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The Hello Doctor Team

Food & nutrition
March 19, 2019

Why you don’t have to be scared of bacon

What’s breakfast without bacon or a sandwich without ham? Although these meats make for convenient tasty meals or sides, they may also harm your health. Cured meats are loaded with salt, preservatives and sugar, and there’s much debate about how the process of preservation for meat, fish and vegetables changes their nutritional value. There’s also a lot of confusion about nitrates and nitrites in food. These two compounds are found naturally in vegetables but are added to processed foods (like bacon) as a preservative. There is conflicting evidence about the role of these compounds. Some research labels them as potentially…
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Recipes
March 19, 2019

Yummy, homemade salad dressing

Let’s be honest; the salad dressing is usually the star of the salad. If not for the punchy flavour of a tasty dressing, we’d probably all be less likely to chomp on our greens. But before you drizzle that dressing on your bowl of veggies, know that it isn’t necessarily the healthiest topping. A salad is a nutritious option for a side or main meal, but once you load it up with dressing, you may be undoing its healthy benefits. Unfortunately, store-bought salad dressings are often packed with sugar, salt, and lots of calories. What’s more; they’re usually chockful of…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
March 19, 2019

How crawling can make you fitter and stronger

One would think that, having mastered the skill of walking as a toddler, you’d never look back. But a strange thing has happened recently: crawling has made a comeback. Brought to the world’s attention by movements like Original Strength – a fitness system that encourages people to practise the movement we used as children – crawling is making waves. Amongst children, crawling is an important part of the development process that boosts gross and fine motor skills, balance, hand-eye-coordination and overall strength. In adults, crawling enthusiasts believe that this basic movement can help restore our “original strength”, ultimately improving mobility,…
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Recipes
March 19, 2019

Seasonal recipes to ease into autumn

How much do we love autumn? Not too hot, not too cold – and all those great seasonal veggies to incorporate into your favourite meals. Here are some savoury combinations. Grilled portobello mushrooms Ingredients 12 large portobello mushrooms, stemmed with gills removed. 6 tbsps balsamic vinegar. ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil. Sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs. 1 cup grated Parmesan. 4 tbsps freshly chopped parsley leaves. 4 tbsps freshly chopped basil leaves. 12 slices fresh mozzarella. Method Preheat the oven to 220˚C. Toss the portobellos in the balsamic vinegar along with, ¼ cup of…
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HeadachesSymptoms, Aches & Pains
March 19, 2019

How to prevent and treat early-morning headaches

Waking up with a pounding headache is not a great way to start the day. Headaches are very common. In fact, research shows that tension headaches and migraines are the second and third most prevalent disorders in the world. But just because they’re common doesn’t mean headaches can’t be incredibly debilitating. Headaches and sleep disorders According to the American Migraine Foundation, nearly half of all migraines happen between 4am and 9am. In many cases, these throbbing headaches (often accompanied by nausea and visual disturbances) are caused by sleep disorders. Doctors know, for example, that there’s a strong relationship between obstructive…
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Mental & Emotional Health
March 19, 2019

How your body creates its own drugs

Ever notice how good you feel after eating a piece of chocolate? How about that “high” after a great workout?  It turns out, your body can create hormones that work just like drugs - only better. There are four key hormones responsible for this natural high: dopamine serotonin oxytocin endorphins. These are all neurotransmitters, which means they work directly on and within the brain to generate those good vibes. How hormones pump up the happiness Endorphins are made by the pituitary gland (a tiny organ found at the base of the brain) and the central nervous system. They’re released in…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
March 19, 2019

How to lose belly fat

You may have noticed that, as you reach middle age, your proportion of body fat to body weight increases. If you’re a woman, chances are that these changes coincide with menopause. Many of us are quick to dismiss these changes as “a normal part of ageing” but ignoring a growing waistline isn’t a good strategy. Being overweight dramatically increases your risk for life-threatening diseases, especially as you get older. Fat around the belly is dangerous, with research showing that it increases the risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and some types of cancer. While researchers still don’t know…
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Allergies
March 19, 2019

Can you treat seasonal allergies with your diet?

Your allergies are acting up again and the usual remedies aren’t helping. Maybe it’s time to change your approach and start at the root of the problem? First stop:  your gut health. Your body contains trillions of bacterial cells, called microbes, which live inside your gut. Although the idea of having bugs inside you sounds a bit gross, researchers have discovered that certain microbes are able to boost your health and can be particularly effective in warding off allergies. A healthy gut digests everything you eat and is responsible for sending essential vitamins and minerals where your body needs them…
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Love & Relationship
March 19, 2019

How to get over your ex – according to science

For most people, a break-up usually involves some degree of pain and shock. The trauma can affect you deeply and leave you with feelings of depression, anxiety, exhaustion, and even insomnia. This whirlwind of emotions could make you feel like nothing will ever be the same again, in the worst possible way. This may be true, but consider the opposite: could this change be for the better? Strategies for getting over your ex can range from listening to your favourite song for weeks on end, or hopping on to a dating app to perk yourself up with a rebound. While…
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HIV / AIDS
March 7, 2019

Are we curing HIV with stem-cells?

Ever since HIV was first identified in the 1980s, the medical community has been trying to identify a viable cure for it. This week, they got one step closer. In the UK, a patient’s HIV became "undetectable" following a stem cell transplant, only the second case of its kind. What is a stem cell transplant? A stem cell transplant has replaced the traditional “bone marrow transplant” used as an effective treatment for diseases of the blood and bone marrow, like leukaemia. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside some of your bones, such as your hip and thigh bones. It…
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