How Plant Based Diets Are Good For Your Immunity

How Plant Based Diets Are Good For Your Immunity

The number of people in Australia who follow vegetarian or plant-based diets is growing rapidly. People might choose to be vegetarian for ethical, cultural or health-related reasons.

Is Winter Good For The Workings Of Your Brain?

 Is Winter Good For The Workings Of Your Brain?
It is that time of the year again. Whilst the Southern Hemisphere is coping with the sweltering heat of the summer, cold is sweeping across the rest of the globe, bringing with it snowfalls, violent winds, and an irresistible desire to spend most of your day curling up in bed.

Why Sleep Loss Is A Literal Pain

why sleep loss is a literal painNeural glitches in the sleep-deprived brain can intensify and prolong the agony of sickness and injury, research finds. The findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, help explain the self-perpetuating cycles contributing to the overlapping global epidemics of sleep loss, chronic pain, and even opioid addiction.

Is Cultured Meat Better Than Animal Agriculture?

Is Cultured Meat Better Than Animal Agriculture?

The world is in the grips of a food-tech revolution. One of the most compelling new developments is cultured meat, also known as clean, cell-based or slaughter-free meat.

Learn To Read Your Feet Using Simple Observation Skills

Learn To Read Your Feet Using Simple Observation Skills
It's important to learn to "read" the feet because there are sev­eral physical conditions that need special attention. The signs we observe are the body’s way of telling us something is out of balance. Just like pain, any disorder is a warning signal. Reflexology is not a tool for diagnosis, but with some observation skills, you can discover whether the body is strug­gling and if it is in need of some help.

Are Fish Oil Supplements Overrated?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Overrated?

Soybean oil may be better than fish oil for reducing cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer survivors, according to a new study.

How Your Lungs Are Really Amazing

How Your Lungs Are Really Amazing
Lungs are remarkable organs that continuously achieve amazing feats, which they do so well that we take them for granted, except when their function is diminished.

The Pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease

The Pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease
Whether it be forgetting 20 years of your life or having the same conversation every five minutes only to forget it each time, memory impairment can take a large toll on everyday life.

This Affordable Therapy Works For Depression

This Affordable Therapy Works For Depression
Of the four million prisoners released each year, 23 percent suffer from depression but don’t receive treatment while incarcerated, according to a new study.

The Role Of Hormones And Body Weight Explained

The Role Of Hormones And Body Weight Explained
People all over the globe have the perception that being overweight or obese is caused by eating too much junk food, drinking sugary drinks, or not exercising enough.

Five Body Consciousness Techniques To Attain A Mind At Peace

Five Body Consciousness Techniques To Attain A Mind At Peace
With the hectic modern lifestyles that most of us experience, there’s an onslaught of good and bad information assaulting our senses all the time. Since the dawn of the digital age, the human attention span has shrunk from twelve seconds to only eight seconds.

The Advantages Of Using Long-acting Contraceptives

The Advantages Of Using Long-acting Contraceptives

Few Australian women use long-acting reversible contraception, despite its advantages over other methods. These contraceptives offer women long-term, cost-effective, “fit-and-forget” contraception.

High-intensity Micro Workouts Vs Traditional Regimes

High-intensity Micro Workouts Vs Traditional Regimes

When it comes to health and fitness, there are rarely any quick fixes. But if you’re struggling to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day, micro workouts might be just the thing you need to start improving your fitness.

7 Myths And Truths About Healthy Skin

7 Myths And Truths About Healthy Skin
Skin is our largest organ and something we may take for granted when it’s healthy. As an academic dermatologist I frequently hear misleading “facts” that seem to be stubbornly enduring.

How Old Is Too Old To Drive?

How Old Is Too Old To Drive?
When Britain’s Prince Philip crashed his Land Rover into another vehicle on Jan. 17, 2019, many people were surprised that he was still driving at age 97.

Can Couches And Vinyl Floors Really Make Kids Really Sick?

Can Couches And Vinyl Floors Really Make Kids Really Sick?
Children who live in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful compounds in their blood or urine than children who live in homes that don’t, according to a new study.

Want To Improve Your Mood?

Want To Improve Your Mood?
Worldwide, more than 300 million people live with depression. Without effective treatment, the condition can make it difficult to work and maintain relationships with family and friends.

Will Eating Nuts Make You Gain Weight?

Will Eating Nuts Make You Gain Weight?
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend we eat 30g of nuts – a small handful – each day. But many of us know nuts are high in calories and fat.

What Causes Most Birth Defects

What Causes Most Birth Defects
The development of a baby, from the time of fertilization through to the moment of birth, is an incredibly complex journey. Most of the time the result is a perfect new baby.

Once Upon a Time: Research, Flying, and Acne

Once Upon a Time: Research, Flying, and Acne
We tell ourselves science is king, but our understanding of the world is shaped through story. We tell stories about the past and call it history. We tell stories about the present and call it news. Our stories about how to act, think, and live are called culture. And our stories about how the natural world works are called science.

Finally Fulfilled: Attaining Food Enlightenment

Finally Fulfilled: Attaining Food Enlightenment
It is so incredibly easy to get sucked into the illusion that weight loss is all about food. The logical mind thinks, “Why wouldn’t it be? What I eat is causing my weight gain, so this must be about food.” This initiates the quest to try every diet out there, in order to get your body to a place where you feel “good enough.” Confident. Worthy. Desired. Happy.

Will Going Gluten Free Cause Weight Loss?

Will Going Gluten Free Cause Weight Loss?
Although people have been eating wheat for thousands of years, one third of US adults now shun foods containing wheat in an effort to avoid gluten.

Breaking Through The Healing Barrier Using Our Body's Healing System

Breaking the Healing Barrier Using Our Body's Healing System
Within each one of us there lies a "healing system" capable of fighting off disease, combating infection and bringing us greater energy, vitality, and well-being. In any medical text we can read about the "digestive system", the "circulatory system", or the "nervous system", but nowhere can we find a chapter on the "healing system".

Why Do We Itch?

Why Do We Itch?
We’ve all experienced the unpleasant sensation of being itchy. For many years, scientists suspected that pain and itch were the same thing, only differentiated by their intensity: itch was just light pain, and pain was strong itch.

Budget Friendly Ways To Get Your Veggie Fix

Budget Friendly Ways To Get Your Veggie Fix As Prices Rise

The Food Price Report 2019, released by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph in December, suggested vegetable prices will go up by as much as six per cent this year.

Beer Before Wine And You'll Feel Fine?

Beer Before Wine And You'll Feel Fine?

Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again.

Benefits Of Pulses: Good For You And The Planet

Benefits Of Pulses: Good For You And The Planet
In simple gardeners’ terms that means we plant pulses one year, a cereal such as wheat or barley the next year and then an oil seed such as canola in the third year.

There Really Is Value In Having A Primary Care Doctor

There Really Is Value In Having A Primary Care Doctor
The first study to directly compare the quality and experience of outpatient care between adults with or without primary care finds that Americans with primary care received significantly more high-value healthcare.

Why The Future Of Psychiatry Promises To Be Digital

Why The Future Of Psychiatry Promises To Be Digital

Ella, who is in her early 20s, has depression. When her sleep started to fall away after a stressful term at school, her smartphone was programmed to note the late-night texts and phone conversations indicating her insomnia. It made suggestions to improve her sleep.

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a household name. On many social media sites, people suggest “but have you tried CBD oil?” on posts pertaining to any health-related issue.

So You Went Vegan In January – Now What?

So You Went Vegan In January – Now What?

Many people will have had their fill of cheese, chocolate and meat over Christmas and have felt much more energised after going vegan in January (an event known as Veganuary).

Will Skipping Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?

Will Skipping Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?

Breakfast, we are told, is the most important meal of the day. Over the last 50 years, we have been bombarded with messages extolling the health benefits of processed cereals and porridge oats.

How Fluoride In Water Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

How Fluoride In Water Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

The most effective way to prevent tooth decay is delivered to most Australian homes every day through their water pipes. It is, of course, fluoride distributed via the water supply.

What Causes Bloating And Gassiness?

What Causes Bloating And Gassiness?
Your trousers fit when you put them on in the morning. But come mid-afternoon, they’re uncomfortably tight – and you didn’t even overdo it at lunchtime. Sound familiar?

Fermented Foods: The Missing Ingredient to Amazing Health

Fermented Foods: The Missing Ingredient to Amazing Health
You can take everyday foods and transform them into delicious superfoods at home in your kitchen with minimal effort and almost no money! Simply by fer­menting foods, you significantly multiply their health-building properties. Everyday foods like yogurt and sauerkraut are just the beginning of what is possible.

How To Reduce Your Risks Of Dementia

How To Reduce Your Risks Of Dementia
Many people do not want to think about dementia, especially if their lives have not yet been touched by it. But a total of 9.9 million people worldwide are diagnosed with dementia each year. That is one person every 3.2 seconds.

Why Does Some Tap Water Taste Weird?

Why Does Some Tap Water Taste Weird?
Every year Australia’s councils contest the academy awards of the water industry: the Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia. Entrants compete on clarity and colour as well as taste and odour.

The Deadly Truth About Loneliness

The Deadly Truth About Loneliness
Almost all of us have experienced loneliness at some point. It is the pain we have felt following a breakup, perhaps the loss of a loved one, or a move away from home. We are vulnerable to feeling lonely at any point in our lives.

Are Microbes Causing Your Milk Allergy?

Are Microbes Causing Your Milk Allergy?
In the past 30 years, food allergies have become increasingly common in the United States. Changes to human genetics can’t explain the sudden rise.

How Families Can Eat Healthier

How Families Can Eat HealthierEvery unhappy family might be unhappy in its own way, but when they sit down together at the table, they’re alike according to one important measure: they eat better.

How To Keep Your Body Feeling Warm

How To Keep Your Body Feeling Warm

Whether waiting for a bus, playing outside or walking the dog – during the colder winter season, everyone is looking for ways to stay warm.

Is There A Memory Pill In Our Future?

Is There A Memory Pill In Our Future?

During the first weeks of the new year, resolutions are often accompanied by attempts to learn new behaviors that improve health.

What Is An Anxiety Disorder?

What Is An Anxiety Disorder?
Most of us are intimately familiar with anxiety. We experience it as we walk towards the room to where our job interview is held, when we stand up to give a speech at our best friend’s wedding, or when we find ourselves in conversation with someone we want to impress.

How US Policy Is Shifting Toward Nutrition For Better Health

How US Policy Is Shifting Toward Nutrition For Better Health
In this new year, millions of Americans will make resolutions about healthier eating. In 2019, could U.S. government leaders further resolve to improve healthier eating as well, joining public health experts in seeing that food is medicine?

Listen to Your Symptoms, They're There For A Reason

Listen to Your Symptoms, They're There For A ReasonCareful histories of people who come down with serious illnesses almost always reveal earlier warning signs that were ignored or treated superficially. Symptoms are like warning lights or gauges in your car. When the oil light goes on in your car, would you tape over it so you can go about your business?

Want To Be Happier, Healthier, And Save Money?

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Research shows people who cook more have healthier eating patterns, spend less money on take away foods and have indicators of better health.

Acceptance and Love of Self Using Self-Talk and Loving Choices

Acceptance and Love of Self Using Self-Talk and Loving ChoicesWhen I discovered that my illness was a cancer that needed to be powerfully and quickly released through surgery and chemotherapy, I became quite depressed. I couldn't blame the circumstances of my illness on my environment, for I ate well and cared for my body. I began to reflect on my...

Does Osteopathy Work?

Does Osteopathy Work?

Studies examining pain are hard to judge, since they’re based on participants’ self-reported pain levels.

What Happens To Your Skin When You Get Sunburnt?

What Happens To Your Skin When You Get Sunburnt?

Most Australians are familiar with the painful red skin, blisters and peeling that follow too much time in the sun. Last summer, 2.4 million Australian adults were getting sunburnt each weekend.

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