January 13, 2023
Welcome to Ben Greenfield's Weekly Roundup and Cool New Discoveries!
Ben Greenfield's discoveries, from the latest news on the fronts of fitness, nutrition, health, wellness, biohacking, and anti-aging research. I also recap my upcoming events and special announcements so you can keep up with giveaways, discounts, and more!
My Latest Fascinating Discoveries: Cool New Things I'm Trying, Books I'm Reading, And More!
Superfood Honeys & A Face Mask That's Good Enough To Eat
The first time I visited Kauai Farmacy in Hawaii was when Laird Hamilton, the big wave surfer, brought me there…
Since then, I've been a huge fan of the Farmacy's products. I've also had the Farmacy's owner Doug Wolkon on my podcast to talk about what goes on behind the scenes (you can check those out here and here.).
If you're ever in Kauai, you must visit this place. Everything is handmade at the Farmacy, including their unique process of brewing homemade fertilizers for the plants. They seed, propagate, plant, hand-harvest, artisanally craft, and package all the herbal products they grow right on the farm. The fresh and pure nature of the herbs ensures high-quality, potent, consistent, and effective plant medicine straight from the source. My favorite teas, that's often a part of my daily routine, are also from Kauai Farmacy.
So, when I found out that Kauai Farmacy was introducing new herb-infused honeys, I placed my order with Doug right away. The new honeys include the flavors cacao, turmeric, noni, ginger, allspice, cardamon, and (wait for it…my favorite…) cacao/ginger/turmeric combo infusion. Not only are the honeys delicious, but they have many, many health benefits. For example, the cacao honey improves energy levels and metabolism when consumed. It's also packed with antioxidants and contains iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and copper.
The best part? Those nutritionally-dense ingredients are like superfoods for your skin, meaning that you can even smear the honey on your face for a mask that's good enough to eat.
Click here to browse Kauai Farmacy's new honeys (and the rest of their incredible homemade products, teas, powders, tinctures and more). You can use code GREENFIELD15 for 15% off.
Your Plants Are Making Music (& Now You Can Listen To It)
“Plants are here to teach us to listen.”
That's the philosophy behind PlantWave, a unique new app that helps you monitor your plants to understand their needs, while up-leveling your relaxation or meditation practices by allowing you to receive their sound.
Research has revealed that while many people consider plants “things,” they are not only living, they are constantly interacting with the environment. From responding to sound to forming interconnected networks between trees, plants are living organisms with remarkable capabilities.
PlantWave was conceived when founder Joe Patitucci and his friends were discussing plant consciousness, specifically how people could benefit from plant music at home. The philosophy behind PlantWave is that listening to plants puts you in a heightened state of presence.
Here's how the science works:
- PlantWave detects electrical variations in a plant via two electrodes placed on the leaves.
- These variations are graphed as a wave, which then translates to playing musical instruments.
- Various characteristics and properties of the wave will then change the textural qualities of those sounds.
- You then receive a continuous stream of relaxing music that gives you a sonic window of insight into your plants.
The PlantWave device itself is beautiful, unobtrusive, and portable, meaning that you can even bring it on the trail or in the woods with you to listen to an unlimited number of plant songs. I currently have mine setup in my living room and attached to a peace lily plant, where it's churning out beautiful sounds through the bluetooth speaker connected to my computer.
Learn more about plant consciousness and the music of plants, and order PlantWave here.
My New Parenting Book Is Available To Pre-Order Now
It's officially done.
That is, I just put the finishing touches on my brand new parenting book – which covers and decodes everything from education to baby nutrition to discipline to legacy to finances to college and much, much more!
It's called…drumroll please…
Boundless Parenting: Tools, Tactics & Habits of Great Parents.
This book isn't just written by me and my superstar wife Jessa. Rather, I put together a dream list of amazing and inspirational parents who I admire and asked them to share their best-of-the-best tools, tactics, and habits for raising incredible children in this modern world.
Part of my motivation to create this anthology of parenting wisdom was my own wish to know “all the answers” before I became a parent. I would have loved to have had the perfect parenting blueprint. Unfortunately, when Jessa and I were young parents, there was no step-by-step instruction guide that existed for how to raise impactful, happy, and fulfilled young humans – so we, along with most parents, walked into this life-altering journey without a blueprint.
But now it exists. Why try to go on this parenting journey alone and make time-wasting and life-changing mistakes when parents who have come before you can share with you all their insider secrets?
So now Boundless Parenting is here…I couldn't be more excited, and guess what? Pre-orders are LIVE right now! Head over to BoundlessParentingBook.com to learn more and sign-up for pre-order notifications.
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::: Exclusive Offer On Glucose Monitoring The Smart Way :::
Monitoring your glucose levels is, hands down, one of the best ways to understand how your food and lifestyle choices are affecting your health.
I’ve personally discovered some pretty crazy things via my own blood glucose monitoring…
… like how cold showers are one of the best things to do before I go to a steakhouse…
…why green beans are actually bad for me but good for other people…
…how checking email the wrong way can make me metabolically “sicker“…
… and a whole lot more that I would never have known unless I actually had a peek inside my body‘s blood glucose levels.
See, we now know that poor glucose levels are one of the leading factors in many diseases including obesity, sexual dysfunction, diabetes, Alzheimer's, heart disease, stroke, and more.
However, the traditional route of pricking your finger with a tiny needle multiple times a day is not only uncomfortable and inconvenient, but it also only gives you a small snapshot in time of your blood glucose—you're simply not getting a full picture of how your body is responding to sleep, exercise, or stress throughout the day.
That's where a company called Levels comes in.
Levels makes it effortless for me to understand in real-time whether the foods I’m eating or anything else I’m doing has a positive or negative effect on my health, energy, sleep, waistline, or anything else that is intimately related to blood sugar.
Basically, the Levels Membership provides unparalleled access to continuous glucose monitoring, at-home blood testing, and expert coaching to help members improve their health and metabolic fitness.
Levels also has an app that interprets your data for you, scores your meal and lifestyle choices, and allows you to run experiments across different inputs like diet, exercise, and recovery techniques. As a self-proclaimed tech geek, I appreciate that the Levels app goes way beyond most companion apps for CGMs.
In the short term, I’m optimizing for energy levels during the day, mental clarity, and controlling my weight. In the long term, I’m considering the many chronic diseases that are directly linked to glucose control including diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's.
Until I was a Levels member, I thought I understood my metabolic health pretty well. I definitely didn't expect steak and green beans to be on the list of foods that spike my blood sugar…but they were. That’s because your body's glucose response to food is highly individual, so there's no way to know until you test.
Heck, I haven’t discovered that if I do slow and easy breathing while checking emails versus giving myself “email Apnea” by holding my breath while checking emails actually has a profound impact on my blood glucose levels and post-email-checking energy.
So if you're in the market for “leveling” up your health game, click here to check out Levels—and for a limited time, Levels is offering my audience 2 additional free months on your annual Levels Membership when you use my link.
Six Senses Retreat: February 27, 2023 – March 3, 2023
Join me for my “Boundless Retreat” at Six Senses from February 27th, 2023 to March 3rd, 2023, where you get to improve on your functional fitness, nutrition, longevity, and the delicate balance between productivity and wellness. Complete with a healthy farmhouse breakfast, yoga spa sessions, and sound healing, you get to learn how to live a boundless life just like me, and I'd love to see you there. Learn more here.
Keep up on Ben's LIVE appearances by following bengreenfieldfitness.com/calendar!
Kion Product Of The Week: Kion Aminos Featured Flavors
Kion Aminos just added mouth-watering Watermelon and Mango to their already delicious lineup of essential amino acid supplements.
If you aren’t using Kion Aminos yet, it’s time to start.
Check this out: You’ve probably heard that your body is made up of mostly water. What you probably haven't heard is that everything is 50% amino acids.
These building blocks of life are essential for health and fitness. No matter how you like to move—whatever you do to stay fit—amino acids are essential.
This is why Kion Aminos is my fundamental supplement for fitness.
I drink them every day for energy, muscle, and recovery.
Kion Aminos is backed by over 20 years of clinical research, has the highest quality ingredients, no fillers or junk, undergoes rigorous quality testing, and tastes amazing with natural flavors.
So, if you want to naturally boost energy, build lean muscle, and enhance athletic recovery…you need to get Kion Aminos.
Asking A Quick Favor About My New Book Endure: Tools, Tactics & Habits For Spiritual Stamina
I just wanted to quickly thank all of you who ordered a copy of my new book, Endure: Tools, Tactics & Habits for Spiritual Stamina.
This book was written and inspired by my own personal temptations, struggles, and failures, and informed by what I’ve studied and learned along the way.
It’s my deepest wish and prayer that it touches your life and gives you the tools and tactics you need to build your own spiritual stamina, strap on your sword, trust God and experience the peace, love, and joy of His creation.
If Endure does make even the smallest impact on your life, I would love it if you could help me spread the word far and wide, by:
- Leaving a review on Amazon
- Sharing the book on social media and tagging me (@bengreenfieldfitness)
- Buying a copy for your friends and family
Thanks again for all your support!
P.S. I can also give special discounts for bulk purchases of my books. So, if you would like to use them for a Bible study or a book club, please email pu[email protected], and my team will get you set up.
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