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Ep. 146 | Ryan Kennedy - Exploring The World of Natural Functional Medicine





ASHISH NATHU

December 19, 2023

7:00 am







Ryan is a Functional Medicine Practitioner, Traditional Naturopath, and Board-Certified Clinical Nutritionist who helps people improve their health through lifestyle and dietary changes. He is passionate about educating his patients to make the proper modifications to their lifestyles to avoid and reverse obesity/weight gain, depression, fatigue, digestive issues, hormone imbalances, and chronic diseases. Unlike conventional medicine, Ryan doesn’t address symptoms but rather uses natural approaches to support and enhance your body’s ability to heal. His holistic approach utilizes the best and most appropriate techniques to help you feel and function at your best.


In this episode, we explore the world of natural functional medicine. We talk about the significance of water, the intricacies of nutrition macros, and the problematic nature of vegetable oils. The conversation touches on unlocking natural testosterone, the impact of stress, and the distinctions between vegetarian and vegan diets. We explore the future of health, discuss coffee and alcohol's health benefits, delve into intermittent fasting, and shed light on gut health and the mind-gut connection. They wrap up with insights on breathwork and the importance of having the right mindset.


Highlights:

00:00 - Ashish introduces this week’s guest, Ryan Kennedy

00:54 - Ryan talks about how he got into natural functional medicine, recalling his mom’s battle with cancer

04:46 - The baseline requirements before someone goes deep into functional medicine

07:39 - Why is water so important in functional medicine

11:30 - Discussion on the cadence in keeping your nutrition macros in check

15:25 - The problem with vegetable oils and why it is bad for your health

18:40  - How can we unlock more testosterone naturally and can oil affect our testosterone levels

19:52 - Chronic stress vs acute stress

23:45 - Healthy nutrition between vegetarians and vegans

25:50 - The future of health and how more and more people are waking up from the push on disease management vs getting to the root cause of illness

27:46 - Health benefits and reminders about coffee and alcohol

30:22 - Intermitted fasting - benefits and tips to optimize results

34:46 - Ryan shares some insights about gut health and the gut-brain connection, and how we can improve our gut health

39:36 - What is breathwork and how it is one of the most fundamental things to improve health

42:55 - The knowing-doing gap - why we know what to do but don’t do it which may be due to self-identity and self-image


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