How your hormones affect PMS

Hormones play an important role in our health and wellbeing, here, we take a look at how your hormones affect your period. As well as period cramps, ovulation bloating or swollen breasts during your menstrual cycle, hormone fluctuations can mess with brain chemistry. In a study at New York’s Cornell University, brain scans of women […]
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What you need to know about antidepressants

Marisa Branscombe explores the rise of antidepressants and investigates alternative treatments for depression. Society seems to be more dependent on drugs as the panacea for all problems. This is the case so often these days, that they are the first port of call for health professionals who don’t have time to explore alternative remedies for […]
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Chase the blues away

Depression is likely to affect one in five women in the course of their lifetime. It is a complex and serious illness, but there is medical evidence that regular exercise is as effective as other treatments, including medication. Susanna Nelson reports Over two thirds of Australians do not meet the minimum level of physical activity […]
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Are you iron deficient?

Iron is an important dietary mineral essential for providing the energy you need for daily life. It is involved in many body functions including transporting oxygen via the blood around the body. Most of the iron in the body is found in haemoglobin, a protein in the blood, and myoglobin, a protein in muscle tissue. […]
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Not-so-super foods

It’s the buzzword of our fast food times. It’s the buzzword of our fast food times. From legitimate power foods to marketing gimmicks, labelling foods as ‘super’ is super-attractive to consumers who desire their daily nutrients packaged up for easy consumption. It all started with the flashy blueberry and seemed to spread like wildfire. Before […]
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Modern-day meditation

According to research, meditation reduces high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. David Goding investigates its far-reaching health benefits. The science of meditation is at once very simple and incredibly complex. On a basic level it requires little more than inner calm and focus though it provides us with a wealth of lasting mental and […]
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How to beat fatigue

Are you constantly battling fatigue? Here, David Goding explores the causes of fatigue and how you can combat it. The wrong cure In our endless hunt for the mysterious ‘edge’, fatigue is our number-one enemy. So how do we combat it? With a variety of ‘slap-yourself-in-the-face’ stimulants to keep us on track, of course. Coffee, […]
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How to reduce your blood pressure

About one in five women suffer from high blood pressure – which can lead to serious health conditions. Dr Cassy Richmond explains how simple lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk of developing hypertension In fact, according to research, as many as 3.7 million Aussies over the age of 25 are living with high blood […]
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Boosting Brain Power

Sure, some people are just naturally smarter than others, but that doesn’t mean you can’t train your brain to excel at whatever the task is at hand. Whether you’d like to blitz your new language class or lead your team to victory at the local pub quiz, bluff your way to a smarter you with […]
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Finding the right meditation style for you

The key to finding the right style of meditation that suits you, is defining the reason why you’re meditating in the first place and your purpose. To do that, you need to find a style that suits your goal, whether it is to find calm or discover clear thinking to reducing pain or connecting with […]
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