Episode 140. Gut Health and Fitness with Dr. Angie Sadeghi

Feb 25, 2019 | 0 comments

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Show Notes

Gastroenterologist Angie Sadeghi, MD, joins Scott to talk about gut health and fitness-related topics ranging from digestive and metabolic consequences of physique competition, fad diets, body image, to strategies for getting and staying lean.

Angie Sadeghi, MD, is a practicing gastroenterologist who advocates Whole Food Plant Based diet, and exercise, for overall health.

“Wellness starts in your gut”

  • Angie used a plant-based diet to recover from her own health and weight problems. She began by not consuming meat and compensated for what she thought was a lack of protein by consuming more dairy. She got worse. Sadeghi then tried keto and other nonsense fad diets, which didn’t work.
  • Keto, Paleo, Atkins…all names for the same thing.
  • Forks Over Knives changed her life forever. After watching it, she began eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet, immediately dropping dairy, oils and sugar from her diet.
  • To add a compelling vision for her weight loss goal, she signed up and competed in a fitness competition.
  • The bodybuilding industry traditionally promotes a type aesthetic that’s seen on stage for “2 seconds”, but is unhealthy in the longer term.
  • You can lose weight, and build muscle using certain types of diets, but it doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Bodybuilders often go for months with little or no fiber.
  • Animal protein, when consumed, doesn’t go to muscle as commonly thought.
  • Depression, heart problems, exhaustion and impacted bowels are all things Dr. Angie has seen in her gastroenterology practice as side effects of bodybuilding diets.

“The human alimentary (digestive) tract is similar to that of an herbivore, not a carnivore.”

  • The right [healthy] way to eat is for the gut microbiome. The gut microbiome live in a symbiotic relationship with us; they eat what we eat.
  • Short chain fatty acids are produced as the result of eating fiber, which has a healing effect on the gut. The microbiome “eat” and ferment it.
  • To have great microbiome diversity, you have to eat fibrous vegetables of different colors.
  • Gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance: people want evidence that they’re nutritional victims.
  • Most people are not gluten intolerant. There are people who have celiac disease, an autoimmune condition, but it’s more like one out of 100 who have a problem with gluten.
  • Women face a tremendous amount of social pressure related to body image.
  • Self-love—a positive self-image—is often what a physique client truly wants, and not primarily the transformed physique.
  • Women often don’t take care of themselves because they spend all their effort nurturing others.
  • Fitness should be used as part of self-care and keep us grounded.
  • A healthy diet can help treat depression because over 90% of serotonin is made in the gut.
  • Angie recommends bio-identical hormone optimization to post-menopausal women for treatment of related symptoms.
  • Portion control is a thing of the past. It’s almost impossible to get fat if eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet with no refined sugars or oils.
  • The job of a coach is to free people from coaching. A coach empowers the client to do for themselves.


More about Dr. Angie

  • Sadeghi is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Gastroenterology. She received her training from the University of Southern California (USC), and specializes in treating diseases of digestive tract.
  • She has combined her expertise in the digestive system, and her passion for physical fitness and plant-based nutrition, and developed a comprehensive approach to helping patients recover from illness and live a healthy life.
  • Angie has said she wants to leave a legacy of a doctor who prevented disease in her patients using the mastery of combing integrative medicine, western and eastern medicine, rather than simply using pharmaceuticals.
  • Angie is part of a movement called the Plantrician Project.
  • Sadeghi is featured in three documentaries as a leader in the field of plant-based fitness for health and weight loss.
  • She’s currently working on a book, Trifecta of Rejuvenation and Health and was recently published on the cover of Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, where she shared a health-related article on making nutrition and fitness fun.

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