October is designated as National Cholesterol Month. The event is initiated and led by cholesterol awareness organisation Heart UK; intended to build greater awareness of the dangers of cholesterol and get individuals connecting with their heart health on a much closer level.
We have never been more connected to our health. Whether looking up our pulse rates on the latest wearable tech, recording our sugar intake or tracking calories on an app, our fundamental links to wellness have never been closer. One key aspect of holistic health is monitoring cholesterol to ensure long-term heart health. Having high cholesterol levels in the blood can lead to plaque build-up in the arteries, increasing the risk of developing circulatory and cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
The human microbiome was first discovered in the mid-1880s when Austrian paediatrician, Theodor Escherich, uncovered the presence of Escherichia coli – a species of bacteria typically found within the stomach and intestines. While the 20th Century saw the identification of multiple microorganisms from nasal passages, oral cavities and skin, it wasn’t until the introduction of the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) in 2007 that microbial science became mainstream.
Goodbye stress, goodbye work, goodbye early mornings, why hello Christmas! With the nation’s favourite festive season just around the corner, everyone’s entered hibernation. Hot water bottles no longer collect dust, blankets tightly hug the beds and mugs of cocoa sit in-between clasped palms. Winter. It’s a lifestyle transition for us all and one we must not underestimate.
A few years ago if someone was to mention probiotics, a smattering of bemused glances would be cast in their direction. Today though, the secret is out and probiotics are a subject often discussed over a morning coffee, now that their substantial health benefits are increasingly understood. But what are probiotics?