Close up of cucumber slices. Good nutrition can help with skin ageing.

Stop the clock: nutrition and skin ageing

Ageing is a natural process which cannot be avoided. However, most of us would like to slow down the ageing process and hold on to our youthful vitality for as long as possible. Every cell in our body is continuously ageing, but the skin (which is the most exposed organ to the external environment) is where we can see the visible signs of ageing. Radiant, glowing skin is something we aspire to at all ages, but how can we maintain it throughout the years?

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Last updated on 4th July 2024 by cytoffice

In the news – summer wellness health & nutrition news

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

  • Can colourful fruit and veg protect your skin from sun damage?
  • Trees could be the secret to adolescent mental wellbeing
  • 30 minutes of physical activity per day may help reduce the risk of prolonged sitting
  • Beating jet lag with pine bark extract?
  • Research reveals the most effective probiotics to help reduce travellers diarrhoea

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Last updated on 19th June 2024 by cytoffice

Woman doing yoga by a lake at sunrise. She is in upward dog pose and wears a vest and leggings. Yoga can help to balance stress and cortisol levels.

Stress and cortisol: the impact on health

In the modern world, stress is no longer experienced in response to an occasional threat, as it once was, but has become a constant part of everyday life. Statistics from 2023 reveal that 76% of workers feel moderate to high levels of stress regularly, while 74% of the general public often feel overwhelmed by stress.

It is well known that chronic stress is linked to numerous adverse health outcomes and so finding effective stress-management strategies and ways to neutralise the ill-effects of unavoidable stress are more important than ever. In this article we will discuss not only how stress affects the body and can contribute to disease, but also how to support stress levels with nutrition, supplements and lifestyle.1

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Last updated on 31st May 2024 by cytoffice

Young woman sat holding a mug whilst journalling. Journalling may help when trying to build and reinforce healthful habits.

Building habits and staying consistent  

How many of us try to start a new healthy habit? Although we may begin with plenty of motivation and enthusiasm, after a while the consistency begins to wane, we slip back into previous ways and the new habit falls by the wayside.

Many people may start a new exercise regime, eating plan or take up meditation for example, but after a few weeks can really struggle to maintain the initial momentum. The same can be the case for taking supplements, we start off diligently and then forget every so often or forget to reorder and then we miss a week or so and are back to where we started.  

Like many healthful activities, benefits are best seen when we stay consistent, so why is it so difficult to keep on track? This blog looks at some of the psychology behind building habits and gives practical tools to how we can stay consistent when trying to achieve our health goals.  

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Last updated on 3rd July 2024 by cytoffice

A pile of pebbles on the wooden bridge on the beach. Conveying balance, stillness and calm - feelings and qualities that practising mindfulness can also help you to access.

The practice of mindfulness – part 1

Studies have indicated that practicing mindfulness can help you to manage common mental health problems. Indeed, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) – the organisation that produces guidelines on best practice in health care – recommends using mindfulness to treat mild depression and to help prevent further episodes of depression. But what exactly is mindfulness and how do you ‘practice’ it?

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Last updated on 3rd July 2024 by cytoffice