In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest today is Max Lugavere, a filmmaker, health and science journalist, and New York Times best-selling author. His mom’s early-onset dementia propelled him to seek out top scientists and doctors around the world. He made the connection to food in his first book “Genius Foods.” And realizing the needs of the body and brain don’t stop at food, he’s back with a new take on health with “The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary.”
Max looked into global research on circadian biology, psychology, dementia prevention, cognitive optimization and exercise physiology. He’s taken all that knowledge and distilled it into valuable suggestions. “All it takes for most people are a few simple insights and a few simple tips to really turn things around in a powerful way,” Max says.
We talk about hacks you can start incorporating into your life right away to build up your physical and mental health resilience.
“The link between exercise and mental health really, it can’t be overstated,” Max says. “And when I’m home for an extended period of time, it really is a challenge mentally. I think this is actually one of the topics that is being under-covered in terms of the media, what this social distancing collectively is doing for our mental health. So, anything that we can do to fortify our mental health during this time is crucial.”
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Book: The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary
- Max’s mom diagnosed with a form of dementia. – 6:45
- To see your mom begin to stutter and slow down is the most surreal thing to witness. – 8:34
- First time in my life that I’d ever had a panic attack. – 9:20
- We all talk about how we should minimize chronic stress. – 12:35
- Cold water swimming, so like winter swimming, is powerful as a therapeutic for depression as well. – 16:31
- Just moving, simple, daily spontaneous movements create micro-vacillations in your blood pressure. – 20:02
- What’s the right amount of weight training? – 24:50
- Pathways that get stimulated when you’re sitting in a sauna also get activated during exercise. – 34:04
- The link between exercise and mental health really, it can’t be overstated. – 38:22
- Your average omnivore consumes about two grams of glycine every day. – 44:08
- What’s the difference in your mind between a glycine amino acid supplement, and just taking collagen? – 48:15
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