Welcome to Ben Greenfield's Weekly Roundup and Cool New Discoveries!
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!
New Ketosis Book I’m Enjoying
My friend and science writer Travis Christofferson just finished his book, Ketones, The Fourth Fuel: Warburg to Krebs to Veech, the 250 Year Journey to Find the Fountain of Youth. In it, he weaves a fascinating narrative of humanity's quest to understand how our bodies produce energy—transporting you on a scientific expedition from the past to the present, across early modern Europe to modern laboratories spanning the globe.
Ketones, The Fourth Fuel follows Nobel Prize-winning scientists from the 19th and 20th centuries as they map the pathways and cycles that comprise human metabolism. I’m getting a new and lasting appreciation for the silent chemical motion that keeps us alive and healthy. Ultimately, the narrative arrives at a remarkable discovery that rewrites everything we thought we knew about metabolism—with profound therapeutic consequences.
Coming back to the present, Christofferson reminds us that Americans are sicker than they have ever been. Heart disease, cancer, dementia, obesity, and type 2 diabetes are rapidly becoming the norm. Yet we are presented with a revelation: the realization that we all have a potent, and easy-to-access hybrid metabolism that generates a different fuel, the fourth fuel, that “supercharges” our metabolism in a way that slows aging and by-passes the metabolic dysfunction that leads to the multitude of diseases that plague modern society. This book is worth a read, and well written from a historical perspective as well. Get it here.
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This Week's Most Popular Instagram Post
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I have a confession: I poop once per day. One smooth, glorious morning movement, and then I'm done. And I don't really think about number 2 at all until the next day. It's quite convenient, especially compared to my old days of hitting the head a handful of times during the day, straining, always feeling like I had something “still inside.” How do I keep my digestive tract running so smoothly, you ask? 1. @kion Coffee Enema: Don’t laugh. Once a week, I do a coffee enema once per week because I carry a higher genetic risk for colon cancer. This practice has numerous potential benefits including mechanical cleansing of the colon, increased lymphatic drainage, and improving liver function. For you skeptics, I have a full article detailing all of the benefits of a coffee that you can find by clicking the link in my bio. 2. Squatty Potty: The @squattypotty is a toilet stool that puts you in the correct, ancestral position for fast and easy elimination, namely by ensuring you don’t have any colorectal “kinks” while defecating. It helps with constipation and straining during bathroom movements, hip tightness and more! (link in bio). If you don’t have one, and you’re limber, you can just squat on your toilet seat. 3. Breathe: Breathing properly seems to make just about anything in life better, including your daily poo. Ideally, as you breathe in and your diaphragm expands, you should “relax” your pelvic muscles and sphincter, then as you breathe in and the diaphragm contracts, you can contract or squeeze those same muscles. This is a “reverse kegel” in case you want to Google it and learn more. Want more tips and info on all things digestion, gut health, and microbiome? Stay tuned for much more later this week! What tummy questions do you have? Drop them in the comments below!
This Week's Most Popular Tweet:
It is FASCINATING how good fasting is for you and how LITTLE we still know about it: https://t.co/f3JpDXSErR
— Ben Greenfield (@bengreenfield) August 25, 2020
My Most Popular Facebook Post This Week:
Happy Friday! Go get ‘em tiger. 💕💕💕What's everyone's weekend plans?#carpediem #weekendvibes
Leave your comments and any news or discoveries that you think I missed below!