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In this episode of The Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen discuss some of the cutting edge, brain-centric news items and studies. Some of the topics explored in this episode are the brain effects that come with being a cat owner, what exercise can do to proteins in the brain, and the harmful effects of certain fungi in your gut and what to do to eradicate them.
Daniel Amen, MD:
Welcome to the Brain Warrior’s Way podcast. I’m Dr. Daniel. Amen.
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So what have we got? We have-
Well, I have to talk about a study that came out this morning.
Oh, what? Did you tell me?
And so, first thing… I did. It’s what I woke you up with. First thing-
This is what you know what I get woken up with.
I’m like, did you know that…
It’s what happens when you’re nerds.
Oh yeah, that’s right.
… increase happiness. And [crosstalk [00:02:38]
Except when he barfs up hairballs on my new furniture.
They increase happiness. So petting your cat, training your cat, even feeding your cat, probably not so much doing the kitty litter box, has been shown to increase blood flow to the front of the brain, especially the underside of your prefrontal cortex in the middle, medial inferior prefrontal cortex. Guess what? That’s the happy part of the brain. And so I know I sent a note out to my team, and one of my doctors went, “No, they don’t make you happy. They’re planning your death.”
Yeah. No, that’s true, too. So all of the above is true. So what did I tell you? I said, so here’s the thing. My cat is, the reason he’s still here and healthy is because… I mean, they can annoy. I swear, he plans on where to cough up a hairball where it will be the most damaging and irritating. He plans it. He also plans on how to kill me. When he’s hungry, he darts right in front of my feet, jumps on my legs like he’s crazy. But then I get so irritated with him. But then in the morning when I wake up, he’s so cute. He’s got this little voice, and he calls to me and he’s so sweet. And I’m like, it just erases all [crosstalk [00:00:04]:01].
But you notice how he takes his paws, and wraps them around [crosstalk [00:03:58].
Yes. He wraps them around you and he nuzzles you.
Yeah. And then it just erases all of the annoying things he does.
Makes you happy.
It’s like kids.
Cats are really important.
They really are. Anyone else, write in, tell us if your cat tries to kill you, because I don’t know if it’s just my cat or if it’s your cat, too. Okay. What have we got? Oh. Boy, is this true. Exercise fights off stress by increasing levels of the brain protein galanin, according to research in mice recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience. This is so true. I mean, exercise, I never understood why. It is the number one thing that boosts my mood. So I know it actually helps with dopamine and serotonin. Apparently it helps with galanin. It helps with BDNF: brain derived neurotrophic factor, which helps with anti-aging. So, talk about this.
Well, exercise helps so many things. Boosts blood flow, boosts dopamine, boosts serotonin. Head to head against antidepressants, it’s been shown to be equally effective. The most important exercise you can do, however, is coordination exercises where you’re activating your cerebellum, that back bottom part of the brain, that when you activate that, it actually turns on the rest of your brain. So exercise is really important. One more study, quickly. Specific fungi in the gut are associated with a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease…
… and found in people with mild cognitive impairment. And it can be altered, lessened, by eating a modified Mediterranean diet. This is research out of Wake Forest School of Medicine, your diet really [crosstalk [00:05:56]
So are they talking more keto oriented, like low sugar, is what I’m guessing?
No, it’s healthy, lots of plants and vegetables. Lots of plants and vegetables, so you have the good… Because all fungi, think mushrooms, are not bad. Candida, bad, can overgrow, so [crosstalk [00:06:14] of them.
But sugar feeds it.
And sugar feeds it, but eating colorful fruits and vegetables can really help. Now BrainMD has a brand new product called [Neuro Greens [00:00:06]:25].
It’s actually great in my smoothie. Yeah.
It’s so good. But it’s loaded with antioxidants, and we’re actually going to change the name over time to Happy Greens. And we have a new mushroom product [crosstalk [00:00:06]:37].
Yeah, don’t name it Happy Shrooms.
I wanted to name it Happy Shrooms, but I couldn’t. So we’re going to come up with Smart Mushrooms or something. No, smart mushrooms is what they are, because they’ve been found to not only help your mood, to not only help your immune system, but also to help with cognitive function. So whenever you read the paper, we just love for you to go, okay, what are brain articles in the news and send them to us. And whenever you leave us a comment, question, or review, we will enter you into a drawing, as we talked about earlier, to win either the Brain Warrior’s Way cookbook, Tana’s book, or The End of Mental Illness. So whatever you learn today, write it down, post it on any of your social media sites. Leave us a review. We always love that, either on iTunes or Brain Warrior’s Way podcast. Take care.
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