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Growth Island is a podcast about how to become and be the best version of yourself. The focus is on strategies, tools, and blueprints for a meaningful life.
I interview high performers and experts within nutrition, meditation, exercise, relationships, business, general health and lifes bigger mysteries.
More info at www.growthisland.io

Growth Island Mads Friis

    • Health & Fitness

Growth Island is a podcast about how to become and be the best version of yourself. The focus is on strategies, tools, and blueprints for a meaningful life.
I interview high performers and experts within nutrition, meditation, exercise, relationships, business, general health and lifes bigger mysteries.
More info at www.growthisland.io

    #36: Top Up Your Performance with Concrete Biohacking Techniques

    #36: Top Up Your Performance with Concrete Biohacking Techniques

    5-20% performance increase might be the difference between success and failure. This is one of the promises of biohacking. In a high performing start-up culture, burnout is a real issue and often people are too stressed out to even see a doctor. 

    As a result, many fall into a vicious cycle of bad habits including energy drink, sleep/stress medication, quick and unhealthy meals and no time for exercise. This again is where biohacking comes into the picture. Focus on maximum benefit with the least amount of resources and time.

    This is a special episode for you because this is from TechBBQ, which is one of the leading Tech and Innovation Summit in Scandinavia. 

    I had the pleasure of putting together a panel debate so I found some amazing people actually three former guests, Martin Kremmer, one of the leading Danish Biohacker, Martin Tobias, the CEO of Upgrade Labs, which is one of the coolest labs in the world with the coolest and newest biohacking gear. And no other than Olli Sovijarvi, medical doctor, author of the Biohacker Handbook, the Biohacker Summit and one of the leading figures as well in this biohacking space. So we're going to go into the topic of “Top Up Your Performance with Concrete Biohacking Techniques”. 

    So big credits to TechBBQ for hosting the event and credit to Vinia Media for recording this event. Let's jump into this episode.

    This episode is also brought to you in collaboration with KRING. KRING is the Venture builder that I am a partner in. We focus on building new companies that can make a positive difference within the health and wellbeing space. So if you are considering starting or company as a co-founder or joining a startup then please check out www.kring.com 



    “A more popular way of describing biohacking: it's the art and science of really optimizing your life.” 

    – Martin Tobias


    “Use technology to learn how to interpret your own body signals and understand what stress actually is all about.”

    – Martin Kremmer 


     “In biohacking, we are creating a preventive health care system so that people don't need that sick care system as much.”

    – Olli Sovijarvi

     

    CONNECT WITH  MARTIN KREMMER:

    Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinkremmer
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/martinkremmer/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/martinkremmer?lang=en
    Biohacker Copenhagen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/biohackercopenhagen/


    CONNECT WITH OLLI SOVIJARVI: 

    LinkedIn: https://www.facebook.com/Olli.Sovijarvi
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ollisovijarvi/
    https://biohackingbook.com/
    Biohacker Summit: https://new.biohackersummit.com/ 


    CONNECT WITH MARTIN TOBIAS

    Website: https://upgradelabs.com/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martintobias/ 
    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/UpgradeLabs 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheUpgradeLabs/
     

    CONNECT WITH MADS MISIAK FRIIS

    https://growthisland.io/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madsmfriis/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madsmf/ 



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    • 31 min
    #35: Dr. Ted Achacoso – How to Get Your Health Foundation Right

    #35: Dr. Ted Achacoso – How to Get Your Health Foundation Right

    How do we get everything we want out of life? For Dr. Ted Achacoso, one cornerstone is getting a good health foundation first before focusing on the pleasures of optimal performance. Dr. Ted Achacoso became a medical doctor at the age of 22. Ben Greenfield called him the smartest physician on the planet. Luke Storey calls him the Cosmic MD. He is the founding pioneer of the clinical practice of Health Optimization Medicine and Practice (HOMe/HOPe), which is the detection and correction of imbalances at the level of the metabolome. And he also formulated Blue Cannatine which is one of the most sought-after nootropics in the biohacking world. Despite formulating a nootropic himself, Dr. Ted is also a spokesperson for taking nootropics with care. 

    Dr. Ted is also one of the pioneers of machine learning. And he's just extremely cool and fun, someone who makes you laugh, and who exudes a good attitude towards life. He has also been advising heads of states, CEOs, world-class athletes, and so on. 

    Dr. Ted was very generous with his time, which means that I divided the episodes into two episodes. One is a full-length episode and another one is a shortened version. Both of them are really informative. 

    This is the full-length episode. 

    I look very much forward to getting this to you and I’m super proud to have Dr. Ted Achacoso with me today.




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     “I tell my students:  Always be curious and allow your curiosity to come from your area of interest.” 

    – Dr. Ted Achacoso

     




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    RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. TED ACHACOSO: 

    Sleep well. 
    Hydrate well.
    Eat well. 
    Ground well. Walk barefoot in the sand.
    Sun well.
    Move well.
    Relate well.
    Love well.




    CONNECT WITH DR. TED ACHACOSO

    Health Optimization Medicine website: https://www.homehope.org/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drtedachacoso 
    Pharmaceutical grade Blue Cannatine: https://troscriptions.com/  
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/troscriptions/ 
    Asia (Manila) website: https://biobalanceinstitute.com/




     

    CONNECT WITH MADS MISIAK FRIIS

    https://growthisland.io/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madsmfriis/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madsmf/ 

     




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    • 1 hr 12 min
    #34: Dr. Ted Achacoso – How to Get the Benefits of Cognitive Enhancers Without Harming Yourself

    #34: Dr. Ted Achacoso – How to Get the Benefits of Cognitive Enhancers Without Harming Yourself

    Cognitive enhancers, smart drugs, also called nootropics are getting more and more traction these days. The promise of being more focused and being able to achieve more in less time is fantastic for many of us. However, cognitive enhancers can really cause harm if your fundamental health is not in order. I, therefore, got one of the pioneers of the field with me on the Podcast. Dr. Ted Achacoso became a medical doctor at the age of 22. Ben Greenfield called him the smartest physician on the planet. Luke Storey calls him the Cosmic MD. He is the founding pioneer of the clinical practice of Health Optimization Medicine and Practice (HOMe/HOPe), which is the detection and correction of imbalances at the level of the metabolome. And he also formulated Blue Cannatine which is one of the most sought-after nootropics in the biohacking world. Despite formulating a nootropic himself, Dr. Ted is also a spokesperson for taking nootropics with care.
    Dr. Ted is also one of the pioneers of machine learning. And he's just extremely cool and fun, someone who makes you laugh, and who exudes a good attitude towards life. He has also been advising heads of states, CEOs, world-class athletes, and so on.
    Dr. Ted was very generous with his time, which means that I divided the episodes into two episodes. One is a full-length episode and another one is a shortened version. Both of them are really informative.
    In the shortened version, we look at topics such as how you make sure that your body's really ready for a nootropic. In the full version, we go further into Health Optimization Medicine and Practice (HOMe/HOPe) and also chat about machine learning and a lot of other cool experiences from Dr. Ted's life.
    This episode is the shortened episode.
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    “If you are not going to optimize your brain first --- your neurons first, with proper neurotransmitters and having no brain inflammation and so forth --- then you cannot overclock it. You cannot ask for performance from it..”
    – Dr. Ted Achacoso

    RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. TED ACHACOSO:
    Sleep well.
    Hydrate well.
    Eat well.
    Ground well. Walk barefoot in the sand.
    Sun well.
    Move well.
    Relate well.
    Love well.
    CONNECT WITH DR. TED ACHACOSO
    Health Optimization Medicine website: https://www.homehope.org/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drtedachacoso
    Pharmaceutical grade Blue Cannatine: https://troscriptions.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/troscriptions/
    Asia (Manila) website: https://biobalanceinstitute.com/



    CONNECT WITH MADS MISIAK FRIIS
    https://growthisland.io/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madsmfriis/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madsmf/

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    • 39 min
    #33: Andrew Hill – The Secrets of Neurofeedback and Peak Mental Performance

    #33: Andrew Hill – The Secrets of Neurofeedback and Peak Mental Performance

    Ever felt the feeling of lack of focus? Do you suffer from migraine? Or do you are someone you know get the label ADHD? Well, then this episode is for you. Because there is a solution which does not include a lot of nasty drugs. It seems like one of the best-kept secrets the more I have a look into it. It is Neurofeedback and top Performers such as Tony Robbins, Ben Greenfield, Dave Asprey, etc have utilized it. I there got an expert on the field for an interview. And he actually did an image of my brain. Luckily it didn't look that bad :)
    Andrew Hill is an expert on neurofeedback, he has trained Ben Greenfield’s brain. Andrew is the founder and director of Peak Brain Institute. He's been a lecturer at the University of California UCLA for almost 13 years. And then, of course, he has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience.
    So I'm really excited to have Andrew here with me today.
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    “Neurofeedback essentially is operant or instrumental conditioning that is involuntary and produces implicit learning.”
    – Dr. Andrew Hill


    FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ANDREW HILL:
    You have to rely more on the feeding, more on keeping your sleep habits tight more activity because those things will override a wonky light cue.

    Do not eat too much crap.

    Maintain your sleep and circadian habits. They are as important as everything else.


    RESOURCES MENTIONED:

    http://peakbraininstitute.com/
    Ben Greenfield: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/

    CONNECT WITH DR. ANDREW HILL:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewhillucla/
    Website: http://peakbraininstitute.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeakBrainInstitute
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeakBrainLA

    CONNECT WITH MADS MISIAK FRIIS
    https://growthisland.io
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madsmfriis/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madsmf/

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    • 43 min
    #32: Roland Pankewich – What You Need to Know About Your Microbiome and How to Stress Less

    #32: Roland Pankewich – What You Need to Know About Your Microbiome and How to Stress Less

    Microbiome health has been getting into the consciousness of most of us lately. People talking about that microbiome, the gut, poop. Yep, it is not your normal dinner conversation, but it's starting to become so.

    So I found one of the really cool experts in this space that knows a ton about that. It is Roland Pankewich, CEO of Health Optimization Medicine (Canada).

    Roland has been advising pro athletes to reach their top level. He focuses on the clinical practice of health optimization utilizing a framework that detects and corrects nutritional deficiencies, subtle toxicities, and excesses at a biochemical level. Roland shares what you need to know about your microbiome and how to stress less.


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    “The window into the health of the gut is a window into the health of the individual.”
    - Roland Pankewich


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    During our discussion, you’ll discover:

    What got Roland into microbiome optimal health? [01:43]

    Roland has always been really interested in health. He was a competitive athlete at a younger age, training people, and learning how to optimize his own training for performance.

    Why the need for microbiome health? [04:06]
    It made him think that the foundational principles of what governs your health and wellness and energy production is always the base.
    “I took it upon myself to go elbows deep in s**t and figure out what's going on inside the human GI system.” as Roland stated.


    Understanding microbiome to get the idea of the whole matter [04:47]

    The microbiome is the combination of the organisms that live inside of our gut, the cells of the GI system, the immune system, the new layer. It's the entire network of the organ and of itself, and it's all the interactions of those things that dictate the overall function of the microbiome.


    The leaky gut – what is it about? [06:39]

    When the cells of the gut have a breakdown of these protein structures, the cells start to move apart a little bit and when they move apart, there's essentially a gap between what is meant to be a barrier and then things that are in the gut can get between this gap, get into the bloodstream, and then the immune system has to be called upon because they're not meant to be in the bloodstream in the first place.


    FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ROLAND PANKEWICH:
    Getting rid of toxic relationships or toxic environments is a way that you can improve your health.
    Try to prioritize not getting too crazy with all this technology and gadgets and getting back to the basics with spending some time in nature, spending time with good people.
    If you have the goal to optimize your health, have the commitment to do it.


    CONNECT WITH ROLAND PANKEWICH
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/roland-pankewich-20a80237/
    Website: https://www.homehope.org/
    https://www,rttrcorp.com
    Instagram: healthoptimizationcanada


    CONNECT WITH MADS MISIAK FRIIS
    https://growthisland.io
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madsmfriis/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madsmf/

    • 46 min
    #31: – Tobias Schmidt Hansen - Optimize Your Health with a Plant-Based Diet

    #31: – Tobias Schmidt Hansen - Optimize Your Health with a Plant-Based Diet

    More and more people are getting into a plant-based diet so I found an expert on the field to interview :) Tobias Schmidt Hansen is a medical doctor and co-author of the book "THE PLANT-BASED DIET". The book guides you through why a plant-based diet is good for you and how live a plant-based life. Tobias shares some of the highlights from the book in this interview.



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    “We tend to make the diet very complicated. But if you just follow these two basic rules, you'll be well off. Like your risk of getting most of the lifestyle diseases that we see are extremely common today.”

    Tobias Schmidt Hansen


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    During our discussion, you’ll discover:

    Why did Dr. Hansen start his journey to become a medical doctor [00:56]

    Tobias had experienced brain inflammation encephalitis when he was quite a young age; that's why he decided to study and quickly learn ways how to change his life through eating right. He started eating a whole food plant-based diet without even having a piece of knowledge, by just applying trial and error. The illness got him interested in health and made him study all sorts of alternative therapies. He tells how medicine changed his outlook on health and wellness as he started his journey of studying medicine





    Lifestyle affects your health, be considerate to your body, and contemplate a healthy based diet. [7:36]

    It's was not easy to teach and tell people all he had learned in medical school in just 15 minutes, and that made him decide to write a book about the plant-based diet.
    By writing " THE PLANT-BASED DIET," he has helped so many people changing their lives.


    Choose what you eat. You don’t know how that affects you. [13:45]

    “People don't have any idea to a healthy diet if they only follow two basic rules on a healthy diet it can almost eliminate the risk of diseases.” as Tobias explained
    “Each gram of processed meat you eat increase your risk of type two diabetes increases by 1%. Avoid processed meat.”. He advises minimizing animal fat and all inflammatory food. There are some examples he provided in replacement of meat as you go by this podcast


    The plant-based diet is good for people with heart disease [19:59]

    “Plant-based design is the only diet ever that has been shown to reverse atherosclerosis, which is a root cause of heart disease.”, he explains.
    And most people think that by eating a plant-based diet, “You will not get the protein that you need in your body, which is wrong.”, as Dr. Hansen clarifies.
    “If you are eating plant-based, you will get the protein you need.”, he assured. But what are the examples of plant-based food we can get proteins from? As he proposed, we could eat beans, lentils, and even broccoli or rice as these have many protein ingredients in them. As you go by this podcast he will also enumerate the importance of Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D in your body.



    FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. TOBIAS SCHMIDT HANSEN:

    It's never too late to change your diet
    Look to the science, not to newspapers, but actually, find sources where there's complete transparency to where the literature is.
    Eat more plant-based.


    RESOURCES MENTIONED:

    How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger: https://www.amazon.com/How-Not-Die-Discover-Scientifically/dp/1250066115

    NutritionFacts.Org: https://nutritionfacts.org/

    CONNECT WITH TOBIAS SCHMIDT HANSEN MD
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tobias.hansen1

    CONNECT WITH MADS MISIAK FRIIS
    https://growthisland.io
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madsmfriis/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madsmf/



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    • 50 min

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