Diet & Fitness

Alcohol after exercise ‘disrupts your body’s efforts to recover’

Drinking a few beers after exercise may be highly satisfying but, according to a new study, it also appears to…

Don’t believe the outrage. Anti-sugar activists have scored a colossal triumph

In any negotiation, one side will go in with extreme demands hoping for a compromise solution that gives them what…

18 Aug 2016

Let us eat cake – but only occasionally

Cake has lost its charm – and The Great British Bake Off is partly to blame.

17 Aug 2016

Why healthy people shouldn’t be taking vitamin D pills

Should we all be popping a pill to stave off vitamin D deficiency? That appeared to be the message last…

15 Aug 2016

Six hours of exercise a week is ‘best dose to ward off disease’

The minimum amount of exercise recommended by the British Government and the World Health Organisation is insufficient to prevent cancer,…

Cupping is making a comeback. But does it actually work?

You may have noticed that several Olympic athletes are covered in bruises. No, these are not minor injuries obtained during…

Don’t dismiss the data: a fatter Britain really is consuming fewer calories

Three years ago, a study found that people in Britain drink considerably more than they say they do. It became…

9 Aug 2016

Why berries are the fruit of female solidarity

Berries helped create a society among women of mutual help and consideration.

9 Aug 2016

Exercise in older age ‘protects against dementia’

Researchers at UCLA say they have found an association between low physical activity and a higher risk of dementia. The…

How to cut sugar intake without making your life miserable

Going sugar-free is de rigueur these days but going cold turkey won’t suit everyone. In my experience the complete avoidance…

3 Aug 2016

Could eating too much saturated fat affect your brain?

Eating too much saturated fat makes your brain struggle to control what you eat, according to new research by the…

Multivitamins for healthy pregnant women are a waste of time. Doctors should say so

In my daily practice, I get frequent questions from pregnant women regarding what constitutes optimal nutrition, as rare is the…

2 Aug 2016

It only takes one hour of exercise per day to counter sedentary behaviour

Just one hour of daily exercise is required to counteract the health risks associated with long periods of sitting, according…

Are apples evil?

Apples have often been involved in man’s fall from grace.

1 Aug 2016

‘Inner fat’ is a killer lurking in your belly. Here’s how to get rid of it

All of us have fat that we can’t see. That’s because it’s hidden within our bodies. To see it properly,…

28 Jul 2016

Binge watching TV ‘could kill you’ so take a break from that box set

Adults who spend over five hours watching television a day are more than twice as likely to die as a…

Intense exercise is wrecking our bodies — as my crushed pinky can testify

As I write this, my little finger is withering away. It has been pushed around, crushed to death by a…

26 Jul 2016

On vitamin D, sun-starved Brits should look to Norway

Is anyone surprised that we Brits are in danger of having vitamin D deficiencies? Those long winter nights might be…

22 Jul 2016

The ‘low-fat’ dark ages are over — evidence shows the Mediterranean diet is best

More evidence has been forthcoming this week regarding the efficacy of the Mediterranean diet and its positive impact on health.…

20 Jul 2016

What ‘core strength’ actually means and how you can build it

Theresa May is an unlikely fitness celebrity but last week she was praised for ‘incredible core strength’ after a particularly…

19 Jul 2016

Fifteen minutes of walking a day is ‘lowest effective dose of exercise’

One short and intense period of daily exercise is the best way to beat heart disease, according to an article…

Fasting slows the ageing process. Sounds unlikely? Here’s the science

A drug that slowed ageing and protected the body from diseases such as cancer would no doubt cause considerable excitement…

15 Jul 2016

Overweight people ‘have brain deficits that affect self-control’

A study in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience suggests overweight people may have deficits in areas of the brain related…

Here are five easy stretches that can reduce lower back pain

Many people suffer from lower back pain. I’ve had to deal with it myself. It is a consequence of being…

14 Jul 2016

Sorry, eating vegetables probably won’t make you any happier

A higher intake of fruit and vegetables is linked to greater happiness, according to a study published in the American…

Why fasting for Ramadan is (probably) good for your health

Ramadan ends today. For me, like for other Muslims, it has been a tough month. Abstaining for about 19 hours…

6 Jul 2016