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Women's Health UK March 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
Hearst Magazines UK
11 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
welcome to women’s health

It’s lockdown, the trilogy – not the name of a predictable Hollywood blockbuster, but the life we’re all living (again). Necessary? Yes. Boring and monotonous? Hell, yes. Unsurprisingly, many of us are struggling mentally. The uncertainty that shrouds our future in a thick, suffocating fog is anxiety-inducing; the world feels chaotic, and as the winter months drag on, it’s bleak and depressing. One of the many feelings I’ve been experiencing is loneliness. Late last summer, I sat in my spare bedroom to write my editor’s letter for the September issue of this magazine. As always, I spoke from the heart. ‘The truth is I’m lonely, and a bit bored,’ I wrote. ‘The lethargy is real; some days, my energy levels are so low I find it hard to motivate myself to…

1 min.
squat deep to live longer

If sitting is the new(ish) smoking, squatting is the new standing. That’s according to a recent study*, which has found a novel way of offsetting the health risks of spending extended periods bum-on-seat. Researchers who spent time with the Hadza hunter-gatherer community in northern Tanzania found that, although the group spent a similar amount of time sitting as a typical industrialised population (like us), their blood contained much lower levels of triglyceride fats (of which high levels are a risk factor for heart disease). They concluded that the Hadza’s ‘active resting’, in postures such as kneeling or deep squatting – which they did nearly a third of the time they weren’t moving – maintained enough muscle activity to prevent the build-up of triglycerides in the blood and avoid disease. As…

2 min.
news you can use

Heavy sleeper A new study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that insomnia patients with a psychiatric disorder such as depression, anxiety or ADHD experienced reduced insomnia severity, improved sleep quality and less daytime sleepiness when they slept with a weighted blanket. Simba’s Orbit blanket (£149, simbasleep.com) comes highly recommended by one WH staffer FORCE OF NATURE Watching high-quality nature programmes can help lift your mood and reduce the boredom associated with periods of isolation, according to researchers at the University of Exeter. Completed Attenborough? Try Netflix’s Night On Earth or My Octopus Teacher for your next natural high. FLAV-OUR OF THE MONTH Behold, the power of a good brew: a new study by the University of Reading found that a diet rich in flavanols – plantbased compounds found in foods such as…

1 min.
the to-do list

READ | LAZINESS DOES NOT EXIST by Dr Devon Price (£20, Atria Books) This book unpicks how we all became so obsessed with being productive, and offers practical advice for embracing the power of ‘just enough’. KNOW | L-THEANINE Set to be the CBD of 2021, searches for this tea-derived amino acid went up 300% last year*. Now popping up in all sorts of functional drinks, it claims to boost focus and ease stress. EAT | OGGS AQUAFABA (£1.95, Sainsbury’s) This chickpea-based egg alternative comes in a handy resealable carton, ideal for mixing into a planet-friendly pancake batter this month.…

1 min.
i’ve gone ‘seagan’. do i need to be supplementing?

Sea-what, now? The latest pick’n’ mix plate consists of a vegan diet with a small amount of sustainably sourced seafood. ‘This may appeal to those who want to consume a mainly plant-based diet, without missing out on the nutritional benefits of fish – one of the few foods without a nutritionally similar plant-based equivalent,’ says registered dietitian Maeve Hanan (dieteticallyspeaking.com). For example, she notes that studies have found omega-3 – the brain-boosting fatty acid in oily fish and shellfish – to be less effective in supplement form compared with whole foods, while seafood such as cod and crab can provide iodine – essential for thyroid health and harder to come by on a vegan diet (Hanan points out that vegans should ensure their alt-milk is iodine-enriched). Seagans may be vulnerable…

1 min.
how gross is it to wear yesterday’s unwashed workout gear?

Unless your last ‘workout’ was 30 minutes laid in corpse pose, it’s not the best idea. ‘Working out causes the body to produce more sweat and moisture than usual, which can then become trapped in gym clothing,’ says cosmetic doctor Dr Shirin Lakhani. And when you throw on that pair of leggings for another session? ‘The bacteria and particles of dirt that are clinging to your clothes rub on to your skin and trigger the inflammatory response that causes acne and folliculitis,’ Dr Lakhani explains. Playing fast and loose with hygiene isn’t great for your crotch area, either. ‘The build-up of sweat in the groin from rewearing old workout clothes can alter the natural pH level of the vagina, increasing the likelihood of conditions such as bacterial vaginosis, while the…