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High Intensity Health features breakthrough health tips and hacks from respected authorities in the Fitness, Nutrition and Functional Medicine fields. Our expert guests have shared insider information that has helped thousands of Moms, Dads, Executives, Health Care Professionals and High-Performing Athletes optimize their metabolism, belly fat, gut bacteria, immune system,both physical and mental performance and overall health. No matter where you sit on the health and nutrition spectrum, you’ll benefit from our cutting-edge discussions, 2-days per week.

High Intensity Health with Mike Mutzel, MS Author Mike Mutzel interviews Jeff Bland, Datis Kharrazian, Ben Greenfield, Abel James, Dave Asprey, Ben Lynch, Jade Teta and Corey chuler

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High Intensity Health features breakthrough health tips and hacks from respected authorities in the Fitness, Nutrition and Functional Medicine fields. Our expert guests have shared insider information that has helped thousands of Moms, Dads, Executives, Health Care Professionals and High-Performing Athletes optimize their metabolism, belly fat, gut bacteria, immune system,both physical and mental performance and overall health. No matter where you sit on the health and nutrition spectrum, you’ll benefit from our cutting-edge discussions, 2-days per week.

    Higher LDL-Cholesterol Tied to Lower Risk of Death

    Higher LDL-Cholesterol Tied to Lower Risk of Death

    A 22-year follow-up study involving 177,000 individuals reveals that low LDL cholesterol is associated with higher cardiovascular-specific mortality.
    The authors of this study write, "...the lowest risk for long-term mortality appears to exist in the wide LDL-C range of 100–189 mg/dL, which is much higher than current recommendations."
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    Key Takeaways: 
    0:00 Intro
    0:04 22 Year Study
    0:22 Study Title
    0:52 Study Findings 
    1:52 Probability of survival 
    2:12 Counterintuitive Findings
    3:42 High LDL and odds of death 
    3:59 U-Shaped Curve
    5:50 Metabolic Health
    6:34 Study of 177,000 people 
    8:09 Lowest risk of mortality 
    9:17 Watch this!
    11:01 Lipid paradox

    • 15 min
    Cancer Rates Soar Among Young Adults: Accelerated Biologic Aging

    Cancer Rates Soar Among Young Adults: Accelerated Biologic Aging

    Younger generations are facing higher cancer risk due to accelerated biologic aging, new study finds.
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    Key Timestamps:
    0:00 Intro
    0:07 The rise in cancer
    1:13 Cancer and Biologic aging
    1:47 High profile cancer case in young people
    2:12 Biomarkers that predict cancer
    2:49 Berberine for food cravings
    3:49 New Study
    5:02 Low Albumin
    6:00 Creatinine
    7:04 Glucose
    8:16 MCV and MCH
    8:50 Inflammation and high WBC
    11:11 Preventing cancer
    12:30 Metabolic Health
     
     
     
     

    • 14 min
    Losing Fat & Building Muscle Over 40 w/ Fitness Model Holly Hines

    Losing Fat & Building Muscle Over 40 w/ Fitness Model Holly Hines

    Holly Hines, a renowned fitness model, defies age stereotypes by showcasing her journey of losing fat and building muscle after turning 40 with nutrition and lifestyle change. 
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    Time Stamps:
     
    09:00 A varied whole food approach to fitness contest dieting is gaining traction.
    12:20 Weight loss is best addressed with quality nutrition and appropriate digestion. Prioritize quality protein.  You need to fuel your workout. Sleep, rest, proper hydration, and recovery are also needed.
    16:30 Holly consumes 1.25 grams per pound of protein in the building phase. General protein recommendations were 1 gram of protein for 1 pound of ideal body weight.  In the cutting phase of caloric restriction, protein becomes even more important.
    19:00 Holly has increased her fiber intake (with minimal lectins). It has changed her digestion. Basil seeds have twice the fiber, iron, and potassium as chia seeds and no lectins.
    26:30 Holly’s carb consumption is dependent upon the exercise she is doing. In prep phase, Holly eats Japanese sweet potatoes and has no digestive issues with it. She eats plantains.
    30:00 Holly’s breakfast is always protein and fat, eating no carbs at breakfast.
    31:00 Holly trains in the afternoon after eating. She does a 14 to 18 hour fast daily.
    34:15 Holly trains lower body 3 times per week. She trains heavy with longer rests for 2 hours on Saturdays. Time under tension, tempo work, and progressive overload are her focus.
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    37:44 Walking lunges and Bulgarian split squats work well for those with long femurs. You don’t need to be a barbell back squatter. Embrace your anatomy.
    39:14 Pendulum squat is called the great equalizer. It builds your quads and does not affect the lumbar spine.
    42:34 Reps are all contextual to your goals. Your last few reps should be a struggle.
    43:34 Many women hold back to avoid over-developing the upper body.
    45:24 In a caloric deficit, you can’t gain much muscle. You can’t build something from nothing. You need to eat and gain weight, muscle, and body fat.
    53:09 A regular menstrual cycle is a vital sign. Work with a qualified practitioner to help you optimize your hormones.
    53:34 Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helped Holly balance her hormones, thus improve her energy levels, sleep, libido, and ability to train hard consistently.
    56:44 Women need testosterone and men need estrogen. DHEA has an anti-cortisol effect and is a precursor to testosterone and estrogen. 10 mg for decade of life dosage for men.  75% less for women.
    01:06:29 Holly eats 3 to 4 times a day, prioritizing protein and fat and compressing it into a 6 to 8 hour eating window.
     
     
     
     
     

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Arthritis is a Metabolic Disease: Beyond the Wear and Tear Paradigm

    Arthritis is a Metabolic Disease: Beyond the Wear and Tear Paradigm

    Arthritis isn't just about wear and tear of the joints; it's now being seen as a metabolic disease, affecting more than just where it hurts. Treating it effectively means considering both joint health and as well as blood sugar and metabolic health.
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    Research:
    Mobasheri, A. et al. The role of metabolism in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Nat. Rev. Rheumatol.13, 302–311 (2017).
    Kong, H., Wang, X.-Q. & Zhang, X.-A. Exercise for Osteoarthritis: A Literature Review of Pathology and Mechanism. Front. Aging Neurosci. 14, 854026 (2022).
    Show Notes:

    00:00 Osteoarthritis has metabolic origins.
    00:30 Exercise and a low carb diet support joint health.
    02:20 Exercise more, if you have arthritis.
    03:50 Inflammation and body weight are involved in the breakdown of joints.
    05:00 Leptin, released from fat tissue, triggers chronic inflammation.
    07:05 Glucose and insulin parallel with leptin levels.
    08:45 Compress your feeding window.
     
     

    • 10 min
    The Best Diet for Mental Health and Superior Cognitive Function: Vegan VS Omnivore

    The Best Diet for Mental Health and Superior Cognitive Function: Vegan VS Omnivore

    Scientists explored how dietary patterns impacted a number of brain health areas in 184,000 people, including: mood, cognitive function, and brain structure measured using MRI.
    They found individuals who preferred a vegetarian diet (lower protein diet) and diets high in sugary beverages and snacks had the worst mental and cognitive health scores.
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    Time Stamps:
    0:00 Intro
    0:20 Foods impact the health of your brain
    0:50 Vegans have higher scores of anxiety, depression, and mental health issues
    1:10 Processed meats and sugars have poorer cognitive health and higher levels of anxiety and depression
    2:24 Whole foods style diet is linked with better cognitive health
    3:39 Berberine for metabolic health
    5:34 Protein enhances executive function and working memory
    6:00 Unhealthy diets and anxiety, depression
    6:53 Food categories in this study
    7:37 Sugar sweetened beverages 
    8:00 Diet impacts brain structure 
    8:55 Structure equals function 
    9:56 Diet impacts the structure and function of your brain 
    11:25 Vegetarian diets and mental health
     

    • 16 min
    Metabolic Origins of Joint Pain, Arthritis & Tendon Issues with Amy West, MD

    Metabolic Origins of Joint Pain, Arthritis & Tendon Issues with Amy West, MD

    Dr. Amy West, a Sports Medicine Physiatrist, is at the forefront of a paradigm shift in understanding the root causes of joint pain, tendon issues, and other musculoskeletal problems.
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    Show Notes:
    02:00 CrossFit trains all three energy pathways: glycolytic, anaerobic, and aerobic. It is based on
    function. Physiatry and CrossFit focus on function and living better.
    08:00 Metabolic health impacts recovery, injury propensity, pain levels and physical function. Leptin
    worsens osteoarthritis and pain issues.
    12:15 Osteoarthritis is from the dysfunction of chondrocytes within the joint from inflammation and
    fragility of cartilage within the joint. Metabolic disease causes a downward spiral. There is more
    inflammation and more cartilage damage and more boney hypertrophy.
    14:00 Trigger finger is often a first sign of metabolic disease. Tendons are also impacted by the
    inflammation of metabolic disease. Healing process is impacted by the chronic inflammation of
    metabolic disease.
    14:54 Bone and bone density are impacted inflammation. This can appear as stress fractures. Treat the
    fracture and the reason why.
    17:00 Hemoglobin A1C is a marker of overall glycation in the body. Non-painful things become painful
    with increased glycation.
    17:30 The burden of age-related changes is dependent upon your metabolic state and physical
    wellbeing. 96% of American adults have some sort of metabolic dysfunction, making them predisposed
    to accelerated aging and physical decline.
    23:00 Time is a major reason for not exercising. Short 20-minute bouts of more intense exercise are
    easier to fit in and you get the same metabolic benefits in a shorter time.
    23:40 Functional movement training increases strength and supports life functions. It uses multiple
    joints and practices coordination.
    24:30 Heavy resistance training induces the benefits of bone density and muscle integrity.
    24:45 Osteosarcopenic obesity: as you gain weight, you lose muscle mass and bone.
    26:00 Weakened tendons, tendonitis, and fibrosis are often a result of chronic inflammation from
    metabolic dysfunction like diabetes. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the US.
    27:25 Cortisone is a potent anti-inflammatory that brings short-term pain relief. It can raise blood sugar.
    Repeated cortisone injections can further degrade cartilage, worsening arthritis. You can build up a
    tolerance to it.
    29:00 Hormones affect joint pain. Menopausal decreased estrogen levels correlate to increased joint
    pain.
    29:40 Turmeric, omega 3s, vitamin D anti-inflammatory effects can be effective in a person with a small
    amount of inflammation.
    31:00 PRP can be beneficial in the right patient with mild arthritis or chronic tendinopathy. It is only as
    good as whatever is attached to it. PRP efficacy depends upon your metabolic health.
    34:10 Athletes have more muscle mass around the joints making the joint more functional and eases
    the load bearing on the joint. Muscle secretes myokines, which affect pain perception.
    34:50 Chronic inflammation from metabolic disease around your joints can affect levels of inflammation
    and how the inflammation is received by your brain. It can affect brain serotonin signaling.
    36:00 Low carb diets produce less leptin signaling which reduces pain and inflammation signaling.
    39:50 Dr. West prioritizes protein. Traditional medicine protein recommendations are just enough to
    keep you alive. Protein helps with satiety and powers workout gains.
    41:25 Animal protein, over plant protein, can help you feel stronger. It is challenging to get enough
    plant protein without eating a lot of carbs. Chronic vegan/vegetarian dieting can cause collagen and
    bone breakdown.
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    • 1 hr 19 min

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