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Braincare podcast is a series dedicated to helping you care for your most important organ. You'll learn about how to optimise your brain health and mental well-being through a series of bitesize interviews with the world's leading scientists and experts.

Host, Dan Murray-Serter, co-founder of brain care company, Heights, interviews guests ranging from celebrities like Stephen Fry and Jay Shetty, to neuroscientists Dr Tara Swart and Professor Sophie Scott, and brilliant doctors like Rangan Chatterjee and Daniel Amen, and many more.

You'll leave each episode feeling inspired, empowered, and armed with tools to help you take care of your brain and reach your heights, whatever they might be.

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69 Episodes
Dr. Mike Dow is healing severe mental disorders with ketamine. The certified psychedelic ketamine-assisted psychotherapist advocates for the drug that is more effective than standard antidepressants.Today, Dr. Dow shares the history of ketamine and how it has been developed to help the long-term improvements of severe anxiety, major depressive disorder, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts within 24 hours. We discuss how this drug is a true game-changer when it comes to mental and brain health.We talk about: Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy The history of ketamine and studies Standard antidepressants compared to ketamine Long term improvements of mental health disorders Patient perspectives and the paradigm shift The Field Trip experience
Dr. Mike Dow combats brain fog using a whole person-centred, integrated approach. The highly sought after psychotherapist and New York Times best-selling author of The Brain Fog Fix focuses on various areas of life, including diet and spirituality, to help people feel like their best selves.Today, Dr. Dow shares how to spot the symptoms of brain fog and why dealing with all areas of life are important to tackle it. We discuss cognitive impairments, spiritual practices, and how what you eat can affect your mood.We talk about: The Brain Fog Fix Psychotherapy and spiritual practices Cognitive behavioral therapy and thinking patterns Diets and behavioral disorders Senior moments Stress and neurotransmitters
Dr. Russell Kennedy has a new way to heal anxiety. The neuroscientist, medical doctor and bestselling author of Anxiety Rx took the path less travelled in the search of relief from trauma and anxiety, and he's here to share that with us today.Today, Dr. Kennedy tells us why he believes trauma begins in the body, and how putting a name, shape and form to it can unlock the healing process. We discuss the therapeutic value of psychedelics, and how to move past judgement and shame.We talk about: Interoception and exteroception Finding the source of alarm Looking for trauma in the body What are defensive accommodations? Using psychedelics for therapy The pursuit of healing and balance
Dr. Russell Kennedy believes anxiety begins in the body. The neuroscientist, medical doctor and bestselling author of Anxiety Rx has a deep understanding of the challenge of overcoming anxiety, because he's been there himself.Today, Dr. Kennedy tells us how he tackled his anxiety once he realised traditional therapies weren't working. We discuss the difference between anxious thoughts and anxiety, and the role that nutrition plays on our nervous system.We talk about: Mental health in the family Career-based self doubt What IS anxiety? The link being nutrition and anxiety Diagnosis difficulty New scientific treatments for PTSD in veterans
Dr. Kelly McGonigal wants to give you an intravenous dose of hope. The pioneering health psychologist, Stanford lecturer and serial best-selling author is back again to share her radical thoughts on how movement affects the brain.Today, Kelly gets us hopped up on endorphins as we discuss the endless positives of exercise. She explains how exercise can make our brains both more flexible and more resilient, why myokines are the most important proteins you've probably never heard of, and how you can use your body to engage with life.We talk about: Exercise vs. cats? Mental health benefits of movement How exercise can make your brain resilient Can training help you with trauma? Music, endorphins and music What are myokines? Depression and exercise
Dr. Kelly McGonigal wants you to use stress as a mental work-out. The pioneering health psychologist, Stanford lecturer and serial best-selling author investigates the positive impact of stress on our lives and our brains.Today, Kelly shares her impactful theories on the upside of stress. We discuss the connection between a sense of community and our hormonal stress responses, why stress has a characteristically bad reputation, and how moments of pressure can become a platform for upskilling.We talk about: The isolation and stress of early lockdown A different definition of stress The social connection stress response The psychology of stress and brain plasticity Hitting the mental gym
With the pubs reopened, brits across the country are flooding back to their locals to enjoy the sunshine and engage in some much-needed socialising.In this mini episode, Sophie Medlin, head of nutrition research at Heights, explores the physical and mental benefits and drawbacks of alcohol.We'll take a look at the link between alcohol consumption and creativity, and we discuss the correlation between depression and drinking to help you understand how your favourite ales, spirits and wines affect your body and mind.
Jamie Clements can take you from stressed to serene in under 10 minutes! The breathwork coach, mental health ambassador, and founder of The Breath Space believes that even a short session of mindful breathing can deliver huge benefits on our mental and physical health.Today on The Braincare Podcast, Jamie sets us up for a breathwork sessions by explaining how down-regulating can be an antidote to anxiety and stress. Then you can join us right here, right now, as we dive into a short breathing practice to boost calm your central nervous system!
Jamie Clements thinks your breath can alter your brain. The breathwork coach and mental health ambassador believes that a suite of simple, accessible breathing practices have the power to profoundly improve our mental and physical wellbeing.Today on The Braincare Podcast, Jamie shares his his tools and techniques for mindfulness and personal growth. We discuss what the myriad different types of breathing do to our physiology, what science tells us about breathing too much and too little, and how breath-based awareness and regulation can ultimately lead to transformation.We talk about: Jamie's personal journey Everyday vs. deeper breathwork Breath and the central nervous system What is the default node network? Transformative experiences through breath Have you got a dysfunctional breathing pattern?! Problems with overbreathing
To mark Stress Awareness Month, the Heights gang have put together a smashing podcast schedule full of insightful guests and leading experts. In this mini episode, join Jamie Clements, founder of The Breath Space, in a simple, easy breath work technique to down-regulate your nervous system, calm the body and quiet the mind. The perfect practice to kickstart Stress Awareness month and to see you through hump day feeling serene and centred!
Dr. Robin Hart wants us to return to work gently. The acclaimed psychotherapist has spend his career identifying new treatments for anxiety disorders and depression. He's practiced everywhere from primary care to Wormwood Scrubs Prison and now he's turning his attention to workplace anxiety.Today, Dr. Hart shares his insights. We discuss the importance of structure and routine for mental health, the lockdown factors that have impacted us the most, and why the pandemic might help us to finally de-stigmatise mental wellbeing within the workplace.We talk about: Common and not-so-common causes of anxiety Social isolation and stress Hope is the best anti-depressant Projecting our post-pandemic lives Overcoming health anxiety Mental health apps De-stigmatising mental wellbeing in the workplace
Anya Hurlbert wants you to look at colour in a whole new light. The Professor of Visual Neuroscience at Newcastle University is involved in fascinating research that looks at the interaction between colour, light and how this is interpreted by the human brain.Today, Anya shares her insights on colour, cognition and memory. We discuss the science behind colour perception, how light and colour affect our mental health, and Anya finally gives us an expert explanation of that viral blue-gold dress conundrum.We talk about: How does colour blindness work? The blue-gold dress that sparked a million arguments Light levels and mental health Do SAD lamps work? Blue light and circadian rhythms Colour constancy and chromatic adaptation Colour and the limbic brain Anya's research on eyesight as an indicator for Alzheimers
Elke Wiss wants you to get curious in your intentions. The writer, workshop leader, coach and international best-selling author of Practical Philosophy believes that all of us can transform our everyday lives with just a few simple changes.Today, Elke shares her work on asking questions in the quest to know everything! We discover the fascinating practice of socratic dialogue, how to turn debates into dialogues, and why knowledge doesn't always add up to wisdom.We talk about: Socratic dialogue: not just for Ancient Greeks Why it's time to slow down the discourse How to listen differently Curiosity and intentions Two monologues don't make a dialogue Live your doubt Why changing perspectives can lead to true wisdom
Maya Gudka wants you to flourish on social media. The London Business School executive and positive psychology researcher is a fierce digital wellbeing advocate who believes that if we're mindful online, we can boost our mental and physical health.Today, Maya shares her fascinating research on social media and mental health. We discover the obvious detrimental - and surprisingly beneficial - effects of social comparison, and highlight the parts of social media we should encourage (and the parts we can't wait to see the back of!)We talk about: Social comparison: a tale as old as time Which platform prompts the most social comparison? Positive outcomes based on flourishing frameworks The social support network Wellbeing and social media: a bi-directional relationship How to be mindful online
How does nutrition affect the severity of Covid-19 symptoms? Dr. Tara, Chief Science Officer at Heights, follows a year of conversations with colleagues with some science-backed findings on vitamin and mineral deficiency and the effects of the virus, from vitamin A to oxidative stress.Happy eating!
Maya Gudka wants you to embrace the positivity of social media. Maya is an executive coach at London Business School, a positive psychology researcher, and an advocate of social media for the greater good.Today, Maya shares her insights on how social media affects our mental health. We discuss the boom of social media use (the good, the bad and the ugly), how to build a healthy online ecosystem as an independent businessperson, and how positive psychology can flip the script on digital well-being.We talk about: The independent business person online Why professionals are anxious about social media How can you improve your business identity? Why social media is a growing research area The social dilemma: necessary evil or powerful tool What is positive psychology? Deconstructing unhelpful comparison
Samantha Clarke wants you to feel connected to your work. The happiness consultant, TEDx speaker, and author of Love It or Leave It - How to be Happy at Work explores the ways in which our workplaces shape us, and what we can do to shape them too.Today, Samantha shares her expert knowledge on happiness at work. We discuss the pillars that constitute workplace satisfaction, why employee engagement is a two-way street, and how to bring a little levity to our lives during these trying times.We talk about: The four pillars of happiness at work Digital vs. mindful connection Psychological safety of employees What transforms us into a state of flow? Bhutanese principals of happiness Shaping and being shaped by our workplaces New ways of assessing a company's health
"When I was a boy, I could often be found atop of the tallest tree..."Today, Adam Martin takes us into the magical kingdom of GABA to can experience the beauty and genius of Adam’s soundscapes first hand and sit still with the antidote to the velocity of modern life. So instead of filling your brain with new info, let us fill it with sounds and calm, and normal service will resume next week.
Adam Martin wants to tickle your gamma-aminobutyric acid receptor. The podcast-pro-turned-mindfulness-expert swapped a faced paced career in tech for poetic meditation and binaural beats.Today, Adam Martin invites us into the world of GABA, the neurotransmitter, the name of his podcast, and the emblem of his philosophy. We discuss how meditation and mindfulness can help calm a busy mind, and hear his unique perspective on work and creativity.We talk about: Who is Adam Martin? The highs and lows of a globetrotting tech career What is GABA and how does it work? The power of the human voice Why you can't hack meditation Caring for your brain by caring for your gut Forget everything you know about meditation!
It's Brain Awareness Week! A week where institutions all over the world promote the amazing work they're doing to look after our most valuable asset: our brains.This week, we're sharing our 10 Pillars of Braincare! These principles have been developed by the Heights team over the past couple of years. We've written over 150 newsletters based on scientific journals and research, performed interviews with over 100 of the world's leading experts, and received a whole load of customer feedback, and now we're sharing what we've learned with you!
Comments (8)

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Apr 27th

Sarah Goss

I am a vegan of 10 + years and do take supplements and have done since being pregnant with my first child 9 years ago. However in my experience most vegans I know do take supplements but they also have the healthiest diets of all my friends and much healthier than my non vegan friends. My point is that I think supplements are a good idea for everyone these days, not just for vegans. I know several people who have been off work for months due to b12 deficiency and none of them were vegan.

Feb 1st

Katy Hutton-Attenborough

My favorite, feel-good and informative podcast ever! All the guests are amazing and Dan is the best narrator.

Jan 30th

Stu Cook

Any problem we face is nothing more than an opportunity to learn.

Dec 22nd

Vyncent Brett

This is great, colour colour fibre.... Any tips on how I can get tested for malnutrition, I don't think the test available on the NHS are adequate when it comes to diet

Dec 22nd

Vyncent Brett

Thank you, I found these first two episonds to be insightful and assuring, in a world that appears on the outside to either not care or know when those that need help relating to topics like these are in need of help....

Dec 21st

Lina Valencia Shaw

Excelente topic

Dec 11th

Glennis Samuelson

Too many ads, so I didn't listen to the podcast.

Dec 4th
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