High Performance Health Podcasts - 216
Unlock the Keto Code (Without Actually Going Keto) and Turbo-Charge Your Metabolism – with Dr Steven Gundry
Dr Steven R. Gundry is an American physician and low-carbohydrate diet author, most famous for his book ‘Unlocking the Keto Code.’ He is also the founder of Gundry MD, dedicated to dramatically improving human health, happiness, and longevity through his unique vision of diet and nutrition.
I’ve had countless women (and men) come to me, seeking higher performance and previously believing the keto diet would help them get there. Unfortunately, for most of these individuals, the keto diet wasn’t sustainable for their performance or their health goals. Interestingly, the reason the keto diet even works for some people or for a brief amount of time lies in the concept of “mitochondrial uncoupling. But you don’t actually need to go on the keto diet to achieve these results.
What is Mitochondrial Uncoupling?
Essentially, mitochondrial uncoupling wastes calories. This process doesn’t involve the creation of ATP. According to Dr Steven Gundry, it’s theorized this uncoupling generates heat within the body (it’s like being the gas guzzler instead of the Prius), and this actually gives you greater metabolic flexibility (the ability to switch easily between burning fats and carbs).
Generally, we want to optimise for this mitochondrial uncoupling process to enhance metabolic function and longevity. And, again, the keto diet isn’t the only way to do this. There are actually certain foods and actions you can take to enhance mitochondrial uncoupling.
Foods That Support Mitochondrial Uncoupling
Individuals in their 90s and beyond all seem to have one thing in common: They have lots of uncoupled mitochondria. In this podcast episode, Dr Steven Gundry goes into great detail about how ketones function in the body and how they lead to mitochondrial uncoupling. However, specific foods can also act as mitochondrial uncoupling compounds, including:
- Goat and/or sheep cheese
- Fibrous foods (veggies and fruit)
- MCT oil
- Dark Chocolate
- Black Pepper
Lifestyle Habits That Increase Mitochondrial Uncoupling
On top of this, we can improve mitochondrial uncoupling by activating the heat shock proteins. This can be done through regular sauna sessions, cold exposure (cold showers), and even HIIT.
As always, you want to be careful with HIIT so as not to overdo it. Short sessions during the follicular phase are beneficial, but HIIT sessions may be detrimental during the luteal phase of a woman’s cycle due to rising progesterone (which we don’t want to hinder by overburdening the body).
Gut Health and Ageing
This was one of my favourite parts of talking with Dr Steven Gundry. Dr Gundry went into detail regarding how in animal studies, researchers have shown that aging primarily occurs due to a breakdown in the interface between the gut wall and our microbiome. Keeping this wall intact is essential for slowing down the age-related process. In fact, Dr Steven Gundry indicates that autoimmune diseases may be caused by a “leaky gut.” With gut repair, he’s actually seen autoimmune diseases completely resolve. Really fascinating stuff!
Dr Steven Gundry is a wealth of information. He has worked in medicine for over 40 years. Previously a cardiothoracic and heart surgeon, he is the author of two books, Unlocking the Keto Code and The Plant Paradox (links to grab your copies of these books can be found below).
Today, Dr Steven Gundry teaches people how to avoid surgery, optimise their health, and live overall better lives with his unique approach to nutrition. As the director and founder of the International Heart and Lung Institute, as well as the Centre for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, he continues to see patients today and is continually involved in ground-breaking research. Listen to the whole podcast to hear more about how you can optimise your longevity and metabolic flexibility through the powerful process of mitochondrial uncoupling. We also discuss aging, gut health, insulin and weight loss, how ketones function in the body, and so much more.
Introducing Mitochondrial Uncoupling
Insulin, Carbs, and the Menstrual Cycle
Fasting Insulin and PCOS
What are Ketones, and Why Are They Important
Uncoupling Compounds in Tea
The Creation of Heat via Uncoupling Mitochondria
Why Ketones Uncouple Mitochondria
Insulin, Free Fatty Acid Release, and Weight Loss
Athletic Performance and the Keto Diet
Keeping Your Mitochondrial Healthy, The Cost of Living, and Longevity
Why Ageing Occurs
Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Diseases
Gluten and the Gut
Foods That Enhance Mitochondrial Uncoupling
Cheese, Dairy, Butter, and Angina
The Dietary Habits of People Who Are Living Longer
Polyphenols, Resveratrol, and Wine
Saunas, Cold Exposure, and Mitochondrial Uncoupling
Related Podcast Episodes.
Find our Podcasts on:
Listen with transcript.
Angela is a Nutritionist, Health and Performance Coach. She is also the Founder and CEO of My DNA Edge, an Exclusive Private Membership Site giving individuals the tools and bio hacks needed to optimise their genetic expression for optimal health and performance.
Angela believes that we can truly have it all and has spent the last 5 years researching the habits and routines of high performers, uncovering age-old secrets, time-honoured holistic practices and modern science to create a blueprint for Optimal Human Performance.