Lifestyle Tips for Reducing Inflammation – Heal Your Mind & Body

Such an amazing episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast with Mark Hyman. In this episode Dr. Hyman interviews one of the pioneers of integrative medicine who’s work has inspired Mark himself – Dr. Andrew Weil. This podcast episode is jam packed with golden nuggets on our body’s innate ability to heal itself and how food plays such an important role in this process.

Credit: The Doctor’s Farmacy – Mark Hyman, MD

Important Takeaways:

  • A study in Japan showed that laughter can turn off genes that are involved in prostate cancer.
  • All diseases of aging and all chronic illness is really inflammatory disease at some level.
  • The mainstream American diet is strongly pro-inflammatory. It gives us all the wrong fats, wrong kind of carbohydrates, and not enough of the protective elements that are mostly found in fruits, vegetables, and spices. Everyone should stop eating refined, processed and manufactured food.
  • Our manufactured food is flooded with unrefined vegetable oils, which are source of pro-inflammatory fatty acids.
  • Some of the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents are turmeric, ginger, dark chocolate, and green tea.
  • Olive oil not only is delicious and has good fatty acid profile, but it has a unique anti-inflammatory compound in it.
  • Today’s mainstream diet is very deficient in omega-3 and very heavy in omega-6.
  • Eat fermented foods to modify your gut microbiome in a good direction.
  • Most people don’t realize there is a healing system in our body. Our body is built to repair, regenerate, and fight infection. Most of us have just lost confidence in our body’s healing ability because most medical practitioners are quick to rely on external medications and we believe that becomes our only solution.
  • The nervous system connects to the mind, and you can’t separate the mind from the body. And there are all sorts of ways that what goes on in our mental emotional sphere influences what happens in our physical sphere.
  • Food is medicine and it is a huge component in activating our healing system.
  • Gluten is a big cause of inflammation in our bodies.
  • Stress plays a huge role in skin and gut issues.
  • Our immune system is always listening to our thoughts.