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Good Health November 2019

Good Health - for people with a healthy attitude to life! Our aim is to make Good Health informative, up-to-date, relevant to women´s lives and entertaining. Every issue is packed with information - cutting edge medical advances, psychology, relationship, kids, food, beauty and much more. Above all, we want to empower our readers with a sense that they can do something POSITIVE to enjoy a long and healthy life.

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2 min.
happy days

I can remember many times as a child when I quite literally jumped for joy. There was the time I bagged second prize in the school art competition and was rewarded with a mind-blowing $10, and the time my teacher forgot to call on me in the speech contest. As a teenager, I bounced up and down involuntarily when I learnt I got ‘Honours’ for my elementary ballet exam (the result of my previous exam was a very disappointing ‘Pass Plus’) and again when I heard I would be heading to Germany on exchange. Don’t get me wrong – there have been many joyous moments in my adult life. I am blessed with two awesome children, a great husband and two adorable stepchildren, but I don’t leap around quite so much any…

1 min.
have your say

TEST OF TIME I purchase many health magazines, and happily pass them on to family and friends once I’ve finished with them. I cannot part with my Good Health magazines however, as there is always something I can refer back to. I’ve even kept a copy dating back to 2006, when it was known as Good Medicine. Thanks for continuing to produce a great mag month after month. – Olga BEST PRACTICE I love your magazine as it is full of good advice. I’ve cut out the article on ‘7 Steps to a Healthy Mouth’ and pasted it on my sons’ bathroom mirror as having good teeth is very important. I also agree with the feature that exposure to a natural environment has a soothing effect. I have to be outdoors with nature…

1 min.
star letter

FIRST STEPS Sitting on a plane in tears, feeling exhausted and emotional, wondering what life’s all about, I picked up your magazine with Georgie Parker on the front cover. I flicked through the first few pages and there it was: an article that was talking to me. Take time out, it said. It’s okay to say no, it wrote. Reconnect with one’s self, it pushed. It resonated with everything I was feeling. It put a smile on my face as I was thinking how life works in mysterious ways. Why did I pick this magazine up? You could say by chance or was I subconsciously telling myself I needed to read it? All I know is that I need to make the first step and make the changes. Thank you for…

1 min.
change your mind

There are now cures, vaccines and medications for many debilitating health conditions. Unfortunately, dementia isn’t yet one of them. Until there is, the best way to protect yourself from experiencing a decline in memory and cognitive function is to implement healthy lifestyle changes as early as possible. » What you eat has an impact on the health of your heart and blood vessels, and the healthier these systems are, the better the blood flow will be to your brain. Current evidence suggests that following a Mediterranean diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and seeds, with small amounts of meat and dairy, is the best way to protect the brain and memory. » Don’t skip cardio! There is solid evidence that doing aerobic exercise like walking, swimming, jogging or cycling is…

8 min.
health now

ON THE CLOCK How much sleep we get affects our health, including, a new study says, that of our heart. Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder in the US looked at the medical records of more than 461,000 adults who had never had a heart attack. They found that those who slept less than six hours a night were 20 percent more likely to have a heart attack, while those who slept more than nine had a 34 percent greater risk. On average, researchers found that the further people fell outside this range, the higher their risk. The good news? Getting between six and nine hours of sleep cut the risk of a heart attack for those with a genetic predisposition by about 18 percent. GOING GREEN The further people fell outside…

7 min.
socialising & serendipity

Confident, courageous, funny, and ridiculously talented – at 57, Amanda Keller has scaled the ladder to become one of the country’s most successful women in media. In between co-hosting WSFM’s top-rating breakfast show, and long-running TV program The Living Room on Ten, she’s also built a strong marriage (one that’s just shy of its 30-year anniversary) and conquered fertility struggles to raise two happy boys. Suffice to say, this is one busy lady. So how does she find internal equilibrium amidst all of these commitments? Turns out, it’s pretty simple. She’s learned to say ‘no’. “I’ve realised the value in terms of mental wellbeing of just being in my own home on the weekend with nothing to do,” the blonde beauty tells Good Health & Wellbeing. “No one coming over, no plans,…