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Health Theory is a twice weekly interview show, hosted by Quest Nutrition co-founder, Tom Bilyeu. Each episode offers tactical steps one can take to improve their wellbeing and achieve their goals from the world's top health experts in their field.

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Health Theory is a twice weekly interview show, hosted by Quest Nutrition co-founder, Tom Bilyeu. Each episode offers tactical steps one can take to improve their wellbeing and achieve their goals from the world's top health experts in their field.

    Tom Bilyeu REVEALS His Ultimate SLEEP ROUTINE for High Performance

    Tom Bilyeu REVEALS His Ultimate SLEEP ROUTINE for High Performance

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    Sleep is not only an essential function that allows us to recharge mentally and physically, it’s also deemed so important that going without sleep was banned by Guinness World Records. The record for going without sleep was officially given to Randy Gardner who managed to survive 11 days without sleep in 1964 while giving himself a form of dementia. Obviously this is not the path to take for increasing productivity and optimizing your quality of life, but many of us are short changing our sleep every night and have been doing so for years. Sleep is something that should be protected and guarded at all costs if you want to execute consistently at a high level and optimize for higher output and results. Here are Tom’s 10 tips to help you prioritize your sleep even if you’re burning the candle at both ends, there is no excuse and no way around prioritizing your sleep hygiene.
     
    SHOW NOTES:
     
    0:00 | Introduction to Sleep Routine
    0:42 | Get Sun Exposure
    1:53 | Move Your Body
    2:38 | Stop Eating Crap
    7:12 | Reduce Artificial Light
    12:39 | Separate Your Blankets
    14:45 | Keep The Bedroom Cool
    16:07 | Tape Your Mouth Shut
    17:55 | Fall Back Asleep
    21:16 | Never Set an Alarm
    22:33 | Bonus Tip
     
    QUOTES:
     
    “The second you wake up, get out, go outside and get that sun exposure” [1:26]
     
    “For the last hour before bed, I'm doing fun things and doing things that give me energy that makes me feel light that are part of that passion that feel good.” [8:56]
     
    “I only have one job now that I'm going to bed and that job is to sleep.” [9:38]
     
    “Make sure that you don't have an alarm staring you in the face and that you get whatever amount of sleep you need.” [22:02]
     
    “Recognizing that you can shift your state and get into that much more pleasant place is really powerful. And to even do that, on your worst days, is incredibly beneficial.” [23:40]

    • 35 min
    Change Your BRAIN By Using These Hacks to Increase Your DOPAMINE | Dr. Andrew Huberman

    Change Your BRAIN By Using These Hacks to Increase Your DOPAMINE | Dr. Andrew Huberman

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    Dopamine is not a new topic. People have been obsessing and hearing about dopamine and its role in human behavior for years. You may think of it as the feel-good happy hormone, or you may associate it with addiction, love, lust and sex. As our lives convert over to a totally digital experience that is with us everywhere we are in the form of a cell phone, dopamine detox has even started gaining in popularity. Dr. Andrew Huberman from the Huberman Lab is back again to unpack some of the more surprising discoveries and uses of dopamine. He cleverly relates dopamine to being a biological currency that has a role to play in human desire for more. Dopamine is the catalyst pushing humanity forward exploring things like cryptocurrency and pushing our limitations and what is possible, but is all of that for the sake of pleasure and feeling good? Dr. Huberman breaks down the eternal balance of pain and pleasure, arousal and relaxation and gives you the insight you need to start regulating your body’s dopamine release. If you thought dopamine was all about feeling good, Dr. Huberman is about to reveal why it’s more about what motivates you in the pursuit of something greater.
     
    SHOW NOTES:
     
    0:00 | Introduction Dr. Andrew Huberman
    0:56 | Dopamine the Biological Currency
    6:51 | Releasing Dopamine
    10:38 | Hormonal Signaling
    14:34 | Can We Spike Dopamine?
    21:00 | Value the Pursuit & the Dips
    25:40 | Balance of Pain and Pleasure
    31:23 | Self Regulation of Dopamine
    38:28 | Dopamine and Time Perception
    44:31 | Dopamine and Overindulging
    49:05 | Action Based Denial
    52:42 | Using Rules & Dopamine
    58:27 | Ways to Get Motivated
     
    QUOTES:
     
    “When I say dopamine is the universal currency of everything, what I mean is, it's driving the motivation to develop new currencies.” [3:08]
     
    “Celebrating the win more than the pursuit, it actually sets you up for failure in the future.” [16:00]
     
    “If you can start to register that craving, and that friction and that desire, that almost kind of low level of agitation, sometimes high level of agitation [...] that's dopamine...” [17:54]
     
    “Your capacity to tap into dopamine as a motivator, not just seeking dopamine rewards, that is infinite.” [19:34]
     
    “It's the craving that makes me feel alive. So it's the state of wanting that is in and of itself, the pleasurable act.” [22:37]
     
    “It doesn't matter if it's Bitcoin or aetherium, it doesn't matter if it's putting rockets on other planets, it doesn't matter if it's building the first automobile, it's the same currency.” [25:27]
     
    “Dopamine itself is not the reward. It's the build up to the reward, and the reward has more of a kind of opioid bliss like property,” [29:51]
     
    “The more pain you experience, the more dopamine you can achieve. If you get back on the avenue of pursuit.” [30:58]
     
    “I would say addiction is a progressive narrowing of the things that bring you pleasure, and I don't like to comment too much on enlightenment, [...] but a good life is a progressive expansion of the things that bring you pleasure, and even better is a good life is a progressive expansion of the things that bring you pleasure and includes pleasure through motivation and hard work. “ [32:55]
     
    “If you think about most of the growth in life comes from these rigidly externally imposed schedules and we hate them. But they are where we learn restraint” [52:42]
     
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Can We Eat to STARVE Cancer? The NEW Science In the Defense Against Disease | Dr. William Li

    Can We Eat to STARVE Cancer? The NEW Science In the Defense Against Disease | Dr. William Li

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    Being open minded to new science, new research and medical breakthroughs is always a bonus. Too often it’s thought that health is for the rich or privileged that can afford high quality care, but when researchers and physicians begin to share how easy and accessible better health is for everyone, it’s time to really pay attention. Dr. William Li is an internal medicine doctor from the Harvard Medical School Faculty that studies angiogenesis, and is the author of the best-selling book, Eat To Beat Disease. Dr. Li is breaking down the 5 natural body defenses protecting you at all times, even right now, and exactly how powerful foods are that can prevent disease in your body. This interview feels like part of the missing chronicles of optimizing your health to a level you never knew existed, and there’s nothing complicated about it.
     
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    SHOW NOTES:
     
    0:00 | Introduction William Li
    0:53 | Defining Real Health
    4:39 | 5 Health Defense Systems
    11:00 | Hiding Cancer in the Body
    18:00 | Cellular Profiling Cancer
    23:07 | Microbiome & Immune System
    33:03 | Medicinal Food Power
    40:49 | Explaining Angiogenesis
    45:15 | Eating to Beat Disease
     
    QUOTES:
     
    “In most people's minds, including mine, not being sick is kind of the default definition of being healthy. But that is very problematic” [2:40]
     
    “Health is not just the absence of disease, it is the result of our body's own hardwired defense systems, health defense systems that we’re born with.” [3:09]
     
    “Organic coffee has more bioactives than the pesticide treated coffee because the insects, the natural things in the environment cause it to create more natural health defenses.” [39:36]
     
    “Eating to beat disease is not just picking a particular disease and trying to figure out what the recipe is that the one size fits all. But it's really a journey that we have our whole lives.” [46:24]
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Change Your BRAIN, Change Your LIFE! These Hacks Will Improve Your BRAIN | Dr. Daniel Amen on Health Theory

    Change Your BRAIN, Change Your LIFE! These Hacks Will Improve Your BRAIN | Dr. Daniel Amen on Health Theory

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    You’re living in a society that has normalized everything that should be far from normal. From the time you open your eyes, your brain is kicking in and most likely living in overdrive. The unfortunate truth is most likely you’re not even aware of all the ways your brain is under attack. Social media is being consumed at an unhealthy rate in both your personal and business life. Even if you have a generally healthy diet, processed foods and chemicals that damage the brain are still sneaking into your body’s system. Is there any wonder why anxiety, stress, and depression, trauma and PTSD are now considered to be the norm? Dr. Daniel Amen is a psychiatrist, brain scan expert and third time guest. In this episode, he’s unleashing the truth about the emotional dragons you are likely dealing with. He gets into some of the most common dragons attacking your emotional brain today, anxious, wounded and inferior to name a few. If you’re low-key feeling attacked on a daily basis, breathe deep and listen in on ways you can start changing your brain and changing your life for the better.
     
    SHOW NOTES:
    0:00 | Introduction Dr. Daniel Amen
    1:10 | Dragons From the Past
    4:18 | Balancing the Prefrontal Cortex
    7:38 | Knowing Common Dragons
    10:59 | Identify Accurate Thinking
    14:18 | Strategies To Tame Your Dragons
    16:35 | Techniques to Help with Trauma
    20:35 | PTSD & Stimulating Trauma
    29:57 | Rewriting 12 Steps for Bad Habits
    32:00 | Tell Your Brain What You Want
    39:09 | Unhealthy Weight to the Brain
    45:01 | Brain Health, Anxiety & Diet Link
    48:49 | Your Brain on Marijuana
     
    QUOTES:
    “When you take the emotion out, something's going to replace it, and if you have skill in managing your mind, you'll often look for what's right rather than what's wrong.” [27:35]
     
    “Negative thinking disrupts brain function, but at the same time [...] positive thinking by itself is harmful, we have to be thoughtful. [28:47]
     
    “You have to tell your brain what you want, because it's always listening.” [32:00]
     
    “What do you want in a balanced way? Because if you know, then you're more likely to get it.” [33:22]
     
    “When you become more real, you become more relatable.” [41:07]
     
    “This is not about not having fun. It's about having fun with all of you intact.” [52:42]
     
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    Podcast: https://www.amenclinics.com/podcast/
     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    How NOT To Get SICK | Dom D'Agostino on Health Theory

    How NOT To Get SICK | Dom D'Agostino on Health Theory

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    When it comes to being healthy and improving your health, the overwhelm of information and advice can literally melt your brain. Whether you follow a keto diet, paleo, vegan, or carnivore, the goal for everyone is pretty similar. Get healthy and optimize productivity and energy. Dr. Dominic D’Agostino is back for round two and breaking down everything you need to know about why your biomarkers matter. Dr. D’Agostino reveals the truth behind whether or not carnivore or plant based diets are best for you, how to optimize your biomarkers with fasting, and what you need to know about what role exogenous ketones can play in your optimal health regimen. You’ll want to pay close attention to understand why Covid can potentially become an ongoing problem for young healthy adults and how inflammation is impacting everything.
     
    Don’t miss Dr. D’Agostino’s first episode on Health Theory: https://youtu.be/hu1mF8_QGJE
     
    SHOW NOTES:
    0:00 | Introduction Dominic D’Agostino
    2:10 | Metabolic Health and Covid
    5:13 | Metabolic Biomarkers to Track
    7:01 | Inflammation Biomarkers
    12:01 | Why Fasting Boosts Immune System
    14:14 | Benefits of Exogenous Ketones
    18:48 | Ketone Biomarker For Burning Fat
    23:20 | Hacking Biomarkers With Ketones
    32:37 | Healthy vs. Unhealthy Immune Response
    38:44 | Healthy People Post Covid Problems
    41:28 | Optimize Metabolic Health Now
    47:32 | Simplifying Diet, Carbs, Ketones
    51:49 | 72 Hour Fasting Benefits
     
    QUOTES:
    “Having optimal metabolic health in terms of low insulin, low glycemic variability, low glucose overall, and optimizing your cardio metabolic biomarkers is the way to combat this disease.” [3:15]
     
    “In the context of many pathogens, whether it be viral, whether it be bacterial, or if you are dealing with an inflammatory issue, fasting, and a ketogenic diet, which mimics many aspects of fasting can be very beneficial.” [10:42]
     
    “We are omnivores, right. So we are basically hardwired and evolved to eat to be extremely adaptable in what we are eating.” [42:52]
     
    “If you're on a very limited amount of calories, and you want to get as much nutrition as possible, with the least amount of calories, a carnivore diet is the perfect approach.” [45:18]
     
    “What may even be more important than having a diversity of fiber is actually having fermented foods. [They] contribute to the population, can reverse gut dysbiosis and increase the diversity of the gut microbiome” [47:06]
     
    “You can thrive off a carbohydrate based diet but your glycemic variability will correlate to food cravings. So, if you want to go throughout your day and have optimal productivity and feel optimal energy, I found [...] that a low carb approach is the way to go. ” [48:27]
     
    “There are benefits to being in a hyper ketone anemic state, so the ketones then act as an alternative energy source, anti-inflammatory molecule and a hormone which has many beneficial effects.” [49:47]
     
    Follow Dominic D’Agostino:
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    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqVNHZUXqn1sFvgppi5Zpmg/videos
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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keto.nutrition/?hl=en
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ketonutrition.org
     

    • 1 hr 5 min
    This DOCTOR Knows What Causes Alzheimer’s and How You Can PREVENT It | Jay Lombard on Health Theory

    This DOCTOR Knows What Causes Alzheimer’s and How You Can PREVENT It | Jay Lombard on Health Theory

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    Youth has a way of making you feel near invincible. Your body handles long nights, limited sleep, and poor diets much easier. The problem is those choices have a cumulative effect. What you eat, how often you eat also impacts the health of your brain. There is a Chinese proverb that says, “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the second best time is now.” It is easy to disregard neurodegenerative diseases as something for older people, but understanding how leaky brain and neurodegeneration begins to happen is better learned now, than waiting till later if you plan to age gracefully. Dr. Jay Lombard may be incognito but his depth of knowledge and expertise in degenerative neurological diseases is astonishing. He breaks down what misfolded proteins are, the relation of infection and immune system processes to neurodegenerative disease and reveals simple ways you can support your immune system on a cellular level. Get ready to break out the ice baths and discover a new reason to relax in the sauna.
     
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    SHOW NOTES:
    0:00 | Introduction
    3:39 | Linking Infection & Neurological Injuries
    6:12 | Blood Vessel Problems
    9:21 | Managing Misfolded Proteins
    12:36 | Breaking Down Pathological Proteins
    16:56 | Immune System, Heat Shock Proteins
    18:38 | Periodontal Disease Role in Alzheimer’s
    22:01 | Risk Factors & Prevention
    24:43 | Regulating Epigenetics
    28:56 | Benefit of Fasting for Prevention
    32:38 | Ultimate Diet for Prevention
    37:32 | Meaning in Hopeless ALS Cases
    41:38 | Biology of Meaning & Purpose
     
    QUOTES:
    “Without perfusion of the brain, you can take any supplement you want. But if you don't have adequate perfusion, you're not going to have a healthy brain” [9:03]
     
    “My goal as a clinician is to help you live with ALS, not die from the condition.” [11:54]
     
    “The closest proximity of infectious diseases to the blood brain barrier, is in periodontal diseases, and that's been strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease.” [18:59]
     
    “Leaky gut is a very important aspect of a functional medicine approach to any condition, but I think the first and foremost point of assessment would be assessing periodontal disease in those patients.” [20:15]
     
    “The same recommendations that we have for cardiovascular disease or equally warranted for prevention of neurological conditions.” [22:40]
     
    “The common thread of long term survivors has been a sense of purpose and faith in the ineffable” [39:20]
     
    “Whatever problems that we have, are to learn from those problems to grow as individuals and
    to deal with them without running away from the problem itself.” [40:08]
     
    “When we love, we increase our endorphins, which helps us to bear whatever pain that we're experiencing with whatever condition” [41:49]
     
    “The idea that we can infuse medicine with a sense of purpose is, I think, of extraordinary value for everybody to appreciate.” [42:57]
     
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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drjaylombard/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Jay-Lombard-385420125187552/
     

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