Best Aussie Beaches

This Australia Day, discover more of this Great Southern Land with our hitlist of the best beaches Down Under. 

Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island, QLD

This former nudist beach in FNQ was named number one by beach specialist Brad Farmer. We can see why!

Nudey Beach, QLD

Nudey Beach, QLD

Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head, NSW

This little hideaway in Northern NSW won't stay a secret for long. Isn't it just.. dreamy!

Dreamtime Beach, NSW

Dreamtime Beach, NSW

Seal Rocks, Central Coast, NSW

A favourite for Sydneysiders seeking a weekend away. And surfers searching the perfect break. 

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Binalong Bay, Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Just south of the spectacular Bay of Fires is this former fishing hamlet is now a cosy village perfect for holidaymakers. 

Binalong Bay, Tasmania. 

Binalong Bay, Tasmania. 

Yallingup Beach, Margaret River, WA

Famous surfer Taj Burrow hails from here and is often found at the equally famous Caves House where locals and visitors down brew in after a salty swim. 

Yallingup, WA

Yallingup, WA

Milk Beach, Sydney, NSW

A favourite Harbour beach amongst Sydney's cool set that is at is most popular on Australia Day. 

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Tallebudgera Beach, Gold Coast, QLD

A haven for families, the Tallebudgera creek and beach is bordered by the Burleigh Heads national park. 

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Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, QLD

Seven kilometres so spectacular it's won awards. You can take tours here by boat, chopper or seaplane and wander the pristine white sands. Heaven. 

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Here's how to boost your energy in 2018

Energy-Boosting Ingredients and Natural Supplements you should consider for 2018

Photo: iStock

Photo: iStock

Summer brings with it many advantages – the warmer weather, the festive and celebratory season, beach swims and more. But it can also be a very draining time for many of us, and the heat can often sap energy levels. Here are some of my favourite, natural energy-boosters for summer. By naturopath Stephen Eddey.

1.   Lemons

Not to be underestimated, simply adding some fresh lemon juice to water transforms your drink into an energy boosting (and tasty) beverage packed with natural electrolytes. Electrolytes are important as they are critical for cells to produce energy and are responsible for keeping the body properly hydrated. Sipping on lemon water often will also help to avoid dehydration.

Tip: Add some lemon into your water bottle the night before you plan on taking it with you for your morning jog/work commute/gym session to save time.

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2.   Beets

Red root vegetables such as beetroot contain high amounts of nitrates, converted to nitric oxide in the body, and have been associated with increasing endurance and exercise tolerance during high-intensity workouts by increasing blood flow and oxygen availability to muscles. Rich in B vitamins, niacin, pyridoxine and pantothenic acid and also containing potassium, magnesium, iron and manganese, beets are a good choice before exercising because of their high carbohydrate content, with some research suggesting that they may improve muscle performance and power.

Tip: Why not try adding beets to your daily juice, a beets powder to your protein shake or adding beets to your salads.

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3.   Ubiquinol

Season-to-season we continually push ourselves and while our bodies might secretly be hoping for a rest this silly season, the heat and exertion may end up pushing our bodies into overdrive - resulting in a lack of key antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants such as Ubiquinol are vital for energy production and the repairing of cells, helping to reduce inflammation caused by free-radical release during exercise. Although naturally produced in the body, Ubiquinol levels decline as we age, so it’s worth a daily supplement to help assist with enhanced physical performance, reduced fatigue and improvement in muscle repair.

Tip: Consider a Ubiquinol supplement as part of your daily routine to reap the benefits of this antioxidant.

4.   Protein

Simple but sometimes easily forgotten, protein is essential for muscle growth, repair and maintenance - and that doesn’t change through the seasons. Whether your focus is strength or endurance, consuming a high protein meal after a workout can help to provide slow-burning energy and support the recovery of strained and tired muscles. Whey protein, a soluble protein, is rich in branched chain amino acids and permits faster digestion, however there are many options for vegetarians and vegans who may consider pea protein or consumption of complete-protein foods such as soy and quinoa. Or for an even more natural approach, look no further than full-fat yoghurt, eggs or almonds as the perfect protein snack.

Tip: The process of muscle recovery continues for approximately 12 hours after you've trained, and therefore regular consumption of protein can be useful in maximising that recovery.

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5.     Berries

Berries are the ultimate power food all year round – delicious, fresh, bursting with antioxidants and cooling on a hot day. Blueberries in particular have been recognised as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities when compared against other fruits. As an alternative, the acai berry – hailing from the Amazon rainforest region - is gaining a lot of popularity for its antioxidant properties too.

Tip: Add blueberries or acai berry to your breakfast smoothie, with muesli or oats, or eat raw for a delicious snack!

About Stephen Eddey: Stephen Eddey is a qualified Chemist, Naturopath and is the Principal of Australia’s longest established natural medicine college, Health Schools Australia where he overseas seminar programs, course structures and the college administration. He has completed a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine as well as a Masters in Health Science and PhD in Nutritional Medicine.

Speak to your healthcare practitioner to discuss the benefits of Ubiquinol supplementation. Always read the label. Use only as directed.

For more information, visit https://www.ubiquinol.net.au/

 

 

Six Tips to Become a Super Work-at-Home Mum

Working mums - the superheroes of our time! They're the women who manage to have both a family life and a successful career. For some it might sound all too good to be true, but it's totally possible. 

By Claire Adams

Don’t forget to relax

We all need to blow off some steam from time to time, and when you’re a working mum, venting becomes an essential part of your lifestyle. Find what works for you, whether it is spending time with your friends, having a long bubble bath, meditating, or something completely different. It can be anything, as long as it helps you keep your nerves.

Photo: Instagram @Chrissyteigen

Photo: Instagram @Chrissyteigen

Learn how to organise

Having a plan is essential when there are many things to do and not that much time, which is pretty much always if you are a work-at-home mum. If you learn how to organise well, you’ll never get stuck or lost in all your chores and responsibilities. Also, writing things down will enable you to visualise your goals and manage your time accordingly, so consider getting a simple planner that can help you organise your schedule much more easily. Even if you don’t stick to it entirely, you’ll learn from experience and will surely become much better at planning.

Mum, TV presenter, dance and founder of Body by Finch - Rachael Finch multitasks by staying organised. Photo: Instagram @rachael_finch 

Ask for help

There’s nothing wrong with getting a bit of help when you feel like you need it – nobody can do it all, and the amount of work mums have can often be overwhelming. You might think that asking for help will make you seem weaker, or perhaps you simply feel uncomfortable doing so, but there really is no reason for such worries. It’s completely logical that a person who juggles both work and family does need a little help from time to time, so don’t be afraid to ask for it.

So we don't all have a glam squad on call like Lara, but seeking the help of friends, family, neighbours & partners can make life that little bit easier.. and maybe leave time for mascara!  Photo: Instagram @laraworthington

So we don't all have a glam squad on call like Lara, but seeking the help of friends, family, neighbours & partners can make life that little bit easier.. and maybe leave time for mascara!  Photo: Instagram @laraworthington

Think about the future

Every parent wants their child to have a nice job and good life, so one of the main things they think about is their children’s education. Education is extremely important, which is why it’s a good idea to start saving up for college in advance. Plus, there are always tuition fees and other potential expenses, so you can never know for sure how much money your child will need. One thing is for sure, though – you can never save too much, so start saving as soon as you can.

Actress Jessica Alba is the founder of Honest, now a billion-dollar company and has her third baby on the way. But just because you don't have all those zeros in the bank doesn't mean you can't plan to put a little bit away for your little ones.  Image: Instagram @jessicaalba

Actress Jessica Alba is the founder of Honest, now a billion-dollar company and has her third baby on the way. But just because you don't have all those zeros in the bank doesn't mean you can't plan to put a little bit away for your little ones.  Image: Instagram @jessicaalba

Stay fit

Staying physically healthy can make it easier for you to stay emotionally healthy as well. Eating the right food, exercising, and doing sports will keep you strong and energised, which can help you cope with stress and deal with all your obligations. When it comes to staying fit and healthy, it’s also important to get enough sleep. This way, you will have much more energy in the morning, and it will be easier for you to concentrate on your daily tasks.

Mum-of-four Rebecca Judd mixes family with fitness Photo: Instagram @becjudd

Mum-of-four Rebecca Judd mixes family with fitness Photo: Instagram @becjudd

Believe in yourself

When you are a successful, working mum, there is no room for insecurities and self-doubt. In order to stay focused and on track, you need to actually believe you can do so. The mind can be a very powerful force, and if you manage to maintain a positive and confident attitude, there will be nothing to stop you from achieving all your goals.

 

Being a supermum can sometimes be very exhausting and demanding – but the rewards are worth it!

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Claire is a personal and professional development expert who believes that positive attitude is one of the keys to success. 

She regularly contributes to High Style Life and you can follow her on Twitter @Adamsnclaire and Facebook.

Hidden causes of acne

Seriously, how should you wash acne-prone skin?

This is probably one of those questions that has been bugging you for quite awhile. And that’s totally understandable, considering that it’s hard to find the best face wash for acne-prone skin.

Acne-prone skin will greatly benefit from a cleanser that can remove dirt, oil and makeup residues without stripping the skin’s natural oils. Why?

Well, those natural oils are important for your skin’s protection. If they get stripped away, your skin is forced to compensate by producing more oil - leading to more clogged pores and breakouts.

So, find a cleanser that doesn’t contain alcohol and harsh chemicals. Skip scented products since artificial fragrance can irritate the skin.

One thing you can do to find out if a cleanser is stripping your skin’s oil is to feel your face after washing it. If it feels tight, sensitive and taut, consider replacing your face wash.

Of course using the wrong cleanser isn’t the only thing that can cause acne. There are tonnes of acne triggers hiding in your environment, lifestyle and habits.

Check out this infographic. 

 

 

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Healing the gut could be the answer to your baby's eczema

Could gut health hold the answer to your child’s eczema?

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If your child has eczema, then you know how powerless you can feel if they’re scratching their skin, in pain, or discomfort. By healing your child’s gut, you may be able to heal their skin problems, says Dr Cris Beer.

Children’s eczema affects around one in five children under the age of two years of age, with a red itchy rash and dry skin giving discomfort and irritation.[i] It can appear anywhere, although is usually present across the face, ears and neck, behind the knees, in the creases of the elbows and across the ankles.[ii]

While eczema usually improves as your child gets older, addressing the health of your child’s gut may be the answer in finding relief now.

The link between the gut and good skin

A recent study published in the journal Nature may provide some insight into how and why keeping the gut in good condition can help soothe eczema symptoms.

Why is the gut so important? It’s the body’s wellbeing machine, which supports our overall health, including our intestine, skin and our immune system. When your gut isn’t in sufficient health, your skin will then reflect this imbalance, with a dull appearance, or skin conditions such as eczema can be exacerbated.

How can you have a happy gut?

Keeping your child’s gut healthy requires some attention to their diet, to get and keep your gut flora balanced. One study[iii] found that children with eczema contained a different make-up of gut flora, compared to those who don’t suffer.

Probiotics contain lactic acid-producing bacteria, which is thought to have a positive effect on gut flora, and help to stimulate healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.[iv] It’s been found that found that children with eczema contained a different make-up of gut flora, compared to those who don’t suffer. [v]  

The study – a round-up of 29 studies[vi] of the effects of probiotics on children with eczema - by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that six to 14 out of 100 fewer children developed eczema by using probiotic dietary supplements.

It’s thought that probiotics which contain the bacteria Lactobacillus rhamnonsus GG and Lactobacillus reuteri, are the most beneficial for those with eczema, particularly if it’s genetic.

Speak to your healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist. Always read the label. Use only as directed. Supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate.

For more information, visit www.blackmores.com.au

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[i] https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/skin-allergy/eczema

[ii] https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/skin-allergy/eczema

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2883099/

[iv] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072584/

[v] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2883099/

[vi] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072584/

Junkfood is Addictive. We knew it!

Eating junk food programs your brain to want more.

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

The more junk you eat the more you want. The struggle is real! And, real bad for you.

New research that was presented at the Australasian Neuroscience Society Annual Scientific Meeting in Sydney is showing that a high-fat, high-sugar diet decreases self-control with food choices, affects memory and increases vulnerability to anxiety.

Dr Ian Johnston, of the University of Sydney’s School of Psychology led a study that gave rats everyday junk foods and found that they instinctively sought out more junk food to eat once they’d gotten a taste for it.

Like a drug, that first taste changes your brain instantly in that it just wants more of it. It wants to get the sugar high back again!

The good news about this type of addiction though, is that you don’t suffer withdrawals without it. In fact, once the rats went on a six-week detox, they were back to seeking out and eating healthy food.

“Self-control is the flip side of impulsivity,” Dr Johnston said. “This is how dieting works: delaying immediate gratification now for a long-term gain. This feeds into the idea that if we want people to lose weight, then we really need to make it harder for them to access junk food.”

So Birds, keep your unhealthy choices in check if you don’t want them to spiral out of control. But you already know ice-cream is just an occasional food, right?

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The two best sex positions for conception success

The best part about falling pregnant? The sex! The worst part? The waiting.

Speed up the process with the best positions to for making a baby.

Image: Stocksy

Image: Stocksy

For the sperm to find the egg you need deep penetration and this isn’t just a theory, researchers have put the positions under an MRI scanner to confirm the tip of the penis reaches the cervix in your everyday missionary and doggy style positions.

A team from CMC Beau Soleil in France took MRIs of couples in the missionary position, which discovered it allows the penis to reach the area at the front of the cervix.

They also found that the rear entry position allows a man to reach the area at the back of the cervix. Hint – doggy style gives sperm a head-start.

There’s also advice out there about getting into some upside down yoga positions after sex – not always what you feel like doing. Well, thankfully Dr James Goldfarb, director of the infertility service at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, says it’s not really necessary. (Great, cos we’d rather cuddle!)

But Dr Goldfarb does advise against gravity-defying positions that involve sitting, standing or, umm, swinging, during intercourse when you’re hoping to conceive. He also recommends not jumping out of bed straight away after you’ve done the deed.

“It's good advice to lay in bed for 10 to 15 minutes after intercourse, but you don't need your feet in the air,” he says. “Your pelvis does not move when you put your legs in the air.” And hold on for the bathroom too… “If you wait 10 to 15 minutes, the sperm that is going to get into the cervix will be in the cervix.”

Sperm are quick little suckers and you don’t want them scampering off in the wrong direction because you’re desperate to pee.

So there you have it, mums-to-be, the two perfect positions that prime sperm for take-off. But if you have a few other styles in your repertoire too, keep it up, because what really makes a baby is sex. Lots of it at the right time of the month.  



 

What your vagina is telling you...

Five Things Your Vagina Knows that You Don't

Photo: iStock

Photo: iStock

Being uncomfortable ‘down there’ is not as uncommon or embarrassing as you might think. We  get vaginal flora imbalances from time to time, and for varying reasons that are not always due to sex. The tricky thing is figuring out what's caused the discomfort or infection, and whether there is a more serious health issue underlying.

We spoke to Integrative Medicine Expert, Dr Cris Beer, to find out five things your vagina is trying to tell you – and why you should be listening!

1.     Your diet is poor

If you’re grazing on a diet high in foods like bread, sugar and MSG, and drinking a little too much and too often, then you’re likely to be fuelling your body with yeast.

“Not only are you spurring the production of yet more yeast, but you’re also being unkind to your body. Cut back on processed foods and sugars and ensure you’re eating a mix of nutritionally-dense foods – including fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, protein and fibre, to give it the best cover against bugs, infection and other nasties,” says Dr Beer.

2.     You’re stressed

Stress not only brings tension and unease, but it can release stress hormones called corticosteroids, which can suppress certain cells in the immune system, inhibiting our body’s ability to fight infection.

“To help manage and cope with daily stressors, it’s vital to ensure that you are getting enough sleep – minimum 7 hours each night, are exercising moderately for at least 30 minutes a day, and are being mindful of caffeine consumption (no more than 2 cups of coffee) to help reduce anxiety and tension,” suggests Dr Beer.

3.     You’ve been on a course of antibiotics

“Women can often get thrush after a course of antibiotics, due to the loss of good bacteria from the vagina, so I always recommend supplementing with a good quality probiotic both during and after the antibiotic course, to help keep the good bacteria in-check.

“Opt for a probiotic with clinically-trialled strains and one specifically designed for women’s health, as this will help to treat the specific condition, and also consider fuelling your body with powerful prebiotic foods, such as kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi, and a full-fat yoghurt.”

4.     You’re ovulating

Do you notice that you have more discharge than usual at certain times of the month? It’s probably just a sign that you’re ovulating.

“Normal vaginal discharge is a healthy way for your body to get rid of fluid and old cells, and it’s not uncommon to have a little more than usual during ovulation. However if you notice that the discharge starts to change in texture or colour, and has a powerful odour, it’s worth speaking to your health practitioner to check it isn’t something more serious,” recommends Dr Beer.

5.     You need to up your hygiene!

Women are more prone to Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) than men, which refers to a bacterial infection in the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra. Therefore it’s crucial that good hygiene is adhered to, particularly after sexual intercourse.

“Urinating after sex can help to flush out bad bacteria before it has time to travel to your bladder, helping to minimise the risk of an infection,” Dr Beer adds.

Speak to your healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist. Always read the label. Use only as directed. Supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate.

For more information, visit www.blackmores.com.au

Fertility tests are a waste of time and money, says new study

Tick tock. There’s no way to predict your biological clock.

This article first appeared on Body+Soul

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If you're a woman eager to know how much time you have left on the biological clock, you may have thought about ovarian reserve tests designed to tell you the quantity and quality of your eggs.

From a blood test, the AMH (antimullerian hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels have long been used as a way to predict fertility treatment success. (You produce less AMH as eggs start to decline, and FSH rises as you near menopause, FYI).

In recent years, this “egg timer” test has gained popularity as a way to predict just how much longer you have before you think about combining the corporate ladder or jetsetting the globe, with motherhood.

But according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, these costly tests are a total waste of time.

The study of 750 women aged 30 to 44 years old, who had no history of infertility and had been trying to conceive for less than three months, showed that a low AMH or high FSH had no bearing on your chance of falling pregnant.

Researchers said: "Among women aged 30 to 44 years without a history of infertility who had been trying to conceive for three months or less, biomarkers indicating diminished ovarian reserve compared with normal ovarian reserve were not associated with reduced fertility.

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“I definitely was surprised by the findings,” said Dr Anne Steiner, a reproductive endocrinologist of the University of North Carolina, who led the study.

“Women that had signs of diminished ovarian reserve when their lab tests suggested they had a low number of eggs remaining, they were just as likely to get pregnant in six months or 12 months as a woman with a higher ovarian reserve.”

As Mother Nature would have it, you're born with all the egg cells, or oocytes, that you will ever have. Over time, oocytes mature and deteriorate, or are reabsorbed into your body. What’s left is called “ovarian reserve” and by your late 30s, your reserve is generally on the low side, and the quality of what’s left is often inhibited by age.

It was once thought that you should find out all you can about your fertility to take control of your future. But despite the voice inside your uterus reminding you it’s there and ready to grow a tiny human, the advice now for those worried about having a family? Cross these tests off the list of life’s to-dos - and avoid the added anxiety that comes with it. Not to mention that a snapshot of your ovarian reserve today has no bearing on what it might be tomorrow. So, really this test has no business masquerading as a family planning tool.

Caveat: The study focussed on women getting pregnant, not carrying a healthy pregnancy to term.

Sugar OK for kids before bed. No, really.

A new study finds that kids can consume high amounts of sugar without their sleep being affected.

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Sugar before bed has long been blamed for disrupted sleep, decreased attention, memory problems, bad school performance, hyperactivity, aggression, and mood problems in growing children.

But a new University of South Australia study led by sleep expert Dr Emily Watson found children slept an average of nine and 11 hours each night and their sugar intake had no baring on behavioural problems.

The study did find that kids are consuming above average amounts of sugar which comes with its own range of concerns. 

Results were based on 287 South Australian schoolchildren aged from 8 years old to 12, who completed a food eating questionnaire with the help of their parents.

“While a high proportion of children consumed above the recommended amount of daily total sugar, which is problematic for other health reasons, total sugar consumption was not related to behavioural or sleep problems,’’ said Dr Watson.

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“This study demonstrated for the first time that diets containing a high proportion of total sugar do not exacerbate the relationship between parental reported sleep and behaviour.’’

The World Health Organisation recommends children consume only 20 per cent of their energy through sugar. But this study found that the average was 134grams a day which equals 26 per cent. Time to quit the fizzy drinks and sugary snacks.

A diet high in sugar poses significant health risks regardless of age, but as it turns out red cordial before bed doesn't affect shuteye. Not that that makes it a good idea!

 

This entrepreneur is taking the toxic out of nail salons

SUNDAYS SALON

In the heart of Manhattan, a well-polished nail salon, sundays, has opened its doors to manicured applause.

The sundays Salon in New York - in Manhattan’s Nomad neighbourhood - is a zen environment featuring non-toxic nail treatments. The sophisticated lifestyle brand puts user’s health, happiness and wellbeing first with 10-Free Nail Polish - the non-toxic nail polish line that doesn't compromise on a bright, brilliant finish.

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Founder of sundays, Amy Ling Lin, was inspired to create the line after launching a chain of nail salons four years ago. Realising that the salon environment is filled with harmful chemicals, Amy developed the sundays line of 10-Free nail polishes to enhance a health conscious environment for both talon technicians and polish connoisseurs alike.

Sundays founder, Amy Ling Lin

Sundays founder, Amy Ling Lin

Embracing the less-is-more philosophy, each polish promises purity in a bottle, and every brush stroke delivers an all-natural, unparalleled manicure-pedicure experience.

What is 10-FREE?

sundays professional 10-Free Nail Polish means it’s formulated without the nine hazardous chemical additives commonly used in nail polish. And it’s completely free of animal by-product, making the brand proudly cruelty-free and vegan.

Boasting one of the most pure and simple formulas on the market, 10-Free Nail Polish delivers rich, luxurious color with stunning shine in a variety of timeless hues and fashionable colors. 

“I wanted to create a warm and friendly place for every guest to feel as though they are within a relaxing, cozy home,” says owner and entrepreneur Amy Ling Lin, referencing Hygee – the Danish word for cozy. “It also means enjoying the good things in life with good people,” she says. “We can be most at ease when we are home, and I hope our clients feel this way at our studio.”

In place of the usual padded massage chairs with inbuilt foot baths are the timeless comfort of Blu Dot Chip chairs and oxDenmarq Rama chairs constructed from bull leather and oak wood. As clients recline to the calming sounds of classical music a white spiral stair case, that leads to a second-floor chill-out hideaway, comes into view.

 

 

World Mental Health Day

Take a moment today to check in on someone, and that includes yourself, who might be having a tough time, struggling with their emotions, experiencing inner turmoil, overwhelmed by stress...

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In Australia one in five are affected by mental illness yet they don't seek help because of the stigma attached to it. Whereas they'd have no issue going to their GP to treat a common cold or other illness. 

It's time to shed a positive light on the issues that are swirling around inside people's heads and let them, or let yourself, know that you're not alone if you feel confused, experience paralysing thoughts, or are suffering from depression or anxiety... Did you know that some 2 million Aussies suffer from anxiety every year? And that around 8 Australians take their lives each day. The statistics are devastating.

Let's not shy away from seeking help, or recognising that others need help. And if someone asks you how you're feeling, don't be afraid to tell them the truth. Life is not a popularity contest. It's survival, and we need support, community, and physical and mental health to survive at our best. 

Help is out there, and talking to someone and sharing your story is often the first step to getting better. 

Many neighbourhood community centres are offering workshops to help people understand mental health issues. Visit Mental Health Australia for more information. 

Feeling mentally unwell is NOT hopeless. You can get better. 

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If you or someone you care about needs help don't suffer in silence - contact one of these National 24/7 Crisis Counselling Services.

Lifeline

13 11 14

www.lifeline.org.au

 

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

 

beyondblue

1300 22 4636

www.beyondblue.org.au

 

MensLine Australia

1300 78 99 78

www.mensline.org.au

 

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800 (27/7 crisis support)

www.kidshelpline.com.au

 

headspace

1800 650 890

www.headspace.org.au (direct clinical services)

 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

1800 011 046

www.vvcs.gov.au

Activate your pregnancy

Activated nutrients - how to get the best for you and baby.

The word 'activated' has been bandied around the health world for a while now, (activated almonds, anyone?!) but how exactly do “biologically active” nutrients benefit pregnancy?

Health Bird spoke to BioCeuticals dietitian and nutritionist and mum, Belinda Reynolds, about vitamins and their active counterparts...

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There's a particular buzz right now about activated B vitamins

•   Vitamin B2 - riboflavin sodium phosphate

•   Vitamin B6 - pyridoxal-5-phosphate

•   Vitamin B9 or folate - folinic acid or 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (also known as 5-MTHF or MTHF)

•   Vitamin B12 - mecobalamin (also known as methylcobalamin or methyl-B12)

•   Coenzyme Q10 - ubiquinol

These vitamins exist in foods and supplements in many different forms. When you consume the “inactive” vitamin, your body has to work harder to convert that nutrient into the “active” form so it can function and support your health.

These activation steps often require other nutrients, certain enzymes and the absence of specific imbalances. For example, as a mama to be, when you take folic acid (the inactive, synthetic form of folate), there are multiple reactions that take place to convert it to 5-MTHF (“active” folate), and these steps need healthy levels of active vitamin B6, vitamin B2 and amino acids, while active vitamin B12 is needed for active folate to then carry out its roles.

Sound like a whole lot of B.S? It's not.

If you are low in any of these supportive nutrients, or have inflammation in your body or any genetic variations that prevent the enzymes involved in these steps functioning at their peak, then the benefits you can expect for you and your babe may be reduced.

Most mums to be know about the importance of folate, so they might take a folic acid supplement or consume foods fortified with folic acid (e.g. processed breakfast cereals). Folate is involved in supporting many functions in the body, including DNA health, brain, nervous system and mood health, and immune and liver function just to name a few. But because folic acid is a synthetic, non-active form of folate, simply consuming more folic acid without supporting its use with good nutrition can mean that you don’t achieve the full benefit that you would otherwise. That's when the active 5-MTHF or folinic acid form is a more desirable option, as it's supporting the folate’s function a little more efficiently without the extra nutrients mentioned earlier. In addition, it can also be a good idea to take the other supportive B vitamins together with folate as part of a pregnancy multivitamin, rather than just a single supplement on its own (unless of course you have been recommended otherwise by your healthcare practitioner).

It's vital to remember too that healthy foods such as green leafy vegetables provide active forms of nutrients. To continually support each other during pregnancy, opt for a diverse diet providing many different coloured vegetables and fruits, plus raw nuts, seeds, wholegrains, legumes and lean protein.

 

 

Health Tips for the Jet Set

FIVE tips for a healthy trip

from naturopath Teneille Newton

There’s no greater feeling than travelling to a new city or country. The excitement, anticipation and joy of discovering a new town, new people and new food. There’s so much to see and do – so many places to go – so there’s no time to get bogged down on the toilet with a dodgy tummy. Many adventurers experience traveller’s diarrhoea, naturopath Teneille Newton shares tips on how not to.

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