404: Why You Should Eat Your Carbs At Night, Ben’s Top Recovery Tactics, Can You Do Cold Therapy If You’re Sick & Much More!

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Is Earthing Dangerous?…28:06

Ray asks: After your podcast with Clint Ober, I was fascinated with the science and immediately began digging deeper into the topic. I ordered Clint's sleeping mats for me, my wife and two boys, and as you know the mats plug into the ground via a wall outlet. We immediately noticed a huge positive difference when we began sleeping on the mats. Then I started reading and watching videos about dirty electricity dangers when using earthing mats that plug into the ground with the home outlets. They say the long ground wires create loops in our homes and act as antennas which pick up EMF's from everything including our appliances and wifi, and it focuses that EMF on our bodies while we sleep. Is this something you've researched, and if so, is it better to connect the mats using grounding rods?

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Ben's Top Recovery Tactics…38:51

Aaron asks: I'm about a year into jiu-jitsu, and I've noticed a common theme from most of the upper belts. Everyone is always injured. I know that soreness and pulled muscles are inevitable, but I'm talking about more extreme injuries that require some sort of surgery. Can you recommend any recovery and injury prevention tactics that will help me avoid similar injuries?

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Can You Do Cold Therapy If You're Sick?…52:25

Carmen from Germany asks: I want to start cold therapy for health reasons, but also to not always feel as cold as I do right now. I've tried cryotherapy and cold showers, but I've always gotten sick afterwards. I have Hashimoto's disease, and I'm also recovering from adrenal fatigue. A doctor once told me I get sick after trying cold therapy because my adrenals can't handle the cold. Is this true? How can I start any type of cold therapy, and what else from cold showers can I do?

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18 thoughts on “404: Why You Should Eat Your Carbs At Night, Ben’s Top Recovery Tactics, Can You Do Cold Therapy If You’re Sick & Much More!

  1. Adam says:

    Assume I intermittent fast from about 8 pm and then workout (strength train) at 12:30 pm the next day with Aminos, and then eat first meal at 1:30 or 2 pm. First, is this an ok time to workout from a testosterone, etc. standpoint (vs. mid afternoon or early evening)? Second, would you still wait for carbs until your last meal, or are you better off having carbs in that first meal?

  2. nathan patry says:

    Hey Ben I use a chilipad and was wondering how a grounding pad would work in combo if at all?

  3. Matt says:

    Hey, I’ve listened to you talk about the benefits of both cold exposure and sauna use. You mentioned how both of them are good to do in the morning. Is there any particular order that works best? how long should I wait in between? should I even do them both in the same day or alternate days? And if it effects your answer I train Muay Thai and jiu jitsu 5-6 times a week at night and a generally active person even when I’m not training. Thanks for all the great content and everything you do!

  4. Jakub says:

    Is there any benefit combining collagen with EAA? 20g of collagen with 10g of EAA instead of 40g collagen or 20g EAA. Also is it good to take peoteolytic enzymes together with collagen/EAA? aren’t they going to be used for digesting? Thanks!

  5. Meghan says:

    Why did you say that red meat is part of an inflammatory diet? Red meat is likely the most natural human food in existence, and certainly one of the most nutrient-dense foods. You know better than most (which I say because I’ve heard you talk about it). Even grain-fed red meat is still orders of magnitude better than most carbohydrate-rich food in grocery stores. Why are you all of a sudden parroting the mainstream medical community in this episode? Speaking of which, it would be great if you interviewed Shawn Baker one of these days.

  6. Stefanie Hilton says:

    What if you have Raynaud’s disease? Is cold therapy bad in this condition?

  7. Ed says:

    Love this issue! Never knew working out in cold is not a good thing. Thanks

  8. AMANDA DAIGLE says:

    I could not find the Hsp gene in my 23andme raw data. Why would that be, or is there something else I should be looking for?

    1. Taylor says:

      Same… i dont think it is in their data.

    2. Mark says:

      See the last link under News Flashes..03:33 for the study reference. HSP genes include HSPA1L, HSPA1A and HSPA1B. Selfdecode.com/gene also lists HSP90AA1 and others that drop down when you search HSP. BG’s reference doesn’t list any studied markers but some are noted, esp rs2227956, in the linked “similar articles” selections on the right side. Good luck and be careful where you use that nitro cream…

  9. Monika says:

    Thank you Ben, love your podcasts. This one was very useful, too. I love earthing tools and use them as much as I can at home.

  10. Aidan O Donovan says:

    Great episode, using the red light and infrared light now has improved the healing of a sprained ankle that was taking forever to heal.

  11. Alex Robinson says:

    Once again another great podcast. Information regarding earthing cleared-up all uncertainities.
    Thank you!

  12. Love all the great info Ben and have recommended your podcast to many people.

  13. Cara L Zaller says:

    If I turn off the circuit breaker to my bedroom at night so no electricity is coming in through the sockets, will the earthing sheet still ground me if it’s plugged in to the socket?

  14. Su says:

    First of these podcasts I’ve listened to and I will certainly be back to listen to more. Thank you.

  15. Fred says:


    very interesting! I was just wondering, for the carbs intake, if I am working out mostly in the morning and not the evening, should I consume most of my carbs at a different time of the day? Also, should I consume them before or after the workout?


    1. Alex says:

      Unless you are working out again at night, there isn’t a need to have carbs post workout in the morning. Assuming you work out in a fasted state you should eat something post workout but doesn’t need to be carbs. I usually go high protein and high fat afterwards and have stuck to this for awhile. Seems to work well for me.

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