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Pregnancy
January 1, 2014

Top 7 ways to treat morning sickness

Together with a missed period, morning sickness is often the first symptom of pregnancy, however not all expectant moms experience it in the same way. The exact cause of nausea and vomiting in the first trimester of pregnancy isn’t known, but research suggests a number of factors are involved. What Causes Morning Sickness? Doctors don’t know exactly what causes morning sickness, however oestrogen levels tend to be at their highest during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and this can heighten your sense of smell, which may explain why certain smells can make you feel sick. Other factors which might…
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Recipes
December 30, 2013

Chicken and strawberry salad – A heart healthy meal

What we eat has a huge impact on our heart health, and just because we’re eating healthier, it doesn’t mean that food needs to be bland, boring or boiled. When cooking for your heart, there are a few basic things to take into consideration. You need to start by cooking with less salt, sugar and processed ingredients. The kind of fat we eat also plays a big role. Fats or oils with omega fats are better choices, for example olive, avocado, canola and sunflower oil. Choosing cooking methods like roasting, grilling or even pan-frying in a thin layer of oil…
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Skin
December 28, 2013

A diet for eczema

Eczema includes a group of skin conditions, the most common being atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis occurs in people who have a family history of allergies and asthma, and it usually shows up in children before age five. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 27, 2013

Warning! Salt added

Preventative health has been the top health trend for a number of years now, and it’s all about “prevention is better than cure” – so basically, avoiding getting sick or ill in the first place. Your health is one of the few things in life that you are in control of, and everything you eat and drink, or don’t eat and drink has a direct effect on your body and its ability to continue functioning in top form. When it comes to food, salt is one thing that many people eat too much of, often without even realising it. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 26, 2013

Hangover “cures”

Everyone from your grandmother to the person you sit next to on the bus claims to have a successful hangover cure. Many websites also offer hangover cures that sound very convincing and come with “scientific evidence” to back it up. Is there any truth to them though, or are we doomed to suffer through our hangovers for ever? Here we take a look at the most popular hangover cures, some of which you might have tested out yourself! (more…)
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Pregnancy
December 23, 2013

New developments in IVF treatment

Many couples who struggle to conceive turn to IVF to improve their chances. And while IVF doesn’t have a 100% success rate, scientists and researchers are working hard to improve the odds. Researchers from Peking University have created a new screening method that allows them to study the genetic code of an embryo. From that information, in theory they might be able to improve the success rate of IVF from 30% to 60%. Lead researcher Jie Qiao said a clinical trial has already started, and that it offers hope to women who’ve endured repeated IVF treatment failures. You can read…
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Recipes
December 23, 2013

Healthy hummus dip served with broccoli and green beans

When you think about calcium, you probably think dairy - but not everyone tolerates dairy in their diet.  The good news is there are loads of other healthy foods which are packed with calcium that you should include as part of your daily diet. Great sources of calcium include: almonds, sesame and sunflower seeds, broccoli and leafy green vegetables like spinach. Oranges, oats and sardines (with the bones) are also high in calcium, and even blueberries and olive oil are good for your bones. Snack on calcium-rich foods throughout the day, as your body absorbs it better this way.  For…
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Infections
December 23, 2013

Gastro outbreak in Cape Town

Over the past week, there have been increasing reports of a viral gastro outbreak in Cape Town. Gastro is a stomach flu, and symptoms range from mild to severe and include: nausea, fever, diarrhoea, and general aches and pains. All and all, it’s not nice! And while there is unfortunately no cure for stomach flu (besides not getting it in the first place), here’s what you can do to help relieve nasty symptoms. (more…)
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
December 22, 2013

Home emergencies – how to handle a fever

Its 3am and your 2 year old, who has been restless all night, wakes up howling. Her skin feels as though it’s burning up, so you grab your thermometer, and her temperature is 39 degrees. What do you do? (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
December 22, 2013

Keeping kids active and entertained over the holidays

Keeping kids active and entertained over the holidays can be a challenge – especially if you’ve already been to the beach or park every day this week. So what about doing something different for your kids these holidays? For example enrolling them in a survival school camp such as Cashane Junior Rangers. The camp offers a variety of outdoor and survival-skills programmes that teaches children basic bush survival skills, encourages teamwork, builds self-esteem, and of course keeps them physically active and involved with the world around them. (more…)
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