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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Naturally sweet alternatives

Posted on 20 March 2017

Are you trying to reduce your sugar intake but still hankering for something sweet? These natural sweeteners have become increasingly popular as alternatives to sugar. Here’s a look at 5 of the most common natural sweeteners and what you always need to be aware of with regard to sugar intake.

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The role of resistance training in your workout

Posted on 16 March 2017

Life is a series of pushes and pulls, and that’s a good template for your exercise regime too.

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Medical support at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic [infographic]

Posted on 16 March 2017

Mediclinic’s fully equipped race hospital and events team is on hand to offer medical support throughout the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Here are some of the stats:

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Be prepared on the 2017 Absa Cape Epic [infographic]

Posted on 16 March 2017

The much-anticipated Absa Cape Epic kicks off at Meerendal Wine Estate. Here’s how riders can make sure they’re prepared for any hiccups along their adrenaline-fuelled eight-day ride:

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • 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 triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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2017 Absa Cape Epic by the numbers

Posted on 14 March 2017

The 2017 Absa Cape Epic in numbers, including stages, climbing and distance covered.

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Allergy testing explained

Posted on 6 March 2017

Statistics suggest that approximately one out of every seven children is prone to some sort of non-seasonal allergy – and this figure increases if there is a family history of allergies. Adverse reactions to foods, medications, pets, dust and pollen are on the rise, which is why proper allergy testing is critical – and could be lifesaving.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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 monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
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Listen up: a look at different types of hearing tests [infographic]

Posted on 3 March 2017

If you’re worried about your hearing or how well your child or parent hears, an audiologist can perform various tests. This infographic on hearing tests and loss looks at the options.

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What is surfer’s ear?

Posted on 2 March 2017

When writer and surfer Brad Roberts sought treatment for a rare condition, he discovered that he was in danger of sustaining hearing loss from surfer’s ear.

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Not just a pinch of salt

Posted on 27 February 2017

To survive, our bodies need salt. But too much can cause health risks, including high blood pressure (hypertension), which can cause strokes and heart attacks. A Mediclinic dietician discusses foods high in salt, and whether alternatives like Himalayan salt are healthier.

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Is technology to blame for our sleeping problems?

Posted on 18 February 2017

Growing bodies of research have drawn correlations between the increase in incidents of people suffering from various sleep issues, and the presence of artificial blue light in our environments. Mediclinic Morningside specialist opthalmologist and developer of the SleepSpec, Dr Rob Daniel, explains the link.

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5 practical ways to put stress in its place

Posted on 17 February 2017

If you dread Manic Mondays or often feel as if the weekend takes too long to arrive, stress may be playing a larger role in your daily life than you realise. We offer some practical, everyday tips that can help take the pressure off the daily grind.

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A beginner’s guide to cycling

Posted on 15 February 2017

Cycling is a great way to keep fit, meet new people and explore the countryside. If you’ve never put bum on seat before, here are some pointers to get you pedalling.

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5 smart tips to improve concentration

Posted on 14 February 2017

Some people concentrate more easily than others. But if you – or your child – struggle to concentrate, you can learn a few strategies to improve your focus.

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How to avoid common mountain biking injuries

Posted on 9 February 2017

Whether you’re a Cape Epic cross-country rider or a downhill extremist, if you’re out on your mountain bike you could run the risk of a range of injuries. Here’s a look at the most common ones, and how to prevent them happening.

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Is it healthy to be a ‘weekend warrior?’

Posted on 8 February 2017

Between work and family responsibilities, many people simply don’t have the time to exercise during the week. But sports specialists caution ‘weekend warriors’ about the value of consistency.

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Tips towards raising a secure child

Posted on 8 February 2017

For healthy eyes, we feed our children carrots. For strength, we sneak spinach into their dinners. But what soul food do we serve up for confidence?

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Common myths about breastfeeding – and the facts

Posted on 8 February 2017

A lactation consultant says most moms can breastfeed successfully – but some persistent myths have convinced many new mothers otherwise.

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How to treat common bites and stings

Posted on 8 February 2017

Bees, wasps, scorpions, hornets and spiders can pose a risk, particularly to young children. Here’s what you need to know about common bites and stings.

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Listeria in pregnancy and foods to avoid

Posted on 7 February 2017

To avoid a possible listeria infection, pregnant women are advised to avoid some foods where possible and take precautions to cook certain foods thoroughly.

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Exercise and asthma

Posted on 3 February 2017

Exercise is a common trigger for asthma symptoms, but asthma shouldn’t be a reason to avoid exercise. Proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan can help asthma sufferers enjoy the many benefits of appropriate exercise.

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Anxiety disorders vs anxiety attacks or stress

Posted on 2 February 2017

A clinical psychologist explains the difference between anxiety disorders and attacks as well as anxiety attacks and stress.

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