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nutrition

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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Cholesterol
September 28, 2017

Is cholesterol really that bad?

How can something that is essential for brain function be bad for you? This­ is exactly the reputation that cholesterol has earned through the years. And yet, “Cholesterol is necessary to build and maintain cell membranes,” explains Dr David Perlmutter, in the book Brain Maker. “In fact, it’s vital for brain neuron function.” How publicity made the good guy look bad A few years ago, based on conflicting medical opinions, people ditched bacon and eggs for muesli, dumped butter for margarine and ran screaming at the mention of cholesterol. It was pinpointed as the main cause of atherosclerosis (fatty deposits…
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Food & nutrition
September 28, 2017

Cows vs. Nuts: Who has the best milk?   

Did you know that more than six billion people around the world drink milk and milk-based products? And as people explore different nutritional trends and fads, more options for milky goodness become available to us. We’ve grown up with a lot of advertising selling cow’s milk as one of the richest sources of calcium for healthy bones and teeth. The nutritional value and availability of milk has made it the most in-demand form of liquid in the world. But recent health-fads have started challenging this idea, with some claiming that cow’s milk can actually be harmful. Furthermore, if you’re lactose…
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High Blood Pressure
September 28, 2017

Is salt really causing hypertension?

Salt has long been labelled a hypertension villain, but the link between the two isn’t so clear-cut, a new study finds. The recommended daily sodium intake is 2 300 milligrams. This is equal to about five grams (one teaspoon) of salt per day. However, findings from a 16-year study call this into question. The scientific findings Lynn L. Moore, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, and her team analysed data from more than 2 000 men and women between the ages of 30 and 64 years old. At the start of the study,…
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