Essential Nutrition

I have always been interested in health and nutrition. For this reason, I was surprised to be told in my early twenties that I had unusually high cholesterol levels. I had lost my own father to heart disease at a young age so was aware of the danger that high cholesterol poses. I was advised that I would need to take medication for the rest of my life. However, I was keen to find an alternative.

I decided to allow myself six weeks to see if I could lower my cholesterol through nutrition. I researched extensively and developed my own personalised nutrition programme. After six weeks I was retested and my cholesterol had been dramatically lowered.

This experience taught me two things. Firstly, genetics are only part of the equation. Your health depends on the complex interaction between your genes and your environment, that is to say your diet and lifestyle. Secondly, because we are all genetically unique with different environmental influences, there is no "one size fits all" healthy diet.