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The world’s top scientists explain the latest health, nutrition, and gut health research and translate it into practical advice to improve your health & weight. Join ZOE Science & Nutrition, on a journey of scientific discovery.
Hosted by Jonathan Wolf.

ZOE Science & Nutrition ZOE

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The world’s top scientists explain the latest health, nutrition, and gut health research and translate it into practical advice to improve your health & weight. Join ZOE Science & Nutrition, on a journey of scientific discovery.
Hosted by Jonathan Wolf.

    Signs of an unhealthy gut

    Signs of an unhealthy gut

    Our gut helps fight disease. It processes energy for us and boosts our mood. So, having a healthy gut is extremely important – but there’s still a lot we don’t know.
    Gut biome tests are a new, exciting technology, but are they the be-all and end-all for dietary decision-making? And are there simpler ways — and tastier ways, perhaps — to tell what’s happening inside our bodies?
    In today’s short episode of ZOE Science & Nutrition, Jonathan and Dr. Will ask: What are the signs of an unhealthy gut? And how can we improve our gut health?
    Referenced in today’s episode: 
    The Bristol Stool Scale. https://www.bladderandbowel.org/bowel/bowel-resources/bristol-stool-form-scale/ ZOE’s Blue Poop Challenge: https://www.joinzoe.com/bluepoopBlue poo: Impact of gut transit time on the gut microbiome using a novel marker published in Gut https://gut.bmj.com/content/70/9/1665
    If you want to uncover the right foods for your body, head to joinzoe.com/podcast and get 10% off your personalised nutrition program.
    Follow ZOE on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoe/
    This podcast was produced by Fascinate Productions.

    • 20 min
    How to improve blood sugar control with exercise

    How to improve blood sugar control with exercise

    Blood sugar is one of the rare nutrition topics where everyone agrees: We should avoid big peaks and dips and aim for a steady curve. 
    Spikes cause inflammation, accelerate aging, and lead to type 2 diabetes. Crashes make us feel moody and tired, and crave foods we don’t need. 
    We can control our blood sugar through what and how we eat. But something else affects our blood sugar — physical activity.
    Exercise has a profound effect on your blood sugar response. Together with your food choices, being physically active helps you keep your blood sugar level even.
    In this episode of ZOE Science & Nutrition, Jonathan speaks with Javier Gonzalez and Sarah Berry to find out how exercise affects our blood sugar response — even when we’re fasting — and how much exercise we need to do to benefit.
    Javier Gonzalez is an associate professor of human physiology at the University of Bath whose research focuses on the interaction between diet and exercise.Sarah Berry is one of the world's leading experts on human nutrition. She has personally run over 20 randomized clinical trials looking at how humans respond to different fats.
    If you want to uncover the right foods for your body, head to joinZOE.com/podcast and get 10% off your personalized nutrition program.

    Timecodes:
    00:00 - Introduction
    00:12 - Topic introduction
    01:39 - Quickfire questions
    02:55 - Is a 30-minute walk as good as 30-minute cardio?
    03:39 - What is blood sugar and why should we care about it?
    05:10 - Blood sugar control throughout the day
    07:43 - Why is it important to know about blood sugar?
    09:01 - Blood sugar control
    12:25 - How exercise affects blood sugar
    14:17 - The power of fidgeting
    16:12 - Effects of higher intensity exercise
    17:00 - Lower intensity exercise vs higher intensity exercise
    18:41 - Intermittent fasting and blood sugar
    24:43 - Personalization
    26:35 - What types of exercises can you do to control blood sugar?
    29:12 - Cardio vs resistance training
    34:21 - Blood fats & exercise
    42:15 - 3 tips on leveraging exercise to control blood sugar and blood fats
    43:14 - Summary
    44:25 - Goodbyes
    44:37 - Outro

    Episode transcripts are available here.
    Follow Javier on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gonzalez_jt
    Follow Sarah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drsarahberry/ 
    Follow ZOE on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoe/
    Have an idea for a podcast? Contact Fascinate Productions to bring it to life.

    • 45 min
    Foods to lower your cholesterol

    Foods to lower your cholesterol

    More than half of us have high cholesterol — and new research suggests that having even slightly raised levels in our 30s could significantly increase our chances of developing heart disease.
    Medication is a common fix, but it comes with side effects. So, today we’re looking at how much changing our diets can help. 
    In this short (ish) episode of ZOE Science & Nutrition, Jonathan and Sarah ask: Can we lower our cholesterol by changing our diets? 
    Follow ZOE on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoe/
    If you want to uncover the right foods for your body, head to joinzoe.com/podcast and get 10% off your personalized nutrition program.
    Studies referenced in the episode:
    ‘Association between Carbohydrate Intake and Serum Lipids’ from the Journal of the American Nutrition Association here‘The Mediterranean Diet And Cardioprotection: Historical Overview And Current Research from the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare here‘Direct comparison of dietary portfolio vs statin on C-reactive protein’ from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition here
    This podcast was produced by Fascinate Productions.

    • 19 min
    Should we be worried about strep A?

    Should we be worried about strep A?

    This year, cases of an invasive bacterial infection are rising earlier than usual in the US, the UK and other countries across Europe. 
    The group A Streptococcus bacteria - commonly known as Strep A - usually only causes mild illness. However, things have become severe in some cases, with several children dying in recent weeks.
    So, should we be worried? And what symptoms should we look out for to help us identify this illness in ourselves and our families?
    In today’s episode, Jonathan is joined by world-leading expert on the subject: Shiranee Sriskandan is a professor of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London whose scientific research focuses specifically on Strep A bacteria. Regular guest and ZOE co-founder Tim Spector also joins, and as one of the world’s top 100 most cited scientists, Tim has been closely following infectious diseases in the community through the ZOE Health Study. 
    If you want to boost your immune system by uncovering the right foods for your body, head to joinzoe.com/podcast and get 10% off your personalized nutrition program.
    Timecodes:
    00:00   Introduction
    00:10   Topic Introduction
    01:40 Quickfire Questions
    03:15 What is Strep?
    04:04 How common is Strep?
    05:02 Seasonality of Strep and symptoms in different climates
    05:30 What makes this year different?
    06:31 Can Strep make other illnesses worse?
    07:07 We've already seen signs of Strep rising over time, is this due to lockdown?
    09:36 How worried should we be about Strep infections?
    10:10 Group A Strep will often get better on its own
    11:07 The risk of rarer invasive infections is greater as the pool of cases increases
    11:59 Immune response to Strep A can increase chances of Rheumatic Fever
    13:35 What is Rheumatic Fever?
    14:59 What are the symptoms of Strep A
    16:53 How to treat Strep Throat
    18:12 What is the relationship between Strep A and Scarlet Fever
    18:53 Who gets Scarlet Fever and what are the symptoms?
    19:34 What are the distinguishing features between covid and other sore throats
    20:53 Do children get more fevers if they are younger?
    22:54 What to do if you think your child has strep throat
    24:01 Can you get rapid tests for Strep A?
    24:25 Why has Strep throat been seemingly more prominent in the US than the UK
    25:41 Different health services around the world and their respective responses to Strep
    27:36 Should we be testing and treating?
    30:15 What role does differing attitudes to healthcare play in this?
    32:02 Should we be cautious about using antibiotics for Strep A?
    33:51 What potential problems are there around antibiotics?
    36:00 Would a vaccine be the answer to stopping Strep in its tracks?
    38:41 Tim's top tips to boost your immunity this winter
    41:06 Summary
    Episode transcripts are available here
    Read about Tim Spector’s ZOE Health Study here
    Follow ZOE on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoe/
    Have an idea for a podcast? Contact Fascinate Productions to bring it to life. 

    • 45 min
    How to make New Year’s resolutions stick

    How to make New Year’s resolutions stick

    Welcome to 2023! Whether you partied last night or went to bed early, we’re all in the same boat: a new year means thinking about new year’s resolutions. 
    This tradition dates back 4000 years, so it’s certainly stood the test of time. But are new year’s resolutions a good idea? Or simply a get way to set yourself up to fail? 
    Perhaps science has something to say about this.
    In this episode, Jonathan speaks with Tara Swart and Sarah Berry, who share techniques that will give you the best chance of sticking to your New Year’s resolutions. They also discuss whether these promises are a good idea in the first place. 
    Tara Swart is a medical doctor, a neuroscientist, and the author of The Source: Open Your Mind, Change Your Life. She also has her own podcast, called Reinvent Yourself.Sarah Berry is one of the world's leading experts on human nutrition. She has personally run more than 20 randomized clinical trials looking at how humans respond to different fats.
    If you want to uncover the right foods for your body, head to joinZOE.com/podcast and get 10% off your personalized nutrition program.
    Timecodes:
    00:00 - Introduction
    00:10 - Topic introduction
    01:54 - Quickfire questions
    02:32 - Making good choices for the New Year without it being hard work
    04:28 - Why do we do New Year resolutions and is it a good idea?
    07:07 - How to achieve New Year’s resolution goals?
    09:18 - Scientific evidence about how to achieve goals
    09:53 - What is neuroplasticity
    16:02 - 4-step process to change your brain
    18:36 - How to approach weight loss resolutions
    23:07 - Avoiding dieting as a New Year’s resolution
    25:49 - The science of habits
    33:07 - Tips & actionable advice
    40:02 - Quitting alcohol
    43:26 - Summary
    44:00 - Goodbyes
    44:11 - Outro
    Episode transcripts are available here.
    Get Tara’s book here.
    Follow Tara on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drtaraswart
    Follow Sarah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drsarahberry/ 
    Follow ZOE on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoe/
    Have an idea for a podcast? Contact Fascinate Productions to bring it to life. 

    • 45 min
    The health benefits of eating together

    The health benefits of eating together

    You might think what you eat and when are the only factors that play into the health of your diet. But recent research has shown that who you eat with can also play a role. And it could even make your food taste better!
    In today’s short episode of ZOE Science & Nutrition, Jonathan and Sarah ask: Can eating with other people really improve your food? 
    Studies referenced in today’s episode: 
    Associations of family feeding and mealtime practices with children's overall diet quality, published in Appetite here‘Diet and Health Benefits Associated with In-Home Eating and Sharing Meals at Home’ from International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health here‘The Protective Role of Family Meals for Youth Obesity: 10-year Longitudinal Associations’ from the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services here
    If you want to uncover the right foods for your body, head to joinzoe.com/podcast and get 10% off your personalized nutrition program.
    Follow ZOE on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoe/
    Follow Sarah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drsarahberry/ 
    This podcast was produced by Fascinate Productions.

    • 12 min

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