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351: How to Eat Smarter and Optimize Your Health with Shawn Stevenson

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"Almost 700,000 people die every year from influenza. Every year. Not just in one year. Every year. And nobody said anything about it.

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When I was younger, I made a decision about my diet that forever changed my life: I will value the impact that food has on my body above the taste. At first, nothing changed overnight, but that decision gradually became my guiding principle so much so that I rarely put anything in my body that doesn’t add value to my health and energy.

When it comes to our health, and building our immunity to avoid viruses, disease, and illness, what we eat is arguably the single most important decision we can make. This year has made it more obvious than ever that the United States is the sickest nation in human history, and many people are being drastically affected by preventable illnesses.

However, with all this instability comes an incredible opportunity to change. Researcher and bestselling author, Shawn Stevenson—who joined me on the podcast previously to talk about his book Sleep Smarter—has just released his new book, Eat Smarter: Use the Power of Food to Reboot Your Metabolism, Upgrade Your Brain, and Transform Your Life.

Today, Shawn joins me to talk about the astounding problems with our healthcare system, the importance of diet and exercise in illness prevention, and the major cultural changes that need to happen to help us become a healthier society.


  • The major underlying issues affecting the health of so many people right now that aren’t being discussed – and what we can do about it.
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the effects of years of ignoring chronic illness.
  • How stress and uncertainty make us physically sicker by suppressing immune function.
  • How to improve and optimize your gut bacteria and the other microorganisms that inhabit your body.


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