Don Moxley is Director of Applied Science and Brand Development at Longevity Labs Inc.
Don draws upon his career as an athlete, a sports scientist, and an instructor to lead and educate on the science of autophagy and longevity.
A former captain and Big 10 Championship winner with the Ohio State University wrestling team, Don served as the university’s first sport scientist. He has helped athletes achieve two Olympic medals, four World Championships, seven National Championships and 23 All-Americans.
2:30 Don Moxley’s Background
- Growing up poor, Don loved wrestling
- Became an exercise physiologist and professor
- Worked with high performance wrestling athletes at his college employment
4:15 What Is Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
- HRV is difference in amount of time between heartbeats
- Heart rate is variable when we are more rested and recovered
- Don worked at Polar (device company), which specializes in HRV
5:45 How Don Used HRV As A Diagnostic Tool For Athletes
- Don measured readiness using HRV
- The coaching staff created a workout based on readiness of athlete
- If a wrestler had a HRV less than 70 going into a tournament, then they usually lost
- Readiness and recovery became very important to predicting wins
08:34 Does HRV Apply In Business And Emotional Intelligence
- Recent paper highlighted link between HRV and emotional intelligence
- Empathy takes energy.
- HRV also enhaces cognitive and emotional parts.
09:45 How To Measure HRV?
- Morning measurement is usually the best
- But body also releases cortisol in the morning, so HRV may drop a little bit
- Measuring before athletic practice or workout is also effective
- Night time sleep is biggest contributor to HRV
15:00 Why Some Athletes Cannot Get High HRV
- Some people are hyper vigilant in early childhood, which can be caused by trauma
- If dogs or mice are fear conditioned, the fear sensing part of the brain creates a chemical called anandamide
- Anandamide is made by your body when you move or exercise
- In animals, anandamide levels permanently drop when they are exposed to very high stress levels
- Cannabis helps relax the hyper vigilance and an improved HRV response
20:20 Is There A Way To Improve Vagal Tone Without External Substances
- Our society is good at traumatizing humans
- People come out changed from trauma
- You can do exercise and breathing exercises to calm the system
26:10 What Is The Endocannabinoid System
- This system contains receptors, ligands and enzymes
- There are two cannabinoid receptors in the human body: CB1 and CB2
- CB1 is the receptor that THC bonds to
- CB2 receptors live in the peripheral nervous system and the immune response system
29:30 Is CB1 or CB2 Receptor Better?
- Both are good for lowering stress
- There are additional benefits beyond just CB1 and CB2 including pain receptors and serotonin pathway
31:45 What Is The Connection Between Inflammation And HRV
- Inflammation is a driver of HRV
- Its best to have lower omega-6 fats and higher omega-3 fats
- This provides the anti-inflammatory effects
- Specialized pro resolving mediators (SPM) can also help lower inflammation
36:10 Don’s Newest Product To Increase HRV
- It contains EPA/DHA to reduce inflammation
- Also contains specialized pro-resolving mediators to lower inflammation
- In addition, a little bit of magnesium and curcumin is added as well
- It contains hemp extract and cannabinoids to active endocannabanoids and lowers pain response
- The addition is that it improves sleep
- The new supplement is called HRV+
37:50 How Sleep Is Important For HRV
- Sleep is very important for great HRV
- It’s important to work on nutrition and movement as well