156 episodes

We answer the big question: how can YOU optimize your health, energy and mind so that you can perform at your highest levels every day. If you’re the busy professional, mom on-the-go, the entrepreneur, or the avid health conscious individual, then tune in every week for a new episode. Topics include biohacking, detoxification, superfoods, gut health, brain health, nootropics, mobility, exercise, fat burning, ketosis, paleo, intermittent fasting, sleep optimization, stress relief, balanced living, meditation, immune health, inflammation reduction, habit building, productivity hacks and more!

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We answer the big question: how can YOU optimize your health, energy and mind so that you can perform at your highest levels every day. If you’re the busy professional, mom on-the-go, the entrepreneur, or the avid health conscious individual, then tune in every week for a new episode. Topics include biohacking, detoxification, superfoods, gut health, brain health, nootropics, mobility, exercise, fat burning, ketosis, paleo, intermittent fasting, sleep optimization, stress relief, balanced living, meditation, immune health, inflammation reduction, habit building, productivity hacks and more!

    EPI 156: Mary Ruddick Travels The World To Study The Last Remaining Traditional Cultures. Learn Her Top Insights As To What Makes Them Healthier Than Us

    EPI 156: Mary Ruddick Travels The World To Study The Last Remaining Traditional Cultures. Learn Her Top Insights As To What Makes Them Healthier Than Us

    Show notes:
    (1:24) Mary’s background and motivation for exploring traditional cultures
    (3:07) The diversity of diets among global tribes and their implications for health
    (10:48) Traditional diets vs modern Western diets and their impact on health
    (17:24) Carbohydrate intake among traditional cultures
    (22:20) Longevity and disease resistance among traditional communities
    (27:55) Modern plant processing and GMO risks
    (32:57) Animal protein-based diets for health improvement
    (37:08) Different types of dairy 
    (44:50) Importance of daylight exposure for microbiome health
    (50:09) Impact of synthetic clothing on hormones and skin microbiome
    (54:57) Where to find Mary
    (55:42) Outro



    Who is Mary Ruddick?
     
    Dubbed the "Sherlock Holmes of Health" for her unique ability to expeditiously assess and remediate rare neuromuscular conditions that others have deemed impossible, Mary Ruddick can regularly be found endangering herself in the untouched corners of the world to learn from and distill the wisdom from the last remaining traditional cultures.  She shares her findings and knowledge via her sought after keynote speeches, 100+ podcast appearances, her published articles, and her work both in front and behind the camera. 



    Connect with Mary:
    Website: https://www.maryruddick.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryruddick
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enableyourhealing/
    IG: http://nstagram.com/maryqueenofheart
    YT: https://www.youtube.com/@maryruddick777




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    • 57 min
    EPI 155: Dr. Ted Naiman Shares His SATIETY Index Per Calorie For Different Foods As Well As His Protein To Energy Ratio Which Is The Master Concept Behind Every Dietary Strategy

    EPI 155: Dr. Ted Naiman Shares His SATIETY Index Per Calorie For Different Foods As Well As His Protein To Energy Ratio Which Is The Master Concept Behind Every Dietary Strategy

    Show notes:
    (1:17) Dr. Naiman’s research journey
    (6:10) The concept of protein leverage
    (14:05) Understanding protein percentage
    (18:44) Carnivore diet benefits and pitfalls
    (26:08) Plant protein vs. animal protein
    (32:32) Thoughts on essential amino acids
    (34:38) Satiety and the satiety index
    (43:35) Protein intake recommendation
    (45:06) Learn more about Dr. Ted Naiman
    (45:45) Outro




    Who is Dr. Ted Naiman?
     
    Ted Naiman is a board-certified Family Medicine physician in the department of Primary Care at a leading major medical center in Seattle. His research and medical practice are focused on the practical implementation of diet and exercise for health optimization. He has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and utilizes engineering principles when dealing with complex systems such as human health and nutrition.
     
    Connect with Dr. Naiman:
    Website: https://tednaiman.com/
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/tednaiman
    X: https://twitter.com/tednaiman
    YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/tednaiman
     
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    • 47 min
    EPI 154: Dr. Neha Sangwan - How Your Emotions and Your Communication Affect Your Health and What You Can Do To Improve It. Plus How To Avoid Burnout and Perform at Your Best

    EPI 154: Dr. Neha Sangwan - How Your Emotions and Your Communication Affect Your Health and What You Can Do To Improve It. Plus How To Avoid Burnout and Perform at Your Best

    Show notes:
    (0:34) What led Dr. Sangwan to where she is now?
    (6:54) The triad of stress and burnout
    (9:49) Mind-body connection and self-awareness
    (16:55) Managing stress and emotions
    (25:25) Catching negative thought cycles
    (35:03) Building invisible bridges and holistic approach to health
    (40:15) Managing immediate emotional responses
    (45:20) Resources and further learning
    (50:35) Outro



    Who is Dr. Neha Sangwan?
     
    Dr. Sangwan, CEO and founder of Intuitive Intelligence, is an internal medicine physician, international speaker and corporate communication expert. Her private practice and corporate consulting focuses on empowering individuals, organizational leaders, and their teams with the tools for clear, effective communication. She addresses the root cause of stress, miscommunication, and interpersonal conflict, often healing chronic conditions such as headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.
     
    She regularly consults with organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Express, Kaiser Permanente, and Google, and has shared her keynote presentation on the stages of TEDx.



    Connect with Dr. Sangwan:
    Website: https://nehasangwan.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drnehasangwan
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/DrNehaSangwan
    YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/nehashangout
    IG: https://instagram.com/doctorneha/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/doctorneha
     
    Grab a copy: https://intuitiveintelligenceinc.com/powered-by-me/
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    • 52 min
    EPI 153: Dr. Charles Brenner - Pioneer In NAD Research Discusses Which Molecules Work Best For Increasing NAD And Why It's Important. Should You Take NR, NMN, or NAD IV's

    EPI 153: Dr. Charles Brenner - Pioneer In NAD Research Discusses Which Molecules Work Best For Increasing NAD And Why It's Important. Should You Take NR, NMN, or NAD IV's

    Show notes:
    (1:25) Introduction to NAD
    (4:09) Differences between NR, NMN, and NAD
    (7:05) The discovery of NR
    (12:23) Applications and commercialization of NR
    (22:42) Clinical studies on the benefits of NR
    (27:09) The effectiveness of NR
    (29:57) Differing standards in blood marker tests
    (34:05) Immune response triggered by NAD treatments
    (37:53) Debunking the myths around resveratrol
    (39:05) Niagen and the science behind NR supplements
    (42:03) Where to find Dr. Brenner
    (43:08) Outro



    Who is Dr. Charles Brenner?
     
    Charles Brenner is the Alfred E Mann Family Foundation Chair in Diabetes and Cancer Metabolism in the Department of Diabetes & Cancer Metabolism. His laboratory focuses on disturbances in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), the central catalyst of metabolism, in diseases and conditions of metabolic stress.
     
    Among his most significant discoveries, he identified nicotinamide riboside as an unanticipated vitamin precursor of NAD. He also developed a quantitative metabolomic technology that allowed him to discover that the NAD system is disturbed by many diseases and conditions of metabolic stress including diabetes and cancer.
     
    Specifically, Dr. Brenner and colleagues have found that in animal models of fatty liver, type 2 diabetes, diabetic and chemotherapeutic neuropathy, central brain injury, heart failure, postpartum and coronavirus infection, the NAD system is disturbed. In these models, provision of nicotinamide riboside is highly protective.
     
    Dr. Brenner led the team that conducted the first clinical trial of nicotinamide riboside establishing safe oral availability and has participated in trials establishing safety and potential activities of nicotinamide riboside in clearance of liver fat and depression of common markers of inflammation. He continues to research how the NAD system is dysregulated as a function of postpartum, coronavirus infection, inflammatory conditions, diabesity and specific malignancies with the dual goals of defining mechanisms of biological regulation and developing safe preventative and therapeutic interventions for people.



    Connect with Dr. Brenner:
    Website: https://www.brennerlab.net/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharlesMBrenner
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/charlesmbrenner/




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    • 44 min
    EPI 152: Tips For Better Fertility, Healthier Pregnancy, And Setting Your Child Up For A Healthy Life. With Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Lily Nichols

    EPI 152: Tips For Better Fertility, Healthier Pregnancy, And Setting Your Child Up For A Healthy Life. With Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Lily Nichols

    Show notes:
    (1:09) What got Lily into the work she does today
    (2:29) Maternal health and its impact on the baby’s long-term health
    (5:18) Addressing fertility challenges with nutrition
    (13:56) Role of supplements in preconception and pregnancy
    (17:29) Recommended foods for fertility and pregnancy
    (23:52) Managing stress and its impact on fertility
    (29:41) Toxin exposure and fertility
    (39:15) Gestational diabetes and how to prevent getting the diagnosis
    (45:06) Where to find Lily
    (46:54) Outro



    Who is Lily Nichols?
     
    Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based nutrition. Drawing from the current scientific literature and the wisdom of traditional cultures, her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and sensible. Lily’s clinical expertise and extensive background in prenatal nutrition have made her a highly sought-after consultant and speaker in the field.
     
    Her work in the field of gestational diabetes, which presents a revolutionary nutrient-dense, lower-carb approach, has not only helped tens of thousands of women manage their gestational diabetes (most without the need for blood sugar-lowering medication), but has also influenced nutrition policies internationally.  You can learn more about her approach in her bestselling book, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes (and online course of the same name).
     
    Lily is also the author of Real Food for Pregnancy, which provides an evidence-based look at the gap between conventional prenatal nutrition guidelines and what’s optimal for mother and baby. With over 930 citations, this is the most comprehensive text on prenatal nutrition to date. Since its publication, it remains the #1 bestselling book on prenatal nutrition.
     
    Lily’s third book, Real Food for Fertility (co-authored with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack), is a comprehensive resource on optimizing preconception nutrition — for both partners — to improve outcomes in fertility, pregnancy, and beyond. 
     
    In addition to her books, Lily is the Founder of the Institute for Prenatal Nutrition®, where she mentors other practitioners on perinatal nutrition, and is the co-founder of Women’s Health Nutrition Academy, which offers individual webinars on a variety of women’s health topics. 
     
    You can learn from Lily’s extensive library of articles on LilyNicholsRDN.com and her research briefs on Instagram.



    Connect with Lily:
    Website: https://lilynicholsrdn.com/
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/lilynicholsrdn
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/PilatesNutritionist
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LilyNicholsRDN
     
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    • 48 min
    EPI 151: The Right & Wrong Way To Lose Weight. Why Your Metabolism Can Make Or Break Your Weight Loss Journey. With The Dietitian That People Go To When Nothing Else Works, Michelle Shapiro RD

    EPI 151: The Right & Wrong Way To Lose Weight. Why Your Metabolism Can Make Or Break Your Weight Loss Journey. With The Dietitian That People Go To When Nothing Else Works, Michelle Shapiro RD

    Show notes:
    (0:52) Michelle’s journey of getting into the work she does now
    (1:53) Wrong and right way to lose weight
    (3:00) Importance of protein and understanding metabolism
    (8:49) GLP-1 medications: benefits and risks
    (12:50) Inflammation and weight gain
    (17:08) Healthy weight loss strategies and tips
    (27:16) What role does muscle play in losing weight?
    (29:07) The psychological aspect of losing weight
    (31:58) How do they help keep people on track with their health journey?
    (36:06) ​​Addressing stress and anxiety through physical and emotional root causes
    (41:27) Where to find Michelle
    (42:42) Outro



    Who is Michelle Shapiro?
     
    Michelle Shapiro is an Integrative/ Functional Registered Dietitian from NYC with 8+ years of experience serving over 1000 clients to reverse their anxiety, heal longstanding gut issues and approach weight loss lovingly and in a body-neutral way. Michelle, in her work, aims to bridge the gap for clients between functional nutrition and body positivity. She works with clients one on one in her private practice virtually.



    Connect with Michelle:
    Website: https://michelleshapirord.com/
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/michelleshapirord/
    YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCObGWYLQaO0jnE_4u2Xx72w
     
    Listen to her podcast: https://www.quietthediet.com/




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    • 44 min

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