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  • Don't accept an invitation to a braai if you fear rheumatoid arthritis!
  • Did you know your rheumatoid arthritis risk increases because of your diet? It's true! If you already have the genes that put you in a higher risk bracket, you need to be extra careful with what you eat. Sadly, as a South African, you'll have to change some of your “heritage” to avoid developing painful, swollen joints. And that means giving up going to those Saturday afternoon braais… The reason? Any type of meat you heat, fry, grill or braai causes advanced glycation end products (AGEs) to form. These end glycation products make your body think it's under attack and that's when inflammation flares. This ends up in your joints because they contain receptors for them. It's like your joints call them into their protected housing. And because your body sees them as a threat, they attack them, at the same time, destroy your joint tissue. The result? They swell, become red and inflamed and leave you with rheumatoid arthritis. Prevention is as simple as saying “no” to the next invitation to a Saturday afternoon braai. Your body then has time to heal and chronic inflammation doesn't destroy your joints. But it's not only braais you need to avoid. Here are three other foods to cut out of your diet to lower your rheumatoid arthritis risk…... ››› more
  • [30 October 2014]
  • This summer fruit is the key to spending time with your family free of joint pain
  • Imagine not being able to run around with your children during the upcoming December holidays. Or being at home in bed when your son runs after the dogs in the park on late Summer afternoons… What about having to get your neighbour to walk your daughter up to the school gate on her first day of school in 2015? It could be your reality if you don't look after your joint health! That's right. Rheumatoid arthritis can strike you at any age. And it's most common in people in their 30s. That's right! Just when you need the joints in your knees, hips and hands to play ball so you can do the same with your son, they fail you… That's why you need to get over the notion that arthritis only affects older people. You need start caring for your joints to lower your rheumatoid arthritis risk right now! And it's a lot easier than you think. Just start by eating this tasty summer fruit…... ››› more
  • [30 October 2014]
  • The best oil to keep creaky, painful joints at bay
  • It might come as a shock, but one of the most common ages groups to show early signs of rheumatoid arthritis are those who are in their 30. So your youth doesn't protect you from aching, creaky joints that steal your ability to live your life to the full. Luckily, there's something you can do about it. You can use this secret ingredient whether you're simply trying to prevent its onset or you're currently suffering from the disease. Because, in both instances, this healthy oil will keep your joints well-oiled and prevent RA from flaring up. So start oiling your joints from the inside out, starting today…... ››› more
  • [30 October 2014]
  • Experts reveal: If you never step on the scale again, your health will improve
  • How do you measure how healthy you are? It's simple! You step on the scale and it tells you, right? And, if the number isn't what you want to see, you associate it with your current state of health. To change it, you automatically start restricting calories by eating less to bring the number down to a “healthier” one. Unfortunately, you've been kidding yourself all along. Researchers say the number on the scale has nothing to do with your current state of health! In fact, it's hardly a priority at all when it comes to the true measure of health, says Carolyn Coe from OP Integrated Lifestyle, a health and fitness centre in Dubai. It's more about how happy you are, how well you sleep and whether you're able to take the stairs instead of the lift... Keep reading to find out how to improve your health naturally - and lose weight - without weighing yourself ever again.... ››› more
  • [30 October 2014]
  • Breaking news: Local health stores remove apricot kernels from shelves
  • If you eat apricot kernels, you MUST read this article… This because, eating too many could have fatal consequences. You see, some people have been eating hundreds of apricot kernels a couple times a day in the hope it'll prevent or even cure their cancer. This because the active ingredient (amygdalin or vitamin B17) in apricot kernels has been used as a cancer treatment since the early 1800s. Health experts believe amygdalin is a powerful cancer-fighting compound. And if you eat foods containing it, it kills cancer cells without affecting healthy cells. Because people are eating too many they're overdosing on amygdalin and this is making them sick. And that's why local health shops have had to remove it from their shelves! But should you carry on eating apricot kernels or not?... ››› more
  • [30 October 2014]
  • Men: If you're on the Tim Noakes' diet, you'd better watch your heart health!
  • Despite all the negative reviews, people are still following Tim Noakes' Banting diet. The diet, which promotes high fat, high protein and a low to zero-carb way of eating has been getting flack from lots of experts in the nutrition and health field for being a potential health hazard. Not only are experts still adamant a high fat diet causes heart disease, they say it's not a sustainable diet that has long-term health benefits. And it seems even studies that aren't involved with Tim Noakes and South Africa's latest eating fad are saying how bad eating a diet high in fat is. Especially if you're a man. Here's what the study reveals…... ››› more
  • [29 October 2014]
  • Recreational drugs aren't all that bad for you - it just depends on how you use them!
  • The 60s was an era where hippies freely smoked marijuana. And they were onto something: It can be good for you! That's why, today, researchers are looking into ways the marijuana plant can help you with a variety of different illnesses and ailments. But here's the thing: Reaping the benefits has nothing to do with smoking it… That's right! Just using the seeds or extract of the plant can benefit your health. Here's what the latest studies found…... ››› more
  • [29 October 2014]
  • The truth revealed: Don't avoid dairy - it's great for your heart health
  • A lot of people have given up eating dairy because they think it's bad for them. Health fanatics say your system doesn't tolerate dairy well because it was never part of your ancestor's diet. But experts form Monash University in Asia disagree. They say if you cut dairy out of your diet, it could have a serious effect on your heart health. And they have proof…... ››› more
  • [29 October 2014]
  • Reap the benefits of this “grain” on your heart health even if you're going gluten-free
  • While you eat a lot more vegetables on your gluten-free diet that protect your heart and promote heart health, you're missing out one the protective mechanisms of eating grains. You see, the high fibre content in grains like wheat, rice and barley help with food transit through your large intestine because they contain insoluble fibre. But they also contain soluble fibre that helps “mop up” extra cholesterol, helping your body get rid of it so it's not free to go and clog your arteries. When you're on a gluten-free diet, you're not eating enough soluble fibre because most fruit and veggies contain a stool-bulking insoluble type of fibre so your cholesterol levels might be out of whack! Here's why this “grain” is an essential on your gluten-free shopping list…... ››› more
  • [29 October 2014]

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