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Dec 31, 2014

Dec 31, 2014 Podcast: Krill Oil vs. Fish Oil, How To Get Your Period Back, Yoga vs. Swimming, How To Reverse Damage Caused By Antidepressants, and Open Water Swimming 101. 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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This podcast is brought to you by Onnit. Just click here to see a video of Ben Greenfield and top Spartan athlete Hunter McIntyre punishing maces, steel bells, primal bells, medicine balls and much more. You save 10% at http://www.onnit.com/bengreenfield. The Obstacle Dominator training plan - has launched. Click here to get it now. This is going to make you tough as nails, give you a third lung, change your workouts forever, and thrust you into the fittest 99% of the population (probably the craziest and most nefarious thing Ben has ever created). On sale for $77 until Jan 15. January 30th - 31st, 2015: Ben will be speaking in Dubai - Talise Fitness and Jumeirah Emirates Towers, proudly invite you to take part in an exclusive two day seminar held by the renowned nutrition and fitness expert, best selling author, coach, speaker, ex-bodybuilder and Ironman triathlete, Ben Greenfield. Click here for all details. March 6-9, 2015: Come on the Spartan Cruise with Ben Greenfield and family! Use code BEN10 to save 10% when you book this cruise to a private island in the Bahamas for the ultimate tropical Spartan Race. This cruise includes free travel for kids and a kid's Spartan race, along with a sprint Spartan for the adults, tons of partying, beautiful beaches and new, exclusive island challenges. April 24-26th, 2015: Come hear Ben speak at PaleoFX 2015. Below is just a taste of what to expect at this can't-miss conference that is the Who's Who gathering of the Paleo movement, with world-class speakers including best-selling authors, physicians, nutritionists, research scientists, professional athletes, trainers, sustainability and food activists, biohackers, and more. 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! screenshot_1012

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Listener Q&A:

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

Krill Oil vs. Fish Oil

Randy says: Krill oil or fish oil? Which is best and why? Break it down for him.

In my response I recommend: -Superessentials or Thorne EPA, both available here.

How To Get Your Period Back

Pepper says: She liked your answer in Episode 301 to the question about coming off birth control. She has had trouble regulating her menstrual cycle since coming off Yasmin and is wonder what you think of Chasteberry as a way to help fix her cycle?

In my response I recommend: -Chasteberry on Amazon

Yoga vs. Swimming

Alice says: She is a 2:50 marathoner. She runs high mileage (80 miles a week) and her coach likes to give her swim workouts 3 times a week. She is burnt out on swimming (and it is winter and cold) and would rather do some hot yoga instead. Can she do hot yoga 3 times a week (intense, 1hr Flow classes) instead of the swims? Which would be more beneficial?

In my response I recommend: -TrainingMask.com (GREEN1 gives 20% discount)

How To Reverse Damage Caused By Antidepressants

Brian says: He has been on antidepressants for the last 10 years. For the last 5 years he was on heavy doses of Lexapro and Effexor. It worked well, did its job and he has been off for a couple years but he feels like his mental acuity is down and his sleep patterns are a wreck. Is there a way to put together a program to detox or if there are doctors who can handle this? Is this actually a thing?

In my response I recommend: -Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs book -Dr. Daniel Kalish is a real expert when it comes to neurotransmitter repletion therapy, and I’d highly recommend you visit the Kalish Institute website, read the Kalish Method book or speak with a licensed Kalish practitioner prior to experimenting too much with this stuff. Another very good resource to learn more about neurotransmitter repletion is NeuroAssist.com.

Open Water Swimming 101

Stephen says: He would like to get into more open water swimming. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina where it doesn't get too cold - water temp into the low 50s. Could you talk a little about hypothermia in connection with exercise? At what point should he be using a wetsuit? What style of wetsuit? Also do you have any wetsuit brand recommendations?

In my response I recommend: -Blue Seventy Helix -Swim Smooth Book
Dec 30, 2014

Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life - Chapter 10 “The Last Resource You’ll Ever Need To Get Better Sleep, Eliminate Insomnia, Conquer Jet Lag and Master The Nap: Part 2″

Dec 27, 2014

I was a bit jet-lagged, tired and slightly below my desired cognitive capacity prior to hopping on stage this year to speak at the Bulletproof Biohacking conference.

So as I wandered through the expo, I thought to myself - why not try a new-fangled smart drug I haven't tried before? As you'd probably suspect, that's not something I advise to do prior to getting on stage in front of hundreds of people, but I occasionally live life on the wild side, so I grabbed a handful of some stuff called "CILTEP" (which is basically a mix of artichoke extract and forskolin), washed it down with a glass of water, and then gave my presentation. I did not get sick, vomit, or die, and things went pretty well during the presentation. I also got an email a few weeks later from the folks at NaturalStacks (the developers of CILTEP) asking me if I'd like to interview their co-founder Roy Krebs, who is a former college football player, an ex-sushi chef, and is now in charge of helping to develop smart drugs and designed strategies for hard-charging individuals to mentally dominate cognitive tasks. Roy sounded like a fascinating guy, so I said yes.

And now you get to listen in to our discussion, during which I ask Roy: -How does one become a developer and designer of smart drugs? -What is your approach to developing a smart drug? -What are your top strategies for people to dominate cognitive tasks? -What's the best way to get things done faster: routine or randomness? -Do you use to-do lists, or do you just "flow"? -I've heard you're into sensory deprivation and float tanks. What's the best way to use those?

Resource we discuss in this episode: -CILTEP -FocusAtWill -RescueTime -Inversion Table -Marinara Timer for Pomodoro Technique -Float Seattle Do you have questions, comments or feedback about CILTEP, thinking faster, enhancing cognitive performance or anything else that Roy and I discuss? Leave your thoughts BenGreenfieldFitness.com.

Dec 24, 2014

A few weeks ago, while I was in Israel, I posted the photo above to my Instagram page, with the comment that...

"A Paleo person could never survive in Israel - local popped corn sprinkled with moss from the rooftop, freshly grown spelt and rye, falafel with soaked chickpeas, amazing lemons and guavas you simply bite through the skin, carob picked straight out of the desert, local raw sheep’s cheese and goat milk cheese sprinkled with fresh herbs, and omega-6 fatty acid packed tahinis blended with beets, freshly pressed olive oil and cilantro. Oh well. More for me."

I have to admit that I stuffed my face with huge portions of nearly every food listed above when I visited a home in Galilee for a traditional weekly Jewish Shabbat feast. During that dinner, I sat next to Uri Mayer-Chissick (also known as "The Israeli Locavore"), who is a food historian and wild edible plant expert, and we had an interesting about traditional agricultural foods like bread and cheese, and the surge in popularity of the strict avoidance of these foods by those who adhere to a "hunter-gatherer" Paleo-esque diet. Uri and I delve deeply into this discussion today's audio podcast.

screenshot_991And this guy is the real deal. Not only does he cook amazing food, but he also leads hikes and tours of the Israeli countryside to find local wild edible plants, and he teaches outdoor cooking classes, gives food history lectures and prepares gourmet meals in nature, reconstructing historical recipes with wild plants. When he's not traipsing through the valley of springs in north-eastern Israel with a pot and pan in his hand, Uri lectures about food, the history of local food preservation, ways that ancient medicine used nutrition as a way to achieve balance, and the traditions of foraging, healing and cooking in the Mediterranean and Middle-East. During our discussion, you'll learn: -How a Paleo diet that adheres to the philosophy of no-bread, no-grains, little to no dairy, etc. has been received in a Mediterranean culture where it seems that bread, legumes, wheat, cheese, etc. are such staples... -How “traditionally prepared” bread is so much different than modern bread, and how you can find or make easy-to-digest bread... -How you can prepare things like lentils and chickpeas to make them more friendly to the human gut... -What it is it some dairy causes health problems, but some dairy is no nourishing and digestible... -Why a rise in celiac disease is due to a difference in the way wheat is grown... -And much more!

Resources: -Nourishing Traditions -The Art of Fermentation -Goat whey protein -Vertical gardening towers By the way, even though I'm not Paleo, you can click here to come hear me speak at PaleoFX 2015, which is a Who’s Who gathering of the ancestral food and exercise movement, with world-class speakers including best-selling authors, physicians, nutritionists, research scientists, professional athletes, trainers, sustainability and food activists, biohackers, and more. Question, comments or feedback about the problem with Paleo? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com!

Dec 20, 2014

For the past 28 days, I've been trying out a new protocol.

Each of my days starts with about 5 minutes of a mobility overhaul program I've been following.

For example, on Mondays I do something called a "Couch Stretch", followed by a "Two-Ball Smash & Floss" on my shins. On Tuesdays, I have a T-Spine Global Smash and a Global Gut Smash. Wednesdays is a Plantar Blitzkrieg.

I've grabbed all these weird, new moves from page 250 in the new book "Ready to Run", in which author Kelly Starrett lays out a month long, day-by-day Mobility Overhaul Plan. Kelly, who is also the author of The New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller "Becoming A Supple Leopard", just wrote this new book for runners, and it's designed to help you cross the bridge from the injury-ridden world of the modern runner to the promised land that the new fad of barefoot running has led us to believe exists, to live a running life free from injury, to unlock all the athletic potential that may be hidden within and to allow you to run faster, more efficiently and for longer periods of time. Kelly travels the world teaching his wildly popular Crossfit Movement & Mobility Course and also works with elite Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard forces, athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and national and world ranked strength and power athletes. He also consults with Olympic teams and universities and is a featured speaker at strength and conditioning conferences nationwide. Kelly believes every human being should know how to move and be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves, and in our discussion we talk about neutral feet, flip-flops, couch stretching, VooDoo flossing, Kelly's daily mobility routine and much more!

Do you have questions, comments, or feedback about how to keep running from destroying your body? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and be sure to grab the new book "Ready To Run". Also, you can click here for the previous "How To Crush The Beef Jerky In Your Quads & Become A Supple Leopard" mobility podcast I recorded with Kelly last year. readytorun

Dec 20, 2014

Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life - Chapter 10 “The Last Resource You’ll Ever Need To Get Better Sleep, Eliminate Insomnia, Conquer Jet Lag and Master The Nap: Part 1″

Dec 17, 2014

Dec 17, 2014 Podcast: How to Use A Squatty Potty, How To Reverse Tooth Cavities, Natural Tooth Whitening Remedies, Does Roundup Cause Gluten Intolerance, What Is The Healthiest Cookware, and How To Prevent Overheating During Exercise.

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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News Flashes:

You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on Twitter.com/BenGreenfield, Facebook.com/BGFitness and Google+.

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Special Announcements:

This podcast is brought to you by Onnit. Just click here to see a video of Ben Greenfield and top Spartan athlete Hunter McIntyre punishing maces, steel bells, primal bells, medicine balls and much more. You save 10% at http://www.onnit.com/bengreenfield.

December 15-19, 2014: Ben interviews 24 of the world's leading experts in performance, recovery, nutrition, fat loss, brain, sleep and hormone optimization, and you get a free all-access pass. Check it out now at BenGreenfieldFitness.com/RevYourself.

January 30th - 31st, 2015: Ben will be speaking in Dubai - Talise Fitness and Jumeirah Emirates Towers, proudly invite you to take part in an exclusive two day seminar held by the renowned nutrition and fitness expert, best selling author, coach, speaker, ex-bodybuilder and Ironman triathlete, Ben Greenfield. Click here for all details.

March 6-9, 2015: Come on the Spartan Cruise with Ben Greenfield and family! Use code BEN10 to save 10% when you book this cruise to a private island in the Bahamas for the ultimate tropical Spartan Race. This cruise includes free travel for kids and a kid's Spartan race, along with a sprint Spartan for the adults, tons of partying, beautiful beaches and new, exclusive island challenges.

April 24-26th, 2015: Come hear Ben speak at PaleoFX 2015. Below is just a taste of what to expect at this can't-miss conference that is the Who's Who gathering of the Paleo movement, with world-class speakers including best-selling authors, physicians, nutritionists, research scientists, professional athletes, trainers, sustainability and food activists, biohackers, and more. 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! screenshot_987

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Listener Q&A:

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

How to Use A Squatty Potty

Jeff says: During your presentation at the Unbeatable Mind Retreat, you briefly touched on how something like the Squatty Potty can help align your body for better pooping... but somehow a number of audience members got the wrong idea about how it works and thought it was more like a child's potty or a commode that needed to be emptied into the toilet. So, when you mentioned that when you are travelling you just drag a hotel room chair in to the bathroom to use, people were horrified/perplexed. Can you explain how it REALLY works so everyone is not terrified to stay in a hotel room after you?

In my response I recommend: -The Squatty Potty

How To Reverse Tooth Cavities

Anne says: She recently went to the dentist and found out that she has a cavity forming between two of her back teeth. The cavity is just in the enamel, so she doesn't need a filling. The dentist said that these types of cavities can stabilize or even reverse. Do you have any suggestion on how to stop this cavity from getting worse or even help reverse it?

In my response I recommend: -Cure Tooth Decay book

Natural Tooth Whitening Remedies

Ellie says: She has a vanity question - do you have any natural remedies for whitening your teeth? She has heard that the over the counter whitening strips can really damage your body. Is there a better way to improve your finish line photo smile?

In my response I recommend: -Charcoal Tooth Powder -WaterPik

Does Roundup Cause Gluten Intolerance?

Deb says: She was recently reading information about Roundup (Glyphosate) and how that may be the reason why so many people think they are gluten intolerant but may just be ingesting some pretty toxic chemicals. She is celiac and so doesn't believe in gluten anyway...but is interested to know your thoughts on the potential issues with Roundup.

In my response I recommend: -Activated charcoal

What Is The Healthiest Cookware?

Jerrod says: (He saw you in Vermont by the memory test before the rope climb. He wants you to get out for the ultra beast.) He spent stupid amounts of money on "good" pots and pans that turned out to be total crap and is wondering what he really should be using to cook with. What kinds of pots and pans do you use (or do you just put things on a stick over a fire, now that you live in the forest)? He is worried about the potential stuff that is seeping into his food.

In my response I recommend: -Cast Iron Cookware -MetalFree link

How To Prevent Overheating During Exercise.

John says: A couple weeks ago he suffered severe heat stroke after a marathon. His temperature reached 108 degrees, they packed him in ice and it took 20 minutes to get back down to 102 degrees. The doc said he showed signs of heart problems and maybe stroke. His vitals returned to normal after a couple hours but he has had a constant head ache for 10 days. Is there anything he can do to avoid this overheating issue in the future? Hydration or electrolytes? Also he wants to make sure that he is ok (especially the heart issues or stroke) and would like to know what types of checkups/tests he should get to make sure he didn't do any permanent damage.

In my response I recommend: -The Hidden "Heart" Chapter in Beyond Training Book -Gatorade Sport Science Institute article
Dec 13, 2014

Last month, I read one of the best scientific treatises on cramping that I've ever seen. The title of the article was "Cramping In Sports: Beyond Dehydration", and was written by today's podcast guest, Andrew Buskard.

If you've ever scratched your head about why the heck you won't stop cramping during your workouts or races, this episode is for you! During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why a cramp during exercise is way different than a medically associated cramp... -What's really happening inside your body when you cramp... -Why the traditional theories of what causes exercise associated muscle cramping are incorrect or have been mostly disproven... -Why neurologically related cramps are the primary cause of cramping during exercise... -Why simply tasting something very salty can reverse a cramp... -How your environment, your relaxation level and even your genetics can affect your susceptibility to cramping... -Strategies to stop cramping when you have adequate electrolytes and hydration but you're still cramping...

Do you have more questions about why cramping really happens? Leave your comments and thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com.

Dec 10, 2014

Last week, I spoke at former Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine's Unbeatable Mind Summit. During my presentation, I showed how to stop electrical pollution, enhance your cognitive performance, detox your surroundings, and do everything possible to create an unbeatable environment in your bedroom, kitchen, gym, office and bathroom. In today's podcast, you get to sit in and listen to the whole presentation. Click here to download the slides, and see below for all the resources. Enjoy!

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Resources For Your Bedroom

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Resources For Your Office

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Resources For Your Kitchen

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Resources For Your Gym

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Resources For Your Bathroom

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Questions, comments or feedback? Leave your thoughts below!

Dec 10, 2014

Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life - Chapter 9 “The 7 Best Stress-Fighting Weapons That Will Make Your Mind-Body Connection 100% Bulletproof”

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