Health & Fitness
Good Health

Good Health October 2017

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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

Spring is here! And what better time to clear out the cobwebs and give ourselves some well-deserved attention. We know the secrets to helping our bodies look and feel their best, but are we guilty of neglecting our emotional health? With a bit of tender loving care, we can heal those psychological wounds and regain our inner strength. Find out how in EMOTIONAL FIRST AID, on page 104. With the days becoming longer and warmer, there are plenty of opportunities to socialise. Alarmingly, though, experts are pointing out that as women we’re increasingly drinking at risky levels – often without realising it. Read our story TIME TO CHECK YOUR DRINKING? on page 32 to learn more about this worrying trend. Brother and sisters... life wouldn’t be the same without them. Sibling relationships…

2 min.
your say

VEG OUT! I’m always hearing about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet but just don’t know where to start. I couldn’t imagine a life without cheese! Your story ‘The Vibrant Vegan’ (August 2017) gave me the confidence I needed to give up dairy and meat for good. I will be buying Julie Piatt’s book and testing out some of her diary-free cheese recipes. Thanks Good Health! Phillipa, via email RECIPE FOR GOOD HEALTH There’s a lot of information out there about what to do to be healthy. It can be really confusing because the science seems to change from one month to the next. But after many years of reading Good Health, I think I’ve learned the basics and what it is that really makes a difference to our health – move more,…

5 min.
pain-free with yoga

NEW FITNESS FOR YOU Designed with the over-50s in mind, Zest by VARLAH is an online wellness and exercise program. The daily workouts target strength, agility and weight loss and can be performed at a lower intensity. WORK-LIFE BALANCE Having a healthy sex life can increase job satisfaction. Plus, the mood-boosting effects of having sex last up to 24 hours, which helps you stay engaged at work the next day. Stretch IT OUT Challenge your flexibility and release tension with this stretching sequence from Shona Vertue, author of The Vertue Method (Hachette, $32.99) quick QUIZ What has a more disruptive effect on your work… A. CHECKING FACEBOOK? B. SOMEONE INTERRUPTING YOU TO ASK A QUESTION? A. Interrupting your own work takes up more time and is more disruptive than if someone interrupts you. Stay focused by keeping potential distractions out…

4 min.
body stones

When your body produces too much of a certain mineral or chemical, stones can form and sometimes they cause complications. Here we look at the most common body stones and find out from the experts how you can reduce your risk. KIDNEY STONES Kidney stones are like sand or a golf ball and are made from crystallised waste chemicals in urine. Four to eight per cent of people develop them as they age or due to family history. “They’re more common in hotter climates if you don’t drink enough fluid, and urine becomes more concentrated,” says Professor Carol Pollock, Kidney Health Australia Medical Advisor. Back pain below the ribs is a sign of stones moving along the urinary tract between the kidney and bladder. Other signs are blood in your urine, nausea and fever.…

7 min.
ask the experts

Q I have chronic insomnia. My GP has given me information on sleep hygiene, but most nights I need to take a sleeping tablet and these only give me about three to four hours’ sleep. Is there anything new? A Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBTi) targets psychological and behavioural factors interfering with sleep, and can be accessed by a referral from your GP and rebated from Medicare under a Mental Health Care Plan. In addition, there is a new sleep medication that targets the alertness-promoting neurotransmitter, orexin. It generally gives about seven hours of sleep, and safety data currently shows it can be used for up to 12 months. Q: I have elevated cholesterol, but I can’t take statins as I get severe muscle aches and pains when I take them.…

3 min.
health inside your mouth

There’s more to your oral health than cavities and toothache. Your mouth can be a sign of health problems, from gum disease and heart disease to diabetes and vitamin B deficiency. “There has been an idea that your mouth is separate to the rest of the body and that oral health is just about teeth,” says Dr Rachel Garraway, president of the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Periodontists. “But conditions that affect your general health can affect your oral health and vice versa.” BAD BREATH Morning breath happens when your mouth gets dry overnight, but if bad breath – like rotten eggs – lingers for more than a week or two, it’s a sign of gum disease. “The odour is caused by sulphur compounds released by bacteria in the mouth,” explains Garraway. About…