Ask our HEALTH experts

June 1, 2017

Ask our HEALTH experts

Q: I’ve been thinking about botox to combat my ageing but the thought of injections and potentially not being able to move my face terrifies me. Are there any non-invasive alternatives that can give me the results without the side effects?

ENDERMOLOGIE with Angela Espie and Jo McDonald

Soft smooth eyes and glowing skin are every woman’s fantasy. But without the use of any technology, we would have to rely on genetics, a good diet and a skin care regime that dates back to our teen years.

This is a recipe French women have been using for decades; however the French also have a few secret weapons, one of them being LPG Endermologie. This technology dates back over two decades and is part of the French women’s beauty regime from their late teens.

Endermologie is a non-invasive alternative to most beauty concerns. It is able to be used on both face and body, combating wrinkles, sagging skin, puffy eyes, double chins, cellulite, saddlebags, back fat and tummy troubles, just to name a few. With advanced LPG training, Endermologie can even be used to treat some medical conditions relating to oedema, fibromyalgia, scarring and burns.

Having an Endermologie treatment feels very much like having a massage; the machine moves over your face or body using a suction and rolling manoeuvre that stimulates the cells underneath to act.

Endermologie gets our youth cells working and awake so the ageing process slows down. Skin is softer, plumper and smoother thanks to an increase of up to 80 per cent in the skin’s hyaluronic acid.

There’s also no downtime required after Endermologie treatments, so you can have a lunchtime treatment and no one would know.

Endermologie is not a regulated industry, so if you are considering it, it is important to make sure that your therapists have been trained properly by LPG in the protocols that are being delivered. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and check for relevant industry qualifications – it’s your body, so make sure you’re in the know.

Shop 3b Brightwater Retail Centre, Attenuata Drive, Mountain Creek
Phone: 5373 7576

Q: Why is iron deficiency an issue and how can I address it?


Did you know that iron deficiency is very common?

In fact, pregnant and lactating women, teenage girls, female athletes and heavily menstruating women constitute the highest risk group.

General fatigue, paleness and breathlessness are common symptoms but are not always limited to iron deficiency. But why is iron so important, and how can you ensure you have enough?

Iron assists primarily in oxygen transport, muscle fibre building and the correct function of the immune and energy systems. Lean red meat and poultry are good sources of iron, and iron-rich green leafy vegetables, iron-fortified cereals, pasta and bread are also good options. Note that milk, coffee and tea often decrease the body’s ability to absorb iron.

So what about iron supplements?

Inappropriate iron supplementation can be harmful. It’s always best to consult your general practitioner, particularly if you are in one of the high-risk categories. If you have a history of iron deficiency and diet modification methods haven’t improved your symptoms, then iron supplementation may be a good idea. New products are now available in community pharmacy with a much-decreased chance of constipation and gastrointestinal side effects. Co-administration of Vitamin C is necessary for older-generation supplements.

If you feel you may be experiencing the symptoms of iron deficiency, you should consult with your general practitioner, as your iron level is not always the full picture. You can check your iron levels by getting a simple finger-prick blood test by a skilled pharmacist, which can confirm deficiency in just one second!

We’re currently offering free iron testing for the month of June, so it’s worthwhile getting tested.

Ochre Health Medical Centre,
9 Ochre Way, Sippy Downs
Phone: 5353 5086

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