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  • In Episode #220, Dr MeiLan Han joins me to discuss the lungs and respiratory system.
    Despite being an incredibly important factor of our overall health, the respiratory system is often overlooked. Most people’s knowledge is surface level, and we aren’t educated on the importance of the lungs or how to best support respiratory health. Dr MeiLan Han joins me in this episode to explain what the respiratory system is, how it works, and what we can do to optimise it.
    In this episode, Dr Han establishes what the respiratory system is and how it works. We discuss the prevalence of lung conditions, Covid-19 and its impact on the respiratory system, and air quality. We also discuss healthy habits for pregnancy, the effects of smoking and vaping on lung health, diet, and how to reduce exposure to toxic compounds.

    Specifically, we cover:

    Intro [0:00]

    Breathing Lessons: The Book [2:09]

    Meilan’s Story [5:59]

    Importance of Lung Awareness [11:07]

    Lung Tests [24:25]

    Impact of Covid [29:57]

    How the Lungs Work [33:32]

    Childhood Lung Health [44:52]

    Air Quality [53:55]

    Cleansing the Lungs [1:15:20]

    COPD [1:19:47]

    Final Thoughts [1:27:32]

    Outro [1:29:35]


    If you are interested in learning more about lung health, Dr Han’s book is the perfect resource. You can find her book, Breathing Lessons: A Doctor’s Guide to Lung Health, here. You can also connect with Dr Han on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn. Her website, www.drmeilanhan.com/, contains more information and trusted resources.
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  • In Episode #219, I sit down with Layne Norton, PhD to answer one very topical question: does insulin make us fat?
    Welcome to the first bite-sized episode of The Proof. In these short conversations, I am joined by a guest to tackle a single topic in a brief, digestible time frame. In this episode, Layne Norton, PhD addresses recent online claims by Ben Bikman, PhD. Dr Bikman claims that if we keep insulin low and control seed oils, fat cells can stay smaller and healthier. But is there any truth to this claim, and would that necessarily be a good thing?
    In this episode, Dr Norton takes a highly scientific approach to the topic at hand. We discuss adipocyte hypertrophy, the difference between and significance of hypertrophy versus hyperplasia, and the consequences of misinformation. We also examine the uses and drawbacks of mechanistic data.

    Specifically, we cover:

    Intro [0:00]

    Dr. Bikman’s Claims [2:24]

    Hyperplasia and hypertrophy [7:19]

    Gap of Research [12:17]

    Why this is problematic [15:56]

    Motives [20:14]

    Outro [22:53]


    To connect with Layne Norton, PhD, you can find him on Instagram and Twitter @biolayne, and on Facebook as Layne Norton. You can also visit his website, https://biolayne.com/, to learn more about his work and other resources.
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  • In Episode #218, I’m joined by entrepreneur Arturo Elizondo to discuss the future of egg production.
    Ground-breaking changes are happening in our food industry every single day. While animal agriculture continues to grow, there is an increasing field of innovation seeking sustainable, ethical alternatives to the foods most people consume daily. Arturo Elizondo joins me today to pull back the curtain on one such initiative, The EVERY Co., revealing his journey and where this technology will take us.
    Think real eggs, just made differently.
    In this episode, we continue The Proof’s investigation into the future of animal-free proteins. Arturo expands on previous episodes, discussing the triumphs and challenges of current technologies in this space, the journey of The EVERY Co., and where the industry is heading. We also discuss food equity and availability, government regulations and funding, environmental considerations, concerns about genetic modification, and much more.
    Specifically, we cover:

    Intro [0:00]

    Day in the Life of Arturo [2:19]

    What Inspired a Chickenless Egg [13:10]

    Existing Products with Animal Protein [47:22]

    How precision fermentation works [55:55]

    Environmental Impact [1:14:40]

    Government & Industry Approval [1:18:25]

    Hybrid Products [1:29:04]

    Advice for Entrepreneurs [1:33:33]

    Vision for the Future [1:41:34]

    Outro [1:43:19]


    To connect with Arturo Elizondo, you can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter. You can discover more information about The EVERY CO. on their website, https://theeverycompany.com/.
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  • In Episode #217, I sit down with dietician Ginny Messina to address common nutrition myths about the vegan diet.
    With an abundance of nutrition “information” presented to us any time we use social media, it becomes difficult to identify whether a claim is fact or fiction. Misinformation is a common issue across all patterns of eating — including a plant-based diet — and understanding the full picture is incredibly important to ensure health and longevity. Ginny Messina, MPH, RD joins me to address common nutrition myths about the vegan diet, providing a broader view that will help plant-based eaters make sense of nutrition needs.
    In this episode, we address 16 myths that could have negative health implications if followed. Ginny Messina speaks to the limitations and strengths of the evidence that we have, provides recommendations for optimal health, and discusses the ethical reasons for making diet choices. We also cover supplementation, concerns about vegan diets, and how to evaluate claims you find online.
    Specifically, we discuss:

    Intro [0:00]

    Becoming Vegan [3:13]

    Risks of Vegan Misinformation [10:16]

    Whole Food Diets [20:36]

    Are Humans Herbivores? [22:55]

    Protein Myth [25:42]

    Processed Vegan Food [28:05]

    Calcium Needs [30:07]

    Dairy: Cancer & Addiction [33:40]

    Seafood & Mercury [39:34]

    Low Fat [44:18]

    Whole Foods vs Processed [51:47]

    Oil-Free [59:01]

    Raw Foods Diet [1:04:30]

    Vitamin B12 [1:08:35]

    Supplementing [1:23:16]

    Medication & Statins [1:31:38]

    Industry Funded Research [1:34:36]

    Greatest Risk to Vegans [1:39:40]

    Outro [1:43:55]


    To connect with Ginny, you can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also access her website, https://www.theveganrd.com/, and read her blog post on top vegan resources here. Make sure to check out her books — specifically her latest, updated book, Vegan for Life.
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  • In Episode #216, I sit down with Dr David Jenkins to discuss the relationship between cholesterol and health.

    Cholesterol levels are concerningly high among populations consuming a standard Western diet. On the flip side, plant-based diets are often criticised for their lack of cholesterol. We know that cholesterol is an essential component of the human body — but is it necessary to consume it, and is this a concern for plant-based eaters? Dr David Jenkins answers this question and much more in today’s episode.

    In this episode, we dig into cholesterol and the health implications of sub-optimal levels. We discuss the Portfolio Diet, weight loss, and the current research on cholesterol. Dr Jenkins also shares his recommendations on how and what to eat for optimal cholesterol levels, as well as how medication compares to a lifestyle approach.

    Specifically, we cover:

    Intro [0:00]

    Researching Cholesterol & Diet [2:35]

    What this means for you [15:00]

    Weight Loss Factor [17:23]

    The Portfolio Diet Explained [20:14]

    Nuts & Seeds [30:37]

    Weight [39:45]

    Raising HDL [44:45]

    Plant Sterols [50:51]

    Should We Eat Fish? [58:52]

    Statins [1:07:49]

    Outro [1:11:22]


    You can learn more about Dr Jenkins and discover his publications on his University of Toronto profile. To view or purchase his daughter’s book, The Portfolio Diet for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction, you can do so here.

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  • In Episode #215, I’m joined by Dr Richard Johnson to discuss obesity, fructose, and metabolic disease.

    “Fructose” has become something of a fear word in modern diet culture. It is often positioned as the villain, without the in-depth breakdown of where we are sourcing this fructose and the quantities it is consumed in. Similarly, the relationship between health and obesity is hotly contested. Dr Richard Johnson sits down with me today to clarify the scientific relationship between these factors, getting into what the evidence tells us.

    In this episode, we take a broader view at the history of obesity before honing in on the biology and mechanisms. We discuss the ideology of obesity, whether you can be healthy at any size, and the degree of risk related to where you store fat. We also cover a variety of animal studies, sources of fructose, and how the modern food environment shapes our body weight.

    Specifically, we discuss:

    Intro [0:00]

    History of Obesity [2:30]

    Body Fat & Health Span [10:36]

    Causes & Behavioral Patterns [23:55]

    Fructose vs Excess Calories [38:18]

    The Hazda [1:03:50]

    Fructose & Fruit [1:11:10]

    Fruitarians [1:22:25]

    Not All Carbs are the Same [1:32:30]

    Purines & Uric Acid [1:39:55]

    Carnivore Diet [1:42:22]

    Summarizing Obesity [1:53:56]

    Outro [2:02:46]


    To connect with Dr Richard Johnson, you can find him on Instagram and Twitter. You can also learn more at his website, https://drrichardjohnson.com/. His latest book, Nature Wants Us To Be Fat, is now available.

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  • In Episode #214, I sit down with Josh Tetrick to discuss reshaping our food system towards plant-based products and slaughter-free meat alternatives.As animal-free proteins grow in popularity, technologies for creating them are too. Josh Tetrick wants to reshape our food system, and joins me today to share his journey with Eat Just. Josh is committed to facilitating innovation in the plant-based sphere and offers valuable insight into emerging technologies in today’s episode.In this episode, we discuss business as a force for change and the future of the animal-free industry. Josh shares some of his story, explaining where he found the drive to act and how he raised more than half a billion dollars. We look deeper into Eat Just’s products, specifically their very successful “Just Egg”. We also discuss the nutritional profile of cultivated meat and other plant-based alternatives; challenges Josh has overcome; and the benefits of alternative products.Specifically, we cover:Intro [0:00]Josh’s Story [2:20]Having the Courage to Act [9:51]Evaluating the Meat Industry [20:12]The Mission of JUST [29:10]Negative Press & The Egg Industry [47:27]Cultivated Meat [1:10:30]Challenges & Pushback [1:36:24]Nutritional Profile [1:44:58]Skeptics & Timeline [1:48:32]Outro [2:05:47]To connect with Josh, you can find him on Twitter or send him an email. You can also learn more about Eat Just at their website, and discover the future of cultivated meats at the Good Meat website.Thank you to The Proof friend Eimele Essential 8 for sponsoring today’s episode. Eimele Essential 8 offers the right nutrients, in the right doses, to complement a plant-rich diet. To save 5% on your first order, head to theproof.com/friends.Make sure to head to theproof.com/podcast for the full show notes.Enjoy, friends.SimonWant to support the show?If you are enjoying The Proof a great way to support the show is by leaving a review on the Apple Podcasts or a comment on YouTube. It only takes a few minutes and helps more people find the episodes.Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons)Creator of Theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon HillAuthor of The Proof is in the PlantsWatch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/SpotifyConnect with me on Instagram, Twitter and FacebookDownload my complimentary two week meal plan and plant performanceLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • In Episode #213, Dr Jenna Macciochi joins me for a deep dive into the human immune system.

    “Immunity” has become a buzzword in health spheres at the moment. From supplement marketing to recipe promotion, there seem to be countless quick-fix products or ingredients to “boost” and improve the immune system. But is there any validity to these claims? Dr Jenna Macciochi joins me today to look deeper into what actually creates a balanced immune system.

    In this episode, we cover broader explanations of what the immune system is and what it does before getting into the finer details. Dr Macciochi also provides an abundance of applicable information, explaining the mechanisms behind what impacts the immune system. We discuss the extent of control we have over our own immune system, indications of a disrupted immune system, and the importance of gut health. Dr Macciochi also shares insight into vaccines, inflammation, diet, and supplementation.

    Specifically, we cover:

    Intro [0:00]

    Becoming an Immunologist [5:38]

    Explaining the Immune System [9:00]

    Impact of Genetics [15:05]

    Immunity & Immune-Washing [19:07]

    Reaction to Virus’ [28:04]

    Pregnancy & Childhood [31:00]

    Understanding Your Immunity [44:53]

    Bacterial VS Viral Infections [56:00]

    Antibiotics [58:48]

    Germ vs Terrain Theory [1:04:36]

    Natural Immunity [1:09:23]

    Inflammation Explained [1:18:38]

    Anti-Inflammatory Diets [1:29:28]

    Phytonutrients & Toxic Plants [1:44:31]

    Eat the Rainbow [1:57:52]

    Beta-Glucans [2:05:40]

    Animal Foods [2:07:37]

    Healthy Fats [2:12:48]

    Supplementing Vitamins [2:16:04]

    Outro [2:32:10]


    To connect with Dr Jenna Macciochi, you can do so on Instagram, Twitter, and her website. Make sure to check out her first book Immunity: The Science of Staying Well. Her new book, Your Blueprint for Strong Immunity, is now available as well.

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  • In Episode #212, Dr Eric Rawson joins me to examine the muscular and cognitive effects of creatine.
    Performance supplementation is a flooded field. With supplementation sceptics on one hand and relentless marketing promotion on the other, it can be difficult to know what to believe. Dr Eric Rawson joins me today for an in-depth conversation on creatine, breaking down everything you need to know about this widely studied compound.

    In this episode, we cover the basics of creatine consumption and push deeper into specific, common questions people may have. You will learn about the muscular performance and brain health benefits of creatine for people of different demographics, including age, gender, and diet. Dr Rawson also outlines dosage guidelines, addresses common concerns people may have, and speaks to the evidence we have about safety.

    Specifically, we cover:

    Intro [0:00]

    Breakthrough Creatine Research [1:53]

    What Creatine is [11.00]

    Is Creating Essential? [12:48]

    Testing Creatine Levels [17:10]

    Vegetarian vs Omnivore [23:01]

    Improving Performance [28:40]

    Analyzing Other Compounds [52:24]

    Safety of Supplements [1:05:48]

    Gender Impact [1:21:30]

    Creating Dosage [1:27:50]

    Brain Health & Creatine [1:29:06]

    Outro [1:57:55]


    Dr Rawson offers specific guidelines that you can action, as well as covering the science behind why. In a world where anyone and everyone online makes nutrition claims, it’s critical to have reliable, rigorous evidence to support these. I hope you found this episode clarifying and useful.

    If you enjoyed hearing from Dr Rawson, you can connect with him via Twitter. You can also read more at his university faculty page, or email him if you have further questions.

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  • In Episode #211, I sit down with Dr Jared Raynes to discuss precision fermentation and the future of dairy.

    As our world becomes more populated and animal agriculture continues to unsustainably expand, we need to examine alternatives to the products people know and love. While animal-free dairy may sound like an impossible feat, innovation in the field of precision fermentation is proving otherwise. Dr Jared Raynes joins me today to explain what precision fermentation is, where this technology is now, and where it can take us in the future.

    By listening to this episode, you’ll gain an understanding of what precision fermentation is from both a scientific and outcome-based perspective. We break down the benefits of animal-free dairy, explain how it is created, and address potential concerns about genetic modification. Dr Raynes also offers insight into where this technology is used already, where it’s heading, and when we can expect to see animal-free dairy products on the shelves.

    Specifically, we cover:

    Intro [0:00]

    Biochemistry & Jared’s story [4:08]

    Studying recreating casein [8:59]

    Alternative protein companies [24:45]

    Precision fermentation explained [27:39]

    GMOs: what can go wrong [33:00]

    What’s possible with precision fermentation [41:25]

    Environmental changes [53:00]

    Looking forward [1:00:15]

    Outro [1:17:40]


    If you found this episode insightful, you can connect with Dr Raynes on LinkedIn. You can also discover more of All G Foods, who Dr Raynes works for, on their website, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles. Learn more about their brands Buds Burger and Milk Cell through the linked websites.

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  • In Episode #210, Professor Stuart Phillips returns to expand on our conversation about using science to improve training outcomes.

    One very common criticism of a plant-based diet is that it’s difficult to meet protein requirements due to both quantity and quality of plant-based protein sources. “Evidence” provided for this often centres around amino acid profiles, linking back to the DIAAS and PDCAAS protein scoring systems. Today, Professor Stuart Phillips offers clarity on this topic and much more useful information on what to consume, in what form, and when.

    In this episode, we cover a whole suite of information that is highly relevant and applicable for those looking to improve their training outcomes. In addition to briefly revisiting the basics of protein consumption, we discuss distribution and timing, protein needs for older people, and protein quality scoring systems. We also dive into supplementation for those looking to improve performance and muscle protein synthesis, including caffeine, beta alanine, nitrates, creatine, omega-3s, and hormones.

    Specifically, we discuss:

    Intro [0:00]

    Protein distribution [1:20]

    Scoring systems for protein [11:13]

    Supplements for performance [28:08]

    Sodium bicarbonate [43:40]

    Nitrates [51:29]

    Creatine [56:10]

    Omega 3s [1:05:25]

    Hormones & protein synthesis [1:10:30]

    Aging & muscle gain [1:13:20]

    Exciting new studies [1:24:12]

    Outro [1:27:19]


    To listen to my previous conversation with Professor Philips, head to Episode #190. You can also learn more about him via the McMaster University profile, and connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

    If you found this episode informative and a looking for ways to introduce more plant-based protein into your diet, you can download my free recipe eBook, Plant Perform. This recipe guide includes high-protein recipes and more to optimise physical performance and recovery.

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  • In Episode #209, I sit down with Dr Kristina Harris Jackson to deep dive into the effects of omega-3 consumption on lactation and pregnancy.Dr Kristina Harris Jackson furthers The Proof’s exploration of omega-3s in this episode, offering her expertise in a discussion centred around maternal health. Nutrition during pregnancy can be a sensitive and confusing topic; when parents are trying to do everything they can to ensure optimal health outcomes, the abundance of available information is overwhelming. Today, Dr Harris Jackson provides some much-needed clarity and insight into omega-3s and pregnancy.In this episode, we cover a whole suite of information around omega-3s across early life stages. You will learn about the importance of nutritional biomarkers and exactly how important omega-3s are during pregnancy. We also discuss the potential effect of DHA on gestation length, inflammation during pregnancy, and how genetic variations may affect omega-3 conversion. Finally, Dr Harris Jackson shares supplementation guidelines, outcomes, and plant-based sources of omega-3s.Specifically, we cover:Intro [0:00]Kristina’s story [1:42]Omega-3s explained [17:51]Pregnancy & omega-3s [22:15]Explaining the mechanisms [30:58]Optimal intake of omega-3s [38:12]Supplementing [1:02:26]Long-term effects on children [1:47:43]Summary of what’s important [1:53:55]Outro [2:00:56]To read publications from Kristina Harris Jackson, PhD, discover them here. You can also learn more about Dr Harris Jackson’s work on the OmegaQuant Analytics website or LinkedIn. You can also connect with the Omega Quant team on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. If you haven’t already, listen to Episode #208 with Dr Bill Harris to learn more about omega-3s and human health.Thank you to The Proof friend Eimele Essential 8 for sponsoring today’s episode. Eimele Essential 8 offers the right nutrients, in the right doses, to complement a plant-rich diet. To save 5% on your first order, head to theproof.com/friends.Make sure to head to theproof.com/podcast for the full show notes.Enjoy, friends.SimonWant to support the show?If you are enjoying The Proof a great way to support the show is by leaving a review on the Apple Podcasts or a comment on YouTube. It only takes a few minutes and helps more people find the episodes.Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons)Creator of Theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon HillAuthor of The Proof is in the PlantsWatch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/SpotifyConnect with me on Instagram, Twitter and FacebookDownload my complimentary two week meal plan and plant performanceLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • In Episode #208, I’m joined by expert researcher Dr Bill Harris to discuss the relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and human health.Increasingly, online nutrition conversation is moving away from scientific literature and is more heavily influenced by marketing and controversial claims for personal gain. Whether people are making these statements to grow their online community or capitalise on a financial opportunity, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are yet another topic surrounded by bold claims.In this episode, you’ll learn about the different types of dietary fats and why saturation is important in terms of human health. We cover the connection between cholesterol, fat saturation, and heart disease; the benefits or potential concerns of consuming omega-3s; supplementation guidelines; omega-6s and inflammation; the difference between adequate and optimal intake; and much more.Specifically, we cover:Intro [0:00]What are fats? [5:21]Harris’ research [10:28]Dietary guidelines & saturated fats [12:45]Monounsaturated fats [24:40]Unsaturated fats [27:37]Omega-6s [33:47]Omega-3s [49:21]Supplementing [1:21:04]DHA - prostate cancer & brain health [1:40:16]Outro [1:55:09]You can learn more about Dr Bill Harris’ research at the Omega Quant and Fatty Acid Research Institute websites. To connect with Omega Quant team, you can access their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages.Thank you to The Proof friend Eimele Essential 8 for sponsoring today’s episode. Eimele Essential 8 offers the right nutrients, in the right doses, to complement a plant-rich diet. To save 5% on your first order, head to theproof.com/friends.Make sure to head to theproof.com/podcast for the full show notes.Enjoy, friends.SimonWant to support the show?If you are enjoying The Proof a great way to support the show is by leaving a review on the Apple Podcasts or a comment on YouTube. It only takes a few minutes and helps more people find the episodes.Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons)Creator of Theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon HillAuthor of The Proof is in the PlantsWatch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/SpotifyConnect with me on Instagram, Twitter and FacebookDownload my complimentary two week meal plan and plant performanceLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • In Episode #207, Dr Gil Carvalho explains how to approach nutrition information from an evidence-based viewpoint, breaking down the details of data analysis.

    In recent years, we’ve seen a huge influx of information being presented as fact without any real scientific foundations. Being able to assess the validity of these claims is critical, and Dr Carvalho offers useful insight into how a layperson can approach them.

    In today’s episode, we shift the focus away from what to think about the science of nutrition onto how to think about it. You’ll learn how to assess scientific claims with Dr Carvalho’s “Three P’s” framework. We apply this framework to a few examples, exploring cooking oils, red meat, eggs, and cholesterol. We also discuss the nuance of evidence hierarchies, and much more.

    Specifically, we cover:

    Intro [0:00]

    Gil’s Story [4:50]

    How we Think About Nutrition [10:30]

    What is Proof [14:50]

    Observational & Randomized Control Trials [28:40]

    Evaluating the Impact of Oil [44:07]

    Red Meat [1:22:14]

    Outro [1:54:33]


    You can learn more about Dr Gil Carvalho here, and connect with him on Twitter and Facebook. For straightforward, science-based nutrition information, visit his YouTube channel Nutrition Made Simple. You can also access his research publications for more.

    Thank you to The Proof friend, Eimele Essential 8, for sponsoring today’s episode. Eimele Essential 8 offers the right nutrients, in the right doses, to complement a plant-rich diet. To save 5% on your first order, head to theproof.com/friends.
    Make sure to head to theproof.com/podcast for the full show notes.

    Enjoy, friends.

    Simon

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  • In Episode #206, Drew Harrisberg joins me to debrief The Proof’s first debate and discuss blood tests, sleep, and the interaction between HIIT training and blood glucose.

    Last week, I released a special episode on YouTube: a debate on seed oils and heart disease between Tucker Goodrich and Dr Matthew Nagra. You can find it here. Regardless of whether you’ve watched the debate, you’ll gain insight from the reflections we share in this episode.

    Our discussion of this debate covers the interpretation of studies, consistency of arguments, and whether either argument was compelling enough to change our minds. Moving on from the debate, you’ll also learn about how sleep interacts with calorie consumption, blood glucose and HIIT training, and blood tests you may want to request. Drew and I also offer insights into our own diets, and I share some results from a recent blood test.

    Specifically, we cover:

    Intro [0:00]

    Training [3:40]

    The Seed Oil Debate [12:03]

    Understanding Healthy ApoB Levels [55:25]

    The Biohacking Trap [1:07:08]

    CGMs for People without Diabetes [1:17:30]

    HIIT for Diabetes [1:28:13]

    Sleep Deprivation & Weight Gain [1:51:55]

    Clarifying the Mediterranean diet [2:03:00]

    The “Kale Buster” [2:08:32]

    Good News [2:16:11]

    Book/ Show Recommendations [2:25:44]

    Answering Your Questions [2:33:36]

    Outro [2:36:40]


    To connect with Drew, you can reach him via his Instagram or website, Drew’s Daily Dose. You can also listen to his previous appearances on the show on your favourite podcast app.

    The Proof partner, Eimele Essential 8, made today’s episode possible. Eimele Essential 8 offers the right nutrients, in the right doses, to complement a plant-rich diet. To save 5% on your first order, head to theproof.com/friends.

    Make sure to head to The Proof website for the full show notes.

    Enjoy, friends.

    Simon

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    Creator of Theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill
    Author of The Proof is in the Plants
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  • In Episode #205, I sit down with Dr Andrew Huberman to discuss the nervous system and how lifestyle choices impact your brain. As a neuroscientist and tenured professor at Stanford University, Dr Huberman has made numerous significant contributions to the field of brain development, brain function, and neural plasticity.

    In this episode, we break down the basics before moving on to the impact of specific lifestyle decisions and behaviours. We cover what neuroscience is and why it’s important, covering some significant discoveries in the past century. You’ll also learn how caffeine impacts the nervous system, how to improve learning, and the benefits of non-sleep deep rest (NSDR). We discuss tools you can use to wind down from intense alertness, supplements and brain health, and much more.

    Specifically, we discuss:


    Intro [0:00]

    What is Neuroscience [4:07]

    Milestones in Neuroscience [10:04]

    Neurons and Performance Enhancement [18:48]

    What Caffeine does to the Body [29:08]

    The Ideal Exercise [32:40]

    Adrenal Burnout and Pineal Calcification [43:46]

    Caffeine Withdrawal [52:38]

    Using Breath to Calm the Nervous System [1:02:10]

    Yoga Nidra for Deep Rest [1:06:38]

    Balance of Rest and Work [1:15:00]

    Tips for Better Sleep [1:32:28]

    Brain Fog & Focus [1:50:32]

    Motivation & Top Down Control [1:54:53]

    Dopamine & Social media [2:07:30]

    Cold & Heat Exposure [2:14:22]

    Outro [2:29:30]


    You can learn more about Dr Huberman on his Stanford University page, and visit his website Huberman Lab. To secure tickets for the upcoming Huberman Lab tour (taking place on May 17 and 18), follow this link. He is also active on social media, and you can connect with him on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. Listen to his episode on the Rich Roll Podcast here.

    Thank you to The Proof partner Eimele Essential 8 for sponsoring today’s episode. It’s important to make sure you’re covering all the essential nutrients, and sometimes plant-predominant eaters fall a little short. Eimele Essential 8 offers a convenient solution, offering the nutrients you need in the right amounts. For 5% off your first order, head to theproof.com/friends.

    For the full show notes, head to The Proof website.

    Enjoy, friends.

    Simon

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    Author of The Proof is in the Plants
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  • In Episode #204, I’m joined by leading researchers Dr Emily Manoogian and Dr Courtney Peterson. Drs Emily and Courtney both research the way food timing interacts with the body, focusing on time-restricted eating (TRE).

    In this episode, we approach the topic with a key question: is there any advantage of time-restricted eating other than helping people eat fewer calories to achieve a healthy body weight? You’ll learn the specifics of what TRE is, the purported benefits, what we know, and what we’re yet to discover. We also discuss the work of Drs Emily and Courtney, and comment on the recent study from China that is making waves.

    Specifically, we cover:


    Intro [0:00]

    Debate of Fasting Benefits [2:11]

    Fasting Defined [6:20]

    Circadian Rhythm & Meal Timing [17:26]

    History of TRE Studies [25:32]

    Calorie Restriction vs TRE [46:29]

    Debunking Trials that DIDN’T work [58:27]

    Cancer [1:25:40]

    Aging [1:31:56]

    Women’s Health & Lean Muscle [1:35:37]

    Optimal Eating Windows [1:41:55]

    Training & Breaking the Fast [1:48:36]

    Shift Workers [1:55:15]

    Longevity & Protein [2:02:13]

    Outro [2:04:33]


    You can learn more about Dr Courtney Peterson here. To connect with Dr Emily Manoogian, you can do so via Twitter, LinkedIn, or her website.

    Today’s episode was made possible by The Proof partner Eimele Essential 8. Plant-based eaters may fall short on some key nutrients, and Eimele Essential 8 offers a convenient solution to encourage your best health. I helped formulate this product, and take it every morning. To save 5% on your first order, head to theproof.com/friends.

    You can find the full show notes of The Proof website. I’ve included an extensive list of studies for this episode, so make sure to check to head over if you want to learn more.

    Enjoy, friends.

    Simon

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  • In Episode #203, I welcome Drew Harrisberg back to the show for another episode to discuss a variety of topics, from the Hadza tribe and their diet to the importance of movement throughout the day.

    There’s a lot to learn in Episode #203. We discuss red meat consumption and associated health outcomes, sleep and insulin resistance, and the dietary pattern of the Hadza tribe. We also cover the importance of maintaining activity levels throughout the day and tips to incorporate movement in environments where it’s difficult to do so. For any chocolate lovers listening, we dive into a recent study on cocoa flavanols, and note how much chocolate you can eat for maximum benefit and minimum negative health outcomes.

    Specifically, we cover:


    Intro [0:00]

    Eye Health [2:35]

    The Hazda Diet [8:28]

    Carnivore Craze [28:03]

    Revisiting CGMs [50:49]

    Tips for Regulating Glucose [1:04:00]

    Benefits of Chocolate [1:19:58]

    Daily Steps [1:37:49]

    Resistance Training [1:55:12]

    Book/ Show Recommendations [2:24:34]

    Outro [2:33:18]


    To connect with Drew, you can reach him via his Instagram or website, Drew’s Daily Dose. You can also listen to his previous appearances on the show on your favourite podcast app.

    Thank you to The Proof partner Eimele Essential 8 for sponsoring this episode. This is a supplement I helped formulate, designed for plant-predominant eaters who may typically fall short on some key nutrients. I personally take Eimele Essential 8 every day with breakfast. You can save 5% on your first order by heading to theproof.com/friends.

    Make sure to head to The Proof website for the full show notes.

    Enjoy, friends.

    Simon

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  • In Episode #202, I’m joined by Drs Erica and Justin Sonnenburg to learn more about microbes and the gut microbiome.This episode, we recap (or introduce for new listeners) what microbes are and what the microbiome is. Then we dive into a more in-depth conversation about evolution and the microbiome, the impacts of industrialisation on the gut, and what inflammation really means for human health. You’ll learn about probiotics; microbiome diversity; the relationship between microbiota and disease; how low-fibre, animal-based diets effect the gut; and more.Specifically, we cover:Intro [0:00]Fasting & Gut Health [2:42]What the Microbiome is [7:06]Studying the Microbiome [14:47]Healthy vs Industrialized Microbiome [19:00]Inflammation [28:55]Food & Restoring Diversity [46:39]Animal-based elimination diets [1:04:25]Healing your own Microbiome [1:15:39]Gluten & Lectins [1:36:04]Lifestyle Changes [1:42:13]Outro[1:45:42]To learn more from the Drs Sonnenburg, you can access the Sonnenburg Lab website, read their book, The Good Gut, and connect with Justin on Twitter. You can also listen to Dr Justin in Episode #191, and see the full show notes for more resources.I’m thankful for Eimele Essential 8 for making this episode possible. Eimele Essential 8 is a multi-nutrient designed to cover all bases for plant-predominant eaters; it is a product I helped formulate and take every day. For 5% off, head to theproof.com/friends.Make sure to head to The Proof website for the full show notes.Enjoy, friends.SimonWant to support the show?If you are enjoying The Proof a great way to support the show is by leaving a review on the Apple Podcasts or a comment on YouTube . It only takes a few minutes and helps more people find the episodes.Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons)Creator of Theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon HillAuthor of The Proof is in the PlantsWatch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/SpotifyConnect with me on Instagram, Twitter and FacebookDownload my complimentary two week meal planLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • In Episode #201, I welcome Dr Jed Fahey to The Proof to discuss phytochemicals and their impacts on human health. As a nutritional biochemist with an impressive resume, Dr Fahey is well positioned to educate on this incredibly interesting topic.
    In this episode, we really dig into phytochemicals (also called phytonutrients). As well as hearing about Dr Fahey’s background, you’ll learn more about what phytochemicals are, what we know and don’t know about them, and to what extent they form an important part of human nutrition. We also cover the potential for negative effects, impact on specific communities including people with autism and Parkinson’s disease, and practical applications you can implement.

    Specifically, we cover:


    Intro [0:00]

    Jed Fahey’s Story [1:30]

    Discovering Phytochemicals [8:57]

    Organic vs Conventional [13:30]

    Classifying Phytochemicals [17:01]

    Why we need them [24:04]

    Unpacking Plant “Toxins” [42:53]

    Sulforaphane & How it Works [50:35]

    Impact of Gut Microbiome [1:10:54]

    Freshness vs Supplementation [1:14:54]

    Resveratrol: Good or Bad? [1:30:04]

    Outro [1:41:10]


    If you want to hear more from Dr Jed Fahey, you can access his website and connect with him on Twitter. He has lots of exciting things in the works.

    Episode #201 was made possible by Eimele Essential 8, a product I helped formulate and take every day. To get 5% off Eimele’s Essential 8 multi-nutrient head to theproof.com/friends.
    Make sure to head to The Proof website for the full show notes.

    Enjoy, friends.

    Simon

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    Author of The Proof is in the Plants
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