Bone, Muscle & JointOsteoporosis
April 20, 2018

How to prevent osteoporosis

Your bones live through a continuous cycle of growing and reshaping. Old bone cells get broken down, as new ones take their place. When osteoporosis strikes, the growing stops. This condition causes gradual bone loss. So, it’s important to protect your bones and be aware of the possible changes. If you have weak and brittle bones, it means that there’s been a reduction in the quality, strength and density of your bones. The bone disease leads to “porous” bones (bones with holes). This results in an imbalance in the formation of your new bones and the removal of the old…
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Healthy Lifestyle
April 20, 2018

Tech-proof your health

You finally crawl into bed after a long day at your computer screen. You get under your blanket; switch off the light, fluff your pillow, and then scroll through your Twitter feed… Big mistake! Technology has its benefits, but it has its dark side too. Too much tech can harm your health. Watch out for these technology health wreckers. Your skin Your fingers are constantly jabbing away on your phone or laptop keyboard. The oils, bacteria and dirt that accumulate on your hands throughout the day can transfer to your phone, screen and keyboard. If you’re not careful, the same…
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FluInfections
April 20, 2018

Is chicken soup good for flu?

Chilly months seem to go hand-in-hand with colds and flu. There’s the inevitable itch in your throat, coughing, headache – and of course, the sniffles. Before downing your over-the-counter medication, is it worth trying that old natural remedy: chicken soup? It’s delicious, warm and filled with nutrients – and seems to do the trick. Here’s why. Magic liquid According to studies, cooking chicken releases the amino acid cysteine, which resembles a drug that can treat upper respiratory infections. Even better, when you add vegetables to your soup, you’re adding vitamins too, which ups your flu-fighting capabilities. Drinking liquid broth soups…
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Child HealthParenting
April 20, 2018

Is your child too clean? He may need a helping of germs!

Our children these days are too clean, say researchers. Rather than it keeping them healthy, over-sterilising them and their environments leave them more vulnerable to illnesses. Sounds strange – but it’s true. Author of the book, Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System, Professor Gilbert explains, “Parents are over-sterilising the environments of their children because they don't understand why dirt is good for us. Most parents think all germs are bad, that is not true. Most will just stimulate your immune system and make you stronger.” And so, ironically, when we ensure that our children…
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Liver & Gallbladder
April 20, 2018

How to look after your liver (before it’s too late)

After your skin, the liver is the largest organ in your body and is crucial for keeping your body in its best condition. This important organ has many functions. It produces bile, prevents blood clotting and controls the way fat and amino acids work. Most importantly, it clears out toxins by converting them into harmless substances or releasing them from the body. When your liver is overloaded with work though, it may struggle to clear the toxins. There are also hundreds of diseases that can affect your liver. These may result in a congested liver or liver-related conditions. Potential liver…
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Medication & Treatment
April 20, 2018

Need chronic painkillers? Try these natural alternatives

You massage your temples to try and ease the pain. This is your second headache of the day; time to pop another pill. Painkillers have become household and handbag essentials over time. In the United States Opioids have even made headlines, as the drug-dependence epidemic surfaced. Strangely, many of us don’t know (or care) what we’re swallowing, as long as it gives us relief. What you need to know There are two main kinds of painkillers, anti-inflammatories and opioids. When you’re injured or hurt, special nerves send messages to your brain to communicate that you’re in pain. Painkilling drugs block…
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Skin
April 20, 2018

Is your skin condition caused by parasites?

Hear the word parasite and your first reaction is probably “Eww!’’ And with good reason. A parasite is an organism which eats, reproduces and secretes just like other organisms. They are an advanced species, which can survive and breed while remaining undetected. It makes sense, then, that these little critters can make your life very difficult, causing different health issues. There are more than one thousand parasite species. Depending on their type, they eat different things. There are large parasites which are usually worms and small parasites which are microscopic. Some of them live off the food we eat and…
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Foot Care
April 20, 2018

Why do you have swollen feet?

You’re trying to slip into your favourite shoes, but they don’t fit! Why? Have your feet grown overnight? Almost! Say hello to swollen feet. Your feet have a massive job: they enable you to walk, stand, jump, run, dance and support your entire bodyweight. It’s no surprise, then, that everyone has swollen feet at some point of their lives, for various reasons. The most common cause for swollen feet, is a build-up of fluid, usually around the ankles. Other causes include injuries, being on your feet too much, being inactive or anytime when your feet doesn’t move around a lot.…
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HIV / AIDS
April 20, 2018

“The cure” for HIV and other myths

About seven million people in South Africa are living with HIV. Our country has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world. HIV is a virus. If HIV is not treated and managed, it can lead to AIDS, the final and most severe stage of HIV. Having HIV also means that your body becomes weaker, since HIV kills the cells in your body that protect you from infections and viruses like the flu, colds and other diseases. However, having HIV does not mean you will automatically get AIDS. This is why it’s so important to treat and manage…
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Teeth & gums
April 20, 2018

Food to give you a bright smile

Are you really what you eat? Well, your teeth can attest to that. A quick bite of your favourite meal may satisfy your hunger and cravings, but what is it doing to your teeth? It’s important to remember, your milk teeth days are gone. The pearly whites you have today are the only ones you’ll have for your life, so we need to look after them! As you age, your tooth enamel tends to degrade. Aside from brushing, flossing and regular dental visits, certain foods can strengthen tooth enamel, prevent cavities, ward off gum disease, and even whiten your teeth.…
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