027: Biohacking Female Biorhythms with Dasha Maximov

Today, we hear from Dasha Maximov, the Founder and CEO of WhealthCo, a Member of the Board of Advisors at Sana Health, Former COO at The Health Optimisation Summit, and a former masters student at UCL, the number one program for Masters in Neuroscience in the world. After shifting away from management consulting and into academia in 2017 with an ultimate goal to #sharethewhealth, Dasha experienced a traumatic brain injury that left her with chronic headaches for more than 14 months. When specialists couldn’t find a solution, Dasha took matters into her own hands and began to biohack her mind and body. From yoga teacher training to 10-day Vipassana silent retreats, nootropics, and more, Dasha witnessed firsthand the beauty of every modality and discovered how each can become a tool in the toolbox of our health. In this episode, we discuss how women have historically been underrepresented in scientific data and why Dasha believes it’s important that women leverage the powerful data they have at their fingertips every month: their menstrual cycle. Learn how to track your cycle with precision, adapt your habits and behaviors to your benefit, and find the strength in softness along your personal health evolution journey, plus so much more! Dasha has personally experienced the power of becoming informed about your health and leaning on your community to help elevate and give clues as to what to try next, so make sure not to miss this enlightening inquiry into her journey! Join us today.


Key Points From This Episode:

  • Dasha shares the story of why she decided to take her health into her own hands.
  • Why she encourages her clients to start with their pain points; don’t follow the influencers!
  • Blending a qualitative approach with quantitative data.
  • How women are historically underrepresented in scientific data; Dasha’s ‘aha’ moment.
  • The importance of tracking your cycle as a woman and using that data to your benefit.
  • Learning how to track your cycle with precision and the value of DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormone) testing.
  • Dasha’s approach to educating on the unique biorhythms that women have.
  • The four phases of the menstrual cycle: menstruation, follicular, ovulation, and luteal.
  • Some of the benefits of tracking your basal body temperature throughout your cycle.
  • The surprising reason women crave chocolate at certain times in their cycle; magnesium.
  • Dasha on what her research has shown about the value of continuous glucose monitoring.
  • Find out why Dasha says that we are just complicated plants that move; the impact of travel.
  • How women can help their male counterparts better understand and address their needs.
  • Discover why safety is of the utmost importance for women for a healthy hormonal cycle.
  • How being a woman in a man’s world impacts our mindset about hormones, birth control, pregnancy, and menstruation.
  • Adopting a both-and mindset and understanding the crucial importance of timing.
  • Learn about Dasha’s upcoming women’s biohacking retreats in the Dominican Republic.
  • What she means when she says: test, assess, address, don’t guess.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dasha Maximov on LinkedIn

Dasha Maximov on Instagram

Dasha Maximov



Clue Period Tracker

My Flo Tracker

The Conscious Bar

Glucose Goddess

This is Your Brain on Birth Control

Esther Perel

Andrés Preschel

Know Your Physio Podcast

026: Photobiomodulation, Circadian Biology, and Consciousness with Sarah Turner

Light is fundamental to our existence as human beings; it has been a part of our development from the beginning of our time on earth and it continues to impact almost every part of our lives in ways that we are not even aware of. At least according to Sarah Turner, an expert in photobiomodulation and the co-founder and Head of Science at CeraThrive, the red light therapy system targets the gut-brain axis. Sarah is a scientist through and through, but her interest has oscillated from the mechanical end of the spectrum (through her work in the pharmaceutical industry) to the holistic and alternative end (through the studying she did when she became disillusioned with the pharmaceutical industry). She is now in the process of finding her optimal positioning somewhere between the two, and in today’s episode, Sarah shares a wealth of mind-boggling information about consciousness, circadian biology, and photobiomodulation that will cause you to rethink everything you thought you knew, and realize how much more there is still to be discovered!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • A rundown of Sarah’s educational and professional background.
  • An explanation of what the field of photobiomodulation encompasses.
  • The series of experiments that led to Sarah’s awakening about environmental effects.
  • What grounding is and how it impacts our physiology.
  • Areas that are optimal for grounding, and those that are not.
  • Radical changes that Sarah’s belief system has undergone.
  • Two degrees that Sarah completed when she became disillusioned with the pharmaceutical industry.
  • How light influences our biology.
  • The gulf that exists between the fields of biophysics and biology.
  • Examples of how to structure your life so that you are in alignment with natural light cycles.
  • Sarah explains how red and infrared light therapies work.
  • Red and infrared devices that Sarah uses in her daily life.
  • The role of the vagus nerve.
  • How light affects bacteria, particularly those in our gut.
  • Quantum biology; what it is and why it matters.
  • Sarah shares her thoughts on consciousness.
  • What the biohacking movement should be focused on.
  • Andrés’ experiences with psilocybin.
  • The Sarah System: Sarah’s new project.
  • Sarah’s experience of making a movie, and where you can access it.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Andrés Preschel

Know Your Physio Podcast

Sarah Turner on LinkedIn


Light Tree Ventures




Fantastic Fungi 

The Fourth Phase of Water

Life on the Edge

FASEB Journal Article: ‘Blood Contains Circulating Cell-Free Respiratory Competent Mitochondria.’ 

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