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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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Pregnancy
October 31, 2017

8 Steps to lose weight after having a baby

The experience of having a baby is hard to describe. It’s amazing, it’s exciting, and, at times, just plain scary. While you navigate the emotional ups and downs of being a new mother, seeing pictures of other women who appear to bounce back to their pre-baby shape within hours of giving birth can make you feel more down than up! While we can’t promise you’ll have Beyoncé’s pre-baby body, there are a few things you can do to get your OWN body back. 1. Be realistic It took 9 months (and a new person), to gain the pregnancy weight. Don’t…
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Food & nutrition
October 31, 2017

What South Africans need to know about GMO foods

There are a lot of buzzwords in the field of nutrition at the moment, but the one that gets most of the limelight is “GMOs”. Genetically modified food, believe it or not, is everywhere. In theory, the idea of a drought resistant plant, or a fruit that won’t turn brown is great, but what’s going on behind the scenes to create these results, and could they be harmful to your health? What are GMOs and where did they come from? A GMO is any type of organism, plant, or animal, whose genetic material has been manipulated through genetic engineering. Although…
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Food & nutrition
October 27, 2017

How to gain weight the healthy way

It seems like everyone is trying to lose weight, but what if you want to gain a few kilograms, healthily? How Do I Know If I’m Underweight? You can assess whether you’re underweight, overweight or a normal weight by calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI). Your BMI is: your weight in kilos divided by your height in metres squared, and if it’s less than 18.5, you’re underweight. A normal, healthy BMI range is 18.5 – 24.9. For example, if your height is 1.70 and you weigh 50kg then your BMI will be 17.3 (underweight). However, if your height is 1.70…
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Food & nutrition
October 27, 2017

Avoid overindulging this Christmas

Tables groaning with meatloaf, glossy hams swimming in gravy, steaming pudding doused in brandy, gallons of liqueurs – no wonder most people gain weight (fast!) over the festive season. Here are some ways to avoid turning into a Santa Clause replica - complete with beer-belly and wobbly cheeks. 1. Have a wholesome breakfast Kick off each morning with a high-fibre, protein-rich breakfast to keep you satisfied throughout the day. Wholewheat toast with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs is a healthy, filling choice and will give you the energy you need to tackle the lines at the mall and get that…
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Gut & digestion
October 27, 2017

What is Irritable Bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects your large intestine (colon), causing abdominal discomfort. Despite these uncomfortable signs and symptoms, IBS doesn't cause permanent damage to your colon. Causes and Triggers of IBS Triggers for IBS can range from gas or pressure on your intestines to certain foods, medications or emotions. Many people find their symptoms worsen when they eat certain foods. For instance, chocolate, milk and alcohol might cause constipation or diarrhoea. Likewise, fizzy drinks and certain fruit and vegetables can also lead to bloating and discomfort in some people who have IBS. Most people with…
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Diabetes
October 27, 2017

How to find out if you have pre-diabetes

If you have pre-diabetes, it means you have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. If left undiagnosed and untreated, pre-diabetes can become type 2 diabetes within a decade. Both of these conditions can be prevented however, by adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly. In a way, you could say pre-diabetes means you have signs that you might become diabetic soon, unless you make the necessary lifestyle changes. It's a wake-up call! How can I find out if I have pre-diabetes? If you think you’re at risk, make an…
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Food & nutrition
September 28, 2017

Tips on raising your kids to love healthy food

British celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, has made it his mission to teach kids to eat healthy. One of the problems he came across was that a lot of people still thought that “eating healthy” was expensive; that it’s almost like a luxury. “We need to make fresh food more affordable than processed food because the most at-risk people right now won’t be my kid or yours,” he said, speaking of lower income families. With South African children more obese now than ever before, we’re not doing any better. Apart from obesity, unhealthy eating also puts our kids at risk of…
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