Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance

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The Myth About "Grounding", Acupuncture Without Needles, 400% Increase In Stem Cell Production & Much More. Having healthy cells is not a passive process. Active, regular tuning-up of our cells is not only feasible, but also necessary to slow aging and reduce the risk of cell dysfunction. We are, after all, only as healthy as our cells. Imperceptible cell dysfunction that is not corrected early can lead to disease. Some claim that fine-tuning of the cells can be done daily in only minutes, using something called "pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs)". So I figured I'd turn to an expert to find out whether or not this is really true. Dr. William Pawluk, MD, MSc, my guest on today's show, is a holistic doctor near Baltimore, MD. Previous academic positions at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland. He is trained in acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnosis, and bodywork. He is considered the foremost authority on the use of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy in North America, and has just completed a comprehensive book on healing with magnetic fields called "Power Tools for Health". This book describes what magnetic fields are, over 25 actions of magnetic fields in the body, how they work for over 50 health conditions, how to get one and how to use it. This is supported by over 500 scientific references and is the most authoritative, yet readable, book on the topic available to date. To help promote this healing concept, he has well over 50 radio, podcast, magazine and TV interviews combined. He has also been a co-host of a 2-hour holistic health radio show in Baltimore for 10 years. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Ben wore a PEMF called the "Flexpulse" on his butt during the whole podcast... [00:05:55] -The difference between harmful EMF and beneficial PEMF... [00:11:32] -NASA discovered about a 400% increase in neural stem cells and turned on about 160 genes that control growth and regeneration... [00:17:14] -The fascinating effects of electric fields on circadian rhythmicity and jet lag (and which frequency you would want to use)... [00:19:18] -Which PEMF frequency is best for increasing circulation and decreasing inflammation... [00:24:24] -Dr. Pawluk's favorite frequency for rapidly inducing sleep... [00:31:38] -Why it's a myth that the earth produces a frequency of 7.8Hz... [00:36:57] -Whether it is true that certain body functions, cells or organs respond to specific frequencies... [00:49:30] -Which frequency is best for depression... [00:54:20] -Why you may want to consider using calcium and magnesium if you are doing PEMF... [00:57:18] -What kind of "biohacks" or other modalities Dr. Pawluk likes to combine with PEMF... [01:02:02] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -The Flexpulse (discount coupon worth $200 for the show - "greenfield") -The research on the use of PEMF for stem cells -The effects of electric fields on circadian rhythmicity and jet lag -Topical magnesium lotion -The "NES" device Ben discusses Sponsors for this episode: -Thrive Market - Go to to get $60 of free organic groceries now! -Organifi - Visit and use discount code "BEN" to receive 20% off your order!! -Onnit - Go to and save 10% on your purchase. The discount is built into the link. -Bear Mattress - go to today and use promo code POD50 for $50 off your purchase. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Pawluk or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
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Past Episodes Feb 15, 2018 Podcast: 380 - How To Avoid Distractions During Meditation, Two Effective Recovery Biohacks, How Much Sugar Do Kids Need, and How To Fix Plantar Fasciitis. Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, or use the "Ask Ben" form at the bottom of this page. News Flashes [00:02:48] Another good reason to use coffee before exercise. Yellow oysters and porcini mushrooms for glutathione? Here's the latest... probably smart to include if you want more glutathione. Geez. Sunshine can burn fat. Bacterial doping and poop doping could be the next big thing. Very interesting article. You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on,,,, and Google+. Special Announcements [00:15:09] This podcast is brought to you by: -Freshbooks - FreshBooks is offering an unrestricted 30 day free trial for all my listeners. Go to and enter "BEN GREENFIELD FITNESS" in the how did you hear about us section. -Organifi - Go to to get your GREEN JUICE and use Discount code BEN for 20% off your order! Or get your RED JUICE and use the discount code REDBEN for 20% off your order! -Click here to follow Ben on Snapchat, and get ready for some epic stories about his morning, day and evening routine!  Ben's Adventures: -NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar. -March 2-3, 2018: 2018 Academy of Regenerative Practices Conference & Scientific Seminar, Weston, FL. Top stem cell innovators, researchers, and medical practitioners will be joining to further the field of regenerative medicine. Attend the two-day seminar to discover the latest in the field and learn how regenerative therapies can help your practice grow. Featured speaker: Ben Greenfield. Get your ticket here. -March 24-25, 2018: San Jose Super and Sprint Weekend, Diablo, CA. There's nothing mediocre about this middle distance race. The Spartan Super offers the ideal blend of distance and speed. If you consider yourself a more seasoned athlete determined to push beyond excuses, you just might have the mettle for a Spartan Super. Serving up 24-29 Spartan Obstacles and 8-10 miles of rugged terrain, the Spartan Super spares no one. Developed as the second race in the Spartan Trifecta, the Super is where you prove to yourself you've got everything it takes to face the Beast. Bring out all the support you've got for this one, spectators welcome! Aroo! Get your tickets here. -April 27-29, 2018: Paleof(x) in Austin, TX. Paleo f(x)? is the world's premier wellness event, covering health, nutrition, fitness, sustainability, & everything in between. Our tribe gathers to learn and grow together! Bringing the latest, most cutting-edge science and strategy together to help you create your very best life, Paleof(x) is like the Woodstock of the ancestral movement, and I will be there! Sign up now to be the first to get tickets to this very exciting event! Sign up here and see you in Austin! Giveaways & Goodies [01:08:00] -Click here to get your own gift pack, handpicked by Ben and chock full of $300 worth of biohacks, supplements, books and more. All at 50% discount! -Grab your Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Gear package that comes with a tech shirt, a beanie and a water bottle. -And of course, this week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! ------------------------------------------ Listener Q&A: As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick. How To Avoid Distractions During Meditation [00:19:50] Jeanne says: I am wanting to stop my brain thinking, and actually surrender my thoughts, during meditation. I find my thoughts impact me way too much. I am wondering what you would do (or music you would recommend) for me to attain a higher high state of consciousness? In my response, I recommend: -Lovetuner audio tracks -Wholetones by Michael Tyrell -Life, Love & Lullabies by Michael Tyrell -Sleepstream App -Brain.FM -Essential oils such as vanilla, peppermint, rosemary and cinnamon to assist with focus -3 Ways to Increase Your Focus During Meditation -The Qualia "God Pill" Two Effective Recovery Biohacks [00:32:51] Leslie says: I am looking at investing in either a BioMat or a Normatec. I usually run 3-4 days a week and am prepping for a 15-mile race. I don't know how much anti-inflammatory effect the Biomat would have vs. the Normatec but I would love to hear your thoughts on this, please. Any other suggestions? In my response, I recommend: -The Biomat -Normatec boots -Video: How to turn a Biomat into a sauna How Much Sugar Do Kids Need [00:41:17] Tim says: I have 3 kids who are very active but a few years, we all switched over to a more clean eating diet. That means my kids don't get processed foods or sugar. I am wondering does the sugar really matter for kids? How much sugar is ok for kids? Should I let them eat some processed food and snacks? As high energy as they are, would they burn it off? My kids seem to be shorter than the other kids (maybe genetics) but I want to make sure I am raising my kids to be the best little superhumans they can be. In my response, I recommend: -Blackstrap molasses - USE OUR THRIVE LINK MARGE -Raw honey - USE OUR THRIVE LINK MARGE -Organic maple syrup - USE OUR THRIVE LINK MARGE -Dates/figs - USE OUR THRIVE LINK MARGE -Ben Lynch's book Dirty Genes -Robb Wolf's book Wired to Eat How To Fix Plantar Fasciitis [00:55:49] Glen says: I used to be an avid runner and never had any trouble with injuries but then I got a desk job and gained about 20lbs and developed a case of plantar fasciitis. It has lasted for years now and I only ever get relief for a few days before it flares up again even just from walking (I haven't been able to run for years). I have tried everything (compression, ice, relaxing, foot braces, night support, heel cushions, anti-inflammatory diets) but I am hoping you have a suggestion that I haven't tried. In my response, I recommend: -High-load strength training improves outcome in patients with plantar fasciitis -My article on TB-500 -My article on BPC-157 -Flexpulse -Plantar Fasciitis | Feat. Kelly Starrett | Ep. 77 | MobilityWOD  
01:10:15 2/14/2018 Roger Drummer is a Diplomate of Chinese herbology and holds a U.S. patent for growing biologically active, anthocyanin-rich medicinal mushrooms. Roger's 27 years of experience as a Chinese herbalist ranges from formulating personalized tonic herb and nutritional programs for tens of thousands clients, teaching and training apprentices in the art of tonic herbalism. Roger has studied a variety of healing modalities including Jin Shin Do, Shiatsu, Pranic Healing, Sat Nam Rasayan, Jin Shin Jitsu and is a Reiki Master. Roger is the co-owner and formulator of, makers of TianChi and Inner Peace. He's been a previous podcast guest on the episodes: -The Zen Of Chinese Adaptogenic Herbs: An Interview With The Inventor Of World's Most Potent Adaptogens. -The Zen of Chinese Herbs - Everything You Need To Know About How To Boost Your Brain Power With Herbology. -Chinese Medicine & Why Sugars Don't Add Up Right on Food Labels. In our last email correspondence, Roger informed me that last summer, he had stage 3 bladder cancer, which required bladder and prostate removal along with cutting his colon to make a new bladder bag - a protocol that only has a 20% survival rate at five years. He then highlighted how he eliminated his cancer in five weeks with meditation (including Qi, Tantra, quantum physics and meditation), adaptogenic herbs and a ketogenic diet. He experienced a spontaneous healing - his goal - at five weeks and instantly knew he was cancer free. This has been confirmed in two different biopsies in September and December of this past year. Obviously, I had to get Roger on the podcast to discuss this unique approach, and he obliged. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Roger thinks he got stage 3 bladder cancer and prostate removal cancer despite being a very healthy Chinese herbologist... [00:08:30] -How environment, stress, and genetics affect the growth of cancer... [00:13:53] -How Roger eliminated his cancer in 5 weeks with meditation, herbs and a ketogenic diet... [00:24:49] -How Roger utilized something called the glucose-ketone index... [00:27:40] -Roger's anti-cancer blend of berberine, curcumin phytosome, green tea phytosome, boswellia, milk thistle, N-Acetyl Cysteine, ashwaganda, resveratrol, genistein, R-Lipoic acid, and quercetin... [00:33:22] -The new meditation strategy Roger used to defeat his cancer, including Qi, Tantra, and Quantum physics... [00:39:50] -Roger's crazy experience with entering into a "bliss state", even while having cancer... [00:47:33] -Whether Roger used any "biohacks" for mitochondria or other cancer therapies, like hyperbaric oxygen or ozone therapy... [00:54:46] -How Roger used the adaptogenic formulas Tian Chi and Inner Peace into his healing program... [00:30:19] -And much more! [01:09:00] Resources from this episode: -How To Cure Yourself Of Cancer: An Epic Interview With A Man Who Defied Conventional Medicine & Cured Himself Of Prostate Cancer -Part 2: The Official Q&A On How To Cure Yourself Of Cancer - An Epic Interview With A Man Who Defied Conventional Medicine & Cured Himself Of Prostate Cancer -Why You've Been Lied To About Cancer And What You Can Do About It -The Mold-Cancer Link, Resetting Your Nervous System, Dry Fasting, Nanonutrients & More With Ian Clark -336: How Low Can Your Body Fat Go, The New "Red Meat Causes Cancer" Study, Five Ways To Know If Your Heart Is Healthy -318: How Artificial Light Makes You Fat, Does Red Meat Really Cause Cancer, The Best Grip For Pull-Ups & More! -Do Muscle Building Supplements Really Cause Cancer? -299: Does A Vegetarian Diet Reduce Sperm Count, Cell Phones And Brain Cancer, What Is A Good "HRV" Number & More! -Why You Get Cancer And What You Can Do About It -Did Lebron James' Cell Phone Give Him Mouth Cancer? -248: Does Fish Oil Cause Prostate Cancer, Is Milk Healthy, Are Body Fat Scales Accurate & More! -Episode #128: He Healed His Mom's Cancer Using Diet, Nutrition & Detox...And He's On This Audio Episode -Berberine -Curcumin phytosome -Green tea phytosome -Boswellia -Milk thistle -N-Acetyl Cysteine -Ashwaganda -Resveratrol -Genistein -R-Lipoic acid -Quercetin -TianChi -Inner Peace -Tripping over the Truth The Metabolic Theory of Cancer -GreenMedInfo's research on cancer -Book: Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism: Elite Herbs and Natural Compounds for Mastering Stress, Aging, and Chronic Disease -Kriya Yoga -Autobiography of a Yogi -Books by Joe DiSpenza (including Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself) -Book: Quantum Doctor, The: A Quantum Physicist Explains the Healing Power of Integral Medicine  -Book: The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You -My article with Dr. Johnathan Edwards "A Surgeon's Little-Known Secret to Biohacking Your Body With Oxygen Therapy" -22-day study in mice that looked at the differences between the ketogenic diet and other diets -Study in mice that tested the ketogenic diet with or without hyperbaric oxygen therapy -Study that monitored tumor growth in response to a high-carb versus a ketogenic diet in 27 patients with cancer of the digestive tract -Study showing three out of five patients on a ketogenic diet combined with radiation or chemo experienced complete remission Sponsors for this episode: -DailyBurn - -GainsWave - -HealthIQ - -Molekule - and use promo code BEN Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Roger or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:12:05 2/9/2018 My guest on today's podcast is an absolute phenom and was first introduced to me by Dr. Joseph Mercola, one of the most popular guys I've ever had on my podcast He's just 30 years old. He has run a 2:30 marathon and can deadlift 450 pounds. And he's one smart cookie. His name is Tyler LeBaron, and he is the Founder and Executive Director of the science-based nonprofit Molecular Hydrogen Foundation/Institute. His background is in biochemistry, he interned at Nagoya University in the department of Neurogenetics to research the molecular mechanisms of hydrogen gas on cell signaling pathways, he is a director of the International Hydrogen Standards Association (IHSA) and the International Molecular Hydrogen Association (IMHA), he speaks at Medical conferences across the USA for physicians, and at academic biomedical hydrogen symposia and conferences around the world. He is also a member of the Academic Committee of Taishan Institute for Hydrogen Biomedical Research. He collaborates with researchers at home and abroad, and helps advance the education, research, and awareness of hydrogen as a therapeutic medical gas. He has a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, and has studied Physiology, Advanced Exercise Physiology, Nutritional Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Biology Analysis Techniques. His research spans the gamut and includes: -Therapeutic effects of hydrogen gas -Free Radical Biology and Medicine -Therapeutic effects of electrolyzed reduced water -Therapeutic effects of exercise for disease prevention and treatment -Biological effects of inorganic nitrates -Biological and chemical properties of creatine -Vitamins, minerals and nutraceuticals -Supplements and ergogenic aids -Health, longevity and wellness -Physiology, biochemistry and organic chemistry During our discussion, you'll discover: -What Tyler's training looks like to be able to lift heavy and also run as fast as you run in an endurance sport... -Whether Tyler follows any special diet or takes any special supplements... -How hydrogenated water is far different than regular water... -The way that hydrogen gas dissolved in water actually affects your cells... -Whether hydrogenated water blunts the hormetic response to exercise and why it may be one of the few antioxidants one could potentially use in conjunction with hard exercise... -How hydrogenated water can act as an exercise mimetic, just like "exercise in a pill"... -The effects of hydrogenated water on exercise performance and also on digestive health... -The fascinating anti-allergenic and anti-exercise-induced asthma effects of hydrogenated water... -Why most people haven't heard of molecular hydrogen... -The link between molecular hydrogen and so-called "healing waters"... -How much hydrogen water you actually need to drink to get the benefits... -Where can people get molecular hydrogen? (if there is any kind of affiliate link or discount code we can use for my audience, let me know!) Resources from this episode: -The essential amino acids that Ben talks about -Kangen countertop water ionizer -H2Bev molecular hydrogen drink (use code BEN for 10% discount) -HRW molecular hydrogen drink - use code Greenfield to get a free promo package with your first purchase of the tablets, including a 'to go' stainless steel double walled gasketed vacuum bottle, a branded phone back ring and a branded USB, value $30! -Molecular hydrogen tablets on Amazon Show Sponsors:  -MVMT Watches -  Get 15% off today ?WITH FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS?by going to MVMT.COM/BEN -Peleton -  Discover this cutting-edge indoor cycling bike that brings the studio experience to your home. Peloton is offering listeners a limited-time offer...Go to, enter the code "GREENFIELD" at checkout, and get $100 off accessories with your Peloton bike purchase.  -Omax - Go to today to get a box of Omax3 Ultra-Pure, FOR FREE! Terms and conditions apply. -Onnit - Go to and save 10% on your purchase. The discount is built into the link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Tyler or me? Leave your comments at
01:25:13 2/7/2018 My guest on this show first appeared on the very popular episode: "Killing Fat Cells, Fixing Mitochondria, Growing Superfoods & More: The Official, Much-Anticipated, Mind-Blowing, Geeked-Out Podcast" and then again on the equally popular episode "High-Fat Fudge Balls, The Best Fruits For Blood Sugar, Egg Allergies & More With "Fat For Fuel". If you hadn't yet guessed, his name is Dr. Joseph Mercola, and - in addition to being an outside-the-box, cutting-edge thought leader on everything from cancer to fat loss - he also happens to be living in the trenches when it comes to protecting yourself against and mitigating the damages from non-native, harmful electromagnetic fields, "EMF". During this episode, you'll discover: -If it's true that Dr. Mercola only talks on his smart phone on a selfie stick...[6:45] -The most important test (that you've probably never heard of) to determine mitochondrial function...[10:10] -The value of a five day water fast for reversing the damage for EMF...[16:40] -How you can use magnesium to decrease calcium accumulation and decrease secondary oxidative stress...[25:50] -The shocking facts about how much EMF has increased since 1917 (you'll be floored)...[29:55] -How the bugs in your gut communicate in the same way as the bees and the cows...[31:38] -The best device to measure EMF in your environment...[34:24] -How to get rid of excessive EMF on solar panel inverters...[37:25] -The reason Dr. Mercola sleeps in a radiation-blocking sleeping bag...[43:55] -How to use hydrogen-rich water to mitigate the damages from EFM...[46:15] -The best meter to measure EMF exposure...[57:15] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy -Ben's "How To Biohack The Ultimate Healthy Home" book -My podcast with Jason Fung about the "Complete Guide To Fasting" -My podcast with Anthony DiClementi -Martin Pall's EMF YouTube videos -Dr. Dietrich Klinghart -RJL Bioimpedance Meter -The essential amino acids Ben uses -Magnesium malate -The PEMF device that Ben uses -The 30 Year Old Scientist Phenom Who Runs a 2:30 Marathon, Deadlifts 420 Pounds & Drinks Hydrogen Enriched Water. -The Acoustimeter 2 -The Safe Living Technologies website -How to remove EMF from your solar inverter -Here is link for the Building Biologists we discuss -SLT site to purchase remote shutoff and PF5 -A guide to phase angle measurement Show Sponsors:  -eHarmony -  Come see how eHarmony can change your life. Go to and get started. Enter my code GREEN at checkout to get a FREE month with every 3-month subscription. -GAINSWavie -  To learn more go to and find a provider near you. Don't forget to mention you heard about GAINSWave through Ben Greenfield and you can save 30% off your FIRST treatment. -Thrive Market - Visit to get $60 of free organic groceries now! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Mercola or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:07:14 2/2/2018 Feb 1, 2018 Podcast: 379 - How To Increase Power & Endurance At The Same Time, Biohacking Addiction, Should You Drink the Water On Airplanes, Business Advice For Personal Trainers. Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, or use the "Ask Ben" form at the bottom of this page. News Flashes: [4:25] The high-intensity interval power training used in this study looks like a killer workout...with really good neuromuscular response. Hyperventilating for 30 seconds prior to a weightlifting set induces performance boosting alkalosis very similar to bicarbonate supplement. And it's free. Ever used smelling salts like this during a workout? turns out they have a really good proven effect on strength and power. Ben mentions the PeakFitPro for isometric training. Wow. 60 minutes sauna beats out the equivalent amount of time riding a bike for blood glucose control. You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on,,,, and Google+. Special Announcements: [19:10] This podcast is brought to you by: -MVMT - Now is the time to step up your watch game. Go to -Freshbooks - All you have to do is go to and enter "BEN GREENFIELD FITNESS" in the how did you hear about us section. -HumanCharger - Visit and enter code BEN20 for 20% off -HealthIQ - Go to to support the show and see if you qualify. -Click here to follow Ben on Snapchat, and get ready for some epic stories on his morning, daily and evening routine! What did you miss this week? A clay mask, a park workout, a morning routine change-up, an epic post-race salad and more. Ben's Adventures: -NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar. -March 2, 2018: Academy of Regenerative Practices Winter Conference & Scientific Seminar @ Weston, FL, USA. Sign up today! Giveaways & Goodies: -Click here to get your own gift pack, handpicked by Ben and chock full of $300 worth of biohacks, supplements, books and more. All at 50% discount! -Grab your Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Gear package that comes with a tech shirt, a beanie and a water bottle. -And of course, this week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! ------------------------------------------ Listener Q&A: [24:45] As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick. How To Increase Power & Endurance At The Same Time David says: I am lifelong climber and now a full-time climber in my retirement and I am after the holy grail of climbing - power endurance. I need the power to handle my weight and the endurance to stay on a climb for a long time. I know how to improve muscle strength and mitochondria but is there something a climber can add (supplements, diet, biohacks) to improve their power endurance? In my response, I recommend: -Beyond Training book -Physiology of sport rock climbing -This article on foods and supplements for power and speed -Juggernaut Training and Alex Viada -BFR Bands & blood flow restriction training -beta-Alanine -Carnosine -Baking soda with Lemon -Oxcia from Biotropic Labs supplements (you can use code BEN30 for 30% on all 3 bottles by Biotropics) Biohacking Addiction Steve says: Do you have any tips when it comes to breaking addictions? Specifically behavioural addictions like gambling or substance abuse. Any tips or info you have would be great! In my response, I recommend: -Mucuna Pruriens -Amino Acids for neurotransmitter /dopamine precursors -The Halo device -The Circadia device - get $100 off when you use code GREENFIELD at checkout. -Peak Brain Institute in LA (neurofeedback) Should You Drink the Water On Airplanes? Alex says: I work for an American airline and quite often the aircrafts are written up for not having a functional potable water supply for drinking or washing hands. The reason being that the water tanks have built up an unacceptable level of e coli. My question is this: is the risk of drinking from such a water supply ever worthwhile for eliciting a hormetic response in the body? It seems many pilots are split between "absolutely not" and "a good way to prepare the body for an end-of-days bacterial breakout". What are your thoughts on this?   Business Advice For Personal Trainers Kieren says: Noting the dynamic landscape of the fitness industry today and with a constant barrage of new info and a flooded market, what advice would you give someone starting out as a personal trainer in 2018? In my response, I recommend: -Chek Certification -Kion Coach Certification -Weston A. Price Foundation -Alan Aragon's Research Review -Examine Research Digest -Personal Trainers' Guide To Earning Top Dollars Prior to asking your question, do a search in upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! Ask Your Question [gravityform id="2" name="Ask Ben" title="false" description="false"] -----------------------------------------------------
01:24:47 1/31/2018 Are crunches really all that bad? How can you get the torso strength of a steel bar? How can you keep your glutes "turned on"? Is there a way to fix your back without seeing a chiropractic doc over and over again? These questions and many more are things I constantly think about when it comes to the health of the low back, so I decided to get one of the world's leading low back experts on the podcast to clear up the confusion and clutter about your back and spine. Stuart McGill has been a Professor of Spine Biomechanics at the University of Waterloo for over 32 years, authored of over 240 scientific journal papers and has mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey. As a consultant, he has provided expertise on low back injury to various government agencies, many corporations and legal firms and professional/international athletes and teams worldwide. He is regularly referred special patient cases from the international medical community for opinion. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Stu quantifies whether or not something actually works to strengthen your low back or fix your back pain...[8:30] -The three major elements that influence spine stability...[14:00] -The Stuart McGill "big three" exercises for low back pain...[24:20] -What Stu thinks about credit card analogy out there that you can't "bend" the spine a whole bunch of times without causing damage...[31:10] -How you can develop extreme "Okinawan" strength...[40:05] -How Stu treats and fixes low back pain related to sex...[45:45] -How to make your core stability a "subconscious motion"...[58:25] -Whether it is true that an SI joint can "lock up" and if so, how that can be fixed...[62:30] -Stu's opinion on inversion tables or yoga trapezes for self traction and low back pain...[68:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Stu McGill's books on Amazon -Stu's new book "The Gift Of Injury" -The Stu McGill big three exercises -The Stir The Pot exercise -My interview about Core Foundation exercises -Hard style plank Show Sponsors:  -Daily Burn - Visit today to start your FREE sixty-day trial! -GAINSWave - Go to and find a provider near you. Don't forget to mention you heard about GAINSWave through Ben Greenfield and you can save 30% off your FIRST treatment. -Blue Apron -  Blue Apron is treating listeners to $30 off your first order. Go to -Kion Lean - Go to and use code BEN10 for 10% off your purchase of Kion Lean - the best supplement for longevity and fat loss! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Stu or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
01:17:57 1/26/2018 Meet Kenneth Ford, an incredibly well-read, highly accomplished and fascinating man with such an enormous Kenneth Ford is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) ? a not-for-profit research institute located in Pensacola, Florida. IHMC has grown into one of the nation's premier research organizations with world-class scientists and engineers investigating a broad range of topics related to building technological systems aimed at amplifying and extending human cognition, perception, locomotion and resilience. Richard Florida has described IHMC as "a new model for interdisciplinary research institutes that strive to be both entrepreneurial and academic, firmly grounded and inspiringly ambitious." IHMC headquarters are in Pensacola with a branch research facility in Ocala, Florida. In 2004 Florida Trend Magazine named Dr. Ford one of Florida's four most influential citizens working in academia. Dr. Ford is the author of hundreds of scientific papers and six books. Dr. Ford's research interests include: artificial intelligence, cognitive science, human-centered computing, and entrepreneurship in government and academia. Dr. Ford received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tulane University. He is Emeritus Editor-in-Chief of AAAI/MIT Press and has been involved in the editing of several journals. Ford is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, a member of the IEEE Computer Society, and a member of the National Association of Scholars. Ford has received many awards and honors including the Doctor Honoris Causas from the University of Bordeaux in 2005 and the 2008 Robert S. Englemore Memorial Award for his work in artificial intelligence (AI). In 2012 Tulane University named Ford its Outstanding Alumnus in the School of Science and Engineering. In 2015, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence named Dr. Ford the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Also in 2015, Dr. Ford was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In January 1997, Dr. Ford was asked by NASA to develop and direct its new Center of Excellence in Information Technology at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. He served as Associate Center Director and Director of NASA's Center of Excellence in Information Technology. In July 1999, Dr. Ford was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. That same year, Ford returned to private life and to the IHMC. In October of 2002, President George W. Bush nominated Dr. Ford to serve on the National Science Board (NSB) and the United States Senate confirmed his nomination in March of 2003. The NSB is the governing board of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and plays an important role in advising the President and Congress on science policy issues. In 2005, Dr. Ford was appointed and sworn in as a member of the Air Force Science Advisory Board. In 2007, he became a member of the NASA Advisory Council and on October 16, 2008, Dr. Ford was named as Chairman - a capacity in which he served until October 2011. In August 2010, Dr. Ford was awarded NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal - the highest honor the agency confers. In February of 2012, Dr. Ford was named to a two-year term on the Defense Science Board (DSB) and in 2013, he became a member of the Advanced Technology Board (ATB) which supports the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Also, on November 6th I will be inducted into the Florida Inventor's Hall of Fame bringing the total to 28 members including the likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and other luminaries.  Interestingly, 4 of the 28 members are associated with IHMC. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Ken is developing an exoskeleton for human performance...[9:17] -What Ken thinks about the idea that artificial intelligence robots start going down the street and killing people...[14:30 & 17:10] -How Ken became involved with the ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones, even before ketosis became the latest sexy diet trend...[19:25] -The amazing research is currently doing on exogenous ketones, including avoidance of age-related loss of muscle mass and function) and anabolic resistance...[22:10] -How ketones can lower blood sugar even if you still consume glucose...[36:05] -Ken's best exercise biohacks and moves including, hierarchical sets, blood flow restriction training, and kettlebell bottoms-up training...[41:00 & 52:20] -Why maintaining your grip strength is one of the most important things you can do...[55:30] -What Ken has found about maintaining and building muscle by studying muscle loss in space...[58:50] -The vibration training platform you can "take on a plane"...[63:45] -Ken's thoughts on exercise "mimetic" supplements like acetyl-l-carnitine and SARMS...[66:15] -Ken's research-based approach to cardiovascular training...[71:40] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -The IHMC website -ARXFit machine -Blood flow restriction training bands -GoBStrong (IHMC is 15% discount code) -"Millennials Losing Their Grip" -PowerDot Electrical Muscle Stimulation -Powerplate Vibration Training Platform -My article on SARMS -Thorne Acetyl L Carnitine -Cognitive Orthoses:  Toward Human-Centered AI (pdf download) -Toward the Enhanced Warfighter (pdf download) Show Sponsors:  -Human Charger - Go to and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. -Molekule - Go to and enter promo code BEN for $75 off your order! -Thrive Market - Go to to get $60 of free organic groceries now! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Ken or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:17:37 1/24/2018 Brad Kearns, at 52 years old, has doubled his testosterone levels in the past year. He has abandoned life as a pro triathlete and instead conquered the world of speed golf and high jumping. He has successfully trained his body to become a potent fat burning machine and transition completely out of carbohydrate dependence. He's a successful author is a noted speaker, author and coach in the health and fitness world for three decades. As the President of Primal Blueprint Publishing, Brad works with Mark Sisson to promote all aspects of primal living. He helped develop the Primal Health Coach certification program, has delivered dozens of Primal Transformation Seminars across the USA, and organized and presented at nine PrimalCon health and fitness retreats around the world from 2010-2014. He and Mark authored the 2015 release, Primal Endurance, a comprehensive guidebook on how to escape the carbohydrate-dependent, overly stressful conventional approach to endurance training in favor of a healthier, stress-balanced, fat-adapted primal approach. He and Mark authored the 2017 release, The Keto Reset Diet, the definitive guide to the wildly popular ketogenic eating strategy. Kearns is the host of comprehensive online multimedia educational courses that bring books like Primal Endurance, The Keto Reset Diet, and the 21-Day Total Body Transformation to life with a series of instructional videos and expert interviews that provide an immersive educational experience. During his nine-year career as a triathlete, Kearns was one of the world's top ranked professionals, amassing 30 wins worldwide on the pro circuit. Career highlights include a remarkable streak of seven victories in a row ('91-'92), a world duathlon series championship, two national triathlon championships, and a #3 world ranking in 1991. Kearns is the last American professional male in to place in the top-5 in the ITU World Championships (1992) and still holds the Hawaii Ironman 24&under age division American record at 8:57 (1989). Other books by Brad include Breakthrough Triathlon Training (2006), detailing a healthy, balanced approach to triathlon peak performance. His How Lance Does It (2007) and How Tiger Does It (2008) books detail the champion attitude and behavior qualities of the Tour de France legend and golfing great, helping you apply their methods in pursuit of your own peak performance goals. Brad's current athletic passion is the offbeat sport of Speedgolf, where competitors play as fast as possible and total strokes and minutes to obtain a Speedgolf score. Brad is 3-time top-20 finisher in the world professional championships. He placed third in the 2017 California Professional Speedgolf Championships, shooting 78 on a championship course in 47 minutes for a Speedgolf score of 125. In 2016 at the age of 51, Brad cleared 5'5" (1.65m) at a high jump practice session. This exceeds the All-American standard for 50-54 age group and matches a top-10 national rank performance. At 50, he ran a 400-meter effort in 59.8. - running in the 50s, in his 50s! During our discussion, you'll discover: -How speed golf works, and how Brad gets his heart rate down quickly after sprinting...[9:40] -How a typical training session works to train the body to get the heart rate down quickly after hard efforts...[14:05] -How Brad trained his slow-twitch muscles from triathlon to go to fast-twitch muscles for high jumping...[23:30] -How do you use the concept of slow down to go faster for a sport like that, and how does it differ from how you would normally have trained as a pro triathlete? [30:45] -The best way to perform a Maximum Aerobic Function test, which Brad describes as "the #1 most important fitness marker of them all"...[34:00] -The strategies Brad used to more than double his free testosterone simply by sucking it up and lowering his assumed aerobic base heart rate...[43:45] -The goal and intent of The Primal Endurance Mastery Course...[64:55] -And much more! Resource from this episode: -The Primal Endurance Mastery Course - Use Code "BEN" for an extra 10% off! -My podcast with Mike Salemi, kettlebell clean and jerk champion -My podcast on the Keto Reset Diet with Mark Sisson -DNAFit test for determining your slow and fast twitch muscle fiber capacity -Nourish Balance Thrive coaching program (follow this link to get a complementary one-hour 1-on-1 video conference call with Tommy). -Brad's article on testosterone optimization -Commercial ice maker -The CoolFatBurner vest Show Sponsors:  -Kion Lean - Go to and use promo code BEN10 to save 10% in your purchase of the best supplement for longevity and fat loss, or any other Kion products! -HealthGains - Text the word "GAIN" to 313131 to receive a $150 voucher toward your HealthGAINS treatment. -Human Charger - Go to and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. -Daily Harvest - Go to and use promo code BEN to get three items for free when you purchase your first box! 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01:14:31 1/19/2018 Jan 18, 2017 Podcast: 378 - The 30 Second Fat Loss Trick, Does Weed Lower Testosterone, Do Exogenous Ketones Actually Put You Into True Ketosis, Natural Remedies For Hot Flashes. Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, or use the "Ask Ben" form at the bottom of this page. News Flashes: [5:15] In the news flashes, Ben mentions the book "Beyond Human" and the PeakFitPro exercise machine - use code greenfield to get $200 off Here's a cool, little-known strategy to survive an all-nighter. Guess what? Your brain shrinks far less than previously believed as you age. Chalk another one up for compression tights for recovery (turns out a lot of studies don't use enough pressure). Kettlebell swings for low back pain can work. Holy cow. Turns out that you CAN take antioxidants after exercise without impacting fitness - IF they are green tea / polyphenols. You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on,,,, and Google+. Special Announcements: [38:50] This podcast is brought to you by: -Purathrive - Go to to automatically get 15% off on Curcumin Gold or Radiant C (a liposomal vitamin C that actually tastes GOOD), or anything else that tickles your fancy. -Freshbooks -  FreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to / BEN and enter BEN GREENFIELD FITNESS in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" section. -Gainswave - During this holiday season, give yourself a gift with GAINSWave. To get more info on GAINSWave and to save $150 off your first treatment, text the word Greenfield to 313131. -Click here to follow Ben on Snapchat, and get ready for some epic stories on his morning, daily and evening routine! What did you miss this week? A clay mask, a park workout, a morning routine change-up, an epic post-race salad and more. Ben's Adventures: -NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar. -January 26-28, 2018: California Jam combines a TED talk format with chiropractic education and a rock n' roll show! Over two dozen speakers, who are experts and innovators in their field, take the stage throughout the weekend as two live bands play in between. The driving objective of the event is to get attendees up to date on chiropractic research, scientific studies, and useful practice management strategy. The hope is that attendees bring all they learn at Cal Jam back to their communities to implement real, rippling change. Get your ticket! -March 2, 2018: Academy of Regenerative Practices Winter Conference & Scientific Seminar @ Weston, FL, USA. Sign up today! Giveaways & Goodies: -Click here to get your own gift pack, handpicked by Ben and chock full of $300 worth of biohacks, supplements, books and more. All at 50% discount! -Grab your Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Gear package that comes with a tech shirt, a beanie and a water bottle. -And of course, this week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! ------------------------------------------ Listener Q&A: [38:20] As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick. The 30 Second Fat Loss Trick Randy says: I recently read a study that fascinated me - and seemed a little too good to be true. The participants did a 30 second sprint (I think it was on a bike) in a fasted state. And that is all. And this resulted in fat loss. The concept being that sprinting in a fasted state increases leptin receptors which makes your body think that leptin levels are high therefore it blunts your appetite and raises fat metabolism. I wondered if you knew anything about this concept? In my response, I recommend: -My Look Good Naked & Longevity Plan -The original study: Does Weed Lower Testosterone? Brian says: I am looking at a study from 1979 called "The Effects of cannabinoids on testosterone and protein synthesis". They found that THC and CBD actually inhibited testosterone production in the rats. This seems like bad news for those of us who use those. So I wanted to get your thoughts on it and any other research you might know about. In my response, I recommend: -More research on cannabinoids and testosterone -My article: The Effects Of Weed On Exercise Do Exogenous Ketones Actually Put You Into True Ketosis? Lele says: I am wondering if the products that contain ketone salts (like Ketoburst) put you into actual ketosis (the kind that comes from the liver and blood) or is it is a false ketosis? Are they the same thing or is one better than the other? In my response, I recommend: -Could This Ketosis-Based Elixir Hold The Key To Weight Loss, World Record Performances, Brain Healing and More -Four New, Cutting-Edge Ways To Easily Shift Your Body Into Fat-Burning Mode & Ketosis -How To Use Ketones For Longevity, How I Personally Use Ketone Salts & A New Chemical-Free, Clean Way To Get Into Ketosis -Which Ketone Supplement Works Best: Ketone Salts vs. Ketone Esters With Dr. Dominic D'Agostino -Exogenous Ketones, Deuterium-Depleted Water, Near Vs. Far Infrared, Scorpion Stings & More! A Special Episode Recorded Live In Panama Natural Remedies For Hot Flashes Margie says: I am looking for some advice on lowering the effects of menopause (hot flashes and dry lady parts) by using flax seeds and soy lecithin granules. I have been taking 3 tbsp of fresh ground flax for a month and have noticed softer hair and better facial skin tone. I want to add 3 tbsp of soy lecithin as well. Am I on the right track? Is this a good idea for daily consumption? I am 54 years old and in super terrific physical shape! In my response, I recommend: -Chilipad -CBD -Passionflower -Black Cohosh -Chasteberry -Maca -Soy isoflavones Prior to asking your question, do a search in upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness!  
01:21:06 1/17/2018 Well, I've been at it again folks: putting my mind and muscles through a brutal ringer for the sake of science.  In my recent post "Biohacking Your Manhood: The Proven Habits, Foods, Exercises, Workouts, Nutrients & Tools That Boost Testosterone & Libido", you learned how Men's Health magazine recently sent me on a 3 month global expedition to do everything a fella could possibly to do increase testosterone, size, orgasm quality, libido and a host of other manhood related parameters - including stem cell injections, acoustic sound wave therapy, red light blasting and beyond. Shortly after completing that article, I received my next writing assignment: outfit my pantry with an arsenal of the latest trendy hangover cures - from Oriental raisin extract hovenia dulcis to prickly pear concentrated extract to self-administered Myer's cocktail IV's - then engage in extreme alcohol hedonism and see what happens (you can read the surprising results here). So, after all this brutality, I've decided to kick off 2018 by pushing the reboot button and cleaning up my entire system with a giant, scientifically proven detoxification mop, and I'm inviting you to join me. In this article, you'll learn why detoxification is not a myth, exactly why you should seriously consider detoxing (even if you live an ultra-clean lifestyle and don't necessarily treat your body as an N=1 guinea pig like I do), and how I'm personally going to detox using a relatively unique approach. Is Detoxification A Myth? A few years ago, The Guardian released an article entitled: You can't detox your body. It's a myth. So how do you get healthy? In the article, the author says that: "...detoxing ? the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go ? is a scam. It's a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things." So is this true? Can you really not detox your body? As you go into the New Year, during which detox diets and claims are sure to surround you, it's important to know the truth about detoxing. It's important to begin with an understanding of what toxins actually are. No matter how "clean" you live your life, just about everybody shows some evidence of a buildup of toxins. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, they found some pretty shocking results. On average, the CDC's report found 212 chemicals in people's blood or urine, 75 of which had never before been measured in the U.S. population. The chemicals included: Acrylamide (formed when foods are baked or fried at high temperatures, and as a byproduct of cigarette smoke) Arsenic, found in many home-building products Environmental phenols, including bisphenol A (found in plastics, food packaging and epoxy resins) and triclosan (used as an antibacterial agent in personal care products such as toothpaste and hand soap) Perchlorate, used in airplane fuel, explosives and fireworks Perfluorinated chemicals, used to create non-stick cookware Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, used in fire retardants found in consumer products such as mattresses Volatile organic compounds (VOC's), found in paints, air fresheners, cleaning products, cosmetics, upholstery fabrics, carpets, dry-cleaned clothing, wood preservatives, and paint strippers When you put all these together, these chemicals can potentially present a toxic burden to the human body, and (as the CDC has found) can accumulate in your body's blood, urine and tissue ? possibly one reason why the plastic-based versions of these chemicals are sometimes referred to as "obesogens," due to the suggestion that they may somehow accumulate in fat tissue. While your body does actually have detoxification organs (your liver and kidney) that can process many of these chemicals and toxins, they can potentially cause medical problems if your liver and kidneys are not functioning properly or are overburdened with a poor diet. While the kidneys are indeed important for acting as a filtration mechanism for your blood and removing wastes and excess water from the body, it's the liver that has an incredibly important job when it comes to detoxification. Along with filtering your blood to remove toxins, your liver uses a two-phase process to break down chemicals and toxins. During phase 1, toxins are neutralized and broken into smaller fragments. Then, in phase 2 they are bound to other molecules, creating a new non-toxic molecule that can be excreted in your bile, urine or stool. But order for this liver detoxification to work properly, your body must have adequate nutrients. If not, the phase 1 and phase 2 processes may not work adequately, which can leave toxic substances to build up in your body. There are specific nutrients that support both pathways. For example: Phase 1: B-Vitamins (B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid) Flavonoids, found in fruits and vegetables Foods rich in vitamins A, C and E (eg, carrots, oranges, wheat germ, almonds) Glutathione, found in avocado, watermelon, asparagus, walnuts, fresh fruits and veggies, and the nutrients n-acetylcysteine, cysteine and methionine. Branched chain amino acids, found in animal protein (dairy products, red meat, eggs and whey protein) Phospholipids, found in eggs, meats, organ meats, fish and soybeans Phase 2: Indole-3-carbinol, found in cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts Limonene, found in oranges, tangerines, caraway seeds and dill seeds Glutathione, found in avocado, watermelon, asparagus, walnuts, fresh fruits and veggies. Fish oil Amino acids from protein Multiple studies have demonstrated the efficacy of these nutrients for supporting proper liver detox pathways. In addition, as you can learn in this recent "Nourish, Balance, Thrive" podcast on everything you need to know about detoxification, Dr. Bryan Walsh has introduced the concept of a third "Phase 3" detoxification pathway. Now that you understand detoxification, let's delve into how detoxification products are actually supposed to work. The first claim in the article from The Guardian is based on a quote from Edzard Ernst, a professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University. He says: "...there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn't. The respectable one is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions. The other is the word being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to sell a bogus treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you're supposed to have accumulated." The article goes on to explain that when it comes to products that range from dietary supplements to smoothies and shampoos, not one of the manufacturers can actually define what they meant by detoxification, or name the toxins these products are supposed to remove. However, just because a manufacturer of ? say ? spirulina powder (a popular green powder found in the detox section of many health foods stores) can't say how it works, doesn't mean there isn't scientific evidence for it's potential to remove toxins from the body. For example, cyanobacteria is a specific type of bacteria found in spirulina that is an accumulator (also known as a "biosorbent") of heavy minerals. It does this via a process called ion-exchange binding, and can significantly reduce heavy metal toxicity in tissue. 100 micrograms (a very small amount) of spirulina hexane extract has been shown to remove over 85% of arsenic in tissue. At a does of 250-500 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, spirulina has been shown to prevent metal toxicity from occurring in pregnant rats' offspring when the mothers were given fluoride, and it has also been noted to reduce lead accumulation in brain tissue, protect against heavy metal cadmium buildup, and attenuate mercury accumulation in the testes. Granted, spirulina is one of the few molecules in existence that actually has a large body of evidence to support it's detoxifying activity, but other compounds such as dandelion extract, ginseng and zinc have also been clinically proven to reduce heavy metal buildup. And while heavy metals are only one form of a toxin that can accumulate in your tissues, there is no doubt that science has proven that these toxins can indeed be removed via the use of these specific "detox" compounds found in nature. So when the article in The Guardian "guffaws" at the ideas of superfoods such as spirulina, I would actually beg to differ. Or take milk thistle extract, another popular detox or cleansing supplement. While the article in The Guardian would have you to believe there is no value whatsoever in consuming this type of nutrient, studies show that milk thistle actually protects and promotes the growth of liver cells, fights oxidation (a process that damages cells), and actually blocks toxins from entering the cell membrane. Silymarins, a group of antioxidants extracted from the seeds of milk thistle, have antioxidant properties several times greater than that of vitamins C and E, with silybin as one silymarin that has been shown to be especially effective in promoting liver health. Milk thistle also helps to enhance detoxification by preventing the depletion of glutathione, which is necessary for phase 2 liver detoxification to be completed. As you can see from the two simple examples of spirulina and milk thistle, things aren't quite as simple as painting with a broad brush and saying that detox supplements and diets simply don't work. While the detox evidence for ? say ? cayenne pepper and maple syrup juice really doesn't exist, evidence for other nutrients actually does exist. The article in The Guardian then goes on to address colon cleanses, noting that: "...proponents will tell you that mischievous plaques of impacted poo can lurk in your colon for months or years and pump disease-causing toxins back into your system. Pay them a small fee, though, and they'll insert a hose up your bottom and wash them all away." And also: "Some colon-cleansing tablets contain a polymerising agent that turns your faeces into something like a plastic, so that when a massive rubbery poo snake slithers into your toilet you can stare back at it and feel vindicated in your purchase." When you think about it, the idea of toxins being somehow reabsorbed by your body as they sit in your colon actually makes some sense. After all, rectal suppositories are used to rapidly administer drugs ? so if drugs can enter your bloodstream from your colon, it's certainly possible that toxins could be entering too. However, your colon is equipped with several natural mechanisms to keep toxins from building up. For example: Natural bacteria in the colon can detoxify food waste. Mucus membranes in the colon can keep unwanted substances from reentering the blood and tissues. The colon sheds old cells about every three days, preventing a buildup of harmful material, and even allowing for expulsion of parasites I personally suspect that if colon cleansing or enemas have any effect in making you feel like you have more energy or have been "cleansed", it is more likely to do with an activation of specific reflexes in your gut that cause your nervous system to relax, along with stimulation of bile production by the liver, which can indeed improve digestion, have a laxative effect, relieve constipation and cause you to go to the bathroom. Sure, this could potentially make you feel better by allowing you to better digest your food, or to even pass some feces that may have built up over the past few days, but I'd have to agree with the article in The Guardian that there is no evidence that poo can simply sit inside you for years, slowly rotting and toxifying your body. So should you detox? Ultimately, as the article in The Guardian alludes to, your body has it's own powerful methods of detoxification ? and can activate these methods without the use of fancy diets or fancy detox spa visits. These methods primarily come in the form of your liver and your kidneys. For example, your liver prevents pathogens from passing into your bloodstream, processes environmental toxins for safe removal, and helps to rid your body of excess nitrogen that build up from the breakdown of proteins and amino acids. Your kidneys filter blood, remove excess water, pass urea (which is a toxin that builds up as a byproduct of protein breakdown), and sends this all out of your body via your urine. So if you eat foods that support your liver and kidneys, or avoid foods that stress your liver and kidneys, you're already detoxing every day ? and theoretically, unless you've gone through something like a serious bout of alcoholism or heavy metal toxicity, you don't really need any fancy herbal blends or colonic cleanses (at least, that's what I used to think. More on that in a it may not be quite that simple). But first - to start simple indeed: for your liver, you can do things like avoid high amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fats from processed and packaged foods like canola oil and French fries, and instead eat those type of fats from fish, meat, seeds and nuts. You can avoid high amounts of fructose and sugar, limit alcohol, consume plenty of egg yolks (which contain choline that your liver uses to process fats), eat good, organic liver every now and then and pay attention to what kind of soaps and shampoos and household cleaners you're using. For your kidneys, you can limit intake of high fructose corn syrup, drink plenty of water, limit alcohol intake, and ? if you are predisposed to renal issues ? limit excessive protein intake (e.g. more than 200g/day of protein). So, as The Guardian article notes, many popular detox and cleansing diets probably feel beneficial very much in part because of what they eliminate. All the processed fats, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol, candy, soda, commercial meat and snack foods you're eliminating on a detox diet are giving your liver and kidneys a chance to step up and do their normal detoxification duties, since they're no longer overburdened with bad food and not enough micronutrients and minerals to support their normal function. But alas, the plot thickens, and it turns out that in our modern, post-industrial, radiated, metal-laden, polluted, glyphosate-sprayed, GMO-concentrated era, you may need to engage in a bit of better living through science and supplementation to truly detox. The Detoxification Plot Thickens So you eat a clean diet, take care of your liver and kidney's, and you don't need to detox, right? As I alluded to above, it's likely not that simple. See, when I interviewed Dr. Dan Pompa in the podcast episode "The Most Effective Detox You've Never Heard Of (And Exactly How To Do It), he described a serious issue called "cellular toxicity" and explained why it is an underlying cause of numerous health issues, including gut problems, thyroid issues, sluggish metabolism, brain fog and much more. Once again, the cause of this modern phenomenon is not "woo-woo" or non-quantifiable toxins, but rather measurable physical compounds: plastics, phytoestrogens, metals, pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides and all manner of other chemicals that can overwhelm our liver, kidneys and built-in detoxification system. And what's especially unfair is that you and me (even when we're living a clean lifestyle) have to get exposed to these toxins on a constant daily basis, whether from brake dust on car roads, or mercury from electronic equipment, or herbicides on the apples at our friend's house, or estrogens in the shampoo at the hotel, or mold on the carpeting at the gym (don't even get me started on gyms - just read this two part series  on gym issue - Part 1 and Part 2) get the idea. So even if your waistline and fat cell storage survived the holidays, the same might not be said for your brain, your lungs and the rest of your insides. In other words, over the past year, was your body ever exposed to over-processed and refined foods, chemical additives, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, chlorinated water, artificial sweeteners or anything else that might remotely be consider "unnatural"? Did you drink many diet sodas? Eat much non-organic or farm-raised meat? Travel extensively? Chomp on fruits and vegetables without washing them? Get sick and have to get on a drug protocol? Engage in a few excessive nights of drinking? Get exposed to second-hand smoke? Spend much time around cleaning supplies? You get the idea. To make matters even worse, the world's largest study on air pollution, just published October 25 in the European Heart Journal, found that when you breathe the average air in the average city (with all other variables held constant, such as eating healthy and exercising) you develop a huge risk for high blood pressure. How? In the study, the biological mechanisms for the adverse effect of air pollution on the functioning of the heart and blood vessels included: -Local and systemic inflammation... -Oxidative stress (a build-up of damaging molecules in the body)... -An imbalance in correct functioning of the nervous system... This also means that no matter how healthy you eat, how much you workout or how clean your water is, you're still getting blasted with toxins from air pollutant every time you step into a city, or airport, or public gym, or just about anywhere else they aren't using massive HEPA filters. How I'm Going To Detox This Year So why am I telling you all this? Frankly, everything that you've just read about is exactly I'm going to detox my entire body and brain beginning this February of 2018, and I'm asking you to join me. That's right, I'm going to detox my entire body and brain, beginning Monday, February 12, 2018. And I'm not going to do just any ol' detox like putting cayenne pepper into a nasty concoction or pushing giant grocery shopping carts full of random herbs through the supermarket. As you can learn about by clicking here, these popular detoxes can actually release toxins from tissues such as fat cells and shove them into the brain, causing even more damage and serious brain and body repercussions that include permanent brain fog, weight gain, skin breakouts, mood disorders, and much more. Instead, I'm partnering up with one of the most brilliant detox minds on the face of the planet: the guy I mentioned earlier named Dr. Dan Pompa, and Dr. Pompa's is going to walk us through the exact brain and body detox program that he's studied and perfected for years. But I'm not going to stop there. I'm then going to combine Dr. Pompa's proven detox formula with my own exercise and biohacking protocols so that I can completely clean up my body without losing fitness by doing only, say, hot yoga and trampolining for weeks upon weeks. See, I don't want to come out of my detox having lost my muscle or having to huff and puff whenever I climb a flight of stairs, so I'm pulling out all my fitness tricks that allow me to sculpt my body while I detox, without actually causing adrenal fatigue issues or ruining the detox protocol. I going to incorporate many of the similar modifications that I included in my detox last year, which you can listen to in nitty-gritty detail here, where you'll discover: -The 5 strategies I'm personally using to ensure I don't lose fitness or muscle during my detox... -How fringe techniques like dry skin brushing, rebounding and infrared therapy can maximize the effectiveness of a detox... -The exact workouts I'll be performing during my detox... -Whether or not you should use the dietary strategy of ketosis during a detox... -The best fasting strategy to use during a detox... -How meditation can fit perfectly into a detox program... -How oil pulling can assist with detox... -Why fermented foods are crucial during a detox... -The crazy, unique tea blends I'll be using to accelerate my detox and wean myself off coffee... -And much more!  During that episode, you'll learn why I'm going to incorporate strategies such as: -The True To Form book -Infrared sauna -Kundalini breathwork -Body By Science super slow training -Rebounding -WholeTones therapy CD's -Dry skin brushing -Rumble roller deep tissue work -Coffee enemas (yep) -Organic bone broth Now don't worry - if this all sounds crazy complex or if you don't have time to go back and listen to that podcast, then please understand that I've taken all the guesswork out of it for you, and mapped out the entire program out in an easy-to-understand and simple-to-use dashboard, training plan, and downloadable pdf's. You simply wake up each day, and do exactly what the plan says, and you can, of course, look forward at the beginning of each week to preview the entire program. No head scratching or laying awake at night worrying whether or not what you're doing is actually working (your detox even includes simply and easy-to-interpret urine strips to track your detoxification progress) The True Cellular Detox Challenge My "True Cellular Detox" Challenge begins on Monday, February 12, and you can click here to join me. When you join, this means Dr. Pompa and I will walk you through every step of the detox, and you'll get things like: 90-Days of Supplement Information and instructions Free Toxicity Testing To Measure Your Progress 20+ Hours of Detox Training 130+ Cellular Healing Recipes 90 Day Meal Plan with Grocery Lists 30 Delicious Smoothie Recipes Monthly Calls with me & Dr. Pompa Option to Include Advanced Strategies such as Intermittent Fasting, Ketosis, Diet Variation Burst Training Benefits & Explanations De-Bunking Fat Burning Myths Mindset Training Stress/Emotional Detox Strategies FAQ Board and Online Support  And much more! Whether you can't seem to decimate a single fat cell and you're experiencing brain fog, achy joints and serious lulls in energy or you want to blast your brain and body performance through the roof, look good naked, live as long as possible and feel amazing while doing it... ...this challenge is the ticket: it will completely reboot your body. You can click here to read all the nitty-gritty details and to sign up now, but please be sure to get in on this detox soon because it will fill up fast and Dr. Dan and I want to be able to fit everybody in... ...the deadline to signup is by February 8th at 4pm! The same way you need instructions on how to detox the right way without harming your body, I need your help and your accountability to get me through this detox. Goodness knows that even though I'm a pretty healthy guy, I'm going to need a proper detox after both the holidays and an entire year of hard-charging, fast-living, daily post-industrialized world exposure, along with all that guinea-pigging. So let's do this together. Click here to get in on the True Cellular Detox now, which begins February 12, and I'll see you on the inside. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me about the 2018 True Cellular Detox challenge? Leave your comments at and I will reply! (and remember, you must sign up no later than February 8th at 4pm).
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