Boost Brain Function with a Healthier Diet with Steven Masley

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In this podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Steven Masley, author of "The Better Brain Solution." During our conversation, we discuss how a healthy, balanced diet can have a tremendous impact on brain function. We also outline several practical ways to overcome cravings and make changing your diet and lifestyle fun and stress free.

About Dr. Steven Masley

Steven Masley MD is a physician, nutritionist, trained-chef, author, and the creator of the #1 health program for Public Television, 30 Days to a Younger Heart. He helps motivated people tune up their brain, heart, and sexual performance.

He is a fellow with three prestigious organizations: the American Heart Association, American College of Nutrition, and American Academy of Family Physicians. His research focuses on the impact of lifestyle choices on brain function, heart disease, and aging. His passion is empowering people to achieve optimal health through comprehensive assessments and lifestyle changes.

As a best-selling author, he has published several books: Ten Years Younger, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, Smart Fat, and his latest book, The Better Brain Solution, plus numerous scientific articles. His work has been viewed by millions on PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Today Show, and over 500 media interviews.

He also completed a chef internship at the Four Seasons Restaurant in Seattle, WA, and he has performed cooking demonstrations at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, Canyon Ranch, the Pritikin Longevity Center, and for multiple television appearances. As a speaker during his career, Dr. Masley has spoken for over 300 physician continuing medical education (CME) events, and for over 700 public presentations on a variety of topics related to health, cognitive function, aging, and cardiovascular disease. He continues to see patients and publish research from his medical clinic in St. Petersburg Florida, and he offers weekly blogs on his website,

For additional information, regarding Dr. Masley’s clinic, please visit:

For a list Dr. Masley’s awards, research activities, and publications, see below:

Dr. Masley Awards

  • 2013 made Fellow by the American Heart Association
  • 2010 Physician Health Care Hero, Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • 2006 Florida Academy of Family Physician’s Physician Research Award
  • 2005 made Fellow by the American College of Nutrition
  • 2005 Best Medical Idea, Carillon Executive Health, Tampa Bay Magazine,
  • 2003 Florida Academy of Family Physician’s Physician {AAFP} Research Award
  • 2001 made Fellow by the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • 2001 Florida Academy of Family Physician’s Physician {AAFP} Research Award
  • 2000 Recipient of the AAFP and Schering Plough’s Junior Researcher Award
  • 1998 Physician Winner, Patient Care Award for Excellence in Patient Education, by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine & the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • 1997 Patient Service Award, for outstanding service to patients at Group Health Cooperative, WA
1:20 Introducing Dr. Steven Masley

3:30 Diet, quality of life and brain function

5:25 Why what we eat matters

  • Excess sugar and insulin resistance
  • How cravings work

9:42 Neurobiology and addictive behavior

11:23 Weight loss without cravings

14:34 The microbiome

  • Firmicutes bacteria
  • Probiotics and fiber

19:42 Benefits of organic food

  • Pesticides kill good bacteria
  • Brain benefits

21:07 Feedlot vs free range animals

22:45 Healthy fat and variety

  • Spices and herbs

27:08 Motivation to eat better and exercise

29:58 Food designed for addiction

  • An easy solution

32:40 Practical ways to make changes

  • The Better Brain Solution program
  • Making changes as a couple

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