Improving Nutrition | Dr. Sal AbiEzzi, M.D.

Improving Nutrition | Dr. Sal AbiEzzi, M.D.


The biggest problem we’re facing in our world today is
obviously obesity. And the reason we get overweight or obese, which is 70% of people on the planet today are
overweight or obese. So huge problem. And it’s because we eat calories tend to be very dense, and not very
rich nutrient supplies give you the nutrients, you need all the proteins, if you think of broccoli, 100
calories of broccoli has more protein than 100 calories of red meat. I’m going to go over the four pillars quickly. Again,
this is kind of I want to take you back to the basics. But when we want to talk about technology, we can open
that up at the end. So what is healthy tissue? We’ve had really a media blitz is very confusing, right? You
have all kinds of people telling you all kinds of things like eat me, Don’t eat me eat a balanced diet,
don’t, don’t go bounce, go paleo, and so forth. So I love this quote from Michael Pollan. He’s a researcher
at UC Berkeley. In a nutshell, he sums it up this way eat food. So what does that mean eat food nature made
versus man made, the more natural The food is, the more nutritious is going to be for you. That’s what he
means by eat food. So nature made the vs man made to think of that is a very simple mantra. Whatever you’re
looking at, the more processed it is, the less likely is going to be nutritious for you. That’s rule number
one, mostly plants. And there’s a simple reason for that. I mean, you can really, it’s it’s very hard to
kind of generalize that to every one of us has their own microbiome, their own genetic profile and their
own relationship with food. But plants give you the most rich nutrients with the least amount of calories.
The biggest problem we’re facing in our world today is obviously obesity. And the reason we get overweight or
obese which is 70% of the people on the planet today are overweight or obese. So huge problem. And it’s
because we eat calories tend to be very dense, and not very rich nutrient supplies give you the nutrients you
need all them including proteins. If you think of broccoli, 100 calories Broccoli has more protein than
100 calories of red meat and not too much of it. So that’s really if you want somebody in a nutshell, I
want to touch over on food sensitivities is something I deal with every day in my practice. And that has
come up, because we’ve processed so much that we’ve started having major food sensitivities. So it’s very
early in life. And children, they get initially the exposure through the skin or food and then eventually
they develop these super allergies. You think of dairy sensitivity or dairy allergies, think of gluten as big
right now, which is coming from wheat and certain goods and products. You think fodmap you know what the
fodmap diet is? So that’s a popular diet. For people who have irritable bowel syndrome, people who get
bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, sometimes, certain foods which are plant based can be bad for
you. And there’s other dyes that cause food sensitivities. So there’s a lot of research in that
arena. A lot of startups want you to go and do food testing. Whether In terms of a blood test, or patch
skin test or looking at the stool, that might give you a clue. The problem with all these tests, from my
experience so far and from the science is that if your blood test shows that you’re allergic to a specific
food, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have that food may you may have developed allergy at some point in
life, but then you may have conquered that allergy, or it could be dose dependent. If you have almonds every
day, sometimes you can become allergic dollars, but you can probably handle the handful of almonds as
opposed to hold back. So it’s a very complex story about fidelity. We can talk about that at the end.
This is a new kind of fad, which is and there’s a lot of science to support that is time restricted eating.
So we used to call that intermittent fasting. Now we are getting away from the term intermittent fasting.
Time restricted that means if you skip a meal or two and you go eight hours, 12 hours, 14 hours without
food that seems to be good for our body. It kind of calms down the immune system, the inflammatory system
allows the repair mechanism of the DNA system to kick in and repair our volume inside. So that’s kind of
important. And there are a lot of different startups in that arena. There’s a startup called noon that that
wants you to kind of delve into that space. And some people go fast a whole day or two days or three days
different ways to approach that I don’t think science has has helped us decide which is the best way but
against skipping meals reducing calories seems to be good for us. So just take an inventory. I do that with
all my patients now and I see them for physical and kind of a wellness consult. What do you eat breakfast,
lunch, dinner, snacks like ice cream, drinks are very important. A lot of drinks have empty calories, and
then what time you eat. Do you have any food sensitivities? So this is kind of a cool way to think
about

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