February 10, 2010
In this February 10th free audio episode: all about testosterone, whether wheat germ helps you with performance, research on diet coke, getting enough calories, duathlon training, leaning up quickly, saturated fats and magnesium.
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The results are in! In this week's interview with Dr. Richard Cohen from Bioletics, who you may remember from podcasts #53 (six key performance factors), #62 (Ben's performance testing results) and #72 (essential fatty acids), I find out the final results of my home saliva testing for testosterone, and whether I was actually able to make any difference in my hormone levels by following Dr. Cohen's suggestions. Whether you're a male who is worried about that natural decline in testosterone (called andropause) that occurs after the age of 27, or a female who wants to find out whether she may be overtraining or not losing weight properly, Dr. Cohen tells you everything you need to know about testosterone and hormone testing, including:
In my interview with Dr. Richard Cohen, we discuss the following:
-The best way to test for testosterone, and why your doctor probably doesn't do it the right way…
-Which males and females should actually be testing for testosterone (hint: it's not just elite athletes)…
-The exact protocol that Dr. Cohen gave to me to increase my testosterone levels, which were HALF of what they should have been…
-Which supplements work for enhancing testosterone, and which you need to stay away from…
-The final results of my follow-up testosterone test, and how my hormone levels actually changed…
-And much more!
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Listener Deb asks: “I've recently heard about a natural supplement which is a wheat germ derivative called Octacosanol. I've read that it enhances athletic performance by increasing the body's ability to use oxygen during exercise. I've also read that it increases endurance by bolstering the oxidative capacity of the muscles and thus helps athletes hang on to glycogen stores. I'm wondering how accurate this information is. If this supplement is that powerful, why is it that it it isn't promoted more for endurance athletes? I am a half Ironman athlete and would love it if this supplement is as fantastic as it sounds.”
Listener Christina asks: “I absolutely love your podcast, and consider you a rare diamond in the rough among the health and fitness podcasts on iTunes. I am a runner just turned triathlete, and probably have some of the healthiest eating habits of anyone I know. I limit added sugar, empty calories, and processed foods to special occasions only, such as birthdays. On average, I indulge in these foods less than once a month. My plate is always full of vegetables, I'm taking the recommended supplements, drink lots of water, limit alcohol to wine (and only have one glass or so on weekends), and I just love (and prefer to) cook my own healthy, natural foods.
Here's my vice: I love Diet Coke. In fact, I can't imagine a workday without it. On workdays, I typically have two, and on weekends about one or so. I never or rarely indulge in more than that. Looking at the ingredients I find Carbonated Water, Caramel Color, Aspartame, Phospohoric Acid, Potassium Benzoate, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, and Caffeine (in that order). I have no idea as to what most of those are. Am I truly doing myself a disservice by drinking Diet Coke, and if so, how? I have not read any medical research that has convinced me to give it up.”
Listener Jose asks: “I have been listening to your pod-casts for the last 2 weeks, all the new ones and a couple of the older ones available through iTunes. I enjoy the subjects you talk about, and I think your answers and advices are very interesting, for most of the listeners' Q&As. I have 2 questions for you today: The first is regarding a recent episode, in which a listener asked you about what would be an example day of your diet. I was surprised when I heard your answer because, even though you didn't give details of the amounts of food for each meal, it seems pretty difficult to get the necessary calories that you probably burn each day (more if you do 2 workouts) from just almond butter, oats once in a while, salads, fruit, a little yoghurt, cheese, oil and protein powder. Did I miss anything in the explanation? Do you eat any bread, cereals, meat, … at all?
The second question is for an advice on how to completely recover from an ankle sprain. This happened to me about 4 months ago, running downhill in a mountain, basically because I was going flat out, and the terrain wasn't the best for that…Anyway, I think I was lucky, because my joints are kind of strong, and I only got a grade I sprain. The problem is that, following a recommendation from a friend of mine, and adding the fact that I didn't want to stop training too long, I just had a 1 whole day rest, and began doing some low intensity cycling and walking right afterwards. I also didn't wear any protection for longer than the first day. The consequence is that, even though my ankle is now almost fully functional (in terms of flexibility and strength), I still feel some pain when doing certain movements. Is there any way in which I could make it heal completely? Physiotherapy, more rest, acupuncture, …?”
Listener Jen asks: “For a sufficient type of drink for calories and nutrients, what is a good alternative to Ensure? Since I no longer want to drink it after listening to this podcast! Also, if sugar causes damage to arteries and imbalanced insulin levels leading to heart disease, does that mean saturated fats and regular fats are alright to eat in their pure forms (i.e. not fried in vegetable oil)? In balance of course.”
Finally, Bill has a call in thought about Topical Magnesium Oil, which you can find by clicking here.
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Remember, if you have any trouble listening, downloading, or transferring to your mp3 player just e-mail [email protected]. And don't forget to leave the podcast a ranking in iTunes – it only takes 2 minutes of your time and helps grow our healthy community! Just click here to go to our iTunes page and leave feedback. Be ready for an upcoming interview on “Death By Modern Medicine” with Dr. Carolyn Dean!