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Sexual Health
November 30, 2018

How Kegel exercises can improve your sex life

What does the strength of your pelvic floor have to do with orgasms? A lot - if you want an amazing sex life! The pelvic floor is a powerful set of muscles that sits between your tailbone and pubic bone. It supports your core and the organs of your lower abdomen. A strong pelvic floor could mean more intense and longer-lasting orgasms, since it’s those very pelvic floor muscles that contract during an orgasm. Arnold Henry Kegel, an American gynaecologist, invented the Kegel exercises (also called pelvic floor exercises) as a non-surgical treatment for genital relaxation. These exercises consist of…
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Healthy Lifestyle
November 30, 2018

How to party with no regrets

When you’re about to paint the town red with your mates, safety and preventing a hangover are probably the last things on your mind. But, who wants to wake up feeling terrible and blanking out on last night’s events? Partying sober is the trendiest thing to do, and your health will thank you for it. Sober is still trending Generation Z, born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, is rejecting alcoholic beverages and opting for clean-living alternatives. Rather than hanging out at bars and nightclubs, Generation Z can be found attending juice crawls (a healthy-living social event) and silent discos,…
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Pregnancy
November 30, 2018

Natural remedies for pregnancy symptoms

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey for many, but it comes with a few bumps along the way. These bumps are the pregnancy symptoms you experience. Don’t worry, though. Home remedies can help with several pregnancy hiccups. Here are some of the worst symptoms and how to remedy them. Nausea One of the most common side-effects of your baby bump is nausea. Nausea during pregnancy is usually caused by the flood of pregnancy hormones in your body. The best way to deal with nausea is to try and prevent it. Do this by eating smaller, frequent meals rather than big ones.…
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Brain and Nervous System
November 30, 2018

Could your child have Rett syndrome?

Rett syndrome is a rare, severe neurological condition that affects mainly girls. When it comes to diagnosis, the age varies but often infants only start to show signs between the age of 12 and 18 months. Symptoms can come on suddenly or progress slowly over time. The most common symptoms of Rett syndrome include: Slowed growth. Stunted development can affect the size of a baby’s head (small head) and brain growth. This becomes clearer as your baby grows older. Lack of language skills. Kids with Rett syndrome may struggle with social and language skills between the ages of one to…
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Medication & Treatment
November 30, 2018

The dangers of medication

Medication helps us feel better, right? If taken the right way, yes. After a consultation with your doctor, he may prescribe certain medications to help you recover. These are normally given with directions like how much to take and at what times. Medication becomes dangerous when you leave the doctor’s room without being clear on how you should take it. This lack of knowledge could cause serious consequences. According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), an estimated 20% of high school students admit to taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription. Misusing medication can leave you with…
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Foot Care
November 30, 2018

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Do you often feel pain in the ball of your foot? Does it feel like there’s a pebble stuck in your shoe that’s putting pressure on your foot? If so, Morton’s neuroma could be the culprit. Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, specifically the area between your third and fourth toes. It is caused by the thickening of the tissue that surrounds one of the nerves leading to your toes. This results in a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes may also be affected and may burn, feel…
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Pregnancy
November 30, 2018

Want to get pregnant? Do this first

So you’re ready for a little bundle of joy? There are a few things you need to put in place before you bring your little one into the world. With some important lifestyle changes, you can prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy. It’s time to get off birth control Before you start trying for a baby, you’ll have to stop your birth control a couple of months in advance. This will give you a bit of time to see what your natural menstrual cycle is like, so you can figure out when you're ovulating (the time of the month…
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Blood conditions
November 30, 2018

Cold hands? It could be Raynaud’s phenomenon

Commonly known as RP, Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition where the blood vessels in your fingers and toes overreact to cold temperatures or stress. RP may also affect other areas of your body like your nose, lips, ears and even nipples. For many people, RP isn’t a serious condition, but for some, the reduced blood flow can cause damage. Key symptoms include: Cold fingers and toes. Temperature changes in your skin in response to cold or stress. A numb, prickly feeling or stinging pain when warming up feeling stress relief. RP also results in vasospasm. This is the discolouration of…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
November 30, 2018

Sports to suit your body type

As you grow older, your body develops into a shape that’s mainly dependant on your genetic makeup. This lets you know what kind of body you will have, and how well it will work. To know which sports you’re likely to excel at, it’s best to know which body shape and type are the best fit for certain activities. From a scientific point of view, there are three main components of how your body is built. These are: body type, body size (height and weight) and body composition (body fat percentage). To maximise the advantages of your body type, you…
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Skin
November 27, 2018

What your skin is telling you about your health

Your skin reflects your health. Imagine a mirror that echoes from the inside out; chances are that if you’re generally unhealthy – the evidence shows up on your skin. As your largest organ, your skin needs (and deserves) the best care and nourishment. Your diet plays a vital role here. What you put in is what you get out. So, watch what you eat to avoid any unexpected “guests” showing up on your face and body. Some skin issues are way beyond your control, but for the most part, there are ways you can give your skin a healthy boost.…
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