052: Functional Nutrition: Gut Health, Healing, and Hormones with Cata Rozo


One of the major benefits of a functional approach to health and wellness is that it allows us to treat systemic issues from the root cause, rather than with interventions that have side effects. Talking to us today about how she became a functional nutritionist, and why she is so passionate about the field, is Cata Rozo. From her personal battles with gut health and how it impacted her hormones and liver, Cata describes her journey, and why it’s her mission to help others. We learn about the link between gut health and hormones, and whether you should be considering a functional approach or a conventional approach to your health. Tune in to hear about the types of tests Cata uses to assess her patients, and the techniques she uses to improve interoception. We find out why Cata is so passionate about empowering women to find alternatives to the oral contraceptive as a therapy, and what you can do to improve your perceptions of your health. Andrés describes how he learned the importance of eating when in a parasympathetic state, while Cata explains how food sensitivities are developed, and how exclusion and reintroduction diets work. For all this, and so much more, press “Play” now!

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Welcome to functional nutritionist Cata Rozo, and why she does what she does.
  • Why Cata supports getting a second opinion, and doing your own research.
  • When to choose functional medicine over conventional medicine.
  • A reminder that feeling good is how we are meant to feel!
  • How unlocking physical health contributes to emotional wellbeing.
  • The relationship between gut health and hormones.
  • How Cata assesses her client’s gut health, and why being able to digest food is more important than what we eat.
  • The decision-making fatigue Andrés sees in health and wellness.
  • Cata’s specific area of interest: empowering young women to make their own decisions when considering the oral contraceptive as a treatment for health conditions.
  • Cata’s tips on improving your interoception: meditation, yoga, and writing.
  • The idea of using yoga as a preventative approach to chronic conditions.
  • Addressing your thoughts on your physical state: connecting your thoughts to your health.
  • The tests Cata recommends to get to know your physical health.
  • Balancing food sensitivities with required dietary nutrients.
  • Why we develop food sensitivities.
  • Why Cata prefers lab-based food sensitivity tests over home kits.
  • How to best prepare for a food sensitivity test!
  • Why we should only be eating when in a parasympathetic state.
  • Andrés’ experience of praying before eating and how it helped him appreciate the power of the parasympathetic state.
  • The science that Cata is most excited about right now: eating more fermented food, watching the order you eat different food groups in, and organ meats and bone broth.
  • Why you can eat too much fermented food, and how to prepare your body for it.
  • A wrap of today’s episode and why Cata is so excited about the holistic approach to functional nutrition.
  • When Cata’s knowledge works against her!

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

BiOptimizers

Cata Rozo on Instagram

Viome

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051: The Physiology of Interoception and HRV Subjectivity With Dr. Jay Wiles


A common myth about heart rate variability (HRV) is that the greater it is, the healthier you are… Breaking down why this is not the case, is Dr. Jay Wiles, an expert in applied psychophysiology and heart rate variability, and founder of Hanu Health. We start the episode with a discussion around how Jay and Andrés have become more comfortable over time with podcasting, and why they track their HRV and HR to gain insight into how different experiences affect their health. Tune in to learn what the Hawthorne effect is, how to overcome it, and why you should trust your body over the information provided by biometric data readers. We also find out what interoception is, how Jay uses it as a party trick, and where Andrés feels he is most in tune with it! Jay reveals some exciting prospects regarding the launch of the Hanu wearables, where (and why) you should pre-order one, and what you will gain when you join the Hanu Health community. For a breakdown of the physiology underlying HRV, the links between muscle tension, HRV and respiratory sinus arrhythmia, and so much more, join us today!

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How Andrés and Jay have become more comfortable during podcasts and tracking HR and HRV through different behaviors.
  • What the Hawthorne effect is, and how Jay coaches people through it.
  • When you should listen to the biometric data, and when you should listen to your body.
  • How to approach interoception, what it is, and why Jay founded Hanu Health.
  • Andrés’ extreme example of interoception when freediving and spearfishing.
  • How you can find out your normative HRV range, and the common myths around HRV.
  • The classic symptoms of high HRV.
  • Some of the differences between men and women in muscle tension, and how this impacts HRV.
  • The link between emotional distress and muscular tension.
  • Jay’s theory on how ketones might increase HRV.
  • Respiratory sinus arrhythmia: what it is, and how it influences HRV.
  • The products Jay and Andrés use to help their mental acuity from nicotine to KE4.
  • How long it will take you to establish your HRV baseline.
  • When to wear your Hanu device, and what makes it unique as a wearable.
  • What to expect from the launch of Hanu wearables, and why it’s such a bargain to pre-order!
  • How long you should use the Hanu device before your interoception reaches a level that renders the device non-essential.
  • The library of data you will gain access to when you join Hanu.
  • Bringing the metaverse into health and biohacking.

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

BiOptimizers

Dr. Jay Wiles on LinkedIn

Dr. Jay Wiles

Dr. Jay Wiles on Facebook

Dr. Jay Wiles on Instagram

Hanu Health

Hanu Health on Twitter

Hanu Health on Facebook

Hanu Health on Instagram

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050: Andrés Preschel in the Hotseat!


To celebrate the 50th episode of the Know Your Physio podcast, Andrés Preschel takes the hot seat! His amazing partner, Parker Sloan Leiro, AKA “The Rolling Sloan” takes over to ask all the pressing questions. We hear all about KYP’s goal to make science sexy and accessible, and the immense value that Andrés has gained from hosting the podcast. In this episode, we find out which episodes impacted Andrés most profoundly and the amount of work that goes in, behind the scenes. Andrés touches on topics of fear setting, slow productivity, and what drives motivation, sharing astute advice for those seeking success in a saturated field. Tune in to find out where the goal to improve listeners’ overall health literacy is leading Andrés in his personal and professional life, as he shares his infectious passion for scientific self-discovery.

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The benefits of BiOptimization’s new Magnesium Breakthrough supplement.
  • What inspired Andrés to start the podcast!
  • The unexpected growth and success of the podcast.
  • Andrés recounts the KYP episode with early podcast guest, Romero Britto.
  • What he admires most about Romero Britto.
  • Which guests and episodes have affected Andrés’ life most profoundly.
  • What he has learned through hosting the podcast.
  • Andrés breaks down the work and intentions of the KYP brand and company.
  • The work Andrés puts in behind the scenes.
  • What drives motivation.
  • What fear setting is and why Andrés pursues discomfort.
  • Parkinson’s disease simply explained.
  • How Andrés has remained present through the exponential growth of his personal brand.
  • The importance of pacing yourself as you work towards long-term goals.
  • Andrés’ advice for those seeking success in a saturated field.
  • The concept of slow productivity. 
  • Andrés’ favorite episodes so far and what’s in store for the future!
  • The immense value Andrés has gained from podcasting.
  • Why Andrés and Parker are moving!
  • Stay tuned for the KYP newsletter.

 

Tweetables:

“The minimalist approach is what works best.” — Andrés Preschel [0:13:58]

“Know Your Physio [brings] together like-minded people to make science sexy and accessible, specifically the science of high-performance, longevity, and optimal health.” — Andrés Preschel [0:17:30]

“Our motto is, ‘Discover your science, optimize your life’.” — Andrés Preschel [0:23:36]

“It’s important to know that you’re getting things done on a daily basis, pace yourself, but always have big long-term goals.” — Andrés Preschel [0:36:33]

“Anyone that wants to learn more about their field, start podcasting.” — Andrés Preschel [0:52:24]

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

BiOptimizers

Parker Sloan Leiro on Instagram

Romero Britto

Dr. Morgan Levine on Instagram

Frank Llosa on LinkedIn

KetoneAid

Cal Newport on Slow Productivity

The Huberman Lab Podcast: The Science of Setting & Achieving Goals

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Anthony Benedettini

Andrés Preschel

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049: Wearable Stress Management, HRV, and Self-Actualization with Dr. David Rabin MD, PhD


Today on Know Your Physio we are talking about the revolutionary stress management tool, Apollo, with one of its creators, Dr. David Rabin. Our guest is a board-certified psychiatrist and neuroscientist who specializes in the treatment of chronic stress, and he is here to tell us all about the groundbreaking device providing a safe, non-invasive way to manage stress on the spot and assist us on our paths to self-actualization! We find out how it works to elicit calm by using soundwaves felt through the skin, and Dr. Rabin explains why touch therapy is so effective. We discover the profound benefits of using the Apollo device, how it affects one’s HRV and decision-making ability, optimizes health, and its use in treating PTSD sufferers. Tune in to hear more about this impactful invention that’s putting people in control of their own healing, confidence, and safety!

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How Andrés’ Apollo device has benefited him.
  • Dr. David Rabin’s public speaking journey and how Apollo has aided him.
  • How touch therapy can improve one’s ability to achieve a relaxed state.
  • The intention behind the invention of Apollo.
  • Why touch therapy is so effective.
  • What the Apollo looks like, how it’s worn, and what it does.
  • The versatility of the device and the various physiological states it can elicit.
  • André’s findings from his personal experiment with Apollo.
  • How Apollo was created and came to be a consumer product.
  • What HRV is and how it’s affected by stress.
  • How measuring HRV allows for health optimization.
  • Reframing health and self-actualization.
  • How our decision-making ability is affected by a real or perceived threat.
  • How the profound intention and impact of the creation of Apollo have affected Dr. Rabin’s life.
  • How to gauge your ability to manage stress according to the effectiveness of the Apollo.
  • How soothing touch affects the brain from a physiological perspective.
  • The effects of the Apollo on people with acute stress, illness, or PTSD.
  • How Dr. Rabin’s research in the realm of psychedelics impacted the creation of the Apollo.
  • How the Apollo can be used to assist psychedelic experiences in therapy.

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

BiOptimizers

Dr. David Rabin

Dr. David Rabin on LinkedIn

Dr. David Rabin on Instagram

Apollo Neuroscience

Andrés Preschel

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048: From Adderall to Purpose-Driven Productivity and Plant Medicine with Natasha Dasaro


Most Know Your Physio podcast episodes consist of Andrés asking his guests in-depth questions about all things physiology and life… Today’s episode is turned on its head, with Natasha Dasaro putting Andrés in the hot-seat! Join us to find out how ADHD affected Andrés’ approach to health and life in general, and why he moved from pre-med into lifestyle medicine and health optimization. We learn about the physiology underlying Adderall and Ritalin, and the effects they had on Andrés growing up. Find out what flow state means, and how powerful it can be when embodied. Andrés shares some fantastic thoughts and quotes on the importance of being curious and courageous in knowing yourself, and why being playful and passionate are core elements in appreciating life as it is. We also hear how Andrés’ episode with Dr. Patrick Porter inspired Natasha to embark on her meditation journey, and what his suggestions are for people who don’t appreciate meditation. As always, there is some hardcore science addressed: today we learn about the physiology behind yoga and meditation (and how they are linked), and how psychedelics can show our brain the pathway to a meditative state. Tune in to discover Andrés’ personal journey through meditation, how he faced his fear of public speaking, why letting go of his ego was key in his health and training, and so much more!

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Flipping the podcast on its head: today’s guest is our usual host, Andrés Preschel!
  • How ADHD impacted Andrés’ health and his perception of himself and leveling up to life. 
  • Andrés’ journey to lifestyle medicine and health optimization and performance. 
  • How amphetamines like Adderall or Ritalin work on a physiological level. 
  • Flow State: what it is, and how powerful it can be. 
  • How having the curiosity to get to know yourself, and the courage to be yourself, changed Andrés’ life. 
  • Why passion is the purest form of expertise.
  • The impacts of meditation on your physiology, and understanding the parasympathetic state. 
  • Why people need to meditate longer to truly appreciate its impacts.
  • How Andrés’ podcast with Dr. Patrick Porter lead Natasha to meditation. 
  • The link between yoga and meditation, and being in the right space to appreciate both simultaneously. 
  • Putting aside ego to optimize your health and the selfish and selfless aspects of being healthy. 
  • The common health journeys Andrés sees and unpacking the factors driving these routes. 
  • Physiology and psychedelics: how psychedelics can show us a new perspective, spiritually and physiologically. 
  • How Andrés defines ego death, and the lessons he learned from experiencing it. 
  • Natasha’s thoughts and experiences on psilocybin. 
  • How psychedelics can show you the thought pathway to a meditative state.
  • Facing the fear of being ourselves, and the physiology underlying it. 
  • Andrés’ journey facing his fear of public speaking. 

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

BiOptimizers

Andrés Preschel

Andrés Preschel on Instagram

Andrew Huberman on LinkedIn

Jim Kwik

Headspace

Calm

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Know Your Physio 017: Psilocybin and Psychedelic Medicine with Dr. Julia Mirer

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