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Food & nutrition
December 3, 2018

Cacao vs. cocoa

Whether as a creamy drink, a crunchy bar or drizzled on a treat, everyone knows that chocolate is delicious. The root of its delectable taste comes from its core ingredient, either cacao or cocoa. While these super ingredients look similar, they have very different health properties, benefits, flavours, nutritional values and costs. So, which should you choose for your sweet treats? Here are the differences and nutritional benefits of cacao and cocoa to help you decide. Cacao Loved by health enthusiasts; cacao is a raw chocolate base that comes from cacao fruit tree beans. Also known as the Theobroma Cacao,…
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Mental & Emotional Health
November 30, 2018

Binge eating: indulgence or addiction

For most of us, food plays a central role in our lives. It’s not just to satisfy hunger, but also to celebrate a new birth, mourn death, commemorate marriage and bring people together. Yet, for an increasing number of South Africans, it’s an “addiction”, causing several eating disorders and resulting in more harm than good. One of these disorders is called binge eating disorder (BED), and can lead to being overweight, and a whole host of illnesses. What is Binge Eating Disorder?  Pigging out on pizza on movie night, stuffing ourselves at Christmas, or comforting ourselves with ice cream after…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
November 30, 2018

Different types of body fat and what to do about it

Seeing fat on your body may make you want to hit the treadmill to sweat it off or only eat carrot sticks for a week. The good news though, is that not all fat is bad… there are good kinds too. Body fat plays an important role in storing energy, managing your hormones and regulating your metabolism. This means it’s important to have enough of the good fat and to manage the bad kind. There are four main types of fat in your body. Each kind has its own structure, colour, and effect on your health. Where fat is stored…
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HeadachesSymptoms, Aches & Pains
November 30, 2018

Foods that trigger headaches

Your head has been throbbing the entire day and you have no idea why. Before popping a pill, you should probably check your diet. Healthy food can boost your health and make you feel good, but certain foods can also cause headaches. What’s more; eating habits like fasting, skipping meals and dehydration could also all be headache culprits. Here are a few of the most common headache and migraine food triggers. Cured meats Deli meats like ham, sausage and hot dogs are convenient lunch and breakfast options but these cured meats contain preservatives called nitrates, which is what helps preserve…
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Recipes
October 22, 2018

3 easy Christmas treat recipes

What’s Christmas without a tasty treat… or three? But wait; before you go overboard at the buffet, we have a few healthy alternatives. Sugar-free raspberry sorbet Ingredients 6 cups frozen raspberries 3 overripe bananas, cut into 1cm pieces, frozen 60g fresh raspberries, roughly crushed Method In 3 batches, blend the frozen raspberries and bananas until smooth. Transfer each batch into one large bowl, then stir through the crushed raspberries. Spoon into a 1.25L container. Serve immediately. Gluten-free Christmas cake Ingredients 100g margarine 1 large ripe banana 2 large lemons, finely grated (rind and juice only) 100g soft prunes, stoned and…
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Food & nutritionVitamins & Supplements
October 22, 2018

Can vitamins make you sick?

When it comes to staying healthy and strong, vitamins are important. They help your body function properly. Most of the vitamins you need can be found in the foods you eat, but if your diet doesn’t give you what you need, supplements can give you a helping hand. Supplements come in the form of powders, tablets, capsules and syrups. Although vitamins are good for you, an overdose can harm your health. Balance is vital. Too much of a good thing Just as you can overdose on drugs or alcohol, you can also go over the limit with things that are…
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Food & nutrition
October 22, 2018

Can your diet be too healthy?

When you’re following a healthy diet, occasional cheat days where you indulge in your favourite treats are fine, but what happens when you feel guilty every single time you go off plan? Are you a health nut? When you have an eating disorder, you tend to constantly think about what, when and how much you should be eating. Proper nutrition from your diet is more than just a boost of energy and a slim body; it’s for the benefit of your organs and tissues. Healthy food plays a role in your body working efficiently. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains,…
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Ageing
October 17, 2018

Could this supplement extend your life?

We all long to be forever young, but unfortunately, our bodies aren’t quite up to the task! Body changes are inevitable and the ageing process affects not only biological systems, but psychological, behavioural, and social processes too. But… is there a way to preserve your fountain of youth? Well, scientists believe that one of these days, you may be able to boost and increase your lifespan with a supplement. NAD+ for a longer life NAD stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. It’s a molecule/co-enzyme found in all living cells in the body. It helps you derive energy from the food you…
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Recipes
October 8, 2018

Quick recipes for radiant skin

Your skin is an important organ that needs to be nourished with good sources of nutrients. Good news: you can whip up your skin radiance boosters right there in your kitchen. Skin smoothies for the win! Fruit and veggie smoothie This carrot-spinach combo boasts a good amount of beta-carotene (an antioxidant that converts into Vitamin A). We need Vitamin A for healthy skin, mucus membranes, the immune system, and for the health of our eyes. The avo is a good source of healthy fats for soft, supple glowing skin, and kale, which contains chlorophyll, helps remove toxins from the body…
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Recipes
October 8, 2018

Delicious salads from around the world

Bring the world to your kitchen, with these fresh and tasty salads from across the globe. American classic Cobb salad Dressing: ¼ cup red wine vinegar 2 tsps salt 1 tsp lemon juice 1 small garlic clove, minced ¾ tsp ground pepper ¾ tsp Worcestershire sauce ¼ tsp sugar ¼ tsp ground mustard ¾ cup canola oil ¼ cup olive oil Salad: 3 cups torn romaine lettuce 1 bunch watercress 2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and chopped 3 hard-boiled large eggs, chopped ½ cup crumbled blue cheese 6 bacon…
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