Episode 19: Resilience Agenda Radio – The Mental Fitness Podcast
Despite the distance between our brain and the gut, they're far more interlinked than we often assume. Finding yourself feeling more lethargic lately? Too busy to ensure that you're having proper meals? Learn about why tweaking your schedule may be worth the effort it requires!
Join us as we speak to Shawn Talbott on just exactly how the gut can affect how you feel, how to better manage symptoms of depression through a healthy diet, and strategies you can take up as you improve your overall lifestyle to a better and healthier you!
What You Will Learn:
- What approaches to take on to increase your energy levels
- How to ensure that your gut is communicating the way it should to your brain
- How stress and increased cortisol levels can impact your metabolic levels, and how to better improve your eating habits
Today’s Guest: Shawn Talbott
Doctor Shawn Talbott holds a MS in Exercise Science from University of Massachusetts and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers. He also holds advanced certificates in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from MIT. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Nutrition. As a Diplomate of the International Olympic Committee’s Sports Nutrition program, he has educated elite-level athletes in a variety of sports including at the United States Olympic Training Centers.
He is the author of hundreds of articles and more than a dozen books on nutrition and fitness. His work has been featured in media outlets around the world, including a variety of segments on The Dr. Oz Show, as well as at the White House as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity.
Quotes by Shawn Talbott
“About 70% of our dopamine, which is involved with motivation, is made in your gut. A lot of your GABA is, which is your relaxing neurotransmitter. That helps us sort of, de-stress is made in the gut.”
“People end up putting their healthy choices after everybody else's needs, you know, and that’s: as soon as I get my emails done, as soon as I take this next meeting, let me make another phone call. Let me attend to these other demands that are coming at me. I try to get people to reverse it around and say, schedule your day out where you get those things blocked.”
“If you're in a high cortisol state, you're running around like a crazy busy person all day and you just try to scarf some food down as quickly as possible, you will not absorb as many of those nutrients, but you'll absorb more of those calories.”
On battling depression: “You've had as a previous guest on your show Felice Jacka, who's probably one of the experts in that particular topic. Like her work would show that, if you eat more of the Mediterranean diet, or at least the Mediterranean style diet, that it's not just protective for depression, it can be therapeutic for depression.”
“I think a lot of people just think. Well, if I don't get enough sleep, I'm gonna be tired the next day, or I'm gonna be grouchy the next day. That certainly has an impact on your, on your mental fitness, but there's so much more underlying that it completely changes your biochemistry.”