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

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

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Life hack 101

By Punisher0177 - Jan 19 2020
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Ben is great! If you’re looking for a life hack, bio-hack, or just looking to learn something new to help your life through diet and exercise this is the pod cast for you. Ben makes science and technology fun and interesting. Give it a shot and I’m sure you’ll be hooked just as I am.

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Dude drops so much knowledge you will never get enouhh

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Life hack 101

By Punisher0177 - Jan 19 2020
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Ben is great! If you’re looking for a life hack, bio-hack, or just looking to learn something new to help your life through diet and exercise this is the pod cast for you. Ben makes science and technology fun and interesting. Give it a shot and I’m sure you’ll be hooked just as I am.

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By AjdinH - Dec 10 2019
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Dude drops so much knowledge you will never get enouhh
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Ben Greenfield Fitness

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

Rank #1: The Complete Guide to Fasting: How To Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

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https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/fasting Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven’t thought about—yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting. Fasting is not about starving oneself. When done right, it’s an incredibly effective therapeutic approach that produces amazing results regardless of diet plan. In fact, Toronto-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung has used a variety of fasting protocols with more than 1,000 patients, with fantastic success. Dr. Fung earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his internal medicine residency before heading to the University of California, Los Angeles, for his fellowship in nephrology. He currently practices as a kidney specialist in Toronto. He is the chief of the department of medicine at Scarborough General Hospital. In addition to clinical medicine, he is also on the board of directors of Low Carb Diabetes Association and the scientific editor of the Journal of Insulin Resistance. During the course of treating thousands of patients, it became clear to Dr. Fung that the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and obesity was getting worse. The prevailing dietary recommendations to reduce dietary fat and calories were clearly ineffective. He founded the Intensive Dietary Management Program to provide a unique treatment focus for type 2 diabetes and obesity: rather than focusing on medications, this clinic focuses on dietary changes that are simple yet effective. In , he has teamed up with international bestselling author and veteran health podcaster Jimmy Moore to explain what fasting is really about, why it’s so important, and how to fast in a way that improves health. Together, they make fasting as a therapeutic approach both practical and easy to understand. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Jason and Ben have different takes on whether or not to eat breakfast...[8:25] -The five different physiological stages of fasting...[16:45] -Why growth hormone actually goes up, not down, when you fast, and how the body uses this mechanism to maintain muscle...[30:15]  -Why fasting doesn't actually decrease your metabolic rate or cause you to go into to starvation mode...[33:20] -What kind of scenario would actually cause your metabolic rate to decrease with calorie restriction...[37:10] -Why most of the Biggest Loser contestants actually regained their weight after the show...[44:35] -The reason hunger gradually disappears during a fast...[49:55] -The shocking things that happen to your body when you do an extended fast...[56:35] -What refeeding syndrome is...[63:00] -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - Show Sponsors: Ample -  is a balanced healthy meal in a bottle with 20+ superfoods. Use code GREENFIELD for 15% off all first-time orders. TeloYears - Go to and use my special gift card code BEN10 to get 10% off your . Code valid through Aug 31, 2017. Hello Fresh - For $30 off your first week of deliveries, visit and enter code FITNESS30 when you subscribe! Marc Pro - Marc Pro: Pain Relief and Faster Muscle Recovery Time. For a 5% discount, use promo code “BEN” at . Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jason or me? Leave your comments at  and one of us will reply!

Jun 10 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #2: The Plant Paradox: Are Lectins *Really* That Harmful Or Is Dr. Steven Gundry Wrong?

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https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/gundry Grains of all kinds, especially whole grain wheat. Corn. Tomatoes. Potatoes. Beans and legumes, particularly soy. Just about all nuts, especially cashews and peanuts. Zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant and pickles. And yes, even our dear friend the avocado. Each of these foods has one thing in common - a food component that today's podcast guest, , claims may responsible for some of the world's most pressing health issues, from obesity to heart disease. In Dr. Gundry's new book , he highlights exactly what that foood component is. Dr. Gundry is a renowned cardiologist, New York Times best-selling author and medical researcher. During his 40-year career in medicine, he has performed over 10,000 heart surgeries and developed multiple life-saving medical technologies, including patenting nine cardiac surgery devices. He 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 today's discussion with Dr. Gundry, you'll discover: -What exactly a lectin is, and why plants have them...[6:56] -What happens to the gut upon consumption of lectins, and whether there's any research behind it...[9:25 ] -The common (and uncommon) sources of lectins that most people eat...[20:35] -How a lectin is different than gluten...[21:35 & 30:10] -Whether our ancestors ate plants and lectins...[31:10 & 44:50] -Why Steven is such a fan of eating fruit that’s in season, or fruit that is unripened...[36:45] -Why Steven thinks it is that so many of the Blue Zones in Dan Buettner's longevity book had a propensity for eating legumes, yet still lived long...[48:45] -Simple hacks you can use to reduce lectins in common foods like tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, apple, rice, etc...[39:55, 43:25 & 55:50] -And much more! Resources from this episode: Show Sponsors: -Atrantil -  Go to and use the code Ben for 15% off. -Rover - The nation's largest network of 5-star pet-sitters. Go to and use promo code "BEN" to get $25 off. -HealthIQ - To learn more about life insurance for physically active people and get a free quote, go to . -Qualia - Go to  to fine tune your brain for cognitive fitness. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Gundry or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!

Sep 02 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #3: The Kratom User's Guide: What Is Kratom, How Do You Use It & The Truth Behind This Controversial Natural Herb.

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https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/chrisbell From relaxation, to quelling appetite, to killing pain, I've recently been using an herb called "" (ever since I injured my back several months ago and I needed something other than an opioid based painkiller to stop the discomfort and allow me to sleep and engage in my normal day-to-day function). When I first used Kratom, I felt the effects within minutes - and also experienced a pleasant euphoria, and even a drop in appetite, with none of the side effects of a painkiller and none of the psychosis of something like marijuana. Advocates say the herb kratom offers relief from pain, depression, and anxiety. Scientists say it may hold the key to treating chronic pain and may even be a tool to combat addiction to opioid medications. But the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is now trying to ban this potent herb, citing an “imminent hazard to public safety.” So is kratom safe? Addictive? How do you use it? What are the different strains? What else can kratom be used for? In today's podcast with Chris Bell, you'll discover the answers to all these questions and much more. This is a must listen, in my opinion, especially since President Trump just declared the opioid crisis in America a "national emergency". Chris "Boar" Bell is an American director, producer and writer, known for his documentaries and  and . He is the brother of Mark Bell and Mike Bell, both of whom were featured in Bigger, Stronger, Faster. In 1997, Bell obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California. He currently resides in California, where founded his film production company Bigger Stronger Faster Inc, which is devoted to producing educational documentaries, films, and TV shows... ...Chris also happens to be an expert in all things kratom, and even claims that kratom is "the cure for the opioid epidemic". During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Chris went from being in intense pain 24-7 to nearly destroying his stomach with ibuprofen and advil to being completely addicted to opioid based painkillers...[8:55] -How Chris originally discovered kratom...[20:50] -What kratom is and where it comes from...[23:45 & 25:00] -How you feel when you take kratom...[26:05] -The difference between the different kratom strains, like red, white and green...[27:25] -Whether kratom is safe on the organs...[31:15] -Where Ben and Chris get their kratom...[38:20 & 40:45] -Whether kratom is addictive or habit-forming...[42:15] -If kratom is banned by WADA or USADA...[47:10] -Whether kratom can be combined with anything to enhance its effects...[50:50, 52:50 & 54:00] -How long kratom takes to "hit your system" and how long it lasts...[59:25] -The new kratom documentary Chris is working on...[60:30] -And much more... Resources from this episode:  (use 5% discount "c513g2") - (use code BEN10 for 10% discount) - Show Sponsors: -Rover - The nation's largest network of 5-star pet-sitters. Go to and use promo code "BEN" to get $25 off. -Kettle & Fire - Go to and get 20% off your order or chicken broth! -Organifi - Go to Discount code BEN for 20% off your order! -Podchaser - Want to help me make this podcast even bigger? For the next week or so, you can visit the site and leave ratings and reviews for episodes you want to see commemorated. To keep it simple — 1. Head to   2. Log into Podchaser. New user? If so, enter “Patreon” to get FREE access. 3. Rate and review your favorite episodes! Don’t forget to log in and vote. Thanks in advance for your support! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Chris or me? Leave your comments at  and one of us will reply!

Aug 16 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #4: The Science of Reading People, Captivating A Conversation, Interpreting Body Language, Decoding Facial Expressions & Much More!

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https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/captivate When I was attending University of Idaho, my roommate was one of the top vacuum cleaner salesman in the world. Believe it or not I've actually had him on the podcast in a separate episode which you can I remember being fascinated with this guy's personal library. It was chock-full of books about reading body language, how to tell if people were lying to you, how to tell if people were attracted to you, how to negotiate, how to argue, and how to successfully enchant people and engage in social situations. So I read just about every book in his library and became incredibly interested in the science of human body language and human emotions. However, for the past several years I really haven't delved into much of the science behind understanding human connections and human interactions until my interest was recently re-sparked when reading a fascinating new book called  As I usually do when I find a book incredibly intriguing, I folded over an enormous number of pages and hunted down the author to interview her for today's podcast. If you ever feel awkward at networking events, wonder what your date really thinks of you, wish you could decode people, or want to learn more about the science of people, this episode is for you. As a human behavior hacker, my guest on today's podcast - Vanessa Van Edwards - created a research lab to study the hidden forces that drive us. And she’s definitely cracked the code. In her new book , she shares shortcuts, systems, and secrets for taking charge of your interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation. These aren’t the people skills you learned in school. This is the first comprehensive, science backed, real life manual on how to captivate anyone - and a completely new approach to building connections.   Just like knowing the formulas to use in a chemistry lab, or the right programming language to build an app, Captivate provides simple ways to solve people problems. You learn, for example… -How to work a room: Every party, networking event, and social situation has a predictable map. Discover the sweet spot for making the most connections. -How to read faces: It’s easier than you think to speed-read facial expressions and use them to predict people’s emotions. -How to talk to anyone: Every conversation can be memorable—once you learn how certain words generate the pleasure hormone dopamine in listeners. When you understand the laws of human behavior, your influence, impact, and income will increase significantly. What’s more, you will improve your interpersonal intelligence, make a killer first impression, and build rapport quickly and authentically in any situation - negotiations, interviews, parties, and pitches. You’ll never interact the same way again. Vanessa Van Edwards is the lead investigator at , a human behavior research lab. She is a Huffington Post columnist and published author. Her innovative work has been featured on NPR, Business Week and USA Today. She regularly gives keynotes and appears in the media to talk about her research. She has written for CNN, Fast Company and Forbes. Her latest book, Captivate, was chosen as one of Apple’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017. During my discussion with Vanessa, you'll discover: -How we can "smell" fear in people, why women on birth control pills may choose the wrong mate, and how our level of hormones can actually change our facial structure and compatibility with other people...[9:35] -What a "PQ score" is and why it is so relevant to success...[14:27] -The biggest mistake most people make at social events, and where successful "hyper-networkers" stand...[17:50] -What you can learn from the most successful TED Talks based on the same three things that every TED presenter does...[23:20] -The "trust hormone" that Ben injected for several weeks that can also be released via eye contacts and handshakes...[26:35] -Why Vanessa took a 7 day vow of silence, and the shocking lessons she learned by "not talking"...[37:15] -One of the best hacks you can use to sync your brain to someone else you are talking to...[43:50] -What is the process Vanessa describes in her book called "the nut job"? [49:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode: Show Sponsors: -Onnit - Go to and save 10% on your purchase. -Four Sigmatic - Go to and use code code BENGREENFIELD for 15% off. -Organifi - Go to Discount code BEN for 20% off your order! -HealthGains - Text the word "GAIN" to 313131 to receive a $250 voucher toward your HealthGAINS treatment. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Vanessa or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!

Sep 23 2017

55mins

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Rank #5: How Testosterone & Hormone Injections Work (Along With Growth Hormone, Peptides, SARMs, PRP & Much More!)

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https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/gainswave In the podcast "" I interviewed Dr. Richard Gaines about how he uses something called "Acoustic Sound Wave Therapy" in both men and women to enhance orgasms, libido, blood flow, size, sexual pleasure and much more. But Dr. Gaines specializes in much more than simply sound wave therapy, and in today's show, I invite him back to talk about testosterone injections, growth hormones, PRP, SARMs, anti-aging and beyond. If you've ever wondered how one uses injections and needles to build muscle, lose fat, defy aging or enhance sexual performance, this episode is a must-listen. Richard Gaines, MD, FAARM, ABAARM, is a leading practitioner of the rapidly evolving science of physician-guided age management. Since 1993 he has been administering hormone therapy and sexual wellness treatments, which have helped hundreds of men regain their self-confidence and live longer healthier lives! Dr. Gaines graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1981, and subsequently obtained his Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. In 2005 Dr. Gaines founded HealthGAINS, an anti-aging medical practice, where he resolved to find a new approach to ageing well, particularly for men struggling with age-related sexual performance issues. Today, Dr. Gaines has published 3 books, including one specifically on erectile dysfunction. He remains at the forefront of creating innovative sexual wellness treatments, including the development of his revolutionary new treatment protocol for erectile dysfunction, GAINSWave™. Dr. Gaines understands how sexual performance can affect your self-esteem, and can impact every aspect of your relationships. Over the years he has helped thousands of men enjoy a happy and healthy sex life with his breakthrough sexual wellness treatments. Looking forward, his goal is to have men develop a deeper understanding of how and why their ability to perform changes with age. Additionally he aims to expose the many myths and misconceptions that there are about sexual wellness, and continue to lead the way in developing treatments, such as the GAINSWave™, that treat the root causes of ED and other age-related sexual issues. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The fascinating story of how growth hormone is made by bacteria in a laboratory setting...[14:20] -The difference between sermorelin (Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone) and actual growth hormone...[16:30] -What the "sweet spot" value is for levels of Insulin Like Growth Factor is (and why there actually isn't an association between high IGF-1 and cancer!)...[23:15 & 24:36] -Whether hormone therapy is "safe" and whether it shuts down the body's own natural production...[28:00] -Why Dr. Gaines recommends taking one type of growth hormone in the morning and a different type of growth hormone in the evening...[32:00] -How to keep your "balls from shrinking" when using testosterone...[39:45] -When somebody takes a testosterone injection, whether they should only inject testosterone, or take other things at the same time...[44:10] -What Dr. Gaines thinks about alternatives to testosterone injections, such as one popular supplement of late called "SARMs"...[44:30] -The "P-shot" and "O-shot" that Dr. Gaines administers in his clinic, and how they work for enhancing sexual performance...[49:25] -And much more! Resources from this episode: – (if you want to go to Miami, Florida and have the protocol done by Dr. Gaines, simply mention this podcast or “Ben Greenfield” to save 5% off your entire protocol and any follow-up procedures you decide to get done – from P-shots to sound wave therapy and beyond.) -Text the word "GAIN" to 313131 to receive a $150 voucher toward your first GAINSWave treatment at any of the 80 participating physicians nationwide. -. Show Sponsors -biOptimizers – Crank your muscle gains to new heights by flooding your muscles with maximal amino acids without increasing your protein intake by a single gram. Go to to automatically get 10% off your order. -Four Sigmatic - Try out the Reishi Elixer for extreme relaxation without any grogginess. Use promo code BENGREENFIELD at  to get 15% off your order. -Organifi – Go to Discount code BEN for 20% off your order! -Casper Mattresses: Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting and using promo code BEN. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Gaines or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Jul 19 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #6: Insider Secrets To Multi-Day Fasting, What Kind Of Fasting Burns The Most Fat, Boosting Your Own Stem Cells, Diet Variation, Feast-Famine Cycles & More With Dr. Dan Pompa.

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Dr. Dan Pompa is one of my favorite guys to hang with. Hailing from Park City, Utah, he is considered to be an icon in the alternative health and wellness industry, traveling across the country educating practitioners, chiropractic docs and the general public on the root causes of inflammation driven diseases such as Weight Loss Resistance, Hypothyroid, Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autoimmune Disorders and other chronic conditions. He's especially smart and well-educated when it comes to fasting, ketosis and detoxification: three topics we tackle on today's show (Pompa was also a guest on ). He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University, graduating second in his class. His authority today, however, is rooted in his own personal battle, having overcome serious neurotoxic illness and heavy metal poisoning using the cellular detoxification strategies learned in his journey back to health. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What Dan experienced after the exosome and stem cell treatment in Park City, Utah...11:00 -Dan's best tips for achieving a multi-day fast, and why he fasted for six days prior to his own stem cell injections...14:15 -Which supplements to take while fasting...17:00 -What kind of water to drink while you are fasting, and why dry-fasting burns more fat...34:00 -The best way to filter the water in your house...39:00 -The insider deep dive into diet variation and the "feast/famine" cycle...44:00 -How to follow the 5-1-1 rule for knowing which days to eat carbs, which days to eat fat and which days to fast...59:30 -Why you shouldn't follow a ketogenic diet year round...1:12:15 -Why Dan's children fast and how he gets kids to fast (his son fasted for 12 days)...1:15:00 -The fasting challenge with 100,000 people that Dan will be overseeing in October...1:22:30 -And much more! Resources from this episode: - - - use code BG50 at checkout - - - -   - - -  -  -  - - use code BEN10 for 10% discount - - - Episode Sponsors: Happy 4th of July, all you Americans! To celebrate, we're taking 20% off every item in the Get Kion online store! To claim your discount, visit  and use discount code "july20"         ___ In addition to their rock-bottom prices, they're offering you $60 worth of organic groceries, plus free shipping, AND a 30 day trial to the Thrive Market membership. Just visit .     ___ - The purest Omega 3 supplement on the market. Get a box of Omax 3 Ultra Pure for FREE! *Some terms and conditions apply.         ___ Get 20% off Organifi Gold or Organifi Red - or a Green Juice if you prefer.               ___ Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dan or me? Leave your comments at http://bengreenfieldfitness.com/feastfamine and one of us will reply!

Jun 30 2018

1hr 28mins

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Rank #7: The Ultimate Guide To Quelling Inflammation: Why Your Curcumin May Not Work, Surprising Effects Of Ginger Oil, Vegan Fish Oil Options & Much More!

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https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/inflammation Thomas DeLauer 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 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. He is currently working on a project in the 2nd phase of trials with Doctors at UCLA to identify a strain of bacteria that may help modulate inflammation within the body. It is partially due to his involvement in this study that he has developed such an interest in the world of cellular inflammation in the first place. Residing near Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, three dogs, two horses, and soon to be first son. Thomas promotes a lifestyle of living as close to the earth as possible to obtain the best possible results while still achieving maximum performance in very possible area of life. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The top nutrients Thomas plans on feeding his newborn son to enhance his health...[10:00] -The tactics Tom used to go "from a 280-pound overweight corporate executive to not only being on the cover of health and fitness magazines"...[13:10] -The intriguing connection between an inability to lose fat and the presence of inflammation...[18:00] -How a special form of lactobacillus 456 can colonize the gut and cause a quelling of inflammation and enhanced fat loss...[22:15] -Whether you would want to combine a ketone such as beta-hydroxy-butyrate with glucose and when that would be a problem...[34:12] -Why Thomas believes curcumin should not be combined with black pepper, and better ways to improve absorption of curcumin...[40:45 & 43:45] -Why excess iron is a big problem for your gut, and how to get rid of it using something called "lactoferrin"...[53:10] -The single herbal extract that Thomas considers to fly under the radar but that has an extremely powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect...[60:23] -The answer to the "million dollar" question on when you wouldn't want to quell inflammation...[65:30] -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - - - - - - Show Sponsors: -Quip - Go to to get your first refill pack FREE with purchasing a Quip electric toothbrush. -Human Charger - Go to and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. -Organifi - Go to and use discount code BEN for 20% anything else! -HealthGains - Text the word "GREENFIELD" to 313131 to receive a $150 voucher toward your HealthGAINS treatment. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Thomas or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Nov 30 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #8: How Sound Healing Works, Why Most Music Is At The Wrong Frequency, The Best Music For Sleep & Much More With Wholetones Composer Michael Tyrrell.

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https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/lullaby first appeared on my website in the podcast episode "" In that episode, I describe how, at a health summit, someone handed me a book called “”, written by Michael - along with a  that Michael had recorded. These CD’s, called “” were described on the cover as music that “heals, repairs, and protects against disease.” So, skeptical but curious, I sat down and read the entire , and I began occasionally listening to the CD’s while driving, while getting a massage, while sitting in my sauna, etc. Every time I finished a CD, I had such a unique feeling of elation and satisfaction after listening, I downloaded a digital tuning app and retuned my guitar and my ukelele to the “frequencies” Michael described in the book. This may all seem a bit “woo-woo”, but it made a huge difference in the ability of a song to make me feel uplifted and full of positive energy as I played it. During that episode with Michael, we discussed why the music and sound you listen to every day is not tuned the right way and can actually be destroying organ function, how sound frequencies affect the human body, water, plants and more, how to “re-tune” music and sound to heal organs and provide therapy to the body, how to combine light and sound to de-stress your body, why digital sound from CD’s and mp3’s are not as good as analog sound from things like vinyl albums (and what you can do about it if you don’t want to buy a vinyl record turntable), the best way to use the sound to heal your body and to target specific organ systems, what Michael thinks about the use of tuning forks as vibrational sound therapy, and how a musician can “re-tune” their instrument to the correct frequency. So who is this guy? Michael is the founder and president of . After recording seven songs at different frequency levels, Michael released his album, Wholetones, accompanied by his book titled “Wholetones: The Sound of Healing” in 2014. Passionate about musical healing, Michael travels nationally and internationally as a key-note and motivational speaker on the power of musical therapy. Always connected to music, Michael bought his first guitar at the age of 10, which later lead him to study classical guitar with Joseph Lazarro, a protégée of the “grandfather of the classical guitar,”Andre Segovia. In recent years, Michael has traveled and ministered withChristian singer-songwriter, Jason Upton, and toured and recorded with Rick Pino and Fire Rain ministries. In 1987, Michael worked with Gospel Hall of Famer, Mylon Lefevre, and his band Mylon and Broken Heart, earning him a GMA Dove Award as well as a Grammy award. Michael has been in full time ministry for the last 26 years and has toured and played with many well-known Christian and secular bands. His experience as a youth pastor, worship leader, accomplished musician, producer and itinerant speaker has allowed his personal music frequency project to transcend international borders. Michael currently resides with his wife, Lillian, in Margate, Florida. He just released a brand new set of Wholetones music called "".  Life, Love & Lullabies is comprised of six beautiful songs, each approximately 30 minutes in length designed to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. I've been playing it for my kids and also for relaxing evenings in my . During today's discussion with Michael, you'll discover: -My sound healing session with a guy named Porungai in Sedona, who had a vibrating sound table and played didgeridoo, gongs, crystal bowls, etc. combined with bodywork...[11:10] -How sound effects the human body and human cells, and what kind of science or research is out there on the effect of sound frequencies on the human body...[18:00] -Why Michael tunes his instruments to the frequency that he does, and why some music is actually damaging to the human body...[24:45] -Why Michael almost fell asleep in the studio while recording "Life, Love & Lullabies", and how it is supposed to affect sleep...[42:20] -The details behind the six pieces in Life, Love & Lullabies, and how each is different...[50:55] -The best way to listen to Michael's tracks (bedside speakers vs. headphones vs. CD player, etc.)...[55:25] -Why Michael designed a specific sound frequency for pets...[61:28] -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - - - - - - - - - Show Sponsors:  -Organifi - Go to and use discount code REDBEN for 20% off your Red Juice order, or discount code BEN for 20% anything else! -Four Sigmatic - Go to and use code BENGREENFIELD for 15% off. -Molekule - Go to and enter promo code BEN for $75 off your order! -Onnit - To save 10% off your order, visit . Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Michael or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply.

Nov 23 2017

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Rank #9: What Should I Eat? The Ultimate Podcast Guide To Choosing The Perfect Diet For You: Part 1

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If you read this week's article "", then you are aware that I'm not a big fan of a myopic "one-size-fits-all" approach to diets. And yet, despite the enormous amount of biochemical individuality that exists from person to person, there is still a plethora of diet books published each year (particularly close to swimsuit season or the New Year) that promise to be the de facto final solution for everything from fat loss to banishing acne to beating cravings and building muscle when, in fact, the same ketogenic diet that helped your neighbor shed twenty pounds can result in rampant inflammation, brain fog and oxidized cholesterol for you. The same could be said for a vegan diet, a carnivore diet or many of the other currently popular eating approaches. In today's podcast, Part 1 of a 2 part series on customizing your diet to you, you're going to discover more about the concept of biochemical individuality, along with how to test your body to determine the perfect diet for you, and a range of dietary options to choose from that have been vetted by yours truly. Enjoy! During this solosode discussion, you'll discover: -The concept of biochemical individuality...7:35 Book: Biochemical Individuality by Roger Williams No such thing as an "average" person. Nutrition and environment can affect our outcome. Some people do not need to supplement Vitamin C, A, Riboflavin, etc. Others are resistant to things such as Vitamin D; taking the recommended amount damages their system. What worked for someone else may be damaging for you. Ketogenic Diet I used this when racing in Ironman triathlons; I still use it for days I need endurance. Some are high in cholesterol, high liver enzymes. Familial hypercholesterolemia; negative response to high intake of fats. Low amount of Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA) is converted into usable DHA or EPA Elongation of Omega 6 fatty acids Thrifty gene hypothesis (James Neal in 1962): Why humans build fat mass Some people possess genes that cause them to accumulate fat faster than others. FTO and PPRA genes are responsible for storing fatty acids. Consider a low fat, or plant-based diet vs. a ketogenic if you have these genes. Book: Wired to Eat by Rob Wolf -Differences in methylation between individuals...30:20 Meat eaters: most meat has high amounts of methionine, which is a high methyl donor Methylation occurs when a methyl group is taken from one compound or molecule and is transferred to another. If you're undermethylated, you would benefit from a high intake of muscular meats. Folate acts as a serotonin reuptake promoter. Good for undermethylators. Overmethylation: last thing you need is a bunch of meat for every meal. Consume protein, but don't be an extreme carnivore. -How to eat according to your ancestry...35:05 Northern European: Access to fish, Vitamin D Mexicans, Hispanics, Chinese: More folate rich foods, leafy greens. Japanese, Continental Europeans: High starch consuming Lactase persistence gene If of European descent, more likely to be lactose intolerant. Genes help determine biochemical individuality -The best types of tests to figure out what diet is right for you... Get a good blood test: Wellness FX Longevity Panel Cyrex test for food allergies Stool testing: Viome Genova Diagnostics DNA testing: Youtrients (listen to , Youtrients founder) 23 and Me Genetic Genie Use Dr. Google Urine testing: Dutch test Organic amino acids test Arresting metabolic rate test -The best diets and books I've come across over the years...44:05 Regardless of the diet you follow, follow basic practices. Auto-Immune Paleo diet Good for healing inflammation and leaky gut Specific Carbohydrate Diet Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GaPS) Book: Gut and Psychology Syndrome Swiss Detox Diet Colorado Cleanse Elemental Diet Book: SIBO Info Book: Healthy Gut, Healthy You by Dr. Michael Ruscio Walls Protocol Plant Paradox Diet Lower carb, lower sugar Mediterranean diet Weston A. Price Diet Closest to how I and my family eat You can customize it to your ancestry  Book: The Jungle Effect by Daphne Miller (listen to ) -And much more... Episode Sponsors: - Choose your meals. Unpack your box. Create magic. Get your first 3 meals for FREE when you order using . - Order your JOOVV light using my link and get a special bonus gift. - Quality is our Gimmick isn’t just our slogan, it’s a commitment we honor with every stitch sewn. Get 10% off your order when you use code "ben" at checkout. Free shipping for orders over $99. - Bone Broth. Support skin, join and gut health. Save 15% and get free shipping on orders of 6+ cartons when you use my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me about customizing and personalizing your diet? Leave your comments at http://bengreenfieldfitness.com/fdiets and I will reply!

Nov 29 2018

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Rank #10: My New #1 Hack For Zapping Inflammation, Increasing Deep Sleep & Recovering Faster - Earthing (The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?)

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I recently read the book (and my twin boys also watched the accompanying documentary ""). 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 , wearing my 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! is the innovator behind the . 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 "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 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: to visit Clint's website () 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 "" - - - - -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!" Episode sponsors: - or ! -: 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. -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -: 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 . -: Clinically proven to give you the same cardio benefits of a 45-minute jog in under 9 minutes, with only 40 seconds of hard work. Receive a $300 discount off your CAR.O.L bike when you use discount code: GREENFIELD Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Clint or I? Leave them below and one of us will reply!

Sep 07 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #11: The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever.

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A few months ago, I interviewed today's podcast guest - a former professional triathlete and now one of the most respected icons in health and fitness - in one of our most popular episodes of the year, entitled "" His name is Mark Sisson, and Mark just released a brand new, excellent book entitled: "". In today's podcast episode, we take a deep, deep dive into principles, practices and concepts you've probably never before heard when it comes to ketosis. Mark is also . His blog, , has paved the way for Primal enthusiasts to challenge conventional wisdom's diet and exercise principles and take personal responsibility for their health and well-being. Mark, has a BA in biology from Williams College and is a former world-class endurance athlete, with a 2:18 marathon and a fourth-place finish in the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championships to his credit. Today, Mark directs his competitive energies into high-stakes Ultimate Frisbee tournaments against competitors decades younger. Besides blogging daily, Mark conducts seminars on the Primal Blueprint way of life and hosted 9 multi-day total immersion retreats called PrimalCon at locations across America and in Mexico from 2010-2014. He operates Primal Blueprint Publishing in Malibu, CA, publishing his own titles as well as work from other authors promoting ancestral health principles. Mark is married to Carrie and they have two children. Before jumping into this podcast, please realize that I already have several articles and podcasts I recorded in the past about the basics of ketosis. You can find all those in the resources section below.   During our discussion, you'll discover:   -How Mark took the the ketogenic diet, which has a reputation for being relatively restrictive, and instead presents a unique two-step, scientifically validated approach for going keto the right way...[7:40]   -Why Mark highly recommends you spend 21 days low-carb before switching to 6 weeks of ketosis...[11:30]   -How long does takes to get back into ketosis after a "carb binge"...[31:00]   -How something called "myogens" actually allow you gain lean muscle mass while on a ketogenic diet...[32:30]   -What Mark thinks about some people saying that ketosis might diminish metabolic flexibility in some people by promoting physiological insulin resistance...[40:30]    -Whether a cup of coffee is technically "breaking" a fast...[48:50]   -How ketosis can reprogram your genes and increase longevity...[54:55]   -Mark's favorite keto breakfast, favorite keto lunch and favorite keto dinner...[63:10]   -What Mark eats before ultimate frisbee...[67:40]   -Mark's take on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and why he personally uses it...[69:40]   -And much more...   Resources from this episode:   My previous articles and podcasts on ketosis:  -     -   -   -   - Show Sponsors:  -ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting . -Human Charger - Go to and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. -Human Charger - Go to purchase Kion Lean - the best supplement for longevity and fat loss! -Oak - Meditation & Breathing -  Go to now to download the app, completely FREE. Do you have questions, comments or feedback for me or Mark about today’s episode? Leave your thoughts at and be sure to check out Mark’s new book "".

Jan 06 2018

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Rank #12: Why A High-Fat, Ketogenic Diet Chock Full Of Saturated Fat, Coconut Oil & Butter Could Be Destroying Your Brain (& What To Do About It).

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Several months ago, in , I commented about the book ", and said:  "I’ve just finished reading an advance copy of this book, written by my friend and former podcast guest, . At first, I figured it would be another “eggs, walnut and fish make you smarter” type of book, but instead, this manuscript took a deep, deep dive into specific genes that affect intelligence and how to pair them with food, mouthwatering recipes for everything from liver to avocado-salmon bowls, and some very good, step-by-step tips for optimizing your personal environment to enhance your cognition. It is a must read, with many pages folded over in my own copy." Max, a former podcast guest in the episode "" also created the documentary "". In the film, he explores the impact of our diets and lifestyles on brain health. Max is a also filmmaker, health and science journalist and author. He is the host of the podcast, The Genius Life. Lugavere has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, CNN, and the Daily Beast, and appears regularly as a health and nutrition expert on the Dr. Oz Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why a decrease in walking speed and pattern, and forgetfulness of kitchen recipes in Max's mother inspired his latest book... -Why Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease drugs are so damaging... -The little-known but serious risks of MDMA and ecstasy... -Max's interesting perspective on dopamine and abstinence from hedonism... -Why Ben eats all the bones and cartilage and skin when he has chicken... -Why a specific population of Nigerians carry the genetic risk for Alzheimers but don't get Alzheimers... -The profound effect of ketones, fish oil and extra virgin olive oil on the brain... -How you can naturally increase blood glucose and ketones simultaneously... -The potential damage of using to much fish oil while excessively limiting omega 6 fatty acids consumption... -The actual percentage of saturated fats that you should eat... -When high HDL could be a bad thing... -Many people track blood glucose - but Max is a bigger fan of tracking Homa IR, and why that is... -A blood test that can predict Alzheimer's... -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - - - - - - - Episode Sponsors: - Stable energy, real food, no sugar crashes! Just a tasty punch of mouth-watering, chocolatey-salty-coconut goodness. - A better way to cook. Get your first 3 meals free using my link! - Get the Harry's trial set, a $13 value, for FREE when you use my link. - Use my link and get 30% off your order of the H2 tablets. And when you use code "ben" at checkout, you'll save an additional 10% off your entire order. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Max or me? Leave your comments at http://bengreenfieldfitness.com/geniusfoods and one of us will reply!

Sep 06 2018

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Rank #13: The Truth About The Carnivore Diet: Everything You Need To Know About Dangers, Benefits, Mistakes & Hacks For Eating Only Meat.

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Prepare yourself for the most epic, deep dive into the carnivore diet that you've ever heard. I recently listened to a physician named . 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 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 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 , while simultaneously doing toxic things to our bodies  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  when offered by Ben...30:45 Coffee is felt to be beneficial because of a couple of polyphenolic compounds: and These have been found to be  (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  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 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 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 : Lived with Inuit people for a year Observed they ate plants only when "real foods" i.e. animals weren't available Book: 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: Muscle meat is high in  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 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? 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 "" of the carnivore diet 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. Ben drinks - Use code GREENFIELD for 10% off Additional resources/research from Dr. Paul Saladino:  -Curcumin   -Piperine     -Cyanogenic glycosides in food     -Fiber - -BHB and signalling/anti-aging mechanisms: y         -Casomorphin: -Methionine/glycine ratio: -Ketogenic Diet Improves Lifespan: Episode Sponsors: -: 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. -: 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! -: 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   -: 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? 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Mar 14 2019

1hr 56mins

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Rank #14: 16 Reasons You're Not Burning Fat (& How To Lose Weight The Right Way)

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Several months ago, I filled you in on "". 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: 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 : calcium-dependent zinc-containing endopeptidases : 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) 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) – 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: Post-prandial walk Standing Plants, herbs, spices Fiber – Cortisol and stress...30:45 Cortisol suppresses insulin secretion (HRV) (Save $50 with code: GREENFIELDOURA) – Sleep deprivation...34:20 A single night of partial sleep can be deleterious Neuro endocrine effect: reduces levels of leptin; increases levels of – 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  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 "" 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 (Use code: BEN10CFB to save 10%) – Hormonal imbalance...52:25 – Toxin and chemical exposure...54:40 – Food allergies and intolerances...56:30 – Micro-nutrient deficiencies... Antioxidants – 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: – – – Book: – , UCSD – Book: – – – – – – (Save $50 with code: GREENFIELDOURA) – – –  by Ben Greenfield – (Use code: BEN10CFB to save 10%) – – – Episode sponsors: – 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 ! – : 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 – : 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 – : 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 Got a question for me about today's podcast? Just leave a comment below and I'll reply!

Jun 08 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #15: Nerdy Ways To Lose Fat, Build Muscle & Maintain A Nice Body As You Age.

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In this special episode that is a two-part lecture first by me and second by my guest , 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  I then interviewed him again in the episode  Thomas's third appearance was in the podcast episode  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  on the diet: "Variety is key..." Book: does short fast workouts once per week (lift, move, sprint)  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 or 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: - - - - - - - - - - - Book: by Dr. Amen - Book: by Doug McGuff - Book: by Bruce Grierson - Book: by Kelly Starrett - -   Episode sponsors: -Ben's newest book: Ben's new book Boundless or -: 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. -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -: 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 -: 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 . Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Thomas or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Oct 24 2019

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Rank #16: Sex, Coffee & Chocolate While Pregnant, Babies On Airplanes, Eating Placentas & More: The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

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https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/mamanatural For the last half-century, control over childbirth has been in favor of doctors. Many pregnancy guidebooks are conventional, fear-based, or written by male physicians deeply entrenched in the medical model of birth. But change is underway. A groundswell of women are taking back their pregnancy and childbirth and embracing a natural way. Genevieve Howland, the woman behind the enormously popular Mama Natural blog and YouTube channel, has created an inspiring, fun, and informative guide that demystifies natural pregnancy and walks mom through the process one week at a time. Her new book, , is the modern (and yet ancient) approach to pregnancy and childbirth. "Natural" recognizes that pregnancy and birth are normal, and that having a baby is a wondrous biological process and rite of passage - not a medical condition. This book draws upon the latest research showing how beneficial and life-changing natural birth is for both babies and moms. Full of weekly advice and tips for a healthy pregnancy, Howland details vital nutrition to take, natural remedies for common and troublesome symptoms, as well as the appropriate (and inappropriate) use of interventions. Peppered throughout are positive birth and pregnancy stories from women of all backgrounds (and all stages of their natural journey) along with advice and insights from a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) plus a Registered Nurse (RN), doula, and lactation consultant. Encouraging, well-researched, and fun, The Mama Natural's Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth will be an essential companion for women everywhere to embrace natural pregnancy and reap all the benefits for both baby and mama. With over 60 million views on her YouTube channel, Genevieve Howland’s funny but informational videos have empowered millions of women to embrace natural pregnancy and parenting. But Genevieve wasn’t always “Mama Natural.” Once upon a time, she was a cigarette smoking junk food junkie. A sugar addict, she was 60 lbs. overweight and her health was in tatters. Through a long road of detox, Genevieve discovered the healing power of real food and natural living. This transformation spread into every area of her life – physical, emotional, and spiritual. Genevieve gave birth to her two children in a birth center supported by a midwife and doula. Today, Genevieve is on a mission to help moms and moms-to-be live happier, healthier lives. Along with her husband Michael, she runs the web’s most popular natural pregnancy blog and YouTube channel. Their work has been featured on Dr. Oz, ABC News, The Daily Mail, and more. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Whether you can really eat chocolate and drink coffee when you're pregnant (you'll be surprised at the answer)...[15:30 & 17:45] -Whether new moms really need to be eating for two (and if there some more precise way to figure out how many calories you should be eating)...[19:20] -Why Genevieve drank raw milk while she was pregnant...[23:50] -If you find out your pregnant one of the very first things that you should do to ensure that your home or body or not a toxic place for a baby…[25:30] -The surprising truth about the accuracy of home pregnancy tests...[31:00] -Whether it is really true that if you exercise while you're pregnant you will have a smarter baby...[33:45] -The best stretches or moves to prepare a woman's body to give birth...[41:30] -One of the best teas to drink for uterine health while pregnant (and some of Genevieve's top natural remedies for morning sickness)...[43:20 & 45:25] -How a new mom should treat smart technology like phones, computers and ultrasounds to protect a growing baby…[49:40] -The link between pregnancy, airplanes, flying and miscarriage...[54:45] -The intriguing evidence about having sex while pregnant (and one thing you definitely shouldn't do during pregnancy sex)…[57:50] -What Genevieve thinks about the concept of eating the placenta...[59:55] -How to mitigate the damaging effects of a C-section (and natural C-section alternatives)...[63:00] -What to expect in the child birthing industry five to ten years from now...[73:00] -And much more! Resources from this episode: - - - -Podcast:  - - - - - - Show Sponsors:  biOptimzers - Crank your muscle gains to new heights by flooding your muscles with maximal amino acids without increasing your protein intake. Go to to automatically get 10% off your order. Four Sigmatic - Try out the Reishi Elixer for extreme relaxation without any grogginess. Use promo code BENGREENFIELD at  to get 15% off your order. Onnit - Get 10% off ANYTHING, from functional foods to supplements and beyond, at EXO Protein - Tasty and sustainable protein bars made with cricket powder. Go to  to try a sampler pack with all their most popular flavors! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Genevieve or me? Leave your comments at  and one of us will reply!

Jul 05 2017

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Rank #17: Cortisol Decoded: The Myths & Truths About A Hormone Crucial To Your Health & Survival.

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Let's face it: cortisol gets a bad rap these days. "I have high cortisol", "I have low cortisol", "My cortisol it out-of-whack". You've no doubt heard this all before or said it yourself. So in an effort to decode cortisol once and for all, I decided to feature a wildly popular previous guest of mine - the guy who personally helps me and my wife manage our own hormones and has helped countless listeners of mine with their own anti-aging and natural hormone management protocols. His name is Dr. Craig Koniver. Craig was a guest on the episode "" He has been practicing Performance Medicine for over 18 years and is the founder of Koniver Wellness in Charleston, South Carolina. Not satisfied with the disease-based model of modern medicine, Dr. Koniver seeks to help his clients optimize their health and performance through time-tested, nutrient and science-driven protocols that are the cutting-edge of medicine. He is the founder and creator of the patent-pending FastVitaminIV® as well as re-engineering the NAD+ IV protocols, now called Brain Refuel™. Dr. Koniver’s client list includes Navy SEALs, NFL players, PGA golfers, Hall of Fame NHL players, world-class professional athletes, Fortune 100 Executives, well-known celebrities and TV personalities. In addition, Dr. Koniver offers a comprehensive training program of the Koniver Wellness Model to physician practices across the country. In this episode, you'll discover: -Cortisol 101...5:32 Hormone secreted by adrenal glands Not enough attention is given to cortisol in the medical field "Stress hormone" -- fight or flight response It is secreted in response to any real or perceived threat or stressor We're hard-wired to have high cortisol in the am, and low in the evening Rhythm vs. volume is key Acute hormone; ex. being chased by a lion Turns off pain recognition Anti-inflammatory Catabolic hormone -- wear and tear We've changed cortisol from an acute to a chronic hormone Key takeaway: try to find meaningful ways to live w/ the sun's rhythm Lowest levels are at around 10 pm; allows anabolic hormones testosterone, growth hormone, and melatonin to elevate Most critical hours of sleep are 10 pm - 2 am It takes melatonin 12 hours to reset Later (or no) sun exposure means melatonin levels peak later, leading to loss of sleep quality -How cortisol is secreted...13:37 Perceived stressors (most often subtle in modern times) Primitive part of the mid-brain, above the spinal cord Reticular Activating System (RAS) triggers release of cortisol Signal sent to locus ceruleus (one of the most connected parts of the brain) Signal sent to hypothalamus...to pituitary, then to adrenal glands Norepinephrine and cortisol are "partners in crime"; released along w/ cortisol Pituitary responsible for all signaling molecules We stop releasing cortisol, and have surplus of norepinephrine We release an average of 35 g of cortisol per day Irregular sleep patterns (night shift workers) lead to chronic health problems later in life -How cortisol imbalances affect our lives...20:12 Our brains cannot differentiate between perceived and real stressors Visualizing a success (or a failure) will trigger cortisol secretion "I can't wait to wear that out fit" is much more effective than "I'm way too big..." RAS helps distinguish background and foreground in our world Buy a red truck, all of a sudden you see a bunch of red trucks on the roads What you put your attention is what you're going to get in your life -How cortisol gets disrupted...25:40 Humans are "super-adaptors"; we can tolerate stressors over a long period of time Modern tech can disconnect us from the sun, circadian rhythm and cortisol flow We release cortisol at night when we look at TV, phones, etc. at night We tolerate stressors for years and decades, but it eventually catches up with us It will eventually blunt the anabolic hormones (testosterone, growth hormone, melatonin) We lose sleep quality, take longer to heal injuries, workouts are more challenging, etc. Gold standard to test adrenal function: salivary cortisol test Salivary is far less stressful than a blood draw (hence more accurate results) We rely on stimulants such as coffee and prescription drugs, rather than address the issue of disrupted cortisol flow -Why cortisol is such a hot topic in modern society...37:40 Acute stressor triggers cortisol Over time, cortisol has become a chronic hormone, rather than an acute hormone We'll never be chased by a lion in the jungle We trigger cortisol response w/ everyday stressors Chipping away at cortisol release over time We can't keep up w/ cortisol demands; lose cortisol reserve Major stressor (loss of job, death in the family, etc.) causes a breakdown when cortisol levels have been chronically disrupted Cancer, autoimmune disease, etc. occur with this breakdown Many fear cancer, other serious illnesses Best way to prevent disease: take care of cortisol levels Be aware of indicators of low cortisol levels: poor sleep, longer than usual recovery times, etc. -The key element regarding cortisol missed by conventional medicine practice...43:13 Adrenal fatigue and insufficiency doesn't exist in conventional medicine Two extremes in conventional medicine: Cushings disease, and Addisons disease Cushings: too much cortisol secretion Addisons: not enough cortisol is produced There's a gray area; it's not simply black and white As cortisol levels are disrupted, norepinephrine levels increase Increased heart rate Increased blood pressure This feels like anxiety Consider visiting a doctor knowledgeable in this as you may have lost control of the cortisol buffer Study in the Netherlands on men over 50 who ran marathons vs. men who didn't run marathons Men who ran marathons suffered more heart attacks (due to overtraining) Positive exercise can still be a stressor, releasing cortisol Recovery is key to being an elite athlete -How cortisol interacts with other hormones in the body...49:30 Hormones are like kids w/ differing personalities Cortisol is the neighborhood bully High insulin levels and cortisol lead to weight gain (cut carbs in the morning) Abnormal cortisol modulation affects thyroid levels deleteriously Be aware of your adrenal status if you're on thyroid hormone replacement An imbalance of cortisol and testosterone inhibits muscle production Growth hormone depletion leads to brain fog, weight gain, etc. -How to effectively modulate cortisol...56:52 Tests: Blood in the morning Salivary cortisol test anytime Adrenal glands is like a factory producing hormones: cortisol is the goal, but we need to make the other hormones Cortisol imbalances lead to depletion of other hormones Pregnenolone is made from cholesterol; low cholesterol levels affects cortisol production Number 1 risk factor for cancer for men is low testosterone; cortisol will help optimize health Having a cortisol reserve enables us to handle and tolerate stress, thus preventing cancer, autoimmune disease Behaviors to normalize cortisol levels (deliberate contemplative exercise) Meditation, prayer, reading Activate parasympathetic system, turn off sympathetic system Meditation is not the only means of managing stress Adaptogenic herbs: Licorice root (delays conversion of cortisol to cortisone) Holy basil (sense of the divine in one's world) Cordyceps powder (in coffee, shakes) Rhodiola Schisandra berry Critical nutrients: Vitamin A Vitamin C Vitamin B5 Intravenous NAD+ Peptides: Hexarelin Epithalon Ipamorelin GHRP 6 and GHRP 2 Intranasal and intravenous stem cells Hydrocortisone replacement (don't surpass 35 mg per day) Phosphatidylserine Ashwagandha CBD -Closing thoughts...1:14:42 Good correlation between HRV and cortisol; collect morning and evening times Cortisol helps be your best cognitively If you're feeling tired, stressed and anxious, check your cortisol levels -And much more... Resources from this episode: – -30-minute patient phone call with Dr. Koniver to review health goals. At end of the call, Dr. Koniver will outline a strategic game plan for optimizing patient health and performance.  -1-hour physician practitioner phone call with Dr. Koniver to discuss how to implement Performance Medicine into your practice. At end of the call, Dr. Koniver will outline specific steps to start.  -4 Day NAD IV Therapy (Brain Refuel Program). Patient flies to Dr. Koniver’s office in Charleston, South Carolina to receive the loading dose.  -Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Program. 3 days of NAD IV Therapy followed by an umbilical cord stem cell infusion. Includes injectable peptides as well as select nutrients to aid in the absorption of stem cells.  Episode sponsors: -Boundless: -: The Challenge starts January 6th, it's completely FREE to join, and when you do you'll get a bunch of exclusive content including access to a Q&A by yours truly answering all your burning fasting questions. To join just go to getkion.com/fasting -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. -: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD Got a question for me or Craig related to cortisol, or anything else we talked about in today's show? 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Dec 28 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #18: Keto Bread, Keto Waffles, Fat Bombs & Beyond: How To Reset Your Metabolism With A Ketogenic Cleanse.

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Keto bread? Keto waffles? Keto fruit salad? Yep, all those low carb option and more are totally possible on a ketogenic diet. You just need to know what to do, and my guest on today's podcast, , knows exactly how to do it. Maria is a wellness expert in nutrition and exercise physiology. She is the author of several cookbooks and three nutritional guidebooks, including the global bestseller The Ketogenic Cookbook, Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking and the books we talk about on today's show... ...... ...... ...and ... Maria’s success stems from her passion for helping others reach and sustain optimal health through programs and education that work on a personal level. She understands the connection between food and how it makes us all feel inside and out. Her specialty is brain chemical neurotransmitters and how they are affected by the foods we eat. After struggling with her weight throughout her childhood, she decided to study health and wellness so she could help others who are discouraged by their appearance and do not feel their best. The nutrient-rich, relatively high-fat dietary approach that she developed for herself and the exotic, little-known replacements for typical high-glycemic starchy foods and sugar are what finally gave her total peace with food, something she never imagined possible. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Maria is such a big fan of using potassium and magnesium to maintain lean muscle when on a ketogenic diet...[9:35 & 11:50] -How to make a ketogenic snow cone...[13:42] -Why one of the common keto mistakes is consuming too many nuts and seeds...[17:05] -What are the top sweeteners that Maria likes and why do she "blends" sweeteners...[22:45] -The one sugar alcohol that is best and OK to use...[26:50] -Maria's amazing chicken and waffles recipe...[28:20] -A low-glycemic index, healthy twist on a "hot pocket"...[35:40] -How to make a "fat bomb"...[39:15] -Maria's recipe for a ketogenic fruit salad...[41:30] -How to make dairy-free and nut-free ketogenic bread...[44:00] -How Maria makes healthy refried beans...[47:11] -The shocking truth about omelette batter in restaurants...[50:55] -Maria's definition of a comfort food, and why you get a unique psychological benefit from eating comfort food...[53:50] -What Maria's favorite comfort food recipe is...[55:50] -And much more! Resources from this episode: - - - - - - - Show Sponsors: -Organifi - Go to and use discount code BEN for 20% off your Green Juice order. You can also use discount code REDBEN for 20% off your Red Juice order! -HealthGains - Text the word "GAIN" to 313131 to receive a $250 voucher toward your HealthGAINS treatment. -Four Sigmatic - Go to and use code code BENGREENFIELD for 15% off. -Thorne - Go to to check out pure, high quality supplements. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Maria or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!

Oct 14 2017

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Rank #19: How To Decode Your Genome, Unlock The Nitty-Gritty Details Behind Your DNA, Discover Your Good Genes, Your Bad Genes & More.

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https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/decode This is a special Premium audio episode. to the BenGreenfieldFitness show and access this and over 300 additional hidden audios, videos, pdf's and more! Have you ever wondered what happens when someone drips a bunch of saliva into a special tube and mails it off to a company like or for genetic testing? Is there a difference between something you pay a couple hundred bucks for on a website like 23AndMe or DNAFit and the type of "full genome sequencing" people are paying tens of thousands of dollars to companies like the Human Longevity Project to do? Are there such things as "bad genes" or "bad SNPs" and if so, can you do anything about it? What is the future of genetic testing and fixing or upgrading yourself based on your gene results? We delve into these topics and many more on today's podcast. My guest on this episode is Joseph Cohen, previously a podcast guest on  Joe is the owner and main writer at . Since upgrading or ‘biohacking’ himself, Joe has become an investor and entrepreneur, founding , a biotech company that helps people understand their genetics in order to optimize their health.  uses genetics, blood tests, symptoms and other health data to predict beneficial outcomes for drugs, supplements, lifestyle and dietary changes in order to optimize health. Joe also consults with high profile executives, self-hackers and companies and is writing a book about optimizing health. Joe likes to spend his free time learning how to code. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2QKSjVf1a0 During our discussion, you'll discover: -How genes are analyzed these days after you drip your saliva into a tube and "send it off" to a website like 23andme or DNAFit...[6:35] -How is this different than the "full genome sequencing" people are paying tens of thousands of dollars to companies like the Human Longevity Project to do...[10:20] -What an SNP is and why it's so important for you to be able to identify various units in your DNA that can have mutations...[14:05] -How Joe's SelfDecode website works, and how it is far different than uploading your results to a website like Promethease and Genetic Genie...[16:30 & 36:45] -The most common gene issues that can cause health problems, including the cannabinoid gene, the HLA gene and the MTHRF gene...[44:10 & 49:30] -What a "gene pack" is, why there are certain packs associated with things like longevity, cognitive health, dopamine, etc...[54:00] -And much more!  Resources from this episode: - (use code BEN50 to get 50% off your first month) -Previous Premium podcast with Joseph Cohen:  - - - - Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Joseph or me? Leave your comments at  and one of us will reply!

May 14 2017

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Rank #20: 32 Natural Ways To Increase Testosterone (Without Getting Injections Or Hormone Replacement)

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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. " 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:   Lift heavy stuff Article:  Study:  Workouts:  , , , Article:  Book:  Use long rest periods Study:  Do forced reps Study:  Article: Use your legs Study:  Article:  Article:  Avoid chronic cardio Study:  Podcast:  -Notoriously Missing Nutrients That Drastically Affect Testosterone Levels...18:00 Magnesium Podcast:  Vitamin D Book:  Zinc DHEA Article:  Creatine Boron Article:   -Herbal Add-Ons...29:00 -Biohacking Testosterone: Tools and Tricks That Actually Work...37:06 Electrical Muscle Stimulation Study:  Study:  Red Light or Low-Lever Laser Therapy Article:  Article: Study:  Cold Thermogenesis Study:  Study:  Study:  Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Book:  Study: Study:  Study:  Study:  Study:   – use code: BEN for $100 off  – use code: BEN for $100 off Gainswave Article:   Article:  Podcast:   Podcast:  Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) Study:  Study:  Stem Cells Article:  Article:  -Mistakes You're Probably Making That Impact Testosterone and Fertility...47:20 Underestimating the nasties of plastic Podcast:   Article:   Article:  Study:   Study:  Thinking “Avoid Chronic Cardio” Means “Don’t Move Too Much” Study:  Study:   Study:  Study:  Eating too often Study:   Study:  Thinking You’re Immune To EMF Book:   Ejaculating Too Much Article:  Article:  Ignoring The Power Of Sex Article:   Book:  Eating Gluten -Best Ways to Track and Test Male Hormones...56:10 -If you'd like this comprehensive list of resources in PDF format, click ! Resources mentioned in this episode: -Book: -Book: -Book: - - - Episode sponsors: -: 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! - 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! -: The smartest way to hire. Forget about sifting through piles of resumes. Use Zip Recruiter for FREE when you use my link! -: Quality products without breaking the bank. Perfect for a Valentines Day gift! Get 15% off your order with FREE shipping when you use my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me? Leave your comments below and I will reply!

Feb 07 2019

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Ben's Top Biohacks, Saving Your Carbs For Night, Problems With Keto, The Amazing Healing Power Of Light & Much More!

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I recently had the pleasure to give a Q&A talk on all things health, wellness, nutrition, biohacking and more at in New York City. Every week, as part of his , world famous chef David Bouley brings in a physician or other guest expert to present on a topic or to answer questions, and each series is accompanied by a fabulous 5 star, multi-course meal that is both amazingly healthy and delicious. I always enjoy giving these talks, and decided to record this one for your listening pleasure. Every member of the audience received a signed copy of my new book , so you'll hear me talk about the book a bit in this episode as well. Enjoy! In this episode, you'll discover: -The 3 non-negotiable things Ben does for his mitochondrial health...5:35 Book: Light Sunlight Photobiomodulation () Hot/cold contrast showers (2o sec. cold, 10 sec hot 10x thru) therapy (exposure negative ions in the earth) -The #1 biohacking device Ben recommends for calm and sleep...13:25 Look for Shift yourself into parasympathetic state Vagal nerve stimulators by Fisher Wallace -How to use a device with a pre-existing tumor...16:40 Shift body into state of ketosis Low protein, low carb, high fat diet Avoid amino acid supplements Light can potentially exacerbate the tumor Book: -Ben's carb refeed strategy...19:12 Save carb intake until the evening Helps w/ serotonin production Won't impact triglycerides Producing ketones throughout the day Dinner is often the most social meal of the day Exercise mimics the insulin sensitivity we have in the morning Quality carbs: , pumpkin, homemade bread, etc. (no Twinkies) Shoot for 100 g of carbs -How to rid the body of glyphosate...24:40 Rule #1: Don't eat from crop that's been treated w/ glyphosate Compounds which make the gut less permeable: (Ion Biome) 2 ways to plummet blood glucose after a long meal Post-prandial stroll Cold exposure -The importance of eating local, seasonal food...28:20 Contain bacteria that's good for the biome and immune systems -The proper use of psychedelics...33:00 Used irresponsibly in many cases Lots of preparation that goes into (and going out of) proper retreat or use of psychedelics and listen digital recorder for what you've said -Ben's recommended self-quantification methods...36:00 Track HRV via... Elite HRV () Quarterly blood panel Thorne blood test (, , , , and ) Stool test once per year DNA test once per lifetime to test hormones and neurotransmitters -A new gadget Ben is trying right now...41:05 (BGF podcast w/ the founder of Apollo is coming soon!) -A healthy approach to coffee consumption...42:30 Very healthy and tasty when used in moderation Overuse can lead to a dependency Switch to decaf coffee for 7-10 days on a regular basis (reset adenosine receptors) -Ben's thoughts on the assertions and claims made on the ...44:50 The risk of anti-nutrients found in plants may outweigh the benefits of a plant-based diet Risk excessive gas, or gut damage A piece of , eggs, is simply easier to get the protein you need Can be difficult on the environment to grow the amount of plants needed -Tips for improving posture...49:30 Ch 18 of  is on symmetry and beauty Breathe through the nose as much as possible (including while exercising) Heel rise of your shoes (as low as possible) Movement throughout the day: Eldoa stretching () -One belief Ben has changed course on in the last 1-2 years...53:02 -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - - - - - - - - - - - - - Book: - Book: - Episode sponsors: -The BGF Text VIP Club: Get early access to deals, discount codes, and insider tips. Just text the word "FITNESS" to 411-247 -: Nature’s “first food” that supports immunity, GI function, athletic recovery, and more. BGF listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at Kion when you use discount code: BGF10 -: A wellness company specializing in innovative nutraceuticals made from healing hive compounds and plant-based ingredients. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -: A formulation of 24 unique strains, each of which included at their clinically verified dose, to deliver systemic benefits in the body. Save 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN15 -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. Got a question for me about what I talk about in this podcast? Leave a comment below and I'll reply!

Jan 25 2020

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21 Ways To Become Boundless, Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging

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I recently spoke at in New York City as part of my Boundless book launch tour.   (See  for more upcoming Boundless events in Los Angeles, and , which just launched this week and is already a Number 1 Amazon Bestseller in several categories!)   Anyways...during my talk, I revealed my top tips, tricks, and biohacks for optimizing mind, body, and spirit—including everything from neurotransmitters to the blood-brain barrier to fat loss/muscle gain tips, a 20 minute Q&A, and much more—recorded it, and packaged it all together for today's podcast. In this episode, you'll discover: -The moment Ben Greenfield realized he was living a truly boundless life...6:45 Began as a bodybuilder, eventually sought a more holistic approach to health and fitness Wrote for athletes who may be asking the same questions he grappled with is a comprehensive guide to live the ultimate life - boundless energy, vitality, quality of life Seek out natural "biohacks" before man-made tech Boundless body, mind, spirit, and environment The represents the Body, Mind, Spirit elements Being "boundless" means a joyful, adventurous, fulfilling life, a managed stress load, quality time w/ family -How to have healthy neurotransmitters...18:15 Proper stimulation (watch caffeine intake) to repair damaged neurons in the brain Four building blocks (2 for neurotransmitters, 2 for myelin sheaths): -Tips for a dynamic blood-brain barrier...21:27 Balanced exercise Saturated fat can be problematic and is good in small doses blood pressure device -How breathwork will improve your life...24:32 4-8 breathing (4 in, 8 out) 3 minutes sleep latency Alternating nostril breathing (cover left nostril and breathe in through your right nostril, then cover right nostril and exhale through your left nostril, in through left, out through right, repeat) Box breathing (4 in, 4 hold, 4 out, 4 hold) followed by -Smart drugs and nootropics...30:53 Ben's not big on deprenyl, Adderall, modafinil (mix w/ ) Microdose Dihexa Semax Apps -How to choose the diet that's right for you...35:16 Book: Book: Religious practices encourage fasting and caloric restriction Intermittent fasting Social element is important -Proper food preparation...38:19 Pay attention to histamines , , are staples in the Greenfield home Glycemic variability and inflammation are two important metrics to track for longevity is great for blood sugar regulation -Cleaning your gut...41:50 (Cyrex) , , (Dr. Zach Bush) Have a constant mindset of detoxing Activate parasympathetic nervous system before consuming food Pay attention to ancestral food prep methods -What telomere lengths have to do with the size of your muscles... Article: Powerful, explosive movements are particularly efficacious Bigger's not better Ben's preferred workout: Super slow training 1x/week training -The routine Ben does to stay lean throughout the year...49:15 Wake up in an intermittent fasted state ~16 hours for men, ~12 hours for women Consume a small amount of caffeine (1-2 cups of ) 20 minutes fasted aerobic cardio -Biohacking tools Ben uses...51:10 machine -Recovery tools and tactics...52:41 "I'm a bigger fan of biohacking for recovery than for performance" A recovery stack Ben likes: Ice pack on top of it Mid-day nap device recovery boots -How to optimize your symmetry and beauty...57:37 Nasal breathing during hard exercise for facial symmetry and structure -Boosting your immune system...1:00:23 (via Kion Flex) -3 tips to eliminate non-native EMF from your environment... Take a Eat foods containing NAD and sirtuins Yeast Whole grains and to active NrF2 Filtering light on monitors (use for an hour in the morning too) -The best nutrients for hormones and fertility...1:04:47 -The importance of having a life's purpose and expressing gratitude...1:06:28 -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - - BGF podcasts: - - blood pressure device - (cranial electrical stimulation device) - device - from Niraj Naik (the Renegade Pharmacist) - - Book: - - - - - - machine - - - blue light blocking glasses - and Episode sponsors: -: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants and health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Get a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20 -: Grow muscle 3x faster than you can with free weights! The X3 Bar will change the way you train forever. Get a $50 discount off your X3 bar when you use discount code: BEN -: The best solution for clean and safe drinking water. Water and Wellness also offers an amazing line of essential water additives such as Quinton Marine plasma which contain over 78 trace minerals and elements from the ocean to help restore your biological-terrain. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: GREENFIELD Got a question for me about today's podcast? Drop a question in the comments below, and I'll reply!

Jan 23 2020

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The Latest Research On Longevity, Ketones, Caffeine, Creatine, Sleep, Plant Vs. Animal Protein Intake, My New Book Boundless & Much More!

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In my new book  I reveal a never-before-seen, systematized approach to increasing healthspan and lifespan using a potent combination of ancestral wisdom and modern science. Three years in the making and complete with over 600 pages of inspiring stories, workout plans, nutrition protocols, and much more, Boundless is the first step-by-step guide for optimizing every element of your life force and obtain true, lasting, boundless energy. You’ll discover how to get smarter, sleep better, build muscle, burn fat, fix your gut, have mind-blowing sex, defy aging and much more. Fact is, you are far more than average. The power to operate at your full human capacity already exists inside you, just waiting to be unleashed. This book will teach you exactly how. And I've received plenty of questions about Boundless, including who it's for, what kind of routines and plans are included in it, more specifics on chapter content, and much more. So in this special solosode, I'm not only digging into some of the latest longevity, ketone, caffeine, creatine, sleep and protein research I've discovered lately, but also answering all your burning questions about Boundless, which you can now ! During this discussion, you'll discover: -News Flashes mentioned in this podcast…4:30 The launch of Boundless is upon us. Check out the for information on events related to the launch! There is SO MUCH wrong in and I’ll address it in my next podcast This just in… Even though it can be beneficial, Interesting… Sleep latency (how long it takes you to fall asleep) Yet another use for creatine… Cool summary of Yep, you can still be in ketosis without severe carbohydrate restriction (actually you can do it at 25% carb intake)…check out Wow! . (Just goes to show that the “30-50g carbs a day” for nutritional ketosis is not applicable to most athletes!) -Q&A related to … -Are there training routines or training plans specifically for losing fat and/or putting on muscle?…35:25 Physiological parameters I follow: Mitochondrial density Lactic acid tolerance Fat burning and metabolic efficiency Strength (w/ an eye on longevity) Mobility Refer to Chs. 8, 9, 11 -What type of nutrition plans are discussed in the book?…40:56 No one-size-fits-all approach (teaching you to fish rather than handing you a fish) , , , , , , , Carnivore Diet, , Recommended starting points, markers to progress to eventually Eating choices w/ specific gene variations, blood and stool markers, etc. Refer to Ch 21 -Does the book have info related to gut/intestinal health?…45:15 Refer to Chapter 13 Yeast and parasites are addressed How to deal w/ insufficient stomach acid Food intolerances (malabsorption) Best tests to use Huge section on mold and mycotoxins -Is there info on how women can rebalance their hormones?…49:45 Ch. 19 is on longevity and anti-aging Recommended doctors and specialists are mentioned Maintaining DHEA levels, use of peptides, etc. -Does Boundless include recipes?…52:16 and Psychedelics and nootropics (proper use) cooking podcast -Which chapter is a must for a reader to implement in their lifestyle immediately?…54:06 Chapter 20: Invisible: Hidden Variables that Make or Break Your Mind, Body and Spirit How to hire a building biologist () , etc. Biohacks for home and office Using light for circadian rhythm; what light to use and when How to photosynthesize the body Book: My own routines: productivity, software, office hacks, etc. Using effectively Natural household cleaners (, , , , etc.) Also recommend Ch 21 on routines and lifestyle -Rapid fire questions…58:08 Will it be available on Kindle? Yes, but I highly encourage you to get the hard copy. Why is it so expensive? Because it's freaking big, comprehensive, and a work of art. When will the pre-order copy ship? Book launches and orders will ship on 21 Jan. Will it be available in Australia? Yes. Go to find out how. -A few insider tips from Boundless…1:02:00 Gene repair by Dr. Ben Lynch Little-discussed oils How do fish gain the nutrients which make fish oil efficacious? Plant-based oil Sleep optimization Connection between exercise and sleep 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise prior to breakfast (especially in the sunshine) can enhance deep sleep levels Training hard in the morning can damage sleep patterns Mid-day 20-40 minutes naps timed 5-7 hours after you wake can negate effects of hard workout in the morning, using devices like , , Finish your workout at least 3 hours before bedtime A few intense 10 minute bouts of exercise can alleviate sleepiness during periods of sleep deprivation can relax the joints quickly hydrogen tablets -And much more… Resources mentioned in this episode: – – – – – – – – – made by Dr. John Lieurance of – cooking podcast – Book: by Dr. Ben Lynch – hydrogen tablets – device – BGF podcasts you might like: Episode sponsors: –: Nature’s “first food” that supports immunity, GI function, athletic recovery, and more. BGF listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at Kion when you use discount code: BGF10 –: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. –: It's the Navy SEAL of probiotics, and right now you can get a bottle of BiOptimizers P3-OM absolutely free (plus shipping) when you use my link. No gimmicks, no strings attached. Pick it up –: 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 . Got questions for me about the articles I discussed in today's podcast? How about my new book, Boundless? Leave a comment below and I'll answer!

Jan 18 2020

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32 Natural Ways To Increase Testosterone (+ Testosterone Cream Vs. Injections) - Fully Updated Re-Release

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Last year I spoke at an event called "A4M" in Las Vegas. My entire presentation was focused on 32 different ways to increase testosterone naturally, with no injections or hormone replacement protocols required. I'm not against bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), but I do think one should explore as many natural alternatives as possible first. Or, for even more bang for the buck, pair BHRT with the tactics you'll discover in this episode. " is dedicated to the advancement of tools, technology, and transformations in healthcare that can detect, treat, and prevent diseases associated with aging. They promote the research of practices and protocols that have the potential to optimize the human aging process. The organization is also dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and practitioners, scientists, and members of the public on biomedical sciences, breakthrough technologies, and medical protocols through our advanced education entity: Metabolic Medical Institute (MMI). Their event in Vegas each year is, in my opinion, well worth checking out. Recently, in two separate papers, testosterone therapy has gotten a bad rap and ), and been blamed as a culprit for coronary artery disease and stroke risk, but , this is simply not true. As a matter of fact, in Jay's , he clearly lays out the research behind optimized testosterone levels improving heart health, optimizing cognitive function, combatting Alzheimer's disease, staving off bone loss, and much much more. My friend Carl Lenore also recently addressed some of this unfair testosterone vilification in . Furthermore, as I explain in the introduction to this podcast, I recently began to use microdoses of testosterone cream (compounded by ) in the morning and evening to simulate the natural diurnal release of testosterone, and have noted a profound impact in my own energy levels and recovery (although this is not a strategy I endorse as a "bandaid" but instead the icing-on-the-cake for males in their late 30's and beyond once all other foundational practices I outline in this podcast are established). Incidentally, my wife is now using progesterone from Dr. Koniver for similar purposes. In this episode, I will review the key biomarkers for achieving peak male health, along with the most potent and effective practices for optimizing biological variables for men's fertility and longevity. I will also unveil a host of little-known biohacks proven to enhance or restore peak testosterone and libido, along with how to practically implement a blend of ancestral wisdom and modern science to amplify sexual performance. You'll discover a multimodal approach to optimizing male sexual performance, learn how to identify key biomarkers to assess male health and get the best ancient practices and modern scientific strategies that enhance or restore men's fertility and longevity. Oh, and by the way, women need testosterone too, and all these tactics will work for the ladies as well.  In this episode, you'll learn... -Research I've encountered since I last spoke on this topic on the podcast...2:00 Microdosing testosterone cream (transdermal application) Simulates diurnal increase of testosterone (vs. a sudden increase via an injection) Overseen by a knowledgeable doc Morning and evening small amount of cream (not gel) -Workout Strategies to Optimize Testosterone...12:43 Sprint Study:   Lift heavy stuff Article:  Study:  Workouts:  , , , Article:  Book:  Use long rest periods Study:  Do forced reps Study:  Article: Use your legs Study:  Article:  Article:  Avoid chronic cardio Study:  Podcast:  -Notoriously Missing Nutrients That Drastically Affect Testosterone Levels...21:46 Magnesium Podcast:  Vitamin D Book:  Zinc DHEA Article:  Creatine Boron Article:   -Herbal Add-Ons...32:39 -Biohacking Testosterone: Tools and Tricks That Actually Work...40:51 Electrical Muscle Stimulation Study:  Study:  Red Light or Low-Lever Laser Therapy Article:  Article: Study:  Cold Thermogenesis Study:  Study:  Study:  Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Book:  Study: Study:  Study:  Study:  Study:  Gainswave Article:   Article:  Podcast:   Podcast:  Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) Study:  Study:  Stem Cells Article:  Article:  -Mistakes You're Probably Making That Impact Testosterone and Fertility...51:03 Underestimating the nasties of plastic Podcast:   Article:   Article:  Study:   Study:  Thinking “Avoid Chronic Cardio” Means “Don’t Move Too Much” Study:  Study:   Study:  Study:  Eating too often Study:   Study:  Thinking You’re Immune To EMF Book:   Ejaculating Too Much Article:  Article:  Ignoring The Power Of Sex Article:   Book:  Eating Gluten -Best Ways to Track and Test Male Hormones...1:00:01 -And much more! If you'd like this comprehensive list of resources from my talk at A4M in PDF format, click Resources mentioned in this episode: -BGF podcasts: -Book: -Book: -Book: - - - - Episode sponsors: : The launch is upon us. Visit for info about the launch parties in NYC and Los Angeles, and pre-order your copy today! -: 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. -: A wellness company specializing in innovative nutraceuticals made from healing hive compounds and plant-based ingredients. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -: 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 Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me? Leave your comments below and I will reply!

Jan 16 2020

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The Fungus Among Us: Why Fungal Overgrowth & SIFO Are A Hidden Health Epidemic (& What You Can Do About It).

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Most people understand the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for digestive health and overall wellbeing. But what about the mycobiome―the fungi that live inside our bodies? This podcast introduces this important component of the microbiome and explains how diet affects this population and how its balance or imbalance can cause you to feel―a poor balance of fungi can lead to weight gain, pain and bloating, and low energy, and can worsen symptoms for those with IBS or Crohn’s. Good news: Gut fungi respond quickly and dramatically to dietary and lifestyle changes. Within 24 hours, you can remake your mycobiome, supporting a path to weight loss, better digestion, and more energy. Alongside this accessible gut science, my guest, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, author of the new book "" outlines fast changes for fostering healthy fungi as well as 7- and 20-day diet plans, with more than 50 dietician-tested recipes, to cultivate a thriving mycobiome and methods for tweaking your lifestyle for long-term gut health. Dr. Ghannoum is a tenured professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Educated in Lebanon, England, and the United States, he received his PhD in Microbial Physiology from University of Technology in England and an Executive MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He has spent his entire career studying medically important fungi and publish-ing extensively about their virulence factors, especially in microbial biofilms. Over the past decade, Dr. Ghannoum recognized the role of the microbial community (both bacterial and fungal) in human health and published the first study describing the oral fungal community, coining the term“mycobiome.”He described the bacterial microbiome (bacteriome) and the mycobiome in HIV-infected patients, and led the characterization of the interaction between bacteria and fungi as they relate to health and disease. In 2016, he published an opinion piece in The Scientist on the contribution of the myco-biome to human health and was consequently invited to speak at a number of meetings organized by the National Institutes of Health. He conducted a study characterizing the bacterial and fungal communities in Crohn’s disease patients that resulted in the first model of microbiome dysbiosis that implicated cooperation between bacteria and fungi in biofilms. This work resulted in a publication that received national and international coverage. Dr. Ghannoum is also a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and a past President of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas (MMSA). He has received many distinguished awards for his research, and in 2013, he was selected as“MostInteresting Person” by Cleveland Magazine. In 2016, he received the Rohda Benham Award presented for his continuous out- standing and meritorious contributions to medical mycology from the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas and the Freedom to Discover Award from Bristol-Myers Squibb for his work on microbial biofilms. In 2017, he was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He continues to be a pioneer in the characterization of the human microbiome. With over 400 peer-reviewed publications to his credit and six published books on antifungal therapy, microbial biofilms, Candida adherence, and related topics, Dr. Ghannoum continues to be a prominent leader in his field. The National Institutes of Health has continually funded his research since 1994, and he recently received a large NIH grant to study the mechanism(s) of bacterial/fungal interaction in intestinal inflammation, such as in colitis and Crohn’s disease. He has also consulted for many international pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and co-founded multiple successful and profitable companies, including BIOHM Health, launched in 2016, that engineer products and services to address the critical role of the bacterial and fungal com-munities in digestive and overall health and wellness. BIOHM Health was just awarded the Science and Innovation Award by Nutrition Business Journal. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, children, and grandchildren. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The story behind Dr. Ghannoum coining the term "mycobiome"...7:40 Mycology is the study of fungi; mycobiome refers to the fungi in our gut and parts of our body Focusing just on bacteria leads to overgrowth of candida Showed through research that over 100 fungal species exist in a typical human mouth -Why the human body benefits from having fungus inside it...10:15 We need fungi in our gut; good fungi, even candida in low doses, helps the body Helps in breaking down, fermenting food Candida or fungi at colonizer level cleans the immune system Gut Report to test fungus levels in the body Other microbiome tests examine the bacteria only -What are good and bad fungi, or are fungi levels the only factor?...14:18 It varies by the species Saccharomyces boulardii and Pichia are good all the way around The level of candida is the determining factor, good or bad There are different strains of candida -Signs and symptoms of a fungal overgrowth...18:32 Diarrhea Allergies Pain in the GI tract Damage to gut lining results -How biofilms protect the gut...21:38 Candida cooperates w/ E. coli and Serratia Marcescens (both pathogens) make a biofilm Plack on teeth is an example of a biofilm Organisms in the gut are not free floating; they stick to the gut Complex polysaccharides form around organisms; shields from drugs or immune cells Biofilms are resistant to being broken down Echinocandins inhibit the synthesis of the fungal cell wall: Caspofungin Micafungin Anidulafungin -How people get fungal infections...29:00 Immunocompromised patients typically have lots of antibiotics (killing useful bacteria and allowing candida overgrowth) Goes through GI tract and attacks blood Nurses and doctors  are carriers Surgery Steroids exacerbate susceptibility to candida infections -Differences and similarities between SIFO and SIBO...35:40 Similar symptoms Nausea is more prevalent and severe in SIFO patients Abdominal pain and gas is more prevalent in SIBO SIFO patients grow candida 19% of patients can have both SIBO and SIFO -How popular diets may contribute to fungal overgrowth...39:05 Mediterranean diet: Lots of grains, carbs, pasta (can encourage growth of candida) Follow the diet, provided you consume alcohol in moderation (sugars are problematic) Paleo diet may contain too little prebiotic content Mycobiome diet is customizable to the individual -What life looks like on the mycobiome diet...46:10 Goal is to limit growth of candida, and pro-inflammatory bacteria  People low in Vitamins A,B,C are vulnerable Encourage beneficial bacteria (fibers, resistance starches) Stop biofilms (harming gut lining and causing inflammation) Cruciferous veggies are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant The best food can still result in imbalance in the gut Lifestyle factors: Exercise, walk, hike, etc. Blood can divert from the heart, lungs during extreme exercise No full-fat dairy Herbs and spices that are particularly efficacious: Coconut oil Turmeric  Garlic Apple cider vinegar Supplements Probiotic w/ Saccharomyces boulardii (Biohm) Multivitamin w/ Vitamin A,B,C   Sample breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal w/ bananas, berries, honey Egg w/ tomatoes, turmeric, olives Sample lunch: Lentil soup, spring onions, lemon, chicken Salad w/ cucumber, spring onion, garlic, lettuce, salmon Pistachios are great for the biome Sample dinner: Asparagus, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts Chicken roasted, fish -How to find a physician who is knowledgeable in treating SIFO...1:05:11 -And much more... 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Jan 11 2020

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The Pill - Everything You Need To Know About The Dangers Of The Pill, How To Get Off It Safely & Safer, More Natural Birth Control Alternatives.

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My guest on today's show, Dr. Jolene Brighten, is a functional medicine naturopathic doctor and the founder of , a women's medicine clinic that specializes in women's hormones. She is recognized as a leading expert in post-birth control syndrome and the long-term side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives. Dr. Brighten is the best-selling author, speaker, and regular contributor to several online publications including . She is a medical advisor for one of the first data-driven apps to offer women personalized birth control recommendations. You might be familiar with her also as the author of Out of the 100 million women (almost 11 million in the United States alone) who are on the pill, roughly 60 percent take it for non-contraceptive reasons like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, and acne. While the birth control pill is widely prescribed as a quick-fix solution to a variety of women’s health conditions, taking it can also result in other more serious and dangerous health consequences. Did you know that women on the pill are more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant? That they are at significantly increased risk for autoimmune disease, heart attack, thyroid and adrenal disorders, and even breast and cervical cancer? That the pill can even cause vaginal dryness, unexplained hair loss, flagging libido, extreme fatigue, and chronic infection. As if women didn’t have enough to worry about, that little pill we’re taking to manage our symptoms is only making things worse. Dr. Brighten specializes in treating women’s hormone imbalances caused by the pill and shares her proven 30-day program designed to reverse the myriad of symptoms women experience every day—whether you choose to stay on the pill or not. Featuring simple diet and lifestyle interventions, this podcast will be a crucial step to reversing the risky side effects of the pill, finally finding hormonal health, and getting your badass self back. During our discussion, you'll discover: -An overview of how the pill works...9:38 Dr. Brighten is a former user of the pill; didn't understand the ramifications until studying in natural medicine It works at your brain level How do the ovaries know when to ovulate? The pill distorts FSH/LH levels, thus affecting ovulation, menstrual cycles, etc.  Causes mood alterations and even difficulty getting pregnant once off the pill What normal FSH/LH levels should be sans the pill Day 1 of the period begins the "flow" of maturing eggs FSH and estrogen rise Once ovulation occurs, the corpus luteum secretes progesterone Every form of birth control produces progestin, not progesterone Weight gain is common  Water retention due to lack of progesterone Moodiness is common Key point: A woman stops ovulating because the pill is affecting her body at the brain level -Dr. Brighten's thoughts on supplementing w/ progesterone...16:03 There's a time and place for it, but first ask "why" you need it Can help w/ anxiety, sleep quality,  Women need progesterone to strengthen the myelin sheath in the brain; also w/ neuroplasticity Important for bone health and the immune system Book: Some men can benefit from progesterone supplements A safe environment is vital for progesterone levels Stressful environments affect natural progesterone levels The body will produce cortisol rather than reproductive hormones -Why women are not equitably represented in the scientific community...23:43 Lean females should use caution while participating in intermittent fasting  Laws forbidding women from participating in studies have inhibited accurate data The scientific field as a whole is underrepresented by women  Article: Article: Basic economics: it's more cheaper and easier to study males, be it humans or animals -Real-time consequences of being on the pill...33:30 It affects which partner a woman is attracted to Makes a woman less attractive to ideal partners A woman may not be attracted to their partner when they come off the pill -Effects of the pill on athletic performance...45:20 Shuts down testosterone production by as much as 50% Affects energy, bone health, etc. Fatigue faster Leverage menstrual cycles (Ex. U.S. women's soccer team) Affects both endurance and power/strength negatively Book: Book: I "Listen to your body"; design your lifestyle around your cycle as much as possible Woman athlete accused Nike of destroying her body w/ their training regimen -How to go about getting off the pill...57:15 "All or nothing situation"; don't wean yourself off The brain is confused w/ reduced amounts of the pill if taking smaller quantities Women use the pill for symptom management, vs. birth control The symptoms will return if you don't adjust your lifestyle Prep the body for 90 days before going off the pill Organ meats are good (nature's multivitamin) Focus on every system in the body  Women have been able to save their own lives, advocating for themselves w/ doctors, in the ER, etc. (medical gender bias) -Thoughts on other means of birth control...1:08:38 Copper IUD is among the most popular  Beware of copper toxicity Indirectly affects the thyroid deleteriously Carefully track and notate your own personal data  Female condoms suck Females should know how to apply male condoms -And much more... Resources from this episode: - Book: - Book: - - - Book: - Book: I - - - Episode sponsors: -The BGF VIP Text Club: Get early access to deals, discount codes, and insider tips. Just text the word "FITNESS" to 411-247 -: 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 when you use discount code: BGF10. -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. -: 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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Jan 09 2020

1hr 25mins

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7 Crazy New Biohacks You've Probably Never Heard Of!

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Strap yourselves in for a wild biohacking ride full of new biohacks—some of which I hadn't even heard of. My guest on today's podcast is named Marc. That's it. That's the only information I'll release about his identity. He started his career in investment banking and financing renewable energies and now arranges financing for various government projects—from hydro dams, to farms, to airports—and is now heavily immersed in the fields of biohacking and researching emerging health-enhancing technologies, primarily inspired by managing an incurable genetic defect in his kidneys. In this podcast, we delve into a host of new biohacking technologies you've probably never heard of, from NAD boosters, to stem cell enhancing protocols, to longevity and anti-aging molecules, and much more! During this discussion, you'll discover: -How Marc got interested in these biohacks...8:03 Doing due diligence for banking investments revealed a lot of flaws in technologies such as solar and wind power Became a trusted voice among his partners and investors due to his findings -Biohack #1: How to change the gravitational pull inside your cells to speed up the healing process...11:38 Marc was diagnosed w/ polycystic kidney disease (PKD) Defective on PK-1 protein; cysts develop on the kidney Standard medicine considers it incurable Began ketogenic diet (low glucose slows the growth of the cysts) Increase in klotho protein halts the disease Changes the gravitational pull inside the cells, thus changing the time perspective in which they can heal (40 hrs of healing w/in a 24 hr timeframe) Very expensive: ~$2500/month Extremely detail-oriented protocol Use olive oil or yogurt as a precursor approx. 3-4 days before ingesting How the klotho protein is activated and suppressed Psychological stress, inflammation, oxidative stress and depression mitigate its production Angiotensin decreases klotho , insulin, exercise (resistance training), cordyceps, ginseng extract, activated charcoal increase klotho Vitamin D transport system activates immune system Nagalase enzyme suppresses the immune system by suppressing immune cells GcMAF mitigates damage done by nagalase -Ways to protect from harmful 5G technology...32:15 EMF doesn't actually attack human DNA; it attacks and changes the DNA of the gut microbiome, with an effect on the brain can withstand 5G -The skinny on V-cells...44:30 V-cells are totipotent cells Different types of cells: Totipotent cells can become any type of cell (the crème de la crème of stem cells) Pluripotent can be a variety of different cells Multipotent cells, less variety Singular potent - only one type of cell Embryonic-like stem cells "Non-activated"—dormant, body doesn't know what to do with them Device in the works to increase bioavailability of V-cells High-frequency pulse laser Very small margin of error for it to be efficacious BGF podcasts mentioned: Increased exercise and caloric restriction will mobilize small v-cells -A mostly unknown way to boost NAD levels...58:02 Change the environment so that cells produce NAD sans precursors (such as nicotinamide riboside, NR) increase of 242% NAD+ is used by the body, then converted into NR This becomes downregulated w/ age for boosting NAD -A natural way to upregulate endothelial stem cells...1:03:55 Beta-glucans in mushrooms -Interesting biohacks related to water...1:07:42 (code: GREENFIELD) (code: GREENFIELD) (code: GREENFIELD) Hydrogen is very dangerous; use it with caution when drinking hydrogen-enriched water -A device that increases the mineral density of plants...1:18:03 Lab-grown Placed close to organism w/ water, allows water to come back to its original structure Pesticides are not necessary Water becomes 100% coherent Water and Wellness deuterium-depleted water -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - - - - - - (code: BEN) - -Book: -Book: - for boosting NAD - (code: GREENFIELD) - (code: GREENFIELD) - - - (code: GREENFIELD) - - -BGF podcasts mentioned: Episode sponsors: -Boundless: -: The Challenge starts January 6th, it's completely FREE to join, and when you do you'll get a bunch of exclusive content including access to a Q&A by yours truly answering all your burning fasting questions. To join just go to getkion.com/fasting -: A formulation of 24 unique strains, each of which included at their clinically verified dose, to deliver systemic benefits in the body. Save 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN15 -: 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 -: 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 Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for my secret podcast guest or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Jan 04 2020

1hr 32mins

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Why Your DNA Is Worthless (& What You Need To Focus On Instead).

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Your DNA alone is worthless. So claim my guests on today's show, Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin of , with locations in Versailles, KY, and Bend, OR. I first interviewed these guys in the episode "" and now they're back to talk all things DNA and genetics. Dr. Matt Dawson is a precision medicine physician in Lexington, KY, co-host of the and has been obsessed with performance optimization as long as he can remember. He received scholarships to play two sports in college even with “minimal talent” because of his voracious reading and implementation of any fitness or nutritional techniques that would give him an edge. Dr. Dawson continued that obsession in medical school and, as a physician, he has won national awards for education, innovation, and leadership. He has lectured in over 20 countries and trained thousands of other physicians through live lecture, online education, two textbooks, and an educational app. Dr. Dawson combines his training in genomics and functional medicine to give personalized, precise medical guidance. His obsession with performance optimization has morphed from initially athletic to now mental performance and longevity. Whether it's a professional athlete or a grandparent optimizing their mental clarity and mobility to keep up with their grandkids, Dr. Dawson is passionate about helping everyone perform at their absolute peak. Dr. Mike Mallin is a physician in Bend, OR who is obsessed with health performance and precision medicine and is co-founder of the . He completed medical school in South Carolina and trained in Emergency Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT where he competed in several ultramarathons and found his love for the mountains and performance. Mike currently practices in Bend, OR and Lexington, KY in his precision medicine clinics. He is also co-founder of the , an educational podcast that has taught thousands of physicians all over the world how to use ultrasound, as well as , his podcast focusing on health performance and longevity. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why DNA data in and of itself is insufficient... Epigenomics: Genomics taken in context of the whole person Get a sense of what a person's genes are transcribing via lab values Understand how lifestyle and habits can affect specific genes (ex. PGC1A) Needed a simplified means of interpreting genetic results Falsehoods have been noted in DNA reports A comprehensive analysis includes lifestyle, preferences, microbiome, etc. DNA reports will occasionally translate RSID's wrong Misreading data can lead to unhealthy lifestyle decisions -What sets Drs. Dawson and Mallin's new software apart from other DNA software... Lifestyle and patient preferences factor heavily Microbiome data is important Looking for a more comprehensive picture of a patient than simple data Cholesterol levels, cardiovascular conditions, etc. are taken into account -The results from the software thus far... "Whole picture" approach allows for more accurate diagnoses and appropriate recommendations Cardiovascular risk down  by over 50% in less than 6 months on average LP(a) decreases more than 2 years of statin treatment LDL-P down an average of 357 points per patient CRP down over 50% in patients who start off with it elevated Average HRV increase of 15 from genomic based training programs All mostly without pharmaceuticals -How Matt and Mike test for aging, and their "gold standard" longevity protocol... Get the basics right first: sleep, environment, exercise, sunlight, etc. Personalized: genomics, preference based Get biological age first: True Age Test DNA Age Test Horvath Clock tests methylation in the body; telomere test results have been erratic Pulse press cycle is important MOTS-C Article: Use peptides w/ caution; opt for natural treatments first Exercise protocols used during anabolic phase of treatment and endurance Short interval Longevity exercise programs Fasting, , Dr. John Douillard's Dr. Valter Longo's -NAD protocols used by Mike and Matt and Ben... A lot depends on patient preference RG3 nasal spray -Peptides used in the Wild Health practice... Semax for neuro-cognitive  strength Selank for anxiety Dihexa for neural optimization CJC-1295 Ipamorelin Epithalon GHK Zinc Thymulin Tailor Made triple (zinc, copper and minoxidil) and for injury recovery -Goings on at the Kentucky Castle... , float tank, cryotherapy, sauna on site Food and farming on site Organic garden Sheep and goats Chickens April 7-9 conference Ben will be speaking Teach how to apply what's been discussed in this episode Open to the public, but focused on physicians and practitioners -How Mike and Matt practice what they preach on an individual level... Matt: Intermittent fasting (work out later for bigger fasting window) therapy (turned all the way up, , ) are an ideal food; greens, Put an egg w/ and in Mike: Sprint Interval Training (SIT) CGM () Roast at home   -And much more... Resources from this episode: - website - - - - - - - - - - Episode sponsors: -: 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. -: 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" -: A wellness company specializing in innovative nutraceuticals made from healing hive compounds and plant-based ingredients. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -: 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: “BENG25" Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Dawson, Dr. Mallin or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Jan 02 2020

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Cortisol Decoded: The Myths & Truths About A Hormone Crucial To Your Health & Survival.

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Let's face it: cortisol gets a bad rap these days. "I have high cortisol", "I have low cortisol", "My cortisol it out-of-whack". You've no doubt heard this all before or said it yourself. So in an effort to decode cortisol once and for all, I decided to feature a wildly popular previous guest of mine - the guy who personally helps me and my wife manage our own hormones and has helped countless listeners of mine with their own anti-aging and natural hormone management protocols. His name is Dr. Craig Koniver. Craig was a guest on the episode "" He has been practicing Performance Medicine for over 18 years and is the founder of Koniver Wellness in Charleston, South Carolina. Not satisfied with the disease-based model of modern medicine, Dr. Koniver seeks to help his clients optimize their health and performance through time-tested, nutrient and science-driven protocols that are the cutting-edge of medicine. He is the founder and creator of the patent-pending FastVitaminIV® as well as re-engineering the NAD+ IV protocols, now called Brain Refuel™. Dr. Koniver’s client list includes Navy SEALs, NFL players, PGA golfers, Hall of Fame NHL players, world-class professional athletes, Fortune 100 Executives, well-known celebrities and TV personalities. In addition, Dr. Koniver offers a comprehensive training program of the Koniver Wellness Model to physician practices across the country. In this episode, you'll discover: -Cortisol 101...5:32 Hormone secreted by adrenal glands Not enough attention is given to cortisol in the medical field "Stress hormone" -- fight or flight response It is secreted in response to any real or perceived threat or stressor We're hard-wired to have high cortisol in the am, and low in the evening Rhythm vs. volume is key Acute hormone; ex. being chased by a lion Turns off pain recognition Anti-inflammatory Catabolic hormone -- wear and tear We've changed cortisol from an acute to a chronic hormone Key takeaway: try to find meaningful ways to live w/ the sun's rhythm Lowest levels are at around 10 pm; allows anabolic hormones testosterone, growth hormone, and melatonin to elevate Most critical hours of sleep are 10 pm - 2 am It takes melatonin 12 hours to reset Later (or no) sun exposure means melatonin levels peak later, leading to loss of sleep quality -How cortisol is secreted...13:37 Perceived stressors (most often subtle in modern times) Primitive part of the mid-brain, above the spinal cord Reticular Activating System (RAS) triggers release of cortisol Signal sent to locus ceruleus (one of the most connected parts of the brain) Signal sent to hypothalamus...to pituitary, then to adrenal glands Norepinephrine and cortisol are "partners in crime"; released along w/ cortisol Pituitary responsible for all signaling molecules We stop releasing cortisol, and have surplus of norepinephrine We release an average of 35 g of cortisol per day Irregular sleep patterns (night shift workers) lead to chronic health problems later in life -How cortisol imbalances affect our lives...20:12 Our brains cannot differentiate between perceived and real stressors Visualizing a success (or a failure) will trigger cortisol secretion "I can't wait to wear that out fit" is much more effective than "I'm way too big..." RAS helps distinguish background and foreground in our world Buy a red truck, all of a sudden you see a bunch of red trucks on the roads What you put your attention is what you're going to get in your life -How cortisol gets disrupted...25:40 Humans are "super-adaptors"; we can tolerate stressors over a long period of time Modern tech can disconnect us from the sun, circadian rhythm and cortisol flow We release cortisol at night when we look at TV, phones, etc. at night We tolerate stressors for years and decades, but it eventually catches up with us It will eventually blunt the anabolic hormones (testosterone, growth hormone, melatonin) We lose sleep quality, take longer to heal injuries, workouts are more challenging, etc. Gold standard to test adrenal function: salivary cortisol test Salivary is far less stressful than a blood draw (hence more accurate results) We rely on stimulants such as coffee and prescription drugs, rather than address the issue of disrupted cortisol flow -Why cortisol is such a hot topic in modern society...37:40 Acute stressor triggers cortisol Over time, cortisol has become a chronic hormone, rather than an acute hormone We'll never be chased by a lion in the jungle We trigger cortisol response w/ everyday stressors Chipping away at cortisol release over time We can't keep up w/ cortisol demands; lose cortisol reserve Major stressor (loss of job, death in the family, etc.) causes a breakdown when cortisol levels have been chronically disrupted Cancer, autoimmune disease, etc. occur with this breakdown Many fear cancer, other serious illnesses Best way to prevent disease: take care of cortisol levels Be aware of indicators of low cortisol levels: poor sleep, longer than usual recovery times, etc. -The key element regarding cortisol missed by conventional medicine practice...43:13 Adrenal fatigue and insufficiency doesn't exist in conventional medicine Two extremes in conventional medicine: Cushings disease, and Addisons disease Cushings: too much cortisol secretion Addisons: not enough cortisol is produced There's a gray area; it's not simply black and white As cortisol levels are disrupted, norepinephrine levels increase Increased heart rate Increased blood pressure This feels like anxiety Consider visiting a doctor knowledgeable in this as you may have lost control of the cortisol buffer Study in the Netherlands on men over 50 who ran marathons vs. men who didn't run marathons Men who ran marathons suffered more heart attacks (due to overtraining) Positive exercise can still be a stressor, releasing cortisol Recovery is key to being an elite athlete -How cortisol interacts with other hormones in the body...49:30 Hormones are like kids w/ differing personalities Cortisol is the neighborhood bully High insulin levels and cortisol lead to weight gain (cut carbs in the morning) Abnormal cortisol modulation affects thyroid levels deleteriously Be aware of your adrenal status if you're on thyroid hormone replacement An imbalance of cortisol and testosterone inhibits muscle production Growth hormone depletion leads to brain fog, weight gain, etc. -How to effectively modulate cortisol...56:52 Tests: Blood in the morning Salivary cortisol test anytime Adrenal glands is like a factory producing hormones: cortisol is the goal, but we need to make the other hormones Cortisol imbalances lead to depletion of other hormones Pregnenolone is made from cholesterol; low cholesterol levels affects cortisol production Number 1 risk factor for cancer for men is low testosterone; cortisol will help optimize health Having a cortisol reserve enables us to handle and tolerate stress, thus preventing cancer, autoimmune disease Behaviors to normalize cortisol levels (deliberate contemplative exercise) Meditation, prayer, reading Activate parasympathetic system, turn off sympathetic system Meditation is not the only means of managing stress Adaptogenic herbs: Licorice root (delays conversion of cortisol to cortisone) Holy basil (sense of the divine in one's world) Cordyceps powder (in coffee, shakes) Rhodiola Schisandra berry Critical nutrients: Vitamin A Vitamin C Vitamin B5 Intravenous NAD+ Peptides: Hexarelin Epithalon Ipamorelin GHRP 6 and GHRP 2 Intranasal and intravenous stem cells Hydrocortisone replacement (don't surpass 35 mg per day) Phosphatidylserine Ashwagandha CBD -Closing thoughts...1:14:42 Good correlation between HRV and cortisol; collect morning and evening times Cortisol helps be your best cognitively If you're feeling tired, stressed and anxious, check your cortisol levels -And much more... Resources from this episode: – -30-minute patient phone call with Dr. Koniver to review health goals. At end of the call, Dr. Koniver will outline a strategic game plan for optimizing patient health and performance.  -1-hour physician practitioner phone call with Dr. Koniver to discuss how to implement Performance Medicine into your practice. At end of the call, Dr. Koniver will outline specific steps to start.  -4 Day NAD IV Therapy (Brain Refuel Program). Patient flies to Dr. Koniver’s office in Charleston, South Carolina to receive the loading dose.  -Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Program. 3 days of NAD IV Therapy followed by an umbilical cord stem cell infusion. Includes injectable peptides as well as select nutrients to aid in the absorption of stem cells.  Episode sponsors: -Boundless: -: The Challenge starts January 6th, it's completely FREE to join, and when you do you'll get a bunch of exclusive content including access to a Q&A by yours truly answering all your burning fasting questions. To join just go to getkion.com/fasting -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. -: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD Got a question for me or Craig related to cortisol, or anything else we talked about in today's show? 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Dec 28 2019

1hr 19mins

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The One Component Of Fitness Most People Neglect (Meditation, Plant Medicine, Yoga, Sex & More: How Ben Greenfield Trains For The Spiritual Disciplines).

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As I age, observe great thinkers and philosophers, and continually seek wisdom, I've become increasingly convinced that caring for one's spirit is as important - no - more important than caring for one's body and brain. After all, long after our muscles have atrophied and skin has sagged, long after our brains have degraded and accumulated with plaque, long after our blood vessels and nerves have become clogged and weak and long after our relentless pursuit of fitness and longevity has become a vain effort, our spirits can be just as strong and bright as ever. Yet, sadly - especially among those immersed in physical culture, fitness and biohacking, it seems that the spirit is the most oft-ignored component of our human vessels, quite frequently shrunken and shriveled from a near complete neglect of the spiritual disciplines... ...disciplines such as meditation, gratitude, prayer, fasting, study, fellowship, celebration, charity and all those elements that most of us know are important but somehow shove to the side because, let's face it, life gets busy and it just seems far more practical and immediately useful to go hit the gym rather than sit cross-legged on the floor meditating breathing, spending an extra ten minutes in bed journaling, or prioritizing a family dinner.  As I mention with increasing frequency the importance of the spiritual disciplines, I'm often ask how I personally incorporate these practices in my own life. So, similar to how last week I shared with you the nitty-gritty details of my own nutrition supplementation program, in this podcast I'm going to delve into how I weave everything from yoga to breathwork to plant medicine into my own life. I in no way profess to be an expert in these matters, and although it is my goal over the next ten years to become as spiritually fit as I am physically fit, and to focus perhaps even more on the spiritual disciplines than I currently do on the physical disciplines, I hope that a few of the insights I've incorporated into my own life these past several years may serve you well in your own pursuit of spiritual greatness. During this podcast, you'll discover: -Why value spiritual disciplines in the first place?...6:40 Focusing only on physical health and wellness can be quite shallow Spiritual exercise/discipline is just as real and vital as physical Caring for our spirit is just as important, if not more so, than our body and brain Attachment exercise from Think of something or someone to which you're attached Say, "I really do not need you to be happy; I can be happy without you" Happiness is a state of non-illusion -- the absence of an illusion -How Ben has educated himself on spiritual disciplines...13:00 Once a year practice of stoicism 2-5 days of silence and solitude No family, completely alone Reading, , fasting Kion Fasting book -Ben's morning spiritual disciplines...19:27 Before getting out of bed, time w/ family, etc. read in bed (scriptures, aforementioned books) for 5-10 minutes Study Meditation Prayer Enhancing meditation tips: from Joe Dispenza's meditations from his book Dab a bit of Third Eye essential oil by between the eyes Gamma Psilocybin micro dose (book) Spiritual disciplines can be "hacked" just like physical disciplines tea w/ Spend 10-15 minutes doing stretching and deep tissue work (and ) Family gratitude practice Sing a song together -Ben's sauna practice...37:45 Flow yoga w/ deep breathwork Drink a hot beverage beforehand ( or or ) (sprinkled in the sauna before going in) Listening to something educational Book: by Shinzen Young (enhances your ability to sweat) Finish w/ a cold plunge in a  ice bath followed by this prayer: Our Father in heaven, I surrender all to you Turn me into the father and husband you would have for me to be Into a man who will fulfill your great commission And remove from me all judgment of others Grant me your heavenly wisdom Remove from me my worldly temptations Teach me to listen to your still, small voice in the silence And fill me with your peace, your love, and your joy. Amen -How Ben manages stress during busy and intensive work days...44:45 Brief pauses throughout the day for breath work Box breathing (4 in, 4 hold, 4 out, 4 hold) Alternate nostril breathing 4-8 breathing (4 in, 8 out over and over) -End of day spiritual practices...47:28 Gather for family dinner (big factor for longevity in ) Meditation, activation of para-sympathetic nervous system ..."I'm aware of my body I'm smiling at my body I'm aware of my food I'm smiling at my food I'm aware of my company I'm smiling at my company" Centering breaths Games for family dinners Table Topics : Unstable Unicorns, Bears vs. Babies, Exploding Kittens Finish up remaining business while family cleans up and gets ready for bed You dwell on and dream about what you've dwelt on during the day Family bedtime Sing together App: Prayer together Eye gazing Self-reflection journal (a la Ben Franklin amazon links...) -Spiritual lovemaking...57:50 True, tantric, spiritual sex is oft ignored in modern society Backjack chairs - chat for 5-15 minutes prior to lovemaking, sleep, etc. Couple's plant medicine therapy Holotropic breath work (Renegade Pharmacist offers this) Ben's massage setup Blast body w/ Whole Tones by Michael Tyrrell Ketamine and oxytocin intranasally, occasionally w/ THC PEMF table by Pulse Centers -Areas for improvement...1:09:00 Participating in local charitable causes Share your gifts -- make your service enjoyable Strengthen connection w/ local church community -And much more... 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Dec 26 2019

1hr 15mins

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Squatting In A California Backyard & Talking Family, Movement Mechanics, Ice Baths & More With Aaron Alexander.

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You may recall the amazing, eccentric, crazy cool Aaron Alexander if you listened to my episode ""... ...well today Aaron's back. I recorded live with him at his pad in Southern California and after chilling in an ice bath, doing nitty-gritty breathwork and getting up to all the other crazy tom-foolery biohacks at Aaron's place, we recorded for you a nice little podcast, and even discussed Aaron's new book "", which shows readers how posture and body alignment are powerful tools for building strength, achieving peak performance, reducing pain, and approaching the world with a new sense of confidence, and teaches you how to optimize activities such as: -Floor Sitting -Hanging -Hip-Hinging -Walking -Nose Breathing -And much more... Blending Eastern philosophy with Western mechanics, The Align Method outlines the necessary tools to leverage the power of your own senses and body language to feel more flexible and confident, and details exactly how to reshape your environment for enhanced creativity and longevity. So check out the book and... In this discussion with Aaron, you'll discover... -What makes special...4:58 EGCG is the primary antioxidant Regularly consume for fertility potency -Natural biohacks that can be implemented for low or no cost...6:36 Activates the parasympathetic nervous system Nitric oxide release Humming/chanting increases nitric oxide production Activates the vagus nerve Inducing stress resilience prior to the stress of the cold treatment Sunlight exposure Metabolic flexibility is increased w/ sunlight exposure Increased and good vagal nerve tone Vitamin D activation Cellular resistance When to choose tech over nature lights can provide adequate infrared light in 10 minutes vs. 2 hours of sunlight can shortcut what can be derived from nature Bottom line: Nature is preferable, but there’s nothing wrong with choosing better living through science -Ben Greenfield’s morning meditation routine…15:37 designed by Dawson Church - into the universe, and into the body Transcendental meditation () Deep breathing in the morning Read or scripture Exercise is moving meditation Lead w/ prana No music/podcasts in the ears   Breathe through the nose as much as possible BGF podcasts w/ Paul Chek 3x3 routine: 3 minutes cardio, 3 minutes cold therapy and repeat -Hunting zen and interdependence with our fellow man…21:43 Innate instinct to provide, even with modern conveniences around us Book: Interdependence is oft neglected C.S. Lewis: We’re all spirits in human bodies w/ capability to go one way or the other Skin to skin contact releases oxytocin; results in greater success in war, athletics, etc. Don't sacrifice interdependence for self-dependence (self-made man) Connections is the undying currency -The two "mountains" in our lives...40:07 Book: Mountain 1: career, business, shelter, etc. Circumstances bring us into the valley, and realize Mountain 2 Mountain 2: we discover interdependence, community, connection, etc. Mountain 1 is oftentimes a prerequisite to Mountain 2 No regrets about the past; using experience to scale Mountain 2 when we arrive there -Practices that build indomitable connectedness in your family...46:00 Eye-gazing: Zero judgment zone See different parts of the other each time Deep connection reduces shame, increases vulnerability Eye-gazing during sex increases intimacy w/ your partner "You're not raising your children, you're raising your grandchildren" Traditions, practices at the dinner table, etc. are observed, learned and passed on to the next generation Encourage children to participate in your exercise routine, even if on a limited basis 55/38/7 principle of communication: 55% is based on body language 38% is vocal tonality 7% is the words we use Power of demonstration cannot be undervalued as a parent -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - Book: Episode sponsors: -: The Challenge starts January 6th, it's completely FREE to join, and when you do you'll get a bunch of exclusive content including access to a Q&A by yours truly answering all your burning fasting questions. To join just go to -: A wellness company specializing in innovative nutraceuticals made from healing hive compounds and plant-based ingredients. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -: Whether you’re an insurance expert or a newbie, Policygenius created a website that makes it easy for you to compare quotes, get advice, and get covered. -: It’s cloud accounting software that basically does your invoicing for you and on top of that gets you paid 2x faster. Try it out for a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now. Go to Freshbooks.com/Ben and enter “The Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast” in the how did you hear about us section. Got a question or comment for Aaron or me? Leave a comment below, and one of us will reply!

Dec 21 2019

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Quench: The Big "8 Glasses Of Day" Water Myth, Why Water Isn't The Best Way To Fully Hydrate & Much More!

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Based on breakthrough new science in the field of hydration, the new book debunks many popular myths about "getting enough water" and offers a revolutionary five-day jump start plan that shows how better hydration can reduce or eliminate ailments like chronic headaches, weight gain, gut pain, and even autoimmune conditions. Chronic headaches...brain fog...fatigue...weight gain...insomnia...gut pain...autoimmune conditions. We may think these and other all-too-common modern maladies are due to gluten intake or too much sugar or too little exercise. But there is another missing piece to the health puzzle: Proper hydration. Yes, even in this era of Poland Spring many of us are dehydrated due to moisture lacking diets, artificial environments, medications, and over-dependence on water as our only source of hydration. For this reason, that new diet or exercise plan may fail because our body doesn't have enough moisture to support it. Quench presents a wellness routine that can reverse all of that, based on breakthrough new science in the field of hydration. You will be surprised to learn that drinking too much water can flush out vital nutrients and electrolytes. Here is where "gel water" comes in: the water from plants (like cucumber, berries, aloe), which our bodies are designed to truly absorb right down to the cellular level. In fact, Ms. Bria's work as an anthropologist led her to the realization that desert people stay hydrated almost exclusively from what they eat, including gel plants like cactus. Based on groundbreaking science from the University of Washington's Pollack Water Lab and other research, Quench offers a five-day jump start plan: hydrating meal plans and the heart of the program, smoothies and elixirs using the most hydrating and nutrient-packed plants. Another unique feature of their approach is micro-movements-small, simple movements you can make a few times a day that will move water through your fascia, the connective tissue responsible for hydrating our bodies. You will experience more energy, focus, and better digestion within five days...then move onto the lifetime plan for continued improvements, even elimination of symptoms. My guest on today's podcast, and the author of Quench - Dr. Dana Cohen - has been successfully practicing medicine here in New York City for 20 years utilizing a distinctive medical approach. Dr. Cohen has helped thousands of patients find relief after repeated unsuccessful attempts with other practitioners. Dr. Cohen was board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1998. She is an advisor to the Board of Directors of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), the leading voice of Integrative Medicine for more than 1,500 MD, DO, ND, and master-level health-care providers. She has been the program director for their conferences and gathered the leaders of functional and integrative medicine to give world-class symposiums. She received her MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine, and completed a three year internal medicine residency at Albany Medical Center. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The background of Dana's book and why water isn't always the ideal way to hydrate...7:32 Searched for innovative topic on which to devote substantial research Co-author approached regarding hydration techniques "New phase" of water Is it possible to hydrate via food? The 8 glasses a day myth Comes from nowhere, similar to the food pyramid Some say they drink little water and remain hydrated -What is "gel" water, and how does it differ from "regular" water?...11:26 Also known as " Slightly thicker, different chemical equation (H3O2) Desert plants have gel inside (thickened water) Gel water is found in waterfalls, and in nature in general It's the type of water found in our cells -The best foods to eat which contain the gel water...14:41 Chia seeds gel when exposed to water Cucumber seeds are gelatinous Lettuce Cauliflower Fruits Fiber mixed w/ water becomes undrinkable when left; becomes gel water -How hydration (and dehydration) is measured via food intake...16:35 There's no research on determining clinical dehydration (although we know when someone is truly dehydrated) The means of determining hydration levels via water consumption have not been applied to food as of yet -How people who dwell in deserts hydrate...22:08 Bedouins "front load" water consumption (first thing in the morning w/ electrolytes) Robes they wear are quasi humidifying tents Drink camel's milk, goat's bread Low-fat diet is counterproductive Ghee is very high in gel water -Why chia is such a potent source of hydration...26:08 Rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly linoleic acid Grinding chia seeds; creates more gel water when add water to it Perfect thing to add to smoothies Lectins in chia seeds: proceed w/ caution Tara Fix recipe: 12 oz. water 1 tsp ground chia seeds 4 oz. kombucha Pinch of rock salt Books by Christopher McDougall: Natural Born Heroes Born to Run -Ancestral hydration tactics from history...32:54 Nomadic cowboys in Uruguay consumed Yerba Mate Has all vitamins and electrolytes necessary to sustain life Dissolving plants in water delivers nutrients and hydration from the plants better than water alone Ancient pottery shows signs of gelatin from grains; evidence of eating lots of stews containing grains and vegetables Hasda people consumed Baoba fruit: Blended flesh w/ water; full of fat, fiber and vitamins (an ancient smoothie) -The link between fascia and hydration and why it's so important...39:30 Fascia is the network of collagen that surrounds every cell and organ in our body (like the outer walls of the grapefruit holding in the fruit) : Motion that stretches tissue and generates electricity Study found that women who fidgeted less than other women had a 43% increase in all-cause mortality Small movements are better than nothing Dry skin brushing -A recipe for "beauty water"...48:56 Water mixed w/ simple ingredients: blueberries, pomegranates, lemon, etc. Adds electrolytes, structure to the water It's very possible to over hydrate; dispose of electrolytes before their efficacy can be applied to the body -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - BGF podcasts with Dr. Gerald Pollack - Book: - Study: - - - Episode sponsors: -Boundless: -: Use Kion Serum anywhere you’d like more vibrant, youthful skin and hair. Save 10% off your order when you use discount code: BGF10 -: 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. -: 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 -: Safe, simple, effective products that people use in the bathroom everyday. Native creates products with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. 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Dec 19 2019

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Supplements Update: What Supplements Does Ben Greenfield Take (& How To Time / Choose Your Personal Supplementation Protocol).

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I am often asked what supplements I take, why I take them and if we really need supplements anyway. After all, if you, like me, follow a healthy lifestyle, I'll wager you probably eat plenty of plants, prioritize sleep, hydrate with filtered water (or, dare I say at the risk of revealing my tinfoil hat, structured water) and expose yourself to the sun as much as possible. So why even consider supplementation? Let's begin with this: our modern, post-industrial, polluted, toxin-laden lifestyle demands more nutrients than food can provide. That’s right. The chronic stressors of modern life—ranging from heavy metal and synthetic chemical exposure to sensory overload—have been proven to increase your body’s need for vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to shuttle toxins through detox pathways and prevent the formation of DNA-damaging free radical. This means that even if you are eating clean, relatively nutrient-dense food, you are likely not getting the full array of nutrients from food that prior generations enjoyed. There are five factors that contribute to poor nutrient availability in most modern food. Nutritionally Depleted Soil Due to modern farming techniques and fertilizers, most soil is depleted of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in conventionally grown crops (4). You may think that eating organic is the ultimate solution. While some research suggests that organically grown food contains more nutrients than non-organic food, other research has concluded that there is no significant difference in nutritional content between the two (5, 6). In addition, for most of human history (and prehistory), our ancestors ate now-nearly-extinct, dense-cell-rich carbohydrates in the form of foods like wild tubers, which provided essential prebiotics so that probiotic bacteria could flourish (in contrast to the refined acellular grains and white rice that comprise modern carbohydrates) (7).In addition, the modern high intake of refined carbohydrates and processed foods creates significant blood sugar swings and glycemic variability that our ancestors did not encounter to as great an extent. A glance at a coffee shop display case or hotel breakfast bar that features bagels, muffins and sugary cereals explains why many people need a snack a couple hours after breakfast to make it through the inevitable mid-morning blood sugar crash. Blood sugar imbalances lead to chronic inflammation and may be responsible for up to 80% of modern diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (8). This is a rollercoaster you definitely want to hop off. Similarly, the meat, eggs and dairy products commonly found in grocery stores deliver fewer anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, than those from wild or pastured animals (9). Most Western diet munchers also consume an imbalanced ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids, further exacerbating chronic inflammation (10, 11). Age-Related Declines In Nutrient Absorption Your ability to absorb nutrients from food decreases as you age (19). While growing children should absolutely be taking a multivitamin to support healthy tissue and bone formation, supplementation becomes equally important for older generations. Many medications used to treat age-related diseases, such as acid reflux and hypertension, also interfere with proper nutrient absorption, further increasing the need to take supplements (16, 17). Then there are precious fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D. While the recommendations for sufficient vitamin D levels are controversial, it is safe to say that many Americans, especially aging Americans who spend more and more time indoors, do not get enough vitamin D (18). Even if we do our best to get sun exposure - whether it’s a morning walk or going outside for lunch - it is rare to get as much sunlight and vitamin D as our outdoor-dwelling ancestors did. Poor Food Handling Practices Modern harvesting, shipping, processing and storage techniques degrade the nutrient content of food (12). Plants grown with modern fertilizer can contain only 25% of the micronutrients of plants grown using more traditional farming methods, and nutrient content declines as they are shipped and sit on store shelves. It makes sense that a fresh-picked apple is more nutritious than the apples you buy at the supermarket in winter, which were likely treated with 1-methylcyclopropene and could be up to 10 months old (according to an FDA spokesperson) (13, 14). And the preservatives used to maintain freshness could impede the bioavailability of the food’s nutrients and even increase your body’s need for more nutrients to process these synthetic additives (15). Pesticides, Herbicides & Pollutants Pesticides, herbicides and chemicals found in the modern food supply are combined with low-quality water, environmental contaminants from elements like degraded plastic and airborne pollutants like carbon monoxide, lead and mercury. These synergistic factors vastly increase your need for extra vitamins, minerals and nutrients to combat the formation of free radicals and the attack on your metabolism and immune system. Exercise Are you an athlete or frequent exerciser? The amount of extra oxygen and energy used by active individuals requires far more than the nutritional RDA of the average population. Indeed, consuming only the stated RDA can actually limit your athletic performance. So if you engage in Crossfit WODs, Ironman triathlons, obstacle races or heavy weight-lifting, your nutritional requirements mean you need to take supplements. In addition to these five factors, there are scientifically demonstrated longevity benefits of caloric restriction (a concept you will discover more about in Chapter 25). Given these benefits, it seems silly to argue that you could ignore calories and simply eat more food to obtain nutrients. This is another crucial area where supplements come in - they are a helpful boost for those of us wanting to consume enough nutrients to function well but also wanting to live longer using strategies such as intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting and caloric restriction. The assumption that previous generations didn’t take supplements is also not true. Ancient supplements include root, stem and leaf teas, medicinal powders ground by mortar and pestle and highly concentrated oil extracts (20, 21, 22). Just because these dietary supplements didn’t look like capsules and ridiculously-oversized tubs of powders doesn’t mean they weren’t supplements. In addition, our ancestors certainly consumed dirt, which we now know contains a wide range of beneficial probiotics (23, 24). Perhaps even more compelling is the fact that animals, ranging from insects to chimps, self-medicate and supplement by consuming specific compounds (25). For example, when some caterpillars get infected by parasitic flies, they’ll eat poisonous plants to kill the invasive larvae. Ants fight off microbes and bacteria by adding spruce resin to their nests. Several animal species consume mud to counteract stomach upset, and animals of all kinds use plant medicine as their own rough approximation of “supplements”. Ultimately, supplementation with vitamins, minerals and even nootropics and psychedelics is a natural, time-honored way to enhance the body and brain. In our modern era, while many would argue that your brain should work fine on its own, operating with flawless precision in the presence of clean food, pure water, sunshine and fresh air, I beg to differ and have benefited highly from a bit of ancestral wisdom combined with better living through science. -Why would you want to take supplements in the first place?...9:48 The post-industrial age creates a greater need for nutrition than previous generations Cell phones, air, water create toxicity for our systems Food that is farmed and produced does not contain the same level of nutrients as before Soil is depleted of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants No significant differences in organic produce in nutrient levels Ancestors ate nearly extinct foods: quinoa, tubers, cellular grains Modern food is acellular grains and white rice Abundance of refined carb and processed foods creates high blood sugar swings Meat, eggs and dairy products contain fewer Omega-3's and other anti-inflammatory nutrients Imbalanced Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio (as high as 40:1) Modern fertilizers deplete food of nutrients Preservatives have deleterious effects (the age of "fresh" produce is a bit shocking) Decreases bioavailability of nutrients and increases the body's need for nutrients Fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamin D) are deficient in most people Multiple examples of supplementation occurring in ancient generations Root, stem, leaf teas Powders extracted and compounded to aid the body's nutrient absorption Ate dirt, which contains  high amounts of probiotics Chimps and monkeys self-medicate by consuming specific plants (sometimes psychedelic compounds) Ben's personal supplementation regimen -Basic daily nutrient and micronutrient repletion...20:16 Key characteristics in a multivitamin: Vitamin D, Vitamin K1 and K2, Natural form of folate, Vitamin B12 Recommend taking it with food Calton Nutrition -Energy...27:18 (or any other creatine that has CreaPure in it) Book: Roger Drummer on tian chi (title unknown) Dr. Daniel Amen book (title not mentioned) Psychedelics: LSC, psilocybin (microdose every few days, not used with TianChi or Qualia Mind) -Fat Loss and blood sugar management...36:21 Use before most carb-rich meal of the day Use with cold thermogenesis -Recovery...38:27 Not to be taken immediately after exercising (wait at least 2 hours) (on recovery) Essential amino acids, not simply branched chain aminos 10-20 g pre- or post-workout Muscle maintenance and recovery Appetite suppression (other good brands are , and ) 8 g per day (with breakfast) 1:1 EPA to DHA ratio Vitamin E Contains Astaxanthin Keep refrigerated -Gut...44:48 for protein digestion for fat digestion for gluten digestion -Sleep...54:51 CBD Scientific Lipocalm -"Experimental Supplements"...59:47 BGF podcast w/ Ian Mitchell Peptides BPC 157 Tesamorelin Summary So that's it! I trust this guide gave you ideas on how to enhance your health, performance, and recovery without needing to pop a dizzying array of pills. I get lots of inquiries about other supplements like greens powders, l-carnitine, high-dose Vitamin B, beta-alanine, sleep supplements and so on. I highly recommend specifically tailoring your supplement protocol to meet your specific goals, and also to use the comments section below to ask me your other specific questions. Ideally, you should choose supplements that address your own genetic results or blood biomarkers, and to learn more about personalizing nutrition and supplements to your genetics, , author of "", or read my article about customizing your diet to you. So what do you think? Which supplements have you found to be personally useful? Do you still think supplements are a waste of time and money? Do you have questions about other supplements folks have recommended to you? Leave your questions, comments, and feedback in the comments section below! Episode sponsors: -: Nature’s “first food” that supports immunity, GI function, athletic recovery, and more. BGF listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at Kion when you use discount code: BGF10 -: 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 -: 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! -: 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

Dec 14 2019

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We All Have Cancer (& How To Starve Cancer With The Foods You Eat).

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Recently, my friend turned me onto Dr. William Li and his book “” – a really great book that delves into the research-based healing powers of a variety of foods. Over two decades, Dr. Li’s leadership in the field of angiogenesis and its clinical translation has brought to the world 30 paradigm-shifting treatments for cancer, vision loss, and wound healing. His vision, expertise, and global multidisciplinary networks are focused on conquering disease, and improving quality of life and the human condition through diet, lifestyle, and judicious use of medicines that optimize health throughout aging. Dr. Li’s work engages the White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, National Institutes of Health, Fortune 500 companies, and leading universities and medical institutions across North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Dr. Li’s work has impacted more than 50 million people worldwide, and he is a TED Conference speaker. ” Dr. Li received his undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard College, his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and his clinical training in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific and clinical articles, book chapters, and abstracts, including publications in leading journals such as Science, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature Reviews. Dr. Li has held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University, and Dartmouth Medical School. He serves on the board of directors of the , the , and , as well as public and private companies focused on health and life sciences innovation. A few of my big takeaways from his book included: – Regarding stem cells: Some foods like , , and beer can mobilize them and help us regenerate. Other foods, like purple potatoes, can kill deadly stem cells that spark cancer growth. – We all have cancer growing in our body. Every single one of us, even you. Over time, however, some tiny nests of cancer can overwhelm the defense system and overcome antiangiogenic countermeasures by releasing huge amounts of the same growth factor signals involved in wound healing. In lab experiments, once new blood vessels sprout into the small cluster of cancer cells, a tumor can grow exponentially, expanding up to sixteen thousand times in size in only two weeks after angiogenesis starts. – Even as little as thirty minutes of exposure to tobacco smoke exhaled by someone else is enough to stun your stem cells. – Not surprisingly, air pollution is similarly damaging. Researchers have found that in people living in communities with major air pollution problems, exposure to fine particulate matter during pollution flares lowers the number of endothelial progenitor cells in their blood. – Among the Malmo participants, researchers found that those with the highest levels of stem cell factor had a lower risk of heart failure by 50 percent, a lower risk of stroke by 34 percent, and a lower risk of death from any cause by 32 percent compared to those participants with the lowest levels of stem cell factor. – During the cholera epidemic of 1892 in France, Metchnikoff mixed bacteria together in a petri dish and found that some bacteria could stimulate cholera growth, but to his surprise found that other bacteria hindered it. This led him to speculate whether swallowing some types of helpful bacteria might be useful for preventing deadly diseases. He was also struck by the fact that some people lived to a ripe old age despite harsh rural conditions and poor hygiene associated with poverty. In Bulgaria, he noted, there were peasants in the Caucasus Mountains who lived beyond one hundred years. He observed that the oldest villagers were drinking fermented yogurt containing the bacteria . Metchnikoff suggested that one secret to longevity is consuming healthy bacteria. – A study of 1,095 “ridiculously healthy people” who have no health issues or family history of serious disease across all age groups (from age three to more than one hundred years old) showed that a common denominator in both young and old is an almost identical microbiome. – The scientists concluded that some healthy bacteria are resilient and can bounce back from a dietary insult, while others cannot. They called the persistent defect a “scar” left on the microbiome due to diet. Here’s where it gets interesting in this study. The microbiome scar became larger over generations when the researchers began breeding the mice and exposing each generation of mice to the high-fat, low-fiber Western-style diet. With each generation, more and more of the original bacteria from the healthy human disappeared from their microbiome. By the fourth generation (great-grandchildren of the original), a sobering 72 percent of the microbes from the initial healthy mice were no longer detectable. Generations of eating the same unhealthy high-fat, low-fiber diet killed off healthy gut microbes permanently. – But wound healing was only the beginning. In the lab, L. reuteri also reduced abdominal fat and obesity in mice, even if they ate a junk food diet of potato chips. L. reuteri can stimulate the growth of thick, shiny, healthy hair; improve skin tone; boost the immune system; and prevent the growth of tumors in the colon and in the breast. And that’s not all. Experiments have shown that in male mice, L. reuteri in drinking water increases testicular size, testosterone production, and mating frequency. A truly fascinating finding was that L. reuteri stimulates the brain to release the hormone oxytocin, which is the social bonding neurochemical that is released from the brain during a hug or handshake, by close friendship, during kissing, breast feeding, and orgasm. The depth of research conducted with this one bacteria is so impressive it led to an article in Needless to say, this is a probiotic worthy of taking because of the scientific evidence for its actions and potential benefits. – Do you wear sunscreen every time you get on a flight? You should. A 2015 study by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco published in the journal JAMA Dermatology showed that pilots flying for just one hour at thirty thousand feet altitude receive the same amount of UV radiation through the cockpit window as they would from a twenty-minute session in a tanning salon. – Solvents off-gassing from carpets, new cars, and chemicals in ordinary household products like nail polish remover, shampoo, and paint damage DNA, too. If you drive a car that uses gasoline, when you fill up the tank, you are breathing in fumes containing benzene, which damages DNA. It is wise to stand upwind of the vapor while you are at the gas station. – Other epigenetic changes from exercise can block harmful genes. These are seen after swimming, sprinting, interval training, and high-intensity walking. – A study by researchers at University of California, San Francisco showed that breastfeeding improved the length of telomeres in the child. In a group of 121 children, those who were exclusively breastfed when they were infants had longer telomeres by the time they were of preschool age (four to five years old) compared to children who were formula fed. This shows the durability of the telomere effect—that the benefits of breastfeeding remain years after a child is weaned and eating solid food.  – Scientists from the University of Southern California showed that fasting cycles can be used to build a fresh immune system. Remarkably, they showed that fasting two to four days in a row forces the human body to go into a recycling mode, which gets rid of the older, worn-out immune cells. Then, when food is started again, it jump-starts the hematopoietic stem cells in your bone marrow to start regenerating fresh immune cells thus rebuilding the immune system. – Soyfoods represent dozens of different kinds of foods made from soybeans, an ancient legume that originated in eastern China three thousand years ago. From fresh soy products, such as edamame, soymilk, and soy nuts, to soyfoods that are fermented, such as soy sauce, tofu, miso, natto, tempeh, and more, soy is encountered in many forms. Asian markets will often have fresh soybeans, but you can also often find them in the frozen section of the grocery store. Fresh tofu is versatile and is a common food in Asia. In Western countries, the best sources to find tofu varieties are Asian markets. Look at the menu of a Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, or Vietnamese restaurant, and you’ll find many soy offerings. Soy contains antiangiogenic bioactives known as isoflavones, specifically genistein, daidzein, equol, and glyceollins. Fermented soy products have higher concentrations of them. – Research has revealed that chicken thighs and drumsticks are especially healthy choices. Dark chicken meat contains , or menaquinone, a naturally occurring fat-soluble vitamin. – At the , we began studying teas for their biological properties using lab testing systems originally designed to evaluate antiangiogenic cancer drugs. We found that tea extracts had really exceptionally potent angiogenesis inhibitory effects, ied comparable to that of drugs. What was interesting was that different varieties of tea exhibited different potencies. We found Chinese jasmine tea to be more potent than Japanese sencha tea, and  was even more potent than jasmine tea. The most remarkable finding was that when we crossed cultures and mixed nde with  tea, the resulting tea blend had a synergistic effect on blood vessel growth that was more than twice as potent against angiogenesis than either one alone. – At the , we conducted research on the antiangiogenic activity of six different wines made by different grape varietals from the same winery (Vintage Wine Estates) and the same vintage, grown on the same terroir. Among the six, we identified the most potent antiangiogenic  as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. – At the end of the study, the researchers compared bloodwork from before and after the experiment. Amazingly, participants who drank the high-flavanol hot had twice as many stem cells in their circulation compared to the people who drank the low-flavanol cocoa. – Scientists at the University of Montreal discovered that a diet rich in fish oil increases production of endothelial progenitor stem cells that can regenerate oxygen-deprived muscles. – Squid ink, which actually usually comes from cuttlefish, contains bioactives that not only inhibit angiogenesis, but also can protect stem cells. – Scientists at the University of Warsaw in Poland examined endothelial progenitor cells in the blood of healthy young individuals and found that exposing them to  could protect the stem cells against stress. The exposure to chokeberry also improved the ability of the stem cells to migrate and participate in regenerating blood vessels. – is a bioactive known as a carotenoid. It is a pigment that gives corn and saffron their yellow-orange color, but it’s also common in leafy green vegetables, like , , , , , , and . The results of this study suggest that eating zeaxanthin-containing foods may help the performance of our stem cells for organ regeneration. – The ellagic acid of the activates stem cells. – The leaves, stalks, and seeds of are all edible and contain a number of health-promoting bioactives, including a tongue twister: 3-n-butylphthalide (NBP). NBP is important because it was approved as a pharmaceutical drug in 2002 by regulatory agencies in China for doctors to use as a neuroprotective treatment in patients who have suffered a stroke. NBP, also found in supplements containing celery seed extract, improves brain circulation, lowers brain inflammation, grows nerves, and limits brain damage from stroke. Researchers from Soochow University in China studied how NBP helps patients recover from a stroke. They recruited 170 individuals who had suffered an acute ischemic stroke, meaning a blood clot caused an interruption of blood flow and killed part of the brain. – While these results are from a drug form of NBP, it shows that a bioactive present in has stem cell–activating properties that may help heal and regenerate organs after a medical catastrophe like a stroke. –  has many well researched health benefits, and now among them is activating the regenerative system. This has been studied in people who smoke. Cigarette smoking chemically scorches the blood vessel lining, which leads to increased risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Cigarette smoking is also damaging to stem cells, and reduces the number of circulating stem cells. People who smoke have 60 percent fewer stem cells in their bloodstream compared to nonsmokers—another reason not to smoke. Researchers from Chonnam National University Hospital in Korea and the Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan examined the effects of drinking green tea on the stem cells of smokers. They enrolled twenty young men in their late twenties who had smoked for six years and gave them four cups of green tea to drink each day for two weeks (a total of 56 cups). Their blood was drawn at the beginning and at the end of the study to count the number of circulating endothelial progenitor cells present. The results showed that drinking green tea increased the number of circulating stem cells by 43 percent over two weeks. The health of the smokers’ blood vessels was also improved by green tea over the study period. Their vascular dilation response was improved by 29 percent. In the lab, scientists have discovered that green tea and its catechins can stimulate regeneration of brain, muscle, bone, and nerves and can promote wound healing. – They found that one strain of L. reuteri in a sourdough starter that had been handed down from one baker to another since 1970 had actually evolved to live and thrive in bread dough. To dominate in their new turf, some L. reuteri strains in the starter actually developed the ability to produce a natural antibiotic called reutericyclin that kills other harmful bacteria growing around it. While the bacteria itself does not survive the high oven temperatures used for baking, scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that the benefits may not require live bacteria at all when it comes to L. reuteri. In the lab, scientists completely pulverized the bacteria so no live L. reuteri survived, but they found that substances coming from the particles of dead bacteria could create the same benefits as the live bacteria. This is a complete surprise, because it’s always been assumed that the benefits of gut bacteria require them to be alive. – The , renowned for its culinary and medicinal properties, was the subject of a study by scientists at Jiangnan University in China to test its effects on the microbiome. In the lab, they fed mice with severe gut inflammation the human equivalent of one tablespoon of Lion’s mane mushroom. The results showed that Lion’s mane could decrease the symptoms and the proteins associated with gut inflammation by as much as 40 percent. The mushroom increased the healthy bacteria Akkermansia while decreasing the harmful sulfur toxin-producing Desulfovibrio. – In a study called the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), researchers documented coffee and caffeine consumption in 5,826 adults and showed that . – drinking was associated with increased telomere length, but only in elderly men, not women. When the amount of tea consumed by men was analyzed, those who drank three or more cups of tea per day had longer telomeres compared to those who drank less than a third of a cup of tea. The difference in telomere length was equivalent to a calculated difference of five years of additional life between high-and low-level tea drinkers. No other food group was associated with any telomere lengthening in this elderly population. The study did not specifically ask which type of tea, but green tea and oolong tea are the most commonly consumed teas in China. – At the end of six weeks of eating , the participants did a 2.5-hour treadmill run. First, researchers drew their blood before the run. Then, an hour before exercise, the blueberry eaters ate a larger than usual amount of blueberries (375 grams, or 2.7 cups worth of fresh blueberries). Immediately after the participants’ run, researchers took another blood sample. One hour later, blood was drawn one final time to see what happened to their immune cells and what the effect of eating blueberries was. The blood samples were analyzed for different immune cells, including T cells, B cells, and natural killer (NK) cells. The results were eye opening. Blueberry eaters had almost double the number of NK cells before exercise compared to those who did not eat blueberries. Normally, NK cells would be expected to rapidly decline after intense exercise. But in the group that consumed blueberries, the NK cells remained elevated for at least one hour after exercise ceased. – Most cephalopods (squid, cuttlefish, octopus) squirt a black ink to escape predators. This ink is collected by fishermen from a sac in the creature’s body and is a flavorsome delicacy used to make rice and pasta dishes in the seaside cuisine of the Mediterranean. Some famous dishes featuring the ink include Spain’s black rice (arroz negra), Venice’s risotto di nero di seppia, and black spaghetti known as pasta al nero. Lab research on the ink has shown it can have antioxidant, antiangiogenic, stem cell–protecting, and immune-enhancing effects. Squid ink can even protect the gut microbiome against In my , some of the biggest audience reactions came when I showed the results of a study where we did a head-to-head comparison of the potency of different foods versus drugs on angiogenesis. We examined four cancer drugs, seven other common medications (anti-inflammatory drugs, statins, a blood pressure medication, and an antibiotic), and sixteen dietary factors from foods associated with lowering the risk of various cancers. Remarkably, fifteen of the dietary factors were more potent than one of the cancer drugs in the experiment we did. As you can see, there's plenty to be gleaned from this book. So in today's podcast, I take a deep dive with author Dr. William Li on the nitty gritty details of how we truly can eat to beat disease. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What Dr. Li means when he says that "we all have cancer"...8:53 We need to be more aware of how an individual body responds to cancer, rather than the "weapon" used to fight it Microscopic cancers (genetic mutations) are bound to occur in our bodies, which contain over 39 trillion cells (like a factory makes a few mistakes when operating at full power) The body spots these errors and corrects them A study revealed that men, women of various ages had trace amounts of cancer in their bodies upon autopsy It takes just one mutation to not be killed off by the immune system to become problematic Angiogenesis: the physiological process through which new blood vessels form from pre-existing vessels, formed in the earlier stage of vasculogenesis. Difference between a harmless microscopic cancer and a harmful one is whether they can hijack blood vessels in order to feed themselves -How drugs stack up versus a diet targeted at cancer prevention...16:33 Cancer research isn't up to speed on how food affects microscopic cancers in us Many foods are equal to cancer to drugs in cutting off the blood supply; some are more powerful Soy extracts were particularly efficacious Soy is oft misunderstood Has a phytoestrogen Soy estrogen side by side with chemical structure of human estrogen is completely different It blocks estrogen against breast cancer Study on 5000 women w/ breast cancer who ate more soy had lower risk of mortality and higher rates of remission Fermentation destroys most of the anti-nutrients in soy The dose is the difference between the poison and the cure -Microbiome and ingesting healthy bacteria for longevity...31:25 It's not the food, it's how our body responds to the food Microbiome is more important than previously thought Elie Metchnikoff found that growing bacteria that contained cholera, some bacteria killed the cholera Human body contains over 39 trillion bacteria; more than there are cells contains ellagitannins, which prompt the colon to secrete mucus -Biochemical individuality: why one food may be good for one and bad for another...42:47 There's no "magic bullet" Ellagitannins are metabolized very differently from one person to another   Communicated from mother to child in utero Boosts immune system Speeds healing Makes hair shinier Shown to prevent tumors from growing Can be taken as a supplement -Foods that can control the growth of cancer within us...50:24 Berries - tartness is important (aronia) Indigenous, farmers markets are good resources Parsley has anti-angiogenic activity Add to a smoothie Beverages: (Chinese jasmine tea more powerful than Japanese) has more power than green tea All red are not created equal Chocolate: Anti-angiogenic Kills lymphoma cells Dutch chocolate had twice the anti-angiogenic as Swiss tea Nose to tail diet Collagen is found in the cartilage, not the meat and peptides -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - -L Reuteri Ben uses: - - - - - - - - - - (code: BEN will save you 15%) - - - Episode sponsors: -: Ben Greenfield's new book is now released in both print and audio! This book makes an excellent Christmas gift for kids, and a great bedtime story for parents to read to their children. Order your copy at . -: 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. -: 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 -: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. 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Dec 12 2019

1hr 14mins

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A Crazy Biohacking Adventure With Luke Storey & Ben Greenfield: Smart Drugs, Sleep Hacking, Infrared Light, Cold Pools & Beyond!

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If you're into biohacking, or want to learn more about it, you'll be drooling over this episode, and everything you'll find in the shownotes below. 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 Ben's diet: , , underground veggies (Northern European) Psilocybin (source unnamed for legal purposes)  w/ CBD, nicotine, caffeine, methylene blue (pharmaceutical grade) Limit to 10 minutes (affects blood glucose deleteriously) 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 (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) Assists w/ healthy blood sugar management Good supplement w/ cold thermogenesis -Peptides...31:45 BGF podcasts w/ Dr. Matt Cook DSIP (Deep sleep inducing peptide) PT 141 (aphrodisiac) Nitroglycerine cream -Super foods...39:45 (reproductive benefits) Paracetam (cognitive benefits) Dyhexia Cerebrolysin Modafanil Exogenous ketones: Beta hydroxy butyrate -...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 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 for pain relief Bedroom and Bathroom -Air quality...1:11:45 Ozone to the brain via the ears Ozone bagging for limbs Book: by Frank Shallenberger (Austin Air) air filter EMF kill switch -Spinal decompression...1:20:15 Pro Go -Sleep optimization...1:37:00 sleep system Take a cold shower before bed when in a warm place w/ no AC (clears geopathic stress zones) clothing (shields EMF) and his -The bathroom...1:45:30 shower filter cube The Zen Den -Devices and gadgets... panel -Homemade ice bath... Breath work in tandem w/ the ice bath Muscle tone and strength is not synonymous w/ vagal nerve tone Resources from this episode: -Book: by Bruce Lipton Episode sponsors: -: 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 -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. -: 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. -: 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 Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Luke or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Dec 07 2019

2hr 22mins

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The Hormone-Boosting Minimalist Exercise Machine That Burns A Staggering Amount Of Calories In Just 21 Minutes.

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My guest on today's show is Sebastian Wasowski, who is the Co-Founder of . I first interviewed Sebastian's father, and inventor of the , in the show ", 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 -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 -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 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... 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Dec 05 2019

56mins

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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!

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Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast? or use the 'contact' button in the free Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! News Flashes...8:00 Excellent overview of recovery method for achilles tendon issues: If you go low carb, you better eat that extra steak (or, as I do, supplement with extra amino acids): 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:   Special Announcements... Check out Ben on  for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes, and much more! Follow Ben on  for daily news flashes and the latest health, fitness, and anti-aging research. Join Ben's  page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts, and support! Here's where Ben is speaking and traveling around the world coming soon: 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 . 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. . This podcast is brought to you by: -: 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 when you use discount code: BGF10. -: 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 -: 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 -: 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 . 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: 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: My podcasts about peptides Study:  (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: Giveaways & Goodies - This week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - !

Nov 30 2019

1hr 16mins

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Ben Greenfield Interviews Dr. David Sinclair About Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don't Have To.

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My guest on today's podcast - Dr. David Sinclair, an acclaimed Harvard Medical School scientist and named as one of Time’s most influential people - just wrote a paradigm-shifting book. It’s a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything we’ve been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan? In this groundbreaking new book , 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: - - Book:   - - - - - - - - - Episode sponsors: -: 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! -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. -: 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 . -: Whether you’re shopping for the perfect holiday gift or just trying to craft a smart, relaxed style of your own, UNTUCKit is the way to go. Receive 20% off your order when you use discount code: GREENFIELD. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for David or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Nov 28 2019

1hr 27mins

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Deuterium Demystified: Everything You Need To Know About Deuterium Depleted Water (DDW), How To Lower Deuterium & Much More!

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The good folks from The 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 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 – 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: - - to purchase a D-Terminator DDW test to test your own deuterium levels - to buy D-Water Test Episode sponsors: -: 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" -: 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" -: 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" -: 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 . Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Cooper,  Dr. Que or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Nov 23 2019

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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.

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But since then, plenty has happened, especially based on Mira's advanced osteoporosis diagnosis that she went through when she was 30. Mira and Jayson decided to write a book on this (more details here: ). 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 , 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:   - - -Book: Episode sponsors: -: 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 when you use discount code: BGF10. -: 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 -: 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 -: 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 . Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Mira, Jayson or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Nov 21 2019

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By Punisher0177 - Jan 19 2020
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Ben is great! If you’re looking for a life hack, bio-hack, or just looking to learn something new to help your life through diet and exercise this is the pod cast for you. Ben makes science and technology fun and interesting. Give it a shot and I’m sure you’ll be hooked just as I am.

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By AjdinH - Dec 10 2019
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Dude drops so much knowledge you will never get enouhh