Ben Warren shares what took him from golfer to leading nutritional expert, and how holistic health is a philosophy to live by.
North Londoner Ben Warren’s knack for sport was evident from a young age. First, it was football, and then it was a talent for golf. He progressed in the latter and was awarded a scholarship to the University of South Carolina to play, and study experimental psychology. Going pro was on the cards, but a back injury rerouted his path to coach.
After moving to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife, Ben headed to a course on golf biomechanics as his injury persisted. It was there a lady commented that Ben had a twist in his pelvis, scoliosis in the spine, and his traverse abdominals weren’t firing. Already working with top physios, it wasn’t new information to him, but it struck a chord that she could tell all this from his posture.
“She then said that she thought it looked like it was driven by a food intolerance, and she thought it was dairy,” Ben says. “I was intrigued but still wanted to confirm with a test. Sure enough, I took the IgG and IgA Elisa test, which looks at the immune response to 96 foods, and it showed I had a severe immune reaction to dairy.”
After ditching the dairy, the asthma
he’d been suffering from since he was six years old began to clear up. “It
turned off the desire to hit golf balls
and turned on the desire to understand the human body, to help people understand the impact of diet and lifestyle on human health.”
“This chance encounter changed the direction
of my life.”
Fuelled by the need to access nutrients missing from the New Zealand soil, Ben used his clinical knowledge and experience to design BePure, launching the first product in 2010 after years of research. “I was recommending eight different products just to cover people’s base nutrient requirements,” Ben says. “Then began the journey of creating a comprehensive multivitamin specifically designed for New Zealanders.”
If there’s one thing Ben wants you to walk away knowing, it’s that everyone should be taking a high-quality multivitamin like BePure One, along with a fish oil like BePure Three. “It’s virtually impossible to get even the minimum nutrient requirement we need from our diet. This is simply because the nutrients aren’t in food anymore,” Ben says. “To get everything we need from our diet it would include brazil nuts, beef liver and sardines
every day, on top of an incredible
When it comes to health, Ben’s philosophy is holistic. “It includes our mind, body, emotions, spirituality, diet and lifestyle,” he says. “When you get the right mix of all these pieces of the puzzle, the body naturally wants to express the best health.”
Living in Hawke’s Bay, he leads by example too. “I live on a 15-acre organic, permaculture farm where we grow 80 percent of the food we eat,” Ben says. “I’m conscious of what food I put in my body, use good quality products, prioritise sleep, and manage my stress.”
Two of the biggest challenges facing society today are mental health and stress. Ben says it’s a reflection of a multitude of factors, like lack of sleep, a sedentary lifestyle, and circadian disruption. But food has a significant role to play too.
“Most of the middle aisles of the supermarket aren’t food,” he says.
“Food has significantly changed through farming techniques and hybridisation. We weren’t eating that 100 years ago.
I believe that eating wholefoods that
are right for you and as fresh as possible will give people their best expression
As reported by the New Zealand Health Survey, the percentage of adults with mental health issues has increased by between 150 and 200 percent since 2006. With the number of New Zealanders suffering from depression, anxiety, mood and bipolar disorders only growing, Ben says, “what we are
doing is not working.”
His advice to those facing stress
or any mental health issues is to take stock of what’s amiss in your life and take control of what you can. That’s
your sleep, diet and nutrient levels, along with mindfulness practices
like meditation and diaphragmatic
breathing to control your autonomic nervous system (a branch of the
nervous system controlled
automatically or unconsciously).
The online BePure Health Appraisal Questionnaire online can also act as
a great starting point in highlighting
any systems that need support.
Most of us know the effect our diet and lifestyle have on our overall health and well-being. We especially feel it with a bad sleep, a few drinks, takeout food and a general lack of exercise. “Use this knowledge and information to prioritise putting the necessary habits in place to function optimally,” he says. “Take responsibility for your own health and reap the benefits.”