You don't have to be born a Genius to become one. Follow health and science journalist, New York Times bestselling author, TV personality and nutrition expert Max Lugavere as he speaks to the most insightful minds of our time about what it means to live like a Genius.
60: Everyday Tactics for Less Pain and More Purpose | Aaron Alexander
Aaron Alexander is a manual therapist and movement coach who has helped the world’s best athletes, celebrities and every one in between to relieve pain, increase strength and optimize their movement. In addition, he hosts the top-rated Align Podcast which features the world’s thought leaders on all things movement and wellness.
59: Biohack Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life | Teemu Arina
Teemu Arina is a technology expert, biohacker, coauthor of the Biohacker's Handbook and curator of the Biohacker Summit. Use code GENIUSFOODS for free shipping on the Handbook at https://biohackingbook.com/, and use GENIUSFOODS for a generous discount off tickets to the Biohacker Summit this November in Helsinki, Finland.
58: Top Tactics for Less Stress and Better Health | Crosby Tailor
Crosby Tailor is a model, certified personal trainer, and chef known for his phenomenal ketogenic cookies and superfood desserts. I consider him one of my go-to experts when it comes to fat loss and exercise physiology.
57: How Psychedelics Might Fix Our Mental Health Crisis | Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan is a celebrated journalist and the author of How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.
Liana Werner-Gray is a holistic and natural-health advocate and the author of Cancer Free with Food: A Step-by-Step Plan with 100+ Recipes to Fight Disease, Nourish Your Body & Restore Your Health. After healing herself of cancer through embracing a natural lifestyle, she began lecturing and teaching about the Earth Diet internationally. She is the founder and owner of the Earth Diet, where she directs a team that helps people all over the world find recipes that work for them. She has helped thousands of people improve conditions such as acne, diabetes, depression, heart disease, obesity, and more.
55: When Your Boobs Are Trying to Kill You | Sarah Anne Stewart
Sarah Anne Stewart is a certified holistic health coach who connects people from all walks of life, strives to end body insecurity, and shows us how we can achieve the body we desire without shame or frustration by nurturing the mind.
54: Why It Pays to Suck at Something | Karen Rinaldi
Karen Rinaldi is the author of It's Great to Suck at Something: The Unexpected Joy of Wiping Out and What It Can Teach Us About Patience, Resilience, and the Stuff that Really Matters. She has worked in the publishing industry for over two decades. In 2012, she founded the imprint Harper Wave at HarperCollins. The feature film Maggie’s Plan is based on her novel The End of Men. Karen has been published in The New York Times, Oprah.com, Time, LitHub and other publications. She lives in New York, New Jersey, and (whenever possible) Costa Rica with her husband and two sons.
53: Why You're Probably Nutrient Deficient | Chris Masterjohn, PhD
Chris Masterjohn earned his PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut in 2012. He served as a postdoctoral research associate in the Comparative Biosciences department of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From August 2014 to December 2016, he served as Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York. To assess and ultimately fix any nutrient deficiencies you may have, check out his very thorough course, Testing Nutritional Status: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet. Use code GENIUS for 20% off.
Vanessa Fitzgerald (@VeesHoney) is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Health Coach. After a multi-year struggle with Adderall addiction, Vanessa shares her story with the tactics she used to break the addiction and enhance her focus naturally.
51: The Surprising Ways Alcohol is Ruining Your Life | James Swanwick
James Swanwick is an Australian-American entrepreneur and activist who helps social drinkers reduce or quit alcohol. A former journalist, Swanwick has interviewed world leaders like Al Gore, champion athletes, and movie stars like Bradley Cooper. He hosts the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge. Use code "Max" for 25% off!
49: Low Protein for Better Health? | Steven Gundry, MD
Steven Gundry, MD is a former cardiac surgeon, a practicing physician, the New York Times best-selling author of "The Plant Paradox," and the author of the new book, "The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age."
47: Why Organic Food Tastes Better and Is Better for You | Bob Quinn, PhD
Bob Quinn is an organic farmer who holds a PhD in plant biochemistry. His new book is called Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food and it is available now for pre-order.
46: This Simple Skill Makes You Sexier and Healthier | Emily Fletcher
Emily Fletcher is a world-renowned meditation teacher, the creator of the Ziva meditation technique, and the founder of the groundbreaking zivaONLINE online meditation training e-course. She is also the author of Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance.
Robin Shobin is the founder of Charlotte's Book, a beauty and wellness website, and Halo Sport, a new sports drink featuring the little-known amla berry. Learn why your sports drink sucks and what to do about it.
42: How Plastic is Wrecking Your Health | Carol Kwiatkowski, PhD
Carol Kwiatkowski, PhD is the Executive Director of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange, a science-based non-profit whose mission is to reduce the production and use of chemicals that interfere with healthy hormone function.
41: How to Fast for a Faster Metabolism | Jason Fung, MD
Jason Fung, MD is a Toronto-based nephrologist, obesity expert, and author of "The Obesity Code," "The Diabetes Code," and "The Complete Guide to Fasting." Learn how fasting can actually boost your metabolism, preserve muscle, fix obesity, and prevent disease.
40: Why You Need Bone Broth, With Recipes | Marco Canora
Marco Canora is an American chef, restaurateur and television personality. He has appeared on the Food Network on shows such as The Next Iron Chef, Chopped and Top Chef. Canora owns Hearth and Terroir in New York and is also the founder of Brodo, a producer and seller of bone broth.
39: How the Food Industry Corrupts Science | Marion Nestle, PhD
Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, emerita, at New York University. Her most recent book is Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.
38: Are Supplements Healthy and Safe? | Danielle Citrolo, PharmD
Danielle Citrolo, PharmD holds degrees in biochemistry and chemistry from North Carolina State University and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy, NY. She discusses the science behind many commonly used supplements including Cognizin Citicoline which is used in many cognition-boosting supplements.
37: How to Optimize Sleep for Fat Loss and Better Health | Shawn Stevenson
Shawn Stevenson is a nutritionist and the host of the top rated health podcast The Model Health Show. He is also the author of the best-selling book Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success.
35: How Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar Can Harm Your Brain | David Perlmutter, MD
David Perlmutter, MD is a board-certified neurologist, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and the New York Times best-selling author of Brain Maker and Grain Brain, now updated with the latest nutritional and neurological science.
Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD is a professor of psychology at Columbia University. He's also a columnist for Scientific American and the host of The Psychology Podcast. He studies creativity, intelligence, and humanistic psychology and focuses on how to remove the blocks that impede living well.
32: Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill | James DiNicolantonio, PharmD
James DiNicolantonio is a doctor of pharmacy, a cardiovascular research scientist at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, the associate editor of British Medical Journal's (BMJ) Open Heart, and author of Superfuel: Ketogenic Keys to Unlock the Secrets of Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Great Health. We discuss all things omega-3s and omega-6s. Prepare to gain an in-depth understanding of the biologic impact of each of these fats and the foods that they are found in!
31: How to Buy the Best Extra-Virgin Olive Oil | Nicholas Coleman
Nicholas Coleman is one of the worlds few oleologists, meaning he's dedicated his life to the study of the olive and its oil. He's an advisor to Yale's Olive Institute, a globally-renowned lecturer, and the founder of Grove and Vine, a subscription-based service which sends out hand-picked varietals quarterly. Check out groveandvine.com to learn more and use code 'GENIUS' to save $20 off a subscription! In this episode, you're going to learn everything you need to know about extra-virgin olive oil, including some of its benefits, how to buy the best kinds, how to store it, and tons more.
30: Coffee Enemas and Other Biohacks | Ben Greenfield
Ben Greenfield is a fitness expert, triathlete, blogger, and the host of the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast, one of the top health podcasts there is! He's the ultimate human guinea pig, integrating all means of cutting edge (even untested!) tactics to attain optimal wellness. He also loves to put coffee up his butt. For full show notes, head to http://maxlugavere.com.
29: CBD Benefits and Buyer's Guide | Gretchen Lidicker
Gretchen Lidicker is the health editor of the hugely popular wellness site mindbodygreen and the author of the new book, "CBD Oil, Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Hemp-Derived Health and Wellness." She has worked on the academic and clinical side of integrative medicine for many years. Originally from Sedona, Arizona, she has a B.S. in biology and earned her master’s degree in physiology with a concentration in complementary and alternative medicine from Georgetown University.
28: Fat Loss Secrets from the Doctor Who Tried Everything | Paul Grewal, MD
Paul Grewal, MD is a board-certified internal medicine physician and co-author of the New York Times best-selling book Genius Foods. He is a renowned expert on preventative health, with a focus on reversing diseases like type 2 diabetes, helping patients achieve weight loss goals, and hormone health.
27: What's the Deal with Chickpea Pasta? | Betches
Aleen Kuperman and Samantha Fishbein are the brilliant and hilarious minds behind Betches, the wildly popular blog and viral social media empire that covers everything from politics to celebrities to health and wellness. They are the co-hosts of Diet Starts Tomorrow, a health-focused podcast that has featured some of the top names in wellness (including yours truly).
26: Fixing Anxiety and Depression With Food | Drew Ramsey, MD
Drew Ramsey, MD is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a leading voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His recent book is called Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health and he is the creator of the Eat to Beat Depression e-course (use code MAX15 for 15% off). For full show notes, head to http://maxlugavere.com/podcast/drew-ramsey.
25: The Anti-Alzheimer's Foods | Martha Clare Morris, ScD
Martha Clare Morris is the author of "Diet for the Mind" and the Director of the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging and the MIND Center for Brain Health at Rush University in Chicago. She is the Principal Investigator of multiple studies that investigate dietary risk factors for the development of Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline, and other common chronic conditions of older people.
24: The Guy Who Became Obese on Purpose | Drew Manning
Drew Manning is a personal trainer, fitness expert, and the host of The Fit2Fat2Fit Experience podcast. Wanting to better understand the needs and struggles of his overweight clients, Drew decided to walk a mile in their shoes. He became temporarily obese, gaining 75 pounds in just over 6 months. Then, he set out to lose the weight, realizing profound truths about how we lose weight, especially when contending with the modern food supply.
23: The Benefits of Going Gluten Free | Nicole "NoBread" Cogan
Nicole "NoBread" Cogan suffered from severe food allergies that made her chronically sick and affected her job. To cope, she created a blog called NoBread, focused on helping readers find gluten-free meals at restaurants around the world.
22: How to Eat and Live like a Rockstar | Matt Nathanson
Matt Nathanson is a platinum-selling singer/songwriter with such hits as "Come On Get Higher," "Faster," and "Headphones." He offers his take on how to feed the body and mind proper "nutrition" to stay sane in a hectic world. For links and show notes go to: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/matt-nathanson
Crosby Tailor and I discuss current dietary trends including the carnivore diet, veganism, the ketogenic diet (keto), and fruitarianism. Crosby Tailor is a low carb dessert chef, wellness expert, and fitness model.
20: The Hidden Secret To Getting Everything You Want | Craig Clemens
Craig Clemens is one of the top advertising copywriters in the world and, with a powerful understanding of human psychology, has influenced the health decisions of millions. In this episode, learn how to become a more impactful communicator and influencer, regardless of your craft or profession.
19: How to Lose Weight and Get in Shape | Sal Di Stefano
Sal Di Stefano is one of the hosts of Mind Pump Radio and Mind Pump TV. By 19 he was managing health clubs and by 22 he owned his own gym. After 20 years as a personal trainer he has dedicated himself to bringing science and truth to the fitness industry.
Jim Kwik woke up in the hospital after suffering head trauma in kindergarten and thereafter experienced profound learning difficulties to the point that he was called "the boy with the broken brain" by his classmates. He's since dedicated his life to learning any available method to overcome his difficulties, and his passion and expertise in the realm of memory have led to him becoming the go-to instructor for people who want to remember better. For full show notes, http://maxlugavere.com/podcast/jim-kwik.
17: How to Achieve Massive Success and Real Impact | Tom Bilyeu
Tom Bilyeu is the host of the massively popular YouTube series Impact Theory, Relationship Theory, and Health Theory. He is also the founder of Quest Nutrition, a nutritional supplement company with a $1 billion valuation.
16: The Nutrient That Makes Your Skin and Brain Younger | William Sears, MD
Dr. William Sears, MD is a Harvard-trained pediatrician who's written more than 40 best-selling books—including The Baby Book, which has sold more than a million copies—and countless articles on nutrition, parenting, and healthy aging. His most recent book is The Dr. Sears T5 Wellness Plan: Transform Your Mind and Body, Five Changes in Five Weeks. For full show notes, head to http://maxlugavere.com/podcast/william-sears.
15: Healing Traumatic Brain Injury with Food | Cavin Balaster
Cavin Balaster suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) seven years ago that led to a diffuse axonal injury (DAI), putting him in a coma with a less than 10 percent chance of recovery beyond a persistent vegetative state. But he woke up and recovered in a remarkable way: claiming to owe much of his success to the power of food. For full show notes and links, head to: http://maxlugavere.com/podcast/cavin-balaster
14: How to Heal Trauma, Fix Back Pain, and Poop Better | Aaron Alexander
Aaron Alexander is an accomplished manual therapist and movement coach with over 13 years of professional experience. He is the founder of the Align Movement, an integrated approach to functional movement and self-care that has helped thousands of people out of pain and into health. He also hosts the top-rated Align Podcast featuring the biggest names in movement and wellness. For full show notes: http://maxlugavere.com/podcast/aaron-alexander
13: The Power of Time-Restricted Eating aka Intermittent Fasting | Satchin Panda, PhD
Dr. Satchin Panda is a professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and one of the leading researchers in the areas of time-restricted eating and circadian biology and genetics. For full show notes, head to: http://maxlugavere.com/podcast/satchin-panda
12: How to Use Mushrooms for Better Health | Tero Isokauppila
Tero Isokauppila is a Finnish foraging expert, self-experimenter, founder of medicinal mushroom company Four Sigmatic, and one of the smartest cacao experts I know. He is also the author of Healing Mushrooms: A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Mushrooms for Whole Body Health. For full show notes, head to: http://maxlugavere.com/podcast/tero-isokauppila
11: How to Quiet the Inner Critic and Experience More Wonder | Amber Rae
Amber Rae is is an author, artist, and speaker who has been described by mindbodygreen as "The Brené Brown of wonder." Her new book is Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential, and I personally think it would look beautiful on your coffee table after you've absorbed its life-changing insights. For full show notes, head to: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/amber-rae
10: How to Become a World-Changing Innovator | Melissa Schilling
Melissa A. Schilling is the John Herzog Chair Professor of Management at New York University Stern School of Business, a world-renowned expert in innovation strategy, and author of Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World. For full show notes, visit: http://maxlugavere.com/podcast/melissa-schilling
9: The Foods That Can Improve Your Smile | Steven Lin, DDS
Steven Lin is a passionate health educator applying functional dentistry to help people achieve whole body health, a TEDx speaker, and author of The Dental Diet: The Surprising Link between Your Teeth, Real Food, and Life-Changing Natural Health. For full show notes and links, visit: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/the-genius-life-9-the-foods-that-can-improve-your-smile-steven-lin-dds
8: How Fasting Can Rebuild Your Immune System | Valter Longo, PhD
Valter Longo is a professor of gerontology and biological science at USC and Director of the USC Longevity Institute. He is one of the foremost researchers studying fasting—developing what he calls the Fasting Mimicking Diet—and is the author of The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight. For full show notes, head to: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/8-how-fasting-can-rebuild-your-immune-system-valter-longo-phdmp3
7: Why You Probably Need to Eat More Salt | James DiNicolantonio, PharmD
James DiNicolantonio is a doctor of pharmacy, a cardiovascular research scientist at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, the associate editor of British Medical Journal's (BMJ) Open Heart, and author of The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong—and How Eating More Might Save Your Life. For full show notes, head to: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/the-genius-life-7-why-you-probably-need-to-eat-more-salt-james-dinicolantonio-pharmd
6: The Link Between Diabetes and Alzheimer's | Amy Berger
Amy Berger is a certified nutrition specialist and nutritional therapy practitioner who holds a master's degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and is the author of The Alzheimer's Antidote: Using a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline. For full show notes, head to: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/the-genius-life-6-the-crazy-link-between-diabetes-and-alzheimers-amy-berger
5: Blueberries and Ketosis For A Better Brain | Robert Krikorian, PhD
Robert Krikorian is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and the director of the Cognitive Aging Program at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. He is one of the lead researchers exploring ketogenic diet as an intervention for people with cognitive impairment, and on the impact of anthocyanins (antioxidants found in blueberries and other pigmented fruits and vegetables) on cognitive aging. For full show notes: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/the-genius-life-5-blueberries-and-ketosis-for-a-better-brain-robert-krikorian-phd
4: Fat Loss and Inflammation Hacks | Crosby Tailor
Crosby Tailor is a model, certified personal trainer, and chef known for his phenomenal ketogenic cookies and superfood desserts. I consider him one of my go-to experts when it comes to fat loss and exercise physiology; by the end of this episode, I'm confident you'll understand why. For full show notes: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/the-genius-life-4-fat-loss-and-inflammation-hacks-crosby-tailor
Felice Jacka is the director of Deakin University's Food and Mood Centre and founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR). She is an expert in the role of nutrition in mental health and has led studies confirming the benefits of dietary improvement on depression. For full show notes: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/the-genius-life-3-the-antidepressant-foods-felice-jacka-phd
2: The 1 Hack That Changes Your Life | Sarah Anne Stewart
Sarah Anne Stewart is a certified holistic health coach who connects people from all walks of life, strives to end body insecurity, and shows us how we can achieve the body we desire without shame or frustration by nurturing the mind. For full show notes: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/the-genius-life-2-the-1-hack-that-changes-your-life-sarah-anne-stewart
Amanda Meixner (@meowmeix on Instagram) is a widely popular meal prep and fitness fanatic who knows her way around an Instant Pot, doesn't shy away from egg controversy, understands that occasional indulgence in pizza is good for the soul, and may in fact be part squirrel. For full show notes: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/the-genius-life-1-how-to-meal-prep-like-a-boss-amanda-meixner