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“Unhealthy changes in the gut microbial ecosystem may manifest as poorer cognitive performance, impaired emotional regulation, negative moods states, and unhealthy stress response.”

Watch this interview on YouTube here

This was posted three days ago from Neurohacker Collective saying that we are “just on the fringes of understanding the gut-brain connection and its impact on cognitive performance and emotional well-being” and I agree, that this topic is finally getting the attention it deserves. Sit back and enjoy today’s episode, and I hope you take away some tips that show you how to improve your gut-brain connection for improved mood and health, immediately!

Welcome back to The Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast, where we connect the science-based evidence behind social and emotional learning (that’s finally being taught in our schools today) and emotional intelligence training (used in our modern workplaces) for improved well-being, achievement, productivity and results—using what I saw as the missing link (since we weren’t taught this when we were growing up in school), the application of practical neuroscience. I’m Andrea Samadi, an author, and an educator with a passion for learning and launched this podcast 5 years ago with the goal of bringing ALL the leading experts together (in one place) to uncover the most current research that would back up how the brain learns best, taking us ALL to new, and often unimaginable heights.

On today’s EP #305 we welcome back Dr. Gregory Kelly from EP #285[i] just this past April where he introduced us to Qualia Senolytic where we covered:

  • What is cellular senescence?
  • What are the “Hallmarks of Aging” and why is cellular senescence an important hallmark?
  • The difference between cellular senescence and autophagy (with a quick review of 9th grade science mitosis).
  • Classical places where senescent cells take hold in the body.
  • The science to support senolytics from Mayo Clinic and Scripps Institute.
  • How do senolytics work?
  • The correct way to dose senolytics.
  • What makes Qualia Senolytic a groundbreaking supplement in the longevity space?

This interview set the stage for what we will cover today, with a look at Qualia  Synbiotic,  a one-of-a-kind formula doesn’t just promote healthy gut. It also helps support mood and brain performance by enhancing gut-brain connections that are also crucial for nearly every system in body. There’s never been one simple scoop of supplemental nutrition designed to support so many aspects of gut health, including the gut-brain axis*

First, a bit about Dr. Gregory Kelly:

On today’s episode, #305 we will cover:

  • What are keystone species and what role do they play in shaping our gut ecosystem?
  • Probiotics, prebiotics, postbiotics, and synbiotics – what’s the difference?
  • Breaking up some myths about probiotics, and prebiotics.
  • How to fix gut imbalances and prevent dis-ease in our body?
  • What we can notice with Qualia Synbiotic, this ultimate digestive health formula?
  • Dr. Kelly’s favorite science-backed ingredients to support optimal digestion, immune function, and key aspects of the gut-brain connection.
  • What Dr. Kelly thinks of neurogenesis/what’s exciting for him these days to think about in the field of health and wellness?

Let’s welcome Dr. Gregory Kelly back to the podcast, from Neurohacker Collective!

Welcome back Dr. Gregory Kelly for the second time on the podcast!

I’ve got to say that when we opened up our last interview, I was a huge fan of Neurohacker Collective and what you’ve built over there bringing together all the top minds in health and wellness, but I had only tried your products for a few weeks when we met last.

It’s been 5 months now we’ve been using Qualia Senoltyics in our house hold (my husband and I) and what a difference, especially when it comes to being able to focus and work longer periods of time without losing mental clarity. I contribute that 100% of this to what you’ve created at Thank you!

I also want to thank you for coming back on the podcast and helping me to understand the science behind the advanced products you and your team have created for health, wellness and longevity. I’m sincerely grateful to have this opportunity to speak with you, and learn what’s new with Neurohacker Collective. Welcome Back!

INTRO: So, Dr. Kelly, in order to create interview questions for today, I did listen to the podcast episode introduction you did with The Neurohacker Science Team[ii] so I could understand the overview of what we would talk about today. I’m not a scientist, but love learning at the highest level possible and sharing these latest discoveries in science on the podcast. I released an episode last week to prepare our listeners for this one on a “Deeper Dive into Understanding the Gut-Brain Axis for Improving Our Mental and Physical Health”[iii] so we can take our understanding to new heights, and the biggest question I have before we even begin, is that I wonder what was it that made you create Qualia Synbiotic in the first place? Where did this vision for helping us to improve our digestion AND mood begin?


Q1: This I think is brilliant because once I understood your vision for creating a product that combines probiotics, prebiotics and postbiotics in one, I started to see how you were creating the next generation probiotic.  What does synbiotic mean for our gut/brain and microbiome?

Q2: What should we know about the gut-brain ecosytem and how does it influence the choices of foods we gravitate towards? I know we’ve all heard that we are what we eat, and this changes how we feel idea. How does our gut react to what we eat, and then what does this do to our brain?

Q2B: If you are taking something like Qualia Synbiotic, do you need to do anything else?

Q3: Can you give some background into what happened this past Jan 2023 with the hallmarks of aging going from 9-12? What was missing, that’s there now?

Q3B: Why do we gravitate towards certain foods? Healthy vs. Not Healthy?can

Q4: I’m sure most of our listeners know about probiotics and how they help our gut, but this is your area of expertise. Can you break up some myths about probiotics, and prebiotics? I’m definitely someone who has bought a probiotic for how many million CFUs are on the front of the container, making me think “the more the better.”

Q5: Now you’ve explained what probiotics/prebiotics are not, can you explain how they work together? How can someone who has an imbalance with their gut, fix this imbalance by restoring the gut ecosystem?

Q6: Most of us have never been taught this. I noticed this with the first shake I made and added your product and right on the front of the container, you’ve listed “optimized digestion.” Now we have a clearer picture of how this impacts our gut-brain axis. How would you describe this to someone completely new, who has never heard of this, and doesn’t have a scientific background?

Q7: What do people typically notice when they take this? What effects and benefits should I notice other than that I just feel happier and healthier? What ingredients do you think are causing us to “feel” better symbiotically?

Q8: If you were to put together the TOP QUALIA Products you hear impacting people the most, what would you say they are?

Q9: My final question is something not related specifically to your product, but a more overall question where I’d love to pick your brain on something that I’m stumped about. It’s about neurogenesis. Do you, Dr. Kelly, think we can create NEW brain cells through doing things like exercise, or do you think that this can only happen in the hippocampus of the brain? I’m curious because this is something that I can see many experts have a differing of opinion with. I wonder what you think?

Dr. Kelly, I want to thank you for coming back on the podcast a second time. My husband and I are huge fans of Qualia Senolytic. We both use the original product that was designed to eliminate senescent cells 2 days a month, and the Qualia Mind is something we both use to stay focused on our work. I use Qualia skin, as I’m getting older, always looking for what else I can do to not look my age. Now I’ve added Qualia Synbiotic and all of these together, I just feel happier, healthier, leading to increased productivity.

What I want to acknowledge you for is helping us to be proactive with our health and wellness with these advanced products that you’ve developed with your team, that not only help us to take care of our body, but also our mind that we know is connected. Thank you for coming back on the podcast and for explaining concepts that are complex in a way that we can understand and apply them, for improved health. I’ll be sure to link Qualia Synbiotic in the show notes, and look forward to what’s next on the horizon for you to create.


I never take for granted the opportunity I have as the host of this podcast, to get to learn first-hand from leading experts and innovators around the world, connecting to some of the top thought leaders in the field of neuroscience.

I don’t want to ever show up unprepared with any guest, as I want to take the messages we will uncover to higher levels than just what we could if I didn’t dig deep and put some thought into what I am going to ask our guests.  I’ll always connect past episodes to current ones, as we are all connected, and ALL episodes are relevant for us to move forward with our levels of productivity and achievement. If you take one look at Dr. Kelly’s Neurohacker Collective team[iv], you will see what I mean. These are the leaders in the industry, who are moving the needle for the rest of the world.

Sometimes the AHA Moments of learning don’t show up right away. I need some time to think and process them, but on today’s episode, they came at the end, when Dr. Kelly was suggesting that we pick one product that seems to be calling to you. If you have issues with your gut, try Qualia Synbiotic and see if something shifts for you. If you need more focus during your day, Qualia Mind does it for me and locks me into being able to hold my focus for longer periods of my work day.

My FIRST AHA Moment of Learning: Do I fully understand what my eyes can see, my vision?

While explaining Qualia Vision, Dr. Kelly spoke about how many of us “don’t realize the work the visual system is doing in the background.” Our eyes are always working, seeing, and registering our environment. But If you know me, you’ll know that I’ve had very weak vision for years. I’ve always worn contact lenses, and they were able to get me through life, but I noticed that I was starting to miss some very important things by not being able to see clearly, or using my peripheral vision. Dr. Kelly mentioned this is what our eyes were designed to do, and after years of struggling, I finally had Lasik, (just a few weeks ago) and currently have vision far beyond perfect (20/20). I can see now with 20-10 vision and am just adjusting to this new world.

FOR YOU: Pick one area that you will look at yourself, and think, what will happen to the quality of my life if I improve this one area, and just start here. Is it your vision, like me, your digestion, clarity, sleep? Go to and just look at what they have, and try one thing. I’m not being paid to endorse them, I honestly believe them to be the highest-level supplements for improved health, longevity and wellness.

Second AHA Moment: Bridging Science with The Unknown

Dr. Kelly mentioned he felt it was kind of “woo woo” to mention, but he felt like his body would signal to him if he needed to take more digestion for his gut health. I didn’t think this was weird at all, as many neuroscientists talk about being in tune with our body as being interoceptive. Dr. Kelly said that some people he knows are highly visual and can see things clearly on the screen of their minds, while he cannot, but he feels highly developed with his interoceptive abilities.

If you’ve been following our podcast for some time, you will know that we covered The Silva Method[v] this past year, to help those of us who meditate, to take our visualization skills to higher levels. This 4- part series remains at the top of our all-time most listened to episodes, with almost 6K downloads. I’m always trying to bridge the gap with what we can prove with Science and what we cannot, and speaking with Dr. Kelly showed me that we ALL have Superpowers, that when developed, have the ability to take us to new heights. Like I quoted in our Silva Method series, “Once we learn to use our mind to train it, it will do some astounding things for us, as you will soon see.” Jose Silva (August 11, 1914-February 7, 1999) author of The Silva Mind Control Method.

FOR YOU: What’s YOUR superpower? Mine is definitely the ability to see things clearly on the screen of my mind. I’d like to have this level of clarity with my eyes open, and just a few weeks after fixing my eye-sight, can see a whole new world of possibility. Once you have figured out what YOUR Superpower is, take some time to work on strengthening it every day. From the interest in The Silva Method episode, I’m curious how many others are working on improving their visual systems through guided imagery and meditation.

I hope you have enjoyed this episode with Dr. Kelly, and learned as much as I did.

I’ll see you next week, and see what we will uncover then, to take our learning to new heights! Have a good weekend.






Qualia Synbiotic

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[i] Neuroscience Meets SEL Podcast EPISODE #285

[ii] The Fascinating Power of the Gut-Brain Axis with The Neurohacker Science Team

[iii] Neuroscience Meets SEL Podcast EPISODE #304


[v]Neuroscience Meets SEL Podcast EPISODE #261