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.
Ever wonder what happens to our body if we skip carbs for long periods of time?
In this episode of the Align podcast, Michael Brandt and I chat about ketogenic diet, how we can fully reap the benefits of it and where to naturally get ketones exogenously. We also chat about sugar addiction and insulin spikes, how ketones can be used both in facilitating body restoration and in keeping satiation and MCTs.
Michael Brandt is the CEO and co-founder of Healing Via Modern Nutrition (HVMN). He’s an avid triathlete and marathoner with a 2:42 personal record.
2:24: Ketones and ketosis for dummies
5:55: Understanding the difference between ketone bodies
11:15: Why is the military interested in ketones?
22:42: Are there any caveats in experimenting ketones?
24:54: Ketones in American diet and Ketoacidosis
29:05: What are the risks when taking exogenous ketones?
32:57: Can ketones be used in the restoration of the body?
36:36: What are the mechanisms behind ketones as anxiolytic?
43:00: Is there a natural way to extract exogenous ketones?
Ever wonder what someone is thinking when they flex their eyelids? Or purse their lips?
In this episode of the Align podcast, Vanessa Van Edwards and I chat about the science of people. Without even realizing it, we constantly give away what we are thinking in our heads through our body language. Vanessa explains what the most common cues may mean and she also explains how we can adjust our social interactions based on our readings of people.
Vanessa is Lead Investigator at Science of People. She is the bestselling author ofCaptivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, translated into 16 languages, and Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication. More than 50 million people watch her engaging YouTube tutorials and TEDx Talk.
What we discuss:
02:15: What stands out in today’s daily interactions?
08:10: Should you be faking it until you make it?
14:03: What does the eyelid flex cue mean?
31:00: Why is it so hard for people to get away with lying?
39:09: The importance of having tools
42:44: When are you trying too much?
48:52: What to do when you sense shut-down?
55:36: What is the ideal eye-contact ratio in western cultures?
How can we make our society more equalitarian, fair, and empathetic?
In this episode of the Align podcast, Steven Kotler and I chat about species die off and how the current circumstances we find in our world may be contributing to the human species die-off. Steven also shares with us if there is really any evolutionary value to hate and how it can be used as weapon by humans.
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance.
What we discuss:
02:12: What is species die-off?
03:24: Does the declining birth rate have any impact on the human species die-off?
07:02: How can we measure empathy of a generation?
09:18: How can we cultivate empathy?
15:00: What is the value of the flow state?
23:16: Can we experience our life as different chapters?
Do you ever wonder how the stories you tell yourself are impacting your reality?
In this episode of the Align podcast, Angus Fletcher and I chat about how the human brain is predisposed to create and tell itself narratives that fit with its hopes and fears and how these stories we tell ourselves influence our perception of life. We also chat about why a human brain will always outperform artificial intelligence, the origins of technology, and what will happen if we fail to go beyond the “selfie” in today’s society.
Dr. Angus Fletcher (PhD, Yale) researches the science of human intelligence--the science of why humans are smarter than machines. His research has been published inThe New York Academy of Sciences,Harvard Business Review, and dozens of other academic journals. His most recent books areWonderworks andStorythinking.
What we discuss:
02:27: What is the power of story?
05:36: What is the effect of culture on an individual who sees the world through the lens of science?
16:00: Where is Artificial Intelligence heading and why do we worship it so much?
24:33: What are the origins of technology?
30:51: What happens if we don’t go beyond the “selfie”?
46:49: What are the different potentials of psychedelics for helping people reboot?
50:34: How to recognize the opportunity of rebirth in our every day life
Do you know what species of grass you have in your backyard? Chances are, you don’t.
In this episode of The Align podcast, David Vitalis and I chat about our loss of connection with nature. Many of us live a life where we can’t identify the animals in our backyard or the herbs that grow in our local forests, which are things hunters and gatherers used to be able to do. We unravel the implication such a change may have on our evolution as a species. We also chat about how our ancestors created communities and tribes that are different from the ones we create today.
David Vitalis is a Registered Maine Guide, writer, public speaker, interviewer, and lifestyle pioneer who’s especially interested in helping people reconnect with wildness, both inside and outside of themselves. After learning to hunt, fish, and forage as an adult, Daniel created WildFed to inspire others to start a wild-food journey of their own.
What we discuss:
02:19: Why is the overall health of our population in constant decline despite medical and scientific advancements in health care?
05:10: Is it really possible to feed the masses without industrialized farms?
23:53: Did we make technology or did technology make us?
42:00: Is the hunter-gather theory over-romanticized?
47:53: The truth about communities and tribes
01:04:00: What does the Bible really say about God?