World Vegetarian Day was founded in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) and October 1st is the start of Vegetarian Awareness Month. Much has been said about the benefits of a vegetarian diet, both to human health and the health of the planet. Many studies over the years have shown that vegetarians tend to have lower rates of coronary heart disease, lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, lower the rate of cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
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Consumers are increasingly concerned about the provenance of their food and with good reason. Non-organic food may have been genetically modified, sprayed with a variety of pesticides, fungicides, weed killers, washed with chlorine-based detergents and polished with waxes. The debate about the effect on our health of these chemicals either individually or cumulatively rages on.
Recent research has found that the average woman in the UK spends over £2,000 per year on beauty products, with the 45 – 54-year-old group spending the most. But did you know that eating blueberries and dark chocolate can keep you looking young and wrinkle-free? Flavonoids contained in these foods help rejuvenate DNA in our cells and stop the degeneration of telomeres, the protective tips of our chromosomes. Flavonoids are also found in red grapes and red wine.
Over the last few years, many studies have shown the benefit of calorie restriction and intermittent fasting. Benefits include weight loss, increased fat burning, muscle gain, improved energy levels, and improved insulin sensitivity. A recent trial, known as CALERIE (Comprehensive Assessment of the Long Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy) tested the metabolic effects of calorie restriction in a group of 53 healthy, non-obese volunteers who cut calories by 15% over two years.
When people arrive at Homefield, we ask them to keep the public spaces, i.e. our lounge, dining room, garden, and courtyard as technology-free zones leaving mobile phones, laptops, and tablets in their bedrooms. Not only is this detox from technology a gesture of courtesy to fellow guests, but it also a step in helping to protect you against the many health concerns associated with mobile phone use. There has been a lot of publicity recently about the blue light from phone and other devices affecting levels of melatonin which is important for sleep, but other issues such as low sperm count, depression, mental illness, contact dermatitis, crossed eyes and “text neck” have all been associated with overuse of mobile phones.
This week is the British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week. The purpose of this week is to encourage all UK workplaces, universities, schools and nurseries to come together to focus on healthy eating and drinking, and physical activity, and celebrate healthy living.
This week is Dementia Awareness Week 21st – 27th May. Degenerative diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia are reaching almost epidemic proportions these days, and many of us have been ‘touched’ by this epidemic through friends and family who suffer, or have died, from these conditions. 30 million people are affected by Alzheimer’s globally and this is likely to rise to 160 million by 2050. It is the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA and the leading cause of death for women in England and Wales (2nd for men).
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Based in beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, just a short taxi ride from Kettering station and less than an hour from London. We’re easily accessible by train or road.
We are a ten minute taxi ride from Kettering Station. East Midlands Trains operate a direct 55 minute journey time from St Pancras station twice every hour.