Symptoms, Aches & Pains
November 16, 2017

What does it mean to be dehydrated?

Amazingly, your body is made up of 2/3 water! It’s essential for many processes in your body, from lubricating your eyes and joints, to aiding digestion, flushing waste and keeping skin supple and healthy. But when the normal water content in your body is reduced, it upsets the delicate balance of minerals, which has a huge effect on how your body functions. Usually, your body re-absorbs fluid from your blood and other tissues if it needs, but by the time severe dehydration sets in, there’s no longer enough fluid to get blood to your organs. This sends you into shock,…
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Food & nutrition
November 13, 2017

What kind of fruit-juice is best?

It's the middle of the day. You're cranky, thirsty and browsing the fridge in your local store for a healthy drink, but you feel stuck. According to the latest health news, everything seems to be bad for you: fruit juice has too much sugar; flavoured water has too much artificial ingredients soft drinks are basically like drinking pure syrup So what is your best alternative? How to make sense of it Fruit juice isn't all bad. The problem is that most fruit juices are over-processed, taking out the healthy components, and leaving only the sugary drink behind. To get the best…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
November 13, 2017

Why is my baby not talking yet?

Whether your baby is hungry, tired, ill, or even throwing a tantrum; crying lets you know she’s communicating - loudly! But what happens when all is silent? Should you worry? Not necessarily. The late talkers Don’t stress. All babies develop at their own pace. For some, speaking comes at the tail-end, while others start babbling sooner than expected. Soon enough your baby should be able to express herself with gibberish. Experts say that if by 18 months your little one isn’t chatting yet, then you can check in with your paediatrician to look for solutions. Boys typically tend to develop language…
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Healthy Lifestyle
November 13, 2017

Can recycling make you ill?

Recycling is all about doing good for the environment, right? After all, we want to keep our land and water around for as long as possible. Ironically though, your health may suffer if recycling is done the wrong way. Reduce, reuse and recycle Recycling helps reduce the pollution that’s caused by waste. Recycling works by taking waste material (like used plastic bottles, glass and newspapers), and creating something else useful. Recycle effectively Recycle plastic bags separately Plastic bags slow down the recycling process. People who sort the bags must individually open them up and only after that can they dispose the…
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Skin
November 13, 2017

Keep your skin tone even this summer

You’re ready for lazy days at the beach, hikes with the gang and all the fun in the sun you can stand. Spare a thought for your skin, though. Don’t let the sun leave you with nasty side-effects. Skin colour and tone Your skin colour comes from a substance called melanin. People with more melanin than others have darker skin. Pale skin has less melanin. It’s interesting to note that we all have the same number of cells that manufacture melanin, but how much your body makes depends on genetics. The sun has an effect on melanin. When you’re out…
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Healthy Lifestyle
November 13, 2017

How to start your morning like a champ

Whether you jump out of bed, raring for the day, or do more of a slow “Meh..” shuffle into the shower… your mornings can improve tremendously. Learning to wake up better will go a long way in setting your mood for the day, and your life. Smile it out Roll out of bed and give yourself the biggest brightest smile in the mirror. Scientists say that smiling releases happy chemicals – so a big smile first thing is sure to get you in the mood. Even if you don't feel like it, the muscles of smiling will still affect your…
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Infections
November 13, 2017

What exactly is sepsis?

Sepsis sounds dangerous – and it is. It’s another word for blood poisoning, when our bodies react to a severe infection. We look at this condition, its symptoms and how to treat it. What is sepsis? Not all cuts, scrapes or minor infections need medical attention. But sometimes, a seemingly small infection can be deadly when it spreads to the blood and organs. When your blood reaches a certain level of infection, doctors refer to this as sepsis. Sepsis is also known as septicaemia or blood poisoning. This doesn't mean you were poisoned - rather, it's a serious reaction to…
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Skin
November 13, 2017

Painful blisters – is it sunburn or shingles?

It sounds so innocent, but people who’ve suffered from shingles say it can be incredibly painful. And with almost 90% of people at risk, be prepared if it ever comes your way! Shingles can easily be mistaken for sunburn. But it’s a lot more painful than that. Here's how you know if the rash could be shingles: How it is caused The condition is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, and it usually attacks people with weak immune systems from injury, stress, illness, certain medication or other reasons. Shingles usually appear in a band, a strip, or a small area on…
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Recipes
November 13, 2017

Taste the summer with these smoothie bowl recipes

Move over, smoothies! Smoothie bowls are the new healthy additions to summer breakfasts. These treats are dense, filling and packed with antioxidants and vital nutrients. Get out your blender and prepare to indulge. A Bowl of goodness Just like smoothies, smoothie bowls are packed with antioxidants, which ensure you’re getting a dose of fruity fibre in your diet. But as they’re served in a bowl, the consistency is denser, making for a hearty breakfast that’s delicious enough to be a dessert. Smoothie bowls also help you steer clear of the usual carbs like sugary cereals, granola and bread. Get the…
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
November 13, 2017

How to prevent the suicide of a friend

It's awful to think about. So often, the loved ones of someone who committed suicide will say: "We never saw it coming!" It's not their fault, either. We all miss the clues and warning signs of someone who struggles with suicidal thoughts: it can be easier than you think to hide feelings of depression, anxiety, fear and substance abuse, and those who suffer can often be too ashamed to talk about it. So how can we be better prepared to help those in need? Here's what to look out for: Warning signs include: Talk: A suicidal person will drop hints of…
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