The Truth About Alcohol, Caffeine, and Sugar and Your Health

Episode 868 42m


The trio of alcohol, caffeine, and sugar are often the centerpiece of social engagements and times of emotional distress. While consuming them from time to time may be okay, overindulging in them can be a recipe for a disaster, leading to inflammation, insulin resistance, disrupted sleep, and more. In today’s episode, I talk with Dr. Elizabeth Boham, Dr. Todd LePine, and Dr. Robert Lustig about how the foods we love can often have negative consequences when overconsumed.

Dr. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Todd LePine graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, specializing in Integrative Functional Medicine. He is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner.

Prior to joining The UltraWellness Center, he worked as a physician at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA, for 10 years. Dr. LePine’s focus at The UltraWellness Center is to help his patients achieve optimal health and vitality by restoring the natural balance to both the mind and the body. His areas of interest include optimal aging, bio-detoxification, functional gastrointestinal health, systemic inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and the neurobiology of mood and cognitive disorders. Dr. LePine enjoys skiing, kayaking, hiking, camping, and golfing in the beautiful Berkshires, and is a fitness enthusiast.

Dr. Robert Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He’s the Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. He is also one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry, in part through his game-changing books. His latest work is Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine.

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Topics Covered

  • The state of the impact of our Standard American Diet on mental health


  • Why are we dealing with unprecedented rates of mental illness?


  • Top inflammatory foods and factors that are setting our brains on fire


  • What is metabolic health?


  • The impact of metabolic dysfunction on our brains, mood, and overall health


  • How is UPF driving poor metabolic health?


  • The link between leaky gut and leaky brain


  • How inflammation impacts the brain


  • Research on the link between junk food and mental Illness


  • The link between junk food consumption, violence, and aggression


  • The link between UPF, social functioning, and ADHD


  • Practical steps to fix your brain


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Ep. 868 - The Truth About Alcohol, Caffeine, and Sugar and Your Health