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Women's Health UK

Women's Health UK

June 2021
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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

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United Kingdom
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English
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Hearst Magazines UK
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11 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome to women’s health

I am competitive. I’m also stubborn and bloody-minded. And while I can be sensitive, especially about how I look, I won’t let it hold me back – particularly when it comes to being the strongest, fittest, healthiest version of myself. I’m telling you this because I read with interest about research published in the Harvard Business Review that found the average woman is less competitive than the average man. Countless studies have tried to account for this gender gap, but the plethora of reasons can be summed up in a single word: confidence, or lack of it. Just as lack of self-belief holds women back professionally (just 34% of board seats in the UK are occupied by women*) and personally, it’s also detrimental to your health. It starts young. Only 10% of…

1 min.
take fish oil to train harder

It may already be a seasoned member of your supp squad, but get this. Researchers at Kobe Gakuin University in Japan have discovered that – alongside its well-documented heart and brain benefits – fish oil can help level up your cardio, too. Participants who were given a dose of the supplement were able to handle pain for longer and with less discomfort than the control group. The researchers believe that the DHA fatty acids in fish oil can amplify the effects of endorphins, which help you cope with the stress of physical exertion, suppressing pain and boosting your mood. Endorphins also play a role in relaying the benefits of exercise to your immune system, which in turn affects recovery time. By assisting these feel-good neurotransmitters, DHA simultaneously increases your pain…

2 min.
some like it hot

Want the latest health intel? We’ve combed the science journals so you don’t have to RIGHT FIT As more of us ditch the disposable 10-packs, a new study has found that the fit of a mask is as or more important than its material when it comes to protecting against Covid-19*. So, before you buy, measure the width of your face from ear to ear and cross reference with the product specs to check it’s got you covered. SWEAT DREAMS Love sleeping in your SO’s well-worn hoodie? Knock yourself out: new research suggests the scent of a loved one may boost your sleep*. When participants made a makeshift pillowcase out of a T-shirt that had either been worn by their partner, donned by a stranger (yes, grim) or not worn at all, they reported…

1 min.
the to-do list

TAKE PART | WOMEN’S HEALTH STRATEGY open until 30 May The government is calling for your views on and experiences of the NHS to improve the healthcare women receive. Fill in the survey at gov.uk. EAT | CAROB The humble bean is popping up in all sorts of smoothies and spreads. Tuck in for its HYP amino acid (lacking in a vegan diet), as well as fibre, antioxidants and more. READ | THINK BIG by Dr Grace Lordon (£14.99, Penguin Life) Containing tons of behavioural science, this book will help you move towards your most ambitious goals by making small changes every day.…

1 min.
is there any way to control pms-related mood swings?

As if shelling out for products (for the pad and tampon brigade) or handling a heavy flow of laundry (reusables crew, we see you) wasn’t annoying enough, a period-induced downer is a bloody awful reality for an estimated 75% of women. ‘PMS mood swings can start anywhere from day 14 after the start of your last period right the way up to day seven after the next,’ says GP Dr Ann Donnelly, who adds that tracking days in your cycle when your mood fluctuates can help you predict a pattern for future months. Diet can play a role, too. ‘On those days of intense mood changes, it can help to limit things like sugar, caffeine and alcohol, which are all known to affect mood.’ Research suggests that daily B vitamins, magnesium…

1 min.
asking for a friend

HOW CAN I DEAL WITH BLADDER LEAKS? If you thought urinary incontinence (UI) was just an issue for older women or new mums, think again. It affects a quarter of active women, according to research, 90% of whom have never told a soul. For most people, it’s ‘stress UI’ – triggered by sneezing, laughing or exercise (burpees, jumping jacks, etc). But it can also happen when the bladder needs to release quickly or more often, according to Dr Kathleen Kobashi, head of urology at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle – leaving little time to nip to the loo. How to fix the leak? Limit caffeine and alcohol, both of which can irritate the bladder, and do Kegel exercises to build up muscles to tighten the valve. Keep a log of…