11 episodes

Welcome to your weekly dose of finding a better way to live. Hear from extraordinary humans who’ve submerged themselves in taking control of their mental, physical, and emotional health, with Laura Fullerton, CEO of Monk. They’ll be sharing their story, so that you can re-write yours.

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    • Health & Fitness

Welcome to your weekly dose of finding a better way to live. Hear from extraordinary humans who’ve submerged themselves in taking control of their mental, physical, and emotional health, with Laura Fullerton, CEO of Monk. They’ll be sharing their story, so that you can re-write yours.

    11: Processing grief, loss and heartbreak through wild swimming ft. Freya Bromley

    11: Processing grief, loss and heartbreak through wild swimming ft. Freya Bromley

    Laura joins her friend, Freya Bromley, writer, wild swimmer, and the host of The Tidal Year podcast, to discuss the joy of swimming, the redemption it can provide from grief, loss and heartbreak. Freya shares her journey of losing her brother and how cold water therapy and tidal plunging has helped her move through the unthinkable. 
    The pair discuss: 
    Freya’s mission to swim every tidal pool in Britain and how this is goingWhat a tidal pool actually is and how these beautiful spaces are so different all over the countryThe intense spectrum of feelings and emotions associated with grief, and how an addiction to being ‘busy’ can often keep us distracted from feeling any of themWhy wild swimming is often misunderstood and how ‘dipping’ can be just as powerful as ‘swimming’How cold water therapy can be the perfect alternative to meditation, yoga or any traditional means of calming the mind that might not work for youWhy a New Year’s Day swim might be the best way to start off your new yearFreya’s upcoming book and how fiction writing helped Freya on her journey of healing, and reconnecting with her sister, in a truly unexpected way.The pair also discuss dipping vs. swimming, screaming under water, dry robes, why the swimming community can often become a little too ‘London-centric’ but why Hampstead Ponds might be a great starting place to start your wild swimming journey.
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     Music Sources
    WildFlower by Joakim Karud http://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-7YDBIGCXs

    • 41 min
    10: Cold water therapy, cardiovascular health & the power of brown fat - Ft. Dr Ravi Jain

    10: Cold water therapy, cardiovascular health & the power of brown fat - Ft. Dr Ravi Jain

    Laura joins Dr. Ravi Jain, Doctor, global aesthetics expert, and a committed ice bath fanatic to discuss the science behind cold water therapy, how Ravi is using it to buck the trend of early onset heart disease, and why Ravi recently gave a lecture out of his ice bath!
    The pair discuss: 
    The science behind what *actually* happens in the body in the first 2 minutes of an ice plunge (and how to best navigate this period)When and why your body temperature drops during and after a plunge (you might be surprised!)The different types of fat in the body and their connection to health, longevity and weight lossRavi’s own personal story and experience with early onset heart disease in his family and how cold water therapy is a powerful part of his prevention toolkit to buck the trendThe connection between cold water therapy, the removal of lipids from the bloodstream and insulin sensitivityThe concept of pre-workout cooling and Ravi’s fascinating real life experiment around his own heart rate How to prepare for your first ever ice bath (and how cold showers can help)Ravi also shares his own personal journey with cold water swimming including how he started, how it impacted his mental and physical health, how to safely reheat post-plunge and his latest adventure that he is taking on: The Ice Mile.
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    Music Sources
    WildFlower by Joakim Karud http://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-7YDBIGCXs

    • 30 min
    9: Discovering the truth about products that ‘claim’ to be healthy - Ft. Tim Gray

    9: Discovering the truth about products that ‘claim’ to be healthy - Ft. Tim Gray

    Laura joins good friend, Tim Gray, the UK’s leading biohacker and founder of the Health Optimisation Summit, to discuss health, biohacking, and the truth about products that claim to be healthy but are *in fact* far from it. 

    The pair discuss: 
    Seed oils, why they are hidden in so many food options and the surprising connection between seed oil, inflammation and sunburnWater, some of the nasties in today’s water sources and whether a Brita water filter really does anything at allReplacement and plant-based meats and whether these could be doing more harm than good to us and the environmentThe foods you need to eat if you want to live to be over 100 years old (did someone say frozen liver for breakfast?)The cost of organic, healthy living and how to re-think your approach to thisThe surprising impact that your wi-fi router and plug sockets might have on your health, wellbeing, sleep, and longevityGrounding, what it is and the impact of grounding on your red blood cells and general healthTim also shares his experience with creating the Health Optimisation Summit, his top 3 favourite biohacks, as well as his insight into what the future of health optimisation looks like. 

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    Music Sources
    WildFlower by Joakim Karud http://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-7YDBIGCXsY

    • 38 min
    8: The future of mental health & psychedelics for healing trauma ft. Dr Dave Rabin

    8: The future of mental health & psychedelics for healing trauma ft. Dr Dave Rabin

    Laura is joined by her good friend, Dr. Dave Rabin, a board-certified psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and inventor, who’s leading the evolution of medicine, mental health, and consciousness. 
    Dr. Dave has studied resilience and the impact of chronic stress on our lives for over 15 years, and he specialises in medicine-assisted psychotherapy, and treatment-resistant mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and much more. 
    In today’s episode, the pair discuss why everything you thought you knew about psychedelics might be wrong, as well as:
    An MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trial and its astonishing results in people with treatment-resistant PTSD (+ Dr. Dave’s research in this area)What the word psychedelic actually means and how the substances can reveal the truth of the mindHow our dream states are similar to psychedelic states (and the surprising connection to sex)How psychedelics got to ‘illegal’ status in the 60s and 70s and how we can avoid returning there The ski slope analogy to understanding the brain and the Default Network ModeThe concept of neuroplasticity and how we can start to rewrite our neural pathwaysThe three waves of wearables and how these are changingThe concepts of macro dosing and micro dosing and how these journeys differ.
    SHOW REFERENCES
    Microdosing protocols (Fadiman and Stamets): here 
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    Music Sources
    WildFlower by Joakim Karud http://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-7YDBIGCXsY

    • 50 min
    7. An update from Monk HQ, pre-launch + the wellness routine of a CEO

    7. An update from Monk HQ, pre-launch + the wellness routine of a CEO

    Monk’s Head of Content, Louise Rumball, is back chatting with Monk CEO, Laura Fullerton, today, to ask how everything is going, how Laura’s surviving as things at Monk get busier than ever, when the brand’s launching the first ever round of smart ice baths, and how can we all get our hands on them.

    Join the pair as they discuss: 
    The first, limited availability, exclusive pre-launch drop Highlights of the last few weeks and exciting changes internally at Monk HQHow Laura is navigating entrepreneurship with balance, a lot of sleep, a bit of tongue scraping, and a couple of health optimisation hacksThursday Plunge Club – coming to an open water source near you soonThe ‘Get Things Done’ methodAnd a daily dose of reality as Louise asks Laura what is keeping Laura up at night The development of the personalised cold water therapy appLaura’s recent research into CWT and autoimmunityAnd more...
    Plus, who is eating raw liver for breakfast and who is Laura’s ideal podcast and cold water therapy guests?


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    Music Sources:
    WildFlower by Joakim Karud http://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-7YDBIGCXsY

    • 36 min
    6: How health starts in your mouth ft. Dr. Dominik Nischwitz

    6: How health starts in your mouth ft. Dr. Dominik Nischwitz

    How did today’s society get to a place where mercury is the most toxic, non-radioactive element known to man, yet we put it in our mouths? Laura is joined by Dr. Dominik Nischwitz, world leader in Biological Dentistry, as they discuss the surprising impact of oral health on whole body wellness.

    The pair discuss:
    What holistic dentistry is and how optimal health starts in the mouthWhy mercury, root canals, and cavitations are three of the biggest health killers The importance of composite fillings and ceramic implants The connection between breast feeding, jaw growth, braces and today’s dietary choicesWhat our ancestors (and their jaws) can teach us about optimal health and oral healthWhy everything you knew about wisdom teeth might be wrongHow often you should brush your teeth and use mouthwash (you might be surprised!)Dr. Dominik also shares how he’s teaching his children to become ‘superhuman’ so that they never have to experience a cavity or any oral health challenges in their lives, as well as the surprising connection between the mouth and muscle building. 
    This episode is packed full of biohacks, health tips, and incredible information that is changing the world of dentistry one patient at a time. 


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    Music Sources
    WildFlower by Joakim Karud http://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-7YDBIGCXsY

    • 58 min

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