Athletic Performance, Brain Health & Ketones – A Discussion with Michael Brandt with Dr. Stephanie Estima


The Better show welcomes Michael Brandt to the show this week! Michael is the co-founder and CEO of HVMN, a triathlete and marathoner. A former Stanford grad in computer science and design he became a product manager at Google, then went onto being an Adjunct Professor at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Today we are talking all about Ketones. We explore the role of ketones and its effect on the brain as we age. We chat about the benefits of ketones as an appetite suppressor, how it can help recover post workout and the ketogenic diet. We talk about exogenous ketones being used without being on the ketogenic diet, and if it’s still effective. Michael explains the difference between salts and esters, and how HVMN has evolved to get even better at producing awesome products for those in the bio-hacking sphere. Hope you all enjoy this episode!

I’m Dr. Stephanie

Part geek, part magic, and all the way passionate about being a well-lived woman.

I want to throw my grandkids in the air in my 70’s. I want to be squatting even more weight than I am now, and putting my OWN luggage in the overhead bin. Sound like weird goals? For me these are just some of the little things that represent a life well-lived.

My health is MY job – I’ll be damned if I rely on luck, ‘good genes’ or a cocktail of drugs that over promise and under deliver.

The Betty Body is my first book-baby, and a collection of what I’ve learned after thousands of clinical hours, hundreds of conversations with the world’s top experts, and most importantly…

This book is an outline of what took ME from “rock-bottom health” at 38, to being my own version of a Betty in my perimenopausal mid 40’s. A woman who is physically strong, full of energy, enjoys mental clarity, great sex and a joyful family life. Is it all roses? Of course not. But I have the stamina and tools to deal with the push and pull of life so that it doesn’t turn into chronic stress.

I want this for you too. Let’s go Bettys!