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Our Brain Health episodes are for everyone — anyone who owns a brain will find benefit.

Clear, quick, and focused thinking begins with proper brain health, so here we touch on the basic do's and don'ts of maintaining your brain.

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And check out the list below for the best of the rest...


scientific researcher with chemical molecules

Jesse talks with Dr. Carhart-Harris about the prototypical psychedelic, LSD, how it changes the brain in long-lasting ways, and why you’ll never look at bicycles the same way again.

Episode 128 image: manufacturing expertise

We’ve all heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule, but what about deliberate practice? Dr. Ericsson talks us through becoming an expert through deliberate practice, including visualization, finding a mentor, and more.

Smarter babies

More intelligence is “lost” to inadequate fetal nutrition than to anything else, period. In this special Mother’s Day episode, Jesse speaks with Dr. Kavitha Menon about the greatest dangers to the development of baby brains, in both the developing and the developed world. Get your maternity checklist ready with items from iodine supplements to skillets to workout videos and give yourself better odds at a little Einstein.

exercise-cognition

Brains and Brawn, long positioned as polar opposites, turn out to be anything but. In this episode, Jesse talks with fitness trainer Sal di Stefano — also the co-host and resident science geek at the MindPump podcast — about best practices to use physical exercise to enhance your cognition.

cannabidiol, CBD, smart drugs, nootropics, marijuana

Compounds in the hemp plant are so potent within the human body that an entire class of naturally-occurring molecules inside humans (the “endocannabinoids”) are named after the plant — ​not the other way around! In Episode 124, Jesse interviews athlete, author and fitness trainer Ben Greenfield about Cannabidiol (CBD), the most medically versatile of the cannabinoids.

supplement, quality assurance, nootropics, smart drugs

LabDoor’s goal is full-spectrum testing of the majority of consumer supplements — upwards of 10,000 different products. One piece of their innovative approach is to have users vote on what category of supplements gets added to their next battery of tests.

Intermittent Fasting, Cognition, Caloric Restriction, Fasting, nootropics

Dr. Mark Mattson, neurologist at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Health (NIH), has decades of work in the fields of nutrition, brain health, and the complex interplay between diet, exercise, “feeding windows,” and macronutrient ratios. Join us in Episode #120 to learn his many insights.

cognitive-ethics-nootropics-ai

As the popularity of smart drugs and cognitive enhancement technologies becomes more widespread, questions of ethics and fairness rise to the surface. We remember that along with the scientific question of “can we” is the ethical sibling question “should we”?

turmeric, schizandra, adaptogens, nootropics, smart drugs

The adaptogen plant turmeric has been a mainstay of Indian and Asian cooking for millenia. Its root is chock-full of bioactive curcuminoid compounds that have been shown to provide wide-ranging benefits from the reduction of oxidative stress to the reduction of psychological stress.

lymphatic system, neuroscience, brain health

“Textbooks are going to need to change.” That was the general consensus around the 2015 discovery that previously unknown lymphatic vessels connect the brain directly to the immune system. Hear about the breakthrough discovery from co-discoverer Professor Jonathan Kipnis.

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