#7: The Power of Dirt in Building a Healthy Brain and Microbiome with Dr. Maya Shetreat
Published June 14, 2018
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    Host: Dhru Purohit

    Guest: Dr. Maya Shetreat


    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.


    In this episode, we dive into:


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