The Weekly Roundup: Your Go-To Guide For Everything You May Have Missed This Week & More!


Welcome to my brand new Weekly Roundup!

In one convenient post, you’re about to discover the most important things I’ve noticed this week, including the latest news from the fronts of fitness, nutrition, health, wellness, biohacking and anti-aging research, the top photos, videos and stories from this week, upcoming events and speaking appearances, giveaways, specials and a host of other things you may have missed.

Let’s do this!

Podcasts I Recorded This Week:

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


What Your Poop Can Tell You About Your Health, How To Heal Tendons & Ligaments Faster, Natural Ways To Decrease Cortisol & More!


Popular Podcasts I Was On This Week:

I discussed my personal life with Hayden Wilson…

We explored my life journey, how I got to this point, what a ‘regular’ day looks like, some of the experiments I’ve taken ‘too far’, my podcasting journey of over 10 years, the 3 structured habits I live by, and much more.

Articles I Published This Week:

The Ultimate Guide To Biohacking Your Testosterone: 17 Ways To Maximize Muscle-Building, Libido & Anti-Aging.

Should You Use This Controversial Hormone Marketed As A Natural “Fountain Of Youth”?

This Week’s Inner Circle News:

Inside the Ben Greenfield Fitness Inner Circle, my private forum for personal interaction with me and my family, my amazing wife, Jesaa Greenfield, released her October Inner Circle Healthy Home Workshop this week. Check out the cover below to see the topics, and click here to learn how to live a more creative, natural, and simplified life!oct-2016-hhw


I was at the Spartan Ultra Beast in Tahoe and the National Endurance Sports Summit in New Jersey, and, for those of you who couldn’t make Tahoe or New Jersey, you can click here to RSVP and join me on October 29th For The Las Vegas Tough Mudder.

“… the hellish 24-hour endurance race, Tough Mudder Las Vegas features a challenging mix of desert mountains, lakefront scenery, and rocky terrain.”

You can click here to view the full Ben Greenfield Fitness calendar and all the events I will be at, and where you can join me for fun meetups, future events and conferences, races and more!

This Week’s Most Popular Instagram Pic:

Jessa and I got a little romantic in Kauai…

This Week’s Most Popular Tweet:

This Week’s Most Popular Facebook Post:

A little Throwback Thursday…

This Week’s Most Popular Snapchat Story:

I got a little crazy with ketones…

…but, as you may know, snapchat deletes stories after 24 hours of going live – you will have to follow me on Snapchat to find out why I drank $3000 of ketone esters and logged the whole experiment for you.

This Week’s Most Popular Pin from Pinterest:

We were running wild with OCR – no wonder our top pin was all about my buddy Hunter McIntyre, pro endurance athlete, Broken Skull winner, BoundlessTV co-host, obstacle course racing champion and self-described macho man.

Cool New Products:

The world’s top obstacle course racer, Hunter McIntyre, and me launched our new Obstacle Dominator – Obstacle Racing and Spartan Race Training Plan 2.0 (Full Digital Package).

“This is the groundbreaking, done-for-you obstacle training program designed by Greenfield Fitness Systems head coach Ben Greenfield and top Spartan athlete Hunter McIntyre. You can click here to go to the official page for this training package, or you can simply keep reading below to get details on all nine components of this complete obstacle racing and Spartan race trainin plan!”

…and, we’re running a $20 discount – the $97 Full Digital Package is only $77 until Oct 31st.

Obstacle Dominator 2.0

Click here for everything else I have created, including supplements, books, gear, and more.

And…This Week’s Big Giveaway:

We’re giving away a sauna. Yep, a full-on, giant infrared sauna…

…and you can click here to enter to win a Clearlight Saunctuary Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna!

Only Clearlight Saunas have no EMF or ELF exposure, a 100% Lifetime Warranty and 500w Full Spectrum heaters with near, mid and far infrared.

Free shipping to the Grand Prize Winner is included! (total value $5995) Winner will be announced on Ben’s mid-November upcoming sauna podcast.

Leave any questions, comments, or feedback below – or any news of the week that you think I should have added – and I will be sure to 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 below 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 below 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.


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

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

Sal DiStefano…

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

Adam Schafer…

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 testosterone 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 below and one of us will reply!

The Ultimate Guide To Biohacking Your Testosterone: 17 Ways To Maximize Muscle-Building, Libido & Anti-Aging.

how to biohack testosterone

Allow me to introduce you to my Finnish friend Dr. Olli Sovijärvi, MD, pictured above. 

I first mentioned Olli in my article “21 Unfamiliar Nutrition Tricks I Discovered In The Biohackers’ Handbook.”, and then again in “Never Get Sick Again: 13 Underground Immune Boosting Strategies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.

So why am I so seemingly obsessed with Olli and his strange nutrition, immunity, and, as you’re about to discover, testosterone-boosting tactics?

First, he is a beast of a powerlifter.

Observe him in action in this preview video for the November 18 Biohackers’ Summit in Helsinki, Finland (use 10% discount code BEN).

Second, he is a medical doctor. That’s right: he works in his clinic with patients day in and day out and is friggin’ steeped in a combination of research and practice. He’s not some kid with a neck beard sitting in his mom’s basement googling PubMed articles.

Third, he’s constantly on my mind because I wake up each morning to texts like this:


Or this:


Or this:


So finally, when I got the text above, I told Olli,

“Look man…most people have no clue you can shine laser lights on your balls to increase your testosterone, or that there are ways to reverse the damage cell phones can wreak on your gonads, or that once you drop below 30% carbs your testosterone starts to severely decline if you’re an avid exerciser…

…so, can you write an article for me with all these tactics?”

So Olli did just that.

And what you are about to read is the result: 17 of Olli’s best known tactics for increasing testosterone  – some of them proven and basic strategies and others fringe techniques I’ve never heard of until now.

Enjoy, leave any questions, comments or feedback below the post, and if you enjoy this stuff, then check out his Biohacker’s Handbook, which dives deep into immunity, sleep, nutrition, exercise, the function of the mind and much more in 530+ pages of the best biohacking tips I’ve ever discovered.

Take it away Olli…


Most Testosterone Advice Sucks

Biohacking testosterone (AKA “T”) has been a hot topic the past few years. Er, decades. Er, centuries. Perhaps technology and social media has just made what men and women have possibly pursued since the dawn of time just a bit more in our faces.

Just look at it: YouTube is full of T-optimizing videos and channels, iTunes has entire podcasts devoted to libido and testosterone, broscience forums are chock full of T advice from around the planet, there are entire T-boosting websites jam-packed with linkbait and ads and…

…don’t even get me started on supplement companies, who mostly source cheap herbs from Asia, shove them into a bottle, and produce a very, very sexy website designed to get you to empty your wallet to pop some magical T-boosting pill.

And yeah, you can find plenty of research articles on optimizing T and even a bunch of books and e-books have been released. I have read and studied all of them and beyond. Honestly: I am a consummate geek. I spend my entire day either treating patients or hanging out with my wife or baby, or sending Ben Greenfield strange texts.

And these apparently promising supplements, pills and tricks sound good, but simply don’t work. Yep…they don’t work, or they raise your T so miniscule-ingly low that you’re basically spending hundreds of your hard-earned dollars on pretty much next-to-nothing when it comes to an actual significant boost. You would be shocked at the amount of bloodwork I see that shows me men and women who are doing everything they read on the internets to boost testosterone with barely a bump in total or free levels of this hormone.

But at the same time, I’ll admit that there are some legimiate folks out there producing testosterone enhancing advice. I am very grateful for the amazing work on optimizing testosterone put out by guys behind the Anabolic Men website (especially Ali Kuoppala) from whom I have learned a lot.

Thanks also to Christopher Walker, a neuroscientist who has written a significant amount of information on testosterone, especially training wise (e.g., google “THOR”, “Testosterone I/O”, “Testshock”, etc.).

And I also want to thank a bunch of Finnish medical colleagues and friends who I’ve spent copious amounts of time with sitting naked in a Finnish sauna, followed by cold plunges into the Baltic sea, followed by intellectually stimulating conversations on all things testosterone (yeah, if you’re reading you know who you are).

Still, all these tricks you’re about to discover, especially those presented later in the article, are tactics I have had to dig deep from the depths of PubMed and literally spent hours and hours of reading every possible study that could potentially find in terms something new about one of the most important and studied hormones that exists for both men and women.

You could say that I am mildly infatuated with testosterone. My latest T (total) was 32 nmol/l (922 ng/dl). As you can see from the studies cited here, that’s high compared to the total T of 300-600 most guys these days have. And I have a newborn baby to prove it that my T is serving me well. Here she is, crawling through our backyard here in Helsinki…


Before we jump into these many-probably-never-heard-of-biohacks on optimizing your T, I want to make sure that you have the basics covered. Yep, the boring basics. Without these, which include things like an adequate fitness training system, nutrition, sleep and stress management, these strategies won’t be near as solid as they could be. You can read more about optimizing sleep, nutrition, stress and exercise from Biohacker’s Handbook (of which head author I am).

Note from Ben: if you read the parenthetical section above, you will know that Olli, because he is Finnish, sometimes talks like Yoda. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it).


The Testosterone Basics

Testosterone is basically just an anabolic sex steroid hormone, mainly released in the Leydig cells of the testes in men (95%) and the ovaries and adrenal glands of women. Yes, testosterone is not just a male hormone, and women also produce, but at lower magnitude. Actually, men have roughly about 10 times more testosterone than women. Testosterone is derived from cholesterol, which is also known as “the mother of all steroids” (and why low-cholesterol diets and statins suck for most hormone and steroid optimizing goals).

Testosterone is responsible for men’s sexual characteristics: it stimulates the growth of penis and scrotum, increases growth of body and facial hair (which is otherwise highly genetically regulated…so little body hair doesn’t automatically mean low T, as we can all testify to upon seeing the actor “The Rock”), impacts the ability to put on muscle mass and lose fat and even affects the tone of the voice by strengthening vocal cords. Yep, you read right. If you have a low voice and you’re bald, like Bane from Batman, you might actually be genetically equipped to produce more T, which seems quite unfair for all those high-pitched white guys with man-fros.


Testosterone is also an anti-aging hormone, which means that a healthy level of testosterone throughout your life can make you live longer. As a matter of fact, in men aged 30 years and older, testosterone levels steadily fall at a rate of about 1% per year, and no amount of palette painting appears to be able to halt that decline.

OK, for this next brief section…if you are simply drooling from the corners of your mouth to learn how to increase your testosterone, then feel free to skip it. But if you actually want to know how your darling testes (or ovaries for you ladies) actually make T, or want some impressive words to throw around at a cocktail party, then check out how testosterone actually works.


How Testosterone Works

How testosterone works really isn’t too complex.

There is a feedback loop from your brain to your testes (or ovaries), and it controls how much testosterone is being released. The physiological regulation of testosterone begins in your hypothalamus, a section of your brain which releases gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH).

That GnRH then stimulates the pituitary gland to release two crucial hormones for male health: follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). In the testes, FSH stimulates spermatogenesis (making new sperm cells) and LH stimulates testosterone production. In turn, testosterone exerts feedback control of the pituitary LH and FSH secretion, meaning if you’re not producing enough testosterone, and your feedback loop is working properly, you’ll churn out more LH and FSH. And if you’re making too much testosterone, you’d downregulate LH and FSH. Once you’ve made your testosterone, it can be further converted to dihydrotestosterone or estradiol.


Anyways, this produced testosterone enters your blood stream as free testosterone, which is the biologically available form of T. The majority (about 98%) of the produced testosterone is then bound to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) or albumin (another major protein in the blood). For testosterone to become ”active” you would need a release of it from the carrier protein, and optimal SHGB levels in the blood so that not too much of it is bound to SHBG.

For testosterone to have an anabolic effect in the body it must bind to an androgen receptor (for example, in muscle tissue). Heavy strength training actually activates these androgen receptors, and free, bioavailable testosterone is then able bind to free androgen receptor sites. After that begins a cascade in the cell which eventually enters DNA and initiates protein synthesis and anabolism. Therefore, it is crucial to have a good androgen sensitivity and androgen receptor density (you’re about to get a whole bunch of hacks for that).

Testosterone is also a hormone that plays a key role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. That is why it has a major influence on body fat composition and muscle mass, especially in males and to a lesser extent in females. This is also why research has over and over again shown that testosterone deficiency is related to various metabolic health problems such as increased visceral fat mass (also known as “central adiposity”), reduced insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, leading to metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and even cardiovascular disease (CVD). Testosterone deficiency has been reported in population studies to be associated with an increase in all-cause mortality (mainly linked to CVD). In the meantime, healthy levels of testosterone also protect from cognitive decline.

So, duh, testosterone is pretty much good. You probably wouldn’t be reading if you didn’t suspect that.

Alright, enough with the geekery. Let’s delve into the first part of my tips – basic lifestyle hacks for high testosterone…


Basic Lifestyle Hacks For High Testosterone

  1. Sleep enough — often more is better

The majority of the daily testosterone release in men occurs during sleep. Fragmented sleep and obstructive sleep apnea are associated with reduced testosterone levels. A study released on The Journal of the American Medical Association, found out that one week of sleep restriction (5 hours of sleep per night) decreased testosterone production by 10–15%.

Studies have also found out that sleep’s effect on testosterone has an inverted U-shaped curve. Testosterone production increased with increasing sleep duration up to 10 hours after which it decreased.

For my ultimate sleep hacks, check out my Biohacker’s Handbook’s sleep chapter for free here.

  1. Get rid of extra belly fat and be lean

It is generally noted in research that the higher your body fat percentage, the lower your testosterone. The correlation works especially in the direction of getting leaner, which will instantly raise your T levels. Longitudinal analyses showing no influence of baseline hormone levels on change in anthropometric measures imply that body composition affects hormone levels and not the reverse. Yep, you read right. Being lean gives you high testosterone more than high testosterone makes you lean.

But you don’t need to be an emaciated marathoner. Instead, it has been roughly estimated that a male body fat percentage between 8–14% is optimal for testosterone production. Higher fat mass also usually increased aromatase enzyme activity, which converts more testosterone into estrogen.  In opposition, too low body fat content can be detrimental for testosterone production.

  1. Practice strength training and gain some muscle mass

While practicing strength training and gaining muscle often reduces body fat percentage (which leads into higher testosterone), it also has independent effect on elevating testosterone. Having higher muscle mass is positively correlated with higher testosteroneLifting medium-heavy weights explosively can stimulate short-term and long-term testosterone productionTraining progressively by adding more weight nearly every time you train causes your body to adapt to higher and higher testosterone levels via neuromuscular adaptations.

Follow these basic principles when strength training for optimal T production:

  • Always lift explosively (with perfect form)
  • Lift heavy enough, but not too heavy (to have an optimum force/velocity-curve)
  • Use compound lifts to activate large amounts of muscle mass
  • Focus on body parts that have high density of androgen receptor sites (chest, shoulders, trapezius)
  • Do sprint intervals to maximize force production in minimal time and to activate fast-twitch muscle fibers
  • Do as much work on as much muscle tissue as possible in as short amount of time as possible while staying under the negative stress threshold
  • If your gym is limited, the muscle up exercise is, in my opinion, the king of testosterone-boosting exercises
  1. Control your stress levels and meditate

Chronic stress leads eventually into chronically elevated stress hormone (cortisol) levels in the blood. Cortisol is necessary for life, but when excreted too much for too long, it can cause some serious health problems. One of the disadvantages is diminished testosterone secretion, as cortisol and testosterone compete of the same hormonal precursors and raw materials (mainly pregnenolone). For example in military conditions prolonged stress has been shown to significantly lower testosterone secretion.

Implement these potent strategies (some of my favorites) into your life to lower stress – you can click on the links for more research, by the way:

  1. Eat nutrient dense whole foods and get enough (but not too many) calories

Let’s start with micronutrients.

Getting enough and optimal amount of micronutrients is crucial for testosterone production. Measuring your micronutrient status is a crucial step on finding out what your exact situation is. The most important micronutrients for testosterone production are zinc, magnesium, calcium, vitamin D, B vitamins, iodine, selenium, vitamin K2, vitamin A, vitamin E, manganese and boron.

Eating a diet rich in nutrients and minerals (read: whole foods) is crucial not just for overall health, but also for optimal T production. Getting a high micronutrient multivitamin supplement on the basis of your personal needs can also be a testosterone saving thing if your diet is lacking something.

Next comes calories.

Your body needs enough calories to produce adequate amounts of testosterone. With constant and prolonged calorie restriction the body begins to adapt into survival mode, which means that for example reproductive system is not of great importance anymore. The body will conserve energy for vital processes and internal organs.

For optimal testosterone production it is wise to eat at maintenance or a slight calorie surplus. But if you are overweight, a minor calorie deficit and losing weight will actually elevate testosterone production (as explained previously). So, the plan is to get lean first and then eat higher calories for optimal testosterone production and maintenance. Losing weight slowly is a good option here: about 15% calorie deficit doesn’t seem to affect testosterone negatively. But it can affect somewhat negatively your thyroid hormone production.

Finally comes macronutrients, AKA “macros”.

And when it comes to macros, nearly everybody, especially in the fitness industry, talks about protein. There are tons of different protein supplements that are supposed to make you lean and fit. Protein has gained a reputation that it is the most important macronutrient when it comes to building muscle and gaining strength. It is certainly true that protein and especially certain amino acids are essential for life and muscle tissues and that chronic protein malnutrition will cause low testosterone levels.

The caveat here is that you don’t actually need as much protein as you have been told. For most, the recommended daily allowance levels (1.0–1.4 g /kg of bodyweight) are enough for optimal testosterone production. For strength training individuals often recommended protein intake is 1.6–1.8 g / kg of bodyweight. Even athletes that practice strength training do not benefit from extra protein intake (over 2.0 g / kg of bodyweight).

For example, Ben Greenfield simply eats 0.5-0.7g protein per pound of body weight on easy exercise days and 0.7-0.8 grams per pound on hard exercise days. Easy enough, eh?

Protein source is also a major factor in testosterone production. A study published in British Journal of Nutrition found out that for example when meat was replaced with soybean protein in healthy men, the testosterone:estradiol ratio decreased significantly. Yes, steak beats edamame, hands down.

For optimal testosterone production it also seems crucial that you don’t eat too much protein and that you eat enough carbohydrates and fat. One study which compared protein and carbohydrate changes and their hormonal effects found out that when the male subjects went 10-days on a high-protein low-carb diet, their total testosterone levels were 21% lower than what they would have been on a high-carbohydrate low-protein diet. The high-protein diet also caused significantly higher cortisol levels. The diets were equal in total calories and fat.

Another study, which compared ratios of protein to carbohydrates to different fats, found out that diets higher in carbohydrates and saturated+monounsaturated fats than protein were related to higher testosterone production in strength training men. Previous studies have also found out that men who consume a diet containing 20% of fat compared with diets containing 40% fat have significantly lower concentrations of testosterone in the blood. Many other studies also show that getting enough fat from diet is crucial for testosterone production. Also, getting enough cholesterol (raw material for steroid hormone production) from your diet is critical to optimal hormonal balance.

For men who exercise and especially those who perform an intensive training micro-cycle, it is crucial to eat enough carbohydrates (CHO) to optimize testosterone production. In one study two groups (30% of CHO vs 60% of CHO) were compared in terms of testosterone-to-cortisol-ratio. The study found out that those who ate 60% of carbohydrates had significantly higher free testosterone to cortisol -ratio than the lower carbohydrate group.

The bottom line is this: for optimal testosterone production you shouldn’t go too low in calories (neither too high), shouldn’t consume too much protein (under 2g/kg) or eat too little carbs and too little saturated and mono-unsaturated fats. For me personally, the optimal ratio for T production seems to be on a 2500 kcal/day slight deficit diet with 98 kg bodyweight looks like this:

  • 1.8g protein/ bodyweight (1.8g x 98 = 176.4 grams = 720 kcal)
  • 40% of total calorie intake fat (1000 kcal = 111 grams)
  • Rest of the daily energy need from carbohydrates ( 780 kcal = 195 grams)

That means also eating quite a bunch of carbohydrates, and yet at under 200g carbs this example would still be among conventional nutrition advisors called a “low carbohydrate diet”.

Finally, for actual food sources, you can read from the Anabolic Men’s site the scientific basis for the most important foods that boost testosterone production. Based on that, here are my top 12 foods that satisfy the criteria above:

Here are a couple bonus additions that are daily staples for me: Celtic sea salt & high-altitude single-origin water-washed coffee.

I would suggest that you check out Biohacker’s Handbook’s Nutrition chapter for more information on how to optimize your personal diet.

  1. Drink enough water and hydrate yourself

Getting enough clean, mineral-rich water is not only crucial for life, but also for optimal hormonal balance. For example even mild dehydration (1–2%) can raise cortisol levels and deleteriously effect testosterone production. Especially when sweating a lot and during periods of heavy exercise, the importance of drinking water for testosterone maintenance is increased. The higher the level of the dehydration, the bigger the effects are on raising cortisol (and adrenaline) and lowering testosterone.

On the other hand, drinking too much water will also cause problems, such as diluting the blood and messing up with sodium balance in the body – even leading to hyponatremia (more precisely hypervolemic hyponatremia, or water intoxication) which, when severe, can cause numerous neurological and cardiovascular symptoms. So if you drink a lot of water, I recommend you add sea salt to prevent water retention and electrolyte disturbances.

The easiest way to estimate your hydration status is to analyze the color of your urine and the feeling of thirst. If your urine is diluted and pale in color, you have probably drank too much water. Ben has a pretty comprehensive article on this called “10 Things Your Pee Can Tell You About Your Body”. Also, if you feel a thirsty, you should know that you are already in a state of mild dehydration.

And for Pete’s sake, don’t drink plastic bottled water if you don’t want to jack up your estrogen levels. Stick to good spring water, filtered water, well water or glass bottled water.

  1. Have regular sex, but don’t ejaculate too often

There hasn’t been any extremely convincing studies on sex frequency and testosterone correlation in young men. However, one big observational study conducted with 1226 older men (aged 70+) found that regular sex helped to diminish the decline in testosterone level that occurs naturally with age. The study says:

We found a consistent association among older men followed over 2 years between the decline in sexual activity and desire, but not in erectile function, with a decrease in serum T. Although these observational findings cannot determine causality, the small magnitude of the decrease in serum T raises the hypothesis that reduced sexual function may reduce serum T rather than the reverse.

One small study also found out that men having sex in a sex club had an average increase of 72% of salivary testosterone after sex. I am not endorsing sex club visitations as a staple in your daily routine, but I’m just sayin’. In the meantime, those at the sex club who were just masturbating and watching sexual acts raised T only by 11%.

One sexual performance anecdote, mainly derived from athletes, is that sex the previous day or even many days before competition somehow hinders performance. But this topic has actually been researched and busted as a myth.

For example, one study comparing the maximal effort on cycle ergometer found out that having sex 2 hours before athletic performance slightly diminished recovery capacity, while having sex 10 hours before the event had absolutely no effect on performance or recovery. Another study found out that having sexual intercourse 12 hours prior to maximal treadmill effort didn’t have any negative (nor positive) effects on performance.

On the other hand, in traditional Chinese medicine it is common knowledge that ejaculation can more rapidly deplte Qi (Chi), your life force. This also makes sense, since sperm contains the seeds of life and plenty of minerals too. But this topic has also been researched by scientists.

One study found out that a short-term abstinence of sex (3 weeks) slightly increased testosterone. Another small study (28 healthy men) could actually verify, that an optimal ejaculation frequency for men testosterone-wise is actually 7 days. The study found that on the 7th day of abstinence, there was a significant increase in testosterone production (146%).  But too long a period of abstinence (e.g. over 3 months) can actually crash your testosterone production.

So drawing all these studies and anecdotes together, it appears that having sex once a week with a real partner is the best way of elevating your testosterone production.

  1. Avoid exposure to endocrine disruptors in plastics, food & water

Endocrine disruptors are synthetic chemicals or natural substances that can alter the endocrine system. Ben talked about plenty of these in his latest “How To Detox Your Home” article.

Many of the endocrine disruptors are either directly negatively affecting  testosterone production or acting as estrogen mimics (like xenoestrogens). These are mainly found in plastics, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, toys, pesticides, preservatives, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They have also been linked to many other health problems like cancer, decreased fertility, metabolic syndrome, hypothyroid and diabetes.

So first, avoid these substances, period.

  • BPA (Bisphenol A)
    • Found in plastics; can lower testosterone levels significantly and cause erectile dysfunction
  • BPS (Bisphenol S)
    • Marketed as a ”safer” alternative to BPA found in thermal receipts, plastics and household dust.
    • Has the same negative endocrine effects as BPA
  • Phtalates
    • Found in plastics and cosmetics
    • Men having high phtalates in the urine have lower testosterone levels
  • Parabens
    • Found especially in sun lotions, moisturizers, shampoos, tooth pastes and in other cosmetics as a preservative
    • Function as a xenoestrogen in the body elevating estrogen levels in men (and women)
  • Triclosan & triclocarban
  • Benzophenones (BP-1, BP-2 & BP-3)
    • Found mainly in sunscreens functioning as UV filters
    • Can possibly lower testosterone by antagonizing androgen receptors (in English, blocking the receptor sites) and blocking enzymes converting other androgens to testosterone

The number one way to reduce your exposure to these endocrine disruptors is to avoid the use of plastics as well as you can with the following strategies:

  • Switch plastic cups to glass or steel cups & bottles (glass would be optimal)
  • Store leftover food in glass jars
  • Aquire a good tap filter that filters all contaminants and endocrine disrupters (e.g. reverse osmosis & activated charcoal filters)
  • Use only organic & natural ingredient cosmetics
  • Avoid junk food and prefer organic food
  • Minimize the handling time with receipts or use gloves
  • Avoid the use of detergents and flame retardants (and other possible endocrine disrupting chemicals)
  1. Raise your basic aerobic physical activity (but don’t do too much endurance training)

Being physically inactive is quite deleterious to your testosterone production. It has been shown in various studies that sedentary men who engage in regular physical activity instantly raise their testosterone levels and do it quite significantly.

For example a 12-week period of increased physical activity in a group of obese men showed significant increase in testosterone levels independent of accompanied weight loss induced by a mild calorie deficit. This means that a basic low-level physical activity like walking is an independent testosterone boosting factor! On the flipside, too much endurance training has been shown to lower testosterone levels significantly. One interesting fact is that in endurance athletes, low T is an independent factor (possibly impairing testicular function) which is not even related to chronically elevated cortisol levels.

  1. Increase your androgen receptor density

Besides optimizing testosterone production for optimal actual hormone signaling, you also need to have a good amount of androgen receptors in your body. Below are some the most researched ways to increase your androgen receptor density.

-Intermittent fasting (IF) and longer fasts

The easiest way to prime your androgen receptors for optimal testosterone uptake is intermittent fasting. Simply skipping your breakfast and pushing the first meal of the day as far as you can is a method that works very well. A small study showed that a fast of 12 to 56 hours improved testosterone response up to 180% in lean, but not in obese men.

Another study found out that after 10 day water fast, testosterone showed a downward trend of approximately 15–20%. When re-feeding after the prolonged fast with normal meals, the participants’ testosterone levels went up significantly higher than before the fasting baseline values. One guy even went from around 600 ng/dl to 1600 ng/dl! The explanation for this phenomenon is that fasting primes your body to be more receptive to testosterone, which means higher androgen receptor sensitivity.

Warning: If you are under a chronic stress and have super high cortisol levels all day long, a prolonged 16+ hour fast might not be your thing.

-Coffee (especially when fasting)

Coffee blunts hunger, which makes fasting easier. The caffeine in coffee can raise testosterone levels before exercise especially when tired (4mg/kg dosage) and after exercise (240 mg dosage).

-Explosive resistance training

There are basic resistance training principles that you should follow to optimize your androgen receptor density. First, activate large amounts of muscle mass with big compound movements. Second, do every movement as explosively as possible while maintaining a proper form. Third, keep workouts intense and short to avoid excess cortisol release. Fourth, use progressive loading with training (e.g. microloading). Research has shown that men who do resistance training regularly have higher androgen receptor density than untrained men.


Carnitine in is a lipid transporter molecule that moves ingested dietary fat via carnitine-acyl-transferases into mitochondria to be oxidized into energy (beta-oxidation). It will also increase androgen receptor activity in cells by providing energy for the receptors.

A 3-week supplementation with 2 grams L-carnitine L-tartrate (LCLT) per day has been shown to upregulate androgen receptor content after exercise, which promotes better recovery from training.  Another 3-week supplementation study showed that LCLT reduced the amount of exercise-induced muscle tissue damage, which also meant that a greater number of receptors would be available for hormonal interactions.


Based on in vitro and animal studies, mucuna pruriens, which contains L-dopa (3–6 %) has a potential of increasing androgen receptor density. I would still be careful with this, because overusing L-dopa may have some side effects such as hypotension, nausea, disorientation and sleepiness. These are more likely if you just use L-dopa medication instead of mucuna pruriens.


Also based on in vitro studies, forskolin, which functions as a cAMP activator and further as a PKA stimulator, can stimulate also the density of androgen receptors. There is also a placebo-controlled human study on forskolin on its effects on recovery and testosterone production. The study has been criticized  by many because of the authors’ interest in supplement business and the authors’ providing their own forskolin product. Forskolin may also cause hepatic side effects if the dosage is too high for too long.

Here is a conclusion on forskolin drawn together by Suppversity:

”…the almost non-existent human data on the purported testosterone boosting effects, this should be reason enough not to buy more than one bottle for a test-run. After which I highly suggest to do some lab work to see if whatever good or bad you believe you are feeling is an actual boost in T (check T-levels) or hepatic side effects (check ALT, AST & ALP).”

  1. Use creatine every day

Probably everyone who has trained with weights has heard of creatine. It is literally everywhere: in the gyms, in natural stores, supplement sites and even in normal grocery stores. Creatine monohydrate is not a new supplement, but rather an old one – the earliest studies on creatine and performance come from the early 1990s.

Creatine is already naturally occurring in red meat and in almost all vertebras. It functions in skeletal muscle energy production by increasing the amount of ATP in the cells. The specific energy system it is used in is your “creatine-phosphate” or “phosphagen” system. In your cells, creatine phosphate (CP) donates a phosphate to ADP to produce ATP. Your creatine phosphate system activates in short and intense bursts of exercise (around 5-8 seconds).

The research behind creatine is incredibly massive. There are nearly 100 peer-reviewed human studies showing that it increases strength, muscle mass and power and affects positively on body composition and sports performance. Quite a few studies have also shown that supplementing with just 5 grams of creatine per day increases testosterone and DHT significantly. Especially when beginning with the supplementation the elevation on DHT is especially high. One study showed that creatine also helped to diminish potential harmful effects of short-term overtraining while maintaining higher testosterone levels compared to those who didn’t supplement with creatine.

Longer term usage of creatine has not been shown to have any negative or adverse health effects. An overall trend towards higher testosterone serum levels has been also observed (on average from baseline of 17 nmol/l to 26 nmol/l).

One caveat: there was one review done in 2011 concluded that ”…high-dose (>3-5 g/day) creatine supplementation should not be used by individuals with pre-existing renal disease or those with a potential risk for renal dysfunction (diabetes, hypertension, reduced glomerular filtration rate). A pre-supplementation investigation of kidney function might be considered for reasons of safety, but in normal healthy subjects appears unnecessary.”


More Extreme & Lesser-Known Biohacks For High Testosterone

We have now covered the basics for optimizing testosterone that you really need to know and do first, before you begin to throw in the fancy stuff. Next, I will introduce you methods that have not been really discussed in popular literature and which fall into the category I affectionately refer to as “biohack yourself into a T monster”. These methods are also science-based, but I’ll admit that for some of the hacks, convincing human studies are still to be seen.

  1. Electrical (muscle) stimulation

A study done on rat’s gastrocnemius muscle (calf) found out that electrical stimulation induced a rapid increase in the number of androgen receptors in early parts of the stimulation. This led to an increase in muscle mass by enhancing the muscle sensitivity to androgens.

Another study conducted in humans showed that an electrical stimulation of volunteers’ meridian points (which basically means electro-acupuncture) increased subjects’ concentrations of total testosterone and DHEA-S without affecting LH or FSH (secreted from the pituitary gland).

Here is Ben’s comprehensive article on how to use electrostim (and a whole lot more).

  1. Red light or low-lever laser therapy (on your nuts)

Red light, near infrared light (NIR) or low-level laser therapy has been used to treat various conditions from pain and muscle aches to wound healing, skin conditions, osteoarthritis and even depression. These effects are usually local, but near infrared light has also systemic effects via circulation of blood. You might want to read this super comprehensive article on red light and NIR by a Finnish medical student Vladimir Heiskanen. He has been a key source of information for me regarding the healing effects of red light.

The basis for stimulating testosterone production by shooting red light and near-infra red light (yep, especially on your testicles) lies on the mechanism how red (or infrared) wavelengths work inside the cell. The key is that they stimulate ATP production in Leydig cells, thus increasing the energy available for the cells. This means more testosterone production.

There might be also other mechanisms, which are speculated in ”Red Light Man” site:

“Another potential mechanism involves a separate class of photoreceptive proteins, known as ‘opsin proteins. The human testes are especially abundant with various of these highly specific photoreceptors including OPN3, which are ‘activated, much like cytochrome, specifically by wavelengths of light. Stimulation of these testicular proteins by red light induces cellular responses that may ultimately lead to increased testosterone production, amongst other things, although research is still in the preliminary stages regarding these proteins and metabolic pathways. These type of photoreceptive proteins are also found in the eyes and also, interestingly, the brain.”

I haven’t found any human studies on the subject, but according to a few studies done on rats, the positive effects on testosterone production are enormous. For example a Korean study found out that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) with wavelength of 670nm (which is in border of visible red light and infra-red light) 30 minutes per day showed significant increase in serum testosterone by fourth day of the treatment without any harmful tissue penetration. A wavelength of 808 nm didn’t have any effect on T production. Another study done with rams didn’t show any positive effects on T production with 808 nm wavelength.

  • Overall, red or infrared light from LED source is generally thought to be a safe therapeutic method
  • Avoid heating the testicles, since the heat will destroy sperm cells and have a negative effect on the Leydig cells
  • Avoid blue light and UV light exposure on testicles (blue light inhibits ATP production in mitochondria)

Want more? Listen to Ben’s podcast on photobiomodulation here and then take a look at the red light that Ben is personally using and swears by, the JOOVV.  You just turn it on and – you guessed it – squat over it a bit…or stand it against a wall and shine it across thine gonads as you work at, say, a stand-up workstation.

  1. Do cold showers and swims (and keep your testicles cool)

In the 1820s, a German farmer named Vincenz Priessnitz started touting a new medical treatment called “hydrotherapy,” which used cold water to cure everything from broken bones to erectile dysfunction. He turned his family’s homestead into a sanitarium, and patients flocked to it in the hope that his cold water cure could help them.

The first hydrotherapy facility opened up in the U.S in 1843, right when the sanitarium craze hit America. By the end of the 19th century, over 200 hydrotherapy/sanitarium resorts existed in the United States the most famous being the Battle Creek Sanitarium founded by John Harvey Kellogg.

There is no straight-forward evidence that cold therapy can raise testosterone levels. But the indirect evidence exists. One study conducted in 1988 in Finland investigated serum levels of thyroid and adrenal hormones, testosterone, TSH, LH, GH and prolactin in men after a 2-h stay in a cold room (10 degrees Celsius). There were no significant changes in the serum concentration of adrenalin, T3, T4, testosterone, TSH or LH. The serum level of noradrenaline increased from 4.5 to 6.3 nmol L1 (P < 0.01) and those of Cortisol, GH and prolactin fell by 20, 87 and 48% (all P < 0.01). This means that by lowering cortisol, you would probably have more of the raw material for testosterone production and less stress response.

The indirect research evidence by in vitro (and animal) studies on optimal testicle function gives us information that the ball sack (yes, that’s my highly technical term) should be kept cool (under 35 Celsius or 95 Fahrenheit)  for optimal testosterone production. Heat exposure on testicles has been shown to reduce testosterone levels in rats. Also, an observational study done on over 6000 men showed that sperm quality and volume were greater in the winter time. This is due to stimulation by FSH and LH secreted from the pituitary gland, which also stimulate testosterone synthesis and secretion.

There are also anecdotes from old school Chinese and Russian powerlifters who iced their balls after training and also before competition. Apparently their goal was to increase performance and testosterone function.

Do these things to improve testicle function:

  • Take cold baths and showers
  • Wear loose boxers or go ”commando” to keep optimal temperature for testicles and to avoid compression
  • Sleep naked or wear just loose pajamas (no undies)
  • Sleep in a relatively cold room temperature
  • Don’t sit unless it is absolutely necessary
  1. Boron

According to a comprehensive research site

Boron is a dietary mineral that, although it has a daily intake, has not been accepted as an essential vitamin or mineral. It currently does not have a known minimum requirement.”

Boron is found in small amounts in the earth’s soil. It functions as a fortifier in cell walls, in the bone, in reproductive system, as well as in the brain. A boron deficiency (daily intake less than 0.23 mg per day) alters brainwave activity similar to magnesium deficiency by decreasing frontal lobe activity. A deficiency state has been associated with cognitive impairment.

Boron is well absorbed form the intestines, and the best food sources for boron are raisins, dried grapes and peaches, almonds, avocado and dried plums.

One human study showed that boron supplementation (10 mg per day) increased free testosterone (via reduction in SHBG) and DHT levels and decreased estrogen levels. Boron supplementation also seems to lower pro-inflammatory cytokines. One study done on bodybuilders found out that supplementing with 2.5 mg of boron did not have any effect on testosterone levels.

A study done on rats showed that boron accumulates in the testes and thus long-term use will probably produce the best benefits of using boron. The same study also showed, that with toxic boron doses it can actually cause testicular lesions. For humans, the safe dosage is up to 20 mg per day (the tolerable upper limit).

  1. Iodine

Iodine is an essential mineral, which means it must acquired via diet. Iodine is critical in your brain and central to the active thyroid hormones (T3 and T4). Severe deficiency in iodine can result in reduced cognition or cretinism. The thyroid gland absorbs iodine from the blood to make thyroid hormones. Approximately 15–20 mg of iodine is concentrated in thyroid tissue and hormones. Still, 70% of the body’s iodine is distributed in other tissues such as mammary glands, eyes, salivary glands and testicles.

Iodine is most abundant in seaweed and seaweed based products such as nori wraps. Daily intake of iodine should be at least 75–150 micrograms per day, and for adults, an upper intake level is 3000 micrograms.

Lack of iodine in the body (especially in the thyroid gland) can cause various health problems. The most common one is hypothyroidism. Men with primary hypothyroidism have subnormal responses to luteinizing hormone (and GnRH) and their free testosterone concentrations are also reduced.

It has been noticed in rats that by increasing iodine supplementation the mean weight of the testes also increased quite a bit. However, the epididymal sperm counts went down a bit.

One possible explanation for the higher occurrence of hypothyroidism and hypogonadism in men today when compared to say like 30 years ago, is an increase of environmental toxic halogens like fluorine, chlorine and bromine. When concentrated enough in the body, they will replace iodine’s locations inside the cells (especially in thyroid cells and Leydig’s cells).

So it is critical to have enough iodine in your system to also optimize testosterone production. Some people have even taken this further by painting their testicles with Lugol’s iodine (which is highly concentrated potassium iodine). Yes, you heard me right: you can put iodine on your testicles.

The iodine protocol that doubles your testosteronel also includes adding supporting minerals such as selenium, magnesium, vitamin C, oral iodine, co-factors for ATP (B2 and B3 vitamins) and salt. The anecdote by hundreds of testimonials here is that many people did significantly elevate their testosterone production with possible straight stimulation of the Leydig cells by iodine, which would have then lead into removal of other halogens. The hypothesis for this therapy seems legit, but unfortunately there hasn’t been done any clinical nor animal studies.

A word of caution: Do not take excess iodine and do not over do this (it will cause pain in the scrotum area because of the sensitivity of the skin). This is a potentially dangerous biohack, so be careful. As a medical doctor, I wouldn’t recommend this to my patients right away.

  1. Pulsed electromagnetic fields

The electromagnetic fields emitted from various sources (e.g. mobile phones, microwave ovens, wi-fi’s etc.) have been reported to have causative effects on biological systems such as inflammation, radiation and hyperthermia. All of these can disrupt the seminiferous tubules and reduce the Leydig cell population and testosterone concentration (studies done in rats).

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF therapy) has been used successfully to treat various health conditions ranging from bone healing and pain relief to balancing the neuroendocrine system (including hormone production and melatonin levels).

There exists a very recent study conducted on male Wister rats, which showed that PEMF therapy helped rats to bounce back from microwave radiation in terms of testosterone production and to combat oxidative stress. In fact, rats’ testosterone levels went a bit higher than before the microwave radiation exposure after they were treated with PEMF for 60 days.

What’s this mean for you? Many folks keep their mobile phones in their  pockets quite close to testicles or ovaries. It is actually a fact that mobile phones emit microwaves that are harmful to normal tissues when kept very close to the skin. A number of studies have shown relationships between mobile telephone use and reduced sperm count and sperm quality. The negative effects are highly likely to extend also on reducing testosterone levels in men.

So the takeway is this: if you know that you are being exposed to external microwaves and wi-fi’s and cell phones, the use of a small PEMF device (locally on or near your testes) or a more general device for whole body PEMF treatment, is likely to revive testosterone levels.


Ben Greenfield back here.

What do you think?

Did you enjoy Olli’s article? Do you plan on shining laser lights on your balls, using PEMF, painting your gonads with iodine or using any of Olli’s other fringe tactics described above?

Do you have questions or your own testosterone-boosting tips and tricks and experiences to add?

Simply leave them in the comments section below.

And if you want to come hang out with Olli and I at the November 18 Biohackers’ Summit in Helsinki, Finland, you can click here and use 10% discount code BEN to get in. Or if Finland is too far away for you, then just get Olli’s extremely comprehensive, well researched biohacking book here. And thanks for reading.


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

rick rubin landscape

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

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…

…health, 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

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 ([email protected]).

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 below and one of us will reply!

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


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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 below and one of us will reply!

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


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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 below 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.


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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


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 below 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.


Never Get Sick Again: 13 Underground Immune Boosting Strategies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.


This week, I read what I consider to be one of the most comprehensive, practical guides to repairing and maintaining your immune system: a relatively short, easy-to-read online manual entitled: “Biohacker’s Handbook to Invincible Immunity“. 

This book, written by the same biohacking and physician group from Finland who I highlighted in my article “21 Unfamiliar Nutrition Tricks I Discovered In The Biohackers’ Handbook“, delves deep into:

-Your immune system and how it functions…
-Viruses, bacteria and other pathogens…
-Innate immunity you are born with…
-Adaptive immunity that can be trained against pathogens…
-Individual differences and environmental factors…
-Measuring the condition of the immune system…
-Recipes for lowering inflammation and balancing the immune system…

After reading it, I reached out to one of the co-authors, my friend, beast of a powerlifter, complete biohacking nerd, and Finnish physician Olli Sovijärvi, to give me a synopsis of his top thirteen immune-boosting strategies found within the book. And you’re going to discover exactly what he had to say below.

If you really dig this stuff and want to dive in headfirst, then follow the links I have at the end of this article to grab the book for yourself…

…and if you really want to take a deep, deep dive, then I invite you to join me, along with Dr. Rhonda Patrick, Europe’s top biohacker Teemu Arina and many more – to the November 18 Biohackers’ Summit in Helsinki, Finland (use 10% discount code BEN), which is also organized by Teemu and his team, and is the best marriage of ancestral living, wild plant foraging, smoke saunas, amazing food and biohacking you’re ever going to experience. 

Alright, let’s do this…


13 Underground Immune Boosting Strategies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.

Yes, it is actually possible not to have a seasonal flu every year or catch a cold whenever you confront a stressful life situation. For example I have not caught a cold in five years. Before that it was normal for me to go through anginas, bronchitis and colds at least once a year.

Little did I know back then what the antibiotics I was using for these issues did to my defense system. Now I know that a single unnecessary course of antibiotics can actually destroy as much as 30% of your good bacteria. And as Hippocrates put it some 2000 years ago: ”All disease begins in the gut.”

But immunity goes beyond simply avoiding antibiotics, and if you want to build yourself an invincible immune system, I’d highly recommend you read on.

The word “immunity” originates from the Latin word immunis, which means “exempt”. Generally speaking immunity consists of all of the body’s defense systems that resist infections and toxins. The immune system can be thought of as a military defense system resisting uninvited guests.

To put it dramatically, the troops patrolling the body mercilessly attack intruders, blasting bacteria, poisoning parasites, devouring viruses and forcing cancer cells to commit suicide. Although functioning as a cohesive system, immunity is made up of various parts. A rough distinction can be made between innate (nonspecific) and adaptive (specific) immunity.

You can read a comprehensive yet straightforward description of the immune system in the Biohacker’s Handbook to Invincible Immunity chapter that delves deep into making your immune system unbeatable, but below I have picked up some strategies for you that you may have never heard of.


1. Be Social.

Be social even if it wouldn’t seem to be your cup of tea. Lack of social contacts may be deleterious to your immune system and vice versa. For example, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered that the immune system directly affects mice’s social behaviour, such as their desire to interact with others. Blocking a single type of immune molecule made mouse brains go hyperactive and caused abnormal behavior – but restoring it fixed both.


2. Laugh

Laugh often and avoid taking things too seriously. Frequent laughing has been found to lower stress hormone levels and boost the production of white blood cells and lymphocytes, which means better functioning immune system.


3. Drink The “Immune System Reset”

Bellow is my immune system reset recipe, clipped straight from the book, especially useful for “bouncing back” if you have been sick or protecting yourself if you’ve been exposed to the sniffles:



4. Lose The Gut

Reduce belly fat and get lean. Obesity, particularly in the form of abdominal fat, has been shown to increase leptin and decrease adiponectin levels, which seems to negatively affect the activation of immune system cells. The “Look Good Naked” article from Ben here is a perfect place to start.


5. Hydrate Your Saliva

Drink enough water daily. This may seem obvious, but do you actually know how dehydration impairs the function of your immune system? It decreases saliva antimicrobial proteins that are important for mucosal immunity.


6. Quit Stuffing Your Face.

Practice fasting every now and then. Fasting is an immemorial practice that throughout time has been suggested as a miracle cure for various ailments. In studies conducted on mice, regular fasting of 2–4 days per week for a period of 6 months decreased the function of the PKA enzyme (protein kinase A), making it possible for the immune system to rebuild damaged cells.

7. Drink Flu Killer Soup

This soup is great for you anytime but if you get exposed to the flu or get the flu, this recipe below, clipped from the book, is chock full of ingredients that will banish the flu fast.



8. Have Sex, But Not Too Much.

Sex can boost your immune system. Researchers have found out that regular sex is associated with higher IgA levels in the saliva. The same researchers also noted that having sex three or more times per week did not add any benefit to once a week group, but actually diminished the positive effects on immune system.


9. Take 5g Creatine Per Day

You can use creatine monohydrate not only for cognitive performance, power and strength gains but also to lower the inflammation in your body. Studies have shown that using creatine can inhibit the increase of CRP and TNF-alpha.


10. Add In The “Holy Trilogy”

What do astragalus, echinacea and cacao extract have in common? I call these three my “holy trilogy” of immune system maintenance, and all can lower CRP and have an anti-TNF effect, which means lower inflammation in the body. This is especially great news for people with rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory and immune related conditions.


11. Eat ‘Shrooms

Use various medicinal mushrooms (for example Chaga, Shiitake, Maitake and Turkey tail to name a few) to create yourself an intruder shield.Fungi have been found to contain several substances that are likely to become more and more relevant in the treatment of illnesses and the development of new medicines. Many known fungi compounds kill bacteria and viruses. They also possess immunoregulatory properties. Practically all medicinal fungi are rich in complex sugar compounds such as beta-glucans which activate NK, T and B cells and macrophages. They also increase the levels of cytokines (interleukin 1 and 2), thus boosting the function of the immune system. Ben’s top source is Four Sigmatic Foods, based straight out of Finland.


12. Drink Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Use extra virgin olive oil liberally (the better the quality the more profound your results, as you can hear about here). It has been shown that good quality olive oil can reduce CRP and IL6, which lowers inflammation. But then again, bad quality olive oil can actually make things worse, since these are often rancid, not ”extra virgin” and sometimes cut with inflammation induction high PUFA-oils.


13. Try The Alchemist Power Drink

Here’s another of my favorite (and probably most powerful) immune-boosting drinks, straight from the book:


And yep, it actually doesn’t taste too bad. You can learn far more about various other immune system modulative plants, mushrooms and herbs and discover more recipes in the book. Bon appetit.



Want more? Click here to get “Biohacker’s Handbook to Invincible Immunity” (that link automatically gives you a 25% discount).

Or (and this is what I highly recommend) if you want to get the entire Biohacker’s Handbook series, which dives deep into immunity, sleep, nutrition, exercise, the function of the mind and much more in 530+ pages of the best biohacking tips I’ve ever discovered, you can click here to get it all for $47 (that link also includes full access to all updates and any chapters ever added into the book for the rest of all time).

And I would also highly recommend you read my review of the nutrition chapter of the Biohacker’s Handbook, which you will find at “21 Unfamiliar Nutrition Tricks I Discovered In The Biohackers’ Handbook“.

In the meantime, leave your questions, comments and feedback below and I’ll reply.

Why Steroids Will Slowly Kill You & 3 Safe Alternatives for Muscle Building, Speedy Recovery, Enhanced Libido and Beyond.


Steroids are bad news bears.

I’m sorry to burst the bubble of meatheads and Russian athletes everywhere, but they just are.

Steroids have been proven time and time again to cause a dizzying number of adverse effects, including:

-increased risk of liver damage and liver tumors…

-increased risk of tendon tears…

-psychological problems and anger issues..

-significant blood pressure increases…

Oh yes, and athletes with underlying cardiovascular abnormalities or large amounts of fight-and-flight, sympathetic nervous system stress can experience cardiovascular complications and sudden death when using anabolic steroids. There’s that too.

Now I’ll readily admit: if you’re trying to build muscle, fix an injury fast, recover from a workout with lightning speed or get big breakthroughs in athletic performance variables like strength or power, it’s pretty darn tempting to consider steroid use. Just ask Maria Sharapova, Tyson Gay, Lance Armstrong, Ben Johnson, Floyd Landis, Mark McGwire, Marion Jones, pretty much anybody who sprinted for Jamaica or lifted for Russia, and of course, Sylvester Stallone and Hulk Hogan (I’ll admit, I’m very glad those last two guys used steroids as it made for great childhood entertainment for me).

So why are steroids so tempting for both endurance and power athletes, anti-aging enthusiasts, weekend warriors with nagging injuries that won’t go away and beyond?

Anabolic-androgen steroids can increase muscle mass and strength, and they can do it very effectively and quickly – it’s been proven time and time again. For example, the primary anabolic steroid hormone produced by your body is testosterone. Testosterone promotes anabolic effects that cause injury healing, muscle building, faster recovery, and (of course) the complete loss of the ability to make your own testosterone along with shrunken balls and anger issues in males and deep voices and facial hair in females.

Nonetheless, synthetic forms of testosterone are taken by athletes, anti-aging enthusiasts and exercisers all over the globe. But you should know that steroid use will slowly kill your biology, and it’s just not worth the temporary improvement of muscle growth and athletic performance if you’re in a coffin or feel like crap or break the law of any sport for which you might be competing…

…is it?

Like most of these folks who use steroids, I certainly desire to improve my own recovery, libido, endurance and strength, and I also desire all the anti-aging effects of muscle as I grow older, but I’m not willing to risk the huge number of adverse health effects associated with steroids. So recently, I began looking for a safe and natural alternative to steroids for myself and for my clients, since I know there is only so much we can do, so much we can lift, so much we can supplement, and so much of our diets we can change to reach our optimal human performance.

And that’s when I stumbled across SARMS. I briefly touched on SARMS in podcast #357 when I took a deep dive into maintaining muscle during long endurance events or during calorie restriction, and in this article you’re going to discover what SARMS are, how SARMS work, why they’re a safe and effective alternative to steroids, and how to use SARMS for everything from libido enhancement to faster recovery to muscle building to anti-aging, without spending a fortune.

Disclaimer: just like the TB-500 I wrote about a couple weeks ago, and to my dismay upon researching this article and realizing that I can’t use these myself because I’m still competing, SARMS are absolutely, 100% banned by WADA and most other global sporting organization both in-competition and out-of-competition. You should NOT use this if you are competing in any such sanctioned sport as it definitely falls under the banned category of a prohibited class of anabolic agents. If you’re still competing and want something legal, use BPC-157 peptides instead.


What are SARMs?

Let’s get to the big question first: What the heck are SARMs?

SARMs – or Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators – are therapeutic compounds, according to the USADA, that mimic anabolic agents. The USADA points out that the difference between the two is that SARMs have fewer androgenic properties, which permits SARMs to target tissues much more directly and reduce the host of known negative side effects experienced with steroids. Quite simply, SARMS provide the benefit of steroids without the dangerous and annoying mental and physical reactions to steroids.

Now SARMS do indeed contain androgens, which are a special kind of hormone that connect to cellular androgen receptors. The androgen receptor then creates a signal that leads to a magnified expression of particular genes, such as muscle growth genes. The fact that SARMS are a selective receptor modulator means that they both block or activate hormone receptors in different conditions, meaning they have the ability to replicate the effects of hormones in one tissue and at the same time reduce the adverse effects of synthetic steroids or hormones in other tissues.

I’m not going to geek out on the nitty-gritty science too much in this article as there is a vast wealth of information on how SARMS work on the Wiki page for SARMS, but in a nutshell (from Wiki):

“…They are intended to have the same kind of effects as androgenic drugs like anabolic steroids but be much more selective in their action, allowing them to be used for many more clinical indications than the relatively limited legitimate uses that anabolic steroids are currently approved for.

…SARMs provide the opportunity to design molecules that can be delivered orally, but that selectively target the androgen receptors in different tissues differently. The goal of research in this area is to allow a customized response: Tissues that are the target of the therapy will respond as they would to testosterone; other tissues where undesirable side-effects are produced will not.

None of the SARMs yet developed are truly selective for anabolic effects in muscle or bone tissues without producing any androgenic effects in tissues such as the prostate gland, however several non-steroidal androgens show a ratio of anabolic to androgenic effects of greater than 3:1 and up to as much as 10:1, compared to testosterone, which has a ratio of 1:1.”

Yes, you read that right…SARMS produce anabolic to androgenic effects of up to 10:1 compared to testosterone. So what’s that mean exactly?

It means SARMS differ from Testosterone Cypionate products for many reasons – reasons that benefit you and your body benefit quite directly, but ultimately make them far more efficacious than testosterone, without the side effects. Testosterone Cypionate is probably a steroid you are familiar with. Testosterone Cypionate is an injection that many athletes and bodybuilders and folks pursuing anti-aging use quite frequently, and it is typically injected into the muscle for increased recovery or mass or strength.

But Testosterone Cypionate is one of the more common steroids that you probably associate with the bad side effects of steroids. Since it is an exogenous hormone getting injected intramuscularly into your body, it can alter your body’s hormonal balance and natural hormone production, and I delve into why exactly that is in this short podcast about increasing testosterone. Testosterone Cypionate has been linked to prolonged erections (which sound good in theory) but it can have a real effect on all other aspects of your daily life, including libido fluctuations, gastrointestinal disturbances, stroke, blood clots and more, and this could be why it is a Schedule III controlled substance under the Anabolic Steroids Control Act.

In contrast, SARMs do not come with these same risks or hormone imbalances. They are a more targeted treatment without the side effects (but with more benefits), they can be more powerful than traditional Testosterone Cypionate injections, they don’t have to be injected into your right butt cheek, thank you very much, and they can be taken orally from a little dropper, eliminating the risks associated with increased levels of testosterone or other exogenous hormones and steroids or steroidal precursors in your blood.

In fact, the use of SARMs has been growing exponentially because they produce the desired use and effectiveness of traditional steroids without the side effects. Take this recent article on steroids reducing the rate at which telomeres shorten, for example: “Scientists think they’ve found a hormone that reverses cell ageing in humans“. In the article, the steroid danazol is discussed – a steroid wrought with all the same side effects as typical steroids. But if you take a look at SARMs, like the studies here and here show, you can get a similar anti-aging effect on telomeres without the deleterious steroidal side effects.

Oh yeah, and SARMs are legal for anybody except athletes competing in sanctioned sports, unlike, any other controlled substance – so you won’t get arrested crossing international borders like good ol’ Rocky Balboa.

And then of course, there are all the anecdotes from the broscience forums by bodybuilders and fitness pros, who, frankly, have a host of N=1 experience with SARMs that can’t be ignored, including:

  • SARMs produce the same effects as testosterone injections without the estrogen conversion, man boobs and other side effects.
  • Users have reported quicker recovery from injuries, increased stamina, healthier and fluid joint mobility, all without causing damage to the liver and other organs.
  • Many users of SARMs will “stack SARMs” together for a targeted strength and endurance training plan (more on that later).
  • No emotional roller coaster, loss of libido, withdrawal symptoms, etc. compared to steroids.

So let’s take a look at some of the most popular and effective SARMs, shall we?


GW-501516: The SARMS That Burns Fat and Keeps Muscle

GW-501516, also known as “Cadarine” is touted among SARMs users as the ultimate performance enhancer. The nature of GW-501516 is that it has been linked to reversing metabolic irregularities in obese men who have been diagnosed pre-iabetic metabolic syndrome. That syndrome basically means there is too much glucose in the blood, and GW-501516 may have the potential to reverse this, serving as a potential solution for fat loss and insulin insensitivity.

Sure, we all want fat loss, but GW-501516 achieves this differently than severe calorie restriction or copious amounts of exercise, which can cause muscle loss. It’s a non-catabolic, which means GW-501516 has the potential to burn fat quickly, and it does so without negatively impacting the muscle.

Keep the muscle, burn the fat. Great idea.

GW-501516 may also attract folks who crave higher endurance and improved recovery. GW-501516 provides athlete users with an unsurpassed edge over others (which is – attention athletes who are still competing – one of the reasons why it was banned by the World Doping Association in 2009). GW-501516 has a unique ability to significantly increase VO2 max, or maximal oxygen uptake.

I know what you are thinking if you are a well-versed anabolic geek in a white lab coat: GW-501516 is not exactly a SARM. You are kind of right. It could technically be classified as more of a PPAR agonist – or peroxisome proliferator-receptor agonist – which means it plays a critical role in therapeutic instances to balance energy metabolism and inflammation. But no matter what you “classify” it as (which is a silly rabbit hole in my opinion) the fat loss and muscle preserving effects of GW-501516 are undeniable and have long been studied by the scientific and medical community.


How to Dose GW-501516

There are two things you need to know about the use of GW-501516 to increase muscle strength, endurance, and recovery. Because of its long-lasting benefits and effects, you should “pace” your oral doses (or injections if you decide to go that route, although it’s not significantly superior to oral dosing) throughout the day. Typically, most users limit doses to two doses in a 24-hour cycle and an approximate daily dose is 10-20mg (split into two 5-10mg doses). When you add SARMs to your regimen, consider cost and quality. It is possible to have both together. Don’t think you have to spend hundreds of dollars on single vials, because you don’t. You can get GW501516 from SARMS Warehouse for about $55.

The second thing you need to know is that you need to remember GH-501516 is part of a regimen. So, to maximize the benefits of the SARMs you take, you can combine the best ones. And GH-501516 works best when combined with the next SARMs covered here: SR9009.


SR9009: Exercise in a Bottle

SR9009 is a rather new SARM, called a “Stenabolic”, or a Rev-ErbA ligand. If Stenabolic sounds strange to you, it is because it is a chemical we have never seen before, and in its short life of discovery so far, it has already been praised as “exercise in a bottle.” Stenabolics offer users a wealth of physical benefits and users report increased endurance, increased fat loss, and a list of health and wellness benefits.

A study with mice discovered that SR9009 promotes lean muscle mass improvements, while significantly boosting performance. In this study, the researchers discovered that the mice with SR9009 could run as much as 50% faster and for longer periods of time.

SR9009 was developed by Dr. Thomas Burris at Scripps Research Institute. Like GW501516, it has a unique ability to promote weight loss and curb increased glucose levels. The best part about this unique product is that you can experience the benefits of working out without working out. Of course, working out improves the performance of SR9009, and I in no way condone putting dropping a dropperful of some liquid in your mouth each morning so you can skip the gym. But this feature is indeed great for those who can’t work out for medical reasons, people who are stuck at desk jobs all day, and maybe even the days you yourself are on vacation and don’t make it to the gym as often as you should.


How to Dose SR9009

SR9009 can be taken orally, just like the other SARMs. SR9009 is best when you consume about 30mg to 40mg per day. It is recommended to split the 30mg into 6 single doses, which you can take every two to four hours. And finally, don’t trust labs and suppliers that cannot prove that the SR9009 you need for your workout is not shipped in from overseas, as SARMs can be tainted with plenty of nasty additives, or steroids. Do your research on sourcing before you buy, as this stuff is notoriously tainted.


LGD4033 Treats Muscle Wasting & Enhances Muscle Gain

The third SARM you can take solo or add to an entire regime of SARMs, including the other two SARMs above, is LGD4033. It was developed to treat muscle wasting often associated with cancer, as well as age-related muscle-loss. It’s said to be similar to testosterone with the therapeutic benefits, but safer to use than testosterone. Several research trials show that use of LGD4033 increases lean body mass while decreasing body fat. It has the potential to offer healing, increase strength, and it is one of the better known SARMs for increasing libido, erections and sex drive.


How to Dose LDG4033

The recommended dosing range for LGD4033 is between 5mg and 10mg. Most users recommend starting at 5mg per day and increased dose 2mg every week to two weeks, and to cycle on for four weeks, then cycle off for two to four weeks.  LGD4033 has a half-life of 24-36 hours, so you’ll maintain stable blood levels throughout the cycle no matter what time of day you take it.



SARMs are not steroids.

Steroids have their benefits, yes, but the fall can be brutal on your psychological and physical health. Steroids have been linked to enhanced performance and providing athletes with a competitive edge but there are just a few major things wrong with them: they are banned, they have huge negative side effects, and in many cases, the damage caused by steroids are irreversible, including:

  • Increased irritability and emotional imbalances
  • High toxicity levels, resulting in liver damage and multi-organ failures and damage
  • Reduced fertility
  • Reverse anorexia
  • Increased instances of cardiovascular diseases
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Increased body hair growth, or baldness
  • Full body acne

Plus, steroids are illegal, and you are not a criminal…are you?

In contrast, the risks associated with using SARMs are minimal when compared to anabolic steroid use. With proper dosing, these risks can be avoided, too. The side effects reported with excessive SARMs use, overdosing on SARMs, or taking all year long with no breaks (remember, go about 4 weeks on and 2-4 weeks off) include:

  • Acne
  • Premature baldness, if you are susceptible to baldness because it’s present on your mother’s side of the family
  • Infertility in women

That’s why it is important to note that the side effects are often associated with prolong use, often longer than 4 weeks at a time. So regulate your SARMs intake, and stick to the appropriate dosing schedule and SARMs cycle (good recommendations here) to avoid such reactions.

So that’s it. Be careful, but if you’re not competing in a sanctioned sport (check if you are unsure) SARMs are a safe, potent and effective alternative to ‘roids. Sure, the Russian Olympians and Jamaican Track & Field team can’t use either, but if you’re a recreational athlete, you want to put on some muscle, you want to burn fat faster, you need to heal up a nagging injury, you want to boost your libido, etc…

…then SARMs are worth a try, and you can simply keep a bottle in your fridge to cycle on and off throughout the year (remember to check out this article on cycling your SARMs properly).

Do you have questions or feedback about GW-501516, SR9009, or LGD4033? Your own experiences to share? Leave a comment below and I’ll reply.

6 Crazy, Exotic Superfood Cocktails, Shakes & Mind-Bending Recipes.


My wife, a wonderful chef, gets annoyed when I say this, but I truly believe I could survive the entire rest of my life armed with a blender and a handful of superfoods. I’m serious. I could drink a smoothie, shake or any of the other mind-bending recipes you’re about to discover, and be happy and satisfied for all time – for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But no, I don’t plan on drinking or melting my meals in my mouth until I die. Ribeye steak, corn-on-the-cob and sweet potato fries are just too good for that. However I do have six crazy, exotic, superfood cocktails that I don’t plan on forsaking anytime soon.

So without further ado, and in no particular order of tastiness or importance, here they are:

1. The Big-Ass Smoothie

Although a nuked Reese’s peanut butter cup can certainly brighten a weary morning, I’m come a very long way since my daily breakfast of microwaved oatmeal with protein powder, peanut butter and a chocolate bar. 

I now simply chew on a what I call my “big-ass smoothie”. And by chew, I do mean chew. I use a high quality blender that can take a serious beating, mix the entire smoothie at a texture that allows me to eat it with a spoon (so that the enzymes in my mouth can initiate pre-digestion), then scoop it all into my lucky Theodore Roosevelt “Man In The Arena” mug.

This thing is constantly evolving. Here’s one version of the morning smoothie, from about two years ago. Here’s another version, from last year.

And what’s the current iteration look like? Knock yourself out.

-Gather four to eight varieties of leafy greens, wild plants, vegetables and herbs. Chop and add to blender. On one morning, I might include dinosaur kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, mint, parsley and cilantro, and on another morning purple cabbage, red lettuce, carrot, basil and ginger. No rules.

-Add 3-6 ounces of full fat, BPA-free coconut milk 

-Add 1/2 of a chopped avocado

-Add 1-2 scoops (20-30 grams) organic whey or vegan protein powder 

-Add 2 teaspoons organic ceylon cinnamon (which lowers blood sugar response to a meal) 

-Add 2 teaspoons organic cacao powder if you like chocolat-ey goodness 

After blending, for added texture and crunch, add:

-1 handful unsweetened coconut flakes

-1 tablespoon organic cacao nibs 

-1 handful raw almonds 

-3-5 brazil nuts

-1 pinch Aztec salt (you can’t go wrong with this salt, trust me. It makes the taste of anything go from good to great) 

Should this seem overboard to you, here a recipe one of my readers (Eric) recently sent to me, a recipe he drinks each day and a recipe that makes the complexity of my own smoothie seem quite trite:

“Ben, place these ingredients into large-mouth quart sized Mason jars during the weekend to save prep time:

•       Brazil Nuts

•       Pumpkin seeds

•       Chia seeds

•       Primal Defense Ultra

•       Active Lipoic Acid (300 mg)

•       CoQ10 (200 mg)

•       Vitamin C (1,000 mg)

•       Vitamin B Complex

•       Vitamin D3 (3,000 mg)

•       Thorne curcumin (Meriva – SR)

•       Cissus Quadrangularis Extract

•       Pine pollen extract

•       Bladderwack powder

•       Tongat-Ali powder

•       Maca Root powder

•       MSM powder

•       Cinnamon powder

•       Maqui Berry powder

•       Matcha green tea extract

•       Sunflower lecithin

•       Cocao nibs

•       Cocao butter

•       Schizandra extract

•       Astragalus root extract

•       Chlorella powder

•       Spirulina powders

•       Seaweed (both Dulse and Hiziki)

•       Goji Berries

•       Collagen protein

The day prior to making a shake from these ingredients, I take the jar of powders and add the following:

•      Spring water (stir the powder and pills)

•      Raw-milk kefir

•      Natto (wake it up first by stirring)

•      Aloe vera juice

The mixture is then allowed to soak overnight. The next day, the contents from the jar are put into a blender with:

•       Celery

•       Basil

•       Rosemary

•       Parsley (curley – full bunch)

•       Cilantro (full bunch)

•       Fresh Ginger

•       Cranberry juice

•       Olive oil (raw unfiltered cold pressed)

•       Coconut vinegar

•       Avocado pit (if I have avocado that day)

•       Raw (frozen) liver

•       Palm oil

•       Stevia

I then run the blender on high for about a minute, and then bring it down to a low level and add:

•       Pastured raw eggs (2)

•       Whey protein”

Holy. Smoothie. 

2. Black Ant Frappe

Sure, you could swing into Starbuck’s and grab a caffeinated, sugar-laden, milk-infused, calorie-bomb frappuccino, or you could try my version, which relies upon one secret ingredient that beats the pants off black coffee: black ant extract (read more about it here and stay tuned for a forthcoming podcast on it).

Upon waking from my afternoon nap, I simply blend the following:

-1 teaspoon black ant extract

-2 teaspoons organic ceylon cinnamon 

-5-6 drops dark chocolate stevia 

-1-2 handfuls ice

-4-6oz water

Low calorie? You betcha. As in, zero calories. If I do want an extra ketotic-kick-in-the-pants, I drizzle in a tablespoon of brain octane oil.

3. Pau D’ Arco Bark Milk

Yeah. You read correctly. Bark milk.

Here’s the science behind this one: if you listened to my podcast on the anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer benefits of a compound called “Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide” (NAD), you may have heard that you can spend hundreds of dollars on NAD supplements or thousands of dollars on NAD injections.

But after a bit of research following that podcast, and a fascinating discussion with a man who I consider to be one of the brightest minds in medicine: Dr. Joseph Mercola, I discovered that a compound called “beta-lapachone” can massively increase levels of NAD, and that this pricey chemical can actually be quite inexpensively obtained via a pau d’ arco tree bark tea from the Peruvian jungles. Dr. Mercola is way ahead of his time in terms of his experiments with and knowledge on NAD, he’s working on a new book on mitochondria that will go into this and much more (I’ll be interviewing him soon for the podcast about the book) and he clued me into and gave me instructions on how to prepare an absorbable NAD precursor for pennies on the dollar – instructions he put together after hearing this fascinating interview with anti-aging expert Vince Giulliano.


Follow this recipe:

-Mix 1-2 teaspoons of pau d’ arco tree bark with 4-8 ounces of warm water and allow it to sit overnight for 10-12 hours.

-In a good blender for 2-3 minutes, blend the water and soaked bark with fats, which will form liposomes that can increase absorption of the beta-lapachone from the tea. For fats, you can use brain octane oil , coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil or full fat coconut milk – but Dr. Mercola advised me that the best solution, aside from a special krill oil formulation that is not yet available on the market, is simply a half teaspoon of organic, non-GMO sunflower lecithin, which contains good amounts of phosphatidylcholine, an excellent way to make phospholipids. 

-For even more absorption, add 1-2 teaspoons of organic turmeric powder to this mixture.

-Strain after blending.

You can then use the resulting foamy white bark “milk” as an ingredient in smoothies or shakes, or you can drink it straight.

4. Starbucks Surprise

I’m lying. This mix is not really a surprise, because, just like McDonald’s, 7-11, paper clips Lego blocks and fly swatters Starbucks rarely ever changes. You can almost always find at any Starbucks the two necessary ingredients you’ll need for this next recipe: raw almonds and a banana. 

Here’s how the Starbuck’s Surprise goes…

-Travel with some kind of greens-superfood-meal-replacement-type-of-powder. That’s my catch-all name for anything organic, relatively healthy, serves as a replacement for vegetables, comes in powdered form and preferably does not include sucralose, other artificial sweeteners, fructose, maltodextrin, etc. My weapon of choice is usually either Ambronite or SuperGreens.

-Waltz up to Starbucks, stand in line, purchase a banana (bonus if the banana green because the glycemic index is lower and it contains more probiotic-feeding resistant starch) and a bag of raw almonds.

-Politely ask if they can also include a big plastic cup of water, no ice.

-Once they pour you the water, casually add, “Oh, I almost forgot, is there any chance I could also get one of your little plastic spoons?”

-Boom. You now have: banana, almonds, water, a cup, a spoon and your powder. Drink half the water, dump the powder into the cup, chop up the banana (I only use half and save the other half for later) and throw a handful of the almonds in. 

-Stir the entire concoction then stuff your face with your spoon.

Sure you could travel with things like bananas and almonds and cups and spoons, but if you’re anything like me, you inevitably either forget, run out, have a long layover, find yourself up the creek without a paddle, you get the idea.

So if you ever see me standing in line at Starbucks, it’s quite unlikely I’m purchasing their burnt coffee.

5. Ketotic Mind Bender

OK, you can now stop reading and scroll to the end of the article if you eschew booze or other potentially mind-altering compounds, because these last two are a bit…edgy. And fun.

You will need a special kind of blender for this first edgy recipe: a commercial-style, made-for-home countertop immersion blender that you can set and forget and simply walk away from as it stirs everything you pour into it while operating at a set temperature you can specify.

Yeah, they make those. The one I have is called a “Magical Butter Machine” (not joking)  and is marketed as “the world’s first countertop Botanical Extractor designed for creating fantastic recipes, infusing the essence of healthy herbs into butter, oil, grain alcohol, lotions, and more”.

Sound like fun? You bet. But upon purchasing my Magical Butter Machine, I realized many of the recipes were fraught with processed sugar, juices, vegetable oils and stuff I avoid eating. So I made up my own low-carb yet incredibly tasty mind-bending recipe, which I call a Ketotic Mind Bender. Here’s how it goes:

-Get a good, organic bud (or two, or three) of marijuana and decarboxylate it (an important, easy step you can learn here).

-Place the decarboxylated weed (or call it “plant-based medicine” if you’d prefer) into the Magical Butter Machine along with 1 cup of coconut oil per gram of bud. 

-Press the Temperature button, and select 160°F/71°C; then press the 2 Hours/Butter button.

-Once the butter is complete, pour it into a high-quality blender and blend on high for 60 seconds with the following: 

-10 drops dark chocolate stevia per cup of coconut oil 

-1/2 cup organic dark cacao powder per cup of coconut oil

-1 tablespoons of a good salt per cup of coconut oil 

After blending, pour into freezer molds, freeze, then pop out of molds and store in glass container in a cool, dry place (or, if you’re like me, in the freezer). At the risk of dispensing potentially harmful advice, I’m not going to dish out too many math tips for this recipe, but an edible approximately the size of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is going to contain 10mg of THC using the recipe above. Be responsible, and remember, if something goes wrong, NatureCBD can make all the psychoactivity of THC go away within about 20 minutes.

6. Ginger-Turmeric Liver Cleansing Cocktail

My wife makes ginger-turmeric kombucha. She uses the recipe from the Kombucha Mamma’s book (click here to listen to my podcast with the Kombucha Mama and to get that recipe)

I then take this delicious ginger-turmeric kombucha, which is chock full of liver-cleansing, cancer-preventing glucuronic acid and glucaric acids and anti-inflammatory ginger and turmeric and I proceed to mix it with a compound known to have the capability to mess up one’s liver and cause rampant inflammation: vodka.

Yes, I defile her healthy kombucha with booze.

Here is my exact recipe, which I actually consider to be a relatively healthy cocktail because I go quite easy on the vodka, I never have more than one at a time, and I add a digestif (lemon) and electrolytes.

-8 ounces ginger-turmeric kombucha, poured over ice into a glass jar.

-1 shot vodka

-1 squeeze of half a lemon

-a pinch of a really good salt 

Simple, tasty and a nice occasional switch-up from my usual glass of this organic red wine. By the way, for more detox tips, and to learn about the myth of “liver detoxes”, click here to read my two-part article series on how to truly detox your body.


That’s it.

Now it’s your turn to share your crazy, tasty, twisted, unique or nutrient dense recipes.

Leave them in the comments section below, along with any questions or feedback about any of my six special recipes. I look forward to seeing what you’ve come up with!

(Oh, and that featured image at the top of this post? That’s simply my wife’s elderberry cordial made from a tree in our backyard…and she also makes fancy kombucha infusions, fermented lemon rind concoctions, flavored nut milks and all sorts of other home-y craziness that you can access here. Enjoy.)

The Next Big Anti-Aging Drug: Everything You Need To Know About “NAD”.

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Scientific American recently published the article “Beyond Resveratrol: The Anti-Aging NAD Fad“, an article that proposes that…

…”recent research suggests it may be possible to reverse mitochondrial decay with dietary supplements that increase cellular levels of a molecule called NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide)”…

…and also that…

…”the mitochondria in muscles of elderly mice were restored to a youthful state after just a week of injections with NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide), a molecule that naturally occurs in cells and, like NR, boosts levels of NAD”…

Since that article was published I’ve received an onslaught of questions about this mysterious molecule called NAD.

It just so happens that a friend of mine, Thomas Ingoglia, known as one of the best NAD scientists on the planet and is also in contact with the best NAD clinicians on the planet – both with decades of experience second to none. I consider Thomas himself to be one of the most knowledgeable and frequent users of NAD I’ve ever met, and one of the few that has been playing around with NAD in combination with cryotherapy, blueberry extract, hyperbaric oxygen and other “biohacks” to completely turn him around from being bed-ridden sick and losing half his family in a car crash to being in the best health of his life, including crushing his first Spartan race with me last year (prior to which took high doses of NAD).

Problem is, most NAD clinical researchers are all underground at the moment. The FDA doesn’t look kindly at NAD supplement companies and integrative doctors, they are quite skeptical of naturopathy, and their first impulse is to turn these things and others into patentable drugs because that’s the language the FDA speaks. Plus, NAD can be dangerous. Thomas even knows a guy personally (ironically, a Phd in toxicology that poisoned himself due to his own error) who hospitalized himself experimenting with the substances we’re going to be talking about in this podcast episode. So you need to proceed with caution and with the formal clinical information Thomas has opened my eyes to.

Along with Thomas, today’s podcast features Dr. Ross Grant, Phd. Dr. Grant is perhaps the most prolific authors in the field of NAD, and he specializes on NAD in the brain. He started researching NAD research back in 1994 while being laughed at, when no one was doing NAD research.

Dr. Ross Grant is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Medical School and CEO of the Australasian Research Institute, Sydney Adventist Hospital. A biochemical pharmacologist with a Ph.D. in Neurochemistry/Neuropharmacology, Dr. Grant’s research is focused on NAD – specifically the role of oxidative stress – e.g. emotional stress, diet, and exercise – and NAD metabolism on brain cell death and cellular degeneration. A secondary interest is in the effect of exposure to novel nutritional components, such as polyphenols, on human cellular response to oxidative stress, with a goal of detecting and correcting early degenerative biochemical changes associated with aging-related degenerative disease.

Dr. Grant is a member of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), Australian Neuroscience society (ANS), Australian Society of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology, Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). With forty-eight articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Dr. Grant is perhaps the most prolific author in the field of NAD research.

In addition to Dr. Grant, we are joined by Dr. Philip Milgram, MD, from the NAD Treatment Center in San Diego, California. Dr. Milgram recovered from his own challenges with addiction and now helps other people in recovery from addiction, specifically by using NAD protocols. He trained in 1991 with Vernon Johnson, the man who coined the term “Intervention”. He was certified as a Prevention Specialist by the Certifying Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CCBADC) in 2001, and has three degrees in counseling from UCSD; in Counseling and Interpersonal Communication, Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Advanced Intervention.

In addition to NAD Treatment Center, Dr. Milgram served as the original Medical Director of Confidential Recovery and the Pemarro Detox Center. He has also served as the Medical Consultant for The Soledad House Recovery Home for Women and ABC Recovery since they opened. He is a member of the attending staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Milgram is a member of The American Society of Addiction Medicine, the California Association of Addiction Medicine, International Doctors in AA, Like-Minded Docs Addiction Medicine, The American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Society of Anti-Aging Medicine, and the American Nutraceutical Association.

During our discussion, you’ll discover:

-An easy explanation of what exactly NAD is and what it does inside your body…

-The protocol Thomas used to go from being addicted to opiates and chronically fatigued to completely healed…

-How NAD can break addictions to alcohol, food, opiates and more…

-The relationship between anti-aging and NAD…

-The important difference between Nicotinamide Riboside vs. Nicotinamide (NMN) vs. NAD+…

-The best way to “flood your body” with NAD, and why grapes and blueberries are so important when it comes to your NAD levels…

-What kind of compounds, foods and lifestyle strategies enhance the effect of NAD…

-How NAD can increase your time to exhaustion during exercise by over 15%…

-How Thomas used NAD to enhance his performance in a Spartan race…

-The best way to test your own NAD levels…

-How NAD can be used in the treatment of Lyme Disease…

-The best resource for people to delve more into NAD research…

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

Nicotinamide supplements (be careful with dosage on this, as we discuss in podcast!)
Nicotinamide Riboside supplements (dosage also discussed in podcast)
Thorne Resveracel (resveratol + NAD)
NAD⁺ infusions are an experimental treatment, and do not have FDA approval and haven’t been fully evaluated. To the best of our knowledge there are no lasting problems. This IV therapy has been around for decades but it has mostly been underground. Over ten thousand patients have had NAD⁺ intravenous treatment  but this is not a panacea and not everyone is going to have positive results.
Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Grant, Dr. Mingram, Thomas Ingoglia or me? Leave your thoughts below and one of us will reply!

How To Build New Blood Vessels, Regenerate Muscle Tissue Fibers, Increase New Cell Growth & More With Something Called “TB-500”.


Last month, in the article “How To Use BPC-157: A Complete Dummies Guide To Healing The Body Like Wolverine“, I introduced the little-known concept of using BPC-157 peptide self-injections and oral BPC-157 peptide consumption (currently completely legal and not banned by sporting organizations) for everything from rapidly healing leaky gut to fixing tendon, ligament and muscle injuries.

In that article, you learned how to order BPC-157, how to “reconstitute” BPC-157 to make it biologically active, how to inject BPC-157 either intramuscularly or subcutaneously, how to take it orally, and BPC-157 research and side effects. I’d highly recommend you review that article prior to reading this one.

Since writing about BPC-157, I’ve taken an even deeper dive into the underground world of peptides, and found another similar peptide to BPC-157: something called “TB-500“, also known as Thymosin Beta 4.

TB-500 is a synthetic peptide that has been directly linked to impressive extremely enhanced recovery times for muscle and more. It plays a vital role in building new blood vessels, new muscle tissue fibers, new cell migration and new blood cell reproduction.

TB-500 acts a bit differently (and in some cases, more effectively and quickly) than BPC-157 and in today’s article, you’re going to discover exactly what TB-500 is, how it works, how to use it, and any and all pre-cautions and side effects you should know about.

A warning: unlike BPC-157, TB-500 is absolutely, 100% banned by WADA and most other global sporting organization both in-competition and out-of-competition. You should NOT use this if you are competing in any such sanctioned sport as it definitely falls under the banned category of “Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics (S2)”.

What is TB-500?

TB-500, or Thymosin Beta 4, is a peptide that naturally occurs in the human body and in animal bodies, and, since it is mostly sold for research purposes and veterinary use, is typically implemented in clinical trials in horses.

Thymosins were discovered in the mid 1960’s, when Allan Goldstein from the Laboratory of Abraham White at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York studied the role of the thymus in development of the vertebrate immune system. Since then, Dr. Goldstein founded a company that creates thymosin alpha 1 for the purpose of increasing immune cell activity, and thymosin beta 4 (TB-500) to promote wound repair and healing.

TB-500 has been used extensively for race horses to prevent adhesions from forming, although it is not a prescription veterinary drug. It’s an injectable peptide with limited human use. Mostly, it’s limited to humans who like to experiment, although reports of human use of thymosin dates back as far as 1974 – when a young girl became the first person to receive injections of thymosin because she was diagnosed without a functioning thymus gland.

TB-500 has been shown to offer many of the same effects of growth hormone (GH), including:

-Increasing strength through muscle growth
-Improving endurance
-Speeding up the healing process for wounds
-Reducing acute/chronic pain and/or inflammation
-Increasing flexibility
-Increasing hair growth

As you learned in the previous article on BPC-157, peptides are two or more amino acids linked together in a chain, and TB-500 is a simply a short peptide fragment of an actual hormone – a hormone called “Thymosin Beta-4”.

TB-500 and Thymosin Beta-4 are not exactly the same, although you’ll often see the two names used interchangeably in the peptide world (AKA broscience bodybuilding forums).  It’s much harder to get your hands on true Thymosin Beta-4, whether for research use, equine enhancement, athletic performance enhancement or bodybuilding. But TB-500’s peptide sequence shares most of the properties of Thymosin Beta-4, and it’s more economical to produce, thus easier to find.

Just in case you care about the specifics or you really, really miss high school chemistry class, you can dig into the molecular formula of TB-500 below. It is C212H350N56O78S and has an amino acid sequence of the following



So, how does this stuff work?

The main functionality of TB500 hinges on the ability to upregulate cell building proteins such as actin, which is a protein that forms (together with myosin) the contractile filaments of muscle cells, and is also involved in motion and metabolism in many other types of cells.. Upregulation of actin allows TB500 to promote healing, cell growth, cell migration and cell proliferation. This not only helps build new blood vessel pathways but also upregulates the type of “good” inflammation that is directly correlated with faster wound healing.

Due to its molecular structure and low molecular weight, TB-500 is very versatile, mobile and possesses the ability to travel long distances through tissues. This means that when targeting injured areas (chronic or acute), TB-500 has the ability to circulate through the body and “find” those areas of injury in order to enhance the healing or growth process. Many users have also noted the added benefits of improved flexibility, reduced inflammation in tendons, re-growth of lost hair, and darkening of grayed hair.

Currently, studies are also being conducted on the ability of TB-500 to heal damaged heart tissue, including “athlete’s heart”, also known as ventricular hypertrophy.

In the past, TB-500 has been used extensively for race horses to prevent muscular adhesions and injuries from forming, although it is not a prescription veterinary drug, and MedivetEquine reports that TB-500 offers a variety of benefits to all mammals, regardless of size, including:

In the majority of humans who experiment with TB-500 injections, TB-500 is most often used for acute injuries or wounds that would heal slow (when you need them to heal fast), or for more chronic injuries where the healing doesn’t seem to be happening.

Where to Get TB-500

You can find TB-500 (often sold under the name Thymosin Beta 4) on several peptide supplier websites. These websites can only legally sell the peptides for research purposes. For example:

When you get your TB-500, it will come in a powder form. Just like BPC-157, you will need to “reconstitute” it by adding bacteriostatic water. Go back and read my article on BPC-157 to get access to a peptide calculator that will help you with the mixing/dosage math. Once your TB-500 is properly mixed, you then draw the dose into an insulin syringe, and inject it intramuscularly, subcutaneously, or intravenously (according to your preference).

Supplies needed for TB-500 injection:




Steps for Mixing TB-500:

  1. Take the lids off both your bacteriostatic water and TB-500 containers.
  2. Rub the alcohol swab along the rubber stopper on the TB-500 container, and the top of the bacteriostatic water vial and allow each to air dry.
  3. Fill the insulin syringe with bacteriostatic water and slowly and carefully inject the syringe of water into the 5mg bottle of TB-500 – being careful to spray the water onto the sides of the container rather than directly into the powder. If you do this three times, you will nearly fill the 5mg bottle of TB-500.
  4. Your TB-500 is now reconstituted. You will want to keep it in the refrigerator or freezer to preserve it until you’re ready to use it.

Do not let your mixed TB-500 sit at room temperature or in the light or it will go bad. To ensure the highest quality, it needs to be kept out of direct light and at refrigerated or frozen temperatures.

When drawing TB-500 into syringes for injection, turn the bottle upside down slowly and draw the liquid into the syringe smoothly and slowly. When injecting, do so with a smooth, slow motion as well. Peptides are fragile and too much mixing and jostling of the container can damage or reduce the effectiveness of your product.

How to Inject TB-500

TB-500 can be delivered through subcutaneous, intramuscular, or intravenous injections.

Before using any of these methods, use a fresh alcohol swab to clean the rubber stopper of your TB-500 bottle and the area of injection. This will minimize your risks for bacteria and contamination.

Subcutaneous injections – you simply pinch an area of skin and push the needle through it. Tip: you should inject an area of your body near your actual injury.

Intramuscular injections – these are harder than subcutaneous injections as instead of simply inserting the needle under the skin, the needle must be “stabbed” into the muscle as close to the area you are experiencing pain or injury as possible.

Intravenous injection – the needle is inserted directly into the vein, usually on the wrist, elbow, or back of the hand. This one is pretty tough, and I don’t recommend unless you have medical supervision or really know what you’re doing.

After injecting TB-500, massage the area of injection for about a minute to help work the TB-500 into the tissues and improve the absorption and effectiveness.

The most common dose of TB-500/Thymosin Beta 4 is based on your body weight. For a 200-pound person, the dosage recommendation is about 7.66mg per week for six weeks. This is derived by calculating the human dose based on the recommended dosage of TB-500 for greyhounds (5 mg) according to MediVet (the TB-500 manufacturer).


At the risk of sending you down a broscience rabbit hole, here’s a link to a bodybuilding forum discussion that delves into TB-500 dosage in more detail, along with some practical user experiences.

Side Effects and Risks Of TB-500

You should know that there have been some conflicting research studies about this stuff when it comes to cancer. Some studies suggest that it may contribute to the growth of existing cancer cells, while further data suggests it may inhibit cancer.

Doctors have noticed cancer patients have a higher amount of Thymosin in the affected tissues than other people. So in the early stages of research, doctors assumed that this meant Thymosin may cause cancer. After more research was conducted, it was discovered that the main action of Thymosin Beta 4 was to produce new white blood cells – so its presence in the body in the areas affected by cancer was likely not a cause of the cancer, but instead, a matter of “showing up” in the body where cancer lived to help the body mount an immune system response.

But like most peptides on the market, TB-500 has limited long term studies involving human use. Although I haven’t personally used TB-500 (I can’t, since I compete in WADA sanctioned sports like triathlon and obstacle course racing), from what I’ve seen and heard from bodybuilders and athletes using the peptide, the primary side effect is a temporary sense of lethargy. Also, some people report getting a head rush when injecting TB-500, but report this head rush goes away a few minutes after injecting.


Here’s the deal: peptides are the wild, wild west of supplementation.

Many are illegal for sanctioned sporting purposes, so do your research (I recommend for this).

Many do not have long term safety studies in humans, but decent track records in animals.

Proceed at your own risk.

But when it comes to healing injuries fast, healing the gut, growing new muscle faster, or getting any of the other benefits I mentioned in this article, it may be worth looking into peptides such as TB-500 or BPC-157.

Do you have questions or comments about TB-500? Have you used it yourself? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear about your experience, and any tips you have for peptide use.

The information in this article is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

63 Cups Of Coffee A Day & More: Five Simple Things You Can Do to Live a Longer, Healthier Life.


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I received plenty of puzzled comments and inquiries from podcast listeners when, several episodes ago, I mentioned that one could gain a large number of surprising health, longevity and disease preventing benefits by drinking up to 4-6 cups of coffee a day.

What I said in that episode was based on a book I recently read –  a book by a Harvard medical researcher named Dr. Sanjiv Chopra. The book, entitled “The Big Five”, delves into five simple things you can do to live a longer, healthier life and I actually learned quite a bit about everything from coffee to Vitamin D to nuts and beyond in it. Each of the recommendations outlined in this book has been proven by an overwhelming number of tests, trials, and studies to increase health and lifespan.

Dr. Chopra promises that if you adapt the five simple, virtually-free suggestions in his book, you will live a longer and healthier life, guaranteed – without needing the latest expensive supplements, fad diets, jazzy exercise programs, and state-of-the-art gym equipment. Since I’m all about natural living, anti-aging and longevity, I decided I had to get this guy on the show.

Sanjiv Chopra, MD, is Professor of Medicine and served as Faculty Dean for Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School for 12 years. He is the James Tullis Firm Chief, Department of Medicine, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Chopra has more than 150 publications and seven books to his credit.

Dr. Chopra is Editor-in-Chief of the Hepatology Section of UpToDate, the most widely used electronic textbook in the world subscribed to by more than 850,000 physicians in 149 countries. He is a sought after motivational speaker across the United States and abroad, addressing diverse audiences on topics related to medicine, leadership, happiness, and living with purpose. Awards bestowed upon Dr. Chopra include….

• The George W. Thorn Award – 1985

• Received the highest accolade from the graduating class of Harvard Medical School, the Excellence in Teaching Award – 1991

• The Robert S. Stone Award – 1995

• American Gastroenterological Association’s Distinguished Educator Award – 2003

• Elected as a Master of the American College of Physicians, a singular honor bestowed to only a select few individuals for being ͞citizen physicians, educational innovators, scientific thinkers and humanists who inspire those around him or her and sets the standards for quality in medicine – 2009

• Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor for “Exemplifying outstanding qualities in both one’s personal and professional lives while continuing to preserve the richness of one’s particular heritage.”–2012

On May 10, 2016, Dr. Chopra released his 8th book titled, The Big Five: Five Simple Things You Can Do to Live a Longer, Healthier Life, and during our discussion about the book, you’ll discover:

-The shocking answer to the question Dr. Chopra asks when he’s giving a lecture on liver disorders…

-The famous philosopher who drank 60-70 cups of coffee per day…

-Whether it matters if the coffee is caffeinated or decaffeinated…

-The one organ in your body that highly benefits from caffeinated versions of coffee… 

-The surprising myth about coffee, blood pressure and heart rate…

-How many cups of coffee you can actually drink per day if you are a pregnant woman…

-How men and women respond differently to coffee, and why…

-Fast caffeine oxidizers vs. slow caffeine oxidizers, and which does not respond to caffeine’s effects on exercise…

-Dr. Chopra’s thoughts on coffee enemas…

-The effect of coffee on muscle motor units…

-The “world’s most expensive coffee” from elephant dung and weasel poop…

-The trick to know if you are getting enough Vitamin D from natural sunlight…

-Why mold in peanuts and coffee may not be as big an issue as you think…

-How meditation affects your telomeres, your cells and your gut…

-And much more…

Resources from this episode:

Weasel poop coffee (Wild Kopi Luwak, the World’s Most Exclusive Coffee, Sustainably Sourced From Sumatra, Indonesia)

Black Ivory coffee

Genetically Engineered ‘Mighty Mouse’ Can Run 6 Kilometers Without Stopping

Coffee Enema 101 article

Maranatha peanut butter

Arrowhead Mills peanut butter

Vitamin D3 + Vitamin K2 droplets

-The book “True To Form

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Chopra or me? Leave your thoughts below and one of us will reply! And be sure to check out Dr. Chopra’s book: The Big Five.

Why You’ve Been Lied To About Cancer And What You Can Do About It.

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Dr. David Minkoff and I go way back.

I first met this MD and 41 time Ironman triathlon finisher at the Half-Ironman World Championships in Florida six years ago, and interviewed him a few weeks later in the podcast episode “A Peek Into The Life of An Ironman, Natural Medicine Physician.

Then, he helped me with metal detoxification using a metal chelating spray he designed, and I interviewed him about this in the podcast “How Hidden Sources Of Heavy Metals Are Destroying Your Health, And What You Can Do About It.”

He also helped me with my son’s exercise induced asthma, which is now completely eliminated using the techniques Dr. Minkoff introduced me to in the podcast “Why More Kids Are Getting Exercise Induced Asthma, and What You Can Do About It.

And last month, we recorded “Amino Acids, BCAA’s, EAA’s, Ketosis, Bonking & More With 41 Time Ironman Triathlete Dr. David Minkoff. “.

Now Dr. Minkoff is back to talk about cancer. During our discussion, you’ll discover:

-The crazy story of why the voles around the Chernobyl radiation don’t get cancer…

-How a cancer cell produces toxic amounts of lactic acid, and why modern cancer medicine doesn’t fix this problem…

-Why we have been completely misled about why people actually get cancer, and why we’re treating the cancer completely wrong…

-How to mitigate the damage that chemotherapy causes…

-Why you need to test your body’s carbon dioxide levels, and how to do it…

-Why too much protein – especially from dairy sources – could be a big issue when it comes to cancer…

-The little-known water and blood ozonation methods Dr. Minkoff uses in his clinic, and how you can replicate the same effect in your own home…

-Dr. Minkoff’s controversial thoughts on “Gerson therapy” for cancer…

-How you can personally decrease your chances of ever getting cancer…

-And much more…


More About Dr. Minkoff:

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995.

In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, his BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness.

In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 40-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer.


Resources we discuss in this episode:

-Book: Tripping Over The Truth

-Book: Bursting with Energy: The Breakthrough Method to Renew Youthful Energy and Restore Health

-Podcast: Why You Get Cancer And What You Can Do About It

NatureAminos Essential Amino Acids

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Water ozonator

Kaqun water

Metal-Free detox spray

-Previous Interview with Dr. Minkoff: How Hidden Sources Of Heavy Metals Are Destroying Your Health, And What You Can Do About It.

-Previous Interview with Dr. Minkoff: A Peek Into The Life of An Ironman, Natural Medicine Physician.

-Previous Interview with Dr. Minkoff: Why More Kids Are Getting Exercise Induced Asthma, and What You Can Do About It.

-Previous Interview with Dr. Minkoff: Amino Acids, BCAA’s, EAA’s, Ketosis, Bonking & More With 41 Time Ironman Triathlete Dr. David Minkoff.

** Use code BEN for 5% off any purchase at! **

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Minkoff? Leave your thoughts below and either he or I will reply!

The Strangest Healthy Recipe I’ve Ever Seen (Brought To You By Two 8 Year Old Boys): Cricket Shirataki Pad Thai


My twin eight year old boys, River and Terran Greenfield, have been helping out in the kitchen since they were two years old. 

They began by simply helping Jessa with planting and picking herbs and vegetables, washing, preparing and identifying ingredients. But now, their passion for preparing delicious food has grown into a deep love of getting into the kitchen all by themselves and cooking full meals, from making their own fancy breakfasts before school to cooking complex multi-course dinners inspired by Junior Masterchef (the only TV show I’ve ever seen them watch other than Shark Tank).

That’s why, two weeks ago at PaleoFX in Austin, they stepped up to the task of teaching others the skills they have learned in the kitchen via a live demonstration of a favorite dish they learned to cook in Thailand…

…a dish their tiny, creative minds modified to be much healthier and lower carbohydrate than the original Pad Thai. Possibly by observing the strange habits, biohacks and odd cookbooks and superfoods owned by yours truly, they came up with a fusion of two unique ingredients – sustainable insect-based cricket protein and shirataki Japanese yam noodles.

And now, their strange but healthy recipe is yours. Bon appetit. 

Cricket Shirataki Pad Thai Introduction

The recipe you’re about to discover is based on two unique components, the first of which is shirataki noodles, which are made from a Japanese yam called konjuc or elephant yam. The end product of creating noodles from this yam is 97% water and 3% fiber, all in the form of a viscous, edible and surprisingly tasty noodle. The highly soluble fiber contained in these noodles is known as “glucomannan”. According to a study review by University of Connecticut researchers, glucomannan can help lower LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood sugar, and even body weight, and scientists in Thailand found that just a single gram of this stuff can significantly slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, and assist with gut peristalsis.

The second unique ingredient is organic whole roasted crickets (when you click on that link, you can use 10% discount code “BenG”). Edible insects are a rich source of protein, iron and micronutrients, and compared to traditional livestock, insects require drastically less feed to convert to the same amount of protein you get from these bigger animals. Insects require far less farmland, and the amounts of water they consume and greenhouse gases they emit are orders of magnitude lower than bigger animals.


Or, as River and Terran like to say “crickets don’t fart like cows do”.

The final flavor result of the unique combination of shirataki and crickets, fused with traditional Pad Thai ingredients and a touch of Japan, is going to delight your tastebuds knock your socks off! Enjoy.

Cricket Shirataki Pad Thai Recipe

Full Ingredient List (feeds 2-3 people, so scale accordingly):

-1/4 cup raw honey

-1/4 cup white vinegar

-2 tablespoons tamarind paste

-3 cloves minced garlic

-1/8 cup fish sauce

-3 packages of Miracle Noodles Shirataki Fettucini. Prepare noodles exactly according to packaging.

-Half head of green cabbage, finely shredded

-4-6 whole carrots julienned

-1 cup mung beans

-1 bunch of green onions chopped into small rounds

-1/4 cup avocado oil

-1/4 cup roasted crickets

-3 eggs, beaten

-1/4 cup cashews chopped

-2 tablespoons paprika

Sauce Instructions:

-1/4 cup raw honey

-1/4 cup white vinegar

-2 tablespoons tamarind paste

-3 cloves minced garlic

-1/8 cup fish sauce

Combine all these ingredients into a sauce pan.  Heat all the ingredients on medium for about two to three minutes, but do not allow the sauce to get to a boil.

Noodle Instructions:

Easy. Rip open three packages of Miracle Noodles Shirataki Fettucini. Prepare noodles exactly according to packaging, which basically just involves rinsing for 15-20 seconds. Yeah, that simple.

Pad Thai Instructions:

In a wok or large frying pan, warm oil over medium heat.  Add the crickets and sauté them for 3 minutes.  Push the crickets to the side of the wok, creating a “well”.  Pour in beaten eggs and allow them to scramble in the well.  Once eggs are scrambled (2-3 minutes), add in the sauce and the noodle and allow to cook for an additional 2 minutes.  Add in half the the cabbage and carrots.  Allow all the ingredients to fry for another 3 minutes.  Add in the paprika and stir until combined (this will thicken the sauce).  

Remove the wok from the heat and toss in the green onions and mung beans. Use the leftover cabbage and carrots as a garnish and a variation in texture (texture of cooked veggies combined with crunch raw veggies). Finally sprinkle the dish with cashews and serve!

Crickets & Miracle Noodle Notes

For this particular recipe, we chose “Aketta” crickets (Aketta as in Acheta domesticus, the name of the particular cricket they grow), straight out of Austin, Texas. Not all crickets are equal, and many are laden with pesticides, but these particular crickets eat USDA certified organic feed, live in a clean, healthy environment, are processed in a gluten-free certified organic kitchen, and grown on a small, sustainable farm.

Aketta lightly roasts their crickets to bring out their natural nutty, earthy flavors, making these whole roasted crickets taste similar to sunflower seeds. Aketta also makes a cricket flour, which has a deep, earthy, umami flavor with hints of raw cocoa, and can be used a protein-rich substitute for wheat, almond flour, coconut flour, etc.

So this stuff is the gold standard of crickets from the industry leader in edible insect products. You can top your salad or soup with their whole roasted crickets, just like you would with seeds or nuts. You can use them instead of meat in your tacos, wraps or on top of your pizza. You can toss them with your favorite herbs, spices or rubs and eat them as a snack.

As for the Aketta cricket protein powder? Substitute ¼ of your standard flour with cricket flour when you make your favorite baked goods to add a protein boost. Add them to soups and stews as a thickener. Mix it in with your morning smoothie for the protein boost you need to keep going all day.

Check out my Instagram page for some other tasty examples of how I’ve been using the crickets, and use 10% discount code BenG at Aketta crickets to save on any order.

As for the Miracle Noodles, I’ve got a whole separate article for you on those. It’s called “How To Biohack Your Pasta” and you can read it here, where you’ll also find a discount on Miracle Noodles.


So what do you think?

Do you plan on trying this recipe, or teaching it to your kids?

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about crickets, shirataki noodles or anything else from this recipe? Leave your thoughts below, and River, Terran or I will reply!

Finally, you can click here to access any and all of the PaleoFX conference videos or you can click here to join the Inner Circle, where you can watch the full video of River and Terran preparing this dish.