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We understand how important health is to you and your loved ones. That's why we've recruited a team of experts to provide great advice on how to stay happy and healthy. Our panel includes top Australian nutritionist Susie Burrell, dental health expert Dr Emma and professional fitness coaches Matt Fuller & Claire Chidgzey, plus tasty recipes from food blogger Helen Schofield. You'll also find all the latest news from HIF right here, to keep you updated on both company and industry news and announcements.
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Many of us make resolutions at the start of a new year to be healthier but do your health resolutions for 2017 include improving your dental health? Healthy teeth can lead to a better smile and overall better health, so if you've decided to make your teeth a priority this year, follow Dr. Emma's four simple steps to ensure your smile is in tip top shape.
Could a hug a day keep the doctor away? According to psychologist and mental health blogger, Dr. Happy, "Research has shown that hugs cause us to feel “warm and fuzzy” inside as well as more socially connected. Hugs, and physical contact more generally, improve the intimacy of our close relationships and they’re even beneficial for our social relationships too. They lower blood pressure and some studies suggest they might even alleviate fears and anxieties. Physical contact with a loved one has also been found to slow heart rates and reduce stress." In this article, Dr. Happy discusses the healing power of hugs.
When it comes to medical procedures, an anaesthetic is usually required; however, patients are often unclear about the various types of anaesthesia. To help clear up the confusion, we asked Dr Sam Hay to explore the differences between local, regional, twilight and general anaesthesias, so that we can understand what it is and how it works.
We might be into a new year, with the ‘naughty food’ season behind us, but healthy food doesn’t need to be boring. If you’re the kind of person who likes an explosion of different flavours and textures, then this salad is definitely for you. This recipe by Scrummy Lane combines crunchy broccoli, fresh apple, sharp cheddar cheese, flavoursome bits of bacon, salty peanuts, a zing of raw onion and a creamy and light dressing. Delicious by itself or you can serve it with grilled fish or meat too. We hope you enjoy!
The New Year has begun, and while some of you may have kicked off your New Year’s resolutions of a better diet, more exercise, spending more time with family, it's also important to think about your financial fitness. According to Money and Insurance Expert, Bessie Hassan from finder.com.au, "Financial fitness doesn’t necessarily need to be as scary as it may sound. It’s simply a matter of lining up your expenses so you can see where your money is being spent. Don’t let financial stress put a dampener on 2017. By establishing good habits now, you’ll be able to have a happy and financially healthy New Year! With this in mind, Bessie has provided a quick financial fitness guide for 2017.
Are you struggling to find some motivation after the holidays? Don't worry you're not alone, in today’s society we all lead very busy lives and that’s why goal setting is as important as exercise itself. According to health and fitness professional Matt Fuller, "The benefit of setting short term health and fitness goals will enable you to build a platform to reach your long term goals. When it comes to physical activity, goal setting is vitally important to keep yourself disciplined and consistent with your training." In this post, Matt offers his advice on how to get organised and set realistic goals that will lead to long term benefits.
We all know that we have to eat more vegetables and that five serves each day are what we need for good health, but according to nutrition guru Susie Burrell, "Far fewer of us know that when it comes to optimal health and well-being we need a lot more than the minimum of 5 serves of vegies a day that is recommended by public health agencies. In fact, when we look at the data from countries who have the healthiest diets, they are on average consuming 7-10 serves of fresh fruit and veggies every single day." Well, consuming more vegetables is easier than you think, follow Susie's five simple steps to hit your veggie target every day.
Did you know that 70,000 Aussies are affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease? According to health professional Dr. Sam, "Inflammatory bowel diseases, which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are a bit mysterious in the sense that we don't really know what triggers the immune system to attack our body this way, but we do know the main risk factors. IBD is a serious condition, but if you look after yourself, it shouldn't rule your life." In this article, Dr. Sam explains what Inflammatory Bowel Disease entails, factors that may affect IBD risk, and the treatment that is available.
It’s almost a new year and with it come the New Year’s resolutions. According to mental health expert Dr. Happy, "If you’re feeling anxious and stressed about your New Year’s Resolutions then something’s not quite right; and if something’s not quite right, you’re not as likely to be motivated to do what you need to do to achieve your goals. Resolutions, which is really just another way of describing goals, should be exciting and stimulating; they should stretch you and motivate you to achieve and to be more. But they shouldn’t cause excessive amounts of stress or anxiety." We caught up with Dr. Happy to get his advice on how to set achievable goals which will help motivate and inspire you.
It’s nearly Christmas! Yay! Now what to do with those pesky leftovers? HIF foodie, Helen from Scrummy Lane recommends to keep it simple and delicious with this leftover tasty chicken or turkey salad with avocado, kidney beans, sweet corn, blue cheese and mango chutney. Serve with toasted pita bread and you’ve got deliciousness on a plate.