Broken Brain with Dhru Purohit


#51: Eat Your Way to Better Health with The Medicinal Chef, Dale Pinnock

Season 1, Ep. 51

With so much conflicting dietary advice, divided opinion, and contradiction, what should we be eating and doing from a dietary perspective? Food is more than just fuel; it's key in helping us live longer, healthier lives, so how do we create practical, delicious meals that are a pleasure to eat but also alleviate a variety of ailments and illnesses?

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dale Pinnock, a celebrity nutritionist and chef. He has an undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, a Postgraduate Degree in Nutritional Medicine, and a lifetime in the kitchen. Dale uses the culinary arts as a delivery system for the often confusing science of nutrition. He is the best selling author of 14 books and a regular face on UK Television. He co-hosts the hit show, Eat Shop Save on ITV, going into its 3rd season.

In this episode, Dhru and Dale break down the science of nutrition to help us understand fact from fiction and how food truly is medicine for the body. They discuss simple, practical tips for turning the pattern of degenerative disease around. They also talk about how to make the right changes when it comes to our diet without confusion, restriction, or breaking the bank.

In this episode, we dive into:

-Why eating healthy can be so confusing (2:19)

-How to interpret studies from fact and fiction (4:50)

-Practical tips for choosing whole foods (6:30)

-Dale’s story and what led him to a career in food and nutrition (7:05)

-Food trends and fads (15:40)

-The importance of diversity in our diet (25:15)

-Tips for parents on getting their kids to eat healthier (27:59)

-The benefits of intermittent fasting for longevity (30:28)

-Food and the impact on brain health (35:40)

-The secret to better sleep (42:15)

-Dale’s flu-fighting soup recipe to boost the immune system (45:47)

-Tips for clear skin (49:58)

-Dale’s Nutrition Coaching Monthly program (54:20)

-Dale’s TV series, Eat Shop Save (57:13)

-Learn more about Dale and his work (1:06:21)

For more on Dale Pinnock, be sure to follow him on Instagram @themedicinalchef, on Facebook @themedicinalchef, and on YouTube @themedicinalchef. Check out his podcast, The Medicinal Chef's Nutrition Nuggets, here and check out his website You can learn more about his monthly Nutrition Coaching program here, and you can find his books, right here. Lastly, check out his TV series, Eat Shop Save.

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#114: How to go from Self-Critical to Radical Self-Love and Compassion During a Time of Crisis with Dr. Andrea Pennington

Season 1, Ep. 114
“May I be truly happyMay I be free from sufferingMay I be truly well in body, mind, and heartAnd may I live peacefully and with ease”This loving-kindness meditation exercise from Dr. Andrea Pennington’s Real Self Love Handbook is a message to our inner-self that we deserve to be happy, healthy, and full of peace.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Andrea Pennington an integrative physician, acupuncturist, meditation teacher, #1 international bestselling author, and TEDx speaker. With her extensive medical expertise and training in trauma recovery combined with her experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, Dr. Andrea helps people to build resilience, reclaim vitality, and thrive despite the inevitable trauma and drama life brings.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Andrea discuss how to approach yourself with kindness, love, and compassion. They delve into where the self-critical voice comes from, how to recognize this voice and turn it around towards love, and how giving intention to our daily calendar can help put our minds at ease. Dr. Andrea tells us about her personal story that led her to find radical forgiveness and self-love.In this episode, we dive into:-Where self-criticism and self-love fall during these times of social isolation (5:35)-Where the self-judgement voice comes from (8:15)-Dr. Andrea’s personal story (11:50)-An explanation of how acupuncture works (20:50)-What happens in our bodies when we experience self-judging thoughts (23:57)-How to explore different healing modalities to find the right fit (29:33)-Dr. Andrea’s journey to self-love (36:41)-How things like the social isolation and stay-at-home orders can be triggers for some people (43:45)-How to unpack the belief or programming that achievements are due to being hard on ourselves (49:05)-A self-compassion meditation exercise (52:45)-How to help children cope through the pandemic (57:56)-How to create an intentional morning routine (1:06:00)-Where people can go to learn more about Dr. Andrea (1:11:50)For more on Dr. Andrea, you can follow her on Instagram @drandreapennington, on Twitter @DrAndrea, on Facebook @andrea.pennington1, and through her websites,, and In8Vitality.comBe sure to check out her free resources for helping you cope with COVID-19 and beyond:How to Escape Victim Mentality & Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind and her 21-Day Compassion Meditation Series. You can also learn more about her books, The Real Self Love Handbook and The Top 10 Traits of Highly Resilient People.This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Thrive MarketI know everyone is trying to stay healthy at home right now, so I wanted to share one of my favorite resources with you for getting healthy food delivered right to my doorstep—it’s Thrive Market. When it comes to what I eat I’m really intentional. It’s super important to me to know exactly what I’m buying so I always take a deep dive into ingredients and company practices before adding anything new to my kitchen. Thrive Market makes my life so much easier, I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Just go to, sign up, and start filling up your cart - you’ll see the credit automatically deducted at checkout.

#113: Three Big Ideas on Finding Your Calling & Purpose with Dhru Purohit

Season 1, Ep. 113
Big Idea TuesdayWhy am I here? What’s the purpose of life?These are questions nearly everyone has asked at least once, or continue to ask daily. In today’s Broken Brain Podcast Big Idea Tuesday episode, Dhru challenges us to think about the difference between our “calling” and the “expression of our calling.” They sound similar, but they are two very different things.A “calling” is your answer to the question, “Why am I here?” How we put our calling to use is what Dhru calls “the expression of our calling.” The expression is where our skill meet our passion and is the outward execution of our internal calling.For example, Oprah’s calling is to use her passion for teaching to uplift others. The Oprah Winfrey Show, her magazines, speeches, movies, and overall empire are an expression of that calling. Her calling was always there, even from a young age. The mission in her life is to get better and better at expressing and executing that calling. And I think we can all agree that she is phenomenal at doing that.In this episode, Dhru talks about his three big ideas on finding your calling and purpose:#1 - Your calling has already found you.#2 - There's a difference between our actual calling and the expression of our calling.#3 - We find the expression of our calling in action.Dhru says the number one most important thing to focus on is this: remember the answer to the question “Why am I here?”, and let go of anything that doesn’t serve that higher purpose, especially your own limiting beliefs.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your join request here: more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 335-6565.

#112: How Environmental Toxins in Our Water, Air, and Products Wreak Havoc on Our Immune System with Dr. Aly Cohen

Season 1, Ep. 112
On most days, many of us go about our routine rarely thinking twice about the ingredients in our shampoos and conditioners, hand soaps, lotions, laundry detergent, or even the water we feed our pets. It wasn’t until her dog fell extremely sick with a mysterious illness that Dr. Aly Cohen started to wonder if there was something toxic in her dog’s environment. This quest led her on a life-long journey to uncover the toxins all around us.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Aly Cohen, a rheumatologist, integrative medicine specialist, and environmental health expert. Her medical practice, Integrative Rheumatology Associates P.C., focuses on both traditional Western medical management of rheumatologic and other ailments, as well as integrative options for total wellness. Her recent text, Integrative Environmental Medicine, was published through Oxford University Press, and her consumer book, Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World, will be out in September 2020.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Cohen discuss all things environmental toxins. From the water you drink, to the shampoo you use, to your cookware, toxins can be hidden in many places. Though it can feel overwhelming to switch out all of the areas where toxins lurk, Dr. Cohen assures us that making small swaps here and there can add up and have a major impact on our overall health.In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Cohen's background that piqued her interest in environmental toxins (1:05)-The history on how environmental toxins came to be an issue (7:50)-A dive into endocrine disruptors (12:33)-The issue with certain food washes (21:55)-How to shape your diet to best support detoxification (26:50)-A look at water quality (30:41)-Different types of filters for drinking clean water (36:40)-How there’s a disconnect between health education and environmental toxins (43:50)-The effect of environmental toxins on the brain and other organ systems (49:02)-A discussion of air pollution (55:38)-Resources to find clean products (1:06:30)-Populations and ages that are more vulnerable to chemical exposure (1:09:49)-A lasting message from Dr. Cohen (1:16:55)-Dr. Cohen discusses her website on resources on environmental health (1:21:51)-Where to learn more about Dr. Aly Cohen (1:28:18)Please note: This podcast was recorded prior to social isolation. Stay safe!For more on Dr. Cohen, you can follow her on Instagram @thesmarthuman, on Twitter @TheSmartHuman, on Facebook @thesmarthuman, through her environmental health website, or her personal practice website.Also mentioned during this episode were environmental health resources Green Science Policy and the Environmental Working Group..