Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance

As one of the fastest growing areas within medicine, the anti-aging business is now a $122 billion dollar industry with researchers dedicating their careers to finding the fountain of youth. Whether it be copper peptides or acai supplements, most of the anti-aging industry focuses on limited aspects of eternal youth and vitality. But my guest on today's podcast believes it is time to apply the latest research into a new area of anti-aging medicine she calls "movement longevity". In her new book Barefoot Strong: Unlock the Secrets to Movement Longevity, Podiatrist & Human Movement Specialist Dr. Emily Splichal explores the science behind barefoot training and how this often overlooked area of health and fitness is actually the secret to youthful movement. As an internationally-renown educator on barefoot training, Dr. Emily has traveled the world exploring the concept of movement efficiency from the ground up. Through barefoot science, fascial fitness and neuromuscular conditioning, she will show you how to survive the unnatural conditions of today's shod society and optimize your movement patterns. From barefoot activation exercises, to vitamin supplements to protect your peripheral nerves, Barefoot Strong is a go-to guide to ensure years of efficient movement - one step at a time. As a Podiatrist, Human Movement Specialist and Global Leader in Barefoot Science and Rehabilitation, Dr. Splichal has developed a keen eye for movement dysfunction and neuromuscular control during gait. Functional and Regenerative Medicine and the role of anti-aging science as it relates to movement longevity is where Dr Splichal's passion is focused and has led to her notoriety within Podiatry. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What Emily means by the term "movement longevity"...10:15 -How do you determine your foot type and why is that important...13:00 -What a plantar receptor is and why you should care about it...21:30 -What a pre-activation response, and it's fascinating relationship to injures in Cirque de Soleil dancers...30:30 -How to setup your own foot core activation cascade...38:00 -The dangers of modanifinil (Provigil), Adderal and microdosing...49:00 -Why Emily is not a fan of Kegel exercises...53:15 -How you can release the hips and why that is important for your feet...59:30 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -The Alchemist's Kitchen in New York City -Book: Barefoot Strong: Unlock the Secrets to Movement Longevity -The Naboso Mat -The Naboso insoles -Book: Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers -The Qualia nootropic Ben takes -Four Sigmatic Lion's Mane -Powerplate -Jumpsport mini trampoline -Video: Short Foot Activation -Video: Pelvic Floor / Core Activation -Training Transversus Abdominis by Diane Lee Episode Sponsors -Movement Watches"Minimalist Look, Revolutionary Price" -Four Sigmatic -Kion Lean -Ben's Christian Gratitude Journal   Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Emily or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!

Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance
01:06:34 6/6/2018

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Niraj Naik, my guest on today's show (and the same guy who invented the crazy holotropic-style breathwork protocol I do in my sauna) is a qualified pharmacist who comes from a background of working long hours for several years as a community pharmacist.   Becoming a certified "legal drug dealer" at the ripe age of 24, he got to witness first-hand, many clients going home with shopping bags full of drugs each month, rarely getting better and usually going on to suffer from other diseases. He also learnt of the debilitating side effects of the prescription medication which drove many of the patients to have to take more and more drugs to ease the side effects. Curious to find ways to improve his own health he attended several health seminars and discovered an in-depth approach on how to reach optimum health and vitality by understanding the true origin of disease and how to prevent it. After experiencing great benefits with his own health, Niraj was motivated to devise a scheme to see if he could also help his suffering patients. He incorporate a lifestyle plan called his "healthy shopping lists' that includes simple food swaps, tools and websites to support their specific condition. Within two weeks he received testimonials from patients who were starting to get better and within a few months some being able to lower the dose or complete come off their medication. After an arduous battle trying to get his novel approach accepted into the mainstream that resulted in a lot of stress and disillusionment, in 2010 he was diagnosed with a stress related illness, ulcerative colitis, that left him housebound for over 10 months. He was told by doctors and nurses there existed no cure and he would need to be on medication for the rest of his life. Like his patients, Niraj suffered from side effects of his medication to the point he felt completely hopeless and even suicidal. He was then left with a choice that would be a major turning point in his life. Test out a new drug or have his colon removed. He decided to choose option 3, a path not yet known by conventional medicine. So began his search to learn from people who had great success with either curing themselves or others from chronic illness. He learned a combination of natural treatments including Ayurvedic practices, and dietary recommendations from Paleo and SCD. He studied healing methods through meditation, yoga and mind power techniques like self hypnosis and NLP. He even discovered the powerful techniques of sound and music therapy as tools for reducing stress and promoting self healing. Niraj finally broke free from the burdens of his illness, without medication. The experience of illness has allowed him to completely reinvent his life and discover a new passion for helping others to do the same. His speciality is helping people recover, prevent or reduce the dependency for longterm medication for the metabolic diseases of diabetes, heart disease and obesity and auto-immune disease where stress is an underlining factor in the cause. Niraj is now a professional musician, holistic health expert and entrepreneur. He runs several successful websites that help others who suffer from stress-related, chronic diseases through his self-composed, captivating meditation music and online courses. Niraj has composed music for healing centres, spas and therapists worldwide. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The story behind Niraj's famous infographic on how a can of Coke affects the human body...7:10 Was friends with a world-famous psychic "Only one thing worse than bad publicity, and that's no publicity." Saw a conspicuous link between sugary drinks and metabolic diseases; doctors weren't aware of it (in 2005 timeframe) Frustrated with the "dumbed-down" state of the healthcare industry First published by; Became #1 trending article on Facebook within a few weeks Firms literally pay millions of dollars for the type of authority the infographic gave Niraj Follow up infographic on Diet Coke was equally successful -How Niraj used alternative medicine to heal himself of some serious health issues...16:45 Very little awareness of the effects of diet to overall health (2009 timeframe) Created "Healthy shopping lists" as a pharmacist in the U.K. (employed by a major pharmacy chain) Niraj's boss and biggest supporter left for another job, was left to fend for himself; his practices were deemed by corporate as "too controversial" - they watered down everything he said Negative emotions/thoughts manifested as physical symptoms; became very ill (ulcerative colitis) Severely depressed; considered suicide (31 years old) G.O.D. "Gift of Desperation" Met a mentor who encouraged him "You'll get over this and change the lives of many people" Combination of colostrum, breath work, and a change in perception -Examples of ayurvedic principles used to heal the gut...25:22 Colostrum Efficacious for improving digestive health Health of the mother (including mental health) affects the quality of the colostrum Cow colostrum translates perfectly to humans (produces 4x the amount a calf needs) Proper dosages: You need whole fat colostrum Big doses in the beginning (2-3 heaping tablespoons) Take it raw Use powder (a lot of it is absorbed by the gums) Suck it for 5-10 minutes and then swallow it Regain emotional balance Yoga Diet protocols Ayurvedic means "balanced" Modern medicine not aligned with human nature (scientific approach, averages) Ask Lots of questions, "Know thyself..." There is no pill for every ill; but there is an ill that follows every pill Most important question: "Do I wake up every day enthusiastic about a hard day's work?" Prof. B. M. Hegde -A unique breath protocol Naij specializes in called SOMA...51:00 SOMA is referenced over 50,000 times in the Rig Veda, the oldest known religious manuscript Physical elements: amanita muscaria mushrooms kush cannabis blue lotus (full of DNT) Tantra has its roots in SOMA Use it purposefully, for therapeutic purposes; don't use it recreationally or habitually Hatha yoga incorporates breath work We can "wake up" the internal pharmacy. We have everything that might be prescribed to us with in us; breath work releases it -Why the medical industry doesn't advocate for SOMA therapy...1:02:34 "Unconscious capitalism" "Cholesterol myth" is good for big business -A practical example of using breathing to chance one's physiology...1:04:30 -The true intent of yoga and how the "yoga industrial complex" has twisted it out of context...1:10:40 Turned it into a fitness or aerobic routine Meant as a "route to the divine" SOMA Awakening: Rhythmic breathing kumbhaka breathing (breath retention) -What it's like to go through Niraj's SOMA protocol...1:13:30 Bhastrik?, followed by kumbhaka rechaka Rhythmic breathing Fallacy of a scarcity of oxygen; the opposite is true Pranayama means "energy control" Body adapts to having less than normal oxygen Stimulates production of red blood cells Better blood flow to the heart -The 21 day protocol and webinar Niraj has developed...1:25:26 Click here for more info. -And MUCH more... Resources from this episode: -What Happens After Drinking One Can Of Coke (and here's the one for Diet Coke) -Feeding You Lies: How to Unravel the Food Industry's Playbook and Reclaim Your Health -The Renegade Colostrum that Niraj uses and discusses in podcast -The Age Of Aging Documentary Ben mentions -Ayurveda Over Western Medicines | Dr. B.M HEGDE | TEDxMITE -Essential Oil Wizardy for Blue Lotus -Study: Effects of Cold Exposure and Breathing Techniques on Immune Response -My interview with Patrick McKeown on breathwork -Soma Breathwork 21 Day Protocol - use code BEN for 20% off -SOMA Awakening Breathwork Meditation Webinar - this is completely free -SOMA Breathwork Instructor Training - use code BEN for 20% off -Prof. B. M. Hegde Episode Sponsors: -Kion Tian Chi Extra nourishment to help you navigate the storm of stress, work, and life. Mix it with Kion Aminos, and you're literally in heaven. Well, not literally, but it's a good combo ;) -Trusii  Groundbreaking. Potent. Comprehensive. The next revolution in health is here. Use my link and get 30% off your order . Get an additional 10% off a subscription when you use discount code "ben" at checkout. -Organifi delivers quality nutrition to the world with delicious, easy-to-mix superfood drinks. Use discount code "greenfield" at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase! -Clearlight Saunas Advanced technology. For your good health. See why Clearlight jacuzzi saunas are unsurpassed. Use discount code "bengreenfield" to save $500 off your order AND get free shipping! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Niraj or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
01:33:40 1/18/2019
My life is a little bit...strange. As an immersive journalist, self-experimenter and self-professed "biohacker", I do relatively unconventional things to upgrade my body and brain. For example, I have this blood glucose monitor installed in my arm. It monitors my blood sugar 24-7. I wear a cognition-enhancing laser light helmet at work during the day, and stand naked in front of a giant red light panel while I'm replying to emails. I give myself weekly IV's full of a cocktail of special vitamins. I've also had the fat sucked from my back and the marrow from my bones to concentrate my own stem cells, and had surgery to have these cells placed into every joint of my body and mainlined into my bloodstream. I have tens of thousands of dollars of advanced medical technologies housed in my basement. You get the idea. I'm not normal. But as a man who spends much of my life immersed in the modern health and longevity movement, attending anti-aging conferences and researching all the newfangled things people are doing these days to upgrade their bodies, I often survey the landscape of fringe supplements, biohacks, and anti-aging technologies and wonder... ...would our ancestors laugh at us? When it comes to living a long and healthy life, would their ancestral wisdom beat our modern science, hands down? After all, despite our modern infatuation with longevity and optimized bodies and brains, we are not strikingly healthier or longer-living than previous generations. In today's podcast, adapted from my recent TedX Coeur D' Alene Talk, I'll tackle this topic in detail. You'll discover: -Why modern medicine, for all its marvels, may not be all it's cracked up to be...4:10 CDC reports life expectancy has dropped 3 consecutive years. It's a false assertion to assume we'll live significantly longer than previous generations "Life expectancy" is calculated by insurance, mutual fund companies as number of years after retirement, not after birth. We would be seeing many more 100+ year olds; not the case We have a better chance of surviving childhood (disease, etc.) but not necessarily living longer. Our ancestors didn't always live nasty, brutish, short lives -Popular current fads to extend human lifespan...7:43  Vampire therapy, parabiosis (young blood) Ancient Greeks considered to blood a magic elixir Pliny the Elder, Homer, wrote about the healing efficacy of others' blood GDF11, a primary anti-aging proteins activated by young blood transfusion, is increased by oxytocin Stem cells More accessible than in years past My "biological age" dropped from 37 to 20 after my first stem cell transfusion Men's Health article on stem cells featuring Ben Outside Magazine article featuring Ben Dietary adjustments to increase/enhance stem cells Food compounds, superfoods: colostrum, aloe vera, etc. Cryopreservation Modern day mummification  Metformin slightly modified version of a compound that was discovered in the French lilac plant (goat's rue) Wired Magazine: Forget the Blood of Teens Adverse side effects: Lactic acidosis Mitochondrial disruption Vitamin B12 deficiency Increase risk for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Natural alternatives: Bitters, herbs, wild plants, bitter melon Rapamycin Inhibits excessive activation of immune cells via MTOR Upregulation of cellular cleanup mechanisms called autophagy Increases risk of infectious diseases and diabetes Natural alternatives: spermidine Intermittent fasting Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) Levels markedly decrease with age Natural alternatives: Raw honey Fermented foods Sauna sessions Pau d Arco tea  -Supplements and medicines used by our ancestors...19:25 -Natural ways to enhance our vision...22:45 Ancestors trained their vision; they didn't look at screens all day Plant compounds known to enhance vision: Zeaxanthin Carotenoids (kale, spinach, bell peppers) Innate ability to "see" in the absence of light or even sight -Natural hearing enhancement...24:45 Hunter gatherers were better equipped, physically, with their ears; perhaps because of time spent outdoors attuned to the frequencies of nature Turnip greens, collard greens, parsley, mustard greens, broccoli, etc. shown to decrease risk of hearing loss Adjusting your diet would be far cheaper and less convenient than what some self-experimenting types are doing (ear implants) -The natural "sixth sense" within us to navigate to True North...26:42 We possess a tiny amount of magnetite in our ethmoid bone (located between the eyes in the nasal cavity) Researchers suggest this built-in compass made hunting, migration, etc. possible We have perhaps lost this ancestral skill with the advent of road maps, GPS navigation -Natural ways to enhance our brains...27:30 Walnuts are rich in omega fatty acids, melatonin Lion's mane mushroom Bacopa flower (memory) Green tea (cognition) Psilocybin All of the above have been used for centuries, if not millennia -Natural alternatives to things like photobiomodulation, light therapy, PEMF, etc...29:15 Greeks engaged in "heliotherapy"; sunbathing akin to what we know as photobiomodulation St. John's Wort, chamomile, etc. can be used to ward off seasonal affective disorder -And Much More! 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00:36:34 1/16/2019
When it comes to living a long life, demographers, epidemiologists, gerontologists and other researchers on aging have long puzzled over the theoretical question of the maximum potential for human lifespan, along with the host of proposed practices we can implement that help us achieve that potential. There is, after all, in the past decade alone a veritable laundry list of tactics we can use to make ourselves more age resistant, from nutrients, vitamins and pills such as Vitamin D, aspirin, metformin, magnesium, pterostilbene, resveratrol, blueberry extract, nicotinamide ribosideand rhodiola to lifestyle practices such as shivering our asses off, self-imposed starvation, fecal transplants, strict veganism, injecting into ourselves growth hormone, testosterone, stem cells, exosomes, the blood of younger healthy humans and speaking of younger humans, simply "having more children". Fact is, compared to the Biblical Methuselah, who purportedly lived to the ripe old age of 969, we don't seem to be moving the anti-aging dial much. In fact, researchers estimate that in the U.S. today, the average adult life expectancy is still only about 77 years and, disturbingly, now plummeting due to high rates of chronic diseases (many of which are preventable with simple lifestyle changes you'll learn about in this podcast). Currently - despite the Chinese lore of the recently perished "256-year-old" Li Ching Yuen, the longest-lived modern person in the world on actual record is Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997 at the exact age of 122 years and 164 days. Yet, when we observe nature, some amount of immortality, or at least a significant amount of enhanced life extension, appears to be achievable. Take the naked mole rate, for example. The naked mole rat's cells themselves seem to make proteins - the molecular machines that make bodies work - more accurately than us humans, preventing it from developing age-related illnesses like Alzheimer's. Unlike humans, the way these ugly little creatures handle glucose doesn't seem to change with age either, reducing their susceptibility to diseases like diabetes. The naked mole rat isn't the only animal scientists are now probing to pick the lock of long life. With a rampant metabolism and a heart rate of 1,000 beats a minute, the common hummingbird should, on paper, be riddled with rogue free radicals (the oxygen-based chemicals that make mammals old by gradually destroying DNA, proteins and fat molecules), but the tiny birds seem relatively bulletproofed against heart disease. Then there are lobsters, which seem to have evolved a protein which repairs the telomere tips of their DNA, allowing for a decreased rate of telomere shortening that most animals are incapable of. Finally, as if rats, hummingbirds and lobsters weren't enough to make us longevity seeking humans a bit jealous, we mustn't forget one animal on Earth that may hold the master key to immortality: the Turritopsis dohrnii, also known as the "Immortal Jellyfish". Most jellyfish, when they reach the end of life, die and melt into the sea, but not the Turritopsis dohrnii. Instead, it sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor, where its body folds in on itself - assuming the jellyfish equivalent of the fetal position - and regenerates back into a baby jellyfish in a rare biological process called transdifferentiation, in which its old cells somehow transform into young cells. So is there a human equivalent of the type of immortality "powers" these animals seem to have tapped into? Many in popular anti-aging and longevity circles have suggested that - in the next several decades - we could indeed unlock the secrets to living to approximately 120 to 140 years old, and many biohackers and anti-aging enthusiasts such as Peter Diamandis, Peter Thiel, Larry Page, Elon Musk and Tony Robbins and even lil ol' me are striving to live greater than 160 years old. The purpose of this podcast is not to delve into the relatively advanced longevity secrets of these fringe biohackers, but instead to reveal everything you need to know about why the world's more traditionally living longevity all-stars not only live longer but also tend to live better. They have strong connections with their family and friends. They're active. They wake up in the morning knowing that they have a purpose, and the world, in turn, reacts to them in a way that propels them along. An overwhelming majority of them still enjoy life. They share these common behavioral and lifestyle characteristics, such as family coherence, avoidance of smoking, plant-based diet, moderate and daily physical activity, social engagement, and situations where people of all ages are socially active and integrated into the community, despite all of them being from different areas of the world and of different races, nationalities and religions. That's not to say that biohacking for longevity and better living through science isn't beneficial. After spending nearly two decades deeply immersed in the health, fitness, nutrition and longevity industry, I've come to a growing realization that an open embrace of both the modern science and the ancestral wisdom could indeed allow one to live a long and healthy lifespan that rivals and even exceeds that of our ancestors.   Perhaps that's why my children and I engage in wild plant foraging (a longevity tactic you'll learn more about in this podcast), but do so using a plant identification smartphone app that allows us to identify everything from mushrooms to plants with incredible accuracy, allowing us to tap into a bit of better living through science to not get poisoned or make fatal mistakes our ancestors might have while foraging; why I own a quaint and simple, off-grid, barn-style home in the forest where we grow most of our own food, yet fill that barn with tens of thousands of dollars of modern anti-aging biohacking equipment; and why the last time I disappeared into a seven day high-country elk bowhunt in the mountains of Colorado, I had a neurofeedback brain training device neatly tucked away into my camouflage backpack. But in this podcast, rather than learning about fancy devices you can spend tens of thousands of dollars or fringe biohacks that will get you plenty of weird looks from your neighbor, you will discover exactly how to use proven ancestral tactics to live a happy, long and fulfilled life. So you can think of today's podcast as a cookbook for longevity that gives you all the low-hanging fruit and teaches you all the basics of living a long and happy life. During this two-part episode, in part one you'll discover... The 12 Ways to Enhance Your Longevity -Don't smoke...10:19 When you stop smoking, your body responds immediately Noticeable improvements within 90 days Sexual performance Cardio vascular After 1 year, like nothing ever happened Adrenal glands need to adapt to the lack of nicotine Use an adaptogenic herb complex Take a taurine supplement once per day for two months Diet rich in pro proanthocyanidine Use a good air filter Don't just stop; implement a strategy to aid your repair and recovery FUM essential oil vaping pen (LINK NEEDED) -Eat wild plants...14:20 Xeno-hormetic effect Not a fan of "plant paradox" diets Book: Eating On the Wild Side (LINK) Higher vegetable, lower meat intake -Avoid processed and packaged foods...18:10 First two ingredients often found in processed "health foods" Artificial sweetener Vegetable oil Difficult to eat processed/packaged foods when you're eating right Aim for 80% real food, 20% p/p foods -Eat legumes...22:37 High in non-meat protein, amino acids, slow burning carbs Eat other carbs (sweet potatoes, carrots, quinoa etc.) alongside the legumes Article: Soaking, sprouting legumes -Low-level physical activity...25:56 Enjoyable exercise; rarely engage in high-intensity training Hack your environment Standing desk Kettle bells in the cubicle Pomodoro breaks Take the stairs! Walking treadmill while blogging, podcasting, etc. Visiting the gym should be optional, unless you're training for an event, pro athlete, etc. Sitting for 8 straight hours negates any efficacy from a gym session -Prioritize social engagement...29:00 Podcast: Growing Epidemic of Loneliness -Drink alcohol (in moderation)...32:15 Podcast: Todd White of Dry Farm Wines Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers Mediterranean diet Boosts benefits of low-level activity even more (these habits build off one another) I haven't been drunk in 6 years, but I have a drink every day (red wine, moscow mule, "Ben and Jitters") -Calorie restriction and fasting...37:38 Intermittent fasting (12-16 hours) Fasting mimicking diet (40% of normal calorie intake) My own practice: Intermittent fast 1-2x per month, 24 hour fast (dinner to dinner) 4x per year, fasting mimicking diet Podcast: The Complete Guide to Fasting w/ Jason Fung Book by the same name (LINK) -Possess a strong life purpose...42:08 NIH funded study correlating purpose and longevity Be able to say your purpose in life in one succinct sentence Quick tips: What did you like to do when you were a kid? What puts you in the flow, or the zone? Podcast with Mastin Kipp Book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK (LINK) "Think about the things that make you forget to eat and poop." -Lower your stress levels...45:00 Chronic stress at the root of inflammation, age-related diseases Don't avoid stress; learn to manage it Ruthlessly eliminate haste and hurry from your life -Engage in a belief in a higher power...47:20 Believe there's a story for your life, that you fit into a bigger picture Study: Church attendance, allostatic load and mortality in middle aged adults -Remain reproductively useful...50:17 If you want to replenish the earth, nature will want to keep you around Article: Old, horny Italians (LINK) In part 2, recorded from Runga in the Dominican Republic, I respond to questions from the audience, including: -What are the 2019 health trends...56:00 CBD Keto Stem cell booths Fasting -What is your view about high animal protein and how IGF-1 impacts longevity...58:53 -What's the best way to handle crinkle/crunch when bending at the knees...1:01:50 -What are the top 3 bio hacks for human optimization?...1:03:24 All comes down to the mitochondria Mineral-infused water Sunlight (photobiomodulation) Grounding with the earth (PEMF) -Does high-fat coffee break your fast?...1:05:53 Anything with calories breaks your fast -Top 5 quick tips for raising kids...1:07:11 Don't say "no" unless their life is in danger. Educate, let them learn to make decisions for themselves Adequate Vitamin D and K Genetically test your kids Teach how to deal with the cold Footwear (lots of bare feet) -Top 3 tips for increasing longevity...1:12:52 -What are your thoughts on sunblock and sunglasses?...1:14:50 -The thought of eating a diet only of foods in season and allowing a break from naturally occurring plant toxins for longevity...1:17:38 -What are your top 3 tests in correlating lab/company frequency to monitor your health?... DNA (once in your life) Comprehensive blood panel once a year Dutch test -What type of diet would you recommend for a family of four with a budget of $100/week?...1:23:18 Calorie and nutrient dense foods Invest in half a cow, vertical gardening setup -How do you find the right balance between the physical/tangible elements of what you teach and the spiritual/intangibles?...1:25:44 Episode Sponsors: -Kion's Fasting Bundle. Contains 2 Bags Kion Coffee and 1 Bottle Kion Aminos Tablets. This is Kion's Favorite Combo to Support Fasting! -JOOVV Medical-Grade, Full-Body Light Therapy. "It's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed." Use code "ben" at checkout and receive a nice bonus gift with your order. -Organifi Gold combines turmeric with smooth coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger, lemon balm and two super mushrooms to create a warm relaxation beverage. Use discount code "greenfield" at checkout and receive 20% off your entire purchase! Got a question for me about the 12 ways you can increase your longevity? Just leave a comment below and I'll reply!  
01:32:28 1/11/2019
Jan 10 2019, Q&A Episode 393: How To Increase Testosterone After Exercise, Keto For Athletes, Keto Pancakes, Cream Cheese, CBD Gummies & More! During this podcast intro, Ben mentions Thorne Mediclear, The Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club, Elemental Health CBD, BioCBD, Thorne Hemp and his new book releasing at Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the button at the bottom of the page (or go to SpeakPipe), or use the Contact button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. News Flashes [6:50] CBD, Keto and Romaine Lettuce? The 5 foods the internet was most obsessed with in 2018: Here's why the carnivore diet probably works well for may folks: Is a ketogenic diet good for athletes or bodybuilders? (Long article, but scroll to end for good summary): This 70 year old track star is very inspiring, and an interesting diet too - 18 hour fasts.... You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on,,,, and Google+. 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Use discount code "Greenfield" at checkout and get 20% off your entire 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: [43:40] - January 12, 2019: TEDxCoeurdalene, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. I am thrilled to present topics in longevity and biohacking to in an intimate setting to an inspired audience. Join me! -January 30, 2019: NextHealth FOREFRONT Talk with Ben Greenfield: NextHealth, Century City, CA Westfield Mall 10250 Santa Monica Blvd LA CA 90067 to RSVP and for more information, send an email to - Jan 20 - 21, 2019: Serious Business Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. This conference is going invoke thought and insight and expose you to new ideas and thinking on self-development and business in the beauty industry. Register here. - February 22- 24, 2019: CalJam: The Rebel Yell Tour. California Jam combines a TED talk format with a rock n' roll show 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 tickets here before the prices go up! - April 6 - 7, 2019: FitCon Summit, Salt Lake City, Utah. FitCon® encourages everyone to Find Their Fit. It does not matter whether it is powerlifting, Crossfit, bodybuilding, roller derby, or even axe throwing. Be sure to visit the Kion booth in the expo! - April 26 - 28, 2019: Paleo f(x) Conference, Austin, Texas. Join me, staff from my company, Kion, and the rest of your tribe at Paleo f(x)? 2019, the largest gathering of Paleo / ancestral health / keto / functional medicine / strength & conditioning experts in the world... see everything you'll get out of this enriching, enlightening event. Besides, April is a wonderful time of year to visit Austin, TX....Get your tickets here. - June 23 - July 7, 2019: European Detox Retreat, Paracelsus al Ronc, Switzerland. At this 2019 liver detox and R&R at the beautiful Swiss Mountain Clinic (formerly Paracelsus al Ronc) in the Italian quarter of Switzerland, you will stay on-site and receive diagnostics and treatments from the best doctors of biological medicine to detox your liver and your soul. Plus you're going to have a wonderful time hiking, sightseeing and enjoying one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here's the link to more info. *this event is sold out, waitlist is available -View the Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Calendar Here Giveaways & Goodies -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 Increase Testosterone After Exercise [47:08] Jim says: You have talked about how testosterone levels can be prolonged if you simply fast after a workout and that they dip if you eat post-workout. I am wondering if eating post-workout just causes a drop in blood testosterone because your insulin takes the testosterone out of the blood and shovels it into the muscle to begin recovery. So I am wondering if eating post workout is actually something we could do to enhance recovery and that blood levels of testosterone are not, in fact, the real desired effect. In my response, I recommend: -My podcast on the benefits of fasted exercise -My podcast with Mark Sisson -Kion essential amino acids -Essential amino acids and muscle protein recovery from resistance exercise How To Fix The School Lunch Program [59:53] Ben says: I would love to hear your ideas for avoiding the epidemic of poor quality food in our public school system. And also if you have any ideas of how we can affect a change in the system so future children don't have to suffer. My daughter's kindergarten offers hot dogs, nachos, corn dogs and an ice cream truck from Hershey's. I would love you hear your thoughts on combating this issue and getting better vendors into the system. In my response, I recommend: -The book "Feeding You Lies" -What Kids Around The World Eat For School Lunch -Healthy School Lunch Campaign -Packing The Perfect Lunchbox by Weston. A Price Prior to asking your question, do a search in the 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! -----------------------------------------------------
01:18:04 1/9/2019
NextHealth is a brand new, cutting-edge, biohacking facility that is taking California by storm. In this conversation between Ben Greenfield and Dr. Shah of NextHealth Clinic in LA, you'll hear... ...a magnitude of information related to health and wellness, including: diets, exercise regimens, herbs, music, CBD, lab tests and much more, recorded straight from the NextHealth Clinic in LA, which is like the deck of a Star Trek spaceship and a complete playground for biohackers and health or longevity enthusiasts! This particular episode will teach you how to become the best version of yourself by taking advantage of the information that's out there in the health, science, wellness and fitness sectors. The barrier to entry to biohacking and self-optimization is becoming far more cost effective and there's a plethora of information, supplements, tests and programs out there that are becoming more mainstream. Finally, if you like what you hear, you can click here for $500 savings on any of the services from NextHealth.  Please also note that I will be speaking at NextHealth in Culver City on January 30 at 7pm, and the event is completely free to the public to attend! More details below. In this conversation, you'll discover: -How to increase longevity using ancestral wisdom and biohacking through telomere analysis...8:05 Telomere analysis is not an ironclad measurement but is efficacious in conjunction with other analyses. Longevity markers: Grip strength Walking speed Ability to sit and stand Face Inflammatory markers Track your chronological age, and your health while you're on this earth Humans crave variety, improvement We've been led to believe the top of the totem pole is our workouts, strength, etc. Look for ways to "scratch the itch" for self-improvement other than your workout Find the "minimum effective dose" vs. an all or nothing approach Sitting around waiting to see the chiropractor; at airports Find ways to be active throughout your day to day activities; get creative! Walking Deskchanged Dr. Shah's life Also check out the Hex Bar Lift occasionally, sprint occasionally, move all day long. -My thoughts on High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)...19:35 Two ways to increase your mitochondrial density. Both are effective Long, slow aerobic training Higher intensity, brief spurts of exercise 1-2x/week, do 4 extremely hard efforts for 30 seconds; rest (or low-intensity exercise) 4 minutes between. Tabata set: 4 Minutes; 20 seconds hard, 10 seconds easy. VO2 max -What my diet looks like...26:25 Varies widely due to extensive international travel schedule I love to eat whatever local food is available While at home, my diet most resembles the Weston A. Price diet There's not a single "perfect" human diet Eating healthy goes in phases; maybe depending on a certain condition they have at a given time You can try more variety once you've been on a restrictive diet for a period of time (2-6 months) I eat a whole foods diet; seasonal Eat a whole foods diet as much as possible; use all self-quantification data available to you (ancestral, blood, etc.) Epigenetics: eating according to your ancestry -My thoughts on testing the microbiome...37:50 The biome of the large intestine isn't necessarily reflective of the small intestine. As testing becomes more popular, data is collected; solutions to particular problems are possible. AI can be used to sort through the vast amount of data Probiotics not effective in populating the gut. People with bacteria deficiencies have GI, digestive issues; not enough fiber and fermented foods -My sleep habits, and how I track my sleep...43:20 Tracking can be a distraction at first as you're so focused on the data Eventually, you just get used to it I use the Oura Ringto track my sleep (use code: GREENFIELDOURA to save $$$) What I track in my sleep sleep latency deep sleep percentages REM and light sleep percentages Number of times I woke Body temp Heart rate variability Low hanging fruits when it comes to tracking sleep: My quality of sleep is correlated to the amount of bright sunshine I get before noon Anything that targets the endocannabinoid system is helpful for deep sleep Breathwork helps with sleep latency Box breathing 4-7-8 breathing Melatonin is effective when traveling west to east -Why I travel so extensively when I don't really need to...57:05 -The relationship between fasting and circadian rhythm, overall health and longevity...59:18 It's difficult to see the benefits; stoic approach Daily 12-16 hour intermittent fast 3-4 times a year, do a 5-day fasting-mimicking diet Fast Saturday dinner to Sunday dinner, twice a month -The pros and cons of drugs such as rapamycin and metformin...1:08:00 I don't use rapamycin; I get sufficient autophagy and mTOR through fasting I don't take metformin either Good for longevity, not so much for athletes Increased risk for diabetes, Alzheimer's, etc. after prolonged use Other studies have shown the opposite... -Some of my strategies to optimize my brain (outside of nootropics)...1:11:30 The power of music to enhance neurogenesis; the joy it brings emotionally Not a fan of device-based entertainment Reading, especially fiction (reading and writing) Psilocybin Halo TDCS device Vielight (use code: GREENFIELD) How I test my cognitive ability General rule: If I'm doing something outside my comfort zone, leaving me a bit irritated, I know I'm triggering neurogenesis. Focus on things like gratitude, socialization, meditation, etc. then complement it with nootropics. -My strategies for optimizing my cardiovascular performance...1:20:05 3 areas to track: Nervous system Exercise Diet Never done a calcium scan score (although I want to) More is not better (exercise, Vitamin D, etc.) -An overview of the services provided at NextHealth...1:29:00 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Click here to get info on Ben Greenfield's new book (set to release in summer of 2019)! -You can click here for $500 savings on any of the services from NextHealth -NextHealthFOREFRONT Talk with Ben Greenfield: Wednesday 1/30/19 at 7pm at NextHealth, Century City, CA Westfield Mall 10250 Santa Monica Blvd LA CA 90067 To RSVP and for more information, send an email to -Dr. Darshan Shah -The Weston A. Price diet Episode Sponsors: -The Kion Fasting Challenge Learn the most popular fasts, how to do them and how they can boost your health. Get the free guide, Fasting Decoded and get in on all the goodness at -Trusii The Most Powerful H2 Tablets, Period. H2Now delivers over 15ppm H2-infused water in seconds to Neutralize Inflammation, Heal Your Cells, Boost Your Performance and Recovery, and Restore Optimal Health. Use code: BEN (15% + Free Shipping) -Organifi delivers quality nutrition to the world with delicious, easy-to-mix superfood drinks. Hundreds of thousands of women and men use Organifi products to sleep better, get their energy back and achieve their weight loss goals. Use code: GREENFIELD at checkout, and receive 20% off your entire purchase! Got a question for Dr. Shah or myself? Just leave a comment at and one of us will reply ASAP!
01:38:36 1/4/2019
Dr. Matthew Cook of Bioreset Medical. is one of the smartest, most cutting-edge physicians I've ever met, and this is part 2 of my amazing two-part interview with him, recorded from my home in Spokane, WA. You can listen to part 1 at "Immortal Cells, Biohacking Pain, Killing Lyme, Stem Cell Confusion, How Ketamine Works & Much More With Dr. Matt Cook."  During that first episode we discussed: he's used the nootropic methylene blue to solve a difficult medical case... he's upgrading stem cells to make them far more potent... he's treating depression effectively in as little as 20 minutes with a special brew that includes ketamine, NAD and vitamin IVs... he's reversing musculoskeletal disorders using something called "hydrodissection"... Dr. Cook founded BioReset Medical Corporation and as acting President, operates a Regenerative Medicine and Pain Medicine practice that offers leading-edge non-surgical solutions in orthopedic medicine, sports medicine, regenerative pain medicine, and stem cell medicine. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in medical practice. Currently, Dr. Cook is President of California Anesthesia and Medical Director of the National Surgery Center, Los Gatos, CA. In addition, he sits on the scientific advisory board of several high profile medical companies including BM DOC, FREMEDICA & VASPER SYSTEMS. Dr. Cook's early career as an anesthesiologist and medical director of an outpatient surgery center that specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic procedures provided invaluable training in the skills that are needed to become a leader in the emerging fields of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound imaging, nerve hydrodissection, and stem cell medicine. During this Part 2 discussion, you'll discover: -Dr. Cook's Opinion on the use of beta blockers in preparing for performance...9:30 Gave a talk to over 2,000 doctors early in his career Was given a beta blocker by an associate; Heart rate went down to 25 bpm. Never taken another beta blocker since. Sweet spot for everything. Biohacking too high or too low is problematic Has used beta blockers with anesthesia to calm the heart rate. -Plasmapheresis, what Dr. Cook's considers to be one of the "next big things" in the medical industry...11:58 Plasmapheresis A method of removing blood plasma from the body by withdrawing blood, separating it into plasma and cells, and transfusing the cells back into the bloodstream. It is performed especially to remove antibodies in treating autoimmune conditions. It has also been studied as a treatment for neurocognitive and Neuro degenerative problems like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. It's kind of like an oil change in your vehicle. If there is systemic inflammation, often that inflammation is in the plasma of the blood. Different from parabiosis Same procedure as Dr. Mark Urdahl and I discussed on the podcast a few months ago. (Listen to the episode here.) Most people who seek plasmapheresis have a serious conditions like Lyme, dementia, Parkinsons, etc. Effect on a healthy person: No negative effect. Nothing wrong with a thorough examination Length of the procedure: 2-3 hours, 1x/week for 6 weeks. -Dr. Cook's thoughts on the use of cannabinoids in his practice...18:50 We have cannabinoid receptors in our brains. Part of our nervous system is called the endocannabinoid system. Expect a surge of use in the next 10 years among health optimizers and chronically ill people. "Entourage effect" Unicorn: a company that is purifying cannabinoids and get all the solvents out Delta 8 THC vs. Delta 9. Rick Simpson Oil: highly potent What are terpines? The terpines are the flavor the smell and much of the effect. The effect of sativa or the effect of the indica is from the terpines in that strain. Can be up to 100 terpines in a strainCan also control flavonoids.... Unicorn can make them bioavailability We are going to be studying these blends Do you give a f*ck? Here's how to follow what's up with the Unicorn brand: -Dr. Cook's approach to dealing with gut issues...31:40 Get a sense of symptoms Test for parasites, the microbiome, stool sample Food goes through the stomach, to small intestine. Small intestine is sterile Goes into large intestine, trillions of bacteria Parasites live in the small intestine SIBO: small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (Listen to my podcast with Dr. Michael Ruscio here) Anti-inflammatory diets Collagen, bone broth, colostrum is efficacious in healing the gut. Everything is fixable. "Bio Reset" -What Dr. Cook likes and uses in his practice with peptides...43:55 Peptide is a smaller version of a protein BPC 157 used in combination with stem cells and treating GI problems TB 500 Thymosin used for chronic infections Peptides becoming common for treatment of chronic illnesses Immune over response and under response - Immune modulation Nootropic peptides: Seamax, Sealance -What is "hyperthermia"?...51:22 Used for treating chronic infections and cancer. Two options under consideration: High tech sauna Venovenus Malarial treatment: German doctor discovered a way to cure malaria using hyperthermia in the 1920's after WWI. -Dr. Cook's approach to treating Lyme disease...59:17 Similar approach as to the gut. Tick-borne illness Effects similar to syphilis Step back, get broadest possible level. Full assessment food allergies pain in joints Neural lyme What modalities have been successful? Ozone Ketamine NAD Peptides Regenerative medicines: exosomes and stem cells (Listen to my podcast with Dr. Harry Adelson here) -How Dr. Cook teaches other doctors in these practices...1:09:00 -And much more! Resources from this episode: Part 1: Immortal Cells, Biohacking Pain, Killing Lyme, Stem Cell Confusion, How Ketamine Works & Much More With Dr. Matt Cook -Young Blood Institute podcast -Dr. Michael Ruscio podcast -The Swiss Detox Retreat Ben is leading in summer 2019 -Book - Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness -Podcast with Dr. Harry Adelson Episode Sponsors: -The Kion Fasting Challenge Learn The Most Popular Fasts, How To Do Them, And How They Can Boost Your Health. Get my free guide, Fasting Decoded, get in on all the goodness at -Organifi delivers quality nutrition to the world with delicious, easy-to-mix superfood drinks. Hundreds of thousands of women and men use Organifi products to sleep better, get their energy back and achieve their weight loss goals. Use code "Greenfield" at checkout and receive 20% off your entire purchase! -Christian Gratitude Journal Unlock the power of gratitude. When you introduce conscious, mindful gratitude into your day, positivity will begin to pour into your life - along with all the other scientifically proven physical, mental and spiritual benefits you're about to discover. Get 20% off your order with coupon code "grateful2019" when you purchase 2 or more journals! -Clearlight Saunas is increasing the prices on their saunas next month. So if you've been thinking of getting one, now's the time. Use coupon code "bengreenfield" and get the original pricing, plus free shipping within the U.S. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Cook or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!  
01:13:24 1/2/2019
I'm an introvert through and through. A multitude of personality tests that I've taken, including the Quiet Revolution test and the Myers-Briggs analysis, have backed this up. Perhaps it's genetics or perhaps it's because I was homeschooled K-12 in rural Idaho. Whatever the case may be, I'm "that guy" at busy conferences who ducks away to my room to go recharge my batteries every few hours - something I can only accomplish by escaping the crowds and being entirely by myself. I thrive on long walks, multi-hour hikes and extended bike rides - usually alone. I become exhausted at networking events and cocktail parties and often slip away early to sleep, to curl up with a good book, or simply to meditate and breathe. Even at family events, I can often be found off in some quiet corner reading or strumming on my guitar or ukulele. As a matter of fact, when I was a child, my parents had to coax me, persuade me and yes, even  threaten me with punishment, to actually get my nose out of my book and be gracious enough to ever so briefly emerge from my bedroom to say a quick hello to any guests we had at the house, after which I would subsequently rush back to my room and curl up once again with my book (I'd often read until 3 or 4am and consume several books each day and night!).  But at the same time, even though I'm completely happy being a loner, I now go out of my way to ensure that (as uncomfortable or unnatural as it was for me initially) I spend plenty of time carving out a couple hours each night for a family dinner and nighttime family rituals, for connecting with old and new friends, for attending networking events, for scheduling plenty of book signings and meet-and-greets, for traveling to crowded conferences and for actively engaging in local church, community and charity events. In fact, if one didn't know better, they might honestly mistake me for a bit of a social butterfly. So - aside from my desire to not be an arrogant, hard-to-approach, uncommunicative @$$hole - why have I begun to incorporate such a strong emphasis in my life on optimizing friends, charity, community relationships and love? As it turns out, there is a fascinating link between love, family, social connectedness and relationships and a longer lifespan. I'm about to supply you with a host of practical love tips to include in your own life for a longer lifespan and better health. After all, owning an amazing body and a sharp mind can all be for naught if loneliness, sadness, inflammation, high blood pressure and accelerated aging are all occurring due to a lack of friendships, social relationships, community, charity and love. This podcast will teach you exactly why and how to include these important components into your own body, mind and spirit routine. During this solosode, you'll discover: -How loneliness, or "social isolation" negatively affects your physical health...8:30 Becoming more and more of a problem worldwide Correlated with the increased use of "social" media Physicians are simply not trained how to deal with it Can affect anyone, anywhere. Not limited to a particular demographic, i.e. introverts, socially awkward, depressed, etc. Affects a person physically as well as emotionally Ancestral roots of our social needs; "loneliness" meant the tribe had abandoned you. Dunbar's Number: Total # of companions we can effectively socialize: 150 12 people in an "inner circle" Social media is effective for facilitating community, but lacks the deep connections you get from face to face We don't know our neighbors by name and by face We're not experiencing relationships the way we're programmed to Signals and "vibes" we give off in face to face -The correlation between smartphone prevalence and loneliness...16:15 Smartphone addiction and social anxiety Kids who spend more than 3 hours per day on a phone are at higher risk of suicide and depression "Not an exaggeration to say the iGen is on the brink of the worst social mental health crisis in decades..." Is it possible to develop personal relationships via an impersonal medium made up of algorithms? Book: Reclaiming Conversations (link) Use of email depersonalizes social interactions Emotional intelligence suffers Book: I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me (link) -Practical things you can do to fight loneliness...24:12 Book: Blue Zones "The power of love" It's more efficacious to give love than to receive love from others Expressing gratitude increases your empathy toward others Altruism: Helping others who are stressed helps with your own stress levels Don't be kind, help others etc. because you think it's going to improve your health; do it because you want to do it. Book: Never Eat Alone (Link) -The chemistry behind face to face interactions...38:20 Pacinian corpuscles; travels to the Vagus nerve Release of oxytocin (don't have sex before buying a used car) Seratonin (similar to anti-depressants) Pheromones -6 ways to enhance your life and longevity with love...47:15 Volunteer your time Parents Local schools Churches Nursing homes Coach sports Tutor Deliver meals Throw dinner parties Find Meetups Reddit Apps: Scout, Excuses to Meet, etc. Church activities Renew forsaken family relationships Family conflicts engender anger, bitterness, etc. Direct eye contact significantly helps to communicate in difficult circumstances Acknowledge your faults; Book: The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Green (link) Reclaim real conversation Louis C.K. with Conan: Digital conversations are less empathetic Real conversation begins with solitude and self-reflection Turn off notifications on your phone Apps: App Detox, Flipped, Onward, Forest -And Much More!!! Resources from this episode: -The Christian Gratitude Journal Episode sponsors: -Kion Ancestral nutrients, modern molecules, clean energy bars and the purest coffee you'll find anywhere! -Onnit 6 Kettlebell Transformation Program. A full-body, transformative workout you can do in the comfort of your own home in just six weeks. Receive 10% off your entire order from Onnit when you use my link! -MVMT Watches Make your wrist a conversation piece. Take advantage of MVMT's year-end sale and take an additional 15% off your order when you use my link! -WHOOP By wearing WHOOP 24/7, you'll unlock the secrets your body is trying to tell you. Get a $30 discount on your first 6 month membership, which includes the wristband, when you use code "ben" at checkout! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me? Leave your comments at and I will reply!
01:09:39 12/28/2018
Consider this... Billions of people around the world don't know what or even when their next meal will be. Because of this uncertainty, they move as little as possible so as to conserve as much energy as they can. Meanwhile, you and I have the luxury of actually choosing notto eat while food is in abundance. And then actually burningcalories while we are in a fasted state. This podcast is the recording of a talk I gave on the topic of Fasted Exercise to the Live It to Lead It conference in Las Vegas, NV this past month. In this episode, you'll learn... -How I got introduced to the concept of pre and post-workout fasting during my years as a body builder...7:05 Conventional thought at the time: Eat a lot right after workout, to get into the "recovery window" Snack and graze Explored other options when I got into endurance training Discovered "ketosis" in 2013 Amino acids Dominic D'Agostino -Busting the myth of snacking and pre/post-workout meals...12:45 Importance of the post-workout meal is vastly decreased if you haven't been fasting prior to the workout. Only benefit from a performance standpoint is if you workout again within 8 hours. After 24 hours, the body naturally replenishes its glycogen levels. If you've eaten prior to a workout, you don't need to replenish aminos, glycogen, etc. I bend the rules if I'm working with someone who needs to build body mass. -What fasted exercise actually is...18:05 Exercising in a state of glycogen depletion A light workout in a fasted state is preferable (in the morning) For evening workouts, you'll have not eaten since lunch, then you can eat after working out, but it's not essential to do so immediately. -The 10 benefits of fasted exercise...25:10 Burning more fat Anti-aging effect Better brain function Increased growth hormone levels Improved insulin sensitivity Increased testosterone Enhanced fat loss Better endurance More stable gut during exercise Hunger management -Practical ways to do fasted workouts...41:15 Exercise before breakfast Need to include carbs in breakfast? Only if you're going to workout again within 8 hours. Don't eat dinner for an hour or two after late-afternoon or early-evening workout. Use supplements Amino acids Ketone salts Potassium Electrolytes -A few cautions...47:10 "Bonking" Decreased intensity (depending on the scenario) Post-workout hyper caloric compensation (stuffing your face) And much more! Episode Sponsors: -Kion Lean Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. -Organifi The the best green juice out there, in my opinion, and it tastes pretty dang good too! Use code "Greenfield" to get 20% off your order. -Harry's RazorsTry the shaving company that's fixing shaving. We make it easy to switch, with a trial offer. -Gainswave The best bedroom biohack for men who are hunting down A-1 sexual performance. Use my link and get a free treatment with the purchase of 6 treatments! Got a question about fasted workouts? Just drop a comment below and I'll reply ASAP!
01:01:20 12/26/2018
Jordan Harbinger is back! In my first podcast episode with Jordan we talked about: -What kind of body language mistakes that fit people with nice bodies make which hold them back socially... -How to reprogram your brain to actually like and appreciate things like kale smoothies and ginger juice... -A simple eye trick to get you to "fake it until you make it" with extreme social confidence... -Why bars and clubs are not necessarily the places to go to to enhance your social intelligence and ability to build relationships... -How I went from eating fast food, being ultra-shy and reading fantasy novels to being named as one of the world's top 100 most influential people in health and fitness... Jordan has always had an affinity for Social Influence, Interpersonal Dynamics and Social Engineering, helping private companies test the security of their communications systems and working with law enforcement agencies before he was even old enough to drive. He has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war-zones and been kidnapped -twice. He'll tell you - the only reason he's still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of), just about any type of situation. On his podcast, he gets deep into the untapped wisdom of the world's top performers -- from legendary musicians to intelligence operatives, iconoclastic writers to visionary change-makers, deconstructing the playbooks of the most successful people on earth. Among the many things Jordan and I discussed here in Round 2: -Various drug-related topics...2:42 Hefty CBD doses enhance deep sleep Throw THC into the mix, sleep latency drops Does it affect your health negatively during the day? You are rested, just a little bit groggy. Ultimate coffee mix to turn on the brain during the day Ghee Put in Four Sigmatic Lions Mane extract Salt Trace amount of Psilocybin MiCacao Stevia Jordan's adverse reaction to taking Modafinil and the reasons I use it Erectile dysfunction vs. brain dysfunction Jordan set the record on the Kegel Camp App -About Robert Greene and his book, The Laws of Human Nature...24:40 Non-verbal communication Appearance is more important than words for first impressions Much of what we believe is either flawed or just wrong Jordan called out a former spy because of his NV communication Codified a system of personality archetypes geared toward high performers Why do Athletes and high achievers come across as intimidating? Shame for their own inactivity The more we look at someone and think they're relatable to us, the more any change in them makes us more uncomfortable or resentful Rather than congratulate them, people find excuses why achievers are snobby, arrogant, etc. People don't like their shortcomings highlighted -Non-verbal communication techniques Jordan teaches to be better received if you're an athlete or high achiever...43:40 Hidden anxiety regarding sense of self Motivations change as you progress through life; Comparison can be efficacious to your self-development and also very unhealthy High achievers shirk others because they don't provide any motivation Soon you realize you have no close friends, it's affecting your emotional health. How to behave when you're "that guy" to allow others to be more comfortable around you. Make yourself more relatable Smile more; loosen the jaw -Recreating "authentic" body language, even if it feels inauthentic...57:30 What we think is "authentic" is often us manipulating our body language to give off a desired vibe. -Jordan's observations on an annoying body language quirk that I have...1:03:40 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Jordan's website and podcast -Jordan's interview with Robert Greene -Jordan's interview with David Buss -MiCacao -FourSigmatic Lion's Mane -The Kegel Camp app -Ben's article on The Private Gym -Book: The Laws Of Human Nature -Dr. David Buss books -Mini Post-It Notes Episode Sponsors: -Kion Check out our steep discounts on product bundles (like the Daily Life Bundle). Check it out if you're looking for ways to use those holiday gift cards! -Organifi delivers quality nutrition to the world with delicious, easy-to-mix superfood drinks. Get 20% off your order when you use code "Greenfield" at check out. -Birdwell Beach Britches "Quality is our Gimmick" isn't just our slogan, it's a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. Use discount code "ben" at check out and get 10% off your order + free shipping on orders over $99. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jordan or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
01:16:54 12/21/2018
Four months ago, my wife and I went through the most transformational process we have ever embarked upon. It was called Lifebook Although you can now go through the entire Lifebook process online, no matter where you live in the world, we did ours in Estonia - jam-packed into a room with over 20 other individuals who, like us, wanted to get ultimate clarity, direction and purpose for each aspect of their lives. I think of my Lifebook as me, in a book. In other words, if I were to, God forbid, get hit by a bus tomorrow, someone would be able to hand my children my Lifebook and say, "Here. Here is your Dad, in a book. This is everything he stands for, believes in and values, and everything he would have wanted to teach to you about life. My Lifebook now holds a precious place in the mantle above the fireplace in our home, and has also been integrated into our family trust. As you can imagine, I'm very proud and excited of this discovery, and I wanted to get the inventor of the Lifebook on the podcast: Jon Butcher - who Chicago Magazine dubbed as "the guy with the most perfect life". Along with his wonderful wife Missy, Jon is a serial entrepreneur and the creators of Lifebook, an extraordinary system that has helped thousands transform their lives from ordinary to a living masterpiece. Jon and Missy have learned how to defy aging, experience long-lasting love, redefine education and build the perfect living environment (trust me, I've been to their home and it is a complete dream house). Drawing from deeply personal experiences, Jon and Missy, along with their partner, Joe Polish, also founded the Artists For Addicts project. Its mission is to change the global conversation surrounding addiction from one of judgment to one of compassion. During our discussion, you'll learn...  -Why Jon and his wife Missy are moving to Hawaii after 30 years living in Chicago...8:25 Consistent with the purpose of the Lifebook: To find clarity in your "life vision". Hawaii has always been a special place for Jon and Missy, even after visiting nearly 100 countries. More leisure, less activity in day to day life. -About Jon's unique philosophy on raising his children...11:45 "Respectful disregard" for the status quo. Look at options, make a decision independent of what others may choose. Underwent a "vision quest" recently with his family. Historical examples of boys becoming men via a rite of passage Underwent Vision Quest with a Shaman in France. Targeted specifically to Jon's 14 year old son, family did it in support The son learned the hard way to remember to pack all your gear. Was a profound experience for Jon personally and especially for his son. The Earth can heal you. Modern kids don't learn to deal with real hardship. Check out my recent podcast on Vision Quest's with Tim Corcoran  -The story of how Lifebook came to be...27:40 Living fast and furious in his 20's; caught up with him in early 30's. Two panic attacks Agoraphobia, nervous breakdown Jon's dad ordered two self-development programs: Attacking Anxiety; Personal Power 2 8 year process of healing Jon kept notes from all his self-development programs in a binder: Breakthroughs, Goals, etc. Eventually focused on 12 categories to create an extraordinary life Evolved over a period of 15 years; never showed it to anyone else. Introduced it to a health and fitness group; others expressed interest in creating one Astounding results Jon and Missy knew they had something special on their hands Didn't want to share; But it was something they couldn't NOT do. -The 12 areas the Lifebook optimizes and why Jon chose them...40:10 "Personal" Health and fitness Intellectual life Emotional life Personal Character Spiritual life "Relationship" Love and romance Parenting (yours and your own parents) Social life - friends and extended family "Professional" Career Financial life Quality of Life Overall Life Vision -The overall strategy by which you accomplish your Lifebook experience...45:55 Four steps to each category Premise Purpose Vision Strategy Four questions for each category: What do I believe about...? What do I want in the realm of...? Why do I want...? What do I need to get...? The primary motivation for each category will probably change, i.e. health and fitness vs. money -Ben reveals his weakest category in the Lifebook process and how his overall life purpose helped strengthen it...53:12 -How to undertake the Lifebook experience online for a fraction of the cost of an in-person event...1:03:00 You can do it for free. The catch: You need to finish the program. Pay a $500 deposit. If you finish, you get it back or apply to another program. -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Click here to sign up for Lifebook today -My Purpose Mountain podcast on Vision Quests with Tim Corcoran -Manex Ibar, the shaman who did Jon and his son's Vision Quest Episode Sponsors: -Kion Check out our steep discounts on product bundles (like the Daily Life Bundle). They make terrific holiday gifts! -GAINSWave The bedroom biohack for guys looking to enhance their sex life like gang busters. Use my link and learn how to earn a free treatment! -Thrive Market Your Favorite Organic Foods and Products...Up to 50% Off...Delivered to Your Door. Get an extra 25% off your order when you order through my link. -Omax 3 The purest Omega 3 supplement that exists on the market. Get 60% off your first month's supply, plus free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jon or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
01:12:16 12/19/2018

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