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!
– My Brand New Speaking Website
I'm constantly asked about how hiring me to speak works, and also about the logistics and details of having me come give a keynote, appear at a conference, or speak to a corporation or group – as well as what topics I can cover. Ask no more. Here is the brand new official “Ben Greenfield Speaking” page.
– Two Very Interesting Takeaways From My Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor Tracking
From my Dexcom G6 – A good example of hot and cold effects on blood sugar.
The spike before 9am is from the sauna, and the drop after is from a cold soak. I see this pattern repeatedly. As a matter of fact, someone recently interviewed me for a podcast about cheat meals, and I commented that in addition to high-intensity interval training and weight training, one of the best ways to plummet blood sugar levels postprandially is a cold shower or cold soak.
Just like a cup of coffee, heat exposure can temporarily elevate blood glucose, but it’s a pretty transient rise and a healthy, normal stress response. Anyways, I find this kind of self-quantification absolutely intriguing. Once I have gathered a full year’s worth of blood sugar data I will be writing a blog post about this.
Something you should always look for if you’re tracking your blood glucose.
Around 4:30, I ate a late lunch. It was a post-workout state and was about 12oz steak and a pile of sweet potato fries (In this case, my “workout” was a doubleheader obstacle course race, so the meal was definitely more carbohydrate intensive than usual). You’ll note that although the blood glucose notably rises after the meal it returned to baseline levels very soon afterward and even drops lower than what it was prior to the meal.
The number one metric I’m most concerned about when it comes to glycemic variability is how quickly my postprandial blood glucose returns to normal because that is the element that is most indicative of insulin sensitivity. As a matter of fact, that’s even more important to me than my fasting blood glucose levels. Many of you have asked me about the Dexcom G6 that I use to track this continuously throughout the day. Yes, I needed a physician prescription for this device. Any doctor will likely write you a prescription. But because I am not diabetic, my medical insurance did not pay for the device. This means that the total investment for me for a year’s worth of tracking is slightly over $3000. That is admittedly quite expensive for a form of self-quantification. However, I only plan to track for about a year because I figure that gives me enough insight to take actionable steps for the rest of my life assuming that my diet and lifestyle does not significantly change.
In addition, it is well worth it for me to pay that price if it means that I can avoid medical bills associated with diabetes and chronic disease for the rest of my life. It is my hope that in the future this type of blood glucose data will become far more affordable via some kind of device that can read blood glucose in another way, or simply a reduction in the cost of a device that is similarly accurate. I suppose the only way around this would be to figure out a way to “hack“ your way temporarily into a diabetic state so that you could get a physicians prescription along with the insurance to pay for it, but I couldn’t figure out a way to do that. ;-)
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::: The Most Powerful E-stim Device Known To Man I'm Using For Recovery :::
The NeuFit “NEUBIE” system takes a neurological approach to injury recovery and higher performance. By combining next-gen tech with protocols from physical therapy and functional neurology, NeuFit helps people tap into the power of their neurology.
For most people, that leads to improved function and a quicker recovery from an injury/surgery or reaching fitness goals faster than they ever thought possible. For a few, this work has even meant being able to get out of a wheelchair and walk again.
Practitioners all over the country are adding the technology into their medical, physical therapy, and fitness practices and Garrett is passionate about teaching NeuFit to them so that this work can impact as many lives as possible.
Listen to my podcast with Garrett, the founder and creator of NEUBIE to learn a whole lot more about neurology, chronic pain, and injury recovery; or discover the NEUBIE for yourself here.
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::: Be The Author Of Your Best Life :::
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Then, by taking you through 12 key areas of your life, Lifebook founders Jon and Missy Butcher guide you in creating your very own Lifebook: a deeply personal game plan for your absolute best life. See my personal Lifebook here, and check out my podcast with Lifebook founder Jon Butcher here.
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– June 23 – July 7, 2019: European Detox Retreat, Paracelsus al Ronc, Switzerland. At this 2019 liver detox and R&R retreat at the beautiful Swiss Mountain Clinic in the Italian quarter of Switzerland, you'll stay on-site and receive diagnostics and treatments from the best doctors of biological medicine to detox your liver and your soul. Here's the link to more info.
– August 3, 2019: Spartan Sprint at the LA Stadium, Los Angeles, California. It’s Rally Time, Los Angeles. The Big A. Angel Stadium. Whatever you call it, this place is legendary. Now, Spartan is headed to this historic ballpark for an epic Stadion course. Get ready to take on 3 miles and 20 obstacles through nearly every part of the stadium. Sign up here!
– September 12 – 15, 2019: RUNGA Immersion, Napa Valley, California. I attend this total mind-body reboot retreat each year with my wife, Jessa, to connect with a handful of friends and YOU can one of them! I would love if you could join me at this retreat. Click here for details on this incredible event!
– September 27 – 29, 2019: Spartan World Championships, Squaw Valley, California. Right beside Lake Tahoe, this epic venue was once host to the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Join me there for the greatest obstacle course race in North Tahoe Lake, Olympic Village, CA. Sign up here!
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