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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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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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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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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Food & nutritionHealthy Lifestyle
November 20, 2013

Mackerel and avocado wrap

Summer, sunshine and braais in sunny South Africa – what more would we want? Beautiful skins, thank you very much. Well, then we have to take care of them – you only have one. Taking care of your skin should not just be something from outside. How well you eat, is often reflected in the condition of your hair, nails and skin. Healthy food is packed with the nutrients our bodies need to look and feel great. Moderation and variation remains key and including enough healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, plenty of antioxidants and zinc, is the answer. Despite the…
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November 19, 2013

Coping with exam stress

How Can I Help My Child? Exam time is stressful for everyone, and parents often feel helpless when it comes to helping their children manage stress and do their best in exams. Well help is here, and Dr. Russell from Hello Doctor gave some handy tips to help you, as parents, manage the next couple of months. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
November 19, 2013

A student’s guide to healthy eating

Leaving home to study is an exciting time for many young adults, and it’s often the first step towards independence and reaching their career goals. While many students travel to and from varsity every day, others don’t have that option, and live in a residence or house-share. Being away from home often means that ‘res’ students end up eating an unhealthy diet, with ready meals, 2-minute noodles and high-fat cafeteria food making up the bulk of their daily meals. (more…)
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