About Evan Brand
Evan Brand is the founder and host of Not Just Paleo. He is a nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP) in training and a certified personal trainer (CPT) through the Onnit Academy in Austin, TX. Evan shares lessons he’s learned from spending over 10,000 hours in the forest and natural world restoring farmland to park space, planting trees, reestablishing natural habitat, observing wildlife, and understanding how to use nature as medicine.
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How to measure dirty electricity? Get a Trifield 100XE EMF Meter
or a microsurge meter (check Dave Stetzer’s Stetzerizer Microsurge Meter).
04:24 Where Does Even Start with a Client? Most of his clients are paleo, but they are still struggling. He trained in nutrition and now clinically uses herbs, adaptogens, and nutrients to help people round out their health protocol. Many of his clients have already seen a functional medicine practitioner. He starts with a 3 day food journal and exploring their top symptoms.
05:21Stress Reduction: He begins with stress reduction. Disable all electronic notifications. FOMO syndrome is the fear of missing out. Stress from notifications cause small spikes in hormones by engaging our sympathetic mode. Reduce the number of inputs.
08:22 Do the Work: Evan awakens just after sunrise and tries to work before checking email. Evan recommends the book Do the Work, by Stephen Pressfield. Being productive is practically euphoric. 99% complete is the same as 0% complete to your customers. Health Blogger Pro is Evans video based how-to program. Evan also has eBooks and an online coaching program on generating income.
13:35 Forest Bathing: Shinrin-Yoku, as it is called in Japan, means taking in the atmosphere of the forest. Science backs what we know. Nature is good for you. A salivary cortisol measure was taken before and after walking in the forest. It showed a 50% reduction in cortisol levels. Also, nk killer cells, anti-cancer proteins were boosted over 20% by 15 minutes of walking in the forest. Similar studies found that even 1 month after your time in the woods, your immune system was still boosted by 20%.
15:15 Earthing/Grounding: Evan recommends the book Earthing: The most important health discovery ever? By Dr. Stephen Sinatra. Evan walks barefoot in his yard every day. He has noticed a huge reduction in his overall stress level. Many of his clients report the same.
19:35 Cold Water Emersion: It is a great way to engage your parasympathetic mode. Water is life. He believes that cold water awakens and realigns the HPA axis.
20:59 The Importance of Sunlight: We should be adapted for sunny days. Sensitivity can be due to adrenal issues. Cortisol is driven by light. Getting outside first thing in the morning helps to charge your cortisol and energy for the day. Try to get 5 to 10 minutes of bright light into your eyes. Don’t use sunglasses all the time. You do not get the same transfer of energy through a window.
27:56 EMFs/EMRs and Dirty Electricity: Our bodies run on electrical signals. Our hearts run on electrical impulses. Wi-Fi, cell phone towers, and magnetic fields are referred to as non-native EMF. It is also called EMR for electromagnetic radiation. A study showed that EMR reduces melatonin, which is not only a sleep hormone, but a cancer fighter. For Evan’s clients who are not getting better, he recommends that they turn off their Wi-Fi at night. They can use a trifield meter to measure magnetic fields. You don’t want anything over about 1 milligaus, especially in your bedroom. Dr. Samuel Milham wrote a book called Dirty Electricity. He was also a podcast guest of Evan’s. Dirty electricity is high frequency electric current that escapes from the outlets in your walls. For magnetic field issues you can fix wiring issues or move. For dirty electricity, you can use a microsurge meter to determine the amount of excess electricity is escaping. Children are more susceptible to issues with EMFs. There is a theory that EMFs cause cellular dehydration.
38:14 De-Stressing: Reframe your stress and how you are looking at your situation. Be wary of artificial light. Get some sort of relaxation and restoration into your life, perhaps from an Epsom salts bath, taking magnesium malate or magnesium glycinate, or L-thiamine. With severe sleep issues, short term you could use passion flower or chamomile teas, holy basil or schisandra berries. There are adaptogens that can be taken during the day to help regulate sleep. Ashwaganda an hour or so before sleeping can be helpful, unless you have nightshade allergies.
41:06 Remembering Dreams: Dream recall is an important part of Evan’s life. Sleeping hours matter too. Short term to long term conversion of memories occurs in our sleep. Remembering your dreams and dream analysis can be helpful to reveal subconscious issues.
44:38 Unhooking from Ambien: Pharmaceutical action on the brain is incredibly powerful. It may take months to get off and regain normal sleep rhythms and quality. When you are functioning on a sleep deficit, anxiety is higher, insulin is messed up, ghrelin in messed up, hunger is insatiable, and weight is gained. It is challenging to be patient while realigning sleep patterns and quality. Sleep deprivation is a danger to us all when you think of professionals like pilots, surgeons, and heavy equipment operators as well as every day drivers.
49:51 Evan’s Favorite Herb or Nutrient: Rhodiola, also known as The Golden Root, grows in hardy climates like Siberia. Indigenous cultures use rhodiola to help with stress. It is powerful, but gentle. For Evan, it is a daily tonic. He recommends it to all of his clients, especially menopausal women. Rhodiola helps to bring balance to our stress response.
56:08 Evan’s Health Tip: The most important part of anyone’s life is to develop a small tribe. Loneliness is very bad for your health. Computers isolate us. We are designed as a species to have a tribe. Nothing beats the physical touch. Create a social circle that makes you feel like everything is okay. We need a bonded culture.