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Feb 25, 2021

If there's anything people say they want more of these's energy.

The world around us continually requires more from us while we give less and less thought to our long-term health. This distracted and overwhelmed mindset has landed us squarely in survival mode, depriving us of the necessary steps to create lasting, sustained energy. The truth is most of us are so exhausted and don't know how to find the energy to live our best lives.

My friend Shawn Wells just put the finishing touches on his new book The ENERGY Formula: Six Life Changing Ingredients to Unleash Your Limitless Potential... ...which covers keto, Paleo, biohacking, stoicism, supplements, CBD, nootropics, MCTs, infrared saunas, cold plunges, how to create a sleep fortress, circadian rhythm, and much more.

With about 60 full-color diagrams and over 100 scientific citations, Shawn gives you the knowledge you will not find anywhere else, including "Formulator's Corners" in every chapter that cover doses, brands, and forms of supplements you need to be taking as well as "Resource Hacks" that tell you the products, devices, apps, and more to use. Developed by biochemist, dietitian, sports nutritionist, and formulation scientist Shawn Wells after surviving a series of torturous health battles, this pivotal and groundbreaking book is the product of meticulous and persistent research to find solutions to his personal and painful experiences—paired with two decades of legitimate clinical and scientific expertise.

Shawn previously joined me on the podcast episode "The Nitty-Gritty Underground World of Supplement Ingredients, Sports Nutrition Frankenfuels, Illegally Laced Compounds & More.," and he's been studying up on plenty more since that show, so prepare for a wild ride on today's podcast. Shawn, who is an MPH, LDN, RD, CISSN, FISSN, is a leading nutritional biochemist and expert on health optimization. He has formulated over 500 supplements, foods, beverages, and cosmeceuticals, has patented 10 novel ingredients, and is now known as the Ingredientologist—the scientist of ingredients. Formerly a chief clinical dietitian with over a decade of clinical experience, he has counseled thousands of people on natural health solutions such as keto, paleo, fasting, and supplements.

He has also personally overcome various health issues including Epstein-Barr virus, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, insomnia, obesity, and a pituitary tumor. As a world-renowned thought leader on mitochondrial health, he has been paid to speak on five different continents. His insights have been prominently featured in documentaries, nationally syndicated radio programs, and regularly on morning television. Shawn's expertise can help any health-conscious individual to better manage stress and experience higher performance and more energy through utilizing his practical research-backed solutions.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-What Shawn had for breakfast the day of the interview...7:11

-Optimizing glutathione levels for optimal mitochondria...21:35

-The criteria by which Shawn evaluates a supplement brand...25:30

-How Shawn discovered two substances and made them into supplement form...35:45

  • Theacrine and Dynamine
    • Worked with Dr. Hector Lopez and Dr. Tim Ziegenfuss
  • Methylliberine (Dynamine™)
  • In the methylxanthine family (of which caffeine is a part)
    • Enhanced energy and focus
    • Pain reduction
    • Stimulated NAD production
    • No habituation effect as you find in caffeine
    • Less adaptation effect
  • Biggest difference is the half-life
  • Infopathy generator (use code BENG10 for 10% off) (Ben's podcast with Anton Federenko will be published on February 27)
  • Hapbee wearable
  • Theacrine and Dynamine™ are full synthetic (GMP and informed-choice tested for sports - tested athletes can use it); natural extraction is cost-prohibitive, but it does occur naturally in tea leaves and cacao
  • Shawn's energy stack:

-The exercise augmenter that has been called "exercise in a bottle"...44:15

-Grains of paradise...49:55

  • Grains of paradise is a type of pepper, gingery taste; similar to capsaicin and ginger
  • Enhances metabolism without a stimulant effect
    • 40mg increased thermogenesis and caloric expenditure of around 100 calories a day

-Ben's super easy goals for his upcoming 40th birthday...52:15

-A different form of berberine that is used to control blood glucose levels...56:30

-Shawn's new formula for BHB and thoughts on exogenous ketones...1:03:30

  • HVMN ketone ester
  • Ketone Aid
  • Patent on active isomer RBHB (aka DBHB)
  • Exogenous ketones can carry excess minerals; causes some GI distress
  • All in powder form, very salty in taste

-Preferred medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) to go with ketones...1:07:00

-The best way to raise NAD levels...1:09:20

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

- Shawn Wells:

- Podcasts and article:

- Food and supplements:

- Other resources:

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Do you have questions, thoughts, or feedback for Shawn or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!