Satchin Panda is a professor in the Regulatory Biology Laboratory, a.k.a. Panda Lab at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. His research concerns understanding the molecular mechanism of the biological clock and the part it plays in overall health, as detailed in his book, The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight.
Dr. Satchin Panda (IG: @satchin.panda) is a professor at the Salk Institute and author of The Circadian Code. He is a frequent speaker in international conferences on metabolism, exercise and chronic diseases. Dr. Panda's research focuses on how circadian clocks regulate behaviour, physiology, and metabolism. His discovery of how a blue light sensor in our eyes affect our sleep-wake cycle, depression, and alertness is leading a new revolution in managing light to improve health. Dr. Panda recently discovered that maintaining a daily feeding-fasting cycle – popularly known as time-restricted eating (TRE) – can prevent and reverse many chronic diseases and increase lifespan. In this episode, we discuss: How you wake up is the most important part of your day Getting natural daylight in the morning The light-dark cycle trains our brain clock Melanopsin is sensitive to blue light (aka junk light at night) It takes 2-3 hours to build up your melatonin Simple solutions to manage light throughout your home Make sure to get 1-2 hours of bright light every day Mental health is linked to your sleep-wake cycle Optimal sleep amounts for all ages (babies to adults) Time-restricted eating (TRE) = eating during an 8-12 hour window Every cell in our body has its own clock Fasting makes your organs function better Why you should stop eating 2-3 hours before you sleep Finding the right TRE schedule for you Stop snacking to help burn fat Does coffee impact time-restricted eating? Dr. Panda’s personal experience with TRE How to best manage shift work & your eating schedule The Circadian Code in men vs. women The perfect circadian day Show sponsors: BLUblox <== 15% off the world's most advanced blue light glasses Joovv <== purchase a Joovv device using our link and receive a free gift Organifi <== 20% off all Organifi products Sleep On Latex <== All mattresses ship same day and can be returned for free within 100 days Related links: Dr. Satchin Panda - The Circadian Code (book) Dr. Satchin Panda's Lab Follow Dr. Satchin Panda on Twitter and Instagram My Circadian Clock (website) Related episodes: 348: Andy Mant – How Light Impacts Your Health 339: Scott Nelson – The Joovv Origin Story, Light Therapy, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) 345: Max Lugavere – The Genius Life, Minimizing Noise Pollution, Supplementing With Collagen 332: Dr. David Perlmutter – Brain Wash, Prioritizing Meditation, The T.I.M.E. Tool 233: Aubrey Marcus – Own The Day, Own Your Life • Get Weird With Lunch • Start With The Hardest Thing First Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won't cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you! How can you support our podcast? 1. Apple users, please subscribe and review our show on Apple Podcasts, we make sure to read them all. Android users, be sure to subscribe to our show on Google Podcasts. Subscribers never miss any of the action ;) 2. Tell a friend about The Ultimate Health Podcast. They will surely thank you later. You can use the envelope button below to email a friend or tell them about TUHP in person. 3. Join TUHP Facebook community (FREE). This is where we all stay in touch and ask questions in between episodes. Join our community. 4. Follow our adventures on our favourite social media platform, Instagram. 5. Download The Ultimate Health Podcast app (FREE). This way you'll have our whole library of episodes right at your fingertips. Download our iOS/Apple app or our Android app. 6. Share using the buttons below. Thank you!
The fad diet right now is “intermittent fasting.” That is, waiting hours longer than you normally would before you consume your next meal. But is there any science to backup this strategy? Dr. Satchin Panda, professor at The Salk Institute in San Diego, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about why when you eat can be as important as what you eat. His book is called “The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight.”
Dr. Satchin Panda is a professor at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, and author of the new book “The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight”. Dr. Panda is a frequent speaker in international conferences on metabolism, exercise and chronic diseases. His research focuses on how circadian clocks regulate behavior, physiology and metabolism. His discovery of how a blue light sensor in the eyes affect sleep- wake cycle, depression and alertness is leading a new revolution in managing light to improve health. Recently he discovered that maintaining a daily feeding-fasting cycle – popularly known as Time-Restricted Eating (TRE) – can prevent and reverse many chronic diseases. Like most people, you probably wake up, get hungry for meals and doze off in bed around the same time every day. If you’ve ever experienced jet lag or pulled an all-nighter, you know that this schedule can easily be thrown off kilter. But for some people, that imbalance—difficulty sleeping at night, hunger at odd times, or sudden fatigue at noon—is a constant. If you're one of those people, Dr. Panda, one of the leading researchers on circadian rhythms, has a plan to reset your body clock. Beginning with an in-depth explanation of the circadian clock—why it’s important, how it works, and how to know it isn’t working—heoutlines lifestyle changes to make to get back on track. It's a concrete plan to enhance weight loss, improve sleep, optimize exercise, and manage technology so that it doesn’t interfere with your body’s natural rhythm. Dr. Panda’s life changing methods show you how to prevent and reverse ailments like diabetes, cancer, and dementia, as well as microbiome conditions like acid reflux, heartburn, and irritable bowel disease. During our discussion, you'll learn: -About TRE, and how it's related to the circadian code...6:25 You're mindful of your first and last calorie of the day; you want to intake calories within a set period of time each day. Why it's a time restriction, as opposed to a caloric restriction. TRE is more practical for the modern lifestyle than to restrict the food you eat with no time restrictions. Lab tests showed that mice ate the same amount of calories with TRE as without. Tests involving humans have shown that TRE has resulted in improved overall health. Good news for people who are tired of constantly being "cold and hungry" while trying to live healthy lifestyle. -The truth about Hugh Jackman's "Wolverine" Diet...10:30 Ate a lot of protein in a 8-9 hour window; resulted in putting on a lot of muscle for Wolverine. TRE is becoming a trend among Hollywood actors. Many body builders are using TRE; it's simply more practical and easier on the body. It's difficult to ascertain what is the best mode of TRE for each individual. Best to discover for yourself through trial and error. -How TRE affects endurance sport athletes...18:00 Tests have been conducted on mice, not humans thus far. Question was: will mice lose endurance when they have a small window of time for eating? Mice eating an unhealthy diet on TRE far outperformed mice with the same diet with no time restrictions on eating. -What is the optimal timeframe when utilizing TRE?...23:45 Most American adults eat more than 12, even 15 hours per day. The easiest (and healthiest) way to start incorporating TRE is to eat a later breakfast and an earlier dinner. -Why Dr. Panda believes that drinking a cup of coffee "breaks a fast"...29:30 Most people put cream and sugar in their coffee. Black coffee is preferable. A dependence on coffee to "get going" in the morning is an indication you're not getting enough sleep. By "fasting" Dr. Panda is referring more to resting your organs than not consuming calories. You can't repair a highway with traffic on it. Coffee can "reset" the circadian clock. A cup is akin to being exposed to an hour of bright light. After noon, coffee affects your ability to have deep, restful sleep at night. -About "Zeitgebers" and how you can use them to reset your circadian clock...38:30 We have "clocks" throughout the body. Light affects the "brain clock." Changing your eating schedule is a more powerful way to reset your circadian clock. Jet lag occurs more often after lunch. Eat a big breakfast, a smaller lunch or no lunch, and a good sized dinner. This may differ depending on your physical activity. -The best time of day to exercise...43:50 Late in the afternoon. Our ancestors had to get home (run) before dark. We've adapted to exercise better in the afternoon. "The circadian advantage": A West Coast based NFL team playing Monday Night Football on the East Coast has an advantage because of the time difference. -About "bi-phasic" sleep. Is it true that our ancestors would sleep, then wake up in the middle of the night, then go back to sleep?...48:00 "Common" does not equate to "normal." Our ancestors weren't as busy as modern people. We have a tighter window in which to sleep. -Ways to enhance your oxygen availability while flying, and reduce jet lag...53:10 Use a nasal device to expand your nostrils. Ayurvedic medicine: counter the dryness of the air with oils. -Why it's a bad idea to take melatonin right after eating...56:20 "Evening diabetes." The pancreas doesn't produce as much insulin. Give yourself at least an hour after waking up before eating. -The idea of resetting the "gut clock"...1:03:18 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Book: The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight -The Rhinomed Turbine nasal dilator breath aid (can wear on airplanes) -Book: Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life -Ra Optics Episode Sponsors: -Living Essentials Super Essentials Omega 3 Fish Oil from Kion. Healthy for the Heart, Brain and So Much More! -GAINSWave for enhanced sexual performance. Use my link to learn how you can receive a free treatment! -Organifi Green Juice. Use discount code "greenfield" at checkout and receive 20% off your order. -Joovv Photobiomodulation therapy. Use the referral code BEN at checkout and they'll send you some cool, Joovv-branded swag for free! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Panda or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
In this episode we speak with Dr. Satchin Panda a Professor at the Salk Institute about Circadian Rhythms and Timed-Eating. Dr. Panda's research focuses on circadian rhythm in health and disease. His discoveries are rated among the top ten breakthroughs of the year by the Science magazine, and he is considered as one of the top 50 influential scientists in the book “Brain Trust”. Research in his lab has shown the profound impact of ambient light and daily eating-fasting rhythm on the prevention and management of chronic diseases and cancer.
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