Your short and sweet round-up of the most interesting bits and bobs from the health world last week.
1. TO MEAT, OR NOT TO MEAT?
Check out Dr. Michael Mosely’s new series for Horizon investigating the health, ethical and environmental aspects of eating meat. The first two episodes aired last week, the first of which focused on the health impact of eating red and processed meats and while the second looked at the environmental impact of our meat obsession. Both were extremely enlightening and definitely worth a watch wherever you stand on the vegan / veggie / meat scale.
Here at The Holist, while we eat plant-based the majority of the time, we’d definitely consider ourselves flexitarian and do enjoy meat from time to time. We strive to be conscious consumers, especially when it comes to meat, but these programmes, especially the second one, have made us reconsider what that really means when ethics and environment butt heads. This BBC article has a good summary of the topics covered and both episodes are available on iPlayer here and here. We’d love to know your thoughts, have these programmes made you reconsider your carnivorous tendencies or reconfirmed your commitment to veganism? Let us know!
2. IS HEALTH A MIDDLE-CLASS LUXURY?
Figures released in the UK last week have shown that malnutrition-related hospital admissions are up 19%, see the BBC coverage here. So the debate continues to rage - is a healthy diet only realistic for the middle class? Seems they’re having a similar problem on the other side of the pond, The Atlantic has two interesting pieces on why the US food system is failing the poor and why exercise is a luxury only available to those with economic certainty, see the pieces here and here.
3. WHY YOUR BODYWASH IS WREAKING HAVOC ON THE ENVIRONMENT
This great piece from Greatist draws attention to one of the most unassuming parts of your beauty routine and explains why microbeads, used in a host of beauty products from facemasks to shower gels, are causing serious environmental (and knock-on) health effects. Why not switch to a natural exfoliant instead and save your body from all those nasty artificial chemicals. Check out our favourite body scrub recipe here.
4. FRUIT PREP HACKS
Who knew we were all attacking watermelons totally wrong … streamline your fruit prep with these quick tips from Buzzfeed.
5. “FATHER OF MODERN YOGA" DIES
Last week the yoga world mourned the loss of one of its greatest living advocates, BKS Iyengar, who is widely credited with bringing yoga into mainstream western culture. Find out why he was such an influential figure in these obituaries from The New York Times and The Guardian and why his stye of yoga, Iyengar is so special.