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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This was another ailment I used to suffer from in a bad way. Like many diseases, there is a spectrum of severity for this particular disease. For some, hay fever means slightly itchy eyes and a bit of a sniffle; for others it means feeling like you have been run over by a truck. I […]

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According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, the nation is in the grip of a countrywide obesity epidemic. It is time to face the stats and learn more about weight management. South Africa has the highest overweight and obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa, with up to 70% of women and a third […]

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If you support the idea that ‘bread is the staff of life’, you may change your mind after examining some facts about how it can affect the human gut, as well as other body systems. Even high-fibre or wholegrains may contain some surprising substances that don’t do the body any good. The problems with grain […]

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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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Some people think chocolate is in its own separate food group. I personally think, as do many others, that it is an ‘essential’ superfood and that life would just not be the same without it. Chocolate, derived from cocoa beans, has a long and interesting history. The word cacao has changed over the years to […]

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