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For years, chamomile tea has been a light sleeper’s staple. It’s warm and floral in taste, with a mild soothing effect that can calm you and help you drift off a little faster than usual.

Then there’s kava.

Disclaimer: In rare cases, kava can cause liver toxicity. If you’re on any medication, consult with your doctor before using kava. 

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What is kava?

Kava is like chamomile on steroids. This muddy-tasting little root comes from the Pacific Islands, where people have used it for centuries as everything from a pain reliever to a ceremonial drink. A potent anxiety reliever, kava offers a non-alcoholic way to wind down at the end of the day, especially if you’re working late or you have trouble falling asleep.

The secret lies in kavalactones, the psychoactive parts of the kava plant. The kavalactones in a cup of kava tea, or a few drops of kava extract, can put you into a rare state of relaxed focus. Download this handy chart on kava to get started.

Benefits of kava

Kava can be a powerful calming and relaxing tool in your biohacking arsenal. Here are some of its benefits:

Eases anxiety

Anxious? Kava can help you relax without dulling your mental edge. A Cochrane Review of kava looked at 11 double-blind, placebo-controlled studies with a total of 645 participants. It found that kava significantly relieves anxiety, with mild to no side effects[1].

Several studies have found that kava extract is comparable to antidepressants and benzodiazepines (Xanax and Valium, for example) for improving social and general anxiety disorders[2][3]. Participants who took it daily for up to 24 weeks showed none of the side effects or addiction you can get from pharmaceuticals.

Keeps you relaxed but alert

Perhaps the best part of kava is that it doesn’t impact mental clarity. A cup of kava tea will make you feel pleasantly relaxed, similar to the way a glass of wine might, but you’ll be perfectly sharp mentally. Even heavy and long-term kava users show no decrease in cognitive function[4].

Improves sleep

Kava can help you sleep, too. Animal studies have found that it influences GABA[5] and serotonin[6], two key neurotransmitters for helping you wind down. Kava decreases stress and relaxes your muscles, making it easier to fall asleep. It also produces a mild, pleasant euphoria – but again, not enough euphoria to make it addictive.

Try taking kava an hour before bed. Kava tea is a good option for sleep, as tea is relaxing in and of itself.  This brand is in most grocery stores and tastes better than straight kava root, although it’s not very strong. You can steep two or three teabags at once for a more potent dose.

Soothes sore muscles and reduces pain

You may feel kava numb your mouth when you drink it. That’s thanks to dihydrokavain and dihydromethysticin, two natural pain relievers in the kava plant[7]. These compounds relieve pain and muscle spasms when you drink them, and they also make for a great muscle rub.

You can buy kava paste, mix it with a carrier oil that’s good for your skin (XCT Oil is a good option), and rub it on sore muscles, an aching back, or anywhere else you may feel muscle pain.

A satisfying alcohol substitute

The combination of social relaxation and mental clarity makes kava an excellent alternative to drinking. In fact, kava bars are a social staple on many Pacific islands, and they’ve been popping up in the U.S. too.

Kava loosens you up socially without the negative effects of drinking. It’s a good way to keep up with the party and wake up feeling good the next morning. Be wary of combining kava and alcohol – the two enhance each other in rodents[8].

Risks of using kava

In 2001, researchers reported that, in rare cases and in long-time heavy users, kava can cause liver toxicity[9]. The FDA and CDC cited case studies and warned people with liver disease about taking kava, and several European countries made kava a controlled substance[10].

However, several studies in the last 5 years have challenged the idea that kava is toxic to your liver.

  • One review found that the people who got liver toxicity were taking other drugs and medications that are rough on the liver[11].
  • The New Zealand government concluded that kava is safe both short- and long-term[12].
  • The German government reversed its ban on kava after researchers concluded that the liver toxicity was the result of a kava allergy that affects roughly one in 100 million people[13].

Certain varieties can also cause nausea and lethargy — more on that below.

How to use kava

Another issue with kava is taste. It’s like eating grainy mud.

Pre-made kava teas do a good job of disguising the taste but they’re often not particularly strong. Most research uses kava extract. It’s easy to take, but it may not have the full range of kavalactones that you’d get from kava paste or whole root.

Kava root and kava paste have horrible taste and consistency, but plenty of kavalactones. You can chew/swallow them, add them to a smoothie, or mix them in hot water and strain them to make tea. The trouble with them is that, like many tropical crops, including coffee, they’re at risk for mycotoxin contamination.

How much kava to take and when?

You can take kava in tea, powder, capsule, or tincture form. Experts recommend a dose of 70-250mg of kavalactones a day. Read the product label to find out kavalactone content.

For better sleep, take kava an hour before bed. For anxiety relief, divide up your dose throughout the day.

What to expect

Your lips might feel a bit numb — that’s normal. It takes about 20 minutes to kick in, and you’ll feel the relaxing effects for at least three hours after taking it. You won’t get high — kava is a muscle relaxant, so it simply loosens up the body while keeping you alert.

How to make kava tea

Whipping up the mixture in a blender is the quickest and easiest method to make kava tea. Follow these simple steps —

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 tablespoons kava root powder
  • 8 ounces of hot water

Directions:

  1. Add your kava root powder and water to a blender. Make sure you use hot (around 120 degrees) and not boiling water — water that’s too hot can cause the kava to thicken, making it difficult to strain. Blend on high for about 4 minutes.
  2. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, wringing out the liquid into a glass. Throw away the pulp and sip away.
  3. Since kava can taste unpleasant, you can chase it down with something sweet, like a small piece of high-quality dark chocolate or a handful of organic blueberries. Or make it Bulletproof and add grass-fed butter and Brain Octane Oil. The good fats will speed absorption of the psychoactive kavalactones.

Where to buy kava

When choosing a kava product, make sure you buy “noble” kava — varieties of kava that carry less risk of nausea or next-day tiredness. So-called “non-noble” kava have a higher concentration of compounds that can cause negative reactions. Non-noble kava typically isn’t sold outside of the Pacific Islands, so you should be good.

Kava root powder and paste:

  1. Drink Root Dehydrated Kava Juice, $26
  2. Wakacon Kava Fijian Waka Powder $44
  3. Kavalactone Full Spectrum Paste 55%
  4. 11 Year Waka — Micronized Kava Instant Powder $48 – $94

Kava extract:

  1. Liquid Kava Extract $18
  2. Nature’s Answer Kava 6 $12.49

Kava pre-made tea:

  1. Yogi Tea, Kava Stress Relief $6
  2. Sakara Sleep Tea $20

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Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging

In my new book Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging, 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 obtaining 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 order here!

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-News Flashes mentioned in this podcast…4:30

-Training plans specifically designed 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

-Nutrition plans found in Boundless…40:56


-Info on 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

-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.

-Recipes included in Boundless…52:16

-The must-read chapter to implement into your lifestyle immediately…54:06

-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 Jan 21, 2020.
  • Will it be available in Australia? Yes. Go here to find out how to order.

-A few insider tips from Boundless…1:02:00

  • Gene repair
  • 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 Fisher Wallace Circadia, HUMU, Nucalm
    • 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
    • Transdermal magnesium can relax the joints quickly
    • Epsom salts or magnesium salts bath
    • Water and Wellness hydrogen tablets

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Boundless

Ebb sleep headband

Dreem sleep device

Chilipad

Ghee

Ketone Esters

Kion Coffee

MCT Oil

Oura ring

Melatonin suppositories made by Dr. John Lieurance of Advanced Biome Corp.

Go Greenfields cooking podcast

– Book: Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch

Water and Wellness hydrogen tablets

NuCalm device

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372: Fringe Longevity Secrets, The Best “Minimalist” Exercise Plan, How To Calm Down After Stress & Much More! – Ben Greenfield Fitness

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Aug 9, 2017 Podcast: 372 – The Best “Minimalist” Exercise Plan, How Guys Can “Get It Up” Better, How To Calm Down After Stress, and Why So Many Products Have Caffeine.

Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, click Ask a Podcast Question at the bottom of this page, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

In intro and outro, Ben mentions 110% compression pants, the eng3 NanoVi device, Qi Gong master Chris Holder and Paul Chek and a Magic Flight box.

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Ben’s Adventures [26:20]:

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You can catch him at any of these races below and you can click here to register:

-The Ascent, West Virginia, August 26
-Lake Tahoe, Spartan World Championships, September 30 – October 1

-August 12th and 13th Montage Deer Valley Park City, UT: Ultimate Achiever’s Club. Ben will be speaking to the finest group of chiropractors on the planet!

-Aug 16-17 San Francisco: Udemy. Ben will be filming in San Francisco for Udemy.

-Sep 8-11, 2017: Who Wants To Live Forever Conference in Reykjavík, Iceland. Most of us not only want to have a long lifespan, but also a long healthspan; to be fit and healthy throughout the course of our lives. As we move into this unprecedented era of human history, a question arises: how far can the human healthspan be extended, and what are the most effective ways to achieve longevity? Click here for tickets!

-Oct 13-15, 2017: Biohacker Summit, Helsinki, Finland. This event is the focal point for learning faster, performing better, living longer, and enjoying more what you wake up to do every day. Discover the latest in wearables, internet of things, nutrition, digital health, and mobile apps to increase performance, be healthier, stay fit, and get more done. Get your tickets here!

-November 10-13: Weston A. Price Foundation Wise Traditions Conference, Minneapolis, MN. I’ll be speaking at the 18th annual conference that covers everything from hormone health, adrenal and thyroid health, natural fertility, degenerative diseases, to traditional diets and food preparation & more. Learn how to improve your health through food, farming and the healing arts. Click here to register. 

-Dec 7-9, 2017: XPT Experience, Kauai, Hawaii. Join me, Brian Mackenzie, Kelly Starrett, Julia Starrett, Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece, for an epic, all-inclusive performance living workshop this Dec 7, 8 and 9 in beautiful Kauai, Hawaii. Come and join us for pool training, underwater workouts, gym training, breathing instruction, outdoor workouts, recovery biohacking and much more! Get your tickets here.

-Dec 11-23, 2017: Runga Retreat, Cambutal, Panama. This retreat spans 8-days and centers around fostering heightened awareness, presence, and connection with others through a mandatory “Digital Detox” – or no cell phones, computers, and other technology. Yoga is offered twice per day, everyday. There is also an off-site adventure ranging from hiking volcanoes to white water rafting or zip lining. World-class spa treatments are available and 100% of the food are suitable for vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, or ketogenic dieters. Get your tickets here, and use code BEN for $10 off.

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Listener Q&A [29:40]:

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

The Best “Minimalist” Exercise Plan

knralph says: I am stuck. I exercise a lot and I do CrossFit everyday plus a lot of heavy weight lifting. I spend a lot of time in the gym. I have knee pain and I know this is a waste of time. I am wondering how I can responsibly reduce the amount of exercise I do everyday and not gain weight. I eat keto and follow Paleo and Whole30 and enjoy it.

How Guys Can “Get It Up” Better

Marvin says: I am 30-years-old and have trouble getting an erection. I think it may because I work too much. I mostly work, lifting heavy things, I may not eat the proper foods and I party a lot and smoke. I do things that I know I shouldn’t that probably affect my performance in bed. But I am hoping you can give me some pointers to enlighten my performance.

How To Calm Down After Stress

Derek says: I am an Opera Singer living in Germany. After my performances I think I have built up a lot of stress hormones and adrenalin and I am wondering what I should do to help my body process these? From all your fans in Germany: Vielen Dank!

Why So Many Products Have Caffeine

Stef says: So the Keto1 supplement has caffeine in it. It doesn’t say how much caffeine though. Why do so many of these products, that are supposed to make you feel great, have caffeine in them? Of course you feel great – you’re having caffeine!


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Fundamental Differences Between Men’s and Women’s Brains Present Unique Risks

Today we welcome Lisa Mosconi, PhD, founder and director of the Women’s Brain Initiative and associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. She’s also an associate professor of neuroscience in neurology and radiology at Weill Cornell and an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Department of Psychiatry.

Her new book, The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease highlights some of the fundamental differences between the brains of men and women, and how that impacts medical evaluation and treatment.

Listen to her interview on Bulletproof Radio: Women, Menopause and Alzheimer’s: XX Brain Connections With Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D. – #675

Unique Risks to Women’s Brain Health (excerpt)

by Dr. Lisa Mosconi

From The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a condition caused by a blow or jolt to the head. This can affect blood and oxygen supply to the brain, while producing inflammation. TBI, especially if followed by a loss of consciousness, has been associated with an increased risk of memory loss and dementia later in life.

Even a “mild” TBI can also be disabling, causing:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Emotional swings
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Slowed thoughts and word recall
  • Impaired decision-making
  • Reduction in the ability to plan and function effectively

While these symptoms may resolve in months, in some cases they can last for years.

For decades, TBI research suffered from the same gender bias noted in other fields. The majority of research on brain injury focused on male-dominated sports. Nearly all the brains donated to brain banks devoted to researching TBI were male, with the result that doctors treated concussions in men and women the same way.

But new research is disproving that notion. Not only do women tend to receive more concussions than men in similar sports, but they also experience more symptoms and then take longer to recover. Hormones, along with the physiology of women’s more delicate cranial bones and neck muscles, are possible reasons why women experience concussions differently. For example, female athletes tend to be at greater risk for concussion depending on which phase of their monthly cycle they are in. Recovery times also vary depending on hormonal levels.

Another group of women has been suffering from concussions, though largely in silence: the survivors of domestic violence. Data on this topic is sparse, in part because domestic violence is still largely stigmatized and underreported. While not discounting male survivors, direct experience of being subjected to domestic violence is five times greater among women. Clearly, this needs to change. This is not the book to offer strategies or solutions for domestic violence but to provide a different kind of advice. I want to emphasize that the support for victims needs to go beyond psychological and legal counseling (both very much necessary) to also include medical strategies to address any possible neurological consequences to the brain—chiefly, inflammation.

Women’s brains and inflammation

Inflammation can occur in a variety of forms. Whether a harmful bacteria or virus enters your body, you scrape your knee, or you have a tooth abscess, each of these events signals the body’s defenses to kick into high gear. A similar first- line defense exists inside the brain, where cells called microglia are on constant patrol. They trigger inflammation to defend brain tissue against things that shouldn’t be there, including viruses, bacteria, cancer cells, and Alzheimer’s plaques. Once their mission is complete, the immune system calls them off, and all calms down and returns to normal.

Except when it doesn’t. Sometimes, for various reasons, this inflammatory response can’t manage to shut itself off, and chronic inflammation ensues. Unlike the acute inflammation that follows a sudden infection or injury, the chronic kind produces a steady low-grade overfiring that when left unattended long term can contribute to the development of many diseases.

There is now consistent evidence that low-grade chronic inflammation of the brain is related to the development of cognitive decline and even Alzheimer’s, possibly by acting as a trigger. As luck would have it, this process seems to be worse in women. Research suggests that, in part again because of hormonal differences, microglial cells are built differently in each gender, potentially leading to a less efficient immune response in women. Not surprisingly, a staggering 75 percent of all Americans diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are women.

At the same time, low-grade inflammation is a behind-the-scenes player for many of the medical risk factors for dementia we’ve encountered so far, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and concussions, as well as hormonal imbalances—which are all pretty bad news for women’s brains. What to do?

For many people, keeping inflammation in check comes down to commonsense basics: avoid things that increase inflammation, and practice those things that are known to decrease it instead. These include:

  • Eating well (with a focus on anti-inflammatory foods)
  • Moving your body regularly
  • Getting more rest
  • Losing weight if necessary
  • Quitting smoking

In addition, seek out treatment for any inflammation-inducing culprits such as toxin exposure, high cholesterol, harmful bacteria, and even gum disease.

Depression and women

Last but not least, depression is a serious medical issue—one that impacts women very directly. In most cultures, it is quite common to blame a woman’s poor mood on her hormones. Even when women are having a bad day or responding to extreme or aggressive external stressors, they are often chided or made fun of, with people blaming their mental state on PMS or some other form of hormonal swing. This is a conversation that’s due for an update.

Contrary to popular belief, clinical depression is not a “normal part of being a woman” nor is it a “female weakness.” Depression can occur in any woman, at any time, and for various reasons, such as developmental, reproductive, hormonal, and social factors, including stress from work, family responsibilities, financial issues, and of course the multitude of roles and expectations of women.

The result: Women are more than twice as likely to develop depression as men. Many women, even those who have never suffered from depression in their lives, experience depressive symptoms and emotional fragility during her transition to menopause. This is concerning because depression at midlife also happens to be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s. While this is true for both genders, the risk seems higher in women.

Importantly, depression is a largely treatable medical illness. From therapy to medication to healthy lifestyle changes, there are many different options available. Just as no two people are affected by depression in exactly the same way, neither is there a “one size fits all” treatment to cure it. By becoming as informed as possible, you can find the treatments that can help you overcome depression and feel happy and hopeful again.

Reprinted from The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by arrangement with Avery, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2020, Lisa Mosconi, PhD.

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Mastering Brain Waves and Creating Mind Bridges – Dawson Church – #653

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m at the Beverly Hilton in L.A. with my good friend Dawson Church, Ph.D. Today we’re going to dive into brain wave—what they are, why their frequencies are important and what they do in various emotional states, from stress to meditation.

You’ll find out how brain growth is influenced by “the power of our behavior, of our beliefs, of our practices, of our spiritual practices, of our emotional states on our brains,” Dawson says. “We are reshaping our brains with every thought we think, with every emotion we feel, with every meditation session we do.”

Some background you should know about Dawson: He’s an expert tapper—not of the dancing kind, but rather the emotional freedom technique kind. (EFT for short.) He’s also been on Bulletproof Radio before. In episode 474, we talked about all things tapping and he led me through an EFT session on that podcast. He has conducted dozens of clinical trials and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare to promote groundbreaking new treatments. He’s studied the effects of meditation on the brain and tapping as a technique to help people heal from physical, emotional and mental challenges.

As an award-winning author and researcher, his book “The Genie in Your Genes” linked emotions and genetics. His follow-up book, “Mind to Matter” examined the science of peak mental states. We discuss his forthcoming book, “Bliss Brain,” and the surprising science of the brain he discovered in his research and study of brain waves.

“One of the big mysteries of neuroscience for decades was that the brain activity doesn’t fluctuate by more than 5% up or down, day or night,” he says. “When you relax, your brain doesn’t relax. Your brain activity just stays at the same high level.” … “When you’re not doing a task, the brain sees all this unused spare capacity and it says, “Great. Let’s grab this.” And it grabs it to such a consistent degree that we call that the default mode network.”

Listen on to learn more about brain activity and the fascinating way it bridges your consciousness.

*This episode contains a mini session guided by Dawson that is a allows you to quickly access an altered state of consciousness.

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Links/Resources

Website: dawsonchurch.com
Books by Dawson: dawsonchurch.com/books/
EFT Universe: eftuniverse.com
Mind to Matter: mindtomatter.com
Facebook: facebook.com/EFTUniverse/
Twitter: twitter.com/EFTUniverse
YouTube: youtube.com/user/TheEFTUniverse/featured
National Institute for Integrative Healthcare: niih.org
Bulletproof Radio: TAP INTO TAPPING: THE EFT EPISODE – DAWSON CHURCH # 474
Dave Asprey Blog: HOW TO USE TAPPING (EFT) FOR ANXIETY AND STRESS

Key Notes

  • How we are breeding our own brains in various ways 00:04:40
  • The brain works the same as a bicep 00:06:50
  • “That’s the saddest face I have ever seen” 00:08:30
  • Acceptance of meditation has come a long way in the last 10 years 00:09:45
  • You need to know your current state and where you want it to go 00:12:00
  • What your brain does when it has spare capacity 00:15:50
  • How can we make our default mode do good things 00:20:15
  • What are delta brain waves? 00:24:40
  • What happens in the theta state in the brain? 00:28:50
  • The brain waves of shamans 00:31:15
  • Alpha brain waves 00:33:20
  • The latest research on gamma brain waves 00:37:55
  • Hurry and meditate faster! 00:39:20
  • The relationship between trauma and gamma brain waves 00:47:30
  • The “four-minute” meditation 00:58:35

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We Tried 10 Brands of Natural Deodorant. Here’s What Worked (Plus, a Homemade Deodorant Recipe)

  • Conventional deodorant is notorious for being toxic and interfering with your body’s natural elimination systems, so you’re looking for the best natural deodorant.
  • You’re probably skeptical about whether a little beeswax and lavender oil will do the job like the lab-created industrial chemicals do.
  • Since everyone sweats differently and there’s so much variation in individual odor levels, what keeps your roommate fresh might make you capable of clearing a room upon arrival.
  • Our team tested 10 natural deodorants to make your search easier.

You’ve cleaned up your diet, and now you’re ready to clean your beauty routine, too. Still, you’ve been hesitant to ditch antiperspirant in place of natural deodorant. Sure, conventional deodorant is notorious for being toxic and interfering with your body’s natural elimination systems. But you’re skeptical about whether a little beeswax and lavender oil can do the job that industrial chemicals do. Spoiler alert: most natural deodorants can’t.

That’s why we did the dirty work for you and tested ten natural deodorants to find the ones that won’t leave you a stinky, sweaty mess.

Since everyone sweats differently and there’s so much variation in individual odor levels, what keeps your roommate fresh might make you capable of clearing a room upon arrival.

Here are the best natural deodorants that worked for us — and the ones that didn’t. During your own trial and error, keep in mind that it takes a good two weeks for your body to adjust to natural deodorant so stick with it before tossing (more on that below).

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

Schmidt’s deodorant offers seven different scents, plus six varieties of the sensitive skin formulation. Fellas, if you don’t want to smell like a field of flowers, you can choose fragrance-free, magnesium + charcoal, or a woodsy cedarwood + juniper blend.

Cost

$9 for 3.25 oz, travel sizes and multi-packs available. I snagged a stick for $3.99 at TJ Maxx, but you never know what they’re going to stock at any given time.

How well does it work?

Since Schmidt’s is on the lower end of pricing for natural deodorants, I expected it wouldn’t perform as well as higher end brands. It seems to keep the stench at bay, but that could be because I also drink about 20 oz of chlorophyll water every day now. I’m still sweating a lot, but that’s okay if I don’t smell bad while doing it. I found that if I had to go out in the evening, I’d reapply just before dinnertime to feel confident until I returned home.

Overall, the scent combinations are appealing and there’s something for everyone. I don’t need the sensitive skin formula but it’s important for a brand to have that available. Nobody wants fire pits.

Who might like it

Men who have been frustrated by natural brands having almost all feminine scents
Natural deodorant beginners who want to use an easy-to-apply stick
People who want affordability and variety without compromising effectiveness

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

Soapwalla’s natural deodorant has some impressive ingredients in its jar. Jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, and shea butter are super nourishing for skin, the clays are known for their ability to absorb toxins…the whole package looked promising. Soapwalla has a creamy texture and smells amazing.

Cost

$14 for a 2 oz jar

How well does it work?

It did its intended job well — my pits passed the sniff test well into the evening. It glides on easily and was easy to apply with my fingers instead of using a stick.

After a few days, I noticed redness on my underarms that wasn’t there before. I kept using it, and the irritation set in. My skin doesn’t react to much of anything, so that was a bummer. After reading the ingredients list, I wondered if it was because of the citrus essential oils. Citrus makes you more photosensitive and I was constantly outside during my test, so I wonder if the redness was a reaction to ingredients or an increased sensitivity to the sun.

Another possibility is that corn starch is causing irritation. If you have an overgrowth of the microscopic fungus candida albicans in your system (and a lot of us do, even though we don’t realize it), corn starch will feed it. Candida on the skin can be incredibly irritating, so if you’re setting out the buffet table for them, you can expect a reaction there.

Who might like it

If my guess about sun sensitivity is correct, people who live in colder climates and people who don’t spend a lot of time in the sun would like Soapwalla. It’s hard to say whether or not it will irritate your skin without trying it out for a few days.

Odor wasn’t an issue at all!

Tom’s of Maine – Long Lasting Deodorant in Lavender

Tom’s of Maine is most well-known for its natural toothpaste, and has a full line of personal care products including lotions, soaps, shampoos, baby care products, mouthwash, and deodorant. You have a variety of scents and strengths to choose from, and you can find it at almost any grocery store or pharmacy.

Depending on how picky you are with what goes on your skin, Tom’s may or may not fit your definition of a non-toxic brand. Tom’s antiperspirants contain the aluminum salts that most people try to avoid by going natural, and a few of the deodorant varieties contain questionable ingredients like propylene glycol (which is also used as an aircraft de-icer).

We tried it anyway. Here’s the lowdown.

Cost

$4-7 for 2.25 oz

How well does it work?

I tested Tom’s deodorant for one month, and I’m sorry for anyone who stood next to me during that time. In hindsight, I think I smelled really bad for that short chapter. The turning point was when I went to get my haircut and told my stylist I was using natural deodorant and she asked which one, and I told her I’d been using Tom’s. And she replied, “Oh! That explains it. You REALLY have to reapply that stuff. This is not a once a day thing.” Message delivered, loud and clear. Or smelly and clear?

Who might like it

My hairstylist says it works great if you put it on every hour or two. So, someone who wants to keep it in their bag and will remember to reapply, and reapply again, will love it. It’s cheap and easy to find, so in that regard, it’s convenient.

Jason’s Purifying Tea Tree Deodorant Stick

Another lower-cost natural deodorant, Jason’s deodorants come in nine different varieties including a dry spray. It’s a good one to reach for if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your pits, but avoid it if you have sensitive skin.

Cost

$5 for 2.5 oz

How well does it work?

This one gave me a rash under my arms. Smell-wise, it performed, but the itching made it unbearable. It makes me wonder what ingredients react with my skin, and whether a different variety of Jason’s would irritate my skin or not. Also, it felt sticky from the time I applied it until it wore off.

At least I wasn’t smelly AND itchy. Glass half full!

Who might like it

Someone who wants an ultra-affordable natural deodorant option, but doesn’t have sensitive skin.

“The Crystal” Deodorant Stick

Keeping odor away with a crystal — there’s nothing that says “crunchy earth mama” better that that!

Except, what kind of crystal is it?

The crystal in the crystal body stick is a naturally occurring rock, potassium alum. Rocks are found in nature, so they can’t be harmful, right? Hemlock trees are natural, and those contain alkaloids that will paralyze your respiratory system. An extreme example, but it’s a gentle reminder that not everything natural is safe.

If you’re suspicious because part of that compound has part of the word aluminum in it, you’re on to something. When you switch from conventional deodorants, you usually want to avoid aluminum, and the crystal is made of an aluminum salt.

We tested it anyway, because the possibility that a crystal can keep odor away is something we had to smell for ourselves.

Cost

$7 for 4.25 oz (should last about a year)

How well does it work?

It doesn’t stop sweating, but it keeps odor away with no residue. I applied once in the morning and didn’t feel the need again, even late into the day.

One major perk is that it doesn’t leave a trace of anything on your clothes. If you wear a lot of white, you’ll quickly get frustrated with natural deodorants. They’re usually oil based and you have to get good at washing out pit stains. Staining isn’t an issue with the crystal.

Who might like it

Anyone who wants less chemical exposure, and really hates pit stains.

Lavanila: The Healthy Deodorant Sport Luxe

Winner of Allure’s “Best of Beauty” award, Lavanila deodorants appeal to the high-end beauty shopper and come in 13 different luxurious scents. We tested the newer Sport Luxe version, made for athletes, or intense sweaters. The brand also features a brush-on underarm charcoal detox mask that c

 

an help keep odor down when used one or two times per week.

Cost

$14 for 2.2 oz

How well does it work?

I am one of those people for whom sweat stains are a daily occurrence, even when using clinical-strength antiperspirant. Suffice to say, natural deodorants have never worked for me — and I’ve tried plenty (sorry, cubicle mates!). I was shocked when this Lavanila Sport Luxe stick went on dry and stayed that way for the entire morning (a record for me). While I have to reapply midday to stay fresh until bedtime, others I’ve recommended it to swear by its all-day lasting power.

Antimicrobial ingredients like rosemary, sage, baking powder, and green tea fight bacteria that cause stink, while cornstarch and silica sop up sweat. Whereas other deodorants irritate my sensitive skin, this one doesn’t.

And the scent: a fresh-out-of-the-shower soapiness that smells clean, not cloying.

Who might like it

Anyone who doesn’t mind paying for quality, and loves indulging in luxury beauty products with attractive packaging. If other natural deodorants have failed miserably for you, this one might make you a convert.

Kopari Coconut Deo

Kopari is a well-known clean beauty brand with a complete line of lotions, body oils, scrubs, skincare and more, and they put coconut in everything. Their coconut deodorant is one of their flagship products, so we tested it to see if it measures up.

Cost

$9 for 2oz

How well does it work?

I thought the price was approaching the higher range until I tried it. It’s not super soft so I think it will last a long time based on consistency.

It’s not an antiperspirant, but I felt this one kept me fairly dry relative to other brands. Kopari deodorant went on smoothly, seemed to absorb quickly (which is awesome because greasy pits are the pits) and it kept odor away until the middle of the evening. That’s when I feel the need to reapply most natural deodorants.

The scent is light, clean, and fresh. Even though the marketing claims you’ll smell like coconuts, I didn’t find the coconut scent overpowering.

Who might like it

Anyone who is OK with having just one scent to choose from, and wants a non-greasy formula that performs. This one is also good for those of us who like to wear white.

Primal Pit Paste

With nine scents, three strengths, two different kinds of applications, options for sensitive skin, kids’ deodorant, and a detox option, Primal Pit Paste is probably the most fun you can have with deodorant.

Cost

Jar: $9 for 2 oz
Stick: $11 for 2 oz
Minis: $4 for .25 oz or 6 for $20

How well does it work?

I tested the level 2 paste in a jar, in lemongrass. I found it to be a little on the crumbly side. Being the mad scientist that I am, I added Brain Octane Oil a few drops at a time until it took on a smoother texture. Since Brain Octane Oil is a lightweight oil (in kitchen cosmetics speak, that means it has a low molecular weight), it absorbs completely into your skin so I knew it wouldn’t make it greasy.

That small step created an effective deodorant that smells terrific, was easy to apply, and lasted all day, even through lifting days. That said, I don’t sweat much and I do pit masks regularly, which keeps odor down. Either that, or my friends are way too polite.

Who might like it

Anyone who likes a variety of scents and strengths to choose from, and likes to change it up from time to time.

Milk of magnesia

Yes, that milk of magnesia. You can put the world’s cheapest laxative on your pits and expect good things.

Pick some up in any grocery store or pharmacy, anywhere, and pour into your palm to apply. If you want to get fancy, you can pour it into a spray bottle and add one to three drops of your favorite essential oil, shake, and apply. Companies are starting to catch on, and you can find milk of magnesia packaged in a roll-on.

My mind was blown, too.

As a bonus, magnesium absorbs through the skin, so you get a little bit of a crucial mineral you need anyway.

Cost

About $4 for a 12-ounce bottle, which will last you approximately 10,000 years. That’s an exaggeration, but if you’re using your MoM exclusively as deodorant, it will last a long, long time.

How well does it work?

I’ve spent so much on fancypants natural deodorants over the years, and to be honest, most brands failed me (and anyone in nose-range of me) miserably. I’m so excited to have found a cheap, easy solution to odor.

Who might like it

Anyone who wants to save serious cash, but also wants a product that works.

Pro tip: make sure you purchase unflavored milk of magnesia, and ideally it should contain only magnesium hydroxide. Avoid brands that contain “sodium hypochlorite.” You don’t want to dose yourself with chlorine bleach every day, even through your skin.

Soda Wax

Soda wax is a small deodorant producer that offers seven natural essential oil-based scents, all of which are pretty amazing. The packaging drew me first — I love a catchy label.

Cost

$9 for 3.3 oz

How well does it work?

I thought Soda Wax does well at killing underarm odor. It didn’t help with perspiration much, but that’s not unique to Soda Wax. When you’re not plugging your gunk with aluminum, you sweat, and that’s a good thing.

It lasts a long time, both the tube and the odor protection. It’s a little stiff and hard to apply, but if you hold it on the skin for a few seconds before you swipe, it glides on a little better.

Who might like it

The green being — anyone who wants to reduce the toxic burden of their morning routine.

Also, men. A lot of natural deodorant companies simply do not cater to men, and this one has several scent choices that men would like. Plus, the packaging has a nautical barbershop kind of feel to it, so this might be one to use to convince the men in your life to go non-toxic.

DIY deodorant paste

If you’re less than impressed with what you’ve tried so far, why not mix up your own? There’s a good chance you have everything you need in your pantry right now.

How to make DIY natural deodorant

In a water bath, heat 5 T coconut oil in a 4oz mason jar, just until soft and easy to mix

Add:

  • 6 T arrowroot powder
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oils
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Brain Octane Oil (optional – makes the paste silkier and easier to apply)

Mix well, and let it stand to cool and solidify into a paste. Store it anywhere in your bathroom and apply with your fingers.

Who might like it

The kitchen scientist who likes to experiment ingredients and scents, and also likes to save serious cash on DIY personal care products.

What to expect when switching to natural deodorant

The typical story of switching from conventional antiperspirant to natural deodorant goes like this…

Days 1-3: You apply in the morning per usual. No matter which one you start with, you decide that it’s the best natural deodorant ever. You don’t have a trace of odor, and you smell like real fruit and flowers. You decidedly will never go back to toxic aluminum-based antiperspirants again.

Day 4-6: You catch the first whiff of your own natural odor, which makes you hyper-aware of the smell you’re emitting. You sniff check several times per hour. Toward the end of the day, you’re convinced you smell like a bag of hot garbage.

Day 7: You’ve had enough. You’re back to the big box store to get the name brand stuff again.

What’s actually happening when you quit antiperspirant

What you may not realize is that conventional antiperspirant hangs around for a while. It literally plugs your pores with aluminum every time you apply it, so it may last for a few days after you stop using it. So, the first few days you use natural deodorant, you’re applying it on top of the antiperspirant you used a few days ago.

And then, the old antiperspirant finally washes away, and the floodgates open. All the sweat, bacteria, and odor it has been holding back comes out of your pores, seemingly all at once. That’s a great thing for your body, not so great for your nose.

After about two weeks, things even out. The accumulation of odor-causing sweat and bacteria has washed away, and since you’re not using antiperspirant anymore, you’re only dealing with the sweat from the day, not a backlog of it.

So, before you decide that your natural deodorant doesn’t work, give it a few weeks weeks for your body to adjust.

It might take a bit of trial and error to find the best natural deodorant for you, but it’s worth it in the end. Aluminum is terrible for you, and sweating is there for your benefit. You can sweat and smell terrific, if you’re willing to try a few different odor control methods along the way.

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How To Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

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Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven’t thought about—yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.

Fasting is not about starving oneself.

When done right, it’s an incredibly effective therapeutic approach that produces amazing results regardless of diet plan. In fact, Toronto-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung has used a variety of fasting protocols with more than 1,000 patients, with fantastic success.

Dr. Fung earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his internal medicine residency before heading to the University of California, Los Angeles, for his fellowship in nephrology. He currently practices as a kidney specialist in Toronto. He is the chief of the department of medicine at Scarborough General Hospital. In addition to clinical medicine, he is also on the board of directors of Low Carb Diabetes Association and the scientific editor of the Journal of Insulin Resistance. During the course of treating thousands of patients, it became clear to Dr. Fung that the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and obesity was getting worse.

The prevailing dietary recommendations to reduce dietary fat and calories were clearly ineffective. He founded the Intensive Dietary Management Program to provide a unique treatment focus for type 2 diabetes and obesity: rather than focusing on medications, this clinic focuses on dietary changes that are simple yet effective.

In The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting, he has teamed up with international bestselling author and veteran health podcaster Jimmy Moore to explain what fasting is really about, why it’s so important, and how to fast in a way that improves health. Together, they make fasting as a therapeutic approach both practical and easy to understand.

During our discussion, you’ll discover:

-Why Jason and Ben have different takes on whether or not to eat breakfast…[8:25]

-The five different physiological stages of fasting…[16:45]

-Why growth hormone actually goes up, not down, when you fast, and how the body uses this mechanism to maintain muscle…[30:15] 

-Why fasting doesn’t actually decrease your metabolic rate or cause you to go into to starvation mode…[33:20]

-What kind of scenario would actually cause your metabolic rate to decrease with calorie restriction…[37:10]

-Why most of the Biggest Loser contestants actually regained their weight after the show…[44:35]

-The reason hunger gradually disappears during a fast…[49:55]

-The shocking things that happen to your body when you do an extended fast…[56:35]

-What refeeding syndrome is…[63:00]

-And much more…

Resources from this episode:

The link between circadian rhythm and eating breakfast

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

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Outsmarting the Instincts that Make Us Overeat

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Although most of us strive to eat well and avoid weight gain, our behavior doesn’t always live up to our lofty intentions. The remarkable explanation, argues neuroscience obesity researcher and today’s podcast guest Stephan Guyenet, is that we’re betrayed by our very own brains, which drive us to crave and overeat food.

In THE HUNGRY BRAIN: Outsmarting the Instincts that Make Us Overeat Guyenet deploys his humor, wit, and extensive research experience to explain the instinctive brain circuits that compel us to overeat. He shows how those circuits expand our waistlines and undermine weight loss, and how we can use them to manage our weight more effectively. Stephan Guyenet has put his finger on a critically important explanation for our global obesity epidemic: the human brain. Although it’s indisputable that the brain is the cause of overeating – since the brain is the source of all behavior – this disarmingly simple insight has never before been the focus of a general-audience book.

THE HUNGRY BRAIN starts from the very beginning, uncovering how our (leaner) ancestors lived, both in recent history and the distant past. From there, it explores the brain circuits that kept us alive in that rugged world: those that drive our cravings, make our food choices, govern our appetites, and regulate our body fatness. And it explains how the genetic roulette that determines how these circuits are wired is a major reason why some people are lean and others are obese. Unfortunately for our waistlines, we no longer live in the world of our ancestors, yet our brains keep playing by the rules of a survival game that no longer exists.

Advances in technology and affluence let us tempt our brains with seductive, convenient food more than ever before, and willpower bows before the force of instincts honed by millions of years of evolution. And once we gain weight, the brain works to keep us from losing it again. The result is a world that’s fatter than at any previous time in human history. THE HUNGRY BRAIN explores the brain in a vivid and accessible way, weaving in illustrations, humor, and unlikely scientific discoveries to bring readers inside areas of science that have remained off limits to a general audience until now. Ultimately, it leaves you with profound insights into how the brain works, how the brain drives us to overeat, and what we can do about it.

So who is this guy? Stephan J. Guyenet, Ph.D. is an obesity researcher and health writer whose work ties together multiple fields of science to offer explanations and solutions for our global weight problem. He received a B.S. in biochemistry at the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in neurobiology at the University of Washington. He is the author of the popular health website Whole Health Source (wholehealthsource.org) and he is a frequent lecturer on topics of obesity, metabolism, and diet history.

During our discussion, you’ll discover:

-Why what Stephan presents in his book is absent from all popular theories of obesity…[7:45]

-The story of the fattest man on the island…[12:10]

-Why kids like ice cream and not brussels sprouts…[18:50 & 27:00]

-How chocolate serves as a prime example of reinforcing properties that characterize modern food addictions…[23:15]

-How you can beat the “buffet effect”…[29:00]

-The three things all nonindustrial diets have in common, and how you can use these things to keep yourself from overeating…[36:05]

-Why the idea of moderation in eating is totally foreign to hunter-gatherers…[48:40]

-A simple mechanism you can use to fight your natural, ancestral tendency to overeat…[57:00]

-What lesioned rats can tell you about the mysterious “satiety factor”, and how you can maximize your own satiety factor…[64:05]

-Why the people from the Biggest Loser gain so much weight back after the competition…[75:10]

-A cortisol-like drug that causes intense, unconstrained eating, and what that means for you and your waistline…[84:45]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

-THE HUNGRY BRAIN: Outsmarting the Instincts that Make Us Overeat

-The book The Jungle Effect

Jack Kruse’s Leptin Reset

My podcast with Rick Rubin

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Andy Hnilo & Alitura’s Unique Skin Care Products

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It has been quite a ride for me. I woke up in an ICU hospital bed on the night of March 20th, 2011 and realized I had been struck by a series of large vehicles while crossing a busy street. I had a collapsed lung, seven broken ribs and a severe compound fracture of my jaw, which was broken in five places…

…thus begins the story of Andy Hnilo – a man who came knocking on my front door several weeks ago with this amazing story and a box full of exactly what he used to attack his injuries from the inside and outside, and the most critical tool he used to heal his broke and bloodied face and skin: a hand-crafted blend of unique, specialized ingredients from around the world, which he formulated himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In today’s podcast, you’ll discover Andy’s story, and also learn:

-How Andy repaired his entire face after being hit by a car…[7:15]

-Why Andy began to drink smoothies made out of deer placenta…[14:30]

-What clay does for your face, and why Andy chose the clays that he chose…[31:50]

-Why you should use something called a “derma-roller” on your face (and Ben’s special biohack he uses for collagen production)…[41:20]

-A deep dive into the ingredients Andy includes in his products, including Freshwater Pearl Powder, L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), First 6 Hours Grass-Fed Colostrum, American Ginseng, Green Desert Clay and Organic Kelp Powder…[43:30 & 47:35]

-Andy’s go-to supplements and foods, including egg yolks, fermented vegetables and grass-fed butter…[53:05]

-And much more…

Watch Ben learn all about an Alitura Skin Care Regime:

Resources from this episode:

Alitura – use code “Greenfield” for 20% off

Andy Hnilo’s podcast with Dave Asprey on “Engineering Resilience”

The JOOVV light Ben uses for increased production of collagen

The colostrum Ben describes

How to make your own methylene blue

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