It seems that as soon as the weather cools, the cold and flu season hits. Already this winter has seen an influx of colds, sore throats, ear infections, sinus infections and coughs. While researchers are yet to understand why we are more prone to ‘colds’ when the weather is cooler, we cannot deny winter brings with it more infections. Kids will average six to eight colds a year and adults between two and three. While it is normal for kids to get a few colds a year, these should only last a couple of days at a time with complete recovery within a week. A snotty nose or cough lingering for weeks at time can mean your child’s immune system needs some support.
By Karen Latter, naturopath, herbalist & nutritionist
We each have a finite life span, something most of us think little of day to day. With this in mind it is easy to have an interest in longevity and extending this precious life. Of course, this is more than just about the length of life, but rather the quality of the life we lead and how we maintain our vitality as well as mental agility, physical strength and emotional health into our old age. The question is how best to do this? And where to look for answers?
I love the onset of cooler weather, cold, crisp, clear mornings are a welcome respite from the long Aussie summer. But as temperatures plummet and we dig out the slippers, blankets and woolly jumpers, we also need to brace ourselves for cold and flu season. There’s a lot we can do to help protect ourselves from the viral onslaught.
By Karen Latter, naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist
I feel that this year with the bonus of a late Easter rolling into Anzac Day that there is genuine excitement from everyone, whether it is time to holiday, to be with friends and family, to rest or to simply slow down and take stock, Easter is certainly a welcome break. And as we slow, we allow room for mindfulness and an opportunity to lighten our cognitive load and gain the many health benefits. WHAT the heck is mindfulness?
In the modern gender-balanced world women are flying high. It’s emancipating. We have a voice, we are in business, in the boardroom, in government, in sport, in media. Women are fundamental to making communities thrive. The changes in how women live their lives are unprecedented. But at what cost to our health? If we consider energy as a marker of health – how is your energy report card faring today? How often can you honestly say you feel refreshed waking up in the morning? Do you find yourself asking… if only I had the energy?
By Alison Maunder naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist
Valentine's Day is a very old tradition. Some believe it originated from a pagan festival called Lupercalia held at the start of spring. In a sacred cave, priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. Following the feast, the goat’s hide was made into strips, dipped into the sacrificial blood and taken to the streets to anoint the women. Those touched by the hide were believed to become more fertile in the coming year. Thankfully, the tradition has changed over hundreds of years! Valentine’s Day is now a time to celebrate our loved ones and a wonderful reminder to support your fertility. At Northern Beaches Health & Fertility, we see many opportunities to boost your chances of conceiving a healthy child. Here are my 10 recommendations to get you started:-
A typical man in his 40s has only 33% to 50% of the level of testosterone that he had during his 20s. This gradual decline in testosterone as men age is called Andropause, usually occurring between the ages of 48-70 years. To first understand the effect of declining testosterone, we must first take a closer look at its role within the body. Testosterone is essential for:-
Healthy libido and erections
Fertility - development and maturation of sperm
Red blood cell production
Maintaining muscle mass and bone density
Cardiovascular and metabolic health – influences fat distribution
Changing our lifestyle habits can be a challenging endeavour. The “5 stages of Change” is a model that describes the series of stages we go through to change our habits. Having an understanding behind the psychology of change, can be integral in helping you succeed with developing new lifestyle habits. The critical assumption that underpins this model is that behavioural changes do not happen in one step, but through a series of distinct, predictable stages. Simply realising the stage of change you are in may be helpful for you to succeed. The 5 stages of change are outlined below: