Ben Greenfield Talks To Red Bull


Occasionally, I’m interviewed by magazines, other podcasts, authors, radio networks, etc., and occasionally, I also publicly release those interviews with the journalist.

After all, whatever you say in an interview can and will be used against you, right?

Just kidding. This interview actually went quite well and was recorded to be published in The Red Bulletin Innovator, by the Red Bull Media House, distributed in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland plus digitally in several other languages online (including English). The interview with me is an 8-page opener for a special section about biohacking and the issue will be out in September. The interview was conducted by Andreas Breitfeld, a German biohacker and founder of the first biohacking lab in Germany, along with author Stefan Wagner.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

-Is there such thing as a “perfect life”?…03:55

  • In an ideal scenario, a perfect life would be defined by full mind, body, and spirit optimization
  • Not fully attainable due to human nature not being perfect and living in an imperfect world
  • Our fallibility can be a beautiful thing; keeps us humble and grounded and reminds us that we are mortal
  • Problems spur progress
  • Most people exist in a suboptimal state
  • Many obstacles to living an optimal life today are things we weren’t exposed to before
  • Always learning new things and biohacks to optimize mind, body, spirit

-What is the meaning of life?…10:35

  • Looking at things from a scientific standpoint, the meaning of life is “survival”
  • Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
  • Ben subscribes to absolute truth, a higher power that cannot be fully studied and understood
  • “Savor, enjoy God’s creation while loving others; identify our calling and make a positive impact”
  • John Piper: “We are designed to fully glorify God by being fully satisfied in Him.”

-Is your personal health the best expression of seeking the meaning of life?…16:35

  • Focusing on your own health is the opposite of seeking true meaning in life
  • Focusing on others makes your own health more gratifying
  • Take care of your health in order to serve others
  • Use biohacks in order to best serve those who depend on you
  • Put on your own oxygen mask first; but don’t dwell on all the technical details, help people!

-How to find the balance between optimal health and a worthwhile life…20:40


  1. Self-quantification (genetics, heart rate variability (HRV), sleep cycles); what can be measured can be managed
    • Oura Ring
    • Apollo
    • Ben’s Recommended Lab Tests
      • Micronutrient blood panel
      • Microbiome and metabolic test
      • Urine and saliva test to see what is happening hormonally
      • Stool test to see what is wrong with your gut for yeast, parasites, fungus, inflammation
      • Food allergy test to see what food you should or should not eat
      • Hair analysis mineral test
      • Genetic testing
  2. Make serving others your prime focus in life
  3. Don’t ignore the heart, the seat of human emotions/gut impulses

-Ben’s “elevator pitch” to embrace biohacking…29:00

  • Understand what problem you want to fix before identifying which biohacks to use
  • Certain biohacks that work really well no matter who that someone is:
  1. Harnessing light
  2. Harnessing the electrical potential of the earth
    • Walking barefoot or using Earthing sandals
    • Swim in the ocean; minerals help conduct electricity
    • Climb rocks, climb trees
  3. Sauna for heat
  4. Ice bath for cold bath

-How to approach biohacks that aren’t advocated by mainstream science…38:25

-How to be a human guinea pig without harming one’s self…42:20

-What will it look like when Ben is an old man?…46:40

-What to do when you’re lacking the motivation to fill your life’s purpose…50:20

-And much more…

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