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Blog articles to help you adopt a healthier lifestyle. Discover the benefits of eating healthier, regular exercise, and prioritising your mental health.  Start with small consistent changes, choose one simple action you can do every day and build momentum and confidence in your ability to prioritise self-care, and improve the quality of your life.

Building Resilience: Coping Skills for Life’s Challenges

Building Resilience: Coping Skills for Life’s Challenges

Life is full of ups and downs for all of us, and our ability to bounce back from challenges is what defines resilience. Resilience is not just about surviving difficult situations, but thriving despite them. It’s a crucial life skill that supports our mental health and overall well-being. In this blog, we’ll cover the psychological foundations of resilience and provide you with some practical,...

Sleep and Mental Health: Understanding the Link

Sleep and Mental Health: Understanding the Link

Have you ever noticed how a bad night’s sleep can make everything feel harder the next day? That’s because sleep and mental health are deeply connected. At Integrated Health Specialists, we see firsthand how sleep quality impacts our clients’ mental well-being and overall health. In this blog, we’ll explore the science behind this connection, examine some of the consequences of sleep deprivation...

Physical Activity and Mental Health: The Hidden Link

Physical Activity and Mental Health: The Hidden Link

It’s well known that exercise keeps our bodies healthy, but each year, its impact on our mental wellbeing is gaining more recognition among health professionals and the public alike. Engaging in physical activity triggers chemical changes in the brain, like the release of endorphins (often referred to as ‘feel-good’ hormones) which can elevate our mood and combat stress. But...

Combining Psychology and Nutrition for Mental Wellness

Combining Psychology and Nutrition for Mental Wellness

When we talk about looking after our mental health, it’s easy to focus just on our thoughts and feelings. But there’s another piece of the puzzle that’s just as important: What we eat. It turns out, the way we feel and the food we choose are closely linked. This idea is at the heart of combining psychology and nutrition for mental wellness. It’s not just about eating...

From Weight Loss to Chronic Pain: Functional Medicine is Key

From Weight Loss to Chronic Pain: Functional Medicine is Key

When most of the world treats illness today, it focuses on isolated symptoms and diseases. And it makes sense at first glance: Suffering from an illness? Take a medication that treats the illness. Need surgery? Book yourself in for that! However, this approach fails so many people in failing to look at the bigger picture. That’s where functional medicine comes in. What is functional medicine?...

Epigenetics: Switching Your Weight Loss Genes ON and OFF

Epigenetics: Switching Your Weight Loss Genes ON and OFF

The term ‘epigenetics’ has been around for over a hundred years, and yet, there is still so much we don’t understand about it. However, as the research into the field of epigenetics processes – scientists are uncovering more astonishing information about how your genes (DNA) and your epigenome affect many things from your health, your likelihood to develop certain diseases, your ability to...

Weight Loss and Your Genes: What We Know

Weight Loss and Your Genes: What We Know

Weight loss is a phrase that’s on many people’s minds at the moment, especially given it’s the start of a new year. Burning off those calories and ‘losing that holiday weight gain’ are messages that you’re probably seeing in your Facebook and Instagram feeds right now, not to mention on your morning television programs, and just about everywhere else you look. Diet ads are creeping not-so-slowly...

Why Diet and Exercise Alone Won’t Help You to Lose Weight

Why Diet and Exercise Alone Won’t Help You to Lose Weight

The diet industry (worth BILLIONS of dollars each year) would have us believe that weight loss is simply a matter of numbers: The number of calories eaten. The number of calories burned off. The number of hours spent in the gym versus the number of treats we put into our mouths. But if the diet industry’s huge success can tell us anything, it’s that diets don’t work, and focusing on just diet...

Why Caloric Deficit IS NOT a Silver Bullet for Weight Loss

Why Caloric Deficit IS NOT a Silver Bullet for Weight Loss

Have you been struggling with your weight? You’re not alone. In fact, millions of adult Australians struggle with their weight. You’ve probably even been to a doctor or seen a personal trainer who tells you it’s a simple matter of ‘calories in versus calories out’ or espouses the benefits of a ‘caloric deficit’. The question is: If weight loss were a simple matter of achieving a caloric deficit,...

6 Post-lockdown Fitness Tips

6 Post-lockdown Fitness Tips

Now that lockdown restrictions are easing, gyms and fitness studios are opening back up, and things are starting to return to a new version of normal, many of you are probably thinking about getting back into your pre-lockdown fitness routines. However, unsurprisingly, for many Australians, our fitness and healthy eating habits went into hibernation during the lockdown. If that’s true for you,...

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