Menopause and Irregular Heart Beat

Irregular heartbeat is one of the more concerning menopause symptoms. Bouts of pounding, rapid heartbeat scare many women because of their sudden onset and the difficulty in calming them. One of the causes of these symptoms during menopause is hormonal imbalance. Estrogen deficiency can over-stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems, causing irregular heartbeat and palpitations,…

Basic tomato sauce

Ingredients 1kg tomatoes ¼ cup olive oil 1 large brown onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 strip lemon rind 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 bouquet garni (A bouquet garni is a bunch of herbs used to flavour soups and sauces. Look for them in the spice aisle of your supermarket, or you can…

Italian-style chicken drumsticks

Ingredients (serve 4) 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 sticks celery, thinly sliced 100g pancetta or bacon, chopped (optional) 2½ cups cooked tomato sauce (see related recipe) ½ cup chicken stock 12 chicken drumsticks 1 lemon, cut into wedges ¾ cup black or green olives 1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped Method Preheat oven to…

Best and Worst Drinks for Weight

Drink kilograms Away Many of us watch what we eat but not what we drink when on a diet. Choosing the right drinks can tweak your metabolism, curb your appetite, and help cut calories. Which drinks are spoilers and which are helpers on the path to weight loss? Spoiler: soft drinks Every time you chug…

Beef and lentil slice

Ingredients (serve 4) olive oil cooking spray 2 slices soy, linseed or rye bread 2 small red onions 2 carrots, peeled, trimmed 450g extra-lean beef mince 400g can lentils, drained, rinsed 1 egg white, lightly beaten ½ cup beef stock 100g mixed baby salad leaves 1/3 cup Chutney, warmed   Method Preheat oven to 180°C.…

Zucchini, sweet potato & feta frittata

Ingredients (serve 4) 700g sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2-3cm cubes 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 medium zucchini (baby marrow), ends trimmed, coarsely grated 125g reduced fat feta, crumbled ¼ cup basil leaves, shredded 80g baby mixed salad 6 tomatoes, quartered lengthways 1 onion, chopped 6 eggs, lightly beaten Method…

5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Manpower

A testosterone shortage could cost you your life. As if losing muscle mass, bone density, and your sex drive to low testosterone levels wasn’t bad enough, new research shows the decline can also increase your risk of prostate cancer, heart disease, and even death. Follow these steps to lift your levels and lengthen your life.…

Menopause and Digestive Problems

Digestive problems are defined as changes in gastrointestinal function, with symptoms such as excessive gas production, gastrointestinal cramping, and nausea. There are a couple of reasons why menopausal women might be experiencing more digestive problems than previously: hormonal imbalance disrupts the natural transit of food in the gut, and stress has an adverse effect on…