The interplay between the health of the gut and skin is well known. In this article, Cliff delves into the research on the gut microbiome and skin conditions.
Sleep affects health and the gut and these also affect sleep! In this article, Cliff summarises the research on the gut and sleep.
The health of the gut and the brain are so closely linked that people sometimes now refer to the gut as the ‘second brain’. In this article, Cliff summarises the research on the gut and mental health.
An evidence-based guide to getting the zzz’s that you need…
Diet is affected by sleep and sleep affects diet. In this review, Dr Cliff Harvey explores the effects of dietary changes and supplements on sleep.
Sleep has a complex relationship with health. In this review, Dr Cliff Harvey explores the effects of poor sleep on health, and of poor health on sleep.
Key Points Exercise improves health and immunityOvertraining can reduce immunity though and make us more prone to infectionsIt is also important to take in enough total energy (‘fuel’) to preserve and improve immune function along with exercise It is widely accepted that exercise improves health and is, by extension, a valuable contributor to proper immune functioning and resistance to infection. However, excessive exercise is a stressor that can dampen immune functions and as a result, over-training can lead to increased rates of infection with colds and flu-like viruses, a situation commonly seen in athletes. Over-exercise or over-stress from any cause is pro-inflammatory and over half of all sports injuries are also secondary to overuse.1 Markers of antioxidant status such as glutathione concentration and inflammatory markers such as interleukin 10 are affected by long periods of intense training.2 So, exercise helps to mitigate stress and fatigue and helps us to modulate inflammatory/immune and antioxidant pathways, BUT too much (over-reaching) can be just as detrimental as too little. Overreaching and over-training syndrome in athletes is depicted as a continuum, this is also likely to be the case for generalised ‘stress’. So, excessive exercise (or any other stressor) can be thought of as stress, leading to fatigue, leading to a greater incidence of infection (and burnout). Excessive exercise (or any other stressor) can be thought of as stress, leading to fatigue, leading to a greater incidence of infection Moderate amounts of exercise improve immune system functions and reduce the risk of infection. On…
The Autoimmune Protocol diet is popular among people with AI conditions and allergies. How effective is this diet? What does the research say?
What is ‘autoimmunity’? And what does the evidence tell us about treating autoimmune conditions with diet and lifestyle?
Immunity is a hot topic right now but many claims simply aren’t backed by evidence. So, how can we support our innate immunity?
Medium chain triglycerides offer the potential to elevate ketone levels and have a number of evidence-based application. In this post, Dr Cliff Harvey looks at the evidence behind the use of MCTs.
Social media is a way for us to connect with information and the people we care about but is excessive use sabotaging our health?
Issue 3 | Volume 2 | March 2020 In this issue: This month, Cliff looks at the evidence behind diet and lifestyle for reducing the risk of dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders and how you can boost brain-power right now. Also this month, research commentary on a recent systematic review and meta-analysis on carbohydrate intake and metabolic syndrome risk, along with short research ‘bites’ on evening primrose oil, saunas and detox, and the paleo-keto diet. Featured article How to Optimise Brain Health & Reduce the Risk of Age-Related Cognitive Decline Brain health now and impending cognitive decline are two of the most pressing health considerations for people nowadays. In this review, Cliff looks at lifestyle, diet, and supplement interventions to help keep your brain healthy. Read the article here Articles All About: Nootropics Nootropics are supplements that purport to boost your brain-power and improve your cognition and mental performance. There are a lot of claims but many of these supplements lack research-backing. Find out what the evidence says about the most common and most studied nootropics. Read the article here Research Commentary Mini-research-reviews on: Is Evening Primrose Oil Worth Taking? What is the Evidence Behind the Palaeolithic Ketogenic Diet? Do Saunas Aid Detoxification? Does the Amount of Carbohydrate in the Diet Affect Metabolic Syndrome Risk? Members can download this month’s full issue below: [ppp_patron_only level=”10″] CARR-March-2020Download [/ppp_patron_only]
Nootropics are supplements that improve cognition and mental performance to better-than-normal levels. In this review, Cliff Harvey PhD looks at the evidence behind some of the most common and most-studied nootropics.
Brain health, mental performance, and reducing the risk of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s are key aspects of health that are highly sought after. In this review, Cliff Harvey PhD looks at some of the diet, lifestyle, and supplement interventions that might boost brain-power and protect the brain.
There has recently been significant discussion in clinical circles about the appropriateness of the ketogenic diet for the treatment of ovarian cancer. In this article, I summarise the available research on ketogenic diets and ovarian cancer to shed some light on whether it is or isn’t appropriate…
Stevia is now one of the most common natural non-nutritive sweeteners. There has been some concern about the potential for harm from stevia. In this article, Cliff looks at the evidence for the impact of stevia on health.
Erythritol is becoming commonly used as a sweetener added to supplements, foods, and drinks. There has been some concern about the health effects of erythritol and in this article, Cliff looks at the evidence for the impact of erythritol on health.
Many people think that artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners increase the risk of microbiome damage, obesity, and cancer. In this overview, Cliff looks at the evidence for the impact of sweeteners on health.
In part two of the detox series, Cliff Harvey PhD delves into some of the simple ways that we might support innate detox pathways.