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heart disease

Symptoms, Aches & Pains
October 22, 2018

Why do you have cold feet?

If your feet are chilly, the simplest reason is a lack of warmth. But if bundling up in thick socks doesn't help to defrost your feet, there may be another cause.  Poor circulation One of the most common causes of cold feet is poor circulation (slow blood flow). Poor circulation makes it difficult for enough warm blood to reach your feet regularly. This keeps your feet cooler than the rest of your body. Circulation problems can stem from a heart condition. If your heart isn’t functioning properly, it struggles to pump blood throughout your body quickly enough. Poor circulation can…
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Food & nutrition
July 11, 2018

Supercharge your diet by pairing these foods

Wine and chocolate, burgers and fries…we’re all familiar with pairing food for taste (whether healthy or not). Now here’s something you probably haven’t tried: pairing food for their nutritional value. Combining certain foods may be more helpful than eating them separately as some nutrients work better side by side. Food synergy Food synergy means combining two nutrient-rich foods in one dish to maximise the dietary impact. Certain components in foods and drinks (like minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals, fibre, and fats) interact with each other to boost health benefits. Sometimes, those benefits may include weight loss! Research from The American Journal…
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Foot Care
April 20, 2018

Why do you have swollen feet?

You’re trying to slip into your favourite shoes, but they don’t fit! Why? Have your feet grown overnight? Almost! Say hello to swollen feet. Your feet have a massive job: they enable you to walk, stand, jump, run, dance and support your entire bodyweight. It’s no surprise, then, that everyone has swollen feet at some point of their lives, for various reasons. The most common cause for swollen feet, is a build-up of fluid, usually around the ankles. Other causes include injuries, being on your feet too much, being inactive or anytime when your feet doesn’t move around a lot.…
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Heart & Blood Vessels
October 27, 2017

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced naturally by your liver and is used for many different things in your body. Cholesterol is one of the most important contributing risk factors leading to the development of heart disease and stroke. Others include age, gender and genes. What is cholesterol, exactly? Have you heard your doctor talking about LDL and HDL cholesterol? LDL (Low density lipoprotein) is known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol because it contributes to heart disease by ‘sticking’ to and narrowing the arteries supplying blood to your heart. HDL (High density lipoprotein) cholesterol is known as the ‘good’ cholesterol because…
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Men's Health
September 28, 2017

The top killers and cures in men

For much of your 20s you partied like there was no tomorrow. But now, as you get older, you realise the need to take care of your health just a little bit better. Men’s health issues are on the increase. Sadly, though, there still seems to be a stigma around confronting these issues. Men tend to be less open about their health issues. When they struggle, it often becomes a case of: “out of sight, out of mind.” In the spirit of Movember, we look at three common illnesses men face, and how you can do your best to prevent…
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Cholesterol
September 28, 2017

Is cholesterol really that bad?

How can something that is essential for brain function be bad for you? This­ is exactly the reputation that cholesterol has earned through the years. And yet, “Cholesterol is necessary to build and maintain cell membranes,” explains Dr David Perlmutter, in the book Brain Maker. “In fact, it’s vital for brain neuron function.” How publicity made the good guy look bad A few years ago, based on conflicting medical opinions, people ditched bacon and eggs for muesli, dumped butter for margarine and ran screaming at the mention of cholesterol. It was pinpointed as the main cause of atherosclerosis (fatty deposits…
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Heart & Blood Vessels
September 28, 2017

How dangerous are statins?

Statins have a great track record for helping those with heart diseases and high cholesterol levels. They help decrease the death rate in people with a history of heart disease and high cholesterol by as much as 20% and doctors are looking to use statins even more widely for other conditions. How do statins work? Statins are a group of enzymes also known as “HMG CoA reductase inhibitors” which block the production of cholesterol by standing directly in the metabolic path responsible for forming cholesterol. The purpose of statins is to raise the levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL = high…
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Healthy Lifestyle
August 14, 2017

Could alcohol help you live longer?

“Light to moderate drinking can lower your overall risk of premature death" "Alcohol could decrease your odds of dying from heart disease” “Even moderate drinking is linked to pathological changes in the brain”. Confused much? Headlines like these have been doing rounds in the last couple of weeks. It can be so frustrating, leaving you with a general feeling of  “just make up your minds!”. So, what does the science say? Drinking patterns matter What is clear from the research is that light to moderate drinking has a very different impact on the body, and health, than heavy drinking. Despite what…
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Healthy Lifestyle
April 16, 2016

LOL! The benefits of laughter

Laughter is contagious, in a good way! Make sure that you catch it. When you are having a difficult day, don’t those memes and GIFs on Twitter and Facebook make things so much better? We think so. (more…)
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