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December 29, 2016

VITAMIN C Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is essential for the growth, repair, and development of all body tissues. It plays a key role in many bodily functions including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, functions of the immune system, and the maintenance of bone health. Its antioxidant properties allow this Vitamin to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals*, toxic chemicals, and pollution. Unlike most other mammals, the human body is not capable of making Vitamin C itself, and so must be ingested via food or supplements in the form of tablets, capsules, drink mixes, and crystalline powders. Because Vitamin C is not stored in the body and excess amounts are secreted, there is no danger of overdose, making it one of the safest supplements to take. If too much Vitamin C intake happens to occur, symptoms such as stomach irritation, nausea, and diarrhoea may be present. Vitamin C deficiency is rare, and can lead to scurvy in extreme cases, which is a condition characterized by dry skin, weakness, anaemia, bleeding, bruising,

December 27, 2016

  Commonly known as ‘Gum Trees’, these essential parts of Australian culture belong to a diverse genus of flowering plants and shrubs called the Myrtaceae family. There are almost 900 species of eucalypts, with the majority found in Australia and the rest found worldwide in temperate, tropical climates.   HEALTH BENEFITS OF EUCALYPTUS OIL:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial and therefore prevents infections
  • Antifungal
  • Antiseptic, therefore heals wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, and abrasions
  • Used to treat herpes, acne, chicken pox, and other skin infections
  • Aids with stress and anxiety
  • Relieves itchiness from insect bites/stings
  • Aids with stomach problems as its vermifugal properties cause it to remove intestinal germs
  • Relieves pain
  • Treats fevers by lowering body temperature
  • Treats respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and sinusitis
  • Aids with the removal of mucus from the lungs
  • Alleviates arthritis symptoms due

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December 23, 2016

PSORIASIS Psoriasis is a long -term autoimmune disease which affects the skin, resulting patches of red, scaly skin, which are typically extremely itchy and painful. This condition affects 2% of Australia’s population and conditions can vary from localized in one area, to complete body coverage. Common problem areas for psoriasis are: knees, elbows, scalp, torso, palms, and the soles of feet.   It is known to have a varying or fluctuating course, where the disease improves and then worsens, and is thought to be incurable but not untreatable. Psoriasis can occur in anyone from babies, to elderly people, but the most common age of diagnosis is in early adult years.   This chronic disease is caused the rapid increase in the production of skin cells, which, when these skin cells reach the surface and die, their sheer volume causes a build-up, and raised red plaques covered in white scales appear. This increase in the production of skin cells is caused by the immune system being ‘triggered’ by environmental factors, resulting in the production of excess inflammator

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December 22, 2016

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November 20, 2016
  • Increases energy levels: This is due to the presence of caffeine which, when ingested, travels through the blood stream to the brain where it blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. Other neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine are then produced, which leads to an enhanced firing if neutrons, and therefore resulting in:
  • Improvement in memory, reaction times, general cognitive function, and awareness
  • Aids with weight loss: Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, causing it to send signals to the fat cells in the body and break down fat. It has been proven to speed up metabolic rates by 3 – 11%
  • Prevents type 2 diabetes: Coffee contains magnesium and potassium which helps the body use insulin to regulate blood sugar (glucose)
  • Contains large amounts of antioxidants: These antioxidants neutralize free radicals which can cause oxidative stress, leading to chronic disease. Antioxidants also help with inflammation and protect cells from damage
  • Decreases the risk of heart attacks and stroke: Coffee does this

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November 15, 2016

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is related to seasonal changes. This condition is also known as: winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, or seasonal depression. To be correctly diagnosed, the affected person should be known to have normal mental health throughout the rest of the year, with periods of depression occurring at the same time each year, usually winter. It is caused by the variation of light exposure in different seasons, most commonly, lack of light in winter. The lack of sunlight decreases the chemical serotonin (which regulates mood), and increases the production of the chemical melatonin (increases sleep and drowsiness). Cases of SAD are rare in Australia and are more likely to occur in places further from the equator where the days are shorter.   Symptoms include:

  • Lethargy
  • Oversleeping
  • Poor sleep
  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased libido
  • Body aches
  • Overeating
  • Weight gain
  • Sadnes

November 14, 2016

Depression is a serious condition that affects physical and mental health. It is more than just a bad mood, but rather a mixture of intense feelings of moodiness, sadness, and emptiness that lasts for long periods of time (often for months and years). Studies have found that women are twice as likely to develop clinical depression in their lifetime. These increased risks are mainly due to hormonal changes present during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. These statistics are imperfect though, due to the fact that the majority of men suffering from depression are less likely to seek help or discuss their situation.

TYPES OF DEPRESSION:

* Major depression: This is the most common form of depression, often being called clinical depression, or just simply, depression. The symptoms involve low moods, loss of interest in regular activities, inability to concentrate, fatigue, and mood swings amongst other symptoms (see below). This form of depression occurs most days and lasts for over 2 weeks   * Melancholia: This is a

November 9, 2016

HAY FEVER

Scientifically known as Allergic Rhinitis, hay fever affects about 1 in 5 people in Australia, and roughly 500 million people worldwide. It is defined as an allergy that affects the nose, and occurs when the insides of the nose become inflamed due to the over sensitised immune system reacting to certain substances which the body sees as a threat. This swelling is due to the release of histamines and other chemicals in the body. The majority of hay fever sufferers have found that their condition is worse at night. This is because night time is the worst time for pollen levels, or because the pillow on which they sleep may be full of dust mites (approximately 50 000 dust mites live in the average pillow). Hay fever can trigger asthma attacks as the level of inflammatory chemicals released from hay fever reactions increases, and causes muscle spasms and swelling in wider ranging mucous membranes.  

SYMPTOMS:

  • Mucous discharge
  • Sneezing
  • Itchiness
  • Congestion and blocked nose
  • Eye irritation

November 4, 2016

CHAMOMILE This herb has been used for centuries to calm the nerves and induce sleep. It is from a daisy-like family of plants called Asteraceae, and while there are many different types of chamomile, the most common are German Chamomile (Marticaria recutita), and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Chamomile is known to be used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and was also popular throughout the middle ages.   HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Calms the nerves
  • Reduces internal inflammation
  • Reduces bloating and flatulence
  • Aids with teething pain
  • Reduces nasal congestion
  • Soothes skin irritations such as eczema, and psoriasis
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps
  • Aids with sleep
  • Reduces fever
  • Treats colds
  • Helps with asthma
  • Has powerful anti-inflammatory properties
  • Is highly antibacterial
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Treats depression
  • Reduces hay fever
  • Treats arthritis and lower back pain
  • Aids with wounds

October 31, 2016

  Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that is caused by the immune system attacking healthy cells and tissues. The immune system produces excessive amounts of antibodies compared to a normal person, and these antibodies can attach themselves to various bodily structures, causing inflammation and pain as a result.   This disease is quite rare and affects women more than men. Women of childbearing age are also more commonly affected. Statistically Lupus affects over 20, 000 Australians, and 90% of those affected are women aged 15–45.   for full article go to Lupus

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