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Can you get rid of a humped back? (Dowager’s hump or hyperkyphosis)

Dowager’s hump. The hump on our back that typically increases with old age. Is it inevitable? Can it be avoided or reduced? What is a  Dowager’s hump? A normal back has a curve outwards between the shoulder and lower ribs, called a kyphosis. After around 40 years of age this begins to increase in angle […]

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Are your menopause symptoms caused by low testosterone?

I’ve written previous posts on menopause, but this is a topic I do want to address as little has been written about it. Back in 2013, I was struggling post menopause. I’d officially hit menopause (over a year since menstruation). I was studying post grad, advanced topics in micronutrients. Here is what I noticed: Memory […]

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Ice baths after intense exercise do NOT reduce inflammation or speed recovery

Optimal muscle care after intensive exercise I was always under the impression that those icy dips the New Zealand All Blacks are known for are necessary, i.e. proven, to reduce inflammation and speed muscle recovery after their intense training sessions. Not so according to research carried out in several countries. Ice baths look to be […]

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Julianne october 2015

Menopause update: diet, exercise and supplements

This is a follow up from my previous post: “Menopause sucks, even on a paleo diet” It’s just over a year on. I’ve been playing with diet and exercise and menopause supplements. Trying to get back that feeling of pre-menopausal normality and trying to ward what aging is doing to my body. Here’s what I […]

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Menopause update. A simple strength test that correlates with mortality

My body has recently gone through a big marker of the aging process and I’m now officially menopausal, this milestone has made me increasingly interested in the state of old age.  When one realises that there are far fewer years left to live than one has already lived, it becomes increasingly important to make them […]

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Summer – it is time to sunbathe at midday without sunblock to get your Vitamin D

Apologies to all our Northern Hemisphere friends. But this is New Zealand, and at last the days are starting to get warm enough to strip down to a t-shirt. The length of our shadows are now shorter than our bodies which means we can now make vitamin D ourselves, simply by letting the sun shine […]

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