Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu - Health Experts Show You How to Protect Your Immune System

This is an action packed episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, as he compiles clips from some of the greatest minds in present day functional medicine to speak to what they feel is most important in protecting and building an indestructible immune system.

Featured on the show are: Dr. Steven Gundry, Naveen Jain, Rangan Chatterjee, Jillian Tete, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Jolene Brighten.

I will be highlighting important aspects from each of their dialogues, and how they are most applicable.

Dr. Steven Gundry is an American doctor and former cardiac surgeon who runs his own clinic. He graduated from Yale University in 1972, and went on attend the Medical College of Georgia, from which he graduated in 1977.

Show Notes:

  • The lining of your gut is the same surface area of a tennis court, and it's only one cell thick

  • On the "other side of the wall is the border patrol" - which is essentially your immune system

  • 65% of all the white blood cells in our body are up against the "wall," or lining or your gut, because that is where most of the problems happen

  • When a problem does happen, and foreign proteins sneak through the lining of your gut, the immune system sounds the alarm, and the white blood cells go to war with the foreign protein

  • This is a war which takes many forms (coronary arteries, depression, etc)


Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has been an agent of massive cultural and technological change throughout the course of his life and career. He has founded countless ventures, including but not limited to: Moon Express, World Innovation Institute, iNome, TalentWise, Intelius, and Infospace.

Show Notes:

Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is a British physician, author, and television personality.

Show Notes:

  • How do we level up our immune system?

  • Food is information - the food you eat interacts with your gut bugs and with your immune system. There are 3 considerations - your diet, your gut microbiome, and your immune system (all 3 of these interact and have a relationship with each other)

  • Inflammation comes from the immune system - if you eat food that gives your body the information that everything is OK

  • Inflammation in the short term (acute) actually helps us, kind of like how a swollen ankle actually helps the ankle heal

  • However, inflammation over the long term (chronic) leads the body to think it's under attack - much like how bad food makes your body think it's under attack


Jillian Teta has dedicated her educational journey to science and health. She began studying biology in college, and went on to attend naturopathic medical school - after which she discovered her passion and currently is a practicing clinician focusing primarily on digestive health.

Show Notes:

  • Microbiome - the colony of bacteria that live in the large intestine. The human microbiome consists of anywhere between 1-10 TRILLION cells - these cells can combine to way several pounds

  • The microbiome is an ecosystem - much like humanity, diversity is the buffer against ruin, and you want your gut to have a lot of different species. It's like having a garden and you're only growing lettuce - when the slugs move in, you lose everything, whereas if you diversified with other crops, you would have had some left to salvage

  • Humanize - our bacteria helps plant pieces and manipulate them so that they can be absorbed by our human cells, they derive the nutrition from the foods we're eating

  • This process helps manufacture vitamins and sub-vitamins

  • This helps with blood pressure, blood lipids, and our waist line

  • This balance helps us communicate with our immune system so it doesn't get too lazy or too hyperactive

  • There is no corner of the body that our microbiome doesn't touch

  • Stresses the importance of probiotics

Dr. Mark Hyman is an American physician and New York Times best-selling author. He also Founded The UltraWellness Center and was a columnist for The Huffington Post. He is the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.

Show Notes

  • What exactly should we be eating for our immune health?

  • Food is like code. Every bite of food can change your gene extraction

  • Food regulates your hormones, like estrogen and testosterone

  • Food also regulates inflammation, and also regulates your MICROBIOME

  • "You shouldn't focus on calories, you should focus on QUALITY"

  • Think about this when you are eating: "Am I going to eat toxic information, or am I going to eat healing information?"

  • Embrace a plant rich diet - fruits and vegetables. Prioritize vegetables over fruits, because fruits have a lot of sugars

  • Lots of nuts and seeds

  • Beans and grains can be powerful, as well. Make sure you pick low starch (black rice - the emperors rice)

  • Anytime you see color in nature, this is usually a good thing and indicates polyphenols and antioxidants

  • MISCONCEPTION ABOUT WHEAT AND WHEAT BREAD - the average person consumes 133 lbs per year - worse for your blood sugar than actual table sugar

  • On the Glycemic Index, bread is 100, sugar is 80. This is because it is so processed. It's super starchy, sprayed with glyphosate and calcium propionate

  • When choosing bread, try to shoot for Rye or Barley

  • When choosing Animal Products - pasture raised chicken, organically raised, sustainably harvested fish

  • It's ideal to stay away from big fish - the bigger the fish, the more chemicals they have bioaccumulated

  • Try to aim for non-starch vegetables

Dr. Jolene Brighten is a leader in the women's medicine field. She is a nutritional biochemist, a licensed naturopathic physician, and a best-selling author.

Show Notes:

  • Things to ingest: probiotics, vitamin D, fish oil - these are all great at modulating the immune system

  • TURMERIC - great anti-inflammatory

  • Go-to Vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, raw cabbage (great for liver detoxification)

  • Cruciferous vegetables

  • Broccoli Sprouts - quarter cup of broccoli sprouts has the same nutritional value as 2 pounds of broccoli

  • Dim helps with liver detoxification

  • GOOD FATS - egg yolks, avocados, nuts and seeds

  • Cold water fish - salmon, sardines, mackerel. THE SMALLER THE FISH THE BETTER

  • If you are on birth control - you aren't creating your own estrogen, and you may want to look into taking fish oil

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