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Men’s Health, Facts About Adolescence and More

Men’s Health

When it comes to prevention and early detection, men’s health often takes a back seat in comparison to women’s health. However, statistics show that men are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke, lead unhealthy lifestyles and have a shorter lifespan. So, this needs to change!

Men are more likely than women to put off routine medical check-ups and delay seeing a doctor for symptoms. Fortunately though, many health conditions are preventable or treatable if found early. The most common conditions that affect men include heart disease and testicular, prostate and colon cancer.

Mental health is another common issue that is often overlooked. Women are twice as likely as men to receive a diagnosis of a mental health problem. Yet, men make up an average of six out of every eight suicides every day in Australia. It’s just as important for men as it is for women to break down the stigma. In addition, talk to loved ones or medical professionals if you are not feeling like yourself.

It’s important to get any unusual symptoms checked out and seeing the doctor for regular check-ups. But, it’s also equally as important to eat a healthy diet, limit alcohol intake, quit smoking and exercise regularly.

Interesting Facts about Adolescence

Puberty occurs at a different time for everyone, but usually between the ages of 8 and 13 for girls, and between 9 and 14 for boys.

Most teens don’t get enough sleep. That one might be obvious, but teens need more sleep than you probably think. In fact, they need about eight to 10 hours per night to function best.

Social media and mobile phone usage has increased drastically over the last few years. In 2012, only 41 per cent of teenagers had a smartphone, compared to 89 per cent of teens in 2018.

Migraine Stick from Mario’s Range

Mario’s Migraine Stick blends a beautiful combination of three 100% essential oils which include Bergamot, Peppermint and Vetiver. These three oils are traditionally used in aromatherapy to relieve stress, tension and pain. Jojoba oil is present in this blend, meaning its light texture is perfect for you to use on facial skin along with other benefits. The Migraine Stick has been packaged so you can carry it on you at all times, for use whenever you feel a pesky headache coming on. To use, simply rub a small amount of the combination into the temples. Available at Calanna Wholehealth Pharmacies.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.





Dreaming, Posture and More – All Things Health July 2020

Perfect Posture

How many times have you reminded yourself to sit up straight, put your shoulders back and put your feet flat on the ground? You don’t need to be an athlete for good posture to be important to your health. Our posture impacts more than we think. Good posture can reduce lower back pain, reduce headaches, increase energy levels, lessen tension in our shoulders, improve circulation and even increase our self-confidence.

Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on important muscles, and even put them at an increased risk of pain and injury. Several factors may contribute to poor posture, such as stress, pregnancy and obesity. However, there are several ways you can improve your posture.

When sitting, keep your feet flat on the floor, relax your shoulders and adjust the backrest of your chair to support your lower and mid-back. When standing, bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet. Keep your knees slightly bent to keep them from locking, put your shoulders back, stand tall and keep your head level. Avoid slouching as this adds stress to your spine, which in turn puts a strain on your bones, muscles and joints.

Interesting Facts about Dreaming

You become physically paralysed during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. This happens so we don’t act out our dreams, as this is when our dreams are most vivid.

You can’t read while dreaming. Chances are the words in the book will make no sense, or if you look at a clock, the time will change whenever you look.

Pets dream too. Keep an eye on your four-legged friend next time they’re snoozing, as they dream about waking activities much like humans do – they might twitch or move their paws.

Marios Range Kids Immune Tonic

Many supplements formulated for kids replace the good stuff with sugar and flavourings so kids will take them without fuss. Marios Range Kids Immune Tonic has been carefully formulated to taste great without compromising effectiveness. Containing the highest quality Echinacea, Olive Leaf, Elderberry and Elderflower, this formula will support a swift immune response at the first sign of symptoms, reducing the severity and duration of colds & flu… without the battle to take it! Not convinced? Bring your child in store to sample the tonic first so you can feel confident with your purchase.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Vitamins and minerals are supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet. Consult your local health practitioner, doctor or pharmacist for advice on these topics first to ensure the best health outcomes.

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My Son Plays a Lot of Video Games. How Could This Affect His Hands?

Helping Hands – Hand, Wrist & Arm Clinic

Dear Cassandra, My son plays a lot of video games. How could this affect his hands?

The repetitive nature of finger and thumb movements on keyboards, joysticks and hand held controllers can lead to fatigue, pain and even inflammation of tissues. Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and cumulative trauma can be the end result if not picked up early. Unfortunately this means the pain continues after the consoles have been put away. In turn this can impact other activities and disrupt sleep. But, on a positive note, it is rare for children to present with RSI. In general, good habits and moderation will certainly ensure your son doesn’t have more serious problems once he hits his teens.

Call Helping Hands on 4755 2337

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Essential Checks for Women, Magnesium, and Much more.

Essential Health Checks for Women

Keep your body in tip-top condition by staying on top of your essential health checks. Recommendations suggest that women have a general check-up with their GP every year. Additionally, you can monitor other things at home.

A cervical screening test is very important. This is because it has the ability to pick up signs of irregularities. These could lead to cervical cancer if not treated. It is recommended you have the test every five years, but this may vary depending on the individual. You can also perform self-checks at home on your breasts. Also make sure to contact your GP if you notice any changes. Self-check your skin frequently and keep an eye on any changes to moles. It is also recommended that women have an eye health check for glaucoma by the age of 40.

Furthermore, it’s also important to have regular check-ups with your GP if you are planning a pregnancy. This is to ensure you are in good health. They might also require further tests depending on your personal or family history. Overall, preparation is key. Look after yourself, and your body will thank you for it many years down the track.

Magnesium to Support Overall Health

Ethical Nutrients MEGAZORB Mega Magnesium helps support muscular aches, pains, cramps and spasms. This is usually where the dietary intake of Magnesium is inadequate.

Key Features • May benefit stress. • May provide support for muscular aches, pains, cramps and spasms. • May support energy production. • May reduce the frequency of migraines after 3 months of supplementation. • May reduce PMS symptoms, menstrual pain and cramping. • With 3 grams of amino acid taurine to help support cardiovascular function.

Ethical Nutrients MEGAZORB Mega Magnesium is available at a Calanna Wholehealth Pharmacy near you.
Stop taking this medication if you experience tingling, burning or numbness. If so, go see your healthcare practitioner as soon as possible. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist then consult your healthcare professional. Remember, vitamins and minerals are supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet.

All Things Health

Pineapples are a deliciously sweet tropical fruit. Luckily for us, they’re also packed with health benefits. Let’s explore a few.

  • Loaded with antioxidants – Antioxidants are molecules that help your body combat disease, and pineapples are full of them.
  • Might ease digestion – Pineapples contain digestive enzymes known as bromelain which may help break down protein molecules.
  • May boost immunity – Because of their high vitamin, mineral and enzyme content, they may collectively help boost your immunity.
  • Could help reduce cancer risk – The progress of cancer is commonly linked to oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. Pineapples contain bromelain, which can minimise oxidative stress.Actually, several studies have shown that bromelain suppresses cancer in various areas of the body, however more research needs to be done. 
  • May ease arthritis symptoms – The bromelain in pineapples has anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s commonly thought that they may provide pain relief for those with arthritis. As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to include this fine fruit into your diet (or shall we call them fineapples?).

To get your serving of goodness, try incorporating pineapple into salads, smoothies, on top of yoghurt with some muesli. And don’t forget the traditional pineapple on homemade pizza (come on, it’s pretty good, admit it).

Natural Remedies for Bloating

Bloating generally happens when gas builds up in the stomach or intestines, and is often caused by digestive issues, hormonal changes or diet. It often resolves itself, but can be uncomfortable in the meantime. Here are some home remedies you can try.

Yoga – Poses such as the child’s pose, happy baby pose and squats position the abdomen in such a way that encourages the release of the excess gas, which can reduce bloating.

Peppermint – May help relax the intestinal muscles, making peppermint capsules helpful for indigestion-related gas.

Massage – Massaging the abdomen can help get the bowels moving, especially massages that follow the path of the large intestine.

Have a warm bath – Relaxing in a warm bath not only reduces stress levels, it may also provide relief for a sore abdomen or ease bloating.




Pizza Rabbit

Base Ingredients

1 cup lukewarm water
2 tsp dried yeast
400g plain flour
1 tbsp salt
Pinch caster sugar
3 tbsp vegetable oil

Topping Ingredients

3 tbsp tomato paste
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
3 button mushrooms, sliced
2 cups diced fresh mozzarella
A few rocket leaves (for garnish)


Whisk the yeast and water in a heatproof jug and let stand for five minutes. Place the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the oil and yeast mixture and mix with your hands. Transfer to a floured surface and knead.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling wrap and set aside for 30 minutes to an hour until it has doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 240°C.

Knead dough for another five minutes. Roll out about ¾ of the dough into a pizza base. Halve the remaining dough and form a bunny ear with each half. Transfer to prepared baking tray and add the bunny ears, pinching the dough where they meet the base to connect the ears.

Cover with tomato paste, mozzarella, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes.

Bake until the crust is browned (about 10 minutes).

Garnish with rocket and serve.