Women's Health Australia April 2019

Women’s Health Australia's mission is to help Aussie women feel happier and healthier (every single day!) with the ideal mix of fitness, food, nutrition, mindfulness, wellness, fitspo fashion and beauty, plus so much more.

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in this issue

2 min
always believe

There are so many reasons I love this issue but the main one is the woman beaming out at you from this month’s cover: Sam Frost. Why the major fan-girl moment? For starters, she’s smart, funny, hardworking (most days she’s up at the crack of dawn to film scenes for Home and Away, the TV show she’s starred in since the start of 2018) and doesn’t mind busting out a few moves on the set of our photoshoot to keep the crew entertained. And while she’s a regular exerciser, vegetarian and eats well 90 per cent of the time, she’s also a self-confessed lover of hot chips and gravy (who isn’t?). But the reason at the very top of the list? In our interview, she opens up about an issue…

4 min
ask women’s health

THE BIG QUESTION I love a sandwich for lunch – how can I build the perfect one? Answer Let’s hear it for the humble sanga: it’s the ultimate convenience food, a blank canvas for exciting flavour combos, and – with a little thought and care – a nutritional winner. Dietitian Alex Parker from The Biting Truth shares her guide to a perfectly crafted sambo: The bread: “Track down the grainiest bread possible. Wholegrain breads contain more nutrients and fibre and keep us feeling fuller for much longer. A soft, wholegrain sourdough has a great texture for sandwiches.” The spread: “Replace butter with some avocado or hummus. They’re a much healthier option and provide a nice dose of fats, which help your body to absorb vitamins A, D, E and K. Tip? Avoid creamy mayonnaise…

1 min
on our radar

FEM FINANCE We retire with an average of 47 per cent less savings than men, so we’re on board with new female-focused superannuation fund Verve Super. It’s aiming to close the super gap with services and investments that support women. vervesuper.com.au NATURAL GLOW What’s better than a tan? A fake one. Tan Tootie is a non-toxic self-tanning mousse that uses – wait for it – sugar beets to deliver a deep faux glow, and green-tea extract for a firm finish. tantootie.com FLAVOUR FIX Treat your sweet tooth with Lori’s Wholesome Pantry cookies. They come in delish, home-style flavours, such as carrot cake and apple crumble, but they’re made with whole foods and sans gluten, soy or dairy. wholesomepantry.net.au WHITE OUT White shirts are a classic, so buying another just makes good style sense – especially if it’s…

1 min
i saw it on instagram... celery juice

FALSE “There’s no evidence in humans linking celery juice consumption to improvements in gut healing. If anything, it may worsen IBS symptoms as celery is high in FODMAPS.” TRUE “Packed with vitamins A, K, C and B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, folate and phosphorus. Celery’s also hydrating. But you don’t have to juice it for these benefits!” NAH “You have the only detoxing system you need – a liver. Celery juice doesn’t detox the body, liver or bloodstream. It also doesn’t change the body’s pH levels.” TOO RIGHT “A good source of antioxidants. Plus, one cup of celery juice provides roughly 4g of fibre which can assist with blood-glucose control, blood-cholesterol levels and also with satiety.” 3 THE NUMBER OF YEARS YOU COULD DELAY THE ONSET OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE BY FOLLOWING THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET. TURNS OUT ADHERENTS TO…

1 min
discuss health

BUTTING HEADS We’re more likely to suffer from migraines than blokes – and there’s a new theory why. The University of Arizona research suggests men could have four times more NHE1 brain cells than women. So? The fewer the NHE1 cells, the more pain signalled to the brain. If you’re suffering, consider acupuncture – a Cochrane review concluded at least six sessions could be a valuable part of migraine treatment. A sharp solution, indeed. Pose Away Pain If you’re wrangling period cramps and the medicinal Cadbury’s block isn’t cutting it, might we suggest booking into a yoga or stretch class. After reviewing studies on more than 2300 women, a team from Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute ranked three period-pain-tackling therapies in order of effectiveness. Low-intensity exercise came out on top, followed…

1 min
discuss beauty

Skin Sip Not only is kombucha a winner for your gut, it works wonders on your skin, too. The latest buch-based buys offer brightening and smoothing properties. Drink up with this lot: TRUE COLOURS Move over purple shampoos and conditioners, the new way to banish brassiness in blonde hair is with a tinted foam . Blow-dry Joico’s Blonde Life Brilliant Tone Violet Smoothing Foam, $33.95, into your mane after a shower. Bonus: it won’t weigh hair down (even the fine kind).…