In this episode of my Insights to Wellness podcast I talk about the fats that we intake in our diets. Not only what kind of fats, but how those fats interact with vitamins and your body is critical.
Do you remember the old charts from your elementary school health courses? The food groups in a triangle, and now compare those to the new ones from the government. Both do not tell the true story, but you can see that it has even gotten further away from reality.
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Dr Matt Chalmers [00:00:10] The next one we're talking about is that we have to do a whole deal on basically, if the government gives you health advice, don't do it. I mean, look, okay, guys, we're good to go on that one now.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:00:24] So we'll talk about we'll talk about this from segment but let's let's run through this government thing. In the 80s, when I was growing up, the government came out with the American Heart Association, which is really the same group.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:00:40] And they said, stop eating fat, so you should only eat carbohydrates fat's going to kill you, eat your carbohydrates, sugar was fine as long as you didn't have fat and everybody was gonna be okay.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:00:53] We knew then and we know now that that is probably the worst possible advice you can give anybody for their heart. Yeah. To cause arterial sclerosis is going to cause diabetes, it's going to cause strokes, it can cause heart attacks, it's because all kinds of things and the biggest one is it's degeneration of your brain.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:01:11] Your brain is mostly fat and before smart people start saying we're all, you know, avocados. It's cholesterol. Your brain is made of cholesterol. The myelin sheaths, the little fat pad that makes your brain work is made of cholesterol.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:01:28] And if you're worried about Alzheimer's or Dementia or basically any degenerative issue, EMS is a big one. Any degenerative issue in the brain. When we talk about degenerative issues in the brain, what we're talking about is loss of myelin. The brain just doesn't function as well without myelin. Myelin radically increases connective function.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:01:49] So think of it this way without myelin, you have dial up speed with myelin you've got that for, you know, broadband, internet, you know, superfast. So you need your myelin and it's made from cholesterol.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:02:04] The idea that as a mammal, we should not eat the things our body is made out of, which is, you know, proteins and fats from other animals is I think, interesting to me that we've we've gone that route that one's not great. We need to be eating cholesterol we need to be eating animal fats. Obviously, different people on the scale on the ecto, ecto, maso endo scale are going to need different, different amounts. But we definitely 100% need cholesterol we need animal fats.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:02:37] So, you know, I keep saying all these people are you know, we keep seeing these female athletes who come in here who are trying to be vegan because that's apparently what everybody is telling them they should be. And they're exhausted and they're not doing very well in their sport and their emotions get out of sight they start going all sideways and they're just doing terrible because they're not they're having the iron because aren't eating any meat.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:03:01] And then we get them I'm like, look, just I need you to hamburger three times a week. And they're like, All right. And then two, three weeks later, like, I feel so much better. Yeah, you're getting iron. Yeah.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:03:10] And the other thing that female athletes end up doing in females in general is they lose a lot of blood through their menses. And if they're not replacing that iron properly, then they're going to be problematic. And he'll go, Well, there's iron in spinach that is technically true, but you're not going to absorb it.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:03:24] And if you're going to take iron supplements, which is fine, just make sure that you're taking them with vitamin C because vitamin C helps of absorb and get into the liver and the whole thing. So get your iron and eat your animal products again you can base your entire diet off animal products that's fine If you want to do that, that that will work for a giant percentage of the Americans and a lot of people around the world but you need to get some in for sure.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:03:49] Eggs are spectacular you know, we boil that down into, you know, hey, are you should we get pasture-raised or farm-raised or pastures best. Cage free or caged is not really that big of a difference because, you know, if you put a thousand chickens in a room, they can hold 800 there's no cages but guess why those chickens aren't moving too much.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:04:09] So I wouldn't worry about cage-free or caged Pasture is going to be best if you can find someone in your area who, like, actually raises chickens that's the best. The pastured-raised is chickens are going to be great eggs are fantastic we were told eggs are terrible for us.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:04:24] Like I always tell you, testosterone is one of the best things you can put your body. Cannabis is also spectacular. If you grew up in the eighties, you know how much our government hated testosterone and hated cannabis two of the best things you put in your body.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:04:40] So, yeah, there's lots and lots of little things like that so that's unfortunate that we're in that position, but that's kind of where we're at. So get your cholesterol in, eat your eggs, that type of thing.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:04:53] You know, I always tell people, you know, if your doctor pulls your cholesterol levels and starts telling you that, you know, well, you have all these issues because of cholesterol, you need new doctor.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:05:01] Cholesterol should never be looked at for cardiovascular health because it has very little to do with cardiovascular health. Inflammatory issues, oftentimes, most of the time caused by sugar is going to be your bigger player there.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:05:15] So keep your cholesterol in you know, again, if you're worried about that, about heart attack, heart issues, calcium C.T., echocardiogram desis , that's there, you're done. You've got it all figured out, you know, So that's the route that we go. I'm not going to pull a blood test and try to make, you know a guess and what's going on in your heart when I can literally just look and see so that's that's kind of the big piece on that one.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:05:47] So alright let me get back to that actual question that I was asked. Well, we kind of went through it. It was, you know, talk about natural fats and fats. Yeah, that's the big thing is we've got to make sure that we're consuming the right fats. None of these partially hydrogenated oils, that type of thing. You know, the saturated fats, like you just eat animal fats, lard, you know, that type of thing. You know, eat meat, eggs, you know, that's not that's going to be the very best way to go for the vast majority of people.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:06:23] Now, again, there's people we need to work on but as a blanket statement, as Americans, we should be eating more clean, clean animal products. Now okay when I say clean animal products, pasture, grass fed grass, finished, beef is going to be best that's gonna be a big piece. Dairy Im gotta to do a whole deal on dairy. Hold up. Not one grass-fed Grass fed beef is gonna be best corn.
Dr Matt Chalmers [00:06:50] Now, I'll tell you, a good corn raised a cow tastes awesome there's lots of marbling, lots of fat. But it's also not great for you if you want to eat one of those, every one swallow just because it's delicious knock yourself out. But, you know, grass fed grass finished beef is gonna be the best way to go. So make sure you guys get that one knocked out. So.
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