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What you should know about pre-workout stretches

Differing opinions circulate online about pre-workout stretches. Some sources say you benefit from them, others say the practice is obsolete. Which is it? The answer is somewhere in the middle. Here’s what you should know about pre-workout stretches! Warm-ups versus stretches: what’s the difference? The first thing you should know is that stretches are not…

Less is more: 7 Steps to help serious hoarders declutter

We all hold onto some things a little longer than we should. Whether it’s a ticket to a concert, a shelf of finished books or our high school uniform. While some memorabilia have their place, other stuff with zero meaning or value simply should be parted with. And while some of us are just overdue…

Is it exhaustion or chronic fatigue syndrome? How to tell the difference.

Every year, 1.5 million Australians visit their doctor because of fatigue. If asked, most people would probably describe fatigue in a similar way: tiredness or a lack of energy. In other words, exhausted. It happens to most of us at some time, but can usually be overcome. In fact, you might be thinking I’m exhausted…

10 Herbs that help fight joint pain

If you’re living with relentless joint pain, you’re probably ready to try anything to make it go away. But plying your body with medicines that don’t always work can be an unappealing prospect. Fortunately, there are a range of herbs that have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the swelling and inflammation associated with joint…

Too much of a good thing: Why you shouldn’t drink too much water

The typical problem we hear about is not drinking enough water. It’s hard to meet the prescribed eight glasses of water a day when you’re busy, water tastes bland, and you don’t have time to be going to the bathroom every hour. It’s become so common of a problem that we’re coming up with novel…

3 things that prove the link between gut bacteria and mental health exists

The link between gut problems and mental illnesses is the only consistent co-morbidity that has been explored from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present. Galen, an immensely popular 2nd century Greek physician, noted the coincidence of mental disturbances with gut problems like constipation and indigestion. Using his theory of balancing the body’s…

Mosquito coils: A summer necessity or backyard health hazard?

Summer is a time spent outdoors with your friends, the barbecue, and nature – and all the good and bad that entails! Summer time is also mosquito season. Mosquitos and their red, itchy bites are at best, a nuisance. At worst, they are a health risk – vectors for potentially lethal diseases like dengue and…

I’ve just bought life insurance. What now?

Buying life insurance can bring a sense of relief. You’ve made a decision, you’ve confirmed the purchase, and you’re ready to move forward. Before you file away all thoughts of your life cover, there are a few things you should do first. As with any important purchase, life cover is most effective when it’s well-maintained….

The happiness diet: 10 foods that naturally boost your mood

Did you know that if you’re feeling down, you could score a mood boost from food? And no, we don’t mean binging on chocolate or ice cream! Serotonin is a “happiness hormone” that helps to improve mood. The body can’t absorb serotonin directly from food, but it can absorb a precursor to making serotonin called…

Get the fig outta here: 15 surprising health benefits of figs

Not all superfoods wear capes. Kale, coconut oil, açai, and other superstar foods tend to hog the spotlight, leaving ordinary foods with extraordinary health benefits off the radar. Well, it’s time to give the humble fig the praise it deserves. That’s right. Figs are loaded with superfood-like health benefits for your heart, brain, eyes, bowels,…

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