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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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In my new book  I reveal a never-before-seen, systematized approach to increasing healthspan and lifespan using a potent combination of ancestral wisdom and modern science. Three years in the making and complete with over 600 pages of inspiring stories, workout plans, nutrition protocols, and much more, Boundless is the first step-by-step guide for optimizing every element of your life force and obtain true, lasting, boundless energy. You’ll discover how to get smarter, sleep better, build muscle, burn fat, fix your gut, have mind-blowing sex, defy aging and much more. Fact is, you are far more than average. The power to operate at your full human capacity already exists inside you, just waiting to be unleashed. This book will teach you exactly how. And I've received plenty of questions about Boundless, including who it's for, what kind of routines and plans are included in it, more specifics on chapter content, and much more. So in this special solosode, I'm not only digging into some of the latest longevity, ketone, caffeine, creatine, sleep and protein research I've discovered lately, but also answering all your burning questions about Boundless, which you can now ! During this discussion, you'll discover: -News Flashes mentioned in this podcast…4:30 The launch of Boundless is upon us. Check out the for information on events related to the launch! There is SO MUCH wrong in and I’ll address it in my next podcast This just in… Even though it can be beneficial, Interesting… Sleep latency (how long it takes you to fall asleep) Yet another use for creatine… Cool summary of Yep, you can still be in ketosis without severe carbohydrate restriction (actually you can do it at 25% carb intake)…check out Wow! . (Just goes to show that the “30-50g carbs a day” for nutritional ketosis is not applicable to most athletes!) -Q&A related to … -Are there training routines or training plans specifically for losing fat and/or putting on muscle?…35:25 Physiological parameters I follow: Mitochondrial density Lactic acid tolerance Fat burning and metabolic efficiency Strength (w/ an eye on longevity) Mobility Refer to Chs. 8, 9, 11 -What type of nutrition plans are discussed in the book?…40:56 No one-size-fits-all approach (teaching you to fish rather than handing you a fish) , , , , , , , Carnivore Diet, , Recommended starting points, markers to progress to eventually Eating choices w/ specific gene variations, blood and stool markers, etc. Refer to Ch 21 -Does the book have info related to gut/intestinal health?…45:15 Refer to Chapter 13 Yeast and parasites are addressed How to deal w/ insufficient stomach acid Food intolerances (malabsorption) Best tests to use Huge section on mold and mycotoxins -Is there info on how women can rebalance their hormones?…49:45 Ch. 19 is on longevity and anti-aging Recommended doctors and specialists are mentioned Maintaining DHEA levels, use of peptides, etc. -Does Boundless include recipes?…52:16 and Psychedelics and nootropics (proper use) cooking podcast -Which chapter is a must for a reader to implement in their lifestyle immediately?…54:06 Chapter 20: Invisible: Hidden Variables that Make or Break Your Mind, Body and Spirit How to hire a building biologist () , etc. Biohacks for home and office Using light for circadian rhythm; what light to use and when How to photosynthesize the body Book: My own routines: productivity, software, office hacks, etc. Using effectively Natural household cleaners (, , , , etc.) Also recommend Ch 21 on routines and lifestyle -Rapid fire questions…58:08 Will it be available on Kindle? Yes, but I highly encourage you to get the hard copy. Why is it so expensive? Because it's freaking big, comprehensive, and a work of art. When will the pre-order copy ship? Book launches and orders will ship on 21 Jan. Will it be available in Australia? Yes. Go to find out how. -A few insider tips from Boundless…1:02:00 Gene repair by Dr. Ben Lynch Little-discussed oils How do fish gain the nutrients which make fish oil efficacious? Plant-based oil Sleep optimization Connection between exercise and sleep 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise prior to breakfast (especially in the sunshine) can enhance deep sleep levels Training hard in the morning can damage sleep patterns Mid-day 20-40 minutes naps timed 5-7 hours after you wake can negate effects of hard workout in the morning, using devices like , , Finish your workout at least 3 hours before bedtime A few intense 10 minute bouts of exercise can alleviate sleepiness during periods of sleep deprivation can relax the joints quickly hydrogen tablets -And much more… Resources mentioned in this episode: – – – – – – – – – made by Dr. John Lieurance of – cooking podcast – Book: by Dr. Ben Lynch – hydrogen tablets – device – BGF podcasts you might like: Episode sponsors: –: Nature’s “first food” that supports immunity, GI function, athletic recovery, and more. 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Last year I spoke at an event called "A4M" in Las Vegas. My entire presentation was focused on 32 different ways to increase testosterone naturally, with no injections or hormone replacement protocols required. I'm not against bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), but I do think one should explore as many natural alternatives as possible first. Or, for even more bang for the buck, pair BHRT with the tactics you'll discover in this episode. " is dedicated to the advancement of tools, technology, and transformations in healthcare that can detect, treat, and prevent diseases associated with aging. They promote the research of practices and protocols that have the potential to optimize the human aging process. The organization is also dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and practitioners, scientists, and members of the public on biomedical sciences, breakthrough technologies, and medical protocols through our advanced education entity: Metabolic Medical Institute (MMI). Their event in Vegas each year is, in my opinion, well worth checking out. Recently, in two separate papers, testosterone therapy has gotten a bad rap and ), and been blamed as a culprit for coronary artery disease and stroke risk, but , this is simply not true. As a matter of fact, in Jay's , he clearly lays out the research behind optimized testosterone levels improving heart health, optimizing cognitive function, combatting Alzheimer's disease, staving off bone loss, and much much more. My friend Carl Lenore also recently addressed some of this unfair testosterone vilification in . Furthermore, as I explain in the introduction to this podcast, I recently began to use microdoses of testosterone cream (compounded by ) in the morning and evening to simulate the natural diurnal release of testosterone, and have noted a profound impact in my own energy levels and recovery (although this is not a strategy I endorse as a "bandaid" but instead the icing-on-the-cake for males in their late 30's and beyond once all other foundational practices I outline in this podcast are established). Incidentally, my wife is now using progesterone from Dr. Koniver for similar purposes. In this episode, I will review the key biomarkers for achieving peak male health, along with the most potent and effective practices for optimizing biological variables for men's fertility and longevity. I will also unveil a host of little-known biohacks proven to enhance or restore peak testosterone and libido, along with how to practically implement a blend of ancestral wisdom and modern science to amplify sexual performance. You'll discover a multimodal approach to optimizing male sexual performance, learn how to identify key biomarkers to assess male health and get the best ancient practices and modern scientific strategies that enhance or restore men's fertility and longevity. Oh, and by the way, women need testosterone too, and all these tactics will work for the ladies as well.  In this episode, you'll learn... -Research I've encountered since I last spoke on this topic on the podcast...2:00 Microdosing testosterone cream (transdermal application) Simulates diurnal increase of testosterone (vs. a sudden increase via an injection) Overseen by a knowledgeable doc Morning and evening small amount of cream (not gel) -Workout Strategies to Optimize Testosterone...12:43 Sprint Study:   Lift heavy stuff Article:  Study:  Workouts:  , , , Article:  Book:  Use long rest periods Study:  Do forced reps Study:  Article: Use your legs Study:  Article:  Article:  Avoid chronic cardio Study:  Podcast:  -Notoriously Missing Nutrients That Drastically Affect Testosterone Levels...21:46 Magnesium Podcast:  Vitamin D Book:  Zinc DHEA Article:  Creatine Boron Article:   -Herbal Add-Ons...32:39 -Biohacking Testosterone: Tools and Tricks That Actually Work...40:51 Electrical Muscle Stimulation Study:  Study:  Red Light or Low-Lever Laser Therapy Article:  Article: Study:  Cold Thermogenesis Study:  Study:  Study:  Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Book:  Study: Study:  Study:  Study:  Study:  Gainswave Article:   Article:  Podcast:   Podcast:  Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) Study:  Study:  Stem Cells Article:  Article:  -Mistakes You're Probably Making That Impact Testosterone and Fertility...51:03 Underestimating the nasties of plastic Podcast:   Article:   Article:  Study:   Study:  Thinking “Avoid Chronic Cardio” Means “Don’t Move Too Much” Study:  Study:   Study:  Study:  Eating too often Study:   Study:  Thinking You’re Immune To EMF Book:   Ejaculating Too Much Article:  Article:  Ignoring The Power Of Sex Article:   Book:  Eating Gluten -Best Ways to Track and Test Male Hormones...1:00:01 -And much more! If you'd like this comprehensive list of resources from my talk at A4M in PDF format, click Resources mentioned in this episode: -BGF podcasts: -Book: -Book: -Book: - - - - Episode sponsors: : The launch is upon us. Visit for info about the launch parties in NYC and Los Angeles, and pre-order your copy today! -: Satisfying, nutrient-dense, real-food energy bars with a delicious chocolate coconut flavor! Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire Kion order 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 -: 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! 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Most people understand the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for digestive health and overall wellbeing. But what about the mycobiome―the fungi that live inside our bodies? This podcast introduces this important component of the microbiome and explains how diet affects this population and how its balance or imbalance can cause you to feel―a poor balance of fungi can lead to weight gain, pain and bloating, and low energy, and can worsen symptoms for those with IBS or Crohn’s. Good news: Gut fungi respond quickly and dramatically to dietary and lifestyle changes. Within 24 hours, you can remake your mycobiome, supporting a path to weight loss, better digestion, and more energy. Alongside this accessible gut science, my guest, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, author of the new book "" outlines fast changes for fostering healthy fungi as well as 7- and 20-day diet plans, with more than 50 dietician-tested recipes, to cultivate a thriving mycobiome and methods for tweaking your lifestyle for long-term gut health. Dr. Ghannoum is a tenured professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Educated in Lebanon, England, and the United States, he received his PhD in Microbial Physiology from University of Technology in England and an Executive MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He has spent his entire career studying medically important fungi and publish-ing extensively about their virulence factors, especially in microbial biofilms. Over the past decade, Dr. Ghannoum recognized the role of the microbial community (both bacterial and fungal) in human health and published the first study describing the oral fungal community, coining the term“mycobiome.”He described the bacterial microbiome (bacteriome) and the mycobiome in HIV-infected patients, and led the characterization of the interaction between bacteria and fungi as they relate to health and disease. In 2016, he published an opinion piece in The Scientist on the contribution of the myco-biome to human health and was consequently invited to speak at a number of meetings organized by the National Institutes of Health. He conducted a study characterizing the bacterial and fungal communities in Crohn’s disease patients that resulted in the first model of microbiome dysbiosis that implicated cooperation between bacteria and fungi in biofilms. This work resulted in a publication that received national and international coverage. Dr. Ghannoum is also a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and a past President of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas (MMSA). He has received many distinguished awards for his research, and in 2013, he was selected as“MostInteresting Person” by Cleveland Magazine. In 2016, he received the Rohda Benham Award presented for his continuous out- standing and meritorious contributions to medical mycology from the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas and the Freedom to Discover Award from Bristol-Myers Squibb for his work on microbial biofilms. In 2017, he was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He continues to be a pioneer in the characterization of the human microbiome. With over 400 peer-reviewed publications to his credit and six published books on antifungal therapy, microbial biofilms, Candida adherence, and related topics, Dr. Ghannoum continues to be a prominent leader in his field. The National Institutes of Health has continually funded his research since 1994, and he recently received a large NIH grant to study the mechanism(s) of bacterial/fungal interaction in intestinal inflammation, such as in colitis and Crohn’s disease. He has also consulted for many international pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and co-founded multiple successful and profitable companies, including BIOHM Health, launched in 2016, that engineer products and services to address the critical role of the bacterial and fungal com-munities in digestive and overall health and wellness. BIOHM Health was just awarded the Science and Innovation Award by Nutrition Business Journal. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, children, and grandchildren. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The story behind Dr. Ghannoum coining the term "mycobiome"...7:40 Mycology is the study of fungi; mycobiome refers to the fungi in our gut and parts of our body Focusing just on bacteria leads to overgrowth of candida Showed through research that over 100 fungal species exist in a typical human mouth -Why the human body benefits from having fungus inside it...10:15 We need fungi in our gut; good fungi, even candida in low doses, helps the body Helps in breaking down, fermenting food Candida or fungi at colonizer level cleans the immune system Gut Report to test fungus levels in the body Other microbiome tests examine the bacteria only -What are good and bad fungi, or are fungi levels the only factor?...14:18 It varies by the species Saccharomyces boulardii and Pichia are good all the way around The level of candida is the determining factor, good or bad There are different strains of candida -Signs and symptoms of a fungal overgrowth...18:32 Diarrhea Allergies Pain in the GI tract Damage to gut lining results -How biofilms protect the gut...21:38 Candida cooperates w/ E. coli and Serratia Marcescens (both pathogens) make a biofilm Plack on teeth is an example of a biofilm Organisms in the gut are not free floating; they stick to the gut Complex polysaccharides form around organisms; shields from drugs or immune cells Biofilms are resistant to being broken down Echinocandins inhibit the synthesis of the fungal cell wall: Caspofungin Micafungin Anidulafungin -How people get fungal infections...29:00 Immunocompromised patients typically have lots of antibiotics (killing useful bacteria and allowing candida overgrowth) Goes through GI tract and attacks blood Nurses and doctors  are carriers Surgery Steroids exacerbate susceptibility to candida infections -Differences and similarities between SIFO and SIBO...35:40 Similar symptoms Nausea is more prevalent and severe in SIFO patients Abdominal pain and gas is more prevalent in SIBO SIFO patients grow candida 19% of patients can have both SIBO and SIFO -How popular diets may contribute to fungal overgrowth...39:05 Mediterranean diet: Lots of grains, carbs, pasta (can encourage growth of candida) Follow the diet, provided you consume alcohol in moderation (sugars are problematic) Paleo diet may contain too little prebiotic content Mycobiome diet is customizable to the individual -What life looks like on the mycobiome diet...46:10 Goal is to limit growth of candida, and pro-inflammatory bacteria  People low in Vitamins A,B,C are vulnerable Encourage beneficial bacteria (fibers, resistance starches) Stop biofilms (harming gut lining and causing inflammation) Cruciferous veggies are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant The best food can still result in imbalance in the gut Lifestyle factors: Exercise, walk, hike, etc. Blood can divert from the heart, lungs during extreme exercise No full-fat dairy Herbs and spices that are particularly efficacious: Coconut oil Turmeric  Garlic Apple cider vinegar Supplements Probiotic w/ Saccharomyces boulardii (Biohm) Multivitamin w/ Vitamin A,B,C   Sample breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal w/ bananas, berries, honey Egg w/ tomatoes, turmeric, olives Sample lunch: Lentil soup, spring onions, lemon, chicken Salad w/ cucumber, spring onion, garlic, lettuce, salmon Pistachios are great for the biome Sample dinner: Asparagus, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts Chicken roasted, fish -How to find a physician who is knowledgeable in treating SIFO...1:05:11 -And much more... 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My guest on today's show, Dr. Jolene Brighten, is a functional medicine naturopathic doctor and the founder of , a women's medicine clinic that specializes in women's hormones. She is recognized as a leading expert in post-birth control syndrome and the long-term side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives. Dr. Brighten is the best-selling author, speaker, and regular contributor to several online publications including . She is a medical advisor for one of the first data-driven apps to offer women personalized birth control recommendations. You might be familiar with her also as the author of Out of the 100 million women (almost 11 million in the United States alone) who are on the pill, roughly 60 percent take it for non-contraceptive reasons like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, and acne. While the birth control pill is widely prescribed as a quick-fix solution to a variety of women’s health conditions, taking it can also result in other more serious and dangerous health consequences. Did you know that women on the pill are more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant? That they are at significantly increased risk for autoimmune disease, heart attack, thyroid and adrenal disorders, and even breast and cervical cancer? That the pill can even cause vaginal dryness, unexplained hair loss, flagging libido, extreme fatigue, and chronic infection. As if women didn’t have enough to worry about, that little pill we’re taking to manage our symptoms is only making things worse. Dr. Brighten specializes in treating women’s hormone imbalances caused by the pill and shares her proven 30-day program designed to reverse the myriad of symptoms women experience every day—whether you choose to stay on the pill or not. Featuring simple diet and lifestyle interventions, this podcast will be a crucial step to reversing the risky side effects of the pill, finally finding hormonal health, and getting your badass self back. During our discussion, you'll discover: -An overview of how the pill works...9:38 Dr. Brighten is a former user of the pill; didn't understand the ramifications until studying in natural medicine It works at your brain level How do the ovaries know when to ovulate? The pill distorts FSH/LH levels, thus affecting ovulation, menstrual cycles, etc.  Causes mood alterations and even difficulty getting pregnant once off the pill What normal FSH/LH levels should be sans the pill Day 1 of the period begins the "flow" of maturing eggs FSH and estrogen rise Once ovulation occurs, the corpus luteum secretes progesterone Every form of birth control produces progestin, not progesterone Weight gain is common  Water retention due to lack of progesterone Moodiness is common Key point: A woman stops ovulating because the pill is affecting her body at the brain level -Dr. Brighten's thoughts on supplementing w/ progesterone...16:03 There's a time and place for it, but first ask "why" you need it Can help w/ anxiety, sleep quality,  Women need progesterone to strengthen the myelin sheath in the brain; also w/ neuroplasticity Important for bone health and the immune system Book: Some men can benefit from progesterone supplements A safe environment is vital for progesterone levels Stressful environments affect natural progesterone levels The body will produce cortisol rather than reproductive hormones -Why women are not equitably represented in the scientific community...23:43 Lean females should use caution while participating in intermittent fasting  Laws forbidding women from participating in studies have inhibited accurate data The scientific field as a whole is underrepresented by women  Article: Article: Basic economics: it's more cheaper and easier to study males, be it humans or animals -Real-time consequences of being on the pill...33:30 It affects which partner a woman is attracted to Makes a woman less attractive to ideal partners A woman may not be attracted to their partner when they come off the pill -Effects of the pill on athletic performance...45:20 Shuts down testosterone production by as much as 50% Affects energy, bone health, etc. Fatigue faster Leverage menstrual cycles (Ex. U.S. women's soccer team) Affects both endurance and power/strength negatively Book: Book: I "Listen to your body"; design your lifestyle around your cycle as much as possible Woman athlete accused Nike of destroying her body w/ their training regimen -How to go about getting off the pill...57:15 "All or nothing situation"; don't wean yourself off The brain is confused w/ reduced amounts of the pill if taking smaller quantities Women use the pill for symptom management, vs. birth control The symptoms will return if you don't adjust your lifestyle Prep the body for 90 days before going off the pill Organ meats are good (nature's multivitamin) Focus on every system in the body  Women have been able to save their own lives, advocating for themselves w/ doctors, in the ER, etc. (medical gender bias) -Thoughts on other means of birth control...1:08:38 Copper IUD is among the most popular  Beware of copper toxicity Indirectly affects the thyroid deleteriously Carefully track and notate your own personal data  Female condoms suck Females should know how to apply male condoms -And much more... 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Strap yourselves in for a wild biohacking ride full of new biohacks—some of which I hadn't even heard of. My guest on today's podcast is named Marc. That's it. That's the only information I'll release about his identity. He started his career in investment banking and financing renewable energies and now arranges financing for various government projects—from hydro dams, to farms, to airports—and is now heavily immersed in the fields of biohacking and researching emerging health-enhancing technologies, primarily inspired by managing an incurable genetic defect in his kidneys. In this podcast, we delve into a host of new biohacking technologies you've probably never heard of, from NAD boosters, to stem cell enhancing protocols, to longevity and anti-aging molecules, and much more! During this discussion, you'll discover: -How Marc got interested in these biohacks...8:03 Doing due diligence for banking investments revealed a lot of flaws in technologies such as solar and wind power Became a trusted voice among his partners and investors due to his findings -Biohack #1: How to change the gravitational pull inside your cells to speed up the healing process...11:38 Marc was diagnosed w/ polycystic kidney disease (PKD) Defective on PK-1 protein; cysts develop on the kidney Standard medicine considers it incurable Began ketogenic diet (low glucose slows the growth of the cysts) Increase in klotho protein halts the disease Changes the gravitational pull inside the cells, thus changing the time perspective in which they can heal (40 hrs of healing w/in a 24 hr timeframe) Very expensive: ~$2500/month Extremely detail-oriented protocol Use olive oil or yogurt as a precursor approx. 3-4 days before ingesting How the klotho protein is activated and suppressed Psychological stress, inflammation, oxidative stress and depression mitigate its production Angiotensin decreases klotho , insulin, exercise (resistance training), cordyceps, ginseng extract, activated charcoal increase klotho Vitamin D transport system activates immune system Nagalase enzyme suppresses the immune system by suppressing immune cells GcMAF mitigates damage done by nagalase -Ways to protect from harmful 5G technology...32:15 EMF doesn't actually attack human DNA; it attacks and changes the DNA of the gut microbiome, with an effect on the brain can withstand 5G -The skinny on V-cells...44:30 V-cells are totipotent cells Different types of cells: Totipotent cells can become any type of cell (the crème de la crème of stem cells) Pluripotent can be a variety of different cells Multipotent cells, less variety Singular potent - only one type of cell Embryonic-like stem cells "Non-activated"—dormant, body doesn't know what to do with them Device in the works to increase bioavailability of V-cells High-frequency pulse laser Very small margin of error for it to be efficacious BGF podcasts mentioned: Increased exercise and caloric restriction will mobilize small v-cells -A mostly unknown way to boost NAD levels...58:02 Change the environment so that cells produce NAD sans precursors (such as nicotinamide riboside, NR) increase of 242% NAD+ is used by the body, then converted into NR This becomes downregulated w/ age for boosting NAD -A natural way to upregulate endothelial stem cells...1:03:55 Beta-glucans in mushrooms -Interesting biohacks related to water...1:07:42 (code: GREENFIELD) (code: GREENFIELD) (code: GREENFIELD) Hydrogen is very dangerous; use it with caution when drinking hydrogen-enriched water -A device that increases the mineral density of plants...1:18:03 Lab-grown Placed close to organism w/ water, allows water to come back to its original structure Pesticides are not necessary Water becomes 100% coherent Water and Wellness deuterium-depleted water -And much more... 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Your DNA alone is worthless. So claim my guests on today's show, Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin of , with locations in Versailles, KY, and Bend, OR. I first interviewed these guys in the episode "" and now they're back to talk all things DNA and genetics. 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 lecture, 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, as well as , his podcast focusing on health performance and longevity. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why DNA data in and of itself is insufficient... Epigenomics: Genomics taken in context of the whole person Get a sense of what a person's genes are transcribing via lab values Understand how lifestyle and habits can affect specific genes (ex. PGC1A) Needed a simplified means of interpreting genetic results Falsehoods have been noted in DNA reports A comprehensive analysis includes lifestyle, preferences, microbiome, etc. DNA reports will occasionally translate RSID's wrong Misreading data can lead to unhealthy lifestyle decisions -What sets Drs. Dawson and Mallin's new software apart from other DNA software... Lifestyle and patient preferences factor heavily Microbiome data is important Looking for a more comprehensive picture of a patient than simple data Cholesterol levels, cardiovascular conditions, etc. are taken into account -The results from the software thus far... "Whole picture" approach allows for more accurate diagnoses and appropriate recommendations Cardiovascular risk down  by over 50% in less than 6 months on average LP(a) decreases more than 2 years of statin treatment LDL-P down an average of 357 points per patient CRP down over 50% in patients who start off with it elevated Average HRV increase of 15 from genomic based training programs All mostly without pharmaceuticals -How Matt and Mike test for aging, and their "gold standard" longevity protocol... Get the basics right first: sleep, environment, exercise, sunlight, etc. Personalized: genomics, preference based Get biological age first: True Age Test DNA Age Test Horvath Clock tests methylation in the body; telomere test results have been erratic Pulse press cycle is important MOTS-C Article: Use peptides w/ caution; opt for natural treatments first Exercise protocols used during anabolic phase of treatment and endurance Short interval Longevity exercise programs Fasting, , Dr. John Douillard's Dr. Valter Longo's -NAD protocols used by Mike and Matt and Ben... A lot depends on patient preference RG3 nasal spray -Peptides used in the Wild Health practice... Semax for neuro-cognitive  strength Selank for anxiety Dihexa for neural optimization CJC-1295 Ipamorelin Epithalon GHK Zinc Thymulin Tailor Made triple (zinc, copper and minoxidil) and for injury recovery -Goings on at the Kentucky Castle... , float tank, cryotherapy, sauna on site Food and farming on site Organic garden Sheep and goats Chickens April 7-9 conference Ben will be speaking Teach how to apply what's been discussed in this episode Open to the public, but focused on physicians and practitioners -How Mike and Matt practice what they preach on an individual level... Matt: Intermittent fasting (work out later for bigger fasting window) therapy (turned all the way up, , ) are an ideal food; greens, Put an egg w/ and in Mike: Sprint Interval Training (SIT) CGM () Roast at home   -And much more... 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Let's face it: cortisol gets a bad rap these days. "I have high cortisol", "I have low cortisol", "My cortisol it out-of-whack". You've no doubt heard this all before or said it yourself. So in an effort to decode cortisol once and for all, I decided to feature a wildly popular previous guest of mine - the guy who personally helps me and my wife manage our own hormones and has helped countless listeners of mine with their own anti-aging and natural hormone management protocols. His name is Dr. Craig Koniver. Craig was a guest on the episode "" He has been practicing Performance Medicine for over 18 years and is the founder of Koniver Wellness in Charleston, South Carolina. Not satisfied with the disease-based model of modern medicine, Dr. Koniver seeks to help his clients optimize their health and performance through time-tested, nutrient and science-driven protocols that are the cutting-edge of medicine. He is the founder and creator of the patent-pending FastVitaminIV® as well as re-engineering the NAD+ IV protocols, now called Brain Refuel™. Dr. Koniver’s client list includes Navy SEALs, NFL players, PGA golfers, Hall of Fame NHL players, world-class professional athletes, Fortune 100 Executives, well-known celebrities and TV personalities. In addition, Dr. Koniver offers a comprehensive training program of the Koniver Wellness Model to physician practices across the country. In this episode, you'll discover: -Cortisol 101...5:32 Hormone secreted by adrenal glands Not enough attention is given to cortisol in the medical field "Stress hormone" -- fight or flight response It is secreted in response to any real or perceived threat or stressor We're hard-wired to have high cortisol in the am, and low in the evening Rhythm vs. volume is key Acute hormone; ex. being chased by a lion Turns off pain recognition Anti-inflammatory Catabolic hormone -- wear and tear We've changed cortisol from an acute to a chronic hormone Key takeaway: try to find meaningful ways to live w/ the sun's rhythm Lowest levels are at around 10 pm; allows anabolic hormones testosterone, growth hormone, and melatonin to elevate Most critical hours of sleep are 10 pm - 2 am It takes melatonin 12 hours to reset Later (or no) sun exposure means melatonin levels peak later, leading to loss of sleep quality -How cortisol is secreted...13:37 Perceived stressors (most often subtle in modern times) Primitive part of the mid-brain, above the spinal cord Reticular Activating System (RAS) triggers release of cortisol Signal sent to locus ceruleus (one of the most connected parts of the brain) Signal sent to hypothalamus...to pituitary, then to adrenal glands Norepinephrine and cortisol are "partners in crime"; released along w/ cortisol Pituitary responsible for all signaling molecules We stop releasing cortisol, and have surplus of norepinephrine We release an average of 35 g of cortisol per day Irregular sleep patterns (night shift workers) lead to chronic health problems later in life -How cortisol imbalances affect our lives...20:12 Our brains cannot differentiate between perceived and real stressors Visualizing a success (or a failure) will trigger cortisol secretion "I can't wait to wear that out fit" is much more effective than "I'm way too big..." RAS helps distinguish background and foreground in our world Buy a red truck, all of a sudden you see a bunch of red trucks on the roads What you put your attention is what you're going to get in your life -How cortisol gets disrupted...25:40 Humans are "super-adaptors"; we can tolerate stressors over a long period of time Modern tech can disconnect us from the sun, circadian rhythm and cortisol flow We release cortisol at night when we look at TV, phones, etc. at night We tolerate stressors for years and decades, but it eventually catches up with us It will eventually blunt the anabolic hormones (testosterone, growth hormone, melatonin) We lose sleep quality, take longer to heal injuries, workouts are more challenging, etc. Gold standard to test adrenal function: salivary cortisol test Salivary is far less stressful than a blood draw (hence more accurate results) We rely on stimulants such as coffee and prescription drugs, rather than address the issue of disrupted cortisol flow -Why cortisol is such a hot topic in modern society...37:40 Acute stressor triggers cortisol Over time, cortisol has become a chronic hormone, rather than an acute hormone We'll never be chased by a lion in the jungle We trigger cortisol response w/ everyday stressors Chipping away at cortisol release over time We can't keep up w/ cortisol demands; lose cortisol reserve Major stressor (loss of job, death in the family, etc.) causes a breakdown when cortisol levels have been chronically disrupted Cancer, autoimmune disease, etc. occur with this breakdown Many fear cancer, other serious illnesses Best way to prevent disease: take care of cortisol levels Be aware of indicators of low cortisol levels: poor sleep, longer than usual recovery times, etc. -The key element regarding cortisol missed by conventional medicine practice...43:13 Adrenal fatigue and insufficiency doesn't exist in conventional medicine Two extremes in conventional medicine: Cushings disease, and Addisons disease Cushings: too much cortisol secretion Addisons: not enough cortisol is produced There's a gray area; it's not simply black and white As cortisol levels are disrupted, norepinephrine levels increase Increased heart rate Increased blood pressure This feels like anxiety Consider visiting a doctor knowledgeable in this as you may have lost control of the cortisol buffer Study in the Netherlands on men over 50 who ran marathons vs. men who didn't run marathons Men who ran marathons suffered more heart attacks (due to overtraining) Positive exercise can still be a stressor, releasing cortisol Recovery is key to being an elite athlete -How cortisol interacts with other hormones in the body...49:30 Hormones are like kids w/ differing personalities Cortisol is the neighborhood bully High insulin levels and cortisol lead to weight gain (cut carbs in the morning) Abnormal cortisol modulation affects thyroid levels deleteriously Be aware of your adrenal status if you're on thyroid hormone replacement An imbalance of cortisol and testosterone inhibits muscle production Growth hormone depletion leads to brain fog, weight gain, etc. -How to effectively modulate cortisol...56:52 Tests: Blood in the morning Salivary cortisol test anytime Adrenal glands is like a factory producing hormones: cortisol is the goal, but we need to make the other hormones Cortisol imbalances lead to depletion of other hormones Pregnenolone is made from cholesterol; low cholesterol levels affects cortisol production Number 1 risk factor for cancer for men is low testosterone; cortisol will help optimize health Having a cortisol reserve enables us to handle and tolerate stress, thus preventing cancer, autoimmune disease Behaviors to normalize cortisol levels (deliberate contemplative exercise) Meditation, prayer, reading Activate parasympathetic system, turn off sympathetic system Meditation is not the only means of managing stress Adaptogenic herbs: Licorice root (delays conversion of cortisol to cortisone) Holy basil (sense of the divine in one's world) Cordyceps powder (in coffee, shakes) Rhodiola Schisandra berry Critical nutrients: Vitamin A Vitamin C Vitamin B5 Intravenous NAD+ Peptides: Hexarelin Epithalon Ipamorelin GHRP 6 and GHRP 2 Intranasal and intravenous stem cells Hydrocortisone replacement (don't surpass 35 mg per day) Phosphatidylserine Ashwagandha CBD -Closing thoughts...1:14:42 Good correlation between HRV and cortisol; collect morning and evening times Cortisol helps be your best cognitively If you're feeling tired, stressed and anxious, check your cortisol levels -And much more... 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As I age, observe great thinkers and philosophers, and continually seek wisdom, I've become increasingly convinced that caring for one's spirit is as important - no - more important than caring for one's body and brain. After all, long after our muscles have atrophied and skin has sagged, long after our brains have degraded and accumulated with plaque, long after our blood vessels and nerves have become clogged and weak and long after our relentless pursuit of fitness and longevity has become a vain effort, our spirits can be just as strong and bright as ever. Yet, sadly - especially among those immersed in physical culture, fitness and biohacking, it seems that the spirit is the most oft-ignored component of our human vessels, quite frequently shrunken and shriveled from a near complete neglect of the spiritual disciplines... ...disciplines such as meditation, gratitude, prayer, fasting, study, fellowship, celebration, charity and all those elements that most of us know are important but somehow shove to the side because, let's face it, life gets busy and it just seems far more practical and immediately useful to go hit the gym rather than sit cross-legged on the floor meditating breathing, spending an extra ten minutes in bed journaling, or prioritizing a family dinner.  As I mention with increasing frequency the importance of the spiritual disciplines, I'm often ask how I personally incorporate these practices in my own life. So, similar to how last week I shared with you the nitty-gritty details of my own nutrition supplementation program, in this podcast I'm going to delve into how I weave everything from yoga to breathwork to plant medicine into my own life. I in no way profess to be an expert in these matters, and although it is my goal over the next ten years to become as spiritually fit as I am physically fit, and to focus perhaps even more on the spiritual disciplines than I currently do on the physical disciplines, I hope that a few of the insights I've incorporated into my own life these past several years may serve you well in your own pursuit of spiritual greatness. During this podcast, you'll discover: -Why value spiritual disciplines in the first place?...6:40 Focusing only on physical health and wellness can be quite shallow Spiritual exercise/discipline is just as real and vital as physical Caring for our spirit is just as important, if not more so, than our body and brain Attachment exercise from Think of something or someone to which you're attached Say, "I really do not need you to be happy; I can be happy without you" Happiness is a state of non-illusion -- the absence of an illusion -How Ben has educated himself on spiritual disciplines...13:00 Once a year practice of stoicism 2-5 days of silence and solitude No family, completely alone Reading, , fasting Kion Fasting book -Ben's morning spiritual disciplines...19:27 Before getting out of bed, time w/ family, etc. read in bed (scriptures, aforementioned books) for 5-10 minutes Study Meditation Prayer Enhancing meditation tips: from Joe Dispenza's meditations from his book Dab a bit of Third Eye essential oil by between the eyes Gamma Psilocybin micro dose (book) Spiritual disciplines can be "hacked" just like physical disciplines tea w/ Spend 10-15 minutes doing stretching and deep tissue work (and ) Family gratitude practice Sing a song together -Ben's sauna practice...37:45 Flow yoga w/ deep breathwork Drink a hot beverage beforehand ( or or ) (sprinkled in the sauna before going in) Listening to something educational Book: by Shinzen Young (enhances your ability to sweat) Finish w/ a cold plunge in a  ice bath followed by this prayer: Our Father in heaven, I surrender all to you Turn me into the father and husband you would have for me to be Into a man who will fulfill your great commission And remove from me all judgment of others Grant me your heavenly wisdom Remove from me my worldly temptations Teach me to listen to your still, small voice in the silence And fill me with your peace, your love, and your joy. Amen -How Ben manages stress during busy and intensive work days...44:45 Brief pauses throughout the day for breath work Box breathing (4 in, 4 hold, 4 out, 4 hold) Alternate nostril breathing 4-8 breathing (4 in, 8 out over and over) -End of day spiritual practices...47:28 Gather for family dinner (big factor for longevity in ) Meditation, activation of para-sympathetic nervous system ..."I'm aware of my body I'm smiling at my body I'm aware of my food I'm smiling at my food I'm aware of my company I'm smiling at my company" Centering breaths Games for family dinners Table Topics : Unstable Unicorns, Bears vs. Babies, Exploding Kittens Finish up remaining business while family cleans up and gets ready for bed You dwell on and dream about what you've dwelt on during the day Family bedtime Sing together App: Prayer together Eye gazing Self-reflection journal (a la Ben Franklin amazon links...) -Spiritual lovemaking...57:50 True, tantric, spiritual sex is oft ignored in modern society Backjack chairs - chat for 5-15 minutes prior to lovemaking, sleep, etc. Couple's plant medicine therapy Holotropic breath work (Renegade Pharmacist offers this) Ben's massage setup Blast body w/ Whole Tones by Michael Tyrrell Ketamine and oxytocin intranasally, occasionally w/ THC PEMF table by Pulse Centers -Areas for improvement...1:09:00 Participating in local charitable causes Share your gifts -- make your service enjoyable Strengthen connection w/ local church community -And much more... 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You may recall the amazing, eccentric, crazy cool Aaron Alexander if you listened to my episode ""... ...well today Aaron's back. I recorded live with him at his pad in Southern California and after chilling in an ice bath, doing nitty-gritty breathwork and getting up to all the other crazy tom-foolery biohacks at Aaron's place, we recorded for you a nice little podcast, and even discussed Aaron's new book "", which shows readers how posture and body alignment are powerful tools for building strength, achieving peak performance, reducing pain, and approaching the world with a new sense of confidence, and teaches you how to optimize activities such as: -Floor Sitting -Hanging -Hip-Hinging -Walking -Nose Breathing -And much more... Blending Eastern philosophy with Western mechanics, The Align Method outlines the necessary tools to leverage the power of your own senses and body language to feel more flexible and confident, and details exactly how to reshape your environment for enhanced creativity and longevity. So check out the book and... In this discussion with Aaron, you'll discover... -What makes special...4:58 EGCG is the primary antioxidant Regularly consume for fertility potency -Natural biohacks that can be implemented for low or no cost...6:36 Activates the parasympathetic nervous system Nitric oxide release Humming/chanting increases nitric oxide production Activates the vagus nerve Inducing stress resilience prior to the stress of the cold treatment Sunlight exposure Metabolic flexibility is increased w/ sunlight exposure Increased and good vagal nerve tone Vitamin D activation Cellular resistance When to choose tech over nature lights can provide adequate infrared light in 10 minutes vs. 2 hours of sunlight can shortcut what can be derived from nature Bottom line: Nature is preferable, but there’s nothing wrong with choosing better living through science -Ben Greenfield’s morning meditation routine…15:37 designed by Dawson Church - into the universe, and into the body Transcendental meditation () Deep breathing in the morning Read or scripture Exercise is moving meditation Lead w/ prana No music/podcasts in the ears   Breathe through the nose as much as possible BGF podcasts w/ Paul Chek 3x3 routine: 3 minutes cardio, 3 minutes cold therapy and repeat -Hunting zen and interdependence with our fellow man…21:43 Innate instinct to provide, even with modern conveniences around us Book: Interdependence is oft neglected C.S. Lewis: We’re all spirits in human bodies w/ capability to go one way or the other Skin to skin contact releases oxytocin; results in greater success in war, athletics, etc. Don't sacrifice interdependence for self-dependence (self-made man) Connections is the undying currency -The two "mountains" in our lives...40:07 Book: Mountain 1: career, business, shelter, etc. Circumstances bring us into the valley, and realize Mountain 2 Mountain 2: we discover interdependence, community, connection, etc. Mountain 1 is oftentimes a prerequisite to Mountain 2 No regrets about the past; using experience to scale Mountain 2 when we arrive there -Practices that build indomitable connectedness in your family...46:00 Eye-gazing: Zero judgment zone See different parts of the other each time Deep connection reduces shame, increases vulnerability Eye-gazing during sex increases intimacy w/ your partner "You're not raising your children, you're raising your grandchildren" Traditions, practices at the dinner table, etc. are observed, learned and passed on to the next generation Encourage children to participate in your exercise routine, even if on a limited basis 55/38/7 principle of communication: 55% is based on body language 38% is vocal tonality 7% is the words we use Power of demonstration cannot be undervalued as a parent -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - Book: Episode sponsors: -: The Challenge starts January 6th, it's completely FREE to join, and when you do you'll get a bunch of exclusive content including access to a Q&A by yours truly answering all your burning fasting questions. To join just go to -: 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 -: Whether you’re an insurance expert or a newbie, Policygenius created a website that makes it easy for you to compare quotes, get advice, and get covered. -: It’s cloud accounting software that basically does your invoicing for you and on top of that gets you paid 2x faster. Try it out for a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now. Go to Freshbooks.com/Ben and enter “The Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast” in the how did you hear about us section. Got a question or comment for Aaron or me? Leave a comment below, and one of us will reply!
Based on breakthrough new science in the field of hydration, the new book debunks many popular myths about "getting enough water" and offers a revolutionary five-day jump start plan that shows how better hydration can reduce or eliminate ailments like chronic headaches, weight gain, gut pain, and even autoimmune conditions. Chronic headaches...brain fog...fatigue...weight gain...insomnia...gut pain...autoimmune conditions. We may think these and other all-too-common modern maladies are due to gluten intake or too much sugar or too little exercise. But there is another missing piece to the health puzzle: Proper hydration. Yes, even in this era of Poland Spring many of us are dehydrated due to moisture lacking diets, artificial environments, medications, and over-dependence on water as our only source of hydration. For this reason, that new diet or exercise plan may fail because our body doesn't have enough moisture to support it. Quench presents a wellness routine that can reverse all of that, based on breakthrough new science in the field of hydration. You will be surprised to learn that drinking too much water can flush out vital nutrients and electrolytes. Here is where "gel water" comes in: the water from plants (like cucumber, berries, aloe), which our bodies are designed to truly absorb right down to the cellular level. In fact, Ms. Bria's work as an anthropologist led her to the realization that desert people stay hydrated almost exclusively from what they eat, including gel plants like cactus. Based on groundbreaking science from the University of Washington's Pollack Water Lab and other research, Quench offers a five-day jump start plan: hydrating meal plans and the heart of the program, smoothies and elixirs using the most hydrating and nutrient-packed plants. Another unique feature of their approach is micro-movements-small, simple movements you can make a few times a day that will move water through your fascia, the connective tissue responsible for hydrating our bodies. You will experience more energy, focus, and better digestion within five days...then move onto the lifetime plan for continued improvements, even elimination of symptoms. My guest on today's podcast, and the author of Quench - Dr. Dana Cohen - has been successfully practicing medicine here in New York City for 20 years utilizing a distinctive medical approach. Dr. Cohen has helped thousands of patients find relief after repeated unsuccessful attempts with other practitioners. Dr. Cohen was board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1998. She is an advisor to the Board of Directors of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), the leading voice of Integrative Medicine for more than 1,500 MD, DO, ND, and master-level health-care providers. She has been the program director for their conferences and gathered the leaders of functional and integrative medicine to give world-class symposiums. She received her MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine, and completed a three year internal medicine residency at Albany Medical Center. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The background of Dana's book and why water isn't always the ideal way to hydrate...7:32 Searched for innovative topic on which to devote substantial research Co-author approached regarding hydration techniques "New phase" of water Is it possible to hydrate via food? The 8 glasses a day myth Comes from nowhere, similar to the food pyramid Some say they drink little water and remain hydrated -What is "gel" water, and how does it differ from "regular" water?...11:26 Also known as " Slightly thicker, different chemical equation (H3O2) Desert plants have gel inside (thickened water) Gel water is found in waterfalls, and in nature in general It's the type of water found in our cells -The best foods to eat which contain the gel water...14:41 Chia seeds gel when exposed to water Cucumber seeds are gelatinous Lettuce Cauliflower Fruits Fiber mixed w/ water becomes undrinkable when left; becomes gel water -How hydration (and dehydration) is measured via food intake...16:35 There's no research on determining clinical dehydration (although we know when someone is truly dehydrated) The means of determining hydration levels via water consumption have not been applied to food as of yet -How people who dwell in deserts hydrate...22:08 Bedouins "front load" water consumption (first thing in the morning w/ electrolytes) Robes they wear are quasi humidifying tents Drink camel's milk, goat's bread Low-fat diet is counterproductive Ghee is very high in gel water -Why chia is such a potent source of hydration...26:08 Rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly linoleic acid Grinding chia seeds; creates more gel water when add water to it Perfect thing to add to smoothies Lectins in chia seeds: proceed w/ caution Tara Fix recipe: 12 oz. water 1 tsp ground chia seeds 4 oz. kombucha Pinch of rock salt Books by Christopher McDougall: Natural Born Heroes Born to Run -Ancestral hydration tactics from history...32:54 Nomadic cowboys in Uruguay consumed Yerba Mate Has all vitamins and electrolytes necessary to sustain life Dissolving plants in water delivers nutrients and hydration from the plants better than water alone Ancient pottery shows signs of gelatin from grains; evidence of eating lots of stews containing grains and vegetables Hasda people consumed Baoba fruit: Blended flesh w/ water; full of fat, fiber and vitamins (an ancient smoothie) -The link between fascia and hydration and why it's so important...39:30 Fascia is the network of collagen that surrounds every cell and organ in our body (like the outer walls of the grapefruit holding in the fruit) : Motion that stretches tissue and generates electricity Study found that women who fidgeted less than other women had a 43% increase in all-cause mortality Small movements are better than nothing Dry skin brushing -A recipe for "beauty water"...48:56 Water mixed w/ simple ingredients: blueberries, pomegranates, lemon, etc. Adds electrolytes, structure to the water It's very possible to over hydrate; dispose of electrolytes before their efficacy can be applied to the body -And much more... 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I am often asked what supplements I take, why I take them and if we really need supplements anyway. After all, if you, like me, follow a healthy lifestyle, I'll wager you probably eat plenty of plants, prioritize sleep, hydrate with filtered water (or, dare I say at the risk of revealing my tinfoil hat, structured water) and expose yourself to the sun as much as possible. So why even consider supplementation? Let's begin with this: our modern, post-industrial, polluted, toxin-laden lifestyle demands more nutrients than food can provide. That’s right. The chronic stressors of modern life—ranging from heavy metal and synthetic chemical exposure to sensory overload—have been proven to increase your body’s need for vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to shuttle toxins through detox pathways and prevent the formation of DNA-damaging free radical. This means that even if you are eating clean, relatively nutrient-dense food, you are likely not getting the full array of nutrients from food that prior generations enjoyed. There are five factors that contribute to poor nutrient availability in most modern food. Nutritionally Depleted Soil Due to modern farming techniques and fertilizers, most soil is depleted of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in conventionally grown crops (4). You may think that eating organic is the ultimate solution. While some research suggests that organically grown food contains more nutrients than non-organic food, other research has concluded that there is no significant difference in nutritional content between the two (5, 6). In addition, for most of human history (and prehistory), our ancestors ate now-nearly-extinct, dense-cell-rich carbohydrates in the form of foods like wild tubers, which provided essential prebiotics so that probiotic bacteria could flourish (in contrast to the refined acellular grains and white rice that comprise modern carbohydrates) (7).In addition, the modern high intake of refined carbohydrates and processed foods creates significant blood sugar swings and glycemic variability that our ancestors did not encounter to as great an extent. A glance at a coffee shop display case or hotel breakfast bar that features bagels, muffins and sugary cereals explains why many people need a snack a couple hours after breakfast to make it through the inevitable mid-morning blood sugar crash. Blood sugar imbalances lead to chronic inflammation and may be responsible for up to 80% of modern diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (8). This is a rollercoaster you definitely want to hop off. Similarly, the meat, eggs and dairy products commonly found in grocery stores deliver fewer anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, than those from wild or pastured animals (9). Most Western diet munchers also consume an imbalanced ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids, further exacerbating chronic inflammation (10, 11). Age-Related Declines In Nutrient Absorption Your ability to absorb nutrients from food decreases as you age (19). While growing children should absolutely be taking a multivitamin to support healthy tissue and bone formation, supplementation becomes equally important for older generations. Many medications used to treat age-related diseases, such as acid reflux and hypertension, also interfere with proper nutrient absorption, further increasing the need to take supplements (16, 17). Then there are precious fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D. While the recommendations for sufficient vitamin D levels are controversial, it is safe to say that many Americans, especially aging Americans who spend more and more time indoors, do not get enough vitamin D (18). Even if we do our best to get sun exposure - whether it’s a morning walk or going outside for lunch - it is rare to get as much sunlight and vitamin D as our outdoor-dwelling ancestors did. Poor Food Handling Practices Modern harvesting, shipping, processing and storage techniques degrade the nutrient content of food (12). Plants grown with modern fertilizer can contain only 25% of the micronutrients of plants grown using more traditional farming methods, and nutrient content declines as they are shipped and sit on store shelves. It makes sense that a fresh-picked apple is more nutritious than the apples you buy at the supermarket in winter, which were likely treated with 1-methylcyclopropene and could be up to 10 months old (according to an FDA spokesperson) (13, 14). And the preservatives used to maintain freshness could impede the bioavailability of the food’s nutrients and even increase your body’s need for more nutrients to process these synthetic additives (15). Pesticides, Herbicides & Pollutants Pesticides, herbicides and chemicals found in the modern food supply are combined with low-quality water, environmental contaminants from elements like degraded plastic and airborne pollutants like carbon monoxide, lead and mercury. These synergistic factors vastly increase your need for extra vitamins, minerals and nutrients to combat the formation of free radicals and the attack on your metabolism and immune system. Exercise Are you an athlete or frequent exerciser? The amount of extra oxygen and energy used by active individuals requires far more than the nutritional RDA of the average population. Indeed, consuming only the stated RDA can actually limit your athletic performance. So if you engage in Crossfit WODs, Ironman triathlons, obstacle races or heavy weight-lifting, your nutritional requirements mean you need to take supplements. In addition to these five factors, there are scientifically demonstrated longevity benefits of caloric restriction (a concept you will discover more about in Chapter 25). Given these benefits, it seems silly to argue that you could ignore calories and simply eat more food to obtain nutrients. This is another crucial area where supplements come in - they are a helpful boost for those of us wanting to consume enough nutrients to function well but also wanting to live longer using strategies such as intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting and caloric restriction. The assumption that previous generations didn’t take supplements is also not true. Ancient supplements include root, stem and leaf teas, medicinal powders ground by mortar and pestle and highly concentrated oil extracts (20, 21, 22). Just because these dietary supplements didn’t look like capsules and ridiculously-oversized tubs of powders doesn’t mean they weren’t supplements. In addition, our ancestors certainly consumed dirt, which we now know contains a wide range of beneficial probiotics (23, 24). Perhaps even more compelling is the fact that animals, ranging from insects to chimps, self-medicate and supplement by consuming specific compounds (25). For example, when some caterpillars get infected by parasitic flies, they’ll eat poisonous plants to kill the invasive larvae. Ants fight off microbes and bacteria by adding spruce resin to their nests. Several animal species consume mud to counteract stomach upset, and animals of all kinds use plant medicine as their own rough approximation of “supplements”. Ultimately, supplementation with vitamins, minerals and even nootropics and psychedelics is a natural, time-honored way to enhance the body and brain. In our modern era, while many would argue that your brain should work fine on its own, operating with flawless precision in the presence of clean food, pure water, sunshine and fresh air, I beg to differ and have benefited highly from a bit of ancestral wisdom combined with better living through science. -Why would you want to take supplements in the first place?...9:48 The post-industrial age creates a greater need for nutrition than previous generations Cell phones, air, water create toxicity for our systems Food that is farmed and produced does not contain the same level of nutrients as before Soil is depleted of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants No significant differences in organic produce in nutrient levels Ancestors ate nearly extinct foods: quinoa, tubers, cellular grains Modern food is acellular grains and white rice Abundance of refined carb and processed foods creates high blood sugar swings Meat, eggs and dairy products contain fewer Omega-3's and other anti-inflammatory nutrients Imbalanced Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio (as high as 40:1) Modern fertilizers deplete food of nutrients Preservatives have deleterious effects (the age of "fresh" produce is a bit shocking) Decreases bioavailability of nutrients and increases the body's need for nutrients Fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamin D) are deficient in most people Multiple examples of supplementation occurring in ancient generations Root, stem, leaf teas Powders extracted and compounded to aid the body's nutrient absorption Ate dirt, which contains  high amounts of probiotics Chimps and monkeys self-medicate by consuming specific plants (sometimes psychedelic compounds) Ben's personal supplementation regimen -Basic daily nutrient and micronutrient repletion...20:16 Key characteristics in a multivitamin: Vitamin D, Vitamin K1 and K2, Natural form of folate, Vitamin B12 Recommend taking it with food Calton Nutrition -Energy...27:18 (or any other creatine that has CreaPure in it) Book: Roger Drummer on tian chi (title unknown) Dr. Daniel Amen book (title not mentioned) Psychedelics: LSC, psilocybin (microdose every few days, not used with TianChi or Qualia Mind) -Fat Loss and blood sugar management...36:21 Use before most carb-rich meal of the day Use with cold thermogenesis -Recovery...38:27 Not to be taken immediately after exercising (wait at least 2 hours) (on recovery) Essential amino acids, not simply branched chain aminos 10-20 g pre- or post-workout Muscle maintenance and recovery Appetite suppression (other good brands are , and ) 8 g per day (with breakfast) 1:1 EPA to DHA ratio Vitamin E Contains Astaxanthin Keep refrigerated -Gut...44:48 for protein digestion for fat digestion for gluten digestion -Sleep...54:51 CBD Scientific Lipocalm -"Experimental Supplements"...59:47 BGF podcast w/ Ian Mitchell Peptides BPC 157 Tesamorelin Summary So that's it! I trust this guide gave you ideas on how to enhance your health, performance, and recovery without needing to pop a dizzying array of pills. I get lots of inquiries about other supplements like greens powders, l-carnitine, high-dose Vitamin B, beta-alanine, sleep supplements and so on. I highly recommend specifically tailoring your supplement protocol to meet your specific goals, and also to use the comments section below to ask me your other specific questions. Ideally, you should choose supplements that address your own genetic results or blood biomarkers, and to learn more about personalizing nutrition and supplements to your genetics, , author of "", or read my article about customizing your diet to you. So what do you think? Which supplements have you found to be personally useful? Do you still think supplements are a waste of time and money? Do you have questions about other supplements folks have recommended to you? 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Recently, my friend turned me onto Dr. William Li and his book “” – a really great book that delves into the research-based healing powers of a variety of foods. Over two decades, Dr. Li’s leadership in the field of angiogenesis and its clinical translation has brought to the world 30 paradigm-shifting treatments for cancer, vision loss, and wound healing. His vision, expertise, and global multidisciplinary networks are focused on conquering disease, and improving quality of life and the human condition through diet, lifestyle, and judicious use of medicines that optimize health throughout aging. Dr. Li’s work engages the White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, National Institutes of Health, Fortune 500 companies, and leading universities and medical institutions across North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Dr. Li’s work has impacted more than 50 million people worldwide, and he is a TED Conference speaker. ” Dr. Li received his undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard College, his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and his clinical training in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific and clinical articles, book chapters, and abstracts, including publications in leading journals such as Science, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature Reviews. Dr. Li has held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University, and Dartmouth Medical School. He serves on the board of directors of the , the , and , as well as public and private companies focused on health and life sciences innovation. A few of my big takeaways from his book included: – Regarding stem cells: Some foods like , , and beer can mobilize them and help us regenerate. Other foods, like purple potatoes, can kill deadly stem cells that spark cancer growth. – We all have cancer growing in our body. Every single one of us, even you. Over time, however, some tiny nests of cancer can overwhelm the defense system and overcome antiangiogenic countermeasures by releasing huge amounts of the same growth factor signals involved in wound healing. In lab experiments, once new blood vessels sprout into the small cluster of cancer cells, a tumor can grow exponentially, expanding up to sixteen thousand times in size in only two weeks after angiogenesis starts. – Even as little as thirty minutes of exposure to tobacco smoke exhaled by someone else is enough to stun your stem cells. – Not surprisingly, air pollution is similarly damaging. Researchers have found that in people living in communities with major air pollution problems, exposure to fine particulate matter during pollution flares lowers the number of endothelial progenitor cells in their blood. – Among the Malmo participants, researchers found that those with the highest levels of stem cell factor had a lower risk of heart failure by 50 percent, a lower risk of stroke by 34 percent, and a lower risk of death from any cause by 32 percent compared to those participants with the lowest levels of stem cell factor. – During the cholera epidemic of 1892 in France, Metchnikoff mixed bacteria together in a petri dish and found that some bacteria could stimulate cholera growth, but to his surprise found that other bacteria hindered it. This led him to speculate whether swallowing some types of helpful bacteria might be useful for preventing deadly diseases. He was also struck by the fact that some people lived to a ripe old age despite harsh rural conditions and poor hygiene associated with poverty. In Bulgaria, he noted, there were peasants in the Caucasus Mountains who lived beyond one hundred years. He observed that the oldest villagers were drinking fermented yogurt containing the bacteria . Metchnikoff suggested that one secret to longevity is consuming healthy bacteria. – A study of 1,095 “ridiculously healthy people” who have no health issues or family history of serious disease across all age groups (from age three to more than one hundred years old) showed that a common denominator in both young and old is an almost identical microbiome. – The scientists concluded that some healthy bacteria are resilient and can bounce back from a dietary insult, while others cannot. They called the persistent defect a “scar” left on the microbiome due to diet. Here’s where it gets interesting in this study. The microbiome scar became larger over generations when the researchers began breeding the mice and exposing each generation of mice to the high-fat, low-fiber Western-style diet. With each generation, more and more of the original bacteria from the healthy human disappeared from their microbiome. By the fourth generation (great-grandchildren of the original), a sobering 72 percent of the microbes from the initial healthy mice were no longer detectable. Generations of eating the same unhealthy high-fat, low-fiber diet killed off healthy gut microbes permanently. – But wound healing was only the beginning. In the lab, L. reuteri also reduced abdominal fat and obesity in mice, even if they ate a junk food diet of potato chips. L. reuteri can stimulate the growth of thick, shiny, healthy hair; improve skin tone; boost the immune system; and prevent the growth of tumors in the colon and in the breast. And that’s not all. Experiments have shown that in male mice, L. reuteri in drinking water increases testicular size, testosterone production, and mating frequency. A truly fascinating finding was that L. reuteri stimulates the brain to release the hormone oxytocin, which is the social bonding neurochemical that is released from the brain during a hug or handshake, by close friendship, during kissing, breast feeding, and orgasm. The depth of research conducted with this one bacteria is so impressive it led to an article in Needless to say, this is a probiotic worthy of taking because of the scientific evidence for its actions and potential benefits. – Do you wear sunscreen every time you get on a flight? You should. A 2015 study by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco published in the journal JAMA Dermatology showed that pilots flying for just one hour at thirty thousand feet altitude receive the same amount of UV radiation through the cockpit window as they would from a twenty-minute session in a tanning salon. – Solvents off-gassing from carpets, new cars, and chemicals in ordinary household products like nail polish remover, shampoo, and paint damage DNA, too. If you drive a car that uses gasoline, when you fill up the tank, you are breathing in fumes containing benzene, which damages DNA. It is wise to stand upwind of the vapor while you are at the gas station. – Other epigenetic changes from exercise can block harmful genes. These are seen after swimming, sprinting, interval training, and high-intensity walking. – A study by researchers at University of California, San Francisco showed that breastfeeding improved the length of telomeres in the child. In a group of 121 children, those who were exclusively breastfed when they were infants had longer telomeres by the time they were of preschool age (four to five years old) compared to children who were formula fed. This shows the durability of the telomere effect—that the benefits of breastfeeding remain years after a child is weaned and eating solid food.  – Scientists from the University of Southern California showed that fasting cycles can be used to build a fresh immune system. Remarkably, they showed that fasting two to four days in a row forces the human body to go into a recycling mode, which gets rid of the older, worn-out immune cells. Then, when food is started again, it jump-starts the hematopoietic stem cells in your bone marrow to start regenerating fresh immune cells thus rebuilding the immune system. – Soyfoods represent dozens of different kinds of foods made from soybeans, an ancient legume that originated in eastern China three thousand years ago. From fresh soy products, such as edamame, soymilk, and soy nuts, to soyfoods that are fermented, such as soy sauce, tofu, miso, natto, tempeh, and more, soy is encountered in many forms. Asian markets will often have fresh soybeans, but you can also often find them in the frozen section of the grocery store. Fresh tofu is versatile and is a common food in Asia. In Western countries, the best sources to find tofu varieties are Asian markets. Look at the menu of a Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, or Vietnamese restaurant, and you’ll find many soy offerings. Soy contains antiangiogenic bioactives known as isoflavones, specifically genistein, daidzein, equol, and glyceollins. Fermented soy products have higher concentrations of them. – Research has revealed that chicken thighs and drumsticks are especially healthy choices. Dark chicken meat contains , or menaquinone, a naturally occurring fat-soluble vitamin. – At the , we began studying teas for their biological properties using lab testing systems originally designed to evaluate antiangiogenic cancer drugs. We found that tea extracts had really exceptionally potent angiogenesis inhibitory effects, ied comparable to that of drugs. What was interesting was that different varieties of tea exhibited different potencies. We found Chinese jasmine tea to be more potent than Japanese sencha tea, and  was even more potent than jasmine tea. The most remarkable finding was that when we crossed cultures and mixed nde with  tea, the resulting tea blend had a synergistic effect on blood vessel growth that was more than twice as potent against angiogenesis than either one alone. – At the , we conducted research on the antiangiogenic activity of six different wines made by different grape varietals from the same winery (Vintage Wine Estates) and the same vintage, grown on the same terroir. Among the six, we identified the most potent antiangiogenic  as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. – At the end of the study, the researchers compared bloodwork from before and after the experiment. Amazingly, participants who drank the high-flavanol hot had twice as many stem cells in their circulation compared to the people who drank the low-flavanol cocoa. – Scientists at the University of Montreal discovered that a diet rich in fish oil increases production of endothelial progenitor stem cells that can regenerate oxygen-deprived muscles. – Squid ink, which actually usually comes from cuttlefish, contains bioactives that not only inhibit angiogenesis, but also can protect stem cells. – Scientists at the University of Warsaw in Poland examined endothelial progenitor cells in the blood of healthy young individuals and found that exposing them to  could protect the stem cells against stress. The exposure to chokeberry also improved the ability of the stem cells to migrate and participate in regenerating blood vessels. – is a bioactive known as a carotenoid. It is a pigment that gives corn and saffron their yellow-orange color, but it’s also common in leafy green vegetables, like , , , , , , and . The results of this study suggest that eating zeaxanthin-containing foods may help the performance of our stem cells for organ regeneration. – The ellagic acid of the activates stem cells. – The leaves, stalks, and seeds of are all edible and contain a number of health-promoting bioactives, including a tongue twister: 3-n-butylphthalide (NBP). NBP is important because it was approved as a pharmaceutical drug in 2002 by regulatory agencies in China for doctors to use as a neuroprotective treatment in patients who have suffered a stroke. NBP, also found in supplements containing celery seed extract, improves brain circulation, lowers brain inflammation, grows nerves, and limits brain damage from stroke. Researchers from Soochow University in China studied how NBP helps patients recover from a stroke. They recruited 170 individuals who had suffered an acute ischemic stroke, meaning a blood clot caused an interruption of blood flow and killed part of the brain. – While these results are from a drug form of NBP, it shows that a bioactive present in has stem cell–activating properties that may help heal and regenerate organs after a medical catastrophe like a stroke. –  has many well researched health benefits, and now among them is activating the regenerative system. This has been studied in people who smoke. Cigarette smoking chemically scorches the blood vessel lining, which leads to increased risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Cigarette smoking is also damaging to stem cells, and reduces the number of circulating stem cells. People who smoke have 60 percent fewer stem cells in their bloodstream compared to nonsmokers—another reason not to smoke. Researchers from Chonnam National University Hospital in Korea and the Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan examined the effects of drinking green tea on the stem cells of smokers. They enrolled twenty young men in their late twenties who had smoked for six years and gave them four cups of green tea to drink each day for two weeks (a total of 56 cups). Their blood was drawn at the beginning and at the end of the study to count the number of circulating endothelial progenitor cells present. The results showed that drinking green tea increased the number of circulating stem cells by 43 percent over two weeks. The health of the smokers’ blood vessels was also improved by green tea over the study period. Their vascular dilation response was improved by 29 percent. In the lab, scientists have discovered that green tea and its catechins can stimulate regeneration of brain, muscle, bone, and nerves and can promote wound healing. – They found that one strain of L. reuteri in a sourdough starter that had been handed down from one baker to another since 1970 had actually evolved to live and thrive in bread dough. To dominate in their new turf, some L. reuteri strains in the starter actually developed the ability to produce a natural antibiotic called reutericyclin that kills other harmful bacteria growing around it. While the bacteria itself does not survive the high oven temperatures used for baking, scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that the benefits may not require live bacteria at all when it comes to L. reuteri. In the lab, scientists completely pulverized the bacteria so no live L. reuteri survived, but they found that substances coming from the particles of dead bacteria could create the same benefits as the live bacteria. This is a complete surprise, because it’s always been assumed that the benefits of gut bacteria require them to be alive. – The , renowned for its culinary and medicinal properties, was the subject of a study by scientists at Jiangnan University in China to test its effects on the microbiome. In the lab, they fed mice with severe gut inflammation the human equivalent of one tablespoon of Lion’s mane mushroom. The results showed that Lion’s mane could decrease the symptoms and the proteins associated with gut inflammation by as much as 40 percent. The mushroom increased the healthy bacteria Akkermansia while decreasing the harmful sulfur toxin-producing Desulfovibrio. – In a study called the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), researchers documented coffee and caffeine consumption in 5,826 adults and showed that . – drinking was associated with increased telomere length, but only in elderly men, not women. When the amount of tea consumed by men was analyzed, those who drank three or more cups of tea per day had longer telomeres compared to those who drank less than a third of a cup of tea. The difference in telomere length was equivalent to a calculated difference of five years of additional life between high-and low-level tea drinkers. No other food group was associated with any telomere lengthening in this elderly population. The study did not specifically ask which type of tea, but green tea and oolong tea are the most commonly consumed teas in China. – At the end of six weeks of eating , the participants did a 2.5-hour treadmill run. First, researchers drew their blood before the run. Then, an hour before exercise, the blueberry eaters ate a larger than usual amount of blueberries (375 grams, or 2.7 cups worth of fresh blueberries). Immediately after the participants’ run, researchers took another blood sample. One hour later, blood was drawn one final time to see what happened to their immune cells and what the effect of eating blueberries was. The blood samples were analyzed for different immune cells, including T cells, B cells, and natural killer (NK) cells. The results were eye opening. Blueberry eaters had almost double the number of NK cells before exercise compared to those who did not eat blueberries. Normally, NK cells would be expected to rapidly decline after intense exercise. But in the group that consumed blueberries, the NK cells remained elevated for at least one hour after exercise ceased. – Most cephalopods (squid, cuttlefish, octopus) squirt a black ink to escape predators. This ink is collected by fishermen from a sac in the creature’s body and is a flavorsome delicacy used to make rice and pasta dishes in the seaside cuisine of the Mediterranean. Some famous dishes featuring the ink include Spain’s black rice (arroz negra), Venice’s risotto di nero di seppia, and black spaghetti known as pasta al nero. Lab research on the ink has shown it can have antioxidant, antiangiogenic, stem cell–protecting, and immune-enhancing effects. Squid ink can even protect the gut microbiome against In my , some of the biggest audience reactions came when I showed the results of a study where we did a head-to-head comparison of the potency of different foods versus drugs on angiogenesis. We examined four cancer drugs, seven other common medications (anti-inflammatory drugs, statins, a blood pressure medication, and an antibiotic), and sixteen dietary factors from foods associated with lowering the risk of various cancers. Remarkably, fifteen of the dietary factors were more potent than one of the cancer drugs in the experiment we did. As you can see, there's plenty to be gleaned from this book. So in today's podcast, I take a deep dive with author Dr. William Li on the nitty gritty details of how we truly can eat to beat disease. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What Dr. Li means when he says that "we all have cancer"...8:53 We need to be more aware of how an individual body responds to cancer, rather than the "weapon" used to fight it Microscopic cancers (genetic mutations) are bound to occur in our bodies, which contain over 39 trillion cells (like a factory makes a few mistakes when operating at full power) The body spots these errors and corrects them A study revealed that men, women of various ages had trace amounts of cancer in their bodies upon autopsy It takes just one mutation to not be killed off by the immune system to become problematic Angiogenesis: the physiological process through which new blood vessels form from pre-existing vessels, formed in the earlier stage of vasculogenesis. Difference between a harmless microscopic cancer and a harmful one is whether they can hijack blood vessels in order to feed themselves -How drugs stack up versus a diet targeted at cancer prevention...16:33 Cancer research isn't up to speed on how food affects microscopic cancers in us Many foods are equal to cancer to drugs in cutting off the blood supply; some are more powerful Soy extracts were particularly efficacious Soy is oft misunderstood Has a phytoestrogen Soy estrogen side by side with chemical structure of human estrogen is completely different It blocks estrogen against breast cancer Study on 5000 women w/ breast cancer who ate more soy had lower risk of mortality and higher rates of remission Fermentation destroys most of the anti-nutrients in soy The dose is the difference between the poison and the cure -Microbiome and ingesting healthy bacteria for longevity...31:25 It's not the food, it's how our body responds to the food Microbiome is more important than previously thought Elie Metchnikoff found that growing bacteria that contained cholera, some bacteria killed the cholera Human body contains over 39 trillion bacteria; more than there are cells contains ellagitannins, which prompt the colon to secrete mucus -Biochemical individuality: why one food may be good for one and bad for another...42:47 There's no "magic bullet" Ellagitannins are metabolized very differently from one person to another   Communicated from mother to child in utero Boosts immune system Speeds healing Makes hair shinier Shown to prevent tumors from growing Can be taken as a supplement -Foods that can control the growth of cancer within us...50:24 Berries - tartness is important (aronia) Indigenous, farmers markets are good resources Parsley has anti-angiogenic activity Add to a smoothie Beverages: (Chinese jasmine tea more powerful than Japanese) has more power than green tea All red are not created equal Chocolate: Anti-angiogenic Kills lymphoma cells Dutch chocolate had twice the anti-angiogenic as Swiss tea Nose to tail diet Collagen is found in the cartilage, not the meat and peptides -And much more... 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If you're into biohacking, or want to learn more about it, you'll be drooling over this episode, and everything you'll find in the shownotes below. is a former Hollywood Celebrity Fashion Stylist, motivational speaker, kundalini yoga and meditation teacher, world-class biohacker, and host of The Life Stylist Podcast. He’s spent the past twenty-two years developing and refining the ultimate lifestyle, based on the most powerful principles of health and spirituality, while at the same time embracing the technology and modern conveniences of urban living. Using himself as a human research lab, Luke has explored a broad and sometimes extreme variety of measures to obtain optimal health, performance, and well-being. From surviving being injected with poisonous Amazonian frog venom, to enduring weeks of neurofeedback meditation in an isolation chamber, Luke has scoured the earth for the most cutting edge as well as ancient technologies of healing and transformation. Luke has tenaciously applied the results of his field research and used them to not only completely transform his own life but also the lives of thousands of fans and followers through his various media channels and speaking engagements. As a transformational speaker and entrepreneur, Luke continues to share his strategies for healing and happiness through his innovative and highly effective Lifestyle Design teachings, his Youtube channel, and wildly popular podcast, The Life Stylist. Since 2008, Luke has also served as Founder at School of Style, the nation's most prominent fashion school for stylists. This episode is a tour of Luke's home, and includes: The Kitchen -Foods and supplements...6:10 Ben's diet: , , underground veggies (Northern European) Psilocybin (source unnamed for legal purposes)  w/ CBD, nicotine, caffeine, methylene blue (pharmaceutical grade) Limit to 10 minutes (affects blood glucose deleteriously) peptides for the eyes SKQ1 active ingredient Visomitin eye drops Reversed retinal damage and blindness in rodent models Vishen Lakhiani has publicly experimented with it (feel-good trust hormone released with breast-feeding, physical contact, sex, etc.) Pink Cloud LSD (1 drop is 1/20 of a hit of acid, 5 mcg) Assists w/ healthy blood sugar management Good supplement w/ cold thermogenesis -Peptides...31:45 BGF podcasts w/ Dr. Matt Cook DSIP (Deep sleep inducing peptide) PT 141 (aphrodisiac) Nitroglycerine cream -Super foods...39:45 (reproductive benefits) Paracetam (cognitive benefits) Dyhexia Cerebrolysin Modafanil Exogenous ketones: Beta hydroxy butyrate -...47:30 Ranks very high in "cupping" score Beans are hand-selected for symmetry (roasting quality) Organic beans (3% of beans in the world are organic) Nitrogen flushing packaging w/ roast date on the bag Grind fresh right before you make it (oxidation) How to hack your own structured water Live Spring Water (lower deuterium content) Infrared light Spiralizer -Final thoughts...57:30 Find what works for you Try just one or two things at a time; don't be overwhelmed with the volume of info shared in this show Get really good, clean water Focus on the best sleep possible Light Earthing and grounding for pain relief Bedroom and Bathroom -Air quality...1:11:45 Ozone to the brain via the ears Ozone bagging for limbs Book: by Frank Shallenberger (Austin Air) air filter EMF kill switch -Spinal decompression...1:20:15 Pro Go -Sleep optimization...1:37:00 sleep system Take a cold shower before bed when in a warm place w/ no AC (clears geopathic stress zones) clothing (shields EMF) and his -The bathroom...1:45:30 shower filter cube The Zen Den -Devices and gadgets... panel -Homemade ice bath... Breath work in tandem w/ the ice bath Muscle tone and strength is not synonymous w/ vagal nerve tone Resources from this episode: -Book: by Bruce Lipton Episode sponsors: -: What's better than Kion Coffee? Keeping it piping hot at home, in the office, or on-the-go in a stylish Kion Tumbler! BGF listeners receive a 10% discount when you use discount code: BGF10 -: 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. -: 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. -: Try the shaving company that’s fixing shaving. Get a $13 value trial set that comes with everything you need for a close, comfortable shave when you go to Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Luke or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
My guest on today's show is Sebastian Wasowski, who is the Co-Founder of . I first interviewed Sebastian's father, and inventor of the , in the show ", but plenty has happened since then... ...particularly the fact that I've been using the Vasper every morning for the past 3 months to experiment with just how good it actually is at building and maintaining fitness with a minimalist dose of exercise. So what exactly is this thing? Vasper is a complete exercise system based on three scientifically proven principles: compression technology, cooling and interval training. By combining all of these principles, the results are extraordinary. In 21-minutes, the Vasper enables you to get a complete workout. Utilizing compression, cooling, and interval training, the you are able to concentrate lactic acid and enhance growth hormone production. The “cooldown” session, which involves laying on a cooling mat, enables you to workout again later in the day (should you like) or head straight into the office. Vasper has a wide-range of use cases and users. The machine is used by medical professionals, people recovering from cardiac incidents, athletic teams, and the Special Forces. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The story of the Vasper machine...8:45 Sebastian's father invented it to address his own health needs; post-traumatic stress in the ankles Discovered research on blood flow restriction, intermittent cold exposure, interval training Prototype was popular among locals on Big Island of Hawaii Company formed in 2009; successful trial with San Jose Sharks hockey team -The efficacy of the Vasper for performance implications...12:20 Designed to stimulate body's production of anabolic hormones in lesser threshold of a normal workout Mimics physiology of much more intense workout In a controlled study, participants using the Vasper far outperformed counterparts not using it Far better for overall health than exogenously induced compounds such as steroids -About the components of the machine...18:30 Compression cuffs around the wrist How blood flow restriction occurs Pressure filled up via cold water rather than air in a blood pressure monitor Similar to Kaatsu devices The seat and foot pads are also cooled; enables user to be more powerful throughout the workout Positive metabolic response to the cold exposure Cooling mat is used post-workout to reset heart and respiratory rate to baseline Bare feet touch metal pads which are cooled by same cold water; lowers overall body temp You're able to ground with the earth via the machine; it's plugged in with a 3-prong plug -About the exercise regimens programmed into the Vasper...35:15 30 are programmed into the machine They are customizable for each individual user New protocols added are accessed via software update -Why each session on the Vasper is 21 minutes in length...36:40 21 minutes is optimal time to initiate max response from the endocrine system, without stimulating cortisol (stress response) Not recommended to go longer than 21 minutes, nor to do multiple sessions per day -Whether the Vasper can be used in conjunction with strength training...40:10 Can be used as a recovery tool on an off day Ben reports amazing results for active recovery after traveling, or working out the day prior -The optimal time of day to use the Vasper...41:45 The earlier the better for sleep quality Some report an increase in energy following the workout, harder time falling asleep -People you may have heard of who use Vasper machines...43:15 Tony Robbins Prince of Dubai San Jose Sharks San Francisco 49ers Miami Dolphins Major League baseball team reported huge increases in testosterone levels after use -Where to use a Vasper if you can't afford one for your own home...44:20 -Use of other technology in conjunction with the Vasper...47:30 LIVO2 mask Most users report a greater synergy with strength training when using the machine -Research involving stem cells, TBI, and more with the Vasper...48:40 Andrews Institute study found that a single session, HSC stem cells increased in the blood Dr. Robert Cantu reported TBI patients are able to exercise without aggravating symptoms -And much more... 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My guest on today's podcast - Dr. David Sinclair, an acclaimed Harvard Medical School scientist and named as one of Time’s most influential people - just wrote a paradigm-shifting book. It’s a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything we’ve been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan? In this groundbreaking new book , Dr. Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: “Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.” This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the frontlines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs—many from Dr. David Sinclair’s own lab at Harvard—that demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, aging. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes, the descendants of an ancient genetic survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Recent experiments in genetic reprogramming suggest that in the near future we may not just be able to feel younger, but actually become younger. Through a page-turning narrative, Dr. Sinclair invites you into the process of scientific discovery and reveals the emerging technologies and simple lifestyle changes—such as intermittent fasting, cold exposure, exercising with the right intensity, and eating less meat—that have been shown to help us live younger and healthier for longer. At once a roadmap for taking charge of our own health destiny and a bold new vision for the future of humankind, Lifespan will forever change the way we think about why we age and what we can do about it. During our discussion in which we take a deep dive into "Lifespan", you'll discover: -What does a typical day look like for a scientist at Harvard?...5:45 -Dr. Sinclair's method of speeding up the aging process in mice...8:30 -Cellular Reprogramming 101...14:30-A device that determines a human genome via a USB connection...23:15 -Whether you can predict your lifespan with your current DNA data from 23andMe...25:15 -The correlation between protein consumption and longevity...29:30 -The importance of a proper methionine and glycine balance...38:00 -The effects of NMN on fertility...49:15 -Uncoupling proteins, and whether DMP supplements are a good idea...53:10 -Resveratrol, stressed wine and fruit, and longevity...58:00 -Cancer breakthroughs in which Dr. Sinclair is currently interested...1:03:15 -David's personal protocol...1:10:30 -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - Book:   - - - - - - - - - Episode sponsors: -: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. **Take advantage of the HUGE Black Friday deals thru December 2! -: 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. -: 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 . -: Whether you’re shopping for the perfect holiday gift or just trying to craft a smart, relaxed style of your own, UNTUCKit is the way to go. Receive 20% off your order when you use discount code: GREENFIELD. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for David or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
The good folks from The in Los Angeles, where I traveled to record this podcast episode. The Center for Deuterium Depletion's mission is to promote deuterium depletion research and therapies to prevent or ameliorate disease, maximize quality of life and/or improve personal performance. Deuterium is a naturally occurring element. You acquire deuterium through the food you eat, the liquids you drink and the air you breathe.  Your body's ability to deplete deuterium decreases with weight gain, age, illness and lack of quality sleep. Deuterium is a rare type of hydrogen – only 155 out of every million hydrogens are deuterium. Its nucleus contains a proton and a neutron, which makes it twice the mass (weight/size) of regular hydrogen. My guests on this show believe deuterium in tissue should not exceed 130 ppm (parts per million) and they base this value on the deuterium levels found in a broad number of plants, animals that are grass fed and the food products of grass fed animals - butter, milk, tallow, etc. Unfortunately, many people are now saturated with deuterium and this affecting their mental and physical performance. On today's show, you'll learn exactly why that is, and what you can do about it. My guests on this show are Dr. Anne Cooper and Dr. Que Collins. A native of Australia, Dr. Anne Cooper, D.C., LAc. earned her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College (Los Angeles), graduating with Honors in 1997, while on the Dean’s list and winning the Charles Gibson award for clinical excellence.   Her growing commitment to total health and innovative healing therapies led her to continue on with over 20 years post-doctoral experience in Functional Medicine and a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, graduating with highest honors in 2011. Early in her career, as a celebrity aesthetician, working with great beauties such as Ava Gabor, she realized that where there is beauty, there MUST be health and that health must be established on a very deep cellular level. Anne's credentials: Master’s in Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (Highest Honors) Doctorate of Chiropractic (Honors) Charles Gibson Clinic Entrance Award Licensed Aesthetician Certifications: Clinical Nutrition, Applied Kinesiology, Functional Medicine,  Energetic Medicine, Herbal Medicine Dr. Cooper manages patients and guides their day-to-day therapy. She also is our healthcare professional liaison and helps them implement our protocols and services into their practices. Her expertise as both an experienced natural and functional medicine practitioner helps bridge any communication gap between our principal and chief scientists training in allopathic medicine and the training received by chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, herbalists, nutritionists, etc.   Dr. Que Collins is a leading scientist when it comes to developing and applying nutrition and metabolic therapies to treat cancer in people and pets. Ph.D., Clinical Immunology M.S., Oncotherapeutics M.A., Experimental Pathology B.S., Poverty Health Care and Cancer Epidemiology   He is Co-Founder and Principal Investigator at – the first clinic in the world to use deuterium and tracer technologies to describe and follow the health status of patients with metabolic disorders such as cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders. Principal Investigator, Epigenix Foundation – this not-for-profit organization created by the founders of Quest Nutrition promotes research to prevent and ameliorate disease, maximize quality of life and/or improve personal performance. He is also Co-Founder and Principal Investigator of Ketopet Sanctuary – a 53-acre ranch outside Austin, Texas that uses the ketogenic diet and other metabolic therapies with and without standard of care to treat dogs with naturally occurring cancers. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What exactly is deuterium anyway?...7:30 A form of hydrogen Deuterium has an extra which makes it twice as big and twice as heavy Deleterious effects on our mitochondria when present in water Produces ATP; depending on hydrogen ions Deuterium "gums up the machine" due to its size Hydrogen atoms are replaced by deuterium when deuterium is present We actually make deuterium depleted metabolic water inside our mitochondria -Deleterious effects of deuterium on the mitochondria and cells...10:30 Clinical tests showing its effects on the mitochondria/metabolism are fairly recent Deuterium stops up the electrode transport chain; results in excessive energy within the cells Affects cell integrity Changes electromotive constant of cells Bottom line: Hydrogen holds us together; the size and density of deuterium changes the whole structure inside our cells -Why present levels of deuterium in the modernized environment are problematic...14:15 While deuterium is a natural and essential element, its presence has increased in the modernized environment: foods, atmosphere, water Climate change has released deuterium previously stored in ice caps Ice is dated by measuring the deuterium level (deuterium dating) Processed, synthetically made foods increase glyphosate GMO foods possess high amounts of deuterium Deuterium levels in food will vary based on where it's grown (highest in the equator and in low elevations) -Lifestyle practices that have led to increased deuterium levels...19:45 Lack of sleep, particularly deep REM sleep REM sleep we burn up carbs, go into ketosis Someone on a ketogenic diet doesn't need as much REM sleep as someone who isn't Breathing: fast, through the chest vs. diaphragm -The best way to test one's deuterium levels...28:00 D-Terminator test (condensation from lungs) Saliva and urine Water sources: well or municipal Major water brands typically have high deuterium levels Animals that are fed corn and soy will have high deuterium in their meat Grains in general are high in deuterium -Why companies sell deuterium-depleted water when we possess the ability to make it ourselves...33:30 It's a short-term biohacking tool DDW was originally formulated for cancer patients A cancerous cell is simply a normal cell with a different metabolism Deuterium gets into the DNA and is not allowed to fold Cancer cells can't use the TCA cycle Bottom line: DDW makes cancerous cells dysfunctional and supports healthy cells Primary therapies: Air, food, water, sunshine, natural therapies, appropriate exercise, thought processes, support from family and friends -The mask that Hollywood stars use to increase their tolerance to Co2 while exercising...39:45 We breathe in .5 to 1 liter of water while we sleep (especially in humid or tropical climates) Mask allows you to drink DDW while you sleep -Other blood biomarkers that correlate to deuterium levels...42:10 Mitochondrial health markers: CRP, HRV, iron, and more Modern medicine views it as a sign of disease; it's actually a sign of high deuterium levels -Why the Center for Deuterium Depletion doesn't advocate drinking DDW as a permanent solution...44:15 DDW shouldn't be used as a "crutch" It's a holistic approach, of which water is merely a component The amount of DDW a person should consume is protocol-specific (cancer patient vs. a wellness warrior) DDU: deuterium depletion unit Deuterium levels can be dropped in 2 weeks with water alone; takes longer for more comprehensive results -How DDW is made and manufactured...48:45 Distillation tower (capturing steam, freezing, extracting deuterium) Became necessary in communist countries where deuterium rich water was used to make bombs -Dietary adjustments to decrease deuterium levels...50:30 Green plants are lower in deuterium than fruits Algae and spirulina contain high chlorafil amounts Roots and underground veggies are very starchy Your metabolic response will help determine your needs No diet is better than the other, so long as you understand the deuterium load in it and adjust appropriately Think "lifestyle" vs. diet, water consumption, etc. -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - to purchase a D-Terminator DDW test to test your own deuterium levels - to buy D-Water Test Episode sponsors: -: The Recovery Bundle at Kion includes all the things I take when I'm training super hard, or really sore, or battling a nagging injury. It includes Kion Flex, Kion Aminos, and LivingFuel SuperEssentials Fish Oil. BGF listeners, get a 10% discount off your order when you use discount code: "BGF10" -: A plant-based beverage that helps support the body’s natural ability to produce collagen, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and protect the skin from sun exposure and toxins. Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -: Activewear and athletic clothing for ultimate performance. Vuori is built to move and sweat in, yet designed with a West Coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly into everyday life. 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But since then, plenty has happened, especially based on Mira's advanced osteoporosis diagnosis that she went through when she was 30. Mira and Jayson decided to write a book on this (more details here: ). An osteoporosis diagnosis can feel like a debilitating life sentence—one that leaves you feeling stuck with a future of prescription drugs that only might keep the condition from worsening. Mira Calton, CN and Jayson Calton, PhD have discovered a better way to prevent and even reverse the disease through the power of micronutrient therapy. The secret to building strong bones lies in the right combination of micronutrients— the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids in the foods we eat and supplements we take. In their new book , the Caltons reveal how our dietary, lifestyle, and even supplementation routines may be depleting these essential micronutrients, and share the 40 healing habits scientifically proven to build stronger bones. They also provide an easy-to-follow plan to reverse these effects, including recipes and meal plans, exercise advice, and supplement recommendations. If you’re looking for a pharmaceutical-free way to restore your bone health, look no further—this is the definitive guide to safely and naturally stave off osteoporosis and reclaim your health. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Mira's bout with osteoporosis led her to Jayson and their current body of work...6:30 Diagnosed w/ advanced osteoporosis at age 30; had bone density of an 80 year old person Working from couch, delegating tasks to staff Met Jayson; had reversed osteoporosis within 2 years 40 "healing habits", all clinically proven in their own right, involving diet, lifestyle and supplementation -The ineffectiveness and sometimes counterproductive nature of current osteoporosis treatments...9:30 Osteoporosis and osteopenia are viewed as "irreversible" diseases They are lifestyle diseases Bisphosphonates: drugs used to treat bone density issues 10 year window max for being on these drugs Many are 18-24 months (black box restriction) Many have not even been tested on animals, yet are prescribed to humans Implications include: cancer, punishing effects on the body Quantity over quality: denser bones, but of poor quality; ineffective in preventing fractures They deplete calcium, CoQ10, Vitamin C levels Unintended negative consequences of RANK-Ligand inhibitors (RANK-L): Work similarly to how Omega 3 work in the body (reverse-engineered) They bind to receptors in the immune system Cause low levels of magnesium -The interplay between wheat and bone density...21:40 Wheat contains oxalic acid, phytic acid, Contains lectins and trypsin inhibitors Gluten contributes to leaky gut Amylopectin A: Causes the body to over-secrete lectin (lets us know when we're full) Inhibits bone density as a result -Ancestral approaches to preparing food to increase bone density...25:00 Soak, sprout, ferment are good approaches Lectins are difficult to eradicate Steer clear of wheat and lectins while rebuilding your bones; occasional consumption Slowly reintroduce them, using aforementioned methods (soak, sprout, ferment) -Effects of coffee on bone density...27:45 Caffeine has been shown to deplete micronutrients such as calcium and iron (but can be offset w/ dairy) Copious amounts must be consumed in order to have any negative effects The benefits outweigh the negatives Antioxidants are a plus Turns off body's ability to produce osteoblasts, which creates osteocalcin Organic coffee is recommended -How an acidic or alkaline diet affects bone density...32:15 The notion that acid will "leak" calcium from your bones is a myth Antacids create more stomach acid Beware of info you find on the Internet Acid based foods help the body absorb more calcium Bone is 50% protein-body volume; you need protein to rebuild bones -The importance of Omega 3&6 and Omega fatty acids pertaining to bone health...40:15 Omega 6 is essential fat; causes inflammation in the body (which isn't a bad thing) Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory "It's what our ancestors would have eaten in their diet. However..." Omega 6 and 3 do not offset each other; they're competing to absorb in the body First step to reducing inflammation: drive down Omega 6 to 4:1 ratio to Omega 3 Many foods we regard as "healthy" are disproportionate in Omega 6 content First step: cut down on Omega 6 consumption EPA and DHA compete for absorption similar to Omega 3/6 Ideal time to take calcium: right before exercise -Things to consider when taking a multi-vitamin (MV) pertaining to bone health...51:30 93% of Americans are deficient in at least one micronutrient Most conditions are "long-latency condition" diseases Focus on diet and lifestyle before supplementation; but you can't fulfill micronutrient needs through diet alone MV is a "shotgun" approach to supplementation MV's are not effective because they compete w/ minerals for receptor sites in the GI tract ABC'S of optimal supplementation: Absorption Beneficial quantities and forms Competition between micronutrients Synergy between micronutrients Research study on commercial MV's: More than half did not disintegrate within set time limit "Bed pan pills" Known to stop up septic systems Powdered MV's are best consumed when washed down w/ water AM and PM version of MV -Precautions to take when choosing a multivitamin...1:01:15 Most MV's do not contain Vitamin K2 Many MV's have lost their potency by the time they reach the store shelf DL tocopherol is used in many MV's Each form of a vitamin is equally important Best form of calcium: Calcium potassium phosphate form (closest to bone structure) Most forms of Vitamin K2 is incompatible w/ calcium -How a cell phone in your pocket affects hip bone density...1:08:30 -And much more... 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My guest on today's show, is one of the world's top authorities in the realm of functional medicine. He is a board-certified family physician with a medical degree from Washington University and residency training at the University of New Mexico. He is a past President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and co-founded Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Family Health with his wife in Asheville, NC. As an initiated Marakame (Shaman) by the Huichol people in the Sierra Madres of central Mexico, he incorporates these healing approaches in his clinical practice. From 2002-2012, he was the Chief Medical Officer at Genova Diagnostics, followed by the Director of Medical Education for the Institute for Functional Medicine as well as the Medical Director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He just last week published a keystone on the improved outcomes of patient care with an integrative functional medicine approach, and in 2017, he won the . Teaching around the world on ‘Good Medicine,’ he brings his full presence to teaching clinicians about healing, with an emphasis on therapeutic relationships, connection, community, and wholeness. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Dr. Hanaway's background in functional medicine...6:40 Disillusioned with medical practice in early 1980's Focus on root cause of disease and why disease occurs Other ancestral means of treating disease (Ayurveda, Chinese, Tibetan, etc.) Understand the synthesis between various methods of healing/treating disease; incorporate outside means as necessary Understand the story, gather information on the patient; emotional shifts are key -Why Dr. Hanaway is a shaman and how it synchronizes with his practice...11:30  never indoctrinated with the practices of the church Living tradition thousands of years old Had series of dreams after connecting with Huichol; went to sacred spot to make offerings Began working with Huichol people intermittently; initiated as a healer 8 years into the practice "The way of listening" and perceiving emotional/spiritual issues is used for understanding the big picture of a patient's condition -What makes functional medicine unique...14:45 Functional medicine is an "operating system" Listen to the person's story: precursors, genetics, heritage, emotional triggers, etc. Focus on diet and lifestyle Initial visit is 2 hrs. to gather info Insurance pays for quantity, not quality; not always conducive to functional medicine - -Tools and resources Dr. Hanaway often uses in his practice...22:40 Understand a patient's nutrition: B vitamins, antioxidants  by Genova Diagnostics  (Use discount code: BEN20 to receive $20 off your own test.) Metagenomics -Which test is best to get the most accurate results...34:15 The jury is still out as to which is the best test It's not possible to get comprehensive results with just one test. Onegevity is the best on the market, according to Dr. Hanaway -What a test result will reveal, and what steps to take from a functional medicine standpoint to address it...39:00 Microbiome and inflammation score is high: fish oils, turmeric Comprehensive analysis; how does the problematic area fit in with the rest of the body Psychobiotics -Why Dr. Hanaway doesn't begin a diagnosis with the brain...44:15 Relationship between permeability in the gut and brain permeability TBI changes intestinal permeability - increased risk of infection Address gut permeability first and foremost Gut blood barrier and blood brain barrier can be addressed simultaneously Look at prebiotics and foods rather than probiotics (which are tourists) Diet changes the gut microbiome within only 1-2 days Fecal microbial transplant is a powerful tool, when used with caution -Foods that Dr. Hanaway finds to be the most efficacious in his practice...51:30 Focus on fermented foods (work within people's tastes) Acacia root Bioflavinoids Allow beneficial bacteria to grow in the gut (produces urolithin A in the gut)  (PubMed) -Tests other than Onegevity Dr. Hanaway finds particularly informative...57:15 23andMe Intellix DNA Look for tools that are validated, not those that are created just to sell a product Heavy metal tests Health Nucleus genome sequencing -Hot topics currently being discussed in the functional medicine community...1:02:30 Autoimmune disease and cognitive impairment are hot button issues (Dale Bredesen) Focus on the community of the microbiome, not the individual microbes in the gut -And much more... 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Ryan Lee (my guest on this podcast) and I go way back. The man is probably responsible for initiating and teaching me just about everything I know in the realm of online marketing and success in the fitness industry. Over a decade ago, I began to delve into his teachings and websites, and it was through him that I learned how to create information products, e-books, virtual coaching and a host of other profit-generating and information-scaling tools I still utilize to this day. Ryan himself is an exercise physiologist and the founder of bars. He’s also the author of , , was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, and called “the world’s #1 lifestyle entrepreneur” by Entrepreneur. Several years ago, Ryan was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder (psoriatic arthritis), and ignored the advice of his MD to go on chemo, while instead focused on coming up with a psoriatic arthritis diet plan, and simplifying his life, relationships, business, and more. We delve into that story on today's show. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Ryan's journey from fledgling personal trainer to the "godfather" of the online fitness industry [09:15] First job (1994): recreational therapist in a children's rehab hospital; was a personal trainer during non-work hours Internet marketing career began in 1998; writing articles and GIF's on a website Sold training programs to readers -- Craig Valentine assisted Began selling his knowledge to other health enthusiasts to grow their businesses (including Ben Greenfield) -How the online fitness industry has changed since Ryan's early days [13:40] It's much easier to establish an online presence today... and to claim to be a "fitness coach" with little to no real experience Measure an individual by how many people they've helped in real life, not on vanity metrics on social media Double-edged sword: "Real Dealers" can help many more people than the old days -The personal struggle that caused Ryan to take a step back from his business [16:25] Had started a supplement company - Pro Grade Nutrition (affiliate based company) Top affiliate formed his company, and took his friends with him Mother passed; print magazine failed Began eating more; exercising less Began having severe joint pain; no idea about the cause Rheumatologist diagnosed an autoimmune disease (psoriatic arthritis); prescribed chemo as treatment Excess stress directly contributes to leaky gut, autoimmune issues -The steps from debilitating illness to a nearly complete recovery [24:35] Sought out informed docs who could help; Brian Kurtz Psoriatic Arthritis Diet: Naturopathic doctor recommended removing gluten, dairy and cane sugar Elimination diet (see above); within 2 days, noticeable results Began eating gluten, dairy, sugar slowly; stress levels were erratic; eventually was diagnosed with high blood pressure Simplification deep dive: Focus on morning routine Began eating bars (every bar on the planet) Ryan's special salad recipe: Greens (spinach, arugula) Can of Use if concerned about oxalate issues in the spinach Fell off the wagon because the psoriatic arthritis diet plan was too strict; eat clean and healthy at least 80% of the time Short-term pescatarian diet was very efficacious Tests for Lyme, mold, mycotoxins came back negative -Lifestyle practices Ryan used to control stress [37:11] Quit traveling to speak at conferences and events Reduced business activities; focused on one company Recommitting to family Simplify fitness Sit in silence w/ deep breathing -Reflexology 101 [41:23] Chakras w/ nerve endings on the feet Place tennis ball underneath occipital point in the neck while laying down Book: by Ernst Schrott -Other big wins Ryan has discovered in his recovery [48:49] Entrepreneurs pride themselves on the hustle and grind, much to their detriment Recovery is essential; listen to your body Teach kids hard work, but also rest and recovery iPhone red light trick Safe in the bedroom closet for electronics -The extent to which Ryan is currently involved in the fitness industry [56:01] Focused primarily on the energy bar company "Sneaky greens" -And much more... Resources from this episode: - - Ryan's book - Ryan's book - - - - - - - - Book: by Ray Dalio - Book: by Ernst Schrott Episode sponsors: -: The ultimate recovery formula, Kion Flex is a bioavailable blend to support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility, and bone health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at 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. -: Whether you’re shopping for the perfect holiday gift or just trying to craft a smart, relaxed style of your own, UNTUCKit is the way to go. Receive 20% off your order when you use discount code: GREENFIELD. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Ryan or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
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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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Pete Simon

pretty much addicted to Ben's podcasts. The more I listen the more I learn and use in my daily life. At first much of the information flew over my head but I'm grasping more with every podcast. Pleas keep it up, it's making a difference

Oct 11th
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Tyler Christian Grant

I listen to a lot of health podcasts and by far Ben Greenfield fitness is the most knowledgeable and in depth podcast out there

Oct 11th
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Nick Schiller

this man has such an pactful story and such a deep perspective on life. i would live for you to have hin back on your show to talk more about his company startup and deep dive into more of the ingredients and why they mesh together so godly

Oct 7th
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J D

If we all take an easier path though, is the world fucked? Maybe doesn't bother Ben...

Oct 5th
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J D

Solid!

Oct 4th
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Melissa Meyer Roberts

thank you for being so personal and sharing your family and your story. It was very relatable to my father and I, and I plan to share this with him. Your faith is inspiring and I love how you tied it back into your story and even Water. It makes amazing sense. I'm going to go ground myself and figure out how to get good water out of my city's system.

Sep 27th
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Jake D'Amico

Holy Smokes! Where do I begin? Is it possible to give 10 stars??? I've listened to several hundred podcasts, from several different shows. But over the months, I've gradually stopped listening to most of the others, while focusing my time and attention on Ben's podcasts. Why have I made that change? Primarily, because the topics that Ben presents are practical for real life, and the advice, tips, pointers and ideas can immediately be put into practice, to create a healthier and more fulfilling life. And I also enjoy Ben's zany sense of humor. He makes my daughter's giggle uncontrollably. Well... I thought I had heard just about everything from Ben's show, until podcast #423 came along, featuring Ben's father as the guest. Simply astounding stuff! This was life changing for me. Ben's father certainly shed some new scientific "light" on water, creation and verses from the book of Genesis, (that I have been struggling to understand for many years). THANK YOU SO MUCH for a 10-star podcast, and also for Ben being vulnerable and very REAL during the show with his father. I am using this episode as a means to introduce many new people to Ben's podcast. I just set up a podcast app for someone this morning, and downloaded episodes from Ben the Man. Keep crushing it! Please, keep it coming! Blessings from Jake D'Amico, in Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Sep 25th
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João Pedro Camargo dos Santos

I really love this podcast and all the knowledge that Ben brings with it, but I would like the episodes to be smaller. I feel like the really important content of each episode is kinda buried deep within a lotta non-essential stuff. But anyway, thank you Ben and please receive my feedback :)

Sep 24th
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BabaBette McE

One of the best podcasts ever! You truly approached the aspect of the whole person, body and soul. Brought me to tears! How I wish I had my parents here to thank them, and apologize for the miserable alien being that I was! God love you!

Sep 24th
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Matt Halpin

amazing podcast episode. emotional and intriguing! thanks to you both for all your hard work and dedication!

Sep 23rd
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Carolyn Barnes

very sexist to say jolene has already said all she has to say as if white men continue to be smarter and have more to contribute than women. what a loser thought you put out. first and last time I will listen!!!

Sep 23rd
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J D

Ben leaving Kion? What about the vision?

Sep 15th
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