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Simply Woman & Home

Simply Woman & Home April 2021

Simply Woman & Home is the only wellbeing and fitness title on the market that offers women of any age, any shape, any fitness level, particularly women over 40, the inspiration to feel fabulous every day. Simple changes that fit real life are the prescription to make the most of their looks, feel younger, fitter, slimmer, reduce stress, increase vitality and live a healthier life. The magazine is divided into sections focusing on wellbeing, beauty, diet, fitness, health and ‘inner you’ and is packed with tips, expert advice and best buys.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
4 Issues

in this issue

5 min
cut your cancer risk

According to Cancer Research UK, cancer will affect one in two of us during our lifetime. That’s a pretty terrifying statistic. But while roughly half of cancer cases are unavoidable, with the key being early diagnosis and treatment, experts believe the other half can be avoided, and that you can significantly reduce your chances of getting cancer with small lifestyle adjustments. ‘It’s important to give people the knowledge to understand how to reduce their risk,’ explains Prof Robert Thomas, Consultant Oncologist for Bedford and Addenbrooke’s University Trusts and author of How To Live (£11.99, Short Books Ltd). OUR EXPERTS EAT LESS CURED MEAT Cured meats and fish contain harmful substances called nitrates, which the body converts into carcinogens called nitrosamines. These nitrosamines damage DNA and cause gene mutations which is why, when consumed regularly,…

3 min
shake off your salt habit

You don’t need to be a huge fan of the white stuff to be eating way too much of it. Salt lurks in bread, is added to your favourite takeaway, and even sweet foods such as biscuits and cakes can have a high salt content. Slashing the nation’s intake has long been on the public health agenda with the latest government targets aiming to reduce salt levels further by 2024. But research shows that food manufacturers need to do much more to reach this goal. ‘Salt is the forgotten killer – it can lead to strokes, heart failure and heart attacks’ ‘Salt is the forgotten killer as it raises our blood pressure, leading to tens of thousands of strokes, heart failure and heart attacks every year,’ says Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine…

4 min
give your joints some tlc

Have you ever woken up and felt a little more stiff than normal – or perhaps you suffer from occasional pains in your knees and/or wrists? If so, you’re one of the 10 million people in the UK who suffer from joint pain. And, although it’s often associated with ageing, it can affect people of all ages. So what REALLY works to ease inflammation, swelling and stiffness? Our experts explain… The experts WHY DO MY JOINTS HURT? Your joints are lined by a cushioning layer called cartilage. Most people assume that over time, the cartilage wears away and this is what causes the pain. But there’s more to it than that. Through the normal knocks of life, cartilage suffers multiple small impacts and injuries that can cause it to become worn and thin, and the…

1 min
stealth salt

✢ CRUMPETS One standard sized crumpet can have the same amount of salt – 0.81g – as two portions of fast-food fries. ✢ BACON Two rashers of bacon can provide as much as 2.84g salt – that’s more salt than eight bags of ready salted crisps. ✢ ASIAN FISH SAUCE Shop-bought bottles of this condiment have been found to contain 4g of salt in just one tablespoon – the equivalent of nine anchovy fillets. ✢ PIZZAS Nearly half of all shop-bought pizzas contain 6g of salt, which is an entire daily allowance. ✢ WHAT ABOUT MEAT-FREE ALTERNATIVES? ‘We are often misled by the perceived “health halo” of meat alternatives, including meat-free burgers, sausages and mince, which can conceal high levels of salt,’ says Zoe. Research shows that many meat-free burgers contain more salt than real beef burgers, and some…

2 min
diet news

3 OF THE BEST PLANT-BASED READY MEALS Soulful Vegan Butternut Mac, £3.50, soulfulfood.com A creamy sauce made from tofu, cashews and almond milk - it’s the perfect cosy-night-in treat. Planty Butternut & Mango Madras, from £49.50 per box on a 10-meal subscription, planty.uk Contains three of your 5-a-day, as well as digestion-boosting fibre and a real spicy kick! Co-op GRO Meatball Marinara Linguine, £2.95 The ‘meatballs’ are made from mushrooms but you really wouldn’t know! This also contains one of your 5-a-day. Avoid the breakfast sugar trap ‘Breakfast is a great opportunity to get something healthy into your diet,’ says Rob Hobson, Head of Nutrition at Healthspan. ‘But often even foods that appear healthy, like muesli and granola, may be loaded with sugar.’ Follow these 'rules' and keep the morning sugar hit to a minimum… ✢ BEWARE OF FREE SUGARS Even naturally…

2 min
go on a dechox!

Us Brits eat an estimated 11kg of chocolate each, every year. But while the odd piece is fine, if you’re eating it all the time you could pose a few problems. The problem isn’t the cocoa – that’s been shown to have health benefits including helping lower blood pressure. The problem is that most chocolate is packed full of sugar, too. Giving it up for a month could help reset your sugar cravings and bring all kinds of other benefits… YOU’LL LOSE WEIGHT An average bar of chocolate contains around 200 calories. If you’re eating one a day, that’s an extra 6,000 calories a month, so ditching the choc could lead to a weight loss of 1.5lb! Obesity is a major cause of heart disease, so maintaining a healthy weight will help your…