Brain Fitness: Reversing Cognitive Decline And Improving Brain Function

Episode 817 1h 13m


It’s never too early to start protecting your brain, and with more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer'sprojected to rise to nearly 13 million by 2050this is something we should all contemplate more often.

On today’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m excited to talk to Dr. Majid Fotuhi about the top actions we can take to prevent cognitive decline and optimize brain function. Brain degeneration affects millions of Americans of all ages. The destruction sets in years or even decades before Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, or other serious neurological diseases can be diagnosed. Dr. Fotuhi and I talk about the earliest signs of neuroinflammation and some of the underlying causes of brain dysfunction.

We also break down some differences between the non-modifiable and modifiable risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease and the specific cognitive decline risk factors related to individuals with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Until recently, the most popular approach to treating Alzheimer’s has been to focus on managing the symptoms in the brain; however, we now know that a better, more effective approach to helping Alzheimer’s patients requires highly individualized treatment, including improving the microbiome, a healthy diet, plenty of exercise, hormonal balance, adequate sleep, and more.

We discuss Dr. Fotuhi’s 12-week Brain Fitness program that was just published by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports, which saw significant improvement in patients’ cognitive function through lifestyle interventions, brain coaching, and biofeedback. We also address some challenges to applying preventative Alzheimer’s research in patient care and Dr. Fotuhi’s vision for the future of Alzheimer’s treatment and the prevention of cognitive decline. I hope you’ll tune into this important conversation.


This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, Essentia, Cozy Earth, and AirDoctor. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

Topics Covered

  • The evolution of Dr. Fotuhi’s understanding of memory and brain health


  • Why Dr. Fotuhi started his own brain center


  • Incredible science to slow and prevent memory loss


  • The myth of diagnosis


  • Four ways to support the brain


  • The connection between belly size and brain size


  • Common culprits of poor brain function


  • Reactions of Dr. Fotuhi’s colleagues to his work


  • Lifestyle practices for a healthy brain


  • Modifiable risk factors for brain dysfunction


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Automatically generated. Please forgive any typos or errors in the following transcript. It was generated by a third party and has not been subsequently reviewed by our team.

Introduction: Coming up on this episode of the Doctor's Pharmacy,

Dr. Majid Fotuhi: Your brain is a tissue is an organ. Just like your skin, just like your heart. And you can do things to heal it and make it healthier.

Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman. That's farmacy with an F, a place for conversations that matter. And if you care about your brain and you want to know how to make your brain better, or if you feel like you got brain fog or memory loss or ADD or you can't focus, there's a reason and there's also a way out. And we're going to talk about that today with one of the world's experts on brain..

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Ep. 817 - Brain Fitness: Reversing Cognitive Decline And Improving Brain Function