016: Brainwave Entrainment and Meditation for Personal Development with Patrick Porter, PhD


Today’s guest is an award-winning author and speaker who has devoted his career to neuroscience and brainwave entrainment. As the founder and creator of BrainTap Technologies, Dr. Patrick Porter has emerged as a leader in the digital health and wellness field. BrainTap’s digital tools and mind development apps use proprietary algorithms that have made tremendous advances in mastering peak performance and bettering mental, physical, and emotional health, helping people improve mental clarity, sleep quality, energy levels, and so much more. In this episode, Patrick teaches us how to apply the science of brain entrainment and meditation for personal development, even leading us through a complete meditation session towards the end of our conversation. He also elaborates on the connection between human physiology and meditation and the role of technology in health optimization and outlines his formula for happiness, which includes the realization that you are the lead actor in the performance of your life. This is probably the most powerful and transformative episode of the Know Your Physio podcast to date, so make sure not to miss it! Tune in today for key insights, practical advice, and so much more from Dr. Patrick Porter, a true visionary in the health and wellness space.

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Patrick shares how he was introduced to meditation at a young age.
  • Find out how he plans to accomplish his mission to “better a billion brains.”
  • What you need to know about your physiology to truly understand the benefits of meditation.
  • How Patrick turns ancient traditions into modern technology to aid health optimization.
  • Learn how a 4-8 breathing technique influences the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Why your brain actually works better in a stress-free state.
  • Hear more about the science of energy and consciousness.
  • Why Patrick says that meditation is a way to prepare yourself for “real life.”
  • Find out why he believes that meditation should be part of every biohacker’s experience.
  • An important takeaway from this episode: we see our perception of reality, not reality itself.
  • How your body is set up to help or hurt you depending on the thoughts you have about it.
  • Patrick’s formula for happiness; realizing that you can only control what is in your control.
  • The value of operating within what Patrick calls your cube of influence.
  • Why Patrick believes that realizing you’re the lead actor in the movie of your life is the number one key to happiness.
  • How turning your greatest liability into a superpower contributes to your happiness.
  • Discover the incredible power of a good night’s sleep and why morning meditation is best.
  • Learn about pineal gland activation and deep light penetration.
  • The influence that proper fasting techniques can have on meditation and visualization.
  • The benefits of minimizing environmental stressors in your life.

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Patrick Porter on LinkedIn

Dr. Patrick Porter on Twitter

Dr. Patrick Porter on YouTube

BrainTap

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Quantum University

Thrive in Overdrive

Biostrap

Joseph Campbell

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015: Autophagy, Strength, Flow State, and Productivity with Siim Land

In today’s episode, we get together with best-selling author, online entrepreneur, and podcaster Siim Land. Siim is an expert in topics ranging from health and fitness to productivity and mindset. His ideas involve human life enhancement through body-mind empowerment and he has written a range of books on the topic like Metabolic Autophagy and The Immunity Fix which he wrote with co-author Dr. James DiNicolantonio. We kick things off by hearing from Siim about his experiences growing up on a small island in the Baltic Sea and how living in such a rural and natural environment shaped him. Siim shares how serving in the military at an early age taught him independence and cultivated his willpower and mental discipline. Next, we dive into the topic of autophagy, a process of intracellular recycling that has a host of benefits, including increased longevity. Siim explains why it makes evolutionary sense to have developed this process and how modern life undermines our body’s ability to access a state of autophagy. Siim explains how intermittent fasting and exercise are excellent methods for accessing this state and how he implements them in his daily life. We delve into the importance of exercise for optimal health, why resistance training is particularly beneficial and how to find a balance between exertion and achieving autophagy. The benefits of exercise extend to productivity. The flow state is known as the sweet spot where you are so immersed in something that you lose track of time. Siim shares how he has formed habits to help him enter a state of flow and how exercise can assist in that process. We loved having Siim on the show, join us today for stimulating conversation on autophagy, strength, flow state, and productivity!

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Introducing today’s guest Siim Land
  • We hear about Siim’s experience growing up on a small Baltic island.
  • How Siim’s experiences in the military cultivated his willpower and mental discipline.
  • Siim’s partnership with Dr. James Dinic and how they co-authored The Immunity Fix.
  • The process of autophagy and how to activate it through methods like fasting or calorie restriction.
  • Why autophagy makes sense from an evolutionary perspective and how the process is undermined by our modern lifestyle.
  • How to find the right balance of maintaining muscle growth, but also getting the benefits of autophagy.
  • How intermittent fasting is the easiest way to find a balance between muscle growth and autophagy.
  • How resistance training signals to the body that it needs to build muscle.
  • How the food quality is different in Europe versus America due to regulation disparities.
  • Habits that are conducive to achieving a state of flow, like eliminating distractions.
  • The benefits of power naps and how Siim implements them in his routine.
  • How finding meaning is an essential motivator.
  • Siim shares how he uses his free time and what he incorporates into his morning routine.
  • The role that meditation plays in Siim’s routine.

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Siim Land

Siim Land on LinkedIn

Siim Land on Twitter

Metabolic Autophagy

Dr. James Dinic

The Salt Fix

014: A friendly conversation about self-awareness, entrepreneurship, and achievement

Today’s episode is centered on a conversation about the power each and every one of us has. With the world of online business available and waiting for anyone with a specific drive and a bit of determination, coupled with the tendency of audiences to enjoy growing with creators, there is very little standing in the way of starting small and building an amazing community on whatever online platform you prefer. One of the best messages to keep in mind is to approach your projects with courage and curiosity, embodying fearlessness while staying open to learning. The way you do things does not need to be perfect, rather your methods and style can be streamlined and improved over time. Getting your feet wet rather than standing and looking at the water, wondering how cold it is will be a stepping stone to success that you may not even have imagined yet. Today’s guest is Aron, and he is one of my best friends. We met at the University of Miami where we took classes together. So for a dose of inspiration, motivation, and the reality of what it means to take a leap, listen in to this great conversation!

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The benefits of starting small with simple tools when beginning a journey of content creation.
  • Learning new skills as you work online; the accumulated self-development that occurs.
  • The organic growth of a community as your audience is attracted to you.
  • Taking the important steps to start and avoiding analysis paralysis.
  • Self-awareness and knowledge; no one can be better at being you than you can!
  • Dealing with self-doubt and methods for dealing with psychological hurdles.
  • Approaching life and work with an attitude and goal of freedom.
  • Building confidence every day through conscious decisions and actions.
  • How to turn failure into positive and utilizing the opportunities for learning.

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Andrés Preschel

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013: Scientific Memes and Lifestyle before Pharmaceuticals with Dr. Spencer Nadolsky

When it comes to diet trends and health supplements, it can be difficult to know who to trust, especially on online platforms like YouTube or Instagram. Our guest today, Dr. Spencer Nodalsky, is a physician who advocates for lifestyle changes before pharmaceuticals and is known as ‘The Doctor Who Lifts’ in honor of his active lifestyle. During his undergraduate program, he studied Exercise Science and pre-med while wrestling in the heavyweight class at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He went on to pursue a medical degree at Edward via the College of Osteopathic Medicine where he began advocating for the concept of nutrition and exercise as medicine. During his residency, he studied and specialized in obesity medicine and lipidology. He currently serves as chief physician at Renaissance Periodization. In our conversation, we hear from Dr. Nadolsky about how he uses humor to share his message of ‘lifestyle as medicine’ and why it’s important to lead by example as a doctor and prioritize your health. Tuning in you’ll hear us discuss how exercise can assist insulin sensitivity and why metabolic health is largely determined by your insulin levels. Later, Dr. Nadolsky unpacks how to approach training for endurance events and how to avoid the adverse effects of overtraining. We delve into the complexities of obesity, why it’s not a choice, and why it’s so difficult to lose weight once your body experiences a setpoint reset. Find out Dr. Nodalsky’s thoughts on online diet trends like biohacking and why elitists in the health and wellness space don’t react well to his humorous memes. Join us today for a fascinating discussion on diet trends, health, and exercise!

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How Dr. Nadolsky first became interested in memes and his approach to creating them.
  • We hear from Dr. Nadolsky about his mission to impart the message that ‘lifestyle as medicine’ in a humorous way.
  • How exercise can assist insulin sensitivity.
  • Dr. Nadolsky breaks down what it means to be insulin resistant.
  • How exercise helps you transport glucose.
  • Metabolic health is largely determined by one’s level of insulin sensitivity.
  • How overtraining for endurance events can adversely affect your health.
  • How to safely approach training for an endurance event.
  • The benefits of cross-training for your long-term health.
  • Allowing yourself the time to gradually prepare for an endurance event.
  • Dr. Nadolsky shares some of his memes and how the health and wellness community has reacted to them.
  • The toxic elitism that exists in health and wellness communities.
  • Why obesity is not a choice, but a complex combination of factors over a prolonged period.
  • How people with obesity have the added challenge to weight loss by having a setpoint reset where their bodies fight to hold onto weight.
  • Dr. Nadolsky’s view on ketogenic diets and why it’s primarily for individuals struggling with specific issues like epilepsy.
  • Dr. Nadolsky shares his views on biohacking and why it’s primarily a marketing term with baseless claims.
  • Why it’s good to eat according to your hormonal menstrual cycle.
  • Which experts we should be listening to in the bio-optimization space.
  • Why you should focus on outcome data versus mechanistic data.

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky on Instagram

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky on LinkedIn

Know Your Physio Podcast

Andrés Preschel