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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.
62 Episodes
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)
Running shoes are always being updated, and we've come a long way from those leather uppers. Nowadays, Fleet Feet is revolutionizing the way we choose our running shoes with 3D fit id® scanning. Fleet Feet Westport owner Dave Wright takes Mike through the process of evaluating foot shape, gait pattern and pressure points in order to get the best fitting shoe possible. They also dive into the community-based aspect of owning a shoe store. Whether he is leading training programs, getting kids involved in physical activity or engaging with local nonprofits, Dave is bringing people together while teaching them how to take care of their bodies at the same time.Check out the Fleet Feet Westport website, or follow them on Instagram: @fleetfeetwestport.
Is running the answer to weight loss? Does cardio slow your gains? Can walking increase your life span? Todd  & Mike break down what's true and what's not, and share some surprising statistics about the relationship between exercise and heart health.Read more:Association of Exercise Preconditioning With Immediate Cardioprotection from The Journal of the American Medical Association.Walking an Extra 1,000 Steps May Increase Your Life SpanDoes the Cardio 'Interference Effect' Really Slow Your Gains?
There are a plethora of popular diets that claim to be best for you, but they often come with a catch or even turn out to be detrimental to your health. A plant-based diet, however, is proven to improve heart health and lower risks of cardiovascular disease & mortality. Registered dietitian Jacqueline Ballou Erdos, MS explains how a plant-based diet, if executed properly, can make a huge impact on your blood markers and overall health. From increasing energy to reducing risk of disease, a plant-based diet goes a long way.Read more in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Mike is joined by integrated health specialist Dr. Bronwyn Fitz, and they go in depth on the ways of embracing menopause and taking control of the symptoms and life change. Be sure to check out Dr. Bronwyn Fitz at:Women's Integrative Health | Bronwyn Fitz, MD (
This week on Optimal Health Uncovered, Mike is joined by Dave Reggina and Mike Parelli of No Snooze Podcast to discuss the "no snooze" mentality, the importance of creating goals and what it means to take control of your life. They reflect on personal experiences that have helped them establish their own lifestyle habits, from working on professional development to creating disciplined health and fitness regimens. Want more No Snooze? Find them on Instagram!🎙Dave Reggina + Mike Parelli (@nosnoozepodcast)Or, check out their YouTube channel:No Snooze Podcast - YouTube
Have you noticed that your energy or power production is decreasing, but you haven't changed your exercise routine? You might be overdoing high-intensity interval training (HIIT). In this episode, Mike and Todd dive into a recent study published in Cell Metabolism where researchers looked to determine the optimal amount of high-intensity exercise.  Hear us break down the study and learn more about what HIIT frequency could be right for you. Too Much High-Intensity Exercise May Be Bad for Your Health - The New York Times ( 
In this episode, Mike and Todd  review an article recently published  in the European Society of Cardiology that explains why exercising at work may not be the healthiest option. Read the full article here:Physically Active at Work? It's Not as Healthy as Leisure Exercise | Health News | US News
In this episode, Todd and Mike are joined by former MLB baseball player and founder of Vasami Training, Chris Vasami. They dive into Chris's baseball career and how his own experiences inspired him to start a training business to help athletes improve performance. Chris discusses the importance of understanding the mind-body connection, believing in the training process and adapting to the needs of every individual.  Find Chris on Instagram:  @chrisvasamiHis Website: | Vasami Training | United States
Whether it's work stress, financial stress, physical stress or emotional stress, everyone experiences some form on a daily basis. Finding the balance between your negative and positive stressors is critical to helping your body adapt and become stronger, and everyone's balance is different on goals and lifestyles. In this episode, Mike and Todd explain the key components of stress, why you need stress to progress and how to manage your stress to optimize your health. Learn more.
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