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    • Transforming Mental Health: Addressing the Root Cause with a Metabolic ApproachA metabolic approach to mental health, focusing on diet and lifestyle interventions, offers hope for long-term remission and addresses chronic conditions rooted in metabolic dysfunction.

      The current approach to treating mental illness is focused on reducing symptoms rather than addressing the root cause. This limits the effectiveness of treatments and often leads to chronic conditions that persist despite medication. Dr. Chris Palmer's research suggests that mental disorders are actually metabolic disorders of the brain, caused by dysfunction in our mitochondria. This theory connects physical, mental, and emotional health and emphasizes the importance of diet and lifestyle interventions in achieving long-term remission. By shifting our perspective and understanding the link between trauma, social factors, and metabolism, there is hope for a transformative approach to mental health that not only addresses depression and anxiety but also chronic diseases rooted in metabolic dysfunction.

    • A holistic approach to mental health: Moving beyond medication and psychotherapy.Treating mental illness requires a comprehensive understanding that includes the gut-brain connection, stress management, and environmental factors, for more effective long-term solutions.

      The traditional approach to mental health, which focuses solely on medication and psychotherapy, may not be effective in addressing the root causes of mental illness. The belief that mental illness is solely caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and can be corrected through medication is not supported by evidence. Instead, a more comprehensive and holistic understanding is needed, which takes into account factors such as the gut-brain connection, the role of stress and cortisol dysregulation, and various environmental and lifestyle factors. By considering these multiple inputs and addressing the root causes, healthcare professionals can potentially provide more effective treatment for chronic mental health problems.

    • The connection between mental disorders and metabolic disorders: Understanding the link to inform treatment.Mental illnesses are not solely psychological; they are metabolic disorders of the brain. Recognizing this connection can lead to more effective treatment approaches for individuals with mental health problems.

      Mental disorders and metabolic disorders are interconnected. Research shows that people with mental illnesses are more likely to develop obesity, type two diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer's disease. These conditions are not separate, but rather part of a larger picture of metabolic dysfunction and mitochondrial dysfunction in the brain. The relationship between mental illness and other chronic metabolic disorders is bi-directional, meaning that individuals with conditions like obesity are also more likely to develop mental health problems. This challenges the notion that mental disorders are solely psychological in nature. Instead, they should be understood as metabolic disorders of the brain. This understanding can help shed light on the underlying causes of mental illnesses and inform effective treatment approaches.

    • Challenging Diagnostic Guidelines for Mental DisordersDifferentiating between normal human responses and brain disorders is crucial in mental health diagnoses to avoid misdiagnosis and ensure appropriate treatment and understanding.

      The current diagnostic guidelines for mental disorders, such as major depressive disorder, may not adequately differentiate between normal human responses to tragic events and actual brain disorders. The example of a man who loses his family in a car accident illustrates this point. According to DSM, if he continues to struggle and feel low after 14 days, he can be diagnosed with major depressive disorder. However, this may not accurately represent his condition, as it is a normal response to such a traumatic event. The distinction between normal human responses and brain disorders should be carefully considered in mental health diagnoses to ensure appropriate treatment and understanding.

    • The Metabolic Connection: How Mental Health is Rooted in Brain FunctionMental disorders can arise from metabolic imbalances in the brain caused by stress and trauma. Recognizing and addressing this connection can lead to effective treatments and lifestyle changes that improve mental health.

      Mental disorders are often rooted in metabolic disorders of the brain. The stress and trauma of losing a loved one can have a major metabolic toll on individuals, pushing some over the edge into what we define as disorders. However, most people are resilient and can recover from these stressors with appropriate support and time. It is important to recognize that mental health is not solely a matter of neurotransmitters or hormones, but also involves the metabolism of brain cells. Understanding and addressing this metabolic compromise can inform effective treatments and lifestyle changes that can make a significant difference in improving mental health.

    • The Link Between Metabolism and Mental HealthAddressing metabolic dysfunction through dietary changes can lead to significant improvements in mental health, as seen in the case of Doris who experienced remission of chronic schizophrenia symptoms with a ketogenic diet.

      Our metabolism plays a crucial role in mental health. Metabolic dysfunction can lead to problems with the structure and function of cells, which can manifest as mental disorders. This dysfunction can be caused by various factors, including diet and lifestyle choices. By addressing metabolic dysfunction through interventions like dietary changes, we can potentially see significant improvements in mental health. A powerful example is the case of Doris, who suffered from chronic schizophrenia. When she adopted a ketogenic diet, her symptoms went into remission, and she experienced dramatic improvements in her overall well-being. This underscores the profound impact that metabolic health can have on mental disorders, offering hope for effective and holistic approaches to treatment.

    • The Ketogenic Diet's Potential in Treating Mental Health ConditionsThe ketogenic diet, originally known for weight loss, has shown promising results in reducing symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, highlighting the need for better education and awareness among medical professionals and patients.

      The ketogenic diet has shown remarkable results in putting bipolar disorder and schizophrenia into remission. This may come as a surprise to many, as the ketogenic diet is commonly known as a fad diet focused on weight loss. However, it has a strong foundation in treating epilepsy and has been extensively studied for its effects on brain function. The diet works by changing neurotransmitters, reducing inflammation, altering the gut microbiome, improving insulin signaling, and enhancing mitochondrial health. These biochemical changes can have a profound impact on mental health conditions. Unfortunately, many patients are not informed about this option, highlighting the need for better education and awareness among medical professionals and patients alike.

    • Lifestyle Changes and the Ketogenic Diet: A Promising Alternative for Epilepsy TreatmentLifestyle changes, including dietary choices like the ketogenic diet, can have a significant impact on managing epilepsy and improving health outcomes, serving as a powerful alternative for those who haven't found success with medications.

      Making lifestyle changes can be a powerful treatment option, not just for prevention but also for managing certain health conditions. For individuals with epilepsy who have tried multiple medications with no success, the ketogenic diet can offer a promising alternative. While it may not work for everyone, about 33% of patients experience a significant reduction in seizures, and a third of patients even become seizure-free. This highlights the therapeutic potential of lifestyle behavior changes, such as dietary choices, in improving health outcomes. It's important to note that these improvements are not due to individuals having poor diets, but rather the metabolic effects of certain conditions like chronic infections. Lifestyle changes can play a crucial role in managing and treating diseases beyond just prevention.

    • The Role of Metabolic Dysfunction in Mental IllnessBy addressing metabolic dysfunction and improving mitochondrial health through the ketogenic diet and other lifestyle factors, symptoms of mental illness can be alleviated, emphasizing the importance of individualized treatments for mental health conditions.

      Metabolic dysfunction plays a significant role in mental illness. The root cause of certain conditions like seizures or schizophrenia symptoms can be traced back to mitochondrial dysfunction in the brain. The ketogenic diet, along with other factors such as reducing inflammation, changing gene expression, and altering the gut microbiome, can help improve mitochondrial function. By addressing the metabolic dysfunction and improving mitochondrial health, symptoms of mental illness can be alleviated. This understanding highlights the importance of focusing on root causes and individualized treatments for mental health conditions. Additionally, various lifestyle factors, including diet and exercise, have a significant impact on mitochondrial function and overall mental well-being.

    • The impact of trauma on mental and metabolic healthTrauma can significantly affect both our mental and physical health, as it triggers a stress response that impacts heart rate, blood sugar, gene expression, and inflammation. Understanding trauma as a metabolic issue can help in treating various mental illnesses.

      Trauma, whether perceived or real, has a significant impact on both mental and metabolic health. Traumatic events trigger a flood of stress response in the body, putting it on high alert and activating various adaptive mechanisms. This response takes a toll on our metabolism, affecting heart rate, blood sugar, endorphins, and neurotransmitters. It also leads to gene expression changes and increased inflammation. Research has shown that mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells, play a crucial role in the stress response. Addressing trauma as a metabolic problem can help us understand and treat a range of mental illnesses, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Making connections between trauma and metabolism can provide a comprehensive approach to improving overall health and wellbeing.

    • The Impact of Trauma on Physical Well-beingAddressing both the psychological and physiological impacts of trauma through comprehensive treatment approaches can promote healing and improve overall well-being.

      Trauma not only has psychological and social impacts but also has significant effects on our physical well-being. The body's physiological response to trauma, particularly when it remains on high alert, can lead to metabolic dysfunction and affect various bodily functions such as sleep and cardiovascular health. Therefore, a comprehensive treatment approach is necessary to address all these aspects of trauma. This includes psychotherapy for psychological healing, developing safe and meaningful relationships, and focusing on the body's physiology through lifestyle changes like diet, exercise, and stress reduction practices. By addressing both the psychological and physiological impacts of trauma, individuals can promote healing and improve their overall well-being.

    • Understanding the Link Between Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Mental Illnesses, and Metabolic DisordersMitochondrial dysfunction caused by environmental toxins such as alcohol, marijuana, and cigarette smoke can contribute to the development of mental disorders and metabolic dysfunctions, highlighting the importance of addressing mitochondrial health through lifestyle strategies.

      Mitochondrial dysfunction is at the heart of many mental illnesses and metabolic disorders. Environmental toxins such as alcohol, marijuana, and cigarette smoke are known to be toxic to mitochondria and can contribute to the development of mental disorders and metabolic dysfunctions. Cigarette smokers, for example, often have a lower weight but are more likely to have heart attacks, insulin resistance, and mental disorders. This shows that metabolic health is not just about weight, but about the function of mitochondria. The prevalence of mental disorders and metabolic disorders is increasing simultaneously, indicating a biological connection that can be addressed using lifestyle strategies.

    • The Impact of Common-Sense Lifestyle Strategies on Human HealthEmbracing holistic lifestyle strategies, such as proper nutrition, regular exercise, quality sleep, and stress management, can improve overall health, prevent chronic disorders, and enhance both physical and mental well-being.

      Adopting common-sense lifestyle strategies can have a significant impact on overall human health. Instead of focusing on individual aspects such as mental health, obesity, or diabetes prevention, we should embrace a holistic approach to human health prevention. This means paying attention to basic factors like food, movement, sleep, and stress management. By implementing these strategies, we can see improvements in a wide range of seemingly separate diseases and conditions. Even children who show early signs of metabolic or mitochondrial impairment can benefit greatly from early intervention, potentially preventing lifelong chronic disorders. Moreover, lifestyle changes like weight loss can improve energy levels and mood by enhancing mitochondrial function. It is crucial to recognize the interconnectedness of physical and mental health and prioritize prevention through simple lifestyle changes.

    • The Impact of Excessive Screen Time on Sleep and Well-beingLimiting screen time, especially before bedtime, and promoting mindfulness, physical activity, and in-person interactions is crucial for healthy brain development and overall well-being.

      Excessive screen usage, especially in the evening, can have detrimental effects on sleep, mental health, and overall well-being. Both Rangan Chatterjee and Chris Palmer emphasize the importance of minimizing screen time, particularly for children. Screens not only disrupt sleep patterns but also hinder real-world engagement and meaningful human connections. Studies have shown that prolonged screen use is associated with increased risk of mental and metabolic disorders, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, it is recommended to limit screen exposure, especially before bedtime, and encourage activities that promote mindfulness, physical activity, and in-person interactions to ensure healthy brain development and overall cognitive and social functioning.

    • The Detrimental Effects of Excessive Screen Use for ChildrenExcessive screen time for children can disrupt sleep patterns, hinder cognitive abilities, increase loneliness, and heighten the risk of mental and metabolic health conditions. It is important to find a balance and prioritize in-person social interactions.

      The excessive use of screens, particularly for children, can have detrimental effects on their mental health and overall well-being. The reliance on screens for social activities and homework can disrupt sleep patterns, leading to tiredness and difficulties in school the following day. Additionally, there is little evidence to suggest that excessive screen time improves cognitive abilities or academic success. Furthermore, loneliness, often exacerbated by screen-based activities, can have profound effects on both mental and metabolic health, increasing the risk of conditions such as depression, anxiety, heart disease, and dementia. These findings highlight the importance of finding a balance when it comes to screen use, prioritizing in-person social interactions, and reducing excessive screen time for children.

    • The Impact of Diet on Mental Health and Well-beingChanging your diet to focus on real, whole foods and avoid processed and sugary drinks can improve metabolic health and potentially alleviate mental health symptoms.

      Changing your diet can have a profound impact on your mental health and overall well-being. By focusing on real, whole foods and avoiding processed and sugary drinks, you can improve metabolic health and potentially alleviate mental health symptoms. There is no one-size-fits-all diet, as different individuals have different needs. However, it is important to prioritize wholesome choices and steer clear of artificial sweeteners, as they may have adverse effects on both physical and mental health. Though some studies are conducted on animals, the precautionary principle suggests that it's best to avoid artificially sweetened drinks until more research is done. Ultimately, the power of diet to improve mental health should not be underestimated.

    • The Devastating Impact of Excessive Sugar ConsumptionCutting out addictive processed and sweet foods for at least three months can lead to significant improvements in physical and mental health, as shown by personal experiences and the case of Chris Palmer.

      Consuming a lot of sugar can be more toxic to your health than artificially sweetened beverages. The World Health Organization has stated that switching from sugary drinks to artificially sweetened ones doesn't improve your health. The rising rates of obesity, diabetes, and mental disorders are evidence of the devastating impact of excessive sugar consumption. Some people may become addicted to processed and sweetened foods, leading to difficulties in stopping their consumption. However, committing to giving up these addictive foods for at least three months can lead to significant improvements in physical and mental health. Personal experiences, such as the case of Chris Palmer, show how changing dietary habits, such as adopting a low-carb diet, can have a positive impact on overall well-being and reverse metabolic syndrome.

    • The Power of Lifestyle Interventions for Health and Well-beingSimple lifestyle changes can lead to transformative improvements in physical and mental health, regardless of age or medical conditions. Spreading awareness and educating healthcare professionals is crucial for promoting overall health and well-being.

      Lifestyle interventions, such as proper diet and exercise, can have a profound impact on one's health and well-being. This is evident in the success stories shared by Chris Palmer, where individuals made simple changes to their lifestyle and experienced transformative improvements in their physical and mental health. These stories highlight the power of lifestyle choices and the potential for positive change, regardless of age or previous medical conditions. Despite these remarkable outcomes, there is still a lack of awareness and integration of lifestyle interventions in healthcare settings. It is crucial to spread this message and educate both individuals and healthcare professionals about the potential benefits of lifestyle changes for overall health and well-being.

    • The Power of Small Changes in Lifestyle for Mental HealthSimple lifestyle changes, such as reducing social media use and improving diet, can have a significant positive impact on mental well-being, emphasizing the importance of a comprehensive healthcare system that includes professionals to provide education and support.

      Small changes in lifestyle habits, such as reducing social media use and improving diet, can make a significant difference in mental health outcomes. Rangan Chatterjee shares the story of a 16-year-old patient who had ended up in the ER after harming themselves. Through identifying heavy social media use and a high-sugar, highly processed diet, Chatterjee worked with the patient to implement simple changes. Over a period of four weeks, the patient showed signs of improvement. This story highlights the potential impact of small tweaks in daily routines and nutrition on mental well-being. It emphasizes the need for a healthcare system that includes professionals like dieticians, psychologists, and therapists to provide education and support, empowering individuals to live healthier and happier lives.

    • The Power of Small Lifestyle Changes for Mental HealthAddressing underlying metabolic issues through simple interventions like changing diet and improving sleep can have a significant impact on overcoming depression and supporting mental well-being.

      Small lifestyle changes can have a significant impact on mental health. Rangan Chatterjee's story of helping a young boy overcome depression through simple interventions like changing his diet and improving his sleep highlights the potential power of addressing underlying metabolic issues. While it may not work for everyone, it's important for mental health professionals to consider the broader picture and explore all potential factors that may contribute to a person's condition. This includes looking at diet, social media use, sleep patterns, substance use, infections, allergies, and gut health. While treatment can be complex, it's not necessarily rocket science, and medical professionals should be open to exploring holistic approaches to support mental well-being.

    • The Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction for Mental DisordersCarbohydrate restriction, particularly through ketogenic and low glycemic index diets, can be beneficial for epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, but it is important to seek professional guidance when considering these diets.

      There is evidence to suggest that carbohydrate restriction, particularly through ketogenic and low glycemic index diets, can be beneficial for certain mental disorders such as epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. While the Mediterranean diet has not been shown to stop seizures, there is something unique and special about cutting out carbs. For patients with these serious brain disorders, the two evidence-based treatments are the ketogenic diet and low glycemic index diet. It is important to measure ketone levels, ideally greater than 1.5, to ensure that the desired level of ketosis is achieved for optimal symptom improvement. However, it is crucial to seek competent medical care when considering these diets, as modifications can quickly become complex and require professional guidance.

    • Factors influencing mental health and available resources.Understanding the various factors impacting mental health and utilizing available resources can empower individuals to take control of their mental well-being and live a happier, healthier life.

      There are multiple factors that can impact mental health, including diet, sleep, exercise, substance use, toxin exposure, and more. It is important for individuals, as well as mental health professionals, to understand the big picture and consider all these factors when addressing mental health issues. The website Brain Energy dot com provides valuable resources and self-assessment tools to help individuals identify potential biomarkers or symptoms that may indicate underlying issues. While it's essential to consult with medical professionals for personalized advice, connecting with peers on social media platforms can offer support and insights from others who have experienced similar challenges. By sharing what we learn, we not only help others, but we also reinforce our own knowledge. Remember, you have the power to take control of your mental health and live a happier, healthier life.

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    #460 Finding Your Purpose at Any Age: Life Lessons from 103-Year-Old Dr Gladys McGarey

    #460 Finding Your Purpose at Any Age: Life Lessons from 103-Year-Old Dr Gladys McGarey

    At the age of 103, not only is today’s guest the oldest I’ve ever welcomed onto my podcast, but she’s also the oldest returning guest, too!

     

    Dr Gladys McGarey is the co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Association and the author of the fantastic book The Well-Lived Life: A 103-Year-Old Doctor's Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age. She began her medical practice at a time when women couldn’t even own their own bank accounts, and over the past sixty years, she’s pioneered a new way of thinking about disease and health that’s transformed the way we imagine health care and self-care around the world.

    In this wonderful and uplifting conversation, and with her trademark humour and compassion, Gladys offers profound insights on living with purpose, navigating adversity and finding healing within ourselves. 

    We explore how to avoid living with regrets, the importance of parents truly listening to and supporting their children and finding your unique purpose that ‘feeds your soul’. We also look at how we can bring a more positive attitude to negative experiences and how Gladys lives by what she calls her "5 Ls" - life, love, laughter, labour and listening.

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    #458 Why You Dream: What Your Sleeping Brain Reveals About Your Waking Life with Brain Surgeon Dr Rahul Jandial

    #458 Why You Dream: What Your Sleeping Brain Reveals About Your Waking Life with Brain Surgeon Dr Rahul Jandial

    Have you ever woken up from a vivid dream and wondered about its meaning? Or perhaps questioned the purpose of dreaming altogether? It’s certainly a fascinating topic and one which I have never covered before on my podcast.

     

    This week, I’m delighted to welcome back Dr Rahul Jandial, a dual-trained neurosurgeon and neurobiologist. He is an expert in brain health, a world-renowned brain surgeon who routinely undertakes complex cancer operations and he’s also the author of the brand-new book, ‘This is Why You Dream: What Your Sleeping Brain Reveals About Your Waking Life’. 

     

    During our conversation, Rahul explains his belief, that we sleep, in order to dream. When we are asleep, our brains are not resting but instead shift into a different state where areas linked to imagination and creativity become more active.

     

    While dreams remain a largely unexplained phenomenon, Rahul shares his insights into common dream themes, the importance of dreams in childhood brain development, and the highly personal nature of dream interpretation. He also covers practical techniques for remembering dreams, the concept of lucid dreaming, the potential links between dreaming and future brain health, and also shares some profound insights about the brain at the time of death. 

     

    Throughout our conversation, Rahul emphasises that although dreams have captivated humans for centuries, they remain a mysterious and intensely personal aspect of our lives. However, if we approach our dreams with curiosity, they have the potential to gift us valuable insights about the contents of our minds and our emotions.

     

    The topic of dreams clearly resonates with many of you - I received over 1,000 comments and questions about dreams when I announced this upcoming episode on my Instagram page.  And, I’m happy to say that Rahul answers some of these questions throughout our discussion, offering his unique perspective as both a neuroscientist and a neurosurgeon.

     

    So whether you're a vivid dreamer or someone who rarely remembers their dreams, this episode offers a captivating glimpse into our sleeping minds.

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    #456 How Smartphones Are Rewiring Our Brains, Why Social Media is Eradicating Childhood & The Truth About The Mental Health Epidemic with Jonathan Haidt

    Today’s episode is about a topic that I am truly passionate about - the introduction of social media and smartphones into all aspects of our lives - and what impact this is having on us individually, collectively and, perhaps most urgently, what impact is this having on our children.

     

    Jonathan Haidt is arguably one of the worlds’ most eminent psychologists. He is a Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business and the author of 4 best-selling books, including his latest The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness.

     

    In this episode, Jonathan and I explore how the fundamental differences between online and real-world interactions are affecting young people's social, emotional and cognitive development. We discuss why girls face unique risks on social media, from damaged relationships and reputations to harassment, and how gaming and pornography are shaping boys' expectations of relationships.

    Jonathan also shares some eye-opening data about the link between a decline in teen mental health and the widespread adoption of smartphones and social media. He emphasises the need for collective action to create healthier norms around technology use, both at home and in schools.

    We dive into practical strategies for parents, including setting clear boundaries and prioritising hobbies and family time. Our conversation also touches on the challenges of navigating technology use in a world where the pace of change has been so fast.

    Jonathan remains optimistic that we're nearing a tipping point and outlines four key norms we can all adopt with our children—even if they’re already dependent on their phones throughout the day. We also discuss in detail what we believe schools could be doing to help their students have less screen time and the importance of collaborating with other families to support healthier habits.

    As a parent and a doctor, I'm deeply concerned about the mental health crisis facing our children and young people. But if, as a society, we can come together to raise awareness and take purposeful action, we can create a healthier future for the next generation.

    I think this is one of the most important conversations that I have ever had on my podcast. Jonathan and I both believe that the rewiring of our children’s brains to be one of the most urgent societal harms that needs addressing.  My hope is that you find this conversation eye opening, enlightening and thought provoking - and I very much hope it prompts you to take action.

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    It's easy to believe that we have to dedicate lots of time and energy to exercise. That, unless we're pushing ourselves to our limits, it's not worth doing. But my guest this week disagrees - as do I.


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    #454 How To Live Your Life Without Regret, The Importance of Speaking Your Truth & Why Silencing Yourself Impacts Your Health & Happiness with Africa Brooke

    #454 How To Live Your Life Without Regret, The Importance of Speaking Your Truth & Why Silencing Yourself Impacts Your Health & Happiness with Africa Brooke

    How often do you stop yourself from saying what you really think for fear of being rejected, punished, or not fitting in? Whether it's sharing our true thoughts at work, online, or with loved ones, self-censorship can prevent us from fully expressing ourselves and living authentically. It can also have profoundly negative consequences for our health and happiness.

     

    This week’s guest is Africa Brooke, an internationally recognised consultant, accredited coach, public speaker and podcaster. She’s also the author of the wonderful new book, The Third Perspective: Brave Expression in the Age of Intolerance.

    In our conversation, Africa explains the different ways in which we silence ourselves and the severe consequences, over time, when we don’t change course. She also explains the importance of creating a culture where everyone has room to mess up, stumble, learn and grow - privately and publicly - without the overwhelming pressure to be perfect.

    Africa shares her journey with addiction and reveals how it taught her valuable lessons about the importance of self-honesty and authentic expression for personal wellbeing and growth. She emphasises that the path to overcoming self-censorship starts with self-awareness, taking responsibility for our values, and practising honest expression, even if it feels uncomfortable.

    We also explore how we can better approach disagreements with others, the importance of avoiding absolutist thinking and how we can model healthy expression for our children, by showing up as our imperfect selves - by living and speaking our truth, we build trust and give them permission to do the same.

     

    I think Africa is someone who is talking about a crucially important topic in the most beautiful, profound and compassionate way. My hope is that this conversation serves as a powerful reminder of the freedom and wholeness that comes with authentic self-expression and how embracing our true voice is a courageous and transformative act.

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    #453 BITESIZE | Do This Every Day to Reduce Stress, Boost Immunity & Increase Resilience | Dr Susanna Søberg

    #453 BITESIZE | Do This Every Day to Reduce Stress, Boost Immunity & Increase Resilience | Dr Susanna Søberg

    Cold showers, icy plunge pools, outdoor swimming – are you a fan, or does the very idea make you shiver? 


    Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my weekly podcast for your mind, body, and heart. Each week I’ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.


    Today’s clip is from episode 322 of the podcast with Dr Susanna Søberg.


    Susanna is arguably one of the leading researchers on the topic of cold water immersion therapy. Her research on the physiology of deliberate cold and heat exposure is helping to back up what many cultures have known instinctively for thousands of years – changing our temperature is good for us.


    In this clip we discuss some of the new science around one of the biggest wellness trends of the past few years and Susanna gives some great tips so you can get started.


    CAUTION: If you have uncontrolled hypertension or heart disease it is not advised that you start practising cold water immersion. If you have any doubt at all as to whether you are fit enough to give this practice a go, please consult a qualified healthcare professional.


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    #452 The Science of Rituals & How They Can Transform Our Health, Happiness and Relationships with Professor Michael Norton

    #452 The Science of Rituals & How They Can Transform Our Health, Happiness and Relationships with Professor Michael Norton

    Have you ever thought about the role that rituals play in our health and wellbeing? Whether it's a morning routine, a pre-game warmup, or a cultural tradition, rituals can provide us with structure, meaning, and connection.

     

    Today’s guest is Professor Michael Norton, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and author of the brand new book, The Ritual Effect: The Transformative Power of Our Everyday Actions, which delves into the science and psychology behind, why turning everyday habits into rituals can improve our work, our relationships and our lives.

     

    In this conversation, Michael and I explore the fascinating world of rituals and how they impact on our mental and physical health. We discuss the distinction between rituals and routines, why they can be really helpful in making our habits stick over the long term and how, by providing order and structure, they can help us manage overwhelm and stress.

     

    We also explore how rituals foster community and connection, how elite athletes like Serena Williams use rituals to enhance performance and mental preparation, and how team rituals, like the New Zealand rugby team’s iconic Hakka, are a great example of how ritual behaviours boost togetherness and collective identity. 

     

    Michael and I also share some of our own personal rituals  - including the preparation rituals I go through each week to prepare for this podcast. And, we also acknowledge that rituals can become problematic if taken to an extreme and the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship with them, using them as tools for self-improvement rather than allowing them to be in control of us.

     

    Ultimately, this is a conversation that offers a compelling case for the power of rituals in enhancing our health and happiness. Whether you're an athlete striving for peak performance, or simply someone looking to live a more fulfilled life, I think you’ll find that understanding the "ritual effect" can be truly transformative.


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