Episode 239 – Brain and Life Optimization with Max Lugavere

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Today’s guest is New York Times best selling author, Max Lugavere. After his mom had gotten sick at a young age with dementia, Max has made it his life mission to study and strengthen his brain health and body through human optimization. Max discusses with Shaun strengthening your immune system, optimizing nutrition and some small changes you can make right now that can turn into big life wins.

Meet Max:

Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, health and science journalist and the author of the New York Times best-seller Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life, published in 8 languages around the globe. He is also the host of the #1 iTunes health podcast The Genius Life.

Lugavere appears regularly on the Dr. Oz Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors. He has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, CNN, and the Daily Beast, has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and in The New York Times and People Magazine. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and has given talks at South by Southwest, TEDx, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, and many others.

Show notes:
0:59 – Intro
3:25 – Where does Max’s drive towards nutrition and science confidence come from?
6:55 – The facts behind dementia, how and why it shouldn’t be looked at as an “old person’s disease”.
12:10 – Risk factors and symptoms we should look for cognitive decline and how to strengthen brain health
16:20 – How do ultra processed foods lead
to addiction?
20:10 – How sleep is directly correlated with nutrition
23:35 – The right amount of time after eating before bed and intermittent fasting facts
29:02 – Optimizing protein intake and its metabolic advantages
35:50 – The powerful strength and health benefits of vitamin D
39:28 – The difference the sun has on different ethnicities
40:24 – Sunscreen and when to use it
43:08 –  The Genius Life
47:40 – What does it mean to Max to Trust and Believe in who you are and where do you get your power from?

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