#227: How To Grow Your Own Superfoods

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Jan 23, 2013 free podcast: How To Grow Your Own Superfoods. Also: the benefits of training in the heat, does a minimalist training schedule work, the best way to treat IBS and constipation, how to stay fit and feel good while pregnant, and are plyometrics more effective after lifting weights?

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Audio Question from Adam @ 00:25:16
Wants to know if it is smart to train in the morning when it is cooler or to train in the heat of the day (thinking back to a study that showed heat training had similar benefits to training at altitude). Also, would it differ depending on the type of workout (speed vs. base training). The marathon he is training for is not in any extreme heat.

~ In my response to Adam I mention: Proteolytic Enzymes, Trace Liquid Mineral, and Fish Oil.

Audio Question from Dee @ 00:35:14
Has heard Ben talk about minimalist run training that doesn't require you to run as much mileage as traditional training programs do. She has completed 4 marathons following the Hal Higdon plan. Would like to know more about the minimalistic training idea because she is not sold on it and thinks she would do better on the higher mileage plans. She has PRed at every race while actually increasing her training mileage.

~ In my response, I mention www.marathondominator.com and the interview I did on the Rich Roll Podcast.

Audio Question from Johnny @ 00:40:01
He is looking for advice on what to grow in his garden to give him the most bang for his buck. He wants the “most superhuman fit garden as possible”. Blueberries grow well where he lives – should he use the entire space (40 x 20 feet) for blueberries?

~ In my response to Johnny, I mention “Azomite“.

Audio Question from Bob @ 00:47:44
He read the article on the website “The Fibre Menace” and finds it very misleading and contrary to what he has experienced. He has IBS and Constipation and gets a lot of relief from psyllium husk powder but not from vegetables. He would like to get your opinion on the paper written Yikyung Park about fibre as a treatment for cancer among other benefits.

Audio Question from Frances @ 00:54:07
She is 35 years old and currently 9 weeks pregnant with her second baby. She has heard that she should be able to remain at the same activity level as she was before the pregnancy but she is currently having trouble lifting her head off the couch. What can she do to try stay in the best condition possible so she doesn't lose all the endurance she built training for last year's NYC Marathon (she was in the best shape of her life). Also, she would like to know about any natural mood boosters that are safe for pregnancy. She is depressed and anxious and has insomnia.

~ In my response to Frances I reference this interview with Cassandra Forsythe. Also this article on core exercises for pregnancy. For mental function, I recommend: Alpha-GPC, Glutamine, Acetyl L Carnitine, Phosphatidylserine, Low Blue Lights, and Better Baby book.

Audio Question from Isaac @ 01:03:01
Would a plyometrics, speed and quickness workout be even more effective if done after a hard lower body weight lifting session? You've talked about doing an explosive exercise immediately after lifting but he is wondering about and entire plyo set after a an entire weight session.

~ In my response to Isaac I mention:

  • Triglyeride based fish oil for enhanced nerve function, 2-4g/day. Recommend SuperEssentials and TwinLab Cod Liver Oil.
  • Choline – 250-500mg daily – Recommend TwinLabs.
  • L-Tyrosine – 0.5-2g, 20-45 minutes prior – Recommend NOW Foods.
  • Green Tea Extract – 400-500mg EGCG equivalent per day. Recommend delta-E.
  • Vitamin B Complex. Recommend delta-E.


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20 thoughts on “#227: How To Grow Your Own Superfoods

  1. Lucia says:

    Excellent way of telling, and good piece of writing to take facts regarding my presentation subject matter, which i

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  2. Kate says:

    I recently had someone se recommend alpha GPC for the growth hormone benefits. Would it be more beneficial before a workout or before bed?


    1. The only human study was a dosage of Alpha-GPC at 600mg, 45 minutes before exercise, so that's when I'd do it!

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