How Diet And Lifestyle Can Improve Mental Health And Cognition

We’ve been told that cognitive decline is inevitable, but researchers are discovering that we have more power over our aging brains than we once thought. What we eat, what we think, and how we live have incredible influence over the health of our brains—and our entire bodies. In today’s episode, I talk with Max Lugavere, Dr. Christopher Palmer, and Dr. Daniel Amen about foods that improve brain health, the link between our metabolic health and brain health, choosing happiness, and so much more. Max Lugavere is a health and science journalist and the author of the New York Times bestselling book Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life, now published in 10 languages around the globe. His sophomore book, also a bestseller, is called The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary. Max is the host of a number-one iTunes health and wellness podcast called The Genius Life. Dr. Christopher Palmer is a psychiatrist and researcher working at the intersection of metabolism and mental health. He is the Director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. For over 25 years, he has held leadership roles in psychiatric education, conducted research, and worked with people who have treatment-resistant mental illnesses. He has been pioneering the use of the medical ketogenic diet in the treatment of psychiatric disorders—conducting research, treating patients, writing, and speaking around the world on this topic. Dr. Daniel Amen is a physician, double board-certified psychiatrist, twelve-time New York Times bestselling author, and founder and CEO of Amen Clinics, with 10 US locations. Dr. Amen is the author of many books including the mega-bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, as well as The End of Mental Illness, Memory Rescue, Healing ADD, and Your Brain Is Always Listening. His new book, You, Happier: The 7 Neuroscience Secrets of Feeling Good Based on Your Brain Type, is now available. This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, Thrive Market, and Levels. Rupa Health is a place where Functional Medicine practitioners can access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs. Check out a free, live demo with a Q&A or create an account at Join Thrive Market today at to receive an extra $80 in free groceries with your first order. Learn more about Levels by going to Full-length episodes of these interviews can be found here: Max Lugavere Dr. Christopher Palmer Dr. Daniel Amen
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