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#37: Nutritious Movement with Katy Bowman

#37: Nutritious Movement with Katy Bowman

Update: 2019-01-102


Around the globe, we are waking up to how many of our ailments and illnesses can be attributed to our sedentary lifestyles. We have been told to move more to resolve our pain or decrease our risk for certain ailments, but we’re not sure where to start.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Katy Bowman, an internationally recognized biomechanist, author, and science communicator. She also directs and teaches at the Nutritious Movement Center Northwest in Washington State. In this podcast, we talk about the power of movement and how we can transform our bodies, families, communities, and planet, simply by moving more. We discuss how to easily integrate movement into everyday life, and how our cells respond to movement the way they respond to a healthy diet. We also talk about the difference between movement and exercise and the importance of embracing a variety of different types of movement, as well as basic exercises to wake up our trillion body parts.

In this episode, we dive into:

-What nutritious movement really means (8:03)

-How sitting is the new smoking (10:20)

-What an active lifestyle really looks like (12:17)

-How our mental health is affected by our movement (22:22)

-How to set up a dynamic workspace (39:24)

-Katy’s footwear recommendations (44:16)

-The importance of community (54:08)

-The natural relationship between movement and food (55:54)

-What keeps us from moving (60:36)

-The influence of environment on the way we move our bodies (65:10)

-Finding ways to nourish both the body and soul(66:04)

-Learn more about Katy and her work (71:22)

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Yoga, in its original form, was created as a science for liberation. In modern times, it is used by many for improving physical and mental health, helping us become more productive at work, more caring in relationships, and more responsible contributors to society and inhabitants of this planet. If yoga does accomplish all that—and many practitioners have experienced this to be true in their own lives—how exactly does yoga do it? How does yoga work?On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Eddie Stern, a yoga teacher, author, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his multidisciplinary approach to furthering education and access to yoga, as well as his teaching expertise in Ashtanga Yoga. He most recently created The Breathing App, which guides the user in a paced breathing exercise that balances the nervous system, improves sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. His book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life was just released.In this episode, Dhru and Eddie talk about what makes yoga such an effective practice from a neurophysiological perspective, and how transcendence is wired into our biology. They talk about the mechanics beneath the surface of our bodies and how we can consciously use yogic practices to direct and change our lives in positive ways. They also discuss how what we do—from postures to meditation, from breathing techniques to chanting and to ethical practices—affects who we become, and how a steady routine of activities and attitudes can transform our bodies, our brain functions, our emotions, and our experience of life.In this episode, we dive into:-Why Eddie left his job and went to India to study yoga (3:31)-How Eddie met his yoga teacher and the lessons he learned (11:23)-Scientific studies to support the benefits of yoga (17:17)-What yoga is doing on a neurophysiological level (22:35)-The Polyvagal Theory and how the vagus nerve affects our brain chemistry (23:28)-Neural exercises and how they promote self-regulation, resilience, and social connectedness (29:54)-The purpose of yoga (44:56)-The connection between consciousness and our biology (62:51)-The Yoga and Science Conference (79:28)-The Breathing App and resonance breathing (86:34)-Learn more about Eddie and his work (96:12)
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#44: Secrets of the Brain and Heart with Dr. James Doty
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#43: Supercharge Your Love Life & Career Through Meditation with Emily Fletcher
According to Harvard Medical School, stress is an epidemic that is responsible for 90% of all doctors visits. It can negatively impact our relationships and our ability to perform at the top of our game. It's become so widespread that we accept it as "normal" to have insomnia, digestive issues, and chronic anxiety. It’s clear that stress reduction needs to be a part of our personal wellness routines.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Emily Fletcher, the founder of Ziva Meditation and creator of The Ziva Technique. She’s been named one of the top 100 women in wellness to watch, has taught more than 15,000 students around the world, and has spoken on meditation for performance at Google, Harvard Business School, Viacom, and Wanderlust. Ziva graduates include Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award winners, NBA players, Navy SEALs, Fortune 500 CEOs, busy parents, and social entrepreneurs. Her debut book, Stress Less, Accomplish More,was just released by HarperCollins on February 19th.In this episode, Dhru and Emily break down the topic of stress and how we can use meditation to truly help us accomplish more, feel better, and live life with more intention. They also talk about how meditation can impact our sex life, performance, and enjoyment of life. Throughout their talk, we hear about the science of meditation and the positive effects it has on cellular aging. And Emily dismantles the #1 myth about meditation and discusses how to bring meditation into your life in a practical and tangible way.In this episode, we dive into:-How meditation can up-level our performance in the bedroom (5:30)-Mirror neurons and how they affect our sex lives (8:03)-Emily’s Come to Your Senses mindfulness technique (10:54)-The connection between sexual energy and creative (15:32)-Emily’s new book, Stress Less, Accomplish More and the inspiration behind it (16:45)-Emily shares her story and how she got into meditation (20:34)-Case studies of Emily’s students (22:30)-The science of meditation and how it impacts the brain (28:30)-How meditation supported Emily through her pregnancy and how she incorporates into her life as a new mom (36:03)-How meditation is a tool to build resilience (42:46)-How meditation lengthens telomeres and slows the rate of cellular aging (45:12)-Meditation and community (55:05)-The Ziva Technique (59:24)-Learn more about Emily and her work (62:59)
#42: Uncovering The Food Industry's Lies and Reclaiming Your Health with Vani Hari
Are you jumping from diet to diet and nothing seems to work? Are you sick of seeing contradictory health advice from experts? Just like the tobacco industry lied to us about the dangers of cigarettes, the same untruths, cover-ups, and deceptive practices are occurring in the food industry. Vani Hari, aka The Food Babe, blows the lid off of the lies we've been fed about the food we eat—lies about its nutrient value, effects on our health, label information, and even the very science we base our food choices on.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Vani Hari, a food activist, New York Times best-selling author of The Food Babe Way, and co-founder of Truvani. Through corporate activism, petitions, and social media campaigns, Hari and her Food Babe Army have become one of the most powerful populist forces in the health and food industries. In this podcast, we talk about the deception by the food industry, scientists, and the media designed to manipulate us, suppress the truth, and ignore the unnecessary harm in our food supply. We also talk about action steps we can take now to be our own food advocate, and three simple questions we can ask ourselves before every meal to transform our health.In this episode, we dive into:-How the media, big food, academia, and “trusted” sources silence activists (6:45)-Vani’s personal story and what inspired her to get into this work (15:16)-The results of her advocacy efforts (27:24)-Astroturfing and how activists are being silenced to stifle the truth (36:06)-Wikipedia editors who are paid to deceive (36:50) -Front groups and how the food industry uses them (38:42)-How the food industry works with public university scientists to advance their agendas (43:54)-The American Heart Association’s advisory on coconut oil and how it was a major conflict of interest with the food industry (56:25)-How we can be better informed about real science and real nutrition (59:27)-Vani’s recommendation of organizations you can trust (1:01:37)-The three question detox that will transform your health (1:06:02)-Vani walks us through a day-in-the-life of what her and her family eat (1:08:21)-Vani’s product company, Truvani (1:15:08)-Learn more about Vani and her work (1:20:41)
#41: From Baskin-Robbins to a Food Revolution with Ocean Robbins
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#40: How Friends and Community Can Help You Level Up, Stay Accountable and Build Resilience
Surrounding ourselves with people that elevate us not only leads to a more fulfilling life, it leads to a healthier and longer one too. In fact, loneliness poses the same risks as smoking and can even manifest as physical illness, including chronic pain.  On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, leads us through a fun conversation on practical ways to cultivate your own community, with a group of his friends who are all part of a weekly ritual called Man Morning. They get together and talk about important subjects that are going on in their health, business, families, and relationships. They discuss embracing the ritual of community,  deepening connections with others, and how to get out of small talk and go deeper into more meaningful conversations while creating safe space for our friends to be open and vulnerable and for us to do the same. In this episode, we dive into: -What is man morning and why it’s important to each of the group members (6:41)-How this group came together (10:14)-The rules and boundaries of the group to keep it intentional (14:35)-Why community is so important, especially for men (25:07)-The power of celebrating our success and wins (27:23)-How community supports you in your relationships (32:25)-How this group has helped them achieve some of their goals (41:02)-Practical advice on creating closer relationships (48:13)-How to bring intentional community and connection into your life (57:02)-Learn more about the members of Man Morning and their work (1:06:52)
#39: Is Toxic Mold Causing Your Symptoms? A Conversation with Dr. Ann Shippy
Toxic mold is more common than you may think. Mold exposure causes a variety of health problems like hormonal imbalances, brain fog, headaches, asthma, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, hair loss, and autoimmunity, to name a few. It all begins with a feeling that something is "off." On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Ann Shippy, a physician, scientist, engineer, and mom. She is also the author of Shippy Paleo Essentials and the Mold Toxicity Workbook. In this podcast, we talk about all things mold including the unrecognized consequences of mold toxicity, the many illnesses triggered by mold, and how it isn’t always obvious when mold is present. We discuss what to do if you have toxic mold exposure, lab testing for mold toxicity, testing for your home, and how to eliminate symptoms and restore your health.  In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Shippy’s own health challenges with mold toxicity (5:03)-What is mold and what do we need to know for our health (7:40)-The long term effects of mold on our body (14:25)-Mold and the connection to Alzheimer's and Dementia (16:12)-Symptoms of mold toxicity (20:50)-Common places you might find mold even though you might not see it or smell it (23:50)-The best way to locate a potential issue in your home (28:26)-Testing for mold toxicity in our body (34:04)-What Dr. Shippy did to heal from mold toxicity (41:32)-What you can do if you suspect you have mold or mold exposure (46:13)-How to find a professional to test for mold and questions to ask the inspector (48:18)-Dr. Shippy’s air filter recommendations (56:57)  -The connection between mold, fungal infections, and Alzheimer's (58:33) -Alternative therapies for mold exposure (1:02:03)-Learn more about Dr. Shippy and her work (1:08:50)
#38: Understanding The Root Cause of Autoimmune Conditions and Navigating the Healthcare System with Meghan Telpner
Did you know that 77% of Americans say they regularly experience symptoms caused by stress, 50% experience fatigue, and 30% experience digestive issues? Digestive upset and fatigue together are an excellent combination for impairing the immune system, and therefore, it becomes a collective journey to heal the body. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Meghan Telpner, a Toronto-based author, speaker, nutritionist, and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. She is also the bestselling author of UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health and The UnDiet Cookbook. In this podcast, we talk about the factors that contribute to autoimmune disease, potential triggers, and steps to begin the healing process. We talk about how to find the right practitioner to support you on your healing journey and the importance of being your own best health advocate. We also talk about the importance of spending time in your kitchen cooking meals from scratch and really paying attention to what is going into the food you are eating. Meghan shares with us a simple, attainable, and most importantly, a sustainable approach to living life well! In this episode, we dive into: -Meghan’s personal story and being diagnosed with Crohn’s (1:38)-The gut-brain connection and how the microbiome affects our mental health (11:04)-What is missing in treating most autoimmune diseases (13:25)-The importance of sleep in supporting our immune system (20:38)-Environmental triggers that upset your microbiome (21:31)-Three factors that contribute to autoimmune diseases (25:13)-How to find the right practitioner to support you on your healing journey (32:42)-How to write your own health resume (37:49)-Tips for families with kids and cooking (58:31)-The Academy of Culinary Nutrition (65:36)-Learn more about Meghan and her work (69:47)
#37: Nutritious Movement with Katy Bowman
Around the globe, we are waking up to how many of our ailments and illnesses can be attributed to our sedentary lifestyles. We have been told to move more to resolve our pain or decrease our risk for certain ailments, but we’re not sure where to start.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Katy Bowman, an internationally recognized biomechanist, author, and science communicator. She also directs and teaches at the Nutritious Movement Center Northwest in Washington State. In this podcast, we talk about the power of movement and how we can transform our bodies, families, communities, and planet, simply by moving more. We discuss how to easily integrate movement into everyday life, and how our cells respond to movement the way they respond to a healthy diet. We also talk about the difference between movement and exercise and the importance of embracing a variety of different types of movement, as well as basic exercises to wake up our trillion body parts.In this episode, we dive into:-What nutritious movement really means (8:03)-How sitting is the new smoking (10:20)-What an active lifestyle really looks like (12:17)-How our mental health is affected by our movement (22:22)-How to set up a dynamic workspace (39:24)-Katy’s footwear recommendations (44:16)-The importance of community (54:08)-The natural relationship between movement and food (55:54)-What keeps us from moving (60:36)-The influence of environment on the way we move our bodies (65:10)-Finding ways to nourish both the body and soul(66:04)-Learn more about Katy and her work (71:22)
#36: The Postpartum Experience and Women’s Health with Dr. Maggie Ney
Did you know that the postpartum hormone drop is considered the largest sudden hormone change in the shortest amount of time…and it has a tremendous impact on the brain? With such a dramatic drop in hormone levels it’s no surprise that 1 in 7 women struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety after birth. Why does postpartum depression happen so often, and more importantly, what is the cure? On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Maggie Ney, a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and women’s health advocate. She is also the founder and director of the Women’s Clinic at the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica, California. In this podcast, we do a deep dive into the postpartum experience—from postpartum depression to “mommy brain” to hormonal shifts, and understanding the changes that happen in the brain during the postpartum period. Dr. Ney shares her own health challenges as a young adult and how that inspired her journey into naturopathic medicine. We discuss how the interaction of diet, lifestyle, mindset, and environment affect a woman’s hormones and the aging process. We also talk about the importance of developing an individualized treatment plan that addresses the root cause of hormone imbalances. Once obstacles to health are identified and removed, and the body is given appropriate support and nourishment, optimal health can be obtained. Dr. Ney’s mission is to empower women to understand their bodies and to help optimize their health, so they can live their best lives. In this episode, we dive into: -Navigating the postpartum period (5:43)-The impact of poor sleep on the brain (10:36)-The importance of nutrition and community in the postpartum period (18:04)-Changes in the brain during the postpartum period (22:10)-Dr. Ney’s recommendations for new moms (30:03)-Infertility, lab tests, and what obstacles to look for (34:32)-Hormonal shifts during perimenopause and menopause (39:36)-Benefits of acupuncture in supporting hormonal transitions (43:50)-Support tools during menopause (45:57)-Basic lab tests to ask your doctor for (47:53)-Genetics and Premenstrual Disorder (PMDD) (62:31)-Symptoms associated with thyroid dysfunction and what tests to ask your doctor for (64:50)-Optimizing liver function and gut health (70:02)-Learn more about Dr. Ney and her work (76:00)
#35: A Holistic Approach to Balancing Your Hormones with Dr. Shawn Tassone
When a hormonal imbalance is present in your body, did you know the symptoms can vary considerably? Symptoms can include anything from fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, low libido, hair loss, heavy bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, and more. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Shawn Tassone, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist through the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He holds a medical degree, in addition to a PhD in mind-body medicine. In his 20 years of practice, Dr. Tassone has seen over 40,000 women and is a highly regarded patient advocate. In this podcast, we discuss how to address the root cause of hormonal imbalances, how our hormones impact our brain health, and the importance of not just treating symptoms, but your body as a whole. We also talk about the mind-body connection and how our mindset and spiritual health are even more powerful than the foods that we eat. Dr. Tassone has made it his life’s mission to educate women about hormones and how to balance them through an integrative approach. In this episode, we dive into: -What influenced Dr. Tassone in becoming an OB/GYN and his journey into integrative medicine (2:53)-The fundamental difference between female and male hormones (9:04)-The impact of modern day living on hormones (17:01)-An overview of hormones and how they function (20:14)-Signs of hormonal imbalances (22:30)-The relationship between hormones and brain health (32:17)-DUTCH hormone test (38:11)-The mind-body connection and the impact on our health (41:07)-The birth control pill and the long term effects on women’s health (44:37)-Alternative forms of contraception (48:08)-Essure device and complications associated with it (51:21)-Dr. Tassone’s top three recommendations to support hormonal health (55:16)-Learn more about Dr. Tassone and his work (58:21)
#34: The Healing Power of Mushrooms with Tero Isokauppila
Did you know that 50% of human DNA is shared with fungi? Not quite plant and not quite animal, mushrooms occupy a pretty unique place in the biosphere. Mushrooms account for 25% of the Earth’s total biomass, and 92% of all plants are dependent upon mushrooms for their survival. When it comes to the idea of food-as-medicine, nothing really encapsulates the concept like mushrooms. Their antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties hold great potential to combat many of our largest health problems. Current research shows that functional mushrooms have a myriad of healing properties such as inhibiting cancer cell growth, balancing excess hormones, and reducing chronic fatigue. The list of vital nutrients found in mushrooms is extensive. With all these benefits packed into one delicate functional fungi, it’s no wonder mushrooms are referred to as the original superfood.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Tero Isokauppila, a Finnish foraging expert, and founder of Four Sigmatic, a company specializing in functional mushrooms, superfoods, and adaptogens. He is also the author of Healing Mushrooms: A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Mushrooms for Whole Body Health and Santa Sold Shrooms, the untold story of Saint Nicholas. In this podcast, we discuss all things functional mushrooms and the power that these superfoods have to improve our health. We also talk about the difference between functional and culinary mushrooms, how mushrooms can improve our gut health, as well as the research on how mushrooms support cognitive function. Tero also shares with us the surprising story of the most famous person on earth, Santa Claus, and how he sold shrooms!There are so many incredible benefits yet to be realized from the fungi kingdom. Tero has dedicated his life to studying the link between health and mushrooms and shares with us how incorporating them into your daily routine can take your health and longevity to the next level.In this episode, we dive into:-Why mushrooms are important for humans and the similarity between our DNA (5:54)-The difference between culinary mushrooms and medicinal mushrooms (9:17)-How functional mushrooms support our immune system and the best mushrooms for health (12:45)-Mushrooms and brain health (14:29)-The best herbs used for cognitive function (17:18)-The connection between mushrooms and gut health (18:55)-How Tero got into medicinal mushrooms and made it his life mission to make mushrooms more accessible to everyone (23:35)-Why people with certain conditions should avoid some mushrooms (32:58)-Tero’s advice on creating something in the health space (40:17)-The story of Santa Claus and how he sold shrooms (47:19)-Tero’s recommendation for people who are just starting off using mushrooms (53:08)
#33: Supercharge Your Brain and Prevent Alzheimer’s with Dr. David Perlmutter
Did you know that Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease? Our lifestyle choices today are extremely important variables, that are clearly connected to our brains destiny. Taking an active role in improving the health of our brain can help prevent some of the most debilitating chronic illnesses we face, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. David Perlmutter, a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times best-selling author. In this podcast, we discuss the latest scientific research and the most effective ways you can maximize your brain’s potential. Dr. Perlmutter talks about how elevated markers of inflammation in your blood today are setting the stage for Alzheimer’s years from now, and how leveraging lifestyle factors can pave the way for a healthier brain.Chronic degenerative conditions are the number one cause of death on the planet. The proactive steps we take today can safeguard ourselves against cognitive decline and neurological disease. We can change our destiny by making better choices, and Dr. Perlmutter tells us exactly how to do that! In this episode, we dive into:-Why Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease (7:33)-Lifestyle factors and setting the stage for Alzheimer’s years from now (8:45)-Blood sugar and the risk of dementia (11:44)-What you should do today to support your brain health (14:10)-The importance of the chemical BDNF on brain function (17:01)-Ketones and super fuel for brain cells (23:01)-Benefits of MCT oil (29:34)-The importance of prebiotic fiber in your diet (33:01)-Difference between Atkins and a ketogenic diet (34:30)-Being vegetarian on a ketogenic diet (35:58)-DNA testing (36:57)-Alzheimer’s gene ApoE4 and the effectiveness of a ketogenic diet for brain function (39:28)-Risk factors associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s (41:47)-The connection to IBD and Parkinson’s disease (43:55)-Dr. Perlmutter’s daily non-negotiables as it relates to brain health (49:25)-The 5-year anniversary of Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain (59:50)
#32: Winning at Life through Gratitude, Sex, and Community with Dave Asprey
Gratitude is the gateway to happiness. Study after study has found that gratitude rewires your brain for positivity. What you put in your body determines what you get out of it. That’s true for food and exercise, and it’s also true for your thoughts, your relationships, and the community that you surround yourself with. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of the Bulletproof movement and company, and one of the pioneers of the modern biohacking movement. In this podcast, we discuss and dive deep into some of the top lessons Dave covers in his new book, Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life. Dave talks about gratitude and what exactly happens in our brain when we practice it and why it is the ultimate biohack. He also talks about how winning in the bedroom is an important part of life, as well as intentional orgasms and how they impact the brain. Dave shares the importance of community and surrounding yourself with people who have similar values and can help you reach your goals and bring more joy into your life. Dave is on a mission to share his knowledge with the rest of the world, helping people on their journey to a better self. In this episode, we dive into: -Why gratitude is the ultimate biohack (4:00)-The relationship between gratitude and fear (8:07)-The Polyvagal Theory (9:00)-The Telomere Effect (9:55)-Use sex to get the best drugs (16:36)-Taoists formula for longevity (23:27)-Weasel words and the impact on your nervous system (29:49)-The power of no and mastering the art of doing what matters the most to you (35:32)-What does it look like to win at life (43:18)-The importance of community (48:10)-Eat like your grandma, not like a caveman (57:57)-Learn more about Dave and his work (64:23)-Dave and Dhru share what they are grateful for today (66:36)
#31: Overcoming Hormonal Imbalances: PCOS, Hashimoto's, and More with Angelique Panagos
Sugar. It’s the one ingredient that so many of us have an unhealthy love affair with that we can’t quite figure out how to give up. It’s in practically everything that is packaged and in many restaurant meals. Sugar is one food that UK-based nutritional therapist and Functional Medicine practitioner Angelique Panagos credits with her many health issues, including hormonal imbalances that caused years of pain and suffering for her and her family. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Angelique about her personal story revealing her battle with several eating disorders, Hashimoto’s, PCOS, and more. Angelique also shares her very personal account of having two miscarriages, a devastating occurrence that 15-20% of women face. In this podcast, you will get tons of practical tips, insights, and reflections that will leave you with a much deeper understanding of why so many women face these health issues. Angelique is on a mission to educate women about hormones and how to balance them. In this episode, we dive into: -How sugar affects hormones (3:36)-What is PCOS and what does it affect? (6:03)-Angelique’s story (10:43)-Biggest misconceptions of eating disorders (16:19)-Getting a Hashimoto’s diagnosis (19:55)-Using food to heal (25:06)-Kicking old habits and making positive changes (27:58)-Why excessive exercise isn’t the answer (29:53)-Paying attention to protein and fats (36:14)-Constipation and fiber needs (41:28)-Angelique’s struggle with miscarriages (44:48)-Preconception planning—the dad’s side (57:03)-Writing a book on hormones (1:05:59)-Being realistic about the postpartum period (1:11:01)-Learn more about Angelique and work with her (1:18:09)
#30: The Power of Community, Connection, and Ritual with Dr. Michelle Peris
Our world is slowly becoming a lonelier place. Social isolation is on the rise and more people are reporting in surveys that they have fewer meaningful relationships. And yet we know how important community is to both our physical health and mental health. But how do we create it?In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, host Dhru Purohit interviews Dr. Michelle Peris about the power of community and ritual, and how we can create more connection in our world to improve our overall health.Dr. Michelle Peris is the founder of The Poppy Clinic based in Toronto and the creator of Rebel Tribe, a community based health initiative designed to bring more connection into the lives of women.Dhru and Dr. Peris cover a bunch of topics including the impact that community, and the lack of it, has on our brain, the root factors taking place today that are driving disconnection, and how purposeful friendships can dramatically improve our health. In this episode, we dive into: -Dr. Peris’s origin story (5:30)-How our brains are wired for connection (8:20)-Why community is so important for our health (10:26)-Dr. Peris explains how lack of community impacts her patient's health (13:30)-What are the root issues that are driving us to become more isolated today? (15:20)-Dr. Peris talks about the importance of rituals in our modern society and the inspiration we can take from her Rebel Tribe (20:30)-What are practical tips on building community and connection? (26:00)-A few examples of how community has helped Dr. Peris's patients (32:15)-How Dr. Peris helps women better understand their health and the unique challenges they go through (36:20)-Addressing the toxic nature of unnecessary guilt and its impact on women's health (41:13)-How our friends can help us in our healing journey (42:54)-Dr. Peris talks about honoring the natural cycles that women go through (45:30)-Where to find Dr. Peris and learn more about her work (52:44)
#29: The Optimal Morning Routine Plus Keto Tips with Dr. Stephanie Estima
Every day when we wake we are given a new opportunity to be our best selves—to be present for our loved ones, do the work we are meant to be doing, and feel at peace. However, in our day and age, technology is a part of every waking moment, that cell phone alarm that wakes us up can hijack our mornings, starting us off in a panic, and prompting us to seek out what has happened in the news overnight or who needs something from us. We can choose a different path, if we want, that can set the pace for our productivity for the rest of the day while, at the same time, helping us feel balanced and happy. Dhru’s conversation on The Broken Brain Podcast this week is all about creating habits that contribute to balance with Dr. Stephanie Estima, founder of The Health Loft in Toronto. Dhru and Dr. Stephanie start off by talking about her morning routine—especially as a mom to three boys—and they meander through many important topics such as breakfast ideas, keto diet tips, isolation new moms can feel, and so much more. In this episode, we dive into: -Why is a morning routine important? (3:05)-Core elements of a morning routine to set the tone for the day (5:22)-Dr. Stephanie’s breakfast tips (13:14)-How does mindset play a role in any routine? (19:14)-Childhood habits that played a role in Dr. Stephanie’s mission (26:56)-A learning journey to helping people (32:59)-Is a keto diet right for everyone? (43:04)-The importance of listening to your body (48:04)-Dr. Stephanie’s evening routine (50:54)-The isolation factor of being a new mom (58:16)-How Tetris will help you grow your brain (1:02:22)-Where to find Dr. Stephanie (1:08:29)
#28: Mood Altering Power of Food and Farming with Dr. Drew Ramsey
When Dr. Drew Ramsey, clinical psychiatrist and Columbia professor, bought a small farm in rural Indiana, he learned more about food than just how to grow a tomato (albeit, he grows one fine tomato!). He learned that putting our hands in the soil is therapeutic, that there is nothing like picking ingredients from your garden and assembling a meal for your family, and much more. Today, in our Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru talks with Broken Brain docu-series expert speaker and kale evangelist, Dr. Drew Ramsey. Dr. Ramsey integrates nutrition into his clinical psychiatry practice as an important component of treatment. Dhru and Dr. Ramsey discuss the need to put brain health and psychiatry into the vocabulary of our daily lives, the many benefits of growing your own food, nourishing our minds with community engagement, and much more. You’ll even get to hear Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe that anyone can make easily. In this episode, we dive into: -What is nutritional psychiatry? (2:53)-The intersection of traditional psychiatry and Dr. Ramsey’s approach (5:56)-Using food to improve mood and brain health (11:05)-Farm life and its benefits (19:35)-Regenerative agriculture (26:51)-Eating locally in urban areas (34:37)-Community as a form of nourishment (38:20)-The latest science on food and brain health (43:31)-Tips to choosing quality animal foods (46:35)-Dr. Ramsey’s transition from vegetarianism to eating meat (49:22)-Functional vs. dysfunctional medicine (54:33)-Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe (56:16)-Finding Dr. Ramsey online (1:02:35)
#27: Calming Your Anxious Mind with Ariel Garten
Have you ever wanted to be a more relaxed and less anxious person...someone who bounces back after setbacks that we all face? Someone who can take deep breaths in the midst of a stressful day and not react when something upsets you? My life is full! I am often running from morning until late at night, and I could not do it without meditation. My twice daily meditation practice is what actually gives me the reserves and the presence to accomplish everything I need to in one day. Today, we learn all about the inner workings of the brain, why we get anxious, and how meditation can help with neuroscientist, psychotherapist, and Muse co-creator Ariel Garten. Dhru and Ariel start off by getting real about mental health—it’s something we ALL need to deal with—no stigma here. It’s a part of the human condition. For all the moms out there, Ariel shares her story on postpartum depression and the anxiety she faced after having her son. This episode is full of rich pearls to teach you about our precious organ, the brain; to encourage you to try meditation (even if you think you can’t do it); and even offer tips on how to incorporate meditation in your workplace or family life. In this episode, we dive into: -There is no stigma in mental health (4:02)-Anxiety as the broken alarm system (5:42)-What does “sitting with it” mean? (9:00)-The role of our prefrontal cortex (11:09)-Ariel’s experience with postpartum depression and anxiety (13:14)-Making meaning out of everything (17:13)-Changes in your brain during meditation (18:52)-Daily routines to avoid anxiety (21:36)-Meditating as a group - work or family (25:31)-The story of Ariel’s inspiration (31:39)-The origins of Muse (33:15)-It’s ok to suck at meditation, please keep trying (38:57)-Meditation’s role in creating something new (43:51)-Identifying our story and how to change it (47:30)-The launch of Muse 2 (50:53)-How Ariel uses Muse in her life (52:55)-Where to find Ariel online (53:56)
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#37: Nutritious Movement with Katy Bowman

#37: Nutritious Movement with Katy Bowman