Episode #089

Ben Greenfield

Biohacking Immunity and Raising Healthy Families

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If you’re a regular listener of this podcast, then you may recognize my guest Ben Greenfield as someone I’ve had on the show before.

In the first episode I did with this biohacker, performance coach, ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, professional Spartan athlete, professional speaker, and New York Times best-selling author, we dove into how to biohack your health.

So Ben gave us an inside look at what he does to improve his performance and his overall health using his top biohacking principles.

We’re taking things a step further in today’s episode where we get into a number of different topics from fortifying the immune system, raising healthy families, unschooling, and so much more.

Ben also shares what he’s doing to keep his family and his immune system protected during this Covid pandemic and how he’s keeping his physical and mental health strong while being quarantined.

So Ben and I get into breathwork, cold work, his blood flow restricted training regimen, and his approach to raising a healthy family, among other topics.

As you can see, we cover a ton of ground and for good reason.

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If you didn’t catch Ben’s first episode, or you don’t know him, he’s a beast to say the least.

On top of everything I mentioned earlier, Ben Greenfield is also a Spartan SGX certified coach, he won NSCA’s Personal Trainer of the Year award in 2008, and he was named one of the top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness in 2013 and 2014.

He’s also recently launched another book titled, Boundless, which teaches people how to upgrade their brain and optimize their bodies to defy aging.

You’ll hear more about this book and some of Ben’s top principles when you tune into the episode.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the topics Ben and I get into:

  • How Ben focuses on mitochondria health, especially during quarantine
  • Why he’s able to sleep just six and a half hours each night yet he wakes up feeling energized and refreshed
  • How his daily routine has changed since being quarantined
  • Blood flow restriction (BFR) workouts, including what that is, who invented it, why it’s so effective, and why he’s choosing a BFR style of training
  • Ben also shares why he and his wife choose to “unschool” their twin boys and what that looks like
  • Why Ben doesn’t restrict his kids from eating, sugar, gluten, and more
  • Why he’s teaching his boys about breathwork now and why he wishes he had learned it sooner
  • Ben also does a deep dive into the different types of breathwork he practices and the ones he’s sharing with his kids
  • The Oxygen Advantage, The Bohr Effect
  • Ben’s breathwork schedule and how he weaves this in throughout his day
  • How Ben takes a 20-30 minute midday nap and what it does to improve his energy and focus
  • How Ben’s family comes together for dinner — it looks nothing like what most families do
  • Multiple orgasims in men
  • How Ben’s nutrition has shifted since being quarantined
  • How he makes yogurt from scratch
  • He also shares what he throws together in his morning smoothie bowl
  • Why Ben chooses to do a carb feeding at night
  • His experience following a carnivore diet for 12 weeks and his verdict on it
  • What he does to build an unstoppable immune system

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