FROM the keto diet to strength training – we are constantly being bombarded with new ways to keep fit and healthy.
And with health advice ever-changing it can be hard to know what to believe and what to follow.
An NHS test claims to be able to reveal how healthy you really areCredit: Shutterstock
The How Are You quiz gives personalised advice and simple tips for healthier living (Credit: NHS)
An NHS test claims to be able to reveal how healthy you really are and how to make yourself even healthier.
It begins by asking a series of questions relating to your lifestyle.
Firstly, it asks how often you exercise each week.
Studies have found being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight and reduce the risk of disease.
It then asks what your diet looks like on a weekly basis, including how much fruit and veg you eat.
Munching on a trio of colourful fruit or veg can fend off memory loss in later life, a 20-year study from Harvard previously found.
The test also asks how much alcohol you consume each week.
NHS guidelines recommend that both men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week.
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For context, a standard glass of wine is around two units – as is a pint of beer.
Countless studies have show booze helps to pile on the pounds.
Not only is it very high in calories (one glass of wine being as calorific as a bag of peanuts) but it also stops the body from burning fat and makes you more hungry.
The test continues by asking your about your smoking habits -if you have any.
Smoking is known cause of heart disease.
The NHS states that both nicotine and carbon monoxide (from the smoke) put a strain on the heart by making it work faster. They also increase your risk of blood clots.
As well as this, other chemicals in cigarette smoke can damage the lining of your coronary arteries, leading to furring of the arteries.
At least 10 per cent of women and 20 per cent of men who smoke will ultimately die of a cardiovascular event like a heart attack or stroke, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The test will then give you a health score…