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The Genius Life

The Genius Life

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.


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261: How to Prevent Insulin Resistance and Reverse Chronic Disease | Benjamin Bikman, PhD

Benjamin Bikman earned his PhD in bioenergetics and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Duke-National University of Singapore studying metabolic disorders. His professional focus is to better understand the origins and consequences of metabolic disorders, including obesity and diabetes, with a particular emphasis on the role of insulin. He is the co-founder of HLTH Code meal replacement shakes (Use code GENIUSLIFE for 10% off!) and the author of Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease?and How to Fight It.

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260: How to Find Love, Make It Last, and Move Forward Once It?s Gone | Jillian Turecki

Jillian Turecki is a certified relationship coach, teacher and writer who for 20 years has taught others how to transform their relationships with themselves.

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259: The Bitter Truth About Seed Oils, Inflammation, and Disease | Tucker Goodrich

Tucker Goodrich is a Wall Street tech analyst and health science enthusiast who is passionate about raising awareness of the detrimental effects of seed oils which he?s done for the past decade. Full show notes:

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258: How to Use Intermittent Fasting to Boost Energy, Build Muscle, and Melt the Fat Away | Thomas DeLauer

Thomas DeLauer is a fitness coach and keto diet and intermittent fasting advocate, with a YouTube channel that has over three million subscribers. He?s also written several books about fitness, including his latest, Intermittent Fasting Made Easy: Next-level Hacks to Supercharge Fat Loss, Boost Energy, and Build Muscle. Full show notes: 

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257: How to Turn Sadness Into a Superpower and Build Emotional Resilience | Susan Cain

Susan Cain is the #1 bestselling author of Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can?t Stop Talking. Her TED talks have been viewed over 40 million times, and LinkedIn named her the Top 6th Influencer in the World (just behind Richard Branson and Melinda French Gates). Susan partners with Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, and Dan Pink to curate the Next Big Idea Club, and all of their proceeds are donated to children?s literacy programs. Full show notes:

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256: The Shocking Truth About Menopause and How to Biohack Your Way Through It | Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz is a nationally renowned OBGYN physician, hormone expert, speaker, and advocate for integrative women's health. Her book, Menopause Bootcamp: Optimize Your Health, Empower Your Self, and Flourish as You Age, is out now. Full show notes:

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255: How to Become More Confident and Charismatic in Any Situation | Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is the lead investigator at human behavior research lab Science of People and author of Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication. Full show notes: 

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254: Powerful Mindset Techniques to Conquer Laziness and Unlock Your Potential | Colin O'Brady

Colin O'Brady is a New York Times bestselling author and world-record holding explorer whose feats include the world?s first solo, unsupported, and fully human-powered crossing of Antarctica. His latest book, The 12-Hour Walk: Invest One Day, Conquer Your Mind, and Unlock Your Best Life, is out now. Full show notes:

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253: The 6 Keys to Building Muscle and Living a Long and Healthy Life | Layne Norton, PhD

Layne Norton, PhD is a nutrition scientist, proponent of flexible dieting, longtime bodybuilder, strength athlete, physique coach, co-owner of Biolayne, and co-author (with his wife Holly Baxter) of The Complete Reverse Dieting Guide. Full show notes:

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252: Leveraging Your Microbiome for Better Skin, Mood, and Brain Health, Plus Why Most Probiotics Suck | Kiran Krishnan, PhD and Tina Anderson

Kiran Krishnan is the chief microbiologist at Just Thrive with 17 years of experience in the dietary supplement and nutrition market. He comes from a strict research background, having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. Full show notes:

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251: Healing From Within; How Trauma Creates Disease | Gabor Maté, MD

Dr. Gabor Maté is an addiction expert, public speaker, and best-selling author. His latest book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture, is out now. Full show notes:

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250: Do This Every Day to Boost Brain Health and Heal Your Mind | Dom D'Agostino, PhD

Dr. Dominic D?Agostino is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He is also a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). His laboratory develops and tests metabolic-based strategies for targeting CNS oxygen toxicity (seizures), epilepsy, neurodegenerative diseases, brain cancer and metastatic cancer.

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249: Heal Your Gut, Prevent Heart Disease, and Thrive | William Davis, MD

William Davis, MD is a cardiologist and the author of the internationally best-selling Wheat Belly series of books. His latest offering is Super Gut: A Four-Week Plan to Reprogram Your Microbiome, Restore Health, and Lose Weight. Full show notes:

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248: The Best and Worst Foods to Eat for Mental Health | Uma Naidoo, MD

Dr. Uma Naidoo is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, professional chef, nutrition specialist, and best-selling author of This is Your Brain on Food. Full show notes:

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247: How to Break Free From Negative Thoughts and Create Inner Peace | Matt Nathanson

Matt Nathanson is a platinum-selling recording artist with a number of hit songs under his belt including Come On Get Higher, Faster, Headphones, and more. His new album, Boston Accent, is out now. Full show notes:

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246: Science-Based Tools to Conquer Anxiety, Stress, and Emotional Eating | Judson Brewer, MD, PhD

Dr. Judson Brewer (?Dr. Jud?) is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the ?science of self-mastery,? who blends over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training and a career in scientific research. He is also the New York Times best-selling author of Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind. Full show notes:

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245: The 7 Biggest Diet and Weight Loss Myths and What You Should Do Instead | Sal di Stefano

Sal Di Stefano co-hosts 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. He is also the author of The Resistance Training Revolution: The No-Cardio Way to Burn Fat and Age-Proof Your Body in Only 60 Minutes a Week. Full show notes:

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244: The Alzheimer's Fraud That Derailed Research for Decades | Max Lugavere and Matt Bilinsky

Max Lugavere is a science journalist, host of The Genius Life podcast, and New York Times best-selling author. His latest book, Genius Kitchen: Over 100 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Make Your Brain Sharp, Body Strong, and Taste Buds Happy, is out now.

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243: The Bitter Truth About Sugar and How it Harms Your Health | Robert Lustig, MD

Robert Lustig, MD, MSL is Professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco. He specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system, and his research and clinical practice has focused on childhood obesity and diabetes. His latest book, Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine, is out now. Full show notes:

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242: Destigmatizing and Demystifying Hormone Health for Women | Judy Greer

Judy Greer is an actress and comedian who has appeared in numerous films and television series including Jawbreaker, Arrested Development, Archer, Jurassic World, and The Thing About Pam. She is passionate about hormone health in women over 40, and recently became a partner at Wile, a company that makes plant-based supplements for women?s hormonal health. Full show notes:

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241: Everything You Need to Know About Protein for Muscle Growth | Angelo Keely

Angelo Keely is a protein supplementation expert and the CEO and co-founder (with Ben Greenfield) of Kion. Full show notes:

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240: Powerful Hacks to Balance Your Blood Sugar and Fix Your Hormones | Jessie Inchauspé

Jessie Inchauspé is a biochemist, health educator, founder of the Glucose Goddess movement, and best-selling author of the recently released book, Glucose Revolution: The Life-Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood Sugar. Full show notes:

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239: The Science of Flexible Dieting; How to Lose Fat and Gain Muscle While Eating Whatever You Want | Alan Aragon

Alan Aragon is a nutrition researcher and educator with over 25 years of success in the field. He is known as one of the most influential figures in the fitness industry?s movement towards evidence-based information. His new book, Flexible Dieting: A Science-Based, Reality-Tested Method for Achieving and Maintaining Your Optimal Physique, Performance and Health, is out now.

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238: How to Build Wealth and Be Recession-Proof, Plus Money Myths That Keep You Poor | Jaspreet Singh

Jaspreet ?The Minority Mindset? Singh is a serial entrepreneur and licensed attorney on a mission to spread financial education. His YouTube Channel has over one million subscribers. Full show notes:

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237: How Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight and Improve Hormone Health | Cynthia Thurlow

Cynthia Thurlow is a nurse practitioner, intermittent fasting and nutrition expert, two-time TEDx speaker, host of the Everyday Wellness podcast, and author of Intermittent Fasting Transformation: The 45-Day Program for Women to Lose Stubborn Weight, Improve Hormonal Health, and Slow Aging. Full show notes:

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236: How to Get Over a Breakup, Heal Your Heart, and Find ?The One? | Amy Chan

Amy Chan is the Founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp, a retreat that takes a scientific and spiritual approach to healing the heart. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Heart Hackers Club, an online magazine that focuses on the psychology behind love, lust, and desire. Her book, Breakup Bootcamp: The Science of Rewiring Your Heart, is available now. Full show notes:

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235: How to Use Food As Medicine to Heal Your Body and Prevent Disease | William Li, MD

Dr. William Li is President of The Angiogenesis Foundation, a world-renowned physician, research scientist currently studying the vascular impact of COVID-19, speaker (his TED Talk has over 11 million views), and NYT bestselling author of Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself. Full show notes:

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234: How to Get Un-Stuck in Any Situation; Finding Your True Purpose | Ed Mylett

Ed Mylett is a global speaker, serial entrepreneur, host of The Ed Mylett Show, and one of the most influential life and business strategists in the world. He is also the best-selling author of #MaxOut Your Life: Strategies for Becoming an Elite Performer, and his latest book, The Power of One More: The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Success, is out now. Full show notes:

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233: Complete Guide to Intermittent Fasting for Women; Benefits of Psyllium Husk | Amy Shah, MD

Dr. Amy Shah is a double board-certified MD with an undergraduate degree with honors from Cornell in Nutrition, medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, then further research and residency training at the Harvard Hospitals, and advanced training at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Immunology/Allergy. She is the author of I'm So Effing Tired: A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy, and Reclaim Your Life.

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232: The 10 Healthiest Vegetables You Must Eat | Max Lugavere

Max Lugavere is a science journalist, host of The Genius Life podcast, and New York Times best-selling author. His latest book, Genius Kitchen: Over 100 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Make Your Brain Sharp, Body Strong, and Taste Buds Happy, is out now.

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231: How to Eat Dessert Every Day Without Gaining Weight | Crosby Tailor

Crosby Tailor is a model, certified personal trainer, and chef known for his phenomenal ketogenic cookies and superfood desserts. He's the wellness whisperer I consult often when it comes to fat loss and exercise physiology, and we're pleased to welcome him back to the show! His new book, The Fit Baker, is available now. Full show notes:

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230: Eat These 6 Superfoods to Enhance Your Brain, Body, and Sex Life | Mary Shenouda

Mary Shenouda is a superfood expert, performance chef to top athletes and celebrities, and the founder of Phat Fudge.

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229: How to Discover Your "Fat Type" to Shed Belly Fat; Optimizing Your Workout Routine | Sal di Stefano

Sal Di Stefano co-hosts 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. He is also the author of The Resistance Training Revolution: The No-Cardio Way to Burn Fat and Age-Proof Your Body in Only 60 Minutes a Week. Full show notes:

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228: Change Your Mind to Attract Love, Health, and Wealth | Marisa Peer

Marisa Peer is an international Best-selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Personal Development Expert & Leading Celebrity Therapist. She has over three decades of experience as a therapist and has been named Best British Therapist by Men's Health magazine. Marisa uses her experience of treating clients including rock stars, CEOs, elite Olympic athletes, royalty and Oscar-winning actors to inform her life-changing speeches and lectures which have amassed millions of views across YouTube.

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227: How to Break Any Addiction, Destroy Laziness, and Turn Your Life Around | Doug Bopst

Doug Bopst is a personal trainer and author of Faith Family Fitness and From Felony to Fitness to Free. He is a former felon and drug addict who chose to use his time locked up to beat his demons and reinvent himself, and now he's on a mission to help others integrate the lessons he's learned. His latest book is The Heart of Recovery: Real People. Real Lives. Real Success Stories. Full show notes: 

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226: How to End Food Cravings and Fix Your Metabolism | Mark Schatzker

Mark Schatzker is an award-winning writer based in Toronto. He is a writer-in-residence at the Modern Diet and Physiology Research Center at Yale University, a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Condé Nast Traveler, and Bloomberg Pursuits, and author of several books including the Dorito Effect and his latest, The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well. Full show notes: 

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225: If You Want to Melt All Your Fat Away in 1 Year, Do This | Josh Peck

Josh Peck is an actor (currently appearing as Drew on How I Met Your Father), comedian, YouTuber, and author of Happy People Are Annoying. Full show notes:  

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224: What I've Been Up To | Max Lugavere

Max Lugavere is a science journalist, host of The Genius Life podcast, and New York Times best-selling author. His latest book, Genius Kitchen: Over 100 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Make Your Brain Sharp, Body Strong, and Taste Buds Happy, is out now.

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223: How to Sleep Better and Reduce Inflammation | Roger Seheult, MD

Dr. Roger Seheult is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Medicine and Allied Health at Loma Linda University. He is a practicing critical care physician, pulmonologist, and sleep physician at Beaver Medical Group, and a co-founder of MedCram, one of the fastest-growing online medical education companies. Full show notes:

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222: Daily Steps to Help Beat Stress, Anxiety and Depression | Ellen Vora, MD

Ellen Vora, MD attended Columbia University for medical school and received her BA in English from Yale University. She?s a board-certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist, yoga teacher, and author of The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming the Body's Fear Response. Full show notes:

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221: The Top Foods to Eat to Reduce Inflammation and Burn Belly Fat | Andrew Weil, MD

Dr. Andrew Weil  is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School and the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He is the author of multiple bestsellers and the founder of True Food Kitchen. Full show notes:

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220: How to Burn More Calories Without Exercise, Plus Common Keto Myths Dispelled | Steven Gundry, MD

219: The Bitter Truth About Sugar, How It's Killing You, and How to Get Off It | Max Lugavere

Max Lugavere is a science journalist, host of The Genius Life podcast, and author of the upcoming book Genius Kitchen: Over 100 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Make Your Brain Sharp, Body Strong, and Taste Buds Happy. He is also the New York Times best-selling author of Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life and The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary.

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218: How to Stop Negative Thoughts and Make Friends With Your Mind | Ethan Kross, PhD

Ethan Kross is one of the world's leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. An award-winning professor in the University of Michigan's top-ranked Psychology Department and its Ross School of Business, he is the director of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory, and national best-selling author of Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It. Full show notes:

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217: The Secret Blood Test That Could Fix Your Metabolism, Shed Fat, and Save Your Life | David Perlmutter, MD

216: The "Healthy" Foods You Should Never Eat | Steven Gundry, MD

Steven Gundry, MD is a physician and author. He is a former cardiac surgeon and currently runs his own clinic, investigating the impact of diet on health.

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215: How to Maximize Your Morning Routine for Better Mental and Physical Health | Aaron Alexander

Aaron Alexander is a functional movement coach with over 16 years of professional experience, host of the Align Podcast, and author of The Align Method: 5 Movement Principles for a Stronger Body, Sharper Mind, and Stress-Proof Life. Full show notes:

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214: Doctor Reveals the Top Causes of Inflammation and How to Prevent It | Ryan Greene, DO

Dr. Ryan M. Greene, DO, MS is an osteopathic physician (D.O.) specializing in human performance, sports medicine, nutrition, and the most cutting edge recovery methods available. Dr. Greene?s principal belief is that integration of a constantly collaborative, holistic, evidence-based practice amongst health and wellness practitioners is crucial for an individual?s sustained success. Full show notes:
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213: What Happens When You Stop Eating Bread for 30 Days | Max Lugavere

212: How a Doctor Cured Her Own Autoimmune Disease | Cynthia Li, MD

Cynthia Li, MD, is a doctor whose personal healing journey through a disabling autoimmune condition took her from public health in underserved populations to integrative and functional medicine. She is the author of Brave New Medicine: A Doctor's Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness and free e-booklet How to Strengthen Your Inner Shield: Science-Based, Integrative Strategies for a Healthy Immune System During a Pandemic. Full show notes:

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