No.1 Neuroscientist: Stress Leaks Through Skin, Is Contagious & Gives You Belly Fat!- Dr. Tara Swart

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Published 2023-09-25
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0:00 Dr Tara Swart - Neuroscientist on how your brain influences your health, relationships and well-being.
02:06 💼 How to improve my brain health?
13:04 🩸 How to lose stomach fat
16:03 👥 The affect stress has on women
24:00 🛌 How to improve memory
25:52 🧠 How to prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s
30:28 👩‍❤️‍👨 Key things for a better relationship
38:04 🧠 How does intuition works & why you should always follow it
44:11 🧠 How did the pandemic affect our stress levels & mental health?
46:32 🌿 Why nature is really important for your health
47:13 🤝 How to find your purpose & why its vital for your mental health
01:00:01 🧠 What is neuroplasticity & why you should learn everything about it
01:07:04 🧠 How to stop my bad habits
01:10:11 🧬 How do I cope with trauma?
01:16:02 🤰 Can stress affect pregnancy?
01:23:45 🧠 How does neuroplasticity works?
01:27:12 🏋️‍♂️ How do I improve my memory?
01:30:01 🍇 What is the best diet?
01:30:55 🧠 What is the importance of neuroplasticity?
01:34:15 💬 How does what I say affect my brain?
01:39:12 👫 Qualities to look for in a partner
01:44:23 🧠 How is ADHD and autism diagnosed?
01:53:20 🗣️ How does what I say affect my behaviour?
01:58:32 🙏 How does visualisation work?

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All Comments (21)
  • @TheDiaryOfACEO
    Thank you Tara for sharing your story with us. If you enjoyed this conversation could you do us a favour and HIT that like button on the video! Helps us a lot ❤ share your favourite part of the convo below 👇🏾
  • I have always needed 8 hours sleep. Also, In 42 years of marriage my husband and I never slept apart. I strongly believe in couples sleeping together. I never had a problem getting a full night’s sleep all my life until he passed away 5 years ago. . Now I realize listening to this broadcast that it has to do with cortisol levels because of my husband no longer being with me. Not having him here has been stressful for me. I miss him terribly. His passing has been the most challenging circumstance I have ever gone through and I have gone through a LOT of pain and loss. We loved each other very deeply. I still love him. I am getting better and I know this is all a part of the grief journey. Blessings and peace to all who are on this journey of grief and to all who aren’t as well. We all need peace. ❤️
  • @gillb9222
    Listening to this it made me wonder what the world would be like if we taught our children how to manage their bodies and minds and emotions rather than some of the nonsense they get taught in school. A curriculum based on social skills, self care and resilience would change the world.
  • I was married 42 yrs. I tried for yrs. sleeping alone ,it was horrible. A cat adopted me. Then during covid when the earth stood still someone abandoned a dog who had recenting weaned pups. She was terrified. Well we are now all bonded and sleep together. I have love and heartbeats again.
  • @rankitgupta
    I am awake late at night listening to how important it is to sleep for 8 hours!
  • @nicholnunn8074
    I’ve had chronic fatigue from past illnesses and every day I would wake up and throughout the day repeat things like “I’m so tired”, “I’m exhausted”. Then one day I decided I was going to stop telling myself that. I couldn’t bring myself to say something like “I feel well rested” but instead would say things like “I’m ready to get this day going”. It has really improved how I feel.
  • @mistersmisties
    My parents both had terminal cancer. I quit my job, moved states and moved in with them to be their caregiver. They died 13 months apart. I was with them nearly every minute of that time. Two weeks after their deaths I broke out in hives all over my body. I had never had hives in my life. I went to the doctor and he asked if I had been stressed. I told him what I had been doing and that I was actually the least stressed I had felt in two years. He said that now my mind and body could relax it was releasing all of the emotions and stress I had been suppressing while caring for my parents. The body/mind connection is real. Edited for misspelling.
  • Every family has that one person who will break the family financial struggle, I hope i become the one. but how?
  • @zoezen
    Following my c section, i was bleeding. The bleeding wasn't healing. I got a phone call from my child's father, who was away at the time. His gentle kind compassionate voice felt so deeply healing to me. I literally felt the bleeding stop and my insides heal. Doctors confirmed that indeed the bleeding had stopped and my insides had healed.
  • @jacques42
    00:26 😰 Stress is contagious as cortisol, the main stress hormone, can leak from one person's sweat and affect others. 01:21 🧠 Our brains continue to grow and change from 25 to 65, improving higher functions like emotional regulation, problem-solving, and bias control. 03:19 💼 CEOs' stress levels can have a significant impact on their organization, and managing stress is crucial for leadership. 13:18 🤰 Hormones like cortisol and sex steroids can affect individuals' physiological responses and interpersonal dynamics, including menstrual synchronization and stress contagion. 22:08 💪 Physical exercise can help reduce stress by sweating out excess cortisol from the body. 22:21 📝 Managing stress involves strategies like aerobic exercise and journaling to reduce cortisol and negative thoughts associated with stress. 24:00 📝 Quality sleep is crucial for the brain's health and managing stress levels. Ideally, 8 hours and 15 minutes in bed is recommended for most people. 25:52 📝 The brain has a glymphatic system that actively cleanses toxins during sleep, taking 7 to 8 hours. Sleeping on your side is recommended for this process. 30:28 📝 Co-sleeping or sleeping together can promote bonding, warmth, and the release of oxytocin, enhancing emotional connections. 37:52 📝 Intuition is the result of stored wisdom and experiences in your nervous system, and it may be more readily acknowledged by women, though both men and women possess it. 44:11 🧠 Understanding Pandemic Impact: The psychological effects of the pandemic, such as isolation and loss, have not been fully acknowledged or planned for, and their long-term consequences are not well understood. 46:32 🌿 Nature's Healing: Spending time in nature has positive effects on physical and mental health, and it's essential to make time for it even as we return to our old routines. 47:27 💖 Purpose Beyond Self: Having a purpose that transcends personal gain, like volunteering or helping others, is crucial for mental health and overall well-being. 52:05 🧐 Neuro-Aesthetics: Incorporating creative activities and aesthetics into daily life, like art, music, and nature, has a profound impact on mental health, physical health, and longevity. 53:16 🔄 Embracing Ancient Wisdom: The solutions to our current challenges may lie in the timeless wisdom of our ancestors, making it unnecessary to reinvent the wheel. 01:07:04 🧠 Understanding beliefs: To address behaviors, it's crucial to dig below thoughts into the beliefs that underlie them. 01:07:48 📝 Deliberate practice: Changing behavior involves deliberate practice, replacing old habits with new ones through consistent effort. 01:09:56 💪 Three steps to change: Recognize patterns, understand consequences, and set intentions for who you want to become. 01:12:44 🧬 Generational trauma and epigenetics: Trauma can affect gene expression, but resilience and healing are possible through understanding and effort. 01:26:57 🏋️‍♂️ Neuroplasticity and exercise: Aerobic exercise can accelerate neurogenesis, benefiting memory and cognitive function. Weight training has different brain-related effects. 01:28:17 🧠 Visualization can lead to muscle growth, demonstrating the power of our thoughts in shaping our bodies. 01:30:01 🍇 Opt for darker-skinned foods like black beans, blueberries, and dark chocolate, as they contain antioxidants (anthocyanins) beneficial for brain health. 01:31:10 💤 Create conditions for neuroplasticity by getting enough sleep, being physically active, managing stress, and maintaining hydration. 01:33:32 🧠 Building self-esteem and confidence involves identifying negative thoughts, creating positive affirmations, and changing your inner narrative. 01:39:26 🧩 Neurodiversity encompasses a range of brain differences, and the increase in diagnoses may be due to better recognition and adaptation to the changing world. 01:49:26 🧠 Our thoughts and perceptions can have a significant impact on our physical health and well-being. 01:50:35 📏 Posture and musculoskeletal coordination can improve when individuals change their behavior to match a younger age, as shown in a study with octogenarians. 01:53:20 🗣️ The words we use can significantly affect our behavior, as seen in an experiment with medical students who walked more slowly when exposed to words associated with retirement. 01:57:38 🧘 Visualizing and expressing gratitude for your desired outcomes can shift your brain from a fear state to a trust state, facilitating personal change. 02:00:33 🎭 Overcoming limiting beliefs, especially those imposed by others, can lead to embracing one's creativity and
  • @AroseLove
    To the person reading this. Even though I don’t know you, I wish you the best life has to offer 🙏🏻🙌😊♥️
  • @heidiankers108
    How gloriously refreshing to have two curious, warm, superclever people share a great conversation! Stephen interviews empathetically! Tara responds empathetically! A lesson in connection, with countless important benefits for us Hallelujah 💐🌺
  • As a massage therapist I have been isolated in tiny stuffy rooms for hours on end with stressed out people in direct contact with their skin almost every day for the past 19 years and I have six pack abs.... Leading people to believe that stress is contagious and gives you belly fat is just going to make people feel ashamed to share their stress with others and lead to isolation and loneliness. We are all here to support each other and stress is an inevitable part of life. Sharing our struggles with the people in our lives to get feedback and support is healthy part of being human and helps us to learn and grow. If someone is truly in a downward spiral and not investing in the best version of themselves but trying to make you feel responsible for their bad decisions then a boundary is necessary to prevent that person form bringing you down. If someone is truly looking to solve a tough problem in their lives or share an unpleasant experience they have had by all means be there for them and give them your best advice and sympathy. You're not going to end up catching their stress or getting belly fat.
  • @Speeeeed
    What I like about this show and especially Steven Bartlett is that he gives the guests a chance to speak without interrupting them. It's like a breath of fresh air.
  • @gregm55mullen62
    My mother died from COPD. After she died I researched and came across an article on a medical website that said chronic stress can harden the tissues in the lungs leading to permanent damage. And she was so stressed much of the time. I also realised later how lonely she must have felt due to one circumstance and another. 😢 I do believe that loneliness leads to a constant state of what I would call “Quiet Stress”. Just a personal thought.
  • @meganniceasmr96
    Doing something kind for someone w/out any motive behind it, is true kindness. Thank you for sharing. <3
  • @richardjstrngth
    Intuition is the sixth sense. It allows us to grow from experience that has built wisdom.
  • Me and my husband have slept separately A LOT over the last few years because of his snoring and problems with insomnia (now resolved). We are closer than ever. Very bonded. Sleep is so important, especially with 5 kids, if you cannot sleep because of your husband's snoring, don't hesitate to sleep alone!! It's more important to just get the actual sleep! We cuddle lots whenever around each other, and snuggle up to watch movies together on the couch, that's the main thing
  • Sleeping apart had been the BEST thing I could have ever done in my relationship. I always felt I was strange for not liking sleeping with a partner and suffered in silence for too long. I soon grew resentful of previous partners who would wake me up rolling around or breathing etc beside me. Of course I liked cuddling etc but when it came to sleep it was a definite no no. I feel closer than ever to my partner now that we don’t sleep in the same bed and I can actually get some good rest and enjoy my life feeling rested and awake in the day. I mention this not saying ‘I’m right, she’s wrong’ but to remind people some things don’t work for everyone. A credited doctor should know better than to talk in such harsh absolutes. Within our evolution and what’s ‘best’ for humans there are invariably a cohort of us who definitely do not thrive with this. I for one would be extremely miserable being forced to attempt to sleep beside a partner long term, no matter how much we loved each other, if I meant I always felt miserable and sad from lack of sleep.
  • @evawilhelm5113
    In 2017, I left my secure, well paying job and started something completely different, now after 8 years I am thinking to do something less stressful. I am 67 and I feel that life's adventure will never stop until I stop breathing.