Updated: Mar 11
"Man, he is really blowing through this episode and dropping a bunch of really important knowledge that more people need to know about but probably will never remember just from listening to one episode of a podcast!"
So that prompted me to write down some of my favorite highlights that folks can take their time reading through and researching on their own.
I hope you enjoy this post + if you do comment below with one fact that struck a chord with you and share it with someone else who may enjoy it!
IMPACTFUL QUOTES FROM THE "HOW TO USE FOOD AS MEDICINE" EPISODE
-"Obesity and chronic disease that's caused by food outstrips smoking as the number one cause of death in the world. Conservatively it kills about 11 million people per year."
"The single most important thing you do every day to control every single one of your biological functions...is what you eat. There is no more powerful lever to pull to change your biology in real time."
"You are changing your biology with every single bite of food."
"Food is not just calories. It's information. ...Information that regulates everything in our biology that determines health and disease. That's really the power of food."
"Every bite of food you take changes your genome expression, your epigenome which controls the master switches around aging and longevity...it affects your microbiome, your hormones, your immune system, your brain chemistry...everything."
"Everything is affected by the quality of the food you eat."
PRACTICAL WAYS TO START USING FOOD AS MEDICINE AT HOME
1.) FOR GOOD GUT HEALTH EAT MORE:
-probiotic rich foods like sauerkraut, cranberries and pomegranates
-prebiotic foods like asparagus, plantains, Jerusalem artichokes and artichokes
--> a good balance of all of these things will create a healthy gut microbiome!
2.) FOR A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM EAT MORE:
-whole foods (foods with only one ingredient - IE: zucchini, basil, garlic, strawberries, etc.)
-phytochemical dense foods
-plants and other fiber rich foods
--> these will help you reduce inflammation!
3.) FOR INCREASED ENERGY, EAT MORE:
-phytochemical rich foods
--> these will help you produce more energy!
4.) TO DETOX BETTER, EAT MORE:
-cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, arugula, cabbage, etc.
-polyphenol and phytochemical rich foods
--> these will help up regulate your detoxification system
HEALING FOODS THAT FOLKS SHOULD INCORPORATE INTO THEIR DIET FOR OVERALL HEALTH
-olive oil (varieties that are high in polyphenols)
-good quality proteins, fats and fiber
-colorful fruits + vegetables
-nuts + seeds
NOTEWORTHY FACTS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE
-"It takes about 20 years from the point of scientific discovery to implementation in medical practice."
(Meaning, what doctors are practicing today, they learned 20 years ago. So modern medicine just isn't up to date with current functional medical and/or nutrition findings as more and more scientists are studying the effects of nutrition on the body.)
-"Every disease that exists today is determined by imbalances in 7 basic function systems in your body that are controlled by your genes, your environment and your lifestyle."
-Picking what you eat every day will either repair these imbalances or further damage them
-Overconsumption of processed foods lead to the proliferation of harmful gut bugs + thus, the development of various conditions (fatigue, weight gain, gut dysbiosis, gas, bloating, etc.)
-"Eating a diet high in inflammatory foods drives our biology towards inflammation which is at the root of most diesase."
-"We're eating about 500 calories more per person, per day than we did about 50 years ago."
-"Mitochondria are very sensitive to an overload of sugar and starch, chemicals and processed foods...so if you're dumping all that in there, you're going to slow down your energy production."
-"One of the biggest causes of liver failure in the world is sugar. Fatty liver is the biggest problem. Affecting 90 million Americans."
-"If women are eating a lot of sugar, they actually can get a lot of estrogen and that causes them to have all kinds of hormonal issues, and infertility, and menstrual irregularities and all kinds of problems. That can be fixed by having them eat lots of fiber and flax seeds and soy foods with lignans in them that help them to balance the hormones and getting rid of all that."
-"Diet is the number one killer in the world and yet the National Institute of Health spends almost nothing on nutrition and chronic disease."
-"Food is the number one cause of chronic disease AND the number one cure. And doctors know nothing about it."
-"The last place you want to go to get nutrition advice is your doctor...because it's not part of their curriculum. They are untrained in how to use food as a drug."
-"Doctors don't believe that [nutrition] works because [They] don't ever see it work."
Mark Hyman's PDF of "Food As Medicine" from the show notes