Striking statistics from Public Health England indicate that only 31% adults and 8% teenagers meet the bare minimum recommendation of eating ‘5 A Day’.[i] An adequate daily intake of fruits and vegetables is crucial for our health. It can help to support immunity, reduce disease risk, and improve overall health. An exciting way to increase your daily plant intake and consume at least 5-A-Day is to focus on ‘eating the rainbow'.
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How much fibre do you eat daily?
It's likely that you're not getting enough. Our average intake in the UK is 18g a day, a lot less than the recommended 30g. In comparison, some tribes in the world eat up to 100g of fibre every day.
If you are already going through menopause, you might have already observed its impact on your joints, bones and skin. Alternatively, if you are in your late 40s or 50s and preparing for this stage, you may be familiar with common symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flushes or mood swings. However, did you know that a drop in sex hormones can have a significant impact on your bone density, skin quality and joint health? During this stage of life, the ovaries cease their activity, and there[KS1] is a decrease in female hormones, particularly progesterone and oestrogen. The hormonal fluctuations, especially the decline in oestrogen, have a notable impact on connective tissue health. Connective tissue, as the name indicates, connects, and supports various tissues and organs in the body, including cartilage, bones, and skin. Additionally, it plays a crucial role in maintaining proper body posture and providing structural support.
Is your skin showing signs of ageing, are wrinkles increasing and your skin is looking dull, losing elasticity, and becoming dry?
You might need to support your collagen production. Skin is the largest organ in the human body. Skin acts as a protective barrier from the outside world, shielding our internal organs and systems from harmful external factors like infections, trauma, sun (UVA) damage, or toxins.
Did you know that up to 35% of all body protein content is made up of one type of protein? This protein is a key component of our connective tissue – the most widely distributed tissue in the body, which binds, holds, supports and strengthens other body tissues, as well as insulates and protecting the organs. It makes up our ligaments, tendons, skin, joints, cartilage, bone and even the gut lining, blood vessels and our teeth!
It is, therefore, absolutely vital to the health and proper integrity and function of ALL body tissues and organs.