6 top health tips from Australian experts
The internet is to blame for most flawed health philosophies - one scroll through Instagram and you'd be forgiven for thinking a daily smoothie bowl and Lululemon leggings equals eternal life. With so much - often conflicting - health advice out there, sorting the good from the bad can be downright overwhelming. We asked six experts in health, wellbeing and fitness for their best piece of advice, no filter required.
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1. Larina Robinson, accredited practising dietitian and nutritionist at The Body Dietetics
"Take a more well-rounded approach to health. Your brain, your stomach and the rest of your body are not separate entities. Food is the foundation to healthy living, but exercise further enhances the benefits of a healthy diet. Relaxation and social interaction brings it all together by benefiting the mind. Working on all aspects of your health will see you achieve a greater overall wellness."
2. Nadia Felsch, wholefoods recipe developer at nadiafelsch.com
"Instead of detoxing and dieting, why not 'crowd-out' your diet with so much vibrant wholefoods goodness that there's little room left for much else! Fill up (without the rules!) on fruit and vegetables, unprocessed grains, legumes, nuts and quality animal products like dairy, meat and seafood."
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3. Lisa Guy, naturopath and health writer at The Art of Healing
"There's lots of lovely seasonal superfoods available at this time of year including mango, papaya, blueberries and cherries. These highly nutritious fruits are rich in protective antioxidants, vitamin C and beta-carotene, which strengthen our immune defences and help prevent free radical damage and other illnesses. Papaya contains enzymes that boost protein digestion, mangoes can help alleviate inflammation in the body, and cherries can help improve your body's natural sleep pattern as they contain melatonin."
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4. Katie Williams, beach sprinter, surf lifesaving champion and sports reporter
"Get walking! Walking is an amazing way to spike serotonin in the brain, flooding our body with that feel good response. Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, meet for a walk! This is a great habit to get into."
5. Duncan Peak, master yogi and founder of Power Living
"Introduce yourself to the bridge pose! Any back-bending posture brings energy into the body. In bridge pose we use the earth below to fully harness the power of the legs to bring energy into the body as we open up through the heart centre. This is an excellent posture for rebalancing the body as the bridge pose will rejuvenate you and you'll become more alert in body and mind. It also improves circulation and relieves symptoms of fatigue. It's also great for stress management."
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6. Melissa Ambrosini, self love teacher, melissaambrosini.com
"Meditate! Meditation is the quickest way to calm your mind, release stress and let go of overwhelming thoughts. All it takes is a few moments to stop and breathe deeply into your belly. Give it a go and see how you feel. Here's a simple meditation.
1. Find somewhere quiet where you won't be disturbed. Turn off your phone and remove any distractions.
2. Sit upright in a chair or cross-legged on the floor with your lower back supported. Make sure you are comfortable. Your spine should be straight, your chin slightly tucked in, and your eyes and lips gently closed.
3. Relax your shoulders and take a deep breath in through your nose for four counts, hold for two counts and slowly release the air out through your nose for four counts. Focus all your attention on your breath. Whenever your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to your breath and keep going. Continue this for five to ten minutes. That's it - you're meditating!
This is an ancient Indian technique called pranayama. It's incredibly powerful and something I use daily. Start by aiming for just five to ten minutes each day and slowly increase to twenty minutes or longer."
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