Health

Best Ways to Quit Overeating

It's probably not the first time your diet has failed. Relax, it happens to all of us. Have you ever wondered why that happens? Don't be hard on yourself; it's not because you lack the will or you're just too lazy. Most of the time, the reason is that we go overboard with restricting ourselves.

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The Good Culture of Fermented Cucumber Pickles

Last October (2018) we were lucky enough to take a short family holiday to the USA and it was a pickled cucumber experience I had whilst in America that inspired me to write this post. Now, this article isn't going to be a history lesson on pickled cucumbers in America nor is it a "how-to"

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Get Back to Nature: How Gardening Can Help Those With PTSD

The benefits of spending time in the great outdoors are widely recognized. Several studies have examined the effects of nature on our mental health and well-being, proving time and time again that our feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress can be lifted just by going outside for a bit. Anecdotally, many of us understand the

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Three Positive Mental and Physical Effects of Gardening

Gardening can lead to both functional and aesthetic results, and it’s a great hobby with a relatively low barrier to entry. Whether you’re working in a large yard or small plot of dirt, you can create something beautiful and harvest the results for food. It should come as no surprise that nearly one-third of American

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How Pollution and Urban Lifestyle Affect Our Skin

Pollution has sadly become an integral part of today’s big city life. This ended up damaging our bodies both inside and out, and that also includes the epidermis. Even with our skin acting as a natural barrier, prolonged exposure will eventually wear its guard down and inflict damage on it in the long run. This

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Drinking Water Contamination Due To Agricultural Runoff

Lead, fluoride, disinfecting byproducts, arsenic, prescriptive drugs. The list of contaminants that are lurking in our drinking water is long. In this article, I want to focus on contaminants that originate from agriculture. I'm going to explain how they enter public water systems and a range of natural freshwater sources used for bottled water, and

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Politicising Mental Health Issues is Mental

I've written several articles about mental health and this one on PTSD sums up my feelings perfectly, but everything I have written on this subject (so far) has been on coping with or managing mental illness – this article is different… This article is a kick in the arse to everyone who uses mental health issues as a

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Is using Treated Wood/Pine Safe for Growing Vegetables & Fruit?

I often get asked the question, is it safe to eat vegetables/fruit grown in garden beds made from treated wood/treated pine. Or, how do I know if my vegetable garden soil is contaminated or not and if so will my crops take-up these contaminants/chemicals thereby making them dangerous for my family and me to ingest. 

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Playing Tennis for Fitness is the Best Excerise Plus It’s Fun

I've spent a good 35 years of my life working out regularly to maintain a reasonable fitness level and over that time I have tried many different types of exercises but one activity stands out above them all and that's playing tennis.  In this article, I'm going to detail several persuasive arguments for playing tennis

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22 Tips to Help Cope with PTSD

Note: This article about PTSD is largely based on my own personal experience (since I have been diagnosed with the disorder myself and successfully live with it). I'm not a qualified physician nor do I claim to have all the answers in combating this mental illness. Therefore, any of the "tips" I give in this

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School’s NOT SunSmart & FAIL to Protect Kids From Skin CANCER

If you think your child's school has a good Sun Smart policy then you might want to double check before it's too late because just as I (and unfortunately my son) found out, using the catch phrases like: "sun aware or sun smart," doesn't necessarily mean the school will care… Background  On the 28th of Oct,

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Pokemon Go Exercise Review for Health & Fitness

Pokemon Go is breaking all sorts of records since it's release putting creators Nintendo back on the financial map again but it's not the money this clever app is making that interests me it's the potential health benefits. I played tennis fixtures last night and my (much younger) opponent Adam happened to be a Pokemon

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Salmonella Strikes Salads – Why Packaged Lettuce is DANGEROUS

Over the past few days, fresh food retailers and supermarkets across Australia have recalled packaged lettuce and removed these products from their shelves due to a disgraceful outbreak of salmonella poisoning from Victorian company Tripod Farmers. I say disgraceful because has anyone learnt anything from the Nannas frozen berry food poisoning outbreak last year! It

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Why We Should Pay More For Pesticide Free Tea

There's mounting evidence that people are increasingly and unknowingly being exposed to cancer causing agents through the food we consume. Some of the most common things we eat and drink and take for granted in our diet are possibly killing us! Tea is one of these products. It's universal, it's a pleasant beverage to consume,

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Sugar is a Drug – The Childhood Sugar Addiction

Are you frustrated as a parent trying to manage the sweets, lollies, and other unhealthy snacks/treats in your household? Do your children constantly raid the pantry and kitchen cupboards and steal sweets or other junk food when you're not looking? If this is happening to you then you are not the only parent to be

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Forget Exercise or Diet & Make “What Others Think” Key to Get in Shape!

My wife's successful weight loss and fitness journey inspired me to write this article. Over the past 12 months, I've seen first hand how my wife transformed her body shape by shedding over 12 kgs (24 pounds) and improved her fitness level by using what "others think" as a motivational tool. Her outstanding achievement and transformation was amazing

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