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Aug 31, 2016

In 1974, the World Health Organization stated that environmental toxins create approximately 84% of all chronic diseases. Over the past 40 years this number has increased dramatically... ...and as a matter of fact, an oft-neglected but serious issue called "cellular toxicity" is one of the major epidemics of our lifetimes, and remains an underlying cause of numerous health issues, including gut problems, thyroid issues, sluggish metabolism, brain fog and much more.

In today's episode, you're going to learn exactly why that is, what cellular toxicity is, what you can do about, and the most effective form of detoxification that you've probably never heard of.

My guest on today's episode is Dr. Daniel Pompa, D.PSc., who is widely considered to be a global leader in the health and wellness industry. He travels all over the country educating practitioners and the public on the root causes of inflammation driven diseases such as Weight Loss Resistance, Hypothyroid, Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autoimmune Disorders and other chronic conditions. ...and I happened to have had the pleasure of hanging out at Dan's house with him in Park City Utah during my TrainToHunt National Championships competition, and finding out everything I've always wanted to know about how to detox the body as effectively as possible. Dan's authority is rooted in his own personal battle. He has overcome serious neurotoxic illness and heavy metal poisoning, and he did that using the cellular detoxification strategies we talk about in this show. His methodology is rooted in self-experimentation, and runs very much counter to mainstream detox tactics.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Dr. Pompa developed extremely"toxic" cells despite being a seemingly healthy pro mountain biker and chiropractic physician...[9:30]

-The big, big problem with detoxifications such as cilantro, chlorella, juice cleanses, colonics and other popular detox methods...[30:00]

-Why the popular cleansing mineral zeolite is too big to cross a cell membrane, and what you can do about it...[34:05 & 53:55]

-Dr Pompa's 5 "R's" of fixing your cells for good, and how you can personally do each of these R's...[37:35]

-Why you must detox your cell, and not just your tissue or your blood, and exactly how to detox your cells...[40:15]

-What happens if you mix popular detox methods, like fiber supplements or glutathione or n-acetyl cysteine or juicing, etc...[58:15]

-The tiny white bottle that Dr. Pompa gave me that made me feel like complete crap and call him on the phone three days later...[63:20]

-What you should feel like when you are detoxing, and how long you should actually detox for (you'll be surprised at the answer)...[64:30]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -CytoDetox supplement -Six hour urine challenge -Evidence Of Harm DVD about mercury dental fillings -The "Smoking Tooth" video on YouTube -IAOMT.org for finding a holistic dentist -Biology Of Belief book -NOW Foods liver capsules -USWellnessMeats (Ben mentions braunschweiger and head cheese in this episode) -Cancer As A Metabolic Disease book -Thorne multivitamin -Dr. Pompa's article about detoxification mistakes

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dan or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Aug 27, 2016

If you happened to watch the most recent Crossfit Games, you may have noticed they were brought to you by...soda. That's right: a soda company was sponsor of the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games, the worldwide competition to find the Fittest On Earth. Not exactly something you'd associate with Coke or Pepsi or Mountain Dew (or my all-time favorite Dr. Pepper), is it? The name of the soda company is "Zevia", and my guest on today's show is Paddy Spence, who is a 23-year veteran of the natural and organic foods industry - a guy who completely cut sugar out from his diet 14 years ago, and a guy who then purchased Zevia, a line of stevia-sweetened sodas that is now the world's top-selling zero-calorie, natural diet soda. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters and is an avid athlete, having completed over 40 triathlons and trained in martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, Shotokan Karate and boxing.

During our discussion, you'll discover: 

-How one can make the argument that "caveman drank soda", and the fascinating history of fermented beverages and soda-like compounds...[12:00]

-How did the name Zevia come to be...[17:30]

-What causes "keto flu" and how to avoid getting it...[21:50]

-Why stevia tastes bitter to some people...[28:05] -Why Coke's "TruVia" and Pepsi's "PureVia" can actually be very bad for you (and why not all stevia is created equal)...[32:30]

-How sugar alcohols are processed by your body, and the one form of sugar alcohol that won't make you fart...[40:15]

-The little-known fruit grown in the foothills of China that actually does not spike your blood sugar...[42:25]

-Why many natural flavors come from pretty nasty sources, including the anal gland of a beaver...[50:00]

-The big reason you need to avoid anything that lists "caramel color"...[56:45]

-My own personal vodka cocktail mix I use with Creme Soda flavored Zevia, and how my kids make Root Beer Floats with Root Beer flavored Zevia...[59:00]

-Paddy's amazing recipe for a Zevia custard dessert...[61:10]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Zevia soda -Simply Gum -Here’s the recipe for Banana Swirl, created by Paddy's amazing wife Jerra Spence: 2 frozen bananas, a pinch of cinnamon, and a couple of splashes of Zevia Cream Soda. Combine all of these in a high-powered blender and mix until the bananas are smooth & creamy. Place in freezer for 30-60 minutes. Serve in a dish, possibly with some stevia-sweetened chocolate chips on top!

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Paddy or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Aug 24, 2016

There are very few people who I consider to be personal mentors, extremely trustworthy individuals in my life who I can look to for fitness, health and longevity advice, or people who I think put out truly "cutting-edge" health information. Dr. Joseph Mercola is one of those people. Dr. Mercola is a board certified family physician who had seen tens of thousands of patients before transitioning to a full time internet journalist, as he felt he could help far more people than he could in private practice. It turns out he was right...because every month he has ten million unique visitors and 80 million unique visitors each year. Mercola.com has been the most visited natural health site for the last 12 years and is now translated into six different languages.

Dr. Mercola's passion is optimizing mitochondrial health, and during today's discussion, you'll discover:

-How Dr. Mercola built Mercola.com into one of the most popular health websites in the world...[14:00]

-Dr. Mercola's unique system that allows him to digest dozens of books each month while taking a quarter billion+ steps over his lifetime...[19:15]

-Why you should wear blue light blocking glasses during the day, not just at night...[24:30]

-How to ground your computer and keep your laptop and monitor from destroying your health...[26:35 & 35:20]

-Why Dr. Mercola eats both seafood and one surprising compound found in seafood every day of the week...[29:20]

-The little-known biohacks Dr. Mercola uses to maximize his mitochondrial density...[36:50]

-Why scrambled eggs are very bad for you, and what you can do about it...[41:30]

-The myth about iron levels and a crucial test you must take to keep iron from "rusting out" your body...[53:55]

-The best book Dr. Mercola has ever read on strength training, and how he combines it with a special hack called "EWOT"...[20:20 & 79:10]

-Dr. Mercola's take on whether or not quantification devices like rings and wristbands are good or bad for you, and what he personally uses...[60:45]

-Why Dr. Mercola limits protein intake, and how he strikes a balance between anti-aging effects of muscle and aging effects of too much protein...[67:30]

-How to make your own "anti-aging" cocktail...[72:30]

-A unique one-two combo you can use prior to saunas to maximize your detoxification, fat burn and fat cell death...[75:10]

-Two ingredients Dr. Mercola sprinkles on his garden soil to get 10x+ production of cherries, organic produce and more...[87:40]

-The liquid dropper that Dr. Mercola takes on every airplane ride...[94:10]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Tripping Over The Truth -My interview with Dr. Minkoff "Why You've Been Lied To About Cancer" -Cronometer.com/mercola -My podcast with Dr. Mercola's girlfriend Erin Elizabeth on Lyme disease -The book "Deskbound" by Kelly Starrett -Negative ion generator -Eizo computer monitor -Iristech software for reducing blue light on monitors -Swannies stylish blue light blocking glasses -Laptop grounding cable -Organic fish roe -Induction burner for cooking foods at low heat -DIY Exercise With Oxygen Therapy -HARAPad anti-radiation laptop pad -FindASpring.com -Whole House Charcoal Water Filter -GreenfieldNaturals.com structured water filter (use 15% discount code "friendofben") -Tank-free reverse osmosis filter with remineralization -Neobdyium magnet -Ionic ocean minerals -Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor's Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease -Gerald Pollack's book "The 4th Phase Of Water" -Dumping Iron: How to Ditch This Secret Killer and Reclaim Your Health -DeltaSleeper SR1 Device -Oura ring -Magnetico sleep pad -Ben's article on strength training and anti-aging -Ben's article on using NAD+ and pau d' arco bark tea for anti-aging -This one-two combination of d-Ribose and niacin pre-sauna -Ben's article on "hacking your sauna". -Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe -Quicksilver Scientific IMD Intestinal Cleanse -Biochar -Clearmind NI focus unit -Ben's podcast on the Quantlet 

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Mercola or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

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Addendum: Ben's notes on the DeltaSleeper/PEMF discussion: The info below regarding the "Ramazzini Team" study on PEMF and cancer does not take a genius to figure out. The Ramazzini team followed what is commonly known as an initiation-promotion protocol. Male and female Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed in their mothers’ wombs and then for the rest of their lives to 50 Hz magnetic fields at an intensity of either 20μT or 1,000μT (200 mG or 10 G). At the age of six weeks, they each received a single 0.1Gy dose of gamma radiation, a known cancer agent. So let's take a look at what we have here. 1. The six week old rats were given a single 0.1 Gy dose of Gamma radiation. A KNOWN cancer agent. Gamma rays are classified as ionizing. This means they have the power to cause permanent cellular damage. See Below: Primer on Electromagnetic Fields. 2. They were exposed continuously for the rest of their lives to 50Hz magnetic fields at either 200 milliGauss or 10 Gauss fields. This is completely unnatural. The Earth's magnetic field is 3-6 milliGaus (0.3-0.6 Gauss). The SR1 creates a field exactly within this natural range. I don't believe the 50Hz magnetic pulse itself would cause any damage however the SR1 device provides a much lower frequency pattern. So basically, these rats did not stand a chance of not developing cancer. Further into the report we find the following from Fiorella Belpoggi, the Scientific Director of the Institute who notes that:

"No Cancer Seen with EMFs Alone"

In an interview, Belpoggi said that they are planning to publish the results of a concurrent experiment in which rats were exposed to power-frequency EMFs, without any other treatment. “In our preliminary data, ELF EMFs alone didn’t appear to show an increase of cancer in experimental animals so far,” she disclosed. "The main result of our experiment,” she said, is that “ELF EMFs have a synergistic effect: They are able to enhance the effects of a well-known carcinogen at low doses that was negative at those doses in the same experimental model." It's important to understand the difference between EMF's in something like a DeltaSleeper and EMF's from higher power devices, so keep reading... ...EMFs are classified as ionizing or non-ionizing according to their frequency. Ionizing fields have very short wavelengths and frequencies between 1016 Hz. and 1023 Hz. These fields are above visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum (1015 Hz.) and include cosmic rays, gamma rays and X-rays which have the power to knock electrons off their nuclear orbits and cause permanent cellular damage. Non-ionizing fields have longer wavelengths and frequencies below 1014 Hz. Although they have less power than ionizing fields they are still capable of having biologic effects. Important EMF modalities in medicine today are non-thermal applications of non-ionizing radiation. Medical applications of non-thermal, non-ionizing EM fields include non-union fracture bone repair, neuronal stimulation, nerve stimulation, tissue regeneration, immune system stimulation, osteoarthritis therapy, wound healing etc. Non-ionizing fields are classified as thermal, which means in biological terms, causes gross tissue heating, or non-thermal, indicating no gross tissue heating is involved. And the SR1 Device is a non-ionizing, non-thermal device. Furthermore, is switched on for just 22 minutes per use. The Earth's magnetic field ranges from 0.3 Gauss - 0.6 Gauss. The SR1 Device field strength falls within this range. They are in effect "Copying Nature" with that technology.  

Aug 20, 2016

Meet Bob. "Quantified Bob". Quantified Bob has tracks his life tirelessly, and has reams of data and insight on how the human body responds to everything from varying amounts of starch intake, to electrostimulation, to artificial light to different diets to cognitive performance training and beyond. Bob Troia is a serial entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of digital innovation and emerging technologies for nearly two decades. A left- and right-brain thinker who is equal parts technical, creative, and analytical, Bob is as comfortable talking about business strategy, marketing, and product development as he is discussing programming, design, AI, hardware, and human physiology. He is actively involved in the quantified self and biohacking movements, focusing his passion on the intersection of self-tracking and personal analytics, health and wellness, behavior design, technology, and life optimization, documenting his personal efforts under the moniker “Quantified Bob”.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Quantified Bob got his name...[11:35]

-How you can account for all the different potentially confounding variables when you're testing and tracking data...[13:00]

-Why Bob hacked and tracked his glucose, and what he found...[17:10] 

-How you can self-test your water quality, and what Bob found by comparing tap water to filtered water...[31:10]

-The best way to monitor air quality in your home or office...[45:15]

-The most surprising thing you can change in your bedroom that may give you a better night's sleep...[50:00]

-How to track your "rate of aging"...[54:10]

-The unique form of neuromuscular electrostimulation that Bob uses...[62:30]

-The craziest or most intriguing self-quantification experiment Bob has planned...[67:50]

-And much more...

Resources from this episode: -QuantifiedBob.com -23andme genetic testing -Oxaloacetate -MyBasis watch -The Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitor -PrecisionXtra -Ketonix Breath Ketone monitor -Zerowater -Home water testing kit -Trace liquid minerals -Foobot indoor air quality monitor -Allerair central air filter -The new Molekule air purification system -Titanovo telomere testing kits -D-minder Vitamin D testing -My podcast with Jay Schroeder on ARPWave -ARPWave practitioners -Periodic fasting diet study

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Bob or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Aug 17, 2016

August 10, 2016 Podcast: 358: Muscle Cramping, Calorie & Carb Cycling, Gene Splicing, Fixing Altitude Sickness & More! NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar of events. 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 Podcast Sidekick.

Natural Remedies For Altitude Sickness

Jenny says: She's from Indiana. She's a fit and active 52 year old woman that lives 500ft above sea level. Her husband and her are planning a backpacking trip to Yellowstone this fall and she'll be hiking at 6000ft - 8000. Her concern is elevation sickness. She's snow skied out west before and she's experienced that horrible that headache and nausea feeling that comes with it and she's wondering if you have any tips for how to avoid altitude sickness and get used to working out?

In my response, I recommend: -Garlic/lavender/clove essential oils -Gingko Biloba -TianChi -Coca leaves

Everything You Need To Know About Muscle Cramping

Rachel says: She's from Sydney and she loves the podcast and thanks for everything you do. Her question relates to muscle cramps. Her husband gets terrible cramps and they can occur at any time, like during runs over 12K and during the day, but they mostly occur at night. He takes magnesium and camp bark formula two times per day and magnesium forte. They've tried so many things but nothing seems to work. He rolls, stretches, doesn't relax etc, his mum had this issue and they both have blue feet. She may well have missed something you've already written about it but she can't find it.

In my response, I recommend: -This podcast on muscle cramping

How To Cycle Your Calories & Carbs

Jeff says: Question about fat burn and calories deficit. He generally stays in fat burn and eats pretty healthy. He's wondering if he works out everyday and he's anywhere between 500-1000 cal deficit is that safe and OK to do, how long of a time period can he go that way? He only has 5-10 pounds to lose but he's really working on endurance, muscle strength and so forth.

In my response, I recommend: -GetFitGuy.com

The 5 Best Books For Power & Strength

Jason says: He's a police officer in Albury and he's looking to start reading books on function strength for policing, he's looking to gain power and strength. What books would you recommend for that?

In my response, I recommend: -Starting Strength -Mass Made Simple -Neuromass -Naked Warrior -MILO Strength

 

Aug 13, 2016

My guest on today's podcast, Ryan Munsey, is a former fitness model and gym-owner-turned writer, speaker, and biohacker. He's a mental and physical performance specialist with a degree in Food Science & Human Nutrition from Clemson University, and a wealth of knowledge on topics such as smart drugs, lucid dreaming, unconventional strength training and cardiovascular training techniques, and dirty secrets in the supplement industry. Ryan is also the Chief Optimizer at Natural Stacks and host of the Optimal Performance Podcast.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Ryan thinks most people shouldn't eat breakfast...[6:10]

-The strange and shocking history of corn flakes...[20:50]

-How to "hack" yourself into a state of lucid dreaming...[22:20]

-How Ryan uses resistance bands to get strength breakthrough...[31:00]

-The concept of something called "Hurricane training" for a huge boost in cardiovascular fitness...[39:24]

-How Ryan stays lean when he can't workout... [45:45]

-Ryan's unique personal "smart drug" stack that he uses...[53:00]

-Why you should use caution when you see the word "proprietary" on a supplement label (and other dirty secrets of the supplements industry)...[62:10]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Ryan's article on why he skips breakfastr -The strange and shocking history of why corn flakes were invented -Ryan's podcast interview on lucid dreaming -Galantamine for lucid dreaming -CBD oil vs. Rick Simpson's oil -Rogue monster resistance bands -Ryan's article on Hurricane Training -Martin Rooney's Cardio Workouts for Warriors book -Bulletproof Instamix -The Longecity forum -How To Make Your Own Smart Drugs -Top 10 dirty secrets of the supplement industry -Natural Stacks (for CILTEP, etc.) (use 15% discount code BEN15 on anything)

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Ryan or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Aug 10, 2016

In the beginning of this episode, I mention "Michael Phelps cupping" and what the research really says about whether cupping does or does not work, and also mention a new study on 20-25% gains in lean muscle gain, strength and power, and this HMB-ATP stack that uses exactly what they used in the study (use 50% discount code BEN50).

When it comes to healing your gut, getting rid of bloat and constipation, changing your gastrointestinal bacteria or any other digestive topic, I consider Dr. Robynne Chutkan to be one of the smartest women on the face of planet.

She is on faculty at Georgetown University and founder of the Digestive Center for Women, and she is author of not one, not two, but three books that focus on her primary philosophy: healing your body from the inside out. So basically, she really loves talking about poop. Her latest book, The Microbiome Solution, is a deep dive into how and why some of our modern day living is actually causing more problems than we realized to the tiny microbes that keep us happy and healthy– household cleaners, air conditioning, processed food. In that book, she talks about eating poop, timing your probiotics, getting a dog to lick your face, eating dirt and more. In her other book, The Bloat Cure, she looks at less of the science and more at the practical nature of our bloated bellies, talking about how bloat isn’t just bad Chinese food, but also things like codeine in cough syrup and dehydration and birth control pills and GMOs.

During today's episode, you'll discover what I learned from reading both these books, and much more, including:

-How Dr. Chutkan can actually "smell" gut issues with her patients...[16:25]

-What it means if your sweat smells funky...[21:00]

-What pig whipworms and hookworms have to do with getting a healthier gut...[24:30]

-Why the Bedouin tribe eats camel feces when they have gut issues...[34:00]

-Why the "poop pills" everyone seems to be talking about don't work...[52:50]

-Which common musculoskeletal imbalance can cause constipation, no matter how healthy you eat...[55:56]

-Why your medications and supplements may be making you constipated, and what you can do about it...[62:30]

-How wine can be either good or bad for your microbiome, depending on when you drink the wine...[67:45]

-The best time of day to take probiotics if you are also taking antibiotics...[69:30]

-Beans cause bloat for lots of people, you'll discover one special ingredient you can add to them to keep this from happening...[72:55]

-And much more...

Resources from this episode: -The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out -The Bloat Cure: 101 Natural Solutions for Real and Lasting Relief -3 day "poop panel" to test your gut -Openbiome for fecal transplants -"How To Poop The Right Way" article -NatureCleanse  

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Chutkan or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Aug 6, 2016

When it comes to plant based medicine, my guest on today's podcast is widely considered to be a groudbreaking pioneer. His name is Dennis McKenna.

Dennis's research - spanning back to the 1970's - has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. During the early 1970's, he developed a technique for cultivating psilocybin mushrooms with his brother Terence McKenna and they later published what they had learned in a book entitled Psilocybin - Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide. Dennis has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brasilian Amazon. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia, 1984) focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key organizer and participant in the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca used by the UDV, a Brazilian religious group. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota.

During our discussion, you'll discover: -The strange magazine, still published, that Dennis's father used to read - a magazine that first got Dennis interested in the "paranormal" and psychedelics... -How DMT works, and ways that you can induce the same psychedelic sensation that DMT induces without actually using something like ayahuasca... -Ways that you can induce deep sleep without relying upon compounds such as valium or ambien... -Why one common spice that you can find on the counter at Starbucks can send you on a hallucinogenic trip... -The difference between an ayahuasca experience in rural South America vs. an urban New York loft... -Why Silicone Valley is obsessed with LSD microdosing as a creativity-enhancing "smart drug"... -How psilocybin works to enhance your connection with nature and how you may be able to activate this via other mechanisms... -How one can safely "source" these kind of plant-based medicines in their local community... -And much more...

Resources from this episode: -Fate magazine -Deltasleeper device -10 ways to activate the pineal gland -The ajna light -Passionflower extract -Nutmeg essential oil -Kava kava extract -Syrian rue extract -Hefter.org and MAPS.org -Ayaadvisor.org -LSD Microdosing: The New Job Enhancer In Silicon Valley And Beyond? -Pre-frontal cortex tapping -erowid.org for online drug information -Alexendra Tannous's Sound Meditation video -The WholeTones Sound of Healing CD's -Psilocybin - Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide -The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching -The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss -Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dennis McKenna or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Aug 3, 2016

August 3, 2016 Podcast: 357: The Great Olive Oil Hoax, Warrior vs. Worrier Gene, Maintaining Muscle During Endurance Exercise, The Ultimate Guide To Napping & More. NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar of events. 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 Podcast Sidekick.

The Ultimate Guide To Napping

Grant says: He recently saw your Snapchat story on napping. You said you naturally wake up after a 20-30 minutes daily nap and its part of your ritual. He's curious how your body naturally goes 20-40 minutes and wakes up by itself without an alarm? What does it mean if you nap longer, like 2-4 hours?

In my response, I recommend: -Supermemo napping article -Withing Aura -Sleepstream (use Powernap function) -Lavender essential oil -Sleepmask -SR1 Deltasleeper -Masimo pulse oximeter

How Much Coffee Can You Drink If You're Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

Dalice says: She loves the podcast! After the recent podcast with Dr. Chopra, she has a question about coffee while breastfeeding. The studies showed that coffee consumption had little impact on the child when pregnant, is this still the case when breastfeeding? She has a 4.5 month old daughter and she wants to know if she can safely drink caffeinated coffee while breastfeeding.

In my response, I recommend: -

How To Maintain Muscle During Long Endurance Exercise

Aleksi says: He loves the podcast and he's been listening for many years. His question regards hiking. He's going to Norway for a week-long hiking trip and he's wondering how he can keep himself healthy and not lose too much muscle during the trip, with the least amount of weight to carry? And would that change if he were to hike a 2000m Appalachian trail instead of a week-long hike?

In my response, I recommend: -NatureAminos -Algae article -Colostrum -Exogenous ketone + C8 & my article "How To Get Into Ketosis: The Ultimate Guide" -BPC-157 & SARMS like LGD-4033 -Broken Skull Challenge

Warrior vs. Worrier Gene

Cathy says: She loves the podcast. She has a question about the COMT mutation, which she has. She knows it means you can have a hard time breaking down catecholamines. She has major insomnia issues, if she's out late at night she just can't wind down, she feels like she has adrenaline and cortisol issues going on, and its really difficult for her to fall asleep. She's wondering if you have any advice for people with the COMT mutation and if there's anything they can do to help breakdown the catecholamines that would help her get more into her parasympathetic nervous system?

In my response, I recommend: -Thorne multivitamin -Magnesium lotion -DIM -For Worrier: Brain Food -23andme

 

 

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