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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.

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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.

    #90: The Science of Movement: How to Use Exercise to Defeat Depression, Anxiety, and Loneliness with Dr. Kelly McGonigal

    #90: The Science of Movement: How to Use Exercise to Defeat Depression, Anxiety, and Loneliness with Dr. Kelly McGonigal

    The most common explanation for why exercise makes us happy is far too simplistic. The psychological effects of movement cannot be reduced to an endorphin rush. Physical activity influences many other brain chemicals, including those that give you energy, alleviate worry, and help you bond with others. It reduces inflammation in the brain, which over time can protect against depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Regular exercise also remodels the
    physical structure of your brain to make you more receptive to joy and social connection. These neurological changes rival those observed in the most cutting-edge treatments for both depression and addiction. 
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. She is the bestselling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Her latest book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.
    In this episode, Dhru and Kelly talk about how exercise can improve the treatment outcomes for depression, anxiety, and addiction. They discuss the science of why people who are regularly active have a stronger sense of purpose, experience more gratitude, love and hope, feel more connected to their communities, and are less likely to suffer from loneliness or become depressed. They also talk about how during physical activity, muscles secrete hormones into our bloodstream that make our brain more resilient to stress, which scientists call “hope molecules.” 
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -The moment that changed Kelly’s life (1:58)
    -The connection between joy and movement (8:13)
    -How exercise can help with mental health (19:25)
    -How to get past the mental barriers when it comes to movement and exercise (28:24)
    -The role movement plays when it comes to loneliness (38:30)
    -Why the so-called “Runner’s High” is more than just an endorphin rush, and how it helps to reduce inflammation in the brain (50:22)
    -How exercise teaches us to be better at stress (56:27)
    -Why you should set a goal that involves movement, not just weight loss (1:00:59)
    -How exercise enhances healing (1:13:39)
    -Where to learn more about Dr. Kelly McGonigal (1:22:40)
    For more on Dr. Kelly McGonigal, be sure to follow her on Instagram @kellymariemcgonigal, and on Facebook @kellymcgonigalauthor. You can find her music playlists on Spotify by searching her name: Kelly McGonigal. Check out her website http://kellymcgonigal.com. You can find her book, The Joy of Movement, right here.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    2 Ways to Catch and Stop Self-Sabotage with Dhru Purohit

    2 Ways to Catch and Stop Self-Sabotage with Dhru Purohit

    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 question and how to catch and stop self-sabotage, and the two big ideas that will help you in the process. 
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -Big idea #1: we don’t speak up (4:48)
    -How to stop people pleasing (7:05)
    -Big idea #2: being honest with yourself (12:08)
    For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 335-6565. You can find Jerry Colonna’s book, Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up, right here. 

    • 17 min
    #89: How to Detox Your Brain for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness with Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter

    #89: How to Detox Your Brain for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness with Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter

    Our modern day life provides us with infinite opportunities, along with endless temptations. We can eat whatever we want, whenever we want. We can immerse ourselves in the vast, enticing world of digital media. We can buy goods and services for rapid delivery with our fingertips or voice commands. But living in this 24/7 hyper-reality poses serious risks to our physical and mental states, our connections to others, and even to the world at large.
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter. Dr. David Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times bestselling author. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Archives of Neurology, Neurosurgery, andThe Journal of Applied Nutrition. His books have been published in 34 languages and include the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print. 
    Dr. Austin Perlmutter is a board-certified internal medicine physician. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his internal medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon. His academic focus is in understanding the decision-making process, how it is influenced by internal and external factors, and how it changes our health and illness outcomes. Austin, along with David Perlmutter, M.D., is the co-author of the newly released book, Brain Wash. 
    In this episode, Dhru and Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter talk about how our health, our relationships, and even our thinking has been damaged by our modern culture. They discuss how the modern world creates structural and functional alterations to our brains, and how this increases our poor choices. They also talk about how exercise rewires and restructures the brain for better functioning, the health benefits of nature, and how to start to incorporate more nature into our lives.
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -What it was like working on a book together (1:49)
    -What is hijacking our brain and making it difficult to implement change (5:27)
    -The new reality that we find ourselves in (11:47)
    -How chronic inflammation impacts our ability to make healthy choices (16:44)
    -The connection between poor sleep and increased hunger (18:50)
    -Disconnection syndrome and how it impacts us (27:27)
    -How technology changes our brain (31:00)
    -The relationship between exercise and our decision making process (46:57)
    -The Ten-Day Brain Wash reset for your brain and body (54:21) 
    -Where to learn more about Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter (1:02:31)
    For more on Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter, be sure to follow them on Instagram @davidperlmutter and @austinperlmutter, on Facebook @davidperlmuttermd, and on Twitter @austinperlmuttermd. Check out their websites: https://www.drperlmutter.com and www.brainwashbook.com. You can find their book, Brain Wash, right here.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    4 Powerful Tips on How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

    4 Powerful Tips on How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

    New! Every Tuesday we'll be releasing a bonus episode with host Dhru Purohit.
    Have a suggestion for a topic for a bonus episode? Text Dhru at 302-335-6565
    Today's Episode: 4 Ways to Break Free of the Cycle of Comparison
    1) Understand the Pendulum Concept
    2) How to catch yourself early using the Falling Still method
    3) Create Clarity and unplugging from the matrix
    4) Focusing on momentum, not just goals
    Follow Dhru on Social Media:
    https://www.instagram.com/dhrupurohit/
    https://www.facebook.com/DHRUxPUROHIT/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBnLhz50WZAvsF4S72xtESA

    • 37 min
    #88: How To Get Off The Unhealthy Roller Coaster And Regain Control Of Your Life And Health With Pilar Gerasimo

    #88: How To Get Off The Unhealthy Roller Coaster And Regain Control Of Your Life And Health With Pilar Gerasimo

    We currently live in a society where chronic illness, obesity, drug dependence, anxiety, and depression are rapidly becoming the prevailing norms. 
    According to the CDC, more than half of U.S. adults have been diagnosed with a chronic disease. 68% are overweight or obese, 70% are taking at least one prescription drug, and 97% are not managing to maintain four of the most basic habits required for long-term health: decent nutrition, adequate exercise, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy body composition.
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Pilar Gerasimo, an award-winning health journalist, pioneering social explorer, and author of, The Healthy Deviant: A Rule-Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World. Pilar is best known for her work as founding editor of Experience Life magazine, which today reaches more than 3 million people nationwide, Pilar has also served as chief creative officer for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and as top health editor for The Huffington Post.
    Today, Pilar co-hosts a five-star rated podcast called The Living Experiment with Whole30 co-founder Dallas Hartwig. She speaks at universities and leads workshops at retreat centers like Kripalu, Sundance, and 1440 Multiversity. She also consults for organizations committing to transforming health and happiness around the globe. When she’s not travelling, Pilar hangs out on her family’s organic, communal farm in Wisconsin with a bunch of cows, chickens, and her goofy pit bull pal, Calvin.
    In this episode, Dhru and Pilar talk about how to break out of the unhealthy matrix that society has us living in when it comes to believing we’re not enough, not good enough, or that we’re never going to be enough. They discuss why we value other people’s opinions more than our own, and why we try to fit in at the expense of our own health. They also talk about the Healthy Deviant approach to living, how to develop the skills of a healthy person, and the first thing you can do to start making healthy changes in your life. 
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -The current societal standards we’re living in today (1:35)
    -Pilar’s health journey and what led to her breaking point (6:55)
    -The unhealthy default reality (17:38)
    -Why your health is heavily influenced by your peers (26:26)
    -The most important thing to focus on in your life right now (34:29)
    -The three nonconformist competencies of Healthy Deviance and how they support healthy self-regulation (46:10)
    -Challenging the vicious cycle of helplessness (57:09)
    -How you can inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle (1:03:14)
    -Where to learn more about Pilar Gerasimo (1:13:51)
    For more on Pilar Gerasimo, be sure to follow her on Instagram @pgerasimo, on Facebook @pgerasimo, and on Twitter @pgerasimo. Check out her website https://pilargerasimo.com and https://www.thehealthydeviant.com. Check out her podcast, The Living Experiment. Take the Healthy Deviant quiz here. You can find Pilar’s book, The Healthy Deviant: A Rule Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World, right here. 

    • 1 hr 16 min
    #87: 9 Things We Do That Hold Us Back from Our Goals & Dreams

    #87: 9 Things We Do That Hold Us Back from Our Goals & Dreams

    Happy New year! Text me today at (302) 335-6565
    In this episode host Dhru Purohit goes solo with the microphone to talk about 9 things he commonly sees people doing (whether they realize it or not) that hold them back from their goals and dreams.
    Are you doing one of these 9 things?
    See the instagram post that inspired this podcast: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp2MMvbAudw/
    Let’s dive into this episode:
    * (1) We obsess over what others think of us! (5:42)
    * (2) Waste time on social media. (13:30)
    * (3) We don’t ask for help or support from friends. (18:15)
    * (4) We blame everyone instead of looking within. (23:20)
    * (5) We avoid setting an invention for the day! (27:10)
    * (6) We spend time with the wrong people. (31:10)
    * (7) We don’t read books that help us level up. (34:29)
    * (8) We live the life that others expect of us, instead of a life true to you! (39:10)
    * (9) We are hard on ourselves all day, everyday! (46:15)
    For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruXpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit.
    By the way! Text Me: (302) 335-6565

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

Sarah's Sis ,

Inspired

Really enjoy this podcast:)

Sleepy traveler ,

Life changing!!!

I’m obsessed with this podcast because so many of the episodes speak to me and things I’ve been dealing with. It has helped me to have a better understanding of the gut-brain and gut-immune system connections and to change my thinking (the Peter Crone episode is everything!!). Beyond that, it’s just generally interesting! Thank you, Drew!

PASSER OF GASS ,

One of my most favourite interviewers

Dhru, you ask the best questions and always prove you’ve done your homework! Sometimes the host can make the interview gruesome (no matter how good the guest) if the questions are not astute or theres a stumbling or grasping for concrete thoughts. But not you my friend! I’m always amazed by what you ask. Thanks for being a genius :).

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