Joe Leech is a university-qualified dietitian from Australia.
He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in exercise science, followed by a Master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Wollongong in 2011 (completing his thesis in Finland).
He then worked as a both a clinical and private consulting dietitian for several years, focusing on food intolerance, autoimmune diseases and metabolic health issues.
In 2013 he began learning the skill of science communication - specifically nutrition science - as a member of the Australasian Medical Writers Association. He then became the primary contributor to Healthline's Authority Nutrition website in 2014, and has been researching and writing articles on nutrition ever since.
Joe also creates expert nutrition videos, and has now created almost 200 videos for Healthline's Authority Nutrition Youtube channel, which have been viewed by over 5 million people.
How does Joe make health a priority?
"I try to cook at home as much as possible, even if it means batch cooking and freezing meals. Just this year I've made going to the gym a priority as I was really slack last year. Aiming to train 4 times per week!"
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Your dietitian might suggest this simple test involving baking soda and water, known as ‘The Baking Soda Test’. Here is why. Your stomach is like a chemical factory, churning out various acids to break down the food you eat. Sometimes, this acid production can get out of balance. Some folks end up with too much stomach acid, leading to reflux issues. Others might have too little stomach acid, which can mimic reflux symptoms such as bloating, fullness, and discomfort. Now, let’s dive into some basic chemistry: Baking soda is a base (or alkaline substance), and it reacts with stomach acid to produce carbon dioxide gas. If you take baking soda on an empty stomach, it should trigger a burp within a few minutes due to the gas formation. If you don’t burp, it could be a sign that your stomach[Discover More…]
Are you running out of ideas for some tasty low calorie meals which are easy to prepare?
If you are trying to lose weight, having a variety of simple recipes on hand that you are happy to eat will make a big difference to your efforts.
I’ve rounded up 55 delicious low calorie recipes to help keep you motivated.
Recipes are no more than 500 calories a serve, which will fit in nicely to your daily plan if you are sticking to a 1,500 calorie diet plan.
Click the recipe photo or name for the full instructions and more photos.[Discover More…]
Every cell in our body requires energy – measured in calories – to function.
We get this energy from food (calories in), and use it to power processes in the body during both rest and activity (calories out).
By tracking our calories in and keeping it lower than calories out, we can lose weight regardless of the type of food eaten.
This weight loss approach is nicknamed the CICO Diet.
Proponents are raving about how straight-forward weight loss becomes once you understand these principles…
But is that all there is to weight loss?
This article looks at the CICO diet in detail and whether you should try it.[Discover More…]
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that is characterized by ongoing digestive symptoms.
It can greatly lower your quality of life, and in severe cases, can even prevent sufferers from leaving their home.
This article looks at the proven natural ways to get on top of your IBS and reduce your symptoms.[Discover More…]
There’s a lot of confusing information available on managing small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
Even gastrointestinal experts can’t seem to agree on the best way to approach their diagnoses and treatment.
To update myself with the latest research in this area, I spoke with Dr. William Chey, a leading gastroenterologist researcher at the University of Michigan and world-renowned authority on food intolerance.
I asked Dr. Chey about how he diagnoses SIBO, his best recommended treatment and whether or not he thinks the low-FODMAP diet is effective.
His answers have been lightly edited for clarity.[Discover More…]
Eating has become a behavior with a lot of rules and restrictions.
Some of these are medically recommended of course, such as a gluten-free diet for those with celiac disease.
But other restrictive diets, such as paleo and the keto diet, unnecessarily forbid foods for the majority of people.
Unfortunately, our obsessive and often times extreme diet culture appears to fuel food cravings and emotional eating. In fact, binge eating disorder is now the most common eating disorder in adults (1).
This is not my area of expertise, but it is for Kimberley Wilson, a UK-based chartered psychologist who specializes in nutritional psychiatry, particularly eating issues.
I asked Kimberley about the issues with restrictive diets and how to stop food cravings and emotional eating, or at least minimize their power over us.
Here are some of the most important takeaways from our conversation. Her answers have been lightly edited for clarity.[Discover More…]
Weight loss can be a real challenge…
Especially if you regularly drink alcoholic beverages.
This is because alcoholic drinks tend to be high in calories, and we tend to drink a lot of them. Many people don’t factor this in when they think about their calorie intake for the week.
Importantly, some alcoholic drinks are significantly higher in calories than others.
This article looks at how many calories are in your favorite alcoholic drinks, as well as the best choices for those watching their waistline.[Discover More…]
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Boswellia is an herbal extract and essential oil, also known as frankincense.
It’s has been used for centuries in incense, perfumes and traditional Asian, African and Middle Eastern medicine.
It’s now touted for its anti-inflammatory properties and potential ability to even fight cancer.
This article digs into the science behind boswellia to see if it lives up to the hype.[Discover More…]
Prediabetes is a strange one.
It affects almost 100 million adults in the US alone, yet most don’t even realize they have it.
The scary part is that if left unmanaged, it will progress to type 2 diabetes.
Fortunately, this progression can be avoided. In fact, prediabetes is completely reversible through a combination of simple diet changes, exercise, and weight loss.
This article highlights the most important things you can do to reverse prediabetes and reclaim your health.[Discover More…]
A new Australian study could change the type of oils you use for cooking.
Researchers found that extra virgin olive oil is the most stable and safest to use at high temperatures.
Cooking with coconut oil was almost on par, however failed to come close when comparing levels of naturally occurring antioxidants.
Seed oils (also called vegetable oils) such as canola oil, grapeseed and sunflower oil were the least stable when heated and produced the most harmful compounds.
Researcher’s also found that an oil’s smoke point is a very poor marker of its safety and stability as a cooking oil, contrary to popular belief.
This is a detailed look at some of the main results as well as a Q&A with the lead author.[Discover More…]
While there are many health benefits to being vegetarian, some of us don’t want to completely cut out meat.
This is the idea behind the flexitarian diet, which reduces meat intake instead of avoiding it altogether.
This article discusses the potential benefits and risks of following a flexitarian diet to help you decide if it’s a good plan for you.
Diabetes is a growing problem that currently affects 1 in 11 adults worldwide.
Type 2 diabetes makes up 90-95% of all cases. It’s typically a result of poor lifestyle and diet coupled with genetic factors.
Symptoms often develop gradually and you may not even notice them. In fact, 1 in 3 people don’t realize they have diabetes.
However, early diagnosis is essential for protecting cardiovascular health. A 3-year delay in diagnosis increases your relative risk of heart disease by 29%, while a 6-year delay increases it by 38% (1).
Men tend to ignore symptoms and delay a doctor’s visit much longer than women. So this article looks at 11 major signs and symptoms of diabetes in men.[Discover More…]