Health, Sports Performance, Longevity Medicine: Dr Rick Cohen wDr. Mike T Nelson I Flex Diet Podcast

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On today’s episode of the Flex Diet Podcast, I’m talking with Dr. Rick Cohen, a leading expert in the fields of nutrition, sports performance, and longevity medicine. We talk about the health aspects related to longevity, regenerative medicine, and how to sort the hype from what’s useful.

Timestamps: Listen in to learn more about:

[6:35] Dr. Cohen’s philosophical “aha” moment
[13:00] What is the cause of age-related decline
[28:03] How do you prioritize health aspects that increase longevity
[35:00] The role of mTOR, AMPK, and fasting
[39:04] The importance of breath and sleep
[41:12] Dr. Cohen’s experiments with the LiveO2 system
[49:09] How Dr. Mike’s theories of metabolic and physiologic flexibility fit in with Dr. Cohen’s experience
[59:28] Fasting, mTOR, sarcopenia, and research
[1:07:05] What would Dr Cohen try to target in terms of increasing longevity?

Connect with Dr. Cohen
Website: Pure Clean Performance
Email: [email protected]

Guest Bio
Dr. Rick Cohen, M.D. is a leading authority in the fields of nutrition, sports performance and longevity medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering with honors of distinction from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Over the past 20 years, Rick has used his knowledge to create innovative health and performance protocols and specially-formulated nutritional products to bring thousands of sport enthusiasts and elite athletes to higher levels of performance. Rick’s passion for athletics extends beyond his work; in fact, it is a major part of his personal life satisfaction and well-being. He played ice hockey in college and competed on the world stage in the sport of luge, his wife is a nationally-ranked triathlete and his kids both were college athletes. So he personally understands how frustrating it can be to balance family, career, and an athletic passion. That experience is exactly what led him to create PureClean Performance.

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Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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One Comment

  1. May I ask your opinion about ferritin, as this came up in this episode? There seem to be two camps – ferritin itself is bad because iron is inflammatory (which honestly sounds a bit simple to me; there is a reason ferritin is the storage protein for iron) or ferritin goes up with illness and other inflammatory processes and is therefore associated with pathologies/increased mortality.

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