The Science & Health Benefits of Deliberate Heat Exposure | Huberman Lab Podcast #69

I describe the mechanisms by which deliberate heat exposure impacts body temperature, metabolism, heart health, hormone production, exercise recovery, cognition, mood, and longevity. I detail specific protocols for deliberate heat exposure, including exposure times, temperature ranges to consider, time of day, and delivery mechanisms (sauna vs. hot bath vs. open air heat, etc.) in order to achieve different specific outcomes, including dramatic growth hormone releases, or reduction in cortisol levels. I also discuss the ability of locally applied heat to heal or otherwise improve various bodily tissues and new data on how local application of heat may induce the conversion of metabolically sluggish white fat to metabolically robust beige fat.

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Local hyperthermia therapy induces browning of white fat and treats obesity:

00:00:00 Heat & Health
00:03:37 Momentous Supplements
00:04:52 The Brain-Body Contract
00:05:46 LMNT, InsideTracker, ROKA
00:09:31 Body Shell Temperature vs. Body Core Temperature
00:13:28 Thermal Regulation, Hyperthermia
00:17:36 Heat Removal Circuits, Pre-Optic Hypothalamus (POA)
00:26:30 Protocols & Benefits of Deliberate Heat Exposure
00:33:37 Tools & Conditions for Deliberate Heat Exposure
00:38:47 Deliberate Heat Exposure, Cortisol & Cardiovascular Health
00:44:50 Heat Shock Proteins (HSPs), Molecular Mechanisms of Heat Regulation
00:47:56 Longevity & Heat Exposure, FOXO3
00:52:30 Deliberate Cold & Heat Exposure & Metabolism
00:54:48 Deliberate Heat Exposure & Growth Hormone
01:04:32 Parameters for Heat & Cold Exposure
01:08:26 Circadian Rhythm & Body Temperature, Cold & Heat Exposure
01:12:00 Heat Exposure & Growth Hormone
01:16:20 Tool: Hydration & Sauna
01:17:10 Heat, Endorphins & Dynorphins, Mood
01:28:44 Tool: Glabrous Skin To Heat or Cool
01:35:33 Local Hyperthermia, Converting White Fat to Beige Fat, Metabolism
01:47:00 Hormesis/Mitohormesis & Heat/Cold Exposure
01:49:11 Benefits of Heat Exposure
01:51:10 Zero-Cost Support, YouTube Feedback, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, Momentous Supplements, Instagram, Twitter, Neural Network Newsletter

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