Coffee Substitutes for Energy, Focus and Healing Adrenal Fatigue (My Mostly Failed Journey Off Of Coffee)

Coffee Substitutes for Energy, Focus and Healing Adrenal Fatigue (My Mostly Failed Journey Off Of Coffee)

The first question to ask is why would you want to get off of coffee to begin with? Outside of the nirvana and brag-worthy state of not being addicted to anything, the real reason I started looking for alternatives was to fix my adrenal fatigue and inflammation, which you can see my lab results from the Human Garage here. Caffeine, especially from coffee as opposed to green tea, is counterproductive for your tired adrenals. Whether or not you know that to be your situation, I still recommend going a month every so often free of coffee (or at least swap for decaf coffee) for related reasons. It wasn’t easy giving up my Bulletproof coffee every morning, so I had to find something to tide me over. I mostly failed in that endeavor but figured I’d share my findings anyway.

Option 1: Mocha Maca Powder

One of the recommended alternatives I picked up from the Human Garage was glorified maca powder so I started there. It looks like coffee when you blend it with hot water, but that’s about as far as the resemblance goes unfortunately. It was a bit more palatable adding the standard Bulletproof/fatty coffee ingredients (grass-fed butter, coconut oil, cocoa, collagen, etc.) but still nothing to write home about. I’ll do this a couple times a week, but it’s not a daily go-to after sufficient experimentation.

Option 2: Kombucha

Kombucha is the best tasting of all three options, but the drawback is due to the small sugar content I wouldn’t consider it to be the best option while trying to reap the benefits of intermittent fasting. If you just want something to sip on in the morning, and the mocha maca powder doesn’t float your boat, give the kombucha a try. I teach you how to ferment your own kombucha here. Heal your gut with the probiotics, and heal your adrenals with the reduced caffeine and coffee intake.

Option 3: Matcha Green Tea

I really, really wanted to like matcha green tea. It is literally the “10x” of green teas containing ten times the amount of antioxidants in regular green tea, or something to that effect. It’s a research-backed, generation-over-generation-proven superfood. I first tried steeping it in hot water and drinking it as a standalone hot tea, but it literally tastes like moss. What does moss taste like you might ask, and that answer is I don’t know but I do know matcha tastes terribly (unless it’s served as a frozen yogurt or ice cream that one would find at Kippy’s or Pressed Juicery, but then again sugar with anything is the ultimate antidote).

Next I tried drinking it cold, which took it from an F-flavor to a D-minus. Lastly I tried simply adding it in with the rest of my first-thing-in-the-morning water morning routine (with lemon juice, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and Athletic Greens). This is where I’ve landed, but with the added matcha powder in it, I down it as fast as possible with all the other aforementioned ingredients to mask the matcha taste. One unexpected benefit of the matcha powder is that it tangibly reduced my appetite, rendering it the strongest solution I’ve found to endure a 16-hour fast without food cravings. Beyond that, my goal in life is to see how much money I can waste in one cup of water by adding all those added ingredients each morning.

If you have any other non-obvious healthful alternatives to coffee, feel free to comment below. I’ve tried yerba mate as well, but the cold hard fact is nothing compares to a good Bulletproof/fatty coffee (which is why I still drink it once a week for the performance-enhancing effects of caffeine for a personal record-shattering workout day).

P.S. Decaf coffee often has its own issues, so I’m not considering that right now, but it does seem to be the logical alternative.

 

Cosmetic / Facial Care – Complete List of Tips

Contents

  • Hair Care / Hair Loss
  • Moisturizers
  • Skin
  • Misc

Hair Care / Hair Loss

  • Natural hair loss prevention supplement and reversal using holistic 4-prong method. Great for skin, overall stress-management and anti-aging: https://www.nutrafol.com/bulletproof
  • Nonsurgical hair restoration system or hair restoration surgery.
  • Hair loss (episode 249 with Ben greenfield)
    • Need fat soluble vitamins 3 to 7k IU, more for the more obese you are. Take with vitamin k to avoid calcification risks.
    • Fish oil: 2 to 5 grams per day. Omega 3 low leads to hair loss.
    • Magnesium deficiency: take 500 to 1000 mg (until your stool gets too loose)
    • Selenium (Brazil nuts)
    • Zinc, but with an alpha reductase inhibitor to reduce conversation to DHT. Too much DHT leads to hair loss. Pumpkin seeds have zinc AND reduce conversion to DHT
    • Adaptogens
  • Castor oil: unrefined and cold pressed hexane free
  • Rosemary Oil
    • Improves memory
    • Prevents and reverses male pattern baldness when applied topically.
      Any truth? One recent study compared minoxidil (an over the counter hair loss treatment) to rosemary essential oil. Both were rubbed into the scalp on a daily basis. At six months, both groups had experienced a significant increase in hair growth, with the rosemary group having slightly less itchy scalps.
  • Peppermint oil stimulates hair growth. A 2014 animal study found that compared to saline, jojoba oil, and minoxidil, topical peppermint oil stimulated the most hair growth with an increase in dermal thickness, follicle number, and follicle depth.
  • Natural Topical Remedies (Can be mixed together in any combination)
  • Onion and Garlic: sulphur increases collagen which helps hair growth. Crush these up, blend with coconut oil, boil, and massage into scalp.
  • Oils: Emu, Coconut, Castor, Almond, Lavender, Olive, Avocado
  • Hibiscus: crush and mix with coconut oil
  • Amla
  • Aloe Vera
  • Having the right amount of Copper to Zinc ratio
    • Have mineral status tested by serum, urine or hair mineral analysis
  • Massage
  • Silica (can supplement or get from food)
  • Food sources of silica include leeks, green beans, garbanzo beans, strawberries, cucumber, mango, celery, asparagus and rhubarb
  • Minimize Di Hydro Testosterone (DHT)
    • Minimize estrogen levels
      • External exposure
        • Avoid xenoestrogen exposure (pesticides, fertilizers, chemical fumes, plastic containers, etc.
        • Avoid soy (both fermented and unfermented) and flax
        • Creatine MAY cause baldness in men as it increases DHT which is connected to hair loss in people genetically susceptible to hair loss.
      • Internal production
        • Green tea
        • Pumpkin seeds
        • Giant Dodder
        • Tomatoes, watermelon, carrots, mangos
        • Supplement with Saw Palmetto
        • Supplement with Myomin (aromatase inhibitor and estrogen blocker)
        • Flavone rich herbs: passionflower and chamomile tea
        • Fermented foods (apple cider vinegar, kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented dairy, etc.
  • Maximize testosterone levels
  • Maca powder (not capsules): 1-2 tablespoons/day.
    • As with spinach a good bit of maca needs to be eaten to have the good effects noted. Of the powder of any type, raw, sun dried, cooked or gelatinized, it takes 3 to 6 tablespoons of maca intake daily to have its positive actions.
    • Use gelatinized maca powder if you have stomach issues with regular
    • Black gelatinized (raw also a good option) maca would be the optimal choice with multiple studies of it’s benefits, ranging from learning/memory to bone density.
  • Increases testosterone, progesterone (which is an aromatase inhibitor) and blocks the action of estrogen with a natural E blocker known as Di Indole Methane (DIM)
  • Supplement with Enkindle (herbal formula). Note: extremely expensive
  • Hair Products / Other
    • Polysorbate 80: will neutralize DHT in hair follicles and help cut back on hair loss
    • Nizoral Shampoo: removes DHT from hair follicles
    • Creatine MAY cause baldness in men as it increases DHT which is connected to hair loss in people genetically susceptible to hair loss.
    • Shampoos with Keratin to boost growth

Natural Moisturizers

  • Macadamia Oil: Because palmitoleic acid is found in the sebum of human skin, macadamia oil can also double as a potent skin moisturizer.
  • NOTE: Squinting causes lines and wrinkles. Avoid squinting by using glasses and avoiding moisturizers/products that irritate your eyes and make your squint.
  • Jojoba Oil: plethora of benefits, including balding mitigation when applied to hair as it unclogs hair follicles, so use Jojoba shampoo. Even has SPF 3 protection.
  • Avocado oil, which also has SPF 10 protection.
  • Emu oil is a great moisturizer.
  • Olive oil is great moisturizer due to Polyphenols.
  • General Skin Care
    • Annmarie Gianni Skin Care
    • Purigenex Intensive Collagen System: top notch collagen face mask.
    • Nuskin Ageloc
    • Thorne Clay SkinCare bar
    • Ben Greenfield Anti-Aging Serum

Skin

  • Sunscreen: Badger Balm. Other good sunscreens are Raw Elements Eco Formula, Kabana Skincare and Mexitan.
  • Cologne: Zen for Men Cypress Yuzu Spray Cologne by Enchanted Meadow
  • Female-specific
    • Makeup: 100% Pure, BiteBeauty and  Josie Maran – these companies use healthy food-based or plant-derived ingredients, like Manuka honey and mango seed oil.
    • Nail Polish: Scotch Naturals. This is a 100 non-toxic nail polish.
    • Fragrance: Lavanila or Pacifica Perfume – similar to the men’s cologne I use, the bases are all healthy essential oils.
  • Use water/wet face when applying skin lotions/products to absorb better
  • Lemon squeezed onto a conch shell creates a paste that can be applied to reduce scars.
  • (Need to research) Sauna breaks down collagen, which you stop naturally producing after age 35.
  • Mother dirt probiotic soap
  • How to lighten skin
    • Don’t scrub face with towel
    • Use oil-free moisturizer with chamomile or other soothing botanical
    • Cinnamon, peppermint, aloe vera, or lemon juice (for acne too) work well
    • Put lemon juice in an abalone seashell overnight, and apply the paste in the morning (improves scars and redness)
    • Papaya soap
    • Hydroquinone
  • Acne mitigation
    • Don’t wash / rub face too roughly as that increased oil production and acne. Very gentle.
    • Minimize grain/sugar consumption
    • Apply tea tree oil
    • Orange oil:
      • Improves acne
      • Reduces anxiety through lowered cortisol and pulse rate
    • Good acne cleaning face wash. Wet face and apply Manuka honey for ten minutes. Rub in circles all over your face.

Miscellaneous

  • For allergic conjunctivitis and red eyes:
    • Use tear gels at night and tear/eye moisturizer in morning.
    • Avoid using Visine as it has a rebound effect. It is a vasoconstrictor which then causes a rebound/more redness.
    • Biggest factors for redness
      • Dryness
      • Wind
      • UV Damage
  • Oil of oregano to cure toe fungus.
  • Non-nano zinc oxide is best sunscreen as has large particles to not be absorbed through the skin.
  • Don’t Q-Tips as they push the earwax back which builds up in your ear. Instead use hydrogen peroxide to flush it out.
  • Having a beard promotes your face self-moisturizing and traps helps allergens (as nose hairs do too)
  • Avoid being in ocean during 10-2 hours as it deflects of the water and damages eye.

Chemical / Toxin Mitigation – Complete List of Tips

  • Ozone and UV light generator to clean pool instead of Chlorine
  • Think Dirty app: scan cosmetic products for their toxicity/chemical level
  • Fractionated coconut oil and Almond oil is great for massage, toxin-free.
  • Dr. Mindy Pelz: Knowledgeable resource
  • Deuterium is bad for you. Solution: Massage and ketogenic diet. http://www.cignaturehealth.com
  • Rainbow Vacuum (best vacuum for indoor air pollution and improving indoor air quality which is an 80/20 on health)
    • Air Purifier
      • Attach water basin and run on low or high, taking cover off.
      • Can run all day but check water once a day.
      • Aromatherapy: Put a cotton cloth on the back end airway piece with a couple drops of an essential oil.
    • Vacuum
      • General
        • Use other hand to carry the tube so the tube doesn’t drag on the floor.
        • Use lever to turn off suction if you are caught on something.
        • Dump water out and fill with clean water when water starts to get thick.
        • Takes 10-30 minutes to clean carpet, depending how dirty. Use water as an indicator.
    • Carpet
      • Water works well as a cleaner, since carpets/rugs already have soap in them.
      • Stains: AFM SafeChoice is a great non-toxic option for a cleaner
      • For new carpets/rugs, use AFM Safechoice Lock Out to keep the hormone disrupting petro-chemicals trapped in and prevented from off-gassing.
      • Use a gallon plastic container with holes poked on the top of the lid and squirt out water/cleaner as you vacuum.
    • Upholstery: Use small T-shape nozzle (upholstery tool) without removable other shell for more porous surfaces like drapes when air can pass through.
    • Hardwood floors and walls (small particles all over from dry filter vacuum): large T-shape end
    • Hard to reach places like coils of refrigerator: Small nozzle + long tube
    • Pillows, cushions, etc.
      • Inside: Place items in blue bag, and use upholstery tool to suck air in and compress the pillows. Then move nozzle to exhaust to clean air out. Repeat a few times.
      • Outside: finish by using the upholstery tool to clean the outer surface of the items.
    • Wet wash clean hard floors: use RainJet
    • Carpeted stairs, mattresses, furniture, and car seats: use Rainbow Mate
    • Basin reaching maximum capacity (when sucking up spilled liquid): gurgle > shake > automatic power off.
    • Blow up things (balloon and deflate: small nozzle with point
    • To blow are out: attach tube nozzle to exhaust in back.
    • Maintenance
      • Cleaning Separator: Take off water basin and clean the removable yellow underpart in center of main system (detachable brush on perimeter to use) monthly.
      • Cleaning Filter: Use knife on bottom of filter to pry off. Get a super blower and blow around the inside of the hole that faces in the rainbow (not the external sponge-like opening). Wipe around the inside and blow. So you are blowing in the direction that the Rainbow blows.
      • Clean surfaces where nozzle attaches and around Separator on inside.
    • Storage1.DO NOT leave water basin on as the water will evaporate and ruin the engine.
    • Questions
      • Water level
      • Cleaning: above the bubble
      • Low level: below the level so it doesn’t gurgle
      • Does the air purifier function humidify or dehumidify the air?
        • Normalizes it, depends on how humid the air is, works in the reverse direction.
      • How is it that you can leave the humidifier on 24/7 without damaging the engine but just leaving it on off is bad?
      • Air circulation so the water flows through
      • Do I have to buy the Rainbow cleaning solution for the RainJet, or what else do you recommend
        • Vinegar diluted or just water.
      • What do I do with the Rainbow Customer Registration? Fill and return? Do I need to do that to get the warranty coverage?
        • Fill out when you decide to keep it.
  • Dr. Chris Shade is the expert in mercury and heavy metals testing/detox.
  • Cytodetox for full cell full binding detox.
    • CytoDetox™ should be taken on an empty stomach.
    • Begin taking 10-20 drops in the morning and 10-20 drops at night. Take drops under tongue and swish for 30 seconds before swallowing. NOTE: If uncomfortable detox symptoms occur, decrease dose to 5 drops in the morning and night (or less).
    • Wait to eat or drink for at least 10-15 minutes before and after taking the drops.
    • For best results, cycle the product. Take CytoDetox™ morning and night for 7 days in a row (a 7 day ON cycle) and stop for 7 days (a 7 day OFF cycle). Continue this 7 day ON and 7 day OFF cycle until bottle is finished.
    • Support products:
      • Enhance and accelerate detox by adding intracellular glutathione (in the morning) and activated charcoal (at bed time). Here are the products we suggest that may be taken in conjunction with CytoDetox™:
      • Support healthy minerals levels. During detox, minerals may be pulled, and mineral deficiencies can occur as a consequence. To avoid mineral gaps, we suggest adding multi-mineral support during OFF cycles: MIN multi mineral plus
  • Use Tilex mold spray weekly to kill mold and mildew in showers.
  • Air Quality
    • Great air filters
      • Iq air
    • Use Out-gassed or used furniture. Put out in sun for weeks for new
    • Most of the toxicants (man-made toxins) are in the air we breath. Therefore clean air makes the biggest impact. (solution: Rainbow).
    • Closeness to busy roadway is correlated with infertility and autistic children. If you can’t move counteract with a good thousand dollar air filter
    • Avoid carpets as they Harbor dust and toxicants. It’s worth it to rip and replace
    • Air pollution is very unhealthy. Lowers IQ etc.  put car in air recirculate mode when driving in cities. Avoid biking in big cities. Move away, ideally. Take lots of vitamin c, several grams, to counteract.
    • Buy used cars. Avoid sitting in new cars as the pleasant “new car smell” is actually poisonous off-gassing.
  • Use a vacuum that uses water the trap the particles over a dry filter vacuum which doesn’t trap dust and particles as well. Best Vacuum (use water based, not dry filter which just blow small dust particles out and also get clogged up fast): Rainbow Vacuum.
  • To avoid off-gassing, take carpet or rug outside in sun and let it roast.
  • Shower before and after chlorine exposure (pool) to prevent formation of worse compound chloramine. High dose vitamin c / antioxidants before or after.
  • Infrared sauna is one of the few ways to detox heavy metals. Be sure it is low in EMF and ELF.  Clear light is a good brand.
  • DET is unhealthy insect repellant. Healthy alternative is vanilla extract mixed with olive oil. Cintranilla is another option, can buy natural options. Lemongrass. Eating garlic.
  • 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: http://www.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323394504578607641775723354
  • AVOID PLASTICS
    • Avoid Xenoestrogens (aka parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol)
    • Use fabric/bamboo/glass instead of vinyl shower curtain
    • Replace your plastic shower curtains. Use natural cotton or nylon curtains such as Bean Products Pure Cotton Shower Curtain or Excell Home Fashions Ultimate Nylon Shower Curtain or Liner.
    • Rather than dry cleaning, use wet cleaning if that’s an option near your home. Tell your dry cleaner not to use the plastic wrap or remove it as soon as possible, since the plastic traps the dry cleaning chemicals on clothes and in your closet. Let your dry cleaning air out (preferably outside) before you put it away.
  • Phthalates (or suffixes DEHP, DEP,  DBP,  BzBP, DMP), which are found in
    • PVC (often used for water/plumbing pipes)
    • Scented candles
    • Air Fresheners
    • Plastic clothing
    • Tablecloths
    • Soft plastic toys
    • Flexible plastic products such as shower curtains
    • Vinyl products
    • Medical devices such as tubing and intravenous bags
    • Bottled Water
      • For plastic water bottles use:
        • High-density polyethylene, labeled as “#2 HDPE”
        • Low-density polyethylene, labeled as “#4 LDPE”
        • Polypropylene, labeled as “#5 PP”
    • “Nalgene” water bottles
    • PVC #3
    • Polycarbonate #7
  • Condoms contain chemicals. Use petrochemical free (e.g. Sir Richard’s brand)
  • Keep windows open during the day to maximize light which helps mitigate bacterial and fungi growth.
  • Styrofoam is bad, and is especially permeable with MCTs. Avoid styrofoam cups.
  • Dryer sheets are very toxic. That clean smell is petrochemicals. Use wool dyer balls, and/or a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar in the dryer as healthy alternatives.
  • Avoid wall to wall carpet in home as it collects allergies, mold, etc.
  • You inhale chlorine when you shower. Use a filter and/or take cold showers for less stream inhalation. Aquasana is a good brand. Chloramine vs. chlorine used in some municipalities, so also need vitamin C filter on shower too to block chloramine.
  • “Non-toxic” detergents often contain aluminum as a bleacher. Bad. Use Molly’s soap suds.
  • Oxybenzone is endocrine disrupting. Avoid sunscreens with it.
  • Natural Home Cleaning Products
    • Lemon – a natural acid that is effective against most household bacteria.
    • Borax – Despite it’s “scary” name, Borax is simply sodium borate. It cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, and is good for cleaning painted walls and floors.
    • Washing Soda – also known as “SAL Soda”, this is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a natural mineral. It cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs.
    • White Vinegar – cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and removes wax build-up.
    • Oregano Oil – (mix with lemon and water)
    • Uses:
      • Disinfectant: Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups hot water.
      • Carpet Stains: Carpet stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.
      • Laundry Detergent: Mix 1 cup Ivory soap, with 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax.
  • Zip-It Drain Clean: chemical-free and inexpensive way to de-clog your drain
  • Deodorant: Coconut-based deodorant (crystal/mineral stones may contain aluminum).
    • Aubrey Organics E Plus High C is a good brand
    • Primal Pit Paste (not as effective for me)
  • Dust Mite Mitigation
    • Use a wet towel/mop to clean floor of dust, which mitigates dust mites.
    • Use latex pillows, over polyester.
    • Don’t make your bed in the morning.
    • UV light kills dust mites: expose your linens to sunlight as much as possible
    • We sweat a lot during the night and it needs to air out to mitigate the moisture on the bed.
    • Mitigate moisture / limit humidifiers
  • Glass bottle spring water is best to avoid BPA’s
  • Hardwood (not cedar or pinewood) sauna and steam room are great for detoxing as you sweat the toxins out.
  • If possible, use organic sheets to completely avoid chemicals. Bamboo is treated with chemicals as well but it is hypoallergenic to mitigate dust mites.
  • Upgraded activated charcoal to detox. Good for after eating at a restaurant and after traveling (traveling upsets your gut biome).  It is best to take it between meals and a few hours after using any vitamin or mineral supplements, as it may interfere with the absorption of these into your body.
  • Regularly get massages to help flush out the toxins.
  • Dr bronners soap for hair and body
  • When buying a memory foam-type mattress: walk on mattress with windows to blow out the stale air and accelerate the ‘off-gassing.’
  • Tartar and plaque build up to the point where it accumulates behind your bottom teeth is an indication that you are being exposed to excessive levels of mycotoxins. Make sure you are eating a diet with minimal mold and mycotoxins
  • These vinegars do not violate California’s Prop. 65 limits for lead. All were tested by the supplier in 2007, except for Archer Farms, which was tested in 2009:
    • Barengo Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Acetum Star B Quality Two Leaves Imported Balsamic Vinegar,
    •     6 percent acidity
    • Best Choice Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar,
    •     6 percent acidity
    • Big Y Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Excellence Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Holland House Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Nakano Seasoned Rice Wine Balsamic Blend Vinegar, 4 percent acidity Barengo Red Wine Vinegar, 7.5 per acidity
    • Albertson’s Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Fancifood Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Chef’s Review Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Great Value Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Safeway Select Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Western Family Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Holland House Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Domestic Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • S & W Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Western Family Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Acetum 4 Star Quality Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent
    • Wegmans Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Western Family Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Best Choice Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Barengo Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Albertson’s Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Shaw’s Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Nakano Italian Seasoned Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • FSA Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Chef’s Review Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Katy’s Kitchen Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Pocahontas Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Sysco Classic Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • US Foodservice Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Nugget Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Barengo Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • FSA Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Barengo Red Wine Vinegar, 7.5 percent acidity
    • Unbranded industrial/bulk product Red Wine Vinegar, 10 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 7 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Premium Burgundy Wine Vinegar, 7 percent acidity
    • Regina Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Regina Imported Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Unbranded industrial/bulk product Red Wine Vinegar, 7 percent acidity
    • Unbranded industrial/bulk product Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Vinegar,
    •     7 percent acidity
    • Unbranded industrial/bulk product Imported Balsamic Vinegar,
    •     6 percent acidity
    • Archer Farms Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
    • Star Red Wine Vinegar*
    • Star Garlic Red Wine Vinegar*
    • Star Red Raspberry Vinegar*
    • Star Balsamic Vinegar*
    • Great Value Balsamic Vinegar*
    • Raley’s Red Wine Vinegar*
    • Raley’s Garlic Red Wine Vinegar*
    • Source: Environmental Law Foundation
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 the 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

  • Oregano 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.

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