How Chalene Johnson Changed Her Brain and Life


Before we truly understand brain health, we tend to have many bad brain habits. Eating a lot of fast food, too much sugar, not getting enough sleep at night, working long hours and trouble focusing are all common bad habits that we’ve likely fallen victim to at some point.

Chalene Johnson came to see us in our clinic for trouble focusing but she had just assumed she “wasn’t smart” or things took longer for her to learn.

By giving our patients visibility through brain SPECT imaging to the overall health of their brain, we’re able to validate the methods of how to keep your brain healthy as you age, for optimal performance throughout your life, and to get you to truly love your brain and want to take care of it every day. Loving your brain is the first step toward creating a brain healthy life.

Chalene’s Brain SPECT Results

The results of Chalene’s brain SPECT scan revealed two important pieces of information. One, that she had multiple areas in her brain that had very low activity. The scan indicated areas of low blood flow in her brain from prior concussions. Two, our doctors were alarmed by the lumpy, bumpy appearance of her brain.

We recognized that the bumpy appearance was due to chronic sleep deprivation. Chalene confirmed she could not remember the last time she had a good night’s sleep.

Big Lifestyle Changes

Our suggestions to her were to clean up her diet and improve her nutrition.

Chalene’s response, “That seemed impossible to me. I eat a really clean, unprocessed diet. So, I was confused by this suggestion. However, it led me to speak to a functional medical doctor and get a nutritional panel done. I was astonished by what the nutritional panel showed; and that led me to seek out more and more experts. This eventually led me to gut health experts, who help me realize that EVERYTHING stems back to the gut.”

Gut health has a direct impact on every single function in your body: metabolism, hormones, weight loss and your ability to lose weight, brain health, sleep, ability to focus, and how efficiently your body functions.

We Can Help

There are many ways to optimize your brain and your mind. You CAN create a brain healthy life by learning how to love and care for your brain, and by focusing on what you love about your life a lot more than what you don’t. If you, or someone you love, could benefit from an evaluation at Amen Clinics, call our Care Coordinators today at 888-288-9834 or tell us more online.


  1. Amazing

    Comment by Michelle — December 17, 2017 @ 1:07 AM

  2. Cool! Good for her! I’ve followed Chalene Johnson for nearly a decade. Her Chalene Extreme workout is my go-to when I’m unable to jump. I’m amazed that her diet was an issue – It would be interesting to learn how it was off. It must be wonderful to be able to afford Dr. Amen’s services.

    Planting a seed: I bet a lot of homeless people could get off the streets with this kind of help. Are there applications to help with drug addiction? By far, this is the number one commonality in the homeless shelters – in my experience. I just spent the past year homeless and was amazed at the waste and hopelessness of the system – and the non-system. A lot could be accomplished at a fraction of what is being thrown away now on this horrible system currently in place that often punishes and exploits people who are generally incapable of running their lives in a stable manner, and really… it’s not that hard.

    Many of Dr. & Mrs. Amen’s Brain Warrior strategies have helped me actually repair damage from carbon monoxide poisoning and perhaps exceed goals in certain areas – not all are back to 100% but some are in better shape than I remember. I’m off the streets and well on my way, on my own from that beta Brain Warrior course; just think what could be accomplished with an organized effort.

    Comment by Julie — March 13, 2019 @ 6:49 AM

  3. I Cant help but notice the toxic things Chalene is doing. Fake Nails, Breast Implants, Hair dye and false eyelashes and cosmetics. This has to effect her brains health.
    Does Dr. Ament talk about that? That’s part of lifestyle.

    Comment by Mark — March 13, 2019 @ 8:16 AM

  4. Good point.

    Comment by Susan — March 13, 2019 @ 4:54 PM

  5. Yes, what we do to our bodies as women, the toxins we expose ourselves to, that is huge ( if not the reason we are sick) when it comes to Chronic illness. We need to bring back the natural order of living without all the synthetic chemicals we allow our bodies to be exposed to.

    Comment by Carrie — March 15, 2019 @ 12:46 PM

  6. Mark, you touched only the tip of the iceberg. For YEARS she ran around with fake breasts, for example, & never told her adoring followers they were fake. In fact, she planted inquiries from supposedly real people out there, asking if they were implants – to which she had others “answer” such inquiries with “I think it’s simply a result of her workouts.” Thereby she sneaked out the message they were probably “real” – thereby planting frustration in her followers! “Why don’t MY boobs end-up looking like that because I’m DOING her exercises!” She KNEW this was happening because she planted the entire charade. SHE is a total phony in the worst way & blatantly takes advantage of others while labeling herself “authentic.” I can’t stand her.

    Comment by Jacoby — September 23, 2019 @ 1:10 PM

  7. Have you used fMRI or PET scans of the brain for diagnostic measures? Also, after doing so many SPECT scans, have you came up with a variety of questions to pinpoint what type of ADD a person has, without doing a scan?

    Comment by Jasmine — September 23, 2019 @ 2:38 PM

  8. Hello Jasmine, thank you for reaching out. We have information on our website on how SPECT differs from MRI, fMRI, and PET scans:; and We utilize SPECT to accurately determine the type of ADD a patient may have, at Amen Clinics we have identified 7 different types of ADD using SPECT images of the brain (both surface and active scans):

    Comment by Amen Clinics — September 23, 2019 @ 3:44 PM

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