Health Topics

Our Health Topics section offers health information on various medical topics that touch on our day-to-day health issues. Here we have a few tips, preventative measures and mainly general awareness around current health topics / issues. Our aim is to educate the public, increase awareness and encourage healthy living.

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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10 ways to have a healthier work day

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Health Topics | 0 comments

10 ways to have a healthier work day

Feeling tired, disorganised, anxious or tense in the workplace? Then try these 10 ways to make your work day healthier. Have a healthier work day, tip 1: Declutter your desk A clean, uncluttered working space is far more conducive to a productive day than a desk piled high with files, dirty mugs and scraps of paper. Depending on how bad the situation is, put aside five minutes to an hour (or even a whole day, if possible!) to clear up your desk, wipe your keyboard clean and organise your files and papers. You’ll feel a lot more clearheaded...

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Flu Fighting Foods

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Health Topics | 0 comments

Flu Fighting Foods

Instead of battling with winter colds and flu, try using natural remedies to overcome these ailments With winter fast approaching, sniffles, colds and flu are imminent. Babies and young children go to crèche or primary school, where they are exposed to a variety of germs through coughs and runny noses. Older children are exposed to the same germs, and on top of this, have to contend with the stress of writing tests and exams. All of this takes its toll on the immune system, sending our little ones on a downward spiral of winter colds and...

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Shoo Flu

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Health Topics | 0 comments

Shoo Flu

The flu vaccine will give your child a fighting chance against the influenza virus Every year, especially during the winter season, the influenza virus makes its infectious rounds. The virus infects the nose, throat and lungs, causing illness, hospitalisation and even death, so it’s not to be taken lightly. Young children, and those who have certain long-term health conditions such as asthma, are particularly at risk of getting serious flu complications. Having a strong immune system is a vital line of defence against the mutating virus, but...

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Keep warm, keep well.

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Health Topics | 0 comments

Keep warm, keep well.

Cold homes have a significant impact on people’s health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm.  Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes,pneumonia and depression. The chances of these problems are higher if you’re vulnerable to cold-related illnesses because of one or more of the following: you’re over 65 you’re on a low income (so can’t afford heating) you have a long-term health...

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