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Join Brain Health Coach and Vegan Nutritionist Kate Kunkel for fun, frank, and information packed conversations with experts in the field of brain health. Every two Kate and her guests offer valuable, practical information and inspiration to help you make the best choices to create a better brain for a better life.

Brain Health Matters Kate Kunkel

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

Join Brain Health Coach and Vegan Nutritionist Kate Kunkel for fun, frank, and information packed conversations with experts in the field of brain health. Every two Kate and her guests offer valuable, practical information and inspiration to help you make the best choices to create a better brain for a better life.

    This is your Brain on Alcohol

    This is your Brain on Alcohol

    For season two we will be releasing a new episode every two weeks so that your host, Kate Kunkel, can focus on treating the many clients who are seeking help to improve their brains, and to complete her latest book, The Mindful Brain.

    So be sure to subscribe to Brain Health Matters right here on YouTube or on your favorite podcast service at https://brainhealthmatters.buzzsprout.com/ to ensure that you get all of the latest episodes as they are released, because in every episode, we share important information that could change your life, or the life of a loved one.

    This week – the mental and brain health effect of alcohol. Is it true we lose thousands of brain cells every time we imbibe?

    Our guest this week is Stephanie Pratico, an Independently Licensed Mental Health and Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor, Clinical Supervisor & Educator who has been in the field 12 years.

    Some highlights of the show:

    3:00 Do we really kill thousands of brain cells by overindulging in alcohol, even once?
    4:50 The short and long term effects of alcohol use on the brain
    8:14 What comes first – depression or alcohol use
    10:55 Do traumatic brain injuries increase likelihood of developing alcohol dependency?
    16:02 As a family member or friend – how to approach a difficult subject
    22:00 The Whole Person wellness model to overcome addiction and the importance of setting goals
    25:56 How does mindfulness fit into alcoholism or any other addiction?
    28:35 Hope

    Get help:
    https://americanaddictioncenters.org/
    Peer-supported programs: https://www.aa.org/
    https://www.smartrecovery.org/ 
    https://www.refugerecovery.org/

    Contact Stephanie directly: StephaniePraticoLMHC@gmail.com

    • 33 min
    Aromatherapy: So Much More than a Pretty Scent

    Aromatherapy: So Much More than a Pretty Scent

    Welcome to Brain Health Matters with Kate Kunkel, a podcast dedicated to helping you connect with the people and resources that will help you improve your memory, boost your brain, and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
    Be sure to subscribe on YouTube or your favorite Podcast service to have access as soon as each episode is released.

    In this week’s episode, Amy Galper joins us to share the amazing power of aromatherapy for healing body, mind, and spirit.
    You'll come away with so much information that you’ll probably want to take notes. Tune in to get Amy's recommendations for specific oils to use for particular outcomes.
    Amy Galper is the founder of the first Aromatherapy School in NYC, the New York Institute of Aromatherapy and has been a Certified Aromatherapist since 2001. Through consulting, books, and online classes, Amy seeks to inspire and empower others in their pursuit of holistic and mindful beauty and wellness.
    Some Highlights of the show:
    1:49  Are essential oils safe?
    4:17 The importance of using any essential oils correctly and the most powerful technique
    6:03 Diffusing best practices and warnings
    10:18 Special Brain Health Matters announcement – Season 2
    11:19 The mechanism of aromatherapy: How does it work?
    16:08 Which essential oils help with leaky gut and stress?
    18:18 Oils for inflammation and relaxation response
    22:39 Oils for energizing, concentration and reducing brain fog
    24:46 Oils to help you sleep
    29:00 Become a certified aromatherapist
    Check out our announcement at 10:18 in the show: This is the last episode of Season 1. Be sure to join us for Season 2, when will have a new episode every TWO weeks. Our first guest will be talking about the effects of alcohol on mental health and the brain.
    Here are some links to Amy’s resources:
    Here is Amy’s Website
    Connect with Amy on Instagram: 
     
    Free Guide:  How to diffuse essential oils
    Free Guide: How to blend essential oils

    • 31 min
    Cannabis and Magic Mushrooms: Forbidden Fruit or Powerful Healers?

    Cannabis and Magic Mushrooms: Forbidden Fruit or Powerful Healers?

    Brain Health Matters is a podcast dedicated to helping you connect with the people and resources that will help you improve your memory, boost your brain, and reduce the risk of developing dementia. From time to time, we invite guests on the show who have an uncommon or controversial topic. Please note that the opinions of guests on the show do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the host or Brain Health Matters.
    Disclaimer: The information shared in this program is not meant to be, nor should it be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition, and before you embark on this or any other program, consult your physician or other trusted health advisor. If medical, psychological, or any other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.
    This week, we delve for the first time into plant medicine, and learn how we can use the power of CBD for a healthier brain.
    Darlene Mea is a long-standing media personality in the world of alternative everything, representing all things natural, sustainable and life-promoting.
     Darlene has personally been involved with plant medicine for wellness her entire life and now counsels those wanting to discover the powers of cannabis and other plant medicines for long-term natural healing and evolutionary benefits.
     Some highlights of the show:
     1:41 Hemp vs. Cannabis
    3:24  Hemp seeds or CBD
    7:50  The power of juicing cannabis leaves
    8:30 50 years of study in Israel show the myriad of benefits to health  
    11:29 Read the results of the study on the effects of cannabis oil on blood flow in the brain HERE.  
    12:30 Effects on meningitis, Parkinson’s Disease, and strokes
    15:25 Do the benefits outweigh any potential risks?
    17:00 Can everyone take it?
    19:00 What if you take pharmaceuticals?
    23:00 New science for old medicine: Mushrooms
     Learn more from Darlene at Hemptingon Post  or  Zenful Living
    More studies on the value of cannabis for health include this one on Depression and this one on Inflammation.
     The movie Darlene referred to regarding mushrooms is Fantastic Fungi. Excellent!
     More information on the benefits of magic mushrooms can be found HERE.
     Claim your gift of Five Key Steps to Improving Your Brain Health by Kate Kunkel HERE.  
     And to learn more ways to protect your brain against toxic foods, chemicals, and much more, check out Kate's book, 'Don't Let the Memories Fade' HERE. 

    • 34 min
    Clear your Body of Mold, Parasites, and Toxicity for a Healthier Brain

    Clear your Body of Mold, Parasites, and Toxicity for a Healthier Brain

    Welcome to Brain Health Matters, a podcast dedicated to helping you connect with the people and resources that will help you improve your memory, boost your brain, and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
    This week, we tackle mold, parasites, and toxins and learn many ways to turn off their threats to the health of our brains. If you’ve ever struggled with mysterious symptoms that have been dismissed, or all recommended treatments have failed, you need to listen to this show!
    Evan Brand is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who has transformed the lives of thousands of clients with his online practice by finding and fixing the root causes of fatigue, depression, anxiety, digestive, and other issues.
    Here is just a sampling of the many important points made in this episode:
    01:49  The gut/brain connection and how gut problems are the root of many diseases
    05:00 How to test for gut issues and microbiome health
    09:00 What tests reveal mold exposure, a problem that causes a myriad of symptoms
    10:19 How damage to the mitochondria (energy cells) affects our brains, fertility, and much, much more
    12:00 Mold is one of the biggest threats as toxins, and how treating for it can also help treating other chemical toxicity
    15:50 A valuable protocol for anyone suffering with COPD
    16:45 Parasites don’t happen just to travelers to developing countries!
    21:39 Creating a healthier home without mold
    24:56 Symptoms of mold exposure – you won’t believe how it can manifest!
    28:06 The exact steps to take to improve your health after suffering mold-related illness
    30:31 Ivermectin – its place in treating parasites, fungi, etc. 
    Links to important information:
     Claim your gift of Five Key Steps to Improving Your Brain Health HERE.  
     And to learn more ways to protect your brain against toxic foods, chemicals, and much more, check out Kate's book, 'Don't Let the Memories Fade' HERE

    • 38 min
    Can Meditation Improve Your Brain?

    Can Meditation Improve Your Brain?

    Welcome to Brain Health Matters, a podcast dedicated to helping you connect with the people and resources that will help you improve your memory, boost your brain, and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
     This week, Christopher Manning, the Mindfulness Man, joins Kate Kunkel to share the many ways that meditation can help us concentrate, learn, and deal with stress.
     Some highlights of the interview:
    2:31 Do you have to sit cross-legged with your fingers in circles to meditate “properly”?
    4:37 Why it is so powerful to pay attention to, vs. control, your breath
    9:03 Alleviating the suffering from ADHD with meditation
    13:09 BDNF: A cure for ADHD and depression
    14:10 How meditation protects and enhances brain matter
    15:00 Steps to start a meditation practice and overcome doubt
    17:01 Is mindful eating helpful?
    20:19 Achieving real joy doesn’t happen in 5 minutes a day
    22:15 How to tap into Chris’s guided meditations online
    23:32 Resolving real-life difficulties with the Loving-Kindness meditation
    25:15 If you struggle with loneliness – meditation may be the answer
    28:04 Meditation as a way to detach from circumstances and events that cause distress. Suffering is optional.
     Tap into Chris’s meditation podcasts HERE.
    Join Chris’s Facebook community HERE.
    To learn more about the healing power of meditation, mindfulness and music, claim Kate’s gift, Five Key Steps to a Better Brain HERE.
    Dive into Kate’s book, Don’t Let the Memories Fade, which includes a complete program incorporation mindfulness, meditation, and a healthy and compassionate lifestyle for a better brain. Available on Amazon everywhere.

    • 30 min
    A Sound Approach to a Better Brain

    A Sound Approach to a Better Brain

    Welcome to Brain Health Matters, a podcast dedicated to helping you connect with the people and resources that will help you improve your memory, boost your brain, and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
    This week’s very special guest is Craig Goldberg. Craig is the president and co-founder of Inharmony Interactive, a company dedicated to creating VAT technology that enables us to experience sound and frequencies in a unique and powerful way.
    Some important points in the podcast:
    3:30 Death by a thousand cuts – how the myriad of toxins in our environment band together to make us sick
    9:30 A healing dream comes true with the experience of sound directed to the body
    13:45 The effect of vibroacoustic sound on the central nervous system
    17:24 Stress, the brain, and how to retrain your nervous system to be in parasympathetic – rest and relax – state
    19:46 Alleviating the debilitating tremors of Parkinson’s Disease
    21:00 Anti-spasmodic effects of VAT
    26:20 Improving blood circulation in a pleasant and drug-free way
    28:00 How vibroacoustic therapy or jumping up and down can be powerful tools for lymphatic drainage
    31:00 What is Brain Tap?  
    Contact Craig through IamHarmony.com
    For a look at the technology Craig was referring to, click HERE. 
    If you are interested in purchasing a system, claim the 5% discount Craig referred to by using the code BrainHealth
    You will also find InHarmony on Facebook and Instagram and many other social media channels. You’ll find them all linked on the website.
    And for information on Brain Tap – Click HERE. 
    To learn many more powerful ways to use music, frequencies AND silence, check out The Musical Brain.

    • 40 min

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Mxsandy12 ,

Awesome physical and mental health pod!

Uplifting and so helpful! Yay for Vegans!