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Strength Chat #43: Dr. Stasha Gominak

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The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat – hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.

This week’s guest is Dr. Stasha Gominak, a medical professional and researcher currently working on the link between vitamin D and sleep health, among other important topics in health discourse. In today’s episode, our hosts and Dr. Gominak dive deep into the importance of sleep as it relates to health, strength, and performance. They also discuss the current research on sleep, vitamin D, and even gut health.

A must-listen episode of Strength Chat for sure! Check out more about Dr. Gominak at her site drgominak.com

  • Introduction and background of guest [04:00]
  • Importance of paralyzing your body in deep sleep [05:20]
  • Generating growth hormones in slow wave sleep to repair your body [06:05]
  • Understanding how the brain, growth hormones and growth receptors work in tandem while you are sleeping [06:43]
  • Learning how the body grows in formative years and in puberty [07:49]
  • Getting into the correct sleep state [09:28]
  • The benefits of studying sleep cycles for head ache patients [09:53]
  • Understanding the correlation between Vitamin D and deep sleep [11:30]
  • Learning how excess vitamin D can prevent you from getting deep sleep [12:15]
  • Consider opting for an annual blood work to monitor your vitamin D and vitamin B [13:12]
  • Intake of vitamins without proper consultation can result in deleterious effect [14:07]
  • Correcting the misconception that it is safe to play around with vitamin B [16:50]
  • Learning how intestinal bacteria generates B vitamins [17:33]
  • Understanding how self-containing bacteria in your gut allows you to eat foods like garlic [18:50]
  • Understanding how intestinal bacteria negates the need for external sources like probiotics [19:19]
  • Discussing the benefits of taking vitamin B50 [22:02]
  • Learning how increased indoor activity has negatively affected our Vitamin D levels [23:15]
  • Learn to listen to your body’s message [25:15]
  • Understanding how Vitamin D affects metabolism, reproduction and seasonal body changes [26:06]
  • Effect of Vitamin D levels on obesity [27:40]
  • Learn how the pain or burning due to neuropathy can be caused due to vitamin deficiency [29:59]
  • Causes of Fibromyalgia and ways to treat it [31:37]
  • Understanding the causes of sleep apnea [33:38]
  • Learning how supplementing Vitamin D improves your REM sleep but leads to vitamin B deficiency and increased muscle pain [35:07]
  • We learn why people staying in certain geographical areas with the right skin tones, and an outdoor lifestyle end up having the right levels of Vitamin D [37:53]
  • Learn how you can easily run up your Vitamin D beyond recommended levels due to supplement intake [38:40]
  • Recommended Vitamin D dosage [39:17]
  • Learning why some sleeping pills tend to work while some don’t [40:37]
  • Understand the correlation between different sleep patterns and vitamin levels [42:21]
  • Discussing the importance of REM sleep [47:39]
  • The importance of having the right Acetylcholine levels [48:46]
  • Discussing the benefits of using sleep activizers [50:13]
  • Understanding why sleep studies conducted on nocturnal animals such as rats are inconclusive [52:00]
  • Negative impact on your health due to vitamin D deficiency [55:10]
  • Step by step guide to fix your vitamin D levels and address your sleep issues [57:05]
  • Download a workbook that helps you monitor your vitamin D levels [59:52]
  • Stasha shares her contact information [01:00:15]
  • Check out Mike Mutzel’s website [01:00:35]

 

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