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Free fitness, nutrition, biohacking, fat loss, anti-aging and cutting-edge health advice from BenGreenfieldFitness.com! Tune in to the latest research, interviews with exercise, diet and medical professionals, and an entertaining mash-up of ancestral wisdom and modern science, along with Q&A's and mind-body-spirit optimizing content from America's top personal trainer.
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On my recent whirlwind media and tour of India, I hosted, along with my friends and , a massive biohacking Q&A and panel in New Delhi, which you can . We covered an enormously wide range of topics, including: How to have energy at your beck and call, all day long... Hidden environmental killers and how to hack your environment to remove them... Ben and Kris' latest updated sleep and jet lag tips... Eating for anti-aging and longevity... How to lose fat faster... And much more! Later, we flew to Mumbai, crashed at a hotel, and slipped into a hotel room to record, for your listening pleasure, a few guys shooting the sh*t about everything from my 10 favorite biohacks, to how to drink socially without damaging the body, to Ayurvedic herbs and supplements, meditation, responsible use of cell phones and much more - all released on today's show! Jag Chima, born in England, is an entrepreneur, investor, visionary, health and fitness enthusiast, and philanthropist with business interests that include real estate, construction, finance, lifestyle, and health and fitness. Jag is the founder of The London Group, a diversified conglomerate with extensive operations in the UK, India, and other parts of the world. The London Group is comprised of companies in property consultancy, property development, estate agents, lifestyle brands, fitness education, talent management, and health clubs. Jag has carved a niche for himself as a passionate and astute professional, with experience that started in 1998. He has also been featured on many media platforms including BBC News Asia, BBC Asian Network, and MATV. He is a sought after speaker and strategic advisor on business affairs and believes in facing fears and taking on challenges for growth and personal development. Jag recently completed a triathlon and also a 1450 km bicycle ride from Delhi to Mumbai. He is a proud supporter of The Unique Home for Girls in Jalandhar India, a home for unwanted, abandoned girls in Punjab, India. Originally from Wales, Kris Gethin has established himself as one of the most versatile fitness entrepreneurs in the industry. Before founding , Kris competed as a lifetime natural pro bodybuilder, placing as high as second place in the Natural World Championships. As a personal trainer, his clients have included Bollywood celebrities, billionaire businessmen, and champion athletes. In between training clients, he has certified more than 800 personal trainers. Somehow, this tireless innovator found time to co-found a health club franchise called Kris Gethin Gyms. He has shared his extensive knowledge through books, newsletters, videos, and podcasts. In this episode, you'll discover: -Ben shares about his trip to India...6:30 Is India ready to embrace biohacking? Barriers to biohacking technology are falling -A wise approach to Ayurvedic herbs and supplements...10:00 It is ancestral wisdom, not biohacking; use w/ caution Tainted w/ metals, may be laced w/ herbicides and pesticides Can hurt yourself if you're not aware of the sourcing Biohacks to increase their efficacy (code GREENFIELD for a 10% discount) device by Fisher Wallace (code GREENFIELD for free FedEx shipping) (code GREENFIELD) table Herbs Ben recommends: -The role of meditation in improving the health of one's mind...16:00 Spiritual connection Don't be dependent on biohacks for meditation app meditation app Meditate in the same spot Candle and hourglass meditation in the The presence of a phone on the table can decrease the quality of conversation at dinner Very easy to get disconnected from mindfulness in modern society Incorporate time when tech isn't present into your daily routine Be aware of biological impact of smart phones Keep phone in airplane mode as much as possible -Mindful eating practices...24:30 , , , etc. are good alternatives to processed sugar Over-consuming jaggery, , etc. resulting in weight gain Eat in a parasympathetic state Be present/aware of the taste, how you feel, etc. Eat w/ people while celebrating food Love your body, love people around you, and love your food (where and how was it sourced?) People move much less than their ancestors Any food can become inflammatory, even healthy foods -Big problems with the modern Indian diet...40:15 India is currently the diabetic capital of the world "Sugar free" is oftentimes a misnomer Many foods in their natural state are intended to have healthy fats Processed carbs and sugars are particularly problematic Vegetable oils are the biggest culprits Prioritize your body over convenience -Responsible use of cell phones...46:17 3 major issues with non-native EMF: Influx of calcium in cells DNA and protein damage Downregulate NF-kB pathways How to offset some of the damage: can offset excess calcium NAD and sirtuins repair the DNA Pterostilbene Green tea Fasting, ketone esters and ketone salts offset down regulation of NF-kB pathways -How to live healthy in an unhealthy environment...54:17 AO Air (HEPA face mask) N95 mask Molekule air filters Air Doctor HEPA filter Now Foods taurine powder Annatto (Vitamin E) Astaxanthin Book: Eat to Beat Disease by William Li BGF podcast w/ Dr. Li Book: The Body Electric Book: Healing is Voltage -How to drink socially without damaging the body...58:03 Consume drinks that contain little to no alcohol Kin Euphorics New drinks on the horizon which contain no alcohol and improve social functions 1-3 Butanediol Alcohol significantly impacts sleep cycles -What India needs to do to up its game regarding health and biohacking...1:03:22 Farming practices: India relies upon mono cropping (as does the U.S.) Thrive Market Stores that allow people to access high quality foods Podcasters, bloggers redefine what health and fitness means Any change begins with our children -Ben Greenfield's 10 favorite biohacks...1:13:30 Red light therapy Cold Heat Grounding/earthing NAD and sirtuins Peptides Blood flow restriction training Single set to failure training Breathwork (Power Lung) Gluta Stat (nebulizing glutathione) Episode sponsors: -: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. 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Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast? or use the 'contact' button in the free Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! News Flashes...17:16 From The Sleeping Beauty diet to The Tapeworm Diet…this is an awesome history of fad diets (that will likely never stop coming!): Someone should write a book called “The Sunshine Diet”: .  Here’s how to upgrade your whey protein -  add essential amino acids and creatine for enhanced absorption (in past I’ve said always take EAA’s on empty stomach, but now changing my mind if goal is maximal protein synthesis of protein you eat it with):   Mmm…the new “toddler milk”...powdered milk, corn syrup, and vegetable oil - would YOU feed this to YOUR toddler?   Yeah, I thought this was a joke at first too, but I’ll bet feeding your children their vegetables via an ice cream delivery mechanism will actually be a pretty successful business: .  Resources mentioned: for up to date coronavirus info (code GREENFIELD for 20% off their first month of subscription or full purchase of the device) (code BEN10) Book: training device (use code BEN for a 5% discount) structured water filter (use code BEN15 for a 15% discount) Special Announcements... . Ben Greenfield's new book “Boundless” is now available! Check out Ben on  for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes, and much more! Follow Ben on  for daily news flashes and the latest health, fitness, and anti-aging research. Join Ben's  page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts, and support! Here's where Ben is speaking and traveling around the world coming soon: April 4 - 6, 2020: Wild Health Virtual Summit. An event at the Kentucky Castle designed for physicians to teach and promote genomics-based precision medicine. Open to the general public. July 14-16, 2020: Paleo f(x) – Austin, TX. Join me and dozens of health and fitness experts to discover the latest breakthroughs in epigenetics, biohacking, Keto, AIP, nootropics, blood testing, strength conditioning, sleep, stress and much more. Try out delicious new foods, discover new workouts, and even try new gadgets in the biohacking lab. . 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The author of the New York Times bestselling , previous podcast guest on the episodes:  and also is back! His name is Max Lugavere and his new book features a lifestyle program for resetting your brain and body to its “factory settings,” to help fight fatigue, anxiety, and depression and to optimize cognitive health for a longer and healthier life. In , Max expands the plan, which focused on nutrition and how it affects brain health, and expands it to encompass a full lifestyle protocol. We know now that the health of our brains—including our cognitive function and emotional wellness—depend on the health of our gut, endocrine, cardiac and nervous systems as there is a constant feedback loop between all systems. Drawing on globe-spanning research into circadian biology, psychology, dementia prevention, cognitive optimization, and exercise physiology, The Genius Life shows how to integrate healthy choices in all aspects of our daily routines: eating, exercising, sleeping, detoxing, and more to create a healthy foundation for optimal cognitive health and performance. Among Max’s groundbreaking findings, you will discover: · A trick that gives you the equivalent of a “marathon” workout, in 10 minutes · How to get the benefits of an extra 1-2 servings of veggies daily without eating them · The hidden chemicals in your home that could be making you fat and sick · How to boost melatonin levels by up to 58% for deeper sleep without supplements Max is a filmmaker, health and science journalist and author. He is also the host of the #1 iTunes health podcast . Lugavere appears regularly on the Dr. Oz Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors. He has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, CNN, and the Daily Beast, has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and in The New York Times and People Magazine. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and has given talks at South by Southwest, TEDx, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, and many others... During our discussion, you'll discover: -Just how bad is bread?...8:08 It's one of humanity's oldest and most revered processed foods Max's views have softened slightly over the years Grains can serve a functional purpose Glycogen storage Help to power through resistance training Not as toxic as made out to be, but not the most ideal option available Changed views on brown rice Preparation methods are important Avoid GMO forms of GMO foods No such thing as a one size fits all diet, nor an exercise regimen Increased carbs in the diet may lead to increased strength (performance enhancing tool) -How Max's views on MDMA have evolved over the years...19:45 Being used to treat PTSD; given "breakthrough drug" status by the FDA Being used to treat alcoholism, autism Chronically dangerous to the brain; imbalance in neurotransmitters Serotonin is modulated w/ MDMA Acute doses are limited in potential harm; benefits outweigh the risks Psilocybin can reduce activity in default mode network in the brain Can damage mitochondria when consumed in large amounts Increase levels Supplement w/ (code: BENGREENFIELD10) Dr. John Lieurance's / (code: BEN) -Max's overall goal in writing ...29:00 The goal was to help people identify diseases such as dementia or cancer years or decades before they manifest physically was to identify which foods affect the brain We're essentially in "The Hunger Games" books Sedentary, addicted to devices, rampant stress, circadian rhythms are out of sync The default state of any organism is health; our society is anything but healthy Max's mom developed dementia at a young age; was eventually diagnosed w/ pancreatic cancer Conditions don't develop overnight Prevention is not discussed by and large in mainstream medicine Cachexia: extreme muscle wasting Certain cancers are hormonally related Book: by William Li -Fish consumption and optimizing brain health...46:00 Fear of consuming mercury w/ fish is overblown; the benefits outweigh the risks Selenium: mercury ratio in fish is key People who eat more fish have better health; protection against Alzheimers Women who eat more fish have smarter kids Oily fish (wild salmon, mackerel, sardines) are preferable Lifestyle considerations: (code: BEN) w/ dry brush or enema Frequent movement -Healthy detoxification...51:26 The 3 P's of health detoxification: peeing, pooping, perspiring can upregulate autophagy Article: -Why Max advocates increasing protein intake...55:45 Confusing mechanism w/ outcomes The benefits outweigh the risks Reasons to increase protein: In old age, double the allowance helps maintain muscle mass Inverse relationship between increased protein and amyloid plaque More protein = less carbs and fat Protein leverage hypothesis: hunger mechanisms are leveraged by need for essential amino acids Protein is the most satiating of the macronutrients; metabolic advantage Very nutrient-dense foods Ensure protein you consume is buffered w/ collagen or the amino acids contained therein Book: by James Clement Supplement w/ -Max's big wins regarding biohacking, food prep, etc...1:05:08 Drink clean water (code: GREENFIELD) Add minerals into the reverse-osmosis water (code: GREENFIELD10) Time spent in nature 30 minutes of sunlight in the morning Suprachiasmatic nucleus controls circadian rhythms 20 minutes in nature can reduce cortisol levels Staying active 2 minutes of activity for every 30 minutes sedentary can reset the blood flow to the brain Fascia is a piezoelectric tissue , deep tissue work can be mildly addicting -Max's favorite workout regimens...1:13:45 Resistance and strength training Cut back on carbs, lost efficacy in strength training Not a fan of steady-state cardio; lots of throughout the day Staying active boosts lymph fluids Keep protein intake up: 1.6 g/kg of lean mass High intensity repeat training You can have a great body w/out obsessing over fitness Be more present with your food; distractions while eating can increase calorie consumption -And much more! 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On my recent whirlwind media and tour of India, I hosted, along with my friends and , a massive biohacking Q&A and panel in New Delhi. We covered an enormously wide range of topics, including: How to have energy at your beck and call, all day long... Hidden environmental killers and how to hack your environment to remove them... Ben and Kris' latest updated sleep and jet lag tips... Eating for anti-aging and longevity... How to lose fat faster... And much more! Jag Chima, born in England UK, is an entrepreneur, investor, visionary, health and fitness enthusiast and philanthropist with business interests that include Real Estate, Construction, Finance, Lifestyle, Health & Fitness. Jag is the founder of The London Group, a diversified conglomerate with extensive operations in UK, India and other parts of the world. The London Group is comprised of companies in Property Consultancy, Property development, Estate Agents, Lifestyle brands, Fitness Education, Talent Management and Health Clubs. Jag has carved a niche for himself as a passionate and astute professional, with experience which started in 1998. He has also been featured on many media platforms which include BBC News Asia, BBC Asian Network, MATV. Jag is a sought after speaker and strategic advisor on business affairs. Jag believes in facing fears and taking on challenges for growth and personal development. Jag recently completed a triathlon and also a 1450 km Cycle ride from Delhi to Mumbai. He is a proud supporter of The Unique Home for Girls in Jalandhar India. The Unique Home for Girls is a home for unwanted, abandoned girls in Punjab, India. Originally from Wales, Kris Gethin has established himself as one of the most versatile fitness entrepreneurs in the industry. Before founding Kaged Muscle, Kris competed as a lifetime natural pro bodybuilder, placing as high as second place in the Natural World Championships. As a personal trainer, his clients have included Bollywood celebrities, billionaire businessmen, and champion athletes. In between training clients, he has certified more than 800 personal trainers. Somehow, this tireless innovator found time to co-found a health club franchise called Kris Gethin Gyms. He has shared his extensive knowledge through books, newsletters, videos, and podcasts. Now, he’s moved into the nutrition sector with , a company dedicated to creating cutting-edge, ultra-premium sports nutrition supplements for athletes of all types. All of Kris’s pursuits are consistent with his mission of helping others reach their health and fitness goals. In this episode, you'll discover: -Ben discusses the motivation behind writing ...8:30 It's about energy; it's what's lacking in most people Combine ancestral medicine w/ modern science We can tap into more energy than we're capable of currently 3 angles: Optimize the mind, body, spirit Book: by Dan Buettner Have a personal mission statement -Kris Gethin's thoughts on being "boundless"...15:38 We all struggle to work our "soul" muscles A long-term investment to gain a long-term return Blue Zone in South India until 1950's; westernized culture has changed it DNA hasn't changed; surroundings have changed Eat the cake before the icing; optimize your environment before pursuing biohacks -The missing link in optimizing sleep...19:02 Basic concepts: Light, Temperature, Silence Light: Minimal amounts of natural light will affect your sleep simulates sunlight in the ears (code: GREENFIELD) Replace LED bulbs w/ Expose to as little blue light in the evening as possible (code: BEN10) Temperature: Cold shower before going to bed Wearing help regulate body temperature in bed Silence: Put phone in airplane mode app Pink noise while falling asleep - headphones for sleeping on your side (code: GREENFIELD) Safety: Don't associate the bed w/ work Be aware of evolutionary mismatches Dopamine fix while scrolling through social media Cortisol levels increase, affects sleep Morning and evening routines: No devices before bed, nor first thing in the morning Meditation - helps w/ falling asleep indirectly Make the phone as boring as possible in the evening () Diet considerations: Fast for one hour before bed, and in the morning Kris advocates for increasing fats and reducing complex carbs throughout the day Ben recommends restricts carbs throughout the day and a carb refeed in the evening mixed w/ and helps sleep quality while fasting Ben's homemade jello (rich in ) Hot water or as a base Other hacks and tips: WiFi kill switch (code: BEN) wearable (code: BEN500) phone covers to control the WiFi router power and , , , WiFi scramblers Breath to control physiology (4 count in, 8 count out) Breathe out for a longer period of time than breathing in -Why sitting for long periods of time is the death-knell to a healthy life...59:15 Sitting is associated w/ shortened hip flexors Poor glute activation contributes to lower back pain (NEAT) Number of calories burned doing small movements Far outweighs calories burned w/ exercise Ben does 15k steps in addition to working out Drop in bone density related to sitting vs. squatting while eating, defecating, etc. -Chronological vs. biological ages and extending your longevity...1:02:30 Kris' chronological age is 45; biological age is 38 Optimized sleep has reduced biological age Low level activity: at the desk (code: BEN10) Air squats on the plane swings (deadlift weight is correlated to longevity) Brachiation (hanging) Ben's 3 longevity tips: Fasting Intermittent fasting (12-16 hours each night and morning) 24 hour dinner to dinner fast 1-2x per month Eat 40% of normal calorie consumption for 5 days () Peptides DNA and cellular repair mechanisms supplement Sirtuins must be present Major causes of aging faster than the actual age Loss of purpose or meaning for one's life Working out too much Not present with the activities in your daily life -Food choices and anti-aging...1:20:30 Glycemic variability and inflammation are the two biggest factors Cocktail w/ bitters, spices affects glucose response Rancid, processed vegetable oils are the biggest culprits You can burn off sugar, not so w/ vegetable oils can protect cells from vegetable oils (code: BEN) Lactose intolerance can be confused w/ a damaged gut supplement probiotic (code: BEN15) Slow vs. fast food preparation (fermentation) Be wary of things like kombucha which may raise blood sugar levels 5 minutes of cold therapy in the morning is Ben's best tactic for regulating glycemic variability -The benefits of fasting...1:39:54 Enhances cellular autophagy Glycemic variability lower Fasting is not the same as calorie restriction (intermittent fasting) Fasting is a spiritual and personal discipline Autophagy: The cleanup of metabolic waste products in the cell Grazing throughout the day isn't efficacious app -...1:54:00 You breathe through the diaphragm Increased Co2 Release of cortisol Mouth taping -Where to start with health optimization...1:56:22 Book: by Robert Becker Calcium can affect the electro chemical balance supplement Think of the body as a battery: , (code: BENG10) Sunlight, photons of light charges the body Water and is a great hydrating fluid -Core bracing while lifting...2:03:15 Essentially a breathing exercise (Dr. Eric Goodman) -Reversing damage from blue light...2:05:00 (code: BEN) Macu Gold Plus -Stopping autoimmune disease...2:06:45 Gut and inflammation are the most common factors Breathwork, limit vegetable oils, etc. Heal the gut (code: GREENFIELD) -Ben's thoughts on veganism and vegetarianism...2:10:15 Source of the animal is often problematic; proper preparation Excess consumption of meat products The human body needs , , , , that are difficult to obtain on plant-based diet Eat in a parasympathetic state, with gratitude, spiritual discipline Resources mentioned: - - Episode sponsors: - You can grab your own Kion Creatine now at and save 20% off your first order with discount code: BGF20 -: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive a gift card up to $20 when you begin a new membership using . -: Grow muscle 3x faster than you can with free weights! The X3 Bar will change the way you train forever. Get a $50 discount off your X3 bar when you use discount code: BEN Have a question or comment related to today's podcast? Drop a comment below, and I'll reply!
In last week's post entitled "", I laid out a fully comprehensive, novel, and alternative health strategy to tackle health issues related to viruses and immune system enhancement—strategies that often go beyond simple pharmaceutical pill-popping or conventional medicine (similar to my previous posts on issues I've personally dealt with in the past, such as and ). In that article, I dove into natural ways I've been strengthening my immune system for my hefty amount of airline travel, even in the face of recent viral outbreaks that have made me have to be even more careful and thorough in my approach. Two friends of mine, Dr. Matthew Cook and Dr. Matthew Dawson, are true experts in the realms of functional and precision medicine, and both were kind enough to offer me their advice when it comes to boosting immunity and fighting viruses. I've included their audio in this podcast for your listening and learning pleasure. My first guest, Dr. Matthew Cook, has been on the following podcasts: Dr. Cook founded BioReset Medical Corporation and, as acting President, operates a regenerative and pain medicine practice that offers leading-edge non-surgical solutions in orthopedic medicine, sports medicine, regenerative pain medicine, and stem cell medicine. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in medical practice. Currently, Dr. Cook is president of California Anesthesia and medical director of the National Surgery Center, Los Gatos, CA. In addition, he sits on the scientific advisory board of several high profile medical companies including BM Doc, FREmedica & Vasper Systems. Dr. Cook’s early career as an anesthesiologist and medical director of an outpatient surgery center that specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic procedures provided invaluable training in the skills that are needed to become a leader in the emerging fields of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, nerve hydrodissection, and stem cell medicine. My second pair of guests, Dr's Matt Dawson and Michael Mallin of WildHealthMD, have been on the following podcasts: Dr. Matt Dawson is a precision medicine physician in Lexington, KY, co-host of the and has been obsessed with performance optimization as long as he can remember. He received scholarships to play two sports in college even with “minimal talent” because of his voracious reading and implementation of any fitness or nutritional techniques that would give him an edge. Dr. Dawson continued that obsession in medical school, and as a physician, he has won national awards for education, innovation, and leadership. He has lectured in over 20 countries and trained thousands of other physicians through live lectures, online education, two textbooks, and an educational app. Dr. Dawson combines his training in genomics and functional medicine to give personalized, precise medical guidance. His obsession with performance optimization has morphed from, initially athletic, to now mental performance and longevity. Whether it's a professional athlete or a grandparent optimizing their mental clarity and mobility to keep up with their grandkids, Dr. Dawson is passionate about helping everyone perform at their absolute peak. Dr. Mike Mallin is a physician in Bend, OR who is obsessed with health performance and precision medicine and is co-founder of the . He completed medical school in South Carolina and trained in Emergency Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT where he competed in several ultramarathons and found his love for the mountains and performance. Mike currently practices in Bend, OR and Lexington, KY in his precision medicine clinics. He is also co-founder of the , an educational podcast that has taught thousands of physicians all over the world how to use ultrasound. During this podcast, you'll discover: Part 1 w/ Dr. Matt Cook of BioReset Medical (Begins at 5:25) -Dr. Cook's history w/ virology...7:10 Studied feline immunodeficiency virus, a model for HIV Anesthesiologist w/ an interesting approach to pain management Began to successfully treat patients w/ complex illnesses Many patients have viral infections, chronic illnesses w/ a viral overlight -A brief history of viral epidemics..9:08 Influenza pandemic from 1918-1920 (Spanish flu) infected over 500 million people worldwide; 17-50 million people died Fear of affecting morale of WWI soldiers; publicity was censored in Germany, U.S., U.K. The virus created an extreme inflammatory response Young people were especially susceptible SARS and MERS occurred more recently Both respiratory viruses Mortality rate from SARS was 9.6%; MERS was 34.4% Current mortality rate of COVID-19 is unclear right now Pattern of viral infections that create an exaggerated response, particularly in the lungs 3 categories of patients: 80% will get the virus and recover w/ no complications Patients w/ preexisting conditions are at greater risk Healthy patients get a viral infection, have an overreactive immune response -What is a "coronavirus?"...15:00 Viruses are extremely small Cold climates are ideal for viruses; they are very rare in tropical climates How are viruses transmitted? Respiratory droplets and other bodily fluids Stringent approach to maintaining cleanliness for prevention and treatment Pneumonia, fever, cough, shortness of breath; affects both lungs Symptoms can be in GI tract, low white blood cell counts Most common symptoms: fever, dry cough, tiredness; often there are no symptoms Most common complication is pneumonia Best practices for avoiding the virus: Avoid traveling to infected places Careful hand washing Avoid touching T zones Avoid crowded areas Keep your living area clean Majority of cases are relatively mild Small number can have complex problems Common symptoms: Fever Coughing Muscle pain Confusion Shortness of breath -What is the cytokine storm?...22:30 Primary target is the respiratory system Virus can't replicate itself w/out getting into a cell Body responds by making chemical messengers to create inflammatory response to fight the virus Inflammatory process is out of control; doesn't take effect -Immunology 101...25:30 Best known inflammatory cytokine is tumor necrosis factor A (TNF-A) Turns on other cytokines, promote an exaggerated inflammatory response Factors that drive the cytokine storm: Nuclear factor kappa beta (nuclear factor kappa bad) Block nuclear factor kappa beta, turn on NrF2 (helps modulate inflammatory response to a stress) Status of testing: Quest diagnostics will offer a test for the current viral outbreak Gates Foundation working on an at-home test How to treat influenza: Hand-washing is one of the greatest medical concepts of our time Patients w/ mild illnesses can self-quarantine -Treatment options for viruses...33:45 Most important factor is containment Improve your hygiene A great job done w/ the 80% of mild cases gives hope that it will be beat Steroids have done more harm than good in the past Be aware of anti-viral medications Remdisivir Kelapra Antioxidants: NAC (antiviral effects) Vitamin C Glycyrrhizin Plant-derived antioxidants w/ antiviral effects Upregulate NrF2 Ozone therapy may be an activator -A functional medicine approach to wellness...40:18 Plato: "The part can never be well unless the whole is well" Systems approach is the best way to optimize immune system Immune system is centered in the gut Problems come with age because diversity in microbiome goes down SIBO leads to leaky gut Difficulties in fighting chronic illness is due to multiple systems in the body dysfunctioning Increasing overall wellness provides the best defense against viruses Effective supplements for immune system wellness: Vitamin C administered intravenously Vitamin D (pro-survival molecule) helps dampen chronic reactions Curcumin and quercetin has been found to inhibit kappa b Probiotics may balance the GI tract X-Viromin Apex Energetics Life Extensions Zinc Lozenges Quercetin Vitamin C combo Vitamin A helpful to immune system, Vitamin D offsets some of the toxicity (cod liver oil) Quicksilver "The One" Lauricidin Apex Energetics Turmero NAD Gold from Quicksilver Royal jelly Raw honey Oleuropein (derivative of olive leaf) -About ozone therapy...1:06:35 Used by naturopaths and more and more doctors Nikola Tesla patented first ozone generator in 1896 Ozone has antiviral, anti fungal, antiparasitic effects Stimulates NrF2 Decreases cytokines Ozone is an oxidative therapy (helpful used w/ anti-oxidative treatments) Ozone can oxidize sulfhydryl groups on the virus (may block ability of the virus to get into the cell) "Oxidative preconditioning" Pretreatment w/ ozone could be beneficial before exposure to a chronic infection How is it administered: Ozone generator Ozone enema Sauna treatment Mix w/ blood, reinsert into body Ozone dialysis Proponents of ozone therapy: Dr. Frank Schallenberger, world's foremost authority on ozone therapy Dr. Johann Lahodny (high dose ozone therapy) Dr. Robert Rowen Longevity ozone generators -How exosomes affect the immune system...1:28:30 Exosomes are the secretion of stem cells The person who invented the term "stem cell" changed it to "medicinal signaling cell" Exosomes have TGF beta Patients w/ COPD have had exosome treatments Can be administered via IV or nebulizer Trial: Stem cells grown in a lab given to patients with the current virus Part 2 w/ Drs. Dawson and Mallin of  (Begins at 1:48:12) -What we know about COVID-19 at the time of recording (12 March 2020)...1:50:00 COVID-19 is the illness not the virus (SARS 2) COVID-2 is the virus "Coronavirus" is a family of viruses Lower respiratory health is affected Virus is spread w/out feeling symptoms Case fatality rate reported as 3.4%; varies by country Transmissibility rate is the number of people you'll infect on average (2.2 currently) Worse on the elderly, mild on children The data is changing by the hour -How COVID-19 compares with pandemics from the past...1:53:47 2009 H1N1 infected 25% of global population 1918 Spanish flu infected 1/3 of the pop. Mortality rate of COVID-19 is 3.4% currently; predicted to be lower H1N1 was very low Spanish flu was the highest mortality rate on record COVID-19 has a higher mortality rate than common flu and H1N1 Higher mortality rate than Spanish flu currently It's difficult to test for COVID-19, knowledge of how to quarantine It's not if it will be a big deal; it will be a big deal Exponential growth: Without containment measures, the virus would double every 6 days How to test for COVID-19 Quest Diagnostics Lab Corp Genome Send in tests to avoid exposure to infected people Watch website for updates -Ways to improve your immune system...1:59:03 Standard hygiene Wash hands Don't touch face Avoid public contact (self-quarantine) Flatten out the curve Government interventions (St. Louis vs. Philadelphia w/ the Spanish flu) No approved FDA treatments currently Focus on your immune system No better time to clean up your diet Smoking and obesity is a factor for mortality Get more and better sleep Exercise without overdoing it Green smoothies Supplements: Vitamin D Zinc Olive leaf extract Four Sigmatic mushroom extract Vitamin C Quercetin Peptides: Thymosin A LL-37 Pentosan polysulfate Ceylon cinnamon -What to do if you start to feel ill...2:14:19 Follow and guidelines You're best served at home Telemedicine (phone consults) Don't go to the clinic unless there is a tangible benefit for doing so Children are not affected as severely but there is a high risk of communicating it to others (grandparents for example) Closing schools may be important for public health -Specific advice to health care workers...2:21:12 Have appropriate personal protective gear N95 masks Understand how to properly don and doff the gear Protect yourself first Isolate infected patients Nebulizers may spread the infection Understand intubation procedures Shave facial hair for the mask to fit Elderly are the most vulnerable We don't know how well current tests are performing Resources from this episode: - BGF Article: - -  website - - - - Episode sponsors: -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. 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I recently went on a whirlwind tour of LA for my new book Boundless. Rather than a formal presentation or lecture, I instead did plenty of panels and Q&A's instead, and recorded them all for your listening and educational pleasure!   In the first part of this episode, you'll hear me on a panel with Dr. Darshan Shah of , with whom I have collaborated on multiple podcasts, including: - BGF: - BGF: - Forefront by NextHealth: After the panel with Dr. Shah, in which we discussed sleep, habits, routines, rituals, longevity, biohacking, parenting, spirituality and much more, you'll hear the Q&A we recorded at that same event.   In the second part of this episode, you'll hear a separate Q&A recorded at the second book launch party at , in which we cover deep sleep, REM sleep, sex hacking, plant medicine and psychedelics, NAD best practices, sirtuins and a host of other interesting topics.   If you haven't yet purchased your copy of Boundless, you can grab it . In this two part episode, you'll discover: Part 1: Panel and Q&A w/ Darshan Shah -Darshan and Ben discuss the process of writing Boundless...6:13 "I wanted a book I wanted to read" app Originally 10 chapters on brain, body, spirit -Tips on biohacking your sleep...10:00 wearable Be aware of the circadian rhythm Natural "bio hacks" like walking on the beach barefoot lights No blue lights at night Ben mentions Temperature and noise Hot/cold contrast shower Wear to bed pillow to feel safe Sleep routine begins the moment you wake up -Hints on personalizing your diet...17:15 Book: by Roger Williams Self-quantification is a reality for most people today on the Carnivore Diet and analysis device can give many key indicators Cold therapy in the morning was efficacious in managing blood glucose levels (spikes w/ coffee) -The importance of spiritual connectedness...28:06 Spiritual disciplines is one of the most underemphasized elements of fitness Fasting, fellowship w/ others, spirit of love toward others -How Ben helps mold the well-being of his two boys...31:34 Have them join you in your routine Happy family dinners Love and logic philosophy (no forbidden fruits) Educate on the consequences of their decisions Book: by Judy Arnall -How to fight EMF's and hidden toxins in an urban environment...37:00 Calcium influx in the cell membrane DNA and protein damage Down regulation of NF-kB pathway (Fasting and ketosis upregulate NF-kB pathway) and sirtuins help repair DNA -Audience Q&A...40:37 Biohacks to help heal a navicular stress fracture and continue to train minimalist shoe peptide How to help the circadian rhythm working bartenders hours Become a napping superstar device by Fisher Wallace Reishi mushroom from sleep mask app on YouTube How to stay mentally strong as challenges come in your professional life Pray and meditate every day Quarterly, 3-4 days of isolation, plant-medicine ceremony Know how to manage stress 40 minute timer, then 10 minute break One day per week, one week per quarter off app Intermittent fasting for post-menopausal women Part 2: Talk at   -The 3 things that Ben uses at home every single day...1:02:33 Walk in the sunshine Book: by Arturo Herrera Book: by Sayer Ji is a great source of melanin Grounding and earthing from Ultimate Longevity Book: by Clint Ober Hyperbaric Oxygen -How to maximize deep sleep when everything else has failed...1:11:06 Pay attention to core temperature Cold shower before bed in bed actually cools the body Higher doses of (300-600 mg) High dose of (Dr. John Lieurance of Advanced Biome Corp.) -Long-term effects of psychedelics...1:15:50 Serotonin imbalances, dopamine issues, etc. Quarterly journey on psychedelics Be aware of replenishment, and cautious with frequency of use Limited alcohol and meat consumption prior to use Socially acceptable, but overuse is a problem due to accessibility and lack of knowledge Be aware of the effects it will have on your body -Effectiveness of NAD...1:22:30 Caveat: it increases methylation; use with a methyl donor based is the most efficacious (expensive though) Fasting, consuming fermented foods nicotinamide ribosome NAD spray for DNA repair to be effective -Tips on improving fitful sleep...1:26:00 Many people are hypoglycemic; early morning wakeups are indicative of this Low amounts of -How to help with bladder issues at night...1:29:10 decreases w/ age -How to calculate proper protein absorption...1:32:10 Most people can absorb a max of 40 grams of protein in one sitting On lower activity days, less protein and vice versa for higher activity -How to lower A1C levels... Morning cold regimen -Up and coming peptides to watch...1:39:03 and BGF podcasts on peptides LGD () for giardia -How to keep things hot in bed as you age...1:43:37 Book:  by Mantak Chia Book: by David Deida Quarterly journey w/ plant medicines Resources from this episode: - - - - - website Episode sponsors: -: Satisfying, nutrient-dense, real-food energy bars with a delicious chocolate coconut flavor! BGF listeners receive a 10% discount when you use discount code: BGF10 -: Delivers healthy 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork directly to your door on a monthly basis. All their products are humanely raised and NEVER given antibiotics or hormones. For 2 lbs of 100% grass-fed beef and 2 lbs of pure bacon for FREE, PLUS $20 off your first box go to ButcherBox.com/BEN OR enter promo code BEN20 at checkout. -: Are you ready for upgraded digestion? 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During my recent media tour of India, I had the pleasure of meeting many brilliant individuals who are doing very cool things in the health, fitness and biohacking arena in India, and one of the most impressive tours and meetings I had was with the good folks at , in Bangalore. Connect Ventures is blending everything from advanced lab and biometric testing of blood, biomarkers, genetics and the gut, to personalized nutrition and fitness programming, to the development of high-end nano-material segment for environmental cleanup to Nanotechnology, Agro-Technology, Water and Waste Treatment, Food Grade Enzymes for Sugar, Distillery, Brewery and Tea Industries, Nutraceuticals and Next Generation Agricultural Technologies. We explore all these factors on today's extremely interesting and educational episode, which I recorded while touring Connect Ventures. My primary guest on today's show is Shiva Subramanian. Shiva is a graduate from United World College of SEA and Nottingham University (U.K.) in International Management & Finance, Shiva Subramanian is at the forefront of India's entrepreneurship market. His primary business interests were in textiles, the production & export of Coffee and F&B ventures in various locations across Bangalore. Today as head strategist of Connect Ventures, he handles multiple roles as communicator, decision maker and leader to drive our vision of transcending. A constant source of inspiration to his team, he is also a prolific sportsperson and a thespian with over 27 years of training in different forms of Martial Arts. In this episode, you'll discover: -The "ecosystem" within Connect Ventures...8:40 Fill in the gaps in the environment; human sustainability is contingent on environmental sustainability 17 ventures that are self-funded The goal is for people to live "supernaturally" Preserve natural state of land, soil, etc.; no fertilizer or pesticides The Blockchain can be used to track ingredients, farming methods, etc. Proper education = demand for better quality products -Why healthy soil is so vital for sustainability in agriculture...14:36 Soil has become alkaline due to years of fertilization and pesticides Going organic is a 5 year process (decreased productivity) Water for farming is also contaminated Connect Ventures creates products that allows farmers to grow healthy product while transitioning to an organic model "Allowing nature to do its job" -How biodegradable plastic came about...21:13 Starch in a plastic machine; similar to beeswax in texture Adjusting for a certain economic level of a people Landfill system that contributes to a sustainability model of farming Single use plastics being banned results in widespread unemployment Biodegradable plastic makes single-use plastic sustainable; cost is comparable to regular plastic "Love" includes loving the planet we live on -How Connect Ventures is reducing the level of organic waste...28:08 A ton of waste becomes a ton of gas which = a kilowatt of power Cost of carbon nanotubes is drastically reduced -The philosophy behind working out at Connect Ventures...31:52 The gym on the property is inspired by Japanese martial art ninjutsu Grandmaster Hasaki Matsumi developed concepts and principles used in their business practices Flow... We respond to sound, air, energy waves. Trying to create order out of the chaos Gym is similar to a cross fit facility Oxygen therapy Lots of deep tissue work prior to working out , low level therapy is highly efficacious BGF podcast w/ Ryan Lowery EMG, to increase velocity Neuromuscular advantage: muscular awareness that allows you to move fast and precisely -Inside the "health office" at Connect Ventures...52:31 "Health by Design" Lots of radiation issues due to cell phone towers; 20k watts in the area Listen to AI Biome (check the spelling) Anti-fungal paints and floor cleaners Connect Ventures is a partner w/ all the other companies discussed; not a holding company There's a lack of a model on how to optimize a living environment Mold, mycotoxins, EMF shielding Plants in the office contribute to a clean environment as well -The story behind all the personal care products at the facility...1:03:18 Small businesses in the area are the beneficiaries Reetha - soap berries Repurpose water used to wash food (laundry detergent, floor cleaner) -Metabolic testing and cardio coaching...1:06:48 Lack of funding for data on Data determines standards for the local population Google your city + "metabolic testing" -Whether or not there is an ideal diet for the typical Indian man or woman...1:16:26 Microbiome is very diverse compared to other populations Industrialization has contributed to constipation and low bone-density Quantify to get an approximation and go from there Can't just buy a book and decide on the right diet; requires a lot of digging -The snack room and biofeedback devices...1:21:30 I Feel Well device for meditation Prayer and meditation throughout the day; constant connection with the spirit and higher power Gimmicks can lend themselves to real motivation -And much more... 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If you've been a long-time podcast listener, then you're no doubt familiar with Dr. Jay T. Wiles, my jolly sidekick on the regular Ben Greenfield Fitness Q&A podcast episodes. What you may not know about Dr. Wiles is that he is a true expert in all things heart rate variability (HRV) testing, tracking, and interpretation; and in this podcast episode, he takes a deep dive into how to use HRV to optimize your recovery, performance, sleep, stress, and nervous system. Dr. Wiles is a clinical health psychologist with a passion for helping others reach their full potential from an integrative and holistic perspective. With this strong passion for integrative and holistic care, especially in nutrition and psychophysiology, Dr. Wiles completed his doctor of clinical psychology degree at Regent University with a specialized focus and concentration in health psychology. Dr. Wiles then furthered this specialty in health psychology as a pre-doctoral intern at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA and post-doctoral fellowship at WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC. He currently works as a health psychologist for the Department of Veteran Affairs. With specialized training in health behavior coaching, health assessment, nutritional interventions for mental and physical health, motivational interviewing, applied psychophysiology (biofeedback and neurofeedback) and consultation, Dr. Wiles works as a consultant for companies, organizations, practitioners, and individual patients on nutritional psychology, health behavior change, applied psychophysiology, and health promotion/disease prevention via complementary and integrative practices. He is also board certified in biofeedback and heart rate variability biofeedback as well as board-certified in Tai Chi for rehabilitation. Dr. Wiles has worked closely with elite athletes and executives on enhancing peak performance through his online consulting agency, . This consulting agency focuses solely on training and regulating psychophysiology for performance. ​He is passionate about education and consultation with patients and organizations in an effort to increase health outcomes through focusing on prevention and well-being, as opposed to disease and symptom mitigation. During this solosode with Dr. Jay, you'll discover: -Jay's background and a brief overview of "biofeedback"...7:16 Biofeedback: the use of your physiology to enhance self-awareness in order to promote self-regulation Like learning an instrument: perform an action, observe the results, repeat until the desired result has been met HRV is the most fundamental building block of biofeedback -Research on the use of HRV as a metric and HRV Biofeedback...11:43 Wellness, Performance, Recovery, and Mental Well-being Robust research on HRV began only 20-30 years ago HRV is linked to heart attacks, strokes, physical performance Optimized recovery, sleep, homeostasis of nervous system, and much more... Higher stress (real or perceived) resulted in lower HRV scores -Overview of Psychophysiology...18:46 Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System Autonomic Nervous System Parasympathetic Versus the Sympathetic Response Autonomic Balance Baroreflex Response Acetylcholine Response Book: by Robert Sapolsky -What Is Heart Rate Variability...39:55 PPG vs. ECG Metric of resiliency to change Sources of HRV Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia (RSA) Autonomic Balance -Metrics of Heart Rate Variability...49:19 Defining different domains Time domain SDNN RMSSD HR Max-HR Min or heart rate amplitude Frequency Domain ULF VLF LF/HF Ratio -HRV Norms...1:12:00 Defining Norm-based HRV comparisons High vs. Low HRV Values for all norms found in 21,000 participants Norm vs. Individual baseline comparisons -HRV Training/Regulation...1:23:45 Resonance Frequency Training Effortless, low and slow, diaphragmatic breathing style breathing (Book: ) Use of Wearable technology for biofeedback Pros and Cons Different Devices: Band w/ or App Dr. Wiles’ favorite device: Pitfalls of Wearables Artifact: Ectopic or false beats Many devices do not remove these in their data inclusion Book: -HRV Hacks...1:42:00 : Hot/Cold Contrast showers Cold Plunges/Immersion Cold when sleep (core body temp) Exercise Dietary Considerations Fasting -...1:51:09 -And much more... 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I recently read a book that frankly, pardon the language, pissed me off. The book, entitled " is the brand new release from Dr. Mark Hyman. Dr. Hyman strongly believes that the most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies is food. His new book explains that we eat has tremendous implications not just for our waistlines, but also for the planet, society, and the global economy. In Food Fix, #1 bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman explains how our food and agriculture policies are corrupted by money and lobbies that drive our biggest global crises: the spread of obesity and food-related chronic disease, climate change, poverty, violence, educational achievement gaps, and more. Pairing the latest developments in nutritional and environmental science with an unflinching look at the dark realities of the global food system and the policies that make it possible, Food Fix is a hard-hitting manifesto that changed the way I think about food forever, and it provides practical solutions for citizens, businesses, and policy makers to create a healthier world, society, and planet. Dr. Hyman is a physician and New York Times best-selling author. He is the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, a proponent of functional medicine and, the board president of clinical affairs of the Institute for Functional Medicine. He's the bestselling author of multiple books, including the brand new title we discuss on this show: " During our discussion, you'll discover: -What prompted Dr. Hyman to write his ...7:04 Saw many patients w/ the same condition as a result of the food they're eating Food system is the main driver behind the problem Food policies make up the system Food industry is behind the policies; biggest lobby group in Washington is food and agriculture industries A handful of companies are the leading culprits $15 trillion industry; makes up ~17% of the global economy Employs over 20 million workers just in the U.S. The way food is produced is a major contributor to climate change Children w/ healthy diets vs. children w/ unhealthy show dramatic differences in brain size and IQ Processed food is a contributing factor to mental health issues -Why the true cost of food is not what you see at the store...13:58 Take into account the cost of the entire life cycle of the food: production, storage, eating, waste, etc. Massive environmental destruction Who pays for deforestation, chemicals that destroy soil, climate change that results? Methods used for modern farming are killing the soil Obesity, chronic disease Food stamp recipients buy processed food and soda predominantly We pay for it via medicaid and medicare The companies who cause the damage don't pay for their actions Regenerative farming is a sustainable farming method Farmland LP invests in conventional farms and converts to sustainable farms -How food stamp programs contribute to the problem...20:33 Food and farm workers are not paid a livable wage; they can't afford health care and are on food stamps SNAP = Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program No nutrition standards for SNAP assistance 70% of food purchased w/ SNAP is processed food, soda, etc. It's helped w/ security, but not w/ health Incentives such as lower premiums for healthy choices are more effective than penalizing unhealthy behavior Even hunger advocacy organizations are opposed to changes in the program; they are funded by the food industry Around 20% of Coca Cola revenue is from food stamps Wal-Mart nets $137 billion per year from food stamps -Inconvenient and invisible truths related to the food industry...28:54 The food system is driving most of the crises we see in the world today -The monopoly of seeds in the food industry...34:15 4-6 seed companies control 60% of the seeds GMO seeds Farmers are stuck in the mix (indebted to seed companies, loss of autonomy in their operations) High suicide rate among Indian farmers -What is the difference between dirt and soil, and the dangers of monocropping...36:40 A living organism: There is more microbial life in a handful of soil than anywhere on the planet Growing plants adds carbon to the soil Soil holds water (protection against drought) Depleted soil results in less nutrients in the produce Agro Forestry: trees as a part of the solution -The problem of food waste...42:40 We waste 40% of our food in the U.S. It would require an area the size of China to grow the food that is wasted Environmental problems from disposed food emitting gases in landfills What can you do? Start a compost pile Give away to farmer's market Many cities have mandatory composting or giveaway to the poor Unused food is being used for energy production Dan Barber -How the food industry influences food policy at the national level...48:17 Lobbyists are the only real influence on policy 187 lobbyists per member of congress (from all industries) Legislation is passed to protect big food companies from lawsuits PAC's are created to protect major corporations (dark money) -How people can proactively contribute to a solution to this problem...55:00 Be a "regenetarian" Choose food grown organically and regeneratively Have a compost pile Educate your children Start a community garden Get into the political arena at the local level -Mark's personal diet and recommendations...59:18 Eat a plant-rich diet Eat only regeneratively raised meats and fish -And much more... 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Paul Saladino is back. The CarnivoreMD, after originally appearing on my show in the episodes... - - ...has just put the finishing touches on his new book , and graciously agreed to record an epic solosode for my listeners in which he delves into all the questions you asked him in the comments section after our first couple episodes together. Prepare for a complete carnivore education, including: -How Paul defines the carnivore diet...5:42 It's a diet that emphasizes and focuses on animal foods The majority of our nutrients comes from animal foods Aware of plant toxicity; minimal (or no) plant matter The best place for vitamins and minerals is animals, with the exception of Vitamin C "Nose to tail" idea Most toxic plant foods: Grains, legumes, nuts, seeds Seeds are highly defended by the plants; high levels of toxicity Most leafy greens are toxic for humans High oxalate foods - almonds, root veggies Moderately toxic: High fructose foods: honey, berries Sweet potatoes, other sweet tubers and roots Least toxic: Avocados, olives, squash A carnivore diet is not simply muscle meat Nose to tail Includes bones, marrow, cartilage Carnivore diet is a "soft" keto diet 1:1 ratio (1 gram of protein per pound of body weight) -How the carnivore diet affects athletic performance...17:25 1. 2. 3. Ensure you check your salt levels if on a low-carb diet (10+ grams per day) -How to get adequate iodine while on the carnivore diet...29:30 (from the ground in Utah) No microplastics 10 g of Redmond has 150 mcg of iodine (equivalent to the RDA) Red meat Egg yolks (100 mcg w/ 4 egg yolks) Don't take too much iodine -Whether the entire global population could be on a carnivore diet...32:45 Is the current agricultural system working? Currently U.S. system is mono crop agriculture (nutrient depletion, no animals to replenish nutrients) Just plants on land is "feed lot feeding" of plants Regenerative agriculture (ecosystem feeding) Grass feeding and finishing is the optimal situation Regenerative agriculture is carbon negative is a good example of regenerative agriculture Multiple species on the same lot reduces parasite presence The current agriculture system is unsustainable -Why the stressor of eating plants is different from a "good" stressor like exercise...42:09 Plant molecules are plant pharmaceuticals Plant and human biochemistry and mutually dependent There is no "package insert" of side effects that comes when eating plants Paul's talked about "collateral damage" in plants Plants ameliorate symptoms, not treating the root cause Glutathione levels in cold water study We don't need sulforaphane to get adequate glutathione If we live a "radical lifestyle" of environmental hormetics, we don't need the plant molecules Studies referenced: 4. -How the carnivore diet activates pathways in our bodies...54:50 Environmental hormetics: heat, cold, exercise, etc. Nrf2 pathway is affected positively by plant intake Sirtuin pathways activated by resveratrol Doses in a nose to tail diet are adequate Studies referenced: 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. -Do PH levels reach acidic levels on the carnivore diet?...1:13:36 Yes, if it is not constructed properly Acid load is balanced on: protein and minerals If we get enough minerals, it will balance the protein acidity Many on the carnivore diet don't get enough calcium Many minerals that are only present in bones Bone broth is the easiest way to do this (just add vinegar) Studies referenced: 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. -IGF and mTOR when it comes to the carnivore diet...1:26:32 The Switch by James Clement No ketones in the blood is not a good thing Depleted liver glycogen produces ketones High carb diet will activate mTOR Balance w/ intermittent or complete fasting Gain muscle on a carnivore diet by eating more frequently: 4 oz. of meat 3-4 times a day Paul's podcast w/ -Is the carnivore diet a concern for Alzheimers?...1:30:57 APO e4 is a variant of apolipoprotein E It is the most ancestral isoform "It was eating meat that made us human" Paul's podcast w/  APO e4 is only an issue if we're insulin resistant The vast majority of Americans are insulin resistant It can be beneficial in populations that are not insulin resistant Remain in the elite of the population (insulin sensitive) Studies referenced: 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. -What about doing a carnivore diet w/ FTO mutations and are an over methylator?...1:42:28 Saturated fats come from mislabeled trans fats or junk food People who eat animal products eat more healthy saturated fats Epidemiology can only produce hypotheses Paul's typical daily diet: 16 oz. grass fed organic steak 85 g of suet mixed w/ homemade bone broth 4-5 egg yolks w/ a generous serving of salt For dinner: all of the above, plus liver, brain, heart, suet w/ bone broth and salt There are no over or under methylators Get riboflavin from organ meats and heart (need 2-3 mg per day) -What do Paul's lab results look like?...1:50:00 No correlation between HDL when LDL rises and cardiovascular disease The higher the LDL, the longer we live (provided we're insulin sensitive) -Rapid fire questions...1:53:54 How long should you do the carnivore diet before you know of its efficacy? No "cheat days" - don't reward yourself w/ bad food Carnivore diet benefits is from an immunological perspective Minimum 60 day reset is advocated in the book Are chicken and eggs okay on the carnivore diet? Info that says animal products are low in Vitamin K count only Vitamin K1; they are high in Vitamin K2 Eggs are fine; Paul prefers the yolks only What parts of the animal should you not eat? The adrenals Does Paul take supplements? None at the moment Would a woman need time to adapt to the carnivore diet? Is the carnivore diet advisable for pregnancy, breast feeding or children? -Phospholipid forms of DHA w/ the carnivore diet...2:01:48 We get phospholipids from our food Paul is not a fan of omega 3 supplementation (they're highly oxidized) -Do cruciferous vegetables cause hypothyroidism?...2:05:23 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. -And much more! 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My guest on today's show, Katie Arnold, is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir published in 2019 by Random House, a longtime journalist, and an elite ultrarunner. A contributing editor at , she created and launched the “” column on Outside Online about bringing up adventurous children. She has written for , , , , , and many others. Her narrative nonfiction has been honored in Best American Sports Writing. . She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband and two daughters. During this discussion, you'll discover: -How Katie was able to win the  on her first try...6:30 Very low rate of finishing in the allotted time (for safety) Keys to her success: Eat every 30 minutes during the race 300 calories per hour at high altitude Eat what they're offering Coca Cola is surprisingly efficacious Minimalist for hydration Be in the moment, not hung up on a certain pace Use a watch as a tool, not a necessity Train with the metrics, let go for the race "There were no low points" throughout the race Music can be dangerous -How to make training a part of your life...36:33 Life is Katie's "training plan" It's hard to overtrain when you're a parent Training concepts carry over to other aspects of your life Walk the kids to school, take the long way home (4-mile walk) Every moment on foot counts as exercise Activities with kids Don't make training separate from life Avoid the car whenever possible Ben walks to any place under 3 miles away -Indoor and outdoor activities for kids that strengthen the family bond...48:12 Indoor gyms with kids activities Tag-team training is hard on a family bond Always find time to be present Family dinners including games, singing Don't be an invisible exerciser; let the kids embrace the struggle -What to do when your children aren't as excited about exercise as you are...54:06 They're trying to differentiate; but can be inspired by your dedication Don't push an agenda on them Katie was taught to love the outdoors as a kid Running is a way to engage imagination; give kids same opportunity with whatever they like to do Don't get so caught up in the "doing" that you forget about the "being" -Why Katie chose the name "rippers" for her column...1:01:24 Kids who "rip" or "shred"; do something really well Encourage children to take on a symbiotic relationship with the world around them Exercise is viewed as a cathartic activity, not necessarily for enjoyment Teach a stewardship mentality of nature, the outdoors, etc. (you can't beat the mountain) Raise lifelong humans who are comfortable in their own bodies Reinforce that winning the tournament isn't the ultimate success Playing just one sport year-round has its hazards -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - - Katie's book - Episode sponsors: -: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. Get 20% off your order of Kion Aminos, and everything at the Kion site when you use discount code: BGF20 -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive my brand new book, Boundless absolutely free! -: The best solution for clean and safe drinking water. Water and Wellness also offers an amazing line of essential water additives such as Quinton Marine plasma which contain over 78 trace minerals and elements from the ocean to help restore your biological-terrain. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: GREENFIELD -: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive a gift card up to $20 when you begin a new membership using . Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Katie or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
This week, I sat slack-jawed and shocked in my bed as I read my friend Dr. Joseph Mercola's new book .  The hazards of electronic pollution may once have been the stuff of science fiction, but now we know they're all too real. And with the advent of 5G ultra-wideband technology, the danger is greater than ever. The dangers of electromagnetic fields are real - and I just had to get on this podcast to talk about exactly what they are and how you can protect yourself. He's one of the world's foremost authorities on alternative health, and in this latest title, he has mined the scientific literature to offer a radical new understanding of how electromagnetic fields impact your body and mind. In this first-of-its-kind guide, he reveals: • What EMFs (electromagnetic fields) actually are, where you find them in your daily life, and how they affect you • The toll that EMFs have been proven to take in conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and neuropsychiatric illnesses • Why you've been largely kept in the dark about this threat to your health • How you can actually repair the damage done by EMFs at a cellular level • Practical strategies to protect yourself and your loved ones from EMFs at home, at work, and out in the world The coming 5G technology will be pervasive and powerful. It will also be one of the largest public-health experiments in history-with no way of opting out. That's why you need to listen to. Now. During our discussion, you'll discover:  -Why Dr. Mercola wrote this new book...7:26  Mitochondrial dysfunction is really one of the primary ways we age and develop chronic illness Three years ago realized EMFs were one of the primary ways our mitochondria are damaged and very few people were warning the public about that but this is my last one for 5-10 years as I have a new strategy for creating content -Dr. Mercola's new strategy for creating content...9:22 Well you were a major part in that when you told me it took you three years to write you new book and it had 3000 references. Another factor was conversation I had with Dave Asprey in a private party we were both at JJ Virgin at Mindshare and he recommended a book by Ryan Holiday which I read and helped me understand how to write a classic book that will be read for decades requires many years to create and many many drafts of the book as the first few drafts are typically terrible. So rather than write more books I am going to be writing scientific reviews for journals. It has been about twenty years since I published in the science journals and I thought I was about time to start up again Especially because I have some GREAT secret sauce resources to do that and I can share with your audience -Oh yeah? What are those resources?...12:30 One is my science editor, who I introduced you to and . He is one of the sharpest scientists I know, humble, brilliant chemist, biochemist and knows molecular biology well and he is reviewing all the science I compile for accuracy. The big one is (really simple syndication), which is essentially an easy way to stay up to date with your favorite websites, such as blogs or online magazines or which is really important RSS feeds were how I was able to find and write about so much great content in the early days of my site. In 2005 I used an RSS reader called Google Reader but they shut it down six years ago. Would not use it now though even if it was up because Google is evil on steroids. Alternatives to Google  lets you follow as many search terms so you don’t have to go to Pub Med every day and do individual searches for them There has been a trend towards open access and now nearly 1/3 articles on PubMed are now free to read If you or someone you know has academic credentials at a university you can typically get free access 25 page paper with 200 references on blood flow restriction (BFR).  It isn’t published yet but I can give your listeners a 25 page consumer summary with videos and if they want can send the review paper after it is published in -Why does the public not accept that EMF is a serious danger to their health?...22:00 In 2011, the WHO labels cell phones as a class 2B carcinogen 2018, NTP study shows that cell phones are clearly class I carcinogen Cellphones are the cigarettes of the 21st century Kills you slowly Companies knew it killed customers (as do cell phone companies) Same PR agencies discredit researchers (creating doubt and controversy among the public) Convenient and useful Invisible Captured media Captured federal regulatory agencies FCC started 6 BILLION dollar program to spread 5G to rural areas EMF is unavoidable (unlike cigarette smoke, which you can mitigate somewhat) -What's 5G, exactly, and why would folks want it in the first place?...32:15 100X faster than 4G.  Most don’t need it now Possible commercials use that need high bandwidth like self-driving cars SpaceX rollout There have been zero safety studies on the effects of 5G AT&T As we start 2020 implementation is not widespread.  Companies like AT&T lie and say it is 5G and it isn’t Go to browser on phone and go to  and hit enter unless > 500 megs per second it is NOT 5G Fiber optic cable is the best alternative to 5G It's essentially a giant public health experiment -How to mitigate NAD damage from EMF, and how can we increase it in our bodies...47:25 Limit exposure to EMF Exercise and intermittent fasting increase NAMPT by 30% Precursors and Chris Shade’s new James Clement out of Gainesville will help us figure this out with his new mass spect to measure NAD+ book by James Clement; discusses cycling between mTOR inhibition and activation -How to activate the NRF2 pathway...1:03:21 Polyphenols like glucoraphanin and but don’t recommend these xenohormetics Steamed has many of the same biochemical qualities as Favorite is -Why magnesium is a good supplement, and the best forms to take...1:06:30 Best form is ionic magnesium not attached to anything and that would be molecular hydrogen Other favorites , , and ... Hydroxy free radicals -Technologies that can repair the damage caused by EMF...1:11:36 Don’t rely on harmonizers; false sense of security First order of priority is to measure and lower exposure is my new passion and the topic of the second review Even experts in carnivore like haven’t deeply studied this Ground every day but not the way you do RF detector and EMF meter Brian Hoyer's about $400 -How to read a chapter of Dr. Mercola's book for free...1:21:15 Resources from this episode: - - Dr. Mercola's new book - BGF podcasts with Dr. Joseph Mercola - Books by - - - Book: by Ryan Holiday - Book: by Paul Saladino - Book: by Sam Milhan - about molecular hydrogen - - - - , Brian Hoyer's company - BGF podcast with Nick Pineault: - - - - - - - - - - Episode sponsors: -: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more. 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Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder and CEO of and is my guest on today's show. A mom of six with a background in journalism, she took health into her own hands and started researching to find answers to her health struggles. Her research turned into a blog and podcast, and she’s now written over 1,500 blog posts, three books, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and wellness. When she’s not reading medical journals, creating new recipes, or recording podcasts, you can find her somewhere outside in the sun with her husband (who she met walking across the country) and kids or undertaking some DIY remodeling project. Obligatory additional unrelated randomness: doula, speed-reader, hates bananas, loves baseball, scuba-diver, INTJ, highly experienced in answering the question, “why.” Her new company is her debut line of high-quality, all-natural, and clean personal care products. It is based on the DIY creations she has been making in her kitchen for years and is set to launch January 2020. Cruelty-free, GMO-free, and paraben-free are important personal care product qualities for Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, award-winning blogger, author, podcaster, and real-food crusader. The first products in the product line include: -Whitening Toothpaste -Cleansing Shampoo for All Hair Types -Smoothing Shampoo for All Hair Types -Nourishing Conditioner for Wavy, Curly Hair -Enriching Conditioner for Wavy, Curly Hair Katie spent more than ten years researching the personal care market and perfecting her own recipes using safe and natural ingredients. Unable to find commercially-available products that lived up to their clean and green labels, she developed a mission to bring simpler, safer personal care to the homes of families across the country with Wellnesse. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Katie was doing a water fast at the time of recording the podcast...5:41 Begin w/ time-restricted eating; progress to 24-hour water fast, eventually a 10-day water fast Every major religion includes fasting as part of their lifestyle Katie does it for the mental benefits, more so than the physical Benefits of water fasting: Give the gut time to replenish Increase autophagy in the body Lowering age-related inflammation Immune benefits -How Katie has lost over 50 pounds in the last 12 months...10:10 Tried doing it "by the book" to no avail; saw real change when she dealt w/ the emotional elements of weight gain Suffered a sexual trauma as a teenager, and did not properly address it emotionally at the time Hormonal distress; sympathetic nervous system always on alert Therapy that involved being picked up, learning to trust others, adrenaline shake, etc. Similar to Trauma Release Exercise (TRE) therapy Book: by Alexander Loyd -Biohacks or technology that are efficacious for weight loss...19:10 Sauna Saunas -How Katie balances multiple businesses while raising 6 children...24:09 began with the simple desire to provide a better life for her newborn children Background in journalism sparked a desire for research in topics that weren't well-known at the time Became excessively stressed after the 3rd child Business was easy; implement and execute systems Family did not have as much continuity Began running the family like a business (systems, schedules, etc.) No nannies, personal assistant for business, a tutor for homeschool Children are involved in the business (working to their strengths) Children need to have a profitable business before they can own a car or a cellphone -The process of testing and researching info that's published on Wellness Mama...32:03 Structured work 3-4 hours per day Kitchen is a test lab for new products Concern over lack of oversight and accountability in personal care products FDA has little authority to pull products from shelves Major brand facing 15k lawsuits for using talcum powder in their baby powder -Problems with your so-called "healthy" toothpaste...39:00 Most natural toothpastes contain glycerine, alternative sweeteners that may harm the oral microbiome Ingredients to be found in a toothpaste made by Katie: Experimented w/ a paste that mimicked oil pulling Calcium Baking soda Meme and green tea Xylitol (beneficial for oral microbiome) Oral microbiome affects the gut microbiome more than we thought before -The household products that are notoriously unhealthy and need to be swapped out right now...45:03 Laundry detergent Toothpaste Conventional shampoo and sunscreen Many "Green" cleaning products contain harmful ingredients Fabric softener and dryer sheets can be linked to asthma, autoimmune disease cleaning products Children may experience early onset of puberty as a result of these products in the home -Some of the products that Katie's company is focusing on in the next 12 months...51:54 The majority of what you put on your skin will be absorbed by the body Make the products w/ beneficial ingredients that will be absorbed Focus on the most difficult and time-consuming home-made products on the Wellness Mama blog is a certified B-Corp.; don't need to focus primarily on profits to be successful Be careful when using lavender essential oil on boys (smaller amounts can be supportive) Two types of shampoo and conditioner Remineralizing toothpaste Sunscreen and bug spray -Up and coming health trends Katie is excited about for 2020 and beyond...1:02:48 Heart rate variability (HRV) app Sauna therapy Sauna Increase heat as much as possible Wood-based Ben's biggies for HRV: Sleep, , at night -And much more... 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I've recently become a huge fan of something called "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy" treatment. After getting an softshell unit for my home (the ), I've been in it every day for 40-60 minutes for reading or napping, and it's become a complete game changer in my personal recovery and health protocol. You can read more in my guest's new book "", but the benefits include: Hyperoxygenation:  The delivery of 100% oxygen under pressure (1.5 to 3 ATA) within the hyperbaric chamber provides up to 20 times normal oxygen to all tissues within the body. This oxygen supersaturation is in marked contrast to breathing room air (21% oxygen at 1 ATA). Direct Pressure to Oxygen Molecules:  Inside the hyperbaric chamber, oxygen molecules are compressed and become more soluble, obeying the scientific principles of Boyle’s Universal Gas Law. This phenomenon allows oxygen to effortlessly cross cell membranes and enter all of the body’s fluid systems, including plasma, synovial, lymphatic, interstitial (between cells) and cerebrospinal fluids. Normally, only the red blood cells are capable of transporting oxygen throughout the body. Now, all body fluids combine to provide alternate transport routes for extra oxygen and cumulatively can provide up to 20 times normal O2. Bactericidal Ammunition – Aids in Killing Bacteria: Conditions created within the hyperbaric oxygen chamber are not favorable for the viability of bacteria, fungi and viruses – organisms that cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment. Extra oxygen is provided to the white blood cells (leukocytes) which become supercharged in the battle against bacteria responsible for causing infection and illness. Angiogenesis – The Formation of New Blood Vessels:  Hyperbaric Oxygen stimulates the body to grow new capillaries (angiogenesis), essentially building a new collateral circulatory system to serve injured and healthy tissues alike. The resulting neovascularization is extremely helpful for reaching tissues and organs that have restricted blood flow (ischemic areas) as well as areas of the body that are lacking or compromised in available oxygen (hypoxic areas). Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) Stimulation – A Surge of Antioxidant Capabilities:  Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is an important enzyme found in human cells that inactivates superoxides, the most common free radicals in the body, responsible for destruction of cells. Hyperbaric Oxygen stimulates SOD production thereby helping the body to rid itself of the byproducts of inflammation and damaging free radicals. Synergy With Antibiotics: Hyperbaric Oxygen has been proven to create a synergistic effect when administered in conjunction with certain antibiotics. Synergy can be understood as two or more agents working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the agents independently. Administration of HBOT biomechanically potentiates the effectiveness of antibiotic therapy. The capabilities of sulfanomides are increased up to ten fold when HBOT is added. Increased oxygen levels from HBOT alone also act as antibiotics by impairing bacterial metabolism. Improves Osteoblast and Osteoclast Production:  Faster regeneration of bone is derived by hyperbaric oxygen’s ability to stimulate and increase production of specialized cells (osteoblasts and osteoclasts) responsible for bone repair and formation. Increases Fibroblast and Collagen Production: These essential building blocks of connective-tissue, tendon and skin matrix (fibroblasts and collagen) provide the structural framework throughout the body and play a critical role in wound healing. Fibroblast and collagen reproduction and growth are aided by the added availability of increased oxygen provided during hyperbaric conditions. Decreases Inflammation Inflammation, one of the most common mechanisms of disease and injury, is caused by biochemical byproducts that are manufactured by the body’s natural immune response. Hyperbaric oxygen markedly decreases inflammation by stimulating the body’s own anti-inflammatory defenses. This may be the single most important function of HBOT. This podcast is all about . Jason Sonners DC, DIBAK, DCBCN is owner and Clinic Director of , , and Corp. As the owner and one of the doctors at , Dr. Sonners primarily practices functional medicine taking on complex cases including autoimmune conditions, chronic inflammation and neurologic dysfunction and using treatment methods to help improve function and tap into the body’s innate ability to heal. He uses nutrition, detoxification, hyperbaric oxygen and herbal therapies to improve the health and quality of life for his patients. Dr. Sonners works with families all over the country helping them find answers to their toughest health questions. As the clinical director of and , Dr. Jason Sonners utilizes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for many of his chronic patients and helps get Hyperbaric Oxygen both into the homes of patients in need as well into the offices of doctors who want to build hyperbaric therapy clinics. Dr. Sonners is on the faculty for the Medical Academy of Pediatric and Special Needs (MedMAPS) as well as the International Hyperbaric Association (IHA) educating other doctors on alternative and complementary treatment methods. He also guest lectures for various functional medicine conferences around the country talking about the use of nutrition, fasting, red light therapy and hyperbaric oxygen in helping the chronic illnesses plaguing our country. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What HBOT is, and how Jason began using it...10:22 Herniated disk and injured foot; suffered drop foot for 18 months as a result Several months of led to full recovery Jason's father had amazing improvements in his MS after HBOT Eventually implemented it in his clinic What is HBOT? Hyperbaric = increased pressure Air is 21% oxygen Add varying amounts of pressure and oxygen to create different "doses" Used traditionally in hospitals for more severe conditions: gangrene, radiation burns, diabetic neuropathy, etc. How assists w/ wound care: Trauma, infection damages micro-circulation (in the capillaries) Hyperbaric oxygen can get into areas of the body that are oxygen starved HBOT is able to bypass the red blood cells and inject oxygen into the plasma; much more expedient delivery mechanism -Various delivery mechanisms and how much oxygen one needs using HBOT...18:20 All gases move in gradient (high to low pressure) A pressurized environment causes the pressure in your body to increase The more pressure you're exposed to, and higher percentages of oxygen, the larger the gradient of pressure Oxygen concentrator increases the amount of oxygen you're breathing in (and that's pressurized in a HBOT chamber) HBOT chambers in hospitals can have 100% oxygen inside 3 types of chambers: Hospital grade (~$200k + cost of oxygen) Hard chamber ($90-100k) Home model ($15-22k) -Actual use frequency and volume of a HBOT chamber...22:42 Match the right tool to your goals Short-term benefits: Increase in oxygenation More ATP production Some immune activation Long-term benefits: Super oxide dismutase increase Body begins replicating mitochondrial content Increase in stem cells Rebuilding blood vessels Antimicrobial benefits Front load the therapy for the most efficacy in therapy (first 3-5 months), then space it out Sessions range from 60-120 minutes There is a point of diminishing returns Extra oxygen stimulates parasympathetic nervous system (increased relaxation) -The effects of HBOT on aerobic or endurance activity...35:23 Performance enhancing effects do not come from red blood cell changes Red blood cell adaptation has to do w/ hypoxia, not hyperoxia -How HBOT promotes angiogenesis when cancer cells are present...38:04 The understanding of the metabolism of cancer has changed in recent years Cancer cells don't use oxygen to make ATP Drive blood glucose levels down, oxygen levels high Starve cancer cells, while nourishing healthy cells Bottom line: Angiogenesis isn't the concern -Antioxidant mechanisms affected by HBOT...42:35 Superoxide dismutase (SODS) upregulation is stimulated by HBOT Hormesis: induce stress to the body, produce an adaptation -The effect of HBOT on bacteria growth in the microbiome...47:11 Upregulation in your own immune system: will affect neutrophils and macrophages Used on anaerobic pathogens (serious infections) Environment of high oxygen is conducive for healthy bacteria to thrive Watch out for a new BGF podcast w/ Dr. Matt Cook! -How HBOT works with bone repair and formation...51:25 It's all about cell signaling Growth factors are the signals for healing and recovery Regenerator cells Platelet derived growth factors Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) promotes angiogenesis is one of many modalities used for healing -Treatments that work well in conjunction w/ HBOT...57:07 High-dose red light right before lights Synergy between red light and oxygen Ben uses holotropic breath work The course of Dr. Nick's "Inspire" Oil Do not hold your breath while transitioning between pressure -Safety concerns w/ HBOT chambers...1:01:05 The risk is when there's 100% oxygen, not a home chamber Oxygen is not flammable, it's an accelerant Pneumothorax (collapsed lung) will be problematic in a chamber Don't do w/ ear pain The pressure you're in is equivalent to being 10 feet under water -How HBOT affects mental performance...1:06:10 Article: -HBOT vs. exercise w/ oxygen therapy (EWOT)...1:07:31 for EWOT of -And much more... 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I drink oodles of extra virgin olive oil.   Every day.   My kids and wife do too. It's a crucial staple in our diet...yet there's plenty of confusion around olive oil...   Can you cook with olive oil? How should you store olive oil? What should you look for in a good olive oil? How do you differentiate between all the different certificates and grades of olive oil?   And much more!   So in today's podcast, I interview T. J. Robinson, aka "The Olive Oil Hunter ®" who is one of the world's most respected authorities on all matters olive oil.   Known for his “platinum palate,” he is one of the few Americans invited to serve as a judge in prestigious Italian olive oil tasting competitions.   These days he is dedicated to importing rare fresh-pressed olive oil via , the most flavorful and healthiest extra virgin olive oil on the planet, until now virtually impossible to obtain year-round in the U.S. All his oils are independently lab tested and certified for 100% purity. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What makes olive oil so efficacious to our health...5:13 Olive oil leads to a distinct drop in blood pressure w/ no change in cholesterol; increased triglyceride, decreased HDL count (atherogenic index) Bigger predictor of C/V disease is the HDL to triglyceride ratio (more so than total LDL cholesterol) Research on mental health and depression Stabilization of blood glucose w/ small amounts of olive oil throughout the day Rheumatoid arthritis Mediterranean diet associated w/ improvements in longevity (not the modern bastardized version) Fasting Sprouting, fermenting, etc. The primary fatty acid in olive oil is oleic acid (C18:1) It's a double bond (less oxidation); safe for cooking at high temperatures Two fatty acids for the brain: Oleic acid, and fish oil (sardines, mackerel, salmon, herring) Other bioactive compounds: Bi0phenyls (found in the olive fruit that scavenges free radical species) (author of Eat to Beat Disease) Oleocanthol has the same anti-inflammatory pathways as ibuprofen (sans the gastric side effects) Phytosterols Squalines (extra virgin olive oil has high amounts) to protect the skin Alphatocopherols (Vitamin E) Hydroxy turpenic acids (lowers inflammation, risk of cancer, decreases blood pressure) -How T.J. Robinson became acquainted w/ the olive oil mafia...20:18 Grew up in Asheville, NC Scored a gig w/ the Food Network; was sent on assignment to Sicily, Italy, where he became acquainted w/ olive oil Harvest of the olive fruit is celebrated widely in Italy and Greece New Yorker article:  by Tom Mueller, author of the aforementioned New Yorker article Rampant fraud: It is easy to package cheaper, lesser quality oils as olive oil and sell at olive oil prices Olive oil sold in bulk is far more susceptible to adulteration than an artisan oil Polyphenols and antioxidants deplete by up to 50% during the first 6 months after distribution -What you need to know about the dates on the package, and how to store your olive oil...33:52 Three killers of olive oil: light, time, temperature Look for the "harvest date" rather than the expiration date Look for dark plastic or glass bottles Don't store olive oil above the stove or in the fridge Store in a pantry at room temperature, away from light Polyphenols and antioxidants prevent the olive oil from oxidizing Restaurant olive oils are often adulterated w/ GMO's, soy, etc. Spirulina and glycine protect the gut from oxidized oils Ben discusses this in his book,  Olive oil has similar fat makeup as human breast milk Olive oil is used as a delivery mechanism for food to babies -How olive oil is actually produced...44:07 Olives are picked from the tree, contain 10% oil when they're green Deleafed and washed at the mill Crusher (like a food processor) turns it into a paste Goes into the millaxer (paste begins to break into parts: solid, water, oil) Oil is spun via centrifuge, then goes into the tasting cup The solids are dried out and reused as organic fertilizer for the crops -The process by which T.J. inspects and selects the olives he uses for his customers...51:08 (website is written in Italian) (2019 edition) Samples are collected, big tasting party Identify the farms to visit (5-6) Trees that are stressed (less water) produce a higher quality oil, higher polyphenols Developing relationships: A farm that's not the right fit at a particular season may be in the future Two criteria for extra virgin olive oil: Meet a chemistry panel for quality parameters Panel of tasters looking for taste defects Most oil in the U.S. doesn't go through this tasting panel Oils labeled as extra virgin may not pass the criteria by the time it's purchased -How you can assess (and enjoy) olive oil on your own...1:00:51 "Single variety" refers to one olive fruit used Watch out for oils that are labeled as "blends" Color of the oil isn't necessarily an indicator of its quality Smell the oil Swirl the cup (to release the aromas) The taste test: Fruitiness (flavorfulness) Bitterness (high in polyphenols) Spiciness People are using olive oil as a tool for weight loss It's great as a skin, hair and face moisturizer Can be used as protectant from the sun and skin healer Used to clean tile Drizzle fresh pressed olive oil over vanilla ice cream for dessert -How to cook w/ extra virgin olive oil...1:23:27 If you cook w/ a subpar product, you get a subpar result Article: Purchase small amounts Don't use olive oil that is older than one year from the harvest date -And much more... 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Adam Lamb is the founder and manager of RenewLifeRX a hormone optimization clinic. Adam has spent the last 10-years helping to explore and facilitate the process of hormone optimization through strategies such as stem cells, peptides, hormone replacement therapy and much more.   He is also the author of the best selling book, , where he helps ordinary people remove alcohol from their life so they can accomplish extraordinary things.   Adam is a devoted husband of over 12 years and a father to an 11-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. Adam often speaks on managing the daily challenges of an entrepreneur, family man and also keeping himself in peak physical condition. If you asked him to “sum up” his lifestyle in one word, it would be discipline. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The effects of a night of poor sleep or more alcohol consumption than normal...7:04 Lower testosterone as one might expect Other activities (watching a fight, viewing porn, etc.) will elevate testosterone levels -How to gain a birds eye view of a person's overall hormone quality...10:34 Understand the story of your life: environment, history, genetics, etc. Phase 1: CBC, metabolic, lipid, DHEA, total testosterone, TSH, IGF-1, FSH, LH, PSA, SHBG, estradiol CBC is for overall health DHEA can be used to regulate circadian rhythm, overall health, rather than testosterone Free testosterone IGF-1 levels reveal sleep, stress, recovery; potential red flag for pituitary dysfunction High PSA levels may be indicative of prostate problems SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) levels rise on high fat, low carb diet Thyroid medication is one of the most overused medications Testosterone therapy is not intended to be a permanent solution Lack of sleep, stress, etc. affect the brain's communication w/ the body regarding testosterone production Many variables can affect estrogen levels, which makes it an unreliable indicator of hormone health There are no absolutes; everyone's body absorbs, responds differently -Why Adam only uses blood tests to quantify his patient's hormone quality...34:10 Trust factor: tried and true Other tests such as the DUTCH test are sourced out when necessary Every 6 months is the gold standard for the max time between tests Longtime patients are self-experts Potential to identify other health concerns when blood is tested regularly -What variables are tested differently for women vs. men...41:20 Pregnalone, progesterone; everything else is fairly similar Women typically don't take enough testosterone 30 day cleanse w/ low-dose testosterone cream yields favorable results Women have a wreck of hormones after having a baby Testosterone elevated to optimal levels helps everything else fall into place Low dose = 2.5-4 mg -Adam's preferred form of delivery for testosterone replacement...45:56 For men: 80% use testosterone cream (healthiest and safest means, no needles or gels) Doses can be adjusted based on where they feel the best Injections: split dose throughout the week It's one or the other (injection vs. cream) most of the time Consistent application of small doses is far preferable to infrequent larger doses -Why the vagina or scrotum isn't the best place to apply the cream...51:23 The best place to apply the cream is the back of the knee, forearms, or shoulders It's where the highest concentration of testosterone is already located Patients have reported imbalanced numbers after applying scrotally or vaginally -Whether increased testosterone levels can deleteriously affect one's overall health...54:08 Understand the tool before using it (similar to driving a car or owning a gun) Be healthy first before testosterone therapy Testosterone should not be used as a band-aid when you're not addressing foundational principles of health 90% of testosterone therapy is done improperly The ideal client is someone who's aware of their health, living a conscientious life, and just need a push in the right direction Hormone therapy will not compensate for an unhealthy lifestyle -About the peptide stacks recommended by RenewLifeRX...1:00:19 The These are written by RenewLife to educate their customers, both present and future -Why Adam wrote his book on controlling alcohol consumption Chronic biohacker (keto diet, intermittent fasting, etc.) Alcohol was always part of Adam's life; had an alcoholic father Went on an alcohol fast for 30 days, then 60, then 90, decided to never drink again There are benefits to microdosing on alcohol, provided it's not a "fall back" -And much more... Resources from this episode: -   -   (use code BEN50 to receive 50% off of your labs and initial consultation)   -   -     -   - (formerly known as Book In A Box)   -   - Episode sponsors: - - - -
News Flashes ?   Special Announcements... Ben Greenfield's new book “Boundless” is now available! Check out Ben on  for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes, and much more! Follow Ben on  for daily news flashes and the latest health, fitness, and anti-aging research. J oin Ben's  page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts, and support! Here's where Ben is speaking and traveling around the world coming soon: February: Media tour of India April 24 – 26: Paleo f(x) – Austin, TX.  April 4 - 6, 2020: Wild Health Summit.  April 24 - 26, 2020: Paleo f(x) - Austin, TX.  This podcast is brought to you by: -: Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 20% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF20. -: Grow muscle 3x faster than you can with free weights! The X3 Bar will change the way you train forever. Get a $50 discount off your X3 bar when you use discount code: BEN -: A brand new company that has re-imagined all your favorite childhood breakfast cereals. Low carb, keto-friendly, ZERO sugar, and tastes just like you remember. For free shipping on your order at Magic Spoon, use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD Listener Q&A: Top Air Pollution Tips...29:50 Anonymous asks: I'm wondering if you can give some recommendations for air purifiers and dehumidifiers in the home to create a healthier living environment in the home. Particularly for people who live in big cities. You can come home and literally wipe the city off your face here in London where I live. Any comments or recommendations for products you would use would be much appreciated. How To Get Started With Biohacking...43:00 Avis asks: I've been listening to all the information you've been sharing. And while it's awesome, I find it a bit overwhelming at times. What advice would you give a novice like myself to get started on the journey to self-optimization? Can Infrared & Red Light Be Bad For You?...1:01:05 Ryan (a female voice) asks: Hi Ben. We recently purchased a Joovv device. And while my husband loves it, it's been giving me migraines since starting it. I'll use it for 2-3 minutes at a time. I started doing it every day, but I've quit since getting the migraines. I typically get a migraine once per month with my cycle, but it's much more frequent with the Joovv in our home. Any advice on what we can do would be appreciated.
Dr. David Rabin, MD, PhD is a guy who designed a fascinating wearable that he showed me a few weeks ago when he came to my house in Spokane, WA. A board-certified psychiatrist, translational neuroscientist, and inventor specializing in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders, Dr. Rabin has spent the last 14 years researching treatments to combat the negative effects of chronic stress on physical and mental health. He received his MD in medicine and his PhD in neuroscience from Albany Medical College and trained in psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Rabin helped to organize the in collaboration with colleagues at Yale, the University of Southern California, Mt. Sinai, Modern Spirit, and MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies) to determine the mechanisms of the dramatic therapeutic benefits observed following psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in treatment-resistant mental illness. The study has begun and is collecting DNA samples from patients with treatment-resistant PTSD who are participating in the MAPS-sponsored Phase 3 FDA trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to evaluate the gene expression changes that result from the therapy. He is also the founder and executive director of the Board of Medicine, a nonprofit organization of physicians and scientists spearheading the development of the world’s first evidence-based peer-reviewed clinical guidelines for the safe use of complementary and alternative medicines including medical cannabis. Dr. Rabin works with patients with treatment-resistant conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and substance use disorders. In his work, he found that when patients were in a calm, safe environment their physiological markers of stress improved, their mood got better, and they were better able to focus and manage their symptoms. He also found that mindfulness techniques and deep breathing worked quite well to reduce stress in patients, but that his patients had a difficult time practicing these techniques on their own in their day-to-day lives. In 2014, Dr. Rabin began his research on what would become the device I'm referring to, "Apollo" in a neuroscience lab at the University of Pittsburgh. After exploring academic research on mindfulness, biofeedback, deep breathing, and a host of sensory techniques including music therapy, Dr. Rabin found that touch is an often overlooked, but an incredibly vital pathway for quickly establishing relaxation in the mind and in the body. He quickly got to work developing , a breakthrough wearable technology that uses the neuroscience of touch and vibration to combat the negative effects of stress during his research at the University of Pittsburgh. sends gentle waves of vibration to your body that are clinically shown to bring your heart, lungs, and mind into balance, resulting in improved heart rate variability (HRV). By signaling safety to the body through your sense of touch, Apollo offers you control over your stress, so you can tackle whatever comes next. After clinical trials of the Apollo technology demonstrating its reliable effects on mood, sleep, and focus, Dr. Rabin co-founded  to make the discovery available to the public. Chronic stress tells your body that you’re under threat. These consistent disturbances put your body into fight-or-flight, making it difficult to stay calm, focus your attention, and get good sleep. ’s vibrations work by signaling safety to the brain, thereby soothing the stress response and rapidly restoring balance to the body. has created the first wearable system that upgrades your body instead of just tracking it. Clinical studies show that Apollo increases physical endurance, , , and helps users reach relaxation before bed rapidly by . Apollo’s effects occur within 5 minutes of use and have no known side effects. Apollo’s AI mobile app delivers gentle layered vibration frequencies to the body via a small modular wearable worn on the ankle or wrist. Users will be able to connect to Apple Health Kit to see how their biometrics improve with Apollo use over time. The Apollo system has been tested and independently validated by individual members of a number of different institutions in the military and many Veterans, several academics at Universities, >10 elite athletics clubs, as well as in with 6 more trials currently underway. The Company has over 1500 beta testers and has conducted over 500 long-term case studies with consistent results. Positive symptom improvements and voluntary reductions in habit-forming substances such as opioid narcotics, benzodiazepines, amphetamines, and caffeine have been reported in those with chronic conditions worsened by stress including insomnia, chronic pain, and PTSD. The at the University of Pittsburgh comparing EEG patterns of 25 naive meditators to 25 experienced meditators demonstrated that Apollo frequencies made naive meditators’ brainwaves look nearly identical to those of experienced meditators within 12 minutes. Apollo is currently being studied in a between the University of Pittsburgh and the New School (NYC) with an FDA trial for PTSD at the Pittsburgh VA Hospital in planning for Winter 2020. All studies and trials of the Apollo technology have been supported entirely with non-dilutive funding and grants. The system has been developed to FDA ISO 13485 regulatory requirements and HIPAA Compliance. During this discussion, you'll discover: -The link between the natural need to feel safe and stress...11:45 Autonomic balance: Understanding the link between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems is key Safety and threat are two major stimulants to the nervous system Safety to the parasympathetic Threat to the sympathetic Both natural instincts for self-preservation (diverting energy for the situation) Downsides of constantly being in sympathetic state Affects fertility and libido Athletes experience loss of libido during training Corporate burnout is considered a physical condition due to constantly being in a state of stress (sympathetic system) Preschoolers are often prescribed antidepressants due to stressors in their environment The human body is not meant to tolerate the stressors of modernity The body may be under a lot of stress even if we feel safe (roof over our head, food in the fridge, etc.) -How trauma affects one's ability to feel safe...23:30 "Trauma" by definition may be more far-reaching than one may think Safety includes, but is not limited to the physical element Trauma is one or many meaningful or intense unsafe experiences over time Parents ignore multiple times Perceptions of being unlovable or cannot love others Constantly worried about finances Affects the parasympathetic nervous system Book: by Bronnie Ware More connected w/ friends Worked less Choose to be happier Courage to express true self Courage to be who I am rather than who people expected me to be Trauma is a disconnection from self Sanskrit word for "self" is synonymous with "health" and (Telling your body you have time to breathe and relax) You must let go of attachment to things in the past in order to present to the world your true self -Whether or not epigenetic trauma is a legit concept...34:55 At one time a theory, now well-established in the scientific field Rachel Yehuda: Dutch potato famine: descendants experienced similar symptoms (depression, obesity, schizophrenia, etc.) -How psychedelics are used to reverse trauma...45:00 Psilocybin and : Used traditionally to release trauma Are being used to reverse trauma Highly efficacious while used w/  on PTSD patients Psychedelics are for "mind-manifesting"; not a party drug Ketamine is the only legal psychedelic in the U.S. (MDMA, psilocybin expected to clear hurdles soon) Everyone has trauma; they're all manifesting in different ways Depression Schizophrenia Anxiety Apollo to be used (eventually) after MDMA is administered We don't heal because of the medicine; the medicine empowers the body's innate ability to heal itself Breath is the gateway to the spirit Apollo was created to replicate the effects of expensive MDMA treatments with much more accessibility -The technology behind the Neuroscience wearable...1:01:25 Gentle vibrations to the body (like an ocean wave, or cat purring on you) Touch is the most effective means of creating the feeling of safety Made up of sound frequencies Skin perceives it much more than the ear Music changes resonance patterns in our bodies in different settings (working out, meditating, etc.) The 7 states in the device: Wakefulness (first thing in the morning) Clear and focused (for long deep work, public speaking, etc.) Rebuild and recover Social and open (social safety and flow, need to be "on") Meditation Relax and recharge Sleep Amount of time you'll use the device are case-dependent It becomes more effective over time; the body becomes sensitized to it -What the is made of...1:11:40 Built to FDA specs Hypo-allergenic Only active w/ Bluetooth when using the app (very low EMF exposure) HIPAA compliant -Rapid-fire questions about the Apollo...1:15:55 Is it safe for children and the elderly? Yes, it's been tested successfully on ages 3-93 Can it work on any part of the body? Yes, provided you adjust the settings appropriately Is it currently available to the general public? Yes. Click to get the Apollo (use code BENGREENFIELD15 to get a 15% discount) -And much more... Resources from this episode: - The wearable (use code BENGREENFIELD15 to get a 15% discount) - - - - - website - - - - Episode sponsors: -: Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20 -: Delivers healthy 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork directly to your door on a monthly basis. All their products are humanely raised and NEVER given antibiotics or hormones. For 2 lbs of 100% grass-fed beef and 2 lbs of pure bacon for FREE, PLUS $20 off your first box enter promo code: BEN20 at checkout. -: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive a gift card up to $20 when you begin a new membership using . Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. David Rabin or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
I recently had the pleasure to give a Q&A talk on all things health, wellness, nutrition, biohacking and more at in New York City. Every week, as part of his , world famous chef David Bouley brings in a physician or other guest expert to present on a topic or to answer questions, and each series is accompanied by a fabulous 5 star, multi-course meal that is both amazingly healthy and delicious. I always enjoy giving these talks, and decided to record this one for your listening pleasure. Every member of the audience received a signed copy of my new book , so you'll hear me talk about the book a bit in this episode as well. Enjoy! In this episode, you'll discover: -The 3 non-negotiable things Ben does for his mitochondrial health...5:35 Book: Light Sunlight Photobiomodulation () Hot/cold contrast showers (2o sec. cold, 10 sec hot 10x thru) therapy (exposure negative ions in the earth) -The #1 biohacking device Ben recommends for calm and sleep...13:25 Look for Shift yourself into parasympathetic state Vagal nerve stimulators by Fisher Wallace -How to use a device with a pre-existing tumor...16:40 Shift body into state of ketosis Low protein, low carb, high fat diet Avoid amino acid supplements Light can potentially exacerbate the tumor Book: -Ben's carb refeed strategy...19:12 Save carb intake until the evening Helps w/ serotonin production Won't impact triglycerides Producing ketones throughout the day Dinner is often the most social meal of the day Exercise mimics the insulin sensitivity we have in the morning Quality carbs: , pumpkin, homemade bread, etc. (no Twinkies) Shoot for 100 g of carbs -How to rid the body of glyphosate...24:40 Rule #1: Don't eat from crop that's been treated w/ glyphosate Compounds which make the gut less permeable: (Ion Biome) 2 ways to plummet blood glucose after a long meal Post-prandial stroll Cold exposure -The importance of eating local, seasonal food...28:20 Contain bacteria that's good for the biome and immune systems -The proper use of psychedelics...33:00 Used irresponsibly in many cases Lots of preparation that goes into (and going out of) proper retreat or use of psychedelics and listen digital recorder for what you've said -Ben's recommended self-quantification methods...36:00 Track HRV via... Elite HRV () Quarterly blood panel Thorne blood test (, , , , and ) Stool test once per year DNA test once per lifetime to test hormones and neurotransmitters -A new gadget Ben is trying right now...41:05 (BGF podcast w/ the founder of Apollo is coming soon!) -A healthy approach to coffee consumption...42:30 Very healthy and tasty when used in moderation Overuse can lead to a dependency Switch to decaf coffee for 7-10 days on a regular basis (reset adenosine receptors) -Ben's thoughts on the assertions and claims made on the ...44:50 The risk of anti-nutrients found in plants may outweigh the benefits of a plant-based diet Risk excessive gas, or gut damage A piece of , eggs, is simply easier to get the protein you need Can be difficult on the environment to grow the amount of plants needed -Tips for improving posture...49:30 Ch 18 of  is on symmetry and beauty Breathe through the nose as much as possible (including while exercising) Heel rise of your shoes (as low as possible) Movement throughout the day: Eldoa stretching () -One belief Ben has changed course on in the last 1-2 years...53:02 -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - - - - - - - - - - - - - Book: - Book: - Episode sponsors: -The BGF Text VIP Club: Get early access to deals, discount codes, and insider tips. Just text the word "FITNESS" to 411-247 -: Nature’s “first food” that supports immunity, GI function, athletic recovery, and more. BGF listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at Kion when you use discount code: BGF10 -: A wellness company specializing in innovative nutraceuticals made from healing hive compounds and plant-based ingredients. Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -: A formulation of 24 unique strains, each of which included at their clinically verified dose, to deliver systemic benefits in the body. Save 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN15 -: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using and receive a month's supply of Kion Berry Aminos absolutely free. Got a question for me about what I talk about in this podcast? Leave a comment below and I'll reply!
I recently spoke at in New York City as part of my Boundless book launch tour.   (See  for more upcoming Boundless events in Los Angeles, and , which just launched this week and is already a Number 1 Amazon Bestseller in several categories!)   Anyways...during my talk, I revealed my top tips, tricks, and biohacks for optimizing mind, body, and spirit—including everything from neurotransmitters to the blood-brain barrier to fat loss/muscle gain tips, a 20 minute Q&A, and much more—recorded it, and packaged it all together for today's podcast. In this episode, you'll discover: -The moment Ben Greenfield realized he was living a truly boundless life...6:45 Began as a bodybuilder, eventually sought a more holistic approach to health and fitness Wrote for athletes who may be asking the same questions he grappled with is a comprehensive guide to live the ultimate life - boundless energy, vitality, quality of life Seek out natural "biohacks" before man-made tech Boundless body, mind, spirit, and environment The represents the Body, Mind, Spirit elements Being "boundless" means a joyful, adventurous, fulfilling life, a managed stress load, quality time w/ family -How to have healthy neurotransmitters...18:15 Proper stimulation (watch caffeine intake) to repair damaged neurons in the brain Four building blocks (2 for neurotransmitters, 2 for myelin sheaths): -Tips for a dynamic blood-brain barrier...21:27 Balanced exercise Saturated fat can be problematic and is good in small doses blood pressure device -How breathwork will improve your life...24:32 4-8 breathing (4 in, 8 out) 3 minutes sleep latency Alternating nostril breathing (cover left nostril and breathe in through your right nostril, then cover right nostril and exhale through your left nostril, in through left, out through right, repeat) Box breathing (4 in, 4 hold, 4 out, 4 hold) followed by -Smart drugs and nootropics...30:53 Ben's not big on deprenyl, Adderall, modafinil (mix w/ ) Microdose Dihexa Semax Apps -How to choose the diet that's right for you...35:16 Book: Book: Religious practices encourage fasting and caloric restriction Intermittent fasting Social element is important -Proper food preparation...38:19 Pay attention to histamines , , are staples in the Greenfield home Glycemic variability and inflammation are two important metrics to track for longevity is great for blood sugar regulation -Cleaning your gut...41:50 (Cyrex) , , (Dr. Zach Bush) Have a constant mindset of detoxing Activate parasympathetic nervous system before consuming food Pay attention to ancestral food prep methods -What telomere lengths have to do with the size of your muscles... Article: Powerful, explosive movements are particularly efficacious Bigger's not better Ben's preferred workout: Super slow training 1x/week training -The routine Ben does to stay lean throughout the year...49:15 Wake up in an intermittent fasted state ~16 hours for men, ~12 hours for women Consume a small amount of caffeine (1-2 cups of ) 20 minutes fasted aerobic cardio -Biohacking tools Ben uses...51:10 machine -Recovery tools and tactics...52:41 "I'm a bigger fan of biohacking for recovery than for performance" A recovery stack Ben likes: Ice pack on top of it Mid-day nap device recovery boots -How to optimize your symmetry and beauty...57:37 Nasal breathing during hard exercise for facial symmetry and structure -Boosting your immune system...1:00:23 (via Kion Flex) -3 tips to eliminate non-native EMF from your environment... Take a Eat foods containing NAD and sirtuins Yeast Whole grains and to active NrF2 Filtering light on monitors (use for an hour in the morning too) -The best nutrients for hormones and fertility...1:04:47 -The importance of having a life's purpose and expressing gratitude...1:06:28 -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - - BGF podcasts: - - blood pressure device - (cranial electrical stimulation device) - device - from Niraj Naik (the Renegade Pharmacist) - - Book: - - - - - - machine - - - blue light blocking glasses - and Episode sponsors: -: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants and health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. 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Cliffy B.

I love you Max. You dis not coin the term “diagnos & adios”. 🧠❤️🧠❤️🧠🙌🏽🧛‍♀️🕉

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wade wade

helpful but way to long to get to the point

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Ben Dasher

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Mar 14th
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rustin dudley

why does dr cook sound like hes in a closet whispering with cotton mouth

Mar 14th
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Teresa May

wow, such great information. I'm gonna go check out her website.

Feb 24th
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Gino

Hi Ben Im interested in grounding. Unfortunately I don't live near a beach. What other alternative are there. Thank you

Feb 22nd
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Gabriel Montague

love

Feb 21st
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Akhtar Hossain

this podcast is just ads

Feb 20th
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Cliffy B.

Ep4o7. ThunderDunk. Great episode. Good to see you’re not relying on the molekule to actually filter the air because it doesn’t SEEM do that very well. Search for the wire cutter molekule air purifier review

Feb 1st
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Mārtiņš Meļķis

Recently found out you on Impact Theory. That was so valuable. Your knowledge and depth of it amazes. Thank you for sharing!

Jan 29th
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Del Val Electric

great info but hard to follow, dull monotone is hard to keep my attention

Jan 27th
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Betty McEachern

Great episode - a wealth of information!

Jan 23rd
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J D

I'm really interested in this stuff, pretty fascinating.

Dec 5th
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John Teske

This was the best David Sinclair podcast I've heard.

Nov 29th
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Christopher Capobianco

some episodes are too much into science to understand

Nov 25th
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Doug Fischer Jr.

Total BS

Nov 2nd
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Thomas Drew

Great episode, hope to hear Tom on the podcast again

Oct 29th
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Gabriel Montague

not a fan of this so far ... infomercial

Oct 28th
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Jonathan Roseland

I'm now #WOKEAF to NAD+

Oct 14th
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Robert Gaff

rad listen! 🤙 I too get sick occasionally after cold exposure if my body is under the pump (working through ross river virus and chronic sinus infection) gotta know what works for you. ✌

Oct 13th
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