Coffee is the most popular beverage worldwide, its consumption being second only to that of water. It is thought that 2.25 billion cups are consumed everyday with production in 2016/17 of over 150 million 60kg bags. So, are we doing the right thing, is coffee consumption beneficial or detrimental to our health? There has, in the past, been negative connotations with coffee intake due to its caffeine content which may therefore have an undesirable effect on health. However more recently research has demonstrated multiple health benefits of coffee consumption1,2.
Problems with mental health are one of the primary causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.1 According to the World Health Organization, over 300 million people are estimated to suffer from depression, which is equivalent to 4.4% of the world’s population.2
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:
- Gut bacteria may damage liver by turning carbs into alcohol
- Why the world is becoming more allergic to food
- Probiotic supplements may help obese children lose weight, study claims
- Effort to cut sugar out of food way off target
- Study reveals Omega-3 is gold standard in mental health nutrients
Most pet foods are a far cry from archetypal diets of dogs and from this mismatch many of the chronic diseases seen today in domestic pets have emerged.
When it comes to diet, the jaw structure of canines gives us an indication of the diet that they evolved to eat and thrive on in the wild. Dogs’ teeth and jaws are adapted to a carnivorous diet with teeth that are designed for capturing and dismembering prey. Nevertheless in the last 12,000 years, through domestication, they have adapted to a more omnivorous diet.
It’s that time of year – we say goodbye to the summer, the new school terms get underway and, due to season changes and numbers of children grouped together inside, there is an increase in common infections such as coughs, colds and flu. According to the National Centre for Health Statistics, twenty million school days are missed annually due to the common cold.
Bev Alderson is a Mindfulness, Yoga and Stress Management Consultant. Bev works with individuals, groups and workplaces who want to take a more positive and proactive approach to enhancing wellbeing, and in turn, achieve significant results.