Jan. 12, 2021

133: Change Your Brain Through Physical Activity | Ryan Glatt, MSc

133: Change Your Brain Through Physical Activity | Ryan Glatt, MSc

Exercise affects the brain in many ways. It increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It aids the release of hormones which provide an excellent environment for the growth of brain cells. Exercise also promotes brain plasticity by stimulating growth of new connections between cells in many important cortical areas of the brain. Research from UCLA even demonstrated that exercise increased growth factors in the brain which makes it easier for the brain to grow new neuronal connections.

Ryan Glatt is a psychometrist and Brain Health Coach at the Brain Health Center in the Pacific Neuroscience Institute. With a strong background in exercise science and human health, Ryan develops curricula specifically targeted towards those with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and traumatic brain injury, coaching individuals towards optimal brain health.

The episode touches on the following points: 

  1. What is the benefits of exercise on the brain - brain functionality and blood flow  
  2. FITLIGHT trainer- science behind the light. How do we get better cognitively by using reaction training software  
  3. What does science tell us in terms of what exercises to do for brain health 
  4. Literature of athletes and brain health - transferable skills for cognition
  5. Precision medicine and brain health - functional medicine approaches
  6. The disconnect between nutrition and exercise 
  7. Nootropics 

I hope you all enjoy this episode!


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