Why Keto Works: An Explanation of the Science with Mike Mutzel


Today we have Mike Mutzel on the Collective Insights podcast to talk with us about a very popular diet-the keto diet. He turned his life completely around after experiencing addiction in his adolescence, and is now the founder of the very successful content site High Intensity Health, author of “The Belly Fat Effect”, a podcastor, and a Youtuber who shares complex science made understandable on topics covering metabolic health, gut health, and Functional Medicine. He has a bachelors in Biology, masters in Clinical Nutrition, and is a graduate of the Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). Today we’re diving into ketosis, fasting, and much more. We discuss:

  • Reframing your motivation: Giving your gifts in the service of others
  • Is keto for everyone?
  • Does it matter if you eat ham, cheese and bacon vs. avocados, egg yolks, salmon and almonds?
  • Fasting and keto
  • Ketosis and its link to movement
  • Guidelines for testing ketones, glucose, heart rate variability and sleep
  • Hormesis: About positive stress that leads to growth
  • Most common mistake people make when switching to keto
  • Should you stay keto forever or switch up your diet?
  • Interpreting labs when adapting to ketosis
  • Sleep tips

Listen here:


Mike has an amazing philosophy for what keeps him going in his work. His motivator is to do what makes him the most capable of giving his gifts in service of others. The reason taking care of our health matters so much is so that we’re equipped to give back. Tune in to find out how to optimize your life with the keto diet, movement and a positive mindset.

Guest Biography:

Mike earned his B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University in 2006 and completed his M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in 2015 and is a graduate of the Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). He is a Functional Medicine consultant in the natural product industry and has worked as a nutritionist with Gerard Guillory, MD of the Care Group, PC in Denver, CO. Mike has lectured alongside Dr. Guillory to large patient-groups in the Denver area and they have been featured on local T.V. programs discussing the power of Nutrition and Functional Medicine.

In April of 2014 Mike published his first book, Belly Fat Effect: The Real Secret About How Your Diet, Intestinal Health, and Gut Bacteria Help You Burn Fat.

To continue his quest for knowledge Mike attends many Continuing Medical Education (CME) events held by various organizations around the country, learning from top researchers in the field through groups like AACR, ACAM, A4M and IFM. He has currently completed four of six Advanced Practice Modules (APMs) to earn the only board certification in Functional Medicine through IFM.

Mike regularly conducts workshops for health care practitioners, teaching leading-edge science in a concise format that can be utilized by progressive clinicians for the prevention of chronic disease. Often termed Translational Medicine, this bench-to-bedside approach is key to ensure the application of pioneering research and concepts in systems biology a preventative health care setting, optimizing patient outcomes.

Mike lives in Kirkland, WA with his wife Deanna Arnill– a Doctor of Chiropractic- with their daughter and two dogs Shasta and Rainier.

Learn more at highintensityhealth.com

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