Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Perform

Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Perform


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Why ADD And ADHD Are Good For You (And Supplements, Foods & Lifestyle Strategies To Help With ADD & ADHD).  

Peter Shankman, my guest in this podcast, truly believes that ADD and ADHD are good for you. He believes they're not just good for you, but that they can be keys to success. He hosts the website Faster Than Normal, a blog that focuses on the benefits of having ADD/HD and a podcast that interviews CEOs, celebrities, and other successful people who have ADD/HD, and have turned it to their advantage. For several years, Peter has been public about the fact that he's ADD/HD, and that he blames ADHD for most of his success. He's best known for founding Help A Reporter Out (HARO) and as the founder and CEO of The Geek Factory, Inc. a boutique social media, marketing and customer service strategy firm located in New York City. Peter spends the majority of his time on the road, keynoting corporate events for clients including AmericanExpress, Sheraton, Saudi Aramco, Cisco, SAP, Sprint, The US Department of Defense, Walt Disney World and many more. In his little spare time he is a NASA Advisory Board member, angel investor in multiple start-ups, sub-4 marathon runner, Ironman and B-licensed skydiver. A tweet of his was voted one of the top 10 Tweets of 2011 by ABC News and Twitter. He also recently authored the bestselling book Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans. He lives in New York City with his beautiful wife and daughter, and two psychotic cats. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Peter thinks that ADD and ADHD are good for you...[7:30] -How do you know if you have ADD or ADHD or if you're just a "busy" person...[16:20] -The best book to read if you have ADD or ADHD...[16:46] -Famous people who have ADD and ADHD (you'll be surprised), including Ben Franklin, Seth Godin and more...[18:17] -Whether ADD and ADHD is an actual condition, or just an overdiagnosis for people who are busy and get stuff done...[21:35] -Peter's three top easy and simple ways to "fast reboot" an ADHD brain...[30:14] -Specific supplements that can help with ADD or ADHD...[38:27] -How to eliminate decision-making fatigue and keep too many choices from "paralyzing" you...[41:40] -What are the most important things you can do if you live with someone who has ADHD...[45:50] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Dopamine Brain Food by NaturalStacks -Book: Delivered From Distraction -My original interview with Peter: Top Fitness Productivity Tips From Peter Shankman AND A Massive Fitness & Nutrition Q&A Bonus! Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Peter or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

Pulling 8,800 Pound Fire Trucks By The Hair, Juggling Flaming Kettlebells, Discovering Underground Herbs & More: Logan Christopher & The Lost Empire Herbs Podcast.  

Born without genetic gifts, my podcast guest today was once a weak and scrawny young man, who set out on a quest for the best body and brain secrets in his pursuit of super strength, mind power and radiant health. Nowadays, he’s known for his famous feats of pulling an 8,800 lb. firetruck by his hair, juggling flaming kettlebells, supporting half a ton in the wrestler’s bridge and more. He is the author of many books, a coach and a public speaker, and you can access all the goodness he how produces on his website "Lost Empire Herbs". His name is Logan Christopher. And yes, I am serious - as a performing strongman, Logan has pulled an antique fire truck by his hair, juggled kettlebells that have been lit on fire, done weighted back flips, supported half a ton in a wrestler’s bridge position, and many of the more typical old-time strongmen feats like phonebook tearing and nail bending. In today's podcast, we delve into neurolinguistic programming, hypnotism, energy medicine, psychology, herbalism and beyond, and during our discussion, you'll discover: -What Logan discovered when he traveled to the Amazon jungle to spend time with indigenous people for two weeks...[4:50] -The tea that Logan drank every morning while in the jungle to induce vomiting each morning...[6:23] -How you can recall and interpret dreams more effectively...[8:35] -How Logan went from being a weak and scrawny kid to pulling 8,800 lb. firetruck by his hair...[14:00] -The little-known strength training techniques Logan learned from old-timey strongmen training routines...[15:38] -How Logan trained to juggle flaming kettlebells, and a simple trick to light a kettlebell on fire...[22:15 & 26:30] -A trick called "sub-modalities" to get instant breakthroughs in strength and power, and to do exercises you haven't been able to do before...[32:50] -The three different forms of energy in Chinese medicine, and how to tap into each...[50:28] -Why Ben puts black ant extract into his smoothies and shakes...[49:20] -How to increase your prowess in the bedroom by not ejaculating and by using "jing" based herbs...[52:05] -Why you may want to think twice about using the new "magical mushroom" formula purported to block bitter tastes...[60:10] -An herbal root that most people don't know about, but that has been used by Russian scientists and athletes for hundreds of years...[62:25] -The Chinese root that keeps women "juicy"...[65:35] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Dream Language: The Prophetic Power of Dreams, Revelations, and the Spirit of Wisdom -Achuar tribe of the Amazon -Guayusa herbal tea -Lost Empire Herbs (where you can get any of the herbal formulation that we discussed) -Food, Genes & Culture: Eating Right For Your Origins -The Mighty Atom: The Life and Times of Joseph L. Greenstein; Biography of a Superhuman -The Multi-Orgasmic Man Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Logan or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

How (& Why) To Eat More Vegetables, Why A Plant Is Like An Upside-Down Human, Little-Known Superfood Plants & More!  

It's not often I read a book that is less than 100 pages long and I fold over and highlight nearly every page. But that was indeed the case when I read the book "How (& Why) To Eat More Vegetables", a book with a very simple title but a very wide range of practical plant-eating information I've never seen published elsewhere, including little-known superfood plants, why humans are like an upside down plant, how to make extremely nutritionally dense vegetable powders and much more. The book was written by the guest of this podcast: Dr. Tom Cowan. Dr. Cowan discovered the work of the two men who would have the most influence on his career while teaching gardening as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, South Africa. He read "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Weston A. Price, as well as Rudolf Steiner’s work on biodynamic agriculture. These events inspired him to pursue a medical degree and he graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in Family Practice at Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, New York, he set up an anthroposophical medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Cowan relocated to San Francisco in 2003. Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation™. During his career he has studied and written about many subjects in medicine. These include nutrition, homeoathy, anthroposophical medicine and herbal medicine. He is the principal author of the book The Fourfold Path to Healing and is the co-author of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care. He writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the foundation’s quarterly magazine, and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada. He has three children and three grandchildren and practices medicine in San Francisco, where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why a plant is like an upside-down human, carrots and roots are good for your sinus and head, leaves are good for your lungs, and flowers are good for your metabolic and reproductive systems...[15:30 & 19:12] -Why Dr. Cowan believes that vegetables are vastly misunderstood and misused by modern "healthy" diets, such as the Paleo diet...[27:45, 32:50 & 45:00] -How commonly vilified foods such as beans and grains are actually good for you and a crucial part of an ancestrally appropriate diet...[29:35] -Why you should seek out and learn to eat a special superfood vegetable called "Ashitaba"...[37:30] -The little-known plant that can lower blood sugar more powerfully than the diabetic drug Metformin...[41:50] -The fascinating tale of how the vegetable variety of "ancient Californians" compares to the vegetable variety of modern Californians today...[44:45 & 47:50] -How the container that you store a vegetable or other food in can drastically affect the energy and nutrient bioavailability of that food...[51:30 & 52:50] -Whether you should eat vegetables in their raw vs. cooked form...[56:35] -How to make vegetable powders from tomatoes that taste just like bacon...[60:35] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -The 2016 Weston A. Price Foundation conference -The Fourfold Path to Healing -The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care -Nutrition and Physical Degeneration -Biodynamic wine -Anthroposophic medicine Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Cowan or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

7 Cutting-Edge Physical Therapy & Recovery Techniques You Can Use To Heal Your Body Fast.  

Dr. John Rusin has a lot of alphabet letters after his name. He is, after all, Dr. John Rusin, PT, DPT, CSCS, ART, FMS1-2, YBT, SFMA, FDN. So when it comes to the best and the worst of physical therapy modalities, and the most cutting-edge physical therapy and recovery techniques you can use to heal your body fast, John is a wealth of knowledge. This guy has more than a decade of elite-level training experience and advanced degrees in both exercise science and physical therapy, and his job is to develop performance, regeneration, and aesthetics programs for some of the world's best power athletes, NFL and MLB athletes, gold-medal Olympians, competitive powerlifters, and bodybuilders. In addition to his sports-performance physical-therapy practice in Madison, Wisconsin, he's also the owner of John Rusin Fitness Systems, an online fitness platform geared toward synergizing the best of high-performance training and intelligently designed physiotherapy/regeneration programming to athletes and clients across the world. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why John says he's not a "run-of-the-mill" physical therapist...[11:10] -The important difference between acupuncture and functional dry needling for healing an injury fast...[15:20] -Whether Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) - also known as "scraping" - works...[22:45] -How you can retrain your pelvis and bowel function using something called Pelvic Floor Postural Reeducation...[29:55] -If "cupping" really works, and why Dr. Rusin thinks it is much like the infamous pump from the Austin Power's movie...[38:50] -Dr. Rusin's opinions on blood flow restriction training, also known as Kaatsu...[44:55] -How Dr. Rusin created the 12-week training program called "FHTP"...[51:20] -How you can use elastic bands to get what is called "Rhythmic and Reactionary Dynamic Stability, Strength and Stabilization"...[53:00] -And much more! Resources from this show: -Dr. Rusin's Functional Hypertrophy Training Program (coupon code: “BG25” gets you $25 off of his FHT program) -This T-Nation article: The Absolute Best and Worst Therapy Methods -Chinese method of Gua sha rock scraping -The Edge tool that Dr. Rusin uses -Kaatsu occlusion training bands -Rogue Fitness bandbell bars Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Rusin or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

The Art Of Hacking Your Brain Without Smart Drugs: A Podcast With Immersive Journalist, Adventurer & Author Neil Strauss.  

Neil Strauss is an American author, journalist and ghostwriter, perhaps best known for his controversial best-selling book The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, in which he describes his experiences in the seduction community in an effort to become a "pick-up artist." He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and also writes regularly for The New York Times. But Neil's interests go far beyond "seduction". For example, in his book Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life, he spent three years surviving amongst survivalists, tax-dodgers, billionaire businessmen, and the government itself, and the book was hailed by Rolling Stone as an "escape plan" for the current world crisis. When I visited Neil's home in Malibu to record this interview, I found myself immersed with Neil in everything from advanced virtual reality game playing, crazy underwater pool workouts, surfing with internet celebrities and drinking "billion-dollar smoothies", all of which you'll hear about in this podcast recorded from Neil's kitchen. During our discussion, which gets slightly explicit at times, you'll discover: -Exactly how to do an underwater pool workout like Laird Hamilton...[7:25] -The ingredients of the "billion dollar smoothie"...[12:50] -Why Neil and I were surfing with internet celebrity Cameron Dallas prior to recording the episode...[16:20] -Why Neil is so interested in advanced virtual reality gaming...[18:20] -Why Neil checked himself into sex addiction therapy...[22:30] -Neil's uncomfortable volley of questions to me in which I potentially throw my Mom and Dad "under the bus"...[36:40 & 55:00] -Neil's three steps for "rewiring" your brain without the use of smart drugs or biohacks...[45:30 & 63:00] -Why Neil paid to get thrown in the back of a trunk with his hands ziptied together...[77:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -My podcast with Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece about underwater workouts -The book "Rules of the Game" -The book "The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships" -The book "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists" -The book "Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness" -The book "Radical Honesty"  -The book "Superlife"  -Intranasal oxytocin  Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Neil or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

A New Way To Get Unstoppable Conditioning, Maximum Strength, Speed, Power & Muscle...In 3 Hours Per Week (Or Less).  

On several recent podcasts, I've mentioned that (especially when I've been traveling and have limited equipment), one of my key, go-to workouts is a program known as "Neuro-Mass", which I now consider to be one of fastest methods for developing power and strength with little more than your own bodyweight and, optionally, a kettlebell or two, adding slabs of functional muscle to a lean frame quickly, and building muscle recruitment and explosiveness in a smart, systematic way.  Neuro-Mass gives you the exact protocols you need to create an impressive, functional, athletic physique, combining the best kettlebell resistance and bodyweight exercises with a new cutting edge training method called "Neuro-Sets". These Neuro-Sets, comprised of grinds, isometrics and explosive movements, create rapid physique transformation. While most training programs only focus on one approach to create growth or lean muscle or power or strength, Neuro-Mass uses multiple stressors in a single workout to create a better and smarter body, developing pure power combined with amazing capacity for sustained and continual strength output. The entire program was designed by this episode's podcast guest: Jon Bruney. Jon's exploits as Guinness World Record-holding strongman have been immortalized in Ripley’s Believe it or Not and seen on NBC’s: America’s got Talent, The Today Show and TruTv’s Guinness World Records Unleashed. A true renaissance man in the realm of strength-development, Jon is a best-selling author, world-class trainer, coach, motivational speaker, strongman, and pastor. Jon’s work with competitive athletes includes Olympians and NFL players. He is the author of the best-seller “Neuro-Mass – The Ultimate System for Spectacular Strength”. He also writes a training series called “Foundations” which is featured in MILO, widely considered the world’s most prestigious strength training journal. As co-owner of Submit Strength Equipment, Jon has been responsible for the design of numerous pieces of cutting-edge training equipment now in use around the world. Jon is also a veteran of numerous trainer certification courses. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why one of Jon's favorite tricks is to attach two Harley-Davidson motorcycles to his body...[11:15] -How to start each set that you do with something called a "grind" to stimulate maximum muscle recruitment...[17:40] -The best way to breathe if you are lifting a weight to maximize muscle tension...[21:45] -Why Jon is such a fan of the Powerlung, and also putting a paper bag over your face...[24:10] -A surprising training trick you can do with a yoga block while you are sprinting...[33:45] -Why you should create "controlled trauma" in a muscle during an exercise...[36:40] -The reason most people do isometric exercises like a wall squat the wrong way, and how you should actually do it...[43:00] -How to exhaust a muscle completely with nothing more than a bath towel...[44:25] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Book: Neuro-Mass – The Ultimate System for Spectacular Strength -Magazine: MILO -The Powerlung -Neurogrips -Compex -Captain Of Crush hand grip strengthener Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Jon or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

How Your Computer Monitor Is Slowly Killing Your Eyes, And What You Can Do About It.  

Do you ever get headaches after working on a computer for a long time? Eye strain? Mild irritation? Brain fog? It's not all in your head. See, just like most televisions, computer monitors "flicker".  Monitors have been flickering for many years, but most people don't realize this because the flicker is invisible. However, the flicker is still very hard on your eyes and is just one of the computer monitor issues responsible for the growing epidemic of near-sightedness and myopia - also known as "computer vision syndrome". Even fancy, modern PC LCD monitors are not flicker-free, even though many people think they are. These LCD monitors originally started out by using something called CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent lamps) as a backlight source for the monitor, but in recent years manufacturers have shifted to using LEDs (light emitting diodes). If you have one of those thin monitors, then you probably have a LCD monitor with LED, and if you are unsure, you can check the model number on the backside of the monitor and Google it. The use of LED has numerous benefits, including lower power consumption, far fewer toxic substances due to the absence of the cathode and some fantastic picture quality advantages, but along with all these benefits come potential eyestrain issues that can damage and destroy your eyes over the long term. See, when your monitor is set to maximum brightness, the LEDs are glowing at full 100% strength. If you reduce the brightness setting in the menu, the LEDs need to omit less light, and this is accomplished by inserting small breaks, or pauses (flickers!) in which the LEDs turn off for a very short, nearly invisible time. When you reduce the brightness setting of your monitor even more, the breaks become longer. This creates a frustrating catch-22: a bright screen can strain your eyes, and the flicker created by a less bright screen can also strain your eyes. Compared to old-school CCFL monitors, the newer LED-based monitors carry the greatest risk of giving you eyestrain, tired eyes or nasty headaches. You can read more about this issue in the article "LED Monitors can cause headaches due to flicker". My guest on today's podcast has figured out how to tackle this issue, and has invented a special piece of software called "Iris" that controls the brightness of the monitor with the help of your computer's video card, allows you to have adequate brightness without the flicker, and even automatically adjusts your computer monitor's settings based on the sun's position wherever you happen to be in the world. His name is Daniel Georgiev, and he is a 20 year old computer programmer from Bulgaria. Before he learned to code, Daniel was a rower in his country's national team for more than 5 years, and participated in the 2012 World Rowing Junior Championship. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Daniel got kicked off his soccer team, and within two years qualified for the Bulgarian National Team in rowing...[11:20] -Why Daniel programmed his computer monitor to freeze and stop his work every 30 minutes...[19:45] -Why Daniel doesn't like the computer program "Flux" for decreasing blue light on your monitor...[21:45] -The link between color "temperature" and the amount of blue light a computer monitor creates...[29:52] -How to convert a glossy computer monitor screen into a matte computer monitor screen...[33:50] -Why you should use font rendering technologies to change the type of font you are looking at when you read on a computer monitor...[39:00] -How to automatically invert colors on a screen or change the screen to grayscale when you are working to reduce eye strain and improve your ability to sleep...[46:25] -Why you blink 66% less when you are working on a computer (and why yawning when you work on your computer is actually quite important)...[50:00 & 54:50] -How to set up your computer monitor to force you to take automatic "Pomodoro" breaks, and get instant reminders for eye exercises, neck exercises and back exercises...[56:10] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Iris software -Anti-glare screen protectors -The Eizo Flexscan 2436 Monitor Ben uses -The BenQ Monitors that Daniel talks about Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Daniel or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

The Mysterious Kuwait Muscle-Building Phenomenon, The Too-Much-Protein Myth, Anabolic Triggering Sessions & More With The MindPump Podcast Crew.  

Meet the guys from MindPump podcast.  The hosts - who traveled all the way up from San Jose to descend upon my my house in Spokane, Washington to record this podcast - claim to "pull back the curtain on the mythology, snake oil and pseudo-science that pervades the fitness industry and present science-backed solutions that result in increased muscular development and performance while simultaneously emphasizing health." Take a gander at these they seem to have the body composition and transformation equation pretty well figured out. They include... Sal DiStefano... Sal was 14 years old when he touched his first weight and from that moment he was hooked. Growing up asthmatic, frequently sick and painfully skinny, Sal saw weightlifting as a way to change his body and his self-image. In the beginning, Sal’s body responded quickly to his training but then his gains slowed and then stopped altogether. Not one to give up easily, he began reading every muscle building publication he could get his hands on to find ways to bust through his plateau. He read Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding, Mentzer’s Heavy Duty, Kubrick’s Dinosaur Training, and every muscle magazine he could find; Weider’s Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Iron Man and even Muscle Media 2000. Each time he read about a new technique or methodology he would test it out in the gym. At age 18 his passion for the art and science of resistance training was so consuming that he decided to make it his profession and become a personal trainer. By 19 he was managing health clubs and by 22 he owned his own gym. After 17 years as a personal trainer he has dedicated himself to bringing science and TRUTH to the fitness industry. Adam Schafer... Adam Schafer is a IFBB men's physique Pro and fitness expert. Adam made his entrance into the fitness world 14 years ago and has continued to send shock waves throughout the community ever since. He is a man of many talents who wears many hats. He is first and foremost a certified fitness expert who has an insatiable desire to help people in need of major lifestyle changes and daily accountable motivation. He is also incredibly driven entrepreneur and business minded individual with a vision that continually challenges his colleagues and peers to think bigger and achieve more. Justin Andrews... Justin has an incredible passion to disrupt the personal training industry and create ground breaking programs and tools that fitness professionals and clients alike can benefit from. The fitness industry in general needs a massive face lift to speak more to the generation growing up with a more advanced technology tool kit. Justin’s approach is to create programs that utilize technology as it advances and cut through the millions of options people face everyday when seeking specific information relating to their fitness needs. The great thing about where we are today is how easy it is to access information, the bad part about accessing all this information is how much misinformation is out there to weed through. As a health and fitness professional with a proven track record here in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Justin Andrews will keep working tirelessly to keep people educated and connected to quality personal trainers long into the future. Doug Egge... Doug received his first gym membership as a gift from his dad when he was 16 years old. Rocky III had just come out and he was determined to build a body like Stallone. It never happened. Despite following the advice of muscle magazines and busting his butt in the gym, Doug saw minimal gains over the next 30 years. Then he was introduced to Sal Di Stefano by his chiropractor who recommended he work with Sal to eliminate muscle imbalances that were causing lower back issues. Sal's unique approach, often 180 degrees different from what Doug had read in books and magazines, produced more results in a matter of months than he had experienced in the 30 years prior. Doug with an extensive marketing and media production background, recognized Sal's unique gift and perspective was missing from the fitness world and suggested that they should join forces. Doug and Sal have since produced life-altering programs such as the No BS 6-Pack Formula and MAPS Anabolic. Doug is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Adam and Justin as Producer of MindPump. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why bodybuilders are traveling to Kuwait and mysteriously coming back with 20+ pounds of extra muscle...[17:00] -The truth about underground muscle building supplements like SARMS, Clomid, injectable testosterones and more...[23:20 & 30:10] -Why old-timey strength training protocols could be the best way to build strength compared to new-school bodybuilding protocols...[34:00 & 41:00] -How to do an "anabolic triggering session"...[52:00] -Why you need far less protein than you think...[59:30] -The biggest myths in the fitness industry...[67:40] -And much more... Do you have questions, comments or feedback for the MindPump team or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

The Best Time Of Day To Exercise, Have Sex, Take Supplements, Read A Book, Take A Nap & More!  

Do you know your chronotype? Until two weeks ago, I didn't. Turns out, I'm a "lion" chronotype (with a strong tendency to delve into "bear" chrono-typedness). You might be a wolf, in which case you should try working out at 6:00pm and not 6:00am. An early morning run for you might feel like punishment, while an early evening run will provide an enjoyable pick-me-up. Or maybe you're a lion, in which case having a wine, beer or cocktail between 5:30pm and 7:30pm will minimize the chances of sleep disruption from alcohol. Or perhaps you're a dolphin, which means you should schedule any big presentations or work tasks for around 4:00pm, when you're most awake, most alert, and even most confident. You could also be a bear, in which case shifting dinner from 6:00pm to 7:30pm can actually accelerate fat loss and stave off late-night snacking. Interesting, eh? You'll find all the science, the studies, and the facts behind this type of new chronotyping research in the new book "The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype-and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More". A growing body of research actually proves there is a right time to do just about everything, specifically based on your biology and hormones. As Dr. Michael Breus - the author and today's podcast guest - presents in his groundbreaking new book The Power of When, working with your body's inner clock for maximum health, happiness, and productivity can be easy, exciting, fun and pay off big dividends. For example, since reading this book, I've even cut out caffeinated morning coffee and replaced it with decaf, started prioritizing morning and afternoon sex instead of evening sex, and shifted my fiction-based creative writing from 8:00pm to 8:00am.  The Power of When presents a unique program for getting back in sync with your natural rhythm by making minor changes to your daily routine based on your unique "chronotype". In the book, after you've taken Dr. Breus's "Bio-Time Quiz" to figure out your chronotype (e.g. are you a Bear, Lion, Dolphin or Wolf?), you then find out the best time to do over 50 different activities, from when to exercise to have sex to take supplements to ask for a raise to eat breakfast to take a nap and much more. So you can consider this book the ultimate "lifehack". Dr. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. With a specialty in Sleep Disorders, Dr. Breus he is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. In addition to his private practice, where he treats athletes and celebrities alike, Dr. Breus also trains other sleep doctors and consults with major airlines, hotel chains, mattress manufacturers and retailers to provide the optimum sleep experience for their customers. For example, an audio relaxation CD he designed for the Crowne Plaza Hotels helps millions of people fall asleep each year, and for over 14 years Dr. Breus has served as the Sleep Expert for WebMD and frequently pens "Sleep Matters" a column in WebMD magazine. He also writes The Insomnia Blog, which appears regularly on WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Dr. Oz Blog, Psychology Today, MedPedia, Organized Wisdom, Travora Travel, and Furniture Today, and has been interviewed on CNN, Oprah, The View, Anderson, and The Doctors and The Dr. OZ Show. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why I'm now having sex in the morning and coffee in the afternoon...[10:35] -The fascinating history of chronotyping and chronobiology...[11:50] -Why it is that guys like Tim Ferriss and Tai Lopez operate extremely well in the wee hours of the night...[18:30] -Why Thomas Edison created the most disruptive event in the history of bio-time...[32:10] -Whether chronotyping is based on scientific research or simply cute, easy-to-remember animals...[30:25] -When the best time of day is to drink alcohol and to drink coffee based on your chronotype...[25:40 & 27:20] -A simple, scientific, biological way to determine chronotype based on a seven dollar piece of home health equipment...[31:35] -When the best time to have sex is, why and how to "sync up" sex times with your partner based on their chronobiology...[35:35] -When the best time of day is for cardiovascular exercise vs. yoga vs. weight training...[39:25 & 47:20] -How your chronobiology can affect when you should take supplements or medications...[22:00] -Dr. Breus's most potent and effective jet lag tips...[51:00] -Why Daylight Savings Time day is the #1 day that traffic accidents occur...[59:50] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Dr. Breus's hybrid pillow -The Power of When book -The Power of When quiz Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Breus or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

359: Do Blenders Damage Food Nutrients, Why Weightlifting Makes You A Faster Runner, How To Boost Dopamine Levels & More!  

September 14, 2016 Podcast: 359: Do Blenders Damage Food Nutrients, Why Weightlifting Makes You A Faster Runner, How To Boost Dopamine Levels & More! NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar of events. 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: You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on,, and Google+. This is such a fun read about health habits of famous people from history. How does strength training for runners work? Big, big meta-analysis on it, worth checking out if you run. Best. Almond. Article. Ever.  If you think you don’t need to detox metal because you “don’t have fillings”, you need to read this. Trekkies click your heels together…the Tricorder could actually happen... ----------------------------------------------------- Special Announcements: This podcast is brought to you by: -FitLife: Use discount code BEN for 20% off anything! -KimeraKoffee: Use code BEN for 10% discount off anything! Use $5 discount code BEN on anything at Harrys Shaving. -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. NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar. Nov 17-18, 2016: Ben is speaking at the Biohacker's Summit in Helsinki, Finland. Discover the latest in wearables, internet of things, digital health, and mobile apps to increase performance, be healthier, stay fit, and get more done. Learn about taking food, preparation, cooking, and eating to the next level with the latest science and kitchen chemistry. Even delve into implanted chips, gene therapy, bionic arms, biometric shirts, robotic assistants, and virtual reality. Two days with an amazing crowd and a closing party with upgraded DJs to talk about. Click here to get in now at a 40% discount. Nov 11-14, 2016: Ben is speaking at this year's Wise Traditions on real food to enhance physical and mental performance. If you're an athlete, this is the talk for you! Click here to sign up. Did you miss the weekend podcast episode with Mark Dhamma? It was a must-listen – "In Which Ben Greenfield Is Hypnotized On A Podcast (And Three Embarrassing Personal Admissions From Ben)”. Click here to listen now or download for later! Grab this 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 Rachel Browne, the Podcast Sidekick. How To Boost Your Dopamine Levels Michael says: Michael is from Orange County California. He's an industrial designer and his job depends on his creativity. He's heard that dopamine levels could be linked to creative performance. Do you have any suggestions for biohacking dopamine levels? In my response, I recommend: -NaturalStacks Brain Food -Mucuna Dopa -Grass Fed Whey Protein Isolate -23andme genetic testing -Michael Tyrrell Wholetones Do Blenders Damage Foods? Megan says: She's a long time listener first time caller. Her question is about making home made almond butter. For better digestibility and nutrient absorption she usually soaks, sprouts and dehydrates her nuts and seeds. The other day she tried her hand at making almond butter in the Vitamix. The ultimate product turned out great. But her concern is about oxidized oils. During the process the almond butter got super hot, this is obviously needed for the almonds to release their oil and create consistently, but she's afraid to eat it because of the potentially damaged and oxidized saturated fats. Do you thinks this is an issue? Oh and Rachel, if you like lime, you should try adding that to your cucumber infused basil water. In my response, I recommend: -How to biohack your smoothie article Can MSM Work As A Detox? Jamie says: Her question is in regards to the podcast on cancer. The doctor on the podcast said vegetables rich in sulfur bind to mercury. She takes MSM which is sulfur and it was always her understanding that it actually detoxified your system. Can you address this? And give some pros and cons on MSM overall? In my response, I recommend: -CytoDetox -MSM Powder -Magnetic Clay Magnesium Lotion How To Use Peptides To Heal Injuries Randy says: He's from LA. His buddy John and him workout together, and they're both suffering from different injuries. He has tendonitis and John has a pulled muscle and they were discussing which of the peptides would be appropriate for each of them. Can you talk about the difference between BPC 157 and TB 500 in terms of their uses? Where would it be the most efficacious to use BPC 157 and where would it be best to use TB 500? In my response, I recommend: -How to use BPC-157 -How to use TB-500    

In Which Ben Greenfield Is Hypnotized Live On A Podcast (And 3 Embarrassing Personal Admissions From Ben).  

Warning: I get hypnotized in this podcast and it may make you sleepy when you listen, so please don't do things like drive in your car, operate heavy machinery, ride a bicycle, etc. during this episode. If you do, you may end up in your local newspaper in a way you don't particularly like. A couple weeks ago, I sat across from my friend Mark Dhamma at SoHo House in West Hollywood, LA, leaned in over my roasted chicken and Moscow Mule drink and asked him my burning question. "So could you hypnotize me?" He confidently nodded. "On a podcast?" He nodded again. And so, what you are about to hear came to life. Mark Dhamma is a High Performance Health & Mindset Coach on primarily Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and private sessions like those you're going to hear in this podcast, Mark shares advice on how to look, feel and perform at your best with 32,000 people in over 20 countries. Mark has 17 years of experience in the health industry, including being a Men’s Fitness model and health coach. With his Masters Degree in Positive Psychology under the famous, "Flow" Professor, Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, he teaches science backed proven techniques to be happier, more confident, motivated and productive. Mark gained executive coaching skills from the Royally Knighted Sir John Whitmore "The Founder Of Modern Day Coaching", as well as using NLP and Hypnosis to literally re-program his clients to be successful.' During our discussion, in which I am hypnotized while lying shirtless on the floor of my office, you'll discover: -What exactly happens to your body and brain when you get hypnotized...[12:50] -Why your brain is like a "rider" and your body is like an "elephant"...[13:35] -Three slightly embarrassing personal "issues" I have that I want to fix in my life, and how hypnosis can be used to address those issues...[18:40] -What changes when a hypnotist is in the same physical place as you vs. working with you digitally or via Skype...[62:35] -How you can learn hypnosis for yourself...[65:45] -And much more! Resources from this episode -Hypnosis Practitioner: Pam Castillo -Book: Patterns of Hypnotic Techniques  -Podcast on NLP: "How To Get To Sleep At Night Before A Big Race." -Click here to get your own hypnosis session and get $200 off when you use the code BEN10. Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Mark or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

How To Lose 131 Pounds By Eating Meat: The Rick Rubin Podcast  

What do the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Johnny Cash, The Black Crowes, Slayer, Jay Z, James Blake, Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Weezer, Linkin Park, The Cult, Neil Diamond, The Avett Brothers, Adele, Mick Jagger, System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, Lady Gaga, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Damien Rice, Eminem, and just about every other world-famous band or musician you've ever heard of have in common? They were all produced by today's podcast guest: Rick Rubin, the American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records.  In 2007, MTV called Rick "the most important producer of the last 20 years", and the same year he appeared on Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World list. Rapper Dr. Dre has stated that Rubin is, "hands down, the dopest producer ever that anyone would ever want to be, ever." But Rick has a personal passion outside of music that many people don't know about..., nutrition, fitness and biohacking. And in this episode, in which Rick and I sit on his back porch, watching a relaxing sunset after a hard morning of Laird Hamilton's pool workout, we have an intense discussion about veganism vs. Paleo, Rick's weight loss journey, and much more. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The little-known Ayurvedic pulse taking technique Rick used to find out he need to "drink more bone broth"...[16:10] - Why Rick thinks an ice bath is very much like eating meat...[26:25] -How Rick lost 131 pounds by eating animal protein...[29:45] -Why Rick took an entire week to eat one steak...[28:56] -What legendary Ironman coach and physician Dr. Phil Maffetone told Rick to do for diet and exercise, and how Rick modified it...[37:35 & 41:05] -What a typical day is like for Rick...[54:25] -How Rick uses "transcendental meditation", and his insight into neurofeedback for the brain...[57:20] -Rick's unique dietary and supplementation routine he uses each day...[60:35] -The one herb Rick uses each day to decrease hunger and sugar cravings...[68:00] -Rick's standing workstation setup...[68:55] -Why Rick uses a projector instead of a television or computer to watch movies at night...[73:45 ] -The audio track that Rick falls asleep to each night...[76:30] -What is it that drives Rick to live the life he lives...[79:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode:  -My article on "hacking" an infrared sauna -The Ayurvedic pulse taking technique Rick refers to -Don Wildman's "Hardest Workout In The World" article from Esquire magazine -Phil Maffetone's "Big Book of Health and Fitness: A Practical Guide to Diet, Exercise, Healthy Aging, Illness Prevention, and Sexual Well-Being" -My podcast on Transcendental Meditation -My neurofeedback EEG training experience -The full recipe for Rick's Stim-Stem Shake Espresso  Chocolate whey protein Bulletproof Collogelatin  Glutamine Chocolate Stevia Bulletproof Brain Octane  Organic Cocoa Nibs Organic Cocoa Powder Organic Aloe Vera Juice Ocean's Alive Marine Phytoplankton  Ice to desired texture -NatureAminos amino acids -The herb Rick uses to decrease hunger and sugar cravings -The Kybounder Mat Rick uses under his standing workstation -Sleeping Monk tea -Natural Calm Magnesium powder -The alternative to Natural Calm Magnesium powder that Ben uses -Below is the Natural Calm Magnesium reply that Ben mentioned regarding heavy metals: In regards to the Arsenic levels that Labdoor has decided to use, it is from a proposed limit over 10 years that was NEVER approved or accepted. The current established level for Arsenic is 10mcg/day. Why Labdoor decided to use a never approved or accepted proposal in unclear. In regards to the Natural Calm supplement, here is Natural Vitality's official statement on it: "The simple truth is that Natural Calm both meets its potency label claim and is well within the No Significant Risk Levels for arsenic and in fact is less than 10 percent of California’s Prop 65 stringent safe threshold levels. This has been consistently scientifically validated by third party test results from top American testing labs as part of standard Good Manufacturing Practices. While testing results commissioned by Labdoor, when correctly interpreted, align perfectly with our results, their report contains a number of distortions which provide both a highly inaccurate picture and a disservice to consumers. We believe Labdoor is attempting to use our well-deserved, award-winning reputation to inflate their importance. Apparently their business model involves casting themselves as a “trusted source” by creating sensationalized stories to drive traffic to their website with the objective of creating profit from advertising sales and, interestingly, sales of supplements. Factual Flaws Labdoor’s Natural Calm test size was over two and a half times our recommended serving size but they did not factor that into their analysis. When correctly interpreted our results read: Magnesium was 346 mg, about a 1% variance from our label claim of 350 mg. Arsenic was .7992 of a microgram. Less than 8% of the California Prop 65 No Significant Risk safe threshold. Labdoor was approached regarding their misinterpretation of the results and asked to retract their press release, send out a corrected press release and update their website. However, Labdoor refused to admit wrong doing of any kind and continues to assert the virtue of their inaccurate position. At this point, both through the correct interpretation of the assay provided to us from Labdoor and our retest of the lot in question, Natural Calm has been clearly shown to be accurate both in terms of label claim and in following California’s Prop 65. The laboratory used by both Labdoor and Natural Vitality was the highly regarded Covance laboratories. Covance’s interpretation of test results (both Labdoors and ours) validates our position in terms of label claim and purity. Additional information is available at Natural Vitality customer service if desired ( Having cleared the record with scientific facts, we now consider this matter closed." I would be happy to provide you with the Certificate of Analysis that we had performed on an actual servings size instead of the 10.66g that Labdoor used, which is 2.5x our suggested serving size. -The ZMA supplement you can use before bed at night for minerals  -The Jack Kornfield spiritual teaching download at -Ben's article on BPC-157 peptides for muscle gain and fat loss  -Ben's article on TB-500 peptides for muscle gain and fat loss  -Ben's article on SARMs for muscle gain and fat loss  -The NatureColostrum Ben recommends for muscle gain  -The NatureAminos Ben recommends for muscle gain -The SuperEssentials Fish Oil Ben recommends for muscle gain Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Rick or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

The Best Way To Test For Zika Virus & Beyond: One Single, Very Inexpensive Test That Can Measure EVERYTHING - An Interview With Army Microbiologist & Virus Expert Dr. Charles Wick.  

Today's podcast guest is a guy who could save and be saving more lives than any guest I've ever had on the podcast. While working for the army as a microbiologist, he developed two extremely unique methods of microbe detection. The first is a universal and physical virus counter (IVDS). The second is a computer program that, in conjunction with Mass Spectometry, identifies the unique protein fragments (peptides) within a sample of anything and universally detects all the microbes in a sample (MSP) - from Ebola to influenza to Zika, West Nile Virus, AIDS and beyond, including known, unknown, and mutated viruses. He was the feature of the NY Times Article: Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery, which was about work he did in the bee population in 2010 to shed light on colony collapse disorder. But the promise of what he does goes beyond bees, and when it comes to health and fitness, in the right hands his Mass Spect Proteomics program could help scientists and physicians study the gut, infection and other elements of health. The need for a lot of lab work would be eliminated and human body clinicians would no longer be limited to parameters of particular panels, because they would now have access to one very inexpensive test that sees everything - EVERYTHING - and beats the pants off old-school methods of disease detection. The Integrated Virus Detection System (IVDS) he helped to develop is a fast-acting, highly portable, user-friendly, extremely accurate and efficient system for detecting the presence of, screening, identifying, and characterizing viruses. Let's say, for example, you get bit by a mosquito (this analogy is inspired by the newspaper clip below that I was just reading this morning). Over several days, you feel increasingly worse and worse. What if, using your own saliva or other body fluid, you could immediately test in the comfort of your own home to see if you had Zika, West Nile, or some other microbe-related issue? That's possible. My guest's name is Dr. Charles Wick, and he is based out of a small tech firm in Montana that is working to make IVDS laptop sized units to be used use in mobile applications like airports, drugstores, homes, etc. to help quickly and accurately diagnose the flu and other bugs, along with developing technologies to help bee keepers manage their hives to save insects like bees and beetles. Dr. Wick is a retired senior scientist from the US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) where he served both as a manager and research physical scientist and has made significant contributions to forensic science. Although his 40+ year professional career has spanned both the public sector and the military, his better-known work in the area of forensic science has occurred in concert with the Department of Defense (DOD). After earning four degrees from the University of Washington, Dr. Wick worked in the private sector for twelve years, leading to a patent, numerous publications, and international recognition among his colleagues. In 1983, Dr. Wick joined the Vulnerability/Lethality Division of the United States Army Ballistic Research Laboratory, where he quickly achieved recognition as a manager and principal investigator. It was at this point that he made one of his first major contributions to forensic science and to the field of antiterrorism; his team was the first to utilize current technology to model sub-lethal chemical, biological, and nuclear agents. This achievement was beneficial to all areas of the Department of Defense, as well as to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and gained Wick international acclaim as an authority on individual performance for operations conducted on a nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) battlefield. During his career in the United States Army, Wick rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Chemical Corps. He served as a Unit Commander for several rotations, a staff officer for six years (he was an Division Chemical Staff Officer for two rotations), Deputy Program Director Biological Defense Systems, and retired from the position of Commander of the 485th Chemical Battalion in April of 1999. Dr. Wick continued to work for the DOD as a civilian at ECBC. Two notable achievements, and one which earned him the Department of the Army Research and Development Award for Technical Excellence and a Federal Laboratory Consortium Technology Transfer Award in 2002, include his involvement in the invention of the Integrated Virus Detection System (IVDS), a fast-acting, highly portable, user-friendly, extremely accurate and efficient system for detecting the presence of, screening, identifying, and characterizing viruses. The IVDS can detect and identify the full spectrum of known, unknown, and mutated viruses, from AIDS to foot and mouth disease, to West Nile Virus, and beyond. This system is compact, portable, and does not rely upon elaborate chemistry. The second, and equally award winning, was his leadership in the invention of the method for detecting and identifying microbes using Mass Spectrometry Proteomics. Each of these projects represent determined ten year efforts and are novel in their approaches to the detection and classification of microbes from complex matrices. Both topics are the subjects of two books published by CRC Press. Throughout his career, Wick has made lasting and important contributions to forensic science and to the field of antiterrorism. Dr. Wick holds several U.S. Patents in the area of microbe detection and classification. He has written more than forty-five civilian and military publications and has received myriad awards and citations, including the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, two United States Army Achievement Medals for Civilian Service, the Commander's Award for Civilian Service, the Technical Cooperation Achievement Award and twenty-five other decorations and awards for military and community service. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What bees disappearing has to do with the Zika virus...[15:38] -Why colony collapse disorder in bees is happening (and whether cell phones are to blame)...[24:12 & 28:20] -Why it's actually a pretty big deal for your health if bees die off...[31:00, 32:40 & 38:00] -What can be done now to keep bees from disappearing...[34:00 & 51:15] -How the biological testing equipment Charles developed is extremely unique, and why older detection methods are flawed...[18:30, 37:50 & 46:25] -Ways this technology can be used to quickly find out if you have things like MRSA, Lyme, influenza or some kind of underlying chronic infection...[37:10 & 44:40] -How the smartphone of the future could be used to detect virtually any microbial condition...[53:35] -And much more... Resources from this episode: Book: Integrated Virus Detection Book: Identifying Microbes by Mass Spectrometry Proteomics The research page of Charles Wick NY Times Article: Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery The essential oils Ben Greenfield uses Video 1 from YouTube: Charles discusses Mass Spectometry Proteomics (MSP) and Integrated Virus Detection System (IVDS). Both, universal microbe detectors that, including Ebola, could universally detect every microbe in a single sample. Video 2 from YouTube: In this second half, Charles answers questions about his IP, terrorist using Ebola, how MSP and IVDS have all but made PCR detection methods obsolete, and of course the meaning of life. Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Charles Wick or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

The Most Effective Detox You've Never Heard Of (And Exactly How To Do It).  

In 1974, the World Health Organization stated that environmental toxins create approximately 84% of all chronic diseases. Over the past 40 years this number has increased dramatically... ...and as a matter of fact, an oft-neglected but serious issue called "cellular toxicity" is one of the major epidemics of our lifetimes, and remains an underlying cause of numerous health issues, including gut problems, thyroid issues, sluggish metabolism, brain fog and much more. In today's episode, you're going to learn exactly why that is, what cellular toxicity is, what you can do about, and the most effective form of detoxification that you've probably never heard of. My guest on today's episode is Dr. Daniel Pompa, D.PSc., who is widely considered to be a global leader in the health and wellness industry. He travels all over the country educating practitioners and the public on the root causes of inflammation driven diseases such as Weight Loss Resistance, Hypothyroid, Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autoimmune Disorders and other chronic conditions. ...and I happened to have had the pleasure of hanging out at Dan's house with him in Park City Utah during my TrainToHunt National Championships competition, and finding out everything I've always wanted to know about how to detox the body as effectively as possible. Dan's authority is rooted in his own personal battle. He has overcome serious neurotoxic illness and heavy metal poisoning, and he did that using the cellular detoxification strategies we talk about in this show. His methodology is rooted in self-experimentation, and runs very much counter to mainstream detox tactics. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Dr. Pompa developed extremely"toxic" cells despite being a seemingly healthy pro mountain biker and chiropractic physician...[9:30] -The big, big problem with detoxifications such as cilantro, chlorella, juice cleanses, colonics and other popular detox methods...[30:00] -Why the popular cleansing mineral zeolite is too big to cross a cell membrane, and what you can do about it...[34:05 & 53:55] -Dr Pompa's 5 "R's" of fixing your cells for good, and how you can personally do each of these R's...[37:35] -Why you must detox your cell, and not just your tissue or your blood, and exactly how to detox your cells...[40:15] -What happens if you mix popular detox methods, like fiber supplements or glutathione or n-acetyl cysteine or juicing, etc...[58:15] -The tiny white bottle that Dr. Pompa gave me that made me feel like complete crap and call him on the phone three days later...[63:20] -What you should feel like when you are detoxing, and how long you should actually detox for (you'll be surprised at the answer)...[64:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -CytoDetox supplement -Six hour urine challenge -Evidence Of Harm DVD about mercury dental fillings -The "Smoking Tooth" video on YouTube for finding a holistic dentist -Biology Of Belief book -NOW Foods liver capsules -USWellnessMeats (Ben mentions braunschweiger and head cheese in this episode) -Cancer As A Metabolic Disease book -Thorne multivitamin -Dr. Pompa's article about detoxification mistakes Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dan or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

A "Healthy Soda" Super-Special: Is Diet Soda Good For You, Stevia DeMystified, Sugar Alcohols, Natural Flavors & More.  

If you happened to watch the most recent Crossfit Games, you may have noticed they were brought to you by...soda. That's right: a soda company was sponsor of the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games, the worldwide competition to find the Fittest On Earth. Not exactly something you'd associate with Coke or Pepsi or Mountain Dew (or my all-time favorite Dr. Pepper), is it? The name of the soda company is "Zevia", and my guest on today's show is Paddy Spence, who is a 23-year veteran of the natural and organic foods industry - a guy who completely cut sugar out from his diet 14 years ago, and a guy who then purchased Zevia, a line of stevia-sweetened sodas that is now the world's top-selling zero-calorie, natural diet soda. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters and is an avid athlete, having completed over 40 triathlons and trained in martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, Shotokan Karate and boxing. During our discussion, you'll discover:  -How one can make the argument that "caveman drank soda", and the fascinating history of fermented beverages and soda-like compounds...[12:00] -How did the name Zevia come to be...[17:30] -What causes "keto flu" and how to avoid getting it...[21:50] -Why stevia tastes bitter to some people...[28:05] -Why Coke's "TruVia" and Pepsi's "PureVia" can actually be very bad for you (and why not all stevia is created equal)...[32:30] -How sugar alcohols are processed by your body, and the one form of sugar alcohol that won't make you fart...[40:15] -The little-known fruit grown in the foothills of China that actually does not spike your blood sugar...[42:25] -Why many natural flavors come from pretty nasty sources, including the anal gland of a beaver...[50:00] -The big reason you need to avoid anything that lists "caramel color"...[56:45] -My own personal vodka cocktail mix I use with Creme Soda flavored Zevia, and how my kids make Root Beer Floats with Root Beer flavored Zevia...[59:00] -Paddy's amazing recipe for a Zevia custard dessert...[61:10] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Zevia soda -Simply Gum -Here’s the recipe for Banana Swirl, created by Paddy's amazing wife Jerra Spence: 2 frozen bananas, a pinch of cinnamon, and a couple of splashes of Zevia Cream Soda. Combine all of these in a high-powered blender and mix until the bananas are smooth & creamy. Place in freezer for 30-60 minutes. Serve in a dish, possibly with some stevia-sweetened chocolate chips on top! Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Paddy or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

Killing Fat Cells, Fixing Mitochondria, Growing Superfoods & More: The Official, Much-Anticipated, Mind-Blowing, Geeked-Out Podcast With Dr. Mercola.  

There are very few people who I consider to be personal mentors, extremely trustworthy individuals in my life who I can look to for fitness, health and longevity advice, or people who I think put out truly "cutting-edge" health information. Dr. Joseph Mercola is one of those people. Dr. Mercola is a board certified family physician who had seen tens of thousands of patients before transitioning to a full time internet journalist, as he felt he could help far more people than he could in private practice. It turns out he was right...because every month he has ten million unique visitors and 80 million unique visitors each year. has been the most visited natural health site for the last 12 years and is now translated into six different languages. Dr. Mercola's passion is optimizing mitochondrial health, and during today's discussion, you'll discover: -How Dr. Mercola built into one of the most popular health websites in the world...[14:00] -Dr. Mercola's unique system that allows him to digest dozens of books each month while taking a quarter billion+ steps over his lifetime...[19:15] -Why you should wear blue light blocking glasses during the day, not just at night...[24:30] -How to ground your computer and keep your laptop and monitor from destroying your health...[26:35 & 35:20] -Why Dr. Mercola eats both seafood and one surprising compound found in seafood every day of the week...[29:20] -The little-known biohacks Dr. Mercola uses to maximize his mitochondrial density...[36:50] -Why scrambled eggs are very bad for you, and what you can do about it...[41:30] -The myth about iron levels and a crucial test you must take to keep iron from "rusting out" your body...[53:55] -The best book Dr. Mercola has ever read on strength training, and how he combines it with a special hack called "EWOT"...[20:20 & 79:10] -Dr. Mercola's take on whether or not quantification devices like rings and wristbands are good or bad for you, and what he personally uses...[60:45] -Why Dr. Mercola limits protein intake, and how he strikes a balance between anti-aging effects of muscle and aging effects of too much protein...[67:30] -How to make your own "anti-aging" cocktail...[72:30] -A unique one-two combo you can use prior to saunas to maximize your detoxification, fat burn and fat cell death...[75:10] -Two ingredients Dr. Mercola sprinkles on his garden soil to get 10x+ production of cherries, organic produce and more...[87:40] -The liquid dropper that Dr. Mercola takes on every airplane ride...[94:10] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Tripping Over The Truth -My interview with Dr. Minkoff "Why You've Been Lied To About Cancer" -My podcast with Dr. Mercola's girlfriend Erin Elizabeth on Lyme disease -The book "Deskbound" by Kelly Starrett -Negative ion generator -Eizo computer monitor -Iristech software for reducing blue light on monitors -Swannies stylish blue light blocking glasses -Laptop grounding cable -Organic fish roe -Induction burner for cooking foods at low heat -DIY Exercise With Oxygen Therapy -HARAPad anti-radiation laptop pad -Whole House Charcoal Water Filter structured water filter (use 15% discount code "friendofben") -Tank-free reverse osmosis filter with remineralization -Neobdyium magnet -Ionic ocean minerals -Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor's Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease -Gerald Pollack's book "The 4th Phase Of Water" -Dumping Iron: How to Ditch This Secret Killer and Reclaim Your Health -DeltaSleeper SR1 Device -Oura ring -Magnetico sleep pad -Ben's article on strength training and anti-aging -Ben's article on using NAD+ and pau d' arco bark tea for anti-aging -This one-two combination of d-Ribose and niacin pre-sauna -Ben's article on "hacking your sauna". -Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe -Quicksilver Scientific IMD Intestinal Cleanse -Biochar -Clearmind NI focus unit -Ben's podcast on the Quantlet  Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Mercola or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply! ------------------------- Addendum: Ben's notes on the DeltaSleeper/PEMF discussion: The info below regarding the "Ramazzini Team" study on PEMF and cancer does not take a genius to figure out. The Ramazzini team followed what is commonly known as an initiation-promotion protocol. Male and female Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed in their mothers’ wombs and then for the rest of their lives to 50 Hz magnetic fields at an intensity of either 20μT or 1,000μT (200 mG or 10 G). At the age of six weeks, they each received a single 0.1Gy dose of gamma radiation, a known cancer agent. So let's take a look at what we have here. 1. The six week old rats were given a single 0.1 Gy dose of Gamma radiation. A KNOWN cancer agent. Gamma rays are classified as ionizing. This means they have the power to cause permanent cellular damage. See Below: Primer on Electromagnetic Fields. 2. They were exposed continuously for the rest of their lives to 50Hz magnetic fields at either 200 milliGauss or 10 Gauss fields. This is completely unnatural. The Earth's magnetic field is 3-6 milliGaus (0.3-0.6 Gauss). The SR1 creates a field exactly within this natural range. I don't believe the 50Hz magnetic pulse itself would cause any damage however the SR1 device provides a much lower frequency pattern. So basically, these rats did not stand a chance of not developing cancer. Further into the report we find the following from Fiorella Belpoggi, the Scientific Director of the Institute who notes that: "No Cancer Seen with EMFs Alone" In an interview, Belpoggi said that they are planning to publish the results of a concurrent experiment in which rats were exposed to power-frequency EMFs, without any other treatment. “In our preliminary data, ELF EMFs alone didn’t appear to show an increase of cancer in experimental animals so far,” she disclosed. "The main result of our experiment,” she said, is that “ELF EMFs have a synergistic effect: They are able to enhance the effects of a well-known carcinogen at low doses that was negative at those doses in the same experimental model." It's important to understand the difference between EMF's in something like a DeltaSleeper and EMF's from higher power devices, so keep reading... ...EMFs are classified as ionizing or non-ionizing according to their frequency. Ionizing fields have very short wavelengths and frequencies between 1016 Hz. and 1023 Hz. These fields are above visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum (1015 Hz.) and include cosmic rays, gamma rays and X-rays which have the power to knock electrons off their nuclear orbits and cause permanent cellular damage. Non-ionizing fields have longer wavelengths and frequencies below 1014 Hz. Although they have less power than ionizing fields they are still capable of having biologic effects. Important EMF modalities in medicine today are non-thermal applications of non-ionizing radiation. Medical applications of non-thermal, non-ionizing EM fields include non-union fracture bone repair, neuronal stimulation, nerve stimulation, tissue regeneration, immune system stimulation, osteoarthritis therapy, wound healing etc. Non-ionizing fields are classified as thermal, which means in biological terms, causes gross tissue heating, or non-thermal, indicating no gross tissue heating is involved. And the SR1 Device is a non-ionizing, non-thermal device. Furthermore, is switched on for just 22 minutes per use. The Earth's magnetic field ranges from 0.3 Gauss - 0.6 Gauss. The SR1 Device field strength falls within this range. They are in effect "Copying Nature" with that technology.  

Is He The Most Self-Quantified Man On The Planet? Tracking Telomeres, Heart Rate, Electrostimulation & More With Quantified Bob.  

Meet Bob. "Quantified Bob". Quantified Bob has tracks his life tirelessly, and has reams of data and insight on how the human body responds to everything from varying amounts of starch intake, to electrostimulation, to artificial light to different diets to cognitive performance training and beyond. Bob Troia is a serial entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of digital innovation and emerging technologies for nearly two decades. A left- and right-brain thinker who is equal parts technical, creative, and analytical, Bob is as comfortable talking about business strategy, marketing, and product development as he is discussing programming, design, AI, hardware, and human physiology. He is actively involved in the quantified self and biohacking movements, focusing his passion on the intersection of self-tracking and personal analytics, health and wellness, behavior design, technology, and life optimization, documenting his personal efforts under the moniker “Quantified Bob”. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Quantified Bob got his name...[11:35] -How you can account for all the different potentially confounding variables when you're testing and tracking data...[13:00] -Why Bob hacked and tracked his glucose, and what he found...[17:10]  -How you can self-test your water quality, and what Bob found by comparing tap water to filtered water...[31:10] -The best way to monitor air quality in your home or office...[45:15] -The most surprising thing you can change in your bedroom that may give you a better night's sleep...[50:00] -How to track your "rate of aging"...[54:10] -The unique form of neuromuscular electrostimulation that Bob uses...[62:30] -The craziest or most intriguing self-quantification experiment Bob has planned...[67:50] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -23andme genetic testing -Oxaloacetate -MyBasis watch -The Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitor -PrecisionXtra -Ketonix Breath Ketone monitor -Zerowater -Home water testing kit -Trace liquid minerals -Foobot indoor air quality monitor -Allerair central air filter -The new Molekule air purification system -Titanovo telomere testing kits -D-minder Vitamin D testing -My podcast with Jay Schroeder on ARPWave -ARPWave practitioners -Periodic fasting diet study Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Bob or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

358: Muscle Cramping, Calorie & Carb Cycling, Gene Splicing, Fixing Altitude Sickness & More!  

August 10, 2016 Podcast: 358: Muscle Cramping, Calorie & Carb Cycling, Gene Splicing, Fixing Altitude Sickness & More! NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar of events. 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: You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on,, and Google+. Fascinating…this is why we race faster than we train. Gene's coming folks. Sad but true and why I have upcoming podcast on computer monitors. (check out VisionGym for fixing my myopia) An herb for lucid dreaming? Cool. (here is what I ordered) ----------------------------------------------------- Special Announcements: This podcast is brought to you by: -FitLife: Use discount code BEN for 20% off anything! -FourSigmatic Foods: use coupon "bengreenfield" for 15% off any mushroom blends. Use $5 discount code BEN on anything at Harrys Shaving. -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. NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar. Nov 17-18, 2016: Ben is speaking at the Biohacker's Summit in Helsinki, Finland. Discover the latest in wearables, internet of things, digital health, and mobile apps to increase performance, be healthier, stay fit, and get more done. Learn about taking food, preparation, cooking, and eating to the next level with the latest science and kitchen chemistry. Even delve into implanted chips, gene therapy, bionic arms, biometric shirts, robotic assistants, and virtual reality. Two days with an amazing crowd and a closing party with upgraded DJs to talk about. Click here to get in now at a 40% discount. Nov 11-14, 2016: Ben is speaking at this year's Wise Traditions on real food to enhance physical and mental performance. If you're an athlete, this is the talk for you! Click here to sign up. Did you miss the weekend podcast episode with Dr Chutkan? It was a must-listen – titled “The Gut Super Special: Eating Camel Poop, Weird Constipation Causes, Pig Whipworms & More: How to Banish Bloat, Fix Your Microbiome & Reboot Your Gut”. Click here to listen now or download for later! Grab this 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 Rachel Browne, the Podcast Sidekick. Natural Remedies For Altitude Sickness Jenny says: She's from Indiana. She's a fit and active 52 year old woman that lives 500ft above sea level. Her husband and her are planning a backpacking trip to Yellowstone this fall and she'll be hiking at 6000ft - 8000. Her concern is elevation sickness. She's snow skied out west before and she's experienced that horrible that headache and nausea feeling that comes with it and she's wondering if you have any tips for how to avoid altitude sickness and get used to working out? In my response, I recommend: -Garlic/lavender/clove essential oils -Gingko Biloba -TianChi -Coca leaves Everything You Need To Know About Muscle Cramping Rachel says: She's from Sydney and she loves the podcast and thanks for everything you do. Her question relates to muscle cramps. Her husband gets terrible cramps and they can occur at any time, like during runs over 12K and during the day, but they mostly occur at night. He takes magnesium and camp bark formula two times per day and magnesium forte. They've tried so many things but nothing seems to work. He rolls, stretches, doesn't relax etc, his mum had this issue and they both have blue feet. She may well have missed something you've already written about it but she can't find it. In my response, I recommend: -This podcast on muscle cramping How To Cycle Your Calories & Carbs Jeff says: Question about fat burn and calories deficit. He generally stays in fat burn and eats pretty healthy. He's wondering if he works out everyday and he's anywhere between 500-1000 cal deficit is that safe and OK to do, how long of a time period can he go that way? He only has 5-10 pounds to lose but he's really working on endurance, muscle strength and so forth. In my response, I recommend: The 5 Best Books For Power & Strength Jason says: He's a police officer in Albury and he's looking to start reading books on function strength for policing, he's looking to gain power and strength. What books would you recommend for that? In my response, I recommend: -Starting Strength -Mass Made Simple -Neuromass -Naked Warrior -MILO Strength  

Dirty Secrets Of The Supplement Industry, Lucid Dreaming, Smart Drugs, Hurricane Training & More: The Ryan Munsey Podcast.  

My guest on today's podcast, Ryan Munsey, is a former fitness model and gym-owner-turned writer, speaker, and biohacker. He's a mental and physical performance specialist with a degree in Food Science & Human Nutrition from Clemson University, and a wealth of knowledge on topics such as smart drugs, lucid dreaming, unconventional strength training and cardiovascular training techniques, and dirty secrets in the supplement industry. Ryan is also the Chief Optimizer at Natural Stacks and host of the Optimal Performance Podcast. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Ryan thinks most people shouldn't eat breakfast...[6:10] -The strange and shocking history of corn flakes...[20:50] -How to "hack" yourself into a state of lucid dreaming...[22:20] -How Ryan uses resistance bands to get strength breakthrough...[31:00] -The concept of something called "Hurricane training" for a huge boost in cardiovascular fitness...[39:24] -How Ryan stays lean when he can't workout... [45:45] -Ryan's unique personal "smart drug" stack that he uses...[53:00] -Why you should use caution when you see the word "proprietary" on a supplement label (and other dirty secrets of the supplements industry)...[62:10] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Ryan's article on why he skips breakfastr -The strange and shocking history of why corn flakes were invented -Ryan's podcast interview on lucid dreaming -Galantamine for lucid dreaming -CBD oil vs. Rick Simpson's oil -Rogue monster resistance bands -Ryan's article on Hurricane Training -Martin Rooney's Cardio Workouts for Warriors book -Bulletproof Instamix -The Longecity forum -How To Make Your Own Smart Drugs -Top 10 dirty secrets of the supplement industry -Natural Stacks (for CILTEP, etc.) (use 15% discount code BEN15 on anything) Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Ryan or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

The Gut Super-Special: Eating Camel Poop, Weird Constipation Causes, Pig Whipworms & More: How To Banish Bloat, Fix Your Microbiome & Reboot Your Gut.  

In the beginning of this episode, I mention "Michael Phelps cupping" and what the research really says about whether cupping does or does not work, and also mention a new study on 20-25% gains in lean muscle gain, strength and power, and this HMB-ATP stack that uses exactly what they used in the study (use 50% discount code BEN50). When it comes to healing your gut, getting rid of bloat and constipation, changing your gastrointestinal bacteria or any other digestive topic, I consider Dr. Robynne Chutkan to be one of the smartest women on the face of planet. She is on faculty at Georgetown University and founder of the Digestive Center for Women, and she is author of not one, not two, but three books that focus on her primary philosophy: healing your body from the inside out. So basically, she really loves talking about poop. Her latest book, The Microbiome Solution, is a deep dive into how and why some of our modern day living is actually causing more problems than we realized to the tiny microbes that keep us happy and healthy– household cleaners, air conditioning, processed food. In that book, she talks about eating poop, timing your probiotics, getting a dog to lick your face, eating dirt and more. In her other book, The Bloat Cure, she looks at less of the science and more at the practical nature of our bloated bellies, talking about how bloat isn’t just bad Chinese food, but also things like codeine in cough syrup and dehydration and birth control pills and GMOs. During today's episode, you'll discover what I learned from reading both these books, and much more, including: -How Dr. Chutkan can actually "smell" gut issues with her patients...[16:25] -What it means if your sweat smells funky...[21:00] -What pig whipworms and hookworms have to do with getting a healthier gut...[24:30] -Why the Bedouin tribe eats camel feces when they have gut issues...[34:00] -Why the "poop pills" everyone seems to be talking about don't work...[52:50] -Which common musculoskeletal imbalance can cause constipation, no matter how healthy you eat...[55:56] -Why your medications and supplements may be making you constipated, and what you can do about it...[62:30] -How wine can be either good or bad for your microbiome, depending on when you drink the wine...[67:45] -The best time of day to take probiotics if you are also taking antibiotics...[69:30] -Beans cause bloat for lots of people, you'll discover one special ingredient you can add to them to keep this from happening...[72:55] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out -The Bloat Cure: 101 Natural Solutions for Real and Lasting Relief -3 day "poop panel" to test your gut -Openbiome for fecal transplants -"How To Poop The Right Way" article -NatureCleanse   Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Chutkan or me? Leave your thoughts at and one of us will reply!

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