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Apr 30, 2014

Apr 30, 2014 Podcast (brought to you today by Harry's Shaving - click here to check 'em out and use code Ben to save 5 bucks!): Does Coolsculpting Fat Loss Surgery Work, What Are Omega 5 and 7 Fats, Should You Exercise Your Chest Every Day, Will A Paleo Diet Cause Gout, 5 Ways To Stay Healthy At College, Are Bluetooth Headsets and Wireless HR Monitors Dangerous, and What Should Your Ratio of Vitamin A, D and K be?

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The Thyroid Sessions go live on May 5 - where Ben is speaking on "How Exercise Destroys Your Thyroid And What You Can Do About It". The frustration and misinformation surrounding thyroid problems needs to stop. An estimated 30 million people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a thyroid disorder — only half have been properly diagnosed. And even less are receiving proper treatment. Unfortunately, the real answers are not offered by their medical practitioners and seldom covered by insurance. That’s why Sean Croxton traveled the country to interview a dozen of the leading functional medicine doctors, nutritionists, and real food chefs for a free online screening called The Thyroid Sessions. And you can click here register today to watch them for FREE!

Ben is now uploading both is weekly workout logs and diet photos to the Inner Circle. Every week Ben discover new exercises, workout tactics, fat loss tricks, biohacks, deep sleep tips, detoxes, recipes, supplements, etc. - but people often feel like they’re “behind the curve” - constantly trying to wrap their heads around what’s working best at any given time, or what’s going to be best for them and their bodies. In Ben's monthly Inner Circle video workshops and diet and exercise logs, he and his wife Jessa teach you exactly “what’s working now”, so that you can stay on the razor-sharp, cutting-edge of fitness, nutrition and lifestyle optimization. When it comes to “assembling” everything that Ben talks about in the podcast, books, etc. into an easy-to-implement system, the Inner Circle is the way to do that. Click here to try it out now for 10 bucks a month!

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Men's Health is launching a search for the next big name in fitness. They're looking for the best trainer that they haven’t yet discovered – a fitness professional who is a top mind in the field, but who also looks the part, and who has the ability to captivate any audience. Click here to vote for Ben to be the Men's Health Top Trainer or visit BenGreenfieldFitness.com/menshealth.

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Listener Q&A:

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

Does Coolsculpting Fat Loss Surgery Work?

Atanas asks: What is your opinion of coolsculpting? Is it good?

In my response I recommend: -http://www.CoolFatBurner.com

What Are Omega 5 and 7 Fats?

Brian asks: We hear plenty of info about Omega 3, 6 and 9 fats but nothing about 5 and 7. Are there any benefits or drawbacks to these omega fats? Especially for an Ironman Triathlete?

In my response I recommend: -SuperEssentials fish oil

Should You Exercise Your Chest Every Day?

Donald asks: He works out with a guy who exercises his chest every single time they go to the gym. Some times 3 or 5 times a week, back to back, he will work our his chest. Is this dangerous? Is it effective? He has never gotten injured or even sore. Is this something specific to the chest, where you can work it out more?

In my response I recommend: -Chapter 6 of my new Beyond Training book

Will A Paleo Diet Cause Gout?

Daniel asks: After a couple years of eating a high protein, paleo, body builder diet, he has experienced some symptoms of gout. Pain in his knees, elbows and ankle along with the big toe attacks you hear about from gout. How can he get rid of the uric acid crystals once and for all? Is there a detox he can do? He plans to do Dan John's Mass Gain protocol and will include all the amino and protein supplements you recommend. Will this be a problem?

In my response I recommend: -This acid alkaline food chart

5 Ways To Stay Healthy At College

Jennifer asks: Her daughter is going off to college in the fall (running track and cross country) and she is worried that her daughter will become unhealthy while she is there. What can she do to help her daughter stay healthy? What to eat in the cafeteria, how to keep her dorm room healthy, how to avoid fluorescent light and everything else that could make her unhealthy and hurt her running.

In my response I recommend: 1) Good snacks (and an Amazon prime membership); 2) LowBlueLight bulbs; 3) Blue Light Blocking glasses; 4) Rich Food, Poor Food book; 5) HEPA Air Filter with negative ion generator or Harmonizer from GreenfieldNaturals.com with code BEN15 for 15% discount

Are Bluetooth Headsets and Wireless HR Monitors Dangerous?

Hyesun (pronounced Hesson like Lesson) asks: She is wondering if you have concerns about EMFs from bluetooth technology (the HR monitor straps and patches) that we wear right on our bodies? What about EMFs from the Biomat? She's thinking about getting one, but is concerned about the EMFs coming from it. Do you have any thoughts or fears?

In my response I recommend: -The Biomat -AirTube Headset

What Should Your Ratio of Vitamin A, D and K be?

Meg asks: She has heard you talk about how you need to take adequate amounts of Vitamins A and K when you are supplementing with high dose (10,000 - 15,000iu) Vitamin D... but what exactly is an adequate amount? Is the RDA adequate (A is 5,000 and K is 80mcg)?

In my response I recommend: -This article by Chris Masterjohn of the Weston Price Foundation

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Apr 27, 2014

Dr. Mark Sircus originally appeared on the BenGreenfieldFitness show in the episode "The Shocking Information About A Compound That Pharmaceutical Companies Really Don’t Want You to Know About."

And now, from a remote internet bar in Brazil, he's back with another biohack that flies under the radar, but is an amazing healing tool that...

  • Reduces stress and fatigue
  • Relieves anxiety and promotes relaxation
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Eases joint pain and stiffness
  • Provides warm, soothing pain relief
  • Eliminates toxins in the body
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Alleviates migraines and tension headaches
  • Reduces allergy symptoms
  • Improves immune system function
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Burns calories and controls weight
  • Improves muscle tone and skin quality

It's called a "Biomat".

The core of the BioMat technology is a combination of three technologies: far infrared rays, negative ion effects and the conductive properties of amethyst channels. These three stimulators are combined in a single mat that delivers soothing, deep-penetrating heat while stimulating the regeneration of damaged cells in your body. It’s a safe and natural way to achieve optimal health and maintain a stronger, more resilient body.

Here is a helpful FAQ for you to learn more, and there is a ton of additional research, resources, articles, and a 0% financing with 30 day risk free trial over at the Biomat website.

What are far infrared rays?

Far infrared rays are part of the electro-magnetic light spectrum and are close to the light frequency of natural sunlight. However, far infrared does not contain any of sunlight’s harmful UV/UVB radiation. The beneficial properties of far infrared light have received particular attention from the scientific community in recent years, although the first research conducted on this part of the light spectrum was undertaken by NASA decades ago. More recent studies suggest that far infrared light stimulates the production of healthy cell tissue, promoting faster, more complete healing processes. Far infrared therapy also encourages the elimination of cellular wastes and toxins. Today, health practitioners from a wide range of disciplines agree on the beneficial properties of far infrared technology.

What are negative ions?

An ion is a particle containing an electrical charge. An ion with a negative electrical charge is called a negative ion, and this type of ion is now considered to be integral to healthy cellular function. If there are enough negative ions inside and outside the cell, the cell is able to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste product more effectively. Flooding the body with negative ions enriches it at the cellular level and encourages the elimination of toxins and oxidants.

How does the BioMat deliver far infrared rays and negative ions to the human body?

The BioMat stimulates ion channels by producing negative ions that deliver healing energy to the cells of the body. As well as delivering negative ions to the cells of the body, the BioMat produces far infrared waves by delivering pulses of energy through a patented carbon ceramic material called Japanese Kurera Super Fiber. This material forms part of the bonded, multilayer material at the base of the BioMat. The topmost layer of the BioMat is constructed of superconducting channels of pure amethyst, which allow the far infrared rays and negative ions to penetrate the body as far as seven inches. View an illustration of BioMat layer technology.

How do far infrared rays and negative ions affect the human body?

Far infrared rays and negative ions produce a wide array of positive effects on the human body. Negative ions activate the body’s entire cellular communication system by opening cell channels and allowing nutrients to enter more easily and wastes to be eliminated, purifying the body at the cellular level. Far infrared rays deliver deep warmth and stimulation to the entire circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous system to encourage healthy functioning. A healthy circulatory and lymphatic system delivers nutrients and oxygen to the cells of the body, and removes cell waste, while the endocrine system regulates hormonal uptake in our bodies, which controls everything from our mood, tissue growth and health to metabolism and sexual and reproductive functions.

How does amethyst quartz enhance ionic and far infrared ray therapy?

Amethyst’s healing properties have been acknowledged and celebrated for centuries by ancient scientists, healers and mystics. Now, modern science has confirmed the highly conductive properties of this remarkable mineral. Amethyst crystals offer the most consistent and powerful delivery of far infrared light waves, and ionic effects to the human body. Amethyst’s superconducting qualities have been shown to provide relief for:

  • Insomnia
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Body toxicity
  • Low or imbalanced energy levels

What specific illnesses and symptoms can the BioMat alleviate?

Because the BioMat’s far infrared rays penetrate deeply into the body and address imbalances at the cellular level, it can be used to treat a wide range of health issues:

  • Pain, stiffness, swelling and inflammation
  • Arthritis and musculo-skeletal ailments
  • Sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms
  • Joint stiffness and soreness
  • Age-related stiffness and pain
  • Circulation issues
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Toxin and oxidant buildup
  • Immune disorders
  • Tension, anxiety, insomnia
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Lymphatic and endocrine problems

Can the BioMat be used during yoga and meditation?

The BioMat is a perfect addition to yoga practice and meditation, because it supports deep, delta-state relaxation, increases blood flow for improved mental conditioning, and provides a warm, soothing environment to facilitate improved mental peace and serenity.

Which BioMat product is right for me?

There are a range of BioMat products designed to be effective when used individually or together:

BioMat Professional: Ideal for health care professionals looking for a way to extend and enhance their treatment options, or for home users who want comfortable, full-body treatment. The BioMat Professional measures a full 6’5 in length, allowing for full-length body contact and optimal results.

BioMat Mini: At just 17” x 33” inches and 8.2 pounds, the BioMat Mini is ideal for people who want to enjoy treatments at the office or on their travels. It works perfectly for the spot treatment of a specific problem area, or for treatments for children or family pets. It’s also the right size to be used in a medical spa or dental office chair, making it a perfect choice for health providers.

BioMat Pillow: The right choice for people who want targeted treatment of chronic neck and back pain, headaches, migraines and more. The BioMat Pillow is also an excellent complement to the Professional or BioMat Mini, providing stabilization for the vulnerable head and neck area. The Pillow keeps the head cool during treatment, while delivering the benefits of negative ion therapy to this area.

Is the BioMat easy to use?

Although the BioMat is a certified medical device, it is very easy to self-administer calibrated treatment. The computerized control panel is intuitive to use, and comes with a simple set of instructions.

How does the in-home trial work?

The way the 7 day trial works is that you purchase the BioMat upfront. The day that your mat arrives starts the 7 day period. This way you will be able to try the BioMat as much as you like, you can test out different heat settings and experience the difference on each, you can spend as much time as you want on the Biomat, and also at different times of day (you could even try sleeping on it). This will give you a much better perspective and a greater amount of information to make a decision about whether you see the BioMat being a beneficial asset to you. If on day 6 you if you don’t love it as much as everyone who tries it does, just give us a call and we will have a return authorization issued for you.

How often should I use my BioMat?

Your BioMat can safely be used every day. In fact, by using the BioMat several times a week or on a daily basis, you are helping to strengthen your immune system and keep your body in optimal condition.

Is the BioMat safe for children?

Your whole family can use your BioMat safely, including young children, the elderly and even family pets! The BioMat offers the same health benefits to people of all ages, and has therapeutic value for pets as well.

Can I sleep on my BioMat?

You can sleep for any length of time on your BioMat, from a 20-minute nap to a full night’s rest. Use of the BioMat will help regulate your sleep patterns and create a warm, soothing environment.

When will I start to see results from my BioMat?

Every person’s experience with the BioMat is different. Many people achieve immediate relief from pain and discomfort, and notice increased energy levels and vitality right away. For others, it will take a few weeks before the deep-penetrating treatment begins to bring relief from symptoms and an overall feeling of well-being and contentment.

Does the BioMat come with a warranty?

All BioMat medical devices are constructed to the highest standards and protected by a 30 Year Limited Warranty plus lifetime trade-in warranty. The product has been subjected to rigorous quality testing and is both a FDA Registered Class II Medical Device and ISO certified.

If you have more questions, don't hesitate to e-mail ben@bengreenfieldfitness.com or simply check out the Biomat website for a more complete FAQ!

Apr 26, 2014

Olga Kotelko (see video below) is not your average ninety-five-year-old.

She not only looks and acts like a much younger woman, she holds over twenty-three world records in track and field, seventeen in her current ninety to ninety-five category. Convinced that this remarkable woman could help unlock many of the mysteries of aging, my guest on today's podcast, Bruce Grierson, set out to uncover what it is that’s driving Olga.

He considers every piece of the puzzle, from her diet and sleep habits to how she scores on various personality traits, to what she does in her spare time to her family history. In the book "What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives", Bruce details how Olga participates in tests administered by some of the world’s leading scientists and offers her DNA to groundbreaking research trials.

What you'll get to hear today is not only a tremendously uplifting personal story but a look at which parts of our health and longevity are determined by the DNA we inherit at birth, and which parts we can shape ourselves. You'll discover how your genes, opportunities, and choices forge the course of your life, especially during your golden years. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The fascinating story of Olga and how she has defied aging... -How to discover if you have the the Superstar gene, the Worrier gene or Warrior gene, and how this affects your longevity... -One big myth about stress, adversity and aging... -What Bruce thinks about the new class of telomere activating drugs... -Why plaques in your brain may not be as big an issue as you may think... -The single cognitive-boosting activity that is far more important than Sudoku, crossword puzzles and brain games... -When it is too late for exercise to make a difference... -The surprising truth about exercise intensity... -Why sleeping steadily 8-9 hours through the night may not actually be necessary for longevity... -A trick that Olga does with an old wine bottle that keeps her joints young and supple... -The single most important personality trait for achieving long age... -How you can change your living and working environment to maximize longevity...

What do you think? If you have questions, comments or feedback for author Bruce Grierson or any of the anti-aging tips you learn in the episode, leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com...

...and be sure to grab your copy of What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives. what makes olga run?

Apr 23, 2014

Apr 23, 2014 Podcast: The Science of the Runner's High, Is Vitamin B12 Megadosing Dangerous, How To Track Every Element Of Your Fitness, Healing The Skin Naturally, and Is Creatine Safe?

Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right, use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, Skype “pacificfit” or use the “Ask Ben” form...but be prepared to wait - we prioritize audio questions over text questions.

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We have 2 Color run race entries to giveaway for any event near you! Check locations at ColorRun.com. To win, all you need to do is leave a book review on Amazon for Ben's new book and comment on the BenGreenfieldFitness Facebook page letting Ben know that you left a review! We will randomly choose two lucky winners later this week! Get a free gift 2 hour Beyond Training LIVE support video workshop with Ben Greenfield! Click here to upload a photo of you holding more than one copy of your brand new Beyond Training Book, along with your name and e-mail below, and we’ll make the magic happen for you!

Men's Health is launching a search for the next big name in fitness. They're looking for the best trainer that they haven’t yet discovered – a fitness professional who is a top mind in the field, but who also looks the part, and who has the ability to captivate any audience. Click here to vote for Ben to be the Men's Health Top Trainer or visit BenGreenfieldFitness.com/menshealth.

Grab this Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Gear package that comes with a tech shirt, a beanie and a water bottle.

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Listener Q&A:

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

The Science of the Runner's High

Celia asks: She is looking for a "Runner's High". She's been running since 2012 and has only experienced it a few times (with no common denominator or trigger). Do you know what causes the high and how she might be able to create one? She usually doesn't have trouble getting out the door for a training session but she can see how that might be a good motivator.

In my response I recommend: Paper - Phytocannabinoids beyond the Cannabis plant – do they exist? -Neuroendocrine panel from DirectLabs

Is Vitamin B12 Megadosing Dangerous?

Jim asks: He has never heard us talk about mega-dosing with Vitamin B12. He is training hard and long for Ironman. He uses a drink called ZipFizz which has 41000% of the RDA of B12. The drink tastes good and it seems to give him an energy boost... but it could be placebo.

In my response I recommend: -Lifeshotz wild plant extract -High intake of fermented foods

How To Track Every Element Of Your Fitness

Todd asks: He made a commitment to himself to be in better shape at 50 than he currently is at 46. He did the same thing at 30 for 35 and 35 for 40. He is looking for a quantifiable criteria or some number of metrics that he can test himself for, every couple of years, so it isn't just subjective.

In my response I recommend: -My Mass Made Simple podcast with Dan John -Blood Lactate and VO2 Max Testing -HRV and Pulse Oximeter testing as described in chapter 7 of Beyond Training book -Restwise -Mark's Daily Apple "Physical Fitness Standards"

Best Natural Foods for Babies

Emilie asks: What food would you and Jessa introduce babies to, as they move towards the world of solid food, and in what order? Also, is there any point in introducing them to gluten at all so they might be able to tolerate it later on?

In my response I recommend: -NOW Foods Gluten Digesting Enzyme

Healing The Skin Naturally

Allysa asks: She has the skin condition Keratosis Pilaris (unsightly red bumps or "chicken skin") on her upper arms. Some people grow out of it but she is 26 and doesn't think that will happen. Do you know the etiology of this? Is it a dietary, allergy, or hormone imbalance? Do you know of any food, creams or anything else that can help out with it?

In my response I recommend: -Book: The Hidden Plague -Gut Fix Pack -Vitamin C -Liver or Fish Liver Oil -Pantothenic Acid Cream from avocado oil

Is Creatine Safe?

Hank asks: He is looking for a really pure source of Creatine. Members of his family have the gene for Huntington Disease. While there is no cure for it, he has seen a study where they slowed the progress of Huntingtons by giving participants 15-30 grams of creatine. That is a HUGE amount of so he is looking for a reputable, good, safe, concentrated source. Also, is there anything they or their GPs should watch for when taking such high doses of creatine?

In my response I recommend: -CreO2 from Millennium Sports -Pure bulk Creatine from Amazon

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Apr 19, 2014

You've probably never heard of it.

It's at the very bottom of the food chain.

Yet it feeds over 99% of all ocean life and supports 100% of all life on the face of the planet.

If this unique superfood ceased to exist, life on Earth would rapidly die off.

According to NASA research, it is responsible for producing up to 90% of the Earth's oxygen... (compare this to a mature tree which only creates enough oxygen for two human beings)...

Its main "job" is to turn inorganic raw material (like seawater, minerals, sunlight and CO2) into over 100's of living edible, organic nutrients...(This includes vitamins, bioavailable minerals, all amino acids, essential fatty acids, carotenoids and more)... marine phytoplankton

Now - imagine how you would react when you put just one dose (a total of 170 billion cells in a single dropper) of this superfood into your body. You're about to find out.

This stuff is marine phytoplankton, and in today's interview with Activation Products CEO and Founder Ian Clark, you'll discover:

-What is marine phytoplankton?

-What type of nutrients are in phytoplankton?

-Aren’t the oceans polluted, and how can you eat phytoplankton without getting this pollution?

-What about bioavailability issues with phytoplankton?

-Are there different species of phytoplankton, and some type that is best?

-How is this stuff harvested?

-And much more.

During the interview, Ian mentions a discount on the Ocean's Alive Marine Phytoplankton. Just click here and use code "GREENFIELD10" for a 10% discount. Enjoy, and leave your questions, comments and feedback at BenGreenfieldFitness.com!

Apr 16, 2014

Apr 16, 2014 Podcast: Does Garcinia and Green Coffee Extract Help Fat Loss, Interpreting Your Own Bloodwork, Should You Drink Ocean Water, Are Water Alkalinizers Bad, How To Prevent Razor Burn, and the Pros and Cons of Protein Cycling.

Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right, use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, Skype “pacificfit” or use the “Ask Ben” form...but be prepared to wait - we prioritize audio questions over text questions.

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Get a free gift 2 hour Beyond Training LIVE support video workshop with Ben Greenfield! Click here to upload a photo of you holding more than one copy of your brand new Beyond Training Book, along with your name and e-mail below, and we’ll make the magic happen for you!

Men's Health is launching a search for the next big name in fitness. They're looking for the best trainer that they haven’t yet discovered – a fitness professional who is a top mind in the field, but who also looks the part, and who has the ability to captivate any audience. Click here to vote for Ben to be the Men's Health Top Trainer or visit BenGreenfieldFitness.com/menshealth.

Ben's new book has been released. Pre-order it now and get entered into a raffle for over $5000 in swag! Just visit BeyondTrainingBook.com - and be sure to spread the word, contribute to the cause and change the way people exercise forever at Rally.org/BeyondTraining.

Want some free hidden chapters, audio clips and videos from Beyond Training? Check out the Beyond Training book torrent at BenGreenfieldFitness.com/torrent!

Grab this 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 - leave your review for a chance to win some!

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Listener Q&A:

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

Does Garcinia and Green Coffee Extract Help Fat Loss?

Heather asks: She's seen a bunch of stuff on Facebook about it and would like your expert opinion of Plexus Slim.

In my response I recommend: -MPX100 -http://www.CoolFatBurner.com

Interpreting Your Own Bloodwork

Mike asks: He is looking for a concise and easy to read chart (or list) of the "normal" values for all the blood markers you regularly test for.

In my response I recommend: -Reference ranges for blood tests Wiki -WellnessFX -How to know if your body is recovered article

Should You Drink Ocean Water?

Molly asks: She heard Kerri Rivera interviewed about curing autism with ocean water. It made her wonder what that would be like for the rest of us to do. Is there something beneficial about ocean water? Could it replace minerals and nutrients in the body? She can't find anything about it online but likes the idea of healing from the earth.

In my response I recommend: -Aztecan Sea Salt -Trace liquid minerals -Marine Phytoplankton

Are Water Alkalinizers Bad?

Randy asks: A friend of his bought an alkaline water system (spent $3-4k on it) and she says that it can sure everything from acne to cancer. The way he understands it is that even if you correct the ph of your gut and urine that it would not change the ph of your blood. Is that even important to do?

In my response I recommend: -The Battle for Health is over pH Book -Acid Alkaline Food Chart -Greens article on algae: Everything You Need To Know About How To Use A Slimy Green Plant to Slow Aging, Decrease Cravings and Recover Incredibly Faster.

How To Prevent Razor Burn

John asks: If he shaves the same morning as doing a hot workout he gets really bad razor burn around his neck. Do you know any ways to avoid that or alleviate the symptoms?

In my response I recommend: -St. Ives Apricot Scrub -Emu Oil

Pros and Cons of Protein Cycling

Troy asks: Would you cover the pro and cons and benefits of protein cycling?

In my response I recommend: -My article on protein intake

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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!

Podcast music from 80s Fitness (Reso Remix) by KOAN Sound. Buy this track now!

Apr 12, 2014

I didn't used to be a very anxious guy.

But it seems the more tasks I take on, the more pressure there is to maintain a fit body or healthy nutrition protocol, the older and more active my twin boys become, and the more responsibilities it seems like I have...the less "laid back" I get. Sleep quality diminishes. I sometimes laugh less. There are more days where I need to remember to simply stop and smell the roses.

During the summer last year, a WellnessFX blood cortisol reading that was extremely high convinced me I needed to do some serious stress management before I started to take years off my life. So I delved into the type of protocols I outline in the article "7 Of The Best Ways To Stop Stress".

Since then, I've been very interested in the anti-aging, life-enhancing, health-bestowing benefits of properly managing stress and anxiety.

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As a a holistic medical physician practicing in Florida, today's podcast guest Dr. Eudene Harry noticed a similar thread running through many of her patients’ lives.

They were all extremely stressed out.

And that stress was drastically affecting their physical health in a variety of negative ways. So, Dr. Harry decided to make stress and anxiety management and elimination a primary focus of her work. Several years later, the ultimate result was her new book: Anxiety 101: The Holistic Approach to Managing Your Anxiety & Taking Back Your Life. Now I have to admit that when I first got this book, I figured it would be the typical ho-hum advice, like "quit worrying", "get a massage", "sleep more" or "learn to meditate". But in this book, Dr. Harry goes way above and beyond, not only giving one of the most thorough biological and biochemical explanations of anxiety I've ever seen, but providing a comprehensive list of the wide variety of integrative holistic treatment options available - and many, many techniques, tips, foods, supplements and strategies I didn't know about. anxiety 101 book

In addition to a refreshingly unbiased review of the pharmaceuticals commonly used to treat anxiety (serotonin boosters, GABA boosters, and beta blockers), a long list of alternative therapies are included in this book, including many of the strategies we talk about on this show, such as: Natural anxiety remedies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), neurofeedback, exercise, herbs, nutrients and vitamins, nutrition, meditation, visualization, essential oils, massage, probiotics, laughter, sleep, and weight loss. You're going to learn about all that and much more in today's interview, which includes:

-How the concept of a "brighter tomorrow" can actually make you more anxious, and exactly what you can do about it...

-The surprising role that genetics plays in anxiety...

-Why you need to pull a specific part of your brain - the locus coeruleus- out of a tonic state...

-One rogue molecule that can make you more anxious no matter how good your stress management techniques are...

-The link between probiotics, progesterone hormone and anxiety...

-How something called a "functional deficiency" can wreak havoc on your stress and anxiety levels...

-How L-Theanine, Valerian, Kava and Apigenin can also help with anxiety...

-A simple "hand-warming" technique that can instantly eliminate anxiety...

-And much more!

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about how to eliminate anxiety and take your life back? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and be sure to check out Dr. Harry excellent book "Anxiety 101: The Holistic Approach to Managing Your Anxiety & Taking Back Your Life".

Apr 9, 2014

Meet chef Seamus Mullen. A recent Men's Journal article described Seamus as follows:

"Few people have subjected their bodies to as much wear and tear as Manhattan chef and restaurateur Seamus Mullen. The mastermind behind the red-hot Manhattan restaurant Tertulia and a regular on the Food Network, Mullen has seen it all. He contracted dengue fever on a mountain-bike trip across Costa Rica. He was bitten by a vampire bat while cooking at an eco-lodge in the jungles of Venezuela, an injury that required an emergency helicopter trip to the closest hospital. He spent five months on a punishing 11,000-mile dirt-bike trek from San Francisco to Panama and back. There have been bike races, cyclocross challenges, and mountain-bike half-centuries – not to mention years of brutal 90-hour workweeks in high-end restaurant kitchens all over the world."

And it doesn't end there. Click here to read the rest of that article. Hero FoodIn today's podcast, I interview Seamus about his remarkable journey from hellness to wellness, fighting back from rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain and inflammation to being well on his way to peak fitness at nearly 40 years old. Seamus is a chef and restaurateur in New York City, he's found food to be the single most important factor in his journey to getting better, and he just published the book "Hero Food, How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better". In the past year, through work with Dr. Frank Lipman, he has managed to turn his health around significantly to the point of having zero signs of rheumatoid arthritis in any of his blood markers - and as of the fall of 2013, he has been off all medication for the first time in 11 years. All of his inflammatory markers have gone from extremely high to normal, his white blood cell count has gone from a constantly elevated state to an extremely healthy 9%, his cholesterol is terrific, he has lost a pounds of fat, gained pounds muscle and most importantly, for the first time in over ten years, he feels like a different person.

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During our call, Seamus and I discuss how our medical industry is very focused on symptomatic treatment rather than addressing the root cause of the symptoms - and how this often leads to protracted, ineffective palliative care that leaves patients with even more complex medical problems than they started out with. In the case of Seamus, a severe auto-immune issue (in all likelihood caused by undiagnosed parasitic and bacterial infections, along with imbalanced micro-biota) led to a seizure caused by medications he was taking, and infections that spread to his brain and spinal cord as a result of immuno-suppressants, blood clots and pulmonary embolisms that nearly killed him. This also led to an immune system that made him vulnerable to every bug that came myhisway and finally - the icing on the cake - a chemical dependency on so-called "safe" synthetic pain medication. For years, Seamus followed the advice of "experts" in the field and any time he suggested anything as radical as a "gluten-free diet" or perhaps acupuncture, he was told "...if you feel as though it helps, I don't have a problem with it, but there's no clinical data to support any claims around diet and rheumatoid arthritis." After doing a systemic cleanse, a gut biome reboot, following 6 months of a gut-healing protocol with regular acupuncture, a primarily ketogenic diet and regular exercise, Seamus started to see major improvements in his health. And he noticed this differnece not only in how he felt, but also had the empirical results of his bloodwork to back it up. Fast forward another 9 months and he is stronger and fitter than he's been in years. In his twenties I was was a semi-pro mountain biker, racing 40-50 races a year and while I'm not quite back at that fitness level, it's in my crosshairs to get there this year. You'll learn about lessons Seamus has learned along the way, including:

-How Seamus was saved at the last minute from a botched diagnosis and attempt to do massive pelvic surgery...

-A crazy but correct diagnosis that uncovered the true reason behind Seamus's auto-immune issues and extreme joint pain...

-How Seamus completely destroyed intestinal parasite issues, eliminated his gut inflammation and healed his digestive system...

-The alternative medical procedure Seamus used once a week to address both gut and joints at the same time...

-How Seamus reversed the damage caused by prednisone and chemo drugs...

-What exercises he does now that Seamus would have done differently 10 years ago to avoid getting two spinal surgeries later in life...

-Easy and delicious recipes you can use that are completely non-inflammatory and help to heal your gut...

-Biohacks that Seamus is using to prepare for La Ruta de los Conquistadores in October and the Absa Cape Epic in South Africa next year...

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

-Dr. Frank Lipman

-Bragg's apple cider vinegar

-Squatty potty

-Powerlung (use code BGF025 for 25% discount)

-Earthing sheet

-Biomat

-No Jet Lag

-Seamus's Manhattan Tertulia restaurant and El Colmado

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about this podcast with Chef Seamus Mullen? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and be sure to check out his excellent book: Hero Food, How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better!

Apr 5, 2014

Last week, in the post "21 Steps To Optimizing Your Diet And 11 Foods You Need To Stop Eating Now", you learned about the book "Deep Nutrition" and all about the concept of why your genes need traditional food.

Today, Deep Nutrition author and physician Dr. Cate Shanahan is featured on the podcast to delve into how the way your body interprets the food you eat in a way that you can make you either lean or fat - depending on your food choice. You're going to discover...

-Why information is more important than energy, and why calories don't count...

-The Deep Nutrition formula for weight loss...

-Why you'll never get on Baywatch without body fat...

-Why supplements don't work...

-The problem with distorted fats...

-Where stem cells fit in...

-Why starvation diets fail and moderation or small food portions are actually not a good idea...

-6 factors that make you build fat...

-6 factors that eliminate fat...

-How inflammation makes fat like cancer...

-Why you need to "feel" your exercise, even if it's aerobic...

-3 habits of successful exercisers...

-And much more!

If you have questions, comments or feedback about using food as fat loss language, leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and don't forget to grab Cate's book Deep Nutrition, which I highly recommend!

Apr 2, 2014

Apr 2, 2014 Podcast: 5 Ways To Get Better at Pull-Ups, Natural Gym Bag Deodorants, Maintaining Muscle When Fasting, Acne During Pregnancy, How To Exercise With A Foot Stress Fracture, Recovery Tips for Eye Surgery, and Nutrition for Liver Bilirubin.

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Listener Q&A:

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

5 Ways To Get Better at Pull-Ups

Phil asks: His wife has struggled with completing a proper push-up and a proper pull-up. He knows that this is often an issue for women (and also men) and is wondering if there are some exercises that people can do to gain the strength to complete a proper pushup or pullup?

In my response I recommend: -Perfect Pull-up bar -Perfirmer handles -Chin-Ups: 6 Tips to Help You Over the Bar (Neghar Fonooni)

Natural Gym Bag Deodorants

Jim asks: His fitness gear stinks. The moment any moisture hits his riding, running or yoga gear - it reeks. He is looking for some natural ways to clear his gear and make it smell better.

In my response I recommend: -Actionwipes -CoolFeet Powder (use 15% discount code 80244 at http://www.HammerNutrition.com) -My CreativeLIVE course

Maintaining Muscle When Fasting

Mark asks: He has just started Intermittent Fasting to lose some body fat. He is doing a daily 16 hour fast (eating all his calories in 8 an hour window). His workouts often happen in the morning, which his fasting time. He wants to know if he should have a protein shake after the workout to maintain muscle or skip it to maintain the fast?

In my response I recommend: -Master Amino Pattern -Concentrated greens (to balance pH). Recommend Enerprime (capsule) or Capragreens (low calorie powder) -Upgraded collagen

Acne During Pregnancy

Alexander asks: His girlfriend is in her 2nd trimester of her third pregnancy and is having trouble with an acne outbreak. She has cut down on almost all sugars, carbs and grains and there has been no change - she might even be getting worse. Any ideas of what else they could do?

In my response I recommend: -All the previous episodes we've done on Acne -Nutiva coconut oil -Thorne Prenatal

How To Exercise With A Foot Stress Fracture

Chris asks: She is 55 years old and has spiral fractured her 5th metatarsal and needs to stay off her foot for at least a month. She had been running and doing body weight workouts. Do you have any suggestions on how to do workouts without putting any weight on one foot?

In my response I recommend: -Stay Fit With an Ankle or Foot Injury article -Water running workouts

Recovery Tips for Eye Surgery

Keerthi asks: He is having PRK eye surgery next month where the corneal epithelium needs to be removed and regenerated. Do you have any recommendations of supplements he should take to recover faster? Maybe collagen? Also do you have any opinions of this surgery?

In my response I recommend: -The Vision Gym -Podcast #237 on eye surgery -this presentation on eye health from the Ancestral Health Symposium. -5:1 ratio of Lutein to Zeaxanthin -Fish Oil -Recoverease

Nutrition for Liver Bilirubin

George asks: He was born with Gilbert's syndrome. He has too much bilirubin in his liver. He's not sure if he should be concerned and wants to know if there are any nutritional guidelines he should be following.

In my response I recommend: -Bitters and Bile salts and Digestive Enzymes

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