Health & Fitness
Women's Health UK

Women's Health UK November 2019

Women’s Health is the first UK magazine to bring you health, beauty, fitness, fashion, weight loss, food & sex, all wrapped up in one super-glossy lifestyle title

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
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11 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome to women’s health

It feels like everyone is talking about mental health. People are opening up about their feelings, owning their conditions, being honest, proud even, to be part of a growing and necessary conversation. And yet, this climate of candidness is garnering a growing cynicism. Are we, as a society, medicalising what are, in fact, perfectly normal human emotions? You can be sad and unhappy, but not depressed. Feeling anxious, a gnawing sense of unease or worry can be beneficial. You’re more likely to be better prepared if a little anxiety has crept in ahead of an upcoming exam or work presentation. But what happens when these emotions become overwhelming; physical, distressing, debilitating? And when ordinary, reactive emotions to the meandering normality of life become so intense they may be life-threatening? When someone is struggling,…

1 min.
follow a parody account for better body image

•Before Kim K’s bum-to-waist ratio has you sacking off social media for good, it’s worth knowing that there’s a more inclusive side to Instagram. In fact, it can actually boost your body confidence. That’s provided you’re following the right people. In a recent study, published in the journal Body Image, researchers asked over 100 women to look at either photos posted to social media by celebs and influencers (think hewn mahogany bodies in #plandid swimwear shots), or the same image posted next to its parody on @celestebarber’s account. It’ll come as little surprise that the group who saw only the celeb’s photos felt unhappier after their scrolling sesh, but those who viewed the parodies experienced an increase in body satisfaction. Celeste Barber’s take on Miley Cyrus covering her baps with…

2 min.

The NHS is trialling a new app that will allow you to get an at-home diagnosis and treatment for urinary tract infections. By snapping a photo of a used dipstick – a rod you wee on that doubles as an effective insult for a sibling – picked up from the pharmacist, patients can have their urine analysed via the app. The scheme is ongoing in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire until the end of the year, and – if successful – will be rolled out nationwide. LAUGHING MATTERS Jokes not landing? Scientists have found that hearing spontaneous laughter improves a gag’s funniness rating by 15-20%, and even the canned lols boost crack appreciation by 10%*. Praise be for your easily amused work wife. CORE STRENGTH Those who eat the whole apple end up consuming roughly 10…

1 min.
the to-do list

GO | MIND BODY SOUL EXPERIENCE 18-20 October, Alexandra Palace, London Chakras out of whack? Hit up this three-day wellness festival for varieties of yoga you never knew existed, food to feed your soul and, erm, angel meditation. Crystal vendors guaranteed. £26 for three-day access. READ | NIGEL SLATER GREENFEAST AUTUMN, WINTER out 3 October (£22, HarperCollins) All the plate-scraping deliciousness you’d expect from a recipe book by Nige, without the meat. It’s every bit as delightful as the spring/summer edition. KNOW | WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2019, 10 OCTOBER Between 2005 and 2015, only 27% of those who died by suicide had been in contact with mental health services in the year before their death, so suicide prevention is this year’s theme. Find out more at papyrus-uk.org…

1 min.
why does cleaning my ears with a cotton bud feel so good?

How can something so wrong feel so… right? No, not snogging Brian from IT at Friday drinks, but cleaning your ears with a cotton bud. That you have lots of nerve endings in your ears might explain why it feels so satisfying going to town on them, but when you stick a cotton bud in your ear, you’re hitting more than just nerve endings. ‘Inserting cotton buds in the ear might feel like it gets wax out, but it also pushes excess wax even deeper into the ear canal,’ says Duncan Collet-Fenson, audiologist at Aston Hearing. ‘Inserting a foreign body into the ear canal also increases the risk of infection.’ So how should you clean your ears then? ‘You shouldn’t,’ explains Collet-Fenson. ‘Having earwax is both normal and useful, as…

1 min.
a tummy bug has left me feeling foggy – what gives?

•There’s a reason stomach bugs linger long after you’ve peeled yourself off the loo. Qasim Aziz, professor of neurogastroenterology at the London Digestive Centre* (an institution we can only assume is filled with confused biscuit fans) explains: ‘Developing gastroenteritis can be due to both viral and bacterial infections. These external “bugs” compete with your gut microbiome for the local resources available for survival. Once the intrinsic bacteria are lost, all the healthy functions they usually perform – including regulation of sensation, movement and your immune system – can be disrupted.’ And that includes the gut-brain connection. ‘Your gut can signal up to your brain via your metabolic, nervous and endocrine systems, so any changes occurring in the gut lead to reciprocal changes in the brain, and vice versa,’ adds Professor…