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Acidity vs Oxygen in the body

Acidity vs Oxygen and what you need to know.

World Famous Louise Hay was one of the first teachers to help us understand and listen to our bodies by aligning every illness, dis-ease and aliment with an emotional issue or thought process.

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Clearing out your medicine cabinet

Clearing out your medicine cabinet might be last on your list of priorities but doing so could eliminate unforeseen dangers.

So says Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics, a leading pharmaceutical company that recently conducted a poll which found that many South Africans fail to get rid of unneeded medicines at home.

 According to a Twitter poll, about 89% haven’t cleaned out their medicine cabinet in the past two years.

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Broccoli: The one thing you did not know

A potent compound derived from broccoli sprouts may be one of the most powerful natural substances able to ignite the body’s defences against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, research shows.

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Insomnia: Could it be hereditary?

Insomnia may be hereditary, and lack of sleep is linked to a host of health problems, particularly heart disease and depression, according to recent research.

A US study of the genes of over 450 000 people found 57 gene regions that could be linked insomnia, indicating the sleep disorder is inherited. The genetic regions also shared connections with various conditions, particularly coronary artery disease and depression.

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Heart disease still leading killer in women

Although heart disease is a leading cause of death in women, new research shows that the large majority of young females worry very little or not at all about the problem.

“Although it is the leading cause of death in women (in the US), more than 75% of young women worry little or not at all about getting heart disease,” notes the American Heath Association in response to recent heart health research by Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Breakfast: Is it really that important?

Breakfast, known to “break the fast” and long considered to be the most important meal of the day, but is it really? Did you know that sugar-laden breakfasts promote cravings and energy crashes during the rest of the day and should be replaced with nutrient-dense food containing fibre, good quality fats and small amounts of protein?

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Urinary incontinence in men

Urinary incontinence — accidental loss or leaking of urine — affects up to one in three older men, most of whom go untreated despite the discomfort caused.

Conditions that may cause urinary incontinence in men are ageing, obesity, prostate cancer, an enlarged prostate, nerve damage, bladder or urinary infections, constipation, weak bladder, neurological disorder or loss of sphincter strength.

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Salt: we consume too much

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends limiting salt intake to no more than 5 grams per person per day, which is basically 1 level teaspoon.  South Africans however, cook with salty ingredients, add extra salt at the table and choose processed foods with hidden salt resulting in them consuming on average 8.5g of salt per day!

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Allergies: Survey done on the weird ones

It’s hayfever season – the time of year when nature releases gazillions of microscopic pollen spores into the atmosphere, but while springtime has a whopping 17 million (30%) of South Africans in a frenzy, our nation also seems to grapple with much rarer allergies.

One of the country’s leading providers of allergy treatments, Pharma Dynamics, recently conducted a national poll among 1 772 allergy sufferers to find out to what degree South Africans are affected by unusual allergies.

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