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The history of activated charcoal

Are we truly that much smarter than the minds of our world’s historical past? Ehh, no not really. We just have easier access to accumulated research thanks to the internet. Today we’re going to learn about some of the historical discoveries and uses of activated charcoal that go back thousands of years.

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There are numerous records of charcoal being used all around the world throughout history. Todays activated charcoal supplements and charcoal air filters are directly inspired by those discoveries. All we’re doing differently today is utilizing thousands of years of activated charcoal use by applying some modern science to it. Otherwise, not much has changed except the c60 anti aging discovery and modern methods for creating quality charcoal products.

Let’s take a look at the history of activated charcoal and see how it found its way to popularity all around the world.

3750 BC: The earliest known use of charcoal by the Egyptians and Sumerians. They used wood char for the reduction of copper, zinc and tin ores to manufacture bronze. They also used charcoal as a smokeless fuel.

1500 BC: The first known recorded medicinal uses of activated charcoal was in the egyptian papyri. They used it to adsorb odors from rotting wounds and the gastrointestinal tract.

As you can tell, activated charcoal has been used as medicine for quite a while.

400 BC: During this time period, charcoal was used to treat epilepsy, chlorosis and anthrax.

Hippocrates and Pliny knew charcoal could be used as medicine as long as it’s prepared properly. Pliny specifically wrote in his epoch work Natural History (Vol. 36): “It is only when ignited and quenched that charcoal itself acquires its characteristic powers, and only when it seems to have perished that it becomes endowed with greater virtue.”

450 BC: Wrecked Phoenician trading ships were found to have barrels used for storing drinking water. These barrels were charred on the inside to create charcoal and in return kept the water safe for drinking.

Also around this time, Hindu documents refer to charcoal and sand as filters to purify drinking water.

157 AD: Claudius Galvanometer created 500 different medical treatises. Many of those uses referred to carbon made from vegetables and animals to treat a variety of diseases.

297 AD: The roman emperor Diocletian unfortunately decided to order the destruction of all scientific books in the Roman Empire. Obviously slowing down the progress of scientific research by at least 1000 years. No one will ever know how many of those records had uses with charcoal. Brrrffttttt dhumb humans, idiots UHH, “rolling eyes” “napoleon dynamite video clip”

1773: Sheele measured numerous volumes of gases that could be adsorbed by carbons made from different sources.

1777: The effects of heat was found to be associated with the adsorption of gases with charcoal. This discovery eventually lead to the condensations theories of adsorption.

1785: Lowitz reviewed charcoal’s abilities to adsorb odours from medical conditions. He published accounts of charcoals ability to adsorb various vapours from organic chemicals. He also may have been the first who studied charcoal’s effectiveness in decolorizing liquid solutions. Or more specifically the commercial applications to produce tartaric acid.

Right around this time the sugar industry was looking for a way to decolorize raw sugar syrups. Charcoal was not of high enough quality to do so at the time.

1793: Kehl mentioned using chars to control odours from gangrenous ulcers and discovered charcoal made from animal tissues could remove colours from solution.

1794: An english sugar refinery finally successfully used charcoal from wood to decolorize sugar syrups. They kept their carbon preparation method a secret, obviously in hopes to have an advantage in the sugar industry.

1805 – 1808: In France, Gruillon began the first large scale sugar refining facility using ground and washed wood charcoal to decolorize syrups.  

Delessert was successful in demonstrating charcoal’s ability to decolorize sugar beet liquor. The sugar beet industry in France grew because of him. Within only a few years to 1808, all sugar refineries in Europe began to use charcoal as a decolorizer.

1811: Figuier discovered bone char has far superior decolorizing capabilities compared to wood char. The sugar refining industry quickly substituted wood char for bone char.

Methods to regenerate bone char with heat was discovered and granulated bone char was developed which is able to be quickly regenerated.  

1817: Joseph de Cavaillon created a method to regenerate used bone char and patented it. His method was not a complete success.

1822: We begin to see some greater scientific discoveries. Bussy was the first to produce activated charcoal with a combination of thermal and chemical methods. He showed that the decolorizing properties of carbons was dependant on the source material, thermal processing and the particle size of the finished carbon product. He showed carbon made at too high of a temperature or for too long lowered the adsorptive properties and the importance of porosity. He even showed carbon made from heated blood with potash had 20-50 times more decorizing abilities compared to bone char.

1841: Schatten arranged the use of hydrochloric acid wash before heating in the regeneration of bone chars. This method removes minerals salts adsorbed by carbon. Also, in Germany, he introduced the first vertical kiln to continuously manufacture and regenerate bone chars.

1854: Stenhouse stated the application of using carbon to eliminate vapours and gases in the London sewers ventilation system. Let’s thank Stenhouse because he’s the reason why we have carbon air filters in our homes.

1862: Lipscombe used carbon to purify potable water.

1865: Hunter discovered charcoal made from coconut shells has gas adsorbent properties. Most charcoal supplements today are made from coconut shells thanks to Hunter’s discovery.

1881: Kayser was the first person to use the term adsorption in regard to carbon’s ability to uptake gases.

1901: Von Ostrejko set the standards for the commercial development of activated carbons through a process using metallic chlorides with carbonaceous material before carbonization and the mild oxidation of charred materials with carbon dioxide or steam at raised temperatures.

1911: The first industrially produced activated carbon “Eponit” from Austria was marketed. They used Ostrejko’s gasification method to manufacture Eponit from wood. The product was used as a decolorizer in the sugar refining industry. Prior to this, the sugar refining industry was using their own patented processes.

1913: Wunsch found that a heated mixture of Eponit and zinc chloride increased carbon’s decolorizing capacity.

1914 – 1918: Activated wood chips with zinc chloride which create granulated carbons with low resistance to airflow was used to protect the military from poisonous gases in the battlefield of the First World War. During this time, a study found that charcoal from coconut shells worked best for gas masks.

Post-1918: War continued to influence the development of activated charcoal gas masks. In Europe they found coconut and almond shells with zinc chloride further improved the mechanical strengths and adsorptive capacities for gases and vapours.

1985: C60 was discovered. C60 is activated carbon shaped like a soccer ball.

1996: a Nobel Prize was given to Harry Kroto, Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for the discovery of C60.

21st Century: Activated Charcoal is being used in hospitals for toxic poisonings. It’s also commonly used as a detox supplement for gas, bloating and environmental toxins.

Research of the more pure version of carbon called C60 is starting to reach the surface on social media because of its possible anti aging properties. If you would like to learn more about the anti aging properties and health benefits of C60 and activated charcoal, be sure to watch my other video “The health benefits of activated charcoal – anti aging discovery”

Well! That’s it for this video. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it, subscribe to my channel if you’re new, I upload numerous health and lifestyle videos that you won’t want to miss. Join my newsletter for free product giveaways and additional health tips that you can’t get anywhere else. Share this video with someone you feel needs to know this information.If you’re interested in purchasing activated charcoal and other supplements, consider purchasing from my store This supports my YouTube channel and your wellness. But wait, before you purchase an activated charcoal supplement, make sure you watch my other activated charcoal video. There are a few things you may need to know before you decide to supplement it. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay motivated you Urban Survivors!



The Health Benefits of Watermelon and Nutrition Facts


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This food is one of the best foods in the world for cellular detoxification and it will only cost you $2.50 cents per day to eat. Today we’re going to talk about watermelon.

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is an annual trailing vine in the cucurbitaceae plant family with about 965 other species including foods such as: cantaloupe, cucumber, squash, pumpkin and zucchini. The name Lanatus doesn’t describe watermelon very well. Lanatus means hairy in latin. These melons are far from hairy ;). The vines which they grow from are hairy.

Some suspect the ancestral watermelon originated in Southern Africa but it’s uncertain if it’s true. Scientists do agree that watermelon’s progenitor (ur-watermelon) was first cultivated in Africa, then headed north to Mediterranean countries and other parts of Europe.

In the Kalahari desert of south africa, wild animals and hunter gatherers known as Bushmen or the San People relied on a wild white fleshed watermelon called Tsamma for water and nourishment. They would live on nothing but tsamma for up to six weeks at a time. Without the presence of tsamma, it’s very difficult to travel through the kalahari desert or to live there permanently.

The harsh desert conditions in which watermelon is able to grow in show’s that it has a strong tolerance for a certain type of stress, the harsh heat of the sun. By observing plants adaptive traits such as tolerating heat, we can then consume them to receive their adaptability for our bodies. Watermelon will help you adapt to the heat a lot better than eating man made processed fast food. The water content alongside its nutrition and large amounts of antioxidants will help protect your cells from drying out and being damaged from the heat. Nutrients from watermelon will also help your body replace old cells and build new healthier less toxic cells that are more resistant from the sun. Empty calories and lack of nutrition from processed foods will do the complete opposite. Processed foods will toxify and damage your cells making them less resistant to too much sun and more likely to develop skin cancer. As an urban survivor, I think I’ll stick to consuming nutrient dense watermelon.

Time Tested

I say this all the time and I’ll continue to say it throughout my career. I prefer to only consume food and herbs that are thousands of years old and not 10 years old or less from a lab. Which will you choose? Thousands of years of testing or only 10 years?

Watermelon has been eaten for over 5,000 years. It has been found in hebrew texts, egyptian tombs and medieval illustrations. Evidence of artifacts found in egyptian tombs such as king tut’s tomb suggests watermelon was first cultivated in Egypt over 4,000 years ago. Specifically one tomb painting stands out to archeologists the most. They noticed that wild watermelons are round but the watermelon in the painting is not. The painting better resembles the oblong shaped watermelons that we eat today. This suggests the cultivation of watermelon began in Egypt, ultimately ending the consumption of the less palatable wild watermelon.

This bit of history is kind of funny so I thought I’d share it with you.

In 2007, Oklahoma declared watermelon as the state vegetable and some people such as Sen. Nancy Riley disagree with their decision. Sen. Don Barrington said: “The controversy on whether watermelon is a fruit or vegetable has been officially decided by the Oklahoma Legislature,”  Sen. Nancy Riley mentions that her dictionary considers watermelon as a fruit.

Senator Barrington’s response was: “I guess it can be both,”. Well, I suppose watermelon is now both a fruit and a vegetable because Barrington said so lol.

Admittedly… Barrington might be onto something. The rinds can be cooked as vegetables and the inner flesh is commonly eaten as a fruit.

The health benefits of watermelon

Now that we’ve learned a small bit about the history of watermelon, let’s check out the health benefits.

Watermelon is an extremely popular summer food and for a good reason.

Some of the potential health benefits of watermelon include: alkalizes and detoxifies the body, reduces arterial stiffness and aortic systolic blood pressure, reduces risk for cardiovascular diseases, lowers bad cholesterol, lowers inflammation, helps reduce recovery heart rate and muscle soreness 24 hours after exercise, may reduce the risk of certain cancers, increases blood concentrations of arginine, lycopene and beta carotene, supports kidney health including; increases urine flow, cleanses the urinary tract, reduces kidney stones, improves kidney filtration of lymphatic wastes and cleanses the liver; protects the eyes, improves vision, protection from pathogenic attacks, prevention of diabetes, and is a good source of proteins.

Mark Twain said ”To taste a watermelon is to know what the angels eat.” Most people like the sweet taste but there is much more to this superfruit than its taste. I consider watermelon a class 1 superfood in my book. This means watermelon meets the criteria of having calories, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and medicinal health benefits. We can more specifically consider watermelon a fruitarian staple food. As a bonus, it’s an easy to digest food taking only about 15 to 30 minutes to digest, absorb, and utilize. This allows for quick nutrition before or after exercise, for people with chronic health conditions, or as a good nutrient dense wake me up meal for breakfast. Take note: Some people suggest eating watermelon at room temperature for even better digestion but admittedly cold watermelon is much more gratifying during the hot summer months.

Watermelon is affordable

The average grocery store melons here in michigan during the summer cost about $5.00 each. Often times, they’re on sale costing only $6 for two melons. Since they’re high in water, eating more than half a melon per day is quite a challenge unless you live in a consistently hot climate and sweat a lot. I would suggest only eating up to about half a watermelon per day which will only cost you about $2.50 per day.


If you eat enough watermelon, you won’t need to drink much water since watermelon is 80% to 90% water. If you do drink water and eat a lot of watermelon together, you could get in some trouble by overdosing on water and creating an electrolyte imbalance. Find the right balance of water for your own body. Monitor your urine color to make sure it’s not too clear. If it’s slightly yellow, you’re in the safe range. If your kidneys and adrenals are weak, you could notice some swelling throughout your body when you eat watermelon. If you begin to notice swollen hands, feet, or other parts of your body, you should consider looking into herbal kidney and adrenal formulas, contact your doctor and reassess the amount of water you consume.

Are Watermelon seeds safe to eat?

Yes watermelon seeds are safe to eat. They won’t poison you or cause a plant to grow in your belly. You paranoid imaginative people! Plants direct their energy into fruits and seeds during their reproductive stages of life. Therefore most reproductive end products of plants contain concentrated nutrition. Watermelon seeds, flesh and rind are nutritionally dense, hence why I classify watermelon as a class 1 superfood. The end product of plants is crucial in plant nutrition. Fruits, roots, grains, nuts and seeds are all end products where plants concentrate nutrition for their survival. They put all their energy into reproduction to ensure their species will survive once they die. That’s what makes a true superfood and it’s the reason why we need to stop consuming so many seedless fruits! By the way, this nutrient concentration concept is similar for animals too, such as eggs.

According to nutrition data, based on the RDA, one ounce of dried watermelon seeds contain high amounts of the following nutrients: 156 calories, 20% fat,14% saturated fat, 7,866 mg omega 6 fatty acids, 16% protein, 1-5% b vitamins, 2% calcium, 11% iron, 36% magnesium, 21% phosphorus, 5% potassium, 1% sodium, 19% zinc, 10% copper, and 20% manganese. Combine that with half a melon and a well rounded diet, you’ll be easily attaining all the nutrients you need in a day.

If you want maximum nutrient extraction of the seeds, then be sure to blend them for about 30 to 60 seconds. I personally like to use a nutribullet blender. My nutribullet has surprisingly lasted about 7 years so far and it only costs $69 brand new online. (Buy the newer version if you can afford it. It truly is better.) I really appreciate companies like nutribullet that offer affordable health products. The only way we can change the health of our planet is by making health easily accessible. I’ll leave a link in the description below for you if you’re interested in using the same blender that I use.

Now that we know the nutritional value of watermelon seeds, let’s take a look at the nutrition data for half of a watermelon. I would cover the data of a whole watermelon but in reality the average person is not going to be very fond of eating that much in a day. Instead, eating a quarter to half a watermelon per day is a bit more achievable. Plus we want a diversity of foods in our diet anyhow.

According to nutrition data, based on the RDA, half a watermelon contains high amounts of the following: 677 calories, 5% fat, 1,129 mg omega 6 fatty acids, 27.5% protein, 257% Vitamin A, 305% Vitamin C, 5.5% Vitamin E, 3% Vitamin K, 49.5% Thiamin, 28% Riboflavin, 20% Niacin, 51% Vitamin B6, 17% Folate, 50% Pantothenic Acid, 92 mg Choline, 6.8 mg betaine, 16% Calcium, 30% Iron, 56.5% Magnesium, 25% Phosphorus, 72.5% Potassium, 1% Sodium, 15% Zinc, 47.5% Copper, 43% Manganese, and 13% Selenium. Add that data to the seeds and you have yourself a very therapeutic dose of nutrition.

Additional nutrition found in watermelon

When I see people eat watermelon I notice that they only eat the red flesh and throw out the rind. Watermelon rind contains more of the amino acid citrulline and green chlorophyll compared to the red flesh. Kidneys convert citrulline into L-arginine.

L-arginine is an important amino acid with over 100 health benefits such as: protect the kidneys, support the heart, reduce erectile dysfunction, enhance wound healing from trauma and hemorrhage, enhance wound healing in diabetic rats, fight cancer, reduce obesity and much more. As for chlorophyll: it’s the green color you see in the rind which has the ability to detoxify and build blood.

I understand the rind doesn’t taste that great but with anything beneficial to our lives, there is a minor sacrifice that has to be made. Such as success taking consistent long term hard work but you reap the rewards in the end. We need to wire our brains for long term satisfaction instead of short term satisfaction unless it’s being used for motivation. A great example is watermelon boy getting famous for eating an entire melon, including the rind! Hahaha oh watermelon boy.

Delusionally assuming there are no pesticides on the watermelon, when you cut it, leave some of the rind intact and eat it before the flesh. Take a minor sacrifice with three rewards at the end. The first reward being the chlorophyll in the rind, the second being the sweet tasting flesh and the third is the nutritional health benefits of the whole food. Rewarding yourself after a difficult task such as eating the rind will increase the likelihood of long term success in discipline and wellness improvement. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s father used to have young Arnold do push ups before getting breakfast. A minor sacrifice with two rewards. A healthy body and a meal. If you simply do not like the rind, try blending it with some lime juice. If blending doesn’t sound appealing, watermelon rinds can also be pickled, stewed, stir fried and worst case scenario composted in your garden.  


Watermelon can be considered a superb food for cardiovascular health and all around wellness for the fact that it contains high amounts of carotenoids such as lycopene. Watermelon juice specifically was shown to increase plasma concentrations of lycopene in humans.

Everyone associates red foods with the health of blood and the heart. That’s because red foods contain the carotenoid lycopene. Lycopene is actually the reason why those foods are red.

High amounts of lycopene is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular diseases. Hence one of the reasons why tomatoes, goji berries, red bell peppers, watermelons and other red foods are popular for protecting the heart. (LYCOPENE IS NOT IN STRAWBERRIES OR CHERRIES) Tomatoes and tomato juices are exceptionally popular for heart health but we shouldn’t only praise tomatoes. Let’s make some room for watermelon too!!

Lycopene is capable of much more than protecting the heart.

Higher amounts of lycopene was found to be associated with: reduced risk of prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and breast cancer in Chinese women, inhibit liver cancer cell growth, lowers risk of hip fractures in older adults, reduced mortality from metabolic syndrome, protection from non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and more. As you can see, lycopene plays a fairly large role in potentially reducing the risk of cancers and other life threatening diseases. These studies make a good case for watermelon being a disease fighting food regardless of the sugar content. I believe fruit sugar is safe, so long as its consumed right from fruits and not concentrated in processed chemical laden foods. We need all of nature’s elements from whole foods to offset any possible negative effect of a single substance. That’s why I’m weary of studies that say all sugar is bad, especially because the studies we’re done on sugar alone or from bad food and not from nutrient dense organic pesticide free fruits.

Also take note that the Lycopene from watermelon may cause upset digestion in some. With adaptation over time, that will go away. Experiment with different quantities and see what works best for you.

Watermelon Contains Choline

Choline acts like a water soluble vitamin but it’s not an actual vitamin or mineral. It’s an essential micronutrient that’s similarly related to folate, methionine and vitamin b12 because they’re metabolized through the same pathways. Our bodies produce a small amount of choline through the methylation of phosphatidylethanolamine by N-methyltransferase (PEMT) which forms phosphatidylcholine in the liver. Although that sounds super fancy, the methylation process is not efficient enough since it only produces small amounts of choline.

The recommended, simpler and less energy intensive way to get choline is through dietary sources such as watermelon. Half a watermelon contains 92 mg of Choline. But the question is, is that enough? There’s currently no recommended dietary allowance for choline so the next best option is to maintain a nutrient rich mainly plant based diet with choline rich foods such as watermelon. I’m certain we’ll get enough choline from our diets and never have to worry about deficiencies. Now that we quickly learned how important it is to get choline from our diet, let’s take a look at the health benefits of choline found in watermelon.

Choline is important for: the function of all cells, kidneys, lymphocytes, brain function, fetal development, methylation, detoxification, endocrine system, digestion, lipid transport in the liver, reproduction, and the function of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which supports memory and functions at the neuromuscular junction to activate the movement of muscles.

Choline supports many more functions in the body but this is a great bit of information to start with. Later on I’ll make an in depth video about choline. Let’s take a quick look at choline deficiency and then move on to betaine found in watermelon.

Choline deficiency puts the body at risk for: fatty liver, reduces energy levels, suppresses brain development, damages: liver, DNA, kidneys, pancreas, nervous system, lymphocytes, brain, muscles and other parts of the body.

If my fruitarian friends didn’t notice, damage to lymphocytes is on that list. Studies show Choline deficiency increases lymphocyte apoptosis. This could help explain why fruitarians heal their lymphatic system by eating watermelon. Watermelon is well known by fruitarians and detoxification specialists for its ability to aid in kidney lymph filtration. I have a feeling Choline plays a large role in kidney lymph filtration since it’s an essential micronutrient for the entire body and there are significant consequences if you develop a choline deficiency. Especially regarding the kidneys. Studies show choline deficiency can induce acute renal “kidney” failure.

Guys, I must say… Every time I research fruit, I find more proof to support the fruitarian diet and it’s ability to heal the body of pretty much every disease. The best part is that I only have to scratch the surface to find proof. Okay, let’s move on to betaine.


The health benefits of watermelon doesn’t stop with Choline. Watermelon also contains Betaine.

To be exact, 6.8 mg betaine in half a watermelon. Betaine is the color red which once again, we commonly associate with heart health. Betaine is also involved in the methylation process and the detoxification of homocysteine. Homocysteine is a potential risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Isn’t it cool how it appears nature color coded our health?

Studies show betaine can significantly improve athletic performance such as: Body composition, arm size, bench press work capacity, attenuates the rise of urinary homocysteine thiolactone (HCTL) and improves power but not strength. Although, some studies do suggest it does improve strength.

Besides athletic performance, some of the health benefits of Betaine may include: detoxifies and protects the liver, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce uric acid levels, improve kidney function, attenuate effects from moderate alcohol consumption, attenuates homocysteine induced memory deficits and Alzheimer-like pathological changes, inhibit aortic inflammatory response, some anticancer effects against liver cancer, was shown to exhibit tumoricidal effects and induce apoptosis and cell cycle arrest.

As you can tell, simply from choline and betaine in watermelon, we’re seeing positive anti cancer and full body protection from common ailments. That’s what makes Watermelon a true class 1 superfood. Be sure to incorporate watermelon into your lifestyle as an all around rejuvenator. Since it tastes good, adding watermelon into your life won’t be much of a challenge compared to taking shots of not so tasty grass juices.

How to cut watermelon

There are two ways to cut watermelon. Precise for different shapes such as sticks, cubes, balls, and slices or you can go fruit ninja style! Kiai!!! Okay, now that we safely cut a watermelon in half, I’ll show you how you can safely cut it into different shapes.

WARNING: Never cut a knife towards you!

How to cut watermelon into sticks

  1. Cut the watermelon in half
  2. Set the cut side of the melon face down on the cutting board so it doesn’t roll around.
  3. Slice the melon vertically making one to two inch thick slices (about 5 rows).
  4. Once you have cut one side, rotate it 90 degrees.
  5. Cut the melon once again making one to two inch thick sliced rows. Now you have easy to eat watermelon sticks.

How to cut watermelon into cubes

  1. Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise.
  2. Cut those pieces in half again lengthwise.

Next we will make a cut without cutting through the rind.

  1. Cut across from left to right under the flesh without cutting through the rind. Like a filet.
  2. Cut across both sides vertically and horizontally from the top for desired chunk sizes (about 1-2 inches wide).
  3. Tip the melon into a bowl and all the pieces will fall out!

Yay! It’s a watermelon miracle! Bite sized bits!

How to tell if watermelon is ripe.

There really is no efficient way to tell if watermelon is ripe when shopping at the grocery store. I’ve actually seen some people smell them O_o. They must know something that I don’t know. What I do know is that you could knock on it. If it doesn’t resonate much then it’s likely too hard, meaning it’s not ripe. If it resonates a bit, it’s more likely to be ripe. But in all honesty, the only true way to tell if a watermelon is ripe is to look at the shriveled stem when it’s still growing on the vine. Unfortunately most of us will only be getting them from the grocery store and not right off the land. Don’t worry, if the watermelon turns out to be bad when you cut it at home, your grocery store will almost always be willing to replace it for a new one.


All in all, I think watermelon is a food that almost everyone should be consuming as often as possible. For the sheer fact that watermelon is a powerful all around nutrient rich, rejuvenating detox food and is affordable costing only five bucks per melon. Be sure to give watermelon more attention in your life. It’s truly a powerful food, especially by doing watermelon fasts. Half a day, a whole day, 3 days, a week or maybe longer. Obviously be sure to check with your doctor before doing watermelon fast. After adding watermelon into your life, let me know in the comments below how it helps your health.

Well! That’s it for this video. Do you like watermelon? Have you ever done a watermelon fast? What’s your favorite way to cut and eat it? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it, share this video with anyone you feel needs to know this information and subscribe to my channel if you’re new. I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. If you’d like additional education then be sure to subscribe to my newsletter. My newsletter will get you access to my videos before anyone else, additional health tips and occasional herbal supplement giveaways. Also be sure to check out my online store for herbal supplements, computer glasses, space hoodies and other cool accessories. Shopping at Sungazer Herbs will support my channel and your wellness. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay motivated you Urban Survivors!

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According to the Average Height database: The average height for males is 5’9 and the average height for females is 5’3. Are you near this height? Or are you the short one in your family? How about even too tall? Is your body developing too slowly or won’t stop growing? Are you also tired, weak and clumsy? These may be signs you have a pituitary weakness. Today we’re going to talk about the pituitary gland and what you can do to treat pituitary weakness naturally.


For the longest time we thought genetics played the main role in our health but that has drastically changed with Epigenetics being brought to the mainstream. This brings up an interesting question: Could internal and external environments affect our height? I suspect yes! From what my mentors and I have observed, it appears different environments have a larger impact on our bodies than genetics. Admittedly, in some cases genetics can be difficult to manage even with epigenetics. Although, you wouldn’t believe some of the extreme acidic and genetic illnesses that have been resolved through changing their environment.

How many of you have seen short families and immediately assumed genetics was the main cause for their height? What if other factors were actually at play? Such as these families living the same lifestyle. Eating the same food, family stress, being exposed to the same bacteria, chemical pollutants and other environmental factors. Or simply put, following the same footsteps as each other. I’m suggesting that lifestyle has a larger impact on the growth and development or destruction of the human body than genetics. Poor nutrition, toxicity, weakened immune systems, and an imbalanced endocrine system from the environment can have a huge impact on the quality and size of our bodies. By changing your environment you can change your whole body for optimal health.

There are two main types of pituitary weaknesses. The first one is Hypopituitarism.

Hypopituitarism also known as pituitary insufficiency is a “rare” disorder when the pituitary gland doesn’t produce enough of its hormones. There are way too many underdeveloped people to say this condition is by any means rare. It’s more common than you may think. Once you become aware of what pituitary weakness is, you will then begin to see it in yourself or in others around you. Just like I did when I learned about pituitary weakness. I thought to myself “Oh my gosh I can’t stop seeing this epigenetic disorder everywhere I go!”.

Hypopituitarism can lead to poor body development causing symptoms such as: small breasts, short height and small body mass in general, low bone density, hoarseness in voice such as high pitch or other changes, menstrual irregularities, low sex drive, hormonal imbalance, impotence, weight gain or loss, poor athletic performance, weak muscles, fatigue, dizziness, clumsiness, inability to focus, vision problems, depression, anxiety, hair loss, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, inability to stay warm, sensitivity to the cold, and many more symptoms.

Next we have Hyperpituitarism which is the opposite of hypopituitarism.

Hyperpituitarism is when the pituitary gland secretes too many hormones causing an overgrowing body and other undesirable symptoms.

Hyper secretion of pituitary hormones may cause: Cushing’s syndrome, acromegaly, gigantism, abnormally tall height, thick bones, enlarged: nose jaw, tongue, heart, hands and feet, oily and leathery skin, excessive perspiration, slanting eyes, congested sinus, hollow or deep sounding voice, heart failure, hypertension, muscle weakness, joint pain, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, fatigue, needing too much sleep, sleep apnea, mood changes, impotence, low libido, excess facial hair in women, absence of menstrual cycles, weight gain, vision problems, and many more symptoms.

Some of you out there that have a pituitary weakness may only have a select few symptoms that are not severely debilitating such as those hypo and hyper conditions. I like to consider pituitary weakness a mild version of hypo or hyper. A common example would be small breasts or being short. Once it becomes more advanced, modern medical terms are then used even though I still believe it’s usually better to identify these conditions as “pituitary weakness”. Once medication is needed, I suppose that’s when medical terms become necessary.

Hypo and hyper pituitary weakness conditions are mainly treated with the same herbs. You don’t need to have all of the symptoms to fit into the pituitary weakness category. The symptoms I mentioned are some of the more prevalent symptoms that you could potentially have. As an example: I mentioned poor athletic performance. It’s obviously not a medical term but I do see it in those with some form of pituitary weakness when coupled with poor body development, weak adrenals and thyroid. Especially in small bodies and those that are clumsy. “”Trip and Fall”


The most common form of pituitary weakness is being short or having some form of body development issue oftentimes alongside clumsiness. Take note again, thyroid and adrenals always seem to be associated with pituitary weakness. This is obviously because the pituitary gland is a master gland. With proper care these pituitary weaknesses should be manageable.

Adaptogenic herbs are perfect for this because they support all glands and not just the pituitary.

At some point in our lives all of us will have a pituitary weakness to some extent. Also, most of the time hyperpituitarism is actually hypopituitarism. The same goes with hyperthyroidism and even mania caused by hyperadrenalism which is actually hypoadrenalism. In natural health, hyper is almost always considered a hypo condition under extreme chronic stress. That stress is best explained as acidosis. Think of overstimulation as the body’s last resort to protect itself from exhaustion usually caused by acidosis.

Now that you understand the basics of pituitary conditions, let’s talk about how the pituitary gland communicates with the body.

The pituitary gland is oftentimes called the master gland and for a very good reason. It’s responsible for the growth and development of the body and the production and regulation of hormones. It affects nearly the entire endocrine system also known as the HPAT Axis (Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenal, Thyroid Axis).

The pituitary gland communicates with the hypothalamus which is also considered a master gland based on its role to secrete what I like to call precursor hormones. The Hypothalamus is a structure located in the forebrain above the pituitary gland. It receives neural signals from the brain and the nervous system which are responding to internal and external environments. Those signals are then sent to the pituitary gland.

There are three different parts of the pituitary gland.

Anterior lobe, Posterior lobe and Intermediate lobe. The hypothalamus interacts with these parts of the pituitary. Hormones created by the hypothalamus are either converted or stored by the pituitary gland to stimulate the production or inhibition of various hormones throughout the body. This is what controls other endocrine glands in our bodies.

Here’s a list of those hormones and their roles.

Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH) is sent to the anterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary then creates Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH). These hormones are sent to the reproductive organs to stimulate them to produce their specific hormones.

Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CTH) is sent to the anterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary then creates Adrenocorticotropic Releasing Hormone (ACTH). This hormone is sent to the adrenal glands to stimulate the release of their specific hormones.

Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone (TRH) is sent to the anterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary then creates Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). This hormone is sent to the thyroid gland to release its specific hormones.

Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone (GHRH) is sent to the anterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary then creates Growth Hormone (GH). This hormone is sent to stimulate growth of the body and maintenance of bone, muscle mass and fat distribution.

Prolactin-releasing hormone (PRH) or Prolactin Inhibiting Hormone (PIH) aka Dopamine is sent to the anterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary then regulates Prolactin. PRH tells the anterior pituitary to produce Prolactin whereas PIH inhibits the production of prolactin. Prolactin is used to stimulate the production of milk after childbirth, reproduction in men and women, immune system regulation, metabolism, pancreatic development and 300 more functions in the body.

Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH) is sent to the posterior pituitary where it’s stored and released when needed. ADH stimulates the regulation of collecting ducts in the kidneys to retain water. This is very important in the regulation of blood pressure, glucose levels, salts in the blood and maybe even kidney lymph filtration.

Oxytocin (OT) is sent to the posterior pituitary where it’s stored and released when needed. Oxytocin is needed for sleep cycles, social bonding, sexual reproduction, and during and after childbirth.

Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (MSH) produced in the anterior pituitary and the intermediate pituitary. MSH stimulates the production and release of melanin which most of us know affects skin color.

As you can tell, these hormones are extremely important for every aspect of the body. So important that hormone maintenance is the main part of my longevity protocol. Without a healthy HPAT axis, the endocrine system stress response of our internal and external environment will be impaired ultimately affecting the structure of the body and much more. The tough part is that these hormones are directly affected by the environment which is currently extremely toxic. We can consider the environment endocrine disruptors. This includes physical, mental and chemical stress. That’s why I use adaptogenic herbs in my protocol to help regulate the HPAT Axis. Adaptogens give your body the ability to adapt to your environment. A well regulated HPAT access will in return help create an overall healthy regulating system for optimal wellness. That regulating system includes things such as the immune system, body structure, metal health, disease resistance, aging and so forth.

Don’t worry about trying to memorize all of the hormones and their roles. All you need to remember is that these two master glands Hypothalamus and Pituitary are responsible for the production and regulation of the endocrine system. Try to familiarize yourself with the HPAT Axis as I will be mentioning it quite frequently in my videos. Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenal and Thyroid Axis.

Pituitary Cases

Some of these pituitary cases are often seen as growth abnormalities in the body such as scoliosis and other forms of misplaced body structure. This is usually managed by focusing on diet, pituitary, thyroid, adrenals and chiropractic care. If the lymph system is backed up in the neck, you will definitely see scoliosis conditions.

Body overgrowth symptoms can happen very slowly over time and go unnoticed to the point that it’s too late to restore the parts of the body that have overgrown. Adaptogens could have been used to prevent these such cases but unfortunately most people won’t know they have overgrowth slowly occurring due to lack of education. That’s the reason why adaptogens should be used as a daily supplement. Adaptogens manage hormonal stress so these symptoms never occur and if they do occur, they could potentially be less damaging.

What’s great about these herbs is that they help regulate all of the endocrine glands and not just the pituitary. Assuming you’ve also eliminated other environmental stressors affecting your body.

One of the most popular herbs for pituitary conditions is chaste tree berry. Although, the debate regarding it being an adaptogen is still ongoing. If you suspect a pituitary weakness, definitely try chasteberry. This herb is especially good for individuals with overly high libido hence the name chaste meaning “not having any sexual nature or intention.” It can also be used for low libido. Chasteberry has been shown to regulate hormonal changes in both men and women. If you’d like to learn more about chasteberry then be sure to check out my video (The Health Benefits Of Vitex Chaste Tree Berry)

Pituitary Glandular

If herbs are not enough, you may want to try a pituitary glandular. I’m not going to explain it in depth because I believe glandulars should be taken under the supervision of a health practitioner that can monitor your hormone levels. Glandulars are very potent medicines that shouldn’t be used without professional supervision.

Diet & Detox

If you decide to focus on a natural approach to support your pituitary, before trying any type of supplement, you need to remember how important diet and detox is. You need a nutrient and calorie dense diet with a variety of foods that help aid in detoxification. Preferably fruits and vegetables. As weird as this may sound, sadly it seems a lot of people switching to new “healthier” diets don’t take nutrition or proper detoxification into consideration even when they think they are! This leaves them depleted of vital nutrients needed for growth and development. Don’t be afraid to eat a certain way even when a group of extremists try to tell you your diet is bad. Follow the data, ethics and well educated personal beliefs. Be sure to use Cronometer to simply calculate the nutrients in the foods you eat. There is a link in the description below.

Hang upside down

One last thing you can do to support pituitary function is inversion. Hang upside down to increase blood flow. In return this ensures enough circulation gets to the hypothalamus and pituitary to function properly. This may explain why inversion is so popular in yoga, kung fu, qigong and other physical forms of life extension practices.

Well that’s it for this video!

There are a lot of other factors to take into consideration with how the body gets affected but this video is a great place to start. Do you have a pituitary weakness? Have you tried chasteberry or other endocrine supporting herbs? Leave a comment below and let the community know. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it. Share this video with someone you feel may be able to benefit from this information. Subscribe to my channel if you’re new, I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. Join my newsletter for product giveaways and additional health tips. If you’re shopping for herbal supplements and lifestyle products then be sure to check out Shopping at Sungazer Herbs will support your wellness and my channel. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay motivated you urban survivors!



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Do you have insomnia? Are you up late at night and don’t feel tired? Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you wake up too early or feeling like you didn’t get restful sleep? Do you have headaches or eye strain? If you answered yes to any of these questions, blue light exposure may be causing your symptoms. Today we are going to talk about blue light exposure and anti blue light glasses.


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Could the Lights from Modern Technology Be Considered a Stimulating Drug? And Could These Lights Cause Cancer?

Light is a drug no one thinks about because it’s everywhere and is considered normal but it’s far from normal. Light bulbs have only been around since about the 1880s. These new lights can be very stimulating to the brain like a drug which explains why we end up on our computers and phones late at night questioning what happened to our precious time.

Scientists originally thought it took 2500 lux of light to suppress melatonin but eventually learned 1 lux or less has the ability to suppress melatonin. One Lux is equivalent to one lumen per square meter. Lux is a form of measurement used to measure the amount of light falling on a specific area. Such as my photography lights illuminating on me for this video.

Computer screens, tiny lights on alarm clocks and cable boxes, cell phones, dim lamps, night lights, led lights, moonlight and other lights at night are all good at tricking our brains into thinking it’s daytime. Yes you heard right, even natural moonlight suppresses melatonin production. Our bodies have a very sensitive photoreceptive system making it crucial for us to protect ourselves from artificial light exposure. Photoreceptive simply means the detection, absorption and use of light. Since we are so sensitive to light, it makes me wonder what other mechanisms our bodies also have to know when it’s night time. Otherwise, gamers would never get to sleep.

This much light exposure may seem normal to society but in reality we’re overdosing on it like a drug. The scary part is that we can’t escape it unless we move deep into the center of nature which is obviously not practical these days.

By Getting Less Restful Sleep from These Light Drugs: We’re not able to heal as well at night, we weaken our endocrine system and ultimately; cause fatigue, mood swings, lower our cognitive abilities, have trouble maintaining weight, create degenerative diseases and worsen preexisting diseases.

Light Can Be Even More Harmful to Those That Work Night Shifts and Sleep During the Day.

Bright lights late at night during work provide temporary stimulation for improved work productivity but in the long run may damage our bodies. Evidence suggests night shift workers such as nurses are at higher risk of developing breast and endometrial cancer due to less melatonin levels caused by late night light exposure.

At night our bodies are supposed to create melatonin through natural circadian rhythms. The word Circadian derives from the latin phrase “circa diem” meaning “about a day”. Human circadian rhythms originally responded normally in nature where it gets dark out or better put, pitch black. Most likely in forests, caves, huts, and other forms of shelter; not always under moonlight. Wouldn’t you hide at night to stay safe in the wild while sleeping? I know would.

And yes, I know fires are a factor too but that’s for a later discussion.

Being exposed to light: Constricts the pupil, stimulates the brain to increase attention and wakefulness, suppresses melatonin production in the pineal gland, increases heart rate and body temperature and stimulates the production of cortisol. This is why so many people are stressed and stimulated late at night unable to fall asleep until 3 AM or even later. We need to expose ourselves to more darkness a few hours before going to bed.

Now imagine we’re safe in a cave and it’s completely dark. (Video fades black) Our brains sense the absence of light through our eyes to the third eye aka the (pineal gland) and begins to produce melatonin. Once melatonin is produced, we then begin to get tired and fall asleep.

But as a side note, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells aka melanopsin containing retinal ganglion cells have to first sense light with the photopigment Melanopsin. Melanopsin is part of a group of light sensitive retinal proteins called opsins, hence the name melan(opsin). Melanopsin is involved in the response to light exposure. It regulates things like pupil size and the biological clock for releasing melatonin from the pineal gland. Light suppresses melanopsin which can lead to low levels of melatonin. Ultimately, lack of light tells the pineal gland it’s time to produce melatonin and light tells the pineal gland it’s time to stop producing melatonin. Just like during the solar eclipse when all the animals thought it was time to sleep because the sun was briefly gone but then got back up when the sun came back. Similarly that is what happens when our brains sense darkness and light.

For thousands of years all our species has had for light was the sun, stars and fire. Then all of a sudden roughly 130-ish years ago our species started getting exposed to artificial light. Our bodies have no idea what artificial light is. They think it’s sunlight even when it’s night time so they don’t know that they need to adapt to the new environmental light exposure. In reality if they did know, it would take hundreds if not thousands and thousands of years of light exposure for the offspring of our species to adapt to something like artificial lights. We won’t be alive to see that biological adaptation unless anti aging technology gifts us that opportunity. Even then, anti aging us wouldn’t get that gift. Most likely only newborns would be able to develop it.

Since We Cannot Biologically Adapt in Our Lifetime, What Can We Do Right Now to Protect Ourselves from Blue Lights?

Thankfully we are somewhat technologically advanced enough to protect us from our new creations by creating more things to help reduce the effects of them. Just like bulletproof vests being made to protect us from bullets. But in this case, anti blue light glasses were created to protect us from the new light environment. As you may know, bulletproof vests don’t protect us entirely from bullets. The same goes for most anti blue light glasses. The best option is always going to be to put yourself around complete darkness. But uh… good luck doing that all the time… Especially if you live in a city and are not living with the Amish. I highly recommend you turn off all lights in your room “even the tiny cable box lights” and black out your room with blackout curtains. If you can’t get your room completely dark, you should wear an eye mask. I’ll leave a link in the description below where you can purchase these products. I found nice blackout curtains for under $50 so they won’t break the bank. If you don’t get them, then please don’t come to me complaining about your sleeping problems. Try blackout curtains or eye masks first and use them as often as possible for the rest of your life. That’s how important they are.

Here’s an Interesting Short Story.

The first time I slept in a completely dark room was at the age of 19. I was up north in Traverse City, Michigan at my grandfather’s lake house. I was on a business endeavour with friends planning out this YouTube channel, scanning brains with a portable eeg device, recording music, writing movies and brainstorming a late night show. One night, I woke up in the middle of the night and had a genuine panic attack. I gasped for air and my heart started pounding through my chest. I couldn’t sense anything visually for the first time in my life. The thoughts running through my mind were questions such as, Did I die? Am in the void? Or did I just go blind? I quickly realized it was just a dark room. I then calmed down and fell back asleep even with adrenaline running through my veins.  It took 19 years of my life before I could finally experience what it’s like to be in a completely dark room.

It’s okay to be afraid of the dark but not forever. (pulls out cellphone) We’re not used to darkness because we changed the norm with these artificial lights. Darkness is a natural part of life that we didn’t grow up with because of this new technology. The problem is that we accidentally removed too much nature from our lives by crowding it out with technology. Urban Survivors need to find a balance. You get used to sleeping in the dark over time.

Types of Anti Blue Light Glasses

There are different types of anti blue light glasses and it’s very important to understand the differences before purchasing them. All of them are great for children and adults of all ages so long as you use the right ones at the right time. Children especially should have blue blocking glasses since they have shorter arms exposing them to more light at a close distance.

A study reported that over 2,000 children around ages eight and 18 spent about 7.5 hours per day in school or in their free time using electronics with LED lights. Since there appears to be a correlation between eye degeneration and blue lights, it only makes sense that we should protect children with anti blue light glasses.

As a common sense warning: Never try to look at the sun or get close to lights with these blue light blocking glasses on. They are not that high tech, don’t be dumb. Seeing less light through glasses doesn’t mean they are 100% protecting you from damaging light. Even if you don’t feel any discomfort when looking, you can still damage your eyes. Please make sure your children understand the dangers of looking at lights even with protective glasses on!

Additionally, it’s important to know that looking at screens reduces eye blinking and causes dry eyes. Glasses won’t help with this problem but blinking can. Try to make conscious eye blinks when using screens for long periods of time. Some people recommend to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Look 20 feet away from your screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes to allow your eyes to relax. Add in some blinking while you’re at it. I personally recommend doing short kung fu or yoga practices every 20 minutes or so when working on computers for long periods of time. That will give your eyes time to rest and keep your physical health top notch.

Dark Lenses

The more expensive dark lensed anti blue light glasses block out all lights that tell your brain it’s day time, not just the typical UV 400 spectrum. This means your body will produce melatonin even around artificial light. These glasses impair vision but they still allow you to look at electronic devices without your brain thinking it’s daytime. These will be exceptionally useful for those over the age of 60 when the aging body begins to have trouble producing melatonin. As for tech addicts and late night workers in stimulating bright light environments, these night mimicking dark anti blue light lenses may be essential. If you decide you don’t want to wear these dark lensed glasses, at least wear the clear lensed ones to protect your eyes from being damaged by artificial light. I personally wear the clear lensed anti blue light gaming glasses on a daily basis to ensure I get healthier levels of light because I work on computers a lot.

Dark lensed anti blue light glasses are extremely useful for night work on the computer, reading, or watching tv but not so great for daytime use. In fact, they can be quite harmful if you use them during the day. Blue light is very important during the day to keep us awake, f ocused and energized. We don’t want to trick our brains into thinking it’s night time when the sun is out. This could throw off our circadian rhythms, cause sleep problems and even fatigue. If you want to block blue light during the day, you should use anti blue light glasses with clear, yellow or slightly rose colored lenses. If you want, you can even use sunglasses. Just make sure the glasses are verified to protect you from UV 400. If you can still see blue and other colors through those glasses, your brain will still think it’s day time

The Health Benefits of Dark Anti Blue Light Glasses May Include the Following:

Improve restful sleep by regulating circadian rhythms and produce more melatonin by blocking melatonin suppressing lights. Improved sleep will also help restore the adrenal glands and give you more energy during the day.

Reduce eye strain from electronic screens and common artificial lights.

Potentially protect from age related macular degeneration (AMD)

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the united states. Studies show exposure to blue light over time causes phospholipid oxidation in the retina of mice which can ultimately lead to AMD. The Schepens Eye Institute also stated “the blue rays of the spectrum seem to accelerate AMD more than other rays of the spectrum.”

The good news is that anti blue light glasses, antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E from a well rounded whole foods diet can additionally help protect the eyes. Especially foods like Goji Berries ;).

Reduce brain inflammation by increasing melatonin levels.

Aid in weight loss by reducing hunger.

Light exposure could cause changes in the hormone Leptin ultimately affecting hunger, feeding behaviors, food intake, body composition, and fat storage. Leptin is a light sensitive hormone that peaks at night telling our brains how much fat storage our bodies have. Darkness and red light changes leptin levels to reduce hunger. In a sense it seems when our brains see light they think it’s time to eat to keep energy levels up for the day. Light exposure would obviously increase late night hunger leading to weight gain. A study also proposes that extended exposure to blue light may be able to negatively impact insulin resistance.

If you decide to use glasses that completely block out lights associated with melatonin suppression, be sure to use them at least 2-3 hours before bed. If you have insomnia, you may need to try to use them even earlier. A minimum of 3 hours earlier or even longer. As a rule of thumb, it would be best to put them on when the sun goes down. I’ll leave a link in the description below for you to purchase dark anti blue light glasses.

Clear and Colored Lenses

If you didn’t notice, I personally prefer the clear anti blue light lenses because they block out harmful blue light and most other harmful types of light radiation, reduce eye strain and they do not drastically alter my visual perception of the world. They only create a slight yellow tint. It actually makes pale people look healthier and grass look greener lol!

The Color of the Lens Doesn’t Matter

It’s all about the UV protection the glasses provide. Don’t be fooled by those ugly orange glasses unless they completely block out all melatonin suppressing lights. Regardless of the color, clear, rose and other colored UV 400 lenses will block out some blue light giving your eyes healthier levels of light. These glasses will not tell your brain it’s night time so they won’t be as useful for sleep. Clear lensed anti blue light glasses in theory should help your brain produce a tiny bit more melatonin at night. They most certainly won’t be as effective as the glasses that block out all melatonin suppressing lights. It’s just common sense.

What’s the Point of Using Clear Lensed Anti Blue Light Glasses If They Don’t Help with Melatonin production?

Since they do block most harmful light, they will be able to protect your eyes from computer screens, reduce strain on your eyes and also reduce overstimulation of your brain with too much blue light. That’s why I wear clear lensed anti blue light glasses when I’m looking at screens. Especially editing video or watching tv with the constant fluctuation of lights. Particularly anime and videogames which have the most intense light exposure. So many flashing lights! Oh my gosh it’s intense!

When you’re looking for (basic) anti blue light glasses such as Sungazer Herbs glasses ;), make sure they are advertised stating they protect you from UV 400. UV 400 means that your eyes will be protected from Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) light wavelengths up to a tiny scale of 400 nanometers (nm). That may not sound like a lot, but it is in terms of wavelengths.

UV light ranges in various wavelengths from 10 nanometers (nm) to 400 nm. (That’s the range most glasses will protect you from). Light that you can visibly see ranges from 400 nm to 700 nm. As for infrared, it ranges from 1 micrometer (mm) to 700 nm.

Okay, a Few More Things and Then I’ll End This Video.

Anti blue light glasses have various sized lenses. The ones I use mainly only block out light that is directly in front of me such as computer screens. When the sun or any other form of light hits me from the side, I feel it. You need to determine what size lenses you need for your specific lifestyle. I only use them around technology so I only need ones that block the front. In all honestly, another reason why I like my glasses is because they are poppin in fashion yo. What are the kids saying these days? Oh right, these glasses are on fleek son!!

Cycling glasses would be great to block light shining from the sides of your eyes.

If you want to purchase anti blue light glasses, I’ll leave links in the description below for you. Purchasing from Sungazer Herbs is a way to financially support me for making free videos.

I don’t normally like to say you should buy something because you indeed have your own opinions but I feel strongly about how essential it is to protect our eyes from technology while scientist work out the damaging our bodies aspect. We’re kind of lab rats when it comes to computer use and a whole bunch of other things… Believe it or not, I’m currently more worried about computer screens than the sun. We already know about basic precautions to take regarding the sun. I grew up on computers and to this day, I still struggle with going to bed earlier than 1AM on most nights. My circadian rhythm was programmed for late nights at a very young age because we just didn’t know about the effects of computer screens back then. Computers were so new and exciting. We were still excited we had one of the first computers and never thought about the side effects of using them. As Urban Survivors, we need to remember that technology is a tool just like any other tool. Like saws, we know how to handle saws with care so we don’t harm ourselves when using them. Unfortunately for some of us, we had to hurt ourselves at least once.

As a last reminder, children are so close to screens because of their short arms and deep focus on entertainment. How many kids are laying down with their faces in front of screens? Lots and you know it!! I see it all the time and I used to do it playing n64. Heck, I’d fall asleep 3 ft away from a tv when I was a kid! At least get your family a pair of basic uv 400 anti blue light glasses from the links provided in the description below. It’s only a matter of time until we start seeing more macular degeneration in the future. Urban Survivors don’t have to become a statistic!

Well, that’s it for this video! I will have more detail in my book but for now, this is a great place to start. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it, share this video with someone you feel needs to know this information and subscribe to my channel if you’re new. I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. If you want additional health tips and free health product giveaways, then be sure to sign up for my newsletter. If you want to purchase natural health and lifestyle products such as anti blue light glasses, herbs, or space hoodies, then be sure to visit Not only does it help you to purchase health and lifestyle products, it also helps me. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay motivated you Urban Survivors!

Oh and don’t forget to protect your eyes!! Your future self will thank you.



Treat Candida Naturally Without Diet Restriction



This was me on an “anti candida diet”. I fell for the bias opinions that state you have to starve candida in order to remove it. Experimenting with these theories ended up starving my body and flourishing the growth of candida even more.

This video isn’t about what candida is but rather, why it occurs in excess and how I believe it should be treated. This video will be quite brief. I will go into more detail in my book and in future videos. For now, let’s start here.

Sigh… I’ve been putting off making this video for a long time, about two years. Someone asked me if I would talk about it so I will in hopes that no one else will dangerously experiment with candida diets like I did. I’ve been avoiding to make this video for the sheer fact that I know my comments section will be flooded with emotionally fueled bias opinions. Opinions from people that get easily offended by someone that doesn’t agree with them. Mainly because they are so deeply invested in their ideologies regardless of how destructive they are. This is such a touchy subject because people have become emotionally invested in the idea of “candida” rather than the actual cause of it. Candida is just a side effect of another ailment.

There are some people out there that will appreciate my perspective. This video is for you. The ones who have already tried fasting, fad diets, candida cleanse supplements and other protocols but still continue to have a white coated tongue and other undesirable symptoms. Its also for those that are not sure which candida protocol to chose from and whom do not want to be fooled by the severely restricting diets and protocols that are out there. I experimented with them so you don’t have to.

Candida causes cancer?

Candida has become a trigger word. People freak out when they hear about it. When you first start out learning about health, candida seems like the cause of everything and is the end of the world! There are endless amounts of forums and articles talking about it, almost intentionally inducing fear. Unfortunately some of the most popular candida forums are the most damaging to our wellness. Some of these forums claim that you will develop cancer if you have candida or your life is doomed in general if you have it. I think that is a very inappropriate way of looking at things without developing an in depth understanding as to why that could be and if its even true. Arguably, in some cases candida can indeed make people feel equivalent to having cancer but we can’t blame it entirely on causing that run down feeling. By the way, I don’t think candida causes cancer. The possible cause of cancer is just so coincidentally nearly one of the same as the cause for candida but a bit more extreme. I suspect the more plausible cause of most cancers is an accumulation of wastes (mainly from man made chemicals), weak endocrine glands and a weak immune system. But don’t hold me on that statement alone. There are tons of factors as to why we develop cancer. I will not be talking about it in this video but the premise behind my perspective of candida is coincidentally nearly identical.

What causes candida?

So what do I believe causes candida and why is it so hard to get rid of in some cases?

Emotional, internal and external stress, excessive antibiotic use, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, processed foods, pesticides, GMOs, environmental pollutants, gut dysbiosis, SIBO, being born in a hospital and c sections which reduces beneficial bacteria exposure, not being exposed to nature’s soil at a young age, weak immune system, weak HPAT axis (HPAT means; hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal and thyroid), infectious diseases such as lyme disease and coinfections, parasites, biofilms, and most importantly, weak eliminative organs causing an accumulation of wastes mainly in the bowels and the lymphatic system. I believe the key here is to not directly focus on candida but instead focus on the body as a whole system that needs support.

There are so many candida treatments out there. Everyone has their own way of dealing with it. Here is the candida protocol that I think makes the most sense thus far. Eh hm, prepare for the haters! Remember, candida is mainly caused by our bodies accumulating wastes in the lymphatic system and bowels, the immune system is down, the kidneys are not filtering, and the endocrine glands are down. Candida feeds off of wastes and our foods, especially processed carbohydrate rich chemical laden foods. Its almost like its there as a last resort defence mechanism against foreign bodies but unfortunately it makes us feel absolutely terrible. Some people can function just fine with it, whereas others can become severely fatigued, sensitive to foods and develop a whole host of autoimmune like symptoms.

I want to make this clear, you’re not going to kill off candida completely. It will just grow back by the next morning or when you slip up on your diet. This is why diet becomes nearly useless once you’ve reached a certain point of eliminating junk and sticking to mainly organic.  Organic is not enough and neither is avoidance of all fruits and other “feeding foods”. You’ll starve like I did because a lot of candida diets are too restrictive. Herbalism is needed in conjunction with organic.

A lot of those diets tell you to eat a lot of meat. That can be a problem especially when you’re allergic to red meats like I am because of a tick bite. Putrefying meat and foods in general in the gi tract will make candida much worse.


Candida lives in our guts naturally but accumulates when our bodies are out of balance. Yeah, that can include not having enough good bacteria in the gut but honestly, I think often times the gut bacteria aspect can sort itself out on its own. This will happen by focusing on healing the entire body and by continuing to eat some raw foods which have soil based probiotics on them. The whole probiotic topic is a bit tough to talk about. Its obviously crucial since candida is an imbalance of gut bacteria (dysbiosis). Some people swear by probiotics whereas others avoid them entirely because of the histamine causing forms of bacteria found in common probiotic supplements and foods. Histamine causing probiotics such as: Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus reuteri, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. These probiotics are especially found in commercial yogurts and fermented foods. These foods are actually making you fat or skinny, brain fogged and immunologically impaired.

Okay, what should we do to combat candida?

Well firstly, its quite an expensive and long term endeavour but health its definitely worth the cost. We need to get our endocrine glands up; especially the adrenals and thyroid, strengthen the immune system, take some antifungals, clear out chronic infectious diseases and get our eliminative organs functioning better. This means taking supplements and herbal formulas such as: antifungal and antiparasitic, bowels, kidneys, liver, adrenals and thyroid support, lymphatic system, immune system, and maybe biofilm disruptors.

I would suggest finding formulas with these core herbs in them as some of the more important herbs to fight candida naturally.  Astragalus, ashwagandha, eleuthero, cat’s claw, pau d’arco, shatavari, reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom and other medicinal mushrooms. These herbs are mainly for the immune system and HPAT Axis which should help the most. You can’t go too wrong with taking most of those herbs but there are two herbs that could cause trouble in some people. Astragalus totally sucks if you have chronic lyme disease and some people such as myself are either allergic to ashwagandha or simply cannot handle the immune system effects it offers.

I do sell some of these herbs but not all of them yet. I’m still slowly working on developing my own formulas. Until then, try formulas from other herbalists, make your own, or buy some of the individual herbs at my store. Which by the way supports me to make my free videos.

Diet and food restriction?

Obviously, eat healthier foods without severely restricting your diet and losing calories or vital nutrients. Avoid the urge to eat massive amounts of aflatoxin rich nut butters. You likely need more nutrients and calories from other foods if you’re craving a lot of nut butters. Vegetables and bone broths can be very useful nutritionally. Additionally a clean multivitamin may be needed to avoid things like leaky gut and an increased risk of developing other ailments because of a nutrient deficient body. Make sure you’re getting enough calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, iodine, phosphorus, iron, b complex, vitamin k, c and d. Basically candida will very likely cause general deficiencies. I used to profusely bleed out of my nose because of deficiencies.

I don’t think avoiding fruits is a great idea, considering how they support detoxification and are absorbed quickly in the small intestine. I’m not a fruitarian but fruitarians most certainly understand the absorption premise quite well. The only downside is, based on studies fructose is metabolized in the liver and may be hard on an already stressed liver. If you’re still worried about fruits, then consume berries which are lower in sugar.

I also think most relatively healthy people can get better while eating starchy foods so long as your body digests and utilizes them well. If you have to avoid tons of foods to feel better whereas others don’t then you should suspect your body is the problem, not the foods. Unless you’re eating GMOs and processed foods. That crap will make anyone sick. Starches are prebiotics that can feed beneficial bacteria in the lower GI tract. Plus, we do need some carbohydrates in our diet. That photo of me when I was a skeleton was when I tried a low carb candida diet. Some people like me don’t do well with minimal carbs. I think most people don’t do well on a low diet carb but they are so used to feeling bad that they don’t notice the negative effects of carbohydrate restriction until they add carbs back into their diet. Even the low carb gurus still tell you to have some carbs! This does not mean eat massive amounts of rice every day and carb up or um, arsenic up. Rice is high in arsenic so that’s a terrible idea. Plus, I strongly believe in moderation of everything. My diet is near 60-20-20 with adjustments as needed. That’s 60% carbs for relatively high physical activity, 20% protein and 20% fat. Start there and adjust according to your needs. Also be sure to try new foods and the process of elimination to see which foods you do best on.


As urban survivors, I always suggest starting with natural approaches first. If you’re still struggling, you could try pharmaceuticals as a last resort. Some people do really well on diflucan and nystatin but they are definitely not the type of medicine you want to take long term. If they don’t “cure” your candida in a few weeks, then they probably never will. They may make you feel better temporarily and give your body more support to help fight it off with herbs alongside them. If that’s what you want to do, then you’ll have to talk to your doctor about it. By the way, the other day I found a study that found EGCG from green tea enhances the antifungal effects of fluconazole against candida.

I’ll eventually go deeper into this but for now this is a good place to start with the basics. Okay one last thing, then I’m going to end this video. Candida appears to be linked to oxalate accumulation in the body so I do suggest consuming low oxalate vegetables even if you don’t have candida. Oxalate rich vegetables are not health foods and the industry has got you fooled thinking they are. Spinach this, spinach that, t-shirts that say eat more kale and so forth. I think I want to make a shirt that says something like: Oxalate up, kill your kidneys and eat more spinach! A lot of these candida diets praise vegetables because they are “low in sugar and don’t feed yeast”. Unfortunately, a lot of these people are unintentionally suggesting high oxalate vegetables such as kale, spinach, swiss chard, beets and beet greens. Which by the way have sugar lol. Don’t fall for the high vegetable diet like I did. I became severely fatigued and had such bad muscle pain from oxalates that I could barely walk. I was so delusional from the diet. I stayed like that for way too long because of the delusion. Thankfully I dropped my bias beliefs and realized it was because of excessive oxalate consumption and a shitty internet fad diet.

I will share the transcript of this video on my website and on my patreon. This way, you can see the list of suggestions on there to take notes.

Well! That’s it for this video. I’ll go into more detail later on, most likely in my book. Do you know anyone with candida? Be sure to send this video to them so they don’t go through what I went through. What are your favorite anti candida herbs and supplements? Let me know in the comments below, no links please! thank you very much. Hit like on this video like your life depends on it and if you’re new, be sure to subscribe to my channel. I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. If you want to support my channel, check out my patreon, its only five bucks a month and has cool rewards.  As always, I’m brandon goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay motivated you urban survivors.

The Health Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea

Adaptogenic herbs have been enhancing the human experience for thousands of years. With this ancient knowledge of adaptogenic herbs we can continue to utilize it and experience life to the fullest. Today we are going to explore the benefits and history of the adaptogenic herb Rhodiola Rosea.

This sweet and bitter tasting herb has been used for thousands of years in Europe and Asia. It has been classified as an adaptogenic herb by russian researchers where it was used to enhance the stamina in olympic athletes. Adaptogenic simply means it increases the body’s resistance to chemical, biological, and physical stress.

With over 140 chemical compounds found in Rhodiola, it is no wonder it has such beneficial effects.

There is a breath taking long list of benefits that are claimed and they are: Astringent, relieves headaches, anemia, anti tumor activity by increasing resistance to toxins,, strengthens the nervous system, supports thyroid function and the entire “HPAT” system which helps reduce fatigue, this allows for better athletic performance, protects muscle tissue during physical exertion, fights off infections, supports the GI tract, slows aging related diseases, enhances immunity, enhances memory, regulates metabolic function, aids in weight loss, improves sexual function, fights depression through serotonin and dopamine regulation in the brain. With the mood regulating effects it is often known as a work productivity enhancer. Maybe we should call it the 4 hour work week herb.

Apparently Vikings used this herb to increase their physical strength. “Viking roar”

The species Rhodiola Rosea has been most researched so watch out for brands that use different species. You may not receive the same benefits as cited in the research articles as they have not been studied as extensive as Rosea.
Since 1960, 180 pharmacological, phytochemical, and clinical studies have been published regarding this herb. The key phytochemicals are rosavin, rosarin, rosin, salidroside, and p-tyrosol and they are found in higher concentrations particularly in Rosea. There are other antioxidants, including proanthocyanidins, quercetin, gallic acid, chlorogenic acid and kaempferol. Due to the high antioxidant content of this herb it is good at neutralizing toxins which can help eliminate migraines and other symptoms of toxicity. This also plays a key role in slowing down the aging process.

Rhodiola is a perennial flowering plant. It is grown in cold regions all around the world. It commonly grows on sea cliffs and mountains at altitudes around 10,000 feet. This altitude resistance can be passed on to us when we consume this herb. Which makes it a good supplement for airplane travelers.

​Some of its first recorded uses were in Tibet and China where over 30 species are found. Some of those towns were located at an altitude over 10,000 feet. It has even has been documented as Rodia Riza in the De Materia Medica by the Greek physician, Dioscorides, which dates back as far as 77 CE. The average person consumes pharmaceutical medications that only date back about 100 years. Which medicine will you chose? Leave a comment below and let’s talk about it.

It is often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to nourish Qi which in my perspective means the natural electrical conductivity that our bodies have. The key to longevity. Chinese emperors sent expeditions to Siberia to collect Rhodiola. It was highly regarded as they called it the Golden Root. Up in the Siberian mountain villages they gift bouquets of rhodiola to couples before marriage as a way to enhance fertility and ensure they have healthy children.

Some independent testimonies of this herb on health forums claim that it makes some individuals really fatigue rather than energised. This can be a short term effect on those with ADHD, a lack of sleep and endocrine weakness. The sides effects could be from the body trying restore itself to a more balanced state. If it makes you tired try taking it before bedtime. If symptoms persist either stop taking it or seek professional advice. For others take it in the morning as it can be very energising and cause insomnia.

When purchasing look for sources grown in siberia, the high altitudes of china where it is away from pollution, and there are also a few locations in the United States that are safe as well. Or just grow your own 🙂

There is a lot of information regarding this herb and I could not fit it all in this video. Be sure to do your own research as there are a lot of interesting facts to be learned. Check the description below this video for more information. Have you tried Rhodiola? Leave a comment below to share with the community how it worked out for you, subscribe if you’re new and also hit like on this video like your life depends on it! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. As always I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video.

► Brandon Goji approved Rhodiola.
Start with 1/8th to 1/4th tsp.


The Health Benefits of Bananas

“Eating Banana” Did you know Bananas are technically a berry?! “Stoner face”

Today we are going to talk about Bananas.

Even though most berries we know of today are mainly tiny and round, not all of them are. True berries are simple fruits that stem from one flower and one ovary, usually with multiple seeds and that’s exactly what a banana is. Oh and get this, Strawberries are not classified as berries! In the botanical sense anyhow.

The average person in the UK eats 10 kg or 22 lbs of bananas a year which is about 100 bananas. In the US, Bananas are the most popular fruit right above apples. In 1970, 7 pounds of bananas were consumed per person. This raised to 10.4 pounds in 2010. However, other sources say the average american eats roughly 25 pounds but in all honestly I just don’t see it. “Fat people” I personally eat about 730 bananas a year, which really isn’t that much. Some fruitarians eat about 3000 or more a year.

Bananas were first domesticated in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea.  Archaeological and Palaeo-environmental evidence at Kuk Swamp in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea proposes that the cultivation of bananas dates back as far as 7,000 years ago and possibly as far back as 10,000 years ago. There are also text references to bananas in Islamic poems and hadiths near the beginning of the 9th century. In the 10th century there are texts about bananas in Palestine and Egypt. It then goes into North Africa and Muslim Iberia. If this is true, then the likelihood of humans using fruit as a staple food for thousands of years is even more promising.

Those soft, sweet and nearly seedless bananas you are eating today are mainly from the cavendish group. Named after William Cavendish. The cavendish plant was grown in the Derbyshire estate’s hothouse in 1830 over 180 years ago. Allegedly this happened because the head gardener Joseph Paxton was apparently inspired after seeing a banana plant on a chinese wallpaper in one of the 175 rooms in the home. He then got access to an imported banana species. I actually got into hydroponics after I saw someone grow a dwarf banana tree hydroponically. I thought it was so cool!! That was also the week I learned Miracle Gro does not work as hydroponic nutrients. Lol

There is a threat to this food that us health enthusiasts love so much and its called the Panama disease.

In the 1950’s the Gros Michel Banana was nearly destroyed worldwide by the Panama disease. Panama disease is a fungus that is resistant to conventional agricultural fungicide. Cavendish is Asexual which means all of the plants are cloned descendants from one plant. That is why you don’t spend your time spitting out seeds when eating one. The seeds are nearly microscopic now in most types of commercial bananas. Since they are clones, they cannot develop a resistance to the disease. Once the disease figures out how to kill one plant, it can then kill all of them.

If you’re going to eat one fruit you may want to pick bananas as they seem to be close to a perfect food.

Bananas are relatively nutrient and calorie dense so I consider them a class 1 superfood in my book. This is the reason why the food is commonly used as a staple food for health enthusiasts such as freelee the banana girl who has eaten over 50 bananas in a day! Freelee if you eat 30 a day that’s around 10,000 a year!

When bananas are unripe and green they are actually starchy compared to ripe bananas that contain simple sugars. This means green bananas contain polysaccharides which are complex carbohydrates composed of long chain sugars. They take longer to absorb and be utilized by the body. This can be useful information for diabetics that have trouble with simple sugars that still want to receive the tremendous list of health benefits from fruit. The downside to this is that unripe bananas are harder to digest and contain less antioxidants compared to spotted ripened ones. That starch can also act as a prebiotic to feed beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. Being a prebiotic alongside fiber greatly aids in digestion.

A randomised controlled trial was done to learn the effects of banana consumption of faecal microbiota.The study revealed that the banana group had significantly lower gastrointestinal symptoms compared to controls. The consumption of bananas had no adverse effects on evacuation patterns. They concluded bananas are a well tolerated eating behaviour that may induce bifidogenesis in women experiencing weight problems. This will obviously be useful for men as well.

According to research: the mean postprandial blood glucose response area to white bread was significantly higher compared to under ripe and overripe bananas.

​It was found that bananas contain dopamine at high levels in the peel and pulp. Dopamine acts as an antioxidant and is crucial to support good mood, motivation and attention.

Tryptophan is also found in bananas. Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin is also responsible for supporting good mood and melatonin is needed for proper sleep.

Bananas mainly consist of fructose, glucose, and sucrose which can increase energy levels and stabilize blood sugar which is crucial for getting through the day. There is a lot of talk about the dangers of fructose which you shouldn’t worry about in natural whole foods. When its naturally occurring in fruit that contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, the body is able to properly utilize fructose the way nature intended. The problems occur when you try to extract a single substance and put it in the body disrupting the natural nutrition balance. Yin and Yang.

Bananas contain numerous amounts of vitamins, minerals and even amino acids. This makes them a better alternative to processed electrolyte drinks and vitamin waters “laugh”. Instead you could make a banana smoothie. You’ll get a lot more electrolytes from bananas compared to those blue and red dyed high fructose corn syrup electrolyte drinks. Some of those energy drink companies even try to add caffeine and herbal extracts to their drinks for an additional energy boost. Which in my opinion is done with utterly poor herbalism in mind. Let’s not have a heart attack from our energy drink. Since bananas are high in potassium, it will actually protect your heart rather than stimulate it and increase the potential risk for a heart attack. In an upcoming video I will talk about the risks of energy drinks.

The high potassium and magnesium found in this fruit can help athletes reduce muscle soreness and cramping during and after exercise. You don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy these benefits. Surprisingly over 68% of Americans don’t consume the recommended daily intake of magnesium. Magnesium is needed for over 300 enzyme biochemical reactions in the body. I know some of you out there get charlie horses while netflixing, so eat more bananas!

Bananas are high in Vitamin B-6 which is essential for synthesizing heme. Heme is the protein part of hemoglobin that carries iron and oxygen in the blood which can help reduce anemia. This is also useful for athletic performance.

Be sure to hit like on this video. It lets me know that you guys are interested in these types of videos. What’s your favorite banana recipe? Have bananas helped you on your health journey? Leave a comment below! Peanut Butter Banana smoothie was actually the first smoothie I ever made in a cheap $20 blender. If you’re new be sure to subscribe for future videos. Thanks for watching, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video.Stay Motivated and THRIVE my fellow Urban Survivors! Bye!!


The Health Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

The importance of Omega 3s

Your current diet is most likely high in omega 6 and low in omega 3 which can have devastating affects on your health. Today we are going to talk about the benefits of omega 3’s and why the ratio of omegas is so important in your diet.

$25 billion dollars was spent on omega 3 supplements in 2011 and was estimated to reach $35 billion dollars by 2016. But why? Why are omega 3’s so popular? First let me help you understand what omega fatty acids are and then a little further in this video I’ll show you the benefits.

Omega 6 also known as n-6 and omega 3 also known as n-3 are two types of (PUFA) polyunsaturated fats. They are both defined as essential fatty acids because the human body cannot synthesize omegas due to the lack of desaturase enzymes. This includes lacking the enzyme omega 3 desaturase. Without this enzyme we cannot convert omega-6 fatty acids into omega-3. These fatty acids must be obtained through diet or supplementation. This is the reason why fats are in my dieting protocol.

Omega-3 fatty acids have a double bond, three carbons away from the omega end also known as the methyl group. Omega-6 fatty acids have a double bond, six carbons away from the methyl group. Hence the names omega 3 and 6.

There are 3 types of omega 3 fatty acids.
(DHA) Docosahexaenoic acid, (EPA) Eicosapentaenoic acid and (ALA) Alpha-Linolenic acid.

There are numerous types of omega 6 fatty acids. The most commonly known omega 6 is (LA) Linoleic Acid. Linoleic acid is converted into (GLA) Gamma Linolenic acid which is then converted into Arachidonic Acid (AA). Make sure you don’t mistake linoleic acid for the omega 3 (ALA) Alpha Linolenic acid.

Omega 6 fatty acids are needed for the creation of inflammation. Inflammation is needed in the body as a response to injury but it can become an issue when there is too much inflammation which unfortunately a vast majority of us have.

If you are eating a standard american diet, your omega 6 levels are most likely higher than your omega 3’s which increases your risk for too much inflammation. This is because processed foods contain plant oils high in omega 6. Corn oil, cottonseed oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, and safflower oil. Check the ingredients in your potato chips. They are definitely in there, even in those “healthy chips”. These oils are unfortunately common in foods found in the “health foods” section. This is why I suggest making most meals from scratch as often as possible. Corn oil has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 49:1. Corn oil and other oils are part of the reason why the common ratio in western diets is 15/1 and often times higher. The problem is, Omega 6 and 3 compete for the same enzymes. Therefore you should try to add in more omega 3 rich foods. Ideally we should be consuming omega 6 and 3 as closely as possible to an equal ratio of 1:1. Equal parts Yin and Yang.

A deficiency in omega 3 is much more likely than a deficiency in omega 6.
We should not eliminate omega 6 entirely as it is indeed essential but we do need to try to decrease the consumption of it by eating organic whole foods. You should focus on adding more omega 3s into your diet since they are harder to find in most foods. Don’t worry about your omega 6 levels getting low. If you’re deficient in omega 6 you’re probably not eating enough food in general and will have other deficiencies alongside it. Its nearly impossible to eliminate it entirely with a well rounded diet. Remember, a deficiency in omega 6 is extremely rare but a deficiency in omega 3 is not.

The bmj had a few things to say about omega 6 that I found to be very valuable information.

“Dietary advice about fats and the risk of heart disease is called into question on today as a clinical trial shows that replacing saturated animal fats with omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable fats is linked to an increased risk of death among patients with heart disease.”

They reported a study that was done to see if there were truly any dangers associated with a high intake of omega 6.

“An in-depth analysis of the effects of linoleic acid on deaths from coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease has not previously been possible because data from the Sydney Diet Heart Study – a randomised controlled trial conducted from 1966 to 1973 – was missing.”

Wait, what?? It was missing? But then someone found it? Years after the damage of suppressed education has been done? Of course!

“The results show that the omega-6 linoleic acid group had a higher risk of death from all causes, as well as from cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, compared with the control group.”

These results prove that you should reduce that high omega 6 level by reducing the consumption of oily foods and favoring a whole foods diet rich in omega 3. A diet too high in omega 6 can cause you to be at higher risk for various illnesses such as: Inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and even alzheimer’s disease.

Now let’s get to the long list of benefits from omega 3’s: Healthy aging, proper fetal development, improves bone and joints, cardiovascular function, improvement of the mechanical function of the heart, decreases resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure, lowers serum levels of triglyceride, potentially reduces alzheimer’s because it was found to have reduced amyloid in animals, alleviates joint pain, improved cognitive function, improves immunity, supports brain and eye health, reduces ADHD symptoms, may alleviate depression, bipolar disorder and other neurological disorders, reduces inflammation, aids in athletic performance by promoting the release of nitric oxide from the endothelial cells leading to improved endothelial function and more.

All in all, omega 3’s are extremely important, especially for brain and eye health! A lot of brain disorders can be relieved by omega 3 supplementation. It is commonly used for concussions, ADD,  ADHD and other learning disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and even that pesky brain fog. If you have a sluggish mind or anything brain related, you may want to try omega 3’s to help alleviate it. A study was done on rats supplementing their diet with omega 3. They found that omega 3’s increased dopamine levels in the frontal cortex by 40%. It also increased the binding to the dopamine d2 receptor.

If your children are experiencing developmental issues and behavior disorders it may indeed be related to low levels of omega 3. If the mother didn’t get enough omega 3’s in her diet during pregnancy the child could be at higher risk of brain related disorders. Please consider omega 3’s because children are the future and we want to make sure its a good one. A friend of mine has a child on the way. I made it a point to to ensure the mother is eating wild low mercury fish! Don’t forget, the solid weight of the brain is 60% fat so fatty acids are crucial to brain health.

Due to the lack of omega 3’s in foods, supplementation may be needed for some people. With all of these benefits and deficiencies, I makes sense why it is sold worldwide and profits billions of dollars.

High dose supplementation of omega 3 can thin blood and cause diarrhea so there is no need to take high doses unless recommended by your healthcare professional for very specific conditions. There is no recommended dietary allowance but it is suggested to take about 250 to 500 mg. Or at least eat two fatty fish per week. Most fish oil and krill oil supplements contain about 250 mg and on the high end about 1000 mg. If you don’t like the taste of seafood then obviously its best take a supplement when you can. Although fish is the best source, there are some plant based foods that contain omega 3’s such as flax oil and chia seeds.

There is an ongoing debate about whether or not these plant based oils are utilized as well as seafood and for a relatively good reason. The body is able to convert some EPA and DHA from ALA the short chain omega-3 but studies show the conversion rate may be limited. The conversion is approximately only 6% for EPA and 3.8% for DHA. Not only that, the conversion rate is drastically reduced by 40 to 50% when the diet is rich in omega-6. Thus the reason for suggesting seafood sources over plant sources.

Some omega 3 food sources include, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, grape leaves, kale, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, mackerel, salmon, tuna, oysters, and more. Visit my website for a full list of foods with omega 3’s. The link is in the description below. “ The full list is also in my book”

Well! I’ll leave it at that. I know my viewers are smart and now know how important omega 3’s are so I don’t feel the need to talk any further. Do you take fish oils or any other omega 3 supplements? Have they helped you? Let the community know in the comments below. If you decide this is a supplement you’d like to try, check the description below where you can find brandon goji approved omega 3 supplements that you can purchase. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it and subscribe to my channel if you’re new. I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Bye! Stay motivated you urban survivors!

Foods rich in omega 3.

Flaxseed oil. 1 tbs:
n-3 7196 mg
n-2 1715 mg

Chia seeds, dried. 1 oz:
n-3 4915 mg
n-6 1620 mg

Salmon, atlantic, wild, cooked, dry heat. ½ fillet:
n-3 3982 mg
n-6 339 mg

Mackerel, spanish, cooked, dry heat. 1 fillet:
n-3 2128 mg
n-6 158 mg

Anchovy, european, raw. 3 oz:
n-3 1256 mg
n-6 82.5 mg

Trout, rainbow, wild, cooked, dry heat. 1 fillet:
n-3 1680 mg
n-6 412 mg

Tuna, fresh, bluefin, cooked, dry heat
n-3 1414 mg
n-6 57.8 mg

Snapper, mixed species, cooked, dry heat. 1 fillet:
n-3 583 mg
n-6 42.5 mg

Shrimp, crustaceans, mixed species, cooked, moist heat. 3 oz:
n-3 295 mg
n-6 17.9 mg

Cod, pacific, cooked, dry heat. 1 fillet:
n-3 256 mg
n-6 7.2 mg

Mollusks, scallop, (bay and sea), cooked, steamed. 1 oz:
n-3 111 mg
n-6 2.0 mg

Lettuce, cos or romaine, raw. 1 head:
n-3 707 mg
n-6 294 mg

Grape leaves, canned. 1 oz:
n-3 236 mg
n-6 40.9 mg

Spinach, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt. 1 cup:
n-3 166 mg
n-6 30.6 mg

Broccoli, flower clusters, raw. 1 cup flowerets:
n-3 91.6 mg
n-6 27.9 mg

Brussels sprouts, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt. ½ cup:
n-3 135 mg
n-6 61.6 mg

Kale, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt. 1 cup:
n-3 134 mg
n-6 103 mg

Video List of omega 6 fatty acids.
Linoleic acid (LA)
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)
Calendic acid
Eicosadienoic acid
Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA)
Arachidonic acid (AA)
Docosadienoic acid
Adrenic acid
Docosapentaenoic acid
Tetracosatetraenoic acid
Tetracosapentaenoic acid

Massive list of sources.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

How too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 is making us sick

Why fish stomps flax as a source of omega-3

Types of Negative Ion Generators: Air Purification – Air Filters


Did you know your home can be more polluted than the outside air of a city? Ehh! O_o Today we will talk about how to fix that with different types of negative ion generators.

In my previous video I talked about the benefits of negative ions. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to watch it. There is a link in the description below. In this video, we will cover negative ion generators and air filters. I will explain to you what you need to know about them to ensure you get the most benefits out of them. I’ll also leave brandon goji approved affiliate links in the description below where you can purchase them.

There are tons of negative ion generators on the market making it hard to decide which ones to get. This doesn’t mean one is necessarily better than the other. Its all relative to what you are looking for based on how much you want to spend and how much space you want to saturate in ions.

Salt Lamps
Firstly we have salt lamps that come in various hand crafted shapes and sizes. Salt lamps are large crystal rocks commonly made from himalayan salt that contains 84 different types of trace minerals. Negative ions can only be created by some type of energy source such as friction, heat, evaporation, electricity, waterfalls, and so forth. These lamps absorb moisture from the air. Once heat is applied by a light bulb, they emit evaporated water and ultimately create some negative ions. These lamps can handle high temperatures and work better when they are well heated with the right 15 watt light bulb. Some people sell low quality lamps with the wrong size bulb that does not emit enough heat leaving you with a glowing rock and no negative ions. Make sure your lamp is warm to the touch but obviously not hot enough to burn your house down. If the temperature is too high, the moisture will evaporate entirely and stop working until it has accumulated more moisture after it has been off for a while. Salt lamps can sweat because they collect moisture from the air and this often times leaves some residue so you may want to put them on a tray. This tearing is reduced when the lamp is on.

You can get these lamps in various shapes, sizes and colors. Pink, white, black, grey, round, square, pyramid, and wavy. They even have mini usb powered lamps for us techies.

As for square foot coverage: It is measured by the weight of the lamp. 5-7 lbs covers 10×10 sqft, 9-11 lbs covers 12×12 sqft, 12-15 lbs covers 14×14 sqft and 40-50 lbs covers 30×30 sqft.

Or uh, you know… Small lamps for small rooms, large lamps for large rooms. Or small for less ions and larger for more ions.

They will not produce as many ions as an electrical generator but they do look nice and there are a lot of testimonies stating they have helped people. More scientific research needs to be done to confirm the amount of ions that they actually produce.

When purchasing salt lamps, please make sure they are fair trade certified. If you care about quality, make sure the lamps are well made. You can tell by looking for a few key factors. How clean the rock is, the bottom of the lamp has new rust free screws and is well secured, comes with a dimmer, has the right size light bulb for proper heat distribution and actually feels warm.

If you don’t like electricity, you could purchase a salt candle holder instead. There are also salt inhalers that do not use any heat. All you do is simply inhale it through your mouth then exhale out your nose. By breathing with these inhalers you are able to bring negative ions directly into the lungs and then the bloodstream.

Salt lamps are nice but so are hepa filters.
Hepa filters are my favorite because you can find them with negative ion generators in them alongside two other different types of air filters. When we say hepa, it usually means the purifier has two different types of filters. A carbon activated filter and a hepa filter. Carbon filters reduce odors and collect larger particles such as dust, lint and even fur. Hepa filters collect the particles that carbon misses. It can surprisingly collect 99.97% of small particles down to the size of 0.3 microns. That includes mold spores.

I highly suggest these hepa filters with all the filters in one including an ionizer for the sheer fact they are the best at truly purifying the air. Airborne particles will fall from negative ion generators but there is nothing to clean them up with. This is where the hepa and carbon filters come in to collect particles and eliminate them from the room.

I personally use a Honeywell air filter that can filter 390 sqft. It can last 3-5 years as long as you occasionally vacuum the filter. Unfortunately the one I use does not have a negative ion generator so I had to buy a generator. Don’t make the same mistake I made. I’ll leave a link in the description below to two different priced hepa filters that also have ionizers and carbon filters attached. They are the perfect size for most bedrooms.

Electrical negative ion generators.
Breathing in negative ions is totally safe. “Coughing while head in generator.”

The only danger is if your skin comes in contact with the generator. This will cause you to be shocked. Kind of like putting a fork in an electrical outlet. Its just something we know not to do. Be sure to unplug your generators when handling them to avoid any shock. Most generators do not even have any openings for you to get shocked unless you build one the way I did which was solely for the smoke experiment. I will be designing my own generators at some point for you guys.

Negative ions can be affected by humidity levels. They will bind to water droplets in the air. Too much water may actually reduce ions but some humidity is needed to help get ions into the air and actually increase the amount of ions present. Do you live in a dry state such as Arizona?, use air conditioners?, or maybe it is winter? If you live in any dry environment, you will actually want to use a small humidifier in your home on those dry days. On humid days, I can hear more static from my generator. There is a link in the description of my favorite looking humidifier that is also able to diffuse essential oils. Peppermint oil is intense in one of those!

Cleaning generators
I’ll occasionally unplug my generator and clean dust off the needles to ensure it is working as efficiently as possible. In my previous ion video I showed you guys what the generator can do to smoke. The generator actually stopped working after doing that because the smoke made the needles too dirty to conduct electricity. After cleaning them it started to work perfectly fine again. More efficient generators are designed to stay clean and not be as affected by dust. Most people won’t be blowing smoke at their generators so they probably won’t have to be cleaned.

Do I need a generator for each room?
You don’t have to buy multiple generators for each room. As long as you get a generator that is strong enough to produce significant amounts of ions at a long square ft radius. Its important that you put the generator in the room you use the most. Either your bedroom or living room. This way, walking around from room to room will allow “some” of the ions to reach other rooms. If you have a smaller generator then it would be more beneficial to get one for each room. The most important way to look at it is based on how many square feet the generator can cover. The generator I have can cover 200 square feet of space which is plenty for my bedroom.

When finding a location to place your generator make sure it is not too close to any objects. Its more efficient at covering space this way because ions can attract to objects in the room. Try putting it on a coffee table or night stand with minimal objects around it. No matter what, make sure the generator is in close proximity to you.

Car generators
A study was recently released confirming that pollution levels inside cars is 40% higher in traffic jams compared to free flowing traffic. If you drive in a city and tend to get stuck in traffic, you will want to have a negative ion generator plugged into the cigarette lighter outlet. Also be sure to recirculate the inside air of the car to reduce pollution exposure especially when sitting in traffic!

Waterfalls and lakes
Have you ever been to Hawaii or a water rich environment? Waterfalls, oceans, lakes and forests generate the highest amount of natural negative ions on the planet. Dr Horiguchi found that waterfalls reach over 5,000 and forests reach over 1,000 whereas cities are unfortunately around 100.

He believes humans need to be exposed to at least 700 to be healthy. That is why the air is so pure and you feel an energetic boost around nature. We have all heard many studies say nature reduces depression. Natural negative ions definitely have a role in that.

Could this explain some of the longevity secrets of the longest lived people? Most of them do indeed live by bodies of water. If you can afford it, live by water and forests. If not, try to expose yourself to nature as often as you can. Be sure to check out my video: how do people live to 100?

By the way I believe Dr Horiguchi’s measurements are based on ions per cubic centimeter “pcs/cc”.

Do you feel refreshed and in a better mood after taking a shower? Besides the hydrating, earthing and relaxation effects, negative ions may be the reason. Since waterfalls generate ions so can your showerhead! When water droplets collide into each other or splash they create negative ions. This is called the Lenard effect. People have actually made showerheads that are supposedly able to increase ions even more when you take a shower. I personally have not tried the special showerheads but if you have or decide to, please let me know in the comments below. I’ll leave a link in the description below where you can find the showerhead to try.

Well, that’s it for this video. I really hope this video helped you decide which air filters are best for you. The quality of air is extremely important for our health and I’d hate to see you not get the right one for your specific health needs. Be sure to leave a comment below with the experiences you have had with negative ions and other air filters, don’t leave any links! Only words for the sake of internet safety, hit like on this video like your life depends on it and subscribe to my channel if you’re new. I upload numerous health topics that you won’t want to miss. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Bye! Stay motivated you urban survivors!

Electrical generators produce the most ions and salt lamps look cool!

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Electrical Negative Ion Generators
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How Do People Life To 100? Centenarians.

A lot of us would like to live forever but unfortunately immortality may not be perfected in our lifetime. Unless we can hold off the dreaded disease we call aging by learning how to live to 100. Maybe by then, just maybe, scientists will have found the secret to immortality. If not, at least we were able to live 20+ years longer than the average american. Today we are going to talk about centenarians.
Dan Buettner traveled the world with national geographic to blue zones where higher rates of centenarians live. Centenarians are people that live to the age of 100. Centenarians in blue zones live without debilitating diseases that commonly accompany aging. These centenarians are not in retirement homes, they didn’t forget their grandchildren’s names or their own and they still contribute to society. In fact some of them don’t even have a word for retirement. So what is their secret to longevity? Do they drink out of a mystical fountain of youth? Is it the air they breathe? Is it genetics? Or are they just lucky? It turns out its actually all quite common sense.

In my book I talk about how I believe humans are only living to their children ages. We are actually supposed to live to 100 and maybe even older. I am actually proposing hundreds of years such as mentioned in biblical texts. Due to environmental and lifestyle changes, that number has drastically lowered. But for now let’s be rational and talk about 100 years of life since it is so rare in this day in age.

There are 5 blue zones around the world. Okinawa Japan, Sardinia Italy, Nicoya Costa Rica, Icaria Greece, and surprisingly Loma Linda California in the united states.

There are common traits found in all of these zones that we can replicate anywhere in the world to improve our health.

Family and friends are extremely important in their cultures. Loneliness does not exist in the life of a centenarian. There is always someone to talk to and no one is ever left behind. Most of them have known each other since they were children. Family does not have to be determined through blood but by those who love you and you love back. Even though we are gaining a world changing connection through the internet, sadly we are losing connection with those that are physically near us who are the most important in our lives. Physically being in the presence of friends and family laughing together and being there for each other is crucial to longevity. Hugging has shown to increase certain “love chemicals” in the brain. Laughter has been shown to be healing as well. That’s just common sense.
What is the point of life if you don’t have anyone to experience it with? We have all heard on the news of older couples dying hours and days apart from each other. They lived for each other. At the end of the day, family is all they have. A celebrity’s new hairstyle or DUI doesn’t matter to them.

I challenge you to have 3 close friends to live your life with and to die with! They can be your children, neighbor, brother, sister, mom, dad, coworker, it doesn’t matter! If they make you happy and are there for you during the worst of times, then they are worth being there with you during the best of times for 100 years and beyond! One last thing about family I would like to mention is that people are in a hurry to leave home. What I have noticed is that these long lived families either live together or are nearly walking distance from each other. Don’t let the social pressure of having to move out at a certain age bother you. We are supposed to be there for each other. Plus living together is much more affordable!

Next on the list is diet. Or in their case, live it. These people are quite secluded from society which means they barely have access to processed foods. Organic is all they have and they don’t even call it organic. To them its just food and that’s exactly how it should be. Even their sugary desserts are healthier than a common meal that most americans eat. This is because they make it from scratch with organic whole foods free of processed junk.

Okinawans, the longest lived people say: Hara hachi bu which means eat until you are 80% full. This way they don’t overeat since it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to know that you’re actually full. They are restricting calories which may explain why they are the longest lived. It has been proven that calorie restriction can slow down the aging process and keep the toxic load down which is what really gets us. This does not mean you should go starve yourself into a twig and claim you will live longer. That’s really not the case. They still have a healthy weight and get enough nutrition including calories to get through the day.
It is suggested to eat a large breakfast, medium lunch, and a light early dinner. In herbalism, the liver can cause sleep disturbances. If your liver is processing food at night, it could cause poorer sleep quality.

Some of the foods mentioned that centenarians consume are: Mostly vegetables from the garden, daikon, bitter melon, durum wheat, bread, oatmeal, potato and sweet potato, rice, maize, tomatoes, a variety of spices, garlic, onion, peppers, ginger, turmeric, honey, dark red wine, a variety of beans and lentils, olive oil, fruit, nuts, fish, very little meat and dairy, soy such as tofu, teas such as green tea and mugwort and very little alcohol.

As you can tell, these people are mainly plant based but they do eat some meat.
Just to give you an idea, here is a very short list of what some of these foods do for your health. They all have some form of medicinal benefits which may explain how these people are living so long.
Most of the foods aid in digestive health with their high fiber content and by supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria. If you are going to consume vegetables, I suggest medium to low oxalate vegetables.

If you are going to consume soy it is best to consume fermented soy foods such as Natto, Miso and Tempeh. All of which will support the growth of beneficial bacteria. Unfermented soy contains goitrogens which suppress thyroid function.

Staple Foods are nutritionally and calorie dense foods that are eaten on an almost daily basis to sustain life. Beans and lentils, rice, wheat, barley, and potatoes are examples.

Fruits contain a wide variety of phytochemicals that help detoxify the body, nourish the body, are easy to digest and utilize and they help fight disease. This is why fruits are the best foods in the world.

Turmeric and ginger are well known powerful anti inflammatory herbs also with additional medicinal benefits aiding in digestion, antibacterial, antiparasitic, and toxin removal.

Garlic and onion are powerful natural antibiotics that can help keep the bacterial and parasitic load down as well. They stimulate the immune system, are anti inflammatory, and purify blood.

Red Wine contains the well known resveratrol and other polyphenols. Although grapes are a health food, research suggests alcohol is not. Alcohol can damage the brain over time. Obviously be sure not to over drink. If there are any benefits from alcohol, it probably comes from the destressing and relaxing aspect of it. Not the brain shrinking aspect.

Olives, leaves, and extra virgin olive oil contain oleuropein. Oleuropein is anti aging, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and is also cardioprotective and neuroprotective.

Green Tea contains l’theanine which is relaxing to the body, its high in antioxidants, increases energy, and supports good mood.

Honey helps fight colds and flu, fights infections, high in antioxidants, antiviral, antibacterial and strengthens the immune system.

What else did they notice in these blue zones? They all had a way to destress.

Destressing is important for the fact that stress can prematurely age us. When we are stressed our endocrine system is negatively affected and we already know how important the endocrine system is. Its needed for proper immune system function, daily energy needs, sexual function, metabolism, growth and development and so much more.

Are you feeling a little too run down? Take a nap! Some of these elders take afternoon naps which is a great way to give the endocrine system a break. Especially the adrenals. I highly suggest naps for quicker recovery after exercise or any form of physically or mentally demanding work.

Meditation has similar relaxation effects as sleep on the body but it also gives you more control over your emotions and how you perceive the world. Meditation makes you deal with your problems rather than try to sleep them away. Thinking negatively all the time only leads to more negative outcomes in life, including a shorter lower quality life.

Prayer is another form of meditation that helps you relax and not worry as much. Having faith is very powerful. Believing there is a higher power that loves you makes you feel less insignificant on this rock floating through space. Plus, religion gives you a set of morals to stand by such as take care of your body. Don’t eat or drink this and don’t smoke that.
If you haven’t noticed yet, what these destress techniques have in common is a more positive calming outlook on life and they cherish their bodies. Don’t let your negative side of imagination get to you. There is an equal amount of good and evil in this world. You just have to change your focus and seek out the good. Personally I like to be aware of both sides. It helps me act more rational in the decisions I make and to remind me how blessed I am for where I live on this planet.

One thing I didn’t find in their research but I believe has a huge impact on their long lives is Negative Ions. Negative ions slow the decay of our bodies, accelerate healing, improve mood and protect us from harmful environmental factors such as bacteria, viruses, air pollutants etc.. I bet if someone measured these blue zones, they would be higher in negative ions than most environments. Especially higher compared to cities where most of us are probably watching this video from. Be sure to check out my video on The Benefits Of Negative Ions.

Well that’s it for this video! Sometimes we forget about the basics and that’s where I wanted to start with this video. There really isn’t a magic pill or elixir we can take to live forever but there are simple things we can do to improve our lives. Its those simple and basic things that are the most important. Just as an accumulation of single drops of water can create an ocean. So can taking small steps in life to take care of yourself. If you want to live long, then live. Life for life. Eat healthy living foods that haven’t been manipulated by man and machines. Get in those powerful phytochemicals from plants. Make your food from scratch at home with your friends and family. Live in a healthy environment away from toxic chemicals and polluted air. Develop true relationships if you can and most importantly, be of service to others but also don’t forget about yourself. Find a reason to get up in the morning. Mine is to make these videos, what is yours? Let me know in the comments below.

If you want to learn more about health and longevity be sure to subscribe to my channel for more videos like this. Also be on the lookout for my book. I’m more than halfway done with it and its all about longevity foods that you will want to add into your diet. Do you want me to talk more in depth about blue zones? Maybe we can explore each zone individually. What does your anti aging lifestyle look like? Leave a comment below and let me know. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Bye! Stay motivated you urban survivors!