Exercise

My clients often ask me what exercise they should be doing and for how long for ‘optimal health’. The truth is that you could have the most ‘perfect’ exercise prescription, but you won’t be able to sustain it, unless you ENJOY it... A growing body of research shows that getting pleasure from physical activities may be one of the most important factors for sustaining consistent exercise. So it’s not the frequency, intensity and duration that you need to be thinking about, but what you FEEL LIKE and WHAT FEELS GOOD... This concept of engaging in activities that you enjoy or that give you increased energy or an improved mood is based on the Hedonic Theory of Motivation. This theory basically says that people will repeat activities that feel good. Conversely, activities that cause pain or discomfort will wane or be avoided. Discover physical activity that you truly enjoy and ditch all exercise that feels like punishment/ something that ‘you should be doing’. So what do you enjoy?


STOP the plastic tide

Today, Marine Conservation Society published beach litter report, which reveals the tide of plastic has risen to a whopping 70% of all the rubbish that is found.

We mustn't let drinks cups, plastic cutlery, straws, plastic bottles, lids and stirrers replace sea life. They're used for a moment but last a lifetime in our oceans.

Join their their call to get levies introduced across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on single-use plastic items such as plastic cups and lids, straws, plates and cutlery.

To sign the petition:
https://www.mcsuk.org/appeal/plastic-levy


What are probiotics?

Defined by the World Health Organisation as “Live microorganisms that when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”. Probiotics are described first by genus, then species and then by strain (i.e. Bifidobacterium infantis 35624).

There are significant differences in their functions even at the strain level; therefore, for example, only because this specific strain (Bifidobacterium infantis 35624) was shown to benefit people with IBS (human trials), it does not mean that all other Bifidobacterium strains will have the same effect!


Diet & climate change

1/3 of our influence on climate change and land use is related to our diet and the food chain.

It can be uncomfortable to reflect on own dietary habits in view of how sustainable they are. We are used to the idea that we can eat what we like, when, and as much as we like with no consequences to anyone else, except, perhaps, ourselves.


Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D is the only vitamin that can be made in our skin in with the help of sunshine, more specifically, the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. During the summer months, we get most of this vitamin through sunshine-skin collab. But from October through to early March, UK sunshine isn’t UVB – rich enough, so we aren't producing any significant amounts..

A recent report carried out by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), suggests that everyone over the age of 1 needs to consume 10 micrograms (400IU) of vitamin D each day… This advice also applies to pregnant and breastfeeding ladies. You should avoid consuming more than 25µg (1000IU) a day, unless recommended by a doctor or a Dietitian.

NOTE: it's a fat soluble vitamin, so best if you take your supplement with a meal.