Ageing, it gives you experience, knowledge, wisdom and perspective. Unfortunately it can also bring some health challenges such as changes to the function and health of your eyes.

As one of our primary senses maintaining the health and function of your eyes for as long as possible can make a big difference to your quality of life. Now while you weren’t built to last forever there are a number of things that you can do to hang on to your health as you age. To understand the impact of certain diet and lifestyle interventions, let’s first look at some of the basic physiology of the eyes.

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We have 206 bones in the adult human skeleton; the point where 2 bones connect is called a joint, we have a total of 360 joints in the body – some of these connect the tiny bones in our inner ear – others are more obvious, such as our knee or elbow joints. Our skeleton provides us with structure, but without our joints it would be a rigid, very difficult to move structure. While different joints have slightly different functions, most of them are there to provide us with movement – from fine motor movement in the hands, to turning the head, bending our knees to walk, pivoting at the hips, moving our spine and nearly every range of motion you can think of (including some in the inner ear you probably haven’t thought of at all!).

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How is your breathing right now?  Obviously functional, you’re still alive – but is it rapid, shallow or perhaps you even notice you’re holding it every now and then?  Where are your shoulders?  Slumped forward or perhaps elevated so high it looks like they’re attached to your ears?  Another giveaway sign is muscular tension – perhaps it’s in your brow, your jaw or your hands – clenching, gripping, cramping or clicking away periodically.

In case you haven’t guessed it, these are just some of the common physical presentations of stress, there are many more such as low mood, irritability, changes in appetite and poor sleeping patterns.  The list goes on and if left unchecked, can lead to some serious negative effects on your health.

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Lester’s Oil Kids is a combination of natural food derived nutrients that provide vital building blocks to help your child to meet their growth and development milestones.

The brain and nerves are responsible for the function of every system in the body and one of the most important nutrients for healthy brain and nerve tissue is fat. The brain is made up of about 60% fat making omega 3 essential fatty acids, vital building blocks for the healthy growth, development and function of our brain and nervous system.

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking about brain health and the role of basic nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as key natural extracts play in the maintenance of a healthy brain, specifically looking at the role they have in the prevention of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease. Read the first articles in the series here ‘Factors affecting the health of your brain’ and ‘Curcumin: a preventative compound for Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Treat Mum or have fun making this guilt-free, chocolate mousse dessert with the kids this Mother’s Day.

Watch people’s reactions after eating it when you tell them the main ingredient was avocado! They never would’ve guessed!


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When Daniel King’s mother was diagnosed with a serious blood ailment, he decided there was more that he could do than simply be a supportive son. As a scientist he began researching and before long About Health was born…

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Keeping our brain healthy and functioning to its full potential requires many factors – such as balanced nutrition, clean environment and minimal bumps to the head – which we covered in our recent article ‘Factors affecting the health of your brain’.
Due to the increasing age of the global population and the rising incidence of dementia and other neurological conditions, there is a lot of research going on in the field of brain health – both with a view towards treatment, and increasingly, towards prevention. Many natural extracts have been studied for their potential ability to influence the health of our brains – while there is some encouraging work with a few extracts showing treatment potential in animals, the real strength of natural extracts at this stage is proving to be more in the area of prevention.

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Normally we don’t talk about the financial side of health, or ill health; but with winter rapidly approaching I’m reminded of a phrase that I hear a lot at this time of the year “I just can’t afford to get sick”. Usually people are referring to being so busy or not being able to take time off from work or looking after their family, some of this concern is related to finances (i.e. not enough sick leave) but most of it is related to inconvenience. That’s the perspective as an individual. When we look at the cost to the New Zealand economy as a whole you can see a significant impact on the economy – in 2012 workplace absence cost us $1.2 billion dollars. Interestingly, most of the absence from the workplace – up to 84% each year in fact, is due to minor illnesses, such as colds, ‘flu, stomach bugs and headaches.

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The human brain is vastly complex; it is made up of an estimated 10 billion interconnected neurons as well as blood vessels and other cells that support the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is made up of the brain as well as the spinal cord; the peripheral nervous system (PNS) comprises of nerves throughout the body. Together the CNS and PNS control every function in the body from the subconscious such as breathing, the cognitive such as learning and memory and the physical such as walking. Signals from the brain (CNS) to the body (PNS) are carried on nerve fibres, so healthy neuronal cells and nerve conduction is essential for the efficient functioning of the body.

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