As we settle into the routines of the new year, many of you (like me) might be striving to improve upon everyday habits, including diet and exercise. Inspiration and motivation — difficult to find in dreary winter weather — are there for you on CuriosityStream starting today, with our new January feature, Prescription: Nutrition. In this original and exclusive CuriosityStream series, Dr. Michael Greger (bestselling author and world-renowned public health expert) shares the latest scientific research behind the prevention of most chronic diseases, based on his and his team’s ongoing review of thousands of medical studies each year. His wealth of knowledge is distilled into practical advice on his non-profit website NutritionFacts.org, as well as in this captivating CuriosityStream original series.
The impetus behind this exclusive program came from my personal struggle at the beginning of last year to contend with some unnerving health scares. After attending a book reading for The Humane Economy written by our CuriosityStream Advisory Board member and my friend, Wayne Pacelle, I gave the vegan diet a try. Soon after, the nearly immediate benefits of my new fruit and vegetable diet unleashed my curiosity. I realized astounding improvements in my health (and surprisingly, my fitness) from eating so many fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only did I start consuming mass quantities of plant-based foods, but I also began consuming books, from The China Study to Dr. Greger’s How Not to Die. The authors had differing perspectives on diet, but all experts agreed that adding more fresh fruits and vegetables is the first step to improving your nutrition and your overall health.
When we polled our subscribers for their thoughts on potential CuriosityStream series, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Prescription: Nutrition had support from our member base. I wasn’t the only one fascinated by the power of plants. So I must thank our subscribers for their enthusiasm in bringing this series to fruition.
While we might be searching to understand the complex physics underlying our Universe with dark matter, we have dark matter (or unknowns) in the form of the nutritional make-up of our food as well. Scientists have only identified (at most) 10% of the vitamins, phytonutrients and micronutrients bio-available in our food. When we opt for orange juice instead of a whole orange, we may think we are getting nutritional excellence with Vitamin C, but that Vitamin C may have been much more bio-available if it came with the glucose-slowing properties of pulp fiber and the other 90% unknown nutrients readily available in the unprocessed orange. There are many questions to be asked and more to be answered in Prescription: Nutrition.
To your health and unbridled curiosity…
Elizabeth Hendricks North
President & CEO, CuriosityStream