In this episode we discuss how neurology's perspective on the brain fundamentally ignores the health of the entire system, we look at your gut biome’s role in depression, mood regulation and how the microbiome controls your behavior and emotions, we ask why it is so hard for people to break negative eating habits, talk about the biochemistry of addiction, the incredible importance of understanding your microbiome and gut health with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary.
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is a neuroscientist and Ayurveda expert. She has participated in over 20 clinical research studies working with new stem cell therapies for diabetic neuropathy and drug development for the treatment of ALS. Dr. Chaudhary is the author of The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss, and is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz show!
How Dr. Chaudhary’s personal experience led her down the path of integrative medicine
The health of the brain is highly dependent on the health of the gut
Auyerveda is the oldest recorded medical system in the world - one of the oldest forms of “lifestyle medicine"
Why food is medicine
The way you live dictates whether you are sick or healthy
Disease is a result of imbalance and can be cured by changing habits
How the Neurologist’s perspective on the brain fundamentally ignores the health of the entire system
Dr. Chaudhary’s perspective on how eastern & integrative medicine can be integrated with western science to form a more holistic solution for health
Tumeric is a great example of a spice that has scientifically demonstrated health benefits
Micro-biome & gut health underpins huge medical issues
Western medicine is just now catching up with insights from 5000 year old holistic medicines
90% of your serotonin comes from your gut and gut health is a major factor in depression
Scientifically, the mind and mental health are deeply connected and directly related gut health
Why is it so hard for people to break negative eating habits? Is it really just a question of willpower?
The neurochemistry and biochemistry that underpins negative eating habits
Your micro biome itself can shift your eating habits and make you desire and consume certain foods
The science behind how addictions form in our brains (especially food addictions)
Why 85% of people cannot change the way they are eating with willpower
The biochemistry of addiction and food addiction & the role dopamine plays
How food scientists have engineered junk food to produce massive dopamine spikes
The dangers of overstimulated dopamine receptors and how they lead to addiction
An obese person’s brain chemistry responds the same way to sugar as a cocaine addict responds to cocaine
Environmental toxins and toxic inflammation and how they impact your body
Enteric nervous system - the “brain inside your gut” which produces 95% of the serotonin and 50% of the dopamine in your body
“The gut does most of the talking and the brain does most of the listening”
Who dictates the content of what the gut says? The Microbiome
"How smart is your gut?"
How fecal matter transplants in mice can completely reverse genetically engineered personality traits
Research clearly demonstrates that your micro-biome controls your behavior and emotions
We are still in the infancy of discovering and understanding the microbiome - there is a lot of “noise” that’s hard to understand
The importance of taking an individualized approach to gut health - its not always about taking probiotics or fermented food
The most foundational steps to implement in order to improve your gut health
The simplest interventions are usually the most powerful
How Tumeric has helped reduced Alzheimers disease by 75% in India
Foods and spices are more interactive than the “unilateral” approach of western medicines - interacting with multiple cells and systems, rather than a hyper focused intervention
We discuss a variety of herbs and supplements that Dr. Chaudhary recommends to improve your gut health and microbiome
The environment can interact with your genes to change genetic expression
Dr. Chaudhary’s work as a neurologist revealed many of the same conclusions from Auyervedic medicine
How your genes interact with the environment, including what you’re eating, to create the outcomes in your life