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Rerun - The Perfect Human Diet with CJ Hunt - EP012
Naysayers often dismiss the Paleo lifestyle with the claim that it is simply a fad. But if you start at the beginning and explore what early humans were eating two million years ago, it becomes clear that the animal fat diet not only sustained our early ancestors but actually led to the development of our species. So if the Paleo movement is a fad, it’s a pretty persistent one! Today’s guest is no stranger to the pushback against the lifestyle, and he’s here to explain how the latest science and technology support his understanding of Paleo as the perfect human diet.
CJ Hunt dropped dead at the age of 24. He was a dirt bike racer training to come back from an injury when he suffered full cardiac arrest while jogging. Paramedics resuscitated CJ, and he spent ten days in the ICU at UCLA Medical Center. Doctors eventually determined that he suffers from a birth defect in which the center of his heart is twice as thick as normal, and his left chamber is smaller. He was told that if he continued to exercise, he would be lucky to live for another two years.
This experience inspired CJ’s curiosity in health and well-being, and ultimately led him to back to school at the age of 53 to earn a degree in Electronic Communications Arts from San Francisco State University so that he could produce the world’s first Paleo documentary, The Perfect Human Diet. The film reached #1 in the categories of Documentary Film and Independent Film on both iTunes USA and iTunes Canada when it was released in 2013. Together with its companion book, the movie introduces a system of optimal nutrition based on the latest science. Today CJ explains how nutrition has become so much like religion and politics, why public policy lags behind the best science, and the roots of the pushback against the Paleo/Primal movement. Listen in to understand the fundamentals of Paleo nutrition and why this two million-year-old ‘fad’ is making a comeback!
Topics Covered [2:47] How CJ developed an interest in studying nutrition
‘Dropped dead’ at 24, given just a few years to live Began to study health and well-being [3:57] The evolution of CJ’s eating habits
Sustained raw vegan diet for five years Mother killed by drunk driver, diet wasn’t helping recover from life trauma Gained muscle and recovered physically on animal protein [8:18] CJ’s approach to the film
Best way to deconstruct massive problem is go back to beginning Explore what humans ate, how healthy they were Conduct guided investigation in search of perfect human diet [10:51] The ‘football field’ analogy of human evolution
70% of current diet only available since industrial revolution (a mere 91 years ago) As early ancestors continued to eat more animal foods, our brains developed (two million years ago) This is how we became human (160,000-200,000 years ago) [13:18] Nutrition as a belief system (rather than based in facts)
People who’ve invested in a particular way of life resist new info [15:19] Nutrition and public policy
Government not educating people with most current science First nutritional guidelines written by politicians’ staffers Food pyramid has become food plate, but not much change in basic information Grains and plants as foundation (though doesn’t hold up to rigorous science) Roadblocks in government due to vested interests Idea spread from ‘bottom up’ [19:47] The ‘feed lot pyramid’
Ratio of elements of food pyramid same as pig chow used to fatten up swine [21:04] How First Nations people respond to Paleo diet vs. westerners
Instinctively found connections based on understanding of ancestors’ habits Namgis ancestors harvested fish, consumed very few fruits/vegetables Many becoming obese on standard American diet, recovered on Paleo Westerners disconnected from where food comes from (no spiritual connection) [24:56] Why CJ developed a companion book to complement the film
People were writing to ask, “Can I eat this?” True
Rerun - Biohacking That Won’t Break the Bank with Thaddeus Owen - EP076
We tend to associate biohacking with expensive gadgets. But the truth is, some of the best things you can do for your health cost nothing at all. On this episode of Ali Fitness, we hack the biohacker, picking the brain of a master to find out how to feel our best—without breaking the bank!
Thaddeus Owen is a master biohacker and blogger with Primal Hacker and Eris Fit. He is also a certified Bulletproof Coach with a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition as well as a certified personal trainer. Thaddeus began his career as a chemical engineer, working for a traditional pharmaceutical company. Eventually, he left the corporate lifestyle for a work-from-home job as Chief Sustainability Engineer and Product Stewardship Manager for Herman Miller, identifying non-toxic products to use in furniture construction. He continues to work full-time while studying biohacking and sharing his knowledge of health, longevity and cognitive enhancement with the Primal Hacker audience.
Today, Thaddeus shares his top three no-brainer biohacks: morning sunlight, sleep and clean water. He explains the impact of blue LED light on sleep and offers advice around the best lights for the bedroom and proven brands of blue light blocking glasses. Thaddeus walks us through the pros and cons of SARMs, smart drugs and nootropics, describing his experience testing Qualia for the Neurohacker Collective. Listen in for Thaddeus’ insight on how to research psychedelics and get his top advice for aspiring biohackers!
Topics Covered [0:58] Thaddeus’ shift from pharmaceuticals to biohacking
Studied chemical engineering, worked in traditional setting Shift to run sustainability group (nontoxic products in furniture) Works from home as corporate manager + biohacking business [5:00] Thaddeus’ top three free no-brainer biohacks
Morning sunlight Optimal sleep Clean water [8:02] Where to find filtered water
Free at Find a Spring Countertop or under-sink reverse osmosis water filter [10:52] How to store spring water
Glass leaches least but no UV Plastic allows UV but can be toxic Look for HDPE or polypropylene Avoid BPA, BPS and BPC [13:21] The impact of blue LED light on sleep
Signals body to stop melatonin production Melatonin hormone rejuvenates during sleep [16:47] The lights Thaddeus recommends for the bedroom
No lights in bedroom after sunset, use red flashlight/headlamp Incandescent light inside piece of salt (i.e.: salt rock lamps) Replace bulbs with red-coated incandescent or LED bulbs [20:38] Thaddeus’ insight on the best lights for a gym or studio
LED lights at 2600 Kelvin (lowest amount of blue) Mix energy-efficient halogen lights to mimic sun Add red and infrared bulbs to balance [22:59] Thaddeus’ advice for protecting yourself from blue light
Utilize blue light blocking glasses, work out near window Protect skin with baseball cap, long sleeves and pants [25:37] Thaddeus’ picks for blue light blocking glasses
DEWAULT and Uvex Skypers are most affordable Ra Optics and TrueDark = more expensive, stylish [30:00] The fundamentals of SARMs
Mimic testosterone without downside (gain muscle, lose fat) Few long-term studies, may slow down natural T production [33:31] The fundamentals of true nootropics
Natural, little to no side effects Help brain work faster and more efficiently [35:14] Thaddeus’ insight around Qualia
Benefits for mental and physical enhancement Recommends for targeted use (i.e.: before presentations) Side effects—headaches, jittery or no effect [40:26] Thaddeus’ take on psychedelics
Help overcome long-term emotional issues Examples—PTSD, anxiety or depression Micro-doses have no hallucinogenic effect [43:03] The best way to approach research on psychedelics
Local meetup groups, university professors Resources by Dennis McKenna Private conversations at retreats, conferences [46:07] Thaddeus’ top advice for aspiring biohackers
Willing to learn, change opinion based on
Adapt to Stress with a Groundbreaking Wearable—with David Rabin of Apollo Neuroscience - EP136
Wish you could wake up without a cup of coffee? Or wind down at night without a glass of wine? Most of us spend the day self-medicating to manage our energy, using stimulants and sedatives to adjust our body’s rhythms. Rhythms thrown off by the activity-driven stress of modern life. But what if there was a wearable that could replicate the states of calm and balance we’re chasing and ultimately restore our body’s natural rhythms?
Dr. David Rabin is the Cofounder and CIO at Apollo Neuroscience, a technology company developing the first scientifically-validated wearable to improve focus, sleep and meditative states by delivering layered vibrations to the skin. A board-certified psychiatrist and translational neuroscientist, Dr. Rabin spent the last decade studying the impact of chronic stress in humans and researching non-invasive therapies designed to improve quality of life in patients with treatment-resistant illnesses. He also led the world’s largest controlled study around the benefits of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in mental disorders.
On this episode of Ali Fitness, David joins us to explain how his work treating patients with PTSD, anxiety and substance abuse disorders led to the creation of the Apollo wearable. He walks us through what it looks and feels like to use the device on a given day, selecting from among its seven functional frequencies to wake up or wind down naturally. David also describes the science behind Apollo, discussing how it changes our biological rhythms, redirecting energy away from the body’s stress response system. Listen in to understand how elite athletes are using Apollo to adapt to stress and learn how the wearable could help you realize your true potential and feel your absolute best!
Topics Covered [1:00] How Dr. Rabin came to develop the Apollo wearable
Treat patients with PTSD, depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders MDMA trial for PTSD led to focus on options that don’t require daily meds Develop understanding of what body does physiologically in different states Create Apollo to deliver vibration to skin based on how touch affects body [6:39] What it might look like to use Apollo on a given day
Set to wakeful frequency first thing in morning Use to increase focus during afternoon slump Schedule to wind down energy gradually at night [10:44] What biometrics the Apollo device tracks
Basic tracking of activity level and circadian rhythms Transfer data from other wearables to Apollo screen [14:00] The 7 functional frequencies available on Apollo
Wake up and energize Clear and focused Social and open Recover from stress Enhance meditation Enhance relaxation Enhance sleep [15:50] What users feel physically when Apollo is on
Barely noticeable gentle vibration (similar to ocean wave) Replicates effects of coffee, amphetamines, etc. naturally [18:41] Why Apollo can’t force your body to enter a particular state
Accelerates recovery but can’t energize artificially if exhausted/injured Elite athletes use to adapt to stress (e.g.: fight with partner, poor sleep) [21:39] Where users wear the Apollo device
Works anywhere on body First version designed for ankle or wrist [22:36] When users wear the Apollo device
During day, at night or both Turn on for 5 to 10 minutes (effects last 30 to 120 minutes) [24:30] How the Apollo works independently of your phone
Turn on/off without phone, low EMF Bluetooth only active when app open [25:54] The benefits of the Apollo subscription model
Automatic software upgrades based on usership Automatically import info from other devices [27:30] The science behind the Apollo’s effectiveness
Rhythms in music impact heartrate, HRV and respiration Research team explored what happens if apply to skin Soothing, gentle touch signals safety, brain calms down Apollo activates skin receptors in same way (reduce threat response) [33:45] The findings of the EEG pattern study
Apollo reliably improves HRV + pe
Rerun - Primal Blueprint Thought-Leader Brad Kearns on the Keto Diet - EP005
Might as well face it, you’re addicted to carbs.
The conventional approach to endurance training promotes ‘chronic cardio’ and carbohydrate dependency. But there is a way to reset your metabolic clock with the keto diet, and today’s guest wrote the book on it – well, he co-authored it anyway!
Brad Kearns has been a well-known coach, speaker and author in the health and fitness realm for 20-plus years. During his nine-year career as a triathlete, he was one of the world’s top ranked professionals, amassing 30 wins worldwide on the pro circuit, and he still holds the Hawaii Ironman 18-24 age division American record at 8:57.
Brad has partnered with his former coach and fellow health and fitness authority Mark Sisson to lead the Primal Blueprint, a comprehensive ancestral health movement. Together they co-authored the 2016 release Primal Endurance, a guidebook that teaches athletes how to employ a stress-balanced, fat-adapted Primal approach to training. The duo has another book coming out this fall, The Keto Reset Diet. Today Brad joins Ali to discuss the basics of MAF training and his take on the relationship between peak performance and long-term health. Listen and learn how to leverage the keto diet to become a fat-burning machine and get free from carbohydrate dependency!
Topics Covered [1:17] Brad’s partnership with Mark Sisson
Mark served as Brad’s coach 30 years ago Introduced Brad to idea of balancing stress and rest Developed Primal Blueprint together Co-authored Primal Endurance Releasing keto diet book this fall [3:23] How Brad’s training evolved during his professional career
Overly competitive, Type A training early on led to injury, burnout Learned from failures and good coaching Eventually understood that health and fitness could be complementary [5:09] The nuts and bolts of MAF training
180 – age = training heartrate Emphasizes development of aerobic base Prevents injury, illness and abuse of cardiovascular system Improves health long-term Training slow helps you go fast Proven true by endurance athletes for past 60 years (i.e.: Peter Snell) [10:12] How taking ego out of the equation was the gateway to success for Brad
Developing the discipline to slow down led to national championship MAF training gave him a new appreciation for what endurance sports are about (i.e.: connection with nature, energy, health and longevity) [15:17] How to track your improvement with MAF training
Test on same course, conditions using 180 – age formula Log mile times As you get more efficient at same heart rate, mile time will improve If you’re regressing, examine other factors (e.g.: stress, poor diet, lack of sleep) [21:38] The fundamentals of keto
Ultra-low carb diet (less than 50 g/day) Altered metabolic state burns fat Free from carbohydrate dependency Don’t rely on regular meals for energy Cellular repair via intermittent fasting [24:39] Brad’s experience with going keto
Maintained for 140 days Not convenient or practical to maintain forever Tool to bust out for metabolic reset [31:50] The case for keto as a lifestyle
Human default position Ensured survival for 2.5 million years Records of people thriving for long periods and achieving athletic success [35:29] Who should not do keto
Carb dependent for long period Show signs of metabolic damage But morbidly obese could benefit most from keto [38:35] Brad’s health now compared to his years as a professional athlete
Peak performance came at significant cost to health At 30, he got out of bed exhausted Recalibrated goals to encompass wellness and longevity Now has broader base fitness, healthier diet and higher testosterone levels [41:48] Why fit endurance athletes develop heart issues
Overstress heart during workout Sustain small scarring on delicate ventricles, inflammation Leads to AFib [44:56] Brad’s take on the relationship between peak performance and health
Humans built to push limits (‘Body follows t
Leveraging Quality CBD to Optimize Health—with Will Kleidon of Ojai Energetics - EP135
For thousands and thousands of years, humans have consumed cannabis, leveraging its micronutrients to adapt to technological shifts. And then we abruptly pulled it out of our diets, just as our oxidative stress levels shot up. So, what can we do to counter this one-two punch to our collective health? How, exactly, do CBD and other compounds produced by the cannabis plant work to benefit our body systems? And what can we do to choose quality CBD products that actually work?
Will Kleidon is the Founder and CEO of Ojai Energetics, an ethics-driven health and wellness company based in California. Ojai Energetics seeks to bring ancient healing products to life by way of modern innovation, and it leads the world in producing vital natural organic supplements with water-soluble CBD to promote everyday health and healing. Will is a subject matter expert in the art, science and technology of the cannabis business, and his work has been featured in Forbes, Money and Entrepreneur Magazine, among many other media outlets.
On this episode of Ali Fitness, Will joins us to define CBD and explain the benefit of CBD-rich full spectrum complex over CBD in isolate. He speaks to the CBD product fillers we should avoid, describing what to look for in terms of third-party batch testing and certified organic ingredients. Will also shares how bioavailability differentiates Ojai Energetics products from others on the market and walks us through the laws around CBD in the US and abroad. Listen in for insight into how CBD fuels the endocannabinoid system and learn how it can support athletes in recovery!
Topics Covered [2:05] The fundamentals of CBD
Compound produced by cannabis plant Cannabis = super-vegetable fuels endocannabinoid system [8:37] Why we focus on CBD over other known cannabinoids
Broadest profile of documented benefits CBD-rich full spectrum complex better than CBD in isolate [11:52] How to identify if a CBD product is full spectrum
Look at third-party analytics More cannabinoids than CBD alone [13:56] The CBD product fillers to avoid
MCT derived from hexane Synthetic agents used to create encapsulation TPGS (may be listed as vitamin E) [16:01] What to look for in choosing CBD products
Lot # on bottle linked to third-party batch test Certified organic label [23:06] How cannabis impacts the body
Every system has endocannabinoid receptors Fire at optimal levels, systems in harmony [30:31] Choosing CBD products with the highest bioavailability
Effective dose = 500 mg daily Encapsulation allows immediate uptake (only need 5 mg) [31:59] How to test for bioavailability
Put in water, should go straight through vs. float Avoid liposomal encapsulation [37:19] What differentiates Ojai Energetics products
Feel effects of CBD in under minute Body absorbs majority of CBD (not flushed out) [40:35] Who would benefit from taking CBD
Humans evolved for millennia eating compound regularly No one wouldn’t benefit from vital micronutrients [42:52] The benefits of CBD for athletes
Sleep cycles regulated by endocannabinoid system Decrease recovery time, inflammation [45:24] Additional benefits of CBD
Increases neuroplasticity in brain Support healthy digestive + cardiovascular system Enhance skeletal, nervous and respiratory systems [46:45] Ojai Energetics Full Spectrum CBD Sports Gel
Good for massage or use after workout Versatile product with botanicals [48:10] Will’s insight around CBD terpenes
Serve as tugboats, direct cannabinoids to payload sites Bioactive through inhalation (wide variety of smells) [54:34] The laws around CBD in the US and abroad
Hemp-derived cannabinoids below 0.3% legal in US Bans in some states (South Dakota, Idaho and Iowa) Australia only allows for medical use In process in Singapore to allow in supplements Learn More About Will Kleidon Ojai Energetics
Resources Dr. Raphael Mechoulam
CBD & Nicotine Study
Ojai Energetics CBD Sports Gel
Rerun - How Insufficient Sleep Impacts Athletic Performance with Pat Byrne - EP045
‘The best athletes on the teams I’ve worked with have always been the best sleepers. The bottom third of the sleepers are usually gone within a few years.’
We live in a world where functioning on less and less sleep has become ‘the new normal,’ so we may not realize just how much insufficient sleep impacts our performance. Of course, there are elements of this that are out of our control, like the travel schedule associated with competition. But if you are struggling to get close to the recommended 7½-9 hours, it is likely that your reaction time and your ability to focus are suffering. What is the best way to monitor how much sleep you’re actually getting? And how do you determine what’s causing the problem if you’re falling short?
Pat Byrne is an authority in the field of sleep science with 30-plus years of experience in health and safety, risk management, and performance optimization. Pat’s fatigue management systems utilize state-of-the-art technology to revolutionize the way professional sports teams and 24/7 workplaces manage sleep schedules to enhance performance and mitigate risk. Pat’s elite client roster includes the US Department of Defense, Harvard Medical School, major mining and transportation companies, and leading sports teams in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB and AFL.
Today Pat gives us the run down on the importance of sleep, explaining the influence of age and biological variation on the amount an individual needs. He shares the short- and long-term consequences of sleep deprivation, his experience around the causes of sleep issues, and why sleep quality is more important than duration. Pat cautions us against using consumer-grade technology to monitor sleep and relying on sleeping pills to get the rest we need. Listen in as Pat speaks to the sleep challenges particular to athletes, discussing his approach to consulting with individuals and teams to improve performance.
Topics Covered [1:04] Pat’s take on the importance of sleep
Critical brain function 7½ to 9 hours per night Quality more important than duration [3:04] Sleep research as a very new science
Began in 1953 Study of how sleep affects human performance in last decade [4:06] How age influences the amount of sleep necessary
Human brain not fully developed until 25 Adolescent brain requires 9-10 hours per night Harder to sleep in one block as we get older [6:04] The consequences associated with sleep deprivation
Measurable change in reaction time Inability to concentrate Obesity, diabetes Inability to learn, retain information [7:58] Pat’s insight on napping
Should take strategically 1-2pm = best time [9:48] Pat’s advice around sleep technology
Impossible to measure sleep from wrist Consumer-grade wristwatches unproven Medical-grade tech 90-95% accurate (only measures when awake, asleep) [12:52] Why athletes don’t sleep well
Natural biology Lifestyle issues Work/travel schedule [14:48] Pat’s approach to sleep monitoring with athletes
Medical-grade ActiGraph Sync to phone, send data to computer Determine cause via data, questionnaire [16:52] Pat’s warnings about consumer-grade technology
Ask for validation papers Sleep quality can’t be measured [18:34] Pat’s experience around the causes of sleep issues
Biology bigger problem than might think Lifestyle only 10% Scheduling has improved in recent years Best athletes are best sleepers [20:30] Pat’s work with the Vancouver Canucks
Ended road trips on east coast, home at 5am Three nights to catch up on sleep Often lost games in that window Recommended flying back next day, changes in sleep environment Went from worst road record to best (two years running) [24:51] The most common sleep disorders
Restless leg syndrome Sleep apnea [27:09] Pat’s take on supplements and drugs
Can be addictive Quality of sleep not same with sleeping pills [28:23] The ideal sleep for health, safety and performance
Five cycles (about 1½ hours
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