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Top 5 Foods for Brain Health! (VIDEO STYLE)

brain-foodby Sean Croxton

Are you noticing a theme here?

For the past month or so, we’ve been discussing all things brain health, including how insulin resistance and gluten sensitivity damage our noodles, how a brain on fire can leave us feeling foggy, and the role of hormonal imbalances in neurotransmitter and mood issues.

Plus, our pal Jim Kwik — he’s on UW Radio Monday night, by the way — invited us to learn his best kept secrets and strategies for upgrading your memory, recall, and learning speed in this FREE video series.

Today, we eat.

In the video below, Christa Orecchio of The Whole Journey invites us into her kitchen and shows us the very BEST foods to protect our brains…and live longer.

Adding these foods to your diet will reduce oxidative stress, cool down inflammation, and significantly cut your risk of major brain conditions like Alzheimer’s, MS, and Parkinson’s.

Now that’s smart!

Press the PLAY button below to get your learn on. It’s good for you!

Links to Stuff Mentioned in This Video
The Whole Journey Online Program
Underground Wellness Radio – Why Isn’t My Brain Working?
Great Lakes Gelatin

See you next week!

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Podcast 227: How to Clear Up Brain Fog!

BrainBookCVR-199x300by Sean Croxton

And the fog rolls in.

You walk into a room with purpose, then all of a sudden you can’t remember why.

You’re in the middle of good rant and suddenly forget what you’re talking about.

Life is good, but you can’t help but feel depressed and unmotivated.

And those darn keys! It’s like they grow a set of legs when you’re not looking…

If you feel like your brain isn’t quite what it used to be, you’re probably right. Brain related disorders have become incredibly common. Unfortunately, both western and alternative medicine have completely missed the boat on the cause and cure for these issues, typically chalking them up to aging.

It’s not that simple.

While aging does in fact play a role in brain degeneration, there are plenty of other contributing factors that are not being addressed or even considered, including blood sugar problems, autoimmunity, stress, food intolerances, infections, neurotransmitter deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and more.

Last night on Underground Wellness Radio, Dr. Datis Kharrazian — author of the book Why Isn’t My Brain Working? — joined me for a fascinating discussion about the root cause(s) of brain fog, depression, anxiety, and other common brain problems. Plus, how to fix them!

Click the player below to listen to the show.

Or, click HERE to read the show notes.

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The TRUTH About Stomach Acid! (VIDEO STYLE)

gerd-indigestion-400x400by Sean Croxton


I remember it like it was yesterday.

Those silly antacid commercials with the man rubbing his chest after a meal, only to be saved by an artificially fruit-flavored chewable that made me wish I had heartburn.

Or the Major League pitcher asking how do you spell relief…

Why these commercials came on during my after school cartoons will always be a mystery.

It’s as if I was being brainwashed from an early age to believe that stomach acid was the root of all things evil.

Come to think of it, Tums and Rolaids were like gateway soft chews to us kids who would later opt for the harder over-the-counter and prescription drugs to combat acid overflow.

Then again, stomach acid decreases with age. So if excess acid is really the cause of GERD and heartburn, targeting eight year olds might be a good idea.

Think about that for a second.

You see, the TRUTH is that ninety-percent of the time heartburn is not a matter of excessive stomach acid but rather too little.

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Podcast 226: How to Kick Insomnia’s Ass!

IMG_3917by Sean Croxton

You do not have an Ambien deficiency.

Insomnia can be one of the most frustrating things ever. So I can understand the temptation to turn to prescription sleeping meds to get some shuteye.

At the same time, I’m a firm believer in finding the root cause(s) of health challenges — insomnia included.

The problem is that most medical doctors don’t have the time — and maybe even lack the knowledge — to properly investigate the many possible reasons why their patients can’t sleep.

It could be blood sugar dysregulation, skewed hormones, neurotransmitter deficiencies due to faulty protein digestion, untreated infections, food sensitivities, poor diet, on and on.

Sleeping pills won’t solve any of the above. Eventually they become a crutch. You can’t sleep without them.

You’re essentially paying to sleep.

In my opinion, sleeping should be free.

Last night on Underground Wellness Radio, my friend and upcoming Real Food Con presenter Ameer Rosic stopped by to discuss the most common reasons for insomnia as well as what to do about it.

Click the player below listen to the entire episode.

Or, click HERE to read my show notes.

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Podcast 225: Not Your Ordinary Paleo Book.

Dura_9780307889171_jkt.inddby Sean Croxton

I have a new favorite book.

When John Durant’s new book The Paleo Manifesto arrived in my mailbox, I rolled my eyes and left it to die in the mountainous stack of unread books atop my bookcase.

The last thing I wanted to read was another paleo book that said exactly what the last one said. I’ve got better things to do.

BUT…after John sent me a Facebook message inquiring about a spot on the radio show, I decided to flip through his Manifesto and was happy to see very few mentions of gluten, lectins, 30-day challenges, and other common paleo topics.

Instead I saw sections on gorillas in captivity, Moses, hot air balloons, the science of disgust, the Bambi Effect, and a bunch of other cool topics seldom broached in the paleo space.

And when I finally had a chance to read John’s book this week, I was no less than blown away by how thoughtful, historic, and engaging The Paleo Manifesto turned out to be. When I got to the end I was actually bummed that it was over.

He should write a sequel.

Mr. Durant joined me this afternoon for what I had a feeling would be a classic episode of Underground Wellness Radio.

Click the player below to listen in.

Or, click HERE to read the show notes!

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Podcast 221: How to Detox the Right Way.

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 3.12.19 PMby Sean Croxton

Of all of the systems of the body, I’d say that I’m the weakest when it comes to my knowledge on detoxification.

I’m really not sure why. Maybe it’s because I’d much rather study poop than the liver.

Regardless, when your game isn’t quite up to par you bring in the big guns to take you to the next level.

So on this episode of Underground Wellness Radio, my new friend Dr. Andrea Maxim ND stopped by to fill in some of the blanks for me and to help YOU discover the right way to detox.

Click the player below to check out the entire show.

Or, click HERE to read the show notes!

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The BEST Test for Gluten Sensitivity!

Note: The following blog post has been adapted from a post I wrote back in December of 2010 called Detecting Gluten Sensitivity: The New Frontier. A lot has happened on this site since then. So if you missed this post or are new to UW, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

I used to be the King of Whole Grains.

Indoctrinated to be a processed food salesman by my university-taught nutrition courses, I spent several years drilling the base of the USDA Food Guide Pyramid into the skulls of my personal training clients.

“Six to eleven servings of bread, rice, and pasta a day, you people!! How on Earth do you expect to meet your energy and fiber requirements? Do it! DO IT NOW!”

Fast-forward ten years to present day and I can’t help but wonder how much damage my whole grain zealotry may have caused. Who knows how many of my clients were overweight, fatigued, depressed, and more due to undiagnosed gluten sensitivity.

I honestly didn’t know any better.