“The secret to daily health is as easy as 123,” says Dr Michael Mosley, creator of the 5:2 diet, in the Daily Mail. Have a one-minute cold shower in the morning, take two brisk walks and drink three cups of coffee. Cold showers boost your immune system and coffee helps to ward off depression. In addition, drink four large glasses of water, eat five portions of fruit and vegetables, and aim for six wees to ensure you’re drinking enough. Do a seven-minute workout, get eight hours sleep, eat nine nuts – great for the heart and brain – and meditate for 10 minutes.
Busting the myth of the fertility cliff
Let’s put the myth of the “fertility cliff” to bed, says Kristin Canning in Women’s Health magazine. We’ve been led to believe that fertility plummets at the age of 35, and many women “structure their lives around that dreaded number”. Nobody wants to be called a “geriatric” mother. But the idea of the fertility cliff is misleading and based on “antiquated research”. One commonly cited study from 2004 “uses French birth records from 1670 to 1830”.
Recent research shows “more promising results”. A study by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine found that 81% of women aged 38 and 39 got pregnant naturally within a year. Of course, fertility does decline with age, but the chances of getting pregnant are still “very high” up to 40. Fertility also varies hugely between women, with lifestyle factors playing a role. The anxiety many older women feel about trying to conceive may be “more detrimental” to fertility than age itself.