In Episode #104 Ari talks with Ronda Collier, CEO of SweetWater Health™, a company striving to revolutionize mobile health monitoring and stress management by combining verified medical research with the most recent mobile-tech innovations. During their conversation, Ari and Rondatouch on the frequently overlooked value of Heart Rate Variability and the future of health technology.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 02:05 – Happy Thanksgiving from Ari and the Less Doing Team!
- 02:55 – Felix and Ari address tryptophan
- Editor’s Note: Ari mentions that tryptophan occurs naturally in the body – he meant to say the opposite, we can only get it from outside sources vl
- 03:25 – Tryptophan is not what makes us tired…overeating makes us tired
- 07:56 – June 9th-12th of 2015, Ari will speak at the Fortune Leadership Summit
- 19:27 – Ronda discusses her background and the journey to founding SweetWater Health
- 20:40 – HRV: Heart-Rate Variability
- 22:28 – It’s not that stress is a bad thing of and in itself…it’s how quickly we can recover from that stress.
- 23:00 – Why should we care about HRV? Why even track it?
- 25:55 – SweetBeat and how the SweetWater apps work
- 27:00 – The SweetWater and the Vital Connect HealthPatch
- 29:57 – HRV has been used by athletes for decades to help them mitigate the risks of overtraining
- 29:05 – How can HRV monitoring work for a non-athlete?
- 30:50 – SweetBeat can alert people to everyday behaviors that induce commonly overlooked stress
- 32:10 – Meditation has always been a challenge for Ari
- 33:15 – How Ronda personally uses her HRV monitoring tools
- 33:39 – The bucket of willpower
- 34:30 – When HRV is low; do busy work. When HRV is high; do creative work
- 34:45 – When you are “in-flow”, HRV starts to go up naturally
- 35:32 – Food sensitivity and how it relates to stress
- 39:10 – Most people are not aware of modest heart rate spikes
- 40:23 – The future of SweetBeat
- 41:35 – The value of correlation
- 43:27 – Ronda’s Top 3 Tips for Being More Effective:
- 43:43 – Improving nutrition; eating fresh
- 44:00 – Being self-aware of what’s going on inside your body
- 44:30 – Exercise, even minimally, every single day
- 45:10 – BeatHealthy.com
7 Key Points:
- The heart does not beat at a consistent interval like a metronome
- Stress isn’t “bad”; How we react to it – our inability to come down – is what makes it bad
- People who are in constant “fight or flight” mode normalize stress in their brains, which makes it difficult for them to institute change because these individuals don’t “feel” stressed
- Monitoring HRV is a great way to maximize recovery from physical training and keep track of stress
- When HRV levels are low do “busy work”; When they are high do “creative work”
- Sensitivity to certain foods can significantly impact stress and HRV levels
- Good nutrition, consistent exercise and self-awareness are the pillars of healthy living
- Import.IO – A website scraper that automatically pulls data solely based on the URL provided
- MiMo – A smart onesie designed to monitors infant sleep patterns, vitals and live audio through the cloud to any connected smart device
- Fortune Leadership Summit – An international leadership summit, sponsored by Fortunemagazine
- YouRoam – “A mobile application for international travel that allows you to make and receive calls using your cell number over WiFi or 3G”
- TransferCar – Free, one-way car rentals
- Medium.com – A website that catalogues specific articles on a wide variety of subjects and informs the reader of how long it will take to read said article(s)
- Work It Harder, Make it Better, Do it Faster – Medium.com article referenced by Ari
- Milk Kills – A media firestorm surrounding benefits of milk and dairy in general