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Movember [Part 2]

movember

Men grow their moustaches in the spirit of Movember in an effort to change the face of men’s health. Part one of our Movember series focussed on prostate cancer. Part two focusses on the stigma that surrounds men’s mental health, especially suicide. The stigma surrounding men’s mental health South Africa ranks 8th highest in the world when […]

Movember [Part 1]

movember

The month of November is dedicated to changing the face of men’s health. Men grow their moustaches in the spirit of Movember to raise awareness about a variety of health issues concerning men. Part one of our Movember series focusses on Prostate Cancer.   Prostate Cancer (The causes, risks, symptoms, and prevention).   The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that […]

Common Sleep Problems (And How to Fix it) [Part 2]

Common sleep problems

A good night’s sleep is highly beneficial and essential for good health. It is, therefore, essential to address the issues that prevent you from getting the sleep you need. Part one of our Common Sleep Problems series considered the influence of bodily aches and technology on sleep. The second part of our series provides some practical advice […]

Common Sleep Problems (And How to Fix it) [Part 1]

Common sleep problems

A good night’s sleep is essential for good health. You can read about the many benefits of sleep here. However, there are also many problems associated with sleep that can affect the quality of your shut-eye. Part one of our Common Sleep Problems series considers the influence of bodily aches and technology on sleep.   […]

The Many Faces of Anxiety

the many faces of anxiety

What is anxiety? Anxiety is a mental health disorder that is characterised by feelings of excessive worry, fear, or anxiety that cause disruptions in your daily life. Anxiety can manifest in various forms and symptoms, making it vital to learn about the many faces of anxiety.   The symptoms commonly associated with anxiety: Persistent worrying or […]

The Facts about Bipolar Disorder

The Facts about Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health illness which causes rapid and extreme mood swings. The individual’s mood swings range between emotional highs (manic episodes) and bouts of depression (depressive episodes). Knowing the facts about bipolar disorder can help you identify the signs and take action to improve your quality of life.   Identifying the signs […]

The Healthiest Oils for Cooking [Part 3 of 3]

the healthiest oils for cooking

The second part of our blog series, The Healthiest Oils for Cooking, focussed on canola, flax, palm, seed and vegetable oil. If you missed it, click here: The Healthiest Oils for Cooking [Part 2 of 3]. The last blog focusses on avocado, peanut and nut, olive and coconut oil. It also provides tips for storing and preserving […]

The Healthiest Oils for Cooking [Part 2 of 3]

the healthiest oils for cooking

The first part of our blog series, The Healthiest Oils for Cooking, focussed on fish oil, butter and animal fats. If you missed it, click here: The Healthiest Oils for Cooking [Part 1 of 3]. The second blog focusses on canola, flax, palm, seed and vegetable oil.   Canola oil: The fatty acids in canola oil […]

The Healthiest Oils for Cooking [Part 1 of 3]

the healthiest oils for cooking

Have you ever wondered which oils are the healthiest for cooking? This 3-part blog series sheds light on the ongoing feud about the healthiest oils for cooking and highlights some of the most important things to keep in mind when using oil. The first blog of the series looks into the use of fish oil, butter […]

The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

benefits of sleep

Sleep is vital for both looking and feeling good. In fact, the benefits of sleep include disease prevention too. It is recommended that we should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night to enjoy the full range of benefits of sleep.   A good night’s rest is beneficial for:   1. Heart […]

Food and Mental Health

Food and Mental Health

The foods we eat have a massive influence on how effectively our minds and bodies function, either aiding or inhibiting its efficiency. Research has proven a definitive link between food and mental health. Breakfast: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and should not be skipped if you can help it. Your […]

The Benefits of Eggs

Benefits of eggs

Eggs are not only inexpensive, they are also packed with nutrients that are good for your overall health and could be classified as a superfood. The benefits of eggs are plenty and here’s why: Eggs contain Choline which is a type of Vitamin B that is used by our bodies to build cell membranes. A […]

The Health Dangers of Kidney Disease

kidney disease

Every Year, the second Thursday in March is World Kidney Day. The importance of our Kidneys are often overlooked but they do play a vital role in our overall health and, when damaged, waste products build up in the body. Kidneys work by cleaning waste from our blood, forming urine by cleaning excess water out […]

Raw or Cooked Vegetables: Which is better?

raw or cooked vegetables

The battle of choosing between raw or cooked vegetables produced no clear winner yet. People continue to dispute which is better, although there is still no easy answer when it comes to consuming raw or cooked vegetables. There is also no simple answer when it comes to preparing vegetables to maximise their nutritional content. Indeed, some […]

Declutter Your Fridge

declutter your fridge

Previously we posted an article with some really good information on decluttering your home. One of the things we didn’t touch on though was the state of your fridge. Let’s face it, we’re now well into the month of January and all the leftovers from Christmas and New Year’s should be consumed by now.     […]

Happy New Year – Now Declutter and Get Organised!

declutter

January is not only the start of the New Year, it is also Get Organised Month! And why not, it makes perfect sense to enter the New Year with constructive and practical New Year’s Resolutions, and one of those should be to get more organised and declutter your surroundings. Human beings are natural hoarders. It’s […]

Avoid Dehydration During the Holidays

dehydration

We all know what dehydration is; it’s when the body doesn’t get enough water. Water in our bodies is being lost all the time through normal bodily functions and processes such as breathing, sweating, and elimination. When our daily water intake is insufficient to replace that loss dehydration starts to set in and can usually […]

Overindulgence During the Festive Season

overindulgence

Our last article discussed some tips on how to make your holiday safer, but something else that we don’t often consider very seriously is the dangers and discomforts associated with overindulgence during the festive season. Let’s face it, Christmas and New Year is a time to celebrate, relax, and have fun. And that usually means […]

Top Tips for a Safe, Prepared Holiday

holiday

Every December the same thing happens all over South Africa – people pack their families into the car and set off for their Christmas holiday destination. And unfortunately every year during the holiday period a tragic percentage of those people experience some sort of emergency. Whether it is accidents, illness, or just an unexpected turn […]

Workplace Stress May Be Killing You

workplace stress

There are numerous stressors in the workplace, which can make you feel as if you are on an emotional roller coaster. The current economic upheaval, downsizing, layoffs, mergers and bankruptcies may be taking its toll on you. You may also be facing the pressures of new bosses, fewer benefits, and the realities of having to […]

What Happens to Medical Waste?

Medical Waste

Medical waste is a type of waste that is generated by healthcare facilities such as dentist offices, hospitals, veterinary clinics, medical research labs and facilities, as well as blood banks. Medical waste is divided into the following four categories: Infectious waste – Waste that has the potential to be infectious to humans, namely: blood, skin, […]

Dairy Benefits – Is It Still As Good for Your Health Now?

Dairy Benefits

The importance of having diary in our everyday diet has been drilled into us from the very beginning of our lives; after all, milk is the first and only substance that can keep us alive right from birth. Throughout our lives dairy plays a huge role in helping us grow and having strong bones for […]

The Different Kinds of Sutures Used by Surgeons

Different Kinds of Sutures

Surgical sutures have been used by healers and surgeons for centuries and date as far back as 3000 BC in Ancient Egypt. Sutures are usually composed of strands of fibres that are used to form a stitch or a series of stitches to hold body tissue together. Stitches are usually made by using a needle […]

The Battle of Choosing Between Junk Foods and Raw Foods – Part 2: Raw Food Diet Benefits

Raw Food Diet

The raw food diet is one that has gained substantial growth over recent years – it is currently the 9th most popular diet globally! With conditions like obesity, diabetes, and cancer on the rise more people are starting to look for alternative and healthier ways to live. Processed foods are so common that most people tend […]

The Battle of Choosing Between Junk Foods and Raw Foods – Part 1: The Junk Food Effect

Junk Foods and Raw Foods

The battle between choosing junk foods and raw foods is one that will probably go on forever. New franchises are popping up all over the globe, seemingly overnight, with most people not even noticing the construction taking place. The fast food industry is growing at a rate of 2.5% per year. South Africa’s fast food […]