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Align Podcast

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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May 19, 2022

Do you know what your meaning in life is? What about your meaning OF life?

In this episode of the Align podcast, John Vervaeke, Ph.D. and I share a profoundly striking dialogue on our collective starvation for meaning. Plus, we tackle why we experience a gnawing disconnection from ourselves, from each other, and from nature. As he sheds light on the difference between meaning “in” life vs. meaning “of” life, we also touch on cancel culture, addiction, the power of a flow state of mind in meaning-making, and how to cultivate wisdom in the Age of Disinformation.

John Vervaeke, Ph.D., is an author of several books, and he’s been a professor of cognitive science at the University of Toronto since 1994. His award-winning 50-part lecture series on Youtube titled "Awakening from the Meaning Crisis” has garnered 500k+ views worlwide.

What we discuss:

0:00 - Introduction to John Vervaeke

3:00 - Culture, Grammar, and the Creation of Meaning

6:00 - What is the Meaning Crisis?

9:00 - The roots of our alienation + how to harness our power to self-correct

16:00 - Cancel culture as a symptom of the meaning crisis

23:30 - What exactly is cognition?

27:00 - Love, psychedelics, and the flow state of mind

36:00 - The definition of meaning-making & the different kinds of knowing

41:30 - Addiction: A learned behavior or a disease?

44:50 - Why we should never stop looking for meaning & seeking wisdom

56:00 - Actionable Tips to cultivate wisdom & live a fulfilled life

1:01:00 - How religion contributes to solving the meaning crisis

 

Learn more from John Vervaeke:

Website: johnvervaeke.com

Twitter: @vervaeke_john

Youtube: johnvervaeke

Book: Zombies in Western Culture: A Twenty-First Century Crisis

 

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May 12, 2022
Did you know your beliefs about aging can have a direct impact on how long of a life you will live?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Dr. Becca Levy and I chat about how our positive and negative beliefs about aging impact our health. 
 
We also chat about what western cultures can learn from other cultures that celebrate growing old and living until old age, such as the famous blue zones.
 
Dr. Becca Levy, Ph.D., is an award-winning Yale Professor of Psychology and Global Health. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. She has been invited to testify before the United States Senate on the effects of ageism, contributed to briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court in age-discrimination cases, and participated in United Nations discussions of ageism. 
 
What we discuss:
 
04:00: Why did Dr. Levy get involved with the field of aging?
 
06:04: What is the connection between the mind and the body?
 
07:49: What is Dr. Levy’s definition of “the mind”?
 
08:45: Where do we think?
 
09:39: How can your beliefs about aging impact your health?
 
13:56: What is the difference between blue zones and westernized cultures in terms of aging?
 
17:07: How does someone’s idea of death affect their perception of aging?
 
19:22: What does the research say about thought-partnering and beliefs in relation to aging?
 
21:00: How to shift your beliefs about aging?
 
22:30: Do women face more pressure around aging than men?
 
24:32: Does Dr. Levy experience any negative beliefs around her age?
 
26:44: How can visualization of self-image help develop positive beliefs around aging?
 
28:12: What are things you can do to develop positive images of aging?
 
26:02: How can social media make you more prone to ageism?
 
32:51: How can people start changing the internal narratives they have?
 
 
 To learn more from Dr. Becca Levy:
 
 Website: https://becca-levy.com/ 
 Image of Aging Quiz: https://becca-levy.com/quiz/ 
 Book: Breaking the Age Code 
 
 
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May 5, 2022
Do you think you have stiff ankles? Chances are, you just lack mobility.
 
In this episode of the Align Podcast, Gray Cook and I chat about the fundamentals of movement and how our current culture is out of touch with them. In Gray’s experience, a simple practice of self-awareness can help us identify a lot of our movement patterns that are broken and allow us to bring it back to their performing state.
 
We also talk about how we can integrate the basic fundamentals of movement in today’s sedentary modern world where sofas, desks, and cars all have an impact on our mobility.
 
Gray Cook is a physical therapist, orthopedic certified specialist, and certified strength and conditioning coach. His developments in movement pattern screening and assessment are at the forefront of fitness, physical conditioning, injury prevention, and physical rehabilitation. 
 
 
What we discuss: 
 
02:36: What are some of the low-hanging fruit in terms of mobility in today’s world?
05:45:Which movement fundamentals should be thought in our education system?
10:52: What are Gray’s observations on physical independence?
27:22: Have we really conquered nature?
31:02: How do we integrate modern life into the natural and seamless self?
34:48: Can we seamlessly integrate more than one movement practice into our daily lives?
42:30: What does it mean to walk “well”?
51:13: How has Gray’s perspective on breathe shift over the years?
01:11:59: How can we get to a point where we’re effortlessly inhabiting our physical body?
 
 
 Learn More from Gray Cook:
 
Website:  www.functionalmovement.com
Podcast: www.movementpod.com
Book: The Business of Movement 
 
 
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Apr 28, 2022
In today's episode, I'm privileged to host Dr. Kelly Starrett, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, world-leading Mobility expert, and NYT best-selling author who never fails to astound me.  

Prepare to learn why an obsession with diet and exercise may not solve your complex health issues, why you shouldn't fear aging, how your thoughts could literally reshape your bones, what it means to restore your “full range of motion,” the relationship of quality movement and lasting joy, plus the major differences between stretching and mobilizing (and why you should be focusing on the latter!).

 

As a seasoned Movement and Mobility Coach, Dr. Kelly Starrett guides players in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, Olympic gold medalists, and other world-class athletes. He and his wife Julia Starrett co-founded The Ready State, a fitness firm whose unique programs have amassed over 1.3 million practitioners worldwide.

 

What we discuss:

5:00 - A bottom-up approach to transforming our health

9:40 - Addressing your false sense of fragility

16:00 - How isolation contributes to poor health

25:00 - Dr. Kelly’s definition of rest & Aaron’s mantra for success

37:50 - Stretching Vs. Mobility: Restoring your full range of motion

43:00 - What is effective movement?

46:50 - How your mindset can transform your bones, muscles, & joints

49:00 - A top-down approach to pain: How to rework your self-image & practice better self-talk

57:00 - Movement tips for longevity

1:08:00 - The necessity of pain

1:15:00 - 3 Easy Practices for Pain Relief & Management

 

 

Learn more from Dr. Kelly Starrett:

Website: https://thereadystate.com/

Instagram: @thereadystate

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheReadyState

Books: https://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Starrett/e/B00DJEBOUO

 

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Apr 21, 2022
It only takes 3 minutes a day to be mindful of your posture - and that could take away decades of pain that's been keeping you from performing at your best.

The exercises involved in making this happen come from Dr. Eric Goodman's life work called Foundation Training, a movement revolution practiced by thousands globally. In this episode, we look back on his journey to creating this world-class program and why it has become extremely important now that our modern habits are throwing our bodies into serious imbalance and misalignment, causing us to live in constant pain. We share top movement techniques you can easily follow - whether you're sitting in front of a computer, commuting to work, or even standing still.

 

Dr. Eric Goodman, DC, is an author, chiropractor, international speaker, and the founder and creator of Foundation Training.   

                                                                             

What we discuss:

0:00 - Introduction to Dr. Eric Goodman

3:00 - Strength training Vs. Foundation Training

6:20 - Guide to Decompression Breathing

10:00 - Horizontal Vs. Vertical Breathing: How to breathe well for a more focused mind

23:30 - The core definition of pain

30:00 - What it means to "be with what is" & "surrender to pain"

36:00 - Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS): Why masking your pain only makes it worse

53:00 - 3 Tips to Improving Your Sensation of Pain

1:05:00 - Thoughts on God & the Meaning of Life

1:13:30 - Why the only way out of pain is through it

1:18:00 - Views on Stimulants, Cannabis, Psychedelics, & Pain Pills

1:34:30 - 3 Daily Movement Techniques for A Pain-Free Life

 

Learn more from Dr. Eric Goodman:

 

Website: https://www.foundationtraining.com/

Instagram: @foundationtraining

Dr. Eric Goodman’s recent book:Foundations of Health

 

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Apr 14, 2022
Consider your physical performance – when's the last time you crawled your way through a workout or practiced handstands? Probably never.

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Mike Fitch explains the evolutionary benefits of training our bodies as animals do: using all four limbs and working with them in a sequence. We talk about relearning archetypal postures and tips for finding more flow in your life when you feel stuck in an unhealthy place or mindset.

Mike Fitch is an innovative fitness educator and movement coach with 20 years experience in the fitness industry. Mike has also developed multiple other skills-based bodyweight training programs including the Bodyweight Athlete and is a highly sought after presenter and content contributor.

                            

What we discuss:

00:00 - Introduction to Mike Fitch

6:00 - Going beyond traditional sports training & back to Primal Movements

8:30 - What & where is tension in the body?

14:00 - Why you should relearn quadrupedal movements

17:00 - The Primal Play Method

20:00 - Structure is Freedom: Mike's daily routine

23:30 - Important movement lessons from babies

26:30 - Animal Flow’s impact on health & brain function

30:00 - Why comfort could be a prison, and the making of "We Invite You To Move"

35:00 - Keys to finding more flow in your life

 

Learn more from Mike Fitch:

Website: https://animalflow.com/

Instagram: @mikefitch.af ; @animalflowofficial

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AnimalFlow

 

Watch our Animal Flow workout here:

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Apr 7, 2022

Newsflash! You can be eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly yet still be deficient in what science calls the "building blocks of life" – proteins and amino acids.  

Today, Angelo Keely joins me for an illuminating episode where we talk about the most important macronutrient of all and why your current diet could be providing you with incomplete blocks of it. Backed with science and an overwhelming passion for educating people, Angelo debunks popular myths about protein and lays out the best sources for life-enhancing amino acids. He also managed to simplify the complicated science behind muscle-protein synthesis and branched-chained amino acids (BCCA) while sharing protein-intake recommendations you probably haven’t heard from anywhere else!

Angelo Keely is the co-founder and CEO of Kion, a supplement and functional food company dedicated to helping health and fitness enthusiasts live long, active, joyful lives by providing clean, energy enhancing solutions.

What we discuss:

0:00 - Introduction to Angelo Keely

2:00 - Protein Myths: Are plant-based diets giving you enough protein?

5:30 - Explained: Proteins, Essential & Non-Essential Amino Acids, 5-HTP, Tryptophan

11:00 - Simplifying Muscle-Protein Synthesis & Branch-Chained Amino Acids (BCAA)

16:00 - Thoughts & Tips on Fasting & Protein Supplements

24:00 - How proteins boost brain function

27:30 - Recalling his "weird" childhood, ego death, substance abuse, and spiritual rebirth

45:30 - How much protein do we need daily?

51:00 - Best sources for amino acids: Whole foods Vs. Supplements

1:02:00 - Amino acids, mitochondria, longevity

1:08:00 - More food sources for essential amino acids

1:14:00 - All about Kion

 

Learn more from Angelo Keely:

Websites:

Angelo Keely - https://www.angelokeely.com/

Kion - https://getkion.com/

Instagram: @angelokeely ; @kion

 

Research on this topic:

Branched-chain amino acids and muscle protein synthesis in humans: myth or reality?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5568273/

 

Nonessential amino acids are not necessary to stimulate net muscle protein synthesis in healthy volunteers

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15539275/

 

Essential amino acid and carbohydrate supplementation ameliorates muscle protein loss during 28 days bedrest.

https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/89/9/4351/2844393?login=false

 

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Mar 31, 2022

In this episode, we dive into the best and most affordable ways to supercharge your brain health, prevent Alzheimer's Disease, overcome depression through nutrition, and resist a sedentary lifestyle even when you're too lazy to move. With a relatable tone, Max breaks down the connection between cognitive health and cardiovascular health, how critical sunlight exposure is to our circadian biology, what technology is doing to our IQ, and why it's necessary to see food as medicine if you want to build and maintain a healthier eating habit.

 

Max Lugavere is the author of the New York Times best-seller "Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life," published in 8 languages around the globe. He is also the host of the #1 iTunes health podcast The Genius Life. His newest book "Genius Kitchen" is available for pre-order now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

What we discuss:

0:00 - Introduction to Max Lugavere

2:00 - How his mom’s diagnosis changed his entire life

7:00 - Is dementia a genetic destiny?

12:40 - Is technology destroying our IQ?

18:00 - #1 Tip to optimize your cognitive function

22:00 - The power of diet & exercise in treating depression & hypertension

28:00 - How to prevent social media from damaging your brain health

31:00 - Strategies to keep your brain sharper every day

45:00 - Does being physically frail make you more at risk of dementia?

48:00 - All about "Genius Kitchen"

53:00 - Foods for dementia prevention + healthiest sources of protein

 

Learn more from Max Lugavere:

Website: https://www.maxlugavere.com/

Instagram: @maxlugavere

Books: https://www.maxlugavere.com/book

 

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Mar 24, 2022

In our near-dystopian society, progress is measured by power. Dominance over nature, animals, and fellow humans has become synonymous with development. But is humanity's desire to ascend necessarily evil? 

In this episode, the great philosopher Charles Eisenstein joins me for a paradigm-shifting conversation. We immerse into the most daunting social and spiritual crises we face today and discuss why acquiring more power, money, wealth, and control isn't the way out.  Also, we go into the power of narratives in influencing culture, how to redefine progress to honor our oneness with nature, the true purpose of wealth, and what it means to live a genuinely good life. 

 

Charles Eisenstein is an intellectual, teacher, public speaker, and author of numerous essays and books, including "Sacred Economics," "Climate—A New Story," and "The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible."

                                                                                                                                                                              

What we discuss:

00:00 - Introduction to Charles Eisenstein

2:30 - Why global problems aren't a matter of good vs. evil

8:00 - Using narrative as a form of power

13:00 - Sacred Economics, Capitalism, & Collective Miseries

17:30 - On COVID vaccine mandates & lockdowns

24:30 - Apathy & our quest for meaning in COVID times

35:00 - Transcending the Story of Separation

40:00 - What's the true purpose of wealth?

49:20 - Redefining human progress, and the secret to living a good life

53:00 - The ultimate key to advancing humanity

 

Learn more from Charles Eisenstein:

Website: https://charleseisenstein.org/

Instagram: @charles_eisenstein

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CharlesEisenstein-org

Books: https://charleseisenstein.org/books/

 

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Mar 21, 2022
How do you measure success? Is it through the high, thundering reputation you build for yourself or the lasting inner peace nobody can steal from you?  

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Budokon Founder Cameron Shayne and I share a high-level discussion on what it means to be a well-balanced human being in our materialistic culture. He offers a refreshing view on success and explains why you shouldn't aim for superiority over fellow beings and instead strive for unity, harmony, peace, and compassion. As we also discuss gender identity crisis, overpopulation, the "fractionalizing" popular culture, racism, and same-sex marriage, we highlight how movement carves our path toward collective progress and why we need more of it.

 

Considered the father of the mixed movement arts culture, Cameron Shayne pioneered the phrase and concept of Budokon Mixed Movement Arts. He has spent 25+ years studying and teaching yoga and movement to hundreds of people worldwide.

 

What we discuss:

0:00 - Introduction to Cameron Shayne

5:00 - Materialistic Vs. Spiritual Martial Art

7:55 - How do you define success?

15:00 - The connection between movement & thinking & the case of Stephen Hawking

27:05 - How to move more consciously & with less contradiction in your body

35:00 - The ultimate measure of success

41:00 - Compelling views on gender identity crisis, sexuality, popular culture, & overpopulation

58:00 - Why we need to practice the great Morihei Ueshiba's teachings today

1:16:00 - How movement & martial arts can keep us from destroying ourselves & the planet

1:22:50 - The danger of having too much self-importance

1:31:00 - When can we consider ourselves a racist & how to be more aware of it

1:37:00 - Cameron's advice: Develop your intuition. Move intuitively, eat intuitively, think intuitively.

 

Learn more from Cameron Shayne:

Website: http://budokon.com/

Instagram: @cameronshayne

 

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Mar 17, 2022
What if you can reap the real benefits of the ketogenic diet without putting up with its traditional restrictions?

Top heart surgeon and best-selling author of “The Plant Paradox” Dr. Steven Gundry joins me in this very insightful conversation and reveals the shocking truth about traditional keto diets, why most people fail at it, and how to do keto the right way. As the episode ends, Dr. Steven and I reflect on intermittent fasting, the carnivore dogma, humanity’s quest to longevity and why optimistic pessimism largely helps with that.

Dr. Steven Gundry spent over 40 years as a cardiothoracic and heart surgeon before he shifted his focus on finding solutions to reversing disease through nutrition. He is the Director and Founder of the International Heart & Lung Institute as well as the Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, CA. 

Timestamps:

0:00 - Introduction to Dr. Steven Gundry

3:00 - Which staple foods are actually toxic for you?

6:00 - Debunking the keto diet: Where we get keto wrong

9:00 - What's Mitochondrial Uncoupling?

13:30 - The Gundry philosophy explained: “Disease begins and ends in the gut”

24:00 - 2 Tips to reversing the damage from harmful food sources

28:00 - Is gut dysbiosis connected to mental illnesses?

35:00 - Shocking benefits of intermittent fasting + Foods for a healthy gut

37:00 - What "Unlocking the Keto Code" means + Tips to get started

42:30 - Foods that help "uncouple" the mitochondria & boost ketosis

46:00 - Why optimistic pessimism can prolong your life

55:20 - Thoughts on the carnivore dogma

 

Learn more from Dr. Steven Gundry:

Website: https://drgundry.com/

Instagram: @drstevengundry

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DrGundry ; https://www.youtube.com/c/GundryMDYT/about

 

Book: “Unlocking the Keto Code: The Revolutionary New Science of Keto That Offers More Benefits Without Deprivation” 

 

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Mar 10, 2022

How can you transform pain into power, heal from a traumatic past, and live happier than ever? #1 New York Times best-selling author Gabby Bernstein joins me in this eye-opening episode to tell us the way.

Life is a journey of unlearning fear and remembering love, but fear often ruins our ability to love and be happy. Gabby says we can still reverse that if we're willing to do the work.

Here, she lays out the transformational practices that will guide you through your journey to recovery and freedom, from whatever it is that steals your joy. She talks about the therapy that changed her life, why you need to "move through" all the sensations you feel instead of only "getting past" them, and how to handle your psychological triggers masterfully. We also touch on topics like shame, attachment theories, and the scariest of them all...falling in love.

Gabby Bernstein is a spiritual teacher, self-help guru, sought-after motivational speaker, and best-selling author of 9 books.

 

What we discuss:

00:00 - Introduction to Gabby Bernstein

2:00 - Recovering from childhood trauma at age 36

5:00 - The therapy that transformed her life

10:30 - Methods to understanding & handling your triggers

14:00 - What your hurtful past might be telling you

29:00 - How falling in love reveals the existence of a higher power

35:00 - Are your parents to blame for who you’ve become?

39:00 - The most impermissible emotion & how to deal with it

43:00 - What does “seeking freedom” really mean?

 

Learn more from Gabby Bernstein:

Website: https://gabbybernstein.com/

Instagram: @gabbybernstein

Books: https://gabbybernstein.com/shop/books/

 

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The revised version of the Align Method book is now available with 22 brand-new exercises!

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Mar 3, 2022

What’s the best exercise for sedentary beings who want to live longer, stronger, and happier? Today’s guest firmly believes that resistance training is the answer.

In this episode, Sal Di Stefano takes us through the unbelievable benefits of resistance training on growth hormones, insulin sensitivity, muscle building, and overall well-being. This discussion will help open your eyes to the dangers of modern-day sedentarism and teach you how to save yourself, one small habit changes at a time.

Sal is the designer of the Muscular Adaptation Programming System (MAPS) and co-founder of Mind Pump Media. He also co-hosts Mind Pump.

 

What we discuss:

0:00 - Introduction to Sal Di Stefano

1:20 - Morning erection: Is it a sign of serious health issues?

3:15 - Myths about resistance training

6:50 - Why resistance training is the best form of exercise, even for non-fitness fanatics

10:00 - Does muscle building help with insulin-sensitivity, obesity, and Alzheimer’s?

13:00 - Winning the testosterone epidemic with resistance training

24:20 - How resistance training protects us against the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle

28:10 - Why couch potatoes burn more calories than hunter-gatherer tribesmen

32:00 - What really is resistance training?

34:50 - The problem of consistency & how to fix it

38:30 - 2 Tips to get fit without worrying about your macros and calorie intake

44:30 - Does working out as a form of self-punishment ever work?

50:00 - Motivation Vs. Discipline: Which do you need more?

 

Learn more from Sal Di Stefano:

Website: www.mindpumpmedia.com

Instagram: @mindpumpmedia

Book: The Resistance Training Revolution: The No-Cardio Way to Burn Fat and Age-Proof Your Body - in Only 60 Minutes a Week

 

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Feb 24, 2022

Did you know that elevated uric acid causes more than just gout? It also exacerbates chronic diseases like hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and more.

That's why controlling uric acid is central to achieving optimal metabolic and overall health. But how can we consciously do that? Dr. David Perlmutter graces the Align Podcast to discuss everything you need to know about uric acid - the "metabolic waste product”.

Dr. Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and five-time New York Times bestselling author. He serves on the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.

 

What we discuss:

0:00 - Introduction to Dr. David Perlmutter

1:00 - What "Drop Acid" talks about

3:40 - What is uric acid?

7:00 - The fructose (sugar) consumption & uric acid connection

10:30 - How body fat acts as our resource to make freshwater

13:00 - Does lack of sleep elevate uric acid levels?

16:30 – What/Who inspires him to stay humble & keep learning?

19:00 - Are we victims to our genomes & physiology?

24:00 - How to tap into your pre-frontal cortex & make better life decisions

27:00 - The dangers of the Standard American Diet (SAD)

37:00 - Foods that increase uric acid levels + how to offset them

41:20 - Why everyone should monitor their uric acid & read “Drop Acid”

 

Learn more from Dr. David Perlmutter:

Website: www.drperlmutter.com

Instagram: @davidperlmutter

Books: www.drperlmutter.com/learn/books/

 

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Feb 17, 2022
What can a cadaver reveal about the living?

 

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Gil Hedley, Ph.D. shares his mind-boggling insights from a lifetime of navigating what he calls the "inner space." We discuss how the body of the deceased leaves tracks that lead us to a deeper understanding of life and how the living should exist. We also talk about body shaming and ways to overcome it, why you should deromanticize pain, how external pressures can distort your tissue organization, and how to finally release yourself from that feeling of being a victim of your surroundings and emotions.

 

Besides being a prominent expert in human dissection, Gil Hedley, Ph.D., is also an author, teacher, and a nationally certified Rolfer and massage therapist.

 

What we discuss:

0:00 - Introduction to Gil Hedley

4:20 - Developing a non-emotional relationship to pain

9:50 - Why Movement means Mobility & Motility

16:40 - Cultural & religious roots of body shaming + ways to overcome it

23:00 - Should you feel guilty about seeking rest & pleasure?

34:30 - Life lessons from cadavers

41:20 - What's the "fuzz" & why do we need more differential movement?

50:30 - How tissues bind together & cause inflammation

54:00 - Piezoelectricity & how external pressures disrupt our inner space

57:50 - "You can't expect to get a different result from the same thoughts, emotions, or behaviors."

1:00:05 - How to detach yourself from a victim identity

1:05:30 - Break these thought patterns to rise above victim mentality

 

Learn more from Gil Hedley:

Website: www.gilhedley.com/

Instagram: @gilhedleysomanaut

Youtube: Somanaut 

 

Related links:

The revised version of the Align Method book is now available with 22 brand-new exercises!

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Feb 10, 2022
Are you letting your shadows rule your life? Where do these shadows come from? How can plant medicine ceremonies lead to spiritual awakening?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Aaron Doughty shares how our shadows can destroy our self-image and what we can do to stop them. He then proceeds to explain the healing promise of plant medicine ceremonies like Ayahuasca and how these helped him get in touch with the deepest parts of his consciousness.

Aaron Doughty is a life coach, spiritual leader, and YouTuber. He regularly produces content on science, philosophy, psychology, and spirituality to educate people and guide them to a life of purpose.

 

What we discuss:

0:00 - Introduction to Aaron Doughty

2:00 - Exposing your shadows & overcoming them

6:00 - Coca & Cocaine: When sacred plant medicines become a criminal's tool

13:00 - What are the benefits of plant medicines & ceremonies?

21:00 - What does "spiritual awakening" truly mean?

28:00 - Why do some people feel like they don't deserve good things?

38:00 - How to break free from toxic relationships & limiting beliefs

47:30 - Questions to ask yourself if you're feeling trapped in life

51:35 - Powerful Tips to regain your self-worth

56:00 - Why you need to seek discomfort to expand your sense of safety

1:02:00 - Advice for people who find it hard to accept love & find joy

 

Learn more from Aaron Doughty:

Website: https://aarondoughty.com/

Instagram: @aarondoughty44

 

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Feb 3, 2022

What's the difference between a fighter and a true martial artist? How does an MMA champion deal with a career-ending diagnosis?

In this episode, I'm joined by International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Champion and Professional MMA Fighter Rafael Lovato Jr. We talk about the events leading to his brain disorder diagnosis and how it propelled him to power through what he calls the "pinnacle challenge" of his martial arts journey.

Here, he reveals more details on his disorder, his secrets to defeating his opponents, what separates a martial artist from a fighter, and why we shouldn't train only to win but to continuously learn. Also, we reflect on the meaning of success and death and how martial arts teaches us the art of letting go – a skill that will save us from life’s most difficult moments.

 

What we discuss:

00:00 - Introduction to Rafael Lovato Jr.

1:00 - His childhood, first losses, first wins, & what success means

4:00 - The life-changing diagnosis

10:40 - How he used his diagnosis to fuel his drive to win

16:00 - What martial arts can teach us about the power of letting go

21:30 - What retirement taught him about life & relationships

26:00 - How to win a fight by detaching yourself from your emotions

30:00 - The marks of a true martial artist

35:00 - Rafael reacts to Morihei Ueshiba quotes

48:00 - Secrets to becoming a world champion & a better human being

53:00 - Why you should practice martial arts

 

Learn more from Rafael Lovato Jr.:

Website: https://okbjj.com/

Instagram: @lovatojrbjj 

 

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Jan 27, 2022
What if the solution to your chronic knee pain lies in how you exercise the often-neglected body parts, like your toes, feet, and ankles Whatever pain you're going through, there's always someone who can offer the tools for your own breakthrough. Ben Patrick (known online as "Knees Over Toes Guy"), the founder and CEO of Athletic Truth Group (ATG), worshipped basketball since he was a kid, but at 9 years old, chronic knee problems started crushing his dreams…or so he thought.

By 18, he had 3 surgical knee alterations and decided to quit basketball. Driven to heal himself naturally, Ben experimented with unorthodox methods and was introduced to Charles Poliquin's "knees over toes" training techniques - something prohibited in college sports. Despite criticisms, Ben kept doing his training and regained his athleticism. At 21, he was offered a full-ride basketball scholarship and transformed his basketball career. Not long after, Ben needed to let go of a full-ride D1 scholarship because of NCAA eligibility rules. Not to mention his strength coach then was against his knees over toes training, too.

Now in his 30s, Ben has a record-breaking 42-inch vertical jump even elite NBA players find hard to top. On a mission to educate people and alleviate the epidemic of knee surgeries, he spends countless hours producing free content and designing programs based on the knees over toes approach. Ben's methods focus on transforming one's athleticism by strengthening the body from the ground up, which means re-integrating the toes, feet, ankles, and the anterior tibialis. He explains why we need to practice walking backward and reveals the secrets to pain-free knees by doing backward sled drags and split squats.

Our conversation gets more personal as Ben reveals the driving force behind his epic wins and how he deals with pain and failures. He also looks back on his battle with depression and painkiller addiction and shares the most important lesson he learned from it.

 

What we discuss:

00:00 - Introduction to Ben Patrick

4:00 - What does "knees over toes" training mean?

8:50 - Reversing pain through manual therapy

13:00 - Exercises to banish your knee pain & reveal your weak spots

16:20 - What split squats are for & why you need to work on your anterior tibialis

18:15 - How to drastically improve your vertical leap & dunk like the world's top jumpers

20:00 - How to relieve tight hip flexors + Glute workout that’s perfect for the elderly

22:20 - No-nonsense tips to staying driven & motivated

27:00 - The "Sled" Metaphor: How to find light in your life's darkest moments

31:00 - Debunking popular myths about movement & sports training

33:50 - Why you need both strength & flexibility in sports & life

36:20 - Training advice for athletes & sports enthusiasts

 

Learn more from Ben Patrick:

Website: www.atgonlinecoaching.com/

Youtube: TheKneesovertoesguy

Instagram: @kneesovertoesguy

Book: “ATG For Life” by Ben Patrick

 

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Jan 21, 2022
Did you know that you're exposed to over a hundred harmful chemicals daily? Ironically, some of these potentially toxic chemicals lurk in your "self-care" products. In this episode of the Align Podcast, Katie Wells and I go deep into the endocrine-disrupting effects of plastic chemical exposure from some of your everyday essentials, specifically oral and hair care products and deodorizers.

"What goes on your skin goes into your body," Katie says as she explains how you can nourish your body by from the outside in by being extra conscious of what you put on your skin and hair. There are always better options than the overmarketed products you’re manipulated to buy, and she shares where and how you can naturally source them.

Our conversation gets vulnerable as Katie opens up about her issues with weight and body image that stem from a deep emotional trauma. She claims that successfully losing 100lbs in 6 months isn't just about sticking to a workout routine; it's about revisiting her past wounds and choosing to heal from them, no matter what it takes.

Katie Wells is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, and a mom of six. She’s the host of the podcast “Wellness Mama” and the founder and CEO of Wellnesse. With her background in research, journalism, and nutrition, she teams up with medical advisors to find answers to essential health problems and help women and moms live a healthier life.

If want to live a more eco-conscious and purposeful life for you and your family but can’t commit to it, this episode will make you realize it’s easier than you think.

 

What we discuss:

0:00 – Introduction to Katie Wells

3:00 – On learning comedy: "It's like playing a mental chess"

5:00 – The endocrine-disruptors lurking everywhere in your home

12:05 – Simple tips for minimizing plastic use and toxin exposure

17:00 – How your skin and hair products affect your overall health

24:00 – Why keeping your microbiome healthy isn’t as expensive as you expect

30:00 – Why weight loss involves trauma work

35:00 – The root of her body and weight issues + how she overcame them

44:00 – Practical tips for becoming a healthier human

53:00 – Katie’s advice: Be your own primary healthcare provider; take responsibility for your own health.

 

Learn more from Katie Wells:

Websites: wellnessmama.com wellnesse.com

Instagram: @wellnessmama

Katie Wells’ books: wellnessmama.com/books

 

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Jan 13, 2022

What does it mean to train like a woman? How does women’s menstrual cycle affect athletic training and performance?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, I’m honored to host one of the world’s leading experts in female physiology and sports nutrition, Dr. Stacy Sims. We have an awakening conversation on the power of tracking women’s menstrual cycles not only for optimal sports training and performance, but also for a deeper understanding of what women have to consistently go through.

Arguing that sports and fitness science is designed from a cis-male’s perspective, Dr. Stacy lays out the complexities of female physiology and why it merits a whole different approach. She explains how to track menstrual cycles so women can plan their own training based on their cycle metrics. Knowing these patterns allows women and coaches to leverage hormonal changes and identify the best days for steady-state work, high-intensity session, and recovery period.

Plus, Dr. Stacy shares what trainings can be done during high-hormone and low-hormone phases, the best food to eat during each phase, and essential training advice for young girls. She also debunks popular myths around menstrual cycles: Does ovulation predispose women to ACL injuries? Is having sex really a no-no during red days?

Dr. Stacy Sims is an Environmental Exercise Physiologist and Nutrition Scientist specializing in gender differences. She’s also an innovator, entrepreneur, and author. 

What we discuss:

0:00 – Introduction to Dr. Stacy Sims

6:00 – Gender bias in sports training & other reasons she studied female physiology

10:00 – What causes menstrual cycles?

18:00 – Low-hormone phase + why women need more protein than men

23:10 – Ovulation + why women crave carbohydrates on their period

30:00 – Most important lessons from her years of research & experience  

32:30 – Debunking myths: Are women more likely to tear their ACL on their period?

44:30 – Training recommendation during the luteal phase 

47:30 – Debunking myths: can women have sex on their period?

50:00 – How sexual contraception affects athletic training & performance

58:00 – Dealing with irregular cycles & amenorrhea among athletes

 

Learn more from Dr. Stacy Sims:

Website: www.drstacysims.com

Instagram: @drstacysims

Books: www.drstacysims.com/booksandmore

 

Related links:

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Jan 12, 2022
Jan 7, 2022

As the new year unfolds, do you feel more pressure to fully live your purpose? But what if your purpose remains unclear to you?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, I'm joined by Youtuber, Podcaster, and polymath Chris Williamson. He's the creator and host of "Modern Wisdom" where he interviews some of the brightest minds on the planet to explore different topics on human nature, philosophy, health, fitness, and many more.

Chris admits feeling like an outsider his whole life, which helped forge his exceptional perceptive qualities that led to his huge commercial success as a club promoter. But, for Chris, we're more than what we do. He goes on to discuss the key to finding your purpose, how to make sense of your suffering, and one of the most bewildering topics of all…modern dating. He explains why more men and women struggle to find a partner nowadays and how balancing the feminine and masculine energies can solve it.

 

What we discuss:

0:00 – Introduction to Chris Williamson

2:30 – How dogs can help you live longer

7:09 – Intrinsic focus Vs. Extrinsic focus

13:30 – Is there a cheat code to finding love?

17:30 – How to reframe your negative experiences

21:40 – Why curiosity is also a desire to be understood

32:00 – How to transcend your suffering

38:40 – Finding and questioning your purpose

42:00 – The most attractive quality in a person

46:00 – Is a high-agency partner good for you?

55:00 – On modern dating: Problematic relationship advice you need to rethink

1:02:00 – Balancing the feminine and masculine energies to solve the chaos of modern dating

 

Learn more from Chris Williamson:

Website: https://chriswillx.com/

Instagram: @chriswillx

 

 

Jan 3, 2022

Did you know that your body needs movement as much as you need food?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, biomechanist and movement guru Katy Bowman explains what human movement truly means, why it affects your quality of life, and how to get yourself to move more often and effectively in a sedentary world that offers limitless reasons to sit on hours. 

What's really interesting to know is that it's not enough that you exercise or move your body once in a while; Katy says you should be moving in ways that optimize ALL parts of your body. Yes, there's actually a "dosage" of movement required for different body parts. It seems complex, but it's totally achievable if you introduce even small changes in your routine.

Whether you're working in front of the computer or glued to the TV screen, there are easy ways you can secure that daily dose of healthy movement. Learn more as Katy and I delve deep into that in this educational talk.

Aside from writing the best-selling "Move Your DNA" along with 7 other books, multi-awarded leader Katy Bowman teaches movement globally through her movement education company, Nutritious Movement. Her work has been featured in diverse media including The Today Show, CBC Radio One, The Seattle Times, and Good Housekeeping.  She’s one of the most influential thinkers whose work continues to amaze and inspire me.

What we discuss:

2:50 – What is movement, and how to know if you're "under moved"

8:00 – Pelvic Floor biomechanics, and the “movement dosage” your body parts need

13:40 – How to incorporate movement even if you’re just sitting

16:50 – Why you need to go out more often and look at things from a distance

24:00 – Katy’s book reco: The Wizard and the Prophet

36:15 – “The body is a renewable resource through movement.”

41:00 – Tensegrity beyond the skeletal system: How your perception of the world shapes your body and life

46:11 – How to be more active individuals in a sedentary world

49:00 – Movement as Nutrition: Why "Move Your DNA" is worth the read

 

Learn more from Katy Bowman:

Website: https://www.nutritiousmovement.com/

Instagram: @nutritiousmovement

 

Related Link:

Katy Bownman’s books: https://www.nutritiousmovement.com/product-category/bookstore/

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