Posts Tagged 'Nutrition'

Nutrition and Covid 19 - a personalised approach

07 August 2020 at 15:14

Nutrition and Covid 19 – a personalised approach

Earlier this year the results of one of the largest and most detailed nutrition studies in the world were published. The PREDICT study made a detailed investigation of the body’s metabolic response to food, using large numbers of twins to verify that everyone reacts to food in their own unique way.

One of the surprises in the data was that identical twins responded very differently on a metabolic level to exactly the same foods. This emphasises the highly individual basis that the body works on, and why tailored nutrition will always be superior to generalised advice.

So how does this relate to Covid 19? Well, in the same way that we each have unique responses to foods, it has become clear over the past months that there is a vast range of different responses to coronavirus infection. We already have a good idea of the main coronavirus risk factors, and interestingly the big three - obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes - are all very treatable with nutrition. Even so it is still difficult to predict which individuals are most at risk, with some apparently ‘high risk’ people having almost unnoticeable symptoms while other, more healthy counterparts have been hospitalised.

There are a number of similarities between an individual’s response to food and to coronavirus – the following have been put forward by the Covid Symptoms Study team working alongside King’s College London:

  • People respond to food and coronavirus infection in a highly personalised way. 

  • Many of the risk factors for severe COVID-19 are very similar to the risk factors for unhealthy responses to food (obesity, diabetes, inflammation, age, gut health and poor diet). 

  • One-size-fits-all advice about COVID-19 risks doesn't work, and neither does one-size-fits-all advice about nutrition.

Following the results of the PREDICT study, the team are now considering the role played by gut bacteria (the microbiome) in our personal coronavirus response. This is heavily influenced by our diet and a healthy microbiome is crucial for a normal metabolic response to food. It is not yet known whether the microbiome is also the key to determining individual coronavirus risk, but it does play a major role in the immune response so there is likely to be a connection.  

More research is clearly needed to fully understand the body’s unique reactions, but one thing is sure – at the School of Health we are right to focus on an individualised approach to all aspects of health.



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Tags: Nutrition

Posted in Research | Nutrition | Health

Seasonal Smoothies for Spring

29 April 2019 at 14:59

Seasonal Smoothies for Spring There’s nothing better that using fresh, seasonal produce - recently harvested and with minimal time spent in transit or storage means fruit and vegetables are ... [ read more ]

Tags: Smoothies | Nutrition

Posted in Health | Nutrition | Inspiration

Can a vegan diet help the Environment?

27 March 2019 at 15:31

Can a vegan diet help the Environment? The environmental impact of meat and dairy consumption has been well-publicised recently, with cattle accounting for considerable amounts of greenhouse gas ... [ read more ]

Tags: Vegan | Environment | Nutrition

Posted in Education | Environment | Health | Nutrition | Research

Should you go vegan for health?

27 March 2019 at 14:45

Should you go vegan for health? Veganuary 2019 was the biggest ever, with hundreds of thousands of people officially pledging to eat vegan during January. The number one reason given for ... [ read more ]

Tags: Vegan | Nutrition

Posted in Education | Inspiration | Health | Nutrition

Food for the winter blues

19 December 2018 at 14:01

Food for the winter blues With the cold weather and the short days upon us, many people in the UK struggle with the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) at this time of year. But ... [ read more ]

Tags: Nutrition | Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted in Alternative Medicine | Inspiration | Health | Nutrition

Top 6 Immune Boosting Foods

02 November 2018 at 14:45

Top 6 Immune Boosting Foods Now that summer’s come to an end, it’s time to make sure your immune system is in tip-top condition to avoid those winter bugs. Here are 6 of the best ... [ read more ]

Tags: Immune System | Nutrition

7 Reasons To Stop Calorie Counting

02 November 2018 at 12:39

7 Reasons To Stop Calorie Counting Should we stop calorie counting? Yes, yes and yes!! Counting calories is time consuming, can be wildly inaccurate, and is increasingly controversial in the world ... [ read more ]

Tags: Calorie | Nutrition

Posted in Alternative Medicine | Education | Health | Nutrition

Halloween Pumpkins, Five Amazing Benefits

02 November 2018 at 12:33

Halloween Pumpkins Five amazing benefits If you’re carving out pumpkin lanterns this Halloween you will have plenty of pumpkin to feast on. Whether you make it into soups, bake it into ... [ read more ]

Tags: Pumpkins | Nutrition

Posted in Alternative Medicine | Nutrition

5 Foods to Boost Joint Health

02 November 2018 at 12:26

5 Foods to Protect Joints & Boost Joint Health Feeling stiff, slow or sore? Try these five foods to help get things moving again! Oily Fish Containing omega 3 (EPA and DHA) in a ... [ read more ]

Tags: Protect Joints | Nutrition | Boost Joint Health

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Coconut oil - healthy or hype?

08 October 2018 at 15:32

Coconut oil – healthy or hype? Coconut oil has become hugely popular in the last few years, with a whole host of claimed health benefits and some people adding large quantities into their ... [ read more ]

Tags: Coconut Oil | Nutrition | Saturated Fats

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