Recipes
April 8, 2019

3 tasty low-carb snacks for work

Following a strict diet means you have to say no to your usual guilty pleasures. Worse, you can’t snack mindlessly at work when you need a pick-me-up. It can be hard to make the necessary changes for your health, but you’ll be happy to know you can still enjoy a treat. Try these guilt-free snack recipes to keep the hunger at bay. Chip swap: beetroot chips Beetroot is packed with nutrients like potassium, fibre, betaine (amino acid), magnesium, folate and Vitamin C. Beets also contain nitrates and pigments that can help lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance. Ingredients 5…
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General knowledge
April 8, 2019

Can body paint protect you against insect bites?

Pitching a tent, exploring nature and sleeping under the stars. Ah, there’s nothing quite like exploring the wild. But with all the perks of the great outdoors there’s one real bugbear; bug bites. And lots of them. Good news. You don’t have to pack bug repellent in bulk because a dab of body paint might do the trick. A recent study by researchers from Sweden and Hungary revealed that white painted stripes on the body could protect your skin from insect bites. Body painting began long before we started wearing clothes. And today, most indigenous communities still paint their bodies.…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
April 8, 2019

What to do when a pain in the butt is a pain in the butt

You’ve been spasming, having difficulty passing a poop, or have even seen streaks of blood after a stool. Don’t panic. Anal pain, or proctalgia, is not often a sign of any major problem, but might sometimes need medical attention. What causes anal pain? Stress: There’s now plenty of evidence that stress can literally make you sick to your stomach, especially in the part of your digestive system that includes your rectum and anus. Treatment: Relax! Try deep breathing, drinking warm water and massaging your tummy in clockwise circles. Anal fissures: These are small tears in the skin of the anus, which…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
April 8, 2019

Could your baby have Hirsprung’s Disease?

Hirschsprung’s disease is a condition where the large intestine makes it difficult for stool to pass through it. It’s usually found in babies and is present at birth. Between the fourth and twelfth week of pregnancy, the foetus develops nerve cells in the digestive tract. When these cells don’t grow sufficiently past a specific point in the intestine, digested food and stool can’t move through that part of it. After this happens, Hirschsprung’s Disease develops, and your baby becomes constantly constipated and unable to have normal bowel movements. This condition is found in approximately one in five thousand births. Males…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
April 8, 2019

Food combinations that boost weight loss

Burgers and chips, waffles and ice-cream and pancakes and cream. These are some iconic food combos that we know and love. Sadly, they also pack on the kilos. Don’t worry though, if you ditch them, you can still pair your foods by choosing more nutritious options. First, you need to find healthy, balanced meal options. Eat smart When combined, foods react to each other in your body, for better or worse. If you eat the wrong foods together, your digestive system suffers. As a result, the undigested food is left in your stomach to rot. Researchers have shown that this…
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Sleep
April 8, 2019

How a rocking bed makes you sleep better

Ever notice how easy it is to doze off when you’re swaying back and forth in a hammock? Or how effortlessly a baby is lulled to sleep after being rocked? Well, science says there’s a reason why. Many of us have trouble falling asleep at night. This could be due to restlessness, recurring endless thoughts or sleeping disorders like insomnia. Research shows that a rocking motion can help you fall asleep easily as it allows your mind to concentrate on a single stimulus: rocking. What’s more; rocking can trigger comforting memories like being soothed to sleep by your mother when…
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Infections
April 8, 2019

Do you have a viral rash?

A viral rash is, as its name suggests, caused by a virus. Like viral infections, viral rashes mostly affect toddlers and children. They generally look like splotches, red spots or raised bumps, but this can change, depending on the type of rash. These spots can come on suddenly or develop over a few days. They form in many areas on the body or cluster together in a small section. Viral rashes often feel painful and itchy. Other common symptoms include: Chills Fever Fatigue Body aches What causes a viral rash? Viral rashes come from your immune system’s response to a…
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Healthy Lifestyle
April 8, 2019

House plants that improve your health

Chemicals from detergents, deodorants and even the polluted air coming from outside can make indoor air toxic. Having a houseplant in your home doesn’t just add a nice pop of colour; plants can also provide much-needed health benefits. Breathe easy Green spaces can have a positive effect on your mental health. According to one study, urban green spaces like parks, playgrounds, and residential greenery, can promote mental and physical health by providing psychological relaxation and stress release. Houseplants give off oxygen and help remove chemicals like formaldehyde,  a common indoor vapour. 5 plants to keep you healthy Lavender (Lavandula) The scent…
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Cancer & lymphoma
April 8, 2019

What is bowel cancer?

Cancer is when abnormal cells in your body begin to divide and grow uncontrollably. These cells can grow into your organs and tissues, spreading to different areas in your body. Bowel cancer is when cancer starts to grow in your large bowel (colon) or the back passage (rectum). Common symptoms of bowel cancer include: Blood in your stools for no obvious reason. Changing bowel habits. For example, going to the toilet less or more often. Persistent lower tummy pain, bloating and discomfort. A loss of appetite. Who is at risk? Both men and women can get bowel cancer and it’s…
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Women's Health
April 8, 2019

How to deal with bacterial vaginosis

No matter how healthy you are, sometimes the good bacteria that normally reside in your vagina decrease, and harmful bacteria take over. When you go for help because of discomfort or an unusual discharge, a diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis (or BV) may follow. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common microbiological syndrome among women of childbearing age. Among those who visit South African clinics, the prevalence is just over 42%. But even though bacterial vaginosis is common, it shouldn’t be ignored. The infection can increase your risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and has been linked to preterm delivery. If you…
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