Are you getting enough sun?

These days, Australians are more aware of the damaging effects of the sun than they have ever been. However, we may have taken the ‘slip slop slap’ message a little too seriously. Covering up, slapping on the sunscreen and staying away from sunlight completely may just have its own risks—we’re talking about vitamin D!

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Chia seeds or linseeds: Which is better for your health?

In the modern world of superfoods, healthy seeds have become a major contender. Both chia and linseeds are healthy additions to your diet—they’re a good source of fibre, omega 3 fatty acids and phytoestrogens. But when it comes to seeds, is one better than the other?

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Learning from the ‘Blue Zones’ for life and retirement

A few years back, Dan Buettner found four areas on our planet where people live long (think centenarians) and active lives. He studied them to find ‘the world’s best practices in longevity’. He called the areas where he found them Blue Zones.

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Join the food fight to keep your brain healthy

What you eat can have a huge impact on your brain. That stands to reason when you consider that our bodies are a whole entity. Each part of our body is connected. But the food-brain link is not often discussed.

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Controlling asthma with fruit and vegetables

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. According to Asthma Australia, one in nine people have the condition and it can affect any age group. It’s the most common chronic disease affecting children worldwide! But did you know that what you eat can affect the severity of the problem?

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Good news: Retirement is good for your health

‘We find strong evidence that retirement improves both health and life satisfaction.’ That’s the finding of a US study of 6,000 people who had worked for at least 20 years before reaching retirement age. It found that these retirees immediately felt more satisfied with life right after they retired.

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Podcast: Living the flourishing life in retirement

Back in 2002, psychologist Martin Seligman wrote about authentic happiness (the title of his book. A couple of years ago he wrote saying happiness was not enough. The best life is one that flourishes. This podcast discusses what he says makes a flourishing life, but then expands it further.

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Why bread is not your enemy

In recent times, our carb-obsessed culture has given bread a bad name. The truth is that not all carbs are bad. Bread is worthy of an advocate. It’s high time this humble and familiar food gets the recognition it deserves.

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Home cooking—the secret to healthy eating

What has happened to the good old-fashioned home-cooked meal? Decades ago, dinner time meant a simple home-cooked meal (meat and three veg) on a pre-set dining table surrounded by family. Protein powders, health bars and frozen dinners were unheard of and slogging it out at the gym was still something of the future.

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Is laughter a way to a healthier you?

Laughter is good for us. It has been suggested that adults only laugh 12-15 times a day while children laugh from 200 to 400 times. The message for those of us in the retirement zone (preparing for or in retirement) is: laugh more.

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