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147: Eat For Energy & Mitochondrial Optimization with Ari Whitten

May 30, 2022 | Season 3


We are so excited to share this incredible interview with Ari Whitten, the founder of The Energy Blueprint. We have been following his work for many years and are always blown away by the information and tips he shares. He kicks off the episode by sharing his health journey with an Epstein Barr Virus diagnosis that led him to discover the true causes of chronic fatigue. He explains the importance of the mitochondria (and mitochondrial biogenesis); how the cell danger response impacts energy; the major role our circadian rhythm plays in energy levels; how melatonin isn't just a “sleep supplement”; and the fascinating, yet frightening effects of caffeine on our brains.

Ari Whitten is the Founder of The Energy Blueprint. He is an energy and fatigue specialist who focuses on taking an evidence-based approach to energy enhancement, nutrition, exercise, natural health expert, and #1 best-selling author. He has been studying nutrition and holistic health for more than 2 decades and has a Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University in Kinesiology (with specialization in fitness, nutrition, and health). He also has a background in exercise physiology and fitness. He holds two advanced certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist. In addition, he recently completed the 3 years of coursework for his Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, an education that rounds out all aspects – nutrition, fitness, and psychology – of his approach to optimal health. Ari is a tireless researcher who has obsessively devoted the last 20 years of his life to the pursuit of being on the cutting‑edge of the science on health and energy enhancement.


0:54 Welcome to the show!

4:52 Ari Whitten’s Bio

6:17 Welcome Ari!

7:42 His health journey

10:35 The myth of “Adrenal fatigue”

13:41 Most practitioners aren’t looking at the literature

15:24 The importance of the mitochondria

17:25 Cell Danger Response (CDR)

22:17 Top mitochondrial stressors

25:30 *Magnesium Breakthrough

27:50 Do we need to tackle chronic infections first?

30:40 Taking a holistic approach

32:58 Pulling Circadian Rhythm levers 

35:45 The importance to safety in the body

37:15 The dangers of chronic caffeine consumption

44:55 Coffee debate over health benefits

47:59 The Goldilocks Principle

48:40 Coffee to support circadian rhythm

50:20 Circadian rhythm & Mitochondria link

54:21 Melatonin for mitochondrial health

57:49 “Forest bathing”

59:22 Are there lab tests for mitochondria?

1:02:40 How many mitochondria are in your cells?

1:04:28 The role of hormesis

1:06:49 Mitochondrial biogenesis

1:07:45 His final piece of advice

1:09:08 How to find Ari

1:09:39 Thanks for tuning in!



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