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353: The 5 Best Ways To Accelerate Fat Loss, Can Testosterone Be Too High, How To Get In Running Shape Fast & More! – Ben Greenfield Fitness

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June 15, 2016 Podcast: 353: The 5 Best Ways To Accelerate Fat Loss, Can Testosterone Be Too High, How To Get In Running Shape Fast & More!

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July 8-10, 2016: Join SEALFit and Ben Greenfield for a SEALFit 20X event at Ben Greenfield’s home in Spokane, WA – combined with Obstacle Course training with Ben Greenfield and Hunter McIntyre. Get all details here and get in soon because this one will fill up fast!

August 11-13, 2016: Ben is speaking at the Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS) in Boulder, Colorado. AHS is a historic three-day event created to unite the ancestral health movement and to foster collaboration among scientists, health professionals, and laypersons who study and communicate about health from an evolutionary perspective to develop solutions to our health challenges. Click here to learn more or to register now.

Nov 17-18, 2016: Ben is speaking at the Biohacker’s Summit in Helsinki, Finland. Discover the latest in wearables, internet of things, digital health, and mobile apps to increase performance, be healthier, stay fit, and get more done. Learn about taking food, preparation, cooking, and eating to the next level with the latest science and kitchen chemistry. Even delve into implanted chips, gene therapy, bionic arms, biometric shirts, robotic assistants, and virtual reality. Two days with an amazing crowd and a closing party with upgraded DJs to talk about. Click here to get in now at a 40% discount.

Dec 3-10, 2016: Runga in Costa Rica: 8 days, epic food, twice daily yoga, salt water pool and manual therapy and spa services galore, experts from around the world teaching running clinics, kettlebell seminars, lecturing on nutrition, etc. Also daily adventures ranging from zip lining to white water, along with a full digital detox. Code “BEN” gets you a free gift with your RUNGA registration valued at $75! Click here to get in now.

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As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the NEW Podcast Sidekick.

Can Testosterone Be Too High?

Joshua says: He loves the podcast and website. His question is, he just got his blood work back and everything looks good, except his testosterone. It was 1100, which he knows is ridiculously high so it scares him. Do you have any thoughts? He’s going to his doctor in a week but doesn’t trust them to have a real answer to whats going on. He knows its good to have high testosterone but 1100 is over the top.

Coffee Enemas 101

Yvonne says: She has a friend who does regular coffee enemas who also can’t sleep at night. Is there a relationship between the enemas and the fact he can’t sleep? Should he change the frequency of the enemas? He enjoys them so much because of the energy they give him. Please give us your advice.

How To Get In Running Shape Fast

Joshua says: He’s decided to start running, but he’s never ran further than 3 miles. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve stamina, or ways to motivate yourself to go for a run? He’s not sure if he’ll try to get to full marathon distance, but he’d like to get to the point where he can run for an hour without getting tired, what are your thoughts?

The 5 Best Ways To Accelerate Fat Loss

Craig says: Over the winter time he hurt his arm and fell out of taking care of himself with eating good foods and so on. Now he’s 20lbs over the weight he likes to be at and hes trying to get aback on the horse. He’s curious to know if you were in that position Ben, from a food, detox, fat loss perspective, what would you do, besides the obvious of eat better foods and exercise?

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367: How Females Can Lose Body Fat Fast, How To Fix Your Vision Naturally, 4 Science-Based Superfoods & Much More! – Ben Greenfield Fitness

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March 22, 2017 Podcast: 367: How Females Can Lose Body Fat Fast, How To Fix Your Vision Naturally, 4 Science-Based Superfoods & Much More!

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Ben will be racing on the Spartan Pro Team for 2017!

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

-Emerald City Open, Seattle, April 22
-Golden State Classic, Monterey, June 3
-Blue Mountain Challenge, July 8
-Southeast Showdown, Asheville, July 29
-The Ascent, West Virginia, Aug 26

-May 5-7, 2017: Join Dr. Mercola, Dr. Pompa and I, along with many more health experts at this year’s HCF Seminar in Atlanta, for health professionals, chiropractic docs, dietitians, nutritionists, personal trainers and beyond. Learn everything you need to know about ketosis, heavy metals, nutrition, marketing, how to build your practice and much more! Get your heavily discounted, early bird ticket now! Click here to register before special pricing disappears next week.

-May 19-21, 2017: PaleoFX in Austin, Texas. Paleo f(x)™ is the Who’s Who gathering of the ancestral health movement, with world-class speakers including New York Times bestselling authors, leading physicians, scientists, and practitioners, athletes and fitness professionals, health entrepreneurs, activists, bloggers, biohackers, and more! Are you ready to learn, connect, and take action? Join our tribe! Click here to register.

-May 26-28, 2017: Infinite Man Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria. It’s my great pleasure to say that I’ve been invited to speak at the upcoming Infinite Man Summit 2017, where alongside speakers from around the world,  we’ll cover the four key pillars of a successful life: health & fitness, dating & relationships, business & entrepreneurship, and passion & purpose. Click here for tickets!

Did you miss the weekend podcast episode with Richard Aiken? It was a must-listen – “How To Fix Your Brain And Biology With Plants: An Interview With Neurodietetics Author Richard Aiken On The Best Diet For The Brain.” Click here to listen now or download for later!

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How Runners Can Lose Muscle In A Healthy Way (And Calorie Cycling 101)

Des says: She’s big fan of the show and she’s learned so much its overwhelming.  She has a strange question. Over the winter she managed to increase her muscle mass a lot, but now it’s running season and she’s too heavy. She needs to lose some of it but it’s mostly muscle. What’s the safest way to go about losing added weight while maintaining the benefits of the bone density, better hemoglobin, etc. Do you have any tips? Thanks!

Natural Ways To Maximize Eye Health

Dave says: He’s calling from Bloomington, Indiana. He’s an active 29 year old and recently been diagnosed with Open-Angle Glaucoma. He takes a pressure regulating eye drop as recommend by his Ophthalmologist and he’s also tweaked his diet to increase his intake of eye healthy food like sweet potato, carrot and dark leafy greens to help manage eye pressures. He’s curious if you have any additional protocols that you recommend to combat the pressure of glaucoma specifically or promote better eye health in general? He loves the show and hopes to hear a response on the air.

How Females Can Lose Body Fat Fast

Heather says: She’s calling from Michigan, she loves the show! She has a question regarding food. She’s competing in her first body building competition in twenty weeks. She’s doing the fitness division and the training is going really well. However, food has been a place of struggle. She frequently binges and its really uncontrollable and it feels primal. She was wondering if you have any advice, tips, supplements, things she can take to get it under control, so when she gets closer to competition she can get her body fat down to what it needs to be. There’s two caveats, she’s vegan, and she’s been dealing with candida for five years. Any thoughts and tips are appreciated!

 


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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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The Jay Ferruggia Podcast

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Jay Ferruggia has been helping people become the strongest version of themselves since 1994.

You may have seen his work in Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Fast Company, Huffington Post, LiveStrong, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Shape, Entrepreneur, Details or on ESPN or CBS.

You know how group training is the big thing these days? He was doing that in the mid 90’s.

The hardcore, underground warehouse gyms that are so popular nowadays? He had one of those back in ’96.

Training like an athlete? Flipping tires, dragging sleds, pressing logs, using rings? He has been doing that for 20+ years with his clients, long before it was popular or on TV commercials.

What you may not know is that over the course of his life he’s been physically and mentally weak, skinny, fat, sad, depressed, insecure, painfully shy, socially awkward, crippled with anxiety and indecision, struggled with addiction, and have gone broke on more than one occasion.

During my discussion with Jay in today’s podcast, you’ll discover:

-What happened to Jay when he didn’t touch a weight for 12 weeks in a row and switched to body weight training only…[12:47]

-Jay’s current strategies for maintaining his body as he ages, and his personal longevity tactics…[16:50]

-Jay’s top tips for getting in great shape, in just 3-4 hours a week…[28:17]

-How Jay monitors his bloodwork, and the diet and supplements he takes…[46:45]

-The fastest way to lose fat safely and the best substitute for uphill sprints…[55:55]

-How to use single sets to failure for massive fitness responses…[60:27]

-And much more…

Resources from this episode:

Books by Jason Ferruggia (including “Pushing The Limits”, which Ben discusses in this episode as a very good body weight training book)

Jason’s podcast

Tony Jeffries Box N’ Burn podcast

Craig Ballantyne Perfect Day podcast

The CBD Ben mentions

The Qualia God Pill Ben mentions

Alex Viada Juggernaut training and Hybrid athlete training systems

The PeakFitPro isometric machine Ben talks about – use code greenfield to get $200 off

The Chris Holder podcast

The Mike Salemi podcast

The lab tests that Ben recommends

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-Joov – Visit BenGreenfieldFitness.com/joovv and use the code BEN25 to get a nice little discount off your purchase.

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Diet Variation and Feast-Famine Cycles

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Dr. Dan Pompa is one of my favorite guys to hang with.

Hailing from Park City, Utah, he is considered to be an icon in the alternative health and wellness industry, traveling across the country educating practitioners, chiropractic docs and the general public on the root causes of inflammation-driven diseases such as Weight Loss Resistance, Hypothyroid, Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autoimmune Disorders and other chronic conditions. He’s especially smart and well-educated when it comes to fasting, ketosis and detoxification: three topics we tackle on today’s show (Pompa was also a guest on one of my most comprehensive episodes on cellular toxicity).

He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University, graduating second in his class. His authority today, however, is rooted in his own personal battle, having overcome serious neurotoxic illness and heavy metal poisoning using the cellular detoxification strategies learned in his journey back to health.

During our discussion, you’ll discover:

-What Dan experienced after the exosome and stem cell treatment in Park City, Utah…11:00

-Dan’s best tips for achieving a multi-day fast, and why he fasted for six days prior to his own stem cell injections…14:15

-Which supplements to take while fasting…17:00

-What kind of water to drink while you are fasting, and why dry-fasting burns more fat…34:00

-The best way to filter the water in your house…39:00

-The insider deep dive into diet variation and the “feast/famine” cycle…44:00

-How to follow the 5-1-1 rule for knowing which days to eat carbs, which days to eat fat and which days to fast…59:30

-Why you shouldn’t follow a ketogenic diet year round…1:12:15

-Why Dan’s children fast and how he gets kids to fast (his son fasted for 12 days)…1:15:00

-The fasting challenge with 100,000 people that Dan will be overseeing in October…1:22:30

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

Dr. Pompa’s complete CytoDetox program with all Ben’s biohacks included

Fasting for a Purpose Facebook Group

The November seminar with Dr. Dan Pompa and Ben Greenfield – use code BG50 at checkout

Full body stem cell treatment video #1

Full body stem cell treatment video #2

Ben’s hilarious post stem cell surgery video from Facebook  

Valter Longo’s new book on fasting

My podcast with Naomi Whittel on cellular autophagy

The supplement “Bind” that Dan uses while fasting 

The supplement “Cytodetox” for cellular detoxification 

The supplement “Fasttonic” for cellular detoxification 

The organic, biodynamic FitVineWine that Ben drinks – use code GREENFIELD10 for 10% discount

KDF Whole House Water Filtration

Under sink reverse osmosis system

My interview with Dr. Michael Smith on “Returning To An Ancestral Diet”

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The Official Edgy, Explicit & Epic Podcast With Me & The MindPump Crew: Longevity, Religion, Parenting, Biohacking, The Joe Rogan Debates, Snake Oil, Pseudoscience & Beyond. – Ben Greenfield Fitness

Warning: today’s podcast episode gets a bit…well edgy – even explicit.

See, every so often, I get together with my fellow fitness-freak podcasting friends – the good fellas from the MindPump studios – and we take a rather rough around the edges, occasionally drug or alcohol infused, definitely entertaining and edgy foray into longevity to life to religion to parenting to biohacking and beyond. These always turn out to be incredibly popular podcast episodes, and this one promises to be just that.

The hosts of Mindpump claim to “pull back the curtain on the mythology, snake oil and pseudo-science that pervades the fitness industry and present science-backed solutions that result in increased muscular development and performance while simultaneously emphasizing health.”

Take a gander at these fellas…as they seem to have the body composition and transformation equation pretty well figured out. They include…

Sal DiStefano. Sal was 14 years old when he touched his first weight and from that moment he was hooked. Growing up asthmatic, frequently sick and painfully skinny, Sal saw weightlifting as a way to change his body and his self-image. In the beginning, Sal’s body responded quickly to his training but then his gains slowed and then stopped altogether. Not one to give up easily, he began reading every muscle building publication he could get his hands on to find ways to bust through his plateau. He read Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding, Mentzer’s Heavy Duty, Kubrick’s Dinosaur Training, and every muscle magazine he could find; Weider’s Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Iron Man and even Muscle Media 2000. Each time he read about a new technique or methodology he would test it out in the gym. At age 18 his passion for the art and science of resistance training was so consuming that he decided to make it his profession and become a personal trainer. By 19 he was managing health clubs and by 22 he owned his own gym. After 17 years as a personal trainer he has dedicated himself to bringing science and TRUTH to the fitness industry.

Adam Schafer is a IFBB men’s physique Pro and fitness expert. Adam made his entrance into the fitness world 14 years ago and has continued to send shock waves throughout the community ever since. He is a man of many talents who wears many hats. He is first and foremost a certified fitness expert who has an insatiable desire to help people in need of major lifestyle changes and daily accountable motivation. He is also incredibly driven entrepreneur and business minded individual with a vision that continually challenges his colleagues and peers to think bigger and achieve more.

 

 

 

Justin Andrews has an incredible passion to disrupt the personal training industry and create ground breaking programs and tools that fitness professionals and clients alike can benefit from. The fitness industry in general needs a massive face lift to speak more to the generation growing up with a more advanced technology tool kit. Justin’s approach is to create programs that utilize technology as it advances and cut through the millions of options people face everyday when seeking specific information relating to their fitness needs. The great thing about where we are today is how easy it is to access information, the bad part about accessing all this information is how much misinformation is out there to weed through. As a health and fitness professional with a proven track record here in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Justin Andrews will keep working tirelessly to keep people educated and connected to quality personal trainers long into the future.

 

Doug Egge received his first gym membership as a gift from his dad when he was 16 years old. Rocky III had just come out and he was determined to build a body like Stallone. It never happened. Despite following the advice of muscle magazines and busting his butt in the gym, Doug saw minimal gains over the next 30 years. Then he was introduced to Sal Di Stefano by his chiropractor who recommended he work with Sal to eliminate muscle imbalances that were causing lower back issues. Sal’s unique approach, often 180 degrees different from what Doug had read in books and magazines, produced more results in a matter of months than he had experienced in the 30 years prior. Doug with an extensive marketing and media production background, recognized Sal’s unique gift and perspective was missing from the fitness world and suggested that they should join forces. Doug and Sal have since produced life-altering programs such as the No BS 6-Pack Formula and MAPS Anabolic. Doug is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Adam and Justin as Producer of MindPump.

In this epic 2+ hour conversation with the MindPump guys, you’ll discover:

-Health hazards of the new nicotine vapor pens…7:40

  • Hyper-concentrated amounts of THC. Nearly 100%
  • There’s such thing as too much of a good thing (essential oils)
  • St. John’s wort an anti-depressant; put it in vodka for 4 weeks, then strain it.

-Observation: as humans have manipulated nature, all of a sudden we have a bunch of diseases to worry about…10:45

  • Two beliefs: creationism vs. evolutionism.
  • Means of concentrating elements have changed.

-Synthetic THC, gravity bombs, etc…13:45

  • A kid took two hits and lost his mind; scary thing to watch.
  • Deaths associated with synthetic cannabinoids
  • It’s impossible to kill yourself with real cannabis
  • You want a total plant extract; CBD provides benefits but works better with other cannabinoids present.
  • Actually grows new brain cells.

-Oversaturation of cannabis-related products in the marketplace…17:00

  • If you use a lot of it, you could be getting your body to produce less natural cannabinoids.
  • CBD protein, pre-workout, products.
  • Ben has a high tolerance for stimulants like coffee and caffeine due to his upbringing.
  • Varying reactions to caffeine/CBD combinations.
  • Don’t take grapefruit with medication.

-How I and my kids are increasing our levels of BDNF, which are naturally low…22:05

  • Drinking lion’s mane tea; using the sauna 3x/week.
  • Side effects of low levels of BDNF.
    • Not enough Vitamin D
    • Not optimal cognitive ability
  • The ins and outs of “smart drugs.” I’m not as into them as I once was.

-What it was like to start a supplement company, and a progress report 1 year into it…27:30

  • Began with just a few supplements: Serum, Flex, etc.
  • I don’t want to be “the face” of the company. I want the products to stand for themselves. I’m behind the scenes, formulating the supplements.
  • We partner with some companies, like Thorne. Their labels contain the Kion logo.
  •  The process from idea to opening the company…
    •  Took around 2 1/2 years.
    • We follow books like Traction, and Rocket Fuel, EO Systems
    • I formulate supplements because I want it, and figure there are others that need it too.
    • Kion headquarters are in Boulder, CO; we use Slack and Voxer to operate remotely.
  • Best selling product is the Clean Energy Bar.
  • Rather than focus on “long tail” concepts, I focus on specific pain points: sleep, longevity, joints, etc.
  • We want people to have just a few supplements in their cupboard.
  • You have to create a high number of SKU’s, OR have a huge following in one specific area.

-The financial investments and human labor that went into founding Kion…41:30

  • Initial investment: $100k from a friend, who is an investment partner.
  • I invest in a lot of nutrition, fitness, bone broth, etc. companies.
  • Kion has a board of 5 business-savvy members.
  • Everything else I’ve financed personally.
  • We’re in the green less than a year into it.
  • Same growth curve as companies that have been around for 3+ years. Due to existing traction from the podcast, email list, etc.
  • Relationship capital is HUGE. It’s not about cold calling…
  • I have a spreadsheet that’s a virtual rolodex of influencers
    • Address to send free product
    • Ask them to share on social media
    • Relationships make it easy to decide who to listen to, what products to promote, etc.
  • Having assistants who make our schedule is actually far less stressful than feeling like we’re in control of everything.
  • I’ve successfully built my business hiring experts who can focus on just one particular element of the business. i.e. scheduling, podcasts, etc. (H/T to Gary Keller’s The One Thing.)
  • It’s futile to build a huge following on social media and promoting products. Although it’s a temporary success, what do you really have to be proud of? It’s an unsustainable business model.
  • I’m more concerned with creating a legacy with Kion, my books, podcast, etc.

-The risk in terms of your own sanity in being consumed with your appearance…55:00

  • Look at celebrities using botox, plastic surgery.
  • The body changes, ages. You realize money isn’t that important.
  • Focus on building YOU, rather than your image.
  • No one on their death bed wishes they made more money. They wish they had more family time, practicing spirituality: meditation, gratitude, connecting with a higher power.
  • There’s a lot to be gained by abstaining from certain comforts of life. Delayed gratification. How do you want to be remembered? What legacy do you want to build?

-Balancing scientific truth and spiritual truth…1:04:00

  • Light is the first thing created. Research has shown that the primary way in which cells communicate is via biophotonic signaling.
  • There’s a reason I’m not paleo…
  • The first people were gardeners; EVERYTHING was good.
  • Science itself eliminates the idea that you can have only science and no moral code.
  • We have a built-in morality that some scientists claim to disprove.

-What kinds of things do people hire me for?

  • How to exercise and stay in shape for leisure activities and meet business demands.
  • Blood and biomarker interpretation.
  • Create meal plans based on their own lifestyle.
  • I’m the CEO of their health.
  • Consult with pro sports teams: Miami Heat.
    • Optimize light
    • HEPA air filters
    • Micro adjustments that take a team from good to great.
  • Mostly for personal health reasons, rather than outperforming competitors.

-Things I do to mitigate jet lag…1:25:45

  • Circadian cues: light, movement, food.
    • Get into natural light ASAP; block LED lights.
    • Avoid eating on the airplane as much as possible. Recommend macadamia nuts, gum, stevia, electrolyte tablets. Wait until the first regular time to eat a meal. Ex. You land at 2 am, wait until normal breakfast time to eat. DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST!
    • Mimic your movements in the new location, i.e. exercise time. Look for a park; walk in your bare feet. Find a sauna and pool.
  • The Last Resource You’ll Ever Need on Sleep.

-The newest science in anti-aging and longevity research…1:36:30

  • Calorie restriction memetics Resveratrol, Astragalus
  • Using fasting to build muscle mass.
  • Interval training.
  • When you drop your calories, your metabolism adjusts. Staggered fasting helps mitigate that adjustment.
  • NAD precursors: Tru Niagen, NiaCel, nicotinamide riboside (NR)
  • Primary signaling molecules in our body are free radicals.
  • Fecal transplants.

-What are some things I’ve eliminated from my protocol?…1:58:52

-Whether I’ve ever experimented with my cholesterol levels for strength increases…2:04:34

  • Is any increase in strength because of fat-soluble vitamins, or because it’s an increase in cholesterol?
  • I try to keep my total cholesterol above 200.

-The significance of consuming the RIGHT minerals into your diet…2:08:30

  • Your body needs to be rich in minerals in order to respond to light signals.
    • Drink salt water vs. tap water. Celtic salt is higher than other types of salt.
  • Why a couple of dill kosher pickles relieves a headache.
  • On a quarterly basis, I test for hydroxy vitamin D, calcium, red blood cell magnesium, CO2, chloride levels. I pay the most attention to chloride levels and magnesium.
  • Cramping during exercise is rarely due to mineral depletion or dehydration.
    • Due to an alpha motor neuron reflex.
    • To reverse this cramp, taste something incredibly salty or incredibly spicy.
    • The taste causes a motor neuron reflex and relieves the cramp.

-My reaction to being labeled the “pseudoscience guy”…2:20:30

  • Religion and spirituality are very difficult to prove.
  • Some things such as cells communicating via biophotonics light signaling have been proven since the 1700’s; it’s just not common knowledge.
  • People are afraid of it, or it disrupts the status quo.
  • There’s a certain amount of “industry manipulation” on the information we receive.

-My opinion on the upcoming debates between Layne Norton/Dominic D’Agostino and Chris Kresser/Joel Kahn on the Joe Rogan Podcast…2:27:30

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

Resources mentioned in this episode:

-The MAPS training plans designed by the MindPump crew for fat loss, muscle gain, mobility, sports performance and more.

-My previous 3 podcasts with the MindPump guys:

  1. The Mysterious Kuwait Muscle-Building Phenomenon, The Too-Much-Protein Myth, Anabolic Triggering Sessions & More With The MindPump Podcast Crew.
  2. The Mysterious Micro-Workouts, Turning On Your Butt, Overdosing With Melatonin & More With The MindPump Guys
  3. Six-Egg Breakfasts, Ketosis For Bodybuilders, Resetting Weed Tolerance, Kratom Experimentation & Much More With The Mindpump Guys!

-Kion Flex

The Renegade Pharmacist Colostrum

-Book: Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

-Book: The Art of Manliness

Own the Day by Aubrey Marcus

Pau D’ Arco Bark Tea

Hello Ned -15% off first purchase

Four Sigmatic

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)

Thorne Supplements

WellnessFX Lab Testing

-Article: The Big Problem With Gyms & Why You Need to Exercise Outdoors

-Book: Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

-Website: The Art of Manliness | Men’s Interests and Lifestyle

-Book: Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships by Cacilda Jethá and Christopher Ryan

Joovv

State of the Art Led Circadian Lighting Systems

Molecular Hydrogen Institute

-Book: Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life by Ben Greenfield

The Last Resource On Sleep You’ll Ever Need: Ben Greenfield’s Ultimate Guide To Napping, Jet Lag, Sleep Cycles, Insomnia, Sleep Food, Sleep Supplements, Exercise Before Bed & Much, Much More!

Vuori Clothing

Mind Pump Ep. 865: Stan Efferding

-Video:  How to Convert NR into NAD for Mitochondrial Health and Longevity

Helminthic therapy

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Reasons You’re Not Burning Fat (& How To Lose Weight The Right Way)

Several months ago, I filled you in on “The 2 Best Ways To Burn Fat Fast (Without Destroying Your Hormones Or Metabolism)“.

But what you learned in that article only scratched the surface of the multiple mechanisms underlying why the human body can be resistant to fat loss, and how to achieve truly sustainable, long-lasting weight loss in a safe and efficient manner.

So during today’s solosode, you’ll discover…

-How fat actually gets burnt…6:20

  • Law of conservation of mass: Mass, in an isolated system, is neither created nor destroyed by chemical reactions or physical transformations
  • Fat is primarily disposed of via the breath
  • Calories, as well as excess carbs and proteins, are converted into triglycerides and stored in lipid droplets of adipocytes
  • Excess dietary fat undergoes lipolysis, and then reesterification
  • Triglycerides are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen
  • Oxidation: requires inhalation of oxygen
  • Study: When someone loses weight, where does the fat go?
    • For 22 pounds of fat to be oxidized, 64 pounds of oxygen must be inhaled
    • Results in 61 pounds of carbon dioxide excreted via the lungs and 24 pounds of water excreted via urine, sweat, feces, and breath
  • Average of 17,000 breaths per day will excrete .32 lbs of carbon
  • Sources of carbon (other than eating coal) are: dietary carbs, proteins, and fats
  • If you didn’t get all that, get this: Losing fat means consuming less carbon than you’ve exhaled. Even small quantities of food can foil your efforts at weight loss. The simple solution is to move more and eat less.

The 16 reasons you’re not burning fat the way you’d like

– Chronic Inflammation…12:35

  • High levels of transforming growth actor beta cause irregular appetite and glucose regulation
  • Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP): calcium-dependent zinc-containing endopeptidases
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF): Aids in the growth of new blood vessels; correlated with obesity
  • Nitric oxide synthase
  • Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) = meta inflammation
  • Nos uncoupling (genetic factors)
  • StrateGene
  • Tree of Life, Bob Miller’s site
  • Sugar can be inflammatory but is more quickly metabolized than things like vegetable oil
  • Chronic stress is a factor: overstimulation of the limbic system
  • Cell Danger Response (CDR)

– Glycemic variability (GV)…21:05

  • Refers to the blood glucose variations during the day
  • If GV gets out of control, the body does one of two things: transfers sugar into muscles, or stores as body fat
  • It will become fat tissue if you’re not active enough throughout the day
  • Be “ruthlessly” cognizant of blood sugar fluctuations
  • 6 Strategies to control GV
    • Strength training
    • Pre-breakfast fasted cardio
    • Post-prandial walk
    • Standing
    • Plants, herbs, spices
    • Fiber


– Cortisol and stress…30:45

– Sleep deprivation…34:20

  • A single night of partial sleep can be deleterious
  • Neuro endocrine effect: reduces levels of leptin; increases levels of ghrelin

– Snacking and post-workout calories…35:25

  • “Grazing” or 6-8 small meals per day is a myth
  • Snacking increases your GV and eliminates benefits of fasting
  • Your body releases more growth hormone during intermittent fasting
  • Grazing throws metabolism into sugar burning mode
  • It takes 3 days, or 4 weeks of extreme calorie restriction for the body to down regulate metabolism
  • The need for protein and carbs right after a workout is a myth
  • The exception: two a day workouts

– You’re not moving enough…39:47

  • Fool your body into thinking it’s in the “hunter gatherer” mode

– Too much exercise…41:30

  • Excessive exercise, along with other stressors can lead to increased levels of cortisol and inflammation
  • Beyond Training by Ben Greenfield
  • Too much of the same exercise
  • Not enough recovery days
  • Sweet spot:
    • 2-3 days per week, lift heavy stuff
    • 2-3 days high-intensity interval training

– Chronic cardio…43:35

  • Your body will catabolize muscle and store fat
  • High-intensity cardio 2-3 days per week
  • Reduced subcutaneous adiposity of body fat among people who follow these guidelines

– The SAID Principle…46:00

  • Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands
  • Sometimes the best workout plan is the one you’re not currently doing
  • Keep the body guessing
  • 5 modifications:
    • Combine exercises
    • Active rest periods
    • Train outside
    • Change the center of gravity
    • Workout at a different time of day

– Lack of cold therapy…50:00

  • Cold is a strong metabolic stimulus
  • Cold thermogenesis occurs when protons are forced across the inner membrane and turned into heat
  • Beige adipose tissue
  • Every day, 2-5 minutes cold exposure (cold shower, cold river or lake)
  • 3×3 cold
  • coolfatburner.com (Use code: BEN10CFB to save 10%)

– Hormonal imbalance…52:25

– Toxin and chemical exposure…54:40

– Food allergies and intolerances…56:30

– Micro-nutrient deficiencies…

– Thyroid…59:00

– Disordered eating…1:01:01

  • Your body expects food at a certain time of day
  • Results in irregular metabolism
  • Easier to track calorie consumption when you eat the same thing, at the same time of day

– Final comments…1:03:25

  • Everybody and every body is different
  • It could be possible your body has reached its desired weight

– And much more!

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

Resources mentioned:

– Article: When someone loses weight, where does the fat go?

StrateGene

Tree of Life, Bob Miller’s site

– Book: Toxic by Neil Nathan

Dr. Robert Naviaux, UCSD

– Book: Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life 

Ceylon cinnamon

Gymnema Sylvestre

Berberine

Apple cider vinegar

Kion Lean

Oura Ring

Podcast with building biologist Brian Hoyer

Podcast Ep. 397

Beyond Training by Ben Greenfield

coolfatburner.com (Use code: BEN10CFB to save 10%)

Dutch Test

Podcast w/ Jay Campbell

Estrogeneration by Anthony Jay

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The Ultimate Biohacked Workout & The Future Of Fitness

In this special episode, recorded on-site at SystimFit in New York City, you’ll get to hear (or watch if you check out the video below) me go through a series of advanced workout biohacks that reflect what the future of fitness and gyms may one day look like—including how to deliver massive fitness results with a minimum effective dose of exercise, combining cold thermogenesis with exercise, blood flow restriction training, electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) using full-body suits, ozone sauna therapy for recovery, and much more!

The good folks at Systimfit were kind enough to host me for this episode during my recent trip there in January of 2020. SystimFit makes working out shockingly efficient and effective by giving users the benefits of a 90+ minute workout in only 20 minutes. One of the only whole-body EMS systems to be cleared by the FDA for consumer use in the United States, SystimFit safely contracts all major muscle groups at a rate 85 times higher than the average workout. Scientifically based and bespoke to each client and their needs, SystimFit sessions are designed to crank up the intensity of conventional workouts, allowing users to reach their goals faster, safer, and more effectively—no matter their fitness level.

SystimFit co-founder, Josh Holland, who you will hear in this episode, is a holistic, nationally-certified, accomplished celebrity trainer and fitness expert who utilizes his strong knowledge in exercise science, biomechanics, nutrition, and ancestral health to develop proven techniques and programs. Having transformed the bodies of a host of celebrities including Madonna, Oscar Isaac, and Roger Waters, Josh has been responsible for the health and wellness of many notable people in the worlds of business, fashion and entertainment. Some of Josh’s qualifications include: NASM CPT, Certified Whole Body EMS Trainer, Technogym Master Trainer, Primal Blueprint Expert, MovNat L1, CrossFit L1, M|WOD Movement & Mobility Specialist, and CMS (Certified Micronutrient Specialist).

In this episode, you’ll discover:

Part 1: “The Ben Greenfield Experience” from the Walk the Talk Podcast…6:00

-How Allie snagged Ben for a session at SystimFit…7:00

  • Multiple bloggers and podcasters reached out to Ben
  • Dr. Steve Geanopulos (Dr. G)
  • Allie reached out via email and Instagram…and text messages
  • Sold the community aspect; not just a podcast appearance
  • BGF podcast at The Assemblage
  • Ben visited SystimFit one year to the day after Allie moved to NYC
  • Collaboration vs. competition; no strings attached referrals to help clients

-Allie and Josh recap The Ben Greenfield experience at SystimFit…21:30

  • Full Vasper workout as a warm-up
  • EMS 20-minute session (Check out this article to learn more about various EMS devices I’ve used)
    • Designed to intensify and complement a workout
    • Tabata style workout (10 sec. on, 10 sec. off)
    • Quads, core, cardio
    • May assist with cramps as a massage effect
    • Stimulate magnesium into sore areas (recovery)
    • Recovery/relaxation program
  • ARX (adaptive resistance exercise) workout (use code BEN $500 off shipping and installation)
    • Extremely intense; 1 time per week is recommended
    • Effective, efficient, quantifiable
    • Truly a full workout
  • Ben’s motto “Ancestral wisdom and modern science” is similar to SystimFit’s philosophy
    • Workout out smarter, not harder
  • ARX device is now being used by Gonzaga University basketball team, perhaps soon professional sports teams
  • Book: The Body Electric by Robert Becker


Part 2: Ben’s workout at SystimFit…49:50

-Hip opener series on the PEMF table…50:39

  • Want mild discomfort in the hips
  • EMS helps to release tightness in the hips
  • Do longer session for tighter muscles
  • Use the warm-up any time the hip or lower back muscles feel tight
  • Differences in frequencies:
    • Lower frequencies better for acute injuries
    • Mid range for general release
    • Higher range for organs, stimulation, etc.

-The Vasper session…58:40

  • Super 8 Fusion protocol
  • 4 key modalities:
  • Arteries allow blood into the muscles; veins are restricted
  • Muscles feel like they’re under more stress than they really are
  • Vasper is the biohack Ben would choose if he had to choose just one
  • 21-minute Vasper workout is roughly equivalent to 2-3 hours of training
  • Hormone optimization w/ Vasper
  • BGF podcast on BFR

-Whole-body electrical muscle stimulation…1:20:45

  • Begin with rolling ankles, wrists, elbows, shoulders, chin, neck, etc. to stimulate circulation
  • Slack block for 2 minutes
    • Lots of stress on glutes, adductors
  • EMS is used as a means of acquiring feedback from the body
  • Exercise is voluntary contractions; device provides involuntary contractions
  • Sensation from EMS is similar to a mild cramp
  • Multiple people can do different protocols simultaneously
  • The goal is to damage the muscles; recovery is the physiological effect desired

ARX (adaptive resistance exercise)…1:55:16

  • ARX is done with EMS
  • Concentric mass: 347 lb. of force
  • Output: 1747 lb. goes through the body

Ben’s Full Workout at SystimFit:

electrical muscle stimulation


After the workout at Systimfit, Ben visited La Casa Spa in nearby Manhattan where he experienced a HOCATT machine for the first time. Here’s some video footage of the experience.

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

Resources mentioned in this episode:

– BGF podcasts mentioned:

Walk the Talk Podcast

Biohack the World

Dr. Steve Geanopulos (Dr. G)

La Casa Spa

– EMS devices Ben uses:

  • Marc Pro (use code BEN for a 5% discount or the option to pay in 12 payments)
  • Compex
  • Neubie (use code BEN for $1,000 off the purchase or $100 off the monthly rental payment for 6 months)
  • PowerDot (use code BEN for 20% off your order)

ARX (use code BEN $500 off shipping and installation)

Slack block

Vasper

Pulse Centers PEMF

Magnesium for recovery

– Book: The Body Electric by Robert Becker

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Is 5G Really That Dangerous, Plant-Based Diet Difficulties, Reversing Biological Age & Much More! – Ben Greenfield Fitness

On my recent whirlwind media and Boundless book tour of India, I hosted, along with my friends Jag Chima and Kris Gethin, a massive biohacking Q&A and panel in Mumbai, directly after the one we recorded in New Delhi, which you can listen to here (you may also be interested in our private hotel room chat here). We covered an enormously wide range of topics, including:

  • The harmony between ancestral living and modern science…
  • How to optimize gut health…
  • Does moving around help digestion…
  • 5G and EMF hazards from mobile phones and “smart” technology…
  • Why it’s so difficult to thrive on a plant-based diet…
  • How to slow down, or stop altogether, the aging process…
  • How Ben can have a biological age of 9 years old…
  • The right approach to aesthetics when it comes to biohacking…
  • And much more!

Jag Chima, born in England, is an entrepreneur, investor, visionary, health and fitness enthusiast, and philanthropist with business interests that include real estate, construction, finance, lifestyle, and health and fitness. Jag is the founder of The London Group, a diversified conglomerate with extensive operations in the UK, India, and other parts of the world. The London Group is comprised of companies in property consultancy, property development, estate agents, lifestyle brands, fitness education, talent management, and health clubs.

Jag has carved a niche for himself as a passionate and astute professional, with experience that started in 1998. He has also been featured on many media platforms including BBC News Asia, BBC Asian Network, and MATV. He is a sought after speaker and strategic advisor on business affairs and believes in facing fears and taking on challenges for growth and personal development. Jag recently completed a triathlon and also a 1450 km bicycle ride from Delhi to Mumbai. He is a proud supporter of The Unique Home for Girls in Jalandhar India, a home for unwanted, abandoned girls in Punjab, India.

Originally from Wales, Kris Gethin has established himself as one of the most versatile fitness entrepreneurs in the industry. Before founding Kaged Muscle, Kris competed as a lifetime natural pro bodybuilder, placing as high as second place in the Natural World Championships. As a personal trainer, his clients have included Bollywood celebrities, billionaire businessmen, and champion athletes. In between training clients, he has certified more than 800 personal trainers. Somehow, this tireless innovator found time to co-found a health club franchise called Kris Gethin Gyms. He has shared his extensive knowledge through books, newsletters, videos, and podcasts.

Now, he’s moved into the nutrition sector with Kaged Muscle, a company dedicated to creating cutting-edge, ultra-premium sports nutrition supplements for athletes of all types. All of Kris’ pursuits are consistent with his mission of helping others reach their health and fitness goals.

In this episode you’ll discover:

-What it means to be “boundless”…8:41

  • We just want more energy to accomplish our goals, purpose, etc.
  • We go about our lives with less energy than we’re capable of; it’s more than just exercise and diet
  • Oft-neglected variables: cognitive performance, digestion, blood-brain barrier, spiritual disciplines, etc.
  • “Read the book, but don’t become a student of learning. Put it into action.”
  • Book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Mitigating hazards of the Information Age:
    • Don’t feel pressure to read the entire book
    • Have one shelf of books you’ll read again and again
    • Readwise
  • How to get your hands on Boundless:

-How to optimize gut health…16:30

  • The gut is where most of the bacteria reside and thrive
  • Postbiotics contribute to our energy levels
  • Two branches of the nervous system: Enteric and Central
    • Enteric resides within the gut; fed and fueled by the vagus nerve
  • Neglect of the gut will affect our mental function, sleep, neurotransmitter, mood, etc.
  • Functional medicine has it right: go to the gut first in determining the issue
  • Other deleterious variables affecting the gut:
    • Processed food
    • Pollution
    • Sources of the food we eat
    • Inactivity
    • Sugar intake
  • Kris had mold toxicity in the brain; the functional medicine doc went straight to the gut

-The harmony between ancestral living and modern science…21:04

  • The two don’t need to be mutually exclusive
  • You can overdo anything
  • Many biohackers rely too much on tech that they become disconnected with nature
  • Eating “ancestral” foods (ghee, blueberries, etc.) to excess
  • Modern science has spawned a rediscovery of ancestral living
  • “Retirement” is a foreign concept in Blue Zones around the world
  • Always look for opportunities to move, ground with the earth, etc.
  • Don’t let the weather be an excuse for getting outside
  • Discomfort, suffering encourages other disciplines in our lives
  • Keep your smart phone on airplane mode whenever possible
  • Book: Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
  • BioBalance mat
  • Earth Runners sandals


-How moving around helps digestion…31:20

  • Low-level physical activity throughout the day
  • Rest without being in a seated position all day
  • Why recline or rest while eating:
    • Allows you to be present while eating
    • Consuming food in a stressed state may negate any nutritional benefits of it
    • Choose to fast if you don’t have time to eat in a relaxed state
  • Bone density decrease that correlates with a shift from squatting to sitting position

-5G and EMF hazards from mobile phones and “smart” technology…36:00

-Why it’s so difficult to thrive on a plant-based diet…56:37

  • You need to know how to do it; know which holes need to be filled in
  • Plants have built-in defense mechanisms; these can be problematic for the gut
  • Smart plant-based diets:
  • Many plant-based advocates are ignorant or unwilling to go through the trouble
  • Ethically-raised meat can supply the amino acids and nutrients you need
  • The ideal diet will vary based on your genetics, but is omnivorous
  • Be aware of the source:
  • Some endurance athletes thrive on a plant-based diet, but is their health optimized?
  • Beware of documentaries on Netflix that preach a plant-based diet
  • Diets can be used as a tool to be used for a specific purpose, but it may not be the ideal diet forever

-Biohacking your workout…1:08:45

  • Nasal breathing
    • Encourages diaphragmatic breathing
    • Improves facial symmetry
    • Use the mouth only during the hardest part of the workout
  • Blood flow restriction training
    • Tricks muscles into thinking they’re carrying a heavier load
    • BFR bands (use code BEN20 for a 20% discount)
    • KAATSU training device (use code BEN for a 5% discount)
  • Heart rate variability (HRV) measurement
    • HRV is the time between beats of the heart
    • Indicative of the health of the vagus nerve
    • Neglecting HRV can be very detrimental
    • High HRV is good; indicative of good overall health
    • Oura Ring

-How to slow down, or stop altogether, the aging process…1:18:25

-How Ben can have a biological age of 9 years old…1:26:43

-The right approach to aesthetics when it comes to biohacking…1:33:38

-Biohacks to help with a polluted environment…1:47:26

-Hacks to optimize health while traveling…1:53:50

-Herbs for biohacking…2:02:41

-What wearable technologies to use, and which to avoid…2:08:40

  • It must be able to disable bluetooth, wifi, put in airplane mode
  • Apollo wearable band (15% discount automatically applied at checkout)
  • Oura Ring
  • Molekule air filter (code: BEN)
  • Don’t look at your phone first thing in the morning!
  • Keep phone out of the bedroom

-Ben and Kris’ top 5 biohacks…2:18:40

  • Ben:
  • Kris:
    • Hot and cold thermogenesis
      • Stimulating the vagus nerve
      • Promotes emotional stability
    • Sun exposure/light therapy
    • Meditation and gratitude
    • PEMF
    • Grounding/earthing
    • Self-quantification

-Audience Q&A…2:31:24

  • How to obtain BPC-157 in India
  • Why Ben recommends sauna over steam
  • How to decide which supplements are appropriate for you
  • Is there benefit to doing hot before cold thermogenesis, and vice versa
  • What do prebiotics and probiotics have to do with gut health
  • Determining the proper diet for you

Resources from this episode:

– Books:

– Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast Episodes:

– Supplements:

Physique Global

Readwise

BioBalance mat

Earth Runners sandals (use code BENG10 for 10% off)

Earthing mat and earthing bed sheets

PEMF mat

Brian Hoyer, building biologist

Lambs EMF blocking underwear (use code BEN for a 20% discount – limited to one per email address)

Schumann resonance generating mat

EMF scrambler for a smartphone (code: BEN)

Oura Ring

International Peptides Society

Alitura Derma roller, Clay Mask, and Moisturizer (use code GREENFIELD for a 20% discount)

JOOVV (use code BEN for a free gift at checkout)

Kion Serum

Think Dirty app

Dry skin brushing

The Dirt oil pulling mouthwash

Tongue scraper

Xylitol gum

N95 face mask

RA Optics Blue light blocking glasses

Beekeepers Naturals bee propolis spray (use code BEN for a 15% discount)

KTC EMF blocking clothing

Mindfold sleep mask

NuCalm (use code BEN500 for $500 OFF the Performance Package or $100 OFF the Mastermind Project)

Defender Shield blanket (use code BEN20 for a 20% discount)

BLUblox Remedy mask

Apollo wearable band (15% discount automatically applied at checkout)

Molekule air filter

Vielight

Clearlight infrared sauna

Celtic sea salt

Flex Pulse

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