The gut microbiome refers to the trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in your gut. The gut microbiota interacts with various organs and systems in the body, including brain, lung, liver, bone, cardiovascular system and others.
According to Asthma UK, between 2011 and 2015, the UK’s average asthma death rate was almost 50% higher than the average across the EU. Asthma UK also stated that around 1,400 people died from an asthma attack in the UK in 2015 and the UK’s death rate was higher than countries including Greece, Italy and the Netherlands. Releasing the figures on World Asthma Day on 1 May, the charity said the situation was “truly shocking”, but did not know “for sure” why Britain was performing so badly.
The health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids have become well known in recent years particularly for their properties which support cardiovascular, joint and brain health. Omega-3 (and omega-6) fats are considered essential fatty acids as the human body does not possess the enzymes required to produce its own omega-3 and 6, therefore they must be obtained from the diet.
Caloric restriction or CR is the practice of long-term calorie reduction with the aim of improving health, delaying ageing and even extending longevity. Research in animals, ranging from nematodes, mice and rats to Rhesus monkeys, has shown benefits to health and longevity of restricting calories, without malnutrition, by 25% to 50%. Some believe this may also work for humans and there are followers and advocates of this dietary regime. This blog explores the effects of caloric restriction and refers to an exciting pilot study on nicotinamide riboside which is being researched as a possible caloric restriction mimetic.
In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, four items comprising:
- Research debunks ‘myth’ that strenuous exercise suppresses the immune system
- Heart benefits: Supplement could slow cardiovascular ageing by mimicking calorie restricting effect
- Fizzy drinks ban needed to protect children’s health, say dental group
- How meat is cooked may affect risk of type 2 diabetes
Spring has sprung, the daffodils are blooming and many of us are hoping for a beautiful summer. But for numerous people, the season of sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes is just around the corner.
A staggering 44% of British adults now suffer from at least one allergy and the number of sufferers is on the rise, growing by around two million between 2008 and 2009 alone. Almost half (48%) of sufferers have more than one allergy.(1)
Seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is the most common form of non-infectious rhinitis, affecting between 10% and 30% of all adults and as many as 40% of children.(2)