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Fix A Broken Brain with Dr. Hyman (Part 1)

Dr. Mark Hyman is leading a health revolution—one revolved around using food as medicine to support longevity, energy, mental clarity, happiness, and so much more. Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. He is the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, a fourteen-time New York Times bestselling author, and Board President for Clinical Affairs for The Institute for Functional Medicine. He is the host of one of the leading health podcasts, The Doctor’s Farmacy. Dr. Hyman is a regular medical contributor on several television shows and networks, including CBS This Morning, Today, Good Morning America, The View, and CNN. He is also an advisor and guest co-host on The Dr. Oz Show.

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"Remember: your brain is an organ — and by fixing your body, you can fix your brain."

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How do you fix a broken brain?

Dr. Mark Hyman is a 10-time New York Times bestselling author and head of functional medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. 1.1 billion people worldwide are affected by conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, and brain fog. But there are ways you can fight them — many of which Dr. Hyman discusses in his brand-new free docuseries, available here.

While there is a mind-body connection, there’s also a body-mind connection. Oftentimes, your brain issues might actually stem from your body — and you need to treat the whole system to get better. Most of us do things that damage our brain every day, but the good news is that our brain is very resilient and recovers dramatically if you put in the right information. The basic formula is to take out the bad stuff and put in the good stuff. This is an exclusive training Dr. Hyman did for my clients. In Part 1, we’ll discuss what to put in your body. Stay tuned for Part 2, and learn more about Dr. Hyman’s docuseries here.

Disclaimer: The content of this episode is for informational purposes only. For medical questions, please seek advice from a qualified healthcare practitioner.

What to Add to Fix Your Brain

Eat the right foods

  • You can change your biology with food because food isn’t just calories; it’s information and instructions that upgrade or downgrade your biological software.
  • Leave the food that man made. Eat the food that God made.
  • By volume, most of your vegetables should be plant-based.
  • Eat vegetables and fruit.
  • By calories, most of your diet should be fat.
  • Eat good fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, coconut butter and oil, and omega-3 fats.
  • DHA, found in fish, is one of the most powerful brain-healing compounds.
  • Many memory and mood issues are connected to deficiencies in omega-3 fats.
  • MCT oil is a powerful upregulator of brain function because it increases mitochondrial function, which are the energy factories you need to produce energy.

Make sure you have good protein for muscle synthesis

  • Have the right nutrients in your diet.
  • Consider a multivitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.
  • You may also want to take some methylating support and probiotics.

Balance your hormones

  • Get out the sugar and eat more fat to reduce insulin resistance.
  • The bigger your belly, the smaller your brain.
  • Balance your thyroid, your adrenals, and your sex hormones. Your hormones are related to what your diet is.

Optimize your gut function

  • Look at the major triggers of inflammation (gluten and dairy) and see if they might be driving brain fog and brain dysfunction.

Optimize your mitochondria

  • Nutrients you can use include Coq10, niacinamide, nicotinamid ribocide, lipoic acid, and B vitamins.


  • Your diet is important, but you also need to keep your muscle mass high with high-intensity interval training.



  • Meditation can help you create better brain function as well as be more connected, compassionate, and loving.

Use accelerated learning techniques

  • The techniques I teach will work better on a brain that’s working.
  • Fixing your body will make fixing your brain so much easier.

Remember: your brain is an organ – and by fixing your body, you can fix your brain.

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