7 Health Tips from Michael Mosely

7 Health Tips from Michael Mosely

In an ABC Radio National Conversation (2018) with the late Dr Michael Mosely he is described as -:

one of those communicators who possessed the rare gift of translating complex medical concepts into everyday language.

Richard Fidler, ABC Conversations

It seems the Brits have an amazing ability to produce world-wide communicators. Dr. Mosely is one of those.

Some of the concepts in this interview alone, are enough to transform your health - based on science.

It seems Dr Mosely who was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes is an example of the human spirit overcoming personal challenges and passing the information on to others.

Dr Mosely went to extraordinary lengths to adhere to science to prove his concepts - often in the face of stiff medical establishment opposition.

We have picked 7 of the health topics from the 2018 interview, a great starting place for health.

Topics include-:

  • Full-fat instead of low-fat alternatives (Full fat yoghurt, cheese olive oil - fat soluble nutrients)
  • Fasting benefits
  • The benefits of eating slowly
  • High fibre diet increases the deeper sleep
  • Overactive immune systems
  • Advocate of a sugar tax
  • Benefits of digesting fermented foods

1 Why full-fat?

Anything that chemically alters or processes a food runs the risk of 'altering the food structure'. Foods are a certain structure to deliver the nutrients science knows about and does not know about.

Science does not know the full chemical process - hence artificially altering foods comes with risks.

2 Benefits of Fasting

The 5:2 diet and later the Fast 800 diet was diet advice based on personal experience.

3 The benefits of eating slowly

Intuitively we know eating slowly makes sense. It turns out the science of feeling full is not rocket science, but "much more complex".

Dr Mosely explains some of the science-:

And then you also have a substance called PYY, which is a hormone produced in your small intestine. This is about a meter on from your stomach. And so one of the reasons why it's a really good idea to eat slowly, is because when you eat a meal, it takes a while for the food to get from your stomach to the small intestine travel that meter, hit the receptors trigger the signals which then go back to your brain, the hormone saying I'm full stop eating.

Dr Michael Mosely, ABC Conversations

4 High fibre diet increases the deeper sleep

People who notice their sleep is poorer after drinking beer may immediately pay attention to science that explains that.

Beer unless low-carb or no-carb varieties is a carb loading. Coupled with the affects of alcohol being a toxin that must be eliminated by the liver immediately, beer is not healthy.

Studies have shown Wine to be a better choice when drinking alcohol.

It's the glucose spikes that are dangerous to our health.

Michael Mosely mentioned-:

There's been a relatively recent study which showed that people who eat a high fibre diet over a short period of time, improved the depth of their deep sleep simultaneously, people who ate sugary diet made their sleep more light and fragmented.

Dr Michael Mosely, ABC Conversations

5 Overactive immune systems

It's obvious the prevalence of food allergies, asthma and various ailments has increased in recent times.

6 Advocate of a sugar tax

The level of sugar in foods and the over consumption of sugar has obvious health disadvantages. The human body was not designed to consume massive amounts of sugar.

in Amsterdam, they're one of the few cities in the world which has reversed the increase in obesity in children and one of the things they did in primary schools was ban all drinks apart from water and full fat milk.

Dr Michael Mosely, ABC Conversations

7 Benefits of digesting fermented foods

If you're eating a fermented food, that could be yogurt, it could be kefir. It could be Kombucha. The thing is, fermented foods are very rich in living microbes. And the great thing is that they have been revered if you like in an acidic environment. So they are likely to survive the journey through the acid in the stomach and on the way down.

In Summary

Dr Mosely scoffed at recommending people eat less and exercise more as akin to telling a tennis player just hit the ball hard and accurately into the corner, score more points.

He also lamented the lack of nutrition training for medical students. Fortunately his flip from medicine to journalism has benefited many, many people.

Sources and References

Richard Fidler, ABC Conversations, Michael Mosley's legacy: empowering science for the everyday


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