Nutrition

From healthy recipes for the family to immune boosting foods, this section will help you maintain a healthy eating plan.

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Do we need endless clinical codes when we get sick?

Each time you are informed that a hospital admission is on the cards, you are provided with endless clinical codes relating to your admission. But what do they actually mean?

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Vitamin D deficiency: could you be at risk?

Many people living in sunny countries experience vitamin D deficiency. We look at why this is.

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Make your festive braai a healthy event

Jandri Barnard, a registered dietician at Mediclinic Newcastle, offers ways to bump up the health quotient when you’re gathered around the flames.

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Will your child’s excess weight be problematic in later life?

Childhood obesity rates are soaring. In South Africa, almost 4 million children could be affected in the next few years. Parents should be on the lookout for warning signs from an early age.

Nutrition

How to keep to your diet while eating out

Eating out is part and parcel of socialising. Keeping to a healthy diet can be a challenge if you socialise frequently. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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Don’t sweet the small stuff: Diabetic-friendly dinners

Vanessa Marx is an award winning South African born chef with diverse international experience. Here she shares a delicious exotic chicken recipe. Look out for other diabetic-friendly recipes by Vanessa in the Spring issue of the Mediclinic Family magazine. 

Babies

The nutrients in breast milk (infographic)

Here’s a look at what you’ll find in the average mature breast milk, which is produced from roughly 14-20 days after birth.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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Babies

Starting little ones on solid foods

It can be daunting to make the transition from a milk-only diet to helping your baby discover solid foods. But it’s an exciting time for you and your little one, filled with new experiences.

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Eating on schedule versus snacking when hungry

How often, how much and when should you eat for optimum health and wellbeing? The jury is out. A dietitian at Mediclinic gives her view.

Children up to 12

Children and diets

Childhood obesity is on the rise – but should children ever be put on a diet? Our expert has the answer.

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Sugar and high blood pressure (infographic)

Recent research shows that sugar and refined carbohydrates are as much to blame for high blood pressure as sodium.

Babies

How to raise iron-rich kids

Children need iron to grow, think and develop. Dr Heidi Ackermann, a paediatrician at Mediclinic George, gives age-appropriate guidelines to help parents ensure their children are getting enough of this valuable nutrient from an early age.

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Comfort eating without the kilojoules

For most of us, winter is the time when we gain more weight. But there are ways to eat for warmth without packing on the pounds.

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Foods you didn’t know were high in fibre

We all know the saying: ‘You can’t get enough of a good thing’. Some health reports show that even the recommended five portions of fruit and veg a day may still leave us short of our daily vitamin and fibre quota. ‘Ten a day’ is fast becoming the new catch phrase – and there are plenty of options.

Endocrinology

Fighting the ‘midlife fat attack’

One of the main health concerns for those over 40 is that hormonal changes will cause weight gain. A Mediclinic gynaecologist and obstetrician explains that while hormonal changes can indirectly cause weight gain, it’s not as simple as that.

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Seriously healthy soups and casseroles

These three easy recipes for soups and casseroles are packed with vegetables to keep your immune system at peak performance this winter. Watch the below videos and why not try them out at home?

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Food cravings

Most of us often experience an intense urge for a certain food – but the danger is that sudden food cravings can play a major role in weight gain, food addiction and binge eating.

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Help students maintain healthy eating habits

Despite your best efforts to teach your children about healthy eating from a young age, there’s a chance they’ll leave these at home along with their signed matric blazer. Here are expert tips to help them maintain good eating habits as they leave home.

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