Dr. Anthony Gustin (founder and CEO of Perfect Keto) believes the natural state of an organism is health. In this podcast he explores how we can reclaim our health. The Natural State features interviews with health and nutrition influencers, world-class thought leaders, and industry experts. With exclusive content that breaks down complex ideas to make them simple and digestible. We cover topics like nutrition, fitness and movement, regenerative agriculture, health, mental and emotional health -- anything that a functioning human being needs to thrive.
143: James Connolly - The Real Issues That Need to Be Addressed With Our Food System
1:09:02James Connolly, producer of two documentaries, Sacred Cow and Death in the Garden, comes on the show to discuss the problems with our food system, how they’re only getting worse, and what we can do to fix things. James first revolutionized the food system in some inner-city schools in New York and eventually went on to produce documentaries that highlight the true reality of the situation. In this episode, you’ll learn about how our food system evolved, the issues it faced back then and today, what’s really driving these issues today, and what it’s going to take to fix this. James also tackles the environmental issues with our food system, why he was a vegan for nine months and what happened as a result, and what’s going to happen if we don’t properly address these issues. James also shares more about the research behind vegan documentaries and how his research is different and he wraps the episode up sharing the incredible story of Steven Dozinger, a social justice activist that’s been wrongfully incarcerated. As mentioned above, James Connolly is the producer of the documentaries Sacred Cow and Death in the Garden. He’s also the co-producer of The Sustainable Dish podcast. In addition, James is an artist, chef, and non-profit co-founder of The Bubble Foundation, which focuses on issues of wellness and food insecurity in inner-city public schools. Tune in now to learn more and enjoy!
142: Chris Duffin - How to Strengthen Your Mind, Body, Relationships, and More
1:14:55Chris Duffin is the only person to squat and deadlift over 1000 pounds for reps, he holds the Guinness World Record for the sumo deadlift, he’s been the number one ranked lifter in the world for eight years, and he’s a best-selling author. With such an extensive background, he comes on the show with Dr. Anthony Gustin to share how to strengthen all parts of your life, including your mindset, relationships, body, and so much more. Chris also discusses why it’s crucial for parents to pursue their dreams, how failure is your best teacher and why it’s necessary, what’s possible when you apply yourself to insurmountable tasks, and why you don’t need a bucket list. Chris also chats about the five “whys”, filling your cup and how to do this, and how to really establish your values. If you don’t know Chris, he has an engineering background, he’s earned an MBA, and he’s the best-selling author of The Eagle and The Dragon. Chris has also co-founded Kabuki Strength, Build Fast Formula, and Barefoot Athletics and he knows what it takes to build strength in all areas of your life. He comes on the show to share his knowledge on a number of different topics. Tune in now to learn more and enjoy!
141: Justin Mares - Changing the Food System With Regenerative Agriculture
1:05:06Perfect Keto and Kettle & Fire co-founder Justin Mares comes back on the show with Dr. Anthony Gustin for a second time to discuss how a regenerative agriculture approach is better for the environment and how fake meats and plant-based diets are destroying our planet instead. Justin also talks about how using regenerative agriculture affects the supply chain, why farmers and ranchers are resistant to switch over, and how to get more people educated on its benefits. You’ll also learn about how we’re repeating history with a different weapon of choice, the problems with fake meats and popular plant-based foods like almond milk, why we need to quickly shift in the opposite direction away from fake food, and why many plant-based companies are heavily invested in promoting these foods to make a profit. Justin also shares what it’s been like to weave regenerative agriculture into his Kettle & Fire bone broth brand. If you don’t know, Justin Mares is the co-founder of Perfect Keto and Kettle & Fire, best-selling author of Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth, and king of side hustles. Together, Justin and Dr. Anthony cover a ton of ground in this episode where they chat about fixing our food system and making regenerative agriculture more mainstream. Tune in now and enjoy!
140: Tim Grover - What It Takes to Win in Life
47:55What does the mindset of an elite athlete look like? Tim Grover, best-selling author, speaker, and personal trainer to many top athletes, not only has a peek into the mental state of top performers, he also helps shape them and creates a victory mentality and he comes on the show to share all about this. Tim dives into what a victory mentality looks like, the definition of winning, the victim mentality and how to overcome this, and how to stack momentum. Tim also shares tips for how you can change your life, why you should focus on the uncontrollable things that come at you, using routines, and the huge difference between trying your best and doing your best. You’ll also hear Tim’s thoughts on finding balance, the separation between emotions and performance, and what to do if you’re in a rut. If you don’t know Tim Grover, he’s a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and personal trainer who has worked with incredible athletes such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and more. He’s created his Relentless System for helping people reach unimaginable heights personally and professionally so that they can be their absolute best. As for his background, he earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and he was a former NCAA Division I basketball player. He’s also been inducted into the UIC Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. You may have even seen him on the docuseries The Last Dance. Tim’s a super great guy who knows what it takes to achieve a victory mentality and he comes on the show to share this and dissect how he works with top athletes and more. Tune in and enjoy!
139: Eric Perner - Optimizing Regenerative Agriculture for a Better Future for Our Planet
50:39Eric Perner is the founder of Rep Provisions, a regenerative ranch in Oklahoma that’s making incredible strides in this space. That’s because Eric and his team actively work to regenerate America’s grasslands to produce clean foods that benefit people, animals, and our planet. And he comes on the show to share all of the fascinating things he’s up to with regards to that. So you’ll hear about how Eric took over a ranch in Oklahoma and completely transformed it in the years he’s had it. You’ll also discover his regenerative agriculture methods, why they work so well, and the powerful results he’s seen since implementing his practices. Eric also chats with Dr. Anthony Gustin about some of the problems regenerative agriculture farmers face, how monocrop farms are destroying our planet, and what it’s going to take to fix our food system. They also dive into how regenerative agriculture can transform the omega 6 to omega 3 ratios in pork, how regenerative farms follow natural cycles found in nature and work seamlessly as a result, and so much more. As you’ll learn in this episode, Eric’s dad taught him the importance of using farming practices that align with nature and work with it to make it better than it was before. He adopted this style of farming and took it further by optimizing the farm he took over where he uses regenerative agriculture to maximize land usage and promote a healthier environment. When you tune in, you’ll be amazed and impressed with how much Eric’s been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time and how it benefits people, animals, and the environment as a result. If you’re into the regenerative agriculture space or you’re looking to learn the benefits that come with this powerful farming method, this is an episode you don’t want to miss. Tune in now to learn more!
138: Brad Marshall - The Science Behind Fat Storage
1:12:33In this part two episode with molecular biologist Brad Marshall, Dr. Anthony Gustin dives into the science of fat storage and what you can do once your metabolism goes out of whack from consuming too much vegetable oils and sugar. As Brad explains, it’s not just as simple as removing these items from your diet, although that is a great first step to take. Instead, it’s about understanding a gnarly process called SCD1, which Brad and Dr. Gustin tackle in this episode, and stopping it dead in its tracks so that you can start to burn your own fat again. By doing this, you’ll be able to lose fat and keep it off once and for all. On top of that, Brad and Dr. Gustin also chat about what we can learn from animals who hibernate and how this translates to human health, the role leptin plays in fat storage, and whether there’s a genetic component at play here. They also chat about changing your metabolic rate and how you can do this, the desaturase index and how it relates to obesity, and so much more. If you missed Brad’s first episode, he’s an incredible wealth of knowledge. He went to Cornell to study molecular biology, he started a charcuterie business and several successful restaurants, and, most recently, he branched out into pig farming. Brad’s also known for starting The Croissant Diet and he’s a food historian who shares several fun facts along the way. Tune in now to learn more about the science behind fat storage and what you can do to finally eliminate fat once and for all.
137: Dr. Anthony Gustin (Q&A #11) - Keto and Gut Health, Adjusting Carb and Fiber Intake, Eating Fat for Better Health, and Pregnancy Advice
54:08Dr. Anthony Gustin and Chris Irvin, Perfect Keto’s Education Manager, the co-author of the book Keto Answers, and The Ketologist, sit down for another Q&A episode. This time, they’re answering questions like: Are you guys still following a keto diet? What does your current carb and fiber intake look like these days? Do you eat breakfast? Do you avoid nightshades? Do you change your protein intake throughout the year? Chris and Dr. Gustin also chat about the latest pregnancy advice and how this is beyond outdated, the harmful ingredients found in formula, and what really makes up breastmilk. They also dive into stearic acid, linoleic acid, and how the different types of fat affects our health, and so much more. This is another jam-packed Q&A episode you don’t want to miss. If this is your first time tuning in, Dr. Anthony Gustin is a board-certified chiropractor, a functional medicine practitioner, and the founder of Perfect Keto and Equip Foods. It’s his belief that our artificial habitats have forced us into having artificial health problems and this show is his attempt to dive deep into topics like nutrition, sleep, movement, relationships, and more so you can reclaim your natural state of health. In this episode, Chris Irvin, Perfect Keto’s Education Manager, the co-author of the book Keto Answers, and The Ketologist, and Dr. Gustin are sitting down to answer more great questions from their listeners. You’ll also hear more about how Chris and his wife are expecting their first child and what their journey has been like so far. Tune in now to learn more and enjoy!
136: Brad Marshall - How PUFAs and Vegetable Oils Negatively Impact Health
2:11:10Brad Marshall, a molecular biologist and pig farmer who aims to cut down the amount of PUFAs in our meat supply, sits down with Dr. Anthony Gustin to chat about the exact mechanisms at play when we consume harmful vegetable oils. They dive into how these vegetable oils are sneaking into our systems through our food supply and what happens when they enter our body. So you’ll learn about how they disrupt health on a cellular level and where they wreak havoc once they’re there. You’ll also discover the surprising differences between linoleic acid levels in organic and conventionally grown meat, how our fat cells respond to these foreign substances, and what the latest research shows. Brad also chats about the differences between different fats, such as saturated fat, polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats and so much more. If you don’t know Brad, he’s a jack of all trades. He went to Cornell to study molecular biology and then eventually went off to start his own charcuterie business and opened up several restaurants. He even branched out into pig farming, started The Croissant Diet, and became a food historian along the way. He’s incredibly knowledgeable in this space, which is why you learn a great deal when you tune into the episode. Check it out now to learn more!
135: Dr. Paul Saladino - The Hadza Tribe Part Two: Q&A
2:05:14Dr. Paul Saladino comes back on the show to join Dr. Anthony Gustin in answering some of the top questions they received after their trip to Africa to learn more about the Hadza tribe. They’ll get into questions like do they really eat as much fiber as previous studies have stated, why they’re so happy, were they territorial, do they marry, and what a typical tribe is like today. They also chat about if the Hadza are monogamous, how they raise their children, their life expectancy, whether women hunt, if they read or write, and what their typical diet looks like. Dr. Saladino and Dr. Gustin also run off on some tangents surrounding some recent studies published about the people in this region, myths associated with this tribe, the body positivity movement, the fallacy of Blue Zones, and what we should learn from this incredible group of people. Dr. Paul Saladino, best-selling author and The Carnivore MD, is a repeat podcast guest. While he’s come on the show a few times before to talk about cholesterol and eating a meat-based diet, Dr. Gustin and Dr. Saladino focused most of their time in this episode diving into listener questions from their trip to visit the Hadza tribe. When you tune in, you’ll learn more about one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes and what their way of life looks like today. Check out the episode now!
134: Dr. Paul Saladino - What We Learned from One of the Last Hunter-Gatherer Tribes
2:11:17Dr. Anthony Gustin and The Carnivore MD Dr. Paul Saladino traveled halfway across the world to study one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes, the Hadza, to learn more about their way of life, which has been unaffected for over 50,000 years now. And they share their stories from their trip in this podcast episode. When you tune in, you’ll discover what the Hadza people typically eat, what their gut microbiome looks like as a result, the problems they’re currently facing, and why they choose to remain a hunter-gatherer society despite other local tribes switching courses. You’ll also learn about ugali, a food missionaries introduced to the tribe, how they fare with key blood markers and chronic diseases, some myths that were introduced in early research on the tribe, and so much more. Dr. Saladino and Dr. Gustin also asked the tribe some questions and their responses were super interesting. They also discuss gender roles and how the Hadza live with an abundance mindset. You may recognize Dr. Paul Saladino if you’re a regular listener of this podcast. He’s a best-selling author and The Carnivore MD and he’s been on the show multiple times now. This episode is a little different though in that Dr. Gustin and Dr. Saladino only talk about their trip to Africa and what they learned from it. So even if you’ve heard one of Dr. Saladino’s episodes in the past, this one is completely different and one you won’t want to miss. Tune in now to travel back in time to where life was more simple and done right.