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If you’re looking for one of the healthiest drinks on the planet, you can’t walk past a cup of green tea. Long used in ancient Eastern medicinal traditions for many ailments, the health benefits of green tea are plentiful. Green tea is rich in polyphenols - natural compounds with benefits to the human body including reducing inflammation and assisting in fighter cancer cells. Green tea contains a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, otherwise known as EGCG. This powerful compound aids in protecting cells from damage, reducing the formation of free radicals - giving it anti-aging properties as well as a range of...

For thousands of years, salt has been used in medical treatments, traced all the way back to the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians using it to treat wounds, skin irritations and mouth sores. In modern day medicine, a concentrated form of salt water (saline solution) is often used in surgeries, cleaning incisions, optometry, dentistry, and even used intravenously. So how is it that salt is so helpful for the body? As a chemical, salt (sodium chloride) forces cells to expel liquid out of the body when it comes into contact, even if those liquids contain bacteria. This process is called osmosis. Effectively, the sodium chloride dehydrates damaged cells, making it...

Children having a cough can be really tough on parents. Not only is the constant noise enough to keep the whole house awake, but the sound itself can be scary and heart-wrenching. Croup is one of those coughs - but perhaps there’s ways you can help. What is croup? Croup is caused by a virus called parainfluenza, which involves inflammation of the larynx, the trachea and the bronchi. That swelling means that the air passage is restricted, and causes a loud, barking cough, noisy breathing, or a hoarse voice. Children are more susceptible to croup because their airways are smaller, softer and more easily infected. One in every 50 to...

When colds and flus and scary viruses are all around, it can really make us worry. Who has time to get sick these days?! If you want to avoid catching bugs, remember there are plenty of ways you can aid yourself in staying healthy naturally. Wash, wash, wash. Wash your hands, and don’t touch your face. It’s the most important thing of all, because that’s how germs spread quickly. Wash your hands for 30 seconds each time (sing the chorus of Stayin’ Alive… upbeat, and ironic!), and make sure you’re using a soap with antibacterial properties. If you want to keep it natural, go for something with tea tree...

Psoriasis is a relatively common skin disease that causes red, scaly patches on the skin. It’s not fun and can cause lots of embarrassment and discomfort. It’s an immunity related skin condition that is often triggered by stress or sickness, and is more likely to affect those with a family history of the condition. But don’t despair, there are a few things that can help control the symptoms. Here are a few ways to treat the symptoms naturally: Be kind to your skin; To prevent further irritation, wash with a non-soap cleanser. Oats are great alternative. Place two handfuls of rolled oats into an old...

Have you ever walked into a health shop, yoga class or massage centre and felt instantly more relaxed? You might be on to something. Often, it’s the essential oils floating gently through the air, giving an instant soothing affect on your soul. So why not recreate this in your own home? There’s many ways to experience the benefits of essential oils in your home, depending on the oil. Some of them are safe enough to dab onto your skin - but make sure you do your research. Most are best wafting through the air. Treat yourself to an essential oil diffuser for best results. Otherwise, try ‘dry evaporation’ -...

As the bushfires continue to burn, it is hard to watch all the devastation it’s caused to so many people, communities and animals. While our incredible firefighters and volunteers continue to battle blazes in many states, we will continue to experience smoke haze even if you live a long way from a bushfire. Bushfire smoke can travel hundreds of kilometres and it poses a range of health issues, especially for those with pre-existing heart or lung conditions. Air pollution from the bushfires has been at its worst over the last couple of weeks and it is forecasted to continue. Why is bushfire smoke a health risk? Bushfire smoke is a...

With the turn of a new year comes a whole bunch of new year’s resolutions. Exercise more, stress less, learn a new language, get into yoga… we all start with the best intentions, and then quickly fall off the wagon. But here’s one that you can stick to: eating a healthier diet. A balanced diet is so important for many reasons. The organs and tissues in our bodies need proper nutrition to function, and without the essential minerals, your body is more prone to infection, disease, fatigue, injury and poor performance. Without a balanced diet, our bodies are more susceptible to colds and flus,...

Every school class has a kid that has to carry a puffer around with them at all times. We all remember that kid. Some of us were that kid. But what a lot of people don’t know, is that asthma can develop at any stage of life. Adult onset asthma, exercise induced asthma, allergic asthma… about 1 in 9 Aussies will have asthma in their lifetime. There’s a lot of information out there about the symptoms, causes and preventions of asthma, so we’ve summed it up neatly for you. What is asthma? Asthma is a medical condition that affects the airways (the tubes carrying air in and out of...

Looking for a last minute gift, or you've got a hard-to-buy-for a person on your Christmas’ list? There's literally no better gift you can give, than the gift of health. And while actual health might be a little out of reach, we're going to go ahead and say these gifts cut it pretty close, and are sure to inspire wellness and good health! Yoga/Pilates Voucher A voucher for yoga or pilates is a great option for the health and fitness lover on your Christmas list. Pilates helps improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness while yoga brings the body and mind together and is built on exercise, breathing and meditation. Find their closest...