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HDL 146 and TG 39 on a High-Fat Diet? How Ben Greenfield Does It (and More).

Ben Greenfield Tri RunningJoin Ben Greenfield—sports nutritionist, coach, and Ironman triathlete—as he shares his tips on using blood work for maximum health and performance in a short video walkthrough. Smart and methodical, his advice and methods will get you to Superman-status in no time. Continue reading

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Be Your Best Self: Prevent Sickness With Supplementation

 

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SunshineThe immune system is the body’s personal army for fighting infection. Taking a long trip without strong ranks is asking for disaster. Red-eye flights, bustling crowds, family stress, and limiting fast food options can really take a toll on the troops. The following supplements can help restock the ranks:

  • Vitamin C – Take at least 1-2 grams of pure ascorbic acid (a form of Vitamin C) per meal during healthy days.
  • Vitamin D – Helps adapt to the lower intensity of the sun and maintain immune function.
  • Zinc – Helps boost immunity and fight off a cold. Zinc can be found in lean ground beef, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, and fortified cereals.
  • Probiotics/kombucha – Decreases incidence, duration and severity of colds and flus for people of all ages.
  • Astragalus – Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years, astraglus was often combined with other herbs to strengthen the body against disease. It is thought to help protect the body against various stresses, including physical, mental, or emotional stress.
  • Omega-3 fish oils – Converted within the body to anti-inflammatory molecules, omega-3’s are also beneficial for preventing allergies, asthma, and other types of hypersensitivities.
  • Rescue Remedy – A few drops under the tongue can help restore your inner calm and control.
  • Green Tea – Contains antioxidants, detoxifiers, and cancer-fighting properties.

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How Much Can The Body Take? Ben Greenfield Looks To Find Out

de8214a8ae1811e2b4ef22000a1fbd4d_7As you may already know, the wildly popular Wildflower triathlon festival kicks off on May 3 – just a couple of weeks away.

And a special feature new to this year is Wildflower Squared (WF2) – the ultimate, slightly insane challenge of completing the long distance triathlon (1.2 m swim, 56 m bike, 13.1 m run ) followed by the Olympic distance triathlon (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run) on Sunday, May 5.

From an exercise science standpoint, it’s well-known that stand-alone events such as a marathon or an Ironman triathlon can create a metabolic firestorm in the body that results in long term oxidative stress, inflammation, immune system deficits, and joint damage that persists for up to several weeks after a extreme endurance effort (check out studies like this and this to see just how much stress these events can create).

In other words, these type of sufferfests aren’t exactly healthy, but they sure as heck can be fun, challenging, and a great way to get extreme bragging rights.

But what about taking it to the next level and not just settling for one hard event, but doing back-to-back tough triathlons like WF2? Are you curious what happens to the human body when put through such a rigorous one-two-punch protocol?

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Trailblazing Thursdays: Debunking the ‘Smaller, More Frequent Meals’ Myth

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For many people, the road to eating well begins with a common practice: snacking. We hear that the traditional three meals per day is not at all ideal for weight loss; 5-6 smaller meals instead will curb your hunger and rev up the metabolism.

A popular metaphor is to think of the body’s metabolism like a fire. If you try to start a fire with a big, fat log you probably won’t get very far. The key is to get the fire nice and hot by feeding it twigs, dry leaves, and small branches. Then, when you put on the heaviest piece of wood, the blazing inferno will eat it right up. It’s the same with food. If you eat just a few large meals per day, your metabolism will be sluggish. Give it many small meals instead and the body will be more than ready to become a calorie-burning machine when you sit down for that monster dinner.

Makes sense, right?

But we must remember the body isn’t that simple. Metaphors are nice, but just because they make sense doesn’t automatically mean such a complex system will automatically follow its rules.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Guest Post: Can You Build Muscle On A Low Carb Diet?

Ben Greenfield's Low-Carber brother, Zach Greenfield

Ben Greenfield’s Low-Carber brother, Zach Greenfield

Do you doubt that you can build muscle on a low carbohydrate diet because your muscles don’t have enough “fuel?” This is a common argument: that a low carb diet doesn’t give your muscles enough glycogen to produce a forceful contraction for muscle building and simultaneously robs you of precious protein-based amino acids for adequate repair and recovery.

I beg to differ.

First, it’s not just your waistline and hips that store fat. Your muscles actually store intramuscular fat and can call on this more immediate source of fat for energy if required. This fat is stored in the muscle tissue itself in the form of fat droplets. Because of its physical proximity to exercising muscles, it can be a very convenient source of fuel, especially for well-trained athletes who have higher levels of the fat burning enzyme lipoprotein lipase. They are able to utilize this fat source earlier and more efficiently than untrained individuals.

But that’s not all.

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How To Recover From Your Workouts As Fast As Possible – Beyond Nutrition with Ben Greenfield

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From post-workout proprietary blends of fancy carbohydrates and protein…

…to special supplements like proteolytic enzymes, anti-inflammatory herbal cocktails, and essential amino acids…

…we’re taught time and time again to stuff our faces with foods, pills, capsules, powders, and liquids to fully enhance workout recovery.

But believe it or not, there are other strategies you can implement to bounce back from your workouts as fast as possible – simple strategies that tend to be forgotten or fly under the radar. After all, it’s easier to pop a pill post-workout than it is to spend five minutes on a foam roller.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.