Episode #220: Natural Ways To Protect Yourself From Radiation – And Our Biggest Fitness Q&A Ever (Featuring A Very Special Guest Podcast Sidekick)

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In this Episode #220 (Our Biggest Fitness Q&A Ever – Featuring A Very Special Guest Podcast Sidekick): Natural ways to protect yourself from radiation, is adrenal fatigue a myth, do elevation training masks work, what is the difference between sprouting and soaking, how to recover from meniscus removal, do vibration plates work for performance, how to build muscle fast, what are Ben's recommended RSS feeds for fitness, how to overcome sugar in coffee addiction, how to learn from your training logs, how to keep your run cadence high, does covering your hands and feet in the cold burn more calories, what should kids eat before soccer games, and should you be concerned if your body temperature is low?

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  • Careful if you're using HIGH DOSE Branched Chain Amino Acids, esp. when combined with low carb diet: www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/4/11/1767/pdf
  • Probiotics are just one (of many things) that can decrease your intestinal permeability & help with gut during exercise in HOT weather: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22992437
  • If you've heard of “Grounding” or “Earthing”, pulsed electromagnetic fields like this are like those things on STEROIDS:


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1. New camps announced.

-February 22 to 28, 2013:  Winter Triathlon Camp in Austin

-March 2-8: Winter Triathlon Camp in Florida

-Week of March 17: Wildflower Camp

-Vietnam Trip: April 14 – “The Laguna Lang Co Triathlon aims to build on the success of its sister event, the legendary Laguna Phuket Triathlon. The triathlon will be comprised of a 1.8k Swim, 62k Bike and 12k Run. A triathlon Team Relay, a Duathlon and a Fun Run will round off the event program.”

-Ben's Annual Trip to Thailand: Nov-Dec 2013

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Keith asks: Should he be worried about the fall-out related to the radiation from the incident in Fukishima, Japan, and wants to know whether he needs to be concerned about health and radiation, and what can do about it – especially for his children. Should he avoid mushrooms and other fungi? What else should he avoid? What supplements might help?

In my response to Keith, I recommend:

-Metal Free Heavy Metal Detoxification Formula combined with Body Detox – follow use instructions for these exactly as on bottles. Dr. David Minkoff recommends to take Metal Free in the morning and Body Detox before bed.

-6mg of iodine per day

-1-2 servings edible clay per day (i.e. Edible Earth)

-Oral magnesium in supplemental form (around 400-600mg/day, or until you get loose stool)

-A high quality greens supplement

Full spectrum antioxidant

-High quality omega 3 + Vitamin D ad Vitamin A supplementation (i.e. cod liver oil). Recommend SuperEssentials and TwinLab Cod Liver Oil.

Finally, I highly recommend Dr. Mark Sircus's book: “Nuclear Toxicity Syndrome”.


Toni asks: Husband is an endurance bike racer who is not sleeping well and is constantly fatigued, but doctors won't acknowledge it as real. What can help?

In my response to Toni, I reference this article I did on adrenal fatigue: What To Do When You're Overtrained, including this anecdote:

1. Frequent Cold Exposure – Cold immersion can lower inflammation, and markers of inflammatory damage such as CRP or interleukin – which allows the body to bounce back faster from an overreached state. In my case, I have access to a very cold river that currently runs at about 40-45 degrees Farenheit, so when I saw those HRV scores begin to drop, I began full body immersion for 20-30 minutes a day, 1-2x/day (you can also achieve this in an ice bath if you live in a warmer climate without access to a cold body of water). I combined with wearing 110% compression tights and shirt filled with ice sleeves while I was sitting at home working.

2. Adaptogenic Herbs – I use a Chinese Adaptogenic Herb complex called TianChi, and I began to double dose on an empty stomach 1-2x/day, in mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon. The ingredients of Tian Chi include compounds that help to relieve adrenal gland stress and support proper adrenal function, including ashwaganda, eleuthero, epemedium and gotu kola. These type of compounds are incredibly effective at restoring function to your adrenal glands when you’ve been asking yourself to churn out adrenaline, epinephrine, norepinephrine, etc. with day after day of hard training.

3. Deep Sleep – During deep sleep, your body releases large amounts of growth hormone for repair and recovery, and initiates cellular turnover that can speed up removal of “junk” from a taxed musculoskeletal system. Once I saw my HRV score drop, my goal was to get myself into a deep sleep phase as quickly as possible, and I did this by using an Earthpulse Sleep Machine device to activate my “deep sleep” Delta brain waves, along with sleeping in a very dark room, using 500mg magnesium before bed, and making sure to use my blue-light blocking glasses at any point after 4pm in the afternoon.

4. Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Because they result in a net acidic load when you metabolize them, pro-inflammatory foods will increase inflammation and increase your pain from the inflammation. These include processed meats, foods high in omega 6 fatty acids like roasted seeds and nuts, pastries and cereals, starches, and even nightshade plants like regular potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant. When you’re injured or overtrained and looking for every available advantage, you should instead prioritize foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties, like dark-skinned fruits and vegetables (pomegranates, cherries, blueberries, plums, artichokes, spinach and broccoli are excellent), high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids (cold-water fish, cod liver oil, fish oil, etc.) and natural herbal anti-inflammatories like turmeric, curcumin, garlic and ginger, or something like Capraflex, which has all that.

Jeff asks: How can you recover from a lateral meniscus removal? He has some hyaluronic acid and capraflex.

In my response to Jeff, I mention this free meniscus repair rehab program pdf.


Jenna asks: Are there any athletic or performance benefits from vibration plates? Can you lose weight from just standing on it?

In my response, I mention Power Plate vibration platforms.


Michael asks: What does Ben think of the “Elevation Training Mask”, specifically the 2.0 version?

In my response, I mention the Elevation Training Mask.

Bree asks: What is the difference between sprouting and soaking?


Augie asks: What are your top RSS feeds for exercise, performance, fitness, diet, etc?

Fitness.AllTop.com (varies)

StoneHearthNewsletters.com (varies)

TheEatingAcademy.com (Peter Attia)

PerfectHealthDiet.com (Paul Jaminet)

Cholesterol-and-health.com (Chris Masterjohn)

International Medical Veritas Association (Mark Sircus)

LifeHacker.com (varies)

TrackYourPlaque  (Dr. William Davis)

Everymantri.com (Roman Mica)




Deb asks: What to do about sugar with coffee addiction?

In my response to Deb, I recommend:

-VIDEO: 5 Powerful Calorie Control Tricks To Help You Eat Less Food: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/10/appetitecontrol/

-VIDEO: 5 Ways To Suppress Your Appetite Without Taking Any Special Pills or Capsules: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/05/5-ways-to-suppress-your-appetite-without-taking-any-special-pills-or-capsules/

-PODCAST: How To Stop Carbohydrate Cravings In Their Tracks: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/08/episode-160-how-to-stop-carbohydrate-cravings-in-their-tracks/

-PODCAST: Inner Circle Free Episode: How To Stop Sugar & Carbohydrate Cravings In Their Tracks: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2010/10/inner-circle-podcast-3-how-to-stop-sugar-carbohydrate-cravings-in-their-tracks/

-ARTICLE: A Simple Six-Step System for Eliminating Food Cravings: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2010/05/a-simple-six-step-system-for-eliminating-food-cravings/

-ARTICLE: How To Fight Candy Cravings: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2012/10/how-to-fight-candy-cravings/

Finally, I recommend Deb check out The Diet Dominator at http://www.thedietdominator.com


Panka says: I want to increase my body weight, am super-skinny, and want to become a mesomorph from an ectomorph. What would be a good diet and exercise plan?

In my response to Panka, I mention my book “Get Fit Guy's Guide To Achieving Your Ideal Body” at http://www.GetFitGuy.com


Seth asks: How to interpret your training logs and use them to get better?

In my response to Seth, I mention Sami Inkinen's “Incurable Data Geek” and Joe Friel's Training blog.

Mention things like cardiac drift, average power/speed, RPE, recovery time

what I personally do: heart rate variability, how fast I ride to the YMCA, how fast I can do 10x30s sprint on treadmill, how fast I can swim 10×100


Craig wants to know how to maintain a high run cadence.


Thomas wants to know if you could increase your risk of heart attack from cold exposure since when you train in the cold the cold weather on your torso speeds your heart rate up but cold on your face slows your heart rate down. He wants to know if he should cover his hands and feet.


7 year old Lucas wants to know what he should eat before his hockey games.

In my response, I mention my article: 5 Ways That Workout Nutrition Should be Different For Young People and Children


Joe wants to know why his body temperature is down to 92.6 degrees.

Also, if you're in the first two weeks of your cycle your temperature will be about 1/2 degree lower than the second half. Even malnutrition and starvation can cause your body temperature to be low, but it's probably because the body down regulates the thyroid so you'll live longer.

In my response to Joe, I mention WellnessFX or DirectLabs for getting these kind of tests done, and also recommend a Spectracell analysis.

Prior to asking your question, do a search in upper right hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness!

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24 thoughts on “Episode #220: Natural Ways To Protect Yourself From Radiation – And Our Biggest Fitness Q&A Ever (Featuring A Very Special Guest Podcast Sidekick)

  1. vasupportpro says:

    It's still in the process of getting transcribed, Jenny.

  2. Jenny says:

    Is there a transcript available for this podcast yet? I do not see one. Thank you.

  3. Ken says:

    About adrenal fatigue… I am wanting to return to exercise after a couple months off. What kind of exercise is best, LSD or Interval type stuff. Heavy lifting low reps, or body weight high reps. Also, does it matter if exercise is in the morning or at night. My hrv is good but still feel like crap. Should I wait to start anything?

  4. cathy says:

    Ben, I've never heard of being careful with Vit. C supplements. I'm not sure I understand why we shouldn't do this. Shoot, it's the one thing that keeps me regular!

    1. I'd be careful.A recent article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Vol. 87, No. 1, 142-149, January 2008) showed supplementation with vitamin C ascorbate damages muscle, causes impairment in mitochondrial function, loss of endurance, and inhibition of the body's own antioxidant enzymes superoxide dimutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxide. Any substance that causes a substantial decrease in the levels of these antioxidants disrupts the body's immune system, and lowers the capacity to resist infection and disease. In this case, rather than being a beneficial antioxidant, vitamin C ascorbate has shown to work as an adverse pro-oxidant.

      1. cathy says:

        This is interesting, I asked one of my teachers (I'm studying Holistic Nutrition) about this study and here's her response (she's an ND):

        This does not have any bearing on muscle weakness or studying the effect on vitamin C in general on muscles.

        This study is under severe scrutiny as other studies directly refute the findings. Several letters to editors, which you can find the links to under the abstract, state some good reasons why this study hasn't come to the correct conclusion (they measured something 7 days after exercise which seems to be at least 4 days after the effect typically wears off).

        I have found this other study(link below) that talks about the study you gave me the link for and specifically what went wrong. It also has a lengthy discussion about how antioxidants, specifically vitamin C and E have no adverse effect on exercise adaptation in the mitochondria and have a protective effect against exercise-induced oxidative stress. http://ajpendo.physiology.org/content/301/5/E779….

        What do you think?

        1. It's not that C and E have an adverse effect on exercise performance, it's just that isolated in high doses they may increase stroke risk. Why go after them that way when you could instead use a whole foods based plant source antioxidant vs. factory made ascorbic acid, etc.?

  5. Bob Brubaker says:

    Great podcast. Not too long. Good content. Jessa was great!

  6. Carlos says:

    Nice! Yeah that one was nice while it lasted.

    And check this out just saw it.. seems like something you'd enjoy "playing" with…

    1. Carlos says:

      Hat tip for Jessa: Get this for Ben this year!!!

  7. John says:

    Did you find cheap flights to Vietnam? I look and any where from 5-7k.

    1. To be honest, I haven't yet looked, but when I do, I will use Kayak.com. From what I understand, fro http://www.lagunalangcotriathlon.com/travel.html – you fly intoDa Nang International Airport. It has direct flights that connect to various countries such as Singapore, China and Malaysia. From other international destinations Da Nang is accessible via Ho Chi Min City or Hanoi.

  8. ReneeAnn says:

    I just wanted to say that I love your podcast and your show notes rock!! Thanks! :)

  9. Carlos says:

    Hey Ben

    The Osso Buco, does that happen to be from 4 Hour Chef? It happens to be the first recipe and it just came out! Anyways its a great book.

    And for your trip to Vietnam… I've flown and stayed around the globe for the past 2 years all on airline miles from credit card sign up promotions. It isn't for the faint of heart, but I think you're a pretty smart guy so take a look at it.. I would check out MillionMileSecrets as a first stop, then join the fun at Flyertalk. It can be overwhelming but the rewards are worth thousands.

  10. jeff Hoening says:

    Great show Ben and Jessa – enjoyed your obviously great chemistry in my ear buds. On the question to Deb, she mentioned that she puts 1 or 2 teaspoons of sugar in her coffee and seemed to really be beating herself up about it despite her very clean diet and lifestyle. Don't see that as a sugar addiction as she defines it. Deb – Enjoy it and treat it as a reward for your hard efforts. My coffee non-organic Starbucks dark blend coffee (black, 2 cups per day) are a staple that just give life to my morning – physically and more importantly psychologicially. It's really what you do the other 90% of your day that really counts. Enjoy, Deb!

    1. thanks for the tips, Jeff!

  11. Paul G. says:

    Ben, on average how often does your HRV indicate a light or a non-training day? Do you also find (like me) that while useful, HRV does not factor in chronic musculo-skeletal issues or acute injuries e.g. strains or minor muscle tears from running, that also dictate what exercise might be prudent on a given day?

    1. I usually get a bad HRV reading about every 30-40 days, in which case I take a light day. And that's assuming I use adequate sleep, chinese adaptogens, cold thermogenesis, no back to back super hard days, etc. If I start to get stupid in my training, my HRV will go low day after day…

  12. Kem Johnson says:


    Supplementing iodine at that 6mg/day is a good idea for most people. Cheap, especially if one makes one' own Lugols Solution, which is pretty easy. And again, MgCl is pretty cheap if it doesn't come in a fancy package.

    1. cathy says:

      Kem, I have pretty extreme reaction to supplementing with Iodine, an 'Iodine Crash' as I've heard it called. I've tried several times but I don't want to mess up my thyroid. I think you must be VERY careful with this!

  13. Brian says:

    Ben, its great to hear you will be at PaleoFX. I listen to your podcast every week. I look forward to meeting you in Austin. I really enjoyed this episode with your wife as your co- host. You two make a great team.

    1. Awesome…should be fun at PaleoFX, Brian!

  14. Brock says:

    Nice work, Jessa! If I never come back from Thailand, you’ve got me covered :)

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