Ep. 108 “Genius Foods” + How Eating for Optimal Brain Health Will Make You Happier and More Productive with Max Lugavere

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Max Lugavere is a TV personality, health and science journalist, filmmaker, musician, and author of the recently published book, Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life (2018). Max’s expertise is wide-ranging, but he is particularly passionate about preventing neurodegenerative diseases by honing in on the effects of diet and lifestyle on brain health. In today’s episode we get REAL science-y, but also dive deep into the personal motivations behind Max’s professional journey. We can’t wait for you to check it out!

We talk about…

  • Max’s workout routine + splitting his time between NYC and West Hollywood!
  • The research + science behind why exercise is SO good for you.
  • Max’s thoughts on veganism + plant-based eating.
  • How Max transitioned from a TV career to one specializing in studying the intersection of nutrition + disease prevention.
  • How Max has navigated his mother’s challenging neurodegenerative disease diagnosis.
  • Disease prevention as a MILLENNIAL issue!
  • How people today are being POISONED by our food supply.
  • The fallacies in the USDA MyPlate grain suggestion (successor to the Food Pyramid).
  • How eating a brain-healthy diet impacted Max’s personal cognitive function.
  • Research on the correlation between diet + depression and anxiety (“Food & Mood” connection).
  • Why “everything in moderation” may be bad advice!
  • How under-sleeping exacerbates emotional turmoil and pain.
  • All the details on Max’s newly released book, Genius Foods, + a list of some of his favorite superfoods for brain health (hint: CHOCOLATE!).


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