012: Bio-individual Nutrition for Disease Prevention and Longevity with Ella Davar, RD

Everyone is faced with plenty of questions when it comes to health and nutrition. What kind of people should you listen to online and on social media when it comes to health and nutrition? How can you change your lifestyle to better support your health? What is the benefit of fasting? Today’s episode is packed with useful information that will empower you on your journey to health. We speak to Ella Davar, who marries science and holistic ancient wisdom to create powerful nutritional solutions that support health and wellness. Ella explains to us why there is no single diet that is best for humans, we talk about listening to our bodies and explore the different kinds of testing that can guide our diets. We talk about dates, sugar, and blood sugar composition and Ella answers the question of whether you should be more concerned with blood glucose or food sensitivity. Ella stresses the importance of eating according to your hormonal cycle and taking personal responsibility for your specific dietary needs. Next, we touch on Ella’s exploration of the history of Mediterranean diets and we talk about how lifestyle changes can support overall wellness. In closing, we agree that prioritizing your health empowers you to better serve everyone in your life, including yourself, and land on the pearl of wisdom that flexibility is the best possible foundation. Join us for a jam-packed episode that will change your perspective on nutrition and wellness. We hope you tune in!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • What it means to have a holistic approach to nutrition and wellness.
  • The mind-body connection and the role of ancestral wisdom.
  • Why there is no single diet that is best for humans.
  • Why you have to listen to your body and become the master of your body.
  • The value of biochemical testing: insulin, immune biomarkers, blood glucose, stress and sex hormones, microbial and food intolerance testing.
  • Dates, sugar, and blood sugar monitoring.
  • Whether you should be more concerned with blood glucose or food sensitivity.
  • Eating according to your hormonal cycle.
  • Ella’s exploration of the history of Mediterranean diets and why this cuisine is superior.
  • The importance of personal responsibility and personalization.
  • The value of tapping into the wisdom of your body.
  • Approaching trial and error with self-compassion and self-kindness.
  • How changing your lifestyle as a whole supports overall wellness.
  • How prioritizing your health empowers you to better serve everyone in your life.
  • Why flexibility is the best possible foundation.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Nutritionist Ella

Ella Davar on LinkedIn

Ella Davar on Instagram

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Andrés Preschel

011: The Science of the Carnivore Diet with Dr. Shawn Baker

We have an extra-special, stand-out episode for you today with none other than Dr. Shawn Baker, a leading expert in the field of red meat protein and the CEO and co-founder of MeatRx! Shawn is a speaker, podcast host, father, author, and physician, and we get to hear all about the evolution of his nutrition philosophy and his approach to helping more people eat more meat every day! We get into a deep conversation with our guest, discussing the carnivore diet that he promotes from many different perspectives, getting into his good intentions, the mission behind his work, and his ultimate goal of helping people live longer, healthier lives, an aim we fully support here at the Know Your Physio Podcast! You may recognize Dr. Baker from his videos making fun of vegans on TikTok, but as you will see there is much more to him than that, and he explains why that branch of his brand is necessary in order to promote his message. Dr. Baker talks about why meat is the original superfood, some illuminating information on protein, and so much more that you are not going to want to miss. Listen in with us to hear it all.


Key Points From This Episode:

  • Setting the record straight on the carcinogenicity of red meat!
  • Looking at the quality and health impacts of the meat industry today compared with our ancestral diets.
  • Dr. Baker’s mission as a physician is to bring information to more people about their health.
  • Getting away from junk food in the same way as other health hazards.
  • The amounts of red meat that need to be consumed to accrue the benefits that Dr. Baker has identified.
  • Clarifying what Dr. Baker means by the term ‘carnivore’; the exact components of his diet.
  • Effects on the kidneys and liver from high protein intake.
  • Looking at the carnivore diet and athletes; different practices for certain performance.
  • Assessing your need for red meat and Dr. Baker’s recommendations for the tests you can do yourself.
  • Dr. Baker’s thoughts on protein shakes and powders and why he prefers other sources.
  • Considering the relationship between cholesterol levels and high intake of meat.
  • Misconceptions and uninformed opinions about the carnivore diet.
  • The processed nature of so much meat and the different kinds of sausage that are available.
  • Gut health and the carnivore diet; the surprising findings of the latest research.
  • Dr. Baker addresses environmental questions around animal agriculture.
  • Thoughts on the slaughter of animals in the name of food: Dr. Baker’s response.
  • The truth behind the vegan agenda and what motivates anti-meat lobbies.
  • Dr. Baker’s own path to his current philosophy and the important steps in the process.
  • Where to start with a carnivore diet: Dr. Baker’s recommendations for the best sources of animal protein.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Shawn Baker

The Carnivore Diet


MeatRx Podcast

Shawn Baker on Twitter

Shawn Baker on Instagram

Andrés Preschel

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010: Using Science, Technology, and Ancestral Wisdom to Get the Most Out of Your DNA with Zachary Loewenstein


Through changing the body’s internal and external environment, you can effectively control and influence the majority of the physiological and psychological issues you might find yourself facing in the 21st century. By combining ancient wisdom with a modern understanding of chemistry, neurology, microbiology, and technology, today’s guest is passionate about mastering the art and science of mind-body coherence and runs a state-of-the-art bio-optimization facility to help others do the same. In this episode, Andrés Preschel sits down with his friend, Zachary Loewenstein, affectionately known as BioHack Zach, to discuss his personal journey with biohacking, what he uses to track his biometric data and some of the benefits of building stress resilience through techniques like cryotherapy to help you adapt and evolve your body to perform and feel its best. This episode is full of data-driven recommendations and advice from an expert in the bio-optimization field, so make sure to tune in today!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to Zachary Loewenstein and his journey with biohacking.
  • The role that awareness of your unconscious thoughts, behaviors, and tendencies plays.
  • Learn about isokinetic and isometric exercise from a neuromuscular training perspective.
  • Achieving complete body recomposition and tracking using a specialized 3D scanner.
  • The brain’s natural bias and how to bypass it using data from the 3D scanner.
  • Why it is more difficult for certain people to lose or gain weight based on their genetics.
  • Why body fat percentage isn’t the best metric to base your health on.
  • Zach shares his experience with biometrics and what he uses to track his biometric data.
  • The benefits of tracking your heart rate variability or HRV, especially when it comes to stress.
  • How building stress resilience helps you adapt and evolve your body.
  • The fat burning benefits of allowing your body to self-regulate after cold water therapy.
  • Why Zach doesn’t recommend doing cold therapy after exercise.
  • The separation between acting to prevent disease and acting to perform and feel your best.
  • How eating in accordance with his natural circadian rhythm has benefited Zach.
  • Different ways of analyzing your genetic data to customize your approach.
  • Zach shares the science and benefits behind intravenous NAD therapy.
  • How often he recommends that someone does this kind of therapy.
  • Andrés and Zach discuss why they believe that ADD is almost like a superpower.
  • Why Zach believes having contentiousness is the biggest superpower in 2021.
  • Find out why he prefers the term bio-optimization to the term biohacking.
  • Using science, technology, and ancestral wisdom to get the most out of your DNA.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Zachary Loewenstein on LinkedIn

Zachary Loewenstein on Instagram

BioHack Studios


Oura Ring





MTHFR Support

Andrés Preschel

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009: Chocolate, Oxytocin, and the Biology of Courage with Yaniv Simpson

While most of us associate chocolate bars with a guilty pleasure, cacao in its purest form is actually a superfood with a ton of benefits. Today’s guest is Yaniv Simpson, and he is the CEO of The Conscious Bar, a 100% sustainable chocolate that is both delicious and nourishing. Our conversation with Yaniv is all about chocolate, the good kind, and we dive into the story behind The Conscious Bar and the many benefits of this superfood for health. Yaniv talks about his journey as an athlete and how he had to leave basketball behind because of a series of injuries. After shifting into the world of business, Yaniv struggled with the question of purpose for many years, and this was when he got the idea to combine his passions for wellness and chocolate by founding The Conscious Bar. We talk about the ethics behind the product and how this fits into its nourishing ingredients, sourcing approach, and sustainable packaging. Yaniv weighs in on the fact that his chocolate is only made from two superfoods, cacao, and dates, and we get into the many health benefits of the antioxidants, minerals, and fibers found in them. Here we explore the stress-relieving effects of oxytocin, the high count of antioxidants in cacao and dates, and a whole lot more. So for all this and some other great perspectives on the artistry of chocolate making, be sure to tune in for today’s great conversation.


Key Points From This Episode:

  • Yaniv’s journey with injuries while pursuing his first love of basketball.
  • How Yaniv had to leave basketball and move into business but felt he had no purpose.
  • Yaniv’s lifelong passion for chocolate and how he got the idea to create a healthy and nourishing form of it.
  • How the healthy intention behind Yaniv’s product influenced the name ‘The Conscious Bar’.
  • Challenges getting environmentally friendly packaging due to a lack of suppliers.
  • The role of the best chocolatiers in achieving the difficult task of sweetening chocolate with dates.
  • Corruption in the cacao industry and challenges around paying farmers for cacao directly.
  • The low benchmark for accepted amounts of cacao solids in chocolate bars.
  • Perspectives on the flavor profiles of different cacao beans and the artistic skill of chocolatiers.
  • The health benefits of the antioxidants and minerals found in cacao.
  • Chocolate’s effect on oxytocin levels and its association with warmth and love.
  • The health benefits of dates, the only ingredient in Yaniv’s chocolate other than cacao.
  • How Yaniv’s chocolate doesn’t spike glucose levels and fits in with a keto diet.
  • Kelly McGonigal’s research on making stress your friend and the role of oxytocin in the stress response.
  • The role of the food we eat in our general sense of health and wellbeing.
  • The role of social interaction on good health and how chocolate encourages this.
  • Imagining a place where only good food can be bought and the mood-enhancing effects of this environment.
  • Where to find The Conscious Bar online and learn more about its healthy chocolate.
  • Last words about the exciting toasted coconut flavor of The Conscious Bar.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Yaniv Simpson

The Conscious Bar

The Conscious Bar on Instagram

Episode 1 with Jessie Inchauspe

Kelly McGonigal Ted Talk

Andres Preschel