The Science of Reading People, Captivating A Conversation, Interpreting Body Language, Decoding Facial Expressions & Much More!
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 listen to here. 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 Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. 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 Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, 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 Science of People, 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: -Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Show Sponsors: -Onnit - Go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/ONNIT and save 10% on your purchase. -Four Sigmatic - Go to FourSigmatic.com/Greenfield and use code code BENGREENFIELD for 15% off. -Organifi - Go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/organifi 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 BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
23 Sep 2017
The Kratom User's Guide: What Is Kratom, How Do You Use It & The Truth Behind This Controversial Natural Herb.
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/chrisbell From relaxation, to quelling appetite, to killing pain, I've recently been using an herb called "Kratom" (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 Bigger, Stronger, Faster and Trophy Kids and Prescription Thugs. 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 in this video 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: -Coastline Kratom that Ben uses (use 5% discount "c513g2") -Urban Ice Kratom that Chris uses (use code BEN10 for 10% discount) -My podcast on "Drug Dealer, MD" -Leaf Of Faith Instagram Show Sponsors: -Rover - The nation's largest network of 5-star pet-sitters. Go to Rover.com/ben and use promo code "BEN" to get $25 off. -Kettle & Fire - Go to BengreenFieldFitness.com/chickenbroth and get 20% off your order or chicken broth! -Organifi - Go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/organifi 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 BenGreenfieldFitness.com/podchaser 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 BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
16 Aug 2017
The Complete Guide to Fasting: How To Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
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 The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting, 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: -The link between circadian rhythm and eating breakfast -The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting Show Sponsors: Ample - 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 BenGreenfieldFitness.com/TeloYears and use my special gift card code BEN10 to get 10% off your TeloYears kit. Code valid through Aug 31, 2017. Hello Fresh - For $30 off your first week of deliveries, visit HelloFresh.com 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 marcpro.com. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jason or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
10 Jun 2017
The Ultimate Guide To Quelling Inflammation: Why Your Curcumin May Not Work, Surprising Effects Of Ginger Oil, Vegan Fish Oil Options & Much More!
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: -The Purathrive anti-inflammatory compound Thomas and I discuss (get a 15% discount with this link) -The shocking before-after photos of Thomas after he lost all his weight and became a magazine cover model -USWellnessMeats headcheese and braunschweiger -My baby nutrition podcast with Dr. Thomas Cowan -My podcast on "Deep Nutrition" with Cate Shanahan -Viome full bacterial analysis podcast with Naveen Jain -The Greenfield Longevity Testing Packages for inflammation Show Sponsors: -Quip - Go to GetQuip.com/ben to get your first refill pack FREE with purchasing a Quip electric toothbrush. -Human Charger - Go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/humancharger and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. -Organifi - Go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/Organifi 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!
30 Nov 2017
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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.
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 one of my most comprehensive episodes on cellular toxicity). 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: -Dr. Pompa's complete CytoDetox program with all Ben's biohacks included -The November seminar with Dr. Dan Pompa and Ben Greenfield - use code BG50 at checkout -Dan's fasting challenge in October -Full body stem cell treatment video #1 -Full body stem cell treatment video #2 -Ben's hilarious post stem cell surgery video from Facebook -Valter Longo's new book on fasting -My podcast with Naomi Whittel on cellular autophagy -The supplement "Bind" that Dan uses while fasting -The supplement "Cytodetox" for cellular detoxification -The supplement "Fasttonic" for cellular detoxification -The organic, biodynamic FitVineWine that Ben drinks - use code BEN10 for 10% discount -KDF Whole House Water filtration -Under sink reverse osmosis system -My interview with Dr. Michael Smith on "Returning To An Ancestral Diet" 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 getkion.com 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 thrivemarket.com/bengreenfield. ___ Omax 3 Ultra Pure - The purest Omega 3 supplement on the market. Get a box of Omax 3 Ultra Pure for FREE! *Some terms and conditions apply. ___ Organifi Gold 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!
30 Jun 2018
The Plant Paradox: Are Lectins *Really* That Harmful Or Is Dr. Steven Gundry Wrong?
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, Dr. Steven Gundry, claims may responsible for some of the world's most pressing health issues, from obesity to heart disease. In Dr. Gundry's new book The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain", 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: -The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain -Pressure Cooker -Lectin Shield Show Sponsors: -Atrantil - Go to lovemytummy.com/ben and use the code Ben for 15% off. -Rover - The nation's largest network of 5-star pet-sitters. Go to Rover.com/ben 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 HealthIQ.com/BEN. -Qualia - Go to bengreenfieldfitness.com/qualia to fine tune your brain for cognitive fitness. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Gundry or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
2 Sep 2017
Nerdy Ways To Lose Fat, Build Muscle & Maintain A Nice Body As You Age.
In this special episode that is a two-part lecture first by me and second by my guest Thomas DeLauer, you'll discover how to burn fat and build muscle with a minimum effective dose of training, and particularly, you'll learn tips on how to maintain muscle mass and functional athleticism, even as you age. Thomas is one of the leading experts in the world of chronic inflammation as well as the response of the human body to a low-carb diet. He is noted for his personal transformation from a 280-pound overweight corporate executive, to not only being on the cover of health and fitness magazines worldwide but pioneering some of the mainstream awareness of autoimmune diseases and inflammation in general! Thomas has been highlighted in over 20 magazines showcasing his transformation and has been featured worldwide on the cover of Ironman Magazine, Muscle and Performance Magazine, Natural Muscle Magazine, ICON Magazine, Platform Magazine, and Ironman Japan. His background is in Sports Psychology, although it is this passion for psychology coupled with a career in healthcare as a physician recruiter and owner of an ancillary lab services company that sparked his love for nutritional science and what makes the body tick. I first interviewed Thomas DeLauer in the episode The Ultimate Guide To Quelling Inflammation: Why Your Curcumin May Not Work, Surprising Effects Of Ginger Oil, Vegan Fish Oil Options & Much More! I then interviewed him again in the episode Does Alcohol Really Make You Fat, Which Alcohol Is Healthiest, Hidden Ingredients In Alcohol & Much More: The Ultimate Alcohol Damage Mitigation Guide. Thomas's third appearance was in the podcast episode Magnesium Supplementation: Everything You Need To Know About Dosing Magnesium, Timing Magnesium, Forms Of Magnesium & More! During our discussion, you'll discover: -Sarcopenia: what it is and how to mitigate its effects as you age [6:00] Sarcopenia is when the muscles become smaller and weaker with age Research suggests this is due to the muscle's mitochondria becoming less dense, losing efficiency, etc. Strength training can reverse the mitochondrial decline by nearly 40 years Length of telomeres can reflect that of people 10 years their junior when engaging in strength training Strength training is more efficacious than chronic cardio or endurance training The stronger you are, the more length your telomeres can have -Case studies on the effects of strength training on longevity [10:40] Study on seniors who engaged in strength training showing lower odds of dying Regular exercise reduces risk of early death, CV disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. Strength training, racquet sports, swimming, cycling is the killer combo for longevity Charles Uegster on the diet: "Variety is key..." BGF podcast w/ Dr. Michael Smith Laird Hamilton Dr. Daniel Amen Book: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Dr. Amen Dr. Mark Sisson does short fast workouts once per week (lift, move, sprint) Article on Don Wildman's "Circuit" workout Tim Ferriss' podcast w/ Art De Vany Olga Kotelko stayed recovered and supple in her old age Key points: Eat natural fats and real food Constantly learn new stuff Lift, move, sprint rather than chronic cardio Put epic things on your calendar occasionally Ensure your training is e-centric Stay supple -Two strategies to maintain and even build muscle with age [20:50] Electrical muscle stimulation on the legs Heat stress "Nerdy Ways to Lose Fat and Stay Healthy" feat. Thomas DeLauer -Keep blood sugar as stable as possible in the morning [29:50] Fasting, keep protein and carb consumption to a minimum Insulin response and taste affects when and how much you want to eat Subconscious desire to eat interrupts our thinking Ingest fats you know will work with your body well Drink MCT coffee with caution -Foam rolling in the morning [33:05] Lymph does not have its own circulatory system (like the heart) Requires muscle contraction to have anything move Fascia is where lymph nodes sit; foam rolling boosts lymphatic drainage Keto Flu intensifies as you liberate more fats Pain receptors trigger BDNF -Strategic use of a sauna [37:40] Heat shock proteins (stress proteins) play critical in folding and unfolding of proteins Protect the cell by stabilizing the unfolded proteins Stressing the body in a sauna for a short time makes other stresses throughout the day seem mild by comparison -Measure HRV based on your workouts [41:10] HRV is a way to analyze the parasympathetic nervous branch of the nervous system Balance between knowing when you're sympathetic and parasympathetic Wear a Whoop or Oura Ring Difficult to differentiate physiological and mental stress -Dry fasting [43:30] Forces the body to obtain water from its own cells Fat cells contain a lot of hydrogen Limited research on its efficacy It may shock the body out of its lethargy -Training in a fasted state [46:10] Fat stores in white adipose tissue, then migrates into intramyocellular triglyceride fat You'll be more mentally acute -Upper body High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) [48:40] Harder for the heart to push blood through the upper body than the lower More of a "perceived" workout -Mess around with different forms of the ketogenic diet [50:10] -And much more... Resources from this episode: - Click here to pre-order Ben Greenfield's new book "Boundless" now and to get in on the Boundless Sweepstakes! - Study on seniors who strength train vs. those who do not - Study on telomere lengths between twins - Study on abnormally short telomeres in athletes with exercise-associated fatigue - Study on seniors who engaged in strength training showing lower odds of dying - Oxford Univ. study on the effects of playing racquet sports, swimming and cycling - Charles Uegster - BGF podcast w/ Dr. Michael Smith - Laird Hamilton - Dr. Daniel Amen - Book: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Dr. Amen - Book: Body by Science by Doug McGuff - Book: What Makes Olga Run? by Bruce Grierson - Book: Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett - 7-Minute Workout - NeuFit Episode sponsors: -Ben's newest book: Pre-order Ben's new book Boundless or receive updates on its release via email -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. Try it for free when you use my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Thomas or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
24 Oct 2019
Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile.
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/estrogen I thought I really knew everything there was to know about estrogen exposure until I read the new book written by Anthony Jay, today's podcast guest and the author of Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile. In it, he delves into everything from cannabis to lavender to licorice... ...to genetic triggers that can cause a parent's choices to make a child fat or have higher risk of breast cancer... ...to hidden estrogen sources that food and cosmetic manufacturers can legally hide from us... ...and much more. Who is Anthony Jay? Anthony grew up in rural Minnesota.He went to college at Ave Maria University, Florida, and earned a B.A. with a double major in Biology and Theology and a double minor in Chemistry and Classics. It was in college where he began researching inhibitors of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and where he also acquired a unique reputation as the founder of the University Shark Fishing Club. After college, Dr. Jay began working in an Alzheimer’s disease lab in Boston for the U.S. Veteran’s Affairs. Next, Dr. Jay earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, researching different types of fats and cholesterol. Today, Dr. Jay continues to lead the “AJ Consulting Company”, which he founded in 2010, where he predominantly analyzes DNA for high performing individuals. In addition, Dr. Jay is the President of the “International Medical Research Collaborative”, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that trains and educates medical students and doctors from around the globe within American hospitals and labs. Working within the medical and research systems, Dr. Jay has become disenchanted with many aspects of the “conventional” medical and research culture in America and has become vocal about these problems and passionate about strategies for mental and physical health optimization and disease prevention.Dr. Jay is also an expert on artificial estrogen chemicals and recently published Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You, Fat, Sick, and Infertile. Dr. Jay has other upcoming books as part of this book series called “Chagrin & Tonic” and a YouTube channel under that name, all focused on simplifying important scientific ideas During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Anthony is concerned about two things I use before I go to bed at night (lavender and cannabis)...[6:10 & 10:18] -Whether licorice can increase estrogen or decrease testosterone...[14:35] -Which types of plants are the most estrogenic, and whether those plants be processed in such a manner such as fermentation, that decreases the estrogens...[17:40 & 22:15] -The little known estrogenic fungus ZEA and why Anthony talks about it in his book...[30:20] -Why you need to be careful with any soap that creates high amounts of "suds"...[39:50] -How a plastic can be BPA free but still be estrogenic...[42:40] -What the chemical atrazine has to do with turning male frogs into female "princesses"...[46:20] -How infertility and obesity issues caused by estrogens can actually be passed on to future generations...[53:15] -Anthony's top strategies to detox ourselves from estrogens, and how long it takes...[57:10] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile -Why Lavender Won't Give Your Boys Man Boobs -Do Phytoestrogens Raise Estrogens and Modulate Cancer Risk? -Ben's "How To Detox Your Home" article -Ben's podcast about "OralIV" -Zach Bush's "Restore" product for mitigating the effects of glyphosate -My article on hacking an infrared sauna Show Sponsors: -Me Undies - To get your 20% off, Free Shipping AND their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and get the best and softest underwear you will ever own, go to: MeUndies.com/GREENFIELD -Organifi - Go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/Organifi 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! -Quip - Go to GetQuip.com/ben to get your first refill pack FREE with purchasing a Quip electric toothbrush. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Anthony or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
21 Oct 2017
How Testosterone & Hormone Injections Work (Along With Growth Hormone, Peptides, SARMs, PRP & Much More!)
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/gainswave In the podcast "The Non-Pill, Natural Alternative To Viagra That Instantly Fixes Erectile Dysfunction, Boosts Drive In Men & Women, Enhances Orgasm & Much More." 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: –The GainsWave website (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. -SARMS Safer Than Steroids? Your All-inclusive Guide To Gaining Muscle, Losing Fat & Much More With “SARMs”. 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 BenGreenfieldFitness.com/biOpt 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 FourSigmatic.com/greenfield to get 15% off your order. -Organifi – Go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/organifi Discount code BEN for 20% off your order! -Casper Mattresses: Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/BEN 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!
19 Jul 2017
Why A High-Fat, Ketogenic Diet Chock Full Of Saturated Fat, Coconut Oil & Butter Could Be Destroying Your Brain (& What To Do About It).
Several months ago, in this weekly roundup, I commented about the book "Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life", and said: "I’ve just finished reading an advance copy of this book, written by my friend and former podcast guest, Max Lugavere. 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 "The Surprising Facts About What Bread Does To Your Brain (And What You Can Do About It)" also created the documentary "Bread Head". 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: -Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life -23andMe genetic test -The Ketogenic Diet by Lyle McDonald -YourBrainOnPorn.com -Mary Newport's books on coconut oil and the brain -Deep Nutrition by Cate Shanahan -Radical Metabolism by Anne Louise Gittleman -Are You A "Lean Mass Hyperresponder" Episode Sponsors: -Kion Clean Energy Bar Stable energy, real food, no sugar crashes! Just a tasty punch of mouth-watering, chocolatey-salty-coconut goodness. -Blue Apron A better way to cook. Get your first 3 meals free using my link! -Harry's Razors Get the Harry's trial set, a $13 value, for FREE when you use my link. -Trusii 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!
6 Sep 2018
376: Holiday Fat Loss Tips, The Best Way To Lose Belly Fat, Does Ketosis Increase Metabolic Rate, Fasted Morning Walks & More!
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/376 Dec 7, 2017 Podcast: 376 - The Best Way To Lose Belly Fat, Does DIM Supplementation Help Fat Loss, Does Ketosis Increase Metabolic Rate, and What Kind Of Diet Works For APOE4? Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page. News Flashes: [3:05] Walking just after a meal seems to be more effective for weight loss than waiting for one hour to walk after a meal. This is why I recommend a fasted morning walk every day. Fascinating article on natural metformin alternatives. Deuterium depleted water...is this the next big thing? What happens when you binge on Thanksgiving or any other holiday. You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on Twitter.com/BenGreenfield, Instagram.com/BenGreenfieldFitness, Facebook.com/BGFitness, BenGreenfieldFitness.com/Snapchat, and Google+. 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Join me, Brian Mackenzie, Kelly Starrett, Julia Starrett, Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece, for an epic, all-inclusive performance living workshop this Dec 7, 8 and 9 in beautiful Kauai, Hawaii. Come and join us for pool training, underwater workouts, gym training, breathing instruction, outdoor workouts, recovery biohacking and much more! Get your tickets here. -Dec 11-23, 2017: Runga Retreat, Cambutal, Panama. This retreat spans 8-days and centers around fostering heightened awareness, presence, and connection with others through a mandatory "Digital Detox" - or no cell phones, computers, and other technology. Yoga is offered twice per day, everyday. There is also an off-site adventure ranging from hiking volcanoes to white water rafting or zip lining. World-class spa treatments are available and 100% of the food are suitable for vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, or ketogenic dieters. Get your tickets here, and use code BEN for $10 off. -March 2, 2018: Academy of Regenerative Practices Winter Conference & Scientific Seminar @ Weston, FL, USA. Sign up today! Giveaways & Goodies: -Click here to get your own GreenfieldFitnessSystems.com gift pack, handpicked by Ben and chock full of $300 worth of biohacks, supplements, books and more. All at 50% discount! -Grab your Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Gear package that comes with a tech shirt, a beanie and a water bottle. -And of course, this week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! ------------------------------------------ Listener Q&A: [26:50] As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick. The Best Way To Lose Belly Fat Patrick says: What is the best way to lose belly fat? From about Jan until now I have lost about 15lbs but I can't get rid of the belly fat. I eat LCHF and it has helped but I can't seem to get rid of the last few pounds. I play hockey a few times a week and workout a few times a week and realize it is probably diet based. But are there some supplements I can take to help? In my response, I recommend: -Kion Lean -Yohimbine -CoolFatBurner (use code BEN15CFB for 15% off) Does DIM Supplementation Help Fat Loss? Gail wrote: Does DIM (diindolylmethane) help with fat loss? In my response, I recommend: -Thorne Research Indole 3 Carbinol Does Ketosis Increase Metabolic Rate? Christian wrote: What are your thoughts on the Kevin Hall study and whether KETO has a metabolic advantage in the fat loss department. Thanks! In my response, I recommend: -Kevin Hall's YouTube Video What Kind Of Diet Works For APOE4? Terry wrote: Apo4 carriers supposedly cannot use fat efficiently in ketosis... thoughts, scientific evidence? In my response, I recommend: -APOE4 resource Prior to asking your question, do a search in 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!
7 Dec 2017
What A Christian-Libertarian-Environmentalist-Capitalist-Lunatic-Farmer Can Teach You About How To Eat, How To Shop & How To Think About The Way We Farm & Feed The World.
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/pignessofpigs In today's podcast, I interview Joel F. Salatin - a self-described “Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-Farmer”. We discuss his new book The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs and much, much more. Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author. He raises livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Meat from the farm is sold by direct-marketing to consumers and restaurants. In high school, Salatin began his own business selling rabbits, eggs, butter and chicken from his family farm at the Staunton Curb Market. He then attended Bob Jones University where he majored in English and was a student leader. He graduated in 1979. Salatin married his childhood sweetheart in 1980 and became a feature writer at the Staunton, Virginia newspaper, The News Leader, where he had worked earlier typing obituaries and police reports. Tired of “having his stories spiked,” he decided to try farming full-time after first getting involved in a walnut-buying station run by two high school boys. Salatin’s grandfather had been an avid gardener and beekeeper and a follower of J. I. Rodale, the founder of regenerative organic gardening. Salatin’s father worked as an accountant and his mother taught high school physical education. Salatin’s parents had bought the land that became Polyface after losing a farm in Venezuela to political turmoil. They had raised cattle using organic methods, but could not make a living at farming alone. Salatin, a self-described “Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-Farmer” produces high-quality “beyond organic” meats, which are raised using environmentally responsible, ecologically beneficial, sustainable agriculture. Jo Robinson, the author of Pasture Perfect: The Far-Reaching Benefits of Choosing Meat, Eggs and Dairy Products From Grass-Fed Animals (2004) said of Salatin, “He’s not going back to the old model. There’s nothing in county extension or old-fashioned ag science that really informs him. He is just looking totally afresh at how to maximize production in an integrated system on a holistic farm. He’s just totally innovative.” Salatin considers his farming a ministry, and he condemns the negative impact on his livelihood and lifestyle of what he considers an increasingly regulatory approach taken by the agencies of the United States government toward farming. Salatin now spends a hundred days a year lecturing at colleges and to environmental groups. And now from Christian libertarian farmer Joel Salatin is a new book - a clarion call to readers to honor the animals and the land, and produce food based on spiritual principles: The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for All God's Creation. This book is an important and thought-provoking explanation of how by simply appreciating the marvelous pigness of pigs, we are celebrating the Glory of God. As a man of deep faith and student of the Bible, and as a respected and successful ecological family farmer, Joel Salatin knows that God created heaven and earth and meant for all living organisms to be true to their nature and their endowed holy purpose. He intended for us to respect and care for His gift of creation, not to ravage and mistreat it for our own pleasure or wealth. The example that inspires the book's title explains what Salatin means: when huge corporate farms confine pigs in cramped and dark pens, inject them with antibiotics and feed them herbicide-saturated food simply to increase profits, they are not respecting them as a creation of God or allowing them to express even their most rudimentary uniqueness - that special role that is part of His design. Every living organism has a God-given uniqueness to its life that must be honored and respected, and too often that is not happening today. Salatin shows us the long overlooked ethics and instructions in the Bible for how to eat, how to shop, how to think about how we farm and feed the world. Through scripture and Biblical stories, he shows us why it's more vital than ever to look to the good book rather than corporate America when feeding the country and your family. Salatin makes a compelling case for Christian stewardship of the earth and how it relates to every action we take regarding our food. He also opens our eyes to a common misconception many Christians may have about environmentalism: it's not a bad thing, and definitely not just the province of secular liberals; it's really a very good thing, part of heeding God's Word. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Joel calls his new book the Marvelous Pigness of Pigs...[7:10] -How Christians abuse God's creation, and what's wrong with the average church potluck...[9:10] -Examples of how even the Bible is chock full of animal rights...[19:17] -Why Christians should be devoted to soil development...[22:00] -How a church and church property could be used to actually hydrate the landscape...[33:15] -How a church property could be used to provide food and water for the entire community...[40:05] -Why Joel believes that God would not want us to create GMO foods...[45:20] -What a beautiful, Christian farm and food system should look like...[55:08] -What it looks like to be "farming with faith" vs. "farming with fear"...[60:50] -And much more! Resources from this episode: The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for All God's Creation Show Sponsors: -Organifi - Go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/organifi Discount code BEN for 20% off your order! -HealthGains - Text the word "GAIN" to 313131 to receive a $250 voucher toward your HealthGAINS treatment. -ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting ZipRecruiter.com/FIRST. -Blue Apron - Check out this week’s menu and get your first THREE meals FREE—WITH FREE SHIPPING by going to blueapron.com/ben Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Joel or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
7 Oct 2017
Maximize Oxygen Utilization Efficiency, Simulate High Altitude Training, Get The Cardiovascular Capacity of a Navy SEAL & More With "The Oxygen Advantage" Author Patrick McKeown.
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/oxygenadvantage It's no secret that I'm somewhat obsessed with breathing. In the past years I've written articles on everything from combining ketosis, breath holds and freediving, to how to make your own hyperbaric “exercise with oxygen therapy” (EWOT) device, to Wim Hof style breathing for cold thermogenesis to underwater workouts with Laird Hamilton to making yourself high with holotropic breathwork to the use of fancy breath strips and “Turbine” devices to enhance nasal breathing during both exercise and sleep… ...and recorded plenty of podcasts with breathing experts too. Several years ago, Wim Hof appeared on the BenGreenfieldFitness show for one of his first ever podcasts, entitled “Conquer The Cold And Get Quantum Leaps In Performance In This Exclusive Interview With The Amazing Iceman Wim Hof“. He came back again for "The Iceman Returns: Wim Hof On Climbing Frigid Mountains In Underwear, Eating Only Once A Day, Activating Hormones With Breathing & More." Then there's my interview with freediving expert Ted Harty "Freediving, Breathholding, Iceman Wim Hof, Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible Training, How To Use Static Apnea Tables & More!" along with my performance breathing interview with Brian Mackenzie on "How To Hold Your Breath For Four Minutes, Training Mask Myths, Performance Breathing & More". Just a few months ago, I interviewed Dr. Belisa Vranich for the episode "Pee Strips, Power Lungs & Pulse Oximeters: How To Flip The Switch On Your Body’s Own Natural Ability To Heal Itself (& Little-Known Ways To Breathe Better)." And then there's this epic XPT performance breathing workshop you can join me at in Kauai, Hawaii Dec 7-10, where guys like me, Brain Mackenzie and Laird Hamilton will teach you every form of breathwork on the face of the planet. Today's guest is yet another oxygen expert, and the author of The Oxygen Advantage, one of the best breathing books I've read. In The Oxygen Advantage, the man who has trained over 5,000 people—including Olympic and professional athletes—in reduced breathing exercises, shares his scientifically validated techniques to help you breathe more efficiently. His name is Patrick McKeown, and in his book, you learn everything from the fundamental relationship between oxygen and the body, to how to use a Body Oxygen Level Test (BOLT) to determine how efficiently your body uses oxygen to how to increase your BOLT score by using light breathing exercises and learning how to simulate high altitude training, along with techniques used by Navy SEALs and professional athletes to help increase endurance, weight loss, and vital red blood cells to dramatically improve cardiovascular fitness. Patrick McKeown completed his clinical training in the Buteyko Breathing Method at the Buteyko Clinic, Moscow, Russia in 2002 and was accredited by the late Professor Konstantin Buteyko. Patrick has spent the last 15 years working with tens of thousands of children and adults worldwide, who experience breathing pattern disorders, sleep disordered breathing and anxiety. To date, he has written eight books on the subject, including Close Your Mouth, Anxiety Free: Stop Worrying and Quieten Your Mind, Asthma Free Naturally, Always Breathe Correctly and Sleep with Buteyko. To date, Patrick has worked with some of the top athletes in the world across a variety of sports including tennis, cycling, American Football, MMA and track and field. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why we have always thought shallow underbreathing was a health problem, but why Patrick says the opposite: that's it's chronic overbreathing that is the issue...[9:18] -The scientifically proven benefits of nasal breathing...[13:20] -The fascinating links between acidity, alkalinity, overbreathing and weight gain...[19:30] -What happens if you're breathing 'too much' for shorter periods of time, like during exercise...[22:50] -What the BOLT measurement is and why it's important that you have a long BOLT measurement...[28:56] -Why Patrick is such a fan of humming...[32:00] -The best simple exercise you can do to increase breathing efficiency and increase your BOLT score...[37:00] -The oxygen saturation percentage level you need to get to before you start getting the benefits of holding your breath during exercise...[46:40] -The sprint and track breathholding workouts Patrick implements with the athletes he coaches...[48:00] -A quick breathing trick you can use to decongest congestion from a head cold...[51:45] -A baking soda, apple cider vinegar and carbonated water hack you can use to increase your breathhold time...[55:35] -Why you may want to consider taping your mouth shut while you sleep...[58:25] -How the way you breathe actually changes the structure of your face...[60:25] -Why the naked mole rat lives so long, and what this has to do with breathing...[64:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Patrick's latest book and the topic of our discussion "The Oxygen Advantage" -Pulse oximeter -3m micropore tape for taping your mouth shut during sleep -Living High and Healthy: Why Coloradans and Others Who Live at High Altitude Live Longer, and What Flatlanders Can Learn From Them Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Patrick or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply.
27 May 2017
16 Reasons You're Not Burning Fat (& How To Lose Weight The Right Way)
Several months ago, I filled you in on "The 2 Best Ways To Burn Fat Fast (Without Destroying Your Hormones Or Metabolism)". But what you learned in that article only scratched the surface of the multiple mechanisms underlying why the human body can be resistant to fat loss, and how to achieve truly sustainable, long-lasting weight loss in a safe and efficient manner. So during today's solosode, you'll discover... -How fat actually gets burnt...6:20 Law of conservation of mass: Mass, in an isolated system, is neither created nor destroyed by chemical reactions or physical transformations Fat is primarily disposed of via the breath Calories, as well as excess carbs and proteins, are converted into triglycerides and stored in lipid droplets of adipocytes Excess dietary fat undergoes lipolysis, and then reesterification Triglycerides are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen Oxidation: requires inhalation of oxygen Study: When someone loses weight, where does the fat go? For 22 pounds of fat to be oxidized, 64 pounds of oxygen must be inhaled Results in 61 pounds of carbon dioxide excreted via the lungs and 24 pounds of water excreted via urine, sweat, feces, and breath Average of 17,000 breaths per day will excrete .32 lbs of carbon Sources of carbon (other than eating coal) are: dietary carbs, proteins, and fats If you didn't get all that, get this: Losing fat means consuming less carbon than you've exhaled. Even small quantities of food can foil your efforts at weight loss. The simple solution is to move more and eat less. The 16 reasons you're not burning fat the way you'd like – Chronic Inflammation...12:35 High levels of transforming growth actor beta cause irregular appetite and glucose regulation Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP): calcium-dependent zinc-containing endopeptidases Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF): Aids in the growth of new blood vessels; correlated with obesity Nitric oxide synthase Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) = meta inflammation Nos uncoupling (genetic factors) StrateGene Tree of Life, Bob Miller's site Sugar can be inflammatory but is more quickly metabolized than things like vegetable oil Chronic stress is a factor: overstimulation of the limbic system Cell Danger Response (CDR) Toxic by Neil Nathan Dr. Robert Naviaux – Glycemic variability (GV)...21:05 Refers to the blood glucose variations during the day If GV gets out of control, the body does one of two things: transfers sugar into muscles, or stores as body fat It will become fat tissue if you're not active enough throughout the day Be "ruthlessly" cognizant of blood sugar fluctuations 6 Strategies to control GV Strength training Pre-breakfast fasted cardio Book: Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life Post-prandial walk Standing Plants, herbs, spices Ceylon cinnamon Gymnema sylvestre Berberine Apple cider vinegar Kion Lean Fiber – Cortisol and stress...30:45 Cortisol suppresses insulin secretion Measure heart rate variability (HRV) Oura Ring (Save $50 with code: GREENFIELDOURA) Podcast with building biologist Brian Hoyer Podcast Ep. 397 – Sleep deprivation...34:20 A single night of partial sleep can be deleterious Neuro endocrine effect: reduces levels of leptin; increases levels of ghrelin – Snacking and post-workout calories...35:25 "Grazing" or 6-8 small meals per day is a myth Snacking increases your GV and eliminates benefits of fasting Your body releases more growth hormone during intermittent fasting Grazing throws metabolism into sugar burning mode It takes 3 days, or 4 weeks of extreme calorie restriction for the body to down regulate metabolism The need for protein and carbs right after a workout is a myth The exception: two a day workouts – You're not moving enough...39:47 Fool your body into thinking it's in the "hunter gatherer" mode – Too much exercise...41:30 Excessive exercise, along with other stressors can lead to increased levels of cortisol and inflammation Beyond Training by Ben Greenfield Too much of the same exercise Not enough recovery days Sweet spot: 2-3 days per week, lift heavy stuff 2-3 days high-intensity interval training – Chronic cardio...43:35 Your body will catabolize muscle and store fat High-intensity cardio 2-3 days per week Reduced subcutaneous adiposity of body fat among people who follow these guidelines – The SAID Principle...46:00 Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands Sometimes the best workout plan is the one you're not currently doing Keep the body guessing 5 modifications: Combine exercises Article "complex exercises" Active rest periods Train outside Change the center of gravity Workout at a different time of day – Lack of cold therapy...50:00 Cold is a strong metabolic stimulus Cold thermogenesis occurs when protons are forced across the inner membrane and turned into heat Beige adipose tissue Every day, 2-5 minutes cold exposure (cold shower, cold river or lake) 3x3 cold coolfatburner.com (Use code: BEN10CFB to save 10%) – Hormonal imbalance...52:25 Dutch Test Podcast w/ Jay Campbell Estrogeneration by Anthony Jay – Toxin and chemical exposure...54:40 – Food allergies and intolerances...56:30 – Micro-nutrient deficiencies... Vitamin D Chromium Biotin Thiamine Antioxidants Magnesium Boron Vitamin A Vitamin K2 Choline Genova Labs – Thyroid...59:00 – Disordered eating...1:01:01 Your body expects food at a certain time of day Results in irregular metabolism Easier to track calorie consumption when you eat the same thing, at the same time of day – Final comments...1:03:25 Everybody and every body is different It could be possible your body has reached its desired weight – And much more! Resources mentioned: – Article: When someone loses weight, where does the fat go? – StrateGene – Tree of Life, Bob Miller's site – Book: Toxic by Neil Nathan – Dr. Robert Naviaux, UCSD – Book: Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life – Ceylon cinnamon – Gymnema Sylvestre – Berberine – Apple cider vinegar – Kion Lean – Oura Ring (Save $50 with code: GREENFIELDOURA) – Podcast with building biologist Brian Hoyer – Podcast Ep. 397 – Beyond Training by Ben Greenfield – coolfatburner.com (Use code: BEN10CFB to save 10%) – Dutch Test – Podcast w/ Jay Campbell – Estrogeneration by Anthony Jay Episode sponsors: – Kion Coaches If you are looking for a professional that can personally help you optimize your mind, body, and spirit to become the best version of yourself, and who knows exactly how I work with my own clients, just head on over to view our brand-spankin-new Coach Directory! – Organifi Green Juice: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. 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8 Jun 2019
My New #1 Hack For Zapping Inflammation, Increasing Deep Sleep & Recovering Faster - Earthing (The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?)
I recently read the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! (and my twin boys also watched the accompanying documentary "Earthing"). Although I already knew about the importance of having an intimate connection with the planet we live upon, this book blew my mind when it comes to identifying one of the best solutions for chronic inflammation, better sleep, enhanced deep sleep and much more. Since reading it, I've been traveling everywhere with my grounding mat, wearing my Earth runners every day, and my boys have barely even touched their shoes. In the book, author Clint Ober introduces the planet's powerful, amazing, and overlooked natural healing energy and how people anywhere can readily connect to it. This never-before-told story, filled with fascinating research and real-life testimonials chronicles a discovery with the potential to create of global health revolution. So obviously, I had to the get Clint on the show! Clint Ober is the innovator behind the Grounding Movement & CEO of Earth FX Inc., a research and development company located in Palm Springs, California. A series of seemingly unrelated synchronistic events dating back to his early childhood led to a groundbreaking discovery that’s being recognized as the Greatest Health Discovery of all time. Grounding has now become a massive international movement - causing people to shed their shoes and reconnect electrically to the surface of the Earth. Clint first learned about grounding when installing Cable TV systems in Billings, Montana in the early 1960s. A decade later, he formed Telecrafter Corporation and built it into the largest provider of cable installation services in the United States. This company specialized in proper grounding of cable installations for safety and TV signal stability. In the 1980s, he turned his attention to the developing computer industry and partnered with McGraw-Hill to distribute live digital news services, via cable, to PCs. This led to the development of the first cable modem and an increased awareness of the need for proper system grounding. Following a health challenge in 1995, he retired and embarked on a personal journey looking for a higher purpose in life. During his travels, he noticed people wearing plastic and rubber soled shoes that insulate the body from earth. He wondered if no longer being naturally grounded could affect us. The question led to an experiment that suggested grounding alone reduced chronic pain and improved sleep. Thereafter, he developed a working hypothesis: Grounding the human body to the Earth normalizes the functioning of all of the body’s systems — the body utilizes the earth’s electrical potential and free electrons to maintain its internal electrical stability, normalizing all of its self-regulating and self-healing systems. Over the past twenty years, he has supported over 20 research studies* that collectively demonstrate that grounding reduces inflammation and promotes normal functioning of all body systems. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How a near-death experience led to Clint's interest in earthing -- 6:10 Clint grew up in rural Montana; childhood friends were Native Americans "If the pasture is pristine, the cows will be healthy" Grew up with a prevention mentality: look at the cause, not the syumptoms Spent 30 years in the communications industry Near-death experience involving a infected liver after a root canal "The next time I die, I wanted my life to be worth more" "Be the opposite charge" "Status quo is the enemy" -Why a roll of duct tape proved to be the catalyst to Clint's most important discovery -- 19:40 While living in Sedona, AZ experienced problems with computer crashing; identified static electricity as the problem Intuitive question: Are modern shoes preventing us from grounding with the earth? Began testing the charge in the earth with a volt meter Grounded himself to the earth via metal tape; Static reading on his body went to zero Slept the night without moving (was typically in a lot of pain) Friends reported reduced pain, lowered arthritis -The early days of Clint's clinical research on grounding the body with the Earth -- 25:45 There was very little research on how grounding with the earth reduces pain and improves sleep Two doctoral students at UCLA helped him design the study 60 participants: 30 grounded, 30 ungrounded Positive results on the participants who were grounded Similar results among those exposed to EMF and not exposed to EMF An anesthesiologist in San Diego was willing to help with the research; he was interested in saliva cortisol levels in patients Cortisol levels went from erratic to synchronized after grounding At 4 am, cortisol spikes until 6 am Everyone's cortisol went up beginning at 4 am (with no other environmental cues) -What is going on in the body when a person is grounded with the Earth -- 34:00 Dr. Stephen Sinatra "When you're reducing pain, you're reducing inflammation" Led to a different understanding of inflammation Inflammation is caused from neutrophils: encapsulates damaged cell and releases reactive oxygen Reactive: short on electrons We're no longer naturally grounded with the Earth since the advent of plastic-soled shoes in the 1960's When you stand barefoot on the ground, the Earth is negative 20-50 millivolts The Earth has negative ions from lightning, the sun Noon is the high point for the sun exciting the electrons on the earth Imbalance in charge beginning 2 pm (constant lightning) You'll feel the effects of lightning from far away locales The air feels amazing after a thunderstorm because of negative charge in the atmosphere If the body has a negative surface charge, you can't have charge in a grounded object Clint and Dr. Sinatra's study had the following results (via grounding): Reduced rouleaux formation in blood cells Increased negative surface charge of red blood cells by factor of 2.7 Face and skin color turns pink after being grounded for 20-30 minutes -What our ancestors understood about earthing and grounding -- 54:00 One of the healing methods for the kidney in ancient Chinese medicine is grounding with the earth Our ancestors didn't need to know about grounding; they were barefoot or wore conductive footwear -The best surface when it comes to conductivity between the Earth and the body -- 56:15 Concrete, grass and dirt are ideal; asphalt is not Rocks are good conductors Salt water is the optimal way to ground; fresh water speeds up the process but is not itself conductive (unless it contains minerals) Spring water has a natural amount of minerals If you can feel the tree and it feels cool, it's grounding; bark inhibits the grounding process Earthrunners grounding sandals Pluggz grounding shoes Earthling grounding strap Diabetes is inflammation-related; you can be grounded and have diabetes -The length of time required for a person to become properly grounded with the Earth -- 1:04:04 -How to know whether or not your home is grounded with the Earth -- 1:10:45 Homes built before the 1960's were not grounded; there was no need for it at the time Remodels of older homes don't necessarily have grounding, even though new outlets are installed -Are all grounding mats created equal? -- 1:12:15 "Ours is an accidental business" Mass production has compromised the quality and efficacy of the mats Clint maintains his products are the best on the market; although he wishes more would get in the business The patches are an athletes best friend -And much more.... Resources from this episode: -Click here to visit Clint's website (Ultimate Longevity) to get FREE* 2-day shipping (as long as the order is over $99) and a FREE* copy of the Earthing paperback book by Clint Ober (included with every Ground Therapy Sleep Mat purchase) and 3 bonus videos available online for immediate streaming or download (access link provided on order confirmation page)! - Clint's book "Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!" - Root Cause movie - Earthrunners grounding sandals - Pluggz grounding shoes - Earthling grounding strap -Note from Ben: "I didn't even have time, today, to delve deeply into ALL of the over 20 peer-reviewed research studies that have been conducted on grounding, but I do want to at least give you a comprehensive list of the vast results that have been seen in the research, so far - impressive results have been seen when it comes to inflammation, pain, stiffness, circulation, blood pressure, blood viscosity, HRV, vagal tone, cortisol, stress, anxiety, depression, tiredness, fatigue, energy, mood, blood glucose, immunity, sleep, thyroid function, metabolism, serum electrolytes, wound healing, athletic performance and recovery, and more. There have also been anecdotal reports of improvements in autism, Parkinson’s, MS, PTSD, autoimmune conditions, and pet health, just to name a few. But I'm going to put all that below! Enjoy!" Quick View: Grounding Research Results Initial Grounding Experiment Conducted by Clint Ober: Improved Sleep And Reduced Pain Medical Thermography Case Studies: Clinical Earthing Application in 20 Case studies Electrical Grounding Improves Vagal Tone In Preterm Infants Emotional Stress, Heart Rate Variability, Grounding, And Improved Autonomic Tone: Clinical Applications Effectiveness of Grounded Sleeping on Recovery After Intensive Eccentric Muscle Loading Pilot Study on the Effect of Grounding on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness The Biologic Effects of Grounding the Human Body During Sleep as Measured by Cortisol Levels and Subjective Reporting of Sleep, Pain, and Stress Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity—a Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease Earthing the Human Body Influences Physiologic Processes The Effect of Grounding the Human Body on Mood Effects Of Grounding (Earthing) On Bodyworkers' Pain And Overall Quality O Life: A Randomized Controlled Trial Changes in Pulse Rate, Respiratory Rate, Blood Oxygenation, Perfusion Index, Skin Conductance, and Their Variability Induced During and After Grounding Human Subjects for 40 Minutes Differences in Blood Urea and Creatinine Concentrations in Earthed and Unearthed Subjects during Cycling Exercise and Recovery Grounding After Moderate Eccentric Contractions Reduces Muscle Damage Effects of Grounding (Earthing) on Massage Therapists: An Exploratory Study The Neuromodulative Role of Earthing One-Hour Contact with the Earth’s Surface (Grounding) Improves Inflammation and Blood Flow — A Randomized, Double-Blind, Pilot Study Grounding the Human Body during Yoga Exercise with a Grounded Yoga Mat Reduces Blood Viscosity Grounding the Human Body Improves Facial Blood Flow Regulation: Results of a Randomized, Placebo Controlled Pilot Study The Effect Of Earthing On Human Physiology - Part 1 The Effect Of Earthing On Human Physiology - Part 2 Episode sponsors: -Click here to get updates on Ben's new book: Boundless or pre-order it on Amazon! -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. 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7 Sep 2019
Sex, Coffee & Chocolate While Pregnant, Babies On Airplanes, Eating Placentas & More: The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
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, The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth, 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: -The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth -63 Cups Of Coffee A Day & More: Five Simple Things You Can Do to Live a Longer, Healthier Life. -DirectLabs for home pregnancy test (blood HCG) -Podcast: What Is A Good Pregnancy Exercise Routine? -Organic red raspberry leaf tea -My interview with Urban Moonshine about digestive bitters -NES Health interview with Dr. Wendy Myers -Belly Armor for EMF protection while protection -HARApad Laptop Anti-Radiation Pad, Cell Phone Shield and iPad Anti-Radiation Shield -The Darker Side Of Hypermobility 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 BenGreenfieldFitness.com/biOpt to automatically get 10% off your order. Four Sigmatic - Try out the Reishi Elixer for extreme relaxation without any grogginess. 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5 Jul 2017
The One Powerful Emotion That Can Release Oxytocin, Amp Up Serotonin & Dopamine, Give You Better Sleep, Lower Blood Pressure, Decrease Inflammation & More.
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/owen There is one emotion, above all, that elicits a release of the powerful feel-good hormone oxytocin, along with serotonin and dopamine. And promotes better sleep. And lower blood pressure. And decreased inflammation. And fewer aches and pains. Better relationships. Increased longevity. The list goes on and on. That emotion is gratitude. And my guest on today's podcast specialized in teaching gratitude, gratitude implementation and daily gratitude practice strategies and tactics to teachers, educators and children. His name is Owen Griffith, and he is a university level Student Mentor who supports and guides future teachers. Owen taught as an elementary educator for over a decade. Owen's first book, Gratitude: A Way Of Teaching, was published by Rowman & Littlefield and was a Top Ten Best Seller in April, 2016. This valuable book gives educators solution-based methods and research-based resources to improve classroom culture, as well as enabling schools to elevate students’ engagement and academic achievement. Grounded in scientific research, it delves into numerous integral aspects of gratitude as it relates to education. It features success stories and step-by-step instructions to successfully implement gratitude in schools. You will discover how to combat materialism and entitlement with gratitude and altruism, how to help teenagers utilize gratitude successfully, as well as encouraging the entire families of our students to embrace gratitude and make it a permanent part of their lives. He is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and his work has appeared on Edutopia and U. C. Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center’s online magazine. He earned a Master's Degree from Kennesaw State University in Educational Leadership. He is available for consulting, speaking engagements and to lead professional development in a variety of areas. He resides with his wife and son in North Georgia. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The important difference between having an attitude of gratitude and positive thinking...[8:00] -The surprising physical and physiological benefits of gratitude, including the idea of neuroplasticity, cardiac medicine and much more...[13:10 & 19:25] -The best way to pull yourself or your kids out of the vicious cycle of materialism...[24:40] -How gratitude can be used to decrease technology and smartphone addiction...[31:05] -Why Owen says that "gratitude works like a muscle", and how your brain actually changes and becomes rewired as you practice gratitude...[35:30] -The fascinating link between mindfulness, silence and gratitude...[43:00] -The best way to establish a daily gratitude practice for children vs. teens vs. adults...[49:10 & 53:50] -Owen's favorite resources, books and podcasts for learning more about gratefulness...[60:20] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Gratitude: A Way Of Teaching -Dr. Jeffrey Froh -Gratefulness.org -Greater Good website at Berkeley -Owen's Huffington Post Database on Gratitude -The Christian Gratitude Journal Ben designed Show Sponsors: -Organifi - Go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/organifi Discount code BEN for 20% off your order! -Onnit - Get 10% off ANYTHING, from functional foods to supplements and beyond, at BenGreenfieldFitness.com/ONNIT -Kimera Koffee - Go to KimeraKoffee.com and use code 'BEN' to get 10% off! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Owen or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
5 Aug 2017
How To Find Your Purpose In Life In 40 Days Or Less: Dissolve the Hidden Blocks That Keep You Stuck & Finally Thrive Based On Your Life’s Unique Purpose
If you've been paying attention to my anti-aging and longevity advice of late (such as this week's article on simple and natural habits for enhancing longevity), you no doubt are aware that one of the best things you can do for yourself is to find your purpose in life. If things haven’t been going the way you’ve planned, and especially if you've felt completely stuck in life, know this: everything changes the moment you discover your life’s unique purpose. Success, love, abundance, health and well-being, and vibrant energy are all by-products of leading a purpose-filled life. But maybe you don’t know what your life’s purpose is, or you don’t believe you have one, or you thought you knew what it was and you lost it. If that’s the case, then this podcast is for you. In the latest book from today's podcast guest Mastin Kipp, you're guided on a 40-day journey, inspired by Joseph Campbell’s model of the hero’s journey, to identify and dissolve whatever’s holding you back, break free from trauma and victimhood, and transform your life. Mastin is an American entrepreneur, best-selling author, and renowned public speaker and the creator of Functional Life Coaching™. He is the author of the best- selling books Daily Love and Claim Your Power, and has been featured in outlets like Well + Good, Huffington Post, and has appeared on Fox News, ABC, CBS News, and more. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Mastin's treadmill desk setup that he used to write the entire book...8:00 -How Mastin felt on cocaine, and what happened to his brain scan afterwards...15:00 -Why Ben loves books by Richard Branson...21:30 -How Mastin burns fat and builds muscle simultaneously in the morning workout session...30:00 -The neural exercises you can do to hack your nervous system to find purpose in life...34:30 -Why you often keep exercising even if you're injured, and our inherent fear of being immobilized...37:00 -Why Mastin always leads with service, rather than viewing relationships as transactional...1:04:00 -How Mastin got onto Oprah (and the #1 thing he learned from Oprah)...1:14:00 -What Mastin has learned from Tony Robbins...1:16:30 -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Claim Your Power: A 40-Day Journey to Dissolve the Hidden Blocks That Keep You Stuck and Finally Thrive in Your Life’s Unique Purpose -Amazon treadmill desk that Ben and Mastin discuss -Amen Clinics -Kion Aminos Lime Cool Powder -Lewis Howes' book The Mask of Masculinity -My podcast with Naveen Jain from Viome Episode Sponsors -Aaptiv Get a 30% discount on an annual membership -Gainswave How can you get a free treatment? Visit my link to find out how! -The Kion Clean Energy Bar is a satisfying, real-food energy bar. Stable energy, no sugar crashes! Just a tasty punch of mouth-watering, chocolatey-salty-coconut goodness. -Gainswave How can you get a free treatment? Visit my link to find out how! -Organifi Gold Use code "greenfield" for 20% off your order! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Mastin or me? Leave your comments at http://bengreenfieldfitness.com/mastin and one of us will reply!
25 Aug 2018
What Should I Eat? The Ultimate Podcast Guide To Choosing The Perfect Diet For You: Part 1
If you read this week's article "What Is The Perfect Human Diet? ", 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 my podcast with Kharim Dhanani, 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 my podcast with Daphne) -And much more... Episode Sponsors: -Blue Apron Choose your meals. Unpack your box. Create magic. Get your first 3 meals for FREE when you order using my link. -JOOVV Order your JOOVV light using my link and get a special bonus gift. -Birdwell Beach Britches 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. -Kettle and Fire 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!
29 Nov 2018
Supplements Update: What Supplements Does Ben Greenfield Take (& How To Time / Choose Your Personal Supplementation Protocol).
I am often asked what supplements I take, why I take them and if we really need supplements anyway. After all, if you, like me, follow a healthy lifestyle, I'll wager you probably eat plenty of plants, prioritize sleep, hydrate with filtered water (or, dare I say at the risk of revealing my tinfoil hat, structured water) and expose yourself to the sun as much as possible. So why even consider supplementation? Let's begin with this: our modern, post-industrial, polluted, toxin-laden lifestyle demands more nutrients than food can provide. That’s right. The chronic stressors of modern life—ranging from heavy metal and synthetic chemical exposure to sensory overload—have been proven to increase your body’s need for vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to shuttle toxins through detox pathways and prevent the formation of DNA-damaging free radical. This means that even if you are eating clean, relatively nutrient-dense food, you are likely not getting the full array of nutrients from food that prior generations enjoyed. There are five factors that contribute to poor nutrient availability in most modern food. Nutritionally Depleted Soil Due to modern farming techniques and fertilizers, most soil is depleted of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in conventionally grown crops (4). You may think that eating organic is the ultimate solution. While some research suggests that organically grown food contains more nutrients than non-organic food, other research has concluded that there is no significant difference in nutritional content between the two (5, 6). In addition, for most of human history (and prehistory), our ancestors ate now-nearly-extinct, dense-cell-rich carbohydrates in the form of foods like wild tubers, which provided essential prebiotics so that probiotic bacteria could flourish (in contrast to the refined acellular grains and white rice that comprise modern carbohydrates) (7).In addition, the modern high intake of refined carbohydrates and processed foods creates significant blood sugar swings and glycemic variability that our ancestors did not encounter to as great an extent. A glance at a coffee shop display case or hotel breakfast bar that features bagels, muffins and sugary cereals explains why many people need a snack a couple hours after breakfast to make it through the inevitable mid-morning blood sugar crash. Blood sugar imbalances lead to chronic inflammation and may be responsible for up to 80% of modern diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (8). This is a rollercoaster you definitely want to hop off. Similarly, the meat, eggs and dairy products commonly found in grocery stores deliver fewer anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, than those from wild or pastured animals (9). Most Western diet munchers also consume an imbalanced ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids, further exacerbating chronic inflammation (10, 11). Age-Related Declines In Nutrient Absorption Your ability to absorb nutrients from food decreases as you age (19). While growing children should absolutely be taking a multivitamin to support healthy tissue and bone formation, supplementation becomes equally important for older generations. Many medications used to treat age-related diseases, such as acid reflux and hypertension, also interfere with proper nutrient absorption, further increasing the need to take supplements (16, 17). Then there are precious fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D. While the recommendations for sufficient vitamin D levels are controversial, it is safe to say that many Americans, especially aging Americans who spend more and more time indoors, do not get enough vitamin D (18). Even if we do our best to get sun exposure - whether it’s a morning walk or going outside for lunch - it is rare to get as much sunlight and vitamin D as our outdoor-dwelling ancestors did. Poor Food Handling Practices Modern harvesting, shipping, processing and storage techniques degrade the nutrient content of food (12). Plants grown with modern fertilizer can contain only 25% of the micronutrients of plants grown using more traditional farming methods, and nutrient content declines as they are shipped and sit on store shelves. It makes sense that a fresh-picked apple is more nutritious than the apples you buy at the supermarket in winter, which were likely treated with 1-methylcyclopropene and could be up to 10 months old (according to an FDA spokesperson) (13, 14). And the preservatives used to maintain freshness could impede the bioavailability of the food’s nutrients and even increase your body’s need for more nutrients to process these synthetic additives (15). Pesticides, Herbicides & Pollutants Pesticides, herbicides and chemicals found in the modern food supply are combined with low-quality water, environmental contaminants from elements like degraded plastic and airborne pollutants like carbon monoxide, lead and mercury. These synergistic factors vastly increase your need for extra vitamins, minerals and nutrients to combat the formation of free radicals and the attack on your metabolism and immune system. Exercise Are you an athlete or frequent exerciser? The amount of extra oxygen and energy used by active individuals requires far more than the nutritional RDA of the average population. Indeed, consuming only the stated RDA can actually limit your athletic performance. So if you engage in Crossfit WODs, Ironman triathlons, obstacle races or heavy weight-lifting, your nutritional requirements mean you need to take supplements. In addition to these five factors, there are scientifically demonstrated longevity benefits of caloric restriction (a concept you will discover more about in Chapter 25). Given these benefits, it seems silly to argue that you could ignore calories and simply eat more food to obtain nutrients. This is another crucial area where supplements come in - they are a helpful boost for those of us wanting to consume enough nutrients to function well but also wanting to live longer using strategies such as intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting and caloric restriction. The assumption that previous generations didn’t take supplements is also not true. Ancient supplements include root, stem and leaf teas, medicinal powders ground by mortar and pestle and highly concentrated oil extracts (20, 21, 22). Just because these dietary supplements didn’t look like capsules and ridiculously-oversized tubs of powders doesn’t mean they weren’t supplements. In addition, our ancestors certainly consumed dirt, which we now know contains a wide range of beneficial probiotics (23, 24). Perhaps even more compelling is the fact that animals, ranging from insects to chimps, self-medicate and supplement by consuming specific compounds (25). For example, when some caterpillars get infected by parasitic flies, they’ll eat poisonous plants to kill the invasive larvae. Ants fight off microbes and bacteria by adding spruce resin to their nests. Several animal species consume mud to counteract stomach upset, and animals of all kinds use plant medicine as their own rough approximation of “supplements”. Ultimately, supplementation with vitamins, minerals and even nootropics and psychedelics is a natural, time-honored way to enhance the body and brain. In our modern era, while many would argue that your brain should work fine on its own, operating with flawless precision in the presence of clean food, pure water, sunshine and fresh air, I beg to differ and have benefited highly from a bit of ancestral wisdom combined with better living through science. -Why would you want to take supplements in the first place?...9:48 The post-industrial age creates a greater need for nutrition than previous generations Cell phones, air, water create toxicity for our systems Food that is farmed and produced does not contain the same level of nutrients as before Soil is depleted of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants No significant differences in organic produce in nutrient levels Ancestors ate nearly extinct foods: quinoa, tubers, cellular grains Modern food is acellular grains and white rice Abundance of refined carb and processed foods creates high blood sugar swings Meat, eggs and dairy products contain fewer Omega-3's and other anti-inflammatory nutrients Imbalanced Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio (as high as 40:1) Modern fertilizers deplete food of nutrients Preservatives have deleterious effects (the age of "fresh" produce is a bit shocking) Decreases bioavailability of nutrients and increases the body's need for nutrients Fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamin D) are deficient in most people Multiple examples of supplementation occurring in ancient generations Root, stem, leaf teas Powders extracted and compounded to aid the body's nutrient absorption Ate dirt, which contains high amounts of probiotics Chimps and monkeys self-medicate by consuming specific plants (sometimes psychedelic compounds) Ben's personal supplementation regimen -Basic daily nutrient and micronutrient repletion...20:16 Key characteristics in a multivitamin: Vitamin D, Vitamin K1 and K2, Natural form of folate, Vitamin B12 Recommend taking it with food Ancestral Supplements PaleoValley organ meats complex Thorne AM/PM Multi Almsbio Glutathione Calton Nutrition -Energy...27:18 Thorne Creatine (or any other creatine that has CreaPure in it) TianChi Qualia Mind Book: Roger Drummer on tian chi (title unknown) Dr. Daniel Amen book (title not mentioned) Psychedelics: LSC, psilocybin (microdose every few days, not used with TianChi or Qualia Mind) -Fat Loss and blood sugar management...36:21 Kion Lean Use before most carb-rich meal of the day Use with cold thermogenesis -Recovery...38:27 Not to be taken immediately after exercising (wait at least 2 hours) Kion Flex BGF podcast 406 (on recovery) Kion Aminos Essential amino acids, not simply branched chain aminos 10-20 g pre- or post-workout Muscle maintenance and recovery Appetite suppression Superessentials Fish oil (other good brands are Nordic Naturals, Carlsons and Thorne) 8 g per day (with breakfast) 1:1 EPA to DHA ratio Vitamin E Contains Astaxanthin Keep refrigerated -Gut...44:48 Kion Colostrum Masszymes for protein digestion Kapex for fat digestion Gluten Guardian for gluten digestion Ion*Biome SEED Probiotic Kion Oregano -Sleep...54:51 CBD Thorne Hemp Oil Elemental Health CBD BioCBD Quicksilver Scientific Lipocalm Doc Parsley's Sleep Remedy MagSRT -"Experimental Supplements"...59:47 C60 BGF podcast w/ Ian Mitchell Peptides BPC 157 Tesamorelin International Peptide Society Summary So that's it! I trust this guide gave you ideas on how to enhance your health, performance, and recovery without needing to pop a dizzying array of pills. I get lots of inquiries about other supplements like greens powders, l-carnitine, high-dose Vitamin B, beta-alanine, sleep supplements and so on. I highly recommend specifically tailoring your supplement protocol to meet your specific goals, and also to use the comments section below to ask me your other specific questions. Ideally, you should choose supplements that address your own genetic results or blood biomarkers, and to learn more about personalizing nutrition and supplements to your genetics, listen to my recent podcast with Dr. Ben Lynch, author of "Dirty Genes", or read my article about customizing your diet to you. So what do you think? Which supplements have you found to be personally useful? Do you still think supplements are a waste of time and money? Do you have questions about other supplements folks have recommended to you? 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14 Dec 2019