Have you ever considered how much time a day you spend sitting down? And what impact this may be having on your health? Well the average person living in the United Kingdom now spends approximately 8 to 9 hours sitting down every single day. This is quite a staggering statistic and a major health concern, one that carries distinctly separate health risks to those associated with a ‘lack of exercise’. But what are the negative impacts that a sedentary lifestyle has on our health? And how is it different from simply not exercising enough?
Due to medical advancements, death rates from heart disease are falling. Nevertheless, it was reported in 2014 that cardiovascular disease accounted for 27% of all deaths in the United Kingdom, which was only 2% less than cancer. However, the WHO (World Health Organisation) have estimated that more than ‘80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable’, with a healthy diet and other lifestyle factors being central to this.
In the past 30 or so years researchers and food manufacturers have become increasingly interested in a certain type of antioxidant, known as polyphenols, and the role that they play in the body. The main reason for this interest stems from the antioxidant properties of polyphenols, their great abundance in our diet, and their probable role, backed up by much research, in the prevention of various diseases associated with oxidative stress, such as cancer and cardiovascular and neuro-degenerative diseases.
There are two types of fatty acid that are essential for health: omega 3 and omega 6. The human body needs not only sufficient amounts of each, but also a suitable ratio between the two.
In this week’s article we look at some of the most pertinent health and nutrition stories to reach the news in recent weeks, four items comprising;
- ‘Parents urged to get free sugar app to check products’
- ‘Early-life exercise alters gut microbes, promotes healthy brain and metabolism’
- ‘Study links Irritable Bowel Syndrome with vitamin D deficiency’
- ‘How eating fish can stop middle-age spread: Foods rich in omega-3 found to help burn off calories’
Did you know that a 330ml can of regular Coca Cola has 35g of sugar? This is the equivalent of around 10 teaspoons of sugar and 139 calories. Despite this clearly being a high volume of sugar, you would be forgiven for not being entirely ‘privy’ to the exact health implications of this; short term and long term.