Why Water Isn’t The Best Way To Fully Hydrate & Much More!

Based on breakthrough new science in the field of hydration, the new book Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body Through the New Science of Optimum Hydration debunks many popular myths about “getting enough water” and offers a revolutionary five-day jump start plan that shows how better hydration can reduce or eliminate ailments like chronic headaches, weight gain, gut pain, and even autoimmune conditions.

Chronic headaches…brain fog…fatigue…weight gain…insomnia…gut pain…autoimmune conditions. We may think these and other all-too-common modern maladies are due to gluten intake or too much sugar or too little exercise, but there is another missing piece to the health puzzle: Proper hydration.

Yes, even in this era of Poland Spring many of us are dehydrated due to moisture lacking diets, artificial environments, medications, and over-dependence on water as our only source of hydration. For this reason, your new diet or exercise plan may fail because your body doesn’t have enough moisture to support it.

Quench presents a wellness routine that can reverse all of that, based on breakthrough new science in the field of hydration. You will be surprised to learn that drinking too much water can flush out vital nutrients and electrolytes. Here is where “gel water” comes in: the water from plants (like cucumber, berries, aloe), which our bodies are designed to truly absorb right down to the cellular level. In fact, Ms. Bria’s work as an anthropologist led her to the realization that desert people stay hydrated almost exclusively from what they eat, including gel plants like cactus.

Based on groundbreaking science from the University of Washington’s Pollack Water Lab and other research, Quench offers a five-day jump start plan using hydrating meal plans and the heart of the program, smoothies and elixirs that use the most hydrating and nutrient-packed plants. Another unique feature of their approach is micro-movements, which are small, simple movements you can make a few times a day that will move water through your fascia, the connective tissue responsible for hydrating our bodies. You will experience more energy, focus, and better digestion within five days…then move onto the lifetime plan for continued improvements, even elimination of symptoms.

My guest on today’s podcast and the author of Quench, Dr. Dana Cohen, has been successfully practicing medicine here in New York City for 20 years utilizing a distinctive medical approach. Dr. Cohen has helped thousands of patients find relief after repeated unsuccessful attempts with other practitioners. Dr. Cohen was board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1998. She is an advisor to the Board of Directors of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), the leading voice of Integrative Medicine for more than 1,500 MD, DO, ND, and master-level health-care providers. She has been the program director for their conferences and gathered the leaders of functional and integrative medicine to give world-class symposiums. She received her MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed a three-year internal medicine residency at Albany Medical Center.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-Why water isn’t always the ideal way to hydrate…7:32

  • Searched for innovative topic on which to devote substantial research
  • Co-author approached regarding hydration techniques at the Hydration Foundation
    • “New phase” of water
    • Is it possible to hydrate via food?
  • The 8 glasses a day myth
    • Comes from nowhere, similar to the food pyramid
    • Some say they drink little water and remain hydrated

-What “gel” water is and how it differs from “regular” water…11:26

  • Structured” water
  • Slightly thicker, different chemical equation (H3O2)
  • Desert plants have gel inside (thickened water)
  • Gel water is found in waterfalls, and in nature in general
  • It’s the type of water found in our cells

-The best foods to eat that contain gel water…14:41

  • Chia seeds gel when exposed to water
  • Cucumber seeds are gelatinous
  • Lettuce
  • Cauliflower
  • Fruits
  • Fiber mixed w/ water becomes undrinkable when left; becomes gel water

-How hydration (and dehydration) is measured via food intake…16:35

  • There’s no research on determining clinical dehydration (although we know when someone is truly dehydrated)
  • The means of determining hydration levels via water consumption have not been applied to food as of yet

-How people who dwell in deserts hydrate…22:08

  • Bedouins “front load” water consumption (first thing in the morning w/ electrolytes)
    • Robes they wear are quasi humidifying tents
    • Drink camel’s milk, goat’s bread
  • Low-fat diet is counterproductive
  • Ghee is very high in gel water

-Why chia is such a potent source of hydration…26:08

  • Rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly linoleic acid
  • Grinding chia seeds; creates more gel water when add water to it
  • Perfect thing to add to smoothies
  • Lectins in chia seeds: proceed w/ caution
  • Tara Fix recipe:
    • 12 oz. water
    • 1 tsp ground chia seeds
    • 4 oz. kombucha
    • Pinch of rock salt
  • Books by Christopher McDougall:

-Ancestral hydration tactics from history…32:54

  • Nomadic cowboys in Uruguay consumed Yerba Mate
    • Has all vitamins and electrolytes necessary to sustain life
    • Dissolving plants in water delivers nutrients and hydration from the plants better than water alone
  • Ancient pottery shows signs of gelatin from grains; evidence of eating lots of stews containing grains and vegetables
  • Hasda people consumed Baobab fruit:
    • Blended flesh w/ water; full of fat, fiber, and vitamins (an ancient smoothie)

-The link between fascia and hydration and why it’s so important…39:30

  • Fascia is the network of collagen that surrounds every cell and organ in our body (like the outer walls of the grapefruit holding in the fruit)
  • “Living Fascia” video mentioned by Dr. Cohen
  • Piezoelectricity: Motion that stretches tissue and generates electricity
  • Study found that women who fidgeted less than other women had a 43% increase in all-cause mortality
  • Small movements are better than nothing
  • Dry skin brushing

-A recipe for “beauty water”…48:56

  • Water mixed w/ simple ingredients: blueberries, pomegranates, lemon, etc.
  • Adds electrolytes, structure to the water
  • It’s very possible to over hydrate; dispose of electrolytes before their efficacy can be applied to the body

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

– Book: Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body Through the New Science of Optimum Hydration

– BGF podcasts with Dr. Gerald Pollack:

– Book: Cells, Gels & The Engines of Life by Dr. Gerald Pollack

– Study: A high-fiber diet does not protect against asymptomatic diverticulosis.

– Book: Born To Run by Christopher McDougall

– Book: Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall

– Video: Fascia

Hydration Foundation

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What Supplements Should I Take? Ben Greenfield’s Ultimate Guide

I am often asked what supplements I take, why I take them, and if we really need supplements in the first place. After all, if you, like me, follow a healthy lifestyle, I’ll wager you probably eat plenty of plants, prioritize sleep, hydrate with filtered water, and expose yourself to the sun as much as possible.

So why even consider supplementation?

Let’s begin with this: our modern, post-industrial, polluted, toxin-laden lifestyle demands more nutrients than food can provide.

That’s right.

The chronic stressors of modern life—ranging from heavy metal and synthetic chemical exposure to sensory overload—have been proven to increase your body’s need for vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to shuttle toxins through detox pathways and prevent the formation of DNA-damaging free radical. This means that even if you are eating clean, relatively nutrient-dense food, you are likely not getting the full array of nutrients from food that prior generations enjoyed.

There are five factors that contribute to poor nutrient availability in most modern food.

1. Nutritionally Depleted Soil

Due to modern farming techniques and fertilizers, most soil is depleted of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in conventionally grown crops. You may think that eating organic is the ultimate solution. While some research suggests that organically grown food contains more nutrients than non-organic food, other research has concluded that there is no significant difference in nutritional content between the two. In addition, for most of human history (and prehistory), our ancestors ate now-nearly-extinct, dense-cell-rich carbohydrates in the form of foods like wild tubers, which provided essential prebiotics so that probiotic bacteria could flourish (in contrast to the refined acellular grains and white rice that comprise modern carbohydrates). In addition, the modern high intake of refined carbohydrates and processed foods creates significant blood sugar swings and glycemic variability that our ancestors did not encounter to as great an extent. A glance at a coffee shop display case or hotel breakfast bar that features bagels, muffins and sugary cereals explains why many people need a snack a couple hours after breakfast to make it through the inevitable mid-morning blood sugar crash. Blood sugar imbalances lead to chronic inflammation and may be responsible for up to 80% of modern diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. This is a rollercoaster you definitely want to hop off.

Similarly, the meat, eggs and dairy products commonly found in grocery stores deliver fewer anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, than those from wild or pastured animals. Most Western diet munchers also consume an imbalanced ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids, further exacerbating chronic inflammation.

2. Age-Related Declines In Nutrient Absorption

Your ability to absorb nutrients from food decreases as you age. While growing children should absolutely be taking a multivitamin to support healthy tissue and bone formation, supplementation becomes equally important for older generations. Many medications used to treat age-related diseases, such as acid reflux and hypertension, also interfere with proper nutrient absorption, further increasing the need to take supplements.

Then there are precious fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D. While the recommendations for sufficient vitamin D levels are controversial, it is safe to say that many Americans, especially aging Americans who spend more and more time indoors, do not get enough vitamin D. Even if we do our best to get sun exposure – whether it’s a morning walk or going outside for lunch – it is rare to get as much sunlight and vitamin D as our outdoor-dwelling ancestors did.

3. Poor Food Handling Practices

Modern harvesting, shipping, processing and storage techniques degrade the nutrient content of food. Plants grown with modern fertilizer can contain only 25% of the micronutrients of plants grown using more traditional farming methods, and nutrient content declines as they are shipped and sit on store shelves. It makes sense that a fresh-picked apple is more nutritious than the apples you buy at the supermarket in winter, which were likely treated with 1-methylcyclopropene and could be up to 10 months old (according to an FDA spokesperson). And the preservatives used to maintain freshness could impede the bioavailability of the food’s nutrients and even increase your body’s need for more nutrients to process these synthetic additives.

4. Pesticides, Herbicides & Pollutants

Pesticides, herbicides and chemicals found in the modern food supply are combined with low-quality water, environmental contaminants from elements like degraded plastic and airborne pollutants like carbon monoxide, lead and mercury. These synergistic factors vastly increase your need for extra vitamins, minerals and nutrients to combat the formation of free radicals and the attack on your metabolism and immune system.

5. Exercise

Are you an athlete or frequent exerciser? The amount of extra oxygen and energy used by active individuals requires far more than the nutritional RDA of the average population. Indeed, consuming only the stated RDA can actually limit your athletic performance. So if you engage in Crossfit WODs, Ironman triathlons, obstacle races or heavy weight-lifting, your nutritional requirements mean you need to take supplements.

In addition to these five factors, there are scientifically demonstrated longevity benefits of caloric restriction. Given these benefits, it seems silly to argue that you could ignore calories and simply eat more food to obtain nutrients. This is another crucial area where supplements come in – they are a helpful boost for those of us wanting to consume enough nutrients to function well but also wanting to live longer using strategies such as intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting and caloric restriction.

The assumption that previous generations didn’t take supplements is also not true. Ancient supplements include root, stem and leaf teas, medicinal powders ground by mortar and pestle and highly concentrated oil extracts. Just because these dietary supplements didn’t look like capsules and ridiculously-oversized tubs of powders doesn’t mean they weren’t supplements. In addition, our ancestors certainly consumed dirt, which we now know contains a wide range of beneficial probiotics. Perhaps even more compelling is the fact that animals, ranging from insects to chimps, self-medicate and supplement by consuming specific compounds. For example, when some caterpillars get infected by parasitic flies, they’ll eat poisonous plants to kill the invasive larvae. Ants fight off microbes and bacteria by adding spruce resin to their nests. Several animal species consume mud to counteract stomach upset, and animals of all kinds use plant medicine as their own rough approximation of “supplements.”

Ultimately, supplementation with vitamins, minerals, and even nootropics and psychedelics is a natural, time-honored way to enhance the body and brain. In our modern era, while many would argue that your brain should work fine on its own, operating with flawless precision in the presence of clean food, pure water, sunshine, and fresh air, I beg to differ and have benefited highly from a bit of ancestral wisdom combined with better living through science.

During this podcast, you’ll discover:

-Why you would want to take supplements in the first place…9:48

  • The post-industrial age creates a greater need for nutrition than previous generations
  • Cell phones, air, water create toxicity for our systems
  • Food that is farmed and produced does not contain the same level of nutrients as before
    • Soil is depleted of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants
    • No significant differences in organic produce in nutrient levels
  • Ancestors ate nearly extinct foods: quinoa, tubers, cellular grains
  • Modern food is acellular grains and white rice
  • Abundance of refined carb and processed foods creates high blood sugar swings
  • Meat, eggs and dairy products contain fewer Omega-3s and other anti-inflammatory nutrients
    • Imbalanced Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio (as high as 40:1)
  • Modern fertilizers deplete food of nutrients
  • Preservatives have deleterious effects (the age of “fresh” produce is a bit shocking)
    • Decreases bioavailability of nutrients and increases the body’s need for nutrients
  • Fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamin D) are deficient in most people
  • Multiple examples of supplementation occurring in ancient generations
    • Root, stem, leaf teas
    • Powders extracted and compounded to aid the body’s nutrient absorption
    • Ate dirt, which contains  high amounts of probiotics
    • Chimps and monkeys self-medicate by consuming specific plants (sometimes psychedelic compounds)

-Supplements Ben uses for basic daily nutrient and micronutrient repletion…20:16

-Energy supplements…27:18

-Supplements for fat loss and blood sugar management…36:21

-Recovery supplements…38:27

-Supplements to keep your gut in tip-top shape…44:48

-Supplements to help with deep, restful sleep…54:51

-Supplements Ben is currently experimenting with…59:47

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So that’s it! I trust this guide gave you ideas on how to enhance your health, performance, and recovery without needing to pop a dizzying array of pills.

I get lots of inquiries about other supplements like greens powders, l-carnitine, high-dose Vitamin B, beta-alanine, sleep supplements and so on. I highly recommend specifically tailoring your supplement protocol to meet your specific goals, and also to use the comments section below to ask me your other specific questions. Ideally, you should choose supplements that address your own genetic results or blood biomarkers, and to learn more about personalizing nutrition and supplements to your genetics, listen to my recent podcast with Dr. Ben Lynch, author of “Dirty Genes,” or read my article about customizing your diet to you.

So what do you think? Which supplements have you found to be personally useful? Do you still think supplements are a waste of time and money? Do you have questions about other supplements folks have recommended to you? Leave your questions, comments, and feedback in the comments section below!

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Dr. Gundry explains why you’re probably eating too much protein

These days, it seems like there’s a new diet every week — and most of them have one thing in common: Lots and lots of protein.

But is all that protein necessary — or even healthy?

On this episode of The Dr. Gundry Podcast, I’m going to debunk a few of the biggest myths about protein, tell you the one protein you should always avoid, and explain why a vegetarian diet may be the healthiest diet out there — EVEN if you want to build big muscles.

I’m also going to tell you about one lectin-containing food you should add to your diet today (yes, really!).

So tune in — you won’t want to miss this one.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How much protein your body really needs every day (the answer will surprise you) (1:30)
  • Why the creator of the Atkins diet gained so much weight and why the Atkins diet can have the same effect on YOU (8:30)
  • The real reason the “meat-only” carnivore diet works (hint: It’s NOT protein) (10:00)
  • A surprising “hidden danger” in red meat that can actually harm your brain (11:30)
  • Why the world’s “superolds” all share this 1 thing in common (and it’s not their diet) (12:45)
  • The 1 weird thing that happens when older people stop eating so much protein (15:00)
  • The truth about “grass fed” beef (prepare to be SHOCKED) (20:15)
  • How to get the benefits of cutting calories WITHOUT cutting calories every day (21:30)
  • What my “cheat day” actually looks like (22:50)
  • One super source of healthy plant protein and my favorite “on-the-go” protein snack (25:00)
  • My favorite source of protein and how it can “turn on” your longevity genes (it even contains lectins!) (26:50)
  • The “salad solution” for meeting all your body’s protein needs (28:00)
  • The “buggy” benefits of intermittent fasting (plus: The dangers of fasting too long) (32:45)

Mentioned on this episode:

The Longevity Paradox

Dr. Valter Longo’s research on proteins

Dr. Gundry-approved proteins and animal products

Skinny grizzly bears

Why a vegetarian diet is good for you

Gluconeogenesis and a high-protein diet 

The problems with fructose

Dangers of Neu5Gc in red meat

Replace your beef with chicken to reduce breast cancer risk

Glycine’s effect on the gut

Effect of calorie restriction on IGF-1 levels

If you like this episode, you may also enjoy:

Carnivore Diet: Crazy delicious, or just plain crazy?

Dr. Mercola reveals: the truth about “keto fasting”

The Truth About Calorie Restriction l Prof. Valter Longo





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Dr. Gundry interviews the “defense ninja” Fauzia Lala

Is your job stressing you out? Do you dread going to work? Wake up at night thinking about your job?

Maybe sometimes you even get SICK from the stress?

If the answer is yes, you’re not alone.

The good news is, you can turn things around.

And my guest has lived to tell the tale.

On this episode of the Dr. Gundry Podcast, I speak with martial artist, self-defense teacher, and entrepreneur Fauzia Lala.

While working at Microsoft, the Dubai native experienced severe harassment at the hands of some of her coworkers — and the hostile environment caused her health to take a nosedive.

Finally, she left the company to become her own boss… and, admittedly, struggled before finding her footing.

But through the ups and downs, she persevered, fought away feelings of self doubt, and ultimately, created a life more fulfilling and healthier than she could ever imagine.

Tune in to learn self defense basics EVERYONE should know, and tips for overcoming roadblocks and achieving success in your own life.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

    • What it’s like to work as a woman in an industry that’s primarily male. “People are so scared to talk about this” (2:50)
    • Why leaving an unhealthy work environment is like “being pushed off a cliff” (4:45)
    • Fauzia’s “kitchen table” advice for making a major career change (8:10)
    • The shocking statistic you NEED to know if you wear contact lenses (12:50)
    • How a toxic work environment could be causing chronic fatigue (15:50)
    • How the sexually-repressed culture in Dubai inspired Fauzia to learn martial arts (19:30)
    • What 82% of attacks on women have in common (24:00)
    • What men jailed for assault revealed about choosing their victims — and how YOU can reduce your risk of being victimized (24:45)
    • The “chin trick” for deflecting potential assailants (NOT a martial arts move) (25:50)
    • How playing make-believe can make your confidence SKYROCKET (27:50)
    • The “counterintuitive” secret to escaping an attacker. (Hint: It’s not running away)  29:30)

Mentioned on this episode:

Sexism in the tech world

Connection between your job and your health


Ovarian cysts

Defense Ninjas website

Fauzia Lala’s Instagram

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Being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis changed her career… here’s how

Arianna Huffington: Stress, Burnout, and The Plant Paradox

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Dr. Gundry interviews Claudia Curici about going lectin free

Are “healthy” foods sabotaging your health?

If they contain lectins, the answer is yes

Because these toxic plant proteins can lead to digestive problems, weight gain, joint pain, brain fog, and a host of other health issues so you want to avoid these “edible enemies” at all costs!

Now, I’ll be the first to tell you: Eliminating harmful lectins from your diet takes incredible will power.

But once you see the difference it can make to your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, it is so worth it.

And my guest is living proof of that.

On this episode of the Dr. Gundry Podcast, I speak with a Plant Paradox success story, Claudia Curici

Claudia started to feel her health decline in her late thirties. She gained weight, seemingly inexplicably, and no matter what she did, she just couldn’t lose it. 

But that all changed about two years ago, when Claudia went lectin-free.

Since then, she’s dropped 25 pounds and has made remarkable strides in her health journey.

Now, she’s helping others follow suit.

Claudia who is studying to be a health coach shares recipes and other resources on her Instagram account and website, Creative in my Kitchen, The Art of Cooking Lectin-Free Food.

She’s also putting together a cookbook of lectin-free recipes that will come out in 2020.

On this episode, Claudia opens up about the health struggles that led her to cut lectins from her diet, and how The Plant Paradox changed her life for the better.

She also offers advice for cutting lectins from your diet, and how she’s dealing with a new health challenge head on.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

    • How you can be eating salads every day — and still see the number creep up on the scale (3:40)
    • The REAL reason you could be getting sinus infections (hint: it isn’t allergies) (11:45)
    • How you can be extremely overweight… without even knowing it (13:35)
    • The doctor-approved reason to look at your “skinny pictures” (15:00)
    • Why people are often misdiagnosed with anxiety… and what the REAL issue is (22:50)
    • The “nutty” way my patient overcame her nut allergy (29:30)
    • Why I’ve had a change of heart about eating spinach (33:30)
    • What ALL gluten-free patients will see on their lab tests (36:20)
    • How kissing your spouse could be damaging your gut (36:40)
    • The dangerous sugar molecule you should know about before attempting the the “Carnivore Diet” (46:20)
    • How to succeed on the Plant Paradox Diet… and actually stick with it! (50:20)
    • How a 99-year-old man with the “Alzheimer’s gene” still holds down a daily job (59:50)

Mentioned on this episode:


Lectins in spinach



Foods to avoid if you have a histamine intolerance

Carnivore diet

Creative in my Kitchen website

Creative in my Kitchen Instagram 

The Plant Paradox

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Going Med-Free with The Plant Paradox Diet

What would you do if you found out you had an incurable, life-altering condition?

That’s a tough question, but it’s one my guest today has tried to answer for nearly a decade.

When Phillip Stutts was still in his 30s, he was diagnosed with achalasia — a rare disorder of the esophagus that makes eating almost impossible and that typically affects people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s.

It would have been very easy for Phillip to throw up his hands and give up. After all, there’s NO cure for achalasia.

But that’s not what Phillip did. Instead, he resolved to not only defeat his condition, but to find a cure — something most medical professionals think is impossible.

On this episode of the podcast, Phillip and I will chat about how the Plant Paradox helped him get off his medications, how he stays positive despite the setbacks, and the 1 thing you should NEVER skimp on.

This is one of the most inspiring, empowering conversations I’ve ever had on this podcast — so be sure to tune in.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The “moonshot” trick for accomplishing your biggest, most ambitious goals (5:00)
  • How I convinced one of my biggest critics (and a huge skeptic of my work) that the Plant Paradox diet really does work (9:40)
  • The “kicking the can” method for sticking to your diet goals and staying healthy — even when you’re traveling (12:20)
  • The one thing that can NEVER be “too expensive” — and why it’s maybe the most important thing you can do for your health (19:00)
  • Why Parkinson’s Disease is actually connected to your GUT — and how you can start protecting yourself with one simple supplement (20:00)
  • Why a medical setback or a scary diagnosis can actually be a blessing in disguise: “It was the best thing that ever happened to me” (31:00)
  • The surprising way taking care of your daily health can be cheaper than a cup of coffee at Starbucks (33:20)
  • A shocking new source of lectins — and why you should start avoiding this “superfood” immediately (43:00)
  • The one food I never travel without (44:15)

Mentioned on this episode:

Phillip’s article in Inc Magazine

Phillip’s most recent update on his “moonshot”

The Plant Paradox

Antioxidant precursor molecule could improve Parkinson’s

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Dr. Gundry interviews Dr. Terry Wahls about how diet helps M.S. patients

Can you imagine what it would feel like to be confined to an electric wheelchair for years… and then one day, being able to walk and even ride your bike again?

Well, my guest knows exactly what that feels like — and says FOOD helped her get her life back.

On this episode of the Dr. Gundry Podcast, I speak with Dr. Terry Wahls, a professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, a modern day medical marvel, and a good friend of mine.

In 2000, Dr. Wahls was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects more than more than 2.3 million people worldwide. 

But after years of steady decline, she was able to turn things around.

In 2007, she began a hunter-gatherer diet that employes FOOD as medicine.

And the results were astonishing.

Within a year, Dr. Wahls was able to walk through the hospital without a cane, and even ride a bike!

Tune in to learn more about her journey, and how the right diet can dramatically decrease the symptoms of M.S. and other serious health problems.

In this episode you’ll learn:

    • The eye-opening science experiment Dr. Wahls conducted… on herself  (7:40)
    • How to “rewire” your brain to improve mobility (hint: it doesn’t require medicine) (14:10)
    • Why there were some tears during the taping (14:30)
    • The “rainbow approach” to reducing and reversing your MS symptoms (16:20)
    • How to strengthen your marriage when you’re suffering from an autoimmune disease (18:30) 
    • How many cups of veggies you should eat every day for optimal health (it’ll make your jaw drop) (27:25)
    • How fungus can reduce brain fog (28:30)
    • Why I want my patients to act like gorillas in Italy (32:00)
    • The reason Dr. Wahls has a “poop shrine” in her home (32:25)
    • What your poop says about your health (34:00)
    • 3 “danger foods” to avoid at all costs if you have an autoimmune disease (35:15)
    • The doctor-approved way to eat red meat (37:00)
    • The superfood you should cook in bacon fat (41:00)
    • How Dr. Wahls takes on haters who say she’s giving people “false hope” about getting better (45:25)


Mentioned on this episode:

The connection between gut health and brain health  

The keto diet

Benefits of eating mushrooms for people with MS

The Longevity Paradox

Terry Wahls’ website

If you like this episode, you may also enjoy:

Carnivore Diet: Crazy delicious, or just plain crazy?

Dr. Gundry reveals: The secret life of lectins

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The Dr. Gundry Podcast 1-Year Anniversary Episode

This week on The Dr. Gundry Podcast, we’re celebrating our one year anniversary!

So to celebrate, I’ve put together a few clips from five of my most popular episodes.

You’ll hear from guests like Dave Asprey, who reveals his 1-minute method for boosting your brain power…

Arianna Huffington, who is warning Americans (and the world!) about how this one “collective delusion” is DESTROYING our health…

Dr. Paul Saladino, who believes eating NOTHING but meat could help you lose weight and feel better than you have in years…

Dr. Joseph Mercola, who shows why intermittent fasting is one of the quickest ways you can transform your whole body…

And cosmetics guru Bobbi Brown, whose inspiring story reveals the importance of self-belief and determination.

So come celebrate with me — I can’t wait to keep you company with more fascinating guests and topics in the weeks, months, and years ahead.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How “smart drugs” could sharpen your mind and reduce brain fog (and maybe even turn you into Bradley Cooper’s character in Limitless… just kidding) (3:00)
  • Why you might be able to live to 180 (and whether it would be risky to even try to do that) (4:45)
  • The shocking mistake that made Arianna Huffington collapse at her desk and break her cheekbone — and why YOU could be making the same mistake right now (9:25)
  • A 10-second habit you can do every night before bed to COMPLETELY transform the quality of your sleep and send your stress levels PLUMMETING (12:00)
  • Why this “healthy alternative” food actually has 11x more glyphosate than other similar foods on the market (and why you should ALWAYS avoid it) (19:00)
  • The one thing a whopping 97% of Americans are doing that’s significantly harming their health — are you one of them? (20:30)
  • How to make your cravings disappear by doing something you’d think would make you hungrier (23:45)
  • The “side hustle” hack to help you achieve your goals and do what makes you happy (26:00)

Featured episodes:

Bobbi Brown built a billion-dollar brand, then quit. Here’s why.

Carnivore Diet: Crazy delicious, or just plain crazy?

Dr. Mercola reveals: the truth about “keto fasting”

Biohacking — Bulletproof Style

Arianna Huffington: Stress, Burnout, and The Plant Paradox

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“Warrior mom” J.J. Virgin chats with Dr. Steven Gundry

At some point in our lives, we all have to take care of someone else — whether that’s a child, a spouse, an elderly parent… or even a pet.

That can be hard work… not to mention incredibly stressful. And most of the time, we focus so much on the needs of our loved ones that we forget — or don’t have time — to really take care of ourselves.

Well, my guest on today’s episode of The Dr. Gundry Podcast learned that lesson the hard way.

J.J. Virgin is a certified health expert, podcaster, New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of the Mindshare Summit, a yearly conference for health and wellness influencers.

In 2012, J.J.’s teenage son was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left for dead, sending J.J. and her family on a years-long journey of surgeries, hospitals, and therapies.

In the process, J.J. learned why the most important thing she could do for her son was to take care of herself first.

On this episode, J.J. and I chat about her son’s incredible story of recovery and discuss some simple tips for reaching your health and weight loss goals — plus, J.J. shares her #1 secret for living a longer, healthier life.

Not only that, you’re also going to learn one of the most critical supplements for keeping you and your brain healthy and strong and how YOU can stick to your diet and weight loss goals — even while you’re traveling.

So don’t miss this one!

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How the sound of J.J.’s voice may have saved her son’s life (10:45)
  • The “secret code word” that nearly brought a man back from the dead (13:15)
  • Why waking up a patient in a coma is NOTHING like the movies (hint: It’s terrifying) (16:20)
  • The one “weird” change in mindset that can help you deal with even the craziest setbacks life can throw at you (20:30)
  • 3 tips ANYONE can use to transform their mental and physical health (at no cost and in just 5 minutes a day) (24:40)
  • My “elementary school” trick for helping you achieve your health and weight loss goals (26:15)
  • Why holding grudges and seeking revenge only hurt YOU (and one easy tip for moving on) (27:45)
  • This common condition may be the single biggest threat to human health today and THIS is what you can do about it
  • Why J.J. thinks this common condition is the single biggest threat to human health today (and what you can do about it) (34:45)
  • The ONE “brain supporter” missing from your diet  (PLUS: Why everyone should be getting more of it) (38:00)
  • Why this popular probiotic food may actually be hurting your gut (43:00)
  • What NEVER to eat on an airplane and a few super simple tips for easily traveling on a diet (45:30)

Mentioned on this episode:

Warrior Mom

The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days

J.J. Virgin (official site)

The Longevity Paradox

Dr. Daniel Amen

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Bobbi Brown talks new beginnings with Dr. Steven Gundry

Leaving what’s familiar and “safe” can feel daunting to anyone

But my guest is proof that change can be a very, VERY good thing.

On this episode of the Dr. Gundry Podcast, I chat with the famous beauty mogul-turned-wellness guru Bobbi Brown.

Bobbi recently left her namesake brand, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, after 25 years… before taking her career in a totally new direction.

Bobbi became a certified health coach and created justBOBBI, a website educating people on wellness, food, beauty, business, travel, and more.

She also launched her podcast, Long Story Short With Bobbi Brown, as well as a line of new beauty supplements.

During this episode, we discuss the challenges and rewards of reinventing yourself… and how to pursue your passion at any age (Bobbi is proof that it’s never too late!).

We also discuss the connection between health and beauty — and share some expert tips for looking your best.

On this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How change is like jumping off a treadmill (11:50)
  • Why age can be a BONUS if you decide to start over (15:00)
  • The ONE thing to consider before you retire (18:00)
  • The healthy habit that beats out any wrinkle cream (20:40)
  • The “taste bud” trick that ensures you’ll NEVER forget to take your supplements (23:30)
  • The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to your skin (24:10) 
  • Why your makeup might be failing you (25:20)
  • The health benefits of dog slobber (26:40)
  • The secret to living to 105 (hint: healthy 30-year-olds do the same thing)  (27:00)
  • What sunscreen brands aren’t telling you (29:30)
  • The case for having a “side hustle” (30:50)
  • How my wife Penny’s “crazy idea” turned into a cash cow (31:50)

Mentioned in this episode:

Institute for Integrative Nutrition



The Long Story Short with Bobbi Brown

The problem with the Beyond and Impossible burgers

Sunscreen getting into your bloodstream

Credo Beauty

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The secrets of the world’s most successful people, revealed

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Failure is healthy: Here’s why.





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