This is the second time we are having Dr. Gundry on THE VIOLET FOG! Ohhhh yes!

If you didn’t read his first article on three tips for liver health- get on it! It’s such an useful (and quick) read!

Dr. Gundry is one of the leading doctors in the WORLD.

He wrote The Plant Paradox, has a super valuable YouTube channel and most noteworthy- he is a cardiologist, heart surgeon, and medical researcher.

One of his most esteemed topics? Well it makes sense given his backround… THE HEART.

Keeping our hearts healthy is so important and something we *need* to be thinking about in our 20s, 30s and beyond! Don’t wait until you have a problem- heart disease is extremely prevalent in both men AND women– be preventative! Always be preventative! Plaque buildup in our arteries can start as early as our teens!

But not to worry- there are lots of things we can do to take action.

***Remember, I am just reporting on expert’s opinions- not claiming them as my own! I think it’s so important to hear as many sides as we can do finally draw our own conclusions.

Let’s jump right into it- straight from Dr. Gundry himself to us Violets… here are three tips for keeping our HEARTS healthy!

Tips for keeping your heart healthy

TIP 1. The more simple sugars we stay away from, the better. And think about fruit as candy.

“The more simple sugars you intake and fruit juice you drink, the higher your triglycerides go and the higher your LDL (bad cholesterol) go. I see so many healthy people with very high LDL. The key is staying away from the simple sugars. If you’re going to eat fruit, you’re much better off eating the whole fruit (skins and all.) But we have to realize, almost all of our fruit has been hybridized to have increased sugar content. When I was growing up, a blueberry was so small and bitter, you had to put sugar on it to make it edible… which wasn’t great. But even now, the size of our organic blueberries are huge. You can eat them like candy. In my book, I say give fruit the boot!”

(Katey here- I still eat fruit but definitely limit it and only eat in season.)

TIP 2. We need to watch our intake of lectins.

“Lectins are plant compounds primarily in grains, beans and the nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, etc) are one of the biggest reasons that we have increased coronary artery disease. I recently presented a paper to the American Heart Association about this. We’ve found that avoiding these things, can prevent the development of coronary artery disease. Even simple things we think of as healthy, like peanuts and cashews, can really damage our blood vessels. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to eat peanuts and cashews all day long, but I don’t eat them anymore for that reason. I’ve seen people take out cashews out of their diet and they’ve had tremendous results with their gut health and IBS.  Cashews are in the same family as poison ivy family.

***Of course, I have to ask Dr. Gundry what his favorite nuts are:

“My favorite nuts to eat are walnuts, pistachios, and macadamia nuts. Hazelnuts are fine. Pinenuts are fine. And no more than three brazil nuts a day due to the high amount of selenium.”

TIP 3: The more olive oil you can get into your diet, the healthier your heart will be.

“Olive oil… there are some very great studies, in humans in fact, that shows that olive oil absolutely, positively prevents coronary artery disease.  It’s not the oil itself, olive oil is mostly oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fat. (Avocado oil is also a monounsaturated fat.) It’s the polyphenols in olive oil that are the main star. The specific polyphenols in olive oil are the key ingredient that helps prevent coronary artery disease. They actually grow brain cells- and who doesn’t want that as they grow older?”

I tell him that depression is something I talk about on Violet Fog all the time and ask him to elaborate on this growth of the brain cells because I feel it could help people with depression and anxiety.

“Most people with depression and anxiety don’t know that there is very good literature that has concluded that plant compounds like lectins, can cause depression and anxiety. Lectins and leaky gut can go hand in hand, and when I have patients with depression, I get them off of lectins and usually they start to feel better.”

Okay just for fun– let’s end with RAPID FIRE Q’S with Dr. Gundry!

Dr. Gundry Interview

What do you think of the celery juice trend?
NO! Celery juice, there is actually a disease called Celery Picker’s Disease… and celery juice can cause severe dermatitis for people who pick celery. So why we’d want to swallow huge amounts of celery juice is beyond me. You also miss out on all the fiber when you juice celery- and you gut bacteria wants this fiber!

What would you say is the worst fad diet for your heart?
The way most people do the keto diet and the carnivore diet is bad for your heart. Most of the proponents for these diets aren’t cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, or have any heart health backround. As far as I have been able to see, there has never been a published study looking at one of these diets when it comes to heart disease prevention. Blue zones, places in the world with large populations of people over the age 100, are known to eat very little animal protein. There is not a known society with longevity on their side as well as great heart health who eat lots of meat.

What are your two favorite ways to get protein?
I get a lot of my protein from eating leaves and vegetables. There’s a lot of protein there. What I like people to do, if they really are concerned about protein, is eat hemp seeds and a product called quorn. The grounds are made primarily out of mushroom root and a little bit of egg white.  Every now and then, wild shellfish or fish are okay.

Advice for Vegans?
Vegans tend to live longer. However, the problem I see with many vegans are that they are pasta, bean, and grain dependent. They are some of the least healthy people I see and this changes when they start pressure cooking their beans (to eliminate lectins), when they change over to pastas made out of almond flour or tapioca/cassava flour. There are ways around it. But limiting the lectins is important.

Dr. Gundry just released a new cookbook, The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook which looks SO GOOD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, DR. GUNDRY!! I’ll always look to your opinion on all things health!

Visit his website HERE
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Check out Dr. Gundry’s podcast HERE
Also new to launch is his protein supplement powder.
…..That would all totally have you covered on all things Dr. Gundry! 😉