Middle aged? Go Mediterranean… the diet that prolongs your life.

mediterranean-mapWell, that may not be completely true… but it seems to be a current fad that we have seen a lot of people talking about – even scientists and health professionals. It seems that if we learn a thing or two from those that live nearer to the equator, we may just add a few years of fighting fit onto our lifeline.

The mediterranean diet is commonly undertaken in the countries to the south of Europe, near the mediterranean, obviously. The diet consists of meals rich in colourful vegetables, not too much meat, and plenty of oily foods that are great for your skin. What you didn’t know was that eating all manner of wholegrains and natural fatty acids (such as those found in avocado) can prevent you from getting all sorts of nasty diseases, and as the cereal adverts keep telling us, they are also good for your heart.

According to a study carried out by the University of Bordeaux and the Harvard School of Public Health, the women in the surveys that were more healthy tended to eat more fish, fruit and vegetables and consumed less red meat and alcohol. The study was carried out on over 10,000 women and shows that when you are mindful of what you eat, it can benefit you in more ways than you thought possible. It can even help you prevent Alzheimer’s.

Our Lifestyle tips page contains lots of helpful pointers to help improve the quality of your skin, and food is a big contender in the skin care arena. You should always drink plenty of water and try to avoid consuming too much dairy, alcohol and red meat as these can all cause blemishes and ageing of the skin. Also try to avoid smoking as this will definitely age you, not to mention all the other dreadful things it can cause!

We have put together a few links to some tasty mediterranean recipes for you to try, so that you can incorporate a bit more colour into your diet, and hopefully add a few more years onto a healthy life. Enjoy!

Recipe Links:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/mediterranean

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_mediterranean_recipes

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/feb/27/ten-great-mediterranean-recipes

 

To see the original article from the Daily Express, visit the link below:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/health/441183/Go-on-a-Mediterranean-diet-in-middle-age-for-a-healthy-long-life

New Science proves menopause does not mean you cannot conceive

Doctors in Japan and the US have made a breakthrough discovery that it is possible to conceive AFTER menopause. One baby has been born using this procedure and another is said to be on its way.

The doctors have made it possible for women to have children, after they have already experienced a natural menopause. The procedure is said to be “a technique to ‘reawaken’ the ovaries” in women who have experience early menopause due to having insufficient ovary functionality or “running out of eggs”.

This fascinating new technology could be a “game-changer” in the future of medical innovations and has the potential to bring motherhood to hundreds of women who have been unable to have children previously.

To read more about the article from the BBC, click on the link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24332772

If you have had trouble conceiving or have experienced an early menopause, you can find help and support by visiting the NHS website and also The Daisy Network for people to contact and useful information.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/menopause/Pages/Prematuremenopause.aspx

http://www.daisynetwork.org.uk

DIY surgically enhanced dimples and hog’s lard, what women used to care for their skin 100 years ago…

I recently came across a fantastically written article that highlighted historical skin care claims from people who considered themselves pioneers of the time, from around the reign and death of Queen Victoria. The article mentions snippets of ‘study manuals’ for women of the age, describing all sorts of, what we now consider to be, weird and wonderful methods of maintaining a healthy glow.

Some of the suggestions, that most would be horrified of participating in in modern day life, include putting lard on your face, incorporating sour milk into your daily moisturising regime and even a do it yourself guide on how to give yourself fake dimples using only a knife, a hook and a pair of scissors! I can’t envisage home kits for plastic surgery ever coming back into fashion…

It really is amazing how far skin care has come in such a short time, considering that now we have scientific remedies for reducing scar tissue and even regrowing whole areas of skin after injury. I don’t think I would have liked to have been a woman in Victorian Britain, resorting to not smiling and being told not to rub salad dressing into my face in case I grow a beard! I am very grateful for the clinical advances in modern day skincare and am a strong believer that science based products are the way forward, though I wouldn’t out rule all old wives tales, such as facial massage that has been said to stimulate relaxation of your facial muscles, and of course is generally a pleasant experience.

Read the article (link below) to get an insight into how our extraordinary ancestors looked after their skin.

http://theweek.com/article/index/249786/5-great-skincare-tips-from-100-years-ago