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A Registered Nurse, Rowena has completed a Bachelor of Media and Communications and a Masters of Nursing at the University of Sydney. After working as a journalist for many years, Rowena is now a freelance writer and has combined her love of writing with her passion for health care on a national and global level. While studying Rowena gained invaluable experience in hospitals, community health and general practice and developed a particular interest in the political, social and economical issues affecting healthy ageing. Helping consumers to make educated choices, Rowena explores current issues, trends and research in health.

 

From a family of doctors and nurses, Rowena’s interest in health developed at an early age. Realising her skills lay in research and writing, she purused a freelance career that has allowed her to explore health issues through feature articles, blogs and copywriting.

Blog entries by Rowena Ryan

  • Caloric restriction slows aging

    Using caloric restriction to slow the aging process

    Aging is an inevitable part of life and each year there are thousands of products that claim “anti-aging” effects. While there are num..Read more

    Aging is an inevitable part of life and there are thousands of products claiming “anti-aging” effects. Research suggests caloric restriction will slow aging

  • How do you manage depression?

    The drug-free way to avoid and manage depression

    Large question marks continue to hang over antidepressants as a way to manage depression.

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    Not everyone will benefit from taking antidepressants to manage depression, but there are simple steps we can all take to try and lift our mood.

  • Best antioxidants for skincare

    Antioxidants: your skin’s best defense

    The best antioxidants for skincare come in both oral and topical form. Here..Read more

    The best antioxidants for skincare come in both oral and topical form. Here we explain how you can slow, or even prevent, aging skin with antioxidants.

  • How body fat affects our skin

    Excess body fat can have a dramatic impact on our skin

    Carrying too much weight around is a health risk all on its own, but the way body fat affects our skin can be dramatic, and hard to rev..Read more

    Carrying too much weight around is a health risk all on its own, but the way body fat affects our skin can be dramatic, and hard to undo.

  • Testing cortisol levels

    What is a cortisol blood test?

    Cortisol mobilizes our biological resources to repair and protect the body during time..Read more

    Cortisol is a key hormone that our body produces when we are stressed, and here we explain why testing cortisol levels is important as we age.

  • The benefits of laughing

    Can laughter really benefit your health?

    There is an old adage about laughter being the best medicine, and it is quite true: there are many benefits of laughin..Read more

    The saying that 'laughter is the best medicine' is quite true: there are many benefits of laughing, particularly in relation to our health.

  • Winter-proof your skin

    Keep your skin healthy in winter

    Winter is not just dreary for the spirit, it’s also hard on the skin. Here we outline si..Read more

    Keep your skin healthy in winter Winter is not just dreary for the spirit, it’s also hard on the skin. Here we outline simple steps to winter-proof your skin and keep it glowing during the cold. If you live in a country that experiences cold and dry winters, you know how low humidity weather affects […]

  • Heart rate during exercise

    Aim for maximum heart rate during exercise to reap the benefits

    Your heart rate during exercise serves as an unbiased indicator of exercise intensity, whether it’s commu..Read more

    Heart rate during exercise is an unbiased indicator of exercise intensity, so what rate should you aim for, and what training will help you reach it?

  • Basic stretches for safer exercise

    The importance of stretching properly

    To get the best muscle performance and reduce the risk of injury, a workout that includes basic stretches is vital. Experts recommend you perform bas..Read more

    To reduce the risk of injury, a workout that includes basic stretches is vital. Here we outline some of the best stretches to perform.

  • Folate benefits

    There are a myriad of folate benefits

    Folate benefits include supporting cardiovascular health, treating hearing los..Read more

    Folate benefits include preventing heart disease, and improving insulin sensitivity, age-related hearing loss and major depression.

  • Lycopene health benefits

    Lycopene and its role in preventing prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and Alzheimer's

    Lycopene health benefits are wide-ranging, so if you’re looking for foods to help slow aging, look..Read more

    Lycopene health benefits are wide ranging, and include reducing the risk of prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and Alzheimer's.

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