The Power of Nutrition in Brain Recovery

JJ welcomes Cavin Balaster to the podcast to share his amazing story of recovery after suffering a severe traumatic brain injury. Given less than a 10 percent chance of survival, Cavin explains how he used nutritional therapy and alternative medicine to defy the odds and heal his brain and body. Brain injury can occur in many different ways, and you never know when it might happen to you or a loved one. Listen as Cavin offers his top tips on how to repair your brain from injury, plus helpful strategies to optimize your brainpower every day!

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Main Points From Today’s Episode

1. After suffering a severe traumatic brain injury, Cavin was given less than a 10 percent chance of survival. He spent 12 days in a coma and months in the hospital.

2. Optimal nutrition and alternative medicine played a major role in Cavin’s recovery. Removing toxins and introducing the right nutrients into Cavin’s diet helped him heal his brain and body.

3. You don’t have to hit your head in order to sustain a brain injury. Your brain can get hurt in many other ways, and it’s crucial to take steps to protect your brain health.

Episode Play-By-Play

[2:25] Cavin Balaster’s personal experience with a severe traumatic brain injury.

[4:40] Hospitalizations and care during Cavin’s recovery.

[5:23] Waking up after spending 12 days in a coma.

[6:49] Common ingredients in hospital feeding tubes.

[8:05] Clarity for Cavin came after a functional neurologist discovered he wasn’t absorbing the nutrients he was eating and placed him on a leaky gut protocol.

[10:52] Emergency care is critical in the acute phase, but there are many “alternative medicine” strategies that can make a big impact in the long run.

[14:30] You don’t even need to hit your head to sustain a brain injury.

[15:25] The steps that Cavin took to heal his brain and body.

[16:29] Chemicals that can affect your health.

[17:30] How removing toxins and introducing the right nutrients into Cavin’s diet made a big difference in his recovery.

[19:38] Cavin takes time to meditate and show appreciation every day.

[21:57] The Feed a Brain interview series.

[25:45] Discover the number one resource for fast and lasting fat loss by visiting jjvirgin.com

[26:22] Listener’s question: I know you’re a big fan of fish oil. Can I get the same benefits from the omega-3s in flax, hemp, and chia seeds?

[27:14] Plant-based omega-3s vs. omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil.

Mentioned in this episode:
How to Feed a Brain: Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function and Repair, by Cavin Balaster
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