NAMI Keynote

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 very excited to deliver the Keynote presentation tomorrow at the NAMI Conference in Honolulu – here are the slides that I’ll be using (download link below) – it is a LOT of slides, but many are for reference because I want the attendees to have a deep understanding of the Microbiome-Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis as a new paradigm to help our clients feel their best with optimized Mental Wellness.

UPDATE – I recorded the audio of my presentation – so you can download the audio and the slides and “follow along” as I present the ~1-hr seminar and Q&A session – it was a lot of fun!

Last week, we opened a special “Early Access” registration for the online version of the Certified Mental Wellness Coach program (CMWC) – to bring education about #MentalWellness to as many people as we can – and the response has been amazing! There is clearly a huge need for education around natural approaches for improving Mental Wellness…

If you’re interested in the type of content that we cover in the CMWC, you can get a good idea by watching the recording of the 2-day class (16 hours!) that we did in Nashville a few months ago (Day 1 and Day 2 are posted on YouTube – which you can subscribe to for notifications about new uploads).

Here is the outline of my presentation for the NAMI 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"?!?!

  • Hi there. I got certified in Charlotte, but others are trying to register for the online course and the payment page is showing not active. Is there another way to register?

    Thank you, Kelly Wevley

    • Hi Kelley – the registration link automatically expired at the end of the day – but we will reactivate it asap – so it should be live again soon and will stay until Sunday at midnight…

  • So grateful for this opportunity to make a difference in others lives and serve others as a Certified Mental Wellness Coach! You are a wonderful teacher Dr. Shawn! Thank you! ?

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