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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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Eyes are one part of the body that can degenerate quickly in the senior years. Some eye diseases are preventable while others are hereditary and unavoidable. Be aware of the diseases you are at risk of and take care of your eyes. Follow our tips for good eye health and reduce the chance of eye disease in your senior years.
Did you know that exercise is one of the most commonly used and one of the most effective “stress busters” and antidepressants there is, as well as being one of the simplest, cheapest and most powerful happiness boosters! According to mental health professional, Dr. Happy, "Happy people tend to be healthier, they get sick less often and if they do get sick they recover more quickly; controlling for other variables happy people actually live longer! So, it’s generally not all that hard to convince people that exercise is good for them but given this, it’s disappointing when we look at the research and see how few people do it often enough." With this in mind, we chatted to Dr. Happy to get his top tips that will enhance your motivation and help you get moving and get happy.
How delicious do these 'Halloumi and Pineapple Salsa Tacos' look? This dish combines crispy fried halloumi cheese served in a small taco with avocado, a tangy pineapple and tomato salsa, topped with a sweet chili and greek yoghurt sauce. A sort of Greek-Mex creation, if you like! Enjoy! :)
Did you know that nine common foods are responsible for over 90% of allergic reactions? According to our resident GP Dr. Sam, "Cow's milk, egg, peanut, sesame, soy, tree nuts, wheat and shellfish are the main culprits”. But what exactly causes a food allergy and more importantly why are they becoming increasingly more common in Australian kids? Well, current research indicates that a fear of allergies to foods such as peanuts has led many parents to delay when they introduce these types of foods to their babies. Despite their best intentions though, Dr Sam says that this has in fact compounded the issue – “as ALL foods must be introduced early in a baby’s diet.” In this latest article for HIF, Dr. Sam sifts through the facts to discuss what all parents really need to know about food allergies.
Stress is a normal part of life whether you are pregnant or not. First-time mothers may experience stress at work while subsequent pregnancies have the stress of a toddler or older children. Try these techniques for dealing with stress during your pregnancy.
When was your last visit to the dentist? If you can't remember then that probably means it's been too long. Seeing your dentist for a just a couple of hours in a single year could mean the difference between advancing dental disease and a clean bill of dental health. According to dental health expert, Dr. Emma, "Early decay is mostly painless and undetectable to the layperson, but can be fixed with remineralising agents or small fillings. Wait until the holes get big, and you're in for bigger fillings which cost more. Consider also the risk of needing more complex treatment like root canal therapy and crowns, and the costs add up fast. In this article, Dr. Emma discusses why a regular check-up should be something you set as a high priority.
A good night’s sleep is imperative for overall good health. If your partner is keeping you awake at night, you are probably not getting the quality restorative sleep you need to avoid health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
What are you eating for lunch today? A quick salad or sandwich from the food court, some leftovers, or maybe a few crackers with tuna at your desk? While we often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, let’s not forget how important lunch is when it comes to weight control. According to Susie, "The most common scenario now sees busy workers, mums and students eating their ‘lunchtime’ meal at 2 or 3pm and choosing ‘lunch’ options such as sushi, wraps, rolls and stir fries. These dishes are packed full of carbs which not only play havoc with our hormonal balance and cravings, but it also sees us consuming a significant number of calories in the second half of the day, when we are least active." With this in mind, we caught up with Susie to discuss why lunch holds the key to nutritional balance and her advice on the best foods to eat.
How can we help our kids thrive? According to Dr. Happy, "The answer is “non-judgemental observation”. That is, observing phenomena (like thoughts and feelings) with curiosity but without labelling as either good or bad. This type of mindful parenting gives us the opportunity to respond more calmly; more positively; with the best interests of all involved given more weight. It puts space between a particular action and a parents reaction, enabling us to feel more in control and to act in a more considered manner." So how do we put this into practice? Check out this article to read Dr. Happy's top five tips.
Spending too many hours each day sitting down has become known as the ‘new smoking’. When we are sitting or lying down, we are burning fewer calories which make weight management more difficult. Look for ways to stay on the move throughout your day for maximum health benefits.