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hygiene

General knowledge
July 16, 2018

Showers vs. baths: which is better?

Whether your preference is hopping in the shower first thing in the morning or indulging in cosy, warm baths after work, both have perks. But are baths or showers better? Let’s explore the different benefits of baths and showers. If you want to save water A long soak after a hard day sounds great, but the average tub uses approximately 136 litres of water to fill! On the other hand, a 10-minute shower uses just 76 litres. With the Cape Town water crisis, it makes sense for us all to be more water-wise. For example, take two-minute showers. The best…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
June 18, 2018

What your tongue tells you about your health

Your tongue is one of the most powerful organs that you have. It’s made up of a mobile group of muscles that are attached to the floor of the mouth. We use this fleshy pink organ to taste, lick, swallow and speak. The top of the tongue is covered with small bumps called papillae. The majority of our tastebuds are found in these papillae. Your tongue does more than help you gobble down your food; it assists with digestion and mouth cleaning during the chewing and swallowing process. This muscular organ also holds secrets about your health! Stick out your…
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Child HealthParenting
April 20, 2018

Is your child too clean? He may need a helping of germs!

Our children these days are too clean, say researchers. Rather than it keeping them healthy, over-sterilising them and their environments leave them more vulnerable to illnesses. Sounds strange – but it’s true. Author of the book, Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System, Professor Gilbert explains, “Parents are over-sterilising the environments of their children because they don't understand why dirt is good for us. Most parents think all germs are bad, that is not true. Most will just stimulate your immune system and make you stronger.” And so, ironically, when we ensure that our children…
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Teeth & gums
April 20, 2018

Food to give you a bright smile

Are you really what you eat? Well, your teeth can attest to that. A quick bite of your favourite meal may satisfy your hunger and cravings, but what is it doing to your teeth? It’s important to remember, your milk teeth days are gone. The pearly whites you have today are the only ones you’ll have for your life, so we need to look after them! As you age, your tooth enamel tends to degrade. Aside from brushing, flossing and regular dental visits, certain foods can strengthen tooth enamel, prevent cavities, ward off gum disease, and even whiten your teeth.…
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Healthy LifestyleHygiene
March 7, 2018

How to stay healthy during the water crisis

Water restrictions are in full effect in Cape Town thanks to the ongoing drought. Here’s a survival guide for you: In the bathroom A two-minute shower is all you need to get a clean a wash. Turn off the shower when soaping and turn it back on to rinse. Keep a bucket in your shower to collect the water. When you’re finished bathing, keep the water to flush the toilet. When it’s time to flush, fill the tank with water and use the handle on the toilet to flush. This uses less water than dumping water into the bowl. Instead of…
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Healthy LifestyleHygiene
March 7, 2018

Natural deodorants that work

Let’s face it - no one likes B.O. Especially when it’s emanating from the stranger next to you on the taxi. Although you may not feel particularly positive about it, you would be wise to remind yourself how sophisticated the sweat-response is. It doesn’t just make you feel cool on a warm day, it actually protects your body from overheating - which could actually kill you! In the bigger scheme of things, body-odour is a very small side-effect, and the good news is that you can combat the smell, naturally. Antiperspirant or deodorant? It’s important to know that not everything…
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Complementary Medicine
March 7, 2018

8 ways honey can help your health

Honey is one of the world’s oldest medicines. Its strong antibacterial and healing properties make it a great natural remedy for many common health problems. It was the most used medicine in ancient Egypt, and was deemed so precious that it was traded as a form of currency! The Roman legions also treated their wounds with honey, and athletes at the ancient Olympic Games ate honey and dried figs to enhance their sports performance. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, believed in honey as the golden healer. "Honey cleans sores and ulcers, softens hard ulcers of the lips, and heals…
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Skin
February 20, 2018

Clean your diet, clear your skin

It is huge! In fact, it doesn’t matter what size it really is - when you spot a pimple on your face, it always feels like it is massive. It would be understandable if you were a teenager, but why do some of us still suffer with this as adults? Thanks to human biology, hormones and the complex nature of your skin, acne is a global challenge. It is most common among male teenagers as their testosterone levels are usually high, but it can affect men and women of all ages. This pesky skin condition can be persistent, but there…
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Child HealthParenting
December 8, 2017

How to prevent Hand, Foot and Mouth disease

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a common contagious, viral illness that often affects infants and children, although it’s possible for older children and adults to contract it too. Don’t confuse HFMD with that similar-sounding disease that affects animals though! What causes HFMD? HFMD is a viral infection that’s brought on by the Coxsackie A16 virus. Although a different, related virus called Enterovirus 71 can also cause HFMD, it’s highly unlikely that there are other strains of viruses that will cause the same symptoms. The virus is highly contagious and can spread directly via saliva drops or bodily fluids,…
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Infections
November 13, 2017

What exactly is sepsis?

Sepsis sounds dangerous – and it is. It’s another word for blood poisoning, when our bodies react to a severe infection. We look at this condition, its symptoms and how to treat it. What is sepsis? Not all cuts, scrapes or minor infections need medical attention. But sometimes, a seemingly small infection can be deadly when it spreads to the blood and organs. When your blood reaches a certain level of infection, doctors refer to this as sepsis. Sepsis is also known as septicaemia or blood poisoning. This doesn't mean you were poisoned - rather, it's a serious reaction to…
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