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Dec 31, 2015

December 30, 2015 Podcast (Ben mentions AlignMed shirt in intro): Why You Wake Up At The Same Time Every Night, How To Hack Your Nervous System, Is Your Fish Oil Bad & 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 Brian Rose? It was a must-listen - titled "Ayahuasca, Smart Drugs, Anti-Aging & More With Brian Rose of London Real". Click here to listen now or download for later!

Jan 9, 11am: Ben is speaking at the Spokane Health and Fitness Expo. For all the Spokane and Coeur D' Alene locals, find more info here: http://spokanehealthfitexpo.com/

May 27-29, 2016: Ben is speaking at PaleoFX 2016 in Austin, Texas. This is the The Who’s Who gathering of the Paleo movement, with world-class speakers including New York Times bestselling authors, leading physicians, scientists, health entrepreneurs, professional athletes, fitness professionals, activists, bloggers, biohackers, and more. And you DON’T need to be Paleo to be able to get a ton of benefit and fun out of this one!

Nov 17-18, 2016: Ben is speaking at the Biohacker's Summit in Helsinki, Finland. Discover the latest in wearables, internet of things, digital health, and mobile apps to increase performance, be healthier, stay fit, and get more done. Learn about taking food, preparation, cooking, and eating to the next level with the latest science and kitchen chemistry. Even delve into implanted chips, gene therapy, bionic arms, biometric shirts, robotic assistants, and virtual reality. Two days with an amazing crowd and a closing party with upgraded DJs to talk about. Click here to get in now at a 40% discount.

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 - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! screenshot_1224

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Listener Q&A:

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

How To Hack Your Nervous System

Josh says: How should he go about balancing his sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system? What should he eat, how often should he exercise and does weed help?

In my response, I recommend: -NatureBeat -This paper on Adaptogens -TianChi -NatureCBD -Hair Mineral Analysis -EEG Neurofeedback and this Dr. Andrew Hill episode -eMWave Hearth Math Institute

How To Know If Fish Oil Is Bad

Anthony says: How do you go about testing rancidity of oils around the home? He has a bottle of cod liver oil that he's had in the fridge for about two years, and he's not so sure if it's a healthy oil to be putting into your body.

In my response, I recommend: -SuperEssentials Fish Oil -This Olive Oil Hoax

5 Ways To Increase Grip Strength (& Become A Better Rock Climber)

Anne says: She recently started rock climbing and she's wondering what you think of rock climbing and what would you do to get really good and as fast as possible?

In my response, I recommend: -This previous podcast on grip strength -Captains Of Crush (repeated isometric contractions) -Expand Your Hand Bands -ThreeBallClimbing -ArmAid -20 tips for rock climber's article

How To Get Motivated To Exercise

Erick says: He's the host of a podcast "How to be a Grown Up" that he does for his high school students, when he tries to put forward that despite their economically depressed home lives they should still care about their health, wellness find a purposeful direction in their lives. He has a few students that struggle to be motivated to get active and he'd love to know what is something you might suggest to get them off the couch and making positive decisions to be healthy?

In my response, I recommend: -How To Get Motivated To Exercise

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Dec 26, 2015

Meet Brian Rose (pictured above). Brian is a London based, US born ex-city trader and host of the wildly popular podcast and video channel "London Real", which has filmed over 200 episodes, has 250,000 subscribers, and been watched over 40 million times (feel free to watch my episode here). Brian has established a reputation for producing frank, in-depth discussions of often controversial topics such as banking and cryptocurrencies, personal development, spiritual growth, anti-aging, biohacking, surveillance, whistleblowing and psychedelics. Notable guests so far on his show include The 4-Hour Chef author Tim Ferriss, 6 time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates, British Respect Party politician George Galloway, RT's presenter Max Keiser, Pulitzer Prize winning author and polymath Jared Diamond, MI5 whistleblower Annie Machon and Bruce Parry from the BBC documentary series Tribe, and even yours truly. But Brian has his own story too, and today, we delve into it.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-Why Brian started the show London Real...

-The nitty-gritty details of Brian's experimentation with ayahuasca...

-Brian's experience with transcendental meditation...

-Why the "Lizard Walk" is now of Brian's go-to fitness moves...

-Why the crux of Brian's diet is comprised of what he calls earth-grown nutrients...

-The most powerful anti-aging strategies Brian has learned from the longevity experts he's had on London Real...

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Brian's TED Talk "Why I Left Millions in Banking to Inspire Millions Online" -Brian's ayahuasca episode -Ido Portal's LondonReal episode -The Ben Greenfield episode on LondonReal

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about Brian Rose, London Real or anything else we talk about in this episode? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com.

Dec 24, 2015

December 23, 2015 Podcast: How To Test Your Fat Burning Efficiency, The Ultimate Guide To Preventing Alzheimers, Cold Thermogenesis, Fasting & 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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This podcast is brought to you by: Kimera Koffee, nootropic infused coffee that makes your brain work faster (use 20% discount code BEN), and by Onnit, the world's best website for outside-the-box performance enhancement. May 27-29, 2016: Ben is speaking at PaleoFX 2016 in Austin, Texas. This is the The Who's Who gathering of the Paleo movement, with world-class speakers including New York Times bestselling authors, leading physicians, scientists, health entrepreneurs, professional athletes, fitness professionals, activists, bloggers, biohackers, and more. And you DON'T need to be Paleo to be able to get a ton of benefit and fun out of this one! Nov 17-18, 2016: Ben is speaking at the Biohacker's Summit in Helsinki, Finland. Discover the latest in wearables, internet of things, digital health, and mobile apps to increase performance, be healthier, stay fit, and get more done. Learn about taking food, preparation, cooking, and eating to the next level with the latest science and kitchen chemistry. Even delve into implanted chips, gene therapy, bionic arms, biometric shirts, robotic assistants, and virtual reality. Two days with an amazing crowd and a closing party with upgraded DJs to talk about. Click here to get in now at a 40% discount. 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 - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! screenshot_1220

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Listener Q&A:

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

How To Test Your Fat Burning Efficiency

Steve says: He's an apprentice body improvement trainee and he wants know what lab tests are required to start with, to get his body into an optimal state to lose fat and build muscle.

In my response, I recommend: -Indirect calorimetry testing -Breath ketone testing with Ketonix -Blood glucose/HbA1C testing -Sex / thyroid hormones testing -Organic amino acids testing (Ion Profile with Metametrix from Direct Labs)

The Ultimate Guide To Preventing Alzheimers

Bryan says: When it comes to Alzheimer/Dementia, what would be your optimal protocol, including diet, lifestyle, supplementation and bio-hacking devices for reversing it? If you or a loved one were to be diagnosed, what would you do?

In my response, I recommend: -Study: Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program Diet: -Plant based ketosis diet -Exogenous ketones -Brain OctaneBiohacks/Lifestyle: -Cognitive training (e.g. n-back, lumosity, Brainscape, etc.) -Intranasal Light Therapy via Vielight -Quantlet wearable wrist device -Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy -Visit HealthHacksReviewed.com for discount on the Hyperbaric and PEMF devices (where you can use code bengreen15 for a 15% savings) -Rule out sleep apnea -PEMF via an ICES device -Other EMF studies/devices: Transcranial electromagnetic treatment against Alzheimer’s disease: why it has the potential to trump Alzheimer’s disease drug development. Arendash GW. J Alzheimers Dis. 2012;32(2):243-66. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2012-120943.Electromagnetic treatment to old Alzheimer’s mice reverses amyloid deposition, modifies cerebral blood flow, and provides selected cognitive benefit. Arendash GW, Mori T, Dorsey M, Gonzalez R, Tajiri N, Borlongan C. PLoS One. 2012;7(4).Long-term electromagnetic field treatment enhances brain mitochondrial function of both Alzheimer’s transgenic mice and normal mice: a mechanism for electromagnetic field-induced cognitive benefit? Neuroscience. 2011 Jun 30;185:135-49. Dragicevic N, Bradshaw PC, Mamcarz M, Lin X, Wang L, Cao C, Arendash GW. Transcranial magnetic stimulation in Alzheimer’s disease: a neurophysiological marker of cortical hyperexcitability. J Neural Transm. 2011 Apr;118(4):587-98. Pennisi G, Ferri R, Lanza G, Cantone M, Pennisi M, Puglisi V, Malaguarnera G, Bella R. A phase I trial of deep brain stimulation of memory circuits in Alzheimer’s disease. Ann Neurol. 2010 Oct;68(4):521-34. Laxton AW, Tang-Wai DF, McAndrews MP, Zumsteg D, Wennberg R, Keren R, Wherrett J, Naglie G, Hamani C, Smith GS, Lozano AM. Electromagnetic field treatment protects against and reverses cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease mice. J Alzheimers Dis. 2010;19(1):191-210. Arendash GW, Sanchez-Ramos J, Mori T, Mamcarz M, Lin X, Runfeldt M, Wang L, Zhang G, Sava V, Tan J, Cao C. Cognitive functioning after repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in patients with cerebrovascular disease without dementia: a pilot study of seven patients. J Neurol Sci. 2005 Mar 15;229-230:157-61. Epub 2004 Dec 16. Rektorova I, Megova S, Bares M, Rektor I. Mapping distributed sources of cortical rhythms in mild Alzheimer’s disease. A multicentric EEG study. Neuroimage. 2004 May;22(1):57-67. Babiloni C, Binetti G, Cassetta E, Cerboneschi D, Dal Forno G, Del Percio C, Ferreri F, Ferri R, Lanuzza B, Miniussi C, Moretti DV, Nobili F, Pascual-Marqui RD, Rodriguez G, Romani GL, Salinari S, Tecchio F, Vitali P, Zanetti O, Zappasodi F, Rossini PM. Weak, but complex pulsed magnetic fields may reduce depression following traumatic brain injury. Percept Mot Skills. 1996 Oct;83(2):491-8. Baker-Price LA, Persinger MA. Alzheimer’s disease: improvement of visual memory and visuoconstructive performance by treatment with picotesla range magnetic fields. Int J Neurosci. 1994 Jun;76(3-4):185-225. Sandyk R. Supplements: -Axon Labs Mitogen -Vitamin D/Vitamin K2 -Curcumin Phytosome -American Nutraceuticals Vitamin C -TianChi (for ashwagandha, resveratrol-like compounds, citicholine) -NatureCBD (for cannabidiol + ashwaganda) -EPA/DHA source with Vitamin E/antioxidants/tocopherols (e.g. SuperEssentials) -Prebiotic/Probiotic blend (e.g. Caprobiotic Advanced) -Creatine (EXOS Creapure) -Magnesium -Thorne Zinc Picolinate -Organic Bacopa extract -Lion's Mane mushroom Testing Progress: Raven's Advanced Progressive Matrices: http://www.iqtest.dk Cogtest website: Cogtest.com N-back testing/training software: http://brainworkshop.sourceforge.net Face recognition: http://www.bbc.co.uk...body/sleep/tmt/ Various tests: http://cognitivefun.net/ IQ test: http://www.iq-test.com/ Corsi-block tapping test: http://memory.uva.nl...si_geheugentest

5 Pieces Of Gear For Becoming A Stronger Swimmer (And How To Keep Chlorine Exposure From Damaging Your Body)

Jason says: His 15 y/o son is a competitive swimmer and he's worried about chlorine exposure. Are there any dangers when it comes to chlorine exposure, and are there any tests to see if he's toxic? If so,  is there anything he can do to detox or counteract it? Also, he swims with folks who are older and stronger than he is, are there any workouts for exercises he can do to make him stronger and faster in the pool?

In my response, I recommend: -Podcast: How To Reduce The Risk From Swimming in Chlorinated Pools and Drinking Chlorinated Water. -Podcast: Chlorine Water Filter Tips -Article: How To Keep Swimming Pool Chlorine From Destroying Your Body -High Intensity/Low Volume Training -Vasatrainer -Agility paddle and Freestyler paddle -Drag Suit and/or Parachute -Swim Snorkel + Cardio Cap -The SwimSmooth book

Does Oil of Oregano Kill Probiotics?

David says: He knows oil of oregano is very potent, and wants to know does it kill probiotics? If he wants to take probiotics, how far apart should he take it from oil of oregano?

In my response, I recommend: -This Wild Mediterranean Oil of Oregano

 

Dec 19, 2015

In the podcast episode High Protein Breakfast Myths, Genetic Testing For Exercise, Demystifying Brain Waves & More!, I interviewed Matt Reimann about ph360.me, a smart health app based on personalized epigenetics and gene expression.

After that interview, I received an onslaught of questions, comment and relatively disturbing feedback about the "customized" online dashboard Matt and I discussed. People were concerned about everything from a daily recommendation for soy lecithin and sunflower oil, to high amounts of animal protein, to exercise recommendations that seemed too basic and not really customized at all.

So in today's podcast (and the screenshot video in this post), I got Matt on a call to review all my personal ph360.me results via both audio and video. During our discussion, I ask Matt some hard questions, and you'll discover:

-Why some foods that are very healthy for one person can wreak metabolic havoc in your own body...

-How your epigenetics can tell you the time of year you should go on vacation, and exactly the kind of places you should go to...

-How the type of exercises you choose affect your organ function and the fascia surrounding the organs in your body...

-Why pushups work for some people, and will injure the shoulder and chest complex in others...

-How the kind of people you hang out with will affect important hormones such as testosterone and oxytocin...

-The difference between Body Mass Index and Body Fat Index...

-Matt's full response to many of the frustrated comments that came in from listeners using pH360 who felt hampered by food choices and exercise choices being recommended to them by pH360...

-And much more!

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This episode is brought to you by: Four Sigma Foods - Visit foursigmafoods.com/greenfield and use code 'bengreenfield' for 15% off! Resources we discuss during this episode: -The ph360.me website -Matt's TED talk on epigenetics -The science Matt and I discuss on the show

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Matt or I about this episode? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Dec 16, 2015

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/brokengut You've probably seen it before. The classic photo of a marathoner bent over the road, puking their guts out. Or a triathlete hunched over with abdominal pain on the bike. Or the bodybuilder wandering around the gym with persistent annoying gas, the weekend warrior unable to get through a single run without bloating or diarrhea, or the health nut who seems to be constantly constipated no matter what they do. Today, we're going to delve into why apparently healthy people, especially athletes and exercise enthusiasts, get broken guts, and what they can do about it.  

Dr. Michael Ruscio is considered a leader in the functional medicine movement, as both a clinician and lecturer. He frequently speaks nationally to health care professionals as well as to the public. Dr. Ruscio has lectured at UC Berkeley, at the Ancestral Health Society and performed numerous interviews. Dr. Ruscio is a post graduate continuing education provider at Life Chiropractic College West. He has a clinical practice in Northern California where he specializes in functional medicine and sees patients both domestically and internationally. He is currently writing a book on digestive conditions and thyroid disease. He is also currently working toward launching a clinical trial in his office in 2015. Dr. Ruscio obtained his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West and has completed post-doctoral specialty training in Functional Medicine. Prior to his specialty training, Dr. Ruscio obtained his B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

-Dr. Ruscio's personal diet, and what his typical day looks like (including his meal of choice at Whole Foods)...

-The surprising things that happen to your gut when you combine calories and high levels of physical activity...

-Whether athletes should fast, and what happens when an exercise enthusiast "stops the flow of calories" and fasts...

-How an "elemental diet" works to reduce stress on the gut...

-When you actually should consider starving the bacteria in your gut... -Whether you can combat "overstressing" the gut with food by simply using things like digestive enzymes...

-The biggest mistake most people make with cleanses, enemas and detoxing... -How you can heal damage to the valves passing through your gut...

-If you could test anything and everything going in your gut, what you should test...

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Dr. Ruscio's website and special gut testing discounts for BenGreenfieldFitness listeners -Study: Exercise and associated dietary extremes impact on gut microbial diversity -Toll-like receptors and their downregulation in exercise enthusiasts -Elemental diet instructions -Digestive enzymes -SIBOInfo.com -Iberogast for gut motility -Motilpro for gut motility -Wurn protocol -Interstitial cells of cajal -Three day gut panel (stool test) -The bonus materials Dr. Ruscio and I discuss

More notes:

This study was in the journal Gut in 2014:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25021423  This study compared activity level and diet of professional Rugby players to that of non-athletes of similar size, sex and age. ·        Your gut contains many sensors called toll-like receptors or TLRs.  These TLRs are responsible for monitoring “stuff” in the gut; specifically they help us identify good stuff from bad stuff. ·        Exercise may modulate these sensors http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25825908  and even prevent them from telling your immune system to attack.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17201071  Remember too much “attack” signaling can occur in autoimmune conditions.       
It has been shown that hormones releases during exercise, like noradrenaline, stimulate the growth of non-pathogenic, commensal (aka ‘good’) E.Coli, as well as other gram-negative bacteria.
o    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12412628
o    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1731173
o   E. Coli is often stereotyped as being a bad guy, however there are many types of E. Coli, several are good guys. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9199437  In fact some E. Coli probiotics have shown impressive results for treating inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease) o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15479682
o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10466665
o   and IBS
o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22130826
o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18331331
 
However, just because some exercise is good does not mean more is better.  It has been shown that those who perform extreme levels of exercise are at increased risk for infection.  
o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11050532
o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16558471
o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10910297
o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11050537
o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10893023
 
Too much exercise may also cause leaky gut http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23134759 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23075554
This is likely because too much exercise can cause immune suppression.  This hints at the importance of balance.  For example other studies have shown moderate exercise may also reduce levels of colon cancer, while excessive amounts may be damaging to your gut. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11171839    
 
Mice who get physical activity show increased fermentation of prebiotics and well as a decreased inflammatory response. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25695388
o    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18256465    
Other animal studies also show exercise reduces intestinal inflammation o    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22647663
o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20510350
o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18317386     
 
Exercising without a break may be the most stressful on your body.  For example short circuits with not rest or prolonged cardiovascular exercise with no rest may be the more problematic for those trying to recover from burnout or illness. 
o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22561973 o   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23667795
 
The most important factor is ensuring you are exercising enough, but not too much.     If you are ill or trying to recover from burnout, I recommend:        
 
  • Getting light activity, outside (ideally in a forest-like environment) and preferably with a friend.   
  • Start with 1-2 days a week, around 20-30 minutes and push yourself hard enough to break a light sweat.  Pay attention to the signs of overtraining.  If you do not experience any of these you can slowly ramp up your amount of exercise.          
  • HRV (heart rate variability) is a simple and very inexpensive way to monitor yourself.   
See here for more, http://drruscio.com/hrv-novel-tool-assessing-stress-levels-podcast-28/ ·        Exercise is an example of how we can modulate our internal environment making our bodies a hospitable place for good bacteria to grow.  By obtaining the appropriate amount of exercise you will modulate your immune system to allow more good bacteria to growth, thus optimizing your microbiota and overall health. 

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Do you have questions, comments or feedback and why athletes get broken guts? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and either Dr. Ruscio or I will reply, and click here if you want access to a consult with Dr. Ruscio!

Dec 15, 2015

In my video "How Should You Stand At A Standing Desk", one of the items I highlight is a springy, soft and supple standing mattress made from a special reactive material that allows my foot to sink in deep and then spring right back to the original position - creating a unique float-like sensation, kind of like a memory foam for the feet.

This mat, called a "kyBounder" encourages my body to constantly make small movements in order to maintain balance and posture. This rebounding effect causes muscles to tense and relax reciprocally, exercising the muscles in my feet, legs and core while I'm standing, and it's good for balance and coordination too. The KyBounder mat and the entire kybun brand (which also makes special "walking-on-air shoes" that allow you to simulate running barefoot while still wearing shoes) was founded in 2007 by Karl Müller. According to the Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung, Karl Müller is one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in Switzerland, and has "re-written design history".

Since I'm standing every day on the mat that Karl designed, and since he sounds like a pretty fascinating guy, I decided to invite him onto this premium podcast for an interview to learn how he created this mat and shoes after being inspired by walking in rice patty fields in South Korea.

In this show, you'll discover: On a personal level, I'm very curious to learn about the path and major turning points for Karl: -How Karl left Switzerland to South Korea, became a self-sufficient farmer, then lost all his money creating drug rehabilitation facilities... -Why a mat or a shoe with the correct softness and elasticity doesn't make your foot weaker but actually makes your foot stronger... -How you can use Kybun shoes and mats to spend several hours a day of improving posture, core and recovery without any additional time investment...

Resources from this episode: -The Kybun website (use code BEN10 to get 10% discount on anything) Do you have questions, comments or feedback about Kybun, the Kybounder, memory foam, the walking-on-air shoes or anything else we discuss in this episode? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com!

Dec 12, 2015

Dr. David Minkoff and I go way back. I first met this MD and 41 time Ironman triathlon finisher at the Half-Ironman World Championships in Florida six years ago, and interviewed him a few weeks later in the podcast episode "A Peek Into The Life of An Ironman, Natural Medicine Physician."

Then, he helped me with metal detoxification using a metal chelating spray he designed, and I interviewed him about this in the podcast "How Hidden Sources Of Heavy Metals Are Destroying Your Health, And What You Can Do About It."

He also helped me with my son's exercise induced asthma, which is now completely eliminated using the techniques Dr. Minkoff introduced me to in the podcast "Why More Kids Are Getting Exercise Induced Asthma, and What You Can Do About It."

Now Dr. Minkoff is back. And he's back to fill us in on amino acids, branched chain amino acids, ketosis, bonking and more! During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The shocking story of how Dr. Minkoff reversed his wife's MS by detoxifying the mercury build-up in her body...

-The exact dosage of amino acids Dr. Minkoff used to completely heal a hamstring injury...

-The important difference between amino acids, protein powder and food-based protein from sources like steak and eggs...

-Why BCAA's and EAA's are much different, and why EAA's are not turned into sugar in the body...

-How to use EAA's during periods of ketosis or carbohydrate restriction...

-How long before a workout to use EAA's and how many to use during a workout...

-How many amino acids you can safely take on a daily basis...

-How to use EAA's for intermittent fasting, controlling carbohydrate cravings and fat loss...  -And much more!

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More About Dr. Minkoff: Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, his BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 40-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer.

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Resources we discuss in this episode: -NatureAminos Essential Amino Acids -Pancreatic enzymes -ION Panel from DirectLabs -MetalFree detox spray Interview with Dr. Minkoff: How Hidden Sources Of Heavy Metals Are Destroying Your Health, And What You Can Do About It. Interview with Dr. Minkoff: A Peek Into The Life of An Ironman, Natural Medicine Physician. Interview with Dr. Minkoff: Why More Kids Are Getting Exercise Induced Asthma, and What You Can Do About It.

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Minkoff? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and either he or I will reply!

Dec 9, 2015

Prepare to have your mind blown... Green tea is bad for you. You shouldn't brush your teeth very much. Vitamin Water has more carbs than beer. And you should start using nicotine, five or more than drinks per day, marijuana and copious amounts of coffee. These are all shocking claims made by the book "The Good News About What's Bad for You...The Bad News About What's Good for You." and written by today's podcast guest, Jeff Wilser. Jeff is a writer whose work has appeared in print or online at places like New York magazine, GQ, Esquire, Mental_Floss, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Huffington Post. In addition to the book that we talk about in this podcast - The Good News About What's Bad for You...The Bad News About What's Good for You - Jeff has also written The ManCave book, The Maxims of Manhood, It's OK To Sleep With Him On The First Date, and more. CRsitAxUAAAUd-j

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-When green tea can be bad for you (and shocking news about Snapple)...

-Which version of water has more calories than Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream...

-The absolute worst time of day to brush your teeth (and what kale smoothies have to do with that)...  

-Why being happy all the time and meditating may not be all it's cracked up to be...

-The surprising benefits of nicotine...

-The part of the population that should absolutely drink alcohol...

-Why limiting yourself to one cup of coffee a day may not be the best thing... -The beneficial ways that marijuana changes your brain...

-What happened when Jeff went on a 30 day junk food diet...

-And much more!  

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about good things that are bad for you, or anything else Jeff and I discuss in this podcast? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply (and grab Jeff's book here).

Dec 5, 2015
Today, you get to learn about a new wearable device that gives you all the benefits of cold thermogenesis...
 
...via a tiny device that you wear your wrist like a wristwatch.
 
But this device goes way beyond that, including generating infrared light that induces a release of nitric oxide and ATP, reducing travel and jet lag symptoms, inducing sleep, shutting down inflammation...
 
...and much more.
 
You must listen to this episode. My mind was blown.
 

My guest is Ruben Salinas. Ruben is a Harvard MBA graduate, an inventor, medical devices entrepreneur and angel investor and EMT with a track record of product development in the areas of spectroscopy, medical devices and diagnostics. He is also an avid biohacker and is featured in the upcoming documentary film “Supercharged”, along with Dave Asprey, Wim Hof, Abel James and Dr. Jack Kruse. He is also currently the President & CEO of a company focused on the development of diagnostics in the women’s health arena. Before that, he was Chairman of PowerMedic Systems, a medical laser company and CEO of MPI, Inc., a company he acquired via a leveraged buyout. And before that, he held Product Management and Engineering positions at GE Healthcare and GE Lighting. Since graduating as a Harvard MBA, he has bought, sold and started several companies mainly in the medical space. His proudest moments, however, happen in his prototyping lab where he gets to apply his biomedical engineering skills and delve into his latest venture, a venture we are going to talk about today... ...because Ruben is, in addition to the impressive list above, the Chairman of Quantum Dynamics, a company currently developing a wearable device called the Quantlet.

What is the Quantlet? Basically, it is a wearable that produces two things: cold and light. Why cold? Physical performance is deeply tied to your body’s temperature. When you get hot, your performance suffers. This is because key respiratory proteins and cellular enzymes change shape and may even malfunction if they overheat, which impacts certain metabolic processes. Keeping the body cool during exercise or exertion can therefore help you better perform. Cold Thermogenesis (CT), as it is known scientifically, is an exciting new area of research which has recently shown positive effects on thyroid function, fat loss, exercise efficiency and inflammation reduction. This is because recent studies have found that adults have more brown adipose tissue (BAT) than was previously believed, which can significantly increase energy expenditure in response to cold exposure. Why light? The use of visible and near-infrared (NIR) light for reducing pain, inflammation and edema, has been known for almost forty years. The effects of photobiomodulation, as it is known scientifically, are photochemical – just like photosynthesis in plants. When the correct power, frequency and application time are used, light reduces oxidative stress and increases ATP. This in turn improves cell metabolism and reduces inflammation. In recent studies, photobiomodulation has demonstrated increased exercise capacity and longer exercise times, as well as improved biomarkers (including reduced lactate, creatine kinase, and CRP) after exercise in people treated with red and infrared light. Photobiomodulation has also been reported to release certain brain compounds that positively affect mood and sleep.

During today's podcast, you'll discover:

-Why irradiating your blood with light is one of the most powerful vasodilation techniques known to man...

-Why it's crucial that you figure out how to reduce your blood thickness, especially if you travel and or if you get jet lag...

-How light exposure and a process called photobiomodulation induces the release of nitric oxide...

-Why (until now) science hasn't yet discovered how to get the positive benefits of light and cold at the same time...

-How a thermo-electric cooler works and why it allows you to fool your body into not vasoconstricting in response to cold...

-When you should use light and cold, for how long, and when not to use light and cold... -Whether the Quantlet produces Bluetooth, WiFi or other EMF frequencies...

-How well the Quantlet holds up under conditions like water immersion or workouts...

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -The Quantlet -Quantlet video for Indiegogo Campaign -Interview with Prof. Michael Hamblin (Harvard and Quantlet's Scientific Advisor) -Interview with James Carroll (LLLT expert and Quantlet's Light Module Developer) -Interview with Ruben Salinas on The Quantlet's Protocols -Ben Greenfield's Heat-Hacking Experiment in LAVA Magazine -The Peltier thermo-electric cooling effect

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

Dec 2, 2015

Meet Dr. Kirk Parsley (pictured above), affectionately known as "Doc Parsley".

Doc Parsley is a former Navy SEAL. He received his Medical Degree from Bethesda, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in 2004. He interned in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Balboa Naval Hospital San Diego in 2005 and subsequently completed a Navy residency in Hyperbarics and Diving Medicine in 2006. He served as an Undersea Medical Officer at Naval Special Warfare Group One from June 2009 to January 2013. While there, he led the development and supervised the group’s first Sports Medicine Rehabilitation center. And in addition to being able to kill you with his pinky finger, he's a total sleep nerd. Doc Parsley has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and served as Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine. After leaving the Navy he went into concierge medicine and consulting. He consults on sleep for multiple corporations, and professional athletes, teams and individual clients, including the Navy SEALs. He lectures worldwide on sleep, wellness, anti-aging and hormonal optimization. But wait, I'm not done... Doc Parsley is also a bit of a chemist, and his supplement formulations are used to help the world’s most elite fighting organization: the Navy SEALs. He designs sleep products to compensate for the toxic environment that SEALs find themselves living in - high stress, heavily processed foods, and insufficient sleep, and his brand new "Sleep Cocktail" is the first sleep product designed specifically for hard-charging, high-achievers to fall asleep fast. I know that I talk a lot about different pills, capsules, powders and oils that can help you sleep, but this Sleep Cocktail stuff is one of the most potent that I've used lately, and worth a try, especially if nothing else seems to be working for you. So now you can tap into the same stuff Doc Parsley is feeding the SEALs, and in today's podcast we get to talk about that, the unique mix of Sleep Cocktail ingredients, sleep cycles, melatonin, jet lag, and much, much more.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The shocking things that happen to your body while you are sleeping if you take Ambien or Valium...

-Why the GABA in sleep supplements doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier (and how to actually make GABA cross your blood-brain barrier)...

-Why you must shut down your neocortex if you want to get true, restorative sleep...

-The biggest nutrient deficiencies that keep you from falling asleep...

-One big disturbing fact about physicians and sleep... -Why you "wake up" in middle of night when melatonin wears off...

-How to manage jet lag symptoms with supplementation protocol...

-If you can take sleep supplements when you wake up at, say, 4 or 5am and you want to sleep until 7am...

-And much more!

Click here and use coupon code Greenfield to save 10% on Sleep Cocktail. Do you have questions, comments or feedback about sleep supplements or insomnia? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and either myself or Doc Parsley will reply!

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