February 18, 2019

The Link Between Mental Health & Heart Disease

Two of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide are coronary heart disease (CHD) and mental illness[1]. It appears that there may in fact, be a close link between the two, with some mental illnesses such as depression, considered a risk factor for heart disease and with the prevalence of heart disease being higher in those with mental illness[2]. While it’s easy for us to think of our bodies
March 5, 2019

How sleep deprivation affects your heart

Getting a sub-par night’s sleep can result in a feeling of sluggishness, an inability to process complex thoughts and situations and leave you grumpy. These are not the only consequences of a bad night’s sleep however, with a consistent lack of proper sleep leading to some serious risk factors of heart disease; including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.   How Much Sleep Do You Need? While everyone is different,
March 13, 2019

5 Lifestyle Tips To Help Prevent Arthritis

There are hundreds of types of arthritis, all of which affect the musculoskeletal system causing inflammation in the joints, leading to pain and limited mobility. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability and chronic pain, after back pain, in Australia[1] and can mean a diminished quality of life for those who suffer from it. Fortunately, there are some simple life choices which can help protect your joints and prevent the
March 22, 2019

5 Heart Friendly Exercises

The benefits of regular exercise are almost innumerable. From making us feel happy, maintaining a healthy weight, socialising with others and reducing our risk of a myriad diseases, exercising seems to be a cure-all for almost any ailment. And exercising regularly is particularly important for your heart in order to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower your blood pressure and keep your cholesterol levels healthy[1]. The Australian Physical Activity
March 27, 2019

Is It Time For A Heart Health Check?

The statistics around heart disease are quite startling; every 12 minutes an Australian dies from heart disease, heart disease kills three times as many women as breast cancer and seven in ten Australians have at least one risk factor for heart disease[1]. Heart disease and its risk factors can also be completely silent, with no signs or symptoms, it is imperative to be aware of how healthy your heart is.
April 2, 2019

The Role of Natural Herbs in the Treatment of Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and death. Caused by a variety of genetic or lifestyle factors, hypertension sees too much pressure being applied to the walls of your blood vessels. While there are various treatments for hypertension, including medication and increased physical activity, there are also a variety of herbs and whole foods which when consumed as part of a
April 15, 2019

Why Sitting Too Much Is Seriously Bad For Your Health

Living a sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for a variety of health complications including obesity, heart disease and some cancers[1], contributing to over three million preventable deaths every year[2]. Sitting too much can be the result of a variety of factors; from working in an office job which requires you to be at a desk all day, to basing most recreational activities inside (such as watching television), injuries
April 16, 2019

5 Arthritis Relieving Stretches You Can Do At Your Desk

For people with arthritis, sitting at a desk for long periods of time can give a more literal meaning to the expression “working stiff.” A common symptom in most types of arthritis is inflammation and stiffness in the joints, which can be exacerbated by the lack of movement that often comes with a desk job. The sensation is sometimes described as a “gelling” or gradual firming of the joints.[1] The