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

Chilblains: symptoms, causes and how to reduce your risk


Chilblains are itchy, swollen and painful lumps on the skin that form after exposure to the cold. They are caused by changes in the blood vessels in response to the cold. Chilblains most commonly affect the fingers and toes but can also occur on the nose and earlobes. Symptoms of chilblains include: red, blue or

Understanding fertility treatment


Around one in six Australian couples have problems with fertility. Infertility is diagnosed when a couple has been unable to fall pregnant after having regular unprotected intercourse for a year. There are many causes of infertility, including problems with ovulation (the release of an egg from a woman’s ovary), fertilisation by a man’s sperm and

What you need to know about testicular cancer 


Testicular cancer is cancer that develops in one or both testicles. In most cases, only one testicle is affected. It is estimated that 980 Australian men were diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2021, making up about 1.2% of all new cases of cancer diagnosed in men. It most commonly occurs in men aged 25–40 years.

Do you have the winter blues?


Seasonal affective disorder (also known as SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes according to the season. Most people affected by SAD have winter-pattern SAD, where symptoms develop in autumn and winter and go away during spring and summer. However, a smaller number of people have summer-pattern SAD where they experience depressive

Your guide to fad-free weight loss


With 60% of Australian women over 18 being overweight or obese, it’s not surprising that diets sell.  In fact, research by IBISWorld estimated that Australians’ spending on weight loss counselling services and related low-calorie foods and dietary supplements  will reach more than $452 million in 2019-2020. Despite this, our waistlines continue to increase.  So where

Woman healthy eating strawberry

8 Tips for Getting Back on Track with Healthy Eating


We all have lapses every now and then where we are not eating as well as we could be. Maybe you’ve been lacking motivation, or fast food just seems like the easier option. Healthy eating can seem confusing at times, but it’s important not to get overwhelmed and to focus on the rewards that there


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