Broken Brain with Dhru Purohit


The Functional Medicine Approach to Heart Disease

We often think of aging as synonymous with decline. We believe that having memory loss, becoming slow and less agile, experiencing joint pain and stiffness, increasing diseases, and need for medications are all viewed as ‘normal’ as we age. The truth is, becoming overweight, sick, and slow are NOT inevitable. 

We need to reframe how we view aging. The current theory that aging is just a slow and painful decline until we die is outdated and archaic. Currently, our healthspans do not equal our lifespans. Your healthspan is how well you live, your lifespan is how long you live. So while it’s true that human bodies cannot live forever, there are proven scientific methods to extend our healthspan, and that’s really what matters.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, we are sharing episode 2 from our 8-part docu-series, the Longevity Roadmap, hosted by Dr. Mark Hyman.

In the Longevity Roadmap, you’ll learn all about the prevalent diseases of aging that decrease healthspan, how the conventional approach to these conditions is backwards, how to identify and treat the root cause of aging using the Functional Medicine approach, and more importantly, how to improve your healthspan to live a long, vibrant life.

In Episode 2, we’ll discuss the biggest killer of our time: cardiovascular disease. There is so much misinformation out there about what causes cardiovascular disease. We’ll talk about innovative testing and recommendations around prevention. 


We’ll also cover: 

-The misconceptions around heart disease.

-How to identify the root cause of heart disease. 

-The best ways to protect and support your heart. 


This 8-part docu-series, explores the Functional Medicine approach to heart disease, cancer, balancing hormones, and brain health, how to eat for longevity, and innovative therapies that have been shown to increase healthspan. Join Dr. Hyman and other experts and doctors at The UltraWellness Center to learn how to create optimal health and Become Young at Any Age.

You can watch the Longevity Roadmap docu-series for free, between January 13th and 20th—click here to sign-up:

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#195: 5 Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking with Dr. Caroline Leaf

Toxic thoughts, depression, anxiety—our mental mess is frequently aggravated by a chaotic world and sustained by an inability to manage our runaway thoughts. While we can’t control the events and circumstances of life, we can learn to control our reactions, which help us deal with and manage the many challenges we face and will face in our life. So, how exactly do we do that?On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Caroline Leaf, a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a master’s and PhD in Communication Pathology, and a BSc in Logopedics, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s, she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health, and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change with directed mind input. Dr. Leaf has helped hundreds of thousands of students and adults learn how to use their minds to detox and grow their brains to succeed in every area of their lives, including school, university, and the workplace through her theory called the Geodesic Information Processing Theory of how we think, build memory, and learn. Dr. Leaf’s podcast, Cleaning Up The Mental Mess, YouTube videos, and TV appearances have reached millions globally. She has been featured on Elle, TED, Bustle, Medium, Huffington Post, The O Magazine, Thrive Global, Something You Should Know, Getting Curious, and many other TV, radio, podcast, and print outlets.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Leaf talk about her five-step mind-management process, called Neurocycle, and how it helps to find and eliminate the root of anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts. They discuss how to apply mind-management to unwire toxic habits and trauma. They also talk about how the way we manage our mind and our emotional state impacts our telomeres.In this episode, we dive into:-The power of vulnerability and authenticity (5:58)-Dr. Leaf’s family member’s suicide attempt (8:28)-The 5-step Neurocycle mind-management system (12:02)-How to put boundaries around your true intentions (14:41)-How to cultivate awareness (16:05)-The main driving source of our longevity (29:06)-The reconceptualization process (48:33)-How to use the 5-step Neurocycle process during a disagreement (52:42)-The 10-second pause exercise (58:18)-Brain building and why it matters for our mental health (1:18:34)-Dr. Leaf’s eating disorder and her recovery process (1:21:58) For more on Dr. Caroline you can follow her on Instagram @DrCarolineLeaf, Facebook @DrLeaf, on Twitter @DrCarolineLeaf, on YouTube @DrCarolineLeaf, and through her website Get her book, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking at mentioned in this episode:-Cleaning Up The Mental Mess Podcast - App - Neurocycle Workshop, February 27th from 12 - 1:30pm EST - 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) 200-5643 or click here in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world.What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dhru and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brainpower.It contains some of my most favorite brain-boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at

#194: Could This Simple Hack Reduce Anxiety and Panic Attacks? with Dr. Kristen Allott

Season 1, Ep. 194
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the US, with approximately 42 million people affected. Next to depression, anxiety is one of the leading sources of unhappiness, life dissatisfaction, and human suffering.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Kristen Allott, a naturopathic physician, national speaker, and pioneering advocate for the use of whole foods nutrition in the treatment of mental health disorders. Dr. Allott is passionate about achievable results. With more than a decade of clinical experience, she has refined her expertise on how to promote increased mental functioning by treating the physical causes of mental health, fatigue, and sugar cravings.Dr. Allott regularly presents at psychiatric nurse practitioner conventions on non-pharmaceutical interventions for mental health. Additionally, she consults with the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) in Washington State to develop the Protein for All Project to optimize brain function in the high stakes environment of Juvenile and Family Court System in the State of Washington. She is also the co-author of the book Fuel Your Brain, Not Your Anxiety: Stop the Cycle of Worry, Fatigue, and Sugar Cravings with Simple Protein-Rich Foods.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Allott talk about the spectrum of anxiety, how diet can cause anxiety and panic attacks, and how managing blood glucose and nutrition are powerful tools for feeling better. Dr. Allott shares what she’s seen in her clinical practice helping those with anxiety and panic attacks. Her nutritional advice may sound counterintuitive. She and Dhru discuss why it’s important to stay open to different options, especially if trying all the “right” things hasn’t been working for you. Sometimes forgetting the rules is the best thing we can do for ourselves.In this episode, we dive into:-What exactly is anxiety? (2:56)-How what and when we eat impacts the brain and can cause issues like anxiety (8:52)-The evolutionary drivers of anxiety (12:37)-Modern day factors that are hacking our brains and making it difficult to function in our day-to-day lives (15:09)-Why the food we eat is such an important factor when it comes to how we experience anxiety (23:02)-Anxiety and sleep (36:51)-How eating protein before bed may help with anxiety and PTSD nightmares (42:12)-How intermittent fasting affects our decision making (53:14)-How much protein we should we be eating (1:01:36)-What you can do if you sense a panic attack coming on (1:07:26)For more on Dr. Kristen Allott you can follow her on Instagram @ProteinForAll, on Facebook @ProteinForAll, on Twitter @ProteinForAll, on YouTube @ProteinForAll, and through her website Get her book, Fuel Your Brain, Not Your Anxiety: Stop the Cycle of Worry, Fatigue, and Sugar Cravings with Simple Protein-Rich Foods at mentioned in this episode:- Kristen Allot’s Newsletter - to work with Dr. Allot if you are in the State of Washington - Health - to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, by Peter Thiel - Leniency: Judges’ Rulings Are Harsher When They Are Hungrier - 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) 200-5643 or click here in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by BiOptimizers and BLUblox.My new favorite magnesium is from a company called BiOptimizers—their Magnesium Breakthrough formula contains 7 different forms which all have different functions in the body. There is truly nothing like it on the market. Right now you can try BiOptimizers Magnesium Breakthrough for 10% off, just go to and use the code BRAIN10 at checkout.As someone who is on the computer a lot, I realized all that screen time was negatively affecting how well I slept. I started learning about blue light and how it disrupts the body’s natural melatonin production, so I decided to try blue-light blocking glasses throughout the day to see if they helped—and they totally did. I love the blue-light blocking glasses made by BLUblox. BLUblox glasses reduced my digital eye strain and dramatically improved my sleep, and I have more energy throughout the day. Right now BLUblox is offering my listeners 20% off, just go to and use code brokenbrain at checkout.

Is Processed Food Making People Angry? (Minisode #24)

When it comes down to what we’re made of, it’s all about food. What we eat provides the building blocks that make up the entire body, which means, unfortunately, most of us are made out of junk. Our poor food choices gravely impact our brain health resulting in behaviors that leave us more lonely, anxious, depressed, illness prone, and overweight than ever before.On today’s mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter and Shawn Stevenson about how our health, our relationships, and even our thinking have been damaged by our Western diet. They discuss how our lifestyle and diet impacts our brain function and our ability to make good choices, as well as our ability to resolve conflicts, and even our proclivity to aggressive behavior.Dr. David Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times bestselling author. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Archives of Neurology, Neurosurgery, andThe Journal of Applied Nutrition. His books have been published in 34 languages and include the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print.Dr. Austin Permutter is a board-certified internal medicine physician. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his internal medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon. 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 book, Brain Wash.Shawn Stevenson is the author of the international bestselling book Sleep Smarter and creator of The Model Health Show, one of the top health podcasts in the world. A graduate of the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Shawn studied business, biology, and nutritional science, and went on to found Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The New York Times, Muscle & Fitness, ESPN, and many other major media outlets. He is also an in-demand keynote speaker for numerous organizations, universities, and conferences.Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter here: Dhru’s full-length conversation with Shawn Stevenson 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) 200-5643 or click here in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: episode is brought to you by the Paleovalley.If you’ve ever felt like healthy eating can’t coincide with a busy schedule, you should definitely check out Paleovalley. Right now they’re offering my listeners 15% off their entire first order. Just go to to check out all their clean Paleo products and take advantage of this deal.