Hugely driven to help people change their lives; from elite athletes through to busy parents and teens, he is fast on his way to becoming something of a New Zealand icon, regularly travelling the country to spread his message around wellness.
While his tagline is that of ‘holistic nutritionist’, that’s kind of like calling Usain Bolt ‘a bit of
In fact it is hard to sum Ben up in just a few pithy words. Yes, he’s a holistic nutritionist with a truckload of qualifications and achievements to his name – but more impressive is his genuine delight in helping educate people around living a healthier life.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, his mission is to build a new future of health. How? By empowering and educating New Zealanders on the importance of nutrition. And in order to do this, he has a heavy schedule of seminars and online programmes, including live chats. And that’s in between trying to achieve work/life balance in his own home, running a highly demanding business (Be Pure) and taking the time to get to know the stories behind the many people he helps.
While he works with elite athletes and some of our nation’s sporting heroes, he’s equally invested in every person he connects with – and with regular presentation evenings held around the country, he’s fast becoming more widely known (and admired) than most of our high profile politicians.
And better still – his message is far more palatable.
Ben’s message encompasses everything from nutrition and exercise to the impact of stress, chemicals and growing food. When speaking, he sometimes shoots off on tangents, as he enthusiastically struggles to share as much information as he can. However, despite the diversity of topics, his message stays pure – he wants New Zealanders to die of old age, not sickness.
“Amazing health is the culmination of nutrition, nutrient support, lifestyle factors, stress management and appropriate movement,” he says.
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to hear him speaking in person, then you’re missing out. There are few high profile presenters of this calibre who aren’t somewhat jaded and just trot out the same old script when they’re performing at such intensity. But Ben is refreshingly genuine in his love of sharing information and this enthusiasm rubs off on his audience.
I’ve yet to find someone who didn’t leave a Ben Warren presentation inspired to make even a minor change in their lifestyle, or with little gold nuggets of information (often startling) pinging around their minds.
His ancestral eating programme encourages the consumption of organ meats, butter, leafy greens and avoiding foods like highly processed grains and sugars. This approach has produced amazing results, reversing the parameters of type 2 diabetes in a pilot study of 27 Maori, which was featured on 60 Minutes, involving former All Black captain, Taine Randell.
Regarded as something of a guru when it comes to transforming people’s lives, as founder of BePure, his passion for holistic health and the healing power of nutrition is just part of the success behind his health and performance practice.
“No two people are the same and these factors need to be implemented in a way that works for the individual, so it’s important to work alongside each person to help them find this balance,” he says.
Working with a team of nutritionists at his BePure Clinic, he is making exciting developments in his work towards preventing and reversing chronic disease.
“Health and wellness is holistic and not focused on just one thing,” says Ben. “What we eat, how we move, how we sleep and how we think all cumulatively affect our health; in both negative and positive ways.”
The Be Pure range of nutritional products was developed by Ben Warren after need arose from working with people in the clinic and years of research into soil, nutrition and what bodies need to function with optimal health.
The former elite athlete boasts double honours in experimental psychology and a Masters degree in holistic nutrition, as well as several other qualifications. But his passion is people – pure and simple.
His is that rare breed who is making a difference, not just to hundreds, but thousands of people and their families.
Based in Hawke’s Bay, Ben lives with his wife and children on a 15 acre, organic, permaculturally-designed, nutrient-dense farm. He encourages people to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs, placing emphasis on fresh produce, grown organically. He wants to see people live life to their full health potential.
Talking Men’s health with Ben Warren
What are your favourite ingredients right now and why?
I’m really enjoying garlic right now, it’s fantastic for so many things from your immune system to your liver and tastes amazing> My favourite way of eating it is whole roasted – the key is that everyone in the family needs to be eating it so no one notices the smell.
What are the most common misconception(s) you repeatedly come up against re men’s health?
It’s got to be that if you are slim then you are healthy and you don’t have to worry about type 2 diabetes or heart disease. This is certainly not the case. You need to see some good blood work to really see if someone is healthy or not…
If you could get men to make three key changes to their lifestyle/health what would they be?
– Eat more greens, green leafy vegetables.
– Take a lunch break, sit down, relax and eat lunch. Many men skip lunch then get into a calorie deficit which means they end up snacking through the evening leading to loss of muscle mass and increased body fat.
– Take a high quality multi-vitamin, Men are more prone to zinc deficiency and selenium deficiency is rife in New Zealand. In one study of men, selenium supplementation reduced prostate cancer by more than 50 percent.
What is the biggest personal change you have made to your own wellbeing in the last 12 months?
I’ve started exercising more. For a few years I tried to maintain my health just with great nutrition but you can’t do it, you have to exercise. Many of my blood markers started to slip. So this year I’m trying to average at least five hours of exercise a week, which usually comes as a combination of cycling (to the clinic), surfing and playing tennis with the odd gym workout, depending on the weather.
What are your future goals?
On a personal level I’m looking forward to continuing to take my own health to the next level, which primarily involves improving my own liver function. On a professional level – at BePure we are excited to be building the future of health and utilising technology which allows people to monitor and track their own biomarkers for their current health status. This is going to be the key going forward. I hope BePure will be leading the application of this for the public, while also providing the solutions for when the results aren’t as required.
What key knowledge have you equipped your family/children with for their future wellbeing?
My children can pick more edible flowers than me when it comes to making a salad for dinner. At five and eight they already know when they are coming down with a cold and will suggest what they need to be taking, which puts a smile on my face. Bella recently came out with a rash and she suggested to us that she might have to eliminate dairy from her diet! Lynda and I have tried to base their knowledge around things that are real, therefore they don’t get much TV and they spend a lot of time in the garden and around the animals. They certainly know where their food comes from.
Name the favourite ingredients you grow and why?
It has to be Kale, I just love Kale, it’s so easy to grow and pick. I like to steam it and then top with butter.
What would you like to see in everyone’s garden?
Rather than just lawns, I’d just like to see more vegetables grown in New Zealand gardens. A vege garden makes so much sense on so many levels. It saves you money and you get to eat the best tasting spray-free vegetables, and have less grass to mow.