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#6: Healing After a Brain Injury and Tips for Protecting your Brain with Dr. Titus Chiu

Season 1, Ep. 6

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Titus Chiu


In this sixth episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Executive Producer of Broken Brain and host of this podcast, Dhru Purohit, talks to our friend Dr. Chiu about his approach to brain health and recovery from brain injuries. You’ll hear about his personal story, what happens to your brain when it’s injured, why there is a gut-brain connection, which diet is best for brain health, and so much more.


If you are interested in learning about the best approach to healing after a brain injury, or just how to protect your brain in day-to-day life, check out this informative podcast.


In this episode, we dive into:


  • Dr. Chiu’s life-changing accident (2:47)
  • What is root cause neurology? (8:08)
  • The complexity of brain injuries (10:50)
  • Breakdown in neural networks (18:10)
  • Diet and brain repair (23:32)
  • How to give your brain a break (30:44)
  • Sports and brain injuries (36:13)
  • Neuroinflammation and gut-brain connection (41:02)
  • Tips for protecting your brain (45:33)
  • High-tech and low-tech healing modalities (53:02)
  • Diet for brain health (56:20)
  • Dr. Chiu’s book Brain Save! and where to find him (1:04:55)

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