• Agnieszka Warchalowski

The healthiest diet for humans - the science and the reality.


It is widely accepted that diet is the most powerful predictor of health and longevity, but there has been much confusion as to what a healthy diet actually is.

It’s hard to sift through all the misinformation with policy-makers, doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, health coaches, food bloggers, and influencers producing conflicting, contradicting, inappropriate, and sometimes downright unsafe advice. It’s no wonder people are left completely confused and frustrated.

We all know that a diet high in processed foods, animal fats, and sugar is bad for us. Research consistently shows that these foods are strongly associated with accelerated aging and common medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. Unfortunately, processed food is estimated to make up between 60-80% of our diet, so it’s no wonder there is an exponential decline in health and an increase in girth.

But, what is the healthiest diet for humans?

Other studies have associated the Mediterranean diet with improved gut microbial composition, reduced inflammatory markers, and a healthy weight.e published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in September 2020 reviewed data from recent research (mainly from the last 5 years) in an attempt to establish the healthiest diet for humans. (Reference for the article is below the image).

It found that the Mediterranean diet offered the greatest improvements in health parameters such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels. It is also strongly associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease. The review also found that incorporating intermittent fasting of 12 to 16 hours may potentiate these health benefits.

Other studies have associated the Mediterranean diet with improved gut microbial composition, reduced inflammatory markers and a healthy weight.



Firstly, it’s very hard to make healthy habits a way of life. The reason for this is that you must overcome an overwhelming amount of physiological and environmental influences. We are hard-wired for pleasure, and our pleasure state has been manipulated by food companies who spend much of their time and money towards finding the “bliss” point of food - the combination of fat, sugar, and salt that most strongly activates addiction pathways in the brain. Decades of poor dietary advice and food production techniques, questionable marketing tactics, and increased exposure to toxins have left our body and brain damaged. A damaged brain finds it hard to overcome the external and internal cues to eat. Clever marketing strategies make us feel like we’re making well-informed choices. They educate us and offer “healthy” alternatives such as protein balls, acai bowls, and other pseudo health foods - that still hit the bliss point. We justify eating these foods by placing them under the banner of health food – but they perpetuate the damage and keep us in a cycle of addiction.

So why aren’t we eating this way? And why are those who follow this diet, only seeing minor benefits and very little weight loss?

Secondly, everyone is different, and blanket dietary guidelines can be unsafe – even the Mediterranean diet. For example, in those with immune-related problems (allergies, food intolerances, and autoimmune conditions), consuming grains, legumes, nuts, and dairy can cause inflammation and leaky gut. Those with thyroid or adrenal problems may find worsening fatigue and reduced metabolic function if they are fast longer than 12 hours. And those with insulin resistance or poor glycemic control (an intolerance to carbohydrates) will not lose weight or free themselves from cravings if they continue to consume carbohydrates. Inflammation, metabolic and hormonal disruptions are physiological changes that change brain function and prevent our ability to make healthy choices. These baseline individual differences explain why a healthy diet may only provide temporary improvements.ts.nts.ts.s..her pseudo health foods - that still hit the bliss point. We justify eating these foods by placing them under the banner of healthy food – but they perpetuate the damage and keep us in a cycle of addiction.

Secondly, everyone is different, and blanket dietary guidelines can be unsafe – even the Mediterranean diet. For example, in those with immune-related problems (allergies, food intolerances, and autoimmune conditions), consuming grains, legumes, nuts, and dairy can cause inflammation and leaky gut. Those with thyroid or adrenal problems may find worsening fatigue and reduced metabolic function if they fast longer than 12 hours. And those with insulin resistance or poor glycemic control (an intolerance to carbohydrates) will not lose weight or free themselves from cravings if they continue to consume carbohydrates. Inflammation, metabolic and hormonal disruptions are physiological changes that change brain function and prevent our ability to make healthy choices. These baseline individual differences explain why a healthy diet may only provide temporary improvements.

Finally, what you’re trying to achieve from the diet is also important, and your goals may not be acceptable in our current society. Most people start a diet in order to lose weight but often ashamed to disclose this as a goal. Instead “getting healthy” is what they are likely to express as their goal. Getting healthy is more socially acceptable, while losing weight is considered vain. Given current acceptable guidelines, you can be overweight but still be considered “healthy” because what’s considered the loose definition of health is determined by what’s normal. For example, blood results and health parameters are considered normal if they fall within a certain normal range. This range is established from results that are commonly found across the population – which does reflect health– it is just a result that most people have. Considering that the majority of people are overweight or obese - which comes with a range of real health issues, having a blood result in the norm does not mean you are healthy. The problem with getting a clean bill of health - according to the norm - is that it gives you have a false sense of security and prevents positive change.

Another problem is that diet has become a dirty word and those who truly eat what’s best for them (clean, unprocessed, gluten and dairy-free), more often than not have to justify their choices and assure their concerned friends that they don’t have an eating disorder. For those who resist mainstream food, the pressure to conform to the unhealthy norm has never been greater. Political correctness is at the forefront in protecting the unhealthy norm. We are encouraged to embrace our curves and to have everything in moderation. This puts cake in our mouths and money into big business and governments - while our health continues to deteriorate.

These are just a couple of reasons why anyone who starts a truly healthy diet, rarely maintains it long-term. And these are the reasons why, the healthiest diet found in research may not necessarily be healthy for you.

Finding the healthiest diet for you

Another problem is that diet has become a dirty word and those who truly eat what’s best for them (clean, unprocessed, gluten, and dairy-free), more often than not have to justify their choices and assure their concerned friends that they don’t have an eating disorder. For those who resist mainstream food, the pressure to conform to the unhealthy norm has never been greater. Political correctness is at the forefront of protecting the unhealthy norm. We are encouraged to embrace our curves and to have everything in moderation. This puts the cake in our mouths and money into big business and governments - while our health continues to deteriorate. all within a certain normal range. This range is established from results that are commonly found across the population – which does reflect health– it is just a result that most people have. Considering that the majority of people are overweight or obese - which comes with a range of real health issues, having a blood result in the norm does not mean you are healthy. The problem with getting a clean bill of health - according to the norm - is that it gives you have a false sense of security and prevents positive change.

In order to maintain a healthy diet and achieve your goals, you must follow a diet that optimises brain function - because ultimately, a healthy brain is what will help you make decisions that are consistent with your goals.

Unfortunately, the accepted dietary guidelines are designed to damage your brain and keep you addicted to processed foods. Therefore, the first step is to abstain from all processed foods, all forms of sugar, gluten, dairy, and alcohol. The remaining steps require a systematic approach to restore the physiological processes that have become disrupted. There are no quick fixes.

Research shows that brain function is closely linked to signals arising from the gut. It is now known that the gut microbiota plays a large role in appetite control and emotional regulation. It can influence our ability to resist cravings and make healthy decisions. If the gut is unhealthy, signals to the brain will be faulty – and so will our mood, thoughts, and decisions.

Gut health has become part of the vernacular and everyone has something to say. There is a plethora of misinformation – surprisingly even from experts. Fixing the gut isn’t as simple as eating fermented foods and taking probiotics. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that these recommendations are more like to do more harm than good. Restoring gut health is a much more complex process than just changing your diet. It makes sense that if you’ve enjoyed many years of regular food, it may take more than a change in diet to reverse the damage.

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The new year is a perfect opportunity to leave old ways behind and begin the process of resetting your health.If you’re curious to experience what your body and brain are capable of given the chance, kickstart the process in 2021 withBiomeMD®.Join us for A Year of Clean – clean eating and living to free yourself from the shackles of food, reverse the damage, regain control and experience the high of life! To find out more about A Year of Clean withBiomeMD® visit XXXXXX.

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