- [4:58] Kill Cliff Recovery Drink
- [11:30] BCAA Ratio
- [14:26] Making Up Calories On Weekends
- [18:15] Oleic Acid And Seborrheic Dermatitis
- [22:34] Valsalva Maneuver
- [18:20] Atrial Fibrillation
- [32:18] Acupuncture
- [38:42] Chiropractic
- [48:47] Strengthening Joints And Connective Tissue
1. KillCliff- THE Recovery Drink
First, just want to get all the mushy stuff out of the way, so thank you both for all the wonderful knowledge you drop on us on a weekly basis. I adopted the Paleo lifestyle about 2 years ago and haven’t looked back since… Well sort of, I am stationed in Italy, and evidently they like their pizza and pasta.. But I have a question about this “new drink” that I have seen around the internet and at my old CrossFit box called KillCliff. It was developed by a former Navy SEAL that includes all natural ingredients like Ginger Root, Green Tea Extract, Milk Thistle, Ginseng Root Powder and an enzyme mix of Amylase, Beta Gluconase, Bromelain, Invertase, Lipase, Protease 4.5, and Serrapeptase as well as B, C and E Vitamins. BUT, it is only a propietary blend and they dont disclose the exact amount of each ingredient. So my question is,( besides the flavor being called Double Awesomeness) do you see any benefit to this drink to supplement for recovery/ and anti-inflammatory? The link is attached below.
2. BCAA ration
What is the best ratio of leucine, isoleucine, and valine? For example 8:1:1, 3:2:1 etc.
3. Gorging on 1-2 days to eat less during the week
Jason Blanchard says:
Hey Robb and Greg, thanks for all the hilarious podcasts you two have made, I laugh out loud while walking and look crazy because of you quite often. My question is pretty straightforward…I am a very active individual looking to slowly increase my workload even more over the coming month. Right now im trying to fuel myself with enough good quality calories everyday, eating as close to 4000 calories as I can. I try to stick to 3 meals, as you can imagine, this is quite difficult to do in just 3 meals, but my problem is that my acrobatics are in the evening and I finish late and by the time im home if I would eat I would end up finishing right before bed, and if I eat at all at night it screws up my sleep so I try to keep my meals to earlier in the day. The main problem with that is that eating so much in one meal is bloody EXHAUSTING! I am only 143 pounds at 5″11. A twig, and my digestive system is not too strong as is. I know the ideal thing would be to lessen my workload, but the simple fact is that this is something I love to do, and its what I wish to make my career in as well. With such a high training load, and tons of movement daily, 3 big meals slow me down…so my question is do you think it would be alright to eat less during the week, not a huge amount less but lets say 2500 calories…and then on weekends when I am not doing classes in the evening I would eat very large amounts such as 6-7 thousand calories. On these days I could just do very very light movement, but pretty much stay in rest mode mostly. In my mind I would be storing the excess energy as fat, and then utilizing it during the week due to less calorie consumption. Reasonable? obv. this is all individual, but im curious to see your opinion on it. Thanks in advance and sorry for how long this is!
4. Oleic acid and seborrhic dermatits
Justin Lascek (of 70’s Big) says:
Hey Robb and Greg,
I’ve noticed various questions on your show about people getting skin rashes after shifting to a Paleo diet. I even remember having rash issues when I transitioned to a Paleo approach in 2008. A woman I know has had some persisting dandruff. She sleeps well, trains regularly, takes Vitamin D, magnesium, and fish oil, and adheres to a Paleo eating approach. After trying various shampoos and conditioners, her dandruff conditions persist.
I started doing some research on seborrhic dermatits, and one of the causes is fungal related, specifically a type of yeast called Malassezia. Long story short, Malassezia uses oleic acid as a metabolite; it allegedly consumes the saturated fats and leaves the unsaturated fats to irritate the stratum corneum, the top layer of skin. This “barrier breach” on the skin induces an irritation response: dandruff and dermatitis.
My chemistry is not stellar and I haven’t heavily researched this topic, but is there any merit to the idea that fish oil — or perhaps an over abundance of it — may supply this fungus with metabolites that could lead to this skin irritation? I’m not suggesting the fish oil is bad, but merely causing a weird reaction when this fungus is actually present (at the time of this writing I don’t know how the fungus gets there to begin with).
In any case, I’ve heard Robb chalk up skin issues to most likely missing out on a vitamin or mineral in the diet. Is there any merit to something like the increased amount of dietary fatty acids causing or exacerbating skin problems?
5. Valsalva Manuever
New to weightlifting and need some help. I am 60 year old female totally a mess until I hired a trainer who introduced me to fitness and Paleo in January. I love it all, well maybe not the burpees, but need some advice about breathing. My trainer recommended using the Valsalva Manuever to help with my lifts. I am trying to learn this but I went to Dr. Google and saw many bad reviews of this. I am dead lifting 135 and pressing 47 so I am progressing slowly but increasing each time I work out. My back squat is not working well. Shoulder mobility is lacking but working on this. One day I will do a real pull up!
I have lost 65 lbs and feel better than I have in 30 years. I have about 40 lbs to go. Yes, I did not throw the scale away. Off the Celebrex and no more pain except soreness.
I would appreciate any help with this. I listen to the podcast at work and love it. Know you need a life but I would love more podcasts…Thanks for all you do. You have helped to change a life!
6. A paleo solution for paroxysmal, lone atrial fibrillation?
Mark Fromberg says:
One health issue you have all been silent on is the “other” heart disease epidemic: Atrial fibrillation. What good science is there on how to prevent it?
I am a long term endurance athlete, now in my 50s, with no history of heart disease. I have never been a smoker or overweight. In the last 6 years have had increasingly frequent but intermittent bouts of symptomatic “lone” atrial fibrillation, likely vagally mediated, most often lasting many hours, usually beginning when I sleep. So far, despite a myriad of well-intended suggestions, from dietary taurine, magnesium supplements, hawthorne tea, and less exercise, to a myriad of nasty prescription drugs, nothing has slowed the increasing frequency of this condition. I can no longer reliably train for the triathlons I used to compete in regularly.
This is a more common and more debilitating condition than most people realize, and it is the number one cause of stroke. So, what can your medical investigative skills do to help me and the thousands of others who are also afflicted with this?
Hi there, I spend a fair bit of time reading medical literature and trying my best to figure out the best ways to proceed with my own health issue (autoimmune hypothyroidism). I have honestly had the best results with pure evidence based (rather than experiential based) medicine. Notice that I did not use the term western medicine as that term is in itself rather racist considering that this form of healthcare has had contributors from pretty much any nationality one could mention. Also as this composite form of healthcare progress’s it certainly does treat the patient as a whole, the big problem being crappy doctors rather than a crappy central concept.
My question is about the efficacy of acupuncture. To my knowledge there has never been a conclusive trial showing acupuncture to be any more effective than a good massage or for efficacy in treating serious ailments. In addition I have read time and time again that there are no correlate physiological structures to be found at acupressure points.
8. Chiropractic – why does the Paleo world seem to embrace it?
Matt Kennedy says:
I get why so many chiros are pro Paleo (they’re anti pills and pro movement etc.) but why does much of the Paleo world – which embraces the scientific method and stands up against pseudo science so fiercely – drink the chiropractic Kool Aid so willingly?
I mean, subluxation to cure cancer?? Or neck manipulation of kids and babies?? Fuck me. I know not all chiros go all the way down the rabbit hole but still, if chiropractic isn’t the Scientology of the medical world then what is?
Plus calling themselves ‘Doctors’ when they’re simply not (sure there are a handful who are also MDs) is just bare-faced fibbery.
The Paleo world stands up against mega-NGOs (like ‘The Heart Foundation’ and ‘The Cancer Council’ here in Oz) who tow the old lines for fear of public backlash – even at the risk of out health) so where’s the backlash against the damaging and myth-riddled Chirotology?
Matt in Melbourne
9. Develop more robust joints & connective tissue
Robb & Greg,
I’m a 42-year old male; I’ve been lifting for slightly over 2 years, mostly doing 3 sets of 5 on the key lifts. My strength has increased a lot, but I find I still get injured a couple times a year. Specifically, I’ve injured my shoulder doing some indoor climbing (I think I overextended myself), doing wall-balls, or even lowering a heavy push-press rep. Also, my elbow flares up each time I do chin-ups (never kipped). How should I go about bulletproofing my joints? Should I add some high reps / low weight on the classic lifts? Or add some different movements (e.g., shoulder rotations)? Any other ideas? Last, should I just learn to live with it (and prepare myself for even worse as I get older)?