Dr. Robert Pastore, PhD, CNS

Join Dr. Robert Pastore as he interviews guests from backgrounds of all types – from all-star athletes, to top trainers and coaches, to scientists and researchers - and dives deeply into the science behind optimizing performance and longevity.

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Episode List

Episode #020 - Sleep


Dr. Pastore explains the basic neurochemistry of sleep, travel and jet lag, REM and sleep cycles, the impact of lack of sleep, insomnia, the negative effects of prescription and over the counter sleep aids and his recommendations for a proper pre-bed routine.

Episode #019 - Gluten Intolerance and Allergies


Dr. Pastore discusses gluten sensitivity, gluten allergies and his own personal experience with celiac disease. he breaks down what gluten is, the signs and symptoms and the physiology related to various gluten reactions, and what medical tests he recommends for a true diagnosis.

Episode #018 - A Conversation with Dr. Corey Peacock


Dr. Pastore sits down with Dr. Corey Peacock, PhD, CSCS, RSCC, CISSN, FRCms, to discuss his research within protein science, genetics and sports performance. The two doctors discuss sleep, hydration, foam rolling, protein intake of up to 4.4g/kg per day, supplementation, recovery and the future of genetic testing for elite athletes.

Episode #017 - Neurochemistry 101


Dr. Pastore educates listeners on basic neurochemistry, what the main neurotransmitters and their functions are, and why nutrition is key for optimal neurochemistry.

Episode #016 - A Conversation with Christian Burrus


Dr. Pastore sits down with Christian Burrus, Developmental Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. Christian discusses how he structured his life to achieve his current role, as well as the innovative approaches he applies to athletes in terms of nutrition, mobility, training frequency, and sleep, to improve their overall performance and career longevity. Christian's off-ice training app can be found here: http:/traintoadapt.net/

Episode #015 - On Omega Fatty Acids


Dr. Pastore dives into Omega fatty acids and why they are so critical for overall health. Dr. Pastore covers Omega 3/6/9 and EPA/DHA/ALA, the chemical structure of these fats, where they naturally occur in foods and how they're digested, fish oil supplementation, and the most recent research regarding weight loss with Omega 3 supplementation.

Episode #014 - The Father of Paleo, Dr. Loren Cordain


Dr. Pastore is joined by The Founder of the Paleo Diet® Movement, Dr. Loren Cordain. Dr. Cordain is one of the world’s leading experts on the natural human diet of our Stone Age ancestors, the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts, and has appeared in the world’s top scientific journals for his research into the health benefits of Stone Age Diets for contemporary people.

Episode #013 - On Gut Health & Mood


In this conversation, Dr. Pastore explains the direct scientific links between gut health and mood. Dr. Pastore covers how the gut and brain are systematically connected, the balance of gut microbiome, and why a damaged digestive tract can lead to mood-related disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Episode #012 - On Protein & Muscle Growth


In this conversation, Dr. Pastore talks all about protein quality, protein absorption, and how that ties into muscle growth and repair. He goes into the details of the digestive process, and the various pathways for muscle protein synthesis.

Episode #011 - A Conversation with Scott Iardella


Scott Iardella, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and host of the Rdella Training Podcast, sits down with Dr. Pastore to discuss his core beliefs for athletes and the general population alike: movement is a skill, strength is foundational and fundamentals are essential. Scott shares his injury story as a young athlete, what he learned about training for strength vs. aesthetics, his recent transition to kettlebell exercises for movement.

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