The Metabolic Health Summit was even better than the last one we attended in February of 2020. We love hearing from progressive scientists who are doing studies as well as clinicians seeing patients to get information from both sides – bridging the gap between science and practice. This medical conference was very encouraging with people who are committed to promoting health and working together. The body is a group of systems that all need to work in concert – as such so should our medical team.
There was a common theme among many of the presenters that disease prevention and treatment can be affected with diet, exercise and an overall emphasis on a healthy lifestyle. The opening keynote was with Jong Rho, MD in which he said your DNA is not your destiny; how most genes are expressed are based on many factors that we can control, mainly diet.
Rhonda Patrick, PhD
spoke about intestinal permeability and the deleterious affects on aging, metabolic health and brain function when bacteria enters the bloodstream. These bacteria can lead to atherosclerosis. It can cause the blood brain barrier to break down which can lead to depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Bacteria in the bloodstream increases systemic inflammation which leads to metabolic dysfunction. What can we do to repair our gut?
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Decrease alcohol consumption
- Increase butyrate, a major energy source for the gut, through increasing Omega 3’s, doing aerobic exercise, time-restricted eating, as well as eating fermentable fiber such as berries, root vegetables, mushrooms, onion, garlic and artichokes.