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Gas and Bloating


Most of us have experienced the occasional episode of bloating, particularly after overeating or eating a rich meal. For some, bloating can occur as a symptom of other digestive disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or indigestion. But for others, bloating occurs regularly without other digestive problems and can be distressing. The causes of

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The Health Benefits of Eating More Plants


A plant-based diet is one which consists mostly of plant-based foods including fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and grains. This includes both vegetarian and vegan diets, although other types of eating plans, including pescatarian and traditional Mediterranean diets, may also be considered plant-based. When it comes to your health, research suggests there are many reasons

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What is Lifestyle Medicine?


Chronic and lifestyle-related conditions are a substantial global, national and individual health issue, now responsible for around 70% of deaths worldwide. This includes conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory conditions, chronic musculoskeletal conditions and mental health conditions. While they appear to be quite different in the way they might affect you, many

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Telehealth Explained


Telehealth involves having a consultation with your healthcare provider remotely when you can’t see them in person. You can access telehealth services by phone (either mobile or landline) or a video call (on your computer, tablet or mobile phone). Telehealth has been used for many years for Australians living in rural and remote areas, to

Caring for your Kidneys

Caring for Your kidneys


We can’t survive without our kidneys, yet most of us don’t give them much thought. This is although one in three Australians have risk factors for kidney disease, according to Kidney Health Australia. The main role of our kidneys is to remove waste from the blood and return the cleaned blood back to the body. 

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How to Maintain a Healthy Brain


The risk of cognitive decline and dementia increases with age. And while age is the biggest risk factor, and genetics also play a part, there is increasing evidence for a link between dementia and lifestyle habits. So, rather than seeing declining cognitive function as an inevitable part of ageing, we should consider our brain health

Gut Microbiome

Your Gut Microbiome and Health


The gut microbiome is the community of over 100 trillion microorganisms that live in our gut—mainly bacteria, but also viruses and fungi. They perform a wide range of important functions, many of which we don’t yet fully understand. This includes the digestion of food, the synthesis and absorption of nutrients, the development and regulation of

Eating on a healthy budget

Healthy Eating on a Budget


With food costs increasing, you may be paying more attention to what you put in your trolley and how to spend your food dollars. The good news is that you can still eat well without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips to keep both your body and your budget healthy: Plan your meals

Eating disorders in children – what to look out for


Eating disorders are a complex mental issue which also impact physical health. They can develop at any age, but most commonly begin during adolescence. While eating disorders are more common in girls, boys can develop them too and they often take longer to be diagnosed. There are many types of eating disorder including anorexia nervosa,

Hypothyroidism: symptoms, causes and treatment


Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, occurs when your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone. Your thyroid gland is found in your neck, at the base of your throat. It produces hormones (called tri-iodothyronine and thyroxine, or T3 and T4 for short) that help to regulate many of the body’s metabolic processes. Common symptoms of


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