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Dr. Rhonda Patrick

A Scientific Guide to Living Longer, Feeling Happier, and Eating Healthier

Are you prioritizing your health?

You’ve heard me say it before: Health is a significant part of your wealth.

Let’s say you’re a billionaire, and you have access to literally anything you could want. You can go anywhere on vacation, and you never have to worry about your expenses. But over the past few years, your health has fallen by the wayside. You haven’t been exercising, and you haven’t been eating the healthiest foods either. You’ve gained some weight, and you feel your energy levels decreasing by the day. Are you truly wealthy?

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The first wealth is health,” and I agree completely. By taking care of our bodies and prioritizing our health, we instantly give ourselves an advantage: longer lives, higher energy levels, mental clarity, and happiness. 

The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are endless, but how do we get there? What foods do we need to eat, and which ones do we need to avoid? What physical exercises fit our individual needs? What vitamins should we prioritize?

There are so many questions when it comes to living healthily and so many different answers. So today on The School of Greatness, I have an expert to give us a scientific guide about living longer, eating healthier, and having happier lives. Her name is Dr. Rhonda Patrick, and get ready to take some notes: She has a wealth of knowledge for you today

"Psychological stress has a pretty profound effect on the immune system." @foundmyfitness  

My guest today takes a more nuanced view of things, but she agrees that what you put into your body is foundational to your well-being, and there is no happiness without health.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick has a Ph.D. in biomedical science and has done extensive research on nutrition, aging, stress, and cancer. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and has investigated the effects of micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) inadequacies on metabolism, inflammation, DNA damage, and aging and whether supplementation can reverse the damage. In addition, she also investigated the role of vitamin D in brain function, behavior, and other physiological functions.

Dr. Patrick frequently engages the public on topics including the role micronutrient deficiencies play in diseases of aging and the benefits of exposing the body to hormetic stressors, such as through exercise, fasting, sauna use or heat stress, or various forms of cold exposure. It is Dr. Patrick’s goal to challenge the status quo and encourage the wider public to think about health and longevity using a proactive, preventative approach.

I had the pleasure of finally sitting down with Dr. Rhonda Patrick, and she’s honestly one of the smartest people I have ever interviewed. We covered so much ground in our conversation, and she finds a relatable way to explain important science that can change your life. Knowledge is power, and I now feel much more well-equipped to make choices about what I eat and how I live.

Join me on Episode 967 to learn how to live longer, be happier, and eat healthier with the incredible Dr. Rhonda Patrick

“You need you to know your genetics.” @foundmyfitness  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What has the uncertainty, stress, and anxiety of the pandemic done to our immune systems?
  • Is it possible to defend ourselves completely from pathogens?
  • Are supplements as useful for your body as nutrients from food itself?
  • Will a healthy meat-eater or a healthy vegetarian live longer?
  • What kind of meat is healthiest for you?
  • What are the mass-consumed foods that you would never eat?
  • How do food and exercise affect mental health?
  • What are the supplements you recommend every day?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How psychological stress brings down the immune system
  • How our gut health directly helps our immune system function
  • The four essential foods for longevity
  • Why meat-eaters need to avoid confounding factors like smoking if they want to stay healthy
  • How your chronological age doesn’t tell the full aging story
  • Why to avoid processed food, especially carbohydrates
  • Why aerobic exercise can help combat depression
  • How refined sugar works on your dopamine receptors the same way drugs do
  • The importance of Vitamin D
  • Plus much more…

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