Caloric restriction is usually associated with dieting, often combined with exercise – the ‘move more, eat less’ cliche. However, as I have mentioned elsewhere, even though this seems intuitive (calories in – calories out), the strategy fails because it ignores our biology. Rather than going into details here, I refer you to a more recent
The immune system and inflammation are inseparable – the immune system invokes inflammation as part of its armoury, while inflammation provokes an immune response. So, understanding inflammation is helped by an appreciation of the immune systems that constantly (and usually imperceptibly) protect us. Our immune Systems We have two immune ‘systems’ that have different roles
People who are gluten intolerant solve the problem in a straightforward way – by not eating gluten. Likewise for lactose intolerance or any other intolerance or allergy, with one remarkable exception – glucose intolerance. Health professionals still recommend that people who are glucose intolerant continue to eat glucose (carbohydrates), and then prescribe medicines or lifestyle changes to
Most people intuitively understand energy balance, particularly when it comes to weight management. This is known as the ‘calories-in calories-out’ (CICO) model, and its premise is that weight loss will occur when calories-out (CO) are greater than calories-in (CI). This is the basis for most diets, which rely on reducing CI to create an energy
Because I do brain research (my professional link is here), I am often asked what is the best thing to do for maintaining brain function – crosswords, reading, lumosity, ‘brain foods’? My answer has always been: “Exercise.” It hasn’t always been a popular answer though. Physical exercise is beneficial for the body and the mind.