Our cardiovascular system is composed of the heart (the pump); blood vessels consisting of arteries, veins, and capillaries (the pipes); and blood containing red and white blood cells, and plasma (the fluid). Cardiovascular disease (CVD) relates to diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. These can include stroke, heart attack, coronary heart disease (CHD), angina, congenital heart disease etc. According to the British Heart Foundation there are around 7.4 million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK, with CHD being the most common. Heart and circulatory disease cause more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK.1
The first call on nutrients by our body is for immediate and acute needs – those needed for short-term survival – for example energy production or “fright and flight”. It is only if nutrients are ingested in excess of these immediate ‘short-term’ needs that there will be sufficient left for ‘housekeeping’ processes or in other words to support long-term health.
It has been discovered that obesity can increase the risk of a severe Covid-19 infection, therefore you are more likely to have significant complications from Covid-19 if you contract it. It is hence, an opportune time to consider healthy weight loss if you are overweight or obese.
Since the turn of the century there has been an increased awareness of psychosocial symptoms in chronic low back pain (CLBP) patients. It’s well established that CLBP patients with psychosocial, psychological and social, risk factors have poorer outcomes and increased management costs (Grimmer-Somers 2006, Nicholas et al. 2011).
Will you lose weight and be healthier if you eat in a 12, 10 or 8- hour window of time each day? That is the question that has gripped the health world over since time-restricted eating (TRE) mice studies sparked excitement in this area (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The good news is there is now research on humans to go on.
This blog is written by guest writer and nutritional therapist, Jeannette Hyde. After experiencing burnout as a journalist on a national newspaper, Jeannette now works with individuals and groups online offering bespoke protocols and support plans.
Investigations carried out by Dr Paul Clayton identified the difference between the nutrients that the average population obtains from food and the levels required for optimum health. We refer to this difference as “the nutrition gap.” The nutrition gap can have a detrimental effect on health and susceptibility to disease and can increase the risk of many conditions as well as accelerating chronic disease and ageing.1