Podcast #280 from http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2014/04/280-are-ph-
Introduction: In this episode: Does Coolsculpting Fat Loss Surgery Work, What Are
Omega 5 and 7 Fats, Should You Exercise Your Chest Every Day, Will
A Paleo Diet Cause Gout, 5 Ways To Stay Healthy At College, Are
Bluetooth Headsets and Wireless Heart Rate Monitors Dangerous,
and What Should Your Ratio of Vitamin A, D and K be?
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Ben: Oh Brock I gotta tell you, I’m pretty racked, pretty sore today and I’m
glad that Wednesdays are podcasting recording day are also now my
recovery day ‘cause I hopefully need it.
Brock: What did you do to yourself?
Ben: Well I’m doing the Eight Weeks to Seal Fit to prepare for my hell
week for civilians that I’m doing in August down in San Diego.
Brock: Oh that’s right. Ben is actually joining the Navy Seals.
Ben: (laughs) I’m just pretending.
Brock: Oh damn.
Ben: It’s my armed forces envy, wishing that I actually served my country
at some point. I’m just gonna do the hell week instead. But
yesterday’s workout was Murph, which I’m sure cross fitters are
familiar with as being the one mile run, three hundred squat, two
hundred push-up, one hundred pull up, one mile run workout. So, I
did murph, but the only difference was that I did murph with thirty
pounds and a backpack.
Brock: And people shooting at you.
Ben: Yeah. I don’t know what’s sore.
Brock: Communist shooting at you.
Ben: My arms from doing all the pull ups with the backpack on or the
chafing that’s sworn into my lower back from the backpack rubbing.
Brock: (laughs) Can’t see. Somehow I ain’t thought of that. Gotta put a whole
crap load of what’s I called body glide across everywhere.
Ben: I should’ve.
Brock: Just take a bath in it.
Ben: Exactly, 20/20 hindsight. So I’m actually logging all these workouts
that I’m doing for all my inner circle members, not only
photographing my food. So, I took a nice photograph yesterday….
Brock: Are you running it through Instagram like all the hipsters do?
Ben: Flickr actually. So, I’m photographing all my food and uploading all
my workouts and the reason I’m doing this now is because, if you go
back and listen to like podcast number 1 of the Ben Greenfield Fitness
podcast, let me put it this way…
Brock: That’s actually… It wasn’t a podcast, it was chiseled into a rock with a
Ben: So we’ve come a long way baby, when it comes to the type of health
techniques, workouts, nutrition, supplements, biohacks, basically
everything that I personally implement on a daily basis and
implement now with my family and my kids, and it can get confusing
sometimes to figure out what I’m doing now, what’s working now,
kind of assemble everything that we talk about in this podcast and in
my books and the kind of want easy to implement system or one
system to where you can kinda just get in and ask questions but also
see how I’m doing these stuff on a daily basis and so the inner circle is
kind of the way to do that and we’re in the process of revamping the
whole inner circle right now to where my video workshops, that I do
each month, are gonna be a lot more Q & A in terms of me talking
about how I’m taking the research that we, for example, talk about on
this podcast and I’ll be walking around my house with the video
camera, showing folks how I’m actually implementing what I’m
implementing, Jessa’s gonna be doing a lot more cooking videos and
we’re actually bringing a film crew over to our house at the end of
this month to shoot a bunch of episodes for the inner circle. For ten
bucks a month, it’s actually gonna be a pretty cool deal. So, I didn’t
mean to turn that into a commercial.
Brock: No, but it’s interesting that you bring up the whole evolution of the
things that you do and the things that you believe in ‘cause we do get
questions from the podcast that people say things like, “Hey, you used
to say that phytoplankton was… the jury was out on phytoplankton
but you seemed to have change of mind.”
Ben: Yeah, and now I take it every morning.
Brock: Yeah, you do change your mind.
Ben: Two years ago I would’ve told you that enemas were one of the
strangest, most woo woo things on the face of the planet but next
week I’ll be…
Brock: You’re giving yourself one right now!
Ben: Yeah. On Sunday actually I’m going to be experimenting with coffee
enemas and bringing the results of that episode to the inner circle as
So, all sorts of interesting things that are evolving in my life that I
wanna make sure to share with people, so that’s all at
bengreenfieldfitness.com/innercircle and if coffee enemas aren’t
enough of a news flash, we’ve got some others coming your way now.
Brock: Alright. So what’s the first News Flash for this week Ben?
Ben: First News Flash… By the way I put out all these News Flashes over at
twitter.com/bengreenfield if you wanna check ‘em out.
Brock: And actually quite often at facebook.com/BGFitness as well.
Ben: Yes, on the Facebook page. But the thing that we talked about a few
weeks ago is this whole idea behind pH diets and whether or not pH
diets actually work, whether pH diets are a myth and kind of this….
Brock: By pH you mean, like alkalinity and…
Ben: Yeah, this idea about whether or not you can actually change your pH
with the foods that you eat, and this has never really been studied in
super great detail and the theory has never really been validated
about whether or not you can maintain proper pH in your body with
the foods that you eat, and whether or not that’s gonna actually affect
your health at all. The idea behind this is that there are certain foods
that are alkaline forming and certain foods that are acid forming
when you digest them, and that’s not actually something that is
argued, that is something that is a scientific fact. Every food that you
eat leaves a residue in your body after it’s digested and that residue is
called (in nutrition science) “ash” which I’ve always thought was a
Brock: I actually thought it was because they measure that by actually setting
it on fire.
Ben: I am not sure if that’s why but they call it ash.
Brock: Pretty sure that’s actually how they determined the alkalinity is that
they burn, say spinach, and then take the ash and check the pH
balance of that. I think that’s where it comes from.
Ben: And then spread it over the ocean or into the Grand Canyon to…
spinach that died.
Brock: Yes, of course. Everyone cries a little bit.
Ben: So, yeah. Some foods kinda confusing ‘cause like lemons will taste
acidic as you can tell by their pucker factor, but they leave an alkaline
residue upon digestion or an alkaline ash. So lemon would be
considered an acidic food but not an acid forming food and the idea is
that some people would say that if we eat too much acid forming food,
our blood or our tissues become acidic and that might promote
disease but again that’s something that has always been kinda blue
sky and not really flushed out in the science until this week. So there’s
a new study called Dietary Acid Load and Risk of Type Two Diabetes
and in this study they actually quantified the acid load from an acid
forming diet versus an alkaline forming diet and found that risk of
type two diabetes was actually increased in folks who were eating
foods that were more in the acid forming format, and that would
include things like a high amount of meat, a high amount of
commercial dairy, low amount of vegetables, low amounts of fresh
fruits, that type of thing. And the idea behind this is that insulin
resistance is one thing that has been reported with low urine pH and
what’s called a higher anion gap which is essentially a marker of
metabolic acidosis. There’s another thing that will increase when you
eat a lot of acid forming foods and it’s called serum lactate and that’s
also been associate with a higher risk of type two diabetes. So there
are some biological mechanisms that kind of point to the idea that
may be a way that an acid forming diet could actually cause insulin
resistance or increased risk of type two diabetes, but this study, which
I’ll link to in the show notes, actually shows that a diet with a high
acid load does indeed result in increased risk for type two diabetes
and it’s the first one that I’ve ever seen that actually shows that there
is something to this whole pH diet thing and paying attention to the
alkalinity or the acidity of the foods that you eat. I should of course
mention that, just like I talked about a couple of weeks ago, being
overly alkalinized, eating or drinking a bunch of alkaline water and
having some sort of counter top alkalinizer, that type of thing is not
something that I recommend. I think that you can definitely be too
alkaline, however, paying attention to, especially getting a lot of
alkaline foods in the diet, that’s where I tend to see people mess up
the most is not getting enough things like, dark leafies, cruciferous
vegetables, some good fresh fruits, you know not fruit juices but fresh
fruits, and then paying attention to fatty cuts of meat, not just lean
meats for example, those are some of the ways that you can alkalinize
a diet, and it turns out that there really is something to this pH
Ben: Super interesting. It’s relevant to me ‘cause I’ve done, for example,
23andme.com genetic testing, I’ve seen that I had higher than normal
risk for type two diabetes and it’s something that I always bear in
mind. And by the way for our listeners over in the show notes, just
like we do with all the show notes, I’ll put resources, but at
bengreenfieldfitness.com/280, I’ll link not only to that study, but also
to a really good acid alkaline food chart that you could print out and
put on your fridge if you wanna see if things are acid forming or
Ben: So, speaking of acid forming diets, I’m not sure if you saw this article
at Esquire, Brock, but it’s called How To Drink Beer All Night
Without Getting Drunk, did you see this?
Brock: I didn’t see this. That sounds like no fun at all. What’s the point?
Ben: I know. It does kinda sound like no fun. Basically there’s this guy who
has come up with this way to be able to drink beer all night without
getting drunk and the idea is that he uses yeast. You know, like
brewer’s yeast that you use for getting vitamins into your body, it’s
kinda big among…
Brock: Like nutritional yeast?
Ben: Yeah, it’s like what hippies spread on their salad, that kind of thing.
Brock: I put it on my pop corn.
Ben: Yeah that is kinda good in pop corn. Active dry yeast and you can buy
this stuff at the grocery store but it has an enzyme in it called alcohol
dehydrogenase. Like, I think we’ve talked about in the context of
Asian folks who don’t do quite as well with alcohol ‘cause they don’t
naturally make much of this alcohol dehydrogenase. The idea is
alcohol dehydrogenase can break down alcohol molecules and
metabolize them rather than them metabolize, by say, your liver. So,
theoretically, if you have that enzyme in your stomach, when the
alcohol first hits your stomach, the ADA (or the Alcohol
Dehydrogenase) starts breaking down the alcohol before it gets into
your blood stream and your brain, and really mitigates the effects of
the alcohol and this guy swears that he’ll drink beer all night and
never get drunk and has actually even filed a patent on the process of
kind of like an anti-getting drunk supplement based on active dry
yeast. So, I thought the article was interesting but to me it fails a little
bit from a biological standpoint.
Brock: Well, wouldn’t you end up with a terrible yeast over growth?
Ben: Well, first of all, that’s certainly one issue. If you have yeast fungus or
candida or anything like that, not only should you not be drinking
beer or doing it a high amount of some fermented foods, like wine
and beer anyways but the last thing you’re gonna wanna be doing is a
bunch of nutritional yeast, that’s bad news bearers if you’re like a
candida fungus yeast in the digestive tract type of person. The other
thing is that, that alcohol dehydrogenase basically gets nuked once it
hits the acidic ph of your stomach, so the only way that you’d be able
to do this is to somehow drink the yeast at the exact moment that you
were drinking the alcohol in order for this to really actually be able to
act effectively against the alcohol. So if you’re gonna do nutritional
yeast as a way to keep yourself from getting drunk when drinking, you
would have to literally like have your little powdered yeast product
sitting there next to your beer and do like, you know, a drink of beer
and then a little bit of yeast, and then a drink of beer and a little bit of
yeast, and beer, and possibly a social embarrassment, and definitely a
logistical inconvenience. It’s an interesting article to go read and
theoretically it could work but I don’t think it’s quite as easy as they
point out in this Esquire magazine article and I also wanted to point
that out because everybody and their dog, like Joe Rogan and Adam
Curl and all these folks were retweeting out this article and it’s not
quite as simple as they make it sound but…
Brock: It’s not simple and it’s also like, why would you wanna do that?
Ben: And that’s the other thing. Unless you really, really enjoy the taste of
beer, I don’t see why you wanna drink it without getting drunk. I
personally, this is my dirty little secret, I have a glass of wine everyday
and I actually have my glass of wine, after I finish my workout before
dinner, so completely empty stomach, ‘cause I workout at about 5
o’clock in the afternoon, I’ll come back from my workout, take a
shower, do my cold shower and recover and everything, and the first
thing I do is have a glass of wine ‘cause honestly, after my workouts,
four hands of glass of wine pretty much spins the dials of my brain.
Brock: Totally yeah.
Ben: I’m a total cheap date. That’s my drink for the evening and I feel great
and if I have wine after dinner, I got to drink 2 or 3 glasses before I
really feel the happiness inducing effects and relaxation effect of the
wine so, yeah, wine is my kind of… Actually, I’ll tell you what I’ve
been doing lately. I grab a handful of those amino acid capsules, pop a
few of those back to get some protein in my blood stream and then
have a glass of wine and that’s my post workout routine these days.
Brock: That sounds like a nap waiting to happen.
Ben: Yeah. There you have it. And then, the last study I wanted to point out
that I also tweeted about was the leg press vs. the squat.
Brock: Oh, I like this one. I love it when Science backs up the things that I
Ben: That’s right. So certain exercises can cause higher levels of
testosterone growth hormone and cortisol release, all of which are
going to assist with your anabolic response to that workout. Yes, even
cortisol, you’re gonna want it in certain amounts when you’re
exercising because it is a helpful stress based hormone in certain
context. Well, in this study they compare the acute hormonal
response of the leg press exercise with the squat and found, no big
surprise here I think, that the free weight exercise, the squat, induce a
greater hormonal response, a significantly greater hormonal response
than a machine weight exercise, like the leg press. And I think, and
this is something that I was talking about on a recent podcast I did
with the alpha male podcast guy, we were talking about this and I
mentioned that chopping wood is another activity that has been
shown to increase testosterone, even more so, compared to exercise,
any type of functional free weight activity, and we’re talking about
how you can go to your local tire store and ask them for a big heavy
tire, they usually have their old junk tires in the back, you bring that
back to your house, you buy a sledge hammer, or you use whatever
sledge hammer you might happen to have out in your garage, and you
hit the tire, and that’s a great way to increase testosterone, that or
flipping the tire. Anything, where you’re swinging, squatting, moving
a free weight around, cattle bell swings, all of these type of things are
gonna jack up testosterone significantly, especially compared to long,
slow, chronic cardio for example or even weight machines. So if
you’re looking to amplify one of your bodies’ most potent fat burning
hormones, testosterone free weights are gonna be the way to do it.
Brock: I like it.
Ben: And speaking of increasing testosterone, let’s talk a little bit about
hair on your face. We actually answered a listener question about
razor burn a couple of weeks ago but I’ve got a pretty good tip for
folks listening in, and this particular podcast episode, episode #280,
is brought to you by Harry’s which is….
Brock: What the heck is Harry’s?
Ben: Harry’s makes these really high quality shaving blades. They engineer
them in a factory in Germany and I’ve actually got one of their blades
and it’s probably the most beautiful shaving blade I’ve ever seen. It’s
got this weight to it. You know when you just hold nice things and it
just feels different? ‘Cause I’ve used disposable razors and I use the
dollar month shave club before and like this is an actual nice razor.
Brock: Is it a straight razor?
Ben: It’s a three blade razor and so it’s still like, it looks a standard razor
like a, you know, similar to like a Gillette but it’s actually about half
the price of a Gillette. You can even get your actual razor handle
engraved with your name like it’s one of those nice things it’s kinda
like driving a Mercedes Benz just like this nice German engineered
blade that’s made in this 93 year old German factory and they ship
them to your door and comes with some shaving cream and they use
this all natural you know, paraben and thalates and chemical free,
basically toxin free shaving cream and it’s a really kinda clean cool
way to get your shave on and they have been so kind to give our
podcast listeners an actual discounts. So, whether you’re a guy or a
girl, ‘cause I know, I’m hoping many of our female podcast listeners
actually do shave their legs, or their pits, or perhaps other areas of the
body prefer laser not razor, but anyways, you can use code “Ben” over
at harrys.com and you save 5 bucks off of this shaving kit from
Harry’s, and like I mentioned, they sent me one to check out and it’s
actually pretty cool and it’s just like probably one of the nicest things
in my bathroom now.
My Harry’s shaver. So check it out, harrys.com and use five dollar
discount code: Ben.
Brock: Did you get your name engraved on it?
Ben: Not yet.
Ben: First of all, I owe all our premium podcast listeners a big apology
because I interviewed Dr. Mark Sircus this week, who is our crazy
Brazilian Physician friend who lives down in Brazil and he did the
interview from this loud coffee shop in Brazil and so it was a little bit
difficult to understand but this was an interview that we did about the
biomat which is my new sleep pack device of choice. So we got into
how the infrared waves and how the negative ions that are really so
biomat that assist with sleep and health and even have cancer fighting
properties and things of that nature. So, first of all my apologies to the
premium listeners but there’s still quite a bit of value in that episode
and that is part of our premium service because we put out, basically
if you wanna get access to over 350 back episodes of Ben Greenfield
fitness, a bunch of hidden videos, audios, pdfs, extra interviews that I
do few times a month, you just go to
bengreenfieldfitness.com/premium and its $9.99 for a year of
premium access and the most recent one was that podcast with Mark
Sircus. So if you have the Ben Greenfield fitness app and you notice as
your scrolling through your episodes, that is something that appears
to be locked, if you click that little unlock button, it’ll let you in and
you can join the premium access and get access to Mark Sircus and
his loud Brazilian coffee shop.
Brock: It’s fun because you can actually try to understand the conversations
that are happening in the background.
Ben: If you speak Portuguese. So, the other thing is that I recently spoke at
the thyroid sessions on how exercise destroys your thyroid and what
you can do about it and I took all the resource that I talked about as
far as thyroid is concerned and I put them over at so if you just wanna
go read my notes, what I recommend to people who are exercising a
lot, who wanna avoid thyroid deregulation, go check that out at
bengreenfieldfitness.com/thyroid but both there and in the show
notes for this episode, we’ve got links to these thyroid sessions and I
actually got the digital access pass for the thyroid sessions and
downloaded all the pdf’s and I’ve been reading them on my kindle
just because, for me, it’s actually faster to read that it is for me to
listen to the episodes and I’m learning a ton of stuff about thyroid
that I didn’t know before. Like, for example.…
Brock: I was gonna say, “give me an example.” Because I’ve got to admit, I
don’t know much about the thyroid and I also don’t really feel like I
need to be worried about it.
Ben: Yeah. Well…
Brock: Maybe I’m totally naive. I don’t know.
Ben: Well if you’ve ever start with weight loss, fat gain, low testosterone,
poor sleep, constipation, gas, bloating, anything like that…
Brock: You just described my Saturday night!
Ben: It definitely can have some link to thyroid and there’s this really,
really interesting info in there like, I’ve always been one of those guys
who has attempted to mitigate some of the effects that cortisol and
high amounts of exercise can have on the thyroid by using a
combination of selenium and iodine. Selenium from Brazil nuts and
iodine from both seaweed and then also from like a liquid drop that I
have that has iodine in it. And as I was going through some of these
thyroid sessions, what I found was that there was actually a law of
diminishing returns when it comes to iodine supplementation and too
much iodine can actually do some damage to your thyroid and I
started to do the calculation, figured out how much iodine I was
getting from a combination of seaweed based sources and this iodine
dropper and I was up around 500 micro grams per day, it turns out
this was the presentation from Dr. Christianson, I think, on thyroid
sessions that it’s about 350 micro grams of iodine per day that you
can start to do some damage to the thyroid gland.
So, I learned that I may be actually over doing it on the nori and the
iodine dropper and I should back that off a little bit. I’m learning a
ton of things ‘cause all the doctors in there are specializing in thyroid
and in my talk, I talked a little bit more about carb fat protein ratios
for optimizing thyroid during exercise, some of the considerations as
far as like, desiccated thyroid gland, organ meat, some of the other
hacks that you can use to mitigate the effects that exercise can have in
your thyroid gland, but ultimately, the whole online conferences, like
digital access to these videos, audios, PDFs, it’s pretty cool stuff. So
check it out at bengreenfieldfitness.com/thyroid.
Atanas: Hi Ben. What is your opinion about coolsculpting? Is it good or not so
good? Thank you.
Brock: I think it was just like maybe two years ago, I saw tons of posters
popping about coolsculpting. It seemed to be a thing that was all
raged there for a bit.
Ben: Yeah, I thought it was just like some kind of an ice sculpting
Brock: It totally sounds that. That’s what I fear too, they’re gonna take like a
cold laser and just carve off parts of your love handles.
Ben: And turn you into Olaf from the cartoon Frozen, they turn you into a
Brock: That’d be cool!
Ben: That’s my kid’s favorite cartoon character right now, Olaf, from
Brock: I have not seen that because I do not have children.
Ben: It’s a funny movie. But coolsculpting is kind of this alternative to
liposuction in which they use this none invasive, tissue-cooling
applicator, and the way that it works is it’s a vacuum applicator that
you put over the area of tissue like let’s say your butt. And it holds the
butt between two cooling panels, so to like suck a little air off your
butt, and hold these two cooling panels and take all the heat out of
that area and that theoretically causes fat cell apoptosis, or fat cell
death, fat cell reduction and loss of subcutaneous fat, but the way that
the vacuum suction is set up is that it doesn’t actually cause damage
to the skin so you get loss of subcutaneous fat without damaging the
skin and the idea is that you go in for a few sessions of fat layer
reduction using this cool sculpting treatment and it would be
something that you use instead of something like liposuction. You
know, I looked up on studies on this and there’s a few small studies
primarily done on animals that I’ve looked into this and I
automatically and just did it just to make sure that they weren’t
destroying human tissue but the technical term for it is cryosurgery or
surgery at very low temperatures used for tissue destruction, in this
case, fat tissue destruction, and for example, I found a study that was
done back in 2008 in all things black yucatan pigs and what they
found was that, when they did about ten minute long treatments of
this fat based cold exposure to the pigs that the lipid area, underneath
the skin, was significantly lower, and that there was a loss of adipose
tissue without actual injury to the skin and without scarring. And so
the results of the study indicated that you could actually get a localize
loss of subcutaneous fat through this type of cooling. My question is,
how expensive is it, is it gonna be covered by insurance, and,
ultimately, is this something that is going to be superior to just doing
something like putting on the cool fat burner vest from
coolfatburner.com or by doing cold showers, cold thermogenesis, by
going out in the morning in your backyard if you live in a cool area
doing some yoga on your back porch while it’s still a little bit cold,
doing some shiver walks, you wear your going for a walk t-shirt and
shorts while it’s cold outside. All of those things can cause lipolysis,
up regulation of lipase as well but a lot of other cool effects that this
liposuction doesn’t cause, like for example, up regulation of
adiponectin, which can reduce systemic inflammation, can increase
fat burning, can increase metabolism, can have some effects on risk of
diabetes by elevating the burning of glucose and insulin sensitivity,
decrease in inflammatory cytokines, increase in pain tolerance,
improvement in nervous system stability, I mean, like there’s all of
these effects you get from just incorporating temperature fluctuations
in to your day-to-day routine that you’re not gonna get from
something like this.
This surgery seems like a quick fix that ultimately doesn’t offer quite
as many benefits as like cold thermogenesis for example. It seems like
an idea though.
Brock: Yeah. You sorta like end it to liposuction which also has the same
problem of once the liposuction is done, you’ve got sort of this
window where you’re sure you don’t have the fat but it’s going to
come back if you don’t have any other changes in your lifestyle.
Ben: Yeah, and I think, and what’s interesting, and we talked about this to
Dr. Cate Shanahan when we had her on the episode, is that in most
cases, fat cells are going to become other cells such as nerve and
muscle cells or they’re going to shrink, so you’re either gonna get fat
cell conversion or shrinkage of fat cells with a capability for those
cells to still become full of energy and still be able to enlarge once you
begin over eating, for example, or for the muscle cells and bone cells
or nerve cells that were converted from fats cells to get converted
back into fat cells and actual fat cell death is something that can be
pretty difficult to achieve. You can do it with exercise and ancestral
eating and very low levels of inflammation, but fat cell apoptosis or
cell death is not the easiest thing to pull off, the thing that’s
interesting about this cryolipolysis is that it does actually cause
controlled cell death of the fat tissue itself, so it’s like you get rid of fat
tissue and you don’t actually risk it coming back assuming that after
you’ve done the surgery or the procedure, you actually pay attention
to your diet and your exercise plan and I wouldn’t necessarily use this
as an excuse to eat twinkies and sit around all day.
Brock: Pop a bunch of yeast and drink a bunch of beer.
Ben: Yeah, it’s interesting. It’ over at coolsculpting.com. I’m not sure how
many folks around the world actually do this test. I would imagine
that you could probably find a surgeon in your area who could do
something like this but yeah, it’s basically called coolsculpting. If you
wanna explore go check out coolsculpting.com and get your icy cool
Brock: And you can take your pig there too.
Ben: Your black yucatan pig.
Brock: Actually if there’s one thing I’ve learned from myth busters, it’s that a
pig makes an awesome human analog.
Brian: Hey Ben, Brian Clark! Love the show. I have a quick question for you.
Omega 3, 6’s and 9, we have these in nova health benefits. I’ve been a
lot of reading on Omega 5’s and 7’s, what is the real advantage of an
omega 5 and 7? And second question is, is there any reason that an
ironman triathlete or somebody doing a lot of endurance training
should be taking 5 or 7? Alright, love the show, thanks!
Brock: Yeah, what the heck, omega 5 and 7? They’re like the forgotten step-
Ben: I know, seriously, is if we didn’t have enough to think about already
with the omega 3’s and the omega 6’s.
Brock: And the omega 9….
Ben: Okay, so we’ve got – yes, you don’t just have omega 3 and omega 6
fatty acids. There are others. So you’ve got for example, omega 5 fatty
acids. Examples of these would be like a myristoleic acid or punicic
acid and these are different types….
Brock: Right. Are we supposed to know what that means?
Ben: Yes. These can be found in black Yucatan pigs.
Brock: Yes! Of course!
Ben: Actually, it’s found primarily in pomegranates and pomegranate
seeds. You find a lot of omega 5 fatty acids in pomegranate seeds and
it can get converted into conjugated linoleic acid or CLA pretty easily.
CLA is a pretty cool way to increase the ability of your mitochondria
to burn fat as a fuel.
Brock: That’s the stuff that we’re trying to get by buying all that grass-fed
Ben: Yup, exactly and speaking of butter fat as well as coconut oil, your
body will actually generate omega 5 fatty acids as those are
metabolized. So, if you’re eating coconut oil, if you’re eating butter, if
you’re eating pomegranate seeds, those types of things, you’re getting
plenty of omega 5 fatty acids and your body actually can generate
those fatty acids on their own unlike omega 3 or omega 6 fatty acids
which you actually have to get from your diet. Your body can actually
make those which is why they are called essential fatty acids whereas
omega 5’s and omega 7’s and omega 9’s are non-essential fatty acids
‘cause your body can manufacture them itself.
Brock: Good old body.
Ben: Omega 7 fatty acids, an example of that would be like a palmitoleic
acid. There’s another form of omega 7 fatty acids that you find in
grass-fed meat, that you find in dairy and it’s also one of the naturally
occurring trans-fats. So we hear a lot about trans-fats and they’re get
thrown under the bus because they are found a lot of times in
modified fat based foods and they’ve been outlawed in many States.
So the idea though is that there are naturally occurring forms of
trans-fats and the way that the fat is actually oriented from a bio-
chemical and structural standpoint is just different than a factory
made trans-fat. You find naturally occurring trans-fats in grass-feed
meat and dairy and in most cases those are omega 7 fatty acids. You
also find them in macadamia nuts and you also find them a lot of
times in like a grass-fed dairy, like a good organic dairy. So, omega 7
fatty acids, if you’re eating grass-fed meat, if you’re eating dairy, if
you’re eating nuts and in particular macadamia nuts, you’re getting a
decent amount of omega 7 fatty acids and again your body can
actually manufacture omega 7 fatty acids out of the other fats as well.
So once again, you know, you don’t need to be rushing out and
purchasing some omega 7 fatty acid supplements or pills or
something like that. Or asking for omega 7 fatty acids where you’re
getting the cold vacuum sac out of you.
Brock: I do enjoy a good handful of macadamia nuts though.
Ben: Hmm, especially when you’re in Hawaii. I think covering them in
chocolate possibly amplifies the omega 7 fatty acid affect, so.
Brock: I believe it does for everything.
Ben: I like to believe chocolate macadamia nuts are healthy. And then
omega 9 fatty acids, those are mono-unsaturated fats that are all over
the place and meat and olive oil and avocados and just about any
nuts, you don’t need that many of them. Your body can manufacture
them from other fat sources so omega 9 are something else that again
are a good fatty acids but deficiencies are pretty uncommon assuming
your eating meat, dairy, nuts, things of that nature and then even
things like pomegranate seeds and avocados. So ultimately, omega
5’s, omega 7’s, omega 9’s are all really good fats but you don’t have to
worry about buying a supplement that has those in them. If you’re
eating a good healthy fat base diet, you’re getting enough of those in
your diet. So, as far as the omega 3’s and the omega 6’s go, my whole
deal with that is on any days that I’m not eating fish, I’m not eating
sardines, I will actually use a fish oil and I’ve got a pretty simple rule,
I take 4 grams of a mix of fish liver, fish oil, astaxanthin which is a
natural antioxidant that keeps the fish oil from getting rancid with a
little bit of vitamin E and I use something called Super Essentials,
they’re like this black dark fish oil capsules because of the astaxanthin
content, a little bit of anti-aging effect from astaxanthin and that’s the
way I roll. Yeah, I just basically do 4 grams a day, easy peasy and skip
it if I’m already eating fish or anything like that.
Brock: So you see those like bottles of udo’s oil, they make a 3-6-9 and I
think Now Foods makes a 3-6-9, so there’s no real point in having
Ben: Not the 9, no.
Brock: Why on earth do they make it then? Sons of bitches.
Donald: Hey Ben, the name’s Donald. I have a friend, he is really big on
working on his chest and he does it every single time we worked
whether it would be 3 times a week, four times a week, occasionally 5
times a week. He always work out his chest, 2-3 sets, 12 reps,
sometimes 4 sets back to back days, he doesn’t care. Everything looks
fine. So my question is, is that safe? I know everybody’s body is
different but I want gains in my arms so I thought maybe I will try
that with my arms, back to back days, twice a week, 3 times a week,
but I just feel that it’s unsafe and so far he hasn’t have any problem
with it, he doesn’t even get sore. So, is that a specific thing for the
chance where you can work it more or can you do that with any
muscle group? What are the benefits of that, what are the downfalls of
that? Thanks a lot!
Brock: So I believe there is a chapter in a book that I have sitting on a table
nearby. I can’t remember the name of it but a – do you know what I’m
Ben: I do and I do talked about this in my new book - about how long it
takes you to recover from a workout and whether or not you should
work the same muscle group everyday.
It’s in chapter 6, so if you didn’t get the book yet, go grab it from
beyondtrainingbook.com. Okay, so they’ve actually done studies on
this – how long muscle repair takes because if you’re working your
chest but you can’t meet or exceed whatever you were doing in your
previous chest workout then it’s really not gonna do you much good
at all to be working your chest again. So, for example, case and point I
had whatever how many pushups I did yesterday. I guess it came out
to 200 pushups with the 30 pound weight on my back. I have no need
to crank out another pushup for good 3-4 days or so afterwards and
they’ve actually looked into this. There are some studies done at
McMaster University and The Washington University School of
Medicine where they found that muscle protein synthesis increases by
about 50% for 4 hours after a workout and this repair process peaks
about 24 hours after a workout. Now, the idea though is not that the
muscle is completely repaired after that 24 hours. In most cases with
the average resistance training program, it’s actually about 36 hours
before that process is complete. So for looking at this from a pure
muscle standpoint, it’s an approximate 36 hour recovery time before
another true high quality session on that same area is doable or is
efficacious. So basically what it comes out to is a minimum of about a
day and a half. So if you work your chest on a Monday morning, it’s
gonna be at least Tuesday afternoon before you benefit it all from
doing another chest workout. And in most cases will I tell people is
that the 48 hour window is a little more – it’s a better rule to stand by
and the reason for that is not just because of the pain in the butt
issues with trying to space workout by a day and a half right in to 1
day or 2 days but also because your nervous system is an important
component here because in the same way that your muscles can get
fatigue or become torn and injured, training damages your nervous
system and specifically you’ve got this local nerves at the actual
muscle sight and it’s called your neuromuscular junction and that
joins your nervous system and your muscle together so that your
brain communicates with your muscles and when you release
inflammatory cytokines and responds to muscle damage which is
induced by training, you know, like when you’re doing your bench
pressing, doing your pushup or doing your chest workout, those
inflammatory cytokines actually dock on receptors in this
neuromuscular junction and they hamper neuro recovery which
means that even if the muscle fibers themselves are repaired, your
nervous system could still be under recovered and you aren’t going to
be able to actually transmit nerve signals as well to, say, your chest
muscles until those inflammatory cytokines have subsided. They have
done studies that have looked into inflammatory cytokines and
recovery of the neuromuscular junction and that takes about 48 hours
or so to fully recover at the neuromuscular junction level. So, even
though in my book I get into everything from your blood to your
bone, to even your metabolism and how long some of those take to
recover along your anabolic vs. your catabolic hormones. The main
two things that I would be thinking about when it comes to back to
back chest workouts would be: local nervous system fatigue and then
muscle fiber fatigue with muscle fibers needing about 36 hours and
that neuromuscular junction needing about 48 hours and if it comes
down to pure neuromuscular fatigue such as you might get during like
a body building session where you might be working the same muscle
group for good hour or in some cases, 2 hours if you’re doing an
Arnold Schwarzenegger esque biceps workout where you just like
doing incline curls and decline curls and standing curls, seated curls
and true body building type of workout. It’s about 4 days before your
muscles and your nervous system are fully recovered and that’s why
in some body building routines, they’ll take a full week before they
actually return to that same body part. So working the same body part
day after day, especially when it comes to actual resistance training, is
not that great of an idea. And by the way, as far as the nervous system
goes, you can track that I mean, that’s what heart rate variability
testing is. If you’re rolling out of your bed in the morning and you’re
tracking your heart rate variability like I can tell you that today, after
doing that muff workout yesterday and it was actually - that workout
was preceded by push presses to failure.
So sets of 10 push presses until I couldn’t do 10 anymore and that was
with 120 lbs. So, that was prior to morph destroyed my shoulders
when I did that workout. I did my heart rate variability testing this
morning and even though my parasympathetic nervous system which
is the high frequency component of heart rate variability. Even
though that was nice and robust and somewhat high, because
yesterday’s workout wasn’t that aerobic at all, frankly neither was the
day before, they were both similar kinda like hardcore resistance
training type of workouts. That high frequency score looked really
good on my heart rate variability but my low frequency score
yesterday was low and today was even lower. So I’m watching over
the past two days, my sympathetic nervous system get dug deeper and
deeper into a ditch. Now, by recovering today and doing my typical
recovery day that I talked about in last week’s podcast which is
basically a little bit of some cold shower, a trip to the sauna, some
foam rolling and an easy swim, by doing all of that today, I allow my
sympathetic nervous system to bounce back even stronger. So, I dig it
into a hole and I allow to bounce back and basically get this super
compensation effect and that is basically using tracking of my nervous
to enhance or biohack my recovery even more. So, if for example I
notice that both my parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system
scores were both low this morning, I won’t even do an easy swim or
anything like that. I will just have this – be a complete sit around and
do nothing day. So, it comes down to your muscle system, your
nervous system around 48 hours between working the same body
part and if you’re really destroying part, minimum of 4 days.
Brock: I have a feeling that Donald’s friend can get away with this kind of
thing because he’s probably doing what I see a lot of people do in the
gym which is really not working all that hard. Like probably going in
like doing like 3 sets of 15 at like say 70% of maximum one rep like so,
he’s not lifting really heavy, just sort of thrown some weights around
and I mean, there’s a whole problem with doing that.
Ben: Yeah. That’s the other thing is you’ll see people go and then just like
half ass it everyday and that’s also the group that doesn’t see results.
On the flip side, though, if you’re working the same muscle group
everyday, you can’t help but half ass it again because you aren’t
getting that nerve system firing, period. So you are simply unable to
meet or exceed the previous day’s performance. So again from super
compensation to really bio hacking this whole recovery thing. I get
into it in great detail over at beyondtrainingbook.com so grab the
book if you wanna dig in to this even more.
Daniel: Hey, Ben! This is Daniel from the L.A. area. After a couple years of
eating a very high protein body-building like and then paleo-type diet,
I’ve started to develop some gout pain, so what I’m wondering is how
do I get rid of these uric acid crystals in my body once and for all. Is
there some sort of detox I can do to start getting rid of them? I’d
eventually like to start enjoying chicken, fish and steak again. Also, I
plan on starting Dan Johns’ mass building program with all the
amino supplements that you recommend in the correct amounts. Any
other recommendations that you have in case this is something that I
just can’t get rid of? Thanks a lot, Ben. Really enjoying the podcasts.
Brock: I know we talked about gout probably some, probably a couple of
years ago. But it wasn’t specifically revolving around this kind of diet.
Ben: Yeah! And gout, just a quick 30-second overview of gout - it’s this
inflammatory arthritis that you get when you have elevated levels of
uric acid in your blood. And the uric acid forms these crystalline-like
deposits in your joints, in your tendons, in the surrounding tissue.
And you get a lot of times in your feet just because of the….
Brock: Yeah! For some reason it’s the big toe disease.
Ben: Yeah! It’s almost like gravity kinda moves it down there, so at your
feet, your big toe joint. The number one way to get uric acid build up
in your blood is via the metabolism of purines. And purines are
present in all foods but they’re especially present on something like a
paleo diet. Foods that are rich in red meat, turkey, even organ meats,
a lot of fish and seafoods, a lot of these foods are purine-rich foods
that actually result in the production of uric acid when they’re
metabolized. So the idea here is that although you can get higher uric
acid intake from high purine foods, there are also some things that
aggravate this issue that I think are a bigger issue than the purine-
containing foods themselves.
So, for example, you tend to see that high levels of uric acid and gout
flares are present when both c-reactive protein and interleukin 6 are
high, and these are cytokines that are produced in a state of
inflammation. So, systemic inflammation in conjunction with a high
purine diet is one of the things that’s gonna aggravate gout, and that
could be everything from over exercise with inadequate recovery,
which we just got done talking about to another issue that you tend
to see quite a bit especially in folks who are not paying attention to
the source of their meats. And that’s an imbalance in omega 3 to
omega 6 fatty acid ratios. So this is something you would get, say if
you’re eating –let’s say you’re eating a paleo diet but you weren’t
paying attention to the source of your meat…
Brock: Just like chickens that are fed corn.
Ben: Chicken that are fed corn. Cows that are fed grain. You’re getting a lot
of omega 6 fatty acids that they’ve shown in studies wound up in your
blood stream when you eat the animals that are fed the omega 6 fatty
acids. You are what you eat – ate- is what this comes down to. So high
levels of omega 6 fatty acids you tend to see in seeds, and nuts and
trail mixes are really popular a lot of times in the paleo crowd as well.
And you need to check if they are roasted, or have vegetable oils
added to them which are gonna increase the inflammatory nature of
them versus whether they are raw and whether they are moderated in
terms of their consumption ‘cause seeds and nuts in general are
gonna have pretty high levels of omega 6 fatty acids compared to
Brock: Yeah! Even things like walnuts and macadamia nuts still…
Brock: Still sway harder towards the 6.
Ben: Yeah! You can eat them ad libidem. So that’s one issue is what your
inflammatory potential is. Another issue is fructose and high intake of
fructose may also cause an increase in uric acid particularly due to the
elevated triglycerides that can occur with high intake of fructose. So
high fructose corn syrup, table sugar, stuff like that, is gonna have
pretty high levels of fructose which is gonna elevate triglycerides. You
don’t see a lot of paleo folks doing a ton of fruit. I don’t think that’s as
big of an issue in that population but if you are that person who
happens to be doing soda, if you have other sources of fructose in
your diet, or yes, even high amounts of alcohol. Wine for example is
gonna have fructose in it. You wanna be careful and I would pay
attention to your triglycerides even if that means getting a blood test
to see what your HDL to triglyceride ratio is. It’s a really important
measurement to take. And that’s another thing that you’re gonna
wanna bear in mind, it’s not just the inflammation…
Ben: ..inflammation but also your fructose intake. So ultimately, I don’t
think that eating a paleo diet is gonna cause gout as much as a paleo
diet that’s high in commercial meats or that has fructose introduced
into it. The other thing that you should bear in mind here is what we
talked about in the news flashes and that’s this idea behind metabolic
acidosis and the pH of the foods that you eat. And this is where that
acid alkaline food chart might come in handy that I’ll link to in the
show notes, in shifting your pH towards alkaline. So, for example you
look at – an acidifying vegetable would be for example corn. Another
one would be lentils. An alkalinizing vegetable would be something
like kale or mushrooms or onions or sweet potatoes. An example of an
acidifying fat source would be something like - and again you can
print this chart out and put it on your refrigerator would be like
peanuts, peanut butter, cashews, legumes, walnuts. All of those
technically produce an acid ash upon their actual metabolizing.
Whereas if you look at more alkalinizing compounds or alkalinizing
proteins - almonds, and chestnuts, are actually a little bit more
alkalinizing than things like walnuts, and peanuts, and pecans. So
that’s another example. Even when you look at sweeteners, Stevia.
God bless the Zevia soda again. Stevia is actually an alkalinizing
sweetener whereas like Carab or sugars- all of those are acidifying. All
alcohols from beer to hard liquor to tequila to wine, all of those are
Brock: Not tequila!
Ben: Yeah. Apple cider vinegar is alkalinizing. Kombucha is alkalinizing.
Green juices like wheat grass and kale juices and things like that,
those are alkalinizing.
Ben: So, I would be paying attention to a chart like that as well. I think
that’s gonna be a pretty important component here although that, I’ll
of course be the first to say, is not based off of science that has been
done on acid-alkaline intake versus gout but just the idea here
between trying to reduce metabolic acidosis, decrease some of the
effects of that high uric acid build up and gout. Ultimately protein
breakdown, doing a high amino acid, high protein diet is not
something I would recommend if you’re doing a masking protocol, I‘d
recommend you do more alkalinizing vegetables, you do higher fat
intake, you do a really nutrient-dense higher fat diet. I’m actually
getting Dr. Terry Walls on the podcast next month wherein we’re
gonna go as far as talk about how you can do an extremely dense,
nutrient dense ketosis diet. And just like some of the mistakes people
make when they shift their diet towards fat, don’t get enough
nutrients in but very similar to the type of thing I do. I have - I test my
blood four times a year. I have extremely low inflammation, I have an
extremely favorable HDL to triglyceride ratio and I also have a very
low level of net acidity based off of my chloride and my CO2 levels.
These are all tests that I get through Wellness FX. And if you look at
my diet, it really is -it looks like a plant–based diet. Tons of dark leaf
greens, tons of vegetables, and then I have moderate amounts of
protein, usually about one serving of meat a day. Not a huge steak but
just like a can of sardine, that’s your equivalent, and then lots of fats-
avocados, and olives, and olive oils all that good stuff. I would be
focusing more along the lines of that and you’d be surprised that how
few amino acids and how little protein that you need to do something
like masking, you really don’t need to exceed anything above 30% of
your total daily intake from protein sources.
Brock: Actually, speaking from experience, I went really high in the protein
when I was doing Dan Jones’ masking protocol. And all I did was get
kinda fat. I got really strong but I also got –I’m still trying to get rid of
the roll I put on around my belly.
Ben: Yeah! It’s basic gluconeogenesis - the proteins that are unutilized
once you get above 0.8 grams per total pound of body weight, those
will get shuttled to the liver and converted into fats. So, high protein
diets can make you fat.
Brock: Yeah! I was surprised if I was lifting that much that I was just gonna
turn it all into muscle.
Ben: No! You stop turning anything that exceeds above 0.8 grams per
pound into muscle and the rest will just basically get converted to fat,
or nitrogenous waste by-product which is not all that great for gout.
So, there you go.
Brock: Look at that blubber fly!
Jennifer: Hi, Ben! This is Jennifer from Birmingham, Alabama. I love your
show. I have a daughter that is going to college in the fall and my
question is just how to keep her healthy in college. I’m concerned,
she’s very healthy right now but what are some tips that you can give
me for - she’s worried about the cafeteria thing all the way to keeping
her dorm room healthy. I think there could be molds or there’s
fluorescent lights everywhere. What are some of your best tips on how
I can keep a freshmen college student and runner healthy? I’m glad to
hear your advice. Thanks so much!
Brock: Luckily, I never went to college. So I didn’t have to worry about these.
Ben: Well, I’ll tell you how it goes, Brock. College is actually really, really
Brock: Is it?
Ben: Yeah! You show up and everybody who goes to college each gets
assigned a personal trainer and the cafeteria’s full of juice vegetables
and healthy supplements and things like that, and you get it all for
free. Alcohol is generally shunned and early to bed is really the rule at
most colleges at least here in the Unites States.
Brock: And drugs are not tolerated.
Ben: Drugs are not tolerated.
Brock: At all. Definitely no experimentation.
Ben: Yes. This is the opposite show, by the way. So it’s the opposite of
everything we just said.
Brock: In fact, I have gone to college and it was horrible. It’s when I lost all
my hair and…
Ben: I wish I had known how to be healthy before I went to college because
I probably would have added years to my life.
Brock: So Jennifer rules for asking this question. You will protect your
daughter from the things we were not protected from.
Ben: Possibly, if she is open to your advice. She may be a rebellious woman
who wants to go…
Brock: She goes, “Screw you, Mom!”
Ben: And discover the world for herself and say, “Screw Ben Greenfield and
your damn podcast, Mom!” I’m gonna go to…
Brock: In your face!
Ben: Yeah! My kids are six years old and they’re not gonna be in college for
at least another couple years. And…
Brock: But they’re already saying, “Screw you, Ben Greenfield! In your face!”
Ben: There are definitely some things I would do and there’s honestly so
many places you could go when it comes to being healthy but what
I’m gonna do is I’m gonna tell you five of the top things that I would
do if my kids were going off to college and I wanted to equip them to
be as healthy as possible. So…
Brock: Ben Greenfield’s top five college tips!
Ben: That’s right!
Brock: We can do the theme song.
Ben: Don’t give up your day job. Okay, so snacks first of all. Healthy snacks
are one thing that you’re gonna wanna equip your kids with. I would
actually, if you don’t already have an Amazon prime membership, get
one. Because you can get a lot of these healthy snacks just off of
Amazon prime even if your child’s college experience happens to be in
a healthy grocery store oasis. So some of my top snacks that I
recommend you have around - these are really good snacks for travel,
for college, or whatever, going to class, that type of thing –here we go,
BPA-free sardines and BPA-free canned salmon. The salmon is gonna
have less of an odorous effect as the sardines but those BPA-free cans
that- nutrient dense proteins, usually there’s some oils in there, that’s
pretty good. A good grass-fed beef jerky, and there’s a bunch of
companies that make these from Onnit to US Wellness Meats to
Primal Packs, but basically having those around also really, really
good. Fresh fruit or you can also get dried fruits and any combination
of that and even like going after the more dense super food fruits like
goji berries and blueberries. And then you’ve got also a lot of sprouted
food you can actually get in packaged format, like sprouted raw foods.
There’s a really good website. It’s Barefoot Provisions. I found them at
Paleo FX. I think it’s barefootprovisions.com and they sell a bunch of
raw, sprouted healthy foods. And a lot of these like super foods like
goji berries, and blueberries, and these rare nuts from some deep
jungle of Peru that you’ve never heard of that have these amazing
omega-3 fatty acid ratios, and just like all these really cool foods that
are actually not as expensive as you’d think especially if you buy them
in bulk. Coconut flakes, just like a basic Bob’s Red Meal, organic
unsweetened coconut flake. That goes really well along with dark
chocolate cacao nibs. You can get all of those off of Amazon Prime. I
personally I’m subscribing for both unsweetened coconut flakes and
dark cacao nibs ‘cause they both go on my smoothie every morning.
That’s how I add texture to my kale smoothie every morning. I make
my kale avocado smoothie and then I stir up coconut flakes and dark
chocolate cacao nibs into it.
Brock: I just don’t wash my kale.
Ben: That also will give it a nice gritty texture.
Brock: Makes it nice and gritty.
Ben: Coconut oil- really, really good. It’s great as a detox. It’s great for
controlling yeast and fungus and things like that. Not that your
daughter is gonna be drinking it all. But it’s also got lots of good
healthy appetite satiating fats in it. And you can get her a bin of
coconut oil. Olives are also a decent fat source. So I would say a lot of
these BPA-free canned fishes, some stuff from
barefootprovisions.com, Amazon Prime membership for coconut
flakes and dark chocolate cacao nibs, and coconut oils, some olives.
Those are some of the staples. Most of those you can order without
necessarily having to go to the grocery store. So that’s number one.
Number two I would say would be - she’s gonna get exposed to lots of
artificial light in the classroom, lots of artificial light probably in
whatever dorm or house that she’s staying in. But she does have
control over her bedroom and the lighting in her bedroom, and I
would say go over to lowbluelights.com and get some really good low
blue light lights that are going to allow her to have really natural
circadian rhythms especially in the bedroom and make sure that she
gets rid of fluorescent lighting and things like that in the bedroom,
which is gonna help anyways because she’s probably gonna be on her
kindle or her iPad. She’s probably gonna have her laptop open for
studying in the bedroom but we can at least limit artificial lighting
from other sources. And then when it comes to the kindle, the iPad,
the smart phone, the computer, go get her a decent set of blue light-
blocking glasses. So I’ll put a link in the show notes over at
bengreenfieldfitness.com/280 for a good spot you can get the low
blue light bulbs, good place for some of these other foods I talked
about. But also just like a basic set of stylish Gunnar glasses that she
Brock: Those will really help her meet the right kind of guy, too.
Ben: That’s right. That’s right.
Brock: All guys love the blue blockers.
Ben: Should we do the whole hot nerd thing. She takes off her glasses and
lets down her hair and suddenly she’s a princess. So the blue light
blocking glasses and another thing, I would also get her a book for
when she does go to the grocery store.
One of the best books I can recommend to you is Rich Food Poor
Brock: Oh, yeah! Good one!
Ben: Ultimate grocery purchasing system. So what that teaches you are all
of the foods that you can get at the grocery store including even a
store like Walmart that are actually wholesome micronutrient-rich
food, everything from where to find the best raw organic cheeses, to
which type of eggs at most common grocery stores are best. If you’re
gonna get milk, which kind of milk at the grocery store’s gonna be
better. Basically it’s eat this, not that type of guide that give you some
pretty good rich foods sources in every aisle of the grocery store from
desserts to snacks, to sauces, even like hotdogs, which hotdog’s gonna
be good. So that’s a really good book. I’ll link to that one in the show
notes for you. I would snag that off at Amazon as well and tuck that
away into her backpack as you shove her off to college.
Ben: And then the last thing- so many directions we could go with this but
I would say that hacking her environment to ensure that it’s really
healthy is another kinda step up that you can give her. And you’re
gonna find that a lot of – especially in a college environment where
you have these homes a lot of times that are getting rented out that
have been around for a really long time especially if it’s one of these
older universities with lots of older homes around it which is the way
a lot of universities are. Or if it’s like a dorm room, usually those are
poorly built construction. A lot of times you do have mold, moisture,
things of that nature. I would look into getting her a HEPA air filter.
And this may sound like a weird suggestion, but for everything from
mold, to toxins, to all the personal care products and nasty perfumes
and endocrine disruptors and things like that she’s gonna get exposed
to. If she has a HEPA air filter in her bedroom in college, that would
be a really, really helpful thing you could get for a 100, 120 bucks. I’ll
link to a really good one on Amazon. But you can even go one step
further when you get a HEPA air filter and you can get a HEPA air
filter with what’s called a negative ion generator in it. Now negative
ions are something that are naturally generated by moving water like
rivers, and waterfalls, and crashing waves and you’re gonna find
natural amounts of negative ions in crisp, clean mountain air and
when you’re out in nature surrounded by trees, etc. and typically in
indoor environments especially environments that are rife with
electromagnetic field exposure like computers and wifi routers and
stuff like that, you get a ton of positive ions generated. And what a
negative ion generator will do, is that it will mitigate a lot of these
effects of exposure to positive ions and kinda rejuvenate a lot of the
stressful effects that you get when you’re exposed to a lot of these
indoor electrical ion producers. So it’s the same reason that I sleep on
a biomat which has a negative ion generator in it. It’s the same reason
that I have what’s called the harmonizer on my desk next to my wifi
router and the harmonizer’s very similar to a Himalayan rock salt
lamp. It releases negative ions basically full of minerals that naturally
release negative ions very similar if I had a waterfall on my office
except I don’t have a waterfall in my office. So the – I’ll link to a good
HEPA air filter with the negative ion generator on it. I would have one
of those if she lives in a room that does not have good air or that has a
lot of chemical exposure. If she lives in a pretty clean area, I would
just get a negative ion generator. I was first introduced to these by my
dad who is actually in the water business. He does water filters and
structured water and so he had done a lot of research into the ability
of good water to generate negative ions. Mark Sisson over at Mark’s
Daily Apple has a really good article on water and negative ions but
the one that my dad sells on his website at greenfieldnaturals.com is
called the harmonizer. I’ve got one in my refrigerator, one next to my
wifi router, and one in my bedroom. And these are negative ion
generators. It’s this silver-looking device about the size of a – about
the size of a pill bottle. And I asked him for a code for folks listening
in today and the code that he gave me for 15% off of one of those
negative ion generators, is ben15. Use code ben15 at
And I think that same code works for all of his water filters and all
that jazz, too. So go, say Hi to my dad who sent me to college, thanks
a lot, Dad, with no negative ion generators, and also no Amazon
Prime membership. So, thanks for nothing, Pops.
Brock: And no awesome advice from people like us. You know one thing I’m
gonna add right here at the end- Jennifer tell your daughter just stay
away from the zigzag rollies. A vaporizer is definitely the way to go or
at least a rollies ball.
Ben: Zigzag rollies? And make sure you take your nutritional yeast.
Hyesun: Hi, Brock and Ben! This is Hyesun from Ohio. And I’m the one who
emailed you guys about the EMF from blue tooth technology. I was
just wondering specifically about the heart rate monitor straps and
now the new heart rate patches from Sweet Beat since these things
are right on our bodies. I was just wondering if you had any concern
about them. Also what about EMFs from the biomat? I wanna get a
biomat but I’m sort of concerned about the EMFs coming out of it. So
I’d love to know your thoughts on this. Thanks so much. Love your
Ben: Well this is actually something that concerns me to the point where I
actually use – I use a headset and it’s actually a –I’m using a headset
right now plugged in to my microphone while I’m podcasting. And it’s
an air tube headset. So rather than transmitting sound to my ear
through blue tooth, it’s the same thing I use with my phone, it
transmits it through air tubes. And you notice this huge difference
when you’re talking on the phone once you use one of these air tube
headsets. If you go back to using a regular headset, a blue tooth
headset or even just like the wired headset that comes with an iPhone,
you’d notice a huge difference and all of a sudden you get this little
teeny kind of head achy type of feeling up in your ear. It’s weird. It’s
like going from eating healthy food back to junk food then back to
healthy food. You know it’s a big difference.
Brock: I actually got one out. So is it -is it more like a stethoscope sort of idea
or you’ve got like the sound is happening up one end and then the
sound waves is going through air?
Ben: I’ll link to the one that I use on the show notes. It’s a hollow air tube
and it’s called an anti-radiation headset. I’m not super convinced
about one part- it actually has one of these EMF protectors on it. I
haven’t seen much evidence that those actually work, these little
metal things that you put on the phone to control EMF. But the actual
frequency itself is not transmitted via EMF up to your ear. It’s literally
transmitted via sound waves that go through this air tube. So really,
really cool. None of the radiation that you’re gonna get from a blue
tooth device. And this kinda leads into this whole blue tooth issue is
that blue tooth transmit at about a 2.4 gigahertz frequency. So there’s
three different power classes of blue tooth. You have class 1
transmitters and these are blue tooth devices that have a range of
about 100 meters, and they have a peak transmission power of 100
milliwatts. And then you have class 2 transmitters and that’s what’s
usually found in the mobile device and they have a range of about 10
meters and they operate at about 2.5 milliwatts. And then you have
class 3 transmitters which are really weak blue tooth transmitters and
they’re gonna operate in the range of less than 10 meters and have a
peak transmission power of 1 milliwatt or less. So first of all, for any
of the blue tooth devices that you use if you are gonna use blue tooth,
I would shoot for a class 3 where it’s not even gonna work if it’s in the
range of less than 10 meters. Okay, so if you’re getting a blue tooth
signal and you’re more than 10 meters away, I actually wouldn’t be
using that based off the amount of radiation that you’re gonna get.
The interesting thing as far as what science says about blue tooth
radiation is that there are a bunch of studies that show that
electromagnetic fields and I’ll link to this in the show notes, from blue
tooth lead to increases in blood pressure and affect things like cell
membranes and body heat in the same way that a cell phone would,
for the same reason that a cell phone has a warning on it, if you read
the warning that you’re not supposed to bring that thing near your
head or near your body just two hours of exposure to EMF from a cell
phone or a blue tooth headset can literally cause irreparable DNA
damage. So it’s not something that I recommend that you use. Of
course, the idea here is that the class 1, class 2 transmitters are a
bigger deal. The milliwatt exposure is something that you do need to
take into consideration and some blue tooth advices, or devices, have
lower milliwatts than others.
Most of these personal devices that we carry around from a Fit Bit to a
Jaw Bone to the Sweet Beat heart rate variability monitoring, those
are somewhere between a class 2 to a class 3 transmitter. So you’re
gonna be around 2.5 milliwatts or less for most of these devices that-
just because they’re so close to your body and you’re not relying on
being far away from the device, typically they are attached to you. So
you are definitely getting less from something like that. But even if
you look at something like, let’s say one of these blue tooth technology
like the Sweet Beat heart rate variability monitoring, for example,
that’s still around 2-2.5 milliwatts. So that’s about one two
hundredths the power of an average cell phone. But it’s still on your
body. And so this is why I don’t personally monitor my heart rate
variability all day long. I’ve experimented with doing that a little bit
but I still have reservations about being exposed to blue tooth as
much as possible. So if you take a look at my office right now, I am
hardwired into my wifi router with the radio signal on my wifi router
turned off. My cell phone is on the desk completely off. My laptop is
actually plugged into a dirty electricity filter, a green wave dirty
electricity filter so there’s no electrical surges coming to the laptop.
And then I got the air tube headset on. And my wife’s desk top which
is on the desk across the room, I’ve thrown out her blue tooth mouse
and her blue tooth keyboard. And both her mouse and her keyboard
are hardwired into the computer, just the typical old school USB style.
So my office has close to zero EMF.
Brock: Your office looks like 1997.
Ben: Yeah! Basically! And the only thing I’m missing is a landline which I’ll
probably put into my new house, just a basic landline for talking on
the phone. So I am pretty careful with this stuff and it’s the same
reason that am building a new house and everything they asked me
about controlling my washer and dryer via my iPad and using wireless
signals for the music in the house or using wifi in the –from the
router for the internet. My whole house is hardwired. I don’t’ have
any wifi or EMF because even though there’s convenience, I don’t
want it. I don’t want to expose my cells to that.
Brock: So you’re not getting that google-powered atmosphere control?
Ben: None! Not even this smoke alarm like the Nest which is the wifi that
protects your house. I pretty much got my house-it’s pretty old school.
So there’s about as much EMF in there as you’re gonna get in a log
Brock: You’re such a hippie.
Ben: I am a hippie. And then this biomat. The biomat you do plug that into
the wall but the biomat actually has what’s called an EMF interceptor
on it. So. what that means is that there’s this big unit between the
actual biomat and the outlet in the wall. And it has a chip in it. It’s
basically this carbon-style chip that mitigates EMF or basically –it’s
almost like grounding the biomat. So it’s this dirty electricity filter, it’s
this big black unit. My only complaint about it is it has these little
lights that turn on. So I cover those up with a little cloth at night so I
don’t have light exposure in the bedroom. The biomat even though
it’s plugged in does not give you exposure to the same amount of
electrical pollution as you would get from say like a grounding mat or
Brock: Interesting! I didn’t know the biomat was plugged in. I thought the
whole idea was that it was just crystals sort of emanating and stuff.
Ben: No. It is plugged in because you need power to generate the actual
infrared waves. So…But it’s got this special layer of double fiberglass
and carbon in that unit between the wall and the biomat itself and
that cuts off the EMF and they actually have done studies on it and
there’s this chart that came on the biomat where it compares a
general electric device like a lamp plugged in next to the wall with the
biomat. And the EMF generated by the biomat is close to zero. It’s
almost close to nothing. So it’s pretty safe as far as that goes. Yeah!
I’m careful with this stuff at the expense of my personal convenience.
So there are things I would love to be able to do like track my heart
rate variability all day, or turn on my washer and dryer from my car
or something like that but I just don’t because I do not like the way
my body feels with constant EMF exposure and I‘ve got some real
reservations about itself. I’ve kinda taken a step backwards in terms
of modern living in that sense.
Meg: Hi, Ben and Brock! This is Meg from Marietta, Georgia.
My question is about vitamin A and vitamin K. Currently I take
10,000-15,000 international units of vitamin D everyday And I’ve
heard you mention on a couple of occasions that high amounts of
vitamin D are okay provided I get adequate amounts of A and K. But
I’m not sure what an adequate amount would be. The recommended
daily amount for A is 5,000 international units and for K it’s 80
micrograms. And my question is - are these amounts considered
adequate for my daily vitamin D consumption? Anyway, that’s my
question. Thanks so much for your help. I love the show and keep up
the great work. Have a great day. Bye!
Brock: So Meg is doing some serious high dose going on here with her
Ben: Yeah! You gotta be really careful with vitamin D toxicity, with
vitamin A toxicity. I know this podcast is getting a little long so I’m
not gonna get into this too hard core but I’m gonna put an excellent
article for you written by one of my favorite fat vitamin researchers
Dr.Chris Masterjohn in the show notes for you.
Brock: Did you call Chris fat?
Ben: What’s that?
Brock: Did you just call Chris fat?
Ben: No. Fat research- yes, I did call him fat.
Brock: He’s a fat researcher.
Ben: He’s a fat researcher. So vitamin A toxicity is more common than
vitamin D toxicity. So you need to pay a little bit more attention or be
more conservative with the vitamin A that you’re taking. And taking
too much vitamin A can actually nullify the benefits of taking vitamin
D. So in your case, you are on 5,000 of vitamin A and 10-15,000 of
vitamin D. The fact is that- what Chris has shown in his research is
that you’re gonna wanna be close to a 1:1 to a 2:1 ratio of vitamin A to
vitamin D. And generally the rule that I follow with supplementation
is for every thousand international units of vitamin a that you take,
you take a thousand to 2,000 of vitamin – for every thousand of
vitamin D that you take, you take a thousand to 2,000 of vitamin A.
So 1:1 to a 2:1 ratio of vitamin A to vitamin D. If you look at natural
amounts of vitamin K2 that you’d get from a basic intake of a couple
servings of fermented food on a daily basis, you’re gonna get
somewhere between 100 and 300 micrograms of vitamin K2. So in
addition to that vitamin A and vitamin D ratio, you’d wanna be at
somewhere around 100-150 micrograms of vitamin K2. So in your
case, you’ve got –looks like you’re taking high dose vitamin D and
then 5,000 of vitamin A and 80 of vitamin K, I think is what she said,
so not enough vitamin A, not enough vitamin K, and too much
vitamin D basically would be an example of her. Now the issue here is
your body can synthesize vitamin D from sunshine if you’ve got
adequate levels of fat intake. You can get decent levels of vitamin A
from the carotenoids that you’re gonna find in yellow and orange and
red fruits and vegetables along with the high levels of vitamin A
you’re gonna get form intake of organ meats. You’re gonna find
vitamin K2 is generated by your own gut bacteria. If you’re eating a
lot of fermented foods. And so unless you’re exercising a ton and
you’ve got a bunch of hormone and steroid turnover and cortisol
formation from exercise, I don’t think you gotta go out of your way to
take a bunch of vitamin D or vitamin A or vitamin K. You just follow
some simple rules like get 15-20 minutes of sunshine everyday, like
midday sunshine on your bare skin. Like a combination of UVA and
UVBB and preferably after you’ve done that, don’t go take a soap-
based shower or bath later on in the day ‘cause the vitamin D that
formed in your skin can’t be absorbed into your blood stream if you
do that. So you’d wanna get your sun exposure but not take a
hardcore bath or shower afterwards.
Brock: You’d wash it down the drain.
Ben: Yeah! I only take a, incidentally a soap-based shower once every three
days. And everything else I do is all water-based. The only exception
to that is I do swim sometimes in chlorine which probably nukes just
about any vitamin D formed on my skin.
Brock: You don’t need to use soap ever.
Ben: Yeah! Exactly! Another thing that you can do of course is to eat a lot
of yellow and orange and red vegetables and fruits, eat a lot of
fermented food s and then include organ meats once every week to
once every two weeks. Both alcohol and cigarette smoke will destroy
keratin and prevent retinol formation. And retinol is your activated
vitamin A. So you’re gonna wanna be careful. I know most of our
listeners are not cigarette smokers, but a lot of them do like to throw
back a few glasses of wine in the evenings so for the same reason that
we talked about, acidic diets, gout, uric acid, fructose, triglycerides,
etc. You don’t wanna overdo it from an alcohol standpoint.
So be careful there as well. And then of course as far as antibiotics go,
be very careful with that because you can destroy the gut bacteria that
convert vitamin K 1 to vitamin K2 But ultimately if you are including
a really nutrient-dense diet, getting sunlight exposure, not washing all
the vitamin D off your skin, and getting your rich sources of
carotenoids, living pretty healthy when it comes to smoke and alcohol
and things like that, you don’t have to take a lot of these mega doses
of vitamins. So for hard charging athletes who are taking something
like vitamin D, I don’t recommend much more than 2,000 to a
maximum of 4,000 international units of vitamin D each day. And if
you are taking that, you wanna eat some organ meats that you’re
getting a lot of your vitamin A and you’re gonna wanna look for about
1:1 to 2:1 ratio of vitamin A to vitamin D. And then also get in about
100-300 micrograms of vitamin K a day which you’re naturally gonna
get if you’re eating a lot of fermented foods. And that would be a
pretty good little scenario. But ultimately, I’m pretty disillusioned
with vitamin D mega dosing and I’m really not a huge fan of it. And
again this comes down to – like we’re talking about earlier as far as
the Ben Greenfield Fitness Inner Circle for example and me talking
about things there and showing what I do in my day to day life there,
that might be in contrast to stuff I talked about in the podcast two
years ago. ‘Cause 2 years ago, I would’ve said take 35 international
units of vitamin D per pound of body weight period. And I would not
even talk about sunlight exposure and organ meat. So this all an
evolution and what I say 50 podcast episodes ago changes based off of
the research that I find and things I discover as we go. So…
Brock: If we had more time in the day, we should back through all the old
podcast and bleed things out.
Ben: Yeah! I’ll do that and then probably about 18 years from now, that
project will be complete. There you go.
Brock: Alright. I was gonna say that that was the last question but I think
there may be one more.
Ben: Somebody was sneaky. They worked the questions into their iTunes
review. We always at the end of our podcast give away swag. So over
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Brock: I think you’ve been wearing it the last three weeks in a row that we
Ben: I have. And not using soap so I’m a little gamey. But I have been using
my hairy razor. I’m not hairy, at least. Just gamey. So we like to say
I’m gamey, not hairy, actually, which would be a great name for a
Brock: Or a band!
Ben: The sequel to When Harry Met Sally is Gamey, Not Hairy. Anyways
though, you can get a tech t-shirt, you can get a sweet ass beanie
which is a really, really cool beanie that goes on your head not your
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you didn’t want to go over there and support the podcast by buying
the gear and you can win the gear by just leaving us a review on
iTunes. So we’ll put a link over at bengreenfieldfitness.com/280 or
you can go and leave your review or you can just go to iTunes and do
a search for the podcast and subscribe there and leave us a review and
Brock is gonna be kind enough to read us this week’s review.
Brock: Actually, first I’m gonna say not everybody who leaves a review gets
swag. Just to be clear you kinda made it almost sound like we give
Ben: Yeah! We randomly choose one person each week. We don’t even
randomly choose you, we actually choose you based off of how cool
your review is. And then if you hear your review read, email
firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send your swag, include
your address and your t-shirt size of course. So, that being said, what
do we got this week, Brock?
Brock: We’ve got mnweathernut has written and the subject or the title is
Exercise and Diet for Dummies.
Ben: Five stars!
Brock: And it goes like this, “I have an abundant interest in fitness and
health-healthy eating. But I prefer to leave the research and
experimentation to the experts. Ben and Brock do an excellent job
sharing their experiences and expertise. Also enjoyable are the fun
tidbits of research from science journals thrown in at the beginning of
Ben: That’s a well-written review.
Brock: Yeah! It was even – it was a pleasure to read in my sing songy voice.
Ben: Also enjoyable!
Brock: And then the sneaky little bugger out a question at the end and says…
Ben: He worked his question into the actual review. I don’t know if he can
do that. But what the heck! What did he say?
Brock: We could just pretend it wasn’t there.
Ben: Let’s read it.
Brock: Alright. “I’ve never heard/read any one’s opinion on eating tripe. Any
reason this is left out when talking about paleo style diet? I’m
thinking about tripe served in pho or tacos.
Ben: Well, tripe is an organ meat that is derived from beef stomach and
sometimes in South America intestines and just like any offal meat,
that’s o-f-f-a-l, not a-w-f-u-l, by the way, it’s got lots of fat soluble
vitamins and vitamin B12 and zinc and phosphorus and selenium and
choline in it which means it’s fantastic for your thyroid as well. And
I’m gonna point you towards probably the most comprehensive
article on tripe and tripe recipes and all sorts of cultural variations on
tripe that I have ever seen. And that is simply, drum roll please, the
Wikipedia page for tripe. Not to be confused with the progressive rock
band, Tripa. So…
Brock: Speaking from experience, I’m guessing. Got the wrong Wikipedia
Ben: So tripe is - it’s good stuff, I do recommend it. I personally do not
have any recipes for it although my wife just purchased half a pig and
is planning in doing a whole snout to tail thing with it. I think she’s
going to use the book Beyond Bacon for that. Not to be confused with
my book Beyond Training. And she’s going to I’m sure include tripe in
our diet over the next few weeks. So I’ll be sure and hearken back to
that in future podcasts episodes if it happens. So, that’s the deal with
tripe. Check out the Wikipedia page for tripe. I’ll link to it for you in
the show notes along with links to all of the other helpful things that
we talked about from the thyroid sessions to the fish oil that I’m using
to the acid alkaline food chart, all the healthy things you can give to
your loved one in college, to everything. So check that all out.
Brock: To the never-ending contest over at Men’s Health?
Ben: That’s right. To the never-ending contest over at Men’s Health at
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