Evan Brand is an author, podcast host and a Louisville, Kentucky-based board-certified holistic nutritionist, certified functional medicine practitioner, nutritional therapist, and personal trainer. He is passionate about healing the chronic fatigue, obesity, and depression epidemics after solving his own IBS and depression issues. Evan uses at-home lab testing and customized supplement programs to find and fix the root cause of a wide range of health symptoms. His Not Just Paleo Podcast has over 5 million downloads and counting - and he is the author of Stress Solutions, REM Rehab, and The Everything Guide to Nootropics. Evan offers free 15-minute functional medicine phone consultations at his site NotJustPaleo.com.
We were honored when Evan agreed to participate in a Joovv AMA. So without further ado, here are his answers to your questions…
What is the one fitness activity that you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?
Squats. They’re tough and boring to me, but significantly increase my strength during intense hikes.
I think my wife is suffering from adrenal fatigue. What diagnostic testing would you recommend to see if this is true? And if it is, what 2-3 things would you recommend to help her recover?
My philosophy is test, don’t guess. Get her adrenals tested using the new 6-point free cortisol salivary hormone test from Biohealth. You can order one directly from my clinic website. The 2-3 steps to recover depends on what the test shows. If she has a low free cortisol rhythm, we may need to calm and nourish her adrenal system with something like ashwagandha and reishi. Once we replenish her, then we can move into more supportive herbs like holy basil. She needs to go to bed by 9pm in the winter and 10pm in the summer and not skip meals.
If I opened up your fridge right now, what would I see?
I could’ve just taken a picture, right? Several pounds of organic, grass-fed butter, pastured eggs, bacon, broccoli, spinach, kale, carrots, filtered water from my Berkey, dark chocolate, and leftovers from a bison stew.
Without sounding overly paranoid, I think most folks (like me) would agree they want to avoid EMFs. What 2-3 things would you use in your house to help shield or eliminate EMFs?
I use a DefenderShield under my laptop and do not use WiFi in the house. WiFi is really just a convenience thing, you don’t really need it. How do I know? Because you didn’t have it 10 years ago! I hardwire my laptop using a thunderbolt to ethernet adapter, especially because I have an infant at home, and she’s more at risk to EMF exposure. Also, you need to measure your mG fields for any wiring issues and also look for dirty electricity using a Stetzer meter. I’ve done dozens of episodes on EMF - search my website for hours of listening to more details and logistics.
What 3 supplements can you not afford to live without?
Vitamin C, fish oil, and adaptogenic herbs. These are my foundations.
I'm starting from scratch. What 2-3 blood panels or metabolic tests would you recommend?
A full thyroid panel which includes TG and TPO antibodies. hbA1C to check long-term blood sugar along with fasting insulin levels. Vitamin D is important too. I would also look for epstein barr and other viruses such as mycoplasma that could have come from a tick.
I'm a homemaker with 4 kids and I think I have symptoms of Candida. Is there a way to tell? And if I do have it, what would you recommend (if I were your wife)?
Yes, piece of cake. Get an Organic Acids Test. It measures the off-gases of Candida and the biomarkers known as arabinose and tartaric acid, which can easily rule in or out a yeast problem. Nystatin, the conventional drug for yeast problems, has terrible long-term success rates. You’re much better off working with a functional medicine practitioner to appropriately treat it with natural antifungals such as oregano oil.
Have you used red light therapy? If so, what types of results did you experience?
Never have. Unless you count the 250 watt GE bulb that is used for near infrared sauna therapy. I felt great from it. I used it to spot treat sore areas on my body and had good results.
What is something you like that most people would be surprised to learn?
I’m a pretty open book, so let me try hard here… Classical music? Is that really a surprise? Going to bed at 8pm? That’s probably not a surprise to my audience either. I’m an old soul.
What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?
I really enjoy Jon Olsonn’s YouTube videos. He’s a pro-skier that makes daily videos about his travels and adventures. I enjoy his enthusiasm and passion for life. Not many people have as positive and enthusiastic of an attitude towards life in the 21st century as I do. But Jon does. I just would like to get the guy to stop drinking so many sugar-free Red Bulls. He needs adaptogens to help with his travel schedule and intense lifestyle.
If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?
Cool question. No one really cares about you. You’re alone in the game of life and health. Don’t wait for someone to save you, you have to do it yourself. Would that fit on a billboard? Let me try a shorter one… “Sheep are boring, be a wolf”
Thanks for submitting your questions for Evan! And thanks again to Evan Brand for being a part of the Joovv AMA family! Also, don't forget to check out Evan's podcast when you get a chance. It comes highly recommended!