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Why Some People Drink Camel Urine, The Fascinating History of Nutrition From Camels, 8 Big Reasons I Now Guzzle Camel’s Milk & Much More.

Prepare for your mind to be blown as you review the following three images. They are, long story short, step-by-step instructions for drinking camel's urine as an immune system tonic and anti-cancer aid. Not kidding. Check it out:

Still not convinced to rush out to your local zoo and collect a few glass mason jars of camel piss?

Then consider the following scientific papers…

…”The inhibitory effect of camel’s urine on mycotoxins and fungal growth“…

…”In vitro Assessment of the Antimicrobial Activity and Biochemical Properties of camel’s urine“…

…and last, but certainly not least…

…”Cytotoxicity of the Urine of Different Camel Breeds on the Proliferation of Lung Cancer Cells”.

And trust me, the stuff tastes freaking delicious. It's right up there with bear drool and tiger semen.

OK, OK, so perhaps you're not still not convinced that urine is a must-have addition to your diet. But in today's article, I do want to share with you a new addition to my diet that is something far tastier and attractive than camel's urine…

…camel's milk.

In today's article, I'm going to share with you the fascinating history of camel's milk consumption, the surprising and unique nutrition profile of camel's milk, eight big reasons me and my twin eight year old boys are now guzzling camel's milk on a regular basis as an alternative to goat's milk and cow's milk, and where I get my camel's milk (spoiler alert: I did not purchase nor do I personally milk an actual camel).

Let's do this, shall we? (insert Aladdin theme song here).


The Fascinating History of Camel's Milk

Since the domestication of camel several millennia ago, bedouins, nomads and pastoral cultures around the world have relished camel milk – so they've been drinking the stuff for a really, really long time. Surprisingly, camels are thought to have originated in North America, but somebody must have left the gate open, because they eventually migrated to Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

For nomads, camels are more than livestock. They’re a physical and spiritual link to nature. Plus, it’s their primary source of income, food and transportation, just as if you bundled your car, house and job on top of a camel and hit the road. Camels are life to nomads, and although their way of life is being threatened due to city growth and loss of roaming land, a growing commercial interest in camel milk can help them keep going.

Herders in many of these Asian and Middle Eastern countries have long said they survive solely on camel milk when taking the camels long distances to graze in desert and arid mountain environments (I'm pretty sure they certainly throw a few dates down their throats too when they get the chance). And the camels? They're like goats. They can thrive on thorns, bushes, a few scant grasses and an occasional bucket of water to make a desert trip.

Camel farming traditionally takes place in desert or mountain conditions, although it is now flourishing in Germany and The Netherlands. You'll now find camel milk is in supermarkets in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kenya and Mauritania, and there’s a new chain of camel milk cafes in Dubai! Camels produce tons of milk – with Pakistani and Afghani camels producing up to 30 liters per day. Because of this, and because camels, with their ability to go 21 days without drinking water and still produce milk even when feeding on low-quality fodder, are a sustainable option for food security in difficult environments.

In India, camel milk has been used desert communities like the “raika” for a very long time, it also finds its presence in the ancient Indian medicinal texts of Ayurveda. The National Research Centre on Camel in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India is a national camel research institute, and has participated in research projects on the therapeutic values of camel milk in autism, diabetes, TB, hepatitis, etc.

In the USA, demand for camel milk  originated from a growing number of people who had leaky gut issues and other irritable bowel complaints, and were looking for a milk the human gut can actually handle. Other people have utilized camel milk to boost their immune system (no camel urine required!) and to build a wider diversity of bacteria in the microbiome, which you'll learn about later in this article.


The Surprising & Unique Nutrition Profile of Camel's Milk

Camel milk is an extremely rich source of proteins, with very high antimicrobial and gut protective activities – since many of these proteins are not found in cow milk, or found only in minor amounts in cow milk. Camel milk has enough nutrients to easily sustain a person through the day as a sole source of food, and in many countries, camel milk is given to babies suffering from malnutrition.

Compared to cow, buffalo and ewe milk fat, camel milk fat contains fewer short-chain fatty acids, but the same number of long-chain fatty acids can be found, and is particularly high in linoleic acid. Some researchers claim that the value of camel milk is to be found in the high concentrations of linoleic acid (among other polyunsaturated fatty acids), which are essential for human nutrition. Camel milk has more fat and more protein than cow's milk, but the amount of cholesterol in camel milk is actually lower than cow or goat milk.

Camel milk also has a very high vitamin, mineral, and immunoglobulin content. It is three times higher in vitamin C than cow's milk and 10 times higher in iron than cow's milk. It is also very high in unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins, lower in lactose than cow's milk, and the levels of potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, sodium and zinc are higher than in cow's milk.

Here's a few other fun facts for you from the Desert Farm Camel's Milk website:


8 Big Reasons I Now Guzzle Camel's Milk

There's a few other very interesting benefits of camel's milk that I've discovered in the past couple months that I've been consuming the stuff: eight big reasons that I now guzzle camel's milk on a near daily basis.

In no particular order of importance, here they are:

1. Colostrum

First, camel's milk is extremely, extremely high in colostrum.

Colostrum, also known as “first milk”, is a mammary secretion produced by cows, camels and other related animals. The results of supplementation with colostrum or consumption of milk high in colostrum are similar to supplementing with whey protein, although colostrum may offer some very unique benefits for both the immune and digestive systems.

For example, the undeveloped intestinal tract of a newborn allows the growth factors present in colostrum to pass freely through the intestinal wall for absorption. But fully-developed adult mammal intestines break down the beneficial compounds in colostrum before they can be absorbed into the blood stream. So although an adult's digestive enzymes prevent colostrum growth factors from significantly affecting muscles, colostrum in adults will still exert a local effect in the gut, which increase intestinal integrity, prevents inflammation (like the kind that can be caused by prolonged, intense exercise, especially in the heat). So supplementing with colostrum or drinking milk high in colostrum will have an effect similar to supplementing whey protein or casein protein, but offer even more of a benefit, especially for leaky gut issues or intense exercise.

The antibodies present in colostrum are also effective at reducing diarrhea caused by Escherichia coli and reducing the risk of HIV infection.

And it turns out that camel milk, compared to other animal milk, is particularly good at providing colostrum. In the study “A comparative study of milk serum proteins in camel (Camelus dromedarius) and bovine colostrum“, you can see that camel milk is chock full of the stuff, and the study “Chemical characterization of the oligosaccharides in Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) milk and colostrum” shows a host of beneficial oligosaccharides unique to camel milk. Finally, the study “Selected vitamins and fatty acid patterns in dromedary milk and colostrum” also shows the colostrum in camel milk to be extremely high.

2. Prebiotic

Camel’s milk provides prebiotics in the form of oligosaccharides.

Prebiotics are food components that are indigestible by humans, but that feed the microbial colonies in the gut. Essentially, prebiotics are soluble fiber like inulin, oligofructose, and oligosaccharides that our gut flora consumes and ferments. When microbial colonies in the gut aren’t getting enough prebiotic foods, the host (you) can suffer from indigestion, increased levels of inflammation, lower immune function, increased risk for weight gain, and an increased risk for various chronic diseases. This is because prebiotics are integral to maintaining the diversity, balance, and growth of intestinal bacteria, specifically increasing the number of the beneficial bacteria bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. By feeding and increasing the number of good bacteria in the gut, the body’s resistance to invading pathogens is increased.

Camel’s milk provides a great deal of oligosaccharides. More and more studies are coming out that show the health benefits of prebiotics. A diet supplemented with Galactooligosaccharides improved symptoms in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Oligosaccharides aid in weight control, glucose regulation in diabetic patients, and influence homeostasis of intestinal cells. Short chain fatty acids, the end-products of prebiotic digestion by bacteria, are a source of energy for epithelial cells in the colon and help inhibit pathogen growth, reduce gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and cancers.

3. Modulation Of Human Microbiome (Restoration & Maintenance Of Healthy Gut)

Many compounds found in camel’s milk benefit the gut.

Moving past the benefits of the prebiotics found in camel’s milk, there are many more factors that influence gut health. Camel milk has anti-diarrheal properties with implications in treating complications with Autism, Crohn’s disease, and other digestive health issues. Vitamin-rich camel milk contains a high proportion of mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids that improves carbohydrate metabolism. Camel milk lactoferrin has been found to inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells. Camel milk supplementation in rats exposed to Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli reduced the degree of pathogenicity, preventing damage to liver and kidney function and decreasing oxidative stress induced by the pathogens. It also has an antiulserogenic effect against gastric ulcers in mice. The probiotic lactic acid bacteria in camel milk prevents adhesion of pathogens in the GI tract. Lastly, the prebiotics and probiotics present in camel milk work synergistically to improve gut health and function.

4. Full Of Immune Activating Molecules

Camel milk has unique antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

We’ve already discussed some of the anti-microbial effects of camel milk, but it boasts many more immunity benefits. The lactoferrin present in camel milk directly boosts the immune system by maintaining immune homeostasis through controlling excess inflammatory response and by directly influencing the development of T-helper cells. Camel milk has an abundance of lysozymes, an enzyme that attacks pathogenic bacteria. Camel polyclonal antibodies helps inhibit hepatitis C  and hepatitis B virus infectivity. Camel milk casein hydrolysates have antioxidant and antimicrobial functions. Camel milk may help reduce inflammation associated with obesity. It also contain disease-fighting immunoglobulins that boost the immune system. Additionally, camel milk does not contain the beta-casein and beta-lactoglobulin present in many forms of cow milk that has been linked to autism, autoimmune disease, heart disease, and type 1 diabetes. In a nutshell, camel milk helps boost the immune system and has protective properties against bacterial, fungal and viral infections.

5. Broad Spectrum Of Beneficial Bacteria

Raw camel milk is an excellent source of beneficial probiotics.

Raw camel milk contains over 120 strains of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) that are both beneficial to the gut and have remarkable antimicrobial properties. LAB helps regulate bowel function, fights pathogens, alleviates allergic reactions, and lowers serum cholesterol levels. LAB play a key role in gut bacteria homeostasis and diversity, both necessary for a healthy gut. 

6. Bio-active Molecules (Lactoferrins, Immunoglobulins, Anti-oxidants, Vitamins, Immunostimulant factors)

These molecules provide ample nourishment and are potent disease-fighters.

Camel milk contains a wide range of both water and fat-soluble vitamins, but is most notably a good source of vitamin C and niacin. It also has a satisfactory balance of amino acids and contains some essential fatty acids with a high proportion of polyunsaturated fats that are integral to human health.

The immunoglobulins, lysozymes, lactoferrin, hydrogen peroxide, and lactoperoxidase present in camel milk have profound immune boosting properties. Although the mechanism is unclear, camel milk has a hypocholesterolemic effect, probably due to bioactive peptides. As mentioned previously, the lactoferrin inhibits hepatitis B and C. Because the immunoglobulins found in camel milk are different from those usually consumed and present in humans, they aid in strengthening the host immune system. Camel milk has been used to treat dropsy, jaundice, spleen ailments, asthma, anemia, cirrhosis of the liver, tuberculosis, autoimmune disease, and autism. It is highly effective as a viral inhibitor to human rotavirus. The insulin in camel milk is able to pass through the stomach to be absorbed in the intestines, making it an effective treatment for diabetes regulation and reduces the need for insulin in type 1 diabetics. Lactoferrin is an effective anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer agent. Because lactoferrin snatches up free iron, it helps inhibit iron-catalyzed free radical damage, reduces severity of candida infections because candida does poorly in low-iron environments, and it suppresses the spread of cancer cells by limiting the formation of new blood vessels necessary for tumor growth by limiting available iron. The lysozymes present target invading pathogens and work particularly well against Salmonella

7. High Levels of Selenium, Zinc & Other Minerals

Camel milk provides bioavailable minerals to the body. 

Camel milk is rich in calcium, zinc, iron (10x more than cow's milk), copper and manganese and also contains magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and sodium. We all know about the importance of calcium for strong bones and zinc for immune health, but these minerals are highly bioavailable in camel milk due to its low pH allowing for enhanced absorption from the duodenum.

8. Contains Bio-identical IgF-1

Fight obesity and depression while aiding your brain, heart, and muscles with IgF-1.

Camel milk contains IgF-1, or insulin-like growth factor, which aids in organ development and functions. Supplementation with growth factors are most notably used in treating skin disorders, gut dysfunction, and bone health. IgF-1 is present in other animal milks, but only in camel milk is it able to pass through the stomach and into the intestines to be absorbed. The lactoferrin in camel milk stimulates lean muscle gain in conjunction with IgF-1. Sufficient IgF-1 protects the brain, encourages activity of muscle protein synthesis, suppresses liver glucose production, and can alleviate depression.

I actually mentioned many of these IGF benefits of milk in my article “Should You Use This Controversial Hormone Marketed As A Natural “Fountain Of Youth”?“, in which I fill you in on trendy “fountain of youth” growth hormones and growth hormone precursors, their potential danger, and a trilogy of other natural growth hormone building alternatives you could use should you choose not to take the risk.

In that article, I also described how I swallow a handful of colostrum capsules every morning, I drink raw animal milk such as camel milk and goat milk on most days, and I use the equivalent of around 30 grams of grass-fed whey protein each day in a smoothie (if you’re vegan or if whey protein doesn’t agree with your stomach, you can combine digestive enzymes with a vegan protein such as brown rice protein, pea protein or hemp protein for an effect similar to whey protein, a digestive enzyme biohack I talk about in great detail here).

Here is exactly what I personally use to keep my IGF-1 naturally elevated:

NatureColostrum (4-8 capsules per day)

Grass Fed Whey Protein (20-30g per day)

Camel Milk (4-8 ounces per day – use code BEN20 for 20% off)

So there you have it: nine good reasons to guzzle down just a touch of camel milk every day (or to dump it into your smoothies or shakes, mix it into your coffee, make it into hot chocolate or teas, or do anything else you please with it…absolutely no urine required).


Summary

Alright, let's end with perhaps the most important consideration of all…

…how the heck does this stuff actually taste?

The fact that my eight year old kids guzzle it like a frat boy guzzles Bud Light oughtta give you some clue. But in my own opinion, and that of my highly sophisticated palate, the overall flavor of camel milk is light, sweet and surprisingly clean. It's not bitter or face-puckering like raw goat's milk, not thick and chunky like raw cow's milk, and it has a pleasant sweetness at the end that makes it linger in your mouth, and, due to the high mineral content, it's also slightly salty, which I quite like.

So let's finish with this: the brand of camel's milk that I drink is called “Desert Farms Camel Milk“. This is the raw, organic good stuff. There is nothing added and nothing removed, and their farms conduct regular lab testing for bacteria and pathogens before packaging, so you get a very clean, tasty bottle of milk on ice right at your doorstep.

They're giving any of my readers a 20% discount off any order if you simply use code BEN20 on their website. For your viewing pleasure, let's finish with what I consider to be a quite nifty video showcasing my own personal use of the Desert Farm's stuff, which I've now been drinking for the past two months:

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback about camel's milk, or anything else in this article? Leave your comments below and I'll reply, and in the meantime, I've also included a friggin' slew of scientific references on camel's milk should you decide you want to take the deep, deep dive. Bon appetit, and remember, you can click here and use code BEN20 to save 20% on any and all Desert Farms Camel Milk.


Scientific References

Antimicrobial activity of lysozyme with special relevance to milk

Antimicrobial Effects of Camel Milk against Some Bacterial Pathogens

Are camel milk proteins convenient to the nutrition of cow milk allergic children?

Comparison Of Chemical And Mineral Content Of Milk From Human, Cow, Buffalo, Camel And Goat In Egypt

Properties Diarrheal-Anti Unique its and Milk Camel

Science and camel’s milk production

A comparative study of milk serum proteins in camel (Camelus dromedarius) and bovine colostrum

A Review on Composition, Derived Dairy Product and Therapeutic Value of Dromedary Camel Milk

A review on medicinal properties of Camel milk

A study of the anti-diabetic agents of camel milk

Adenoviral targeting using genetically incorporated camelid single variable domains

Anti-infectivity of camel polyclonal antibodies against hepatitis C virus in Huh7.5 hepatoma

Antibacterial activity of Lactic acid bacteria isolated from Tunisian camel milk

Antibacterial and antiviral activity of camel milk protective proteins

Ascorbic Acid Concentrations in Milk from Sudanese Camels

Behavioral Benefits of Camel Milk in Subjects with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Beta-caesein variants and neurological conditions

Bioactive Components in Milk and Dairy Products

Camel and donkey milk based nutritive powder- A cheaper alternative of human milk

Camel Milk and Autoimmune Diseases- Historical Medicine

Camel Milk as a Potential Therapy as an Antioxidant in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Camel Milk as Adjuvant to Treat Alloxan Diabetes- Effect of Heat Treatment on this Property

Camel milk as an adjunct to insulin therapy improves long-term glycemic control

Camel Milk Beneficial Effects on Treating Gentamicin Induced Alterations in Rats

Camel Milk Is a Safer Choice than Goat Milk for Feeding Children with Cow Milk Allergy

Camel Milk Publications draft

Camel Milk Triggers Apoptotic Signaling Pathways in Human Hepatoma HepG2 and Breast Cancer MCF7 Cell Lines through Transcriptional Mechanism

Changes in Chemical Composition of Camel’s Raw Milk During Storage

Chemical Composition and Medicinal Values of Camel Milk

Effect of camel milk on collagen abnormalities in streptozotocin-diabetic rats

A Study of the Dromedary Milk Casein Micelle and its Changes during Acidification

Anti-rotaviral activity of whey proteins derived from milk of different animal species

Anti-schistosomal activity of colostral and mature camel milk on Schistosoma mansoni infected mice

Anti-viral, immune-modulatory and anti-cancerogenic effects, the role of lactoferrin

Antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of camel milk casein hydrolysates and its fractions

Applications of bioprocessed desert camel’s milk  In human neurodegenerative diseases prevention and control

Approaches to studying and manipulating the enteric microbiome to improve autism symptoms

Beef allergy in children with cow's milk allergy; cow's milk allergy in children with beef allergy

Camel milk ameliorates steatohepatitis, insulin resistance and lipid peroxidation in experimental non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Camel milk components inhibits the growth of colon cancer cells

Camel Milk for Food Allergies in Children

Camel milk lactoferrin reduces the proliferation of colorectal cancer cells and exerts antioxidant and DNA damage inhibitory activities

Camel Milk Modulates the Expression of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor-Regulated Genes, Cyp1a1, Nqo1, and Gsta1, in Murine hepatoma Hepa 1c1c7 Cells

Camel milk new observations

Camel milk protects your children from autism

Camel Milk- A Boon to Mankind

Camel Milk- Disease Control and Dietary Laws

Characterization of a camel milk protein rich in proline identifies a new-3-casein fragment

Characterization of Camel Milk Protein Isolates as Nutraceutical and Functional Ingredients

Chemical characterization of the oligosaccharides in Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) milk and colostrum

Chemical Composition and Antioxidant Activity of Camel milk

Composition and medicinal properties of camel milk- A Review

Compositional and Structural Analysis of Camel Milk Proteins with Emphasis on Protective Proteins

Compositional, technological and nutritional aspects of dromedary camel milk

Consumption of camel’s milk by patients intolerant to lactose. A preliminary study

Cross Reactivity between Dromedary Whey Proteins and IgG Anti Bovine α-Lactalbumin and Anti Bovine β-Lactoglobulin

Cytotoxicity of the Urine of Different Camel Breeds on the Proliferation of Lung Cancer Cells, A549

Detection of antimicrobial residues in camel milk – suitability of various commercial microbial inhibitor tests as screening tests

Differential effects of camel Milk on insulin receptor signaling – Toward Understanding the insulin-like Properties of camel Milk

Effect of heat treatment on camel milk proteins with respect to antimicrobial factors- a comparison with cows' and buffalo milk proteins

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet (& What They Don’t Tell You About The Mediterranean Diet).

OK, OK. Let's not beat around the bush here.

In health circles, it's kind of old news now that “saturated fat might not be bad for you” and that sugar, starches and vegetable oil might instead be a primary contributory factor to heart disease and other chronic health problems.

So when I got the book “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet” in the mail, I figured it would be the same ol', same ol' advice, like eat your egg yolks, don't be afraid of butter, and drink whole milk instead of skim milk.

But I was actually surprised. Big, fat surprised. Heh.

Why?

Because in the book, author and investigative journalist Nina Teicholz not only lays out the most comprehensive history, treatise and full argument as to why saturated fats – the kind found in dairy, meat, and eggs – are not bad for health, but also takes a deep dive into everything from myths behind the Mediterranean Diet, to the heart killing replacement for trans fats you probably haven't heard about yet to the ethics of eating meat and beyond.

The Economist named this book the best science book of 2014 and called it a “nutrition thriller”. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mother Jones, Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews named it a *Best Book* of 2014. The British Medical Journal praised the book in an extensive review, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said, “All scientists.. and every nutrition science professional…should read this book.”

So who exactly is Nina?

Before taking a deep dive into researching nutrition science for nearly a decade, she was a reporter for National Public Radio and also contributed to many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Economist. She attended Yale and Stanford where she studied biology and majored in American Studies. She has a master’s degree from Oxford University and served as associate director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

And I'm guessing she probably has eggs and bacon for breakfast.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What compelled Nina to spend ten years writing a 500 page book after discovering shocking cover-ups in the nutrition industry…[10:55]

-What researcher George Mann found in African populations who were subsisting on a diet of organs, meat and blood…[17:30]

-Why Lewis and Clark were so disappointed in the game meat they discovered when traveling West…[27:10]

-How Americans used to eat, and why it's a huge problem that we now eat so much poultry…[34:45 & 38:45]

-What was the “remarking and troublesome omission” from the Ancel Keys study and why the “true” Mediterranean diet is far different than the Mediterranean diet you've probably seen in popular literature…[61:40]

-The surprising truth behind why the Cretans were so long lived…[62:50]

-How when trans fats got banned, they may have been replaced with something worse, and what that worse thing is…[68:35]

-The biggest mistakes that people make when following a high fat diet…[78:40]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

-Book: The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

US Wellness Meats

-Book: Deep Nutrition by Cate Shanahan

Chris Masterjohn's podcast on the Kitavan diet and ApoE genotype

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Nina or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

How To Legally Dope Your Blood (Without Actually Taking Illegal Drugs).

In the podcast episode “Shattering World Swim Records On 25-Piece Fried Chicken Buckets, Climbing Mountains While Eating Defatted, Vegan, Grass-Fed, Argentinian Liver Anhydrate & Much More” I interviewed athlete and supplement designer Craig Dinkel about a special blood oxygenating formula called “Biotropic”.

After that interview, I received an onslaught of questions about everything from grass fed liver anhydrate to cordyceps senesis to hidden benefits of beetroots, the detoxification properties of algae, whether it's really true you can get all the benefits of blood doping without actually blood doping and more.

So today, Craig is back to answer those questions, and during our discussion, you'll discover:

-The one compound that research has shown to cause a 58% chance of a decrease in catching the common cold and the duration of a cold by 1 to 4 days…[9:20]

-The mechanism of action via which algae can detoxify your blood…[14:55]

-How algae can convert nitrates to nitric oxide…[19:05]

-Why chlorella could be the perfect pre-sex supplement…[20:50]

-How the polysaccharides in cordyceps contribute oxygen molecules to the blood…[22:10]

-The mechanism of action for corydceps to increase endurance or oxygenation…[28:15]

-How echinacea increases red blood cells in four different ways…[30:30]

-What it means for grass fed liver to be “anhydrated” or “dessicated”…[35:25]

-What it means for the iron in the liver to be “heme”…[38:40]

-The surprising way that beets support muscle stem cell repair…[44:00]

-And much more…

Resources from this episode:

BioTropic Blood Oxygenating supplement (use code “ben” to get a 20% discount)

-Study: The Use of Echinacea to Improve Oxygen Transport Capacity

GlobalDRO.com

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Craig or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

The 13 Digestive Enzymes Your Body Needs, 3 Digestive Enzymes Hacks & What To Look For On Digestive Enzyme Labels.

You're sore. Maybe it was the heavy squats. The long run. The ungodly number of pull-ups you cranked out. Or just…life.

So you open the refrigerator.

Now you're digging around for something, *anything* to knock out the soreness.

And you happen upon that bottle of digestive enzymes you rarely use. You look at the label.

Protease this. Amylase that. HUT. SAPU. FIP. Whatever the heck those mean.

You shrug and walk way, in search of a foam roller.

But what would've happened had you popped a few of those enzymes? You'd be surprised at what could have happened when it comes to the potential for massive amplification of muscle recovery. And you'd also be surprised at what else you probably don't know about digestive enzymes. 

Prepare to take a deep dive in the world of digestive enzymes, which digestive enzymes your body needs, how digestive enzymes can be used for far more than just digesting a steak, three cool digestive enzyme biohacks, how to choose a digestive enzyme, and much more.

Let's do this.


The 13 Digestive Enzymes Your Body Needs (And How Digestive Enzymes Work)

First, if you need a really comprehensive review of what digestive enzymes are and how digestive enzymes actually work, then you need to listen to my recent podcast episode entitled “Probiotic Enemas, Digestive Enzyme Myths, Breathing 10 Kilograms of Oxygen, Low-Protein Diets & More“. In that podcast, I interview biohacker Matt Gallant and bodybuilder Wade Lightheart about their probiotic and digestive enzyme blends, and they reveal plenty of interesting facts that I didn't know about both probiotics and digestive enzymes.

Basically, the role of digestive enzymes is to act as catalysts in speeding up specific chemical reactions in your body – primarily by helping to break down larger molecules into smaller particles that the body can better absorb.

The duodenum of your small intestine is where amino acids are extracted from proteins, fatty acids and cholesterol are extracted from fats, and simple sugars are extracted from carbohydrates. All macronutrients are broken down into molecules small enough to be carried in the bloodstream, and micronutrients (if they haven’t already been cleaved in your stomach acid) are also released and transported into the bloodstream.

Each digestive enzyme and digestive compound secreted by your gut and other organs such as the pancreas have a specific role. You might be surprised to know that there are a relatively large number of digestive enzymes. Below are 13 of the most crucial digestive enzymes you should know about.

1. Alpha-Galactosidase

This is the enzyme that helps to break down legume starch, reducing the formation of gas from foods like beans and hummus. If you are getting extremely bad gas after eating just a small amount of these foods, it could be because you are short in the enzyme alpha-galactosidase.

2. Amylase

Amylase is the enzyme that is necessary for the breakdown of starches such as bread, rice and other carbohydrates. If you are getting very gassy and bloated after consuming these type off foods, you can get past this by supplementing with amylase.

3. Cellulase

Cellulase is the enzyme that is used to break down and digest cellulose, which is found in dietary fiber rich foods such as plants – but also fruits, grains and seeds. If you start increasing your dietary fiber intake or adding more fresh produce to your diet, you’ll soon become aware if you aren’t getting enough cellulase as gas, bloating, and irregular bowel movements are all signs that you could be suffering from a lack of cellulase.

4. Glucoamylase

When you think of sugar rich foods, what do you think of? Candy? Cake? Cookies? Most people do think of these traditional food items. And while it’s true that all of these do contain high amounts of sugar, they aren’t the only sources of sugar in the diet. Sugar can also be found in grains that you consume, especially refined grains such as white rice or white bread. It’s glucoamylase that helps to break down the sugar found in these foods, reducing the chances that you begin to experience digestive distress in response to these foods, even if you're producing plenty of the other starch-digesting enzyme amylase.

5. Invertase

Sucrose is another form of sugar found in certain foods, and in most modern foods, is usually derived from sugar cane. It’s another simple sugar in the diet that breaks down rapidly, but those who do not maintain high enough levels of invertase in their digestive tract are more likely to experience gas and bloating after consuming foods rich in sucrose.

In an ideal dietary situation, you would think you would consume very little sucrose and thus would need very low levels of invertase, but even healthy, natural foods such as mangos, peaches, beets, dates and sweet peas contain sucrose.

6. Lactase

You're probably already familiar with the enzyme lactase the lactose-digesting enzyme – lactose being a sugar that’s found naturally occurring in dairy products. One thing that most people don’t realize is just how high dairy products can be in lactose sugar. For example, an average glass of milk contains nearly 10 grams of lactose sugar per serving.

Lactase is necessary for the breakdown of any sugars found in dairy products including milk, yogurt and cheese. If you’ve ever heard someone say they are lactose intolerant, what this really means is they don’t possess enough of the digestive enzyme lactase to deal with all the lactose that they are consuming. As a result, they face issues such as gas, bloating, and digestive distress after eating dairy rich foods.

7. Lipase

Lipase, as you may have guessed, is the digestive enzyme that breaks down the lipids (fats) that you eat. If you do not have enough lipase in your digestive tract, you may find that you get a less than pleasant reaction from consuming high fat foods. You get heart-burn, indigestion, bloating, fatty stools, and you could also experience diarrhea.

8. Protease

Protease is the digestive enzyme that is utilized to help with the breakdown of protein rich foods. If you’ve ever been around someone who is on a high protein diet, you may have noticed that they suffer from gas like you’ve never smelled before. Certain high protein rich foods tend to be especially bad offenders, such as whey protein powder and eggs. If you or someone else you know is eating a high amount of these, chances are, they are relatively smelly to be around. Maintaining high enough levels of alkaline, neutral, and  acid based proteases will help you avoid those dreaded protein farts.

9. Xylanase

Xylanase is a digestive enzyme that, similar to cellulase, can help with the breakdown of plant fibers, so it is an especially important digestive enzyme for anyone who consuming a high amount of fresh, raw fruits and/or vegetables. It will work in combination with cellulase to break down these foods in the body and ensure that you are able to eat produce without problems.

10. Peptidase

Peptidase is a digestive enzyme that is responsible for helping with the breakdown of casein in milk and protein powder, and can also help with the breakdown of gluten. If you feel like you have a gluten intolerance, it may be worthwhile to look into supplementation with this enzyme. This said, do note that it’s not a cure for those who are suffering from celiac disease.

11. Pectinase

Pectin is a particular type of dietary fiber commonly found in certain fruits. For instance, apples are rich in pectin, and pectin actually the type of fiber in produce that helps considerably with appetite control. It's also why you might find that after you eat something like an apple, your appetite is lowered for a few hours and this is largely thanks to the inclusion of pectin. But if instead you find that you feel bloated and have an upset stomach, it could be that you don’t have enough pectinase in your gut.

12. Hemicellulase

Another enzyme that’s responsible for the breakdown of plant fibers is hemicellulose. This enzyme helps break down the cell wall in plant fibers, enabling your body to be able utilize the nutrients found in the plants, and then excrete the rest through the bowels.

13. Phytase

Phytase is a digestive enzyme that plays a primary role in the body to assist with freeing up the minerals that are bound to phytic acid in plants. Without this digestive enzyme, you may absorb the minerals that so many plants have to offer, which can then lead to mineral deficiency.

While you can get all digestive enzymes naturally from eating certain foods such as pineapples, red meat, and papayas, the problem is you’ll be hard pressed to get all of these digestive enzymes with foods alone. This is why both our ancestors and many modern nutrition enthusiasts use pre-food digestifs such as liquors, lemon juice, bitters, ginger, fennel, licorice and other compounds that can both provide enzymes and also assist with your own enzymatic production.

To get the full benefits of any of these 13 different digestive enzymes, you want to take a full spectrum digestive enzyme complex  anywhere from 30 minutes to immediately prior to a meal (and you'll also get plenty of benefits if you pop them directly after a meal in case you forget to take them before). This becomes all the more important as you age. According to enzyme expert Dr. Edward Howell in his book “Enzyme Nutrition“, the average human loses 70% of their enzyme reserves by the time they’ve reached 40 years of age (in that book, he also states that lifespan is directly proportional to the rate of exhaustion of enzymes in the body).

But the benefits of maintaining adequate levels of digestive enzymes goes far beyond simply enhancing your absorption of nutrients and minerals from food or avoiding things like carb and protein farts. Let's take a look at another little known benefit of digest enzymes: recovery.


How Digestive Enzymes Help You Recover Faster

Although facilitating digestion is what most enzyme supplements are known for, a specific class of enzymes called “proteolytic enzymes” can not only be used to help digest protein in your meals, but can also be used to help reduce pain and inflammation and to support tissue healing. Many studies, as well as preliminary clinical trials, has shown that these can actually be quite helpful, particularly for pain associated with exercise-related muscle soreness and recovery, sinus, or dental complaints.

For example, in an Annals of The NY Academy Of Science article found in the excellent book “Enzymes & Enzyme Therapy“, author Anthony Cichoke highlights how recovery from sprains and strains can decrease from eight weeks of inactivity to an impressive two weeks of inactivity with the consumption of enzymes.

Another study entitled “Protease supplementation improves muscle function after eccentric exercise” looked into the use of protease supplementation to reduce the damaging effects of eccentric exercise and accelerate recovery of muscle function, possibly by regulating inflammation.

In this study, subjects performed weight training via extension/flexion of the quadriceps muscle group. They were randomly assigned to consume 5.83 g daily of either a cellulose placebo or a proteolytic supplement containing fungal proteases, bromelain, and papain. They trained for 21 days. After the supplementation period, subjects donated blood samples before performing a 45-min downhill treadmill protocol at 60% of VO2max. Significant group differences were observed for peak torque at flexion, indicating higher force production in the protease group.

Significant interactions were also observed when it came to elevations in circulating eosinophils and basophils in the protease group, which coincides with lower levels of inflammatory markers such as serum cyclooxygenase 2, interleukin 6, and interleukin 12. The researchers concluded that protease supplementation seems to attenuate muscle strength losses after eccentric exercise by regulating leukocyte activity and inflammation.

In another study entitled “Effects of a protease supplement on eccentric exercise-induced markers of delayed-onset muscle soreness and muscle damage“, researchers examined the effects of a protease supplement on selected markers of muscle damage and delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). The study used a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover design. Twenty men were randomly assigned to either an enzyme supplement group or a placebo group.

All subjects were tested for unilateral isometric forearm flexion strength, hanging joint angle, relaxed arm circumference, subjective pain rating, and plasma creatine kinase activity and myoglobin concentration. During these tests, the subjects in the supplement group ingested a protease supplement and subjects in the placebo group took microcrystalline cellulose. After testing and 2 weeks of rest, the subjects were crossed over into the opposite group and performed the same tests as during their first visits, but with the opposite limb.

Overall, isometric forearm flexion strength was much greater (7.6%) for the supplement group than for the placebo group. These findings provided initial evidence that the protease supplement may be useful for reducing strength loss immediately after eccentric exercise and for aiding in short-term strength recovery.

Perhaps even more impressive was the study “Double-Blind Clinical Study Using Certain Proteolytic Enzymes Mixtures In Karate Fighters”, which was published in Enzymes Enzyme Therapy and showed mind blowing improvements after the use of digestive enzymes for athletic injuries and subsequent recovery, including:

-Hemotoma: recovery time decreased from 15.6 days to 6.6 days

-Swelling: recovery time decreased from 10 days to 4 days

-Restriction of movement: recovery time decreased from 12.6 days to 5 days

-Inflammation :recovery time decreased from 10.5 days to 3.8 days

-Unfit for training: recovery time decreased from 10.2 days to 4.2 days

In the study “Therapy Of Ankles Join Distortions With Hydrolytic Enzymes; Results Of Double-Blind Clinical Trials“, Dr. Baumuller used enzymes in a double blind study for ankle related injuries and found people could recover up to 50% faster.

In another study entitled “Traumatic Injury In Athletes”, in the International Rec. Medicine, Dr. Lichtmann treated boxers and found that with the use of enzymes, he could drop black eyes from 10 to 14 days of recovery to 1 to 3 days.

These whole system effects of digestive enzymes show that enzymes don't just work on your gut. They work on your muscles and inflammatory markers too.

So those same enzymes you have in your fridge that might help with digestion can also be used pre or post workout. Here are the “best practices” for using enzymes for recovery:

  • Take enzymes as early as possible in the day.
  • Take a higher dosage (this would be 5 to 15 capsules vs. the typical 2 to 5 capsules you'd take before a meal) on an empty stomach, so that they don't have food to “work on”.

To read up more on the systemic effect of enzymes, check out the book: Food, Enzymes, Health & Longevity by Dr. Edward Howell.


3 Little Known Digestive Enzyme Biohacks

Now That you know how to use digestive enzymes for getting your food to digest better and for healing injuries or helping muscles to recover faster let's move on to a few quite useful and cool digestive enzyme “hacks”.

Cool Digestive Enzyme Hack #1: Predigest Your Protein Shakes

This first digestive enzyme hack allows you to  crank your muscle gains to new heights by flooding your muscles with a maximum amount of amino acids without actually increasing your protein intake by a single gram.

To do it, just drop a handful of digestive enzyme capsules into a blender, along with your protein powder and anything else you like to put in a protein shake (here's my own personal morning smoothie recipe) and sip away. The protein powder gets broken down into amino acids and repairs tissue far, far faster this way.

The study “protein coingestion stimulates muscle protein synthesis during resistance-type exercise” looked into the potential of protein ingestion to modulate protein synthesis during exercise.  Subjects participated in two experiments in which they ingested either carbohydrate or carbohydrate with protein during a two hour resistance exercise session. Protein coingestion lowered whole body protein breakdown rates up to 12% compared with the ingestion of carbohydrate only, and augmented protein oxidation and synthesis rates by 77% and 33%, respectively. As a consequence, whole body net protein balance was negative in the carbohydrate group, whereas a positive net balance was achieved after the carbohydrate and protein treatment. This study proved that, even in a fed state, protein coingestion stimulates whole body and muscle protein synthesis rates – especially during resistance-type exercise.

So based on this, we know that the intake of protein vastly improves muscle protein synthesis, and based on the study “digestive enzymes reduce quality differences between plant and animal proteins: a double-blind crossover study“, it turns out that when you consume digestive enzymes along with your protein powder you get a very impressive result that enhances protein synthesis and amino acid availability even more.

This study sought to investigate if co-ingestion of a plant protein specific digestive enzyme blend that contained enzymes such as protease, peptidase, bromelain and alpha-galactosidase, could reduce the significant differences in amino acid appearance in the blood between plant proteins like hemp, rice and pea based protein powders and animal proteins like whey or casein protein powder. It turned out that co-ingestion of a plant protein specific digestive enzyme blend and a pea/rice protein blend increases time to peak, peak concentrations, and amount of amino acid appearance in the blood in comparison to pea/rice protein alone, and reduces previously significant differences between whey protein and plant protein powders!

Cool Digestive Enzyme Hack #2: Predigest Your Steaks

Break open two capsules of digestive enzymes and spread on a piece of meat and leave for 60 to 90 minutes.  This softens the meat.  You can actually click here to watch enzymes break down a piece of steak right before your eyes.  The video on that page shows a digestive enzyme complex called “Masszymes”  literally turning a huge chunk of beef into a pool of amino acids.

So how does this work, exactly?

Raw fruits like papaya, kiwifruit, pineapple, fig and mango contain enzymes that can be actually be used to tenderize meat before cooking because they contain enzymes that break down proteins. These fruits all contain a type of enzyme called a protease.

As you probably know, marinades are usually added to meats such as beef, chicken or pork before cooking, and marinades have two main roles: they add flavor, but they also tenderize the meat, making it softer and less chewy. Marinades are a mixture of ingredients that can include acids (typically vinegar, lemon juice or wine), oils, herbs, spices, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, and often many of these compounds contain naturally occurring amounts of enzymes.

Warning: if left too long on the meat,  enzymes are so powerful that they can completely digest the meat.

Cool Digestive Enzyme Hack #3: Digestive Enzyme Enemas

Of course, no article on biohacking would be complete without mentioning sticking stuff up your butt.

Matt Gallant, who I interview in this podcast episode on digestive enzymes and probiotics, is an entrepreneur, a poker champion, an ex-rock guitarist, a strength and conditioning coach with a degree in kinesiology, and the CEO of a company called BiOptimizers (they produce digestive enzymes), and a guy who send me e-mails like this:

Subject line: probiotic enema

Break open a handful of capsules and ferment in coconut water…reaches peak power around 4-5 hours of fermentation. However you live in a cooler climate so it might take longer. You can drink it, and if it’s still sweet then you can go longer. When it starts to become a bit acidic, that’s when it is at it’s peak. For enema, retention time should be 15-20 minutes. I like doing the Batman enema. I’ll go upside down with the Om Swing so it really works it’s way down. I tend to do this after two days of fasting so it really takes care of old bad bacteria…”

Since Matt wrote me prior to that podcast, I've actually been doing this once a month  I amand I've even thrown in along with four probiotic capsules and four digestive enzyme capsules a few extra butyric acid capsules (four of them too) to enhance the effectiveness of the probiotics on the enzymes.  It's kind of like a DIY version of fecal transplant therapy. Interestingly, the most dramatic thing that I notice is a big boost in mood, similar to a people report when using these infamous poop pills. If you want to read up more on the systemic health effects of enemas and enzymes, you can check out this article and also this article.


How To Choose A Digestive Enzyme

I’m always stunned when I see digestive enzyme supplements advertised that list the amount of enzymes only in milligrams (mg). Sure, the FDA only requires that metric weight be listed on enzyme supplements, but this doesn't tell you anything about the potency of the enzymes you're buying.

So, when you are choosing a digestive enzyme, you want to be sure to choose a supplement that lists more than just the milligram amount of enzymes, and specifically also compare the units of activity to the price. For example, some digestive enzyme supplements may have a lower price, but when you compare something called the “activity units” you may need to take three or four or more capsules of that less expensive product to equal the enzyme activity in one capsule of a competitor product with a higher amount of activity units.

Another thing to think about when choosing a digestive enzyme is the number of fillers that the product contains. For example, many supplement products contain magnesium stearate, silica, rice bran, etc. – all of which can prevent caking or clumping. But when consumed in high amounts, such as you would probably be doing if you're using a digestive enzyme before each meal using the amounts recommended in this article for muscle recovery or injury, all these fillers can gradually accumulate in your body or lead to digestive distress or both.

Finally, actual stability is crucial, because enzymes are most effective when they're active in the broad pH range of your digestive tract – and this requires that a digestive enzyme operate efficiently across a wide range of acidities. This means that the enzymes are rocking and rolling at every stage of digestion, not just, say, in the upper part of the small intestine, or only in the middle or lower part, etc.

When you investigate the labels of digestive enzyme products, you will often find measurement units you may not be familiar with. These measurement units are derived from something called the Food Chemical Codex (FCC). The FCC is published by the National Academy Press and is the accepted measurement unit standard of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FCC establishes activity levels and potency for digestive enzymes and the entire system for determining enzyme potency used by the American supplement industry is derived from the FCC.

So while most food comparisons are based on weight (e.g. the vitamin C in x grams of tomato vs. the vitamin C in x grams of olives), with enzymes the key measurements are the “unit of activity” and “potency”. There is actually no direct relationship between weight and units of activity. Be very beware when a product only lists the amount of digestive enzymes in milligrams or mg. This doesn't tell you diddly-squat about the actual activity level of the enzymes.

The enzyme activity of digestive enzyme supplements should be measured and reported in FCC units. These unit measurements are usually expressed as follows:

Protease – HUT (Hemoglobin Unit Tyrosine base), USP (1 HUT = approx. 6.5 USP)

Amylase – DU (Alpha-amylase Dextrinizing units)

Lipase – FIP, LU, FCCLU

Cellulase – CU (Cellulase unit)

Invertase – IAU (Invertase Activity unit)

Lactase – LacU (Lactase unit)

Maltase – DP (degrees Diastatic power)

When comparing digestive enzyme products, you should make sure measurements are listed using these FCC standard codes and make sure you're actually getting a high amount of the actual enzymes you're paying for. The only exceptions to digestive enzymes being measured in active units rather than weight in milligrams (mg) are the enzymes seaprose and superoxide dismutase, which are measured in milligrams.

Any label that doesn’t give you active units doesn’t give you an accurate or true measure of the ingredient’s potency. For example, check out this label of a digestive enzyme sold on Amazon:
As you can see, everything on the label is listed in milligrams!

This label tells you absolutely nothing about the efficacy of this enzyme, whether you're getting your money's worth, or any othe important details about enzyme potency. I'd stay far away from a supplement like this.

Now, let's look at another digestive enzyme example. The nutrition label below shows an extremely popular digestive enzyme supplement made by NOW Foods. It contains 200mg of a “pancreatin blend”. And you now know that this tells you nothing. But below that, you can see it includes 20,000 USP units of Protease, which, from the info above, is the equivalent of (1 HUT = approx. 6.5 USP), or around 3100 HUT of protease.

It has 2400GDU of bromelain, which is usually measured in either MCUs (milk clotting units) or GDUs (gelatin dissolving units). One GDU equals approximately 1.5 MCU. Strong products contain at least 2,000 MCU (1,200 to 1,333 GDU) per gram (1,000 mg). A supplement containing 500 mg labeled 2,000 MCU per gram would have 1,000 MCU of activity.

Those are just a couple examples. So while it isn't a super strong enzyme per se in terms of strength or diversity, this also isn't a “bad” digestive enzyme complex (although seeing the calcium carbonate, stearic acid, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate and tablet coating gives me pause).

Next, take a look at the label below, which is the label of the Masszymes digestive enzyme complex I've mentioned already a few times in this article (and that several previous podcast guests and strength and conditioning legends such as Vince Del Monte and Elliot Hulse use):

Now, compare this Masszymes label above to the digestive enzyme supplement label, and especially note the mathematical contrast in strength and diversity.

See the difference?

One big thing to note, especially if you're a hard-charging exercise enthusiast, is the difference in protease levels. Why?

Proteases break down protein into absorbable, anabolic amino acids, which are what your muscles require for recovery and growth. It doesn’t matter if you’re consuming 30 grams of protein or 300 grams of protein – if you don’t have a sufficient supply of enzymes to digest the protein, your muscles will be deficient in amino acids.

This is why a digestive enzyme formula should various proteases that work at different pH levels (the ability to work at different pH levels ensures that the protein gets broken down into amino acids at every stage of digestion).

In other words, protease is king for a hard training athlete because you need a high amount of amino acids for your muscles to recover and grow from tough workouts.

However, protease is also the most expensive enzyme to produce, and there are several kinds of protease enzymes. This is why most digestive enzymes formulations are stuffed with cheap amylase (digests carbohydrates) and low quality lipase (digests fats), while the protease in most products tends to be low in both quality and quantity.

But some enzymes, like the Masszymes one pictured above, jams as much protease as possible inside each capsule, specifically using five different kinds of the strongest proteases. As you can see, that specific formula contains 85,000 HUTs of protease per capsule and I haven't been able to find a single enzyme formula on the market that can compare (I literally looked at every enzyme label I could find and they all came up short). This makes it expensive to produce, but really darn efficacious for the type of recovery hacking you learned about earlier.

Congratulations, you now know what a digestive enzyme is, how digestive enzymes work, and how to decode the average digestive enzyme nutrition label. You also know a few cool biohacks you can use with your digestive enzymes, and how to take them for workout recovery or for injuries.


Summary

Are you taking over 100 grams of protein per day… from shakes, supplements, and food…but you're not making the gains you expect?

Do you ever feel bloated, gassy, and maybe even get the runs after downing a protein shake?

Do you want to increase the useable amount of protein in your body? I'm talking about protein that enters into your bloodstream and helps grow bigger, stronger muscle fibers.

Maybe you've been feeling “backed up” since upping the protein in your diet?

Maybe you want to knock out the soreness with something new?

Then digestive enzymes can make a big difference for you. I use them and I recommend enzymes because, frankly, I can only eat so many pineapples and papayas before I begin mainlining fructose into my bloodstream. And I'm a big believer in better living through science.

Masszymes, the product I recommend above, was developed by my friend and fellow biohacker Matt Gallant (along with vegetarian bodybuilder Wade Lightheart), and is a medical-grade enzyme formulation that was specifically formulated to be high in protease (the enzymes responsible for protein digestion and absorption), a critical consideration for most athletes and active individuals. In fact, to my knowledge Masszymes contains more proteolytic enzymes than any other digestive enzyme on the market. This makes it the strongest proteolytic enzyme formulation on the market today. At 85,000 HUTs, it contains more protease per capsule than any other formula. And their full spectrum enzymes work at a PH range between 2 and 12, which is critical to maximize digestion in the human gut.

The enzymes in Masszymes aren't just limited to protein digesting enzymes though. They've also packed each capsule with amylase (the enzyme responsible for digesting carbohydrates), lipase (digests fats), and range of the other enzymes you've discovered above that help with digestion, recovery and injuries. These enzymes are created using a 6-week cultivation process and each batch is rigorously tested to meet specific criteria for digestive enzyme quality I've highlighted above.

Below you can see what a bottle of Masszymes looks like (and you can click here to learn more about how to use these to vastly increase the bioavailability of the protein you eat, to enhance recovery from workouts and injuries, and to get a huge savings on one of the most powerful digestive enzyme supplements that exists):

How about you? Do you have any experiences with digestive enzymes? What difference did you find it made when you added these products to your diet plan? Leave your questions, comments and feedback below and I'll reply, and click here if you want to try the Masszymes digestive enzymes product at a savings of over 35% per capsule.

Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back Into Your Diet

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Are you gluten-free or dairy-free?

If so, you might not have to be.

In his brand new book “Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back Into Your Diet“, my former podcast guest Dr. John Douillard introduces a scientific and clinically-proven approach to addressing food intolerances. He thinks that after generations upon generations of human beings eating wheat and only a relatively short few thousand years of hunting meat, we are actually genetically better equipped to eat wheat than meat.

In the book Dr. Douillard, who I first interviewed in “The Zen of “The Zone” – How To Breathe The Right Way When You're Working Out” (and who first inspired me to begin nasal rather than mouth breathing during my workouts) addresses the underlying cause of the gluten-free epidemic. He explains how a breakdown in digestion has damaged the intestinal wall and leaked undigested foods and environmental toxins into the body’s lymphatic system, causing “grain brain” symptoms and food allergies. Although eliminating wheat and dairy from your diet may help your symptoms, it is a Band-Aid solution. Backed by more than 600 scientific studies, Eat Wheat claims to address the root cause: weak digestion and the inability to efficiently break down harmful pollutants and toxins that can predispose you to a host of chronic degenerative diseases, such as cancer and autoimmune disorders.

Dr. Douillard, DC, CAP, is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda, and sports medicine. He is the creator of LifeSpa.com, the leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web. LifeSpa.com is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world, with over 700 articles and videos proving ancient wisdom with modern science. Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, author of 6 health books, a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show, and featured in Woman’s World Magazine, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and dozens of other publications. He directs LifeSpa, the 2013 Holistic Wellness Center of the year in Boulder, CO.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why John says it's not the “grains” but the “drains”…[9:00]

-The studies that show that humans have been eating gluten for a very long time…[15:40]

-The difference between modern grain and ancient grain processing…[25:20]

-What John means when he says “perhaps we simply have an inability to digest these foods”…[29:15]

-The two shocking ingredients added to most breads that are the true culprits to the villainous nature of these breads…[29:50 & 35:40]

-Why deer can die when they eat “out of season” and how you can “eat wheat (or dairy) in season”, especially in terms of your digestive enzymes…[43:35]

-Other surprising examples how you can eat according to nature's cycles…[44:55]

-Why the skin prick test for gluten intolerance is notoriously inaccurate…[51:35]

-Why you should eat foods that can “dye your clothes”…[56:55]

-Why John thinks lunch should be the heaviest meal of the day…[57:35]

-How John' s decoction tea works (and why you should sip hot beverages throughout the day)…[63:15]

-The strange food called “kitchari” and why John highly recommends including it in your diet…[67:00]

-John's recipe for the best sourdough bread he's ever had…[71:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back Into Your Diet

-Previous podcast with John: The Zen of “The Zone” – How To Breathe The Right Way When You're Working Out.

-Book: Wheat Belly

-Book: Grain Brain

-Book: Deep Nutrition

-Book: Lights Out – Sleep, Sugar & Survival

The LifeSpa website where you can download free guides for how to eat “in season”

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for John or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Which Ketone Supplement Works Best: Ketone Salts vs. Ketone Esters With Dr. Dominic D’Agostino.

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A few months ago, I recorded a highly controversial ketosis interview with Dr. Richard Veech, in which Dr. Veech claimed that the form of ketones most people take to get into ketosis (ketone salts) are actually quite dangerous.

Dr. Veech's solution was something called “ketone esters“, which are extremely expensive, but, according to him, a far more natural, safe and healthy way to quickly get the body into ketosis – for anything from managing medical conditions, to improving cognition, to increasing endurance and beyond.

In the video below, I actually experimented with these spendy ketone esters myself and, as you can see, the results were astounding…

After shooting this video, I took another bottle of ketone esters to a Tough Mudder event and recorded a crazy video on Snapchat during which I elevated both blood glucose by drinking 75 grams of pure glucose and elevated blood ketones by drinking a bottle of the ketone esters, and the results were equally as astounding, resulting in one of the fastest races of my life.

But the question remains: are these fancy, expensive ketone esters actually far better than ketone salts? Are ketone salts, which is what most people use, actually going to result in long term health issues?

In today's podcast, I bring on ketosis expert Dr. Dominic D’Agostino to get his opinion. Dominic is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He is also a Visiting Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). His laboratory develops and tests nutritional strategies and metabolic-based supplements for neurological disorders, cancer inflammation and performance enhancement in extreme environments. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and foundations.

He's also no stranger to this podcast, having been a previous guest in the episode “A Deep Dive Into Ketosis: How Navy Seals, Extreme Athletes & Busy Executives Can Enhance Physical and Mental Performance With The Secret Weapon of Ketone Fuel“.

During today's discussion, you'll discover:

-The difference between a ketone salt and a ketone ester…[9:25]

-Three unique compounds you can “mix” with ketones to enhance deliverability, and the important difference between BCAAs and EAA's…[23:55]

Why is it that some people, including Dr. Veech, believe ketone esters to be dangerous and MCT oil to block BHB absorption…[41:05 & 62:40]

-What Dominic has found by testing both ketone salts and ketone esters in his lab…[44:30]

-If there is actually any evidence of people experiencing medical issues with the use of ketone salts or esters…[47:50]

-The safety of using ephedrine for fat loss, and Dom's own experience with ephedrine…[60:05]

-Whether you can combine glucose with ketones to enhance performance…[65:40]

-Why the esters so much more expensive than the salts, and whether there are ways to make either that actually are cost effective…[72:15]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

-My article and review of common ketone salt supplements such as Pruvit and KetoCaNa called “How To Get Into Ketosis

The ketone esters I experimented with from Dr. Veech

-The Metabolic Therapeutics Conference

NatureAminos amino acids supplement

Brain Octane

The HMB/ATP stack that Ben takes (and the study that discusses this approach)

Is It Possible To Be Extremely Active and Eat A Low Carbohydrate Diet? (my interview with Peter Attia)

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dominic or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Elephant-Poop Coffee, Chocolate Ceremonies, Cold H2O Training, Holotropic Breathing, Nootropics, Ketosis, Meditation, Fasting & More: The Kevin Rose Podcast

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Kevin Rose is a technology investor, podcaster, and self-experimenter. He has been named a “Top 25 Angel Investors”, by Bloomberg and to the “Top 25 Most Influential People on the Web” list by Time magazine. You've might have also heard or seen him on Jimmy Fallon, Charlie Rose, or Kevin's own podcast “The Random Show“, which he co-hosts with Tim Ferriss.

Kevin also serves on the advisory board of Google Ventures and the Tony Hawk Foundation. Previously, Kevin founded Digg, Revision3, and was a General Partner at Google Ventures.

Perhaps most interesting for me and you, and not as well known to most folks, is that Kevin considers himself a well-versed body hacker, and he is frequently experimenting with things like cold water training, breathwork, nootropics, ketogenic diets, meditation, and fasting. Kevin even recently released a free app to help individuals track their fasting progress, which we discuss during this episode.

During our fascinating discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Kevin microdoses with lithium (and the surprising link between lithium and 7-Up soda)…[9:00]

-The neuroscientist and mutual connection Kevin and I have that goes way back and is known as the “Summer Tomato”…[15:10]

-The surprising boost you get from 100% chocolate and Kevin's new infatuation with “chocolate ceremonies”…[18:25]

-Why Kevin gave up on ketosis and instead switched to a Katavan-style diet with purple potatoes…[24:25]

-What Kevin does with the dozen giant bags of ice he buys each week…[36:15]

-The crazy form of breathwork that made someone pass out in Ben's basement…[46:20]

-Why, if you are going to fast, you should only eat as close to sunset as possible…[54:40]

-How Kevin's friend sent his stage-4 cancer into remission with a simple dietary change…[63:00]

-What Kevin discovered in an old teahouse in the heart of Japan (and what it has to do with elephants pooping coffee)…[68:10]

-The #1 ingredient in cologne that makes women go absolutely crazy over a man's scent…[72:45]

-An app/headphone combo that drives you straight into a state of deep relaxation within 10 minutes…[75:15]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

Should We All Take A Bit Of Lithium

Nutritional Lithium: A Cinderella Story: The Untold Tale of a Mineral That Transforms Lives and Heals the Brain

My article on “The God Pill”

My original webcast with Kevin's wife Darya

Kevin's videos on chocolate ceremonies

Fruition 100% chocolate

-The book by Stephan Guyenet The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat

The Kitavan diet

Dr. Veech podcast on ketone esters

Rhonda Patrick's Cold Stress .pdf

My podcast with Wim Hof

My experience with holotropic breathwork

How to get a custom Kundalini yoga routine

The Transcendental Meditation podcast Ben recorded

Dr. Rhonda Patrick's fasting interview with Satchin Panda

Kevin's Zero app for fasting

Tripping Over the Truth: The Return of the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Illuminates a New and Hopeful Path to a Cure

Black Ivory Coffee (naturally fermented by elephants)

Young Living Blue Spruce oil Ben diffuses in his office (also the source for the “Shutran” and “Valor” oils Ben uses for cologne)

The Greenfield Anti-Aging Skin Serum

The Wildfulness app

Brain.FM app

Kevin's Journal

Japanese Coffee Place (Chatei Hatou)

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Kevin or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

The Truth About The Great Detox Myth.

Last year, The Guardian released an article entitled, “You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy?

In the article, author Dara Mohammadi claimed that:

“…detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam. It’s a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things.”

So on the Huffington Post, I penned a quite thorough reply to that article, which you can read in it's entirety here. 

If you read that article, you will see that it is a well-established, well-researched fact that – despite it getting an raised eyebrow in the white-lab-coat-wearing, Pubmed skimming, popular news media – detoxification is not a myth.

In fact, there are many nutritional and herbal products that help the body to support its innate detoxification pathways. For example, spirulina and dandelion reduce lead-related oxidation and mercury accumulation. Spirulina, ginseng, onion and garlic in combination decrease lipid peroxidation and increase endogenous antioxidant levels. Chlorella can be useful for inhibiting the absorption of dioxins from food and the reabsorption of dioxins stored in the intestinal tract. Curcumin, resveratrol, Vitamin C, E, selenium, zinc, and quercetin can all effectively protect against cadmium-induced lipid peroxidation and reduce the adverse effect of cadmium on antioxidant status. Milk thistle extract reduces oxidative damage and may reduce entry of toxins into cells.

Sure, these compounds aren't exactly some sexy lemon juice and cayenne pepper cleanse, but they're certainly evidence that oxidative damage and other damage from toxins can occur in tissue, and compounds we find in nature can assist with detoxification and mitigation of this damage.

But I didn't stop with that article in the Huffington Post.

Next, I interviewed Dr. Dan Pompa in the podcast episode “The Most Effective Detox You’ve Never Heard Of (And Exactly How To Do It).

In that episode, Dan described a serious issue called “cellular toxicity” and explained why it is an underlying cause of numerous health issues, including gut problems, thyroid issues, sluggish metabolism, brain fog and much more.

Once again, these are not woo-woo toxins but measurable physical compounds: plastics, phytoestrogens, metals, pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides and all manner of other chemicals that can overwhelm our liver, kidneys and built-in detoxification system.

And what's especially unfair is that you and me (even when we're living a clean lifestyle) have to get exposed to these toxins on a constant daily basis, whether from brake dust on car roads, or mercury from electronic equipment, or herbicides on the apples at our friend's house, or estrogens in the shampoo in the hotel, or mold on the carpeting at the gym…you get the idea.

Even if your waistline and fat cell storage survived the holidays, the same might not be said for your brain, your lungs and the rest of your insides.


How Your Body Becomes Toxic

For example, ever heard of Crohns, colitis, gastritis, diverticulitis, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? Any of these can make you feel sluggish, run-down, frequently sick and unable to feel like working out, unable to resist appetite cravings, and unable to have the energy you want, lose weight, gain muscle or even gain fitness adaptations from your exercise sessions.

Wait a second! Surely you can’t have any of those fringe issues, right?

But let me ask you a question: over the past year, was your body ever exposed to over-processed and refined foods, chemical additives, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, chlorinated water, artificial sweeteners or anything else that might remotely be consider “unnatural”?

Did you drink many diet sodas?

Eat much non-organic or farm-raised meat?

Travel extensively?

Chomp on fruits and vegetables without washing them?

Get sick and have to get on a drug protocol?

Engage in a few excessive nights of drinking?

Get exposed to second-hand smoke?

Spend much time around cleaning supplies?

I know that I can personally check off at least a couple of these that I've experienced over 2016.

See, no matter how “clean” you live your life, just about everybody shows some evidence of a buildup of toxins, and it's important to understand what toxins actually are. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted the “Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals“, they found some pretty shocking results.

On average, the CDC’s report found 212 chemicals in people’s blood or urine, 75 of which had never before been measured in the U.S. population. The chemicals included:

  • Acrylamide (formed when foods are baked or fried at high temperatures, and as a byproduct of cigarette smoke)
  • Arsenic, found in many home-building products
  • Environmental phenols, including bisphenol A (found in plastics, food packaging and epoxy resins) and triclosan (used as an antibacterial agent in personal care products such as toothpaste and hand soap)
  • Perchlorate, used in airplane fuel, explosives and fireworks
  • Perfluorinated chemicals, used to create non-stick cookware
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, used in fire retardants found in consumer products such as mattresses
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), found in paints, air fresheners, cleaning products, cosmetics, upholstery fabrics, carpets, dry-cleaned clothing, wood preservatives, and paint strippers 

When you put all these together, these chemicals represent can potentially present a toxic burden to the human body, and (as the CDC has found) can accumulate in your body’s blood, urine and tissue. While your body does actually have detoxification organs (your liver and kidney) that can process many of these chemicals and toxins, these toxins can cause medical problems if your liver and kidneys are not functioning properly or are overburdened the host of toxins we get exposed to on a daily basis in our post-industrial era.

To make matters even worse, the world's largest study on air pollution, just published October 25 in the European Heart Journal, found that when you breathe the average air in the average city (with all other variables held constant, such as eating healthy and exercising) you develop a huge risk for high blood pressure.

How? In the study, the biological mechanisms for the adverse effect of air pollution on the functioning of the heart and blood vessels included:

-local and systemic inflammation…

-oxidative stress (a build-up of damaging molecules in the body)…

-an imbalance in correct functioning of the nervous system…

This also means that no matter how healthy you eat, how much you workout, how clean your water is, etc…you're still getting blasted with toxins from air pollutant every time you step into a city, or airport, or public gym, or just about anywhere else they aren't using giant HEPA filters.


How I'm Going To Detox This Year

So why am I telling you all this? Frankly, this air pollution issue is just one of the many reasons that I'm going to detox my entire body and brain this January, and I'm asking you to join me.

That's right, I'm going to detox my entire body and brain, beginning Monday, January 9, 2017.

And I'm not going to do just any ol' detox like putting cayenne pepper into a nasty concoction or pushing giant grocery shopping carts full of random herbs through the supermarket. These popular detoxes can actually release toxins from tissues such as fat cells and shove them into the brain, causing even more damage. Oops.

That's a bad thing.

Instead, I'm partnering up with one of the most brilliant detox minds on the face of the planet: the guy I mentioned earlier named Dr. Dan Pompa, and Dr. Dan is going to walk me through his entire brain and body detox program that he's studied and perfected for years.

I'm then going to combine his proven detox formula with my own exercise and biohacking protocols so that I can completely clean up my body without losing fitness by doing only, say, hot yoga and trampolining for weeks and weeks.

See, I don't want to come out of my detox having lost my muscle or having to huff and puff whenever I climb a flight of stairs, so I'm pulling out all my fitness tricks that allow me to sculpt my body while I detox, without actually causing adrenal fatigue issues or ruining the detox protocol.

And I'm inviting YOU to join me.


The True Cellular Detox Challenge

My “True Cellular Detox” Challenge begins on Monday, January 9 (yep, right after the holiday feasting, alcohol, cookies and candy) and you can click here to join me. When you join, this means Dr. Pompa and I will walk you through every step of the detox, and you'll get things like:

-Insider access to the exact detoxification protocol I'll be following as I go through the program along with you…

-Monthly live interactive sessions with Dr. Pompa and I so that there is zero guesswork and you have all your questions answered…

-Full instruction on how to do my own personal exercises and biohacks I'll be implementing as I go through the detox with you…

-A full 90 day meal plan…

-Team accountability as hundreds of people around the globe join us in the True Cellular Detox Challenge…

-And much more!

Whether you can’t seem to decimate a single fat cell and you’re experiencing brain fog, achy joints and serious lulls in energy or you want to blast your brain and body performance through the roof, look good naked, live as long as possible and feel amazing while doing it…

…this challenge will completely reboot your body.

You can click here to read all the nitty-gritty details, but please be sure to get in on this detox soon because it will fill up fast and Dr. Dan and I want to be able to fit everybody in.

The same way you need instructions on how to detox the right way without harming your body, I need your help and your accountability to get me through this detox. Goodness knows that even though I'm a pretty healthy guy, I'm going to need a proper detox after both the holidays and an entire year of hard-charging, fast-living, daily post-industrialized world exposure.

And you do too.

So let's do this together.

Click here to get in on the True Cellular Detox now, and I'll see you on the inside.

The Mysterious Micro-Workouts, Turning On Your Butt, Overdosing With Melatonin & More With The MindPump Guys

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Remember the guys from the MindPump Podcast: Sal, Justin and Adam?

If not, perhaps you didn't hear my podcast episode entitled “The Mysterious Kuwait Muscle-Building Phenomenon, The Too-Much-Protein Myth, Anabolic Triggering Sessions & More With The MindPump Podcast Crew.”

It's a definite must listen.

As a matter of fact, that episode turned out to be such a must-listen that a few weeks ago, I hopped on a plane and flew to San Jose, California to hang out with and record with these guys once again, and to delve into their extreme knowledge of all things fitness, nutrition, muscle building, fat loss, biomechanics, exercise physiology, psychedelics and beyond.

During the discussion that ensued, you'll discover:

-Why Justin is creating a special stick that can measure your central nervous system integrity…[16:35]

-The crazy form of electrostimulation that can simulate a 600 lb squat…[21:40]

-How you can recover with lightning speed by using a strategy called “trigger sessions”…[24:15]

-The special phone app that Adam uses to induce an instant “power nap”…[37:05]

-The shocking dose of melatonin Ben uses for jet lag, and why Sal think melatonin isn't such a good idea…[42:15]

-The best way to block blue light from screens, phones, street lights and oncoming cars…[46:35]

-Three proven ways to turn on your butt, deactivate your hip flexors and eliminate low back pain…[51:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

The Mindpump trigger sessions and MAPS programs

Ben's brand of blue light blocking glasses

Iristech software for blocking blue light on screens

Dr. Kirk Parsley's Sleep Remedy

My podcast with Jay Schroeder

Hip flexor deactivation MindPump video

Why your butt won't turn on MindPump video

-Core Foundation Training: How To Turn On Your Butt, Activate Deep Breathing & Decompress Your Spine (And Why I’ve Completely Changed My Morning Routine).

ELDOA Method

Deskbound by Kelly Starrett

Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Sal, Justin, Adam or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

The 9 Most Important Pages I Folded Over In Tim Ferriss’s New Book “Tools Of Titans”.

For the last two years, Tim Ferriss has interviewed more than 200 world-class performers, ranging from super celebs like Jamie Foxx and Arnold Schwarzenegger to professional athletes and icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing and beyond, to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists.

For many of his guests, this is the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview, and this unusual depth has helped him create a massive collection of tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. 

Anyways, just this week, Tim took his entire notebook of high-leverage tools that he has vetted, explored, and applied to his own life, and published it for the entire world to delve into – all in the form of a nearly 700 page book that could probably double as a self-defense weapon. The name of the book, entitled Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, delves into the dozens of personal health, wisdom and wealth strategies and philosophies Tim has picked up from his guests and used successfully in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, and large business dealings, saving him millions of dollars and years of wasted effort and frustration.

On last Wednesday's podcast, you got to to tune in as I put Tim in the hotseat and we not only discussed his new book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, but also went far beyond and delved into difficult, deep questions about Tim's life. 

However, as I am prone to do, in addition to interviewing Tim about his book, I have also dog-eared, highlighted, and generally abused Tools of Titans as I scoured through the pages looking for the tips and tricks I think you'll find most enchanting, intriguing or useful. Below, in order of appearance within the book, are 9 of the best tips I discovered…


Page XX In Introduction: What Do *They* Have In Common?

I was fascinated by several of the patterns that Tim highlights as extremely common habits among his interviewees, including:

-More than 80% have some form of daily meditation or mindfulness practice.

-A surprising number of the males over 45 years old (not the females, interestingly) either skip breakfast or only consume the scantest of fare for breakfast. This could be why this technique doesn't work so well for females.

-A large proportion of his guests use the “Chilipad” for cooling the body (this is a new under-the-mattress body cooling/heating toy I've recently picked up and found to have significantly increased deep sleep percentages and sleep latency).

-Many listen to single songs on repeat for focus, such as “Last Of The Mohicans” by free solo climbing phenom Alex Honnold or “Tonight Tonight” by obstacle course racer Amelia Boone. I have not ever done this and, being a guy who rarely watches the same movie twice or reads the same book twice, don't find it an incredibly attractive idea compared to the use of binaural beats for focus. But will probably try it in the near future to see whether it does indeed enhance productivity or focus.

Anyways, there are plenty of other common threads among Tim's guest, but those above are a few I found interesting or worth a try.


Page 14: Try Training Like A Gymnast

During our interview, I ask Tim if his body has changed dramatically in the past year, and his reply was an definitive “yes”. Specifically, Tim's biceps strength and size, core stability, mobility and explosiveness all notably increased the past year via the use of a strategy called Gymnast Strong.

Fortunately, gymnastics rings, walls, railings, bars and all other manner of chimpanzee-like training equipment abound at the Greenfield home, so here are several photos of moves lifted from Tim's book that I am going to attempt to perfect over the next month to see what happens to my own body. Who knows? I may wind up wearing a Team USA Men's Unitard and attempting triple-handstand-360-degree-twisted-somersault-backflip-swings.

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Page 83: Tim's Six-Piece “Gym In A Bag”

Tim takes the following six items with him wherever he travels, and actually purchases several sets, which live in trunk stored at hotels in the most common locations he frequents, such as L.A. and New York City. They are, in no particular order of importance:

-“VooDoo Floss“: rubber ACE bandages for increasing joint hydration and range-of-motion (can also be used for many of the techniques I describe in this mobility article.

-Furniture Sliders: check out the strange bridging motion in the gymnast photos above – just one of the ways Tim highlights in the book for using a cheapo pair of furniture sliders

Rumble Roller: also one of own favorite workout tools, and available in both travel and full-size versions. Here's a video of the mobility routine I perform ever Wednesday with my own Rumble Roller.

-Acupressure Mat: Tim swears by this as a healing modality for injuries, but I personally use mine for napping. How? Simply lay in a corpse-like pose with your back on this makeshift bed of nails for about 10 minutes, palms turned out and body completely relaxed. Then, chock full of the relaxing endorphins the acupressure spikes elicit your body to release, crawl into bed and collapse into a pile of your own drool for a power nap. Tim recommends the Nayoya Acupressure Mat.

-Goat Whey Protein: traveling with goat protein is based on a tip Tim picked up from his guest Charles Polliquin, based on the fact that goat whey protein (as I outline in my recent article on legal ways to increase growth hormone –  is highly anabolic and, due to the small protein size and lower levels of lactose, far more digestible than the milk from most other animals. To learn more, listen to my podcast with a Joe Stout, a nutrition science researcher and goat farm owner in Central Washington.

-Mini-Parallelettes: To enhance his gymnast training, Tim uses the Vita Vibe MP12 Ultra-Light mini-parallelette bars to do moves like L-sits, planche leans and parallette handstands

If I were to add one essential item to Tim's gym-in-a-box, it would be one of the most potent portable forms of resistance training that exists: a basic suspension strap.


Page 102: A Psychedelic Dosing Schedule

For increasing everyday well-being, developing empathy, and intensively exploring your inner self, Tim outlines the following psychedelic microdosing schedule. I'm quite curious about all three compounds he describes below, and while I've personally discovered intense insights and vivid, lucid, remarkable experiences (mostly in nature, such as hikes and river rafting) via the use of psilocybin mushroom dosing, I haven't yet tried the other two compounds Tim mentions below (ibogaine and ayahuasca). They are, however, on my “list” of compounds to responsibly experiment with during 2017.

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Page 248: James Altucher's “Daily 10” Practice

James Altucher, an eccentric, big-haired, highly successful entrepreneur (who has written at least two books I highly recommend: “The Power Of No” and “Choose Yourself“), engages in a “Daily 10” practice to generate new ideas, to develop brain muscles, to get constant creativity on demand and to gain the ability to think far outside the box. Here are a few examples of Daily 10 lists James creates:

-10 ideas I can make new

-10 ridiculous things I would invent

-10 books I can write

-10 business ideas for Google/Amazon/Twitter

-1o people I can send ideas to

-1o podcast ideas or videos I can shoot

-10 industries where I can remove the middleman

-10 things I disagree with that everyone else assumes is religion

-10 ways to take old posts of mine and make books out of them 

-10 people I want to be friends with

-10 things I learned yesterday

-10 things I can do differently today

-10 ways I can save time

-10 things I learned from X (where X is someone he's recently spoken with or read a book about)

-10 things I'm interested in getting better at

-10 things I was interested in as a kid that might be fun to explore now

-10 ways I might try to solve a problem I have

Oh what the heck, let's give it a try, shall we? How about “10 books I can write”? Here's my brain dump (and feel free to let me know which one you think I actually should write).

-The Jet Lag Cure

-The Longevity Code

-How To Raise Tiny Superhumans

-Beyond Fat Loss

-Why Every Diet Book Is Pure Bullsh#$

-The Biohacked Home

-The Invisible: Hidden Variables That Can Make You Superhuman

-The Look-Good-Naked Cookbook: 100 Fast, Go-To Recipes For A Sculpted Body

-The Dirty Kitchen: Fermenting Made Easy

-The Performance Manifesto: 40 Uncommon Training & Recovery Strategies To Destroy Your Competitors


Page 258: A Few Ninja Investing Tips From Tim Ferriss

As an influencer, Tim invested a very small amount in a few select startups, and did his best to deliver above and beyond the value of his investments. In other words, he wanted the founders to ask themselves, “Why the hell is this guy helping us so much for a ridiculously small amount of equity?”. By doing this, he established a reputation as a major value-add, not just a human checkbook.

Next, he began negotiating blended agreements with startups involving some financial investment, but additional advisory equity.

Finally, he made the jump to pure advising, meaning that by the end of the first year of this strategy, more than 70% of his startup “investments” were made with time rather than cash, allowing him to reduce the total amount of capital invested while ultimately producing better results for the startups he was helping.

When I read through these investment tips, it certainly gives me pause.

After all, I've invested in several companies: specifically Aurora medical marijuana clinics in Canada, Botanica Seattle, EAD Labs (the cannabidiol production that synthesizes the bioabsorbable CBD I use in my top selling product NatureCBD), Thrive grocery store , Kettle & Fire Bone Broth, and Falcon Fulfillment (the warehouse/shipping service I use for shipping all my products from GreenfieldFitnessSystems.com), to name a few.

As Tim recommends, I certainly use the products and services of these companies I invest in, but I'd never given much thought to focusing more on my ability to advise and be an influencer for companies like this in the health, nutrition, longevity, biohacking and fitness sectors as opposed to simply writing checks and giving money to these companies.

Equity in exchange for advising and expertise: it's a concept I dig, since I feel I can give far greater value with my brain and education vs. my bank account.


Page 277: The Law Of Category

Once a week, I have a pop-up on my computer that displays to me a summary of a book called “The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing“. In that book is a chapter entitled “The Law Of Category”, which is based around the following question:

“When you launch a new product, the first question to ask yourself is not “How is this new product better than the competition?” but “First what?” In other words, what category is this new product first in?

The Law of Category basically means that if you can’t be the first in a certain category then you can create a new category you can be first. For example, Charles Schwab didn't open a better brokerage firm. He opened the first discount broker. Or Amelia Earheart: she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, but she was only the third person overall to fly the Atlantic (behind Lindberg and Hinkler). People do not remember her because she was the third person to fly the Atlantic, but they do remember her because she was the first woman to do it.

When I was reading Tools of Titans, I realized how much value successful guys like Tim place on this law, and how I should implement it more in my own business.

For example, cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most powerful substances I've used in the past decade. When added to or combined with just about any other compounds (such as turmeric, adaptogenic herbs, sleep supplements, etc.) it seems to vastly improve the effectiveness of those compounds, probably via stimulation of the endocannabinoid pathway and the multiple mechanism I discuss here.

So, following the “Law Of Category” exercise: what if every supplement I created were simply “insert product name here + CBD”.

Men's testosterone enhancement with CBD?

Sleep and relaxation formula with CBD? (I've actually already done that one)

Pre-workout booster with CBD?

Smart drug with CBD?

You get the idea. All those supplements are existing categories, but I could, for example, invent a new subcategory niche in those category by including cannabidiol. I would be first in that new category.First, that is, until everybody in the supplements industry reads this blog post.

Of course, other options could include things like a nootropic or smart drug compound…for hunters. Or a five-fingered, minimalist shoe…for cycling. Or a health club franchise…for airports.

Fun though experiment, eh?


Page 449: The Dickens Process

The “Dickens Process” is actually based on Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, in which Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Using the Dickens Process, you examine your own limiting, handicapping beliefs by answering the following questions:

-What has each belief cost you in the past, and what has it cost people you've loved in the past?

-What is each costing you and the people you care about in the present?

-What will each cost you and the people you care about 1, 3, 5 and 10 years from now?

Then, after you feel the pain of your own handicapping beliefs, you formulate one, two to three replacement beliefs to use moving forward.

This could be uncomfortable, but I'm going to dive headfirst into this process and say something I don't think I've ever really talked about in my blog or on the podcast…

…and that is this: I've always struggled with the notion that I'm judged primarily by how my body looks. From being a skinny teenager in my basement hoisting 10 pound dumbbells so that I could impress the girls at the pool to being a massive bodybuilder trying to outflex the other silly-looking, gold-flaked behemoths on stage to getting into the tightest pair of cycling spandex possible for an Ironman triathlon, much of my physical drive has been fueled by – as shallow as this may seem – the desire to look good naked.

Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with caring for your body, being functionally strong and fit, and even taking pride in your body being a temple-like display of what the human physique is truly capable of.

But taken to extremes, this constant body self-improvement quest can cost you dearly.

In the past, I've skipped important family time, social events, experiences, concerts, parties and even scrumptious meals because they didn't fit in with my gym time or body fat goals. That has cost me precious hours of my life spent with my parents, friends, family, wife and children that I'll never get back.

In the present, I've dug myself into a hole of becoming stressed, self-judgemental, worried and anxious should I ever miss a workout of not hit my allotted exercise time, often thinking about a workout while I'm, say, eating breakfast or talking on the phone. This continues to cost me not only in terms of time spent with loved ones, but also simply inhibits my ability to be mindful, present and happy to simply be “where I'm at”.

In the future, if this habit continues, I will be that father who skips his childrens' basketball games and tennis matches so that I can squeeze in my precious sauna or trail running time, that husband who doesn't have time for a Friday night date because I decided to hit the gym after a day of work, or that washed-up ex-athlete racked with joint pain from always pushing and never resting.

So what is a replacement belief?

I am more than my body. I am my mind. My personality. My creativity. My value to this world is not based on my abs or my muscle striations or how fast I can swim or how much weight I can deadlift: it is based on my God-given ability to be able to inspire others to greatness, to educate, to teach, to write, to learn, to read, and even to entertain with talents such as music and writing fiction.

As Tim says in this section of Tools of Titans, it's incredible what can happen when you stop driving with the emergency brake on.


Page 594: The 17 Questions That Could Change Your Life

In what I found to be one of the most impactful parts of the book, Tim highlights the following 17 questions that have dramatically changed his life (we dwell upon question #15 quite a bit in the podcast I recorded with Tim).

#1: What if I did the opposite for 48 hours (e.g. make sales calls only from 708:30am and 6-7:30pm instead of 9am to 5pm)

#2: What do I spend a silly amount of money on and how might I scratch my own itch (e.g. I spend a lot of money on supplements and could start a supplement company)

#3: What would I do/have/be if I had $10 million and what's my real Target Monthly Income (TMI)?

#4: What are the worst things that could happen? Could I get back here to where I am if they did happen?

#5: If I could only work 2 hours per week on my business, what would I do?

#6: What if I let them make decisions up to $100? $500? $1000? (e.g. telling his team ‘from this point forward, please don't contact me with questions about A, B or C. I trust you. If it involves less than $100, please make the decision yourself and take a note in one document so we can review and adjust each week. Just focus on making our customers happy.')

#7: What's the least crowded channel? (Tim started a podcast because it was underutilized communication medium)

#8: What if I couldn't pitch my product directly (e.g. to help with a book on fat loss, write a whole bunch of useful blog posts on fat loss rather than a bunch of big fat loss book sales letters)

#9: What if I created my own real world MBA (Tim gets into this in detail in book – focusing on real world experiences instead of formal university education)

#10: Do I need to make it back the way I lost it? (last week, I personally lost $1600 writing a check to a fake Polish company in this very trademark scam. I could try to sue them and get the money back the same way I lost it, or I could figure out a new, creative way to make $1600 which actually helps people, such as by writing a new e-book)

#11: What if I could only subtract to solve problems (what can you simplify? what can you put on your not to-do list?)

#12: What might I put into place to allow me to go off the grid for 4-8 weeks, with no phone or email?

#13: Am I hunting antelope or field mice? (based on this anecdote from a Newt Gingrich speech)

#14: Could it be that everything is fine and complete as is?

#15: What would this look like if it were easy?

#16: How can I throw money at this problem? Can I “waste money” to improve my quality of life? (e.g. forking over the cash for business class on a flight so you can arrive to where you are going well rested and able to enjoy the experience)

#17: No hurry, no pause. (you don't need to go through life huffing and puffing and red-faced, and you can get 95% of the results you want by calmly putting one foot in front of the other)

Similar to my practice of having a synopsis of the “22 Immutable Laws Of Marketing” pop up on my computer every Monday morning, reading Theodore Roosevelt's “Man In The Arena” on my coffee mug each morning, and dwelling on Heinlein's “Competent Man” quote written on the whiteboard in my office, I plan on having these 17 questions greet me at some point during each week, probably by simply having them pop up on my computer (I use the Expersis software IMOnTime for this).


Summary

Want more?

First, read Tim's new book: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

Second, should you be a glutton for massive, multi-hundred page literary works, you can also feel free to check out The 4-Hour Body Book Review: Why Tim Ferriss’s Book Could Be A Huge Waste Of Your Time, But Might Change Your Life.

Third, you can follow these links to listen to my first podcast with Tim “Tim Ferriss Cold Thermogenesis Special Episode” or my second podcast with Tim “Behind The Scenes Of The Tim Ferriss Experiment: 15 Pounds Of Muscle, Turmeric Tea, Urban Evasion & More!“.

Finally, if you have questions, thoughts or feedback about Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, or your own tips to share that you learned from the book, leave your comments below and I'll reply!

Tim Ferriss and Ben Greenfield Delve Into Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

For the last two years, my guest on today's show has interviewed more than 200 world-class performers, ranging from super celebs like Jamie Foxx and Arnold Schwarzenegger to professional athletes and icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing and beyond, to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists.

For many of his guests, this is the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview, and this unusual depth has helped him create a massive collection of tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. 

If you hadn't yet guessed, my guest is Tim Ferriss, and just this week, Tim has taken his notebook of high-leverage tools that he has vetted, explored, and applied to his own life, and published it for the entire world to delve into – all in the form of a nearly 700 page book that could probably double as a self-defense weapon. The name of the book, entitled Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, delves into the dozens of tactics and philosophies Tim has picked up from his guests and used successfully in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, and large business dealings, saving him millions of dollars and years of wasted effort and frustration.

In this episode, I put Tim in the hotseat as we not only discuss his new book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, but also go far beyond and delve into difficult, deep questions about Tim's life. During this episode, you'll discover:

-How Tim got started in business by creating and selling a smart drug that turned out to be a physical ergogenic performance enhancing aid…[9:55]

-The ingredients of Tim's first supplement he created…[12:10]

-The biggest “stacks”, techniques and biohacks Tim now uses for enhancing cognitive function that he doesn't think he ever would have discovered without having a podcast…[17:50]

-The #1 tactic Tim eventually used to heal himself of Lyme disease…[20:55]

-What Tim's workstation looks like, and how he manages to write massive books while maintaining fitness in his work environment…[43:15]

-The exact contents of Tim's “six-piece gym in a bag”…[50:20]

-Why Tim is convinced that training like a gymnast is one of the best way you can sculpt an amazing body…[56:54]  

-The major fitness, diet and lifestyle modifications Tim has made since starting the podcast that he doesn't think he would have made had he not had a podcast…[65:30]

-The 17 absurd questions Tim asks himself to change his life and solve problems…[66:20]

-What Tim has implemented lately to enhance his anti-aging and longevity (and his thoughts on anti-aging supplements)…[75:30]

-The dead inventor Tim would want to bring back to life and have on his podcast (and the questions he would ask)…[85:35]

-Why Tim hasn't created a “brand”…[88:55]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

The 4-Hour Body Book Review: Why Tim Ferriss’s Book Could Be A Huge Waste Of Your Time, But Might Change Your Life.

-My second podcast with Tim: Behind The Scenes Of The Tim Ferriss Experiment: 15 Pounds Of Muscle, Turmeric Tea, Urban Evasion & More!

-My first podcast with Tim: Tim Ferriss Cold Thermogenesis Special Episode

Dr. Daniel Amen NFL study

BrainQuicken

Pruvit Keto / OS

Furniture Sliders

My podcast on NAD therapy

Benjamin Franklin biography

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Tim or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Decoding The Science Behind The Best Tasting Bone Broth On The Face Of The Planet.

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

There's much more to bone broth than meets the eye.

Take the bones for example. Killer bones make killer bone broth, but not all bones are created equal. Knuckle, patella, femur, and feet bones actually make the best broth, because these bones have been proven to contain the highest concentration of white and red stem-cell marrow, as well as the highest levels of collagen – one of the major benefits of drinking bone broth.

The ingredients matter too. For example, you can achieve one of the most nourishing bone broths on the face of the planet when you combine marrow bones like those listed above (from pasture raised, grass-fed cows) with organic carrots, organic onions, organic celery, organic bay leaves, organic parsley, apple cider vinegar, a pinch of black peppercorn, sea salt, thyme and rosemary extract.

Bone broth packaging matters too. Most bone broth companies aren’t USDA approved and require their bone broth to be frozen. This makes shipping a hassle (not to mention expensive!) makes the bone broth hard to store, and requires the heavy addition of preservatives, nasty additives and extra sodium or worse yet, packaging that is chock full of pathogens and germs.

But this kind of information flies under the radar, so in today's podcast, my guest Justin Mares and I pull back the curtain on all things bone broth.  Justin is the founder of Kettle & Fire bone broth, the first ever fresh, never frozen organic bone broth company, and during our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why bone broth is supposed to form a gelatin when it's in your fridge, and why you shouldn't eat it if it doesn't “gel”…[9:52]

-Whether there's any actual research on bone broth, or just on the individual components of it, like glycine or glucosamine or collagen…[14:50]

-Which is the best type of broth: cow, chicken or fish…[22:37]

What the best kind of bones are for bone broth…[29:45]

-The difference between red-cell marrow and white-cell marrow, and which you should consume…[31:45]

-Why Kettle & Fire adds to their bone broth 100% grass-fed cows, organic carrots, organic celery, organic onions, organic bay leaves, organic apple cider vinegar, and reverse osmosis purified water…[34:10]

-The best temperature for bone broth to keep nutrients from degrading…[36:50]

-How can you actually get a packaged and shipped bone broth sent to your house without having a bunch of preservatives and artificial crap in it…[39:18]

-Why you should stay far away from any grocery store bone broths…[43:00]

-How bone broth can be used to lose weight, stay in ketosis, heal a leaky gut, fix constipation, and much more…[46:55]

Resources from this episode:

Kettle & Fire Bone Broth (that link gets you $10 off any order, and additional discounts if you add more bone broth cartons to your cart).

The study Justin mentioned about glycine attenuating the insulin spike that comes with glucose ingestion.

Ben's bark tea recipe

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Justin or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Does A “God Pill” Exist?

Veins on both biceps bulging like pythons, the ripped kid in the t-shirt extended one arm towards me. He opened his clenched fist to reveal a tiny black ziplock bag. He grinned, displaying a perfect set of ivory white teeth and nodded, “Go ahead. Try it!”

I stepped back and raised an eyebrow. This guy had just finished completely destroying my “REALFit” test score at the ever-popular PaleoFX conference. The conference, a global gathering of biohackers, foodies, physicians, exercise freaks and bacon-and-egg-infused-coffee chugging Crossfitters, features the annual REALFit test to discover the fittest person alive. The fittest person alive at their conference, that is.

Anyways, I thought I had achieved a pretty respectable score on a host of tests including a forearm-destroying two minute maximum pull-ups test, deadlifting body weight as many times as possible in two minutes test (try that one sometime and just try to beat at least sixty, I dare you),  a shuttle run, a medicine ball hurl, a vertical leap: you get the idea. This wasn't any walk in the park.

But this guy had just blown my score out of the water, and he now seemed to be extending to me some semblance of a peace offering. That or he was attempting to pull off an illegal drug deal at a health conference.

“What…is it?” I leaned forward and peered into his hand. Emblazoned in tiny gold foiling on the front of black bag was a logo: Neurohacker Collective.

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“It's basically like a God Pill.”

“A God Pill?” Somewhere deep in the back of my self-quantifying, self-experimentation obsessed lizard brain, I felt a twinge of interest. Now don't get me wrong – as a Christian, I would never believe that a mere man or woman can truly possess the superpowers of God. But at this point – just two days into the conference and after having been offered copious amounts of kombucha, kefir and other little-known fermented beverages, cannabidiol-infused dark chocolates, bacon-flavored mints, kale-powdered beef jerky and all other manner of potentially explosive diarrhea inducing samples – the mention of a supplement that could potentially transform one into even a fraction of a deity was a proposition I hadn't yet heard.

I kept staring at the bag. “Um…what does it do?”

“Dude, just try it.” He reached forward, grabbed my forearm with a vice-like gorilla grip, and shoved the black bag into the palm of my hand. As if driven by an invisible, curious-infused force, my fingers closed hard around the tiny bag as though it were a handful of precious diamonds.

The guy grinned ear-to-ear one more time, winked at me, and as he sauntered away, seemingly unfazed by having just thrown down a shuttle run time that made me look like a arthritic sloth, he stopped and looked back over his shoulder. “Oh, and follow the instructions very, very carefully. Enjoy the experience, man.”

Oh geez. Enjoy the experience? What had I gotten into? This was supposed to be a freaking health conference. Not an MDMA-infused rave. And now I was about to potentially go on a full public display of a crazy drug-infused mind-trip.

I looked around. Nobody seemed to be watching. I carefully opened the bag, only to find two additional bags.

I took Bag #1 out and held it up to the fluorescent indoor lights. There were perhaps half-a-dozen capsules inside. On the front, in tiny letters, was written, “Step 1: Upon Waking, Take Three On Empty Stomach.

Before I read the front of the Bag #2, I suspected what it would say. After all, I'm a nutritionist, a self-professed guinea pig, and an adviser to a host of companies in the supplement industry. This means I basically design and consume pills for a living.

I'll betcha this will be the fat-soluble, take-it-with-food component.

Bingo. I was right. Bag #2 read: “Step 2: Take Six With Breakfast.”

I shoved Bag #2 into my pocket. Then I studied Bag #1 again. I hadn't just woken. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into. But my stomach was indeed empty.

So what the heck?

I glanced nervously towards my twin boys, who, oblivious to my suspicious dealings, were giggling and twirling around on a giant, elephant-sized Bulletproof Coffee mug. I looked at watch. I had two hours before I needed to be on stage as one of the keynote speakers for the event. I looked back at Bag#1, silently hoping that I wasn't about to turn into an embarrassing father who inexplicably begins climbing into the rafters at a Paleo health conference or a raging carbaholic who is suddenly struck by intense cravings for gluten-powdered baguettes. Then I tipped back my head and swallowed half the contents of Bag #1.

The next 120 minutes were a blur. Like gears gradually grinding into faster and faster motion, my thoughts and word recall and verbal fluency seemed to double in speed within about twenty minutes, and kept getting comfortably faster. As I chased my two eight year old boys through the expanse of the PaleoFX expo, colors became more vibrant, sounds and light more intense. Allow me to point out that I have indeed micro-dosed with LSD, psilocybin and MDMA – all of which produced comparable effects. But not at a response time near as fast. Or with as “clean” of a thought pattern.

What the heck was this stuff?

Two hours later, with a belly full of bacon-flavored truffles, beet-powder-infused salmon jerky and raw camel's milk, I looked down at my hand. My fingers were wrapped around Bag #2. I opened it, dumped six capsules into my mouth and swallowed. Then I clenched and unclenched my fists, took one deep breath, and stepped onto the massive PaleoFX stage to speak, ironically, about how to safely and effectively hack one's brain.


Limitless & Lucy

Perhaps it was the combination of eighteen different primal fuels and kombucha fermenting in my stomach, perhaps it was the edgy death-like, I-hope-I-zipped-my-fly fear that accompanies stepping onto stage in front of hundreds of people, or perhaps it was Bag #2 kicking into action, but the effects became even more magnified the moment I stepped on stage.

Whatever it was, I didn't complain. I just held on tight for the ride on stage as my mouth worked to catch up to my rapidly firing brain. My lucidity and clarity of thought became unparalleled. I wondered if someone had slipped a No-Doz caffeine pill into my camel's milk, but realized I had none of the agitation or nervousness that accompanies copious such amounts of caffeine. I wondered if this was how Bradley Cooper's character felt in the movie Limitless.

No, scratch that. Probably more like the way Scarlet Johansson's character in the movie Lucy felt when Asian terrorists sewed a leaky bag full of smart drugs into her gut lining, but without any scalpels involved.

I had to find out where this stuff came from.

I had to hunt down this mysterious “Neurohacker Collective“.

So I did. And in this article you'll discover exactly what I found about the most potent neurohacking compound I've ever used, and the actual ingredients packed into Bag #1 and Bag #2..


What Is “Neurohacker Collective”?

As you may have heard on the podcast that I just released two days ago entitled “42 Different Ways To Build A Better Brain, The Problem With Modern Smart Drugs, Hacking Your Neurons & More.”, I did indeed eventually connect with the brilliant minds at Neurohacker Collective – specifically a man named Daniel Schmachtenberger.

During that podcast episode, Daniel describes how he began seriously studying health and neurology when he became afflicted with neurological and autoimmune illnesses that had no known solutions in either allopathic or complementary medicine. The insights that lead to his healing came from developing a new model for understanding physiology and pathology, which he then applied to helping many people address various forms of complex illness and optimize their capabilities beyond their previous healthy baselines.

As he worked to create Neurohacker Collective, Daniel was simultaneously the academic dean for a college of mind-body medicine and consulted for a host of functional, integrative physicians and medical clinics to help find novel solutions for complex cases. He created and ran a think tank developing complex systems solutions for environmental and social issues, and directed a transdisciplinary group of scholars on a philosophy of mind project addressing core questions of mind-brain interface and what he calls “an axiomatic reformulation for the epistemology of neuroscience”.

And he's guinea-pigged extensively with psychedelics, nootropics, meditation, depth psychology, and a plethora of other tools for evolving states and stages of consciousness and evolving the human experience.

Ultimately, Daniel focuses on bringing together scientific research on each individual mechanism and pathway supporting cognitive development, and integrating them into a whole systems view, a complex framework of integrative neuroscience that focused for many years on creating one of the most comprehensive nootropic smart-drug like stacks ever made.

During our podcast, Daniel describes how many “smart drugs” work by artificially increasing one chemical in the brain by overriding its natural function. Problem is, this can cause depletion or neglect of other things, causing imbalances and negative consequences like dependency or a post smart-drug “crash” (Modafinil, anyone?).

This is because cognitive capacity is a nuanced relationship that involves many variables. Optimizing for one variable of cognitive function at the expense of other critical ones doesn't really bestow comprehensive enhancement of human capability. For instance, having cognitive drive without the ability to focus well could result in you leaping into your office in a post-smart-drug infused craze and churning out a hundred tiny multi-tasks like a keyboarded berserker…without actually accomplishing anything deep or meaningful or truly productive.

Or you could develop steely willpower without emotional resilience, resulting in you being the smartest guy or girl at the office who treats your co-workers like complete crap because you've suddenly become a robot-like, hard charging, high achiever with a complete loss of empathy. For that reason, Daniel's goal was to design a formula that deliberately balances subjective effects to give meaningful enhancement in a comprehensive way – what he describes as “a whole system upgrade”.

In other words, as he designed the capsules that I swallowed in Bag #1 and Bag #2, Daniel's goal was to support the body’s endogenous neurochemical production and regulatory processes, rather than creating fake, temporary, exogenous brain overrides.

Take IQ, for example – also known as “Intelligence Quotient”. Recent research suggests that notion of a single intelligence quotient vastly oversimplifies intelligence, which is in fact composed of various aspects of what are called “multiple intelligences”, such as verbal intelligence, problem solving, spatial reasoning, etc.

The studies on IQ were led by Adrian Owen of the Brain and Mind Institute at Western, and his studies included more than 100,000 participants from around the globe asking them to complete 12 cognitive tests looking at their memory, reasoning, attention and planning abilities. These findings were published in an article, “Scientists debunk the IQ myth: Notion of measuring one's intelligence quotient by singular, standardized test is highly misleading” and Western University: Canada: “Debunking the IQ myth“.

This is all based on a theory proposed by Howard Gardner, which states that intelligence is not unified, but rather multiple, consisting of a set of relatively independent intelligences including linguistic intelligence, mathematical intelligence, spatial intelligence, musical intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, naturalist intelligence, and even based on more recent research, the addition of spiritual intelligence and emotional intelligence. According to this theory, different intelligences can develop at different rates in individuals, and thus a single measure like IQ neglects within person variability across multiple kinds of intelligence.

So basically, if a smart drug or nootropic promises to increase IQ, you must ask yourself if it is increasing multiple intelligences, or just one factor of IQ, such as your ability to blast through multiplication tables, or progress through your Suzuki violin manual at lightning speed.

It's an interesting theory indeed.

And a glance at the Neurohacker Collective website promises that they have fully researched this complex problem for years, and as a result have designed the most comprehensive, effective cognitive enhancement nootropic in the world today, contaning “42 scientifically researched ingredients” designed to amplify all the aspects that matter most for optimal cognitive and nervous system functioning.

Yep, that's quite a claim.

But it's one thing to wax flowery biohacking poetic on a website and quite another to produce a product that actually works. So leading up to my podcast interview with Daniel, and courtesy of Neurohacker Collective, I was able to get my hands on two full bottles of Bag #1 and Bag #2. which turned out to be Daniel's creation, a super-special formulation he calls “Qualia“.

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It was time to find out whether my experience at PaleoFX was an isolated fluke, or if this Qualia stuff actually works when used with longer term dosage in one's comfortable, familiar home and office environment. Let's delve into my own experience, shall we?


How I Took Qualia

Morning one of Qualia experiment.

I wake up, groggy-eyed, and stumble down the wooden stairs of our home, deep in the forest of Spokane, Washington.

Barefoot and still shivering from the morning chill, I flip on the lights to the pantry. I take the bottle of Qualia Step One off the shelf, turn it around and inspect the label, which reads as follows:

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I swallow three capsules with a giant glass of water.

I delve into my admittedly elaborate morning routine of Core Foundation exercises, infrared sauna, a cryotherapy dip into the icy cold pool hidden in the trees behind my house, and thirty minutes of my latest cognitive hack, EEG neurofeedback training while I write in my work of fiction.

Morning routine complete and brain already humming, I go about making my enormous morning smoothie, which I describe in teeth-gritting detail – Pau d' Arco bark tea, cacao nibs, ceylon cinnamon, Aztec salt and all – at “6 Crazy, Exotic Superfood Cocktails, Shakes & Mind-Bending Recipes.

Just before downing the smoothie, I grab the bottle of Qualia Step Two. I glance at the label:

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According to the Neurohacker Collective website, Qualia is to be taken in two steps as a total of nine pills – three pills from Step One bottle and six pills from the Step Two bottle, always maintaining a 1:2 ratio. So I dump six of the tablets into my hand and swallow.

Then I sit back and wait for the fireworks.


My Experience With Qualia

Now, I'm not going to kick a nootropic, smart-drug infused horse to death and dwell upon what you are probably already aware of when it comes to the claims behind these trendy cognitive enhancing compounds.

Sure, on my first morning (and for the next four days leading up to my podcast with Daniel), I certainly experienced a manifestation of all these claims.

Better focus.

Increased cognitive drive.

Faster reaction time.

Less distractibility.

Enhanced verbal fluency and memory recall.

Frankly, as I describe in my article on How To Make Your Own Smart Drugs, I've experimented with just about every nootropic that exists, and many psychedelic compounds and smart drugs to boot. I certainly get some semblance of the effects stated above with many, many of these supplements. So it would be unfair to claim that Qualia is isolated in it's ability to deliver these type of effects.

But with Qualia – and I realize this is a bit nebulous – these effects seemed to just happen faster and cleaner. And in addition to increases in focus, drive and emotional resilience, I noticed a host of other subtle, less-expected, positive experiences.

Take procrastination, for example. Like most people I know, I tend to have a history of procrastinating on everything from doing my taxes to cleaning out my desk drawer to organizing the ever-growing collection of random tools in the garage. But by the end of my first day on Qualia, I had somehow discovered the willpower, focus and drive to organize my entire biohacking gym corner-to-corner, neatly placing kettlebells, monster bands, maces, stability training balls, balance pads, foam rollers, vibration therapy tools, electrostimulation devices and all other manner of other fitness geekery in tightly systematized sequences.

Hooray for me, and perhaps more importantly, the bonus points scored with my wife.

Next came the dreams. Seriously. I dreamt like crazy.

Perhaps part of this was my recent foray into red light therapy on my gonads to increase testosterone production, but it began with mostly sex dreams. Not bad, horny-clowns-chasing-me-down sex dreams but instead intense, lucid and very pleasant dreams that at one point had me waking up my wife at 2am for a very, very early morning “workout”. I also experienced the sensation of flying through the air like an NBA player dunking a basketball (every time I took a step in my dream), soaring through space like Superman, driving a car extremely high speeds with extreme precision, and simply staring off the edge of a cliff while watching wisps of clouds below and seeing the whole of planet Earth, as if I were some kind of – well – deity.

Daniel informed me later that within the first week of taking the product, many people do indeed report a reregulation of their sleep cycles – sometimes needing less sleep, and sometimes sleeping at different times. They notice they remember their dreams more, there’s more lucidity to them, and that they feel more meaningful. Since science suggests that dreaming is associated with memory consolidation and psychological processing of events, I'll take this as a good sign.

The next phenomenon was one I didn't notice until after four days. On my fourth morning of taking Qualia, I began to wake up in the morning with an almost lazy feeling that I possessed an “affluence of time”, which may seem ironic considering that a nootropic should actually speed up cognitive processing speed and task achievement. But despite experiencing an enormous boost in cognition, I still felt more patient, settled and relaxed as I connected my heart rate monitor and began my daily HRV measurement. I spent more time writing in my gratitude journal. I dwelt more heavily on the truth in my OurDailyBread devotions. Life seemed less hectic, less fast-paced.

On the fifth day I noticed something that Daniel mentioned during our podcast: the ability of a full-spectrum nootropic to allow one to respond gracefully to difficult things – specifically an increased sense of empowerment in how one deals with the difficult challenges that arise in life. Instead of going into overwhelm or hopelessness or devastation, Daniel describes that a Qualia user may feel capable of doing what needs to be done in the presence of challenge.

Now mind you, I hadn't yet spoken to Daniel about this effect, and I didn't notice this until after five days, but on that fifth day, when I finally turned on my computer to work and the e-mails came flying out of my inbox like a rabid chihuahua wielding a bullet-slinging uzi, I simply sat there, took a deep breath, and experienced an overwhelming wash of relief and a sensation that everything was going to be just fine.

In other words, the normal morning stress did not faze me. This was getting interesting.

Since recording the podcast with Daniel, I've noticed two more interesting phenomenon while continuing to take Qualia. First, I'm experiencing less internal emotion and drama, including feeling less concern about what other people think or about proving something to the world.

This manifested itself physically too. My voice has become just slightly more monotone, and a little bit more robotic, especially during business dealings. This had been a tendency for me already, as you may know if you listened to the podcast entitled “I Am A 98% Angry, No-Nonsense, Perfectionistic, Extremely Unconventional, Rule-Breaking, Fearless Assassin-Sniper“. But it became more pronounced, in a good way. meaning that I thought more quickly, had better verbal fluency, experienced superior memory recall, and became more like a well-oiled Ferrari engine, but without an actual loss of empathy for others.

The best way I can describe this is that I spoke and argued and debated and podcasted and had phone calls with far fewer vocal “ups and downs”. Sure, I suppose this could be a bad thing if I were, say, an opera singer, but pretty good for getting business done like a well-sharpened sushi knife – cutting straight through the flesh of a conversation or problem like butter.

The final unpredictable sensation I'm now experiencing while taking Qualia is that of epiphany, which I'd describe as a sense of “aha” or revelation about things that involve though synthesis. This was a pretty cool hidden gem that has led to breakthroughs in business and personal areas that I was originally stuck. I've actually been forced to begin carrying my Moleskin notebook around more religiously because thoughts and epiphanies have begun to strike me at any moment. Brainstorms. Big picture business insights. Sudden plot breakthroughs for my work of fiction. You get the idea. All good things.

So…

…dang.

What on earth is in this stuff? Let's find out.


Ingredients and How This Stuff Works

Each ingredient included in Qualia is based on a whole system design methodology. This means that Daniel and his team have taken singular care to understand the specific effects of 42 different ingredients and how they combine with each other to effect the mind, brain and body interface.

They pulled this off by engaging in a rigorous examination of something called “neuropsychopharmacology“, an interdisciplinary science that combines psychopharmacology (which is the study of how chemicals affect the mind) and neuroscience (which is the study of the neural mechanisms that chemicals act upon to influence behavior).

The team at Neurohacker Collective performed a comprehensive analysis of neuroscience research to determine the underlying regulatory hardware responsible for mediating the desired subjective and performative effects they wanted to get out of a pill. Along the way, their goal stayed constant: to magnify all normal and healthy physiologic pathways and processes, with the goal of evolving a more robust and complex neural network and regulatory system functioning.

The end result was 42 different ingredients split into 7 different categories, and below you will find a full list of Qualia’s ingredients and categories. You can click here for very intense, nitty-gritty details about why they included these specific compounds in this stack and to read more of the research behind the formulation.

Category 1: Nootropic Compounds.

These are psychoactive and neuroactive chemicals that play key roles in modulating receptor sites, synaptic enzymes, membrane structures, cerebral perfusion, biogenic processes, neuroendocrine regulation and more.

Noopept (very similar to Racetam)
Huperzine A
Phenylethylamine
Uridine Monophosphate
Phosphatidylserine
Hordenine HCI
Vinpocetine
Theobromine
DHEA
Pure Energy (Pterostilbene bound to Caffeine)

Category 2: Choline Donors.

These are active forms of choline donors that work through different pathways in the peripheral and central nervous system to support acetylcholine levels, along with the other synergistically stacked cholinergics (acetyl donors, acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, racetamic compounds, etc.)

Centrophenoxine
Citicoline (CDP Choline)
Alpha GPC

Category 3: Amino Acids

These are the building blocks for key neurotransmitters and hormones, and agents that are part of the processes of cellular energy production, osmoregulation, signaling, antioxidation, neurogenesis, and neuroprotection.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine
N-Acetyl Tyrosine
DL-Phenylalanine
Taurine
L-Theanine

Category 4: Neuro-Vitamins

These are key limiting factor vitamins in specific activated forms required for major neuroregulatory and neurodevelopmental processes.

Vit B1 as Benfotiamine
Vit B3 as Niacinamide
Vit B5 as Calcium Pantothenate
Vit B6 as Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P)
Vit B12 as Methylcobalamin
Vit C as Ascorbic Acid
Vit D3 as Microencapsulated Cholecalciferol

Category 5: Adaptogen Extracts

These herbal adaptogens are concentrating active compounds while maintaining complex synergistic co-factors – supporting Adrenal/ HPA regulation, Long Term Potentiation, AMPK activation, neurogenesis, catecholamine production, tissue regeneration, and many regulatory functions.

Bacopa Monnieri: 55% Bacosides
Mucuna Pruriens: 98% L-Dopa
Ginkgo Biloba: 24% glycosides, 6% terpene lactones
Coleus Forskohlii: 20% Forskolin
Artichoke Extract: 5% Cynarin
Rhodiola Rosea: 3% Rosavins, 1% Salidrosides
Lion’s Mane: 30% polysaccharides
ActivAMP Gynostemma

Category 6: Neuro-Minerals

These are limiting factor minerals required for major neurochemical regulatory processes in forms that are bioavailable and can cross the blood brain barrier.

Lithium Orotate
Magnesium Threonate
Zinc Picolinate

Category 7: Neuro-Anti-inflammatories and Antioxidants

These are synergist compounds that support nutrient transport and utilization, cytokine and eicosanoid modulation, neurotrophin factors, redox reactions, cholesterol regulation, and much more.

BioPQQ
Quercetin
Curcumin
Algal DHA
Green Tea Extract: 98% polyphenols, 45% EGCG
Bioperine

Whew.

And lest you think these raw ingredients are sourced from out-dated, giant wooden bins in China where they're getting sprayed with ethylene oxide and other preservatives, then take heart.

These folks are using, for lack of a better phrase, high quality s&*t.

For example, all the Qualia ingredients are chosen based on the strong empirical basis of their safety and efficacy. They take into account several kinds of research: Phase II & III university and clinical trials, quantified self-research data, and over 40+ years international research on nootropic stack formulation.

All the ingredients are tested for heavy metals, mycotoxins, pesticides, and other forms of environmental toxin, and ensured to be at levels far lower than FDA GMPs requirements. No silica, magnesium stearate, animal, or toxic binders or fillers are used.

They use only high quality raw ingredients, many of which come from patented sources and are considered “best in class” in the supplements industry. (e.g. BioPerine piperine, pTeroPure pterostilbene, etc.)

They concentrate each ingredient to the highest potency and bioavailability currently commercially possible, and all their herbs and botanicals are standardized for potency and purity of active ingredients. Every single ingredient that Neurohacker Collective uses arrives from a supplier with a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) ensuring its purity and potency. Then they go a step further and batch test every ingredient coming in by using the most chromatography and spectrometry and the same spendy kind of lab analysis techniques I talked about in this behind-the-scenes supplement interview with the lead physician at Thorne, including, in addition to batch testing raw materials coming in, pulling bottles of market-ready product and verifying the formulation inside each capsule.

All their nutraceuticals are in the most biologically active form for the purpose intended (i.e. methylated, acetylated, phosphorylated, L-form, D-form, etc). The form of the nutrient makes orders of magnitude difference to its effectiveness (that's why the $30,000 bottle of ketones I chugged in a recent Snapchat video beats the pants off other forms of ketone salts – because it's in a certain molecular configuration I talk about here).

In addition to Neurohacker Collective‘s manufacturing lab, they also have a research & development lab where they produce and test dozens of iterations of their nootropic formulations. They have had over 2 years of internal testing demonstrating safety and efficacy, and have consulted dozens of doctors, researchers, and formulators in the development of Qualia.

Yes, it's vegan.

And gluten-free, lest you not want bread with your smart drugs.

Non-GMO? Check.

No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners.

Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) vegetarian capsules. Fancy word for fiber, basically.

And here, in all its glory, is what Step One and Step Two actually look like, should you be concerned about branding and aesthetics and color.

Limitless” or “Lucy“) you probably have a sense of what may one day be possible, at least if you your friend gives you a secret drug while you're facing unemployment and a girlfriend's rejection, or you're being captured by Japanese terrorists. Qualia isn’t quite like what you see in these thrilling movies, but it’s the closest thing to a “magic pill” movie experience that’s out there. Which is especially impressive considering that it is legal. And readily purchaseable.

A God pill?

Mmm…that's a bit too potentially blasphemous and offensive for me to continue to label it as such.

But a “magic” pill?

I'll take it.

And now you can too.

If you want to play it safe and just try a month's supply, which is a single bottle of Step One and a single bottle of Step Two, then just click here and use 15% discount code ben15.

If you're all in and ready to spring for a monthly subscription (which can be cancelled at any time) click here and use 15% discount code BEN15r (“r” as in “repeating” – and that code will only work for a repeating order which, by the way, is already discounted 20%. So you're getting a pretty slammin' deal).

Finally, should you be a soccer mom or college student or bartender scratching your head about whether this is something that no folks other than professional athletes or hard-charging CEO's or insane biohackers would ever take, then please know that Qualia is not just some “natural” Modafinil or Adderall alternative for fringe rich people or self-quantifying guinea pigs. Scientists, artists, creators, entrepreneurs, activists, parents, and students of every kind are now using this stuff. Qualia is designed for anyone who wants to do meaningful things with their life, have deep and profound experiences, and fully optimize their capability towards those goals, even if it means lucid dreaming, late night sex sessions, and achieving zero e-mails in your inbox at an unfair rate of speed.

Anyways, if you have questions, thoughts or feedback about Qualia, about the concept of “neurohacking” in general, about nootropics, smart drugs, or anything else related to enhancing cognitive performance via nutrition, then leave your comments below and I will reply!

You can also click here to listen to my podcast with Qualia creator Daniel Schmachtenberger, and again, if you want to get your hands on this stuff now, just use code “BEN15” at the Neurohacker Collective website for a single order or code “BEN15r” for any recurring order.  And as that dude in the beginning of this story told me, enjoy the experience. ;)

5 Recent Health Discoveries From Near & Far: Is Fermented Cod Liver Oil Is A Scam? The Finnish Super Smoothie, Kettlebell Walks, Infrared Brain Therapy & Fascial Reboots.

I'm constantly tweaking, guinea-pigging, experimenting with, quantifying and designing new biohacks, tips, tricks, tools and toys that can make your life better.

But honestly, I only get a chance to talk about perhaps 25% of what I actually mess around with and discover in my constant quest to learn techniques for a better body, brain and spirit.

So in today's short and sweet article, I'm going to give you the skinny on five recent health discoveries from near and far, including the fermented cod liver oil scam, a Finnish super smoothie, kettlebell walks, infrared brain therapy and how to reboot your fascia. If you like these kind of quick tips, let me know in the comments section below and I'll keep 'em coming!


The Finnish Super-Smoothie

Remember Veli-Jussi Jalkanen, known by his nickname “Vessi”? I interviewed this eccentric Finnish businessman, biohacker and health advocate in the episode “An Anti-Aging Chat With A 65-Year-Old Finnish Businessman Who Plays Tennis Left & Right Handed, Defies Modern “Unhealthy” Clothing Fashion & Invented The Most Unique Chair In The World.

I'm always fascinated by the personal habits and daily protocols of healthy old people like Vessi, so much so that tomorrow I will be flying to the Finland Biohackers' Summit and tacking on a two day trip to Vessi's farm near Helsinki. Anyways, I was overjoyed when he e-mailed me after our podcast with three detailed spreadsheets that spelled out his entire daily protocol for his “Super Smoothie”, his extensive record-keeping of every herb and spice he's experimented with, and his detailed supplement protocol. Now the files are yours for free download. Enjoy.

-Vessi's full “Super Smoothie” recipe: click here to download full recipe in Excel format. My favorite part of this is his footnote (read all his entertaining footnotes, by the way) which reads: “…most noticeable impact is that your intestyne starts to empthy itself 2-3 times a day which is very sound. The peristaltic motion shall activate. You also get huge amounts of nutrients…”

-Vessi's extremely detailed spices and herb effects chart: click here to download. Pay close attention to the ones he has marked “S”, which means “Strong Effect”.

-Vessi's full supplement routine with detailed notes: click here to download. From his daily protocol for everything from parasites to psychopharmacology, it's all there. I find it quite interesting that most of the very robust, long-living, anti-aging enthusiasts who I know, from Mark Sisson to Laird Hamilton to Dave Asprey, take copious amounts of supplements each day, and one could argue our healthy ancestors, in the absence of encapsulation and tablet technologies, did the same thing, albeit from teas, oils, tinctures, powders and extracts.

A huge thanks to Vessi for supplying us with these. Vessi was also a significant contributor and source of knowledge for the Biohackers' Handbook on Nutrition, so if you like these tips, then go read my review of that groundbreaking book at “21 Unfamiliar Nutrition Tricks I Discovered In The Biohackers’ Handbook.


Kettlebell Walk

This is a new invention of mine, sparked by an evening on which I was stressed from a long day of work, hadn't yet done a workout, and, wanting a dose of fresh air, didn't really feel like an indoor workout at a gym.

So I shouted at my wife that I was going to head out for a walk, and on my way out the door, I noticed the kettlebell sitting by the garage door.

Then I thought, “What the heck?”, and I grabbed the 1 pood (~36 pound) kettlebell – with a plan to warm-up for my walk with a few kettlebell swings, carry the kettlebell for the first few minutes of my walk and then set it down at the end of the driveway.

An hour later, I found myself dripping in sweat with very activated glutes, an exhausted core, and bulging veins on both arms from an intensive grip workout. So what exactly did I do on my “kettlebell walk”?

-Walk 100 steps with the kettlebell in the right hand.

-Walk 100 steps with the kettlebell in the left hand.

Stop and do 30 kettlebell swings.

-Walk 100 steps with the kettlebell held to your chest.

-Stop and do 30 kettlebell rows for each arm.

-Walk 100 steps with the kettlebell held overhead.

-Stop and do 30 kettlebell squats.

-Repeat this sequence for entire length of walk (I recommend shooting for 60 minutes).

Finally, follow this simple rule: never, never, ever set the kettlebell down. No matter what. Your neighbors are going to give you funny looks, but screw 'em – try this workout out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

If you want crazy, one-of-a-kind kettlebell carved with images of things like zombies and chimps, I'd recommend you grab akettlebell or two using my Onnit discount code, which gives you 5% off of any piece of fitness gear. Just click here and the discount will automatically apply.


Full Head Infrared Therapy

Last week, I released the podcast “Probiotic Enemas, Digestive Enzyme Myths, Breathing 10 Kilograms of Oxygen, Low-Protein Diets & More!“. During that episode, my crazy smart guest Matt Gallant made me feel like a complete slacker when he informed me that intranasal light therapy I've been using to shut down inflammation in neural tissue and to stimulate my brain into alpha-brain wave production was inferior.

It's such a first world problem to find out that the light you've been sticking up your nose is indeed not the ultimate brain biohack. Instead, Matt described to me the “Vielight Neuro”, which is a transcranial-intranasal near infrared (NIR) headset, engineered for domestic use. It delivers a hefty dose of intranasal light therapy along with transcranial photobiomodulation for whole-brain stimulation and targeting of the brain's “Default Mode Network (DMN)”, which translates to better sleep, more relaxation, more focused brain wave production and according to the podcast I recorded with the inventor (How To Use Low Level Light Therapy and Intranasal Light Therapy For Athletic Performance, Cognitive Enhancement & More.) significantly reduced risk of cognitive issues like Alzheimer's and dementia.

So (no surprise here, and please don't tell my wife), I ponied up the one-thousand-dollar-plus investment and bought one. I've been experimenting with it for focus by using it in the morning for 20 minutes, and also experimenting with it for sleep by using it in the evening for 20 minutes (not on the same day, because excessive stimulation of mitochondria with infrared light can cause too much free radical production).

Holy moly. The thing works. I'll admit it's a spendy biohack but in my opinion, if you want your brain to keep up with your body for the long haul, or just want memory and verbal fluency that makes you as sharp as a tack, it's well worth it. And if you're wearing a white lab coat sitting in your mom's basement stroking your neck beard and curious about the biochemistry behind this, here, in all it's glory, is the explanation from researcher Lew Lim at Vielight:

“The current widely accepted proposal is that low level visible red to near infrared light energy is absorbed by mitochondria and converted into ATP for cellular use. In addition, the process creates mild oxidants (ROS) that leads to gene transcription and then to cellular repair and healing. The process also unclogs the chain that has been clogged by nitric oxide (NO).[1] The nitric oxide is then released back into the system. Nitric oxide is a molecule that our body produces to help its 50 trillion cells communicate with each other by transmitting signals throughout the entire body. Additionally, nitric oxide helps to dilate the blood vessels and improve blood circulation…

Near-infrared light stimulates mitochondrial respiration in neurons by donating photons that are absorbed by cytochrome oxidase, a bioenergetics process called photoneuromodulation in nervous tissue.[5]The absorption of luminous energy by the enzyme results in increased brain cytochrome oxidase enzymatic activity and oxygen consumption. Since the enzymatic reaction catalyzed by cytochrome oxidase is the reduction of oxygen to water, acceleration of cytochrome oxidase catalytic activity directly causes an increase in cellular oxygen consumption. [6]Increased oxygen consumption by nerve cells is coupled to oxidative phosphorylation, ATP production increases as a consequence of the metabolic action of near-infrared light. This type of luminous energy can enter brain mitochondria transcranially, and—independently of the electrons derived from food substrates—it can directly photostimulate cytochrome oxidase activity…

…[1] – “Biphasic Dose Response in Low Level Light Therapy”; Sulbha K. Sharma (PhD), Ying-Ying Huang (MD), James Carroll, Michael R. Hamblin (PhD)

[2, 3, 4] – “Is light-emitting diode phototherapy (LED-LLLT) really effective?”; Won-Serk Kim (PhD, MD), R Glen Calderhead (PhD)

[5, 6, 7] – “Augmentation of cognitive brain functions with transcranial infrared light”; Francisco Gonzalez-Lima (PhD), Douglas W Barrett (MD)

So…basically it's like Viagra for your brain.

You can check the Neuro out at Vielight and I've negotiated a 10% discount code for you: “GREENFIELD”. And yes, you will get even more strange looks from your neighbors.


Fascial Rebooting

I recently had a young man fly all the way from Alabama to Washington state, knock on my front door, and train me for a solid eight hours in a special form of myofascial release called “ELDOA”. His name is not-yet-to-be-released – as he's one of those brilliant practitioners who flies under the radar – but I'm trying to wrangle him down for a podcast that I promise to release soon.

In the meantime, I must admit that this was one of the best (and most difficult) forms of stretching I've ever found. You can learn more and find an instructor (recommended to take a course) at ELDOAMethod.com, but in a nutshell, doing just a few minutes of these stretches each day is one of the best ways to eliminate low back pain, heal the spine, hydrate tissue and joints, and get a full body myofascial stretch.

But don't have to hire a private instructor.  Just watch the videos below, which my instructor informed me was the “80/20” (the 20% of ELDOA that will yield 80% of the results) and then find a time every day to hold each of the following stretches for sixty seconds to 120 seconds. Hold each stretch as hard as you can with as extreme an attention to form and deep breathing as possible.

ELDOA T6-T7 video

ELDOA T8-T9 video

ELDOA L5-S1 video

The videos above are ones that I simply found via YouTube searches and I don't necessarily endorse the perfection of the instructors, but they give you a very, very good idea of the basic moves.

You do not need to do these all at once, and can break them up throughout day, but I guarantee that if you learn these and make them a daily “movement snack”, you're going to feel about two inches taller, and any back or joint pain will significantly diminish. They're especially effective after car rides, airplane trips, meetings or any other situation in which you've been sitting for extended periods of time.


Is Fermented Cod Liver Oil A Scam?

In last week's podcast, in response to a listener question about whether kids should use nootropics or smart drugs, I mentioned that one supplement my twin eight year old boys take on a nightly basis is Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil. And I am currently at the Weston A. Price conference, where fermented cod liver oil is getting handed out like candy (and where I shot the featured image for this blog post). But after releasing that podcast, I received a notice from my friend Dr. Mercola informing me about a shocking expose of cod liver oil authored by “Naughty Nutritionist” Kaalya Daniels and entitled “Hook, Line & Stinker: The Truth About Cod Liver Oil“. Here's an anecdote from the report:

“Lab tests indicate the Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil is rancid; putrid; low in the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K; apparently diluted with a trans-fat containing vegetable oil — and not even from cod. We have reliable reports that the X-Factor Gold Butter Oil comes from Argentina, not the Great Plains, and it tests rancid as well. And contrary to Green Pasture’s advertising, Dr. Weston A. Price’s own words make it clear that these are not products he would ever have endorsed.”

Yikes.

Anyways, you can click here to download and read the full, free .pdf report, but suffice it to say, I have decided that until I see concrete evidence proving that fermented cod liver oil is indeed safe, I am going to play it prudent and put a pause on feeding fermented cod liver oil to my kids. As a replacement, I'm shifting to organic, grass-fed ghee, which costs substantially less, but is just as high (or higher) in fat soluble vitamins, without these potential concerns associated with fermented cod liver oil.*

As far as ghee goes, I'm honestly not to picky on ghee brands, but here are a few of the better organic options from Amazon (or if you have a membership to Thrive Market, you can find really good, organic stuff for up to 50% off).

*After writing this statement, I had dinner with Chris Masterjohn, who informed me he wrote this extensive blog post addressing the fermented cod liver oil concern. The following morning, I had brunch with Sally Fallon, who informed me of this nuclear magnetic resonance testing and an extensive rebuttal regarding fermented cod liver oil.

This all happened over the weekend. Egads. Now I'm confused. Ah…first world problems.

So, currently, I am still planning to err on the safe side and don't plan on fermented cod liver oil retaining a hallowed place in my refrigerator until I have done pre-and-post blood and biomarker testing on myself after supplementing with it for one to two months. I'll particularly look at my lipid panel, cholesterol particles, inflammatory markers, glucose, insulin and omega fatty-acid ratios. So stay tuned.


Summary

So that's it.

Short and sweet, I know, but if you dig these type of quick reviews, just let me know in the comments section below and I'll keep publishing them!

And leave your questions, comments and feedback about cod liver oil, kettlebell walks, Finnish super smoothies, infrared brain therapy, and fascial reboots below, and I promise to reply.

Probiotic Enemas, Digestive Enzyme Myths, Breathing 10 Kilograms of Oxygen, Low-Protein Diets & More!

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Matt Gallant is an entrepreneur, a poker champion, an ex-rock guitarist, a strength and conditioning coach with a degree in kinesiology, the CEO of a company called BiOptimizers, and a guy who send me e-mails like this:

Subject line: probiotic enema

Break open a handful of capsules and ferment in coconut water…reaches peak power around 4-5 hours of fermentation. However you live in a cooler climate so it might take longer. You can drink it, and if it's still sweet then you can go longer. When it starts to become a bit acidic, that's when it is at it's peak. For enema, retention time should be 15-20 minutes. I like doing the Batman enema. I'll go upside down with the Om Swing so it really works it's way down. I tend to do this after two days of fasting so it really takes care of old bad bacteria…”

As you can imagine, this dude thinks outside the box when it comes to nutrition and health.

He is also joined on today's podcast by , a natural bodybuilder, vegetarian and low-protein diet advocate. Wade is a 3-time All Natural Bodybuilding Champion, advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute, director of Education at BiOptimizers Nutrition and a vegetarian for over 13 years. He is also the author of several books including the best-selling books “Staying Alive in a Toxic World”.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The reason Matt does probiotic and digestive enzyme enemas…[9:25]

-The full-head laser light therapy treatment Matt does on his body each morning…[14:40]

-What you need to look for if you are going to use an ionizing water plate to alkalinize your water…[16:30]

-The method Wade uses to breathe in 10 kilograms of oxygen each morning…[22:20]

-Why Wade consumes Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's) each morning…[25:15]

-How Wade maintains and builds muscle on a low-protein, vegetarian diet…[32:40]

-Why can't your body just digest food all on it's own without an enzyme…[37:00]

-The 13 different types of digestive enzymes, and how to know when you should take which…[45:20]

-A muscle-building hack you can use by breaking open digestive enzymes and probiotics and adding them to a shake or smoothie…[50:20]

-Why BiOptimizers only has one single strain in their probiotic formula…[53:50]

-What happens if you take digestive enzymes on an empty stomach…[57:50]

-How to use digestive enzymes combined with salt as a potent meat tenderizer…[63:25]

-The groundbreaking enzyme study that showed hematoma recovery to go from 15.6 days to 6.6 days, swelling from 10 days to 4 days, restriction of movement from 12.6 days to 5 days, inflammation from 10.5 days to 3.8 days and unfit for training status from 10.2 days to 4.2 days…[64:45]

-The biggest mistakes most people make when using digestive enzymes…[68:00]

-Whether you should take digestive enzymes before, during or after a meal…[71:55]

-Matt's step-by-step protocol for giving yourself a highly effective probiotic enema…[74:15]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

Bioptimizers website where you can find Matt and Wade's probiotic and MassZymes P3-OM digestive enzyme blends <–click for discount

Crik Nurtition ( code BEN for 15% off first purchase)

OmSwing Yoga swing

The Power Of When podcast about Wolves, Dolphins, Lions and Bears

Vielight Neuro (10% discount code is “GREENFIELD”)

Kangen water machine for alkanizing and structuring water

-Website with study: “Double-Blind Clinical Study Using Certain Proteolytic Enzymes Mixtures In Karate Fighters

-Website with study: “Therapy Of Ankles Join Distortions With Hydrolytic Enzymes; Results Of Double-Blind Clinical Trials

Traumatic Injury In Athletes paper

-Website with study: Enzyme Therapy And Sports Injuries

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Matt or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Four Healthy Coffee Alternatives For Workout Energy.

It's that time of week again – the day when I give you a sneak peek at practical, quick and dirty fitness tips from this week's Get-Fit Guy article.

See, each week, over at the Quick & Dirty Tips Network, I produce a free, easy-to-read article, accompanied by a short 5-10 minute audio version of that article. Everything there is focused on the latest fitness research, exercise news, and quick and highly practical muscle gain, fat loss and physical performance tips. It’s called “The Get-Fit Guy’s Quick & Dirty Tips To Slim Down & Shape Up”.

Here's your sneak peek from this week's article, Four Healthy Coffee Alternatives For Workout Energy.

“It’s no secret that I’m mildly obsessed with my morning cup of coffee. From fretting over the coarseness of the grind, to dialing in the absolutely perfect water temperature to using stainless steel filters, pourover method and, of course, my very lucky, customized “Man In The Arena” Theodore Roosevelt coffee mug, there’s just something I can’t resist about a piping hot morning cup of flavorful joe.

But when it comes to my pre-workout supplementation strategy, things get a bit different. I’m really not a fan of dumping a host of sympathetic nervous system, “fight-and-flight” triggering compounds – including caffeine – into my body before I go pound the pavement or hit the gym. Why? I just don’t like the jittery, “fake energy”, overstimulated feeling I get from using central nervous system stimulants pre-workout, and would rather not mask fatigue, push through an overtrained body when I’m tired and should perhaps instead be taking a nap or doing yoga, or just overstimulate my adrenal glands with excessive caffeine…”

Want to take a deeper dive? Read the whole article? Grab the audio version? Click here to go check it out now or bookmark for later.

Finally, if you have your own ideas for future fitness articles you'd like to see me write, leave your ideas in the comments section below.

How To Use Growth Hormone Stacks For A Better Body: Everything You Need To Know About IGF-LR3, GHRP, and GHRH Peptide Stacks.

How To Use Growth Hormone Stacks

“Every man desires to live long,” wrote Jonathan Swift, “but no man would be old.”

What exactly does this mean?

It means that one potent and innate human desire is to live a long time. And I don't know about you, but I don't just want to live a long and full life – I also want to feel really dang good doing it, especially when I'm old. I don't want to be cold, hungry, feeble, frail and fragile. I'd rather be like the impressive, muscular, vibrant seniors I talk about in my article “5 Anti-Aging Secrets From Five Of The Fittest Old People On The Face Of The Planet”.

Yeah, I want to be the ripped ninety year old sprinting down the golf course, loaded down with clubs, basking in the sunshine with a huge smile on my face…

…and hurrying to finish my game so I can get home to pump iron and make love to my wife.

There, I said it.

This is why, a few weeks ago, I published the article “Should You Use This Controversial Hormone Marketed As A Natural “Fountain Of Youth”?” in which I explained how natural compounds such as colostrum, whey protein and the milk of mammals such as cows and goats and camels can be safe and efficacious way to get all the anti-aging, anabolic, recovery, sleep-enhancing, muscle repair and fat loss benefits of elevated growth hormone and elevated insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) levels. Or, you could be like the world's oldest woman at 116 years old and just eat eggs and cookies every day.

But since publishing that Fountain Of Youth post last week, I've received many, many inquiries from athletes, anti-aging enthusiasts and biohackers who, despite being aware of these”natural” methods such as colostrum, whey and milk, are still extremely interested in the concept of biohacking growth hormone levels and the subsequent anti-aging effect via “better-living-through-science” methods such as injections, stacks and supplements.

And so, in today's article, I'm going to give you everything you need to know about how to use what is probably the most potent of these methods: IGF injections. I'll also fill you in on two types of compounds that should accompany any IGF injections – Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide (GHRP) and Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone (GHRH).

I am not a doctor and this is not to be taken, interpreted or construed as medical advice. Please talk with a licensed medical professional about this. These are just my own personal thoughts and not a prescription or a diagnosis or any form of health care whatsoever. In addition, most of this stuff is banned by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA), US Anti-Doping Association (USADA) and other international governing bodies of sport, so you should not use any of these compounds if you are competing in any sanctioned sport.

Cool? Alright, let's do this.


Why Take Growth Hormone?

In my previous article on growth hormones and IGF, I delved into the nitty-gritty of what exactly growth hormone and IGF are, and why you'd want to elevate them (in moderation) in the first place. The fact is, the amount of growth hormone that your body produces naturally declines as you age and the amount of growth hormone that you need increases based on your level of activity and how much recovery you need and how much you are beating your body up on a day-to-day basis.

Inadequate growth hormone – especially when combined with aging and physical activity – results in muscle loss, decreased elasticity, joint pain, fat gain, decreased stamina and all the other annoying variables we often associate growing old. This is probably why, as people are living longer, wanting to get bigger, stronger, sexier and faster with age, and wanting to stay active and robust much later in life, there is a growing interest in using “better living through science”, including supplementation and injections, to maximize growth hormone levels.

Bodybuilders are a perfect example of a population that – through self-experimentation and guinea-pigging, exchanging practical experiences in threads upon threads of deep “broscience” conversation in forums, and displaying an extreme willingness to push the limits – have learned how to tweak, how to pulse and how to increase growth hormone levels. This is partially because they have to maximize every last drop of training and recovery, day in and day out, and also because they are complete, geeked-out devotees of topics like how to build muscle, lose fat, and shape a physique that (whether or not you think a bodybuilder's body is an “attractive” physique) speaks volumes to their ability to be able to mold the human machine beyond what most folks are able to achieve, and more specifically to be able to intelligently use synthetic hormones and derivatives that help increase muscle recovery, repair joint damage, rejuvenate collagen production, and aid in cellular repair.

Three specific growth hormones that the bodybuilding world was one of the first to tap into, and that are now being explored by the anti-aging, athlete and biohacking communities, are the peptide compounds IGF-LR3, GHRP, and GHRH. Let's delve into what exactly these peptides are and how they can work together to push you past that plateau and into peak shape. If you need a review of what a peptide is, then I'd highly recommend you read my previous articles “How To Use BPC-1f57” and “How To Use TB-500“.

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What is IGF-LR3?

IGF-LR3 is short for “Insulin-like Growth Factor – 1 Long Arg3”.  IGF-LR3 is just a protein, and more specifically a polypeptide hormone that, since it contains some of the same molecular structure as insulin, closely mimics the anabolic effects of insulin. It contains a sequence of 83 amino acids, and the arg3 in the name refers to arginine being in the third position in this amino acid sequence. Should you be curious as to what the amino acid sequence is of IGF-LR3, it is: MFPAMPLSSL FVNGPRTLCG AELVDALQFV CGDRGFYFNK PTGYGSSSRR APQTGIVDEC CFRSCDLRRL EMYCAPLKPA KSA (I really don’t know why anyone would care about that, but nonetheless, there it is, in all it’s glory for you peptide freaks).

IGF-LR3 responds to signals from growth hormone (GH), and it is the most potent growth factors in the human body, which is probably why it is often referred to in the bodybuilding community as an “anabolic powerhouse”. In other words, this is the stuff that helps you to maintain lean tissue and helps your muscles grow by causing the splitting and forming of new muscle cells (hyperplasia).

While the most well-known property of IGF-LR3 is this muscle maintenance and building effect that helps many folks look better than their built-in genetics intended, there are several other benefits of IGF-LR3, including:

Bodybuilders first started using this stuff when they found themselves spending hours in the gym each week, eating plain chicken piled on broccoli (with no salad dressing of course), only to find themselves unable to get that extra little bit of fat loss or muscle gain. In other words, IGF-LR3 was originally used as a way to break through a fat loss or muscle gain plateau, with the idea that one could spend weeks at the same weight and fitness level without the use of exogenous IGF-LR3 supplementation, but if a cycle of IGF-LR3 was added, the body suddenly gets sparked into anabolic action again.

From a muscle gain or fat loss standpoint, it's really only the top small percentage of seriously competitive bodybuilders and highly competitive athletes who would get any additional gains from adding IGF-LR3.  So it’s probably not necessary for the weekend warriors, the overweight post-New Year’s gym enthusiasts, or the average athlete – unless they are looking for a fast shortcut.

In this case, IGF-LR3 is going to help you get past your physical limitations, but this synthetic protein can have some serious side effects when not used properly, including intestinal, heart, and spleen growth.  Very advanced bodybuilders are meticulous and know what they are doing and are able to minimize or eliminate any negative effects by using the strategies you're going to discover in the rest of this article.

So what I’m saying to you is – while the potentially negative risks are minimal when you use the stuff properly and include the type of GHRP's and GHRH's you're about to discover – the risks of simply injecting IGF willy-nilly are very, very real and you don’t want to pretend they don’t exist or just inject random compounds without using proper stacking and combination methods with GHRP and GHRH.

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What Are GHRP's?

As you've just learned, you can't just use IGF all by its lonesome self. To get the most benefit out of IGF, or any other Growth Hormone precursor, you must be familiar with GHRH's and GHRP's.

This is because when you combine these compounds with a peptide like IGF, they cause and amplify a natural pulse of Growth Hormone (GH) from your body. In a nutshell, GHRP's release a pulse of GH, and then the GHRH's release and amplify this pulse. Combining both GHRP and GHRH together, along with a peptide like IGF, can give more than double the effect of either alone. They pack a potent one-two punch when you take them together in a peptide stack. Using both together, and in a cycle with IGF-LR3, stimulates the most growth hormone production and maximizes muscles gains, fat loss, recovery and the other benefits of using peptides like this.

GHRP is short for “Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide”, and is a chemical class of growth hormones in the category of drugs known as GH Secretagogues that stimulate the body's natural release of the natural growth hormone (GH), primarily by stimulating the pituitary gland to produce more Growth Hormone. GHRP's are (as their name obviously implies) peptides, specifically synthetic oligopeptides. There are many peptides in the GHRP family but the four most common are GHRP-6, GHRP-2, Ipamorelin, and Hexarelin – and these are the only ones I'm going to mention in this article, so let’s get to it.

All four of these GHRP's share these common benefits:

GHRP-6 is one of the first GHRP's synthesized, and is widely considered to be the most effective of the growth hormone releasing peptides.  There's some controversy about that as some people prefer or report superior results with GHRP-2, which is often referred to as the “second generation” version of GHRP's, but the choice between GHRP-6 and GHRP-2 really depends on the outcome you are looking for. You’re going to see benefits from either one.

For example, compared to GHRP-2, GHRP-6 tends to cause a huge increase in hunger. So if you are trying to gain lean mass and muscle, stay very anabolic or are struggling to eat enough food to meet high calorie intake needs based on activity levels, then it make senses to go with GHRP-6. On the flipside, if caloric restriction and rapid fat loss are your goals, then GHRP-2 is going to be a superior choice compared to GHRP-6. GHRP-2 does indeed cause far less appetite stimulation, so it can be a more beneficial choice for someone trying to keep lean and keep their eating in check. If you tend to overeat and struggle with a little excess fat around your middle for example, go with the GHRP-2 instead of GHRP-6. GHRP-2 is often considered superior to GHRP-6 because it can be dosed in higher amounts with less desensitization. Both GHRP-2 and GHRP-6 tend to cause fluctuations in the body's natural production of prolactin and cortisol, which can also be concerning from a hormonal standpoint.

Ipamorelin (IPA) is also a synthetic peptide product that tends to be used solely for growth hormone (GH) release.  It can be dosed higher than GHRP-6 or GHRP-2, it has no effect on appetite nor on prolactin or cortisol, and is, in my opinion, the safest of the GHRP's.

Finally, Hexarelin is the most potent of the GHRP's, and is used to significantly bump GH release when combined with IGF.  While it's less desirable for long term use as it has a high rate of desensitization, resulting long-term in a need for higher and higher amounts, it can be paired in lower doses with the other GHRP's for more gains. If you’re doing a short cycle of peptides and GHRP's, you can give Hexarelin a try – but I'd stay away from long term use.

When used in excessive quantities or excessive frequencies, or stacked incorrectly with the other compounds you'll learn about in this article, all GHRP's also share a few common negative side effects: specifically water retention, excessive sleepiness, tightness or carpel tunnel-like symptoms in the wrist/hand, numbness and tingling in the extremities, and a decrease in insulin sensitivity.

This is why GHRP-6 should be administered on an empty stomach (no food should be consumed for 15-20 minutes post-injection if maximum GH release is desired. In addition when using GHRP-6 for GH release, the average dosing range is between 100-150 mcg per injection and dosing frequency is between 1-4X per day. In order to get maximal elevations in GH, GHRP-6 should be combined with a GHRH, which you'll learn more about shortly.

Ultimately, to maximize the effects of IGF, you should accompany any IGF use with a GHRP, and from what I've personally researched, the GHRP Ipamorelin appears to be the safest and most efficacious. Like the other GHRP's, its primary function is to stimulate your pituitary gland to produce more growth hormone, and also like the other GHRPs, it has a two-fold mechanism of action, meaning that it causes an increase in GH through amplifying the natural growth hormone releasing hormone signal pathway, and also by suppressing the actions of somatostatin, which can lower growth hormone as you sleep.

Compared to IpamorelinGHRP-6 is inferior in that it activates a wider array of potentially undesirable effects beyond GH release, such as intense hunger and gastric motility, as well as inducing a mild effect on cortisol and prolactin. GHRP-2 is slightly less “sloppy” with a more intense GH release, and with less gastric motility and less hunger effect. Hexarelin gives a higher GH pulse, but induces some gastric motility and produces almost zero issues with hunger, although it requires a lot of cycling to avoid desensitization to it's effects.

Ipamorelin is the best choice. Sure: it doesn't release as much GH as the others, but it causes virtually no hunger or gastric motility, does not effect cortisol or prolactin and seems to be the safest choice (although it is the most spendy of the options).

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What Are GHRH's?

GHRH stands for “Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone”, which admittedly seems like a mouthful of double talk, and in a way, it is. It's literally a hormone (an amino acid peptide produced in the hypothalamus) that causes the release of another hormone. GHRH also stimulates any GHRP to increase the release of GH, and in addition, seems to have a significant positive effect on cognitive health.

The main form of synthetic GHRH that one would inject along with GH and GHRP is something called Mod GRF 1-29 (sometimes still referred to by its old name as “CJC1295 without DAC”).  The other most common type of GHRH is called “CJC1295Dac”, which I really don't recommend because can only be used for four to five weeks at a time if you want to avoid permanent damage to your pituitary gland.  In almost all instances, Mod GRF 1-29 should be used in favor over CJC1295Dac.

In a nutshell, the main reason to use this a GHRH in conjunction with GHRP and GH is to cause an even greater increase in GH than you'd get if you used GH by itself, and also to minimize the negative side effects of using GH by itself. Remember what you learned earlier: GHRP's release a pulse of GH, and then the GHRH's release and amplify this pulse.

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How to Stack & Dose The Ultimate Growth Hormone Peptide Stack: IGF-LR3, GHRH & GHRP

OK, so now that you know all about GH, GHRP and GHRH, let's delve into exactly how you would “stack” these compounds. The best results from any peptides, especially those designed for growth hormone and taken to improve anabolism, fat loss, physique or overall health, are to combine specific combinations of peptides all at the same time. Sure, you would get some improvement by using one peptide at a time, but stacking these things is really where it’s at when it comes to experiencing significant gains in a short period of time.

One of the most popular and reportedly efficacious peptide stacks for improving overall body appearance, losing fat, and gaining muscle in away that does not harm the pituitary gland or shut down your own natural production of Growth Hormone is a combination of IGF-1 LR3 (the GH) ,Mod GRF 1-29 (the GHRH), and Ipamorelin (the GHRP).

Here's how it works:

Like any supplement, vitamin, or medication, each peptide has its own unique dosage instructions. Typically, you’ll purchase a month's worth or “cycle's” worth of the peptide in powdered form in a vial, “reconstitute” the peptide substance with the right amount of sterilized or bacteriostatic water, and then administer it via insulin syringe injection. If you have no clue how to reconstitute a powder with sterilized or bacteriostatic water, then simply click here to read my article on BCP-157, in which I spell it out in great detail, and include links to helpful calculators that tell you exactly how much water to use based on the size of the powder vial you have.

When the powdered form of your peptide is reconstituted, it will then be a liquid, and this liquid must be saved in a dark area, undisturbed except for when you are withdrawing some of the solution into the syringe for use, and preferably kept in the refrigerator or freezer in order to maintain the quality and effectiveness long term. Peptides are extremely fragile, and you have to take extra care of them or they just won’t perform the way they’re supposed to. So even if they're in the refrigerator, try to keep them on or near or wrapped in bubble wrap, and in a place where someone won't, say, knock them around while reaching for the milk.

IGF-1 LR3 can be taken every day of the week for about four weeks before your body becomes desensitized to the stuff and it loses its effectiveness. A good starting dose is 50mcg per day, but you can gradually increase this to 150mcg a day if you’re feel fine with none of the side effects listed earlier in this article (and if you do experience excessive tiredness, just do your injections prior to bed). IGF-1 LR3 gets injected directly into the muscle, or can be injected subcutaneously. And don’t be a baby – it only stings for a minute.

Do not take more than 150mcg of IGF-1 LR3 per day for four weeks, as high doses of IGF-1 have been shown to cause some pretty extreme hypoglycemia and blood sugar dysregulation. In some studies, IGF-1 increased tumor size in patients who already had cancer, but IGF-1 regulates the functioning of our heart, nervous system, and brain cells – so it does not seem to be the cause of cancer or contribue to something like tumor growth unless cancer already exists. So if you already have cancer, the results of these studies would lead me to stay away from IGF-1. Otherwise, I'm not concerned.

The next component of the stack is Ipamorelin. This one is most often injected by subcutaneous injection using an insulin syringe. The average dose of Ipamorelin is 200-300mcg, taken at two to three times per day. Most athletes and weightlifters take an Ipamorelin dose about forty minutes before a workout to get the best workout results, as it is going to kick in and help you power through a high-intensity workout such as weight training or high intensity cardio. Although you can also simply use Ipamorelin before bed along with IGF-LR3 and Mod-GRF, if you take it before workouts it will give you exactly what you need to do to push past those pesky plateaus and get the look you’re trying to achieve.

You can take Ipamorelin for twelve week cycles before it becomes ineffective or the risks for side effects increase. If you experience prolactin dysregulation or any signs of estrogen dominance when taking Ipamorelin, you can take aromatase inhibitors such as Aromasin or Letrozole along with an anti-prolactin aid like Cabergoline to reduce prolactin and symptoms from increases in estrogen. This should keep everything in balance so you can continue using Ipamorelin for the twelve week cycle, and will keep you from getting man boobs and excessively weepy during chick flicks. As you can imagine, this gets pretty complicated, this can get pretty complicated, so I recommend taking the lower doses of Ipamorelin and not ever taking it for more than twelve weeks. This is also important because high doses Ipamorelin taken for over twelve weeks can also cause an increase in cortisol.

But don't get too scared. As I mentioned earlier, out of of all of the GHRP options out there, Ipamorelin is the mildest peptide available for targeting growth hormone (GH) release. It’s safer than some of other GHRP options because it doesn’t significantly affect important natural hormone levels such as FSH, TSH, PRL, or LH blood serum plasma levels the way GHRP-2 or GHRP-6 will.

To complete your peptide stack, you'll need a GHRP, and the top peptide I recommend for this is Mod GRF 1-29. The use of a GHRP like this allows you to increase your body’s own production of growth hormone without taking excessive exogenous injected growth hormone. Mod GRF 1-29 is specifically known to help increase fat loss and increase muscle growth, improve the appearance of connective tissue and skin, and help you recover from injuries and workouts more quickly.

It's also important to know that don’t have to cycle your use of Mod GRF 1-29, which means you can match your usage to your cycles of IGF-1 LR3 and GHRH, or you can use Mod GRF 1-29 all on it's own whenever you need to slightly increase growth hormone levels in your body, such as during a mass gain phase or when you are injured. However, to maintain sensitization, if you are going to use Mod GRF 1-29 on an ongoing basis then make sure you are using the lower end of the recommended dose range, or taking the full-strength dosage just once per day right before you go to bed.

Mod GRF 1-29 is typically injected subcutaneously, intravenously, or intramuscularly, and it seems to be efficacious when administered in any of these ways. If you get a little nervous with needles or dislike experiencing too many injections per day or feel like a freaking pincushion, you can simply add multiple peptide solutions from your peptide stack to the same syringe to reduce the number of injections you need to do each day.

To get the maximum effect, you can inject a dose of 100 mcg of Mod GRF three times per day about thirty minutes before a meal (when insulin and blood sugar tends to be lowest), and incorporate it in a cycle along with the other peptides in this article for four to twelve weeks. If you’re simply going to use Mod GRF 1-29 on an ongoing, everyday basis, throughout the year in the absence of the other peptides in this article, then just take 100 mcg once per day, preferably right before you go to bed.

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Summary: How to Naturally Increase Growth Hormone & Where to Buy Peptides

OK, OK, I get it: some people want to get the results without injecting themselves with peptides. Some people can't legally inject peptides. Needles and injections and synthetic hormones don’t sit well with everyone.

This is why, in the past, I’ve provided you with a number of articles about how to naturally increase growth hormone levels, including the most recent article I wrote about natural ways to increase IGF-1, whic includes tips such as including more quality sleep, decreasing alcohol consumption, increasing dairy consumption, using natural supplements such as colostrum and whey protein, sprinting and weight training.

Ultimately, you don't have to sit back and let father time slowly peck away at you. If it's legal, safe and efficacious, I'm a fan of better living through science, and the stack you've just discovered is one of the most potent ways to pull this off. ou'll reduce your risk of many chronic illnesses, enhance your vigor and enjoyment of life, slightly slow the tick of the aging clock and perhaps more importantly, be stronger, sexier and more vigorous as you age.

If you do want to try a peptide stack, then you may be wondering where you’re supposed to get these mysterious substances. You can't just waltz into your local Walgreen's or GNC and buy them, nor can you find them on Amazon. They’re only sold from US suppliers for research purposes.  One of the more safe places to purchase peptides and research chemicals is from Peptides Warehouse, and if you want to know if what you're getting is effective, just take a look at the bottom of the little glass bottle when it gets to you. The powder “puck” should be tight, packed and uniform, not clumped or broken. As you've learned, you still need to be quite careful when you reconstitute the powder, but this doesn't matter if what you're getting isn't synthesized properly or isn't handled carefully during shipping, so choose your source wisely.

Here's the skinny on pricing and quantity:

Ipamorelin: 5mg typically runs about $32. Depending on your frequency of cycling and dosage, that will last you about three to six weeks. So for a full twelve week cycle, get three to four bottles.

Mod GRF 1-29: 2mg runs about $17, and will last for a similar period of time.  I'd recommend three to four bottles.

IGF-1 LR3: 1mg sells for about $66, and will last for a similar period of time. Same as above: three to four bottles.

Click here and use code “BGVIP10” at PeptidesWarehouse to get 10% off any order of any of the above in any quantity.

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