Managing Chronic Illness Through Food and Lifestyle Choices

Managing Chronic Illness Through Food and Lifestyle Choices

“Chronic disease” refers to a disease state that is ongoing or long term (at least 3 months as defined by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics) and refers to diseases that generally cannot be cured or prevented by medication or vaccine. This predominantly includes conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, asthma, chronic pulmonary disease, depression and chronic pain conditions.

In studies conducted by the Australian Government the main contributing factors to chronic disease are Tobacco and alcohol use, Physical inactivity and Poor nutrition.

All of which are lifestyle related issues that can be turned around with the implementation of behavioural change, good food choices and lifestyle modifications.

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Trauma: The Root Cause of Chronic Disease?

Trauma: The Root Cause of Chronic Disease?

We all experience trauma in our lives. It fairly unavoidable as a human being. Even the act of being born is a potentially traumatic experience. But what happens when the trauma we experience is severe and frequent? How does this affect us in the long term? Could intense trauma actually be one of the root causes of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer?

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Sun Safety and the Importance of Vitamin D

Sun Safety and the Importance of Vitamin D

In Australia we’ve had the ‘slip, slop, slap’ mantra drummed into us all our lives and it’s no wonder with such alarming statistics relating to skin cancer. We have been endlessly warned to be cautious about overexposure to sun as it can result in the skin becoming burnt and damaged. Cancer Council statistics indicate that 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 5 teenagers are sunburnt on an average summer weekend. Direct sunlight isn’t the only reason for this as UV radiation can still be high on cloudy days and in some cases sunburn can be worse as people may have a false sense of safety when there’s no direct sun exposure.

 

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