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Episode Summary: 

In this episode, the boys sit down with world-renowned biohacker Lucas Auon, the founder of Ergogenics Health and Boost Your Biology, to talk all things male health optimization. 


The boys begin by highlighting the decline in male testosterone production due to the maladaptive effects of our modern lifestyle, including increased exposure to endocrine disrupters. 


They further the discussion with simple, holistic lifestyle habits that can increase testosterone production, and how specific nutrients can support the natural production of key metabolites in the body for male performance. 


Lucas is a wealth of knowledge whose holistic coaching practice and educational platforms work specifically with men and women to optimize performance through scientifically driven supplementation protocols and personalized coaching. 


To learn more about Lucas’ educational platforms and coaching practice, check out the links here: 




Episode Timestamp: 

0:00 to 2:45: Podcast Intro

2:45 to 7:25: Exposure To Endocrine Disrupters, Testosterone Reduction in Men

7:25 to 14:00: Icing Your Balls, Cold Therapy and Testosterone 

14:00 to 18:00: 5-Alpha Reductase, DHT, GABA, Ginseng

18:00 to 21:45: B-Hole Sunning, ACTH, Androstenodione, Melanocortico System

21:45 to 23:45: Adrenal Glands, Ashwagandha, HPA-Axis, Tongkat Ali 

23:45 to 30:00: Exercise + Testosterone, Sprinting, Growth Hormone

30:00 to 36:30: Shilajit, Fulvic Acid, Pomegranate, Akarkara, Fadogia
36:30 to 43:45: Deaspartic Acid, DIM, Organ Meats, Royal Jelly, Zinc


Guest Bio: 

Matt Legge: Matt Legge is a world-class naturopath and formulation expert. He brings more than 20 years of clinical experience as a Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, and nutritional medicine and food therapist to his work with Phyba. Matt has served as the Director of Innovation for ATP Science, responsible for developing new product formulations, new ingredients and further advancing the science and education behind natural health and wellness systems. He is also an expert in performance management for elite athletes and everyday athletes.


James Newbury: James Newbury is world-class athlete and entrepreneur. James’ extensive experience as a 4X Crossfit Games Athlete,  former semi professional rugby player for the Queensland and Sydney Rugby Leagues, and life-long fitness enthusiast have brought him here to lead a plant-based revolution in the field of health and performance… as the founder of Phyba! 


Lucas Auon: Lucas Auon is an expert supplement formulator and the founder of Ergogenic Health and Boost Your Biology, two platforms dedicated to performance enhancement through scientifically-driven health interventions, supplementation education, and personalized coaching. 


From a very young age, he became interested in the effects of certain foods and herbs on his own physiological and psychological performance. When he was playing soccer, he found myself monitoring his performance very closely and discovered that some supplements were having a drastic effect on his reaction times, decision making and ability to the "read" the play. This then sparked a passion to spend copious amounts of his "spare time" to research various ergogenic aids.


During that time, he decided to take a halt on his soccer career, and study Exercise Science/Business Administration at Australian Catholic University. Whilst he only completed 1.5 years of this course, despite absolutely excelling at it, he was constantly reading scientific journals and understanding more and more about the basic physiology of enhancing the body as a whole. This naturally lead him to study Naturopathy at Southern School of Natural Therapies in Fitzroy, Melbourne.


Through relentless experimentation and research, he has optimised his baseline to be consistently performing at a solid level. Having had the privilege to work under Anthony Diclementi, he was fortunate enough to gain greater insight into various methods to enhance wellness.


Lucas has hosted over 100 episodes of his podcast, the Boost Your Biology podcast, is the youngest guest ever featured on the Ben Greenfield podcast, and has worked with some of the worlds highest achievers.


Key Definitions: 


An androgen, or male sex hormone, is defined as a substance capable of developing and maintaining masculine characteristics in reproductive tissues (notably the genital tract, secondary sexual characteristics, and fertility) and contributing to the anabolic status of somatic tissues.



Testosterone is the primary male hormone responsible for regulating sex differentiation, producing male sex characteristics, spermatogenesis, and fertility. Testosterone's effects are first seen in the fetus. During the first 6 weeks of development, the reproductive tissues of males and females are identical.


5-Alpha Reductase:

5α-Reductases, also known as 3-oxo-5α-steroid 4-dehydrogenases, are enzymes involved in steroid metabolism. They participate in three metabolic pathways: bile acid biosynthesis, androgen and estrogen metabolism.



DHT plays a vital role in the sexual development of males. During embryonic life, DHT is involved primarily in the sexual differentiation of organs. Through adolescence and adulthood, DHT promotes prostate growth, sebaceous gland activity, male pattern baldness, and body, facial, and pubic hair growth.



GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. It lessens a nerve cell's ability to receive, create or send chemical messages to other nerve cells. Many medical conditions are associated with changing levels of GABA.



Ginseng is traditionally used to protect the nervous system. Ginseng is effective in memory improvement, and in the direct prevention of degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. The neuroprotective effect of ginseng may be useful in the prevention of depression.



Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is a tropic hormone produced by the anterior pituitary. The hypothalamic-pituitary axis controls it. ACTH regulates cortisol and androgen production. 



Androstenedione is a steroidal hormone produced in male and female gonads, as well as in the adrenal glands, and it is known for its key role in the production of estrogen and testosterone.



Ashwagandha is perhaps best known for its ability to reduce stress. It's classified as an adaptogen, a substance that helps the body cope with stress.



The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis involves the central nervous system and the endocrine system adjusting the balance of hormones in response to stress. Stress results in the hypothalamus stimulating the pituitary gland to release hormones that further cause the adrenal glands to release cortisol.


Tongkat Ali: 

Tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia) is a plant that has been used in traditional medicine for various reasons. Tongkat ali may be able to increase libido and muscle strength, improve erectile function and fertility, and reduce stress.



Shilajit is a sticky substance found primarily in the rocks of the Himalayas. It develops over centuries from the slow decomposition of plants.


Fulvic Acid: 

Fulvic acid is a chemical compound that's formed when microorganisms in soil break down plant material over long periods of time. In some cases, this process can take centuries. You can find fulvic acid in clay, sand, mountain rocks and mud — and it can have different properties depending on where you source it from.



Pomegranates contain antioxidants called ellagitannins, which help reduce inflammation in the body. Some studies have found that ellagitannins may help protect the brain against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease by reducing oxidative damage and increasing the survival of brain cells.



Akarkara is generally used to manage pain and inflammation related to arthritis due to its antioxidant property. It is also beneficial for indigestion as it stimulates the secretion of saliva as well as digestive enzymes needed for digestion.



Fadogia agrestis is a shrub from Nigeria. The stem has been used to make medicine. Some people claim that Fadogia agrestis can increase testosterone levels, which could help with sexual performance and athletic performance.


Deaspartic Acid: 

D-Aspartic acid (D-Asp) is an endogenous amino acid occurring in several tissues and cells of both invertebrates and vertebrates. 



Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a metabolite of Indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a compound found in cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. It is the most studied of all I3C metabolites and is thought to be superior to IC3 as a chemoprotective compound for breast cancer and prostate cancer.


At Phyba, we're on a mission to help people achieve peak performance and optimal results through the power of plants. We're dedicated to providing pure, high-quality supplements made from real-food, plant-based ingredients, without harmful additives or artificial fillers. We believe that by harnessing the power of plants, we can unlock human potential and help individuals achieve their goals naturally. Our goal is to inspire and educate individuals on the benefits of a holistic lifestyle that prioritises self-care, nourishment, and sustainability.

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