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Blood Chemistry in Athletes

Over the past year, we’ve made the Blood Chemistry Calculator our primary screening and feedback tool for the athletes we work with. In that time we’ve noted some clear patterns in the effects of long-term and vigorous exercise on blood chemistry. We’ve learned that while certain tests seem to be directly affected by hard training sessions, some can also provide clues for how best to enhance athletic performance. In this podcast I’m talking with Dr Tommy Wood, MD, PhD about blood chemistry...


Women in Science: Bridging the Gender Gap

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) - It’s a group of academic disciplines and professions that have historically been male-dominated. In 2017, women held 47% of all jobs in the US, but only 24% of STEM jobs. As a result, we are lacking the perspectives of women in fields that contribute heavily to our progress as a society. On the podcast today, NBT Scientific Director Megan Roberts is talking with Elizabeth Nance, PhD, and Brianna Stubbs, PhD, scientists leading teams...


Mitochondria: More Than a Powerhouse

The mitochondria are commonly known as the “powerhouse” of the cell, but energy production is only one of the critical roles played by these organelles. This is why mitochondrial dysfunction tends to have many different signs and symptoms, causing practitioners to chase the wrong things. In fact, the average person with a disorder of the mitochondria will see at least 8 doctors before being properly diagnosed. Dr. Bryan Walsh, ND is with me today to take an in-depth look at how the...


How to Connect with Clients as a Health Practitioner

I’m joined again today by one of my good friends and mentors, Jeremy Hendon. Jeremy is an international speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur who has founded and grown several successful companies. I had the pleasure of working with Jeremy on the Keto Summit in 2016 and I can attest to his genius in business and marketing, particularly in the domain of health and wellness. Jeremy is with me today to talk about marketplace trends that impact health practitioners, and the strategies that...


How to Create a Career Doing a Sport You Love

Jeff Kendall-Weed’s interest in cycling began at a young age when he got his first bike - a used girls’ cruiser from the local Goodwill. Growing up in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California he quickly moved on to BMX and mountain biking and hasn’t stopped since. During and after college Jeff raced in the US and Europe and went on to work for industry leaders Ibis and WTB. Today he is producing stunning cycling videos from the trails he visits around the world. On this podcast, Jeff and I...


Nanotechnology: The Big Impact of Tiny Particles

Dr. Elizabeth Nance received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. She leads a research team in the study of nanoparticles that are capable of targeting disease in the brain. Elizabeth has received numerous awards for her groundbreaking work, and was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Science in 2015, described as one of the “most disruptive, game-changing and innovating young...


NBT Olympians: Alex O’Brien

→ Join me on Patreon ← From 1992 to 2001 Alex O’Brien competed as an elite professional tennis player on the ATP World Tour. Career highlights include playing for the US Davis Cup team and the 2000 US Olympic Team in Sydney, Australia. Alex also won the US Open doubles championship in 1999 and ranked as the No. 1 world doubles player in May 2000. We’ve been working with Alex as a member of our own Elite Performance Program. He’s on the podcast with me today to talk about his journey to...


Overcoming Adversity and Strength Coaching

Zach Moore is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a true passion for helping people reach their fitness goals. Zach has been providing nutrition and strength coaching for years, both in-person and online, most recently through Precision Nutrition and Ketogains. Earlier this year Zach became the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Nourish Balance Thrive and is now playing a vital role on our coaching team. In this podcast with Dr. Tommy Wood, Zach shares his journey from a...


How to Identify and Treat Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)

Dr. Nicky Keay, BA, MA (Cantab), MB BChir, MRCP is a physician and researcher with an extensive background in endocrinology and sports/exercise medicine. Her personal background as a ballet dancer and choreographer led to her long-standing interest in the effects of high-level training and inadequate nutrition on women’s health. Her current research focuses on Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S), examining the impact of similar factors on male cyclists. In this podcast with Dr....


Why Most People Never Learn From Their Mistakes - But Some Do

Performance psychologist Dr. Simon Marshall, PhD is with me on the podcast today to talk about one of my favourite topics: growth mindset. A year ago Simon introduced me to the book Mindset by Carol Dweck and reading it made me aware of some of my own limiting beliefs about human potential. It’s the idea that abilities are developed through dedication and hard work, with fixed factors like genes or talent being just a starting point. These concepts have significantly altered the way I talk...


Why Your Diet Isn't Working: Sleep and Circadian Rhythm

For today’s podcast, I’ve rounded up several of the NBT coaches to look more deeply at the single factor that is capable of improving athletic performance, mood, testosterone levels, blood glucose, fatigue, productivity, stress tolerance and gut health. We’re talking about sleep - the under-rated and often slighted backbone of a healthy lifestyle. In today’s busy world it’s easy to put sleep last on the list, but there are many reasons not to let that happen. Coaches Megan Roberts, Clay...


Ancestral Health Symposium ‘18 Recap

Last month the NBT team had a rare live meet-up at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Bozeman, Montana. While there, we had a chance to see many of our previous podcasts guests in person presenting their latest work. For this podcast, we passed the microphone around and shared our impressions of some of the talks we’d seen. Along the way, we covered all kind of topics, ranging from the performance benefits of caffeine to setting up an ice bath at home. Dr. Tommy Wood shared highlights from...


How to Use Time-Restricted Eating to Reverse Disease and Optimize Health

Dr. Satchin Panda, PhD. is a professor and researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and a founding executive member of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on circadian rhythms and has been publishing revolutionary research with a current focus on the benefits of time-restricted eating. He is also the author of The Circadian Code, a guide for optimizing health and reversing...


A New Metric for Predicting Athletic Performance

Alessandro (Alex) Ferretti has been practicing nutritional therapy for over 15 years. He formed Equilibria Health Ltd. in 2004, which is now recognized as one of the UK’s leading providers of nutrition education. He has lectured internationally on the subjects of nutrition and human performance, and his current focus is on research in the areas of heart rate variability (HRV) and blood glucose, nutrigenomics, and factors affecting metabolic flexibility. In this podcast, Alex describes the...


How to Reconcile Performance with Longevity

Performance isn’t as much as a priority as longevity is now, but I still love to compete. This dilemma, so well stated by one of our clients, got us thinking. It’s well documented that exercise extends both lifespan and healthspan, and the people we work with typically have no trouble meeting the widely recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity. But what happens when you’re a competitive athlete training significantly more than that? For this podcast, I met up with Dr....


Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs): The Controversy, the Science, and How to Protect Yourself

Indiegogo campaign: Medical Study on Hashimoto's Disease and AIP Dr. Joseph Mercola is a board-certified physician and best-selling author whose name has become synonymous with natural health. He’s long been a controversial figure in the public eye, thanks to his outspoken opposition to the norms of the medical establishment. He has maintained a popular website over the past 20 years, catering to the growing number of people seeking alternatives for the prevention and treatment of chronic...


How to Measure Immune Balance Using Blood Testing

We launched the Blood Chemistry Calculator six months ago and have come to rely on it for our Elite Performance Program clients as an initial screening tool and measure of ongoing progress. With the input of 39 basic blood chemistry markers, the calculator uses a machine-learning algorithm to predict health status in 6 specific areas: immune balance, toxicity, metabolic health, nutrition, oxidative balance, and a general 5-year wellness score. On this podcast, Tommy and I are talking...


How to Assess an Athlete: The Best Principles, Methods, and Devices to Use

Educator, coach, and exercise physiologist Dr. Mike T. Nelson is back on the podcast today. With a PhD in Exercise Physiology, Mike has made learning and teaching about the human body his life’s work. He has published research in physiology and engineering journals and speaks internationally on topics related to metabolic flexibility and movement. Today Mike is here to speak with Tommy from a coaching perspective about assessing athletes, specifically in the areas of physical performance,...


NBT Olympians: Leif Nordgren

Minnesota-raised biathlete Leif Nordgren started skiing when he was just three and shot his first rifle at 14. He won a bronze at the Youth World Championships in 2008 and went on to join the US biathlon team, participating in his first world championship in 2011. Leif has competed in both the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympic Games on the 5-man US Olympic Biathlon Team and continues to compete annually in the international Biathlon World Cup. It’s been a pleasure working with Leif over the past...


How to Entrain Your Circadian Rhythm for Perfect Sleep and Metabolic Health

Greg Potter, PhD is the Content Director at, an online platform that uses a behaviour change model to help people lead more healthy lives. He creates online courses and other content to teach about the impact of lifestyle on health and recently spoke at the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden on cutting-edge strategies for improving sleep. Greg is talking today with Dr. Tommy Wood about his research in the areas of circadian biology and metabolic health. They discuss the vital...