Inflammation is part of our body’s natural defense system—it can actually help our body protect and heal itself. However, when your immune system shifts out of balance, inflammation can run rampant— causing a chronic, smoldering fire inside your body that contributes to disease and weight gain.
In fact, chronic inflammation is at the root of most chronic disease.
Did you know that intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet play a role in reducing inflammation? You might be asking yourself, “How do I even know if I have chronic inflammation?”
Dr. Robin Berzin, Founder and CEO of Parsley Health, sits down today in our third Broken Brain Podcast to talk to Broken Brain Executive Producer and my CEO, Dhru Purohit, about the pros and cons of these dietary approaches, plus functional lab testing that can provide inflammatory markers, and so much more.
Dr. Berzin also goes in depth into what biohacking is—which she describes as “principles and practices to help achieve optimal health”—and shares with you her favorite biohacks.
If you’ve been curious about functional lab testing and which tests to ask your doctor for, this is a great podcast for you to listen to! There are many other pearls of wisdom that you can incorporate into your life right now to improve your health or feel even better than you already do.
Dr. Berzin has a gift for explaining complicated health issues in simple ways, so that they become easy-to-understand, approachable, and even interesting. When we take the fear factor out of health, amazing things can happen.
In this episode, we dive into:
- The “how to’s” of intermittent fasting (1:38)
- Ketogenic diet—good or bad? (8:17)
- Biohacking for better health (15:50)
- Functional lab testing and biomarkers (29:48)
- Community and our health (40:31)
- Parsley’s practice model (47:05)
I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD