In the news – health & 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:

  • Research review: UK needs five-fold vitamin D increase
  • Vitamins C and E linked to reduced risk for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Sleep deprivation decreases testosterone levels and muscle protein synthesis
  • Beetroot juice benefits brain and heart through oral microbiome modulation
  • A changing gut microbiome may be good for you as you age

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Fatigue

Tackling fatigue

We all get tired from time to time.  Late nights, long work hours or the kids keeping you up at night – can all leave you feeling temporarily worn out. But this is not the only form of tiredness impacting the inhabitants of the modern world.

This blog is provided by guest writer, Bev Alderson from Practically Balanced, where she works with individuals, groups and workplaces wanting to take a more positive and proactive approach to enhancing wellbeing, and in turn achieving greater results.

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upper digestive tract symptoms

Upper gut dysfunction & Gastro-AD

Upper digestive tract symptoms are common, particularly in western society, manifesting as acid reflux, heartburn, gastritis and, in severe cases, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Globally 10-20% of people experience GORD, with a higher percentage in western civilisations1. Currently medical interventions for GORD and other gastric conditions involve symptom management by synthetic pharmaceuticals including proton pump inhibitors and antacids or surgery.

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mental health

Supporting your mental health beyond lockdown

Those who already experience mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression and stress in their lives may feel overwhelmed by all that is surrounding us right now. And many of us who took our mental health for granted, are having to acknowledge the fact that it can be tricky not to feel overloaded with lots of information, testing our resilience by constantly having to adapt to what we are being guided to do by the government and the media, whilst dealing with peer pressure and feeling the effects of isolation and lack of contact {Yamamoto, 2020 #34188}.

This blog has been written by one of our guest writers Miguel Toribio-Mateas,  renowned clinical neuroscientist and nutrition practitioner. Miguel is also currently working towards a professional doctorate in health neuroscience.

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vitamin D and CVID-19

The role of vitamin D and COVID-19 – the latest research (part 2)

This in-depth and highly researched article by Eshani King, a researcher in immunology and health, follows on from her first piece for us; ‘The role of vitamin D and COVID-19 – the latest research‘.

This review adopts an integrated, comprehensive approach in reviewing the emerging evidence and developments from varying sources to consolidate and add to the knowledge base on vitamin D and Covid-19. Highlighting the central role of vitamin D deficiency in Covid-19 pathology mediated by an uncontrolled excess of angiotensin II and bradykinin, as well as the failure of T-cells, it builds on evidence previously reviewed in May 2020 on the role of vitamin D deficiency in Covid-19 deaths [1].

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cardiovascular exercise

Cardiovascular support

Our cardiovascular system is composed of the heart (the pump); blood vessels consisting of arteries, veins, and capillaries (the pipes); and blood containing red and white blood cells, and plasma (the fluid). Cardiovascular disease (CVD) relates to diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. These can include stroke, heart attack, coronary heart disease (CHD), angina, congenital heart disease etc. According to the British Heart Foundation there are around 7.4 million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK, with CHD being the most common. Heart and circulatory disease cause more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK.1

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