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It is well documented that drinking a glass or two of red wine each day can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Red wine is thought to raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels which helps to clear LDL (“bad”) cholesterol deposits out of your arteries and protects them against heart attack. Alcohol has also been linked to a lower risk of blood clots and decreased levels of inflammation markers.
For most of us living in affluent societies, life is good. Food is abundant, we have all the mod cons we could possibly ever want or need, we drive everywhere and can shop, pay our bills and meet people using the internet. But, despite all the scientific and technological advances made over the last three decades there has been a dramatic rise in the number of people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental disorders, respiratory diseases and cancers. Is this the cost we must pay for our modern lifestyle and, if so, what are the reasons behind this?
There is a wealth of information available on the benefits of good nutrition and the poor health effects of “bad” food. We know that in general we eat too much and don’t move enough leading to weight and obesity problems. So why do we eat food high in fat and sugar and why is it so easy to do so?
Many common skin problems are related to our modern environment with the biggest culprits being overheating, excessive dryness and over-obsession with cleanliness. Some of these problems may include:
- Dry, scaly or rough skin
- Redness, greasiness, rashes or persistent acne with no obvious cause
- Lifeless, limp, or stringy hair
- Dark baggy rings around the eyes (“doona eyes’)
- Feeling tired on waking up
- Set less-than-spectacular goals
You could aim low and expect little or choose to be brave!
Create a wish list for what you want different in your life.
- Be afraid of taking risks
You could walk the same road or choose to jump!
Sometimes you need to stretch yourself to create new opportunities.
- Watch a lot of TV
You could get stuck on the lounge and waste time watching mindless TV or kick start a change!
Maximize time, put yourself into motion and take action doing activities that you enjoy.
On 1st October, Denmark introduced what’s believed to be the world’s first fat food tax, in an effort to combat obesity, heart disease and cancer. The new tax applies a surcharge to foods with more than 2.3 percent saturated fats equal to $2.90 per kilogram of saturated fat and including foods like butter, milk, cheese, pizza, oils and meat.
Brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) is a protein referred to as “Miracle-Gro” or fertilizer for the brain. BDNF improves the functions of neurons, encourages new neurons to grow and protects them from stress. Sprinkled on neurons in a petri dish, BDNF is observed to cause brain cells to sprout the structural branches required for learning. On the other hand, low levels of BDNF have been associated with depression and even suicide.
Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death and disability in Western populations with much research undertaken to identify the risks and the most effective means of prevention and treatment. The concept of a “Polypill” was introduced in 2003 which is a combination of six pharmacological components whose benefits could multiply to reduce cardiovascular disease by more than 80%. The concept has been welcomed in general but with concerns raised about the associated side effects and cost of the intervention.
Depression is often thought to go hand in hand with getting older but this is not the case. Older adults may go through significant life changes - such as losing a spouse, having a chronic health condition or being institutionalised - that may trigger depression. However, those who are single, don’t have support, have a medical problem or drink too much alcohol are more susceptible
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