The Importance of a Daily Dose of Sunshine

Skin cancer the potentially deadly condition that can sneak up on us and steal our youth and even our lives away. All our lives we have been told to cover up stay out of the sun that it is a malignant force poisoning us every second we are under it. The solution being slathering yourself in a protective layer of sunscreen made out of god knows what.

Now there are a few problems with this advice first off we need sunlight to synthesize vitamin D (We need that). It helps regulate mood keep us healthy, and a lack of it is the cause of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which is the greatest pun ever. Sunlight is not only not a problem, but it is a solution, it helps prevent acne, keeps your skin healthy and young, makes you feel good and a whole host of other benefits. The caveat with all things proper dosage, now you may ask well great whats the proper dosage.

The answer is it depends. Our ancestors had to adapt to the sun, it still caused the same type of damage hundreds of thousands of years ago, and back then we did not have sunscreen so what happened? Well melanin happened, melanin is what makes your skin dark so that you absorb less light aka less is processed into vitamin D., but it also helps prevent skin cancer and lessens the risks associated with running around shirtless on the savanna. Sadly it doesn’t do anything about the lions, but you take what you can get. Now when our ancestors started moving into colder and colder climates farther north having high levels of melanin was no longer an advantage, so we lost it. It allowed us to synthesize the proper amount of D in low sunlight conditions.

For our modern day, people who don’t spend all day running around outside this means we in most cases are low on vitamin D, a few of my favorite strategies to mitigate this are first off getting sun exposure. Getting up in the morning and walking around on some grass while the sun beams down will help properly calibrate your circadian them. The ground contact has many positive benefits and will help lower your free radical count. And of course, the sun exposure will improve your mood, help clear your skin, provide your body with the right about of vitamin D, etc.

You should only stay out in the sun till your skin starts feeling pleasantly warm. A sunburn will mitigate these benefits; it is your skin cells committing mass suicide in an attempt to keep you from getting cancer. Not something you want to happen on a regular basis. Next one of the simplest ones is a dose of a vitamin D supplement. Finally, for those of you who live in very very dark climates or who are predisposed to seasonal affective disorder, there is this light that will help. To wrap things up, we need sunlight to be healthy and happy like our ancestors, incorporating a daily dose of sunshine should be part of everyone’s morning routine.

If you have any questions or need help with anything feel free to comment down below, send me an email, or drop me a message on facebook and I will see if I can help.

Wishing you the best of luck on your journey -Emmit

Sleep, Why it is so Important and How Lack of it is Negativley Affecting us.

Sleep, everyone needs it, and yet so many of us get much less than we should. The CDC reports that 30% of people sleep less than six hours per night! Sleep is where our bodies repair and our short-term memories are converted into long-term ones. It is where we dream, and our subconscious helps us sort through problems. It is an invaluable tool and unquestionably necessary. But our modern world does not do sleep the justice it deserves; we push sleep to the side. We wear our sleep deprivation as a badge of honor, a testament to our work effort.

This compromises our ability to work at a high level. When we are sleep deprived our brain function goes down, our bodies are weakened, we throw away the bottom of the pyramid for the sake of appearances. Because honestly, that is what it is, sleep and water are the basest of human needs. Excluding obvious oxygen, we wouldn’t last five minutes without oxygen. With water and sleep, humans can survive for months, once you take away one it compromises our abilities to think, to do anything. Starving isn’t comfortable, but it won’t kill you quickly. Sleep deprivation on the other hand will. Now most of us never get to the point of dying from sleep deprivation. Our bodies have contingencies in place to prevent that from happening. We start catching a bit of sleep when we close our eyes.

Now how well do you think our brain is functioning, how well can we operate when our minds are resorting to falling asleep every time we close our eyes. (Hint not great) Now let us look to the past, how did our ancestors sleep. They had a very interesting sleep schedule that changed depending on the individual. Surprise surprise humans are, and our bodies are optimized for different sleep cycles. Some of us get tired as soon as the sun goes down and rise with or before the sun. Some of us aren’t tired till midnight, it all depends on the person. There are also differences in how much sleep people need.

Me personally my minimum is 9 hours a night, I know it seems excessive, but I have found that that is what my body needs. Now a slightly more fringe thing I have encountered, when I am adequately rested, I will wake up in the middle of the night for around 15 minutes, this has been mentioned Here. My theory is that its an adaptation to allow us to get up and stoke the fire without hurting our sleep cycles. So our ancestors slept as much as they needed, now we don’t have that luxury a lot of the time. So what can we do?

First off operate under the assumption that you are sleep deprived, on a Saturday night de-stress entirely, take a bath, turn off all your alarms, make sure you’re not going to be disturbed and go to bed early. Then sleep, as much as your body wants, stay in bed and go back to sleep. When you get rid of your sleep debt, you will feel like a whole new person. Clearer, more grounded. Maybe once isn’t enough to catch you back up. Perhaps you will need to do this every weekend for a month, but it will never fix the problem. You need to go to the source, your bad sleep habits. You need to figure out how much sleep you need and then adapt your bedtime and wake up time to fit your particular lifestyle. For me, I go to bed at 8 o’clock because I get up at 530 in the morning. Maybe for you, you go to bed at midnight and sleep till 8. Whatever works for you.

Now onto improving sleep quality because even if you are getting enough hours, it may not be restful enough if you are being woken in the night. Keep your sleeping area pitch black, Don’t worry if you have to get up in the middle of the night you will be astounded at how good your night vision is. Speaking of getting up in the middle of the night, if you do so don’t turn on the lights, it will shock your body awake and make it harder to get back to sleep. Shut of screens an hour before you plan to sleep along with wearing one of these. You might also consider a pair of blue light blocking glasses, These or These. Make sure your bed is comfortable, etc., etc.

So much of this is personal preference and requires experimentation on your part. So go out and fix your pyramid. Life is yours; a strong foundation is necessary to get what you want out of it. So go and build it.

Wishing you luck on your journey -Emmit

Five Things you can Start Doing Right now to Help you Recover From any Injury.

Injuries are no fun, they can stop your training, halt your weight loss, negatively affect your self-image, the list goes on. The good news is the human body is resilient, and in the vast majority of cases, you can bounce back from most injuries without the need for medical intervention, surgery, or other invasive procedures. Today I’m providing you with five ways/things to start you down the road to recovery no matter the injury. Quick disclaimer, if you’re bleeding out of your eyeballs or vomiting blood and speaking in tounges, please go to a doctor and or exorcist. These are meant to help you heal from nonemergency injuries, please don’t die. The first thing on the list is simply getting your physical health in order if your overweight and bombarding your system with toxins your body is spending its energy keeping you alive and there is none left over for healing. It gets pushed down the proverbial to-do list. So if you get injured and you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, you may have body dysmorphia, or you could stand to lose a couple of pounds. Either way, get your physical health in order, and your body will surprise you with how quickly you can heal. I go into more detail Here. On a side note if you do have body dysmorphia, please get help, its dangerous and I do want you to be happy and healthy.

The second thing is a little more extreme and frankly not for everyone. I will say if you have the mental fortitude for it, it not only speeds up healing it also boosts immune function, helps significantly with fat loss and improves the health of your arteries. Its called the Wim Hoff method and involves a breathing exercise which I think feels great and definitely can induce an altered state of consciousness if that’s your thing. Followed by cold exposure, to start with its a little rough but you ease yourself in by just finishing your showers with cold water, submerging your hands in a bowl of ice water, then building up to full cold showers, ice baths, my personal favorite running shirtless in the freezing rain. You get the picture, you can get as crazy as you want to with it and it personally helped me lose over forty pounds of body fat and become the most resilient physically and mentally I have ever been. Now I would love to tell you outright how to do it but I don’t want to get sued, plus he goes into much more detail in his book. This Here is the book with all of the info in it along with some exciting stories about Wim himself. If you’re shaking your head and shivering already, don’t fret I have something else that produces a comparable effect in the short term.

That leads me on to the third thing, Resinall K it is a modernized version of an ancient Chinese herbal concoction used for rapid injury healing developed through their long history of martial arts, if you want to learn more This is the book I got it from. The original version of Resinall K I could only find on a shady website that I did not trust, luckily there is a modern version here in California that comes in a little dropper. I will warn you it is alcohol based and you put it under your tongue so prepare to cry for about 3 minutes while you wait for it to stop burning. But oh man is it worth it, it’s a hard sensation to describe, it feels like you have this warm energy rushing through your body and burning out blockages (Such as injuries). Its very pleasant and will speed up recovery time significantly. It can also be instrumental in finally getting over any old wounds. Now I wouldn’t recommend Resinall K if you are younger, it is alcohol based, and while I’m reasonably certain it is legal, I would still be careful. The initial application also hurts like a mother fucker. Overall it’s a useful tool, take care not to use it for more than a week straight, you might overtax your system. It is available Here

Onto the fourth thing, sadly no more magical herb to be had here just good old mediation with a few caveats. Now meditation has so many benefits and has been recommended and used for thousands of years. You know why? Because it fuckan works. It helps with emotional regulation, happiness, makes you smarter, enables you to connect with a higher power (Even if you don’t believe in one), the list goes on and on. I will be putting out a complete guide to effective mediation and linking it here at a later point, for now here is the quick version. Get comfortable in a quiet place, focus on bringing air in and out of your lungs filling the oxygen rush through your body, then bring in energy from all around you, connecting you to everything else, ask some higher power, it could be nature, it could be god, it could be the flying spaghetti monster, whomever. Connect with some higher power, feel the energy and connection flowing between you and everything else, feel your body going into a state of homeostasis. You can stay here for as long as you like, then when you finished reverse the steps and say thank you to whatever higher power you chose, and you’re done. Mediation complete. I know it sounds like some voodoo bullshit I don’t care, it will help you in huge ways

Finally visualization/placebo this is one of the least understood and most powerful methods I know of, this is responsible for life-threatening cancer just disappearing. Fake knee surgeries working better than the real ones, sugar pills healing people, leches and bleeding and a thousand other medical practices going back to the beginning of humankind. The root of all of these things is the human body’s ability to heal itself. Your boy in most cases can heal, your belief that you cant is what is holding yourself back. A book I recently found called Quantum healing goes into detail, you can buy it Here. I’m going, to be honest with you, this one is new to me, and I don’t fully understand how to use it yet. When I do I will put out a full guide for it. Until then here is what I do know, our bodies manifest what we believe if we repeatedly run through a thought pattern such as visualizing a tumor being smothered by snowflakes then over time our bodies will manifest this to realign your beliefs with reality. If your particularly astute you might realize this can be applied to your whole life, not just healing, which is very true and something I am currently exploring. Best of luck with this one, if you happen to figure anything interesting out feel free to shoot me an email or a message on facebook @Becomeaprimalman.

That’s all the resources i have for today, go out and try things, learn what works best for you. I believe in you!

Wishing you the best of luck on your journey -Emmit

The Benefits of Plants in your Environment and Irradiated Smurfs

Our little green friends, and no I’m not talking about irradiated smurfs (Today). I am of course talking about plants, they convert carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water into oxygen, through a process called photosynthesis. Now, this is an undeniably important role, but it undercuts how essential plants are for our happiness and well being in everyday life. We had existed in an environment full of plants and wildlife for almost our entire evolutionary history, even when we switched over to an agricultural society we were still outside surrounded by plants and animals the majority of the time. Nowadays we spend so much time removed from nature we forget it even exists.

But our biology has not; humans are happier and healthier when in a natural environment. Or at least I hope so because that is the entire premise of this blog. When we are removed from nature our health deteriorates, that combined with the toxin-laden environment that modern life provides for us its no wonder modern people are by and large overweight and unhappy. Why do you think the rates of depression and suicide are so high in our young people. When you are in a time of change and transformation it’s rough, now compound it with the hormone-disrupting chemicals like xenoestrogens, parabens, phthalates, and you have a recipe for disaster. Plants have been proven to increase serotonin and dopamine levels (That makes you happy) along with purifying the environment of those nasty toxins, plus they look pretty.

Now I am not saying go live in a greenhouse, but adding a few more plants to your room and house can have some profound benefits. But it gives you a living creature to care for, and it won’t ever start barking at three in the morning. Now onto which plants to get, it depends on what you are looking for. If you would like to decrease the number of toxins in your environment, then look no further than this study Done by NASA about plants purifying your environment, if you don’t want to read the study, basically it’s between two plants for the crown. Bamboo palm removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, but not ammonia and is nontoxic. So if you have any four-legged friends go with this one to keep them safe. If you don’t have any pets go with florists chrysanthemum, they remove everything listed above but are toxic to pets.

If you’re looking for something to brighten up your house any plants that take your fancy will do and they all have benefits of some sort, so get out there and get yourself some little green friends!!!! Again I mean plants, not irradiated smurfs.

Wishing you the best of luck on your journey -Emmit

The Basics to Start your Journey to Physical Health

When you first start this journey towards physical health, many people fall into the trap of going for the most complicated possible training schedule with the perfect stack of supplements for your specific biochemistry. What inevitably happens is it is too much; those sorts of things should be reserved for high-level athletes. For beginners it does nothing besides overcomplicate things, scare them off and provide a convenient excuse. This leads to excuses like it’s too complicated and too hard, I can’t do it; this isn’t the case. Now I am in no way saying to achieve your fitness goals it will be simple; we live in a toxin-laden environment where everything is trying to kill us from the food to the water to the air. BUT to start with and lose that first 20 pounds or heal that old injury or be able to get off the couch and go for a run without feeling like you are going to die. (I have been there, no judgment). For these things, you need the basics.

First, the most critical piece, Sleep. This is the most basic thing you must change to improve your physical health. By and large Americans (and modern humans to a lesser extent) are sleep deprived, we wear this like a badge of honor in America. Proclaiming proudly that we only sleep six hours a night and work fourteen hour days!!!! Now obviously these are less than ideal conditions, lack of sleep makes us fat, stupid, and unhappy. I go into more details Here if you’re interested. Our ancestors would sleep and wake roughly with the sunset and sunrise. Depending on the person they would sleep more or less, and you would have the equivalent of what would now be called guard duty to contend with. Can’t have any tigers eating the kids now, can we? But besides these things we adapted to, we used to sleep in an environment without screens that block melatonin production, without caffeine and alcohol to stimulate or depress our systems (Okay maybe a bit of alcohol was used, but it wasn’t gallons of tequila) without the stress of modern life, bills, traffic, environmental toxins, and so on. You get the picture; life was better for sleep back then.

So to recap we are getting less sleep of much lower quality, and it is negatively affecting our lives. Now the basic guidelines are first to catch up on your sleep debt by making sure your getting as much sleep as your body needs. This varies a bit depending on the person, try nine hours and see if that enough, too much, or too little. I also recommend taking a nap on the weekends between 12-3 for maybe an hour and a half or the full three. Sleeping in on the weekend is also an excellent way to recover sleep. I go into more details in the article I mentioned Here. Once you are caught up on sleep, you can tailor it to your body’s preferences.

The second piece in this particular equation is food our modern American diet is incredibly unhealthy, between the glyphosate (Roundup) in most of our foods and the demonization of fats and the injection of high fructose corn syrup into almost everything. Eating the standard American diet will kill you, its only a matter of time. This is one of the most significant and straight forward changes you can make to shift your physical health for the better radically. Now I could give you some massive books to read that would tell you exactly what to eat and when, but that is not the goal here. We are getting the basics down, here it is. Eat organic, veggies, meat, and some carbs in root veggies, and throw in a bit of fruit for good measure. Make it all organic and grass-fed for the meat. Eat about 50% veggies, 20-35% meat and fill in the rest with carbs and fruits. Eat three meals a day. No bullshit, no fancy diets, just healthy food three meals a day, no exceptions.

Now, later on, you will change this to fit your particular body, but for now, those are the basics. It is simple, easy, and tasty. You can make some incredibly delicious food from that list. I encourage you to do so; food is as much about fulfilling your caloric needs as it is about enjoyment. So enjoy your food, eat up!! Don’t be afraid of that steak or bacon!! Gobble it up along with some broccoli baked up in sea salt and olive oil. It’s absolutely delicious and very much approved and encouraged!! You won’t ever stick to it if you deprive yourself. So don’t, enjoy your food.

The third section is moving; no I’m not calling it working out. That invokes images of sweaty guys pumping iron, which is not what we are going for. Our ancestors never lifted weights in a set pattern over and over again to get huge pecs and neither should we. They moved through a dynamic everchanging environment and survived and thrived with the optimal human body, One that is strong and graceful and fluid. This is the end goal I’m putting in your mind. A body built around functionality over anything else. Now don’t get me wrong; you will look amazing, but it will be functional as well.

This one is the simplest of all, whatever physical activities you enjoy doing. Do them that’s it Now if you’re saying well I don’t have any favorite physical activities, well my friend find some, play some basketball, or throw the football around or join a baseball league or run or go rock climbing, join a martial arts gym, just go freaking walk.

Just move, move in a way that you enjoy and that makes you happy. Put aside any feeling of self-consciousness about being bad at something or being overweight. Everyone starts somewhere, and there is nothing wrong with that. Just get out there and move. I believe in you; you can do this.

Wishing you the best of luck on your journey -Emmit