Glutathione Guide– What is it, How to Get More

Is there really just one master nutrient that controls aging, disease, and health? 89,000 medical articles point to the fact that Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant and detoxifier.

This journal article from Experimental Gerontology suggests that aging and cancer may be related to low and declining levels of glutathione as we age.

Glutathione deficiency may not be just a problem for those in their later years.

We’re likely all deficient in glutathione because our modern lifestyle is working against us. As we’ve talked about forever at Primalhacker, modern life is not designed for optimal health. The fast pace of life, increased exposure to toxins and non-native EMF among other things make it harder to detox our body.

We know of one functional medicine professional who says her recent cancer diagnosis was almost certainly due to her almost non-existent glutathione levels. She just happened to check her glutathione levels before being diagnosed with cancer and they were at rock bottom. She says her rock bottom glutathione was a major contributor to her cancer.

It’s likely many of us have low glutathione and don’t even know it.

We’re going to tell you how to increase your glutathione stores and take advantage of this uber-important antioxidant.

HISTORY

Glutathione is nothing new to the science world as it was isolated in 1921 by Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, who was an English biochemist and Nobel Prize award winner.  Since 1921 glutathione has been studied significantly with tens of thousands of medical articles investigating its role within our cells.  Glutathione was discovered long ago, why is it just now getting the limelight – could it be due to the rapid changes in our environment that our body has not had the chance to adapt to?   

WHAT IS GLUTATHIONE AND WHAT DOES IT DO?

Glutathione “is the most important low molecular weight antioxidant synthesized in cells[r].

While glutathione has multiple functions, it is often referred to as the master antioxidant.  Arguably the most important roles and focus of this article is glutathione’s capacity to serve as a powerful antioxidant as well as a carrier of xenobiotics (a neat way of saying compounds that are not native to human nutrition and physiology) and heavy metals out of the body.

Glutathione is produced naturally in nearly all the cells of your body, with some of the highest concentrations in the liver.

That’s right, in an ideal world your body makes and recycles all the glutathione you need.

Glutathione is built in your body from three amino acids – cysteine, glutamine, and glycine attached to a sulfur group. The sulfur group contains a sulfur attached to a hydrogen. This hydrogen and sulfur group is often represented as the letters G (Glutathione), S (Sulfur), H (Hydrogen), indicative of why you often see glutathione abbreviated as GSH.

Below are a few other important roles of glutathione:

  • Regulation of cell growth and division
  • Recycling of other antioxidants
  • Enhance immune function
  • Mitigate damage caused by radiation

So what exactly is an antioxidant

To understand why antioxidants like glutathione are important, we first need to understand what an antioxidant is. 

Antioxidants are both produced naturally in the body (Glutathione) and come from outside sources (vitamin C from lemons). Antioxidants help put out the fire of inflammation in our cells and keep us from going over the edge into a nightmare of too many toxins in our cells leading to cell death.

Inflammation and toxicity in our cells come from many places, but free radicals are one of the biggest sources. Our body naturally produces free radicals in the body, and always has. Just through breathing, we create free radicals.

Our modern lifestyle creates even more free radicals than ever before. Our water is contaminated with glyphosate, the air is filled with particulates and smog, and the products we use every day – our cars, beds, couches and more are filled with flame retardants and other unnatural chemicals.

Through normal physiological processes (i.e. aerobic respiration, normal metabolic reactions, inflammation, etc.) as well as external environmental factors (i.e. excess stress, pollution, smoking, etc.), free radicals (compounds with unpaired electrons causing them to be highly reactive) are produced in the body, of which if not addressed can cause cell damage and even cell death.  As a part of our evolutionary biology, we are equipped with compounds produced endogenously and consumed through dietary intake that will help neutralize these free radicals.  Antioxidants block the process of oxidation by neutralizing free radicals through a process of donating electron(s). 

Let’s face it. In today’s society, even living like a caveman won’t save you from being exposed to more toxins and synthetic chemicals than our ancestors ever were!

HOW DOES GLUTATHIONE ADDRESS XENOBIOTICS AND HEAVY METALS

 Xenobiotic is a cool new term that addresses substances that are not natural to our bodies and are not expected to be in our bodies. These are things like plasticizers, BPA, formaldehyde from your couch, flame retardants that your car is soaked in and more. Carcinogens, drugs, pollutants, food additives, and pesticides all fall into the category of xenobiotics.

We want to detox these things out of our bodies.

Dr. Mark Hyman does a great job of describing the process by which glutathione works its magic for detox: “The secret of glutathione is the sulfur (SH) chemical groups it contains. Sulfur is a sticky, smelly molecule. It acts like fly paper and all the bad things in the body stick onto it, including free radicals and toxins like mercury and other heavy metals.

While the sticky fly paper analogy is an oversimplification, it helps to understand how glutathione aids our body in removing harmful compounds.

WHAT NEGATIVELY AFFECTS GLUTATHIONE LEVELS

There are many internal and environmental factors that deplete glutathione levels.  From an ancestral perspective, modern living has introduced a multitude of chemicals, lifestyle habits, environments, etc that the human body has not had an opportunity to evolve in conjunction with.  Below are a few examples:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and other pharmaceuticals
  • Poor diet
  • Acetone, solvents, paint removers
  • Chronic depression and anxiety
  • Fuels and fuel by-products
  • Chronic stress – both mental and physical
  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Nitrates and other food preservatives of chemical origin
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Alcohol
  • Non-native EMF (electromagnetic fields)


If you avoid alcohol and don’t pop painkillers as a vocation, you’re still likely exposed to microwave radiation from cell towers, stress, and toxins in the air and water.

We’ve heard of people checking glutathione levels in their blood and finding lower than normal levels. We aren’t sure why their bodies aren’t able to produce enough, but likely modern society is exposing the body to more stress and toxins than it was designed to handle.

Glutathione has been shown to be protective against oxidative stress, alcohol, and toxic heavy metals like mercury (r)

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY GLUTATHIONE IS TOO LOW?

If your body is unable to produce enough glutathione to keep up with all the heavy metals and free radical build up in cells you have a problem.

Studies have shown that glutathione deficiency can:

  • Make it harder to remove heavy metals
  • Disable DNA repair functions
  • Weaken cell membranes
  • Make it harder to detoxify the body

In fact, literature has shown that the following Diseases are Associated with Glutathione Depletion [r]: 

  • Neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  • Pulmonary disease including COPD and asthma
  • Immune diseases like HIV, and other autoimmune diseases
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Chronic age-related diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration, hearing impairment, and glaucoma)
  • Liver disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Aging process itself

Research has shown that almost all chronic conditions are characterized by glutathione deficiency: HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, asthma, all cancers, cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma (open angle only), chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, all diseases of liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, and digestive system, fibromyalgia, flu and colds, peripheral neuropathy, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, skin disorders, seizures, tumors, autism spectrum disorders and more, as well as non-chronic conditions, such as burns, physical trauma and any type of surgery.

Glutathione Deficiency Warning Signs:

Low glutathione may translate to any of the following

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • weakness/lack of energy
  • brain “fog”
  • joint pain
  • rashes
  • dry skin
  • sleep disorders
  • depression
  • frequent colds
  • onset of a more serious health condition

The good news is that research has shown glutathione levels can be increased through supplementation. [r, r, r]

GLUTATHIONE FOR ATHLETES

Intense exercise increases oxidative stress in cells. When oxidative stress is high, recovery and performance are decreased. It has been suggested that increasing glutathione levels may improve recovery and athletic performance. In addition, this study suggests that glutathione may help improve the redox potential of cells and poor cellular redox, according to the study many diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s are related to poor redox.[r]

 This study suggests that faster recovery time, less soreness and improved performance may be possible from increased glutathione [r]

HOW CAN I BOOST GLUTATHIONE

Diet

Protein

Since glutathione is comprised of three amino acids, it is important to ensure the diet is comprised of complete protein sources - meaning they contain the full spectrum of essential amino acids.  Since cysteine can often act as the bottleneck for glutathione production, whey protein is an excellent complete protein, considering it has favorable cysteine levels. 

A clean whey protein, with non-denatured proteins, taken on an empty stomach has been shown to increase glutathione levels [r, r]

Sulfur-rich foods are also important constituents for your diet when looking to optimize glutathione – remember one of the components of glutathione is sulfur.  When shopping in the grocery store, make sure to put some sulfur-rich foods like eggs, allium vegetables (i.e. garlic, onions, leeks, etc) and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) in the cart.

It is also a good idea to focus on eating foods rich in selenium, as well as foods that encourage liver health.  For a little extra dietary insurance, while you are shopping the PERIMETER of the grocery store, it wouldn’t hurt to throw in some other foods that are rated highly on the ORAC scale.

**All foods should ideally be organic and locally sourced so as to minimize exposure to harmful contaminants and maximize nutritionally profile**

Exercise

There’s not much to say here. We all know we should be exercising for optimal health. Just don’t overdo it. Looking like a Greek God on the outside while filling your body with free radicals and breaking yourself down is no way to secure your place in the longest-lived hall of fame.

Exercise has been shown to boost your immune system and increase levels of glutathione. [r]

Just don’t overdo it because intense training can have the opposite effect.

Meditation

Meditators have been shown to have 20% higher levels of glutathione (practitioners have 20% higher levels of glutathione. [r]

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol has been shown to deplete glutathione. If you do drink, take precautions and do what you can to mitigate the damage. 

Supplementing

There are a few supplements that have been shown to increase glutathione production, specifically NAC, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and the reduced form of glutathione.[r]

NAC (N-acetylcysteine) is a glutathione precursor that is used for multiple medical interventions associated with cognition and the brain.  Many people supplement NAC in the pursuit of boosting glutathione levels, which makes sense considering cysteine is often the limiting factor in endogenous glutathione production, but it is not the most effective tool.  Supplementation with NAC relies on the body to build glutathione form available raw materials, but this ability may diminish with age and liver function.  

Since NAC is not the best bet, what is? 

The most expensive and well-supported method of increasing glutathione levels from adding glutathione to the body is through an IV. Intravenous glutathione supplementation has been shown to work. [r] Intranasal ingestion and nebulized glutathione have also been shown to increase levels. [r,r]

But as mentioned these forms are expensive and hard to access. As a long-term strategy, it has its downsides unless you happen to have a functional medicine doctor as your neighbor and a good wholesale account.

How about a bioavailable form of glutathione you can take at home and even bring with you when you travel!  With multiple forms of glutathione available to consumers, it is important to spend your hard-earned money on something that will work.  Most forms of glutathione are destroyed by the digestive tract before being properly metabolized.

Researchers suggest that GSH is poorly absorbed by oral route mainly due to the action of an intestinal enzyme, the γ-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) which degrades GSH. [r] There is a solution - liposomal Glutathione.

Liposomal supplementation has taken hold in the industry recently and for good reason. If you want a compound to survive intact through the digestive system and make it into the bloodstream you can surround the compound with fat to ensure it more easily reaches its destination.

Enveloping glutathione in small fat molecules that allow the potent antioxidant to survive the digestive tract has been shown to improve glutathione levels in the blood [r, r]

Supplementation via IV is often times considered the gold standard of administration, but it’s not something you will do often or at home. However,  liposomal glutathione can go in your backpack for traveling, and be taken every day. The Liposomal glutathione we use is designed to protect the glutathione molecule from degradation in the digestive tract and because we add lactoferrin, we believe the glutathione is shuttled into the bloodstream easier and released over time. The lactoferrin is a patented delivery system that increases the bioavailability of the ingredients and allows better absorption.

CONCLUSION

There is plenty of information regarding glutathione that was not covered in this article, and for that reason, I would encourage readers that are interested to continue their research.  The purpose here was to ensure that anyone interested in glutathione, could gain a basic understanding of such an amazing supplement.

Based on the myriad of things that can affect glutathione levels mentioned in this article, almost everyone can benefit from dietary and/or supplementation strategy targeting glutathione.  Remember, it is not just one thing that will maintain health, but instead a multifaceted methodical approach to overall wellbeing.  So head over to your local farmers market or health food store to stock up on organic local foods, get outside in the sun barefoot, and for full optimization make sure to grab some Optimized Glutathione.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2696075/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14988435

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/06/19/heavy-metal-detoxification.aspx

http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/12/what-is-glutathione-and-how-do-i-get-more-of-it/

https://www.superfoodly.com/orac-values/

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The Earth Makes EMF and It's Good For You

 

Yes, it’s true, there is EMF that’s good for us, and it comes directly from the Earth and Sun.  

We all live indoors these days and we’re insulated from Nature.  

We don’t get out in the sun, and many doctors today will tell you the sun is toxic.  

Manmade EMF like Wi-Fi, cellphone radiation and Bluetooth causes inflammation and can lead to health problems.  

We rarely if ever touch our feet to the earth and instead insulate ourselves from the ground by wearing rubberized soles in our shoes. 

By doing this, we miss out on the beneficial EMF that heals us and restores our vitality.  

We call this nature’s EMF.  

Anything created by man, that our bodies haven’t been designed to deal with we call Non-Native EMF (nn-EMF). And these are the fields that largely harm our biology.  

Nature’s EMF is used by our bodies to heal, sync us to the Earth and Nature, and even helps us sleep. 

 

Daytime Electric Field..Thanks Sun  

During the day the sun shines on the Earth. There is an electric field produced on Earth wherever there is daylight. This field is energizing and create by photons entering the atmosphere.  

In addition, the Earth receives thousands of lightning strikes every second. These strikes drive electrons into the earth and also create the Schumann Resonance.  

Our bodies can use the electrons in the Earth and are also attuned to the Schumann Resonance. Science is still learning how this works and what effect it has on us, but we know that when humans travel to space and leave these fields, their bodies break down.  

The Russian’s recreate a Schumann Resonant frequency in space to keep the cosmonauts healthier.  

 

Nighttime Magenetic Field..Thanks Earth  

 

At night, without photons bombarding the atmosphere, the Earth’s Magnetic Field is more prominent. Our opinion is that this magnetic field is healing and we take advantage of it in our sleep to heal our bodies.  

If we sleep above ground level, like in 3rd or 10th floor apartments, or even just in a 2nd floor bedroom, we are quite far away from the proper Earth fields we should experience and rather bombarded by manmade fields from cell towers and Wi-Fi and electrical currents in the walls.  

If you want to take advantage of the healing magnetic field, sleep as close to the ground as possible.  Sleeping in a basement bedroom both allows you to be close to the Earth's magnetic field and minimizes or eliminates the manmade EMF fields.  

 

Grounding 

Remember all those lightning strikes hitting the Earth every second? This embeds electrons into the Earth, which is why the Earth is the largest source of negative energy and why we “ground” electrical things into the Earth. You can stand barefoot on the Earth and allow positive charge in your body, known as inflammation, to drain out into the ground. How amazing is our Earth?  You’ll want to be barefoot to do this and stand on a conductive surface like grass, dirt, rocks, cement, concrete. If you stand on a wood deck, asphalt or plastic you will not be grounded. You also cannot ground through your shoes or through nylon or polyester socks, those are plastic. Get some wool or cotton socks or go barefoot.  

 

Schumann Resonance 

Those lightning strikes hitting the ground create a band of frequency close to the surface of the Earth.  

The collective lightning strike frequency is known as the Schumann Resonance. Humans and animals, probably plants too, are tuned to this frequency. Cosmonauts in Russia recreate this frequency in their spacecraft to keep healthy.  

The Schumann Resonance averages to 7.83Hz. This is exactly the alpha brain wave humans attain when in meditation. It’s probably important to tune into this.  

When you sleep or live further from the surface of the Earth, like in an apartment or 2nd floor bedroom, you are more removed from this resonance. 

 

Sunlight is Information 

When we talk about nature's frequencies, the majority of those come from the Sun.  

Sunlight, both visible and invisible, is information to the body.  

Ignore this information – by wearing sunscreen, clothes, and living indoors – and you will be worse off for it.  

Obviously get safe sun exposure. This means building a solar callus and slowly working to get more sun.  

Getting sun on your naked sun is pure information to the body. This sets your circadian rhythm, tells your body what time of day it is and what time of year. This information can be used to make vitamin D and more.  

When we hide from the sun, we completely miss out on this quantum information.  

Studies actually show that people that get the most sun die less often.  

Sun has both visible light and invisible light. We know there is invisible light, like ultraviolet and infrared. I would argue that there are more invisible wavelengths that we even know about. Science isn’t all knowing. I would also guess that these invisible wavelengths we don’t know about are extremely important to health.  

Bottom line is get outside.  

 

When is the Best Time to Get Earth Based EMF?  

If you want to take advantage of all this good juju the earth and Sun provide, then you need to do a few key things.  

The best times are dawn and dusk. However, any time you can get outside is a win. 

 

Get Outside First Thing in the Morning 

At sunrise your body will read the light and set your circadian rhythm for the day. This is extremely important.  

Also, dawn sun has no UV in it. Your body has receptors for UV and it will know there’s none, so be prompted to correctly set your circadian rhythm.  

When we stay inside and look at our phone, the body is tricked, through the blue light of the phone, into thinking it’s later in the day and then mismatches your rhythm to the actual time.  

 

Where BlueBlockers 

We can’t stress this enough. Get those BLUEBLOCKERS on.  

These are to be worn whenever the sun is not in the sky (After sunset and before sunrise).  

Blue light frequencies mess up your rhythm and are associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity when you see blue light at night.  

At night during sleep  

Lights out, connect to the earth by sleeping as close to the ground as possible. Turn off the breakers to your bedroom or better yet the whole house, or better yet, just sleep outside.  

You could also use a grounding sheet from Earthing Company. We use a King size grounding sheet under our bottom sheet to stay grounded all night.  

Magnetico mattress pad can help create a static magnetic field around you mimicking the earths field from centuries ago and possibly protecting you from the cell tower down the road.  

WiFi off at night and cell on airplane mode and into a farday cage pouch so it’s not tracking you and you guarantee no one can turn it on at night and radiate you with the wrong signals. Yup, I do think some companies turn on cell phones for brief milliseconds even when in airplane to download a bit of data on you.. don’t take the risk. 

 

Faraday Cage Bedroom  

We highly recommend sleeping inside a faraday cage. This is material that blocks manmade nnEMF like that from your WiFI, celltowers and your daughters cellphone that’s on all night. To create a primal environment while you sleep, think about investing in a faraday cage for your bed. We use one from Brian Hoyer at Shielded Healing.  

 

 

First thing in the morning when we wake, we get on our blueblockers to avoid signaling our body with the wrong messages.  

Get outside first thing to expose yourself to the electric field and the sun.  

Preferably barefoot on the earth so you can take advantage of the photoelectric effect and absorbing more electrons from the earth while dumping positive charge (inflammation).  

I understand it’s winter in northern climates and this is difficult to be barefoot, and that’s why we’ve sourced these grounding heel straps you can attach to any boot or shoe and be grounded without be barefoot.  They just slip on and off in seconds so you just put them on when you want to ground.  

 

Conclusion 

Get outside as often as possible and remove as many non-native sources of EMF as you can during the day and especially at night.  

Where blueblockers at night.  

 

 

Do you want to learn more about the EMF that comes into your home 

Do you want to learn more about grounding and “earthing” 

Do you want to learn more about EMFs from you cell phone, WiFi, and Bluetooth?  

Do you want to learn more about sunlight and the benefits?  

Best Nightlight for Kids

 

The right type of light at night for your kids is more important than you realize.  

Kids are far more affected by the wrong type of light at night than adults.  

While it’s true that most kids are more resilient than adults, when it comes to light this isn’t the case.  

Using the wrong light at night for your kids can lead to sleep issues and degenerative eye problems.  

Children may be terrified of the dark, but we have fund this is largely because adults light up their rooms at night starting from the time they are babies. Personally, our kids have slept in dark since they were less than a year old and they need to light to go to sleep.  

If you aren’t this lucky and your kids need light to sleep, or you want to light up their hallway or bathroom to ensure safe passage at night, then having the right type of light is critical.  

 What’s Wrong with Light?  

At night, lights harm our melatonin and circadian rhythm. This means kids don’t sleep as well at night if they experience light after sunset.  

In addition to sleep disturbances, light at night has been shown to negatively affect mood the next day.  

Humans have receptors in their eyes for blue frequencies of light. Since most all lightbulbs, phones, TVs, and computers, and night lights contain blue light, we stimulate the receptors in our eyes each night. When this happens, our bodies think it’s daytime. Cortisol, the stress hormone is increased while melatonin, the hormone of darkness, is suppressed. This is a bad combination at night. In adults this light at night is associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.  

Simply put, seeing light at night, and especially sleeping with lights on in our rooms leads to negative health consequences.  
 
Considerations when choosing night lights 

So, you have decided that your kids can’t sleep without some kind of light, or perhaps you just want a light in the bathroom.  

You want to avoid lights that give off blue light. That doesn’t mean you can just buy any bulb that doesn’t look blue.  

Every light you can buy at your local hardware store has blue light in it. LED and CFL lights have more blue than incandescent lights, even if the light coming out of them looks warm or more yellow.  

We took spectrometer readings of many lights and have not found a conventional light that is free of blue anywhere.  

Remember, the blue in light bulbs, including dim light can lead to circadian rhythm disruptions and possible health concerns.  

You want to find a night light that provides just enough light but not too much. In addition, it needs to be free of blue, and preferably green light. These are the two wavelengths studied and shown to impact circadian rhythm.  

Believe it or not there are pure red lights you can buy.  

These red lights have no blue or green and are just pure red light that has been proven not to destroy melatonin at night. 

Portability 

If you want a light at night that can be moved from place to place or even one used to read books at night, look no further than those from Gembared.com (Discount code SLEEP for 10% off).  

Gembared makes reading lights and portable red light therapy lights. While I wouldn’t use one of their lights as a “nightlight” because they are too bright and used for red light therapy, I would use that same therapy light as my lighting at night and I actually do. A nightlight is something I would use in a hallway for dim light at night, or you could use in your child’s bedroom. While a light is something to light up a room like your living room, kitchen, or dining room.  So while we don’t use nightlights here, we do use Gembared lights to light up our hone after dark in our bedroom and living room.  

For reading at night, they make two portable reading lights that are pure red lights. We use these at night to read and bring then with us when we travel. Our kids use these to read books at night and to navigate their bedrooms.  

In addition, Amazon stocks a pure red plug in night light here that we used to use in our hallway. Now we just use the Gembared Rave light strip (discount code sleep) for our hallway lighting. You can see that in the newspaper article we were featured in here, just look for the photos.  

Brightness  

If you want something with more ambience and slightly less red, you can put a Himalayan salt rock lamp in your child’s room. While this is not as ideal as pure red, since it will still give off some, but not much, blue light, it’s far superior to conventional lights.  

 

Night lights we recommend  

The best of the best 

Gembared Crane and Calm (discount code SLEEP) 

Gembared Rex 

Sunlite Red Bulb 

Decent 

Amazon red night light 

OK 

Himalayan salt rock lamp 

 

Why You're Using Your Cellphone All Wrong

I bet You Don’t know How to Use a Cellphone 

Safely that is.  

Your cellphone is a microwave emitting device.  

Ever stuck your head in a microwave?  

No?  

Seems like a bad idea, right?  

Yet you have no problem holding  your cellphone to your head for hours every single day.  

Some of your even sleep with your cellphone under you pillow.  

Take a look at the safety sticker that’s on your microwave. I don’t have one, but I went to the neighbors and looked at it.  

Now, go and look at the sticker on the back of your WIFI router.  

You will now have a better sense of perspective.  

The frequency emitted by your microwave and by your wifi router are the EXACT same frequencies.  

So, if you don’t want to stick your head in your microwave, and your cellphone and wifi router emit the exact same frequency, what gives?  

Truth  

The truth is that microwave radiation and its effects on human biology has been well studied. In over 5,500 peer reviewed, published papers the truth is laid our in black and white.  

Microwave radiation, like that given off by cellphones affects learning, sleep, mood, behavior, and health.  

Modern humans are bombarded with an astounding 1 quintillion more microwaves today than ever before in human history.  

When you carry a cellphone in your pocket, you are exposing yourself non-stop to the frequency associated with that cellphone.  

Every cellphone or cellphone provider uses a slightly different signal. 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, and now 5G all use different frequencies to connect.  

Because the frequencies are all different and each frequency has a slightly different effect and each human has more or less susceptibility to any particular frequency, it is hard to nail down that cellphones are negatively affecting us because each human, carrying a different frequency around will have a different effect from that.  

One person may have an issue with their eyes while another gets cancer. These frequencies affect us differently. One thing that is not in question based on centuries of research is that wireless radiation absolutely affects biology.  

Safe Use Instructions  

Oddly, your cellphone doesn’t come with safe use instructions. HOWEVER, it does tell you right in the safety/regulatory manual that touching your cellphone while it’s turned on violates the safety requirements.  

Read that again!  

Touching your cellphone while in use specifically stated to be avoided for safe use.  

I bet none of your has read that part of your cellphone manual.  

So… if you can’t touch your cellphone while it’s turned on, what do you do?  

 

Wireless radiation affects can be mitigated with 3 key strategies. Follow these and you will minimize your exposure to harmful man-made EMF.  

 

Time 

The less time you are exposed to microwaves, the better.  

Use your phone, WIFI, and Bluetooth for as little time as possible.  

Spend as little time in high EMF environments. These are places like coffee shops and even your office where high powered WIFI is pumped out for everyone to use.  

When I’m at corporate headquarters bathed in junk light and wifi, I make sure to spend as little time inside as possible. If I can work, meet, and take my lunch outside, I will.  

 

Distance 

Wireless radiation diminishing quickly with distance.  

There is a law called the inverse square law that is applied to wireless radiation. This means that for every 1X increase in distance from the source there is a 10X drop in the intensity of the radiation.  

Position yourself as far as possible away from a microwave radiation source. Even a few inches can make a huge difference.  

If you can’t turn off a wireless source of radiation, move as far away from it as possible.  

When a friend of mine measured the WIFI radiation in her son’s high school she found that just moving desks from under the WIFI router that was installed on the ceiling to a desk 5 seats away dropped the radiation levels by more than 10X.  

 

Blocking  

Obviously the best way to reduce wireless radiation is to turn it off. Most of us can’t do that completely. Though we do more than most people, which I’ll explain below.  

When you can’t turn off the wireless, you can block it.  

Microwave radiation can be blocked by metal.  

There are faraday cages you can put your wifi router into and it will significantly reduce the radiation. It will not block all the wifi or else your devices would not be able to connect to it. These are metallic cages with enough gaps in the metal screen to allow some of the wifi out but at significantly reduced signal power.  

You can buy a faraday cage (LINK) for your phone. These are metal lined pouches that block all radiation going to and coming from your phone. These are great if you have someone in your family sleeping with their phone or if you want to be absolutely protected from your phone.  

We keep our phones in the pouches while we sleep even when they are in airplane mode. We know that people have been measuring wireless radiation from their phones even when in airplane mode. This is likely due to software companies calling for private data about you to be sent to the cloud all the time as well as reveal your location. We do not consent to this and therefore keep our phones in pouches so they cannot connect to the cloud or spray us with radiation while we sleep.  

In addition, we take it a step further by surrounding our bed in a faraday cage. While we can turn off our wifi and cellphones at night, we cannot stop the cellphone tower from sending radiation into our bedroom while we sleep.  

Actually, we can stop it by surrounding our bed with metal mesh fabric. This blocks the radiation from our “sleep chamber”.  

Whenever we fly or travel, we always wear our Primalhacker EMF blocking hoodies. It’s impossible to get away from wireless when traveling and thus we do our best to reduce what we’re exposed to as much as possible.  LINK 

You can also mitigate some of the radiation given off by your laptop while on wifi by using one of these products from Harapad.  

Blocking wireless radiation is often our best choice these days when we cannot get away from it. 

 

Airplane Mode 

Your cellphone, tablet, and laptop all have airplane Mode.  

Use it! 

Whenever you are not downloading messages or making a phone call, turn your devices onto airplane mode.  

Don’t forget that when your laptop is connected to a LAN line, you need to enable airplane mode. Otherwise it’s still pinging wifi every once in a while for no reason.  

If you have your cellphone in your pocket, put it in airplane mode.  

This is why we have voicemail and texts.  

I modified my voicemail message to state that I do not listen to voicemail, honestly who has time for that.  

I ask callers to send me a text.  

When I pop my phone out of airplane mode and download data, I see the texts and call back whoever I need to. I am not on call 24/7.  

Airplane mode will disable your WIFI, cellphone, cell data, and Bluetooth.  

It will not disable the GPS. GPS is always on. You can convince yourself of this by using maps on your phone and then turning your phone to airplane mode. The maps will keep up just fine.  

Be careful though, because some people turn their phones to airplane mode and the wifi or Bluetooth is still on. Check to make sure these are actually turned off when your phone is in airplane mode.  

One phone hack is to only have the wireless on that you need. Instead of ALWAYS having Bluetooth, Cell Service, and WIFI on all the time, just turn on the one that you need.  

Each of these is a separate antenna microwaving you. Turn on only the antenna you actually need.  

 

Hardwire 

You can get rid of wireless at your home.  

We have “hardwired” our home. Here’s an article we wrote detailing how we did this without pulling wire through walls.  

HERE's OUR ARTICLE ON HARDWIRING 

Here is a video showing you how to disable the WIFI on your router.  

Go into your router settings and disable the WIFI.  

Get a LAN cable and connect all your devices to the wired cables. Your TV, video game console, cellphones, and laptops will all connect to a wired connection.  

The best part isn’t just that you’ll be protected from the wireless radiation but wired connections are faster than wireless.  

 

Stop being EMF’d.  Adopt some or all of the suggestions above to improve your health.  

 

A Blue Light Supplement to Protect the Eyes

If you've heard about the damage blue light can do to your eyes, then you'll be excited to learn there is a new product that was built to mitigate the blue light damage caused by our devices and LED home and office lighting. 

We're a Device Centric Culture

Wow, if we thought time spent indoors and on devices was increasing before, what just happened in 2020 was a showstopper. We spent all of 2020 mostly indoors and more connected to a device than ever before. Well, those of you out there that didn't take advantage of the empty parks and woods to get out constantly :)

In general people spend over 95% of their time indoors. Between cars, work, gym, store, and home we're larger indoors under junk lighting and connected to devices. 

What's the Downside?

Now, being on devices a lot means our eyes take a beating. We're looking at screens that are close to our eyes, which is stressful to the eye. Looking further away is relaxing to the eye. 

In addition, the high intensity blue light can be harmful to the eye. Without the red and infrared light (which is present along with blue from the sun) we don't receive the antidote to the blue.  most indoor lighting and device lighting is free of infrared and has little red compared to blue light. 

This blue light from devices can cause free radicals to be developed in the eye. Over time, scientists and doctors believe this can cause macular degeneration. 

What Can You Do? 

Wear blue light blocking glasses. Blue light blocking glasses, like those found here, have been shown to protect the eyes from blue light. 

Use Candles at night

Work outdoors

Try the ONLY supplement designed specifically to mitigate the damage to your eyes from blue light

Qualia Vision

 The folks at Neurohacker have done it again. Not only did they invent one of the very best, and the first ever, pre-built nootropic stack, and a longevity supplement, now they have invented a blue light supplement. 

We all know we should be outside ALL DAY. 

And wear blueblockers whenever the sun goes down. 

Most of us do not do this. 

Trust me, I know a lot of biohackers and I can count on one hand how many of them actually wear their blueblockers at night.  I wish more of your would just do that because it makes a HUGE difference. 

So, when you ignore my advice and work on a laptop indoors all day and don't wear your blueblockers at night, there's now a supplement built specifically to mitigate the damage the blue light is doing to your eyes. 

I've been using it for a month and I really like it. 

Way back in 1999 a friend of mine was working on a vision formula at a company in Boulder Colorado. He told me that the #1 ingredient to help vision was Bilberry. Guess what's in Qualia Vision? That's right...

Qualia Vision for blue light health

Qualia Vision Designed to:
  • Provide support for strained eyes
  • Protect eyes from blue light
  • Enhance visual performance
  • Support healthy vision
  • Lessen blue light impact on sleep
How it works:
  • Supports visual processing speed
  • Supports tear production
  • Supports retinal glutathione (GSH) levels*
  • Supports brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)*
  • Supports lens regeneration functions
*Qualia Vision supplies support for the entire visual system, providing plant-based pigments, vision super fruits & spices, and eye-essential vitamin and amino acid support 
What to Expect from Qualia Vision: 
  • Less eye strain
  • Reduced dry eyes
  • Less eye sensitivity 
  • Enhanced visual processing 
  • Enhanced light-sending abilities 
Notable Ingredients:
  • Lutemax® 2020
  • Mirtoselect® bilberry
  • Amla fruit

 Get a bottle to try it out for yourself for less than $20 and save money using discount code PRIMALMIND!

Vision wheel chart

 Here's What Each Ingredient is Formulated to do

  • Lutemax® 2020

Main Claim: Enhances visual performance and blue-light blocking

Lutemax® 2020 supplies the three antioxidant pigments—lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin—used by the macula to filter blue light and protect retina tissue.

  • MirtoSelect® Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Fruit Extract

Main Claim: Relieves eye fatigue and supports eye surface comfort 

MirtoSelect® bilberry is a vision superfruit that supports ocular blood flow, promotes recovery of eye muscles, comforts the eye surface, and provides relief from eye fatigue.

  • AstaPure® Haematococcus pluvialis Microalgae Extract (3% astaxanthin)

Main Claim: Supports eye muscle stamina and blue light resistance

AstaPure® is a natural source of astaxanthin, an eye antioxidant that supports eye muscle stamina & recovery, blood flow to the eyes, and defenses against blue light.

  • Saffron Stigma Extract

Main Claim: Supports macula health, blue light resistance, and retina function

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, contains a variety of eye-healthy carotenoids, and supports macula health, blue light resistance, and retina function.

  • Goji (Lycium barbarum) Fruit Juice Extract

Main Claim: Supports retina health and photoreceptor function

Goji fruit is a Traditional Chinese Medicine eye tonic used to nourish the eyes and promote healthy vision that supports healthy retina and photoreceptor function.

  • Amla (Emblica officinalis) Fruit Extract

Main Claim: Supports lens health

Amla fruit is an Ayurvedic eye tonic that supports lens health and is believed to preserve eyesight, promote eye health, and relieve eye fatigue.

  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Root Extract

Main Claim: Supports retina and lens health

Ginger is a bioenhancer (it enhances the bioavailability of carotenoids) with antioxidant benefits that supports the healthy function of the retina and lens.

  • Taurine

Main Claim: Supports photoreceptor function

Taurine is the most abundant amino acid in the retina, where it acts as an antioxidant and is essential for the function of the photoreceptor layer that captures light.

  • Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)

Main Claim: Supports optic nerve function

Methylcobalamin (an active form of vitamin B12) is critical for the healthy function of the optic nerve that transfers information between the eye and brain.

 

There you have it.  I'm definitely excited about this product. I think this is the first and will be shown to be the best supplement in this market. Many others will follow now, but will they be any good? 

4 Specific Tips To Support Mitochondria And Cellular Health

Almost everyone is familiar with the phrase “mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell”. 


It’s hard to overstate the importance of our mitochondria. Virtually every biochemical reaction and cellular process in the human body relies on them. Our energy levels, how we age, our exercise recovery times, and virtually any other category of health you can think of, have inexorable links to the health and abundance of our mitochondria. 


But advice on how to support mitochondrial function can be vague. “Diet”, “exercise” and “lifestyle” are obviously involved, but if you’re going to take mitochondrial function seriously, you need greater specifics.


These are specific recommendations for 4 major focuses of mitochondrial support: 


Specific Dietary Tip: Qualia Life + IF


You may already know the immense health benefits that come with intermittent fasting, and  its role in triggering biogenesis of new mitochondria. You also may know that limiting refined carbs (soda, white bread, pastries, etc.) is good for a host of health benefits including mitochondrial function. 


But you may not know that a 36-ingredient beast of a nutritional formula called Qualia Life is specifically designed to optimize mitochondrial function and cellular health. There’s nothing on the market that checks more nutritional boxes for mitochondrial support in one supplement than Qualia Life. 


I've taken Qualia Life for years and the difference it has made to my energy levels and personal training goals have been phenomenal. The company behind it, Neurohacker Collective, is well known for their premium nootropic products such as Qualia Mind, which I can't recommend enough for mental performance. I've gotten to know the Neurohacker team over the years and I was pumped when Qualia Life came out because Neurohacker specializes in very comprehensive formulas. Qualia Life contains NAD+ boosters, polyphenols, adaptogens, ergogenics, antioxidants, you name it. Neurohacker's calling card is how much you can nutritionally accomplish with one supplement. 

Qualia Life Bottle

 

Add coupon code PRIMALMIND at checkout and you’ll get an additional 15% off first purchase. 

 

Try Qualia Life by clicking here and take your mitochondrial nutrition to the highest level ever.

Specific Exercise Tip: High Intensity Interval Training

Sprinter on a track at sunrise

Needless to say, exercise is vital to mitochondrial production, and any exercise beats none, but if you want the biggest return on exercise training for mitochondrial health, I highly recommend high intensity interval training (often abbreviated as HIIT). A recent study in Cell Metabolism found that HIIT exercise in particular- such as 15 second sprint bursts or 30 second cycling bursts followed by brief recoveries- had the strongest correlations with mitochondrial production. Evidence also shows this is true for strength training exercises such as squat jumps and similar rapid burst exercises followed by brief recovery. 

 

Specific Therapeutic Tip: 30 Seconds Of Cold Shower 

cold shower handle

The benefits of heat and cold therapies for mitochondrial function- such as sauna, cryotherapy, and outdoor cold exposure- are vast. But for those of you lacking the time, money, or discomfort tolerance to follow through on hardcore cold/heat options, you still have no excuse according to a new finding. A recent study published by Plos One indicates that just 30 seconds of cold shower exposure can deliver significant benefits associated with mitochondrial support. So even if you hate cold therapy, just toughing out a mere 30 seconds at the end of your shower can deliver big benefits to mitochondrial function (and beyond). And don't forget that even walking outside for a few minutes in winter without a jacket is considered cold therapy!

 

Specific Lifestyle Tip: Ritualize Relaxation

Man sitting on top of mountain

After asking you to do high intensity exercises and cold therapies, this last tip is the gentlest of them all- relax! Stress hormones can negatively alter mitochondrial function, so any daily practice that prioritizes relaxation- from meditation to massage to nature immersion- is actually serving an important role in overall mitochondrial health. How you reach a relaxation state is less important than the fact that you do. Maintain that state for at least 30 to 60 minutes a day, taking it just as seriously as exercise, nutrition, or biohacking therapies. 

 

From nutrition, to exercise, to therapeutics, to lifestyle, those are 4 specific actions you can take today to address mitochondrial health in a comprehensive way.

 

Soltec Health SMS ZGEN Sleep System Review

 

Way back in February 2021, Tomorrow and I were able to try out the OLTEC Health Sleep Management System (SMS). 

Immediately when the SMS was turned on, we could feel it. A few minutes later we were struggling to keep our eyes open.  Read on for details. 

Our experience was incredible! After talking with Dr Dan and experiencing the technology, both Tomorrow and I immediately wanted one.   

This is a one of a kind, new to the world system that helps guide your body into the stages of sleep it needs in real time.  

We met the inventor and medical doctor, Dan Cohen, back in 2020 and he told us that he had been working on a new sleep tracking and management system. This is significant because Dr. Dan knows what he’s talking about.  

You see, Dr Dan is the person who launched the Breathe Right Strip and also automated sleep labs for the hospitals and universities.  

After he did those things he began work on something that would immensely benefit humanity. 

They call this system the ZGEN SMS sleep system.  SMS stands for Sleep Management System.  

Dr Dan had been explaining the system to us for about 6 months before we were able to try it out. After hearing how it worked and what it did, we were so excited to experience it.

The fact is that most people don't get enough sleep. We are missing out on deep and REM sleep and total sleep. 

When this happens we perform worse the next day, we don't recover very quickly, our learning decreases and studies show our health may decline. 

I'm so excited about this technology because this is the only device I've ever experienced that claims to be able to help me get more sleep, and importantly deep sleep. 

About Soltec SMS

The Soltec Sleep Management System consists of 3 parts that all work together. 

The first is a wearable wristband, called the ZTRACK, like a fitbit, that you wear at night. The wearable tracks your sleep and also communicates to the SMS unit. 

The SMS unit sits on the ground under your bed or near your bed and provides the signal to help your body achieve the level of sleep it needs by communicating with the ZTRACK. 

Last there is an app that you can install on your phone or tablet to view your sleep data. 

Together this is called the SOLTEC●SMS™ System.

The SOLTEC Sleep Management System (SMS) is a scientific breakthrough in sleep technology engineered to analyze, record and condition your sleep and conscious state in real-time.  

 SMS is intended to help users fall asleep, stay asleep and experience deeper, delta sleep.   Delta sleep is the deep stage of sleep where our body does so many good things for us.

The founder and inventor spent decades researching the latest technological advancements and incorporating them into a device that works.  The SOLTEC•SMS unlocks your potential to experience better sleep while you’re asleep.  

The SOLTEC•SMS is a closed-loop feedback system that generates low frequency magnetic waves that support normal sleep patterns. These frequencies are the same as those throughout the nervous system that are associated with the various sleep stages. 

According to the company the wearable, Z●TRACK™ Analyst is a Quantum Leap in Sleep Wearable Technology. It's Like Having a Sleep Lab on Your Wrist. That's because the founder, Dr Dan Cohen is also the guy who automated sleep labs for hospitals and universities. He knows what he's doing. 

 

Here are the ZTRACK Hardware Specs 

  • Accelerometer: Motion analysis for correlation with wake frequencies helps determine wake vs. sleep.  
  • Microphone: Detects snoring and correlates with O2 drops to monitor for breathing disturbances. 
  • Advanced Sensors:  Measure pulse and blood oxygen levels for precise sleep staging. 
  • High Speed Microprocessor: Instructs Z•GEN in real time 
  • Upgradeable Firmware 

 

The Z•TRACK Analyst instructs the Z•GEN™ Magnetic Conditioner which specific frequencies to use helping you fall asleep and stay asleep. 

 

Z●TRACK contains an oximeter for recording blood oxygen levels and a microphone for recording snoring sounds. As such, it can analyze for events during which your blood oxygen levels drop (O2 drops or desaturations), in addition to snoring events. The analysis also shows when these snoring events are associated in time with the O2 drops. Such sleep disruptions can seriously fragment your sleep by causing sleep arousals and awakenings.  

 

Engineered specifically for sleep, Z•TRACK measures pulse rate variability which it then correlates with built-in motion analysis to provide an accurate picture of your sleep. 

 

Z•GEN is placed under or at the foot of your bed. The magnetic waves, containing the relevant frequencies, influence the environment surrounding you. The frequencies of that field can be produced to support and impact the various stages of sleep (light sleep, deep or delta sleep and dream or REM sleep). 

 

To be the smartest sleep wearable, the data collected must be accurate and robust. Z•TRACK doesn’t just track data thoroughly and with precision, but it learns from that data and it adjusts the activity of Z•GEN for each, individual user, providing customized frequencies associated with sleep. This machine learning is personalized. The more you wear Z•TRACK, the more it learns. 

 

SOLTEC●Z™ App 

 

In the morning, your sleep data is available for you to review through the SOLTEC•Z App. Inspect last night’s sleep and the commands that the Z•TRACK Analyst issued to the Z•GEN Magnetic Conditioner, plus trended data from your past recordings. 

 

On the main SOLTEC●Z dashboard screen, a user can view their nightly Z●TEST™ sleep score.  

 

The overall Z●TEST is a composite sleep score benchmarked against normative data for young health adults.  We call this Ideal Normal Sleep. By calculating your sleep metrics this way, we give you an honest and comprehensive assessment of how you are sleeping.    

 

Z●TEST assesses your Sleep Time, Sleep Latency, Time in Delta, Time in REM and your Sleep Efficiency. The aggregate score is reported as single score ranging from 0% to 100%.   

 

Not Just Sleep

Because of the way Soltec works, it can be used for more than just sleep. As most of us know, we are completely stressed out most of the time. 

Between emotional stress of work, kids, bills, and the news it's a pretty good indication that most of your are stressed right now. 

Of course, what most of us need is to deal with these inner emotional issues and upgrade our spirits and trust more. 

In the meantime, SMS is able to help our body get into a parasympathetic state. This is the rest and digest state that is so elusive for most of us. 

I was intrigued by this. I thought about how I could put the SMS under my chair at work and stay relaxed all day at work. 

I also thought about using it during yoga, mediation, and even at retreats when we do group yoga or group meditations. How cool would it be to put us into parasympathetic while doing these things? Usually my mind has a hard time slowing down, so something like this is so exciting to me. 

I'm sure there are many more applications I haven't thought of. What about using this during a discussion with your significant other to keep everyone relaxed and calm?

Our Experience with the Soltec Sleep System

As of this writing, April 30, 2021, there are no commercial units of the SMS to be had. The are all still in production. 

Luckily, Tomorrow and I were able to drive over to Dr Dan's place to try out the Soltec SMS. 

At 3pm we both sat up in chairs with our feet propped up on an ottoman. The Soltec SMS was placed at our feet on the ottoman. 

Facing each other, we settled in as Dr Dan turned on the machine. He used his phone to tell the SMS to go into Sleep Mode. 

The device is about as big as an old school record player. It has a spinning magnet inside an aluminum tube. Around this, a plastic fan type device spins inside of a plastic housing. Here's a photo of it.

Te Soltec Health SMS Sleep Management System

 As Dan initiated the program, Tomorrow and I both felt a pulsing immediately going through our legs and up our body. It was subtle but noticeable. 

As Dan left the room and closed the door, we stayed open to what we might experience. About 5 minutes later my head was nodding off toward my chest. I caught myself falling asleep about 4 times, all while sitting up in a chair in the middle of the day. 

After a half hour we were convinced that the SMS absolutely can help someone fall asleep. 

For the next half hour Dan set the SMS to a parasympathetic, relaxation setting. 

We closed our eyes and felt very relaxed. Whether it was the current setting, or feeling relaxed from the sleep setting previously, we absolutely felt like we had entered parasympathetic. After a half hour we were pretty blissed out, like coming off a deep guided meditation. 

 Now, the Soltec SMS is not yet available except on Kickstarter. So we haven't had a chance to use it overnight at our own house yet or experiment with it on more people for meditations during the day. As soon as we get access to a pre-production unit, we will begin posting on Youtube and IG and to the blog with our experiences as well as to update this post. 

Based on the one hour experience we had, I more than ever want to get one of these for myself! 

If you want to claim your own unit during the kickstarter while they are heavily discounted, CLICK THIS LINK.