April 13, 2016 Podcast: 350: Why You Should "Cheat" On Meals, When You Shouldn't Get A Blood Test, Which Massage Oil Is Healthiest & More! 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.
The amazing physiology of freedivers...VERY cool.
And sometimes it's OK to "cheat" on a meal.
So...perhaps this means it's a good thing that I start off each day with a spoonful of baking soda and water, followed by a cup of coffee.
Bright light at night does LESS damage to you if you got good natural light during the day.
This is probably one of the reasons I stay effortlessly lean every winter.
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When You Shouldn't Get A Blood Test
Phil says: His wife is 54 and has a long list of health issues, many of which developed later in life. From food allergies and asthma to aching knees to swollen fingers in the morning, which she describes as Mickey Mouse hands. All of her doctors just want to treat her symptoms but he wants to treat the causes. Would you recommend a functional wellness test like WellnessFX and if so, which one would you choose? Or would you recommend something else?
In my response, I recommend: -Cyrex Lab Testing -Gut Testing -Heavy Metal Testing -Autoimmune Paleo Diet -Functional Medicine Practitioner
Which Massage Oil Is Healthiest?
Sherry says: She loves the show, she's been listening for the past 6 months and she hooked. She's going to a bunch of the conferences you're speaking at. She's a personal trainer, group instructor and massage therapist. She's wondering what the absorption level is of massage oil into your body. What are the pros and cons of of absorbing all that oil into the skin if she's massaging 6 hours per day?
In my response, I recommend: -New Greenfield Anti-Aging Skin Serum
Ben's Bug Out Bag
Ryan says: He's from Mobile, Alabama, and he's got a fun question. He's one of those Waco conspiracy theorist type - people who believes the sustainability of our financial system won't remain much longer. He was hoping you could put together a list of top 10 items, foods, remedies that he can keep and start storming that will help them optimize or maintain health during times of hardship.
In my response, I recommend: -Survival Magazine -Survival bracelet -Thieves essential oil -Cinnamon essential oil -Sprouting Seeds -Actionwipes -Ambronite -Chlorella -Curcumin -Portable Structured Water Filter -Healthy Chocolate (e.g. Bulletproof)
How Women Can Fix Metabolic Damage From Overtraining
Jennifer says: She's from Oceanside, California. She has a question about increasing thyroid function once damage had been done from a low carb diet. She's was playing around with nutrition and trying to get leaner and depleted her thyroid function fairly significantly. She has a doctor of nutrition and nutrition coach helping her but in the interim, if you have any advice on how to use carbs to help reset her metabolism and get her back on track and what types of carbs to use, she'd appreciate it. She's feeling really slow and not so good...it's not a fun feeling. She knows she can fix it in a month of two with help but if there's anything we can provide in the interim she'd appreciate it. She thanks you for your excellent advice, and products and other things, she benefits so much from it. She's a physician herself and she often passes along information to her patients, other physicians and friends.
In my response, I recommend: -Suppversity article