Ears, Nose & Throat
January 26, 2019

Sore throat? Here’s what to do

A sore throat is any painful, scratchy or dry feeling in the throat. Sore throats have many different causes. Some are brought on by viral or bacterial infections; others are caused allergies, dry air or environmental irritants. Common signs and symptoms of a sore throat: Burning Dryness Trouble swallowing. Tenderness A raw feeling. Irritation Scratchiness Why is your throat sore? Colds, the flu and other viral infections Viruses are responsible for approximately 90% of sore throats. Common viral infections that could lead to a sore throat include: The common cold. The flu. Chickenpox (an infection that leaves you with a…
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Recipes
January 23, 2019

3 soup recipes to boost your health

Your immune system needs a lot of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help it to function properly. Soup makes for a delicious, nutritious meal that can help boost your immunity. Lentil soup Lentils contain nutrients that give your metabolism a helping hand. In this way, your body burns fat faster. Lentils are also a good source of fibre, which may help to reduce cholesterol levels. Ingredients 1 onion, chopped ¼ cup olive oil 2 carrots, diced 2 stalks celery, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp dried oregano 1 bay leaf 1 tsp dried basil 1 can crushed tomatoes 2…
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Recipes
January 23, 2019

3 mouth-watering vegetable recipes

Vegetables don’t always have to be the side dish. You can create wholesome, healthy, vitamin- and mineral-rich meals with just veggies on your plate. We share three delicious and nutritious recipes.   Cauliflower couscous salad 1 small head cauliflower, broken into chunks (6-7 cups) 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped 2 green onions, chopped For the dressing 6 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil 6 tbsps freshly squeezed orange juice (1-2 oranges) 3 tbsps apple cider vinegar 1-½ tbsp honey Salt and pepper to taste Method Put the cauliflower into a food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower looks like…
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Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract
January 23, 2019

All you need to know about incontinence

Incontinence is any involuntary loss of urine from the bladder. It’s a widespread condition that can range in severity from a small leak to complete loss of bladder control. Faecal or bowel incontinence is a similar condition, resulting in a loss of control of bowel motions, and release of wind from the bowel. Urinary incontinence is an unfortunate by-product of poor bladder control and affects almost twice as many women as men. This is because events like pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause distress the bladder, urethra, and the muscles that support these organs. Urinary incontinence is most often a symptom of…
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Skin
January 23, 2019

Can you use regular face cream for your eyes?

The first signs of ageing usually show up around the eye area. This is because the skin around the eyes is a little different from the rest of the face. It’s much more delicate and fragile. This begs the question: is the skin on your face and eye area different enough to merit using two separate moisturising products? All about face cream While the skin constantly needs protection and moisture, everyone’s skin is different. Your skin also changes over time. To know what will work for you, you first need to understand your skin type and your face’s skin zones.…
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HIV / AIDS
January 23, 2019

Can HIV increase your risk for TB?

Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s leading infectious killer. It’s also the number one cause of death among HIV-positive people. In 2015, over 10 million people across the globe had TB disease. Of these, about one million also lived with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). If you’re wondering why these two infections often go together, and what you can do to stay free of TB if you’re HIV-positive, read on. Why HIV increases your risk for TB HIV is a virus that destroys those cells in your body that help to fight germs and infections. These are called CD4 cells. When you…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
January 23, 2019

Beware the dangers of CrossFit

If you’re on a quest to become super-strong, CrossFit is a brilliant choice. But pushing your physical limits comes with a few risks. CrossFit is all the rage – a good thing when you consider that not getting enough exercise is one of the leading risk factors of death worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise throughout the week (or a combination of both). If you’ve resolved to get fit this year, sweating it out at your nearest CrossFit “box” will certainly get you there.…
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Food & nutrition
January 23, 2019

Why do you have a sweet tooth?

Cupcakes, ice cream, doughnuts and chocolate. Hmm… It’s past your bedtime, yet you can’t fall asleep because you’re thinking about sweet treats. But why have you suddenly been hit with sugar cravings? A food craving is an intense desire for a specific kind of food. Sometimes that desire can be so intense that you won’t feel satisfied until you have that specific food. Where’s it coming from? There are a few reasons why you crave sweet foods. 1. Your hormones aren’t balanced Hormones play an important role in food cravings. An imbalance of hormones like leptin (which helps to regulate appetite,…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
January 23, 2019

Does your child have Electronic Screen Syndrome?

Believe it or not, a child’s nervous system can become overstimulated by regular screen exposure that comes from cell phones, computers, iPads and other digital devices. These devices can cause chronic stress on the brain, which may result in various different learning and behavioural disorders. Electronic Screen Syndrome (ESS) is considered an unrecognised modern-day disorder. The interaction with screens can shift the nervous system into fight-or-flight mode, which causes dysregulation and disorganisation of different biological systems. Once in this state, your child’s mood, behaviour, and focus can be affected. ESS isn’t limited to teenagers obsessed with digital devices; toddlers can…
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Brain and Nervous System
January 23, 2019

How to boost your attention for better performance

The best way to power through any task or goal is to understand your brain's limitations and figure out ways to work around them. Your friends may work well with music in the background, but for you, it could be a distraction. Perhaps a quiet room works best and helps you concentrate. There are a few tips and tricks to help you develop excellent concentration and focusing skills; which is what will help you learn and perform better. Like any activity, concentration takes practice. If you want to be good at something, you must practise…. and you know what they…
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