Many experts argue that getting sufficient sleep is as important to your overall health as diet and exercise. Sleep deprivation is linked to a number of physical and mental health problems, including depression and weight gain, so as it's Sleep Awareness Week, I'm sharing a simple, cheap and easy tweak I made to my bedtime routine which has significantly changed how I sleep. About a year ago my boyfriend started religiously drinking a cup of camomile tea before bed.
Endometriosis, a condition that’s had a spotlight shone on it in recent years thanks to Girl’s creator Lena Dunham’s very public battle with it, affects one in ten women in the UK and can cause 30 to 50 per cent of sufferers to be infertile. In light of endometriosis awareness week, we spoke to Dr Haider Jan, Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at The Lister Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK. Dr Jan told the Standard: “Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to those that line the womb - grow and embed outside of the womb causing pain, inflammation and also in some cases a difficulty in falling pregnant.
If you've ever attempted to lose weight, you've probably at least tried to use a calorie counting app at some point. After all, creating a caloric deficit is often considered the key to shedding the pounds. Researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of South Carolina conducted a six-month study in which 142 participants recorded their daily consumption of food and drink online, including calorie and fat intake.
While 2019 has already been tipped "year of the vegan", awareness around gut health has also exploded, and bone broth is gaining traction again among the wellness set, who are now adding adaptogens to their concoctions. Some say that it has gut healing and anti-inflammatory powers, others say it has anti-ageing properties and can help to promote healthy joints. While one recent study found that cooked ham bones might help to protect against cardiovascular diseases, in reality, a lot more research is needed to draw firm conclusions on health benefits of drinking bone broth.
“There’s a huge link between sleep and mental health,” says sleep scientist Dr Sophie Bostock, who is currently working with the app Sleepio, which uses cognitive behavioural therapy to treat insomnia. According to Christopher Barnes, an associate professor at the University of Washington who focuses on tiredness in the workplace, lack of sleep affects the part of the brain used for managing emotions.
Australian personal trainer David Higgins knows how to sculpt an A-list physique. Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot, Samuel L. Jackson, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell are just some of his famous clients.
London is suffering from a collective post-holiday comedown, and we’re all snotty, skint and sun-deprived, and spring is months away. “Doing cardio in the morning improves your energy, appetite and mood for the whole day,” says Rhian Stephenson, former Canadian national athlete and CEO of Psycle London. It’s all about endorphins, says Stephenson.
If you didn't fancy doing Veganuary or Dry January, running a half marathon may have been on your New Year's resolution list for 2019. Don't be fooled by those smiley, oil-slicked gym bunnies - running a half marathon is no small feat, and if you've never taken on the challenge before, not knowing what to expect can be daunting. Here Cory Wharton-Malcom co-founder of Track Mafia and ultra-runner Matt Willcocks offer advice for the first-time half marathon runner.
Gynecologist Leah Millheiser explained the importance of looking after your vagina's microbiome to avoid infections, such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis, many of which she says are preventable, in a new Goop blog post. For those unfamiliar with the term, vaginal microbiome are the different bacteria and fungi that live in your vagina. Millheiser, who is the director of Stanford's female sexual medicine programme, explained that vaginal infections occur when the balance of your microbiome is upset.
Most people who regularly take epsom salts baths – including the queen of wellness herself, Gwyneth Paltrow – will tell you that it's one of the most enjoyable ways to de-stress after a long day. Paltrow once told Elle that epsom salts make up one of the "most low key" elements of her bedtime ritual: "I take a bath every night in regular epsom salts from the drug store Dr. Teal's, which is great for skin and purity of skin and relaxation to get all the energy of the day off," she told the magazine. Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound of magnesium sulphate in crystal form, so it looks a lot like salt, but it actually has no sodium chloride.
A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General has found evidence to suggest that a lack of sleep really does make you an angrier person. Researchers from Iowa State University asked 142 participants to either maintain their normal sleep pattern or restrict it by between two and four hours over the course of two nights. "In general, anger was substantially higher for those who were sleep restricted," says study co-author Zlatan Krizan, professor of psychology at Iowa State.
Experts say that an anti-inflammatory diet can help with diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, but caution that it typically can't replace medications.