Beauty Therapy or Hype?

Woman using a gua sha tool on her face

From kansa wands and gua sha massage to vitamin infusions, there’s always a new natural beauty therapy to try. Which natural beauty trends live up to the hype? Gua sha This intriguing facial massage technique has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It means ‘to scrape’ (gua) ‘red’ (sha), because it involves drawing … Read more

A Holistic Menopause Plan

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Make sense of your hormones and beat the menopause blues with natural remedies, herbal tonicsand DIY techniques. The dynamic interplay of hormones keeps you feeling young and vibrant – or not, as the case may be. Hormones, symptons and you As a woman, your hormone levels begin to change around your mid 30s: both progesterone … Read more

Weight loss realities

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Naturopath Terese Mitchell-Patterson shines a light on the real reasons you can’t lose weight. Lose weight not hope Many clients are adamant that they cannot lose weight. However, as a practitioner I can honestly say I’ve never had a patient who – once we get down to the nitty-gritty and uncover the reason why they’re … Read more

Rewind the Clock

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Feeling your age, and then some? Find out what top holistic health experts do to rewind the clock so that they look and feel younger. 1. Check your thyroid “Hypothyroidism (a sluggish thyroid) is a common problem, particularly in women,” says Dr Rebecca Harwin. “It slows down metabolism, brain function, bowel movements, reproductive ability, and … Read more

Recovery foods – Eat Lean

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Look toned and feel strong with the top five post-workout recovery foods to reset your body Protein After intense training, your body naturally enters a catabolic (muscle breakdown) state. Eating protein five to 15 minutes after working out will facilitate protein synthesis – a protein isolate in liquid form will be transported and absorbed by … Read more

Sinus Infections – the natural solutions

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You’re bunged up, your face hurts, and the pressure is getting to you. These natural remedies should make you feel better. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) Very effective for preventing and treating upper respiratory tract infections, with clinical studies showing that it reduces excess mucus secretions and eases swelling of mucous membranes, which in turn improves drainage … Read more

Aromatherapy for Women

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The answer to your ailment may lie in the magic of essential oils Candidiasis Candida albicans is a harmless yeast (fungus) present in our bodies from birth. Occasionally it grows excessively and causes health problems. Thrush, an infection of the mucous membranes, is the most common symptom. It sometimes affects the mouth (especially in babies) … Read more

Natural Health, From Head to Toe

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Try these easy tips to prevent indigestion, boost brain power, stop osteoporosis, and more. As awareness of the shortcomings of modern medicine has grown, we have become more enthusiastic about both natural health and natural approaches. Generally, these methods are less invasive and safer. Underlying most of these choices in healing is the belief that … Read more

Nutritional Management for Athletes with Type 1 Diabetes

Individuals of all ages with diabetes should not be limited in their activities, and should be encouraged to participate in sports and physical activities. A person with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can become an elite athlete or train and compete at a high level of exercise intensity and endurance. Exercise usually lowers … Read more

Exercise And Wellbeing After Pregnancy

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Keeping fit (and sane) for new mothers – So you’ve had a baby and want your figure back. But like many other new mothers you are unsure how soon after birth you can safely participate in exercise.  Smartplay, Sports Medicine Australia’s sports injury prevention program funded by VicHealth and the Department of Planning and Community … Read more