Food

Vegan Snacks – What’s the Best?

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Vegan Snacks - What’s the Best?

Up to 2.5 million Australians are now vegetarian, with a percentage of those also vegan – eating no animal-based food and using no animal products at all. If veganism is something you’ve considered, but you’ve struggled to find delicious recipes, then you’re in the right place. Here are some vegan snacks that may be worth trying to see if this lifestyle is right for you.

Guacamole on Crackers

Whether you buy guacamole or make it yourself, it’s a delicious and nutritious snack option. You can make it from avocado, lime juice, onion, and garlic, and pair it with your crackers of choice. There are many different guacamole recipes online that could be worth a try.

This vegan snack is one you can have at home, take to work, or even bring to a shared lunch. As an added bonus, it’s an excellent source of fibre, potassium, and monounsaturated fats.

Trail Mix

Whether you’re low on energy or you need a delicious animal product-free snack, trail mix can be the answer. Once again, you can make this food yourself or buy it pre-made. The benefit of making it yourself is you can customise what you put in it.

Most people add nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, crackers, and even chocolate. There are plenty of vegan chocolate options on the market to choose from.

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Health

Surprising Benefits of Waist Trainers

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Surprising Benefits of Waist Trainers

Waist trainers from high-quality suppliers such as waisttrainersaustralia.com.au have been growing in popularity for some time. And most people aren’t surprised. They can take your workout to a new level and are suitable for both men and women.

Still, not everyone is convinced that waist trainers can offer benefits. But there are some quite surprising ones that everyday users are finding out for themselves. Some of these are listed below.

They Can Improve Posture

Because of the framing inside waist trainers, you aren’t able to slouch. As a result, whenever you’re standing or sitting, you’re able to maintain excellent posture while receiving much-needed back support.

You Can Feel More Confident

As more and more people start to wear waist trainers while exercising and eating well, their confidence can improve. They begin to see results, and they feel happier about how they look and feel.

They May Be Able to Assist with Weight Control

Waist trainers do not exist to help you lose weight. Still, they can assist with weight control. When you wear them, you tend to find it uncomfortable to consume large portions. So, you can eat little but often, which is something that may be able to give you more control over your weight.

What’s more, with high-quality waist trainers made from latex, they can increase sweating during workouts.

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3 Must Have Juicing Ingredients

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3 Must Have Juicing Ingredients

Fruit and vegetables are good for us. Period. But we’re just not eating enough of them. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) only 49.8% of people aged 18 years and over are meeting the health guidelines for the 2 recommended daily serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables. So how do we fix it? How do we sneak in your kids’ 5+ per day?

Let’s juice it up! Juicing is a quick and effective way to increase the amount of vegetables in your diet. Base your juices on one of these three amazing ingredients:

  • Go green: Spinach contains loads of essential nutrients that our bodies need such as iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamins A and C and potassium.
  • Go red: Beetroot is full of antioxidants and folate which boosts your stamina and supports liver detoxification.
  • Go orange: Carrots are rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene which are both powerful antioxidants and essential for glowing skin.

Be creative with your juices! Add ginger and lemon for a zesty kick start or some cucumber and apple for a refreshing pick-me-up. When juicing the key is to make sure the bulk contain veggies and not too many fruits which, when juiced, increase sugar content. Try adding coconut water if you need some sweetness.

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Health

Does Your Medical Centre Need Digital Marketing?

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Does Your Medical Centre Need Digital Marketing?

Whilst the primary goal of a medical centre or medical advice blog is to treat and care for its patients, there would be no patients were it not for its efforts to make itself known to them via marketing. Being experts in the marketing field, the professionals at www.slinkydigital.com.au have advised many medical centres that the number one way they can increase their patient and client numbers is via digital marketing.

Now, this is not an article where we will explain every single element of digital marketing, first, because there are so many ways to market online, and second, if you run or manage a medical centre you are much more likely to want to know how digital marketing can benefit you, rather than what the mechanics of it are.

So, in order that you can better understand how digital marketing can benefit the medical centre or centres you are responsible for, we are going to explain three of the main benefits. They are improved reputation/branding, increased revenues, and the ability to compete on level terms with larger medical centres.

Improved Reputation and Branding

Given the nature of the services offered by medical centres, it follows that the higher its reputation the better off it will be in terms of retaining existing clients and gaining new ones. This is where digital marketing can have a huge positive impact on a medical centre. It can ensure that it has a brand that is seen in those online locations where those researching or looking for a medical centre are likely to recognise it.

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Health

Dealing With the Mental Health Effects of Disability Discrimination

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Disability Discrimination

Most people don’t realise just how debilitating it can be to have to live with a disability. There are many different types of disability, and a lot of them aren’t even visible on the surface. Instead, they linger as mental health problems, unseen physical health problems and even degenerative diseases.

Because of this, a lot of people suffer from disability discrimination within the workplace. Essentially, this is when a disabled employee (regardless of the disability) is treated differently from their able-bodied coworkers. This can range from not having the tools and training to work effectively to not being granted appropriate time off or breaks to manage your disability.

And unfortunately, ongoing disability discrimination can lead to low self-worth, depression and various mental health issues. Because of this, we’ve put together the following guide to help you deal with the negative mental effects of disability discrimination.

  1. Don’t Suffer Alone

First, it’s extremely important to make sure that you never suffer alone, regardless of how embarrassed you are about your mental health and/or disability. There are thousands of people across Australia suffering from similar problems and discrimination, and support is available at Southside Psychology.

For starters, tell someone close to you about your struggles. This could be a partner, family member or even just a close friend. Seek advice from a psychologist if required, and don’t hesitate to seek legal advice in the case of ongoing disability discrimination.

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Parenting

How Speech Pathologists Can Help Children with ADHD

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There’s a common misconception that an expert in speech pathology can only help a child learn how to pronounce words or to work with those with a stutter. But according to speech pathologists Kid Speak, speech pathology and language therapy go far beyond those two language disorders. The field can actually help all manner of children who struggle with idea expression, communication, and language. That includes children with ADHD.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, also known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a medical condition that can affect many parts of a child’s life. It includes hyperactivity, problems with impulsiveness, and attention difficulties that can impact a child’s schooling, home life, and friendships. It’s also a condition that can last for years or an entire lifetime but can be treated in a range of ways.

What are the Signs of ADHD?

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), common symptoms of ADHD include problems with attentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. A child may have trouble paying attention or listening, and may not find it easy to learn new things, concentrate, focus, or plan. Children with ADHD may also fidget, try to multi-task, and have trouble focusing on one task at a time.

How Can My Child Be Tested for ADHD?

If you suspect your child is showing the signs of an ELD has a speech or learning condition, then the first port of call should always be your GP. They will want to learn all about your child from you, your teachers, and others who spend time with him or her. A speech-language therapist can also help form a diagnosis for the best approach going forward.

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Health

5 Things to Consider Before Getting Laser Eye Surgery

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Getting Laser Eye SurgeryLaser eye surgery is an increasingly common procedure used to correct a range of vision problems, including long-sightedness, short-sightedness, and astigmatism. In general, it’s a safe, low-invasion procedure with few side effects and a short recovery time.

However, there are still a few things you should consider before you go in for laser eye surgery. You need to make sure that you have a decent understanding of what your procedure is and what it’s going to involve.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a short list of five things you should consider before committing to laser surgery. They include:

1. The Different Types of Surgery

Basically, there are three different types of laser eye surgery suited to different people. Your surgeon and optometrist will ultimately have the final say on the right surgery for your needs, but you should be aware of the options and the associated risks.

The three main types of laser surgery are ASA, LASIK and SMILE. All three can be used to treat short-sightedness and astigmatism, while ASA and LASIK can both be effective for correcting long-sightedness.

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How to Tell a Loved One They Need Help

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Need HelpIn 2017, around 71 million people were estimated to have a drug use disorder or addiction. Not only is that 71 million people who are not living their best life, but tens of millions of families who are trying to convince their loved ones to book into drug rehab.

Most people will know from experience that it’s an uncomfortable feeling to be told to do something you don’t want to do. Drug addiction is a disease, and even if someone knows deep down that they have a problem, they aren’t always willing to combat it.

If you are facing the impossible task of trying to tell someone you love that they need help and possibly drug rehab, then read on. Here are a few things that might assist with the process.

Hold an Intervention

Most people have seen an intervention on TV. Family and friends sit around in a circle and talk about how much they care about the drug user and how they need to get help. Even though it might seem cliché, it remains a highly effective method for helping a loved one understand they have a problem.

Social pressure in any other situation is usually a no-no, but when it comes to an addiction, it can often be the soundest method. The goal of an intervention is to first show the user how many people want them to get better and care about them, then provide them with a solution to their problem.

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You Might be Damaging Your Teeth, And You Don’t Even Know It

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Damaging Your TeethThere are several reasons why people visit a dentist for a cosmetic dental service. Some people are not happy with a gap in their front teeth, the colour of them, or they might have a chip or crack they would like to repair to get a near-perfect or the perfect set of teeth.

Other times, daily habits have caused damage, or are causing damage, and you weren’t aware of it until the damage was done. Whatever the reason for your inquiry about a cosmetic dental care service, it’s a good idea to know what could be causing harm to your teeth every day. Here are a few habits that you might like to consider changing.

Eating Too Much Sugar

Dental O So Gentle tell us that children learn from a young age from their dentist (and parents) that too much sugar will rot their teeth. They aren’t lying just to get you to eat your vegetables; instead, sugar really can rot your teeth. However, it’s not just sweet treats, beverages, and lollies that are the culprits.

Dried fruit is full of sugar too, even if it’s also something to eat for an energy boost. If you eat too many sugary foods, you are at risk of cavities. Replace that lollipop with raw vegetables that are both nutritious and beneficial for teeth cleaning.

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Sustainability

Ways You Could be Saving Water

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The global population wastes trillions of litres of water every year, and much of this waste goes unnoticed. It’s not until we view water as a limited resource that requires us to focus on sustainability that we realise how much of it we waste.

Think about your five-minute shower. You could be wasting around 70 litres of water just by staying in there a little bit longer than necessary. It’s time to focus on sustainability and sensible water usage, and here’s how.

Shorten Your Showers

While you might feel that you need to wait until you’ve finished singing your favourite song in the shower before you hop out, it’s best that you don’t. Save the encore for when you’re getting dressed.

Your shower is the third-largest water consumer after washing machines and toilets, and it’s wasting more water than necessary. Have shorter showers and do your part for water conservation.

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Health

Common Root Canal Myths You May Have Thought Were Fact

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Root Canal Myths

Thousands of people get root canal treatments from their dentist in Australia every year. Even though the procedure is one of the most common, there are still many mistruths in the community. Those mistruths could stop people who desperately need a root canal from getting one.

Here Clear Choice Dental attempt to dispel some of the more common myths about root canals.

  1. The Treatment is Painful

There’s always an audible groan from at least one person in a group when you utter those dreaded words ‘root canal’. The truth is, the procedure is not as painful as you may think. Your dentist uses a local anaesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding area. If you are particularly nervous and think it will be painful, you can also talk to your dentist about nitrous oxide gas to calm your nerves.

  1. No Pain, No Need for a Root Canal

You don’t have to experience pain in your tooth to need a root canal. Sometimes, there’s an infection or damage in the pulp of your tooth that calls for a root canal – even if the pain is not a symptom.

A damaged tooth with something that looks like a pimple is a common sign. That pimple is often a fistula, which is tissue that is draining pus from your infection. That infection can get worse without seeking treatment from your dentist.

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Sustainability

How to Recycle Appropriately

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A significant part of sustainability is focused on making sure products have more than one use. The more you can use a product, the less you deplete the natural resources around you. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to ask yourself the question: am I recycling correctly? Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to recycle.

Don’t Bag Your Recyclables

It can seem like you’re doing the recycling centres a favour by putting all your plastics inside more plastic, but it’s recommended that you don’t. Many machines can’t handle plastic bags, so workers must throw these bags of possibly clean and recyclable materials into landfills. While you might think they can just open the bags and spill out the contents, that can pose a safety risk.

So, what do you do instead? Clean your recyclable materials to remove food and other debris, then put them loosely into your recycling bin for collection.

Familiarise Yourself with Recyclable Materials and Waste

To recycle responsibly and appropriately requires you to be familiar with what is recyclable and what isn’t. While many products might look recyclable, not all of them will be.

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Health

5 Ways to Know You Need Emergency Dental Care

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Emergency Dental CareHow often do you find yourself going to the dentist for anything other than pain and discomfort? An alarming number of people are not seeing their dentist for health checks and instead, wait until something goes wrong to seek dental help. But how do you know when a trip to the emergency dentist could be on the cards? Here are a few tell-tale signs.

You Have a Loose Tooth

As an adult, you should not have any loose teeth. If you do, something has gone wrong, and you now need a trip to the dentist to find out what it is. When you injure a tooth to the point of it being wobbly, nerve or jaw damage can be a risk – especially if you have knocked it loose. Even if you haven’t, seeing your dentist means they can run some tests to work out what is causing the loose tooth. Sometimes gum disease and infection are to blame.

Your Gums are Sore and Bleeding

Bleeding gums is often a sign of gum disease, which is something you can avoid with regular flossing and brushing. However, if your bleeding gums are accompanied by achiness, then that’s something that might require you to see your dentist. If you do not treat these early stages of gum disease, you may not be able to return your mouth to the healthy state it was before.

You Have a Toothache

If severe toothache is starting to impact your daily routine, or even a minor pain is more than you can handle, then it could be time to see your dentist. Your teeth don’t ache for no reason, and a emergency dentist may be able to provide immediate relief. If you notice your teeth are sensitive, sore, and achy, then make an appointment with your dentist today. (more…)

Mind & Spirit

Best Jewellery for Friendship

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Jewellery for Friendship

When you visit a jewellers, particularly around Valentine’s Day, you can quickly get the impression that such a store is more suitable for loved-up couples. While many options fit into that category – such as wedding and engagement bands – there are equally as many that can spell friendship too.

If you are on the hunt for something that can cement your friendship, then these options below could be worth your consideration.

Charm Bracelet

A charm bracelet is not only something you can buy for your significant other – or even yourself, but for a near and dear friend as well. You will be surprised at the options available in the charm bracelet market too. Depending on your budget, you can choose something classy and elegant like gold, or something more practical and stylish such as silver. Then, as a token of your friendship, you can include one or two meaningful charms with the present as well.

Locket

A locket is a meaningful piece of jewellery that your local jeweller may recommend for a long-distant friend or one who is planning on moving away from you soon. In one half, you can put a picture of yourself, and in the other, a picture of them. The locket itself usually is quite an elegant necklace too, featuring either gold or silver.

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Health

Superbugs and Hospital Plumbing

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Hospital Plumbing

You may not want to know this, but hospital plumbing according to J Sutton Plumbing is a huge reservoir of drug resistant superbug germs. They splash about in the plumbing and share their superpowers with other bacteria. Checks of plumbing in major hospitals show drains can be full of dangerous bacteria.

The thing is that the germs are breeding down there and passing their drug-resistant properties on to other germ species. The superbugs are not found anywhere else in hospitals and as a result are not a threat to the general public. However, hospitals should be aware of the potential problem and keep ahead of any possible risks.

Looking for the Superbug

The search for these germs was brought about by the deaths of 7 patients after an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant infections. They discovered a bug by the name of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae.  Medical centre officials made a concerted effort to find out how the patients became infected. Many of the bugs were found to be living in the plumbing and the sink drains even though these had been scrubbed out. An investigating team, independent to the hospital found that the bacteria could splash back out of sink drains.

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Fitness

High Calorie-Burning Exercises You Need to Try

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Calorie-Burning Exercises

As you finish off the final chocolate biscuit in the packet, it suddenly dawns on you that you now have to exercise for hours to work them off. After all, if you don’t, that adage may come true: a moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips! However, if you choose the right exercises such as BodyCombat, you may be able to benefit from a far more rewarding calorie-burning experience. Here are some of the best exercises for burning off calories.

BodyCombat

BodyCombat is a high-intensity group fitness class that you can either do with other people or in the comfort of your home. Not only does it push you to your limit by involving many martial arts-inspired exercises, but it enables you to burn up to 740 calories in one session! These sessions run for 30, 45, and 55 minutes – all of which will prove to be one of the best cardio workouts you’ve ever experienced.

Sprinting

Sprinting in intervals can prove to be quite beneficial in the realm of calorie burning, even if it’s not as social as BodyCombat and other group fitness classes. Sprinting can help you to burn around 460 calories in as little as 30 minutes, with two minutes of sprinting then one minute of recovery. What’s more, it’s the pacing that really provides all the benefits. You don’t have to run continuously to work off all those cakes and treats!

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Health

Why Banana Makes an Excellent Hair Care Product

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Hair Care

Everyone knows that bananas are one of the most popular fruits on the planet, and are also one of the most delicious, but did you know they make an excellent natural hair care product as well?

Natural skin care and hair care guru Dianne Caine, tells us this is because they are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, it was only a matter of time before someone was going to say: hey, maybe we could put this fruit in our hair? That time is now, and here’s why it could be something for you to consider.

Health

If your hair is feeling a bit lacklustre, your first thought may be to reach for a chemical-laden product. Instead, why not try a natural hair care product – or, something out of your fruit bowl? Bananas feature plenty of folic acid, which helps to make your hair shiny, hydrated, and moisturised. What’s more, because of the high levels of potassium, they also improve your hair’s overall health.

Softness

Soft hair is something everyone aspires to have. However, some people have to work hard for it by using natural hair care shampoo and conditioner, as well as other tips and tricks from professionals. What if it were as easy as grabbing a banana from your fruit bowl and coconut milk and avocado from the fridge?

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Food

19th Global Summit on Nutrition, Health & Food Technology

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19th Nutrition and Food Summit

The International Conference on Nutrition and Food Technology 2018 will be held during September 26-27 in San Antonio, Texas discussing the following scientific sessions but not limited to:

Food Technologies | Green Food and Meat | Aqua, Sea and Dairy Food | Genetic Engineering (GE): The Future of Foods? | Food Process Engineering: Control and Automation| Food Packaging, Preservation and Labeling | Public Health and Community Nutrition: Read more

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Food

Red Wine and Fish – Hot or Not?

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Red Wine and Fish

Not everyone knows that it can be tricky to pair red wine and fish together – not even the experienced waiter at your local restaurant, or the supplier of online wine with the help of professional wine reviews. Often, you only find out after it’s too late that maybe that delicate fish would have been better with a Riesling instead.

However, while there are more instances where red wine and fish don’t work than there are situations when they do, you may find this information below helpful. In fact, these tips may be something you can keep in the back of your mind the next time you order fish at your local restaurant.

Chilled for Grilled

If you are going to be eating grilled fish, or fish that has been barbecued, seared, or features an intense marinade or sauce, then chilled red wine is going to pair beautifully. If it’s light enough and it can cut through even the oiliest of fish and intense flavors to gel beautifully in the mouth. Read the descriptions on the bottles when you’re buying from an online wine provider to make sure it’s not going to be too rich.

Served with Meat

There is nothing better than a delicious Surf ‘n’ Turf at your local restaurant. But, it soon calls for a beverage with which to wash it down. Believe it or not, when you pair seafood and fish with meat, red wine seems to work quite well. In fact, in Spanish cuisine, it’s not uncommon for chilled wine to accompany fish and chorizo dishes.

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Food

Wine and Cheese – What Works Best?

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Wine and Cheese

It seems to be a classic combination – wine and cheese. It appears on many restaurant menus, and even online wine shops sell cheeseboard utensils so you can make a real event of it. However, did you know not all cheese will work with all wine, and vice versa?

Because of the cheese varieties on offer, as well as the various wine options, it’s fair to say not all are going to be matches made in heaven. If you’re planning a wine and cheese night with the girls and you’re not sure what works and what doesn’t, consider these pairs below.


Aged with Bold

A common rule to follow when trying to match cheese with wine is to think about their intensity. Is the wine or cheese strong in flavour? Or, is one stronger than the other? If you were to select an oaky red and pair it with a mild Gruyere, for example, you would find the wine overpowers the cheese.

Therefore, always match intensity levels. Aged cheese with bold red wine is a good example. As cheese ages, the flavours become more intense. As a result, the high tannin level in the wine begins to complement the fat content and richness of the cheese. Most combinations you see on any restaurant menu will work well, but if you’re not sure, think of the number one rule: equal intensity.

Tip: If you have purchased a rich red wine from your local bottle store or an online wine shop, select Gouda, Parmesan, and Provolone cheese to accompany it.

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