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183: A Deep Dive On Mental Health l What It Means To Be Mentally Healthy and Using Diagnostic Testing to Identify Root Cause Opportunities

Feb 20, 2023 | Season 3


We are thrilled to have our good friend and Mental & Metabolic Health Scientist, Brendan Vermeire, back on the podcast this week! If you missed our first interview with him, make sure you go back and listen to episode #84. In today's episode we discuss what it really means to be mentally healthy, the importance of nutrition for mental health, whether genetic testing is really worth it, the Mental M.A.P. test, and more!

Brendan Vermeire is a Mental and Metabolic Health Scientist & Researcher, Functional Medicine Educator, Writer, and Speaker. He is a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Nutrition Coach, Master Personal Trainer, USAW Sports Performance Coach, and Crossfit Trainer.

He began his career as a personal trainer and nutrition coach at the age of 18 after disappointingly being medically discharged from the United States Navy Seal training pipeline due to an injury. After being exposed to the power of functional lab testing in the start of his career, he began intensely pursuing that as a career path which has led him to be widely regarded as one of the top leading experts in Metabolic Health and Functional Education.

He is the proud owner and founder of the Metabolic Solutions Institute for Functional Health and Fitness Practitioners and the creator of the Functional Mental Health Practitioner Certificate Course. He is also the founder of the Metabolic Solutions Research & Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to ‘changing the way the world views mental health’ through advancing the science of Mental Health Dysfunction. He is also the creator of The Mental M.A.P.™, a cutting-edge Lab Panel for Mental Health.

When he’s not educating doctors/practitioners/professionals, helping clients overcome their most severe health struggles, or producing cutting edge scientific education, Brendan enjoys all things fitness and is probably working out. He also enjoys anything in nature and any activities that expand his heart, mind, and soul.


0:59 Welcome to the show!

2:03 Daily Pop Quiz

9:46 Brendan Vermeire’s bio

10:51 Welcome Brendan to the show!

13:08 What does it mean to be mentally healthy?

18:04 What percentage is physiological?

20:44 The wrong approach to mental health

23:49 Standard American Diet & Metabolism

26:43 *Sleep Breakthrough*

28:39 Eudamonia & “meaning-making”

31:28 Why is Blood Chemistry so valuable?

34:04 The Mental M.A.P.

36:40 How to begin healing mental illness

41:40 *Silverbiotics*

43:18 Why we need critical thinking

47:22 Renee’s experience with Chronic Fatigue

49:38 Nutrition for Mental Health

53:50 Applying conventional methods to the functional world

54:14 GLP-1 Agonists medications

59:12 The change in mindset against propaganda

1:02:59 Supplements vs Behaviors

1:04:30 Is genetic testing helpful?

1:12:59 Using data to motivate or scare

1:15:03 The biggest levers for his mental health

1:19:57 Experiencing both light & darkness 

1:20:43 The FMHP Course

1:23:53 His final piece of advice

1:25:53 Thanks for tuning in!


Website: Metabolic Solutions

IG: The Holistic Savage

Facebook: Metabolic Solutions

Linkedin: Brendan Vermeire

Functional Mental Health Practitioner (FMHP) Course

The Mental M.A.P. Lab Test – email us for more info!

Episode #84 – Our first interview with Brendan

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Silverbiotics – code: BIOHACKERBABES

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