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Zestology: Energy, vitality and motivation

Author and TV presenter Tony Wrighton goes on a podcast adventure to find more energy, vitality and motivation. Packed with biohacking, science, health tech, 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 too.
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Dec 16, 2019

There's an ”end of year” feel to the Zestology podcast today which I hope you'll enjoy.  It features some of my favourite people, gadgets and hacks from 2019. The things that have really made a difference in my wellness/fitness regimen. Some are fairly straightforward, and some may be a little more out there. 

I’m still in search of a way to hack sleep with a baby though. Any ideas?

I'm back on the 1st of January with an amazing guest - Dr. David Sinclair. He’s the world’s leading longevity and ageing expert. According to him, if you follow the simple things he outlines in our interview, you’ll live for 14 years longer. Sounds like a no-brainer. See you then, and Merry Christmas.

Dec 9, 2019

In this podcast we look at 3 tech toxins, and sort them out.

TECH TOXIN 1: ADDICTION

A dependency on our screens is a real and growing problem. I know this from my own addiction to looking at nonsense on my smartphone.

TECH TOXIN 2:  RADIATION & BLUE LIGHT

There are now more cell phones than people on earth, and every single one of them emits EMF electromagnetic radiation.  Add cell towers, WiFi,  and smart devices and we're blanketed with invisible waves.   Studies show EMF radiation has a biological impact. 

 TECH TOXIN 3: PRIVACY STEALERS

Our personal information, where we go online and what we say or do while were there can be archived, shared or sold.

Dec 2, 2019

On this podcast, I receive a transformational breathwork session.  We had a session and then recorded a podcast straight after. I was a bit spaced out as it was a deep experience.

Richard Blake uses bio-hacking and breathwork in a combination of ancient wisdom, personal spirituality and modern science to help people to transform their lives. His studies of psychotherapy, holistic counselling, nutrition, Reiki, health coaching and functional fitness have given him a holistic understanding of people. By working on a combination of the mind, body and spirit people are able to heal without neglecting one aspect of themselves that would prevent them from realizing their potential.

Richard offers 1-1 breathwork sessions along with holistic counselling for integration and advanced health coaching from Hammersmith.

He’s also into

+ 15 minutes daily on the Joovv redlight

+ the human charger

+ standing on the grounding mat

+ neurofeedback with the Muse Meditation headband....

And lots more… so we had plenty to discuss.

Check out www.richardblake.com for more.

 

Nov 25, 2019

Are you a breakfast eater or not?

There are those of us who eat breakfast and there are those who don't, but most of us feel like we should - we have had it drummed into us.

That's where Celebrity Trainer (and friend of Zestology) Max Lowery comes in.

Max's CV:

• Creator - The 2 Meal Day
• Author
• Mountain Guide - @connect_retreats
• Columnist - @telegraph
• Ambassador - @vivobarefoot

And here's what he says about skipping breakfast:  "I enjoy eating LARGE meals and feeling satisfied after eating. If I were to eat three large meals with snacks in between I would certainly be consuming more than I was burning. The 2 Meal Day has allowed me to stay lean effortlessly, all year round"

 

Nov 18, 2019

It's not often The Wolf Of Wall Street and Qualudes come up in a podcast, but they do today.

Angela is the Founder and CEO of My DNA Edge, an Exclusive Private Membership Site giving individuals the tools and bio hacks needed to optimise their genetic expression for optimal health and performance.

Angela really knows her stuff. If you want to get your DNA results analysed - she’s your woman.

And this was a thoroughly enjoyable session about all sorts of wellness practices. We veer from The Wolf Of Wall Street and Qualuudes, (don’t worry, I’ve not been taking Qualuudes, but we did discuss Qualia.) to cutting edge apps, practices and more.

Nov 11, 2019

Meet CAR.O.L - your AI powered fitness bike. Get the same benefits of a 45 minute jog in 2, 20-second sprints. Sounds too good to be true - I know. So I record this episode while sitting on the Carol Exercise Bike.

It uses the latest Artificial Intelligence to compress a workout into a few seconds. It sounds barely credible I know, but imagine having your workout compressed into two 20 second spurts every day....

And hear me get absolutely destroyed in those two 20 second bits! Since we recorded this podcast I've been using it quite a bit and I'm really starting to enjoy the brief, intense push, and the extra time. I'm hoping I'll see the results on my chicken legs too.

Here's what the company say about their extraordinary bike. 

  • SHORT: Cuts your exercise time dramatically

    CAR.O.L is clinically proven to give you the same cardio benefits of a 45-minute jog with only 40 seconds of hard work.
  • SMART: A personalized True HIIT bike

    CAR.O.L’s AI algorithms dynamically personalize and optimize your resistance so you hit max intensity levels and max glycogen depletion every time, making it the most efficient cardio workout.
  • SCIENTIFIC: Proven by peer-reviewed research

    Implementing True HIIT, CAR.O.L has been independently proven by the American Council on Exercise to smash government exercise guidelines.

 

Nov 4, 2019

Coming up; minimalist living and the unexpected joy of a broken laptop, getting rid of all your bills, minimalist mobile phones, alternative meditation techniques such as staring into someone's eyes for 63 minutes (!), breathwork and how sometimes it can feel like a mild stimulant, celebrating your successes and admitting to your failures, and lots more.

He's back - you might have heard previous interviews with friend of the show Brett Moran recorded in Thailand. This time he was visiting London, so came to stay for the night.

Oct 28, 2019

I'm excited about today's podcast. I'm a big fan of Chris's podcast and his books, and in fact had to try hard not to be a fanboy when recording this interview.

I love his stories and thoughts about everything from travelling in India to polyamorous relationships to lots more...  he's like the best lecturer you never had in sociology, anthropology, history and sexuality.

After being the person wrote THE book that so many people like to turn to about sexuality, he's now written Civilised To Death which has just been released.

It's an important and intense read. As he says: "Our most urgent dreams may simply reflect the world as it was before we fell asleep."

So what's the way forward? How can we seek future guidance in our past? And should we start looking backward to find our way into a better future?

Oct 21, 2019

It’s another Zest Hacks episode - featuring...

  • 2 supplements. Lift your mood and improve your memory
  • A Productivity method to energise you:
  • A Shop to energise you:
  • 2 gadgets to energise you
  • And an album to energise you.

Listen on to find out more, or check tonywrighton.com for the show notes.

Oct 14, 2019

Have I ever been more chilled out recording a podcast?

I am a big fan of the float tank - an hour's sensory deprivation to restore mind and body. And that features in today's podcast.

I recently spent some time at Yue Float and feel as good as new. Also trying the para light pad, the ajna light, and the infrared sauna. All of which means that the start of this podcast is very relaxed, and owner, biohacker and health optimiser Tim Allen is the perfect person to discuss cutting-edge energy hacks. He's a man who is really going for it to optimise every area of his health, life and performance.

Oct 7, 2019

Today, sort out your stress, pain, low energy, headaches, anxiety, depression, poor skin and beauty, low fertility, bad digestion and/or a lack of sleep. Sound good?

After a car accident that ended her dreams of becoming an opera singer, followed by complications around fertility, weight, stress, depression and daytime fatigue, Katie Brindle used Yang Sheng to solve her own health problems and thousands of others around the world.

She's a Chinese Medicine Doctor who knows her stuff. Oh and today, as well as that ancient item, how to combat the 3pm slump many of us get after lunch, and other Chinese medicine hacks.

And a big focus is on the ancient item that gives you more energy, gets rid of fat, and stops you going bald? Know what it is? Listen in to find out.

Sep 30, 2019

Dr John Gray is back to talk relationships, stress management within a relationship and loads more.

NB - calling this podcast X-rated is not a cynical way to get more listeners, honest. It certainly is X-rated, and John is as always brilliant.

John has sold over 50 million books, has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, as well as on The Dr Oz Show, Today, CBS This Morning and loads more. 

In this talk we cover:

  • Gender-specific stress management for optimal health and resilience
  • How stress levels are on the rise for both men and why women are four times more stressed than men
  • How stress affects our health
  • How different hormones lower stress for men and women
  • The importance of oxytocin and estrogen for reducing stress in women
  • The importance of testosterone for reducing stress in men
  • Relationship and communication skills essential for combating stress at home and at work 
  • New listening skills for men to help lower stress in women
  • How men can dramatically increase a women’s estrogen and oxytocin to lower their stress levels
  • How messages from a woman to a man can dramatically increase testosterone and lower stress
  • The importance of cave time for a man and talking for a woman
Sep 23, 2019

Dr. Harry Adelson, the stem cell doctor for Dave Asprey, Mark Hyman, MD and Vishen Lakhiani was in London last week, and we had a good chat about Stem Cells.

I'm quite excited about stem cells but don't really understand how it all works, so that's where we started. Oh, and asking the important question - are stem cells a miracle cure? Because they certainly sound like it....

Bonuses in this episode: geek out and learn about the latest advances in the use of stem cells from your own bone marrow and fat combined with exosomes and full stem-cell body makeover, the most comprehensive stem-cell upgrade ever conceived.

Sep 16, 2019

Here's a chance to experience some of the hacks, gadgets, apps and experts that came to London for the Health Optimisation Summit. It finished yesterday - what a weekend.

Featuring:

  • Intro
  • Localised cryotherapy
  • Getting rid of EMFs with gadgets
  • Methylene Blue - what is it?
  • CEO of the summit Tim Gray
  • Sensate meditation pebble
  • "Dr B"
  • An awesome tracking app
  • Natural, biodynamic wine
  • And lots more...

Check out my two websites, http://tonywrighton.com/ and https://histamineintolerance.net/the-histamine-intolerance-blog

Sep 9, 2019

It's the podcast all about energy, and today boost your vitality levels by becoming an inner activist.  End the internal war and you can effectively contribute to the wider world.

Other topics;

  • Also featuring: the role of gratitude in our lives and how it fuels our energy and motivation.
  • What being in service can offer you.
  • And loads more.
Sep 2, 2019

Science shows us that if you want to really break a habit, you need to join a tribe, already living how you want to live, in order to inspire you… So, Andy Ramage built just that! He's now got over 26,000 members in 120 countries at One Year No Beer. So today, mindset hacks that change your relationship with alcohol and life. 

He used to be a professional footballer, then a broker working in the hothouse of the City, and now he is an author and tribe-builder inspiring people to give up booze. What an inspiring guy.

Aug 26, 2019

Today, tapping into the hidden unconscious, and how this can boost our energy, vitality and motivation.

It’s not dark… it’s the hidden but helpful and powerful part of the mind that we can access and understand through experimental science. Dr Bargh presents an engaging and enlightening tour of the influential psychological forces that are at work as we go about our daily lives – checking a dating app, holding a cup of hot coffee or getting a flu jab.

In this podcast we cover

  • Getting better at chess, and stuff.
  • Tapping into power of unconscious.
  • Online time and how it cuts your mind in half (not literally!)
  • Subliminal ways of hacking into the mind.
  • And loads more.

 

Aug 19, 2019

If you can really improve your energy and vitality levels simply by tweaking your diet, why don't we do it more often?

Michelle Berriedale-Johnson is a very well-known name in the health and food space. She owns foodmatters.com, runs the Free From Awards, is an author and has a publishing company too. In a podcast of two halves, we talk;

  • Optimising your diet for energy
  • How sleep and screens tie in with diet
  • General diet related stuff to help you push your vitality levels up to 100.

Then we go in depth with;

  • The Low Histamine Diet
  • Low Histamine recipes
  • The Free from awards.
  • Berriedale books.
  • Other projects.
Aug 12, 2019

Brett Moran lives the dream, and he's live in Thailand today. I however am not live in Thailand, but in a wet West London.

Brett has had a rollercoaster of a life. Prison, he says, was the best thing that ever happened him. And he sees his adversity as a blessing in disguise. 

So how does he turn negatives into positives?

Check out my two websites, http://tonywrighton.com/ and https://histamineintolerance.net/

Aug 5, 2019

Today's Zestology guest is fantastic and his focus is living peacefully.

He has a lot of followers in America, India, and all over the world, and spoke at the first ever Glastonbury Festival (or Glastonbury Fayre as it was known then) and you'll enjoy hearing his stories about that. Now Penguin Life have published his book Peace is Possible: Thoughts on Happiness, Success and Relationships for a Deeper Understanding of Life and they set up this interview so I could meet Prem. 

Here's a bit more about him:

Global peace ambassador Prem Rawat has spent his entire life travelling the world to deliver one timeless message: peace is possible. He began speaking about peace when he was just 4 years old and his extraordinary passion for each has inspired millions of people over the last five decades.

Enjoy - thank you to Prem, and as always head to the website for more Zestology updates throughout the week. And for more on Prem, visit www.premrawat.com 

Check out my two websites, http://tonywrighton.com/ and https://histamineintolerance.net/

Jul 29, 2019

I met one of the world's foremost sleep researchers and experts, Matthew Walker at his Airbnb in London when he was over recently. Ironically, his rented flat was opposite Tiger Tiger which closes at 4am. So the world’s top sleep guru hadn’t had a great night’s sleep.

It was the perfect chance for him to talk me through his own sleep schedule, as well as look at other important sleep issues including;

  • The best time to go to sleep

  • The optimum way to prepare in the final hour before bed

  • The perils of bad sleep (frankly terrifying)

  • How to deal with insomnia

  • Sleep tips for parents (I need these)

  • The importance of bright light exposure.

  • The truth about sunglasses (surprising - if you are a sunglasses wearer make sure you listen)

  • Getting the temperature right in your bedroom. (Clue - the older you get, the cooler it needs to be.)

I’m sure that after listening to this you’ll change more than one thing about your bedtime routine. And if you enjoy it, perhaps you’ll share it with someone else you know who could do with a better night’s sleep.

Jul 22, 2019

Is a Carnivore diet good for you? Is it sustainable? Would it destroy the environment, even if it is helpful for you and your health?

Joining me is the man who eats liver, duck eggs and cooked fat for breakfast

And he has salad in his name, yet doesn't touch it.

Top Salad-dodger Paul Saladino of the foremost names in the carnivore community

He was trained at the University of Arizona with a focus on Integrative Medicine, obtaining his M.D. in 2015. He is a certified Functional Medicine practitioner (IFMCP) through the Institute for Functional Medicine. 

Jul 15, 2019

I'm not spiritual. Should I be? It's a dilemma. I feel connected to the world, to others, perhaps even to a higher purpose. But I struggle to describe myself as spiritual. Maybe Martina Coogan could help.

Do we need to be spiritual to live a good life? Is it even worth thinking about such higher concepts?

Martina Coogan runs the Modern Mystery School here in London. They run huge seminars and workshops all focused on spiritual awareness and personal empowerment. She has taught in Ireland, England, Sweden, Turkey, USA, Canada, Singapore, South Africa and the Middle East.

Over the years, through her healings and teachings, Martina has enabled many people to rediscover and remember their true selves. She has reignited the spark within many, and empowered them to live their lives with love and joy, striving to achieve their highest and truest potential.

 

Jul 8, 2019

It's another ZestHacks episode, featuring the world’s cleanest vodka, an update on the Footpads we spoke about last week, zero drop footwear that my feet love (this is an ongoing quest), the top clean sunscreen, a great way to cook healthy with my top gadget currently, and an eco-friendly clothing brand we love.

Starting with the vodka. The idea is that the less impurities in an alcohol, the less likely you are to react to it. In other words, the less likely it is to give you a stinking hangover. And I am unfortunately Mr Sensitive these days when it comes to booze. But I might have cracked it with my new fave voddie. Listen on to find out more.

Jul 1, 2019

Health hacks, biohacks and life hacks coming up including:

Footpads that draw the toxins out of your feet, and the amazing story around this.

Amber necklaces and the history and power behind them (i am sceptical of these!)

Meditation and how it dramatically reduces your pulse rate

What happens when poker players don't trust their instinct?

And lots more.

As always it was brilliant to chat with friend of the show Dr. Stephen Simpson.

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