How Your Digestion Affects Every Area of Your Life

** In Collaboration** If you would like to find one area of your health that you can manage better, and one that is responsible for many areas of your life, it is your digestion. Your digestive system is closely related to your immune system and your nervous system, so it is keeping your body and mind balanced. When things go wrong with your digestion, you will need to look at your lifestyle and find a way to make changes. Your gut has the ability to make you feel good or bad about yourself. Find out more below. Feeling Heavy and Bloated  We often say after a big dinner or a barbecue that we feel heavy and bloated. This has a negative impact on our energy level. If your digestive system is too busy dealing with the pressure you put on it, the rest of your body and your organs will be affected, too. Trying to reduce portion sizes and eating less more often can help you get rid of that bloated feeling and stay more focused. Concentration  When your body is dealing with hard to digest food, there will not be enough energy going into your brain. You can improve your concentration and focus if you deal with your digestive issues. Make sure that you find a stretch, an exercise, or a diet that works for you, so you can avoid being hungry and feeling bloated. Google the size of […]

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Easter Getaway

Easter is one of my favourite times of year because (almost) everyone gets work off and you can spend time with friends and family. This year my extended family and I headed down to Goowla (like we did last year) for some well deserved rest and relaxation and wine. Steve & I were then supposed to be heading over to […]

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Newcastle- A surprising city.

To decide on where to go for my latest holiday, we literally googled “places to go in January in Australia” and Newcastle was one of the suggestions. I have explored very little of New South Wales (Australian state) and Newcastle promised good beaches, good wine, & good food- all things that I enjoy! Newcastle is actually the 7th largest city […]

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10 Foods That Soothe Your Gut

** In collaboration**  Food is amazing. It doesn’t matter whether you are a sorcerer of steak, a lover of legumes or a fiend for fruit, food has something that brings people together. It’s not just a key to bring family and friends together around the dining table, but it’s what we need for survival. Thankfully, most of the population has come a long way from the diet of the caveman – though some do prefer the Paleo way of life today – and food is a source of nutrition, health and enjoyment all rolled into one. Food plays a very important role in health, because you are what you eat. If you prefer a diet filled with processed foods and refined sugars, you’re not going to necessarily be unhealthy, but you’re going to feel sluggish and lacking in energy much of the time. It’s not because any food is inherently ‘bad’ for you, but because all food plays a role in the way your body performs. For example, without regular water, your body will feel tired, dehydrated and you can develop headaches because your brain isn’t as hydrated as it should be. Similarly, the digestive tract has a vital role in your health, and because it’s responsible for absorbing the nutrients that you consume and eliminates waste, you have to ensure your digestive tract stays as healthy as possible. By not looking after your health, you can end up developing […]

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City Profile- Reykjavik, Iceland

“Hipster is mainstream here” I was sooooooooo (infinite amount of o’s) excited to visit Iceland, and even though for this trip I was only spending five nights in the capital (Reykjavik), I was determined to fit as much in as possible. Although the capital, as there is only approximately 300,000 people living in Iceland, Reykjavik is not overly large. However, […]

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Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Amy, a PhD student investigating the impacts of climate change on food and nutrition, and a yoga teacher on the side.

An Aussie PhD student (yoga teacher on the side) investigating the impacts of climate change on food and nutrition security and non-communicable diseases in Vanuatu currently doing a professional development stint (aka internship) at the World Health Organization in Geneva (it’s a hard life).  Find out more at my blog Pina Colada PhD.  A typical day?  Not really…the joy of having work […]

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