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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!
– The New Probiotic I’ve Switched To (& Why Most Probiotics Are A Complete Waste Of Money)
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.
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. Their website is pretty fun to explore, too, and you can listen to my full podcast interview with the founder here. Use code: BEN15 here for 15% off your first month of the Daily Synbiotic, and check out the video below to see my unboxing of their sexy new kit!
The term “probiotics” has become a generic term commoditized by any product that is fermented or supplements containing…
– Results of My Complete Executive Health Screening by Next|Health in LA
This year at Next|Health in LA, I gave a talk on 12 different ways to optimize your body and brain, and I recently received the results of my executive health screening overseen by my friend and former podcast guest Dr. Darshan Shah, at Next|Health in LA. This “Health Nucleus” program is described as “the physical exam of the 21st century” and provides an unprecedented, data-driven quantitative health assessment designed to screen for risk factors and early signals of critical diseases. This text reveals more about your health than ever before.
Cutting-edge tech such as full body MRI, along with advanced whole genome sequencing (WGS) analyzes all of your DNA (unlike some tests that may only provide isolated information about a few traits or disease risks) to give you more complete insights into your current health, as well as your risks and opportunities for the future.
In the video below, you can see a quick preview of my results from Next|Health, and you can click here if you want to get this kind of testing done for yourself.
This year at Next Health in LA, I gave a talk on 12 different ways to optimize your body and brain: I recently received the results of my executive health screening overseen by my friend and former podcast guest Darshan Shah M D, at Next|Health in LA. This "Health Nucleus" program is described as "the physical exam of the 21st century" and provides an unprecedented, data-driven quantitative health assessment designed to screen for risk factors and early signals of critical diseases. This text reveals more about your health than ever before.Cutting-edge tech such as full body MRI, along with advanced whole genome sequencing (WGS) analyzes all of your DNA (unlike some tests that may only provide isolated information about a few traits or disease risks) to give you more complete insights into your current health, as well as your risks and opportunities for the future. In the video below, you can see a quick preview of my results from Next|Health, and you can go to https://www.next-health.com/bengreenfield.html if you want to learn more or get this kind of testing done for yourself.
Posted by Ben Greenfield Fitness on Thursday, June 20, 2019
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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 Stadium 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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Here’s a fun workout that I like to take a break to do in the middle of a long workday, Especially if I’m sore and want to put some work into my body but need more cardio vascular and mobility work vs. eccentric muscle tissue damage.. It’s quite simple: 4 rounds of: one Tabata set on the air assault bike, 3 Turkish Get-Ups per side, 15 KB swings and finally, 3 front plank rotations per side. Because my stress levels can already be a little high if I finish up work in the afternoon then do this, this is a work out for which I try to breathe through my nose as much as possible, even on the bike sets. Try this one out and let me know what you think, and feel free to leave your own quick, short workout ideas below. This one takes about 30 minutes.
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