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Mar 29, 2018 

Mar 29, 2018, Podcast: 383 - Why Branched Chain Amino Acids Don't Work, How To Get A Better Score On A VO2 Max Test, Does Intermittent Fasting Lower Hormones, and How To Maximize Your Stem Cell Health.

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-May 5-6, 2018: Montana Beast and Sprint Weekend, Bigfork MT. Join Spartan Race and Discover Kalispell as we attempt to make history by breaking the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for most people performing burpees at one time.

-May 26, 2018: Train to Hunt / Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Whether you’re a flatlander, hunt out West, or past your prime, we want to make you a better hunter through fitness.

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-June 28 to July 22, 2018: Mind Valley U / Tallinn, Estonia. -The story of why Ben is not racing for Team Timex this year after all (hint: it's about this story). [00:35:03]

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Listener Q&A

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

Why Branched Chain Amino Acids Don't Work [00:23:24]

Robert says: I have a question about Branch Chain Amino Acids. You say that you have concerns about their insulinogenic or glycemic effects but Dominic D'Agostino says that Leucine is a more of a ketogenic amino acid and that it didn't have much effect on blood sugar. I take up to 5 grams of Leucine before a workout, especially if have been fasting to help reduce muscle loss. If you can dig into this, that would be awesome.

In my response, I recommend: -Kion Aminos

How To Get A Better Score On A VO2 Max Test [00:31:22]

Andrew says: I have a Vo2 Max, incline, weighted fitness test coming up that I need to do for a fire department recruitment process. I was wondering if you have any tips, potential biohacking or training protocols that I can start using in preparation for this test. I will be wearing about 60lbs of gear, walking at a 12% incline for 12 - 15 minutes. Any help would be great!

In my response, I recommend: -LiveO2 - get a free pulse oximeter and free shipping on this extremely easy-to-setup and easy-to-use unit with code GREENFIELD -NordicTrack Incline Trainer -Hyperwear Weighted Vest -Biotropic Labs supplements -Blood test for RBC's/iron/ferritin -Thorne Iron Bisglycinate -Floradix Ferritin -Clearlight Sauna -Mitochondria and the Future of Medicine -Metabolic Approach to Cancer

Does Intermittent Fasting Lower Hormones? [00:54:29]

Andrew says: Would a 12-16 hour fast be safe for someone who is experiencing hyperthyroid and borderline testosterone issues? There is a study circulating that shows intermittent fasting can raise cortisol and lower testosterone.

In my response, I recommend: -Study: Within-day Energy Deficiency and Metabolic Perturbation in Male Endurance Athletes. -Kion Aminos -Exogenous ketones Four New, Cutting-Edge Ways To Easily Shift Your Body Into Fat-Burning Mode & Ketosis How To Use Ketones For Longevity, How I Personally Use Ketone Salts & A New Chemical-Free, Clean Way To Get Into Ketosis How To Get Into Ketosis In 60 Minutes Or Less (& Which Vitamins, Minerals, Nutrients & More To Fill In The Holes Of A Ketogenic Diet) Exogenous Ketones, Deuterium-Depleted Water, Near Vs. Far Infrared, Scorpion Stings & More! A Special Episode Recorded Live In Panama Exoskeletons For Human Performance, Will Robots Rule The World, Ketosis For Muscle Gain & Much More -Hotel Carillon in Miami -Northern Galilee podcast with a basketball player who cured himself of cancer

How To Maximize Your Stem Cell Health [01:06:06]

Jason says: I am having stem cell treatment to address an old rotator cuff tear. I am wondering if there is anything specific that I can do pre and post surgery to maximize its effectiveness. I will follow my doctor's instructions but was wondering if there is anything I can do via diet, training or biohacks to maximize the treatment's effectiveness. It ain't cheap, so I want to do all I can do.

In my response, I recommend: -Pau D’ Arco bark tea (2-3 cups per day of the tea) -Superessentials fish oil (4 with any meal) -Organic green tea extract (use throughout day) -Organic cacao powder (use throughout day) -Organic frozen blueberries (use throughout day) -Activation Products Marine Phytoplankton (use in morning - 2 dropperfuls) -Intranasal glutathione (use 2 sprays each nostril in morning) -Colostrum (Kion Colostrum - 4 upon waking) -Bitter Melon Extract (Kion Lean - 2 before dinner) -RecoveryBits (20-30 bits a day - with or without food) -Thorne Multivitamin (take AM 3 capsules morning and PM 3 capsules evening) -Organic Aloe Vera Juice (2 shots/day) -Listen to this podcast and incorporate the recommendations on Moringa and on Coffeeberry Fruit Extract -Either the ketogenic diet from Stephen Gundry’s Plant Paradox or from Dr. Terry Wahl’s Wahl’s Protocol -Previous podcast about how to recover faster from surgery