The Habits & Foods To Increase Brain Function, Eliminate Inflammation & Live Healthy Longer with Dr. Andrew Weil On The School Of Greatness With Lewis Howes

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Key Takeaways

  • The root cause of many medical problems is not in the physical body but in the mental/emotional/spiritual body
  • “The body has great healing potential but most people don’t trust it” – Dr. Andrew Weil
  • Successful aging is based on two big factors:
    • Staying socially active
    • Staying physically active
  • Beneficial foods for aging well:
    • Salmon
    • Broccoli
    • Berries
    • Green tea – preferably matcha
    • Dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao
  • The ideal scenario for human life is to achieve the suppression of morbidity = living long and well and then having a quick drop off at the end – but modern medicine is actually elongating morbidity
  • “One of the great limitations of conventional medicine is that it only deals with the physical body and ignores this whole other realm” – Dr. Andrew Weil
  • Perpetual low-level chronic inflammation increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer
  • Factors that Increase the body’s inflammatory response
    • Exposure to environmental toxins
    • Stress
    • Genetics
    • 2nd hand cigarette smoke
  • Depression  

Intro

Dr. Andrew Weil (@DrWeil) is the founder and Director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and a best-selling author including Mind Over Meds and Healthy Aging

The Relationship Between The Mind And Body

  • The root cause of medical problems isn’t always in the physical body but in the mental/emotional/spiritual body (e.g., holding on to anger)
  • Almost all back pain originates from a person’s mental state- no matter what the X-rays show
  • “One of the great limitations of conventional medicine is that it only deals with the physical body and ignores this whole other realm” – Dr. Andrew Weil

How To Access The Unconscious Mind

  • The best way to access the unconscious mind is through meditation or hypnosis
  • It’s difficult to get into the unconscious parts of the human mind, but more often than not, that’s where many problems lie
  • “The mind can heal with the body when its in the right place” – Lewis Howes

When Health Problems Arise

  • “The body has great healing potential but most people don’t trust it” – Dr. Andrew Weil
  • Stomach problems are a classic for poor medical treatment
  • The worst thing you can do is take the drugs made for stomach issues or indigestion- the drugs permanently alter the stomach’s acid production, making patients’ stomach issues worse in the long run
  • Whenever there are stomach problems, a doctor should first look at the patient’s diet before prescribing anything
  • It’s helpful to introduce a patient to someone who had had their particular problem and gotten better – having the message that you can get better is invaluable

The Most Important Factors In Living Over 100 Years Old

  • Successful aging is based on two big factors:
    • Staying socially active
    • Staying physically active
  • Avoid refined/processed foods
  • Sleep well and mitigate stress
  • Beneficial foods for aging well:
    • Salmon
    • Broccoli
    • Berries
    • Green tea – preferably matcha
    • Dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao
  • The foods you should eat for increased brain function:
    • Oily fish
    • Certain mushrooms -lions mane
    • Turmeric
    • Ginger
    • Olive oil – has an anti-inflammatory property to it

The Suppression of Morbidity

  • Dr. Weil found that societies who respect older adults like living treasures, as they do in Okinawa, resulted in the older adults having a “glow”
  • The ideal scenario for human life is to achieve the suppression of morbidity = living long and well and then having a quick drop off at the end
  • But modern medicine appears to be elongating morbidity

What Happens When You Take Medication

  • Sleep aids don’t produce natural sleep
  • Most medicines counteract body processes so the body pushes back in a homeostatic reaction which can be worse than the original condition
  • Medication is best used for an acute condition, but the patient should back off on them as soon as they can

What Advice Would You Give to Younger Generations Struggling with Mental Health Problems?

  • Limit your time on devices- it affects brain function to a point that hasn’t yet been determined
  • Practice breath work – it’s a safe place for your attention

Coffee Versus Tea

  • Caffeine is a stimulant – all “real” tea and coffee are stimulants
  • Coffee has more caffeine than tea
  • Tea has a compound in it called l-theanine which is a relaxant
  • “The difference is that tea gives a relaxed alertness versus coffee’s jittery alertness” – Dr. Andrew Weil
  • There is a huge variation in how caffeine effects people
  • Caffeine forces your body to release stored up energy– it doesn’t give you energy

The Benefits Of Matcha

  • As an exchange student in Japan, Dr. Weil discovered matcha – a brilliant green powder – and started importing it to the US in the 1980’s
  • Matcha is the only form of tea where you consume the whole leaf
  • Usually, it is served whisked into hot water
  • Matcha has a higher content of anti-oxidants than other teas

The Obesity Epidemic

  • In the old days, people didn’t always have access to green vegetables but everything they ate was homemade from scratch
  • Dr. Weill’s best advice: Stop drinking sweet liquids- energy drinks, juices, sugar in coffee, soda

The Importance Of An Anti-Inflammatory Diet

  • Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many common ailments:
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Cancer
    • Parkinson’s
    • Alzheimer’s
  • “Inflammation is the corner stone of the body’s healing response – it’s the way the body delivers more nutrition to a part that needs it, that is injured or under attack – Dr. Andrew Weil
  • But inflammation should be a limited state
  • At a long low level, inflammation causes disease
  • “If you can’t produce enough inflammation, you are vulnerable to infection, if you produce to much, you are vulnerable to allergies and auto-immunity” – Dr. Andrew Weil
  • Perpetual low-level chronic inflammation for a long time, greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, neuro-degenerative diseases and cancer

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

  • The building blocks of the Anti-inflammatory Diet:
    • High-quality veggies
    • No hydrogenated fats or polyunsaturated oils
    • Nuts and seeds
  • Reduce eating anything made with flour (even multi-grain) and sweeteners
    • Whole grain isn’t beneficial when it’s ground up
    • Steel-cut oatmeal is good
  • The American diet is pro-inflammatory
    • It includes the wrong kinds of fats and carbs     
    • It doesn’t include enough to protect it – fruits, vegs, herb, spices, and tea

Factors that Increase the Body’s Inflammatory Response

  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • 2nd hand cigarette smoke
  • Depression and inflammation are related

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