How The Most Important Superfood You've Never Heard About Will Rejuvenate Your Immune System | This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market, TrueDark, and Uqora
It seems like everywhere we look these days, there’s chronic disease. Our bodies are extremely intelligent, so why are they acting so dumb and having so many dysfunctions? Using the lens of Functional Medicine, we can see that a disease is so much more than its location. With inflammation smoldering throughout the body in many people, we need to zero in on the immune system, how it’s functioning, and what factors are negatively impacting it. We’re in an exciting time for research in this area, as we continue to learn how to fix the problems behind an aging immune system.
There’s no better person to talk to about this topic than the one and only Dr. Jeff Bland. Dr. Bland is the founder of Big Bold Health, a company on a mission to transform the way people think about one of nature’s greatest innovations—the immune system. Through Big Bold Health, Jeff is advocating for the power of immuno-rejuvenation to enhance immunity at a global level, often through the rediscovery of ancient food crops and superfoods. To get there, Jeff is building a network of small farms and suppliers throughout the US that take a clear stance on regenerative agriculture, environmental stewardship, and planetary health. Jeff’s career in health spans more than 40 years. A nutritional biochemist by training, he began in academia as a university professor. Jeff then spent three decades in the natural products industry, working alongside other pioneers.
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Here are more of the details from our interview:
Why diseases don’t exist and inflammation may not be the primary driver of chronic illness (11:26)
Our body’s ability to combat (or succumb to) the most common insults to our immune system (17:58)
How stem cell damage drives inflammation and can alter our genes (25:23)
Supporting the body’s innate ability to renew and rejuvenate its immune system (38:29)
Using food as medicine to prevent and reverse chronic illness (51:16)
The superfood you’ve probably never heard of: Himalayan Tartary buckwheat (54:18)
Flavor is connected to the medicine in food (1:05:29)
How Himalayan Tartary buckwheat rejuvenates your immune system (1:08:10)
Actionable steps to maximizing your immune system (1:11:10)
The way our food is grown affects our health (1:20:36)
Learn more about Big Bold Health at https://bigboldhealth.com/ and on Twitter @bigboldhealth, on Facebook @bigboldhealth, and on Instagram @bigboldhealth.
Learn more about Dr. Jeffrey Bland at https://jeffreybland.com/ and on Facebook @jeffreyblandphd, on Instagram @drjeffreybland, and on Twitter @jeffreyblandphd.
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