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Feb 28, 2015

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If you want to know if you have a hormonal imbalance, test your hormones, or fix your hormones, you'll definitely want to tune into this episode!

Let's start here: I get tons of questions from listeners "Down Under" about where to get things like blood, gut and hormone testing done.

After a bunch of searching and talking to a some of my trusted Australian friends, I discovered Dr. Michael Smith from PlanetNaturopath.com.

Dr. Smith is a Naturopath and Kalish Method Functional Medicine Practitioner who specializes in hormonal disorders, adrenal, thyroid and digestive function. He works with clients from the chronically ill to athletes wanting to improve performance and does consultations face-to-face in Australia, and also via Skype or phone.

During our discussion, you'll find out:

-What exactly a Kalish practitioner...

-The 4 different hormone imbalances in seemingly healthy people...

-Why having normal progesterone could not be enough if your cortisol is also high...

-Why you don't have to be the stereotypical "fat" woman to have estrogen excess...

-How low estrogen can be just as big a problem as high estrogen, and what type of soy products you should be eating for low estrogen...

-Why you can have normal hormone levels for most hormones, but low DHEA...

-When high testosterone can be an problem...

Resources Michael and I discuss in this episode:

-KalishInstitute.com

-Michael's website PlanetNaturopath.com - mention this podcast episode and you get $50 off a "Hormone Package", which includes a one hour consult, an adrenal test and saliva sex hormone test.

-Progesterone drops for increasing progesterone.

-Mountain Rose Herbs - (look for Vitex or Chastetree for increasing progesterone).

-Calcium d-glucarate for estrogen excess.

-Curcumin, transdermal magnesium and adaptogenic herbs like TianChi.

-Peony, licorice and inositol for high testosterone.

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about salivary hormone testing or the 4 hormonal balances that we discussed? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com!

Feb 25, 2015

Feb 25, 2015 Podcast: How To Get Kids To Grow As Tall As Possible, How To Handle House Guests Who Don't Eat Healthy, Can Ketosis Cause Dental Plaque, and 5 Ways To Naturally Fuel For A Soccer Match.

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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March 3, Tuesday, 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern: This month's Inner Circle workshop is our quarterly "Winter 2015 What's Working Now Show", in which you get to join Ben and Jessa as they talk about the latest workouts, fitness gear, nutrition supplements, recipes, anti-aging strategies, biohacks, healthy kid tips, and more - along with your questions and answers!

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 13-16, 2015: Ben is speaking at New Media Expo, where the world's top bloggers, podcasters and content creators teach you how to make money by creating content online, and how to enhance your blog, your podcast, your videos and any other media you create online. Better yet, you can come and attend the conference, then join Ben at Spartan Vegas on April 17! Click here to register for New Media Expo and use code "bgreenfield20" to get 20% off the current pricing.

April 24-26th, 2015: Come hear Ben and Jessa speak at PaleoFX 2015. The 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 (including Jessa's "Whipped Up Homemade Heavy Body and Face Lotion." and Ben's potentially offensive Pecha Kucha presentation).

May 1-3, 2015: Ben is speaking at Ari Meisel's Less Doing Conference, the year's top conference for learning about things like how to manage your email inbox, hack productivity, enhance your cognitive performance, learn how to use the latest and greatest phone apps and productivity software, free up as much time as possible, and much more! Click here to get more details and to book a free productivity call with Ari. 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 and Audio Ninja.

How To Get Kids To Grow As Tall As Possible

Tony says: He is wondering if you know of any tips, nutrition advice or biohacks that can help his 14-year-old son reach his full height potential. He has become quite the athlete and wants to play football in high school.

In my response, I recommend: -Deep Nutrition by Cate Shanahan -Kids Liquid Multivitamin -Smarty Pants Kids Multivitamin

What To Do About Snapping Hip Syndrome

Tyler says: He has what is called "Snapping Hip Syndrome." Basically, when he is laying on his back and he lowers his left leg, just before the foot meets the ground he hears a loud clunking sound. He also has limited movement in his psoas which causes his opposite hip to overcompensate when he does any long distances. What would you do to help or release this impingement issue in his hip... he already does the usual smashing and stretching religiously.

 

How To Handle House Guests Who Don't Eat Healthy

Carrie says: She wants to know how you and Jessa handle having house guests who don't share the same dietary concerns and habits as you. She is finding it harder and harder to cook for other people. She gets tired of telling house guests to bring things like juice, bread, a toaster and that sort of stuff when they come to visit.

In my response, I recommend: -The book Never Eat Alone -The book Mastermind Dinners

Can Ketosis Cause Dental Plaque?

Will says: He likes to keep himself in mild ketosis because it helps with his ADHD and other things but he has noticed that he is getting a lot more dental plaque. Is that related to ketosis or is he imagining things?

In my response, I recommend: -WaterPik

5 Ways To Naturally Fuel For A Soccer Match

Julian says: He is wondering how you would fuel for a soccer match. Any supplements or gels? UCAN? The game has 2 x 45min halves and a 20 minute  half time. He knows you talk a lot about triathlon fueling but what about field sports? Football or even basketball?

In my response, I recommend: -Frequent glycolytic surges combined with rapid fueling... -Chia seeds + honey + sea salt in water bottle (prefer coconut water). -Natural Force Raw Tea before, Iskiate Endurance during and Recovery after. “BEN10” will get you 10% off all supplements there. -UCAN + MCT oil + amino acids + electrolytes as described in this post. -Fat based energy gels at 1-2/hour. -"Acceptable" energy bar (e.g. Onnit Hemp Force, BonkBreaker, Hammer - 15% discount code 80244 at HammerNutrition.com, Epic Bar, Pemmican, etc.).
Feb 21, 2015

Dr. Tim Jackson - a medical ninja when it comes to nutritional biochemistry, digestive health, methylation and genetic testing and functional endocrinology - is no stranger to BenGreenfieldFitness.com.

He penned the article that first appeared here entitled "Blame the Bugs: How Stealth Pathogens Are Making You Fat, Tired, and Brain Dead.", and also "Broken Gut to Big Butt: How A Busted Digestive System Can Make You Hormonally Fat."

And now Dr. Tim is back with a vengeance. Just when I thought I knew everything there was to know about detoxification and detox diets, Tim began dropping knowledge bombs like xenobiotics, depuration, miasm, emunctory, and even drainage (yuk!). I had to get him on the podcast to open your eyes about what's really happening inside your body when you detox...or when you don't.

So when it comes to detox, what you're about to hear is like no other podcast I've ever done on the topic, so strap on your earphones and prepare to learn: -Why the pH of your blood is just ONE part of proper acid/alkaline balance... -Why detoxification can destroy you if you don't do a few other important things first... -The three different ways to truly test your body and see if you even need to detox... -Which organs detox your body (it's not just your liver and kidney!)... -Where homeopathic medicine fits in... -And much more!

Resources from this episode: -ZytoScan -Asyra Testing -EAV Screening -Autonomic Response Testing -Seroyal's "UNDA" homeopathic remedies and supplements -Seroyal's Dr. Dixon Thom

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Tim or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com.

Feb 18, 2015

Feb 18, 2015 Podcast: Can A Low Heart Rate Be Unhealthy, Does A Training Mask Make You Slower, What Is Chaga, The Best Ways To Build Balance, and What Is The Best Kind Of Cinnamon.

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 Casper. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting www.casper.com/ben and using promo code ben.

March 3, Tuesday, 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern: This month's Inner Circle workshop is our quarterly "Winter 2015 What's Working Now Show", in which you get to join Ben and Jessa as they talk about the latest workouts, fitness gear, nutrition supplements, recipes, anti-aging strategies, biohacks, healthy kid tips, and more - along with your questions and answers!

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 13-16, 2015: Ben is speaking at New Media Expo, where the world's top bloggers, podcasters and content creators teach you how to make money by creating content online, and how to enhance your blog, your podcast, your videos and any other media you create online. Better yet, you can come and attend the conference, then join Ben at Spartan Vegas on April 17! Click here to register for New Media Expo and use code "bgreenfield20" to get 20% off the current pricing.

April 24-26th, 2015: Come hear Ben speak at PaleoFX 2015. The 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.

May 1-3, 2015: Ben is speaking at Ari Meisel's Less Doing Conference, the year's top conference for learning about things like how to manage your email inbox, hack productivity, enhance your cognitive performance, learn how to use the latest and greatest phone apps and productivity software, free up as much time as possible, and much more! Click here to get more details and to book a free productivity call with Ari.

The Ben Greenfield Experience is now available for either May 15-17 weekend or May 22-24 weekend (you choose): This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to be completely immersed in Ben’s unique combination of healthy, ancestral living and cutting-edge biohacking. Total cost is 10K for entire weekend(Fri/Sat/Sun) - includes yoga, workouts, food, and the full learning and living experience. You’ll leave completely equipped with everything you need to know to reinvent your home, your body and your life. The entire experience takes place at the Greenfield home in the forest, which is completely biohacked to support optimum human biology, including 100% organic and green experience with zero electrical pollution, allergen-free materials, natural mattresses, circadian rhythm matched lighting and much more - including: -Outdoor obstacle course on 10 acres of forest, with nature walking trails, climbing wall, rope traverses, spear throws, sandbag carries, Tarzan swing, monkey bars, mountain bikes, woodchopping and everything you need for the ultimate outdoor fitness experience. -Completely outfitted gym with power lifting rack, indoor swim trainer, hypoxic air generator, bike trainer, elevation training mask, luxury Tru-Form running treadmill, outdoor yoga patio and much more. -Cold thermogenesis endless swimming pool with chlorine-free, naturally ozone-treated hot tub for a one-of-a-kind outdoor, winter forest swimming and soaking body treatment. -Plenty of biohacks to play with, including a recovery-enhancing Biomat, infrared lighting, electrostimulation, inversion table, power lung, and ore. -Locally-sourced, natural and nourishing food from over a dozen nearby organic farms and Ben’s goats, chickens, organic vegetable garden, along with filtered, structured and deeply hydrating well water. -Giant living room with wood burning stove and enormous oak table for learning, socializing, working, eating and relaxing. -Outdoor obstacle course workouts, hiking excursions, yoga and high performance living led by America’s top personal trainer. E-mail ben at bengreenfieldfitness.com if you are interested, and Ben will set up a private phone call with you to discuss details and your eligibility.

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 and Audio Ninja.

Can A Low Heart Rate Be Unhealthy?

Ben says: When he woke up yesterday his heart rate was 38bpm. He knows having a lower hr is good but lately it seems that the more rest days he takes, the lower it gets. Is this a sign of overtraining? He is a little worried about that. He is a skateboarder, spin instructor, personal trainer, teaches aerobics and is pretty active.

 

Does A Training Mask Make You Slower?

Jeff says: He wants to understand the effects of the TrainingMask better. When he uses it for a shorter run (like a 3 mile training run) his legs feel really heavy. He assumes that is the lactic acid build up? Can you explain how this is working?

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

What is Chaga?

Dan says: He wants to know more about Chaga. It allegedly has cancer fighting properties as well as a huge load of antioxidants. Is this true? Is this something he should be adding it to his list of supplements?

In my response I recommend: -FourSigmaFoods Chaga Tea

The Best Ways To Build Balance

Steve says: He is a 3 event water ski athlete and he is looking for some help with his balance (a big part of what he does). Do you have any good ideas on vestibular and somatosensory training?

In my response I recommend: -Z-Health and my podcast with Eric Cobb -Kybun desk mat

What Is The Best Kind Of Cinnamon?

Laurie says: She recently heard that there are different types of cinnamon out there. She knows that it can help with blood sugar and wanted to find out what type of cinnamon we should be eating and adding to our food to get this benefit.

 

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Feb 14, 2015

Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life - Chapter 13 “How Much Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat You Need To Stay Lean, Stay Sexy and Perform Like A Beast?″

Feb 14, 2015
I think I first heard it from a Navy SEAL that "Strong People Are Harder To Kill".
 
And you're going to learn all about why that is in today's podcast, with my guest Keith Norris.
 
At 15, Texan Keith was already involved in one of the premier fitness and weight training scenes in the country ­­ Powerhouse Gym, a legendary bodybuilding, training, and powerlifting mecca in San Antonio that launched the careers of athletes like Ms. Olympia Rachel McLish, Lori Bowen-­Rice, Jeep Swenson and many others.
 
A knee injury derailed Keith’s career as a linebacker at Texas State, but his experience rehabbing and working with some of the best strength coaches in the country continued to increase his interest in intelligent body development. In the mid 90s Keith competed in AAU Bodybuilding and won the title of Mr. Virginia and runner-up to Mr. America.
 
In 2010, after navigating a successful 9­ year military and 15 ­year corporate career, Keith was finally able to follow up on his lifelong dedication to training and come on board Efficient Exercise as a partner and regional manager.Keith, along with his wife, Michelle are two Their tireless work promoting Paleo principles is what allowed them to reach out to Paleo celebrities like Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson to pull together 2012 & 2013’s super symposiums, Paleo f(x)™. Anyone who attended Paleo f(x)™ could quickly see from the line of athletes, peers, and wide­-eyed newbies that lined up to speak to Keith, after his presentations, that he is truly on the pulse of new exciting developments in the fitness field.Along with his wife Michelle, Keith also blogs at "Ancestral Momentum ­- Theory to Practice" and is one of the leading figures in the exploding Paleo nutrition and health movement as the founder of the Paleo f(x) conference.
In this episode, you'll learn:
 
-Why “strong people are harder to kill”...
 
-How women and endurance athletes can keep from getting bulky when getting strong...
 
-Keith's unique approach to building strength and how to match your body's force production curve...
 
-How you can strike a balance between constantly being in an anabolic state, and the life extending benefits of things like intermittent fasting and calorie restriction...
 
-How many sets and reps you need to get as strong as possible...
 
-The best supplements for strength building...
 
Resources Keith and I discuss during this episode include:
 
-Paleo f(x), April 24-26th 2015. The 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.
 
-ARXFit.com strength training equipment.
 
-CREO2 Creatine (use 50% discount code MSTBG09).
 
 
Do you have questions about how to get strong, or why strong people are harder to kill? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com.
Feb 11, 2015

Feb 11, 2015 Podcast.

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 Harrys Shaving. Visit Harrys.com and get $5 off with discount code BEN.

Obstacle Dominator Giveaway! Win the craziest, most amazing and challenging blend of workouts, fueling, and training and racing advice Ben Greenfield and Hunter McIntyre have ever created at the Obstacle Dominator Giveaway (ObstacleDominator.com/giveaway).

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 13-16, 2015: Ben is speaking at New Media Expo, where the world's top bloggers, podcasters and content creators teach you how to make money by creating content online, and how to enhance your blog, your podcast, your videos and any other media you create online. Better yet, you can come and attend the conference, then join Ben at Spartan Vegas on April 17! Click here to register for New Media Expo and use code "bgreenfield20" to get 20% off the current pricing.

April 24-26th, 2015: Come hear Ben speak at PaleoFX 2015. The 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.

May 1-3, 2015: Ben is speaking at Ari Meisel's Less Doing Conference, the year's top conference for learning about things like how to manage your email inbox, hack productivity, enhance your cognitive performance, learn how to use the latest and greatest phone apps and productivity software, free up as much time as possible, and much more! Click here to get more details and to book a free productivity call with Ari.

The Ben Greenfield Experience is now available for either May 15-17 weekend or May 22-24 weekend (you choose): This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to be completely immersed in Ben’s unique combination of healthy, ancestral living and cutting-edge biohacking. Total cost is 10K for entire weekend(Fri/Sat/Sun) - includes yoga, workouts, food, and the full learning and living experience. You’ll leave completely equipped with everything you need to know to reinvent your home, your body and your life. The entire experience takes place at the Greenfield home in the forest, which is completely biohacked to support optimum human biology, including 100% organic and green experience with zero electrical pollution, allergen-free materials, natural mattresses, circadian rhythm matched lighting and much more - including: -Outdoor obstacle course on 10 acres of forest, with nature walking trails, climbing wall, rope traverses, spear throws, sandbag carries, Tarzan swing, monkey bars, mountain bikes, woodchopping and everything you need for the ultimate outdoor fitness experience. -Completely outfitted gym with power lifting rack, indoor swim trainer, hypoxic air generator, bike trainer, elevation training mask, luxury Tru-Form running treadmill, outdoor yoga patio and much more. -Cold thermogenesis endless swimming pool with chlorine-free, naturally ozone-treated hot tub for a one-of-a-kind outdoor, winter forest swimming and soaking body treatment. -Plenty of biohacks to play with, including a recovery-enhancing Biomat, infrared lighting, electrostimulation, inversion table, power lung, and ore. -Locally-sourced, natural and nourishing food from over a dozen nearby organic farms and Ben’s goats, chickens, organic vegetable garden, along with filtered, structured and deeply hydrating well water. -Giant living room with wood burning stove and enormous oak table for learning, socializing, working, eating and relaxing. -Outdoor obstacle course workouts, hiking excursions, yoga and high performance living led by America’s top personal trainer. E-mail ben at bengreenfieldfitness.com if you are interested, and Ben will set up a private phone call with you to discuss details and your eligibility.

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 and Audio Ninja.

Fexaramine For Fat Loss

Sebastian says: He has been reading about this miracle weight loss pill called Fexaramine. He is curious what you think about it. He doesn't want to take it (he is not overweight) but he would like to know more about it.

In my response I recommend: Fang S, Suh JM, Reilly SM, Yu E, Osborn O, Lackey D et al. (January 2015). "Intestinal FXR agonism promotes adipose tissue browning and reduces obesity and insulin resistance". Nat. Med. doi:10.1038/nm.3760. PMID 25559344.

Can Running Make Your Boobs Smaller?

Alexander says: His girlfriend wants to increase her running and aerobic exercise volume but is worried that her "really sexy boobs will start to decline." What are you suggestions to help solve this problem? ** Note: he is italian and is pretty hilarious.

 

Does Himalayan Salt Have Dangerous Amounts of Oxidized Iron?

Cathy says: She knows you are a big fan of eating mineral rich salt and she 'gets that' but lately she has been hearing that the Himalayan salt is coloured pink because it contains iron that is oxidized. Wouldn't that make it unhealthy? How accurate is that?

In my response I recommend: -Aztecan Salt

Staying Fit During Long Road Trips

Dan says: He wants to know what you, Ben, would do if you had to drive 1000 miles in a car. He has to take a trip soon and wants to know how to minimize soreness, aches and pains and all that stuff. Would you take several days off prior to the trip and do a bunch of stretching and yoga or would you train hard the day before and call the trip a rest day? Side note: he has Lyme Disease and Leaky Gut. He is getting better but not there yet.

In my response I recommend: -Compex or MarcPro ($32 discount at http://www.MarcPro.com with discount code "Ben") -PowerLung (use code BGF025 for 25% discount) -110% Compression Gear (use 10% discount code GREENFIELD) -Hardest Workout In The World

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Feb 8, 2015

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Dec 19, 2012 free podcast: What Is The Best Way To Track Heart Rate Variability (HRV)? Also: what is glutathione, the least amount of exercise necessary for good health, how to minimize stress from travel, how and when to swim with a snorkel, how to deal with a foot neuroma, and how antacids and ADHD medications affect exercise. 

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New camps announced: - February 22 to 28, 2013: Winter Triathlon Camp in Austin. - March 2-8: Winter Triathlon Camp in Florida. - Week of March 17: Wildflower camp - details TBA - Vietnam Trip: April 14 - details TBA - "The Laguna Lang Co Triathlon aims to build on the success of its sister event, the legendary Laguna Phuket Triathlon. The triathlon will be comprised of a 1.8k Swim, 62k Bike and 12k Run. A triathlon Team Relay, a Duathlon and a Fun Run will round off the event program." Register for the race. - Ben's Annual Trip to Thailand: Nov-Dec 2013 - details TBA, but e-mail ben@bengreenfieldfitness.com if you want in because it will fill fast.

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As compiled, edited and sometimes read by Brock, the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast "sidekick".

Audio Question from Annie @ 00:18:44 Wants to learn more about glutathione. Will it protect the brain if it is taken by IV before and after surgery? ~ In my response, I mention acetyl-glutathione. And combining a full spectrum antioxidant such as Lifeshotz with a liver cleanse such as CapraCleanse.

Audio Question from Debbie @ 00:29:33 Wants to know what the least amount of time is that she needs to workout to maintain a good level of fitness and health. She doesn't race or compete and also doesn't have a lot of extra time in her day. She is currently following Ben's "Shape 21" workout program.

Craig asks @ 00:40:45 I have both an EmWave 2 and an iThlete. How do you use your EmWave to help you determine whether or not you are overtraining? I use the iThlete for this purpose but it sounds like you prefer the EmWave 2. Also, I travel nearly every week and find it stressful. A friend asked me "why is it stressful?" I wasn't sure how to respond. In your opinion, why is travel stressful and what can you do to mitigate this? ~ Craig is referring to this emWave2. In my response to Craig I recommend SweetBeat HRV monitoring, for which you need: phone app, chest strap, and ant+ adapter. I also recommend the Stress Check app from Azumio.

Kathy wrote @ 00:52:46 Ben, I heard you mention that you've been swimming with a snorkel after a podcast guest said he uses one for training.  I was in a bike accident not too long ago and fractured a couple of vertebrae.  I get a little achy from the twisting motion of breathing while swimming, so lately, I've been doing most of my swimming with a snorkel. I have noticed I have more feel for body position. But I've also found that I'm slower by 5 sec/100m, which I find surprising.  Perhaps I'm not rotating enough, since I'm not breathing to the side?  Any thoughts on that or additional advice on training with a snorkel? ~ In my response to Kathy, I mention this Finis snorkel.

Tricia asks @ 00:57:28 I have neuromas in both of my feet that only bother me when I run. I have been seeing a podiatrist for about 4 months and have been getting a series of "alcohol" based shots. I also have custom orthotics for my running shoes. I have had some improvement from the shots but still have some discomfort. Surgery is my next option and I wanted to know your thoughts on neuroma surgery and recovery and if I could do both feet at once? ~ In my response to Tricia, I mention metatarsal buttons, metatarsal pads, and orthotics.

Jim wrote @ 01:02:16 Hey, could you talk about in an upcoming podcast about what the prescriptions Prilosec (omeprazole) for acid reflux and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) for ADHD do to athletes? I am mainly a road bicycle racer, but do a duathlon and triathlon every so often. ~ In my response to Jim, I reference this paper on ADHD treatment. I also recommend reviewing this free book on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. And also: - 2 to 4 scoops CapraColostrum per day - 4 to 6 drops oil of oregano per day, 1-3x/day - Hydrochloric acid – start at 1 and work up to 5-7x650mg/day. Recommend NOW Foods Betaine HCL. - If H. Pylori, include 2-3 capsules mastic gum per day. Recommend Jarrow Formulas Mastic Gum. - Bitters. Recommend Floradix Herbal Bitters, 1-2 servings daily. Regarding ADHD, I also mention some of my recommended brain supplements, including these Brain (supplements): - 1 TianChi per day (Chinese Adaptogenic Herb complex) on empty stomach - 2 to 6g/day triglyceride based fish oil – recommend SuperEssentials - Acetyl-L-carnitine – 500mg, 1x/day – recommend 1-2 servings “NutraRev” per day - Alpha-lipoic-acid, 100mg, 1x/day - recommend 1-2 servings “NutraRev” per day - For depression/lack of motivation – 3000mg Tyrosine + 300mg 5-HTP It is HIGHLY recommended that you do neurotransmitter testing before experimenting with these particular supplements, but for neurotransmitter balance (behavioral issues, depression, etc.), you can start with 4 NeuroReplete (to balance catecholamines and increase serotonin), twice daily (in the AM and at 4 PM) with 2 CysReplete (for L-Cysteine to increase catecholamine synthesis or when using D-5 Mucuna), three times daily (the first dose at noon). Read the Kalish Method book or talk to Ben before experimenting too much with this stuff.

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Feb 7, 2015

In Podcast #305, I broached the controversial topic of vaccines by discussing alternative vaccination schedules. That set off a firestorm of discussion on the Facebook page and my Twitter feed, so in today's episode I've decided to revisit the topic, and you're about to take a deep dive into the world of vaccines, learn the shocking truth about vaccinations, and get everything you need to know to make an educated choice about vaccines.

My guest on today's show is Stephanie Seneff, who is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. For over three decades, her research interests have always been at the intersection of biology and computation: developing a computational model for the human auditory system, understanding human language so as to develop algorithms and systems for human computer interactions, as well as applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to gene predictions.

But in recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused her research interests back towards biology. She is concentrating mainly on the relationship between nutrition and health. Since 2011, she has written over a dozen papers (7 as first author) in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer, autism, cardiovascular diseases), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

-How the history of vaccinations is much, much different than what we've been led to believe...

-Why kids actually need to get measles, mumps and rubella... -How vaccines can cause a sulfate deficiency and why that's a problem...

-The truth about the Andrew Wakefield, vaccines and autism scandal...

-Why mercury and aluminum aren't really a problem when it comes to MMR vaccines, and what really is the problem...

-What you need to know about ingredients like thimerosal and formaldehyde...

-Alternatives to vaccines for yourself, for children and for babies...

Resources from this episode:

-Suzanne Humphries - Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History (book)

-List of foods that contain glyphosate, including corn, soy, canola and sugar beets (article)

-VAERs database of adverse reactions to vaccinates (website)

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about vaccines? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and either Stephanie or I will reply.

Feb 4, 2015

Feb 4, 2015 Podcast: How To Measure Your Neurotransmitters, Downhill Running Tips, Is Kratom A Healthy Sleep Aid, Why Weightlifting Shoes Have An Elevated Heel, and What It Means If Just One Of Your Armpits Smell.

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May 1-3, 2015: Ben is speaking at Ari Meisel's Less Doing Conference, the year's top conference for learning about things like how to manage your email inbox, hack productivity, enhance your cognitive performance, learn how to use the latest and greatest phone apps and productivity software, free up as much time as possible, and much more! Click here to get more details and to book a free productivity call with Ari.

The Ben Greenfield Experience is now available for either May 15-17 weekend or May 22-24 weekend (you choose): This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to be completely immersed in Ben’s unique combination of healthy, ancestral living and cutting-edge biohacking. Total cost is 10K for entire weekend(Fri/Sat/Sun) - includes yoga, workouts, food, and the full learning and living experience. You’ll leave completely equipped with everything you need to know to reinvent your home, your body and your life. The entire experience takes place at the Greenfield home in the forest, which is completely biohacked to support optimum human biology, including 100% organic and green experience with zero electrical pollution, allergen-free materials, natural mattresses, circadian rhythm matched lighting and much more - including: -Outdoor obstacle course on 10 acres of forest, with nature walking trails, climbing wall, rope traverses, spear throws, sandbag carries, Tarzan swing, monkey bars, mountain bikes, woodchopping and everything you need for the ultimate outdoor fitness experience. -Completely outfitted gym with power lifting rack, indoor swim trainer, hypoxic air generator, bike trainer, elevation training mask, luxury Tru-Form running treadmill, outdoor yoga patio and much more. -Cold thermogenesis endless swimming pool with chlorine-free, naturally ozone-treated hot tub for a one-of-a-kind outdoor, winter forest swimming and soaking body treatment. -Plenty of biohacks to play with, including a recovery-enhancing Biomat, infrared lighting, electrostimulation, inversion table, power lung, and ore. -Locally-sourced, natural and nourishing food from over a dozen nearby organic farms and Ben’s goats, chickens, organic vegetable garden, along with filtered, structured and deeply hydrating well water. -Giant living room with wood burning stove and enormous oak table for learning, socializing, working, eating and relaxing. -Outdoor obstacle course workouts, hiking excursions, yoga and high performance living led by America’s top personal trainer. E-mail ben at bengreenfieldfitness.com if you are interested, and Ben will set up a private phone call with you to discuss details and your eligibility.

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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 Measure Your Neurotransmitters.

Karin says: She wants to know what you think of the Pharmasan Labs Urinalysis kit for measuring neurotransmitters. She ordered one from her naturopath but then heard it as a scam. She is trying to manage her anxiety naturally.

In my response I recommend: -Primal Body-Primal Mind (pages 279-284) -using mood/symptomatic screening to guide amino acid supplementation with something like Aminos or MAP

Downhill Running Tips.

Downhill Girl says: She has spent her off season recovering from an IT Band issue (fixing some muscle imbalances) and is now training for a spring marathon. Her A-Race has a lot of downhill and she is worried about re-injuring her IT band by actually training on hills. Are there other ways to train for downhill running other than running downhill?

 

Is Kratom A Healthy Sleep Aid?

Abby says: She is wondering if she should be worried about using Kratom as a sleep aid. She has tried almost everything else - but this plant actually works for her. She has read some scary stuff online about it. Should she be worried?

In my response I recommend: -Vapor Boost Sweet Dreams blend -Valerian Root

Why Weightlifting Shoes Have An Elevated Heel.

Cory says: He would like to know why powerlifting shoes have an elevated heel. Wouldn't that promote Achilles tightness and change your biomechanics? Also, when you squat do you do it with no shoes on - for increased foot strength and balance?

 

What It Means If Just One Of Your Armpits Smell.

Allie says: She knows we like poop questions but here is a pit question. She doesn't wear deodorant and doesn't usually have an issue with BO but when she gets stressed or excited she notices that only one of her armpits gets smelly. Why would it only be one? She is glad to have people like us to ask these types of pressing questions ;)

 
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