Ben Greenfield Fitness
Part 1: How To Identify The Lies That Popular Media Spews About Wellness (& My Reply To "The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked")
Jul 4, 2019 · 1 hr 23 min
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"The popular website Vice published a controversial article last week entitled . Chock full of skepticism about Keto, colonics, charcoal, and more, the article created plenty of buzz - both good and bad - across the internet...   ...and in today's podcast, I'm going to address the article in full, including debunking plenty of the BS that was in the article, presenting research-based facts about so-called wellness myths (including a few that will surprise, such as the truth about charcoal toothpaste and sea salt), and set the good folks at Vice right.   Enjoy, and be sure to leave your own comments and feedback in the comments section below."   In this solosode, I'll break down the "myths" discussed in the article one by one... -Myth #1: Is pink Himalayan salt more nutritious than regular table salt?...9:47 90% of table salt is full of microplastics (have often been found in some sea salts) Downsides of Himalayan salt: Comes from Pakistan, sold cheaply, contain impurities Only 4% more trace minerals than table salt Contains iron Ben prefers : It's more pure and less contaminants -Myth #2: Lectins are not bad for you...15:00 1 in 5 people suffer from some form of an autoimmune condition; these are aggravated by lectins in our diets Remission in lectin-free diet -Myth #3: Probiotics can't boost your mood, immune system or overall wellness...17:48 -Myth #4: Kombucha isn't making you any healthier...19:40 Has all the health benefits of tea: polyphenols, cholesterol reduction, etc. 4 studies show kombucha reduces liver toxicity in rodent models by up to 70% Acidic acid can kill off harmful bacteria in the gut Watch out for residual sugars Blood sugar controlling properties -Myth #5: “Natural sugars” like agave syrup and coconut sugar aren’t any better for you than the refined white stuff...22:57 Coconut sugar has far more minerals than regular sugar: zinc, polyphenols, etc. Glycemic index score: 35-40; table sugar much higher (60 and above) -Myth #6: Antiperspirant does not cause breast cancer...25:40 There's no "smoking gun" but enough anecdotal evidence to be concerned -Myth #7: "Alkalizing" your body with alkaline water (or anything else) is not a thing...28:30 More alkalinity is not better  (Use code BEN for 30% off) -Myth #8: Apple cider vinegar is good for salads...31:51 Acidic acid in vinegar kills pathogens, natural antibacterial Shot of apple cider vinegar improves insulin sensitivity during a high carb meal Can educe fasting blood sugar by 4% Reduce blood pressure Regulate kidney function -Myth #9: You don’t need to detox with a juice cleanse... Don't abuse the liver and kidneys and expect them to function properly -Myth #10: Activated charcoal is only helpful if you’re in the ER and need your stomach pumped...42:28 -Myth #11: Charcoal toothpaste doesn’t strengthen your teeth...45:50 Ben agrees with this one -Myth #12: The ketogenic diet isn’t a magical weight-loss trick...47:40 Causes a deficiency in potassium Renal acid load, will further strip minerals from the body Folate deficiencies: consume liver or folate supplements Vitamin C deficiency: fix with supplementation or plants and berries -Myth #13: Lemon water will not boost your metabolism...51:59 Contains folate, potassium, Vitamin C Blood circulation, insulin sensitivity benefits High amounts of citrate, helps treat kidney stones Can hurt tooth enamel -Myth #14: Dark chocolate is probably not better for you than other sweets...55:17 Cacao contains antioxidants High levels of minerals Rich in magnesium and zinc Stimulates nitric oxide Hefty research to support chocolate's efficacy -Myth #15: Gluten is perfectly fine for the vast majority of people...58:30 Gluten is an aggravator of autoimmune issues Intestinal damage Alter DNA and oxidative balance Irritable bowel issues, neural inflammation Book: Gluten Guardian -Myth #16: You can’t sweat out toxins...1:01:46 Sweat is a significant way to rid of over 120 toxicants -Myth #17: Infrared saunas do not detox you or burn fat...1:03:33 Ben uses sauna treatment every day ( use code GREENFIELD for $500 off) Improves heart function, increase in HRV Decreases pain and stiffness Improves cognitive behavior, lifting mood -Myth #18: Coconut oil will not help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol, or kill germs or viruses...1:06:08 Book: Many populations eat large amounts of coconut and have low rates of heart disease Significant appetite stabilizing effects Used in epileptic patients to enter ketosis Many studies showing reduction in eczema Used as a sunscreen Reduce visceral fat -Myth #19: Oil pulling is not dental care...1:10:57 -Myth #20: The claims about collagen supplements are way overhyped...1:13:35 -Myth #21: Weighted blankets aren’t a treatment for mental health issues...1:15:40 -Myth #22: Organic cotton tampons and menstrual cups aren’t safer...1:18:00 Resources mentioned in this episode: - - - - -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   - BGF Article:   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   - - -  - - Book: - Book: - Episode Sponsors: - : My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. 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