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Sleep Hygiene: Melatonin and Nutrition

Sleep Hygiene: Melatonin and Nutrition

Also known as the hormone of darkness, melatonin is (as its epithet suggests) a natural hormone produced by the body that is released in response to darkness. This is one of the ways the body helps regulate its circadian rhythm, more commonly known as the ‘internal clock.’ Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland and helps to control the body’s sleep-wake cycles and if you’re one of the 2 out of 5 Australians that experience sleep difficulties, it’s likely your body doesn’t produce enough of it. It is for this reason that melatonin supplements are often used as a sleeping...

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4 Foods to Boost Your Immunity

4 Foods to Boost Your Immunity

It has long been known that diet can have a profound effect on your health. It's not a cure all, unfortunately, but it can contribute to improving our overall health and our body's ability to fight off infections and heal injuries. Like anything in life, balance is the key. Along with good habits, good sleep, good hygiene and keeping yourself up to date with your vaccinations, here are some foods you can add to your diet to give your body a helping hand: 1. Garlic. This one has been recognised for generations for its infection-fighting abilities. Garlic contains vitamin B6,...

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Get Moving!

Get Moving!

It's been long documented that exercise has a remarkable effect on the body - and we're not just talking lean bodies and high energy. Did you know exercise can also reduce the risk of developing numerous diseases and health issues?  (Please note, this information is general in nature. Different people will have different requirements, and what is safe for one person may not be safe for another. Your doctor knows your individual medical needs, so check in with them to see what is right for you!)Exercise provides countless benefits to heart health. In fact, a sedentary lifestyle is considered one of...

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Let's Talk: Vitamin C

Let's Talk: Vitamin C

Since cold and flu season is upon us, it’s a common practice to reach for the vitamin C supplements in order to help fight off the yearly infection.The theory has been popular since the 1970s - and we have Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling to thank for that. Sadly, those claims weren’t actually sustained by any kind of real studies. And in the years that have followed, subsequent studies haven’t exactly had promising results.Sadly, from what we know, it most likely won’t prevent you getting sick during the snivelly season. But it’s not all empty promises.What we do know is...

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3 Daily Habits to Reduce your Risk of AD

3 Daily Habits to Reduce your Risk of AD

Cognitive decline is not only a worrying thought, it's also a very real possibility for most of us - and it's not just the elderly at risk. It may seen as though this is a part of the normal ageing process, but sometimes it can be significantly more serious than that: We're talking, of course, about dementia. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's Disease, or AD. The exact cause of AD is currently unknown, though there have been many studies looking into potential causes, such as genetic links. There is currently no cure. Discovered only last century, studies...

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