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.

 

Nutrition – Elite Tips

Contents

  • Food and Meal Delivery
  • Carbs
  • Fats and Oils
  • Protein
  • Supplements
  • Eating Habits & Practices
  • Healthy Desserts & Meals/Recipes
  • Cooking & Food Preparation
  • Food When Traveling or On-The-Go
  • Spices & Flavorings
  • Beverages
  • Sweeteners
  • Optimal Gut Microbiome
  • The 4-Hour Body Diet
  • Restaurants
  • Miscellaneous

Food and Meal Delivery

Carbs

  • Oxalates in raw greens bind to iron and reduce your iron content.
  • Mochi is a healthy substitute for making waffles / carb cheat meals.
  • Low carb for too long/much will cause gut issues, joint pain, dry eyes, etc.
  • * With high inflammation, I always suggest folk quit wheat/gluten, dairy and sugar for at least 30 days, ideally, forever. People who eat a lot these foods often notice a big reduction in pain, increased weight loss and mood improvements.
  • * When counting carbs, you don’t need to be exact, or count all foods.  Just count grains, alcohol, yams, potatoes, squashes, fruits and desserts.  Try living by the 80/20 rule AFTER the 90 days, if you/we see a good improvement on your test and how you feel.  For now, it’s best to do the 100% or 90/10 rule.
  • * Get to know your average carb intake. Then reduce your carbs to about 85-95 grams/day AND get those carbs from healthier sources listed below.  If you don’t feel so good after going that low, experiment with increasing it to 100 or so.
  • * Best carb sources are sweet potatoes, hard squashes, low sugar fruits like blueberries, strawberries, quinoa and buckwheat.  Worst carbs are wheat, rye, barley, sourdough (all contain gluten and gliadin), sugar, alcohol, and potatoes, and other grains like corn and rice.  Does it mean you can never have them?  No.  It means choose better sources as often as possible.
  • Too low carb raises cortisol to do gluconeogenesis. Better to have some carbs. More necessary for the more intense you exercise. One sign for this is if you are waking up too early.
  • Mochi: bread like Japanese rice.
  • Black currants are the best sirtuin / anti aging food
  • Bok Choy is a great detoxifier but too much messes up your thyroid.
  • Wash brown rice to reduce arsenic

Fats and Oils

  • When not to eat coconut oil:
    • “If you’re not eating your vegetables,” he says, “coconut oil is bad for you. Coconut oil will escort the bad parts of your gut bacteria into your bloodstream. A tablespoon or two of coconut oil is great—if you eat it with a ton of veggies, you’re fine. But if you eat it with whole grains, or sugar, it’s likely to have negative effects on your body.”
    • Too much coconut oil or any fat source can cause GI upset
  • Biotin: prolonged consumption of raw egg white continues to deficiency, but otherwise deficiency is rare.
  • * For a lot of people, the missing link is more fat.  Experiment with incorporating good fats like avocado, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil (unheated is best), and fish and fish oil supplements, most nuts (if not roasted, but soaked and dehydrated).  You can find these at Erewhon and Whole Foods.  There is ample research showing that high quality fat, helps people lose weight, mainly through reduced inflammation, satiety and blood sugar stabilization.  And avoid bad fats like soy, corn, rapeseed, and canola, that contribute to weight gain, inflammation and heart disease.
  • Can blend avocado seeds for other health benefits. High in antioxidants.
  • The olive oil club is a good subscription to avoid adulterated olive oil (very common).
  • Olive oil: buy made in California, not European. Buy bottles with dark glass to prevent light oxidation.
  • Brazil nuts are the richest source of selenium, with only a few needed a day for optimal levels. However, they are often moldy and if you eat a healthy/Bulletproof diet, you won’t need the additional selenium. Macadamia nuts are also super healthy due to their squalene (antioxidant) content and high monounsaturated fatty acid content. Roasted nuts may oxidize the lipid profile, so it’s better to opt for raw nuts.
  • Opt for Extra Virgin or Expeller pressed Coconut oil over “naturally” processed (fermented) which is often moldy.
  • Olive oil often contains vegetable oils as well (FDA will allow it). Opt for avocado or macadamia nut oil if can’t get better source.
  • Chia seeds and Ground flaxseed oxidizes easily so avoid as its pro-inflammatory.
  • Flax seeds and other phytoestrogens actually block your estrogen receptors so you become more resilient against excess estrogen and xenoestrogens.

Protein

  • Canned light is 3x less mercury than canned white or albacore tuna.
  • Protein can raise insulin and blood sugar similarly to carbs when eaten in excess (via gluconeogensis). Moderate protein on a low carb or ketogenic diet.
  • Beef broth is better than bone broth given the more robust bones and marrow. Chicken broth is easier on the gut though.
  • Hemp seeds and sprouted lentils are great sources of non-meat protein.
  • Protein can get oxidized so avoid cured or fried, high heat meats.  Avoid frozen and packaged ideally too. Opt for as fresh as possible.
  • Limit protein per sitting and overall. It can cause blood sugar to spike and most people can’t absorb that much protein in a sitting.
  • Glycine is only really available though bone marrow and is needed for serotonin production, easy to get the ratios are off when you eat meat but not eat organ meats and bone marrow.

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.
  • Plant sourced minerals by natural vitality
  • Fish oil1.Wiley’s Finest fish oil
  • Need potassium to absorb magnesium optimally.
  • Ideal time to take activated charcoal for poor or moldy food is 30 mins before and during the meal.
  • Once opened fish oil will last about 3 months. Know if it turned if it tastes, smells, or burps fishy.
  • Take fish oil with antioxidants to prevent oil oxidation. Super essentials is good brand.
  • Ashwaganda has lowers stress, increases testosterone, improves muscle recovery as well as creative.
  • Labdoor is a good 3rd party to test supplements, free to consumers. Paid through affiliate marketing so buy through his site.
  • Kelp powder: iodine catches fluoride, so take that everyday.
  • Test your omega-3 supplements you already have: You can check to see if your fish oil is oxidized if you cut open a gel capsule, squirt the fat out onto a plate, and smell it. If it smells rotten, then it’s no good
  • Thorn Fx has top supplements. Excellent multivitamin
  • Phytoplankin is extremely bioavailable and extremely potent at mitigating against oxidative stress.
  • Can ingest up 30 grams of fish oil for 6 months to get optimal levels, which can then be sustained via proper diet. (Charles Poliquin)
  • Zinc helps the body detox (good for the xenoestrogens) and is androgenic, promoting testosterone. 180mg a day for 6 months.
  • Magnesium is low in almost all people even with a good diet. Supplement up to 4 grams a day for men and 2.4 for women. Vary the sources as different magnesium structures  support different body parts and bodily functions.
  • Omega 3 avail by designs for health is a great fish oil as it adds vitamin k1,k2, and Vitamin d3 to maximize the fish oil benefits.
  • If you supplement iodine, ensure you get adequate selenium.
  • Maca may have some adverse longterm side effects when taken continuously and on a daily basis. The dosage of maca can range from 500 mg to 2,000 mg a day. However, for long term use, we suggest a dosage of maca not to exceed 500 mg a day. As with most herbs or dietary supplements, it is a good idea to take a week off each month.
  • Many protein powders, and more so vegan protein powders, contain significant amounts of trace heavy metals.
  • Cod Liver Oil Dosage ¼ – ½ teaspoon 2-3 times per day for teens and adults for a total of ½ – 1½ teaspoons per day The amount of cod liver oil you should take depends on your deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins A and D, your weight, your level of sun exposure and your overall health. I suggest starting with this dosage level, and then either increase or decrease your dose depending on what feels best for you. Don’t be afraid to skip taking cod liver oil on some days, and to take more on other days. 2½ of Green Pasture’s™ cod liver oil capsules equals about a quarter teaspoon.
  • Skate Liver Oil Dosage ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon 2 – 3 times per day (¼ – ¾ teaspoons daily)
    • Skate liver oil can be used in replacement of cod liver oil, or with cod liver oil. Adjust your dosage accordingly. Skate liver oil is a hidden secret to obtaining a very high concentration of fat-soluble vitamins, the type of vitamins that make teeth and bones extra hard. I recommend its use along with cod liver oil. To obtain your skate liver oil go to: www.codliveroilshop.com
  • Summary of Ideal Fat-Soluble Vitamin Supplementation ½ teaspoon of Blue Ice™ royal blend 2-3 times per day (1 – 1 ½ teaspoons daily) — together with – ⅛ teaspoon of Blue Ice™ fermented skate liver oil 2-3 times per day. (¼ to ½ teaspoon daily)
  • Cycle off of and be careful not to over due supplementation, particularly fat soluble vitamins which accrue in the body. When receiving too much from exogenous (external) sources, your body will minimize internal production to preserve resources.
  • Topical frankincense oil to ameliorate strained, sprained, or in a constant state of spasm joints, tendons, and muscles.
  • Raw, organic vanilla bean powder: highly anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant properties, has aphrodisiac properties as a plus.
  • Marine phytoplankton in Algae based formula to improve healing and recovery as they are stem cell precursors.
  • Colostrum to increase testosterone and improve HRV on empty stomach
  • Best Probiotics
  • Vitamin C helps with carb digestion. Take supplement.
  • Upgraded activated charcoal to detox. Good for after eating at a restaurant and after traveling (traveling upsets your gut biome). Take on empty stomach so it doesn’t bind to food nutrients.
  • Tongkat ali is effective at mitigating the negative impacts of stress, including stress-induced loss of libido/testosterone, by raising testosterone.
  • Phosphatidyl Serine supplements have been shown to increase your resistance to stress, manifested by improved mood and blunted cortisol after physical exercise.
  • Milk thistle may improve liver function, effectively serving as a detoxifier
  • Top whey protein: Biotrust
  • Adaptogens (stress-resilience)
    • Rhodiola rosea
    • Ginseng (Asian, Siberian, American species)
    • Eleutherococcus senticosus is the Siberian species that is strongest
    • Ashwaganda
    • Astragulus
    • Licorice root
    • Schisandra
  • Anti-Viral
    1. Lomatium, red root, licorice, isatis (all in tincture form)

Eating Habits & Practices

  • Add daily veggie smoothie to get adequate veggies and micronutrients. Juice strips fiber so smoothie is better.
  • Limit stored foods with preservatives, as they act as antibiotics.
  • Have coffee/caffeine approximately 90 mins after waking for when cortisol starts to drop.
  • Biotin: prolonged consumption of raw egg white continues to deficiency, but otherwise deficiency is rare.
  • * Don’t drink cold water, and don’t drink with meals (shock to digestion and doesn’t hydrate in the former, dilutes stomach acid in the latter).  Have water and other liquids hot or room temperature, and drink 30 minutes before eating, or an hour after meals.
  • * Eat one meal a day (at least) mindfully.  Take 4-5 deep breaths, smell your food, give gratitude, and enjoy the meal slowly.  HUGE for improving digestion, and in turn, all other biomarkers.
  • Eat fiber (plant based) with short chain fatty acids like coconut oil. Otherwise can be inflammatory
  • Morning bowel movement / Laxative / produce bowel movement: water with lemon juice and a teaspoon of baking soda and/or coffee
  • Two thirds of plate should be veggies. Rest protein/fat.
  • Food cravings
    • Sniff mint to reduce
    • Tap forehead 5 times
  • Ketosis for too long (2 months) increases cortisol. Eat carbs regularly.
  • Avoid excessive liquid when eating to maintain the right stomach acidity for digestion. 15 minutes before and an hour after eating.
  • Eating your food fast puts your in a sympathetic state which leads to decreased blood flow to your stomach and decreased digestion and absorption of nutrients. Eat slowly to maintain a parasympathetic state.
  • ADD FOOD VARIETY: There are, however, two main takeaways from my food allergy experiments and polling: most problems are caused by gluten, which you shouldn’t be eating much of in the first place; and you can create food allergies if you eat the same foods and same protein sources all the time. The fix: Follow the Slow-Carb Diet, and change your main protein sources and staple meals every month or so. Rotate foods and add variety as you can wear down your body’s digestive enzymes required for the same foods repeatedly eaten.
  • To mitigate the damages if eating junk/restaurant food: eat healthy saturated fat (butter or MCT oil)
  • Drink wine and/or eat vegetables when you eat cooked meat/chicken to mitigate the effects of toxin and carcinogen formation that comes with cooking meats at higher temperatures.
  • Take time to chew your food for optimal digestion.
  • Elimination diet for 30 days is good if you need a big reset from overtraining, shot adrenals, food allergies, etc.
  • It’s good to have cheat meal occasionally to get exposure to gluten, oxidized fats, etc. so you build up tolerance and increase your glutathione.

 Healthy Desserts, Meals, Recipes, and Snacks

  • Snacks
    •  Paleo valley fermented beef jerky
  • Desserts
    • Simply Gum is the best natural brand.
    • Caveman Cookies
    • Wonderfully Raw Macaroons
    • Coco-Roons
    • Coconut ice cream: blend and freeze coconut milk, bananas, cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, stevia and/or maple syrup.
    • Coconut macaroons: mix and bake eggs, honey, salt, coconut flakes.
    • Coconut ball: coconut flakes, butter, honey
    • Phat Fudge
  • Salad: lots of veggies, sauce blended: avocado, olive oil, spices, brain octane. + Grass fed meat or fish
  • Butternut squash soup made with beef broth and the cream juiced from fresh coconuts (you can use coconut cream in jars as a replacement).

Cooking & Food Preparation

  • Add water to sautéing to expedite heating up.
  • Better to cook/bake and peel tubers, including sweet potatoes.
  • Pressure cooker is ideal for health and time
  • Induction burner is safest way to heat and cook
  • Cracking eggs on a flat surface is more efficient than on edge of pan; less chips in pan.
  • Too much vanilla, and stevia, makes the meal bitter. Use sparingly.
  • After pouring in baking soda, mix quickly and put in oven.  before all bubbles form
  • Do not open oven within 20 minutes of baking.
  • Bake from the bottom of oven.

Eating When Traveling or On-The-Go

  • NatureBite Energy Bar is healthiest bar yet.
  • Ample meal replacement. Can use coconut milk, water, or any base.
  •  Senna leaf tea for laxative. Good for traveling
  •  Pemmican from US wellness meats and/or Jerky and/or Epic bars
  • Living Fuel Supergreens (better than Athletic Greens)
  • Dark chocolate (soy, gluten, and dairy eating evolved is a great brand)
  • Chia seeds
  • Chlorella and spirulina (Energybits is a good brand)

Spices & Flavorings

  • Crushing garlic releases an enzyme called alliinase, which becomes beneficial organosulfur compounds. Crush and let sit for 10 minutes prior to eating for optimal effect. Note: Chew and eat parsley to reduce the malodorous effects of garlic.
  • O’brother that’s hot organic sauce.
  • Balsamic vinaigrette is high mold and metal toxicity. Substitute with apple cider vinegar and a little bit of sweetener (xylitol or stevia).
  • Bulletproof – limit dried herbs/spices, especially cloves
    • Black paper always as mycotoxins
    • Oregano is safe
    • Keep away from moisture
    • Don’t open then put in freezer – once exposed mold will grow

Beverages

  • Water
    • Aquatru plug in countertop reverse osmosis filter (no plumbing setup https://www.aquatruwater.com
    • * When asking a water store how they purify the water, Reverse Osmosis, Charcoal and UV light are all good methods (they each do different things) of purifying.  Get a crock and some 2-3 gallon bottles (or glass is you can carry and afford) and move away from bottled, BPA leaching bottles and cans as soon as possible.
    • Structured water filter to give water natural vibration after it passed through filter.
    • Himalayan salt with water in morning is extremely energizing and aryvedic.
    • Use glass bottles for Pellagrino. Great to supplement with your water and other liquids.
  • Kombucha
    • Always burp the kombucha as it can explode and severely hurt you. Don’t leave out for too long.
    • Place Kombucha in separate container at room temp for 2 days before putting in fridge to let it carbonate. Skinny bottles are better than wide top for carbonating.
    • Heat and yeast carbonate the kombucha, so leave out for a couple days.
    • Add ginger or apple juice to kombucha sealed container for secondary fermentation and to carbonate it.
  • Tea
    • Kava tea is a great relaxer, non alcoholic though
    • Tulsi tea is super healthy and an adaptogen. Green Tulsi is even better to combine benefits of green tea and tulsi.
    • Cold extraction more beneficial than traditional hot extraction for full benefits of tea, especially for Green tea. Put in refrigerator for up to 2 hours.
    • Ideal water temperatures
      • Green Tea ideal water temperature: 180
      • Yerba Mate ideal water temperature: 160-180
      • Chamomile: 212
  • Coffee
    • Don’t freeze coffee beans.
    • More blended, the better the coffee as it improves digestibility of fat, and it’s biochemically expensive to produce bile.
    • * If you drink coffee or use caffeine, it is good to reduce AND replace with something much easier on your adrenal glands like Rishi Matcha Tea.  The caffeine in matcha tea is slowly released over a 6 hour period of time, and the theanine is great for focus and calm.  People feel really good on this tea!  Another great coffee substitute, and one that will support your adrenal function, and blood sugar, is Macaccino Black Reserve.  It’s about $36, but it’s 30 servings and it’s so delicious and energizing, it should make reducing and replacing coffee easier!
    • Paper filters filters out some good coffee compounds. Use French Press instead.
    • Choose organic to avoid mycotoxins
    • Should cycle off caffeine for a week to reset receptors. Once a month or so.
    • Using darker roast coffees for less acidity.
    • Put red palm oil in bp coffee. Cinnamon and collagen are good editions too.
    • Moral of the story: clean out your coffee maker, or at least wipe down your waste tray from time to time. With many coffee makers, you can run vinegar through the system in place of water and it will kill off unwanted bacteria. Just check with the company to make sure it won’t damage the machine or get stuck anywhere. Vinegar-flavored coffee is pretty horrific.
    • Blending buttered coffee creates nano fat  particles which are easier to digest. That’s why you don’t feel the same if you just eat to coffee plus butter
  • Alcohol
    • Titos gluten free vodka, order at bar.
    • Water ice and lime when ordering for no alcohol.
    • Whiskey is rich in ellagic acid, which is a very powerful antioxidant, and is responsible for a great deal of the health benefits from whiskey.
    • Take vitamin C with alcohol to mitigate unhealthy effects. Vitamin C boosts your glutathione production.
    • NorCal margarita (vodka, club soda, and lime)
    • Alcohol consumption can negatively affect your gut health. Take melatonin the same day to counteract this effect.
    • The health benefits of alcohol are still debatable. Some studies show that >5 drinks/week negatively impacts fertility. There are also mycotoxins to consider. A conservative estimate would be to have 1-3 drinks of red wine/week.
    • Vodka Soda is probably healthiest drink to order at a bar since it contains no sugar.

Healthy & Tasty Recipes

  • Butternut squash soupmade with beef broth and the cream juiced from fresh coconuts (you can use coconut cream in jars as a replacement)

Sweeteners

  • * Consider substituting sugar, honey, syrups etc (if you use these) with stevia or monkfruit.  The two best sweeteners I’ve used are SweetLeaf Vanilla Creme and You Are Loved Foods monkfruit & stevia combo “WeLuvYa Sweet”.
  • Acceptable sweets – Unheated honey, organic maple syrup (grade B preferred), real cane sugar (Heavenly Organics™ or Rapunzel’s), stevia (actual herb only; no stevia extracts), whole fruit including dates or fresh squeezed fruit juice but not fruit extracts or concentrates.
  • Blackstrap molasses contains lots of potassium and other important nutrients.
  • Unheated honey – Choose honey that states it is unheated, or never heated, on the label.
  • The only stevia that is safe to use is the minimally processed fresh herb. The fresh stevia is simply dried and powdered. A stevia concentrate which is a brownish color that simply contains the entire stevia herb in a more potent form should also be safe. There are many sweeteners made from extracting components of the stevia leaf and they are dangerous. Be very careful that you do not mistakenly buy a stevia extract or overly processed product. These extracts of stevia will likely cause significant imbalances to your glandular system. Likewise do not use stevia that is stored in glycerin.
  • Also avoid the other unnatural sounding sugar alcohol sweeteners such as sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol, and erythritol. Avoid sweets and foods sweetened with these items – white sugar, cane sugar, evaporated cane juice, xylitol, agave nectar, jams, dried fruit, candy bars, health food bars, yacon syrup, erythritol, lo han, palm sugar, coconut sugar, stevia extract, glycerin, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, inulin, fructooligosaccharides (FOS), brown rice syrup, malted barley and grain sweeteners, maltodextrin, sucrose, dextrose, sucralose, aspartame, and saccharine. If you do not know what the sweetener is then avoid

Dairy

  • Sheep’s cheese is better since they can’t be cafo’d
  • Raw butter is better than pasteurized because it has more healing effects on the body.
    • Local raw butter – Sources for local butter from grass-fed animals are available at: www.realmilk.com. The yellow butter is available from local sources during the spring and summer after the cows eat rapidly growing green grass. You can save high vitamin butter for the winter by freezing it
  • Suggested Dairy Intake 2-4 cups of raw dairy per day. Make sure to regularly include any or all of these probiotic milks: kefir, yogurt, clabber, whey and buttermilk.
  • Raw goats milk is easier to digest than cows milk.

Optimal Gut Microbiome

  • Combining raw eggs with raw milk ensures the maximum level of assimilation of nutrients from the raw milk. This mixture regenerates intestinal mucosa and helps heal leaky gut syndrome. Try the following blend: 1 cup raw milk, kefir or yogurt 1-2 raw eggs optional ingredients include: 2 ounces of raw cream ½ teaspoon raw honey, or organic maple syrup dash of nutmeg and cinnamon for flavor a drop or two of vanilla extract carob or chocolate powder
  • Fermented Foods & Enzymes Enzymes act as catalysts in most of the biochemical processes in our bodies. When we cook our food completely at temperatures above 150°F, its enzyme content is destroyed. When you eat a cooked meal, it is vital to include and consume both raw and/or fermented foods with the cooked food. Enzymes help us digest our foods. One way to get these enzymes is through the use of fermented foods. Fermented drinks include rejuvelac, kefir, and beet kvass. Fermented foods include fermented radish, cabbage (sauerkraut), pickles, fermented sweet potatoes and yogurt. Fermented vegetables are a great way to consume your vegetables. Recipes for fermented foods can be found in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Taking enzyme supplements or high quality probiotics is another method to help your body assimilate food and achieve balance.
  • Pistachios are good for your microbiome
  • Sprouted chia seeds in water are good for your gut.
  • Make your own fermented foods
    • Sauerkraut
      • Add salt and hand squeeze until liquid drops from cabbage.
      • Use mandolin
      • Add salt after adding cabbage to ceramic jar.
    • Optimal: 65 degrees in 7 days (longer if it’s cooler), then put in fridge. Add salt and coconut oil on top.
    • Eat a couple ounces a day. Buy Air Lock.
    • Kefir (“has live cultures” if bought from store).
    • Kombucha (get on tap if possible from store).
    • 5 gallon glass with spicket
      • Kombucha
        1.Don’t touch scotby with metal or hands. Use wooden spoon.
        2.Use cheese cloth.
        3.Can leave out for 5 days to carbonate.
    • Resources / Notes
      • Wild Fermentation FB group
      • Probiotics are not worth the $ since fermented foods contain up to 30 times more good bacteria

The 4-Hour Body Diet

  • Diet
    • 1. EAT SLOWLY: The easiest thing you can do to decrease glucose spikes is slow down.
    • 2. COLD WATER IN MORNING: Consume at least 500 milliliters of ice water on an empty stomach immediately upon waking. In at least two studies, this water consumption has been shown to increase resting metabolic rate.
    • 3. PROTEIN BREAKFAST: First meal within an hour of waking. Meals are approximately four hours apart. Not only will the increased protein intake decrease water retention, resting metabolism increases about 20% if your breakfast calories are at least 30% protein. In total, this can be a smallish meal of 300–500 calories.
    • 4. DON’T DRINK CALORIES
    • 5. DON’T EAT FRUIT. The only exceptions to the no-fruit rule are tomatoes and avocados.
    • 6. TAKE ONE DAY OFF PER WEEK. Paradoxically, dramatically spiking caloric intake in this way once per week increases fat-loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate (thyroid function and conversion of T4 to T3, etc.) doesn’t downshift from extended caloric.
    • PRE-MEAL FRUCTOSE:Consume a small quantity of fructose, fruit sugar, in grapefruit juice before the second meal, which is the first crap meal. Even small fructose dosing has an impressive near-flat-lining effect on blood glucose. I could consume this at the first meal, but I prefer to combine the naringin in grapefruit juice with coffee, as it extends the effects of caffeine.restriction. Expect MASSIVE weight fluctuations after cheat day. Relax. It will disappear over the next 48 hours.
    • 2. EXPEDITE DIGESTION: Bingeing is a rare circumstance where I want the food (or some of it) to pass through my gastrointestinal tract so quickly that its constituent parts aren’t absorbed well. I accomplish this primarily through caffeine and yerba mate tea, which includes the additional stimulants theobromine (found in dark chocolate) and theophylline (found in green tea).
    • 7. REDUCE MILK: Milk products appear insulinotropic as judged from 3-fold to 6-fold higher insulinemic indexes than expected from the corresponding glycemic indexes.
    • 8. LOW CALORIE FLAVORING: Montreal steak rub, thick salsa without sugar added, garlic salt, white truffle sea salt (combine this with tarragon on eggs), Thai chili paste (srichacha)—this is just about all you need to start.
    • 9. SALAD DRESSING: Few drops of a nonsugar sweetener like stevia mixed with vinegar and mustard will give you a dressing to satisfy any sweet tooth.
    • 10. Stick to dry wines, “dry” being defined as less than 1.4% residual sugar. The driest red varietals are Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, whereas the driest whites are generally Sauvignon Blanc and Albariño.
    • 11. SNACK: carrots
    • 12. LENTILS: Lentils are a rich and cheap source of protein (amino acids), isoleucine and lysine in particular. Both lysine and isoleucine, a branched-chain amino acid (BCAA), are noted for their roles in muscular repair, and the latter for its effect on glucose metabolism.
    • 13. LIME/LEMON: Consume citric juices, whether lime juice squeezed into water, lemon juice on food, or a beverage like the citrus kombucha
    • 14. CINNAMON: There is ample evidence that cinnamon can be used to reduce the glycemic index of a meal up to 29%. At four grams per meal or even six grams per day, it can lower not only blood glucose but also LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Cinnamon weighs in at 2.8 grams per teaspoon, so four grams of cinnamon is about one and a half teaspoons.
  • 2. SHORT EXERCISE PRE AND 90 MINS POST EXERCISE: But why the hell would you want to do 60–90 seconds of funny exercises a few minutes before you eat and, ideally, again about 90 minutes afterward? Short answer: because it brings glucose transporter type 4 (GLUT-4) to the surface of muscle cells, opening more gates for the calories to flow into. The more muscular gates we have open before insulin triggers the same GLUT-4 on the surface of fat cells, the more we can put in muscle instead of fat.
  • SUPPLEMENTS
  • ALA: Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been proven to regenerate vitamin C and vitamin E; restore levels of intracellular glutathione, an important antioxidant that declines with age; and increase excretion of toxic heavy metals such as mercury.
  • EGCG: we will target 325 milligrams three to four times per day, as the fat-loss results seem to “hockey-stick”—go from a mild incline to a sharp rise—between 900 and 1,100 milligrams per day for the 150- to 200-pound subjects I’ve worked with. I suggest decaffeinated green tea extract pills as the source, unless you want to be stuck to the ceiling and feel ill.
  • GARLIC: aged-garlic extract (AGE) with high allicin potential that includes all constituent parts, including S-Allyl cysteine. If AGE isn’t available, unaged garlic extract appears to work at slightly higher doses.
  • L-GLUTAMINE: L-glutamine is an amino acid commonly used as a post-workout supplement for tissue repair. In our case, I suggest it for an alternative use from strength coach Charles Poliquin: intestinal repair.

Restaurants

  • Local Chef
  • Pressed juicery: healthy frozen yogurt
  • Venice
    • Erewhon: healthiest grocery store I’ve found
    • Gjusta
    • Kreation
    • Cafe gratitude

Miscellaneous

  • Sprout/soak nuts, seeds, and grains to eliminate the anti-nutrients.
  • Avoid Soy: Studies have demonstrated that just 30 grams of soy per day (about two tablespoons) for 90 days can disrupt thyroid function, and that’s in Japanese subjects. The Swiss Federal Health Service equated 100 milligrams of isoflavones (phytoestrogens) to a single birth control pill in terms of estrogenic impact.
  • Common Deficiencies
    • 1. SELENIUM:Too much selenium hurts swimmies, so I kept well within the tolerable upper limit for adults, which is 400 micrograms per day. One ounce of Brazil nuts (approximately 11 nuts) provides 544 micrograms, so 400 micrograms is approximately eight nuts per day (49 micrograms each). I am consuming six to play well within nontoxic ranges. I experimented twice with higher ranges of 8–10 nuts per day; in both cases, I immediately broke out in the worst acne of my life. Though selenium deficiencies can cause skin problems, it appears that excessive selenium, or at least Brazil nuts, can do the same.
  • Training-specific deficiencies per Charles Poliquin: Among throwing specialists (pitchers, shot-putters, etc.)
    • Characteristic: taxed GABA and nervous system Associated deficiencies: taurine
    • NFL and NHL players and bodybuilders Taxed system: muscular damage Associated deficiencies: lysine
  • Going in and out of ketosis had created a selenium deficiency. Unbeknownst to me, long-term ketogenic dieting has been associated with selenium deficiency.
  • Reduced-fat Swiss cheese, which has the highest levels of CLA (conjugated linolenic acid) of all cheeses, with natural Muenster in second place.
  • Great natural strength gainer shake: 12 oz whole raw milk 4 tbsp raw almond butter 2 raw egg yolks 3 tbsp chia seeds 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Avoid GMO
    • Avoid corn and soy
    • Most processed sugar
    • Canola oil
    • Always buy organic, especially when consuming foods above.
  • Dr. Page found that the combination of stable blood sugar levels with the correct ratio of calcium and phosphorous in the blood results in immunity to tooth decay.
  • Phosphorus is perhaps even more important to tooth remineralization than calcium. Phosphorous is in most foods. However it is highly concentrated in dairy products like milk and cheese, in the organs of land and sea animals, in muscle meats and proteins including eggs, and in grains, nuts and beans. One has to be careful in using grains and beans for phosphorous sources because some grains, like white rice, do not contain much phosphorous. Meanwhile other whole grains contain phosphorous in a form that is not absorbable. Vegetables do not contain much phosphorous.
  • Detox Blend
    • •1 cup of warm water
    • •1 teaspoon sea salt
    • •1 TBSP organic lemon juice
    • •1 TBSP raw apple cider vinegar
    • •Dash of cayenne pepper
    • Why The “AM Detox Drink” works:
      • •Warm water dilates (opens) blood vessels and digestive systems. It promotes “regular” digestion, while cold liquid would do the opposite and we don’t want that.
      • •The organic lemon juice contains d-limonene – a compound that helps flush toxins from the liver. Make sure it’s Organic – using pesticide or chemical laden lemons sort of defeats the purpose 😉
      • •The apple cider vinegar flushes the liver, controls blood sugar, boosts your immune system, and it alkalizes your body to balance pH levels.
      • •Cayenne – boosts metabolism, aids digestion and may support immune function
      • •The 1 tsp sea salt. The salt helps to up-regulate morning blood pressure and protects your adrenal glands.
  • BLOOD TYPE LINKS

    * At some point find out you blood type.  Test kits are easy and cheap:  https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Type-Eldoncard-Typing-Test/dp/B00O2SRL12

    * Explore the Blood Type O diet and see what you can incorporate or take out for further improvements.  Here’s the link:  https://www.drlam.com/blog/blood-type-diet-chart-type-o/16980/

    Here are the links for the other blood type diets:
    https://www.drlam.com/blog/blood-type-diet-chart-type-a/16955/
    https://www.drlam.com/blog/blood-type-diet-chart-type-b/16963/
    https://www.drlam.com/blog/blood-type-diet-blood-type-ab/16971/

  • Optimal organ meat: Us wellness meats liverwurst (blend of all organ meats)
  • Baking soda is alkalizing and you can add half a teaspoon before or after acidic meals like meat and coffee.
  • Hormones – Testosterone Blend

    -Vitamin D3 (ideally test first) ~ 35IU/pound

    of body weight

    -Fish oil – 2-4g/day or cod liver oil, 1-2T/day

    -Magnesium (400-800mg/day)

    -Brazil nuts (for the selenium and fatty

    acids) – 3-4/day (get raw from health food

    store and keep frozen

    -Grass fed beef – several 6-8oz

    servings/week

    -If you do not eat shellfish or use zinc

    regularly, also include 2-

    4 Prostelan capsules per day (this is a 5

    Alpha Reductase inhibitor + Zinc)

    And then use either:

    -D-Aspartic Acid – 3g/day (approx 1

    teaspoon) combined

    with Myomin (aromatase inhibitor) – 1000-

    1500mg/day

    OR

    -Use an herbal testosterone formula. Top

    recommendation is “Aggressive Strength”.

  • Don’t let your herbs get near your cooking since moisture will cause them to sprout mold/mycotoxins.
  • When eating low carb / ketogenic, make sure to eat high fat over high protein. Use ketone trackers to ensure you are eating enough fat with a solid amount of ketones.
  • Eating clean at restaurants:
    • Ask to have your food cooked in butter instead of canola oil.
  • Legumes contain phytates, so to minimize this, heavily soak and drain prior to cooking. Same concept applies for quinoa and saponins.
  • Despite being criticized by the Paleo community, beans are healthy: it is the one food common among all groups in the Blue Zone centenarian study.
  • Animal (vs. plant) based digestive enzymes are beneficial if you have gut issues.
  • Food combining: avoid eating fruit with protein as fruit eaten alone digests within 30 minutes and ferments in your gut when eat with protein. Experiment to see if this applies to honey as well for you.
  • Pomegranate juice for testosterone
  • Use a separate cutting board for meats to avoid cross-contamination
  • Bone broth contains many beneficial ingredients, such as gelatin (contains collagen) which improves joint, hair, nail, and bone health.
  • Moderate your oxalate (oxalic acid) intake (they are broken down upon heating, so eat steamed or sautéed vegetables). Oxalates bind to other nutrients, leading to nutrient deficiencies when consumed in excess. Oxalates are in many healthy foods, e.g  dark leafy greens, especially kale.
  • Eating a very low carb / highly ketogenic diet for an extended period of time may lead to dip in energy levels, libido, and may lead to gut issues since carbs are required for mucus production. Try to find the sweet spot by eating enough carbs to avoid these issues.
  • Onions and garlic inhibit mental/neurological performance. (according to some studies and Bulletproofexec)
  • Look for where your meats/chicken come from. Opt for more local rather than international meats.
  • Powdered spices like nutmeg and cloves are often contaminated with mold. Opt for leaf-based herbs like oregano, thyme, sage, and parsley.
  • Sea vegetables contain bad minerals like bromine and potentially radioactive iodine. Organic sea vegetables from Thrive is a good option. Scallops and cod.
  • Niasafe is better than niacin as it has a slower more natural release into bloodstream. Made by Thorne.
  • Vitamin D absorption is vitamin A and magnesium dependent.
  • Coffee has neuro-protective properties but lost with paper filter so use French press or Turkish coffee.
  • Acceptable grains – Sourdough bread made with unbleached flour (bran and germ removed), partially milled rice that is soaked with a starter (white rice is acceptable), grains properly soured based upon indigenous preparation methods.
  • But uncooked vegetables contain a host of plant toxins including enzyme inhibitors, oxalates, saponins, and lectins. Besides a few exceptions such as lettuce or cucumber, raw vegetables are difficult to digest. Only people with strong digestive powers can do well eating lots of uncooked vegetables. For the rest of us, we need heat or fermentation to break down the vegetable cellulose. Unless you have very strong digestive fires, eating a great deal of raw vegetables is not healthy because of the plant toxins. Vegetables should be prepared such that they should be easy to digest and assimilate, as well as taste good.
  • There is also a wide range of organically approved pesticides. While they are better than other pesticides, there are still many malignant substances sprayed on organic food. I recommend doing whatever you can to support small and local farms such as going to farmer’s markets, or shopping at stores that buy from local farms.

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