In terms of obesity, Australia’s population continues to rank as the fastest growing in the world. By 2012 10% more adults were overweight or obese than in 1995. We hope that our community here at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre continues to buck this trend. Staying healthy, eating well and keeping active are key factors in a whole host of important risk factors.
A journal article published earlier this year on The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) explores the benefits of exercise as a means of primary prevention, secondary prevention and treatment for many common diseases.
You can read the introduction to the article at this link:
Dr Natasha Paunovic found this article recently that explains what certain food cravings might be trying to tell you.
You can read the full article here.
“Intense food cravings can be a sign you’re deficient in certain nutrients.”
It covers all the classic cravings like chocolate, lollies, meat and carbs as well as some more obscure ones like ice and cheese.
Thanks to Ainslie Bryce (one of our experienced Remedial Massage & Myotherapists) for sending through this link that explains some of the reasons why a Remedial Massage can improve your health.
You can read the full article here:
From improving blood vessel health and circulation (an important contributor to minimising the risks of heart disease), to triggering the release of stress-reducing hormones, a regular Remedial Massage can have a big positive impact on your health. These benefits go well beyond simply reducing muscle pain and tension.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and can fracture with minimal trauma, such as a rib fracture caused by sneezing. There are many factors that can influence your risk of Osteoporosis. Some of these are not changeable, including age (>50), gender (female post-menopausal), family history, early onset of menopause, long term corticosteroid use, small frame size and delayed puberty or early onset of menopause.
This article featured on the LifeBuzz website is a great summary of the book 1,000+ Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently by Marc and Angel Chernoff. It contains a range of simple and sometimes very obvious little things that you can do to improve the quality of your life.
Here are just a few examples from the list featured in the full article, which can be read on the LifeBuzz website.
#4. Start making your own happiness a priority.
#8. Start being more polite to yourself.
#16. Start cheering for other people’s victories.
#18. Start forgiving yourself and others.
#21. Start being attentive to your stress level and take short breaks.
1. Acquire Good Gut Health
Having a balance of good bacteria in your gut is essential for a strong immune system and overall wellbeing. A healthy gut will aid digestion, promote nutrient uptake, regular bowel movements and weight loss. Eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yoghurt and Kombucha will assist in the maintenance of the natural balance of microorganisms (microflora) in the intestines. Another great product is Apple Cider Vinegar.
Osteopath, Dr Natasha Paunovic presents some simple and helpful tips for improving the quality of your sleep.
Athletes put their bodies under a certain amount of stress in order to increase performance. This is not only limited to professional athletes, but also amateur level athletes and those simply looking to increase their fitness levels. If the stress loads are appropriate, then performance will improve BUT if the stress loads are inappropriate then a state of overtraining/under recovery can occur.
Overtraining can be a physical, behavioural, and/or emotional condition that occurs when the volume and intensity of an individual’s training exceeds their recovery capacity. They cease making progress, and can even begin to lose strength and fitness. There are different levels of overtraining, so being aware of the signs of overtraining and the common causes and symptoms will help ensure your training does not head down this path.
Protein is essential for muscle repair and growth and although supplements such as Whey Protein powders are fantastic, they are highly processed and contain very little nutritional value (vitamins and minerals). In saying this I do still use these protein supplements for a number of reasons:
- They are quick and easy and have a full protein count
- They increase protein intake when it may otherwise be inadequate from food alone
- They are readily absorbed by the muscles after a hard workout Read more