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Expert insight on health, performance, longevity, critical thinking, and pursuing excellence. Dr. Peter Attia (Stanford/Hopkins/NIH-trained MD) talks with leaders in their fields.

James Clear: Building & Changing Habits (#183 rebroadcast)

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  • about 2 months ago
  • 02:19:55

View the Show Notes Page for This Episode Become a Member to Receive Exclusive Content Sign Up to Receive Peter’s Weekly Newsletter James Clear is the author of the New York Times bestseller Atomic Habits. His extensive research into human behavior has helped him identify key components of habit formation and develop the “Four Laws of Behavioral Change.” In this episode, James provides insights into how both good and bad habits are formed, including the influence of genetics, environment, social circles, and more. He points to changes one can make to cultivate more perseverance and discipline and describes the profound impact habits can have when tying them into one’s self-identity. Finally, James breaks down his “Four Laws of Behavioral Change” and how to use them to create new habits, undo bad habits, and make meaningful changes in one’s life. We discuss: Why James became deeply interested in habits [2:00]; Viewing habits through an evolutionary lens [6:15]; The power of immediate feedback for behavior change, and why we tend to repeat bad habits [9:30]; The role of genetics and innate predispositions in determining one’s work ethic and success in a given discipline [14:45]; How finding one’s passion can cultivate perseverance and discipline [23:30]; Advantages of creating systems and not just setting goals [29:30]; The power of habits combined with self-identity to induce change [36:45]; How a big environmental change or life event can bring on radical behavioral change [50:45]; The influence of one’s social environment on their habits [54:30]; How and why habits are formed [1:00:45]; How to make or break a habit with the “Four Laws of Behavior Change” [1:09:45]; Practical tips for successful behavioral change—the best strategies when starting out [1:16:30]; Self-forgiveness and getting back on track immediately after slipping up [1:30:45]; Law #1: Make it obvious—Strategies for identifying and creating cues to make and break habits [1:40:00]; Law #2: Make it attractive—examples of ways to make a new behavior more attractive [1:48:00]; Law #3: Make it easy—the 2-minute rule [1:59:00]; Law #4: Make it satisfying—rewards and reinforcement [2:03:45]; Advice for helping others to make behavioral changes [2:06:15]; and More. Connect With Peter on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube

#283 ‒ Gut health & the microbiome: improving and maintaining the microbiome, probiotics, prebiotics, innovative treatments, and more | Colleen Cutcliffe, Ph.D.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 02:32:40

View the Show Notes Page for This Episode Become a Member to Receive Exclusive Content Sign Up to Receive Peter’s Weekly Newsletter Colleen Cutcliffe is an expert in molecular biology and co-founder of Pendulum Therapeutics, a company working to develop treatments for a variety of diseases by targeting the microbiome. In this episode, Colleen delves into the complexity of the microbiome, how it is tested, and how it changes over time. She explores how probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics affect the gut and makes a compelling case that well-developed products have the potential not only to enhance gut health but also to positively influence overall metabolic well-being. Colleen emphasizes the significance of a high-fiber diet in sustaining a thriving gut microbiome, shares insights on minimizing microbiome damage during antibiotic use, provides tips for fostering and preserving a healthy gut, and much more. We discuss: Colleen’s background and current focus [4:45]; The basics of the microbiome [7:15]; The study of the human microbiome [15:15]; Categories of bacteria, and the implications on health of the rapid evolution of bacteria [19:45]; Methods for measuring and understanding the microbiome, and key indicators of microbiome health [28:30]; The important role of fiber for promoting gut health through the production of butyrate [38:30]; The case for manipulating gut bacteria via fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) [45:00]; Dynamics of the microbiome: the gut-brain connection and how antibiotics, nutrition, stress, and more impact the microbiome's diversity and function [50:15]; Factors that influence the vaginal microbiome [55:15]; The effect of gut microbes on obesity and challenges with fecal transplants in people [58:45]; Beneficial strains of gut bacteria and strains commonly found in probiotics [1:01:15]; The difference between a probiotic and prebiotic, and how CFUs are a measure of the “active ingredient” [1:09:45]; Considerations about how probiotic strains are produced, and more on the meaning of CFU [1:14:15]; Mitigating the effect of antibiotics on the microbiome [1:22:30]; What do we know about the effect of artificial sweeteners on the gut microbiome? [1:30:00]; Why Akkermansia is a keystone strain with implications for metabolic health and an individual’s response to dietary interventions [1:36:15]; The essential steps necessary to develop a robust probiotic for optimal health support [1:45:45]; How Akkermansia helps control blood glucose, and potential implications of Akkermansia in weight loss, diabetes management, and more [1:48:45]; Pendulum Therapeutics’ commitment to rigorous product develop [2:06:30]; Details about the probiotic “Glucose Control” and other probiotics developed by Pendulum Therapeutics [2:13:00]; Further studies of Akkermansia that have been proposed or are underway [2:20:30]; and More. Connect With Peter on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube

#282 - AMA #54: Magnesium: risks of deficiency, how to correct it, supplement options, potential cognitive and sleep benefits, and more

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  • 2 months ago
  • 20:32

View the Show Notes Page for This Episode Become a Member to Receive Exclusive Content Sign Up to Receive Peter’s Weekly Newsletter In this “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode, Peter tackles essential questions about magnesium, beginning with the important roles it plays in the body and why maintaining proper levels is crucial. Peter discusses the harms of magnesium deficiency, how to determine if you're deficient, potential causes of deficiency, and how diet and supplementation can be used to increase magnesium levels. Peter unravels the confusion surrounding magnesium supplementation, discussing the optimal forms and recommended daily intake while addressing concerns about excess consumption. He also explores the potential cognitive and sleep benefits associated with magnesium supplementation. Finally, Peter concludes with a look into his recent experimentation with new exercises to serve as benchmarks to assess his progress and fitness levels as he navigates the aging process. If you’re not a subscriber and are listening on a podcast player, you’ll only be able to hear a preview of the AMA. If you’re a subscriber, you can now listen to this full episode on your private RSS feed or our website at the AMA #54 show notes page. If you are not a subscriber, you can learn more about the subscriber benefits here. We discuss: The important roles of magnesium in the body [2:45]; How to determine if you might be deficient in magnesium [10:15]; Addressing migraines related to low magnesium [14:45]; The prevalence of magnesium deficiency [16:30]; Various conditions and drugs that can negatively impact magnesium levels [21:30]; Magnesium-rich foods and factors that impact absorption of magnesium [24:30]; Daily targets for magnesium supplementation and whether it’s possible to take too much [30:15]; The different forms of supplemental magnesium [34:00]; How absorption of magnesium from food compares to absorption from supplements [36:15]; Choosing the right magnesium supplements for optimal absorption [37:15]; The unique ability of magnesium L-threonate to increase brain magnesium concentration [40:15]; Potential cognitive benefits of magnesium [43:00]; Potential sleep benefits of magnesium [48:45]; Takeaways on magnesium and a look into Peter’s personal protocol [53:15]; Peter’s new benchmarks related to exercise and age [58:30]; and The potential impact of hearing loss on brain health and neurodegeneration [2:04:30]; and More. Connect With Peter on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube