Brant Cortright is an author, professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Neurogenesis and brain health coach, consultant and speaker.
His book, The Neurogenesis Diet & Lifestyle: Upgrade Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life is the subject of our conversation. Neurogenesis refers to new cells being created in the brain. Up until recently it was thought that adult brains do not grow new neurons. However Dr. Cortright's book and review of the research clearly shows that neurogenesis does occur in Adults and that your diet and lifestyle has a huge influence on it.
In this episode we discuss:
The Serotonin Deficiency Fallacy in Depression
Neurogenesis as a biomarker for health
Why antidepressents work on less than 50% of the population
Natural Ways to increase and maximize neurogenesis through diet and lifestyle
The role of Omega 3 fatty acids in neurogenesis and what the best kind of fish oil to take is
The proper macronutrient ratios to maximize neurogenesis
The right neurogenesis supplement stack
Why hesperidin (methylchalcone) is the key to keep new brain cells alive
What type of exercise is the best for neurogenesis
Alzheimers as a glucose metabolism problem
The role of stress in brain toxicity
Why loving relationships are neuroprotective
What kind of spiritual practices are best for the brain