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Mythbusting: Everyone needs to take a multivitamin


Today we’re going to bust open 4 myths about taking multivitamins… Everyone needs to take a multivitamin supplement. If you are eating a well-balanced diet there’s little to be gained by taking a multivitamin supplement.  However there are some cases where a supplement can be beneficial – for example in a frail older person with

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Childhood Food Allergies


While we don’t really know why, food allergies are on the increase.  The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) estimate that around 1 in 20 children and 2 in 100 adults suffer from food allergies. Fortunately many allergies are not severe and most children will grow out of their allergy early in life.

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Preconception Health for Men


Preparing for pregnancy is important for both men and women. In fact the best chance of falling pregnant and having a healthy baby comes when both partners take steps to optimise their health before conception. Here’s a few things you can do to improve fertility and increase your chances of having a healthy baby: If

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Minimise Your Risk of Breast Cancer



It’s estimated that breast cancer will be the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Australians in 2017. In fact, the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85 is estimated to be 1 in 14 (1 in 8 for women and 1 in 715 for men). The main risk factors for breast

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Why We Need to Lift Weights


Resistance training, also known as strength training or weight training, involves activities that use weights, resistance bands or even just your body weight to work your muscles by contracting them against an external resistance.  The goal is to build the size, strength and endurance of your muscles. Many people associate resistance training with athletes or

Building Strong Bones


Keeping our bones healthy is something that many of us give little thought to, but poor bone health is becoming an increasing problem, particularly as we live longer.  According to Osteoporosis Australia, more than 1 million Australians have osteoporosis and many more have low bone density (also called osteopaenia). And while it’s more common in

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Reducing Blood Pressure Naturally


In 2014–15, almost one-quarter (23%) of Australian adults over 18 years had high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.  It’s more common in men than women and increases with age.  Almost half of those over 75 years have high blood pressure. It usually has no symptoms, but high blood pressure can increase the risk of

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Could you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine (hormonal) disorder affecting women.  In fact 12–21% of women of child-bearing age have PCOS, yet many don’t know it.  PCOS can cause infertility and increase the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease — but the good news is that in many cases it can be

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Myths & Facts about your Fluid Intake


Water is essential for life.  It makes up 50–80% of our body weight and dehydration as little as 2% loss of body weight can affect our health and performance.  But there are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to meeting our fluid needs. Everyone needs to drink 8 glasses of water each day. Australian

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What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men, with more than 19,000 men diagnosed each year. The risk increases with age and is higher in men with a first degree relative with prostate cancer, particularly if the relative was diagnosed before the age of 60 years. Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells within


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