7 Ways to Keep your Heart Healthy
Date: 22 Nov 2017Written by: Annmarie Cannone
Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of death in Australia and is one of Australia's largest health problems and it places quite a lot of strain on the health care system. As we age, we are more susceptible to developing cardiovascular issues, whether this be elevated blood pressure or imbalances in cholesterol levels. Over time, these issues cause an increase in the burden of disease. It is essential that we do all we can to ensure a healthy cardiovascular system and most of all, a healthy heart. The following are some ways we can ensure we keep ourselves...
Doctor, I can’t sleep
Date: 5 Nov 2017Written by: Dr David Woodhouse
I just can't get a good night's sleep. I stay up as late as I can so that I'm sleepy but when I get into bed I just lie there, tossing and turning for what seems like hours getting hotter all the time. Finally, I drift off to wake up with my legs twitching and my partner nudging me because I'm snoring. I get up because my bladder is bursting. Start again with less bedclothes to reduce the heat. I stare at the ceiling in the dark with a thousand things going through my mind. I seem to drift off...
Know Thy Breasts
Date: 11 Nov 2017Written by: Samantha Mainland
Ageing is a normal process in life, and as we age, we may notice some breast changes that are either temporary, permanent or life-threatening. It is important, that you keep an eye on your breast health, note any changes, and act accordingly. Your breasts should be loved, regularly examined and looked after. Why do I get sore breasts before my period? It is common for your breasts to become swollen, engorged, heavy or painful prior to a bleed. This pain, is known as mastalgia, and has been linked quite heavily to your hormones, namely oestrogen. However, whether this response is...
Date: 5 Nov 2017Written by: Samantha Mainland
Meta-what? Metabolic syndrome is a lifestyle disease that is becoming more and more prevalent, but not for the right reasons. It is a cluster of physical, biochemical and metabolic symptoms that, when seen together, increase your risk for stroke, heart disease, diabetes and early death. Whilst the cause of Metabolic Syndrome continues to challenge the experts, lifestyle choices and hormonal changes are known contributing factors. Metabolic syndrome, otherwise known as Syndrome X, is defined as a combination of at least three of the below five risk factors: Excess fat around the waist area; Elevated waist circumference. A large waistline, otherwise...
Stop Counting Calories and start eating REAL whole foods
Date: 4 Nov 2017Written by: Sharon Aaron
We live in a culture that is obsessed with counting calories, and reading food labels. In my practice, I focus on the joy of eating REAL whole fresh foods and not at all on calorie counting. The goal is long term health and with a diet that is jam packed with fresh produce, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, not only are you engaging in preventative health care but weight loss will follow, energy levels will improve and a general sense of wellbeing takes over. Many of you might ask though if I'm not counting calories – how can I lose...
Struggling to lose weight?
Date: 2 Nov 2017Written by: Samantha Mainland
Menopause is a tough time for most women. If the hot flushes, mood changes and insomnia wasn't enough, menopause can often come with a thickening of the waist line. This thickening tends to be relentless and stubborn and to make matters worse, difficult to move. Not only is the thickening typically unexplained, but the old weight loss tricks that used to work a treat, don't tend to make a dent on the scales. The old saying of 'energy in versus energy out;' is no longer applicable to the wider population, and definitely not applicable to the menopausal woman. Our hormones...
The Wonder of Our Adrenal Glands (and how menopause affects them)
Date: 8 Nov 2017Written by: Annmarie Cannone
The Adrenal glands are two walnut sized organs that sit on top of our kidneys. They are crucial organs that have a strong influence on many aspects of our health and wellbeing. The main roles of our adrenal glands are to allow us to cope with stress and let's face it, stress is experienced daily, in varying degrees and is ultimately inevitable; DHEA a steroid hormone is produced by the adrenal glands and aids in the secondary production of oestrogen and testosterone; our fight or flight response is dictated by our adrenal glands, through the production of adrenaline and cortisol....