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While increasing fruit and vegetable consumption remains a national priority, a new international survey has revealed the extent to which people are not meeting government guidelines on diet and nutrition in the UK.

Current recommendations are that everyone should eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day to reduce the risks of cancer, coronary heart disease and many other chronic diseases. The reality in the UK is that only 11% believe they actually achieve their 5 a day in a week.

The 2010 survey for Herbalife, revealed that 60% claimed their job or lifestyle made it too difficult to eat their 5 a day, despite accepting the benefits of balanced nutrition, while only 24% took nutritional supplements just in case.

While the most recent trends data suggest that women achieve more portions per day than men, this latest survey actually shows that women find it more difficult than men to include the recommended number of portions a day into their diet.

Women are notoriously more prone to stress eating than men and are more likely to develop unhealthy habits such as snacking on high sugar, high fat snacks when they juggle life or work long hours. More women than men blamed the expense of budgeting for 5 a day even though 93% of all women respondents considered the associated health benefits to be important.

But then there was still some confusion about what the government’s recommendations actually constituted. Over 75% incorrectly believed that eating 5 pieces of fruit would qualify. Dinner was considered to be the meal of least importance to both men and women in achieving 5 a day. Snacking was considered to be the most important with over one third seeing it as the most important way of getting their 5 portions a day.

Says Gavin Aley at Herbalife, “It’s clear that with today’s busy lifestyles most people still struggle to achieve their 5-a-day through fruit and vegetables. Real life demands a fast, simple, convenient alternative and that’s where nutritional supplements can help to support a healthy, balanced diet”.

Source – Herbalife

Article from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/182669.php

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As a reasonable proportion of SK Nutrition clients are looking to improve their risk factors in relation to heart disease, through improved lifestyle and eating habits, I thought the following article may be of interest to you.

It is not clear why it’s the case, but it seems that having a sibling with cardiovascular disease (CVD) is bad news for your own odds of developing CVD. It seems that an early shared environment may be a factor, with people developing poor eating or exercise habits in childhood that continue into their adult lives, but further research is needed.

In case you missed the article, here is the link to the BBC’s coverage: BBC NEWS | Health | Sibling link to heart health risk.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Herbalife Healthy Heart programme, please feel free to contact us or you can visit the Targeted Nutrition page of our website for specialist items that combine with our core products to help support your heart health.

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milAfter recently reading that stress from bad leadership at work can harm your health, it may come as little surprise to some that scientists have now discovered that living with your husband’s mother can damage your health too!!!

Here is an extract from the article I came across today:

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A scary video but an important message that I thought worth sharing.

Ahmed Al Haj is only 48 and looks healthy on the outside, yet this Bangladeshi waiter has ended up on the operating table for a triple heart bypass.

As a Muslim, Ahmed does not smoke or drink, but his diet has been rich in ghee, the clarified butter in which many south Asian dishes are drenched. Instead of a healthy pink muscle, his heart looks like a pulsating lump of lard after a lifetime of eating too much saturated fat.

The layer of fat encasing Mr Haj’s heart was so thick the surgeons doing his triple bypass could not see his coronary arteries. Surgeon Shyam Kolvekar from The Heart Hospital at University College London, who performed Mr Haj’s triple bypass, said cases like this were increasingly common and highlighted the dangers of eating too much saturated fat. (more…)

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Having discovered my all-time favourite website – www.ted.com – this weekend, I thought I’d share one of the many fascinating talks from it.

In a sobering 3-minute talk, Dr. Dean Ornish tracks the dramatic spread of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease around the globe — as people outside the US start to eat, live and die like Americans do. “This may be the first generation in which our kids live a shorter lifespan than we do,” Ornish says. The good news? These trends are preventable and even reversible through diet and exercise.

Click here to watch the short video.

Dean Ornish is a clinical professor at UCSF and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He’s a leading expert on fighting illness – particularly heart disease with dietary and lifestyle changes. There are a number of other talks from Dr Ornish on TED.com.

If you’d like help in putting together a personal wellness programme to assist you with weight control or all-round nutritional support feel free to contact me or you can browse the range of Herbalife Total Nutrition products at our online store:

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I’ve had several customers recently with Heart Health concerns, either due to existing conditions or people wanting to do what they can to reduce their increased risk of heart disease (see previous post), and I thought I’d share with you some information on Nitric Oxide…

Before I started my Herbalife product training, I’d never heard about Nitric Oxide or the work Nobel Laureate Dr. Louis Ignarro had done into its effects on the body. As several of my family have had high blood pressure and/or died in the night of heart disease I found it particularly interesting. (more…)

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bmigirl.jpg What you should know about BMI
BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a measurement that uses a scientific formula to determine an adult person’s safest, healthiest weight based upon their weight and height. BMI is a powerful tool you can use to help create your personal path to improved health.

A high BMI can be associated with serious health risks including:

  • obesity
  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • cancer

What is your personal BMI calculation?

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