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New Discoveries Of The Week: Cool New Things I'm Trying, Books I'm Reading, And More!
The Big Ol' Bag Of Salt I'm Soaking With (Easier Than A Float Tank)
How's your stress level?
As summer winds down, you may feel an increase in stress as schedules change, the days get shorter, and vacations are winding down.
And to add to it, you may have (understandably) already been at a higher stress level after the last several years of pandemic upheaval. In this article, I presented sobering statistics about the state of mental health. And while stress doesn't feel great in your body, what may be even more important to consider is the long-term negative effects of chronic stress, including a weakened immune system, a higher risk of chronic disease, and even reduced longevity. Stress can also lead to mineral imbalances as magnesium in particular gets “burned out” as your body works to combat stressors. A magnesium deficiency lowers your energy level and your emotional regulation, which can then contribute to more stress.
Thankfully, the worst of the pandemic seems to be over, and there are plenty of safe, effective ways to reduce stress. Lately, a favorite stress-reducing practice of mine has been unwinding in a good hot bath at the end of the night, and I recently discovered a new brand of magnesium bath salts that have seriously up-leveled my bathing ritual. It's basically giving me a ton of the benefits of a float tank (especially in my quiet bathroom with the red lights turned on and some soothing music playing and essential oils diffusing).
My friend Max Casa – also a float tank producer – is the guy behind Max Vitality Salts and he looked to alchemy and infoceutical technology to formulate these salts. The result is a bath salt made from the highest-quality magnesium chloride from the world’s purest mine, along with potent co-factors including potassium bicarbonate, which has been proven to help get more magnesium into the cells and the mitochondria, and boron, which helps keep the magnesium in the cells longer, primarily by slowing calcium metabolism. The blend also contains enzymes that neutralize harmful chlorine and flouride in bath water. Finally, in addition to top-quality, high-performing ingredients, Max Vitality salts are infused with heart-opening infoceuticals, and are put through an ancient, ceremonial alchemical process to increase the salt's life force energy and healing potential.
These salts work quickly to restore your mineral balance, helping significantly with energy, recovery, and mood. I like to do a full-body bath, but you can put the salts in a foot soak if you prefer. Pre- or post-workout, the salts will also boost your testosterone levels and enhance your athletic performance.
I arranged for a $10 discount off of your Max Vitality order with this link. You can also (and this is what I do) set up a subscription if you want to avoid running out. Happy soaking!
The Ingredient I Couldn't Get Enough Of Last Week
Last week, I hosted the annual Greenfield popsicle party. My entry again this year featured the mighty Barukas nuts. The Barukas Fudgsicle Popsicle was a hit! (Here's my also-a-hit Barukas popsicle from last year's party.)
If you're not familiar with Barukas yet, they're basically these addictively delicious nuts that also happen to be a nutritional powerhouse. Barukas have 25% fewer fat calories than other nuts, contain all of the essential amino acids, are high in magnesium and other minerals, have more fiber and protein than other nuts, and pack three times the antioxidants!
Now, Barukas nuts in a sweet treat are kind of a no-brainer. But what I also decided to do last week was take my “nutty thinking” to a new level and incorporate Barukas into a pretty unlikely dish – a grain-free, uber-healthy shrimp and grits recipe using cauliflower rice. (For everything else you need to know about Barukas nuts, give a listen to my podcast with founder Darin Alien.)
For the shrimp, I used a simple garlic-infused grass-fed butter. I seasoned the cauliflower rice from Thrive Market with paprika, cayenne, salt, and black pepper, then stirred in two heaping tablespoons of the Barukas Butter and a handful of the Barukas Trail Mix (a mix of the nuts and skins that is basically like crack).
I cooked the shrimp in a wok for 7-8 minutes, then added in the cauliflower rice with another hefty spoonful of Barukas nut butter and trail mix, and voila! A quick and easy low-carb dinner that my sons and wife loved.
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::: Save 10% On My Go-To Enzymes To Help With Digestion Problems :::
I recently received a question from a reader. He wanted to know if he could avoid digestion problems by eating only healthy organic food. It’s a nice thought, but unfortunately, it’s just not possible.
You see, your natural ability to digest food declines with age. This is because your body produces fewer enzymes — which are the proteins responsible for digesting food.
Fewer enzymes mean more difficulty digesting food.
Even organic foods won’t provide enough enzymes to properly aid digestion. This is especially true if you cook your food because cooking kills enzymes.
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Runga: October 13th-15th, 2022
This is the one event every year that I never miss. Join myself and my family to tap into your full potential over three days of fully immersive programming and therapies. Gourmet organic chef-prepared meals, live podcast recordings, and personalized health consulting make this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are only fifty spots available, so claim yours today here.
Wild Health Fall Summit 2022: September 29th-October 2nd, 2022
I'm an instructor at this weekend retreat in the wild on 100 acres of Kentucky farmland. Join workshops on wilderness preparedness, foraging, and ancestral living skills, to strengthen your survival skills, heal trauma, and optimize your health. Learn more at wildhealthsummit.com.
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Kion Product Of The Week: Introducing Brand New Kion Aminos 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.
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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 [email protected], and my team will get you set up.
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