** In collaboration** Food is amazing. It doesn’t matter whether you are a sorcerer of steak, a lover of legumes or a fiend for fruit, food has something that brings people together. It’s not just a key to bring family and friends together around the dining table, but it’s what we need for survival. Thankfully, most of the population has come a long way from the diet of the caveman – though some do prefer the Paleo way of life today – and food is a source of nutrition, health and enjoyment all rolled into one. Food plays a very important role in health, because you are what you eat. If you prefer a diet filled with processed foods and refined sugars, you’re not going to necessarily be unhealthy, but you’re going to feel sluggish and lacking in energy much of the time. It’s not because any food is inherently ‘bad’ for you, but because all food plays a role in the way your body performs. For example, without regular water, your body will feel tired, dehydrated and you can develop headaches because your brain isn’t as hydrated as it should be. Similarly, the digestive tract has a vital role in your health, and because it’s responsible for absorbing the nutrients that you consume and eliminates waste, you have to ensure your digestive tract stays as healthy as possible. By not looking after your health, you can end up developing […]
** In Collaboration** Whether you’re planning on a solo travel trip or a large group outing this year, you might already have some concerns about the medical implications of travelling to certain countries. For instance, if you’re travelling to a country such as South Africa, then you might be worried about contracting a condition such as malaria. It is a […]
**In Collaboration** Our bodies can be thought of as vessels for our lives. We have to take great care of them in order to live healthy and comfortable lifestyles, and we do this through simple self-care practices and measures that many people neglect for a variety of reasons. In order to correctly take care of our bodies, it takes focus […]
Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Rosalind Miller, PhD in Global Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
My research focusses on practices of retail pharmacies in Bangalore, India. My fieldwork included a standardised patient (mystery shopper) survey of Bangalore’s pharmacies. This involved trained researchers presenting at a random sample of 333 pharmacies with standardised cases of diarrhoea for an (absent) child and suspected tuberculosis. I also conducted in-depth interviews with pharmacy workers and other key informants. You […]
**Collaboration** Do you consider yourself truly healthy? If you’re exercising regularly, eating well most of the time, and learning how to manage stress, you may feel that you’re on top of things. But could it be that you aren’t listening to your body? The key to true wealth and wellbeing lies in really knowing what our bodies are signalling to […]
Featured ‘day in the life of’: Lisa a PhD student in developmental physiology & ‘In a Science World’ blogger.
A Day in the life of Lisa (developmental physiology PhD student & blogger): I’m Lisa a PhD student in developmental physiology at the University of Southampton, UK. I’m currently in my final year and my research is investigating how maternal diets (high-fat and also vitamin D deficient) during pregnancy impact on the baby’s skeletal muscle development and function in later life. […]