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Kick Up Your Metabolism, Hydrate and Burn Fat First Think in the Morning

Through interviews for The Healthy Primate Podcast I have the opportunity to talk with some world class athletes, authors & entrepreneurs. In this I often ask what the first 60 minutes of the day looks like. Specific to any routine, diet, work out or other aspect that start with. One thing has been continuous, morning hydration. The morning water routine is not simply serving as hydration. There are some other amazing aspects that all support water within the first 30 minutes of waking.


Recently NY Times Best Selling Author and Endurance Coach Brian Mackenzie posted his recipe for the water routine we discuss in his interview. 

  • 1/2 – 1 full lemon squeezed into 30oz of water.
  • Dash or 2 of Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 drops of black pepper extract.
  • ** I recommend over ice – which I will explain below

Why? Hydration is no longer a factor in my day. The absorption that occurs because of the salt and pepper is absurd, and the lemon/apc is neutralized in the body which helps inflammation, digestion, fight infections, and a slew of other things including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, & potassium. 

Consistency is key. Try this for 5 days, then take a couple days of removing it.

** I add ice to help jump start my metabolism and to help my body in the fat burning process first thing.

You can see more from Coach Mackenzie at the following:

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Stay thirsty my friends!

Kolby is The Healthy Primate

Happy 125th Birthday Duke Kahanamoku the Father of Surfing

It’s 6AM, the air has a breeze that sends a refreshing blast of clean through the car as I head to the shore with the windows down. Surfline says the break is around 4-ft, water is 68 degrees and offshore winds at a stand still. Pulling up to the shore line I sit and simply look out at the endless ocean over the pacific. There are only 5 or 6 people out on either side of the pier as the sun is starting to make its mark on the day.

For any water man – this time and this experience actually has a name. Dawn Patrol.

It’s one of two aspects in a 24 hour period where you can get some great waves before the day takes over.

Today marks a special day. It would be the 125th birthday for the father of modern surfing. The Duke played a special part in my time at the beach. Having the opportunity to live in both Huntington Beach and Maui, surfing and water life have been a big part of my personal constitution.

Happy birthday to Duke Kahanamoku.

Known as the Ambassador of Aloha, Kahanamoku traveled the world, bringing surfing to the likes of California, Australia and New Zealand over his lifetime. Aug. 24 marks what would’ve been Kahanamoku’s 125th birthday — he passed away in 1968.


On his native Hawaii, Kahanamoku was known for much more than just riding waves. He first built his reputation as a swimming champion, winning five Olympic medals over the course of his career. His success also enabled him to raise the profile of Hawaii’s true passion of surfing.


Kahanamoku was also elected the sheriff of his home county 13 times and starred in over a dozen movies. Most importantly, he is credited with helping the Hawaiian islands achieve statehood in 1959. Credit Time Magazine

A great piece on Duke from Big Island Television Below

Cheers & Aloha!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

Jason Coates- CEO and founder of Join us Around the World 

 This week we feature a conversation with Mr. Jason Coates, Humanitarian, Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of Join Us Around The World. We discuss how a book changed his outlook and sent him on a mission to see the world. How his journey across over 20 countries allowed him the unique opportunity to start a global business. How this business turned into a huge humanitarian effort to support impoverished nations and people around the world.

We walk through his journey from the Philippines, Hatti and most recently Nepal. As his team provides people the tools & training which to instal and produce clean sustainable water. His teams efforts will provide over 480 million gallons of clean water to tens of thousands of people.  

Read This: Be sure to listen to the end of the podcast. Join Us Around The World is going to cover the costs for one of our listeners to get a FREE PASSPORT. If you have a dream of seeing the world, and giving back  – this is an episode that will inspire you. 

Contest Details:

Join Us Around the World is awarding one of our listeners with a FREE passport.
This is an amazing opportunity for one of our listeners to take action on global travel.
The call to action is to get out, find someplace abroad that you would like visit, and go.
Contest Rules: 
Complete your post no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time, Friday June 26th 2015. * Yes that is one minute before midnight on Sunday 🙂

You must be 18 years of age or older, void where prohibited, any taxes are your responsibility, no fictitious spam robots, unicorns or cylclops….unless you are all three. Then we just want to come have a beer with you. The team will announce the winner by June 30th.

Familiarize yourself with the Passport website and what the rules are as we cannot control that aspect of this contest.

Join Us Around The World


Nepal Earthquake 2015 – Join Us Around The World Documentary 

STATS: Every person in the world should have access to clean water
  1. 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet. 750 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.
  2. Every minute a child dies from a water-related disease.*
  3. Surveys from 45 developing countries show that women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection in the majority of households. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school. *
  4. Only 6% of international aid went towards investments in water and sanitation in 2011 *
  5. Join Us Around The World has provided the tools that will produce over 480 million gallons of clean water to people in the Philippines, Hatti and Nepal.
  6. Every person can make a difference

Show Links: 
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How Much Water Should You Really Drink Daily?

Well here it is. Get ready, set and off to the summer we go! This is one of my favorite times of year. Living in the desert, there is one thing I talk about with my family daily, hydration! Water is the essence of life. 

How much water should you drink each day? How many answers and variations have you heard to address this simple question? Mayo Clinic studies have a few good points of reference to at least put you in the right direction. But keep in mind, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.

Water makes up roughly 60 percent of your body weight. Every system, organ and function of  your body depends on water. How does water help: water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

What happens if you lack proper hydration? Dehydration is the big one. Without proper water and hydration, the body lacks the necessities to carry out normal body and mind functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

The big question: How Much Water Do I Need Daily? 

“So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.”Source Mayo Clinic

This is really based on a series of variables such as where you live and body composition.

CamelBak has built a water calculator that will help really determine the amount you need daily. It helps outline how much water you need to consume for maximum performance, and hydration.

Direct Link HERE or click the image

Stay hydrated my friends!


The Healthy Primate

People Changing the World

What do a Humanitarian, NY Times Best Selling Author & Hall of Fame Chef have in common? Aside from all being kick ass human beings – They are all being featured on The Healthy Primate Podcast series over the next 4 weeks. 

It is always such a motivating and humbling experience to hear peoples story. We all have a story. We all started somewhere. We have all experienced failure, heart break and success in some way. To hear the journeys and how the each are changing the world is one of the most inspiring things I have ever been part of. I hope as you listen to these amazing people you feel the same way.

A ton goes into putting these together and we can’t wait to share them with you! It feels like Christmas when the final edits are in my cue, just waiting to be released.

We want to keep things under wraps until the release to build anticipation. Our guests collectively hold some of the following accolades:

  • Started a global humanitarian program where he has personally provided tools that will generate over 480 million gallons of clean water to indigenous people in some of the harsher climates on the planet
  • Built a crowd fund campaign to raise awareness and generate clean water and medical supplies for tens of thousands of people
  • Has run over 30 ultra marathons including Western States 100 and is a finisher of the Angeles Crest 100-mile endurance run
  • Featured in the some of the worlds leading news outlets. Competitor Magazine, Runners World, Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN Rise, The Economist, Tim Ferriss’ New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Body, Men’s Running UK, LA Sport & Fitness, Muscle & Performance Magazine, and Rivera Magazine
  • Trained some of the worlds top Cross Fit competitors
  • Voted Chef of the Year
  • Inducted into the Culinary Hall Fame in one of the most competitive markets in the United States
  • Was in a 90’s hair band
  • Surfs with Laird Hamilton
  • Travels with a pillow case

We are deep into edits – please be patient as the creative trolls sit in the dark and work magic!

Thank you as always for your love, support and motivation in doing this project.


The Healthy Primate

Swimming 41 Miles in Four Days: How 1 Year of Preparation Lead to a Journey

Last weekend I was invited to help my friend Danny Page “man the boats” for a race known as S.C.A.R. here in Arizona. Going into this my knowledge consisted of one thing, I would be on a boat all day. No idea what kind of boat or what my duties were to include. I did know it had something to do with helping swimmers cross Apache Lake. The name alone had me interested in what I was getting myself into. What I witnessed that day on the lake can only be described as pure amazement by the will power and the type of conditions the human body can endure. Included at the end are pictures, click on them to see full size.

S.C.A.R. what’s in a name? The 4 letters combined form an acronym that spell out the four lakes swimmers will tackle in an open water swimming competition over a 4 day period.

S: Saguaro – 9.5 Miles
C: Canyon – 9 Miles
A: Apache – 17 Miles
R: Roosevelt – 6 Miles

Swimming from buoy line dam to dam on the Salt River system which represents 41 miles of open water swimming in what could easily be considered as some of the greatest views and fresh water on earth.

“Oh I can swim 41 miles no problem”

Think again as 47 athletes have trained for over a year to condition and prepare for the length, water and conditions of this event. Only 27 people out of 47 (57%) evidently completed the entire swim across all four lakes from beginning to end.

My volunteer day took place on the Apache Lake, which also happens to be the longest of the four lake challenges. The drive alone was a hair raiser with dirt roads, no side rails and numerous hair pin white knuckle avoidances of a head on collision. When I get to the lake I am greeted by smiling people everywhere. The coordinators, athletes and crew were all happy as hell with smiles ear to ear at 7 AM. They had this demeanor knowing what obstacle was ahead and appeared relaxed and prepared. Event days for me, I am nervous wreck just waiting to start. These people were cool as cucumbers. As we start to load the boats (7 roughly to get everyone to the start) I notice no one is wearing a wet suit. I think to myself, there is no way they are doing this without a suit. The water is easily 63-65-degrees.

I love the water! It is one of my all time favorite past times. Surfing, swimming, wake boarding – anything to get in, and I am in. Yet one thing I hate is cold water! It cramps your muscles, twists your insides and makes you dizzy. Not a fan – not even a little bit.

Our boat arrives to the beach where things are starting. And yep, as I feared these swimmers have no wet suits. Its actually against the rules! They are swimming 4 lakes over 40 miles in freezing water with no wet suit! There are groups of kayakers that follow along the swimmers to provide nourishment. They have a clip board of times when the swimmer indicates needed food or beverage. They support the swimmers on a schedule like clock work. It’s a very calculated swim for both the support and swimmer.

And we’re off!

There are three waves of swimmers that are called out in groups 1, 2 and then 3.
Our job is to provide cover and water support for the teams. We stay next to the swimmer / kayak duos to assure no oncoming boats or traffic interfere or hurt the people in the water. Aside from a few jack asses flying by pulling rafts with drunk college kids at 10AM, all was pretty quite.

The other aspect is to pull swimmers or kayakers that can no longer continue. This can be for various reasons; hypothermia, exhaustion, hunger or they simply can’t physically continue. As we near the 3PM hour in the day something interesting happens.

As swimmers hit one of the channels in the lake, the wind kicked up to over 25MPH. The waves were gaining speed and the pure force of the wind was holding people in place. This continued and worsened by the hour.

We see arms up and a kayaker motion in the distance. Danny and I swing around to see what’s needed.

There sits Natalie, with her husband in his kayak by her side. “I’m done now please, we’re ready to come out”. Danny pulls close as I gather towels and proceed to pull her into the boat. We begin to get her dried off and head to get her dry bag from another boat. She was happy, happy to be on the boat and the process of heading to dock. We send for another boat to pick up Natalie’s husband.

Based on personal obligations in the evening, I departed the boat at the docks when Natalie . After we off loaded gear and our belongings, we parted ways and I headed to my truck. On the drive home I had to question myself – do I have the fortitude both mental and physical to conquer that swim?  I had to laugh. Swim 40 miles – shit I would take 4 miles. I reminisced on the people, the event and pure willpower these athletes had to compete or simply just to finish. It was a special group of people that made me see things a bit different. 

Days after the event was finished an email came from Danny about the event. It’s a blog post from Mark Sheridan. Mark is one of the swimmers, not just a swimmer – but one of the few who completed all 4 lakes. Mark hails from Sevenoaks in Kent, United Kingdom. He is a world class open water long distance competitor and remarkable athlete. Garnering the cherished British Long Distance Swimming Association’s Swimmer of the Year in 2013. His post is a great reflection of his personal journey. From preparation, experience, and recommendations for anyone interested in doing this swim in the future.

To hear this amazing story from someone who spent a year preparing gives you a completely different level of respect for the sport. Learn how Mark prepared and practiced for the event. Also his day by day journal is an amazing look into the eyes of a world class athlete on game day.

A few links that you should visit: 


If you have a goal and can get out of your own way – amazing things can happen.