Health Features

Viva! Health unravels the most recent scientific research and makes it easy to understand. Here we update you on the latest findings...

Cow’s milk is promoted as natural, wholesome and healthy – it is none of these things! The saturated fat, animal protein, cholesterol, hormones and growth factors it contains are linked to a wide range of illnesses and disease. Aggressive marketing of milk and dairy products has resulted in confusion – people simply don’t know who to believe.
Many people in the UK have low vitamin D levels. This important vitamin helps our bodies to absorb calcium so is important for good bone health and it may also combat cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious and autoimmune diseases.  
As more and more plant milks are popping up, you may be wondering about their health benefits and how they compare to cow's milk. Veronika Powell explores the milky landscape
Let’s face it, we all know we could eat healthier but we also want to be able to treat ourselves every now and then. A vegan diet gives you the maximum damage limitation – you can still have cakes, chocolate and creamy sauces but they’re all much better for you than their animal-based counterparts.
In order to grow up big and strong with healthy bones you need to gobble up milkand lots of dairy products, right? So why do countries that consume the most dairy have the highest rates of osteoporosis and fragile bones? Viva! Health’s new ‘Break Free’ campaign destroys the myths and shows what really matters for healthy bones.
Parents, it seems, are constantly under pressure as to the best way to feed their children. During your own childhood, and throughout the lives of your own children, you will have heard many times the constant claim that children need milk and dairy products to grow up big and strong and have healthy bones.
Does a vegan diet alleviate the agony of rheumatoid arthritis? And even more controversially, does an animal-based diet promote this painful disease? Juliet Gellatley BSc, Dip CNM, founder of Viva! and nutritional therapist investigates and shares a fascinating case study.