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!
Resources from this episode:
How to Feed a Brain: Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function and Repair by Cavin Balaster
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Johns Hopkins Medicine
Understanding Diffuse Axonal Injury, Brainline
All Health Begins in Your Gut! by Cavin Balaster, FeedaBrain.com
What Is the Anti-inflammatory Protocol and What Is It Used For? by Joy Y. Kiddie, BetterByDesign Nutrition
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, FeedaBrain.com
Ketogenic Diet Benefits by Cavin Balaster, FeedaBrain.com
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
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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