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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 in...

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 Detoxifier The ways by which a sauna promotes detoxification are relatively straightforward.  Perspiration is...

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 etc There's now a lot of evidence showing that this long-running carb-dogma is actually quite misinformed.   Carb-restricted, high-fat di...

Xenoestrogens: Plastic's Dirty Secret + The REAL Reason To Buy Organic

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 plast...

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 showi...

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 k...

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 problem...

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 cle...

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, thi...

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 tim...

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

Sitting Is Killing You Slowly You'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 ...

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 this...

The Case For Barefoot Shoes

Your Screwed Up Joints For 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.  Restricte...

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 ...

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 wel...

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 a...

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 dismissed a...

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 pe...

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 c...

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 a...

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 wa...

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...

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 s...

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...

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 i...

Is Your Cardio Workout 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 h...

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 ...

Optimize Your Nutrition And Get More Out Of Your Workouts

There is a lot more involved in the pursuit of optimal health and well-being than always putting the very best foods in your body.  Optimal health is the product of a complex ecosystem of factors including nutrition, physical environment, social environment, genetics, sleep quality, mental/emotional well-being, physical fitness and a multitude ...

Why Fruit Might Not Be Healthy After All

Carbs will make you fat.  Carbs create an unsustainable crash-and-bust energy cycle.  Carbs will burn out your metabolism. I've written at length about these issues that come when carbs are your primary fuel source.  I'm a firm believer that the human body is designed to run primarily off of high-quality fats, another topic I've covered a few t...

Hack Your Body To Crave Kale (with this recipe...)

When I posted the Synchro Salad recipe last year, it was primarily just a convenient place to point friends to when they asked me for the recipe at one point or another.  Invariably, every time I make this salad at a party or have friends over for dinner, someone will ask me for this recipe.  What I didn't expect is the feedback from other reade...

The Synchro Recipe We Can't Stop Eating - "Synchro Spheres"

  (This article/recipe is a guest-post from Synchro's resident Chaos Magic Sorceress, Ariana C.) Breaking News  We have discovered something amazing here at the Synchro Galactic kitchen! And finally after many nights of taste testing and careful recipe refinement we are ready to share this edible delight with the Synchroverse.  Since we have de...

Synchro Mini-Fasting - Fueling Your Body Intelligently

In last week's Synchro Life Design, I tackled the complicated subject of the choices for fuel sources for the human body.  Essentially, the metabolism has the capacity to run on either carbohydrates or fats - but it is somewhat of a choice.  Carb-burning pathways and fat-burning pathways generally run in opposition to each other, with fat-burni...

Introducing...Cocotella - Raw Chocolate Coconut Butter

We're always on the lookout for new products that align with the Synchro Life Design System - and our goals of vibrant energy and high performance.  In Cocotella, we've found just that.  The care and attention to detail that has gone into this product can only be described as fanatical.  Our friends at Ostara have the world's h...

Why Fats (And Not Carbs) Are The Body's Preferred Fuel Source

Insulin.  Not only does it look cool...it's also the key to understanding how your body stores fat. If you keep up with the Synchro Life Design System, you'll know by now that I'm a huge advocate of eating a diet that is low-glycemic load and fuels the body primarily with high-quality, easily digested fats.  Switching to this diet was hugely tr...

5 Tips To Hack Your Way To Better Sleep

          Sleep quality is a cornerstone of optimized, vibrant well-being and high performance.  Perhaps this is a case of stating the obvious, but I see people all the time who eat amazingly well and have excellent fitness routines, but are never getting where they want to be in terms of energy, performance and well-being - primarily because ...

Why You Should Think Twice Before Eating Wheat and Corn (and it's worse than gluten)

This image really says it all.  (Giberella mold on corn, a common source of mycotoxins) (Again...) Toxins Are Your Enemy It feels a bit like stating the obvious or an overplayed record, but I really can't emphasize it enough: toxins are the enemy of vibrant health and high performance.  Toxins trigger inflammation, disrupt metabolism and mess w...

4 Reasons You Need More Coconut Oil In Your Life

Get (More) Coconut Oil In Your Life! This is likely not the first time you've encountered someone enthusiastically recommending coconut oil for one reason or another.  Coconut oil has blown up in popularity in the past few years and it seems to be taking up more and more shelf space in Whole Foods every month (always a reliable measure of a ...

Is Your Cooking Oil Toxic?

Back To The Basics: Detoxing There's a hundred ways to say it: You can't performance tune a broken engine.  You can only run so fast with an injured back.  No sense trying to crank up the volume on your sweet stereo if it's going to blow a fuse because your power supply isn't robust enough. We spend a lot of time here at Synchro focusing on pu...

Get Rid Of Chronic Inflammation (and pain) With Turmeric

Inflammation Is Holding You Back Everyone suffers from some degree of inflammation.  Everyone.  As we covered in the previous article on the inflammatory ramifications of improper Omega 3 to 6 balance, unmanaged inflammation can have severe effects on your energy levels, body composition, cognitive performance and overall well being.   In shor...

Your Omega 3 and 6 Are Out Of Balance (and it's making you fat and less awesome)

A Misunderstood Topic Unchallenged at the top of the list "nutritional elements people are aware of but really know absolutely nothing about" is Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's), their function and how they should be included in the diet.  ...which is a shame, because when EFA's are out of balance the health effects are crushing.  Chronic heart d...

Power Your Brain with Creatine Supplementation

A Polarizing Subject This latest in the series of Synchro Life Design practices is unquestionably the one that I have had the most conflict with over the years.  This practice is among the most powerful nutritional practices I know of (and one that I've used with great success for the better part of a decade) - yet, it is one that I've held clo...