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Here in the United States, all but two states recently underwent our biannual time change, daylight-saving time. For most folks, this transition can be jarring and inconvenient. But when we decide to move the hands on the clocks forward one hour, what is the impact on human health? 

On this episode of The Model Health Show, we’re going to take a deep dive into how daylight-saving time disrupts our circadian clocks. We’ll talk about the specific biological processes that can be negatively affected through moving our clocks forward. You’ll also hear some staggering statistics on how daylight-saving time contributes to more traffic accidents, increased risk of hospital admissions, and more adverse health effects. 

There’s a convincing argument that daylight-saving time is detrimental to the health, productivity, and safety of our species. Today you’re going to hear how our internal clocks are aligned with the sun, and why standard time is more beneficial for our overall health. You’ll also learn how to adapt to time changes, and why consistent sleep schedules are foundational for the functionality and health of our bodies.  

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How daylight-saving time impacts our circadian clocks.
  • What The Sunshine Protection Act is and what it proposes. 
  • How the circadian clocks in our cells work. 
  • Which functions and processes our biological clocks control in our bodies.
  • How the disruption of your circadian system can alter your microbiome. 
  • The origins of daylight-saving time, and the reason why it was implemented. 
  • Which two states have opted out of practicing daylight-saving time. 
  • How changing our clocks can increase our susceptibility to traffic accidents. 
  • What percentage of countries in the world change their clocks. 
  • Why standard time is better than daylight-saving time for human biology.
  • The importance of making human health the priority. 
  • Adverse effects associated with changing our clocks. 
  • Why consistent, quality sleep matters.
  • What percentage of Americans support eliminating seasonal time changes. 
  • How to adapt to time changes. 
  • Why prioritizing sleep, movement, and nutrition is critical for your overall health. 

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Brain health is an important component of our overall well-being that is often overlooked. At a time when neurodegenerative diseases are on the rise, it’s critical that we make our brain health a priority. If there’s anyone who understands the health and function of the human brain, it’s Dr. Daniel Amen. 

Dr. Amen is a double board-certified psychiatrist, 12-time New York Times bestselling author, and one of the leading experts on neuroscience and mental health. Over the past three decades, Dr. Amen and his team at Amen Clinics have collected the world’s largest database of brain imaging scans, surpassing 200,000 examinations. From this impressive work, Dr. Amen has identified seven neuroscience secrets that impact happiness. This is the topic of his newest book, You, Happier.

On this episode of The Model Health Show, Dr. Amen is back to share how our brain function impacts our happiness, and how we can master our minds to build happier lives. You’re going to learn about practical routines and mindset shifts you can implement today to enhance your happiness. So click play, listen in, and enjoy the show! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The connection between hypothalamic inflammation and excessive body fat.
  • What I learned after receiving a brain scan. 
  • How the pandemic impacted levels of mental health problems. 
  • What the enemy of happiness is. 
  • Why fame is a disaster for the brain. 
  • What a brain scan of the frontal lobe can tell us about happiness. 
  • An important relationship between happiness and brain function. 
  • The link between poor blood flow, erectile dysfunction, and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • How (and why) to keep your blood vessels healthy. 
  • Different brain types and how they operate in the real world. 
  • The link between conscientiousness and longevity. 
  • How a healthy dose of anxiety can actually help us make better decisions. 
  • Why outsourcing our emotions to companies is making us sick and unhappy. 
  • The importance of loving food that loves you back. 
  • How American society drives mental illness. 
  • Why lockdowns contributed to depression and anxiety. 
  • What we can teach our children through modeling healthy habits. 
  • Why you should focus on what you like about other people (instead of what you don’t).
  • How technology impacts human psychology by wearing out our pleasure sensors.
  • A nighttime ritual you can implement to cultivate happiness.
  • Positive effects on families and relationships during the pandemic. 

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The act of sourcing ingredients and assimilating a nutritious meal is a tradition that dates back to the beginning of humankind. Unfortunately, today in the age of drive-thrus and delivery services, we’re largely disconnected from the sourcing and preparation of our meals. But what could we gain if we got back to our roots and spent more time nourishing our bodies with real whole foods, prepared in our own homes? 

Bestselling author and science journalist Max Lugavere is back on the show to share how cooking can help us achieve a healthier weight, maximize our cognitive function, and prevent chronic diseases. In his new book, Genius Kitchen, Max offers recipes and science on the most accessible and nutrient-dense foods. No matter your current culinary skillset, Max provides realistic tips you can implement to eat healthier and strengthen your body and brain. 

This interview contains insightful tips on healthy fats, eating for cognitive longevity, the importance of not allowing perfection to ruin your progress, plus nutrient-dense foods to incorporate into your diet. Max is also sharing his guide to sourcing your food (no matter your budget), and why learning to cook is an economical, health-promoting practice we can all benefit from. I hope you enjoy this episode of The Model Health Show! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The multiple benefits of cooking your meals at home. 
  • Why highly refined oils are harming our health. 
  • Healthy fats you should be cooking with. 
  • What culinary literacy is, and why we need to return to our roots.
  • The connection between cooking at home and BMI. 
  • Which oils are the most commonly consumed in the Standard American Diet. 
  • Why trans fats are so harmful to human health. 
  • The difference between an oil’s smoke point and the temperature it becomes toxic.
  • How the fat we eat interacts with our brain. 
  • A realistic way to control your intake of unhealthy fats. 
  • The importance of sourcing when it comes to animal products and produce. 
  • Why perfect shouldn’t be the enemy of good when it comes to nutrition. 
  • An inconvenient truth that vegans need to understand about omega 3s.
  • The protective role that vitamin E plays in brain health. 
  • Why fatty fish has powerful health benefits. 
  • The importance of DHA and EPA during pregnancy.
  • Real food sources of vitamin D. 
  • The brain protective molecules that dairy fat contains.
  • Why eating 1-2 servings of blueberries per week is powerful for cognitive function.
  • The number one source of dietary sodium in the American diet.
  • Why learning to cook is an economical choice. 
  • The advantages of cooking meat low and slow. 

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Body fat is a critical component of human health. In fact, our body fat is one of the main mechanisms that has allowed humans to survive and evolve. But today, we live in an era when many of our citizens are carrying around more body fat than is optimal. In order to get to a place where our body fat is functioning as intended, we have to understand how and why our cells store fat. 

On this compilation episode of The Model Health Show, you’re going to learn about the science behind how body fat works, how the process of fat loss occurs, and simple things you can do to improve your body composition. Specifically, we’re diving into the function of different types of fat cells and their roles, and how simple diet and lifestyle changes can create sustainable fat loss and improved health. 

You’re going to hear from some of the world’s foremost experts on the topic of body fat, like Dr. Sylvia Tara and Dr. Alejandro Junger. You’ll also hear the research behind fat and its relationship to metabolism, hormone function, and so much more. I hope this episode arms you with the facts that you need to understand body fat so you can become the healthiest version of yourself possible. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How fat cell communities work. 
  • The role that fat plays in hormone and endocrine function.
  • How body fat regulates your metabolism. 
  • Why fat cells play an important role in human survival and evolution.
  • The three types of storage fats and their roles.
  • An important link between intramuscular fat and insulin sensitivity.
  • What brown fat is, why it’s brown, and where it’s stored in the body.
  • An important connection between fat and leptin.
  • Why our fat is so much more than a reserve of calories. 
  • How toxin buildup can lead to an accumulation of body fat. 
  • What lipophilic toxins are, and how the body processes them.
  • Why obesity is a survival mechanism.
  • How food-like products make us fat and sick. 
  • The two types of stomach fat and how they differ.
  • How to increase your levels of brown fat. 
  • Why it’s actually good to store fat. 
  • The hierarchy in which your body utilizes fat. 
  • How much of your body weight is made up of mitochondria. 
  • Why simply shifting your micronutrient ratios can lead to fat loss. 
  • How fat leaves the body. 

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There’s a relatively new ingredient in our food supply that has permeated most products on grocery store shelves: highly processed vegetable and seed oils. These oils, such as canola oil and soybean oil, are highly refined, ultra-processed, high in inflammatory fatty acids—and they’re contributing to our high rates of obesity, degenerative brain diseases, and more chronic illnesses.

The foremost expert in this topic is Dr. Cate Shanahan. In her book, The Fatburn Fix, Dr. Cate outlines how an overabundance of these seed oils are contributing to our major health problems and what we can do about it. On today’s show, she’s sharing her insights on the big issue with processed seed oils in the Standard American Diet.

You’re going to learn about which specific seed oils to avoid, how they’re created, and what makes them so toxic for human health. Dr. Cate is sharing how cutting out seed oils can eradicate some of our major killers, plus simple swaps you can make to better your health instantly. So click play and enjoy this interview with Dr. Cate Shanahan! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The number one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. 
  • How vegetable oils can promote inflammation. 
  • Which product is the defining feature of junk food in the Standard American Diet.
  • What the hateful eight are and why you should avoid them. 
  • The specific mechanism that makes seed oils toxic. 
  • How refined oils are heated, bleached, and processed. 
  • Which molecules in fried food are similar to smoking cigarettes.
  • What soy lecithin is and how it’s created.
  • How low-quality oils can affect the brain. 
  • What percentage of fat calories in the average American diet come from seed oils.
  • How polyunsaturated fats get stored in body fat.
  • The process of oxidation, how it occurs, and why it ages us.  
  • Which part of the brain needs the most antioxidants. 
  • How seed oils are connected to chronic degenerative brain diseases.
  • The amount of seed oils the average American consumes every year. 
  • Why obesity is a form of organ failure. 
  • The role the liver plays in detoxification, and how seed oils can disturb its processes. 
  • Where extra polyunsaturated fats get stored in the body.
  • Two skin conditions that can quickly clear up by reducing PUFAs. 
  • The relationship between seed oils and sugar cravings.
  • Healthy sources of fat you should include in your diet. 
  • How PUFAs can impact the microbiome. 

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What Happened to the Pandemic of the Unvaccinated?

COVID-19 and its consequences have become one of the most pervasive topics of our time. No matter who you are, where you live, or your personal approach to dealing with the pandemic, there’s no denying that we’ve all been affected in some way. On today’s show, we’re going to take a comprehensive look at the root cause of this global health crisis. 

We’re diving into some important data on pharmaceutical companies and the FDA, the truth about COVID-19 reporting and outcomes, and the studies that are driving the overarching vaccine campaign in the United States. As the sickest developed nation in the world (that also happens to spend the most on medications), our citizens are undeniably susceptible to infectious diseases such as COVID-19. If we want things to change, we have to become aware, educated, and empowered. 

This episode of The Model Health Show contains important conversations on healthcare policy, education, treatments, and how our healthcare system works, and who it benefits. My intent is to have an open conversation, free from divisiveness and politics. If we can look at things rationally and objectively, that’s how we can create change. Most importantly, I hope this information arms you with empowerment and a reminder of how capable you are to take control of your own health. 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How many Americans have diabetes or prediabetes, and what the main treatment is.
  • The way that pharmaceutical companies make a profit.
  • Which company was ordered to pay the largest healthcare fraud settlement. 
  • How overdose rates have skyrocketed in recent years. 
  • Which household name drug company is connected to the opioid crisis.
  • How peer-reviewing clinical trial data works. 
  • The number of people who are hospitalized annually for properly prescribed drugs.
  • What FDA user fees are, and how they work.
  • Ethical concerns regarding the FDA approval board. 
  • What percentage of drugs have a safety event after FDA approval. 
  • Why the FDA system allows for rapid drug approval. 
  • Three things that the COVID-19 vaccines were intended to accomplish.
  • The leading risk factors for poor COVID-19 outcomes.
  • Inconsistencies in COVID-19 testing and reporting. 
  • What you need to know about observational data. 
  • The difference between absolute risk reduction and relative risk reduction.
  • How your thoughts can influence your health outcomes. 
  • Important statistics on COVID-19 vaccination adverse effects. 

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The sourcing of our food matters on a profound level, but in our culture, unfortunately, many of us are disconnected from this process. We live in a society that is full of fast-food drive-thrus, and with just a few clicks of a button, we can literally have food delivered to our doors. Especially when it comes to meat, there is a vast variety of quality and sourcing. Many folks don’t know the difference between a drive-thru burger and a grass-fed burger, and even some of the most health-conscious consumers can have confusion and overwhelm about the best way to eat. 

In his new book and film, The Sacred Cow, Robb Wolf aims to answer the question: how can we source our food in a way that is ethical, sustainable, and health-promoting? On today’s show, Robb is back The Model Health Show to share some eye-opening insights on regenerative agriculture and the future of farming. 

This episode contains important conversations about global warming, meat replacements, and the centralization of our food system. You’re going to learn about how an animal-inclusive food system is actually the most ethical, environmentally friendly, and health-promoting diet available. No matter what your diet preference or paradigm is, there are important takeaways from this conversation that I hope you’ll contemplate. So please enjoy this conversation with my friend, Robb Wolf!   

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The importance of providing our body with high-quality, nutrient-dense foods.
  • Why certain pro-vegan documentaries don’t paint the full picture.
  • The three main concerns that are covered in Sacred Cow.
  • Which critical vitamins and nutrients are hard to consume on a plant-based diet.
  • What benefits animal agriculture can have on the environment. 
  • The truth about cow burps, methane, and global warming. 
  • What percentage of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by cows.
  • How bird species are affected by regenerative agriculture. 
  • The environmental impacts of under grazing and overgrazing.
  • Why a predator/prey relationship is critical for the health of the land. 
  • The truth about meat replacement products. 
  • Which public figure owns the most private farmland in the United States.
  • How ethanol compares to gasoline. 
  • An important link between UV rays, vitamin D levels, and COVID-19 outcomes.

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One of the most impactful choices we have every day is the food we put into our bodies. The food we eat is the building blocks that create our cells and tissues. By simply changing the way we eat, we can change the way our body looks, feels, and operates. Today’s guest is sharing her story of overcoming migraines, hives, and other debilitating symptoms through changing her diet. 

On this episode of The Model Health Show, our guest is performance chef, Mary Shenouda. Mary is a consultant and chef for a client base that consists of professional athletes and entertainers. She is also known as the Paleo Chef, and she is the creative brain behind Phat Fudge. Mary’s personal story of transforming her health through diet is an empowering testament of what can happen when you listen to your body and focus on healing.

Mary is sharing her story of overcoming her health struggles, finding a diagnosis, and ultimately discovering healing through the power of food. You’re going to learn about why there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet, how to incorporate a gut reset protocol, how to get to the bottom of what your symptoms might be telling you, and much more. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How leaky gut occurs, and how it’s related to autoimmune diseases.
  • What the vagus nerve does.
  • Why there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet.
  • How understanding your body can help you make dietary changes over time.
  • Mary’s story of getting diagnosed with celiac disease. 
  • How leaky gut can cause widespread inflammation. 
  • Why the symptoms of leaky gut are not always digestion-related. 
  • The details of Mary’s Gut Reset Program. 
  • An important distinction between a reset and a cleanse. 
  • Why a healthy reset shouldn’t be about weight loss. 
  • Why Mary incorporates bone broth into her programs.
  • The origins of Phat Fudge. 
  • Why meditating before a meal can be so powerful. 
  • The importance of finding a movement practice that you love. 
  • Why Mary focuses on talking about her work, and not her clients.  

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In the United States, millions of Americans are suffering with digestive issues like bloating, constipation, as well as chronic issues like irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease. But just because something is common, it doesn’t mean it’s normal. Digestion is at the root of many other bodily functions, so getting your digestion on track is an important key to your overall health. Luckily there are some simple, clinically proven ways to do so. 

On this episode of The Model Health Show, you’re going to learn about eight practical ways you can improve your digestion—without changing what you eat. While diet plays a critical role in digestion, other habits also can contribute to the overall efficiency of your digestive health. You’re going to hear about how lifestyle practices like sleep, exercise, and stress management can impact your digestive processes and gut health. 

This episode contains realistic lifestyle shifts you can make to have stronger and more efficient digestion. As always, you’re going to hear the studies, plus actionable steps you can take to improve your health. So listen in, take good notes, and enjoy the show! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The shocking number of Americans that are impacted by digestive issues. 
  • How exercise impacts the diversity of microbial species. 
  • The impact that excessive exercise can have on gut health and immune function. 
  • How exercise and nutrient assimilation are connected. 
  • The number one form of exercise you can do to improve your digestion. 
  • How stress can be a major culprit behind constipation and diarrhea. 
  • The effects that cultivating a consistent meditation practice can have on your digestion. 
  • Why you should always listen to your gut. 
  • What jet lag and other sleep disruptions can do to your microbiome. 
  • The link between gut dysbiosis and major chronic illnesses. 
  • Why you should link your sleep up with the circadian rhythm.
  • The connection between microbiome dysbiosis and heavy alcohol consumption.
  • How drinking alcohol can increase your intestinal permeability. 
  • The number of Americans who smoke cigarettes.
  • How smoking can impact the microbiome and digestive function.
  • Why many folks gain weight initially when they quit smoking.
  • The connection between poor chewing habits and nutrient absorption. 
  • What it means to create a digestive routine. 
  • Why you should consider taking an inner bath every morning. 
  • What circadian timing is. 
  • How eating late at night can disrupt your circadian timing. 

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