Dr Akil Palanisamy - The Melissa Ambrosini Show

The PaleoVedic Diet With Dr Akil Palanisamy






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Imagine a Harvard-trained physician who fuses the insights of Ayurveda with the wisdom of our hunter-gatherer ancestors AND the latest cutting-edge nutritional science… um, talk about my dream interview subject! It’s so inspiring when people at the top of their field are brave enough to straddle different philosophies and connect the dots in a way that has never been done before. So you can bet I was pumped as anything to sit down today with Dr Akil Palanisamy.

Dr Akil Palanisamy, MD, is a trained physician, author, speaker, and holistic medicine expert (and did I mention he went to Harvard?!). His wellness approach is unique, combining the best of conventional and holistic medicine to help thousands of people around the globe transform their health, increase their energy, and achieve true vitality.

His latest book, ‘The Paleovedic Diet’, seamlessly blends principles of the Paleo diet with Ayurveda and the latest research in nutrition and medicine. The end result is a customized roadmap to epic health that’s generating buzz across the wellness industry.

So if you want to create full-body health, upgrade your energy levels, separate fact from fiction, and geek out on some AMAZING nutrition advice, this episode is a must-listen.

In this episode we chat about:

  • How he transitioned from a state of chronic pain to thriving health (05:02)
  • Why your digestion is everything (and his 6 tips for rapidly improving your gut health) (10:56)
  • Why everyone needs their own ‘kitchen pharmacy’ (I absolutely LOVE his take on this) (11:41)
  • The unexpected ingredients that can power up your energy and detoxify your body (17:24)
  • To eat grains or not to eat grains… you’ll love the Paleovedic answer (20:06)
  • The #1 breakfast choice for a successful day and long lasting energy (22:39)
  • The powerful tonic that nourishes your brain (you’re gonna wanna add this to your diet immediately!) (28:03)
  • How to do vegan right (30:26)
  • What the average dinner plate should look like for each of the 3 doshas — vata, pitta and kapha (32:14)
  • The important role of food combining in the Paleovedic diet (37:15)
  • The unusual morning ritual that can transform your health in less than 30 seconds a day (44:31)
  • Plus so much more!

Episode resources:

  • The Paleovedic Diet by Dr Akil Palanisamy (Amazon)
  • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (Amazon)
  • Dr. Akil Palanisamy Website (website)
  • Ayurveda & Thyroid Program (website)
  • Ayurveda for Depression & Anxiety Program (website)
  • Maintaining Lifelong Brain Health with Ayurveda & functional medicine Program (website)
  • Ayurveda and Autoimmune Diseases Program (website)
  • Akil Palanisamy on Instagram (Instagram)
  • Broad New World (blog)
  • Laura Plumb on The Melissa Ambrosini Show (podcast episode)
  • Bhava Ram on The Melissa Ambrosini Show (podcast episode)
  • Nick Broadhurst on The Melissa Ambrosini Show (podcast episode)
  • Sahara Rose on The Melissa Ambrosini Show (podcast episode)

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P.S. Please seek advice from a qualified holistic practitioner before starting any new health practice.

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  1. Natasha says:


    I was wondering what the best way is to find out what Ayurveda profile you are?

    We don’t have any practioners where I live so hoping there may be another way.


  2. Erin says:

    Hi Melissa, I’m so glad you did this interview! I today came across Dr Akil’s website whilst researching Ayurveda in relation to healing immune disorders. I love and listen to a lot of your podcasts but somehow missed this one, but something told me to check your podcasts to see if you’d spoken to him! And voila! You already had!!
    Another fantastic podcast thank you x

  3. Kelly Mcvey says:

    I’m a newbie listener to your podcast and omg I am absolute loving it! Especially this one! So many goodies to choose from! I’m on my own health journey at the moment so thank you for your podcast amazing!

  4. Rebekah says:

    Loved this episode! Thank you. Can you share your favorite spice mix recipe that you mention in the episode? Sounded delish!!

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