12 Monday, 14 September 2009 London Lite Sominex. Its time to sleep. www.sominex-sleep.co.uk Sominex contains promethazine hydrochloride. Always read the label. Askthe pharmacist... high cholesterol Fighting fitgirls makea fistofit with female boxing now an BY claire coleman AngelA ChAlmers, Bootss pharmacist from the holloway road store, answers your health queries. What causes it? Cholesterol is a fat, or lipid, made by the liver from fatty foods that we eat. Its vital for normal functioning of the body but when levels become too high it can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Cholesterol is found in the blood in two forms -- low density lipoprotein (LDL) known as bad cholesterol and high density lipoprotein (HDL), known as good cholesterol. A number of factors can contribute to high cholesterol, including an unhealthy diet high in saturated fats, a lack of exercise, obesity, smoking, excessive drinking, high blood pressure, diabetes and some liver and kidney conditions. What can I do? Your cholesterol can be measured via a blood test with your GP. Quitting smoking and exercising can help reduce your cholesterol levels. Try to replace foods high in saturated fats, such as fatty meats, butter and cheese, with foods high in unsaturated fats, such as oily fish, nuts and seeds. Products to consider: Zocor heart-Pro Tablets 10mg simvastatin (8.99 for 28 tablets) lowers cholesterol levels and helps reduce the risk of heart attack. lestrin Tablets (12.71 for 60 tablets) can help maintain normal cholesterol levels. Boots Cholesterol home Test Kit (11.99) measures cholesterol in a sample of blood from your fingertip. F ollowing last months ruling by the international olympic Committee that female boxing would be a feature of the 2012 games, i decided to don some gloves and see if i could cut it in the ring. After all, maybe i would be a natural and could bring home the gold for Blighty. it seems im not alone in my hankering for a real-life Rocky experience. According to the Amateur Boxing Association of England, boxing for women is on the increase. in the last six years there has been a 700 per cent increase in women taking boxing lessons, and there are now almost 600 registered female boxers in England, up from 50 in 2005. This interest isnt surprising -- boxing training is among the most rigorous fitness regimes there is. not only does it demand core strength for balance and agility, but its a brilliant mix of cardio and resistance training, which means you can burn up to 800 calories an hour and tone up nearly every muscle in your body. And from a stress relief perspective, who wouldnt love the opportunity to let out all that pent-up aggression on a punchbag? i put in a call to my local boxing gym, miguels (miguelsboxinggym.com) , in Brixton. it is staffed by a number of pro boxers, including former British heavy- weight challenger Keith long. id expected to find an intimidating, male-dominated environment but it was surprisingly welcoming and they didnt laugh when i said i was interested in becoming a boxer. instead they suggested trying one of their 90-minute Saturday classes, which start at 15. Warm-up i wAS a bit confused when i was shown a tractor tyre, but it soon became clear. with one leg on the front of the tyre and one on the back, i had to switch back and forth for three rounds of three minutes. 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