Podcast #5: Personalised nutrition as the future of health, with Ben Warren

Ben Warren

Ben Warren’s Bio:

As one of New Zealand’s leading nutrition and holistic health experts, Ben has been doing his thing, undistracted by waves of wellness trends for the last 15 years.

Ben has made it his mission to build a new future of health through emphasising the importance of personalised nutrition and lifestyle recommendations in supporting people on their health journeys and his work is making people sit up and listen.

Over 50,000 people have seen Ben speak at his seminars, he’s presented at TEDx on health and longevity in the modern world and his work can be found across multiple publications

Ben founded BePure over 10 years ago in the Hawke’s Bay, providing unique nutritional programmes and protocols which have seen some mind-blowing transformations with his clients. From reversing the parameters of type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and allergies, to helping people overcome struggles with chronic fatigue and weight gain.

Ben leads the team of Clinical Consultants at the two BePure Clinics in Havelock North and Auckland and this month he is embarking on a tour of 30 locations across New Zealand to educate and empower people in understanding their personal health story.

To attend Ben’s event near your location, visit: BePure

We covered a lot of ground in this podcast, including topics like: 
  • What is personalized nutrition?
  • Why non-personalized nutrition doesn’t work?
    • e.g. allergies (e.g. dairy allergy)
  • Public health recommendations vs. personalized nutrition
    • overfed vs. under-nourished
  • Why functional tests are so important to save time, money, energy, and accerlate people’s health goals?
  • How to help people understand, “She’ll be right” (meaning I don’t need to take are of the pain, because it will come alright).
  • Why men come into the clinic vs. women?
  • The relationship between the plants and the fungi in the soil, trading minerals for sugars, and how it affects our health
    • Nitrogen fixing nodules and the problem of NPK fertilizers depleting micro-mineral content
  • The importance of the farmer’s market and good nutrition
  • What to do if you grow your own food?
    • Soil testing – then mineral blend if you have the resources and interest
    • Simple things
      • Double or triple digging – 3 spades deep – to get aeration to get the roots down lower, more nutrient density and better tasting.
      • Worm teas
        • A wormery
      • Composting
      • If just a balcony:
        • planters with compost: lettuce, silverbeet, kale.
  • We are hardwired to hunt and destroy sugars, salts, fats, and proteins
    • Core cravings for sugar have caused problems: nutrition is stripped of original sugar source of ripened fresh fruit.
  • How to handle sugar cravings
    • Remineralize people – e.g. adequate magnesium
    • Deal with yeast and candida if present
    • Rebalance the gut biome
    • Individualized nutrition – be aware of foods you’re eating
      • how full we stay after eating foods
        • for some, feel best after high fat and high protein
    • We are in generally eating too many carbs

To attend Ben’s event near your location, visit: BePure


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Unsure of carbs vs fat?
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Turns out, I have a CarbChoice score of 2, meaning I only have 2 chutes making pacmen, which explained why even small amounts of carbs, even if they are organic and gluten-free, still caused me bad and embarrassing digestive problems. 

I used to think I was gluten-intolerant, but in reality, I’m genetically “carb intolerant”.

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Disclaimers: This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should see a qualified health professional. Do not disregard, avoid, or delay obtaining medical or health-related advice from your health-care professional because of something you heard here. The use of any information provided here is solely at your own risk.

The views and opinions expressed by Dr. Sam Shay are based on his education, personal experience, and clinical practice as a chiropractor, acupuncturist, Fitgenes practitioner, and functional neurologist. His views and opinions are not necessarily the official positions of any of these professions or their professional organizations. The views expressed by the guests on this show are solely their own.

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