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…Read More
September 18, 2018
Do you have food poisoning or gastro?
You feel a sharp pain in your stomach and nausea washes over you. Did the burger you just ate give you food poisoning, or do you have a stomach bug? Two of the most common causes of stomach discomfort is food poisoning and gastro. Let’s take a look at the differences between them. What is 'gastro'? Commonly known as the stomach flu, gastroenteritis (also called 'gastro'), is caused by a viral infection that attacks your digestive system. Different types of stomach flu are caused by different things. Stomach viruses are very contagious. You can get gastro by: Eating food or…Read More
January 5, 2018
What your poo can tell you about your health
It may not be the most pleasant topic, but understanding your bowel movements better can improve your health, and even save your life! Your stools hold secrets and valuable clues to your health, through their texture, shape and smell. The ideal poop should be soft and easy to pass; not hard, dry or overly loose. According to Dr Danie Pauw from Health24, one to three times per day is considered normal for some people, while others only go a few times a week. But it shouldn’t be less than three times a week. What is poo and why should you…Read More
January 5, 2018
There’s blood in my stool: what do I do?
When your poop waves red flags, it’s important to act fast. Normal stools can have various colours, ranging from shades of brown and even green. If you take a peek while doing your business and your stool is black or streaked with red, these could be warning signs of blood in your stool. Blood in your stool is usually caused by bleeding in the upper or lower part of your gut. Causes for black stools Black, tarry stools could mean you’ve taken too many iron supplements or eaten too much black liquorice. On the more serious side, you may be…Read More
January 5, 2018
Side-step these 5 travel health-risks
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, these 5 bugs can ruin both. So, if you don’t want to spend you trip staring at the hotel or hospital ceiling, pack your first aid kit and these top tips! Common travel illnesses: Travel flu There you are on your cruise and you come down with the flu – not ideal, but very common in a different country. And you don’t have to be surrounded by sick people to pick up a nasty bug: your immune system may be geared up for home, but foreign bugs often require a different immune…Read More
December 8, 2017
Relief for irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder of the digestive system. You may have abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, or both. People who suffer from this disorder have a heightened sensitivity of the gut. More common in women, IBS causes spasms in the colon; with pain and wind in the stomach too. Causes for IBS Your digestive system has rhythmic muscular contractions. When these become irregular, it interferes with the normal movement of food and waste; which results in a build-up of mucus and toxins. This process is not due to a single disease-process, though. According to research from the…Read More
October 27, 2017
HIV/AIDS: What you need to know
The HIV virus is one that attacks the body’s immune system and, without proper treatment, effectively destroys the body’s ability to fight off diseases. Once your immune system reaches a stage where it can no longer fight off infection, HIV becomes AIDS. And while there is no known cure for HIV or AIDs, ARV (anti-retroviral) drugs can help prevent the HIV virus from becoming full-blown aids. With ARVS, an HIV positive person can live a normal and full life as long as they continue taking medication and lead a healthy lifestyle. We spoke to Dr. Albert from Hello Doctor to…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
March 17, 2017
Don’t let a runny tummy ruin your day.
You’ve eaten something that’s upset your tummy, and you’re running to the bathroom every five minutes. The runs aren’t the end of the world but can be painful and uncomfortable. Luckily, you can get quick and easy relief. Look no further than your kitchen cupboard for the perfect solution. These simple home remedies are just a few steps away, and will ensure you’re kept hydrated. Mint tea You will need: 1 teaspoon of dried mint leaves. A cup of boiling water. What to do: Add the peppermint leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let it stand for 10 minutes.…Read More