#MedicalMondays 💉💊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ DETOX FOODS? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🍎 Whilst the shelves of supermarkets are filled with ‘detox’ teas, juices and ‘superfoods’ please be mindful that these are marketing strategies to get you feeling like you NEED their product if you want to be ‘healthy’ 💵 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ☕️ Detox is short for Detoxification which means removal of toxins from the body. This is done by your liver, and removes the unneeded byproducts of chemical processes that occur every day in the body. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❌The concept in the dieting world is often created to demonise certain foods as ‘toxic’ to the body, commonly processed foods, sugar, fats, alcohol and caffeine. People think cutting out these, things masked as a ‘detox’, helps them lose weight, when really it is the calorie deficit cutting out calorie dense items creates. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ☕️Detox teas or juice diets do not have any effect on liver function and certainly don’t detoxify anything, instead they have a laxative effect on the intestine causing temporary weight loss due to water loss and diarrhoea. Inevitably, when you stop drinking the tea or stop the juice diet, you will retain the water weight again... thinking you need to repurchase the product to make ‘progress’. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👩🏼⚕️A consistently balanced diet will get you a lot further than any ‘detox’ product you see on the shelves, so invest your time in educating yourself about it, rather than investing your money in fad diets!
#BehindTheHeadlines : Genetic links between OBESITY and MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES 🌎 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📰 An article published in The Guardian this week reported that ‘Genetic variants linked to high BMI can lead to mental health issues’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ THE CLAIMS: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📌 Depression is more common in people with obesity (BMI > 35) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📌 The researchers compared the genetic make up of people with obesity and people without. They found that genetic variants seen in higher BMI, were also 45% more common in people with depression. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📌 They found this association was the case, even in the patients who had genetic variants that reduced the metabolic complications of obesity and suggested the mental health link may be due to genetic factors rather than metabolic or psychological consequences of obesity ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ STRENGTHS: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✅ High study population 1/2million ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✅ Study type appropriate (case control with Mendelian Randomisation) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ LIMITATIONS: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⚠️ The evidence does not prove a cause + effect relationship. We don’t know if people who suffer with depression develop a high BMI or if the high BMI can lead to mental health issues. Both could be true. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⚠️ The complications of obesity including social stigma, type 2 diabetes + joint pains could contribute to depression, rather than the obesity itself. Also some meds used for depression can cause weight gain as a side effect. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⚠️ Study population was only white European which is not representative ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⚖️CONCLUSION: This study did not prove causation between BMI genetic variants and depression. Most of the tabloids you see interpret association studies as if they have proved causation - which is why you MUST critically appraise what you read. This study has only found genetic similarities between people who are obese and have depression ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👩🏼⚕️Headlines aside: we cannot change our DNA, but we have control over lifestyle factors such as diet + exercise to minimise any potential genetic disadvantage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👩🏼⚕️If you are overweight and also troubled by low mood then it may be a good idea to seek help for both issues at the same time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MedicalMondays #fjsfit
Thinking about everything I’d rather be doing on a Saturday morning as I venture into work on a rail replacement bus 😶
FRIDAY NIGHT FAKE-AWAY 🍕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🍕 I’ve never been one to choose the ‘healthy’ alternative of my favourite foods, but when it comes to pizza, I could eat it every day if I could ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🍕 I made these little Pizzas in less than 10 mins and ate them for lunches at work this week, but they would be great for a weekend X Factor dinner... if you don’t want to fork out your money or calories on a takeaway! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ HOW TO MAKE: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * 1 large low carb pitta bread (I bought from @musclfooduk) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * drizzle the base in some oil (I used this @mrhughsoil123 basil one for more flavour, but any will do) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * Tomato purée (or can use a natural ketchup like the @doctor_wills ones) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * Topping selection (I used Peppers, Spinach and @heckfooduk chicken sausages) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * Top with cheese (I used @eatlean cheese and was so pleasantly surprised at the taste and quantity for the calories! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * pop in the oven for 5-7 mins, go and get yourself ready for the day whilst it’s cooling and then wrap in tin foil to take to work ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ENJOY! FJS xx
Woken up feeling a little sore from my Sweat Box workout last night at @bxrlondon so it’s a quick smoothie shake made with @the_goodguru to aid recovery before a very exciting day off! 🇬🇧
One of those nights where I’m putting on my sass pants and giving a bit of attitude towards the people who send hate towards others on the internet ⛔️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I saw the new @rimmellondonuk l campaign last night #IWillNotBeDeleted and I’m glad it’s raising awareness to the trolling people receive on Instagram. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I truly believe in what I’m posting - my mission is to make evidence based health topics more accessible to the general population. This means I have to dilute the medical jargon down so that the post reaches everyone reading it. There are a lot of people posting crap on the internet and I’m spending most of my free time trying to undo some of the damage done to people from careless ‘influencing’. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I received a comment today from someone who continuously trolls me on the internet, telling me it’s dangerous that I block the negative opinions on my page... and I want to know your guys opinions on this? Personally I don’t feel there’s any room for negative on my page when I work hard to promote a healthy lifestyle and positive messages. But what do you guys think? Would you give the haters the privilege of space on your profile or block them in a flash?? 🤭 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀