Building Sandcastles in Your Eyes?

Have you ever felt like your eyes have sand in them? Is it confusing to be told you have dry eyes, when there are times your eyes overflow with tears? Do your eyes feel more tired than your body? All this can mean you have an unstable tear film, or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Bizarrely, it has a lot more to do with  a good old fashioned jelly slice.

It has a thin biscuit base, with a thick custard like centre and a thin topping of jelly. And it just doesn’t work if any of the layers are missing. A normal tear film is just like this. It has a thin mucus layer, a thick salt water layer and a thin oil layer. Each layer has a different job. They mucus layer attaches the salt water layer to the front of the eye.

The salt water layer has lots of nutrients to feed the front of the eye. The oil layer evenly spreads out the tears, lubricates when you blink and stops the tears evaporating. There are some health conditions that affect the mucus or salt water layers in the tear film, but most ‘dry eyes’ are actually from a not-so-good oil layer. When the Meibomian glands can’t produce good oil, then the tears dry out in patches (causing the lacrimal gland to try and compensate with lots of salt water and makes it look like you are crying), and your eyes will feel tired and blinking a lot gives some relief, but it doesn’t last.

The Meibomian glands (oil glands) are in the lids and they can get clogged up with medications or with age (and menopause) or systemic conditions such as Thyroid problems, Lupus, or Arthritis. They can also be treated to make the gland produce better oils which gives better quality of life, less tiredness from eyes drying, less irritation and more reliable vision. Some treatments are done at home and don’t cost a cent. Other times a more involved treatment is needed in office and other treatment requires drops (sometimes a honey based one works best). The biggest thing is that you don’t just have to put up with it! Get it checked out at your local optometrist.


Stay Above the Weather this Cold and Flu Season

It’s not the end of the world, but you can often feel that way when you’re run down with sickness, especially in winter. We’ve got a few hot tips to get you through the next few months.

Take your fight-amins
If your Vitamin D levels run on empty in winter, there goes one of your body’s lines of defence. It does a great job of encouraging your body to fight off
colds. FACT: according to Canadian researchers, taking 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 a week may cut your risk of upper respiratory infection in half.

Make your face a handsfree zone
Unless you’re thinking about introducing sterile surgical gloves into your winter wardrobe, keep your mitts off your mug. People who touch their eyes and nose are 41% more likely to develop frequent upper respiratory infections than folks who go handsfree, according to a study conducted by the Journal of Occupational Health.

Say hello to yoghurt
Cold and flu viruses may just have an Achilles heel more common than you’d think – Greek yoghurt! In a study published in Clinical Nutrition, people who consumed a specific stain of probiotics daily reduced their risk of catching one of these bugs by 27%. Try and aim to eat at least one serving a day of Greek yoghurt with live cultures.

Refill your meditation
Contemplate perfect health for yourself and take a moment each day to meditate. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that people who meditated took 76% less sick days then those who needed to keep their zen in check. Meditating helps you to stay focused, calm, and alleviates stress – often when you’re most vulnerable to being run down.

Order a shot
The number one thing you can do to prevent the flu is get vaccinated! Even if another strain infects you, the flu shot helps to reduce symptoms. (PS it’s free for those over 65.)

Sweat it out
Korean researchers report that exercising switches on your immune response so make sure you stay active when you’re sick – even if you don’t feel like it!

Use It, Don’t Lose It

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘use it or lose it’ more than enough times throughout your life, and when it comes to exercising in our later years, it’s an important phrase to remember!

The benefits of exercise are widely accepted throughout each stage of our lives and we have all had different experiences when it comes to the types of exercise we’ve tried.

Whether you participated gymnastics as a youngster, tennis as a teenager, or perhaps joined a gym as an adult, the benefits of exercise can be enjoyed at all ages even if you’re simply going on long walks during retirement.

Physiotherapy & exercises for over 50’s

As we age, however, our flexibility and mobility can decrease, but this doesn’t limit our ability to participate in fun and meaningful exercise.

You’ll be pleased to know that there are many exercises you can try as you get older, and there are people who can help you find the right ones.

Physiotherapists are trained healthcare professionals who are experts in the prescription of exercise in older adults and can help you formulate a suitable exercise regime suitable to your abilities.

When formulating an exercise plan, physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment taking into account medical history, physical function, and most importantly your individual goals!

The benefits of exercise in older adults include:

  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Improved mobility and independence
  • Increased blood circulation
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduction in pain

It’s important to remember that as with many things in life, to experience the full benefits of exercise – consistency is the key! And it’s much easier to keep motivated and consistent in your exercise when it is fun.

Common components of an exercise programs for older adults include:

  • Strength and conditioning training
  • Balance exercise
  • Hydrotherapy / water aerobics
  • Tai Chi
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Group classes
  • Walking
  • Gym
  • Sports such as lawn bowls, golf and tennis

Activities that help you build strength and work on balance also help maintain bone density, improve your coordination, flexibility and mobility as well as reduce your risk of falling.

A physiotherapist specifically trained in older adults will help you determine the appropriate duration, intensity and frequency of exercise required to help you achieve your goals.

So now that you know your physio can help you find some meaningful exercise, it is up to you to “find the time!” Back In Motion Bribie Island have a highly skilled team of physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and podiatrists to help you.

Eye spy… healthy eyes

Are your eyes the healthiest they can be? Here’s a few quick tips that you can put into practice.

  1. Have regular eye tests

An eye test is not just good for checking whether your glasses are up to date. It’s also a vital check on the health of your eyes.

An eye test can pick up eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, as well as general health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Good eyesight is important in reducing accidental injuries from falls and motor vehicle accidents.

  1. Wear the right lenses

An eye test will establish whether you need a different prescription for your glasses or contact lenses.

It’s important to wear the correct prescription lenses. This will improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of accidents such as falls.

You may be entitled to help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses, so ask your optometrist about this.

How to keep your eyes healthy?

  • Eat well – eating a balanced, healthy diet is important for your eyes just as much as it is for your overall health and wellbeing
  • Wear sunglasses – strong sunlight can damage your eyes and may increase your risk of cataracts. Wear sunglasses or contact lenses with a built-in UV filter to protect your eyes from harmful rays
  • Quit smoking – smoking can increase your chances of developing conditions such as cataracts and AMD (Age-related macular degeneration)
  • Stay a healthy weight – being overweight increases your risk of diabetes, which can lead to sight loss.
  • Use good lighting – to see well, your eyes need three times as much light when you’re 60 as they did when you were 20. Increase the daylight in your home by keeping windows clean and curtains pulled back. Make sure you have good electric lighting too, especially at the top and bottom of stairs so you can see the steps clearly. For reading or close work, use a direct light from a flexible table lamp, positioned so the light is not reflected by the page and causing glare.
  • Exercise – good circulation and oxygen intake are important for our eye health. Both of these are stimulated by regular exercise.
  • Sleep well – as you sleep, your eyes are continuously lubricated and irritants, such as dust or smoke, that may have accumulated during the day are cleared out.

The Health Benefits of Avocado Oil

Eating one avocado per week is said to have multiple health benefits, including reducing arthritis symptoms, improving digestion and maintaining a healthy heart.

Maintain a healthy heart
The ‘good’ fats found in avocado oil are monounsaturated oleic acid (omega-9 fatty acid), which is also found in olive oil (also known to be fantastic for your health). Oleic acid has several health benefits including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing the risk of cancer. Avocado oil is also anti-inflammatory, meaning it can help to prevent damage to arterial walls (the walls of blood vessels), a change that may lower the risk of heart disease.

Improve digestion
Do you suffer from heart burn, gas or bloating? Try adding a splash of avocado oil to your food daily. Why? The vitamins, minerals and fatty acids found in avocado oil help you to digest food more easily. While this won’t fix the problem immediately, you might be surprised at how much better you’ll begin to feel.

Strengthen your skin
Avocado oil is a fantastic cooking tool, but have you ever considered using the oil as a body moisturiser? The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents found in avocado oil keeps your skin feeling and looking smooth and supple. The protein, fatty acids and minerals also found in avocado oil moisturise the skin and help protect it from the damage done by UV rays.

Maintain a healthy weight
Did you know that avocado oil can actually help you loose weight? The oleic acid found in avocado oil can prevent weight gain, especially when combined with a healthy diet and weekly exercise. As avocado oil is filled with plenty of nutrients, it will also help you feel fuller and satisfied for much longer, reducing those mid-afternoon cravings.

Reduce arthritis symptoms
Arthritis is a painful condition that affects over three million Australians, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. To alleviate symptoms, sufferers may want to consider adding avocado oil to their diets. Why? Researchers have conducted several studies on the health benefits of avocado oil, and have found that it can reduce the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.

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Cancer Awareness

It is vitally important to take care of your skin the same way you would feed your body the right foods and exercise.

Skin cancers are diagnosed in Australia more than all other types of cancers combined, and over 2000 people die each year from them. Australia’s rate of skin cancer is around 10 times the average in the rest of the world. It is our national cancer. Queensland’s rate is even higher than the rest of Australia.

The people most likely to be affected are those born in or before the 1960s, who did not benefit from the widespread health campaign to “Slip Slop Slap”, which started in the early 1980s. High levels of sun exposure in childhood, teenage and early adulthood is the best predictor of future skin cancers. Those who migrated to Australia (or Queensland, from a cooler part or Australia), after the age of 30 are much less likely to have problems with this disease. Those who worked outdoors for a major part of their working life are highly likely to be affected. People of Scottish, Irish, Dutch and English heritage are much more likely to have problems with lower levels of exposure, while those with darker skin are relatively unscathed despite higher doses of sunlight.

The second most common cause for skin cancer is exposure to arsenic (especially in sheep dip), which gives sheep farmers even more problems than the rest of the population.

Melanoma is the most dangerous of the common types of skin cancer, accounting for most of the 2000 deaths each year in this country. Early detection is the most important factor in improving the survival rate of this type of cancer, as the depth of the melanoma when removed determines its future potential for harm. Over recent years doctors have become more adept at diagnosing these cancers at an earlier stage and people are more aware of new or changing moles on their bodies, so at least 90% of people have no further problems with their melanoma once removed.

At Bribie Island Skin Cancer Clinic, over 700 cancers are removed per month, with around 10 of these being melanomas. We have seen over 20,000 people since opening in 2004. Many of the local doctors send people to us when they are uncertain about a possible cancer on the skin, or when more difficult surgery is required. Over 98% of cancers are able to be treated in the clinic without need for further travel.

If you are over 50, have celtic ancestry, had an outdoor occupation, or have previously had a skin cancer removed, or have something on your skin which concerns you, I would recommend your visiting the clinic. It is open 8am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and is located at 9/19 Benabrow Avenue, on the first roundabout after crossing the bridge to the island.

Please phone Peter Norton on 3408 6699.

Best Practices for Looking After Your Skin

Best Practices for Looking After Your Skin

It is vitally important to take care of your skin the same way you would feed your body the right foods and exercise. Everyone’s skin is different and certain
lifestyle or health factors can accelerate the breakdown of our healthy tissue so it is important to know what steps we can take keep our skin in tip top shape.

Eat plenty of foods rich in Vitamin C
These foods include strawberries, citrus fruits, Brussel sprouts, dark leafy greens, broccoli and cauliflower. Try to incorporate at least one of these foods into your meal plan daily.

Apply an SPF 50+ sunscreen to your face everyday
A SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of UVB radiation from the sun while an SPF 50+ blocks an estimated 98 percent of UVB rays.

Wear a hat and sunglasses when outdoors
Do this stylishly with your Club Orianna cap, visor or straw hat that you receive for being a part of the exclusive club.

Exercise regularly to encourage circulation
Regular exercise helps to reduce inflammation in the body and aids in promoting healthy circulation. It’s also fun when you join Club Orianna’s
Wednesday Wanderers!

Reduce sugar intake
This is a good thing for all parts of your body, not just your skin. Excess sugars cause your insulin levels to spike, which leads to a burst of inflammation throughout the body.

For more tips on how you can keep your skin healthy, contact our friends at Cosmos Skin and Beauty, Banskia Beach.

Maintaining Your Skin by Cosmos Skin and Beauty

At Cosmos Skin and Beauty you will experience and enjoy personalised results-driven skin treatments and products that are tailored specifically for you. When it comes to maintaining or improving your skin’s health there are a number of options to choose from. The best way to determine which one will benefit you the most would be to start with a complimentary skin consultation. I usually recommend having a treatment between every 4-8 weeks, this would also depend on what you are wanting to achieve. Here are a few treatments that I recommend for anti-ageing.

A microdermabrasion treatment is the perfect way to brighten and freshen your skin by providing a deep exfoliation that will remove surface dead skin, clean out pores and create hydration. There is no down time or pain.
Using cosmedical grade peels will help to provide a deep exfoliation to the skin and also help reduce the appearance of fine lines, brighten up sun-damaged skin but also helps to strengthen the skins integrity.
A Deluxe facial is another option, this treatment will help refresh and hydrate your skin.

It is really important to maintain your skin at home as just having skin treatments regularly is not sufficient. Cosmos Skin and Beauty uses and retails an amazing Australian made and owned cosmedical range using top-quality, potent and cutting-edge ingredients from all over the world. This is Australia’s leading cosmedical brand which delivers noticeable results and the best thing is that it is really affordable!

Not only is it important to look after your skin, it is also important that you make some time for you. Cosmos Skin and Beauty offers a wide range of services which include relaxation massage, manicures, pedicures, waxing, spray tans and lash/brow tinting.

Feel free to contact Jess:
Mobile: 0410 839 699
Facebook: @cosmosskinandbeauty

Looking After Your Feet

Looking After Your Feet

Thanks to Back in Motion Bribie

As we get older our feet go through some natural changes due to the amount of hard work they have gone through in our lives. Our feet actually change shape as we age. Our fat pads tend to reduce, joints and bone alignments change, circulation decreases, skin becomes thin and dry, ligaments lengthen and tendons tighten. Complications can then arise that also affect our feet such as arthritis and diabetes and you are more at risk of injury.

Now I am sure you’re reading this and thinking it’s all doom and gloom but there is plenty that can be done to limit these changes and it’s all down to looking after your feet. Don’t let them be a burden.

What can be done!

Most people only ever think about their feet when something is wrong or worrying how they’re going to look in them lovely new sandals you just bought. But the best care for your feet is to get into a routine to stop problems arising in the first place.


Drink plenty of water, use appropriate foot cream recommended by a health care practitioner or pharmacist, try to limit coffee and tea intake, if you like a brew too much then make sure you make up for it with your water intake. If you are really struggling with dry skin apply cream and put on a cotton sock at night time.


Make sure your shoes are supportive and have plenty of cushioning to make up for that loss of fatty padding under your feet. If the shoes still don’t have enough support then maybe think about adding an orthotic into the shoe which will help spread the pressure across your foot and control any abnormal walking tendencies.

For those who have houses with tiled floors, it is best to avoid walking barefoot – wear a supportive pair of thongs/Birkenstocks/sandals or even a supportive pair of slippers while at home.

Supportive footwear is key.


Keep active, keep moving your feet –swimming, cycling, walking. If you don’t move it, you lose it. The less weight going through your feet the less pressure they are under.

General care

Again keep moisturising, file down any hard skin after a bath or shower while the skin is soft. Cut your nails straight across to avoid ingrown toe nails.

If you have any problems that you believe you can’t deal and need advice on with then just make an appointment. We do a free initial assessment at Back in Motion. Call us on 3408  6608

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Each and every one of us knows someone who has been touched by this terrible disease but there is hope. In June this year, Victorian researchers found that piggy-backing chemotherapy with two drugs that fire up the body’s immune system completely arrests the growth of tumours in an aggressive form of breast cancer.

New developments in this space are happening right across the world and it is not possible for this work to continue without the help of dedicated fundraisers.

This October, come together with friends and family and help to raise funds for life-changing breast cancer research by either attending or hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast.

To find out more about events in the local area or information on how you could host your own breakfast visit the Pink Ribbon Breakfast website. 

Where do my donations go?

According to the Cancer Council, 61,000 Australian lives have been saved by improvements in cancer prevention, screening and treatment over the past 20 years. Preventing cancer is one of the most effective ways of beating it. That’s why donations to help fund cancer prevention are vital. They are used to create and provide resources that are distributed to people affected along with a dedicated hotline offering patients, carers, families and the community the support that is so greatly needed.

In addition, patients and their families are provided with financial support for household expenses and the cost of undergoing treatment during their fight. No matter how small or how big a donation is, every dollar counts and is treasured by those affected.