Bodybuilding Supplements – What a Professional Takes!

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Buying protein powder, collagen, vitamin supplements and bothered by the cost? Spare a thought for the poor bodybuilder! SmartPlay spoke to Tom Lawry, a competitive bodybuilder, to get an understanding of what supplements and vitamins he takes on a daily basis. It’s fair to say that what it takes to be a serious player in … Read more

Explaining seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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As many as 1 in 300 Australians are thought to experience SAD. Although clearly a problem much more prevalent in the Northern Hemisphere, seasonal affective disorder still affects too many of us. Associate Professor Michael Baigent, clinical advisor to BeyondBlue helps to clarify the condition by explaining seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as follows: “S.A.D. is … Read more

Sleeping poorly?

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A staggering 76 percent of Australians suffer from sleep deprivation. Why are so many people sleeping poorly? Stress and anxiety are often to blame, along with lifestyle habits like shift work. Critically, many of us don’t get enough non-REM sleep, the deep sleep phase which facilitates cell renewal and repair; shallow, dream-filled REM sleep is … 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. As a woman, your hormone levels begin to change around your mid 30s: both progesterone and oestrogens levels start … 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