Brain and Nervous System
January 23, 2019

Trigeminal Neuralgia – how to treat this face shock

Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as TN, is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve is a group of nerves, responsible for carrying sensations from your face to your brain. Each trigeminal nerve is made up of three branches that control the feelings for different parts of your face. They are: The ophthalmic branch controls your eye, upper eyelid, and forehead. The maxillary branch affects your lower eyelid, cheek, nostril, upper lip, and upper gum. The mandibular branch runs through your jaw, lower lip, lower gum, and some muscles you use for chewing. With trigeminal neuralgia, any…
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Gut & digestion
January 23, 2019

What is Crohn’s disease?

Along with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease is one of two forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). With both diseases, the immune system attacks the cells in the gastrointestinal tract, causing inflammation, sores, bleeding, cramps and diarrhoea. Crohn’s disease differs from ulcerative colitis in that it can affect almost any part of the digestive system, while ulcerative colitis almost always affects the large intestine. Crohn’s disease can also penetrate the entire bowel wall. Ulcerative colitis only involves the innermost lining of the colon. Both conditions are chronic diseases: they persist over time and, to date, there isn’t a cure for either…
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Foot Care
January 23, 2019

What to do about warts under your feet

Plantar warts are small growths that appear mainly on your heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet. The pressure on these warts can cause them to grow inward, creating a clump of hard, thick skin (mosaic warts). Warts can also appear on the hands, and these are called palmer warts. Plantar warts are common, particularly in children. Most people will have a wart at some point in their lifetime. Some corns and calluses are mistaken for plantar warts. In some warts, little black dots appear. These are called “seed” warts. The black dots are small blood vessels that have…
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Child HealthParenting
January 23, 2019

Teach your child to love vegetables

Vegetables are incredible. They’re high in fibre and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. To a child though, they’re usually seen as “yucky green stuff” that should be avoided at all costs! Getting your child to eat vegetables is frustrating and may seem like an impossible task but understanding why they don’t like vegetables can help. Why do kids hate veggies? Quick bursts Children are generally more active than adults and so, need more energy. Foods high in sugar glucose are the body’s preferred sources of energy, which means they’d rather reach for sweet treats than nutritionally-dense veggies. What’s more;…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
January 23, 2019

How to lose weight and not gain it back

Dropping five kilos with a crash diet for your upcoming date sounds like a good idea - but it’s not! Everyone loves a quick fix (particularly when it comes to shedding weight). But, quick weight loss is bad for your health and it’s also unsustainable. Slow and steady wins the race Implementing drastic changes makes you feel good because it gives you hope and a sense of achievement. In the long run though, if your goals are too radical, you won’t be able to keep up. You might get to a point where you revert to bad habits. For example,…
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Food & nutrition
January 23, 2019

Is soy really good for your health?

There are good reasons why many vegans and vegetarians swear by soy. It’s versatile, packed with protein and other nutrients, plus, it makes a tasty meat alternative. Although soy is lauded for its many benefits, it comes with a few negatives, too. Let’s take a look. The good Soy is a legume. But, unlike many other legumes, it’s an excellent source of plant protein. Soy is naturally cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat, making it a healthy, plant-based alternative to meat. Soy can boost your fibre intake, which helps to sustain a healthy colon. Soy contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which…
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Food & nutrition
January 23, 2019

Which oils are best for cooking?

Knowing which oils are best to cook with mainly depends on the type of cooking you’re doing. The oil’s smoke point; the point when it starts burning and smoking; is one of the most important things to consider. If you heat oil past its smoke point, many of the nutrients in the oil are destroyed, and in so doing, harmful compounds, called free radicals, are released. How we classify oils When we talk about food and nutrition, we divide fats (oils) into three categories: The bad: trans fats. These are found in various processed products, like packaged baked goods and…
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Love & Relationship
December 3, 2018

The science behind falling in love

It’s a beautiful day, but instead of enjoying it, you’ve been cooped up at home for hours, staring at your phone. You’ve been waiting for your date from the previous night to finally text you back. You can’t eat, sleep or stop thinking about the person. What’s wrong with you? Well, you’re falling in love. And surprisingly, this has more to do with your brain than your heart. From your brain to your heart You may think that romantic feelings come from your heart, but it all begins with your brain. For example, when a stranger walks into a room,…
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Recipes
December 3, 2018

Make your own chocolate for your sweetie

Shake up your gifting options this Valentine’s Day with a personalised present. Express your love with a twist, by gifting your loved one different types of feel-good, hormone-boosting homemade chocolates. Dark chocolate 100g coconut oil ½ cup raw cacao powder ½ cup maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch salt Method Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan on low heat, add the cacao and stir well. Add the syrup, vanilla and salt, and stir continuously for two minutes. Pour the chocolate mixture into a silicon chocolate mould or onto a tray lined with baking paper. Place in the…
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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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