Dr. Rhonda Patrick on Nutritional Health and the Benefits of Sauna

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Biohacker’s Podcast Teemu Arina interviews one of the leading experts on nutrition aging, Dr. Rhonda Patrick on heat alteration such as swimming in ice cold water or entering a sauna.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick with a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences is an expert in nutrition, metabolism and aging. She has done considerable research in all of these fields, including research on cancer and the effects of mineral and vitamin supplementation on metabolism, inflammation and aging. She did her graduate research at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, where she focused on cancer, mitochondrial metabolism and apoptosis. Currently a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF-Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, she is known primarily for her studies of the mechanistic link between vitamin D and serotonin production, research that may have important implications for the understanding of autism and other disorders.

  • 0:20 – Teemu welcomed Dr. Rhonda Patrick to the show
  • 1:33 – CEO & Co-Founder of Found My Fitness
  • 1:54 – Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s background
  • 2:52The Salk Institute
  • 4:43St. Jude
  • 5:14Found My Fitness Blog
  • 5:56 Dr. Bruce Ames
  • 6:21 Dr. Rhonda Patrick newsletters and Podcasts
  • 8:54 – Folate
  • 9:04 –  Why folate is important
  • 11:26 – DNA damage
  • 13:00Triage Therapy
  • 14:20 – Vitamin K
  • 17:00 – Suggestions on food
  • 19:39 – Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s thoughts on supplements
  • 20:34– Enteric 2
  • 21:46 – Plant or compound
  • 27:30 – Methyl group
  • 28:22 – Nutrigenomics
  • 28:39 – examples of nutrigenomics
  • 29:00 – Statistics in US
  • 30:41 – Vitamin D
  • 30:50 – CYP2R1
  • 33:45 – How important is testing?
  • 37:22 – Longevity and heat
  • 37:40 – Longevity study
  • 38:31 – Findings on study of longevity
  • 39:20 – Heat shock response
  • 39:25 – Heat shock proteins and its functions
  • 41:02 – Study on use of saunas
  • 41:48 – Findings on the study on use of saunas
  • 43:43 – Ice cold water exposure
  • 46:19 – FOXO3 & heat stress
  • 47:19 – Heat stress is shown to activate FOXO3
  • 51:06 – Beliefs on cold exposure
  • 52:38 – The “Vitamin D Sweet Spot” and Its Relationship To Aging
  • 52:56 – https://www.foundmyfitness.com
  • 54:20 – Saunas and the effect on the brain

If you want to learn more, Dr. Rhonda Patrick will be at the Biohacker Summit on 18 November in Helsinki, Finland talking about the health benefits of heat alteration. On top of that, you will be able to try both cold thermogenesis and sauna for yourself.

  • Thank you Rhonda for your lecture at the Biohacker Summit 18th of November in Helsinki. We met backstages after the presentation. Would you please send me the documents. I´ll inform the Finnish sauna lovers about your sharp message: Sauna is good for your health.

  • blipton

    Regarding Vitamin D, Chris Masterjohn had an episode recently, that talks about how measuring 25(OH)d isn’t very useful compared to measuring Parathyroid Hormone. PTH (normally 35 pg/ml) is a more direct marker of circulating vitamin d/calcium health, and elevated PTH levels may suggest a problem. However, just supplementing Vitamin D3 without first examining the potential causes (lack of outdoor activities, poor circadian rhythm/sleep, elevated stress hormones, poor (<1g) calcium daily intake (incl Vit A/K, Mg)) may actually cause calcium deposits. Also, low 25(OH)d levels may just indicate that in the presence of plenty of vitamin-a, it's correctly being utilized with Vitamin A to support immune function.

    Is cold therapy, as that suggested by Wim Hof, as beneficial as heat stress? Or is there no counterpart to the Heat Shock Proteins (HSPs)? Also, is there an additive/subtractive effect by following a sauna session with an ice-cold bath?


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