Mental Wellness Partnership

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.

I’m looking forward to delivering the Keynote at the “Hearts & Minds” Conference next week in Honolulu.

The event is a 3-way partnership between NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Wellness); MHA (Mental Health America); and the CMWC (Certified Mental Wellness Coach program at Marietta College).

NAMI + MHA + CMWC = that’s a lot of alphabet soup – but you put it all together and we’re educating people around the world about how “Mental Health IS Physical Health” and it is important for all of us to understand how we can improve both.

Last week, we held an excellent 2-day in-person CMWC in Salt Lake City – and Early Access registration opened yesterday for the online version of the CMWC – and we are holding a special one-day Certification in Honolulu on March 27 – so we are trying to bring education about #MentalWellness to as many people as we can.

Here is the outline of my presentation for the conference – we will try to record it and post the video here…

Hearts & Minds & Microbiomes – Oh My!

-optimizing mood, motivation, and mental wellness by optimizing the brain-body-biome.

Presentation Description…

1. How the Microbiome-Gut-Brain-Heart-Axis is related to mental well-being

2. How to engineer their microbiome for ultimate mental performance (stress, mood, energy, focus, sleep, resilience, etc).

3. How to choose probiotics, prebiotics, and other nutrients for maximum benefits.

Learning Objectives…

1. Understand how bacteria in our gut determine what happens in our brain and relate to our overall mental well-being?

2. Understand how those signals get out of balance – and how to rebalance them?

3. What are some of the mistakes that people make when they think about “gut health”?

4. Can people do this with food and exercise alone – Where do supplements fit in?

Top resources…

Mental Fitness by Shawn Talbott

The Mind Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer

The Psychobiotic Revolution by Scott Anderson

Brain Changer by Felice Jacka

This is Your Brain on Food by Uma Naidoo


Dr. Shawn Talbott is a PsychoNutritionist who integrates nutrition, biochemistry, and psychology to help people feel, look, and perform better. 

As a scientist (PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry, Rutgers) and entrepreneur (EMP in Entrepreneurship, MIT), his recent projects include two academic textbooks, an award-winning documentary film, several best-selling books translated into multiple languages, and numerous top-selling nutraceuticals and functional foods.

Dr. Talbott runs the Amare Wellness Center and trains people as Certified Mental Wellness Coaches in Plymouth, MA and online at Marietta College.

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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