Dr. Satchin Panda on Practical Implementation of Time-Restricted Eating & Shift Work Strategies
This is a nearly 2-hour round 2 episode with none other than Dr. Satchin Panda of the Salk Institute!
At nearly two hours of dialog, this episode touches on a lot of material but has a special focus on practical implementation of time-restricted eating. Put another way, I kept a list of a lot of questions that seem to keep coming up and present them directly to Satchin.
We talk about dealing with shift work, black coffee when fasting, and some of the distinctions between Satchin's approach to time-restricted eating which is influenced by his deep background in circadian biology and more conventional protocols like 16:8 that many people are familiar with.
In addition to these important and very practical how-to tidbits, we dive into lots of interesting new territory as well, including...
- How human anecdote and animal evidence suggests time-restricted feeding may be especially useful for gut-related issues, including inflammatory bowel disease and acid reflux.
- The fascinating way Dr. Panda is using human anecdote from his trial to ask new scientific questions he wouldn't think to ask and then going back to animal data to figure it out and how this unique approach forms a sort of closed loop pattern: animal → human feedback → back to animal for mechanism.
- How labs doing caloric restriction research may have actually been reaping the benefits of time-restricted without realizing it as an incidental to their experimental design.
- The revelation that 70% of FDA drugs are subject to circadian effects and are either less effective or more effective at certain times of the day.
- The effect melatonin has on the pancreatic production of insulin and the insight this lends to why we should probably stop eating 3-4 hours before we go to bed.
- The bizarre way circadian rhythms affects everything from susceptibility to UV damage to recovery from surgery to cancer risk.
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