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5 ways to optimise your health from Dr Fede

1. Combine probiotics with prebiotic fibre 

We all know that gut health is key to overall health, and there are a myriad of probiotics on the market aimed at improving this. To get the most benefit from these helpful bacteria though, we need prebiotic fibre as food for them to survive in our gut and release beneficial postbiotic chemicals. Fibre is a key component to our diet, but the more research is conducted, the more important this message becomes. It is crucial for gut health and getting enough of it during our lifetime is linked to lowering risk of premature death, cancer, type 2 diabetes and anxiety disorders to name but a few. Unfortunately, the majority of us struggle to get to even half of the recommended daily portion of 25g-38g per day. Enhancing our regular dietary fibre intake with a good quality food enhancing and fibre rich supplement powder, like Indi Body, can help us achieve this. Mix with your favourite plant based milk or water for a delicious health drink, which delivers a variety of fibre sources along with adequate fluid intake for a smooth higher fibre intake transition.

2. Enjoy extra Virgin Olive Oil every day

The research around the health benefits which come from daily consumption of EVOO is overwhelming. We now understand more about the pathways through which EVOO acts as an antioxidant and improves inflammation, strengthening the case for ensuring we consume high quality EVOO every day. Drizzle on your salads, pastas, fish and meat dishes but make sure it’s the extra virgin kind and not the blended ‘olive oils’ that don’t retain any of the nutritional benefits.

3. Use nature’s own pharmacy through whole plants

We all know that food is made up of complex chemical structures. These interact with one other as well as with our gut microbes and our cells. What’s exciting to see in recent research is how plants can act to help improve our health and wellbeing in clinically measurable ways. Polyphenols in dark plants and fruits such as cavolo nero and haskap berries counteract oxidative stress, and inulin from chicory root is proven to support lipid metabolism and a healthy microbiome profile. Eating a combination of these foods every day helps support our body’s immune and anti-inflammatory functions for a long and healthy life. Indi’s Supplements contain carefully selected active plant powders that are minimally processed to maintain their beneficial effects and can help to improve our overall well being.

4. Don’t stick to the same meals every day  

Although it looks pretty, preparing the same meal for lunch every day is not likely to help us achieve the ideal number of diverse plants every week. Research suggests we should be aiming for 30 types per week, from spices to nuts and seeds and seasonal vegetables. The key to variety is meals that offer different combinations of nutrients, minerals and flavours every time. So ditch the repetitive meal plans and get creative with dried spices, seeds, nuts, whole grains, EVOO, occasional high quality animal products, and lots of seasonal vegetables for a broad range of benefits.

5. Know your personal reactions to food 

The future of healthcare is personalisation. From personalised medicines in treating cancers to knowing exactly which foods have a positive impact on our health, we now know that the same food can elicit entirely different responses, even in identical twins. Thanks to groundbreaking research, companies such as ZOE are using years of research to launch products that will allow us to test our body’s responses to foods and create a bespoke diet based on our individual data.

DR FEDERICA AMATI PHD ANUTR 

Dr Federica Amati is a powerhouse of evidence-based knowledge and information. She holds a PhD in Clinical Medicine Research from Imperial College London and is a registered Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition. She is also actively involved in nutrition, physical activity and mental wellbeing research at Imperial College London; and cardiometabolic health and COVID-19 and nutrition research with NNedPro, a global think tank founded at Cambridge University. Alongside her research and private client consultations, she is also Chief Nutrition Scientist for Indi Supplements.