The Model Health Show

Food is an integral part of our existence as human beings. In our daily lives, food plays an important role in our rituals, traditions, and celebrations. It also makes up the cells in our body and is a powerful influence over our health, lifespan, and risk for disease.

On this episode of The Model Health Show, you’re going to hear a deep dive on nutrition and how it impacts every single facet of our lives. This episode is my interview from the Ed Mylett Show, where I shared insights about how food impacts our biology, our relationships, and overall health. You’re going to learn about the transformative power of a shared family meal, what to look for in supplements, and how ultra-processed foods and oils can harm your health.

You’re also going to hear my personal story of overcoming health struggles, how I came to love science, and my personal food philosophy. This episode is packed with powerful information you can use to upgrade your kitchen, improve your nutrient intake, and bring an awareness and intentionality to the way you eat. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How eating with your family can protect you from disease.
  • The magic number of shared meals you should eat in a week.
  • How oxytocin and cortisol work.
  • The fascinating link between healthy social connections and risk for death.
  • Why the microbiome is an important facet of your health.
  • What nutrigenomics are.
  • My personal experience with transforming my health.
  • The lifechanging power of simply deciding to get well.
  • How synthetic and natural nutrients differ.
  • The truth about most vitamin C supplements on the market.
  • How whole food based vitamin C can reduce inflammatory markers.
  • What you need to know about vegetable oils.
  • The definition of ultra-processed foods.
  • Which fat sources are optimal for cooking.
  • How the composition of human fat cells has evolved.
  • The spectrum of sweeteners.
  • Why non-stick pans can harm your health (plus better alternatives).
  • The importance of not giving food morality.
  • What percentage of the average American’s diet is ultra-processed food.

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