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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‘This is why I volunteer’

Posted on 20 January 2017

Mediclinic encourages its staff and affiliated doctors to take some time out every year to volunteer. Dr Mandi Oosthuizen, a GP at Mediclinic Hoogland in Bethlehem, volunteered with the Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand of Hope medical outreach programme. She tells us what she found most enriching about her two weeks in Madagascar.

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Five foods to
boost your mood

Posted on 20 January 2017

Enjoying a meal is one of life’s singular pleasures, delighting not only our senses but also giving a feeling of satisfaction. So what foods provide the feel-good nourishment we need

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Get ready for your
first Cape Town
Cycle Tour

Posted on 20 January 2017

Like someone once said, it’s not about the bike. (Not entirely, at least!) When you’re prepping for your first Cape Town Cycle Tour, you’ll have a long list of things to consider – from training to nutrition. Here’s your pre-race checklist.

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CrossFit vs high intensity interval training

Posted on 12 January 2017

While CrossFit and high intensity interval training share some similarities, they are two distinct training methods. Our biokinetics expert explains how each works and weighs up the pros and cons.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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8 ways to prepare
your child for a new school

Posted on 12 January 2017

An educational psychologist offers advice to parents to help learners start a new school on a positive note.

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Balance exercises
to prevent falls

Posted on 12 January 2017

A biokineticist discusses the challenges of balance for older people and provides some practical solutions.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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Keeping you safe on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Posted on 6 January 2017

As the official medical service provider for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Mediclinic has expanded the health screening questionnaire that forms part of the race registration process. Race doctor Jann Killops answers questions about the questionnaire and explains what the information is used for.

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How to avoid sunstroke

Posted on 23 December 2016

Our infographic looks at what causes sunstroke, who is most at risk and how to prevent it this summer.

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First-aid essentials
for the outdoors

Posted on 23 December 2016

Have a look at our infographic to see what to pack in your first-aid outdoors kit before your camping trip, hike or outdoor adventure.

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How to pin emergency contacts to your phone

Posted on 20 December 2016

The holiday season is the time of year when emergency services are the busiest as more people are on the roads or outdoors. We show you how to pin emergency contacts to your phone for quick access.

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The facts about fat in your diet

Posted on 19 December 2016

Fat is a loaded word. When is it good and when is it bad? Dietician Ilsabé Spoelstra separates fat from fiction for us.

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Kidney stones:
who is at risk?

Posted on 19 December 2016

A Mediclinic urologist explains how lifestyle choices in South Africa are causing a higher incidence of kidney stones in children – and who else is at risk.

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Can your body heal
after smoking?

Posted on 18 December 2016

Need a reason to quit smoking? A Mediclinic pulmonologist explains how long it takes to recover.

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How the sun can be good for you

Posted on 12 December 2016

Our infographic looks at the benefits of the sun. While it is essential to always protect your skin, a little bit of sun can be a good thing.

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Exercise during pregnancy

Posted on 12 December 2016

While pregnancy is certainly not the time to take up kickboxing, many exercise routines can be beneficial to both expectant mothers and their babies. Here’s what to consider when planning your pregnancy fitness regimen.

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5 school lunchboxes for the week

Posted on 12 December 2016

Packing food for picky eaters to take to school can be tricky. But mix a bit of forward planning with a smart grocery list and you have the ingredients for a good lunch.

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Eat and drink together (and be healthy)

Posted on 11 December 2016

Eating and drinking go together like cheese and wine. But is eating and drinking at the same time good for you? And are some drinks better suited to mealtimes than others?

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Meet the Critical Care Unit nurse who thrives on challenge

Posted on 11 December 2016

Critical Care Unit (CCU) nursing is a specialty that requires intense training to make split-second decisions in life-threatening medical cases – sometimes without the presence of a doctor. Unit manager Fisanie Shabangu tells us the ins and outs of being a CCU nurse.

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Glucose intolerance and insulin-related conditions

Posted on 30 November 2016

We asked Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes, about insulin-related conditions other than diabetes and how to spot them. The umbrella term for these conditions is glucose intolerance, meaning your body does not tolerate glucose well.

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The many pros of probiotics

Posted on 29 November 2016

A strong, healthy gut needs plenty of good bacteria to function optimally and probiotics can provide a boost when needed. A Mediclinic pharmacist explains how you can get the balance of your gut bacteria right.

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A sweet addiction: how much sugar is healthy?

Posted on 28 November 2016

The World Health Organisation recommends a maximum free sugar intake of 12 teaspoons and an ideal intake of six teaspoons or less per day. This can add up quickly when you start looking at the hidden sugars in most foods. Our sugar infographic looks at free sugar content of some household favourites.

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