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    How To Improve Energy Production, Reduce Inflammation, And Promote Longevity

    Cold showers can promote mental and physical well-being by releasing endorphins and inducing a sense of calm. Nurturing gut health is crucial for maintaining energy levels and overall health.

    enAugust 28, 2023

    About this Episode

    This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, Joovv, Pendulum, and Super Simple Protein


    Mitochondria are the energy powerhouses of each cell in the body. Unfortunately, our modern diet and lifestyle compromise our mitochondria, which results in suboptimal function of the brain and other organs, reduced energy levels, and even cancer. Luckily, there are science-based practices like cold water therapy that we can do to improve the mitochondrial function of our cells, reduce inflammation, support the immune system, boost metabolism, and more.


    In today’s episode, I talk with Drs. Chris Rinsch and Stuart Phillips, Wim Hof, Dr. Susanna Søberg, and Dr. Steven Gundry about how to improve the mitochondrial function of our cells, reduce inflammation, and more.


    Dr. Chris Rinsch is the cofounder and CEO of Amazentis, an innovative life science company dedicated to employing breakthrough research and clinical science to bring advanced therapeutic nutrition products to life.


    Dr. Stuart Phillips is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and a member of the School of Medicine at McMaster University.


    Wim Hof, also known as “The Iceman,” holds multiple world records for his feats of endurance and exposure to cold, and he is the author of The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential.


    Dr. Susanna Søberg has a PhD in metabolism and specializes in functional breathing and cold and heat exposure for health optimization. She is the founder and CEO of the Soeberg Institute, where she teaches people how to “stress up to stress down” using natural stressors.


    Dr. Steven Gundry is one of the world’s top cardiothoracic surgeons and a pioneer in nutrition as well as a medical director at the International Heart and Lung Institute Center for Restorative Medicine.


    This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, Joovv, Pendulum, and Super Simple Protein. 


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    🔑 Key Takeaways

    • Taking care of our mitochondria through exercise, plant compounds, and autophagy/mitophagy can improve energy production and overall health.
    • Phytochemicals found in plant foods are essential for regulating biological functions, contributing to overall health and preventing chronic diseases. Research is ongoing to explore their benefits and functions.
    • Providing Uli a directly to individuals is more effective than consuming pomegranates to benefit from its compounds. Understanding the role of the microbiome is crucial in maximizing the health benefits of plant-based foods. Uli a in muscle tissue promotes mitophagy for better cellular function.
    • By stimulating mitophagy with pomegranate compounds, supplements like Mito Pure can improve cellular energy levels, optimize muscle tissue, and promote overall cellular health.
    • Incorporating Miop peer and cold showers into daily routines can improve mitochondrial function, blood flow, and overall wellbeing.
    • Cold showers can improve health by reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, and increasing metabolism, potentially preventing chronic diseases and neurological disorders.
    • Cold immersion, such as cold plunges or saunas, can alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, reduce inflammation, and improve overall health by activating the sympathetic nervous system and positively influencing our biology.
    • Cold immersion therapy activates the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, leading to conflicting reactions in the body. With practice, the parasympathetic response strengthens, aiding in weight loss and overall well-being. Start slow and increase session duration gradually.
    • Activating brown fat through cold water immersion can improve your body heat, mental health, cognitive performance, and overall well-being. Embrace this ancient practice for a calmer nervous system and enhanced overall health.
    • Exposing oneself to cold water increases neurotransmitters, improves focus and motivation, releases oxytocin, widens the stress window, and serves as a reset for mental and emotional well-being.
    • Cold showers can promote mental and physical well-being by releasing endorphins and inducing a sense of calm. Nurturing gut health is crucial for maintaining energy levels and overall health.
    • By nourishing our microbiome with the right foods, we can enhance our energy production, improve overall well-being, and potentially alleviate symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

    📝 Podcast Summary

    The Importance of Mitochondria in Our Health and Aging Process

    The Mitochondria plays a crucial role in our overall health and aging process. The metabolic processes within our cells constantly require energy, and Mitochondria are responsible for producing this energy. When Mitochondria function suboptimally, our tissues, including the brain and heart, begin to break down. This can lead to a decline in cell function and organ crosstalk, affecting various systems in our body. While exercise is beneficial for Mitochondrial health, there are other adjuncts, such as certain compounds found in plants, that can also have a positive impact. Additionally, the processes of autophagy and mitophagy help renew and optimize the Mitochondria, leading to improved energy production and overall health.

    The Importance of Phytochemicals in Our Body and Their Role in Maintaining Health

    Phytochemicals, which are found in plant foods, play a vital role in regulating our biological functions. There are over 25,000 different phytochemicals that have been discovered so far, each with its own function in our body. These compounds affect everything from our hormones to our immune system, gut microbiome, and mitochondria. While they are not considered essential nutrients, they are crucial for maintaining our overall health and preventing chronic diseases. Research funded by the Rockefeller Foundation is being conducted to explore the benefits and functions of these phytochemicals. The discussion also highlights the importance of a healthy microbiome, as it contributes to the production of beneficial chemicals like uli a, which can improve mitochondrial function, and how studying specific plant compounds, such as those found in the pomegranate, can lead to important scientific discoveries.

    Enhancing Health Benefits of Pomegranates through Uloa and Microbiome Interaction

    Only a small percentage of the population can efficiently convert the precursor compounds found in pomegranate into beneficial substances like ueo lith a. Instead of simply consuming more pomegranates, it is more effective to directly provide Uli a to people in a precise manner. Additionally, pomegranates have shown to have positive effects on the microbiome, particularly with the growth of a microbe called Akkermansia, which plays a crucial role in protecting the gut, regulating the immune system, and combating various health issues. The interactions between the compounds in the foods we eat and the microbiome are still a new and important area of study, highlighting the need to consider this aspect when consuming plant-based foods for their health benefits. Furthermore, the presence of Uli a in muscle tissue has been found to impact mitochondrial function and gene expression, promoting a self-cleaning process called mitophagy.

    Enhancing Cellular Health with Mitophagy Stimulation and Pomegranate Compounds

    By stimulating mitophagy, we can increase the energy levels inside our cells and improve the functionality of our muscles as we age. This is important because the decline in mitochondrial activity in our muscles leads to a decrease in energy levels and a decline in mobility. By incorporating pomegranate compounds through supplements like Mito Pure, we can clean up damaged mitochondria and enhance energy production. It is not a substitute for exercise, but rather a way to upgrade our biology and optimize our muscle tissue. Additionally, mitochondrial decline affects not only our muscles but also our brain and heart, making mitochondrial therapies crucial for overall cellular health. The development of Mito Pure by Timeline Nutrition provides a convenient way to incorporate this beneficial compound into our diets.

    Enhancing Product Quality and Health with Miop Peer and Cold Showers

    There is a growing interest from big food companies in enhancing the quality of their products by incorporating Miop peer, a substance that revitalizes mitochondria. Through extensive scientific research, it has been shown that Miop peer stimulates mitophagy and improves mitochondrial function. Clinical studies have demonstrated that administering Miop peer for four weeks positively impacts key biomarkers associated with mitochondrial function. Additionally, gradual cold exposure, such as taking a cold shower, can have significant health benefits. Cold showers stimulate the muscles in our vascular channels and capillaries, improving blood flow and reducing stress. This leads to increased energy and overall wellbeing. Thus, integrating Miop peer and cold showers into our routines can have a positive impact on our health and vitality.

    The Benefits of Cold Showers

    Cold showers can have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing. By subjecting our bodies to cold stress, we can lower inflammation, activate our immune system, and increase our metabolism. This not only helps prevent lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular issues and type 2 diabetes, but also reduces the risk of neurological disorders like depression and Alzheimer's disease. Cold therapy is a simple and almost free method that has the potential to address the root cause of chronic diseases, which is inflammation. By incorporating cold showers into our daily routine, we can boost our energy levels, improve our overall health, and potentially increase our lifespan.

    The Benefits of Cold Immersion on Health and Well-being

    Cold immersion, such as taking a cold plunge or using a sauna, can have powerful effects on our health and well-being. Mark Hyman, who personally experienced the benefits, shared that these practices helped alleviate his chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms and reduce inflammation in his body. Cold immersion activates our sympathetic nervous system and releases stress neurotransmitters and hormones, like noradrenaline and adrenaline, which can increase heart rate and blood pressure temporarily. However, studies show that these effects are more prominent in individuals who are new to cold water immersion. Overall, cold immersion can provide pain relief, lift brain fog, and promote overall health by resetting the nervous system and positively influencing our biology.

    Balancing the Nervous Systems through Cold Immersion Therapy

    Cold immersion therapy activates both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. When you first start practicing cold immersion therapy, your body has an extreme reaction and activates the sympathetic nervous system. However, when you submerge your body into the cold water up to the neck, it activates the diving response, which is part of the parasympathetic nervous system. This creates a conflict within the body, where the heart rate wants to increase due to the sympathetic activation, but the diving response decreases the heart rate and blood pressure. With practice, your body becomes more adapted to the therapy, leading to a stronger parasympathetic response and less activation of the sympathetic nervous system. The therapy also helps activate the brown fat, which is beneficial for weight loss. It's important to start slow and gradually increase the duration of cold immersion sessions.

    Harnessing the Power of Cold Water for Body and Mind

    Activating your brown fat through exposure to cold water can have numerous benefits for your body and mental health. Ancient practices, such as the Tibetan drying of the sheets, utilized this technique to increase body heat and dry wet sheets. While the science behind it wasn't understood then, the ancients intuitively knew its effectiveness. Cold water immersion causes a parasympathetic sympathetic shift in the body, leading to a decrease in hyperventilation and a calming effect on the nervous system. Additionally, it releases neurotransmitters that improve cognitive performance and mental health. This practice, known as theist and theism, has been praised by historical figures like Seneca and Thomas Jefferson. By embracing this ancient wisdom and incorporating it into our lives, we can harness the power within us to improve our overall well-being.

    The Mental Health Benefits of Cold Water Exposure

    Exposing oneself to cold water can have significant mental health benefits. When we enter cold water, neurotransmitters such as noradrenaline and dopamine increase in the brain, resulting in improved focus, drive, and motivation. Additionally, oxytocin, also known as the love hormone, is released, leading to a more positive outlook on life. Cold water immersion widens our window for stress, allowing us to better handle stressful situations in our everyday lives. By practicing this cold water training, we can train our nervous system to be more resilient to stress and avoid becoming easily overwhelmed. This simple technique serves as a reset for our mental and emotional well-being, providing a moment of escape and rejuvenation.

    The Benefits of Cold Showers and Gut Health

    Taking cold showers or immersing yourself in cold water can have numerous benefits for your mental and physical well-being. By undergoing the "cold shock," where you stop hyperventilating and relax in the water, you can experience the release of endorphins and feel a sense of calm. This positive mindset can lead to a new perspective on life, allowing you to view your problems and surroundings in a more positive light. Additionally, the conversation highlights the importance of the mitochondria, the energy factories in our cells, and how they are affected by the microbiome. Healing your mitochondria is crucial for maintaining energy levels and overall health. The discovery of postbiotics, the gases and messaging system produced by the microbiome, further emphasizes the connection between the gut and mitochondria. This symbiotic relationship showcases the importance of maintaining a healthy balance in our bodies. So, taking cold showers and nurturing our gut health can contribute to a healthier and more positive life.

    Harnessing the Power of our Microbiome for Optimal Health

    Feeding our microbiome with the right foods can have a significant impact on our overall health. The production of hydrogen gas and other compounds by our gut bacteria acts as a "text message" to our mitochondria, signaling them to produce energy. In the case of patients with Parkinson's disease, their microbiome lacks the ability to produce hydrogen gas, which can be improved by consuming hydrogen water. Furthermore, hydrogen sulfide, which was once seen as a toxic gas, is now understood to have hormetic effects in small amounts. By increasing our consumption of fiber-rich foods and providing the necessary nutrients for our microbiome, we can optimize our energy production and improve our well-being.

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    The Hidden Connection Between Gut Health & Mental Health That Therapy and Drugs Cannot Fix

    The Hidden Connection Between Gut Health & Mental Health That Therapy and Drugs Cannot Fix
    View the Show Notes For This Episode Get Free Weekly Health Tips from Dr. Hyman Sign Up for Dr. Hyman’s Weekly Longevity Journal Our global mental health crisis is growing at an exponential rate, with over half a billion people suffering from depression and anxiety; it’s time we rethink our understanding of the underlying root causes of mental health challenges. From treating thousands of patients, I’ve learned that depression is not in your head. It’s in your body. More specifically, your gut. When your gut is unhealthy and inflamed, your brain is unhealthy and inflamed. In Functional Medicine, we know that the gut and the brain are intimately connected and that the health of one directly influences the health of the other.  In today’s Health Bites episode, we’re diving into the gut-brain connection and sharing Functional Medicine tools to support your gut health and, as a result, your mood and mental health.  In this episode, I discuss: Our global mental health crisis (2:45) The gut-brain connection (4:18) The story of Marks's broken brain (5:15) Features of the gut-brain axis (8:57) Gut hormones that send signals to your brain (10:06) Role of the gut microbiota in mood and mental health (12:24) How stress negatively impacts our gut microbiome (20:14) The link between leaky gut and poor mental health (21:41) The Functional Medicine approach to fixing the gut (25:56) The 5R Program for fixing your gut health (30:09) This episode is brought to you by AG1 and Rupa Health. Get your daily serving of vitamins, minerals, adaptogens, and more with AG1. Head to DrinkAG1.com/Hyman and get 10 FREE travel packs + FREE Welcome Kit with your first order. Streamline your lab orders with Rupa Health. Access more than 3,000 specialty lab tests and register for a FREE live demo at RupaHealth.com.