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Supporting Vaginal Health with Probiotics

March 22, 2017

Women’s urogenital tracts abound with bacteria – when we have a dominance of ‘good’ bacteria, the vagina is healthy, but when ‘bad’ bacteria dominates, we can run into problems like bacterial vaginosis (BV) and candida infection (thrush).

While taking an oral probiotic, which may have additional benefits, can be the perfect tool for maintenance of vaginal health, a pessary may provide a fast-acting boost in good bacteria in times of imbalance.

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Under The Influence – Fatty Liver Disease in Children

March 8, 2017

In most countries, healthcare and welfare systems are legal pyramid schemes; that is, lots of young, healthy people have to pay in at the bottom, so that the few old, sick people can take out at the top.

But what if the young people are too sick to have jobs to pay in? What if they’re so sick they’re taking out?

Without a solid foundation, the whole pyramid collapses.

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Boosting Melatonin Production & Sleep Better Tonight

June 9, 2016

If you suffer from occasional insomnia or if it’s a nightly battle for you, you’ve likely looked at all of the natural solutions currently out there

You may have even tried some melatonin supplements, and if you’re like many individuals, had some disappointing results.

While research has shown the body’s naturally-produced melatonin helps regulate sleep, synthetic melatonin has proven less than impressive.

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Folic Acid And Fertility – Doing More Harm Than Good?

May 25, 2016

No woman who’s expecting, or expecting to expect, can avoid the advice, from any doctor or health site worth its salt: Take folic acid.

But with levels of infertility, multiple miscarriages and failed IVF attempts on the rise, we need to take a closer look at our genetics – the MTHFR gene could be the key to conception.

The MTHFR gene directly dictates if folic acid, folinic acid or 5-MTHF is the best way to improve your folate levels for successful conception.

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Tennis Elbow and the Epi train

April 29, 2016

Tennis elbow, characterised by pain, weakness and inflammation ordegeneration of the wrist-extensor tendon that connects to the elbow,is one of those intractable overuse injures that, until recently,yielded very reluctantly to treatment.

Bymost estimates, about half of all competitive tennis players will beafflicted, a statistic that must resonate, painfully, with these athletes.

Tennis isn’t the only predisposingactivity, either. Golfers get tennis elbow, as do plumbers, painters,gardeners and accountants. (Heavy briefcases can strain the tendon.)

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Oh No Oregano! We’ve Been Lied To!

April 14, 2016

Outrage spread across Australia last week when it was revealed that our most popular oregano brands only contained between 11% - 50% dried oregano herb.

The rest being made up of olive and sumac leaves, cheap substitutes which look very similar to oregano.

The shock results have prompted an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission probe, and calls for other imported herbs and spices checks.

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Australian Honey – A Scandal Created?

February 2, 2016

Australian and New Zealand honey faced a full frontal attack from an international study recently, raising questions of how safe are our locally made honey products?

Is this a reckless claim aimed to discredit our honey industry or does this raise some alarming points that we should all be aware of?

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Magnesium Deficiency Questionnaire

January 14, 2016

MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY QUESTIONNAIRE

Circle each yes answer which is given a numerical value.

When you finish, total your score.

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Nigella – Clean Eating as a Disorder!

January 5, 2016

Domestic Goddess Nigella Lawson has recently come out and stated that she is disgusted by the mantra of clean eating inferring that clean eating is in fact a euphemism for an eating disorder.

People are using certain diets (such as clean or raw eating) as a way to hide an eating disorder or a great sense of unhappiness with their own body” she notes.

What is common knowledge (or at least should be) is that it isn’t our diet that defines who we are as people; it is our actions.

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Meat Causes Cancer! Really?

November 6, 2015

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently (October 2015) released a bombshell of a study stating that processed meats – such as bacon, sausages and ham cause colorectal cancer.

It additionally noted that red meats were “probably carcinogenic” but there was limited evidence.

However what should the takeaway message be from this contentious and unpopular conclusion?

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Low FODMAP Shopping List

September 8, 2015

Are you on the low FODMAP diet and having trouble knowing what to put in your trolley?

This list will help you become more confident in what is low FODMAP to help you stick to FODMAP way of life.

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FODMAPs 101: A Detailed Guide to Low-FODMAP Diet

Sue Shepherd developed a form of fructose malabsorption diet. Subsequently a team at Monash University, led by Professor Peter Gibson and including Dr Shepherd and others, developed the low FODMAP diet.

FODMAPs is an acronym for: Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols.

Should a person determine that they are sensitive to any of the above FODMAP, a low FODMAP diet is recommended.

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IsoWhey Sports Running E-Book

September 2, 2015

When you’re training to run a long distance, or taking part in an intense physical program, your body has significantly higher demands.

These increased needs are met through improved nutrition, technique and performance training as well as supplementation to overcome noted deficits.

Complications such as muscle soreness and oxidative stress, that are often experienced by athletes, can also be reduced through the right recovery technique.

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Low Carb and Delicious – Six Dinner Ideas

August 11, 2015

For those people who are embarking on a low carb high protein lifestyle there are some truly delicious recipes to incorporate into your wellness program.

Here are six of Emed’s top dinner picks.

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Spice Up Your Life – How to Add Herbs to Your Diet

August 6, 2015

Love a bit of spice in your life?

A recent study confirms that eating spicy food particularly fresh chilli, regularly positively influences our long term health and wellbeing.

Published on the 4th August 2015 in the British Medical Journal, the study looked at 199,293 Chinese men and 288,082 Chinese women aged 30 to 79 years in 10 different geographical areas.

Addressing disease states involving the cardiovascular system, metabolic system and gastrointestinal system, near daily intake of fresh chilli was shown to reduce both morbidity and mortality by 14%.

 

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Who Needs a Gall Bladder Anyway?

July 7, 2015

Everybody knows somebody who has had their gall bladder removed. That’s how common it is! Have you ever wondered what exactly the gall bladder is and why it is so frequently removed without any significant concern?

Often without questioning the consequences people are going under the knife at the advice of medical doctors. The gall bladder is a digestive organ with a purpose and without it there is a whole job not being done.

Natural therapies seek to firstly prevent gall stone attack occurring, but also provides some sound advice about what to expect and how to manage after gall bladder removal.

 

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Lost Weight? Where Did the Fat Go?

May 27, 2015

When somebody loses weight, where does the fat go?

The answer may surprise you.

It is in fact via carbon dioxide, making our lungs and their function a very important part of our weight management.

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Australias Food Pyramid 2015

May 20, 2015

Australia has a new food pyramid!

Placed firmly at the bottom of this 2015 version is vegetables; the word is eat more of them and you will be on the right track.

Grains have now replaced the traditional bread and cereal group, sugar has been moved to the same ‘limit’ category as salt and spices and fresh herbs have been included as a means of enhancing flavour.

This is a realistic food pyramid that reflects Australians ever evolving tastes and nutritional requirements.

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Fibromyalgia: A Nutritional Approach

May 15, 2015

Fibromyalgia is a complex neurophysiological syndrome.

It encompasses a vast range of symptoms, including extreme fatigue, pain, sleep disturbances and cognitive impairment, many of which overlap and may be confused with other conditions such as rheumatic diseases, multiple sclerosis (MS), depression and hypochondriasis.

Nutritional therapy for fibromyalgia can be helpful in counteracting stress, ridding the body of toxins, and restoring nutrients which have been malabsorbed or robbed from the body. Find out more…

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Kill the Sugar and Reduce Type 2 Diabetes

May 12, 2015

Do you want to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 14-25%?.

Some simple alterations in our daily routine could make a lot of difference.

By replacing a serving of soft drinks with a serving of water or unsweetened tea or coffee, the risk of developing diabetes is reduced by 14%.

Replacing a serving of sweetened milk beverage with water or unsweetened tea or coffee cuts the risk of developing diabetes by between 20 to 25%.

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Believe it or Not – Aspartame Defended!

May 5, 2015

Is aspartame bad for you? Of course it is in high enough amounts, yet an article being little more than thinly veiled advertisement for Pepsi, points out all the reasons why aspartame has been demonised by us on the ‘other side’ of the pro-aspartame fence.

To add insult to intelligence, the author contends that avoiding gluten (due to intolerance/ sensitivities) and aspartame are faddish spruiked by misleading, unqualified health experts.

All health commentators it seems has been tarred by the Belle Gibson brush.

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Confirmed: You Can’t Outrun a Bad Diet!

April 28, 2015

An editorial published 22 April 2015 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, noted that no matter how much exercise an individual does, it cannot work off the ill effects of a long term unhealthy diet.

“Let us bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity,” the authors write. “You cannot outrun a bad diet.”

Healthy choices must become the easy choices. By ignoring the insidious marketing of the junk food industry, we can reclaim our health and wellbeing.

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Gluten-Digesting Enzymes: A Breakthrough For The Gluten Sensitive

April 27, 2015

The negative effects of a diet high in gluten are increasingly becoming clear to researchers, health care practitioners and gluten-sensitive individuals.

A prospective five-year study, by Monash University, followed 72 patients on a gluten-free diet. Results showed that their gut health improved significantly after one year on a gluten-free diet, with a continuous improvement up to five years later.

The study reinforced that there were clear long-term benefits in following the diet, even for those who don’t present with gastrointestinal symptoms, said lead researcher Dr Evan Newham.

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Kellogg’s Health Star Ratings Revealed – The Worst Cereal Offenders

April 22, 2015

Effective from June 2015 Kellogg’s has revealed that it is voluntarily adapting the Health Star ratings on all its cereals both in Australia and New Zealand.

More than 70 per cent of Kellogg’s cereals, or 26 products in the range, have a rating of between 4 and 5 health stars, with their cereals ranging from 1.5 to 5 stars.

The food industry has a long way to go however with food giants including McCain, Mars, PepsiCo, Mondelez, George Weston and Goodman Fielder yet to implement the health star scheme.

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Toxic Weight Loss Shakes – Available at Your Pharmacy Now!

April 15, 2015

Commercially available protein powders – targeted towards weight loss, are popular with a broad range of the population.

On the surface these protein powders appear to be a convenient way of getting dietary protein into a deficient diet but take the time to look closer and many of these products contain harmful toxins.

Whether contaminated with heavy metals, MSG or allergy triggers, examining these protein powders is extremely important.

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Low Glycemic Index Diet – Your Guide

March 24, 2015

Carbohydrates provide the main source of energy, used to fuel every part of the body from the brain to our beating hearts (a bit like petrol in a car).

All carbohydrates have the ability to raise glucose levels in the blood but the slower a carbohydrate is digested, the slower it releases energy into the bloodstream and the lower its Glycemic Index (GI) score.

The GI ranks carbohydrate foods based on the rate at which they are broken down into glucose. Your body performs best when your blood sugar is kept relatively constant.

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On the Chopping Block – Australias Healthy Lifestyle Promoters

March 20, 2015

In the wake of the furore and angst surrounding healthier lifestyle promoters Belle Gibson, Jess Ainscough and Pete Evans a spotlight is brightly shining on Australias natural health industry.

Sarah Wilson of  ‘I Quit Sugar’ fame, recently posted a well tempered but reactionary article on her blog which describes the limitations of healthy lifestyle promotion from her perspective.

The vast number of healthy lifestyle promotion (some good some not so good) provides a forum that educates members of the public so they can adopt certain practices to achieve better health.

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Australian Fitness & Health Expo – Free Ticket Giveaway!

March 19, 2015

Get ready for the 2015 Australian Fitness & Health Expo that will sprint into the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 10-12th April.

The Fitness and Health Expo in Melbourne is the largest fitness event in the Southern Hemisphere.

We have 6 double passes to giveaway! Like & Share the Fitness & Health post on Emed’s Facebook page for your chance to win!

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Berry UnAmusing

March 6, 2015

Recently (February 2015) in Australia there has been a concerning public health scare after two brands of frozen berries were recalled after a number of people became sick with hepatitis A.

To date health authorities state there had been 21 cases of hepatitis A nationally associated with the current outbreak: three in Victoria, eight in Queensland, seven in New South Wales and one each in Western Australia, South Australia and the ACT.

As a population used to strict quality control on our food stuffs either domestically or internationally sourced – we are far from amused.

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Fibre Intake Vital in Weight Loss

February 27, 2015

A study coming out of Massachusetts USA has reconfirmed that a single dietary change – an increase in fibre, is a simple more manageable addition to assist in weight loss.

Increasing fibre intake can result in having a more “clinically meaningful weight loss” when compared to a restrictive diet.

Emed offers some tips to help you get to that magic 30grams of fibre per day.

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The Short & Fat Truth

February 24, 2015

The Short & Fat Truth  – Junk Food Stunts The Growth of Children

Cigarettes are known to stunt the growth of children, now new research has shown that junk food and lack of exercise is also stunting the growth of our next generation.

With over 300 million obese or overweight children worldwide aged under 18, this could mean one step backwards in evolutionary terms, Charles Darwin would be rolling in his grave!

Real change will depend on pressure from the public similar to the public pressure that saw smoking bans in public buildings

Find out how much impact junk food could be having on your child.

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Victorian Premier Says “Yes” to Maccas

January 23, 2015

Only six weeks into office, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews unequivocally stated his support for the retention of a McDonald’s in Victorias Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), stating that”having a McDonald’s at the RCH was in the best interests of the community”.

Additionally has opened the doorway for a McDonald’s to be included inside the new publicly funded Monash Children’s Hospital due to open in 2017.

In this aspect of health Daniel Andrews and his government have got it wrong.

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Supercharge Your Detox

January 6, 2015

The silly season is drawing to a close once again and you may be left feeling lacklustre and fatigued from the last few months of celebrations, over-eating and alcohol indulgence.

Chances are your skin has flared up, your joint pain is worse than you remembered, your frequent headaches have become the ‘norm’ and you’re feeling a bit bloated.

Start back on your way to wellness by alkalising your body and detoxing with the help of some nutritional powerhouses known as Super greens.

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Stop Wasting Your Money on Inferior Iron

December 19, 2014

Say goodbye to the days where supplementing with iron meant uncomfortable constipation and say a great big g’day to natural iron supplements that are better absorbed and better for you!
Did you know? Iron deficiency is the most prevalent worldwide nutritional deficiency, being almost universal in some countries. Widespread dietary iron deficiency exists in Australia. This means chances are that you or someone you know will need a good iron supplement.
Forget Fefol and Ferrograd, Emed encourages you to choose your iron carefully…

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Pete Evans vs Dietician Association

November 28, 2014

The Dieticians Association of Australia (DAA) has responded with vehemence against Pete Evans’ backing of the Paleo Diet. Labelled as potentially dangerous the DAA has made firm its stance against Australians following the Paleo lifestyle.

Yet Paleo advocates, of whom celebrity chef Pete Evans has become the public face, have returned criticism with questioning the agenda of DAA.

The DAA has yet to convince many people of its objections. Due to a possible conflict of interest in the DAA guidelines via its corporate sponsors of which Nestle, Unilever and Kellogs are included, the Paleo diet remains a valid lifestyle that can bring health and vitality to many people.

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5 Good Reasons to Eat Chia Everyday

November 25, 2014

Chia seeds are one of the world’s oldest sources of nutrition, documented to have been eaten by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans as early as 3500 BC.

Derived from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, chia seeds offer the highest combined plant source of omega-3, fibre and protein, alongside a range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Chia offers essential wholefood nutrition that is often lacking in the modern diet.

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Low Carbohydrate Diet: Fat or Fiction?

November 18, 2014

On November 13th 2014, the ABC program Catalyst explored the science behind the Low Carb Diet – what are the health benefits and are there any risks? Is it suitable for everyone?

The low carbohydrate  diet is rich in quality fats, fibrous fruits, vegetables and meats.

For those individuals who have a hard time metabolising carbohydrates such as those with insulin resistance, Type II diabetes, PCOS, are obese or even for endurance athletes the low carbohydrate diet could provide a proven method of controlling blood glucose and act as as a fuel source.

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Is Yakult Your Best Choice?

November 14, 2014

Gut Health In A Bottle – Is Yakult Your Best Choice?

It is easy to fall into the trap of convincing marketing promising you good health if only you just drink this, or eat that product.

Probiotics, the helpful critters that support bacteria living in our guts, are getting a lot of press in recent times for the number of health benefits they bestow.

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Essential Pre and Post Workout Nutrition

November 11, 2014

People exercise for a variety of reasons including maintaining physical fitness, promoting a healthy body composition, maintaining or improving bone density, improving muscle strength and joint mobility and promoting emotional well being.

Whatever the reason for exercise, the body needs the right nutrition and recovery strategies in place to sustain performance and facilitate recovery.

Pre-workout supplements continue to become increasingly popular among recreational and professional athletes. Both aerobic and anaerobic athletes use pre-workout supplementation because of their potential erg-ogenic effects and ability to increase performance.

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What Happens When You Drink Coke?

July 11, 2014

What Happens To Your Body Within An Hour Of Drinking A Coke

Don't drink cola if you want to be healthy. Consuming soft drinks is bad for so many reasons that science cannot even state all the consequences.

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Hemp – Why the Hysteria?

July 9, 2014

It’s Australia 2014 and according to our current Food Act it is still illegal to sell hemp seeds or hemp oil as a food!

Hemp seeds and hemp oil have an impressive nutrient profile as they are  high in available essential fatty acid and protein.

With historical use ranging back 5,000 years and known for its benefit in conditions such as cardiovascular health, immunity and skin conditions and legal to sell in the European Union, it is time for the ministerial review removes the hysteria surrounding this benign food and let common sense prevail.

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Healthy Christmas Cooking Everyone Will Love

December 23, 2012

It’s less than a week until Christmas and if you haven’t planned out your menu yet, don’t despair!

Emed has you covered with some delicious and healthy recipes sure to please the whole family. All of these recipes are dairy and gluten free and can be adapted to suit vegans and vegetarians.

Instead of feeling bloated and lethargic on Christmas day, try some of these lighter options perfect for an Aussie Summer Christmas lunch or dinner.

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Genetic Link to Prevent Migraines Discovered

April 13, 2012

Something as simple as vitamin B supplements could change the lives of hundreds of thousands of migraine sufferers.

New research has discovered that 1 in 5 people prone to migraines have an enzyme that doesn’t work as well as other people. The MTHFR gene makes people susceptible to migraine attacks when there is a mutation or dysfunction in this gene.

Since some people don’t respond to current migraine remedies, this new research could significantly help those with a genetic predisposition to this condition.

Read on to find out how genetic testing and B vitamins can help reduce your migraines.

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Heart Attack! McDonald’s Heart Tick Given The Flick

April 12, 2012

The moment the Heart Foundation accepted $300,000 a year from McDonald’s to put its Tick on food such as the Filet-O-Fish and chicken McNuggets, the program was doomed.

Last week The Heart Foundation severed ties with McDonald’s, a move that has been described as essential to maintain any shred of credibility.

It’s very unlikely that people were ever going to think of McDonald’s as a place you go for healthy food. Adding the Heart Foundation tick only confused people.

People aren’t stupid and this is why they don’t trust the heart Foundation Tick of Approval anymore.

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Improve Heart Health With Whey Protein

April 11, 2012

The benefits of whey protein on lean muscle mass and weight loss arewell documented, however a new research study has shown amazing newadvantages of whey protein for heart health.

Conducted byGlanbia Nutritionals, this randomised, double-blind study has shownthat a whey-protein-rich ingredient may improve blood vessel function inhealthy individuals. This is a major step forward in the battle againstincreasing rates of heart attacks and disease plaguing many Australians.

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