Healthy Life

From exercises to recipes and how to deal with an emergency, this section gives advice on how you and your family can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Exercise

How to (really) exercise during pregnancy

What exercise is safe and what is not? How much is too much? These are all questions posed by many pregnant women wanting to stay active without harming their unborn child. Experts say not only is exercise during pregnancy, wise, but it should also form a big part of your child-bearing journey.

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Why watching iron levels is more important for women than for men

Your body needs iron to function healthily. Women, in particular, are prone to iron deficiency, and the problem affects as many as one in two South African women. Dr Mike du Toit, a haematologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, explains why maintaining healthy iron levels is so important for women.

Pregnancy

Foetal assessment scans, explained

Seeing your baby for the first time on an ultrasound scan is such a special moment. Plus, you get to take baby’s first pictures home. Dr Lou Pistorius, Ob-Gyn and perinatologist at Mediclinic Panorama, explains the purpose of foetal assessment scans, the ideal time to have them and why they’re important.

Cape Epic

Starting strong and making the best of the Absa Cape Epic

Mediclinic Southern Africa understands that the Absa Cape Epic experience is often a once in a lifetime event for many riders. To ensure that you get the best of your experience, we have a few hacks to maximise the riding experience and minimise the risk of injury.

Cape Epic

Your kidneys will thank you ….

Doctors involved in multi-stage extreme events continuously highlight the need for good hydration to maintain performance. Due to the repeated nature of the exertion, each athlete must fully understand their

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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5 Healthy habits to pick up right now

Be realistic in 2019. Usher in the new year with attainable health resolutions that will have a major impact on your general wellbeing. Mediclinic experts weigh in.

Exercise

What workout burns the most calories?

From CrossFit, to yoga to running – there’s no shortage of ways to get fit. But if you want to get the most out of your training time, the question is: which exercise gets the most results?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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The weight loss benefits of a regular sleep routine

Sleep expert Dr Alison Bentley, a GP at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, explains the link between your circadian rhythm and your body’s ability to function optimally.

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Hacking your sleep is the best thing you can do for your health in 2019

An occasional night of broken sleep makes you feel tired and irritable the next day, but it won’t harm your health. However, an ongoing lack of sleep can make you prone to serious medical conditions and cognitive dysfunction.

Gastroenterology

3 Surprising ways you harmed your liver this summer

It’s not just excessive alcohol that can damage this vital organ. Lack of exercise, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and a poor diet can put you at risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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Not all calories are created equal

Counting calories is the go-to method for anyone interested in losing weight, but science tells us that not all calories are created equal. It is the quality, and not the quantity, that counts when you’re weighing up your food options. And not just for weight loss, but for optimal energy and bodily function, too.

Exercise

7 Simple ways to incorporate exercise into your day

What are the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle? We take a look at some non-threatening ways that an inactive individual can start becoming active, as well as how much exercise is safe to aim for.

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What sleep deprivation does to your health

With today’s fast-paced, always-on lifestyle, it’s not surprising that we’re not getting enough sleep. In fact, sleep deprivation is one of the biggest public health crises of our time, with an estimated one-third of adults not getting enough sleep.

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What does a balanced diet look like on your plate?

What is a balanced diet? And how much of each food group should make up a healthy meal? We take a look at these topics as well as the benefits of the different components that make up a balanced diet.

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The easiest New Year’s health resolution, ever

Yes, you should lose weight, give up smoking and hit the gym, but committing to annual check-ups should be top of the list. A Mediclinic expert explains more.

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Have you been detoxing incorrectly?

Detoxification or ‘detox’ for short, has become a popular component of wellness. From a vegetable or fruit detox to a liquid-only fast, these efforts all target your liver. New research reveals that detoxing actually occurs naturally in your brain – while you sleep. A neurologist at Mediclinic explains further.

Conditions

Why you need to learn to manage your stress

According to the SA Profmed stress index, more people took time off from work in 2017 due to stress-related illness than in previous years. Dr Una Geldenhuys, a GP at Mediclinic Newcastle, weighs in on how stress impacts your health and offers ways to manage it.

Conditions

The most common summer illnesses and how to avoid them

When people think of seasonal illnesses, winter colds and spring allergies usually come to mind. However, summer can be a hotbed for illnesses as well, especially when it comes to your kids. Know what they are so you can recognise the symptoms and act early.

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