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Ben Greenfield's discoveries from the latest news from 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!
– The “Viagra In A Can” I've Been Drinking
My friend Dr. Joe Mercola just sent me a case of a special kind of hydrogen-rich water called “Hydro Nitro“, and holy cow, this stuff is powerful. It is a packaged beverage that can be ordered and sent to your house, and it is designed to combine molecular hydrogen with naturally occurring nitrates and other beneficial phytochemicals from an extremely unique source: fermented organic beets. The combination of the fermented beets and hydrogen-rich water is incredible. It supports healthy blood flow and promotes oxygenation of your tissues for performance and cellular, brain, and heart health. It helps protect against the most harmful type of free radicals, limiting the oxidative damage that can lead to accelerated cellular aging, cellular inflammation, and pathological changes in your cells and organs. And I've also noted a nitric oxide bodybuilder-esque pump during all my workouts and (sorry to be graphic) massive morning boners. This stuff is normally never discounted, but Mercola generously is offering code GREENFIELD for 10% off Hydro Nitro 1, 12 or 36 cans. You can check out more here. (*interestingly, in most cases, you'd benefit from the performance enhancing benefits of beets by swishing them in your mouth so that your mouth bacteria is enhance conversion to nitric oxide, but hydrogen water actually does this for you, so no swishing required. It's a match made in heaven.)
– Why I'm Now Wearing Socks To Bed
I recently read this very interesting research article by the National Sleep Foundation encouraging the practice of wearing socks to bed, preferably something like a wool sock that maintains warmth. Here is a snippet from the article:
“Heating cold feet causes vasodilation—dilation of the blood vessels—which may tell the brain that it is bedtime. After the blood vessels open in the hands and feet, heat is redistributed throughout the body to prepare for sleep.
In fact, some research has shown that the more vasodilation in the hands and feet, the less time it takes to fall asleep. The relationship between warm hands and feet and falling asleep may be what’s behind the age-old belief that placing a hot water bottle at the foot of the bed is good for sleep.
The verdict? Socks in bed may not be sexy, but then again, neither are cold feet!”
Here's a new study that backs this up. Cool, eh? I mean…toasty and warm.
– The New Probiotic I've Switched To (& Why Most Probiotics Are A Complete Waste Of Money):
In the United States, the term “probiotics” has become a generic term commoditized by any product that is fermented or supplements containing generic species of bacteria. Scientifically, though, there is a strict definition mandating that oral consumption of specific strains of bacteria have a quantifiable and validated effect in the human host. Unfortunately, as you can read here in “A new kind of probiotic could change the $38 billion market by using real science”, most probiotics simply do not seed the gut. Period. They are a waste of money.
As you can read in the article above, most scientific studies suggest the pills do very little to help our stomachs and may not provide any measurable benefits to overall health. That may be at least partially a result of the fact that very few of the beneficial bacteria in the supplements make it to our guts or stick around long enough to have an effect. But an even bigger problem is that many probiotics don't do much as they're passing through your gut either. This is because they are generic strains with limited benefits.
Since meeting their chief scientist at a health conference and being incredibly impressed, I've been looking into “SEED”, which is a new microbiome science company with a deep bench of scientists and doctors developing microbial therapies that are backed by both human clinical data and quantifiable endpoints showing they actually do “seed” the stomach (hence the name). SEED's first product is a consortium of 20+ strains of bacteria supported by multiple double-blind, randomized, human clinical trials looking at a variety of endpoints – including intestinal transit time, stool consistency, regularity, ease of elimination, bloating, and intestinal barrier integrity. There is a male and female formulation.
For example, the female formulation contains a specific strain that is the first to increase endogenous production of 5-MTHF (folate), which has a short half-life when taken in supplement form but can be absorbed through specialized receptors in the colon when produced by gut bacteria. The product also includes a patented prebiotic, isolated from the skin of the pomegranate plant (punicalagin), which is biotransformed by gut bacteria into Urolithin A – a powerful metabolite that stimulates mitophagy (the selective degradation of defective mitochondria). Overall, the product has been tested with a number of mechanistic and characterization assays including gut simulation models (SHIME), flow cytometry, whole genome sequencing, untargeted metabolomics, human cell line testing, short-chain fatty acid panels, and a novel screening platform (looking at the NRF2 pathway with intellectual property exclusively licensed from The Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School). The company's Chief Scientist is Dr. Gregor Reid (the scientist who Chaired the United Nations – World Health Organization Expert Panel that authored the global definition of probiotics), and the combination of novel technology, mechanistic research, and statistically significant results in validated human biomarkers is both innovative and disruptive for probiotics, which are not required to demonstrate efficacy under the FDA.
In other words, this is the best new probiotic, period. I've been popping three every day. Their website is pretty fun to explore too. Use code BENGREENFIELD here for 15% off your first month of the Daily Synbiotic.
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::: Don't Let Medical Care Providers Prevent You From Achieving Peak Health :::
You know I want to empower you to take your health into your own hands, but I'll admit, it can be confusing knowing where to begin. The creators of Paleo f(x), one of the most enriching events I speak at each year are offering you a free course called “Health Hacker Fx” for taking your health into your own hands.
In this course, you will learn practical strategies for enhancing your health:
– How to dodge your genetic “destiny”
– Deciphering your personal DNA to determine what your body needs
– Secrets for dealing with common anxiety and stress
– Discovering the right type of “fuel” for your body
The advice you’ll get from this event can't be found from mainstream sources and is exactly the type information and protocols you need to start thinking outside-the-box to live your most adventurous, joyful and fulfilling life. Click here to join for absolutely free.
::: Join Me In the Dominican Republic for a Complete Reboot Before Kicking Off 2019 :::
Get the LAST suite to join me this December in the Dominican Republic for the RUNGA retreat. If you want to spend QT with a group of like-minded individuals in a friggin' gorgeous setting for a complete reboot before heading into 2019 totally invigorated, this retreat is for YOU. See everything we'll be getting into right here.
Plus! Code BEN when you select the right room for you will get you an additional $250 Kion gift card to use on Kion Coffee, Essential Amino Acids for athletic performance and recovery, Kion Oregano Oil for immunity, or more to choose from.
Don't sleep on this one!
::: Do You Wish You Could Enjoy Foods Containing Gluten? This Could Help… :::
DPP-IV dipeptidyl peptidase IV) is an enzyme complex (glutenase) which can support digesting one protein that plagues our guts: gluten. Gluten Guardian by BiOptimizers includes a potent source of DPP-IV synergized with 4 proteases to break down various types of proteins inside of wheat, astrazyme (to boost absorption of beneficial nutrients), 3 types of amylase to break down carbohydrates, and much more.
You can hear from the mastermind behind this product formulation himself. I brought him onto the podcast this week so he could tell us much more about this particular formulation and how it all works. Here's the link to the episode.
If you are sensitive to gluten, you can try this product and see if it helps you get back to enjoying gluten-rich foods. If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, proceed with caution. There is anecdotal evidence that celiacs have used Gluten Guardian and successfully avoided the negative effects of consuming gluten, but it might not work for everyone.
The “effective dosage” is something that each individual can usually figure out within a month of trial and error, which is why Gluten Guardian provides a 100% hassle-free money back guarantee. Use code “GREENFIELD” to get an additional 10% off the already discounted price here.
::: Learn to Forage and Grow More of Your Own Food No Matter Where You Live :::
…Keeping chickens and goats…growing your own vegetables…foraging locally for herbs and edibles…
If you have dreamed of having the skills to source your own food, but aren't sure where to begin, this online series is perfect for you. With the right tools, information, and advice, you and your family can source much more of your own food no matter where you live. This free online series will equip you with more tools for living closer to the way our human ancestors did. Register here.
::: Learn Exactly How to Maintain a Healthy, High-Performing Brain :::
We cannot count on a single pill to solve our health problems. But, hope is NOT lost! The Superhuman Brain Masterclass will give you access to the upgrades you've been looking for: maximized memory, exceptional focus and greatly productive brain function. When you join me for this free masterclass, you'll learn the “Superhuman Brain proprietary methodology”: simple checklists, step-by-step solutions and little-known protocols that invite healing, brain upgrades and next-level performance.
Whether you're in need of healing OR enhancing your brain, you are going to learn practical wisdom and next-level hacks to enhance your mind. The Superhuman Brain Masterclass is online and free from December 3-9, 2018. Register here today.
– December 1, 2018: Spartan AT&T Park Stadium Sprint, San Francisco, California. Can you feel the energy, San Fran? Run around the concourse. Rope climb in the outfield. Do burpees in the dugout. Challenge yourself to three miles that will include 20+ signature obstacles. See you there!
– December 2 – 8, 2018: RUNGA Retreat, Dominican Republic. You're invited to join me at RUNGA in December 2018. Join me in the Dominican Republic, one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean, for this retreat. In all RUNGA activities, RUNGA invites you to come home to yourself. To see everything you'll be getting into, just click here. Use code BEN when you register so you get your gift when you arrive! I'll be there, too. Join the waitlist here.
– December 14 – 16, 2018: World Congress 2018 Hosted by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada. If you attend any conference this year, make it the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine’s 26th Annual World Congress. The fact is, in an era of andropause, low drive and deteriorating men's health, it's shocking that both practitioners and the public aren't aware of ancestral wisdom and modern scientific and medical tactics that can be used to optimize male physiology. It's time that changed, and I'll be teaching exactly how to make men, men again. Join me!
– Jan 20 – 21, 2019: Serious Business Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. This conference is going invoke thought and insight and expose you to new ideas and thinking on self-development and business in the beauty industry. Register here.
– April 6 – 7, 2019: FitCon Summit, Salt Lake City, Utah. FitCon® encourages everyone to Find Their Fit. It does not matter whether it is powerlifting, Crossfit, bodybuilding, roller derby, or even axe throwing. Be sure to visit the Kion booth in the expo!
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TianChi is a potent adaptogenic herb complex that goes straight to your head. If you've tried it, you know what I mean. It will brighten your mind. Roger Drummer, the mastermind behind TianChi, recently shared his favorite TianChi recipe, which he drinks before every workout. It goes down like a creamy milkshake. Try it and let me know what you think! I added @kion aminos for 20g of high density low calorie protein too.Here's how I did it: 8 oz. of @gtskombucha CocoYo living coconut yogurt 2 packets @herbworks_ltd TianChi 8-10 ice cubes 2 scoops @kion Aminos I then topped with coconut flakes and chia seeds. You can order TianChi and Aminos from my company, @kion, from the link in my bio.
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