Do you Really Need a Personal Trainer?
By Marita Tilleras

Personal Training. Expensive, painful and only for extremely fit people, you might think.

Or you might think that you know enough, so Personal Training will not get you anywhere or have an effect on you.

The myths of Personal Training are many, but so are the benefits. Anyone who has ever tried a Personal Training session will know how efficient that session turned out to be, compared to what a workout on their own normally is.
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FebFast: Creating Healthy Alternatives
By Ciara Polonsky

I'll admit, chocolate was always my kryptonite. So when I decided to participate in FebFast last month, and go totally sugar free, alcohol free and caffeine free, I knew it was going to be a challenge.

But I realised that cutting out the junk leaves room for delicious nutritionally dense foods. There is a rainbow of natural and healthy alternatives waiting to be experienced.

Whatever your sweet of choice might be, take a moment to ask yourself the following question. Is the temporary rush of a processed sugar fix worth it?
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Balancing Omega-3s and Omega-6s in Your Diet
By Kelly Stuart

The well-documented benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in reducing the risk of a range of diseases and disorders has led to a steady increase in consumer demand for fish oil supplements.

Specifically, it is the EPA and DHA fatty acids, found almost exclusively in seafood, that have been shown to have the most benefits.

While omega-3s have neutral or anti-inflammatory effects, high omega-6 intake is associated with an increase in all inflammatory diseases, which is to say, virtually all disease.
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Cocoa vs Cacao
By Tiffaney Nish

Cacao is fast becoming a mainstream 'health' food. From healthy smoothies to homemade ice cream, protein bars and desserts, the emphasis is now on cacao over cocoa.

With a myriad of recipes now asking for expensive ingredients such as almond meal, coconut oil, flour, butter, and various nectars, it's easy to be tempted to stick with the cocoa powder already in your pantry.

So is cacao really that different to cocoa? Doesn't it all come from the one bean? Is cacao actually that much better for you than cocoa?
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12 Ways to Natural Allergy Relief
By Tiffaney Nish

Australia has some of the highest rates of allergies in the world.

Some allergens like foods are easier to avoid than pollens, grasses and dust mites which pose more of a challenge.

Other than the symptoms, which can range from itchy, irritated eyes, nose and throat, what is more frustrating for allergy sufferers is the common occurrence of tolerance that makes everyday antihistamines ineffective.
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How to Let Go and Find Acceptance
By Kelly Stuart

Some things in life can be difficult to accept. Sometimes the reality can seem more a lie than the expectation – the thing you had counted on, dreamed of, had your hopes pinned on.

Or you might be faced with devastating events that are out of your control and the idea of acceptance can seem near impossible.

If an event or set of circumstances unfolds far differently than what you had envisioned, you may struggle to adjust to the actuality of your life.
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Bowen Therapy Needs New Professional Standards
By Col Murray

The simplicity of the Bowen Technique has led to a bunch of schools popping up teaching below par techniques.

The distinction in teaching of Bowen Therapy has led to two types of practitioners emerging – Bowen Therapists and Bowen Technicians. Yet the professional standards for both are the same.

It is time Australia's two leading Bowen associations stepped up and enforced a requirement for professional standards that delineates between Bowen Technicians and Bowen Therapists.
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The Truth About Cholesterol
By Tiffaney Nish

There is much more to cholesterol than simply having a high reading.

First of all, it is important to understand that not all types of cholesterol are bad. There are good and bad types of cholesterol, some which are naturally formed in the body and other which come from our diet. But it is the "bad" cholesterol sourced from the food we eat that is popularly referred to.

Knowledge and beliefs on cholesterol differ greatly, and the results of research further complicate the subject.
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The Resolution Revolution
By Lauren Dulberg

"It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life," sang Nina Simone.

This, my friends, is what another year is all about. We have a marking on our calendars to remind us that it is time to change and that time is now.

It's another chance to have awareness of the year that has passed and that another one lays just a few minutes away. The new year helps us to recognize that we are not immortal and instead are growing and changing as the seasons, years and decades pass.
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5 Natural Ways to Great Skin this Festive Season
By Kelly Stuart

"Glowing, luminous skin that looks lit up from within." We all want it – and it would be especially nice during this extra social time of year to feel we are looking our radiant best.

You can spend a fortune on skincare products, but if your diet is poor, these are just a band-aid solution. Stress, processed foods and a diet lacking nutrients results in lacklustre (and faster ageing!) skin.
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Are Juice Diets the Way to Go these Holidays?
By Tiffaney Nish

It's that time of year. Christmas parties and get togethers end up loading your body full of cakes, chocolates, alcohol and more food than it can handle.

But between one holiday get together to the next, who has time for healthy eating and detoxing? Everyone is on the lookout for a quick fix and juice dieting is one that is particularly popular at the moment.

So what are the benefits and drawbacks of the juice diet? And is it a safe detox method?
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Slim Down Naturally After Christmas
By Tiffaney Nish

The festive season can be a hectic, and even stressful time of year, and all that yummy food and good times can make us a little more relaxed about what we choose to eat and drink.

If "moderation" is not one of your strong points, and you are prone to overindulging around Christmas and New Year's, there are sensible ways to get back on track once the silly season is over!
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Prevent Osteoporosis & Protect Your Bones
By Cassie Lazar-Walsh

The skeleton is not only designed for structural support and protection of our organs, it is also a reservoir of calcium storage.

So what is calcium and why is it needed in our bodies?

Calcium is involved in many bodily functions including strengthening our bones & teeth, muscular contractions, maintaining normal acid-base balance, cardiac function and maintaining blood calcium levels. Calcium must be acquired through food as it cannot be made by the body.
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The Truth about Chemicals in Hair Products
By Sonya Shepard

Your scalp is one of the most absorbent parts of your body. It is basically a sponge that will soak up anything and everything you put onto it. Yet many of us use hairspray packed with toxins and colour our hair with strong chemicals without thinking twice about it.

There is a large disconnect between the importance of looking after our hair and subsequently looking after our health. There is very minimal awareness about the negative effect that mainstream hair products are having on our health.
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No Tick of Approval for Processed Foods
By Jessie Reimers

The Australian Heart Foundation has come under fire many times in recent years, particularly for their Tick of Approval program which endorses products that are high in sugar and menu items from the likes of McDonald's. Recently, ABC science program Catalyst aired a segment called Toxic Sugar in which the Heart Foundation was once again forced to defend its promotion of sugar-filled, processed foods.

As a nutrition student, I, like many others, have become increasingly concerned about the Heart Foundation's actions and so I have started a petition on asking that they stop giving advice and promoting food that causes heart disease - a fairly serious accusation.
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Is Gluten Free Healthier?
By Amanda Adell

Nowadays it is becoming increasingly common to find menu items in restaurants and products in Australia with the "gluten free" label.

A growing number of people are choosing to eat gluten free food even if they aren't actually sensitive to gluten. So what exactly leads them to choose this diet? Is it better to eat gluten free food? Is it healthier?

Gluten is formed from several different proteins. It is found mostly in wheat but also in rye, barley and oats, and all the products made with these grains. Gluten is responsible for making dough elastic and expandable, and has an impact on the texture of the final product.
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The Mediterranean Diet
By Cassie Lazar-Walsh

The Mediterranean diet is full of nutritious food that prevents and protects from heart disease and chronic illness and promotes longevity.

The seven countries study – the first to examine lifestyle and diet with heart attack and stroke rates in different populations – found a correlation between low rates and rarity of coronary heart disease of the people in Crete, Greece.

One major factor contributing to the decreased risk of heart disease was the Mediterranean diet the Cretans consumed which was high in good fats, fish, fruits and vegetables and low in meat and animal products.
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Why Eating Soy is Dangerous
By Lauren Dulberg

It is still amazing how many soy products are sold as "health food". It reminds me of the late 90s when being a vegetarian became a trend and soy made its way onto the common marketplace in the form of tofu, seitan, soy burgers, soy milk - you name it.

Soy was considered a health food until the early 2000s when there was an obvious rise in breast cancer. Scientists began to research more about soy being a possible culprit and the findings came to an unfortunate conclusion.
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Increase your Fertility Naturally
By Lauren Dulberg

In our modern world, infertility has become a common household term and it has become one of the most treated issues in Chinese Medicine next to back pain and chronic headaches.

Maybe this is because of the world we live in today, with an overstimulation of stress and environmental toxins which contribute to hormonal imbalances, inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, low sperm quality, low body temperature, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue and insomnia (to name a few), which all play a huge role in the outcome of fertility.
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By Maggie Cowan-Hughes

Winter in the city is a time for style. Yet how many health alarms are going off as we head for cooler weather? Are you worried about allergies, colds, rhinitis, sinus problems, asthma, or taking days off work or school due to winter sickness?

Asthma is a massive problem with 300,000 million sufferers worldwide, 2 million in Australia. It's the most common chronic illness amongst children and numbers are growing.
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