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Making some small changes to your lifestyle as you age can help reduce your chance of certain age-related diseases and help keep you feeling - and looking - younger. Read on for more on how you can look after your health as you age.
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4 Tips To Help Avoid Osteoporosis
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4 Tips To Help Avoid Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is common in Australia, especially among middle-aged to elderly women. It is a condition where bone density reduces over time. Less dense bones are more porous and brittle, which greatly increases the chance of suffering breaks or fractures. Osteoporosis has no cure, but it is preventable. Following these 4 simple tips can reduce your risk of osteoporosis.  

1. Increase Calcium Intake

Calcium is the single most important nutrient for helping develop and maintain strong, healthy bones. Adult males need about 1000mg of calcium each day, and women need ~1300mg. Teenagers and breastfeeding women can need up to 1500mg a day... that is the equivalent of 5 glasses of milk. Eating a variety of foods can help you increase your calcium intake, but if you are specifically concerned about getting enough calcium each day, you may like to try a calcium supplement to top up calcium levels and give your bones the nutrition they need.  

2. Increase Vitamin D Intake.

Vitamin D increases the amount of calcium our body can absorb. There's no point in increasing your calcium intake if your body simply isn't effectively absorbing that additional calcium. Vitamin D is produced by our body when we get direct sunlight on our skin. If you don't spend time in the sun each day, you might like to try a Vitamin D3 supplement to top your levels up and support calcium absorption. Many calcium supplements already have added Vitamin D.  

3. Do Weight Bearing Exercise

There are several studies that show that weight bearing exercise (eg/ walking or running) can help increase / maintain bone density long term. But don't overdo it - other studies show that over-training can cause a drop in oestrogen in females. Low oestrogen levels are a risk factor for brittle, porous bones.  

4. Increase Vitamin K-2

The University of Maryland Medical Centre website (www.umm.edu) notes that low vitamin K2 levels individuals have been found in individual with osteoporosis. It is thought that Vitamin K-2 helps calcium bind to bones... like vitamin D, vitamin K2 can help your body get more out of the dietary calcium that you are taking in. ------ This article is an excerpt from a longer Osteoporosis article by Health365.com.au. For more information on how to avoid osteoporosis, visit www.health365.com.au.
Tips For Choosing The Best Krill Oil
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Tips For Choosing The Best Krill Oil

The benefits of krill oil are becoming increasingly well documented, but not all krill oils are the same in the Australian market. The krill oil market has changed considerably since 2011, and quality ranges from top quality products like our Krill Oil range to a large number of low-quality products in the market. It is important to ensure you are getting quality for money and not settling for an inferior product when you buy Krill Oil. Look for these three features to help you make a more informed decision when purchasing your krill oil.  
  1. Molecular distillation
The best quality krill oil will have undergone molecular distillation. Molecular distillation is a purification process that removes the final trace elements, toxins and heavy metals from krill oil before it is put in capsules, packed and shipped out to stores and consumers. Molecular distillation adds to the cost of the production process. Krill Oil that hasn’t undergone molecular distillation may result in a greater level of toxins and heavy metals in your krill oil. This can, in turn, damage health and cause disease in the medium to long term. All of Nature’s Way’s Krill products undergo molecular distillation for maximum purity.  
  1. Sustainable harvesting
Oceans are being overfished. It is important that both companies and consumers alike make changes to our behaviours in order to ensure our oceans’ health for generations to come. Nature’s Way are continually moving our products towards sustainable harvesting practices, and all Nature’s Way Calamari Oil and Krill Oil products are all sustainably harvested. Our Krill and Calamari Oil products have Friend of The Sea certification to prove it.  The same cannot be said for some 'no-name' krill oil brands found in bargain stores or bought over the internet.  
  1. Omega-3 content
The main reason you take krill oil is to increase omega-3 intake. However, it is astonishing (and sometimes worrying) the variation in omega-3 levels found in different krill oil brands. Some krill oils are simply more potent than others, and contain far more omega-3. Going for a cheaper krill oil can often be a false economy, as cheaper products may have lower omega-3 content so you need to take more capsules to get the same omega-3 boost. Look for a krill oil with 300mg or more of combined DHA + EPA per capsule (the two most common types of omega-3 needed by your body). When shopping for a krill oil, compare the backs of pack for the brands you are considering to ensure your cheaper option is not delivering a lower level of omega-3. This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on picking the right omega-3 supplement for you, visit www.health365.com.au.  
5 Surprising Benefits of Omega-3
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5 Surprising Benefits of Omega-3

We all know omega-3s are good for your health. We also know the ..
Rest & Restore Night MultiVitamin 50+
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Rest & Restore Night MultiVitamin 50+

Do you feel worn out, fatigued or not 100%? You may be going to bed stressed, which may cause sleep problems, resulting in feeling tired the next day. Rest & Restore Night Multivitamin 50+ is formulated to help you physically unwind by helping to relax your muscles and mind so that you don't take your stress to bed. It also restores your body while you sleep.
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Exercises For Arthritis Sufferers
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Exercises For Arthritis Sufferers

Despite how tempting it may be to rest stiff, aching joints, it is important for arthritis sufferers to maintain regular exercise. In addition to helping reduce inflammation and stabilising joints, the right arthritis exercise program has a huge range of other benefits. These exercises for arthritis can also increases energy, help maintain bone / muscle mass and boost heart & brain health. Believe it or not, the below exercises for arthritis can also help fight the ageing process. With exercise offering so many benefits, we’d be mad to let arthritis stop us from doing it. (NOTE: if your arthritic pain is truly too severe to allow exercise, it is critical that you contact your health professional for assistance). Let’s take a look at some of the ‘joint-friendly’ exercise options available to arthritis sufferers:  
  1. Swimming

Swimming is a great low-impact option that gives your entire body a workout. With your joints suspended in water, the pain associated with other stop-start exercises like tennis or high-impact exercises like running is hugely reduced. In addition to being a great whole-body exercise, swimming is an excellent way to unwind. Try swimming once or twice a week, but be sure to compliment it with some weight bearing exercises like walking to help maintain bone health.  
  1. Cycling

Like swimming, cycling is low impact, meaning less pressure is placed on your joints. A great lower body and cardio workout, you can choose between getting out on the road and getting some fresh air or saddling up on the exercise bike at your local gym.  
  1. Light resistance / weight training

Warning: resistance training for arthritis sufferers should be approached with caution. Poor technique or pushing yourself to lift heavy weights can cause damage to arthritic joints. However, if done correctly, you can build muscle and the strength of joints. This results in greater joint stability and can help arthritic symptoms. If you are interested in starting weight training for arthritis, we recommend you contact a professional fitness trainer.  
  1. Walking

Walking is another low impact exercise that gives significant benefit to arthritis sufferers. Find a walking buddy to keep you motivated, and try to find different routes to walk to keep things interesting. Keeping the pace up will help ensure you raise your blood pressure to get the blood pumping. Aim for 30-45 minutes 4 times a week, and keep the pace sufficient that you are puffing slightly.  
  1. Pilates

Pilates is a great way to relax whilst strengthening muscles that support and stabilise your joints. It consists of a range of stretches, poses and exercises that focus on getting your body moving in unison. It can also increase your flexibility, which can also help reduce arthritic pain. Many community centres offer pilates classes for free or a small fee because it has such wide-ranging benefits. If you are interested in trying pilates, ask your local doctor, community centre or gym. ------ Do you suffer from arthritis? Let us know your favourite way to exercise in the comments section below. This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on dealing with arthritis, visit www.health365.com.au.
Causes of High Cholesterol
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Causes of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is quite often only discovered once a serious, related health problem is discovered. In order to stop high cholesterol levels before they lead to serious health problems, regular GP check-ups and knowing the leading causes of high cholesterol are the best ways to manage cholesterol risk. In this article, we outline some of the main causes of high cholesterol you need to be aware of. If you have serious concerns about cholesterol, you should contact your doctor promptly.  

Causes of High Cholesterol

 

1. Diet

Diets high in saturated fats can cause cholesterol  problems. This includes animal fats in meats like pork, veal, beef, milk, eggs, butter, most biscuits and crisps and many fried foods.  

2. Obesity

There is a well documented link between obesity and high cholesterol. Maintaining a healthy body weight can help maintain a healthy cholesterol level and reduces your risk of developing other cardiovascualr / heart conditions.  

3. Physical Activity

People living sedentary lifestyles not only have a higher risk of cholesterol problems, but also a range of heart-related health problems.  

4. Gender and Age

After age 20 (give or take a few years) cholesterol levels naturally begin to rise. In men, cholesterol levels tend to plateau around age 50. Women's cholesterol levels rise later in life, and often increase after menopause. Whilst you cannot control your gender or age, the above can help you be aware of which stage in your life  you need to start paying more attention to cholesterol levels.  

 5. Genetics

Some factors involved in heart disease and high cholesterol cannot be controlled. If there is a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol, there may be a genetic pre-disposition to blame.  

6. Smoking

Add "Increased risk of cholesterol problems" to the long, long list of reasons why you should not be smoking. Smoking reduces good cholesterol levels, and increase your risk of hundreds of other diseases including heart disease, heart attack, hypertension, stroke and arterial disease. ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. For more information on managing cholesterol, visit www.health365.com.au.
Training tips to avoid joint damage.
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Training tips to avoid joint damage.

Whether you are already feeling the onset of sore / stiff joints, ..
Brain & Memory Booster
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Brain & Memory Booster

Combining Gingko Biloba and concentrated fish oil, Nature’s Way Brain & Memory Booster may help support healthy:
  • Memory & Concentration
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  • & help improved healthy circulation