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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Thoughts about how not to die—prematurely

The book title, How Not to Die! is intended to catch your attention. Its brick-like size says it’s serious—more than 500 pages, about 130 of them listing references. Written by Michael Greger, the cover also says, ‘Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease’; and ‘What to eat to add years to your life’.

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Keeping fit for retirement by simply stepping out

The rise of activity trackers has been useful for both fitness and health. They not only help keep track of how many steps you’re doing each day, but they’ve been shown to motivate you to get you out of your seat more often. How many steps a day should you aim for? The commonly cited goal is to achieve 10,000 steps a day.

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Podcast: Good health now means better health for retirement

Another RetireNotes.com podcast with Kym Piez and Bruce Manners. In this episode, we look at the importance of health as part of your retirement plan.

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Exercise improves memory and thinking skills

Dementia is one of the great fears of ageing. And there’s no way of knowing if you will suffer it before it gets you. Heidi Godman, the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter, says that exercise may be a key help for us.

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