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    Health

    Maca Powder and Menopausal Hot Flushes

    Maca is a Peruvian plant that is grown high up in the Andes. It is part of the cruciferous family of vegetables and related to cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale. It is rapidly becoming known as a superfood due to its high nutrition content and many health benefits. The root of the maca plant is ground up to produce a fine powder that can be mixed with food or drinks, or taken in a tablet form. The powder is becoming increasingly available in supermarkets and health food stores across Australia. As well as being great for improving energy levels and stamina, maca is purported to enhance libido, improve fertility, reduce…

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    Health,  Lifestyle,  Midlife

    Ten Tips for Staying Healthy in Midlife

    Staying healthy in midlife should be a priority for us all. The longer we are fortunate enough to be walking this beautiful earth the more important it becomes to take care of our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Unfortunately many midlife women put their own health on the backburner as they take care of everyone around them – partners, children and ageing parents. I have seen many friends and family, both women and men, become ill and have their active adult life ripped away from them early. It is so very sad and often preventable. There are things that we should all be doing to take control of our own…

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    Food,  Health

    The Benefits of Phytoestrogens in Menopause

    What are phytoestrogens? Phytoestrogens are compounds that occur naturally in plants that have a similar chemical structure to oestrogen. The body’s oestrogen receptors treat phytoestrogens in a similar way to the oestrogen that it biologically produces. What are soy isoflavones? Soy is a unique food as it contains high levels of isoflavones which are a type of phytoestrogen. Soy isoflavones have the ability to bind with the body’s oestrogen receptors and cause either a weak oestrogenic or anti-oestrogenic activity depending on the stage that the woman is at in her reproductive life cycle. As women get closer to menopause, these phytoestrogens can help to regulate hormones and ease some of…

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    My Colonoscopy Experience

    It’s standard practice in Australia to receive a government funded bowel test kit when you turn fifty. My kit turned up in the post within a week or so of my birthday. I duly put it aside thinking I’ll get around to it some time. After all, there is no bowel cancer history in my immediate family and I have had a healthy vegetarian diet all my life. I can imagine myself getting all sort of illnesses in my latter years, but bowel cancer is a long way down the list. It was nearly three months before I eventually opened the kit and did the two faecal tests. I was…

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    Food,  Health,  Lifestyle

    Ten Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

    Vegetarian diets are healthy, nutritionally complete and delicious. They are suitable for people at all ages and stages of life, including infants, the elderly and athletes. According to the American Dietetic Association, a comprehensive vegetarian diet is associated with good health, reduced disease and better management of any existing health problems. “Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” Albert Einstein Here are ten benefits of giving up meat and fish and focusing your daily meals on vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, nuts and seeds. Less animal cruelty. By being vegetarian you save between 371 and 582 animals each year. This includes both land…

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    Health,  Lifestyle

    Menopause and Creativity

    The years around menopause are an unavoidable time of change. They are all too often often associated with a physical slowing down, a decline in memory, unavoidable brain fog, a loss of spark and a general downward spiral towards old age. But in direct contrast to this bad publicity, many women find their peri through to post-menopausal years to be a time of great clarity, focus and creativity. The hormonal changes that women experience during menopause can result in very positive experiences. The cessation of menstruation puts a stop to the hormonal surges and drops that have previously taken place each month, and allows new states of energy and creativity…

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    Health

    Am I in Menopause?

    I’m always surprised when I hear women refer to the change in their period patterns and the onset of other accompanying physical and emotional symptoms as being “in menopause”. It is a commonly held misbelief that menopause is a lengthy period of time that women experience in their forties and fifties when they have hot flushes, erratic periods and raging moods. However menopause is actually the day that marks the point when a woman has been without a period for a full twelve months. The years of hormonal change that lead up to menopause are called perimenopause, and the time following menopause is called postmenopause. The average age of menopause…