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  • 1. Podcast #72 from episode-72-double-interview-super-special- barefoot-running-esssential-fatty-acids/ Introduction: In this podcast episode: barefoot running, essential fatty acids, more on amino acids, ankle injuries and the genotype diet. Ben: Thats right, podcast listeners. Todays episode is a double interview super special. My first featured topic is going to be on barefoot running with a fellow named Tellman Knudsen who I mentioned last week is currently running barefoot across the country. And I called him up and interviewed him live while he was running through Ohio. Youre going to get to listen to that. We also have an interview with Dr. Cohen from Bioletics. This will be Dr. Cohens third appearance on the show and hes going to be talking about the powerful potential of essential fatty acids and how you can actually get those tested, what to do if youre deficient and much more. So youre not going to want to miss those featured topics. We have just a few brief special announcements today and we also have a Listener Q and A. But before we go on to any of that, I do need to make you aware of a few small changes to the podcast over the next five to six weeks. Basically, I am putting together for any of you triathlon listeners out there a huge side project thats going to bring you a bunch of free teleseminars, phone conferences with triathlon coaches, triathlon pros, with authors not just conferences where you sit there and twiddle your thumbs and listen but live Q and A where youre going to be asking questions. A huge amount of interaction there. Its going to be over at a website called Ill put a link to that in the Shownotes but I want to warn you listeners, that based off the amount of energy that Im having to put into bringing those audios to you, this podcast is going to be limited just for the next few weeks to primarily Q and A to answering your questions on fitness, fat loss, nutrition or human performance. So make sure that you follow that link in the Shownotes to see why the podcast is going to be changing so much over the next six weeks. I thank you all for the support that you give, for the rankings in iTunes and for you just listening in. I promise that this podcast is not going
  • 2. anywhere. Dont worry. Its just going to be a little bit shorter over the next few weeks. So with that being said, lets go ahead and move on to this weeks special announcements. So this weeks first question comes to me from Listener Joe, and Joe says this is a funny question. Joe asks: One question that I have not been able to get a straight answer on is what exactly do bodybuilders do and how exactly do their diet and workout change to get that paper thin skin? I would like to at least one time in my life experience walking around the earth tan and in high definition. Will you please help me with this? Ben answers: Well Joe, I did bodybuilding for a couple of years and that was actually one thing that I was really concerned about was that paper think skin, or lines or wrinkles or age spots because as most of you are probably aware, body builders have to spend a lot of time in tanning booths and that causes a premature aging in the skin. It literally speeds up the aging process in your skin. So it not only causes your skin to dry out but it makes your skin lack moisture. You start to flake, you peel, you wrinkle a lot more. Even little things like you start to see more wrinkles around your eyes when you smile. The skin loses a lot of its collagen and kind of becomes loser whereas those of us who are hydrated and not really dried out all the time youre going to notice a more moist, supple not a stretched out, but a non-wrinkled appearance to the skin. So tanning beds long periods of time spent in the sun all of that will do that to your skin. Now Joe, Ive been backstage at bodybuilding shows and when you get close up to these people, its just horrible. Tiny, tiny little collagen damage wrinkles everywhere. Okay? And its because of the amount of tanning. Now, some bodybuilders, and I tried to do this when I was bodybuilding used just a heavy, heavy amount of tanning lotion. A lot of times there are little gold flakes in that so the light shimmers off you and makes you look even more muscular when you get under the lights or on to stage. But do not crave that paper thin skin. When you get close, its just its like a thin, thin ice full of wrinkles and you dont want that on your skin. I would recommend if anything, if you want to get that look and
  • 3. just see what it looks like go pick yourself up some bodybuilding tanning lotion and put it on your body and youll see how easy it is to actually achieve that same look with a little bit of a topical application. So, were going to move on to a question from Listener Scott. Scott asks: After watching the video you posted on the Master Amino Pattern, Im wondering how sold you were on the product. Theres a mention of over 40 tests or clinical trials yet no links to the information on their website. I would think if theres scientific evidence of effectiveness it would be plastered on there. if you do believe in it, would you recommend substituting MAP for whey protein or even your recipes that include Mt. Capra protein powder? Ben answers: Thats a great question, Scott. And as far as the scientific effectiveness or the research studies, there are links over there on their website and I also put some links in the Shownotes to podcast number 71 on the studies that were done in terms of the nitrogen utilization rate of this MAP. And for those of you who didnt hear that podcast last week, its a capsule thats full of all the essential amino acids that you need. Now, in terms of substituting MAP for something like whey protein or protein powder, Scott, what you need to understand is that this is amino acids, okay? Its not calories. Its not sustenance so to speak thats going to stick to your ribs or give you energy to work out. Consider it more along the lines of like an essential fatty acid or another type of supplement that you would take, but not as food. So whey protein, I would consider food. The Mt. Capra protein powder that you mentioned, I would consider food. This is a supplement. So, for example when I finish a workout, Ill take 10 of these and an apple so the apple is giving me the carbohydrate and this is giving me the amino acids that arent in the apple. But continue to use regular recipes. You can eat whole food and real food. Im not endorsing switching to capsules or supplements for all your intake. This just ensures that your body is getting everything that it needs because if you have a bowl of rice or if you have an apple or if you have anything that doesnt have that complete amino acid profile in it, youre going to miss out on the amino acids and then also every single food on the face of the planet has a
  • 4. lower nitrogen utilization rate than this stuff. So it gets absorbed a lot better and its just kind of that extra secret weapon that you can have for recovery, for muscle building or for enhancing sports performance or decreasing soreness. Now Scott goes on, hes got a second part to his question. He says Scott asks: I recently injured my calf just above the ankle. I believe its a muscle injury since it feels like a charley horse type of discomfort or spasm that occurs when I walk on or wi