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Welcome to the Align Podcast, hosted by me, Aaron Alexander. This is a place where we focus on optimizing your mind, body, and movement through exploring unconventional approaches and unique viewpoints on all things health, wellness, and life. I'm joined by top wellness experts and world-renowned thought-leaders, including Byron Katie, Bruce Lipton, Aubrey Marcus, Jim Kwik, Marriane Williamson, Ben Greenfield, Robb Wolf, Shawn Stevenson, Abel James, Mark Sisson, Wim Hof, James Clear, Zach Bush, Gabby Reece, and many more. Get ready for deep conversations that open you up to new perspectives and ways of life that will ultimately take your mental, physical, and emotional wellness to the next level. If you love this podcast, I would love for you to connect with me on Instagram, @alignpodcast.
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Now displaying: November, 2021
Nov 24, 2021

Today’s science & technology allows us to cross planets and modify genes, yet chronic diseases still shoot us down. If our systems are so advanced, why are we still the sickest nation in history?

That’s a question addressed by Shawn Stevenson in this eye-opening episode. Here, Shawn unveils the faults in our healthcare system and the role of the government and media in perpetuating fear among us. He explains that the fear that helps us spot a threat is the same fear that makes us commit bad decisions for ourselves and others.

While fear serves as our mechanism for survival, Shawn argues it has also been a tool that corporations, politicians, and capitalists use as a form of control…and a source of billon-dollar profits! As long as we’re afraid to take charge of our own lives, they will continue to feed on us, and we will continue to grapple with the crisis of fear.

From the hyperbolic COVID-19 media coverage to flawed FDA processes and the opioid crisis brought by pharmaceutical giants, Shawn fearlessly points out how we're being manipulated by the very systems we created. And then he shares 3 things we can do to make a change now.

Shawn Stevenson is a nutritionist, keynote speaker, and the author of best-selling books "Eat Smarter" and "Sleep Smarter". He is the creator and host of “The Model Health Show” where he convenes with the world’s brightest experts to discuss topics on health, fitness, nutrition, personal development, and more.

 

What we discuss:

7:05 - Why we're still a lost world despite our advances in science & technology

17:20 - You are the product of the little moments in your life

22:00 - Can we hack our brain to change our feelings and thoughts?

34:30 - How fear affects our immune system

46:00 - The darkest secrets of our healthcare system

53:50 - What happens when you compromise your ethics for the greater good

57:25 - Why do people have a thirst for power?

1:04:00 - How big pharmaceutical companies contribute to the opioid crisis

1:14:00 - "Be awake, not woke"

1:17:20 - How can we help fix a broken healthcare, political, and education system?

1:25:00 - "Be so good that you're undeniable"

 

Learn more from Shawn Stevenson:

Website: https://themodelhealthshow.com/

Instagram: @shawnmodel

 

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Nov 18, 2021

All health starts in your mouth because it’s the gateway to your entire body. How can you guard it better?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Biological Dentist Dr. Dominik Nischwitz delves into the profound connection of oral health to our overall health and well-being.

With scientific studies proving the origins of chronic diseases in the mouth, Dr. Dome challenges the claims of conventional dentistry that the teeth are separate from the body and explains why the traditional "drill, fill, and bill" dental practice can make things worse. For him, today's world requires a new approach to oral healthcare that fuses advanced technology and natural medicine.

If you want to know what causes tooth decay and how to avoid it, how your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, why root canals and amalgam fillings are deadly, and when you should see a biological dentist, this episode is for you!

Dr. Dominik Nischwitz is a dentist and naturopath, a world specialist in biological dentistry and ceramic implants, and the president of the International Society of Metal Free Implantology (ISMI). In 2015, he co-founded DNA Health and Aesthetics, Center for Biological Dentistry with his father in Tubingen, Germany. His book, “It All Starts in Your Mouth,” explores the impact of oral health on whole body wellness.

 

What we discuss:

6:00 - What causes cavitation?

11:35 - How the mouth serves as the window into the microbiome

12:58 - What does "chew your water" mean?

17:25 - How are the teeth connected to the central nervous system?

21:20 - What your teeth reveals about your health

23:16 - Why flossing can do more harm than good, and what prevents tooth decay

30:00 - What causes bad breath?

39:20 - How breastfeeding helps the baby's jaw development

43:30 - The relationship of your bite to your spinal posture

1:06:20 - The key to optimal oral health requires a return to nature and ancient strategies

1:09:00 - Why all dentists should be biological dentists

 

Learn more from Dr. Dominik:

Instagram: @drdome1

Book: It’s All in Your Mouth: Biological Dentistry and the Surprising Impact of Oral Health on Whole Body Wellness

 

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Nov 11, 2021

Are you in search of the Divine? Do you struggle to lead a spiritual life in our secular world? If yes, this episode is for you!

"People who live without a deep connection to spirit, to soul, to consciousness, to love, to truth are not living happy lives," said this week's guest, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati.

Sadhvi is a world-renowned spiritual leader and best-selling author based in India. Twenty-five years ago, she left America carrying loads of childhood trauma and wounds to seek freedom. In a weird but magical way, she found it on the banks of Ganga River. Here, she shares how a leisure trip to India became a story of coming home not only to herself but to God.

For her, spiritual awakening doesn't mean that we stop being fallible humans. It means experiencing the fullness of our humanity with freedom and power over things that enslave us: technology, hobbies, relationships, beliefs, and even our own thoughts. With that beautiful philosophy, she gives tips and practices to tap into our inner voice and regain trust in the perfect universe. Ultimately, she explains why finding God isn’t an external quest but an inward journey we can choose to embark on right now.

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati is a multi-awarded changemaker with a Ph.D in Psychology. She teaches meditation, provides spiritual counseling, and leads humanitarian projects while also serving on United Nations Faith Advisory Council on Religion, among others. Her book, "Hollywood to the Himalayas," recounts her journey toward divine enlightenment and offers guidance to our own spiritual rebirth. 

 

What we discuss:

2:20 - Dealing with childhood trauma and eating disorder

8:00 - The trip that changed her life forever

11:42 - How moments of enlightenment become a way of life

18:00 - If we are not our body, who and what are we?

23:00 - Why spirituality doesn't require transcendence from our human experience

34:00 - Are people born as empty slates? Do we have a set destiny?

39:08 - Why we CAN'T be anything we want to be

48:20 - Follow these practices and techniques to get through pain and anger

56:00 - Tips to breaking toxic attachment with technology

1:04:00 - What's the cost of living a happy life, and how do we prepare for it?

 

Learn more from Sadhvi:

Website: https://www.sadhviji.org/

Instagram: @sadhviji

Nov 4, 2021

Forget about New Year's Resolutions! Let's talk about the small habits we do every single day that define our entire year...or even our whole life!

This episode of the Align Podcast is a rerun of my interview with James Clear about his New York Times bestseller, “Atomic Habits,” which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

While explaining how habits are formed, James argues that we can transform our lives just by committing to small, consistent behavioral changes. Simply put, set a GOAL and build HABITS that align with it! Good habits don't even need to be grand; they can be as simple as placing your phone away from you for a certain period to avoid checking it 200x a day and make space for things that matter.

Need help in breaking bad habits?

Listen to the entire episode to understand why we repeat an action (good or bad) over and over again and how to make true changes that last longer than any of your New Year's Resolutions!

Besides being a successful author, James Clear is a weightlifter and travel photographer. His presence is sought by big companies worldwide for his insightful speeches on habit improvement and personal development.

 

What we discuss:

2:30 - Get 1% better each day instead of having no improvement at all

4:02 - How to avoid addiction to modern technology by adding friction to your actions

7:30 - 2 Tips to improve bad habits

10:48 - Most of us are drug addicts; we just don’t realize it

13:00 - The 4 Stages of Habit Formation

16:00 - Why we get addicted to social media & video games + how to control it

20:40 - Outcome-based habit Vs. Identity-based habit: Which is better?

29:29 - How to be the architect of your environment rather than a victim of it

33:50 - Why success isn't about grinding & hustling but about decision-making & habit-forming

37:20 - Explore Vs. Exploit Trade-Off: When to know when it's time to give up

 

Learn more about James:

Website: jamesclear.com

Instagram: @jamesclear

 

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Nov 1, 2021

20-50% of people quit their jobs without knowing what to do next. Are you one of them? 

In a world of uncertainties, finding the thing that lights us up gets more difficult each day. Most of us are burnt out, dragging ourselves to work for the paycheck, status, benefits, and prestige until we wake up 10 or 20 years later wondering what it was all for. 

How do we show up better in life and keep our sense of purpose?

Jonathan Fields offers the tools and strategies we're looking for! Here, he talks about what defines a good life, where to find meaning despite uncertainties, and how to cultivate a still mindset to embody a more peaceful and productive inner state.

Jonathan is the host of the top-rated podcast, Good Life Project. After years of researching what sparks people's motivation, he came up with a system that identifies people into 10 different Sparketypes. Among his greatest discovery is this: aligning our work with our Sparketype leads to a higher sense of fulfillment and renewed quality of life. Find out more about the Sparketypes in Jonathan’s new book, "SPARKED, Discover Your Unique Imprint For Work That Makes You Come Alive."

What we discuss:

3:13 - Realizations on Good Life Project's transition into remote production

11:55 - Navigating uncertainties in a changing world

14:15 - How do we find our passion?

16:49 - What it means to live a good life, and Jonathan's inspiration for Good Life Project

19:53 - What are Sparketypes?

25:00 - Why swapping jobs or relationships isn't always the best first step toward a better life

31:00 - The importance of infusing play into our adult life

38:03 - How do we show up better in life, relationships, and at work?

46:28 - How to cultivate a healthy and peaceful mindset to avoid burnout

54:30 - What do we consider as "work,” and how do we find fulfillment from it?

1:02:14 - The algorithim behind the Sparketype Assessment

Learn more from Jonathan’s website: https://www.jonathanfields.com/

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