Renegade Health Radio: Answers to Common Health Questions

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RHR-Blog-Cover-Graphic In this podcast:

  • Why people so often ignore what their bodies are telling them and how this can spell disaster for their health.
  • The best way to be able to maintain your running routine, injury-free
  • Smoothies vs. juices: which is better?
  • The three essential nutrients that 50% of Americans aren’t getting near enough of, and why you need them
  • One easy trick that guarantees you will never forget to take your supplements again
  • Which blender really is the last one you will ever buy.
  • And more!

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Kevin: Renegade Health Radio. This is Kevin Gianni with Frederic Patenaude. What’s up, Fred?

Frederic: Oh my God, Kevin, I’m so happy that it’s summer. I just got to say it. I know you’ve been living in a nice climate year round but here it’s been a horrible winter and now it’s summer and it’s awesome.

Kevin: What does that mean to you? Summer? Tell me what that manifests.

Frederic: Well it means – I guess it’s different where you live, right, because if you live in a place where summer is just slightly warmer and maybe drier, like in California, then maybe it means you’re going to go to the beach and the water might be warm enough to swim, you know, if you’re in southern California or something. Maybe it just means people are going to go out, it’s vacation time, but here it means – it’s like a special time because it’s only three months a year so it means you see everybody going out, you see people, the entire city booming and exploding with activity and festivals. It’s a very festive time so for me that’s what it means. It’s a very festive time and I really like the colors of the summer. So my favorite seasons are spring and summer. I love spring. I love the rain. I don’t mind the rain. I just don’t like short days and lack of sunshine and so on in the context of the fall or the winter. I just love this entire period of the year starting with April and the process of getting to summer. It’s flowers blossoming and so on. It’s just perfect. That’s what it means to me. It’s a special time of the year.

Kevin: I had a taste of it when I was up in Vermont just maybe about two weeks ago running the Tough Mudder.

Frederic: Oh yes, how did it go?

Kevin: Tough Mudder. It’s more like mild mudder.

Frederic: Did they make a mild version for you? They said –

Kevin: They knew I was going to be there.

Frederic: You’re getting old.

Kevin: They knew I was going to be there so they said, “You know what, here’s the easier path.”

Frederic: No, that was not.

Kevin: I think probably when Tough Mudder started maybe like I don’t know how many years ago it started, but when it was maybe five years ago or six years ago or whatever, I imagine it was a little bit more difficult and a little bit more rugged. When we were there, there was about 10,000 people running the race over the weekend. It’s not really a race because there’s no timing. No one ever takes, you don’t know by the end of the race like what time you completed it unless you just timed it on your own stopwatch or figured out what time you left and then what time you finished past the finish line. There was just a lot of people there and we trained pretty hard and we thought that we’d be running the whole way and everyone would be running the whole way but it just seemed like we trained pretty hard and we were running and a lot of people were walking, which is fine. It is what it is but I don’t know, it seemed more like a circus than it did kind of like an adventure outdoor race kind of thing.

Frederic: Doesn’t it suck to think you’re doing something in the avant garde of culture and then you realize it has just become a fad and everybody is doing it and you’re no longer like the special person for doing something that nobody cares to do. Like you know, before green smoothies were like this French thing and now it’s like they sell, they’re going to sell green smoothies at McDonald’s pretty soon. I mean it’s awesome but there is something to be said about things becoming commercial, right?

Kevin: Being on that bleeding edge and then if you were kind of, if you kind of have that, if you’re in there before anyone else does it and then someone else starts doing it like McDonald’s you’re like they’re not doing it right. It just doesn’t have the same counterculture appeal to it. I feel like the Tough Mudder has kind of been over its threshold of counterculture. Now it’s kind of I guess dumbed down a little bit, for the masses, which is fine because it allows people to escape from their everyday lives to do something that’s fun and interesting. I mean there were two kind of major criticisms that I have of it. The first one is that I really wish there was more team type activities. There was one team activity. It was called a pyramid where you had to essentially stand on each other’s shoulders leaning against this ramp and people would climb up on you and that was probably the most fun activity out of all of them because everyone was involved, everyone was talking and being a part of a team, which I think is kind of maybe a core essence of the Tough Mudder. The second one was the lines, man. It was just like being at an amusement park where you’re trying to get on the roller coaster and you got to wait 30 or 40 minutes to get on. Some of the obstacles had 30 or 40-minute lines and two of them we actually skipped past because we just didn’t want to wait for that long. Yeah, it was fun to do with friends. So if anyone is interested in doing it, check it out. Do it with friends. Don’t do it alone. Just know that it’s not as tough as they would like you to think.

Frederic: It’s good for maybe the entry point is lower now but I am sure they’re going to come up with something extreme pretty soon.

Kevin: Yeah.

Frederic: I have no doubt. That seems to be the trend nowadays in fitness is before it was easy fitness. That’s how you would advertise fitness is like here’s a workout you can do at home in five minutes and you’re going to lose 10 pounds or something ridiculous and everybody sold you on the idea of fitness being easy and that went on for awhile and now the trend seems to be this is going to be tough. You’re going to suffer. There’s this whole trend of having like a military instructor drill people like in the Army and people pay for that. They pay for a weekend of torture and that is the new trend. Like you want to tell your friends that you did something tough. You don’t want to tell your friends you lost 10 pounds with the Ab Master doing nothing. I mean I think the trend is kind of part of it too why it’s popular.

Kevin: I think maybe and we’re both males so we have this kind of male perspective of fitness and I think maybe five years ago or six years ago, before Hudson was born and before we had established a family and roots and a team and our businesses, I think I would have wanted to escape and prove to myself that if anything happened I could be in like a militia or like kind of be this tough pseudo military type kind of guy but these days I’ve kind of lightened up a little bit and I don’t need to prove myself. What I definitely don’t need to do is injure myself doing something like that so then I can’t do the thing that I love the most, which is running. It was one of those bittersweet kind of situations where I was like yeah I want to do this with my friends but man there is no way I can injure myself. I do not want to, in the least bit, even tweak an ankle or a knee or a hamstring or anything like that because I know that my bread and butter, in terms of fitness is running and so I need to be really careful and make sure that I take care of myself really well. It was one of those things where man like if that had happened it would have been pretty miserable.

Frederic: So it’s about being smart.

Kevin: Yeah and for me kind of being okay with the fact that I am a wimp and just saying I don’t need to prove to myself that I can jump over a wall anymore or prove to myself that I can do 600 burpees, which I have never done before just so you guys know or prove to myself that I can do all these kind of strange or interesting or unusual type activities.

Frederic: I have a question for you, Kevin, because you mentioned running and I’ve been running again. I started since I got back, by the way, for people, I got back from a trip. I went to Ireland where it was cold so that’s why I have been enjoying the summer here, but I have been running since I got back and I’m wondering if it’s okay to run everyday. I like the idea I’m going to run every day for awhile, in the morning, but not for a long period of time, you know, just a few kilometers at the most. Is it okay to run everyday and then maybe some days you don’t run so hard, as long as your overall training session is reasonable and your overall volume is okay?

Kevin: It kind of depends on what your intention is with your runs. How hard are you training? Are you training to be faster or are you just running to run? And usually running or at least some of the smarter running coaches, they kind of just look at running as a number of footfalls. It’s almost like a baseball pitcher. They look at the number of pitches that the pitcher has, it’s called a pitch count and right around, depending on the pitcher, maybe 90 to 100 to 110 is where they pull a pitcher just to make sure that the pitcher can have longevity throughout the season and maintain their arm strength and maintain their accuracy. So with running, it’s almost like the same thing. It kind of just depends on footfalls. You can run everyday. There are plenty of people who run everyday. But there are people who run everyday, I think the statistics on runners who get hurt, I think it’s like 50 percent of runners every like 3 or 4 years or something like that. I mean you have to check up on that stat but it’s insane how many runners get hurt but I think it’s because they push themselves too far and they say, “I run everyday. I run 6 miles everyday.” Well that’s a lot of footfalls. But if you were to cut that back and you were to say, “Hey, you know, I run a mile or 2 miles everyday,” so 2 miles a day, 7 days that’s 14 miles versus 6 miles a day, 7, that’s 35 miles so 14 and 35, I mean that’s a huge difference. So it’s not necessarily can you run everyday, it’s just how much time on your feet can you have and I think that’s the better way to look at it because we all can benefit from getting our heart rate up every day. I mean that’s something that we could do and can benefit from but it depends on the distance and distance equates to footfalls.

Frederic: That’s what I’ve been thinking exactly what you said because I thought I can start running every day for like a couple of weeks and then I’ll go back to the gym because I haven’t been going to the gym then I’ll add a few workouts that are going to be weight workouts. On those days, then I am not going to run. Can I get back into shape using that technique? My total volume will be pretty low because I am only going to run like 2 miles a day or something like that. So 2 or 3 miles a day so it’s not going to be too bad. Thanks for the clarification. I was kind of wondering even though I thought about this before but I’ve never done it.

Kevin: Yeah. The other thing about runners too is the most runners are fairly type A. It just seems to come with the territory. I don’t know what comes first the type A or the running but I’m pretty sure it’s the type A but the thing about type A people is that they tend to want to push through and push through anything and in many ways that’s a given gift. That’s a benefit because they push through hardships or they push through challenging times or they push through difficult projects. They get things done. But on the same time they also push through their body signs of warning. For you, Fred, and for anyone else who is doing this, just check in and see how you feel and for instance, me through the Tough Mudder, there was a lot of downhill and I kind of just bail on the downhills meaning I just run as fast as I can and make sure that I maintain my balance and my body angle. But I was starting to feel a little bit in my knee and the last couple runs that I took at home, after the race, I just felt a little tightness around like mile 3 or maybe 3.5 miles and so what I did is well I’ll just run 3 miles. I just cut back a little bit and my knee doesn’t hurt at that 3-mile mark and eventually maybe I’ll go up to 4 miles again and just see how it feels; 7, 8, 9, 10 years ago I just would have blown through it, ignored it and just say, “Hey well eventually I’ll just run through it and the pain will go away,” which is not the smartest way to look at it. But that was my type A kind of I can do anything, my body is invincible kind of mindset and as you grow older and again this is not to say as you grow older you’re going to fall apart, your knees are going to break and you’re not going to be able to run. You’re going to have to walk with a walker, that sort of stuff. I mean that’s not true. That’s a belief system that can be changed and it’s a belief system that can be also adapted by just being smart and listening to your body.

Frederic: Yeah, completely. Well that’s good. We started with a little fitness here. It wasn’t totally planned but you talked about the Tough Mudder and it kind of led to that so you want to move onto the next topic because we were talking before the show that you were getting the same questions over and over again, right, Kevin?

Kevin: We get the same questions and it is good because that means that people are asking them number one and that people are listening and they are asking questions and I think that health has this universal kind of thing where just the same questions come up over and over again because we kind of have the same thoughts and we’re much more similar than we are different. We kind of wanted to address some of those questions today.

Frederic: On the Renegade Health Radio Show.

Kevin: Renegade Health Radio. So Fred, what do you think? Which one do you want to start with here? We have like four or five that we’ll probably get to like two of them based on the way we chat.

Frederic: Let’s start with the juices and smoothies thing. People always ask if it’s okay to juice and what’s better juicing or smoothies or can you do both, blah, blah, blah. So anything around that is a common question.

Kevin: Yeah, this will be a quick one. My belief is this. Just like my belief on exercise is you do the one you like, the one that’s easiest to do and you enjoy it and you don’t listen to anyone else. Period.

Frederic: Don’t juice too much sugary stuff like carrots and fruits. I think that we can agree on that.

Kevin: I’ll give you that. I think you can do carrot juice but if you’re just drinking straight apple juice or you’re drinking straight orange juice, you may be susceptible to some blood sugar spikes.

Frederic: I had a client lately who I looked at their menu and they were consuming 600 calories worth of carrot juice every day.

Kevin: Oh wow.

Frederic: So I said this is too much. Don’t drink so many liquid calories. If you want to juice, make it mostly vegetables and you can of course flavor it with a little bit of fruit juice or carrot juice but don’t make it the base of your juice.

Kevin: Interesting. That’s a lot of carrot juice.

Frederic: It is a lot of carrot juice.

Kevin: How many carrots is that? There must have been orange.

Frederic: It depends on your juicer but I have no idea. I would say it’s over a liter of carrot juice.

Kevin: How many calories are in a carrot? So like 40 maybe? Maybe 40 plus or minus 10 ten calories, right?

Frederic: Yeah, something like that. Depending on size.

Kevin: Depending on the size so 40 calories in a carrot 8, 9 that’s a lot of carrots man.

Frederic: Probably a nice bag of carrots every day being juiced.

Kevin: That’s a lot. But there are worse things. You could be eating Dunkin’ Donuts donuts everyday.

Frederic: And blending them to get more. So smoothies are good. Juices are good.

Kevin: Juices are good. They’re both good. The second question that we get a lot of and I don’t know if you get as much, Fred, but it’s just about supplements. It’s like what supplement should you take. Are there good ones? Are there bad ones? What are the supplements that you have four to recommend to everyone what would they be?

Frederic: What do you take, Kevin?

Kevin: Me? Well I am taking some interesting ones right now. So I take my holy basil every morning. That really helps like even out my day and if you guys haven’t heard about Fred or I talk about holy basil, holy basil is an amazing ayurvedic herb, very good for calming, very good for stress and it’s just one of my favorite herbs to take because a tonic herb you can take it every day and for me it just gives me kind of cool, calm energy throughout the day. I take my holy basil. I take pregnenolone right now. I’m dosing on pregnenolone just to help raise some of my levels. I take a green tea extract just to kind of experiment with it right now. I have an adrenal, a desiccated adrenal gland supplement, which helps for my adrenal glands. As you can tell, this is based on what was happening here. I tend to have kidney adrenal kind of not burnout but excess. I take Omega 3, a CO2 extracted Omega 3, so it doesn’t go rancid and then I take vitamin D and I should be taking vitamin B12 but I forget and I probably should take a shot soon, get an injection soon. Those are what I take.

Frederic: Good, yeah. That’s a good summary. Out of those, which ones would you say would be necessary for a lot of people? Some of them are particular to your goals and so on, but which ones would you say are good for most people?

Kevin: For me, it always comes down to hey we want you to save money so get your blood tested so you know what your levels are. A lot of people are deficient in vitamin B12. I think it’s about 40 to 50 percent of the population are deficient in B12, so flip a coin. You’re the one or the person sitting next to you is, at least in terms of odds, so chances are you could benefit from B12 but you can get a simple test and you can determine if that’s true or not and then you can take B12. So B12 is a big one. Vitamin D again 50 percent “ish” maybe even 60 percent flip a coin. It’s either you or the person sitting next to you. So vitamin D is good too. But the thing about vitamin D, get a test because you might not have to pay 19 to 30 dollars a month on that particular supplement, if you just happen to be one of those people whose vitamin D levels are good. The third one is Omega 3. Again I don’t know most, but again I would guess probably, I would need to see some stats on this but I know that a large part of the population that’s deficient in Omega 3 as well. Again, get a test. The Omega 3 index, the test that we have is great. It’s not that expensive. You can save X amount of dollars every month, if your Omega 3 levels are fine and if they’re not fine, you can take them, take the Omega 3, test again and you’ll be up to where you want to be and then you can scale back a little bit and still save yourself some money. The cost of the test, at least the Omega 3 test, about 100 bucks. Over three or four months, if you didn’t need Omega 3, then your test is essentially paid for and then you don’t have to go on and continue to take Omega 3. Those are the three that I would say are super important for people to be watching out for. There are many others but those are three that kind of, we’ve just seen across the board deficiencies in with most, not most people, but maybe 50 percent, maybe 60 percent of the people.

Frederic: And it turns out those are the only three that I take, Kevin. Although I am not taking any at the moment, like nothing because summer has arrived so I am not taking D. Maybe I should still be taking it but I kind of took a lot over a few months just to kind of bring my levels up and B12, well I’ve been taking it throughout the winter and so on and the spring so right now I am just not taking it and Omega 3 I was good on my last test and then I’ll test it again to see if I need to start taking it again.

Kevin: Do you find that that happens to you where you’ll take supplements for like three or four months and then you’ll just kind of fall off and then pick it up again and then fall off again?

Frederic: Oh yeah. I just don’t think about taking supplements. It’s just I have to put the supplements in a location where I’ll be reminded to take it, you know. Maybe the solution would be to buy one of those dispensers that people use to take pills based on the days of the week and then it becomes a habit and, of course, people who don’t know you they think you’re on all sorts of medications, but you’re just taking your supplements. There’s something about the compartmentalization of things and, for example, for a while, I was taking supplements provided by a company that I did some genetic testing with them and they gave me like a month’s worth of supplements and one of the supplements was vitamin D and very good level of vitamin D. But what they had was a system where you had the little like plastic container for every day, like a tiny, it was formed into like chain so you just rip off one and then you open it and it has got all your supplements for the day and I am sure they have a big margin of profits over that just for that convenience, right, but if you can create that sort of system yourself, I think that can be valuable to just remember to take them.

Kevin: Yeah, I think that that whole idea of having it somewhere where you’ll see it is like 80 percent of the success of it is contributed to that fact. We have our supplements right next to our hot water pot and the Vitamix. So literally I put on water for tea in the morning and then I start making the smoothie and then I wash down my supplements with the smoothie and that’s what I do. It’s right next to there. If it’s not there, guess what? I don’t take it. So for anyone else out there who is listening who says, “I can’t get this health thing right. I can’t take my supplements, I keep forgetting.” Everyone does it. It happens to so many people. It’s not just you guys. It’s everyone. It happens to everyone and if it doesn’t happen to someone it means they’re like they have this robotic type personality, which is cool. More power to them. I wish I could be that way.

Frederic: Finally because you mentioned the blender, one common question we get is which blender, which heavy duty blender is best? Vitamix or Blend Tech? Your answer is, Kevin?

Kevin: Vitamix.

Frederic: Yes, I vote for Vitamix too. You just need the plunger.

Kevin: You need the plunger.

Frederic: And, by the way, this is not an endorsement. In fact, they should pay us money.

Kevin: They should. They don’t. You and I together have probably sold a lot of Vitamix blenders.

Frederic: And never got anything for it.

Kevin: Which is fine.

Frederic: It’s cool. It’s a good product. It will last you for the rest of your life. It’s literally indestructible and it does the job.

Kevin: This is one of those things where it’s so much worth it to spend the extra money. I can’t even begin to explain how much worth it it is because before we got our Vitamix we went through three blenders that we bought for like $100 at Sears or who knows where, maybe Oster. I don’t know what kind they were. We burnt out each one of them. So that was $300 that we’d spent. We spent $400 for a Vitamix. I don’t know how much they cost now. They may be, we bought our Vitamix maybe 7 or 8 years ago and it’s still going. So we had to spend another $400 for the Vitamix. We could have just spent $400 and then we would have been fine out of the start. The other thing about Vitamix is if that thing breaks, we had the variable speed on ours started to go, AnneMarie called them up. They sent us a box to ship it back in and they sent it back within like a week and it was perfectly new, beautiful. They just redid the motor or whatever and the thing will probably last for another 14, 15 years. Who knows?

Frederic: Yeah, it’s a good product. Definitely. I think they’re about – the lowest price you can find right now is about 450. So you can get them at Costco or on Amazon or eLance.

Kevin: eLance?

Frederic: Not eLance, eBay. eLance that’s a different podcast. By the way, we have another podcast. The do what you love lifestyle podcast and it’s about making a living on the Internet so that’s why we talk about – eLance is a website we talk about.

Kevin: Just check your Google analytics and you’ll see. That obviously meant nothing. I was just talking shop talk for do what you love. If you’re on the fence about that investment, we really think the Vitamix is better. The Blend Tech it just seems you just don’t have as much control and sometimes if you don’t put enough liquid in, it can just kind of get stuck and not really blend that well. I don’t know. It’s like driving a manual car versus an automatic car and sometimes in the snow and when the going gets tough you want a manual stick-shift you want to be able to control how the car is going. That’s what I think.

Frederic: Good stuff. So thank you guys. Please leave a review on iTunes. We’ve got a bunch of reviews so far but we need more to kind of get this podcast known. Go to your iTunes account and just say you love it. Don’t say you don’t love it.

Kevin: I think we need 35 reviews.

Frederic: In total?

Kevin: Yeah and I think there are some of you out there who like this podcast who haven’t put a review in yet. Do us a favor, give us a review and if you do give us a review send us an email and we’ll send you something cool.

Frederic: Yeah, a little gift.

Kevin: Yeah, We’ll send you a gift, if you put a review up though. We’re not just going to send you a gift if you don’t or maybe we will. I don’t know, try us.

Frederic: Bye.

Kevin: Talk to you next week.

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Dana says:

    Hi, guys!
    Thanks again for the podcast!
    Could you, please, tell me if the Vitamix is a food processor, as well?

  2. Rainier says:

    I love your radio show and have tried to leave review in iTunes but just couldn’t figure out how to. My iTunes version is pretty old (5.1 or something like that). I’ve logged into my iTunes account and googled for tutorial…. So far, I just couldn’t leave any review. Anyway, I just want to let you know that I enjoy your show and appreciate the information you’ve been sharing. Maybe some of your listeners are like me, couldn’t figure out how to leave reviews even though we want to.

  3. Pam says:

    2 questions on this podcast.
    1) does it matter which vitamix model to buy?
    2) you said you take Holy Basil every morning, how do you take it and how much?
    Thanks for the info…it is great.
    I really want to leave a review on Itunes….but it won’t let me!! any suggestions?

  4. Darilyn says:

    Don’t mean to promote David Wolfe, but his 900 Nutribullet is awesome. I’ve had Jack LaLanne
    juicers and so many blenders & juicers over the yrs of smoothies and juicing and it is so nice to pulverize
    whatever you want instantly to drink plus the easy clean up. Guess you guys haven’t tried it yet. Obviously I’m
    an “old lady” and you’ll all get to see how old I’ll really get to be 🙂 Love your info, keep it comin’.

  5. Crow says:

    I love your podcast. One of the things I do to remember to take my supplements is I went to the hardware store and got those plastic nail container things and fill that up and it doesn’t need to be filled for about 3 weeks.

  6. Cindy says:

    The Vitamix is great! I’ve had one for more than 8 years & it still works great. And the company is also great at replacing things. About a month after I had my Vitamix, I dropped the plastic container on the ground. It cracked right down the side. I called the company & they sent me a brand new container, no questions asked. Now that’s service.

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