Why is magnesium supplementation so important? It can help with Anxiety and depression, sleep, energy levels, stomach problems, nerve problems and heart issues. And apparently almost all of us are deficient in it. So why aren't we all supplementing with magnesium? Well if you've had problems like the ones mentioned, you might want to listen in.
Today's Zestology expert is Dr. Carolyn Dean, the world's foremost expert on magnesium supplementation. She'll explain how magnesium can help with all of the above, and most importantly, what supplements to take and what NOT to take. (Clue: if you go to the store and buy basic magnesium tablets, they may well have an unwanted and socially awks effect. You need the right kind.)
This is ZestHacks - the new mini Zestology midweek podcast. If you are interested in stuff that will make you feel more energised, motivated and awesome - then you'll enjoy these gadgets/supplements/lifestyle hacks for more energy.
The Human Charger is a revolutionary device is for your well-being and channels bright light directly to the light-sensitive regions of the brain, right where it is needed the most. Namely, your lug holes. So what happened when I used it on my 'Go West' round the world trip... always travelling west? Listen for more...
Ketosis - I'm not going to lie, it's not easy. It took me a good 6 weeks to feel comfortable with the diet. But now I'm feeling sharp, enjoying not feeling bloated after meals, and even have got rid of the love handles. So I've done a podcast on how to get into keto quickly with an absolute expert in his field - Dr Anthony Gustin.
PS - I'm not doing this diet to lose weight. I'm doing it to increase energy, decrease inflammation, and generally feel awesome. But weight loss and toning up has come too. (He says modestly.) Always consult your practitioner before embarking on a new diet - especially ketosis which does require some adjustments in terms of supplements.
New Stuff Friday has been renamed! Thanks for all the feedback and suggestions. It's now ZestHacks. If you are interested in stuff that will make you feel more energised, motivated and awesome - then you'll enjoy these gadgets/supplements/lifestyle hacks for more energy.
I've been recording one of my new Friday podcasts on Blue Blocking glasses. They're effective for helping you to produce melatonin at night, sleep better and so on. Problem is - some of the blue-blocking glasses around aren't exactly stylish. Wearing stupid glasses in the name of bringing you this information. I'm so good to you.
ps - check instagram.com/tonywrighton for just how hideous blue-blockers can be!
Question - what is the first thing you do when you wake up?
If you're like the majority of people, it may well be checking your phone. Okay, okay, I'm happy to admit occasionally that's me too. Thing is, it turns out that filling your brain with your Facebook feed/emails/pictures of fluffy dogs on instagram isn't necessarily the best thing for your brain.
It sounds like a kind of hell to me, but I'm keeping an open mind in the interview. He someone who massively values energy, so I'm willing to listen to what he has got to say. Listen now, ready for your 5am alarm call tomorrow. Hmmm, maybe.
I love a gadget. And I've invested in quite a few to help me measure my ketone levels.
So... (drumroll) NEW STUFF FRIDAY (working title - still) is back. And here is the second one. If you've ever been interested in some new stuff that helps you live with more energy, vitality and motivation, have a listen. If you have any thoughts on it, then message me in the usual places.
My mates sometimes take the mickey out of me for using the word biohacking. That's okay. I am quite easy to take the mickey out of! But Biohacking can be quite an interesting way of improving your energy, wellness, performance and athletic levels.
What is biohacking?
There are probably plenty of fancy explanations for what biohacking is. Let me try a simpler one.
Biohacking is about tweaking your diet and lifestyle to be the best version of yourself.
Here's a good article about biohacking. I've used biohacking to get healthier, focus more effectively and lots more stuff. So I wanted to do a podcast about it with this fella.
A former fitness model, Ryan Munsey has created and sold a performance training facility (House of Strength), written for leading fitness publications (Men’s Fitness, T-Nation, EliteFTS) is a member of the Men’s Health Fitness Council, and spends his days as the Chief Optimizer at a well known supplement company leading the way in brain health and optimization.
Listen to us geek out on today's interview on Zestology. Have a great weekend and if you have any good biohacks, let me know.
I've been mulling doing a new Friday feature called (drumroll)
NEW STUFF FRIDAY
Where I try out new stuff that helps you to live with more energy and motivation. It's a name that does what it says on the tin, if you've got a better one though, feel free to send it over!
So here it is, the first NSF (catchy eh!), it might be shortlived, but let's see :)
He's back. Friend of the show and full of wisdom - Dr. Stephen Simpson is today on Zestology and we are talking the surprising effects of music, and how it can help you to chill, and feel happier.
You'll want to fire up a new Spotify playlist after listening to this.
Dr. Stephen Simpson is an Elite Performance Coach, medical doctor, and NLP expert who specialises in a fascinating field. He's developed the niche of helping poker players win more money. He also has released his own music with a twist...
This week's podcast is with the awesome Drew Canole. It was a simple green juice from a friend on a particularly stressful afternoon at work (he used to be in finance) that changed his life entirely.
He is now a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition, and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time. We talk...
The cool thing about functional health solutions is that sometimes they can provide you some answers when a visit to a conventional doctor leaves you scratching your head. I found that out a few years ago when I got sick, and so did my friend Celest who I've interviewed this week.
This week's podcast 🍊- with Celest Pereira
Celest Pereira is a friend of the podcast - this is her fourth time as a guest - and an internationally-renowned yoga teacher. But now she's sharing a story of a very personal nature, her hair loss, and her natural health journey. I'm so grateful to her for being so honest on Zestology, I don't think it's easy to bare your soul like this, but it'll provide inspiration for many I'm sure. Cheers Celest!
So what's this all about?
Hair loss is a symptom that is increasingly on the rise amongst otherwise 'healthy' people. But it's not hair loss itself, this story is relevant to anyone who's got unexplained symptoms, and hasn't had many answers from doctors. Or Dr. Google 😂
I've been interested for a while in getting on a physical pain specialist on my podcast. When I spoke to back-pain expert Esther Gokhale a while back, it had a huge response and lots of people listened. So - we've brought in body expert Aaron Alexander for more. You'll love this, and you may well sort your back out while you listen.
Yep, I've had problems with a dodgy back in the past too. Ever heard of Align Therapy? Aaron Alexander is awesome, and occasionally just slightly inappropriate. (You'll hear this in the first few minutes of the podcast).
Also - is "sitting the new smoking"? Aaron answers the question on today's show.
The link between physicality and what's going on in the mind
I totally subscribe to this. I know when I'm relaxed, happy, stress-free, my body works better too. Want more of this vibe? Listen now.
How getting naked helps your back
Hmm, hard to explain in an email. But, as I recently discovered, getting naked can help your back pain and general wellbeing levels. Aaron's got some fascinating thoughts on this. You need to listen to the podcast for this bit I think.
This week on my podcast, an author who rose to fame after a blog post about anxiety that pretty much broke the internet. In fact even now it's the top google result on anxiety, and curing anxiety.
Charlie Hoehn had some big problems with stress. Shallow breathing, tension in the gut, chest pains, rapid heartbeat. Anxiety destroyed his confidence, productivity, relationships, and ability to enjoy life. Then he made one massive change.
Listen on to find out more...
Camilla Dallerup waltzed away from Strictly Come Dancing after six series and even won the competition with Tom Chambers in 2008.
And guess what, having shunned the sequins and the limelight, she's happier than ever.
She's now an author and meditation teacher living in LA, and when she was in London recently she popped over so we could chat reinventing yourself, chilling out in a hectic world, and the meditation secrets that helped her win the UK's most popular TV show.
First up, I've been spending plenty of time out in nature this summer - trying to get a bit more primal. I walked up Snowdon (the highest mountain in England and Wales) a couple of weeks ago. So many of my Zestology podcast guests talk about the importance of getting back to nature, and being a bit more primal. Having climbed Snowdon I felt the same thing. Especially with emojis to help me on my way.
This week's Zestology was also recorded outside, with Ayurveda expert Natalie Roper. Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda. Which it turns out can massively sort you out. Listen to the podcast for more, or for a quick link, take this 'What's Your Dosha' test now.
This was a lovely podcast to record - getting slightly sunburnt at Yoga Connects Festival outside, even if I'm not sure about the ghee fast Natalie was talking about.
Over the last couple of weeks I've been to a couple of festivals in the West Country. The Tolpuddle Festival in Dorset, (shaking Jeremy Corbyn's hand possibly the highlight of that one.) And Yoga Connects festival in Glastonbury, where I was also speaking. It was my third time there, and it lived up to the other two - what an awesome weekend of fun, exercise and a few drinks too.
I bumped into this fella, someone I've been meaning to interview for a long time, if only I could get hold of him for more than 5 minutes!
Author Brett Moran has lived an incredible life of ups and downs. Brett's life changed forever when serving time because of a drug deal. He found himself in the prison library and stumbled across a book on meditation. The story is quite something - and it's all in the podcast.
In a nutshell, listen to this podcast to find more love, joy and happiness through simple gratitude practices and living more authentically.
He really does live in the present. I'm inspired to do that more after hanging out with him. Simple!
It's Q and A time and all these topics are discussed.
Okay, you're totally wondering what a Squatty Potty is now aren't you. Check it out - apparently it's a way to, er, get more primal when you go to the toilet. Our ancestors squatted for centuries before the invention of the modern day toilet. In fact, the majority of the world's population still squats today! So it's perhaps not as weird as it sounds.
Dr. Stephen Simpson is one of my regular Zestology guests and good friends. He is an Elite Performance Coach, and works with top professional poker players such as Chris Moorman and Liv Boeree on helping them achieve their potential in every area of their lives.
Today's podcast is Dr. Steve and me answering your questions. Thank you for posting them, remember to let me know what you think, and if you have any questions for future episodes that's cool too...
Are you ready for a Brain Boost?
That's the name of my friend Karl's new podcast. When I spoke to my friend Karl Morris on Zestology a while back, it got a big response. He's a leading performance coach in the world of sport and kind of a big deal (though he'd be far too modest to admit that himself).
This time, he's now started a podcast himself and it's been fun chatting to him about his ideas for it. I know he'll be a huge success in the podcast world because he's so damn good at what he does, and I was honoured to be interviewed by him on his new show.
So here, with kind permission of Karl, is the interview we recorded. Enjoy (and remember this link is a special day early link).
And if you like Karl, you can listen to more of him on Zestology on episodes 5 and 83.
I'm not going to lie, sometimes I worry about getting older. Do you?
Laura Coe is an entrepreneur, podcast host, philosophy lover and certified life coach. She's a brilliant podcast guest, because she tells us in simple terms how age is just a number, and there's no need to worry about it. Hmm, sounds good.
The podcast is all about energy, and feeling good as you get older is all part of that, I reckon. As you'll hear I'm sceptical... but I'm happy to admit Laura is good
So who is this Laura Coe? She had a high-powered corporate career, and when I say high-powered, she was right at the top. But then something dramatic happened, and everything changed. You'll hear about that too. Laura's a repeat Zestology guest - because I know people enjoyed listening last time.
Okay lifehackers and energy seekers, you'll enjoy this one. Coming up:
Maneesh Sethi is the voice behind the outstanding website Hack The System and the brains behind Pavlok - a gadget that literally shocks you into shape. He’s worked with major influencers like Tim Ferris, he’s a famous DJ in Berlin, and he’s even hosted a TV show on the Travel Channel. Is there anything that this guy can’t do?
I guess the best way to describe him is - lifehacker. And he has invented the device below. Listen in for more.
Energy, creativity, music and motivation, and how these themes all tie together.
Jono Grant is one of the world's top DJs. He and I had a caffeine-fuelled chat on music and creativity, and how he gets into the creative vibe. Above and Beyond are obviously a massive worldwide success and he also talks about the biggest gig he ever played - in front of 1 million people in Rio.
He's also responsible for the music that you hear at the start of the podcast.
We recorded this as part of a special Spotify series on music. If you'd like to listen to the full series head over to Zestology on Spotify.
One more thing - listen out for the end of the podcast where I'm recording at the famous Morning Gloryville party.
DISCLAIMER: This week's podcast was not recorded on a hangover 😂
This podcast was recorded WHILE I had an intravenous drip pumping 25 grams of Vitamin C and 1.5 grams of Magnesium into my bloodstream.
Dr Josh Berkowitz's treatments are based on the direct intravenous introduction of fluids and vitamins into the body. IVs are the quickest way to deliver fluids into the bloodstream.
Check out the drip gently releasing Vit C into my arm while we chat on the website - pics there.
But how did I feel when I got one while talking to Dr. Josh? And could high-dose vitamins and minerals pumped into your body benefit you?
I love meeting world experts, chatting to them and rolling my sleeves up and trying new stuff at the same time. I hope you enjoy listening to it too. You can listen now on iTunes, Spotify, and the website.
Also very cool - if you want to try it out for yourself, you can quote Zestology when you contact them at ivboost.uk and get 30% off. A not too shabby discount.
Sometimes we get so mired in stress, anxiety or wrapped up in our problems, it's hard to remember how to relax. So today I speak to one of the UK's top psychologists all about stress and balance.
Anna Williamson used to be a pop band, then was one of the UK's most popular children's TV presenters. It's quite a journey from that to respected psychologist (yes, I just used the J word). She's now the resident psychologist for Big Brother and ITV's This Morning, two of the biggest shows on UK television.
Join us as we discuss 'funny mind stuff'. She's had her own problems with anxiety and stress, and she's now all about balance.
Anna and I met to record at a venue in Central London - possibly the noisiest hotel in the city. Somehow it doesn't sound too loud on the interview though, thanks partly to some very friendly people we met who talked sotto voce while we recorded.
The author of the brilliant best-selling book - The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k.
I keep seeing people reading this book all over London. It's been a huge hit for Sarah. The interview contained such amusing parts as the four categories of potential F*** giving. Then she wrote the book - Get Your Sh*t Together: How to stop worrying about what you should do so you can finish what you need to do and start doing what you want to do. Now she's moved to the Dominican Republic, recorded a viral Tedx talk, and had a crazy Zestology-inspired coincidence. All of which is good podcast topic material.
Potty-mouthed Sarah Knight specialises in best-selling books with vaguely naughty words in the title. And she's decidedly anti-guru. She's perfect for Zestology.