Mental & Emotional Health
August 31, 2020

Why boredom is good for you

We’re all busy and constantly on the go; so, it’s a strange experience when you’re suddenly at a loose end with nothing on your list. This is when boredom kicks in. But did you know that boredom is good for you?

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Child DevelopmentParenting
January 23, 2019

Does your child have Electronic Screen Syndrome?

Believe it or not, a child’s nervous system can become overstimulated by regular screen exposure that comes from cell phones, computers, iPads and other digital devices. These devices can cause chronic stress on the brain, which may result in various different learning and behavioural disorders. Electronic Screen Syndrome (ESS) is considered an unrecognised modern-day disorder. The interaction with screens can shift the nervous system into fight-or-flight mode, which causes dysregulation and disorganisation of different biological systems. Once in this state, your child’s mood, behaviour, and focus can be affected. ESS isn’t limited to teenagers obsessed with digital devices; toddlers can…

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Food & nutrition
April 27, 2017

It’s time to quench your mind

Think back to a time when you felt like your brain wasn’t functioning at its best. Maybe you were tired, stressed or demotivated. Or perhaps you were just thirsty. When you don’t drink enough water, or lose more water than you’re replacing, dehydration can kick in and weaken your mental abilities. You may have mental fatigue, brain fog, trouble concentrating, memory loss, and mood swings. The less water your brain gets, the more severe your symptoms become. Since your brain is about 80 percent water, it’s no surprise that a lack of H2O can mean that your brain takes a…

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General knowledge
March 22, 2017

Why you can’t get that annoying song out of your head

Have you ever found yourself getting annoyed at someone for singing a song on an endless loop, only to find yourself humming the same song later? Research suggests that even if you find a song annoying, if it’s catchy, it will stick in your head. Listening to music triggers the part of your brain called the auditory cortex. This is the part that processes information that you receive through hearing. It’s found in your temporal lobe which receives signals from your ears, like pitch and the volume of sound. Songs that are most likely to get stuck in your head…

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General knowledge
February 27, 2017

Your brain tastes food, not your mouth

You’re eating a burger and you let out a euphoric sigh because it just tastes so damn good! When you're enjoying a delicious meal, you probably aren’t thinking about why you’re able to taste. Instead, you’re concentrating on chewing, but your sense of taste is amazing. You have up to 10 000 tastebuds all over your tongue, mouth and throat. Each of them contain up to 100 taste receptors and each respond differently to your food. Your taste cells send information about the type and amount of substances to your brain when you eat. Taste is divided into five categories: salty,…

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October 29, 2014

Don’t become a statistic: World Stroke Day

Today is World Stroke Day, not that we need a special day to talk about a condition that hits approximately 240 South Africans every day. (more…)

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July 9, 2014

An Alzheimer’s blood test? It’ll soon be possible

Scientists say that a blood test that identifies people who are likely to develop Alzheimer’s could be ready to go in two years! But what does that have to do with you or me – isn’t Alzheimer’s something that only old people get? It is, but this test is aimed at spotting the likelihood long before it happens, which is a massive leap when it comes to the condition. The test is 90% accurate and the hope is that an early warning will help to slow the onset, or even stop deterioration. (more…)

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April 6, 2014

Life after a stroke – The road to recovery

Stroke rehabilitation is a vital part of helping you to relearn skills you lost if stroke has affected a part of your brain. (more…)

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