Optimal Health Uncovered

Optimal Health Uncovered

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 podcast@performanceoptimalhealth.com and be sure to check out Performance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more tips on achieving Optimal Health.

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September 27, 2021 57 min

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 mo...

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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 leade...

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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.

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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 exper...

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August 10, 2021 23 min

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.

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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.

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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 communi...

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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 app...

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July 13, 2021 20 min

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 l...

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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...

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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.

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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 chl...

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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 s...

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June 8, 2021 19 min

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 Incre...

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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...

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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 (womensintegrativehealth.com)

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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.

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May 5, 2021 16 min

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 r...

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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

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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...

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