Podcast #290 from http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2014/07/290-dizziness-
Introduction: Episode #290 of Ben Greenfield Fitness: Dizziness During Exercise,
Combining Heat Acclimation And Cold Thermogenesis, Can Eating
Slow Increase Food Absorption, Lucid Dreaming Detox, How To Use
Infrared Therapy and much more.
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Brock: Only ten more episodes until episode 300!
Ben: Boom! We’ll have to figure out something special to do. May you have
a little party.
Brock: We should start thinking now. I think we let 200 sort of slide by with
Ben: Let’s have a party in our podcasting studios. We can invite everybody
to my little home office and we can all pile in here. I think I could
probably fit 2 or 3 fans in my office.
Brock: I could fit probably 20 in mine.
Ben: Our listeners might have small hips though. We could probably get
more than that. So, I don’t know. If they’ve been taking our advice,
Brock: Their hips are tiny and tight!
Ben: Lean and ripped! Fitness crazed! Speaking of fitness crazed by the
way, I’ve been getting lots of tweets from people lately, Brock, who
have been asking me about all of my endorsements of late of these
fantastic testosterone boosting products that are…
Brock: Yes! I’ve been curious about that myself. You seem to be endorsing a
lot of questionable material.
Ben: So, here’s the latest one. There’s an article by Ben Greenfield,
apparently me. It starts off with like Thor swinging a hammer and …
Brock: Yeah, that’s what I saw, Yeah.
Ben: …the title is “The Latest Fitness Craze.” Labs have been secretly using
to bulk up fast and then it’s got like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and
it’s got Hugh Jackman and it is an advertisement – a really long
advertisement apparently written by yours truly on how to use some
called maximum shred and extreme deer antler which is made from
extreme deer by the way…
Ben: These are the deer that wear beanies and gold chains. Boost natural
testosterone levels of 240%, increase libido – not by 65% but by 66%.
Ben: Yes! Okay, for our listeners just to clear the air here. People are
stealing, naming and posting articles around the internet about this
testosterone boosting products that I do not endorse, I do not stand
behind and I actually think are probably dangerous. So just, so you
know. If you see an article out there on the internet that is written by
me especially the one like a bunch of fake comments below that say,
“Thanks Ben for this valuable info. I can’t wait to go and become a
real man. Blah, blah, blah.” If you see this, take them with a grain of
salt. I probably did not write any of these. If they appear on
bengreenfieldfitness.com, then it’s likely that I did write something
like that but…
Brock: Or another reputable news source like The Huffington Post or the –
what’s the other one – see right for, Triathletes.
Ben: Generally, if it’s got a picture of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on it
and it looks like it came straight out of the muscle and fitness
magazine, I probably didn’t write it. So, just to clear the air there,
remember that it is possible on the internet for people to steal your
identity which appears to have happened in this case. However,
someone does try the extreme deer antler and you experience a boost
in libido by 66 or even 67%, let us know and maybe Brock and I will
have a new supplement to take.
Brock: So speaking of people tweeting you all the time, you do spend quite a
bit of time on twitter.com/bengreenfield putting out all kinds of cool
and awesome news flashes.
Ben: That’s right.
Brock: Like these 3 about to be sedated on.
Ben: Tweet a week, I spend all day on twitter. You know, I actually have
twitter turned off of my phone and everything and I have just put all
push notifications turned off on my phone.
Brock: Oh I hate push notifications if any app says, “Can you really allow
push notifications?” like, No! Absolutely not!
Ben: But I do tweet and I tweet out research studies ‘cause I read 40-50
different articles and journal research studies every morning and on
this podcast of course I go and talk about some of the more
interesting once. So, by the way if you want links to any of these
studies or articles on about what we talk about, you can grab them
and all the show notes over at bengreenfieldfitness.com/290. So, the
first one was pretty cool. It was about tapering which I thought was
interesting and tapering specifically by gold medalist and some of the
best athletes on the face of the planet.
Brock: Wait, it’s tapering when you like wrap the tape around your nose and
pull it up until like a piggy face?
Ben: No. It’s actually…
Brock: Like scotch tape?
Ben: Yeah, no it’s a consumption of tape worms for enhanced performance.
No, it’s actually – it’s kinda laying off so that your body super
compensates and absorbs all the fitness that you’ve been pouring into
it. Some of the things are really interesting though. In this study – or
it was actually an article that I linked to that was an analysis of the
study. First of all, it delved into the realistic taper vs. the ideal taper.
So on the ideal taper, you do this gradual step down reduction in
training volume that’s very calculated and précised but it turns out
that in most athletes, you’re doing like a bunch of qualifiers or a
bunch of events leading up to your big event. Like, let’s take an
ironman triathlete for example, like if they’re training for Hawaii
ironman world championship, a lot of times they’ve get a bunch of
races to do that year leading up to the event. That means that they
might not have like a perfect taper going in to that event or like a
Spartan athlete for example training for Spartan world
championships might still have events that they’re doing leading up
to that event. That means that they’re not going to be able to do a
perfect taper. And it turns out that even at the professional level, this
is the same thing that athletes have. So, what they find is that even
though you normally see recommended the need to taper by bringing
down volume about 30-40% in those last 2 weeks going into your big
event like a world championship race or whatever your most
important race is for the year. If you’ve been leading up to that point
already tapering for other races that you’ve been doing like in the 4-6
weeks going in to that event, then it turns out that the taper is more
like a drop of about 10%. So, what that means is that realistically
you’re kind of like gradually doing at least mini tapers going into your
event and it’s really interesting to see that even like on the
professional athlete level, athletes are more like doing a series of mini
tapers that gradually reduce their volume of the course of multiple
weeks going into an event than just getting 2 weeks out of an event
and tapering. It’s very, very few and far between athletes are actually
doing just like one event that they do a major taper for. The other
really interesting thing that I thought was kinda like a practical take
away for folks was that it turned out that you get better results and it
was what athletes are doing was they’re putting their rest periods in
or done with most of their rest days by the time the race was 5 days
away and then going into the race they’re actually doing a lot of high
intensity interval training sessions and kind of like getting the body
ready and ramping back up to training for those last 5 days. So it
turns out that you’ve got some important race or marathon or event
coming up – let’s say you’re 2 weeks out from the event, it would be
about 2 weeks out that you would start thinking about reducing
volume and giving your body some recovery and getting yourself to
the point where about 5 days out from the event, you can gradually
start amping back up your training intensity and your training
volumes so that you’re not stale going into the event. So it turns out
that what you do, you know like 2 weeks up to 5 days from the event
is more important from a tapering and fitness compensation
standpoint than what you do in those last 5 days right before.
Brock: So is that sort of more of mental thing then because they have shown
physically that your body actually, like increases and fitness when
Ben: I suspected that what it is the same phenomenon that causes people
to feel kinda flat the day that they have their big event after taper and
then like about 1-3 days after their event all of a sudden their bodies
feel like rockstars. It’s basically starting your taper too late and the
super compensation, muscle recovery, increase in blood volume,
decrease in inflammation, all those cool things that happen during a
taper basically won’t given a chance to happen because you started
the taper too late. So, ultimately what it looks like is that if you’re
gonna taper for an event or you’re somebody who’s kinda experiment
of a tapering to see when you feel the best for a race or a big event,
what you may wanna do is start tapering earlier like 2 weeks out and
then gradually start to amp your activity back up once you get a few
days out from the race. Do a few little kinda high intensity interval
sessions, things that would necessarily be considered laying around
on the couch.
Brock: Gotcha! Yeah, so you wanna see those benefits manifest themselves
and then sort of do some activities that won’t necessary break you
back down but they get you serve in fighting shape.
Ben: Which is why it may make sense that you see a lot of – like when you
and I go down and watch the ironman world championships this year
in Hawaii, Brock, we’ll see some of the better athletes out there kinda
going out and doing what appeared to be some hard workouts in
those last few days going into the event, turns out that if they’ve
actually been laying off for a long enough period of time going into
that, that may be a pretty good way to go. So, we’ll link to that with
that research study in the notes. Another kinda interesting one is that
contrary to popular belief, being cold doesn’t give you a cold and
there’s actually some pretty cool bulletproofing effects that happen in
response to cold exposure. Now this one was near and dear to my
heart because I right now speaking of tapering, I am tapering for one
of the Spartan championship events that’s over in Washougal
Washington this Saturday. So I’m a few days out from the event and I
do a lot of cold thermogenesis when I’m tapering and there are 2
reasons why I do that. Number 1 is to shot down inflammation and
number 2 is to burn calories because one common thing that happens
when you taper is your appetite is just as high, you still wanna eat
these fantastic meals and have your dark chocolate and red wine and
everything but you can’t exercise to burn off calories or else you
potentially could dig yourself into a hole and kinda be overworked in
going into your event. So, I do about an hour of cold thermogenesis
wearing a – what’s called a cool fat burner vest which is this vest that
goes around my collar bones. You can check this out at
coolfatburner.com but they’re basically like cold thermogenesis vests
and then I wear this compression pants made by a company called a
hundred and 10% and they have little sleeves in them, you can pack
with ice. And so I just stand there during my first hour of emails and
work in the morning and basically be shivering. Kinda cold! Helps to
burn calories, helps to shut down inflammation, and it’s a cool little
taper/lean body maintenance kinda strategy. But some people get
concern about cold and the fact that going out and swimming in cold
rivers or cold exposure might somehow be so stressful to the body
that it could make you sick. And this was really an interesting article
over at biohacksblog.com and this one was about the production of
antioxidants and cold exposure. It specifically was talking about this
research study where they took a bunch of cold water swimmers who
where swimming about 5-10 minutes in ice cold water a day and they
compared them to people who are just regularly exercising but not
exercising using cold exposure. They found some really potent
antioxidants were really upregulated in the cold water swimmers
specifically some antioxidants that generally folks will pay a lot of
money to take like glutathione and superoxide dismutase and another
one called catalase and the body was actually making these churning
them out in pretty high amounts in response to cold exposure. So,
while extreme amounts of oxidative stress can occur with long term
cold exposure? You know like I wouldn’t necessary recommend
hiking across the Arctic in your underwear to make yourself
bulletproof against colds. Doing this sure, like using cold
thermogenesis like I just described, you’re doing a 5 minute cold
shower in the morning and in the evening or even doing like 20
minute cold soaks a couple of times a week. There’s some pretty cool
immune system enhancing effects that happen and remember that
the production of some of these antioxidant enzymes does not just
mean you’re gonna have a stronger immune system but it means
you’re gonna be able to oxidize or to neutralize free radicals more
effectively that build up from muscle injury. So, you could reduce
soreness and enhance performance that way as well. So basically
being cold is not gonna make you sick and if anything, it’s gonna
make you more resistant to getting sick.
Brock: Send this to all your grandparents everybody.
Ben: That’s right. Along with this sweater.
Ben: So, the other thing is - I guess not a sweater, yes, and then a cool fat
burner vest. The last thing is carbs - speaking of gaining weight. This
was a pretty interesting journal article. It was published in 2012 but I
just read it, I just saw this one.
The name of it or the idea behind it was that when you are eating
what are called acellular carbohydrates, that can promote the
formation of inflammation in your gut and could be one of the
primary dietary causes of leptin resistance which can cause like
appetite disregulation and the loss of the ability to mobilize fat for
energy and also overweight and obesity. It was really an interesting
study, they went into the concept that when you’re eating
carbohydrates that don’t have a cell or that a relatively a cell deficient
vs. cellular-filled carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables and plants
and things like that, you get an upregulation of a specific molecule
called lipopolysaccharide and lipopolysaccharide is part of the outer
membrane of gram negative bacteria and what that means is it acts as
an endotoxin meaning it can cause some metabolic derangement,
autoimmune reactions, inflammations, stuff like that and the
consumption of a lot of these carbohydrates that are acellular can
actually cause these. So what this means is that if you step back and
look at your diet, the majority of the carbohydrates that you eat
should come from cell rich sources. So just to kinda give you an idea
here – there’s actually a chart that has some of the more acellular
carbohydrate sources. Rice cakes are one. Rice cakes are one of the
most cell void carbohydrate sources you can get, pretzels are another,
crispy bread and crackers are another one, most whole-wheat cereals
are very acellular which would be the type of carbohydrate you
wouldn’t go after. Granola and granola bars are acellular, potato
chips, white bread, popcorn, bran cereal, French fries, most pizzas
and milk shakes and cheese burgers are also acellular.
Brock: That’s pretty much all stoner food.
Ben: Yeah, yeah but even some foods that you know some people think are
just like okay, like rice cakes and popcorn. Yeah, they’re okay but at
the same time they can have pretty good potential for producing these
lipopolysaccharides. Now what would be a cellular type of food, we’re
talking about like sweet potatoes, or cellular type of carbohydrates,
sweet potatoes, ginger is really good, parsnip, pears actually are
pretty high up there on a cell containing properties, most of the other
fruits kinda come on down from pears, you’ve got kale – as being
pretty high in the list of a cellular carbohydrate, carrots are another
one. But look at it this way, if it appears to you to be something that
was pretty recently living and it’s recognizable live form then in
general that’s gonna be most fruits and vegetables and tubers that’s a
cellular carbohydrate that would be or should comprise the majority
of your carbohydrate intake. So I’ll link to this study ‘cause it goes
into the whole science behind this but ultimately it comes down to
eating cellular carbohydrates. Makes sure that your carbs were
growing and I don’t know, barking or moving or meowing or
Brock: So how much radiation are you picking up in your office right now?
Ben: You’ll have to listen in to the last podcast to find out. Actually I have
this new device – that’s measuring like EMF, radiation, I mentioned
this in the last podcast – nitrates in my fruits and vegetables,
humidity in my bedroom. Yeah, so it’s called the lapka and we just
released a brand new interview with the guy who designed it and he
kinda opens the kimono on the whole thing. So we released that
podcast over on the bengreenfieldfitness premium channel. So if you
have the free Ben Greenfield fitness app, you’ll notice that it appears
right in there as a lock button next to it and if you unlock it then you’ll
be able to access premium. It’s $9.99 a year and you’ve got like 300
extra podcast videos, pdf downloads, all that jazz. And this latest one
with my lapka – honestly, that one year alone I think it’s probably
worth $9.99 ‘cause it’s pretty cool.
Brock: It’s pretty cool.
Ben: It’s pretty cool. I was drooling over this – this new technology. So
check that out over at bengreenfieldfitness.com/premium or just grab
the app over at bengreenfieldfitness.com/app. Next, I wanted to
mention all these different places that I’ll be just in case folks want
Brock: Looks like everyday in September you’re speaking somewhere.
Ben: Yeah, so September 21st to the 23rd, I’ll be speaking at the 431 Project.
You can check that out – actually not, rather giving you a lot of these
url’s, just go to bengreenfieldfitness.com/290 and you’ll have more in
there. The 431 Project is in Vermont, so I’m gonna be speaking in
Vermont – for those of you who are around there, bunch of
astronauts, technologists, screenwriters, CEO’s, teachers, we’re all
going to be there to address inactivity and obesity in the U.S. But it’s
gonna be in a really cool format. We’re gonna have like farm to table
cuisine, a bunch of smelly acurated wine list and really kind of like a
high end five star type of summit. So, you can check that out at the
431project.com and then right after that I’m speaking at The Vermont
Traditional Foods and Health Symposium and that’s kind of like a
westenate prize foundation type of event. We’re gonna look at
traditional diets, traditional foods, health, wellness, longevity. I’ll be
speaking there as well after that 431 Project, so if you really want to
have a good time and go to Vermont in September, attend both of
those conferences, you can turn back to back, literally back to back.
Brock: Yeah, you’ll learn a crap load.
Ben: And then the next day I’m flying over to Pasadena…
Ben: …where I’ll be speaking at Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Biohacking
Conference and if you’re listening to this podcast right when it came
out, Dave is extending the pre-sell price of that conference until
August 1st. I think you can get in for like 400 bucks and it’s pretty cool
‘cause you can just play with all the latest biohacking tech and hang-
out with me and Dave and everybody else who is gonna be there.
They’ll be a lot of cool folks there. So, all the toys, the best biohacking
toys are gonna be on display and then you get to drink bulletproof
coffee until your eyeballs are popping out of your head and you know
Brock: Actually that’s not where I – what I’ve been worrying popping out.
Ben: Oil coming out of your ears, then you’ll wear a diaper… So,
bulletproof biohacking conference, check that out. And then the last
place that I’ll be in case you’re there is Kona. Both Brock and I will be
in Kona – October 8th through the 13th at Ironman World
Championships. If you’re a doctor, or physical therapist, or
chiropractor, or something like that, if you don’t know there’s a really
cool sports medicine conference that goes on that whole week, I’m
gonna be speaking down there, it’s called the Ironman Sports
Medicine Conference and actually it’s a pretty cool event and it’s a
great way to just like geek out, get some CEU’s, write it off as a
business expense and go watch the super bowl of ironman. So, there
you go and I’ll put links to all that stuff in case I was too way fast for
you over at bengreenfieldfitness.com/290. And then just one other
thing I wanted to mention is I got a ton of questions. Remember the
JJ Virgin podcast, Brock?
Brock: Of course! How could I forget her arms.
Ben: Yeah! And she just like went on about all this like special like magic
creams, collagen masks and serums and anti-aging stuff that she uses
and it turns out that most of these stuff you can only order through
like a plastic surgeon or a doctor or a medical spa and Purigenex
contacted me after that podcast and they basically offered for our
listeners to be able to just get it through me. So basically, all of like
the trans-dermal collagen mask and the anti-aging serums and all
these stuff that JJ talks about in that podcast, you can get it. One’s
called the age reversal serum, just like the extreme deer antler velvet,
I almost feel guilty talking about an age-reversal serum right after
denying the fact that I was endorsing, yeah.
Brock: Fountain of youth water…
Ben: Yeah, I mean like honestly like let’s be frank – that’s probably not true
that’s going to reverse aging but it might like make your skin more
firm or reduce wrinkles or whatever. I always like to be straight
forward, it’s not actually going to make you younger…
Brock: It will not turn you into Benjamin Button.
Ben: …it will not change the birthday on your driver’s license but anyways,
I will put links in the show notes to get these stuff. Blow the actual
doctor price. They were pretty generous, they offered me blow the
doctor price, free overnight shipping, so I just said, Yes. And they
send me the links and you check them all out over at
bengreenfieldfitness.com/290 so check that out and go transform
yourself into a new born baby.
Listener Q & A:
Brian: Hi Ben and Brock, this is Brian. I got a question – I was at the gym
several weeks ago and doing some lunges, weighted 35 lb dumbbell
lunges and I got little lightheaded. I just kinda curious what do you
think about working hard at the gym to lightheadedness?
Should I try to avoid? That would be nice. I just stop, rested, and it
continued but it’s mostly bad exercise that I feel that I get low
lightheaded sometimes just twice. Thanks! Bye.
Brock: I don’t know about you but at the gym that I go to there are signs all
over the place saying, “If you feel lightheaded immediately get off the
machine and lay down in a quiet corner and sound the alarm…”
Ben: Put down your beer. Actually, my wife and I have been getting
lightheaded a few times over the past few weeks but it’s just been
getting so hot lately and that can actually be one of the things. I’m just
gonna say this just so people know like I mess up sometimes and I do
dumb things. I went to the gym, I rode my bike to the gym – it was
like a 100 degrees out and I rode really hard and I got into the gym
and I was gonna run on the treadmill and the reason I was gonna run
on the treadmill is because sometimes I like to do that ‘cause the
treadmill pushes me harder than I push myself. So I jacked up the
treadmill and I was doing a 2 mile time trial and I got about 1 and a
half miles in and got really lightheaded and almost passed out and
basically I had to go and sit in the personal trainer’s office for like 10
minutes with my head buried in my hands while they watch me to
make sure I was okay. So, like yeah, I mean like, part of this can just
be freakin’ heat and the fact that your body is having to shunt more
blood to more areas of your body to cool you. And that can definitely
be one reason but if you are doing a good job keeping yourself cool
during exercise, you’re drinking, you’re not doing dumb stuff like me
and then pushing yourself too hard in the heat. A few other things
that can cause lightheadedness: the first is a lot of folks will get dizzy
and lightheaded when they switch to a low carb diet or they’re
restricting sugars. There’s two reasons for that: one is just a stray of
hypoglycemia can cause dizziness and lightheadedness during
exercise but so can the dump in sodium and the dump in the
electrolytes that happens when you switch to like a lower carb intake
because as your body loses glycogen content, it dumps electrolytes
along with it and that’s why if you kinda dig in to a lot of the low carb
literature, you’ll see a lot of recommendations for using things like a
lot more sea salt on your foods even like before workout, the use of
chicken bullion cubes or really salty sources to increase your sodium
intake and increase that natural drop in blood pressure that occurs
when you’re low on sodium. So part of this could just be – you know,
and I say this ‘cause I know we have a lot of listeners who listen in
who experiment with things like ketosis and low carb and that can
certainly cause this. The other thing is that, you know, fish is pure low
blood sugar right before you workout and this common and this has
happen to some people. You can do things to either help your liver to
mobilize its storage sugars, caffeine is a really good way to do that
frankly, and that’s what I do because I’d like to save the majority of
my carbohydrate intake for later in the day. Post workout when my
non-insulin dependent glucose transporter pathways are really able to
shove the carbohydrates that I do eat in the muscle tissue. So before
my workout, I’ll usually do stuff like caffeine, I do disodium atp,
another one that you can use is… it’s very similar to the way that
insulin works in the fact that it shoves glucose in the muscles cells
and it’s got to called inosotol. You can get all that – there’s a stuff
called X2 performance and take a shot of it prior to your workouts
and that works pretty well. For an afternoon workout, you don’t have
to worry about the coffee, it’s like equal to a quarter cup of coffee. So,
low in caffeine, that can help. Another thing that can cause dizziness
or lightheadedness is improper breathing. Just basically shallow chest
breathing, mouth breathing – one thing I’ve been focusing a lot is just
deep nasal breathing during exercise as much as possible and the
more you do it the more oxygen you will train yourself to be able to
take in from deep nasal diaphragmatic breathing and it takes practice.
It feels like your turning exercise in the like this focused
yoga/meditation session but I personally don’t have a lot of time to
meditate. I just don’t. So I turn exercise into meditation by doing it
very rhythmically, deep nasal breathing when I’m doing something
that allows for me to do that. Let’s face it, when I’m doing it instead of
hardcore like kettle bell swings, I’m like huffing and puffing through
my mouth like crazy but some of the lighter movements or the slower
movements or the movements that aren’t quite as ballistic, say like,
deadlifts or a controlled shoulder press or cycling running, stuff like
that, deep nasal breathing can help a ton with oxygenation and the
dizziness and the lightheadedness that can occur with improper
Brock: I’ve been practicing that on my… when I brought my bike to work, I –
well, I’m commuting I’ll do the nasal breathing. I can’t really go that
hard ‘cause I’m traffic and red light and stuff but it’s a perfect time to
really practice that and get in the habit.
Ben: Yeah and it’s one of the coolest exercise hacks ever. If you can train
yourself how to do it and you can kill two birds with one stone, then
turn exercise into something like a meditative session. I’m a huge fan
of that kind of productivity, so.
Brock: You just have to be aware of the boogers…upon your cheeks.
Ben: Yeah, yeah, I also would like to say – brush my teeth and check my
emails and stuff like that while I’m exercising too. You know, I wanna
kill as many birds with that stone as possible.
Brock: Just killing birds left and right.
Ben: The other thing, and this is really common among exercise enthusiast
is - adrenal dysfunction. It can cause dizziness and lightheadedness
during exercise because your adrenal glands can release epinephrine
when cortisol is unavailable or glucose levels get too low and in the
state of choleric control or not taking enough calories in a state of
over training, in a state of adrenal fatigue, a lot of times that excess
epinephrine and adrenaline released by the adrenal glands as almost
like a substitute for cortisol can cause lightheadedness, shakiness,
irritability, dizziness, and the same type of thing that you might
experience with low blood sugar. So, dysfunctional adrenal glands
don’t necessarily have to be caused by state of pure over training.
They can be caused by a tough day of mental and emotional stress
and if you’re one of those people saving your workout for the end of
the day, but you’ve not really done a good job but maybe controlling
work stress or relationship stress during the day then that can simply
cause your adrenal glands to churn out more epinephrine and
adrenaline. Sounds kinda woo woo but you’ll find that what happens
is, you know, let’s say you’re using like the sweet beat heart rate
variability system to measure heart rate variability while you’re at
work and you notice that you’re consistently throughout the day
experiencing this big deficit in heart rate variability and stress and
you’re not stopping to breathe it off and you’re not maybe stopping a
few times during work to exercise a little bit or move a little bit or
you’re not focusing on fixing emotional issues at work with employees
or with your boss. When you workout at the end of the day, you can
be producing a lot of epinephrine and adrenaline. So that can cause it.
Another thing that can cause over training or adrenal fatigue type of
symptoms and the absence of excessive exercise is parasitic and
bacterial infections. So that’s another thing, is looking at the health of
your gut and making sure that you take care of that as well. But let’s
say that the – whatever it is, mental or emotional stress, over training
or some kind of infection, you get this increase release of epinephrine
and adrenaline, there’s a couple different home tests that you can do
to see if that’s actually happening. One is called an orthostatic
hypotension test. So, sounds kind of nerdy but the way that it works is
you lie down for about 5 minutes and you take your blood pressure
while you are lying down and what you particularly want to take note
of when you’re taking your blood pressure, like with the blood
pressure cuff as you’re lying down is the systolic pressure – that’s the
top number. And then what you do is you stand up from that lying
down position and as soon as you stand up, you take your blood
pressure again. Now, if your systolic pressure, that top number stayed
the same or it decreased, that’s a pretty good chance that there’s some
adrenal dysfunction going on and specifically an excess secretion of
epinephrine. So well, it doesn’t assume there’s a – it means you’ve got
basically dysfunction in epinephrine production. So, what you’re
Brock: Is that what it would normally result in a sort of a head rush sort of
Ben: Uhmm, yup but you can quantify it. You can stand up and what you
want ideally is for your systolic pressure to increase by anywhere
from about 6-10 – it’s measured in millimeters of mercury or mm per
hg. So you want your systolic pressure to go up when you go from
lying to standing. If it doesn’t then there’s a pretty good chance
there’s some adrenal dysfunction going on. If it drops significantly,
you see that a lot in people who are adrenally exhausted. So, that’s
one test that you can do. A second test that you can do is called the
pupil reflex test. And the way that you do this one and this is again a
very simple home test you can do to test your adrenal function is you
can stand in front of a mirror and you wanna be in a dark room, in
your bathroom is fine, you take a flashlight and you shine the light of
the flashlight into one eye.
Okay, so just from the side you shine the light of that flashlight into
one eye and you’re doing it from the side because you wanna watch
your pupil in the mirror once you shine that flashlight into your eye.
And what should happen is when it’s dark, your pupil is gonna be
dilated but when you shine the light from the flashlight on your pupil,
it’s gonna constrict and how long that constriction happens can
indicate adrenal function. So what that means is that generally if
you’re looking at your eye after you shine that flashlight on it, you
wanna see that it stays constricted - constricted for a little while
generally about 20 seconds. Okay, that’s a sign of healthy adrenal
function. Now, if you notice that you shine that light at your eye and it
starts pulsing or going back to dilation after about 10 seconds or you
notice that it doesn’t constrict at all or you notice like a little bit of a
fluttering and then a dilation or anything aside from simply staying
constricted for about 20 seconds, that’s also a pretty good sign that
there are some epinephrine and cortisol issues going on indicative of
poor adrenal function. So those are 2 kinda simple at home test for
adrenal function and I tend to see in exercise enthusiast that
lightheadedness and dizziness at the gym is a lot of times due to
adrenal gland dysfunction especially if like blood sugar and some of
those other things that I was talking about are taking care of already –
you know, hydration and body temperature and things of that nature.
So there’s a couple of good home test that you can do for adrenal
Brock: And if people do find out that they have some sort of adrenal
dysfunction by doing those tests, they can always go to the website
and do a search for adrenal function or adrenal fatigue or something
like that. There’s tons of information here.
Ben: Or read my book. I kinda read a book about that.
Brock: There you go.
Ben: It’s called Beyond Training.
HotandCold: Hi guys! I was hoping you could provide some advice when it comes
to adapting and dealing with extreme temperatures. A lot of
triathlons I know start with a swim which can be particularly cold
even if it’s a hotter day and especially in the longer races a lot of times
you’ll finish the run in the heat of the day. I know there’s a lot of
advice out there for adapting yourself to tolerate the cold or the heat
but it seems like anytime I go training to tolerate one extreme, my
tolerance of the other extreme is degraded. So I was hoping to find if
you had any advice on adapting to both the cold and the hot for racing
and training. Thanks!
Brock: yeah, I’ve often wondered that on a really hot day when I take an ice
bath and then I get out and it’s like a really hot day and it sorts of
heats me up right away, my, undoing all that good, I just…
Ben: (laughs) No you aren’t. Actually, did you listen to the latest episode of
the obstacle dominator podcast?
Brock: Yeah, yeah, I did it.
Ben: Yeah, it was – that’s what you did, you’re the editor. I don’t know how
much you listen when you editing though but…
Brock: Actually not a whole lot sometimes.
Ben: Yeah, it’s true. So, in that epi… you can listen to that.
Brock: In that show I’m listening for curses.
Brock: You guys curse on that show a lot.
Ben: Yeah, but you do a good job blooping it out. Anyways though, you can
listen to the show on if you just go to iTunes and do a search for
Obstacle Dominator or you could go to obstacledominator.com. We
interviewed Matt Novakovich and he’s talking about how the Spartan
CEO actually, Joe Desena is coaching Matt right now and because
Spartan Worlds Championship involves so many water crossings and
water immersions wherein like super cold water like up in Vermont
during the race and you’re just like going back in like red hot
intensity, he’s got Matt doing like 5 minute cold water river soaks and
you get out and you run and you do burpees and pull ups and get back
in the water again and that’s actually a really interesting way to train
because kind of like the whole cold/hot contrast there if you’re going
from the cold to the heat. What happens is that when you get hot or
when you exercise or both, it cause vasodilation of the blood flow to
any limbs that are working so production of nitric oxide, vasodilation,
widening of the arteries and more blood flow and then once you get
into the cold, you get vasoconstriction of most of the body which
increases some of the local blood circulation to keep some areas warm
but generally overall you’re getting a vasoconstriction effects. So
you’re like pumping the blood vessels. The other thing that happens is
when you get exposed to cold, your lymph vessels contract but then
when you get exposed to heat, your lymph vessels relax.
So this almost acts like a pump for your lymph system which is
actually kinda nice for reducing inflammation and enhancing
immune function. They have done some pretty cool studies and we
talked about them a little bit with Dr. Rhonda Patrick when she came
on the show indicating that thermal stress seems to positively
influence the immune system and this cold/hot contrast therapy
where you’re going from cold to hot and back and forth can also
possibly affect your immune system. When we look at how this
applies to hot and cold question, you know preparing and adapting
for extreme temperature fluctuation, you can use this cold
acclimation combined with heat acclimation effects. So it combine
cold thermogenesis and heat acclimation in the same way that you
would do when you’re doing like cold/hot contrast therapy. So you’re
going from sitting in a sauna for say like 30 minutes getting as hot as
possible and then going and taking a 5 minute icy cold shower. If you
wanna do more reps, you can go from 5 minutes of sauna to 1 minute
of shower and back and forth. So you’re getting that hot/cold training
effect. You can do something like what Matt Novacovitch is doing
which is – if you got access to a body of water or some cold water, you
can intersperse like 5 minute cold soaks right in the middle of your
workout and then get back to working out. So you’re getting back and
forth vasodilation, vasoconstriction of lymph fluid and blood fluid.
The other thing that you can do is kinda more like the approach that
Ray Cronise talked about when he was on the show which hot/cold
contrast showers: 20 seconds of cold water followed by 10 seconds of
hot water to increase nitric oxide, vasodilation, vasoconstriction,
shutdown inflammatory cytokines but also increase your body’s
ability to be able to deal with those type of rapid temperature
fluctuations. So few different ways to skin the cat and frankly, you can
do all these stuff, you could do a cold/hot shower in the morning
everyday when you get up and you could a couple of times a week do a
sauna plus cold shower session. Like my YMCA for example right next
to the dry sauna is a cold shower and I can sit in the dry sauna for 30
minutes and then get out and do a 5 minute cold shower. And if you
have access to a cold soak, that’s actually technically even better to do
cold water immersion followed by either dry sauna or wet sauna or
even hot water immersion if you have a hot tub next to a cold soak. So
those are few other things that I would do and by the way, don’t get
me wrong about hydrotherapy. There’s actually not a lot of evidence
to show that it directly improves things like jumping ability, sprinting
ability, even like muscle soreness like they’ve done some pretty
interesting control group studies in the Journal of Strength
Conditioning published a couple of this recently where they took folks
who had just on an exercise session and they had them do this
hot/cold therapy. The only thing they notice was that the folks said
that they were less sore but none of the physiological markers of
soreness that they were measuring or markers of performance were
affected at all by this cold/hot contrast therapy but what they weren’t
measuring was things like immune system function, they weren’t
measuring nitric oxide production and they weren’t measuring of
course what we’re talking about here, the ability during exercise to be
able to go back and forth between hot and cold which is pretty unique
in a race but you do run into it. You do run into situations where like
you’re swimming in cold water in a triathlon and then go straight into
biking in hot weather or you’re doing something like the Spartan race
where you’re going from running in red hot intensity right into cold
water and back out. So I won’t claim that hydrotherapy does
everything that some people say that it will do like directly decrease
soreness or increase performance but it does have some cool effects
when you look at immune function and vasodilation,
vasoconstriction, stuff like that.
Brock: And give me hydrotherapy or cryotherapy?
Ben: Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is actually the term that a lot of exercise
science gives to cold/hot contrast.
Ben: Using water and temperature to enhance recovery.
Brock: I thought it was enemas. I think they use it in that term as well.
Ben: Yeah, they might use it in wellness too and we’re not talking about
enemas. That’s a totally different discussion. So a couple of other
things to bear in mind here, really I guess there’s one other thing that
I recommend and that is that there are specific nutrients that activate
heat shock proteins and activate nitric oxide and specifically regulate
your stress response to the production of heat shock proteins, heat
and rapid fluctuations in temperature. That group of nutrients are
called adaptogens and they’re actually specific adaptogens that have
been studied for their ability to modulate cold/hot responses and
some of the ones that are pretty easy to find that you could get your
You wanna choose like good high quality adaptogens: eleuthero is
one, schisandra (judges like to say, it just like Shazam! Dra!
Shazamdra!) and rhodiola – all of those can really help with your
defense response against mild stressors and that’s the way that a lot
of adaptogens work. For example, I’ve talked a lot before about this
like Tianchi Chinese adaptogenic herb that I’ll use in the midmorning.
A pack of that during the day and that has eleuthero, schisandra,
rhodiola and like 38 other different adaptogens in it but adaptogenic
herbs would be something I would definitely consider using and that
I’ll personally use like ‘cause I’m getting ready for the Spartan World
Championships to allow my body to better mediate the stress
response to rapid fluctuations in cold and heat. So I would not just
train with hot/cold contrast whether it be via immersion or showers
but I also consider use of adaptogens and then also, if you wanna
delve into how a guy like Matt Novacavitch and he’s one of the top
Spartan athletes out there, if you wanna delve into how he’s using it.
Go listen to the latest episode of that Obstacle Dominator podcast. It’s
episode number 7.
Laura; Hi Ben and Brock, my name is Laura from Washington, DC. I have a
question about rate of absorption. Both my boyfriend and I drink
protein shakes after a session in the gym and we also drink green
shakes and my question for you is, is there a specific time frame in
which we should be consuming this. I am more of a zipper where after
the workout he can just take 3 gulps and be done with his protein
shake. I’d like to think that the slower you drink it, the more readily
your body can absorb it over, you know, half hour or so? But now I’m
starting to think that maybe he’s right and I should just shrug it and
get it done. If you could give me any advice and if there’s any
difference between drinking the protein at a certain rate and drinking
the green smoothies at a different rate, I would be very interested to
know. Thanks a lot guys! Love the show!
Ben: Brock, I don’t know about you but I take like almost 40 minutes to eat
my morning smoothie.
Brock: That’s a lot.
Ben: That’s a long time. So I make – it’s usually have a kale, or spinach, or
cabbage or sometimes a mix of all those. Sometimes I go out to the
garden and pick some beet greens or some red leaf lettuce that we
have been growing out there. Well, I blend it thick like super thick
and then I eat it with a spoon and I put things that increase the
texture of like – I put all, I put super foods like they’re going out of
style and my smoothie like I dumped chlorella tablets in there, I put
unsweetened coconut flakes in there; I use the Bob’s Redmill coconut
flakes, I put dark cacao nibs in there and I sit there just chewing like a
cow and like all worth one bite of a smoothie around in my mouth for
a good 30-60 seconds. I usually get a little bit of work done, reading
some of my morning reading, things like that. Sometimes visiting
with my kids but I take a while to eat that morning smoothie.
Brock: I think judging by what you just said you put in it that would take me
all day to choke that. Damn, it doesn’t sound tasty at all.
Ben: Yeah, and actually the older that you get the less hydrochloric acid
that you produced the more important that becomes especially for
protein-rich foods. So…
Brock: You’re calling me old.
Ben: (laughs) No. You’re just older than me… and you have more facial
hair. Actually, you have facial hair which automatically differentiates
Brock: And more gray facial hair. Anyway…
Ben: So if it’s not in the presence of a workout, the cool thing about
chewing your food is that it leads to a pre-empty release of insulin
and well, when I first said that it might sound negative ‘cause you
wanna control insulin for fat loss or for insulin sensitivity or whatever
but a small amount of early insulin release as you’re eating actually
prepares your body for any carbohydrates present in that meal and it
results in less of a total insulin release meaning that you’ll have better
blood sugar management when you chew and the reason for that is
you get pre-emptied release of insulin which actually helps prevent
hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia after your meal. So generally
what we know from research is that insulin that’s release at the start
of your meal peaks about 4 minutes into the meal and then returns
back to baseline levels after about 8-10 minutes.
So the minimum amount of time that you would wanna take to finish
a meal if you weren’t in a very insulin sensitive post workout state
would be 10 minutes. So if you are not exercising, you’re sitting in
your office during the day or whatever and you’re taking less than 10
minutes to eat, you’re shorting yourself in terms of your ability to
control your blood sugar. Now, if you are in a post workout scenario,
you’re already insulin sensitive. So that’s a pretty move point, you’re
aren’t gonna release much insulin period in terms of shoving that
food into muscle cells for recovery because you’re non-insulin
mediated glucose transporter pathways are really upregulated post
workout. But even in that case chewing food can lead to less potential
for gut inflammation, less leakage of undigested protein particles into
the blood stream, less formation of those lipopolysaccharide; those
endotoxins I was talking about earlier. So, generally what they found
in research is there been 2 different studies that have found that
chewing approximately 40 times before you swallow cannot only lead
to decrease levels of some of these inflammatory markers but it can
decrease levels of the hungry hormone, grelin and it can increase the
level of 2 different really important gut peptides that are responsible
for helping you to digest food. One called cholecystokinin and one
called glucagon like peptide. So, what that means is that you’re gonna
have a lower appetite and you’ll gonna be feeling fuller more quickly
when you take a longer time to eat. The other thing is that salivary
amylases produced in your mouth, so once again your pre-digesting
carbohydrates in your mouth which could help to control some of the
hormones that your pancreas has to churn out and then you get
improved digestion when you’re chewing. So you get better ecology,
with gut micro flora and your gut bacterial balance again you get that
reduced endotoxins and lipopolysaccharide formation that I was
talking about and in ayurvetic medicine there’s this whole concept of
yin-yang balance and generally one of the things that you’ll see in
ayurvetic medicine is that yin-yang balance is thrown off by chewing
your food inadequately or else eating in a very distracted state like
while you are in a business meeting or talking on the phone or
something like that. So not eating while you’re stress is also very
important. To answer the question, ultimately sipping your smoothie
for about 30 minutes is gonna increase your ability to digest the food
and it’s going to lead to better gut health. In a post-workout scenario,
we’re not worried about the fact that eating fast is going to cause this
hyper-insulin response because you don’t have to worry about the
post-workout but you’re gonna get more out of what you are eating if
you slowly eat it. So I think lower wins out on this one.
Brock: Didn’t Dr, Jack Kruse have a theory about actually not chewing your
food as much and swallowing it a little more whole to make your
digestive system more robust?
Ben: Uhmm, he does but – and he make pipe in ‘cause I think he listens in.
Correct me if I’m wrong – but I think that that was a theory and not
based on any research has been done on chewed vs. unchewed food.
All the research that I’ve seen has suggested that the more you chew,
the better. So, chew, chew, chew, and dump lots of super foods into
Ben: Hey Ben and Brock, this is – my name is Ben as well. I recently got
the superhuman encoder and I tweeted at you asking about bad
dreams, specifically I had nightmares like the first night I wore it and
since that I usually don’t wear it at night but you said something in
the tweet about I think it was DHT, DUT something like that detox. I
tried to look for info online about it but can’t really find much. I was
wondering if you could expand on that and tell me more about why I
was having nightmares. Thanks guys for all you do.
Ben: Yeah, why we’re kinda delving into the woo woo now. Superhuman
encoders and nightmares.
Brock: I wish he told us what his nightmares are about. I bet it was you with
a clown wig.
Ben: That might be the issue, yeah. Quit reading comics book before you go
to bed ‘cause you do dream about what you dwell on before you go to
bed and I’ve certainly been experiencing a little bit of lucid dreaming
now that I’m using things like that that Thorne Multi-vitamin like the
pm formula. Seems – I think it’s the Relora in that that cause a little
bit of lucid dreaming. It’s got like a couple adaptogens in it –
Phellodendron and magnolia. They help you to fall asleep faster but I
have noticed that I get more lucid dreams when I’m using that and
I’ve also been experimenting with the CBD hemp base extract that
also can definitely do it.
I suspect via different mechanism than what we were talking about
with something like the encoder. So yeah, let’s delve into this. There
was a really interesting study that was published very recently just
last month in the Journal Nature Neuroscience and what they wanted
to look into was the electrical frequencies and whether it is the act of
lucid dreaming, nightmares, deep dreams, whatever that causes your
body to churn out or your brains specifically to churn out different
frequencies, different brainwave patterns, or whether it’s different
electrical brainwave patterns that cause a lucid dreaming. So what
comes first – the chicken or the egg. So what they did was they
actually try to induce lucid dreaming in a group of subjects by
stimulating their brains and in this case they were actually using a –
what’s called a trans-cranial alternating current which delivered
current through electrodes that were placed on their scalps. So they
tested a bunch of different frequencies from 2 hertz all the way up to a
hundred hertz and then each morning when the participants in the
study woke up, they ask to recall their dreams and what they
discovered in this study was that the frequency of about 40 hertz
down to around 25 hertz, all cause lucid dreaming. They actually
found that the exposure to certain electromagnetic or electrical
frequencies while you are asleep can affect your brainwave patterns
and your ability to lucid dream. Now what is probably coming into
play here is a specific molecule called DMT. DMT is also known as
dimethyltryptamine and if you’ve heard about ayahuasca before…
Brock: That’s just what I was gonna say, that’s from ayahuasca.
Ben: …it’s like this hallucinogenic. Look Relora – ayahuasca is a blend of
DMT and then something else called monoamine oxidase inhibitor
which is this enzyme inhibitor that allows DMT that you might take
orally to be active and cause this hallucinogenic effect. But the very
interesting thing is that there’s been a lot of studies into whether or
not your body could actually produce its own DMT because I’m gonna
assume that Benjamin here is not taking DMT or ayahuasca before he
goes to bed at night.
Brock: I thought he would be blaming the superhuman encoder if he was.
Ben: Yeah, and there’s been some really interesting research done on DMT
and whether or not you could actually produce it like could there be a
situation you could put your body in to where it would produce DMT
while you’re asleep at night. It could cause lucid dreaming and
potentially even nightmares and there’s a really interesting book – I’ll
link to it in the show notes if Benjamin or anybody else listening and
wants to check it out. It’s called – It’s got cheesy name, it’s called
DMT: The Spirit Molecule but it’s actually a pretty cool book with
some interesting scientific information about DMT. It was written by
this guy called Rick Strassman and the hypothesis in the book is that
it’s start off with the fact that a massive release of DMT specifically
from your pineal gland is the cause of this near death experience
phenomenon whereas you’re about to die and they’ve asked people
who have been near the brink of death and brought back about how
they all saw like aliens and insectoids and reptiles and weird kinda
nightmare types of vision and hallucinations and one of the things
that Rick talks about in the book is that your pineal gland actually
contains the specific enzymes and precursors necessary to synthesize
DMT endogenously. So it turns out that your body may have the
capability using some tryptophan precursors and specific enzymes to
actually create its own DMT that can cause this type of lucid
dreaming and it would specifically be the pineal gland that would be
responsible for producing that. You know, Rick Strassman wrote that
book, I think it was back in the late 90’s but since then and
specifically in 2011 there was an interesting study at the University of
Wisconsin that found that the enzymes responsible for the synthesis
of DMT and actually some other endogenous hallucinogens that are
talked about in that study, there was found in not just the pineal
gland but also in what are called your retinal ganglion neurons which
are near your eyes or the back of your eyes and also even in your
spinal cord. So there’s a lot of evidence out there that you could under
certain circumstances produce your own DMT like it cause this type
of lucid dreaming or nightmares. I’m getting some more here, I’m
getting some more here. Just keep listening.
Brock: Yeah, I believe so.
Ben: Okay. So, we now know that DMT can cause nightmares and lucid
dreaming. We know that lucid dreaming can also be caused by
electrical currents. So, it’s possible that exposure to certain electrical
frequencies or certain hertz frequencies could cause the pineal gland
to churn out DMT, okay. Now I’m totally not claiming that this is
proven or anything but what I’m doing is hypothesizing what could
potentially happen here. Now if we look at the pineal gland, the pineal
gland can actually act as a signal transducer. If we look at like Hindu
medicine and Hindu tradition, the pineal gland is actually perceived
as like the third eye. So basically there’s this third eye in the forehead
called the crown chakra and you may have heard of that before in like
Eastern ayurvedic medicine or Hindu religion where that’s basically
the part of your body that would download energy into the
subconscious and produce things like weird dreams and visions and
things of that nature and it’s directly linked to the pineal gland. So,
the idea here is that – in the Journal Bioelectromagnetics, there was
actually an article that appeared in which after dissecting 20 different
human pineal glands, they found several hundred tiny little micro-
crystals composed of calcite. So basically pineal glands had this
crystalline formation in them that are very similar to like the little
crystals in your ear that can vibrate and help you to hear sound. Part
of that is hair and part of it is crystals but the pineal gland appears to
contain some very similar mechanisms and these are specifically
piezoelectric crystals meaning the same type of crystals that are
capable – that you could use to like tune in to radio stations without
the use of electricity or radios that use piezoelectric crystals. Your
pineal gland also has this same type of crystals in it and piezoelectric
crystals can turn sound vibrations into electrical current and vice
versa. So when you hear about people using like binaural beats and
sound to induce specific hertz frequencies to help them get into
deeper state of sleep like putting on headphones that produce
binaural beats or listening to sleep cd’s and things like that. One of
the things that’s going on is an actual vibration of the crystals that are
in the pineal gland and because the pineal gland, we now know, has
the production to churn out DMT, it is certainly possible that when
we are exposed to specific frequencies, the pineal gland is vibrating in
a way that will cause you to churn out DHT. So this is where this
superhuman encoder comes in the plan. I’m wearing one in my wrist
right now and these are manufactured in Scotland and they’re made
for me to a full disclosure. I sell them. You can get them at
superhumanencoder.com. These are piezoelectric crystals inside the
superhuman encoder and what that means is that it’s a crystal that is
bombarded with sound frequencies in the 8 to 10 hertz range which
is, for those of you who are familiar with what’s called the Schumann
resonance – that is the same hertz frequency that geological
formations in like rocks, and the planet earthy meds. So when you
hear people about grounding or earthing or things of that nature;
that’s all based off getting exposed to the Schumann resonance. So it’s
kinda like if you wanna think about this in simplistic terms,
equivalent of wearing like the Schumann resonance on your wrist. So
it’s emitting this constant frequency because it’s piezoelectric crystal
just like it’s found in your pineal gland and this piezoelectric crystals
once they’re exposed to a sound frequency will continue to vibrate at
that frequency. So this thing is vibrating at about 8-10 hertz. Now if
you are a musician and I know you’re a musician so you’re probably
familiar with this Brock…
Ben: One thing that can happen is when we get things that are vibrating,
they also produce harmonics.
Brock: Yeah, sympathetic vibrations.
Ben: Exactly. So 8-10 hertz is also going to produce some vibrational off
shoots in like the 72 hertz range, the 144 hertz range, all the way up to
the 432 hertz range. So basically when you have a specific hertz
frequency, you’ve got that hertz that vibrating at that main frequency
but then there’s harmonics getting thrown off. Which is way only like
pluck a guitar string if you listen carefully, you can actually hear it
vibrating at higher and higher octaves. The idea here is that what this
means is when you’re wearing something that’s vibrating on your
wrist while you’re asleep at night even though in for example that
study where they induced lucid dreaming, they were using much
higher hertz frequencies than this 8-10 hertz frequency which is why
when you’re sleeping and you’re grounding or earthing map you’re
probably not gonna feel things like lucid dreaming, etc. but the
harmonics that you get from a piezoelectric crystal that’s vibrating
may actually do produce some off-sets of harmonic frequencies that
could cause the pineal gland to vibrate at this higher frequencies
produced endogenous DMT and cause like lucid or hallucinogenic
And one of the things that you should be aware of is this whole
concept of a DMT detox. Meaning, some people will use things like
ayahuasca otherwise to increase DMT and for the first few times that
they use it, they get really bad nightmares and really disturbing
visions and then eventually (and they call this a DMT detox and I’m
totally not going to pretend that I know the physiology of it because I
don’t) but they say that this stuff goes away after about 2 weeks or so.
So it could be that you just mean it to kinda like get through it and
maybe read some kids story books or something before you go to bed
so you get your mind full of like smurfs and rainbow ponies and that
might help a little bit. Make sure that you’re not thinking of stressful
or deeply emotional things before you go to bed. But ultimately, you
know, that was kind of woo woo and I was drawing a lot of coloralies
like I will be the first to admit that everything that I just talked about
is really soft science but that is what I would suspect would cause
something like this and I thought it would be interesting to get into
that for folks to just how the pineal gland works and how certain
sound frequencies can really affect the way that your brain works
while you’re asleep or while you’re awake I mean, you know, so the
idea behind like getting into the alpha brainwave zone you produce
extra alpha brainwaves and you increase force performance, you
produce delta brainwaves and you get relaxation, you get this gamma
brainwaves and that’s kinda like the hulu lucid dreaming thing. So
not to get off on too many segues but I hope that helps you out then…
Ben: Segues! The other thing that you could try is there’s this magnet that
you can put on your bed called the Earth Pulse and that actually also
emits the Schumann resonance frequency and the only reason I bring
that up is it produces a pretty powerful frequency of that same kind of
8-10 hertz range and that made overpower some of these harmonic
frequencies and potentially if you put that under your bed, that’s
something I sleep with underneath my mattress, you might kinda
mitigate a lot of these higher frequencies being produced by
something like the piezoelectric crystal inside the encoder. So, now
that we have 2 listeners left (laughs). That is my response.
Brock: Alright, the next caller has to save us.
Peter: Hey Ben, this is Peter from San Diego, California. I just wanna say I
love you and Brock show. I have a quick question about the red light
bulbs. I know in a couple of different podcasts you talk about using
your red light bulb before going to bed so it doesn’t disrupt your
sleep. I’m actually color blind and I’m wondered if there is a
difference between using a red light bulb since I actually cannot see
red. If it is due to a spectrum or it was actually just color related. Once
again love the show and I look forward to your response.
Brock: Oh, this is…
Ben: (laughs) I thought we’re getting off the woes.
Brock: No, apparently we’re sticking the woo woo.
Ben: Alright, we’ll stick with it, we’ll do this.
Brock: Actually, I want an answer to this question because I’m also color
blind, Peter. So I wanna know if this has any effect.
Ben: Well, your eyes can detect visible light waves or visible radiation but
there are forms of light that you cannot see and one of those forms of
light that falls along the electromagnetic spectrum of light is infrared
light and infrared light lies between the vision and the microwave
part of the electromagnetic spectrum and what that means is that in
infrared you can feel and it can produce heat. As a matter of fact your
body even produces its own infrared. That’s why like when someone
puts their hand close to you, you can feel heat coming off of them.
That’s infrared. So, you’ve got photo receptors on your skin that can
detect infrared heat whether or not your eyes are detecting it and your
eyes actually can even detect infrared. The only way that your eyes
could detect infrared, if it’s you’re using night vision. That’s what
night vision does. Night vision detects the infrared waves and heat
coming off of animals or people or objects and that’s really the only
way that you can see infrared. So you can get all the beneficial effects
of far infrared without ever actually seeing infrared like when you
look at this – red infrared or something red infrared therapy devices
that I’ve talked about, the fact that they produce red light is just the
fact that they do have the red light waves spectrum as part of bulb but
the actual infrared light is what you’re going after when you’re using
one of these things. So, in terms of what you’re going after when
you’re expose to infrared light is the fact that the micron wavelength
of that light is able to penetrate like 6-8 inches into your tissue.
So you get this relaxing generation of warmth but far infrared lights
have been shown to do some really interesting things like it can
stimulate cells called fibroblast to make more collagen. So that’s not
good for just wound healing and tissue repair but it also got this kinda
cool like skin anti-aging effect if you…
Brock: It’s age reversal serum!
Ben: It’s age reversal serum light! So you can put this next to your bed.
This is what I do before I go to bed at night is I sit there and read and
for about 15-20 minutes, I have my infrared light turned on. There’s
some really interesting research we talked about in the study a few
weeks where they use these same technique in athletes and found that
they slept 15-20 minutes longer in the morning when they were
expose to infrared compared to a controlled group that did not get
expose to infrared. The heat from infrared expands your capillaries.
So you get better blood flow, you get more circulation, you get more
oxygenation. So that’s another thing that it’s good for. When you
expand capillaries, what happens is that also has an effect on lymph
vessels as well as blood vessels so you can get better elimination of
metabolic by-products, there’s some talk about the detox effect. I
don’t know how much of a detox effect there is. I haven’t seen any
research on that, you know, I’ve seen research on vasodilation and on
the sleep and on the production of fibroblast but the idea here is that
when you get the production of sweat in response to infrared heat or
you get blood vessel dilation or lymph fluid increase from the
exposure to infrared, you get like elimination through the sweat and
the oil glands of toxins and chemicals and stuff like that. I don’t know
if that’s true. I honestly haven’t ever seen much about the detox effect
of infrared. Far infrared does emits photons and photons help you
activate enzymes. So the specific enzymes that are activated by
infrared stimulate macrophage activity which is a white blood cell
activity that can increase the elimination of damaged and deceased
tissues. It can basically assist with cellular apoptosis which is another
thing that can happen when nitric oxide is released which is another
thing that happens when you get exposed to far infrared. So you’re
getting everything from like a little bit of skin anti-aging effect, to
strengthen part of your immune system, cardiovascular system, and
then also a little bit of apoptosis or just basically cellular clean up.
I’m a big fan – I put that infrared therapy light device next to my bed
at night. I also take a nap on an infrared mat and the infrared mat,
you know, it’s a perfect example, it doesn’t release any light at all,
right. It’s just infrared waves. You don’t see ‘em at all but you feel the
warmth just like when you close your eyes you still feel the warmth
from the sunshine, you know, that’s infrared. So, basically the idea
here is that you can get all the benefits of infrared without seeing any
of it at all. You don’t have to see the red light, you just have to feel it
on your skin. In the show notes over at
bengreenfieldfitness.com/290, Peter I will link you over to the DMT
infrared therapy light that I use and then also the infrared biomat
that I use and you can put that together with your piezoelectric
crystals and scare all your friends away. But now, I mean like, and
again like I get called out and talking about some of this stuff that I
goes above and beyond, you know, Western medicine or tons of pre-
reviewed research and you just view yourself as n=1. You don’t have
to believe me on the use of infrared, try it out! Order infrared therapy
device off of Amazon, try it out and I mean return it to Amazon if you
don’t like the way you feel or it doesn’t help you sleep. Same thing
with like the biomat, I mean they’ve got like a 30 day return policy.
Order biomat and try to sleep it on a few times if you don’t like it,
send it back. If you get one of this like superhuman encoder devices
and you try that and you don’t like the way it feels or you don’t notice
better balance or better sleep, send it back! If you buy an Earthpulse
off of Amazon and you don’t like the way, I mean, most of these stuff
you can just try it out and I mean, it’s really not that risky to try out.
I’m not a big fan of just like ordering stuff willy nilly for the sake of
returning it but some of these stuff you can just try out and see if it
works for you. Use yourself as n=1 and if not, no harm done. So
actually they’re maybe harm done, you can mess yourself up for life.
You become impotent and I don’t know, fry your pineal gland off.
Brock: Ah, your pineal gland! You need that!
Ben: I can’t think of other glands I want even more than my pineal gland.
Brock: Fair enough. Alright, well let’s wrap this show up. Shall we?
Ben: We better because our next question could be about – God knows
Brock: I think it’s actually supposed to be about unicorns. You can grind
their horn down and use it as a performance enhancer.
Ben: That’s right, that’s right. That, panda bear tears and of course extreme
deer antler velvet.
Brock: Yes, of course the extreme deer.
Ben: And speaking of extreme deer wearing beanies, You! can get – do you
like how I did that all the way around, I remember what I said
beginning at the beanies, yeah. So, you can get your own awesome
Ben Greenfield fitness thermal beanie for your heat acclimation
sessions, a bpa-free water bottle, and a really cool Ben Greenfield
fitness tech t-shirt embedded with piezoelectric crystals.
Brock: Oh, it’s not. It’s not.
Ben: You can support our show by getting all that for yourself over at
bengreenfieldfitness.com/gear or you can leave us a review in iTunes
and if you hear us read your iTunes review on the show, then simply
write to email@example.com and we will send you some
sweet swag and we got a doozy ever review from Brandi. It’s really…
Brock: It’s not really a review, it’s more of just a tale.
Ben: It’s just a tale. Yeah, so we’re gonna read this and even if you’re not
Brandi listening in and you’re just somebody else, you actually find
this one quite entertaining so. What do you think Brock? You wanna
pronounce some slow piano music and take this one away?
Brock: Sure! Sounds good. “Dear Ben and Brock, you remember the email
with the subject line ‘Beware the Squatty Potty’ that a random fan
sent you in February? Well, this is the same fan and I have another
story for you…. One of my staple supplements is magnesium because
1) it keeps my poop schedule consistent (hardly it is, I think it does)
and 2) my body takes a pounding running 75 miles a week as a college
runner. I switched to Natural Calm Magnesium a few months ago
because, well, Ben said it’s good stuff and I think I’m absorbing it
better than the other kinds. I was flying out of Colorado to Texas one
morning and I decided to run before my flight because that way I
could enjoy one last cool morning of running before I had to go back
to the smog swamp. Naturally, I planned my run so that right after,
I’d go straight to the airport. No shower, just run and go. As you can
imagine, I was going through security as sticky, sweaty mess but I’ve
gone to class in similar state before when running a morning practice
went a little long…
Ben: Well, if she listens to last week’s podcast, that could actually increase
the testosterone of all the men out there, so.
Ben: There’s that especially if she’s wearing the scrunchies.
Brock: Especially if she’s wearing a scrunchie.
Brock: Anyway, my bag was going through the scanner and sure enough they
pulled it aside and searched it. I figured it must be the rolling pin
which I use for trigger point active release but TSA was only mildly
puzzled by that accessory. The TSA man…
Ben: He claims it’s a rolling pin, we all know what it is.
Ben: Sorry, okay go ahead.
Brock: You mean the foam roller, right? (laughs) The TSA man kept digging
and pulled out my container of Natural Calm and I realized, “Ah,
white powder, of course.” He wipes it down with his little felt thing
and when he scans it in the drug and hazardous material or whatever
scanner, the alarm starts beeping and red screen flashes. The TSA
agent turns to me and says something along the lines of, “this set the
alarm off so we’re going to have to pat you down and check your
whole bag, miss.” All of a sudden Mr. Bright and Cherry TSA man
turned bad cop on me. Somehow in the last 60 seconds I went from
the nice runner girl to this sweaty drug smuggler. Now normally, my
personality, I’d have been freaking out all mad at TSA, but in my head
I was giggling. You might recall as I mentioned I just ran and had not
showered. I was quite amused by the fact that TSA decided to pick the
one sweaty runner coming through that tiny airport to pat down. By
the end of it all, all TSA had was a pair of gloves covered in my sweat
and bag balm (for my chaffing thighs) and I went on my merry way
with my supposed laced magnesium. The moral of this story, well,
careful to all your listeners carrying on natural calm powder and if
you do, make it at least worth your while and let TSA pat down your
sweaty backside and chaffing thighs if they must search you. Thanks
again for all your awesome info. You guys rock! Best, brandi.”
Ben: Wow! Sweaty backside and chaffing thighs.
Brock: Yes, that’s…
Ben: Plus the rolling pin and white powder.
Brock: … that’s definitely the first time we’ve said that in a review I think.
Ben: Well Brandi, best of luck next time you fly. Now you know, keep that
magnesium on top….
Brock: You’re on the black list now.
Ben: … of your bag and label it magnesium powder and…
Brock: it’s all that convince them?
Ben: Yeah and that’s quite a story. But we’ll send you a review for that
story. That was actually pretty entertaining and I’ve certainly run into
my own issues with the TSA and all the weird stuff that I fly with and
by the way, it’s when we talked about it, the number one thing that
always gets me flagged by the TSA is that earth pulse. So if you get an
earth pulse, may sure you put that on top of your luggage so you don’t
have to dig down through your underwear and all your other goodies,
your “muscle rolling pin” to get your earth pulse. There you go! Well,
that was a perfect way to end today’s podcast because we talked about
some pretty weird stuff. If you are listening in, stay tune for Saturday
and what do we have coming up on Saturday, Brock? Do you
remember what Saturday’s podcast is kinda pretty interesting.
Brock: Because it’s large. I don’t remember what I’m doing tomorrow and
Ben: It’s a podcast about – actually you know what I think the podcast is, it
is a Ketosis. Everything you’ve always wanted to know about ketosis
but were afraid to ask.
Brock: Oh, our friend Jimmy Moore.
Ben: It’s Jimmy Moore but we actually get into some pretty cool and
interesting stuff I’ve been talking about before when it comes to
ketosis. So we talked about carbohydrate tolerance and protein load
and measuring ketones and what keeps you out of ketosis. What a
cool stuff. So, check that out. Come on Saturday if you’re gonna be in
Washougal, Washington at the Spartan Race, they have me and my
wife, my boys will be there and yeah! I think we better wrap this thing
up. So what do you think, Brock?
Ben: Over and out.
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