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Health News for May 2019


Exercise after eating aids digestion

A study in Diabetes Care found that walking for 15 minutes after each meal—three times a day—was more effective in lowering glucose levels for the three hours following, compared with 45 minutes of sustained walking at other times of the day. It also aids in digestion as the activity increases the rate at which food passes through the stomach. Research has also shown that thinking on your feet fuels creativity. So, next time you hit a productivity wall, why not take a walk?

> 10 ways to boost your walk


Eggs and increased risk of heart disease

A recent study published in journal JAMA suggested a link between egg consumption and increased risk of heart disease. However many health experts, including Sydney GP Dr Ginni Mansberg, urge caution in how the study findings should be interpreted. “The study was observational only. This means researchers are looking for certain patterns in the study population, but can’t demonstrate specific cause and effect.”

> More on eggs and the cholesterol myth


Boost your heart health with a banana

Foods that are rich in potassium—such as bananas—may help protect against hardening of the arteries. Scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that low levels of dietary potassium may promote elevated aortic stiffness, which can be a predictor of heart disease.

> Recipes using bananas

High-potassium foods

Your phone can help you lose weight

We’ve always advised our Members this, and now two recent studies have proven that tracking what you eat may help you lose weight. “The mere act of recording what you eat will evolve your eating habits,” says WW’s Director of Program & Science, Dr Michelle Celander. “Start by tracking what you have in everyday life and then layer in weekends and eating out—different situations that you need to learn to navigate. After six to nine months, you’ll better understand every context of your life.” The WW app has an easy-to-use, in-built tracking function, including a barcode scanner for any packaged foods you might have.

> Learn more about WW app


Moringa - the new matcha

Touted as ‘the new matcha’, moringa is a green powder that is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, sometimes referred to as the ‘drumstick tree’. You may have noticed it popping up on shelves in the form of powders, oils and capsules. Moringa contains vitamins A, C, E and K, alongside calcium, iron, magnesium and essential amino acids, which may help to reduce inflammation and protect cardiovascular and brain health. However, keep in mind that the amounts of these vitamins found in moringa capsules are negligible compared to what you consume if you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Food companies have been quick to include moringa in pressed juices, nutrition bars and kombucha. It is also starting to appear on café menus as an option to add to smoothies. Moringa oil is also expected to make its way into beauty products this year.

> More on using herbs and spices


Gratitude can bring new friends

Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good manners, but showing appreciation can help you win new friends. According to an Australia-led study by UNSW, thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or send a thank-you note to that colleague who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.