#170 The Science of Exercise Recovery with Christie Aschwanden

Exercise recovery has become a big industry, promising that even Normal People can get better results with everything from foam rolling to cryogenic chambers to “squeezy pants”. Didn’t recovery used to mean NOT doing anything? Science journalist and former elite athlete Christie Aschwanden digs into the science of recovery in her book Good to Go and lets us know which recovery strategies are actually backed up by science.

Links in this episode: Buy Good to Go on Amazon or other places including bookstores near you, Christie’s website, Christie’s podcast Emerging Form



#122 Fitness, Nutrition, and the Brain

We try not to play favorites, but let’s be honest: the brain is the most important organ in the body. So why do we talk so little about how we can take good care of it? Daphnie explains how we can use nutrition and exercise to supercharge our brains for focus, memory, and even happiness. Warning: science ahead!

Links in this episode: More on sugar and the brain from Harvard Medical School, Spark by John J. Ratey MD with Eric HagermanMore on exercise and depression, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Wendy SuzukiHealthy Brain, Happy Life by Wendy Suzuki, PhD  

#121 Your Gut Microbiome with Dr. Gabi Fragiadakis

We have 10 times more microbial cells in our body than we have human cells. What are they all doing there? Dr. Gabi Fragiadakis, post-doctoral researcher in Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University, sheds some light on what the microbes in our gut are up to, how they might be affecting our health, and what scientists think we should be eating to keep our microbiome happy.

Links in this episode: Diagram of the GI tract, More info on the mouse obesity fecal transplant experimentMore on the microbiome in babies delivered by c-section, Breastfeeding and the microbiomeThe Good Gut book, The Sonnenburg Lab