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Registered nutritionist (BSc mBANT rCNHC) simplifying the science of health and nutrition. Not happy with the status quo. Helping myself & others.

A nutritionist’s blunt advice on how to feel better and live longer

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Life expectancy is going backward in both the U.S. and the U.K. This isn’t a blip like World War I plus the Spanish flu combo. This is a downward trend since 2015. When’s it going to stop? What’s happening to our quality of life?

For one thing, chronic disease is…

Nutrient deficiencies are on the up. Protect yourself from the havoc they wreak by nourishing yourself deeply. Images from Canva Pro.

Deficiency diseases are stalking us again. Start packing your diet with nutrients.

Despite the modern world being flooded with food and calories, many of us are undernourished. Unable to function correctly, our bodies struggle to fight off dysfunction and disease. Your chances of cancer, heart disease, and infections increase when you’re malnourished.

There is a staggering array of reasons one might become…

Follow my steps to make the perfect cauliflower rice and make this dish more nutritious and lower in calories. Photo by Kalyani Akella on Unsplash

Plus, how to prepare and cook it in under 11 minutes.

Many people in the developed world are overfed yet undernourished. This means we get a surplus of calories but not enough nutrients because convenient, junk foods and snacking have taken over real-food preparation and cooking.

As I prepared some cauliflower rice today, I pondered how people might benefit by making…

Can magic mushrooms become a part of your productivity tool kit? Photo by Manuel Barroso Parejo on Unsplash

I spent three months taking psilocybe to boost my productivity. Here’s what happened.

Taking a razor blade from its waxy envelope, I sliced open a vacuum pack still warm from the postman’s touch. I chopped a rice-sized lump off the malignant looking mass and dropped it onto the drug dealer scales. …

The foreign mass that determines the energy you extract from food. Photo by Huha Inc. on Unsplash

Overweight people have different microbial communities in their guts, making it harder for them to lose weight.

The human intestinal flora is a diverse community of microbes constantly shifting in response to the environment in which it finds itself. Scientists have shown that different species of bacteria can help or hinder fat loss, and a lot more besides.

Overweight people have altered microbial communities inside their guts…

Can your intestinal flora alter brain development? © TheVisualMD/Science Source.

And it’s getting harder to kill.

Inside your gut is a particular and perfectly normal gut bacterium. It makes up a tiny fraction of a healthy intestinal flora, but it's an opportunist of the worst kind, always looking for the chance to proliferate and cause trouble. The errant little character is at the scene of many…

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash

Research has shown the most common cooking oil in the United States may cause serious disease.

It’s one of the world’s most common and versatile oils and the most popular in the USA. Made from a bean, industries use the oil for, amongst other things, resins, plastics, paints, and varnish.

You may be wasting your money on antioxidant supplements, or worse. Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash

Antioxidant supplements don’t work like you hope, and may even be damaging.

Years ago, my university lecturers asked me to write an essay about antioxidants in supplements. The assignment tested to see whether we students could change our opinions when faced with evidence, or a lack of it, that ran counter to our preconceptions. I’ve never forgotten the lesson.

My existing notions…

Cancer cells being broken down after interacting with a certain fat. Photo credit: Research from the University of Louvain.

Found mainly in oily fish, could this ancient fat be the cancer killer scientists have been searching for?

Cancer is the world's biggest killer kicking heart disease off the top slot back in 2019 in rich countries. …

You have more control over how your genes express than you might believe. Which ones will you switch? Photo by Westwind Air Service on Unsplash

A groundbreaking new study just made a group of people biologically younger by switching on certain genes. You can do it too.

There’s no such thing as death by old age; we all must die of something. The inevitable process of ageing is the strongest determinant in your becoming ill and ceasing to be.

Ageing is a biological thing. Death cares not a jot about your ‘number’. That’s why someone can live…

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