Host Brad Kearns talks to Dr. Marc Bubbs, sport nutrition lead for Canada Basketball and the men's Olympic Basketball team, and progressive healer in Toronto. Marc is the author of The Paleo Project, a book about personalizing your approach to paleo eating and living. Mark applies a comprehensive approach to his elite athletes and ordinary citizens he treats at his Toronto clinic. He offers interesting insights on a wide range of topics, including:
- Paleo & Performance
- Olympic medical teams view of Paleo
- Mental game - how food impacts cognition
- Napping and performance
- Gut health in NBA players
Some interesting one-liners from Marc:
Acute medical care is phenomenal but when there is no distinct pathology present, the patient must seek alternative care pointed toward wellness
90% of modern disease is lifestyle related, but physicians get very little training in healthy lifestyle practices or prevention.
It's important for athletes to focus on process, not outcome. This will prevent choking and lead to greater long-term enjoyment and fulfillment
if you don't get enough sleep, your reaction time decreases four-fold - for example, a baseball player looking for the pitch will struggle royally just because he missed some sleep.
Overreaching vs overtraining: Slightly exceeding your capacity delivers fitness benefits. The trick is to balance that fine line and avoid overtraining.
Testing for gut health: Gut health is a hot topic in alternative health circles, but few people can specify what is a healthy gut and what is a compromised gut. Dr. Mark suggests you can obtain a complete stool analysis to reveal levels of good bacteria, bad bacteria, and inflammatory markers. Dr. Marc mentions the Microbial Organic Acids Tests (MOAT) from Great Plains Labs and the Complete Stool Analysis (CSA) from Doctor's Data. If things look suspect on these results, you then seek alternative health care.
All in all, a great show for endurance athletes to delve deeper into the world of functional medicine and alternative health care.