It is well-established from numerous population-based observational studies, that consumption of polyphenol-rich foods, primarily fruits and vegetables is beneficial to health. Until relatively recently, it was widely believed that these health benefits were mediated by their capacity to scavenge free radicals, but there is another mechanism by which they seem to support overall health too. It is thought that polyphenols help the body adapt.
With temperatures increasing here in the UK, staying hydrated is so important. We’ve all been there, that creeping headache to remind us we’ve not grabbed a drink for a couple of hours, but like most things, it’s easier to make changes if we understand why we need to. So let’s take a look at why fluids are so important to us as humans, how much we really should be drinking and some top tips to increase intake when we’re struggling.
It is believed that 90% of human cells are not of human origin; hence the saying we are only 10% human! So what are these non-human bits? Well they largely make up our various microbiotas; found on our skin, in our mouth, genitalia and of course our gastrointestinal tract. The microbiome, or microbiota is an important modifier of both health and disease, so let’s take a look at the one found in our gut to start off with.
Would you believe that on average, people in the UK don’t eat enough fibre? The recommended intake is 30g per day, but the average intake is 17.2g for women and 20.1g for men. Low fibre intake is generally associated with constipation and some gut diseases with high fibre diets have been seen to reduce cholesterol, diabetes risk and help protect against certain cancers.
Here at Fivaday we are passionate about getting as many fruits and vegetables in your diet as possible. But if you want to know the why’s and wherefores (like a toddler on a Sunday morning before you’ve even managed to grab a coffee), we’ve got you. Let’s take a look at the importance of micronutrient intake, especially in relation to aging.
For the most part it is considered that athletes are more susceptible to oxidative stress and should increase their antioxidant defenses. But like most things in life, it just isn’t that simple. It appears that training can have both positive and negative effects on oxidative stress depending on load and specificity.
We all had a bit of surprise with the temperatures this bank holiday. Here at Fivaday HQ a few of us were a little slow with the sunscreen, and we’re betting that some of you were too, but on the plus side it did remind us of another reason why we love polyphenol compounds.