Choices, Health and Your Brain in the Modern World with Austin Perlmutter
When most people want better health, they think about how to increase their exercise or adjust their diet. However, we often overlook the role brain function plays in improving quality of life. Austin Perlmutter explains why we need to be aware of the modern challenges our brains face, simple ways to boost our brains, and how to reframe our thinking to get the changes we want!
In this episode, Cathy and Austin discuss:
How the modern world is affecting our brains
- 3 negative impacts of the modern world: sleep-deficit, inflammation, chronic stress
- The power of nature, mindfulness, and exercise to improve brain function
- The importance of making good choices and setting boundaries
- The future of brain health and understanding the unconscious brain
- Actions that can help fight against predisposed conditions and diseases
- Details about Austin’s book Brain Wash
- How to change our thinking about behaviors and habits
- “GDP is important but maybe not as important as living high quality lives.”
- “Become aware of the way that the brain works and become aware of the way the modern world is negatively affecting our brains.”
- “Most of the things that really work are not going to be quick fixes; that’s not the way the human body works—but it is the way marketing works.”
- “Reframe behavior as something other than just your voluntary, conscious decision making and instead say it’s a reflection of your brain wiring…and change the wiring of the source.”
Austin Perlmutter, M.D., is a board-certified internal medicine physician and New York Times bestselling author. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his internal medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon. His focus is in helping others to improve decision-making and quality of life. He is also interested in methods of understanding and reducing burnout in the medical field. He is the co-author of Brain Wash. He writes for Psychology Today on his blog, The Modern Brain.
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