13th February 2019

5 key nutrients for a healthier menopause

Around 13 million women in the UK are either peri- or post-menopausal and yet this feels like the last taboo in terms of media coverage, employer acceptance or knowledge of healthcare professionals. According to a Nuffield Health Study, two thirds of women feel that there is a general lack of support and understanding of the condition among GPs. Now in my early 40s, I am experiencing a range of peri-menopausal symptoms from night sweats and anxiety to palpitations and brain fog. I know, right; fun times! I don’t really feel fully like a grown up and my ovaries are already failing me! My GP is pretty good but with my background, I know what questions to ask to get the […]
5th February 2019
Plant based diet

Mirror mirror on the wall – What’s the healthiest diet of all?

Open any magazine or newspaper, scan any article online and you’d be forgiven for being confused as to what a healthy diet actually is. In the past few years, the best diet, or way of eating as I prefer to call it, has been hotly debated and has reached Brexit-level in terms of the emotions it can stir up. I dare you to search the LCHF (low carb high fat) hashtag on Twitter. Devotees of this way of eating get terribly under the collar if you so much as suggest that, for example, oats can form part of a healthy breakfast. Is there really an ideal way to eat for ‘optimum’ health? This is not a diet for weight loss […]
16th January 2019
Antelope couple

The unexpected secret of a long and healthy life

It’s kale isn’t it? I knew it. If I want to live to a ripe old age, hiking up mountains with all the gusto of a 30 year old, I have to eat kale *weeps*. And if you love kale, I salute you (and think you’re a bit weird). Actually, while what and how much we eat and drink as well as how much we move is very important to our long term health, there’s something else that may have a significant influence on our longevity: how happy we are. You may well be thinking, “Well duh, of course being happy is good for you!” Well, yes but, as a scientist, I need to be able to prove something you […]
9th January 2019
Resistance training

Pump it! Why over 40s should lift weights.

I’ve just read an article containing the quote: “aging is the progressive and inevitable process of bodily deterioration during adulthood”. Happy New Year one and all; here’s to continued bodily deterioration! It certainly isn’t the most uplifting term, even though it’s something we’ve all experienced after failing to bounce back following a night out. While it’s true that we slowly lose muscle and fitness as we age, the important thing is that we can all do something about it! What happens to our muscles as we age? From around our 40s we can lose up to a mind boggling 8% of our body’s muscle mass every decade. At the same time as losing muscle mass, our muscle quality and strength […]