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49. Western Diet and Inflammation

Episode Summary

Tell me what your diet’s like and I can tell you where your health is headed. One of the largest determinants of health is what you put in your mouth day after day, year after year. It’s more predictive than genetics, and it’s something you can control. Today I will talk to you about the Western Diet, its catastrophic health impacts, how it compares to the ancestral, Paleolithic diet, and what you can do to change your future by changing your diet.

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Key Takeaways To Tune In For

  • [01:05] Chronic diseases caused by dietary patterns
  • [02:55] 65% percent of US adults are considered overweight or obese
  • [04:25] What has happened since the agricultural revolution 
  • [05:46] All about the Paleolithic Diet 
  • [08:29] It’s important to eat potassium than sodium 
  • [09:08] All about the Western Diet also known as the Standard American Diet (SAD) 
  • [11:00] The sodium and potassium imbalance in the western diet is accompanied by elevated dietary chloride 
  • [11:45] The differences between the ancestral diet and the Western Diet
  • [13:20] Protein provides the amino acids for hormones in the body
  • [15:00] How food contributes to inflammation 
  • [18:53] As we age lifestyle and diet are more important than genetic factors for long term health 
  • [20:45] The food frequency questionnaire 
  • [22:00] All about the Mediterranean Diet 
  • [24:30] Clinical trial done on the Mediterranean Diet 
  • [28:25] Diet can alter inflammatory markers by how much you eat
  • [30:45] What kind of red meat is healthier 
  • [32:10] Fiber recommendations
  • [34:00] It takes time to transition into a better diet

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94. Using Food as Medicine

94. Using Food as Medicine

In general, a whole food, unprocessed diet that emphasizes healthy protein and fats, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes, and lean meats or fish, is consistently linked to better health. But, you may be wondering, how specifically do healthy foods work their magic?

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