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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
March 7, 2018

Here’s why you aren’t losing weight

You’ve been meal prepping like a pro and diligently sticking to your workout routines, so why hasn’t the scale moved an inch? Eating healthy and exercising may be the dynamic duo that helps with weight loss, but common weight loss mistakes may be preventing you from reaching your goals. Find a balance in your workout routine With weight loss, you lose muscle and fat. But the amount of either is affected by your exercise routine. Not exercising at all, or exercising too little will decrease the amount of muscle mass you lose and lower your metabolic rate. On the other…
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Food & nutrition
February 20, 2018

Detox from sugar without feeling awful

Give your body a boost by eliminating the bad sugars. Sugar addiction is no joke. When you’re hooked, the cravings can be hard to resist; but the not-so-sweet truth is that too much sugar leads to a ton of health problems. According to Claudine Ryan, a Cape Town-based registered dietician, an easy place to start to detox from sugar is to reduce the sugar you add to hot drinks, like coffee and tea. Do this gradually and over time, to give your tastebuds time to adjust. Some people find it better to avoid artificially sweetened drinks and foods altogether. But…
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Diabetes
February 20, 2018

How to dine out as a diabetic

Don’t fret about going out to eat. There are loads of diabetic-friendly choices! First things first, remember to always carry your medication with you when you’re out and about. You never know if something may trigger an adverse reaction. Portion power Everything looks great when you’re starving. But wait: remember, restaurant portions are usually quite large. Rather than diving straight in and trying to finish every morsel on your plate, set aside a small portion for a doggy bag to take back home. Just by doing this you’ll ensure you don’t overeat and send your blood sugar levels into overdrive.…
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Food & nutrition
February 20, 2018

The truth about red meat

That juicy steak you’re about to order might seem like the best option for supper, but you may be served a side of ill health. Meat is packed with essential vitamins, minerals and protein, but an excess of meat in your diet can harm your health in the long run. What’s the risk? Research suggests that one of the most common risks of eating too much red meat is heart disease. Some red meats contain high levels of saturated fat. This raises cholesterol and increases the risk of heart diseases. Large-scale studies by the American Osteopathic Association and the National…
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Food & nutrition
February 20, 2018

Is protein powder bad for your kidneys?

There’s no mystery as to why bodybuilders and gym fanatics gulp down protein shakes. Protein is a macronutrient that helps your body to build, repair and heal muscle tears caused by the intense contractions of muscles during a workout. Solid foods like seafood, milk, cheese, chicken and eggs are good sources of protein but it takes more time to digest than protein powder which absorbs into your muscles faster. These powders are great for after your workout when you have to heal muscle tears quickly. The bad news though, is that in large amounts, protein powder may harm your kidneys.…
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Food & nutrition
February 20, 2018

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard

You’ve mentally prepared yourself to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle; now it’s time to get practical! If you prepare your own meals, it is easier to stick to your dietary changes. The simplest way to do this is really in the planning process. Planning your meals will help keep you on track (and away from your favourite takeaway). Get to grips with healthy food Healthy eating means a range of food (protein, fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy food groups), all of which help maintain your overall health. According to the World Health Organization, five portions of fruit and vegetables…
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Brain and Nervous System
February 20, 2018

5 essential ingredients for brain health

What does it take to live a long, healthy life? A healthy brain. At Northwestern University in America, scientists say that “SuperAgers” are a trend on the rise. These are men and women older than 80 whose memories are as good or better than those up to 30 years younger! And one of the key reasons is that SuperAgers have a relatively wholesome overall sense of wellbeing, from experiencing satisfying warm relationships to living a life of purpose. “Social relationships are really important to this group and might play a significant role in preserving their cognition,” say researchers. What, then,…
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Food & nutrition
January 5, 2018

Banting vs. the Mediterranean diet

There are many ways to get your body into shape. Whether you choose to go big on Banting, or cruise the Mediterranean diet – both have their pros and cons. Here’s what you need to know. Med mania When you hear “Mediterranean”, you might picture an idyllic scene overlooking a white sandy beach. In this scene, you’re scarfing down delicious fresh fish, fresh vegetables and salty olives. The typical Mediterranean diet includes good fats, some carbs and a big side of vegetables. The diet is good for your heart because it replaces saturated and trans fats (which clog your arteries)…
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Food & nutrition
November 13, 2017

What kind of fruit-juice is best?

It's the middle of the day. You're cranky, thirsty and browsing the fridge in your local store for a healthy drink, but you feel stuck. According to the latest health news, everything seems to be bad for you: fruit juice has too much sugar; flavoured water has too much artificial ingredients soft drinks are basically like drinking pure syrup So what is your best alternative? How to make sense of it Fruit juice isn't all bad. The problem is that most fruit juices are over-processed, taking out the healthy components, and leaving only the sugary drink behind. To get the best…
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Food & nutrition
November 13, 2017

The vitamins and minerals your body needs most

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, says the old English proverb. Is there any truth to this? Well, if you consider the fact that apples are loaded with antioxidants and fibre, there’s definitely value in an apple each day! But the truth is, your body needs more than an apple to survive and thrive. You need carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The miracle protein in your body Your body is an operational machine that works 24/7. It’s made of cells and in each of them are enzymes that keep it functioning. Your body's enzymes (special proteins) allow…
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