Our brains have been hijacked. We are now living in a world where we are sickened by our food system, the pandemic and of course our habits. It all starts with a bad night sleep- Getting enough sleep won’t just invigorate you; it could also help control how much you eat. A lack of sleep is linked to overeating—especially the overconsumption of junk food—which can lead to weight gain and increased inflammation.
Two hormones that help regulate hunger—ghrelin and leptin—are affected by sleep: Ghrelin stimulates appetite, while leptin decreases it. When the body is sleep-deprived, the level of ghrelin spikes, while the level of leptin falls, leading to an increase in hunger.
This cascade of events produces a cycle of bad decisions and the bad decisions lead to frustration, anger, resentment and selfishness.
Brain Wash: Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness is co-authored by best-selling author David Perlmutter, MD and Austin Perlmutter, MD.
David is a Board-Certified Neurologist and five-time New York Times bestselling author. He serves on the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami.
Austin is David’s son, who is a board certified internal physician who also graduated from the university of Miami. His academic focus is in understanding the decision-making process, how it is influenced by internal and external factors, and how it changes our health and illness outcomes. Austin, along with David Perlmutter, M.D., is the co-author of the newly released book, Brain Wash.
At the beginning of the show David and Austin give a detailed discussion about the science of inflammation from a neural perspective.
In this episode we discuss:
Connection between sleep and increased hunger
The Neuroscience of decision making
How exercise impacts the brain for the better
What is sugar? Where can it be found?
What is sugars impact on brain function and cognitive performance?
The Ten-Day Brain Wash reset for your brain and body
Where to learn more about Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter