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Mar 18, 2017

A couple years ago, I released a podcast episode with Dr. Richard Aiken entitled “How Blenders Can Destroy Food, Why I Eat 20-25 Servings Of Vegetables Each Day, The Vegan-Paleo Debate & Much More During the show, Dr. Aiken explained the potentially damaging effects of high-speed blending on food and referenced a recent experiment he performed on bananas. Later, Dr. Aiken was kind enough to send me the complete results of that experiment, published in their full, scientifically nerdy details at "How To Biohack Your Green Smoothie (And Can High Speed Blenders Really Damage Your Food?)". Now, after publishing his new book "Neurodietetics: The dietary science of human flourishing", Dr. Aiken is back. Dr. Aiken, MD, PhD, is a chemical engineer and physician, and studies how diet has a profound influence on our minds and how, using food, we can relieve suffering and possibly help reverse pathology. He highlights in the book how - even if we don't have clinical signs or symptoms of physical, cognitive or emotional decline - we can achieve a profound state of mind-body wellness, eudaimonia – human flourishing with proper lifestyle choices. This book is about the science of mind flourishing through dietary choices that Aiken calls “neurodietetics”.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What exactly is Xenohormesis when it comes to consuming plants...[9:30]

-Why you should eat cucumbers that have been exposed to high amounts of heat, grapes grown in poor soil and water deprived turmeric...[19:00]

-The "Cinderella drug" you can find in plants that barely anybody knows about...[23:05]

-The hibiscus and green tea workout drink that Dr. Aiken considers to be a physical and mental performance game-changer...[38:00]

-The two crucial ingredients to add to a blender to "biohack" your smoothie and concentrate the antioxidants...[40:20]

-The single seed that Dr. Aiken recommends most highly for mental performance...[50:30]

-Why Ben threw out a 60 dollar bottle of liquid fish oil...[58:30]

-How to "rescue" any smoothie from tasting bad (even when you add the potent one-two combo of turmeric and black pepper)...[62:35]

-The brand new sleep hack Dr. Aiken has been experimenting with very successfully...[70:30]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Neurodietetics: The dietary science of human flourishing -My podcast on "Fit Vine Wine" -Lithium discussion with Kevin Rose -My article on "The God Pill" -How To Biohack Your Green Smoothie (And Can High Speed Blenders Really Damage Your Food?) -Organic green tea leaves -Organic hibiscus leaves -Study: Is docosahexaenoic acid synthesis from α-linolenic acid sufficient to supply the adult brain? -Omica Organics stevia -Circadian rhythms, time-restricted feeding, and healthy aging -Alteril Sleep Aid -Dr. Kirk Parsley's Sleep Remedy

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