July 31

The Mind: Unlocked Podcast – Episode #9: Tactics to Transform Your Brain with Kayla Osterhoff

BY Mind: Unlocked


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Episode #9 -  with Kayla Osterhoff

Hear a neuroscientist's overview of several lesser-known tactics to change the shape and capabilities of our brains today. We also delve into the difference between our brain and mind, why that matters, the third factor that's rarely talked about and Kayla's cornerstone lockdown health optimisation practices.

Connect with Kayla at www.biocuriouskayla.com or via Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/biocurious_kayla

Kayla is a health scientist, professional athlete, entrepreneur, health optimization practitioner, and a global leader in integrative mind-body medicine. She is formally trained across the spectrum of health sciences with a bachelor of science in health ecology, master of science in public health, and currently pursuing her doctoral degree in neuropsychophysiology and biochemistry.

From childhood to early adulthood, Kayla witnessed the true cost and devastation of mental illness and addiction. This was the catalyst for her career in the health sciences. She was determined to learn about the human body and understand why some people suffer illness and disease, while others don't. What she discovered was that illness and disease are not inevitable, and in fact, can be prevented and cured through lifestyle.

During undergrad, Kayla worked in physical therapy, gaining an appreciation for exercise science and movement modalities, which served as the basis for her athletic accomplishments. She went on to study behavioral science and public health in graduate school and worked for many years as a health scientist at CDC while studying for her Ph.D. 

Her unique background and expertise across the spectrum of health sciences led her to develop a truly holistic understanding and approach for health optimization, peak performance, and resilience of the mind and body.

Show Notes

03.37 - How a biohacking neuroscientist specifically navigates lockdown to minimise to minimise negative long term effects in her brain. This sparks off a discussion on each of our new habits since lockdown and how that's reflected in our biometric data. 

11.23 - Kayla's journey from a tough upbringing to athlete, health scientist, biohacker and lifelong learner.

14.54 - the difference between the brain and the mind, and the third aspect that's not often spoken about. 

21.54 - How do we have a healthy brain? Kayla's favourite brain biohacks and how to change the shape of your brain. 

26.38 - Key methods to change your neural pathways faster and easier i.e. how to change your brain, and the little known part our subconscious mind plays in this. 

33.57 - Our subconscious mind, and why that really matters. 

37.39 - How to change your subconscious patterns. 

46.13 - Why a health scientist who habitually seeks evidence to back up claims prioritises gratitude. 

53.53 - Kayla's experiences with meditation and what her practice looks like today. 

59.22 - How Kayla manages her technology. 

63.10 - Kayla's top mental well-being tip. 

Key topics: Biohacking, neuroscience, biometrics, brain vs mind, nootropics, neuroplasticity, subconscious mind, gratitude, psychedelics. 


Connect with Kayla at www.biocuriouskayla.com or via Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/biocurious_kayla

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