CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the Mind/Microbiome

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.

Great to see Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, highlighting two of the important pillars of health that Amare is focused on improving – the MIND and the MICROBIOME.

Amare Global (The Mental Wellness Company) is the first and only company focusing on the important intersection of the mind/body – helping people to improve their Mental Wellness (mood, motivation, energy, focus, etc) by naturally balancing the microbiome and Gut-Brain-Axis.

In his “Resolutions for making 2022 a better, healthier year” ( Dr. Gupta highlights two important areas: “Pandemic-proof your Body” and “Pandemic-proof your Mind” – here are some excerpts…

Under “Pandemic-proof your Body” – he writes…

Instead of dieting to lose weight, resolve to eat right to boost your immune system. What does that mean? Scientists have learned that about 80% of your immunity lies with your gut microbiome — the trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other organisms that reside inside your intestines and play a key role in digestion, nutrition and immunity (among other vital activities.) Food is one of the clearest and quickest messages you send your body on a daily basis, a signal to those trillions of micro-organisms that stand at the ready.

While developing and maintaining a healthy microbiome is not going to inoculate you from Covid-19, it’ll lower your risk of getting severe disease. 

You might also notice other health benefits, too, like I did. A scientist friend I speak with regularly recommended I keep a detailed food journal along with a few items that I wanted to measure, like mood, creativity, willingness to work and exercise.

Under “Pandemic-proof your Mind” he writes…

It will come as no surprise to learn that mental health problems went up during the last couple of years, including among kids. Take the time to address any issues you might be experiencing, to avoid adding insult to an already difficult time.

One important way to do that is by maintaining our bonds to one another. We humans are social by nature and we thrive when we are connected. Ironically, it took the pandemic to remind us it’s not just a luxury to be social, it’s a necessity — even as it stole from us the very contact we need to flourish. So take time to reach out to family, friends and colleagues to cultivate and nurture relationships. Even a brief but positive exchange with a random stranger, like a smile on the street, can have lasting effects and ripple outward.

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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