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Shawn Wells Shares Biohacking Tips on The Wellness Mama Podcast
By Roger Lockridge
The author of The Energy Formula can help you improve your wellness.
Biochemist and author Shawn Wells has been very active in helping promote ways to help people improve their overall health and fitness. His wisdom couldn’t have come at a better time than it has in recent months. He was recently a guest on The Wellness Mama Podcast, and he shared tips with host Katie Wells that could be implemented into a daily routine by moms as well as all wellness minded people.
Implementing New Strategies Slowly Instead of All at Once
“You need to do the scientific method and see, ‘Okay, this one thing, I can do that. I can go do CrossFit or F45, or whatever. I can stick with that and do that for two weeks.’ And you’re like, ‘Yeah, this is good. I’m adding this to my lifestyle. And okay, let me see how paleo works with my new workout routine.’ And you stick with that for a couple of weeks, and you say, ‘Okay, I think this is working. I can add this,’ and start stacking up things. But if you do like 10 things at once, you’re taking all these pills, you’re going to CrossFit, you’re doing paleo, you’re, you know, getting peptides and doing stem cells, and 100 other things, you don’t know what’s working and not working. And then you’ll just end up giving up everything.”
Three Health Metrics that Everyone Should Track
- Hemoglobin A1c for glycation
- CRP (C-reactive protein) for inflammation
- Oxidized LDL for oxidation
In looking at these, Shawn advises that this is when you’re starting to see dysfunction take place at a metabolic level and you can actually assess biological aging and the likelihood for disease! Energy status can also be measured with these tests (to some degree) because the mitochondria are not healthy or there’s not enough of them which will come up in your test results.
Essential Nutrition Guidelines to Follow Before Starting a Diet
- Stack Up Whole Food
- Get Rid of Sugar
- Have Some Kind of Exercise Plan in Place
- Have Some Kind of Fasting Plan in Place (like intermittent fasting)
Why High-Intensity Interval Training Is Superior to Steady-State Exercise
“High-intensity interval training is like burst training, like walk to sprint or jog to sprint, you know. And it can be like how you train with weights as well. You know, CrossFit, for example, is sort of like that. It’s like an endurance version of HIIT. It’s called metabolic conditioning. So, that’s an ideal way to train. Like, you can literally do more in five minutes of HIIT training than you can do in an hour of typical steady-state training. And even if you might say that it’s, you know, conditions-specific, like where a runner should just practice running, that’s not even the case there. Like, they’ve shown that a runner doing sprints has greater increases in terms of their endurance and their performance than just a runner who continuously runs.”
Other topics that Shawn Wells discusses include blood flow restriction, using infrared saunas, cold plunges, and more.
Shawn’s new book, The Energy Formula: Six Life Changing Ingredients to Unleash Your Limitless Potential, is available for pre-order now.