Look and Feel Your Best at Any Age

by David Sandstrom 

April 3, 2024

In this Ask Me Anything Episode I take a question from a listener named Jeff. Jeff is curious about vegetarian and carnivore diets and what way of eating would be beneficial for heart health. This episode is part 1 of my reply. I break down the potential pitfalls of each of these extreme forms of eating. I focus on nutritional deficiencies that can develop and the consequences that can ensue. 

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Show Notes


Today's Guests...

  • I'm flying solo on this episode

Topics Discussed...w / Time Stamps

  • 05:36 Individualized nutrition and diets
  • 15:18 Cholesterol and seed oils
  • 19:25 Humans are designed as omnivores
  • 23:40 Vitamins A and D deficiencies from plant-based eating
  • 33:59 Vitamin B-12 deficiency is of special concern

Short on time? Read a 2-minute summary this episode below.


This episode is part 1 of David's response to a listener's question about what's the best diet for heart health

In this episode, Dr. David Sandstrom, a Naturopathic Doctor, and Certified Nutritional Counselor, tackles the complex question of whether a plant-based or animal-based diet is better for heart health. He begins by addressing a listener's question regarding the ideal diet after experiencing high cholesterol and undergoing open-heart surgery.

Sandstrom emphasizes the concept of metabolic individuality, highlighting that different people may thrive on different diets due to variations in how their bodies respond to foods. He shares his personal experience of feeling better on a diet that included red meat after initially struggling on a mostly plant-based diet.

Sandstrom argues against following extreme plant-based (vegan) or animal-based (carnivore) diets, as both can lead to long-term health issues. He explains that while short-term benefits may be experienced, staying in a low-carb, fat-burning state (ketosis) for extended periods can result in problems such as low energy, cognitive issues, thyroid imbalances, and reproductive hormone disruptions.

Drawing from anatomy, physiology, and the human digestive system's similarities to carnivores, Sandstrom presents evidence that humans are designed to be omnivores, consuming both plant-based and animal-based foods. He highlights the importance of consuming animal-based foods as a source of bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients that are essential for various bodily functions.

Sandstrom discusses the crucial roles of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well as vitamin B12 (found only in animal sources), in processes like immune system regulation, cognitive function, bone health, and heart health. He emphasizes that adequate cholesterol levels are necessary for the efficient absorption of these fat-soluble vitamins and argues against the notion that cholesterol is inherently harmful.

While acknowledging the benefits of consuming plant-based foods, Sandstrom maintains that an animal-based diet, leaning more towards animal-based foods, is healthier and aligns better with our ancestral heritage and God's natural design for the human body. He plans to provide specific dietary recommendations in the next episode, as well as address potential issues with plant toxins.

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David Sandstrom

I want to help you maximize your health potential so you can look and feel your best at any age. We do this by aligning our lives more fully with God's natural design for our spirit, mind, and body. I've been helping people maximize their health potential since 2005.

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