Regularly embracing the cold is not just a ‘biohack’ that may benefit our physical health. It also has impressive impacts on mental health. When approached in the right way, cold exposure is a small practice that can have sweeping implications across all aspects of our life. Read on to learn more about the mental benefits of cold thermogenesis.
Cold thermogenesis is hot! In case you haven’t noticed, cold showers, ice baths and ice tubs have become the routine de jour of biohackers, athletes, and celebrities alike. The list of potential health benefits is enticing, but there is a deeper reason why your body needs cold exposure. In the first part of this three-part series, we’ll explore the evolutionary case for cold therapy and evaluate if cold training can be the key to unlocking primordial stores of vitality, strength and health.
During times of stress, many of us find ourselves coping with unhealthy food—whether that's reaching for the potato chips more often than usual or upgrading dessert from a weekly indulgence to a daily one. Maybe you feel like your jeans—okay, your sweatpants—are feeling a little tighter, and you can't help but wonder: "Why can't I stop eating?" Read on to learn the science behind food cravings and the three physiological reactions causing you to stress-eat, plus simple and free ways to stop stress-eating that have nothing to do with food at all.
It's March, 2020 and the Coronavirus has spread like wildfire across the world. Hundreds of thousands of people have been infected, the global economy is crashing and our national and local governments are escalating their measures to contain the virus and “flatten the curve”. This is certainly a frightening and stressful time. When we're forced to come face to face with our thoughts and fears, how can we cope with the stress? What really works in a time of global crisis and pandemic? Read on to learn about the three most research-backed stress management tools.
Ben Greenfield’s New Book “Boundless”: Everything You Need To Know To Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging
Learn about Kion Co-founder, Ben Greenfield's new book: a complete guide to optimizing the human body, mind, and spirit—written with no stone unturned, no fluff, no "watered down" drivel—just pure, hardcore, practical, from-the-trenches content. "Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging," is the last book you'll ever need to unlock unparalleled breakthroughs in performance, recovery, sleep, gut health, hormone balance, and much more.
Meditation doesn’t stop distracting thoughts, or negative thoughts, or unhelpful thoughts. It doesn’t let me “control my thoughts,” whatever that would mean. Meditation is just an awareness tool. And mental awareness is the first step toward finding more self-determination to do what I really want. Real self-determination isn’t possible when you’re being ceaselessly pushed and pulled by little goblins in your head who readily manipulate your emotions but whose existence you won’t acknowledge.
Because of its proven benefits on everything from sleep to productivity, focus, mood, and stress reduction, meditation is quickly becoming the daily practice of Marines, pro-athletes and world-class performers in all fields. Although meditation is one of the fastest growing health trends, its fundamentals—what it is, what it does and how to do it —remain ill-defined. Learn the top three misconceptions about meditation so you can start your own practice with knowledge, confidence, and clear expectations.
Stress. It’s one of those joys in life we all experience, and simultaneously love to hate. In times of pressure—like before a work deadline or during the heat of competition—stress can push us to perform at our peak. But when not managed properly, it can build up over time and do some serious damage to our mental and physical health.
Just like your GI tract has a protective barrier protecting it from its surroundings, your brain has its own casing that protects it from your body and bloodstream. It’s called the blood-brain barrier (BBB). And, just like you can get a leaky gut, you can also get a leaky brain.
Think for a moment how much visual, auditory, and sensory information you’re exposed to and required to process every single day. Learn about how smart drugs and nootropics can boost cognitive function and enhance brain efficiency.