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Optimizing Your Stress Resilience w/Dr Shawn Talbott

The Optimized Life Podcast - Stress Resilience

Taking active steps to improve our stress resilience and nurture our mental wellness are vital during these times.

Meet world renowned stress resilience and gut brain axis optimization expert Dr. Shawn Talbott.

Over the years Dr. Shawn has been fascinated by the links between diet, biochemistry and psychology: the idea that what we eat changes the biochemistry of our bodies, and influences how we think, feel and behave. 

The “gut-brain axis” is what Dr. Shawn refers to as, “The missing piece of the puzzle,” for optimizing mood, energy, focus and overall well being. “Understanding the connection between our microbiome and our brain is fundamentally changing how we think about human performance, both physically and mentally.”

Episode 3: Optimizing Your Stress Resilience with Dr Shawn Talbott

I have been studying stress resilience for the past 20 years (4:18)

Dr. Shawn:

One of the main causes of stress in humans is uncertainty.

If you think about it evolutionary terms,  if you don’t know whats around that corner or whats behind that bush or behind that rock, that stresses you out. And that is considered a healthy stress response.

But when it comes to what’s the next stressful thing I am going to see on the news or on social media that is not a healthy stress response. 

Especially when its coming at us all the time.

I have been studying stress physiology for most of my career and more specifically nutritional psychology.

What I am looking at is how a lifestyle interventions like nutrition, supplements, exercise or sleep changes your biochemistry.

An how that biochemical change impacts your hormones and neurotransmitters how that leads to psychological change.

How does it make you feel in terms of your energy levels , your focus, your mood, your resilience.

If you can give someone that mental edge they can get more out of their performance 

That’s the kind of work I have been doing for long time.

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If I knew back then what I know now about stress resilience (6:41)

18 years ago my younger brother died of an drug overdose.

That got me to shift out of pure sports nutrition and allowed me to apply those same principles to someone who might be really stressed out or depressed or experiencing addiction cravings.

Having seen what my brother went through pretty much his whole adult life. Not feeling comfortable in his own skin. The roller coaster of being clean then using. 

A lot of what drove him to use was anxiety, stress, depression and not having good stress resilience in the face of whatever was hitting the fan that day.

If I knew back then what we know now about how to improve mental wellness and stress resilience he might still be here with us.

I want try to get that word out to everybody.

The difference between mental health and mental wellness (8:56)

One of the reasons its so new is because we didn’t know we enough from a scientific perspective to really do anything about it.

In the past, this field has always been about masking the problem with an antidepressant or trying to get people back to ‘normal’ again.

The science is fundamentally changed over the past couple of years.

Modulating your hormones. Modulating your gut microbiome.

There are all sorts of things we can do now to take people to that new level of performance.

And that wasn’t possible just a few short years ago.

Tips From dr Shawn to help you optimize your stress resilience (20:55)

How you feel is not just in your head. Its also in your gut.

Start on a research validated supplement regimen to:

  1. Repair your gut lining
  2. Re-diversify the gut bacteria
  3. Balance your stress response system and improve your stress resilience
  4. Get better sleep

Here is the simple turnkey research validated gut brain axis optimization system we recommend all of our clients start with:

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Until next episode! Stay optimized ya’ll!


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MORE about Dr Shawn

Dr. Shawn is a nutritional biochemist PhD, he is one of the most sought after natural nutritional product formulators in the world. His product formulations have grossed over over $1B in sales.

A veteran of dozens of Iron Man Triathlons and trail Ultramarathons, Doc Talbott is intrigued by how our mental wellness impacts our physical wellbeing. He wants to know, “How do you get your mind to allow you to either push your body harder in a competition or simply maintain resilience in the face of our typically stressful days?” That, he says, may be the secret to having more energy and vigor as we age.

Dr Shawn holds a MS in Exercise Science from University of Massachusetts and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers. He also holds advanced certificates in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from MIT. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Nutrition. As a Diplomate of the International Olympic Committee’s Sports Nutrition program, he has educated elite-level athletes in a variety of sports including at the United States Olympic Training Centers.

He is the author of hundreds of articles and more than a dozen books on nutrition and fitness. His work has been featured in media outlets around the world, including a variety of segments on The Dr. Oz Show, as well as at the White House as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity.

Dr Shawn currently serves as the Chief Science Officer for the 1st ever Mental Wellness Company, Amare Global. To learn more about  what Amare Global is doing to impact change in the mental wellness and stress resilience space go HERE.

He is our definition of a unicorn and makes a tremendous difference in lives across the world.

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