#266: Is It Bad To Run In Cold Weather, How To Heal Head Injuries As Fast As Possible, Hemp vs. Whey Protein & Much More!

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Dec 31, 2013 Podcast: Is It Bad To Run In Cold Weather, How To Heal Head Injuries As Fast As Possible, Alternatives To Squats, Can Power or Speed or Strength Sports Build Endurance, How Endurance Training Can Make You Fat, and Hemp vs. Whey Protein.

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

Is It Bad To Run In Cold Weather?

Ben says: He has heard that running in the cold (below the freezing point) is bad for the joints and the knees. Is this true? He does it and it seems to be doable.

In my response I recommend:
Phenocane and Capraflex Pack.

How To Heal Head Injuries As Fast As Possible

Billy says: He was on a trail run when he tripped and hit his head on a rock and now he has a concussion. Do you have any advice on how to heal his head in time for a race in January?

In my response I recommend the following for fixing blood flow issues to the brain and nerve damage from head injuries:On empty stomach in morning, mid-morning or mid-afternoon:
-1000mg curcumin.
-300mg Alpha Lipoic Acid.
-20mg Resveratrol.
-600mg Acetyl-L-Carnitine.
-150mcg Huperzine-A.
-15mg Vinpocetine.
-120mg Gingko extract.Now this is a ton of stuff and bottles/capsules/powders. So if you want to make life easy, Ben recommends you do it this way:
Morning upon waking:
4 Phenocane 
-3 capsules Cognitex by Life Extension
Mid-morning or mid-afternoon on empty stomach:
-1 packet TianChi

That’s it. Those three supplements (Cognitex + Phenocane + TianChi) contain everything Ben went through.Then, with your first or last meal of the day:
-4g Triglyceride Based Fish Oil – best brands are Barleans, Pharmax, Green Pastures or LivingFuel SuperEssentials (Ben uses Superessentials)Then, in afternoon in glass of water:
Nascent Iodine, 6 drops.Then, in evening before bed:
-Magnesium Citrate, 400-600mg. I recommend Natural Calm.Also: Avoid vegetable oils. Avoid heated seeds and nuts. Avoid grain fed meat and farmed fish.In summary, there are 6 total things you can and should use to heal nerves, shut down brain inflammation and increase brain blood flow to heal as fast as possible after concussion or head injury: Phenocane, Cognitex, TianChi, Fish Oil, Iodine and Magnesium.

Alternatives To Squats

Matthew says: He is 36 and has decided to get in shape. He is trying to put on some mass but he has had multiple arthroscopies on both knees. He thinks he should probably not be doing squats but he wants to get the muscle gaining benefits of doing squats. Is there something else he can do… that won't cripple him later in life?

In my response I recommend:
Compex Electrostim

Can Power, Speed or Strength Sports Build Endurance?

Nikki says: She is very excited to hear that you are focusing on Tennis more this year but she is wondering how you will go about balancing endurance training with your tennis training? She is in the same boat and finds it very time consuming to practice the mental aspect of tennis which is cutting into her triathlon training. Is there any way to overlap the training or ways to hack her mental game so it doesn't take so much time?

In my response I recommend:
The Inner Game of Tennis book

How Endurance Training Can Make You Fat

Shelly says: Since starting Ironman training (8-15 hours per week) she has noticed that her body has become less defined and thicker than when she only trained for running events (5-8 hour a week). She eats paleo (with the exception of a glass or two of wine in the evening). Why is she feeling thicker and less defined when she is working out longer and harder than ever before?

In my response I recommend:
-Previous episode on “Why Women Gain Weight When Training For Endurance Sports” (episode #219)
-Testing with WellnessFX, DirectLabs or CuroSeven

Hemp vs. Whey Protein

Stephen says: Would like to know what the difference is between Hemp Protein vs. Whey Protein. He has been told that Hemp is better for you. Is this true? Or is Whey the way (heh) to go?


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