Two Brains on CBS12

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

On my recent visit to CBS12 (WPEC) in West Palm Beach Florida, I talked about how our TWO brains can determine our cravings, our mood, and our overall health.


You can see the video HERE

Some of the problems we associate with the brain may actually be the result of faulty signals between our brain and our gut or second brain.

Scientists refer to your gut as your second brain because it determines a big piece of your mental wellness.

What your gut tells your brain and vice versa is connected to your mood, immune system, and food cravings.

Dr. Shawn Talbott says if it’s not sending the right signals to the brain, it may lead to feelings of stress, fatigue and anxiety.

There are several things we can do to balance our gut/brain axis so that we feel better physically and emotionally.

Below, Dr. Talbott shares his three best tips:

1. Bring on the fiber! There are two types of fiber: insoluble and soluble. Insoluble is like nature’s broom. We don’t digest it, and it carries toxins with it as it exits our bodies. Soluble fiber absorbs water and helps to normalize digestion. It can also act as a prebiotic, which means it feeds the good bacteria in our gut. I like soluble guar fiber, because it has been shown in more than 120 clinical studies to support digestive health without the uncomfortable side effects. It also triggers the release of satiation-inducing hormones, so you may not feel as hungry.

2. Add fermented foods to your diet. Kimchi, yogurt, kefir and kombucha all help to maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria.

3. Feed your gut and brain plant-based phytonutrients and amino acids. Amino acids are used by the body for many physiological functions. One amino acid found in matcha or theanine has been shown to promote relaxation without causing drowsiness, reduce nervous tension, and help prevent the negative side-effects of caffeine. It’s a great brain nutrient.

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About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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