Vitamin D update: Why January is a good time to consider your Vitamin D levels

January can be a time of mixed emotions. On the one hand it is a fresh start which can bring optimism and a chance to focus on our health, on the other hand it is often associated with the January blues, with the festivities of Christmas over but a long winter still ahead. Many people focus on dietary changes during this time and choose to join in with “Veganuary”, opting for a vegan diet during the month. Increasing plant-based foods is a good way to support health, however certain nutrients can be hard to obtain from a vegan diet, including vitamin D.

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Planning and implementing a detox

The new year often marks the beginning of detox season. After an indulgent Christmas filled with rich food, wine and sweet treats, many people will kick-start January with a new diet and a detox. We have previously written a blog post on the science and history behind the detoxification processes and what nutrients are essential to support this.

In this article, we provide some practical advice on what foods to enjoy and avoid during a detoxification period along with a sample menu at the end, but there are lots of recipes and ideas available online.

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The charitable activity of Cytoplan & The AIM Foundation in 2019

As a customer of Cytoplan, did you know you are making a positive change to thousands of lives now and in the future?

Charity is right at the heart of the day to day running of Cytoplan. Since conception in 1990, the philosophy of the company has been built on the foundations of helping others and improving people’s health and wellbeing. Cytoplan is wholly owned by the charitable trust, the AIM Foundation who have been supporting nutrition, health and well-being projects for 30 years.

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Type 2 Diabetes and Associated Conditions

According to Diabetes UK, around 200,000 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every year and there are 3.5 million people in England with a diagnosis. The increasing number of people with type 2 diabetes is a challenge to the NHS and healthcare systems across the world. It is a leading cause of sight loss and lower limb amputation, and can contribute to kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. Diabetes and its complications cost over £6 billion every year to treat and one in six patients in hospital now has diabetes.1

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In the news – health and nutrition research

In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:

  • Melancholic microbiome? EU-backed project publishes recommendations for diet and mood
  • Exercise after the age of 60 may prevent heart disease
  • Ground-breaking study links inflammation with ‘mental sluggishness’  for the first time
  • Short sleep may harm bone health in older women
  • The five exercises to help avoid an early death

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