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

How Bad Is Your Fish Oil? (And How to Find the Best)

How Bad Is Your Fish Oil? (And How to Find the Best)

It was a truly disheartening and tragic day when I found out my go-to, widely recommended fish oil brand (Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil) is apparently rancid. Rancid in the oil world is precisely defined as a colossal waste of money and an atrocity to your health. In god we trust, all else bring data, so here is the report if you care enough to read it (likely not if you’re a true Leveragist): Hook, Line & Stinker: The Truth About Cod Liver Oil.

Here’s a piece from the report:

“Lab tests indicate the Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil is rancid; putrid; low in the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K; apparently diluted with a trans-fat containing vegetable oil — and not even from cod. We have reliable reports that the X-Factor Gold Butter Oil comes from Argentina, not the Great Plains, and it tests rancid as well. And contrary to Green Pasture’s advertising, Dr. Weston A. Price’s own words make it clear that these are not products he would ever have endorsed.”

If you’re in the health world at all, you’ve likely heard of Green Pasture. If not, who cares, that’s why you’re reading a watered down blog like this one. What happens when one of the most widely recommended and marketed fish oil brands turns out to (potentially) be less than it claims?  We learn, we adjust, and we only go with brands meeting the highest levels of certification.

I don’t have any allegiance/affiliation with any brand, but if you consume fish oil of any kind, with all it’s wonderful, science-backed health benefits, you owe it to yourself to verify that you’re getting a non-rancid/oxidized, mercury and toxin-free supplement. There are two ways to accomplish this.

Supplement Independent Analysis & Review Sites

The first, less robust way is to leverage sites like LabDoor to get a stack ranking of several brands, with their respective rankings on label accuracy, product purity, nutritional value, ingredient safety, and projected efficacy. These sites aren’t perfect, but LabDoor is the best I’ve found, and it doesn’t heart to cross-verify your purchases with this site. They go well beyond fish oil, so you may use them for the most popular forms of supplements, ranging from BCAAs, creatine, probiotics, and now even dark chocolate and green tea! Look at that, a supplement review site that doesn’t know the definition of supplement! Kidding…I love that they are expanding constantly into all popular health inputs.

Third Party Certifications

The gold standard for supplement quality assurance is to verify that they have the valid 3rd party supplement testing certifications. The gold standard of that gold standard is the NSF Certified Dietary Supplements. If you were hyper-diligent, you could use their database to check if the brand (field: manufacturer) you’re using is certified with NSF. Carlson is another popular fish oil that I’ve used and was dismayed to find it lacking here. Positive note: not all brands that aren’t certified are necessarily low quality, but all brands certified are reliably high quality – basically.

My Recommended Fish Oil

If you’ve tired yourself checking the review sites and certification databases before even commencing, you’re not alone, and there’s a final solution: find someone else who took the time to do so. Thanks to the steadfast diligence of Dr. Rhonda Patrick, I happen to know a brand that passes the NSF certification test: Nordic Naturals. She also happens to make me feel dumb listening to her, and I like those kinds of people.

Shilajit – The Thyroid & Adrenal Hack You May Have Never Heard Of

Shilajit – The Thyroid & Adrenal Hack You May Have Never Heard Of

In true Leveragist fashion, I bring to you a guest post from my friend Fern Olivia to discuss a low-cost, high-yield way to support your thyroid health. Thyroid and adrenal health are of particular importance to me as I have bounced in and out of suboptimal Adrenal Analysis results. Whether you’re a typical hard-charging or fitness person or have dealt with any thyroid issues, this post will be relevant. Enjoy.


Shila-what? This powerful Ayurvedic herb you may never have heard of can regulate your thyroid in a pinch…literally!

Photo: Lotus Blooming Herbs/Authentic Shilajit™

We’ve tapped into the brain of thyroid hacker Fern Olivia, the founder of Thyroid Yoga®, which is essentially the hybrid genius of integrative medicine and yoga.

Word on the street is that this radiant, energetic and vivacious woman is the “thyroid whisperer” and she’s helped hundreds of men and women to feel strong and sexy AF.

She even trains new practitioners and health crusaders in her signature Thyroid Yoga® training, available globally both live and online.

The #1 supplement or food that I’ve had the most success with in regulating my thyroid and healing from Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid Disease has been Shilajit.

Shilajit is an ancient Ayurvedic herb which was reputed to be brain food for Aristotle!

It is a plant-based mineral complex that is known to have 85+ micro-minerals and trace elements in an ionic and bioavailable form, and contains fulvic acid which helps to deliver the minerals to the body.

A strong detoxification agent, research has shown that it can dissolve thyroid nodules.

Here’s what Fern has to say…


I know it’s worked for me because I’ve lost weight after nothing else was working, I’m not craving sugar, my eyes are bright and the whites are really white, my skin complexion is glowing and more vibrant, and I’m full of energy in the morning!

All you need is a pinch, literally. It comes in a resin that you can put right under your tongue for the best absorption (you will get used to the bitter taste) or add to a smoothie for first-timers.

My go-to source is from Lotus Blooming Herbs – it’s by far the best quality I’ve ever found, and I’ve done my research!

The qualities of herbs taken with shilajit are even more potent due to the fulvic acid within shilajit. My favorite combination for thyroid and adrenal health is shilajit and ashwagandha. They are already superstars on their own so one could only expect the best with a shilajit ashwagandha combination. Both have thousands of years to back the claims and a community of Ayurvedic faithful to attest to their wondrous effects to human health. When blended, the ashwagandha shilajit benefits are multiplied – talk about bang for your buck.

For a start, they both boost brain power and I can attest that they may provide superhuman tendencies – like faster learning and an impressive memory. Although it is said to be a genetic disorder, people who are in danger of developing Alzheimer’s disease can do well with considering this blend to help against developing the disease early. When taken regularly, the brain will become healthier and stay that way for longer.

Shilajit and ashwagandha are both extremely effective with increasing energy, stamina, and gasp – have even better sex. I’ll invite you to experiment and report back.

Because of the double potency of the ashwagandha + shilajit combo, it is acceptable to be extra cautious when having combined substances, and if you are on medication or have a pre-existing condition, talk to your doctor, or find an Integrative Medical Practitioner or Ayurvedic MD who can guide you personally.

 
Like all good things in life, take your time and attune yourself gradually to the experience. Always choose quality!

 

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Photo: Fern Olivia

Fern Olivia Bio

Fern Olivia, a former Finance professional and Biomedical Engineer, is now an internationally recognized teacher, speaker and influencer on the power of integrative medicine, yoga, and holistic lifestyle practices. In addition to teaching, retreats, events, and speaking on the topics of holistic health and self-expression, her course is a best-seller on MindBodyGreen and she trains wellness leaders and practitioners in her Thyroid Yoga® training, now available internationally. Fern Olivia is also the founder of Ajai Alchemy, an all organic essential oil fragrance brand specifically formulated with synergistic hormone balancing and aphrodisiac benefits.

Through her authentic storytelling, media platforms, and contributions in publications including Well and Good NYC, MyDomaine, Beauty & Well Being Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Mindbodygreen, Medium, and The Huffington Post, Fern Olivia has inspired a mass movement of conscious self-expression and holistic health. For daily inspiration and resources, connect with Fern Olivia on Facebook and Instagram @fernolivia.