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June 11, 2019     |   695 VIEWS
You are What You Digest with Naveen Jain

"The things we call diseases are the body not at ease."
Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world's biggest challenges through big thinking and innovation. He’s a long-time friend of the Kwik Brain podcast.

Regularly honored for his entrepreneurial efforts—he’s been listed as Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year and been the recipient of "Albert Einstein Technology Medal" as just two examples—Naveen is the founder of the groundbreaking companies Moon Express, World Innovation Institute, iNome, TalentWise, Intelius, and Infospace. Moon Express is the only company in the world to have been given permission to leave Earth’s orbit and land on the moon.

Naveen has built his career on thinking big, smashing boundaries and disrupting entire industries. He’s guided by his belief that our only limit is our imagination. Naveen’s next big endeavor is to achieve moon travel and learn how to use lunar resources to enable further innovation here on earth.

How can we optimize our brain health? Specifically, what foods can we eat to look after our health and bring our best performance to the table, every single day? The goal of this podcast is to provide you with tools to optimize your performance—often I will give you tools that I use in the morning and evening to sharpen my focus and optimize my sleep—and today’s show is about a newly-developed tool that will help you to identify foods that are potentially harming you and reduce inflammation in your body.

An international leader in industry disruption and founder of groundbreaking companies such as Viome and Moon Express, today’s guest Naveen Jain has built his career on big ideas and industry disruption, applying his experience in exponential thinking to a variety of industries.

Naveen has been on the show twice before—if you haven’t already listened to earlier episodes, you can check them out here:

In this conversation, we talk about the connection between disease and inflammation, and a new definition of disease. We talk about Naveen’s big vision for healthcare and explain the science between a test developed by Naveen’s company that can help you to optimize your health.

Show Notes


  • People have chronic symptoms that get classified as diseases: depression, anxiety
  • Research shows many of these diseases have been associated with chronic inflammation that comes from the gut
  • Important to learn which foods that are right for you: food can be healthy for one person but a toxin for someone else
  • When people reduce inflammation‚ symptoms go away—energy increases, no brain fog, skin clears up
  • The things we call diseases are the body showing us it is not at ease



  • Special offer for listeners:
  • Ignorance is pain: when you don’t know what’s harming you
  • Integrated app—takes away decision fatigue because you can have a list on your phone
  • Able to do more things for others when you’re feeling better
  • Learning what foods are best for you takes the confusion out of all the conflicting nutrition advice out there
  • Naveen’s vision: in the next 3-5 years we can make illness optional and create a world where chronic diseases are a matter of choice



  • Immunotherapy working for cancer depends on your gut microbiome
  • Research is consistently showing gut microbiome connected to many diseases: Parkinsons, depression
  • 99% of what makes us human is our gut microbiome, we have 40 trillion other organisms working with us in a symbiotic relationship
  • When we don’t take care of those microorganisms they will get us sick
  • Everyone focused on what organisms are there: not what they were actually doing
  • Question is not is the organism good or bad, it’s about is this ecosystem good or bad?
  • Instead of DNA testing (what the organism are), Viome has been using RNA sequencing to find out if they are producing toxins (what the organisms are doing)
  • Knowledge is not power, it’s only potential power: take the test and try applying the knowledge
  • Learn more about Naveen’s company Viome and assess your own microbiome

Please note, this episode is educational only and not intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.

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Episode 59: Exponential Thinking with Naveen Jain

Episode 69: Activating Your Second Brain with Naveen Jain


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