Diet & Fitness

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Dear Father Christmas: your work life is harming your health

Dear Father Christmas, I was pleased to see you again at your annual health check, which we always do prior…

Five things I’ve learned about dieting at Christmas

The most common advice we get about dieting at Christmas can be summed up in two words: don’t bother. It…

Fewer illnesses, less stress: how cold water swimming can change your life

I have always swum regularly but, one summer when the pool was closed for a couple of weeks, a friend…

No, a regular sauna probably doesn’t protect against dementia

Regular sauna visits may reduce the risk of dementia, according to a study at the University of Eastern Finland (however,…

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How to keep your gut microbes happy at Christmas

Christmas is a time of excess — swigging mulled wine, unbuttoning bursting buttons and wishing in hindsight that you hadn’t…

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Regular running builds stronger connections in the brain, scans suggest

Runners’ brains have greater ‘functional connectivity’ than those of more sedentary people, according to research at the University of Arizona.…

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Free-range eggs offer bigger dose of vitamin D

‘Free-range’ eggs contain up to 30 per cent more vitamin D than those from factory farms, according to research at…

Physically active boys ‘do better at reading and maths’

A sedentary lifestyle is linked to poorer academic performance in boys, according to research published in the Journal of Science…

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Why diets don’t work: ‘obesity-causing’ bacteria linger in the gut

New research published in the journal Nature suggests that intestinal microbes play an unexpectedly important role in recurrent obesity —…

The rise of the food fads: how plain old healthy eating got left behind

Change underpins fashion, rejecting what was then and replacing it with what is now. This is especially true in the…

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To help your heart, don’t ban butter — just embrace the Mediterranean diet

Reducing saturated fat intake very slightly can lower your risk of developing heart disease, according to a study at Harvard…

Bulging biceps, tiny legs: why gym bunnies turn into sparrows below the waist

Men who work out at the gym love to show off their six-packs — and, even more, their pumped-up biceps,…

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‘Diet’ sweetener isn’t great for a diet. A new study suggests why

The sugar substitute aspartame, used in many diet drinks, encourages weight gain — at least in mice. A new study,…

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Teenagers ‘drink a bathtub of cola a year’? This gimmick helps no one

As any fool knows, height is measured in double-decker buses and land is measured in football pitches. If you are…

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Why your old bagged salad is a health menace

Damaged leaves could be harbouring salmonella in bagged salads, according to research at the University of Leicester. The study, published…

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Children who drink full-fat milk are skinnier, finds study

Children who drink full-fat milk weigh less than those who drank semi-skimmed milk, a study at the University of Toronto…

sugary drinks

Does being deprived of sleep make you crave sugary drinks?

People who get five or fewer hours of sleep a night are likely to drink significantly more caffeinated sugary drinks,…

Hard water: bad for your kettle, great for your health

The business of bottled water is booming. And not just plain water: coconut water, birch water, watermelon water. Some brands…