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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Dr Linda Mayer and Professor Rashid Bhikha The physiological, psychological and social impact of colours influences a person’s health and well-being, from the positive stimulating effects of warm colours, to the mental relaxation and soothing effects of cool colours. ‘All forms of matter are really light waves in motion.’ – Albert Einstein Colour therapy, also […]

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Q.: As I approach the mid-50s, I realise more and more that ageing isn’t equal. Some people are really active in their 60s and 70s while others in the same age brackets really struggle with flexibility, low muscle mass and weight issues. I am a workaholic and I know I need to exercise. The thing is […]

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Typical South African lifestyle patterns may impede our health and weight management, with stress as the central focus. Ian Craig discusses the benefits of exercise, the health ramifications of excessive exercise, and balancing fight-or-flight responses with relax and repair restoration. In the Palaeolithic times, we would walk large distances every day to collect edible plants […]

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Once you’ve started smoking, it’s very hard to quit. Nicotine is addictive stuff. In fact, it’s more addictive than heroin. But you can cut your cravings – Patrick Holford tells you how. Nicotine produces a stimulating effect, even in small doses, and in large amounts acts as a sedative. This is its attraction: on the […]

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Painkillers may banish the symptoms of a headache, but they do not treat the cause. Nutritional guidance can play an integral part in headache management, and the results of a change in diet are likely to be lasting and rewarding. Chronic daily headaches account for around 40% of patients attending headache clinics and can include […]

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