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Episode 38: Free Radical Biology & the Past & Present of Respiratory Physiology with Dr. Thomas Clanton

Episode 38: Free Radical Biology & the Past & Present of Respiratory Physiology with Dr. Thomas Clanton

October 21, 2021

My guest today is Dr. Thomas Clanton. Dr. Clanton is a professor in applied physiology and kinesiology at the University of Florida, where he conducts research on immune cells in skeletal and cardiac muscle biology, the origins of heat stroke, and the effects of heat stroke on physiology and epigenetic regulation. Dr. Clanton is also a member of my PhD advisory committee and has been highly influential on the way I think about and do science throughout my graduate school career.

We begin our conversation with a deep and lengthy dive into Dr. Clanton’s scientific career — why he got into science, his early career work in respiratory and lung physiology, and what led him to become a cell biologist who now primarily focuses on animal models. We cover some basics of respiratory physiology and also talk about inspiratory muscle training devices — one for which Dr. Clanton actually has held a patent on for the last 40 or so years.

We then talk about free radical biology, reactive oxygen species in normal function and health and disease, and the key role of free radicals as signaling molecules throughout the body.

I was so glad to sit down with Dr. Clanton for our brief chat, and know that you will thoroughly enjoy this tour through what is a pretty jam-packed scientific career. 

 

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Physiology Friday #29: Exogenous Ketones Boost Brain Blood Flow and Cognitive Performance

Physiology Friday #29: Exogenous Ketones Boost Brain Blood Flow and Cognitive Performance

October 15, 2021

In this installment of Physiology Friday, I discuss a study investigating the effects of a 14-day ketone supplementation period on cerebral blood flow, cognitive performance, and BDNF in a group of individuals with obesity.

 

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Study: Short-term ketone monoester supplementation improves cerebral blood flow and cognition in obesity: A randomized cross-over trial

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Science and Chill Clips #8: What is Sleep and Why is it Necessary for Life? (Rogulja Lab; Harvard University)

Science and Chill Clips #8: What is Sleep and Why is it Necessary for Life? (Rogulja Lab; Harvard University)

September 30, 2021

In this podcast clip, members of the Rogulja Lab from Harvard University explain what sleep is from a neurobiological perspective, whether sleep is essential, and if there are examples of living organisms that do not sleep. 

 

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Episode 37: Chris Cornell on 5k Training and Improving Fitness with Age

Episode 37: Chris Cornell on 5k Training and Improving Fitness with Age

September 5, 2021

In this episode of Science & Chill, I speak with Chris Cornell. I have been coaching Chris for the past 15 weeks as he embarks on his goal of breaking 25 minutes in the 5k at age 57, a feat he will attempt on Labor Day (September 6, 2021). Chris is very active on social media, where he posts about his diet, fitness, and has been documenting his 5k training for the past few months. 

In this conversation, we recap his training program, talk about some pre-race strategies, and answer some questions from Twitter about how Chris has approached his current running goals as well as his other goals in life. 

 

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Science & Chill Clips #7: Why Drinking to Thirst is Sufficient & the Origins of “8 Per Day”

Science & Chill Clips #7: Why Drinking to Thirst is Sufficient & the Origins of “8 Per Day”

August 17, 2021

In this Science & Chill podcast clip, Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler talks about whether drinking to thirst is an adequate way to stay hydrated and explains the origins of the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water per day. 

 

Listen to the full episode here: Episode 35: Hydration Facts and Myths and Exercise-associated Hyponatremia with Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler

Science & Chill Clips #6: Ryan Dreyer’s Takes on Ice Baths, Caffeine, and Alcohol

Science & Chill Clips #6: Ryan Dreyer’s Takes on Ice Baths, Caffeine, and Alcohol

August 13, 2021

In this podcast clip from episode 36 (Ryan Dreyer), Ryan talks about his opinions on ice baths for health and performance, caffeine, and alcohol. 

 

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Episode 36: Triathlon Training, Diet, and Lifestyle Hacks for Peak Performance with Ryan Dreyer

Episode 36: Triathlon Training, Diet, and Lifestyle Hacks for Peak Performance with Ryan Dreyer

August 11, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, I interview Ryan Dreyer. Ryan and I have become acquaintances recently through Twitter, similar to how all great relationships begin (only partly kidding here), and I have absolutely loved following his training, posts on nutrition and fitness, and the other content he shares.

Ryan has an intense passion for health, nutrition, and endurance sports, something that we both have in common. I wanted to interview Ryan to just talk shop about the basics of nutrition and training and his philosophy on how to live a well-balanced life, but also some of his personal practices surrounding exercise and diet.

Ryan also just completed a half-ironman triathlon. We spend a good deal of the beginning of this podcast recapping his race and talking about triathlon training. Some other topics we cover include Ryan's training routine, what he typically eats and how he thinks about his diet, and a few random topics that we are always talking about with people on social media including ice baths, caffeine and alcohol, fasting, and supplements that he uses.

Ryan also just released an awesome E-book called “Running 101.” We talk about his book at the end of the podcast. I highly encourage you to check out the book if you are interested in perfecting your running or even if, or perhaps especially if, you are just beginning to take running seriously. You can find a link to Ryan’s book in the show notes below.

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Episode 35: Hydration Facts and Myths and Exercise-associated Hyponatremia with Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler

Episode 35: Hydration Facts and Myths and Exercise-associated Hyponatremia with Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler

July 26, 2021

In this episode of Science & Chill, I interview Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler.

Dr. Hew-Butler is a podiatric physician and associate professor of Exercise and Sports Science at Wayne State University. She earned her PhD at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied and trained under the legendary sports scientist and physician Dr. Timothy Noakes. Dr. Hew-Butler is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and specializes in both sports medicine and exercise physiology. Her expertise is in exercise-associated hyponatremia, a topic we cover in detail, and the hormonal regulation of water and sodium balance. She is also an avid runner.

I reached out to Dr. Hew-Butler after reading a cover story on her that appeared in the Physiologist Magazine, which is a monthly publication from the American Physiological Society. You can find a link to that story in the show notes. After reading this story, I immediately contacted Dr. Hew-Butler to invite her on the podcast, because I knew she’d make for a fascinating guest. Given my recent interests in talking about and often debating about, hydration and water drinking on social media, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to interview someone with expertise on all things hydration who has both field and laboratory experience on the topic. In fact, her interest in the topic first began when she was part of the race staff at major road races and observed cases of athletes experiencing sometimes near-fatal cases of “overhydration.”

 

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- "A Runner's Quest" (The Physiologist July 2021 cover story)

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Science & Chill Podcast Clips #5: What is Dehydration? (Dr.Tamara Hew-Butler)

Science & Chill Podcast Clips #5: What is Dehydration? (Dr.Tamara Hew-Butler)

July 25, 2021

In this clip from episode 35, Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler talks about the three definitions of dehydration.

Episode 34: Optimizing Strength, Healthspan, and Lifespan with Jerry Teixeira

Episode 34: Optimizing Strength, Healthspan, and Lifespan with Jerry Teixeira

July 16, 2021

In episode 34 of Science & Chill, I interview Jerry Teixeira. Jerry is a strength coach and health and fitness influencer who is the creator of “body weight strength” — a program designed to help individuals build muscle and strength with little to no equipment. Jerry offers personalized coaching and training programs to clients, and also hosts a YouTube channel where he provides free demonstration videos of dozens of body weight exercises.

 

Not only is Jerry a strength coach, but he has an intense interest in all things related to health, longevity, nutrition, biohacking, and performance. I frequently interact with Jerry on Twitter about these and other topics, so it only seemed right that we finally sit down to discuss our shared interests. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to talk specifics about Jerry’s fitness programming and training, since our conversation veered off into topics related mostly to longevity and performance optimization. As we approached 2.5 hours in this podcast, I have already invited Jerry back for a round 2 to touch upon topics that I had planned to speak on but which we did not have the time to cover. 

 

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- Website: BodyWeightStrength.fit

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