Bodybuilders were some of the original biohackers. Experimenting with supplements, molecules, and tweaking the delicate endocrine system. Leading to well-developed and balanced physiques, but at what cost?
Often mood, happiness, and paradoxically, their health and longevity. This episode draws from the best of two camps: health optimization and radical body transformation.
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About Connie Nightingale
Connie Nightingale’s love for fitness came about through her own journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Her frequent brain fog, body fatigue, weight gain, and a general lack of motivation were just a few indicators that something needed to change. In 2015, Connie began her rewarding journey towards healthy living by diving down a nutrition rabbit hole that she never came out of. That deep dive led her to obtain her certifications as a nutritionist and personal trainer so she could help others do the same. Knowing that the body is part of one beautifully functioning whole, Connie uniquely targets the mental, physical, and nutritional elements of healthy living from a functional standpoint. It has been said many times over that “abs start in the kitchen.” While this is true, Connie knows that mental wellness, gut health, and physical energy start in the kitchen too. This is why Connie tailors individualized eating plans for her client’s specific goals and desired outcomes. Her journey towards holistic health has changed her from the inside out and she is ready to help you do the same. Connie’s expertise ranges from nutritional guidance, one-on-one personal training, contest and lifestyle coaching, mindset reframing, and bodybuilding competition posing. Her goal is to teach each person how to empower themselves towards future self-sufficiency by cracking their very own health code.
Top things you’ll learn from Connie
- The GAPS diet worked when nothing else did
- Downsides of bodybuilding industry
- “Bro science” everywhere
- Your coach may not know the science as well as you think
- What contest prep is actually like
- 3 hours of cardio and eating only 600 calories daily
- Connie’s conditions resulting for bodybuilding prep
- Major HPA-axis dysfunction (similar to adrenal fatigue)
- Digestive issues
- Training lessons
- More isn’t always better
- Cutting calories causes the body to restrict energy elsewhere
- If you fast, you must be sure to get adequate calories at other meals
- Fastest way to lose and keep weight off is via improving overall health
- Poor digestion can dysregulate thyroid and other bodily systems
- Too little stomach acid can let pathogens proliferate.
- Galbladder uses bile to break down fats and unlock fat solube vitamins
- Mindset is the most important and first step to lasting change
- Stress can come from within. Find something to take your mind off your day
- You cannot lose weight if blood sugar is high (stress)
- Common lab ranges “normal” reference keeps shifting
- Top three supplements
- Targeted micro-nutrients
- Creatine as a nootropic and for brain health
- Peptides like BPC-157 for gut health
- Vet your peptide source
- Magnesium oxide indicates a low-quality product
- Connie’s most important blood tests to get
- CMP (complete metabolic panel)
- Free T3
- Free T4
- Reverse T3
- TPOab (thyroid peroxidase antibody for Hashimoto’s detection)
- TgAb (anti-body for Hashimoto’s detection)
- Vitamin D, 25 hydroxy
- DHEA sulfate
- Sex hormones (testosterone, progesterone, estradiol)
Books, Videos, Information, & Other Resources
Tools, Gadgets, Gear, & Technology
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This podcast is brought to you by
Nick Urban is a biohacker, data scientist, athlete, founder of Outliyr, and the host of the Mind Body Peak Performance Podcast. He is a certified CHEK Practitioner, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a Performance Health Coach. Nick is a student of ancient medical systems (Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hermedic Principles, etc), and modern science.
Music by Luke Hall
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