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New RDS health show for 2018

Health Stores Ireland has announced a major consumer natural health show – Vitality Expo 2018 will be held at the RDS Dublin on September 8 and 9 in collaboration with INM Events.

Mary Wedel, chair of Health Stores Ireland told Rude Health: “The relaunch of the annual consumer/trade show, with the exciting collaboration of national media organisation INM, will give us the perfect platform to highlight the independent health food trade and our collaboration with many terrific Irish artisans.”

The show will have a festival feel, with an outdoor stage, healthy food offerings, an artisan village and range of family-friendly activities and fun. There’s something for everyone, from inspiring speakers and interactive talks, to show deals, cookery demo’s and tastings from artisan and local producers.

Oliver McCabe will be MC’ing and managing the food demonstration area. There’ll be a wealth of information to help improve family health and wellbeing, plus music, yoga and pilates sessions too.

Rude Health will be playing an integral part in the Vitality Expo event with exciting news to be announced soon. Check out vitalityexpo.ie

Keeping sugar spikes at bay

With the extra calories and added sugar that comes at this time of year, it's important to maintain a healthy blood sugar balance to prevent energy dips, spikes, fatigue, poor skin and lowered immunity.

One true superfood which can help with this is Ceylon cinnamon, used traditionally and recognised for centuries for its medicinal and healing properties.

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Irish fitness attitudes revealed

In a recent research study delivering a sample size of over 1,000 interviews, Irish Life Health has revealed the nation’s views on being proactive about our health. The research shows that 21% of people said cost is a major barrier in the pursuit of health and fitness management, with 59% of respondents saying that staying fit is ‘expensive’.

The research also examined how parents in Ireland are working to incorporate fitness into family life, with 84% saying they make it a priority to keep children fit and healthy all year round. However, with the colder months upon us, two thirds of parents say they struggle to get their family outside and active in winter.

The research showed that 82% of parents of school-aged children think of team sports as a good way to get children to stick with sports, although 39% say they struggle to find time for fitness themselves.

Irish workers not keen to share mental health concerns

A recent independent survey commissioned by Mojo, a men’s health and wellbeing training programme, has revealed that 60% of Irish workers are not comfortable taking sick leave if they experience mental health challenges.

The survey indicated that, whilst the stigma attached to mental health issues in Ireland is breaking down, efforts need to be made to promote a change of mindset within the workplace.

Other findings from the survey show that almost two-thirds of Irish workers are unsure if they would feel comfortable speaking to their employer if they were experiencing mental health challenges, and over 40% said they don’t know if they would receive the required support.

The survey was carried out face to face with a random selection of 300 employees in Dublin. The Mojo Programme is run by South Dublin County Partnership funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP).

Did you know?

Individuals with darker skin naturally produce less vitamin D, as the melanin in their skin provides more protection against UV rays. This means that they must spend longer in the sun to produce the same amount of vitamin D as those with lighter skin.

Whilst many of us live increasingly indoor lives, some individuals have particularly low sun exposure. These include:

  • Elderly people who are house bound or live in care homes
  • Office workers who spend most of their day inside
  • People who wear covering clothing for cultural or religious reasons
  • Those with a disability that prevents them from getting outside regularly
  • Those who work night shifts and sleep during the day

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to ‘surface’ symptoms such as muscle weakness, fatigue and frequent coughs and colds, to ‘concealed’ symptoms such as osteoporosis and bone deformities.

Carotenoids a boost to AMD sufferers

Research conducted over two years by a team from the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI) at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) involving over 100 people diagnosed with the early stages of the most common cause of blindness has tested their reaction to a dietary supplement of carotenoids.

Results from the study are published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS).

Participants in the study all had the early stages of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). They received supplementary meso-zeaxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein, the three carotenoids that make up macular pigment. Improvements in vision were marked among those receiving all three carotenoids compared to those receiving only zeaxanthin and lutein. 40% of trial participants had what is deemed to be a clinically meaningful improvement in their vision after 24 months.

Breakfast important for your arteries

Research from medical research centres in Spain and the US has found that people who regularly skip breakfast are more likely to have hardening and thickening of the arteries.

The study was published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers recruited 4,082 healthy workers aged 40 to 54 from the headquarters of Santander Bank in Madrid and asked them to fill in a questionnaire on their breakfast habits over 15 days.

The researchers looked at their arteries to see if they showed signs of fatty tissue build-up. Only 3% of the participants skipped breakfast; 69% had a low-energy breakfast; 28% had a high-energy breakfast. Overall, about 63% of participants showed some signs of atherosclerosis, and it was more common among people who skipped breakfast than those who ate breakfast every day.

Read news stories from previous issues of Rude Health Magazine here

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