Most people think they should stop drinking coffee. In my clinic, it belongs to the holy triad of things people think they should cut down or quit when they aren’t feeling optimal. It’s either red meat, alcohol or coffee that gets the chop if things are going well. Contrary to my article on alcohol (spoiler alert: it’s not good for you), I’m here to offer a somewhat … [Read more...]
Is My Diet Enough?
Consider that the nutrients, vitamins and minerals in your diet are a form of currency. Do you think you would have enough money to pay for your body’s daily bills? This section is an exploration of a concept of mine called “nutrition as currency.” As in life and business, your body can achieve a lot with the right resources, in some cases, provide therapeutic outcomes for health issues that can seem to need more sophisticated interventions.
Take fibre, for example. A study of 140,000 people showed that the group studied only got 50% of their daily fibre needs. Imagine that fibre pays for 200 transactions within your body, and it can only pay for 100 because it doesn’t get paid enough daily to cover the whole list. Which transactions does it choose not to pay?
This nutritional balance sheet and its importance are the geneses behind asking, “is my diet enough?” Articles and podcasts here focus on covering your body’s daily budget, making different diet choices, more personalized supplement choices or dosing your existing supplements differently to make sure you are nutritionally rich!
Saying dietary protein intake is critical for longevity and quality of life seems a little dramatic. However, protein is considered the most fundamental nutrient for animals and humans. Even the English word originates from the Greek word “proteios”, meaning prime or primary. And its deficiency can cause your body to change in a way that can be difficult to … [Read more...]
Have you ever heard of executive function? It’s the term used to classify our most important cognitive abilities. These abilities include working memory, your ability to say no, flexibility, planning for a goal, reasoning and solving problems. What does this mean in the real world? It’s many things we aspire to have when our health isn’t where we want it to be. For … [Read more...]
When it comes to magnesium and its role in around six hundred different biochemical reactions in the body, essential is an understatement. In this article, we’re going to break down some of the key reasons this vital mineral is one of the first interventions for me when patients initially visit me. We’ll look at some of the different forms, which one is best to take if … [Read more...]
Chocolate is healthy, right? As you might be gathering from some of the articles on this site, it’s not so cut and dry. This article will look at how chocolate, or some of its ingredients, got its reputation as being healthy and how some of the fantastic research can be misleading. As if I didn’t alienate myself with the article about alcohol. Let’s begin our journey by … [Read more...]
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the answer is a resounding no, alcohol doesn't seem to be good for your health at all. At least based on new emerging research in 2022. This new research is counter to the narrative that seems to have permeated over the last decade. In fact, even whilst putting this together, I was surprised just how much the research is … [Read more...]
Most likely, the answer is yes, fibre is one of the missing links in your diet and this is what we’re going to explore in this article. Nutritional research is often affected by region. This deviation is down to the fact that different areas eat different diets. For example, we’ve found in other articles that diets in developed countries can have levels of zinc higher … [Read more...]
Zinc is undoubtedly one of the most important forms of currency your body needs to pay its bills, especially for IBS, immunity and depression. It’s hard to simplify just how many of these transactions it pays for in a day, but maybe some fun facts might better illustrate it. Of all the trace elements in the body, only iron is more abundant than … [Read more...]