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This episode is all about rebuilding our microbiome and why food can be our biggest hero or our worst enemy.
Sara Gottfried M.D. is a wife, mother to two incredible young women (ages 15 and 20), scientist, researcher, speaker, connector, scholar, seeker, and Harvard-educated MD with 25+ years of experience, board-certified gynecologist, and author of three New York Times bestselling books, The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and Younger. Her latest book is Brain Body Diet.
In this podcast, we cover:
- Why people are immunocompromised
- How stress is damaging us
- Why the food system is a big part of America’s health problems
- About rebuilding our microbiome
- How birth control impacts our microbiome
- Counteracting the lack of connection during COVID
- Why we didn’t focus on an integrative approach to sheltering in place
- How Black communities fall victim to our toxic health care system
Hormones are at the center of our immune issues.
When our body thinks there is a threat, all sorts of hormones are released. There will also be a rise in cortisol. Thus, activating the immune system. However, our immune system is not designed to be triggered all the time. The fundamental problem is that we have chronic toxic stress.
Stress is not seen from the outside. The vast majority of Sara’s patients look entirely normal. No conventional physician has bothered to test their cortisol levels. Chronic disease is also linked to all of this. Therefore, putting everyone at a higher risk of getting COVID-19. Overall, take a deep look at your stress levels to determine health.
Food is the worst disruptor of the microbiome.
It can lead to an increase of permeability, also known as leaky gut. When you look at obesity, body fat isn’t the only problem. When you look at the gut of an obese person, there are fundamental problems there too.
The good news is that food is the number one healer of the gut. Start eating whole foods combined with fasting. When it comes to food, we know that having species variety is incredibly important. Aim to get 20-30 species per week. Sara eats very little fruit. However, she does eat avocados and olives.
When it comes to rebuilding the immune system, there are so many different parts that are important here. Get seven to eight hours of sleep. Some of the best repairs happen in a deep sleep. We also know that your perception of sleep matters a lot. You don’t have to have an Oura Ring to determine how well you slept. What are some of the small hinges that swing big doors? Your food, sleep, and state of mind are most important.
Then, Sara dives deep into birth control issues.
Getting prescribed a birth control pill is a knee jerk response to any hormonal problem a woman has. It is used way too readily by physicians. Birth control will rob a woman of testosterone; women need testosterone for confidence and sex drive! For a doctor to cause these problems makes Sara crazy. Plus, other hormones go out of whack when we utilize birth control for too long.
Stay tuned as Sara discusses how to counteract the lack of connection during COVID, why we didn’t focus on an integrative approach to sheltering in place, and how Black communities fall victim to our toxic health care system.
Sara’s message for the world is to be an anti-racist.
Sara’s Hormone Quiz:
Brain Body Diet: