Episode 80:

Leading a healthy life is a passion that guest Joel Greene has pursued for the last 50 years. Today, he teaches functional medicine practitioners how their patients can lose weight, improve gut health, maintain diets, and feel better with healthier choices. He shares:

  • Steps for leading a healthy life
  • What bacteria does to your health
  • How your gut health impacts your weight loss
  • How food quality impacts your health
  • The connection between soft foods in childhood and obesity
  • How dairy impacts your health

Leading a Healthy Life

Joel Greene is the creator of the VEEP Nutrition System and author of The Immunity Code. Over the last 50 years, he has dedicated his life to researching and understanding health, nutrition, and anti-aging. He is a proponent of the keto diet and intermittent fasting, but more than that, he understands how our modern dietary habits and genetics may work against us in keeping the weight off and living our healthiest lives. By understanding our genetics and making healthier choices, we can improve our long-term health and lifestyle.

In this episode of The FM Shift, Joel teaches us about factors that lead to obesity, how to combat weight gain, and how our sleep patterns, gut health, and diets significantly impact our health. He also shares how functional medicine practitioners help guide their patients to a healthy life and keep the weight off.

Leading a healthy life

Factors that Lead to Obesity

Many factors can lead to obesity, but one of the least discussed is how underdeveloped facial bones may contribute. One of the leading causes of underdeveloped facial bones is soft chewing.

Soft chewing is the absence of hard foods in early childhood and leads to the underdevelopment of the nasal passageways. Due to the facial muscles and bones not being correctly used when eating, certain facial bones aren’t contracting properly, making bone growth stimulation slow or non-existent.

When these bones don’t grow properly, airways can narrow and lead to childhood obesity. But, these problems aren’t just seen in childhood–they follow us into adulthood and can worsen with age, leading to further health concerns later in life.

And it’s not just lifelong obesity that can stem from underdeveloped facial muscles. A narrow passageway can also contribute to underlying health concerns like sleep hypoxia. This condition can last a lifetime and will often create other problems like a weakened immune system.

Studies have shown ways to stimulate bone growth even later in life if a patient suffers from underdeveloped air passages or facial bones. One way to achieve this by combining is cold induction and mechanical message.

Keeping the Weight Off

As functional medicine practitioners, we see many patients who are trying to lose weight and keep that weight off. But sometimes, it’s not as simple as losing weight, leading a healthy lifestyle, and maintaining the loss.

For some patients, once weight loss is achieved, they have no problem keeping it off. But for others, they struggle.

Research shows that there are about 28 different genes that impact how people react to weight loss. With all those different genetic markers, it’s almost impossible to tell who will struggle to maintain weight and who won’t. However, observation shows that most patients find maintaining weight difficult.

While genetics does play a significant role in how weight is maintained, other factors also contribute. For example, gut health is a large factor in how quickly and how long a patient can maintain a healthy weight. Patients with poor gut health or specific types of gut bacteria will likely have more difficulty maintaining weight.

Joel Greene

Joel Greene is the creator of The VEEP Nutrition System, the world’s first commercially available program based on targeting gut communities to affect health and body composition. His system has been used by some of the nation’s largest employers, including major cities and hospitals, and featured on Dr. Phil Show storylines. Joel is also a featured author, speaker, and consultant for nutrition companies, top-tier publications, and major podcasts. The first article on the gut biome revolution to the health and fitness community written in 2007 has amassed the largest known body of outcomes targeting the gut biome. He is the author of The Immunity Code: The New Paradigm for Real Health and Radical Anti-Aging.

Joel has devoted over 50 years to the pursuit of health, nutrition, and anti-aging. He was training intervals in the 1970s, taking MCTs in the late ‘80s, Keto in the early ‘90s, and targeting AMPK by 2009. At age 55 he is a 100% natural athlete and uses no ergogenic aids while working out on average once per week and eating whatever whenever.

Joel has built two previous multi-million dollar companies in the tech space and has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years. His own experiences building a startup with 15 hour days and non-stop pressures led him to see that 99% of the popular advice does not translate into real world circumstances. He has devoted over 15 years to solve the problem of finding how to control the body under real-life pressures.

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If you’re looking for more healthy weight loss alternatives, be sure to also check out Episode #60 of The FM Shift, The Ketobolic Diet Strategy, with Dr. Rob Vasquez and Dr. Randy Johns. In this episode, Rob and Randy talk to us about how functional medicine practitioners can impact their patients’ lives with the keto diet.

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