Ketogenic Diet Improves Memory & Brain Health w/ Jan Venter, MD

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Welcome to episode #158, with Dr. Jan Venter! He is a Functional Medicine and brain health specialist.

Read the full show notes here: http://highintensityhealth.com/158

We discuss how to improve brain and mitochondrial function with a ketogenic diet.

Dr. Venter also shares research about measuring and tracking brain function.

02:05 Dr. Venter’s Brain Health Journey:
Dr. Venter saw many patients from vehicle accidents with traumatic brain injury. There was no effective means of assessment. Treatment was a mixture of two antidepressants and hope for recovery. This was not good enough for Dr. Venter, so he dug deeper. A friend was using neurofeedback for evaluating fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. It was a non-invasive way to see within the brain. EEG also intrigued him. The equipment became cheaper and smaller. It is a way to capture live data and compare it to a database to evaluate brain health: cognition, depression, concussion, ADD and more.
04:39 Neurofeedback and Quantitative EEG:
08:34 Tools We Can Use to Asses Brain Health:

11:46 Cogniscope for Young Athletes: Dr. Fenter recommends getting a baseline brain function evaluation, or cogniscope, at about age 10 or 12. For executives (and the rest of us), 35 to 40 is a good time. These are important for anyone in a contact sport.

21:18 The State of Flow: The book The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler hooked Dr. Venter into flow. The author had Lyme disease. He was depressed, suicidal and unable to write. He started surfing and entered into a state where his brain began working again. The process of flow is an optimum state of mind where you feel your best and perform your best. After a year of surfing and flow, the author’s Lyme disease began to reverse. In a state of flow, your brain releases a healing cocktail of dopamine, anandamide, and serotonin. There are 17 triggers for releasing flow. Many are social triggers. Public speaking is one. Novel and high environmental content is another. This can be developed in a work environment and is being used at some high tech businesses to bring about creativity.

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15 Comments

  1. so are you putting "ketogenic diet" in the title to get more views?
    the title suggests it was about ketosis an brain health entirely
    i heard him mention a ketogenic diet for less than 5 mins near the end.
    not impressed

  2. great interview….. learned a lot …. ive been on a ketogenic diet … specifically The Bulletproof lifestyle…. David Asprey….bulletproof coffee with grassfed butter and brain octain oil is great for the brain… lime disease and most diseases can be totally eradicated with Ozone Therapy treatments…. and IV nutritional treatments…. Holosync meditation program i have found to be the best fir my brain….. and i practice resistance weight lifting… a few things i do to keepmy brain and body youthful

  3. great interview….. learned a lot …. ive been on a ketogenic diet … specifically The Bulletproof lifestyle…. David Asprey….bulletproof coffee with grassfed butter and brain octain oil is great for the brain… lime disease and most diseases can be totally eradicated with Ozone Therapy treatments…. and IV nutritional treatments…. Holosync meditation program i have found to be the best fir my brain…..

  4. fantastic interview. In terms of ketogenic diets and neurological plasticity and regeneration, Dr David Perlmutter argues the same thing, that brain degeneration is reversed following a ketogenic diet, having aerobic exercise and supplementing with fish oil. Thank you again for your great work, and for providing us with so much valuable information

  5. dude I love your shows !

    I'm playing around with ppq and CoQ10 20mg to 100mg is there an upper limit and how many times a day?!

    My dad is on statins (and other heart meds) are these suplents contraindicated or can he take these too?
    thanks so much.
    Alex

  6. Great information, how much can this cost & do some insurance companies cover this? I have had a TBI & played soccer for years so I am very interested. I have seen personal improvement having been on Keto since Jan. Amazing!

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