#265: Can You Have Too Much Muscle, Do You Really Need An Appendix, How To Lucid Dream & Much More!

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Dec 26, 2013 Podcast: Is Joint Cracking Dangerous, Pros And Cons Of Too Much Muscle, Do We Really Need An Appendix (And What To Do If Your Appendix Gets Removed), Natural Remedies For Eye Circles, and Why Cyclists Don't Need Flexibility.

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As compiled, edited and sometimes read by Brock, the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast “sidekick”.

Is Joint Cracking Dangerous?

Aaron says: His wrist, fingers, knees, ankles and back (a little bit) crack. The way someones normally cracks their knuckles. Is this something he should be worried about? Is there anything he should take for it? Any diet changes? He runs (80 to 100km / week) and also does Jujitsu.

Pros And Cons Of Too Much Muscle

Horacio says: Is it possible to get strong without building big muscles? Could you explain if there is any benefit to bulking up for real sport? What are the pros and cons of big muscles? Is there an injury prevention aspect? Less potential for cramping? More endurance or power? Wouldn't all that bulk slow you down?

Do We Really Need An Appendix (And What To Do If Your Appendix Gets Removed)

John says: He had his appendix removed when he was 11 or 12 (he is 34 now). He has heard all his life that the appendix is vestigial but lately he has read that it might be more important than we once thought. Given that he lives without one, what considerations should he think about in terms of lifestyle and diet?

In my response I recommend:
This article on fermented foods

Natural Remedies For Eye Circles

Kate says: Lately she wakes up feeling tired with dark puffy circles under her eyes. This just started over the last few months. She sleeps very well, is otherwise very healthy and feels really good during the day. She just hates the dark puffy circles under her eyes.

Why Cyclists Don't Need Flexibility

Troy says: What are the best pre and post workout stretches to get maximum flexibility for cycling?

In my response I recommend:
-3-4x/week of all 10 exercises in the book “Foundation“.


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