Health & Fitness

Mother’s obesity may trigger early puberty risk in daughters

Maternal overweight and hyperglycemia or high blood sugar are linked to the earlier onset of puberty in girls, which can lead to multiple adverse health developments in adulthood, finds a study. The results showed that maternal obesity (body mass index of 30 or more) and overweight (body mass index between 25 and 30) in mothers was associated with 40% and ... Read More »

Don’t exercise 3 hours before bedtime, here’s why it will do you no good

Working out in a gym will do you no good if you are not smart about your fitness routine. Turns out, working out late can have an adverse effect on your health since it could disrupt your sleep cycle and impact your lifestyle. Contrary to popular belief that late-night workout can tire your body and help you sleep like a ... Read More »

Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement in summer. They offer some real health benefits too

Sunglasses and summers go hand-in-hand. Apart from being a summer fashion statement; sunglasses also help in protecting our eyes from various eye problems. Here are a few reasons why sunglasses are your best friend this summer: Blocks UV Rays You must always look for sunglasses that give you 100% UVA and UVB protection. This provides full protection against the sun’s ... Read More »

9 things your pharmacist wishes you knew

Did you know they can save you money, time and embarrassment? A major new public health campaign is urging people to consult a pharmacist first for minor illness, instead of their GP or A&E. The Stay Well campaign aims to reduce the number of unnecessary doctor and hospital visits, which are estimated to cost the NHS £850 million per year. Due to ... Read More »

8 things you need to know about breast cancer

Author and breast cancer survivor Nicola Sellars opens up about the things that would have made her cancer journey a little bit easier Any sort of cancer diagnosis can be life-changing and, no matter how ‘prepared’ you might be, there are some things that come with the disease that you simply can’t predict. Here, author and breast cancer survivor Nicola ... Read More »

Exploring the link between eating disorders and the menstrual cycle

The menstrual cycle is intrinsically linked to our overall health, and can be a good indicator of whether your body is functioning to the best of its ability or not. It’s no wonder, then, that eating disorders – including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and even binge-eating – can have a significant impact on your period. Here, we take a closer look at the ... Read More »

7 reasons why baths are great for your health

As if you needed a better excuse for taking a dip in the most indulgent of home remedies…   There’s nothing better than finding out something pleasurable is actually good for you. So get ready for the best news you’ll hear all day: luxuriating in a long, hot bath actually has health benefits. Our longstanding cultural traditions surrounding bath-time may have clued you ... Read More »

5 things I wish I’d known about endometriosis sooner

Sufferer Georgina, 25, opens up about the things she wishes she’d known about the painful condition before her diagnosis Endometriosis, a condition where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the uterus, causes severe and debilitating period pain. It affects more than a million women in the UK, yet there is still so much confusion around ... Read More »

Everything you need to know about kefir

Forget chia seeds or kale: fermented foods are the health trend of the moment and the new kid on the block is kefir – a cultured, fermented milk drink. Similar to yogurt, kefir has a slightly more tart, sour taste (some say it’s ‘fizzy’ thanks to the carbon dioxide produced during the fermentation process). Traditionally, it’s made by adding a live culture of ... Read More »

Good cholesterol may up gastro, pneumonia risk

While bad cholesterol has been blamed for increasing risk of heart disease, variations in the good cholesterol levels may also lead to infectious diseases such as gastroenteritis or pneumonia, according to a study. Individuals with very low high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol had a 75 per cent higher risk of infectious disease, whereas the risk was 43 per cent higher in ... Read More »