Can Alkaline pH Diets Prevent Bone Loss?
Do alkaline diets hold up to the claim that they prevent bone loss? In this CPD course, we present the scientific evidence so that you'll know exactly what to answer when someone asks you about this topic!
Full Yet Hungry? Appetite Neurochemistry – Part I
People tell you "when you feel full, stop eating". But what does feeling full mean anyway? And why do we keep eating despite having a filled up stomach? The science of feeling full is not as straightforward… Begin learning about your “hungry brain”.
Full Yet Hungry? Appetite Neurochemistry – Part 2
Have you ever wondered why we keep feeling hungry despite being physically full? What makes us overeat? And if your satiety signal is broken, can it be restored? We dive into the mysteries of our appetite neurochemistry to find the answers!
How Does Your Brain Make Food Decisions?
To eat or not to eat? And then what or how much? These questions occupy your brain more often than you think. We dive into the neuroscience of healthy (or not so healthy) food choices... and what you can do about them.
How Are Your Brain and Gut Connected?
Trillions of bacteria in your gut have a powerful influence on your behaviour, your memory, and even your decision making. But how exactly do gut microbes shape our brains and our behaviours?
Chronobesity 101: Is Your Chronotype Making You Fat?
Your chronotype is the time you prefer to sleep and carry out daily activities. But does living against your chronotype make you fat? What are the consequences of a mis-match between your working hours and your internal body clock? Find out in this riveting CPD course!
Nutrigenomics 101: Coffee and Your Genes
Coffee has received a lot of attention regarding its “contradictory” health risks and benefits. In a sea of conflicting information, how can you know if it's good for you – or not? Let's dive into new exciting discoveries to find out.
Does Dairy Cause Cancer?
While many endorse the health benefits of a high-dairy diet, some believe that such practices among adults are highly unnatural, and may even cause cancer. So, which is it? Natural or abnormal? Health food… or hazardous material? Let's dive into the world of dairy, nutrition, and oncology to find out.
Are Eating Habits Contagious?
Could others' eating patterns influence what and how much you eat, even when you eat alone? If so, how exactly can you “catch” their eating behaviours, good OR bad? And could we use this awareness to our benefit?
How Many Egg Yolks a Day Can I Eat?
How many egg yolks a day can I eat: One? Two? None? We unscramble the latest on egg science so when someone asks you this age-old question you'll have the most up-to-date answer!
Can Too Much Exercise Shorten Your Lifespan?
It's happening: more people are moving. Frantically. But the question is: can you be overdoing it? Could exercising too much cancel out all of its health benefits? Or even worse, shorten your lifespan?
How Genetic Is Your Level Of Exercise – Or Lack Of?
Why do some people feel rewarded by exercise, while for others it feels like torture? Might you actually have less control over your activity level than you assume? Or could your genes determine how much exercise you do? We assess your level of exercise before diving into the genomics of brain reward, stamina, endurance, power, strength, and athleticism. Get ready for some serious science!
Fasting and Training: Good or Bad?
Have you ever worried that fasting and exercise don't go together? Or perhaps you've heard the opposite: that training in a fasted state has its benefits? We investigate the scientific studies that tried answering these questions.
Does Fat Really Make You Full?
The internet is awash with vague claims that “fat fills you up more than other foods”, and that we should all switch to a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. But is calorie-dense fat more satiating than protein and carbohydrates? Does it curb your appetite… or could it actually make you want to eat more? And what about ketogenic dieting? Let's take a look at what the scientific literature really has to say on the subject.
Fish: How Much Is Too Much?
“Eat more, it's a superfood”… “Eat less, it's toxic!” These are the conflicting messages we hear about the apparent benefits, or risks, of fish. Can eating too much fish really be harmful? Are some species riskier (or healthier) than others? Does farmed vs wild fish make any difference? More importantly: how much is too much? Let's go fishing for the latest science to find out!
Nutrigenomics 101: Folate and Your Genes
You might already be aware that folate plays a vital role in metabolism. But what exactly is this role? Is there a difference between folic acid and folate? How much do we need? And what if you're not like most people? Could it be because of a “faulty” gene? If so, what should you do? Read on to find out!
Frozen vs. Fresh Vegetables. Which are healthier?
We have been investigating the science of fresh vs frozen vegetables, and put them head to head in this comprehensive CPD course.
Is Fructose Making You Fat?
Do our bodies respond the same way to all sugars? Or is fructose different? And, if being efficient at converting fructose into body fat is so disadvantageous to our health, then why are we so good at it? Might our frugivorous evolutionary past hold the answers? In this CPD course, we dive into evolutionary genetics to shed light on the possible links between your genes, fructose, and obesity!
Are Your Genes, Gut Microbiome and Weight Connected?
Can your gut bacteria make you overweight? Is it possible to manipulate your gut microbiome to protect yourself against obesity?
Taste Genomics 101: Are Your Food Preferences Genetic?
Do you have a sweet tooth? Or prefer salty snacks? Why do some love Brussels sprouts, when others can't stand them? We all have favourite foods… and those we dislike. But could taste perception be in our genes? Were you born to taste foods differently? Let's find out if your much-loved foods (or least-wanted ones) were pre-determined by your DNA!
GI Restoration: How to Heal Your Gut (Part 1)
Did you know that up to a quarter of the world's population suffers from gastrointestinal symptoms? If you are included in this statistic, learn about ways to heal your gut in this comprehensive guide.
GI Restoration: How to Heal Your Gut (Part 2)
How does sugar alter your gastrointestinal balance? What about painkillers, antibiotics, and antacids? What does the evidence say about their effects? In the second part, we explore the rest of Step 1 in the 4R Programme, with a focus on what's living within your gut.
GI Restoration: How to Heal Your Gut (Part 3)
After getting rid of everything that could be harming your gut, in this Part 3 we'll be focusing on replacing what's missing. A big factor in this is making sure you're digesting your food properly. What's going on inside your GI tract? How can you give your body a helping hand with digestion? What deficiencies need to be addressed? And could sleep be linked to your digestive health? If so, how much sleep do you need?
GI Restoration: How to Heal Your Gut (Part 4)
Dysbiosis (microbial imbalance) leads to gut damage, a lowered immunity, infections, neurological distress, metabolic complications, increased food cravings, and even a predisposition to obesity. So, how do we solve this? We'll show you how a healthy gut and an unhealthy gut look like, and how to banish dysbiosis for good, including practical tips, foods, and supplements that could help. What are you waiting for?
GI Restoration: How to Heal Your Gut (Part 5)
Ready for the final step of this 4R gut-healing programme? The final “R” stands for repair. By repair we mean “to ease off hyperpermeability through reinforcing the integrity of your gut barrier”. In this CPD course, you'll learn to introduce 4 nutrients that could reinforce your gut lining and make it less “leaky”. Read on to find out what they are!
Gluten: A Psychological Nocebo?
Is gluten a psychological nocebo? Could a substance that is innocent for most of us cause us harm because we believe it will?
Does Excluding Gluten Make You Gain Weight? (Part 1)
Should you ditch gluten to lose weight? Or could going gluten-free cause you to pile on the pounds instead? Before you bin that fresh loaf of bread, let's study the latest scientific research to see if excluding gluten makes you gain weight!
Does Excluding Gluten Make You Gain Weight? (Part 2)
Contrary to popular belief, switching to a gluten-free practice is more likely to lead to weight gain than weight loss. But, how can going gluten-free lead to weight gain? Let's dive into the nitty gritty, and see if there's a way to avoid gaining weight should you decide to go gluten-free!
GMO: An Objective Scientific Investigation
The controversial topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is one which has divided the globe. Some argue that GM crops hold the answer to world hunger, while others insist they are an abomination of nature, and a serious threat to public health and the environment. With all of the loud voices shouting for and against GM foods, it can be very challenging for us to even understand exactly what GMOs are, let alone whether they present an emerging threat or a developing opportunity. So, which is it? Does consuming GM foods pose a genuine health risk? Or are there actually potential public health benefits to GMO production? Could it be both? And, can you believe everything you read, either pro or against GMOs?
What Influences Our Food Choices?
Why do I eat? What makes me choose healthy or unhealthy foods? Who (or what) controls what I eat? Your brain is influenced by a multitude of things when making food choices. We'll navigate these influences: physiological or environmental, conscious or unconscious, hormonal or neural, visual or olfactory.
Why Don’t We All Get Cancer?
Did you know that your body crops up to 37,000,000,000,000,000,000 DNA breaks per day? With so many DNA mistakes occurring in our cells, then why don't we all get cancer?
Ketosis 101: Can Your Brain Perform Without Carbs?
Intellectual activities call for your concentration and your brain-processing power, so you can decode sentences, recall previously-learned concepts, build new associations, and store freshly-learnt data. The speed and sharpness of your neural circuitry is highly dependent on your blood's glucose supply. But, with so many of us trying to minimise refined sugar as much as we can (or even cutting out carbohydrates completely!), might our intellectual performance, our focus, and our brain-processing speed suffer as a result?
Leaky Gut: Fact or Fad?
Leaky Gut Syndrome is often the subject of blogs and forums, along with ways to “heal” your gut. But is there any science behind it – or is it just a fad?
Do Low-Carb Diets Suppress Appetite?
Feeling hungry is the most unwanted side effect of any dieting attempt. So finding ways to reduce hunger is the “holy grail” of weight loss. Low-carb diet books and blogs, promising that you can “diet without hunger”, seem like a very attractive proposal for anyone wanting to lose excess body weight. In fact, many low-carb advocates swear that following this diet reduces their motivation to eat. But is there any science to back this up? Or is it just hearsay? In this CPD course, we will scrutinise the scientific literature to find out once and for all if low-carb diets reduce appetite. And if we find that they do, we'll want to know exactly how they do it!
How Easy Is It To Trick Your Taste?
Do we taste sound? Or eat with our eyes? How much of the flavours we feel are real? In this CPD course, we explore ground-breaking experiments on the illusion of food flavours. This way, you can use a few tricks to your advantage!
Do Frequent Meals Raise Your Metabolism?
Many people tell you to eat every 2 or 3 hours to “keep your metabolic rate high” and to “enhance fat loss”. But does your metabolism really go up when you split the same amount of food into regular mini-meals? Let's find out.
Does Night Eating Make You Gain Weight?
Many people think eating at night makes you gain weight. But does it really make a difference whether you eat your spaghetti bolognaise at 5:00pm or at 10:00pm? With so much hearsay out there, it's time to settle this debate once and for all. In this 72-page CPD course, we put science to the test and examine 4 theories to find out if eating late really does cause weight gain (or not!).
How Is Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity Diagnosed?
Coeliac disease affects only ~1% of the population... but the numbers are much higher for non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, which has been reported to affect up to 13% of us! The problem is: do we unquestionably know what “non-coeliac gluten sensitivity” really is? Can it be medically diagnosed? Some say it's a sub-type of coeliac disease – is that true? If not, how can you find out if you truly have it? We examine the latest science on gluten sensitivity, plus you'll get a practical diagnostic algorithm and learn how to interpret it.
Neuroscience 101: Can Food Make You Smarter?
Genetics can partly explain our intelligence. However, the heritability of IQ is only up to 50%. So, is there anything else you could do to enhance it? We often hear the term “brain foods”: foods that are supposedly good for your brain. But do they exist? And can they really makes us smarter? We dive into the scientific research behind the nutrients that are said to make humans more intelligent and see if there's any truth to these claims.
From Food to DNA. Can Gene Expression Be Changed?
What would you say if we told you that the “nature” part (your genes) could also be nurtured? Could the foods you eat change your DNA? If so, how? Begin learning about the latest nutrigenetic discoveries!
Nutrigenetics 101: Eating Right For Your Genes
Have you ever wondered why some of us thrive on protein-rich diets, while others do better with dairy or carbohydrates? Might your distant ancestral past hold the key? We dive into evolutionary genetics to find the answers!
Is Organic Meat Worth Its Price?
Vegetarian or not, this is must-know information that most people aren't aware of, even pro-organic best-selling book authors get it wrong. Let's examine this topic and the surrounding regulations in detail.
Meat-Based or Plant-Based: What Did Paleo Humans Really Eat?
The “modern” Paleo diet is based on eating the same foods as humans ate during the Paleolithic Era. Some believe it was meat-based, while others plant-based. Which one is it? And how can we tell for sure? We dive into the scientific record to debunk some myths and misconceptions!
Can We Survive On Raw Food Alone?
Raw foodism is a popular diet. But can we survive on raw food alone? Or has our evolutionary past turned cooking into a biological necessity? Let's dive into the archeological record to find out!
Does Red Meat Cause Cancer?
Headlines often link red meat with cancer. Some go as far as saying that red meat “kills”. Why are these claims being made? And what is in red meat that is not found in other animal products? Before we set off any panic alarms on read meat, let's review the current scientific evidence, in an unbiased way.
Why Is Sugar So Hard To Resist?
Why is sugar so hard to resist? To answer this, let's start by understanding your brain on sugar.
Craving Control: How Taste Makes Us Overeat
When you eat high-calorie foods, you feel a sense of satisfaction. But do some people get more pleasure from eating than others? Could this cause overeating and weight gain?
Veganism 101: Which Nutrients Might Vegans Lack?
Is it unsafe to stop eating all animal-derived foods? When you turn vegan, there are 12 nutrients that you might not be getting enough of. You'll find out what these are, learn why you need them, and which vegan foods contain them. This way, you can ensure you're not missing out on anything. There's always room for becoming an even “better” vegan!
Can Plate Colour Help You Eat Healthier?
Did you know sweet food can taste salty when served in a blue bowl? Or that strawberry mousse tastes better when served in a white plate? How is that possible? Discover the surprising influence dish colour has on your sense of taste.
Food Colourings Part 1: Treat or Threat?
We’ve all heard of food colourings. But what are they really made of? Is “natural” always safer? And how can you tell which foods have them? Some say that food colourings aren’t safe for us to consume… But what’s this opinion based on? And is anyone controlling their use at all? Learn about the safety and regulatory frameworks of food colourings in this eye-opening training!
Science of Happiness Part 1: Reality or Illusion?
True happiness… the ultimate mystery for thinkers, believers, and dreamers. It’s the one pursuit that unites all cultures of the world, in spite of our differences. Most of us are engaged in the pursuit of happiness and often find ourselves wondering… What is happiness? Is it tangible and measurable? Or a mere illusion? Let’s dive into the research to unveil some answers!