Category: Health

Raw velvet cacao smoothie

Raw velvet cacao smoothie (and gluten-free, dairy-free carrot cake) at my favourite place in Byron Bay

Relaxing and writing in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is such a beautiful place. I’ve spent the last 4 days relaxing and writing. Yes I know, doing some work in a place that is so beautiful, but the creative juices start flowing. And once they start… Get ready for exciting things…

Practitioner Mentoring

Bradley McEwen PhD is a naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist, lecturer and researcher who has been providing career mentoring with great success since 2004. He has over 18 years of clinical experience, 13 years of teaching experience, and has presented nationally and internationally. He has received…

High carbohydrate intake has been associated with higher risk of total mortality

Cardiovascular disease is a global epidemic with 80% of the burden of disease in low-income and middle-income countries. Diet is one of the most important modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases. The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study is a…

Can omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids improve metabolic profile in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in females of reproductive age with a prevalence of 6–20%. The main characteristics of polycystic ovary syndrome are chronic anovulation with or without menstrual cycle disturbances, hyperandrogenism and ultrasound evidence of morphologically polycystic ovaries. Women…

The potential of Vitamin B1 in improving depression in the elderly

Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among the elderly. Thiamine (Vitamin B1) has been hypothesised to play an important role in mental health. Inadequate Vitamin B1 intake and Vitamin B1 deficiencies may lead to physical and mental health issues. For example,…

National Nutrition Week

Vegetables are awesome! Each year National Nutrition Week raises awareness around the role of food on our health, and supports the community to enjoy healthy eating. This year we are encouraging families to find more ways to enjoy vegetables, and to eat one extra…

Some blueberries per day…

Are blueberries the superfood we are looking for? Well, as we know, blueberries have been used as “food as medicine” for a very long time. Blueberries have a wide spectrum nutritional profile and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The increased consumption of berries has…

Herbal medicine use and anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health condition in Australia. Over a quarter of Australian adults have reported having an anxiety disorder diagnosis in their lifetime. Approximately 14.4 % had a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder in the previous 12 months. Herbal medicines…

Mindfulness meditation for anxiety relief

Anxiety is the cognitive state related to the inability to control emotional responses to perceived threats. Anxiety is inversely related to brain activity associated with the cognitive regulation of emotions. Mindfulness meditation has been found to regulate anxiety. Mindfulness meditation is premised on stabilising…

Chocolate and the Heart

Chocolate and the Heart ❤️ Consuming moderate amounts of chocolate has been associated with significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation – a common and dangerous type of irregular heartbeat. These findings were from a large study of 55,502 men and women…

Fruit and vegetable consumption may help reduce the prevalence of psychological distress

Mental disorders affect 10% of the world population and represent 30% of non-fatal global burden of disease. Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is projected to rank among the three leading causes of global disease burden by 2030. Depression in later…

Depression and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in older adults living at northern latitudes

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders and is recognised as a major contributor to the global burden of disease. Depressive symptoms are prevalent in approximately 15% of community-dwelling older persons, with major depressive disorder prevalent in 1-5% of adults 65 years…

Healthy and Unhealthy Dietary Patterns Are Related to Depression: A Case-Control Study

Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability around the world. Depression, based on WHO report, is the fourth most common global burden of all diseases, which might turn into the second most common global burden by the year 2020. Major depression contains…

Adiposity-Based Chronic Disease (ABCD) is a new diagnostic term for obesity

Adiposity-Based Chronic Disease (ABCD) is a new diagnostic term for obesity that explicitly identifies a chronic disease, alludes to a precise pathophysiological basis, and avoids the stigmata and confusion related to the differential use and multiple meanings of the term “obesity”. Key elements to…

Apple intake is inversely associated with all-cause and disease-specific mortality in elderly women

Higher fruit intake is associated with lower risk of all-cause and disease-specific mortality. However, data on individual fruits are limited, and the generalisability of these findings to the elderly remains uncertain. The objective of this study was to examine the association of apple intake…