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How do the daily choices you make directly impact your health?
With any chronic illness, you are likely to encounter recommendations for dietary and lifestyle changes to improve your condition. Yet what’s the basis for those recommendations, and how do those actions actually impact the cells in the body to create the effect you would like? Dr. Sarah Ballantyne returns to the show to discuss the science (again so us non-science folks can understand it!) behind some of the dietary and lifestyle recommendations made in the Paleo Approach.
In the previous episode with Sarah, we discussed the inner workings of the immune system. This time, we expand the discussion to link the macro level of choices we make about food, sleep, stress, and exercise with the micro level of what research suggests happens in the body as a result. Grasping the connection between your choices and your health can provide needed motivation to continue creating a healthier lifestyle.
What Sarah and I talk about
- How nutrients (or lack thereof) influence the development of autoimmune disease
- Why the typical Paleo diet is nutrient deficient
- Why the Autoimmune Protocol diet is structured the way it is
- The basis for the recommendation to remove gluten from your diet if you have an autoimmune disease
- The two compounds in nightshades that cause problems
- How lifestyle choices are related to the way the body interacts with food
- How stress and the stress hormone cortisol affect the immune system and the gut
- The importance of sleep on stress and the immune system
- The ideal activity profile for optimal health (and what you can do if you have a desk job)
- How intense activity can be harmful
- The many benefits of movement
- Honoring yourself and examining your life to continue making sustainable changes to reach your optimal health
“When something is being investigated for use in vaccines to me it’s like a red flag. It might be good in vaccines but I’m not so sure I want that in my diet. It’s one thing to protect me from polio, it’s another thing to just eat it on a daily basis!”
“If you do not manage your stress, it doesn’t matter what you do with your diet.”
Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. (a.k.a. The Paleo Mom) is the blogger behind the award-winning blog www.ThePaleoMom.com, cohost of the top-rated and syndicated The Paleo View podcast, and New York Times Bestselling author of The Paleo Approach and The Paleo Approach Cookbook. Sarah’s background includes a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria, a doctorate degree in medical biophysics at The University of Western Ontario, and four years doing medical research as a postdoctoral fellow.
As a scientist both by training and by nature, Sarah is deeply interested in understanding how the foods we eat interact with our gut barriers, immune systems, and hormones to influence health. She is also deeply interested in lifestyle factors like sleep, stress and activity. After her own health dramatically improved with a Paleo lifestyle, she is passionate about making the science behind it accessible to everyone. Sarah’s personal experiences with autoimmune disease have led her to be one of the top voices on healing through the Autoimmune Protocol.
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