What Does 5 A Day Mean?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend eating a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables per day to help lower the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers. Based on this advice, the UK Government recommends at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetable intake per day. Unfortunately, only 26% of adults ate the recommended 5 or more portions of fruit or vegetables a day in 2015.

Why 5 a day?

On The Playlist… Week of 27th March

I thought I was going to be back to my online world by now, but unfortunately that hasn’t happened. My iPhone is still unusable and it’s driving me crazy now. I’m unable to keep up to date via social media and I’m just about managing with my emails and current affairs. Being more offline has made me realise how enticed we are by technology but also how much we rely on it to go about our daily business. Read more

On The Playlist… Week of 20th March

This week’s playlist is a little different. My iPhone decided it could no handle all of the food, fitness and music that I encounter in my life. I’m now depending on my thing of a past… My Apple iPod Classic. It’s a time hop back before music streaming was a norm and to a period where physical CD’s and online purchasing through the iTunes Store was the way to upload records to your Apple device.

This incident provides the best of both worlds. Yes I don’t have all of the new music that’s been released or of the genres where I only like one or two songs from one particular artist, but I’ve been rekindled with my actual music taste. The riffs, the melodic pop punk beats and the absolute cheesy tunes you’ll classify as guilty pleasures. It’s time to go back in time!

What You Need To Know About Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential to help us maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Believe it or not vitamin D mostly comes from the sunshine, not food, hence why vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin.” Our skin is where we make this vitamin so skin exposure to sunlight is important. Vitamin D deficiency is very common, especially during the winter months however there are increasing numbers of people who don’t get enough vitamin throughout the year. So how should we keep our levels sufficient?