The Whole Health Cure

"Lifestyle Habits and Brain Health" with Karima Benameur, MD

Episode Summary

Dr. Benameur graduated from the University of Oran in Algeria where she received her MD degree. She subsequently trained at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, then at the National Institutes of Health where she was awarded the excellence in research award. She moved to Atlanta to complete her residency and fellowship at Emory, and was selected as Chief resident of education. She was appointed to current position on the Emory faculty as Assistant Professor of Neurology in 2014, and has been part of the Neurohospitalist team ever since. Her daily work consists of taking care of hospitalized patients with neurological diseases, and educating residents and medical students. She sees first-hand the effects of poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle on brain health, as it presents in a myriad of neurological diseases, the most common of which is stroke. Her passion is teaching not only her patients and their families, but also other physicians and medical students about the importance that proper nutrition, exercise, sleep, and other lifestyle changes can have on brain health. Dr. Benameur talks about the influence our lifestyle choices have on brain health. What is the effect of nutrition, exercise, sleep, mindfulness practice and social connection on brain health? What is the effect of chronic inflammation and stress? Is memory loss a normal part of aging? And finally, what actions and choices can we make to maintain optimal brain heath and good memory long-term? Tune in to learn more! Dr. Benameur has a course on Coursera called Biohacking Your Brain's Health. You can find it here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/biohacking-your-brains-health

Episode Notes

Dr. Benameur graduated from the University of Oran in Algeria where she received her MD degree. She subsequently trained at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, then at the National Institutes of Health where she was awarded the excellence in research award. She moved to Atlanta to complete her residency and fellowship at Emory, and was selected as Chief resident of education. She was appointed to current position on the Emory faculty as Assistant Professor of Neurology in 2014, and has been part of the Neurohospitalist team ever since.
Her daily work consists of taking care of hospitalized patients with neurological diseases, and educating residents and medical students. She sees first-hand the effects of poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle on brain health, as it presents in a myriad of neurological diseases, the most common of which is stroke.
Her passion is teaching not only her patients and their families, but also other physicians and medical students about the importance that proper nutrition, exercise, sleep, and other lifestyle changes can have on brain health.

Dr. Benameur talks about the influence our lifestyle choices have on brain health. What is the effect of nutrition, exercise and sleep? What is the effect of chronic inflammation and stress? Is memory loss a normal part of aging? And finally, what actions and choices can we make to maintain optimal brain heath and good memory long-term? Tune in to learn more!

Dr. Benameur has a course on Coursera called Biohacking Your Brain's Health. You can find it here:
https://www.coursera.org/learn/biohacking-your-brains-health