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How To Eat To Boost Your Body’s Natural Defences & Avoid The Foods That Weaken Them with Dr William Li

by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee   /  May 8, 2024

Today’s guest passionately believes that the decisions we make every day about what we eat, have a huge influence on our overall health. Dr William Li is a medical doctor, internal medicine specialist, research scientist and the author of the 2 international bestsellers, Eat to Beat Disease and Eat To Beat Your Diet. He works in a field of research called Food as Medicine and having been involved with the development of many different drugs over the past few decades, he is passionate about using scientific rigour to analyse the specific benefits of food.

Dr Li has been a guest on my podcast on 2 previous occasions – Episodes 234 and 376 – and those episodes remain some of the most downloaded episodes in the history of my show. Today’s brand new episode was actually a conversation Dr Li and I recorded together around 2 years ago, but the content within it, is just as relevant today.

In this conversation, we covered a broad range of food related topics that people often find confusing, with the intention of providing more clarity. We start off talking about the foods we might want to consider cutting back on, due to their negative effects on our health. We talk about sugar, artificial sweeteners, ultra-processed foods, alcohol, and the problems with reusing oil when frying.

We also talk about the practical steps we can all take immediately, when it comes to choosing foods that will enhance both our short term and long-term health.

We cover so many different topics today, including: 

  • how you can go about choosing a good quality olive oil,
  • the benefits of pairing certain foods together to increase nutrient absorption,
  • how we can increase the amount of vitamin D in mushrooms,
  • why organic foods are healthier,
  • how to best read food labels,
  • the link between the foods we consume and autoimmune disease,
  • whether supplements are beneficial, and so much more.

Dr Li is someone who wants joy to be at the heart of how we think about our food choices and our health. He is knowledgeable, passionate and a wonderful communicator. I always enjoy my conversations with him, I hope you enjoy listening.

Disclaimer: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.*

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Dr Li’s books:

Eat to Beat Your Diet: Burn fat, heal your metabolism, live longer

Eat to Beat Disease: The Body’s Five Defense Systems and the Foods That Could Save Your Life

Related Feel Better Live More Episodes:

#234 How To Eat To Beat Disease with Dr William Li

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*DISCLAIMER: Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website.

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Dr. Rangan Chatterjee MbChB, BSc (Hons), MRCP, MRCGP