For most of the history of modern nutrition, scientists were under the impression that specific foods and nutrients affect most people in more or less the same way. But this belief is purely a modern thought, with ancient medicine – be it from the Greek medicine of Hippocrates or India’s own Ayurvedic medicine – teaching that specific foods affect different people differently. Hippocrates is even believed to have said that ‘one man’s food is another person’s poison,’ which is a concept I elaborate in my new book, ‘Making of Superhumans’
Now, two new studies, published in the medical journal ‘Nature Food’ are hinting at the same phenomenon. Scientists from Imperial College of London, together with scientists from UK, USA, & Australia have found out that a new 5-minutes urine test for 46 different metabolites is powerful to analyze the foods we actually eat, how they affect us, and even in detecting diseases.
But I think the even more important discovery from these two studies is that the same foods make different outcomes in different people. The researchers say their results therefore hint at the possibility for precision nutrition, or customized diet plans for each individual, which is something I too advocate as Epigenetic Lifestyle Modification.
These changes that are seen across people, for the same foods, are most probably due to their different gut microbiome, or the colonies of beneficial, benign or harmful bacteria in their intestines. That is why I advocate a Gut Microbiome Test before a specialist can give you a customized diet plan.