You’ve heard of the term probiotics, and likely prebiotics as well, but now we are hearing about “psychobiotics.” These have been defined as:
living organisms that, when ingested in adequate amounts, produces a health benefit in patients suffering from psychiatric illness.
That’s a pretty impressive new term, and claim for that matter. But the reason that scientists have developed this terminology is because new research clearly demonstrates that certain probiotic organisms have a dramatic effect on regulating mood.
Today’s interview is with Dr. Kelly Brogan. Dr. Brogan describes herself as a holistic psychiatrist, and when you watch this interview you will understand why.
I’m sure many of you have been hearing about Bulletproof Coffee. While this might seem like just another trend or novelty, it turns out that the man behind the brand is actually way tuned in on the biochemistry of the brain that supports why his ideas are so popular.
Dave Asprey is the founder of the Bulletproof movement and author of the New York Times best-seller, The Bulletproof Diet. From his website:
From private brain EEG facilities hidden in a Canadian forest to remote monasteries in Tibet, from Silicon Valley to the Andes, Dave Asprey used hacking techniques and tried everything on himself, obsessively focused on discovering the answers to this one persistent question:
What are the simplest things you can do to be better at everything?
What emerged is the idea of becoming Bulletproof: the state of high performance where you take control of and improve your biochemistry, your body, and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions. It used to take a lifetime to radically rewire the human body and mind this way, if you were lucky enough to even know it was possible. Technology has changed the rules.
Dave founded Bulletproof to make these breakthroughs – and the body and brain you deserve — easily available to you in your everyday life.
Today on The Empowering Neurologist, Dave reveals how he came to understand why we need to favor a diet that provides a special type of fat, ketones, to power the brain and regain energy and stamina. It’s a fascinating exploration of what one motivated individual has been able to accomplish when faced with adversity. Most importantly, this interview commemorates the launch of his new book, Bulletproof: The Cookbook, now available everywhere.
Ashwagandha is an important herb in traditional Indian medicine because of its wide-ranging health benefits. As it turns out, there’s a lot of mainstream science surrounding this ancient herb that validates its potential in terms of benefit.
One recent study was designed to determine if providing Ashwagandha could have an effect on the aerobic capacity in elite athletes. The study involved dividing 40 athletes into experimental and placebo groups. The experimental group took 500 mg capsules of Ashwagandha twice daily for eight weeks, while the placebo group took capsules of starch.
The researchers performed baseline studies of the cyclists and measured their aerobic capacity in a variety of ways with some fairly sophisticated equipment. After eight weeks they repeated the evaluation and compared the two groups.
Without a doubt one of the most important decisions we make on a daily basis is what we choose to eat. Nowadays, those decisions are made all the more complex by the vast panorama of recommendations in the form of books, social media, television, and even advertisements at the point-of-sale.
The broad strokes favoring one recommendation over another involve the various ratios of macronutrients, including fat, carbohydrate, and protein, while the notion of consuming foods rich in the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) seems to be a commonality shared amongst most popular diets.
But we now understand that focusing on macronutrient ratios and content of micronutrients represents significant myopia. The foods we choose to consume are far more then simply metabolic chemicals. Food is information. Continue reading
The story of Lizzie and her family, though long, is a must-read. – Dr. Perlmutter
I have lived the past decade of my life in terrible fear of developing early on-set Alzheimer’s disease. I am 26 this year, and I am the 4th child in a family of five girls. When I was 12, my mom started to get what I now know as the classic signs of Alzheimer’s. She was only in her 40s. Unfortunately, she ate the low-fat, whole-grain diet that was and, still is, so popular. Within a year of noticing symptoms, my mom had to go live in an assisted living home. No doctors knew what was wrong with her and many said she had Huntington’s Disease, although she tested negative for it. Three years after her first symptoms, she passed away. About five years later her sister also passed away from the same thing. My grandmother also had the same symptoms and died very young. They all had very stressful marriages.
My sisters and I have always been terrified of getting sick like our mother. In recent years we learned that her illness was early on-set Alzheimers. It was helpful to know the cause, but inside we all felt full of despair, as if a death sentence had been placed on us. It has affected all of our life choices, even the choice to have children and pass on this gene. Continue reading
I started 2015 by adopting a gluten-free, low-carb lifestyle.
I had suffered from anxiety since the age of six, and added chronic stress to that when I was in my thirties. Many other symptoms would come up later, including irritable bowel syndrome in 2005, severe joint pain/muscle ache, lack of sleep, lack of concentration, depression and finally, a breakdown in 2009. Conventional medicine scratched only the surface. I was grasping at straws last year with my trying to exclude different foods from my diet, suffering acid reflux all the while. I would fall asleep to be awakened by a dead arm and, in panic, try to get the circulation back.
This regimen has saved my life. Within five days I started to sleep. Within twelve, I broke free of depressive moods. I have no joint pain or muscle ache now, no acid reflux at all. My gut feels like it’s been repaired. I do not eat any carbs and do eat a high-fat diet with extra virgin olive oil, coconut, butter, and the like. I feel energetic and feel my brain is functioning again. I am 63 now and am looking forward to getting even better. Last week, I started eating fermented foods like kimchi, red cabbage, and cauliflower. In a week or so, I will be excited to find even more improvement in my overall health.
Last week, I pointed out the importance of lifestyle changes for health. We discussed that science shows exactly how the choices we make are influential in our health outcomes, which are never set in stone.
This week, learn about some of the lifestyle factors that may be impacting your health, which include, but go well beyond, diet and exercise. These are simple things you can begin to improve upon today!