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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.

    #95: Bulletproof Your Kids Immune System with Integrative Pediatrician, Dr. Joel Gator Warsh

    #95: Bulletproof Your Kids Immune System with Integrative Pediatrician, Dr. Joel Gator Warsh

    Kids these days are getting sick more often with common infections, such as colds, sore throats and strep, coughs, ear infections, sinus infections, and the flu. Why is that?
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Joel Gator Warsh, an integrative and holistic pediatrician in Los Angeles, California. He earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College and completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He founded Integrative Pediatrics and Medicine in 2018, where he works today. Dr. Gator has published research in numerous peer-reviewed journals on topics including childhood injuries, obesity, and physical activity. He has been featured in numerous documentaries, films, podcasts, and articles including Broken Brain 2, the Dr. Nandi Show, CBS News, LA Parent, the Dr. Taz Show, and many others.
    In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Gator talk about why our children are having chronic immune system problems. They discuss The Seeds of Health: stress, exercise, environment, diet, and sleep and how each seed impacts our overall health. They also talk about the best natural immune boosters for kids that may help decrease the frequency and severity of sickness. 
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -How Dr. Gator got into integrative pediatrics (4:35)
    -Why kids are getting more sick than ever before (19:58)
    -The seeds of health (21:12)
    -Sleep training and why it’s so controversial (34:13)
    -How avoiding exposure to toxins can help improve your child’s immune system (44:53)
    -When to use antibiotics and when to avoid them (1:01:32)
    -Why getting a fever isn’t necessarily a bad thing (1:06:49)
    -The best way to find out if your child has a food sensitivity or food allergy (1:18:37)
    -Dr. Gator’s supplement brand recommendations (1:30:15)
    -Where to learn more about Dr. Gator (1:32:56) 
    For more on Dr. Joel Gator Warsh, be sure to follow him on Instagram @drjoelgator, and on Facebook @drjoelgator. Check out his website https://integrativepediatricsandmedicine.com. Sign-up for the Integrative Pediatrics Summit here. Listen to episode 69 of the Broken Brain Podcast with Jennifer Kolari that Dhru mentioned in the interview on Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and Connected Parenting here. Learn more about Chris Kresser’s program, The Health Baby Code, here. Watch NASA’s bowling ball experiment here. Lastly, here is the study conducted in six Canadian cities that found a link between maternal consumption of fluoride during pregnancy and IQ scores in their offspring. 

    • 1 hr 38 min
    2 Big Ideas to Help You End and Overcome Confusion

    2 Big Ideas to Help You End and Overcome Confusion

    Welcome to Big Idea Tuesday! 
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit shares two big ideas to help you end and overcome confusion.
    There is a difference between confusion and not knowing. Not knowing the answer to a question doesn’t mean you’re confused, it just means you don’t know. ⁣⁣⁣Confusion is not knowing, but needing to know. The “needing” changes everything; the needing is where the anxiety and stress comes from.⁣⁣⁣
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    When people say, “I’m so confused, I don’t know what I want,” they are really saying one of two things:⁣⁣⁣
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    1) “I don’t know what I want, but I feel I should know,” or⁣⁣⁣
    2) “I do know what I want, but I’m afraid of the consequences of my decision.”⁣⁣⁣
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    If you don’t know what you want, take a breath and slow down. The answer always comes if you are willing to be silent enough to hear it, and allow things to unfold. ⁣⁣⁣
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    If you do know what you want, but are afraid of the consequences of your decision, address the fear by writing your fears down on paper. ⁣⁣⁣
    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. Here is the Instagram post that inspired today’s podcast. Check out the article Dhru mentioned in the podcast from the Gottman Institute about how to fight smarter, right here. Here is the Instagram post that inspired today’s podcast. You can find Dr. Mark Hyman’s new book, Food Fix, right here.

    • 17 min
    #94: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage by Harnessing the Power of Your Infradian Rhythm with Alisa Vitti

    #94: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage by Harnessing the Power of Your Infradian Rhythm with Alisa Vitti

    Women have an important biological rhythm they experience every month that affects productivity, weight, sex drive, energy, and mood. It’s essential to stay aware of, but it has been widely ignored by medical, nutritional, and fitness research. Women often diet, deprive, and cram as much as possible into their day, striving to accomplish impossible to-do lists. I see so many of them scheduling their lives based on a 24-hour time cycle, ignoring the intuitive time their bodies naturally keep: a monthly cycle with four hormonal phases. Understanding these offers some incredible advantages.
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Alisa Vitti, a pioneer of female biohacking, and a women’s hormone and functional nutrition expert. She is the bestselling author of WomanCode, and her new book, In the FLO is already a bestseller. She is the creator of the Cycle Syncing Method™— a diet, fitness, and lifestyle program that is based on women’s biological rhythms for optimal health, fitness, and productivity. 
    In this episode, Dhru and Alisa talk about how we are overlooking a second biological rhythm that only women in their reproductive years have called the infradian rhythm. This is just as important for women to take care as their circadian rhythm in their reproductive years, because it affects six key systems of the body. They discuss how mainstream health plans, self-care routines, fitness regimens, and time management schedules, and even the power morning concept are all founded on a system that only optimizes male biology and leaves out the specialized and cyclical needs of women. They also talk about how to work with each phase of your cycle to support your hormones, unlock peak creativity and performance, and avoid burnout.
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -Alisa’s origin story and how she healed her PCOS (3:34)
    -Why women in their reproductive years are left out of clinical research (12:04)
    -The infradian rhythm and how it affects six key systems of a woman’s body (21:42)
    -Why intermittent fasting is not optimal for women in their reproductive years (24:34)
    -Why doing the same workout throughout your cycle negatively impacts your hormones (26:10)
    -How to biohack your testosterone (29:35)
    -How a female’s brain changes throughout the month and what it means (33:19)
    -The Cycle Syncing Method that Alisa created (37:22)
    -The four phases of a women’s cycle (46:23) 
    -How birth control really impacts your hormones (1:09:22)
    -Where to learn more about Alisa Vitti (1:18:17) 
    For more on Alisa Vitti, be sure to follow her on Instagram @floliving and @alisa.vitti, on Facebook @floliving, and on Twitter @floliving. Check out her website https://www.floliving.com. Download MyFLO to help you get to know your infradian rhythm. Join the CycleSyncing Membership to get recipes, meal plans, grocery lists, and workout videos based on your infradian rhythm. You can find her book, In The FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life, right here. Get a copy of In the FLO and get your free quickstart guide here, and get your biological Rhythm Score here.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    #93: Energy: The Missing Link to Heal Your Body and Mind with Dr. John Amaral

    #93: Energy: The Missing Link to Heal Your Body and Mind with Dr. John Amaral

    We live in a hyper-connected world, but more people are more disconnected than ever before. Why? It’s easier than ever to get out of sync with the natural rhythms of our energy and spend the majority of life in a fight-or-flight state. It’s partly because of technology and screen time and because of a lack of integrated movement throughout the day. It’s largely because people just don’t know how to connect and find flow—that optimal state of being where we are one with our body and the universe and where we feel and perform at our very best.
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. John Amaral, a chiropractor, author and educator who has worked behind-the-scenes helping A-List celebrities, entrepreneurs, athletes, influencers and thought-leaders elevate their energy so that they feel and perform their best. Dr. Amaral helps his clients self-heal physical injuries, reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and stay in the energetic flow amidst the challenges of everything from running enterprises to pushing the envelope of human performance. He is also the founder of Body Centered Leadership, a program that combines cutting-edge neuroscience, quantum physics principles and ancient wisdom practices to help participants create and sustain new levels of energy, clarity, and fulfillment. Dr. Amaral is featured in the recent GOOP Lab Netflix series with Gwyneth Paltrow.
    In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Amaral talk about how disconnection from our inner world is caused by internalization, and how many of us don’t communicate our true feelings with the people we interact with in our day-to-day lives, often for fear of what they might think of us. They discuss how physical pain can be related to emotional stagnation, and how we can release stored stress, pain, and trauma from our body. They also talk about how to make a true connection with ourselves through the natural rhythms of our body and energy. 
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -What is our energy field and what makes it thrive or not (8:25) 
    -How disconnection from our inner world can create stress, pain, and trauma in our body (22:23)
    -How we release tension and energy from our body (30:35)
    -How to change our conditioned patterns (35:25)
    -What the pain we experience in our body really means (44:02)
    -How unexpressed emotion can lead to dis-ease in the body (53:12)
    -What the messages your get from your body mean and what happens when you ignore them (1:25:19) 
    -Where to learn more about Dr. John Amaral (1:31:09) 
    For more on Dr. John Amaral, be sure to follow him on Instagram @drjohnamaral, on Facebook @drjohnamaral, on Twitter @johnamaral, and on YouTube @johnamaral. Check out his website https://johnamaral.com. Learn more about his Body Centered Leadership program here, and how to work with Dr. Amaral one-on-one, right here. Sign up for the 7-day Fight-or-Flight to Flow Challenge here. You can watch Dr. Amaral in the GOOP Lab Netflix Series in Episode 5: The Energy Experience here. 

    • 1 hr 40 min
    7 Tough Things That Make You a Better Human

    7 Tough Things That Make You a Better Human

    Welcome to Big Idea Tuesday! 
    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 (2:05)
    2) Deciding not to gossip about other people (5:57)
    3) Having the humility to say sorry or repair even when it’s not 100% your fault (8:21) 
    4) Having courage to tell others when you are hurt (12:32)
    5) Keeping your heart open even after a loss (19:18)
    6) Catching yourself needlessly complaining (22:01)
    7) Being the bigger person even when wronged (22:45)
    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. Here is the Instagram post that inspired today’s podcast. Check out the article Dhru mentioned in the podcast from the Gottman Institute about how to fight smarter, right here. 

    • 27 min
    #92: How to Create Happiness and Stop Letting Other People's Opinions Rule Your Life with Rob Mack

    #92: How to Create Happiness and Stop Letting Other People's Opinions Rule Your Life with Rob Mack

    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, the thoughts we think. 
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Robert Mack, an Ivy League-educated Celebrity Happiness Coach, Positive Psychology Expert, author of Happiness from the Inside Out, and TV Host/Personality for OWN and E! Robert hosts and produces EverTalk Live, a daily live-streaming morning show focused on happiness in Hollywood. His work has been endorsed by Oprah and many others.
    In this episode, Dhru and Robert talk about the most important key to happiness, and simple actions someone can take today to get on a path to happiness. They discuss why adversity is necessary for living our best life, and how we can find peace, love, and happiness from the inside out. They also talk about ways to build optimism, resilience, and real confidence.
     
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -Robert’s story of being suicidal and how that experience influenced the work he is doing today (4:46)
    -Why true happiness is a state of being, and not dependent on external factors (22:30) 
    -Two things that contribute to our happiness (35:00)
    -How adversity can lead us to happiness (47:28)  
    -How to have the happiest relationship possible (50:07)
    -How to protect our happiness (58:46)
    -Robert’s non-negotiable that set the foundation for his happiness (1:01:50)
    -Robert’s book recommendations (1:17:30) 
    -How to support a loved one going through a difficult time (1:18:39)
    -Where to learn more about Robert Mack (1:28:55)
    For more on Robert Mack, be sure to follow him on Instagram @robmackofficial, on Facebook @robmackofficial, and on Twitter @robmackofficial. Check out his website http://www.coachrobmack.com. You can find his book, Happiness from the Inside Out: The Art and Science of Fulfillment, right here. You can find the Family and Marriage Therapist Dhru mentions during the interview here. Lastly, here is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline if you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts: 1-800-273-8255.

    • 1 hr 31 min

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