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Optimal Health Uncovered is a podcast created by a group of health and wellness professionals located in the New York metropolitan area who aim to empower you to live better. From specific injuries to general fitness trends, diets to sleep habits, the experts at Performance Optimal Health are dedicated to bringing you the latest evidence-based research on the topics that matter most. If you have questions or want to hear about something specific in an upcoming episode, send an email to and be sure to check out Performance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more tips on achieving Optimal Health.
71 Episodes
Dr. Alon Gitig joins host Michael Beecher to discuss preventing and managing cardiovascular disease through the lens of body composition and insulin resistance. They dive into the relationship between muscle mass, body composition, and cardiovascular health, as well as insulin resistance, the silent epidemic behind cardiovascular disease and dementia.Dr. Alon Gitig, MD, is a cardiologist based in Yonkers, New York who has been practicing for over two decades. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital.
With many healthcare practitioners leaving the system and costs increasingly rising, many people are questioning whether our healthcare system is working. These issues affect not just the uninsured who can't afford the care they need, but the average person who can't see a doctor without waiting months, and even the healthcare practitioners themselves, many of whom are experiencing extraordinarily high caseloads.But at the same time, the rate of innovation in the healthcare system has never been higher, with new life-saving treatments and medications being developed at a rate never seen before.Dr. Caleb Moore, MD, joins Todd Wilkowski, PT, to discuss the pros and cons of the healthcare system we have today — and some possible solutions to solve some of the issues the system experiences.Dr. Caleb Moore is a highly experienced concierge internal medicine physician who practices at Greenwich Medical Partners. He specializes in acute care management, chronic care management, preventive medicine, and travel medicine.
While sports psychology and mental performance consulting has been on the rise in the athletic world in recent years, it is important to remember that athletes are not the only people who benefit. From physicians to CEOs, young professionals to entrepreneurs, mental strength can make or break a career.In this episode, Mike is joined by Arianna Martignetti, Ed.D., and Adam Wright, Ph.D., to discuss the importance of mental performance consulting for athletes and non-athletes alike.  Adam and Arianna explore how they help their clients strengthen mental skills, learn how to use stress management tools, and work with trainers, nutritionists and more to improve their mental and physical performance, both on the field and in the workplace.
While golf is an outdoor season, successful, injury-free golfers should not limit their play to the warmer months. From continuing to practice on a golf simulator to maintaining a proper diet and training regimen, there is a lot that can be done to stay in form. Without those things, there 's a good chance that the next time you step on the green, you don't play as well or even come away with an injury.This time, Mike is joined by Adam Rainaud, the head golf professional at the Country Club of New Canaan and multiple-time PGA tour champion, to discuss how to successfully transition from the off-season and onto the green.
Like clockwork, many set New Year's resolutions each January, only to find that achieving it was much harder than they initially thought. The culprit? Not necessarily the goal, but the timeline. Success is not black and white, and looking at it that way can be demoralizing when you're behind on your goals. In this episode, Mike is joined by Mike Ranfone to discuss why goals fail — and how to make actually achieve them, giving success a whole new definition. Mike Ranfone is a trainer and owner of Ranfone Training Systems based in Hamden, CT.Check out Mike's gym here, and you can follow him on Instagram at @ranfonetraining.
Paddle Tennis Pro Patricio Misitrano joins Michael Beecher, DPT, to discuss injury prevention during the winter months. With colder temperatures comes a higher risk of injury — unless the right precautions are taken, such as doing a warm-up before your workout.Patricio and Mike explore the different types of tennis and the most common injuries among them, and get prevention tips from a technical and biomechanical point of view.Learn more about Patricio's Paddle Camp, where he helps maximize racquet skills, here:
Sleep can be elusive. We lie down, close our eyes and hope for the best. Yet that may not happen. Much of the quality of your sleep at night is affected by your behavior during the day — for better or worse. The good news is there's a new coach in town: Nick Lambe, the sleep coach. He joins Mike to discuss why a good night's sleep is so elusive, and how to finally achieve it. From carving out constructive worry sessions to using a sleep journal, here's what you need to know.To learn more about Nick, you can find his website here.
It's been almost two years since COVID-19 started spreading across the globe, and there is still much we do not know about the disease. As more time passes, however, we are learning more about the effects of Long COVID, a syndrome that affects a portion of people who contract COVID-19.Kevin Cota, DPT, and Kiera Klaum, DPT, join the podcast to discuss Kiera's time at a skilled nursing facility treating patients, many of whom felt the effects of COVID-19 long after they contracted it.
When Lauren C. started to suffer from a frozen shoulder, it changed everything. She no longer could reach a higher shelf to grab cereal for her son's breakfast, much less continue painting, which is her livelihood. Her shoulder impacted every part of her life — from her sleep to her stress, to her hobbies and to her family. Since the start of the pandemic, Lauren has been working with Jon Mendola in Darien to regain not just mobility in her shoulder, but to regain as much of her previous life and hobbies as she can.
Paul Shapiro wants you to know we can revolutionize the way we eat meat. Be it eating less meat, cleaner meat, or plant-based meat, we can still get the nutrients we need — and more — if we take a step back from the practices that are harmful to animals, humans and the climate.Paul Shapiro is the author of "Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World." He's also a long-time leader in food sustainability and the CEO of The Better Meat Co., which creates plant protein formulations that can enhance — or even replace — your meat.
The second part of our podcast where we meet golf trainer Tim Vallely, CFSC, one of the newest additions to the Performance team, but not a new addition to the world of golf. In this half, we focus on how working with a team is networking and sharing knowledge — something Tim has plenty of experience with. He dives into his tips for taking initiative and making connections, all with the goal of giving back.
As we welcome our newest member of the Performance team, golf trainer Tim Vallely, CFSC, we thought this podcast would be the perfect time to explain the team-focused world of TPI golf. Tim explains the roles of fitness professionals, medical professionals and golf pros and how they all work together to help their clients succeed.And part of working with a team is networking and sharing knowledge — something Tim has plenty of experience with. In part two, he will dive into his tips for taking initiative and making connections, all with the goal of giving back.
We are all aware that wanting to build muscle requires weight training. But that's not all weight training can do. It can fast track weight loss, burn fat and increase your basic metabolic rate. Personal trainer Nick DiMeglio, CSCS, gives listeners a rundown of the benefits of lifting weights — and why you should incorporate it into your exercise routine.
People tend to fall into two buckets: night owls and early birds, often decided by your genetics. Yet society favors early risers, emphasizing productivity culture and leaving part of the population behind.In this episode, personal trainer Nick DiMeglio, CSCS, discusses how night owls ended up with the short end of the stick as well as ways you can build healthier habits that help you feel more accomplished with your day.
Sarah Gleeson, PTA, used to be a figure skater. She moved on to coaching, and found a home working for the Special Olympics chapter in Connecticut. Fast forward to a few years later, Sarah ended up in the realm of physical therapy — but she hasn't left the Special Olympics community behind.The Special Olympics world is thriving, yet not many know it exists. It provides healthcare, exercise programs and a strong sense of community among its members. Listen to Sarah discuss her transition from skating to physical therapy, as well as how she uses her musculoskeletal knowledge to her advantage when working with her athletes. Learn more about Special Olympics Connecticut here:
The ability to meditate does not often come naturally to many. You may get bored after a few minutes and find your mind wandering, or think meditating does nothing for you. But with practice and consistency, you can find yourself on a path to mindfulness that helps you destress.Don't know where to start? Try a meditation app! Listen to Ashley Moriarty, DPT, discuss her own journey with meditation and how she uses meditation apps to improve her sleep and stress levels.See which meditation apps we recommend.
90% of the nation's $3.8 trillion in annual health care costs is for people with chronic conditions, and those numbers are only going to go up. Yet these increases are preventable: if we prevent the chronic illnesses, we can prevent an exponential increase in healthcare costs.By focusing on our diet, exercising and maintaining healthy habits, we can make a difference in our futures, ensuring we stay healthier longer — and pay less later.Read more from the CDC:Costs of chronic diseases: chronic diseases:
The keto diet consists mostly of eating fats, aiming to put the person into a state of ketosis, during which the body burns fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates. What seems like an easy way to lose weight can actually be a dangerous diet if done without supervision. From experiencing the keto flu to impaired bone health, the keto diet comes with a variety of warnings.But there's more to it than meets the eye; the keto diet can be a great approach to alleviating symptoms and delaying the onset of some diseases, including some cancers. By breaking down fats instead of glucose, the keto diet can slow a tumor from growing.Listen to Mike's interview with nutritionist Francine Blinten, CCN, CNS, about the benefits — and possible negative side effects — of trying a keto diet.
Chances are, there's probably a coffee shop within five minutes of where you are currently located. It seems like everyone of age drinks it — with creamers, syrups and plenty of caffeine. In this episode, Mike & Todd break down not just the makeup of coffee, but what exactly it can do to your body and how much is safe to drink.While coffee has plenty of benefits, the way you prepare and drink it can make all the difference.Read more about the benefits of coffee from The New York Times.
Fads come and go, capturing the attention of health nuts everywhere. The latest trend? Chlorophyll supplements. Purported to benefit skin health, increase energy and act as a natural deodorant, among others, chlorophyll seems like a miracle supplement. But is it? Mike and Todd break down the research and let you know whether chlorophyll is actually worth a shot.Read more:Benefits of chlorophyll (Healthline)Are there benefits to chlorophyll? (The New York Times)
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