Shawn Wells + Daniel Solomons | Paraxanthine: UPDATE Your Energy + Vitality Without Caffeine

Wellness + Wisdom | Episode 618

Are you still drinking caffeine and want to stop for good? We've got a solution for you!

Drink Update Energy DrinkShawn Wells and Daniel Solomons, Founders of UPDATE Energy Drink, join Josh Trent on the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast, episode 618, to explain how caffeine is causing you harm on a physical and mental level, why paraxanthine is the solution to caffeine addiction, and how paraxanthine improves your overall health and well-being.

“We're switching away from the caffeinated, unconscious capitalism and we're going into creative consciousness. There's more creation to come as a result of paraxanthine versus the burnout on the edge of existence that comes with caffeine.”Shawn Wells

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Paraxanthine, elevates you beyond the baseline in a way that caffeine simply cannot. It's one of the three metabolites of caffeine and is the compound that produces the energetic and focus effects we love from caffeine.

The other two metabolites, theobromine and theophylline are excluded in order to eliminate the side effects of jitters, anxiety, overstimulation, and the dreaded caffeine crash.

In This Episode, Shawn Wells + Daniel Solomons Uncover:

[01:30] Our Society Needed Caffeine to Keep Going

[07:50] Searching for A Caffeine Alternative

  • Daniel's journey to business in New York.
  • How he discovered the world of nootropics and started developing the first alternative to caffeinated drinks.
  • Why his formula didn't work so he contacted Shawn for help.
  • Coffee has too many side effects.

[15:05] Do You Need Caffeine to Exist?

  • How caffeine affected Josh's health and lifestyle.
  • Addiction is accepted by society when it's something that's omnipresent.
  • 93% of Americans consume caffeine and 90% want to consume less.
  • Why people can't function without coffee.
  • Habituation and adaptation effect.

[21:50] The Dark Side of Prime Energy Drinks

[27:15] Paraxanthine VS Caffeine

  • How metabolization influences the effects of caffeine.
  • Caffeine affects the quality of sleep because it stays in the system for 2 or 3 days.
  • Why caffeine worsens HRV and paraxanthine improves it.
  • Caffeine was originally a bug repellent.
  • How caffeine and paraxanthine are connected but work entirely differently.

[34:00] Negative Effects of Caffeine

[39:40] Mitochondrial Health

  • Caffeine influences your emotional intelligence.
  • How caffeine creates a vicious cycle of exhaustion.
  • Why people prefer to drink Update over coffee.
  • Alive and Well Austin
  • Why mitochondrial dysfunction causes metabolic dysfunction.
  • Oxidation, glycation, and inflammation are connected to disease and aging.

[48:55] Imposter Syndrome

  • Paraxanthine has anti-aging properties.
  • Why there is no physiological dependence on paraxanthine.
  • How Daniel struggled with imposter syndrome.
  • What helped him overcome his insecurities.
  • Why he never searched for an escape in the form of drugs.

[59:10] From Self-Hate to Healing

  • When you hate your body, you treat it like a waste dump.
  • Why Shawn created a sequence that helps him feel more comfortable before going on stage.
  • What made him suicidal multiple times throughout his life.
  • How he was harming himself psychologically.

[01:04:45] Emotional Healing with Psychedelics

[01:10:30] Update Energy Drink

  • How replacing coffee with paraxanthine can create a domino effect of positive changes.
  • The correlation between gut issues and caffeine consumption.
  • Why Daniel prefers drinking Update over coffee.
  • Their goal is to help people feel good.

[01:17:00] Improve Your Brain Function with Paraxanthine

  • How paraxanthine increases your cognitive resilience.
  • The physical benefits of drinking paraxanthine.
  • How a study showed that caffeine increases mental errors.
  • Paraxanthine makes your brain healthier.

[01:21:20] Paraxanthine Is The New Caffeine (But Better)

  • Consuming caffeine doesn't provide enough paraxanthine.
  • The reason why paraxanthine is much more expensive than caffeine.
  • In the past, paraxanthine wasn't considered important which is why paraxanthine products are new.
  • The 8-year process of creating and improving Update energy drink.

[01:26:35] Collective Healing

  • How Shawn had a vision of paraxanthine creating a change in the world.
  • We need to shift from grind to flow and creation.
  • Paraxanthine will make you question why you ever consumed caffeine.

[01:34:05] Spiritual Cognitive Dissonance

  • Why Shawn accepts his past and what he went through to get where he is.
  • The body is regenerative and can recover from the damage you caused years ago.
  • Why keeping promises to yourself is a game-changer.

[01:39:25] Shifting The Narrative

  • Learning to make conscious decisions for yourself.
  • Why they're trying to make paraxanthine more accessible.
  • Different products you can get paraxanthine from.
  • Why Shawn is passionate about the animal world.
  • Competition has to exist but you can't let it consume you.
  • How the central market gate-keeps products.

[01:50:55] Behavioral Changes

[01:56:20] Good Mood Cocktail

  • How paraxanthine affects human physiology.
  • Why sustained dopamine lift makes you seek less dopamine.
  • Swagger: dopamine, serotonin, and acetylcholine cocktail.
  • The new cure for hangovers.

[02:01:45] Paraxanthine Research

  • The reason why Shawn prefers preclinical studies to human studies.
  • Update has an even greater effect on older people.
  • The most powerful person in the room is the listener, not the loudest talker.
  • Why the relationship with yourself and the people around you define wellness for Daniel.

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Power Quotes From The Show

Most People Want to Quit Drinking Caffeine

“93% of Americans consume some form of caffeine every day but 90% want to consume less. If almost every one of us is consuming caffeine, and almost every one of us wants to consume less, why don't we?”Shawn Wells

Side Effects of Caffeine

“Caffeine provides you with that jolt of overstimulation and then you crash. It raisse your anxiety levels. So all in all, you're just not feeling great after you consume it, even though you get that acute boost of energy.”Daniel Solomon

All Diseases Are Metabolic in Nature

“99% of disease is not genetic in nature, it's metabolic in nature. Your propensity to get any and all diseases is much higher when you're metabolically dysfunctional which is where you're going to have a ‘trifecta of damage' on the mitochondria: oxidation, glycation, and inflammation. All of those are connected to disease and aging.”Shawn Wells

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About Shawn Wells

Shawn Wells + Daniel Solomons | Paraxanthine: How To UPDATE Your Energy + Vitality Without Caffeine?Shawn Wells, MPH, LDN, RD, CISSN, FISSN, is the Chief Scientist of UPDATE and the world’s leading nutritional biochemist and expert on health

He has formulated over 1,000 supplements, food, beverages, and cosmeceuticals, and patented 25 novel ingredients including Paraxanthine, Teacrine, Dynamine, and Dhydroberberine.

He is now known as the Ingredientologist – the scientist of ingredients. Formerly a chief clinical dietitian with over a decade of clinical experience.

His expertise can help any health-conscious individual to better manage stress and experience higher performance and more energy by utilizing his practical,
holistic solutions.

About Daniel Solomons

Shawn Wells + Daniel Solomons | Paraxanthine: How To UPDATE Your Energy + Vitality Without Caffeine?

Daniel Solomons is the CEO and co-founder of Update. After working for over 4 years in finance, Daniel quit his job and bought a one-way flight to New York City – where together with his close friends, set out to create the world's first energy drink without caffeine…that actually works.

After three years of trial and error, they created UPDATE – you can think of
it as the Tesla of energy drinks.

They worked with leading scientists to be the first and only beverage brand to use caffeine's primary metabolite, Paraxanthine, instead of caffeine as their source of energy.

The result is an energy drink that delivers the efficacy you expect from caffeine without any side effects.

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Josh Trent lives in Austin, Texas with his love Carrie Michelle, son Novah, daughter Nayah + a cat named Cleo. He is the host of the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast and the creator of the BREATHE: Breath + Wellness Program. Josh has spent the past 20+ years as a trainer, researcher + facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world. Helping humans LIBERATE their mental, emotional, physical, spiritual + financial self through podcasts, programs + global community that believe in optimizing our potential to live life well.

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