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Welcome to the Align Podcast, hosted by me, Aaron Alexander. This is a place where we focus on optimizing your mind, body, and movement through exploring unconventional approaches and unique view points on all things health, wellness, and life. I'm joined by top wellness experts and world renowned thought-leaders, including Byron Katie, Bruce Lipton, Aubrey Marcus, Jim Kwik, Marriane Williamson, Ben Greenfield, Robb Wolf, Shawn Stevenson, Abel James, Mark Sisson, Wim Hof, James Clear, Zach Bush, Gabby Reece, and many more. Get ready for deep conversations that open you up to new perspectives and ways of life that will ultimately take your mental, physical, and emotional wellness to the next level. If you love this podcast, I would love for you to connect with me on Instagram, @alignpodcast.
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Oct 21, 2021

Struggling to keep your focus and be present in the here and now? You're not alone! There are simple, little changes you can do to tap into the power of your conscious mind and live in full measure.

In this episode of the Align podcast, Dr. Amishi Jha explains how our brain's attention system works while highlighting our ability to train our mind to function better. Yes, we can pay attention like we never did before and change habits we thought we couldn't live without.

Also, we discuss neural plasticity, how to orient ourselves to pain and difficult emotions, why positivity hurts in certain high-stress situations, and how practicing mindfulness is the key to a fulfilled existence.

Dr. Amishi Jha, PhD is a neuroscientist and a professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. She serves as the Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, which she co-founded in 2010. Dr. Jha’s work has been featured at NATO, the World Economic Forum, and The Pentagon. She has received coverage in the The New York Times, NPR, TIME, Forbes and more.

Her recent book, PEAK MiND, offers a guide to thriving in a distracted world. It breaks down science-proven mind-training practices to manage our attention more effectively and be 100% present in life’s crucial moments.

 

What we discuss:

2:41 - What is the definition of the 'mind' and how does it differ from the 'brain'?

8:17 - Explaining the brain to a 5-year-old

12:00 - Where does memory exist in the body?

17:07 - How to connect to the pain and reorient yourself to difficult emotions

21:58 - Why positivity can be problematic in high-stress situations

29:03 - Why do we consciously make bad decisions, and how do we change that?

33:20 - Defining the Default Mode Network and what happens in our brain when we're told to rest?

38:00 - Demystifying neural plasticity and why committing mistakes don't always result in better brain function

43:54 - What her book, PEAK MiND, offers to everyone struggling with attention

49:39 - "Kindness and compassion begin by paying attention." - Dr. Jha

 

Learn more from Dr. Amishi Jha:

Website: amishi.com

Instagram: @amishijha

 

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Oct 14, 2021
Oct 7, 2021

Is there a connection between your gut and your overall health? 

In this week’s episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum joins in to discuss all things gut microbiome and its effect on our physical and mental health. As one of the world’s leading fungal community scientists, Dr. Ghannoum enlightens listeners with a wealth of knowledge and research on this very important topic. 

Dr Mahmoud Ghannoum is the Director of the Integrated Microbiome Core and the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He has been called the leading microbiome researcher in the world; by The Washington Post, and has published over 450 papers on his research on how bacteria and fungi impact our health. 

 

What we discuss…

2:27- Gut-brain axis 

3:42- Your body communicates to you

5:51- The connection between the gut biome and depression

8:33- What should we be doing?

17:28- Fungus and bacteria within us 

19:45- Is over-sanitization better?

21:43- Do things in moderation

25:07- Toxins in our soil 

28:11- Building friendly gut biomes

30:34- The gut, brain, skin connection 

35:38- Sexual organs and our microbiome

40:25- Listen to your body & be a critical thinker 

45:19- Gut connection and autism

53:55- Stress and the microbiome 

55:44- Fungus plays a role in our environment

58:29- Mushroom supplements 

 

To learn more about Dr. Ghannoum…

Website: BIOHM Health | Gut Health & Probiotic Supplements

Instagram: @dr.microbiom 

Facebook: BIOHM Health - Home | Facebook

 

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