Hay House Radio Episode Recap
- Episode Name: “The Brain-Weight Connection”
- Live Broadcast: May 2nd, 2017 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time
Episode Summary Re-cap
…eating for brain health can lead to a healthy body and healthy weight
Studies show that eating for brain health can lead to a healthy body and healthy weight. Neurologist, Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary returns to discuss new health tips for a healthier brain, body and life. Discover some new techniques for stress relief, improved moods, achieving your ideal weight and little-known Ayurvedic health secrets!
Special Guest: Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary
Dr. Chaudhary’s combined expertise in both modern neurology and the ancient science of health known as Ayurveda has uniquely positioned her as an expert able to pull from the broadest possible base to treat her clients. She is passionate about raising awareness for the need of a paradigm shift in contemporary medicine that focuses on patient empowerment and a health-based (rather than disease-based) medical system. Dr. Chaudhary is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz show, where her teachings about Ayurvedic medicine have been applauded by a national audience.
Dr. Chaudhary was the Director of Wellspring Health in Scripps Memorial Hospital for ten years, and remains a pioneer in the field of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Chaudhary has successfully developed a powerful system to manage chronic neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and migraine headaches, by incorporating fundamental changes in diet, behavior, and stress, in addition to the standard allopathic approach to these issues. This program has been so successful that many patients now use it not just for neurological issues but also for a wider range of health concerns, including weight issues and chronic disease.
creating a new model for healthcare…Dr. Chaudhary now serves as the Chief Medical Officer for New Practices, Inc. where she is changing allopathic medical practices into healing centers using compassion-based health coaching, meditation, and integrative medicine to combat chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, coronary heart disease, addictions, and more.
She also oversees ongoing research in management and reversal of chronic disease through lifestyle intervention. Dr. Chaudhary is creating a new model for healthcare that is based on teaching patients the principles of health and personal transformation in an environment of compassion, empowering them to live in a way that promotes maximum healing and vitality.
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is also a neuroscientist. She has participated in over twenty clinical research studies in the areas of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Her research includes groundbreaking work in stem cell therapies for diabetic peripheral neuropathy and drug development for the treatment of ALS.
Why You Become What You Eat
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary revealed why her patients, who came to her with neurological conditions, not only experienced improvements in brain health, but also healed their gut and lost weight. The weight loss was an unintended side effect to nourishing their brain and body with a program that she wrote a book about called, The Prime.
“What you eat becomes your mind. As is the food, so is your mind.”
– Ayurvedic Proverb
Why You Become What You Eat
Food is healing for a variety of reasons. For one, it brings us together as a community. Also, what’s at the end of your fork, is eventually the skin on your body, the way your heart pumps, your muscles, and it makes up everything in your body. Dr. Kulreet remembers having patients who had scheduled plastic surgery when they first started working with her and after a few months on The Prime program of healthy eating, they realized that their face and skin looked so much better that they cancelled the plastic surgery!
In addition, your food influences your microbiome, the community of bacteria in your gut. And your microbiome influences your brain. This is a big part of the gut-brain connection or the brain-weight connection.
The bacteria in your gut can change within 24 hours and your taste buds change within 7 – 14 days. So your body gives you ways to transition from addictive foods to those that nourish your body. Some people think it takes willpower, but willpower is what you may think!
You Do Not Lack Willpower – The Biochemical Reason for Weight Gain
First of all, willpower is not a special talent and it’s not about determination. Willpower is directly related to how stable your blood sugar is. This means that if you skip meals, go on a calorie restricted diet, eat a lot of sweets or processed foods, or have poor digestion, you will naturally have lower willpower.
Secondly, since the food industry specializes in making sweet, chemical-laden, processed foods. In fact, they hire food scientists to make these foods even more addictive, so you’ll want to eat more. When you eat these foods, you are already setting your body up for challenges. The food you eat influences your microbiome, the community of bacteria in your gut that helps you digest, keeps you healthy, and communicates directly to your brain.
Processed food, too much sugar, and stress kill the good bacteria, changing your microbiome. If too many good bacteria die, the bad bacteria can proliferate, which can contribute to fatigue, low moods, cravings, and weight gain.
When you naturally reset the microbiome and change the neurochemistry associated with eating addictive foods, a natural biochemical shift happens. As this happens, Dr. Kulreet has seen people spontaneously lose weight.
Dopamine: The Addictive Pleasure Chemical
Dopamine is the pleasure neurotransmitter that was intended for the survival of the species. For example, sex creates a dopamine response in the body and the brain perceives that it feels good, which supports the survival of the species. The same response happens with food. Certain foods create a feel-good response in the brain. The increase is supposed to be gentle.
However, food scientists have figured out how to manipulate this natural pleasure response so that when you put the snack in your mouth, there’s fireworks in your brain that make you feel like you have enhanced pleasure. The problem is that if your brain is continuously exposed to these enhanced pleasure signals, it becomes a stressor. Your body will eventually reduce the dopamine receptors to protect your brain, which means the same amount of that food doesn’t have as strong an effect, making you want more.
The bacteria in your gut will change accordingly as well. Your gut will begin to crave the artificial foods and artificial experience over other foods and over human connection.
The good news is that your body helps you reverse this because your microbiome will start to change as soon as you change your diet. They will begin to crave foods that support your health as you eat those foods.
More Tips for Brain Health, Gut Health & Weight Loss
Ayurvedic Medicine Health Tips
Genes Are a Blueprint
Your genes are a blueprint or map of what type of life you could experience. Your genes show you the physical, mental and emotional experience that you intended. It gives you clues for how you can achieve balance. The doshas express this.
How to Identify Your Doshas
Doshas are a way to identify your mind-body type. There are three doshas: vata (similar to the ectomorph), pitta (similar to the mesomorph), and kapha (similar to the endomorph). Every human being is a mixture of these three types. An Ayurvedic practitioner is really the best person to guide you to identifying your doshas. This is because environmental factors can contribute to which doshas are expressing, which can make identifying yours confusing. Typically, each person is a combination of one or two doshas, but could have an imbalance in the third because of environmental challenges or stress.
Once you have identified your doshas, you can begin to use food and lifestyle practices to balance them, like those outlined in The Prime.
In Ayurvedic medicine, an evaluation of the tongue is performed. One of the assessments is to look at the tongue upon waking. If there is a white covering, it is a buildup of toxins that accumulates from food not fully digesting. This coating is full of bacteria, so in Ayurvedic medicine, it’s recommended that you scrape this coating off your tongue, to avoid bacterial contamination in your mouth and teeth. You can purchase a tongue scraper at your local health food store or online.
Ancestral Foods Heal
If you are having health challenges, consider going back into your family tree and identifying the ancestral background you intuitively identify with. Or if you moved to another country, consider whether you want to cook some foods, use herbs and spices or consume teas from your home country. Since your genes and microbiome is based on your ancestry, this can be a wonderful way to bring balance to your body and mind.
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