At the close of 2020, longtime CYInterview guest, neuroscientist Dr. Kristen Willeumier released her much anticipated book, Biohack Your Brain: How to Boost Cognitive Health, Performance & Power. For about a decade, the noted scientist has been appearing with us to talk about brain health topics.
Last month, featured columnist Jay Bildstein wrote a review of the book, here on CYInterview [see here], where he stated, “If you read only one book this year, make it Biohack Your Brain.” Dr. Willeumier’s book is full of important information that will help you take steps to improve your brain health.
Dr. Willeumier recently joined us for a CYInterview to discuss what it has been like to tell the world her story, since the book’s release:
“It’s really been an overwhelming experience emotionally. That was something that I really hadn’t anticipated. You know, we’ve known one another for almost a decade and this is the first time that I’ve really come out in a public way to share all the research and knowledge that I’ve gleaned through having a 20 year career in the field of neuroscience and psychiatry and you know, the work is being met with, to such positivity and I didn’t realize how much I could inspire people through sharing stories, the things that have happened in the clinical setting and sharing their research. So, it’s been extraordinary.”
Reflecting on the reaction to Biohack Your Brain, Kristen shared this:
“One of the reasons why I wrote this book is I wanted to make sure people understood that they could take care of their brain health through the choices that they are making on a daily basis. And in the clinical setting, we’ve shown within a six-month period of time dietary and lifestyle modifications can make a change in a physiological function of the brain that we can show using clinical neuroimaging. And I think that’s why this book is really different from a lot of the brain health books that are out there because it takes the guess work out of what things really, which choices you can make that work.”
Our CYInterviews with the neuroscientist have included important information on brain health. In our latest discussion, Dr. Willeumier shared insight into the role of berries and the brain:
“One of my favorites, being a study that came out of Harvard, it was a 20-year longitudinal study looking at dietary patterns in people and they found that those who consumed strawberries and blueberries twice a week, again, over the course of these 20 years, could slow brain aging by as much as two and a half years. So imagine, something as simple as having a cup of strawberries or blueberries twice a week, again, you have to practice it consistently over the course of years, can slow down your brain aging. To me, I think that’s extraordinary and this information has to sort of permeate into our consciousness.”
Dr. Willeumier believes that owing to the coronavirus pandemic, people have focused more on brain health than ever before:
“I feel like the pandemic has actually made people think more about their brain health and that’s because we’ve got people who are struggling who are Covid long haulers. So, they’ve got brain fog and anxiety and depression and fatigue and they can’t concentrate. So, I feel like the brain is now gonna get its time in the spotlight and I feel like people are gonna start thinking more about their brain health because its so connected to their mental health.”
Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joins us to discuss many topics relating to Biohack Your Brain and brain health overall.
You can listen to the CYInterview it in its entirety below:
Listen to the entire Dr. Kristen Willeumier CYInterview: