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Brain Hacking 101


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This presentation outlines the talk I gave at the Negev July 12, 2015 about biohacking. In this talk, we address:
How inflammation negatively effects brain health
How does the gut-brain connection influences neurotransmitters production
How to increase neurogenesis
What supplements/diet/lifestyle changes support all of this

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Brain Hacking 101

  1. 1. Brain Hacking 101
  2. 2. Objectives You should know: • What inflammation is and how to stop it • How the gut-brain connection is key to brain health and neurotransmitter abundance • How to optimize neurogenesis through BDNF • Diet, supplement and life hacks to kick ass
  3. 3. The brain 2% of your body’s mass. 25% of your body’s energy requirement. 80% fat.
  4. 4. Parts to an optimal brain • Stop the inflammation • Increase energy to the brain • Optimize neuron quality and neurogenesis • Increase neurotransmitters
  5. 5. Pop Quiz What do diabetes, ADHD, autism, and Alzheimer’s have in common? Answer: inflammation
  6. 6. Brain-gut connection
  7. 7. 1. Stop inflammation Inflammation is the body’s natural response to stress, such as an injury or infection. • What is oxidization, free radicals and advanced glycation end products (AGEs)? • Evolutionary perspective on our inflammatory diet
  8. 8. How to stop it • Reduce carbs, especially fructose (10x glycation rate than glucose) and gluten (creates leaky gut, exorphins) • Fix gut with probiotics —> let the good bacteria win. Especially if you: were born w/ C-Section, had antibiotics as a baby, have autoimmunity, weren’t breast fed • Increase exercise (HIIT FTW) —> super anti- inflammatory
  9. 9. 2. Feed healthy neurons • Increase cholesterol and fat (low cholesterol —> low cognitive function)
  10. 10. 3.BDNF: the neuron supercharger
  11. 11. Eat more of: • DHA (fish oil) —> almost 50% of brain’s cell membranes • MCT oil (coconut oil) —> gives brain fuel, increases mitochondria, • Cholesterol (eggs, meat,—> anti-oxidant, neuron function, • Vitamin D (get a tan for fuck’s sake) —> needed to create • Probiotics (sauerkraut, full-fat yogurt, —> helps the gut brain create serotonin, helps good bugs win • Other anti-oxidants (vegetables, coffee, tea) —> help you neutralize free radicals • CoQ10 (pill) —> anti-oxidant and part of mitochondria’s electron transport chain • Curcumin (turmeric) —> improve glucose metabolism, anti-oxidant, protect mitochondria • Resveratrol (red wine, pill) —> more blood-flow to the brain for cognition • Alpha-lipoic acid —> powerful anti-oxidant
  12. 12. Eat less of: • Fructose —> limit 1 unit of fruit/day • Wheat (gluten) —> bread, pasta, cereal • Carbs in general • Omega-6 Fatty Acids (corn, vegetable, soybean, canola, sunflower oil) • MSG (monosodium glutamate) —> Chinese food • Artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose)
  13. 13. More stuff • Exercise (especially HIIT) —> increases BDNF, blood flow, highly anti-inflammatory • Intermittent Fasting —> Increases BDNF, neurogenesis, executive function • Cold thermogenesis —> increases neuron myelination
  14. 14. Questions?