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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ArthritisBone, Muscle & Joint
October 8, 2018

The 10 best foods for arthritis

Arthritis is a group of diseases that cause swelling, stiffness and pain in your joints. Arthritis can affect anyone, of any age. There are many types of arthritis. These include osteoarthritis, which develops if your joints are overused, and rheumatoid arthritis which develops if your immune system attacks your joints. No matter which type you have, living with arthritis can be tough as there’s no cure. But there are ways to manage the condition. Certain foods can help ease the symptoms by fighting inflammation (a condition where different parts of your body become reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful), and…
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Gut & digestion
September 18, 2018

Is milk bad for you?

We have bee told "Milk is good for you!" since we were children. Our mothers, and advertising ingrained this nugget into our minds for years. But should milk really be part of your diet? Milk is a whole food which provides 18 out of 22 essential nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and protein.  Unfortunately, though, about 75% of the world’s population isn’t able to break down lactose; a core ingredient in milk. Despite its benefits, milk may put you at risk for some conditions. For example, research shows that countries with the lowest rates of dairy and calcium intake also…
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Eye Health
July 16, 2018

Why are my eyes puffy?

No-one enjoys waking up with puffy eyes. Now, imagine puffy, sore, inflamed, sticky eyelids. Yikes. Blepharitis is a condition where there’s inflammation around the base of your eyelashes. It can produce clumping and stickiness around the eyelashes, along with swollen eyelids. This condition usually starts when the tiny glands found near the bottom of the eyelid becomes clogged. This leaves you with irritated and red eyes. Signs: Watery, red eyes. A burning or stinging feeling in the eyes. Eyelids that appear oily. Red, itchy, swollen eyelids. Flaking of the skin around the eyes. Crusted eyelashes. Eyelid sticking together. More frequent…
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Healthy Lifestyle
October 27, 2017

How your body’s healing process can turn against you

Think about the last time you injured yourself and your wound started to swell rapidly. That was inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself from harmful irritants, including damaged cells. The body defends itself from bacteria and viruses and repairs any damaged tissues, which means that without an inflammation response, wounds and infections don’t heal. However, too much inflammation can become problematic and play a significant role in some chronic conditions. Inflammatory disease There are several chronic conditions, where out-of-control-inflammation plays a central part. Treating these conditions, include treating the inflammation. They include: Asthma Chronic peptic ulcer Tuberculosis…
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Back Pain
October 19, 2015

What could be causing your back pain?

Maybe you were showing off your latest dance moves last night, or slept in a weird position and woke up with a stiff back. Or it could be a sudden spasm that leaves you hunched over, or a constant pain that’s been hassling you for months. Whatever it is, you want to find out what’s causing it. The good news is, most cases of back pain aren’t caused by serious disease or injury, but rather by a minor strain or sprain, or an irritated or pinched nerve. This could be triggered by an everyday activity, or it can develop slowly…
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Bone, Muscle & Joint
July 2, 2015

What is inflammation?

Are you worried about a bite or scratch that’s red and feels warm? Do you have a painful, swollen joint from over-doing it in the gym? Your body is amazing! The process you are witnessing is called inflammation - it's a key part of your body's defence system. (more…)
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October 12, 2014

Arthritis isn’t just an old man’s disease!

There is a common misconception that arthritis only begins to affect people over the age of 40 – not true! Arthritis can affect children as well. (more…)
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Healthy Lifestyle
October 4, 2014

5 Facts you don’t know about hangovers

The majority of us have experienced it at least once in our lives (if not more regularly!) You partied hard last night and you’ve woken up with the worst hangover. Ever. Hair of the dog? Bloody Mary? Greasy breakfast? Whatever helps “cure” your hangover is up to you, but here’s what you need to know about what’s going on in your body when you wake up feeling like a dog’s breakfast. 1. It’s caused by inflammation Forget what everyone else has told you about hangovers, because it might not be true. The real reason you have such a bad headache…
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