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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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289: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Calorie Deficits and Fasting for Weight Loss, Fertility, and Longevity | Mindy Pelz, DC

Dr. Mindy Pelz, DC is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, nutrition and functional health expert who has spent more than two decades helping thousands of people successfully reclaim their health. She is a recognized leader in the alternative health field and a pioneer in the fasting movement. Her new book, Fast Like a Girl: A Woman's Guide to Using the Healing Power of Fasting to Burn Fat, Boost Energy, and Balance Hormones, is out now.

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288: The Top Foods to Avoid to Keep the Fat Off, Live Longer, and Prevent Disease | Jessie Inchauspé

Jessie Inchauspé is a biochemist, health educator, founder of the Glucose Goddess movement, and best-selling author. Her latest book is The Glucose Goddess Method: The 4-Week Guide to Cutting Cravings, Getting Your Energy Back, and Feeling Amazing.

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287: Step Out of Survival Mode, Free Yourself From Drama, and Build the Life You Love | Scott Lyons, PhD

Dr. Scott Lyons is a licensed holistic psychologist, educator and author. As a renowned body-based trauma expert, Doctor of Osteopathy (Spain) and Mind-Body Medicine specialist, Scott helps people to break free from cycles of pain, limited beliefs, and trauma. His book, Addicted to Drama: Healing Dependency on Crisis and Chaos in Yourself and Others, is out now.

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286: How to Overcome Self-Doubt, Unlock Your Potential, and Attract Success | David Nurse

David Nurse is a renowned former basketball player turned coach, motivational speaker, and author known for his expertise in mindset and personal development. He is the host of the podcast, The David Nurse Show. His latest book is Do It: The Life-Changing Power of Taking Action

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285: How to Optimize Adrenal and Thyroid Hormones for Health and Vitality | Izabella Wentz, PharmD

Izabella Wentz, PharmD is an internationally acclaimed thyroid specialist and licensed pharmacist, who has dedicated her career to addressing the root cause of thyroid dysfunction after being diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 2009. Her new book, Adrenal Transformation Protocol: A 4-Week Plan to Release Stress Symptoms and Go from Surviving to Thriving, is out now.

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284: Vulvas, Vaginas, and Clitorises, Oh My! How to Give and Receive Better Orgasms | Jolene Brighten, ND

Dr. Jolene Brighten is a board certified naturopathic endocrinologist, clinical sexologist, and prominent leader in women?s medicine. Dr. Brighten is also part of the MindBodyGreen Collective and a faculty member for the  American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine. Her work has been featured in the New York Post, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Bustle, The Guardian, and ABC News. Her latest book is Is This Normal? Judgment-Free Straight Talk about Your Body.

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283: Leveraging Your Circadian Rhythm to Lose Fat, Optimize Cognition, and Prevent Disease | Satchin Panda, PhD

Satchin Panda, PhD is a prominent circadian biologist and professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He has made significant contributions to the field, including developing a time-restricted feeding regimen to improve metabolic health in humans. His latest book is The Circadian Diabetes Code: Discover the Right Time to Eat, Sleep, and Exercise to Prevent and Reverse Prediabetes and Diabetes.

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282: The Science of Happiness and How to Extract More Joy Out of Every Day | Arthur Brooks, PhD

Arthur Brooks is a social scientist, professor at Harvard University, columnist for The Atlantic, president of The American Enterprise Institute, and author of 12 books, including his latest, Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt.

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281: Foods and Tactics to Accelerate Fat Loss, Boost Your Metabolism, and Fight Disease | William Li, MD

Dr. William Li is President of The Angiogenesis Foundation, a world-renowned physician, the 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. His latest book, Eat to Beat Your Diet: Burn Fat, Heal Your Metabolism, and Live Longer, is out now. Full show notes:

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280: How to Set Boundaries, Heal Unhealthy Relationships, and Live Drama-Free | Nedra Glover Tawwab

Nedra Glover Tawwab, MSW, LCSW, is a New York Times best-selling author, licensed therapist, and sought-after relationship expert. She has practiced relationship therapy for 15 years. Her new book, Drama Free: A Guide to Managing Unhealthy Family Relationships, is out now. Full show notes:

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279: The Top Vitamins and Minerals You Need Daily to Unlock Better Health | Dave Asprey

Dave Asprey is the "Father of Biohacking" and the founder of Bulletproof 360, Inc. He is a New York Times bestselling author, host of the The Human Upgrade podcast, and the creator of the global phenomenon Bulletproof Coffee and the Bulletproof Diet. He?s got a new mineral-infused coffee line called Danger Coffee and his latest book is Smarter Not Harder: The Biohacker's Guide to Getting the Body and Mind You Want. Full show notes:

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278: How to Heal Childhood Trauma and Cultivate Resilience and Self-Love | Tara Schuster

Tara Schuster?s first book, Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies, was selected by Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Goop, Publishers Weekly, and many more as one of 2020?s best books on mental health and self-care. She served as VP of talent and development at Comedy Central, where she was the executive in charge of such critically acclaimed shows as the Emmy and Peabody award-winning Key & Peele. Her new book, Glow in the F*cking Dark: Simple Practices to Heal Your Soul, from Someone Who Learned the Hard Way, is out now.

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277: How to Reverse Your Biological Age and Stay Young Forever | Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is a board-certified physician, a leader in the field of functional medicine, host of The Doctor's Farmacy podcast, and author of several New York Times bestselling books. His latest offering is Young Forever: The Secrets to Living Your Longest, Healthiest Life. Full show notes:

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276: How Big Food and Big Pharma Conspire to Keep Us Sick | Calley Means

Calley Means is the co-founder (with his sister, Dr. Casey Means) of True Medicine. The Means are in the process of writing a book about how preventable cellular dysfunction (caused primarily by food) is at the root of nearly every chronic condition in America. Full show notes:

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275: Foods and Supplements to Boost Brain Health and Improve Stamina and Energy | Latt Mansor, PhD

Dr. Latt Mansor earned his PhD in Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics from the University of Oxford, where he conducted research on the metabolic response of the type 2 diabetic heart to hypoxia. Currently, he is serving as the research lead at H.V.M.N. and hosting its Health via Modern Nutrition podcast. He is an expert on the ketogenic diet and the use of exogenous ketones. Full show notes:

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274: How to Reverse Multiple Sclerosis and Prevent Autoimmune Diseases | Terry Wahls, MD

Dr. Terry Wahls oversees clinical trials at the University of Iowa.  She also has secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which for four years kept her in a tilt-recline wheelchair. Dr. Wahls used a food and lifestyle plan she created specifically for her brain to regain her health, and she is now able to ride her bike to work every day. She shares how she did all this in her book The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles. Full show notes:

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273: How to Boost Your Mitochondria for More Energy, Better Sex, and a Longer Life | Molly Maloof, MD

Dr. Molly Maloof is on a mission to radically extend healthspan and maximize human potential using scientific wellness, health technology, educational media, and health optimization medicine. She is the author of The Spark Factor: The Secret to Supercharging Energy, Becoming Resilient, and Feeling Better Than Ever.  Full show notes:

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272: How to Speed Up Metabolism with Reverse Dieting; Staying on Track When Eating Out | Don Saladino

Don Saladino is a well-known fitness entrepreneur and personal trainer. He is the owner and founder of Drive495, a high-end gym in New York City, and has trained a number of high-profile clients, including actors and professional athletes. He is also known for his appearances in various media outlets, including Men's Health and Men's Fitness, and for his regular contributions to fitness-related publications. Full show notes:

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271: Daily Habits For a Happier, Healthier, and More Fulfilling Life | Robert Waldinger, MD

Dr. Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist and professor who leads the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest scientific study on happiness. He is the author of The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Scientific Study of Happiness, in which he explores the impact of relationships on health and well-being. Full show notes:

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270: The Mindset Trick to Overcome Doubt and Get More Out of Life and Work | Jennifer Cohen

Jennifer Cohen is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, brand strategist, international speaker, podcaster and educator with a specific focus on building healthy habits to drive positive behavioral change. Her new book, Bigger Better Bolder: Live the Life You Want, Not the Life You Get, is out now.

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269: Heal Your Mind, Prevent Dementia, and Unlock Your Brain's Hidden Energy | Christopher Palmer, MD

Christopher Palmer, MD, is the Director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. For over 27 years he?s held administrative, educational, research, and clinical roles in psychiatry. His new book, Brain Energy: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health?and Improving Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and More, is out now.

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268: The Top Fitness and Training Myths That Are Killing Your Gains | Ben Bruno

Ben Bruno is a celebrity trainer in Los Angeles with more than 15 years of experience. He works with an extremely wide range of clients: from professional athletes, to musicians, to actors, to models. He?s worked with Justin Timberlake, Kate Upton, Chelsea Handler, Klay Thompson and many more. He?s been featured on the Today Show, ESPN, in Men?s Health, and more.


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267: The Biggest Lies You've Been Told About Nutrition and Losing Weight | Kevin Bass

Kevin Bass is an MD PhD student with a master?s degree in immunology. He runs the website The Diet Wars, a site devoted to debunking misinformation about nutrition and exercise. Full show notes:

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266: How to Balance Your Nervous System to Reduce Stress and Heal Trauma | Nicole LePera, PhD

Dr. Nicole LePera (aka The Holistic Psychologist) is a clinical psychologist in private practice who often found herself frustrated by the limitations of traditional psychotherapy. Wanting more for her patients?and for herself?she began a journey to develop a unified philosophy of mental, physical, and spiritual health that equips people with the tools necessary to heal. Her latest book, How to Meet Your Self: The Workbook for Self-Discovery, is out now. Full show notes:

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265: How to Stop Gaining Weight by Turning Off Your Fat Storage Switch | Richard Johnson, MD

Dr. Richard Johnson is a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, and is a clinician, educator, and researcher. For more than 20 years, he has led research on the cause of obesity and diabetes, with special interest in the role of sugar (especially fructose) and uric acid. His latest book, Nature Wants Us to Be Fat: The Surprising Science Behind Why We Gain Weight and How We Can Prevent?and Reverse?It, is out now. Full show notes:  

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264: Everyday Foods That Slow Aging, Heal the Gut, and Prevent Disease | Jeffrey Bland, PhD

Dr. Jeffrey Bland is a highly respected thought leader who has spent more than four decades focused on the improvement of human health through systems biology. He is known worldwide as the founder of the Functional Medicine movement.

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263: Why You Should Embrace Difficult Emotions to Build Strength and Agility | Susan David, PhD

Susan David is one of the world?s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Her TED Talk on the topic of emotional agility has been seen by more than 10 million people, and her book, Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life, is a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller. Full show notes:

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262: How to Optimize Your Omega-3 Intake for Longevity and Disease Prevention | Bill Harris, PhD

Bill Harris, PhD is an internationally recognized expert on omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil. He has more than 300 publications relating to fatty acids, including omega-3s, in the medical literature.

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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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