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nutrition

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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Child DevelopmentParenting
March 2, 2018

Feed your baby’s brain

Your baby might not be able to read yet, but you can improve his brain development during feeding time. Babies are especially vulnerable while they’re growing and developing, so it’s important to include the right foods in his diet. No one single food will give your child all the right nutrition and vitamins, so make sure to give them a variety of fresh foods. Good to know Before you get started with solid foods, keep in mind: Talk to your doctor before introducing a new food into your baby’s diet as there may be possible allergies. Babies are usually ready…
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Sleep
February 28, 2018

These foods will help you sleep

The last thing you want after a long day at work is to toss and turn as sleep eludes you. No one wants to take Insomnia to bed. It’s worth noting that the foods you eat may be culprits. On the upside, there are also foods that can bring on forty winks faster than you can count sheep. First, let’s understand why sleep is so important: Sleep affects everything! According to the Harvard Medical Health School, the lack of sleep goes far beyond simply making you tired and moody. A lack of sleep can increase your risk for obesity, the…
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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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Gut & digestion
February 20, 2018

Bloated or constipated? Then avoid these foods.

Suddenly can’t fit into your favourite jeans? Blame it on your bloated belly! Constipation and a bloated stomach go hand-in-hand. Constipation is the uncomfortable process when you find it difficult to pass stools; or it happens less often than it should. This varies from person to person to person, but usually, fewer than three bowel movements a week leads to constipation. If you have very hard or small stools, no appetite, a feeling that you can’t relieve yourself and bloating, you may be constipated. Bloating can be a symptom of constipation but it can also be caused by built-up gas…
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Recipes
February 20, 2018

Healthy Pancakes in 1-2-3!

Pancakes probably don’t come to mind when trying to choose a healthy, nutritious breakfast, but you’d be surprised! Here are three quick, easy and scrumptious pancake recipes to get you started. All you need are three basic ingredients and a pan. Ready? Healthy banana pancakes Bananas are high in antioxidants; contain high levels of B vitamins, potassium and magnesium. Best of all, they make for a deliciously, fluffy pancake. Ingredients 1 banana. 2 eggs. Cinnamon or chocolate chips. Method Mix the banana and eggs using a blender. Add cinnamon or chocolate chips into the batter. Pour the mixture in small…
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Diabetes
January 8, 2018

The deadliest hormone-problem in the world

Diabetes is taking over the world, growing at scary rates. Recent statistics show that here in Africa diabetes is the fastest-growing chronic condition. In fact, more people die every year due to complications from Diabetes, than from violent crimes! The single hormone responsible for the pandemic Many people misunderstand diabetes. You don’t get diabetes like you get a cold or the flu: it’s not something that happens to you. A more accurate way to describe the condition, would be: “Your body’s insulin is not working properly.” Insulin is the hormone responsible for regulating the amount of glucose (sugar) in the…
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Gut & digestion
December 8, 2017

Treat IBS without medication

Your favourite treats have left you constipated and bloated with excruciating cramps and regret. “Why did I eat all those things?” you wonder. Unfortunately, some foods just hit our digestive tracts the wrong way and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the price we pay. Understanding the triggers of tummy troubles will help you cope. Irritable bowel syndrome, known as IBS or spastic colon, can be a major source of discomfort. Symptoms include irregular diarrhoea, stomach cramps, constipation, bloating and abdominal pain that intensify throughout the day. Know your layers The small intestine in your stomach makes up about 60% of…
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Gut & digestion
December 8, 2017

How to treat diverticulitis

Your digestive system houses your colon, which is lined with small sacs called diverticula. These sacs can often become inflamed. This inflammation is called diverticulitis. A study in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology says that insufficient fibre intake often causes diverticulitis. It can be extremely painful, change your bowel movements and even bring on blood or mucus in your stools. You may also lose your appetite. The most common symptoms of an attack are: abdominal pain nausea vomiting diarrhoea constipation bloating fever fatigue Leaving this condition untreated and hoping it’ll sort itself out is asking for trouble. It can lead…
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Brain and Nervous System
November 9, 2017

Foods that keep your mind sharp

Your brain is a powerful organic machine that constantly operates at a super-high speed. In one way, it works a bit like a scanner: receiving millions of signals from your body every millisecond, your brain needs to filter and manage every signal that comes in, to control movement, thoughts, sensations, bodily functions and social interactions. All of this while calculating and reacting to subconscious stimulus and keeping you alive every second of the day. Phew! To keep this complex machine running at its best, your brain needs fuel - and not just any fuel: certain foods pack a brain-boosting punch, so…
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