HEALTHY LIV­ING

Oily fish? Bring it on… but only in the right ‘win­dow’. Con­fused? Read on.

Fairlady - - CONTENTS - BY SUZY BROKENSHA

PREG­NANT? EAT MORE FISH!

It’s bet­ter for all of us to eat oily fish, even if we’re wor­ried about the mer­cury con­tent in those fish, say sci­en­tists, be­cause it pro­tects our hearts and brains. A re­cent study also found that preg­nant women with the low­est lev­els of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood were 10 times more likely to give birth pre­ma­turely than those with nor­mal amounts.

Eat­ing the fish it­self is still bet­ter than any sup­ple­ment, and no more than two por­tions a week is ad­vised (be­cause of the mer­cury).

‘Our re­sults sup­port the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing ad­e­quate in­take of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in preg­nancy,’ says Sjur­dur Olsen of the Har­vard TH Chan School of Pub­lic Health. ‘You can take sup­ple­ments, but I would strongly sup­port the view that the whole­food is ac­tu­ally what should be pre­ferred.’

TIME TO EAT…

Ac­cord­ing to Pro­fes­sor Satchin Panda of the Salk In­sti­tute for Bi­o­log­i­cal Stud­ies, eat­ing at the wrong time of day could be as dis­rup­tive as jet lag

– it places strain on your di­ges­tive or­gans, forc­ing them to work when they’re pro­grammed to be off (work­ing night shifts is linked to obe­sity, some can­cers, di­a­betes and heart dis­ease).

Prof Panda put ge­net­i­cally iden­ti­cal mice into two groups: the first could eat foods that were high in fat and sugar when­ever they liked, and the sec­ond was given all the same foods, but only within an eight-hour win­dow pe­riod ev­ery day. Both groups ate the same num­ber of calo­ries, but the mice that ate when­ever they wanted got fat and sick, while those that ate within the win­dow pe­riod didn’t.

The sec­ond group was pro­tected from obe­sity, fatty liver and meta­bolic dis­ease by eat­ing when their di­ges­tive or­gans were ‘on’. Read more in Prof Panda’s book, The Cir­ca­dian Code.

EEEUW!

Ap­par­ently the av­er­age work desk has 400 times more germs than a toi­let seat! But women are still bet­ter off than their male col­leagues, be­cause re­search con­ducted by the Univer­sity of Ari­zona found that men’s desks have three to four times the amount of bac­te­ria found on women’s work­sta­tions.

In par­tic­u­lar, watch out for phones, pens, key­boards – and kitchen mugs, 20% of which were found to carry fae­cal mat­ter!

RISE IN SELF-HARM

Hos­pi­tals in the UK have re­ported a 100% in­crease in the num­ber of girls be­ing ad­mit­ted for self-harm over a pe­riod of 20 years.

Pos­si­ble causes for the up­swing, say ex­perts, are the pres­sures of so­cial me­dia and un­sus­tain­able lev­els of school­work. They rec­om­mend that par­ents keep a close eye on their daugh­ters for any signs of stress, and help them to deal with it as it comes up.

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