Pregnancy
November 25, 2013

Make sure you take your folic acid

A healthy diet during pregnancy will promote your baby's growth and development, so it is important to understand which nutrients you need most and where to find them. The basic principles of healthy eating remain the same — get plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and supplements, such as folic acid. Lack of folic acid in a pregnancy diet may increase the risk of neural tract malformations such as Spina Bofida as well as low birth weight and preterm delivery. 400 micrograms of folic acid a day before conception and throughout pregnancy is recommended. Fortified cereals are great…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
November 25, 2013

3 Changes that will help you lose weight

You’ve been exercising regularly and eating all the right things at the right time, but you’re still not losing weight. Sure, your pants are a little looser around the bum and thighs, but the scale’s still saying that you weigh the same. So what’s stopping you from reaching your weight goal? Here are 3 of the most common reasons why you’re struggling to lose those extra kilos. 1. Don't eat more calories than you’re burning The basic principle behind weight loss is to burn more calories than you eat. So, eat a bit less, and exercise a bit more. It…
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PregnancyRecipes
November 25, 2013

Broccoli and cheese soup

The basic principles of healthy eating remain the same for when you are pregnant, viz. include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and supplements, such as folic acid, found in broccoli. (more…)
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HormonesThyroid Disease
November 24, 2013

10 Signs that you could have thyroid dysfunction

The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands in your body, it’s about the size of your 2 thumbs held together in a “V” shape, and it weighs around 60g. The Thyroid gland is found in the front part of your neck, and is responsible for a number of vital functions: the hormones T3 and T4 control your metabolism and how your body responds to other hormones. So, if your Thyroid gland isn’t working properly it’s easy to see why you’ll notice very quickly if something is wrong. The problem is, sometimes the symptoms are vague and this…
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Fertility
November 23, 2013

Putting the FUN into fertility

Amazingly, you have only around a 20% chance of conceiving each month - and this is only if everything is working as it should be. This percentage decreases with certain factors like increasing age (especially over 30), certain medical conditions and medication, being overweight, smoking and lack of exercise. Around 70 % of couples who are trying to conceive will succeed after 6 months, and after one year around 15% will still be struggling. After a year of regular unprotected intercourse and being unable to conceive it is time to see your doctor. So how can you increase your chances…
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Stress
November 23, 2013

Is your sweet tooth causing you stress?

Yikes! A recent study showed that over the past 50 years our consumption of chocolate has doubled – to nearly 11kg a year – and that’s not including any other sugary sweet foods we indulge in. Be honest, could this be you? Most people enjoy a little sweet treat every now and again, and we often turn to chocolate or other sweets when we’re feeling stressed or emotional – and it generally makes us feel better. Researchers disagree though, and suggest that rather than making us feel better, sugar could be making us feel more ‘panicked and wired’. They’ve also…
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Headaches
November 22, 2013

6 Ways to treat a migraine

Many effective treatments exist for persisting headaches, including over-the-counter medication, biofeedback, injections and implants, depending upon the precise type of headache. Botox also provides a useful means of effectively and safely treating headaches.  Try these useful tips the next time you experience a headache! Apply an ice pack to the painful area of your head. Try placing it on your forehead, temples, or the back of your neck. Take a warm bath or shower; a nap, or a walk. Ask someone to rub your neck and back, or treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage. Apply gentle, steady rotating pressure to…
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Gut & digestion
November 21, 2013

Digestion: 8 interesting facts

Your digestive system is one of the most interesting and complex systems in your body. Here are 8 important things you may not know about your digestive system. (more…)
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Depression
November 20, 2013

Are you depressed or just under pressure?

Let’s face it, life can be pretty tough at times. Then again, no one said it was easy! Ebbs and flows are normal, but it’s how you cope with those low times that matters. For some people, the stress and pressure of daily life simply gets too much, and they start developing symptoms of depression. It’s a fine line between bona fide depression and feeling as though you might snap under pressure because of work or personal problems. Where do you fit in? (more…)
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