Everything you need to know about vitamin intake

We all know that vitamins and minerals – whether we get them from fresh fruit and vegetables or supplements – are essential for our health. But how do we know if we’re not getting enough? And how can we be sure our medications aren’t affecting our vitamin absorption?

Lucky for you, we’ve got the answers to all your questions.

1. Signs of deficiency

Vitamin deficiency can manifest itself in a number of ways that can mimic symptoms of other conditions, so if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s worth a visit to your GP.

  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Small wounds that take a long time to heal
  • Unexpected bruises
  • Dull, brittle nails
  • Spots, stripes and ridges on the nails
  • Brittle hair
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Poor concentration
  • Lack of energy

2. Which vitamin does what

We all know the basics, like that calcium is essential for healthy bones and that beta carotene (which turns into vitamin A) is good for eyesight, but what do the rest do? Let’s find out.

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6 warning signs of appendicitis

Last year, more than 25,000 Australians admitted to hospital were diagnosed with acute appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix). If left untreated, the appendix can burst and become life-threatening. As a result, appendicectomy (removal of the appendix) is often the most common emergency surgery performed in hospitals around the country.

But if it happened to you, would you know what to look out for? Here, we’re taking a look at six of the most common warning signs of appendicitis.

1. Nausea and vomiting

Often appendicitis sufferers mistake symptoms like nausea, vomiting and a lack of appetite for a stomach bug. However, these are also signs of an inflamed appendix, as it can impact other parts of the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system.

2. Constant urge to urinate

In some people, the appendix is located closer to the bladder. As a result, when it becomes inflamed, it can place pressure on the bladder, making it too become inflamed and irritated. This can increase your urge to pee and, in some cases, can cause discomfort or pain when urinating.

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“How I kept the weight off”: Susie Elelman reveals secret to her weight loss

usie Elelman is not only one of Australia’s most beloved media personalities, but she’s also one of the nation’s biggest weight loss success stories.

At her heaviest, Elelman weighed around 135 kg. But it wasn’t until she was shamed for her weight that she decided to make a change.

Now, over a decade since she released her first best-selling book Half My Size, Elelman has beat the odds and kept her 50-plus kilos off, and she’s got a new book to share her wisdom with others going through the same journey.

Over60 spoke to Elelman to find out the secrets to her weight loss success.

Tell us about your weight loss journey – what made you decide to lose the weight? How did you do it?

I’ve had a weight problem all my life, but I knew I had to really get serious when I’d reached a size 22. I’ve since managed to shed in excess of 50 kilograms (yes, I’ve lost more than Posh Spice weighs) and am now half my size and back down to a size 12.

Having been constantly on or off a ‘diet’ for most of my adult life, my weight has fluctuated vastly as a result, but it wasn’t until I implemented some permanent lifestyle changes that I’ve been able to make a long-term difference to my size and shape and keep most of my weight off for more than 10 years.

The real question should probably be, how did I put all that weight on in the first place? I explain that complex issue in my new book Still Half My Size.

Being an emotional eater, one important lifestyle change has been to not use food for anything other than being hungry.

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5 simple tips to fix dry hair

As we age, our hair is just one of the parts of our body that goes through a drastic change. Aside from the obvious (going grey), it also becomes thinner, drier, duller, and you may experience some hair loss.

But thankfully, you can take steps to ensure your hair looks as healthy as possible no matter what your age.

Here are five tips to help you rejuvenate and remoisturise dry, dull hair.

1. Get the temperature right

You might like your showers extra hot, but too much heat can force the hair shalt open, and if your hair is dry or damaged, the shaft won’t be able to close fully and the moisture will seep right out. Instead, keep the water warm during washing then finish with a cool rinse to make your hair look shinier.

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4 best cruise destinations for wine lovers

Over60 native article for Flight Centre

If you ask us, the best part about travelling is the opportunity to sink yourself into the local culture, and what better way to do just that than to indulge in the region’s signature food and wine. Whether you’re a foodie or a wine lover (or both!), Europe has so much to offer.

Bordeaux gets all the glory and attention for its wines, but there are so many more incredible wine regions scattered not only throughout France but also Germany.

So, grab a glass, put your feet up and join us on a trip down the Moselle, Rhine and Rhône rivers as we take a look at four of the best destinations for wine lovers.

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Eating more of this could slow brain ageing by 11 years

When it comes to eating healthy, you can’t really go wrong with fruit and veg. But just as some fruits are healthier than others, some vegetables have are more nutrient-dense and have more health benefits than others – namely, leafy greens.

Leafy greens – kale, spinach, rocket etc. – have been found not only to help reduce bloatinglower cholesterol and maintain healthy eyesight, but a new study has found they could also slow down brain ageing by up to 11 years.

Researchers from the Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago discovered that people who eat at least one serve of leafy greens each day experience slower rates of cognitive decline and memory loss.

They examined the diets of 960 people with an average age of 81, testing their thinking and memory skills every year for an average of 4.7 years along with how often they consumed a half-cup serving of either spinach, kale or collard greens or a one-cup serving of lettuce.

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6 things you never knew about David Bowie

It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since David Bowie’s death, but as devastating as his loss was to his fans and his peers, at least his music and his legacy will endure forever. So to celebrate his life, we’re taking a look at some little-known facts about the music icon.

1. Why he changed his name

When David Robert Jones decided to pursue his music career, The Monkees were at the height of their fame, and David was worried he would become confused with Davy Jones. So he changed his name to Bowie, and the rest is history! In a letter to a 14-year-old fan in 1967, Bowie wrote that his manager told him, “Nobody’s going to make a monkey out of you”.

2. His eyes are NOT different colours

Contrary to popular belief, Bowie did not have heterochromia, a genetic condition resulting in two different coloured eyes. However, he did have another ocular quirk – aniscoria, a permanently dilated pupil. It happened after a 15-year-old Bowie and his friend George Underwood got into a fight over a girl, and Underwood’s fingernail accidentally sliced Bowie’s eye. Luckily, there were no hard feelings and the two later collaborated several times.

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6 secrets of famous people who lived to 100 and over

Everyone’s searching for the secret to a long, happy and healthy life but most of the time, it’s a bit of a lottery.

That being said, there are plenty of steps we can all take to get us a little closer to reaching 100. And where better to turn to for advice than some of the most famous centenarians in history?

From Hollywood royalty to actual royalty, these tips and pearls of wisdom might just be what you need to attain those elusive triple digits.

1. Olivia de Havilland

Olivia, 101, and her sister Joan Fontaine, who passed away at the impressive age of 96, certainly have good genes when it comes to longevity. As for when her time comes, however, the Gone with the Wind actress knows exactly how she wants to go.

“I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life, I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise longue, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a flute of champagne beside me and having just discovered the answer to the last problem in a British cryptic crossword.”

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How your facial expressions affect your mind and body

We’ve all heard that faking a smile can actually make you feel happier, but you might not know about all the other ways your facial expression can impact your mood and even your body.

From improving your memory to protecting your heart health and even boosting your self-confidence, here are five little facial expression tricks for you to try.

1. Improve your memory by moving your eyes

You’ve just made it to the shops and the horror sets in – did I lock the front door? If you can’t remember, try moving your eyes from side to side for 30 seconds. According to a UK study, this simple exercise increases recall by 10 per cent by forcing the right and left parts of the brain to work together.

2. Avoid squinting to stay happy

It’s time to whip those sunglasses out! The sun may be shining, but you won’t be if you keep squinting. Italian researchers found that since squinting uses the same muscles as frowning, much the same as faking a smile makes you happier, squinting and frowning can bring on aggression.

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