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immunity

Natural ways to build up your immune-system.
ColdsFluInfections
April 7, 2021

Preventing the flu naturally this winter

The flu isn’t really anything to sneeze at. It kills about 10,000 people of five years and older each year in South Africa. While that’s a relatively small number compared with the past year’s Covid-19 deaths, it’s still a heavy toll. Comparing COVID and the flu  Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2), and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Like SARS-CoV-2, flu is transmitted by hitching a lift on droplets from the upper respiratory tract, and by…
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Preventing the flu naturally this winter
Healthy Lifestyle
April 7, 2021

How to maintain a healthy immune system

The idea that you can boost your immune system is appealing – pop a pill in the morning and become bulletproof to all nasty bugs and germs? What’s not to love? As great as that sounds, the concept of “boosting” your immune system is a little more complicated. Immunity 101: its all about balance You can read about all the ins and outs of the immune system here, but in a nutshell, your immune system works to recognise and identify an infection or injury in the body. This causes an immune response, with the goal of restoring normal function. Often…
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Defences faltering? - 5 Warning signs that your body’s defences are down
Healthy Lifestyle
April 7, 2021

5 Warning signs that your body’s defences are down

As we trade our t-shirts for sweaters and our shades for scarfs, we are all bracing for another chilly winter. You may also be reaching for those vitamins and smoothies to boost your immunity. Say yes to cosy evenings. Say no to colds and flu. However, while we are all informed that we need to ‘boost our immune system’ and ‘get vaccinated’, each person is different. How do you even know if your immune system needs a boost? Can you measure how strong your body’s defences are? Some of us may have such a weak immunity that we are constantly…
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Mental & Emotional Health
January 21, 2021

One key habit to improve your mental health in 2021

When you want to improve your health, you focus on the basics: eat better and exercise more. But here is something else to consider: your social life. We’re not referring just to how often you go out with friends, but how your relationships impact your overall well-being.
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Food & nutrition
October 7, 2019

Celery juice: fad or science?

A tall glass of cold, green vegetable juice may not sound appetising, but celery juice is the latest health trend that has most people reaching for a glass.
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HIV / AIDS
January 23, 2019

Can HIV increase your risk for TB?

Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s leading infectious killer. It’s also the number one cause of death among HIV-positive people. In 2015, over 10 million people across the globe had TB disease. Of these, about one million also lived with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). If you’re wondering why these two infections often go together, and what you can do to stay free of TB if you’re HIV-positive, read on. Why HIV increases your risk for TB HIV is a virus that destroys those cells in your body that help to fight germs and infections. These are called CD4 cells. When you…
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Gut & digestion
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…
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Child HealthParenting
November 30, 2018

Vaccines: declaring chemical warfare on diseases

Every day our bodies fight off germs, viruses, and other microbes that, if left unchecked, would keep us in a constant state of illness. But there are times and certain diseases that slip past these natural defences. That’s where vaccines come in. What are vaccines?  There are several different types of vaccines but they all act in the same way: by “teaching” your body how to fight off a specific germ. Vaccines are weakened or dead forms of diseases that, when injected, start a series of biological reactions that build our immunity against the specific germ they contain. Vaccines are…
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