#31 Alex Swanson on Nutrition Genome, Genetics, and Sports Performance
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Alex Swanson is the founder of Nutrition Genome, creator of TheHealthBeat.com, and the co-owner of Swanson Health Center. He is a second generation nutritionist with over 12 years of clinical experience, specializing in genetics, nutritional biochemistry, physical performance, mental health, and longevity research. Early in Alex’s career, he worked as a sports nutritionist for high school, college, professional and Olympic athletes, and has specialized in genetic nutrition through the creation of his software Genetrition™. He has also worked as a personal trainer, private therapeutic chef, lecturer and consultant to numerous companies for product design and nutrition research. Alex received a post-bacc in Nutrition Sciences from Bastyr University in Washington state, a masters degree in Applied Nutrition and Business Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University, a Certificate in Methylation and Clinical Nutrigenomics, and a Certificate in Genetics and Genomics from Stanford University.
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4:30 Nutrition Genome
“This was created with the understanding that we are all different”
7:43 History and Preventative Care
“Genes are not your destiny, they are your blueprint.”
Impacts the next four generations
9:44 The Simplicity of Deep Breathing
“When you look at just deep breathing, the amount of genes that are impacted is phenomenal.”
13:45 Caffeine: Slow Vs. Fast Metabolizers
Not all people utilize caffeine the same way
The connection to cortisol levels and adrenal fatigue
17:45 The Magic in Mushrooms
“They are essentially protecting you from biological, physical and psychological stressors. Mushrooms are just trying to help your body find your center.”
20:52 The Muscle Strength Gene
23:46 The Aerobic Performance Gene
Determines how well people are equipped for endurance-type exercises
26:20 The Muscle Injury/Muscle Recovery Gene
“95% of the population are more prone to injuries. The remaining 5% are the elite athletes who are much more resilient when it comes to muscle injuries.
27:47 Depression and Lack of Exposure to the Sun
The effects of vitamin D
37:00 Geographic Connection and Our Ability to Adapt
“Your whole family history is all culminated into what you are now in terms of your genes.”
39:13 Protein Vs. Fat Profiles
Figuring out if the keto diet is right for you
44:10 Neurotransmitters and Mental Health
The biochemical reason of why exercise brings a sense of balance to some people
51:50 The Gene Connected to Alzheimer’s
Lion’s mane mushroom helps protect brain health
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