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Jul 22, 2015

July 22, 2015 Podcast: Can Marijuana Damage Your Brain and Liver, The Best Way To Train For MMA Fitness, Should You Avoid Iodine, and Benefits Of Fasted Workouts.

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Skywalker Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick and Audio Ninja.

Can Marijuana Damage Your Brain and Liver?

Mr. Mary Jane says: Ben, you've been talking about marijuana a lot lately and he was reading a book on ayurvedic medicine which mentioned how marijuana "is toxic to the liver and brain cells, however if one smokes a pinch of calamus root powder with marijuana this herb with neutralize the toxic effects of the drug". What do you think? Does this have any merit?

In my response, I recommend: -NatureCBD -Article: The Effects of Weed On Exercise

The Best Way To Train For MMA Fitness

Richard says: He is a boxing and MMA coach, and is wondering if you consider fight sports to be endurance events. Both only go for a few minutes (no where near an Ironman) but training can be long grinding days, plus you also have to take punches and control your emotions. What do you think is the best way to train fighters? The same way you would train for triathlon? They need long grinding workouts with repetition but they also need the explosive power.

In my response, I recommend: -Martin Rooney's Workout Books

Should You Avoid Iodine?

Rob says: He's just sitting down to eat some post workout corn-on-the-cob and noticed that his sea salt does not contain iodine. This made him wonder how much iodine a person actually needs on a daily basis, why, and where are the best places to get iodine... since it's not in his sea salt.

In my response, I recommend: -Aztec Sea Salt -EXOS Multivitamin

Benefits Of Fasted Workouts

Erica says: In the morning she usually wake at 7:00, has a green smoothie at 9:00 and works out at 10:30. Do you think it would benefit her to switch the order of the workout and the smoothie so she is working out fasted and fueling afterwards? What would be the benefit or drawback?