We know that when addressing health and wellness not one element can be seen in isolation. Mind and body each have significant affect on one another. Our philosophy is based on a fully integrated approach to health factoring in all elements through exercise, food and mind. Our goal is to guide you to look your best and feel your best, allowing you to become the best version of yourself, your best me. This is done through providing education, inspiration and tools that will empower you to create lifelong positive change. As a result, you will effortlessly inspire those around you, contributing to the creation of healthier communities and a healthier world.We believe in community and the strength and support that comes from connecting with others. We will be providing this community both in person and online.Fun is something that is essential for us and is laced throughout our programmes, on our website and within the team!
BMR 35: Optimising Your Environment With Bart De Vries
Did you know that the way you set up your environment will directly impact on your decision making? This is something we discuss in this weeks interview with Bart De Vries. We explore workplace set up, how to align values and passion to get what you want in life all the way through to ethical business practice and why your business may want to consider it.
Barts barriers that led him to do what he does now
The learnings from sport that carries over into other areas
New age physiotherapy and Barts clinical evolution
Change your diet to change your movement
Culture building in cafe environments
Benefits of global movement
Addressing the person as an individual
The importance of trust in treatment
Optimisation of the athlete
How your workplace set up can make you less intelligent!
Aligning values and passions to create a better future
More desk work = pain and inflammation
What prompted the shift out pf physiotherapy?
More desk work = pain and poor health
Is a standing desk enough?
Limber – maximising movement
Why aligning your business values with your personal values is key to wellness
Ethical business and why its important
Purpose and values
Why your company wants to become more ethical
How to go about becoming an ethical company
2025 = Gen Z = change is coming!
Thinking beyond your own personal timeline
The infinite game!
Creating wellness at your workspace
Barts message for the world
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BMR 34: Special Announcement – Nice Nuggets!
I am introducing my new monthly co-host Bart De Vries and we are introducing a short, fun new chat on BestMe Radio called ‘Nice Nuggets’ where we will be exploring one wellness subject and sharing nuggets of information based on the selected subject. We will draw on previous interviews, new audio bites from leaders in that field, current research and common sense! In an attempt to cut through the misconceptions, draw out what we actually know and explore how we may implement this in our daily lives. All in 20-30 minutes (what a challenge!).
On this note, we want your input! Please listen to find out about this new format, why and how we want your input as well as our thoughts on some big wellness subjects.
Please let us know what subjects you would like us to talk on through facebook, instagram or through the website. I will be doing weekly polls on Bestme Instagram story so please have your say!
In the next episode I will be interviewing Bart on ‘Creating a Healthy Workspace’ as well as exploring his fascinating life so you will get to know him a lot better. Bart has extensive experience as a high level athlete, a chef, a physiotherapist, entrepreneur and environmental activist. He really is a great guy, doing great things and I think you will enjoy his wisdom, wit and weirdness!
Please enjoy this short fun chat and keep stepping into your best self!
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BMR 33: The Thriving Man with Ben Warren
What does it mean to be a healthy man in today’s world? In this episode with Ben Warren we discuss what a healthy man looks and feels like, what the common risks and diseases are as well as the reasons for their development. Perhaps more importantly, we explore how men can look beyond disease-free and really thrive as a man in today’s environment. We cover Bens top foods for men, what to avoid and we also discuss in detail what an ideal day would look like!
(re) Introducing Ben
Why men’s health isn’t as talked about as women’s health
Why men are like a Toyota Hilux
What are the big hitters for men?
What shows up for men in the testing?
What is the ideal in blood testing vs ‘normal range’
What is the first step for men to become healthy?
What happens when men are stressed
Changing your relationship with stress
Sleep – the foundation
HRV as a tool to measure stress
Bens interesting Uber driver encounter!
When is technology beneficial and when is it just too much?
Men’s mental health
A human being with unmet needs
Nutrition and mental health
Client case study
When there is a cause for supplementation
Common vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Where genes express themselves
Where exercise comes into the fold
Exercise and liver function
Why we need to take belly fat seriously!
Time-restricted eating and intermittant fasting benefits
How time-restricted eating looks and works best
Why you want to build muscle!
Stretch the metabolism
How a perfect day will look
Benefits of hot/cold exposure
Brown-fat cells and why you want to up-regulating them
How to live in the modern world and manage the foundations
Bens top man-foods!
Sourcing quality foods
The study that was ended early because the results were that powerful!
Improving gene expression through nutrition
Why road rage is a thing! Eat greens with meat!
Bens top avoid list!
Why we need to consider how and why we drink
Conscious decision making
Coffee – is it good?
Steps to creating a healthier man
Disease-free vs optimal health
Parting words of wisdom
More From Ben
Stay posted on Bestmecommunity FB and Instagram for our Men’s Health WOF testing Kit!
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BMR 32: Fearvana with Akshay Nanavati
Can fear and nirvana co-exist? Yes! It can be an access point to bliss and enlightenment according to this weeks guest Akshay Nanavati. Akshay is a speaker, athlete, author, former US marine and founder of Fearvana. Akshay’s book comes with the highest recommendations – including one from the Dalai Lama himself.
In this interview, we talk through what Akshay has learned through his own personal suffering – through his youth, experience in the marines as well as being diagnosed with PTSD and survivors guilt that led to him contemplating taking his own life. Whereas now he actively seeks adversity and recommends others do too! Beyond discussions around Akshay’s incredible journey, we explore why it’s important to find your own worthy struggle and seek adversity in order to drive self-evolution.
Creation of Fearvana
Lessons from prolonged light deprivation!
Seeking adversity through stillness
From suicidal thoughts to facilitating epic feats
Why Akshay decided to run border to border of every country in the world!
Experiencing oneness along the journey
Lessons from service in marines
Finding unity in struggle
Experiencing survivors guilt
The struggle post-war and the ‘normal’ world
How Akshay got to the point of taking his own life
We ALL experience pain and suffering
Reframing progress – easier vs growth
Post-traumatic growth – trauma an access point to growth
Attaching yourself to labels
Do we really have free will?
The 2 darts of suffering
Recognizing the space
Event + awareness = outcome
Discovering your worthy struggle
Challenging your relationship to adversity
The questions you need to ask and answer in order to find your worthy struggle
The greatest lessons are in the DOING!
Why you must seek the struggle
The world of instant gratification and how to combat this
The journey being the destination
Evolution through the struggle
Stepping into the next evolution of yourself
What to do if you haven’t found your worthy struggle
Miracle growth for the brain
Looking for references
REFLECTION and why it’s key to success
Deep gratification vs fizzy high
Living life with purpose and consciousness
Coming out of the dark space and what is the first step?
What is happening does NOT define you
Why Akshay wants people to struggle more
Akshay’s one recommendation for everyone to help them step into a better version of themselves
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BMR 31: Lessons From Human Evolution with Professor Herman Pontzer
This is a chat I have always wanted to have! One that explores how we may begin to bridge the gap between the best of our ancestors and where we are today in order to optimise human health and longevity. Professor Herman Pontzer (PhD Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke) researches how the human body evolved, and how our species’ deep past shapes our health and physiology today.
We explore how our ancestors would have lived and evolved as well as healthy modern hunter gatherer tribes in an attempt understand modern health and human energetics. His findings thus far are fascinating and challenges our ideas around modern energetics – lets say its not as simple as calories in vs calories out!
We talk on what may have been the critical factors that drove our evolution and where diet, movement, social factors and environment may have played their role.
•Introducing professor Pontzer
•Herman’s education evolution
•Energy and the meaning of life
•Important points in time that drove our evolution the most
•The human ape
•The fist 5 minion years
•2-2.5 million years ago – lifestyle changes
•What drove intelligence, brain size and development?
•What we can rule out
•The social component
•When were we at our healthiest as a species?
•Modern hunter gatherer populations
•What can we learn from hunter gatherers?
•Herman’s field work living with hunter gatherer populations.
•Big findings and insights
•Hadza tribes incredible physical output!
•The BIG surprise that challenges modern day energetics!
•Inflammation – unnecessary calorie burning
•Hadza hormonal profile
•We need to re-think exercise and diet
•Movement patterns of hunter gatherer tribes
•What do hunter gatherer people eat?
•Why the Hadza may laugh at the Paleo Diet
•The real Paleo Diet
•What makes us so sick now?
•Move, eat, connect like a hunter gatherer
•Changing how they burn energy vs how much energy is burned
•What problem would Herman love to solve right now?
•Microbiome and what else needs further research
•Herman’s wisdom that he will impart on everyone!
More from professor Pontzer here including awards, publications and more.
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BMR 30: Personalised Mindfulness
It is common knowledge now that mindfulness practice can help us in many ways including decreasing stress, making better decisions, increasing brain output, increasing creativity, increasing working memory, creating better motor patterns and even decreasing pain. But how we become mindful and what may influence how we get to that mindful state can massively differ for everyone. In fact what can aid in one person becoming mindful can disrupt someone else!
In this chat with Dr Cam McDonald we talk about how we may personalise mindfulness and how we go about facilitating the ‘flow state’ experience. If you want to increase your performance mentally, emotionally and physically then this is one you don’t want to miss!
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An outstanding podcast series
This is an outstanding podcast series that is helping to address a significant gap in health information. It contains expert guests, cutting edge science and practical information that challenges antequated paradigms and moves us toward our highest potential as a species. Bravo to Carl Hammington for creating such a forum to help humanity to awaken to the truth, and re-connect with the Warrior God/Goddess within.