Who Wants to Feel Better?

I’ve spent most of my career studying how our biochemistry drives our behavior – how the foods we eat and the activities that we do change the way that we feel, look, and perform.

So, it’s with extreme pleasure that I’m able to announce that Amare Global will be pre-launching next month – and holding a kick-off event in Utah on August 25th & 26th.

Amare Global is “The Mental Health Company” – and our initial products pre-launching next month encompass a wide range of science-based natural solutions for improving vigor, mood, focus, energy, sleep, and overall well-being through balance of the microbiome and optimization of the gut-brain-axis.

See the flyer here = AmareUtah – I would love to see you there!

Here is a message from our Head of Sales, Rich Higbee:

Hello all Utah Friends:

Good news!  We’ve nailed down the location for the Utah Amare pre-launch event on Friday & Saturday, August 25thand 26th.  This is going to be a weekend that goes down in Amare history for sure. 

Details about the event are included in the attached flyer.  We’ve also created an Eventbrite registration link.  Space is limited and the event will likely sell out – so registration will be based on first come/first serve.  Please share this link with everyone you know and encourage them to get registered ASAP so they can guarantee a seat.

We can’t wait for Utah to hear the Amare story and learn about our incredible products, platform and mission around Mental Wellness.  Each Member of our Founding Executive Team will be joining us here in Utah – CEO Hiep Tran, CSO Dr. Shawn Talbott, CMO Mike Brown and myself (President of Sales) and Pat Hintze – our Founding Wellness Partner among other Amare Staff.  We can’t wait to see you and meet the people who join you at this momentous event.

See you soon.


Rich Higbee

President Sales

Founding Executive

Amare Global


Back to School Sleep Foods

It’s that time of year again – the final weeks of Summer have us thinking about getting ready to head back to school.

After a couple of months of late nights and lazy mornings, we need to get back into our rhythm of early to bed and early to rise – and that all starts with healthy sleep.

Maybe you’ve heard some of the advice to turn off electronics and read a real book for an hour before bed, but there are also diet tips that can help you relax and improve sleep quality.

Earlier this week, I visited the set of Fresh Living (KUTV CBS Channel 2 in Salt Lake City) to talk about some of my favorite foods and nutrients to help improve sleep – you can watch the video here.

Here are a few of my favorite foods and herbs that can help with sleep and relaxation:

Dairy: Warm milk’s calming quality is not just an old wives tale. Calcium and magnesium are relaxing. Plus milk has peptides (small protein chains) that, when digested, have direct relaxation effects in the brain. A glass of milk or cup of yogurt can be just the thing to relax the mind and help you slip off into a restful night of sleep

Whole grain carbohydrates: When you choose whole grains instead of refined grains, you maintain blood sugar levels, so your brain and body function better. Plus, the lignan compounds in whole grains are associated with lowered cortisol. Combine dairy and whole grains in a bedtime snack such as yogurt & granola or cheese and crackers.
Oranges: On the psychological side of stress, the scent of oranges and other citrus fruits has been shown to directly stimulate areas of the brain associated with stress resilience – so take a good whiff of orange to shield yourself from stress before you eat it. On the biochemical side of stress, oranges also contain both vitamin C and flavonoids, which are among the most effective nutrients for reducing concentrations of cortisol. In addition to cortisol control, flavonoids also help protect from other biological stressors such as free radicals and inflammatory cytokines that can lead to cellular damage and pain.

Cherries (especially tart cherries): have potent anti-inflammatory effects (to reduce pain) and naturally boost levels of melatonin (the sleep hormone) – making tart cherries one of the most effective foods to help athletes (and everyone) to relax and get a good night of sleep.
Almonds and Walnuts: Nuts are an excellent source of several anti-stress and sleep-enhancing nutrients including muscle-sparing protein, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, stress-fighting B-vitamins and relaxing magnesium (mineral) and tryptophan (amino acid). Nuts also provide you with the opportunity to “crunch away” some of your stress because several studies have shown the chewing action to be associated with lower stress and better moods.

Corn grass: Perhaps the most effective natural herbal therapy that we’ve ever studied for improving both mood (due to increased serotonin production during the day) and sleep quality (due to increased melatonin production at night). Corn grass contains natural compounds that the body can convert into serotonin and melatonin “on demand” – so it won’t make you sleepy like melatonin (which is a synthetic version of your body’s natural hormone), but it will help you sleep when you’re ready (with no “melatonin hangover” the next day). Studies have shown corn grass extract to help reduce depression and anxiety, while also increasing both REM sleep (which rejuvenates the brain) and deep sleep (which restores the body).

Any (or all!) of these natural options can help you to relax and achieve the deepest most restorative sleep possible – which then gives you the clear mind and rejuvenated body to rise to the challenges of “back to school” or whatever life serves up!

Thanks for reading,



Shawn M Talbott, PhD, CNS, LDN, FACSM, FAIS, FACN

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

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Best Future You – Harnessing Your Body’s Biochemistry to Achieve Balance in Body, Mind, and Spirit

The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy

Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic

The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House)

The Cortisol Connection Diet – The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House)

Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House)

Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books)

The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012)

The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens)

A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press)



Psychological Vigor?

When people ask me what I do, I usually just say that I’m a “nutritionist” – it’s easier – and it’s usually enough at a party or networking event to get a nod, a smile, and a “very interesting” before moving on to the important stuff.

Every once in awhile, someone will ask, “what kind of nutrition?” – which allows me to explain that I’m trained in nutritional biochemistry (PhD Rutgers) and exercise physiology (MS Umass Amherst) – so I study how nutrition/exercise influence the body. Often, they’ll assume that I’m a “sports nutritionist” – and while I’m also a diplomate in sports nutrition with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), I don’t really “do” sports nutrition per se.

Rather, most of my research and writing (13 books) centers around how nutrition/exercise can change our biochemistry/physiology – and how those changes make us FEEL (psychology). I guess that makes me more of a pyscho-nutritional biochemist? Or a nutritional biopsychologist? Or maybe just a psycho?  ;^)

At any rate – whatever you call me – the work that I do is nicely encapsulated in the two audio files below. One is a 20-min Keynote lecture that I gave at a Behavioral Medicine conference a few years ago (Stress and Cortisol – Walking the Tight Rope) – and the other is a 90-min Tutorial from the same conference (Vigor 7 Days to Unlimited Energy, Focus, and Well-Being). The keynote is high-level and the tutorial gets into the details of stress physiology/biochemistry, nutrition/lifestyle interventions, and overall impact on psychological mood states such as vigor/burnout, depression, anxiety, and overall mental wellness.

If you’re curious about the inter-relationships between biochemistry, physiology, and psychology, then please take a listen and let me know your thoughts?