Posts made in August, 2015

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 medications, don’t forget to also look in the homeopathic and natural medicine aisles for relief. But you’ll still need to see your doctor if you take prescription-only drugs to ease your allergies. 3. Wash hands frequently Develop a healthy hand hygiene routine by frequently washing hands with soap and running water for at least 30 seconds to remove clinging pollens and keep hands germ free. Don’t touch your already sensitive eyes with dirty hands and try rinsing eyes with cool water after coming indoors to help minimize the effects of pollen. Shower and wash hair at night to prevent pollens from getting into bedding. 4. Regularly cleaning your home Spring cleaning sounds like a lot of work, but ridding your home, car, office or playroom of bacteria, mold, dust and other grime can keep you free of spring colds and help you cope better with seasonal allergies. Plus, all that window washing and floor sweeping will burn some calories too. 5. Pets and allergies can go hand in hand A tip for dog or cat owners who are allergic to fur: bathe your pets frequently. Your pet’s saliva on the fur from cleaning itself or on your skin from slobbery kisses can also incite an allergy reaction. In addition to bathing your pet, remember to wash your hands soon after you’ve had direct contact with your furry friend. Although there is no real cure for seasonal allergies, it is possible to relieve symptoms and still enjoy the start of the warm season and all its beauty. Remember, frequent handwashing with warm water and soap is one of the simplest and most effective ways to stay healthy. Also cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze to combat the spread of any infections. source:...

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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 says that South Africans eat eight times more salt than we should be. That is, seven teaspoons of salt more each day than the recommended amount. This fact goes hand-in-hand with the troubling number of people in South Africa who suffer from high blood pressure. South Africa has one of the highest rates of hypertension in the world. Many foods contain added salt – swap the culprits for healthier alternatives   What you may not know is that a lot of the salt you eat, you’re getting from your food before you even add any at the table. Despite this, reducing your family’s salt intake isn’t that difficult. A lot of the changes you can make to reduce salt intake are also good for overall health. One of the biggest sources of high salt in the diet is processed foods; particularly processed meats like polony or viennas. These foods contain high quantities of saturated and trans fats which are also bad for your heart. All it takes is a simple swap for healthier options, like fresh chicken breast, ostrich fillet or fish. You’ll know the amount of salt you’ve added; and these are overall better for you. Some foods contain more salt than you might expect. Here are foods high in salt and what you can swap them with for healthier choices: Breakfast cereals. Choose high quality breakfast foods like boiled eggs or rolled oats over processed cereals. Bread can be surprisingly high in salt. Look carefully for bread that has the Heart Mark logo – this shows you the product is healthier and lower in salt than others. Processed foods of any kind. Particularly processed meats like sausages, polony, viennas, biltong, dry wors, and deli or sandwich meats are high in salt. Cook food from scratch and choose fresh varieties of meats like cuts from the butchery, fresh poultry, and fresh or frozen fish with no marinade or seasoning. Sauces, soups, and stocks are often made with huge amounts of salt. Although you may not use much, they can almost double your daily salt intake. Make your own broth with fresh vegetables and meat, and flavour it with unsalted herbs and spices. The solution to make sure you eat only one teaspoon of salt a day? Choose low-salt foods, fresh ingredients, and add herbs for flavour. Not adding extra salt to your food can help to reduce your risk for heart disease by 40%. Prepare meals with healthy, fresh ingredients for yourself and your kids and you’ll feel the benefits for life. Source: Discovery...

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