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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High fibre foods

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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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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Naturally sweet alternatives

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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Not just a pinch of salt

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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Listeria in pregnancy and foods to avoid

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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Five foods to
boost your mood

Enjoying a meal is one of life’s singular pleasures. Here are our pick of the top five foods to lift your mood and keep you healthy.

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The facts about fat in your diet

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

Conditions

Kidney stones:
who is at risk?

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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Eat and drink together (and be healthy)

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?

Conditions

Glucose intolerance and insulin-related conditions

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

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?

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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Cow’s milk versus the alternatives

You may have noticed that there are far more options in the milk aisle at the supermarket these days. Many plant-based milk alternatives such as almond and soy have graduated beyond health food status to become more commonly available and consumed. We asked a Mediclinic dietician about milk alternatives.

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Eat your way to healthy skin

Are you using sun protection and night creams but feel you need to do more to protect your skin? A Mediclinic dietician offers tips on which healthy foods also contribute to healthy clear skin.

Conditions

Eating to ease arthritis

There is no known cure or prevention for arthritis, but some sufferers swear by eating or avoiding certain foods. Rheumatologist Dr Sinisa Stankovic of Mediclinic Sandton offers a medical perspective.

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Make the most of your fresh produce

We all know that at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day is recommended as part of healthy, balanced diet. Here are some handy tips on how to make the most of fresh produce, prevent waste and enjoy delicious meals.

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