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Protecting Your Brain from 4 Invisible Super-Villains with Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield is the New York Times bestselling author of Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health, and Life. Ben dedicates his life to helping others achieve optimal health as a fitness, nutrition and lifestyle performance coach. Ben holds masters degrees in exercise physiology and biomechanics, and advanced certifications in sports nutrition, personal training, and strength and conditioning.

Ben is also an Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, and professional obstacle course racer. He’s and completed the coveted Spartan Delta, trained with the Navy SEALs, competed across the globe in open water swims, mountain runs, and adventure races.

What are the invisible super-villains that are wreaking havoc on your brain?

This topic is near and dear to my heart. Through this podcast series, I love sharing with you the things we can do to level up our brains, and while it’s important to talk about what to do, it’s also important to cover the obstacles, the invisible forces that are taking you away and holding you back.

To discuss this topic, we have Ben Greenfield, NYT Bestselling Author of Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health, and Life. Ben is a professional obstacle course racer, completing the coveted Spartan Delta, training with the Navy SEALs, competing across the globe in open water swims, mountain runs, and adventure races, and winning multiple USA bowhunting competitions.

In this episode, we talk about 4 invisible super-villains and what you can do to protect yourself from them.

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  • Four supervillains are the product of living in a modern era.
  • Find that addressing these will help everyone, especially those who have perfect exercise and nutrition regimes but find their brain is still foggy.


  • Indoor air quality is becoming as much of an epidemic as outdoor air quality e.g. mold, fungi, mites, cleaning chemicals.
  • Many people breathe through their mouth due to stress—this activates a stress response and mean chemicals are inhaled directly without being filtered through the nose.
  • Action steps: get a good HEPA air filter, or try a Molekule air filter or Air Doctor.
  • 1989 NASA clean air study, the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing)—try to include this in your home
  • You can also try essential oil diffusers, looking into the effects different oils have on your cognition e.g. rosemary, peppermint, cinnamon for alertness.
  • Learn more about the Patrick McKeown, The Oxygen Advantage.


  • Flight mode on the phone, f.lux program for your computer, blue light blocking glasses.
  • Modern fluorescent lighting is composed of blue light spectrum: causing retinal damage, and flicker—a barely noticeable distraction that reduces your cognitive superpowers.
  • Biological LED still produce a lot of flickers.
  • Red incandescent is best for sleeping areas, and clear incandescent most accurately simulates sunlight.
  • Good lighting=less brain fog and clearer thinking.
  • Photobiomodulation—selling red light panels to bathe yourself in at night to help offset exposure to blue light during the day (Joovv).
  • Get as much sunlight as soon as you can after you wake in the morning.
  • Wearing blue light glasses during the day can disrupt your circadian rhythms as it will block all blue light—have two pairs to alternate between (Ra Optics).


  • Homes are cluttered with signals: turn wifi off at night—if you can’ remember to do this, buy an automatic timer to shut it off.
  • Ben uses an ethernet cable to hardwire in—avoids the use of wifi, Bluetooth and cell phone signal.
  • Damage tends to decrease in terms of distance from the router.
  • Don’t wear or use technology that emits signals—known to cause issues with calcium channels in your cells.
  • Keep your phone on airplane mode if possible.
  • Book: The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs.
  • Mitigate damage by pushing reboot: getting hands and feet in touch with the earth, PEMF technologies (Dr. William Pawluck, Bob Dennis ICES technology).


  • Whatever you weigh in pounds, divide it by 2 and that’s how much water you should drink.
  • Water is what helps to move nutrients between your cells—but it needs a charge to be effective: structured water or hydrogen-rich water.
  • Filter your water (reverse osmosis or carbon block), and add minerals to your water: keep a Celtic salt shaker and add a little, Quicksilver Scientific mineral solution, AquaTru trace mineral drops.
  • Purchase a structured water filter, or hydrogen-rich tablets or generator (trusii).
  • Avoid plastic containers and purchase water in glass containers.
  • Remember: how you live matters to your grey matter.


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