Fairies, Unicorns and Paleo Cookies.

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I’ll keep this quick. I figured you fitness and nutrition nerds may want some extra listening and learning material to fuel your rabid thirst for knowledge.

This week, while driving, working out, cleaning my garage and doing yoga, I’ve listened to:

-Dr. Daniel Stickler show how to defy aging by optimizing the length of your telomeres via natural methods…

-Jacob Egbert talk about why your doctor actually knows very little about true health…

-Marjory Wildcraft  explaining how to grow half of your diet in your backyard in less than an hour a day… 

-Christopher Ryan present on something called “Paleosexuality” (that was interesting)…

-Steven Wright giving the shocking truth about why people really get constipated…

-Eva Twardokens tell why being a good exerciser kind of sucks, and how to pull yourself out of an exercise addiction…

-And a really interesting presentation on fairies, unicorns and Paleo cookies…

Anyways, I downloaded all these from the PaleoFX 2014 page.

You can click here to go to the PaleoFX Video On-Demand page, which allows you to pick and choose which videos you want to watch, or just rent them all for 19.99. I actually use a video-to-audio converter like this to convert the videos into audios so I can listen while I’m working out and driving. I’d recommend you start with the presentations listed above, which I thought were especially good.

So just in case you want to make yourself smarter and get some killer health, longevity, nutrition and fitness content, this is well worth it (all my presentations on workout nutrition, stress and biohacking are there too). Enjoy (and see below for a snippet of the workout nutrition panel with yours truly).

Get Six Free and 99 Cent Endurance Training Books from Ben Greenfield!

Great news! I’ve decided to offer SIX books from me and other Endurance Planet authors for .99 cents or free, for the next 6 weeks only.

So what’s Endurance Planet?

Hosted by coach and fitness guru Tawnee Prazak, Endurance Planet is one of the top outdoor sports podcasts in iTunes, and features interviews with coaches and athletes in the world of ultra running, marathoning, cycling, swimming, triathlon, adventure racing, and mountaineering.

Endurance Planet has been producing 3-5 podcasts a week since 2006 (meaning there’s an enormous amount of awesome training, racing and coaching advice in the archives), and in 2011, I personally took over as owner of Endurance Planet. At that point, we began publishing books too.

Each of those books is now available to you as a free or 99 cent download for the next six weeks only. Consider it a perk for being a reader of my content, and if you feel giant-hearted, please leave a glowing review after you get a chance to check each book out.

Alright, ready? Just add these dates to your calendar and go download away! Here are the details for each book (and as a bonus, every book below includes a free video and a 10-30 minute audio overview read by each author).

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Week 1) 1/27 thru 1/31 FREE book: Endurance Sports for Kids: A Guide To Getting Your Kids Into Triathlon, Cycling, Swimming And More!

KIDS

The miracle of a quiet, under-confident kid that discovers his/her inner strength through accomplishments in sports, and their stories are both moving and inspirational.

There is something about finishing a race and giving it your all that lifts you up for a lifetime.

There is something unique and family-like about being part of a team. And there is something about all kids having more adults who care about them.

But it must be done right. Kids need to be introduced to sports with immense care and proper instruction. Parents or coaches who do this wrong will ensure that the kid-athletes will burn out and leave their sports during adolescence or earlier, perhaps never to return. But done right everyone will enjoy becoming healthier and grow from the experience.

Inside, you will discover:

-Why endurance sports for kids are important
-Ways to lead kids into endurance sports safely and patiently
-How endurance sports form lifelong active habits
-How they give kids a sense of identity
-How endurance sports for kids can strengthen families

This book is a free Amazon Kindle download from 12am 1/27 through 11:59pm 1/31. Grab it now or use this link to grab it later, and please leave a review: http://amzn.to/1dTuNYs.

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Week 2) 2/3 thru 2/9 $0.99 book: Endurance Training Nutrition: Top 20 Fueling Myths Exposed

endurancenutritionAre you tired of the same old sports nutrition advice not working for you? Do you feel crappy during your long workouts? Are you confused about what to grab from the grocery store shelf?

Then keep reading because Ironman triathlete and sports nutrition coach Ben Greenfield exposes 20 of the most common sports nutrition and exercise fueling myths for you in his information packed book, “Endurance Training Nutrition: Top 20 Fueling Myths Exposed”.

You’ll discover why these myths are wrong, and what you can do about it to balance your gut, maximize your health, your energy and your performance. All your frustrations about what to eat before, during and after your workout are about to be solved!

You’ll learn the shocking truth about popularly held sports nutrition beliefs, including:

-How everything you know about pre-workout nutrition is probably not true…
-How everything you know about pre-workout nutrition is probably not true…
-Why you don’t need to eat within 20-60 minutes after a workout like everybody tells you…
-How the “Glycemic Index” is a fairly useless tool for measuring carbohydrate values….
-Why whole wheat is not as healthy as you may think…
-How not drinking enough water can still lead to water intoxication…
-Why health foods and energy bars are actually making you slower…
-Why “eating too much” is rarely the cause of gas and bloating during your workout…

-And much much more!

After reading this book, whether you’re a recreational exerciser or an advanced athlete, you’ll change the way you think about fueling your body.  Suddenly, your pre and post-workout eating will become an easy decision, and you’ll no longer need to fret about what you’re going to eat to fuel your long workout.

This book is guaranteed to re-invent the way you fuel your body and answer all your workout and sports nutrition questions!

This book is a $0.99 Amazon Kindle download from 12am 2/3 through 11:59pm 2/9. Grab it now or use this link to grab it later, and please leave a reviewhttp://amzn.to/M1wcRi.

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Week 3) 2/10 thru 2/16 $0.99 book: The Low Carbohydrate Diet For Triathletes 

lowcarbIf you are an athlete attempting to lose weight, teach your body how to more efficiently burn fat, limit blood sugar fluctuations, eliminate bloating and gas, then a low carbohydrate diet is an excellent choice for you.

Unfortunately, most low carbohydrate diets do not take into consideration the high activity levels of endurance athletes, and increase risk of extremely low energy and immune system deficits due to inadequate energy intake.

Here are just a few of the weight loss and performance enhancing gems you will discover inside:

-Why utilization of fat for energy cannot happen if the body is constantly drawing on carbohydrate reserves and blood glucose for energy.
-How the burning of fat for energy does not create this same cellular damage as when glucose is used to create energy.
-Why you don’t need to load with carbohydrate before a race.
-Who should not choose a low carbohydrate diet.

The “Low Carbohydrate Diet For Triathletes”, by Ben Greenfield, is the first book to address the practical steps involved with implementing a low carbohydrate diet and still succeeding in endurance sports.

This book is a $0.99 Amazon Kindle download from 12am 2/10 through 11:59pm 2/16. Grab it now or use this link to grab it later, and please leave a reviewhttp://amzn.to/1dZNZlG.

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Week 4) 2/17 thru 2/23 $0.99 book: Endurance Planet’s Guide to Elevation: Practical Tips For Living, Eating And Training At Altitude

elevationAltitude training and racing information can be confusing. There are scores of supplements, gear, and training strategies that so-called “experts” recommend to keep you from biological disaster at altitude. We turned to a seasoned endurance athlete who actually lives, eats and trains at high altitude every day to sort this out for you.

Here are just a few of the performance proven gems you will discover inside:

-Mountain High Experience – exactly what happens to your body when you get into elevated conditions…
-Going To Altitude – the system and steps necessary to prepare your body for training or racing at elevation…
-Fueling and Hydration – how drinking water and eating changes at altitude, and what you can do about it…
-High Altitude Training – how to handle your high altitude training sessions, and what to do if you can’t get there to train…
-Racing In Thin Air – how to race and properly pace in thin air, along with swimming tips, cycling tips and running tips…
-Going From High Altitude to Sea Level – what to expect when you reverse the scenario and go from high to low to train or
race…

The Guide to Elevation is guaranteed to give you the confident edge you need for top performance at altitude!  Everything you need to optimize your performance and overall workout capacity is revealed in this easy to follow book. You  will now be able to successfully avoid discomfort and susceptibility to injury that are synonymous with altitude training and  racing.

This book is a $0.99 Amazon Kindle download from 12am 2/17 through 11:59pm 2/23. Grab it now or use this link to grab it later, and please leave a reviewhttp://amzn.to/1aQxXWV.

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Week 5) 2/24 thru 3/2 $0.99 book: Real Food Basics: Endurance Planet’s Recipes For Long Workouts

realfoodDo you ever wish you didn’t have to eat gels, bars and sports drinks during all those long training sessions, but you don’t quite know what actually works?

Then get ready for “Real Food Basics: Endurance Planet’s Recipes For Your Long Workouts”. This book jam-packed with amazing recipes to fuel your long workouts. All made from real food that is actually healthy for you and won’t destroy your body, your gut or your teeth while you’re out on those long hikes, bike rides, runs and other endurance training sessions!

Through fabulous recipes, anecdotes and practical instruction, you’ll learn:

-The logistics of carrying and eating real food on training sessions…
-Mouth-watering pre-workout breakfast dishes…
-Portable real food recipes to fuel your long workouts…
-Nourishing and nutrient-packed soups and appetizers…
-Tempting side dishes & sauces to dress up your post-workout meals…
-Main dishes that will top off your energy stores for the next workout…
-And everything else you need to ensure you don’t have to damage your body with the typical fake, engineered and funny tasting fuel!

When you make the switch to real foods to fuel your body you will find increased energy and stamina are in abundance and your recovery times are much shorter.

This book is a “must have” for every serious endurance athlete’s quest for optimal performance.

This book is a $0.99 Amazon Kindle download from 12am 2/24 through 11:59pm 3/2. Grab it now or use this link to grab it later, and please leave a reviewhttp://amzn.to/1g6S6zD.

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Week 6) 3/3 thru 3/9 $0.99 book: Run With No Pain

rwnpAre you finally ready to be rid of that nagging, chronic low back pain when you run? Learn these simple exercises and you’ll quit paying for expensive medical visits and fake treatments and finally cure your low back pain forever!

Inside, you’ll discover how these 4 Simple Steps will replace spendy treatments and eliminate pain…

1- Explanation of why your back hurts when you’re active.
2- Complete “Reboot” program for your back.
3- Foundation phase to keep the Reboot permanent.
4- Go run pain-free!

This Low Back Pain Book will…

-Teach you why your back is hurting when you’re physically active or sitting…
-Provide realignment program with videos & written instructions…
-Give you a foundation program to keep your back pain-free for life…
-Let you confidently return to your sport, training and competition!

This book is a $0.99 Amazon Kindle download from 12am 3/3 through 11:59pm 3/9, and please leave a review. Grab it now or use this link to grab it later:  http://amzn.to/1ispsJD.

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Questions, comments or feedback about these free books? Just leave your thoughts below, and don’t forget to review any book that you get!

The Official Black Friday Gift List: 10 Effective, Easy & Cheap Biohacks For Everyone To Try.

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The following is a guest post by one of my friends – a brilliant biohacker who goes by the secret name “BigPapaChakra”. Let’s enjoy keeping him anonymous for now, shall we? After all, BigPapaChakra is just a darn fine nickname anyways, and I promise to reveal his identity in a future post.

In this article, which you can consider to be your official Black Friday gift list for biohackers or wanna-be health hackers…

…you’re going to discover some of the best, most effective, yet unknown biohacks on the face of the planet that are going to absolutely blow the mind of any biohacker or fitness/nutrition/health technology geek in your life. Most of this stuff is easy and inexpensive too! Just consider this our post-Thanksgiving day gift to you.

Enjoy, and leave your questions and feedback in the comments section below this post.

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Introduction

In my relatively short time here on earth, I’ve come across quite a few interesting modalities that can be used to enhance one’s body, mind, and spirit.

Interestingly, my journey into this realm stemmed from decisions and situations that are entirely opposite to what is typically associated with longevity, vitality, and performance. In fact, they caused me more problems than good, and that is how I discovered many of these paths to optimization, nifty gadgets, and extraordinarily kind and talented individuals.

Ironically, I have an odd fortune that allows me to become a better bio-hacker – a lack of funds. In my experience, the less money you have, the better bio-hacker, athlete, lover, etc. you can become… as long as your will perseveres and you throw in some dedication and effort. If you can’t, well, why not bio-hack your will? Nonetheless, I think that many bio-hacks can be accomplished with limited funds, and that’s what this blog will display.

I’m laying out ten effective, easy, and cheap bio-hacks for everyone to try (and when I say cheap, remember this is all relative to the tens of thousands of dollars some are spending on everything from muscle stimulation units to neurofeedback devices to impanted nanotech cyborg devices)! You’ll also find helpful “stacks” or ways that you can combine specific biohacks for an enhanced effect.

(Disclaimer: I’m not yet a physician of any kind. I don’t recommend any of these products or techniques as means to cure diseases or various ailments, nor do I think they should take the place of a licensed, trained, and trustworthy physician. This isn’t to take away from the efficacy of any of these bio-hacks. Don’t take anyone’s word as gospel when it comes to your health. Do your own research, trust your intuition, and find out what is or is not true for yourself. Some things work better for some people than others, hence why I always say, “to each their own.”)

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1) tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation)

To try and explain this in the simplest sense, tDCS is essentially a cost-effective, easy-to-learn form of neurostimulation which uses a low powered constant current delivered to the brain. Don’t worry; this is a lot safer than it might sound. TDCS has been around for a lot longer than I originally thought – it was used by a man named Giovanni Aldini to improve mood in his patients as far back as the early 1800’s (1).

There are three forms of ‘stimulation’ (I’m not certain that is the best term for it, though that is what’s typically used): anodal, cathodal, and sham. Anodal is ‘positive’ and increases excitability in the region it is placed upon. Cathodal is ‘negative’ and does the opposite – decreases excitability of the region.Sham is just that… a sham. It’s more or less the control in studies.

To keep this brief, tDCS is used for (and successful in) a variety of problems, as well as enhancing healthy individuals cognition and emotions (2) (3).  Don’t forget enhancing mediation (4). There are two ways that you can get ahold of this technology for cheap, in my experience: purchase a unit through tdcs-kit.com for under $40, or make your own. I personally have the unit through tdcs-kit called Foc.us. MindAlive has as similar device called the “David Delight PRO” but at a slightly higher pricepoint.

I have personally spoken to a man with Schizophrenia who used the same one, and this is part of his statement to me, “So to answer your question…Yes it has improved my mood which caused my motivation levels to increase. I found the mood placement is being used in almost the same setup as foc.us. So it wasn’t a surprise that it helped me with my focus/concentration. (…)I would say that this is better than any anti depressant out there by far even 1-2 weeks in. The concentration/focus seems to be a 24 hour effect.”

You can also go to Radio Shack and purchase electronics tutorials/teaching devices that are geared towards younger people and children. With this, you can learn basic electronics and how to rig a tDCS unit. There are videos of this on youtube.

Stack: (CAUTION: safety not yet established; more studies needed. Do your own research) studies have shown that D-cycloserine+tDCS causes the effects of tDCS to last much longer. Many of the studies are concentrated on specific regions of the brain, so effects haven’t been fully tested (brain region is a major variable in tDCS). This is potentially dangerous, but also potentially powerful in enhancing learning, retention, and accurate recall.

2) Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Dioxide is often seen as a ‘waste product’ of metabolism, but it in fact has a lot of uses and makes for a neat little bio-hack. To keep it short and sweet, I’ll use a quote from Ray Peat, Ph.D., “Breathing pure oxygen lowers the oxygen content of tissues; breathing rarefied air, or air with carbon dioxide, oxygenates and energizes the tissues; if this seems upside down, it’s because medical physiology has been taught upside down. And respiratory physiology holds the key to the special functions of all the organs, and to many of their basic pathological changes.

There are some paradoxes when it comes to Carbon Dioxide and its effects on physiology. Namely, O2 and CO2 destabilize each other, yet CO2, produced in the cells, releases oxygen into various tissues. Anytime I increase CO2, my body temperature increases (which I will touch upon later), my blood pressure decreases, my extremities become warmer, and I feel more centered. My Resting Breath Hold time also increases. CO2 has been used to stop seizures, enhance neuropsychological therapy, enhance exercise and athletic performance, and is also shown to enhance plants utilization of water (5) (6) (7).

Search Google Scholar for therapeutic hypercapnia, or do a search for Ledislas J. Meduna who used CO2 as an adjunct to various forms of psychotherapy. There are various ways to increase CO2, such as eating carbohydrates, but one of the most effective is breathing into a bag for as long as comfortable a few times a day. The CO2 you expire starts to stack in the bag with each breath, increasing the amount you inhale. The two most notable devices you can purchase that are typically marketed for increasing CO2 content in your body are the BreathSlim and Frolov devices.

I personally own and use a BreathSlim, and Mark Sircus (who has been on the BenGreenfieldFitness podcast) uses and recommends the device. I recommended it to another individual who seemed to not have the greatest experience with it (the water spilled out of the sides, and didn’t give enough resistance as it should), so to each their own. There is a third, and similar device, called the Samozdrav Breathing Device, which measures ventilation at rest and approximate alveolar CO2 content (though I have no experience with this one).

Stack: Take a dose of baking soda in water (I prefer carbonated mineral water for more bicarbonate and CO2) prior to a bath containing Epsom salts (or magnesium chloride), baking soda, and salt while breathing into one of these devices or a paper bag. I intermittently drink more carbonated mineral water as well. I guarantee you will feel amazing during and after this.

3) HCO3, or more commonly, baking soda.

Baking Soda is amazing. It can literally be used for hundreds of things around the house, can be used for beauty and hygiene, but can also be used for heath and performance. Better yet, you can get a large amount of it for a few dollars. Taken orally, it increases CO2 and cell voltage in the body, along with buffering lactic acid. It also increases regional cerebral blood flow in a dose dependent manner (8).

It drastically increases exercise performance of all kinds, and typically enhances the absorption of creatine (9) (10). I’m sure some of you have used baking soda before, but I would honestly recommend it as part of my repertoire for any kind of workout or competition (as long as it isn’t banned/considered doping), as well as taking it throughout the day for general wellness purposes. The only negative that can come of this is when consuming a lot of calcium in which you can suffer from milk-alkali syndrome (11).

Stack: Same as above, or: load on baking soda prior to a workout, do deep nasal breathing the entire session, and when/if you become fatigued, take a break and breathe into a paper bag for a few minutes before resuming. Some Z-Health practitioners recommend this, as have physicians at the Silicon Valley Health Institute. I’ve used it for martial arts sessions as well.

4) Transcranial Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

This one is like my baby. There are a lot of uses for low level/cold laser therapy, but I’ll stick with transcranial purposes. Low Level Laser Therapy has been around since the sixties with the advent of the Helium-Neon (HeNe) laser first used on rodents in which it regrew their hair. But, it really goes back to 1896 with the use of the Spectro-Chromedesigned by a color therapy researcher named Dinsah P. Ghadiali (Spectro-Chrome therapy was not used in 1896, but this was when Dinsah began researching and conversing with the likes of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla) (12).

Not to delve too deeply into the extremely dense science of this, the main mechanism of LLLT is the delivery of photons to cells in the brain, directly affecting Cytochrome C Oxidase (CCO) which enhances cell respiration and energy production (13). In humans, it has successfully treated and/or reversed Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety; post Stroke symptoms, as well as increasing emotional and cognitive abilities in healthy individuals. Careful attention is warranted, though – the effects largely stem from a biphasic dose response curve predicated on hormesis… there is such a thing as overdoing it. I have used LLLT to start reversing my severe HPPD symptoms with great success. I was stunned when I recently saw a neurologist at the University of Chicago and he (and his colleagues) had no idea what LLLT was.

There are a multitude of LLLT devices, such as (but not limited to): The Vetrolaser, TendonLite, Euon, and ThorLasers. Many of these devices unfortunately cost an arm and a leg, though, yet there is an alternative; Infrared Lights not marketed as medical supplies. LEDs are cheaper than lasers, and are no less effective. In fact, they seem to be a bit safer. You can find very cheap ones on Ebay under fifty dollars. I recommend this.

Stack: Combine LLLT with a mitochondrial supplement stack. Methylene Blue seems like a viable route, but I have no experience with this. I would recommend using the stack found in this Longecity forum thread, as I have used it with amazing results.

5) Indoor healing light spectrums

Continuing with light being a useful modality to well-being and performance, we get to something everyone should do – change indoor lighting. As of now, many people are aware of the damage blue light can do to circadian rhythms, sleep, and thus, all of health (keep in mind green, white, and violet are equally damaging). Unfortunately, many have yet to realize that they can simultaneously decrease their exposure to damaging wavelengths, and increase exposure to therapeutic, healing, “pro-life” wavelengths.

LEDs, halogens, incandescent bulbs, and heat lamps can all be used. Halogens emit an almost ‘sun-like’ spectrum of light (14), and have a large amount of red and near infrared light. These wavelengths actually have the capabilities of healing and protecting the retinas as well as increasing alertness without disrupting melatonin whatsoever (the nadir for melatonin disruption is right around 464nm) (15) (16).

I recommend switching out your general indoor lighting for these bulbs: http://bulbrite.iqlightbulbs.com/bulbrite-714025-250br40h.asp or visiting the LowBlueLight website for a wider array of choices.  There is evidence that getting Incandescent bulbs with a red filter is better, acting through transmittance to increase red light; I’d imagine a red lampshade would do the same, albeit to a smaller degree. John Kellog actually reported about the therapeutic benefits of incandescent lights in a 200pg book known as Light Therapeutics (1910) (17). Personally, I would opt for incandescent lights, and occasionally you could place them closer to your skin (18-24 inches) for concentrated therapy. You could experiment with Halogens, which have a lot of healing wavelengths (more so than incandescents), but they have a lot more blue light and UV radiation i.e. damaging to the retinas and can disrupt circadian rhythms.

Stack: (1) Use five or ten 150 Watt incandescent bulbs for a few minutes in the morning to stimulate circadian rhythms. (2) Cover windows with a plastic film containing copper, which can remove some of the harmful aspects of sun light.

6) Monitor Body Temperature and Pulse

Measuring body temperature and your pulse rate is essentially a proxy for your metabolic rate and thyroid health. The basal body temperature is impacted by things other than metabolic rate and the thyroid, thus the pulse helps interpret this result (distinguishing results of healthy metabolism from cortisol, adrenalin, etc.). The temperature of your extremities aids in this process further.  A lot of blood tests for the thyroid are extremely flawed.

Broda Barnes was a man who treated an absurd amount of patients who he found to have thyroid dysfunction. He argued that body temperature, measured before getting out of bed in the morning, was the greatest diagnosis for thyroid function (18). A good reading would be roughly 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit, though, again, a better diagnosis can be made when taking pulse and extremities into account. Broda Barnes stated that although this was not a perfect test, it was undoubtedly more reliable than TSH and other readings (19) (20). “More information can be brought to the physician with only the aid of an ordinary thermometer than can be obtained with all other thyroid function tests combined. “ Dr. Broda Otto Barnes.

Stack: Body temperature taken in morning (ASAP), after meals, before bed, etc. while tracking pulse and feeling for how warm your extremities are. Also, read Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness by Broda Barnes, in addition to The Thyroid by Thomas McGavack.

7) Experiment with Alkalinity

This is a topic that is often debated, and for a long time I was completely against the idea of measuring any form of alkalinity. This was before some interesting literature came out showing that net renal acid accumulation is linked to a lot of diseases (21) (22). One study analyzed data from 66,486 women, and the other, 98,995 women. What were the largest contributors to this ‘acid buildup’, so to speak? Increased phosphorous intake, increased sodium, and decreased potassium, magnesium, and calcium intakes.

Even latent acidosis can decrease health, namely resting metabolic rate (23). For everyone following an ‘evolutionary’ or ‘traditional’ diet, this isn’t hard to get around. Salt foods to taste, because sodium is important, but ensure adequate supply of other macro-minerals and electrolytes. This is only difficult because of the current fructophobia, even though the largest meta-analyses show that fructose is not as damaging as many are lead to believe. Not only this, but it has been used to treat diabetes, has functional roles in the human body, directly participates in the Pentose Phosphate Pathway (creating reducing equivalents), and acts more like a ketone than other carbs (it is a ketose, as opposed to an aldehyde) (24) (25) (26) (27).

Moral of the story: don’t fear fruit – add it to your diet in moderate amounts, especially sweet tropical fruits. Adding fruit to a diet packed in fat soluble nutrients from liver, oysters, some shrimp and so on, might just enhance your metabolism, increase endogenous antioxidant levels, aid in the utilizing the PPP, and a lot more.

Stack: Use sodium bicarbonate prior to exercise and in baths; supplement potassium bicarbonate to increase alkalinity and potassium consumption; add magnesium bicarbonate to your water (28). All of these can easily be found on websites such as Amazon.

8) Supplement Stacks

There are a lot of interesting stacks that are being discussed and developed by people on various anti-aging boards. Keep in mind, not all these users are physicians, so maintain strict reservations and do your own research – never take anyone else’s word for what works or what is safe. The first one was discussed earlier, and I personally have a lot of experience with it. It’s called TULIP – The Ultimate Laser Protocol. It’s based around mitochondrial upregulation and protection paired with the use of red or infrared lasers and LEDs. It causes mitochondrial biogenesis, decreased ROS, and greatly increased ATP levels.

The basic stack is PQQ, CoQ10, and Shilajit. PQQ and CoQ10 have been used individually to treat brain degeneration, and used together with even more efficacy (29); Shilajit synergizes with CoQ10, while also acting as an adaptogen. Taken together, they enhance each other. Other additions to this stack are creatine, exogenous ATP, Idebenone, ALCAR, and R-ALA (K-R-ALA is supposedly the best, and Dave Asprey recommends it, but I have never gotten ahold of any).  The second one is known as CILTEP – Chemically Induced Long-Term Potentiation.  Long Term Potentiation is one of the primary mechanisms of learning and memory.

The primary stack is artichoke extract, forskolin, phenylalanine, B-complex, caffeine (optional), ALCAR, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (possibly not necessary based on the individual) (30). Lastly, there is the “Happy Stack”. This is all about cellular growth and renewal, myelination, increasing specific neurotransmitters, and so on (31). The primary stack is Uridine (find your goldilocks zone), DHA, and Choline.

Stack: Happy CIL-TULIP. A combination of each of them, but excluding some ingredients. Some are currently experimenting with this and having great results, though I haven’t tried it and personally would recommend great caution. The combination strongly affects various neurotransmitters, transcriptional factors, gene expression, and so on.

9) Magnetism

Beware, this is harder to pull off for cheap, but you can probably capitalize on the holiday discounts.

Magnetism, geopathic stress, bioelectricity, etc. is a fascinating area of research that I’m delving into. It has been known for hundreds of years since Harold Burr (possibly before him) that electromagnetic fields are necessary for and guide all life forms, celestial bodies, nature, and so on. Robert Becker (the “Father of Electromedicine”) regenerated human finger tips, healed diabetic ulcers with 100% success rate, and found magnetism to affect dedifferentiation of cells, being a viable alternative to stem cell treatments (32) (33). Yuri Kholodov found higher organisms (we are one) to be most ‘sensitive’ to changes in magnetic fields, and nervous tissue, especially in the brain and glial cells, to be the most sensitive tissues.

Electrokinetically treated water has enhanced exercise recovery and performance and is shown to have a higher activity of oxygen. If you want to shell out the big bucks, a Magnetico Sleep Pad would be a wise purchase. It uses unipolar magnets to recreate a strong magnetic field that our earth is currently lacking. This has widespread implications for cellular renewal, stem cell growth, telomeres, hormones, and much more (34).

Dr. Philpott also has a magnetic sleep pad that is bipolar and has a lot of good reviews. You could attempt to make your own magnetic sleep pad, but have to be extremely careful in your placement of the magnets, the depth of your mattress, the kind of magnet, etc. You can also use magnetic pads for your seats at your desk or in your car, along with magnetic jewelry, insoles, masks, and more.  If the idea of magnetism and water sound odd to you, I would recommend reading the books or studies of Gilbert Ling and Albert Szent-Gyorgi. The biophysical state of cells, cell water, and their structure(s) are often overlooked in Western Medical and biological literature, and that’s the largest part of magnetic forces acting upon life forms.

Stack: (1) If finances aren’t a problem: Magnetico sleep pad, in addition to magnetic seat covers at your desk and in your car. If you have one, use an EarthPulse throughout the day and for nagging injuries, but not under the Magnetico pad as there are typically problems when combining these at once (for sleep). You can let your drinking water, juices such as kvass or even kombucha rest upon the pad to become magnetized. (2)

If finances aren’t currently in your favor, you can magnetize your water. Here are is what Paul Becker told me via email: “4 CUP COFFEE MAKER WITH HOT PLATE BASE 15 BUCKS AT WALLMART. 30 VOLTS POWER SUPPLY RADIO SHACK 20 BUCKS AND PACK OF ALLIGATOR CLIPS 2 BUCKS OR SO RADIO SHACK. KEEP THAT COFFEE MAKER ONLY FOR DISTILLED WATER AND MAKING THE COLLOID.” You can make colloidal silver this way, as well as magnetized drinking water. Search google scholar or electrokinetically modified water, you’ll be surprised.

10) Photons Therapy for Electromedicine

Another largely overlooked aspect of medicine, as well as ecological health and evolution on our planet, is the application of Tesla’s (and others like him) research. This is where Ed Skilling comes into play, with his alternative electromedicine therapies. He was commissioned by California Cancer doctors in 1959 and given a 30,000 Rife Machine to evaluate, and determined much of the Rife theory was inaccurate and decided to delve into electromedicine himself as members of his family had died of cancer (what the machines that he analyzed were used to combat)(35).

Ultimately, this is a technology that uses infrared light, photonic gases, sound and other light frequencies to stimulate your body’s natural healing processes. The machine is claimed to largely stimulate and aid in the optimal functioning of the lymphatic system which leads to body wide homeostasis.  There are dozens of videos of different physicians using it online, and you can also watch presentations at various technology conferences as well. The manufacturers offer payment plans, low or no interest rates, and seem to be very helpful.

Stack: Stand ‘in’ the Photon Genie/Genius while doing advanced heart rate variability exercises and/or bag breathing.

Summary

Well, there ya have it! Some cheap and quick, yet undoubtedly effective (and also quite fun) bio-hacks for Black Friday and the holiday season; I hope you put some of these techniques to use. Remember to be safe, and most importantly, happy holidays!

(Major shout out and thanks to LostFalco of Longecity – the reason I know about LLLT and TULIP. Also thanks to Abelard Lindsay and MrHappy on Longecity, creators of the other two supplement stacks.)

Leave your questions, comments and feedback below!

Additional Helfpul Links And Resources

tDCS:

  1. (1) http://tdcs-kit.com/

CO2:

  1. (2) http://www.breathslim.com/
  2. (3) http://www.intellectbreathing.com/
  3. (4) http://www.samozdrav-world.com/en/about
  4. (5) http://www.amazon.com/Non-Rebreather-Mask-w-Vent-Adult/dp/B00B1FJNXS/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1380745479&sr=8-7&keywords=rebreathing%20mask&tag=viglink122377-20
  5. (6) http://stores.homestead.com/windsongpress/-strse-54/5-Liter-WindSong-Air/Detail.bok
  6. (7) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Unisex-Latex-Rebreathing-Mask-Breathing-Control-Latex-Hood-/190845858787?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c6f4cb3e3
  7. (8) http://www.amazon.com/Breath-Builder-BAG-Breathing-Bag/dp/B000XZYW6K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380765439&sr=8-1&keywords=breathing%20bag&tag=viglink122377-20

Baking Soda:

  1. (1) Any. Arm and Hammer is fine, while also being available almost anywhere.

Indoor Lighting:

  1. (1) http://bulbrite.iqlightbulbs.com/bulbrite-714025-250br40h.asp
  2. (2) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CP19XA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000CP19XA&linkCode=as2&tag=empowesusten-20
  3. (3) http://www.osram.com/osram_com/products/lamps/specialty-lamps/infrared-lamps/index.jsp?mkturl=uv-ir

LLLT

  1. (1) http://www.ebay.com/itm/96-LED-60-degree-Night-Vision-IR-Infrared-Illuminator-Light-lamp-For-CCTV-Camera-/160987372402?pt=US_Surveillance_Gadgets&hash=item257b985b72
  2. (2) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008A6999E/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008A6999E&linkCode=as2&tag=rapefo-20
  3. (3) http://www.ebay.com/itm/48-LED-Illuminator-CCTV-IR-Infrared-Night-Vision-Light-12V-Power-Supply-Adapter-/251266500210?pt=US_Surveillance_Gadgets&hash=item3a80a68672
  4. (4) http://www.q1000laser.com/sc/contact/index.php?lc=1
  5. (5) http://www.qlaserws.com/products.html
  6. (6) http://www.thorlaser.com/products/

Temp and Pulse:

  1. (1) Any reliable thermometer. A pulse oximeter would be a nice addition.

Alkalinity:

  1. (1) Any Sodium Bicarbonate
  2. (2) http://www.life-enhancement.com/shop/product/pb120-potassium-basics-by-durk-pearson–sandy-shaw
  3. (3) http://purebulk.com/potassium-bicarbonate-powder.html#.UpfUV8QWJr8
  4. (4) http://www.forresthealth.com/bi-carb-formula-250-caps.html?&bid=1&partner=19064
  5. (5) http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/forum/f11/make-your-own-magnesium-bicarbonate-drink-tastes-sweet-46555/
  6. (6) http://www.uniquewater.com.au/the-water/

Magnetism:

  1. (1) http://magneticosleep.com/
  2. (2) http://www.azunimags.com/about_us.html

Photon Therapy: 

  1. (1) http://www.edskilling.com/

Citations

tDCS

  1. (1) http://www.biusante.parisdescartes.fr/chn/docpdf/parent_aldini.pdf
  2. (2) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0028393210002319
  3. (3) http://www.brainstimjrnl.com/article/S1935-861X(08)00040-5/abstract
  4. (4) http://shinzenyoung.blogspot.com/2012/07/meet-my-new-girlfriend-tdcs.html

Carbon Dioxide

  1. (5) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v499/n7458/full/nature12291.html
  2. (6) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v499/n7458/full/nature12411.html
  3. (7) http://www.ideaconnection.com/inventions/11744-Medical-mask-for-fast-and-efficient-suppression-and-pre.html

HCO3/sodium bicarbonate

  1. (8) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3724528/
  2. (9) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22941193
  3. (10) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12900682
  4. (11) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk-alkali_syndrome

LLLT

  1. (12) http://educate-yourself.org/products/dinshahandspectrochrome.shtml
  2. (13) https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/182368464/2013-gonzalez-lima.pdf

Indoor Lighting

  1. (14) http://heelspurs.com/a/led/BLACK_BO2.gif
  2. (15) http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/resources/newsroom/pr_story.asp?id=253
  3. (16) http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20112004-22093.html
  4. (17) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jevSr-LykF08ualZgyhWPERCGB8k6JYy3jrYVweQ-NA/edit

Temps and Pulse

  1. (18) http://www.slideshare.net/roger961/is-986-really-normal
  2. (19) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18443261
  3. (20) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOb2POQGE6g (interesting visual explanation)

Alkalinity

  1. (21) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19410381
  2. (22) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12450898
  3. (23) http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C5YprOD1Gqw/T38G3PJ8FMI/AAAAAAAAEGY/Ny11n5tJPyM/s1600/a.PNG
  4. (24) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2467321/pdf/postmedj00346-0026.pdf
  5. (25) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2603858/pdf/yjbm00642-0165.pdf
  6. (26) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3382482/
  7. (27) http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/543fructose.html
  8. (28) http://www.rexresearch.com/beckett/1beckett.htm

Supplement Stacks

  1. (29) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3303106/
  2. (30) http://jn.physiology.org/content/91/5/1955.long
  3. (31) http://jn.nutrition.org/content/127/5/834S.full

Magnetism

  1. (32) http://jbjs.org/article.aspx?articleID=13521
  2. (33) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1806700/
  3. (34) http://ston.jsc.nasa.gov/collections/TRS/_techrep/TP-2003-212054.pdf

Photon Theapy/Photon Genie

  1. (35) http://www.edskilling.com/edskilling.html

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The Ultimate Visual Biohack – How To Create Your Own Custom Set Of Vision, Performance and Sleep Enhancing Eyewear.

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The glasses you see pictured above are my newest toy. They are the ultimate biohack for visual performance and sleep.

My eyes weren’t messed up to start with. I actually have 20/20 vision.

But I wanted even better visual performance.

So in this article, I’m not only going to teach you how I enhanced my vision with these glasses, but you’re also going to discover exactly how to get a custom set of your own glasses that allow you to sleep better, while also improving hand-eye coordination, enhancing visual acuity, increasing mental performance and dramatically decreasing brain fog and eye fatigue.

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How These Glasses Work

If you’ve every purchased a set of tinted glasses or sunglasses, then you probably know that certain lens colors are useful for specific light conditions or activities. The image below gives great examples of both colors and uses of a variety of lens colors that you could potentially choose based on the specific conditions in which you most often find yourself.

lens for sports performance

However, visual performance goes far above and beyond simply using a specific color to filter your specific light conditions.

For example, in the article “The Last Resource You’ll Ever Need To Get Better Sleep“, you learn how the blue light waves emitted by computer screens, televisions, smart phones, e-readers and other devices can dramatically disrupt your sleep quality – and even cause insomnia.

In addition, in the article “How To Increase Balance“, you learn about three critical components of your biology that affect your ability to move, to track objects, and to perform well. One of those components is your visual system. In that article, I describe how your visual balance system is comprised of sensory receptors in your retina called rods and cones. When light strikes the rods and cones, they send impulses to the brain that provide visual cues about how your head, body or limbs are oriented relative to other objects.

To protect and enhance performance of the visual system, I’ve recommended everything from apps that remind you to briefly stop working, or to focus your vision elsewhere (like AwarenessWorkRaveTime Out, and ProtectYourVision) to playing sports that require eye tracking to using a special kind of eye “workout” called “The Vision Gym”.

But I’ve also highly recommended special glasses that not only reduce eye glare, but also filter out blue light. These “blue light blocking” glasses can be purchased from sites such as Gunnar and LowBlueLights.com. While these sites certainly offer a decent solution, I recently decided I wanted to take things to the next level and actually get blue-light blocking, visual performance enhancing eyewear that was customized to my own unique pair of eyes.

After all, the the color yellow cuts blue light rays, and allows for a high amount of visual perception around a wavelength of 550 nm (to which the human eye is very sensitive), but it doesn’t necessarily enhance hand-eye coordination, reading speed, etc. It basically just reduces eye glare, and allows your body to have a little less natural melatonin suppression when you’re staring at a screen for long periods of time at night.

As a biohacker who wants to figure out how to squeeze every last drop of value out of my body, I personally wanted the ultimate combination of visual performance and sleep enhancement. So I wasn’t willing to settle for simply blocking blue light.

And this is where something called the “Irlen Method” fits in…

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The Irlen Method

The Irlen Method is a research-based vision-enhancing method that uses colored overlays and filters to create custom eyeglasses. It was originally developed by a woman named Helen Irlen, who discovered and created this method in 1980 to improve perceptually-based reading and to to help overcome learning difficulties. Over 54 research papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals showing significant changes in reading rate, accuracy, and comprehension.

Basically,  Irlen Method is non-invasive technology that uses colored overlays and filters to improve the brain’s ability to process visual information. This technology can improve reading fluency, comfort, comprehension, attention, and concentration – while also reducing light sensitivity. It is simply a color-based technology that filters out offensive light waves, so the brain can accurately process visual information.

Traditionally, Irlen Method is used to help children and adults suffering from reading and learning problems, dyslexia, ADD, autism, headaches, migraines, light sensitivity and even traumatic brain injury…

…but when I heard about the technique at a biohacking conference, I decided to visit an Irlen specialist to test out whether the overlays and filters in a set of Irlen eyewear could help a guy who has 20/20 vision get even better visual performance, enhanced reading speed and increased hand-eye coordination.

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Where To Get Your Own Custom Lenses

I began by visiting the Irlen website and contacting an Irlen screener and diagnostician in my area named Kirstie.

Kirstie just happened to be coming to Spokane two weeks later, so we set up a custom fitting and assessment process at a hotel near my house.

The assessment process is normally separated into two testing sessions, but we squeezed it all into one long 4 hour-ish session. The first part of the process is called the “Screening”. During the screening, I did a bunch of perceptual tasks to create an awareness of any visual distortions I was experiencing when reading. We checked for:

-Reading rate

-Flow and fluency

-Comfort

-Eye tracking

-Reading comprehension

-Site vocabulary

-Sustained attention

-Ability to skim or speed read

-Error rate of reading

I did just fine, but had already warned Kirstie that she probably wouldn’t find any issues with my reading and visual ability, as I am a trained musician, speed reader and tennis player.

So then we moved on to the next step – a “Tint Assessment”. During the tint assessment, we tried dozens of different colored lenses to create my own unique color. This was simply a test and re-test method of matching different lenses with pages, screens and reading charts to determine which set of lenses resulted in the ideal vision enhancing effect for me. We not only worked on finding a color that filtered out offending wave lengths of light that my eyes do not do well with, but we also matched it with an amber tint that would block the blue-light wave spectrum from screens.

In the end, we wound up with my unique lens color…

…which turned out to be kind a purplish-yellow, exactly like in the glasses in the image on the top of this post. 

OK, OK – not exactly the sexiest, most manly tint on the face of the planet – but for the enormous difference in eye comfort and reading speed that I got with the lenses, I was incredibly happy.

I said goodbye to Kirstie, and set out for the next step – finding the ultimate pair of frames to send to her so that she could get my new custom colored lenses cut and fit to my exact frame specifications.

Enter ADS Sports Eyewear.

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Where To Get Your Own Custom Frames

ADS Sports Eyewear is an optician owned and operated online company specializing in prescription sports sunglasses. They utilize the latest prescription technology called Free-Form Digital Surfacing, which allows for way more clarity in wraparound sports sunglass frames, and Lenticular Free-Form, which makes it possible to put stronger prescriptions in almost any prescription sunglasses without creating excessive thickness.

What all this means is that you can get distortion-free prescription vision in sports sunglasses, but you can get frames that don’t actually look like something your 80 year old Grandma would wear – like fashionable prescription Oakley sunglasses.

So I contacted Michael, the company’s marketing manager, and put him in touch with Kristie from Irlen so that we could figure out what type of frame would actually be compatible with my new set of Irlen lenses. It turned out that a matte black Oakley Crosshair 2.0 model did just the trick.

Next, I had the frames ordered and sent to Kirstie…

…then I simply sat back and waited like a kid waiting for Christmas morning.

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Summary

Within 2 weeks, the special package arrived.

I excitedly unwrapped it. Inside, in a soft, jet black cloth were my brand new set of vision, performance and sleep enhancing eyewear. Not only do they fit like a glove, but compared to any other blue-light blocking glasses, sunglasses or other eyewear I’ve ever tried, these things are amazing.

When I wear them while working at night, I sleep better as soon as I go to bed.

When I wear them while tracking objects, such as reading music or tracking a tennis ball, I see more clearly.

When I’m starting at a screen for a long period of time, I don’t get eye fatigue.

I read faster. I comprehend more of what I’m reading. I don’t get distracted while reading.

And while the entire process from start to finish was not exactly cheap (it was actually several hundred dollars once it was all said and done), this is a set of glasses I own for life. If they ever get destroyed or lost, Irlen still has all my custom lens info on file, so I can get another pair at a fraction of the cost.

So that’s it. If you like to own nice things and you want better vision, performance and sleep, then getting a custom set of Irlen lenses is a no-brainer. Start by:

1) Contacting an Irlen screener and diagnostician in your area.

2) Getting 15% off of your prescription order of frames or sunglasses when you use the code BGFit at ADS Sports Eyewear

Question, comments or feedback? Do have any “vision hacks” you’ve used to improve your vision, sleep, or mental acuity? Have you tried Irlen before, or Gunnar glasses, or anything else like this? Leave your thoughts below and I promise to reply!

How To Burn More Fat With Cold (And Bump Up Your Metabolism by 301%).

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Can drinking a gallon of cold water each morning help you burn fat faster?

You bet.

So can cold-hot contrast fat burning showers, in which you shower for 5 minutes while turning the water for 20 seconds cool, 10 seconds warm…

So can keeping your house cool and sleeping without covers…

So can taking mile long walks in the cold in which you keep your whole body cold, except your face, hands and feet….

But in today’s video, you’re going to discover how to take burning fat with cold to an entirely new level.

Allow me to introduce you to Eric from CoolFatBurner.com.

Eric recently tested his entire metabolism and calorie burn at the “EPARC” lab – Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center – at the University of California, San Diego. He video recorded the entire experience, in which he experienced acceleration of fat burning and ketosis, faster clearing of glucose from his bloodstream, and…

…a 301% increase in metabolic, calorie burning rate.

Check out the 20 minute video below. During the video, Eric is demonstrates some pretty cool fat loss biohacking gear. Pun intended.

If you want more resources on cold thermogenesis, then you’re in luck. In addition to today’s podcast, I’d highly recommend you check out the following:

-The CoolFatBurner.com vest Eric wears during the video.

-What Is A Body Cooling Device, and Does It Actually Work? (podcast)

-How You Can Use Cold Thermogenesis To Perform Like Lance Armstrong And Michael Phelps (podcast)

-Tips For Burning More Fat With Cold Thermogenesis (And Why Icing Really Does Work) (article)

-The BenGreenfieldFitness Premium content, which features an absolutely mind-blowing 1 hour cold thermogenesis lecture and slides by Ray Cronise (podcast)

-The DeSoto Arm Coolers I’ll be sporting during Ironman Hawaii this year

-Tim Ferris’s 4 Hour Body book 

Questions, comments or feedback about the video or about how to burn more fat with cold? Leave your thoughts below.

The World’s Best Phone Apps For Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation.

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If you’ve ever wanted to sleep better, learn how to meditate, enhance your relaxation, or even delve in the world of cutting-edge mental techniques such as lucid dreaming and enhanced alpha brain wave activation, then today’s episode is for you!

Vishen Lakhiani is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley — a ground-breaking company comprised of innovators, artists, technologist and dreamers from over 30 countries around the world.

Vishen works with authors, thinkers, and leaders who have pioneered new ways of doing traditional things: parenting, entrepreneurship, spiritual growth, self-development and more. Mindvalley’s team of programmers and marketers then work to build the systems to take these ideas mainstream.

Resources we mention during this episode include:

-The meditation app Omvana

-The sleep app Dormio 

-Lucid Dreaming

-Binaural Beats

-Om Harmonics

-Six Phase Meditation video

And here’s one extra for you. I’ve personally been implementing both the MindValley apps and also a morning journaling technique from FiveMinuteJournal.com to enhance my relaxation, goal-setting and focus each day.

What about you? Do you meditate? Do you use these apps? What kind of questions do you have about sleep, meditation and relaxation? Leave your comments below!

 

5 Things I’m Packing For The Holidays To Keep Me From Getting Fat And Sick This Christmas.

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Every year, my family packs up and heads to Moscow, Idaho, where we celebrate Christmas with extended family and friends…

…while stuffing our gullets full of holiday food and cheer (i.e. alcoholic beverages).

For example, on Christmas day, I will probably start the morning with eggnog and champagne…

…then move on to bacon, eggs and a variety of breakfast casseroles…

…followed by a second breakfast of waffles (gluten-free of course) and sausage, likely along with more booze …

…and then I’ll have just a couple hours to recover before indulging in a Christmas feast of meats, wines, cheeses and a wide assortment of very calorie rich hor d’ oeuvres drenched in butter and fatty sauces.

When the smoke has cleared, I’ll probably have consumed somewhere around 6000-8000 calories on Christmas day – much of it alcohol, fat and carbs.

And although you gotta “live a little” (as you learned in the article 3 Simple Big Meal Strategies To Maximize Fat Loss, Control Appetite and Limit The Damage From Overeating), this type of gluttonous scenario can cause:

-Increased blood insulin levels, which decreases fat mobilization and ability to burn fatty acids as a fuel.

-Increased storage of fat and carbohydrate and conversion of sugars into fats (even with a big meal as low as 750 calories).

-Increased sympathetic autonomic nervous system activity from a release of norepinephrine and epinephrine, which can significantly increase blood pressure.

-Increased percentage of energy coming from carbohydrate oxidation with a decreased percentage of energy coming from fat oxidation.

-Significant reduction in endothelial (blood vessel) function for up to 4 hours (even in healthy, low cholesterol subjects) due to big accumulation of circulating triglycerides.

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Here’s a serving of eggnog, BEFORE any booze is added.

-Changes in the blood that allow it to clot more easily, combined with increased workload and blood flow to the stomach and intestines, thus raising the risk of heart attack.

-Clusters of solid food material that can get stuck in the narrow duct that connects your gallbladder to your intestine, causing potential for gallstones.

-And the list goes on and on…including increased inflammation from overstuffed fat cells, reduction in sensitivity to appetite control hormones, and large vacuoles of triglyceride based fat building up in the liver (fatty liver).

So in today’s post, I’m going to tell you the 5 things I’ll be packing when we head down to the family for the holidays to keep me from getting fat and sick. Let’s jump right into the first one (and even if you don’t have this stuff on hand, take some notes and hook yourself up with it for the next time of indulgence, for example, New Year’s!) – and as usual, I promise to answer any of your questions below the post, so fire away if you have thoughts or feedback as your read!

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The Zen Of Self-Experimentation – 10 New Strategies To Enhance Performance.

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As I write this post, I’m up in Penticton, Canada sitting in a coffeeshop, waiting for several athletes who I coach or who are using my training program to come off the 112 mile bike portion of Ironman Canada

I drove up from our home in Spokane, Washington with one of those athletes, and during that drive, we had lots of conversations about everything from low carbohydrate fueling for performance to using adaptogenic herbs to help fix overtraining.

During our discussion, I realized that I was telling him about a few things I’ve been doing lately that he was completely unaware of, and this made me cognizant that with the variety of new strategies I try to enhance performance, some things can tend to fly under the radar, or I forget to mention them.

So today, I’m going to highlight 10 new strategies I’ve been experimenting with to enhance performance. Some of these are things you may have heard me discuss in a podcast or another blog post. And some may be new for you.

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How I Ate A High Fat Diet, Pooped 8 Pounds, And Then Won A Sprint Triathlon.

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On Friday (three days ago), I posted this tweet:

 

So what’s the story behind the “ten pound poop”?

squatty pottyWell, I got a Squatty Potty (pictured right). They sent me one to evaluate, so I tried it out on Friday morning, just before I was about to leave town for a sprint triathlon.

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Dangerous Deodorants: Are You Creating A Chemical Cocktail In Your Armpits?

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Have you ever heard the phrase “Your skin is a mouth”?

It’s true.

It may not have teeth or a tongue, but your skin is extremely permeable and able to absorb just about anything you put on it, which is why the administration of drugs and medicines is often through “transdermal” skin patches – since this is up 95% more effective than oral medication.

In other words, drug manufacturers know that if you want to get a drug delivered into the bloodstream fast, you figure out a way to put it on the skin.

Now, let’s take this one step further: which area of your skin do you think is best at absorbing chemicals?

I’ll help you out: any area that has a combination of high blood flow and sweat pores is going to be an area of high skin absorption.

And your armpits rank pretty high in that category.

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Now Available! Endurance Planet’s Guide To Sports Nutrition: “Top 20 Fueling Myths Exposed” by Ben Greenfield

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Fueling Myths book

I wrote “Top 20 Fueling Myths Exposed”  for the recreational exerciser to the elite athlete, and it contains a collection of the most common sports nutrition and exercise fueling myths, why they’re wrong, and what you can do about it to maximize your health and performance.

When you read this book, you’ll change the way you think about fueling your body, and you’ll learn the shocking truth about popularly held sports nutritions beliefs, including:

-How everything you know about pre-workout nutrition is probably not true…

-Why you don’t need to eat within 20-60 minutes afer a workout like everybody tells you…

-How the “Glycemic Index” is a fairly useless tool for measuring carbohydrate values….

-Why whole wheat is not as healthy as you may think…

-How not drinking enough water can still lead to water intoxication.

-Why health foods and energy bars are actually making you slower…

-Why “eating too much” is rarely the cause of gas and bloating during your workout…

-And much more!

I was assigned to write this book as the resident sports nutrition expert for Endurance Planet, I am very proud of what I’ve been able to create within the pages, and I guarantee it will re-invent the way you think about fueling your body!

Click here to get the instant digital download of Endurance Planet’s Guide To Sports Nutrition: “Top 20 Fueling Myths Exposed”  - for just $7.

Six Essential Swim Gear Tools To Make You A Stronger Swimmer

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In this video, I show you the essential tools that will help you become stronger in the water – whether you’re just getting started in swimming, you wan an alternative to a weight training workout, or you want to get faster for swim competition, triathlon, or open water swimming.

Some of the stronger swimming resources I mention in the video include:

Finis Freestyle Paddles

Zoomers Fins

Swim Parachute or a Drag Suit

Pull Buoy

Kickboard

Underwater Mp3 Player

The stronger swimmer workout that I do with these tools goes like this:

-200-500 meter warm-up

-200m paddles + pull buoy

-200m freestyle

-200m kickboard + fins

-200m freestyle

-8x25m sprints with drag suit or parachute

-200m freestyle

-Recover 10-30 seconds between sets. One circuit=1000m. Repeat 0, 1, 2 or 3x depending on desired distance.

Questions, comments or feedback? Swimming tools I forgot to mention? Leave your comments below!

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What You Can Do About Your Computer Sabotaging Your Health.

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If you’re really serious about stopping your computer’s ability to sabotage your health, your workouts, your fitness and your life, grab the Gunnar Optiks by clicking here and the HARAPad by clicking here – or keep reading to learn how they work.

Gunnar Optiks:

Eye strain happens.

You know what it feels like. That headache back behind your orbital lobes that sometimes makes you feel like throwing up after you’ve been staring at web pages or word documents hours.

It makes you not want to workout, or makes your workouts feel like crap.

It makes you grumpy, and your family knows to avoid you after you’ve spent the day in front of a computer.

“It” is called Eye Fatigue or Computer Vision Syndrome, and you’re not alone. It happens to alot of internet marketers, computer workers, and anybody who stares at pixels and digital screens on a regular basis.

So here’s the deal. If you could completely eliminate it by making just ONE SIMPLE CHANGE, would you?

gunnaroptiks2And what if that change made you look completely BAD ASS, like you just stepped out of “The Matrix”, or were the techie computer guy sitting in the back of the van during the kidnapping drug gangster ring bust?

You’d dig that, right?

I’d like to introduce you to a highly effective, wearable, fashionable, stylish solution that I have just discovered to actually eliminate all the damaging eye-strain that you can get from staring at a computer screen for several hours.

They’re called “Gunnar Optiks“, and they’re sweet, stylish glasses that not only look technically cool (AKA not geeky), but also will completely remove that computer-strain headache that you get when gazing into your laptop or desktop computer screen.

Who can use these specs?

-Internet Marketers

-Graphic Designers

-Computer Software Engineers

-Secretaries

-Anybody Who Stares at A Computer Screen For More Than Two Hours Per Day

You are at risk for computer vision syndrome.

You can destroy eye fatigue, computer vision syndrome, screen glare and headaches AND look cool at the same time. Click here to grab your Gunnar Optiks. You’ll love them, I promise.

HARAPad:

And how about the other product…the HARAPad?

HARAPad is a homegrown business based in Grand Haven, Michigan, started by 3 mechanical engineering graduates.

When one of the co-founders’ mothers was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, it hit a place close to home. This event inspired a large personal research endeavor to learn more about cancer. Through further reasearch on several suspected causes of cancer, he found a recurring topic in electromagnetic radiation (EMR). He then assembled a team of two additional engineers to further his cause, and attempt to find what devices were producing this EMR. This group began meeting several times a week pouring over research and testing in their spare time.

Armed with a Gaussmeter and pages of doctoral reports, the team found in their research a significant amount of electromagnetic radiation generated from laptops. The idea to develop a radiation reducing product grew into a design, and the design into a verified product right in the home of the co-founder. After 2 years of extensive testing, idea conceptualizing, result verification, and design optimization, the Heat And Radiation Attenuating pad, or HARAPad, was born.

As I mention in the video, I’ve been using the HARAPad and am absolutely floored by the difference.

So if you’re really serious about stopping your computer’s ability to sabotage your health, your workouts, your fitness and your life, grab the Gunnar Optiks by clicking here and the HARAPad by clicking here.

Another Huge Victory For Men Everywhere Who Need Healthy Underwear (And One Of My Top Moves For A Nicer Body)..

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In case you missed my previous article on the Top 5 Criteria for Healthy Men’s Underwear, then I would highly recommend that you check it out now. In that article, I tell you exactly what to look for in men’s underwear, and settle upon the final answer for a healthy brand of men’s underwear: Slix.

Anyways, good news for guys and for girls who buy for their guys: I’ve just scored another huge victory for men everywhere  who need healthy underwear.

For the next week only, from Friday the 17th to Friday the 24, you can get FREE underwear from Slix. Here’s how it works:

-Buy any 3 pairs of Slix Underwear (including the cool Slix t-shirts), get any 1 FREE
-Buy any 5 pairs of Slix Underwear, get any 2 FREE
-Buy any 7 pairs of Slix Underwear, get any 3 FREE

Knowing how quickly active guys go through their underwear, this deal ensures you’re never running low. Simply use Promo Code: BEN357 at checkout when you click here to order, and after you order, send [email protected] an email of the FREE item(s) you want.

Enjoy, and leave a comment below if you have Slix underwear and you like them.

And what about that top move for a nicer body? Here it is: it’s called a Squat To Overhead Press, and it literally works 99% of the muscles in your body. If you’re on a time-crunch, whether you’re a guy or a girl, 5 sets of 15 reps going H-E-A-V-Y on this single exercise will net you massive benefits. In between sets, recover with jumping jacks, hops, or some other form of cardio.

Ben Greenfield’s Top Five Criteria for Healthy Men’s Underwear

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It seems like the older I get, the more picky I get about my underwear choices. And while I typically like to focus on nutrition, fat loss and human performance here at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, I just have to do my part for males everywhere and express a few serious thoughts about healthy men’s underwear.

When it comes to men’s underwear, I don’t ask too much. I have five simple criteria:

1) My Underwear Must Move With Me. I’m an active guy, and I walk and move around quite a bit. I stand up, sit down, So I want men’s underwear that doesn’t bunch up, make funky looking lines underneath my pants, ride up into my crotch or gather in the crease of my butt. And I don’t want to have to adjust, tuck or shift my underwear to ensure that doesn’t happen – I want my underwear to effortlessly move for me and with me. In other words, I need men’s underwear that is versatile enough to wear in the office, to a workout, and under jeans or shorts..

2) My Underwear Must Not Chafe. Sometimes in the middle of a work day, I find myself walking into a gym to lift weights, hopping on a bicycle for a quick ride, heading out on a lunchtime run, or getting into a pick-up game of basketball or tennis. Unfortunately, the seams and cut on an average pair of men’s underwear like cotton boxers or briefs absolutely guarantees to wreak havoc on my sensitive male sections during these midday efforts, leaving me needing to either A) inconveniently be forced to purchase and pack both my “workout” underwear and my “office” underwear or B) squirt and smear messy anti-chafing cream into every crack and crevice or C) be cringing from the needling, chafing-induced pain that has me gritting my teeth as soon as shower soap hits my scarred underside.

3) My Underwear Must Be Healthy. How the hell can underwear be “healthy”? Well, imagine taking a rubber band and tying it around your testicles, completely cutting off oxygen and blood flow to some of the most important organs in your body. Does that sound healthy? Now imagine taking your testicles and shoving them into a hot, non-breathable box with zero ventilation. Does that sound healthy? Now you’re getting the idea: men’s underwear must be able to support you without putting a vise-grip on your balls. Whether you’re actively sweating or sitting in a desk chair, your balls must be allowed to breathe – especially if you want to optimize performance during those times that your underwear is off.

4) My Underwear Must Not Be Prohibitively Expensive. If I wander into a department store or surf onto to a website to purchase men’s underwear, I absolutely refuse to fork over $52 for a designer underwear label that is identical to a $12 generic underwear 3-pack, especially when there’s absolutely no difference between the two. I need underwear that fits all my other criteria without emptying my wallet.

5) My Underwear Must Make Me Look Good. Let’s face it guys – men’s underwear should streamline your physique. It should support your core. It should make your package look…bigger. And it should never, ever leave stinky, unsightly sweat stains across your crotch. All that work that you put into looking good, eating healthy, burning fat and developing a flat stomach can be completely negated if you’ve got a bunched up pair of baggy boxers hanging around your waist like a poodle skirt. If you rip your pants off, or your pants get ripped off, you want your underwear to be impressively slick and streamlined.

That’s it, folks. That’s all I ask. Seem like a bit much? Maybe a men’s underwear pipe dream? You’re right…it probably was a pipe dream – until a few months ago when a new player showed up on the men’s underwear scene: Slix.

These bad boys fit all my criteria for men’s underwear. Created with high-tech textiles like cationic polyester and elastane that move with you, engineered with non-chafing flatlock seams and smoothed down with patented Slix “Soft” technology, and fitted with a ventable, breathable pouch the Slix men’s underwear breathes, wicks and dries quickly, maximizes comfort, offers perfect versatility – and of course, makes my mid-section look more cut and streamlined.

I’ve swam in Slix, ridden a bike 20 miles in Slix, run a competitive 10K in Slix, played 2 hours of full court basketball with Slix, completed an entire tennis match in Slix, and also worn them all day at the office without reaching down once to adjust my undies.

Whether I’m pulling on a pair of underwear on a hot day after a triathlon, or getting dressed for a night of Salsa lessons with my hot wife, I’m now sporting Slix.

And I’m not complaining. Frankly, neither is she.

It gets even better - Slix sent me a sweet 15% discount code last week, so now I’m giving it to you. Thank me later, and get Slix now at http://www.getyourslixon.com. Use 15% discount code “BEN”.

To Your Health & Virility,

Ben Greenfield

P.S. Slix fit like a glove, straight out of the package. You’re never allowed to try undergarments on at a department store anyways, so you might as well get your men’s underwear online.

$300 in cold, hard cash, a FREE Gymstick, and a 1 hour personal fitness and nutrition consultation with Ben Greenfield…

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-$300 in cold, hard cash, a FREE Gymstick, and a 1 hour personal interview with Ben Greenfield…


-A free one year membership and access to all past archives of Ben’s Body Transformation Club….


-A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get the body and health you’ve always wanted….


Sound interesting?

Then keep reading…

From May 1-May 15, Ben will be accepting entries for a brand new event called Ben’s 2010 Summer Body Challenge. To qualify for competition in the challenge and be entered into the drawing for the prizes above, you MUST follow these four easy steps:

1. By May 15, send [email protected] ONE photo of yourself from the front, ONE photo from the side, and ONE 30-60 second video introducing yourself…


2. In order to be eligible to compete and to win prizes, you must also be in Ben’s Body Transformation Club by clicking here (yes, it’s seven bucks, or two coffeeshop lattes if you’d like to think about it that way)…


3. From May 15-August 1, do EVERYTHING you’re instructed in the mailings and secret videos Ben sends you during each week of Ben’s Body Transformation Club, which is meant to supplement any fitness, fat loss, endurance or nutrition program you may currently be using…


4. On August 1, send [email protected] ONE photo of yourself from the front, ONE photo from the side, and ONE 30-60 second final video showing off your progress…


And that’s IT! On August 2nd, Ben will announce the winner (WHO HE WILL CHOOSE BASED ON YOUR FINAL BODY), put $300 in cash into an envelope, put a brand new Gymstick in a box, schedule you for a 1 hour personal consultation with him, and mail you everything, including a coupon for a one year membership to Ben’s Body Transformation Club.

This is your BIG chance to completely re-invent your body using the ULTIMATE strategy – accountability…knowing someone is tracking your progress and sending you advice and tips along the way!

Sounds like fun?

Oh, and in case you didn’t hear yet…Ben’s Body Transformation Club is now available to ANYONE, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

And that’s not all. Ben is throwing in a Killer Bonus. Anyone who joins Ben’s 2010 Summer Body Challenge between May 1 and May 15 automatically gets instant access to all past archives of Ben’s Body Transformation Club!

Click here to join now and start the Ben’s 2010 Summer Body Challenge, and don’t forget to e-mail your photos and videos to [email protected]!

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Official participants, i.e. YOUR COMPETITION!

(only showing people who have actually submitted all their photos and videos as required)