Feb 26, 2024

#351: Nutrition, Lifestyle, and Longevity: A Heart Surgeon’s Perspective with Dr. Philip Ovadia

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Cholesterol, Health, Heart Disease Prevention, Heart Health, Inflammation, Insulin Resistance, Ketogenic Diet, Metabolic Health, Self-Care, Self-Love, Transformation, Whole Food


In this episode, I welcome Dr. Philip Ovadia, a heart surgeon, author and founder of Ovadia Heart Health. In our conversation, Dr. Ovadia challenges the traditional view of heart disease – clarifying what cholesterol does for the body and emphasizing the need for more awareness around inflammation and insulin resistance. He discusses the drawbacks of weight loss medications, promotes the benefits of whole foods and animal protein, and shares the importance of early detection when it comes to issues of blood vessels and the heart. Dr. Ovadia also speaks on the misconceptions about statins, the importance of cholesterol quality, and shares actionable steps for optimizing metabolic health. Tune in to this perspective widening conversation about heart health and the ways we can not only live healthier, but prevent heart disease in the process.

Dr. Philip Ovadia is a heart surgeon who has done over 3,000 heart surgeries. He is also the founder of Ovadia Heart Health, offering a virtual clinic to people all over the world that focuses on the prevention and treatment of heart disease by modifying diet and lifestyle. His book, Stay off My Operating Table: A Heart Surgeon’s Metabolic Health Guide to Lose Weight, Prevent Disease, and Feel Your Best Every Day teaches you the 7 principles of metabolic health and shows you how to eat metabolically healthy with just about any popular diet.


0:00:00 Intro

0:01:03 Heart Health and Misunderstandings About Heart Disease

0:03:53 The Historical Shift in Heart Disease Causes

0:10:20 Reflecting on Surgical Procedures and Medications

0:31:23 The Perfect Storm: Food, Pharma, and Health Care

0:35:47 The Importance of Real Food and Animal Proteins

0:38:03 Managing Insulin Resistance Through Diet

0:41:17 Reversing Type 2 Diabetes: A Controversial Concept

0:44:08 Weight Loss Medication Concerns and the Long-Term Effects

0:46:45 The Difference Between Obesity and Insulin Resistance

1:01:06 Transitioning to an Animal-Based Approach

1:02:57 Effects of Carnivore Diet on Inflammation

1:04:20 Carnivore Diet and Autoimmune Disorders

1:05:47 Plant-Based Diets vs. Meat-Based Approaches

1:12:28 Concerns about Seed Oils in Foods

1:18:31 Empowering Individuals to Take Control of Health

1:24:54 Actionable Steps to Improve Heart Health









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