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Meathead Hippie Podcast #68 with Alex Swanson: How Genes Affect our Ability to Handle Stress

 

 

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Alex Swanson, creator of Nutrition Genome, knows the ins and outs of all things gene-related. His initial interest in genes was triggered when he felt pulled to get a better understanding to why his wife’s body had experienced a horrible reaction to pharmaceutical drugs. Doctors were not able to give Alex the answers he needed. “I started looking at data files with all of these genes and began to connect the dots that I couldn’t before.” In this episode of Meathead Hippie, Alex Swanson talks about how observing our genetic pathways can lead us to find out exactly how our bodies respond to specific triggers in the brain. Alex also provides ways that we can use exercise, heat therapy, and supplements to regulate our neurotransmitters and reduce stress. “When you can understand your genes, you are then able to take control of your stress.”

 

Content Summary

  • 7:30 Alex Swanson’s Personal Background

    • “I started looking at data files with all of these genes and began to connect the dots that I couldn’t before.”

    • Observing genetic pathways and linking them to how people respond to things

  • 9:30 Introducing Nutrition Genome

    • Looking at genetic pathways and how people are genetically different

    • How Alex’s initial interest in this field stemmed from his wife experiencing a horrible reaction to pharmaceutical drugs

    • “Through genetic testing, I was able to pinpoint exactly what happened based on her reaction to those drugs.”

  • 12:30 Genes and Stress

    • Explaining the connection between genes and neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, gaba)

    • Describing how our genes can indicate how we will typically respond to life stressors

  • 16:30 Avoiding Stress and Heat Therapy

    • Explaining the hydration component to our adrenals

    • Finding the right heat therapy that will work best for your adrenals

  • 19:30 Genes, Circadian Rhythm and Nighttime Techniques

    • A new research initiative to learn more about the melatonin pathway

    • Discovering sleep sensitivities - A brand new field

  • 23:30 Coffee and Supplements to Regulate Stress

    • Explaining how caticals in caffeine can cause spike dopamine and adrenaline to spike, which has to do with your genetic pathway

    • Magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 can help control our reactions to stress

  • 32:00 Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

    • Understanding our migratory routes of our ancestors

    • “Everything in terms of our genes in an accumulation from the things that came before us.”

  • 36:30 Boosting Serotonin

    • How exercise, massages, eating chocolate, etc. help boost serotonin levels

    • The importance of vitamin D and how it relates to where you live in the world