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prevention

Infections
March 20, 2019

How to keep worms out of your stomach

The thought of having a parasite crawling around in your body can be quite scary, but you're not alone; parasites are more common than you think. Parasites are animals or plants that can only survive by living in another plant or animal. Parasites vary in size and type and feed off different things. There are several parasites that, if left unmanaged, can cause health problems. How do you get parasites? Some live off the food you eat and mainly exist in your digestive tract. Other parasites attach themselves anywhere on the body and feed on the nutrients and energy from…
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Food & nutrition
March 19, 2019

Why you don’t have to be scared of bacon

What’s breakfast without bacon or a sandwich without ham? Although these meats make for convenient tasty meals or sides, they may also harm your health. Cured meats are loaded with salt, preservatives and sugar, and there’s much debate about how the process of preservation for meat, fish and vegetables changes their nutritional value. There’s also a lot of confusion about nitrates and nitrites in food. These two compounds are found naturally in vegetables but are added to processed foods (like bacon) as a preservative. There is conflicting evidence about the role of these compounds. Some research labels them as potentially…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
October 22, 2018

What to do when you get bitten or stung

Outdoor fun during summer comes with a high risk of insect bites and stings. In most cases, these aren’t serious and get better in no time. In some cases, however, insect bites can cause an allergic reaction. This can either be a mild reaction causing the affected part to swell and become painful, or a severe reaction that could become life-threatening. With a more severe allergic reaction, you could become dizzy, nauseous, have breathing difficulties, find yourself wheezing, have chest pain, cramps, a swollen face or mouth and a blotchy rash that spreads to other parts of the body. If…
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Parenting
October 8, 2018

Can you treat your child’s epilepsy with a ketogenic diet?

Children with epilepsy have repeated seizures. These are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This condition is usually treated with medicines. But if medicines can’t control the seizures, a special diet like a ketogenic programme might help. A ketogenic (or keto) diet is high-fat and low-carbohydrate. There is evidence to suggest that a diet like this may help to reduce seizures. The science The diet is very high in fat, and very low in carbohydrates, yet does still include sufficient protein to support normal growth and development in your child. According to the University of Rochester Medical Centre,…
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Tests & investigations
October 8, 2018

Prevent illness with these top health tests

Blood testing can help catch potential health risks early, before they progress to serious health problems. Blood tests are recommended on an annual basis for people over the age of 40. Keep an eye on your overall health with these tests. Thyroid function Your thyroid regulates how your body uses energy. It influences the way your respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems function. It also influences brain function, cholesterol levels, menstruation, body temperature, muscle tone and strength, and skin conditions. When your thyroid function is too high or too low, you could have serious health complications. Tests for... A thyroid-stimulating hormone…
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Energy
September 18, 2018

Boost your health by treating your mitochondria

Your mitochondria are tiny little batteries for your body. You can find them inside the cells in your body, acting as power plants within your cells that keep your body working properly. They do this by generating adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an organic chemical that we need to do basically anything we do: talking, walking, digestion - everything that requires energy. Mitochondria are made up of two membranes. The inner membrane folds many times and creates layers. The outer layer is shaped like a bean. To generate energy, they also break down carbohydrates and acids. Besides playing a role in the vitality you…
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Healthy LifestyleSafety
September 17, 2018

How to avoid toxins in the kitchen

Imagine you still had to head out into the field to collect your corn, fetch your eggs from the chickens and milk your own cow. It may be a novel experience for a weekend retreat, but hardly a practical morning routine for our modern lives. We live in the age of convenience: with ready-made meals, and fruit, veg and fresh produce delivered straight to your door. The downside, though, is that all the processing and packaging can lead to harmful toxins entering into your kitchen. Pay attention to these hidden dangers of our prepackaged era, so you can give your…
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Sleep
September 12, 2018

Early birds vs. night owls – who has it best?

When it comes to sleeping, there are two kinds of people, early birds and night owls. If you tuck yourself into bed before 10 pm on most nights and are up early, ready for the day, you’re an early bird. If you’re up till 2 am without batting a droopy eyelid, you’re a night owl. Whichever you are, depends on your internal body clock, called the circadian rhythm and a system called sleep/wake homeostasis. Sleep/wake homeostasis makes sure that there’s a balance between your sleep and wakefulness. When you’ve been awake for a long time, sleep/wake homeostasis tells you that…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
August 10, 2018

Why you should practise standing on one leg

From walking to leaning down to tie your shoes and trying to prevent yourself from falling over - good balance is important. Strong muscles and the ability to keep steady will help you stay balanced. Balance training helps with this. Balance training involves exercises which aim to strengthen the muscles you use to stay upright, including your core and legs.Balance exercises can be intense like some kinds of yoga, or as simple as standing on one leg for a few seconds. It may include: Standing up and sitting down while in a chair without using your hands. Putting a heel…
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Sleep
August 10, 2018

Why do we need to sleep?

Sleep isn’t limited to recharging your body, there’s a whole lot more that goes on when you’re whisked away into dreamland. According to the National Sleep Foundation, one of the vital roles of sleep is to help us solidify and consolidate memories. As you go about your day, your brain takes in a huge amount of information. Rather than being directly logged and recorded; facts and experiences need to first be processed and stored. Many of these processes happen while you sleep. The neuroscience of sleep According to Russell Foster, a professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford,…
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