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hormones

Symptoms, Aches & Pains
April 8, 2019

Why do women get cold more easily than men?

There’s a reason why men are always draping their coats over women’s shoulders in movies, and often in real life. And no, it’s not (just) in the name of romance. Turns out that on average, women are more sensitive to the cold than men are. One of the main ways your body regulates temperature is through the blood vessels. When you feel hot, the blood vessels in your skin dilate (get wider) to release heat through your skin. When you feel cold, your blood vessels contract (get narrower) to retain heat. A person’s regular body temperature is 37 degrees, but…
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Skin
March 20, 2019

Is your medication causing acne?

If you have acne, you are not alone. While doctors don’t always know the cause of acne, they do know that changing hormone levels, genes and some cosmetics may play a role. Certain medication can also be to blame.
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Food & nutrition
January 23, 2019

Why do you have a sweet tooth?

Cupcakes, ice cream, doughnuts and chocolate. Hmm… It’s past your bedtime, yet you can’t fall asleep because you’re thinking about sweet treats. But why have you suddenly been hit with sugar cravings? A food craving is an intense desire for a specific kind of food. Sometimes that desire can be so intense that you won’t feel satisfied until you have that specific food. Where’s it coming from? There are a few reasons why you crave sweet foods. 1. Your hormones aren’t balanced Hormones play an important role in food cravings. An imbalance of hormones like leptin (which helps to regulate appetite,…
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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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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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Tests & investigations
October 8, 2018

Prevent illness with these top health tests

Blood testing can help catch potential health risks early, before they progress to serious health problems. Blood tests are recommended on an annual basis for people over the age of 40. Keep an eye on your overall health with these tests. Thyroid function Your thyroid regulates how your body uses energy. It influences the way your respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems function. It also influences brain function, cholesterol levels, menstruation, body temperature, muscle tone and strength, and skin conditions. When your thyroid function is too high or too low, you could have serious health complications. Tests for... A thyroid-stimulating hormone…
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Infections
July 16, 2018

What is pancreatitis?

Your pancreas is the organ that sits just behind the lower part of your stomach. When it’s inflamed you have what is called pancreatitis. The main function of the pancreas is to produce and discharge hormones and enzymes that help with digestion and regulate your blood sugar (glucose). How does this happen? Digestive enzymes are released through the pancreatic duct into the small intestine where they’re activated to help break down fats and proteins. Digestive hormones produced by the pancreas are released into the blood stream where they help regulate blood sugar levels. What is pancreatitis? Pancreatitis can either be…
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Hormones
July 16, 2018

Under the spotlight: Cortisol

Think of cortisol as your body’s alarm system. It’s the main stress hormone which helps fuel your body’s fight or flight response in emergencies. Cortisol works with certain parts of the brain to help control your mood, motivation and fear responses. What does cortisol do? Triangle-shaped hormones called the adrenal glands make cortisol. Almost every cell in your body has receptors for cortisol, so this means that cortisol is involved in different actions in the body. These include: Managing how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Acting as an anti-inflammatory when needed. Regulating your blood pressure. Increasing your blood sugar (glucose). Regulating…
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Gut & digestion
May 11, 2018

Heal your body by healing your gut

Millions of neurons line the gut and release important chemical messengers that allow the gut to keep in close contact with the brain, and influence our moods and emotions. This is one reason whey the digestive system is also known as the second brain. Digestion is critical as it breaks food into nutrients that the body uses for energy, growth, and cell repair. Mind and body connection There’s more to your digestive system than occasional aches and pains that come with heartburn, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. Your gut is central to your overall health. It’s connected to everything that happens…
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Foot Care
April 20, 2018

Why do you have swollen feet?

You’re trying to slip into your favourite shoes, but they don’t fit! Why? Have your feet grown overnight? Almost! Say hello to swollen feet. Your feet have a massive job: they enable you to walk, stand, jump, run, dance and support your entire bodyweight. It’s no surprise, then, that everyone has swollen feet at some point of their lives, for various reasons. The most common cause for swollen feet, is a build-up of fluid, usually around the ankles. Other causes include injuries, being on your feet too much, being inactive or anytime when your feet doesn’t move around a lot.…
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