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Ben Greenfield's discoveries, from the latest news on the fronts of fitness, nutrition, health, wellness, biohacking, and anti-aging research. I also recap my upcoming events and special announcements so you can keep up with giveaways, discounts, and more!
New Discoveries Of The Week: Cool New Things I'm Trying, Books I'm Reading, And More!
My Eye-Enhancing Secret Sauce From The Amazon
During my last two Q&A podcasts (425 and 426), I talked about how I’ve been experimenting with Sananga eye drops. Sananga, sourced from the root bark of a shrub native to Brazil and Peru, has been used by traditional Amazonian tribespeople to sharpen night vision, balance and focus the mind, enhance spiritual connection, and more.
Given those claims, I of course needed to try Sananga. Fair warning: these drops burn like hell when you first put them in, but that’s when I practice a bit of relaxed breathing, and the pain doesn’t last too long—about two minutes or so. These eye drops have definitely been working for me and they’ve become a staple of my pre-workout routine for harder workouts, and also as an occasional “mid-afternoon pick-me-up” and prior to breathwork, meditation, etc. Here’s one example of what I’ve been doing lately before I train…
…I pop a nicotine lozenge or gum, then take three huffs of Zen spray (another Amazonian plant medicine) to each nostril, and then put in three drops of Sananga into each eyeball (kind of near the corner of the eye). I hold my eyes open as wide as possible until the burn subsides. I can crush a workout or long afternoon of productive office work with this stack, and it’s quite ideal for the late afternoon or early evening, because it doesn’t seem to interfere with my sleep. In fact, I’ve noticed that the Sananga actually gives me more lucid dreams, which is kind of interesting. (Incidentally, you can learn more about other pre-workout “energy blends” by listening to my podcast with Milos Sarcev, one of the top bodybuilders of all time.)
I’m definitely going to keep delving into what I can do with Sananga for more workout optimization, general well-being, and spiritual growth.
I think the short-lived eye burn is well worth the benefits of Sananga, but what do you think? Would you try these drops? If you’re game, I set up a discount of 10% here with code BEN.
Looking For The Perfect Mother's Day Gift?
Do you have a mother, wife, sister, girlfriend, stepmother, or any other special woman you want to honor this Mother's Day? The holiday comes early this year—May 9th—so you'll want to get on it soon. Flowers are nice, but they don't last. I have a better suggestion…
Annmarie Gianni, the wife of a friend of mine named Kevin Gianni, makes wildcrafted, organic, and effective skincare products that don't contain any toxic chemicals. Thanks to a lack of regulation around personal product disclosures, many skincare lines that claim that they're natural and safe are in fact not.
Truly clean, chemical-free beauty is essential because the ingredients you put on your body WILL make it into your bloodstream. I know you want to feel good about what you give the ones you love, and not only are the ingredients clean, Annmarie Skin Care uses eco-friendly packaging that is all created at wind-powered facilities. I'm a big fan of the products myself…they're the staples of my skincare routine (and I'm admittedly a little picky when it comes to my skincare products – more than most men, I suppose).
Right now, Annmarie Skin Care is offering a special Clean Beauty Trial Set just in time for Mother's Day. For $19.99, you get:
- The pH-balanced Aloe Herb Cleanser (1oz) and ultra-hydrating Anti-Aging Serum (5ml), two core essentials that leave skin supple, nourished, and flawless with purely natural ingredients.
- Three FREE samples, made with organic ingredients: Anti-Aging Facial Oil, Kaolin Micro Exfoliant, and Charcoal Cacao Mask
- FREE shipping (for US and Canadian residents only).
- A 100% money-back promise if you are not satisfied with your order.
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::: Save 10% On The Only Blue Blockers I Wear :::
Blue blocking glasses are kind of a biohacking basic. I don't think I need to go into all of the benefits of reducing your exposure to blue light, especially in the evening when your body is trying to naturally wind down.
The best and only blue light blockers that I wear are made by a company called Ra Optics. I've had the CEO Matt Maruca on my show and, let me tell you, he knows his stuff when it comes to light. Jessa, the kids, and I all wear Ra Optics because they have the most effective lens technology, blocking over 95% of the damaging range of blue light, while most other glasses only block like 3%!
The quality of Ra Optics is also in a different league. They're made of a special material called Italian acetate along with German-engineered steel, making the glasses nearly indestructible, and they look good, too.
Ra Optics put years and years of research into developing the technology for their glasses, and you know that's an important consideration whenever I'm considering a product. The other really cool thing about the blockers is that they are the only lenses on the market infused with melanin pigment—the same pigment found in our eyes and skin—allowing for maximum protection from damaging frequencies of light and unparalleled color perception.
Of course, like most of my go-to products, we've set up an exclusive discount for you. To get your own pair from Ra Optics, click here, and code BEN10 will be automatically applied for a 10% savings!
::: Join Me For My First Ever Transformation Challenge! :::
The challenge runs from April 19th to May 31st, and over the course of 6 weeks, you will be guided to optimize every aspect of your physical fitness, diet, sleep, relationships, and beyond.
You'll experience lightning-quick fat-loss results—minus all of the confusion and damage that many other weight loss programs offer.
Additionally, you will learn everything you need to know in order to…
- Create a healthy living environment so you are not constantly bombarded by the health disruptors of modern society.
- Train using the minimum effective dose so you don’t need to spend hours crushing it in the gym.
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- Sleep better than ever before and wake up feeling energized.
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- Become in tune with a mindfulness practice and emphasis on relationships to create a deep-rooted foundation that will allow for lasting, positive change.
This is the perfect chance to build an optimized routine and the discipline needed to sustain results with the support of my coaches and a community of like-minded challenge champions.
::: An Entirely New Cooking Experience: The Boundless Cookbook :::
You've discovered a new diet, so you tinker with a few Paleo, Carnivore, or Keto recipes for a bit, then you get bored, frustrated, or just tired of the food and give up and watch all of your progress disappear.
Today, I’m putting all of that to an end as I finally unveil my top-secret project I've been working on: the Boundless Cookbook. Yes, I’ve been holed away in my secret Batman lab kitchen testing all manner of superfoods, fringe ingredients, recipe twists, molecular gastronomy, and a whole lot more to bring you this new and unique culinary guide.
Here’s what you’ll discover inside:
- Never-seen-before biohacking recipes that will invigorate your body.
- How to prepare nutrient-dense wild game, fish, and organ meats that taste like heaven.
- My secret mouthwatering rubs, salts, and marinades that give your muscles and nervous system the building blocks they need to operate at peak performance.
- My best tips on preparing smoothies and cocktails that will boost your muscle cell growth, help you eliminate brain fog, and reduce inflammation in your body.
- My drive and energy-stimulating superfood concoctions, which will boost your sex drive and take intimacy with your partner to a new high.
- Guilt-free, healthy desserts from my wife and twin boys that actually taste good and don’t take your blood glucose and insulin on a rollercoaster ride.
- All of that, and much, much more!
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