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Dr. Chanu Dasari - The Importance of Phytonutrients & Gut Health

January 07, 2021 3 min read

As more and more people focus on their overall health, many have found that gut health is integral to well-being. Dr. Chanu Dasari has spent his career in medicine working with gut related health issues and cancers. His research into the effect of chronic inflammation and an overwhelmed gut has led him to taking a full body approach to healing. 


Rather than focus so much on the pills that you can take to overcome a disease, Dr. Dasari would have you focus on the other things you put in your body. Your gut health is one of the primary drivers of your immune system. The food you eat is most strongly responsible for your gut health. 


It follows then that your diet is the number one focus you should have to reduce inflammation and overcome chronic diseases. But that’s not all. You should also focus on getting proper sleep and adequate exercise. Listen in to hear Dr. Dasari’s scale of importance with regard to gut health. 


We don’t only talk about the gut however. Dr. Dasari is well-versed in the effect of phytonutrients on a sick and overwhelmed body. He’s sharing his thoughts on food overall, why he eats a mainly plant-based diet, and when you can properly eat and digest meats and carbs.


This was an amazing conversation and we dug into several topics that are near and dear to my heart and your health. The gut really is the nucleus of health. Is yours working properly?


In This Episode:

[00:00:55] Welcome Dr. Chanu to the show. 

[00:02:00] Why skepticism is always a good thing when dealing with medicine. 

[00:04:06] How one of his most complicated cases made a complete recovery against all odds.

[00:07:06] Does he see any similarities between people who recover and those who don’t? 

[00:09:28] What are phytonutrients and why is he interested in them? 

[00:14:07] Learn more about Dr. Chanu’s personal diet? 

[00:16:31] Why meat products aren’t all bad and aren’t all good. 

[00:18:36] The nutritional value of anything fried is basically zero. 

[00:22:42] Learn why our vocabulary around healthy food and eating needs to change. 

[00:24:34] What impact does gut health have on inflammation in your body? 

[00:27:13] Learning how to hack your gut health will make the biggest impact on their health. 

[00:30:10] Why you need to stay away from sluggish foods overall. 

[00:32:04] Any particular foods that tend to stay in the GI tract for longer periods of time? 

[00:35:01] What would he recommend for cases of constipation? 

[00:37:03] Learn more about the Paleo Diet.

[00:39:10] Everything you need to know about oatmeal. 

[00:42:57] Which fruits you should stay away from.

[00:46:22] A few additional thoughts on gut health and things you need to know. 

[00:49:37] Your diet is the number one thing affecting your overall health. 

[00:50:35] Dr. Chanu discusses the importance of exercise. 

[00:53:30] What is on Dr. Chanu’s list of what’s most important in microbiome health? 

[00:57:11] Why scaling back is important in life. 

[01:00:26] It’s important when thinking about inflammation and health to realize that overworking is a sacrifice to your well-being. 

[01:05:20] Connect with Dr. Chanu.


Links and Resources:

Peak Performance Life

Peak Performance on Facebook
Peak Performance on Instagram


The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer

Glycemic Index

Dr. Chanu Dasari’s Website

Dr. Dasari on Instagram



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