Bringing a refreshing perspective to the field of biohacking, Melanie Avalon hosts the top podcast on iTunes, The Intermittent Fasting Podcast The Melanie Avalon Biohacking Podcast, which has received millions of downloads with more than 200,000 each week. Her success and accomplishments are due in part to her unique perspective. In a world of often vicious ideology wars and dietary dogma, Melanie is refreshingly open to entertaining different viewpoints. On her shows, she seeks the answers to what most sustains the health of ourselves, future generations, and the planet at large. Here are 2 important beliefs of Melanie, when it comes to health and “biohacking.”
- Exploring new ideas is extremely important
Melanie is driven by a consistent need to search, question, and discover. She yearns to question every idea she encounters, and find truth in speaking with many experts in each respective sphere. “I used to get nervous about sounding naive, or asking stupid questions. But the more I interview all the brilliant minds I’ve crossed paths with, the more I’ve realized that sometimes the simplest or seemingly silly questions are in fact the most enlightening. Now I just ask literally whatever I’m wondering at that moment,” she says.
Melanie believes that a single dietary answer is never a solution to everyone’s health problems, and that different diets work for different people. She therefore purposely invites renowned guests who hold different perspectives, onto her podcasts. Over the years, she has interviewed respected figures in the “Carnivore” and low carb movements, such as Dr. Shawn Baker, Dr. Paul Saladino, Ted Naiman, and Gary Taubes, while also having famous vegans on the show, including Cyrus Khambatta, Robby Barbaro, Alan Goldhamer, and Dr. Douglas Graham.
“I run some pretty big Facebook groups which started from the shows, and we only have a few rules. Namely, you must be understanding of other people’s viewpoints, and you must be kind,” she says.
- A healthy diet must be a sustainable diet
For Melanie, sustaining future body cells is just as important as following a healthy lifestyle. She believes that before consuming anything, individuals should extensively evaluate its food producers. In terms of what constitutes a “healthy diet,” Melanie supports a holistic approach to plants and animals. She believes the most sustainable choices often come from farms practicing regenerative practices. This helps restore the soil, maximize nutrition per dollar, and minimize toxic substances harming our planet. Melanie suggests choosing services that directly connect consumers to sustainable farmers, such as Butcher Box. Such brands not only help protect the environment but also allow users to save money.