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Women experience three reproductive stages in their lives - puberty, pregnancy, and perimenopause - that change their brain in unique ways. These three critical stages in a woman’s reproductive life are accompanied by huge hormonal changes that have huge effects on her brain. I share how a woman’s brain changes during each of these stages and what …
 
Trauma can actually make you feel more resilient and leave you better equipped to tackle future challenges. Although "post-traumatic growth" often happens naturally, without therapy or other interventions, it can be facilitated using five growth strategies: through education, emotional regulation, disclosure, narrative development, and service. I d…
 
One of the biggest issues for parents of teens is figuring out what’s “normal” teenage behaviour and when their child might need some extra support. I talk to parenting expert, blogger and influencer, Helen Wills, about how parents can support teenagers through the many different challenges that they face during adolescence. We also touch on anothe…
 
When our children begin the slow transition to adulthood, many of them struggle more with anger. It’s important to keep in mind that anger is not the problem - it’s a symptom of a deeper problem or challenge. When we have a deeper understanding of what ramps up rage, particularly spontaneous or irrational anger for our teens, we can better support …
 
Anyone who has ever gone on a run will be familiar with that "runner's high” feeling - that euphoric sense you get after a jog where you feel on top of the world. That post-workout good mood isn't just anecdotal: research has consistently shown that, in addition to physical health benefits, exercise boosts your mood and happiness. I breakdown why e…
 
How you act and behave as a parent or carer has a massive influence over your teenager’s attitudes, behaviour and choices. I breakdown why parents are the most important role models for teenagers and how they can be a positive role model in their life. Role modelling works in relation to virtually everything – from how you handle emotions such as f…
 
All women experience the menopause. Yet many women and health professionals still don’t fully understand the signs and symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause or know how to best treat them. I have a really important and wide-ranging discussion with GP and world-leading menopause specialist, Dr Louise Newson, about how to prepare for, monitor and …
 
Do you think your genes are your destiny? Once you’ve inherited the “Alzheimer’s gene” then that’s it, you will get dementia and there’s nothing you can do about it! It’s time to change your assumptions. The way you live your life can actually change your genetic makeup. Your lifestyle choices - the foods you put in your body, the chemicals you are…
 
Comedy and mental health don’t seem like natural bedfellows, but there is really good evidence that laughter triggers the release of endorphins boosting our mood and mental well-being. I talk to comedian and mental health ambassador Juliette Burton about the relationship between comedy and mental health and how she’s using her stand up shows to edu…
 
Addiction treatment is failing worldwide because it deals with the effects of addiction which is addictive behaviour, rather than the actual the cause of the addiction which is childhood trauma. I discuss why addiction is an attempt to deal with the pain of childhood trauma and the path to recovery starts with reconnection with your true self. By r…
 
Your brain is shrinking, costing you memories and mental sharpness. Brain shrinkage is closely related to symptoms of ageing, including mental decline, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and even poor sleep habits. You can prevent brain shrinkage by adopting healthy lifestyle habits that boost your brain’s vulnerabilities. For example, lowe…
 
Swimming is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that strengthens your heart and circulatory system. But it also really benefits your brain and mental health. It encourages the brain to release brain chemicals that elevate your mood and repairs damage to brain cells and grows new ones to improve your memory. Cold water swimming triggers the release…
 
Experiences from decades ago still affect how you think, feel and behave today. Traumatic events and experiences that you endured early in life as a child or teen have a lasting effect on your emotional wellbeing as an adult. Childhood trauma takes many different forms, including abuse and neglect. And almost a third of young people in the UK exper…
 
Emotional ups and downs are are a normal part of adolescence, making it difficult for parents to distinguish between normal teenage moodiness and mental health struggles. Teens might not always be able to articulate what they’re going through, and they might not want to talk to parents about it. So how can parents support a teenager’s mental well-b…
 
Wet towels left in their wake, a sea of strewn clothes where there once was carpet, plates of food festering under the bed…why are teenagers so messy? A teen’s untidiness is a real bugbear for many parents and can be the source of ongoing conflict in many families. I explain why a messy bedroom is an easy, safe way for a teenager to declare their i…
 
When a child experiences neglect or abuse early in their life, it has a devastating impact on their physical, mental and emotional development. I discuss how trauma during early childhood changes the brain and why the teenage years are an ideal window of opportunity to rewire a traumatised brain by providing a child with the experiences and opportu…
 
The Mediterranean diet is perfectly suited to women’s health. Partly due to the beneficial effects on the heart, it’s also good for a woman's brain. Women who follow the Mediterranean diet have younger looking brains but, unlike women who eat a western diet, show no early brain signs of Alzheimer’s disease, and experience fewer and milder menopausa…
 
What happened to the sweet little girl who you’ve loved and nurtured for more than decade? Who is this irrational, untidy and moody young women living in your house, who seems to find everything about you so embarrassing? I have a really interesting and wide ranging discussion with parenting columnist, Lorraine Candy, about how to survive the chall…
 
The menopause opens a new chapter in a woman’s life that can take her on roller coaster ride of foreign feelings, lasting easily a decade or more. From hot flushes to low mood to insomnia to forgetfulness, menopause can be deeply distressing for many women. I look at the impact of fluctuating hormones on a woman’s brain health and how to manage wel…
 
It’s hard for people to feel hopeful in these uncertain times. But having hope for the future helps to build resilience and gives people the will, determination, and sense of empowerment to tackle their mental health challenges. I talk to Jonny Benjamin, a mental health campaigner, about his truly extraordinary story and new book, ‘The Book Of Hope…
 
You probably expected to get some attitude when your child arrived in the teenage years. But the constant eye-rolling, emotional outbursts and “You are so embarrassing” comments may be harder to handle than you imagined. In this episode, I discuss why a teenager’s life is so full of emotions and angst and how to cope with their emotional highs and …
 
Do you enjoy a glass of wine to wind down after work or a cocktail (or four) to loosen you up in social situations? You’re not alone! Last year, more than 80% of us reported that we drink alcohol on a regular basis with heavy drinking increasing by more than 40% in women. I discuss the impact that alcohol can have on your brain and mental health, a…
 
Imagine it was possible to successfully treat depression without needing to take any form of antidepressant drug. Today I talk to therapist, Nic Saluppo, about his incredible journey to heal his own depression without using medication. Nic experienced psychological trauma as a child that led to severe depression as an adult. But he has managed to c…
 
Welcome to Better Brain, Better You. We are neuroscientist Dr Ben Webb and clinical psychologist Dr Zoe Webb. On this podcast we help people of all ages to cultivate a healthy brain for a mentally healthy and happy life. So come and join us to build a Better Brain, for a Better You. We release weekly episodes for brains of all ages.…
 
From getting drunk at a party, to stealing your clothes, to Xbox gaming into the early hours, teenagers often make bad decisions. I breakdown why teenagers make misguided decisions and how parents can help them to learn good decision-making skills. Teenagers will often express quite clearly why certain behaviours and actions are not desirable. But …
 
Why are women twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer’s disease? I discuss some important differences in the way women's brains age and how this increases their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not that a female brain is fundamentally different to a male brain. But there are some really important differences in the way a female brai…
 
Ever wondered why you feel low or lethargic after eating certain foods and invigorated and energised after eating others? I breakdown why certain foods affect your mood and how simple changes to diet can improve your mental health. When we eat foods high in refined carbohydrates and trans fats and don’t look after our gut health it has detrimental …
 
Ever offered up what you thought was an inspirational solution to you teenager’s problem, only for it to be dismissed as annoying, irrelevant or even stupid. I breakdown why teenagers don’t want parents' advice and prefer a sounding board not a solution. When we offer a solution too quickly, teenagers often feel like we’re not really listening to t…
 
We often give teenagers a hard time for being impulsive, emotional outbursts, taking risks, too much screen time, or just because they can’t get out of bed in the morning. Today I want to talk about a teenage super-power: their extraordinary capacity for learning. The growth of new brain connections and shedding of unused ones make teens sensation-…
 
Why are teenagers susceptible to depression? And what can they do to thrive and be emotionally healthier? The teen years are characterised by three converging events that are a window of risk for developing depression. First, puberty brings dramatic changes that completely remodels their brain. Second, they gradually become better at self-regulatio…
 
What if we could predict when you’re going to get Alzheimer’s disease and you could do something now to stop the development of this brain disease? Today I want to show you why the sleep you’re having right now tells you both when and how fast Alzheimer’ disease is developing inside your brain and how the right sort of sleep can stop the symptoms f…
 
Do you forget why you went upstairs? Fail to put a name to a familiar face? We’ve all done it. And, as we get older, we often worry that these small memory mistakes will lead to dementia. Today I share why dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing and how to change your lifestyle to prevent the symptoms of dementia from appearing. Podcast Websit…
 
As we move towards easing restrictions in the UK, many of us feel anxious about what life after lockdown will look like. In this episode, I explore how we can can overcome these mental health challenges and readjust to another 'new normal' as lockdown restrictions are lifted. Now that we have a roadmap out of lockdown, the gradual easing of restric…
 
Do you feel your memory and thinking are not as good as they used to be? That your brain is slowing down as you get older? I share how exercise can reduce both your brain age and risk of developing dementia. Ageing shrinks the brain, affecting memory and thinking, even in healthy older adults. But slowing down this process could be as simple as reg…
 
Do you worry that your teenager is smoking cannabis, drinking alcohol, having sex or getting in with the wrong crowd? I discuss why teenagers take risks and share my top tip for managing their risky behaviour. Risky behaviour has been the hallmark of adolescence for millennia, but today’s world perhaps poses greater challenges than at any point in …
 
Do you want to improve your emotional fitness? I am going to show you how you to train emotional muscles and exercise feelings to build your emotional fitness. Just like going to the gym or going for a run to keep physically fit, our emotions and feelings need regular exercise to build emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is vital for a sense of we…
 
Do you want to get your teenager to talk to you? I share my top tips on how to communicate with teenagers so they’ll talk to you more and help you stay connected with them. During the teenage years, children try to pull away from their parents and assert their own independence. This is a completely normal part of their development as they move towa…
 
Why are teenagers so emotional? Have they lost their minds? And shouldn't they just grow up? Today I’m going to bust some common myths about teenagers, and share the actual purpose of the teenage brain. Two massive changes are happening in the teenage brain, which adults can support and teenagers can use to help their brain develop optimally. Liste…
 
You want your teenager to sleep better tonight? Today I’m going to share why teenagers need more sleep, and the best sleep science strategy to help them consistently get good sleep. This simple strategy has helped thousands of teenagers to consistently and reliably get the 8-9 hours sleep that they need every night. Listen to this episode to learn …
 
We know the importance of a healthy heart for our physical health and well-being. But brain health is just as crucial for us to live a healthy life and look after our longevity. But what do we actually mean by brain health? And how can we look after this amazing machine between our ears? I unpack what it means to have a healthy brain and share the …
 
We often think that getting old leads to mental and memory decline. But what if you could control how you age? Protect your brain and build more cognitive capacity. According to the latest neuroscience, highlighted in Daniel Levitin’s book, “Successful Ageing”, our personality determines how well we age. Three personality traits that can help you t…
 
It’s that time of year, where we start thinking about the changes we can make to improve our life in the New year. Many people focus their New Year’s resolutions on their bodies, such as healthy eating, exercise, or weight loss. But there’s one part of the body that’s important, but often overlooked - the brain. Boosting your brain health can impro…
 
Many of us are in the heart-breaking position of not being able to see loved ones over the Christmas period. This is a difficult thing to accept as an adult. But it’s an even greater challenge for our children who will struggle to hold in mind the logic and reason behind this being a necessary course of action to keep us all safe. Instead, they may…
 
Improving your wellbeing can feel like a monumental task. We pressure ourselves to make big lifestyle changes. But these big expectations are often not achievable, and this can lead to less motivation to make the changes we need. An alternative approach to behavioural change is to think small - make tiny changes to your life that become habits. Adv…
 
Your belly may not be an obvious place to look for help with your mental health. But the makeup of your gut microbiome - the bacteria, fungi and other microbes lodging in your digestive system - can affect your mental state. Because of the rise of processed food, most of us have fewer types of gut microbes than our grandparents and great grandparen…
 
How does the life of a girl and women sculpt their brain? And how does their brain influence the experiences of a female across their lifespan? We talk to neuroscientist, Dr Sarah McKay, about what happens inside the brains of women as they cycle through the phases of life. She busts some myths about the effects of female biology and hormones and s…
 
Why do teenagers spend so much time on screens and social media? What is driving their seemingly addictive behaviour? And what can parents do to help their children? I discuss the psychological hooks embedded in games and social media that draw teenagers in and keep them playing and engaging online. A teenager’s disconnected brain makes them partic…
 
Exercising and eating the right foods both have positive effects on your brain and mental health. But If you can only introduce one of these lifestyle changes, which is better for your brain and mental health: regular exercise or a healthy diet? Both exercise and nutrition protect your brain from mental decline and dementia. And both are natural an…
 
Why do teenagers suddenly and unexpectedly become irrational, uncommunicative and emotional? Your child is changing, trying to figure themselves out.Their brain and bodies are undergoing extensive reorganisation. Inexplicable habits - unprompted emotional outbursts, risky irrational behaviour, addiction to social media, inability to get up in the m…
 
Stroke - the brain equivalent of a heart attack - will affect 15 million people in the world this year. Sadly, stroke is the fourth biggest killer in the UK. And almost two-thirds of people who survive a stroke will leave hospital with a disability. These are frightening statistics. But there is some hope on the horizon with new knowledge and treat…
 
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