Cavin Balaster suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) seven years ago that led to a diffuse axonal injury (DAI), putting him in a coma with a less than 10 percent chance of recovery beyond a persistent vegetative state. But he woke up and recovered in a remarkable way: claiming to owe much of his success to the power of food. He is the author of How to Feed a Brain: Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function and Repair, which is the culmination of the nutritional tools he learned through this journey, and host of The Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast, where he interviews doctors, practitioners, researchers, and others involved in neurorehabilitation and brain function.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • What it's like to live through a severe traumatic brain injury, and what lies on the long road to rehabilitation.

  • What intestinal permeability is and how gut health played a crucial role in Cavin's recovery.

  • How Cavin now works with the medical teams of TBI sufferers to modify their diets in accordance with his research.

  • The role that fish oil played in Cavin's recovery and how it helps brain health in general.

  • The benefits of the ketogenic diet for someone recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

  • And much more!

This podcast is sponsored by my friends at Genuine Health, a Toronto-based supplement company committed to helping others achieve optimum health—naturally. Check out what they can do for you here!

Resources from this episode:

How to Feed a Brain: Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function and Repair by Cavin Balaster

The Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast

Cavin at Instagram

Cavin at Twitter

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Johns Hopkins Medicine

Understanding Diffuse Axonal Injury, Brainline

The Truth About Hospital Food, Plus What to Eat at the Hospital, Dr. Axe

Dr. Thomas Culleton

7 Signs and Symptoms You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome, Dr. Axe

Dr. Datis Kharrazian

All Health Begins in Your Gut! by Cavin Balaster,

What Is the Anti-inflammatory Protocol and What Is It Used For? by Joy Y. Kiddie, BetterByDesign Nutrition

Kettle & Fire Bone Broth

9 Ways to Boost Glutathione, Dr. Axe

DHA and Your Brain by Monica Reinagel, Scientific American

Keith Norris at Paleo f(x)

Omega-3s and Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment by Cavin Balaster,

Ketogenic Diet Benefits by Cavin Balaster,


What is Homeostasis?, Scientific American

Primal Fat Burner, Paleo or Ketogenic? Clarifying the Similarities and Differences by Nora Gedgaudas, Primal Body, Primal Mind

Snowboarder Kevin Pearce on Olympic Brain Injuries and the Benefits of Yoga by Maggie Parker, Paste

Love Your Brain

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The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get it Back by Clark Elliott

Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal M.D.

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