Dehydration, the loss of too much fluid from your body, isn’t just a worry in summer. It is just as easy to get dehydrated in cold dry air. In fact, with the added factor of alcohol consumption increasing as we approach festive party season, I’d go as far as saying that dehydration is even more of an issue in winter than in summer when we are much more aware of quenching our thirst at regular intervals. One of the first signs of dehydration is thirst. Other signs include tiredness, lack of concentration and low energy levels - looking in the ...Read more
For health professionals of all types, vitamin D deficiency is firmly on the winter agenda. The body makes vitamin D when the skin is directly exposed to the sun, that is why it is often called the "sunshine" vitamin. Most people meet at least some of their vitamin D needs this way but as the nights draw in, it can be a challenge as skin that is exposed to sunshine indoors through a window will not produce vitamin D. Cloudy days, shade, and having dark-coloured skin also cut down on the amount of vitamin D the skin makes. The problem ...Read more
Ok as we approach the end of the Summer, many of us will still struggle at some stage to stay well as the cold season approaches. Staying well while those around you sniffle and sneeze requires that you extract as much nutrition from your diet as you can, loading up on the foods that pack the biggest nutritional punch. Avoiding processed foods, grains, and sugar will go a long way toward strengthening your immune system. However, you can do even more by selecting foods that are loaded with specific immune-boosting nutrients. Eating a diet rich in the following foods will ...Read more
Having recently won Gold at the English Kettlebells Championships, fitness writer, speaker and coach Jamie Lloyd is well placed to teach us a thing or two about exercise and nutrition. Jamie Lloyd talks to us about incorporating fitness into our lives, the importance of a good diet and his top tips for endurance and recovery. What inspired your dedication to fitness and nutrition? I have been involved in sport ever since I started playing rugby and doing long-distance running at the age of six. My Mum was an aerobics instructor and she inspired me to keep fit. You recently won ...Read more
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