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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. 

 

Dec 11, 2016

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The lady who cuts my hair must think I'm a freak. It seems like every time I visit her for a haircut, I'm politely requesting that she save several clumps of my hair clippings for me to place in a small envelope and mail to my friend Wendy Myers. Why am I mailing my hair? Because Wendy is the expert when it comes to something called "hair mineral analysis". And she doesn't stop there: she does urine and stool too, so I sent her that way last month, and she was able to reveal a host of health information we can find from our hair, our urine and our stool - all topics that we address on this podcast. Wendy is a functional diagnostic nutritionist (FDN), a certified holistic health coach (CHHC), and the founder of Liveto110. She attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and has a degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California. She is certified in Hair Mineral Analysis for the purpose of designing programs for clients to correct their metabolism and body chemistry with customized targeted nutrient therapy. Wendy’s interest in nutrition began with the death of her father from esophageal cancer. Intuitively, she knew his chemo, radiation, and ten medications killed him prematurely. She vowed to find out what made him sick, why he died, what role medications played in his demise, and how she could avoid the same fate. The more Wendy learned, the more she realized that all the answers to health do not lie in our medical system.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why a lot of people say that the hair is really not a reflection of what's going on inside the body...[4:00]

-How hair analysis actually works in terms of accuracy and lab testing...[6:25]

-Why you need to look at mineral ratios and metal ratios when you do a hair tissue mineral analysis...[8:25]

-Why Wendy thinks my "soil" is high in heavy metals...[15:45]

-Why cooking in cast iron skillets can actually cause oxidation in the body...[23:02]

-The problem with the way that most physicians do a urine test...[36:15]

-What Wendy learned from my urine test in the "pre metals" and "post metals" results...[38:55]

-What the Fukushima disaster in Japan is doing to people's metal levels of metals like cesium...[40:50]

-How a stool metals test is different than a stool test for gut health...[50:15]

-What Wendy learned from my stool test...[51:10]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -My hair mineral analysis results -My urine pre-metals results -My urine post-metals results -My stool test results -Get your own testing done -Wendy's special offer for you is that you get $50 off her testing program we talk about in this episode. Just click here use coupon code GREEN50.

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

Nov 6, 2016

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Psychedelic drugs such as MDMA (AKA "Ecstacy") LSD and Psilocybin (AKA “magic” mushrooms) are very likely going to be the next set of drugs after marijuana to be destigmatized and potentially legalized, not necessarily because people are "partying more", but instead largely due to research going back to the 1950s which has shown that these drugs have a significant positive effect on those with depression, anxiety, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Psychedelics are supposedly able to disintegrate entrenched or destructive ways of thinking in people who have depression, anxiety and PTSD. And brain imaging has indeed shown that in the brains of PTSD patients who took MDMA, their primitive fear center responses shrunk while their rational thought processes overrode them — the opposite of how their brains normally function. Even Silicon Valley executives are now taking microdoses of LSD to enhance creativity and productivity (a typical dose of LSD - enough to make a person hallucinate or trip - about 10 micrograms of LSD, and a microdose is about 1/10 of that dose). Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), claims people who microdose feel more energetic and insightful but don't necessarily see the face of God inside their water coolers. Just as with marijuana, I suspect we will continue to see the destigmatization of psychedelics if their proven health or cognitive benefits outweigh the prejudice against them. As more scientific data emerges on these drugs, they will probably become mainstream, if not for your average person, then definitely in a controlled, therapeutic setting by licensed professionals. So if you're not in-the-know about psychedelics, you should be. Enter today's guest: Dr. William Richards. Dr. Richards (Bill) is a psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bayview Medical Center, where he and his colleagues have been pursuing research with psilocybin, the active molecule in the so-called “sacred mushrooms”, for the past 16 years. His graduate degrees include M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, S.T.M. from Andover-Newton Theological School and Ph.D. from Catholic University, as well as studies with Abraham Maslow at Brandeis University and with Hanscarl Leuner at Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, where his involvement with psychedelic research originated in 1963. From 1967 to 1977, he pursued psychotherapy research with LSD, DPT, MDA and psilocybin at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, including protocols designed to investigate the promise of entheogens in the treatment of alcoholism, severe neuroses, narcotic addiction and the psychological distress associated with terminal cancer, and also their use in the training of religious and mental-health professionals. From 1977-1981, he was a member of the psychology faculty of Antioch University in Maryland. His publications began in 1966 with “Implications of LSD and Experimental Mysticism,” coauthored with Walter Pahnke. His latest book, Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences has just been released by Columbia University Press, and is described as "the first well-documented, sophisticated account of the effect of psychedelics on biological processes, human consciousness, and revelatory religious experiences".

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Dr. Richards personally uses psilocybin and other psychedelic compounds in his own life...[6:00 & 28:20]

-Why is it that research into psychedelic drugs seems to be growing in popularity, and why it waned in the first place...[7:00 & 18:00]

-Whether wandering through a cow's field and picking mushrooms from dung is any different than what is being used in lab research...[22:50]

-What mushrooms have to do with sacred geometry, and why the kaleidoscope colors or visions one sees when on higher doses of psilocybin are related to these geometries...[41:50]

-Where you can "source" or grow your own psilocybin if you want to try it...[49:50]

-How you can combine psilocybin with other compounds to either increase or decrease their effect...[52:00]

-Psychedelics that Bill thinks "fly under the radar" but that more people should know about...[54:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences -Psilocybin research page -The pharmacology of psilocybin study Ben mentions -The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge -EROWID.org -100% Sugar-Free Grapefruit Juice

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

Oct 7, 2016

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When it comes to your hormone balance, your sleep, your mood, your gut function, your physical performance, your cognitive power and nearly every other body and brain variable you want to optimize, nothing beats addressing the health of your vagus nerve.

In Podcast #341, I talk a bit about how to enhance your vagus nerve tone and "hack" your nervous system, but I really only scratched the surface of everything you can do to care for and enhance this incredibly important nerve. So in today's podcast, you're going to learn everything you need to know about your vagus nerve and how to properly care for it. If you implement the tips in this episode, I guarantee you will be shocked at the results and effects on stress and heart rate variability, mental horsepower, physical performance, recovery, digestion, hormone balance, libido and much more. My guest on this episode is Joseph Cohen. Joe is the owner and main writer at SelfHacked.com. Since upgrading or 'biohacking' himself, Joe has become an investor and entrepreneur, founding SelfDecode, a biotech company that helps people understand their genetics in order to optimize their health. SelfDecode will use genetics, blood tests, symptoms and other health data to predict beneficial outcomes for drugs, supplements, lifestyle and dietary changes in order to optimize health. Joe also consults with high profile executives, self-hackers and companies and is writing a book about optimizing health. Joe likes to spend his free time learning how to code.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Joe was, at one point, unemployable...[5:45]

-What the vagus nerve is and how it drastically affects health or disease various organs...[11:50 & 16:45]

-The nitty gritty science...how does the vagus nerve *work* exactly...[14:30]

-The best way to check your vagus nerve function...[43:15]

-Free and easy things you can do increase the health of our vagus nerve...[31:30]

-The best sleeping position for the vagus nerve...[44:15]

-Top foods and eating strategies hat help your vagus nerve...[35:30]

-Joe's top piece of biohacking gear for the vagus nerve...[37:20] -The three supplements for the vagus nerve...[41:20]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -32 Ways To Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve article -Podcast #341 on "How To Hack Your Nervous System" -Alan Aragon's Research Review -Perry Marshal book - Evolution 2.0 Breaking Deadlock Between Darwin & Design -Huperzine (club moss) -Galantamine nootropic herbs -Fish oil -Quick coherence technique video -ICES PEMF device -RS6330 genetic snip for vagus nerve health

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

Sep 6, 2016

Four months ago, at the London Biohacker's Summit, my friend, fellow biohacker and self-quantifying nerd Ruben Salinas got on stage and, during a fascinating presentation that revealed a host of cutting-edge methods he uses to keep his body and brain optimized, mentioned that each day he sticks his finger in a device called a "Bio-Well", which measures parameters like his "chakras" and "energy field" and "organ health".

I was skeptical. So I did some research into Bio-Well, and discovered Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, who is a Professor of Physics at St. Petersburg Federal Research University of Informational Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Dr. Korotkov is a scientist known for his research on the human energy field and he developed something called the Gas Discharge Visualization technique, popularly known as "GDV".

He was involved with the development of this Bio-Well device, and during our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Dr. Korotkov developed gas discharge visualization (GDV) technique the point where you can keep a running tab on everything from cortisol to organ function throughout the day...[3:40]

-How a mild electrical shock to your finger can result in the ability to engage in direct, real-time viewing and analysis of changes in your human energy fields...[12:35]

-The actual research behind GDV and whether it actually works when investigated in studies...[17:35]

-How you can use simple measurements on your finger to determine things like food allergies, altitude acclimatization, brain wave states, diseases and more...[27:00]

-How you can use GDV assess response to drugs, meditation, stress reduction therapy or any other interventions...[29:43]

-How GDV can be used to monitor your personal environment for things like mold and fungi...[33:05]

-The methods Konstantin follows to modify his diet, exercise and lifestyle based on GDV testing of himself and his environment...[33:55]

-And much more...

Resources from this episode: -The Bio-Well website -Book: Electrophotonic Analysis in Medicine research

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

Jul 26, 2016

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Jesse Itzler only eats fruit until noon, runs hundreds of miles at a time and lives a completely "out of the box" life - while claiming that he does not actually indeed even have a box.

Jesse cofounded Marquis Jet, the world’s largest prepaid private jet card company in 2001, which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. He then partnered with Zico Coconut Water, which he sold to The Coca-Cola Company in 2013. He is a former rapper on MTV and he produced and sang both the NBA’s Emmy Award-winning I Love This Game music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem Go NY Go. Itzler is also the author of the best selling book Living With A Seal. When he is not out training for his next 100 mile run or being a dad to his four kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks games, where he is an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely and the couple and their 4 children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Jesse met a crazy Navy SEAL at an ultrarunning event

-a guy who pushed through the race with kidney failure and broken foot bones while eating crackers and bread...

-Jesse's experience attempting to perform 100 pullups as a skinny runner...

-The crazy things that ensued when a Navy SEAL crashed in Jesse's living room for 31 days...

-Why Jesse ran 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours...

-What it means when Jesse says "when you're done you're only 40% done"...

-Why Jesse waits until noon to eat anything except fruit...  

-And much more...

Resources from this episode: -Fit For Life by Harvey Diamond -Living With A Seal Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Jesse Itzler or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

May 17, 2016

I'm infatuated with getting a better body andmindbyusing special breathing techniques.

In previous podcasts and articles, I've describedeverythingfromrhythmic breathwork while runningandbicycling,to hyperoxygenation breathing, to fire breathing to hypoxic and apnea training and beyond. Andintoday'spodcast, I'm going to introduce you to anotherspecializedstyle ofbreathwork referred to Chi Kung - or QiGong.

My guest is Gary Daniels, a lifelong martialartist,formercompetitive boxer, and former elite amateur bicycleracerwith over100,000 logged miles and over 200 race starts.Garyspecializes intraining methods that have been designed tohonephysical skill andmental focus, and uses specificbreathingtechniques to extend timeto failure, increase overallcorecompetency, and achieve thehighest level of natural balanceforgreater efficiency in anyfield of endeavor. Gary aUSA-Cyclingcertified coach, formerBlack-Belt in Uechi Ryu karate,three timeFlorida AAU GoldenGloves competitor, NORBA expert crosscountrycyclist, Cat-3masters road racer, present coach of severalworldclass athletes,founder of HealthDefense training systems and writerforNextMotoChampion.com.

During our podcast episode, you'll discover:

-What exactly Qi Gong is...

-How you can "move" electricity throughoutyourbody...

-The link between Gary's work as anelectrician,acupunctureand Qi Gong...

-How to "breathe" through your handsandfeet...

-How your blood, biomarkers and biology respondtoQiGong...

-And much more!

Do you have questions, comments, or feedback aboutQiGong or anything else that Gary and I discuss? Leaveyourthoughtsat BenGreenfieldFitness.com andoneofus will reply.

Apr 5, 2016

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I read plenty of books about gut health, immune system, and alternative medicine, but one of the best books I discovered in the past several months is entitled "The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health". When authors David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé decide to restore life into their barren yard by creating a garden, dead, barren dirt threatens their dream. As a cure, they feed their soil a steady diet of organic matter. The results impress them. In short order, the much-maligned microbes transform their bleak yard into a flourishing Eden. Beneath their feet, beneficial microbes and plant roots continuously exchange a vast array of essential compounds. Dave and Anne soon learn that this miniaturized commerce is central to botanical life’s master strategy for defense and health. They are abruptly plunged further into investigating microbes when Biklé is diagnosed with cancer. Here, they discover an unsettling truth. An armada of bacteria (our microbiome) sails the seas of our gut, enabling our immune system to sort microbial friends from foes. But when our gut microbiome goes awry, our health can go with it. The authors also discover startling insights into the similarities between plant roots and the human gut. We are not what we eat. We are all―for better or worse―the product of what our microbes eat. This leads to a radical reconceptualization of our relationship to the natural world: by cultivating beneficial microbes, we can rebuild soil fertility and help turn back the modern plague of chronic diseases. The Hidden Half of Nature reveals how to transform agriculture and medicine―by merging the mind of an ecologist with the care of a gardener and the skill of a doctor. The book, in which they highlight this journey, is a riveting exploration of how microbes are transforming the way we see nature and ourselves―and could revolutionize agriculture and medicine. Prepare to set aside what you think you know about yourself and microbes. Good health―for people and for plants―depends on Earth’s smallest creatures.

You're about to learn the story of our tangled relationship with microbes and their potential to revolutionize agriculture and medicine, from garden to gut. During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What exactly a microbe is, and how it's far more complex than you'd actually think...

-The strange "home-brew" Anne dumped into her garden to change the soil from dead to living...

-How microbes tie into the ancient art of making wine...

-How modern, conventional agriculture is completing changing how soil and microbes interact, and how this is affecting the quality of the food that we eat...

-The ideal scenario for growing food, from a soil standpoint...

-Why the colon so important when it comes to the immune system...

-What to eat if you want to increase the microbial diversity of the colon...

-The fascinating parallel between the root system of a plant and the gut of the human being… 

-And much more! Be sure to check out Dave and Anne's websites, including:

Website: http://www.dig2grow.com/
 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@dig2grow
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehiddenhalfofnature

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about microbes, Dave and Anne's book, or anything else we discussed during this podcast episode? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply, and click here to grab this fascinating book now!

Mar 15, 2016

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Back in college, I interned at Duke University and worked with an NFL football player named Willie Roaf. I remember being completely flabbergasted at how this enormous man who was over 6'5" and weighed over 325 pounds could move like a cat, with extreme speed and precision and power while simultaneously generating enormous amounts of strength.

Today, I interview two experts who fill me in on some of the secrets that collegiate athletes are using to prepare for the NFL combine, the same underground tactics used by athletes in the NFL who are complete physical specimens. I wanted to pick these experts' brains about to learn how these NFL athletes train, how they recover, how they sleep and more…and in this episode you're going to get a sneak peek. My guests are two specialists that train and fuel these elite football athletes: Michelle Riccardi and Denis Logan.

Michelle Riccardi, MS, RD, CSSD, Sports Performance Dietitian has 18 years of experience providing sports nutrition services to professional and elite athletes in the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, PGA, NFLPA, and NCAA as well as International and Olympic athletes, tactical athletes and fire fighters. She also serves on the EXOS Mentorship Education Team.

Denis Logan, Performance Specialist, joined the EXOS Athletes’ Performance team in January 2008. A 2007 graduate of the Athletes’ Performance Intern Program, Denis serves as a performance specialists in the education department. Prior to joining Athletes’ Performance, he was a strength coach at Aviator Sports Performance in New York. Denis most recently completed his M.S. in Fitness and Health Management from the US Sports Academy. Both Michelle and Denis just returned from the NFL Combine, a week-long showcase occurring every February at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where college football players perform a big battery of physical and mental tests in front of National Football League coaches, general managers, and scouts. Implications of an athlete's performance during the combine can affect their draft status and salary, and ultimately their career, and an athlete's "draft stock" is increased based on superior measurable qualities such as size, speed, and strength. Michelle and Denis are real experts when it comes to maximizing these qualities, and during this episode, you'll discover:

-What the NFL Combine is...

-What kind of blood testing athletes have done in the NFL Combine...

-How personalized and individualized meals are created for each athlete...

-What kind of supplements the athletes take...

-A typical a ‘day in the life of an athlete’...

-Why dry needling and acupuncture is used...

-The concept of VooDoo bands and how they are used in the athletes...

-How an athlete's sleep is enhanced at the Combine...

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -EXOS Sports Performance -The NFL Combine website -WellnessFX Blood Testing Do you have questions, comments or feedback about how to train for the NFL Combine, or anything else from this episode? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com.

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