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Women's Health UK December 2020 / January 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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11 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
welcome to women’s health

Welcome to the final issue of Women’s Health of 2020. It would be easy for me to use this letter to look back on what a nightmare this year has been. But I’m choosing not to concentrate on the swirling negativity and uncertainty that continues to blight our lives. Instead, I want to focus on the positives and celebrate what we’ve achieved – you, me and all the wonderful women who engage daily with this empowering brand. I put the question to my brilliant team: ‘What’s come out of 2020 that’s worthy of celebration?’ Their answers came in thick and fast. Unsurprisingly, a social shift towards prioritising health and fitness topped their lists. This was the year when people sat up and realised how crucial and potentially life-saving leading a healthy…

1 min.
switch off your sugar cravings

We know that you know that scrolling through your friend’s sister’s boss’s interiors Instagram post-midnight isn’t conducive to a rejuvenating night’s kip. But those late-night screen sessions could also be fuelling the gravitational pull of the Quality Street tin the next day, as research by the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior has directly linked blue light with a stronger desire for sweet food the following day. Considered in the context of previous evidence that sleep deprivation increases the production of hunger hormone ghrelin, it makes sense that a night-time screen binge may line you up for a sugar-shaped one. The solution? Stop using screens in the bedroom – or, at least, limit nocturnal blue light exposure from your devices with an app such as F.lux or Twilight. Here’s…

2 min.
news you can use

For the sprout A new study* has found that consuming more cruciferous veg, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, is linked with lower levels of blood vessel disease in women in their seventies. Scientists think it could be down to their high levels of vitamin K, which might help inhibit calcification (accumulation of mineral deposits) in blood vessels. Either way, make room. GET APP-TIVE At a time when motivation levels might be flagging, new research from Australia could help you out. A study* found that fitness apps alone might not be enough to get you going, but those with an in-built community aspect inspire users to do more and they find it more enjoyable – try Strava or Peloton, for example. STEP TO IT Idle perambulators, listen up. According to new research in the Journal…

3 min.
ask wh

Can you ever really get rid of stretch marks? Let’s get one thing straight: stretch marks are completely natural, so first ask yourself why you want to get rid of them. They often occur during pregnancy but can also arise after a period of rapid weight gain. Even packing on muscle quickly can do it. In short, they’re very, very common. ‘Stretch marks are caused by collagen and elastin in the dermis – beneath the skin’s outer layer – rupturing as the skin stretches,’ says Dr Shaaira Nasir, consultant dermatologist at Sk:n Clinics. If you want to reduce their appearance, moisturising is first on Dr Nasir’s list of ways to reduce their visibility. She suggests seeking out a moisturiser with hyaluronic acid or centella asiatica, an Asian herb, which could help…

1 min.
why do my feet smell so bad?

While having feet stinkier than that bloke from HR’s chat is less than ideal, it’s also incredibly common – and fixable. ‘The cause is usually bacteria that live on the skin,’ explains Emma McConnachie, podiatrist and vice-president of the College of Podiatry. ‘While everyone has them, in people who sweat more than average (a condition known as hyperhidrosis), the bacteria overproduce, creating an odour.’ Personal hygiene on point and no sign of a fungal nail infection (another common stinky soles culprit)? McConnachie suggests rethinking your footwear. ‘Bad smells often come from shoes where bacterial levels have risen because of increased moisture from sweat,’ she explains. The fix? Wear shoes made from breathable fabrics; give them time to dry out after a sweaty workout before wearing them again and pick socks…

3 min.
are fermented foods really worth the hype?

If you thought the wellness world would swiftly get over ’kraut and kombucha, you’re very much mistaken. Global sales of fermented foods are expected to reach £32billion by 2023*. Ready to geek out? Fermentation is an age-old practice that involves the controlled action of live microbes (bacteria and yeasts) to preserve food and enhance its flavour, texture and nutritional make-up. And fermented foods are hiding in plain sight – yoghurt, cheese, chocolate and coffee are all technically fermented. During fermentation, microbes (naturally present or added) consume sugars in foods they’re living on, like dairy or vegetables, producing gases and acids. Microbial end products give fermented foods their fizz and tangy flavour – think of the tartness of yoghurt or the bitterness of kombucha – and create a preservative effect by lowering…