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How Turmeric Improves Mental And Physical Performance

When I'm working with a client to improve their physical or mental performance, there's two factors that we always address first. These factors are so fundamental to the functioning of the body and brain, it's next-to-impossible to meaningfully improve performance or well-being without addressing them first and foremost. First on this list ...

Cinnamon Vanilla Chia Porridge Recipe (paleo, ketogenic and low-glycemic)

When I'm evaluating a food as a potential dietary staple, I'm looking for a few key traits: it should be nutrient-rich, low-toxin, low-glycemic and hopefully, convenient. There are few foods that meet all of these criteria as well as chia seeds. These seeds come from the Salvia Hispanica plant, native to many parts of Central and South Amer...

Triclosan: The Thyroid-Disrupting Ingredient In Your Soap

During the 1990’s, antibacterial soaps went from a being a small-scale medical industry product to a billion dollar consumer industry. Soap manufacturers poured in millions into advertizing, and quickly nearly every household in the western world had antibacterial soaps at their sinks. The pitch for antibacterial soaps was fairly simple - b...

4 Reasons Why Modern Milk Can No Longer Be Considered Healthy

If you're lactose intolerant or have an allergy to milk proteins - you're well aware of how milk wrecks your digestion and generally makes you feel like shit. If you don't have either of these conditions, you could be forgiven for thinking that dairy is a reasonable thing to eat and might even be healthy. After all, the dairy industry has s...

Four Natural Supplements That Reduce The Damage Of Stress And Heal The Adrenals

Stress is crippling. It impairs creativity and cognitive performance, decreases athletic performance, increases inflammation and (obviously) just makes you feel like shit. Reducing the effects of stress on your body is one of the most consistent and effective ways to improve energy levels, mental clarity and physical performance. Stress aff...

The Truth About Coffee And Caffeine [Synchro Life Design #27]

Caffeine is a drug.  Because it is so astonishingly ubiquitous (somewhere around 90% of people in North America consume caffeine on a daily basis), and because use of caffeine generally comes with out stigma, it's easy to forget that we are regularly putting a substance in our bodies that has a huge and cascading impact on our bodies' systems.  ...

Why You Should NEVER Eat Farm-Raised Fish

 Eating fish these days is a complicated proposition.  One the one hand, certain fish have the potential to be quite nutritionally valuable.High-quality fish are a great source of clean, easily-digestible, amino-complete protein.  They can also be great sources of inflammation-fighting Omega-3 fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins (like A and D) ...

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: The Strange Black Powder You Should Always Have With You

  What Is Activated Charcoal?Activated charcoal is made by processing organic materials (usually nutshells or coconut husks) at high temperatures and combining the material with a strong acid or base.  The resulting "activated" material is extremely adept at absorbing and neutralizing other chemicals (specifically, toxins).Because activated char...

5 Most Effective Ways To Reduce Your Inflammation (Inflammation Series: Part Three)

(This is part three of a three-part series on inflammation.  You can find part one here and part two here)In the two previous articles in this series, I explained what inflammation is and why it is so damaging to our health when not managed properly.For those of you who read the previous articles in the series, I’ll be brief in my rehashing.  I...

How Inflammation Makes You Fat And Slows Your Brain (Part One: The Body)

(This article is part one of a three-part series on inflammation. Find part two here and part three here)You're probably familiar with the long standing medical adage; "Inflammation is the root of all disease."While this is perhaps a slight exaggeration, it is true that inflammation is a contributing factor to a huge number of diseases, in...

How Inflammation Makes You Fat And Slows Your Brain (Part Two: The Brain)

(This article is part two of a three-part series on inflammation. Find part one here)The Brain And The Immune System Until about 10 years ago, the prevailing school of thought was that our immune systems and our brains were mutually exclusive entities.There's a membrane separating the blood of the body from the blood in the brain (called t...

How Fructose Makes Us Fat (and Accelerates Aging)

Fruit is part of a healthy diet, right?  Recently, research into metabolic products called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE’s) casts that assumption into a new light.  AGE’s have been shown to be strongly pro-oxidative and pro-inflammatory and can accelerate several processes related to aging.  Fructose (aka “fruit sugar”) is one of the prim...

How To Shop For Groceries Like A Nutrition Expert

The articles on this site (like most other health/nutrition sites) spend a lot of time focusing on what NOT to eat, and for good reason - there's a lot of common foods that are legitimately toxic for the body.Time to focus on the foods we DO want in our bodies.Eat 95% (or more) of your foods from the "Eat Abundantly" and "No Problems, per se..."...

Is Your Shower Exposing You To Dangerous Toxins?

I've written previously about how important it is to be drinking high-quality water that is free of the chlorine, chloramine and fluoride - which takes effort, as these chemicals are are added to the tap water of almost every municipality in the country.There's a number of reasons for this.  Chlorine and fluoride have been shown to have a number...

Oxalates, Phytates and Saponins: The Secret Anti-Nutrients In "Healthy" Foods

It's happened many times that a certain food rose to popularity as a "health food" only to later fall from that status when we learned more about how the food is produced or a negative effect it has on the body.Remember when "whole wheat" was considered a health food?  Now we know wheat creates holes in your gut lining and triggers systemic infl...

Can Sitting In A Sauna Raise Human Growth Hormone (hGH) Levels?

Saunas have long been valued in societies around the world for ability to detoxify the body and promote vitality.  Recently, however, research seems to indicate that the benefits of time spent in a sauna might go even deeper.  Powerful DetoxifierThe ways by which a sauna promotes detoxification are relatively straightforward.  Perspiration is a ...

5 Reasons High-Fat Diets Are More Than Just A Fad

We were all indoctrinated early.  Living anywhere in the civilized world (but especially in the grain-obsessed US) it was ingrained in us:  Carbs are a dietary staple.  Eat 6-11 servings of carbs per day. etc etcThere's now a lot of evidence showing that this long-running carb-dogma is actually quite misinformed.  Carb-restricted, high-fat diets...

Xenoestrogens: Plastic's Dirty Secret

Remember the BPA scare of a few years ago?  Nalgene was pressured into doing a recall of all of their bottles and the rest of the industry was left scrambling to get BPA out of their products.  It's likely this sounds familiar to you, but do you actually know what the issue was?  BPA was (and realistically, still is) a common additive to plastic...

5 *NEW* Ways Wheat Slows Our Brains And Makes Us Fat

Listen - I know, a TON has been written about wheat and gluten over the last few years and how terrible they are.  Given this huge volume and poor quality of some of what has been written on the topic, you could be forgiven for writing it off as a fad or some type of self-perpetuating media-hype.  But - new research continues to come out showing...

An Owners Manual For Your 100 Trillion Gut Bacteria

The first thing to know about your gut bacteria is how little we (meaning "science") actually know about what's going on down there.  We know that our digestive systems are home to somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 to 1000 unique species of bacteria (although the majority of the bacteria come from a small number of these species).  We also kn...

10 Biggest Problems With Vegan Diets

First, a bit of a disclaimer:  I'm someone who eats an almost completely plant-based diet (key word, "almost").  I founded a company that offers exclusively plant-based nutrition products.  I ate exclusively vegan for the better part of a decade.  Clearly, I'm a believer in eating primarily plant-based foods.  Still, there are some huge problems...

Synchro Salad Recipe 3.0 - Kale-Sweet Potato With Ginger Cashew-Tahini Dressing

This is the third iteration of the Synchro Salad recipe (find version two here).  Like the previous versions, this salad is designed to be filling, deeply nourishing and so delicious that you crave it.  Every ingredient in this salad provides nutritional value.  The nutrient rich, anti-inflammatory kale, the amino-complete hemp protein, the clea...

Intermittent Fasting: Improve Energy, Mental Performance And Burn Fat Like Crazy

Unquestionably, the coolest diet hack to come across my radar in the past few years is a technique known as Intermittent Fasting (IF).  IF has a small, but cult-like following that is growing in numbers at an impressive rate.  If would probably be growing even faster if it wasn't so completely puzzling for most people that encounter it.  To the ...

The Wild World Of Legal Brain Enhancement

If you've seen the movie Limitless, you know it's based on the widely-held fantasy that there may exist an as-yet-undiscovered drug that unlocks oceans of unused potential in our brains - allowing you or I to have at our command the brain power of a Nicola Tesla or a Stephen Hawking, at least while the drug is having its effect.  Of course, this...

How To Stay Healthy (and Synchro) When Traveling

As I'm starting this article, I'm currently on the first leg of a multiple-flight business trip - which serves as a nice prompt to share some of my techniques to take care of the body and stay Synchro during extended travel. Put simply, traveling is a weird thing to do to the human body.  Being shut inside of metal tubes for long periods of ...

Your Chair Is Killing You...Time To Start Squatting.

Sitting Is Killing You SlowlyYou'll probably be surprised at how much evidence there is out there that sitting is terrible for our bodies, and not just for our lower backs.  Studies have shown over and over that sitting long periods of the day (as we almost all do) has disastrous effects our cellular and metabolic health.  Here's a quick list of...

5 Tips To Avoid Regretting Your Holiday Eating

Here's a guarantee: Over the next month-or-so, you'll eat a bunch of food that isn't normally part of your diet.  Let's be honest, this period between Thanksgiving and New Years is socially-reinforced dietary indulgence at its zenith.  And that's fine.  I love eating loads of delicious food as much as the next gal/guy. The problem with all ...

The Case For Barefoot Shoes

Your Screwed Up JointsFor most of us, our bodies don't move the way they should.  Our joints are chronically tight and misaligned.  As a result, we've lost a huge percentage of our range-of-movement in those joints and our posture sucks.  As you might expect, this is a problem.If you're an athlete, the problem is fairly obvious.  Restricted rang...

The Truth About Caffeine and Coffee

Caffeine is a drug.  Because it is so astonishingly ubiquitous (somewhere around 90% of people in North America consume caffeine on a daily basis), and because use of caffeine generally comes with out stigma, it's easy to forget that we are regularly putting a substance in our bodies that has a huge and cascading impact on our bodies' systems.  ...

Improving Your Life One Ritual At A Time

Beautiful shrine by the incomparable @shrineon.This may seem counterintuitive coming from someone who's written 10's of thousands of words on diet optimization, but the reality is: I put very little thought into the foods I eat on a daily basis.  Before you dismiss me as a hypocrite masquerading as a nutrition expert, let me clarify.  When I pic...

Fixing Your Nutrient Deficiencies (Supplementation Series - Part 3 of 3)

Eating fruits and vegetables alone isn't going to get the job done...(This is the 3rd installment of a 3-part series on optimal vitamin and mineral supplementation.  Find Part One here and Part Two here.)I've made no secret that I'm a huge believer in the potential for intelligent vitamin and mineral supplementation to radically improve well-bei...

Why Chocolate Is The World's Greatest Food

In the world of nutrition, where seemingly everyone has radical opinions and divisive polemics are as common as dirt, it's impossible to find any thing that's universally accepted as beneficial.  Yet, somehow, almost everyone you talk to in the world of nutrition agrees: chocolate is a fantastic, highly-beneficial food.  Of course, there will al...

Why Detoxing Matters + The Best Simple Detox Strategies

Raw cacao in the pod.  A rarely seen side of one of the world's most powerful detoxifiers. "Detox" has become quite the buzzword over the past few years, which is great, as detoxification is a huge need in our contaminated modern word.  On the other hand, whenever a word becomes a buzzword, there is always the danger that it will be dismiss...

Seven Secrets To Naturally Amazing Skin

You can tell a LOT about a person by looking at their skin.  I'm of the belief that our skin is first and foremost a reflection of whatever is going on inside our body, as well as what we do with our bodies externally.  More than personality, posture, behavior or even body composition, I consider the skin to be the most honest indicator of a per...

Protecting Yourself From Electromagnetic Pollution (EMF's)

EMF's are a tricky issue to talk about.  There is increasingly a ton of research coming out of academia confirming negative health effects associated with EMF exposure.  Yet, for whatever reason, when EMF's come up in conversation, a lot of people will roll their eyes in the same way they would if you were talking about extraterrestrials or chem...

The Secret Dark Side Of Kale

I've written a lot about kale and my fanaticism for it.  I know of few foods more nutrient-rich, detoxifying and generally promoting of vibrant health.  Synchro Salad Recipes Version One and Version Two are both habit-forming-delicious kale salad recipes that I eat almost every day of my life.  "Almost" is an important word there, because for al...

Top 3 Critical Vitamin + Mineral Supplements (Supplementation Series - Part 2 of 3)

Magnesium is unquestionably on the list.In the recent article, "Debunking The Multivitamin Myth + Why Supplements Are Still Critical" I explained that due to low-quality ingredients and improper formulation, multivitamins are largely inefficient and a waste of time.  However, this does not mean that vitamin/mineral supplementation is also a wast...

Time To Get Fluoride Out Of Your Water

I'll spare you any of the hyperboles about the importance of water to the body.  I'm sure we all know well how critical proper hydration is to vibrant health and well-being.  The 8 cup/day figure is not a bad guideline (if you weigh like 120lb...).  But I'll simplify it even a bit more: Just drink a lot of water.  You should know what it feels l...

Debunking The Multivitamin Myth (Supplementation Series - Part 1 of 3)

 In the past few months I've noticed a particular uptick in national news articles criticizing the supplement industry - and in the process, strongly questioning (and even denying) the need for vitamin and mineral dietary supplementation.I can't tell you how frustrated I get every time I see one of these articles.All of these articles share some...

Synchro Salad Recipe - Version Two (Avocado-Vinegar Dressing)

I can say (with all seriousness) that I believe there is a linear relationship between how much kale you eat and how good you feel.  Of course, there's probably an upper limit to this - but the point is, few people are anywhere close to this limit and almost everyone will benefit from bringing more of this nutritional powerhouse into their d...

Ranking The Best (And Worst) Protein Sources...and The Inevitable "Meat Question"

  Athletes know, if you want to get stronger and faster and perform better, you'll need to support your muscles by giving them the proteins they need to rebuild after a training session. If anything, athletes as a group probably over-emphasize the importance of protein at the expense of other aspects of nutrition.Yet for your average person in p...

High Intensity Interval Training: Explained (Why Your Cardio Workout Might Be A Waste Of Time)

Get stronger, fitter and leaner in less time...Let me start by clarifying the title a bit...cardiovascular fitness is far from a waste of time - on the contrary it is indispensable for anyone seeking vibrant health and high performance in all areas.  What is certainly a waste of time is the way most people approach cardio workouts.  While an hou...

Solving The "Alcohol Dilemma"

 One of the most common questions I consistently get from people is "what my thoughts are on alcohol?" and "where and how alcohol can fit into a Synchro Lifestyle (if at all)?".  So quickly, here are my thoughts on the subject:Alcohol is inevitable.  It is everywhere, and even if alcohol isn't part of what you and your immediate social group do,...