Episode 7

The Power of Dirt in Building a Healthy Brain and Microbiome

With Dr. Maya Shetreat

Do you let your kids play in the dirt or have hand wipes ready for them at every turn? In a society that fears dirt and considers it undesirable, science is showing that we are losing diversity of bacteria on our skin and in our guts which impacts our immune systems and our brains.

In our 7th episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Broken Brain Executive Producer Dhru Purohit and Dr. Maya Shetreat—dirt expert, neurologist, and Functional Medicine practitioner—talk about the role of dirt and microbes in the body. In this discussion, you’ll learn all about hormesis, how small stresses actually stimulate the body to become more resilient. Plus, Dr. Shetreat talks about many ways to get your children outside (let them play in dirt…let them eat some dirt!) and the importance of a whole body approach to health that includes the physical, emotional, and spiritual.

This episode is packed with tips for parents and caregivers to cultivate a healthy microbiome in little people. Even if you’re not caring for little ones, you’ll be encouraged to put down your phone and take a walk in the woods.

PS: If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Shetreat’s book The Dirt Cure or The Terrain Institute, you can find her at www.dirtcure.com.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Dirt and the instinct to be sanitary
    (1:27)
  2. Fearing dirt and bacteria
    (4:38)
  3. Implications of a sterile environment
    (7:57)
  4. Steps to a healthy microbiome
    (11:15)
  5. Hormesis: Small stresses that are good for us
    (15:35)
  6. Encouraging loved ones to get outside
    (22:25)
  7. Fear of independent play
    (26:52)
  8. Dr. Shetreat’s approach with patients
    (34:08)
  9. How to create change in your daily life
    (41:02)
  10. What whole body health looks like
    (49:39)
  11. Dr. Shetreat’s inspiration and resources
    (51:50)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Broken Brain Podcast, a top 20 health podcast with over 10 million downloads, that teaches listeners how to improve their brain performance and mental health through their diet, lifestyle and everyday biohacking.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Dr. Maya Shetreat

Maya Shetreat, MD is a neurologist, herbalist, urban farmer, and author of The Dirt Cure: Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child (Simon and Schuster, 2016), which has been translated into ten languages. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Telegraph, NPR, Sky News, The Dr. Oz Show and more. Dr. Maya​ is the founder of the Terrain Institute, where she teaches Terrain Medicine™, earth-based programs​ for transformational healing. She works and studies with indigenous communities and healers in Ecuador, and is a lifelong student of ethnobotany, plant healing, and the sacred​.

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