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Women's Health Australia August 2019

Women’s Health Australia's mission is to help Aussie women feel happier and healthier (every single day!) with the ideal mix of fitness, food, nutrition, mindfulness, wellness, fitspo fashion and beauty, plus so much more.

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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
what drives you?

Recently, I was lucky enough to be a part of an experience that was truly life-changing – and proved yet again that the mind really is more powerful than the body. In May, I travelled to Indonesia to support my ultra-running-loving husband at a brand new event: The Bali Hope Ultra Marathon. The idea behind it? To use the footsteps of more than 20 incredible humans from nine countries to support the vital work of the Bali Children Foundation, and transform the community of Pedawa in northern Bali forever. So much more than just a run, it was a triumph of the human spirit. Everyone from elite athletes, to men and women tackling their very first ultra event, ran a double marathon overnight to put 200 disadvantaged kids through primary…

2 min
ask women’s health

THE BIG QUESTION Can I make myself a morning person? Answer Got a housemate who’s already worked out and put a wash on by the time you’re up? Thank your genes. “Everyone has a genetically determined ‘chronotype’,” explains Barbara Helm, professor of biological rhythms of natural organisms at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. It’s the scientific answer to the whole ‘morning person’ thing and it’s determined by your ‘endogenous circadian cycle’. Somewhere between 23.7 and 24.7 hours long, this defines things such as when your body temperature rises before you wake, and it’s influenced by factors including age and gender. It explains why toddlers are alert at 5am, teenagers don’t surface until noon and your housemate is superhuman. And while you can’t change your chronotype, you can advance it. “Light…

1 min
on our radar

LAPLAND THERAPY Nix stress with a jaunt to Finnish Lapland. The Sound of Lapland album, new to Spotify, transports listeners to an arctic forest, a cabin with a gently crackling log fire and a bubbling mountain brook. Almost as good as the real thing. SLEEP ROBOTS Yes, really! Cuddle this small, bean-shaped pillow and it’ll help you nod off by simulating a relaxing breathing pattern for you to mirror and playing soothing audio like a guided meditation or heartbeat. Aww. Visit somnox.com for info. ONLINE SEX-ED If you didn’t get the sex-ed you deserved in school (who did?!), why not go back to class? Sexologist Juliet Allen’s new four-week online course, Becoming an Exceptional Lover, will help you close the orgasm gap. Sound good? Sign up at juliet-allen.com and get busy. PB SHOTS Heads up: Pic’s Peanut…

1 min
beat the belly

Ah, runner’s gut – the bane of many a jogger’s life. Good news is, a foodie fix could see you through to the finish line. Specifically? The low-FODMAP approach (a go-to for IBS sufferers), which can help reduce workout-induced toilet troubles, such as stomach cramps and bloating, according to research in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. In fact, of those on the diet as part of the study, 69 per cent enjoyed an improvement in symptoms, plus felt able to work out more often and at a higher intensity. FODMAPs refer to carbohydrate-types (found in foods from onion to chewing gum) that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine, leading to gastrointestinal issues for some people. Struggling on the run? Check in with a dietitian about…

1 min
ease the sneeze

Elderberry University of Sydney scientists recently discovered compounds in this berry may help fight flu by blocking the virus’ activity in the body, as well as boosting our immune response. Olive Leaf A traditional herbal medicine go-to for cold and flu symptoms, as well as supporting immune health. A paper in Alternative Medicine Review name-checks the compound oleuropein in the leaf, which is known for its antimicrobial and antioxidant activity. Zinc Cut down snot time with a zinc acetate lozenge. According to a University of Helsinki team, it could help increase the recovery rate from the common cold by three-fold. 8 JUST ONE EXTRA PORTION OF FRUIT AND VEG PER DAY COULD HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT ON YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING, EQUIVALENT TO THIS MANY EXTRA DAYS OF WALKING A MONTH. MAJOR! SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS…

1 min
motion sickness

Why did that bus trip leave you greener than your post-workout juice? Your brain thinks you’ve been poisoned. For real. What’s going on? Glad you asked. Theory goes that because humans have only recently started travelling in cars, boats and the like, your brain gets confused about your environment (the vehicle’s moving, but you’re sitting still). So, erring on the side of caution to keep you safe, it makes you sick to flush out anything dodgy. Strategy? Convince your brain you’re on the move, too, by driving yourself or looking out the window rather than down at your phone. Simple but effective! SOURCE: CARDIFF UNIVERSITY…