TMHS 069: Super Nutrition And Total Human Optimization – With Aubrey Marcus

If we’re going to be successful in the field of nutrition, then we’ve got to come to the realization that EVERYTHING you put into your body has an impact.

Whether you’re eating a walnut or a doughnut, it will change every cell in your body at some level. Food is truly that powerful.

It’s time we start to leverage this to look and feel the way that we want. I often tell people that food isn’t just food, it’s information. And we need to start asking questions like: What kind of information am I putting into my body?

Before you make a decision to eat a food, take a supplement, or take a drug, just take a second and contemplate what this substance is commanding your body to do. Are you making a food choice that is commanding your body to secrete more insulin than it can handle, store more fat, and damage your metabolism? You can literally command your body to do this with a bottle of Mountain Dew.

Are you taking a synthetic supplement that will overstimulate your nervous system and make you think that you have more energy… when you’re really just burning out your adrenal glands?

We have to take more responsibility for what we are putting into our bodies so that we can rise above the disease, poor performance, and struggle that has become common place in our society.

Knowing all of this, it’s not a small thing to take a supplement. You’d better know what’s in that supplement, where it comes from, and whether or not the human body even recognizes it in the first place.

Today we’ve got on the CEO of a company that is focused on what they call Total Human Optimization. Everyone from professional athletes to top executives are rushing to get their hands on the products and information that this company has put together.

Onnit is a brand that’s making huge waves in the fitness and nutrition industry by standing for something unique. It’s not just about the incredible supplements they carry (that are actually derived from earth grown nutrients), it’s about the food you eat, it’s about the exercise you do, and it’s about the lifestyle you take on to bring it all together and make it work.

The CEO of Onnit, Aubrey Marcus, cares about people, cares about service, and cares about making a real impact. He’s a leader that really walks his talk, and he’s about to share a wealth of information with you that can improve your life for many years to come.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to turn the knowledge you acquire into real change in your life.
  • What influenced Aubrey to begin taking supplements (great story about a napkin!)
  • Why athlete’s like A.J. Hawk from the Green Bay Packers are using Onnit products (this will surprise you!)
  • Why earth-grown nutrients need to be the basis of all high quality supplements.
  • How taking synthetic supplements can work in the short-term but cost you in the long-term.
  • What compounds in hemp protein make it so interactive with human muscle.
  • Why hemp was paramount to the growth of the U.S. then eventually banned due to corporate interest.
  • Whether or not hemp protein will cause you to fail a drug test.
  • How using higher quality supplements saves you money because you use less of it.
  • Why radioactive wastes and heavy metals may be a concern with conventional fish oil.
  • Where to find a safer, more effective source of Omega 3’s.
  • How cordyceps impacts your cells to give you more energy.
  • What an adaptogen is and why we need them.
  • How our society has been trained to fear dietary fat.
  • Why dietary fat is CRITICAL to your nervous system function (you’ll love this analogy!)
  • What Trilogy Butter is and why I eat it out of the jar like a madman.
  • Why the human body is not designed to only do linear movements (squats are great but…)
  • Why service, not money, is the key to success in the long-term.

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  • Kurt Slagenwhite
    22 Sep 2014, 10:52 pm

    Hey man, great episode.
    What are your thoughts on creatine?
    Do you have any alternative recommendations?
    Thanks keep doing what you do

    • Shawn
      7 Dec 2014, 5:27 pm

      Kurt, thanks for the excellent question. I just answered Tim (below) which should cover everything you want to know. I’d add to it to support good liver health to boost your natural production/utilization of creatine. Check out episode 68 of the show on that:

      Take care!

  • Tim
    26 Sep 2014, 5:56 pm


    I am also interested to hear your thoughts on creatine. I know it is a natural substance found in meat so that’s how I justified (in my mind) taking it as a supplement.

    I currently take 5g/day post-workout and I feel it makes a positive impact on my ability to build strength and muscle as well as my energy levels.


    • Shawn
      7 Dec 2014, 5:23 pm

      Tim, I love how you said “justified in my mind”. We all do that, but at least you’re aware of it. That’s what makes us more capable of making changes when we need to.

      Outside of the usual potential kidney problems resulting from creatine, there isn’t really a lot of bad data out there on it. It’s kind of tried-and-true… that’s why it’s been used for so long. Even the kidney stress info out there is really not justified. The only thing to be cautious of is doses too high (10+ grams per day) and not cycling it.

      Personally, I look for ways to get it in food. Wild game, red meat, certain types of fish (like herring and tuna) are good sources. Thanks for the great question!

      • Antonio
        10 Dec 2014, 7:32 am

        Shawn, im a little confused…weren`t you a proponent of a vegetarian based diet?

        • Shawn
          10 Dec 2014, 10:45 am

          Antonio, thanks for the question. Yes, I definitely was (and still am) a huge advocate for plant-based diets. With my years of research, experimentation, and working with patients I’ve found that each person has to have the full reigns to eat the amount of animal foods that work well for their genetics. In studying nutrigenomics and other sciences you start to really see that the vegan and vegetarian diets of today have never existed throughout human history. Vegetarian cultures still consume dairy and other animal products you’d hardly expect. Outside of that, we have to do what’s best for us as a person. Listen to our body, not rely solely on what an expert tells us to do. Thanks again!

  • veena
    30 Sep 2014, 12:25 pm

    thanks for sharing. very hepful

  • Morgan Q. Mance
    3 Oct 2014, 7:41 pm

    Hey Shawn!
    During this podcast, you mentioned the testosterone supplement… I can’t seem to find it on the Onnit website and I think my beau could benefit from it. Could you please let me know what you take and where to get it?
    Thank you!

    • Shawn
      6 Oct 2014, 1:11 am

      On Onnit’s website, just scroll over the supplements tab and you’ll see the product right there. It’s called T+

      I usually have some prior to a heavy lifting workout… sometimes on off days too if I really put in some work the day before 😉

  • Alison
    29 Feb 2016, 1:03 pm

    Hi Shawn! I know this podcast was released a while back, but I’m interested in starting some supplementation. Do you have any suggestions about how often these should be taken? Are they every day for however long you choose? or do you recommend different seasons for different supplements?

  • Dexter
    11 Apr 2016, 9:20 am

    Thanks for this episode Shawn and 10% discount! I just ordered the HempForce ChocoMaca! As a side note I also ordered the Earthing Universal Mat, since I work at a desk job! Cheers to better health bro!

    • Shawn
      13 Apr 2016, 6:40 am

      Dexter, that’s awesome man! I’m standing on my Earthing mat as we speak. And big shoutout to Onnit! Love what they’re doing.

      Appreciate the action and the effort bro! Good things are to come.