October 8, 2019
How much water do you need when you exercise?
When you’re exercising, you lose fluids through evaporation via sweat and through breathing. So, how much water does your body need? The best way to measure your water needs is by how your body feels.Read More
January 5, 2018
Saliva – your body’s amazing fluid
No-one wants to think of saliva. It’s gross, right? But we’re about to blow your mind. This body fluid is incredible, and for many good reasons. Commonly known as spit, saliva is approximately 98% percent water with the other two percent made up of mucous, which includes electrolytes, antibacterial compounds and different enzymes which all work together to help with digestion. Your salivary glands secrete saliva 24 hours a day - nearly two litres every day! Besides its normal duties of keeping your oral health in shape, saliva is also a window to your health, often used to check if…Read More
November 16, 2017
What does it mean to be dehydrated?
Amazingly, your body is made up of 2/3 water! It’s essential for many processes in your body, from lubricating your eyes and joints, to aiding digestion, flushing waste and keeping skin supple and healthy. But when the normal water content in your body is reduced, it upsets the delicate balance of minerals, which has a huge effect on how your body functions. Usually, your body re-absorbs fluid from your blood and other tissues if it needs, but by the time severe dehydration sets in, there’s no longer enough fluid to get blood to your organs. This sends you into shock,…Read More
November 9, 2017
Can the heat make you sick?
Summer festivities are in full swing. The sun is shining, the air is warm, and the sky is blue; this definitely calls for outdoor fun. Take care of your body though; soaking up the rays comes at a cost. Dangerous heatwaves are common and can even be fatal; leading to death in more than 60 different parts of the world each year! So how exactly does this happen? What is so bad about the heat? Think about it like this: when you’re outdoors, there’s nothing between you and that giant ball of energy and light – except for a layer…Read More
October 27, 2017
Rotavirus – the Bug behind the Upset Stomach
There’s been another outbreak of runny tummies at your child’s aftercare – what’s causing it, and how do you prevent it from happening again and again? Rotavirus is the most common cause of serious diarrhoea among babies and toddlers, so the chances are good that this is what’s triggering the runs. Rotavirus is highly contagious, and affects babies and young children, causing nasty bouts of diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and tummy ache. Rotavirus infections spring up quickly, especially where a lot of children are gathered together, for example at aftercare or crèche. The virus spreads quickly through contact with the stools…Read More
October 14, 2017
“Ouch! My toe!” What you need to know about Gout
Gout is a kind of arthritis in which crystals of sodium urate produced by your body forms inside joints. You may suffer attacks of sudden burning pain, swelling and stiffness in a joint, and these attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Left unattended over time, gout attacks can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men, and the joint usually affected is usually a big toe. Causes Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Having too much uric acid is not generally harmful, but when uric acid…Read More
May 6, 2017
5 reasons you’re not weeing
Weeing isn’t something you need to think about doing; it just happens. But lately, that has been a (wee) bit difficult. Trips to the loo have become painful. And, worst of all, you don’t know why. The reason for your weeing woes could be one of these: 1. You’re dehydrated. Dehydration is when there isn’t enough water in the body, as a result of not getting enough fluids, or excessive fluid loss. It usually happens when you’re sick with diarrhoea or vomitting, and can’t replace the fluids you’re losing fast enough. When this happens, your kidneys retain as much fluid…Read More
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…Read More