Author: Mel Cadman

For those of you with desk jobs and the many now working from home, it is likely you’re sitting down for most of the working day. Plus, after a busy day it is easy to simply crash on the couch for the rest of the day to unwind.  But reality is, all that lack of activity is really bad for you. Living a sedentary lifestyle by sitting on your behind all day is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, metabolic syndromes, a range of bone conditions and has a strongly linked to poorer mental health. Research shows that being sedentary for as little as four hours...

Did you know that many of our skin products such as soaps, facial cleansers and body washes might actually be doing us more harm than good?  One of the main ways your body acquires nutrients, other than eating, is absorbed through the skin. Your skin is your largest organ—22 square feet on average—and 60 percent of the substances you put on it are eventually absorbed into the bloodstream. This semipermeable membrane allows us to absorb vitamins and minerals, but, unfortunately, it absorbs harmful chemicals we put on it, too.   Unfortunately, chemicals can be found in many soaps which can have lots of...

We all love a bit of summer sun on our skin but there are a few less pleasant side effects to note. Enter the onslaught of dry, itchy and dehydrated skin. While switching to a good moisturiser at the first sign of hot dry weather is helpful, the drier climate may have already taken a toll. Dry skin can also happen as a result of frequent bathing, use of harsh soaps, aging, or certain medical conditions. Dry skin occurs when skin doesn't retain sufficient moisture. Fortunately, here are some tips to help you get serious about a daily routine to...

With the stress and anxiety of 2020 now behind us its still hard to predict what’s around the corner, health-wise, in 2021. 2020 made a lot of people more health conscious from excessing more, taking care of our mental health and being more conscious of what we are eating. With everything from flexitarian diets to the resurgence of extra virgin olive oil and even no-alcohol booze on the horizon, here are some food and health trends that are expected to make it big in 2021. More home cooking Lockdown was hard, but if there is something positive that came out of being stuck at home it was rediscovering delicious home cooking....

Salt therapy is not just for adults. Children can benefit greatly from salt therapy in many of the same ways adults see benefits. For children with respiratory conditions such as asthma and croup or skin conditions like eczema and skin allergies, dry salt therapy can make a big difference in their comfort, happiness, and overall wellbeing. Croup: Croup is a common infection in children. It causes swelling in the upper part of the airway in the neck. It causes a barking cough, with or without fever. And it may cause problems with breathing. Younger children are more affected by croup because their airways are smaller. A small amount...

It’s that time of year again - things are starting to heat up. With the mercury rising and the sun making its’ way out from behind the clouds, it’s important to know what effect hot weather can have on your health. During extremely hot weather, it is easy for the body to lose enough water to become dehydrated and overheated. The average body temperature should be in the range of 36.1 – 37.8°C. Anything above this quickly becomes dangerous, and the body has to work very hard to stay cool. Even with our experience of long, hot summers in Australia, heatwaves are responsible for multiple deaths...

2020 is almost over. Yeehah! Hooray! Hallelujah! Are there people in your life who deserve a little somethin’ somethin’ this holiday season, just as a reward for surviving this strange year? For the person in your life who likes (or needs) a bit of self-care, or perhaps is a self-confessed health and wellness lover, we’ve collated the best list of Australian wellness gifts to give this Christmas. 1. Recycled yoga mats For a beautifully made, plastic-free yoga mat, check out the Australian company LovEarth, saving the planet one yoga mat at a time. LovEarth’s mats are made from natural materials and are fully biodegradable, so they won’t hurt the ocean....

Many of us may not even know it, but magnesium does a lot more for us than we may think, and getting enough every day is vital for our overall health and wellbeing.  What exactly is magnesium? Right up there with calcium, magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body. Despite the body’s inability to produce the mineral, you can usually find the equivalent of four to six teaspoons of magnesium in it at any given time. If you’re getting enough, that is. It's recommended that you consume anywhere between 310mg and 420mg of magnesium every day, depending...

Did you know different sounds have different effects on your mental wellbeing? Some sounds can even help with anxiety and stress, increase focus and induce better sleep.  The sounds of nature like falling rain and birds chirping can encourage relaxation. The hum of a bustling cafe can put us on a fast-track to our flow state. Ambient noise is great at way at coaxing our minds into certain states, especially as many of us find ourselves working from home or not being able to settle in for long hours at our local cafes.  But the question is, how does ambient noise have...

Across Victoria, the last few months have made exercising a little difficult. Social distancing and isolation has seen many gyms closed, sports cancelled, and outdoor activities brought to a halt. Now that restrictions are beginning to ease, some of us are slowly getting back into our exercise routines. However, for those who suffer from exercise asthma, exercising is always a little bit difficult. Exercise-induced asthma, now known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), affects 90% of asthma sufferers, as well as some people who don’t regularly suffer from asthma. Asthma symptoms: Wheezing/coughingA constricted feeling in the airwaysA feeling of tightness in the chestShortness of breath However, not all of these...