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Morning Report: Joe Rogan discusses personal TRT use and 'cheating death' with Rolling Stone

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Be it elk meat, kettle bells or kale shakes, much of UFC commentator Joe Rogan's health regime isn't dissimilar to many of the athletes he watches compete each weekend.

Where Rogan's lifestyle takes a sharp turn is his well-publicized use of medical marijuana and other banned substances.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, the 48-year-old comedian opened up a bit about how he manages to keep himself in prime condition.

He shoots himself up with testosterone on a weekly basis — "It's what fighters get in trouble for, but, obviously, I'm not competing. I just like the idea that I'm cheating old age and death, although, you know, you can't cheat it forever"— as well as human growth hormone. If he's dragging a little, he'll pop a Nuvigil, a variant of the focus-improving drug that fighter pilots use.

Most mornings, he preps for the day with a Vitamixed, sludgy blend of kale, spinach, celery, "a large hunk of ginger about the size of a child's thumb," four cloves of garlic, an apple and some coconut oil. Tastes like crud. "But after your body digests it," he says, "you're like, 'Whoa, we've got a lot of stuff to work with here.' "

Rogan is also a partial owner of the Austin, Texas-based health and nutrition brand Onnit. The company is perhaps most well known for it's nootropic Alpha BRAIN®, designed to "help healthy individuals support memory, focus and processing speed."

Rogan has been open about his use of both testosterone and human growth hormone for sometime, describing the benefits during his podcast in 2011.

"I took a lot of different stuff," Rogan said. "Now, I take human growth hormone and testosterone. I go for hormone replacement therapy. I don't need more [testosterone]. It's a very light dose. The testosterone is cream. It's healthy. It does wonders for your body."

Following the Nevada Athletic Commission's lead, the UFC banned therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy in 2014.

An out-spoken critic, UFC president Dana White expressed extreme satisfaction that the NAC finally banned the controversial use of TRT. "[I'm] pumped!" White said at the time. "Couldn't wait for that garbage to go away."

Check out of the rest of the feature to hear about how White sold Rogan on joining the UFC full time.

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