How I Compared to Health Guru Ben Greenfield (And Why Everyone Needs to Visit the Human Garage)

How I Compared to Health Guru Ben Greenfield (And Why Everyone Needs to Visit the Human Garage)

I saw that Ben Greenfield (prominent health and fitness influencer and self-proclaimed biohacker) recently chanced upon a place I have been holding in my back pocket for several months, waiting for an opportune time to give it my full endorsement. The Human Garage, in beautiful Venice, California is the place of which I speak. Simply put, it’s the most holistic and bleeding-edge health center to improve your body alignment, biochemical wellbeing, energy, and mind. They have several modalities to accomplish this, along with the absolute best supplements one may find on earth. Basically, their standard for anything they do or sell to improve your health is an 11 out of 10.

I’ve gone through their full protocol of multiple sessions, along with a subclinical wellness test to better tailor their recommendations for me. My results are below, along with Ben Greenfield’s. The provider they use for the wellness analysis, QurEcology, is apparently one of the best, with extremely unforgiving and stringent gradings for the most relevant biomarkers ranging from digestion to inflammation to toxicity. If you’ve ever wondered if you have “adrenal fatigue,” this would be the best indication. Sure, you can just go off of how you feel, but why not get reliable data on your health. In God we trust, all else bring data.

Now, health is not a competition and this post title is admittedly a bit clickbaity, but I have very real lessons learned through comparing my results to someone like Ben Greenfield, such as:

  • Get tested. Get the data. Don’t assume anything.
  • Never give someone too much credit or worse, not give yourself enough credit.
  • Lifestyle takes its toll. Ben travels all over the world and has a packed schedule giving talks, training for long-distance endurance competitions, etc. That undoubtedly impacted his results.
  • Simple is better than complex. Ben has tried every biohacking tool under the sun, but that is majoring in minors. The majors being the basics of health (meditation, breathing, gratitude, love, nature, non-excessive exercise, and the rest of the stuff I beat you over the head with in this blog). I get caught up in the latest and greatest as is human nature to seek novelty, but discipline myself to execute on the 80/20 of health (and per below that has evidently paid off). Anything I do past that is whimsical and hopeful experimentation derived from my obsession with health.

If you have lingering back pain or neck pain, want to realign yourself to undo years of sitting and the 21st century sedentary lifestyle, or simply want to upgrade your mind and body through the most exquisite experience, I highly recommend you make the trip to Venice and visit Human Garage. They have a waiting list and all that jazz, so check in with them first.

Brian’s biochemical lab results from the Human Garage (QurEcology Biochemical Wellness Analysis)

  • Green/good count: 8
  • Yellow/mediocre count: 6
  • Red/poor count: 0

Ben Greenfield’s biochemical lab results from the Human Garage

  • Green/good count: 1
  • Yellow/mediocre count: 7
  • Red/poor count: 6

If you’re reading this Ben, know that I would jump at the chance to learn from you, as I have done so in the past, along with your friend, old roommate and vacuum-vixen Brett.

Biohacks – Complete List of Tips

Table of Contents

  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Jet Lag
  • Detox
  • Cold Therapy
  • Heat Therapy
  • Fat Loss
  • Miscellaneous

Intermittent Fasting

  • Drink sparkling mineral water and/or black coffee to suppress appetite and increase compliance.
  • 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).

Jet Lag Hacking

  • Sulfur bases antioxidants (onions, garlic, etc.)
  • Touch something metal as soon as you land and do grounding.  Grounding or Earthpulse is good after flying since you have built up positive ions.
  • Hydrate very well before and during the flight.
  • Exercise, in cold ideally.
  • Liquid melatonin or melatonin patch.
  • High dose vitamin C.

Detox

  • Brain detoxing: clear cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) through the lymph systems to remove waste/toxins from cells. Ways to increase CSF in the brain’s glymphatic system include:
    • Yoga and movement
    • Standing instead of sitting
    • Breathing exercises
    • Massage
    • Hydration
    • Rebounding (jumping on mini-trampoline) have many health benefits, most notably improve lymphatic drainage, boosting immune system.
  • A simple way to detoxify is to optimize your lean body mass, because you can’t store toxins if fat is absent.
  • To mobilize and excrete toxins, use niacin in combination with exercise and sauna therapy. Exercise is key, in order to eliminate the toxins through your skin, otherwise, they’ll just end up being reabsorbed by your body. Using a sauna will also allow for excretion through your pores. Infrared saunas are a great option, and can significantly expedite the detoxification process.
    • A 100 mg dose or higher may give you what’s referred to as a “niacin flush,” courtesy of the vasodilation caused by the niacin. Typically, this effect will last for about 30 minutes. Taking a cold shower can help ameliorate any discomfort you may experience from the niacin flush. It’s also advisable to start with a lower dose, say 50 mg/day, and work up, in order to become accustomed to its effect.
    • To recap, twice a week (or more frequently if you’re engaged in a weight loss program to shed a lot of weight) take about 100 mg of niacin; wait 20 minutes, then exercise for 20 minutes to break a sweat and stimulate circulation. Follow up with up to 60 minutes in a hot sauna, to really sweat out all the impurities. You can finish off by taking either five activated charcoal tablets, or some zeolite clay, which will bind with toxins, allowing them to be eliminated through your GI tract. Just make sure you do not take it in combination with medications or supplements, as these will also be bound up and eliminated.
  •  Activated charcoal

Cold Therapy / Cold Thermogenesis

  • Cold therapy right after training blunts hypertrophy. Better to wait an hour after training. Heat therapy is better after training.
  • Cryotherapy is an insanely efficient way to get most the benefits of cold therapy.
  • Take cold showers during heat therapy for great efficacy. Switch between heat and cold. Put the cold where you want to mobilize the toxins (lower body near liver)
  • Cold water immersion is less inflammatory (better) than Cryotherapy due to reduced lymph backflow. Even better effect if you wear compression gear/attire while submerged in cold.
  • Cryotherapy is extremely effective at reducing inflammation (better than ice baths).
  • Place an ice pack on the back of the neck or upper trapezius area for 20–30 minutes, preferably in the evening, when insulin sensitivity is lowest
  • Cold water improves immunity. Acute cold exposure has immunostimulating effects, and preheating with physical exercise or a warm shower can enhance this response. Increases in levels of circulating norepinephrine may account for this.
  • Cold therapy increases your parasympathetic nervous system, even if you are stressed / low HRV. Heat therapy works too.
  • Cold thermogenesis improves gut bacteria.

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.”
  • Avoid depletion during sauna: Celtic Sea Salt Electrolyte Powder Mix
  • Support for niacin and sauna detox: http://saunadetoxprogram.com
  • Infrared sauna is superior to dry sauna for health benefits. Be sure it minimizes EMFs though.
  • Hardwood (not cedar or pinewood) sauna and steam room are great for detoxing as you sweat the toxins out.
  • Stay in the sauna for up to 45 minutes before you sweat out good minerals.

Fat Loss Hacks

  • High dose niacin with far infrared sauna can lyse fat cells. Use niasafe by Thorne followed by cold thermogenesis.
  • Low intensity exercise in the morning with caffeine, fasted. 20-30 mins.
  • Upregulate sugar into muscles by doing high intensity and or strength before dinner
  • 1 24 hour water fast per week. Use trace minerals to quell the appetite.
  • Maximize insulin sensitivity
  • 2 tsp of Ceylon cinnamon each day,
  • Shot of apple cider vinegar
  • Bitter melon extract 2 capsules prior to largest carb meal of day mpx100 which allows you to get back into ketosis quickly by keeping blood glucose low.

Miscellaneous

  • 20 minutes 3x a week is the minimum needed to get the depression, social, and anxiety benefits of gaming (computer games or apps). Great games: Tetris. Minecraft.
  • Hack to reduce cravings: Play candy crush saga or bejeweled video games that are highly visual. You visualize cravings so these games preoccupy that part of your brain.
  • Get sunlight as early in day as possible.
  • Studies show that spending time in nature reduces stress hormones, improves mood, lowers blood pressure, and can even stimulate anti-cancer proteins in the body.
  • Learning / Education / Cognitive effort keeps our minds sharp but also has been shown to maintain the youthfulness of our bodies as well. Always be learning for mental and physical benefits! Reading and mind games such as chess, backgammon, etc. are great for cognitive acuity.
  • Being in flow state produces the 5 most powerful hormones and MAY have a nervous system resetting positive effect. (Steven Kotler cured his Lyme disease by surfing).
  • Vaccines have many risks. Best avoided.
  • Warm wet cloth over eyes for 15 minutes to promote healing.
  • Inversion training or simply hanging upside down to has numerous benefits such as nourishing your face and hair with fresh blood, therefore nutrients, and increasing oxygen to the brain for better cognitive function.
  • Have vinegar 30 mins before eating a lot of carbs (pasta dinner) to lower you glucose response to the meal.
  • Forest bathing boosts health through reduced stress bio-markers. Smelling cypress oil has the same effect.
  • Coffee enema to clean out and improve digestion.
  • When searching for studies on PubMed, be sure to search for all the synonyms as well to exhaust the literature.
  • Ask compound pharmacy who a good anti-aging doctor would be to find one.
  • Greenfield’s guides: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/newsletter-thank-you/
  • Happiness improves virtually every aspect of your life, not just performance. Sick less, heal faster, more successful, etc.
  • Forgiveness: To be free of stress and in the unfuckwidable zone. Forgiveness is the ultimate health and life hack. Improved physical performance tests, etc. mindfulness, and self-love. All three together. 
  • Vagus nerve etc. think and say peace love and joy and avoid anxious people to make yourself calmer and happier
  • Grip strength boosts testosterone and HGH
  • Ways to boost HRV
    • Alternate nostril breathing
    • Omega 3s
    • Seafood – high in DHEA. Walnuts, chlorella, fish, fish oi
  • Boost parasympathetic for digestion and recovery:
    • Singing
    • Humming
    • Mantras. Ohms, chanting (yoga, meditation)
    • Gargling
  • Top 5 chronic health complaints/problems
    • Fatigue
    • Poor sleep
    • Libido
    • Muscle-skeletal pain
    • GI problems
  • Float tanks are great healing experiment, good for chronic pain
  • Power lung and captains of crush to exercise while sedentary. Grip strength boosts bio markers. Electrical muscle stimulation as well ideally.
  • Apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, or bitter melon extract or intense exercise before sugar/carb meal to up regulate glut 4 and maximize glycogen into muscles and avoid atherosclerosis.
  • Elimination diet for 30 days is good if you need a big reset from overtraining, shot adrenals, food allergies, etc.
  • PEMF device to generate new stem cells and boost blood flow. Good for healing injuries / join pain.
  • Jaw realignment can reduce sympathetic nervous system and inflammation if out of alignment. See a good chiro. Hrv, cold therapy, cbd, nicotine, adaptogens other ways to balance autonomic nervous system.
  • Ways to better health while sitting or standing idle
    • Deep breathing exercises
    • Kegel Exercises
    • Mindfulness meditation
    • Gratitude
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.