Hack Your Health with Dr. Nat

Episode #1 – Eating Right For A Thriving Brain With Julie Gervais

Tune In To Learn:

  • How the food we eat impacts brain health, mood, and cognition
  • The influence of gut health on brain function
  • Key nutrients and strategies to boost brain health at any age

Key Takeaways And Show Notes:

Part 1 – Eating Right for A Thriving Brain with Guest Julie Gervais

In the debut episode of “Hack Your Health with Nat,” hosted by Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp, viewers were treated to an enlightening discussion on the topic “Eating Right for A Thriving Brain.” The guest, Julie Gervais, a registered holistic nutritionist and brain health coach, shared her journey and expertise in optimizing mental wellness through nutrition.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Impact of Nutrition on Brain Health:
  • Food directly influences our brain, mood, and cognition.
  • The gut-brain connection plays a significant role in mental health.
  • Nutrient-dense foods can significantly enhance health, happiness, and success.

Julie Gervais’ Personal Journey:

  • Julie’s experience with her children’s health issues led her to explore nutrition.
  • Removing certain foods led to remarkable improvements in her family’s health.
  • This transformation fueled her passion for linking nutrition with mental health.

Signs, Symptoms, and Statistics of Poor Brain Health:

  • Symptoms like brain fog, memory issues, depression, and anxiety indicate poor brain health.
  • Depression and anxiety affect millions globally, while dementia and Alzheimer’s present growing concerns.
  • Key Nutrients and Foods for Brain Health:
  • Amino acids and healthy fats from proteins are crucial for neurotransmitter production.
  • Foods to avoid include processed foods high in unhealthy fats, sugars, and chemicals.
  • Whole foods, rich in proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, are recommended.

The Role of the Gut in Brain Health:

  • Most neurotransmitters are produced in the gut; an unhealthy gut can compromise mental health.
  • The concept of a “leaky gut” was discussed, highlighting its implications on overall health.
  • Practical Strategies for Enhancing Brain Health:
  • Incorporate protein-rich breakfasts, and healthy fats, and ensure adequate hydration.
  • Manage blood sugar levels through balanced nutrition to avoid highs and lows that impact the brain.

Supplementation for Brain Health:

  • Omega-3s, Vitamin D, and B-complex vitamins are essential supplements for brain health.
  • During the show, we delved into the realm of advanced supplementation and its pivotal role in promoting brain health. We highlighted how supplements like Choline, Phosphatidylserine, Creatine Monohydrate, Resveratrol, Curcumin, and Quercetin are instrumental in reducing brain inflammation, boosting cognitive functions, and offering protection against neurodegenerative conditions.
  • We explored the benefits of nootropics such as Ginkgo Biloba, Rhodiola Rosea, and Bacopa Monnieri, which are known for their ability to enhance cognitive capabilities.
  • The potential benefits of ketones for brain function and mental clarity were discussed.

Simple Strategies for Brain Health:

  • Making choices beneficial for brain health, prioritizing sleep, and balancing macronutrient intake.
  • The importance of exercise for producing brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) was emphasized.

Detoxification from Digital Distractions:

The negative impact of social media and constant digital engagement on dopamine levels was highlighted.

This part of the episode serves as a comprehensive guide to understanding the profound impact of nutrition on brain health and offers actionable insights for viewers to implement in their daily lives. Dr. Beauchamp and Julie Gervais provided a wealth of information, emphasizing the importance of diet, supplementation, and lifestyle choices in maintaining and enhancing mental wellness.

Julie Gervais is available for virtual consultations, and you can reach out to her through the following contact details: https://www.santechiropractic.com/other-services/holistic-nutrition/

Part 2 – Practical Health Segment with Dr. Nat—How Light Affects Us and The Benefits of Red Light Therapy

In the practical health segment of “Hack Your Health with Nat,” Dr. Nathalie delved into the intricate ways light influences our well-being, emphasizing the benefits of red light therapy. The discussion was structured around three primary pathways through which light impacts us: vision, physiological responses involving serotonin and melatonin, and photobiomodulation, akin to photosynthesis, highlighting our need for sunlight for vitamin D synthesis and energy production.

The importance of adhering to our circadian rhythm was underscored, illustrating how exposure to natural light and darkness at appropriate times aids in regulating crucial hormones like melatonin and cortisol. This balance affects our alertness, mood, and overall health. The segment also navigated through the light spectrum, detailing how different types of light, including UV rays, blue light, and infrared light, play roles in our health and should be integrated or mitigated in our daily routines accordingly.

Practical advice was given on managing light exposure to harness its benefits and minimize negative effects. Tips included greeting the sun to regulate the circadian cycle, soaking up rays for vitamin D, choosing light bulbs wisely to avoid harmful flicker from LEDs, and using blue light-blocking glasses to protect against excessive blue light exposure in the evening.

The segment was rich with practical solutions, such as red light therapy, for leveraging light’s positive effects on health, from improving skin and joint health to reducing inflammation. Additionally, viewers were cautioned about “dirty light” from artificial sources and offered strategies to mitigate its impact, including using software to decrease screen flickering.

This segment served not just to educate but to empower viewers with actionable strategies to enhance their health through mindful light exposure. The focus was on making incremental changes, emphasizing the importance of not feeling overwhelmed but instead choosing one thing to implement immediately for long-term health benefits.

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