The #1 Thing You Can Do to Reduce Inflammation & Diversify Your Microbiome with Dr. Deanna Minich



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When you think back to what you ate today, yesterday, three weeks ago or even last year, how different is the food on your plate? Some people naturally include a wide range of diverse food when choosing their meals, but for many of us, it is easy to fall into a trap of eating the same foods day in and day out.

Did you know that by not consuming a diverse range of foods, you are missing out on the potential for many health benefits? Despite the promotion of superfoods, no single food contains all the necessary nutrients for overall health and wellness. By eating a balanced diet filled with a wide range of foods, it is easy to ensure that you consume adequate amounts of all essential nutrients. This not only reduces the risk of nutritional deficiencies; it also provides numerous health benefits.

This week on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sat down with Dr. Deanna Minich to talk about one simple thing anyone can do today to improve immune resilience, reduce overall chronic inflammation, and improve cognitive health.

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognized teacher, author, scientist, speaker, and artist. She has more than 20 years of diverse, well-rounded experience in the fields of nutrition and Functional Medicine, including clinical practice, research, product formulation, writing, and education. She has authored six books on health and wellness and over forty scientific publications. Currently, she is Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Organic India USA, President of the American College of Nutrition, and Faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the University of Western States. She has developed an online certification program for health professionals so that they can apply the color-coded 7 Systems of Full-Spectrum Health in their practice. Dr. Minich’s passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine.

In this episode, we dive into:  

  • What diversity in our diet really means (10:29) 
  • How diversity in our diet impacts immune health (12:52)
  • Why diversity of our gut microbiome is so integral to overall health (22:43)
  • Phytochemicals, polyphenols, and how they influence the gut microbiome (26:15)
  • How heart health is impacted by gut microbiome diversity (36:15)
  • How to get your kids to eat more diverse foods (46:05)
  • How to test your food variety level (1:00:42)
  • How to incorporate more spices into your diet (1:11:47) 
  • Physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual diversity (1:24:42) 
  • How being in nature changes your immune system (1:29:51)

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For more on Dr. Deanna Minich, follow her on Instagram @deannaminich, on Facebook @deanna.minich, on Twitter @drdeannaminich, on YouTube @drdeannaminich, and through her website Check out her podcast, Color Can Heal Your Life.

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Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD


Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is the Founder and Director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine, and a 13-time New York Times Bestselling author.

If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.


If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.

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