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Zestology: Live with energy, vitality and motivation

Sky Sports presenter and author Tony Wrighton goes on a podcast journey to find more energy, vitality and motivation. Packed full of epic health tips, fun biohacking gadgets, supercharged supplements and some of the most respected and well-known experts on the planet. Oh, and occasionally all this experimentation goes wrong - you'll hear those bits too.
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Jun 18, 2018

A chinwag with my old mate Dr. Stephen Simpson, all about focus and the problem of getting distracted by our phones. This is timely after I've probably spent a little too long instastorying this weekend.

Studies prove that there's more to distract us than ever before. It can be hard to put down the phone or switch off the laptop, and the constant little dopamine hits we receive from notifications, likes, emails and more have a seriously negative effect on our lives. Our brains are all over the place. 

So Dr. Stephen Simpson and I have tackled this problem head on in today's podcast.

*Don't worry, after listening to this podcast you won't have your phone confiscated your smartphone for the next month. The idea is you can start to control your tech usage, rather than letting the tech control you.

Jun 11, 2018

Non-monogamy/monogamy/celibacy. The strange relationship world of Luke Storey

18 years ago, my friend Luke Storey started using himself as a guinea pig to change his life, spiritually, physically, and in every way. Spending time, money, research into improving his physical and mental health.

Now he's sorting out his relationships... he's tried everything and he's now going celibate. Eh? It wouldn't be my approach, but he's my mate and I always love chatting to Luke Storey. Check it out.

Jun 4, 2018

A list of things that can help with happiness.

Being present...
Letting go...
Having a cup of tea...
Meditation and mindfulness…
Being in nature...

For the definitive guide to happiness, today's Zestology podcast is with Dr. Robert Puff, and he is an internationally acclaimed author on feeling good.

For several years, Dr. Robert Puff was the number one ranked individual on Google search engines in the entire U.S. for the term “clinical psychologist.” He is regularly sought by the media for his expertise on a variety of mental health issues and has been quoted in the media over 1000 times. He co-hosted the weekly TV program, The Holistic Success Show, which was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Fit TV for six months.

May 28, 2018

This is the doctor who helped Tony Robbins get rid of record amounts of mercury in his body.

Dr. Chris Shade is a world leader in detox protocols, and knows his stuff. Plus he's a great guy and has some interesting practices that help him to relax after a hardcore day helping patients.

I recorded it on the scene at the magnificent Paleo f(x) conference in Austin, Texas. We recorded this sitting outside in Austin, and you can hear all the fun of the festival vibe in the background. Enjoy.

May 21, 2018

How could this little gadget dramatically improve your sleep quality? The Oura ring.

I've been using the OURA Ring (and have been talking about it on the podcast) for quite some time. It's a tracking device that you wear on your finger. It measures your sleep, heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing pace, body temperature, and exercise. And loads of other stuff.

I've found out some very interesting and unusual things using it. Listen on to find out more.

By the way, if you want one of the new Oura Rings, use the code ZESTOLOGY to get $$$ off. These new rings look way thinner and less mafia-like than the old ones.

May 14, 2018

Boosting your brain and body is the theme of today's show, where I've plucked three of the best guests (different format alert) when they go big-time in depth. Their subjects could be dry, but they are so good and knowledgeable that they make it entertaining. 

I love depth, and that's why I've called it the smartest ways to boost brain and body.

  • Dave Asprey on Stem Cells (brain and body)
  • Dr Pompa on Water (brain and body)
  • Todd White on Alcohol (brain and body)

Enjoy getting the old grey matter working hard.

May 7, 2018

Marek is my personal functional medicine practitioner and one of the most in-demand practitioners in London - almost too much in demand as you'll hear.

Working with him has meant for me: reduced body fat, reduced inflammation, increased methylation, a way better gut. And feeling pretty awesome.

In this podcast - some of the finest supplements to optimise your health. And you'll hear about the one test you should take to establish wellness. It's a good 'un.

Why this podcast? Sometimes it is important to have a little help, and I've found it great to have someone who cares and takes the time to really get to the heart of the problem.

Apr 30, 2018

He had the Number 1 book in the world on Amazon in every category for a few days.

Dr. Dale Bredesen is one of the world’s most acknowledged experts on Alzheimer’s, and today's podcast is frankly astonishing. He's seen case upon case over many years of patients who had sometimes advanced neurological decline. And he reversed it. 
  
I am a carrier of the gene that makes Alzheimer’s more likely APOE3/4, just one of the many reasons to interview him. 

Dr. Dale says in his book "Virtually no-one in the future should have to die from Alzheimer’s." That's a big claim. Listen on to find out more.

Apr 23, 2018

Challenging conventional wisdom on dietary fat. That's today's podcast guest Nina Teicholz. She's read the science, she's read SO much science!

Nina is an investigative journalist and author of the International (and New York Times) bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise (Simon & Schuster). The Economist named it #1 science book of 2014, and it was also named a 2014 *Best Book* by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mother Jones, and Library Journal, The Big Fat Surprise has upended the conventional wisdom on dietary fat and challenged the very core of our nutrition policy.  She also was a vegetarian for 25 years.

 

Apr 16, 2018

New rules for energy, vitality and motivation. In almost 15 years of being an NLP Master Practitioner and trainer and over the course having written 3 books, I've come across a loot of weird and wonderful hacks for better energy. So on Zestology, we look at the ones that work, the ones that don’t, and the ones you should avoid at all costs.

Today - Dr Andy Galpin. When technology goes bad. Beware of the trackers! Hmm, I like using trackers (as you'll hear), and often have a max geekout on all the stats they give me. But there are ups and downs, trials and tribulations associated with using tracking and tech for better health.

Dr. Andy is a (deep breath): Professor, PhD Human Bioenergetics, Muscle Physiology, Weightlifting, MMA, Scientist, Author and all round top bloke. 

 

 
Apr 9, 2018

Repeat guest alert! This podcast is all about energy, and I've had lots of questions about a parenting podcast relating to energy, so here it is with my friend, repeat Zest guest and incredible author on parenting, Anna Williamson. An hour in Anna's company is seriously energising! I think you'll agree when you listen.

Anna Williamson is a television presenter, radio broadcaster, life coach, counsellor and Master NLP practitioner. (The NLP link we explore in this show). She is also as you'll hear, 'mind coach'. Anna is also an Ambassador for Mind, The Prince's Trust, The Young Variety Club and Childline.

 

Apr 2, 2018

When you get your breathing right, you'll notice some incredible results. Probably just listening to this will make you breathe deeper.

Brian Mackenzie is a world-renowned strength and conditioning coach. He's trained gold and olympic medalists including, as you'll hear, his wife. He's also a New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, and all-round good guy.  

He created Cross Fit Endurance which is wildly popular and has written genuine bestsellers. I loved this chat, and I'm wel jel of Brian's health kit that he's got rigged up in his home. Enjoy!

 

Mar 26, 2018

Happy stomachs feature this week. 

Recently I put something in my weekly blog that became the most clicked on link I've ever included in my '3 zesty things' newsletter (sign up at www.tonywrighton.com if interested). So this podcast is all about my quest to find out why it was such a popular link, why it captured the imagination so much, and why so many people were interested in a link about gut health.

Dr. Zach Bush came up with the concept behind the link. He's a triple-certified so knows a thing or two about gut health. He's a Triple Certified physician, Scientist, Biologist, University lecturer and more. And he made an incredible discovery in his research...

Mar 19, 2018

I've been intermittent fasting for a while now and definitely notice the benefits energy-wise. But I'm a proper fasting lightweight compared to today's Zestology guest.

Fasting is a real theme on Zestology, so many experts seem to recommend the benefits of not eating every once in a while. So I got in touch with Loren Lockman. He is the director of the TanglewoodwellnessCenter.com and has been coaching people to better health since 1992, and supervising water only fasts since 1997. He's guided more than 2000 people through water-only fasts averaging 24-25 days and has seen countless "miracles" over the years. 

So what are these "miracles"? Listen on to find out.

Mar 12, 2018

Martha Beck is a best-selling author, speaker, and sociologist. She is also a columnist for Oprah Magazine. On this podcast we cover subjects including

  • Integrity
  • Meditation
  • Happiness
  • How to get wild turkeys to chill out.

She says this about happiness: The first step in creating your right life is acknowledging where you've gone wrong. 

She's great fun, a brilliant guest for Zestology, and very revealing on the subject of happiness. So listen on.

Mar 5, 2018

We check our smartphones hundreds of times a day. 53% of people say they waste at least an hour at work every day, and most of their distractions are digital. So are you distracted by digital? Addicted to tech?  It’s time to stop, take a breath, and hit the reset button in a big way. 

The techlash has started..

Phil White is a good person to talk to about this - he's the author of Unplugged... and provides a blueprint for using technology to meet your health and performance goals in a much smarter way.

​Here's a good quote from Phil:

"In our culture many of us have come to view sleep as a time-sucking inconvenience. We’re trying to run our lives with precise efficiency like the Henry Ford assembly line, and cram as much into each day as possible. As a result, our sleep gets short shrift. A recent NPR story revealed that 37 percent of Americans don’t get adequate rest. This means that more than a third of us are wandering around like blurry eyed zombies. For athletes that’s a real problem. When you exercise you not only break down tissues that sleep repairs, but also place strain on your nervous, musculo-skeletal and many other systems that don’t work without enough shut-eye. And it’s not just the duration of sleep that’s important (it’s hard to make a case for less than seven and a half hours), but also the quality."
Feb 26, 2018
We talk beating jet lag the natural way on this podcast, then we look at hypnosis, workouts, blocking blue light in the evening and lots more.

And I'm hanging out with friend of the podcast and absolute authority on all things health, Ryan Munsey.

His new book is called… very provocatively called F*ck Your Feelings. Make sure you check it out - it's out today and I'm sure will be great.

We recorded this for both Zestology and Ryan's podcast. Enjoy.
Feb 19, 2018

A podcast on cutting-edge natural anti-ageing methods. Some of this stuff is radically new and exciting.

So ditch the botox, there's some much healthier and more natural alternatives! An awesome chat with the highly qualified and highly respected Dr. Amy Killen - by the time you've finished listening you may well be booking in for Platelet-Rich-Plasma, a vampire facial, stem cell therapy, or even the incredible O-Shot. (Don't know what that is? Listen to the podcast...)

For more on Dr. Amy Killen, visit here  https://www.doceremedical.com/our-staff-docere-medical/

Feb 12, 2018

One of the world's foremost relationship experts is on Zestology today - Esther Perel. If you haven't seen her TED talks, do yourself a favour, get googling and come back to me in half an hour. Her take on bickering is especially good.

I was grateful to meet Esther Perel recently and interview her for Zestology and Balance mag. I think the interview is useful listening for anyone in a relationship (or wanting to be in one). 

In this Valentine's week I think this podcast might be one of the most important I've recorded. This podcast could help you. Enjoy.

Feb 5, 2018

It was great to meet Joe Wicks recently, in conjunction with the awesome Balance magazine. His latest book, The Fat-Loss Plan, came out on Boxing Day. Joe is changing the lives and shapes of gazillions of Brits - he's the author of the UK's biggest-selling diet books since records began and he keeps building his fanbase.

His philosophy about both diet and exercise is to keep it simple.

“People try and change too much at once, and it never works. Pick something that you can do 15 minutes a day, rather than one hour a week.” 

Which is solid advice. I always feel better when I do a little exercise, than on a day when I do none. Bearing that in mind, you might want to listen to the whole interview now.

Jan 29, 2018

Author Brett Moran and I discuss digital addiction and distraction. He’s got a great system for focus, productivity and avoiding the online rabbit hole.

And I’ve got an important(ish) question for you at the end of the podcast.

The final podcast in my series recorded over here in South-east Asia.

 

Jan 22, 2018

Continuing my series of podcasts recorded here in Asia - you may know that I was planning to go off to a monastery to meditate. It didn’t quite go to plan. Here’s what happened...

Jan 15, 2018

This was recorded in London at a nice casual Saturday morning biohackers meetup - 7 energy hacks for 2018.

Huge thanks to Nick Elvery of the Daily Habits podcast and Leanne Spencer of Remove The Guesswork podcast for their excellent contributions - make sure to check out their podcasts too.

You can listen to the show here right now, or if you are short of time you can read on below.

Please note: the below does not constitute medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting new supplements or regimes. This is just what worked for me.

The “setlist” was:

  • L Tyrosine (for focus)
  • Colostrum (for hay fever)
  • Keto diet (for energy and wellness)
  • Blue blockers (to improve sleep)
  • Viome (for wellness and stomach)
  • Oura ring (for sleep)
  • Joovv (for energy and wellness)

But which one didn't I like? Listen on to find out.

Jan 8, 2018

This podcast includes the frankly shocking results of my alcohol/ sleep experiment.

Coming up in this podcast, you'll hear about my experiments with:

  • The Oura ring
  • Sleep and alcohol - my tests.
  • Drinking less / aka Dryish January

The Oura Ring

As you may know, I've been road-testing the Oura Ring (and have been talking about it on the podcast). It's a tracking device that you wear on your finger. It measures your sleep, heart rate, heart rate variability, body temperature, and exercise.

Sleep and alcohol

And, rather shockingly I've found when I even have a small amount of wine, my heart rate variability scores are way down, my resting heart rate increases and my deep sleep drops off the chart . What's interesting about this is we all kind of know that we get hangovers when we drink and we are not at our best the next day. But this is cold, hard data that proves that my body don't work as well even after a small amount of alcohol. The graphic on my blog is on my resting heart rate when asleep (the two arrows were after the two nights out, and only 2/3 glasses of wine. Oof).

Drinking less

So for more on this, I'm definitely cutting down on the drinking in January - Dryish January as I'm calling it. I've talked to former professional footballer Andy Ramage on today's Zestology podcast. He is a successful trader these days, as well as running the popular site One Year No Beer and being an author at the same time. It's a brilliant interview, and if you're thinking of cutting down on the booze in January, or anytime this year, then I hope you enjoy. And if you want to read his article - How to do dry January without hating your life - it's here.

Jan 1, 2018
Feeling sluggish after the New Year's festivities? This will perk you up - incredible info on diet and how it affects your focus: This year, I wanted to focus on creating a podcast for you right at the start of 2018 that focuses on optimum nutrition for body and brain. Because let's be honest, a few too many mince pies have probably been consumed over the last month. (Side note: Americans don't have mince pies, which is a shame.) And today's guest knows how that can have an impact in surprising areas.
 

Steven Masley is one of the world's top experts in this area. He's a bestselling author and TV Doctor in the States, and he knows his stuff. His new book, The Better Brain Solution, is out tomorrow and I heartily recommend a cheeky pre-order as he is one of the top people in the field. It focuses on the link between body, brain and what we eat.

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