The public have voted.
No, no, not for Alex and Samira (although good work guys). The public have voted for more blog posts! Therefore I will now be attempting to post twice a week. So long as I can continue providing interesting (I hope) and high quality content, I will definitely give it my best shot.
So here it goes, I am proud to present the first ever Tuesday post – #HealthyHeadlines. Keeping up with what is going on in the world of health can be tough so I thought I would share with you recent research and headlines to keep you on top of the latest in the fitness world as well as some of my thoughts on them. As always, my sources are down below so take a look to keep up to date with future #HealthyHeadlines and stay tuned as I am hoping to make this into a blog series. So, let’s get started…
Nothing too surprising here but the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health has found that high vitamin D levels can lower your risk of colorectal cancer by up to 31%. The truth is most of us Brits are lacking in our Vitamin D – surprise surprise. With British summertime lasting a grand total of 3 days, it is easy to see why. However, you can also get Vitamin D from your foods, for example salmon, egg and cheese, meaning these foods can help to cut back on your risk of colorectal cancer.
If you’re a vegan, not to worry! The Vegan Society have a load of advice of how you can make sure you’re getting you Vitamin D so check that out here.
Penn State University researchers have claimed that the recommended 8 hours sleep a night might not be enough for us. In fact, they have suggested that we should all strive for an extra 30 minutes a night, making the new optimum sleep target 8.5 hours. I have written a lot about the important of sleep here on my blog, but the reality is 8.5 hours of decent sleep can be tough. I hate to be the one to break it to you though but this study also shows how you apparently cannot ‘catch up’ on sleep. Meaning that mid afternoon nap doesn’t count – darn it!
If you’re anything like me and this new target seems more than a little unachievable, here are some top tips on how to get a better nights sleep.
As always, ITV2’s Love Island has been causing a lot of controversy. This year it has faced a lot of criticism for its lack of body diversity, with many arguing that the programme is a huge step back for the #bodyposi movement, which encourages men and women to love their bodies regardless of their size.
With the average size in the UK for a women being a 16 size, the question is, does Love Island have a responsiblity to show different body types rather than solely that which has been deemed as an unrealistic portrayal of male and female bodies? I am interested to hear what you think – let me know in the comments below (or you know, if you just want to chat about the latest Island gossip I am up for that as well…)
It is not all bad for the #bodyposi movement! My favourite Health and Wellness magazine, Women’s Health are back with their ‘In Shape, My Shape’ campaign, showing us how ‘health’ looks different on everyone. This is the third year the title has ran this campaign and it just keeps on getting bigger and better – you go guys!
You can join loads of celebrities, influencers and avid Instagrammers and get involved with the campaign on social media using #InShapeMyShape and sharing what you love about your body.
- Journal, Cell Metabolism (not something I have a monthly subscription to, I’ll be honest) has revealed that foods that combine both fats and carbohydrates might be more rewarding for us than foods that contain these macros in isolation. A study of 206 adults supports the idea that foods containing just fat or just carbs hijack our body’s inborn signals governing food consumption. Basically, this means we are more likely to overeat due to underestimating the calorie content of our meals – it’s all psychological.
Hey, it means we get bigger meals so I am alright with it!
Pip and Nut have got a new nut butter joining the family! If you love Terry’s Chocolate Orange, this is for you! (If you don’t, I have got some serious questions for you). The new spread is made from orange extract, almonds and cacao (sounds delicious – plus it’s not peanuts so it gets a thumbs up from me!) You can get your hands on some now for £3.49 from their website and on Ocado and apparently we will be seeing it in Sainsbury’s from the end of this month.
I’m not drooling, you are!
So there you have it! Some #HealthyHeadlines that have been popping up this week that I think you need to know about. Let me know what #HealthyHeadline caught your eye and if you have any thoughts on any of the ones discussed here. Stay tuned for more #HealthyHeadlines in the future, but for now, happy Tuesday guys and gals.