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  • Fermented foods are just what you need for overall digestive health
  • You might be sceptical when you hear that anything fermented is good for you, but it's true! Especially your digestive health! It's the fermentation process - a natural process - that preserves food. And it makes the food produce bacteria that protects it from going off. Once again, if you're sceptical, don't be. These bacteria won't harm you. Instead, they'll help you and keep your digestive health in shape! They're probiotic, meaning they'll help your gut bacteria flourish and stay strong. Something that's essential for your gut health and your overall health too! Discover the health benefits of fermented foods when you add these five to your diet…... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • Go for a second opinion if you suffer from digestive disorders
  • You might have been to your doctor to find out what the cause of your debilitating digestive issues are. He's gives you a script and sends you on your way with the impression that your symptoms will resolve themselves. But you're still worried, right? Because you've had this condition for a while. Well, it's time to go for a second opinion to determine what's causing your digestive issues. And it's because there are two main gut problems doctors give a wrong diagnosis for all the time, says ABC News. Dr Fleming, president of the American College of Physician, says it's because some of the symptoms aren't specific and the tests to check for certain conditions are really expensive. So doctors won't send you for them unless they feel they need to. Here are the two most common gut problems you'll probably need a second - or even third - opinion for, to correctly diagnose…... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • Is breakfast robbing you of energy instead of giving you some?
  • It's 10am in the morning. You had breakfast three hours ago and you're already on your third cup of coffee. But you still feel drained and sapped of energy. You're thinking: “How am I going to get through the rest of the day if this is how I feel after only two hours at work?” Shift your thinking for a second. What did you eat for breakfast? Two slices of white toast with jam? A bowl of your favourite cereal? A bowl of muesli? You might think these are a great part of a healthy eating plan, but they're really the reason behind your energy dip! Here's why…... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • Are you wasting time treating your skin condition instead of finding out what the real problem is?
  • Do you spend thousands of your hard-earned rands on skin care products and seeing a dermatologist to take care of your skin condition? You might not only be wasting precious money, you might be wasting your time too… Why? Because the products you're using to treat your dry, irritated, flaky skin might only help you cope with the symptoms of your ailment and not the real cause! And the products you use probably won't work when your condition flares-up. So what's the real problem then? Research shows that the root cause of skin conditions shares a close link with the health of your gut and that your condition might not be related to the health of your skin at all, but rather a projection of underlying digestive issues… Read on to find out how to take care of your digestion to help overcome your skin condition…... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • Three tips to prevent severe constipation when treating chronic pain with drugs
  • One of the most common side affects of using opioid drugs to manage chronic pain is severe constipation. And it's not just a little constipation that affects you every now and then when you're taking the medication. It's “life-altering” constipation, says emaxhealth.com. This is the reason many people actually stop taking their medication. So whether you're taking it because of chronic back pain or cancer, it can ruin your life if you're not able to manage your pain. Instead of simply living through your chronic pain in an attempt to prevent side effects of severe constipation, nausea and vomiting, here are three tips to keep your digestive system healthy…... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • New studies show, your risk of Alzheimer's decreases by 50% when you exercise!
  • It's not just your nutrition choices that play an important role in Alzheimer's prevention. New evidence shows exercise is a big part of this. A study from the University of Kansas Medical Centre has proof, they used MRI brain imaging to reveal the effects of cardio-exercise on Alzheimer's, and how it affects brain volume changes. Research showed, regular exercise in dementia patients resulted in improved balance, reduced falls and higher quality of life. Read on to find out why…... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • Overeating CAN cause stomach problems!
  • The local paper in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) came out with a statement saying hospitals are seeing a lot more patients since the start of Ramadan. And it's not because people aren't eating and suffering from health issues because of it. No, it's the complete opposite! Patients are flocking to hospital seeking treatment for stomach problems because of overeating, says the paper. They're coming in doubled-over in pain with a variety of associated digestive issues. So it's true! Overeating CAN cause stomach problems. If you're constantly suffering from painful stomach cramps, diarrhoea, bloating and gas after eating, this could be your problem. Here's what you need to do…... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • Munch on these three foods and ditch three others if you're trying to lose weight
  • You don't have to change your diet too much if you're trying to lose weight! What do we mean? Make simple changes to your diet to ensure it's sustainable rather than drastic. Here, let us explain: If you change your diet too much when you're trying to lose weight, you won't be able to keep it up for very long because your body will feel deprived and undernourished. Instead, simply add and take away these foods from your current diet so you're able to make it a part of a lifestyle change rather than something that you're trying to make a quick fix.... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • If you're worried about your child developing an eating disorder, read this
  • Nearly half a million teens suffer from eating disorders, says the NEDA It's shockingly true, but there's a growing number of tweens and teens suffering from eating disorders. And the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) is taking steps to try and curb the culture of being super skinny before you even hit puberty. While it can't prevent people from making the choices they do in life, it's making an effort to limit the information out there, that helps assist people become anorexic or bulimic. Yes, you read that right! There are thousands upon thousands of sites that contain information giving step-by-step instructions on how to develop an eating disorder. So while NEDA does its bit to limit this freely available information, what can you do as a parent to ensure your child doesn't grow up suffering from an eating disorder?... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • You might have IBS if you suffer from these five symptoms
  • The number of people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is on the rise. At an incredible rate! Why? Because of lifestyle and diet. No longer do people have healthy digestive systems because of environmental and physical toxins, the food we eat and the general state of our health. It's a vicious cycle that affects your health too. If your gut health is not up to scratch, your overall health isn't either. And this makes your gut health worse so your health just keeps declining. So if painful stomach cramps, diarrhoea, bloating and gas constantly have you down and out, you too may be suffering from this debilitating disease. Here are five symptoms that'll give it away and you should have yourself checked for IBS.... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]

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  • Breaking news: Include fish oil capsules as part of your diabetes-prevention plan!

    Remaining active and eating a healthy diet are two of the best publicised ways to prevent diabetes. But a new study shows you can further reduce your risk of developing diabetes, simply by taking fish oil capsules! Read on to discover the new health benefits of omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish oil capsules and how to get the same health benefits from eating more oily fish.... ››› more
  • Lose weight now or pay the consequences with your heart health later…

    Obesity in children is becoming increasingly worrying. Its link to the development of Type II diabetes is widely reported, but new research shows another reason to make sure you're active and healthy from an early age - carrying extra weight when you're young puts you at risk of heart disease later in life! Here's how you can avoid this fate by getting enough exercise and eating a healthy diet together.... ››› more
  • Don't let this unpleasant sign of menopause be the reason your grandkids don't want to visit

    When it comes to the signs of menopause, women are pretty happy to discuss their hot flashes, yet one of the signs they don't mention is body odour. And if you're heading towards this change of life, it's best to know the tips you can use to balance your hormones so you don't suffer this embarrassing fate…... ››› more
  • Joost van der Westhuizen's battle casts the spotlight on motor neurone disease -Here's what you need to know...

    Former Springbok Captain, Joost van der Westhuizen has spoken out about his battle with motor neurone disease. He told the BBC it's been a rollercoaster from day one and now he's on his deathbed. The 42-year-old was diagnosed with deadly condition two years ago. The South African rugby hero's fighting spirit has firmly put the spotlight on motor neurone disease. Here are the important facts you should need to know about the disease…... ››› more
  • What do kidney stones really feel like? Here are the symptoms you're likely to experience

    As your kidney stone forms, you won't feel any pain. It's when your body tries to get rid of the stone that you experience the true agony of kidney stones! Here's what you can expect to feel when you have a kidney stone:... ››› more

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