We all know the drill: Many of us wake up bright and early in the morning Monday through Friday to get out and "make the donuts". Then, on the weekends, we stay up late and sleep in for an hour or 2 to catch up. We know sleep is important, right? It seemingly makes sense … Continue reading Sleeping in on the weekend may ruin your metabolic health
A study published earlier this month showed that variability in sleep timing and sleep schedule doubles a person's risk for metabolic dysfunction by increasing the risk of multiple metabolic abnormalities. These metabolic abnormalities include: High Body Mass Index(BMI) High Waist Circumference Elevated Systolic Blood Pressure Elevated Diastolic Blood Pressure Elevated Triglycerides Low HDL Cholesterol Elevated … Continue reading Variability in your sleep pattern doubles your risk of metabolic dysfunction
The Epstein-Barr virus, the virus that causes mono, is extremely common with a prevalence of 90% in humans. As with any virus, once you get it you always have it. Despite this, the virus normally "enters latency" and doesn't continue to cause any problems unless it becomes reactivated later in life. When it does get … Continue reading Can optimizing circadian rhythms protect against Epstein-Barr virus reactivation?
A study published yesterday showed that early time-restricted feeding(eTRF) for 4 days led to several metabolic improvements in overweight adults who were metabolically healthy. The study found that compared to eating from 8am-8pm, when doing subjects doing eTRF(8am-2pm) had: Decreased mean 24 hour blood glucose levels Decreased glucose spikes, especially at night(Duh) Increased ketones and … Continue reading Early time-restricted eating improves glycemic control, cortisol rhythm, and may promote autophagy
Given the focus of this blog, you can imagine that I feel gut health is pretty important to overall health. This not only applies to people who are dealing with functional gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, SIBO, and IBD, but also to health and longevity as a whole. There's a ton of evidence linking "leaky … Continue reading The biohacker’s guide to preventing leaky gut
I've mentioned the importance of optimizing circadian rhythms to prevent and reverse chronic disease on a number of occasions on this blog. In my opinion, the evidence is crystal clear that circadian disruption dramatically increases the risk of multiple chronic diseases, particularly the ones that kill us(CVD, T2D, Cancer, Alzheimer's disease). I think there's also … Continue reading New study highlights the importance of circadian rhythms to prevent gallstones
I have to admit, the first round of the Stop Leaky Gut Challenge worked out a lot better than I thought it would. It's one thing to have some theories that you believe are correct, it's quite another to see people get results that clearly support those theories. Optimizing circadian rhythms is by far the … Continue reading Histamine intolerance and adrenal fatigue lifting with circadian optimization
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(ME/CFS) is a disorder defined by a cluster of symptoms without a known medical cause. This cluster of symptoms always includes fatigue and exercise intolerance, but may also include digestive abnormalities, sleep problems, and pain. As of 2015, it was believed that between 836,00-2.5 million people suffer from ME/CFS. Unfortunately, there is … Continue reading Chronic fatigue syndrome reversed with circadian optimization
As we grow older it seems as though we begin to fall apart in many ways. We lose muscle mass and bone density, gain fat mass, get poorer sleep, become more forgetful, are less resilient to stress, are more easily injured, and much worse at recovering from injury. Oops, forgot to mention our immune system … Continue reading Preventing the impact of aging on the circadian clocks
Synopsis We all hear about how important treating "root causes" is for solving chronic health problems. In fact, the reason conventional medicine is so bad at treating chronic disease is because it manages symptoms rather than treating "root causes". But how we define "root causes" is very important, because the narrative in the functional medicine … Continue reading It’s about time functional medicine treats the root cause of chronic disease!