I recently spoke on a podcast and the subject of “processed food” came up frequently during the interview. After we had concluded I realized that I could have elaborated on the different levels and methods that are utilized in the processing of food. Not all processed food is unhealthy and in our often-busy lives, it’s helpful to make a distinction so we can choose efficiently and wisely for our health. Nowadays our grocery store aisles contain food products that have been hugely altered from their original states in ways that would have been unimaginable 100 years ago. Many staples such as bread, yoghurt, cereal, and baked goods have gone from being just simple processed food items to becoming ultra-processed food (UPF). Awareness and education of what we think we are eating and what we are actually eating is crucial not only to our own health but for the health of our children and grandchildren born into this world of quick, easy and addictive food products.
Angela Walker MSc NutMed, editor of Case Studies in Personalized Nutrition, is an experienced nutritional therapist including 7 years with the award-winning Optimum Health Clinic. She has lectured and mentored at BSc level and has developed practitioner programmes on the clinical application of functional laboratory testing.
In this video, she introduces her newly published edited collection, a practical reference and teaching book of case studies for nutrition practitioners and other healthcare professionals, demonstrating how to apply the latest evidence-informed principles.
Functional nutrition looks beyond intervening in the symptoms of health problems and addresses the ways in which diet can be used to help correct underlying imbalances in the body. In The Functional Nutrition Cookbook, Lorraine Nicolle and Christine Bailey address a range of different issues, including gastro-intestinal, immune system and hormone imbalances, explaining the intricacies of each problem and offering useful tips on how to truly make a difference through diet. As part of Nutrition & Hydration Week, we share an exclusive extract from the book on detoxification, full of useful tips and recipes to try. Continue reading →
Ray Griffiths MBANT is a nutritional therapist and lecturer with an MSc in Personalized Nutrition. Ray lectures on a diverse range of subjects such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer, ageing and mitochondria. In his book, Mitochondria in Health and Disease, he explores the roles mitochondria play in human health, and how to optimize mitochondrial function through personalized nutrition. Here, he discusses the role mitochondria played in the process of evolution and what we understand about mitochondria today.
When we think of mitochondria, we usually limit our ideas of this microscopic organelle to their role as a producer of energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – and what a magnificent job they do, but they are also involved in so many more roles beyond ATP synthesis!
To fully understand the vital part mighty mitochondria play in health and disease we have to journey back millions of years to see how these mitochondrial pioneers of evolution were once bacteria in their own right. Through a symbiotic union with another organism, mitochondria were at the heart of a quantum leap in evolution – cells powered by mitochondria were able to drive genetic creativity to produce the astounding array of animal, plant and fungi species we see all around us. Without mitochondria, none of this would be remotely possible! Continue reading →
Ray Griffiths, author of Mitochondria in Health and Disease, is interviewed by Benjamin Brown, ND on this episode of the Positive Health Podcast. The interview discusses the functions and characteristics of the mitochondria, their relevance to health, and the role of nutrition and lifestyle medicine in improving mitochondrial function.
Fatigue can be a debilitating experience for many, and the impact on the physical and mental health of those affected can be immense.
Ray Griffiths, author of Mitochondria in Health and Disease, discusses fatigue in this extract, including an in depth exploration of the causes of fatigue and the mitochondrial nutrients that can assist with resolving cases of fatigue to improve the quality of life of your patients.
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Neurogastronomy is a branch of neuroscience which explores how the brain perceives flavour. Now we might all agree that flavour is important to our wellbeing – it is at the heart of what we choose to eat, and indeed how much we eat. It determines whether our food satisfies us (or not) and it can bring enormous pleasure. It would also be fair to say that an understanding of flavour will influence how we approach food and cooking. Indeed, it can transform our time in the kitchen and the dishes that we prepare…. Continue reading →
Chinese Medical Gynaecology offers a holistic and level-headed Chinese medicine approach to common problems in women’s health, and the book offers women the opportunity to take control of their health by providing recipes for self-treatment, along with other treatment options.
Endometriosis is a common condition in women that can have a significant impact on women’s lives. Eddie Dowd, in this extract, examines endometriosis from a Chinese Medicine perspective, discusses dietary considerations and provides therapeutic recipes for women who have endometriosis.
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