Every once and a while, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a dessert or snack, whether that be ice cream, fried chicken, or whatever your favorite comfort food is! But there are some foods that should be avoided at all costs.
Food has a huge impact on your physical and mental health, influencing everything from your weight to your energy levels. Some foods have been studied specifically for their positive impacts on the body and mind, while others are known only for being unhealthy or causing negative side effects.
For example, it’s important to limit your intake of sugar and fat (both saturated and unsaturated) because these can lead to obesity in adults and children alike. This is especially true if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. The danger of processed foods goes beyond obesity, though. They also contribute to heart disease and other chronic health conditions — even cancer!
Simply put, if you want to live a long and healthy life, there are certain foods to avoid at all costs and others to prioritize. But what are these foods, and how do they hurt or help us?
Let’s ask today’s guest — Dr. Alan Goldhamer!
Dr. Alan Goldhamer is one of the world’s leading experts on medically supervised, water-only fasting. Articulate, inspiring, and energetic, he is a frequent lecturer and speaker on fasting, diet, and treatment of chronic diseases to achieve optimum health.
In 1984, Dr. Goldhamer founded and became Director of TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California; since then, he has supervised the fasting and care of more than 20,000 patients. TrueNorth Health is a multidiscipline practice that includes doctors of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, and psychology. Its healthcare providers treat patients with conditions ranging from high blood pressure and diabetes to autoimmune disorders and lymphoma. The Center is the largest facility in the world specializing in medically supervised, water-only fasting and one of the premier training facilities for doctors to gain certification in the supervision of therapeutic fasting.
TrueNorth Health utilizes a nutritional medicine approach based on an exclusively whole-plant-food diet free of added salt, oil, and sugar (SOS). The Center is affiliated with the TrueNorth Health Foundation, whose mission is to expand evidence-based knowledge of how medically supervised, water-only fasting and diet impact human health; train clinicians in the use of these interventions; and share its findings with researchers and the public.
Dr. Goldhamer is the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook and co-author of The Pleasure Trap — Mastering the Hidden Force That Undermines Health and Happiness. He is also the principal author of two landmark studies that showed evidence of the benefits of water-only fasting, as well as numerous case reports published in peer-reviewed indexed journals evaluating the effects of water-only fasting in the treatment of a variety of conditions.
Our interview was so full of practical tips to advance your health that I had to spilt it up into two parts! If you haven’t already, make sure to listen to Episode 1,124 where Dr. Goldhamer talks about the power of water-only fasting and how it can change your life!
But for now, join me on Episode 1,125 to learn how to build up your health with simple, practical steps with Dr. Alan Goldhamer!