Nutritionist Lorraine Perretta Fast talking New Yorker, Lorraine is a nutrition enthusiast. After several years working for GQ and Vogue fashion magazines, she studied nutrition at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and has never looked back. She is senior clinical nutritionist at the Brain Bio Centre and consultant to the International Institute for Anti-Ageing. Lorraine is a frequent lecturer at Westminster University, Thames Valley College, and the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, where she is also a Fellow. She is an entertaining speaker and is frequently invited to speak at various seminars and conferences both in the UK and abroad. Lorraine is author of Brain Food and a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists. Lorraine feels good nutrition should be practiced by everyone and her skill is integrating healthy eating habits into peoples busy lifestyles.
2009 - From tongue to tail: the role of digestion in anti-ageing
During our lives we eat over 15 tonnes of food. Our bodies digest food, absorb the nutrients and then metabolise these nutrients to support physical structures and functions. How good we are at digestion determines our energy levels, our health and longevity. Many degenerative diseases associated with ageing are often linked with dysregulation of immune response. We know that the elderly are often deficient in key micronutrients including those which support immunity; and these deficiencies may be contributing factors in the ageing process. Poor nutritional status may be the consequence of social, economic or physiological factors. This is a look at how digestive function changes with age and what effect this has on nutritional status and ultimately, on health and longevity in the ageing population. A look at what can go wrong in the digestive tract and what can be done to support digestive health.