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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As our minds and bodies develop and grow in the early years of life, move through young adulthood to full maturity and eventually begin their decline into old age, each and every phase brings with it its own particular challenges. To help you meet them, we present extracts from a series of articles on health […]

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Think of an Aero chocolate compared with a solid bar – the word osteoporosis (from the Greek for ‘bone’ and ‘pore’) tells us that the affected bones have holes in their structure. Osteoporosis has been called the ‘silent disease’, progressing without any outward sign, sometimes for decades, until a fracture occurs. Today, regular bone mineral […]

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A small amount of exposure to the sun does you good, providing you with the vitamin D your body needs – but too much is definitely bad for you! If you do happen to overdo it, here are a few natural after-sun treatments to ease your discomfort. As Woody Allen so famously said about the […]

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Besides slip, slop, slap, seek and slide factors, can food or supplements protect you from the harsh reality of our African sun? Dr Sandi Nye believes that they can. An ice-cold drink in a tall, frosted glass or a fruity sorbet will help keep you cool, but how about adding some protection from the summer […]

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Dem bones, dem bones…. A few words of the old familiar lyric may bring a smile to the face, but bone decay is no laughing matter. Sandi Nye discusses the many factors – far more than calcium alone – that contribute to bone health. Preventing bone decay should start early in life, as the development […]

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The relationship between vitamin D and bone, heart health and calcium metabolism is particularly interesting because of the simultaneous involvement of other nutrients, notably vitamin K. These two vitamins work in tandem to help prevent serious disease. Vitamin D plays a role in many diseases other than bone and in this it is frequently assisted […]

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If you are a teenager and your mood is down or if you know of a teenager who may be suffering from depression, you need to read on. With double the incidence of depression in teens compared to adults, research¹ further shows that anxiety disorders and depression are particularly high in South African teens. Although […]

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