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  1. Why do we need more protein in our diet over 50?

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    Protein is set to be the secret weapon that will help to boost metabolism and build muscle mass in the over 50s. As our bodies start to age, it becomes a lot easier for us to gain a few pounds and a lot harder to try and shift them afterwards.   Protein has long been associated with bodybuilders or athletes who are looking to build muscle of recover after training. However, inkospor®, award winning and internationally renowned sports supplement brand, are here set the record straight and make protein the nutritional must-have for active adults over 50: Double your dose for better health  If you’re over 50 and not taking enough protein, you will probably be all too familiar with muscle fatigue and loss...
  2. A Fitter Body for a Better Memory: 5 tips to increase your aerobic exercise

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    Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to exercise, but finding the time becomes even more important once we reach our 50s if we want to enjoy not just a longer life, but a quality life. Can’t remember the last time you went to the gym? Well your lack of exercise may well account for that, in more ways than you might think. New research from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has found that those who are more aerobically fit are more likely to have better memories. 5 ways to increase your aerobic exercise So here are 5 ways to notch your aerobic exercise up a gear, for both a fitter frame and a fitter brain! Firstly, what counts as aerobic exercise? Aerobic exercises are ones typically performed...
  3. Herbs for Digestive Health

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    By Angela MacRitchie for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). The digestive system starts in the mouth and is a tube that runs for nearly 9.0 meters from top to bottom – literally! It is a tunnel that permits the outside world to run throughout the body. The digestive system is divided into the mouth, the oesophagus, the stomach, the small intestine and the large intestine (also called ‘large bowel’ or ‘colon’) with accessory organs such as the salivary glands, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. The digestive tract serves to transport, break down foods and provide us with essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Finally the waste is carried away from all the cells. When this system is out of balance or dis-eased, it causes a myriad of symptoms and knock-on effects in other areas of the...
  4. Why can Nutrition seem confusing?

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). High fat, low fat, lots of whole grains, no grains – the contradictions can be a recipe for extreme confusion.   Why are there so many conflicting dietary approaches for health and weight loss? Research One of the issues raised is who funds nutrition research. Do they have something to gain from a particular outcome? When funded by industry, some research may favour the desired company outcome, such as finding that something is not harmful to us after all! Even with independent research, other problems can crop up. For example, we were told that saturated fat was harmful to us, so is it ethical to feed a subject group high amounts of it in order to see whether it really is? Repeating the findings...
  5. Simple tips for adding more steps into your day

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    Are you achieving the much talked about 10,000 steps a day? It seems most of us aren’t reaching anywhere near that.  A study using smartphone ‘accelerometers,’ a sensor that automatically records stepping motions, found that women manage only 4,908 steps on average a day, compared to men who rack up 5,982. So, what can you do to squeeze in some more steps and up your fitness? Our experts share their top tips…   1. Have a walking meeting Why not take your meeting out of the boardroom and into the fresh air? Not only will this get you moving, but the fresh air and extra movement can get the fresh ideas flowing by mixing up your environment. “Exercise is a great stress reliever. Taking a walk aids in stimulating anti-anxiety effects, this...
  6. 10 servings of veg and fruit per day? How can we do it?

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Consuming ten servings of veg and fruit per day is recommended in order to ward off heart disease, cancer and premature death. That’s the latest health advice from a review conducted by Imperial College, London, which included studies of close to 2 million people. What if I don’t even get my 5 a day? Many people already struggle to get close to the ‘five a day’ currently recommended by UK authorities.  Consuming some is better than none, so even if you are only getting a couple of servings per day, don’t give up, you can always build on your personal best!  Aim to ‘eat a rainbow’ as the more varied the colours of your diet, the more diverse the plant...
  7. Are you getting enough Omega 3 in Your Diet? Are Cod Liver Oil capsules the solution?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   We all know that to live an active healthy life, diet is key, but how do we know if we are in fact consuming the right nutrients to support our bodies (and our health) in the optimum way? Omega 3 is essential in maintaining healthy heart function, support normal bone function maintenance of normal vision and support of normal brain function. The primary source of Omega 3 in our diet is oily fish.  I eat what I always believed to be a balanced, healthy diet which loosely follows the principles of a Mediterranean diet, and I typically have salmon three times a week, so I thought I would score well when tested for the levels of both EPA and...
  8. 10 foods that may not be as healthy as you think

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    We might think we are eating the right things to improve our health in midlife  and possibly lose a few pounds around our middles, but it may be time to detox your kitchen cupboards for some seemingly healthy foods, which could actually be doing more damage than good to your waistline.   Our experts share the top foods that are not as healthy as you may think… Avocados “Whilst avocados are full of amazing antioxidants and healthy fats, they come with a hefty energy content. Avocados can contain anywhere between 250-400 calories each. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with having an avocado a day, it’s important to adjust your diet accordingly to account for the added calories,” explains Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.   Fruit Yogurt “The...
  9. Is it possible to live to be 120? Biological v chronological age. Part 3

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      Article by Ceri Wheeldon The third article in our series on longevity, and changes we can make to live longer and healthier lives. According to scientists , a 120 year life span is feasible for people being born today.  But if we live longer, what can we do to ensure our later years are healthy and productive?  This is the second in a three part series where  I  asked Yuri Medzinovsky, Director General of Longevity & Beauty Residence GLMED, and some of his medical colleagues about the prospects for extending lifespan to 120 years (and staying active and healthy as well) There is a lot of information  which is why I have split the answers into three separate posts to make it a little easier to digest. Part one covered ...
  10. Menopause: Exercises for Bone Health

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    Article by Jane Dowling Hello Gorgeous, Fab over 50 girls! My mission is to help you with your journey through the menopause and to feel as great as you possibly can.  I will give you the tools to find a life you love through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. I would like to start to talk about exercise as I have lots of women contact me on how to get started and what exactly they should be doing. Please, before you undertake any new exercise programme do have a visit with your GP to get the green light. Every woman for her health should be doing some bone loading, cardio and stretching exercise. Today I am going to concentrate on bone loading as it is over looked by women and I cannot express enough how...
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