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The Broken Brain podcast will help you take your brain health to the next level and teach you how to live your best life! Listen as host and serial entrepreneur Dhru Purohit interviews the top experts in the field of neuroplasticity, epigenetics, biohacking, mindfulness and functional medicine. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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We often think of aging as synonymous with decline. We believe that having memory loss, becoming slow and less agile, experiencing joint pain and stiffness, increasing diseases, and need for medications are all viewed as ‘normal’ as we age. The truth is, becoming overweight, sick, and slow are NOT inevitable. We need to reframe how we view aging. T…
 
These days, we hear a lot about fasting. Intermittent fasting, time-restricted eating, and water fasting are just some of the many terms being thrown around in support of better health. Which one is best? What does it all mean for our longevity, brain health, and overall wellness? On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dave Asprey,…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit shares 5 powerful quotes to help you set the right intention for 2021 or build on the intention that you’ve already set: 1)“The news, unfortunately, is designed to be the lowest common denominator of the human experience.” - Michael Bernard Beckwith 2)“What…
 
We often think of aging as synonymous with decline. We believe that having memory loss, becoming slow and less agile, experiencing joint pain and stiffness, increasing diseases, and need for medications are all viewed as ‘normal’ as we age. The truth is, becoming overweight, sick, and slow are NOT inevitable. We need to reframe how we view aging. T…
 
Food is complicated. It's a key controller of our state of health or disease. It's a social centerpiece for the most important moments of our lives. It's the building blocks that creates our brain, enabling us to have thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It's the very stuff that makes up our bodies and what we see looking back at us in the mirror. Foo…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks about how to stop holding back and step into your purpose. From the beginning of time people have questioned their place on the planet. Our ancestors stared up at the same stars, and asked themselves the same questions we ask ourselves today. Do I mat…
 
Did you know that the postpartum hormone drop is considered the single 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 giving birth. On today’s mini-episode, …
 
What does it take to accomplish the impossible? What does it take to shatter our limitations, exceed our expectations, and turn our biggest dreams into reality? On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on peak performance. Steven is an author, an award-winning journalist, and the foun…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! Jerry Colonna, an executive coach for CEO’s and leaders, asks us to reflect on an important question when it comes to taking responsibility for our lives, “How have I been complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want?”. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about this que…
 
We each possess an extraordinary power to realize our greatest potential and live the life we want. Dhru’s guest on today’s mini-episode, Dr. James Doty, is living proof of that. Having grown up in an environment of poverty and neglect, Dr. Doty was 12 years old when he walked into a magic shop and met an extraordinary woman, named Ruth who introdu…
 
When we think about health, we usually think about diet and exercise. We think about the things we are doing for our physical body to promote wellness, but what about the things we can’t see? Relationships are a big one. And we now know that loneliness and social isolation are as dangerous for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day! That’s an in…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks about the power of quitting and letting go. When’s the right time to let go of something? A relationship, a project, an investment? Seasoned investors have this great question for determining whether or not they should hold onto an investment. The que…
 
We all know the importance of getting enough sleep, though many of us scrape by with as little as possible. It turns out that sleep can make or break your ability to lose weight, age slowly, prevent cancer, and perform at a high level. When your sleep suffers, you suffer major consequences far beyond the dark circles under your eyes. On today’s min…
 
There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing, yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with serious consequences. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance, rejuvenate internal organs, halt snoring,…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about the 7 tough things that make us better humans: (1) Saying no to “exciting” but wrong opportunities (2) Deciding not to gossip about other people (3) Having the humility to say sorry or repair even when it’s not 100% your fault (4) Having t…
 
Do you feel lost or as if something is missing in your life? Maybe you want to make a bigger difference in the world than you feel you are, but you aren't sure how. From the beginning of time people have questioned their place on Earth. Our ancestors stared up at the same stars, and asked themselves the same questions we ask ourselves today. Do I m…
 
When it comes to longevity, the goal isn’t just to live as long as possible. The true objective is to live as vibrantly and energetically as possible, for as long as possible. So how exactly do we do this? On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Frank Lipman, a vocal pioneer of integrative and Functional Medicine, or what he cal…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! Expectations are stories we tell ourselves about a situation. They are what we want or are attached to happening in life. They can be big or small, but what everyone knows, including you and me, even though we can forget sometimes, is that having a lot of expectations on any other person, situation, or even your…
 
Our mental health heavily influences our quality of life, so it makes sense that mental health, just like physical health, needs to be taken care of and maintained. One way that it can be maintained is through finding a sense of community, however, the way we are living today in Western society has created a big problem of loneliness. 60% of Americ…
 
More than 60 million Americans are affected by mental health issues every year. While the conventional medicine approach focuses on balancing neurotransmitters in the brain through medication, the Functional Medicine approach is to look for the root cause. There’s a saying in Functional Medicine, “fire in the gut, fire in the brain.” If you have in…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit shares a simple gratitude practice to help supercharge and accelerate our goals and dreams. At the end of the year many of us set New Year's resolutions or an intention for how we want the next year to go. Dhru shares that he sees an interesting pattern as …
 
The biggest misconception when it comes to tooth decay is that it’s an infection of harmful bacteria, in large part from eating sugar, but it’s not. Tooth decay actually results when the body doesn’t have adequate fat-soluble vitamins, which causes an imbalance of the oral microbiome. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Stev…
 
All Things Covid: Vitamin D, Masks and More with Chris Kresser As humans, we often fall into black and white thinking. It can be easy to let the constant waterfall of media information and social snippets wash over us without stopping to think of the full context. In this age of COVID-19, though, it’s more important than ever to pause and look at w…
 
Our skin is a reflection of what’s going on with our health beneath the surface. Acne and other skin problems are signals that something is off in our body. Conventional medicine deals with symptoms, so their solutions for acne include lathering on potions and lotions, popping and pricking pimples, and taking antibiotics or strong liver-damaging me…
 
Most of us hear the term “metabolic health” and think it only applies to our ability to burn food and manage our weight. And while those are certainly big pieces of metabolic health, it also impacts everything from our cardiovascular health to cognition, mood, infertility, and so much more. That’s because our metabolism is actually our body’s abili…
 
How do you start your day? Do you jolt awake at the sound of your alarm, or do you mindfully ease into the morning with a healthy meal, exercise, and setting goals for what you plan to accomplish? Your morning can set the tone for your entire day. It can mean the difference between a productive day or a sluggish one, having a powerful ripple effect…
 
Our understanding of cancer is slowly undergoing a revolution, allowing for the development of more effective treatments. For the first time ever, the death rate from cancer is showing a steady decline, but the “War on Cancer” has hardly been won. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Jason Fung, a physician, author, and resea…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about how to trust our gut and get better at listening to our intuition. He shares three big ideas on this topic: (1) Practice listening - our intuition doesn’t just speak to us in life’s big events, it speaks to us in life’s small events too. L…
 
EMDR therapy, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing has been proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders, by resolving unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories a…
 
Root canals have become ubiquitous—almost 60 million are performed each year in the United States. “You need a root canal‟ is now almost as common as hearing “you need a filling.” It is the only treatment protocol available to retain a tooth that is diseased. Yet, just how safe are root canals? And, what is the science behind there being a non-toxi…
 
In our unpredictable and continually changing world, we are constantly in a state of figuring out how to create a happy life, which means tending to the needs of our health, career, family and friends, passions, and desires. Unfortunately, time never seems to be on our side, and, if anything, often it seems out of our control. But what if it wasn't…
 
Known as Monsanto's Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world's most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. It's the pesticide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it’s in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in ou…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit, talks to us about creating an “avoid list”, and how it can help you achieve your goals and dreams. We're all familiar with a to-do list. But most of us have never heard about an “avoid list." The thing to understand about avoiding things or avoidance is th…
 
We live in a world where our food is making us sick, tired, and overweight. Big Food brands design their packaged products to be addictive, so we over consume unhealthy ingredients, including cheap additives that are banned in other countries. Product labels are deceiving, hiding risky chemicals that contaminate our food and tout approval from orga…
 
In a culture that’s obsessed with adding things in (we want more, more, more), we can forget how powerful removing things can be. We need to take away that which is preventing us from reaching our goals in order to truly move forward. On this week’s episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru talks about nine things he commonly sees people doing that…
 
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a widely-diagnosed, yet often misunderstood condition that affects approximately 60 million Americans. IBS is characterized by abdominal pain, discomfort, and changes in bowel habits, and is diagnosed when IBD or celiac disease have been ruled out. In other words, IBS is a “diagnosis of exclusion.” The range of sym…
 
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 practitione…
 
How many times have you attempted to start working out consistently, eat more veggies, or incorporate something new into your routine, but struggled to make it stick? Changing an old habit or creating a new one can be challenging, but when we use science to understand the secrets to lasting behavior change, it’s clear there are ways to overcome the…
 
It was only a few decades ago that people started paying attention to nitric oxide. Named molecule of the year in 1992, it previously had been a pretty undervalued aspect of human health. Several years later, in 1998, three scientists were given a Nobel Prize for their discovery that nitric oxide is a key molecule in the cardiovascular system that …
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit, talks to us about the power of boundaries, limits, and constraints. He shares that without some limits and boundaries it’s hard to remain grounded, and without constraints it can be hard to grow. Dhru talks about how constraints build creativity, and he sh…
 
Did you know that Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease and not a disease of old age? We tend to associate it with the elderly because that’s when clinical symptoms manifest, but in reality, Alzheimer’s begins with negative changes in the brain at least a decade prior. More often than not, in middle age. In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Da…
 
What often blocks most people from success and feeling capable in life is the ability to experience, move through, and handle unpleasant feelings, such as sadness, shame, helplessness, anger, embarrassment, disappointment, frustration, and vulnerability. Knowing how to deal with intense, overwhelming, or uncomfortable feelings is essential to build…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! Are you stuck in comparison and jealousy? On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit and his sister and colleague, Kaya Purohit talk to us about the two ways we can break free from the grips of jealousy and comparison: Catch yourself early and question your thoughts Reframe your jealousy For more on…
 
Science says that only 10% of our happiness comes from our external circumstances—our job and income, relationship status, health and weight, age, and where we live. That means that our happiness is largely up to us and the choices we make, the things we do, and the thoughts we think. In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Robert Mack and Dr. Lauri…
 
Around the world, we struggle with diseases that were once considered rare. Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes affect millions each year. Many people are also struggling with hypertension, weight gain, fatty liver, dementia, low testosterone, menstrual irregularities and infertility, and more. We treat the symptoms, not realiz…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about one of the top five regrets of the dying. Dhru shares a story from palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware, who wrote the book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. For many years she worked in palliati…
 
Do you know the most important nutrient you need for healthy teeth and a healthy body? When you hear ‘nutrient’, you probably don’t consider oxygen, however, oxygen is by far our body’s most precious commodity—you simply can’t live without it. Yet, many of us do live without enough of it, and that’s due to our breathing habits and whether we breath…
 
Did you know that colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women combined in the United States? While traditionally a disease of older adults, it has crept into younger and younger age groups. There are also racial and ethnic groups that see its devastating consequences at a higher rate. On today’s Broken …
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about 5 common reasons why we say, “I don’t know what I want,” and strategies to get around them. (1) We haven’t taken the time to slow down, cut out the distractions, and ask ourself the question. (2) We don’t even know what’s possible, because…
 
Nutrition experts have long debated whether there is an optimal diet that humans evolved to eat. Studies show that modern hunter-gatherer groups across the globe generally have phenomenal heart and metabolic health, yet they eat a variety of diets, and tend to avoid the chronic diseases that kill most Americans. In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks wi…
 
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