Q.: I read somewhere that increasing my kelp intake will help me manage my weight. Is this true? Pamela ANDREA DU PLESSIS REPLIES: Kelp is well known for its role in supporting weight management in cases of an underactive thyroid gland. Kelp is one of nature’s richest sources of iodine, which is essential for the […]

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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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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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There are so many different diets available, which can be very confusing when you are trying to decide what is best for you. Ultimately, however, you need to personalise and embrace your own diet. As a young exercise physiology student and middle distance runner at Glasgow University, I picked up my first copy of Lore […]

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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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The challenges of ‘weight category sports’ are intense. Not only do you have to receive shots, but you need to diet as well. Ian Craig shares one of his most rewarding athlete experiences. A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to work with one of the warmest personalities of British sport, a boxer by […]

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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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