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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.
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    #161: 9 Things We Do That Hold Us Back from Our Goals & Dreams with Dhru Purohit

    #161: 9 Things We Do That Hold Us Back from Our Goals & Dreams with Dhru Purohit

    In a culture that’s obsessed with adding things in (we want more, more, more), we can forget how powerful removing things can be. We need to take away that which is preventing us from reaching our goals in order to truly move forward.
     
    On this week’s episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru talks about nine things he commonly sees people doing that hold them back from their goals and dreams (whether they realize it or not). This episode was originally released at the beginning of the year.
    I’m willing to bet these nine habits will hit home with many of you. Do you obsess over what other people think of you? Do you waste time on social media as a way of avoiding other things? Or maybe you’re the kind of person who is constantly hard on yourself and lives according to other people’s expectations instead of your own desires. There are so many tendencies we fall into, for many different reasons, but that doesn’t mean we’re stuck with them. 
    We can change, we can grow, we can shift our mindset and actions to finally reach those meaningful goals.
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -Why we obsess over what others think of us (1:49) 
    -Why we waste time on social media (11:27) 
    -Why we don’t ask for help or support from friends (16:17)
    -Why we blame everyone instead of looking within (21:17)
    -Why we avoid setting an intention for the day (25:08)
    -Why we spend time with the wrong people (29:10)
    -Why we don’t read books that help us level up (32:28)
    -Why we live the life that others expect of us, instead of a life true to you (37:11)
    -Why we are hard on ourselves all day, everyday (44:56)
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -The instagram post that inspired this podcast - https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp2MMvbAudw/
    -Moss Reports on Cancer by Dr. Ralph Moss - https://www.mossreports.com/
    -Dr. Elizabeth Boham - http://www.drboham.com/
    -Broken Brain Podcast episodes on friendship
    -https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/10/31/bb-ep78/
    -https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/12/17/why-we-need-deep-and-meaningful-relationships/
    -https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/06/10/bb-ep122/
    -https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/09/23/bb-ep153/
    -Broken Brain Podcast Episode 55 - How to Redesign the Subconscious Mind from Limitation to Freedom with Peter Crone - https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/05/16/bb-ep55/
    -Broken Brain Podcast Episode 75 - How a Morning Routine, Human Touch, and Nourishing Relationships Can Radically Lower Your Stress with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee - https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/10/10/bb-ep75/
    -The One Thing by Gary Keller - https://www.the1thing.com/
    -The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware - https://bronnieware.com/regrets-of-the-dying/
    -The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle - https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808
    -The Landmark Forum - https://www.landmarkworldwide.com/
    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) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.
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    #160: Getting to the Root of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Dr. Soyona Rafatjah

    #160: Getting to the Root of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Dr. Soyona Rafatjah

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a widely-diagnosed, yet often misunderstood condition that affects approximately 60 million Americans. IBS is characterized by abdominal pain, discomfort, and changes in bowel habits, and is diagnosed when IBD or celiac disease have been ruled out. In other words, IBS is a “diagnosis of exclusion.” The range of symptoms, poorly defined pathogenesis, and functional nature of IBS make it a notoriously difficult disorder to treat. Because there is no widely recognized cause of IBS in the mainstream medical community, standard treatment is based primarily on symptom suppression and management. 
     
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Soyona Rafatjah, a board-certified Family Medicine physician and Medical Director and Co-Founder of PrimeHealth in Denver, CO.  PrimeHealth is a team of medical providers and health coaches that provides full-spectrum Functional Medicine and primary care, with an emphasis in treatment and reversal of hypothyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome.
    Prior to starting PrimeHealth, she was a physician at Parsley Health in New York City, a technology-forward Functional Medicine practice where she was integral to its rapid growth. Dr. Rafatjah worked and received expert mentorship at the renowned Mount Sinai Beth Israel Center for Health and Healing, Dr. Frank Lipman’s Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, and Dr. Robert Rountree’s Boulder Wellcare.
    In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Rafatjah dive deep into the topic of IBS. They discuss the difference between the conventional medicine approach versus the Functional Medicine approach when it comes to testing and treatment options for IBS. They also talk about the importance of identifying food intolerances, and the benefits of a low-FODMAP diet which can significantly reduce the severity of IBS symptoms.
     
    In this episode, we dive into: 
     
    -Testing for IBS (9:29)
    -SIBO and the real problem with having the wrong bacteria in the small intestine (17:15)
    -The carnivore diet for treating IBS (23:17)
    -Common foods that trigger IBS (27:42) 
    -The relationship between stress and IBS (38:21)
    -What you can do today to improve your overall gut health (41:57) 
    -Where to learn more about Dr. Rafatjah (50:31)
    For more on Dr. Rafatjah you can follow her on Instagram @primehealth_denver, on Facebook @primehealthdenver, and through her website https://primehealthdenver.com/.
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -Gut Healing Course - primehealth.teachable.com/p/guthealth. Use code: BROKENBRAIN to receive 50% off.
    -Dr. Saladino and The Carnivore Diet - https://carnivoremd.com/the-carnivore-diet-start-here/
    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) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.
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    • 54 min
    #159: The Science of Yoga with Eddie Stern

    #159: The Science of Yoga with Eddie Stern

    Yoga, in its original form, was created as a science for liberation. In modern times, it is used by many for improving physical and mental health, helping us become more productive at work, more caring in relationships, and more responsible contributors to society and inhabitants of this planet. If yoga does accomplish all that—and many practitioners have experienced this to be true in their own lives—how exactly does yoga do it? How does yoga work?
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Eddie Stern, a yoga teacher, author, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his multidisciplinary approach to furthering education and access to yoga, as well as his teaching expertise in Ashtanga Yoga.  He most recently created The Breathing App, which guides the user in a paced breathing exercise that balances the nervous system, improves sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. His book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life was just released.
    In this episode, Dhru and Eddie talk about what makes yoga such an effective practice from a neurophysiological perspective, and how transcendence is wired into our biology. They talk about the mechanics beneath the surface of our bodies and how we can consciously use yogic practices to direct and change our lives in positive ways. They also discuss how what we do—from postures to meditation, from breathing techniques to chanting and to ethical practices—affects who we become, and how a steady routine of activities and attitudes can transform our bodies, our brain functions, our emotions, and our experience of life.
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -Why Eddie left his job and went to India to study yoga (3:31)
    -How Eddie met his yoga teacher and the lessons he learned (11:23)
    -Scientific studies to support the benefits of yoga (17:17)
    -What yoga is doing on a neurophysiological level (22:35)
    -The Polyvagal Theory and how the vagus nerve affects our brain chemistry (23:28)
    -Neural exercises and how they promote self-regulation, resilience, and social connectedness (29:54)
    -The purpose of yoga (44:56)
    -The connection between consciousness and our biology (62:51)
    -The Yoga and Science Conference (79:28)
    -The Breathing App and resonance breathing (86:34) 
    -Learn more about Eddie and his work (96:12) 
    For more on Eddie Stern, be sure to follow him on Instagram @eddiestern. Check out his website https://eddiestern.com, and learn about The Breathing App, here. You can find his new book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life, right here. Lastly, learn more about the Yoga and Science Conference https://yogaandscience.com/, and the Urban Yogis Program he co-created with Deepak Chopra and Erica Ford http://www.urbanyogis.org.
    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) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.
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    The Secret Formula for Making Habits Stick (Minisode #14)

    The Secret Formula for Making Habits Stick (Minisode #14)

    How many times have you attempted to start working out consistently, eat more veggies, or incorporate something new into your routine, but struggled to make it stick? Changing an old habit or creating a new one can be challenging, but when we use science to understand the secrets to lasting behavior change, it’s clear there are ways to overcome the struggle and get the results we want. 
    In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee and Dr. BJ Fogg about the secret formula for creating new habits that stick, and how it can not only be easy, but enjoyable and rewarding. 
    Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most influential medical doctors in the UK and hosts the most listened to health podcast in the UK and Europe, ‘Feel Better, Live More’. His first three books have all been #1 Sunday Times best sellers and his latest book, Feel Better in 5, shows people how to transform their health in just 5 minutes. It has been a smash hit in the UK, selling almost 100,000 copies in just 7 months, and has just been published in the United States. Professor BJ Fogg, the world’s leading expert in human behavior, calls this book, ‘one of the best habit change programs he has seen—deceptively simple but remarkably effective.’ Dr. Chatterjee regularly appears on BBC News and Television and has been featured in numerous international publications including The New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian, and Vogue, and his TED talk, How To Make Disease Disappear, has been viewed almost 3 million times.
    Dr. BJ Fogg is a Behavior Scientist at Stanford University and has focused his research on what he calls “persuasive technology.” He’s the founder of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University and teaches industry innovators how human behavior really works, so they can create products to help people be healthier and happier. He’s culminated his life’s work and teaching into his first book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything, which became a New York Times best seller.
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrRanganChatterjee3/
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. BJ Fogg here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/BJFogg/
    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) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.
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    How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 
    What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  
    It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.

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    • 18 min
    #158: This Miracle Molecule will Supercharge Your Health with Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Louis Ignarro

    #158: This Miracle Molecule will Supercharge Your Health with Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Louis Ignarro

    It was only a few decades ago that people started paying attention to nitric oxide. Named molecule of the year in 1992, it previously had been a pretty undervalued aspect of human health. Several years later, in 1998, three scientists were given a Nobel Prize for their discovery that nitric oxide is a key molecule in the cardiovascular system that helps keep blood vessels healthy and regulates blood pressure. We now know that nitric oxide can boost health in even more ways. 
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Louis Ignarro, a medical research scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his breakthrough discovery of Nitric Oxide (NO), and how it positively impacts health and longevity. His groundbreaking research on nitric oxide paved the way for—among other innovations—Viagra. Nitric oxide is currently being utilized all over by hospitals and universities as possible treatment for COVID-19. He is an award-winning Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has his PhD in Pharmacology with over 35 years of experience teaching. 
    Dr. Ignarro is a widely sought-after international speaker on nitric oxide, cardiovascular health, and the importance of nitric oxide to a healthy lifestyle. Based on his scientific work, Dr. Ignarro started a biotech company that focuses on the development of nutritional supplements designed to boost the body’s production of nitric oxide. 
    In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Ignarro talk about how important nitric oxide is to our overall health, and how it impacts our cardiovascular health, brain health, immune system, and nervous system. They discuss the problem with not having adequate levels of nitric oxide in the body, and how to naturally boost your production of it. They also talk about how nitric oxide is currently being used as an intervention in clinical trials to treat COVID-19.
     
    In this episode, we dive into: 
     
    -Why nitric oxide is so fundamentally connected to our health (6:26)
    -How the body creates nitric oxide (12:48) 
    -The problem with not having adequate levels of nitric oxide in the body (14:45)
    -The impact of nitric oxide on the brain (16:32) 
    -Why breathing through your nose is so important to overall health (18:26)
    -One of the first indicators you may be suffering from inadequate levels of nitric oxide (24:10)
    -How Viagra was discovered (25:38) 
    -The impact of salt and sugar on nitric oxide production (30:53) 
    -Nitric oxide as a treatment for COVID-19 (34:50) 
    -Why you shouldn’t use mouthwash (40:54) 
    -Exercise and nitric oxide production (59:52) 
    For more on Dr. Ignarro, you can follow him on Instagram @dr.louisignarro, on Facebook @drignarro, on Twitter @drignarro, and through his website http://www.drignarro.com/.
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor -  https://www.amazon.com/Breath-New-Science-Lost-Art/dp/0735213615
     
    -Episode 15 with Dr. Steven Lin: The Importance of Dental Care in Whole Body Health - https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/08/09/the-broken-brain-podcast-the-importance-of-dental-care-in-whole-body-health-with-dr-steven-lin-15/
     
    -Episode 62 with Dr. Mark Burhenne: The Secret to Better Sleep? Stop Doing This One Thing - https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/07/04/bb-ep62/
    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) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    #157: The Power of Boundaries, Limits, and Constraints

    #157: The Power of Boundaries, Limits, and Constraints

    Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!
     
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit, talks to us about the power of boundaries, limits, and constraints. 
     
    He shares that without some limits and boundaries it’s hard to remain grounded, and without constraints it can be hard to grow. Dhru talks about how constraints build creativity, and he shares with us a few constraints that he played with in the last 10 years: 
     
    -Not spending any money on the weekend to become more mindful about his beliefs about money
    -Only watching tv or movies when he is flying or traveling to become more mindful about time
    -Not taking on new projects to practice honoring his current commitments
    -Working on Sunday’s, but not Monday’s to become better at planning and delegating
    -Avoiding all social media, especially surfing news-feeds, unless he has something meaningful to post
    -Not dating for a period of time to notice relationship patterns that he was replaying
     
    The key word here is “played with.” He played with the constraint as long as it served him, and once it stopped serving him he let it go. This is how constraints build creativity.
     
    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) 200-5643. 
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