The link between nutrition and our physical health is well established. Along with a host of nutritional deficiency diseases like rickets or beriberi, it’s common knowledge that, for example, excess salt can lead to hypertension and that a diet high in saturated fat can lead to heart disease. However, the link between nutrition and our […]

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High blood pressure is on the increase and is caused largely through bad eating habits. The good news is that you can keep your blood pressure in check by making a healthy switch to the more traditional African foods that are available on our doorstep. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is reaching epidemic […]

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In Professor Ali’s experience, turmeric and ginger are the safest and most potent anti-inflammatory spices – and neither is too expensive if you shop around. My interest in turmeric was aroused some decades ago when one day I happened to ask my wife why she uses turmeric when cooking her curries. ‘Because they last longer […]

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Most people are aware of the importance of healthy fats and oils in the diet. The ‘fat wars’ have been waged relentlessly in print and social media and books – but what makes a fat good or bad? In the past, there has been much confusion over fats and oils, with people even selecting vegetable […]

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The older people get, the more inefficient the metabolic processes become, and hence the greater the need for high-quality nutrition and supplementation. The elderly have their own specific health challenges because the body is in a constant process of ageing. Try to form an image of the ageing process, by imagining a factory that prints […]

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Why can some people plough their way through platefuls of food and never gain a gram while others claim they merely have to look at food and they put on weight? The answer, it appears, depends on whether you have Metabolism A or B. Some people seem to be lucky, in that they can eat […]

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Processes of inflammation occur in our bodies day and night. Depending largely on what we eat, they can be helpful and healing, or the forerunners of disease. Infammation is the life-saving component of one’s immune system that helps fend off bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pathogenic invaders. It also helps damaged tissues repair themselves. Inflammation […]

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Yes, coconut does contain a certain amount of saturated fat. How has this formerly ‘forbidden food’ redeemed its reputation? In recent years we have discovered that the coconut is a superfood in many ways, with an enormous amount to offer in the form of water, milk and oil. COCONUT WATER Coconut water is full of […]

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Are you familiar with the mid-morning blues? That feeling that even after eight hours of sleep you could have used at least another two? You may be deficient in magnesium. Along with sodium, potassium and calcium, magnesium is one of the four macro-minerals, essential to all life. A study in the 1960s by American physician […]

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Periodontal disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and even dementia. According to periodontist and functional medicine practitioner Dr Alvin Danenberg, simply changing diet and lifestyle habits hold the key to reversing this major health threat. In his opinion, a carbohydrate-rich diet, along with processed flour and sugar products, […]

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