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Exploring the inner workings of the brain and the body with the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.

Exploring the inner workings of the brain and the body with the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.
Latest Episode1/27/2022

#261: Fasting Tips and the 2-Steps to Sustained Weight Loss with Dr. Ben Bikman

Season 1, Ep. 72
This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker and Rupa Health.Most people are pretty confused when it comes to metabolic health. Fasting, macronutrient ratios, and blood glucose regulation are only a few of the topics that trip people up when it comes to managing a healthy weight and relationship to food.Naturally, I like to look to the latest research to find a clearer picture. And science has come a long way since the “eat less, exercise more” paradigm was first introduced.If you’ve wondered what aspects of your diet and lifestyle made the biggest impact on your metabolic health and how to make subtle tweaks for maximum impact, this episode of The Dhru Purohit Podcast is for you. Today I talk to my good friend, Dr. Ben Bikman about all this and more.Dr. Bikman is a renowned metabolic research scientist and a popular speaker on human metabolism and nutrition. He is the author of the book, Why We Get Sick, which offers a thought-provoking yet real solution to insulin resistance and reversing pre-diabetes, improving brain function, shedding fat, and preventing diabetes. In this episode, we dive into:-The best approach to take when you start fasting (6:27)-Why eating fruit first thing in the morning is not the best thing for our health (9:00)-Dr. Bikman’s daily eating routine (11:40)-What Dr. Bikman feeds his kids (17:32)-The debate around fat metabolism and obesity (24:26)-The implications for following the advice of “eat less, exercise more” (35:13)-The two-steps to weight loss (36:44)-Weight loss and psychological addictions (40:51)-Dr. Bikman’s go-to snacks (46:23)-The unique metabolic state in pregnancy and physiological insulin resistance (54:52)For more on Dr. Bikman, follow him on Instagram @BenBikmanPhD, and through his websites http://bikmanlab.byu.edu/ and https://www.insuliniq.com/. Get his book, Why We Get Sick at https://benbellabooks.com/shop/why-we-get-sick/.Find Dr. Bikman's HLTH Code Meal Replacement Shake at https://gethlth.com/.This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker and Rupa Health.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 25% off. Just go to insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount code and try it out for yourself.Rupa Health is a place for Functional Medicine practitioners to access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs like DUTCH, Vibrant America, Genova, Great Plains, and more. You can check out a free live demo with a Q&A or create an account at RupaHealth.com.
1/27/2022

#261: Fasting Tips and the 2-Steps to Sustained Weight Loss with Dr. Ben Bikman

Season 1, Ep. 72
This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker and Rupa Health.Most people are pretty confused when it comes to metabolic health. Fasting, macronutrient ratios, and blood glucose regulation are only a few of the topics that trip people up when it comes to managing a healthy weight and relationship to food.Naturally, I like to look to the latest research to find a clearer picture. And science has come a long way since the “eat less, exercise more” paradigm was first introduced.If you’ve wondered what aspects of your diet and lifestyle made the biggest impact on your metabolic health and how to make subtle tweaks for maximum impact, this episode of The Dhru Purohit Podcast is for you. Today I talk to my good friend, Dr. Ben Bikman about all this and more.Dr. Bikman is a renowned metabolic research scientist and a popular speaker on human metabolism and nutrition. He is the author of the book, Why We Get Sick, which offers a thought-provoking yet real solution to insulin resistance and reversing pre-diabetes, improving brain function, shedding fat, and preventing diabetes. In this episode, we dive into:-The best approach to take when you start fasting (6:27)-Why eating fruit first thing in the morning is not the best thing for our health (9:00)-Dr. Bikman’s daily eating routine (11:40)-What Dr. Bikman feeds his kids (17:32)-The debate around fat metabolism and obesity (24:26)-The implications for following the advice of “eat less, exercise more” (35:13)-The two-steps to weight loss (36:44)-Weight loss and psychological addictions (40:51)-Dr. Bikman’s go-to snacks (46:23)-The unique metabolic state in pregnancy and physiological insulin resistance (54:52)For more on Dr. Bikman, follow him on Instagram @BenBikmanPhD, and through his websites http://bikmanlab.byu.edu/ and https://www.insuliniq.com/. Get his book, Why We Get Sick at https://benbellabooks.com/shop/why-we-get-sick/.Find Dr. Bikman's HLTH Code Meal Replacement Shake at https://gethlth.com/.This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker and Rupa Health.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 25% off. Just go to insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount code and try it out for yourself.Rupa Health is a place for Functional Medicine practitioners to access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs like DUTCH, Vibrant America, Genova, Great Plains, and more. You can check out a free live demo with a Q&A or create an account at RupaHealth.com.
1/24/2022

#260: A Deep Dive into Covid-19 Origins, Lab Leak, and the Next Pandemic with Dr. Steven Quay

Season 2, Ep. 71
This episode is brought to you by Pendulum.We’re constantly learning more and more about COVID-19. How it interacts with our immune systems, risk factors, and hospitalization and death rates are all topics that are extensively covered in the news.But the origin of COVID is something that is much less talked about. Why does this even matter? Understanding COVID’s origin story is key in helping us prevent a future pandemic.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks to Dr. Steven Quay to hear about his investigation into how COVID infected humans in the first place.Dr. Steven Quay has 360+ published contributions to medicine and has been cited over 10,000 times, placing him in the top 1% of scientists worldwide. He holds 87 US patents and has invented seven FDA-approved pharmaceuticals which have helped over 80 million people.He is the author of the bestselling book on surviving the pandemic, Stay Safe: A Physician's Guide to Survive Coronavirus. He is the CEO of Atossa Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for oncology and infectious diseases.In this episode, we dive into:-The two competing hypotheses of COVID-19 (7:13)-How SARS-CoV-1 began (12:23)-Gain of opportunity vs. gain of function research (13:46)-Dr. Quay’s research concluding that SARS-CoV-2 is laboratory-derived (17:19)-International inquiry into the origins of this particular coronavirus (44:08)-The implications if we don’t learn the lessons of the true origin of SARS-CoV-2 (55:03)-Natural immunity vs. vaccinated immunity (1:11:17)-Understanding the omicron variant (1:14:21)Also mentioned in this episode:-"A Bayesian analysis concludes beyond a reasonable doubt that SARS-CoV-2 is not a natural zoonosis, but instead is laboratory-derived" -https://zenodo.org/record/4642956#.Yeo1SljMKBR-Paris Group Letter - https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/03/04/us/covid-origins-letter.html-Did COVID-19 Leak From A Lab? A Reporter Investigates—And Finds Roadblocks - https://www.npr.org/2021/06/17/1007539626/did-covid-19-leak-from-a-lab-a-reporter-investigates-and-finds-roadblocksFor more on Dr. Steven Quay, visit his website www.drquay.com. Email him at steven@drquay.com, Check out his book, Stay Safe: A Physician’s Guide to Survive Coronavirus at https://drquay.com/survivalguide/.This episode is brought to you by Pendulum.Pendulum is the first company to figure out how to harness the amazing benefits of Akkermansia in a probiotic capsule. To receive 20% off your first purchase of Pendulum’s Akkermansia probiotic supplement, go to Pendulumlife.com and use code DHRU20.
1/20/2022

#259: Find Your Purpose with This 30-Day Challenge with Alex Banayan

Season 2, Ep. 70
This episode is brought to you by Eight Sleep, InsideTracker, and BiOptimizers.We’ve all gone through phases where we feel lost or stuck. It might be that you don’t know how to reach a goal you already have in mind, or maybe you don’t even know what your next chapter looks like. The steps for figuring out your purpose are simpler than you might think, and you can even work through them solo. It just takes some dedicated time and thoughtfulness.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks to Alex Banayan about his 30-day challenge for rediscovering your calling and pursuing the things that light you up.Alex Banayan is the youngest bestselling business author in American history. His book, The Third Door, chronicles Alex’s seven-year quest to uncover the definitive mindset of exponential growth and success. The book is a #1 international bestseller and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. In this episode, we dive into:-The 30-day challenge for uncovering your purpose (8:11)-The most common reason why people quit the challenge (22:20)-How Alex got clear on his unique skills and goals, and broke free from the expectations of his family (31:15)-An exercise for when you feel stuck and need clarity (43:32)-Miscommunication and expectations (1:00:58)-One of the top regrets of the dying (1:06:11)-The Third Door framework (1:09:41)-The number one reason people don’t go after their dreams (1:10:13)-Alex’s quest to uncover success (1:30:01)For more on Alex Banayan, follow him on Instagram @alexbanayan, and through his website http://thirddoorbook.com/. Get his book The Third Door at https://amzn.to/3cnzT1L.This episode is brought to you by Eight Sleep, InsideTracker, and BiOptimizers.Eight Sleep’s Pod Pro mattress is so smart that it adjusts your temperature and also gives you individualized recommendations on how to sleep better the next night. To get yours, go to eightsleep.com/dhru to check out the Pod Pro mattress or mattress cover and save $150 at checkout.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 25% off. Just go to insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.Magnesium Breakthrough from BiOptimizers really stands out from the other magnesium supplements out there. It contains 7 different forms of magnesium, which all have different functions in the body. There isn't anything else like it on the market. BiOptimizers is offering my community 10% off, just head over to magbreakthrough.com/dhru, with code DHRU10.
1/17/2022

#258: The Super Nutrient Most of Us Are Missing with Dhru Purohit

Season 2, Ep. 69
This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health and Pendulum.Magnesium participates in over 600 enzymatic reactions in the body—it’s used for so much, yet 60% of Americans aren’t getting enough of this key nutrient.So what’s the deal? Why is magnesium so essential? What makes us so deficient? What does deficiency look like? And, most importantly, what can we do to bring up our levels? Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru walks us through all of that and more.In this episode, we dive into:-What magnesium does in the body (8:08)-Why we’re so deficient in magnesium (10:00)-Signs of magnesium deficiency (16:02)-How to test magnesium levels (18:12)-Stress and magnesium deficiency (20:08)-Muscle cramps and magnesium (24:12)-Magnesium and the cardiovascular system (28:02)-How magnesium can help with constipation (28:59)-How to resolve magnesium deficiency (30:11)-The top forms of magnesium (32:24)-Vitamin B6 and magnesium absorption (46:14)Also mentioned in this episode:Try This: The Ultimate Magnesium Cheat Sheet - https://dhrupurohit.com/try-this-magnesium-cheat-sheet/For more on Dhru Purohit, follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. Text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. Sign-up for Dhru’s newsletter at https://dhrupurohit.com/newsletter/.This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health and Pendulum.Rupa Health is a place for Functional Medicine practitioners to access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs like DUTCH, Vibrant America, Genova, Great Plains, and more. You can check out a free live demo with a Q&A or create an account at RupaHealth.com.Pendulum is the first to figure out how to harness the amazing benefits of Akkermansia in a probiotic capsule. To receive 20% off your first purchase of Pendulum’s Akkermansia probiotic supplement, go to Pendulumlife.com and use code DHRU20.
1/13/2022

#257: End Anxiety, Beat Burnout, and Supercharge Your Energy with Dr. Robin Berzin

Season 2, Ep. 68
This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health and InsideTracker.Feeling like crap has become pervasive. In fact, in 2018, the World Health Organization added “burnout” as a diagnosable medical condition. Today, more than 90 percent of US workers say they feel it’s difficult to wake up and they don’t have the will or a way to try.On top of that, one in five Americans has clinical anxiety. One in twelve has major depression. Ten percent of all kids are diagnosed with ADHD, a condition that doesn’t magically disappear on someone’s 18th birthday.This week on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sat down with Dr. Robin Berzin to talk about why we are all anxious, tired, burned out, and depressed, and what we can do about it.Dr. Berzin is the Founder and CEO of Parsley Health, America's leading holistic medical practice designed to help women overcome chronic conditions. She founded Parsley to address the rising tide of chronic disease in America through personalized holistic medicine that puts food, lifestyle, and proactive diagnostic testing on the prescription pad next to medications. Parsley is available online nationwide.In this episode, we dive into:-The top three things that are zapping our energy (6:50)-What is a “state change” and how can someone establish a new normal for how they feel on a daily basis (12:01)-Dr. Berzin’s first state change, and how it led to a major shift that ultimately changed her life (17:03)-The most common drivers of anxiety (28:18)-The core actions that have the biggest effect on our mood (32:33)-Common beliefs about sleep that are not true (39:58)-How Dr. Berzin supports her physical, emotional, and mental health (45:18)-How to reboot our relationship with technology (49:57)-How to personalize intermittent fasting (57:38)-Promising research around psychedelics and how they are capable of reversing mood disorders (1:01:51)For more on Dr. Robin Berzin, follow her on Instagram @robinberzinmd and through her website http://robinberzinmd.com. Get her book State Change at https://www.parsleyhealth.com/state-change/.This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health and InsideTracker.Rupa Health is a place for Functional Medicine practitioners to access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs like DUTCH, Vibrant America, Genova, Great Plains, and more. You can check out a free live demo with a Q&A or create an account at RupaHealth.com.InsideTracker looks at everything from metabolic and inflammatory markers to nutrients and hormones. Traditional lab tests can be hard to read on your own, but InsideTracker makes their results easy to understand and provides tips on how to use food first for optimal nutrition. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 25% off. Just go to insidetracker.com/DHRU.
1/10/2022

#256: Use This Form of Prevention & Treatment on Viruses Today! With Chris Kresser

Season 2, Ep. 67
This episode is brought to you by HigherDOSE.Our bodies come equipped with some pretty amazing defense mechanisms to protect us against a wide range of potential dangers. But, like so many other aspects of dis-ease, modern insults like stress, nutrient deficits, and toxins can reduce our immune strength.This week on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sat down with Chris Kresser to talk about the most critical factors that determine our natural immunity with evidence-based action items you can use to start improving yours right away.Chris Kresser is a renowned expert, leading clinician, and top educator in the fields of Functional Medicine and ancestral health, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure. Listed among the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist.com, he was awarded “Best Inspirational Voice” and “Best Health & Wellness Website” by Paleo magazine in 2019.Chris founded the Kresser Institute to provide the next generation of Functional Health practitioners and coaches with the skills and tools they need to turn the tide of chronic disease—and change the future of medicine. In this episode, we dive into:-The top things that are taxing our immune system (3:22)-How inflammation wreaks havoc on our immune system (17:05)-The shortcomings and risks of OTC medications for cold & flu (27:58)-Vitamin D supplementation and testing (37:58)-The best food sources of vitamin A and K2 (42:18)-The powerful benefits of zinc (49:21)-Most people will get Covid-19 and why it’s important to understand this (51:57)-Why building your immune system is so crucial (1:00:45)-Early intervention for reducing the severity of a Covid infection (1:04:43)-Three little-known but powerful nutrients that will boost your natural immunity (1:05:43)Also mentioned in this episode:-How to Boost Your Immunity Naturally Workshop - https://kresser.co/dhru-Vitamin D Test - https://omegaquant.com/vitamin-d-test/-Beekeepers Naturals B.Immune Throat Spray - https://beekeepersnaturals.com/products/bimmunethroatsprayFor more on Chris Kresser, follow him on Instagram @chriskresser, on YouTube @chriskresser, and through his website https://chriskresser.com. This episode is brought to you by HigherDOSE.Sauna use can reduce inflammation, stress, and improve detoxification and energy production down to the cellular level. So when I was introduced to the portable HigherDose Infrared Sauna blanket, I got super excited because it’s actually an affordable way to get all of the benefits of sauna use including increased blood flow, better sleep, a calmer nervous system, and more. Right now, you can get 15% off your own Infrared Sauna Blanket at HigherDOSE.com with my exclusive promo code DHRU15.
1/6/2022

#255: The Wild and Crazy Science on How to Age in Reverse with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald

Season 2, Ep. 66
This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker, BiOptimizers, and Eight Sleep.It’s true: getting older is inevitable and our chronological age can only move in one direction. But we also have a biological age, which scientists can measure by assessing how our genes are expressed through epigenetics.This week on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sat down with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald to talk about the exciting new research that shows that our biological age can actually move in reverse and her groundbreaking, clinical trial that proved it’s possible.Dr. Fitzgerald received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is on faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine, and is in private practice in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Her study Potential Reversal of Epigenetic Age Using a Diet and Lifestyle Intervention: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial is the first of its kind to show biological age reversal in humans.In this episode, we dive into:-The top three things you can do to age in reverse (6:56)-Why stress is one of the biggest drives of aging (8:43)-How much of our genes are set in stone (13:17)-How epigenetics are involved in cellular aging (18:58)-DNA methylation and how it powerfully influences epigenetic expression (22:03)-Zombie cells and aging (32:35)-What we can learn from the centenarians of Sardinia (41:33)-Biological age vs. chronological age (45:56)-Dr. Fitzgerald’s study for aging in reverse (50:41)-How trauma can impact genetic expression (1:15:34)This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker, BiOptimizers, and Eight Sleep.InsideTracker looks at everything from metabolic and inflammatory markers to nutrients and hormones. Traditional lab tests can be hard to read on your own, but InsideTracker makes their results easy to understand and provides tips on how to use food first for optimal nutrition. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 25% off. Just go to insidetracker.com/DHRU.BiOptimizers Magnesium Breakthrough contains 7 different forms of magnesium, which all have different functions in the body. I haven’t found anything else like it on the market. Right now, BiOptimizers is offering my audience 10% off. Just head over to magbreakthrough.com/dhru, with code DHRU10.Eight Sleep is the only system on the market that actively regulates temperature using their patented hydro-powered cooling technology and automatically gives you personalized recommendations on your ideal temperature zone. Go to eightsleep.com/dhru and use code DHRU to check out the Pod Pro mattress or mattress cover and save $150 at checkout.