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Episode #490 Ryan Monahan on Testing and Not Guessing

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Ryan Monahan, our guest for today, is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P), clinical advisor for the medical director program at FDN, nationally board certified with the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches, and certified Autoimmune Protocol Coach with a passion for uncovering hidden stressors that contribute to thyroid disease. He spent over 10 years visiting more than 40 health professionals to find answers to his chronic health complaints until being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s in 2012. Since then, his mission has been to change the dialogue about chronic disease towards a holistic, functional approach. Ryan helps his clients identify the root causes of their primary health challenges so they can stop wasting time and resources and start living their best lives.

During our discussion, you will discover how athletes can help improve their performance in life and sports while taking care of their future selves. Ryan talks about the benefits of investing in your performance and well-being as an endurance athlete, the best lab tests to improve performance, longevity, and the aging process, and the importance of resting and recovery. He also shares why so many people are in the slow oxidation state and the importance of hair tissue mineral analysis. Tune in to learn more!


[01:42] How athletes can improve their performance while taking care of their future selves

[07:01] Investing in your performance and well-being as an endurance athlete

[10:46] The best lab tests to improve performance, longevity, and the aging process

[16:33] The importance of resting and recovery

[21:26] Ryan’s life-changing diagnosis

[23:25] Slow oxidizers versus fast oxidizers

[28:24] The reasons why so many people are in the slow oxidation state

[31:48] The importance of the hair tissue mineral analysis

[37:07] The additional insights you can get from HTMA


Notable quotes:

  • “The best investments you can make in your health is running a comprehensive lad analysis and seeing exactly what is wrong in the body.”
  • “Train hard but recover harder because the harder you push yourself, the more you need to rest and recover.”
  • “Potassium is the most underrated nutrient for thyroid health.”


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