Tim Ferriss is the author of the best selling book The 4 Hour Body and a self-proclaimed human guinea pig. He’s tested many health and fitness theories on his own body to be able to provide fully researched and proven advice for some of our biggest health complaints. He shared some new and very interesting things he has learned on Dr. Oz’s show recently.
Ferriss covers the spectrum of human health. From metabolism to mood, he offered some great insight and very unique remedies to our biggest issues.
The 5-minute deep freeze is the method Ferris advised as a metabolism booster. The deep freeze is a cold shower ranging from 5 to 30 minutes. The cold temperatures are said to activate brown fat, the fat-burning tissue that burns energy to keep us warm. Shivering in the cold shower indicates that energy is being used to keep the body temperature up, therefore boosting your metabolism.
Millions of people are taking prescription antidepressants to keep their serotonin levels high and keep their moods positive. Ferriss explained that 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gut so eating fermented food such as kimchi (Korean pickled cabbage) and its healthy probiotic bacteria will help serotonin in your gut move to the brain. Lacto-fermented food such as sauerkraut or plain yogurt can also aid in increasing serotonin levels and increasing mood.
Many suffer from poor sleep and waking throughout the night. Ferriss explained a few reasons why we aren’t sleeping well. One reason is low blood sugar. He advises eating 2 tablespoons of raw almond butter before bed. This low-glycemic food prevents blood sugar spikes and could make you feel like you’ve doubled your sleep. Another reason we’re not sleeping well is our sleep position. Ferriss explained a position that is meant to mimic that of a swaddled baby, allowing for deeper uninterrupted sleep. He recommends lying on your chest with your head on a pillow, turned to the right. Place both arms straight by your sides, palms up. Then bring your right arm up until the top of your right elbow is bent 90 degrees and your hand is close to your head. Then bring your right knee out to the side until it is bent at approximately 90 degrees. You’ll distribute your weight more evenly so that you’re not putting any pressure on your shoulder or on your hip.
Ferris then revealed thre things to do to reshape our bodies. These things fall under his “30 Minute Rule,” meaning they should be done within 30 minutes of waking, just like his original 30/30 rule. The first rule was to consume 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking. Add to that list using all-fat creamer in your coffee. Ferriss explains that using the skim or non-fat creams in your morning coffee can cause weight gain by causing an insulin spike. Full fat dairy contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which is linked to a decrease in stored body fat. Ferriss explained how he’s seen women lose 2-4 pounds a week with this change in routine.
Another rule is to drink Yerba Mate tea, a fat flushing tea. It first speeds your digestion for the entire day when used instead of coffee in the morning. Secondly, it reduces fat absorption by decreasing the pancreatic lipase enzyme.
Finally, top it all off with cinnamon – Cassia cinnamon to be specific. Cinnamon helps keep sugars balanced, which relates to weight gain control. Cinnamon also helps regulate glucose levels.
Dr. Oz’s audience members were so surprised by Ferriss’ advice. Given he’s tested it all on himself lends some serious credibility and encouragement to try all of his advice.
February 14th, 2012