Feeling Full

47. Heal Your Body with Food as Medicine and 5 Pillars of Health with Dr. Robert Graham

November 11, 2021 Season 1
Feeling Full
47. Heal Your Body with Food as Medicine and 5 Pillars of Health with Dr. Robert Graham
Show Notes

Episode Summary

In this episode, Robert discusses how the food that we eat plays a critical role in our overall health and wellbeing. He talks about his “FRESH” system for creating and living a healthy and happy life.

“Food is Medicine is a movement, Food as Medicine is the intervention." -- Dr. Graham


  • The beauty of integrative holistic or functional medicine is trying to get to the root cause of the problem and understand why it’s happening.
  • “FRESH” stands for, food, relaxation, exercise, sleep, and happiness.
  • Elimination diets are helpful to identify food sensitivities that could cause reactions.
  • Most treatments start with medicine and not the therapeutic lifestyle analysis.
  • Robert starts with food, then herbs and dietary supplements, and then medications if needed.
  • Robert is board certified in integrative medicine.
  • Our body has many microbiomes where good bacteria, bad bacteria, fungus, viruses, etc. all work together to achieve a balance.
  • Our gut is the home to serotonin, the happiness hormone. About 90% of serotonin is made in the gut.
  • You can have your microbiome tested.
  • IBS is a common problem when your gut is not healthy.
  • Robert is a chef and that influences how he treats his patients. 
  • Research has shown that our diet is the number one cause of death and disability in the United States.
  • We are 3 generations into raising kids not knowing how to cook.
  • During Covid, the average American gained 27 to 34 pounds.
  • When it comes to food, you can eat meat but try to eat more plants.
  • Try to have 10 minutes of relaxation a day. Science has shown that it takes 10 minutes to tap into the relaxation response. 
  • For exercise, move 30 minutes a day.
  • Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night. People who sleep less than that die earlier.
  • For happiness, surround yourself with people that bring positivity and health into your life.
  • Healthcare needs to change and consider the effect of food on the health of patients.

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