00:01:16 Tim’s story
00:02:54 What is biohacking/ Health Optimization ?
00:05:27 What are Tim’s Fundamentals of Health?
00:07:11 Look at your lifestyle to fix chronic illnesses
00:11:01 Nailing your sleep is the key to Health Optimization
00:12:35 Track your sleep to help understand how to improve it
00:16:41 Hydration is key- You can be dehydrated even if you drink lots of water
00:19:36 Electrolytes v Celtic Sea Salt
00:21:17 Regular daily movement and exercise are important
00:21:40 Low calorie McDonalds are still highly processed foods
00:22:54 Digestive enzymes can help with bloating
00:23:27 Oral Health is key – poor teeth can be an indicator of poor health
00:24:08 What is Biological Dentistry?Why are root canals bad for the body ?
00:26:05 Are Mercury fillings safe?
00:33:13 Supplements are a sensible addition to our modern diet
00:36:02 It is important to eat meat to supply many of the nutrients that the body needs
00:38:13 Identify and investigate your symptoms in order to start improving your health
00:39:54 Natural light is key, otherwise supplement with vitamins D&K
00:42:52 Wear light blocking glasses to filter out junk light
00:44:13 The benefits of Grounding
00:45:57 Five key things to implement today to start to take control of your health
00:47:28 How to connect with Tim
00:49:15 What are the benefits of Tim’s Aminos drink for busy Dads?
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Welcome to the Fitter Healthier Dad Podcast, where you can learn how to improve your diet, lose fat and get fitter in a sustainable and fun way without spending hours in the gym. Here is your host Darren Kirby.
Darren: Welcome back to the podcast, guys. This is the number one podcast for men in their forties who want to improve their health through nutrition and fitness. This is episode one twenty four, and on today’s episode we are going to be talking to Tim Gray on how to proactively optimize your health after years spent self-healing his body from chronic health conditions through biohacking alone. Tim embarked on a mission to educate and empower the masses using biohacking, fitness, longevity, nutrition and function and preventative medicine.
Darren: Hey, Tim, thanks very much for joining me on the podcast today. How are you?
Tim: I’m very well. I’m very well. Thank you.
Darren: Excellent. Good stuff. You are in a nice, hot, sunny climate as kind of seems to be the standard for you.
Tim: 30 degrees. Yeah, yeah.
Darren: Yeah, very envious. So, Tim, for people that haven’t come across you before or biohacking, can you give us a little bit of background into you and how you got to where you’re at today?
Tim: Yeah, I guess I was a high performer business guy running multiple six and seven figure companies thought sickness was a weakness. Yeah, that my staff used as excuses and then got chronically ill from pushing myself a bit too hard. And when it got to the point that the doctors couldn’t really help me, they just, you know, said, we don’t know what’s going on and just take these meds. I kind of started researching and just treating it like a business problem, I guess, and find the right solution. So, you know, the usual brainstorming Post-it notes on the wall, you know, trying to figure out the root cause. You know, that was 10 years ago, right? And I had a whole host of things. Basically, my body started shutting down, right? I had mercury poisoning from I had metal fillings, many metal fillings. I would live off of sushi pretty much every day, eat farmed salmon all the time. That, combined with genetic variation, snip called MTHFR, were the body don’t methylated or break down and eject toxins properly. Just cause me my body to basically go. Enough’s enough, right to the point, you know, being emotionally up and down stress, low testosterone, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, frequent irritations like 30 to 50 times a day, multiple teeth infections like just, you know, there’s been a whole list of things where it’s actually my immune system couldn’t cope in my mitochondria couldn’t produce energy properly.
Tim: Yeah, it’s really been a 10 year, 10 year story of, you know, getting out of that and the traditional medicine system. While it’s helped me with emergency things, it’s been, you know, nothing short of fantastic, which I don’t think anyone can knock us on the medical advancements there. But on the chronic health side of things, it really made me realize that there’s a massive area for improvement and that, you know, doctors just really don’t know. Yeah, so so really, that’s really what the last 10 years have been. The last five years have been accelerated in that space by figuring out finding out about something called biohacking. Yeah, which is, I guess, using technologies, supplements, less traditional medical things, more. I don’t want to use the word holistic, but I did more whole body understanding us as a biological machine as opposed to finding a symptom and hiding it. Really know why is my immune system weak, right? And then working on it from there? So bio hacking also includes, you know, optimizing the environment such as, you know, if you have a very bright blue lit bedroom and you expect to sleep well, it’s not going to happen.
Tim: If you’ve got too much sunlight in the morning, but you, you go to bed late, you’re going to wake up automatically with sunrise. And there’s obviously biological reasons for doing so. So there’s environment things such as if you’ve got a Wi-Fi router near your head when you sleep, if you track your sleep, you see that it absolutely ruins you. You might feel okay, but you’re just not repairing properly. And and then the environment inside of you as well. So that could be microbiome could be checking your genetics to see if if you’ve got genes that are, need extra support, such as, you know, very quick example, if you’re a vegan and you have an MTFR gene snip, then you’re going to need more B12 than the average person. And veganism absolutely just destroy you. There’s. Five percent of people that will do well on it, though, because they don’t they have these issues, so it’s really understanding yourself as a unique individual and optimizing you based on what you need as opposed to one rule to rule everyone. And that’s, you know, that’s going to be the future of health care. So that’s really a rundown of my history and what biohacking is. I like to call it these days. Health optimization, because biohacking is a bit of a it’s more of a Silicon Valley term.
Tim: Yeah. And I think us, English and Europeans don’t necessarily align with it quite the same as the Americans do. But I like to talk about the fundamentals of health, which are the essential building blocks, the things that our body needs to operate. If you think, a car – what does it need to operate, it needs good quality oil. Not crap. It needs clean water to keep the engine cool. It needs a replacement of the tyres when they start wearing down, not just ignoring them, you know, and then various other bits and pieces as well, air obviously for combustion. So the point is is we are the same and we have different building blocks that we need to operate correctly. And some of them are obviously the obvious things like food, natural sunlight and light can affect us positively or negatively. And, you know, kind of really figuring out about these things out so that people know, OK, I’m not doing this. Let’s implement that. I’m not doing this. Let’s implement that and track that you can see your health improve. And it’s the stuff that the doctors generally don’t use yet, but some of them are just starting to talk about. Yeah. Dr. Mark Hyman or Rangan Chatterjee or some of your functional medicine doctors?
Darren: Yeah. Yeah, it’s super interesting, isn’t it? Because I think we’ve gotten to a point in our existence, I guess, where this traditional approach of we’re broken. So let’s fix it, which is generally why we’re going to see a doctor or we get involved with the NHS, I think is from an NHS standpoint, it’s not sustainable. As you can see the size and massive magnitude in terms of money. The NHS swallows up over a year and the fact that we are living longer. But way unhealthier? Right?
Tim: So I mean, I think there’s two things I know yes, you’re completely right. I mean, the NHS is swallowing up a lot of money. I someone once said to me, I think it’s the BBC said to me, So Tim, are you telling me you can fix the NHS? And I said, No, that’s you saying that. The question, I didn’t say that, but if we did understand that everyone was individual and instead of just prescribing drugs every time, then we could affect change in it definitely, you know, instead of someone going in with strep throat or whatever and just requiring the same antibiotics every time. It’s like looking at lifestyle, looking at diet, looking if they get natural light looking, what their vitamin D levels are like, for instance, looking at their genetics. These are all things that the doctors don’t know how to look at, and we would save ourselves a fortune. So, yeah, I agree. It’s definitely struggling. But it’s a sickness sickness care system, and people aren’t being taught how to service their cars because they’re only being told how to get to the mechanic and get it fixed. And this is really, I think. It is really where it’s going to go. It is.
Darren: Yeah, well, it has to be, doesn’t it, because, you know, we cannot continue in the way that we we are. And I think the last 18 months without going off down the COVID rabbit hole have obviously highlighted that right. And I think that the approach that’s still being taken is so much as it’s trying to solve it with pharmaceuticals and medicine as opposed to actually saying, Well, why are so many people getting impacted by a virus which is less impactful than the flu? And so many hospitalizations? And still, I think the narrative is not that we need to take care of our lifestyle and our health. It’s we just need more vaccines. But anyway, I digress. And yeah, I know you’re going to interject,
Tim: Like I say on my Instagram, I am pro-health, I’m not Anti. And I am not pro, I am pro health, and I will do anything that it takes to be optimal. If that means having a jab, I would do it. Yeah, the point is, I’m a data guy and a health guy, and those do intersect very well. And if I’m not improving from something, yeah, I’m not going to do it. And until there’s enough data to be certain of that, you know, I won’t necessarily do certain things. A lot of data is coming in, actually. And I think, you know, both sides are not to go on this point. Both sides are very skewed to their own side. I like to sit it middle and I don’t think it’s the big evil, necessarily. I think for some people it is exceptional and I think it’s the right thing to do. But I also think that the approach is to teach people how to optimize their health so it doesn’t go and put the building blocks in place. So I think that, you know. Yeah, I think that this is really the this is the only flaw. Yeah. And if these things were put in place, we wouldn’t need to roll these things out quite so quickly. Yes, it is done for health and not for another reason which everyone seems to be going on about.
Darren: Yeah, exactly. Yeah. Ok. So, so yeah. So, so on that then, you know, generally a lot of people that listen to the podcast, they’re parents they are very busy. Life is stressful enough as it is. And you and I sitting here talking about, well, you need to take care of your health and you need to optimize your health. And you know, we’re we have evolved to think that we go to a chemist or we go somewhere else to kind of get something to do that. So where would you say that people should start thinking about the various different areas that they need to consider if they’re going to take control of their health and start to optimize it?
Tim: Very good question. This is where the fundamentals of health come in, and actually I get asked this so frequently like, you know, anywhere from five to 30 times a day depends on my post for the day. This is why I created a digital course that took me hundreds of hours to do, actually. If I’d known it was going to take so much work, I wouldn’t have done it in all honesty. So I’m glad I didn’t know at that point, but it’s called. I talk about the fundamentals of health, right? And. What people should do is, first of all, nail your sleep. It’s the first thing, very first thing, it seems obvious, but people can’t really understand what nailing your sleep means and what to do to know that, for instance, the amount of people, I say, move your bed six sorry 12 to 18 inches away from the wall and see if your sleep improves is ridiculous and the amount of people that get good results from it. Why is that? Because there’s a power line running behind their bed for the light switches or the plugs. Yeah, and if you measure it with an EMF reader, you will see how much voltage it picks up in that distance. I am actually doing a post about it on Instagram this week. Okay. Another one someone said to me very, very, very, very successful, like in the top 0.1 percent said to me, I can’t get my sleep right. And I said, Have you got wifi? He said, yes.
Tim: I said, Where is it? He said under the bed. And well, let’s turn that off and see how your sleep does. And funnily enough, it improves. Yeah, I think it’s subjective is fine, but really, if you’re tracking it, that’s when the power comes in. And I think no one can push against that because when we see it for ourselves, we understand, you know, it’s like this way the little oura ring I wear. And if there’s one bio hack other than blue blocking glasses, which are in the bit that I would use, it is, is this right? Tells you your heart rate, resting heart rate, heart rate variability, which is one of the best indicators for overall health, in my opinion. Tells you body temperature. How many times you breathe breath? How many breaths a minute. Sorry, deep sleep. Rem sleep. Light sleep. How many steps you’ve done. And that’s far more accurate than the phone, because that just measures you on distance that you’ve moved and gives you a readiness score every day and a sleep score every day. So it understands based on your data over a period of time, you know what your baseline is and then you can improve on it. So the point is is if you don’t know how well you’re sleeping other than subjective of saying, Oh, I feel tired this morning or yeah, I feel amazing. You know, sometimes sometimes you’re you’re depending on your sleep stages. You might feel amazing, even though you’ve had a horrible night’s sleep.
Tim: You know, like night before last, I had a horrible night’s sleep, and yet I felt amazing all day. And if I had if I was a layman, I would say, Oh no, mostly it was great, you know? And a lot of people say, for instance, I had a coffee. I go for coffee after before bed, after my meal at the Italian restaurant and they say, But I can sleep. I’m different. It’s like, you know, no, you track it. You see that now. The reason why this is so important is number one. And I won’t labor on the point much longer because it takes two years to run through all of the fundamentals in this detail. But. Sleep. Stayed with us in evolution for a reason. Yeah, those that didn’t sleep during the night and they slept during the day probably got eaten. Yeah, it’s a trait that got weeded out of existence. Yeah, those that didn’t sleep at all didn’t repair properly, and they died pretty quickly. That’s what we all sleep. It is an important need. The reason is the biological processes that happen while we’re sleeping, reverses the damage, repairs the body ready for the next day. And that’s why, as new parents will know us very quickly, when you have children, if your sleep ages, you very, very quickly. This is why when you see couples that are in their late 40s that didn’t have children, they’re usually the youngest looking they sleep better.
Tim: Except for if there are high powered executive that lives off four or five hours sleep, they age pretty quickly as well. Yeah. So my point being is that you should respect your sleep more than anything you do anything and to respect your sleep is wake with sunrise and go to sleep with sunset or not far afterwards. And if you have blue light in your house, which everyone does, whether it’s on a phone, whether or not it’s from the lighting, whether or not it’s from any outside streetlights, that light will tell your brain that it’s midday because light wakes us up. It actually stops us from secreting melatonin. Our sleep hormone properly. And melatonin isn’t just for sleep, it actually helps detoxify us as well. So if you don’t secrete your melatonin, you go to bed at 12 or one o’clock. After having blue light in front of your face, your body is exhausted. It’s I am sleeping because I am knackered. Yeah, I need to, because I must. So that involves obviously also exercising before four or five p.m. because otherwise you’re going to spike your stress hormones and you’re not ready to start winding down means if you’re doing your emails or things late into the evening, it means if you’re eating far after sunset, the blood glucose will be higher through the night. So your body is going to be using the energy processing the energy sorry, rather than using the energy to repair. There’s a whole host of things like that.
Tim: So, you know, actually my course lays this out bit by bit and how not not to sell. So I’m not. I’m just saying, if you want to know more detail and how to enjoy a day around these things, it’s done in specific detail. Yeah. So there’s no one. I think the reason why I’ve gone on about that one so much is because it’s the most important of all. Yeah, if you’re eating absolutely perfectly and you know, if you know what that means, exactly, but you’re not sleeping properly, you’re never going to be right. You just and so sleep is number one number two before anything else other than sleep is hydration. Now most people say, Oh, we drink plenty of water. If you’re peeing more than five or six times a day, you’re probably dehydrated. Yeah. And because we pay to inject toxins when we have too much fluid in us and if we are imbalanced with our minerals. So when you become super thirsty and you keep on drinking more and more and more, it’s usually because it’s low mineral content. Water and body is saying I need more water to give us more minerals, but then that means you’ve got too much water and you then have to excrete some. Adding in some Celtic sea salt. Just half a teaspoon and twice a day gives you the minerals, which means that if you’re peeing more than five or six times a day, that will bring that down very quickly.
Tim: Yeah, I was doing 30 to 50 at my peak that I think seriously, seriously dehydrated, chronically chronic fatigue. My adrenal couldn’t cope because it just didn’t have the minerals in my blood to help fill my energy, which meant my dream was kicked in and then they got stressed. And this is a, you know, kind of a self, yeah, raising machine. So, yeah, so filtering your water, getting rid of any toxins, hormones or antibiotics that are in the water supply, as well as any heavy metals. So a good water filter, I prefer reverse osmosis and the mineralise it that way you’re making the water decent again. So that’s hydration. And you know, you only have to look at how many people are carrying around a bottle of water, a huge one everywhere they go in the gym and stuff like that, or around in day to day when they’re not even working out to see how dehydrated we are. And if you drink coffee or alcohol or pee more than five or six times a day, then generally you are dehydrated is pretty short and only five percent dehydration impacts our cognitive abilities by around 30 percent. That’s just five percent. Wow. So that’s why those two things are really good. And if you haven’t got good brain power or you’re stressed, you’re not going to sleep well. And if you’re not sleeping well, you’re not going to have good brainpower. So those two are really. Yeah.
Darren: And where do you where do you stand on electrolytes? Because a lot of talk around that now because there’s obviously over hydration, that can happen. Obviously, poor mineralized water. Where do you stand on that?
Tim: Minerals, Celtic sea salt, the Celtic Sea Salt has 78 to 82 trace elements and minerals in the salt. Yeah, OK. That is all you need, right? So we actually evolved drinking stream water that comes through rocks. And that was it. Now we’re drinking spring water that’s been filtered and has low mineral content. In fact, I spoke to someone in the water industry once one of the big names, and they know that the less minerals in the water, the more they need to drink, right? The product, you know, so. So that’s number one, electrolyte products. There are a few good ones out there, but they’re products. They’re not in the right balance of electrolytes because minerals are basically electrolytes, something almost. So there’s a few good brands out there, but generally have three or four of the minerals in there which may class them as the essential ones. But right? But if you don’t have them in the right balance, then the kidneys don’t know how to deal with it, because again, we didn’t evolve with the imbalance of too much magnesium in one go or too much potassium in one go. So it’s very important to have that balance, which is why I like Celtic Sea salt. And it’s cheap, right buy a whole tub for five euros or pounds or wherever you are in the world. Yeah. Whereas the electrolytes, you know, you can spend £30 for a month’s worth of electrolytes and they’re making millions and millions and millions. Yeah, yeah. But so so that’s really, yeah, that’s really what I recommend. Okay.
Darren: Ok, cool. So, OK. So we’ve done. We’ve done sleep. We’ve done hydration. What would you say is next then?
Tim: Um, I think that the there’s a whole different list of actually about eight other things. I think movement and exercise is obviously really important keeping your body flowing or moving all day, every day. So I have a breakout of five minutes every hour. I have a rebounder and things like that, and these things are very typical.
Tim: Obviously, the diet, which is really important, and that’s like making sure you have enough enough nutrients and counting your nutrients or not even counting them, just making sure you’re having nutrient dense foods, because then you also restrict your calories. For instance, if you’re eating extreme five rib eye steaks a day, you’re not going to need to count your calories because the protein satiate you and you have had enough calories. Whereas people that say eat, you know, you can eat McDonald’s just have a lower calorie version. They are Just, in my opinion, idiots, because it’s a processed food which is more calorie dense in the first place. Whereas if you eat a natural steak and some vegetables, you know you don’t need to count your calories, just it’s just absolutely bonkers. So, yes, a diet is a really important one. And remembering to remove anti nutrients such as oxalates and things like that from your diet is important as well. Again, I don’t like to tell people what they can and can’t eat because everyone’s individual, you know, some people can’t eat because it’s just too heavy for them. That means that they need to work on their digestion and probably their stress levels because and hydration, because we make stomach acid from salt, if we’re stressed we need more salt, we become dehydrated.
Tim: our Digestion doesn’t work properly. So it’s again another set of things, you know, or someone say that they can’t actually deal with certain vegetables and they bloat. Add some digestive enzymes in. I actually use these ones by biooptimzers what it means is I can have them with me everywhere. I mean, I didn’t have them ready just for this. I actually formulated some as well under health optimization sups myself, which are slightly more potent than these in some ways. So, yeah, so so yeah. So that’s that.
I also talk about oral health and not just traditional and brushing your teeth for two minutes and blah blah blah blah blah. It’s more like, have you had? Do you need fillings? Have you had lots of cavities? Have you had root canal treated teeth? And you know, we see or I see the mouth as a window to your health. If you’ve got dodgy teeth, it’s often down to mineral deficiencies and poor diet. And by filling these deficiencies and changing your diet, then this stops becoming an issue. If you’ve had root canal treated teeth, if any dentists are listening to this, they’re going to go. This guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The reality Is they don’t because they were trained in a certain syllabus that has evolved.
Tim: Biological dentistry is a massive thing, and it looks at the body and deficiencies and gut health and oral microbiome and all these things and how it’s linked together and having a root canal treated tooth in your mouth actually harbors bacteria. Even if normal dentists say it doesn’t. It has been proven time and time and time again, and I have seen so much data from the world’s leading biological dentists, right actually on this and root canals have no place in the body at all. And health gets much better. In fact, there’s a documentary. It’s not a scientific one. It’s just for general public to watch, though it hasn’t got all the science references and stuff in it, but you can explore deeper, I think it was ninety seven percent of women had breast cancer. Right, had a root canal treated tooth on the same side. Wow. Yeah, exactly. And we know that having teeth infection can cause heart issues, heart attacks and things like that. In fact, one of my colleagues, Dr. Harry Adelson, who is known as the full body stem cell guy, one of the I guess one of the pioneers in stem cell surgery actually had this himself. And that’s how he, you know. Ok. Yeah. Anyway, so. So oral health optimize your oral microbiome, making sure that your deficiencies are filled, making sure that you’re optimizing that. And again, I put that out in the course fully for anyone that’s like, Oh, that’s interesting.
Darren: I said just to just to touch on that point a bit because I’ve followed you quite a lot around the oral microbiome and the health and the mercury fillings specifically. I think you’ve gone to see, is it Dr. Durhame? Is that the guy that you go to see,
Darren: Dom? Yeah, yeah. And you’ve actually had these mercury fillings removed. And I know there’s a lot of controversy over the removal of these fillings, i.e. the way that it’s done. So what’s your kind of use for people listening that have got mercury fillings that are quite alarmed by what we’ve just said?
Tim: Well, put it this way metal fillings aren’t just metal fillings, they’re called amalgam, and it’s an amalgamation of various metals of which they’re roughly around 50 percent of mercury. Right? If a mercury thermometer is broken in a school? The school is evacuated, right? And yet dentists are convinced that it is safe in our mouth right now. They say, Oh, no, vapors come off and it’s fine, blah blah blah. Actually, you can now measure the amount of mercury vapors coming off of a tooth from brushing or eating and is well over any recommended amount like well and truly and yet we haven’t been updated in it. In some countries, it is now that they removed all mercury fillings from everyone. Some countries still accept it. They do say they don’t have metal fillings if you’re pregnant because it could damage the baby, but it can’t damage the person. Yeah, I mean, I’m sorry. But second, most toxic substance known man made known to man in the mouth near the pituitary gland, which controls our hormones, and we’re convinced it’s safe. So I would say that it’s definitely safe throughout the body and knowing what minerals Mercury does to the body, it competes for the cell. It helps damage the cell membrane, it stops nutrients getting in and it stops toxins getting out. It also competes for the cells so that certain minerals can’t get in there. So people that have often had mercury fillings have deficiencies of magnesium and potassium and things like that which cause tight muscles means they have to go and have deep tissue massages and things like this quite frequently, and they get migraines, which is very common.
Tim: Also for migraines. If people have had root canal treated tooth, it’s right on the nerve and that can cause inflammation, which can cause chronic migraines. Yeah, so so that’s another piece of that. Some dentists say, Oh no, it’s safer to keep the mercury in once it’s in, if they’re removed correctly. And this is a rubber dam around the tooth and they have air purification thing right near the face. And you know, it’s treated as toxic waste. Actually, it’s very safe for removal. The body starts naturally detoxing mercury after a period of three months anyway. And then for some people that have the genetic issue like I do the gene and don’t detoxify very, very well on their own. It’s often the people that have body odour, especially after they drink alcohol. That’s an indication. Then, you know, it’s better off out and, you know, adding some chlorella and spirulina into your, you know, when you wake every morning before bed to help grab onto that stuff and get out of your body, as well as other mercury things. If, if, if you go, if you listen to this and you say, actually, I’ve got some metal fillings or I’ve eaten a lot of salmon and things like that, and you know, my energy wasn’t what it was, then you can get a hair mineral analysis test done, which is a good indicator as a cellular test for those that don’t mind spending money on their health, or about 600 pounds in the UK from Genova Labs called the Nutreval
Tim: And that looks at you want to sell it at able to see what your cells are operating like, what they need and what they need to detoxify. That’s the most comprehensive, best test that I know of. Yeah, so you know, it can be quantified even if it’s controversial. The crazy thing is a lot of things which are what’s going on in the world at the moment. Data that is coming out is showing a different opinion to things that we’re told are the opposite. You know, sometimes you need to look at the data and and make your own call or judgment on where you stand on it. And it’s just an opinion. Mine or yours? I mean, I know that as my white blood cell count was ridiculously low, ridiculously low for years, and as I collated more and more mercury and detoxified more and more naturally by improving my methylation and things, my white blood cell came back up to normal. And you know, your body goes through a fractionation period of rebalancing, but you know, I’m now nearly forty three and you feel better, but I’m sure you probably have.
Tim: Yeah, I look younger and more vibrant and have more energy and far clearer brain with a lot less issues than I did at 30. Yeah, yeah. So, you know, and it’s not because I’ve just got good genetics, , my mom does look young and she does a lot by herself. You know, you can see there was not in a good state, just through lifestyle and food. Yeah, I’ve reversed a lot of that stuff. You know, something might come along and get me and wipe me off pretty quickly, who knows? But the point is, I’ve done everything I can to make sure. And in the last year, I’ve now done sixty two cities during lockdowns across the world, not being careful wearing a mask. Only when people around me felt comfortable. Me doing so, yeah, didn’t wash more than usual all this stuff and I’ve tried to get it. And I haven’t, you know, not I know people that had a couple of times and you know, they live a bit more of a debaucherous life. And I know some people that haven’t been quite so lucky and my heart goes out to those guys. But yeah, I mean, I think if you put your building blocks in place and you know, your chances are better. Yeah, yeah, definitely agree.
Darren: So we touched a little bit there on nutrition, which, to be honest, is a whole podcast. On its own, but generally a lot of comments that I get from people that we coach is shouldn’t we be able to get all of our vitamins and minerals from food? And my view on it is modern day farming and over farming means basically that we can’t and we don’t. So what’s your view on kind of food and getting all your vitamins and minerals?
Tim: This is the question. I get asked a lot. I actually did a post on it. I was thinking of re sharing it in a few weeks. Yeah, I think on health optimization, supplements, Instagram, I think because there’s only a few posts there. I think we’ve already done one. Yeah, that was my original post. So anyone look at health optimization, sups or supplements on Instagram and there’s a post actually drills into this properly. And I did a fair bit of research around that as well and and work with practitioners, several practitioners. And basically, yes, you’re right, under farming over farming, sorry or like non rotating crops means that the food is lacking minerals and nutrients that they usually would go back and 100 years ago. And that’s not necessarily too much of an issue on its own. But if you are, if you had antibiotics at any point in your life, if you have stress, and let’s be honest, in the last 30 years, stress has increased like this. Yeah, you know, any amount of stress our body thinks I should be running away from a tiger or a threat. And if you’re constantly running away from a tiger or a threat, your body is diverting blood flow to the muscles and away from digestion, which means you’re not going to digest your food properly, although it will go through. This is IBS in the most stressed people. It’s like even the even traditional doctors say, Oh, how stressed are you? What’s your work like? What do you do for a job? They ask.
Tim: This stuff is standard now for a reason. Hmm. Traditional medicine. So, yeah, so bad digestion. Dehydration, not enough stomach acid stress food with lower quality and more processed food, which has significantly less nutrients in it as well. And higher calorie. So we’re eating more calories, we’re getting fuller, but we’re not having a lot less nutrients. These things or top stop stacked on top of each other, as well as toxins competing for ourselves and meaning that we don’t uptake on nutrients properly as well just means that we’re undernourished. And I recommend having a good multivitamin or individual nutrients or vitamins if you have had a test to show you which ones you’re deficient in. The problem is, and again, I mentioned health optimization sups a few times. I am not. I’m not in this space to make money. I’m just doing what I love. And obviously I created the meet-up. I created the summit to bring all of these smart people together and the brands together and share the information of these speakers and authors. And the problem I kept on coming up against with the supplements that I was buying just titanium dioxide, silicon dioxide or all this crap in there. And I was just like, I don’t want to put these things in my body, and I was sourcing individual ingredients.
Tim: And it might sound extreme. But the thing is, if you take titanium dioxide, for instance, every day in a supplement and eventually you get an intolerance to it. Yeah, we evolved eating seasonal food, rotating foods. We’re getting nutrients, different nutrients around the year. We weren’t getting the intolerances to these foods as a result of rotating them. So a good nutrients and nutrients is good. And that’s why I designed the daily core nutrients supplement, which is activated forms of vitamins, not synthetic or inactive ones that actually cause more good and bad than good. They’ve got the minerals in their coQ10 and things like that. So that’s really the foundation dedicated nutrients, and they’re all synergistic, low doses. They’re not super high amounts that people think more is better. It’s not right. So, so yeah. So a good multi nutrient is important, but sure, it’s not full of fillers and crap is to again, that’s health optimization sups. There are several others out there like, I like Thor Nutrition, and I think it’s one I like. Thor Thorne is actually my favorite, my favorite brand other than my own. Of course, that would be biased on something. Absolutely. But yeah, so it’s a really a supplement, but you can’t supplement, as they say, out of a bad lifestyle or bad diet. So really, that foundations need to be in place with good food. And for me, that means just very quickly grass-fed organic meat or if meat isn’t available, that’s good quality.
Tim: Or if someone hasn’t got the money, you know the best meat you can buy. You know, any meat is better than no meat, in my opinion, from the amount of nutrients that you actually get from it. And regardless of what people say, if they trigger, if they’re a vegan or plant based and they’ve been told that they know better because of a documentary that they watched callede be game changers, which is completely debunked by. Some meat is better than none, and if you explore this further, I recommend the book Sacred Cow by Dana Rogers, which is telling you the facts on both sides plant based and meat. Yes, it’s very good. Yeah, so grass-fed organic meat, wild caught fish not farmed because they’re fed pellets, which have antibiotics and hormones and things in there, and it’s actually really bad fat and they’re high in mercury as well. Yeah, organic vegetables, which is very cheap, actually. If you buy just those without all the products organic veggie, cheap eggs, organic or wild and raw dairy, but none of the other stuff, it’s got antibiotics and hormones and stuff like that and causes all sorts of imbalances and can cause PCOS and irregular periods, painful periods, obviously in the girls. So, yeah, so that’s really eating clean and like our ancestors would have done.
Darren: Yeah. I mean, a lot of what we’ve talked about today is kind of going back to basic fundamentals, isn’t it really sleep, hydration, good food, which we’ve kind of evolved to kind of ignore? Really. I think in terms of you mentioned that, Tim, that you’re a data guy. I think we’re in a unique time in kind of history and insomuch as we have the ability now to really delve into our own health in an individual way rather than going to see a practitioner, what obviously you should if you have issues. But what I mean by that is a lot of people take supplements or they do certain things, but they actually don’t really know if that’s what their body needs. So where would you say you start to kind of. You mentioned a little bit about vitamins and minerals testing, but where would you start if people listening to this think right? I want to get hold of my health, but I really want to understand kind of a baseline level where I’m at currently. Mm-hmm.
Tim: It really depends on what’s going on. I would say the first thing to do is look at a post about this the other day, actually. Symptoms are messages telling us that something needs tending to in a car, we have the service, light or function and function light or whatever it may be, and it goes, don’t just go unplug the bulb, you know, the car’s going to break down and for the body. Symptoms are exactly that. Getting migraines every day. Okay, what’s that about having a twitch on your thigh every day? Figure that out going pee 30 to 50 times a day. Don’t just drink water. Figure it out. You know, whatever it may be. So I would say, really, what’s your main goal if it’s health and getting colds and things like that all the time? Vitamin D is actually a good one. And actually take me on to the final point. I was going to talk about the fundamentals, but vitamin D in the studies recent times since all this stuff started happening ninety seven, I think it was 97 or 98 percent that people that had no or pretty low symptoms had high vitamin D. Ninety six percent or ninety eight. I can never remember of people that had the worst outcomes were low in vitamin D, right? It’s pretty indicative. Now, vitamin D is actually a hormone, and it’s an indicator of how much natural light we’re getting. Mm hmm. And so if we have if if you need to increase your vitamin D, you get sunlight or natural light.
Tim: It doesn’t have to be sunny for you to be able to get natural light. And that light indicates to our body. When light hits our skin, it converts cholesterol into hormones. And that’s why people love they feel so good. When they get on holiday, they start getting some sun and they’re on the beach, and then two days later, they get a cold or something because their body then starts relaxing and then gets into repair mode and it starts fighting things that it was holding onto. So it’s hormone, but we’ve got a vitamin D deficiency has so many processes in the body. Immune system helps. If you supplement with it, it can. Obviously, it helps fix your digestive tract, so the tight junctions in your gut, it stabilizes hormones and is the precursor to many. Many things naturally always comes first, and I think you can have ten minutes a day of natural like sunlight to get your vitamin D. If you can’t and your, for instance, you’re not in an area that your ancestors evolved from. So, for instance, if you’ve got very dark skin, northern hemisphere actually has the highest rate of prostate cancer and the lowest rate of vitamin D, so supplement with if you can’t get the natural light. So that’s really important like natural light first, supplement last, and there are foods such as cod liver and cod liver oil that’s high in vitamin D and a few other things like mushrooms. But last but not least, is obviously supplementing with it.
Tim: And it is such an amazing thing for me, actually. When I was low levels, supplementing with vitamin D really helped me in my immune system, and that’s actually why I developed one specifically. You know, there are supplements out that you can make, that you can make and make your bloody fortune. Vitamin D is not a profitable supplement. Yeah, you know, I really bought these things out to assist people, and it’s vitamin D and vitamin K together vitamin D, calcium around in the body, so it helps build bone. Vitamin K tells the calcium where to go, so you should never supplement D without K D called DK3, too. So I brought out some drops that you can just have one to five drops a day. It’s actually in cold pressed sunflower oil. I’m just changing that to MCT oil. Very nice. Don’t understand necessarily. There is some good sunflower oil. Yeah, yeah. So so really natural light. And that’s one of the fundamentals that I really wanted to talk about because most people aren’t getting enough natural light. They don’t realize that they’re in a junk lit office, blue light flickering. You can’t see, you can’t just but when you conscious mind. But if you put your phone up and film it, you’ll see on the camera it flickers. That’s what our our brain is seeing. And it’s like, it doesn’t. It gives us migraines and triggers things. Yeah. So having fake light all day and not getting any natural light really screws. Our hormones and energy gives us fatigue, which is why when I’m in the office, I have these glasses to block out that 40 to 50 percent of blue light, right? Stop to get migraines.
Tim: Sounds crazy, but it’s not. And then after sunset, I wear the orange lenses, which block out anywhere from 85 to one hundred %, roughly of blue light. As a result, you start secreting your melatonin and you sleep better as a result. Yeah, so that’s light optimization. So there’s junk light, which is bad for our health. Sunlight, which is good for our health, but don’t spend the whole year in an office, blue lit office, no natural light and then jump straight out into the sun and not. Expect to get nasty things happen to you. You need to get exposure over a period of time. You need to make sure that you’re eating anti and non inflammatory foods like no sunflower oil or any of this crap that really causes digestive issues, which causes inflammation in the body, which means you burn quicker. So removing those things, having enough antioxidants, vitamin C, which is good, a good version of it or Astaxanthin which is okay, gives flamingos its pink color actually is a very good antioxidant and stops people from burning it as long as you’re not just jumping straight from a blue lit office into the sun, of course. So, yeah, so that’s the natural light.
Tim: And the final thing is grounding, right? I’m a data guy, and when I first heard about grounding people like Woo Woo standing with barefoot on the grass, you nutter is what I said to one person.
Tim: But actually, when you measure it for yourself and actually do your research, there’s actually 23 studies now on grounding specifically, including peer reviewed, which means really smart people agree that the science is correct. Yeah, the basically, when you stand on the ground, as you probably know, you get a flow of free electrons. Now we need photons, we get it from food and sun electrons. We get that from grounding for the ground because our planet is obviously electrical. Those electrons and you can get them from certain foods as well, like vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant browning. We essentially get the positive side of the battery from the Sun, the negative in the Earth, and then that means our mitochondria, our batteries can do their job. So that’s where the term metabolic dysfunction comes from, when your mitochondria aren’t doing the right things because they’ve not got the right building blocks. So that sounds complicated. In essence, get your shoes off, stand on the grass or swim in the sea for at least 20 minutes a day. Even if you live in England and it’s cold and wet 20 minutes a day minimum. You can get a pillowcase that plugs into the Earth socket in the wall, which does a similar thing for most people. And people find that they sleep significantly better, especially if it’s Wi-Fi off. Pull the bed away from the wall and ground at the same time, you know, really, really turns people’s health around very, very quickly.
Darren: Yes, amazing. I think we’ve we’ve covered quite a lot there today, to be honest. We could probably go for a longer, lot longer period. But before I let you go, Tim, what would be the five things that you would say that people could take away from this today, that they could start to implement to kind of take control of their health?
Tim: Get some blue blocking glasses because everyone plays on their phone. Yeah, blue blocking glasses, RA optics, that’s optics or blue blocks. A new blocks or Swanwick on Amazon. Wear them three hours before bed, make sure that the orange lens is not the yellow ones. Yeah, and see how much quicker and better you go to sleep with a less wired brain that will help you repair quicker. Filter your water and add a little bit of Celtic salt in it twice a day. Your brain will be amazing. It’ll be like the day where you can work. Those sums out in your head really going to work? That’s number two. And get your shoes off and stand in the grass or be barefoot outside for 20 minutes a day if you haven’t got a garden or something. Then get a nursing pillowcase from earthing.com Again, I’m not an affiliate or anything for any of these guys. I really don’t care about that. Just try those things out and follow me on Instagram because you can scroll down. You can scroll down and see all the different health tips and things that I’ve been sharing over the last few years. And yeah, that’s basically what I’d say.
Darren: Okay. Yeah, perfect. I think, yeah, definitely would advise people to follow you on Instagram, but obviously you’ve got the Health Optimization Summit, which is finally coming back in twenty twenty two after a little bit of a break. But where else can people connect with you, Tim? You got a lot of good stuff out there.
Tim: Yeah, and it was so Tim biohacker sll one word on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Telegram, blah blah blah blah blah. The usual, you know, just pick your favourite one. I’m trying to diversify a bit to Telegram at the moment for a bit more candid talk, just because Instagram is very strict with you talking about anything. And while I’m not anti, as I say, they are very strict and I don’t want to, I mean, just risk risk aversion, I guess. Yeah. And the summit is end of May. Twenty twenty two. That’s with 50 of the world’s thought leaders in the health space and 100 brands of cool, cool, personally tested products or brands that I use myself or have used and pre-approve and health optimization supplements, which is obviously the clean things.
I think for just to touch on the topic, for being a fitter dad. Yeah, because I think it’s highly relevant. One of the things that we, its actually the most popular product of all is our aminos, so protein is amazing. It’s important for us for critical functions. We can go without carbs, but we can’t go without protein. Those proteins we have so that we get the aminos from it. I brought out an amino acid drink, which is branched chain and essential amino acids and creatine and glutamine and taurine and magnesium all in one. Now that basically supports the liver, detoxification, energy production and fixes that methylation issue for detoxification as well, and is immediately available within minutes in the muscle post workout.
Tim: So if you drink them during a workout, you’ll be able to be able to work out for longer, and it will fuel the muscles with the aminos immediately. Wow. So that’s going to post on my Instagram like two weeks ago, specifically about the science of aminos and why they’re so good that predigested. Whereas if you eat a chunk of me or have a plant based protein drink, you’re going to have to break that down before it’s readily available. So if you’ve got kids, if you’re running around like crazy, if you feel that you’re not eating enough protein and it should be ideally around two grams of protein per kilo of body weight, especially if you’re working out. I mean, I push it to three, which is over, but for me, that’s what I need. You can see I’m a thin guy and it’s very fast metabolism. I really recommend trying those aminos out. I really do. And even if they’re not mind going on chain and essential amino acids, you don’t generally get them mixed together in a in a five in one stack. No, try those out. Just because so many people are saying that they get really good boost of energy and feel so much more alive from them. Yeah, and that’s why I would say to be a healthier dad for sure. Yeah. So, yeah, yeah. Cool.
Darren: Yeah, I’ll definitely try them out because I take the essential amino, but I don’t take all the other things that you stacked on top of it, so I will definitely give that a try. We’ll put all the links to the sites and your socials in the show notes. But yeah, thanks very much, Tim. I really appreciate you coming on to the podcast. It’s been great talking to you. And yeah, look forward to catching up with you at the summit.
Tim: Yeah. Thanks for having me, mate. See you then. Cheers.
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