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In this “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode, Peter delves into the often misunderstood concept of inflammation. He first defines inflammation and differentiates between acute inflammation and chronic inflammation, the latter of which is linked to aging and a plethora of age-related diseases. Peter breaks down the intricate relationship between chronic inflammation, obesity, and metabolic health, and highlights the signs that might suggest someone may be suffering from chronic inflammation. From there, the conversation centers on actionable advice and practical steps one can take to manage and minimize chronic inflammation. He explores how diet plays a crucial role, including the potential benefits of elimination diets, and he examines the impact of lifestyle factors such as exercise, sleep, and stress management. Additionally, he discusses the relevance of food inflammatory tests and concludes by examining the potential benefits and drawbacks of drugs and supplements in managing inflammation.

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We discuss:

  • Defining inflammation (and the cultural impact of Napoleon Dynamite) [1:45];
  • Acute vs chronic inflammation [8:00];
  • The connection between chronic inflammation, aging, and age-related diseases [11:00];
  • The impact of inflammation on metabolic health [18:30];
  • Understanding and diagnosing chronic inflammation: blood tests and other approaches, and challenges with measurement [20:00];
  • Factors that contribute to low-level chronic inflammation [28:00];
  • Minimizing inflammation through diet [29:45];
  • The important role of fiber for gut health and inflammation [33:45];
  • A closer look at the impact of trans fats and saturated fats on overall health [34:45];
  • Why Peter prefers dietary fiber from food sources over supplements [38:30];
  • Debunking “superfoods”: emphasizing proven methods over marketing claims for reducing inflammation [39:00];
  • Is there any value in over-the-counter food inflammatory tests? [42:30];
  • Food elimination diets: how they work, symptoms and markers to watch, challenges and limitations [45:15];
  • Identifying dietary triggers for gut-related symptoms through low-FODMAP diets like the “carnivore diet” [51:15];
  • Dairy: the complex role of dairy on inflammation and individual responses [55:00];
  • Wheat: the complexities and conflicting evidence around wheat's inflammatory effects [57:45];
  • How exercise influences inflammation [1:02:00];
  • How sleep quality and duration impacts inflammation [1:07:00];
  • The potential impact of chronic psychological stressors on inflammation [1:13:00];
  • The impact of oral health on inflammation and overall well-being [1:15:00];
  • The role of medications in managing chronic inflammation [1:18:15];
  • Supplements: evaluating the efficacy of various anti-inflammatory supplements [1:22:15];
  • Parting thoughts and takeaways [1:27:00]; and
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