Archive – October 2017

The truth: what collagen really does for you

Collagen supplements, drinks or even skincare products are trending as the wrinkle-fighting elixirs for skin and has even been mentioned to help acne and cellulite but that’s not all.

What is collagen?

One of the biggest proteins in the body is collagen. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity and even replaces dead skin cells. Sadly, from early to mid-20’s we start to lose our natural collagen. Loss varies with individuals but scientists agree that by the time you are 45 you’ve lost 30% of your body’s natural collagen. Falling collagen levels become evident when skin starts to lose its firmness and fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear as a consequence. For more information on what collagen is click here

Collagen supplements are an efficient way of replacing lost collagen. Not only does it benefit skin but also nails, hair, acne, cellulite and even bones, joints and ligaments.

Can your training load damage your long term health?

Struggling to squeeze extra miles into your training schedule? Trying to cram in an extra ride or swim to boost your performance and your fitness?

While many of us would like to train like an Olympian, it’s easy to overlook the negatives of extra training and tough sessions without adequate preparation and recovery.

“There are many obvious differences between club athletes and elite sports professionals but one that’s often overlooked is their approach to food and nutrition,” says nutritionist James McDonald.

 

“Even if you eat what most would perceive as a healthy and balanced diet, your intake of nutrients is probably falling short and this could be causing damage that you can’t see.”

Are you guilty of sleep arrogance? Take the test

Sleep, eat, drink, work, repeat. We all do these just about every day but how good at you at the sleeping and how much do you value your rest?

‘We know it’s vital to our wellbeing yet we convince ourselves we can manage with less. Take our test to check how your rest rates.

Switch up your skincare for winter

With the temperature dropping and the humidity almost disappearing, it’s safe to say that winter is just a few months away. You’ve already swapped your summer dresses and sandals to winter jumpers and boots but have you thought about your skincare? Winter brings a whole new set of problems to our skin so as it gets cooler and air becomes dry, it’s worth switching up your skincare routine too.

From fat to fit in just 4 minutes

The rise in popularity of high intensity interval training (HIIT) is helping to get Britain fitter faster. This approach to fitness is in contrast to traditional methods that relied on long slow runs, structured classes or participation in competitive sport.

Part of its success is connected to the online generation that accesses lifestyle content via an app, a video or with help of a blogging sensation.