TOP Counterintuitive Health Tips That Are Deadly Effective (Hormesis)

You cannot create health without stress! Learn more and discover other important counterintuitive health concepts.


0:00 Introduction: Stress and health
0:20 What is hormesis?
1:14 Examples of hormesis
7:52 Check out my #1 exercise hack!

In this video, we’re going to talk about the concept of hormesis. Hormesis describes two things that might oppose each other. In terms of health, hormesis refers to a controlled dose of stress that makes positive changes for your body.

With hormesis, you can adapt to various types of stress, including exercise, radiation, cold, heat, hypoxia, plant chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides.

Sulforaphane found in broccoli sprouts and radish sprouts triggers the heat shock protein that allows the body to strengthen its detoxification enzymes. In this instance, the body is exposed to a small amount of poison that strengthens its ability to get rid of other poisons.

The liver contains phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification enzymes that can take a poison and turn it into a harmless particle. Sulforaphane triggers this system.

Exercise is one of the best examples of hormesis. Exercise induces microinflammation but then allows the body to get rid of inflammation.

Fasting activates the body’s mechanisms that counter starvation. It encourages our brain cells to grow, increases mitochondria, and regenerates the immune system.

Health is often counterintuitive. For example, cutting fat won’t help you lose fat, and sterilizing your environment won’t protect you from getting sick.

You can’t develop a strong immune system without getting sick. Antibiotics destroy good bacteria in the body, which can lead to pathogen overgrowth. Antacids can lead to more heartburn because you need more acid to get rid of heartburn.

When you don't expose yourself to the sun, you put yourself more at risk for certain types of cancers. Many people have been told that the sun causes cancer, but the sun gives us vitamin D. Having a deficiency in vitamin D can increase your risk for cancer.

One last example is dieting. The more dieting you do in your lifetime, the more weight you will gain—especially if you’re doing it incorrectly.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you understand the concept of hormesis and how stress can often improve your health. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. @marysh3840 on March 8, 2024 at 1:02 pm

    You are truly the Knowledge Doc. Thank you for the awareness you share.

    • @Drberg on March 8, 2024 at 1:13 pm

      I appreciate your comment! Glad to help!

    • @HYEpower on March 8, 2024 at 4:03 pm

      ​​@@Drberg what do you know about dissolved oxygen over 40% or whatever it’s called in measurement? My uncle was dying, major lung problem caused very low oxygen levels. While on vacation in Vegas he met a doctor who must have liked him alot because he told him about a patient invention he made oxygenating was well over 40% he is now getting FDA approved. He told my uncle and his friend what to do and they made it, it uses medical, oxygen tank to dissolve medical oxygen into the water they bottle up, it made his oxygen level normal!!! He gave my parents and me some and I can take only a table spoon and it gives me a head high and I feel it, it makes me full of energy and it makes it so I stay up all night and still refreshed. It also makes plants grow faster. He has some special way of making oxygen levels above 40%. My aunt said it shrunk a tumor but idk she says alot. What do you think?

  2. @pjprevite3021 on March 8, 2024 at 1:09 pm

    Just talked yesterday about how everything you want always takes a form of pain or discomfort to achieve . Thank you Dr berg I hope your doing well

  3. @manjuverma1510 on March 8, 2024 at 1:10 pm

    Dr Berg, you are very helpful and are genuinely helping people.

    • @Drberg on March 8, 2024 at 1:30 pm

      I’m so glad to help!

  4. @C.N.1 on March 8, 2024 at 1:11 pm

    6 tablespoons of A.C.V. does the body GOOD! I also love my Sauerkraut before a meal! Foreign pathogens beware of these phagocytes ⚠️ Have a great Friday, everyone! Thanks, Dr. Berg! 💪

    • @kathyhollowell7889 on March 8, 2024 at 1:30 pm

      isnt that too much ACV

    • @dimcbride8969 on March 8, 2024 at 1:32 pm

      My teeth suffered damage from drinking it for years even within a straw ! 😭

    • @dustysteele5408 on March 8, 2024 at 1:34 pm

      Definitely need to mix that with water.

    • @helenevion5948 on March 8, 2024 at 1:57 pm

      @@kathyhollowell7889I’m great with this amount. I use some of it in salad and mixed with some healthy fats. French mix ACV with olive oil in their salads for example.

    • @helenevion5948 on March 8, 2024 at 1:59 pm

      @@dimcbride8969You may want to check or re-check Dr Berg’s videos on teeth 🦷 health. Including on using grassfed raw butter 🧈 and swish some in your mouth to have a layer of k2 around the teeth 🦷

  5. @Lanie-sl9ne on March 8, 2024 at 1:16 pm

    Not to mention what the different types of stress does for your endorphins the positive energy the increase capacity to think positive all that which helps to propel you to do more! Thanks doc❤

  6. @Dr._Wan___PharmD on March 8, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    All mankind, animals, insects, organisms, plants and pathogens must learn how to adapt in order to survive and thrive. Those who volunteer to adapt have a much higher propensity to perform better.

  7. @Nebuala on March 8, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    Just found you again dr, you are a gold mine of knowledge and added to the stuff I already new. Thanks for daring to go against the norm and spreading your knowledge to help others. Cheers

    • @Drberg on March 8, 2024 at 1:57 pm

      Sure. Happy to share videos that can help you all. Cheers!

  8. @yamchoonhian on March 8, 2024 at 1:23 pm

    Dr Berg is talking about an ancient wisdom that has been forgotten especially in the wave of modern medicine. In Chinese traditional medicine, there is an old adage that liberally translates to “Attacking poison with poison”. Of course, this can be applied metaphorically too! 😊

  9. @lovemypups341 on March 8, 2024 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you once again Dr. Berg . I am just so grateful for you and all the work you do help us live as healthy as possible. This information is priceless. Thank you !!!❤

  10. @-glanma on March 8, 2024 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you Dr Berg!
    Can you please do a segment on teeth and how to avoid tar plaque build up. 🙏🏻

  11. @irsed121 on March 8, 2024 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you Doctor. I wish more doctors are honest as you are. I’m a skin specialist and I’m telling people almost every day don’t over use sunscreen, let your body adjust to sun, get the vitamin D from sun etc. I feel like from another planet sometimes how they look at me. ❤

    • @isabellejaubert-fried1622 on March 8, 2024 at 1:57 pm

      And I think another note on sunscreen is a highly toxic and cancerous. Don’t wait for the medical industry to decades to tell you why you’re dying of skin cancer or liver failure because when you put it on your skin, it goes straight to your liver and if you’re not willing to eat it, I would surely not place it on my skin. I make my own sunscreen have visors long, sleeved, white shirts, and very careful because I’m a surfer, but I don’t rub myself in cancer and then go on the sun and bake it in my skin. That seems pretty ill informed and dangerous.

    • @helenevion5948 on March 8, 2024 at 2:02 pm

      Enough omega 3 completely protects my skin from sunburn. I use to burn within 30 minutes of sun exposure. Now, additionally to having grassfed meat 🥩 I have at least 1 tablespoon of wild caught cod liver oil a day. Sometimes experimenting with 3 a day. Now I can stay hours under the sun without burning. No more sunscreen since years.

    • @karlawalker3034 on March 8, 2024 at 3:01 pm

      All drs. Should practice A&P 101! Forget relying so heavily on Big Pharm!!!

    • @plamp4595 on March 8, 2024 at 4:46 pm

      Nicely relayed, 👏👏 thank you Dr. Berg. God bless 🙌 🙏 you

    • @irsed121 on March 8, 2024 at 5:41 pm

      @@isabellejaubert-fried1622 exactly. I’m telling everyone for years. It’s making me sad but happy if I help at least one person to change their habits and mind.

  12. @RayaEagleWings on March 8, 2024 at 1:57 pm

    Thank you for your time and knowledge ~ you are the best and we appreciate you Health is wealth 💪💪

  13. @Asalmon879 on March 8, 2024 at 2:52 pm

    I swear this channel updates every Friday with something I was thinking about during the week. I think God is speaking to me through these videos lol.

    • @ghostaccountlmao on March 8, 2024 at 4:23 pm

      Could be. Also, the Doctor is going on a trail. And your mind is following along, making connections and observations and asking “so if that, then what about this?” very often. It’s only natural that the Doctor has been leading you, somewhat, to these spots subconsciously. Thank God for it, either way 😊

  14. @tradermunky1998 on March 8, 2024 at 3:14 pm

    Good stuff Doc! The body is much “smarter” than us, we muck it up all the time thinking we are doing good.

  15. @ArgoBeats on March 8, 2024 at 3:16 pm

    I’ve always been fascinated by the power of hormesis, good job, Doc.

  16. @JackPitmanNica on March 8, 2024 at 3:24 pm

    This touches on spirituality – that all suffering is necessary, and that our obsession with avoiding uncomforrt – is the source of our suffering. Our refusal to see suffering as a positive force that leads to healing..

    A great example of this is in the muscles. Most human pain, physically, is caused by muscles. Humans are not meant to sit in chairs. No matter how “ergonomical” your chair is… try to work on the computer standing for a week. See the difference in your shoulder tension and headaches. The unfortaunte reality of our world, is the vast majority of physical pain, actually comes from muscles being abused and inflamed, which puts pressure on nerves, causing pain.

    As Dr Berg mentions, the key to this is to stretch and “tear” those muscles. Learn to be physically active and stretch so much you hurt, you become sore. By choosing your pain on purpose, you can get rid of the pain you feel normally

  17. @fiete9859 on March 8, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    Overlooked and underappreciated understanding of health. I see ignorance of this everywhere in medicine and science, education and diets. Good work.

  18. @GoFishOffice on March 8, 2024 at 3:45 pm

    Yep so many people are told or think things that are so backwards. You nailed it with truth. Keep up the great work ❤

  19. @garyglynn9945 on March 8, 2024 at 3:57 pm

    Good one! I think staying in my comfort zone has been slowly killing me. Most of my long life has been WAY too comfortable: too much food…too much sitting…too little heat, cold and a woeful lack of sun exposure. I’m just grateful I’m still in one piece!

  20. @two-strokesmoke7289 on March 8, 2024 at 4:09 pm

    iF THE WORLD HAD MORE DOCTORS WITH YOUR COMMON SENSE DR. BERG; VERY FEW WOULD EVER GET SICK OR SUFFER FROM DISEASE……………thanks for your commentary and profound wisdom on all things “healthy”

    • @Drberg on March 8, 2024 at 5:16 pm

      I appreciate your comment! Thank you for your support!

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