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What causes constipation? The two drinks you should AVOID

Constipation affects people of all ages and different times of life and it’s normally caused by something you can fix. One of the best ways to treat constipation is to change your diet. Express.co.uk reveals what causes constipation and the two drinks to avoid to remedy the problem.

Constipation is really uncomfortable and can cause stomach aches, bloating and sickness.

If any of the following is true, it’s likely that you’re constipated:

  • you have not had a poo at least three times during the last week
  • the poo is often large and dry, hard or lumpy
  • you are straining or in pain when you have a poo

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Hannah explained: “Remember a stressed state equals constipation! The very act of eating food creates peristalsis along the tract- a series of wave-like muscle contractions that move food to different processing stations in the digestive tract.

“This will stimulate defecation. The process of removing faces from your bowels.

“For this movement to occur, the gastrocolic reflex should be unconscious.”

The gastrocolic reflex is a physiological reflex that controls the movement of the gastrointestinal tract after a meal.

The two drinks to avoid

The nutritionist said constipation is not a symptom of a poor diet, it’s a sign that the entire digestive system is sub-optimal.

Making sure you are hydrated and have adequate fibre in your diet, which would mean having vegetables at every meal, is an absolute requirement for a healthy bowel.

However, Hannah strongly advises against smoking and drinking any kind of alcohol or coffee in excessive amounts.

Instead, fill yourself with the following foods to help you go to the toilet with ease:

Grated Carrots: Grated carrots add fibre, water and vitamin A. They are an allrounder for digestive system health.

Magnesium: Magnesium creates movement in the bowel. If you take supplements, be careful not to overdose, though, or you will get the opposite effect.

Water: A lot of people are dehydrated and coffee and alcohol add to this state. Dehydration will leave you constipated, so try to drink six to eight glasses of fluid a day.

Kefir: Kefir is great for the digestive system because probiotics promote good digestive health and movement.

Apples: An apple a day keeps constipation away! Apples contain pectin which helps with digestion in the small intestines but also has a laxative effect.

Rhubarb: Rhubarb is not only delicious when in season, but it is also great for aiding bowel movement as it contains a compound called sennoside A, which has a laxative effect on the body.

Prunes: Prunes contain Sorbitol, which is a type of sugar alcohol that is poorly digested in the body. It helps alleviate constipation by drawing water into the intestines, spurring a bowel movement.

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High cholesterol: Four drinks proven to help lower levels and avoid serious risk

Cholesterol can often seem to almost lie dormant like a volcano until levels become far higher and dangerous consequences can occur. High cholesterol is one of the leading causes for heart attack or stroke. Fortunately, there are ways to lower your levels with these drinks proven to be effective in keeping it in check.

Berries are rich in antioxidants and fibre, both of which may help reduce cholesterol levels.

In particular, anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant agent in berries, has been shown to help with cholesterol levels.

Berries are also low in calories and fat and make a delicious addition to a smoothie.

Sterols and stanols are plant chemicals similar in shape and size to cholesterol that block the absorption of some cholesterol, said Medical News Today.

The health site added:

“However, vegetables and nuts contain low levels of sterols and stanols that cannot lower cholesterol.

“Companies are adding these chemicals to several foods and drinks, including fortified yoghurt drinks milk, and fruit juices.”

Diet to help

The Mediterranean diet is a heart-healthy diet that has been shown to tackle cholesterol and other heart disease markers.

The Mediterranean diet is high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish and unsaturated fats such as olive oil.

It also usually includes a low intake of meat and dairy foods and has been shown to be effective in keeping cholesterol levels healthy.

Author: Jessica Knibbs
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How to lose visceral fat: Two drinks to completely avoid if you want to shrink that belly

A waistline bigger than 94cm (37 inches) typically represents a harmful amount of internal fat that is now bulging outwards. To shed the belly fat, it’s important to look at your diet. Dietician Maya Aboukhater put it bluntly: “If you want to reduce your belly fat, you’ll need to burn more calories (energy) than you consume.” Aboukhater suggests cutting out two types of drinks: sport drinks and sugar-sweetened beverages.

The best drink to consume when you’re trying to lose belly fat is water.

As a dietician, Aboukhater also emphasised the importance of what you feed your body (as well as what you choose to hydrate it with).

“Make sure you eat a balanced diet,” she said. “Try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.”

She does recommend choosing reduced-fat dairy, and eating more beans, pulses, fish and eggs.

For those who’d like to feel fuller for longer, so you’re not tempted to graze on treats, it’s encouraged to eat more protein.

“If you include a lean source of protein – such as skinless white chicken – in your meals, you may find that you’re not as hungry, and so eat less,” said Aboukhater.

Protein options:

  • Chicken breast
  • Tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Red lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Brown bread
  • Nuts
  • Soya.

“And remember that a portion of protein is about as big as the palm of your hand,” Aboukhater pointed out.

Interestingly, Aboukhater stated “as we get older, we need less calories to keep our body working well”.

She explained: “Changes to our hormones during this time mean that we start to lose muscle and gain fat.

“This makes it harder to keep to a healthy weight but that’s not to say it’s impossible.

“In fact, people who are aged 65 and over are healthier than their ancestors and are living longer.”

One key way to work off that excess belly fat while you’re adjusting your diet is to exercise.

“Any form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day is good for you,” said Aboukhater.

The best combination involves resistance (strength) training and cardiovascular exercise.

“Resistance training has also been shown to reduce fat around your tummy area,” she added.

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Michelle Dewberry's spat with drinks firm after they pull GB News ads

GB News presenter Michelle Dewberry has got into a row with a popular drinks brand after they pulled their adverts from the news channel.

Kopparberg, which makes the popular brand of ciders, has withdrawn their series of adverts from the channel, which launched on Sunday evening, after claiming the adverts ran “without our knowledge or consent.”

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Following a tweet which aimed to support advertisers on the channel, which has come under fire from some who are dubious about its ‘anti-woke’ stance, the drinks company instead, seemingly misunderstanding the pro-GB News tweet, responded by saying: “Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

“We want to make it clear to everyone that our ad ran on this channel without our knowledge or consent.

“Kopparberg is a drink for everyone and we have immediately suspended our ads from this channel pending further review of its content.”

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Michelle, the former Apprentice winner who hails from Hull and is fronting her own show, Dewbs&Co, was clearly unimpressed and tweeted to her 114k followers: “Imagine being @KopparbergUK and saying with a straight face that ‘you are a drink for everyone’ and then wanting to pull ads from a section of viewers.

“Either you are indeed a ‘drink for everyone’ or you’re not.”

Many of Michelle’s followers jumped in to support her stance and vowed to boycott Kopparberg.

One posted: “I think you will discover that @GBNEWS is a channel for everyone. I would be interested to hear a thorough explanation if you find otherwise.

“In the meantime I have just returned 24 bottles Kopparberg to the supermarket and swapped them for Bulmers.”

Another wrote: “If you boycott this show, a perfectly balanced, unbiased, media network, I will boycott your brand and I’m almost certain I’m responsible for at least a third of Kopparberg sales in the UK.”

A third said: “What an outrageous response! I have one bottle of Kopparberg left in my fridge and it will be my last. These vile companies that don’t believe in free speech or freedom of thought do not deserve our custom.”

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Arthritis warning: Two drinks to avoid – they can trigger painful symptoms

According to researchers from the division of rheumatology, immunology and allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, America, the drinks you choose to consume could be having an effect on your arthritis. Zoning in on rheumatoid arthritis in particular, 217 subjects who were mailed a diet survey reported that drinking soda made their symptoms feel worse. The researchers noted: “Past work has shown that greater consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis.”

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition whereby the immune system attacks healthy tissues surrounding the joints.

This causes the thin layer of cells that cover the joints (known as the synovial) to become sore and inflamed, releasing chemicals that damage:

  • The bones
  • The cartilage – the stretchy connective tissue between bones
  • The tendons – the tissue that connects bone to muscle
  • The ligaments – the tissue that connects bone and cartilage.

These chemicals can cause the joint to lose its shape and alignment, eventually destroying the joint completely.

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Several scientific studies have also highlighted that alcohol intake may increase the frequency and severity of gout attacks, Healthline stated.

Drinks that may make your arthritis symptoms worse:

  • Sugary drinks
  • Alcohol

What is gout?

“Gout is a type of arthritis that causes sudden, severe joint pain,” said the NHS.

This pain is usually felt in the big toe, although it can affect other joints in the body.

Drinking alcohol also increases your risk of developing gout in the first place.

To be specific, the UK Gout Society pointed out that drinking beer can increase the likelihood of gout developing compared to wine or spirits.

“Alcohol can raise the level of uric acid in the blood,” warned the UK Gout Society.

This means frequently drinking more than 14 units of alcohol weekly might led to more painful symptoms of arthritis.

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High blood pressure: Three drinks that could have a positive effect on your reading

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Low-fat milk

Low-fat milk is high in phosphorus, potassium and calcium which are three nutrients associated with hypertension reduction.

Low-fat milk is also fortified with vitamin D, a vitamin that promotes healthy blood pressure.

According to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition, choosing to swap out full-fat dairy for low-fat versions may also help lower blood pressure.

Reason being is that full-fat dairy contains significant amounts of palmitic acid, which can block signals that relax blood vessels, allowing blood to flow freely.

Arteries that stay tight and constricted may lead to elevated blood pressure, the study authors explain.

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Costa 50p drinks ends TODAY: How to get ANY hot drink for pence before deal runs out

Among the items included in the deal are the handcrafted oat milk Flat-White, Costa Coffee’s signature Hot Chocolate or the limited-edition Toffee Spiced Latte.

The Costa 50p drink offer can also be claimed if you’re using the Costa Coffee Drive-Thru or Click & Collect via the Costa Coffee mobile app.

The Costa app 50p hot drink deal was launched the week that England began easing lockdown restrictions, with non-essential retail and hairdressers opening on Monday along with restaurants and pubs serving outside.

Speaking about the new Costa promotion a spokesperson for the company said: “We are delighted to continue our 50th birthday celebrations by bringing Costa Coffee fans this amazing offer of ANY barista-made hot drink for just 50p.

“We know it’s been a tough start to 2021 for many and we want to bring some joy to our customers this Spring, especially at a time when lockdown restrictions are easing, and we now have an opportunity to catch up with friends and family.”

When the deal launched on Tuesday customers who flocked to use the app to claim a 50p drink reported issues using the Android and iOS programme.

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Costa Coffee: How to get drinks for 50p at Costa this week

Hairdressers, gyms, shops, beauty salons, pubs and bars across England are finally back up and running, and Brits have been making the most of all there is on offer. Costa Coffee is among the many large chains advertising huge deals for this week to celebrate this step towards normality, offering all of their famous hot drinks for 50p.
Yes, you read that right, all of their handcrafted steaming coffees and other hot beverages will only set you back 50p.

The coffee shop giant are offering the deal to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

This means you can grab one to accompany your breakfast, lunch and dinner, but how easy is it to claim?

Here’s all you need to know.

Not only can you make the most of this 50p offer, but you can gain points towards more discounted or free drinks in the future.

Their Coffee Club rewards systems mean customers will be gifted 100 free points (worth £1 in store credit) as soon as they join and will continue to rack them up with every new transaction.

To find your nearest Costa Coffee branch, check out their online store locator.

Click here to visit the locator

Can you claim the offer for Costa Drive-Thrus?

Yes, thankfully the offer applies to all kinds of stores.

A bright pink Ruby Hot Chocolate, Chai Latte, Fruit Tea, Toffee Spiced Hot Chocolate, Vanilla Coconut Latte, Cappuccino, Mocha… the list goes on.

The three-day deal means coffee fans should make the most of it whilst they can.

Speaking of the exciting new offer, a Costa Coffee spokesperson stated: “We are delighted to continue our 50th birthday celebrations by bringing Costa Coffee fans this amazing offer of ANY barista-made hot drink for just 50p.

“We know it’s been a tough start to 2021 for many and we want to bring some joy to our customers this Spring, especially at a time when lockdown restrictions are easing, and we now have an opportunity to catch up with friends and family.”

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Fatty liver disease: Alcoholic drinks to avoid which are increasing your risk of condition

When it comes to the worst culprits for alcoholic beverages and fatty liver disease, Hussain said: “Many people believe that beer is a milder drink due to its lower alcohol content in comparison to spirits.

“However, beer is very high in calories and people will often drink more than two pints in one sitting, meaning that their alcoholic and caloric intake is quite high.

“Opting for a lighter beer can make a difference to the calorie count, but that should not be an excuse to drink twice as much as you normally would.

“Pina coladas are the worst alcoholic drinks for your body.

“Containing rum, coconut cream and coconut milk, a pina colada can add up to more calories than a hamburger.

“The pineapple juice contained in a pina colada also adds to the sugar count.