The Top Four Foods You Should Be Eating
Some of you may remember Episode 967 with Dr. Rhonda Patrick, where we discussed the top things that we should be eating if we could only choose four foods. Her list was wild salmon, avocado, kale, and blueberries. I decided to ask Dr. Gundry the same question, and it turned out he had a bit of a different answer! Here are Dr. Gundry’s top four foods we should all be eating more of:
- Pomegranate seeds
According to Dr. Gundry, pomegranate seeds are way better for you than most fruits. It turns out that many of our fruits — including apples and blueberries — are bred and processed to be full of sugar. But pomegranate seeds are full of compounds called polyphenols that are good for your immune system, blood vessels, and brain.
2. Coffee, and particularly coffee fruit
When we think of coffee, we think of the beans that are ground up and brewed into a yummy caffeinated drink many of us enjoy in the mornings. It turns out that the coffee fruit actually contains a lot of a compound called BDNF that is also really good for your brain. And the good news is — you can get it just by drinking coffee! Don’t fill it up with cream and sugar, though — that stuff’s not doing you any favors.
3. Bivalve shellfish
“Um Lewis, what are bivalve shellfish?” you may be asking. Don’t worry — I was confused too. Dr. Gundry is talking about things like clams, oysters, scallops, and muscles. Foods like that have a particular thing called plasmalogen that is amazing for your brain.
“You can take Alzheimer’s brains, and you’ll find they are profoundly deficient in plasmalogen. And there [are] two studies in Japan of supplementing people with mild cognitive impairment with plasmalogen and, lo and behold, their brain wakes up and starts working again.” – Dr. Steven Gundry
You definitely want to get that shellfish into your diet to support a healthy brain!
The (almost) final food on Dr. Gundry’s list was chicory, which he described as looking “kind of like a tulip bulb that hasn’t opened yet.” You can find these in any grocery store, and they are full of something called inulin. Inulin is great for your healthy gut bugs! So if you want to feed your friendly bacteria and support a healthy microbiome, start eating chicory.
And finally, I had to give Dr. Gundry one last thing we should all be eating because he says it’s the absolute best thing for us — olive oil. Dr. Gundry likes to say, “The only purpose of food is to get olive oil into your mouth.” Olive oil is a healthy fat that kills harmful bacteria and supports helpful bacteria. If you want to boost your overall health and support a healthy and diverse microbiome, you can’t go wrong with olive oil!
How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19
To round out our conversation, I asked Dr. Gundry about our current pandemic situation. We’ve got this virus that is spreading like wildfire and making a lot of people very sick, and I wanted to know what we can all be doing to protect ourselves. The number one thing we can do? Get more vitamin D in our bodies.
“In terms of supplements, there [are] now five papers that show the higher your vitamin D level, the more you’re protected from COVID and the less severe it’s going to be. … Just get it in your system.” – Dr. Steven Gundry
So taking vitamin D supplements is essential for disease protection, but what else can we do? Dr. Gundry also mentioned that green tea, zinc, and elderberry can be helpful to us as well, but he says the most important thing is social distancing and mask-wearing.
“Look, masks are not the greatest thing in the whole world. And we don’t have to live or die on all these studies that say, ‘Yes, they’re helpful,’ or, ‘Yes, they’re not helpful,’ but … even long-term studies show that masks probably have some effect. … Just put the dumb thing on and social distance.” – Dr. Steven Gundry
There you have it, guys, straight from an expert. The most important thing you can do to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to wear a mask when you go outside and stay six feet away from other people.
And that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything at all! Even Dr. Gundry is going out to eat — just make sure you can sit outdoors and far enough away from other people. Protect the people around you by wearing a mask, and make sure to wash your hands and stay safe! There’s really no better way to protect yourself and others from the pandemic.
Why You Should Listen to This Dr. Steven Gundry Podcast Episode Right Now…
Guys, my mind is blown every time I have Dr. Gundry on the show! He’s a brilliant guy with a lot of great knowledge to share with the world. I want to acknowledge him for being so generous and showing up again and again to teach us how to be the healthiest versions of ourselves.
I really hope you enjoyed this one, guys. And I hope you’ll listen to the full episode! There is so much great stuff about why grapes are the ultimate sugar bomb, why people in Blue Zones live longer and healthier lives, and why over-the-counter medications are bad for your body that I didn’t even have time to mention here. I learned so much from Dr. Gundry, and I know you will too.
Dr. Gundry gave me a great piece of wisdom at the end of the interview. He said,
“All disease begins and ends in the gut. … Trust your gut.” – Dr. Steven Gundry
If there’s one thing I’ve taken away from my conversations with Dr. Gundry, it’s that your gut has more power over you than you think. You need to take care of it. But you also need to trust your gut — and I mean that in two ways. If you don’t feel well, pay attention to your symptoms and start removing the things that are making your microbiome unhealthy. But also, remember to trust yourself. In the pursuit of greatness, your gut is your best guide. Trust it.
If you’re ready to learn more from Dr. Gundry, definitely check out his book, The Longevity Paradox, and his podcast, The Dr. Gundry Podcast. And don’t forget to pre-order his new book, The Energy Paradox.
Thanks again for joining me today, guys. Now, if you’re ready to learn how to eat better and live longer, don’t miss Episode 991 with Dr. Steven Gundry!