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Women's Health UK August 2020

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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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11 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome to women’s health

‘What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for? A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw – that it finally forces us to grow?’ These are the powerful questions posed in a now viral unnamed poem by Leslie Dwight. Within days of the relatively unknown writer posting it on social media, it had been liked almost half a million times on her personal Instagram account and shared all over the world, its words probing and unifying – a rallying cry for a different future. ‘A year we finally accept the need for change,’ it continues. ‘Declare change. Work for change. Become the change.’ We’re just over halfway through 2020 and it’s already likely to be the defining year of our lifetime. Coronavirus reared its devastating, deadly, ugly…

1 min.
track your period for sporting success

While teenage you may have been more likely to use your monthly bleed as an excuse to get out of sports, as an adult with fitness goals in mind, keeping close tabs on your menstrual cycle could be key to ramping up your success. Research by sports scientist Dr Georgie Bruinvels has found that hormonal fluctuations can affect things like biomechanics, laxity of ligaments and muscular firing patterns – key players in keeping injury at bay and your body performing efficiently. Indeed, different stages of your cycle make you more prone to injury; for instance, in the phase leading up to ovulation, hormonal changes mean you’re more prone to injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament – key to stabilising the knee joint. Considering Harvard University found that injuries are one…

3 min.
news you can use

BEST BREW A recent study* found that drinking filtered coffee (defined as using a paper filter for a dripbrewed beverage) is better for your ticker than no coffee at all, and contains 30 times fewer cholesterol-raising diterpene compounds than an unfiltered brew. News to warm the heart. TASTES VANIL-LIAR Trying to cut back on sugar? Get this: the aroma of vanilla can trick your brain into thinking whatever you’re drinking is sweeter than it is, so you can add up to 50% less sugar and still enjoy the sweetness you crave, according to a study* looking at sweetened milk. Add some extract to a cuppa and try it yourself. PRO-TATOES As muscle foods go, spuds are probably pretty far down your list. But according to a recent study*, they’re a legit source of protein. When…

4 min.
how often should i be seeing a dental hygienist?

ASKING FOR A FRIEND HOW MUCH NIPPLE HAIR IS NORMAL? Like texting on the toilet and farting loudly in an empty room, plucking your nipple hair is one of life’s infrequently documented but no less satisfying pursuits. Despite serving no anatomical purpose since the invention of central heating, nipple hair is extremely common. The areolas contain hair follicles just like the rest of your skin, with the amount, thickness and colour of the coverage varying from person to person – and there’s no such thing as ‘normal’. By all means, name that wiry guy hovering over your right nip, or incorporate a daily comb into your morning routine. That said, if you do decide to, erm, nip it in the bud, caution is required. Razors (oof) and wax (eesh) can be…

3 min.
do at-home food intolerance tests actually work?

If the arrival of smartphones made search-engine experts of us all, the rise of at-home testing has granted us similar powers – only, this time, with prescribing powers thrown in. Starting at around £100, food intolerance kits use a blood spot (that is, pricking your finger to draw blood) to test your reactions to a panel of 100 to 200 foods, and they claim to be able to uncover the cause of symptoms such as migraines and skin issues by identifying the foods you can’t tolerate. It’s an attractive proposition if you’re struggling with otherwise unexplainable problems. And ‘state-of-the-art’ diagnostics and free nutritional guidance make the whole process seem legit. Only, it isn’t. Food intolerance is a nonspecific term that describes any abnormal reactions that occur after eating a certain food,…

3 min.
can my skin type change over time?

This is a question my clients often ask me, and the answer isn’t straightforward. Why? Because, no, you can’t intrinsically change your skin type – dry, oily, normal, combination or sensitive – but that doesn’t mean your skin isn’t in a constant state of flux, reacting to both your internal and external environments. Therefore, various factors, such as the dermis’ water content, the body’s hormone levels and the different seasons, can cause changes. The good news is that you can transform your dermis by compensating for its natural weaknesses; eg, injecting dehydrated skin with moisture or using astringents on oily skin. There are various reasons why, despite its established type, your skin may seem to be as changeable as a Love Island contestant’s affections. Hormones are a key player. As you…