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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!
A New Way To Figure Out Your Genetic Tolerance To THC & CBD
The first naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoid, or “endocannabinoid” was identified in 1992 when scientists were studying the metabolic pathways of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. This led to the discovery of the human endocannabinoid system, a molecular signaling system that is responsible for maintaining many of our normal bodily functions, such as maintaining healthy bone density to naturally preventing diabetes—but that’s only the beginning. It turns out that based on specific genetic variables, we all respond differently to different doses and ratios of both THC and CBD, and the new genetic testing company EndoCanna tests all this for you from the comfort of your own home. As you can see in the video below, you’ll find out:
- How your genetics affect specific areas of the brain that may trigger anxiety.
- Which cannabinoid ratios and terpene profiles may lessen or avoid anxiety.
- Whether you have greater pain sensitivity.
- Which CBD:THC ratios are better-suited for pain management.
- Which cannabinoids may interfere or help you sleep better.
- How well your body metabolizes THC.
- Whether you are genetically prone to higher levels of THC in your blood.
- What your genes indicate about sustained attention and retention after consuming THC.
- Suggested cannabinoids to avoid when cognitive function is an issue.
- If your genetics play a role in your overall happiness.
- What current science says about your genetic profile and depression.
- What current research reveals about your genotypes.
If you want to get tested yourself, you can click here and enter code BENGREEN10 at checkout to save 10%. Here’s to responsible, educated use of an amazing plant, eh?
My New Mini Slackline Balance Toy
In my recent New York City fitness biohacking episode, you’ll hear about me warming up my nervous system on something called a “Slackblock.” This tiny, indoor version of a slackline has given me and my twin 12-year-old boys a simple but incredibly effective athletic balance trainer.
No sport is played with balance being static and weight equally distributed on both feet, so this is an instant way to increase athleticism and balance with almost no space taken up in your home. Training on the Slackblock for just a few minutes every couple of days will surprise you how fast your balance improves, along with improved coordination and agility. It’s a perfect little at-home training device for while you’re on quarantine. I'm a biohacking nerd obviously, so I've been setting mine up in front of my Biocharger and doing my balance practice while blasting myself with that. Good stack. For the Slackblock, click here.
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I love extra virgin olive oil, and not just for the tremendous health benefits it provides, but also because—if you get your hands on some REAL, high-quality olive oil—it just tastes fricken' delicious. See, olive oil comes in a wide range of qualities, and on the lower end of that quality spectrum, you sometimes have “fake” olive oil.
So naturally, since it's such a staple in my diet, years ago I went on a quest to find the highest quality olive oil possible, which led me to the fresh-pressed olive oil club I still use today. They scour the world for the best small-farm extra virgin olive oils, then fly them straight from the new harvest at their peak of flavor and nutritional potency straight to your door. Once you try these olive oils, bursting with harvest-fresh flavor, you’ll never go back to store-bought oils.
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My "Most Asked For” Recipe: My Wife Jessa’s World Famous Sourdough Bread With everyone making quarantine bread these days, it’s finally time to share my wife Jessa’s mouthwatering, slow-fermented sourdough bread, probably one of my “most-asked-for” recipes! The process of fermentation used in sourdough bread not only predigests the gluten but also reduces the glycemic index of the bread, making it far more friendly to your gut and blood sugar levels. Lest you think that you can go to the grocery store and grab any old sourdough loaf, it is important to note that the fermentation process capable of breaking down gluten is called slow fermentation. Many sourdoughs are short-fermented sourdoughs and are made quickly with chemicals and acids that impart a soured taste without actually allowing natural yeasts and lactic acid bacteria to work through the grain. This is my wife Jessa’s sourdough recipe, in all its tasty, mildly addictive glory. Here’s what you need 1 cup sourdough starter (bengreenfieldfitness.com/sourdoughstarter for Jessa’s recipe also linked in bio) 1 cup lukewarm water 2 teaspoons salt 3 to 4 cups organic all-purpose flour (we are currently using BenGreenfieldFitness.com/ItalyFlour and about to begin experimenting with Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat flour) Swipe through to see all directions and tips! And yes, this stuff is absolutely mind-blowing when drizzled with a bit of raw honey, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.Your taste buds will thank me later.
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Very impressive results of an intermittent fasting study that involves simply having your breakfast before dawn and your dinner after sunset: https://t.co/w7gYFF3KFZ
— Ben Greenfield (@bengreenfield) May 10, 2020
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When your wife makes pizza, you throw any consideration of carbohydrates completely out the window. And of course…
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