Dhru Purohit Podcast

6/27/2022

The Top 3 Lab Tests to Determine If Your Metabolic Health is Optimal with Dr. Casey Means

Season 2, Ep. 115
This episode is brought to you by Pendulum and InsideTracker.The word “metabolism” gets tossed around quite a bit, usually in the context of weight loss.It’s important to realize that our metabolic health is so much more than that—it’s the way our 37 trillion cells create energy so that we can do all the things we want to do in life, big and small.With that in mind, it’s pretty alarming to note that nine of the 10 leading causes of death in the US are directly caused or worsened by poor blood sugar control and declines in other metabolic markers. Chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and more are all linked in one way or another to various metabolic dysfunctions.On today’s mini-episode, Dhru sits down with Dr. Casey Means to talk about the best ways to dial in our metabolic health and take back control of how we feel and how we age.Dr. Casey Means is a Stanford-trained physician, Chief Medical Officer and Cofounder of the metabolic health company Levels, an associate editor of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and a lecturer at Stanford University.In this episode we dive into:-Optimal triglyceride levels and understanding the triglyceride/LDL ratio-Optimal fasting insulin levels-Optimal HA1C levelsListen to the full episode here.For more on Dr. Casey Means, follow her on Instagram @drcaseyskitchen and @levels, Twitter @drcaseyskitchen and @levels, and through her website, levelshealth.com.This episode is brought to you by Pendulum and InsideTracker.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.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% off. Just go to insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.
6/23/2022

The Top 3 Things You Can Do Today to Start Protecting Your Brain with Dr. Datis Kharrazian

Season 2, Ep. 114
This episode is brought to you by BiOptimizers and InsideTracker.Many people think optimizing brain function is only for the elderly. But did you know that we can improve and protect our brain function and structure at any age?No matter how old you are, there are multiple ways to uplevel your brain and feel your best.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks to Dr. Datis Kharrazian about reversing and preventing cognitive decline through actions that boost specific components of the brain.Dr. Kharrazian is a clinical research scientist, an academic professor, and a Functional Medicine healthcare provider. He is an associate clinical professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a researcher at the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.In this episode, we dive into:-The top three things you can do today to start protecting your brain (1:53)-Why nitric oxide is so important for brain health (4:14)-Misconceptions around why people have high blood pressure (11:10)-The connection between insulin and high blood pressure (13:32)-How to naturally lower blood pressure (15:18)-Early signs of brain aging (20:12)-The top foods that can lead to early aging of the brain (26:09)-The connection between a leaky gut and a leaky brain (31:30)-Dr. Kharrazian’s top supplement recommendations for brain health (43:01)-The relationship between your thyroid and brain health (56:45)Also mentioned in this episode:-Glutathione: Your Most Important Defense-Solving the Puzzle Podcast with Dr. KharrazianFor more on Dr. Kharrazian, follow him on Instagram @datiskharrazian, Facebook @datiskharrazianpage, YouTube @datiskharrazian, and through his website, drknews.com.This episode is brought to you by BiOptimizers and InsideTracker.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.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% off. Just go to insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.
6/20/2022

Why Calories Aren’t the Full Story and How Fructose Drives Weight Gain with Dr. Robert Lustig

Season 2, Ep. 113
This episode is brought to you by Birch Living and Vivobarefoot.A calorie is a calorie, right? Wrong. This myth that refuses to die keeps people from getting and staying healthy, as well as losing weight and keeping it off.The current thinking is as long as we burn more calories than we consume, we will lose weight. But thinking that losing weight is all about energy balance or calories in/calories out vastly oversimplifies the truth. To make matters worse, the food industry and government agencies perpetuate this lie and actually rely on you believing it to stay afloat.On today’s mini-episode, Dhru sits down with Dr. Robert Lustig to talk about why calories aren’t the full story when it comes to weight loss, the real dangers of eating too much sugar, and how to take better care of our metabolic health.Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He’s the Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. He is also one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry, in part through his game-changing books. His latest work is Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine.In this episode we dive into:-The calorie myth-The connection between fructose and metabolic disease-The biggest sources of fructose in our diet-The four substrates in our food supply that damage mitochondriaListen to the full episode here.For more on Dr. Robert Lustig, follow him on Facebook @drrobertlustig, Twitter @robertlustigmd, YouTube @robertlustig, and through his website, robertlustig.com. Get his book, Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine, here.This episode is brought to you by Birch Living and Vivobarefoot.To get $200 off your Birch Living mattress plus 2 free eco-rest pillows, head over to birchliving.com/dhru.Vivobarefoot footwear is designed to be wide, thin, and flexible—as close to barefoot as possible. They promote your foot's natural strength and movement, allowing you to feel the ground beneath your feet. Vivobarefoot is offering 20% off your first order at vivobarefoot.com/DHRU.
6/16/2022

How to Stop Overthinking and Tune Into Your Inner Guidance with Light Watkins

Season 2, Ep. 112
This episode is brought to you by Cozy Earth and Pendulum.A lot of people have fear around meditation. They don’t want to sit alone with their thoughts, and many times people give up because they feel like they can’t turn off their minds.But meditation isn’t actually about what happens while you sit with your eyes closed, and it’s not about turning off your mind. It’s about mind-full-ness—the noticing of the ebb and flow of your thoughts—and the benefits you get throughout the rest of your day.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with our friend Light Watkins to talk about overcoming fear around meditation, creating space from our critical thought patterns, and getting intentional about our values, time, and relationships.Light has been operating in the meditation space since 1998, first as a practitioner, then as an apprentice to his Vedic Meditation teacher, and finally as a teacher himself. Prior to the pandemic, he was traveling the world from a single backpack and giving talks on happiness, mindfulness, inspiration, and meditation, as well as leading popular meditation trainings and retreats.In this episode, we dive into:-Breaking through hypercritical self-talk (1:11)-Why our mind is so active at night (12:32)-Light’s minimalist approach to social media (20:06)-Why self-discipline is about honesty (35:17)-How to tap into your inner guidance (37:18)-The importance of inner work when it comes to relationships (45:31)-How to cultivate happiness (1:07:15)-Light’s approach to meditation (1:11:51)-Spiritual minimalism (1:25:45)Also mentioned in this episode:-The Inner Gym: A 30-Day Workout for Strengthening Happiness-Knowing Where to Look: 108 Daily Doses of Inspiration-The Happiness InsidersFor more on Light Watkins, follow him on Instagram @lightwatkins, Twitter @lightwatkins, and through his website, lightwatkins.com. Listen to his podcast, The Light Watkins Show at lightwatkins.com/podcast.This episode is brought to you by Cozy Earth and Pendulum.Cozy Earth are the most comfortable, temperature-regulating, and nontoxic sheets on the market. Right now, get 40% off your Cozy Earth sheets. Just head over to cozyearth.com and use code DHRU.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.
6/13/2022

Are You Eating Enough Protein for Optimal Health?

Season 2, Ep. 111
This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker and HigherDOSE.Skeletal muscle is a widely overlooked part of our metabolic health. From how well we control glucose and insulin to how well we age, skeletal muscle regulates many processes. One of the most important factors for how much muscle we create and retain is our protein intake, which has become a divisive topic in the nutrition world and one still hotly debated in some dietary camps.On today’s mini-episode, we are featuring key takeaways on the topics of longevity, muscle, and protein from one of our most popular interviews this year with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon.In this episode we dive into:-The importance of muscle when it comes to our health, especially for women-The connection between muscle and metabolic health-Myths about dietary protein-Why breakfast is the most important meal of the day-What women need to know about fastingDr. Lyon is a Washington University fellowship-trained physician in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics and is board certified in Family Medicine. She is the founder of the Institute for Muscle Centric-Medicine and has a private practice that services leaders, innovators, mavericks, and executives in a number of fields. In addition, Dr. Lyon also works closely with special-operations military personnel. Her goal is to change the paradigm of medicine from obesity-focused to muscle-centric and change the way we think about health and medicine with high scientific integrity.Listen to the full episode here.For more on Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, follow her on Instagram @drgabriellelyon, Facebook @doctorgabriellelyon, Twitter @drgabriellelyon, YouTube @drgabriellelyon, and through her website, drgabriellelyon.com. Check out her podcast, The Gabrielle Lyon Show, here.This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker and HigherDOSE.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% off. Just go to insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.The Infrared Sauna Blanket from HigherDOSE gives you all the benefits of infrared in an easy-to-use, portable blanket at a much lower cost than a stand-alone sauna. Right now, you can get 15% off your own Infrared Sauna Blanket at HigherDOSE.com with my exclusive promo code DHRU15.
6/9/2022

3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Beat Anxiety with Dr. Ellen Vora

Season 2, Ep. 110
This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market and InsideTracker.Blood sugar is starting to get more of the attention it deserves in terms of optimizing metabolic health, but there’s one issue that often gets left out of the equation—anxiety.The way our blood sugar, insulin, and other hormones respond to sugar and starch wreaks havoc on our mental and emotional wellness. Yet most people struggling with anxiety and depression are given medications without any consideration of their diet and lifestyle choices.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. Ellen Vora to talk about the hidden root causes of anxiety.Dr. Vora is a board-certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist, yoga teacher, and author of The Anatomy of Anxiety. She takes a Functional Medicine approach to mental health—considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root. Dr. Vora received her BA from Yale University and her MD from Columbia University.In this episode, we dive into:-The hidden root causes of anxiety (2:11)-The connection between blood sugar dysregulation and anxiety (4:15)-Women, intermittent fasting, and anxiety (15:39)-Caffeine consumption and anxiety (25:07)-Social isolation and the importance of creating community (30:02)-Understanding psychiatric medication in treating anxiety (41:52)-Using breath work to treat anxiety (1:05:09)-Tools to help mitigate anxiety (1:13:48)-False anxiety vs. true anxiety (1:23:45)-The role psychedelics play in treating anxiety (1:28:22)Also mentioned in this episode:-4-7-8 Breathing Technique-Amma (Extended Mix) by James AsherFor more on Dr. Ellen Vora, follow her on Instagram @ellenvoramd, Facebook @ellenvoramd, TikTok @ellenvoramd, YouTube @ellenvoramd, and through her website, ellenvora.com. Get her book, The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming the Body's Fear Response, here.This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market and InsideTracker.Thrive Market is an online membership-based grocery store that makes eating well convenient and more affordable. Join today at thrivemarket.com/dhru to receive an extra $80 of free groceries off with your first order.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% off. Just go to insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.
6/6/2022

A Few Crucial Things You Need to Know about Uric Acid—the Body’s Fat-Storage Switch with Dhru Purohit

Season 2, Ep. 109
This episode is brought to you by ButcherBox and Vivobarefoot.Uric acid is a central player in metabolic mayhem. Despite its long association with gout and kidney stones, it’s involved in so much more—especially our metabolic disease epidemic.There are three things that raise our levels of uric acid: purines, alcohol, and fructose. The latter is the biggest challenge, due to its overwhelming presence in our Standard American Diet. That doesn’t mean all fruit is bad or even that all alcohol and purine-rich foods have the same effect. Like all parts of health and nutrition, there are nuances we need to consider to create optimal health.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks about uric acid, the role it plays in turning on, or off, our body’s fat-storage switch, and how getting it under control can significantly reduce our risk of chronic disease.In this episode, we dive into:-The link between uric acid and metabolic dysfunction-Why our metabolic switch is always turned on-Hidden sources of fructose in our diets-How uric acid levels can tell us a lot about our cardiometabolic healthAlso mentioned in this episode:-Try This: How To Turn Off Your Fat-Storage Switch-The Latest Science on How to Turn Your Body’s Fat-Storage Switch Off with Dr. Richard Johnson-​​Nature Wants Us to Be Fat: The Surprising Science Behind Why We Gain Weight and How We Can Prevent—and Reverse—It-Try This: Smoothie Recipes That Won’t Spike Your Blood Sugar-Calculate Your Fructose Intake-Drop Acid: The Surprising New Science of Uric Acid―The Key to Losing Weight, Controlling Blood Sugar, and Achieving Extraordinary Health-UASure Uric Acid MeterThis episode is brought to you by ButcherBox and Vivobarefoot.Right now, ButcherBox is offering new members a great deal. You’ll receive two pounds of FREE salmon in your first box. Sign up at ButcherBox.com/dhru.Vivobarefoot footwear is designed to be wide, thin, and flexible—as close to barefoot as possible. They promote your foot's natural strength and movement, allowing you to feel the ground beneath your feet. Vivobarefoot is offering 20% off your first order at vivobarefoot.com/DHRU.
6/2/2022

The 3 Daily Supplements You Need to Look Younger & Live Longer with Dr. Mark Hyman

Season 2, Ep. 108
This episode is brought to you by BiOptimizers and Pendulum.Our food supply is dramatically less nutrient-rich than it has ever been, and it’s taking a toll on our health. A shocking 99 percent of Americans are nutrient deficient, including over 90 percent who are deficient in omega-3 fats and 50 percent who are deficient in magnesium. Add to that chronic stress and a heavily processed diet, and it’s a recipe for nutrient deficiency disaster.Today, we’re sharing a Masterclass episode with Dhru and Dr. Hyman, all about supplements, how to use them effectively, and the top supplements for longevity. They also discuss how to critically evaluate supplement research and much more.For more on Dr. Mark Hyman, follow him on Instagram @drmarkhyman, Facebook @drmarkhyman, Twitter @drmarkhyman, YouTube @drmarkhyman, and through his website, drhyman.com.For more on Dhru Purohit, follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, Facebook @dhruxpurohit, Twitter @dhrupurohit, YouTube @dhrupurohit, and TikTok @dhru.purohit. Text Dhru at 302-200-5643 or click here.Interested in joining Dhru’s Facebook community? Submit your request to join here.This episode is brought to you by BiOptimizers and Pendulum.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, so just head over to magbreakthrough.com/dhru with code DHRU10.​​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.
5/30/2022

Doing THIS Simple Thing Will Improve Your Blood Sugar and Focus with Dhru Purohit

Season 2, Ep. 107
This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker and BiOptimizers.​​Want to know a simple way to improve your insulin sensitivity, fasting insulin, and HbA1c that you can start doing today? Sit for one hour less per day—just one hour less! This is something anyone can do.I know that doesn’t sound like much, but according to a recent study, reducing sedentary time by just one hour per day can have remarkable benefits for your metabolic health.Our modern-day sedentary lifestyle puts us at risk for blood sugar imbalances, weight gain, and chronic disease. But the good news is that you don’t need to do hardcore workouts or hit the gym for hours on end to get the benefits of movement.Breaking up the time you spend sitting with simple movement throughout the day can be enough to make a significant impact on your metabolic lab markers.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru shares the findings from a recent study that our friend Chris Kresser brought to his attention. He also gives us practical tips on how to easily incorporate more movement into your daily life.Also mentioned in this episode:-Try This: A Study Shows How a Little Movement Can Make a Big Difference for Your Metabolic Health-Try This: Walk Your Way into Optimal Physical and Mental Health-Walking More Will Radically Improve Your Health, Here's How!-A Practice to Feel Refreshed, Revived, and Refocused-A Super-Simple Hack to Optimize Your Blood SugarThis episode is brought to you by InsideTracker and BiOptimizers.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% 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.