Wade Lightheart is a president of the Awesome Health Alliance, director of Education Bioptimizers, and Advisor to the American Anti Cancer Institute. He was three-time Canadian all natural bodybuilding champion. He is a sports nutritionist, author, and speaker.
Wade Lightheart is someone who knows by sheer experience of failure, trial, test, measuring and eventual success, what the keys to optimal health are for humans. From his experience competing in the Mr Universe, to putting on a lot of body fat shortly after, to a tragic family story in his youth and much, much more, Wade arrived at the acronym A.W.E.S.O.M.E and turned his focus to supporting people through education and his renowned supplement company, BioOptimizers. He uncovered much of the shady-ness of the supplement industry in both research and manufacturing (if you want to dig deeper, I interviewed Kate Johnston/Holm on this last year, too!) and then started on a journey to independently support as many people as possible with the issues plaguing us today: Poor digestive health and the flow on effect in all areas of our health. We talk about what the second world war had to do with the food industry history, how what we eat today is very different to what every other animal’s diet is, to how to reestablish great digestive health and vitality with some key basic concepts and changes. I hope you enjoy learning from Wade. A wealth of knowledge. Lots of health nuggets. Enjoy and head over to the show notes for the sponsor offer and further details on Wade and BioOptimizers at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Greetings, SuperFriends! Today we are joined by Wade Lightheart. Wade is a 3-Time Canadian national All Natural Bodybuilding Champion who competed as a vegetarian, a former Mr. Universe Competitor, the host of The Awesome Health podcast, and one of the world’s premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods. He has worked in the field for 25 years, sold books in over 80 countries, served as an advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute, and is the Co-Founder and President at BiOptimizers, a digestive and health optimization company. This was a really fun episode. Wade and I connected on a lot of different subjects that we both feel passionately about. We talked about technology, and how our dissonance with our evolutionary blueprint is causing so many of our health problems. We also talked about loss in his life, the discipline and how he cultivated it to compete at such a high level, and we talked about digestion and the lymphatic system. In fact, I learned a couple of really powerful biohacks in this episode that I never understood how they worked or why they worked, and I'm going to be going out and making a purchase after this episode of something that I think is going to provide massive health for my family and me. In addition to that, Wade was very generous at the end of the episode. He gives away not just a complete online course, but an awesome discount on some products, if you want to check out BiOptimizers' products. Enjoy! -Jonathan Levi
My guests on today's show are coming back for a three-peat. They first appeared in the episode... "Probiotic Enemas, Digestive Enzyme Myths, Breathing 10 Kilograms of Oxygen, Low-Protein Diets & More!..." Then appeared again in... ..."How I’ve Been Able To Gorge On Delicious Gluten-Filled Foods Without Feeling Like I Swallowed A Pair Of Motor-Powered Scissors Tearing Up My Intestines."... They are Matt Gallant and Wade Lightheart. Matt Gallant is an entrepreneur, a poker champion, an ex-rock guitarist, a serial entrepreneur (who's built 13 companies in the last 20 years) strength and conditioning coach with a degree in kinesiology, the CEO and co-founder of a company called BiOptimizers. Wade T. Lightheart, host of the AWESOME Health Podcast, 3-time All Natural National Bodybuilding Champion, advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute and Cofounder of BiOptimizers. He is also the author of several books including the best-selling books, “Staying Alive in a Toxic World” and “The Wealthy Backpacker.” This episode is for you if you you ever experience digestive issues when you eat high fat meals...such as constipation, diarrhea or a meal just sitting in your stomach... ...or if your intense exercise or peak athletic performance has taken a dip since you switched over to lower carbs... ...or if you want to experience a new level of energy, mental clarity and focus without relying on stimulants... Matt and Wade have cracked the code on solving the major metabolic deficiencies that block you from thriving on keto.  They've actually turned hundreds of people onto keto over the last couple of decades. Unfortunately, most struggled with three core metabolic issues — which Matt and Wade never knew how to fix until recently. They began doing hundreds of hours of research and testing on the different nutrients that could help solve these challenges. It wasn’t easy... it took them pouring through a TON of studies (which we talk about in today's episode)... massive amounts of real-world testing... until they ultimately discovered the perfect combination of nutrients for optimizing fat digestion, energy metabolism, and fat loss enhancement. They're thrilled to finally reveal solution that solves all of these problems—in just 7 seconds... and gives you a new level of energy that rivals coffee. Smooth consistent bowel movements and fat loss on a low-carb or keto diet are now possible. These results are made possible by a solution we talk about in today's show - a solution that takes just 7 seconds to open the lid of a bottle, pour the capsules in your hand and throw them in your mouth. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Interesting biohacks Ben, Matt and Wade did prior to recording the podcast [7:23] Wade's 3 day water fast Maintained regular workouts Rebounder in the morning, weights in the afternoon Last day, go for a long walk, then into steam room to force the body to convert fat into water How Mark prepared for the call: Microdosed vyvanse Lucy gum (nicotine) Ben: Blood draw Peptide stack Grounding and earthing mats (BGF podcast with Clint Ober) The International Peptide Society -About nutrigenomics [24:20] 7 keys to biologically optimize your diet: Sustainability Lifestyle Genetics Allergies Gut biome Biofeedback Goals 3 categories: Aesthetic goals Performance Health (anti-aging) Geography of ones ancestors influences the proper diet for us -Vegetarian genes [30:45] AMY1A (amylase) LCT, MCM6 (lactase) FUT, SHBG (fiber, dietary, B12) FLAD1 (biosynthesize omega 3 and 6 from polyunsaturated fatty acids) BCML1 (polymorphisms) -Ketogenic genes [38:10] CPT1A - arctic mutation for fatty oxidation FAD 1, FAD2 ADRB2 (saturated fats) APOE2 (satiation) FTO3 (body fat) LPL APOC3 PPAR Alpha (coastal adaptation) -Whether Wade follows his current diet because of his genetics [47:30] Didn't do well on a plant-based ketogenic diet, but does well overall on a plant-based diet Does great on a high carb diet "Don't discount lifestyle and environment and place all the weight  on genetics" ATP Science podcast on how gut flora affects carb sensitivities Book: Wired To Eat by Robb Wolf -The biochemistry of Kapex and how it addresses some of the fundamental mistakes of keto [53:23] -Specific uses and applications of Kapex [1:09:10] 7 keto DHEA raises metabolism by ~5% Increases 3 different enzymes in the liver Activates PPAR Alpha Even if you don't need it for its nutrigenomics benefits, people love the simple energy boost -Interesting biohacks Ben, Matt and Wade have planned for after recording the podcast [1:17:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode: Click here to get Kapex (or go to Kenergize.com/greenfield) to automatically get 20% off any package of kApex with coupon code GREENFIELDKX Ultimate Longevity grounding/earthing mats and patches Longevity blood testing panel (for men or for women) Ben did the morning of the podcast Ben's podcast on peptide stacks with Dr. William Seeds LUCY Nicotine gum Matt was chewing during show (use BEN10 for a $10 off the $60 subscription) ATP Science podcast on how gut flora affects carb sensitivities Book: Wired To Eat by Robb Wolf LGD-4033 Ligandrol The International Peptide Society BGF podcast with Clint Ober Episode sponsors: -Kion Lean: Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Red Juice: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -Four Sigmatic: I’ve been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I’m impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Native Deodorant: Safe, simple, effective products that people use in the bathroom everyday. Native creates products with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. Get 20% off your first purchase when you use discount code: BEN Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Matt, Wade or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Wade T. Lightheart, host of the AWESOME Health Podcast, is a 3-time All Natural National Bodybuilding Champion, advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute and Director of Education at BiOptimizers Nutrition, one of the world’s most innovative nutritional supplement companies. He is also the author of several books including the best-selling books, “Staying Alive in a Toxic World” and “The Wealthy Backpacker.” The AWESOME Health Podcast is a big part of his mission to help others fix their digestion and transform their health with the daily practice of positive principles, rituals and optimizers. Few alive have traveled farther or crusaded harder on behalf of helping individuals transform their digestive health, wellness and overall lives than Wade T. Lightheart. After competing in Mr. Universe and his health failing him following a competition victory, Wade began to search for answers. In the process, he learned so much about what makes digestion work, along with other principles that form what he calls the AWESOME Health system. Wade’s journey into vegetarianism and bodybuilding took his health to new heights, empowering him to help others with a unique perspective. Wade also serves as an advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute, and is the Co-Founder and Director of Education at BiOptimizers, a digestive health company.
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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6
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5
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7 hours, 17 minutes
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