Latest And Greatest Health Finds of August 2017 (Plus Noteworthy Throwbacks)

Latest And Greatest Health Finds of August 2017 (Plus Noteworthy Throwbacks)

Anti-Aging / Longevity

  • Gratitude is one of, if not the best anti-aging emotions even at a telomere-shortening mitigating level.

Biohacks

  • Heat Therapy

    • “Saunas are being used by some doctors to stimulate the release of toxins from the bodies of their patients. They have found that a lower temperature (105º-130ºF) sauna taken for a longer duration is most beneficial. These low temperatures stimulate a fat sweat, which eliminates toxins stored in fat, as opposed to the high temperature sauna, which encourages a water sweat.”
    • Sauna is best after exercise vs before.
    • Avoid depletion during sauna: Celtic Sea Salt Electrolyte Powder Mix
    • Support for niacin and sauna detox: http://saunadetoxprogram.com
  • Intermittent Fasting

    • Fasting optimizes repair. Longer fast (2-4 days) offer an order of magnitude more autophagy than standard 16-8
    • Fasting increases growth hormone, which is inversely tied to insulin (from eating).
  • Cold Therapy

    • Cold therapy right after training blunts hypertrophy. Better to wait an hour after training. Heat therapy is better after training.
  • Miscellaneous

    • Get sunlight as early in day as possible.

Breathing

Chemical / Toxin Mitigation

  • Great air purifier: airdoctorpro.com
  • Ozone and UV light generator to clean pool instead of Chlorine
  • Think Dirty app: scan cosmetic products for their toxicity/chemical level
  • Dr. Mindy Pelz: Knowledgeable resource

Dental Care & Hygiene

  • Add hydrogen peroxide to Waterpik water for killing of bacteria (can replace flossing).
  • Reverse cavities naturally
    • Fermented cod liver oil
    • Vitamins D
    • Vitamin K
    • Coconut oil pulling

Emotional and Mental Health

  • Here’s what brain research says will make you happy:
    • Ask, “What am I grateful for?” No answers? Doesn’t matter. Just searching helps.
    • Label those negative emotions. Give it a name, and your brain isn’t so bothered by it.
    • Decide. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision ever made on Earth.”
    • Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text — touch.
  • In their fascinating study “Would you be happier if you were richer?”, published in Science, Princeton professors Alan Krueger and Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for his work in behavioral economics, found that perhaps the best indicator of happiness was frequency of eating with friends and family.
  • Unseen Therapist – Gary Craig 
  • Tension, Stress, Trauma Release: Watch the 8-minute Tremors video on T.R.E.’s official website to see how it works.

Essential Oils

  • Oregono oil drink diluted to kill bad bacteria and help heal gut. Honey and oregano oil only kill bad bacteria.

Mobility / Posture: Muscle, Joint and Skeletal System

Naturally Increase Testosterone

Nutrition

  • Supplements

    • Vitamin B-Complex Caps. This covers all of your bases for the B vitamins. These pills are free from common allergens, like soy, yeast, barley, wheat, and lactose.
    • Clean Chlorella and Spirulina: ENERGYbits
    • Krinos Mastic gum to help stave off hunger during fasting and for stomach health
    • Take Organifi (or greens powder of choice) 2x/day once per day, once in morning first thing on empty stomach, then in middle afternoon after lunch for optimal results
    • Restore 4 life to heal gut and fight against glyphosate
    • NSF database to check which supplements are certified. Most rigorous supplement certification.

Self-Quantification / Testing / Wearables

Skin Care Simplified: 4 Step Holistic Health Guide to Glowing Skin For Men (and Women)

Skin Care Simplified: 4 Step Holistic Health Guide to Glowing Skin For Men (and Women)

How come women get all the attention for amazing skin care products? Seems unfair, but then again most female-oriented skin care products are absolute chemical-ridden garbage. It’s time to level the playing field! Not really, the program and products below will work equally well for both sexes, but I recently had a guy friend ask me about my skin care regimen so I wanted to let the cat out of the bottle (?). I never considered myself the authority on amazing, vibrant, glowing, jaw-dropping, panty-dropping skin. I do, however, consider myself the authority on finding the simple tactics, products, and routines that maximize results (clean skin) with minimal time and effort involved, so let the sharing begin.

Step 1: Probiotic Facial Cleanser

Most cleansers are pretty irritating to the skin, and you can actually do pretty well without one altogether. I use/recommend the Mother Dirt Biome Face Natural Skin Cleanser. Apply once in the shower to repopulate the right, healthy bacteria that helps fight acne and keep your skin clear.

Step 2: Natural Moisturizer (+Frankicense Oil)

At least once per day, apply a natural, organic moisturizer. I’ve tried several (avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and found Organic Jojoba Oil and Emu Oil to work well and clog my pores the least. Both work, but as with diet, exercise, and almost anything, it’s worth switching things up so your body doesn’t become overly accustomed to one input. Emu oil is excellent if you’ve had a bit of sun exposure/burn to cool your skin down.

Using the moisturizer as the carrier, try adding frankincense oil to the mix as well. It has a bit of zing to it (“astringent”), will tighten your skin/pores, and add more glow. More glow is like more cowbell, always a good thing.

Step 3: Clay Facemask

Now here’s where it gets more interesting. A few times a month, apply a clay mask (while something super masculine to even out your manhood). Jokes aside, a good clay mask will work wonders for everyone. I recommend the Clay Mask by Alitura Naturals – “The Best Anti-Aging, Anti-Acne & Detoxifying Bentonite Clay Mask.” The CEO and founder Andy Hnilo has an interesting story with this product. I always have maximal confidence in products/companies that originated from the owner desperately trying to solve his/her own dire problem – you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more motivated to find the respective solution. For instance, you care and think about a speck of dust in your eye infinitely more than a stranger’s intense bedside suffering

Step 4: Clean Diet

This may, hopefully, go without saying, but all the best skin care products and moisturizers in the world can’t fix a broken system or diet. If you know and love the 80/20 or Pareto Principle, diet is the lead factor for skin results. Most people respond best to eliminating dairy, wheat, and sugar. Beyond that, start monitoring certain foods you’re eating and see how your skin responds. The next best thing to a healthy tan and sun-kissed glow is slightly orange skin from excessively eating beta-carotene rich foods like sweet potatoes (I haven’t yet decided whether or not I’m being facetious).

Your Environment Simplified: 6 Things to Consider That Could Be Make or Break Your Health and Hormone Balance

Your Environment Simplified: 6 Things to Consider That Could Be Make or Break Your Health and Hormone Balance

Male fertility has dropped all over the Western world. Sperm counts have fallen by half between the 1930s and 1990s and an additional third since 1904. If you’re buying and using normal, conventional products and taking life as it’s handed to you, you’re surely doing your health a deep disservice. If you’re looking at health through the narrow lens of food, diet, and sleep, let’s broaden your aperture.

I often complain/exaggerate that health is a full-time job, and this article will help elucidate that belief. Everything you come in contact with affects your health, for better or for worse. Common sense for most, but most aren’t properly accounting for everything they come in contact with. Let’s review the big hitters. Use this as a checklist to see where you may fall short and adjust accordingly.

Without it, you could be messing up your hormone balance and taxing your body’s detox system if you’re still using the run-of-the-mill crap out there.

Air (Indoor & Outdoor)

Both indoor and outdoor air quality plays a massive role in your health. Avoid busy, traffic-congested streets as much as possible (or at least live a fair distance from the heavy traffic and pollution areas). If that sounds too impractical then (reconsider, and) start with some easier wins: a high-quality air purifier and some indoor plants. Most furniture and upholstery contains formaldehyde, fire retardants, and other toxic chemicals that off-gas into your living environment – a no-go for your health.

Indoor Houseplants

Solution? Drape your house with plants. The Spider Plant and Peace Lily are effective for absorbing these toxins, but really kind any will do – at least that’s what my friendly neighborhood houseplant seller told me. I love plants because you only have to give them some water attention once a week and they’ll still love you.

indoor plant, houseplant

Air Purifier

A nice couple with your indoor nature-fest is a high-quality air purifier. HEPA is always a bare minimum. Beyond that, recommend brands are IQAir, Blueair, Austin Air, and AllerAir. Trust me, I’ve done my research, or at least someone else has and I leveraged their hard work. Keep one of those bad boys running in the background and you’ll be golden-er.

Breath

Take stock of how you are breathing. Ideally, you are breathing through your belly/diaphragm, versus your chest. If you’re diligent enough to do some slow, deep breaths as a form of meditation, focus on slowing down the breath hold and exhale. Simply put, the more you can prolong the exhalation, the better your body is able to detox itself via breathwork. If you find yourself sneezing after 5-10 mins of slow, deep, diaphragmatic breathing, you’re doing it right as your body is detoxing itself. This is baked into my morning routine for at least 10 mins a day. If you don’t have 10 mins, you don’t have a life. What if you have 10 mins but you still don’t have a life?

Sun

If you’re pounding the vitamin D and think you are good here, don’t let your eyes glaze over this section. Vitamin D, as with magnesium, is one of the power cofactors affecting so many of your metabolic functions that you’d be sorely remiss to miss this one. Beyond vitamin D, science is now proving that there are measurable benefits that you can only receive from direct sun exposure, as opposed to just taking a vitamin D supplement. Boosting mood, energy, and hormone balance/production, be sure to get at least 20 mins of sunlight, or stock up while it’s available to you.

sun, tanning, vitamin d

Water

As per usual, the process towards better health begins with elimination. Eliminating the chlorine, fluoride, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and heavy metals in water is a worthy investment. These substances will drain your energy and tax your liver. We live in a toxic world and you’d be hard-pressed to avoid everything sabotaging your health, so the idea is to limit your exposure as much as realistically, still-have-a-life, possible. Brita won’t cut it here, though it will help with the chlorine.

A reverse osmosis water filter system is your best, most practical solution. I was fortunate enough to have a friend help me install the under-sink version, but if you don’t have a friend/handyman available, I recommend the Aquatru Countertop Water Filter. Quality you can afford, and install via not having to install anything.

If you really want to go the full nine, you can also get a shower filter as well since your skin absorbs the same toxic chemicals and substances in your shower water.

Chemicals & Toxins

The short answer is everything you come in contact with (touch, breathe, smell, and taste), has the potential to harm you. We’re at the point where there are pharmaceutical compounds in our drinking water from people pissing out all the prescription drugs we taking – ‘Merica at it’s finest. We either need to stop urinating or stop taking so many drugs, and I’m uncertain which could happen first. It may feel overwhelming initially, but once you buy and use the right natural products, it’s literally zero extra time to your day to manage this.

I provided you with a headstart on which healthier natural products to use for your home and bathroom care here, but if you want to dig through it yourself by checking your current products and comparing them with healthier alternatives, I recommend these resources:

Social

We’re wired to be social creatures, but more interesting to me, your social relationships greatly dictate your health. Social pain activates the same brain circuitry as physical pain, so think twice the next time your ego gets in the way of forgiveness or resolving issues in your relationships. The Blue Zone centenarians (people in pockets of the world with abnormally high longevity) all have social, family, and community as a big part of their daily lives. Instant messaging and phone calls won’t suffice, so go for the real, raw, and untamed.

If you have that energy vampire you need to cut from your life, now’s the time. Go find someone you at least marginally like and give them a hug, as it releases oxytocin. Connect deeply like your life depends on it because it does.

 

Hopefully this expands your awareness and understanding to better empower you to take control of your health and environment. Take stock of every person, place, or thing you come in contact with and make the simple tweaks in your favor. Most of the items listed above are set-it-and-forget-it solutions, so I encourage you to start chipping away. Post below if you have any questions, save for how to set up a reverse osmosis water filter system. Much love, more thanks.

 

Biohacking Simplified: 6 Health Hacks to Supercharge Your Health and Energy and Heal Your Gut

Biohacking Simplified: 6 Health Hacks to Supercharge Your Health and Energy and Heal Your Gut

Health really shouldn’t be that hard, but the human mind is wired to seek the ever-more complex solution. The final frontier is the next frontier for us. You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “biohacking” thrown around as it’s gained great momentum over the past few years, largely popularized by Dave Asprey the Bulletproof Exec. It’s basically a fancy term for Type-As experimenting with new contraptions, electrical stimulation devices, heat therapy, cold therapy, and other such widgets and practices (guilty as charged). Rather than share with you all the money I’ve wasted on biohacking products (which I’m open to doing pending request) I wanted to tease out for you the top six biohacks or health hacks that are worth your time, money, and effort.

Leading with the appropriate disclaimer, you are not obliged to do all or any of these on any consistent basis. View them as extra credit upgrades for your health, as best your time and doll-hairs permit. In fact, if you really want to get 80% of the way there simply follow these requirements:

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food

You’re much better off starting there, but if you feel like you have the foundation, let us begin.

1) Fermented Foods

Simply put, fermented foods=probiotics=improved gut health and gut bacteria=improved holistic health. You have a few options here, including homemade kombucha, sauerkraut, and kefir. Homemade requires more time but is much more cost-effective, so find your balance/preference. If making your own fermented foods is too daunting and/or you have the disposable income, make a trip to Whole Paycheck to start incorporating into your diet on a weekly basis.

sauerkraut, fermented foods, probiotic

2) Bone Broth

Bone broth raises the dead. It’s also received huge hype, but the research backs it up. From improved joint health, digestion, immunity, hair, skin, to pretty much any health benefit imaginable, bone broth delivers. Try adding to your slow cooker/Crock-Pot, or warm up and drink as a standalone. The two best bone broth vendors I’ve found for grass-fed and no added preservatives are The Flavor Chef and Kettle and Fire. If you want to price-hack Kettle and Fire, order through Thrive Market.

3) Organ Meats

Fun and tasty? No, but damn good for you. Organ meats (heart, liver, and kidney) are one of the few food sources of harder to come by essential nutrients, like vitamin A (not beta-Carotene). If you can clock in with these at least once a month, you’re doing well. The convenient thing about fat-soluble vitamins is that your body can store them up. Get your fat-soluble vitamin A for the proverbial winter. My reliable organ meat assurance plan is the beef liverwurst from U.S. Wellness Meats – a mixture of grass-fed beef trim (50%), liver (20%), heart (15%), and kidney (15%). If anyone knows how to make organ meats more palatable than lazily throwing it in a slow cooker with sea salt and pepper, I’m all ears.

4) Cold Thermogenesis

The harder the nipples, the better you’re doing it – that’s a true fact. Submerging yourself in cold for a brief period of time is a form of eustress, flippantly defined as good stress. Similar to the concept of working out, you are subjecting your body to external stressors, prompting your body to rebuild and recover that much stronger. Options for cold thermogenesis run plentifully: cold showers (most accessible); a dip into a cold pool, lake, or ocean; Cryotherapy; or pretty much any environment below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Build up to 20 mins or so for a whole host of benefits, most interesting being the development of brown fat/adipose tissue which increases your metabolism to turn you into a fat-burning machine.

5) Heat Therapy

The opposite and equivalent of cold therapy/thermogenesis. Same eustress concept, with slightly different yet still buzz-worthy benefits, like detoxification and skin purification. A dry sauna is preferred over the steam room and Far Infrared Sauna is better than the traditional dry sauna. Marginally less crazy than it sounds, if you are die-hard about your health, detoxing, and heat therapy, you can purchase your own Far Infrared sauna. Just be sure to go with a low-EMF sauna so you don’t microwave yourself with damaging electromagnetic pollution. The best I’ve found is the Clearlight Infrared Sauna. If you’d like more information on sauna and detox benefits, protocols, and options, check out the Sauna Therapy Detox Facebook Group. To prove my insanity whilst showing I practice what I preach, below is a photo of my Clearlight Infrared Sauna jammed into my San Francisco apartment – so much room for activities! Bonus tip: heat and cold therapy work well in tandem, so bounce from one to the other (i.e. sauna session straight to cold shower).

6) Nature

Grounding, earthing, forest bathing…as long as you are in some way in touch with or exposed to nature, you will reap the benefits. Science is now proving what we know to be obviously true: if you lock people in concrete and noise-polluting jungles (#citylife) their stress and cortisol rises, but going on a hike or getting in touch with nature is the simplest antidote to reverse these deleterious effects. Even smelling pine measurably lowers one’s cortisol. Free, fast, fun, go outside, find your nature, and take off your shoes.

Give a few of these biohacks a shot, and track as best your can your own improvement in energy and well-being. If there’s one life pillar to double down on, it’s your health, in my less than humble opinion.

What other biohacks or health hacks have you found to help? Let’s learn from one another.