Food & nutrition
January 14, 2014

Foods that hide sugar

Are you trying hard to cut back on salt and fat in your diet? Hold on for a second – your salt-free and low-fat foods might be harbouring high amounts of sugar, which can be just as bad for your body. This is because fat and salt add a lot of flavour to food, and when you take them out, you need to replace them with something. Most of the time, that replacement is sugar. Got your attention now? While we have it, take a look at the top 4 foods that contain hidden sugar. If you’re ever in doubt,…
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Gut & digestion
January 14, 2014

How does your diet affect irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a fairly common condition which can cause episodes of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, it’s thought that much of the problem is due to a highly sensitive gastro-intestinal system. Stress, certain foods (such as caffeine, spicy foods and red meat), insufficient water intake and inactivity all seem to contribute to episodes. (more…)
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January 13, 2014

Roasted butternut and couscous salad with cumin

‘People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.’ ~ Unknown Author This is a delicious and healthy alternative to a heavy, creamy side dish, especially at a braai. The roasted butternut adds a sweet flavour to the couscous and the nuts add a crunch. Serve this with a green salad and your braai meat, then there’s no need for another starch. (more…)
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Healthy Lifestyle
January 12, 2014

Blood donation – a gift that costs you nothing

In the latest episode of the Hello Doctor show, Dr Mol and Vuyelwa from the SANBS team spoke about the importance of donating blood, and how it can help save a life. And although it’s a gift that costs you nothing but a bit of your time, a lot of people still have questions about the process. Here, we answer your most frequently asked questions about blood donation. (more…)
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Heart & Blood VesselsHeart Disease
January 11, 2014

Salt: Getting to the heart of the matter

In very small amounts, pure salt is essential, and maintains the mineral balance in literally every cell in your body. It also works to regulate fluid balances and promote proper circulation, and assist with nerve impulse and muscle contraction. Too much salt, however, can be fatal and is closely linked to serious health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. (more…)
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January 9, 2014

Easing asthma symptoms through diet

If changing your diet could reduce your asthma symptoms, would you do it? For most people, it’s an easy “yes!” Asthma is one of the most common respiratory diseases in the world, and the number of new people being diagnosed with asthma each year is on the rise. To help solve the mystery behind the increase, researchers have been looking at everything from diet to air pollution. (more…)
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