#292: How Many Carbs Make You Fat, How To Know If Fitness and Nutrition Research Is Good, How To Know If You Have Toxins and Much More!

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Sep 3, 2014 Podcast: How To Know If Fitness and Nutrition Research Is Good, Natural Remedies for Tinnitus, What To Eat Before An Afternoon or Evening Race, Abnormal Heart Rhythms During Exercise, and How To Know If You Have Toxins.

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How To Know If Fitness and Nutrition Research Is Good

Sceptic asks: He recently heard that one scientific journal retracted 60 papers after details of a “peer review ring” came to light and the journal Nature recently retracted two papers involving stem cells. So he is wondering, what are the most important things to look for when you’re reading a study or looking at research to figure out whether it’s actually good research or whether you can trust the conclusions?

In my response I recommend:
Alan Aragon's Research Review

Natural Remedies for Tinnitus

There'sa asks: She wants to know what you know about tinnitus. What makes your ears ring incessantly during the day and into the evening? She is approaching 50 years old and the ringing is getting worse. Do you have any suggestions on how to quiet the inner noise that is happening in her ears?

What To Eat Before An Afternoon or Evening Race

Jeff asks: He is running the Las Vegas half marathon which is run at night. Most races are in the morning and he has that fuelling dialed in but doesn't know how much or what to eat before an afternoon or night race. He is looking for “wise council” from both of us.

In my response I recommend:
LivingFuel meal replacement shakes

Abnormal Heart Rhythms During Exercise

Fred asks: He is 66 and has always prided himself on having a low heart rate but now he has found out that he has an Atrial Fibrillation. He is wondering if he can still train/exercise with a heart that has A-Fib? Now he doesn't know when he gets out of breath if it is the fibrillation or his age or just if he is out of shape.

In my response I recommend:

How To Know If You Have Toxins

Lawrence asks: He does a twice daily 9 mile bicycle commute in pretty heavy traffic. The rides are often the highlight of his day and he also feels that they counteract an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. He is not afraid to ride in traffic but he is afraid of the environmental toxins that he may be exposed to during the ride. What lab tests should he get to find out if he has been exposed. He looks forward to hearing your response during one of his commutes – don't worry be uses bone conducting earphones not earbuds.

In my response I recommend:
How to detox your home article

-Most of the kits by Doctor’s Data deal with toxic metals, elements, etc. If you go to the main site you do a search for each individual specialty lab’s tests.

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-Environmental Pollutants-USBiotek KIT $209: Urine analysis for assessment of exposure to common environmental and occupational chemicals.

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Mycotoxin Panel, Total-RTL Kit $699: Used to detect mycotoxins which are toxins produced by fungi.

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9 thoughts on “#292: How Many Carbs Make You Fat, How To Know If Fitness and Nutrition Research Is Good, How To Know If You Have Toxins and Much More!

  1. ffirestine says:

    It was nice to hear from a fellow Fred, and that you were able to provide some suggestions for him to investigate. I wonder how many Freds listen to the podcast?

    As I continue my half-assed efforts with "8 Weeks to SEALFIT" at the Advanced Operator level, I love to hear every comment about your experience. You are encouraging me to sign up for Kokoro Camp… maybe never. I might try going to a buffet followed by a long workout at the beach, though. Sounds really fun. ;-) Hooyah!

    When I first heard about the problem with your satellite Internet, I was going to suggest that you travel to the International Space Station to do the podcast, which would cut the lag time in half. Of course, it's the opposite of your low-EMF home, but there's a much better view.

  2. Vahlstedt says:

    Hey ben!
    It was interesting to hear you talk about the fueling strategies.
    I have an 16K running race on sunday starting at 1.00 pm.
    Usually I take breakfast at 8.00 am.
    Do you think it would be smart to do two smaller meals: one at 8.00 am and one at 11.00 am or would it be better to fast until 10.00 am and take a larger meal?
    I find this situation complex, because the race seems almost too early to take two meals before.

    1. That’s kinda up to you. Experiment with it and see if it makes a difference…BUT I would choose two smaller meals because it will allow for faster gastric emptying.

      1. Vahlstedt says:

        Thanks for your answer!
        I took 1 bigger meal, which included white rice, coconut oil and some pollock (I did not have any protein powder) and finished my meal 3 hours before race start.
        My stomach felt really good under the race and I did not feel too low on energy.

  3. rvanderm says:

    Life Hack Tip!!! -> Check it out. If you are listening to these Podcasts on Windows Media Player, "ctrl+shift+g" speeds up the play back (ctrl+shift+s will slow it down). I just listened to this 1:18 hour Podcast in less than an hour. It is totally clear. Other devices also have ways of doing it.
    It is like "speed reading" for a Podcast. :-)

    1. ffirestine says:

      I do a similar thing on my iPod Nano with the 2x speed button. I haven't measured the difference, but it does sound faster without the "chipmunk" effect.

  4. jennymdoss says:

    What brand/model of organic mattress did you buy for your master bedroom? My husband and I are looking for a new mattress and want to get an organic one. Thank you.

    1. Announcement on that coming soon. ;) Gotta get you a coupon code first.

  5. Jerzey says:

    Re: carb study. That study had 3 subjects. Hardly generalizable, especially to anyone with insulin resistance issues like Peter Attia

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