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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Gastroenterology

Are your gut bacteria making you sick? [infographic]

Your gut bacteria play a role in more bodily functions than you might imagine. How do you know if your gut – or microbiome – is making you sick? And

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How to live longer, according to a GP

We all know we should drink more water, exercise and eat better if we want a long and healthy life. A GP shares his tips on how to live longer.

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Orthorexia: Can clean eating be bad for you?

If you have orthorexia it means you take ‘clean’ eating a little too far. Berna Harmse, a clinical dietician practicing at Mediclinic Panorama, explains further. “Orthorexia is a pathological fixation

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6 Ways to keep your kidneys healthy [infographic]

Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each roughly the size of a fist, along the middle to lower end of your spine. They are responsible for filtering all of the blood in your body (several times a day) and they regulate and maintain the body’s chemical balance. A Mediclinic nephrologist explains six ways you can keep your kidneys healthy.  

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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.

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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • 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 has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • 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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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Healthy habits start in your head

January is the time many of us resolve to lead healthier lives but statistics show that by the second week of February, your list of New Year’s resolutions has gone up in a dejected puff of smoke. A clinical psychologist tells us exactly why new habits fall flat and how to make them stick.

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Not all calories are created equal [infographic]

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.

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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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What does a balanced diet look like on your plate? [infographic]

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.

Gastroenterology

Why is there an increased risk of food poisoning in summer?

Summer means sunny days and braais and picnics outdoors. But warmer days also bring an increased health risk posed by perishable foods that aren’t stored correctly.

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What holiday binge-eating does to your body

The festive period is synonymous with holiday feasts and loosening your belt. We speak to gastroenterologist Dr Christian Jeske at Mediclinic Midstream to determine how much overindulging is ‘safe’ and when you should draw the line.

Diabetes

A snapshot of diabetes in SA

There are 1,826,100 people living with diabetes in South Africa, according to the latest International Diabetes Federation research. The cases of diabetes in the country are rapidly rising.

Diabetes

Protect your brain with optimal glucose control

Four hundred South Africans suffer a stroke daily: this is a medical emergency where the blood flow to a section of the brain is interrupted or diminished. What’s important is prompt treatment, which can limit damage to tissue that’s suffered a lack of oxygen and nutrients. Dr Rudi Renison, a neurologist in private practice at Mediclinic Cape Gate, explains.

Diabetes

Prediabetes: Should you be screened for it? [infographic]

While prediabetes is not a health condition in itself, says Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can be a sign that you are on the way to developing type 2 diabetes.

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Foodborne disease: What could you catch from your food? [infographic]

Foodborne disease is a worldwide concern, and it can affect anyone. Defined as an infection of the gastrointestinal tract, these illnesses are caused by the ingestion of contaminated foods containing bacteria.

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Iodine: the essential nutrient you never knew you needed

Dr Malcolm Sandler, an endocrinologist at Mediclinic Panorama, explains what iodine is, how deficiency occurs, how this impacts the body, and how iodine deficiency is prevented.

Cardiology

Good vs. Bad cholesterol: how do they affect the heart?

There is a common misconception that all cholesterol is bad for you. But that’s not always true. Two Mediclinic experts offer a closer look at the various types of cholesterol, as well as solutions to prevent cholesterol-related heart attacks.

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Sugar: how to cut down for good

Sweet as it is, excessive sugar intake can lead to tooth decay, weight gain and various health impingements. Here’s how you should consider the alternatives.

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Does exercise remove the effects of an unhealthy diet? [infographic]

It doesn’t matter how hard you train or far you run, there’s no escaping the effects of an unhealthy diet. Gayle Landau, a registered dietician at the Wits Donald Gordon

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