As you read this I should be arriving in Tanzania, ready to embark on a a 7 day trek on the Lemosho trail of Mount Kilimanjaro. I’ve spent the last few days in a frenzy trying to locate all the items on an extensive packing list, from insulated water bottles to trekking gaiters and a merino wool buff. I’m so grateful to Laura, who I frantically tweeted to ask for advice on my kit list whilst having a breakdown in an outdoors shop. She instantly gave me great advice and assured me that all the items would be worth their weight in gold. Note to self: don’t be stingy when you’re going up the biggest mountain in Africa! Also, a big shout out to my Mother who calmed me down during a massive packing related breakdown where I was seriously doubting my ability to not only pack a bag but also survive my first experience as an expedition medic. As usual, she knew exactly what to say and before I knew it my bag was packed and the hysteria had dissolved, so thank you Mama! I can’t wait to tell you all about my trip; I’m sure there’ll be ups and downs but now is the time to engage my PMA.
I’ve also had plenty of time to catch up with Bex before I go- we’ve been working on a few projects which we hope to share with you soon!
Anyhow, I thought I would preschedule this post before leaving, as usual sharing my favourite health related reads this week:
ALMOND MILK- GOOD FOR YOU, BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?
I’m pretty sure everyone I know, myself included, has added almond milk to their weekly shopping list. For me it’s not an alternative to dairy, I just like the nutty taste and relatively low calories that go with it. I had wondered how many almonds must be produced to maintain the almond frenzy that’s hit 2015 (yes I really do have such boring thoughts) so was intrigued when I saw this article in the Guardian revealing how much water’s needed to grow them in drought-stricken California.
HOW EATING YOUR GREENS CAN SAVE YOUR SIGHT
A recent study which followed participants for 26 years has shown that increasing your intake of carotenoids, mainly lutein and zaexanthin, found in green leafy vegetables, corn red pepper and eggs has been shown to reduce your risk of age related macular degeneration, which is one of the leading causes of vision loss in the over 50s, by up to 40%. Frittata anyone?! (1)
HRT- IT’S NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK
A few years back there was a lot of bad publicity about HRT and it’s associated risks, which gave women mixed messages about how to manage their menopausal symptoms. This left a generation of women suffering symptoms such as hot flushes, low mood, night sweats and vaginal dryness as doctors and patients were confused about the safety of HRT and it was subsequently avoided. Attitudes to HRT have now changed in line with research and although it obviously comes with some risks, which are worth discussing with your doctor, these are often outweighed by the benefits of the treatment, which can be life changing for many women. The Huffington post was dicussing this very topic this week. In my opinion, the best online resource for anything menopause related is a website called Menopause Matters, written by Gynaecologist Dr Currie. It will without a doubt answer all your questions!
THE TRUTH ABOUT COUGHS AND COLDS
We’ve entered the dreaded season of coughs and colds, so here’s a post I wrote last year explaining everything you need to know about those pesky viral illnesses! Not strictly ‘this week in health’, but oh well!
So, that’s it for this week! I’ll be back with a regular post once I return from Kilimanjaro… see you on the other side!
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