth Hormone Stacks For A Better Body: Everything You Need To Know About IGF-LR3, GHRP, and GHRH Peptide Stacks. -Peptide fact sheet from Tailor Made Compounding -Ben's article "Should You Get Growth Hormone Injections (And Will GH or IGF-1 Increase Your Cancer Risk)?" -Thorne Quercetin -Dr. Seed's oral BPC-157 (use ode BEN for 15% off entire product line) -PeptideSciences -Semax -Testosterone for depression -Amazon version of the Testosterone Optimization Bible -Pharmacokinetics of testosterone cream applied to scrotal skin. -My podcast with Anthony Jay - Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile. -The DUTCH Hormone Panel -DirectLabs -Zach Bush's Restore Other notes from Jay: -Metformin Study: Mitochondrial Dysfunction  -This was on a thoroughly compromised patient population group of Morbidly Obese Diabetics who were using anywhere from 6-9 grams of Metformin per day. If you do further searches, it’s actually the opposite. Metformin reverses Mitochondrial Dysfunction. There are many, many others. -Metformin Study: Lactic Acidosis - The fear of this condition happening was based on a study from the 40s (still attempting to find it) also in a massively compromised patient cohort. These patients were in end-stage renal failure and also obese and diabetic. We must be mindful that correlation does not equate to causation. All of these linked studies show that Lactic Acidosis rarely happens if ever in normal patients population groups. Check them here, here and here.  Elevated plasma metformin concentrations (as occur in individuals with renal impairment) and a secondary event or condition that further disrupts lactate production or clearance (e.g., cirrhosis, sepsis, or hypoperfusion), are typically necessary to cause metformin-associated lactic acidosis (MALA). As these secondary events may be unpredictable and the mortality rate for MALA approaches 50%, metformin has been contraindicated in moderate and severe renal impairment since its FDA approval in patients with normal renal function or mild renal insufficiency to minimize the potential for toxic metformin levels and MALA. However, the reported incidence of lactic acidosis in clinical practice has proved to be very low (<10 cases per 100,000 patient-years).” Metformin Study: Gastric Issues (Nausea, Flatulence, Gut Discomfort etc) -This happens only to people who won’t clean up their shitty diet. Because Metformin is working directly on cleansing the microbiota. All of these studies show Metformin’s action on the Microbiota. Check the studies here, here and here.  “Metformin, the most frequently administered medication to treat patients with type 2 diabetes, has only recently been suggested to alter gut microbiota composition through the increase in mucin-degrading Akkermansia muciniphila, as well as several SCFA-producing (short-chain fatty acid) microbiota. The gut microbiota of participants on metformin has exerted alterations in gut metabolomics with increased ability to produce butyrate and propionate, substances involved in glucose homeostasis. Thus, metformin appears to affect the microbiome, and an individual's metformin tolerance or intolerance may be influenced by their microbiome” Episode Sponsors: -Kion: The Clean Energy Bar is Kion’s satisfying, nutrient-dense, real-food energy bars with a delicious chocolate coconut flavor! Use discount code "bgf10" and get 10% off your order. -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. Use discount code "ben" at checkout and get a cool bonus gift with your order! -Thrive Market: Your Favorite Organic Foods and Products. Up to 50% Off. Delivered to Your Door. Order through my link and get 25% off your first order plus a free 30 day trial of Thrive Market's subscription program.   -PSO-RITE:  The PSO-RITE is your 24/7 massage therapist when your body needs it the most. Use discount code "ben10" to get a 10% discount off your order! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jay or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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Building Muscle On A Ketogenic Diet, Little-Known Keto Mistakes, The Best Supplements For A Ketogenic Diet & Much More!
There are a lot of nasty secrets about the ketogenic diet that too many people are completely unaware of. It can cause the buildup of a wide variety of nutritional deficits…   It can cause chronic inflammation…   It can create an imbalance in omega fatty acids…   It can exhaust your body's glycogen stores…   But in my podcast episode with four time repeat guest Thomas DeLauer,  you'll discover how to mitigate these issues and how to do a ketogenic diet the right way.   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 auto-immune 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! In this discussion, you'll discover: -How the ketogenic diet can be used to build, or at least spare, muscle mass...9:12 Rather than losing muscle, you're most likely losing intercellular water Lower levels of insulin mean the kidneys expel more water You'll lose glycogen at the beginning of the keto diet, then regain as you adapt to the diet Can see the effects in a very short period of time (24 hours or less) When you have beta hydroxybutyrate, there's a decrease in urinary nitrogen excretion compared to carb-rich diet Leucine gets oxidized more slowly; promotes protein synthesis (muscle sparing) The stimulus of weight training is critical -Whether the metabolic rate decreases while on the keto diet...19:40 Metabolic rate decreases in a long-term calorie deficit (3+ weeks) Studies show a small decline in Triiodothyronine (T3) while on keto diet; no change at all in T4 The metabolism of glucose takes a significant amount of T3 Less glucose intake = less T3 Importance of "refeeding" while on calorie restriction -How ketosis affects glycogen storage...27:00 When you become "fat-adapted" (your mitochondria becomes efficient at utilizing the fat) your body preferentially uses ketones Your body reserves the glycogen to be used only when needed -Some of the most common mistakes people make while on the ketogenic diet...38:30 Being concerned with eating "too much protein" You'll always have a glucose demand; same with carbs Brain cannot run on pure ketones Body allocates specific sugars for brain activity If you overeat on protein, worst you can do is eat too many calories Once you get very fat-adapted, the skeletal muscle has the ability to shortcut the ketones production process MCT has been shown to trigger metabolic increase Fats people use to get into ketosis Heavy dairy Omega 6's "Keto Wall": 90 days good results, then hit a wall Pay attention to inflammatory level of fatty acids Pay attention to "grass finished" vs. "grass fed" The fish oil conundrum Algal oil  -Parting thoughts...1:08:05 How Thomas measures ketones: Keto Mojo meter Keyto Levl Resources from this episode: -Purathrive Keto Support Supplement designed by Thomas - 15% discount is automatically included at checkout.   -Study: Very-low-carbohydrate diets and preservation of muscle mass   -Study: Energy expenditure and body composition changes after an isocaloric ketogenic diet in overweight and obese men.   -Kion Essential Amino Acids (EAA's)   -My article on how to track ketones and glucose   -KetoMoJo    -Keyto   -Levl   Episode Sponsors: -Kion: Kion is your ultimate source for everything you need to achieve peak performance, look amazing, defy aging and live an adventurous, fulfilling, joyful and limitless life. 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394: Does Cholesterol Go Up On A Ketogenic Diet (& Is That Bad?), How To Maintain Focus During Long Workouts, Testosterone & Your Prostate & Much More.
Q&A Episode 394 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 [8:05] Good way to naturally increase your NAD levels: Interesting implications for recovery: The Effects of Quercetin Supplementation on Eccentric Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Everybody seems to be into Exosomes these days, but fact is, you can consume them in the form of wild plants, and they help your biome and possibly other health markers too. Read more here. Is sunscreen the new margarine?  For goodness sake, don’t consume vegetable oil and then go out in the sun. *Here is the Thorne Quercetin Ben recommends **This is the EcoMeditation Ben talks about in the intro.  ***Book: Mind To Matter ****Book: The Kaufman Protocol You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on Twitter.com/BenGreenfield, Instagram.com/BenGreenfieldFitness, Facebook.com/BGFitness, BenGreenfieldFitness.com/Snapchat, and Google+. Special Announcements [38:40] This podcast is brought to you by: -Kion: The Kion Aminos provides building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. Now available in the delicious Berry flavor. Use discount code "BGF10" for a 10% discount on your order. -Clearlight Saunas: Advanced technology, for your good health. See why jacuzzi saunas by Clearlight Infrared are unsurpassed. Use discount code "bengreenfield" and receive $500 off your order along with some free gifts as a bonus! -Trusii: The Most Powerful H2 Tablets, Period. H2Now delivers over 15ppm H2-infused water in seconds to Neutralize Inflammation, Heal Your Cells, Boost Your Performance and Recovery, and Restore Optimal Health. Save 30% off your order when you use my link. -Click here to follow Ben on Snapchat , and get ready for some epic stories about his morning, day and evening routine!  Ben's Adventures: [42:37] – February 22-24, 2019: CalJam: The Rebel Yell Tour. California Jam combines a TED talk format with a rock n’ roll show in-between! The driving objective of the event is to get attendees up to date on chiropractic research, scientific studies, and useful practice management strategy. The hope is that attendees bring all they learn at Cal Jam back to their communities to implement real, rippling change. Get your tickets here before the prices go up! – April 3-7, 2019: The Kentucky Castle. Ben Greenfield will share his vast knowledge of nutrition and exercise science to help you figure out how to hack your biology and get the most out of the genetics you were born with. This will happen at the amazing Kentucky Castle. Interactive discussions and presentations will take place from 9am - 1pm on April 6th. – April 12-13, 2019: FitCon Summit, Salt Lake City, Utah. FitCon® encourages everyone to Find Their Fit. It does not matter whether it is powerlifting, Crossfit, bodybuilding, roller derby, or even axe throwing. Be sure to visit the Kion booth in the expo! Register here and use code BEN50 for $50 off! – April 26 – 28, 2019: Paleo f(x) Conference, Austin, Texas. Join me, staff from my company, Kion, and the rest of your tribe at Paleo f(x)™ 2019, the largest gathering of Paleo / ancestral health / keto / functional medicine / strength & conditioning experts in the world… see everything you'll get out of this enriching, enlightening event. Besides, April is a wonderful time of year to visit Austin, TX….Get your tickets here. – June 23 – July 7, 2019: European Detox Retreat, Paracelsus al Ronc, Switzerland. At this 2019 liver detox and R&R at the beautiful Swiss Mountain Clinic (formerly Paracelsus al Ronc) in the Italian quarter of Switzerland, you will stay on-site and receive diagnostics and treatments from the best doctors of biological medicine to detox your liver and your soul. Plus you're going to have a wonderful time hiking, sightseeing and enjoying one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here's the link to more info. *this event is sold out, waitlist is available -View the Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Calendar Here Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. 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! ------------------------------------------ Listener Q&A As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick. How To Maintain Focus During Long Workouts [44:30] Tom says: "I'm preparing for an ultra marathon (264 miles) in Wales this May. I will most likely do it without a support crew. There will be sleep stations at miles 80, 140, and 200 and I plan to take advantage of these. What tips do you have to prepare myself for the inevitable cognitive decline that accompanies events of this nature?" In my response, I recommend: -Amino acids to stave off central nervous system fatigue -No-doze caffeine + L-theanine + TianChi + nicotine (what I did during the Kokoro event you can read about here) -My "How To Get Into Ketosis" podcast  -Kion Aminos Does Cholesterol Go Up On A Ketogenic Diet (& Is That Bad?) [56:55] Glenn says: I'm a 60 year old man. I went to a paleo diet about 5 years ago. I recently tried the keto diet and everything seems off. My cholesterol and LDL skyrocketed. My triglycerides are low, my blood sugar is low, my CRP is low. So was I better off on paleo? In my response, I recommend: -Dave Feldman's CholesterolCode.com -My podcast with Karim Dhanani on genetic testing Is Testosterone Bad For Your Prostate [1:10:20] Hi Ben, my husband and I are interested in red light therapy for enhancing the sexual experience. However, my husband read an article that linked increased testosterone with bph, or enlarged prostate. My husand has mild bph. What are your thoughts on that? In my response, I recommend: -Risks of testosterone replacement therapy in men -32 different ways to increase testosterone podcast 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! -----------------------------------------------------
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Can Plant-Rich Keto Cure Cancer, Clearing Up Collagen Confusion, Peanut Butter Flavored Bone Broth & Much More!
Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, chiropractic physician and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by empowering them to use nutrition to fuel their health. He operates one of the world’s largest health websites at DrAxe.com, which has over 17 million visitors a month looking for healthy recipes, herbal remedies, nutrition and fitness advice, and information on essential oils and natural supplements. He is also the co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, which provides protein powders, holistic supplements, vitamins, essential oils and more to the modern world. Dr. Axe is an expert in functional medicine, digestive health and herbal remedies and founded one of the largest functional medicine clinics in the world, in Nashville, TN, and served as a physician for many professional athletes. J osh just published his brand new book Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain Health, and Reverse Disease. During this episode, we dive into the book, and more, including... -The heartwarming story behind how Dr. Axe got into natural healing...7:50 Mother diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 Conventional treatments were not effective Antidepressants, thyroid drugs; chronic fatigue Ten years later, diagnosed with lung cancer Decided to treat it naturally for 6 months; if it doesn't work, so be it Did extensive research; sought validation from doctors "Keto meets Gerson therapy" Spoken affirmations Horseback riding After 4 months, cancer was nearly gone Article: How My Mother Survived Stage-4 Breast Cancer There's no one size fits all diet, but certain principles can apply to most people Chinese medicine: Certain emotions affect particular organs Chinese and Ayurveda are some of the oldest forms of medicine -How Dr. Axe's business partner treated his own cancer naturally...20:20 Book: The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin Book: Patient, Heal Thyself by Jordan Rubin Garden of Life, founded by Jordan Rubin Salmon Ceviche Vegetable juice, salads, avocados, turmeric Beat it naturally; no drugs, chemo, radiation Dr. Axe calls Jordan the best supplement formulator in the world Ancient Nutrition  Permaculture courses at Jordan's farm in Missouri "Food Foresting" -What Dr. Axe set out to accomplish in writing his book...32:05 Go back to Chinese medicine: Holy basil Cinnamon Hot peppers Turmeric Turmeric Golden Milk Turmeric Trikatu Ghee Clary Sage essential oil - good for balancing estrogen Have lots of color in your diet: purple, red, green -How do you tackle the paradox of a ketogenic, thyroid-friendly diet...42:00 Do a keto diet for 30-90 days, then move into keto cycling; Watch carb-intake Utilize fasting Rice is thyroid-friendly "Keto Forever Cycling" Intended for more than 90 day Keto dieting Carb days, Keto days, alternating -What does a ketogenic diet look like for a plant-based eater...51:30 Keto-Vegan Plan (example meals) Avocado, coconut milk, fruit smoothie for breakfast Avocado, nuts and seeds, for lunch Cauliflower steak, tahini for dinner Vegans overdo carbs Pancreas is often the most stressed organ Food doesn't heal you; the body heals itself Book: Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain Health, and Reverse Disease -Rapid fire questions...55:10 What's the difference between bone broth protein powder and actual bone broth? Ben's favorite: Organic bone broth protein, peanut butter flavor What to make of all the different types of collagen available at Ancient Nutrition? What is "Keto Fire"? -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Ancient Nutrition (use 15% discount code "BEN" on any order) -Book: Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain Health, and Reverse Disease -How My Mother Survived Stage-4 Breast Cancer -The strange connection between your emotions and your organs -Book: The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin -Midwest Permaculture Episode Sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground. It scratches my own itch. It's designed to help you live a joyous, fulfilling and adventurous life! Try the incredible new Berry Aminos. You'll love it. Use discount code "bgf10" and get 10% off your order. -Organifi Chocolate Gold: Sleep Better, Live Better With A Relaxing Cup Of Superfood Cocoa. Use discount code "greenfield" to save 20% off your order site wide! -Pura Thrive Keto Balance: Combines pure ingredients in targeted dosages through a superior delivery mechanism that is unrivaled by any other supplement on the market today. Save 15% off your order when you use my link. -Policy Genius: Handles all the red tape, negotiates your rate. No agents, just friendly, helpful advice. Find the right policy in just minutes. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Josh Axe or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
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32 Natural Ways To Increase Testosterone (Without Getting Injections Or Hormone Replacement)
I recently spoke at an event called "A4M" in Las Vegas. My entire presentation was focused on 32 different natural ways to increase testosterone, 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. A4M, which stands for "The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine" 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. In this podcast, 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.  -Workout Strategies to Optimize Testosterone...9:00 Sprint Study:  Physiological and performance changes from the addition of a sprint interval program to wrestling training Airdyne bike Elliptical trainer Lift heavy stuff Article: How Many Reps Should You Do To Build Muscle? Study: Testosterone physiology in resistance exercise and training: the upstream regulatory elements Workouts:  squats, deadlifts, bench presses, Olympic lifts Article: How to Use Weight-Lifting Machines Hex bars Kettlebells Book:  Body by Science by Doug McGuff Use long rest periods Study: Effects of very short rest periods on hormonal responses to resistance exercise in men Do forced reps Study: Acute hormonal responses to heavy resistance exercise in strength athletes versus nonathletes Article: 10 Tips for Proper Gym Etiquette Use your legs Vasper Study: The effect of short-term strength training on human skeletal muscle: the importance of physiologically elevated hormone levels Article: What is the Best Way to Warm Up? Article: How to Warm Up And Cool Down Avoid chronic cardio Study: Effects of strength training on submaximal and maximal endurance performance capacity in middle-aged and older men Podcast: Primal Endurance: How To Escape Chronic Cardio & Carbohydrate Dependency & Become A Fat Burning Beast -Notoriously Missing Nutrients That Drastically Affect Testosterone Levels...18:00 Magnesium Mag SRT Podcast: Magnesium Supplementation: Everything You Need To Know About Dosing Magnesium, Timing Magnesium, Forms Of Magnesium & More Vitamin D Vitamin D3 Vitamin K2 Thorne Vitamin D/K2 Book:  The Magnesium Miracle by Dr. Carolyn Dean Sperti lamp Zinc Podcast with Joe Rogan Black ant extract Thorne multivitamin DHEA Article: DHEA, Steroid Cycling, Liposomes & More: Everything You Need To Know About Fringe Over-The-Counter Health Supplements That Build Muscle & Burn Fat Vaxxen Labs DHEA Creatine Thorne Creatine Boron Boron Article:  The Ultimate Guide To Biohacking Your Testosterone: 17 Ways To Maximize Muscle-Building, Drive & Anti-Aging -Herbal Add-Ons...29:00 Maca powder MiCacao 75% organic dark chocolate Eurycoma Longifolia Fenugreek Pycnogenol Tribulus Terrestris -Biohacking Testosterone: Tools and Tricks That Actually Work...37:06 Electrical Muscle Stimulation Study: Rapid increase in the number of androgen receptors following electrical stimulation of the rat muscle Study: Effects of low-frequency electrical stimulation on the change of male sex hormones in normal men NES Scanner Neu.fit Red Light or Low-Lever Laser Therapy Article: I Put a Giant Red Light on My Balls to Triple My Testosterone Levels Joovv Light Article: Red Light and Near-Infrared Radiation: Powerful Healing Tools You’ve Never Heard of Study: The effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on the testis in elevating serum testosterone level in rats Cold Thermogenesis Study: Serum levels of thyroid and adrenal hormones, testosterone, TSH, LH, GH and prolactin in men after a 2‐h stay in a cold room Study: In Vitro Temperature Sensitivity of DNA, RNA, and Protein Syntheses Throughout Puberty in Human Testis Study: Seasonal variations of human sperm cells among 6455 semen samples: a plausible explanation of a seasonal birth pattern Primal Cold Jetpack Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Book: The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs: How to Fix Our Stupid Use of Technology Study: Therapeutic  uses of pulsed magnetic field exposure Study: The therapeutic effect of a pulsed electromagnetic field on the reproductive patterns of male Wistar rats exposed to a 2.45-GHz microwave field Study: The Effects of Cell Phone Waves (900 MHz-GSM Band) on Sperm Parameters and Total Antioxidant Capacity in Rats Study: The influence of direct mobile phone radiation on sperm quality Study: Effect of mobile telephones on sperm quality: A systematic review and meta-analysis Pulse Center FlexPulse ICES® DigiCeutical® M1 Model System – use code: BEN for $100 off ICES® DigiCeutical® A9a Model System – use code: BEN for $100 off Earth Pulse Delta Sleeper Gainswave Pycnogenol Article:  How To Get All The Effects Of A Stem Cell Dick Injection…Without Actually Getting A Stem Cell Dick Injection Article:  The Most Potent Natural Alternative To Viagra (and One Of The Most Shocking Biohacks I’ve Ever Done) Podcast:  The Non-Pill, Natural Alternative To Viagra That Instantly Fixes Erectile Dysfunction, Boosts Drive In Men & Women, Enhances Orgasm & Much More Podcast: Sexual Biohacking With Scream Creams, Testosterone Replacement, Multiple Orgasms, Vaginal Stimulating Devices, Salad Dressings For Better Erections & More Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) Study: Our experience in the treatment of priapism P-shot O-shot Study:  The Effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma in the Treatment of Tendinopathy: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials Stem Cells Article: Shooting Up Stem Cells With Ben Greenfield – The “Down The Rabbit Hole” Video Article:  Amniotic Stem Cell Injections, Advanced Muscle Integration Technique, High Dose Vitamin C Therapy & More: A Health Hacking Journey -Mistakes You're Probably Making That Impact Testosterone and Fertility...47:20 Underestimating the nasties of plastic Podcast:  Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile Article:  How to Protect Your Body from the Ten Hidden Killers in Your Home (Fully Updated Version) Article:  Endocrine Disruptors Study:  Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Associated Disorders and Mechanisms of Action Study: Disruption of LH-induced testosterone biosynthesis in testicular Leydig cells by triclosan: Probable mechanism of action Activated charcoal filter Reverse Osmosis Thinking “Avoid Chronic Cardio” Means “Don’t Move Too Much” Study: Physically active men show better semen parameters and hormone values than sedentary men Study:  Endurance Training Decreases Serum Testosterone Levels in Men without Change in Luteinizing Hormone Pulsatile Release Study: Reproductive hormonal profiles of endurance-trained and untrained males Study: Increased physical activity has a greater effect than reduced energy intake on lifestyle modification-induced increases in testosterone Tri-Ripped Triathlon Dominator Obstacle Dominator Eating too often Study:  Pituitary-testicular axis in obese men during short-term fasting Study: Reproductive Function during Fasting in Men Thinking You’re Immune To EMF Book:  The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs: How to Fix Our Stupid Use of Technology DefenderShield Ejaculating Too Much Article:  Taoist Ejaculation Formulas Sun Simiao Article: Ejaculation May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk Ignoring The Power Of Sex Article:  How To Get Fit For Sex Jordan Gray's website Book:  The Multi-Orgasmic Man: Sexual Secrets Every Man Should Know Eating Gluten -Best Ways to Track and Test Male Hormones...56:10 Blood Panel Saliva Panel Urine Panel -If you'd like this comprehensive list of resources in PDF format, click here! Resources mentioned in this episode: -Book: Body by Science by Dr. Doug McGuff -Book: Estrogeneration by Anthony Gay -Book: The Multi-Orgasmic Man -Gainswave -Acoustimeter -My podcast with building biologist Brian Hoyer Episode sponsors: -Kion: The company I created to scratch my own itch. Real-world tested products to help you live a fulfilling and joyful life. The Kion Aminos, now in the new berry flavor, is one of my favorite products. Use code "bgf10" at checkout and get 10% off your entire purchase! -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. Use code "ben" at checkout and get a nice little bonus gift! -Zip Recruiter: The smartest way to hire. Forget about sifting through piles of resumes. Use Zip Recruiter for FREE when you use my link! -MVMT Watches: Quality products without breaking the bank. Perfect for a Valentines Day gift! 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12 Easy & Practical Ways To Upgrade Your Body & Brain (Ben Greenfield's Live Talk From NextHealth In LA!)
At NextHealth in LA, Ben Greenfield recently gave a talk on 12 different ways to optimize your body and brain, and in this recording, which includes his comprehensive overview of the "Wellness Wheel". In it, you'll learn about... -Diet and Micronutrients...6:30 Every person should be on the diet that is unique to them Genetic variants Familial hypercholesterolemia Gallbladder, liver issues prevent proper digestion Common similarities in blue zones Plant intake Glycemic variability Parasympathetically driven state Choose meals that are digestible and nutrient-dense Weston A. Price diet Question: How far back in your lineage do you go to determine what diet is appropriate for you? Book: The Jungle Effect by Dr. Daphne Miller Question: How do you test for a leaky gut, and how do you go about fixing it? Genova Diagnostics, Direct Labs Bone broth, colostrum, chia seeds help restore lining of the gut Kion Flex -Exercise and movement...18:25 Physiological triggers that make up the ideal exercise protocol Max oxygen utilization: vo2 max Mitochondria Lactic acid tolerance Stamina Strength Question: What's the best way to recover from your workout while in a fasted state? Question: What about the super slow approach to working out? Book: Body by Science by Doug McGuff -Sleep...31:00 Common rules Keep room cold Wear as few clothes as possible Wear socks Silence or white noise Keep room dark Bluelight blocking glasses Use red light Uncommon rules Exposure to natural blue light early in the day Question: How do you increase your REM sleep if it's on the low side? Question: What are the benefits of waking up when the sun rises for your circadian rhythm? -Cardiovascular Health...39:05 Health of your vagus nerve is paramount Heart rate variability How increase vagus nerve health? Breath work Gratitude Chanting Humming Relaxator Book: The Power of Your Breath by Anders Olson Question: Is there correlation between singing and fat loss? Question: How do you address a consistently low LF? -Brain Health...46:58 Things like nootropics, psilocybin, etc. can decrease your sensitivity to dopamine and serotonin Constant stimulation is like robbing Peter to pay Paul A dependence on "smart drugs" is harmful in the long run Question: What "brain hacks" exist to help in a hyper-stressful environment like living in a big city? Proper breath work Brain FM David Delight Mind Alive -Hormone Health...53:30 FOMO (fear of missing out) can cause you to overtrain and hormonally deplete yourself Equip yourself with the ability to make your body better with the absence of food or exercise Spirituality Gratitude Meditation Breath work Time with family A "cheat day" becomes a "cheat month" Christian Gratitude Journal Question: What did you do to repair your thyroid? -Stress and Inflammation...1:02:35 Breath work (already mentioned) Vegetable oils are deleterious; ingest with caution Oils with high heat lose their efficacy Question: What do you think of deuterium content in foods and waters? Cignature Health deuterium level test -Immunity and Cancer...1:08:51 Be aware of lymphatic flow and lymph fluid Rebounding Kundalini breathwork Vibration Standing at work Dr. John Douillard Concoction Tea Light bulb moment for me: Former basketball player who now has cancer Cancer tied to emotions Anger, Fear, Shame Peace, Love, Joy Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from my life Gratitude Laughter Question: What do you think of exposure to dirt as it pertains to immunity? -Detoxification...1:16:00 Three things you should do every day: Breathing Pooping (and enemas) Sweating -Aesthetics, symmetry, beauty...1:18:35 Affects your longevity and health Weston A. Price discovered Activation X -Longevity...1:21:28 5 characteristics that overlap "blue zones" No smoking Low level physical activity throughout the day Community, social relationships, time with family High wild plant intake High legume intake -And much more... Resources mentioned: -Click here to save $500 off the MRI/Whole Genome Sequencing from Next Health -Ben's previous podcast episode with Dr. Darshan Shah Episode Sponsors: -Kion Berry Aminos Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. New berry flavor. Same proven formula. -Organifi Pain-soothing herbs, antioxidants, & phyto-nutrients all in one delicious, soothing “Golden Milk”. Use discount code "greenfield" and get 20% off your entire order! -Butcher Box By ordering from ButcherBox you'll get 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, free range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork, raised free from antibiotic and hormones—it's truly a mouth-altering experience. You’ll also get our uncured bacon that’s free from added sugar and nitrates. Plus $20 Off and FREE shipping! -Policy Genius The easy, stress-free way to compare and buy insurance. Got a question for me about anything I talked about in this episode? Leave your comment below and I'll reply!  
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The Official Fasting Q&A With Ben Greenfield: Does Coffee Break Your Fast, Poor Sleep During Fasting, Amino Acids During Fasting & Much More!
Whew!  The recent Kion 5 Day Fast has now come to a close - and we had over 10,000 people participate (that's a whole lot of food that wasn't eaten). During the fast, I received plenty of questions about fasting, such as: Does coffee help or harm your fast?  What can I do to improve my sleep during - and after - a fast? What is the hormonal effect of fasting on males? And what about for women? What is the best kind of fasting if your goal is body composition (fat loss, muscle gain/maintenance)? Does fasting - especially 3-5 day extended fasts - slow down your metabolism? What type of training is best while fasting, and what type of training should be avoided? What other things can you do to enhance the benefits of a fast? (e.g. cryotherapy, enemas, etc.) How should you prepare for - and break - an extended fast? Is it OK to fast while breastfeeding or pregnant? Does your ability to absorb food and supplements increase after a fast? What are your thoughts on EAAs while fasting? Do they break a fast? And what about BCAAs? And many more! So in today's episode, I dive into an official fasting Q&A solosode. Enjoy! Here are the questions I'll be answering: -How does fasting for longevity differ from fasting for things like fat loss or circadian rhythm...7:45 Decreasing calorie intake 20-40% is most optimal way to regulate aging and increase life span Inhibit mTOR pathway, stimulate autophagy, induce ketogenesis Autophagy: "self eating" - not to be confused with apoptosis, which is cell death Autophagosomes to lysosomes "spring cleaning in your cells" Eating shuts down autophagy; fasting increases autophagy mTOR: mammalian target of rapamycin Energy enzyme ATP becomes ADP Every time you eat, you activate mTOR and suppress autophagy Ketosis: using fat as the primary source of fuel Less oxidative stress; slows the aging process My personal protocol: 12-16 hour intermittent fast daily 24 hour fast (dinner to dinner) twice a month Fasting mimicking diet (FMD) 4x/year -Does coffee help or harm your fast...16:50 Black coffee can enhance fatty acid mobilization from adipose tissue, alertness, metabolism, Coffee without any calories added (coconut oil, butter, etc.) will help the fast -I don't sleep well when I fast...20:05 Carb intake at night (dinner time) assists with sleep Shut down the sympathetic nervous system to get to sleep while fasting CBD (large amounts) Sleep Remedy Valerian Passion Flower Kava Kava Chinese skull cap You  can get by on less sleep when you're fasting Don't forget the efficacy of breath work and meditation -What is the hormonal effect of fasting on males vs. females?...23:40 Lean and fit females do better with shorter fasts (12 hours); men are more versatile Insulin, growth hormone, responds favorably to a fast Noradrenaline increases with fasting Level of testosterone increase while fasting is unknown Podcast on kisspeptin -Does fasting slow down your metabolism?...30:45 -What other things can you do to enhance the benefits of a fast?...33:20 Berberine Bitter melon extract Rock lotus extract Kion Lean Sauna sessions Cold thermogenesis Podcast on liver cleanse -What type of training is best while fasting?...36:25 Anything that rapidly depletes glycogen or carb levels will have deleterious effects HIIT High weight, low reps; body building vs. weight lifting Walking, swimming, yoga; something you can do and have a conversation -How should you prepare for, and break, an extended fast?...38:55 When finished with a fast, you'll be less equipped to digest complex meals Go low and slow when reintroducing foods Soft cook veggies; Avocados, grass feed cottage cheese, eggs, No steaks; anything you need to chew for a long time Peter Attia's "nothing burger" -Is it okay to fast while breastfeeding or pregnant?...42:18 Religions encourage women to refrain from fasting while pregnant or breastfeeding Biochemical changes in milk in response to fasting Think "feast" not "famine" -Does your ability to absorb food and supplements increase after a fast?...45:38 Kion Flex Masszymes -Should I use amino acids to aid my fast?...48:15 Don't use them if your goal is cellular autophagy Can be very useful for resetting circadian rhythm, gut cleanup, spiritual benefits, etc. Can be a good mTOR activator Dry mouth, from amino acids: Spilanthes, electric berries Ginger, cayenne powder increases salivary production GI effects: Histamine Block Histamine X -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Kion's Free Fasting Guide -Kion Aminos -Kion Flex -Histamine X -Histamine Block Episode Sponsors: -Kion Berry Aminos Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. Now in a DELICIOUS berry flavor! -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. Use my link when you order and get a FREE bonus gift! -The Christian Gratitude Journal When you introduce conscious, mindful gratitude into your day, positivity will begin to pour into your life – along with all the other scientifically proven physical, mental and spiritual benefits that go along with it. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me? Leave your comments below and I'll reply!  
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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).
Imagine an all-encompassing platform that allows you to keep track of all your blood, stool, saliva, and urine testing results, along with self-quantified data from wearables, and even pulls in all health testing you've done in the past as part of a single dashboard. And imagine that platform could then use highly advanced artificial intelligence to tell you exactly how to eat, how to supplement, how to exercise and much more. All from the comfort of your home, without needing to drive to an expensive lab for multiple blood draws or fill out confusing paperwork. That's exactly what the brand new company Onegevity Health has the money, technology and data to do, and so I decided it was high time I sat down with their two chief scientists to learn exactly how this process works. I've already sent in my own stool using their Gut/bio shotgun stool sequencing test that we discuss in this episode. My guests are Dr. Joel Dudley and Dr. Chris Mason.  These guys are highly qualified and wicked smart. Dr. Dudley is currently Associate Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Endowed Chair of Biomedical Data Science, and founding Director of the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Prior to Mount Sinai, he held positions as Co-founder and Director of Informatics at NuMedii, Inc. and Consulting Professor of Systems Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. His work, published in >120 peer-review publications, is focused at the nexus digital health, artificial intelligence (AI), scientific wellness, and healthcare delivery. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, MIT Technology Review, CNBC, and other popular media outlets. He was named in 2014 as one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine. He is co-author of the book Exploring Personal Genomics from Oxford University Press. Dr. Dudley received a BS in Microbiology from Arizona State University and an MS and PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Christopher Mason is currently an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, with appointments at the Tri-Institutional Program in Computational Biology and Medicine between Cornell, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, and the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute. He is also Director of the WorldQuant Initiative for Quantitative Prediction, which bridges prediction methods in finance with genomics. His work spanning >140 peer-reviewed publications has been featured on the cover of Science, Nature, and Cell journals as well as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, and other major media outlets. Dr. Mason was featured as a speaker at TEDMED and he was recognized in 2014 as one of the “Brilliant Ten” by Popular Science magazine. He completed his dual B.S. in Genetics and Biochemistry (2001) from University of Wisconsin-Madison, his Ph.D. in Genetics (2006) from Yale University, and then completed post-doctoral training in clinical genetics (2009) at Yale Medical School while jointly a post-doctoral Fellow of Genomics, Ethics, and Law at Yale Law School (2009). During the show, you'll discover: -What Onegevity is, and what it does...9:45 "Health intelligence" company History of the company Frustration with how long it takes research to reach the consumer 17 years to reach just the clinic; many years after that to reach the consumer How is it different from other biome testing companies Shotgun sequencing vs. 16S Translate the results along with actionable steps to take Recreational health information vs. health management companies Vertically integrated with Thorne, who develops the actual solutions Starting over in some ways in the realm of microbiome testing -What is metatranscriptome analysis?...18:00 "Meta" = Across all species DNA + RNA analysis Challenges with RNA analysis - some clinicians consider it useless Only top few % of species generate RNA in the sample Comparable in price to shotgun sequencing -The actual testing process at Onegevity...20:45 Very small stool sample required, as compared to other tests 6 gigabytes of data after sequencing DNA Each fragment compared to all known species on earth Interactive report on the web; suggestions on what food and supplements to order Network modeling: How are changes in the microbiome propagating to the blood More comprehensive than guessing based on correlations What is measured in the blood? TBD based on the individual's health -How Joel and Chris overcome challenges and skepticism in their testing processes...28:20 How can you measure the whole gut with a stool sample? (Spatial microbiome testing) Not necessary, even harmful, to sample from other areas of the gut -The role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the testing process at Onegevity...36:40 Predicts diseases/conditions based on the shotgun sequencing Recommend foods and supplements to consume Each company has its own variables, testing protocols, etc.; results in differing test results Database continues to grow with each test; data becomes more reliable Data is not for sale to outside parties; will partner under the right conditions -How do you go from stool, to shotgun sequencing, to "don't eat green beans?"...40:35 Internal trial; shocking results Can determine the efficacy of the test at certain benchmarks; 15 day, 30 day, etc. Very positive feedback from those who were tested Does Thorne produce a special probiotic that seeds the gut? -How comprehensive are the dietary recommendations after a Onegevity test?...48:52 Not simply a particular diet, i.e. Mediterranean, Ketogenic, etc. Can make specific food, meal recommendations Possibly partner with food delivery services to provide customized options Very close to being perfectly genetically tailored in both microbiome and saliva tests -How customer data is protected if Joel and Chris choose to partner with a pharmaceutical company...55:20 Customers are opted out by default; can choose to opt in. Potential to benefit monetarily by opting in -What the Onegevity platform looks like from a user standpoint...1:01:55 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -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. -Book: Exploring Personal Genomics by Joel Dudley Episode Sponsors: -Kion My own company where I develop coffees, energy bars and supplements. I'm also proud to endorse the Thorne line of supplements, including the multi-vitamin, which I take every day. -Organifi Gold Wake up each day feeling rested. Relax your body after a long day. Help stiff joints feel young again. Use discount code “greenfield” and get 20% off your entire order! -Thrive Market Your Favorite Organic Foods and Products. Up to 50% Off. Delivered to Your Door. 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Anti-Aging Secrets Of The Billionaires, Does Telomere Testing Really Work, Fringe Supplements For Enhancing Longevity & Much More.
There's plenty of controversy these days around telomere testing. Is it accurate? Does it really show your so-called "biological vs. chronological" age? And once you do get your results, how can you lengthen your telomeres? In today's episode, I interview one of the world's leading experts on telomeres: Dr. Bill Andrews. Dr. Andrews is the Founder and CEO of Sierra Sciences, a company focused on finding ways to extend the human lifespan and health span through telomere maintenance. As a scientist, athlete and executive, he continually pushes the envelope and challenges convention. He has been featured in Popular Science, The Today Show and numerous documentaries on the topic of life extension including, most recently, the movie The Immortalists in which he co-stars with Aubrey de Grey. Bill has been a researcher in biotech since 1981, focusing on cancer, heart disease, and inflammation research; though his passion has always been aging. In the early to mid 1990’s, while at Geron Corporation, Bill led the research to discover both the RNA and protein components of human telomerase. He was awarded 2nd place as "National Inventor of the Year" in 1997. Bill earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Population Genetics at the University of Georgia in 1981. And then served as Senior Scientist at Armos Corporation and Codon Corporation, Director of Molecular Biology at Berlex Biosciences and at Geron Corporation, and Director of Technology Development at EOS Biosciences, before starting Sierra Sciences in 1999. Bill is also a named inventor on over 50+ US issued patents on telomerase and author of numerous scientific research studies published in peer reviewed scientific journals. Bill is also an avid ultra-marathon runner. He regularly competes in 50 and 100+ mile races often finishing at the top of his age group. These grueling races have taken him all over the world to race in some of the most extreme environments, from Death Valley to the Himalayas. His running is presently featured in the movie The High. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The differing effects of short vs. long distance running on telomere lengths...9:25 Not the length per se, but how you do it. If it quits being fun, it's time to quit. Consistent running actually decreases inflammation; inconsistent or sporadic running is problematic -What are telomeres, and their role in our physical mortality...13:15 Think of each chromosome in the body as a "shoelace"; the little caps on the end of the laces are the telomeres Telomere shortening results in declining health with aging Each time our cells divide, our telomeres get a bit shorter DNA and cell replication Cells can't replicate DNA all the way to the end Cells eventually "crash"; lose the ability to function It's possible to calculate the maximum lifespan of a human based on telomere shortening rates Attention anti-agers: you can't do it unless you can figure out how to prevent telomere shortening Book by Jim Mellon: Juvenescence: Investing in the age of longevity -How telomeres can be lengthened, and how to lower the rate by which they shorten...19:30 Telomeres are not shortened when reproductive cells replicate Telomerase prevents the shortening of telomeres Telomerase is too big to get into cells Senescent cell: a cell that has lost the ability to divide Shutting down senescent cells actually inhibits cancer cells "Chromosome rearrangement": a precursor to cancer Shortened telomeres hinders cancer treatments such as chemotherapy Keeping telomeres long is the best way to treat cancer should it enter the body -Telomere tests: do they work, and how accurate are they...35:10 Accuracy is extremely low in measuring biological age Best available is fluorescence in situ hybridization Life Length; Repeat Diagnostics PCR, a popular means of testing, is "manipulatable"- uncontrollable changes Test yourself multiple times; use different names Telomere Restriction Fragment is Dr. Andrews favorite test Difference in costs: More accurate = more expensive Range: $100-300 -The research Dr. Andrews is conducting on increasing telomerase activity...44:20 Two ways to produce telomerase inside the cells Find a way to turn the gene "on" in preexisting cells Deliver a brand new gene to the cell; turned on more than a regular gene Decreasing the rate of shortening the telomeres "Tug of War" analogy Not currently possible to reverse the aging process 1-3 years away from having the tug of war a "tie"; meaning the aging process comes to a halt, then possibly we'll see aging process reversed Real life products in the marketplace based on Dr. Andrews' research at Sierra Science...50:30 Dr. Andrews focuses solely on research; partners with pharmaceutical companies for marketing, distribution, etc. TAM-818: a supplement that increases telomerase levels Dr. Andrews takes every supplement that's been shown to increase telomerase levels -Dr. Andrews' personal anti-aging protocol...53:45 TA65 Isagenesis TAM-818 You can't design natural products to be better; they would cease to be natural products Elements of his protocol that may fly under the radar: Vitamin D/K Blend Omega 3 fatty acids (Superessentials Fish Oil) Barlean's Flax Seed Oil Vitamin C from American Nutraceuticals Yellow bell peppers: highest amount of Vitamin C and lowest amount of sugars Book: The Kaufman Protocol Yoga, meditation, running, don't increase telomerase, but limit shortening of telomeres -Precautions to take before diving headlong into an anti-aging protocol...1:07:35 No known negative effects of long telomeres Gene delivery/therapy Libella Gene Therapeutics -About the "telomere clock"...1:16:15 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Isagenesis -TA65 -Tam818 -Vitamin D/K Blend -Vitamin C from American Nutraceuticals -Superessentials Fish Oil -Barlean's Flax Seed Oil -Bill Andrew's books on curing aging and telomeres -Book: The Kaufman Protocol -Book by Jim Mellon: Juvenescence: Investing in the age of longevity -Cyrex Labs -LifeLength telomere testing -Repeat Diagnostics telomere testing -Sierra Sciences website (Dr. Bill Andrew's website) -Libella Gene Therapeutics Episode sponsors: -Kion Lean  Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. -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. Use my link for your purchase and score a sweet bonus gift! -Thrive Market Your Favorite Organic Foods and Products. Up to 50% Off. Delivered to Your Door. Use my link and get an extra 25% off your first order. -Organifi Gold Wake up each day feeling rested. Relax your body after a long day. Help stiff joints feel young again. Use discount code "greenfield" and get 20% off your entire order!   Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Andrews or me? Leave your comments at http://bengreenfieldfitness.com/telomeres and one of us will reply!  
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The Renegade Pharmacist: How To Increase The Effects Of Psilocybin, The Secrets Of Colostrum, Fixing Constipation With Breathwork & More
Niraj Naik, my guest on today's show (and the same guy who invented the crazy holotropic-style breathwork protocol I do in my sauna) is a qualified pharmacist who comes from a background of working long hours for several years as a community pharmacist.   Becoming a certified “legal drug dealer” at the ripe age of 24, he got to witness first-hand, many clients going home with shopping bags full of drugs each month, rarely getting better and usually going on to suffer from other diseases. He also learnt of the debilitating side effects of the prescription medication which drove many of the patients to have to take more and more drugs to ease the side effects. Curious to find ways to improve his own health he attended several health seminars and discovered an in-depth approach on how to reach optimum health and vitality by understanding the true origin of disease and how to prevent it. After experiencing great benefits with his own health, Niraj was motivated to devise a scheme to see if he could also help his suffering patients. He incorporate a lifestyle plan called his "healthy shopping lists' that includes simple food swaps, tools and websites to support their specific condition. Within two weeks he received testimonials from patients who were starting to get better and within a few months some being able to lower the dose or complete come off their medication. After an arduous battle trying to get his novel approach accepted into the mainstream that resulted in a lot of stress and disillusionment, in 2010 he was diagnosed with a stress related illness, ulcerative colitis, that left him housebound for over 10 months. He was told by doctors and nurses there existed no cure and he would need to be on medication for the rest of his life. Like his patients, Niraj suffered from side effects of his medication to the point he felt completely hopeless and even suicidal. He was then left with a choice that would be a major turning point in his life. Test out a new drug or have his colon removed. He decided to choose option 3, a path not yet known by conventional medicine. So began his search to learn from people who had great success with either curing themselves or others from chronic illness. He learned a combination of natural treatments including Ayurvedic practices, and dietary recommendations from Paleo and SCD. He studied healing methods through meditation, yoga and mind power techniques like self hypnosis and NLP. He even discovered the powerful techniques of sound and music therapy as tools for reducing stress and promoting self healing. Niraj finally broke free from the burdens of his illness, without medication. The experience of illness has allowed him to completely reinvent his life and discover a new passion for helping others to do the same. His speciality is helping people recover, prevent or reduce the dependency for longterm medication for the metabolic diseases of diabetes, heart disease and obesity and auto-immune disease where stress is an underlining factor in the cause. Niraj is now a professional musician, holistic health expert and entrepreneur. He runs several successful websites that help others who suffer from stress-related, chronic diseases through his self-composed, captivating meditation music and online courses. Niraj has composed music for healing centres, spas and therapists worldwide. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The story behind Niraj's famous infographic on how a can of Coke affects the human body...7:10 Was friends with a world-famous psychic "Only one thing worse than bad publicity, and that's no publicity." Saw a conspicuous link between sugary drinks and metabolic diseases; doctors weren't aware of it (in 2005 timeframe) Frustrated with the "dumbed-down" state of the healthcare industry First published by truththeory.com; Became #1 trending article on Facebook within a few weeks Firms literally pay millions of dollars for the type of authority the infographic gave Niraj Follow up infographic on Diet Coke was equally successful -How Niraj used alternative medicine to heal himself of some serious health issues...16:45 Very little awareness of the effects of diet to overall health (2009 timeframe) Created "Healthy shopping lists" as a pharmacist in the U.K. (employed by a major pharmacy chain) Niraj's boss and biggest supporter left for another job, was left to fend for himself; his practices were deemed by corporate as "too controversial" - they watered down everything he said Negative emotions/thoughts manifested as physical symptoms; became very ill (ulcerative colitis) Severely depressed; considered suicide (31 years old) G.O.D. "Gift of Desperation" Met a mentor who encouraged him "You'll get over this and change the lives of many people" Combination of colostrum, breath work, and a change in perception -Examples of ayurvedic principles used to heal the gut...25:22 Colostrum Efficacious for improving digestive health Health of the mother (including mental health) affects the quality of the colostrum Cow colostrum translates perfectly to humans (produces 4x the amount a calf needs) Proper dosages: You need whole fat colostrum Big doses in the beginning (2-3 heaping tablespoons) Take it raw Use powder (a lot of it is absorbed by the gums) Suck it for 5-10 minutes and then swallow it Regain emotional balance Yoga Diet protocols Ayurvedic means "balanced" Modern medicine not aligned with human nature (scientific approach, averages) Ask Lots of questions, "Know thyself..." There is no pill for every ill; but there is an ill that follows every pill Most important question: "Do I wake up every day enthusiastic about a hard day's work?" Prof. B. M. Hegde -A unique breath protocol Naij specializes in called SOMA...51:00 SOMA is referenced over 50,000 times in the Rig Veda, the oldest known religious manuscript Physical elements: amanita muscaria mushrooms kush cannabis blue lotus (full of DNT) Tantra has its roots in SOMA Use it purposefully, for therapeutic purposes; don't use it recreationally or habitually Hatha yoga incorporates breath work We can "wake up" the internal pharmacy. We have everything that might be prescribed to us with in us; breath work releases it -Why the medical industry doesn't advocate for SOMA therapy...1:02:34 "Unconscious capitalism" "Cholesterol myth" is good for big business -A practical example of using breathing to chance one's physiology...1:04:30 -The true intent of yoga and how the "yoga industrial complex" has twisted it out of context...1:10:40 Turned it into a fitness or aerobic routine Meant as a "route to the divine" SOMA Awakening: Rhythmic breathing kumbhaka breathing (breath retention) -What it's like to go through Niraj's SOMA protocol...1:13:30 Bhastrikā, followed by kumbhaka rechaka Rhythmic breathing Fallacy of a scarcity of oxygen; the opposite is true Pranayama means "energy control" Body adapts to having less than normal oxygen Stimulates production of red blood cells Better blood flow to the heart -The 21 day protocol and webinar Niraj has developed...1:25:26 Click here for more info. -And MUCH more... 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Is Biohacking Bad? Ancestral Living Vs. Modern Science: Should We Return To Our Roots?
My life is a little bit...strange. As an immersive journalist, self-experimenter and self-professed “biohacker”, I do relatively unconventional things to upgrade my body and brain. For example, I have this blood glucose monitor installed in my arm. It monitors my blood sugar 24-7. I wear a cognition-enhancing laser light helmet at work during the day, and stand naked in front of a giant red light panel while I’m replying to emails. I give myself weekly IV’s full of a cocktail of special vitamins. I’ve also had the fat sucked from my back and the marrow from my bones to concentrate my own stem cells, and had surgery to have these cells placed into every joint of my body and mainlined into my bloodstream. I have tens of thousands of dollars of advanced medical technologies housed in my basement. You get the idea. I’m not normal. But as a man who spends much of my life immersed in the modern health and longevity movement, attending anti-aging conferences and researching all the newfangled things people are doing these days to upgrade their bodies, I often survey the landscape of fringe supplements, biohacks, and anti-aging technologies and wonder… ...would our ancestors laugh at us? When it comes to living a long and healthy life, would their ancestral wisdom beat our modern science, hands down? After all, despite our modern infatuation with longevity and optimized bodies and brains, we are not strikingly healthier or longer-living than previous generations. In today's podcast, adapted from my recent TedX Coeur D' Alene Talk, I'll tackle this topic in detail. You'll discover: -Why modern medicine, for all its marvels, may not be all it's cracked up to be...4:10 CDC reports life expectancy has dropped 3 consecutive years. It's a false assertion to assume we'll live significantly longer than previous generations "Life expectancy" is calculated by insurance, mutual fund companies as number of years after retirement, not after birth. We would be seeing many more 100+ year olds; not the case We have a better chance of surviving childhood (disease, etc.) but not necessarily living longer. Our ancestors didn't always live nasty, brutish, short lives -Popular current fads to extend human lifespan...7:43  Vampire therapy, parabiosis (young blood) Ancient Greeks considered to blood a magic elixir Pliny the Elder, Homer, wrote about the healing efficacy of others' blood GDF11, a primary anti-aging proteins activated by young blood transfusion, is increased by oxytocin Stem cells More accessible than in years past My "biological age" dropped from 37 to 20 after my first stem cell transfusion Men's Health article on stem cells featuring Ben Outside Magazine article featuring Ben Dietary adjustments to increase/enhance stem cells Food compounds, superfoods: colostrum, aloe vera, etc. Cryopreservation Modern day mummification  Metformin slightly modified version of a compound that was discovered in the French lilac plant (goat's rue) Wired Magazine: Forget the Blood of Teens Adverse side effects: Lactic acidosis Mitochondrial disruption Vitamin B12 deficiency Increase risk for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Natural alternatives: Bitters, herbs, wild plants, bitter melon Rapamycin Inhibits excessive activation of immune cells via MTOR Upregulation of cellular cleanup mechanisms called autophagy Increases risk of infectious diseases and diabetes Natural alternatives: spermidine Intermittent fasting Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) Levels markedly decrease with age Natural alternatives: Raw honey Fermented foods Sauna sessions Pau d Arco tea  -Supplements and medicines used by our ancestors...19:25 -Natural ways to enhance our vision...22:45 Ancestors trained their vision; they didn't look at screens all day Plant compounds known to enhance vision: Zeaxanthin Carotenoids (kale, spinach, bell peppers) Innate ability to "see" in the absence of light or even sight -Natural hearing enhancement...24:45 Hunter gatherers were better equipped, physically, with their ears; perhaps because of time spent outdoors attuned to the frequencies of nature Turnip greens, collard greens, parsley, mustard greens, broccoli, etc. shown to decrease risk of hearing loss Adjusting your diet would be far cheaper and less convenient than what some self-experimenting types are doing (ear implants) -The natural "sixth sense" within us to navigate to True North...26:42 We possess a tiny amount of magnetite in our ethmoid bone (located between the eyes in the nasal cavity) Researchers suggest this built-in compass made hunting, migration, etc. possible We have perhaps lost this ancestral skill with the advent of road maps, GPS navigation -Natural ways to enhance our brains...27:30 Walnuts are rich in omega fatty acids, melatonin Lion's mane mushroom Bacopa flower (memory) Green tea (cognition) Psilocybin All of the above have been used for centuries, if not millennia -Natural alternatives to things like photobiomodulation, light therapy, PEMF, etc...29:15 Greeks engaged in "heliotherapy"; sunbathing akin to what we know as photobiomodulation St. John's Wort, chamomile, etc. can be used to ward off seasonal affective disorder -And Much More! 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Special 2-Part Anti-Aging Podcast - Basic & Ancestral Tactics To Enhance Longevity (No Fancy Biohacks Required)
When it comes to living a long life, demographers, epidemiologists, gerontologists and other researchers on aging have long puzzled over the theoretical question of the maximum potential for human lifespan, along with the host of proposed practices we can implement that help us achieve that potential. There is, after all, in the past decade alone a veritable laundry list of tactics we can use to make ourselves more age resistant, from nutrients, vitamins and pills such as Vitamin D, aspirin, metformin, magnesium, pterostilbene, resveratrol, blueberry extract, nicotinamide ribosideand rhodiola to lifestyle practices such as shivering our asses off, self-imposed starvation, fecal transplants, strict veganism, injecting into ourselves growth hormone, testosterone, stem cells, exosomes, the blood of younger healthy humans and speaking of younger humans, simply “having more children”. Fact is, compared to the Biblical Methuselah, who purportedly lived to the ripe old age of 969, we don’t seem to be moving the anti-aging dial much. In fact, researchers estimate that in the U.S. today, the average adult life expectancy is still only about 77 years and, disturbingly, now plummeting due to high rates of chronic diseases (many of which are preventable with simple lifestyle changes you’ll learn about in this podcast). Currently – despite the Chinese lore of the recently perished “256-year-old” Li Ching Yuen, the longest-lived modern person in the world on actual record is Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997 at the exact age of 122 years and 164 days. Yet, when we observe nature, some amount of immortality, or at least a significant amount of enhanced life extension, appears to be achievable. Take the naked mole rate, for example. The naked mole rat’s cells themselves seem to make proteins – the molecular machines that make bodies work – more accurately than us humans, preventing it from developing age-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s. Unlike humans, the way these ugly little creatures handle glucose doesn’t seem to change with age either, reducing their susceptibility to diseases like diabetes. The naked mole rat isn’t the only animal scientists are now probing to pick the lock of long life. With a rampant metabolism and a heart rate of 1,000 beats a minute, the common hummingbird should, on paper, be riddled with rogue free radicals (the oxygen-based chemicals that make mammals old by gradually destroying DNA, proteins and fat molecules), but the tiny birds seem relatively bulletproofed against heart disease. Then there are lobsters, which seem to have evolved a protein which repairs the telomere tips of their DNA, allowing for a decreased rate of telomere shortening that most animals are incapable of. Finally, as if rats, hummingbirds and lobsters weren’t enough to make us longevity seeking humans a bit jealous, we mustn’t forget one animal on Earth that may hold the master key to immortality: the Turritopsis dohrnii, also known as the “Immortal Jellyfish”. Most jellyfish, when they reach the end of life, die and melt into the sea, but not the Turritopsis dohrnii. Instead, it sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor, where its body folds in on itself – assuming the jellyfish equivalent of the fetal position – and regenerates back into a baby jellyfish in a rare biological process called transdifferentiation, in which its old cells somehow transform into young cells. So is there a human equivalent of the type of immortality “powers” these animals seem to have tapped into? Many in popular anti-aging and longevity circles have suggested that – in the next several decades – we could indeed unlock the secrets to living to approximately 120 to 140 years old, and many biohackers and anti-aging enthusiasts such as Peter Diamandis, Peter Thiel, Larry Page, Elon Musk and Tony Robbins and even lil ol’ me are striving to live greater than 160 years old. The purpose of this podcast is not to delve into the relatively advanced longevity secrets of these fringe biohackers, but instead to reveal everything you need to know about why the world’s more traditionally living longevity all-stars not only live longer but also tend to live better. They have strong connections with their family and friends. They’re active. They wake up in the morning knowing that they have a purpose, and the world, in turn, reacts to them in a way that propels them along. An overwhelming majority of them still enjoy life. They share these common behavioral and lifestyle characteristics, such as family coherence, avoidance of smoking, plant-based diet, moderate and daily physical activity, social engagement, and situations where people of all ages are socially active and integrated into the community, despite all of them being from different areas of the world and of different races, nationalities and religions. That’s not to say that biohacking for longevity and better living through science isn’t beneficial. After spending nearly two decades deeply immersed in the health, fitness, nutrition and longevity industry, I’ve come to a growing realization that an open embrace of both the modern science and the ancestral wisdom could indeed allow one to live a long and healthy lifespan that rivals and even exceeds that of our ancestors.   Perhaps that’s why my children and I engage in wild plant foraging (a longevity tactic you’ll learn more about in this podcast), but do so using a plant identification smartphone app that allows us to identify everything from mushrooms to plants with incredible accuracy, allowing us to tap into a bit of better living through science to not get poisoned or make fatal mistakes our ancestors might have while foraging; why I own a quaint and simple, off-grid, barn-style home in the forest where we grow most of our own food, yet fill that barn with tens of thousands of dollars of modern anti-aging biohacking equipment; and why the last time I disappeared into a seven day high-country elk bowhunt in the mountains of Colorado, I had a neurofeedback brain training device neatly tucked away into my camouflage backpack. But in this podcast, rather than learning about fancy devices you can spend tens of thousands of dollars or fringe biohacks that will get you plenty of weird looks from your neighbor, you will discover exactly how to use proven ancestral tactics to live a happy, long and fulfilled life. So you can think of today's podcast as a cookbook for longevity that gives you all the low-hanging fruit and teaches you all the basics of living a long and happy life. During this two-part episode, in part one you'll discover... The 12 Ways to Enhance Your Longevity -Don't smoke...10:19 When you stop smoking, your body responds immediately Noticeable improvements within 90 days Sexual performance Cardio vascular After 1 year, like nothing ever happened Adrenal glands need to adapt to the lack of nicotine Use an adaptogenic herb complex Take a taurine supplement once per day for two months Diet rich in pro proanthocyanidine Use a good air filter Don't just stop; implement a strategy to aid your repair and recovery FUM essential oil vaping pen (LINK NEEDED) -Eat wild plants...14:20 Xeno-hormetic effect Not a fan of "plant paradox" diets Book: Eating On the Wild Side (LINK) Higher vegetable, lower meat intake -Avoid processed and packaged foods...18:10 First two ingredients often found in processed "health foods" Artificial sweetener Vegetable oil Difficult to eat processed/packaged foods when you're eating right Aim for 80% real food, 20% p/p foods -Eat legumes...22:37 High in non-meat protein, amino acids, slow burning carbs Eat other carbs (sweet potatoes, carrots, quinoa etc.) alongside the legumes Article: Soaking, sprouting legumes -Low-level physical activity...25:56 Enjoyable exercise; rarely engage in high-intensity training Hack your environment Standing desk Kettle bells in the cubicle Pomodoro breaks Take the stairs! Walking treadmill while blogging, podcasting, etc. Visiting the gym should be optional, unless you're training for an event, pro athlete, etc. Sitting for 8 straight hours negates any efficacy from a gym session -Prioritize social engagement...29:00 Podcast: Growing Epidemic of Loneliness -Drink alcohol (in moderation)...32:15 Podcast: Todd White of Dry Farm Wines Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers Mediterranean diet Boosts benefits of low-level activity even more (these habits build off one another) I haven't been drunk in 6 years, but I have a drink every day (red wine, moscow mule, "Ben and Jitters") -Calorie restriction and fasting...37:38 Intermittent fasting (12-16 hours) Fasting mimicking diet (40% of normal calorie intake) My own practice: Intermittent fast 1-2x per month, 24 hour fast (dinner to dinner) 4x per year, fasting mimicking diet Podcast: The Complete Guide to Fasting w/ Jason Fung Book by the same name (LINK) -Possess a strong life purpose...42:08 NIH funded study correlating purpose and longevity Be able to say your purpose in life in one succinct sentence Quick tips: What did you like to do when you were a kid? What puts you in the flow, or the zone? Podcast with Mastin Kipp Book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK (LINK) "Think about the things that make you forget to eat and poop." -Lower your stress levels...45:00 Chronic stress at the root of inflammation, age-related diseases Don't avoid stress; learn to manage it Ruthlessly eliminate haste and hurry from your life -Engage in a belief in a higher power...47:20 Believe there's a story for your life, that you fit into a bigger picture Study: Church attendance, allostatic load and mortality in middle aged adults -Remain reproductively useful...50:17 If you want to replenish the earth, nature will want to keep you around Article: Old, horny Italians (LINK) In part 2, recorded from Runga in the Dominican Republic, I respond to questions from the audience, including: -What are the 2019 health trends...56:00 CBD Keto Stem cell booths Fasting -What is your view about high animal protein and how IGF-1 impacts longevity...58:53 -What's the best way to handle crinkle/crunch when bending at the knees...1:01:50 -What are the top 3 bio hacks for human optimization?...1:03:24 All comes down to the mitochondria Mineral-infused water Sunlight (photobiomodulation) Grounding with the earth (PEMF) -Does high-fat coffee break your fast?...1:05:53 Anything with calories breaks your fast -Top 5 quick tips for raising kids...1:07:11 Don't say "no" unless their life is in danger. Educate, let them learn to make decisions for themselves Adequate Vitamin D and K Genetically test your kids Teach how to deal with the cold Footwear (lots of bare feet) -Top 3 tips for increasing longevity...1:12:52 -What are your thoughts on sunblock and sunglasses?...1:14:50 -The thought of eating a diet only of foods in season and allowing a break from naturally occurring plant toxins for longevity...1:17:38 -What are your top 3 tests in correlating lab/company frequency to monitor your health?... DNA (once in your life) Comprehensive blood panel once a year Dutch test -What type of diet would you recommend for a family of four with a budget of $100/week?...1:23:18 Calorie and nutrient dense foods Invest in half a cow, vertical gardening setup -How do you find the right balance between the physical/tangible elements of what you teach and the spiritual/intangibles?...1:25:44 Episode Sponsors: -Kion's Fasting Bundle. Contains 2 Bags Kion Coffee and 1 Bottle Kion Aminos Tablets. 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Q&A 393: How To Increase Testosterone After Exercise, Keto For Athletes, Keto Pancakes, Cream Cheese, CBD Gummies & More!
Jan 10 2019, Q&A Episode 393: How To Increase Testosterone After Exercise, Keto For Athletes, Keto Pancakes, Cream Cheese, CBD Gummies & More! During this podcast intro, Ben mentions Thorne Mediclear, The Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club, Elemental Health CBD, BioCBD, Thorne Hemp and his new book releasing at DiscoverKi.com. 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 [6:50] CBD, Keto and Romaine Lettuce? The 5 foods the internet was most obsessed with in 2018: https://www.foodandwine.com/news/google-trend-report-2018 Here’s why the carnivore diet probably works well for may folks: http://obscurescience.com/2018/12/17/how-does-the-carnivore-diet-reverse-serious-health-conditions/ Is a ketogenic diet good for athletes or bodybuilders? (Long article, but scroll to end for good summary): http://roguehealthandfitness.com/can-ketogenic-diets-work-for-bodybuilding-or-athletics/ This 70 year old track star is very inspiring, and an interesting diet too - 18 hour fasts….https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-stay-speedy-in-his-70s-he-got-buff-1544272200 You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on Twitter.com/BenGreenfield, Instagram.com/BenGreenfieldFitness, Facebook.com/BGFitness, BenGreenfieldFitness.com/Snapchat, and Google+. Special Announcements [37:34] This podcast is brought to you by: –The Butcher Box Skip the store and spend more time on what's important - family. Get your meat delivered, for free, right to your door. Each box, whether it's chosen by you or curated by us, is perfectly packed and portioned for your needs. Get 2 FREE pounds of wild caught Alaskan salmon. -Kion Coffee What's better than Kion Coffee? Keeping it piping hot at home, in the office, or on-the-go in a stylish Kion Tumbler! -Organifi Red Juice. A “Tart-Sweet” Custom Brew With The HOTTEST Fat Melting And “Skin-Firming” Superfoods In The World. Use discount code "Greenfield" at checkout and get 20% off your entire order.  -Click here to follow Ben on Snapchat, and get ready for some epic stories about his morning, day and evening routine!  Ben's Adventures: [43:40] – January 12, 2019: TEDxCoeurdalene, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. I am thrilled to present topics in longevity and biohacking to in an intimate setting to an inspired audience. Join me! –January 30, 2019: NextHealth FOREFRONT Talk with Ben Greenfield: NextHealth, Century City, CA Westfield Mall 10250 Santa Monica Blvd LA CA 90067 to RSVP and for more information, send an email to RSVP@next-health.com – Jan 20 – 21, 2019: Serious Business Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. This conference is going invoke thought and insight and expose you to new ideas and thinking on self-development and business in the beauty industry. Register here. – February 22- 24, 2019: CalJam: The Rebel Yell Tour. California Jam combines a TED talk format with a rock n’ roll show in-between! The driving objective of the event is to get attendees up to date on chiropractic research, scientific studies, and useful practice management strategy. The hope is that attendees bring all they learn at Cal Jam back to their communities to implement real, rippling change. Get your tickets here before the prices go up! – April 6 – 7, 2019: FitCon Summit, Salt Lake City, Utah. FitCon® encourages everyone to Find Their Fit. It does not matter whether it is powerlifting, Crossfit, bodybuilding, roller derby, or even axe throwing. Be sure to visit the Kion booth in the expo! – April 26 – 28, 2019: Paleo f(x) Conference, Austin, Texas. Join me, staff from my company, Kion, and the rest of your tribe at Paleo f(x)™ 2019, the largest gathering of Paleo / ancestral health / keto / functional medicine / strength & conditioning experts in the world… see everything you'll get out of this enriching, enlightening event. Besides, April is a wonderful time of year to visit Austin, TX….Get your tickets here. – June 23 – July 7, 2019: European Detox Retreat, Paracelsus al Ronc, Switzerland. At this 2019 liver detox and R&R at the beautiful Swiss Mountain Clinic (formerly Paracelsus al Ronc) in the Italian quarter of Switzerland, you will stay on-site and receive diagnostics and treatments from the best doctors of biological medicine to detox your liver and your soul. Plus you're going to have a wonderful time hiking, sightseeing and enjoying one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here's the link to more info. *this event is sold out, waitlist is available -View the Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Calendar Here 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! ------------------------------------------ Listener Q&A As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick. How To Increase Testosterone After Exercise [47:08] Jim says: You have talked about how testosterone levels can be prolonged if you simply fast after a workout and that they dip if you eat post-workout. I am wondering if eating post-workout just causes a drop in blood testosterone because your insulin takes the testosterone out of the blood and shovels it into the muscle to begin recovery. So I am wondering if eating post workout is actually something we could do to enhance recovery and that blood levels of testosterone are not, in fact, the real desired effect. In my response, I recommend: -My podcast on the benefits of fasted exercise -My podcast with Mark Sisson -Kion essential amino acids -Essential amino acids and muscle protein recovery from resistance exercise How To Fix The School Lunch Program [59:53] Ben says: I would love to hear your ideas for avoiding the epidemic of poor quality food in our public school system. And also if you have any ideas of how we can affect a change in the system so future children don't have to suffer. My daughter's kindergarten offers hot dogs, nachos, corn dogs and an ice cream truck from Hershey's. I would love you hear your thoughts on combating this issue and getting better vendors into the system. In my response, I recommend: -The book "Feeding You Lies" -What Kids Around The World Eat For School Lunch -Healthy School Lunch Campaign  -farmtoschool.org -TheLunchBox.org -Packing The Perfect Lunchbox by Weston. A Price -BigGreen.org 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! -----------------------------------------------------
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A Biohacking Clinic Straight From The Deck Of Star Trek, The Minimum Effective Dose Of Exercise, How Ben Greenfield Fasts, Increasing Mitochondrial Density & Much More!
NextHealth is a brand new, cutting-edge, biohacking facility that is taking California by storm. In this conversation between Ben Greenfield and Dr. Shah of NextHealth Clinic in LA, you'll hear... ...a magnitude of information related to health and wellness, including: diets, exercise regimens, herbs, music, CBD, lab tests and much more, recorded straight from the NextHealth Clinic in LA, which is like the deck of a Star Trek spaceship and a complete playground for biohackers and health or longevity enthusiasts! This particular episode will teach you how to become the best version of yourself by taking advantage of the information that’s out there in the health, science, wellness and fitness sectors. The barrier to entry to biohacking and self-optimization is becoming far more cost effective and there’s a plethora of information, supplements, tests and programs out there that are becoming more mainstream. Finally, if you like what you hear, you can click here for $500 savings on a full body MRI and full genome sequencing package from NextHealth.  Please also note that I will be speaking at NextHealth in Century City on January 30 at 7pm, and the event is completely free to the public to attend! More details below. In this conversation, you'll discover: -How to increase longevity using ancestral wisdom and biohacking through telomere analysis...8:05 Telomere analysis is not an ironclad measurement but is efficacious in conjunction with other analyses. Longevity markers: Grip strength Walking speed Ability to sit and stand Face Inflammatory markers Track your chronological age, and your health while you're on this earth Humans crave variety, improvement We've been led to believe the top of the totem pole is our workouts, strength, etc. Look for ways to "scratch the itch" for self-improvement other than your workout Find the "minimum effective dose" vs. an all or nothing approach Sitting around waiting to see the chiropractor; at airports Find ways to be active throughout your day to day activities; get creative! Walking Desk changed Dr. Shah's life Also check out the Hex Bar Lift occasionally, sprint occasionally, move all day long. -My thoughts on High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)...19:35 Two ways to increase your mitochondrial density. Both are effective Long, slow aerobic training Higher intensity, brief spurts of exercise 1-2x/week, do 4 extremely hard efforts for 30 seconds; rest (or low-intensity exercise) 4 minutes between. Tabata set: 4 Minutes; 20 seconds hard, 10 seconds easy. VO2 max -What my diet looks like...26:25 Varies widely due to extensive international travel schedule I love to eat whatever local food is available While at home, my diet most resembles the Weston A. Price diet There's not a single "perfect" human diet Eating healthy goes in phases; maybe depending on a certain condition they have at a given time You can try more variety once you've been on a restrictive diet for a period of time (2-6 months) I eat a whole foods diet; seasonal Eat a whole foods diet as much as possible; use all self-quantification data available to you (ancestral, blood, etc.) Epigenetics: eating according to your ancestry -My thoughts on testing the microbiome...37:50 The biome of the large intestine isn't necessarily reflective of the small intestine. As testing becomes more popular, data is collected; solutions to particular problems are possible. AI can be used to sort through the vast amount of data Probiotics not effective in populating the gut. People with bacteria deficiencies have GI, digestive issues; not enough fiber and fermented foods -My sleep habits, and how I track my sleep...43:20 Tracking can be a distraction at first as you're so focused on the data Eventually, you just get used to it I use the Oura Ringto track my sleep (use code: GREENFIELDOURA to save $$$) What I track in my sleep sleep latency deep sleep percentages REM and light sleep percentages Number of times I woke Body temp Heart rate variability Low hanging fruits when it comes to tracking sleep: My quality of sleep is correlated to the amount of bright sunshine I get before noon Anything that targets the endocannabinoid system is helpful for deep sleep Breathwork helps with sleep latency Box breathing 4-7-8 breathing Melatonin is effective when traveling west to east -Why I travel so extensively when I don't really need to...57:05 -The relationship between fasting and circadian rhythm, overall health and longevity...59:18 It's difficult to see the benefits; stoic approach Daily 12-16 hour intermittent fast 3-4 times a year, do a 5-day fasting-mimicking diet Fast Saturday dinner to Sunday dinner, twice a month -The pros and cons of drugs such as rapamycin and metformin...1:08:00 I don't use rapamycin; I get sufficient autophagy and mTOR through fasting I don't take metformin either Good for longevity, not so much for athletes Increased risk for diabetes, Alzheimer's, etc. after prolonged use Other studies have shown the opposite... -Some of my strategies to optimize my brain (outside of nootropics)...1:11:30 The power of music to enhance neurogenesis; the joy it brings emotionally Not a fan of device-based entertainment Reading, especially fiction (reading and writing) Psilocybin Halo TDCS device Vielight (use code: GREENFIELD) How I test my cognitive ability General rule: If I'm doing something outside my comfort zone, leaving me a bit irritated, I know I'm triggering neurogenesis. Focus on things like gratitude, socialization, meditation, etc. then complement it with nootropics. -My strategies for optimizing my cardiovascular performance...1:20:05 3 areas to track: Nervous system Exercise Diet Never done a calcium scan score (although I want to) More is not better (exercise, Vitamin D, etc.) -An overview of the services provided at NextHealth...1:29:00 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Click here to get info on Ben Greenfield's new book (set to release in summer of 2019)! -You can click here for $500 savings on any of the services from NextHealth -NextHealth FOREFRONT Talk with Ben Greenfield: Wednesday 1/30/19 at 7pm at NextHealth, Century City, CA Westfield Mall 10250 Santa Monica Blvd LA CA 90067 To RSVP and for more information, send an email to RSVP@next-health.com -Dr. Darshan Shah -The Weston A. Price diet Episode Sponsors: –The Kion Fasting Challenge Learn the most popular fasts, how to do them and how they can boost your health. Get the free guide, Fasting Decoded and get in on all the goodness at GetKion.com/fast -Trusii The Most Powerful H2 Tablets, Period. H2Now delivers over 15ppm H2-infused water in seconds to Neutralize Inflammation, Heal Your Cells, Boost Your Performance and Recovery, and Restore Optimal Health. Use code: BEN (15% + Free Shipping) –Organifi delivers quality nutrition to the world with delicious, easy-to-mix superfood drinks. Hundreds of thousands of women and men use Organifi products to sleep better, get their energy back and achieve their weight loss goals. Use code: GREENFIELD at checkout, and receive 20% off your entire purchase! Organifi.com Got a question for Dr. Shah or myself? Just leave a comment at bengreenfieldfitness.com/nexthealthpodcast and one of us will reply ASAP!
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What You Didn't Know About CBD & THC, Fixing Lyme Disease, The Full Body Blood Change Reboot, Peptides 101, Hyperthermia & Much More!
Dr. Matthew Cook of Bioreset Medical. is one of the smartest, most cutting-edge physicians I've ever met, and this is part 2 of my amazing two-part interview with him, recorded from my home in Spokane, WA. You can listen to part 1 at "Immortal Cells, Biohacking Pain, Killing Lyme, Stem Cell Confusion, How Ketamine Works & Much More With Dr. Matt Cook."  During that first episode we discussed: ...how he's used the nootropic methylene blue to solve a difficult medical case... ...how he's upgrading stem cells to make them far more potent... ...how he's treating depression effectively in as little as 20 minutes with a special brew that includes ketamine, NAD and vitamin IVs... ...how he's reversing musculoskeletal disorders using something called "hydrodissection"... Dr. Cook founded BioReset Medical Corporation and as acting President, operates a Regenerative Medicine 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. During this Part 2 discussion, you'll discover: -Dr. Cook's Opinion on the use of beta blockers in preparing for performance...9:30 Gave a talk to over 2,000 doctors early in his career Was given a beta blocker by an associate; Heart rate went down to 25 bpm. Never taken another beta blocker since. Sweet spot for everything. Biohacking too high or too low is problematic Has used beta blockers with anesthesia to calm the heart rate. -Plasmapheresis, what Dr. Cook's considers to be one of the "next big things" in the medical industry...11:58 Plasmapheresis A method of removing blood plasma from the body by withdrawing blood, separating it into plasma and cells, and transfusing the cells back into the bloodstream. It is performed especially to remove antibodies in treating autoimmune conditions. It has also been studied as a treatment for neurocognitive and Neuro degenerative problems like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It’s kind of like an oil change in your vehicle. If there is systemic inflammation, often that inflammation is in the plasma of the blood. Different from parabiosis Same procedure as Dr. Mark Urdahl and I discussed on the podcast a few months ago. (Listen to the episode here.) Most people who seek plasmapheresis have a serious conditions like Lyme, dementia, Parkinsons, etc. Effect on a healthy person: No negative effect. Nothing wrong with a thorough examination Length of the procedure: 2-3 hours, 1x/week for 6 weeks. -Dr. Cook's thoughts on the use of cannabinoids in his practice...18:50 We have cannabinoid receptors in our brains. Part of our nervous system is called the endocannabinoid system. Expect a surge of use in the next 10 years among health optimizers and chronically ill people. "Entourage effect" Unicorn: a company that is purifying cannabinoids and get all the solvents out Delta 8 THC vs. Delta 9. Rick Simpson Oil: highly potent What are terpines? The terpines are the flavor the smell and much of the effect. The effect of sativa or the effect of the indica is from the terpines in that strain. Can be up to 100 terpines in a strainCan also control flavonoids.... Unicorn can make them bioavailability We are going to be studying these blends Do you give a f*ck? Here's how to follow what's up with the Unicorn brand: http://unicorncannabis.net -Dr. Cook's approach to dealing with gut issues...31:40 Get a sense of symptoms Test for parasites, the microbiome, stool sample Food goes through the stomach, to small intestine. Small intestine is sterile Goes into large intestine, trillions of bacteria Parasites live in the small intestine SIBO: small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (Listen to my podcast with Dr. Michael Ruscio here) Anti-inflammatory diets Collagen, bone broth, colostrum is efficacious in healing the gut. Everything is fixable. "Bio Reset" -What Dr. Cook likes and uses in his practice with peptides...43:55 Peptide is a smaller version of a protein BPC 157 used in combination with stem cells and treating GI problems TB 500 Thymosin used for chronic infections Peptides becoming common for treatment of chronic illnesses Immune over response and under response - Immune modulation Nootropic peptides: Seamax, Sealance -What is "hyperthermia"?...51:22 Used for treating chronic infections and cancer. Two options under consideration: High tech sauna Venovenus Malarial treatment: German doctor discovered a way to cure malaria using hyperthermia in the 1920's after WWI. -Dr. Cook's approach to treating Lyme disease...59:17 Similar approach as to the gut. Tick-borne illness Effects similar to syphilis Step back, get broadest possible level. Full assessment food allergies pain in joints Neural lyme What modalities have been successful? Ozone Ketamine NAD Peptides Regenerative medicines: exosomes and stem cells (Listen to my podcast with Dr. Harry Adelson here) -How Dr. Cook teaches other doctors in these practices...1:09:00 -And much more! Resources from this episode: Part 1: Immortal Cells, Biohacking Pain, Killing Lyme, Stem Cell Confusion, How Ketamine Works & Much More With Dr. Matt Cook -Young Blood Institute podcast -Dr. Michael Ruscio podcast -The Swiss Detox Retreat Ben is leading in summer 2019 -Book - Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness -Podcast with Dr. Harry Adelson Episode Sponsors: -The Kion Fasting Challenge Learn The Most Popular Fasts, How To Do Them, And How They Can Boost Your Health. Get my free guide, Fasting Decoded, get in on all the goodness at getkion.com/fast -Organifi delivers quality nutrition to the world with delicious, easy-to-mix superfood drinks. Hundreds of thousands of women and men use Organifi products to sleep better, get their energy back and achieve their weight loss goals. Use code "Greenfield" at checkout and receive 20% off your entire purchase! -Christian Gratitude Journal Unlock the power of gratitude. When you introduce conscious, mindful gratitude into your day, positivity will begin to pour into your life – along with all the other scientifically proven physical, mental and spiritual benefits you’re about to discover. Get 20% off your order with coupon code "grateful2019" when you purchase 2 or more journals! -Clearlight Saunas is increasing the prices on their saunas next month. So if you've been thinking of getting one, now's the time. Use coupon code "bengreenfield" and get the original pricing, plus free shipping within the U.S. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Cook or me? Leave your comments at http://bengreenfieldfitness.com/bioreset2 and one of us will reply!  
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The Hidden Health Epidemic Nobody Is Talking About (& 6 Ways To Protect Yourself From It)
I’m an introvert through and through. A multitude of personality tests that I’ve taken, including the Quiet Revolution test and the Myers-Briggs analysis, have backed this up. Perhaps it’s genetics or perhaps it’s because I was homeschooled K-12 in rural Idaho. Whatever the case may be, I’m “that guy” at busy conferences who ducks away to my room to go recharge my batteries every few hours – something I can only accomplish by escaping the crowds and being entirely by myself. I thrive on long walks, multi-hour hikes and extended bike rides – usually alone. I become exhausted at networking events and cocktail parties and often slip away early to sleep, to curl up with a good book, or simply to meditate and breathe. Even at family events, I can often be found off in some quiet corner reading or strumming on my guitar or ukulele. As a matter of fact, when I was a child, my parents had to coax me, persuade me and yes, even  threaten me with punishment, to actually get my nose out of my book and be gracious enough to ever so briefly emerge from my bedroom to say a quick hello to any guests we had at the house, after which I would subsequently rush back to my room and curl up once again with my book (I’d often read until 3 or 4am and consume several books each day and night!).  But at the same time, even though I’m completely happy being a loner, I now go out of my way to ensure that (as uncomfortable or unnatural as it was for me initially) I spend plenty of time carving out a couple hours each night for a family dinner and nighttime family rituals, for connecting with old and new friends, for attending networking events, for scheduling plenty of book signings and meet-and-greets, for traveling to crowded conferences and for actively engaging in local church, community and charity events. In fact, if one didn't know better, they might honestly mistake me for a bit of a social butterfly. So - aside from my desire to not be an arrogant, hard-to-approach, uncommunicative @$$hole - why have I begun to incorporate such a strong emphasis in my life on optimizing friends, charity, community relationships and love? As it turns out, there is a fascinating link between love, family, social connectedness and relationships and a longer lifespan. I'm about to supply you with a host of practical love tips to include in your own life for a longer lifespan and better health. After all, owning an amazing body and a sharp mind can all be for naught if loneliness, sadness, inflammation, high blood pressure and accelerated aging are all occurring due to a lack of friendships, social relationships, community, charity and love. This podcast will teach you exactly why and how to include these important components into your own body, mind and spirit routine. During this solosode, you'll discover: -How loneliness, or "social isolation" negatively affects your physical health...8:30 Becoming more and more of a problem worldwide Correlated with the increased use of "social" media Physicians are simply not trained how to deal with it Can affect anyone, anywhere. Not limited to a particular demographic, i.e. introverts, socially awkward, depressed, etc. Affects a person physically as well as emotionally Ancestral roots of our social needs; "loneliness" meant the tribe had abandoned you. Dunbar's Number: Total # of companions we can effectively socialize: 150 12 people in an "inner circle" Social media is effective for facilitating community, but lacks the deep connections you get from face to face We don't know our neighbors by name and by face We're not experiencing relationships the way we're programmed to Signals and "vibes" we give off in face to face -The correlation between smartphone prevalence and loneliness...16:15 Smartphone addiction and social anxiety Kids who spend more than 3 hours per day on a phone are at higher risk of suicide and depression "Not an exaggeration to say the iGen is on the brink of the worst social mental health crisis in decades..." Is it possible to develop personal relationships via an impersonal medium made up of algorithms? Book: Reclaiming Conversations (link) Use of email depersonalizes social interactions Emotional intelligence suffers Book: I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me (link) -Practical things you can do to fight loneliness...24:12 Book: Blue Zones "The power of love" It's more efficacious to give love than to receive love from others Expressing gratitude increases your empathy toward others Altruism: Helping others who are stressed helps with your own stress levels Don't be kind, help others etc. because you think it's going to improve your health; do it because you want to do it. Book: Never Eat Alone (Link) -The chemistry behind face to face interactions...38:20 Pacinian corpuscles; travels to the Vagus nerve Release of oxytocin (don't have sex before buying a used car) Seratonin (similar to anti-depressants) Pheromones -6 ways to enhance your life and longevity with love...47:15 Volunteer your time Parents Local schools Churches Nursing homes Coach sports Tutor Deliver meals Throw dinner parties Find Meetups meetup.com Reddit Apps: Scout, Excuses to Meet, etc. Church activities Renew forsaken family relationships Family conflicts engender anger, bitterness, etc. Direct eye contact significantly helps to communicate in difficult circumstances Acknowledge your faults; Book: The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Green (link) Reclaim real conversation Louis C.K. with Conan: Digital conversations are less empathetic Real conversation begins with solitude and self-reflection Turn off notifications on your phone Apps: App Detox, Flipped, Onward, Forest -And Much More!!! Resources from this episode: -The Christian Gratitude Journal Episode sponsors: -Kion Ancestral nutrients, modern molecules, clean energy bars and the purest coffee you'll find anywhere! -Onnit 6 Kettlebell Transformation Program. A full-body, transformative workout you can do in the comfort of your own home in just six weeks. Receive 10% off your entire order from Onnit when you use my link! -MVMT Watches Make your wrist a conversation piece. Take advantage of MVMT's year-end sale and take an additional 15% off your order when you use my link! -WHOOP By wearing WHOOP 24/7, you'll unlock the secrets your body is trying to tell you. Get a $30 discount on your first 6 month membership, which includes the wristband, when you use code "ben" at checkout! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me? Leave your comments at http://bengreenfieldfitness.com/friends and I will reply!
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