May 4, 2023
Welcome to Ben Greenfield's Weekly Roundup!
In this weekly post, I share with you my most interesting discoveries of the week, including 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 opportunities to learn, giveaways, discounts, and more!
My Latest Discoveries: New Things I'm Trying, The Latest Life Hacks, Books I'm Reading, And Much More!
Why The World's Best Form Of Creatine Is So Hard To Find
Recently I learned some very interesting and relevant information about the creatine supplement I use. It turns out that Creapure, the ultra-high quality, extremely pure version of creatine in Kion Creatine, has become very difficult to source for most manufacturers.
Why is that important for you to know? Well, although supplement needs highly vary from person to person, there are indeed a handful of supplements that I consistently take and recommend that I consider to be helpful for just about everyone – e.g. fish oil, a good greens supplement and…affordable, simple, highly effective, plain ol' creatine monohydrate. Creatine is undoubtedly near the top of this list, and I believe it should be a staple for everyone from your grandma wanting to maintain cognitive function to the experienced biohacker who wants an edge on a sleep-deprived day to a scrawny teenager hitting the weights in his garage trying to put on muscle. So, if you want to enjoy…
- Enhanced cognition
- Turbo-charged muscle recovery
- Reduced fatigue and increased endurance
- A healthy heart
- High testosterone levels
- Reduced muscle loss
- Strong bones
- And much more…
…then creatine supplementation is a no-brainer.
The first time I tried creatine was during my junior year of college. I was a fledgling bodybuilder and also working on my master's degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics at the University of Idaho. Creatine had already been championed in much of my physiology and nutrition coursework as what most people readily recognize it for: enhancement of strength and power.
During one particular class, I remember my physiology professor Dennis Dolny teaching us bright-eyed, bushy-tailed students about the benefits of creatine, a compound that—even at that point, nearly 20 years ago—had been researched for its effects on mental acuity, assisting with glycogen sparing during endurance exercise, staving off muscle loss (sarcopenia) in seniors, enhancing cognitive function, supporting testosterone levels, stabilizing blood glucose, and plenty more.
I began with the only form of creatine I could actually afford as a poor college student: a basic, pure creatine monohydrate. The results were shocking. Despite my meager bodybuilding budget only allowing me to use caffeine, protein drinks, and just 5 g of creatine each day, my body surprisingly and quickly transformed, and did so quite dramatically. From a natural “skinny-guy-hard-gainer” weight of 180lbs, I gradually gained 35 pounds of muscle over the next year and a half—transforming myself into a 215lb, 3% body fat beast.
By comparison, Kion Creatine is far higher quality than the stuff of my college days. The Creapure it contains – despite now being extremely hard to find in most supplements compared to the cheap, less pure versions most supplement companies are now importing – is 100% creatine monohydrate with a 95% absorption rate.
Creapure® is the brand name for pure creatine monohydrate produced by AlzChem Trostberg GmbH in Germany. It's the only form of creatine I've used for years, and now Kion is one of the few products on the market that still uses it. Why is Creapure so powerful?
- Creapure® is the most widely studied form of creatine and proven to be safe and effective.
- It is IFS FOOD certified, a quality standard recognized by the “Global Food Safety Initiative.”
- Creapure® is on the Cologne List®. (By using only products of the Cologne List®, athletes reduce the risk of unintentionally becoming the victims of doping.)
- Creapure® is vegan and kosher as well as halal certified.
- Creapure® production uses Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), a management system widely used to identify, assess, and control health risks in food production.
To get your hands on the highly-bioavailable, research-backed, and ultra-pure Kion Creatine (again, you just can't find this anymore in most creatine products), just click here. If you want to learn more about the insane benefits of creatine read my article here.
A New Full Body Light-Sound Stimulation Biohack
My sons and I have recently been combining a new light-sound stimulating brain training device called the NeuroVizr with a BioMat Sound Therapy mat to do some pretty epic creativity and meditation sessions here at the Greenfield house.
See, light and sound are two of the most direct ways we can influence the brain. I've long used tools like binaural beats or blue-light devices, but the NeuroVizr takes things to a new level.
Labeled the “Change-Maker” by its inventors, NeuroVizr's purpose is specifically to “exercise” the brain. Sessions may be undergone to improve sleep, increase creativity and focus, or enter what they call “the brain gym,” to improve neuroplasticity and the health of your noggin.
What I've found is that this device is awesome for cultivating deep flow states, in anywhere from 5-11 minutes (so you don't need to use it for long!) My sons and I both have experienced vastly improved meditation quality when using the NeuroVizr, and major increases in the quality of creative endeavor as well as the ability to sustain these states for longer periods of time.
The device itself uses three simultaneous dimensions of LED light messaging. Referred to as macro, miso, and micro, the technology behind the device is mind-blowingly sophisticated. When combined with the sound therapy from their companion app, the result is a mesmerizing experience with the power to take you to deep states of consciousness quickly and without the use of substances.
For how easy it is to use, and how quickly you can get an effect, I think the NeuroVizr is a no-brainer (pun intended) if you're looking for a truly non-invasive way to improve the function of your brain. When you plug it into the BioMat Sound Therapy mat we own (more info here), you get the sound blasted through your whole body, along with the light-sound stimulation from the NeuroVizr device itself.
So if you want a full body-mind “journey” like none other, I highly recommend you own: A) the NeuroVizr and B) the BioMat Sound Therapy mat. Have fun!
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Podcasts I Recorded This Week:
How To Get Your Kids Into Fasting, The Ideal Combination Of Glucose & Ketones, Creating A High-Income Family Business & Much More With Dan & Merily Pompa.
This episode was brought to you by Seed (code BEN), Joovv (code BEN), HVMN (code BENG20), Ultimate Longevity, and Kion Aminos.
The Secret Ingredient Inside Fish Guts, Immuno-Rejuvenation 101, The Magic Of Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat, “The Father Of Functional Medicine,” Dr. Jeffrey Bland.
This episode was brought to you by Levels, BON CHARGE (code GREENFIELD), Apollo (code BG15), Henson Shaving (code BEN), and Bubs Naturals (code BENG).
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My Article Feed:
Urolithin A: Is This Simple Molecule The Secret To Not Only Muscle Growth, But Anti-Aging & Longevity?
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Product Of The Week
::: Get 20% Off The Department of Defense Backed Ketone Product I Use :::
Recently, H.V.M.N. CEO Michael Brandt and research lead Dr. Latt Mansor joined me in Spokane for a weekend of wellness and learning (keep an eye out for the podcast releasing later this month). We dove into all things ketones and just why their exogenous ketone product is so freaking special.
If you've been following me for some time, you know I'm a fan of getting into ketosis. You also may know I'm a fan of using exogenous ketones either to improve the benefits or as a performance enhancer.
There are many exogenous ketone products on the market, and I've tried a ton of them. None compete with Ketone I.Q. After bringing one of the world’s first ketone esters to market in 2017, they received a $6 million research contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new and improved ketone supplement. In January 2022, H.V.M.N. launched Ketone-I.Q.™: a pure ketone diol that’s designed to provide laser-focused energy and mental clarity without any sugar or caffeine.
How unrivaled? Well, in fact, Ketone I.Q. is the end result of a 6 million dollar research grant awarded to H.V.M.N. by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Now why would the defense department be so interested? Because ketones are nature’s superfuel. When your body is pushed to its limits, it converts stored body fat into ketones for energy to help fuel it. H.V.M.N.
Most ketone supplements spike your ketone levels suddenly and extremely which can be ineffective, if not downright unsafe. Ketone I.Q. works differently.
The drink's only active ingredient is R-1,3- Butanediol, which is the closest molecular precursor to D-BHB, the main ketone our body naturally produces and uses for energy.
Rather than a sudden, extreme spike and subsequent crash, Ketone-IQ gradually raises your ketones in a natural process that your body already uses to maintain stable energy.
With Ketone-I.Q.™, you can enjoy awesome-feeling energy and mental clarity for up to 4 hours—much longer than salts and esters. Plus, it’s better-tasting, salt-free, and non-GMO. That’s a lot of good stuff packed into a 2-ounce serving.
Whether you want to power through a tough workday or gain an extra edge in the gym, Ketone-IQ™️can help unlock your full potential.
If you want to try Ketone I.Q., just click here to get 20% off.
Health Optimisation Summit: June 17th – 18th, 2023
Don't miss the opportunity to join me at The Health Optimisation Summit in London! This is your chance to be part of a community of 2,500 like-minded people and learn from world-leading health speakers. You'll be able to fast-track your health journey, discover cutting-edge secrets and hacks, explore the latest tech and gadgets, and find the cleanest and healthiest supplements and nutrient-dense foods. Don't miss out on this incredible experience and save 20% with code BEN. Learn more about meeting me in London here.
HUM2N: June 19th, 2023
With a limited guest list of only 20 individuals, HUM2N is focused on personalized health and wellness coaching. The event will feature a panel discussion between me and Dr. E (the founder of HUM2N), followed by an audience Q&A session. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to experience at least one biohacking treatment such as NAD+ IV, Cryo, or Hyperbaric Oxygen, as well as enjoy lite bites and beverages in partnership with Loui Blake – HUM2N CMO and serial entrepreneur in the healthy food space. Non-alcoholic beverages, mocktails, and organic wine from Dry Farm Wine will also be provided. All attendees will receive a Superhuman 2 protocol worth £750 that they can book at their convenience. Learn more here.
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Kion Product Of The Week: Kion Protein Bar
You know I’m a huge fan of Kion.
They combine the cleanest natural ingredients into complementing supplements (and foods!) that help you unlock your body’s natural energy.
And their new Chocolate Crunch Protein Bar is out of this world delicious.
Not only that but it is made with only real, whole-food ingredients—giving it balanced macronutrients for clean, stable energy.
The Chocolate Crunch Protein Bar’s complex flavors and texture come from real, natural, whole-food ingredients such as…
- Organic almonds
- Organic cocoa nibs
- Organic chia seeds
- Organic coconut, and
- Organic honey
And it contains 11 grams of satiating protein from grass-fed whey protein isolate to support your active lifestyle.
I promise you, you’re going to love this new protein bar. Click here to try it.
Asking A Quick Favor About My New Book Boundless Parenting: Tools, Tactics & Habits of Great Parents.
I just wanted to quickly thank all of you who ordered a copy of my book, Boundless Parenting: Tools, Tactics & Habits of Great Parents.
After two years of interviewing some of the top parents on the planet…
…. from crazy macho Alpha dads like the controversial “Liver King” and Spartan race founder Joe DeSena…
…to peaceful backwoods, unschooling, off-grid gardeners, and homemakers (including my children’s wilderness survival instructors and my own wife Jessa)…
…to outside-the-box thinking fitness icons like Kelly and Juliet Starrett, Paul Chek, and the Vega “Fat Fueled Family”…
…to a host of other entrepreneurs, billionaires, single moms, and dads, my own dear parents, pastors, education experts, legacy builders, wealth managers, and many others who have created impactful, happy, and resilient children…
…I’ve finally put the finishing touches on a 600+ page parenting book that is the most comprehensive parenting book that exists. It’s like the blueprint for raising a human.
If Boundless Parenting 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 [email protected], and my team will get you set up.
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