8 out of 10 people don’t get their RDA of fibre in the UK
Avg fiber intake in 18g versus recommended RDA OF FIBRE IS 30g – UK
Average fibre intake in Ireland is 20g
Irish heart foundation: 80% not getting enough fibre
Ultra Processed food in your diet
In the US 60% of calories are ultra processed
61% of food purchased in US home a moderate to high processed foods
60% of calories consumed by children in the UK are coming from ultra processed foods
2018 – 46% of foods purchased in ireland are ultra processed foods
95-100% of the bluezone diet is plantbased
One of the most important factors for longevity is relationships and community
Harvard study of adult development – most important factor for longevity is close relations
People who had happy marriages in their 80s reported that their moods didn’t suffer even on the days when they had more physical pain. Those who had unhappy marriages felt both more emotional and physical pain.
Women who felt securely attached to their partners were less depressed and more happy in their relationships two-and-a-half years later
Lonliness kills – it is as powerful as smoking or alcoholism
Social isolation is the health risk of our time
The importance of social integration for longevity
making eye contact or shaking hand with someone releases oxytocin and reduces cortisol
Summary article from the world cancer research fund
The importance of diet in shaping the gut microbiome structure and function:
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