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.
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)
"IF YOU WANT TO CURE THE DISEASE, HEAD TO THE GUT."
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.
70% of the immune system is on the gut lining (essentially reemphasizing how much of our bodies resources are allocated and dedicated to the protection and support of this area)
"What we eat is what feeds our microbiome" - The microbiome is the genetic material of all the microbes - bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses - that live on and inside the human body. The number of genes in all the microbes in one person's microbiome is 200 times the number of genes in the human genome. The microbiome may weigh as much as five pounds.
When your microbiome is out of balance, your immune system is out of balance
Mitochondria as an energy factory
Most cells live in the gut, and there is a direct connection from the gut to the brain, which we call the "Vagus Nerve" - The vagus nerve runs from the brain through the face and thorax to the abdomen. It is a mixed nerve that contains parasympathetic fibres. The vagus nerve has two sensory ganglia (masses of nerve tissue that transmit sensory impulses): the superior and the inferior ganglia.
What happens in the gut goes everywhere - neurotransmitters
90% of serotonin is produced in the gut
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is a British physician, author, and television personality.
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
Eat COLORFUL VEGETABLES - REAL, NATURAL FOODS
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.
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.
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.
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)
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