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7 Steps to Healthy Brain with Dr. Daniel Amen Part 1

Dr. Daniel Amen is one of America’s leading psychiatrists and brain health experts. He’s the founder of Amen Clinics and BrainMD. Dr. Amen is a double board-certified psychiatrist and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a neuroscientist, and has helped millions of people change their lives through clinics, best-selling books, products, and public television programs. Dr. Amen is the author or coauthor of 70 professional articles as well as a ten-time New York Times bestselling author, including of the mega-bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.

His breakthrough public television programs on the brain and mental health have made him well loved by millions of viewers seeking guidance on memory, attention, other cognitive functions, emotional issues, behavior, and more.

Dr. Amen’s work has been featured in Newsweek, Time, Huffington Post, ABC World News, 20/20, BBC, London Telegraph, Parade Magazine, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, LA Times, Men’s Health, Bottom Line and Cosmopolitan, among many other outlets.

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What is the secret to a healthy brain?

If you’re struggling with focus, mental fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, how would you go about fixing that? If that’s been an issue for you, then I’m really excited about this episode because I’m going to take you behind the closed door of a private gathering we did for our students. We brought in an extraordinary guest, Dr. Daniel Amen, a physician, founder of Amen Clinics and BrainMD, double board-certified psychiatrist, and nine-time New York Times bestselling author.

Get ready to have what he calls, ‘the brain envy.’ His book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, has impacted so many people’s lives, including mine. This episode is a part 1 of 3-part series where he walks you through the Seven Steps to having a healthy brain. Take lots of notes and enjoy!

Show Notes

BRAINS CONTROL EVERYTHING

  • Brains run the world and control everything: stock market, local market, schools, governments, corporations, shops, families, etc., and you!
  • But we rarely think about the brain because you can’t see it—this is a mistake.
  • Alzheimer’s starts in the brain 30-50 years before you have any symptoms / no time to wait to get healthy—some of you are waiting until you get sick before you start getting well.
  • Success in anything you do starts with a healthy brain.
  • Big idea: with a little forethought (that comes from the prefrontal cortex that is 30% of the human brain, and is the part of the brain that makes us human) you can boost your brain and improve any area of your life.
  1. BRAIN EXCELLENCE
  • Your competitive advantage.
  • If you want an advantage in your life, take care of the organ that makes every single decision in your life.
  • Your brain is involved in everything: how you act, think, and get along with other people, your judgment, character, personality, intelligence, and planning.
  • Remember: when your brain works right, you work right. When your brain is troubled you’re much more likely to have troubles in your life.
  • Books mentioned: The Amen Solution and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body about the connection between the brain and physical health.
  • This principle directly attacks the notion of free will.
  • Free will is a brain function that can be compromised through things like accidents, depression—leading you to be sadder, sicker, poorer, less successful and experiencing poorer decision-making and impulse control.
  • With a healthy brain, people are happier and physically happier, wiser and more successful.
  • Book mentioned: Use Your Brain to Change Your Age
  • We get less active over time with ageing—and your brain is atrophying as you age too.
  • Remember: you have to be a warrior for your health in our society that is going the wrong way with health.
  1. WHY DO YOU CARE
  • If you don’t get this step right you’ll never get truly healthy.
  • Why do you want to have a healthy brain? Write down 5 reasons.
  • Dinosaur syndrome: multiple studies were done showing that as your weight goes up, the physical size and function of your brain goes down.
  • Write down what anchor images you can use to immediately remind yourself why being healthy is essential.
  • If you don’t have the why it will get too hard along the way.

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