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Are you obsessed with ascending to the top of your field, optimizing your health, and cultivating a prosperous life?

We’re obsessed with helping you get there. Welcome to H.V.M.N.

By interviewing leading health experts, analyzing the latest scientific literature, and meticulously self-experimenting, Silicon Valley CEO Geoffrey Woo explores the limits of human performance & health.

What's the evidence behind today's hottest nutritional strategies, such as the ketogenic diet? Is there a benefit to skipping breakfast and intermittent fasting? Could the carnivore diet correct autoimmune conditions? Are there ways we can manipulate our biological "clock" and extend human lifespan?

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Health Via Modern Nutrition: Understanding Metabolism, Supercharging Performance, & Extending Healthspan Geoffrey Woo - CEO of H.V.M.N.

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Are you obsessed with ascending to the top of your field, optimizing your health, and cultivating a prosperous life?

We’re obsessed with helping you get there. Welcome to H.V.M.N.

By interviewing leading health experts, analyzing the latest scientific literature, and meticulously self-experimenting, Silicon Valley CEO Geoffrey Woo explores the limits of human performance & health.

What's the evidence behind today's hottest nutritional strategies, such as the ketogenic diet? Is there a benefit to skipping breakfast and intermittent fasting? Could the carnivore diet correct autoimmune conditions? Are there ways we can manipulate our biological "clock" and extend human lifespan?

Join Geoff and our community as we pursue science, knowledge, and truth.

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    #141 - "I Feel Like a Teenager Again": Biohacks for a Boundless Life · Ben Greenfield

    #141 - "I Feel Like a Teenager Again": Biohacks for a Boundless Life · Ben Greenfield

    What exactly is a "boundless" life?
    With a supposed biological age of 9 years, Ben Greenfield's countless self-experiments and unconventional lifestyle just might have led him to be living one.
    Ben describes his new book, "Boundless", as a complete guide for upgrading the mind, optimizing performance, and defying aging. With years of following ancestral practices and testing out the most cutting-edge biotechnology, did Ben find the keys needed to unlock full human potential?
    In this episode of the H.V.M.N. Podcast, Geoff and Ben discuss...
    · The evolution of biohacking, the portrayal of the stereotypical "biohacker", and what directions the space may go in the future.
    · Combining ancestral wisdom and current science for optimal human health...how does one balance the past in modern society?
    · Defining what a "boundless" life means, Ben's proposed framework for reaching one, and what specific biohacks seem to be the most promising.
    Follow Ben and find "Boundless" here: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/
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    • 52 min
    #140 - The Science Of Dopamine Fasting: More Than Just A Fad ft. Dr. Cameron Sepah

    #140 - The Science Of Dopamine Fasting: More Than Just A Fad ft. Dr. Cameron Sepah

    "Dopamine Fasting" is a recent hot trend for improving productivity, mental discipline, and essentially structuring your time with what matters most to you...without modern distractions.
    Dopamine is neurotransmitter involved in our brain’s system for motivation, reward, and pleasure.
    Even when encountering seemingly innocent actions such as scrolling through your social media feed and gawking a cute puppy picture..dopamine is getting released in the brain. Could periodically abstaining from constant dopamine releases result in a better version of yourself?
    Dr. Cameron Sepah, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco and returning podcast guest, popularized dopamine fasting in August when he published a "Dopamine Fasting" guide and made the rounds in the press.
    “Taking a break from behaviors that trigger strong amounts of dopamine release (especially in a repeated fashion) allows our brain to recover and restore itself,” Sepah wrote in a Vox article.
    Without such breaks, we become habituated to high levels of the chemical, so we feel the need to seek out ever-higher doses of stimulation to achieve the same pleasurable effect.
    With principles of abstinence not unlike intermittent fasting, it's not a hard reach to connect the parallels between intermittent fasting and dopamine fasting. Cutting-edge "biohacker-y" practices tend to be an easy target for attracting dismissive articles that fail to take into account the actual science.. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly apparent that optimizing articles for "clicks" and "virality" are becoming standard practice from even the most well-respected outlets.
     
    In this no-holds barred podcast, we interview the man behind the "Dopamine Fasting" movement.
     
    In this episode, Geoff & Dr. Sepah discuss:
    · Dr. Sepha's evidence-based definition of 'dopamine fasting' vs what is being portrayed in popular media such as the NTY.
    · The science behind brain addiction, specifically through the lens of modern technology driven by social media, self-validation thought the internet, & more. Cameron's approach derives from cognitive behavioral science, a well-studied field of science.
    · The dissatisfaction Cameron felt when reading the the latest guidelines from the American Psychology Association: "Many characteristics commonly linked with masculinity — such as courage, strength, compassion, leadership, and assertiveness — are often associated with positive psychological and behavioral health. However, according to the psychological research cited in the guidelines, some masculine social norms can have negative consequences for the health of boys and men."
     
    Without a doubt, it's a hefty & multi-faced topic. We hope you enjoy this honest conversation!
    Follow Dr. Cameron Sepah here: https://twitter.com/DrSepah
     
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    How NOT to Catch the "Keto Flu" - Why It Happens & How To Avoid It · Dr. Latt Mansor

    How NOT to Catch the "Keto Flu" - Why It Happens & How To Avoid It · Dr. Latt Mansor

    Headaches, heart palpitations, cramps, fatigue, mood swings, brain fog, nausea...these are some of the issues people trying out the ketogenic diet for the first time could experience.
    How and why does the infamous "keto flu" happen?
    Many don't experience it all, some can power through in just a few days...while some studies show that the keto flu can persist for 14 days.
    With all the positive benefits driven from the keto diet, why must some deal with these negative side-effects? We've even experienced a few of them firsthand.
    Perhaps, from the wise words of Spiderman 's Uncle Ben: "With a great diet comes great responsibilities."
    The main causes include:
    The natural metabolic shift from glucose to fatty acids. Inefficiency in metabolizing fat during the adaptation period, leaving you feeling lethargic. Electrolyte and water loss. Hormonal responses to the shift in metabolism. Keep in mind that keto flu is not a traditional "flu", rather the symptom caused by the changes happening in your body as you go through the diet.
    Dr. Latt Mansor, H.V.M.N. Research Lead, explains these causes and what you can do to make your transition to the keto lifestyle much easier. If you understand the mechanisms behind those less-than-deal moment of keto flu, you'll be in a much better position to solve it and go on your merry, ketosis-fueled day.
     
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    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7332312
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7332312
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    • 7 min
    Less is More: The Case for Minimalist Fitness & Animal Nutrition · Jerry Teixeria · #139

    Less is More: The Case for Minimalist Fitness & Animal Nutrition · Jerry Teixeria · #139

    Minimalism can be applied to improve various aspects of one's life.
    Jerry Teixeria, faced with the realities of raising children and attending to his family, going to the gym 6x a week quickly became unsustainable.
    Shifting his focus to bodyweight training & progressive calisthenics in the comforts of his own sunny backyard, Jerry reached his goals of physique, healthspan, & more...all by dropping the weights.
    This shift in his training approach even carried over to his nutrition protocol. Once a follower of the common "6 pre-prepped meals a day" advice preached by the traditional fitness community, Jerry simplified his eating habits and attained even greater results. From intermittent fasting (warrior diet) to eating a carnivore diet (correcting his autoimmune symptoms in the process), Jerry has run a wide gamut of self-experiments that he dives deep into on this week's podcast.
    In this episode, Geoff & Jerry discuss:
    The benefits of progressive bodyweight training and how one can get started. Why could this more primal approach be more effective than the standard heavy squat lifts you see others pushing through at your local gym? The importance of continually overloading your workouts in order to avoid "plateauing". In the case of body-weight exercises such as handstands, pushups, and pull-ups, what does Jerry suggest one can do to ensure overloading is happening during a routine? Jerry's experience with the carnivore diet, and why he is now more "carnivore-ish". The effect of exercise on metabolism and longevity (mTor, IGF-1) Check out Jerry's Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPEAhtSZDkTb0rDGrtaSU7A/featured
    Follow Jerry's on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/jerryteixeira
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Can Intermittent Fasting or Keto HEAL My Injury? · Answering Your Questions + 2019 Year In Review! · Geoff Talk

    Can Intermittent Fasting or Keto HEAL My Injury? · Answering Your Questions + 2019 Year In Review! · Geoff Talk

    With 2019 wrapping up, Geoffrey Woo takes the time to answer some of the questions and comments we've received throughout the year!
    Could intermittent fasting potentially help in the healing of a rotator cuff tear? Is red meat a real cause of uric acid build-up? What are the health consequences of insulin & glucose spikes and what is actually happening biologically? Is apple cider vinegar effective for glycemic control? Where can one get a continuous glucose monitor? Geoff answers all these smart questions and more. Thank you all for an amazing 2019...see you all in 2020! 🎉
     
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    • 44 min
    Good vs. Bad Science: Keto Hype, Cancer Research, & Fighting Misinformation · Kevin Bass, MS · #138

    Good vs. Bad Science: Keto Hype, Cancer Research, & Fighting Misinformation · Kevin Bass, MS · #138

    Kevin Bass is unafraid to publicly call out those in the health & nutrition community he deems irresponsible...perhaps even dangerous.
    Kevin states: “Bad science will hurt people”.
    Passionate about truly helping people, his mission is to stop misinformation from spreading.
    Albeit a controversial figure in the ketogenic diet community, we’ve found that Kevin isn’t as “anti-keto” as some would say. He’s an MD/PhD student whose thesis research actually focuses on the ketogenic diet and cancer. He’s acutely aware of the positive, neutral, & negative research, and does his best to bring a balanced perspective backed by published science.
    In this episode, Geoff & Kevin discuss:
    What about keto is overhyped & what is actually exciting? For example, is it curing diabetes or just putting it into remission? Does it have the potential to treat cancer? Sensationalism vs. pragmatism: How can we create better science for the public? How can we determine who is a legitimate science-based health expert and who is not? Kevin’s own personal health journey, nutrition protocols, challenges faced in medical school, & what motivates him. Kevin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevinnbass
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    • 1 hr 37 min

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