The Top Sante health columnist is certainly a busy man with the BBC’s Doctor in the House, working in a practice and family life. Here’s what you need to know about Dr Rangan Chatterjee.
Who is Dr Chatterjee?
He’s a medical doctor with more than 16 years of experience, best known for his work on the 4 Pillars of Health. His approach to healthcare is pioneering, as he looks at our lives as a whole rather than singling out particular problems. His mission is to help restore 100 million people to optimal health.
Review: Dr Chatterjee’s new book The Stress Solution
Dr Chattejee has a new book, The Stress Solution, out on now published by Penguin. It’s thought that between 70 and 90% of GP appointments relate to stress, and Dr Chattejee has certainly experienced this first-hand through his patients. He’s now on a mission to help readers combat everyday stress, through small but crucial changes to your body, mind, relationships and purpose. It promises to help you lead a more fulfilled, calmer life.
We’ve given it a read and put many of the tips into practise with some amazing results!
The book highlights how many ‘micro-stresses’ we encounter every day: anything from running out of milk to being cut up in traffic. It’s certainly familiar – how often have you lost it over something seemingly insignificant? We found it really comforting to know that this is a normal response to the stresses of modern life, and that even the doc himself experiences them!
The Stress Solution is packed with tips for combatting this feeling of overwhelm, from cultivating a healthy morning routine to spending quality time with your family.
Since reading it, I’ve actually deleted several social media apps from my phone, as well as making time for regular sit-down dinners with my husband – we’re even lighting candles on normal work nights to make it feel special. I’ve definitely found our connection has deepened, and actually I enjoy eating more too when it’s done more mindfully.
Another tip I tried was to timetable my day to an extreme level (e.g. 8.45-9am drive to work, 9am – 9.15, answer emails, etc) which was beneficial as it gave me a clearer focus – I got loads done – but did leave me feeling a bit manic and utterly exhausted at the end of the day! Maybe I should have scheduled some procrastination time…
I still find life’s stresses a bit much sometimes, so I’m planning to re-read the book and try everything, as the tips I’ve put into practice so far have had great results already.
Dr Chatterjee’s tips for lowering stress
The doc’s new book focuses not the idea that every day we’re exposed to doses of ‘micro stress’ – whether it’s waking up late, spilling your tea or any number of small annoyances. He then suggests numerous ways of lowering every day stress, from establishing a regular morning routine to injecting more joy into your daily life.
Dr Chatterjee’s Feel Better, Live More podcast
Back in January 2018 Dr Chatterjee launched his own podcast, called Feel Better, Live More. It’s now the UK’s number one health podcast, with new episodes released every Wednesday.
What are the Four Pillars of Health?
The 4 Pillars of Health are a concept explained by Dr Chatterjee in his book on the subject. They comprise: food, movement, sleep and relaxation. It’s a fad-free method for taking your health into your own hands, in a holistic way that suggests every part of our life has a knock on effect on others. Making small, achievable changes in these areas can help you avoid illness and generally feel happier and healthier. Fans include Jamie Oliver, who calls it an ‘easy, common-sense plan’.
- Relaxation – it has never been more important. We’re living in a non-stop era of emails, work and commitments, and our health is often the first thing to suffer.
- Food – eating to stay healthy is often needlessly complicated by mixed information from the diet industry. The Four Pillars outline simple strategies for healthy eating.
- Move – struggle to fit in exercise? You’re not alone! Dr Chatterjee offers simple ways to move your body without joining a gym. Read Dr Chatterjee’s exercise tips.
- Sleep – according to Dr Chatterjee, most of the patients he’s seen with sleep issues are doing something during their lives to lose their natural ability to get some zzzs.
What do the Four Pillars of Health do?
According to Dr Chatterjee, the simple lifestyle changes of the Four Pillars can help reverse type 2 diabetes, eliminate IBS, lower blood pressure, reduce the symptoms of menopause, improve gut health, help people sleep better, and add years to our lives.
Advice he’s offered to Top Sante readers can be read here:
- How to keep blood sugar stable and stay energised all day
- How to have a healthy new year
- The health benefits of walking
- How to create a healthy morning routine
- How to get a good night’s sleep
- Social connections help us to live longer
- How to turn over a new leaf for a healthy new year
Dr Chatterjee’s thoughts on gut health
The doctor has been vocal in recent months about the benefits of probiotics – something he often recommends to patients. He’s also spoken out about the deep rooted connection between our gut health and our state of mind. During his show Doctor In The House he reduced one woman’s intake of fizzy drinks and managed to reduce her risk of panic attacks by 70 per cent over just six weeks.
BBC Doctor in the House
Dr Chatterjee was the star of the BBC series Doctor In The House. Each episode of the documentary series sees him invited into the lives of normal families for six weeks, and making simple yet life-altering changes to their health.
During one episode from series two he faced the case he dubbed his ‘biggest challenge’, visiting a mum called Gemma who suffered horrific cluster headaches for 15 years. The pain of these is so acute that they are known as ‘suicide headaches’ – sufferers often end their lives because of them. He helped to treat her with a combination of meditation and magnesium, although she’s still in the care of neurologists.
Dr Chatterjee on radio
He’s also the resident doctor on BBC One Breakfast, appears on BBC radio and is the former columnist for Top Sante!
He’s also given a TEDx talk on disease, and regularly lectures around the world.
Dr Chatterjee’s theory on menopause symptoms
Dr Chatterjee has his own menopause theory, that women who experience unpleasant symptoms such as hot flushes, tiredness or depression, are all under a lot of stress in their lives and their high cortisol levels react with menopausal changes. Therefore if you’re menopausal, the ‘relaxation’ pillar is definitely one to focus on.
Is Dr Chatterjee married?
Bad luck ladies, he’s a happily married man! He also has two children, a son, 7 and a daughter, 5. As you’d imagine, he’s keen on helping them to live a fun and active life, and enjoys dancing in the kitchen, squats or doing animal moves with them before dinner.
How old is Dr Chatterjee?
Where is Dr Chatterjee from?
The GP is from Oldham, and grew up in a medical family – his dad was a consultant in genitourinary medicine.
Watch Dr Chatterjee talking all things health: