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 22nd May 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 9th May 2024 by cytoffice

Rheumatoid arthritis – signs, symptoms & risk factors

Statistics on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from the World Health Organization1

  • In 2019, 18 million people were reported to be living with RA worldwide
  • 70% of RA cases are women and they are two to three times more likely to be affected than men
  • 55% cases of RA are found in those over 55 years old

In this week’s blog, we look at the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with rheumatoid arthritis including diet, lifestyle and genetics.

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Last updated on 24th April 2024 by cytoffice

A flatlay of some of the best food sources of zinc on a round wooden serving board against a grey background. Zinc food sources of animal origin products such as meat, fish, cheese and eggs are laid out alongside vegan and plant-based sources such as pumpkin seeds, legumes, mushrooms and a variety of nuts.

Zinc: everything you need to know about this vital mineral

Zinc is the second most abundant mineral in the body after iron, with over 300 enzymes and 1000 transcription factors dependant on this essential micronutrient. It is involved in many cellular processes such as cell proliferation and differentiation, protein synthesis, gene transcription, nucleic acid metabolism and DNA synthesis.1

Zinc deficiency is common, with an estimated one quarter of the world’s population being deficient, often caused by poor dietary intake, low absorption and increased zinc loss.1 The best food sources of zinc can be found in meat, eggs and fish alongside plant-based options such as pumpkin seeds, legumes, cashew nuts, mushrooms and spinach.

In this article we take a closer look at zinc and explore its many benefits to health, including research findings, supplement forms and how to improve absorption.

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Last updated on 9th May 2024 by cytoffice