We're living longer. In just the last two decades, average life expectancy has risen by four years. But living longer doesn't necessarily mean living healthier: half of these extra years of life are marred by pain and trips to the doctor due to chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer, joint pain, asthma, osteoporosis, stroke and heart disease...
I often find that healthy portion sizes of fruit and vegetables won't provide us with all the fluid we need but they're a great source of "time-released" fluid. Unlike a glass of water, which leaves the stomach and gets into the blood stream relatively quickly, food takes longer to be digested and therefore releases water into your system more slowly.
The longest day of the year behind us, the temperature is rising, Wimbledon has started - Its official, summer has arrived and the annual sunscreen debate may begin... Like moths to the flame, we are naturally drawn to the sun but like with red wine and chocolate, there can be mixed health messages regarding how much sun exposure is good for you.
Over exposure to the sun is the skin's number one enemy. Unless steps are taken to shield our skin from its glare, it quickly becomes wrinkly and slack. Not only do the sun's rays destroy the supporting collagen and elastin fibres of the skin, but they also encourage deep brown pigmentation marks known as 'age' or liver spots.
An extensive report recently published concluded that nearly half (43%) of cancer cases in the UK are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. This amounted to 134,000 new cases of cancer in 2010 that were potentially preventable. So, with our eye firmly on prevention, here are 10 things you can do to slash your cancer risk.