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Welcome to Baobab Health blog space. This is where you can find practical, evidence based, fad free and unbiased information, in order to help you improve your health.

  • Less focus on diagnoses and more focus on lifestyle changes
    In today’s medical model, we are so focused around diagnosing/labelling people with health issues, so we can prescribe a drug or give a “treatment.” While some life threatening cases and acute […]
  • 8 Evidence based foods and supplements that are good for your cardiovascular health
    Cardiovascular disease is one of the most common causes of death in the western world. It used to be thought that dietary saturated fat, and cholesterol were the main drivers behind this growing […]
  • Statins: Not the miracle drug they were once thought to be
    Before reading this post, I suggest you take a look at my 3 part series, explaining the real underlying causes of heart disease. What are statins? Statins are the most popular drugs in history. Drug […]
  • Anxiety and Depression: Why a more holistic approach is needed for treatment
    Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health disorders that affect people, from all walks of life, worldwide. In fact, depression is one of the most common causes of disability […]
  • How to extend your life by 13 years: The future of medicine in this post
    A recent study published in the Journal Circulation found that adopting the following six healthy lifestyle habits can extend lifespan by about 13 years and quality of life, on average: 1) Not […]
  • Clearing up the misunderstanding around cholesterol, saturated fat and heart disease: Part 3
    Assessing your risk of heart disease and why cholesterol lowering drugs will have a negligible effect on decreasing your risk There are ways to look at your standard lab cholesterol tests and […]
  • Clearing up the misunderstanding around cholesterol, saturated fat and heart disease: Part 2
    In the last post, we spoke about the lipid hypothesis and how it came to be. In this post we will be looking at why saturated fat and cholesterol having being wrongly accused of the main drivers […]
  • Clearing up the misunderstanding around cholesterol, saturated fat and heart disease
    Heart disease is one of the biggest threats to our health and longevity. It is in the top four most common causes of death in our modern world. In the coming three post series, I will be discussing […]
  • Genes are not set in stone
    Our genetic code is the basic template that we come into this world with. Some genes you can’t change, however you can maximise your genetic potential by exposing yourself to environmental […]
  • 13 more health and nutrition myths that you likely been told are true
    Following on from my last post on this topic, I thought I would do a follow up post with 10 other health and nutrition myths that you have likely been told are fact. 1. Dietary cholesterol and […]
  • Depression is not a result of a “chemical imbalance”
    In my last post around this topic, I discussed how anti-depressants have been shown to be now more effective than placebo in treating depression and why they are not an effective treatment for […]
  • It is the type of carbs that matter
    First we were brainwashed to demonise dietary fat and the media said it would make us fat and give us heart disease. This caused the low fat, high carbohydrate era, which steered us away from eating […]
  • The ways in which social media effects our health
    As I’m sure you are all aware, health is more than just exercising and eating well. Complete health requires the fine balance of the many factors that contribute to health such as diet, exercise, […]
  • Changing our perception of obesity
    As you all know, weight loss is a hot topic these days and everyone is trying to cash in on it. Food and supplement companies, gyms and the beauty industry all advertise their new fad products and […]
  • The power of the placebo effect
    The placebo effect is defined as the “beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the […]
  • 6 Supplements every athlete should be taking
    In the backdrop of a solid diet plan and making sure you get enough sleep supplementation can play a significant role in improving performance and decreasing injury risk. Here are my top 6 “no […]
  • Basic nutrition strategies for athletes
    Professional and semi professional sport is becoming more and more competitive these days. Athletes are always looking for ways to improve their performance and put them ahead of their peers. Whether […]
  • 4 supplements you should be taking for general wellbeing
    The manufacturing, selling and consumption of herbal and nutritional supplements is becoming increasingly popular these days. This is largely due to the increased popularity of natural medicine and […]
  • Acid-Alkaline myth
    The other day I was in a health food store and overheard the shop clerk selling a customer a type of supplement that contains nutrients extracted from green plants like chlorella and spirulina. She […]
  • Nutrition for injuries and surgery
    Sporting injuries and resulting surgeries are caused by a whole multitude of factors. Injuries and surgery can often be a chaotic experience. No one likes them and they can be a huge setback for any […]
  • The toxin is in the dose: hormesis and health
    Hormesis is a biological phenomenon whereby a beneficial effect (improved health, stress tolerance, growth or longevity) results from exposure to low doses of an agent that is otherwise toxic or […]
  • Are you carbohydrate tolerant or intolerant?
    We all know someone who can eat carbohydrates all day, everyday and not gain a kilo. However, I’m sure we also know those people who so much as look at carbohydrates and they put on weight. But why […]
  • 5 ways to manipulate carbohydrate intake to achieve certain health goals
    The 4 pillars of health include diet, sleep, stress reduction/mindset and exercise. Addressing these 4 key areas, for most people, would lead to a significant improvement in their health, from how […]
  • 6 instances that require a higher protein intake
    Protein is our most satiating nutrient. We all know that full feeling after a nice juicy steak. It is a vital macronutrient, because protein forms all the building blocks of our body and is […]
  • What do all of the fad diets often have in common?
    There are so many different diet camps these days proclaiming that their diet is the healthiest to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. From paleo to vegetarianism/veganism. If you were to […]
  • Does the perfect diet exist?
    There are so many diets and diet fads out there to follow. Each proclaiming that their one is better than the rest. But I believe that the best diet is the one that is most suited to the individual. […]
  • How to maintain your diet and lifestyle habits during stressful times?
    Sometimes our lives get hectic. It is the nature of the modern world we live in. We get busy and overwhelmed. All of a sudden it becomes harder to maintain our healthy diet and lifestyle habits like […]
  • The Paleo diet: Nothing special, just a another diet promoting more whole-food consumption
    The foods that the paleo diet promotes are no doubt good for you and if most people ate in this way we would certainly see a dramatic decrease in obesity and chronic disease rates. If a person […]
  • 18 health and nutrition myths you have likely been told are fact
    You’d think that, as time goes on, there would be fewer nutrition myths to tackle. Unfortunately, the internet is rife with misinformation, and it can be really difficult to tell what’s […]
  • The power of social connection for our health
    A study with over 300,000 participants found that social support and social connection was a stronger predictor of survival than physical activity, body mass index, hypertension, air pollution, […]
  • Why do we crave certain foods?
    The human brain is hard-wired to be motivated by certain key goals that supported the survival and reproduction of our ancestors. One of these key goals is of course food intake. When our brains […]
  • Detoxes: Fad or legit?
    It seems everyone’s on a detox for the New Year. But why? Do we all need to clear out the toxins that have accumulated in our bodies over the past year? If you have eaten too many chocolates, […]
  • Is organic produce really worth the money?
    I have been getting a lot of questions lately about whether organic produce is better for you than conventional produce. For me, until I see something that might change my opinion, I will continue to […]
  • Is red meat really that bad for you?
    It is getting frustrating how many times I hear friends, family, peers, doctors, the media, health professionals, bloggers and vegetarians/vegans having a go at poor old red meat. Saying things like, […]
  • Is a Vegetarian or vegan diet better for the environment in Australia?
    Like many Australians, I want to eat food that has caused the least amount of harm to our planet and cruelty to animals. Unless you live on your own self-sustainable farm (which is not possible for […]
  • 4 compounds only found in full fat dairy that prevent disease
    We’ve been brainwashed for decades to believe that dairy fat is harmful (as well as dietary fat), however recent research overwhelmingly suggests the opposite. Consider the following: Studies show […]
  • Dairy: Health promoting or disease causing?
    The health and nutrition industry are full of absolute statements. However, when it comes to health and nutrition, there is no one size fits all and whether something is healthy or harmful, depends […]
  • 16 Strategies to lose weight without counting calories: Part 3
    In Part 1 and part 2 of this series, we discussed the complex mechanisms behind obesity and the various factors that impact caloric input and output. In the last post of this 3 part series, I will […]
  • Exercise is not the only way we burn calories: Part 2
    In part 1 of this series I discussed how there are many complex factors that influence the “calories in vs calories out” equation that is used for weight loss. We looked at the various factors that […]
  • Calories matter for weight loss, but counting calories does not: Part 1
    Obesity is a major risk factor for all chronic diseases and losing weight can have significant improvements in health, disease risk and overall wellbeing. Loosing weight will always increase health […]
  • The most comprehensive, evidence based and balanced post on sugar
    In this post I hope to give you a balanced, evidence based perspective on sugar. Is it really as bad as everyone says it is? Should you avoid it like the plague? In most cases where there is fear […]
  • 13 Evidence based tips to help you or your kids get a good nights sleep
    Sleep. Most of us don’t get enough and most of us wish we had more. A healthy sleep pattern is absolutely essential to health and preventing chronic disease. Sleep is a time where our body goes […]
  • 8 Nutrient deficiencies to be aware of on a vegan or vegetarian diet
    More often than not, people turn to vegetarian or vegan diets for ethical or environmental reasons. Usually, in my experience, I tend to find that they are unaware of all (not just iron and B12) the […]
  • Why our current medical model needs a drastic makeover!
    Modern medicine continues to amaze me in so many ways. The growing sophistication of diagnostic techniques, life saving surgery and treatments (even for end stage results of chronic disease), […]
  • Anti-depressants. No more effective than placebo?
    By looking at the evidence surrounding anti-depressants for depression, this post will hopefully stimulate some useful dialogue to maybe rethink the way we approach this complex and debilitating […]
  • Walking, Cardio and Strength Training – Do all
    Exercise is defined as “activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness.” Because our modern world has led us to become more sedentary in our daily lives, we […]
  • Defeat Stress
    What is stress? Stress can be defined as the demands of an individual’s internal and external environment being enough to disrupt physical and mental homeostasis. Our world and day to day living is […]
  • 4 Reasons why people in “poor” countries are happier than people in “rich” countries
    The more I travel to “third world” countries; I am simply amazed at the happiness shown by people who have the least amount of “stuff” and material wealth. Not only do these people appear happy, but […]
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) – An Explanation for IBS?
    Do you suffer from digestive issues like gas, bloating, cramping, abdominal pain/discomfort, stool issues (e.g. constipation/diarrhoea) and reflux? Do you suffer from allergies and food intolerances? […]
  • 17 Habits for a Healthy Diet
    In the world of health and fitness, nutrition/diet is probably the most discussed, disputed and argued about topic. From your family and friends, to health professionals, everyone seems to have their […]