The immune system is our body’s way of keeping us safe from infection and diseases. When functioning properly, the immune system identifies a variety of threats, including viruses, bacteria and parasites, and distinguishes them from healthy tissue.
Australians are thought to work the longest hours in the Western world and have fallen behind other developed countries in terms of securing a healthy work/life balance. Since technology has offered us freedom we’ve been jumping at the opportunity to work from home, but what this has created is a work life that’s almost impossible to switch off. Yes we can move around and be at home for the kids, but we can also stay tapping away at our computers long into the night.
woman wearing old jeans to demonstrate weight loss
The Healthy Approach to Weight Loss and Weight Management
When your body doesn’t quite meet the standards that fashion and beauty industries portray, it’s tough to feel confident about yourself. Society has a habit of judging people by their weight, and when you don’t conform to what’s considered “perfect”, it’s easy to feel down on yourself. In 2011-12 over 2.3 million Australians (13%) aged 15 years and over were on a diet to lose weight.
Beyond brushing & flossing: Tips and tricks for healthy teeth
We all know the deal about cleaning our teeth to prevent dental decay and to maintain healthy teeth. We’re mostly well trained from a young age and brushing our teeth is almost automatic. It’s one of the first things we do in the morning and the last action of the day before we fall into bed. We also know to avoid sugar and while there is some recent debate, the current advice is still to floss daily. But what else can we do to maintain healthy teeth? Here are a few tips and tricks:
10 stress busters: How and why we should deal with stress
While stress generally gets a bad wrap – some aspects of stress can be good for us. However when we’re under a high level of stress and this is sustained for a long period of time, it can have a detrimental effect on our health and wellbeing. That’s when we need to take action to deal with stress. According to the Australian Psychological Association, more than a third (35%) of us report significant levels of distress in our lives.
Temptation is everywhere - fast food outlets on every corner, coffee and muffin runs from the office, and a pantry full of treats at home. Yes, we all want a healthy diet but it can be hard to resist the constant opportunities to do otherwise. It sometimes takes more self-control and discipline than we can manage.
Animal bites to Zika virus: the A-Z of travelling well
If you’re prepping for the holiday of a lifetime, a gap year abroad or just a quick Bali break, chances are you’ve covered the travel basics - passport, backpack and electronic devices. Right? Wrong! If you really want to enjoy your overseas holiday then you need to stay in good health. A few sensible precautions - before you depart and while on the road - should see you through.We’ve pulled together a list of some common health risks for young travellers and what you can do to stay ahead of the game.