How to eat for health, longevity and happiness
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Life expectancy, quality of life and health-span are going down, and not because of Covid. We are witnessing an epidemic of chronic noncommunicable disease (CNDs) (such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, fatty liver disease, cancer, dementia) as well as mental health issues (addiction, depression, anxiety) and autoimmune conditions which are increasing in prevalence and severity. These diseases of metabolic and mitochondrial dysfunction cannot be helped with a pill, but rather with food. But not just any food. “Let food be thy medicine” is true only if it is the right food. The wrong food, however, will poison you over time.
Prof. Robert Lustig, paediatric neuro-endocrinologist and best-selling author of “Fat Chance”, advises us to take our health into our own hands in order to dodge the agendas of big food, big pharma, and to an extent, modern doctors who don’t have the time (nor often the knowledge) to teach us about prevention, lifestyle and the power of food to heal.
So how do we take our health into our own hands when there is so much conflicting and confusing information out there? And what should we eat, and should we supplement, given the various diet trends (Keto, Vegan, Paleo, Mediterranean etc.) and advice on nutrition and supplementation? And each person’s dietary and nutritional needs vary!
In this live streamed event in collaboration with the How To Academy, Prof. Lustig gives us some clear guidelines to follow for greater health, longevity and happiness.
- The eight subcellular pathologies that underlie all chronic conditions (glycation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, insulin resistance, membrane integrity, inflammation, epigenetics, autophagy) and how to make them work for you rather than against you
- How to protect your liver (from sugar and other nasties in processed foods which cause oxidative stress) and feed your gut (with fibre rich food which protects the microbiome and intestinal lining) by eating real food
- Which diet (keto, paleo, mediterranean, traditional Japanese, vegan, etc.) is best for your health, longevity and happiness (spoiler alert – it’s personal) and why the key is keeping your insulin low
- How chronically high insulin leads to mitochondrial dysfunction and chronic disease
- Why fructose rather than glucose is the enemy, and how it acts on the reward centre to foster addiction
- Why it’s not the food that you eat but what’s been done to the food that you eat that matters, and how we can process our own food (through juicing or grilling for instance) to make it less healthy
- How and when intermittent fasting and probiotics work for our health
- Why dairy is actually good for you, and what to do if you are intolerant
- Why grass-fed meat is so much better for our health and for the planet
About Professor Robert Lustig
Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco, and Adjunct Professor of Research at Touro University-California. Dr. Lustig’s career has focused on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system, and the pathogenesis of chronic metabolic and mental health diseases. He is one of the leaders of the “anti-sugar” and “real food” movements to improve global health. Dr. Lustig is also the Chief Science Officer of Eat REAL, a non-profit dedicated to reversing childhood obesity and diabetes by impacting the global food supply. He is also on the Advisory Boards of Nutritious Minds, a London psychiatric consultancy; MindHealth360, a metabolic/mental health platform; and Simplex Health, a Philadelphia-based metabolically-based healthcare services company.
Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980, completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1983, and his clinical fellowship at UCSF in 1984. From there, he spent six years as a research associate in neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University. In 2013 he received his Masters in Studies of Law from UC Hastings College of the Law. Dr. Lustig is the author of 200 academic works, and of the popular books “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease”, the “Fat Chance Cookbook”, “The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of our Bodies and Brains”, and his newest book “Metabolical: The Truth About Processed Food and How It Poisons People and the Planet”.
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