As Hippocrates said, food is medicine.
But what food specifically for which person? Under what particular circumstances? And when? These nuanced questions are far more complicated to answer.
Thanks to some astonishing breakthroughs in medical technology, scientists are at the threshold of prescribing food to sidestep disease, predict diagnostic outcomes, promote longevity, and enhance well-being on a highly individuated basis.
The era of personalized medicine is upon us. And at the tip of this revolution is today’s guest, Dr. Tim Spector.
Arguably the world’s leading authority on the cutting edge of microbiome research, Tim is a globally-renowned epidemiologist, geneticist, and author. Awarded the distinction Order of The British Empire (or OBE), he has published over 1,000 original articles in some of the world’s top scientific journals, is the director of the TwinsUK Registry, founder of the British Gut Project, and co-founder of the data science company ZOE.
He is also the bestselling author of several books, including The Diet Myth—the first introduction on the importance of the gut microbiome for human health for a non-scientific audience and Spoon Fed, a primer on the latest evidence on food science and personalized nutrition. His latest work is Food for Life, an in-depth, scientific breakdown of what and when to eat, and ways we can all improve our own personal nutrition.
“Nutrition isn’t one size fits all. The more you experiment and get to know your body, the better you will understand the food you need to thrive.”
– TIM SPECTOR
Specific topics discussed in this episode include:
- Our rapidly evolving understanding of the microbiome and its wide-ranging impact on every facet of health;
- food myths and misconceptions regarding labeling;
- the importance of plant diversity in one’s diet;
- the role probiotics and prebiotics play in our bodies;
- the physical impacts of intermittent fasting or time-restricted eating;
- how technology and ‘Citizen Science’ are advancing the field of personalized nutrition and health care;
- the environmental implications of food systems and consumer food choices; and
- the future of food, microbiome science, and more.
The visually inclined can watch this exchange on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
This is a fascinating conversation that will leave you reframing the importance diet plays in your life—and what the near future holds for better health for all.
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect With Tim: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
- Book: Food for Life
- Book: Spoon Fed
- Book: The Diet Myth
- Zoe: Personalized Nutrition
- Zoe: What Does Professor Tim Spector Eat in a Day?
- American Society For Microbiology: Open Platform for Citizen Science Microbiome Research
- Stanford: Dr. Christopher Gardner & Co-Authors Discover Fermented-Food Diet Increases Microbiome Diversity and Lowers Inflammation
- Environmental Working Group: EWG’s 2023 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce
- The Guardian: Eat fibre first – and ditch the juice: five quick and easy tips for a much healthier meal
- Financial Times: Professor Tim Spector, the star British scientist, selects his favourite articles on the future of food — and our planet
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