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Nov 28, 2015

Last year, my friend Skye Chilton visited my house. One night, he sat down at my kitchen table and spread out an array of colorful mushrooms, including cordyceps, a mushroom well-known for it's athletic performance enhancing capabilities (and one that I recently tweeted this study about). "Taste this." Skye said, as he handed me a standard, commercial cordyceps product. It was tasteless, flavorless and a bland brownish color. I didn't care for it. Then he gave me another handful of cordyceps. This different blend was a rich, reddish-brown color, and had a powerful, potent, medicinal taste. Within just a couple minutes I felt a surge of energy. The difference between these two mushroom extracts was noticeable, palatable, and significant. So what makes one mushroom extract different from another? Do medicinal mushrooms have different benefits depending on how they are grown, what stage they are harvested in, or where they are sourced? How do you actually use mushrooms in your daily life? In today's podcast, you'll get all these answers and more from Skye's father, Jeff Chilton, who wrote a book called "The Mushroom Cultivator: A Practical Guide to Growing Mushrooms at Home", which Skye gave me after he left my house, and which I realized after I read it is the most comprehensive guide on medicinal mushrooms I've ever seen. In the 1980's he operated a commercial mushroom spawn laboratory, and in 1989 he started one of the first medicinal mushroom businesses in North America. His company, Nammex, sells certified organic mushroom extracts to nutritional supplement businesses in the US, Canada and worldwide. During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why you should add mushroom extracts such as reishi, shitaake, cordyceps to a morning cup of coffee...

-The important difference between medicinal mushroom and the kind of mushrooms you eat as food...

-How to cut through the confusion of which mushroom extracts are actually quality and which are a complete waste of your money...

-Why some mushrooms just contain grain, with very little actual mushroom extract...

-An easy way you can use an iodine dropper test yourself at home to see if a mushroom contains a bunch of cheap starch...
 
-The medical condition that some people have which indicates they should avoid eating mushrooms...
 
-Whether psychedelic mushrooms are safe, or have any helpful utilization...
 
-And much more!
 
Resources from this episode:
 
-The Mushroom Cultivator book by Jeff Chilton
 
-FourSigmaFoods mushroom extracts (the ones Ben uses)
 
-Jeff's company "Real Mushrooms" on Amazon
 
Do you have questions, comments or feedback about medicinal mushrooms? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and either Jeff or I will reply.
Nov 25, 2015

November 25, 2015 Podcast: Is Cardio Really Bad For Your Heart, What Is The Best Way To Filter Your Water, How To Get Rid of Candida & More! Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the NEW Podcast Sidekick.

How To Know If Your Brain Is Damaged

Terrence says: He heard that you recently took up boxing. He's an MMA fighter and is always worried about traumatic brain injury - he takes turmeric and fish oil regularly. But he's wondering if HRV can be used as an indicator of TBI or if not, are there any biomarkers specifically of brain trauma and brain inflammation that he should be aware of and on the look out for?

In my response, I recommend: -TianChi -How To Heal From A Concussion podcast -DirectLabs CRP Test and Inflammatory Cytokine test -HeartMath website

What Is The Best Way To Filter Your Water?

Julia says: She's on the go and often ends up buying a lot of bottle water. She's wondering if you have the chance to evaluate any filters for handheld bottles?

In my response, I recommend: -Structured water filter (the one Ben uses in his home) -OralIV (use 20% discount code BEN20) -Klean Kanteen with Kishu Charcoal Sticks -Bobble - Bobble's sleek water bottle comes in three sizes and many different colors. The carbon filter removes chlorine and organic contaminants. -Camelbak - Camelbak's durable bottle has a carrying handle and spill-proof bite valve. The filter reduces chlorine, taste, and odor. -Vapur - Vapur's water bottle is collapsible, making it easy to stash and carry. The filter removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa. -Hydros -The Hydros filtering water bottle has a unique side opening for ease in filling up at water fountains and taps. The filter reduces chlorine, chloramines, and particulates.

How To Get Rid Of Candida

Chrissy says: She's wondering if you can provide information to get rid of candida overgrowth for good. Since September last year she's had recurring UTI's and yeast infections, she's started taking supplements like anti-fungals, probiotics, fermented foods she eats paleo/gluten free, but every time she goes off her supplements it comes back. She doesn't want to depend on supplements to keep her body in check and she's trying to figure out how to get her gut/bacteria balance back in order.

In my response, I recommend: -GAPS diet or SCD Diet -The Candida Cleanse

5 Ways To Stay Healthy In The Armed Forces

Olivia says: What is your advice with someone going into the Armed Forces? In regards to fitness and maintaining health and sanity in stressful situations with limited access to resources. How would you prepare for the armed forces and what would be your hacks for someone with their boots on the ground?

In my response, I recommend: -Use MRP's like SuperGreens -Sleep efficiently (Sleepmask, Sleephones, Sleepstream combo) -Use carb back-loading and ketosis (get KetoCaNa with 10% discount code BG2015) -Avoid the fancy gym -Make every moment count (PowerLung, GripTrainer, etc.)

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Nov 24, 2015

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That guy in the photo above climbing the tree like an ancient ape is Tony Federico. Tony is one of the leaders of the Paleo movement, and a guy I met several years ago at the PaleoFx conference. He is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, editor of Paleo Fitness Magazine, and the author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire". In addition to his work in the Paleo community, Tony is a full-time personal trainer with 10 years of experience in the fitness industry... ...and he's quite knowledgeable on living ancestrally in a modern world, even if you don't have any desire to be a coconut-collecting caveman.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Tony has biohacked his office to make it more ancestral...

-Why sitting isn't necessarily evil...

-How you can figure out what's ancestral and what's not...

-How you can sleep ancestrally, yet still live a modern life with streetlights, car headlights, night work, etc...

-How you can tweak your electronic environment at work to be more ancestral...

-Whether Crossfit, Spartan, triathlons, etc. are ancestral forms of movement...

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Daylamp Light -Stand Steady -Melatonin Patch -NASA Clean Air Study -The Paleo Manifesto book by John Durant -MovNat by Erwin Le Corre

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Tony or me about marrying modern living with ancestral fitness? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply.

Nov 21, 2015

A few weeks ago, I talked on this podcast episode about whether THC can cause damage to the grey matter in your brain.

But, frankly, I spent very little time addressing the matter on that particular show, so in today's episode, I'm revisiting the topic of THC, brain damage, liver damage, myths about marijuana, CBD, smart drugs, nootropics and more with Dr. Andrew Hill, Lead Neuroscientist at truBrain, and one smart cookie.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why left-handed people are more sensitive to chemical stimulants...

-The truth behind the evidence that THC can shrink the brain...

-The important differences between THC and CBD...

-How Dr. Hill can "reset" tolerance to marijuana using neurofeedback in his clinic...

-If there is a deleterious effect of THC on the liver or other organs...

-How to map your brain and change your brain using neurofeedback...

-Little known smart drug ingredients such as oxiracetam and centrophenoxine...

-And much more, including a killer giveaway at the end of the show!

 

Resources & studies cited in this episode:

Decreased grey matter but increased connectivity (not controlled for SES):
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25385625
 
More recent and much larger study that failed to find grey matter volume changes:
http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2429550#Abstract
 
And a summary of another study that found decreased volume, and the two studies that refute this:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-food/201501/daily-marijuana-will-not-shrink-your-brain

-Alternatives Brain Institute -Pocket Neurobics -Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Training -TruBrain drinks and capsules (use code BEN to save 50%) -Previous episode with Dr. Andrew Hill on smart drugs vs. nootropics -Water soluble CBD Do you have questions, comments or feedback for myself or Dr. Andrew Hill? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfield.com and one of us will reply.

Nov 18, 2015

My guest in today's podcast is Jim Kwik (yes, that's his real name). Jim Kwik is really, really...well...quick. He can learn much faster than mere mortals. Take reading, for example. Most folks read at a rate of 200-250 words-per-minute (wpm). But Jim reads heavy science material at about 500 wpm and devours light fiction at upwards of 1300 wpm. And more importantly, he can remember everything he reads. I'm seen Jim on stage, memorizing the names of every face in the crowd. And long strings of random numbers. Many people struggle to remember all seven digits of a phone number. But Jim can remember phone numbers all day long. Hundreds of them. But Jim isn't special. He doesn't naturally have these superpowers. They were learned. And if he can learn them, anyone can learn them - regardless of age, background or education.

In today's podcast, you're going to discover the amazing story of how Jim went from a childhood brain injury to being one the smartest guys with one of the fastest brains on the face of the planet.  During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Jim became a memory and learning expert, even after a debilitating head injury...

-Why you shouldn't let school get in the way of your education...

-Whether it's true that we only use part of our brains...

-How technology can make you stupid if you use it incorrectly... -The three stages of learning you must know...

-The exact process and system Jim uses when he sits down to learn a new skill or task or language...

-What you can learn from Jim's recent conversation with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger...

-Five easy ways you can remember names better...

-Jim's top tips for becoming a speed-reader who actually remembers what you read...

-The specific diet Jim follows to help his brain achieve peak function...

-The 4 free videos that you can get from JimKwik.com/ben...

-And much more!

More about Jim: Jim is founder of Kwik Learning and a widely recognized world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance and accelerated learning. For two decades he has served as the mental coach to students and seniors, entrepreneurs and educators, and advisor to many of the world’s leading CEOs and celebrities. After a childhood brain injury left him learning challenged, Jim created strategies to dramatically enhance his mental performance. He has since dedicated his life to helping others unleash their true genius and brainpower to learn anything faster and live a life of greater power, productivity and purpose. Jim’s cutting edge techniques, entertaining presentation style, and impressive brainpower feats have made him a frequent and highly sought out trainer for top organizations, with clients that include Virgin, Nike, Zappos, SpaceX, NYU, GE, Fox Studios, Harvard, and Singularity University, and his online courses are used by students in over 100 countries.

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about speed-reading, enhancing memory, learning new things faster or anything else Jim and I discuss? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and remember to get your four free videos at JimKwik.com/ben!

Nov 17, 2015

Whew! World's Toughest Mudder is finally over, and although I was only able to complete 50 miles due to a nearly torn Achilles tendon, I just published all the nitty-gritty details, and big news about my 2016 racing plans, in the full audio race report which you can access at the BenGreenfieldFitness Premium channel (along with 300+ other videos, audios, .pdfs and other protected insider content). Want to see all my clothing, gear, nutrition and more? Simply watch the video below, and feel free to use the handy-dandy checklist under the video if you plan on doing the World's Toughest Mudder yourself.

Fuel:
FuelBelt Crush (http://geni.us/fuelbelt)
Insulated Hammer Nutrition Water Bottles (get fromhttp://www.HammerNutrition.com with 15% discount code 80244)
Natural Force “Natty Stack” (get from BenGreenfieldFitness.com/NaturalForce with 10% discount code BEN10)
Onnit Oatmega Bars (get from http://www.BenGreenfieldFitness.com/Onnit for instant 10% discount)
OralIV (get from ORALIv.com with 20% discount code BEN20)
NatureAminos (get from https://greenfieldfitnesssystems.com/product/natureaminos-essential-amino-acids-tablets/)
 
Clothing:
BlueSeventy Helix Wetsuit (http://geni.us/wetsuit)
UnderArmour Long Sleeve Compression Top ((http://geni.us/comptop))
Skins A400 Compression Tights ((http://geni.us/comptights))
Brooks Running Shorts ((http://geni.us/brooksshorts))
Brooks Running Short Sleeve Top ((http://geni.us/brookstop))
Castelli Windbreaker ((http://geni.us/windbreaker))
Castelli Thermal Vest ((http://geni.us/vest))
 
Shoes/Foot Care:
Brooks Ghost Shoes (http://geni.us/bshoes)
Reebok All-Terrain Shoes (http://geni.us/reebok)
Polypropylene Liners (http://geni.us/polyliners)
Nike Wool Socks (http://geni.us/nike)
GaiterWraps ((http://geni.us/gaiter))
DonJoy Calf Compression (use 25% discount code BENG25 athttp://www.DJOGlobal.com)
RunGoo (http://geni.us/rungoo)
110% Knee Sleeves (use 10% discount and free shipping code GREENFIELD at http://www.110playharder.com)
 
Lighting/First Aid:
Global Vision Goggles (http://geni.us/goggles)
Hand/Foot Warmers ((http://geni.us/warmers))
Princeton Tec Apex 275 Lumen Headlamp (http://geni.us/lumen)
Spare AA Batteries (http://geni.us/battery)
Nathan Sports Strobe Light (http://geni.us/strobe)
Silver Thermal Blankets (http://geni.us/blanket)
ActionWipes (use 10% discount code bgfit at http://www.actionwipes.com)
Badger Natural Sunscreen (http://geni.us/bsunscreen)
Silver Antibacterial Lotion (http://geni.us/lotionD)
Voltage Portable Solar Charger Pack (http://geni.us/charger)
 
Do you have questions, comments or feedback about the checklist above or the race report over on my Premium podcast channel? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and I promise to reply!
Nov 16, 2015

Nearly six years ago, in a tiny hotel room lobby in Kona, Hawaii, I met a guy named Gilad Jacobs. Gilad was holding a black box about the size of a shoebox, and had two big, space-agey looking boots with him, which attached to the box via two air tubes. I fumbled my way into the slightly awkward, hip-high boots, then sat in a chair as the black box pumped air in and out of the boots. I'll admit: six years ago it was a little hokey, and I wasn't quite sure whether the things actually worked to make my legs "more fresh". But since then, Gilad and that tiny black box have come a long way. His company NormaTec is now one of the world's leader in rapid recovery, and give a competitive edge to a host of the world’s elite athletes, coaches, and trainers, including...

Pro triathletes like: -Craig Alexander -Helle Frederiksen -Chrissie Wellington -Jordan Rapp -Terenzo Bozzone -Mirinda Carfrae -TJ Tollakson -Jesse Thomas -Gwen Jorgensen -Jan Frodeno -Sarah Haskins -Linsey Corbin -Heather Wurtele -Trevor Wurtele -Marino Vanhoenacker -Kim Schwabenbauer

Pro cyclists like: -Taylor Phinney -Clara Hughes -David Zabriskie -George Hincapie -Levi Leipheimer Pro runners like: -Deena Kastor -Meb Keflezighi -Ryan Hall -Dan Huling -Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz -Tyler McCandless -Alan Webb

Crossfit athletes like: -Noah Olsen -Annie Tunnicliffe -Jason Khalipa -Michele Letendre -Crossfit Invictus -Crossfit NorCal

NBA basketball players like: -Roy Hibbert -Steve Nash -Ray Allen -DJ Augustin -Jason Terry -Kevin Garnett -Shaquille O’Neal -Al Harrington -Amare Stoudemire -Chris Wilcox -Dorell Wright -Ekpe Udoh -Monta Ellis -Kara Lawson

NFL football players like: -Larry Fitzgerald -Matt Shaughnessy -Patrick Willis -Vernon Davis -Adrian Wilson -Deion Branch -Jerod Mayo -Kevin Faulk -Tyson Jackson -Earl Bennett -Richard Seymour -Darrius Heyward-Bey -Kevin Faulk -Devin McCourty -Jason McCourty

Those old-school boots I tried on many years ago have now evolved into something called the NormaTec PULSE Recovery Systems, a dynamic compression device designed for recovery and rehab, and something I personally use nearly every day now. The NormaTec systems include a control unit and attachments which go on the legs, arms, or hips. They use compressed air to massage your limbs, mobilize fluid, and speed recovery with a pulsed massage pattern. When you use a Normatec system, you will first experience a pre-inflate cycle, during which the connected attachments are molded to your exact body shape. The session will then begin by compressing your feet, hands, or upper quad (depending on which attachment you are using). Similar to the kneading and stroking done during a massage, each segment of the attachment will first compress in a pulsing manner and then release. This will repeat for each segment of the attachment as the compression pattern works its way up your limb. Today, I interview Gilad, who serves as Vice President of Sports Medicine at NormaTec Industries, LP. He leads NormaTec's Sports Medicine division, which he established in 2007, and is responsible for sales to pro teams, top college and Olympic programs, and elite and amateur athletes. 

During our discussion, you'll discover: -How these space-age boots took the leap from being a pure medical device to being an underground method for athletes to recover faster... -The main differences between pulsed compression in the compression boots and regular compression from something like compression socks and compression tights... -What happens biomechanically when you wear the boots, particularly for flexibility, arterial function, pumping of blood and lymph... -Two chemicals that get released in response to pulsed compression that massively dilate the arteries... -How the Normatec system can compress your hips and your arms... -And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Click here to save $100 on  pair of Normatec boots.

-Study: DYNAMIC COMPRESSION ENHANCES PRESSURE-TO-PAIN THRESHOLD IN ELITE ATHLETE RECOVERY: EXPLORATORY STUDY

-Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 2015 May; 29(5):1263-72 "The purpose of this study was to assess peristaltic pulse dynamic compression (PPDC) in reducing short-term pressure-to-pain threshold (PPT) among Olympic Training Center athletes after morning training. [...] We conclude that PPDC is a promising means of accelerating and enhancing recovery after the normal aggressive training that occurs in Olympic and aspiring Olympic athletes." —view article on pubmed.

-Study: PERISTALTIC PULSE COMPRESSION UPREGULATES PGC-1Α AND ENOS IN HUMAN MUSCLE TISSUE - Experimental Physiology 2015 May 15 "We investigated whether a single 60 min bout of whole-leg, lower pressure external pneumatic compression (EPC) altered select vascular, metabolic, antioxidant and inflammation-related mRNAs. [...] An acute bout of EPC transiently upregulates PGC-1α mRNA, while also upregulating eNOS protein and NOx concentrations in vastus lateralis biopsy samples" —view article on pubmed.

-Study: PERISTALTIC PULSE COMPRESSION OF THE LOWER EXTREMITY ENHANCES FLEXIBILITY - Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 2014 Apr; 28(4):1058-64 "This study investigated the effects of peristaltic pulse dynamic compression (PPDC) on range-of-motion (ROM) changes in forward splits. [...] PPDC provides a means of rapidly enhancing acute ROM requiring less discomfort and time." —view article on pubmed.

-Study: PERIPHERAL CONDUIT AND RESISTANCE ARTERY FUNCTION ARE IMPROVED FOLLOWING PERISTALTIC PULSE COMPRESSION - European Journal of Applied Physiology 2015 May 16 "The purpose of this study was to determine the acute effects of a single bout of peristaltic pulse EPC on peripheral conduit and resistance artery function. [...] Acutely, whole limb, lower pressure EPC improves conduit artery endothelial function systemically, but only improves RH blood flow locally (i.e., compressed limbs)." —view article on pubmed.

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about how to use recovery boots, or anything else Gilad and I discuss? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and click here to save $100 on your pair of Normatec boots.

Nov 14, 2015

From Regenokine treatments to edible phytoplankton drops to NFL players traveling to Europe for stem cell injections that would be illegal in the USA, it seems that stem cells are the hot new arrival on the recovery and anti-aging scene. I distinctly recall my first experience with injecting cells into the human body. I was a young, bright-eyed hip and knee surgical salesman, and the company I worked for at the time (Biomet) had just developed a post-surgical procedure called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). This PRP process involved collecting and then centrifuging a patient's blood to separate the platelet-poor plasma and red blood cells.The platelets are concentrated about five-fold, and then re-injected into the wound site to speed up healing. I later thought this was such a cool process for other issues, like knee and elbow pain, that I partnered with a physician to purchase a PRP machine for treating the athletes and clients who I worked with, many of whom had uncanny and "miraculous" injury and inflammation reversals. But compared to PRP, stem cells are a whole new animal, and in this podcast with my guest Shawn Stevenson, we dive into the legality, the conflicts, the long-term health the potential for doping, the alternatives, the costs and much more.

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Shawn (pictured right) is a bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show, which is often featured as the #1 Health podcast in the country on iTunes. A graduate of The University of Missouri - St. Louis, Shawn studied biology and kinesiology, and went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn has been featured in Men's Health magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, ESPN, FOX News, and many other media outlets.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The crazy story of how Shawn's hip broke while he was running, and the broken medical system that nearly destroyed his entire gut while fixing his hip...

-How Shawn regenerated his spine, which doctor's told him was "the spine of an 80 year old man"...

-The four different types of stem cells, and which ones work best for killing pain, healing injuries and decreasing inflammation...

-The two surprising ways you can find and harvest stem cells without using embryos...

-How new human body parts can literally be regrown after being injured...

-How Shawn skipped any blood centrifuging, bone marrow injections or stem cell therapies and instead used specific foods to increase stem cell growth in his own joints...

-The exact ingredients of Shawn's most potent medicinal tea recipe...

-Why both Ben and Shawn stuff mushrooms into vodka bottles...

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

-Man's Finger Grows Back After Treatment With Pig's Bladder Powder

-Platelet Rich Plasma injections

-Orthokine/Regenokine

-Phytoplankton 

-Aloe Vera Gel (and research on medical aloe)

-Colostrum

-Chlorella

-Transdermal Magnesium

-Curcumin

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about stem cells, stem cell therapy, alternatives to stem cells and how stem cells work? Leave your thoughts, comments and feedback at BenGreenfieldFitness.com.

Nov 11, 2015

November 11, 2015 Podcast: How To Lower High Cortisol, The Groundbreaking High-Fat Endurance Study, What Causes Low HRV & More! Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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Did you miss the weekend podcast episode with Chris Kelly and Dr Tommy Wood? It was a must-listen - titled " The Underground Test That Shows You How To Legally Upgrade Your EPO, Increase Your Oxygen Levels, Boost Your Red Blood Cells & Build Double Digit Percentages In Power And Endurance." Click here to listen now or download for later!

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the NEW Podcast Sidekick.

How To Lower High Cortisol

Dean says: He's a masters athlete - a road cyclist. He also has a high stress job and a 'wound up' personality. He's been in a cycle of everything going great with training, then he gets sick, has to reset, goes great with training and the cycle starts all over again. He had a conversation with his physio about elevated cortisol levels and the impact a stressful lifestyle can have on cortisol. He's interested to hear your opinion on how elevated cortisol can make you sick, even if you're very fit and what can be done naturally to work around it, and particularly the role that caffeine may have on elevated cortisol.

In my response, I recommend: -The Cortisol Connection book -Seven best ways to stop stress -Supplements:

-Chinese adaptogenic herbs such as TianChi or InnerPeace, which can fine-tune your adrenals and help you to begin producing cortisol and adrenaline.

-High electrolyte intake, preferably with liquid trace minerals or quality salt, both of which can restore precious minerals that your body tends to lose when you're low on cortisol.

-High dose vitamin D/K complex 35IU/Vitamin D per pound of body weight and huge amounts of morning sun exposure to ensure that you produce the necessary building blocks to restore hormones.

-2,000 to 5,000 milligrams of a whole foods Vitamin C source each day (or basically, as much vitamin C as you can take until you get lose bowels). Your adrenal glands are one of the #1 storage sources of Vitamin C in your body, and to become severely depleted in Vitamin C in a case of adrenal fatigue.

-4-6g per day of a good fish oil that contains vitamin E with mixed tocopherols (I recommend SuperEssentials) to reduce inflammation and restore the health of the nervous system.

-A B-complex supplement that is high in B6 and pantothenic acid, both of which tend to be severely depleted during adrenal fatigue (I recommend Lifeshotz for this).

-Red ginseng at approximately 6g/day, which stimulates the body to begin producing cortisol again.

-Licorice root extract at 200-400 mg, which reduces the half-life of cortisol and allows it to be broken down at a slower rate by the body.

Natural Ways To Avoid Getting Schizophrenia

Ryan says: His grandmother was a paranoid schizophrenic. He's worried about becoming schizophrenic himself. He's 24 and has not displayed any symptoms yet. He was hoping that you could give him a list of lifestyle factors like stress and food to avoid any epigenetic expression of schizophrenia. What do you suggest?

In my response, I recommend: -Multivitamin with methyltetrahydrofolate/antioxidants/zinc -Fish oil

Can You Use Protein Powder When Breastfeeding?

Danella says: She has been using the MHP Paleo protein which is beef and egg white protein. She noticed when she went to reorder that it wasn't suitable for nursing mums.  She's currently nursing an 8 month old and she couldn't find any information online about why it's not suitable. Can you shed some light on what the issue is, and what protein is OK to use while nursing?

In my response, I recommend: -LivingProtein

What Causes A Low HRV?

Shane says: He's been testing his HRV with Sweetbeat for a couple of months and he's consistently low - between 17-35. He pegs the stress meter even when he turns the sensitivity to the lowest. What does it mean when HRV is that low? When can he find something specific?

In my response, I recommend: -NatureBeat

 

Nov 7, 2015

You may remember Christopher Kelly from the podcast episode "The Little Known Test That Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Your Metabolism" and "7 Signs Your Cortisol & Adrenals Are Broken".

In today's episode, Chris is back, along with special guest Dr. Tommy Wood. The reason I've invited Chris back on the podcast is because he recently wrote me about new methods he's been using to identify how to increase EPO, increase oxygen consumption, beat anemia, boost red blood cells, and get double-digit percentage increases in power and endurance. I'm always looking for insider tips on how to maximize my own athletic performance, so figured it would be a good idea to have Chris on to talk about these new, little-known testing and treatment methods. Christopher Kelly is a computer scientist, pro mountain biker, certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and graduate of the Kalish Institute. Chris is British but lives in California where he runs the functional medicine practice Nourish Balance Thrive. Chris has been on the podcast twice before, once to talk about salivary hormone testing for adrenal fatigue, and once to talk about organic acid testing. My other guest, Dr. Tommy Wood is a qualified medical doctor, graduating from Oxford University in 2011. He has a previous Bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences and Biochemistry from Cambridge University. After working as a junior doctor in the UK for two years, Dr Wood is now working towards a Ph.D. in neonatal brain metabolism at the University of Oslo, Norway. During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why oxygen deliverability is so extremely crucial if you plan to compete at elevation or altitude, or you want to maximize your physical performance...

-The exact blood-building protocol Chris used to get a a 32-watt (9%) improvement in his cycling power at threshold...

-Specific conditions you probably get exposed to that directly shut down your ability to produce red blood cells and EPO and what you can do about it...

-How to know if you're deficient in any of the nutrients required to produce red blood cells...

-The common nutrient deficiencies (which Chris had) that severely hamper your oxygen delivery capabilities, and how to fix them...

-The best way to track and monitor whether excessive red blood cell destruction is occurring...

-Little known ways that you can actually lose red blood cells, and how to test to see if that is happening...

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

-Dr. Michael Puchowicz website on doping and hematocrit

-The Oxygen Boosting Webinar downloadable .pdf

-NourishBalanceThrive.com (where you can use code BEN10 for a 10% discount on the testing and consulting services we discuss in this episode)

-the Paleo Autoimmune protocol that Chris followed

-Fecal occult blood test

Do you have question, comments or feedback about how to build EPO, how to test your blood and biomarkers for precursors to oxygen production or anything else Christopher Kelly, Dr. Tommy Wood or I discuss in this episode? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and we'll reply!

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