Take charge of your cholesterol to help prevent heart disease

Are you tired of being nagged by your GP to lose weight and cut out fat and alcohol to help get your cholesterol under control? Do you have trouble tolerating medication or prefer to steer clear if possible? Then read on to learn a natural and effective way to keep your cholesterol down (and impress your doc!).

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Is it un-Australian to talk about our biggest drug problem?

Elspeth Muir’s brother, Alexander, died from drowning. It was 2009, and he had just turned 21. Alcohol was the major contributing factor. Muir writes that his death ‘was not foreshadowed by his love of water except that it explains why he was near a river, alone, with a blood-alcohol content of almost 0.25. My brother died because he was drunk, and because the drink made him stupid.’

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Are you making any of these 7 gluten-free mistakes?

Navigating the gluten-free world can be tricky. And now, with the increasing number of gluten-free products in our supermarkets, it’s even more confusing than ever. Here are 7 mistakes about gluten-free diets that people commonly make—and how you can fix them.

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10 top excuses people use to avoid exercise—part 7

You don’t need expensive equipment or a gym membership to be active. There’s plenty you can do with minimal equipment—in a sense, you can be your own gym. There are also plenty of exercises that require minimal, easily accessible equipment so this excuse does not need to stop you.

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10 top excuses people use to avoid exercise—part 6

‘Exercise is boring and I don’t like it.’ If you find yourself using this excuse out loud, thank you for being honest. But to put it in perspective, I don’t look forward to brushing my teeth, but I recognise its benefits—for both myself and others!

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Is your gut the key to lowering blood pressure?

It has long been acknowledged that a Western diet (that is, a diet high in animal products, processed foods and saturated fats) along with a high salt consumption can lead to high blood pressure (hypertension). But new research suggests your gut microbiome might just have a hand in the mix.

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10 top excuses people use to avoid exercise—part 5

There’s no doubt that you feel like being active outdoors when the weather is agreeable, and less inclined when the weather is miserable. But there are plenty of indoor activity options, so ‘bad’ weather is not a legitimate excuse.

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10 top excuses people use to avoid exercise—part 4

At times, life throws stressful events at us that can derail our resolve and it’s one of the most common obstacles to more active living. Yet even in our most stressful periods, it’s a good idea to prioritise being physically active as it can help keep us sane.

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10 top excuses people use to avoid exercise—part 3

Being healthy for retirement means getting healthy before retirement. In the third of this 7-part series, health researcher and exercise guru Darren Morton addresses the excuse that mild illness or injury is a reason to not exercise.

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10 top excuses people use to avoid exercise—part 2

Being healthy for retirement means getting healthy before retirement. In the second of this 7-part series, health researcher and exercise guru Darren Morton addresses the fear that exercise is too dangerous.

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