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.
We know that large quantities of processed foods can be bad for our waistlines, but few people realise the impact they can have on the diversity of bacteria in our gut. Studies have shown that just ten days of eating highly processed foods can cut gut microbiome diversity by 40%.
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?