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Breast self-examination: 8 steps

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Health Topics | 0 comments

Breast self-examination: 8 steps

 This great guide will take you through eight easy steps of how to examine your breasts. Raise your arm over your head. Examine your right breast with your left hand. Use a skin cream with a gentle lather to make your hand glide more smoothly over the skin. Use light pressure when examining the breast. Use deep pressure when examining the breast. For pendulous breasts, suport the breast with one hand while examining with the other. After your shower or bath stand in front of a mirror with a good light. Look for any visual changes in your breasts Note. the right breast is slightly larger than...

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25 names for sugar

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Health Topics | 0 comments

25 names for sugar

Do you know how to read nutrition labels? If not, you could get caught up in buying products that are far higher in salt, sugar, saturated, or trans fat than you imagine. According to Discovery Vitality’s Healthy Active Kids reportand Vitality’s ObeCity index, as a nation, we are eating far too much sugar. Being able to understand a nutrition label will keep you from unknowingly eating too many added sugars. For instance, did you know that there are two parts of a nutrition label? One part typically deals with the values of each nutrient in the food; the other deals with the ingredients....

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Fight Spring allergies

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Health Topics, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fight Spring allergies

The warm days of Spring are here again and as welcome as the warmth and sunshine might be, it also signifies the start of Spring allergy season. 1. Know what you are allergic to You may think you know what’s causing your allergy symptoms, but an allergy specialist (allergist) may be able to help identify your triggers. An allergist can perform tests to pinpoint the cause of your suffering and then find the right treatment to stop it. 2. Get over-the-counter medication If you know you’re prone to sniffles and sneezes as the weather warms up, now is the time to stock up on allergy...

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How much salt is too much?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Health Topics | 0 comments

How much salt is too much?

Do you know that eating too much salt is bad for your health? Although our bodies need a little bit of salt, it’s easy to eat too much. Here is the rule: kids and adults only need to eat around one teaspoon of salt a day. Eating more than one teaspoon of salt a day can harm your health by increasing your blood pressure. High blood pressure can in turn increase your risk for heart disease and stroke – even in young people. You’d be surprised to know how much salt is in everyday foods and how much more salt you eat than is good for you. In fact, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa...

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Active parents have active children

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Health Topics | 0 comments

Active parents have active children

How active are you? You may not think that your health has much of an impact on your kids’ health, but it does. The more active you are – the healthier and more physically active your kids are. Going to the gym just twice a week influences your children to become more physically active than their peers whose parents do not. But Discovery Vitality’s ObeCity Index, which measured the health and wellbeing of people living in some of South Africa’s major cities, found that most adults do not meet the daily minimum recommended amount for physical activity. While there are many reasons that levels...

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When food bites back

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Health Topics | 0 comments

When food bites back

The majority of food allergies in children are not severe, and will be outgrown with time, but they can get in the way of your child’s ability to sleep well, play normally, and function at school. The eight foods that account for most of these allergies are cow’s milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat. The signs Most serious food allergies start in infancy and early childhood, and many parents don’t even know their child has a food allergy until they end up in the emergency room. In a broader sense, parents should be aware that food allergies are more common among...

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