Working In #4: Nutrition and Neuroscience with Dr. Tara Swart

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What food is good for the brain?

Neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart knows all about your hungry, hungry hippocampus. She's a medical doctor of psychiatry, the international best-selling author of The Source, a senior lecturer at MIT, a TED talker, a leadership coach, and now, we're proud to say, Chief Science Officer at Heights!

Today, we discuss the incredible effect of nutrition on our brains. If you haven't got a PhD in neuropharmacology, fear not! Tara does, and she condenses her insights into a deliciously moreish Working In.

"The brain is by far the most metabolically active organ in the body. It's only 2-3% of our body weight but it uses up to 30% of the breakdown products of what we eat."

What happens to your brain when it eats junk food?

There's a whole laundry list of vitamins and minerals available as supplements, but are they all created equal? Tara explains what our brains really need for peak performance. Plus, the shocking impact of stimulants and processed foods on our overall health.

"Processed food, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine have actually massively devastated the quality and diversity of our gut bacteria."

Podcast episode takeaways

In this first episode with Dr. Tara Swart we will cover:

  • Your brain on food
  • Sustainable, fish-free ways for getting enough Omega 3s
  • Why you shouldn't let your gut bacteria rule your life
  • Non-negotiable nutrients for vegans and vegetarians
  • Antioxidants, and why you might need to skip the smoked salmon

Listen here.

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We will also have another episode on neuroplasticity with Tara Swart: