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Feb 6, 2017

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In this episode, Ben discusses his favorite biohacking practices and gear with Mansal Denton of the Brain Optimization Summit . 

 

Jan 8, 2017

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In this episode, Ben answers questions covering tips for longevity, overcoming internal resistance, and what drives him to the next level. 

 

Apr 14, 2015

In today's premium podcast episode, I interview Pierre-Jean, the co-founder of Echo Labs. Echo Labs has developed a wearable sensor that can measure what's in your blood using spectrometry (which means that this wearable can measure actual molecules in your bloodstream), along with heart rate, blood pressure, hydration, heart rate variability, sleep and more. 

You'll find out: -New technology that allows you to get an accurate heart rate and heart rate variability score without using a chest strap... -How the molecules in your blood can tell you whether you are burning fats vs. carbohydrates... -How a wearable can detect your level of hydration... -Which markers are most important to detect if you want to measure your rest and recovery... -How an accurate heart rate variability could potentially be calculated without a heart rate monitor... -How a wearable can measure aerobic performance... -And much more!

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Aug 20, 2014

Last year, in the podcast episode "The Unforeseen Costs of Civilization And What You Can Do About It.", I spoke to author Spencer Wells about the world of genetic testing and gene research.

In just one year since that episode, we've come a long way, baby. Even though the popular genetic testing service "23andme" seems to have had a bit of a slapdown from the FDA when it comes to releasing specific health information, that doesn't mean you can't still go get tested by 23andme (a simple salivary test that costs $99) and then export that data to another service that will give you targeted health, fitness and nutrition information.

My guest on today's podcast, Andrew Steele, is British Olympic athlete in the 400m and the 4x400m relay (runs the 400 in 44.94 seconds) and has represented his country at European Championships, Commonwealth games, World Championships and Olympic games.

The guy knows what it takes to go from good to great, how to tap into the power of genetic research to make targeted training and nutrition choices, and now works as head of sport for a company called "DNAFit", which allows you to import your 23andme test results to get personalized fitness and diet results.

During our discussion, Andrew and I go over my: -DNAFit Nutrition Results (click to download) -DNAFit Fitness Results (click to download)

You're going to learn the background and science of how the process works, real world examples of how this information can be applied with significant benefits to health, performance and biomarkers, and how accurate the results are.

Do you have questions or feedback about how to use genetic testing to get personalized diet and fitness recommendations? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com!

Apr 30, 2014

Apr 30, 2014 Podcast (brought to you today by Harry's Shaving - click here to check 'em out and use code Ben to save 5 bucks!): Does Coolsculpting Fat Loss Surgery Work, What Are Omega 5 and 7 Fats, Should You Exercise Your Chest Every Day, Will A Paleo Diet Cause Gout, 5 Ways To Stay Healthy At College, Are Bluetooth Headsets and Wireless HR Monitors Dangerous, and What Should Your Ratio of Vitamin A, D and K be?

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The Thyroid Sessions go live on May 5 - where Ben is speaking on "How Exercise Destroys Your Thyroid And What You Can Do About It". The frustration and misinformation surrounding thyroid problems needs to stop. An estimated 30 million people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a thyroid disorder — only half have been properly diagnosed. And even less are receiving proper treatment. Unfortunately, the real answers are not offered by their medical practitioners and seldom covered by insurance. That’s why Sean Croxton traveled the country to interview a dozen of the leading functional medicine doctors, nutritionists, and real food chefs for a free online screening called The Thyroid Sessions. And you can click here register today to watch them for FREE!

Ben is now uploading both is weekly workout logs and diet photos to the Inner Circle. Every week Ben discover new exercises, workout tactics, fat loss tricks, biohacks, deep sleep tips, detoxes, recipes, supplements, etc. - but people often feel like they’re “behind the curve” - constantly trying to wrap their heads around what’s working best at any given time, or what’s going to be best for them and their bodies. In Ben's monthly Inner Circle video workshops and diet and exercise logs, he and his wife Jessa teach you exactly “what’s working now”, so that you can stay on the razor-sharp, cutting-edge of fitness, nutrition and lifestyle optimization. When it comes to “assembling” everything that Ben talks about in the podcast, books, etc. into an easy-to-implement system, the Inner Circle is the way to do that. Click here to try it out now for 10 bucks a month!

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Listener Q&A:

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

Does Coolsculpting Fat Loss Surgery Work?

Atanas asks: What is your opinion of coolsculpting? Is it good?

In my response I recommend: -http://www.CoolFatBurner.com

What Are Omega 5 and 7 Fats?

Brian asks: We hear plenty of info about Omega 3, 6 and 9 fats but nothing about 5 and 7. Are there any benefits or drawbacks to these omega fats? Especially for an Ironman Triathlete?

In my response I recommend: -SuperEssentials fish oil

Should You Exercise Your Chest Every Day?

Donald asks: He works out with a guy who exercises his chest every single time they go to the gym. Some times 3 or 5 times a week, back to back, he will work our his chest. Is this dangerous? Is it effective? He has never gotten injured or even sore. Is this something specific to the chest, where you can work it out more?

In my response I recommend: -Chapter 6 of my new Beyond Training book

Will A Paleo Diet Cause Gout?

Daniel asks: After a couple years of eating a high protein, paleo, body builder diet, he has experienced some symptoms of gout. Pain in his knees, elbows and ankle along with the big toe attacks you hear about from gout. How can he get rid of the uric acid crystals once and for all? Is there a detox he can do? He plans to do Dan John's Mass Gain protocol and will include all the amino and protein supplements you recommend. Will this be a problem?

In my response I recommend: -This acid alkaline food chart

5 Ways To Stay Healthy At College

Jennifer asks: Her daughter is going off to college in the fall (running track and cross country) and she is worried that her daughter will become unhealthy while she is there. What can she do to help her daughter stay healthy? What to eat in the cafeteria, how to keep her dorm room healthy, how to avoid fluorescent light and everything else that could make her unhealthy and hurt her running.

In my response I recommend: 1) Good snacks (and an Amazon prime membership); 2) LowBlueLight bulbs; 3) Blue Light Blocking glasses; 4) Rich Food, Poor Food book; 5) HEPA Air Filter with negative ion generator or Harmonizer from GreenfieldNaturals.com with code BEN15 for 15% discount

Are Bluetooth Headsets and Wireless HR Monitors Dangerous?

Hyesun (pronounced Hesson like Lesson) asks: She is wondering if you have concerns about EMFs from bluetooth technology (the HR monitor straps and patches) that we wear right on our bodies? What about EMFs from the Biomat? She's thinking about getting one, but is concerned about the EMFs coming from it. Do you have any thoughts or fears?

In my response I recommend: -The Biomat -AirTube Headset

What Should Your Ratio of Vitamin A, D and K be?

Meg asks: She has heard you talk about how you need to take adequate amounts of Vitamins A and K when you are supplementing with high dose (10,000 - 15,000iu) Vitamin D... but what exactly is an adequate amount? Is the RDA adequate (A is 5,000 and K is 80mcg)?

In my response I recommend: -This article by Chris Masterjohn of the Weston Price Foundation

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Dec 28, 2013

In today's podcast episode with the world famous neurosurgeon, biohacker and health expert Dr. Jack Kruse, you're going to discover how to build a healthy home, how to take your existing home and make it healthier, and how to ensure that the environment in your home is optimizing your sleep, your performance and your recovery.

This audio is jam-packed with practical tips and cutting-edge advice, including:

-Shocking information about television, TV networking and cable...

-Why your microwave is extremely dangerous even if you're not using it...

-What kind of water filtration system is ideal...

-The best way to filter and clean a swimming pool...

-Why the lightbulbs in your house may be slowly killing you...

-A healthy home hack for leftover wine bottles...

-What the ultimate, healthy home gym should look like...

-How climbing rocks and trees is one of the best ways to heal your body...

-And my personal favorite: how to create the ultimate healthy man-cave (or woman-cave)...

Resources Jack and I discuss during this episode:

-Magnetico or Biomat Sleep Mattress

-Jack Kruse's EMF Bootcamp

-LowBlueLight website for red amber bulbs or LED lights

-Wine bottle based lanterns from VinoGlo.com

-Jeremy Thomley and Mohawk Steel Co.

-Infrared Red Light Bulbs

-Ozonator

-Magnesium Bath Flakes

-Building A Healthy House (free .pdf) (we don't talk about this one, but it's a great resource for chemicals, clean air, mold and toxins - which Jack and I didn't get a chance to discuss in this episode)

About Dr. Jack Kruse: Dr. Jack Kruse is a respected neurosurgeon and CEO of Optimized Life, a health and wellness company dedicated to helping patients avoid the healthcare burdens we typically encounter as we age. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurologic Surgeons, and Age Management Medicine Group.

-Jack Kruse Tells You How To Live Like A Polar Bear And Eat Like A Great White Shark (previous podcast with Jack)

-How You Can Use Cold Thermogenesis To Perform Like Lance Armstrong And Michael Phelps (previous podcast with Jack)

Leave your questions, comments and feedback at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and be sure to tune into "Biohacking A Healthy Home: Part 2" podcast coming up next month with Bulletproof Exec Dave Asprey!

Jul 12, 2013

Aubrey De Grey is a British researcher on anti-aging.

He claims he has drawn a roadmap to defeat biological aging, and provocatively proposes that the first human beings who will live to 1,000 years old have already been born. 

In today's podcast, I interview Dr. De Grey, and we discuss his seven "reasons" for aging and what you can do about it. You'll learn:

-Why aging may not actually be inevitable...

-7 strategies for increasing longevity...

-Which enzymes keep your body from building up junk...

-Cutting-edge strategies to keep you actually feeling good when you live long...

-And much more!

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Resources mentioned in this episode include:

-Sens.org

-Ending Aging book

-The Island Where People Forget To Die article

-Marine Phytoplankton drops

-Pacific Elite Fitness Anti-Aging Pack

Questions, comments or feedback about anti-aging strategies? Leave your thoughts at http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/?p=14649

Jul 6, 2013

Do you feel like you're just not normal when you miss your workout?

Do you get grumpy when you skip your planned physical activity?

Do you sometimes sacrifice work and relationships to be able to squeeze in an exercise session?

Are you addicted to the feeling you get during or after a long run or bike ride or weight lifting workout?

Is this stuff normal, and is it OK to be "addicted to exercise"?

In today's podcast episode with "The Long Run" author Mishka Shubaly (pictured right), Mishka and I explore exercise addiction, and whether it is OK to be addicted to exercise.

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Who is Mishka Shubaly?

After receiving an expensive MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, Mishka realized he was more interested in playing music in dive bars than writing. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring nonstop, and has shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Decemberists among others.

His Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been bestsellers. He writes true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception and their aftermath. His work has been praised for its grit, humor, fearlessness and heart. The book "The Long Run" is his mini-memoir detailing his transformation from alcoholic drug abuser to sober ultrarunner.

Mishka Shubaly lives in Brooklyn where he writes music and plays bass for a band called the Freshkills.

During our interview, I ask Mishka:

-How does the experience you feel during, say, a run compare from a psychological standpoint to how you felt when drinking or using drugs?

-Because of things like the runner's high and endorphin release, do you think that people with "addictive personalities" have a greater predisposition towards endurance sports?

-Do you think that positive addictions like exercise can be taken too far?

-What are your top tips for people who find themselves potentially addicted to exercise, or working out to the extent to which it might damage their body or detract from their relationships or job?

Do you have your own questions, comments, feedback or thoughts about whether it is OK to be addicted to exercise? Leave your thoughts at http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/?p=14483 and be sure to grab Mishka's book for $1.99.

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Jun 22, 2013

In today's podcast interview with Elliot Hulse (the amazingly strong dude pictured above), you're going to discover how to get unstoppable strength for your body and mind - the type of strength that is the #1 key to performance, fertility, fat loss, endurance and more.

As an former college football MVP and currently a competitive Strongman, Elliott uses his real world experience and in-the-trenches knowledge to teach you how to unleash your true strength, speed and fitness potential while making your body and mind as strong as possible, and he spills all his secrets in this interview. Topics we discuss include:

-The truth about deep breathing and how to do it the right way...

-How to "breathe into your balls" and why it works, whether you're a man or a woman...

-The biggest mistakes most people make when they walk into a gym...

-Whether lifting heavy weights can help with fat loss, cardiovascular capacity or endurance...

-The best exercises to start with if you want to learn how to lift heavy weights...

-What's a sample workout routine if people want to get stronger and get these other benefits of lifting heavy without spending tons of time in the weight room?

Resources Elliot mentions during this episode:

-SexyBack Summit

-Elliot Hulse's website

-Wilhelm Reich

Questions, comments or feedback about these fast ways to get unstoppable strength for your body and mind? Leave your thoughts in the shownotes for this episode.

Jun 8, 2013

What's it take to be a vegan UFC fighter?

Is it even possible to fight MMA and eat a plant-based diet?

How does a UFC fighter train, and what are some of their underground training tactics?

You're about to discover all the answers, and much more, in this podcast with James "Lightning" Wilks, an English professional mixed martial artist and the winner of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter.

Even though I eat animals, and James doesn't, you're going to get a ton of value and an insider peak into the life of a serious fighter...

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