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Jun 7, 2013

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March 21, 2013 free podcast: How Much Water Do You Really Need To Drink Each Day? Also: how to get rid of varicose veins, the difference between protein and amino acids, healthy eating for camping, what causes hives, and how many hours a week should you lift weights?

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As compiled, edited and sometimes read by Brock, the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast "sidekick".

Chris says @ 00:22:05 He has veins that are popping out in his shoulders and bicep. They look like varicose veins (but not as severe - zig zaggy) and he doesn't like the way it looks. Is there anything he can use to make them disappear or is he screwed? ~ In my response, I mention the transcript to a previous episode we did on varicose veins, Also: Horse Chestnut ExtractGrape Seed Extract, and Butcher's Broom.

Brian asks @ 00:31:30 He is new to the supplement thing and would like to know about MAP - is it Amino Acids or Protein? ~ In my response, I mention MAP, FAQ and Ask the Doc Special: Your Guide to Understanding Master Amino Acid Pattern.

George asks @ 00:37:57 Planning a 10 day trip with some boy scouts and would like to know if UCAN SuperStarch be ok to take for 10 straight days (thrown in with the stuff you recommended to a listener for a race in Mongolia - pemican, dark chocolate, SuperGreens, nuts). ~ In the response, I mention my previous episode on the race in Mongolia. In that podcast, I had talked about Pemmican, Cocochia bars, and Supergreens. I also mention you can make your own beef jerky OR eat 200-300 calories of jerky from US Wellness Meats. You can also eat or swallow 25-50 EnergyBits and 5-10 Master Amino Pattern (MAP) capsules. Use 10% discount code “BEN” at and get MAP at Also check out the real food cookbook.

Ray asks @ 00:45:25 His wife breaks out in a red rash (hives) after she works out. All over her feet, legs, arms and torso. It happens on a warm summer day and in the winter too (inside, at the mall or at home). ~ In my response, I recommend allergy and immunoglobulin testing.

Charlie says @ 00:50:45 He would like to know your recommendation for water intake on a regular day with no workouts or exercise. ~ In my response to Charlie, I mention a home central structured water filter (use code SID288C77TC29 at for 10% discount)

Austin asks @ 00:58:18 He has heard that when you weight lift too much it starts to destroy your muscles rather than build them up. At what point in time does that happen - 5 hours a week or 10 hours a week? ~ In my response, I mention Performance testing at

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