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Introduction: In today’s episode of the Ben Greenfield fitness podcast: How
Hollywood Celebrities Can Look So Good, What To Do When You
Can’t Eat Fresh Food, Anemia From Your Gut, Natural Remedies
for H-Pylori, What Is The Clear Skin Diet, and Five Ways To
Know if Your Workout is Working.
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Humakai and leilo humakai, Ben. Do you know what that means?
Is this Star Trek? Is that Cling On?
Maybe that’s my nerd coming through.
Hawaiian for congratulations.
Oh! Well, Aloha! I suppose I should say since that’s the only word
I know in Hawaiian.
The reason I’m saying that is because Ben recently qualified for
Kona Ironman World Championships, which is pretty darn
exciting. Is that the seventh time you’ve qualified?
No, that’s the sixth. And my legs are just as sore as they ever are.
I bet! I bet! So are you doing anything special this week to
medicate the soreness from your awesome Ironman in Whistler,
Canada last weekend?
No, just sitting in a car for eight hours while driving home, that’ll
do the trick.
But no, it’s actually
That’ll work! Well, I bet.
I actually woke up where we were about 72 hours out from the
race. I woke up this morning just super stiff, the same I have for
the past two days. I pulled out all the stops, the geeky things that
I talked about on these podcasts. Like, I used compression gear,
and did a cold soak in the river this morning and I used topical
magnesium lotion, and I take Capraflex and Curcumin, and
frankly, it’s kinda like - what’s the best way to describe it? I guess
it’s – there’s so much world war two-esque damage on the
muscular level to the point where - you were up with me at
Whistler and after the race your pee literally, it’s almost like a
blood color, it’s like rhabdo on your legs. And so you’re looking at
kinda like a low-grade rhabdomyolysis, and muscle damage to the
extent where no matter how much freakin’ glucose, chondroitin,
chicken collagen you eat, your body just needs time. And so what
I do is I try and keep the blood flowing like even on the drive
home yesterday. I ran like an electrostimulation device on my legs
to just try and keep some blood flowing and also ensure I don’t
drop dead of a blood clot. And just all the little things like - I had
an article I wrote about the 25 Top Ways To Recover From Your
Workout. I practice what I preach but I don’t want to fool anybody
into thinking that you jump up and start clicking your heels
together and go dance.
It’s kinda like running around putting out a house fire with an eye
dropper. It’s helping. It’s definitely helping but it’s not gone.
That was the exact analogy I was looking for, the eye dropper
house fire analogy. That was the one on the tip of my tongue, I
swear. I know I’ve gotten a ton of questions for people who wanna
know like, how did the whole, for people who are now just tuning
in, like I did a ketogenic diet for 12 weeks leading up to Ironman
Canada to see if it’s possible to go fast during extreme endurance
You’re saying below a hundred grams of carbohydrate per day?
-ish, yeah. Well, Brock witnessed my carb loading protocol before
the race. I think it amounted to like five sushi rolls.
I had a little tiny pile of rice for breakfast. That was the majority of
the carbs right there.
Ah, did I? Oh,yeah, the day before, that’s right. I had about a
quarter cup of cooked rice so yeah…
Quarter cup, tops!
Very low carbohydrate protocol and a lot of minimalist training, a
lot of kinda underground training techniques. Anyways, I am
going to be sitting down for about an hour this weekend. And just
spilling the beans on everything. The blood results, the lab results,
the difference between doing it this way versus racing an ironman
triathlon the traditional way. And whether or not you are
interested in ironman or just ketogenic or low carbs protocol in
general or minimalist training or you’re just a nerd like Brock and
You’ll want to tune in to this one. So I’m gonna release that on the
premium podcast which is our secret, our super duper secret
Hopefully not that secret.
This Monday. No, hopefully not that secret. So you can go to
bengreenfieldfitness.com/premium, I’ll release that this Monday.
So if you have the free Ben Greenfield Fitness iphone or Android
app, or if you just have a premium subscription, you don’t even
need the app to have a premium subscription, which is 10 bucks a
year, then you’ll have access to the entire post-race shish-bang. So
there you go.
And without giving you any spoilers, it was a little more
interesting than I even anticipated, so definitely it’s worth the $10
a year. Not a day, not a month, a year.
bengreenfieldfitness.com/254 is the place to go to find all the
show notes for this episode and also to find these next few news
And here’s the scary one to start us off, an article for everybody.
So I subscribe to Life Extension magazine. Which actually, if
you’re into staying in the cutting edge of supplements and health
news and stuff, it’s kind of a cool magazine. Other than the fact
that half the magazine is supplement ads. But I’ll link to an article
that they just published on their website which is actually pretty
interesting. It’s about the fact that the US drug factories are in
terrible shape. And what I actually twitted was about the scary
horrific conditions inside drug factories. And when I say drug
factories, I’m talking about pharmaceutical manufacturing
The big ones, the ones that make Cialis and SSRIs and stuff.
Uh-hmm…The New York Times ran an article on this. Life
Extension magazine composed on it as well. But here’s how the
New York Times described conditions inside an FDA-registered
drug factory. Check this out –“weavels floating in vials of heparin,
morphine cartridges containing up to twice the labeled dose,
manufacturing plants with rusty tools, mold in production areas,
and in one memorable case, a barrel of urine”. There you go.
Why would you have a barrel of urine? The other substance is
delightful but the barrel of urine is going too far.
They said that in this case, this particular injectable drugmaker,
their product was linked to 745 cases of infection and 58 deaths.
The article’s pretty shocking. I’m not gonna sit here and read the
article for the people listening in to the podcast. But I would say
that if you are concerned of, not if you’re concerned, if you’re
using a pharmaceutical drug, go read the article and make sure
that whatever you’re using is not being produced in one of these
facilities. Because it includes some pretty common things like
some prednisone drug, some injectables that are contaminated
with black fungus. Scary, scary stuff, I couldn’t help but twit it. I
don’t like to be a scare mongerer, is that what you call ‘em? A
Fear mongerer, Yeah, I don’t want to be a fear mongerer. But at
the same time, I couldn’t help but twit this article. So check that
out. We’ll put a link to it in the show notes. That was in the Life
Maybe some - if you are taking some of those, or even if you’re
not, maybe it’s time to start writing letters to the FDA, ‘cause isn’t
that what they’re for? To prevent that kind of stuff?
Yeah, and essentially they have not been adequately preventing it
which - I don’t want to turn this into the hippie on the, in a cabin
on a mountain podcast where – shouting conspiracy theories
about the FDA and all that jazz, but let’s just say they didn’t do a
very good job of regulating drug facilities...
Yeah, I don’t think you need to be a crazy hippie to be upset about
this. This is a - that’s plain not doing a good job.
Well, I’m kinda crazy hippie anyways, so…I don’t even shake my
legs for ironman, so that’s how hippie I am. But I do wear coconut
Anyhow, the many, many benefits of something called arginine,
and I’ll link to this article. This appeared over at a website called
subversity at subversity.com. Arginine is something that many of
you may be familiar with. If you’ve taken Viagra, you are
intimately familiar with arginine.
Isn’t that the c-active, sort of not ingredient because it’s naturallyoccurring but it’s in leafy greens, beets, watermelon, that kind of
Yeah, it’s an essential amino acid and it’s responsible for blood
vessel tone because it is required to regulate blood vessel elasticity
and the production of something called nitric oxide, which is what
allows blood vessels to get bigger, to swell, something like Viagra.
It’s the active – the release of nitric oxide is kind of the
mechanism of action of something like Viagra. Now what this
particular article on subversity went into was how there are a ton
of effects that go above and beyond Viagra such as an antiplatelet
effect. So, lower instance or risk of blood clotting. An ameliorative
effect on diabetes, and improved gastrointestinal function,
improved wound healing, reduced body fat, increase in bone
density, inhibition of the storage of fat and white adipose tissue
which is the places where you wouldn’t want to store fat. So it was
kind of an interesting article when you see all of these data kinda
piling up when it comes to arginine, granted a lot of these studies
were done in not lean individuals but kinda like overweight obese
individuals. But then they went on and they talked about some of
the benefits of arginine consumption or arginine presence in
healthy people who are exercising and there were things like
increased rate of fatty acid utilization by muscle cells, reduced
blood lactic acid accumulation, better oxygen consumption, better
ability for the body to refuel and refill itself with glycogen post
work out, So, a lot of stuff. And I’m not saying that you gotta rush
out and buy a man-in-the-can, canister full of nitric oxide to get
these effects ‘cause like you kinda just hinted at, Brock. You got a
lot of foods that are rich in arginine that are out there. Chocolate
is one that I love and I actually put a lot of dark chocolate powder
in my morning kale smoothie that I have. But seeds, most seeds
and nuts are really, really good sources of arginine. One of the few
grains that I actually kinda, whatever, approve of or like, buckwheat, that’s a good source of arginine. Peanuts, I’m not a
huge fan of but that is a legume that’s relatively high in arginine.
What’s interesting though, or crucial for you to know, and I
twitted this when I twitted about the many benefits of arginine, is
that you have to have adequate folate levels in order for arginine
to actually work. The reason for that is that arginine gets
converted to something called citrulline. And the enzyme that
causes that to happen is called endothelio nitric oxide synthase or
enos. Enos is kinda cool. It’s the same thing that gets up-regulated
when you do something like take cold showers everyday. So,
arginine gets converted into citrulline through the action of that
enzyme, that enos enzyme. And that actually has a co-enzyme that
helps with that process. And the co-enzyme is called
teterahydrobiopterin. And we are going to make that the word of
Oddly enough, that’s my mom’s name. <laughter>
So weird. Weird coincidence.
Yes, I had no idea she was named after that.
So this tetrahydrobiopterin…
Or my mom.
Or Brock’s mom is made in the body through a process that
requires folate. So if you don’t have enough folate, you are not
gonna be able to turn arginine into citrulline. Which means that
arginine is not going to allow your blood vessels to dilate properly.
So you have to have that one-two combo of both folate as well as
arginine. Now foods that are rich in folate are pretty much the
same type of foods that are gonna be high in vitamin D. So dark
leafy greens, fish, cruciferous vegetables are really good. Squash is
really good. Lord knows I ate a lot of squash last week leading up
to ironman. Eggs are a decent source of some folate precursors.
Shrimp is another good one. But you want that one-two combo of
folate and arginine. You don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of
expensive supplements full of folate and arginine. Just eat folaterich foods. Eat arginine-rich foods. Google is your friend on this
one if you wanna go look up arginine and folate-rich foods. But
really, really cool one-two combo. And when we’re talking about
research that shows the stuff actually works, this is one that’s
going to across the board from everything from your blood
glucose regulation to your lactic acid accumulation to your sexual
performance to your body fat has a lot of cool benefits. So check
that one out. Arginine and folate, combine them for a nice little
And we’re not affiliated with it at all but I think the best website
that I found to research that kind of stuff and find the foods is the
whfoods.com, world’s healthiest foods.
I love that site.
It’s a really good website for looking up, like just typing in
arginine, will bring up a whole list of stuff.
Yup, if you can manage to spell it. So, probably easier to spell
than Brock mom’s name.
Yeah, don’t even try.
Last thing I wanna mention in news flash is – gentlemen, a study
came out that you should know about. That I would imagine
probably applies to ladies, too. But it was done on older masters
runners, and this was in the Journal of Strength Conditioning
Research. And they looked at concurrent strength and endurance
training. That means doing a strength training program at the
same time that you’re doing an endurance training program. And
in this case, they actually used older males, particularly they went
with about 45 years old or so, which I know may not seem really
old and I probably just insulted a bunch of people, but that is
No, but that is the masters. It starts actually earlier than that.
Yeah, that’s considered to be masters, yeah. And what they found
was that they were able to use a weight training protocol that
showed significant increases in strength in metabolic rate, in body
composition and in running efficiency at marathon pace. We’re
not talking about a 100-meter sprint or anything like that.
Without the deleterious effects of putting on too much muscle,
getting too bulky, and I actually subscribe to this journal and I
happen to know the exact protocol they used with these males.
They experimented with a control group who didn’t lift weights at
all. And then they had what they call the resistance training group
which was using kind of the type of protocol that would cause you
to gain muscle, and put on a little bit of bulk. And then they used
what’s called the maximal training group, which is a group that
also lifted weights but not in a rapper set range that would cause
you to put on a lot of muscle. So the –both the strength training
groups did the same exercises, but just changed up the amount of
sets and reps that they did. So the maximal strength training
group did squats. They did leg press. They did lunges holding
weights, and they did like a leg extension machine, that was for
the lower body. Not, in my opinion, the perfect exercise program.
But that’s what they did for the lower body. And then for the
upper body, they did bench press, lap pull downs, push downs,
triceps extensions and bicep curls. So, not really functional
strength training program, but…
Yeah, pretty basic. So they did a lower body and they did an upper
body. Now the group that did the maximal strength training, that
saw the big benefit without the increase in bulk just did four sets
of three or four reps of each exercise. So really heavy, they used
like 85-90% intensity. So really, really heavy weights but just
three to four repetitions and four sets and they took about three to
four minutes of recovery between each set. So they were fully
recovering. Now I’m not a fan of sitting on your butt reading
magazines and watching tv while you’re recovering in between
sets in the weight room and then you can do a – you can foam roll,
you can do mobility exercises, and lunges to the side and front
and back and work on the range of motion. It can be act of rest
when you’re resting in between these maximum efforts, that’s
fine. Or you can go stand by the smoothie bar and chat with your
other masters runner athlete friends about whatever masters
runners athletes chat about when they get old, I don’t know. I’m
thirty-one so, there you go. How old are you, Brock?
Forty-two. So, Brock’s close.
So I’m not quite there.
Yeah. So, anyways, though…Just – not to draw on too long about
this but strength train, and go heavy, and don’t use the weight
room for endurance, use it for strength, and you’re gonna see
some cool, cool benefits as far as your running is concerned. So,
good stuff there and that about completely exhaust my news
flashes for this week.
Alright, so now that Ironman Canada is out of the way, are you
focused on your trip to London?
Actually, you know what, I’ve been thinking a lot about Hawaii
more recently. I mentioned London for as second ‘cause I’m
definitely headed over there as well. But the way that the rest of
my month shapes up is that I disappear often to the mountains of
Colorado with a bunch of my buddies for five days. No internet,
no cell phone, we’re doing this survival camp up there.
So, I’m learning how to make a shelter, and take care of myself
without any amenities of modern living for five days. Well…
Is that one of those how to survive the apocalypse kinda things?
Kinda, kinda. So I figured right after Ironman would be a good
time to do it. So, I’ve got that and then I’ll jet over to London and
I’ll be speaking at the Global Business Triathlon Conference
literally the day after I emerge from the wilderness with my
scruffy beard and unshaven legs which aren’t shaved anyways like
I mentioned earlier.
And ladies and gentlemen, this beard really is scruffy.
I don’t even – I can’t even begin to explain…
Maybe patchy would be the right word.
London’s gonna rock because we’re - I’m going over there during
the Triathlon World championships. But actually rather than
watching the Triathlon on the 14th which is a Saturday, we’re
doing a full day of just playing in the park, doing what’s called the
Primal Workshop with my friends at Monde named Daryl
Edwards. Then we’re gonna go out to a nice dinner afterwards,
like kind of a totally natural, kinda ancestral dinner and just have
a ton of fun on Saturday, Sep.14. So I started up a Facebook group
page for that event. It’s gonna rock, you don’t wanna miss it. It’s
like, for Darryl’s workshop which is like a six, seven hour
workshop, something like that, it’s like $120 so it’s not a drop in
the bucket but well worth it. It will change your view of exercise
and working out forever. You’re gonna love it. Anybody can do it.
We’ve got – I think one lady is bringing her 10-year old son or
something like that. So I mean - totally open to anybody but we’ve
got a bunch of people in on that Facebook page. So we’ll link to
that Facebook group page. For any of you who are in London in
September. Come out and meet me. You can just come out to
dinner if you want. You don’t have to do the Primal Workshop
during the day but I highly encourage you do both. It’s gonna be a
lot of fun. And then the other thing is, of course Ironman Hawaii
is coming up. I asked my wife for her Bikram yoga punch card
yesterday because I gotta go start doing my heat acclimation.
Oh, yeah. Start getting ready for that. It’s certainly not hot in
Whistler’s. So that must be very helpful.
Yeah, so I have five weeks to teach my body how to sweat very
efficiently. And stay tuned because Brock is going to be in Kona,
I’ll be in Kona, and we are actually officially starting the book
launch for my brand new book – Beyond Training during Kona
race week. If you happen to be in Kona on the Big Island, you will
be able to be one of the first people to pre-order the book, I will be
doing some talks at the Ironman Expo and launch this stuff.
Yeah, come and find me at the Lava Magazine Expo booth, sign up
There will also be - there’ll be a secret book launch party, too that
I’ll be announcing on the Facebook page over at
facebook.com/bgfitness. The book launch party is gonna be in
Hawaii but you can get in on the action in other ways, too. You
know if you’re not in Hawaii, stay tuned to the Facebook page
because we’ll be announcing everything over there at
facebook.com/bgfitness. So, those are the big announcements for
We’ve both been working our butts off on – well Ben’s been
working his butt off getting the book written and I’ve been
working my butt off getting some really cool stuff lined up for all
you folks who do to make sure…
Yeah, lots of surprises, lots of giveaways. It’s gonna be pretty cool,
so, yeah, that’s about it.
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Listener Q & A:
Hey, this doesn’t happen very often, but I have to read this
question because it’s not a caller’s question but it was one that we
couldn’t resist even though it wasn’t a voice mail. So Louis says, “
I have been seeing a lot of articles talking about Hollywood actors
that have been able to get into amazing shape for their roles and
have done so by working out for 2 to 3 hours/day, 6 days a week.
This seems to violate the rule of allowing for adequate recovery
time and over training. Yet it seems that it’s working for them
judging by the results. So what gives? Is the importance of
recovery time overstated or these guys are using PEDs to get into
shape fast? “
Nice. Well, I just reached up. You probably heard crashing in the
background. As you’re reading that I just realized – first of all, I
should mention that I have written a book about – it kinda like
lays out the body type of all the different Hollywood actors and
actresses and kinda gives you the training plan that they would be
using. Like for example, you look like, let’s look at dudes – for
example Clint Eastwood, Ethan Hawk, Billy Bob Thornton, Chris
Rock, all those guys are ectomorphs. So they have skinny arms,
skinny legs, thin waist, thin legs, ankles.
And they also haven’t really done anything since the 80s.
And they also are extremely dated, yes. That’s true. Ethan Hawk,
he’s done some recently. Billy Bob Thornton, yeah, for sure I
haven’t seen. Ectomesomorphs, those are guys like Hugh
Jackman, Chistian Bale, Dwyane Wade kinda broad shoulders,
narrow waist. They’ve got mesomorphs kinda football build, Mark
Whalberg, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Sylvester Stallone, LL
Cool Jay all those guys be mesomorphs. And then we’ve got
endomorphs like Seth Rogan or Danny de Vito or Jonah Hill, all
those guys. So, everybody’s strength training program, we’re
talking about Hollywood, or body reinvention program is gonna
be different. So, first of all, as you’re reading that I realized, kinda
light bulb went off, I have actually written a book about some of
these stuff. You can check that out over at getfitguy.com. But let’s
delve in to some specifics here regardless of what body type you
are, of how these Hollywood celebrities can look so good so fast.
The first thing that Louis asks about is, he says, he hears they’re
working out 2-3 hours a day, 6 days a week. In many cases, that’s
true. So Hollywood actor gets a contract and all of a sudden,
they’ve got 12 weeks to spend the entire day devoted to their
fitness. Now what’s important to realize is that that’s not just the
entire day devoted to their fitness but also to their recovery. Okay,
so they do have a lot of time to do foam rolling, massage, isolation
tanks and cryotherapy if they wanna do that. Pretty much
anything that an Olympic athlete would have access to, they can
use for recovery. They’ve also of course got professional personal
trainers and nutritionist to help them out a little bit as well.
People like our buddy Vinnie Tortorich, that’s how he makes his
That is how Vinnie Tortorich makes his living. Good book, by the
way. Highly recommend you read Vinnie Tortorich’s book
Yeah. Another really important thing to realize though is that
when you think about training 2-3 hours a day, 6 days a week, you
need to realize a lot of these stuff is not metcon, it’s not crossfit
style, Spartan-esque training. We’re talking about in many cases,
and if you go review the actual training program, which you can
find on the internet, websites like tnation.com, the actual training
protocols used by a lot of these Hollywood actors and actresses to
get their body sculpted. We’re talking about more body buildingesque protocols. So what I’m talking about here is for example, we
talked about the masters runner athletes spending three or four
minutes between sets. In many cases what you’re doing in a body
building-esque protocol is you’re taking one muscle group, let’s
say your biceps, maybe your triceps. Let’s say you have a biceps,
triceps day on a Tuesday. And you’re just working that muscle
group to failure with lots of targeted high quality work for that one
single muscle group, that’s called body split style training. And
then you allow that group to recover and rebuild and that may be
another three, four, five days up to a week until you hit that
muscle group again. There’s not a lot of nervous system stress and
there’s not a lot of cardiovascular system stress that occurs when
you’re working a body part like that. You’re just hitting that one
body part and then moving on to the next. It’s a very good way to
train if you have lots of time to train. And it’s the reason why a lot
of body builders will train that way. It’s not time-efficient. You’re
working just one muscle group but you gotta spend a lot of time
on that one muscle group. But if you’ve got tons of time to train,
it’s a good way to actually allow your body to look really good, to
have muscles that look good for show, not necessarily that are
sporty and athletic and functional, but that look good without
putting a lot of stress on your cardiovascular system, on your
metabolic system, without causing a lot of kinda risk for over
Well pretty much the biggest risk with the body buiding-esque
body part split style protocol like that is just muscle damage like
working a muscle too hard for too long. And that’s something that
with proper recovery protocols like icing and eating after you
finish that body building-esque workout can give the bounce back
pretty quickly. So that’s one thing you realize is that most of these
folk are not doing met con training versus body building style
training. Now there are some people you take like Gerard Butler
who did the Spartan, what was the movie?
Oh, 300, yeah.
Three hundred, yeah. That dude dropped off the face of the map
for three months after that movie was done being filmed. You
'Cause he was getting hounded by nerds?
His groupies. He was over trained. He completely overtrained
himself using this Spartan-esque style, met con, kinda crossfitesque workouts, and so that’s the difference is that these folks are
not going out and doing hardcore training protocols as much as
having a lot of quality time to focus on just one body part before
they move on to the next, and the next, and the next. So, that’s
one thing that’s really important to realize. Another thing is that,
frankly, steroids, testosterone injections, lotions, creams, any of
these stuff that you can easily get, you can go to a website like
worldpharma.com and have these sitting on your doorstep within
a few days. They don’t give you urine tests when you cross the
finish line of a movie, right? There isn’t really any law against
doping to look good for a movie and so I know that a lot of people
that listen in to this podcast are doing things like triathlons or
marathons or things of that nature. And you simply can’t get
results as quickly unless you’re using enhancement drugs,
basically, using something like steroids, and using testosterone, or
even using something like DHEA or any number of different
compounded hormone replacement therapy, powders, creams,
injectables, things of that nature, or just straight up using
testosterone or clenbuterol or any of these type of compounds that
are going to enhance protein syntheses that are going to enhance
your hormones, whether you’re a male or a female. If you’re not
getting tested and your career is more important to you than say,
the long term, the size of your testicles, then this is stuff that you
can do. So, that’s another thing…
I guess they need a lot of make up to cover up the acne that comes
along with the steroids.
That’s right, that’s right. There are health versus performance
tradeoffs, for sure. The other thing to realize is that a lot of these
folks who are getting into shape this quickly for movies, they’ve
done this before they got muscle memory. It’s a lot easier to, for
example, for a guy like Christian Bale, to go from being a complete
freaky-looking skinny guy, we’ll put a picture of him in the show
notes, for the movie The Machinist. He just looked horrible!
Oh, yeah. Weird insomniac movie.
His ribs were showing and he was frail and bony and within I
think six months, he had bulked up for Batman Begins.
I think it might have been even less. Even like three or four
months, it was ridiculously fast.
Yeah, but for - you don’t lose that muscle memory. When I finish
up this month’s triathlon season, or this year’s triathlon season,
one of the things I‘ll be doing next year is putting on 25-30 lbs of
muscle. And I guarantee I’ll be able to do that within just a couple
of months, probably like two to three months just because of the
muscle memory that I have from having been a body builder. And
you retain a lot of that muscle memory. And that’s another kind of
advantage that many of these Hollywood celebrities, who maybe
have gotten big for a role and got to do it again, have is that ability
to just be able to pile it back on pretty quickly. So, that’s
something else to bear in mind. That’s all nervous system and
neuromuscular related and that’s another thing that helps out
quite a bit. So those are the biggies and of course there are some
special effects, there’s some camera work that gets done as well to
make it a little bit more impressive than it may really be. But
ultimately, take away is we’re looking at body building style
training, we’re looking at muscle memory, we’re looking at a lot of
time being able to devote to recovery and then also the ability or
advantage to be able to use drugs without having to worry about
them being illegal or getting caught for doping or something like
that just because it’s not a sport, it’s entertainment. So, that is
how Hollywood celebrities can look so good so fast.
Hi, Ben and Brock. It’s Dom calling from Devlin in the U.K. I
recently got into podcast, really enjoying it and want to say thanks
putting so much effort for all that. I’ve got a question about – I
know I’ve been eating pretty well, fresh vegs, fresh fruits, and
meat and things but my work is gonna take me to somewhere for
eight weeks where I’m not gonna have access to any of that. These
sort of thing is gonna arrive in a boat that’s been packaged for
weeks. Whenever I’ve done this before, I always end up feeling so
sluggish, slow and just not quite, not a hundred percent and I
wonder if you could recommend anything that would help me get
around this, any kind of supplement that would help give me a bit
of a boost, really. Cheers!
So, I’m guessing Dom is going to jail.
That’s the only thing I can think of.
Dom must be going to prison.
Orange is the new black for food.
All the food is packaged and stored for a long time. I don’t know,
you get a little bit of that like the military and stuff but it, you still
get like fruits and vegetables and stuff like that. I don’t know.
Dom, let us know where you’re going, man. Hopefully you didn’t
do anything to bad. Siberian salt mine. Speaking of Siberia we
have that episode that we did about an adventure race in
Mongolia. You remember that? Where that dude had to go…
He never wrote back to us. I’m really worried.
Hmm, yeah. Mongolia.
He may have just veered somewhere in the Mongolian mountains.
I think we ended up just telling him to take a bunch of pemmican
to Mongolia so he may not have made it back. Who knows, maybe
he died of scurvy.
Or maybe he liked it so much there, he stayed.
He’s just there chewing on a tube of pemmican sitting on top of a
mountain in Mongolia somewhere. Possible.
Laughing at us all.
We also did an episode on the Boy Scout trip where that guy
wanted to know healthy foods that they could take out into the
wilderness when they wouldn’t have access to a lot of fresh
produce and all that jazz. We should put a link to both of those
bengreenfieldfitness.com/254, you should go listen to those. And
all the podcasts are time-stamped and transcribed, like good stuff
so it’ll be easy for you to navigate. Some of the things that we went
in to recommending though in those cases were, of course like I
already mentioned, going to a place like US Wellness Meats and
ordering some pemmican and some beef jerky if you’re able to
take food along with you. Going to a site like energybits.com and
ordering some of these highly portable spirulina and chlorella
energy tables that dye your entire mouth green but actually are
really, really good sources, and when we’re talking about nutrient
density, like phytoplankton and algae, if you can get your hands
on highly portable versions of those like the Energybits, that’s
really good stuff. Getting your hands on essential amino acids,
meaning the amino acids that your body can’t make, that you need
exogenous sources of, would also be a really, really good way to go
if you’re just looking for supplements. So use something like
essential amino acids powder, or essential amino acids capsules.
So any of that stuff –pemmican, jerky, algae, spirulina, amino
acids, I highly recommend all of those as being things that can
help you feel good when you can’t get your hands on real food,
even though there really isn’t a replacement for real food. Those
are some of the things. Probably if I could recommend one thing,
like my top recommended supplement, if you have the ability to
just throw something in a zip lock bag, it would be this super
green stuff. And it’s made by a company called Living Fuel. It is a
two-to-one protein-to-carb ratio. It’s a raw - it’s called the super
food blend. It has barley, and spinach, and kale and carrots, and
spirulina. It’s all organic. It’s got a bunch of chlorophyll in it. It’s
got a bunch of detoxing and cleansing compounds in it. I did the
math and if you try to combine all the ingredients that are in just
one serving of this stuff, it costs you about 15 bucks to actually
make one meal. A big canister that gives you the equivalent of
anywhere from 15-20 meals depending on how you’re fast you’re
using this stuff, big canister of it runs about 75-80 bucks. So, not
the cheapest supplement on the face of the planet, but that is the
stuff that I would recommend you look into using. And I mean the
ingredients label’s a mile long. It’s got like probiotics, and
digestive enzymes, and amino acids, and herbs. And it is the
I actually use that stuff when I have a bit of a upset stomach for a
couple of days or if I know I’ve eaten something kinda
questionable, I’ll often stick a spoonful of that and…
Yeah. The ORAC value of it is huge, meaning that the oxygen, the
antioxidant capacity, I believe it’s –what is ORAC? oxidation
reduction antioxidant capacity. Just pulled that completely out of
my butt, but I think that’s what it is.
I definitely have no idea.
So it’s got c-vegetables in it, kelp, __ seed, nori, pretty much just
like everything your body would ever need. Yeah, it’s powder.
Yeah, it’s engineered fuel, whatever. It would be the number one
thing that I’d recommend. So, we’ll put a link in the show notes to
that. I would also recommend a couple of resources for you. The
book “Eating on the Wild Side”. For anybody who’s interested in
eating the right way and kind of prioritizing what food you pick.
This is a really good new book. It’s written by Joe Robinson. I’ll
put a link to it in the show notes. But it’s really cool because it tells
you what kind of foods that you get from the produce section of
the grocery store or maybe even when you’re foraging outside, are
gonna give you the highest amount of phytonutrients. And it’s got
really, really cool recommendations that like if you take your
lettuce right from the store and you rinse it and you dry it and
then you rip it into bite-sized pieced before you put it in the
refrigerator, you quadruple the antioxidant activity in the lettuce.
Because it actually thinks it’s being eaten by a wild animal, and so
it steps up its own production of natural protectants. So when you
eat that the next day, it’s better for you, whereas if you take
something like broccoli, as soon as you stick broccoli in your
fridge, it stars to degrade, like almost right away. The
phytonutrients drop exponentially every single day. So like if
you’re gonna eat broccoli, you technically want to, if you’re getting
broccoli from the grocery store, buy it the same day that you’re
gonna eat it. So…
So abusing your broccoli doesn’t have the same effect as it does on
Exactly, exactly. It is a cool book. I do highly recommend, I think
anybody who listens to the show will really enjoy it. It’s called
“Eating on the Wild Side, The Missing Link to Optimum Health”.
Now this would be a book that might come in handy for Dom if he
was gonna have the ability to forage or use supplements, or not
use supplement but have the ability to forage to hopefully kinda
look around for some stuff where he is, or wherever he is going.
And I think that foraging is a skill that a lot of us have lost. At the
recent Ancestral Health symposium, there was a panel, who was
on that –Rob Wolf, Josh Whitten, and the guy who wrote that
recent book Paleo Manifesto which is on my list of books to read –
John Durrant. A bunch of these guys were on the panel and they
were talking about how make your own weapons and how to
forage and a lot of the skills that we’ve kind of lost. You know one
of the reasons I’m disappearing into Colorado for a few days here
in a couple of weeks just to kinda hone in on some of the skills. I
personally hunt and I got to skin my own deer, and I do some
foraging and do a lot of stuff in the garden but I think that even
more intensive survival skills are sometimes necessary specially
because, as we all know, zombie apocalypse is coming quite soon.
There is a book…
Of course. It’s here in some parts of the world.
Yeah. I’m looking up on my bookshelf right now. There’s this
really good book about foraging. I don’t see it right now off the top
of my head. But there are a lot of books about foraging that are
out there. This one was interesting. It’s written by a Native
American. If I remember the name of it, I’ll put a link to it in the
show notes. I’m scanning my bookshelf right now and I don’t see
it up there. Go to Google, though, and just Google the name of
your city plus the word “foraging class” and learn how to get in
touch with some of the things that grow locally in your area,
whether that be mushrooms, or wild plants, or dandelions, or
morels, or whatever. It’s a really good skill that I think that folks
should have that we’ve kinda lost in the post industrial era. You’d
be surprised at how many foraging classes and foraging experts
there are out there who can teach you how to survive on the land,
and how to do so even if you don’t plant and seed the garden and
you’re just out wandering and need to know if you can actually eat
something, whether it’s gonna kill you or leave you squatting in
the wilderness for hours versus whether it’s gonna provide you
with nutrients or something that your body needs for survival. So
that’s another thing that, whether or not you’re disappearing like
Dom to prison for eight weeks, or whether you just want to learn
how to live off the land a little bit better. Or even if you don’t have
access to say like the produce section at Yoke’s or Broussard’s or
Safeway or whatever, be able to fend for yourself. So, I would
check that out. Last thing I would recommend is a very
comprehensive, like hour-long video that my wife and I shot
called Health Travel Tips. It’s totally free. It’s over at
I’ll link to it in the show notes. But it’s just got a list of a bunch of
the stuff that we take. Not just foods but everything from the antijetlag tools that we travel with to the things that we use to make
travel more comfortable and be healthy when we’re travelling and
all that jazz. So, I’ll put a link to that in the show notes. And yeah,
those are my recommendations, Dom.
Hi, Ben and Brock! My name’s Jasmine and I have a quick
question. So I have a best friend who’s nineteen and she’s only
ever had her period once in her lifetime when she was twelve. And
her and her family are very worried about this and are considering
going on the pill or a hormone replacement therapy to regulate it.
She is slight of build, she is of Swedish heritage, she currently
can’t give blood because she has low iron levels. Oh, she’s also
gluten-intolerant. Is there any type of supplement or tests she can
get or doctor that will show her where she’s deficient in that she
can take or get done? What type of diet do you recommend she go
on? Really, really just want to go about getting her period in a
homeopathic way, or as much as homeopathic as possible. Thanks
again for all that you do, and love the show!
Wow! This is a lot of stuff. We always have to give our – I’m not a
Yeah. I think waiting seven years and not having seen a doctor
and then going to a podcast may not be the best solution here but
I’m sure Ben’s got some suggestions.
Yeah. I was gonna say something to the equivalent of what you
just said, Brock. I just didn’t want to sound like an asshole. That’s
why I have you on the show. So, yes. First of all…
What? Happy to be an asshole. Go ahead.
Yeah, you don’t have to go to a podcast for a medical advice. I
realize podcasts are free most of the time. But there are good
physicians that work out there. For example, I’m not paleo, but I
do appreciate a lot of the health advice that comes from that
sector. And there’s like a paleo physician’s network, for example. I
think it’s - I don’t even know the url, honestly. But if you Google
it, you can find the paleo physicians network. There’s another one
called the primal physicians network or something like that. You
can find docs who are willing to take an approach that’s similar to
the kind of stuff that you hear in these podcasts. When you’re
looking at low iron and you’re looking at gluten intolerance, in
many cases, this is something that a lot of people don’t realize,
you have to start with the gut. You have to start with the gut.
There are different kinds of anemia. For example, you can have
aplastic anemia. That’s when your bone marrow actually stops
producing new red blood cells. It’s kinda rare, usually you get it
from a genetic inheritance. Or it can be caused by radiation or
chemo or something like that. Some autoimmune disorders can
cause it, too, like lupus for example. You can get iron deficiency
anemia, which is where you simply aren’t eating enough iron-rich
foods or you have iron malabsorption, or you have too much
blood loss, something along those lines. You can get hemolytic
anemia, which is where your red blood cells are getting destroyed
faster than they can be produced, which a lot of times is either a
pancreatic issue or it’s a bone marrow issue or something like
that. But in many cases, when we’re looking at the combination of
someone having gut issues and then also having some other
problem like a skin problem, or an iron problem, or anything else
that is a thyroid imbalances, testosterone deficiencies, any of that
stuff, a lot of it starts in the gut. And if you can fix the gut, then a
lot of times proper absorption and assimilation of the nutrients
that you’re getting from your food is allowed to take place. So, for
example, small intestine bacterial overgrowth is a condition that
I’ve mentioned before in this podcast. I think it’s very
undiagnosed. It’s the buildup of too much bacteria in your small
intestine. Your small intestine’s not supposed to be overrun with
bacteria. When you get too much in there, it can really interfere
with absorption of your nutrients from food. It can cause gas. It
can cause bloating. And it can also deplete your body of
hormones. And do things like inhibit T4 to T3 thyroid conversion.
And you might think, well, my thyroid isn’t working properly, or I
don’t have enough iodine or I don’t have enough selenium. Or I
need to start taking desiccated thyroid supplement. When in fact,
what you may actually need to do is reboot your gut. So it’s really
important to realize, especially when we’re looking at something
like this where you’ve got irritable bowel syndrome or gluten
intolerance combined with low iron, to go after the gut first. So
that being said, how do you go after the gut?
Some things that I would recommend you look into first of all if
you go, let’s say you live in the US, you can go to a site like
directlabs.com. If you live in the UK, we mentioned it last week, I
think it’s what sportydoc.com/consult or Tamsyn Lewis has some
stuff going on where she’s offering testing services for people in
the UK. There’s a lab in Canada. What’s the name of the lab in
Canada, Brock? It’s – we found it the other day, lab tests online,
something like that. While I’m talking if you can hunt it down, I
don’t remember the exact name.
That’s what I’m doing.
labtestingdirects.com. Anyways, though what you’re looking for is
what’s called the GI…
Yeah, Life Labs for Canadian listeners. Life Labs. GI effects panel.
There’s one made by a company called Genova. That’s a really
good one. It gives you a good look at bacterial balance in your
digestive tract. It can give you an idea of fatty acids and balances
of those, amino acids, absorption capacity. Just a lot of really
useful information about your gastrointestinal tract from a
company like Direct Labs. There’s another website at
breathtests.com where you can order a small test for small
intestinal overgrowth. I’ve personally done a breath test placebo
or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. I have them and it’s
something that’s really - to be perfectly honest with you, I cannot
fix it until I’m done with Ironman. Because I have to take a month
off and detox and use all these special juices and cleanses and
stuff like that. But, it’s one of those things that are probably
affecting my hormones a little bit. And it’s something that can be
picked up from simply excessive stress from exercise or lifestyle.
It can be picked up even from eating higher amounts of
carbohydrates early on in life, so that you’re predisposed to like a
yeast or fungal overgrowth. SIBO is something we could talk
about for hours but that’s another test that you can get. I would
definitely look into a GI effects panel though. I’ll put a link to the
one from Direct Labs in the show notes. I would consider looking
into a small intestinal bacterial overgrowth test from a website
like breathtest.com and then start fixing your gut. So, for example,
I’ve personally designed a gut-fixing pack that is colostrum,
probiotics, digestive enzymes, a really potent antifungal and
antibacterial which is oil of oregano, and what else is in that? I
believe those are the biggies –colostrum, probiotics, oil of
oregano, what am I missing? Enzymes, and that’s it in the gutfixing pack. Anyways, I’ll link to it in the show notes. But you just
get this box with each of these bottles into your house, use
something like that for a month and that can really help hit the
reboot button on your gut, especially if you combine it with a guthealing diet. And when I say gut-healing, I‘m talking about – my
favorites are the specifics carbohydrate diet, it’s called the SCD
Diet. I’ll put a link to that in the show notes. Or the Gaps Diet.
There’s actually a book called the Gaps Diet Book written by
Natasha Campbell McBride, that also is a really good guide. But
either one of those would be really good. I’m a bigger fan of the
Specifics Carbohydrate Diet, to be honest with you. I just think it’s
easier to get through. It’s put together over better. A couple
buddies of mine have created it - Steve and Jordan over at SCD
Lifestyle. They’ve been on the podcast before. So that you combine
something like gut testing with my gut-fixing pack with something
like this Specific Carbohydrate Diet protocol, and that’s a really
good place to start if you got medical issues that are stemming
from your gut. You know I’ve only really scratched the surface of
the places where you can go with something like this. If for
example, you needed a little bit of help with iron or ferritin along
the way and you didn’t want to get these constipating iron
supplements, I usually get people on something called Floradix. I
recommend Floradix, which is an herbal ferritin-boosting - it’s a
ferritin pyrophosphate kind of supplement, and that’s something
that you take in liquid form. It doesn’t constipate you like a lot of
iron-containing supplements do. But ultimately it will be a BandAid over the issue if this is really stemming from the gut, which is
likely the case. It’s probably a leaky, broken gut that’s causing
some vitamin-deficiency anemia type of symptoms and a lot of
downstream hormonal issues that go along with that. So, fix the
gut, go after the root issue, and that is where I would start.
Hi, Ben. My name is Nenad.
So you helped me ______ [0:55:01.3] on my sports injury so far
but now I have a kind of a health question for you. A few weeks
earlier, I was diagnosed with H.pylori infection. I also have a few
GI problems like pain, bloating, and irregular bowel movements,
but nothing too severe or something I could not manage. I
declined the antibiotic treatment for the bacteria because I want
to treat it in a more natural way. I was wondering if I could treat
the bacteria with pure oregano oil? If yes, how much, how often,
and how would I have to ingest it? Or if there are any other
natural ways you are aware of to get rid of H.pylori and all the GI
problems it has been causing. Hope to hear from you soon.
I guess, first of all, what is H.pylori?
I have no clue. It is a mysterious - I like to picture it like the dude
in the little book. It’s like this circle with the mean face on it, little
legs, little claw-arms like a Tyrannosaurus rex, crawls around in
your intestine. It’s a bacterium. It’s a Gram-negative bacteria
called Helicobacter pylori. I’ve had it before. I actually, if you do
like the GI effects test I was talking about, you can discover
whether or not you have it. But it’s pretty nasty. What happens is
a lot of people harbor this H.pylori I their upper digestive tract
and it can eventually penetrate what’s called the mucoid lining of
your stomach and cause ulcers and, excuse me, abdominal pain,
inflammation in your gut, nausea, and a lot of people never get
any signs or symptoms or complications or anything from H.
pylori. And I would suspect that there are some people who
harbor H.pylori. It doesn’t hurt them and it probably protects
them against something. That’s the case with a lot of parasites,
like some of them have anti-carcinogenic properties. Or they
protect you from some autoimmune disease that you might have
otherwise been attacked by but instead you have this parasite or
this bacteria in your body protecting you. But many people are
extremely sensitive and they get gastritis, and they get stomach
ulcers, and it causes some pretty serious issues. You’ll know, like a
lot of times irritable bowel syndrome, big, big part of that can be
related to an H.pylori infection and a lot of people have it. So
that’s what H.pylori is as far as how you actually get rid of it, there
are a few different ways that you could kinda skin that cat. So I
have had H.pylori and I’ve completely gotten rid of it by using a
combination of two different things. One is something that Nenad
actually mentions, he asked about oil of oregano and studies have
actually shown that oil of oregano kills H.pylori, breaks down the
bacterial cell wall. And what clinical trials have shown is that the
what’s called the carvacral and the timal which are two kind of
volatile oils in oil of oregano. Those break down the bacterial cell
wall. They can kill off H.pylori. You use it anywhere from 2 to 4 x
a day. I like to use an oil blend. The stuff I actually, full disclosure
here, I personally privately buy oil of oregano, like I have oil of
oregano imported from Turkey. I have it bottled on Colorado. It’s
the most potent stuff that I could find in terms of fungal fighting
properties and the actual carvacral content of it, meaning the
active ingredient of it that’s gonna have those antimicrobial
properties. I would recommend that first of all. I personally use it
everyday, anyways, just kind of like a gut cleanse. So, and that’s
something that’s included with that gut-healing pack that I was
talking about. So you just want to use a lot of it, though, if you
have H.pylori, you’d be up at like 20-30 drops a day. So you’d use
oil of oregano and that’s what I personally use to get rid of
H.pylori. But I combine that with something else called mastic
gum and this is something that flies under the radar. It is nothing
like Trident or any other gums…
Is this a - actually gum that you just walk around chewing for
No, it’s made from a resin and it is harvested in Greece, typically
from a spice that’s grown in these mastic trees. And mastic gum is
a digestive tonic. It is used for gastrointestinal ailments. It’s been
used in the Mediterranean region for like thousands of years. And
there are studies that have shown in vivo, meaning in the human
body, that mastic gum, when taken consistently for a longer
period of time actually breaks down, similarly to the oil of
oregano, the bacterial cell wall of H.pylori, and it has pretty potent
So what I personally did was I combined mastic gum with oil of
oregano. And then retested then my H.pylori was gone and there
was really zero side effects, like it was not unpleasant at all. To use
either of those supplements, I didn’t have to spend my entire day
two minutes from the bathroom or anything like that. And that
worked pretty well, as a one-two combo. So that’s something that
I would look into. Both have been researched, both have been
shown to have really nice antibacterial activity against stuff like
H.pylori. So that’s where I would start. And it would be way, way
better in my opinion than the traditional treatment for H.pylori
which is usually to use like a triple therapy proton pump inhibitor
which knocks out all the acid in your stomach and then you
combine that with amoxicillin or some kind of potent antibiotic.
And a lot of times, you’ll use a penicillin-derivative in some cases
and you can buy these anti-acids and it’s not a pleasant scenario
at all. So, plus you knock out all the good bacteria in your
digestive tract with that approach. So, I use something like the oil
of oregano, something like the mastic gum. The only other study
that I might point you out to is the American Journal of Nutrition
had an interesting study where they actually found some
eradication of H.pylori in people who ate probiotic-enhanced
yoghurt. So I would imagine you could probably achieve the same
thing with the probiotic supplement. You know they didn’t use the
supplement in the study, they used a yoghurt. But that would be
another thing to look into. So, yeah, that’s how you would knock
out the nasty little visitor in your digestive tract.
Hey, Ben and Brock. This is Hannah from Birmingham. I’m in my
early twenties and struggling with acne. I’ve been to the
dermatologist, and followed your advice and did the Clear Skin
Diet for about two months. I had all kinds of topical soap that the
dermatologist recommended but that hasn’t helped much. I really
don’t want to take any antibiotics or strong acne medications.
What would you suggest?
The Clear Skin Diet. You tried the Clear Skin Diet, Brock?
No, I was very lucky as a teen and I guess in my early twenties I
didn’t have a lot of skin issues and didn’t worry about that kind of
stuff but I understand it could be quite effective, the Clear Skin
I got a zit for the first time on my face, in forever. Last week I got a
zit. Like a, whatever you call it - zit, pimple, whatever the kids are
calling those these days.
A pustule. A boil.
A pustule. You know the only thing I did differently…
A morley? The only thing I did different the whole week was - I
usually use olive oil, I just use extra virgin olive oil as a facial
moisturizer. And I happen to be at a hotel, and I usually would not
do this, but I had super dry skin, I’d gone swimming in the hotel
pool. And I was in a big hurry, and I put that lotion on my face
just like the regular hotel lotion. And within a day, I had a zit. So,
a big part of this is just using natural personal care products like
olive oil or coconut oil on your face rather than using traditional
make ups and moisturizers and creams. I may have a whole article
about that on How to Detox your Home over at
bengreenfieldfitness.com. So I’d recommend you go read that
article. But as far as the Clear Skin Diet goes, The Clear Skin Diet
is this book that gives you a specific diet to give you clear skin. Big
surprise there, right? Clear Skin Diet Book. It draws this causal
connection between certain kinds of foods and acne. So for
example it tells you that certain fats like omega-3 fatty acids
protect you against acne while things like saturated fats or transfats might promote acne by increasing inflammation or oxidative
stress in the skin. It prescribes things like herbs, ginger, turmeric,
things of that nature to shut down acne break outs. It talks about
dietary stresses and how those influence the level of the hormones
that cause acne. So it tells you to eat things like fruits, and
vegetables, and green tea, and fish, and berry, and fiber-rich
whole foods, to lower the levels of those hormones. And then to
avoid things like meat and milk which might promote those acnerelated hormones as well as sugar and what is called low-fiber
carbohydrates. And then it also encourages you to reduce anxiety
and depression, and stress in your life because a lot of that stuff
can lead to acne breakouts, too. So for anybody who’s listening
carefully to what I just went through, you might notice that there
are some holes there.
For example, the book recommends soy. Soy in people who have
autoimmune issues can actually cause breakouts and it wouldn’t
be something that you wouldn’t want to eat, even though it’s part
of the Clear Skin Diet. Meat is not necessarily something that
promotes acne related hormones. And dairy, if it’s in its raw,
organic form is also something that tends to not be as big of an
issue for folks when it comes to acne and breakouts. So, you can’t
paint meat and milk with a broad brush either. Saturated fats are
crucial for healthy skin, and the book tells you not to eat saturated
fats. I’m not a huge fan of what I’ve seen of the Clear Skin Diet
even though I haven’t read the entire book. However, I would be
kinda careful with an approach like this. What I would point you
towards and I would say probably the best thing to look at would
be actually two things. First of all, would be an autoimmune diet.
And an autoimmune diet eliminates all of the potential triggers
that might cause your skin to break out. Because many times skin
disorders are due to autoimmune issues. So you get things like –
it’s called the vitiligo, and that’s, it’s a, it’s this weird thing I got.
It’s when sun hits your skin – have you seen my back before,
Brock ‘cause it’s kinda pigmented a little bit strangely?
Yeah. Yeah, these little spots are –little areas where it doesn’t
seem to have much color than the other spots.
Yeah. For me that’s probably very, very related to that small
intestine bacterial overgrowth that I have in my gut. That will
likely clear up when I detox my body and get rid of some of those
bacterial issues in my gut. Now there are a ton of other things
from psoriasis which is a chronic autoimmune disorder to
dermatomyositis, which is another autoimmune disorder that can
cause some skin issues and some skin discoloration. There is this
vitiligo issue, a ton of different things including acne that can be
related to immune disruption. Basically eating something and
having something in your gut that is causing issues on your skin.
Your skin is like the canary in the mine, kind of. So I’d
recommend you switch to an autoimmune diet. I’d toss out the
Clear Skin Diet book. I’ll put a link in the show notes. There’s one
autoimmune protocol that’s really good. It’s called the Paleo
Autoimmune Protocol. Again, I’m not paleo, but it’s a really really
good place to start. And a lot of times when I first bring on a client
and I’m looking at their diet and their history and seeing signs
that we need to do a detox, one of the things that I’ll do is I’ll
kinda combine a gut-fixing protocols with them along with like an
autoimmune style protocol. Or in some cases like a specific
carbohydrate diet kinda protocol, depending on where that person
needs to go. And that’s where I’ll start somebody, it’s kinda like
with the four-week reboot, sometimes as long as eight weeks,
depending on the person. So, that’s one thing. I’ll put link in the
show notes to it but it’s called the Paleo Autoimmune Diet and it’s
like an e-book that you could get. It’s just four weeks long to eight
weeks long, depending on how you do it. So, the other thing that I
would consider is the gut-skin connection and there’s something
called the gut-skin connection in which gut disorders are highly
linked to skin conditions. I already talked about SIBO. Other
things are celiac disease, or Crohn’s disease, or gluten intolerance
or even all sort of colitis caused by something like H.pylori. All of
those can have skin manifestations. And that’s because intestinal
permeability, or leaky-gut syndrome, that causes inflammation
that can contribute to skin disease. And you have, for example
people who have acne who have struggled with breakouts on their
faces and stuff like that. A lot of those people have been shown in
studies to have a high reactivity to what’s called an endotoxin in
their blood because they have leaky gut syndrome. So simply, this
returns to the gut. I already kinda kicked that horse to death
earlier. But a leaky gut can cause some pretty serious skin issues.
Fatty acid absorption is another issue that can kinda cause issues
if it’s not occurring properly in the stomach and that can be
related to an imbalance in your gut flora. So, not enough good
bacteria or an overgrowth of bad bacteria in your digestive tract.
Any of these things can a lot of times be fixed by again fixing the
gut, getting on probiotics, knocking out bad bacteria with
something like oil of oregano. Or potentially looking into
something as strong as like colostrum for fixing a leaky gut. I
know it sounds crazy. The fact is a lot of the issues that start with
the skin or that start with these other things that I talked about –
hormones, and iron, things of that nature, you gotta come after
with the gut first, So, that’s where I would start, start for sure.
Alright, so, a lot of stuff that has to do with the brain, too like
there’s a lot of protocols for depression and anxiety and stuff that
start in the gut as well. It’s, it really is the foundation of our being
in some ways. We gotta take care of the gut.
I think that you should write a book called The Gut is a
Foundation of Our Being. And it should just have you sitting
cross-legged on a mountain top with like a big hat on.
I have to be eating something that would have a…
Pouteen? I almost ate a pouteen.
A serving of pouteen.
After Ironman, after you left, we went out to an Irish pub. And it
was raining out, We were just stuck in this Irish pub. We sat
around and I almost thought of ordering pouteen. Instead I had a
glass of spiced wine. But the pouteen was jumping out of me.
That was probably - that’s a good idea ‘cause Irish pubs, they’re
neither French nor Canadians so that’s a terrible place to have
Good to know, good to know. Alright, what do we got, one more
We do. We’re going really long so maybe we can make this one well it should be pretty quick, it’s an easy question. Daniel says,
“How do you assess a new regimen, whether it’s a new diet
supplement, workout routine, etc. when there are infinite amount
of factors affecting how you feel day to day? Many of these
influences may not even be known or considered.”
How do you assess a new regimen?
So if you’re starting something new like taking a - even taking like
a supplement, taking a multivitamin, how do you know if it’s
actually doing anything? Other than turning your pee a funny
Well, I’ve got five ways to know. And these are my top five ways
that I personally measure and I found easy to measure without
going too far out of my way, without getting hooked up to brainscanning electrodes and all these jazz, or going into the hospital or
something or even driving to the blood lab even though I do stuff
like that. The stuff that I can do right away during the day, I’ll run
through them with you. So, first…
Heart rate variability measurements. And that’s probably the
geekiest of the five. Get yourself a sweet beat heart rate monitor,
put on that heart rate strap in the morning, take your heart rate
variability. If something’s good for you, your heart rate variability
is probably gonna be higher. If something is crappy for you, your
nervous system is probably gonna dump your heart rate
variability down a little bit. So that’s one way that I measure right
off the bat – new diet, new supplements, new workout routine,
whatever. I pay attention to how my nervous responds and the
best way to do that is to take your heart rate variability, if you
have no clue what that is, I have done what four detailed podcasts
now on about heart rate variability, as well as articles on it.
You’ve talked about it a lot.
Go to bengreenfieldfitness.com
I even did a peer review about heart rate variability machines. So,
you can check that out in the app.
Yep, exactly. Number two is your poop. Of course, we never get
through a podcast without talking about your poop.
We have done podcasts, entire hour-long podcast on poop and the
way that it should look, and the way that it should feel, meaning
the way it should feel coming out.
You’re the poo expert.
Yes, don’t reach in the toilet and feel your poo, just feel how it
feels like coming out, hopefully that description suffices. But the
way that your poop looks, feels, and performs, that’s really
important. And there’ something called the Bristol stool scale that
I would certainly look up on Wikipedia, kinda shows you what a
properly formed stool should look like. That’s another thing I’ll
pay attention to, if something constipates me or gives me diarrhea
or makes my poop float when it should normally sink, or sink
when it would normally float, or makes it look oily or anything
like that, I pay attention to that, especially if I find chunks of
whatever it is in my diet that I changed in my actual poo, that’s
usually a bad sign. So, that’s number two.
So, it’s ______ [1:13:53.0] with peanuts.
That’s right. I pay attention to the corn and the peanuts. Number
three is the body fat pinch test. Many of the changes that folks
make are related to looking better, having flat abs, losing fat,
whatever. I don’t use a scale. I don’t use a body fat monitor. I
don’t use any of that stuff. I simply grab the pinch of fat right
above my upper hip bone on the front. And I see how much of it I
can pinch. And I know if I can grab a nice big pinch of it, then I’m
getting a little bit more fat than I want to be. And if it’s kinda hard
to grab a pinch of it, then I know I’m kinda like in my Ironman
racing shape. It’s like, last week before Canada, I was pretty lean.
I’ll be posting some pictures Monday of me crossing the finish
line. It’s pretty obvious that I’ve thinned up a bit for that race. And
I cannot really pinch my, you know I’m sitting here right now and
can’t really pinch my fat.
I saw you in your underwear a lot that weekend and yes, you were
Yes, because I pretty much (overtalk)
Be jealous, everyone. (overtalk)
..when I walk out of the house, including right now…
in my underwear, or the rest of the time, my – depending on the
brand that I’m wearing at the time, it’s usually Slicks or Calvin
Klein. So, there you go.
The body fat pinch test. Number four is sex drive. And all that
means is - for any of you blushing, yes, you may want to put ear
muffs on the kids for just a second. I pay attention to specifically
my sex drive and the hardness of my erection, and two of those
things give me a pretty good idea about whether or not something
is helping or hurting me in that department. And I just wrote an
article about this over on Mark Sisson, marksdailyapple.com
website but optimized fertility mostly like a post menopausal
female, for example is one of the best ways to know if your body is
in the state of optimal health, and if your body is functioning in a
way that it will make babies pretty easy, then it’s a good sign that
whatever you’re doing is probably working. So that’s another
thing that I pay close attention to. And number five, no surprise
Last but not least.
Last but not least is sleep quality. If something disrupts sleep
quality, if you wake up feeling tired like you didn’t get that
neuronal repair and recovery and everything that you needed
while you were asleep, it’s a pretty good sign that workout or that
diet or that routine isn’t so hot for you or your unique snowflake
body. So those are the top five – heart rate variability, your poop,
the body fat pinch test above your waistline, your sex drive, and
your sleep. Those are five things that I pay pretty close attention
to whenever I change something up and, knock on wood, it works
pretty well for me. And that’s a really good way for me to kinda
keep track of my body without having to go way out of my way to
do too frequent expensive blood tests and all that jazz. I sound
like I never do that stuff, but there are a lot of stuff you pay
attention to everyday as well, right?
Yeah. Cool! I like it.
I like it. So speaking of…
We have gone quite long but we still have one thing that we need
to do and that’s give away some stuff…
To somebody who left an awesome review on iTunes.
Have you picked one as we speak?
I was gonna say, speaking of my underwear, I’m gonna send – no,
just kidding. We’re actually printing out a bunch of really cool
brand new Ben Greenfield water bottles, t-shirts and hats, and
we’re sending those out to anybody whose review that we read on
the podcast. So if you leave an iTunes review, we’ll put a link to it
in the show notes at bengreenfieldfitness.com/254 or you can go
and, I was gonna say read a review, but write one over there, leave
some stars, and…
Five stars, please.
Today’s review comes from Junie Aboy.
No clue, no clue where that came from. But anyways so, Junie
Aboy says this, the title is called Ketogenic Prowess. Ketogenic
Prowess. He says…
That’d be a good name for a book.
It would be a good name for a book. There you go. Ketogenic
Prowess. Or an album, or a band. Here’s what he says, “When it
comes to confidence and practicality, Ben is your man, Brock too,
in parenthesis, meaning that, sorry, Brock.
Hmm. Don’t leave a review if…
You just get parenthesis. If you want to uppercut your excuses
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lives.” That’s awesome. I think that we should end this podcast by
playing video game sounds, like the bonuses that Mario gets when
he jumps up and his head hits the bricks and hits the coins..(hums
music) The star.. What’s the sound when he gets the star? (hums
Wait, this turning into the Muppet theme song. Hello, Kermit the
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