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How to Deal with your Allegies

March 21st, 2014
Allergic disease is on the rise in many western nations, with Australia having one of the highest allergy rates in the entire world. Around one in five Australians have at least one allergic disease, with num bers also high across the Tasman in New Zealand. People are increasingly searching for information and treatment options to help manage allergic conditions, through medication, natural supplements, and desensitisation. All allergies are a type of inflammation that occurs when the body comes into contact with something specific in the environment. There are a wide range of allergies out there, including common conditions such as asthma, hay-fever, eczema, and allergic reactions to insects such as ants and bees. There are also a growing number of food allergies recorded around the world, with around 10 percent of Aussie and Kiwi children having some sort of food allergy. The top eight food allergies in the world are dairy, eggs, shellfish, fish, tree nuts, soy, wheat, and peanuts. Different countries are affected more by certain food groups, with dairy, eggs, and peanuts causing the most concern in this part of the world. While many allergies can be self-diagnosed and easily managed, others can lead to serious life-threatening reactions…

The Many Uses of Beer

March 16th, 2014

While beer is definitely made for drinking, there are lots of other ways to enjoy the world’s favourite amber beverage. From cooking and washing through to cleaning and polishing, beer is a more versatile product than many people think. If you want to learn about the many faces of beer and get to know an old friend from a new […]

GDP Grows in December Quarter

March 14th, 2014

Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP) figures were up 0.8 percent in the December quarter, with 2.8 percent growth recorded for 2013. With household spending and investment figures also up for the quarter, growth largely exceeded expectations heading into 2014. If the economy keeps growing faster than forecast, further interest rate cuts are unlikely and a rate rise is even a […]

First Home Buyers at New Lows

March 7th, 2014

Rising house prices continue to keep first home buyers out of the market, despite overall growth in total lending and interest rate cuts over the last two years. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, first home buyers are at their lowest level since records began in July 1991, accounting for just 12.5 percent of the owner occupier market in […]

Food for your Brain

February 28th, 2014

Eating well is not only good for your physical health, but can also boost your mental facilities. The brain is a complex organ that requires certain sugars and nutrients, and some foods help much more than others. While your doctor is not going to write you a script for coconut oil or blueberries any time soon, links have been found […]

What is Upcycling?

February 21st, 2014

The Upcycling revival is gaining momentum, as householders increasingly look for sustainable and budget friendly ways to make the old new again. Upcycling is the p rocess of re-using waste materials and unwanted products to create something useful, a process that can be applied to all aspects of modern living. From simple gift making through to furniture and interior design, […]

Return of the Beard

February 14th, 2014

After a few long decades away from the spotlight, the mighty beard is once again back in fashion. From the footy fields of Sydney to the fashion shows of Milan, an increasing number of men are embracing their facial follicles. Has the beard become just another fashion accessory in a world obsessed with image, or are we witnessing a true […]

Dollar Climbs as Rates on Hold

February 14th, 2014

The Australian dollar regained ground in early February, climbing over 2 cents in one week from a low of 86.5 US cents. The move came on the back of a decision by the Reserve Bank to leave the official cash rate at 2.5 percent. While the currency market is always hard to predict, an increasing number of analysts are expecting […]

The Chinese Investment Boom

February 7th, 2014

Money continues to flow into the Australian property market from Chinese investors, with prestige properties snapped up and sites secured for landmark developments. The Chinese have a growing presence in all capital cities, with Sydney and Melbourne particularly popular with individual buyers and Chinese investment groups. With low interest rates likely to continue and new residential developments on the horizon, […]

The Psychology of Interior Design

January 31st, 2014

Does your home ever get you down, or does it make you feel happy about your place in the world? According to some experts, we can make our homes feel new again by paying close attention to the principles and psychology of interior design. The psychology of interior design merges two seemingly unrelated concepts, in an effort to make living […]

Raw Food Diet

January 24th, 2014

The raw food movement began in the 1970s, and has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Raw foodists generally eat a diet that is free from meat and processed products, with either very little or no cooked food consumed. While raw food proponents make claims of improved health, enhanced energy levels, and disease prevention, this growing health trend […]